Disappointment as no water upgrade promised for busy summer in Falcarragh

first_imgThere is some disappointment in the Falcarragh area after the latest update from Irish Water confirmed that upgrade works won’t begin until the autumn.A site investigation is planned in the area next week, with construction due to commence in September or October.Irish Water agreed to fast-track works on the water main in Falcarragh and Gortahork after businesses and residents struggled with regular bursts in recent months. The project was reprioritised to the top of the list for the water authority. After requesting an update on the progress, local Cllr Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig said he hoped it would have been worked on sooner to alleviate problems this summer.Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig said: “We are talking about a small town with a small amount of tourists coming for the summer. We don’t want any inconvenience.“Plus you have the summer Irish students and homes depending on water to make a living from that.“We also have the local people who depend on water for their everyday living. “With the delays that’s in it, I would have hoped they (Irish Water) would have moved sooner rather than later.”Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig is calling for a clear plan to be laid out for the local council.“This approach – a little here and a little there – is no good. We know the extent of the amount of work that needs to be done. Irish Water should make the public in the Glenties Electoral Area aware of the next 10 year plan. We need to know what needs to be done, how much it’s going to cost and when it’s going to be done,” he said.Disappointment as no water upgrade promised for busy summer in Falcarragh was last modified: July 3rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:FalcarraghIrish Waterwater upgradelast_img read more

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Trust to boost education partnerships

first_img17 July 2013Government, business, labour and civil society collaboration to improve the quality of education in South Africa entered a new phase on Tuesday with the launch of the National Education Collaboration Framework Trust (NECT).The trust is a civil society partnership aimed at strengthening cooperation among business, labour and civil society formations to improve education outcomes in the country.Speaking at the launch of the trust in Pretoria on Tuesday, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said the initiative would multiply opportunities for collaborations that enabled government and education stakeholders to bring about improvements in a co-ordinated fashion.“Like you, we believe that both the government and the non-governmental groupings have a common goal of improving the quality of education, but do not as yet share a common understanding of the roles that they expect of each other or have to play towards achieving this common goal.”Motlanthe noted that interventions by the private sector had demonstrated that even learners that attended poorly resourced schools could achieve excellent results if provided with the required support.According to the Department of Basic Education, the trust will not replace current civil society and business projects in education. Rather, it will galvanise the many civil society and government commitments that already exist, applying lessons from the past and seizing existing opportunities to improve education.The trust’s objectives will include improving the quality of schooling, overseeing the implementation of national education collaboration programmes, and ensuring that such programmes are suited to their context.Also speaking at Tuesday’s launch, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga commended the trust’s members for working tirelessly for the formation of the initiative, which has the thumbs-up from all stakeholders.The NECT’s founding trustee include FirstRand CEO Sizwe Nxasana; Business Leadership SA’s Mark Lamberti; Deloitte executive chair Futhi Mtoba; Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga; Basic Education Director-General Bobby Soobrayan; National Professional Teachers’ Association of SA president Basil Manuel; SA Democratic Teachers Union deputy secretary-general Nkosana Dolopi; and Brian Figaji, former vice-chancellor of Peninsula Technikon.The NECT’s patrons include businessman Cyril Ramaphosa, former Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Business Leadership SA president Bobby Godsell, and James Motlatsi, former president of the National Union of Mineworkers.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Passivhaus Combatants Continue To Speak Out

