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Delight as Donegal win Gaelic Masters Shield Final!

first_imgThe Gaelic Masters Shield Final took place in Kilkeerin-Clonberne, Galway today (referee Gerry Sheridan from Cavan).Donegal came out on top after an intense clash with Offaly with a score of 0-13 to 0-10.Before the nail-biting game, a spokesperson for the Gaelic Masters Association said; “The Shield final features two newcomers this year. Donegal and Offaly have both impressed in their first year back in Masters football and it should be an even contest. #donegal win Gaelic Masters Shield final 0-13 Offaly 0-10 pic.twitter.com/jZoHLu1JJO— IRISHTV.ie (@irishtv) November 12, 2016“Both sides have a number of players fresh from International Rules success for Donegal; David McShane, Daniel Branley, Charlie Doherty and Charlie Gallagher were to the fore as well as former Offaly senior inter county stars John Kenny and Roy Malone.”Tír Chonaill Abú!Delight as Donegal win Gaelic Masters Shield Final! was last modified: November 12th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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)last_img read more

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Electricity: households ‘must do their bit’

first_img13 January 2012 While South Africa’s big electricity users were doing their bit by cutting power consumption during Eskom’s summer maintenance season, the country’s households were still not helping out by switching off lights and unused appliances, the state company warned on Thursday. Eskom said that while its systems had improved since the call went out to save electricity on Monday, residential households were still not cutting their power consumption enough. The power utility said big organisations had helped out by cutting their electricity consumption this week. The companies had heeded to a warning from Eskom that its systems were running on a very tight reserve margin as it carried out maintenance on several power stations. The utility’s Hilary Joffe said ordinary households needed to do their bit by switching off lights and appliances they were not using. “We have not seen any efficiency on the residential side, and the demand does seem to be rising,” Joffe said. Should residential households not heed to the call, it is possible that Eskom could initiate rolling blackouts to complete its maintenance.Sapalast_img read more

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Musical Memes, Choosing A Netizen Anthem

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Celebrated Amateurs: Tay Zonday’s “Chocolate Rain” first became viral via 4Chan and has since landed the mahogany-voiced baritone features on Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel Live, a spot on Lily Allen’s Freeloader Nation Tour, and several endorsement deals. Also an overnight sensation, Gary Brolsma or “the Numa Numa Guy” is best known for his animated YouTube lipsync to Moldovan band O-Zone’s “Dragostea din tei.” Brolsma has since been featured in a South Park episode and videos for the Bare Naked Ladies and Weezer. While neither of these songs make strong direct political or social statements, the fact that they are so widely embraced, is a testament to the web’s spirit of playfulness. There are a number of perfectly worthy anthems for the wired generation. Kraftwerk’s Computer Love might suffice, or the Ataris’ Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start captures the essence of devoted Konami Contra fans. But a real anthem rallies a movement. It’s the kind of song that is not only widely accepted, but it inspires people to change their lives and behaviors. The hippies have Blowin’ in the Wind, the children of disco have Stayin’ Alive and the GLBT community has I’m Coming Out. But what do modern day netizens consider their anthem? What gets us grooving in our guilds, cranking out our code and soldering up a mean arduino? Below are some of the top musical memes and anthems from recent years. If you got suggestions for a netizen anthem, leave them in the comments below. Love and Longing – Code Monkey: While Jonathan Coulton is perhaps one of the greatest geek anthem musicians with songs like Re Your Brains and That Spells DNA, Code Monkey still manages to top the list with its universal themes of a struggling underdog and unrequited geek love. The song actually became the theme for G4’s now defunct Code Monkeys TV series. It also spurred a number of YouTube mash ups including Mike Booth’s World of Warcraft machinima video. Pursuit of Knowledge – Free Software Song: Richard Stallman is best known as the founder of the GNU Project and father of the Free Software Foundation. A truly brilliant developer, Stallman has been writing folk songs about technology for more than a decade. His Free Software song based on Bulgarian “Sadi Moma” helped define the musical genre of “filking” – a type of folk music generally created by science fiction & fantasy fans. The song is a tribute to free culture and copyleft software licensing. Bootstrapped Success – Crank That Soulja Boy: In early 2007, DeAndre Ramone Way, also known as Soulja Boy, was a little known rap artist with a number of tracks released on YouTube and music community SoundClick. Thanks to his Crank That Soulja Boy hit, by 2009 Way was a Grammy Award nominated artist with a record deal and his own production company. According to a Yahoo’s Music blog post from May 2009, “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” has sold over 4,183,000 digital downloads in the United States, becoming the third highest-selling song ever. The song became an internet sensation after the dance tutorial video received more than 40 million YouTube views. Thousands of new videos have since been uploaded to YouTube in tribute to this anthem of a bootstrapped star. Resurrected Oldies: A number of songs written by music superstars have since become geek anthems. Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up was resurrected after 20 years when the act of tricking individuals into listening to the song or Rickrolling became a popular meme. The Astley meme became so widespread that Astley himself Rickrolled the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving parade in 2008. Meanwhile, Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” although always a popular rock ballad, got it’s first taste at video meme-dom in a “Team Cyprus” video that was wildly criticized as an ostentatious display of wealth during one of the country’s worst economic slumps in history. The song has since been featured in an a cappella version on the season premiere of Glee. The squeaky-clean Glee version debuted at number four on the Billboard charts. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Lists#web dana oshirolast_img read more

