Calls for better communication between the OPW and gardai

first_img Pinterest Calls for better communication between the OPW and gardai Twitter Previous articleMajor jump in Donegal car salesNext articleCouncillor not giving up on Greencastle Harbour project News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th It is claimed there is a breakdown in communication between the Gardai and the Office of Public Works in relation to the provision of a new garda station in Carndonagh.From today gardai will operate from the County Council’s Public Services Centre in the town between 10am and 3pm Monday to Friday.This is to facilitate the refurbishment of the town’s garda station at a cost of 175 thousand euro.Senator Cecilia Keaveney says that money is being wasted and would have been better spent on a new station – however she says it is not clear if the OPW or the Gardai made the decision: Facebook WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal By News Highland – March 1, 2010 Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry center_img Newsx Adverts Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 1/24

first_img Written by Tags: Roundup FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys BasketballRegion 14DELTA, Utah-Ty Allred posted 20 points and 6 rebounds on 8-14 from the field as the Juab Wasps upset the Delta Rabbits 68-62 Friday at the Palladium in Region 14 boys basketball action. Jake Bailey added 13 points on 3-6 from the field with Brendon Allred (13 points, 3-5 shooting) and Kollin Robertson (11 points, 7 rebounds) also scoring in double figures for the Wasps. Juab improved to 7-10 by shooting 55.3 percent from the field for the game.Derek Smith had 34 points on 16-17 from the foul line for the Rabbits in the loss as they fell to 10-7 on the season.Both squads are at home Wednesday as the Rabbits host Maeser Prep and Juab draws North Sanpete at Nephi.SPANISH FORK, Utah-Grady Thompson and Konner Clark posted 15 points apiece and the Manti Templars stymied American Leadership 56-42 in Region 14 boys basketball action Friday. Jonah Larsen and Norman Rentschler had 16 points apiece in the loss for the Eagles.MT. PLEASANT, Utah-Dallon Steadman led the way with 14 points and 11 rebounds as the North Sanpete Hawks edged Union 60-59 Friday in overtime in Region 14 boys basketball action Friday. Keaston Young had 20 points in defeat for the Cougars.Region 12CASTLE DALE, Utah-Brax Jensen posted 21 points and the No. 3 Emery Spartans upset No. 2 Richfield 54-53 Friday in Region 12 boys basketball action. Josh Thalman’s 17 points led the Wildcats in defeat.PRICE, Utah-Brandt Williams amassed 32 points and the South Sevier Rams smacked Carbon 72-59 in Region 12 boys basketball action Friday. Brady Gagon had 19 points in the loss for the Dinos.Region 16SALINA, Utah-Gavin Davis netted 14 points and the Duchesne Eagles edged North Sevier 53-51 in Region 16 boys basketball action Friday. Burke Mickelsen’s game-high 21 points led the Wolves in the loss.GUNNISON, Utah-Creed Mogle led the way with 9 points as the Gunnison Valley Bulldogs dismantled Altamont 37-26 Friday in Region 16 boys basketball action. Cordale Taylor had 10 points for the Longhorns in the loss.Region 18BEAVER, Utah-Cade Szymanski posted 17 points and the Kanab Cowboys humbled Beaver 54-50 in Region 18 boys basketball action Friday. Ky Brown led the Beavers in the loss with 20 points and 6 rebounds.Non-RegionMT. PLEASANT, Utah-Michael Loftin and Mike Saunders had 20 points apiece and the Wasatch Academy Tigers bludgeoned Juan Diego 100-62 in non-region boys basktetball action Friday. Talon Valdes netted 22 points on six 3-pointers in the loss for the Soaring Eagle.Girls BasketballRegion 20TROPIC, Utah-Brooklyn Syrett and Oakley Johnson had 11 points apiece as the Bryce Valley Mustangs downed Valley 35-27 in Region 20 girls basketball action Friday. Esther Cox had 11 points in defeat for the Buffaloes.JUNCTION, Utah-Heidi Jensen stepped up with 18 points and the Piute Thunderbirds smacked Wayne 55-51 Friday in Region 20 girls basketball action. Abby Stevens led the Badgers in the loss with 15 points.ESCALANTE, Utah-The Panguitch Bobcats humbled Escalante 35-21 in Region 20 girls basketball action Friday.HILDALE, Utah-The Milford Tigers smacked Water Canyon 59-44 Friday in Region 20 girls basketball action. January 24, 2020 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 1/24 Brad Jameslast_img read more

