Concern raised despite intermediary works for Falcarragh and Gortahork

first_imgIrish Water have completed intermediary works that aim to relieve ongoing water shortages in the Cloughaneely area.In May, councillors were told that Irish Water were committed to delivering water improvement works in Falcarragh and financial approval has been given to progress this through the National Leakage Reduction Programme.This programme is being delivered across Donegal and the rest of the country to replace pipes and repair leaks, targeting and prioritising investment where it is most needed. A local meeting in Falcarragh on Friday, with Irish Water representatives present, it was revealed that two hydrants had been installed to provide water to Gortahork and Falcarragh in the even that the main pipe at the local reservoir bursts again.However, local county councillor Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig said a major overhaul was required to halt the water outages permanently across the region.He said: “There are several areas outside of Falcarragh and Gortahork that needs replacement pipes, like the church up until Falcarragh town, I have raised that specific area many of times, and it needs replacing.“The old cast iron pipeline in all of these areas needs replacing because what is happening is that they are starting to burst and they are corroding. “Then we have the issue of Curransport, which isn’t far from Gotahork, there are consistent water bursts in that area and we as a council are putting a surface down there for the pier next year.“But there is no point putting a new road down, if Irish Water has to come back every couple of weeks to fix bursts religiously, ripping up the road up, there is no point.Cllr Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig said Irish Water need to carry out a major overhaul of the water infrastructure in west DonegalHe continued: “I have been in contact with Irish Water for a long time in order to get the new water infrastructure there before we lay a new road.“What needs to happen, and it is a big ask, but the people of west Donegal deserve it and that is for Irish Water to carry out the installation of new water infrastructure across the entire area,” he said.“They are more than aware of all the upgrading to the water infrastructure in west Donegal,” he said. “Instead of giving us money for a few kilometres here and there, they need to invest and invest heavily. “For me, the ideal situation would be that Irish Water would start employing staff directly and putting them to work immediately, instead of putting it through the whole tendering process for other contractors, which continues to be delayed.“That means in turn that we can put a proper infrastructure in place, instead of a bit here and a bit there.”Concern raised despite intermediary works for Falcarragh and Gortahork was last modified: July 20th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Raiders’ Derek Carr explains why sometimes the best throw is the safe throw

first_imgYOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES?Make your Raiders-Dolphins pick & challenge our pros***ALAMEDA — It was but a single play in a second half where a handful of snaps could have made the difference, but you could feel the collective groan of Raider Nation as well as second-guessers with a microphone or access to social media.It’s the fourth quarter and the Raiders are clinging to a 19-17 lead against the Denver Broncos with 2:51 to play. Third-and-8 at the Raiders’ 48-yard line. Derek Carr has …last_img read more

Brand South Africa hosts Afcon journos

first_imgBrand South Africa is hosting journalists visiting South Africa for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) this week. The tour kicked off in Durban on Thursday with a visit to the striking Moses Mabhida Stadium, a Fifa World Cup stadium and the venue for five Afcon matches.The visiting journalists represented a mix of sports and business publications from countries including Russia, Zambia, Brazil and Qatar.“The purpose of such tours is to position South Africa in terms of the business of sport. We want to show the legacy left by the Fifa World Cup. We also want to show that South Africa is serious about inter-regional development,” explained Sandile Ngidi of Brand South Africa.Trade destinationThe day began at the Elangeni Hotel, where a number of short talks were presented, highlighting KwaZulu-Natal as a trade destination.Phillip Sithole, the head of KwaZulu-Natal Tourism, said investing in sports events such as the Fifa World Cup had produced an excellent return on investment for the city.“If you look at the benefits we received from the World Cup as well as [UN climate change summit] COP 17 , they now amount to billions of rands,” Sithole said. “Hosting major events also addresses issues around infrastruture; you can’t host major events if you don’t have the infrastructure for them.”The most visible symbol of the infrastructure development for major events in the city of Durban is undoubtedly the Moses Mabhida Stadium with its massive arch, which begins in two pieces on the south side of the stadium before coming together as one, representing the coming together of the South African nation.Stadium tourIt was thus a natural choice to take a tour of the stadium, which was buzzing with activity ahead of Afcon 2013. A guided tour included a visit to the very well equipped and spacious players’ changing rooms and a journey to the top of the arch on the SkyCar. From there, one took in a wonderful panoramic view of the surrounding city.During the morning meeting, the journalists also learnt about the Sharks rugby team, which is based in Durban. Not only is the Sharks one of the most successful brands in KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa, it is also on of South Africa’s top 100 brands, making it a “superbrand”.Sharks’ advertising and match day events manager Novashni Chetty laid out the holistic approach of the franchise to Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and beyond and explained how the players have become an integral part of different communities and helped to uplift them.The Sharks’ reach was emphasised by an anti-bullying campaign that has gone beyond the boundaries of South Africa, and the signing of a deal with United Arab Emirates Rugby for the Sharks to open three academies in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Dubai.Trade and InvestmentClaude Pretorius, destination marketing manager of Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal, said major events such as the Fifa World Cup and Afcon 2013 were opportunities to create awareness.“Because of the awareness around these big events, it’s an opportunity for us to host our target audience during these events. While they’re here we give them an opportunity to see the existing infrastructure, to see the planned projects, to see what the opportunities are,” Pretorius said.“What is also very important is the amount of international publicity that South Africa gets for free, which would otherwise be very expensive for us,” he added.Durban Container TerminalIn the afternoon, the group also paid a visit to Transnet’s Durban Container Terminal in the Durban Harbour, the busiest port in Africa. The evening featured dinner at the uShaka Marine World theme park.The visit to Durban was day one of a tour for the journalists that will include the opening ceremony and opening matches of Afcon 2013 at the National Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday. – Southafrica.infolast_img read more

