Over 41 Donegal communities will be saying The Big Hello! this May Bank Holiday

first_imgOver 41 communities in Donegal will be saying The Big Hello! this May Bank Holiday Weekend. The Big Hello! supports communities to host events in their local area in order to strengthen community ties and help tackle the problem of social isolation.Donegal was awarded €10,000 as ‘The Big Hello!’ campaign throughout the country that aims to host events in local areas in order to strengthen community ties and help tackle the problem of social isolation. Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, has expressed his delight at the response by communities in Donegal to The Big Hello! initiative which was launched last month.Minister Ring said: “I’m blown away by the response that there has been from communities in Donegal. It’s going to make for a really enjoyable and exciting May Bank Holiday weekend in the county.“Over 790 events have been confirmed nationally, with more to come. In fact, I’m confident that we will surpass our target of 1,000 events throughout the country.”Some of the organisations hosting The Big Hello! events include: Coiste Forbartha Chnoc FolaClonmany Youth & Community Resource CentreLetterkenny Community Heritage GroupCuldaff Development Assoc/Tidy TownsMinister Ring continued: “I’m delighted that people in Donegal have taken to The Big Hello! concept so enthusiastically. It is a great reflection of the strong communities that we have.“I now urge people to reach out to their neighbours, especially those who may be elderly or vulnerable, and try to get them involved in their local event.“In a world where people are spending less time in their communities and more time at work, it is important to find new ways to connect people and focus on the importance of neighbours.“With our busy lives, it can be hard to make as much time for each other outside of our network of family, friends and social media contacts.“Sadly, many people living among us are experiencing social isolation and loneliness. I firmly believe that this initiative can help people to connect or re-connect with their neighbours and communities. “I am really looking forward to attending The Big Hello! events throughout the country over the May Bank Holiday weekend.”Over 41 Donegal communities will be saying The Big Hello! this May Bank Holiday was last modified: May 2nd, 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

A’s get six homers, stout pitching from Anderson and blast Orioles

first_imgOAKLAND — The ball was carrying out to center and right field Tuesday night at the Coliseum.Was it ever.Rookie catcher Beau Taylor lit the fuse with his first major league home run, the first of six by six different players, and Brett Anderson (7-4) pitched seven innings and allowed one earned run in a 16-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles before a crowd of 14,310. Click here if you are having trouble viewing the slideshow on a mobile device. Things were bordering on the ridiculous …last_img

Ohio Farm Bureau funding water quality projects across the state

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For the third year in a row, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is funding county Farm Bureau-led projects that help improve water quality in local communities. This round of funding will put total investment by Ohio Farm Bureau and partner organizations at more than $1 million in county water quality projects.“What an incredible effort by our members and partners in reaching the $1 million mark. These projects over the past couple of years have helped improve water quality in communities across the state with the help of more than two dozen county Farm Bureaus and more than 110 partner groups,” said Jordan Hoewischer, OFBF director of water quality and research.This year, more than $154,000 in OFBF and matching funds will be put to work in local communities.The county water quality grants are part of Ohio Farm Bureau’s comprehensive Water Quality Action Plan launched in September 2014. OFBF has invested $2.3 million in member funds for projects and measures that help protect the environment and preserve farmers’ ability to produce food. The complete story on Farm Bureau water quality initiatives is at farmersforwater.org.County Farm Bureaus receiving funding and their projects include the following. Crawford County: A water quality learning area will be created to educate farmers, school groups, elected officials and the general public about the positive measures farmers are taking to improve water quality by minimizing nutrient runoff. The area will be next to cropland and consist of a 1-acre surface-fed pond with a drainage ditch and small creek feeding into it. Defiance, Fulton, Henry and Williams counties: The four county Farm Bureaus will partner with Farm Bureau counties in Michigan to buy radio and television advertising that promote the different measures agriculture is using to protect Lake Erie. Fulton County: County Farm Bureau members will visit Ohio State University’s water research center, Stone Lab, on Lake Erie as well as the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms to learn about water quality efforts. Logan County: Water testing from subsurface tile and from surface waterways will be done at county farms that have a permanent agricultural easement to demonstrate how they are good stewards of the land. Also planned is a presentation by two national experts on soil health and cover crops. Lucas and Ottawa counties: Two tours of the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms will be offered to showcase conservation practices and research being done on the three farms. The first tour is for county Farm Bureau members, public officials and legislators. The second is for county FFA chapters, and students will have the opportunity to prepare for their FFA soil judging contests. Mahoning County: This project will provide education to agricultural and residential landowners on proper soil testing and nutrient management. Mercer County: Two different methods will be used to research the differences in soil health between a long-term no-till system and a minimum tillage system. Data will be collected for 16 months and followed up by community outreach. Muskingum County: In support of a two-year project to gather nutrient data, a video will be produced and informational meeting held to share with local farmers the results of the study. The research tracked soil test levels and tissue levels of crops throughout the season along with water samples from tile outlets. The project findings will help farmers when making nutrient management decisions. Putnam County: An agricultural tour will showcase what farmers and the county are doing in regards to water quality. Stops include the Ottawa Wastewater Treatment Plant, a newly constructed swine nursery operation, a dairy farm, a hydroponic farm and a vineyard. Seneca County: Infield data collection equipment will be provided along with manure nutrient sampling and consultation. Quarterly scientific nutrient management newsletters will be sent to farmers. Educational efforts will be supplemented by personal contacts. The county will host multi-county educational tours to share information. Tuscarawas County: Members of OFBF’s Young Agricultural Professionals will be invited to canoe the Tuscarawas River to see the region’s natural assets and learn about the different tributaries and riparian areas and how they relate to water quality. Wayne County: Dairy manure application plots will be set up and yield data collected to determine the effectiveness and best time to do side-dress application of manure, which is done after crops have started growing.last_img read more

