Manila pins first loss on Muntinlupa

Posted On Jan 18 2020 by

first_imgUnfazed by a hostile crowd, Manila overcame the only unbeaten team in the MPBL Datu Cup by using an unrelenting running game to stun Muntinlupa, 100-86, on Wednesday night at the jampacked Muntinlupa Sports Complex.The Stars set a league record for most fastbreak points with 32 as Marvin Hayes, Chris Bitoon and Aris Dionisio joined forces in a second half assault that finally toppled the Cagers, who entered the game with an eight-game winning run.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gawilan snags second swim gold medal Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Hayes, an ex-PBA player, picked up 18 points and seven rebounds in his finest performance yet for the Stars, while Dionisio scored 15 points and grabbed a season-high 20 rebounds.Three other players finished in twin digits for Manila with Reil Cervantes scattering 17 points, Bitoon pumping in 16 and Vence Laude chipping in 13.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHeld to just four points in the first half, Allan Manga came alive with 18 points in the last two quarters, but the Muntinlupa playmaker faded in the stretch when Manila pulled away for good.The Cagers led by seven near the end of the third, but Bitoon scored four straight points in transition, before Dionisio beat the buzzer with a three to tie the game at 65 and trigger an early fourth-quarter run that put the Stars in control. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View commentscenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

Peace River agreement payments start this month

Posted On Jan 11 2020 by

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. — A total payment of $50 million will be distributed at the end of this month to the eight communities, who signed the Province’s Peace River Agreement.The governments include Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Hudson’s Hope, Tumbler Ridge, Taylor, Pouce Coupe and the Peace River Regional District.The 20-year agreement is worth $1.1 billion, and was negotiated in 2015 to provide local governments in the Peace with funding for planning and infrastructure investments that will support the future of the industrial service sector in this region.- Advertisement -“These payments to the northeast region of British Columbia will present communities with the opportunity to leverage benefits from the oil and gas industry,” said Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister, Peter Fassbender. “This is a critical component of the Province’s long-term economic strategy.”Under the agreement, the Province will pay the communities a maximum combined total of $50 million per year, starting this year. How much each community is paid is determined by an allocation formula the Regional District has calculated and certified.In 2020, a two per cent inflation rate will be instated.Advertisementlast_img read more

Controversial VAR debuts in AFCON

Posted On Jan 6 2020 by

first_img“VAR requires not only equipment, but also expertise,” stressed CAF secretary general Moaz Hajji.“Everything is ready for its implementation.”The technology was supposed to be used in the second leg of the CAF Champions League final between Esperance Tunis and Wydad Casablanca in Tunisia, but malfunctioned before kick-off.Wydad refused to continue playing when a disallowed equaliser could not be reviewed, despite the team having reportedly been told before the return match VAR would be unavailable.After a 90-minute delay, an Esperance team leading 2-1 overall were awarded the match only for the organisers to later order a replay at a neutral ground.No date or venue has been announced amid hints from both clubs they will take legal action over the decision.In the first leg of the 2018 Champions League final between Cairo club Al Ahly and Esperance, the Algerian referee used VAR to award two hotly disputed goals.Replays suggested Walid Azaro dived to win a penalty and the Ahly forward later deliberately tore his shirt to gain another spot-kick.Ahly won the match, but finished overall losers after a heavy second-leg defeat.– Suspension dropped –Eight weeks ago Egyptian referee Gehad Grisha was handed a six-month ban after making two VAR calls that angered Moroccan club Renaissance Berkane in the second-tier Confederation Cup final.The suspension was dropped on appeal, allowing Grisha to be part of the referees’ panel for the Cup of Nations in his homeland.Ghana captain Andre Ayew celebrates a goal before it was disallowed in an Africa Cup of Nations last-16 match against Tunisia © AFP / Giuseppe CACACEBenin coach Michel Dussuyer favours VAR: “I hope it will work and that there will be no technical problems. The use is a plus for football because it corrects injustices.”Senegal defender Salif Sane is “not a big fan of VAR, but we are going to play our football and show who Senegal are”.VAR intervenes when a referee makes a clear and obvious error regarding a goal, a penalty, a straight red card or a mistaken identity.Ghana wished the system had been used in a second round match against Tunisia this week that they lost on penalties after a 1-1 draw.Black Stars captain Andre Ayew had a goal disallowed because the referee said team-mate Thomas Partey had handled the ball when it had actually struck his chin.“We could have had a different result,” lamented Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah, “but VAR will help African football a lot.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The VAR monitor that did not work at the CAF Champions League final in Tunisia two months ago, leading to the match being abandoned © AFP / FETHI BELAIDCAIRO, Egypt, Jul 9 – VAR, the video review system that sparked chaotic scenes at the CAF Champions League final two months ago, will make its Africa Cup of Nations debut on Wednesday for Benin’s last eight clash with Senegal in Egypt.The technology is being used from the quarter-finals of Africa’s premier football competition, with officials hoping the drama during some previous VAR matches in the continent can be avoided.last_img read more


