Thousands to attend National Hunger Strike Commemoration Parade in Lifford and Strabane

first_imgA large crowd is expected to attend the National Hunger Strike Commemoration Parade taking place in Lifford/Strabane this coming Sunday.The event will be one of largest public events the area has ever witnessed with thousands of people from every corner of Ireland and further afield, along with many visiting bands, attending.Speaking to the media beforehand the local MLA Maolíosa McHugh the event is set to be one of the biggest the area has seen. He said “The Hunger Strike period of 1980/81 was a defining watershed in our history and had a particularly profound effect on areas like Strabane where pride in the Hunger Strikers –their courage and their sacrifice remains undiminished and on Sunday the local community will turn out in strength to remember them.“A massive amount of work has went in to organising this parade and wider programme of commemorative events to ensure a fitting tribute to their memory.“With thousands of people from every corner of Ireland and further afield also in attendance, along with many visiting bands, it will be one the largest public events the area has ever witnessed.“The parade will be forming up in the Diamond in Lifford at 2:30pm and will make its way, along the Lifford Road, around the ASDA roundabout and onto Bradley Way, onto Bridge Street, over the Bridge, down Market Street and finishing at Abercorn Square. “The organisers have liaised with the authorities on both sides of the border and will deploy large numbers of stewards on the day in an effort to keep traffic disruption to an absolute minimum.“We look forward to welcoming and hosting families of the Hunger Strikers to the area and in making it a memorable occasion for them and for all attending. Given the massive influx of people, local businesses and particularly local hotels/B&Bs, shops, food outlets and pubs are also set to receive a welcome boost in trade.”Thousands to attend National Hunger Strike Commemoration Parade in Lifford and Strabane was last modified: July 30th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