Insulating an Old Brick Dormitory

first_img[Photo credit: Smith & Vansant Architects]At below-grade walls, rigid mineral wool board was first added to hedge against bulk water issues. [Photo credit: Smith & Vansant Architects]A code-compliant vented roof with cellulose and mineral woolRoof insulation retrofits can be challenging: insulation code requirements, airtightness, vapor control, fire resistance and other needs have to be met. For cathedral roofs that don’t resort to closed cell foam, venting outboard of the roof decking is always desirable. However, in this project there were no plans to touch the existing slate roofing. Fortunately, the designers of the original gambrel roof presented the architects with a gift — in the form of a “double roof” with a vented gap in between (see Image #3 at the bottom of the page). With venting already built in, it would be code compliant to dense pack cellulose in the existing rafter bays. (Note: by keeping moisture levels low, Intello would have been safe to use even without venting.)As with the walls, Intello Plus provided the airtightness, intelligent vapor control and reinforced membrane for a practical, cost-effective and safe way to insulate the dormitory roof with dense-packed cellulose. An additional layer of Roxul ComfortBoard was added inboard to provide a thermal break along with fire rating for the attic.[Photo credit: Smith & Vansant Architects]Step 1: After taping/caulking surfaces were swept clean (see “Dust is not airtight, so don’t tape to it“), Intello Plus was stapled to rafters and caulked to the floor, and then the seams were taped. Structural and service penetrations were diligently taped.Step 2: A number of brick interior and end walls interrupted the roof. Brick work is pretty leaky — the mortar joints are air transfer paths. It has been reported by the Passivhaus Institut that plastering the brick for 3′ 6″ (1 meter) will make the brick/mortar joints sufficiently airtight. There are several options to connect this plaster in an airtight manner to the roof Intello.[Photo credit: Smith & Vansant Architects]For this project, Intello was taped to the brick with Tescon Vana and Tescon Primer RP. [Photo credit: Smith & Vansant Architects]Mineral wool boards were also added at end walls. [Photo credit: Smith & Vansant Architects]Then the fleece side of the Vana was plastered over.Step 3: After dense-packing behind the Intello Plus and taping the blow holes, the slight bulges were rolled flat. The renovation work is reversibleWhile no blower door tests were done to verify the final airtightness, Jon Haehnel from Zero by Degrees issued a comprehensive report of pressurized fog tests. He commented that the “air barrier system is performing well and that there has been careful attention to detail when making transitions in the air barrier”. The architects also praised the foam-free interior, noting that it “felt different” from spray foam projects.Historic buildings cannot take a pass on addressing climate change mitigation. We can — and should — safely make our historic masonry walls more energy efficient (using WUFI as a guide). And historic roofs can also be brought to high performance — and done reversibly, with sustainable fibrous insulations such as cellulose and mineral wool. Step 4: Intello Plus membrane was stapled and taped with Tescon Vana across the inside face of the studs, with staples aligned vertically to resist tear-out when dense-packing. This differs from traditional installation of InsulWeb netting, which is often inset (lip stitch) stapled to the studs. Staples were also applied horizontally at top and bottom plates. Contega HF solid acrylic caulk was used to connect Intello securely and flexibly to subfloors and other rough/uneven areas for durable airtightness. [Photo credit: Oliver Klein]Then furred 2×4 walls were built over that. Insulation on the interior with dense-packed celluloseSmith & Vansant Architects, based in Norwich, Vermont, was hired to renovate an existing campus structure at 4 North Park Street in Hanover, New Hampshire. Built in 1928 as the Whitaker Apartments, it was designed by Jens Frederick Larson, famous for designing iconic Dartmouth landmarks such as Baker Library and Memorial Stadium. While the $3.6 million renovation pricetag for the LGBTQ living and learning program house could possibly have paid for a brand-new building, the school decided to keep the historic exterior. They also aimed to make it greener — more sustainable, energy efficient and comfortable. (Saving the structure from demolition was in itself one of the greenest strategies of the project!)Like many building professionals, lead architect John Vansant expressed concerns about applying closed-cell spray foam insulation from the interior to bring the building to higher performance, and was interested in a different approach. Having worked with Dartmouth College on a number of retrofit projects, he invited members of the campus Buildings & Grounds department to attend 475′s “High Performance Historic Masonry Retrofits” presentation. They decided to specify the Intello