first_imgA man who pleaded guilty to theft on two separate occasions at Dunnes Stores, Oldtown, Letterkenny has been given 40 hours of community service. Paul O’Brien, 44, of Isleway House, Larkin’s Lane, Letterkenny appeared at Letterkenny District Court this morning.The court heard how O’Brien was arrested on the 26th of September outside Dunnes Stores, Oldtown, Letterkenny. The defendant had stolen a 1 litre bottle of Smirnoff Vodka and a packet of Wilkinson razor blades.Gardaí quickly identified that Mr O’Brien had also carried out a similar theft which was reported on August 16th 2015.On that occasion he had stolen a bottle of vodka, a two-litre bottle of Coca-Cola and some ham.He pleaded guilty to both offences and admitted to being extremely intoxicated.Solicitor for the defendant Frank Dorrian said his client was originally from England, but had been living in Ireland since he was n his 20s.He was a butcher by trade, but has been unemployed for quite some time.Mr Dorrian stressed that during his period of unemployment he became addicted to alcohol and that alcohol was the determining factor in him carrying out the thefts.Mr Dorrian also added that he completely penniless and lived on his own and lead a quiet life.He had a pervious conviction for larceny dating back to 1999.Judge Paul Kelly imposed a community service order for 40 hours in lieu of two months imprisonment.FORMER BUTCHER GIVEN COMMUNITY SERVICE AFTER THEFT OF VODKA, COCA-COLA AND HAM was last modified: October 19th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:courtsnewslast_img read more

Donegal passengers get a new route to Germany with Ireland West Airport

first_imgIreland West Airport in Knock has welcomed the first scheduled service from Cologne with Ryanair to the West of Ireland.Between June and September Ryanair will operate direct flights to and from Cologne every Tuesday and Saturday to Ireland West which is becoming more and more popular with Donegal people.Cologne is Germany’s fourth largest city and the largest city of the State of North Rhine–Westphalia. Centred on the left bank of the Rhine, Cologne is regarded as Germany’s capital of carnivals reflecting the lifestyle of its inhabitants, who make Cologne the incredibly energetic spot that it is. Cologne is ideally located just an hours train journey from Frankfurt and only 90 minutes from Brussels providing easy onwards travel options for visitors.This new service is a major boost for tourism in the West and North West regions of Ireland as it provides the only direct access to the West Coast from the North Rhine-Westphalia region.Germany is the third-largest market for tourism to the island of Ireland with a record year forecasted in 2018 of over 650,000 German visitors with 50% of German holidaymakers visiting the West and North West of Ireland during their stay.On hand to greet arriving passengers were representatives from the Gourmet Greenway Food Trail who provided samples of delicious locally produced cuisines. The food trail has been devised by the Mulranny Park Hotel, in association with Mayo food producers, to showcase the wonderful artisan food in the vicinities of Mulranny, Newport, Westport and Achill.Accompanying passengers on the first flight from Cologne were a selection of media representatives from some of Germanys biggest media organisations who will be taking part in a 3 day familiarisation trip around the West and North West of Ireland during their stay.Speaking at the launch, Joe Gilmore, Managing Director, Ireland West Airport said “We are delighted to welcome the first service from Cologne with Ryanair today. German holidaymakers are Ireland’s most active visitors, exploring our historical sites and engaging in multiple events/activities such as hill walking and hiking while on the island, which ties in perfectly with the airports location as the Western gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands.“We thank Ryanair for their continued support and their vote of confidence in the airport and we hope the service will attract the full support of all in the region as it will require even greater effort on all our behalf’s to ensure the route is a success and is maintained for the longer term and can lead to further expansion into Germany and beyond in the coming years’.Eimear Ryan, Sales and Marketing Executive, Ryanair, added they pleased to officially launch our new twice weekly service from Ireland West Airport Knock to Cologne. She said “To celebrate the start of this new route, we are releasing seats on sale from just €19.99 for travel in June and July, which are only available for booking on the website until midnight Thursday (6 June). Since these amazing low prices will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto now and avoid missing out.”Welcoming the first German visitors to touch down off the flight today, Michael Ring, Minister for Rural & Community Development said this brings more good news for Irish tourism as we welcome German visitors to the West of Ireland with Ryanair on their first flight from Cologne.He said “Germany is the third-largest market for tourism to Ireland with over 300,000 Germans visiting the West and North West of the country annually. This new direct service will provide a major tourism boost for the region as it brings visitors to the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. For regional Ireland, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism for rural Ireland’.Donegal passengers get a new route to Germany with Ireland West Airport was last modified: June 2nd, 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:CologneIreland West AirportKnockryanairlast_img read more

