Breaking: Minister sends in Air Corps chopper and soldiers to fight Donegal fire

first_imgThe Minister of State with Responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe, has scrambled Air Corps helicopters and army personnel to the scene of a serious gorse fire in West Donegal.The huge fire, in the Annagry and Loughanure areas, is out of control and in danger of coming into contact with homes.At least eight sections of Donegal Fire Service have been battling the blaze for the past five hours. They have been supported on the ground by scores of local volunteers who are risking their lives to beat out the flames.Local TD and Leas Cheann Comhairle Pat the Cope Gallagher called on the Minister for Defence to mobile the Aer Corps and soldiers in a bid to halt the spread of the fires.He has criticised how long it has taken the Minister to make a decision on the matter.“The Minister has just called me to confirm the approval has been given for a helicopter to travel to Annagry and that army personnel are also being sent to assist Donegal “Myself and Donegal County Council requested the Minister to send up the Aer Corps four hours ago and they have only mobilised them a short time ago and I am very disappointed that it took so long.“We cannot delay this any longer as these fires are out of control. We must stop this fire as it spreads towards homes,” he said.There is still no indication as to how the latest fires started.Donegal County Council also made a decision to employ a private company to bring in a helicopter to spread water over the flames.The eater for the choppers is to be taken from nearby lakes and then spread over the most dangerous areas. Among those battling the blaze is local county councillor Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig.“It is very intense. As soon as the fire service get it under control the wind whips up the flames again.“The community response has been amazing but we are still in the middle of trying to bring this under control,” he said.It comes just days after two homes were destroyed two homes in Annagry. Breaking: Minister sends in Air Corps chopper and soldiers to fight Donegal fire was last modified: April 26th, 2019 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:Air CorpsArmyblazedonegalfiresoldierslast_img read more

Henri Fennell’s Advice on Cathedral Ceilings

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members I first interviewed Henri Fennell, the celebrated spray foam consultant from North Thetford, Vermont, about twenty years ago. Back then, Joe Lstiburek, the founding principal at Building Science Corporation, called Henri “the foam god.” While Fennell’s former company, Foam-Tech, closed up shop years ago, Fennell hasn’t retired. He now works as a consultant, specializing in problems related to spray foam insulation or air leakage.At the recent Better Buildings By Design conference in Burlington, Vermont, Fennell gave a well-attended presentation called “Theory and Practice for Attics and Cathedral Roof Slopes in Cold Climates.” Fennell’s presentation was based on a paper he authored called “Attic and Roof Slope Ventilation Design.” I highly recommend Fennell’s paper.I won’t try to recreate Fennell’s paper, since it is available online. Instead, I’ll give a flavor of his presentation by sharing pithy advice that Fennell gave the audience. Decades of spray foam experience Fennell told the Burlington audience, “My first spray foam project was in 1971.” Fennell shared a large number of PowerPoint slides illustrating his experience tracking down air leaks.Here are some nuggets that Fennell shared in Burlington:“I’ve seen everything. I’ve even seen heat ducts located in the roof slopes.”“Icicles are a symptom of roof melt. Icicles are almost always accompanied by ice dams.”“In an attic, an air leak [through the ceiling] can heat up the entire attic. In a cathedral ceiling, an air leak will only cause problems in a single rafter bay.”“I remember one job where the air sealing depended on the polyethylene vapor barrier, sealed with tape. When the blower door test started, you could… center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

Can Venture Capital Fix Our Dysfunctional Educational System?

