25 Dec


first_imgFrankie’s Angels! The ladies behind the Donegal Diaspora website along with Mayor Frank McBrearty at today’s launchThe Mayor of Donegal has called for an amnesty to allow the undocumented Irish in the US to return home during the year of The Gathering.Cllr Frank McBrearty was speaking as he launched the Donegal Diaspora website in Letterkenny this afternoon.Mayor McBrearty said he was an avid supporter of The Gathering and its aims. But he said everyone must be able to avail of the opportunity to return to wherever in Ireland they have their roots.“Many of our brothers and sisters have been scattered to the fours corners of the globe through no fault of their own in their quest to make better lives for themselves.County Manager Seamus Neely with Cllr Bernard McGuinness at today’s launch“Many thousands of those have found themselves in America – either legally or illegally.“Our thoughts and prayers should be with the undocumented and hopefully this year, in the new dawn of the Obama administration, there will be an amnesty and they will be able to come home from the US,” he said. The launch of the Donegal Diaspora website is the first time Donegal County Council has reached out to the millions of people abroad who claim to have Donegal heritage.One of those who have worked on making the website a reality, Sally Murphy, took those on a virtual tour of all the site has to offer.Ms Murphy said she is really excited about the project and how she expects the numbers of people visiting the site to grow in the coming days, weeks, months and years ahead.As well as portraying all Donegal has to offer, the website also features countless stories on Donegal people who have made their lives abroad.One of the features of the site is a special blog section which allows people from around the globe who have Donegal connections to tell their story. Other features include how people can invest in Donegal,Donegal County Manager Seamus Neely said the new Donegal Diaspora website is meant for anyone in the world who has any kind of interest in Donegal.“This Donegal global community, our ‘Pobal Domhanda’ is made up of people who have left the county in recent times, of descendants of those who have left over past decades and centuries and of those who have developed an interest in the county for one reason or another.“This website is for those many people so they can keep a link with the county of Donegal wherever on our planet they find themselves,” he said. The website is www.donegaldiaspora.ieSpecial guests at today’s launch of the Donegal Diaspora websiteMAYOR CALLS FOR AMNESTY FOR DONEGAL’S UNDOCUMENTED AT DIASPORA WEBSITE LAUNCH was last modified: February 6th, 2013 by StephenShare 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)Tags:Cllr Frank McBreartyDonegal Diaspora websitelast_img read more

17 Dec

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — December 1, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rayn Martin 12-1-17No change in the short term forecast through next Tuesday. Behind the front that moved through yesterday, we have dry weather in for today, tomorrow and Sunday. Temps will be normal to above normal for daytime highs, but normal overnight (which is much cooler than we have become accustomed to recently). Sunshine will dominate through the period.Monday we start to see good southwest winds develop and most of the state will see another dry day with sunshine slowly followed by increasing clouds. Yesterday we mentioned our concern about some fringe moisture working into far NW Ohio for Monday. That moisture looks less impressive this morning, but we still can’t completely rule it out. Our feeling is that most of it will stay well west and north of us. But, there will at least be some clouds around as early as Monday morning and we still won’t rule out action over about 30% of far NW OH. Again, most of the rest of the state stays dry for Monday, but it gets windy and clouds increase through the day.Our next cold front arrives Monday night and goes through Tuesday and into very early Wednesday. Rain totals look to remain in that .25”-.75” range with coverage bumped to 90% of the state. We actually think that all areas have a really good shot at seeing at least the lower end of the range. Winds will be very gusty Tuesday as the front moves through. We won’t rule out 20-40 mph sustained winds. The map above is a snapshot of potential action Tuesday night. WE think the 1” rain totals projected by this model are overdone, but the spread and progression of the moisture is right in line with our thinking.A few tweaks to the rest of the 10 day forecast this morning. Behind the front we try to dry out, but we also see significantly colder air blasting into the region. This cold air comes on north winds, coming right across the great lakes region. We think now that we will see plenty of clouds in due to this lake enhancement, and we can’t even rule out some lake effect snow on Wednesday far northern Ohio. This can also trigger some light scattered rain showers off and on for Wednesday farther south over Ohio. Moisture availability is not significant…only a few hundredths for the most part, but we can’t rule it out. Coverage will be 40-50% or less.Clouds will stay part of the forecast through Thursday and Friday too as north winds continue, but they will not be as strong. We expect some sun, but not the bright, sunny set up that is expected here today and this weekend.The extended period has an upper level trough digging in over the eastern half to third of the country. This will keep temps on the defensive, mostly below normal through mid-month. IT also will mean we expect a pattern similar to the second half of next week right on through the 11-16 day forecast window. Our very pleasant finish to fall is about to become a little less pleasant as we move deeper into December.last_img read more

16 Dec

Does R-Value Trump Thermal Mass?