Chelsea ‘preparing final offer’ for Wigan star Moses

first_imgChelsea are preparing a final offer of £7.5m for Wigan star Victor Moses, according to the Daily Mail.Wigan are believed to be holding out for £10m for the forward and have rejected a number of previous offers.The Mail also say Tottenham are considering a £7.5m bid for Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling.The 17-year-old from Harlesden has been linked with a loan move back to QPR, who lost him when he secured a transfer to Anfield in 2010.But it is claimed that Spurs are looking to sign him on a permanent basis.QPR want to sign Dimitar Berbatov from Manchester United, The Times report.It is suggested that Rangers are preparing a £5m bid for the Bulgarian, who has been widely tipped to leave Old Trafford this summer.This page is regularly updated. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Garden Route’s new national park

first_imgThe beach at Nature’s Valley, with theTsitsikamma National Park in thebackground.(Image: Rodger Bosch, For more freephotos, visit the image library.)Fiona McIntoshFind out more about using materialSouth Africa’s Otter Trail, a 42km coastal hike set in the Garden Route of the Western Cape, is considered one of the finest hiking routes in the world, and so popular hikers have to book for it almost two years in advance. The famous five-day trail through the Tsitsikamma National Park is spectacular, but it’s not just the views that take your breath away. Make no mistake, the daily climbs and descents from the sea to the coastal plateau make the 42km Otter Trail a tough challenge.But unperturbed, some bright spark at premier event specialists Magnetic South noticed that the trail is exactly the distance of a full marathon – and so the idea of the Otter Run was born. In September this year some 200 trail runners will line up at the Storm’s River Mouth rest camp and race along the path to Nature’s Valley, with the winners expected to finish in a little over five hours.And some won’t leave it at that.  Although the Otter Run can be entered as a separate one-day event, the real nutters, individual or relay participants in the Southern Storm, will continue along the coast for the next four days on a duathlon of trail running and mountain biking from the end of the run at Nature’s Valley, along the rugged coastline, up and down majestic peaks and steep ravines and through the indigenous forest and open grasslands of the Garden Route before crossing the finishing line in Wilderness National Park.Tsitsikamma and Wilderness, the two national parks that have been chosen to mark the start and end of the inaugural Southern Storm, will also be the eastern and western boundaries of the new Garden Route National Park (GRNP), which was gazetted in March 2009.The new park will comprise some 121 000 hectares, including the existing national parks of Wilderness and Tsitsikamma, the Knysna Lakes area and other land currently under the management of South African National Parks (SANParks), as well as about 52 500 hectares of newly proclaimed land. The areas that now form part of the Garden Route National Park.The GRNP will straddle the Eastern and Western Cape, two district municipalities, Eden and Cacadu, and four local municipalities, George, Knysna, Bitou and Koukamma. Cooperative governance will therefore be essential, as Marthinus van Schalkwyk, South Africa’s minister of environmental affairs and tourism, stressed at the launch of the park.“The new national park is unique, as its administrative and ecological boundaries vary considerably,” he said. “In this context, multi-stakeholder partnerships will be instrumental to successful conservation management.”Current programmes focus on specific areas, or corridors, which include the Western Knysna Heads, the Harkerville-Robberg coastal corridor and the Touw, Hoogekraal, Karatara and Knysna River corridors. But with at least 1 004 private landowners bordering the park the challenge will be coordinating the various stewardship programmes in the years to come.The idea is that residents of the Garden Route will do their bit to conserve the area’s natural heritage – there will be no additional fences and, for the immediate future, it will be business as usual. But the formation of the GRNP will facilitate the regional implementation of important programmes like fire management, alien clearance and land consolidation, while the sharing of resources and management experience, and the integration of current management units, will result in greater economies of scale.The tourism potential of this diverse and internationally renowned area is enormous. The Garden Route is the third most-preferred tourism destination in South Africa, and marketing the GRNP should ensure that visitors discover more that just the well-trodden routes to the premier visitor sites.Tourist facilities will be expanded to include a range of accommodation options such as chalets and forest camping decks while adventurers are spoilt for choice given the vast number of mountain biking, hiking and canoe trails, the superb snorkelling, diving and fishing, and the range of more extreme activities such as abseiling, kloofing and paragliding.The establishment of the consolidated park is part of a long-term strategy to expand South African natural areas under formal protection from 6% to 8% of the country’s total land area. That would increase protected regions from the current 75 000 square kilometres to about 100 000 square kilometres – an area roughly the size of South Korea.“As our parks are some of our most important conservation and tourism assets, we have been steadily increasing spending on parks,” said Van Schalkwyk. “We have invested R411-million [about US$50-million] in infrastructure development for the period 2006/07 to 2008/09 and a further R245-million [$30-million] is being earmarked for the next period. Other financial assistance has increased from R85.6-million [$10-million] in 2004/05 to R205-million [$25-million] in 2009/10.”SANParks is the second largest employer in the region and its chief operating officer, Sydney Soundy, said the Garden Route is one of the conservation body’s critical focus areas in South Africa.“The area plays host to the largest continuous complex of indigenous forest in the country, spanning approximately 60 500 hectares,” he said. “Its aquatic systems, the Knysna estuary and the Wilderness lake areas, are rated number one and number six respectively in the country. The fynbos falls within the Cape Floristic region, which is a designated global diversity hotspot.“To manage this unique combination of diverse biomes with strong tourism and developmental interest will be one of our biggest challenges as SANParks. Here the term ‘conservation without boundaries’ needs to become a way of life, not just for major stakeholders, but also for all residents in the areas surrounding the park.“The Garden Route is fortunate to be part of this process and I believe we will be coining a new conservation model for South Africa.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] articlesSouth Africa’s National ParksWalking for Eden, and elephants The Tour de Kruger – a wild ride Boulders penguins’ promised land Slackpacking in the Cederberg Useful linksSouth African National ParksGarden Route National ParkMagnetic Southlast_img read more

