December 22, 2019

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell showed he’s not all songs and footwork as accumulated profits at his entertainment firm topped €2.9 million.New accounts lodged by the Kincasslagh man to the Companies Office show that DOD Promotions Ltd’s accumulated profits decreased by €102,150 from €3.008m to €2.906m in the 12 months to the end of October last.The dip in profits in 2014 followed DOD Promotions Ltd recording profits of €215,554 in 2013 and a profit of €219,000 before exceptional items in 2012. The drop in profits is not confirmation the firm made a loss last year and may be attributable to Daniel taking a larger salary from the firm last year, though no details on salaries are provided.And his profits are set to rise even more with the launch of a new album as well as his appearances on Strictly Com Dancing.DANIEL’S COMPANY IS STRICTLY IN THE MONEY WITH €3M PROFITS was last modified: October 14th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:daniel o’donnellprofitslast_img read more

Save the 8th campaigners to tour Donegal on Vote No Roadshow

December 22, 2019

first_imgA bus of anti-abortion campaigners will be travelling through Donegal this Monday as part of their national roadshow ahead of the referendum. The pro-life group are beginning their convoy across the country from 11am in Buncrana, with a public debate being held in Letterkenny at 1pm.Young people from across the country will be visiting five towns in Donegal to provide critical information on the abortion referendum and to encourage the public to ‘Vote No’ on May 25th. The aim of the group is to prevent abortion become legal in Ireland. Their message is that abortion is not necessary to save a woman’s life and that every unborn baby is a human being who deserves protection.The group are set to team up with local pro-life groups and supporters as they visit each town. The ‘Vote No’ Roadshow will also challenge a local TD to a debate on the 8th Amendment in Letterkenny outside the Donegal Pro-Life Office at 1pm.See the times of the Donegal tour below:Buncrana at 11amLetterkenny 12:30 *Debate in front of the Donegal Pro-Life Office in Letterkenny at 1PMBallybofey 3pmDonegal 4:30pmBallyshannon 6pmSave the 8th campaigners to tour Donegal on Vote No Roadshow was last modified: April 23rd, 2018 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:Eighth Amendmentreferendumsave the 8thvote no roadshowlast_img read more

Terry and Zouma at the back, Pedro makes Blues debut

December 21, 2019

first_imgPedro makes his debut for Chelsea in the game against West Brom at The Hawthorns, where Kurt Zouma starts alongside John Terry at the back.Following speculation over whether skipper Terry, who was taken off at Manchester City last weekend, would start, it is in fact Gary Cahill who drops to the bench.Chelsea welcome keeper Thibaut Courtois back from suspension, while there are places on the bench for youngsters Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Bertrand Traore.Pedro makes his first appearance in English football, having this week joined the Blues from Barcelona, while fellow new arrival Baba Rahman is not in the matchday squad, so Cesar Azpilicueta continues at left-back.Albion, meanwhile, have new loan signing Serge Gnabry on the bench and do not include Saido Berahino, who has been linked with a move.West Brom: Myhill, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Brunt, McManaman, Morrison, Fletcher, Yacob, McClean, Rondon.Subs: Rose, Chester, Lescott, Gnabry, Gardner, Anichebe, Lambert.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Diego Costa.Subs: Begovic, Cahill, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Traore, Remy, Falcao. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

The real issue the Lakers present to the Warriors this summer

December 20, 2019

first_img Warriors resemble team of old, Kevon Looney isn’t ready, and other thoughts from loss to Trail Blazers Golden State already had a black and blue problem, with Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant suffering massive injuries in the NBA Finals.Now it has a big purple and gold problem, too.In a wide-open Western Conference — one in which, contrary to popular perception, the Warriors should not yet be written off — the Lakers have emerged as a leading force.Related Articles …last_img

Should Historic Preservation Trump Energy Performance?

