Happy Birthday to… Ballybofey!

first_imgThe town of Ballybofey is 400 years old this weekend and the locals are celebrating in style.In 1619, a charter was granted for a market to be established on the banks of the River Finn.  While there certainly were people already living along the River’s banks, this is the first record of a formal gathering in BallybofeyIn celebration of this, a big weekend of family-friendly activities has been planned for all the enjoy from 27th to 29th September. “The weekend of events celebrates Ballybofey’s rich culture and history,” explains Leah Fairman of BASICC (Ballybofey & Stranorlar Integrated Community Company). “We’d like to thank everyone who has been in touch with ideas, organised events and volunteered their time. The weekend is a huge community effort and we’re so proud of our towns!”  Leah adds that almost all the events are free to attend. “Everyone is welcome to come along and join the fun.”Highlights of the weekend include: Friday Evening Launch: Joe Mulholland of the McGill Summer School, a Twin Towns native, will open our weekend of events.  The launch will begin at 6.45pm in College Court for the opening of our special art and photography exhibition, before moving to the Villa Rose Hotel at 7.30pm for an evening of reminiscing and storytelling. Big Birthday Bash Fair Day – The main event for the weekend is a Fair Day from 10am to 2pm in Navenny Car Park.   There’s something for everyone as locals look to recreate the fun and memories of this big day out. Also on the agenda is art events and exhibitions, children’s historical trail and evening entertainment in many pubs and venues around the town.Keep up to date with all the news about the event on the website – www.ballybofeystranorlar.com. On Facebook and Instagram @basicc.twintowns   Phone: 074 9190909 Email: leah@thebaseenterprise.ie   Happy Birthday to… Ballybofey! was last modified: September 24th, 2019 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:ballybofey birthdayBASICClast_img read more

Mourinho says current Chelsea side have potential to be better than his title winners

first_imgJose Mourinho says his current Chelsea side have the potential to surpass the team he built and led to back-to-back Premier League titles during his first reign.The Blues face Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday lunchtime and Mourinho’s table-toppers could go 15 points clear of the Reds after just 11 games.“The other team won titles, won everything – not just with me but after me with the same basic team. They were European champions,” Mourinho said.“This team is a good team that plays well and has conditions and evolutions to keep going and get better than the previous team. But the reality is this team has done nothing yet.”Mourinho’s first spell in charge saw him guide the club to domestic titles in 2004/05 and 2005/06, as well as the League Cup in 2005 and 2007 and FA Cup in 2007.The Blues will face Liverpool having had 24 hours less to prepare than their hosts.Chelsea are hoping to repeat last season’s win at AnfieldChelsea played out a 1-1 Champions League draw in Slovenia against Maribor on Wednesday, while Liverpool opted to rest several key players for their 1-0 away defeat against Real Madrid on Tuesday.“We will be mentally right, even if physically the players could have a problem. But mentally is more important (than physically). We have to be ready for it,” said Mourinho, who also insisted he will be looking for a win and not playing for a draw.“Our intention is to win. When we have the ball, we want to try to score and when they have the ball we have to try to stop them.“It is the ABC of football.  I will do this to my last day.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

More to benefit from social grants

first_img15 April 2011 South Africa is to spend over R104-billion on social grants to assist the most vulnerable in the country in 2011/12, with the number of beneficiaries projected to grow by a million to over 16-million people. In 2010/11, the Department of Social Development spent R97-billion in assisting 15.3-million beneficiaries, including children, people with disabilities and the elderly. Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, speaking ahead of her Budget Vote in Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday, said provision of social grants to the most vulnerable was one of the government’s biggest poverty alleviation programmes. From January this year, the eligibility age for the child support grant was increased to 17 years. “The total number of children covered is 10.3-million, disability grants 1.2-million people, and pensioners 2.7-million,” Dlamini said. In expanding the social grant coverage, the minister said they were raising the old age grant from R33 000 to R44 000 per year. “This is the most significant raising of the means test since 1994 and is a precursor to the universalisation of the old age pension.” On a separate matter, Dlamini said that her department would move swiftly to introduce a retirement fund, with the aim of providing a decent basic income for people who reached retirement, or were disabled, and for survivors when a breadwinner passed away. At present, about one-third of South Africans have no provision for retirement and rely almost entirely on social assistance programmes. Dlamini challenged the view that her department should be “creating jobs” instead of “creating dependency” through grants. “I am calling on people to acknowledge the absurdity of the claim, because grants go to children, older persons and people with disabilities, who are not employable,” she said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Is a Ground-Source Heat Pump My Best Bet?