Keeping the water balance

first_imgThe removal of alien plant species such as the Australian black wattle improves the health of the ecosystem and prevents the loss of water to the thirsty invaders. WWF-SA’s Enkangala Grasslands project coordinator Angus Burns works closely with farmers in the area to clear away black wattle. Nedbank has facilitated the distribution of over 1 000 Hippo rollers to communities in Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape. South Africa’s national bird, the blue crane, breeds in the Enkangala grasslands.(Images: Janine Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sindiswa Nobula  Communication officer, Biodiversity   Unit, WWF-SA  +27 021 657 6644 RELATED ARTICLES • New solutions for water conservation • A water-wise Lesotho adventure • Going underground for water • Nedbank invests in water project • Bank, WWF get R100m for green cause Janine ErasmusSouth Africa is one of many countries that face challenges in maintaining and preserving its freshwater supply. In its 2012 Global Risk Report, the World Economic Forum names a water supply crisis as the risk, out of 50 analysed, which would have the second greatest impact globally. Top of the list was a major failure of the world’s financial system.However, the likelihood of a water crisis is greater than that of a financial systems failure – 3.79 as opposed to 3.14, on a scale of one to five.The World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) has estimated that, based on the current water usage and population growth, the country will have a water shortfall of 1.7% by 2025 – unless we act now.But that action must balance conservation with industry, because while the former is unquestionably important for the future preservation of the planet, industry too plays a vital role as a driver of economic growth.Water security is no longer a matter of building more dams, because the country is already running out of suitable locations. Rather, the key factor is the conservation, maintenance and rehabilitation of South Africa’s natural water sources. This is the responsibility of all water users in the country.Industry is not the only problem. Conservationists are fighting a constant battle against invasion by alien plant species. One of the most destructive is the black wattle (Acacia mearnsii), an Australian native. It was introduced to South Africa in the late 19th century, and since then has become one of the most widespread invaders.WWF-SA’S water balance programme seeks to address these challenges by getting landowners and businesses alike to commit to the preservation of water resources. Not just by signing on a line, though – by active stewardship, accountability and forward thinking, while keeping their businesses and incomes intact.Irreplaceable resource“12% of our country’s land area generates half of our river flow,” says Angus Burns, coordinator for WWF-SA’s Enkangala Grasslands project.Spanning the Mpumalanga, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal provinces, Enkangala lies within the grasslands biome, the country’s largest biome according to WWF-SA.Enkangala covers 1.6-million hectares and with an average annual rainfall of twice that of the rest of the country, is a vital water catchment area that supplies the whole of Gauteng province as well as several coal power stations in the east of the country. It’s also the source of four of South Africa’s major rivers – the Vaal, Thukela, Usutu and Pongola and as such, is a priority area under the WWF-SA water balance programme. The other priority nodes are the Berg and Breede catchments in the Western Cape; the Garden Route in the Western Cape; and the Umgeni in KwaZulu Natal.Sitting at 1 700 metres above sea level, Enkangala (isiZulu, meaning “high place without trees”) is a sensitive ecological grassland which also provides employment through agriculture and, to a more limited extent, mining and timber.While much of the area has been irreversibly transformed through these activities, there is still a chance of preserving the rest through responsible farming, removal of alien vegetation and community education.The Enkangala Grassland Project launched about 11 years ago in Wakkerstroom, a small Mpumalanga town world-renowned for its birding. The area is also dotted with wetlands which need special management.The project focuses on reducing water loss through removal of alien plants, reviving and preserving aquatic ecosystems, and creating jobs. The removal of alien plants has many benefits, including an increase in water flow for rivers, a decrease in fire hazard and soil erosion, the normalisation of the natural ecosystem, and more water for indigenous plants.The project also has a stewardship component which works with land reform communities to responsibly manage their newly-regained land.