Plus interior airtight system with dense-packed cellulose for both the existing masonry walls and the roof.The existing walls were an unconventional hybrid of face brick over hollow terracotta tile (see Image #2 at the bottom of the page). In a case such as this where the moisture risks are even less well understood, Intello provides the drying reserve needed to overcome any unanticipated moisture stress.For optimal airtight installations, 475 offers a comprehensive eBook guide with detail drawings, 3-D diagrams, and best practice recommendations. The general contractor, Estes & Gallup, did a great job tailoring 475 recommendations to the realities of a project on a tight budget and deadline. The project was a resounding success, and the Dartmouth community celebrated the “Triangle House” opening on Nov. 1, 2014 — delivered on time for the opening of the fall semester.[Photo credit: Smith & Vansant Architects]Simple steps to a continuous interior airtight layerStep 1: The first step in any historic wall retrofit project is to evaluate and address bulk water issues. This includes assessing the quality of the brick, as well as restoring the traditional water shedding details to good working order. Fortunately, the brick exterior of this 86-year-old building was still in very good condition. The interior terracotta was also reasonably “windtight” — helping to ensure that wind-driven moisture would have minimal impact. [Photo credit: Smith & Vansant Architects] [Photo credit: Smith & Vansant Architects]Then the 2-inch-thick rigid mineral wool boards were secured through to the rafters.center_img Oliver Klein is the New England product consultant for 475 High Performance Building Supply. He is a LEED AP, Certified Passive House Consultant and registered architect in Massachusetts. Oliver has a Masters degree in Materials Science from Dartmouth College and a Masters in Architecture from Boston Architectural College. [Photo credit: Oliver Klein]Step 5. Intello Plus was folded and taped into window openings with Tescon Profil for full airtight integration. With the airtight layer complete up to the top plates, cellulose was blown through temporary holes that were then patched with acrylic tape. Airtight and foam-free rim joists could have been achieved with a combination of Intello and tape, but due to time constraints closed-cell foam was used in those areas. A very small fraction of the insulation in this retrofit was foam! Insulating Old Brick BuildingsReviving Old Masonry Buildings Podcast: Insulation Retrofits on Old Masonry BuildingsBrick Buildings Need Roof OverhangsService Cavities for Wiring and Plumbing Internal Insulation of Masonry Walls: Final Measure Guideline Assessing the Freeze-Thaw Resistance of Clay Brick for Interior Insulation Retrofit Projects Thick As a BrickInsulating Residential Masonry Buildings In Cold Climates Performance Evaluation of Retrofitted Solid Masonry Exterior Walls [Photo credit: Smith & Vansant Architects]Step 3: Without service cavities (another 475 best practice recommendation), Lessco airtight utility boxes were installed. [Photo credit: Oliver Klein]The boxes were later taped to the Intello membrane. Countless historic masonry buildings dot the American landscape, a large number of them falling under some form of aesthetic scrutiny prohibiting exterior insulation. The only option to make these buildings energy-efficient is to insulate them on the interior.My company, 475 High Performance Building Supply, works with architects and builders who insulate these types of walls safely from the interior — considering moisture drive, bulk rain water issues, and insulation materials — while avoiding the dangers of freeze-thaw and mold. Using WUFI hygrothermal modeling, we show how effectively Intello, an airtight membrane with variable vapor permeance, provides the necessary drying reserve to keep newly insulated historic structures from falling apart. Using this approach, preservation and high performance can work together for a truly sustainable future.College campuses have all manner of these types of historic masonry structures, from academic buildings to dormitories. It’s therefore not surprising that campuses have gigantic energy costs. Dartmouth College is one of New Hampshire’s biggest energy users. So there’s plenty of incentive to lower the heating and cooling load of campus buildings (without destroying them in the process). RELATED ARTICLES [Photo credit: Smith & Vansant Architects]Step 2: In preparation for the interior airtight Intello Plus layer, 2×4 furred walls were offset a couple of inches from the masonry. [Photo credit: Oliver Klein]With no shortage of obstacles — from new and existing structural members to framed interior walls and existing floors — obtaining a perfectly continuous Intello layer was a challenge. (Note: our best practice recommendation is to cut back floors and interior walls to allow for optimal airtight taping and Intello continuity across such areas.)last_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd legend Neville excited to see Rashford at top of his game