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Venture capitalists are betting that technology will play a major role in fixing a broken U.S. educational system. Accel Partners, Spectrum Equity and Meritech Capital Partners put their chips down last week with a $103 million investment in Lynda.com, which sells monthly subscriptions for training videos in business, technology and creative skills.The investment was so important for Accel that the global firm was willing to woo the online education company for four years. For Lynda.com, which topped $100 million in revenue last year, the outside investment was the first in its 18 years of operation.VC ExcitementWhat has VCs so excited is an educational system ready for technology’s transformative powers. The soaring cost of higher education has made college only a dream for many high school grads, while those who borrow their way through risk landing in the poorhouse if they can’t land a job. Student loan debt nationally exceeds auto loans and credit-card debt, according to Grading Student Loans, a scholarly blog published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.VCs are gambling that online education startups will eventually remake the system through cheaper, more efficient alternatives to traditional options.Last April, Kleiner Perkins and New Enterprise Associates helped Coursera make its debut with a $16 million investment. Coursera now has more than 2.3 million people using its free classes in science, business, economics, the arts and law. The coursework is provided by almost three dozen universities, including Princeton, Stanford and Duke. For now, Coursera is focused on building as large a user base as possible and plans to figure out how to make money later.“Elite education is too expensive, and it’s available for too few,” Kleiner Perkins partner John Doerr told The Wall Street Journal. “I’m not saying accredited institutions will go away, but having great content available for free in the U.S. can transform community college education… and in the developing world as well.”Other online schooling startups that received millions of dollars from VCs over the last few years have include Pluralsight, 2tor, Craftsy and Lore. In 2011, investment firms spent $171.8 million on education technology companies, which includes online learning, compared to $88.5 million in 2009, according the latest figures from GSV Advisors, which tracks such investments. In the first half of 2012, the amount of investment had already reached $105.3 million.Direction UncertainHow dramatically VC-funded startups will change higher education remains unknown. A lot of hurdles remain – with the biggest being accreditation.To be truly disruptive, online education companies will have to deliver courses that are accepted by employers and recognized by State Universities and Colleges. California, often a trendsetter for the rest of the nation, believes online education can help the state lower college tuition that has risen by double digit percentages for the last several years.Last Tuesday, San Jose State University signed a deal with Udacity to provide online versions of three math classes this spring for $150 each. While online courses have been part of college curricula for years, the California State University system is now trying to see if the online courses can help ease overcrowded remedial classes for local students. In other words, online education is being used to solve a real problem in California colleges: too many applicants for too few classes.“Today our aim is to focus like a laser on entry-level classes that can be so difficult for our students,” Mohammad Qayoumi, president of San Jose State, said during a public signing of the deal that was attended by California Governor Jerry Brown. “Every year nationally, 1.7 million students need remedial education. That’s roughly the population of San Jose and San Francisco combined. We must innovate.”That innovation is exactly what the investments in online education technology companies are trying to create.Photo courtesy of ShutterStock. Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Related Posts Tags:#cloud computing#education#startups#Venture Funding center_img Aramco, Holder of the Largest IPO in History is… antone gonsalves Top 25 Black Friday Deals for Techies in 2019last_img read more

Personal Finance Year-End Wrap Up

first_imgBy Molly C. Herndon2013 has been a great year for the Personal Finance Team. We’ve delivered 13 webinars this year, adding to the 13 webinars we produced in 2012. Topics ranged from life insurance to estate planning to using the GI Bill and mutual fund basics. Our selected topics were topics of interest shared by our 2012 webinar participants in the survey responses sent out by our evaluation team. Planning for our list of topics in 2014 has already begun and it is shaping up to be our biggest webinar-delivery year yet.More than 1,000 financial educators logged on to our web conferences and of those, nearly 800 certificates of completion for the application of continuing education credits were issued. And that’s just from our live presentations: More than 600 participants earned CEUs by viewing recordings of our presentations and taking a quiz.Our online communities continued to grow, too. Our Facebook page has continued to be a space where PFMs and other financial educators could share and comment on our posts and stay updated on our list of upcoming webinars. The use of the hashtag #MFLN continues to grow as more members of our community begin to use Twitter. Google+ activity also increased, as did membership in our LinkedIn group.We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the participants that have engaged in our web conference and online spaces. Your contributions strengthen our efforts to provide a forum for Military and Extension finance educators to connect and share. We look forward to more conversations and learning in 2014.Happy Holidays!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on December 20, 2013last_img read more