“We work hard to build a relationship of trust with the communities, and teach them to live in harmony with nature,” says Ayanda Nzimande, WWF-SA’s biodiversity stewardship officer for land reform and emerging farmers. “We also help them to deal with small mining companies who are interested in prospecting on their land.”The three current participants in the water balance programme are Nedbank, chipboard manufacturer Sonae Novobord, and retailer Woolworths, with support from the Department of Water Affairs, while the Green Trust, Birdlife South Africa and the South African National Biodiversity Institute are involved in the Enkangala initiative.“We also work with the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency,” says Burns, “who have been incredibly helpful. It’s completely in their interest to support our project, as it contributes to their target for conserved land, which they could never afford to buy – and this way they don’t have to pay for land management either. It’s the best solution.”Landowners in the area are reportedly queuing up to be part of the programme, but, says Burns, the organisation can only work with the top properties.Within Enkangala, the 30 000-hectare KwaMandlangampisi (isiZulu, meaning “place of the hyena”) Protected Environment extends from Wakkerstroom to the farming community of Luneberg. It is the breeding place of South Africa’s national bird, the elegant but vulnerable blue crane (Anthropoides paradiseus), and is home to numerous endemic species of fauna and flora, one of which, an aloe, is found nowhere else.KwaMandlangampisi was declared in 2010 as the country’s first protected environment, which means that it can’t be threatened by activities such as mining. According to WWF-SA, a protected environment is one level below a national or provincial nature reserve.The green bankNedbank has supported the water balance programme since August 2011, and will invest in it to the tune of R9-million (US$1-million) over a five-year period. In Enkangala, 131 hectares have been cleared of black wattle in the last year alone, as a result of the bank’s investment, meaning that 271 000 kilolitres of water have been saved from consumption by the thirsty alien.The bank’s involvement has created over 12 350 person-days of work, produced 298 tons of charcoal and 345 tons of wood pulp, and supported the work of five dedicated farmers.Elsewhere, there is more progress. In the Keurbooms catchment area of the Garden Route, farmers are preparing to clear 76 hectares of alien plants.In the Umgeni area, Nedbank has partnered with the US-based Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund to raise an investment of R1.6-million ($185 000)  for the water balance programme.“This project demonstrates our increased focus on water as a key part of our climate change response strategy,” says Brigitte Burnett, Nedbank’s head of sustainability. The bank aims to offset its annual water consumption of some 550 000 kilolitres by helping with the removal of alien vegetation in these sensitive areas.Nedbank’s other water-related projects include the Riparian Rehabilitation Project in the Kouga River catchment area and the flood simulation project for the Pongola floodplain.The Nedbank Foundation has also come to the aid of rural communities who have no access to clean tap water, by providing R4.6-million ($531 000) for the distribution of over 1 000 90-litre Hippo water rollers in Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape. The Hippo roller is a South African invention that makes it easier for people who get their water from a river to transport it over a distance.last_img read more