December 16, 2019

first_imgOld isn’t necessarily significantTo Keith Gustafson, preventing the replacement of historic windows with “cheapo vinyl” is a good thing, but “allowing self-appointed historical committees to trump energy code is a travesty.” He’d argue with anyone who claims there isn’t much of an energy penalty with a house-full of single-pane windows.There are ways to work around no-replacement edicts from historic preservation committees, he says, but the larger issue may be that these groups assume that old age automatically equals historical significance. That’s not always the case. “In my area, pre-revolutionary houses are quite literally a dime a dozen,” Gustafson writes. “Most were built by Ed the barrel-maker and George Washington never slept within a day’s ride of them. They should be saved. But preserved?”Morgan sees his point, but adds that living near a rich stock of old houses is not a luxury everyone enjoys, and that while preservationists may see things from a narrow point of view, they’re not the only ones with that problem: “They tend to see the world from a very narrow perspective,” Morgan writes. “But so do we, and with our close focus on technical specs, we can sometimes miss the forest for the trees… Sometimes replacement is the best choice, but repair and re-use is a good green option, where the lower environmental cost can often outweigh the marginal benefit of super-low U-factor in a singular building element. When we consider that our older buildings were built to function in a pretty low-profile energy economy there should be no reason for historic authenticity and green renovation to be at loggerheads.” Energy losses are easy to proveMatthew Nolette has been researching exactly this question and has facts in hand that would support Keesee’s point of view.“As it turns out, I just spent the last couple of hours trolling NFRC [National Fenestration Rating Council] data for specifics on the performance of a single-glazed wood window with a combination storm window applied,” Nolette says.A double-hung window with 1/8-in. thick clear glass separated by a roughly 2-in. air gap from a single low-e combination storm has a U-factor of 0.35, Nolette writes. That U-factor is 25% worse than the U-factor of a new, double-pane low-e insert with a U-factor of 0.28. “The data I’m seeing says that the folks who think the retrofit will meet current standards are incorrect,” he says.Rhaud MacDonald thinks Nolette and Keesee are both on the right track.Marvin inserts are available in a range of sizes and configurations, clad and unclad, MacDonald writes, and they “easily outperform” the historic preservation committee’s window-and-storm configuration.“The man-hour and materials costs significantly decreased and offset the increased costs,” MacDonald says. “They range from approximately 0.21 to 0.45 U-factor and have SHGCs [solar heat gain coefficients] from 0.16 to 0.56.” Our expert’s opinionGBA technical director Peter Yost chimes in:There are really three very interesting questions built into this discussion:Who decides the what and where and when of historic preservation?Do we have quantitative, fair, energy performance comparisons of all the options for improving old windows?What happens to the energy comparisons when the embodied energy of various window retrofit options is factored into the energy equation?The first question is likely the hardest, but maybe we can all agree it is the most maddening. It is difficult if not impossible to separate out aesthetics as an element of the historic preservation question, and aesthetics is a total can of worms.I certainly am glad that when I went to accomplish a deep energy retrofit on my own 100-year old home that it was not in an historic district. I, not a committee, made the call that recladding with wood lap siding and burying the original and authentic split-faced architectural block behind 3+ in. of closed-cell spray foam did not rip apart the character or fabric of the neighborhood, and in fact, looked better.And when the well-meaning and hard-working Advisory Committee on our Window Attachments DOE /LBNL project was laboring over our Overview Summary table, it did not take us terribly long to agree that an attribute column for aesthetics was not only difficult, it was arrogant and inappropriate.Comparing the value of historical character and energy performance is a no-win undertaking. There is no “correct” result.The second question — the one about comparative energy performance — is a bit easier, but not by much. Whether or not the analysis includes the energy performance of the whole house, or only the windows but including the rough openings, or just the window unit, can make a big difference. And including options such as interior cellular shades with sealing side-tracks adds the question of adjustability and its impact on actual energy performance.Field testing indicates that insulated cellular shades with sealing sidetracks contribute about R-4 to the window (see Interior Insulating Blinds, but only when fully deployed. (NOTE: we