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Neville excited to see Rashford at top of his gameby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville is delighted seeing Marcus Rashford at the top of his game for victory at Newcastle.Rashford, 21, took his tally to three goals in four games with Solskjaer in charge against Newcastle and Neville said his improvement comes from replicating United teammate Anthony Martial in front of goal.Rashford has held his position as United’s first-choice striker since Jose Mourinho’s dismissal and Neville says watching the forward is a delight.”Rashford playing up front has been fantastic,” he told Sky Sports. “I love him to bits.”150 games nearly at the age of 21; the potential is enormous.”It’s actually now stepping up beyond potential, to where he will be a top-class player.” last_img read more

10 months agoArsenal boss Emery: Banega a very good player

first_imgArsenal boss Emery: Banega a very good playerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery has admitted his admiration for Sevilla ace Ever Banega.Banega has been linked with a move to Arsenal this month.And Emery says, “I know this player and he’s a very good player.”I cannot tell you more.”I can say to you that the club is working, the club is telling me the different situations in each moment. At the moment, we haven’t had any news today about that.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

9 months agoAgent of Barcelona signing Tobido: Juventus were desperate for him

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Agent of Barcelona signing Tobido: Juventus were desperate for himby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Jean-Clair Todibo says the Toulouse defender chose to sign for Barcelona ahead of Juventus.It was announced this week that Todibo would be joining Barca at the end of the season when his contract expires.Bruno Satin told Sportnews.eu: “He chose the Catalans for their history. Barça is very big club and when he was little, he dreamed of playing with this shirt. Money has nothing to do with his choice, he did it for the emotions that Barça provokes. “Moreover, compared to other interested clubs, he will have more opportunities to play. “Juventus and Leipzig wanted him too. I met several times the Bianconeri, who absolutely wanted the player. Finally it is Todibo who chose Barça, because he thinks he is more likely to start there. At Juventus there are a lot of big defenders.” last_img read more

9 months ago​Liverpool defender Lovren receives one-match Croatia ban

first_img​Liverpool defender Lovren receives one-match Croatia banby Ansser Sadiq9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Dejan Lovren has received a one game international ban.The player is under fire because of comments that he made on social media.He posted a video on Instagram after a game against Spain in November, where he insulted the team and Sergio Ramos.According to UEFA, Lovren acted in a way that was not compliant with the body’s disciplinary rules.UEFA can punish anyone “whose conduct is insulting or otherwise violates the basic rules of decent conduct”.Lovren will miss his nation’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Azerbaijan. About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Video: Here’s Urban Meyer Teeing Off At The Famous 16th Hole At TPC Scottsdale

first_imgUrban Meyer and his wife exit the field.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Urban Meyer the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes hugs his wife Shelley Meyer on the field after 27-21 win over the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Urban Meyer lives next to a golf course in Columbus, Ohio. The Ohio State coach jokes that he and his son, Nate, will often sneak onto the Muirfield Village Golf Club course and play a couple holes. The Buckeyes’ head coach has found some time to golf amid the post-national championship tour and recruiting period. For those who care, Urban Meyer is soon to take part in a hole in one contest at the Phoenix Open. It’s live on Golf Channel NOW— Matt Barnes (@Matt_NBC4) January 28, 2015Here’s the 50-year-old coach teeing off at the famous 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale, home of this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open. Based on how Meyer’s month has gone, he probably hit a hole-in-one.last_img read more

Report: 4-Star PF Noah Dickerson Has Asked Florida For A Release From His Letter Of Intent

first_imgNew Florida basketball coach Mike White inherits a Florida program that has been very strong over the last few decades, but he has some work to do to lock down the 2015 recruiting class built by Billy Donovan. Four star Noah Dickerson of Monteverde Academy had been one of the cornerstones of the Gators’ class, but according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, he is looking to reevaluate his college options with Donovan out of the picture.Florida signee Noah Dickerson told ESPN he has asked for his release.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 13, 2015Dickerson committed to Florida back in August, and has offers from Connecticut, Georgetown, LSU, N.C. State, Ohio State, Virginia, and numerous other programs, including much of the SEC. It should be noted that last night, he retweeted a message in support of White getting verified on Twitter.dickersonwhiteRTMaybe Florida still has a chance to finish with Dickerson’s commitment. Either way, he is well within his right to want to reevaluate things after the departure of the coach that he had committed to. We should find out where he will end up fairly soon.last_img read more