first_imgNaomh Padraig Club Notes: CLUB LOTTOThe eleventh Club Lotto draw of the year took place on Easter Monday at the clubhouse. The numbers drawn were 12, 14, 25 and 31. There was no jackpot winner on the night meaning next week’s jackpot increases to €2700. Five players matched two numbers, with each receiving €20. They were: Pauric Gibbons (Tir O Neill, Lifford), Cathal McGowan (Edenmore), Declan McCullagh (Ballindrait), Peter McDermmott (Lifford) and Patricia McShane (Strabane).THE WEEK GONE BYThe Men’s Senior team played host to Naomh Ultan of Dunkineely on Saturday past. The game finished in a draw on a scoreline of 1-8 to 2-5.The Men’s Reserve team opened their account for the season with a two point victory over Naomh Ultan Reserves. Final Score: Naomh Padraig Lifford 0-12 0-10 Naomh Ultan. THE WEEK AHEADU-14 Ladies, U-16 Ladies and Minor Ladies training continues on Monday evenings at the Training Pitch in Rossgier (6PM to 7PM) and Wednesday evenings at the Lifford Community Centre (7PM to 8PM). All players are asked to contribute €2 towards the cost of each training session.Men’s team training continues as normal on Mondays and Thursdays at the Training Pitch in Rossgier. All players are asked to be on the pitch, ready to begin training at 7:20PM sharp on both nights.On Tuesday night, our Under 16 boys team play host to St. Marys of Convoy in their third league game of the season at Pairc MacDiarmuid in Lifford. Throw in 6:30PM. All players are asked to be at the pitch for 6:30PM.On Friday night, our Under 16 boys team travel to Robert Emmets of Castelefinn in their fourth league game of the. Throw in 6:00PM in Castelfinn. All players are asked to be at Pairc MacDiarmuid for 5:00PM. Players bus leaving Pairc MacDairmuid at 5:15PM. Under-8 and Under 10 team training continues every Saturday morning from 11AM to 12PM at the Lifford Resource Centre AstroTurf. Any children born between 2005 and 2009 are more than welcome to attend. All players are asked to contribute €2 towards the cost of renting the Astroturf.On Saturday, both our Men’s team travel to Moville for round 3 of the league. Throw in for the Senior game is 5:00PM, while the Reserve game throws in at 6:30PM.GAA NEWS: NAOMH PADRAIG LIFFORD EARN VALUABLE POINT AT HOME TO NAOMH ULTAN was last modified: April 7th, 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:GAANaomh PadriagNoticesSportlast_img read more

LATAM spreads its wings

first_imgPhoto: Latam South American airline group LATAM is not ruling out further destinations in Australia but says it will concentrate on getting its Santiago-Melbourne flight running well before attempting further expansion.LATAM, which already flies Boeing 787-9s to Sydney via Auckland, will start using the planes on the first non-stop service between South America and Melbourne in October next year.The South American giant has been a steadfast supporter of the potential for traffic growth between the two continents and the new Melbourne -Santiago route is a sign that confidence is starting to pay off.It has signed a deal with Tourism Australia and the Victorian Government to promote the route, which will take about 13 hours heading to Santiago and 15 hours coming back. The route complements LATAMs daily B787-9 services between Sydney and Santiago via Auckland as well non-stop Boeing 747-400 Sydney-Santiago codeshare services operated by alliance partner Qantas,The new service means a reduced travel time for Melburnians and also gives LATAM the ability to offer the Victorian capital as a transfer point for passengers from cities such as Perth and Adelaide.Its Boeing 787-9s have 220 seats in economy, 54 seats in Space+ and 30 in Premium Business. Seats in all cabins have access to video on demand and business class passengers have seats that recline into a fully flat bed. They also have a newly-designed menu featuring Latin American cuisine as well as premium Chilean and Argentinian wines.LATAM currently brings about 190,000 passengers per year into Oceania — the three times weekly Melbourne flights will add another 75,000 — and Asia Pacific managing director, Patricio Aylwin, told Airline Ratings the market was doing well.“So the Sydney-Auckland route as we currently have it is doing well and we know there’s a lot of potential in other destinations and points of sale within Australia as well,’’  he said.  “We’ve always been looking for opportunities and we thought now was the right time to add more capacity into another port in Australia.’’Asked if there were no plans to look at Downunder destinations beyond Sydney and Melbourne, Alwin said the group needed to take its expansion “one stage at a time’’ and added that it was also not looking at flying directly from Sydney to Santiago at this stage.But he was optimistic Melbourne could go daily from the initial flights on Tuesday,  Friday and Sunday.“Hopefully we’ll be able to do that for sure,’’ he said. “I think everyone would like to operate everywhere successfully and we’re no different to that.’’Also on the South American airline’s radar is the potential of connecting South America with South-East Asia through Australia — a possibility that has also stirred the interest of Air New Zealand and Qantas.Aylwin pointed to a codeshare with oneworld partner Cathay Pacific in Auckland as an example.That’s just one,’’ he said “There’s potential for others as well.’’The renewed push into Australia comes as LATAM this year relaunched its brand under a new coral and indigo logo as part of the ongoing amalgamation of the former Chilean-based LAN and Brazilian TAM airlines since the two merged in 2012.Aylwin said the merger had made good progress, particularly this year with the new brand,  but officials had known the process would take time.”Our customers are starting to see one brand and one product more and more often, ‘’ he said. “ We still have,  obviously, aircraft which are not all painted to the new LATAM livery.“There’s still some time to go but the progress has been good and I think it’s becoming more and more consistent over time. It’s becoming a LATAM product rather than two separate brands.’’last_img read more