Cattlemen urge action to reduce trade barriers in Japan

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Kevin Kester urged the Trump Administration to move quickly to tear down trade barriers for U.S. beef in Japan. Speaking at a public hearing on the potential economic impact of a U.S.-Japan bilateral trade agreement, Kester noted that reducing tariff and non-tariff trade barriers would benefit Japanese consumers and U.S. cattle producers. Japan is the top export market for U.S. beef, accounting for nearly $2 billion in sales in 2017. However, U.S. beef exports face tariffs as high as 50% under some circumstances.“NCBA strongly supports prioritizing and expediting negotiations for a U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement,” Kester said in his comments. “The U.S. beef industry is at risk of losing significant market share in Japan unless immediate action is taken to level the playing field.”A number of key U.S. competitors have negotiated agreements that provide their producers with preferential access to the Japanese market. For example, under the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), Australian beef exporters will enjoy a tariff reduction of 27.5% in the first year of the agreement for fresh and frozen products. In most cases, the countries who are part of CPTPP will see their tariff rates for beef exports decline to 9% over the next 15 years. In addition to CPTPP, Japan is moving ahead with a trade agreement that will give European Union beef producers similar terms to those negotiated in CPTPP.“NCBA supported the negotiated compromise under Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) because it reduced the massive tariff applied to U.S. beef, diminished the likelihood of triggering snap back tariffs, and established strong, objective, and predictable sanitary and phytosanitary standards and other rules-based trade standards,” Kester said. “We expect nothing less under a U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement.”last_img read more