A Classic 1970s Home Goes from Solar-Heated to Net Zero Energy

first_imgHolladay may be right overall, but Levine’s home is a great example of a solar home that has performed well. It didn’t overheat because he stored heat in the rock beds below and could vent excess heat out the top when necessary. His main problem was humidity that went a bit too high in summer because passive cooling doesn’t deal with the water vapor in the air.Here’s a quick rundown of a few of the cool features, including what he eventually did about the summer humidity:Solar collector for space heating. What you see in the photo above is not all windows dumping massive quantities of sunlight into the living space. Some of them are windows, and some are a special type of solar collector that he designed and patented. Each column of collector glazing has corrugated aluminum behind it, and as the air heats up, it rises naturally. The solar gain on those columns of air can provide up to a 100 degree Fahrenheit rise in temperature.But he’s doing more than just using the stack effect. He designed a system that uses a fan to move the hot air from the top of each column down to rock beds in the basement, where the heat gets stored. When it’s cloudy, he can draw heat out of the rock beds for two weeks. It’s a pretty sophisticated system, and he’s avoided turning the rock beds into a mold factory. One of the photos below shows the original controller for it, which is no longer in use.Composting toilet. The house has had a Clivus Multrum composting toilet since the beginning. Having built and lived in a house with a composting toilet myself, I get it. Many people don’t, however, especially if it means sitting over a big open hole straight to the tank in the basement. But think of all the water he’s saved by never having to flush a toilet in his home for four decades! In the second photo below, you can see the tank in the basement and the access door through which you remove the composted material.Net zero energy. A few years ago, Levine installed photovoltaic modules on the studio adjacent to the house. Because of the cold winter this year, he hasn’t been net zero in his energy balance between consumption and production over the past year, but he was for the two years before that.Other updates. Levine recently installed a heat-pump water heater and a decade or so ago had a ground-source heat pump put in. The latter was mainly to get cooling with dehumidification. He had relied on natural cooling for a long time but finally decided that the humidity issue warranted a mechanical air conditioning system.I didn’t get to spend a lot of time there, but it’s exciting to see that a classic solar-heated house from the 1970s — and one of the earliest ones, at that — has not only survived, but has served its purpose well and evolved gracefully over time.Levine is a new board member for the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS), as am I, so I look forward to working with him. He brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and ideas, which will help immensely as we take this movement further down the road to more sustainable buildings. The Raven Run Solar HouseThe creek that runs in the ravine near the house is called Raven Run, so the house is called the Raven Run Solar House. Levine designed and built it in 1974-75, one of the earlier solar houses built as a result of the energy crises of the ’70s. Martin Holladay has done a great job covering the history of solar-heated and superinsulated houses in North America. (See Solar Versus Superinsulation: A 30-Year-Old Debate and The History of Superinsulated Houses in North America.) He contends that superinsulation won because most solar houses overheated on sunny days and froze people out on cold nights. RELATED ARTICLES Fine Homebuilding: A Slice Off the CubeSolar Versus Superinsulation: A 30-Year-Old DebateThe History of Superinsulated Houses in North AmericaCost-Effective Passive Solar DesignA Pioneer of Low-Energy Homes Since 1973A Passive Solar Home from the 1980sAll About Thermal MassResilient Design: Passive Solar HeatA Contrarian View of Passive Solar Design Part 3 Last week I was in Lexington, Kentucky speaking at the Midwest Residential Energy Conference. It was a great regional conference, and the folks there are making things happen. (I even played nice. With all those Kentucky Wildcat fans there, I held back and didn’t mention in any of my talks that I’m a Florida Gator.) One of the many highlights for me was getting to visit Richard Levine’s 1970s active solar house. It stands out like no other house I’ve seen, and I’ve seen other solar houses.Your first question upon seeing the photo here might be, “Is that really a house?” Yup. He chose the shape to maximize solar gain while minimizing the area of the building enclosure. It’s a cube sliced on the diagonal, which you can see in Part 1 of the video series below. (That part starts at about the 3:30 mark.)center_img Part 2 Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. Other resourcesCSC Design Studio page on the Raven Run Residence. CSC Design Studio is Levine’s architecture firm in Kentucky.Richard Levine’s page on WikipediaFour-part video series on Levine and his work by 1 Part 4last_img read more

Video: Clemson Kicker Greg Huegel Drills Kick While Entire Team Screams At Him

first_imgClemson's Greg Huegel makes a field goal at practice under pressure.Instagram/clemsonfbHow do college football coaches simulate the pressure and environment of a big time game for their kickers during practice? Surround them with the entire team, and have them scream incessantly. Redshirt freshman Greg Huegel is currently starting at placekicker for the Clemson Tigers, a job he hopes to hold on to when incumbent starter Ammon Lakip returns from his suspension, and he drilled a long kick while being distracted by his fellow Tigers.We’ll see if he can do the same when tens of thousands of people are on top of him at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium or Williams-Brice this year, but for now, good start.last_img

Video: Florida Kicker Eddy Pinerio Drills 62-Yarder During 1st Day On Campus

first_imgTwo Florida Gators helmets sitting on the field.KNOXVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 15: Florida Gators football helmets on the field before the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)Your kicker woes may be over pretty soon, Florida fans. This season, the Gators kickers really struggled, converting on 36-of-41 extra points and just 7-of-17 field goals. In steps junior college star Eddy Pineiro, who promises to take care of that important spot. During his first day on campus in Gainesville, Pineiro messed around and drilled a 62-yarder.62 yarder in my new home— Odell Kickem Pineiro (@eddypineiro1) January 6, 2016Based on Twitter, Pineiro is having a pretty good first day overall.Finally moved in— Odell Kickem Pineiro (@eddypineiro1) January 3, 2016All the hard work paying finally got my locker— Odell Kickem Pineiro (@eddypineiro1) January 5, 2016People sleep on the impact having a great kicker has, but expect this to be a very big deal for the Gators next season.last_img read more

