Mc Crossan calls for significant house building programme in West Tyrone

first_img Twitter Pinterest HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Facebook Mc Crossan calls for significant house building programme in West Tyrone WhatsApp Google+ Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+center_img Previous article29 patients waiting on beds at Letterkenny General todayNext article34% of septic tanks in Donegal fail EPA inspections News Highland Pinterest Twitter By News Highland – February 3, 2015 Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal The North’s Housing Minister is being urged to initiate a major house building programme in West Tyrone.SDLP Westminster candidate Daniel McCrossan says there are over 1,200 people on the waiting list for houses in Strabane and Omagh, many of them living in conditions of significant stress.He claims the figures are a shocking indictment of the Department of Social Development, and says its time Housing Minister Mervyn Storey took action………..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/mccrossanhousing.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republiclast_img read more

Former Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley honored by Japan

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES — Former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley will be honored by the Japanese government tonight as part of the team’s annual Japan Night.O’Malley will receive The Order of the Rising Sun for the contributions he has made promoting friendly relations through baseball between Japan and the U.S. and the development of baseball in Japan.The decoration, conferred by Emperor Akihito, will be presented by Harry H. Horinouchi, Japan’s consul general in Los Angeles, in a ceremony before the game against the Philadelphia Phillies.O’Malley has made approximately 85 trips to Japan. His first came in 1956 when he joined his parents, Walter and Kay, and his sister, Terry, accompanying the National League champion Brooklyn Dodgers on their first goodwill tour to Japan. “I am extremely humbled and grateful for this honor,” O’Malley said. “The 1956 trip introduced me to the people of Japan and they made a lasting impact on me.“I saw first-hand fan enthusiasm throughout the country, their appreciation of baseball and warm welcome to the Dodger team. Consequently, I was fortunate to establish lifetime friendships through the common language of baseball and I’ve enjoyed bringing people together from the two countries.”The Government of Japan established The Order of the Rising Sun on April 10, 1875. It is the highest honor for a citizen not from Japan.It is awarded to those who have “distinguished achievements in international relations, promotion of Japanese culture, advancements in their field, development in welfare or preservation of the environment.”O’Malley, whose sale of the Dodgers to the Fox Group was completed in 1998, now chairs Historic Dodgertown — Vero Beach, Florida, the effort to continue use of the Dodgers’ former spring training site. It was used in April by the Edmonton Eskimos and Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League for minicamps.center_img Japan Night will also include an appearance by the Nisei Week Court, a Taiko Drum performance by LA Matsuri Taiko, Japan-born actress Keiko Takeshita performing the Japanese and U.S. national anthems, Hello Kitty throwing the ceremonial first pitch and the first 40,000 fans in attendance receiving a Hello Kitty plush.The Nihon Teriyaki Dog will be available at the Extreme Loaded Dog concession areas on the field, loge and reserve levels. It is a quarter-pound all-beef Super Dodger Dog dipped in teriyaki sauce, served on sweet Hawaiian bread and topped with a pineapple, cilantro and diced tomato salsa.last_img read more