South African company in Chilean rescue

first_imgThe Strata 950 raise drill that was usedto sink a shaft down to the trapped men. A diagram showing how the pilot shaftwas drilled and then reamed to its finaldiameter. View a bigger version.(Images: Murray & Roberts)It took nearly 23 hours to bring all 33miners to the surface.(Image: momento24)MEDIA CONTACTS • Eduard Jardim, Murray & Robertsgroup communication executive+27 11 456 6200RELATED ARTICLES• SA junior mining sector vibrant• Mining history for new solutions• Mines, headgear and the mind• Mine houses bullish about AfricaApril McAlisterThe world has been captivated by the rescue of 33 miners trapped 688 metres underground in the San Jose mine near Copiapo in northern Chile.The entrance to the main tunnel collapsed on 5 August 2010, trapping the miners – 32 Chileans and one Bolivian – deep underground for over two months.A breakthrough in October saw a rescue shaft finally reaching the miners, enabling workers to start bringing them to the surface one by one. The rescue capsule, named Phoenix, was fitted with an oxygen supply and communications facilities, and took about an hour to make a round trip. It brought the last miner up in the early hours of 14 October.This rescue was made possible by the efforts of South African construction and engineering company Murray & Roberts through its Cementation division, Cementation’s Chilean partner Terraservice, and others.Cementation is the engineering giant’s global mining contracting division, and is collaborating with Terraservice in a joint venture called Terracem. Murray & Roberts have been involved in many major construction projects around the world, including the Burj al Arab in Dubai, the Cape Town stadium, and the Paris-Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi.It was a Terraservice drill that reached the miners’ underground chamber on 22 August 2010, allowing them to attach a written message to the drill pipe confirming they were alive and well. Food, water and medication were sent down to the men through this shaft.Murray & Roberts were the first to get a drill to the site in response to the Chilean government’s call for help. Terracem dispatched one of their raise drilling machines, the Strata 950, to San Jose to begin drilling a pilot hole to reach the miners.This machine, which is owned by Cementation Canada and operated in Chile by Terracem, had just sunk a shaft for the nearby Andina mine and could begin drilling immediately, even though the rock was hard, which necessitated frequent interchanging of drill heads.Murray & Roberts co-developed the rotary vertical drilling system used by the Strata 950. The pilot shaft was just 370mm wide, but was later reamed to its final diameter of 750mm, allowing for the reinforcement and stabilisation of the top section with steel casing.Three drilling operations, running concurrently, raced to be the first to reach the trapped men. The Strata 950 was plan A, and plans B and C involved a Schramm T-130 drill and a Rig 421 oil well drill respectively.It was the plan B hole that was finally used to extract the miners, who have become national heroes and were lauded by the world for their determination to survive.Wonderful achievementMurray & Roberts group communications head Ed Jardim said in a statement: “This is a wonderful achievement for South Africa and Murray & Roberts. We are very privileged to have been a part of this process and it is a feather in our cap as South Africans – as leaders in underground mining.”The first miner, Florencio Avalos, reached the surface just after 05h00 South African time on 13 October, and the last to be lifted to safety was Luiz Urzua, who was shift chief when the incident happened. The rescue took 22 hours and 37 minutes.Jardim added: “The Chilean government has managed the rescue and drilling process exceptionally well and we have been proud to have assisted them through this process.Florencio Avaloslast_img read more