have just installed such shades in our home and I have to admit some winter nights go by with more than one shade stacked in its stored position with an R-value of about 0; and optimally deploying the shades on cloudy versus sunny cold winter days is more than a bit challenging, even for us folks with home offices).But there has been significant research done on old window retrofits, comparing a variety of window retrofit options. One study down in Colorado, The Effect of Energy Efficiency Treatments on Historic Windows, included RESFEN modeling, field testing, and lab testing. The study showed that low-e storms + window repair have better energy performance than a vinyl replacement insert window.Another study done in Scotland, Thermal Performance of Traditional Windows, involved both lab and field testing for a variety of window treatments (low-e storm, drapes, insulated cellular shade, insulated shutters, etc.). Again, a repaired and air sealed historic six-lite double-hung window with a low-e storm performed as well as, or even a bit better than, a double-glazed sash replacement system.The third question introduces the embodied energy comparison of keeping and replacing the old windows. There really has not been much research done on this issue; the only report I could find, What Replacement Windows Can’t Replace: The Real Cost of Removing Historic Windows, provides a table of the embodied energy of a variety of building materials, and correctly states that the three materials most significantly used in replacement windows — aluminum, PVC, and glass — all have among the highest embodied energy content. But this information is far from quantitative in its comparison, and ignores the fact that moving older windows to levels of replacement window performance often involves new storm windows, typically made of glass and aluminum.Finally, the issues of durability and condensation resistance are certainly important (and related) in this comparison, and very little comparison of these attributes has been done for various window retrofit options (although stay tuned — Building Science Corporation is soon to release a report on Building America work they have been doing, “Window Repair, Rehabilitation, and Replacement,” which will address these issues). Windows are often a dominant architectural feature in old houses. A six-over-six sash with wavy, bubbled glass has a charm that modern windows can only aspire to, more than offsetting their less-than-stellar energy performance.Or so many local historical preservation committees would argue. And, as Mike Keesee has discovered, that’s a frustrating problem for builders and homeowners who want to make energy-efficient windows part of a renovation.Writing in a Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor, Keesee says his local historic preservation committee just doesn’t get it.“Our local historic preservation committee will not allow retrofits/replacement of so called historic windows — the aging, single-pane, wood frame with ‘wavy’ glass,” Keesee writes.“Some in the historic community claim that the existing windows can be retrofitted with films, weatherstripping, insulated shades or the like and match the performance of a high-performance (e.g., Energy Star rated) replacement window. Unfortunately, they don’t respond well to arguments based on the laws of physics.” RELATED ARTICLES Historic Preservation and Green RenovationInsulated Storm Windows?Replace That Window? Four Affordable Ways to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Old Windows7 Steps to an Energy-Efficient House: 4. WindowsAll About Glazing Optionscenter_img The historic preservation folks are rightNot everyone is on the new-window bandwagon.“I’m going to give a counterargument here and suggest the ‘historic types’ are not all full of hooey,” James Morgan replies. “The laws of physics, when consulted on the big energy picture, tell us that for a historic building (with usually rather limited fenestration), glazing U-factors are a relatively minor consideration compared to all the other usual energy retrofit suspects.”There are other arguments for keeping old windows, he says, including the avoided manufacturing and transportation costs associated with installing new windows. “And finally, the laws of economics consistently tell us that window replacement is about the least cost-effective way of improving energy performance in an old building, with a payback period generally exceeding the projected lifetime of the unit,” Morgan says.Although old windows require more maintenance, he adds, the same could be said of owning an old house in the first place. Instead of looking at old windows as a hindrance, try viewing them as a “precious and increasingly rare resource… There’s a good case for leaving your irreplaceable historic windows as part of that whole fabric.” GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE WindowsKeesee’s appeal for studies that quantify the benefits of replacing old windows with new ones is the subject of this week’s Q&A Spotlight.last_img read more