$424.1M allocated for oil and gas preparations

first_img2019 Budget plans– millions set aside for capacity building, vehicles and scholarships A burning question has been what preparations Government would make for oil and gas in its penultimate budget? It turns out a total of $333.2 million in capital funds has been allocated by the Government for petroleum and energy management.The 2019 Budget estimates also detail that current expenditure, which among other things will go towards employment and other recurrent costs, was $90.9 million. Specifically, wages and salaries are expected to cost the Treasury $20.5 million.According to the budget estimates, however, only three positions are currently filled in the Department of Energy. In addition, the estimates show that all these employees are employed on a contractual basis.$43.3 million is earmarked for ‘other goods and services purchased’. Under this heading, $30.3 million will be spent on security services, while $5 million will be spent on training that includes scholarships. Under a heading named ‘other’, a sum of $12 million is earmarked.Meanwhile, $100 million is earmarked for building expenses; $200 million for institutional support for the oil and gas sector; $28 million for purchasing vehicles and the remainder for the purchase of furniture and equipment.Preparation for oilWith little over a year to go before first oil, Government has been criticised for the slow pace of preparation. For instance, critical measures like a national oil spill strategy; a constitutional agency to regulate the sector; a national oil company, a local content policy and a Sovereign Wealth Fund are either still in the planning stages or have only been discussed.This does not include several worrying fiscal indicators, which have caused audit firm Ram and McRae to project reduced earnings from first oil for Guyana if these trends are allowed to continue.One such trend is the Government’s fiscal deficit, a case where monies are sourced more from loans than from revenue. According to the firm in its Budget focus, Guyana risks less money going towards the Natural Resources Fund and more going towards making up for the deficit.“The danger of deficit financing is that all things being equal, oil revenues for the early years after first oil will simply go to bridging the deficit and little left for investments and savings,” the firm noted.At a recent event hosted by the Georgetown Chambers of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had warned that earnings from oil and gas in the first few years may fall short of the “rosy picture” being painted by the Government.He had even posited that Government may not even get the chance to use the earnings from oil revenues as they see fit, on account of the debt racked up from domestic borrowing.Soon after this, however, Minister of State Joseph Harmon was quoted disputing this prognosis.last_img read more

QPR ‘to improve offer’

first_imgThe Daily Mail say QPR will table an improved offer for Blackburn defender Chris Samba after having a bid rejected.The R’s are also said to be interested in Samba’s Rovers team-mates Junior Hoilett and Yakubu. Related story: QPR lodge bid for Blackburn’s SambaThe Telegraph is one of a number of papers to pick up on QPR majority shareholder Tony Fernandes’ comment on Twitter that “no-one’s job is safe.”Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror report that Tottenham are prepared to wait until the summer to sign Moussa Dembele from Fulham and could offer Niko Kranjcar in exchange.And the Mail suggest Fulham are interested in signing Cameroon midfielder Eyong Enoh from Ajax.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

With the regular season over, the field is now set for 2017 Dick Niclai Tournament

first_imgWith all 18 area high school basketball teams having completed their regular season schedules, all eyes now turn to what’s in store for postseason play over the next month.First stop, the annual Dick Niclai Tournament.Sitting over on the horizon, the North Coast Section playoffs and beyond.The six-team fields are officially set, with both the Arcata boys and girls basketball teams looking to defend their tournament titles for yet another season. Dusty Scofield and the Arcata girls have won …last_img read more

Bulldogs fade in loss to Redding Christian; Corning, Red Bluff, Mercy take losses

first_imgLos Molinos >> Los Molinos varsity boys took an early lead before slowly falling behind Redding Christian with a 63-50 loss Friday. The Bulldogs’ Devin Henderson played an aggressive defense in the second quarter along with a series of rebounds by Dylan Rocha but it wasn’t enough to halt the Lions from steadily maintaining a 27-19 lead into halftime.A minor injury kept Alex Russell out for most of the third quarter but he returned with a vengeance in the fourth with a string of shots and …last_img read more