Posted On Dec 30 2019 by

first_imgThe Jim McCormick Urban Garden will be officially opened today.He was responsible for so many green shoots through his own hard work and foresight during his lifetime.And so it is fitting that the life and times of the late Jim McCormick should be enshrined with a garden in the middle of the bustling town he helped to create.The official opening and naming ceremony of the Jim McCormick Urban Garden in Letterkenny takes place today (Thurs) at noon. This new facility, which is located on the Paddy Harte Road adjacent to Century Cinemas, will be opened by the Mayor of Letterkenny Municipal District Cllr Michael McBride.The area in question was identified some time back as one in need of enhancement and, in cooperation with a local landowner the plot of land has been transformed into a valuable addition to the town’s environmental landscape.The late and great Jim McCormick.Funding of €35,000 was sourced by the former Letterkenny Town Council under the Public Area Enhancement Scheme from the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.Work was carried out by the Town Council’s Open Spaces team under Town Gardiner, David Donnelly. Speaking before the launch Mayor of Letterkenny Municipal District explained that as the work progressed it was felt the development would also be a fitting tribute to honour the former chairman of the local Tidy Towns committee, the late Jim McCormick.He stated “Jim pioneered town enhancement projects for years and proved to be one of the driving forces behind Letterkenny’s progress in the annual Tidy Towns competition. His efforts through his committee and the various residents associations ensured the growth of the town was matched and enhanced with the development of its overall appearance”.Mayor McBride concluded that today’s ceremony would allow them to recognise Mr McCormick’s huge achievements and the ongoing progress of the Tidy Towns Committee as well as the progress made over the years in cooperation with Donegal County Council.“Jim McCormick was such a man and believed in the common good ahead of individual achievement. I would hope that this garden can serve as an inspiration to the next generation of young people and would call upon them to take up the mantle of community engagement, one grasped by Jim at every opportunity”.MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR SO MANY GREEN SHOOTS GETS HIS OWN GARDEN was last modified: May 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:donegalgardenJim McCormickletterkennylast_img read more