Odisha grapples with a problem of elephantine proportions

December 3, 2019

first_imgA hurt elephant, with a tyre entangled in its front left foot, has kept the Odisha Forest Department personnel on their toes for over the past one month.The elephant has been spotted limping in jungles on the fringe areas of the Capital. It continues to be in pain even as attempts to tranquillise the animal and remove the tyre have failed so far. At least five forest personnel were hurt when the elephant attacked them in Athagarh in January.The incident has brought the spotlight back on the human-elephant conflict in the State, which has seen 423 elephant deaths since 2011-12, while 421 humans have been trampled by the jumbos during the same period.Trend observedOver 203 persons have been injured in elephant attacks and standing crop on thousands of acres has been damaged by raiding elephants, a trend that has now been observed in 27 of 30 districts of Odisha.Athagarh in Cuttack district witnesses regular face-off between marauding elephants and villagers. While the elephants look for opportunities to raid crops, the villagers get united to repel the herds.Recently, wildlife activists launched a campaign in social media using hashtag #GiantRefugees and urged Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to act and find a long-term solution to the problem. Lack of fodder and water for elephants and increase in cropping areas near forests are being cited as the prime reasons behind elephants frequently straying into human habitations.Indiscriminate miningWildlife activists say indiscriminate mining and growing industrial activities have been permitted without considering the impact on local elephant population.Odisha Chief Wildlife Warden Sidhant Das said the department was doing everything possible to protect elephants and reduce animal-man conflict.The Odisha government feels two more elephant reserves — Brahmani-Baitarani and South Odisha elephant reserves – will help in restricting elephant movement within forested areas. After the declaration, the area under elephant reserves will be about 25% of Odisha’s total forest area and about 90% of elephants will be within these reserves.Biswajit Mohanty of Wildlife Society of Odisha, however, claimed the proposals for the creation of elephant reserves have not been notified by the State under pressure of powerful mining lobby.last_img read more

Number of Indian Tourists to Australia Rises by 15%

December 2, 2019

first_imgAustralia is turning out to be one of the most favored destinations for Indian travelers. The arrival of Indian tourists to the island nation rose by 15 per cent this year till October 2017 as compared to the same period in 2016, according to Tourism Australia.As many as 24,100 Indians visited the country in October 2017, as compared to the corresponding figure of 20,598 in the same period last year. With 294,000 tourists from the country travelling to Australia this year until October, India is also said to be the ninth largest in-bound market for the island nation. This has brought Australia closer to its 2020 target of achieving 300,000 visitors yearly, much before its specified time of three years.Until September 2017, the total amount of money spent by Indian tourists visiting Australia was Au$1.45 billion (Rs 7,200 crore). This shows a surge of 26 per cent as compared to last year, making India the eighth largest market in terms of money spent by tourists. The amount of money spent and the double-digit growth for the fourth consecutive year has made India the fastest growing in-pouring market for Australia.About 741,500 visitor arrivals from different countries took place during October 2017, marking an increase of 6.6 per cent relative to the same period of the previous year. “This brings us to 8.7 million visitor arrivals for year ending October 2017, an increase of 7.1 per cent relative to the previous year,” a statement from Tourism Australia said.International arrivals growth, the statement said, was driven by leisure arrivals in Australia, with an increase of 7.6 per cent over the 12-month period. New Zealand is the top source market for Australia, followed by China, United States, United Kingdom, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea and India.Online submission of tourist visa applications for Indian citizens was allowed beginning mid-2017 by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection.“We are extremely pleased with the success of the electronic lodgment process, with over 60 per cent of the total tourist visa applications now received online. November 2017 has witnessed the highest-ever tourist visa lodgments,” Tania Gerlach, the Chief Migration Officer, Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), said.Round-the-clock access, e-payment of the visa application charge and the provision of checking the visa applications submitted online are some of the benefits offered by e-lodgment.“It is an extremely proud moment for us to achieve the fastest growing market status in our 50th anniversary year of marketing Australia to the world as a visitor destination,” Nishant Kashikar, Country Manager, India and Gulf, Tourism Australia, said in a statement. He added that focusing on partnerships with airlines, Australian specialist agents and content integration activities showed great results.Another factor that has resulted in more number of Indian travelers exploring Australia is that visas will require lesser time for processing in the future because of the immediate availability of application and supporting documentation to the processing office. These developments have made obtaining an Australian visa for Indian travelers easier. Related ItemsAustraliaTourismlast_img read more