Improving yields, despite lower commodity prices

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest At the recent Conklin’s Pro Grower day, world record soybean producer Kip Cullers shared how to improve yields yet this year, even at these lower commodity prices.last_img

Commissioning Our Heat-Recovery Ventilator

first_img RELATED ARTICLES Our Top-Efficiency Heat-Recovery VentilatorProviding Fresh Air in Our HomeDesigning a Good Ventilation System Cutting the Gordion Knot of HVAC System CommissioningSimplicity versus ComplexityAre HRVs Cost-Effective?HRV or ERV?Ventilation Rates and Human HealthHow Much Fresh Air Does Your Home Need? Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. In 2012 he founded the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. Balancing our Zehnder systemBarry Stephens, the Business Development and Technology Director at Zehnder America, came up to Vermont to commission and balance our HRV. I didn’t watch the entire process, but was very impressed at the level of care that he gave to this task. Why commissioning is so importantThe ducting runs in a ducted HRV system vary in their air-flow resistance. The two fans in an HRV should maintain neutral pressure — as much outgoing air force as incoming. Otherwise, with negative pressure in the house, radon and other soil gases could be drawn in, or with positive pressure, indoor air could be forced through the building envelope where it could cause moisture problems.But beyond the two primary fans and pressure-balancing the entire house, the individual registers need to be balanced to ensure that you’re getting proper air flow through each of the supply and return registers. If this balancing step isn’t followed, the HRV might pull a lot more air out of a downstairs bathroom (which is closer to the HRV), for example, than a more distant upstairs bathroom. Barry used a hand-held device to measure airflow through the supply and return registers. This is a small hood that fits tightly over the register with an anemometer (wind gauge) allowing the airflow through the register to be measured in cubic feet per minute (cfm).The flow through the registers (diffusers) can be adjusted in different ways depending on the type of register. Ceiling-mounted supply registers are adjusted simply by rotating the round, screw-mounted cover plate on the unit, which increases or reduces the gap and the airflow.Wall-mounted supply registers are adjusted by removing the cover plate and installing an insert that restricts airflow. Different-size disks can be added as needed to further restrict flow.Exhaust ports are adjusted by moving the center component in or out.After a round of adjusting, the airflow tests have to be repeated. Every time the flow through one register is changed it affects the airflow through the others. My sense is that there’s a lot of art involved in these adjustments; after balancing hundreds of systems, Barry and others at Zehnder America have a very good feel of how adjusting some diffusers will affect others.I think for our system all this took several hours, though I’m sure I slowed Barry down with all my questions. In last week’s blog I described our state-of-the-art Zehnder heat-recovery ventilator (HRV), explaining its various features and specifications. This week I’ll review what should be a critical step in the installation of any HRV: commissioning, including the critical step of balancing the air flow.This is absolutely necessary to ensure proper operation and full satisfaction from a Zehnder HRV and most other HRVs. Condensate drain and controlsWe realized before Barry arrived to commission our system that the condensate drain had never been hooked up during the installation. Zehnder HRVs have a sophisticated condensate drain with a specialized trap. Barry was able to carry out this installation quickly, though the fact that the trap hadn’t been installed over the previous several weeks meant that moisture got into the heat exchanger core, and this may have caused the frost protection system to work harder that it normally does, increasing electricity consumption.While the user controls of the Zehnder ComfoAir 350 Luxe are elegantly simple, the behind-the-scenes controls are much more sophisticated — confirmed by paging through the 40-page installation manual (in English) — and I was very glad to be leaving the programming to Barry, though I’ll need to dig into those instructions when I want to change something. Experience to dateWe commissioned the HRV the same day we set up an eMonitor energy monitoring system that allows us to track the electrical consumption of key loads in the house, including the HRV. While in normal operation the HRV uses very little energy, the intermittent frost-protection cycle does use a lot of energy — about 800 watts. During the last ten days of January (a very cold spell), the unit used 65 kilowatt-hours (kWh), while this month (through February 16th) the unit has used 53 kWh.I love the simplicity of operating the HRV. From either bathroom I can either manually change the speed, or click on a clock icon to boost the unit up to the highest setting for either ten minutes (by tapping the button quickly) or 30 minutes by holding it down for three seconds. (Those times can be adjusted by going into the programming.)As I noted last week, this isn’t the most affordable HRV you can get, but I feel very good about having what I believe to be the best and most energy-efficient model on the market. By the way, Eli Gould (the designer-builder of our home) and I will be leading a half-day workshop at the NESEA Building Energy Conference in Boston on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. In this workshop, “What Would the Founder of Environmental Building News Do? Adventures on the Cutting Edge of Green Building,” we’ll be reviewing product and technology choices, describing lessons learned, presenting data on performance, and discussing, in a highly interactive format, some outcomes from this project that can be applied much more affordably in deep-energy retrofits. This should be informative and a lot of fun. I’ll also be presenting in the main conference, March 5-6, on “Metrics of Resilience.”  Registration information can be found here.last_img read more