LeBron Heat Continue To Roll By Eclipsing The Suns

LeBron James scored 35 points with 11-of-14 shooting, contributing to the Miami Heat’s 107-92 defeat over Phoenix Suns on Monday, the defending champions’ seventh straight win.Dwyane Wade added 21 points and 12 assists, Michael Beasley, who was cut by the Suns in the offseason, threw down an alley-oop dunk among his eight points. Ray Allen scored nine of his 17 points in a fourth quarter.Mario Chalmers sat out  due to a strained hip flexor.Channing Frye led the Suns with 16 points and eight rebounds, Goran Dragic contributed 14 points, nine assists and eight boards but knew his team efforts were futile.“They have so many weapons,” Dragic said of the Heat. “They have a feeling they can do anything.”The Suns were pumped coming off their two consecutive road wins over Charlotte and Orlando, and kept it a game early on with Miami gaining the respect of The Heats’ head coach Erik Spoelstra.“We had to work for this one,” Spoelstra said. “They’re a good, young basketball team.”The Suns were unable to halt production of the Heat’s supporting cast, which led to  Chris Andersen being able to score most of his points on layups or putbacks and  Allen, Beasley and Shane Battier able to score faily unchallenged.  James and Wade combined to shoot 20 of 27 from the field. read more

The Cheapest Super Bowl Tickets Get The Biggest Markups

Middle Blue1314,8274,5973735-5 Gold2659,4497,9443630-16 At the Super Bowl, the cheapest tickets come at the highest added cost. Tickets for the worst seats — in the nosebleed dark-green sections — are selling at 48 times the average resale price for a regular-season 49ers home game. That’s a Super Bowl multiplier higher than anywhere else in the stadium. During the season, those seats retailed for $85 or $106, depending on the game. They resold on SeatGeek for an average of $78. For the Super Bowl, they’re reselling at an average of $3,727.The other most relatively expensive sections are also bad seats — purple (slightly closer but way behind the end zones) and light green (dark green’s marginally better counterpart). Tickets in both those sections are going for 42 and 38 times what they did during the season, respectively.Real “deals” can be found in the gilt-edged red, gold and black sections — close to the action and near midfield. While the average tickets in those sections are going for $9,326, $7,944 and $6,836, respectively, they’re a mere 30, 30 and 31 times more expensive than they were for a regular-season 49ers game. (One exception to this pattern are the über-elite gray “VIP” section tickets, but they’re a small sample — only eight gray tickets are listed on SeatGeek as I write.)This is either a clear case of “you gotta spend money to make money” or a regressive tax that the Bay Area certainly does not need.Over the past week, average resale prices for Super Bowl tickets have fallen in all sections, one by as much as 22 percent. This is evidence that buyers won’t suffer through another “short squeeze” like the one that plagued prices last year for the game at University of Phoenix Stadium. A short squeeze, which is rare for a Super Bowl, can happen when brokers sell speculative tickets early, when prices are high, hoping to cash in when prices dip right before the big game. “We’ll just never allow that to happen again,” a StubHub spokesman told Bloomberg. AVG. TICKET RESALE PRICESUPER BOWL IS X TIMES MORE EXPENSIVE Purple1064,7424,4714542-6 Dark Green$78$3,989$3,7275148-7% Light Green1054,6864,0384538-14 Yellow1716,6895,1983930-22 To a human, ticket prices to sit in various parts of that stadium Sunday look something like this over the past week, according to data provided to me by SeatGeek: Red30610,0679,3263330-7 Light Blue1675,7175,1313431-10 Gray51321,40219,3974238-9 Source: SeatGeek Black2247,4396,8363331-8 SECTION COLOR49ERS HOME GAMESUPER BOWL ON JAN. 27SUPER BOWL ON FEB. 2ON JAN. 27ON FEB. 2∆ FROM JAN. 27 TO FEB. 2 Super Bowl tickets are expensive Super Bowl 50 will be played Sunday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, the regular-season home of the San Francisco 49ers. To a bird, Levi’s Stadium looks something like this: Dark Blue1435,2314,4193731-16 read more