Minisplit Heat Pumps and Zero-Net-Energy Homes

first_imgWhat do you want to know more about?Do you have any questions related to designing a net-zero-energy building? Now’s your opportunity to get some of your questions answered by someone who has done it for himself and others. As they say, good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment! Perhaps my experience can help you along with one of your challenges.Here’s how this “mini-consultation” will work:Step 1. In the comment section below, write a specific problem that you’re facing or question that you have about zero-net-energy home design. Feel free to ask multiple questions if you’d like. Please, be as specific as possible.Step 2. You must submit these questions by Friday January 10 at 9:00 p.m.Step 3. I will select five of the best questions and write in-depth responses to those questions on Thursday January 16th.The goal is that these responses will have tangible impact on your work, and that it can then help others that are facing similar issues. Think of this like a mini-consultation with me. I’d like to go into more detail that I can in the comment section of an article in a forum. Wish list1 – An efficient, affordable air-source heat pump that provides space heating, space cooling, and domestic hot water.2 – An air-to-water unit that makes 160°F water at outdoor temperatures of 0°F, to serve as a drop-in replacement for existing fossil-fuel boilers. For the last several years, just about every project I’ve worked on other than large university buildings has used minisplit heat pumps for heating and cooling. Why?1 – There is no combustion and no need for a chimney or vent.2 – In space conditioning applications, heat pumps can provide heating and cooling.3 – The equipment installation costs and the operating costs compare favorably with other options.4 – Heat pumps are a natural partner to solar electric systems to achieve zero-net-energy buildings.In addition, we’re using heat pumps to make domestic hot water (DHW) and even to heat swimming pools. All of these products are air-source heat pumps (ASHP) which extract heat from the air to supply heat to the load.We’ve been metering the energy consumption at a number of buildings using heat pumps. We’ve seen through our own experience, and through more precise lab-based measurement efforts such as those performed by NREL and others, that the Japanese minisplit heat pumps live up to their performance claims in terms of both output and efficiency. What I know (or I think I know…)(Caution: unfunded research follows.)1 – Compact superinsulated homes in climates with design temperatures of 0°F or more can often be heated with a single zone unit with the wall cassette located in the main space. As long as the doors to other rooms remain open, the temperatures in those rooms will usually be within 2°F of the space where the cassette is located. We’ve put electric radiant panels in bedrooms in these homes, and there’s a large variation in how much people use them; the variation seems to be driven mostly by whether the door is open.2 – Without specific detailed measurement of in situ Coefficient of Performance of the units (COP), the amount of energy used by these units, metered separately, agrees well with the usage predicted by simple energy models.3 – In temperatures below design temperatures, the units have enough capacity to heat the houses even though we don’t size them with an intentional safety factor. Recently it dropped to -5°F here on Martha’s Vineyard, and my Fujitsu ¾-ton ducted unit was heating my basement (because the air handler is in the basement, and I haven’t got the ducts installed yet) and one-story house, a total of over 2,400 gross square feet, to 70°F. The load had to have been more than the published output of the unit at that temperature (14,000 BTU/hour). I was impressed. The best single zone systems have little drop-off in capacity down to 5°F.4 – The cold climate Mitsubishi Hyperheats are rated down to -13°F and we’ve seen them running at temperatures below -20°F. Colleagues are reporting minisplits not specifically rated at these temperatures running happily at them nonetheless.5 – Treating these units like furnaces and implementing significant temperature setbacks doesn’t appear to save a lot of energy because they will run at full speed when the temperature is set back up, which is a less efficient operating point. And because they aren’t usually oversized for the house load, it can take a long time to get the house back up to temperature. At my house we regularly set down to 66°F overnight, or when we are both going to be gone all day at work, and set back up to 70°F when we’re there – unless the outdoor temperature is going to be in the teens or below, in which case we don’t set it back.6 – Properly designed and installed ducted systems are usually really quiet. However, I made the mistake on my new system of installing the air handler with a very short return – about three feet and one elbow to the return grille – and I’m going to have to do some sound absorption. The supply side is really quiet. Most of our ducted systems are hard to hear, most of the time.7 – The systems with high outputs at low temperatures are also delivering air at higher temperatures than traditional heat pumps, which is more comfortable. I’ve measured supply air at 120°F from my air handler this past month.8 – If the homeowners let the filters get dirty, output can drop dramatically! These aren’t your father’s 100,000 BTU/h gas furnace. The blowers have significantly lower static pressure capability than what most HVAC folks are used to. My air handler allows the external static pressure to be selected at the controller (not by the homeowner) and the maximum is 0.36 inches. So ducts may need to be larger than you think if the distances are significant or there are a lot of fittings.9 – In cooling, the fact that these systems are variable-speed and have such a wide range of operating points means that oversizing appears to have little consequence (usually in a heating climate, the heat pump size is determined by the heating load, so the cooling ends up oversized). Our clients here on humid Martha’s Vineyard have been very pleased with these units’ dehumidification performance.10 – Minisplits are not yet drop-in replacements for fossil-fuel furnaces and boilers in conventional housing, but we’ve been applying them selectively in cases where the existing system is due for replacement. Surprisingly, from a source energy point of view they reduce carbon emissions. On one project, a single oil boiler heated and provided hot water to two adjoining homes totaling 7,500 square feet. It was replaced by three Daikin Altherma air-to-water heat pumps and two electric boilers (for severe weather – the Althermas hadn’t enough capacity, and more importantly, high enough temperature water at low outdoor temperatures). Annual electrical usage into the new system was just under 20,000 kWh. Oil consumption before the retrofit was 3,187 gallons/year, with associated CO2 emissions of 71,389 lbs/year. Using the EPA eGrid figure of 728 lbs CO2/MWh for the NEWE generation region, CO2 emissions dropped to 14,457 lbs/year, an 80% reduction. Fuel cost was reduced by 70%.11 – Ducted systems need well insulated ducts and they need to be airtight. My system has a design air flow of 353 cfm. Lose 100 cfm of that into the basement, and have ducts wrapped with bubble wrap, and half the output might not reach the living space. What we’d like to know more about1 – A consistent and understandable rating system for both capacity and efficiency. It’s frustrating to go to the AHRI Directory and find the heating rating at 17°F (the lower of the two rating temperatures) and then learn that the unit has a higher capacity at 5°F in the manufacturer’s engineering literature.2 – A good quick method for taking the HSPF and SEER ratings, assuming they can be made comparable and useful, and modifying them for different climates. I know how the machines we’re using in New England work, but I can’t tell you much about what to expect in substantially different climates.3 – A rating that includes how much power the system draws on standby, when the thermostat is satisfied. We’ve measured some surprisingly high wattage, and inquired of the manufacturer, to be told that we’re measuring improperly and that because of very low power factors the actual power draw is much lower. I don’t think we really know.center_img MARC’S ONLINE COURSE Interested in learning more? Since 2012, I’ve been working with NESEA and HeatSpring to teach an online course as part of NESEA Building Energy Master Series with other experts from the NESEA community. Over 150 professionals have taken my Zero Net Energy Homes design course, and the next course starts on February 3rd. This course is an opportunity to study with me: to ask me questions for a full ten-week semester. You will walk away with a comprehensive understanding of all of the key components of a zero net energy home — envelope, systems, and renewables — and how they fit together, with key pitfalls to avoid, and numerical calculators for sizing peak heat loss, glazing amounts, annual energy use, and solar electric systems that will empower you to confidently design a zero-net-energy home. Successful students will actually do a full design of a zero-net-energy home, and earn NESEA’s Zero Net Energy Homes Professional Certificate. The course is approved for 12 AIA CEUs + 6 MA CSL credits (1 hour for Code, 1 hour for Workplace Safety, 1 hour for Business Practices, 3 hours for Energy).If you’d like to see some free content from the course, you can sign up for a free test drive of my course here, or check out a free 26-minute video lesson here. To read Marc Rosenbaum’s answers to many of the questions posted in the comments section below, read his next blog: Practical Design Advice for Zero-Net-Energy Homes. Marc Rosenbaum is director of engineering at South Mountain Company on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. He writes a blog called Thriving on Low Carbon. Marc teaches a 10-week online Zero Net Energy Home Design course as part of NESEA’s Building Energy Master Series. You can test drive his class for free.last_img read more

