ARANMORE’S ROSE JUST MISSES OUT ON TV’S COUNTDOWN FINAL

first_imgARANMORE Island brainbox Rose Boyle has narrowly missed out on making it to the Champions Final of Channel Four’s hit show Countdown.The Dublin-based accountant – an OctoChamp after winning eight shows in a row earlier this year – appeared in today’s semi-final of the Champions show.Rose had led going into the final stages but eventually lost out to No1 seed Paul James. “I had a great time,” said Rose of the show, hosted by The Apprentice mentor Nick Hewer.She did Donegal proud! ARANMORE’S ROSE JUST MISSES OUT ON TV’S COUNTDOWN FINAL was last modified: December 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:MEP SHOCKED AND ANGRY AS IRELAND FINED €2M OVER WASTE WATER BREACHESlast_img read more

Dark Energy Doubted

first_imgWe’ve been told recently that two thirds of the universe consists of a mysterious phenomenon called dark energy.  Now, some scientists at ESA say it doesn’t exist.    Observations by the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton X-ray Observatory of clusters of galaxies 10 billion light years distant show remarkable differences from nearby clusters in the amount of X-ray energy emitted.  One interpretation is that dark energy is not needed to explain their structure, because they appear too dense, and emit more X-rays than expected by the “concordance model” that posits 70% dark energy.    If confirmed, “we may have to rethink our understanding of the universe.”Related stories: 07/07/2003, 05/30/2001.    Nevertheless (bad timing?), Science magazine Dec. 19 issue) and its editor Don Kennedy, convinced that “the data conclusively prove the existence of dark energy,” awarded the “discovery” of dark energy the journal’s “Breakthrough of the Year.”  (This was probably voted on before the XMM-Newton telescope results were announced.)Models are playthings for theorists.  They may or may not correspond to reality.  Beware of popularizers who speak of models as facts.  Cosmological facts obey Dunlap’s Laws of Physics: (1) Fact is solidified opinion.  (2) Facts may weaken under extreme heat and pressure.  (3) Truth is elastic.(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Cover crops garnering more interest in western Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This week, area agriculturalists met at the St. Mary’s Township House and discuss cover crops after winter to prepare for spring planting season. Extension agents from Shelby, Auglaize and Mercer Counties, along with VanTilburg Farms, Inc. were represented at the meeting to discuss varieties of cover crop seeds to plant, the mixes, when they grow and what to do now after winter to prepare for spring planting season.Matt VanTilburg with VanTilburg Farms, Inc. discussed a wide variety of cover crops, including management during the spring, preparing for planting the crops, and year-round tips for effective cover crop usage. Pictures were displayed of the cover crops planted at the Brown farm last fall in 2014 and their progress that very day, based on how they withstood the winter. John Smith, retired Auglaize County Extension agent also made an appearance as he assisted with the previous cover crop field day last fall, when they were planted and discussed, prior to his retirement.Sessions were held at 2:30, 4:30 and 6:30, with the greatest attendance session starting at 2:30. The township house was so crowded with such a vast turnout of area farmers, the air conditioner had to be used even with the chilly weather outside. Denny Riethman with Mercer County and Jeff Stachler, the new Extension Agent for Auglaize County, also aided and answered questions throughout the day.Cover crop termination was a major focal with preparing for spring planting season. Many varieties like oats, radishes and buckwheat will be killed naturally by the weather (called winter-kill). While some other varieties are a bit more persistent like cereal rye or annual grass, which need to be terminated with tillage practices, a roller crimper or herbicides. Timing is also an important factor to be considered when deciding the next crop to plant and all determinations are factored into the year-round process of what to plant and when.Cover crops along with the different mixes are an immense asset as they increase the water infiltration rate, biologic activity, water holding capacity and also decreasing erosion and run-off. Implementing them with your standard crops will help to increase production while also utilizing conservation practices. Handouts from the session cover more information, while also providing input on a variety of cover crop tips. To learn more, contact local Extension offices or VanTilburg Farms, Inc.last_img read more