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Are Green Building Materials Approved by The Building Code?

first_imgThe materials you select will help determine just how green the home is. Materials vary in terms of energy efficiency and environmental impact. New products come on the market every day. and their value and environmental friendliness are touted at trade shows. But can you get a permit and pass inspections if you commit to building with these new products?As a building official, it is my job to help ensure the safety of people who will live or work in the buildings of my community. The standard I use to make that happen is the building code.The International Residential Code (IRC) is designed to distinguish between minimum safety requirements and those beneath that building safety platform. The code’s language falls into two major code requirement categories: prescriptive (think “prescribed”); and performance (think: “it must perform”). Both are sprinkled throughout the code for various reasons: It may be hard to define safe installation in prescriptive language; or it performance language may not be user friendly enough to adequately describe the right way to do something.Use of materials is established through prescriptive language. For example, the IRC uses prescriptive language to approve the use of wood framing, light-gauge steel framing, concrete, and masonry.Green building is more concerned with performance language because you seek to use materials that are not in the IRC’s prescriptive specifications. Most homes are built according to IRC, so the code covers only a few popular building materials. It does not include straw bale, adobe, or similar sustainable material types. It would not include an innovative method of using one of these few popular materials either. For those, you need a different approach.IRC Section R104.11 deals with alternative materials and methods of construction and has been part the code from the beginning. It allows the flexibility necessary for a building official to accept any viable material or method of construction as long as it satisfies the intent of the code.R104.11 Approval of Alternative Materials, Design, and Methods of Construction and Equipment:“The provisions of this code are not intended to prevent the installation of any material or to prohibit any design or method of construction not specifically prescribed by this code, provided that any such alternative has been approved. An alternative material, design or method of construction shall be approved where the building official finds that the proposed design is satisfactory and complies with the intent of the provisions of this code, and that the material, method or work offered is, for the purpose intended, at least the equivalent of that prescribed in this code. Compliance with the specific performance-based provisions of the International Codes in lieu of specific requirements of this code shall also be permitted as an alternate.”This section is not limited to structural integrity. It could even mean health or sanitation standards as well. A better way to consider this provision is as a miniature code in itself. So ANY material or method of building MUST be approved as long as the intent of the code is satisfied. Examples of natural, sustainable materials that have been approved in building departments across the country include adobe, rammed earth, straw bale, COB, bamboo and cork.Examples of manufactured product innovations include light-gauge steel framing, insulated concrete forms (ICFs), structural insulated panels, engineered lumber, I-joists, finger-jointed lumber, aerated autoclave masonry, EIFS, mortarless block — even water-saving measures such as waterless urinals. Examples of alternative techniques include frost-protected shallow foundations, green roofs, alternative wood framing techniques, gray water systems, rainwater harvesting. and even earth-ship buildings. Energy generation such as photovoltaic systems, wind generators, geothermal systems, and microcogeneration are also the result of scientific advances accepted through this provision.In fact many current elements in the modern code had to work their way through this acceptance process. For example, ICFs and light-gauge steel framing are now in the code as prescriptive-use materials. The process of using the provision encouraging alternative materials has served as a means for practical testing to observe performance under real-life conditions.In order for a building official to accept your alternative approach, however, YOU must demonstrate how it satisfies the intent of the code for that condition. How do you do that? There are lots of ways. Here’s the code text for the testing that you must submit:R104.11.1 Tests. Whenever there is insufficient evidence of compliance with the provisions of this code, or evidence that a material or method does not conform to the requirements of this code, or in order to substantiate claims for alternative materials or methods, the building official shall have the authority to require tests as evidence of compliance to be made at no expense to the jurisdiction. Test methods shall be as specified in this code or by other recognized test standards. In the absence of recognized and accepted test methods, the building official shall approve the testing procedures. Tests shall be performed by an approved agency. Reports of such tests shall be retained by the building official for the period required for retention of public records.This is how you get there. There are a variety of ways in which to substantiate the viability of the material or method. The most common is an independent testing laboratory, which will test and then list the product for that use. Normally the manufacturer will seek this testing before marketing, but not always. The testing is based on certain standards unique to that material. The testing may be for structural integrity, fire resistance, resistance to moisture or similar performance measure. When complete and the material passes these rigorous tests, the manufacturer will take that data to an evaluation service and have the product listed. International Code Council Evaluation Service and Underwriters Laboratories are examples of product listing services.Another common approach is to hire a local or regional registered design professional, such as an engineer or architect, to perform an analysis to submit. For example, let’s say you want to build a home using straw bale. There may be no independent listing for test results (there are now) for this new material so, your most economical approach is to hire an engineer to create a design. The engineer performs a rational analysis and demonstrates the integrity of the material, then seals the design and takes on much of the responsibility and liability for any potential failure.last_img read more