3 days agoBlind: Painful watching Chelsea eclipsing Man Utd

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Blind: Painful watching Chelsea eclipsing Man Utdby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAjax veteran Daley Blind admits it’s been painful to see Chelsea doing better than Manchester United.United sit 14th in the English top flight – just two points above the relegation zone – following Sunday’s draw with arch-rivals Liverpool.And Blind says it has been difficult to watch the plight of his former side this season.”Of course I’m not happy to see Man Utd and how they’re performing at the moment,” the 29-year-old told a press conference on Tuesday. “I’m still a fan of United and it’s not nice to see.”Regarding Chelsea, they are doing well, they have a good philosophy under a manager who wants to play out from the back. They play different attacking football with a lot of youngsters and that’s nice to see. “From that perspective, it’s good. But if you’re talking about United then I’m not happy about that, of course.” last_img read more

Photo: El Paso Newspaper Mistakenly Calls Washington State “Huskies”

first_imgWashington State mistakenly called the Huskies in newspaper article.Wazzu HuskiesWashington State capped off a bounce-back season with a 20-14 win over Miami in the Sun Bowl on Saturday. Apparently, however, the win wasn’t enough to earn respect from the local media. This morning’s El Paso Times headline about the game featured a colossal error: it referred to Wazzu as the “Huskies” instead of the Cougars.Take a step forward if you can report the correct team names in your local bowl. Not so fast @elpasotimes #gocougs— Jeff (@saomonella) December 27, 2015Of course, the Huskies are Washington, Wazzu’s top rival. So not only did Washington win the Apple Cup over the Cougars by 35 points, they stole a newspaper headline from them.Ouch.[ ]last_img

