25 May

‘Intense’ rainfall expected in Donegal as yellow weather warning issued

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Facebook ‘Intense’ rainfall expected in Donegal as yellow weather warning issued News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows center_img Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland – August 24, 2020 Previous articleSchools in North begin welcoming students back todayNext articleSix due in court in New IRA probe News Highland Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme A heavy rainfall warning for Donegal, Connacht, Cork, Kerry and Waterford will be in place from noon today and will be in place until 7pm tomorrow.’Intense’ Rainfall of up to 50mm is expected at times.Meanwhile, a Status Yellow Wind Warning for Munster and Wexford is now in effect until 7pm tomorrow.Met Eireann says gusts of up to 110 kilometres per hour can be expected at times, higher in coastal areas.last_img read more

18 Nov

Valamar has launched an innovative online store service – Valfresco Direkt

first_imgValfresco Direkt is an online store that offers in one place the products of family farms, winemakers, olive growers and many other domestic producers with a long tradition in the production of healthy and quality food. Crucially, ValFresco Direkt offers partners year-round and continuous product placement, all-inclusive logistics and the ability to pick up products on the doorstep, as well as packaging and processing of products for the end consumer.  Valfresco Direkt services will also be available for guests in Valamar’s camps with the prospect of further expansion to other Valamar destinations. For Valfresco Direkt, Valamar has contracted cooperation with about two hundred selected family farms and local producers, so we offer top products from Istria, Slavonia and Dalmatia with the aim of expanding cooperation to partners from all parts of Croatia to support the development of local economy and domestic production. .    As part of the preparations for the restart of business, Valamar Riviera, the largest Croatian tourist company, in the past 60 days has designed and developed a new online store service called Valfresco Direkt, which is active since June 8 for Istria.  Cooperation with over 200 family farms from Istria, Slavonia and Dalmatia All interested family farms and small producers can get more information about the project and the conditions of cooperation HERElast_img read more

20 Sep

Trump Wants Appeals Court to Reconsider Twitter-blocking Case

first_imgPresident Trump is not giving up his fight to block critics from following or influencing his Twitter feed.Last Friday, attorneys for the Justice Department asked the full 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan to determine whether a three-judge appeals panel erroneously ruled that the President could not prevent people from following his account on the popular social media site and app.Those attorneys believe the case could have important implications for public officials who regularly use personal social media accounts to discuss public issues.They wrote, “If the panel is correct, public officials who address matters relating to their public office on personal accounts will run the risk that every action taken on that account will be state action subject to constitutional scrutiny.”If the request for what is known as an “en banc” hearing is denied, the case could be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.The Justice Department’s lawyers argue that last month’s ruling conflicts with previous court precedents and presents a question of “exceptional importance.” In that ruling, the 2nd Circuit panel decided that Trump’s daily tweets were largely official in nature, and that he had violated the First Amendment by blocking individuals with opposing points of view.The lawyers add that the president’s @realDonaldTrump account is a personal one that he created in 2009, long before taking office. They claim that it should therefore be treated like any other personal property that belongs to him. “His ability to exclude others from this personal property is likewise independent of his office. That authority was conferred on him by Twitter, not by the government,” they write.The request came as a result of a case brought by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. The Institute sued on behalf of seven individuals whom Trump allegedly blocked for criticizing his policies.Jameel Jaffer, the Institute’s director, says in an email, “The panel’s opinion was thorough and well-reasoned, and the arguments the White House makes in its petition for rehearing are ones the panel appropriately rejected. We hope and expect that the petition will be denied.”last_img read more

26 Aug

MLB hot stove: Bryce Harper not considering short-term deals

first_imgLast week, it was reported that the Giants were very interested in offering Harper a lucrative deal, but it would only be short-term. Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi recently confirmed the team met with Harper and that there was interest on both sides, but if they aren’t offering a Giancarlo Stanton-type deal, Harper likely will turn them down. Harper rejected a 10-year, $300 million contract from the Nationals in September, meaning he wants something bigger. Harper, 26, had a career-low .249 batting average last season, but hit .300 in the second half. The 2018 Home Run Derby winner also had 34 home runs and 100 RBIs.He has spent all seven of his MLB seasons with the Nats. Pitchers and catchers are reporting to spring training this week and the remaining MLB players will report by next week, but Bryce Harper is still a free agent.He’s received a lot of attention from prospective teams, but if any of those teams only have short-term deals to offer, Harper isn’t interested, according to MLB Network. Related News MLB hot stove: Justin Verlander says system is ‘broken’ as 100 free agents remain unsignedlast_img read more

21 Dec

Latest: QPR 0 Leicester City 0 – Rangers go close and ‘Suarez’ holds up play

first_imgQPR made a lively start at Loftus Road, where the teams have had to contend with wet conditions – and a squirrel on the pitch that has twice held up play.Kasper Schmeichel comfortably saved from Gary O’Neil following Matt Phillips’ low cross and the Leicester keeper also kept out a stinging drive from Niko Kranjcar.And after ‘Suarez’, as he was dubbed by the home fans, halted play for a second time, Clint Hill’s header from Phillips’ corner was cleared off the line by Paul Konchesky.Recent signing Yossi Benayoun is among QPR’s substitutes.QPR (4-2-3-1): Green; Simpson, Dunne, Hill, Assou-Ekotto; Carroll, Barton: Phillips, Kranjcar, O’Neil; Austin. Subs: Murphy; Traore, Onuoha, Jenas, Henry, Hoilett, Benayoun.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