Why Developers Are Such Cheap Bastards

first_imgHow to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Tags:#app development#developers Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… You develop software for a living. Why are you such a cheap bastard?We’re not talking about your personal spending habits. If you are any good at what you do, you probably make a fair amount of money and spend it on whatever catches your fancy. We’re talking about the tools you use to do your job. Developers expect, no, demand free tools and services to do their jobs. Whether it is analytic services, integrated development environments (IDEs), application programming interfaces (APIs) or software developer kits (SDKs), developers almost always refuse to pay for the tools they use to do their jobs. Many developers would rather go out of their way to build their own tools or use bug-ridden free tools than plunk down the money it would take to buy a service or subscription that could actually help them do their jobs more efficiently.Oxymoron: Developer-Focused Businesses ModelsThe Mobile Revolution as we know it is about six years old now. About halfway through it in 2010, lots of companies saw an opportunity to make apps for the rush of developers building apps for the Apple App Store and (as it was called then) Android Market. The idea was to make their lives easier and make some money at the same time in a nascent market. We saw a bunch of startups and (a little bit later) enterprise technology companies move to provide tools for these mobile developers. Companies like Localytics, Kinvey, StackMob, Appcelerator, appMobi, Sencha and many more all had the idea of providing developers with tools to help them do their jobs. Almost all of them have shifted their business models away from the “developer tools” avenue of making money. Because developers just don’t want to pay. Appcelerator, StackMob and Kinvey have gone with an enterprise-focused business model. Localytics’ prime target is to sell to marketers that crave data to do their jobs. appMobi sold its HTML5 developers tools to Intel. Sencha makes money by, among other things, selling cloud services to developers (a common theme with several of these companies). Enterprises and marketers pay for data, tools and services. Developers? Not so much.The Culture Of FreeDevelopers are spoiled. The big platforms basically give them all the tools they need for free. Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook basically give their tools to developers, hoping to entice them to write for their platforms. In Microsoft’s case, sometimes they even straight out pay developers to build for Windows or Windows Phone and entice them with thousands of dollars of free tools. Almost by nature, developers can be arrogant, stubborn people. It makes them good at their jobs. But it also means that they almost always won’t use something that is not free or open source. They will spend a week building something that they could pay for out of the box and have running in an hour. Developers have come to expect free. In an odd, preternatural kind of way, they gravitate toward it. And the tech industry enables them to do it. The goodies at developer conferences like Google I/O are always tasty treats for developers (this year they all got expensive Chromebook Pixels, last year a smartphones and tablets). For the big software companies, it is about building a community around their brand and getting developers to publish apps and services for their platforms. Part of the core mission for Google at this year’s I/O was to update the Google Play Developer Console to give developers a suite of free tools like a new Android-focused IDE, analytics and translations services.  “As we give them more tools to make it easier to make great aps, they can try out more stuff,” said Google’s Ellie Powers in a recent interview with ReadWrite. “The basics are covered, people are generally very happy, they are giving us tremendous feedback on our product and great tools that we give them.”The Red Tape Of Paid ToolsIf has become fairly clear that developers – from the hobbyist to the professional developer studio to the enterprise-level wonk – hate paying for tools. Sometimes that has to do with their budgets (or lack thereof). Sometimes they think they can do better themselves. Developer focused site Stack Overflow had a great discussion on the topic a couple years ago. One developer, Erik B. sums up the problem with buying software tools in an enterprise nicely:If I find a non-free tool I might be able to download a free trial, without telling the boss, but if I want to buy the full version of the tool I’ll definitely gonna have to talk to my boss and he’s not just gonna give it to me. I’m gonna have to motivate why I need it. He is definitely gonna ask if there are any free alternatives and “I don’t know.” is not a good enough answer. So if I want the non-free tool I’m gonna have to evaluate all the free tools first.What Developers Will Pay ForIf you can’t get developers to pay for tools, what the heck can you get them to pay for?Services and subscriptions. More appropriately, the cloud.Amazon pulls this off perfectly. They offer a lot of free SDKs and APIs, especially around its Appstore development program for the Kindle Fire. Once Amazon has its hooks into the developer, it can then push them to pay for cloud hosting and computing through Amazon Web Services.In many ways, it is kind of a “freemium” model targeted at developers (which is ironic considering it is usually the developers that target freemium models on consumers). Get them in with the free tools, charge them for the cloud. This was essentially the model that appMobi used when it developed its litany of free HTML5 development tools. It would design for HTML5 and then sell developers cloud services to host and run their apps. When Developers Should Pay For ToolsIn a recent conversation with a developer friend, the topic of developers being cheap bastards came up. He said his rationale for when to pay for tools was fairly simple. If a developer is making around $80,000 a year, they are worth (depending on the scale) about $300 a day (considering time off for weekends and holidays). This scale slides, of course, but take the numbers as an example. So, if a developer downloads free software tools or tries to build them on their own, they are taking time out of their day from what is their normal job to configure those tools.Say a developer tool from a reputable source costs $300 and will work out of the box. If a developer wants to create a workaround, they should no more than one day on it. Otherwise it is no longer cost efficient to not buy the off-the-shelf product. Essentially, a developer should spend no more than one day trying to configure or build their own tools. Developers: When do you pay for tools? Which ones do you pay for? Let us know in the comments.center_img Why You Love Online Quizzes Related Posts dan rowinskilast_img read more