first_imgWhat about ICFs for the whole house?Lizer is planning to use ICFs only for the foundation, not above grade. The double-stud exterior walls above grade will be insulated with blown-in fiberglass.“Fiberglass? Ugh,” Collignon says. “In my opinion, you’re headed down the wrong road.”Collignon e-mailed the thread to an old colleague, a professional engineer licensed in 20 states and one Canadian province, for a second opinion. According to Collignon, the engineer thinks Lizer would be better off building the whole house with ICFs. “Even with the double-stud configuration, unless he is using polystyrene foam in the wall, the old saying comes to mind, ‘fiberglass is a filter,’” Collignon quotes him as saying. “Air doesn’t blow through ICF walls.”There are two additional points raised by Collignon’s engineer: first, if the concern is higher R-values, Lizer can use ICFs with 4 in. of foam on the outside face and 2 in. inside; and second, the windows and doors are the real energy-wasters. “Windows are R-1,” the engineer pronounces. “They are the ‘hole in the bottom of the pail of water’ … all of the heat leaks out through the windows.”Hogwash, writes Dick Russell. No one building a superinsulated house is going to use single-pane (R-1) windows, he says, adding, “Statements like that detract from whatever other useful thoughts he may have offered.” Thermal mass vs. higher R-valueWith a core of concrete, the ICF wall has more mass than a wood-framed wall, and Mike Collignon thinks this benefit is worth considering. “This often doesn’t show up in R-value discussions,” he writes, “but it [is] quantifiable and does make a difference in reducing air infiltration.” RELATED MULTIMEDIA Green Home Tour: ICF House With Energy Star Rating RELATED ARTICLES All About Thermal MassGreen Basics: Insulated Concrete FormsDouble-Stud Walls Our expert’s opinionPeter Yost, GBA’s technical director, added this:There are a couple of key points to this issue:R-value and thermal mass in Zone 6. Yep, unless you have deep diurnal temperature swings, put your money and efforts towards insulation and air sealing in cold climates. And when I have been in well-designed passive solar homes with plenty of thermal mass in Santa Fe, New Mexico (a climate with nearly ideal diurnal swings) during the winter, I’ve concluded that it is best to expand your thermal comfort zone quite a bit in the early mornings until the sun catches up on that mass.Thermal mass and ICFs. Good catch on this one: All insulation, whether it be on one side of the concrete mass or the other, retards heat flow. ICF walls have interior rigid insulation that decouples the concrete mass of the ICF from the building’s interior, reducing whatever thermal mass effect it has.ICF and airtightness. While the airtightness of the field of an ICF wall is impressive, it’s not in the field of building assemblies (walls or roofs) where we get the bulk of our air leakage; that occurs at assembly transitions (for example, the transition between an ICF foundation and an above-grade wall, or the transition between an above-grade wall and the eave) and penetrations (windows, doors, plumbing stacks, chimneys). Really tight homes can be built of just about anything, but not without attention to these challenging spots, which are nearly as common in ICF assemblies as any other.Blown fiberglass and cellulose insulation and airtightness. Granted, the air permeability of cellulose is generally higher than spray fiberglass, but neither is airtight enough to qualify as an air barrier; BOTH require six-sided containment and a dedicated, continuous, air barrier system.Finally, I have never seen the open side of a walk-out basement with few enough openings and their configuration to really make any real structural advantage of an ICF over a framed wall. And boy, do they seem to get reconfigured over time as the use of the walk-out space changes. So, I really don’t see any real advantage, thermal or otherwise, to making the walk-out side out of ICF over any other assembly. ICF Block SystemAdded thermal mass, however, may not have much benefit in Lizer’s climate zone, Dick Russell says.“Bear in mind that the ‘thermal mass’ effect of concrete is most useful in climates where there is a lot of outside temperature swing above and below the inside temperature,” Russell writes. “In prolonged cold weather, the mass really doesn’t help with temperature profile. True, it can provide a very airtight wall, but that can be achieved easily with a framed wall also.”Philip Gross agrees, writing that the higher R-value of the framed wall has more advantages than the thermal mass of the concrete. One factor is that in an ICF wall, the mass of the concrete is wrapped in rigid foam insulation.“With thermal mass you can store the extra heat and release it during the night,” Gross says. “Also, it prevents the structure from overheating during the summer as long as you have cooler nights. However, I am not so sure about the benefits of the thermal mass in ICF walls because of the interior insulation. I don`t think you can effectively store solar energy in an ICF wall and release it when needed.”center_img Jesse Lizer’s plans for a new house in Climate Zone 6 call for a 60-foot long walkout basement wall on the north side. The three below-grade foundation walls will be built with insulated concrete forms (ICFs) with an R-value of roughly R-25.Lizer’s question, posted in GBA’s Q&A forum, concerns the exposed north wall of the foundation. Should it be built from ICFs like the rest of the foundation, or would he be better off framing it as a double-stud wall with an R-value of 40, like the rest of the house?With the wood-framed wall, he not only gets better thermal performance, but wood framing would also make it easier to put in windows and doors. “Plus,” he adds, “if a rough opening gets framed wrong or something changes, we are fixing wood and not concrete.”“Would it still make a better/stronger basement system if all the walls were ICF?” he asks. “I realize the length is quite long, which is why I am curious if it would even help make any difference or not.”The discussion is the topic for this week’s Q&A Spotlight. GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE In defense of fiberglass insulationFiberglass insulation is frequently criticized, at least in batt form. But John Zito thinks some of the blasts are undeserved. “Air doesn’t blow through fiberglass when all sides are air sealed,” he writes. “While I’m not a big fan of fiberglass for a few reasons (I would have chosen cellulose), it is effective when air sealed.”On this count, Lizer seems to have done his homework. “Fiberglass, while not as ‘green’ (depending on your definition) as cellulose, it also has some advantages that make it the correct choice for me,” Lizer says. “When blown at pressures of 1.8-2+ psf, it has similar air convection current reductions as dense-packed cellulose, and at a slightly higher R per inch.”As to the recommendation that the whole house be built with ICFs, Lizer isn’t buying in. For one thing, any wood-framed wall can be just as tight as, if not tighter than, an ICF wall. Further, benefits of thermal mass are marginal in a heating-dominated climate, and ICFs with thicker foam on the exterior “greatly increases the price over an already expensive product.“I have priced out ICF all the way up to the trusses, and my materials cost nearly tripled for a wall with half the R-value,” he says. “Hitting similar R-values will make the price close to 5 times the cost of a double-stud shell.”last_img
3 Dec