How to Become a Building Enclosure Control Freak

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESAll About Water-Resistive BarriersVapor Retarders and Vapor BarriersDo I Need a Vapor Retarder?All About Wall RotQuestions and Answers About Air Barriers Frank Lloyd Wright was a control freak. This was a guy who not only designed houses but also all of the trim details and even the furniture.No, you’re right. That’s not really enough evidence to convict him. The really damning part is that he also placed the furniture exactly where he wanted it in the homes he designed… and expected you to keep it there! If you owned one of his homes, you better hope he never visited and found the furniture out of place. If so, you’d get a good scolding. Then he’d put the furniture back where it was supposed to go. Control freak!Sadly, his personal life was a mess, and his control didn’t extend to some areas where it would have helped more than in the placement of furniture, but let’s focus simply on the idea of control for now. If you design, build, inspect, rate, or verify buildings, I want you to be a control freak, too. Not about furniture — about control layers.One of the biggest knowledge gaps I see in the world of building is the understanding of the properties and uses of the various materials used in building homes. For example, I ask this question a lot in our classes and when I speak: What is the purpose of housewrap?I usually get told that it’s an air barrier or a vapor barrier. I rarely get told what it’s really for. It’s one material you can use as a really important control layer in the building enclosure. But what’s it supposed to control? Become a control freak.Here’s what you want to control in a building:HeatAirLiquid waterWater vaporUnderstand also that controlling doesn’t necessarily mean stopping. Let’s take a look at these and see what materials we can use as control layers for them.Controlling heatThis one’s easy and obvious, right? You use insulation to control the flow of heat across the building enclosure. Yeah, that part’s easy, but there are a lot of choices for insulation materials. Some of them also qualify as air barriers or vapor retarders or both. It’s not a problem doubling up to control heat and air, but you’ve gotta be careful with vapor retarders.The Passive House folks are the total control freaks in this area.Controlling airThis one’s easy in theory, too. Seal up the house as tight as you can. The old myth that a house needs to breathe has been thoroughly debunked. Unfortunately, not everyone has gotten the message. I’ve talked with home builders, even here in Georgia where they have to pass a Blower Door test, who still believe that you shouldn’t air-seal a house too much or you’ll make it ‘too tight.’ Sorry! Not true.Be a total control freak here and get the air leakage as low as you can, as they did in this net-zero home in Tennessee.Controlling liquid waterThis is probably the most important control layer of all. Wait, no, it is the most important control layer because if you screw this one up, your house fails, sometimes quicker than you might imagine. If you’re not absolutely maniacal about being a control freak here, it could well come back to bite you.And this is what hous wrap does. It’s a drainage plane behind your cladding (siding, brick, stucco…) that keeps water away from the more vulnerable materials behind it. It needs to have proper flashing at all openings for windows and doors, be layered in a shingling fashion so water doesn’t get funneled to the back side, and sealed at the seams.Of course, housewrap is only one of many types of drainage plane. You can also use a product like Huber’s Zip sheathing, rigid foam board, or any number of other materials.This is where Frank Lloyd Wright could’ve used some help in being a better control freak. Some of his spectacularly gorgeous buildings had some spectacular liquid water failures. It may be nice to work in a striking-looking building, but if I had to listen to that water dripping into the bucket by my desk all day, it’d drive me crazy. To be fair, though, he didn’t have the kinds of materials to work with that we have today.Whatever you do here, be a total control freak with liquid water.Controlling water vaporThis is probably the most confusing one. A lot of people think housewrap is a vapor barrier. Guess what? It’s not even close! It’s got a permeance well outside the range of even a Class III vapor retarder.And speaking of permeance, be sure you understand the difference between permeance and permeability as well as the three classes of vapor retarders. Go now and read my article about water vapor if this is a mystery to you. Once you thoroughly understand this, it may be clear to you that you don’t even need a vapor barrier.The thing about controlling water vapor is that you sometimes need to stop, and sometimes you need to let it flow. In a really cold climate, we stop it on the inside of a wall but not on the outside. In a mixed-humid climate, like Atlanta, you don’t want a vapor barrier on either the inside or outside.The Perfect WallJoe Lstiburek likes to talk about what he calls the Perfect Wall. It’s got all the proper control layers and puts them in places where the assembly can work in any climate. Check it out. I combobulated the Perfect Wall a while back. (In case you’re wondering, I just got tired of seeing so much discombobulation in the world.)Control the flows!There you have it — a quick overview of your path to becoming a control freak. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