New and Improved Cotton Insulation Still Doesn’t Work

first_imgWhat do you do when a green product doesn’t live up to expectations? I want to see green building products succeed in the marketplace, and make it easy for professionals to find the best of the best in our GreenSpec guide.So I’ll say it up front: when I see a product being marketed as green that’s substandard, I think it’s important to point it out. This doesn’t mean the product has problems because it’s green. It means that I hold it to a higher standard: to win the mainstream over to sustainability, we have to deliver on promises of reduced environmental burdens along with superior performance.A little while back, I took Bonded Logic to task for flaws its Ultratouch cotton batt design and installation process. The real installation culprit: fiberglassTo be clear, I like cotton insulation for several reasons, including Bonded Logic’s recent move to post-consumer recycled jeans (previously it was pre-consumer denim), and the fact that it’s much less unpleasant than fiberglass to work with — although unlike the folks in their videos I would still wear a mask to protect from dust that comes off the product, particularly during cutting. Also, by focusing my ire on cotton I don’t intend to give a pass to what I see as the real culprit in batt insulation: fiberglass.Fiberglass batts have been poorly installed by so many people in so many buildings for so many years — to the extent that GBA’s own Green Curmudgeon called for it to be banned. It can even be argued that fiberglass is less tolerant of the kinds of questionable installation choices seen in its manufacturers’ videos (I’m referring to the questionable approach to ductwork and piping) because it is relatively air-permeable, so air has an easier time forming currents through gaps created during poor installation. See this guide on GBA for signs of a good batt install.All the more reason, though, that we need to do better in the green products community.What do you think? Please leave your comments below. Bonded Logic still doesn’t get itHowever, Bonded Logic still doesn’t seem to get it when it comes to installation quality. Whether you’re using fiberglass or cotton batts, exact fitting to cavity sizes is key. That means cutting insulation around electrical boxes, wiring, and also cutting it for the occasional cavity of a different dimension. What I’ve seen of this installation video is pretty good, but there’s a flub in the Bonded Logic video publicizing its new perforated batts. As the screen capture shows, the installer is placing a batt in a cavity with complete disregard for the unusual shape of the cavity. The installation will result in a classic poor batt installation — lack of complete contact with all six sides of the cavity. What kind of attention are they putting into other irregular cavities?I brought up this issue with the same Bonded Logic spokesperson in two successive emails, and did not receive a response. That was a couple months ago. The video is still up, so I’m taking Bonded Logic to task again.center_img The problems with UltratouchThe worst flaw I found was that the product is too thin. After being compressed in bags for shipping from Ultratouch’s Arizona plant, the post-consumer-denim cotton batts never regain their “loft.” That means that insulation is going into wall and ceiling cavities with air spaces around it. Air that is completely stagnant insulates very well — at R-5, even better than Ultratouch’s R-3.7. But air in wall cavities moves around with convection, contributing to heat loss and crippling the nominal R-value of the insulation. (Read more here on How Insulation Works.)I also found that the batts were too wide for 16-inch-on-center KD 2x4s (standard lumberyard kiln-dried sticks), leading again to air spaces due to poorly fitting batts.Thirdly, I complained that the batts were really hard to cut. This was especially frustrating because the ill-fitting batts required a lot more cutting than a standard fiberglass batt.The good news is that Bonded Logic is now perforating its batts at standard widths so that they are easier to cut for proper fitting. They haven’t announced what those widths, are, however, and it seems like a tough problem. How standard are the sizes of the off-size stud cavities found in our buildings? Perhaps in new homes with designs optimized for manufactured material use they are standard, but in the retrofits and custom jobs that a lot of builders are doing today, I am not sure how useful these perforations will be.Another piece of good news, according to a spokesperson I heard from, is that Ultratouch will also soon be available in different widths according to whether you’re using wood or steel studs.last_img read more