Occupy X hits Canada

first_imgAPTN National NewsThis weekend, cities across the country joined the Occupy Movement ….inspired by what’s happening on Wall Street in New York.Toronto wasn’t going to be left out of the Movement.There – people say the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.last_img

Japanese PM Abe meets Dutch counterpart for trade talks

first_imgTHE HAGUE, Netherlands — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is visiting the Dutch port city of Rotterdam for talks with his Dutch counterpart as part of preparations to host the leaders of the world’s top 20 economies in Osaka in June.Abe meets Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Wednesday for a boat tour of Rotterdam’s port followed by a dinner at the 185-meter (607-foot) Euromast tower.The leaders are expected to discuss issues including the G-20 summit, trade and Britain’s impending departure from the European Union.The EU and Japan signed a trade deal last year that eliminates about 99 per cent of the tariffs on Japanese goods sold to the bloc. About 94 per cent of the tariffs on European exports to Japan will be lifted, rising to 99 per cent in the future.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Columbus Crew draw English Premier League team Crystal Palace FC

The Columbus Crew hosted English Premier League team Crystal Palace F.C. in an international friendly at Crew Stadium Wednesday and a game with unlimited substitutions resulted in a 2-2 draw between the American and British sides.Forward Adam Bedell drew first blood for the Black and Gold on an arching assist by defender Eric Gehrig in the 15th minute, but the opposition was not deterred as Palace’s Glenn Murray equalized with a 36th minute strike.The final 10 minutes of the first half saw the visiting Eagles engage a tighter defensive stance of contesting for possession, likely inspired to battle after their forward evened the game for them.“From the start, they sat back a little bit. That’s just the way that they, that’s just their game plan,” Bedell said after the game, speaking to what the Premier League squad did differently from the Major League Soccer defenses the Crew face every week. “A good block of eight, good defending … MLS teams, when the game’s 0-0, you just play. You don’t see that, that block of eight very often so I think that was the big difference.”Another Crystal Palace goal by substitute midfielder Jake Gray in the 70th minute of play occurred following a scuffle in the box, during which Crew goalkeeper Matt Lampson pled his case for having been interfered with on the play. The goal stood to give the guests the 2-1 lead after they had been threatening in transition for the majority of the evening.One of the Crew’s three defensive halftime substitutions saw a homegrown player from Bexley, Ohio, in Ross Friedman get his first career action in a Black and Gold kit when he came in for fellow defender Chad Barson.Friedman, 22, had been playing for the USL-PRO affiliate Dayton Dutch Lions but got the call to suit up as a Crew reserve against a top-flight international team.“I think going out at Dayton and trying to do the little things right — not slacking in any way — you know, prepares me for situations like this,” Friedman said. “This opportunity proves to show we can get called at any point. Situations happen and you’ve got to be ready. So I felt happy with my preparation and I’m ready to build off of it.”Columbus notched an 80th minute goal, however, to tie the game once more.Crew center midfielder Agustin Viana delivered a lofting assist from 35 yards away and his attacking counterpart, Daniel Paladini, fought to contact the ball in midair for the equalizing header. The tie game endured through two minutes of second-half stoppage time.“Adam (Bedell) was fantastic. He had a great header and Danny (Paladini) made a nice run trying to get midfielders running into the box. I was pleased over all,” Crew coach Gregg Berhalter said.Berhalter, who played as a defender for Crystal Palace from 2001-02, added that “the defending could have been a bit better.”The game marked the first of three stops on Crystal Palace’s American tour before the Premier League season kicks off in August.The Crew are slated to resume MLS play when they travel to Foxboro, Mass., to take on the New England Revolution in a crucial Eastern Conference matchup Saturday.Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. read more