Ateneo stops Adamson on its tracks, bags 8th straight win

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 5-3 Soaring Falcons fell to third place relinquishing its share of the second spot to defending champion De La Salle that has a 6-2 card.BJ Andrade gave Ateneo its biggest lead of the game at 71-50 with a booming triple with 2:02 left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter a close 31-24 first half, the Blue Eagles eventually managed to shake off the Soaring Falcons in the third taking a 13-point lead, 54-41, into the final period.“It was a defensive game, Adamson is a very good defensive team, the 23 points we scored in the third quarter was the pivotal cushion for us,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next After Game 1 struggles, Cone expecting huge fightback from Meralco Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “We wanted to make sure our defense did not let us down and that the defense would lead opportunities for us on the break.”Ateneo’s vise grip held Adamson to season-lows in points scored as the Soaring Falcons converted just one of their 18 tries from deep.The Blue Eagles also hounded Adamson’s shot takers with the Soaring Falcons tallying just five assists.Thirdy Ravena led Ateneo with 15 points and nine rebounds while Vince Tolentino added eight points and six boards.Papi Sarr had 15 points and nine rebounds to lead Adamson.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo reached a different altitude in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament after scoring its eight straight win at the expense of Adamson University, 71-59, Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The league-leading Blue Eagles soared to an 8-0 card while putting a stop to the Soaring Falcons’ four-game win streak.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Photo/Video: LSU Football Visited Flooding Evacuees This Afternoon

first_imgLSU football's Les Miles visits flooding evacuees.Twitter/@LSUfootballFor LSU football, today was a day to give back to a community still reeling from devastating flooding.The LSU football team took a break from training camp today to give back to those in need. Head coach Les Miles and his players visited the Celtic Media Centre in Baton Rouge to spend time with evacuees from the serious flooding that has plagued the area.Other LSU teams, such as men’s basketball, women’s volleyball and baseball, visited Celtic earlier in the week.The LSU Football team arriving at Celtic Media. pic.twitter.com/RrWhJoyH1Z— LSU Footbal (@LSUfootball) August 18, 2016Some of the media in attendance, including The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger and CBSNews’ Alyssa Estrada, also shared photos and footage. “Y’all got the best team this year, coach.” #LSU pic.twitter.com/y9hrCItlBZ— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) August 18, 2016Awesome job by Miles and his team, and really the entire LSU athletic department, for giving back to their community.It looks like they were able to put a smile on the face of people who could really use one.last_img read more

AltaGas celebrates grand opening of Ridley Island Propane Export Facility

first_img“The completion of this game-changing project and the shipment of our first cargo are historic milestones for AltaGas, as well as for our project partners, customers, local Indigenous Peoples, surrounding communities, and western Canada’s upstream energy sector,” said Randy Crawford, AltaGas’ President and Chief Executive Officer. “With RIPET now operational, we can offer producers a uniquely complete solution for their propane, providing premium netbacks and market optionality, while also positioning AltaGas to profitably grow our Midstream footprint – a true win-win for AltaGas and our customers.”“The ability to import Canadian propane is a significant advantage for Japan, as it provides greater energy security and supply diversification, while also enabling Canada to maximize the value of its natural resources,” said Seiya Araki, President of Astomos Energy Corporation. “This first-of-its-kind project demonstrates to the world what can be achieved through effective partnerships between Canadian and Japanese companies, and will ultimately benefit both countries for decades to come.”In total, RIPET is expected to ship approximately 1.2 million tonnes of propane annually to customers in Asia.RIPET is owned by a joint venture between AltaGas (as to a 70 percent interest) and a Canadian subsidiary of Royal Vopak (as to a 30 percent interest). PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. – AltaGas is celebrating the grand opening of the first marine propane export terminal in Canada.The first marine export facility opened in Prince Rupert with the first shipment leaving the terminal May 23, 2019, headed to Asia.In 2017, AltaGas entered a multi-year agreement with Astomos Energy Corporation, a Japanese propane importer and distributor, to purchase at least 50 percent of the propane shipped from Ridley Island Propane Export Facility (RIPET) annually. RIPET provides producers and customers with a significant locational advantage given comparatively short shipping distances to markets in Asia – notably a 10-day shipping time from Canada’s West Coast compared to 25 days from the U.S. Gulf Coast.last_img read more