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Arellano stuns Perpetual, nears NCAA men‘s volleyball crown

first_imgGibson, Butler lead Timberwolves rally past Lakers MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Arellano University dealt Perpetual Help its first loss of the season with a stunning 12-25, 25-21, 19-25, 26-24, 15-9 victory to close in on the NCAA Season 93 men’s volleyball crown Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:29Police 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 The Chiefs, whose only loss in the eliminations was against the Altas, are now just a win away from winning their first title since joining the NCAA seven years ago and spoiling what had been a flawless campaign for Perpetual Help.Christian Dela Paz, who was named the 1st Best Middle Blocker, unloaded 24 points to lead Arellano and overshadow the efforts of rookie MVP Joebert Almodiel’s 18 points for Perpetual.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutChiefs head coach Sherwin Meneses is aware that his team’s journey to the finals was in contrast to what the Altas’ took as the Chiefs had to first take on College of St. Benilde in the stepladder semifinals while Perpetual earned a bye to the finals.And that tought test against the Blazers was what provided the Chiefs the emotional boost they needed against the 10-time champion Altas. “We all know Perpetual, they won’t give up that easily and they know that the series is not over yet,” said Meneses in Filipino. “The benefit of our stepladder match it gave us that morale boost because when we played Perpetual [and losing in straight sets] our morale was really low.”“And I trusted my players in this game because we don’t really have that one star because everybody can contribute.”Meneses’ words weren’t just mere opinion as Dela Paz had ample support from his teammates who had nearly identical offensive numbers.Roi Domingo, John Cabillan, and Christian Segovia all had nine points apiece for Arellano while Kevin Liberato and Demy Lapuz had eight points each.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Juveniles in Correctional Facilities to Benefit from New Programme

first_img Juveniles within State correctional facilities will benefit from mentorship, skills training and job placement under a new youth empowerment and reintegration programme being undertaken by the Government.Dubbed the ‘WE TRANSFORM’ programme, the initiative will target 272 children, aged 12 to 17 years, who are on remand or serving a sentence within the four juvenile centres operated by the Department of Correctional Services (DCS).These are the South Camp Juvenile Remand and Correctional Centre, Kingston; Rio Cobre Juvenile Correctional Centre, St. Catherine; Hill Top Juvenile Correctional Centre, St. Ann; and the Metcalfe Street Secure Juvenile Remand Centre, Kingston.Launched during a ceremony at the Police Officers’ Club in Kingston, yesterday (June 20), the programme aims to equip the children in these facilities with the requisite skill sets, character, attitude and support to become productive law-abiding citizens.In his address, Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, explained that the programme is one of the “out-of-the-box strategies which we know will contribute to the reduction in the youth offending and reoffending, and, by extension, crime in Jamaica”.“My Ministry believes that each of these young persons deserves a second chance in life. We are committed to helping our young offenders to get back on the right side of the law and remain there,” he said.For his part, State Minister for National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., noted that the programme “is the dream coming true for us to be able to establish programmes which allow us to continue the restoration of our youth to transform our country”.“We hope it will become a flagship programme in the Ministry, one of the more strategic (inputs) for us to advance our youth rehabilitation initiatives,” he said.He stressed that crucial to the success of the programme is support from all stakeholders, including the private sector, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), international partners, churches, parents and other interest groups.In the meantime, State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, welcomed the programme, noting the importance of restoration and reintegration when treating with young offenders.“We must be focused on transforming our children who come into contact with our correctional service, and, despite the circumstances, we must all believe that our children can be transformed,” he said.The programme, which begins immediately, will be implemented in two phases.Phase one will include youth engagement in innovative training in academics, vocational education, employability and life skills; and a mentorship and internship/job placement programme.This phase will also involve a segment on healthy lifestyle, where young offenders will be engaged in life skills training in substance abuse, reproductive health and other health-related matters.A major activity under this phase is an annual competition and exposition to be held July 26, where the youth will be allowed to showcase their talents. Another highlight is mentorship days for boys and girls on November 4 and 25, respectively. Activities on those days will include a football tournament and a pageant.Phase two will involve parent engagement and training, including parenting workshops; and staff capacity building through training exercises.Among the major sponsors are the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund, Jamaica Public Service (JPS), Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB), Tastee, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).So far, $12.5 million has been provided in cash and kind by sponsors and contributors towards implementation of the project. Dubbed the ‘WE TRANSFORM’ programme, the initiative will target 272 children, aged 12 to 17 years, who are on remand or serving a sentence within the four juvenile centres operated by the Department of Correctional Services (DCS). The programme, which begins immediately, will be implemented in two phases. Phase one will include youth engagement in innovative training in academics, vocational education, employability and life skills; and a mentorship and internship/job placement programme. Juveniles within State correctional facilities will benefit from mentorship, skills training and job placement under a new youth empowerment and reintegration programme being undertaken by the Government. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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LeBrons Growth As A Player Shows In His Leadership