first_imgIt is “necessary to defend our rights”Klingenberg’s latest volley, “Summary of letter from PHIUS attorneys regarding Dr. Feist’s allegations,” was fired off on September 1, 2011. In her latest public letter, Klingenberg asserts:“We thought it necessary to defend our rights publicly.”“Dr. Feist alleges that PHIUS has no license to sell the PHPP spreadsheet and manual. … PHI granted E-co Lab a reseller contract that gave it the right to sell the PHPP spreadsheet and manual to end users in exchange for paying PHI a license fee per copy.”“Dr. Feist further alleges that PHIUS made an illegal adaptation of the PHPP spreadsheet. However, the facts demonstrate that PHI expressly authorized the adaptation. … PHI eventually approved the spreadsheet.”“Dr. Feist claims that PHIUS is offering competing passive house certifications. PHIUS has not offered competing certifications.”“Dr. Feist has stated that the passive house concept is a ‘public good’ and that he desires to keep the passive house concept ‘internationally accessible and open to all.’ Yet he simultaneously resists our efforts to promote the concept in the United States.”“We … feel that PHI is creating an inaccurate portrayal of PHIUS within the passive house community. We feel he is making false and damaging allegations about us.” The Passivhaus Institut in Germany Disowns Its U.S. Satellite The American Passive House Institute Responds to Dr. FeistRound 3: Wolfgang Feist Discusses the PHI-PHIUS Split RELATED ARTICLES UPDATED 9/15/2011 with new blog linksWhile most of the Passivhaus world is tired of the bitter disagreements between the Passivhaus Institut (PHI) in Darmstadt, Germany, and the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) in Urbana, Illinois, the two principal combatants, Wolfgang Feist and Katrin Klingenberg, are unflagging.There are no signs yet that either organization has a board of directors capable of preventing their leader from issuing another press release.center_img A plague on both their Haus-es?A few bloggers are beginning to tire of the PHI-PHIUS spat. Once such blogger, Roger at the EdgewaterHaus blog, recently wrote, “I believe PHI and PHIUS actions have devalued the passive house currency to nearly worthless in the U.S. … So to both PHI and PHIUS, shame on you and your board of complicitors for having cut the legs out from under the fledging passive house movement here in the U.S. that you profess to love and nurture.”Mike Eliason at Brute Force Collaborative reacted with this Tweet: “Does PHIUS really think I care that they’ve been at their attorney’s office over the PHI split? Losing faith rapidly…” Latest blog postsMore bloggers are chiming in: Michael Hindle at the Chesapeake Passive House blog Mel Starrs at the Elemental blogDonal at DagBloglast_img read more

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Researchers Learn Lessons from Remarkably Durable Roman Concrete

first_imgConcrete is widely used but carries a steep carbon penaltyConcrete is the most widely used construction material in the world. The glue that holds it together is portland cement, a mixture of limestone and clay that’s baked at high temperatures in giant kilns fired by powdered coal, oil, or gas.Modern kilns operate at temperatures of more than 2,600°F, but Berkeley researchers discovered the Roman process required less lime and that it could be processed at a much lower temperature, 1,652°F.“It’s not that modern concrete isn’t good – it’s so good we use 19 billion tons of it a year,” says Berkeley Lab project leader Paulo Monteiro. “The problem is that manufacturing portland cement accounts for seven percent of the carbon dioxide that industry puts into the air.”For every ton of concrete that’s produced, a ton of carbon dioxide also released into the atmosphere, researcher Marios Soutsos told Chemistry World in a 2008 interview. Modern kilns are more efficient, producing about 800 kilograms of carbon dioxide per ton, but that’s still a significant amount.Carbon emissions are not only the result of burning the fuel needed to attain high kiln temperatures but also the breakdown of the calcium carbonate itself. Underwater samples taken from a 2,000-year-old Roman breakwater could point the way to producing more durable concrete and reducing carbon emissions associated with cement manufacturing.The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) announced that researchers working the Bay of Naples in Italy sampled concrete that is chemically different and more durable than its contemporary equivalent. In addition, the limestone used to make it was fired at much lower temperatures than the temperatures required for today’s lime kilns. Not unlike modern fly-ash concreteThe Romans’ concrete recipe seems to show some similarities to modern blends that replace some of the portland cement with fly ash, a waste product from coal-fired power plants or blast-furnace slag. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, up to 40% of the cement in concrete (by weight) can be replaced with coal fly ash.Paul Preuss, who wrote the report on the team’s findings for LBNL, said there are certainly similarities between the two types of concrete. “While fly ash and pozzolan have similar chemistry, many places have access to pozzolan that may not have ready access to fly ash (e.g., Saudi Arabia),” he said in an e-mail.Preuss added that portland cement sets and cures quickly when compared to Roman seawater concrete, so Roman concrete “isn’t a panacea.”center_img The Roman recipeAccording to the LBNL report, Romans mixed lime and volcanic rock to make concrete.“For underwater structures, lime and volcanic ash were mixed to form mortar, and this mortar and volcanic tuff were packed into wooden forms,” the Lab said. “The seawater instantly triggered a hot chemical reaction. The lime was hydrated – incorporating water molecules into its structure – and reacted with the ash to cement the whole mixture together.”The best ash for maritime concrete came from the town of Pozzuoli. Ash with similar characteristics, which is called “pozzolan,” is found all over the world.In modern concrete, the cement binder is a compound of calcium, silicates and hydrates or C-S-H, LBNL reported, while Roman concrete had more aluminum and less silicon. The calcium-aluminum-silicate-hydrate (C-A-S-H) “is an exceptionally stable binder.”“For us, pozzolan is important for its practical applications,” says Monteiro. “It could replace 40 percent of the world’s demand for Portland cement. And there are sources of pozzolan all over the world. Saudi Arabia doesn’t have any fly ash, but it has mountains of pozzolan.”last_img read more