Lamp Post Cache Makeovers

first_imgA LPC by IWillFindIt!!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedYou might be a Caching Connoisseur if…September 25, 2018In “News”You might be a Caching Connoisseur if…September 25, 2018In “News”Geocaching Caption Contest 15 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeOctober 21, 2010In “Community” Lamp Post Cache MakeoverUnderneath lamp posts skirts simmers a geocaching controversy.  Lamp post caches (LPCs) polarize opinions. A LPC is typically a small nondescript container placed under the metal skirt of a lamp post.   Some geocachers believe that LPCs are unimaginative hides and all too easy finds.Other geocachers see LPCs as part of the spectrum of geocaches that provides accessibility for all players.  The ease of finding LPCs also offers geocachers the ability to string together dozens or hundreds of finds a day.Julie Husting “IWillFindIt!!”Geocachers like Julie Husting, IWillFindIt!!, see the base of lamp posts as a canvas for adding more creativity to geocaching.  She believes that lifting the metal skirt on a lamp post should be more like lifting a curtain on stage.  Julie creates scenes to surprise and entertain cachers looking for a quick LPC grab.She adapted the idea from an LPC she discovered. Julie says, “I went to Fotomat GC17R5G by FishfulThinking which had a bunch of film canisters under it.  I thought that was really fun.  I got some cool tins at Disneyland.  One had the little green men from Toy Story on it.  I had a bunch of swag that had action figure toys so I put them on boards and put them in the Toys R Us parking lot and wrote a little story about them.  That was my first one — The Search for the Little Green Men  GC1D5FW. ”Julie now has nearly twenty themed LPCs in the Southern California area.  She says her craft has evolved: “I started with the Disney tins (Nemo, pirates, princesses, Mickey Mouse, Toy Story), then I moved on to holidays.  Now it is whatever we find that we like.  My boyfriend, Bob, does the majority of the work on them now.  He has gotten much more elaborate with them than when we first started.”A LPC by IWillFindIt!!Their motivation comes from reading the logs as more and more geoachers seek out caches by IWillFindIt!! Julie says, “Most people appreciate the effort that goes into them and they write really nice logs.  One person even brought a girl scout troop to Find Nemo to teach them about caching.”More geocachers will have a chance to discover LPCs like these.  Julie says, “My cousin, Sue aka $$tracker, also has some themed LPCs in the Santa Barbara area.  I will be sending one to be published in Texas pretty soon!”What do you think?  Do you know other geocachers who are reinventing LPCs?last_img read more