Meralco stays alive, barely survives Phoenix

first_imgPBA IMAGESCoach Norman Black could only heave a sigh of relief after Jeff Chan missed a potential game-winning three at the buzzer and Meralco escaped Phoenix, 92-90, Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“For us, it was a championship game,” the veteran mentor said as the Bolts stayed alive in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup playoff race.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum MERALCO 92 — Lanete 24, Hodge 17, Canaleta 9, Caram 9, Newsome 9, Tolomia 9, Hugnatan 6, Amer 5, Salva 4, Ballesteros 0, Baracael 0.PHOENIX 90 — Wilson 24, Wright 16, Jazul 13, Perkins 10, Chan 8, Mendoza 6, Dehesa 5, Intal 4, Kramer 4, Alolino 0, Chua 0, Eriobu 0.Quarters: 29-18, 54-40, 70-75, 92-90. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding White wins USA’s 100th winter gold, gets grilled by media LATEST STORIES Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:33Duterte mulling ban on plastic use02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cliff Hodge finished with 17 markers, three rebounds, and three assists, but had to exit the game after incurring a knee injury on a collision with Willy Wilson late in the third quarter.“We really had to dig deep to get in this basketball game. It takes a lot of will power for the players to say, ‘No, we will win this game,’ and that’s what the players did today,” said Black as his side snapped their three-game losing slump.Wilson led Phoenix with a season-best 24 points and eight rebounds, while Matthew Wright got 16 markers and eight boards, but shot 0-of-5 from downtown and fouled out  with 2:58 still left to play.The Fuel Masters remain at seventh place with their 4-5 card, but are now tied with TNT.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ With their backs against the wall, the Bolts almost saw their season go down the drain after the Fuel Masters made a huge run in the third quarter to erase a 16-point lead and storm back again in the last 1:23 to cut the 92-87 advantage down to just two.Jaypee Mendoza forced a jumpball on Chris Newsome with 13.5 seconds left, giving Phoenix one last chance to steal the game, but the 2016 Rookie of the Year did just enough to nudge Chan in the waning seconds and force him to heave the desperation three.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“That was really a hard-fought game. I’m just happy with my guys staying in the game and kept fighting until the end,” remarked Black.Garvo Lanete stepped up for the undermanned Meralco with career second-best 24 points on a 4-of-9 shooting from threes to help his side rise to 3-6. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View commentslast_img read more

2 days ago​Chelsea defender Tomori: I’ve studied Ajax striker Tadic

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Chelsea defender Tomori: I’ve studied Ajax striker Tadicby Ansser Sadiq2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori says that he is aware of the threat posed by Ajax star Dusan Tadic.The two European heavyweights are set to do battle in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.The Blues will be hoping to pick up a win to get them level on points with Ajax in the group.And Tomori knows that controlling Tadic is an important part of keeping Ajax’s attack quiet.”Last year in the Champions League, Ajax did so well and he was a very big part of that,” Tomori said at a press conference.”We know the kind of movements he likes to make. He’s not the typical number nine running in behind, he likes to play with the ball and link up with the whole team.”Sometimes as a defender you have to make a decision on the spot and go in to mark, or sometimes you have enough time to communicate to the midfielders in front of you. “I’m sure the game will throw up those different situations and we’ll have to deal with it and that’s just part of the game.” last_img read more