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10 Ways Your Credit Score Will Impact Your Financial Future

first_imgDepending on which state you live in, future employers can ask credit agencies for your credit report before they hire you. They don’t see your exact credit score, but they can tell how much debt you have and how promptly you’ve been making payments. This information can indicate whether your score is high or low.The reason many employers do this check is to know in advance what potential complications are likely to arise. For example, you may be a candidate for a job that involves direct contact with money like cashier, accounts and finance.If your report reveals a lot of missing payments and owes a lot of money, the employer will see you as a risk. Your financial stand could give them the sense that you could potentially get involved in embezzlement. This reduces your employment prospects and thus your finances. What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Spending high amounts of money on rates and premiums can result in spending unbelievable amounts of money over the years. This is money that could have been invested and used during retirement.Sadly, many retirees will either have to depend on their children or other relatives for survival. Your quality of life will take a hit because changing your way of life is obvious. You will forfeit any financial decisions concerning you.Improve Your Credit Score to Secure Your Financial Future. There is hope if you have a poor score. Begin with taking intentional action to boost up your credit in the following ways:Obtain a copy of your credit report as soon as possible.Make sure all your account details are accurately documentedIn the event of any minor or major errors, notify them immediately to the credit bureausLimit your credit card usage to below 30% at all timesMix up your various credit productsDetermine to pay off your debts with a set standard amount every monthOff-set your monthly utility bills promptlyAvoid wasteful credit purchasesFinal WordsYour score considerably contributes to your financial security, so the earlier you begin working to boost it, the better. It’s possible, and it’s best to start right away. By being alert with your credit, you will have the opportunity to obtain loans to increase your income. Employers will rely on you to take on sensitive roles in their companies, and you will spend less on interest rates.This will lead to fewer expenses, and you get to retain money for future investments and savings. Towards retirement, many people will be cutting down costs and adjusting to an undesirable way of life to survive. If you’re serious about aiming for a high credit score your financial future will be secure and you will retire comfortably.At the end of the day, you want to keep growing your wealth to the level where it can last beyond you. Use these tips to secure your financial future. With This One Question, You’ll Never Need an Ic… Most consumers are not aware that using credit irresponsibly can affect their finances in the future. Using excess of a certain sum on your card, delaying monthly payments and defaulting on your loan will tremendously impact your credit score. Maintaining a low score implies that you are on an uphill battle to a bright financial future.This score is defined as a numerical expression of your credit background. It ranges between 300 and 850. It generally determines how creditworthy you are to lenders, future employers, landlords and even loved ones. Basically, it can affect all areas of your life. Specifically, it can impact your finances in the following ways: AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… Having a high credit score affords you access to credit cards that have bonuses and prizes. A poor credit score may put you in a position where you are unfit to use credit cards to buy what you need.Providers can bring down your credit limit because of delayed payments and they will reject your proposals for a lowered annual percentage rate. You are also liable to have your account closed. It Affects Your Credit Cards Usage. Calvin Ford is an independent content publisher. He is a student at Manukau Institute of Technology, studying computer science, English, and coding. He created a good value of content for his readers to gain more knowledge in every single field. Your month-to-month service providers like cell phone