Four Defining Traits of a Successfully Networked Professional

first_imgThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. This article (Four Defining Traits of a Successfully Networked Professional) was originally published Thursday September 6, 2012, on the Military Families Learning Network blog, a part of eXtension. Many professionals who are struggling to master social media are still not getting the big picture — and make no mistake: there is a big picture.They equate social media success with developing a Facebook page or learning how to tweet. While that’s a big part of it, there’s more.There is an even bigger issue at stake: These applications and many others like them are changing all facets of life as we know it.Social media adoption involves more than just a working knowledge of a handful of apps. We’re being challenged to undergo a complete change of mindset — a new way of thinking that will transform how we will work in the 21st century.There are (at least) four defining traits of a successfully networked professional:Harnessing the Generative Capacity of Online MediaThis term, generative capacity, may sound complicated, but it isn’t. It simply means that the interactions taking place within online media are generating knowledge and insights at such rapid rates and in such volumes that we can no longer ignore them and remain viable in our jobs.For whatever reason, a lot of professionals think that applications such as Facebook and Twitter are simply add-ons to their work, much as e-mail was a generation ago. Many of us don’t understand that older ways of doing things simply can’t keep pace with these new media.The generative capacity of this new media demands that we see these new media for what they are: game changers — every bit as far-reaching as the printing press was in the 15th century. They are game changers because they are changing all facets of how we live and work.In building presences on Facebook, Twitter and other applications, we are taking the first steps toward engaging with our audiences in the places where most human exchanges will occur in the future. Here’s another way of looking at it: We are equipping ourselves to compete at the speed and in the volume that this new information order demands.We are fully harnessing the generative capacity of these new media.Network Participation and BuildingOnline media are also challenging all of us to be networked professionals. Yes, face-to-face communication as well as printed text will still be valuable ways to communicate in the 21st century. A handful of professionals will also have access to mass media, such as radio and television.The big difference now is that online media and the extended networks that have grown out of them have freed our clients to seek out information on their own. They are no longer the passive audiences they used to be. Knowledge is no longer being handed down to them from on high by information brokers.We are being called upon to engage our audiences where they are increasingly being found: in highly fluid networks.Fostering Creativity and Innovation through Network BuildingWe have got to understand that openness, creativity and innovation are the core values of this new information order and the reasons why online networking has become so valuable.Much of what passes as progress today is being driven by ordinary people operating in fluid, open environments — networks where ideas in the course of meeting and mating morph into new ones that enhance opportunities for further creation and innovation.Here’s another way of looking at it: Networks are providing us with greater opportunities than ever for moving our ideas from the drawing room to the assembly floor and, ultimately, to our end users.This change is calling on us to understand network building for what it is: new opportunities to share, discover, discuss, and build on ideas.Building Professional CredibilityOnline networks present us with enormous opportunities to build social capital with our clients. In the course of building this social capital we also enhance our standing as credible professionals.How do we build this social capital? By adding value to the insights and knowledge generated by this network interaction, often by showing people how to understand these insights in deeper and more enriched contexts.Yes, mastering social media takes time. In a way, it’s a lot like a capital investment. Like any investment, these efforts will pay dividends over time. You’ll know that you have passed a professional milestone when more of your tweets are retweeted — or when you’re thanked by a complete stranger at a regional or national conference for all the useful information and insights you provide.In time, you’ll also gain a deep appreciation for how exchanges with diverse audiences in social networks have deepened your understanding of your own profession.By learning to engage with your audiences — by providing interesting and useful knowledge products through your social media channels — you will be viewed as a professional on the cutting edge of your field, someone who is making a big difference in the lives of your audiences, whomever they happen to be.center_img Author: Jim Langcusterlast_img read more

Photo: ESPN’s Chris Fowler Got A Selfie With Jim Harbaugh And Urban Meyer At Dick Vitale’s V Foundation Gala

first_imgJim Harbaugh addresses a group of reporters.Not many people in the sports world can bring Jim Harbaugh and Urban Meyer toghether, but Dick Vitale is one of them. The legendary college basketball analyst hosted his annual V Foundation gala last night, and many top figures in the college sports world turned out, including the rival Michigan and Ohio State coaches. Harbaugh and Meyer actually teamed up on stage to announce the winner of a raffle for a 2016 Mercedes Benz, and later took a selfie with ESPN’s Chris Fowler.Yes @OhioStateFB Urban Meyer & @umichfootball Jim Harbaugh are on stage together @DickieV gala @TheVFoundation— Josh Krulewitz (@jksports) May 14, 2016OK, this Harbaugh/Meyer selfie is focused better. So I’ll also share it for posterity, never to be recreated!— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) May 14, 2016 That is quite the photo. At the end of the night, Vitale announced that the gala, which honored the late Chad Carr, had raised an estimated $2.8 million for pediatric cancer research. A wonderful job by Dickie V, and everyone else involved with the gala this year.last_img read more