Feds 3rd hike this year expected despite rising trade risks

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve is set this week to raise interest rates for a third time this year to prevent the economy from growing too fast. But with President Donald Trump’s trade fights posing a risk to the U.S. economy, the Fed may soon be ready to slow its hikes.Many analysts expect the economy to weaken next year, in part from the effects of the conflicts Trump has pursued with China, Canada, Europe and other trading partners. The tariffs and counter-tariffs that have been imposed on imports and exports is having the effect of raising prices for key goods and supplies and potentially slowing growth.An economic slowdown would likely lead the Fed to throttle back on its rate increases to avoid stifling growth. In that scenario, it might raise rates only twice in 2019 and then retreat to the sidelines to see how the economy fares.Compounding the effects of the tariffs and retaliatory tariffs resulting from Trump’s trade war, other factors could slow growth next year. The benefits of tax cuts that took effect this year, along with increased government spending, for example, are widely expected to fade.Still, some analysts hold to a more optimistic scenario: That momentum already built up from the government’s economic stimulus will keep strengthening the job market and lowering unemployment — at 3.9 per cent, already near a 50-year low. A tight employment market, in this scenario, will accelerate wages and inflation and prod the Fed to keep tightening credit to ensure that the economy doesn’t overheat.Any light the Fed might shed on those questions could come in the statement it will make after its latest policy meeting ends Wednesday, in updated economic and rate forecasts it will issue or in a news conference that Chairman Jerome Powell will hold afterward.The modest rate increase that’s widely expected reflects the continued strength of the U.S. economy, now in its 10th year of expansion, the second-longest such stretch on record. Most analysts also expect the Fed to signal that it plans to raise rates a fourth and final time this year, presumably in December. The Fed’s rate increases typically lead to higher rates on some consumer and business loans.Should neither Powell nor the Fed itself clarify expectations for the months ahead, it could be because the policymakers are sharply divided and are coalescing into two familiar opposing groups — “hawks” and “doves.”Doves focus on the Fed’s mandate to maximize employment and worry less about inflation. Hawks tend to concern themselves more with the need to prevent high inflation. One Fed board member, Lael Brainard, a leading dove, earlier this month surprised some with a speech that emphasized her belief in the need for continued gradual rate hikes.This week’s expected hike will be the Fed’s eighth since 2015, when it began tightening credit after having kept its benchmark rate at a record low for seven years beginning in 2008 at the height of the financial crisis.Even so, the Fed’s key short-term rate, a benchmark for many consumer and business loans, remains in a relatively low range of 1.75 per cent to 2 per cent. By its latest reckoning, the Fed estimates its “neutral rate” — the point where it’s thought to neither stimulate nor restrain growth — at around 2.9 per cent. Two more hikes this year and two in 2019 would lift the Fed’s benchmark rate to that level.In her speech, Brainard suggested that the Fed might eventually see a need to exceed the neutral rate — an unexpected observation from an official who has never been seen as a hawk. But Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, said Brainard’s suggestion doesn’t seem all that surprising given the economic circumstances.“She realizes that the economy is in a different place,” Zandi said. “We have had massive tax cuts and massive increases in government spending that were not even on the radar screen in early 2017.”The economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, is expected to grow 3 per cent for 2018 as a whole. That would mark the strongest full-year gain in 13 years. For the first nine years of the economic expansion, annual GDP growth averaged only around 2.2 per cent.The robust job market has helped make consumers, the main drivers of growth, more confident than they’ve been in nearly 18 years. Business investment is up. Americans are spending freely on cars, clothes and restaurant meals.All the good news has helped fuel a stock market rally. Household wealth is up, too. It reached a record in the April-June quarter, although the gain is concentrated largely among the most affluent.It’s that strength that has convinced economists that there will be little debate about raising rates this week.“For 2018, both the economy and the stock market are sizzling,” said Sung Won Sohn, chief economist at SS Economics, a consulting firm. “That means the Fed will stay with the four rate hikes they have indicated they will make this year.Next year is far less clear. Many economists worry that Trump’s combative trade policies could significantly slow the economy. Trump insists that the tariffs he is imposing on Chinese imports, to which Beijing has retaliated, are needed to force China to halt unfair trading practices. But concern is growing that China won’t change its practices, the higher tariffs on U.S. and Chinese goods will become permanent and both economies — the world’s two largest — will suffer.Powell has so far been circumspect in reflecting on Trump’s trade war. The Fed chairman has suggested that while higher tariffs are generally harmful, they could serve a healthy purpose if they eventually force Beijing to liberalize its trade practices.In the meantime, economists are divided over how many Fed rate increases are likely in 2019. Sohn foresees three. But Diane Swonk, chief economist at Grant Thornton, said she thinks the Fed will slow its pace to two hikes next year.“I think the higher tariffs will start to impact the economy,” Swonk said. “But I don’t think the Fed will signal any changes in its expected pace of interest rates at this meeting. The Fed will want to wait and react to changes in the economy.”last_img read more