companies and insurance companies will levy high fees if your score is low. Utility providers regularly monitor residents’ credit scores before giving services like gas, electricity, and water to an apartment or home. If your credit score is low, you may have to part with a substantial payment ahead of time for these utilities. Landlords are more likely to take on tenants with a high credit score because of their commitment to their financial responsibilities and make quick payments. In some cases, because of your high score, you would be able to bargain with the landlord for a better deal on the rent. This would cut the total amount you will spend on rent each year. It Has an Impact on Your Insurance Premiums. It Affects Your Saving Potential. Sustaining a good score establishes that you’re good at making your outstanding payments and other financial obligations promptly. This encourages lenders and gives them a guarantee that you will pay them back without a problem. This will attract a lesser interest rate on your loan.However, a low credit score will bring on a higher rate owing to the risks involved in possible delayed payments or non-payment down the line. The difference between 5% and 5.5% accumulates to massive amounts of money in interest which could have been prevented.Is your score above 760? You will be considered for a low rate mortgage. A rate of 640 and below might not qualify you with many lenders. If they accept you, you will pay massive rates. Taking the vital measures to elevate your score should save you lots of money. If you already own a home that you’re paying for monthly, refinancing presents you with the chance to pay lower interest rates. A low credit score removes any possibility of you refinancing your home.This suggests that during the lifetime of your mortgage, you would pay tons of money over and above what you would pay if you were able to refinance. This would have severe repercussions on your financial future. It Affects Your Refinancing Ability. Insurance companies are inclined to confirm your credit soundness and this will have an effect on the premiums you will pay. They don’t necessarily need your score, but it contributes to your report which determines their final decision.Certain states forbid the use of credit scores for the car or home insurance. Some insurers do still pick out relevant information from your credit history. They need to analyze your possibility to make claims and pay premiums. Low scores will multiply the amount you would pay with a high credit score. It Will Affect Your Mortgage Rates. It Affects Your Ability to Rent a Home at a Good Price. It Will Affect Your Retirement. It Will Affect Your Monthly Bills. It Affects Your Employment Eligibility. Calvin Ford Related Posts A low credit score could mean that your debts are a lot more than your income, making it a nightmare to pay your outstanding payments promptly. It could also indicate that you are spending more than you make and finding it difficult to meet your financial responsibilities.This puts you into more debt which becomes a never-ending cycle and you are finding it hard to catch up. What worsens this scenario is the high rates on your realistic loans in addition to that. This affects your capacity to save any money for a future nest egg. And without adequate savings, you’re looking at a wrecked financial future. Have you thought that getting a business loan has no connection to your personal credit? You’re mistaken! Financiers need your score to weigh your financial soundness and give them an indication of whether you’ll be in a position to make payments promptly. As far as they are concerned, your economic behavior is representative of your business financial behavior.Lenders have different credit score requirements, but for SBA and bank loans, the minimum acceptable score is 640. Anything below that puts you on a slippery slope to rejections and massive interest rates from various lenders. Your poor score will indicate one or all of these three issues: being bankrupt, late payments and missed payments. These issues typically last up to a decade on a credit report. A couple of lenders will deny your application in this case. Tags:#Financial Future How to Make the Most of Your Software Developer… It Determines Your Acceptability for a Business Loan.last_img read more

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Watch What You Say to Yourself