Building a Small House in the White Mountains

first_imgCrash and recovery – Spring 2013I knew that building a house would be challenging, but our first significant issue arose while the lot was still just a pile of felled trees. Approximately one week before we expected to break ground and with no warning, our friend and builder called to let us know that he wasn’t comfortable working on our house build anymore. It was related to the budget and our desire to push energy efficiency goals towards the net zero house concept.It’s also possible he thought we would be too high-maintenance because we were getting so invested in the project from a building science perspective. There was an opportunity to discuss and work out the budget and house spec issues, but we made the decision that it was best to move on.We were pretty devastated by this development, but decided to push forward and seek other options. We solicited information from several well-known companies in the Northeast that specialize in high-performance building including an architectural firm, modular companies, and custom builders. After exploring options, taking into account our budget and builder availability, we narrowed down our choices to quotes from two contractors that had experience with energy-efficient building. The options and quotes from each company were similar. We made a decision and signed a contract in early July 2013. Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of blogs chronicling the design and construction of a house owned by Brian Post and Kyra Salancy. RELATED ARTICLES Pretty Good, Not So Big Maine HouseThe Potwine Passivhaus in AmherstKicking the Tires on a Passivhaus ProjectThe Pretty Good HouseMartin’s Pretty Good House ManifestoGreen Building for Beginners Breaking Ground – Summer 2013We had spent the past year frequently visiting the lot and slowly clearing trees, so it was pretty shocking to see how much change can happen once a 24-ton excavator was on site. Within just a few days in mid-July 2013, we had a cleared building site and a rough driveway passable by car (see Images #5 and #6, below).This was exciting, but the start of major work was stressful to building novices like ourselves. The initial site work was more expensive than expected and the shallow soil had already started to impact some plans. We were hoping to bury the power lines from the pole at the road to the house, but that wasn’t going to be possible due to the amount of ledge.Work started in early August on foundation prep. I visited the site on a very rainy morning to see lots of activity; trucks of crushed stone were arriving with a small excavator buzzing back and forth to prep for the slab. The heavy rain that morning was actually helpful because it showed some of the water patterns on site; an extra load of crushed stone was brought in to slightly elevate and provide more drainage under the slab.Slab Prep 08-09-2013 from Brian Post.The next layers that needed to be installed before the slab could be poured were a layer of rigid foam insulation and a vapor barrier. Before that could happen, though, we had to get the plumber and electrician on site to do their sub-slab work. This was scheduled to happen in mid August. Planning and tree cuttingMy girlfriend (now wife), Kyra, and I started to think about building. She was living in Portland, Maine, at the time and was spending many weekends at the house I was renting in Jackson.At the time, I thought that energy-efficient building meant going with fiberglass-insulated 2×6 walls instead of 2×4 walls. The GBA community should take note of this, because those of us engrossed in building science talk need to remember the knowledge level of the general public.While we had no building experience, the concept of a small energy-efficient house was on our minds. Aside from being outdoorsy people who are concerned with environmental issues, I’m sure that the energy efficiency theme arose in part because of the drafty and cold house I was renting at the time.Our initial building discussions included everything from a temporary yurt to kit homes. I remember the breakthrough came when I typed something along the lines of “small energy efficient building in cold climates” into Google. I stumbled upon the GO Home Passive House from GO Logic. That was it — that was along the lines of what we wanted.This discovery led to research via books, online forums (including GBA), blogs, architect and builder websites, the Passive House movement, the “net zero” concept, house visits, and more.With our new knowledge and an idea of what we wanted to build, we connected with a friend and local builder. He had just completed a really nice house that incorporated continuous exterior insulation, solid construction, an HRV, a PV array, and more. We had rough plans, a budget, and were on schedule to break ground after the spring road weight limits were lifted (see Image #3, below). During the fall of 2012 and the winter that followed, we spent time up at the lot cutting down trees, burning brush, and marking the house footprint (see Image #4).Taking Down Trees – 11/09/2012 from Brian Post. ARTICLES BY BRIAN POST Pouring the Slab and Framing the WallsWindows, Housewrap, and Roofing UnderlaymentSiding and Interior Finish Work in New Hampshire Finishing Touches for a Pretty Good House in New Hampshire I hired a local company to survey the lot, design a septic plan, and apply for approval from the state. The first step involved getting a small excavator on the land to dig test pits. The initial pits confirmed that the soil is shallow (2 feet or less to ledge), but the operator found deeper soil (4 feet+) in a flatter area towards the back of the lot. The design and approval process stretched out over the summer of 2012, but the design was finally approved and I closed on the lot in early September (see Image #2, below). We’re the GCsThe arrangement was that we would act as general contractors, and that our main subcontractor would handle the slab, framing, sheathing, window installation, door installation, and insulation. In addition, he would provide advice on mechanical choices. We would be responsible for site work, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, roof, siding, and all finish work.Some of the main house specs included:R-20 monolithic slabR-40+ double-stud wall insulated with dense-packed celluloseR-70+ cellulose in the atticAn air leakage rate of 0.60 ACH @ 50 Pascals or lessAn exhaust ventilation system using Panasonic bath fans and passive air inletsA ductless minisplit for heating/cooling. (We dropped the wood stove idea from our initial plans.)Nearly two months after we were expecting to break ground, we were back on track to have a house built in 2013. Brian Post is a photographer and website builder. He lives in Jackson, New Hampshire with his wife, Kyra Salancy, and a fluffy black dog. When not working on their house, Brian and Kyra enjoy climbing and skiing in the White Mountains. Editor’s note: This is Part 1 of a multi-part blog series on the construction of Brian and Kyra’s home in New Hampshire. Here is a link to Part 2: Pouring the Slab and Framing the Walls. In late April of 2012, I signed a purchase agreement on a one-acre lot in the small town of Jackson, New Hampshire. Much of Jackson is bordered by the White Mountain National Forest. The lot is located in a quiet residential area next to Black Mountain Ski Area at an elevation of 1,400 feet. The lot has some drawbacks such as an abundance of rock and exposed ledge, but is relatively flat (for Jackson) and has great southern exposure.Like the rest of New England, Jackson experiences the classic four seasons, with cold and snowy winters often being the topic of discussion. For any weather geeks out there, the Mount Washington Observatory has a permanent weather station on the summit of its namesake mountain. This is located 10 miles northwest of the lot.One of the terms of the purchase agreement allowed me to apply for an approved septic system design from the state of New Hampshire before closing. Theoretically, this would mean that a standard septic system could be installed and the lot could be built on.last_img read more

Intruder beats up headmaster for making students clean school

first_imgThe headmaster of a primary school in Odisha’s Ganjam district was attacked and injured by an intruder on Tuesday during a cleaning exercise on the premises.The headmaster, Purna Chandra Das, was admitted to MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur. The incident happened at Gangadhar Primary School in Kavisuryanagar. The intruder, a youth in early 20s, was angry as the headmaster had engaged the school students in cleaning their classrooms, said sources. It is to be noted that Gangadhar Primary School has been adjudged the best school for cleanliness in Kavisuryanagar Notified Area Council. The headmaster, according to the sources, had asked two Class V students to clean their classroom. The accused saw this from outside and entered the campus to record it on his cell phone. He protested against students being used for cleaning work and entered into an altercation with the headmaster. He hit Mr. Das’s head with a boulder, injuring him seriously, the sources added. The headmaster has lodged a complaint at Kavisuryanagar police station but the culprit is yet to be arrested.Ganjam District Education Officer Sanatan Panda condemned the violent act and said that if the youth had any complaints he could have conveyed them to the authorities instead of taking the law into his own hands.“Under the ‘Swachh Vidyalaya’ drive going on in the district, students and teachers together clean their school campuses.last_img read more