Rebuilding a Mid-Century Dinosaur

first_imgThe house statsThe house clocks in at an embarrassingly large 4,519 square feet. At 1,524 square feet, the original footprint is quite modest, with three bedrooms and two baths on the main level. But prior owners finished a covered porch, enclosed a three-seasons room over the entire two-car garage and, you guessed it, finished the full basement into a carpeted mold farm — we mean family/recreation room — a freezing cold and moldy bathroom and laundry, and two large but subterranean bedrooms.As one might expect, while one of the prior owners did install an interior perimeter drain to deal with bulk water intrusion, there was no effort to control moisture diffusion behind the furred-out drywall and below the carpet pad. The real estate agent seemed to think that this finished basement was a real selling point. We just groaned.A mid-century classic: The couple long admired the house before buying it. Carri and Michael now face the challenge of retaining its 1950s character while making it more comfortable and more energy-efficient.The house was a short sale — sold “as is” — or, in other words, a never-ending nightmare of things failing and breaking. The systems were a rusty mess: there was a natural gas leak, gutters falling off, copper piping with pinhole leaks about to explode, two macerating ejector pumps leaking sewer gas, and a few overloaded circuits here and there.In addition to these system failures, the classic 1954 aesthetic had been covered by 6-panel faux colonial doors, bronze light fixtures, dark paint, and 1990s-dated bathroom and kitchen updates. The remnants of a once well-tended landscape was overgrown with English ivy. And, for better or worse, it has a swimming pool with a majorly leaking pump and broken valves, guzzling tons of chemicals.So why did we buy such a money pit? The house was once a lovely example of mid-century modern residential architecture. The furniture we have collected over the years is all vintage 1950-60s Danish modern; we lean toward Japanese detailing, simplicity, and textures. And we love drinking bourbon out of roly-poly glasses. Carri drove by this house every day for three years, and at least once a week for 12 years prior. We’ve always loved its uniqueness and lines. When you go inside and see the stone fireplace slicing through a wall of glass with a cathedral ceiling, you’re kinda like in genuine modern design heaven. We’ve admired this house for years and are excited that this unique piece of residential architecture is now ours. As we would have it, the home is in need of some love, maintenance, and restoration. It has good bones and great space and light. We are looking forward to making it as energy efficient as possible, using healthy and natural materials while restoring its 1954 character.This classic is an architect’s dream and Passive House consultant’s worst nightmare — an uninsulated house built with locally quarried stone with limited-depth framing cavities for insulation, and a huge, open, stone chimney that penetrates a large, west-facing glass wall. In other words, a beautiful, but enormous, unbroken heat loss fin in an R-2 wall. It will be a true test for our balancing skills. RELATED ARTICLES Mid-Century Gem Revived in Austin Making an Old Tract House Sunnier and More EfficientA Leaky Old House Becomes a Net-Zero ShowcaseOne Man’s Quest for Energy IndependenceRetrofits versus ReductionsWhat Is a Deep Energy Retrofit?Deep Energy Retrofits Are Often MisguidedThe High Cost of Deep-Energy Retrofits Oversized HVAC systemsWhen we first visited the house it was clear that the furnace and AC were in tough shape, and the previous owner did disclose that the mechanicals were only 50% operational. We knew these systems would need to be replaced soon but did not understand the full extent of the problems, nor the urgency with which we would be forced to deal with them.The original house had two furnaces, each rated at 80,000 Btu/h, and about five tons of AC. These systems served a single-zone duct system. Two furnaces and a one-zone duct system? Yup. It was one strange setup.The addition over the garage is graced with another 50,000 Btu/h furnace and 2½ tons of cooling. With a total of 210,000 Btu/h of heat and 7½ tons of cooling, you might think that we’d have no problem staying comfortable … but you would be wrong! We will be sharing our experiences, both good and bad, with sizing, selecting, and installing the perfect heating, cooling, and ventilation system. Windows from the 1990sMost of the windows are okay enough not to force a replacement, but all are old enough to make us wish we could. They are Andersen double-pane windows with fiberglass frames from the early 1990s, and they are definitely starting to show their age. A few window seals are broken, and several have non-functioning latches and will not properly close.There is also a very strange phenomenon that we have never seen before. On a handful of windows, condensation forms in a tidy oval in the middle of the window on the interior surface. Between this very common (in our house) but unusual occurrence, some wavy vinyl siding, and a trash can lid that literally melted on a spring day, we deduced that the window panes are bowing in towards one another, creating concave mirrors for melting our siding (going to remove that nasty stuff anyway) and trash-can lids, and resulting in colder temperatures at the center of glass, rather than at the perimeter!Some windows will have to be replaced, and this will be a very sensitive balancing act of performance, aesthetics, and budget. We will be exploring the performance, cost, and aesthetics of several windows as we move through the process. Despite the major energy challenges posed by the existing conditions, we do not feel this was a bad move for us. However dedicated to low-energy design we are, we think a huge part of our work must be in acknowledging and dealing with the massive quantity of existing structures that have horrible energy performance and doing what we can with them.The targets set for avoiding catastrophic climate change articulate goals of 80% carbon emissions reductions below 1990 levels by 2050. Estimates suggest that 70% of all structures standing in 2050 will be structures that are already standing today. That means that the current building stock must be aggressively retrofitted. This home will allow us to do our part in that heavy lift. It has wonderful southern exposure and lots of room for improvement and is a great home for our family. BLOGS BY BEER & HINDLE CarMic House: No, We Are Not Crazy Editor’s note: Carri Beer and Michael Hindle are renovating this 1954 house in Catonsville, Maryland. Hindle is a Certified Passive House Consultant and owner of Passive to Positive. Beer is a registered architect who has been practicing sustainable architecture for 18 years. She is an associate principal with Brennan+Company Architects. This is the couple’s first in a series of blogs about the project. A big mold problem in the basementWe don’t know the extent of the mold problem in the basement yet, although we know there is some. But that is not the only air quality challenge. High levels of air infiltration and exfiltration combined with frame assemblies built on top of concrete slabs exposed to the exterior (sunroom and garage addition) have resulted in focused areas of condensation-related moisture and its biological consequences.Poorly installed (and maintained) gutters and downspouts and typically poor window installation details have led to some problems with bulk water entry. We will be sharing several different construction details that combine insulation and moisture control in a below-grade space on both the slab and the walls.The previous owners had two large dogs and a cat and the pet stains, odors, and allergens were intolerable. Carri could hardly breathe due to allergies, so action was needed, fast. We will discuss healthy choices used in finishes such as flooring, paint, and salvaged materials.Finally, the water heater is a standard-issue gas water heater, but with a hopelessly rusted flue that is sagging and is spilling combustion fumes. Or goal is to install a new heat-pump water heater and share our thoughts and experiences with this piece of equipment, as well as our new heat-pump clothes dryer. Air leakageAlso as one would expect, the house is the furthest thing from airtight. We logged 5,250 cubic feet per minute at 50 pascals of pressure during our blower-door test. In a fascinating twist, the utility incentive program will reward us for improvements, but the auditors and home energy improvement contractors are instructed to recommend cut-and-paste improvements that leave tons of energy and money on the table.The audit suggested, for example, that our house is 1.27 times leakier than it should be to allow “for proper ventilation!” Air-sealing as per the audit recommendation would only reduce our air infiltration to 4,200 cfm. Wow! We have designed and delivered houses almost this large that tested out at 200–300 cfm, around 0.3 ach50. Needless to say, we will go above and beyond these air sealing recommendations, but the incentives will not be commensurate with our increased ambitions.We will discuss the challenging effort to find foam-free, locally available solutions to air sealing an existing house. What we’d like to accomplishWe are a family of five taking on a pretty big project, so cost is definitely a huge issue for us. For better or worse, we tend to make decisions based on quality, performance, and experimentation rather than budget practicality.Our goal and challenge is to find ways to dramatically improve all of the above and to do it in a holistic, sustainable manner within a constrained budget. Spray foams and other foam products are used almost universally in utility-backed home energy improvement programs and, for that matter, in existing building retrofit solutions. We are committed to reducing the embodied energy, global warming potential, and embodied toxicity (not to mention acute toxicity to the installers) of our projects, so this project, as with many of our other collaborative efforts, will be completely foam-free.We will be using our house projects to test new products (or new applications of old products) and strategies and will monitor and test our results.Holistic sustainability is the guiding philosophy of our renovation. We are looking at every aspect of our built, economic, agricultural, and ecological environment and how the decisions we make affect it. We are taking into consideration our impact on the site, efficient use of water resources, healthy indoor air quality, efficient material and resource use, and aggressive energy use reductions.Through our blogs, we hope to share our research, lessons learned, adventures, and a few personal rants. We welcome discussion and feel certain we have as much to learn by sharing these experiences as we have knowledge to offer. We look forward to participating in the advancement of the knowledge of homeowners and the design and construction community. Here is a link to the next article in this series: CarMic House: No, We Are Not Crazy.last_img read more