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now The little voice inside your head might say, “I am tired of being rejected when I ask for a meeting.” The little voice feels like the “no” is a personal rejection that invalidates their worth as a human being, making something out of what is really nothing.The larger voice recognizes that a failed attempt to acquire a meeting is nothing more than feedback. The feedback provided by the answer “no” only means that the person receiving the call did not believe the value you offered in exchange for their time was favorable to them. The larger voice says, “I’ll change up my offer and try again later and, eventually, I will get a meeting.”The little voice says, “You didn’t lose that deal. If it weren’t for your irrational competitor’s low price, you’d have surely won.” That tiny voice absolves you of all responsibility for the loss, protecting your ego from being bruised. It reminds you that you are a good and competent person and there was nothing you could do.The larger voice tells you, “You didn’t create enough of a preference to block your irrational competitor, and you didn’t address the difference in strategic outcomes when clients underinvest. Next time, we’ll move that up in the conversation and do a better job blocking their strategy—or at least making it hard for them.” The big voice isn’t dissuaded from taking responsibility, instead it looks to what you might do differently in the future.The little voice says, “You can prospect tomorrow. You have plenty of time, and nothing bad is going to happen when you put opportunity creation off for another day. No one is even going to notice.” The small chirping voice always sells tomorrow because it prefers comfort over almost everything. It’s willing to trade comfort for your reaching your full potential.Your larger voice says, “You are paying the price today for what you want tomorrow,” quite the opposite of what the small voice sells. The larger voice is proactive and takes the initiative, doing what needs to be done today efficiently and without fail. The larger voice would have you pay in full and have what you want, knowing that procrastination only pulls the future you want further away from you.It’s important you pay attention to what you say to yourself. Your results and your future are going to first manifest in your mind, and then they will manifest in the world. Choose carefully which voice you will allow to design your future.last_img read more

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Indian shooters’ dream run continues

first_imgIndian shooters continued to call the shots in the Commonwealth Games as they clinched one gold medal, one silver and a bronze with Harpreet Singh winning the yellow metal in 25-metre centrefire pistol singles at the Karni Singh Range on Sunday.In a one-two finish for the hosts, Harpreet and Vijay Kumar clinched the gold and silver medals respectively in the 25-metre range, thus continuing their medal-winning spree in the Games.Manavijit Singh Sandhu then capped off the day by managing a bronze in men’s singles trap, finishing ahead of Australia’s Adam Vella in the tie-shoot. England’s Aaron Heading (147) won the gold, while two-time Olympic champion and master trap shooter Michael Diamond (146) bagged the silver.There was, however, disappointment for women shooters Suma Shirur and Kavitha Yadav as they failed to finish among the top three in 10m air rifle singles. They had won bronze in the pairs event yesterday.Harpreet shot 580 (288 in precision and 292 in rapid stage) to clinch his second gold of the Games, the first coming in the pairs event in which he partnered Vijay. Vijay bagged the silver after prevailing in a shoot-off in which four shooters ? Australia’s Michelangelo Giustiniano, England’s Michael Gault, Singapore’s Meng Lip Poh and Vijay ? were tied for second spot at 574 points.Vijay scored 49 out of a possible 50 in the shoot-off, just one point better than bronze medallist Poh.Shirur scored 495.4 while Yadav totalled 495.1, to finish behind gold medallist Jasmine Wei Xiang Ser of Singapore (501.7). Malaysia’s Ayuni Nur Halim bagged the bronze after scoring 497.5 while Nur Suryani (496.9) had to be content with a bronze.advertisementJasmine, in the process, bettered the previous Games record of 500.8 held by India’s Anjali Bhahwat. The Indian had achieved the feat during the Manchester Games in 2002.Earlier in the day, there was some confusion over who had scored more in shoot-off in the 25-metre range. Giustiniano, using a reserve gun after a malfunction to his main gun and who had limited rounds left with him, didn’t do the sighting (five trial shots) to save his pellets for the final round and, as a result, his final scores didn’t appear on the electronic scorecard. In such a scenario, the defaulter often ends up hitting the wrong target — the shooter standing next to him who can both benefit or suffer.Poh, who was standing next to Giustiniano, protested after Vijay was awarded the silver, a range official was heard saying. The Singaporean’s claim was that he had shot a perfect 50 – 10 in all round – but that was overtuned by the jury.”There is a method, actually a trajectory, through which it can be found out which shot go straight and which comes from an angle,” said India’s national coach Sunny Thomas.”This is very, very rare,” said Thomas referring to the confusion.Giustiniano, who had won gold in Victoria and Kuala Lumpur Games in 1994 and 1998 , respectively, is officially the most experienced shooter in the the Australian contingent.”I feel it’s unbelievable and unfortunate. But I think something was wrong in my mind that failed me today,” an upset Giustiniano said.Indian shooters now lead the table with 13 gold, eight silver and 3 bronze. England are close second with four gold and equal number of silver and bronze. Australia have three gold, two gold and two bronze.last_img read more

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