Raptors close in on historic NBA title, beat Warriors for 3-1 lead

first_imgATTLES’ PRESENCEHall of Famer Al Attles, the Warriors’ former general manager, coach and player, attended Game 4. It was the first game in approximately eight months for the 82-year-old Attles, who has had health issues.DURANT’S STATUSDurant missed his ninth straight game since the injury May 8 in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Rockets.Kerr is done providing every detail and step of Durant’s rehab progress.“We’re hoping he can play Game 5 or 6. And everything in between I’ve decided I’m not sharing because it’s just gone haywire,” Kerr said. “There’s so much going on, and so it doesn’t make sense to continue to talk about it. He’s either going to play or he’s not. So tonight he’s not playing.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Toronto will take its first try at the title in Game 5 on Monday night back at Scotiabank Arena. Golden State, still hopeful of injured star Kevin Durant’s return, must stave off elimination to guarantee one more game at Oracle. It would be next Thursday.Leonard’s 2017 postseason with San Antonio got cut short against the Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals after he re-injured his troublesome left ankle when Zaza Pachulia’s foot slid under his.He’s picked up where he left off in that game. Leonard’s two jumpers in the final 42 seconds of the third put the Raptors up 79-64 heading into the final 12 minutes. Fred VanVleet then dealt another dagger on the first possession of the fourth with a 30-footer.A bloodied VanVleet then went to the locker room with 9:35 left after being hit in the face by Shaun Livingston’s left elbow when the Warriors guard went up for a shot and VanVleet was just behind him. Replays showed a tooth in the middle of the key even after play resumed.These poised Raptors kept level heads again after falling behind by 11 points in the first half. Pascal Siakam scored 19 for Toronto.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Warriors lead Raptors, 46-42, after cold-shooting first half ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives around Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson during the first half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Friday, June 7, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)OAKLAND, Calif. — Kawhi Leonard’s hot hand is sending the Raptors home to Toronto on the cusp of a startling upset for Canada.Leonard outdueled the Splash Brothers for 36 points and 12 rebounds, and the Raptors moved within one victory of the franchise’s first championship by winning a second straight game on Golden State’s home floor, beating the Warriors 105-92 on Friday night for a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Two days earlier, Kyle Lowry was praised for staying calm when shoved on the sideline by Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens, who received a one-year ban by the team and NBA along with a $500,000 fine for the incident.Now, the Raptors as first-time finalists and in their 24th year of existence can bring Canada its first NBA championship.Toronto outscored Golden State 37-21 in the decisive third, a complete reverse of the Warriors’ dominance after halftime with an 18-0 run in the Game 2 victory.Draymond Green delivered another impressive all-around performance with 10 points, 12 assists, nine rebounds, two blocks and a steal.Warriors coach Steve Kerr challenged his team to do a better job defensively and Golden State did so early but couldn’t handle Toronto’s depth.Kevon Looney, a key backup big man, scored 10 points for the Warriors after it was initially believed he would be out the remainder of the series because of fractured cartilage near his right collarbone. He was hurt in the first half of Game 2.Looney drew huge applause as he checked into the game at the 6:45 mark of the first.Danny Green, who hit six 3s in Game 3, began 0 for 6 with five missed 3s before finally connecting from deep midway through the fourth. His 48th 3-pointer in the finals tied him with Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher for seventh place on the NBA list.TIP-INSRaptors: Toronto overcame being outrebounded 29-18 in the first half and a 42-38 deficit overall. … The Raptors were 10 of 32 from deep after making 17 3s in Game 3, but converted 23 of 24 free throws Friday.Warriors: The Warriors’ streak this year of 19 straight postseason games scoring 100 points ended. It was 25 dating to last season’s run. … Golden State fell to 4-2 this postseason in games following a loss. … Livingston played in his 100th career playoff game with the Warriors, the fifth in team history to reach the mark. … The Warriors held a closed pregame shootaround 2 1/2 hours before game time. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Klay Thompson made a strong return after missing Game 3 with a strained left hamstring and scored 28 points with six 3-pointers in what might have been the final game after 47 seasons at Oracle Arena before the team’s move to new Chase Center in San Francisco next season. Stephen Curry added 27 points but shot just 9 for 22 and 2 of 9 from 3-point range on the heels of his postseason career-best 47-point outing in a 123-109 Game 3 defeat.Serge Ibaka scored 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting in 22 minutes off the bench for the composed and confident Raptors, who for a second straight game found an answer to every Warriors threat at raucous Oracle — where home fans were stunned and silenced when the final buzzer sounded.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsA huge section of Toronto fans over, repeatedly singing “O Canada!”The two-time defending champions’ quest for a three-peat is suddenly in serious jeopardy. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportlast_img read more