Softball No 18 Ohio State swept to begin Big Ten play against

Ohio State junior infielder Emily Clark makes a tag on a Wright State runner on Sep. 24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternIndiana began Big Ten play with a bang, sweeping the No. 18 Ohio State softball team in all three games the two teams played this weekend, outscoring the Buckeyes 19-4 in the three games.Indiana (10-21, 3-0 Big Ten) took control of the series from the beginning, holding the Buckeyes (19-7, 0-3 Big Ten) to just two hits in the first game of the series.Indiana’s junior pitcher Tara Trainer, a player Ohio State head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly described as “very competitive” and said would be one to watch for in this series, pitched all seven innings of the 6-0 shutout. The six unanswered runs for the Hoosiers came in pairs starting with two runs in the first inning, followed by two more in the second and another two in the fourth.The Buckeyes got on the board in the second game, but it wasn’t enough to take down the Hoosiers.Ohio State scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning. Junior catcher Emily Clark doubled and advanced to third on a throw while junior shortstop Lilli Piper made it to home. Clark later scored after senior first baseman Ashley Goodwin reached on a fielder’s choice.In the bottom of the fifth, however, Indiana put five runs on the board that inning alone. Freshman catcher Maddie Westmoreland’s home run contributed three of the five runs.Ohio State grabbed one run back after Clark scored in the top of the sixth, but the Hoosiers responded with four more runs in the bottom half to put the game out of reach. Ohio State was not able to get back in the game in the seventh, bringing Game Two to a close and giving the Hoosiers their second win of the weekend, ending the game at 9-3. The Buckeyes kicked off the third game with a home run by Piper in the top of the first.The Hoosiers tied the game in the bottom half of the first, however, with sophomore right fielder Gabbi Jenkins scoring on a wild pitch.The score remained at 1-1 until senior shortstop Rachel O’Malley stepped up with the bases loaded and hit a bases-clearing double to give Indiana the 4-1 lead. That base hit proved to be the game-winner for the Hoosiers.Ohio State will have its first home game at Buckeye Stadium at 6 p.m. Wednesday when it hosts Kentucky. read more

Soldotna Library Gifted Donation Of 3100

first_imgThe donation will be spent as follows:$200.00 to purchase new toys for the children’s area.$500.00 to support the Library’s One Thousand Books Before Kindergarten program which enhances pre literacy education at our library.$1,000.00 to support library programs year round.$1,400.00 to be spent on promotional and other materials for the Summer Reading Program 2019. City Manager Stephanie Queen: “We’ve got a really active group of folks there who do a lot of good things that benefit our local library. We are grateful to have the Library Friends support.”  An ordinance to appropriate the donation was approved unanimously at the Soldotna City Council meeting on Wednesday. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Joyce K. Carver Memorial Soldotna Public Library received a donation in the amount of $3,100 from the Soldotna Library Friends.center_img In a letter to the council from City Librarian Rachel Nash: “Library staff are very grateful for the hard work and support of the Soldotna Library Friends, and for the contributions of our community donors.” The purpose of the Soldotna Library Friends is to support the mission of the Joyce K. Carver Memorial Library through fundraising, advocacy and promotion.last_img read more

Wilmington Youth Lacrosse To Hold Fundraiser At Woburns Jake n Joes TODAY

first_imgWOBURN, MA – Looking for an excuse to eat out?Wilmington Youth Lacrosse is holding a fundraiser at Jake n Joes Bar & Grille (230 Mishawum Road) in Woburn on Thursday, May 17, 2018, from 11:30am to close (12:30am Friday).Bring the flyer below and 20% of your bill will be donated to Wilmington Youth Lacrosse. Applies to dine-in and take-out only, not delivery.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS Football Team To Hold Fundraiser At Woburn’s Jake ‘n Joes On September 12In “Community”WHS Lacrosse Team To Hold Fundraiser At Woburn’s Jake ‘n Joes On March 5In “Community”WHS Baseball Team To Hold Fundraiser At Woburn’s Jake ‘n Joes On May 31In “Community”last_img read more