Put LeBron James on a team with Kyrie Irving, one of the game’s top young point guards, and throw in Kevin Love, a 6-foot-9 scorer from the perimeter and in the post, and the Cleveland Cavaliers looked to be on their way.Then the NBA season started. The Cavs were smoked in their season-opener and dismantled Tuesday night in Portland. This is where James showed his most significant growth. He did not show panic or even frustration. He talked of remaining a team, of leading by example, of being patient, of teaching.Now he is getting it. LeBron James understands the magnitude of his presence.“There’s a lot of bad habits; a lot of bad habits have been built up over the last couple of years and when you play that style of basketball it takes a lot to get it up out of you,” James said. “But I’m here to help and that’s what it’s about.”Some of the best leaders in NBA history got it done on the court, confronted teammates when necessary and sent poignant messages through the media. James, in his post-defeat interview, showed he has learned how to send a message to the team without directly speaking to anyone.“Everyone wants to win, I would hope,” James said. “Would you rather play selfish basketball and lose, or play unselfish basketball and sacrifice and win? So you pick it.”He was speaking to his new teammates. But were they listening?The consensus best player on the planet has become adept at the mind games. He low balls expectations so progress can be viewed as special. Cunning.“Hopefully not too long, but it could go on for a couple months until we’re all on the same page,” he said. Inside he must have been smiling. Taking two months to flow could be tantamount to trouble. . . and inciting a doubting public.“We know exactly where we need to be both offensively and defensively and we buy in on what it takes to win,” James said. “I think a lot of people get it misconstrued on what it takes to win [by thinking] just scoring or just going out and trying to will it yourself. This is a team game and you have to rely on your teammates as well. So we will get an understanding of that as the time goes on.”Clearly, James, motivational speaker, has the ear of his teammates. And until things turn around, he will continue to deliver it. read more

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Mega One Triton Wreck illegal not safe to enter

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Related Items:#magneticmedianews Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos – June 30th 2017 – Grand Turk- The public is advised to stay away from the Mega One Triton wreck on Governor’s Beach in Grand Turk; this is according to the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR).The advisory has been issued since the deteriorating state of the vessel continues to pose a serious threat to individuals wanting to touch or enter the cargo ship. Though, it’s been years since the vessel was promised to be scraped and removed, it continues to be stationery at Governor’s Beach and has been an eyesore to tourists, residents and inquisitive passers-by.Deputy Director of DECR, Ethan Griesbach said, “The public is urgently reminded to keep a safe distance from the Mega One Triton wreck.  The condition of the vessel is deteriorating and the marine conditions in this area are unpredictable, subjecting any person who may access or come into close contact with the vessel to significant harm.”  Persons found violating this advisory, by entering or interfering with the vessel will be charged and subject to a penalty.The vessel has been anchored at Governor’s Beach since 2012, after it ran aground in the stormy weather of then Hurricane Sandy. Officials fear that it may contain toxic fluids and explained in the release that because of its location on the popular beach, the Dominican cargo vessel also poses serious risk to those tempted to explore the wreck during this hurricane season.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher #MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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