Depression drives bizman to end life

first_imgGreater Noida: A 40-year-old businessman allegedly committed suicide inside his flat in Assotech society in Zeta-1 sector of Greater Noida on Monday morning. Police have not received any suicide note from the spot.According to police, the deceased has been identified as Ravindra Malik, a native of Panipat district in Haryana. Cops said that Malik, owner of a polyethete bags manufacturing company in sector Ecotech-III of Greater Noida, was living in flat number ST-013 along with his family. However, he was alone at his house when he committed suicide as the family had gone to native place in Panipat. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsPolice said that the body was first spotted by Malik’s wife and his father-in-law on Monday morning. “A Police control room(PCR) call was received around 8:50 am on Monday by Malik’s wife who returned home from Panipat along with her father. As she came back home, she found the door locked from inside. Even after making repeated attempts when no one responded from inside the house, she alerted the security guards of society. The guards broke open the door and found Malik hanging with the ceiling fan inside his room. Immediately they alerted police and a team rushed to the spot,” said Jitendra Kumar Tripathi, Station in-charge of Industrial area police station in Surajpur. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPolice said that Malik took the extreme step under mental depression. “Victim’s family members told police that he was under extreme metal stress from past few months while he also suffered a loss in his business and was under huge debts. As of now we have not received any complaint into the matter while the body was handed over to family members after getting the postmortem done,” added Tripathi. Malik is survived by his wife and two teenaged children.last_img read more

Mayawati calls Congress BJP birds of same feather

first_imgLucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on Wednesday hit out at the ruling BJP and the Congress for their ‘garibi hatao’ promise calling it a bluff. She accused both of the parties of being “birds of the same feather” who betray people, despite such eradicate poverty slogans which comes to nothing after the votes are over. Mayawati said: “Ruling BJP calling Congress slogan of Garibi Hatao 2.0 a bluff, is true. “But is poll bluff and reneging of poll promises the sole domain of the BJP?” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “In fact BJP and Congress party are both birds of the same feather. They betraying the interests of the poor, labourers, farmers and others,” Mayawati tweeted. The Dalit leader’s remarks came after the ruling BJP described Congress’ minimum income scheme ‘NYAY’ announced by party chief Rahul Gandhi for elimination of poverty a “bluff”. Gandhi had on Monday announced to give Rs 72,000 per annum to 25 crore poor families of the country. The BSP, which had earlier announced no alliance with the Congress across the country is fighting the 2019 elections along with the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD). Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The BSP, which scored a nil in the 2014 elections is contesting on 38 out of 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh. The SP which won five seats is contesting on 37 and it’s other alliance partner, the RLD is contesting on three seats. The SP-BSP-RLD alliance has left two seats of Amethi and Rae Bareli for the Congress in the state. The BJP-led NDA had won 73 seats from Uttar Pradesh in 2014. The seven phased Lok Sabha polls are scheduled from April 11 to May 19. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.last_img read more

Allardyce insisted that he has fans support

first_imgSam Allardyce managed to avoid the relegation troubles after coming to Everton to replace Ronald Koeman in the first half of the season but his position has been doubted despite that.The former England national team has had a difficult position as it has been said that the majority of fans wants him to leave after the season and be replaced with someone younger and more perspective – but the coach doesn’t agree.The experienced Englishman spoke about his future as he said, according to Sports Mole:Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I don’t really talk about my prudential or non-prudential outside of the fact that I do the job to do the best of my ability.”“Listening to what’s happening outside has a detrimental effect on you, good or bad, and my job is to accept what people think I am and who I am and I can’t change that because it’s happened over a long period of time.”“There are sceptical fans everywhere and there are very few of them at the moment. You’re talking about the minority instead of the majority.”last_img read more