Massive response to RAP Ireland’s recruitment drive

Posted On Dec 29 2019 by

first_imgDespite the icy weather conditions, RAP’s operations director, John McDermott was overwhelmed at the turnout for their recruitment open day at their Gweedore Plant.Less than 3 weeks ago RAP placed a call out to the public for people who might be returning from home for a Christmas break and maybe would be interested in making a more permanent move home.Knowing that there were jobs available in the area, would give them the security to return. RAP were also interested to hear from anyone who was thinking of a career change, people living in Donegal or the surrounding counties. It’s still not too late to send in your CV: The positions available are for, Production Supervisors, Machine Operators, Stores Personnel, Admin Staff, Maintenance Technicians, Quality Manager, HR Manager, Support Service Manager, Graphic Designer, Resource Planning Manager, IT Technician and a New Product Development Manager.Watch the campaign video here: Commenting on the campaign, John McDermott, Operations Director said, “We are one of the largest employers in the Donegal Gaeltacht and having been established now in the heart of the community for 20 years, employing over 200 people, we know and understand that although people may think that we operate from a remote part of the world, it’s the work-life balance and the people in our community who have made our business a success. Our employees work hard, take pride in their jobs and in their workplace and this is clear to see when our customers visit us on site from time to time.”Rapid Action Packaging Ireland Ltd in GweedoreJohn continued: “We’ve invested heavily over the years in research, development and innovation in an effort to create advanced processes that produce packaging solutions specific to our client’s needs. Continued up-skilling of our employees is central to that. We have also invested heavily in our manufacturing facility in Gaoth Dobhair over the past 20 years and this has helped us compete on a global scale. “Our investments have been the major factor in winning a host of high profile contracts with companies such as Pret A Manger, Asda, Morrissons, Co-Operative Food, Waitrose, Carrefour, Aldi, Starbucks, Sainsburys, McDonalds, and KFC, to name but a few.”“Almost 14 million units of food packaging leave Gaoth Dobhair for the USA, the Middle East, Australia and countries all across Europe every week and to know that over two million people a day purchase a product that we have produced packaging for from Donegal, is amazing.”“In the past year, our production throughput has grown by over 33%, so we know we had to expand our team to keep up with customer demands. Our aim is to encourage people living abroad or at home seeking a career change to apply for these jobs.”“Our staff turnover is very low, so that’s a reflection of our company being good place to work. I am proud to say, that three of the first four people employed when we first set up in January 1998 still remain in our employment today.“We have people commuting daily from all over Donegal, such as Letterkenny, Dungloe and Killybegs and also have people making the daily commute from Derry and Omagh. That speaks for itself really. Many others that had no ties with the area whatsoever, made the move with their families from Ireland and abroad and have settled into the community here extremely well.” says John. “Now that the foundations are in place and with the people we need hope to recruit, we can expand our manufacturing abilities at the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park and grow RAP as the world leader in next generation packaging.“We will be reviewing all of the applications next week and every person who applied for these positions will be contacted within the next 2-3 weeks. It’s still not too late to send in your CV, please do so by emailing outlining the position that you are interested in applying for. Go raibh míle maith agat,” concludes John.Massive response to RAP Ireland’s recruitment drive was last modified: January 4th, 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:EmploymentGAELTACHTGweedoreJob VacanciesjobsrapRapid Action Packaging Ireland Ltdlast_img read more

San Jose Sharks: SAP center’s great new food menu (chomp!)

Posted On Dec 21 2019 by

first_imgWe don’t know what will fuel the San Jose Sharks as their quest for the 2019 Stanley Cup begins, but we know the fans in the stands will sure be eating well.Chomp takes on new meaning this season as SAP Center and its culinary partner, Aramark, unveil a new lineup of food choices. Those include booths from such popular local restaurants as Konjoe Burger Bar, Scott’s Seafood, Nick the Greek, Organic Coup and CREAM as well as the National Hockey League’s first Nachos in a Hockey Helmet (coming …last_img read more

Report: NFL considered moving Raiders-Chargers game to Dallas

Posted On Dec 21 2019 by

first_imgThe updating image shows air quality (ozone and particles): yellow is moderate, orange unsafe for sensitive groups, red and purple unhealthful for all. Refresh the page to see the latest update.Because of the smoke-filled skies over the East Bay from the deadly Camp Fire in Butte County, the NFL was reportedly ready to postpone the Raiders game in Oakland on Sunday and move it to Dallas on Monday night.ESPN’s Adam Schefter said the league discussed having the Raiders and Chargers fly to …last_img read more