Graeme Swann scoffs at India’s opposition to Decision Review System

November 28, 2019

first_imgEngland spinner Graeme Swann feels India’s opposition to the Decision Review System (DRS) in the upcoming Test series could backfire on the world’s number one team.India have rejected the use of DRS for the four-match series starting July 21 at Lord’s, saying the technology is not fool-proof. As per the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) regulations, DRS can be implemented in a bilateral series only after the consent of the two participating boards.Swann reckons the introduction of the technology has helped umpires in their decision making.”A few years ago, not having DRS would have been a blow but what has happened is that umpires are far happier to give lbws out on the front foot,” Swann was quoted as saying by The Mirror.”Umpires have been going back and studying videos and they have learnt from the mistakes of the past and are more willing to give things out.”I think it is a shame we are not going to use it because it is a very positive thing that has been introduced in the game.”I think India do trust the technology. You could make that excuse but I think it’s proved to be pretty accurate. It saves as many batsmen as it sends to the stocks.”I don’t know if it’s a distrust of technology or a bit of kidology ( deception) on their part. If they don’t want to do it, fair enough. Maybe we will get a couple that would have been overturned and it would be quite amusing if that happened,” he said.advertisementTHE UGLY TRIOSwann, while talking about his teammates Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott, said he goes off to sleep while seeing England’s top- three batsmen bat.He has no doubt about the batting prowess of his teammates but says wouldn’t pay to watch them as he considers them the ‘ ugliest top- three in the world’. Swann said he would be happy to have the trio in his team but won’t watch them bat. Instead he enjoys the batting of strokemakers Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior and Ian Bell.”I’m not a great watcher of cricket, but when Cook and Trott are batting, my god I struggle to keep my eyes open. I will always watch KP as well but Cook, Strauss and Trott, if there is an uglier top three in the world I don’t know of it,” Swann said.”I adore the fact they love batting and bat all the time but I would happily watch an Ian Bell, or Matt Prior,” he added.Despite not liking the way they bat, Swann said they are an asset to any side and he would happily shell out money to keep them in the team.”But they are amazing and I would not change any of it. I wouldn’t pay to get in and watch them but I’d happily pay their salaries,” he said.last_img read more

Maken’s interference in military promotions for sportspersons upsets army

November 28, 2019

first_imgThe Indian Army has been upset with Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Ajay Maken’s interference in military promotions for sportspersons without understanding its wider ramifications.Countering Maken, who has been seeking triple promotion for outstanding sportspersons like Subedar Vijay Kumar who won silver medal at the London Olympics, army sources questioned his logic asking whether an Olympic medal could be compared with a gallantry medal like Paramvir Chakra, Mahavir Chakra, Kirti Chakra or Shaurya Chakra awarded to soldiers in war or combating terror.The army would take up the matter with Defence Minister AK Antony, who has received a letter from Maken in this regard. Maken had on Tuesday wrote to Antony seeking the tweaking of rules to give outstanding military sportspersons a triple promotion, bringing them at par with promotion policy for civilian sportspersons.Army sources said the sports minister was playing to the gallery. They said there are laid down norms for rewards and emoluments for outstanding sportspersons and the sports minister should not attempt to play around with the promotion policy.last_img read more

Las Piñas forges decider

November 27, 2019

first_imgCatholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Reyes also dished out eight assists and hauled down four rebounds in 39 minutes.Meanwhile, No. 2 seed Bacoor City Agimat clinched the first Division Finals berth after winning by default against third-seeded Pasay.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, logistics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Beermen looking to rebound after shellacking by Batang Pier DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Fourth-ranked Las Piñas pulled off a come-from-behind 67-66 win over No. 1 Makati behind Jericho Reyes to force a do-or-die semis game in the South Division of the Metro League Boys 17-under basketball tournament Thursday at Bacoor Strike Gym.Reyes fired a game-high 29 points, including the game-winning free throw, to help Las Piñas set the rubber match.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more