Punjab CM dials Raje over assault on Sikhs in Ajmer

first_imgAfter the video of four Sikh men being abused and thrashed at a village in Ajmer district of Rajasthan went viral on social media, Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh on Friday spoke to his Rajasthan counterpart Vasundhara Raje Scindia, seeking her personal intervention in ensuring a thorough probe into the incident of alleged mob violence. In a statement released here, describing the reported incident as unfortunate, Capt. Singh said the Rajasthan government needed to fix culpability and ensure that the culprits are duly punished. Capt. Singh urged the Rajasthan Chief Minister to take stringent action against the constable who is said to have instigated the crowd, if found guilty. He also sought immediate steps to prevent recurrence of such incidents. Video goes viral Notably, a video of four Sikh men being abused and thrashed at a village in Ajmer district of Rajasthan went viral on social media on Thursday. The incident took place in Chainpura village near Nasirabad on April 24, when the Sewadars of a gurdwara in Alwar district, led by Nirmal Singh Bakhar, visited the area seeking donations.Police caught unawaresCapt. Singh expressed shock at the fact that the incident did not come to the notice of the local police till the video surfaced on the social media.Capt. Singh said that even though the Rajasthan State Minorities Commission had reportedly taken cognisance of this video and sought a report on action taken by the Ajmer police, a strong signal need to be sent to the perpetrators of the violence by the political dispensation of the State.last_img read more

Quebecor claims rights over sale of embattled Just For Laughs comedy festival

first_imgAdvertisement Quebecor (TSX;QBR.B) filed a request for an injunction in Quebec Superior Court on Wednesday demanding its 2012 partnership deal with the comedy festival be respected. MONTREAL — Media giant Quebecor Inc. is claiming the embattled Montreal-based Just For Laughs company cannot be sold without its consent. Facebook Advertisement Advertisement The sale has been entrusted to RBC Capital Markets, which is the target of Quebecor’s lawsuit. Gilbert Rozon, founder and majority shareholder of Just For Laughs, announced he was selling the company after becoming the subject of numerous allegations last year of sexual harassment and abuse. It claims the agreement gives it a right of first refusal regarding the sale of the company. The president of Just For Laughs, Guylaine Lalonde, said in a statement the company will contest Quebecor’s legal move, which it described as “clearly ill-founded.”She said the sale process is proceeding as normal. Quebecor says it has the right to buy the festival and that if it rejects the asking price, Just for Laughs cannot be sold to a third party for less. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Quebecor claims to have injected more than $45 million into various partnerships and sponsorships in Just For Laughs since it signed the 2012 agreement. Twitterlast_img read more