Rain pounds Gujarat, throws life out of gear

first_imgGujarat continues to be battered by heavy rains causing floods. On Thursday, Ahmedabad received 200 mm of rainfall, flooding major parts of the city. The Centre has rushed three more teams of the National Disaster Response Force to the State.The toll in Banaskantha has reached 46 while in Patan district, five persons were washed away in the floods. The total toll has reached 150 in the State since June 1.“More than 10,000 people were relocated from vulnerable areas as a precautionary measure as torrential rain continues in the State,” said a senior government official, adding that more than 1,000 people were rescued by various agencies.‘Grim situation’“Situation continues to be grim because of constant rainfall. After north Gujarat and Saurashtra, the rain is now spreading to central and south Gujarat, causing floods there,” the official added.Portions of at least 20 buildings collapsed due to heavy rains and water-logging. Three persons were injured when a building crumbled in the Gaekwad Haveli locality in the early hours, Ahmedabad Chief Fire Officer M. Dastoor said.“Three persons were injured when a building collapsed in the city. Parts of nearly 20 buildings collapsed since midnight, while 64 trees have been uprooted. Eleven instances of fire were reported due to short-circuits,” he said.The government authorities have ordered all schools and colleges to remain closed in the affected areas. Examinations have also been postponed.As on Thursday, more than 300 roads were closed and hundreds of villages submerged in darkness due to power outage as floods have damaged the power distribution infrastructure.Chief Minister Vijay Rupani visited the affected areas in Ahmedabad and conducted inspection of rescue works. The administration has warned people against venturing out. The Ahmadabad Municipal Corporation issued a warning of heavy rains on Friday and asked people to stay indoors.According to Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, 18 teams of the NDRF, six teams of the BSF, six columns of the Army, two teams of the Navy and over a dozen helicopters of the Air Force were involved in the rescue work across the State, mainly in the two worst affected districts of Patan and Banaskantha.The Ahmedabad airport runway was partly flooded due to heavy rains, though it did not affect the air traffic, its director Manoj Gangal said. Apart from Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Kheda also received heavy rainfall in the last 24 hours, affecting thousands of people who had to be relocated to safer areas.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

23 Oct

Sembcorp Marine Bags USD 15 Bn Loan from Parent

first_imgzoomSource: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Singapore-based Sembcorp Industries will provide a five-year subordinated loan of SGD 2 billion (USD 1.47 billion) to strengthen Sembcorp Marine’s financial position.The loan, agreed amidst the current downturn in the global offshore and marine industry, would be used by Sembcorp Marine to retire around SGD 1.5 billion of borrowings, and the balance SGD 500 million for working capital and general corporate purposes.Sembcorp Industries, Sembcorp Marine’s largest shareholder, will issue SGD 1.5 billion of bonds to DBS Bank as sole lead manager and initial purchaser through a private placement. The investors of the bonds include Temasek.Assuming the SGD 2 billion is fully drawn as at March 31, 2019, Sembcorp Group’s gross debt-to-capitalisation ratio would increase from 56% to 58%.Since 2009, Sembcorp Marine has made substantial strategic investments in yard and engineering capabilities, and acquired new technologies which allow it to offer diversified solutions across the offshore, marine and energy industries.However, The company’s current financial performance and position have been affected by the prolonged and severe downturn of the global offshore and marine industry.last_img read more