Roger Federer eases into 12th French Open quarterfinal

first_imgSwitzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates after winning against Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer during their men’s singles fourth round match on day eight of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 2, 2019. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)Roger Federer reached the French Open quarterfinals for the 12th time on Sunday, becoming the oldest man in 28 years to make the last-eight of a Slam.The 37-year-old eased past Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 and will face either close friend and Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka or Greek sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas for a semi-final spot.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Federer didn’t face a break point in the fourth round match against the outclassed world number 68 played in a sweltering 32 degrees on Court Philippe Chatrier.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:31CamNorte Gov faces complaints for violating ease of doing business rules01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Federer will be playing in his 54th quarter-final at a Slam, cementing his place on top of the all-time men’s list.Despite leading Wawrinka 23-3 in career head-to-head meetings, Federer said he still remembers his quarter-final loss to his friend in Paris four years ago.“I have a bad memory of it. Stan beat me in three sets with his terrible shorts!“But he played really great that year and won the title.”Federer, the 2009 champion in Paris, is the oldest man to make the quarter-finals of a Slam since Jimmy Connors at the 1991 US Open.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue TNT blasts Phoenix in heated game featuring 6 ejections “It’s fabulous that I can spend this time in Paris,” said Federer who last played the tournament in 2015 when he made the quarter-finals — where he lost to Wawrinka.The Greek star, meanwhile, defeated Federer in the last 16 of the Australian Open in January.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I was prepared for the worst scenario, losing in the first round in three sets. But I am super happy with my performance.“I will need to play like this again against either Stan or Tsitsipas.” MOST READ Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportlast_img read more