The PSL comes to Port Elizabeth

Posted On Dec 19 2019 by

first_img16 July 2008Bay United’s 2-1 win over FC AK in the promotional play-offs over the weekend has ensured that Port Elizabeth’s residents will get a taste of Premier Soccer League (PSL) action for the first time since the league’s inception.It was quite an achievement for a team only in its third year of existence, with Volkswagen South Africa having bought the first division franchise Maritzburg United and relocated the team in order to bring professional football to the Eastern Cape city.In a statement issued this week, the multinational carmaker, which has a plant in the metropolitan municipality, said their intention was to build a club capable of performing in the top flight by 2010, supported by a soccer academy.“The coach, his committed team and support staff have done it two years ahead of plan,” said Volkswagen SA communications GM Bill Stephens. “Bay United’s performance on Sunday against FC AK at the Wolfson Stadium gives us great confidence for the club’s future as a top rated PSL side.”Bringing soccer to PEHaving established Bay United in the first division, the company then decided to change its role to one of both a financial and vehicle sponsor – with ownership and management of the club being transferred to Izingwe Capital, a local black-owned and managed investment company.“It was never our intention to own and manage a soccer club in the long term,” explained Stephens, adding that the company felt the investment was the quickest way of bringing soccer at the first division level to the metropolitan area.“A further milestone in the rapid progress of Bay United was the appointment of coach Vladislav Heric, who has put together an outstanding squad of players who have now made the dream a reality,” said Stephens. “He has done a fantastic job to bring the team this far – but the job has just started!”Grassroots developmentStephens said that Volkswagen and Bay United remained committed to the development of soccer in the metro at grassroots level through its soccer Academy.“This is a key commitment and a key part of the strategy to establish and sustain a PSL club in the metro,” said Stephens. “The Bay United Academy now overseas the training and development of over 100 young aspiring top league soccer players.”Significantly, Bay United will hopefully adopt the metro’s new state of the art soccer stadium as its home for many years to come – with the long term sustainability of the new soccer stadium, currently under construction, being largely dependent upon having a PSL side with its home in Nelson Mandela Bay.“We appeal to all people in the Eastern Cape who have a love for soccer and the region, to get behind Bay United and support our team in their 2008/9 PSL campaign which starts in a few weeks time,” Stephens said.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa, Qatar strengthen ties

Posted On Dec 18 2019 by

first_img25 January 2012 Cooperation on infrastructure development between South Africa and Qatar is set to intensify, following a meeting between President Jacob Zuma and Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani in Doha. Zuma stopped over in Qatar on Tuesday, en route to the World Economic Forum annual meeting starting in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday. “The two leaders discussed a wide range of issues, including concrete projects that the two countries can engage in, as part of implementing South Africa’s New Growth Path,” Zuma’s office said in a statement. The two countries also agreed to intensify cooperation in other economic sectors, while it was agreed that a ministerial delegation from South Africa will visit Qatar early in February to follow up on issues raised and to ensure that no time is wasted in implementing the decisions of the two heads of state. The South African government is seeking cooperation with Qatar in areas such as water, energy, construction, agriculture and general infrastructure development. Already the two countries maintain a strong bilateral relationship and have strong cooperation in petrochemicals. One of South Africa’s largest investments in the Middle East, Sasol’s joint venture gas-to-liquid facility, is located in Qatar. Qatar is currently the seventh-largest supplier of crude oil to South Africa, but bilateral trade and investment have not reached their full potential. According to the Presidency, the two leaders also discussed the situation in Libya at length, and agreed that the African Union and the Arab League should work together to assist the National Transitional Council and the people of Libya to return the country to normalcy. This comes as there are reports of fresh violence in that country. Protesters are reportedly saying that the interim National Transitional Council must deliver on promises of transparency and compensate those injured in the civil war. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Building My Own Passive House