18 Dec

Gas power to assist SA, Mozambique

first_img8 June 2012Plans for a gas-fired power plant to supply electricity to South Africa and Mozambique for two years have been unveiled by UK-based power specialist Aggreko and South African investment company Shanduka.“This is thought to be the first project by a private company to supply an interim cross-border power solution to two utilities in southern Africa, and underlines the potential benefits that can accrue to countries sharing resources,” the two companies said in a statement this week.The 107-megawatt plant in Ressano Garcia on the border of the two countries was approved by South African energy regulator Nersa and the Departments of Energy and Public Enterprises.It will be fuelled by gas from Sasol’s Temane gas field and will service Eskom and its Mozambican counterpart, Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM).It will be located in Ressano Garcia as it is in close proximity to the existing Sasol gas pipeline, which runs from northern Mozambique through to South Africa, as well as a 275 kV transmission corridor.In addition, Aggreko will install containerised power generation units, which will be shipped in from Dumbarton in Scotland, and build gas interconnections, a substation, and a 1.5 km 275 kV transmission line to the main network. This infrastructure will remain intact once the installation is dismantled.Power purchase agreements have been signed by both utilities and Eskom will utilise 92 megawatts of the available capacity, while EDM will use 15. The joint venture is expected to bring in revenues of about US$250-million over its operational period, which should begin in October and carry on until July 2014.Eskom is planning to use the power to bolster its base-load capacity ahead of the introduction of new generation capacity from the Medupi coal-fired power station, which is scheduled to begin operating towards the end of 2013. EDM has contracted with the facility to meet its daily peak demand.The project is expected to complement other alternative energy initiatives South Africa is embarking on, including a 100 MW concentrated solar power plant in Upington in the Northern Cape, as well as a 100 MW wind power project in Sere, outside Cape Town.Eskom is also currently building two major coal-fired power stations, Medupi and Kusile, in Limpopo and Mpumalanga respectively. But until the completion of the stations, South Africa’s high energy demands are expected to continue to threaten the country’s supply.It is hoped that with the agreement this week, both South Africa and Mozambique will get much-needed additional power, with the project also underlining the importance of the two countries as energy hubs for the entire southern African region.According to Aggreko’s chief executive, Rupert Soames, the contract was not only important for South Africa and Mozambique but for southern Africa as a whole.“We also hope this project will be an example for other countries seeking to optimise their resources and manage the supply of regional power.”The companies envisage employment and training of about 100 locals with the procurement process tailored to benefit South African companies.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

16 Dec

Deciphering the Tax Credits

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members The energy-efficiency tax credits and renewable-energy tax credits are better than tax deductions. The allowable credits aren’t just deductible expenses; they represent dollars subtracted directly from your tax bill. While the tax credit program includes illogical rules, the available tax credits can be significant.If you want to claim a tax credit on your 2009 income tax return for energy-efficiency improvements to your home, you should get the improvements installed before the end of the year. There’s really no need to rush, however, since the tax credits will remain available until the end of 2010 — or, in some cases, 2016. Energy-Efficiency CreditsThe energy-efficiency tax credits are available for air-sealing products, insulation, HVAC equipment, water heaters, windows, doors, and roofing. These tax credits were established on February 17, 2009 by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — President Obama’s stimulus bill.The following rules apply to the energy-efficiency tax credits:No tax credits are available for energy-efficiency improvements made in 2008. An earlier tax credit program (with different criteria) was available in 2006 and 2007; tax credits received for improvements in 2006 and 2007 are not counted towards the $1,500 limit on tax credits for 2009 and 2010 improvements.Renewable-Energy CreditsThe renewable-energy tax credits — credits for solar hot water systems, solar electric systems, ground-source heat pumps, wind turbines, and fuel cells — are separate from the energy-efficiency tax credits, and have different rules:The Most Bang For Your BuckIf you’re interested in making your home more energy efficient, and maybe claiming a tax credit while you’re at it, where should you start?For most homeowners, the first step should be a home energy audit. Ideally, this audit should be performed by an experienced RESNET-certified or BPI-certified home performance auditor equipped with a blower door. Unfortunately, no federal tax credits are available to cover any portion of the cost… center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_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
17 Sep

Best and worst days of the week to buy gas

first_img May 2, 2018 Updated: 5:03 PM SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — According to a study conducted by GasBuddy, “Gasoline prices are at their highest levels since 2014 and will continue to rise through Memorial Day.”Many metro areas are already seeing prices well over $3 a gallon, many places in San Diego County are even seeing prices higher than $4 a gallon.The new study  by GasBuddy has found the best and worst days of the weeks to buy gas to maximize savings at the pump and avoid the lines during the busy summer travel season. “The case of the Mondays” is not a thing when it comes to pumping gas. The study states, “Monday offers the lowest average gas price in 21 states, making it the best day to fill-up. Friday has the most expensive average and is the worst day to buy gas in 19 states.“Though there is variation in daily gas prices across different states, the consensus is that the earlier motorists fill-up during the week, the better,” says Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. “Following Monday, Sunday is the cheapest day to fill-up. Conversely, Thursday follows Friday as the most expensive day to fill-up.”Furthermore, the study found that “gas stations across the country are least busy on Sundays, followed by Mondays. And Friday is the busiest day to fill-up your tank. Posted: May 2, 2018 Best and worst days of the week to buy gascenter_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more