Posted On Dec 16 2019 by

first_imgMichael Trolle is a co-founder of BPC Green Builders, in Wilton, Conn. This post, and the ones to follow, were originally published in slightly different versions at The but also are available at the BPC Green Builders website. This is the first entry in what will be a series of columns about the design and construction of my own Passive House. This is a rigorous process, and although the house is finished, certification (through the Passive House Institute U.S.) is not yet assured. I hope to provide an inside and personal look at the various economic, design, building, and decision-making processes involved. I also hope to give you a better understanding of some of the Passive House building practices.I believe that the Passive House program is a leading force behind the rapid increase in both technical sophistication and public momentum for energy-efficient housing. As such, I want to participate not just as a builder but as a homeowner. RELATED ARTICLES Pretty Good, Not So Big Maine HouseThe Potwine Passivhaus in AmherstKicking the Tires on a Passivhaus ProjectBuilding a Small House in the White MountainsThe Pretty Good HouseMartin’s Pretty Good House Manifesto Podcast: So You Want to Be a Passivhaus Consultant? In the summer of 2012, I found a summer cottage in a Danbury, Connecticut, lake community (Lake Waubeeka). I was able to buy it for $135,000, far less than other options I’ve considered over the years. The cottage had a concrete block foundation that sits partially on ledge as the site rises to the rear. A room behind the house was built on concrete block piers. Given my performance goals for the house, it made little sense to keep anything other than the foundation and the first floor deck framing.I sold my Ridgefield house in February of 2012 and began work on the design of a new house with Passive House certification (PHIUS) as the target. My design toolI decided to design the house myself using Softplan design software. It’s an architectural program that my company owned but that I had never used. With the assistance of Softplan trainers, I used the design process as a vehicle for learning to use the software. It was a useful and rewarding experience for me as a builder. However, I’m not sure that I would recommend it for everyone. My years as a builder working with architects were a big help. I think it would be much harder for someone without that background.Despite our 12 years of experience building award-winning green homes, my brother Chris and I decided to take the nine-day training program required to become Passive House consultants. This was a good thing because the technical sophistication of the program is a big step up from what had been available previously.Chris has since passed an exam and become a PHIUS consultant, which means that he can work with architects and homeowners to develop plans for homes that could be PHIUS certified. With this background, I was able to begin work on the design.The Passive House certification program requires the use of a detailed multi-worksheet spreadsheet program to create a detailed analysis of the heating and cooling requirements for a house in order to design the thermal envelope and to specify appropriate heating, cooling, and ventilation equipment.The “thermal envelope” is the enclosure that separates the interior conditioned environment from the outside ambient conditions. Typically, this is the foundation, framed exterior walls, and the framed roof or attic floor of your home. Whether it’s the foundation, walls, or roof, the thermal envelope includes the framing, insulation, interior finish, and exterior finish. This is the single most critical element of an energy-efficient home.The new house would have a simple rectangular shape with a gable roof, a large shed-roofed dormer, and a small side addition. I developed the details of the thermal envelope based on my years of experience building high performance homes, my Passive House training, ideas from other Passive House projects, and the specific requirements and limitations of my site and design. ARTICLES BY MICHAEL TROLLE Tearing Down to Start AgainBuilding an Airtight EnvelopeThe Four Keys to a High-Performance Homecenter_img Working with PHPPThe PHPP (Passive House Planning Package — a 36-worksheet spreadsheet program for analyzing energy requirements) forces you to think about the house design, the thermal envelope, and the heating/cooling equipment in minute detail. Dimensions and specifications are used to calculate BTUs of energy required to operate the house, which has to meet strict standards for certification.As you enter data, you are rewarded with immediate feedback telling you whether you have helped or hurt the home’s performance. Every entry serves to guide your selection of materials and assemblies to meet the Passive House performance goals.A Passive House must be close to airtight, as air leakage is a big source of heat loss in homes. The detailed section drawing (see Image #2, below) shows the location and materials used to create the continuous air seal. Airtightness is measured by a blower door test. In order to meet the Passivhaus certification standard, there must be no more than 0.6 ach50 (air changes per hour at a 50 pascal air pressure difference between inside and outside the house). The current code requirement in Connecticut is 7.0 ach50, nearly 12 times the Passivhaus standard).Planning must be rigorous and execution perfect. A single mistake is likely to prevent certification. Here, my primary strategy for air-sealing is plywood sheathing with taped joints. Note how continuity is maintained from floor to wall to roof. High levels of insulationAchieving high levels of insulation is mandatory. Eliminating thermal bridges is another critical goal. Thermal bridges are structural elements that are continuous from interior to exterior and have a very low resistance to heat transfer. Concrete and steel are the worst, but wood framing is a problem, too, as it also loses heat more quickly than insulation. Note how these potential problems are resolved by the careful detailing of foundation-to-wall and wall-to-roof intersections.If you would like to see floor plans and elevations, you can visit my blog at the BPC Green Builders website. The elevations show the calculations for the thermal envelope dimensions required by PHIUS. Wall and roof planes overlap in order to deal with the higher heat flows at intersecting planes. Here’s a link to Part 2 of this blog series: Tearing Down to Start Again. The soon-to-be-rebuilt summer cottageThe main obstacle for me has been the cost to build a new home in a market where both land and existing homes are expensive. Existing homes are valued more highly than I think they should be, given their very poor energy efficiency. This made it difficult to find an affordable building site.last_img read more