first_imgHeat Pumps: The Basics Are Affordable Ground-Source Heat Pumps On the Horizon?Solar Thermal Is Really, Really Dead Ground-Source Heat Pumps Don’t Save EnergyAll About Radiant Floors Ground-source heat pumps are not the cheapest optionDalmeida has provided no details about the house, or the climate zone where it’s located, and as a result, it would be impossible to provide any specifics on a heat pump. But, GBA senior editor Martin Holladay points out, “In general, ground-source heat pumps are quite expensive, and aren’t the most cost-effective way to heat or cool a home.”In an energy retrofit, work typically starts with air-sealing, followed by an insulation upgrade and possibly improvements to existing windows, Holladay says, and heating and cooling loads should be determined with a Manual J calculation. RELATED ARTICLES Cathleen Dalmeida is budgeting for a heating and cooling system as part of an energy retrofit and is wondering whether a heat pump is part of her future. An obvious question: How much do they cost?“Is there a general rule of thumb for pricing of a ground-source heat pump and air-to-water heat pump for a medium sized installation?” she asks in a Q&A post at Green Building Advisor.She wants to know whether anyone can offer an estimate in dollars per ton of heating and cooling, and whether there would be any drawbacks to using a ground-source heat pump in a climate that doesn’t require much cooling.That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. Radiant system are unfairly malignedNot all radiant system have to “suffer the doomsday scenario,” writes Richard McGrath. When properly designed, and when it takes solar heat gain into consideration, “it is the finest system available.”There are a couple of caveats, he says. Rooms on the south side of the house, where solar heat gain is strongest, should never be zoned with rooms on the north side. In a tight house, water temperatures circulating in the floor should be well below any temperature the floor could reach from radiant solar energy.But given some care, these systems don’t have the shortcomings that Holladay suggests in his article “All About Radiant Floors.”“The title of Martin’s paper should have been ‘All About Cheap, Poorly Designed Radiant Floors on a Budget,’ ” McGrath writes. “I say this because every time this paper is referenced and I read it just to remind myself how bad a name creeps without proper knowledge have given radiant heat.“Research ‘radiant ceilings,’ ” he adds. “It’s been done for decades successfully and is not just for commercial applications any more, as if it should only have been there to begin with.”As to coming up with a ballpark price, McGrath says, forget it. “I don’t believe there is a set per-ton price and I would even say that if someone is willing to give you that price without first performing a proper heat loss and having a good idea about the [airtightness] of the home, you should not even consider him a candidate to perform the work,” McGrath says. But consider solar thermal as the source of heatOne problem with conventional ground-source heat pumps, McGrath says, is the amount of energy it takes to pump fluid through heat-exchange tubing buried in the earth or submerged in a well or pond. Energy consumption for pumps, he says, is “huge” and not included in many estimates of system efficiency.Instead, McGrath promotes a system built around a solar thermal system. He argues that a heat pump getting 70-degree fluid rather than fluid at 50 degrees or less (from the ground) is far more efficient. Tanks for holding hot water can be buried.“When there is no sun for an extended period, it can take up to a week before the stored fluid drops 10 degrees and enters the heat pump at 60 degrees, at which point you’re still far better off than at 50 degrees with a ground-source heat pump,” he writes.Is solar thermal really dead? Not according to McGrath. “I cannot still understand what aversion there is on a website such as this to technologies that meet the definition of passive by many published standards,” he says. “Long ago this movement started because of things that were bad for the environment. Now it seems common practice to put those bad things like refrigerants right in the house with the folks we began to save the planet for.“What exactly is an environmentally friendly refrigerant, and is there really such a thing?” “In most cases,” he says, “you won’t be using a ground-source heat pump for this type or project.”Cathleen then asks a follow-up question: “If someone already has radiant floor heating, or wants to install radiant floor heating, what type heating technology would you use?”Holladay answers that these systems usually include a boiler, which can run on one of several types of fuel. It’s also possible for a radiant-floor system to be built around a water heater, he says, noting, “some of these installations [radiant floor heating systems that operate off a water heater] are successful, while others are glitchy and problematic.” Ground-source heat pumps aren’t always too expensiveWhile ground-source heat pumps are often one of the more expensive heating and cooling options, the difference is apparently not always dramatic.C. Maglio recently priced a ground-source heat pump, a conventional heat pump, and minisplits for his (or her) new house. After applying the 30 percent federal tax credit, the “high end” ground-source heat pump installed by a reputable company was about $1,000 more than the conventional heat pump, Maglio says.After the tax credit, the system would cost about $21,400, or $5,355 per ton of capacity. “There is a good argument that I could put half that money in equipment and the other half in shell (insulation, etc.), thus reducing my load and making minisplits a better option, but frankly I’m not comfortable risking it,” Maglio says. “I’m already getting everything I can from our local trades in terms of shell. Mention exterior foam insulation around here and people look at you like you have two heads.”In southern New England, Dana Dorsett says, ground-source heat pumps typically run between 2 and 6 tons, with a 3-to-4-ton system being typical. The cost in the region is about $9,000 per ton.“I’ve never seen a quote for a 2-ton system less than about $28,000, and that was a handful of years ago,” he said. “Even after the 30 percent income tax credit, it’s still $20K. By contrast, modulating ductless minisplit systems run $3,500 to $4,000 per ton. The amount of design and engineering required to do a 2-ton GSHP system right is about the same as doing a 10-ton system, and every GSHP system is a highly customized design.”When retrofitting an older home with a 50,000 to 60,000 Btu/hour design heat load, Dorsett says, it’s usually more effective to reduce the heat load to less than 40,000 Btu/hour with air sealing and insulation, and possibly window upgrades, rather than pay for the extra 1 or 2 tons of heat pump capacity.“As a general rule, building envelope efficiency provides more comfort than mechanical systems efficiency,” he adds. “And the life cycle of building envelope efficiency measures is 2 to 4 times longer than any HVAC system.“When in doubt, spending the real money on lowering the load is usually going to be a better long-term deal than highest efficiency systems to support that load.” Our expert’s opinionHere’s what GBA technical director Peter Yost had to add:I followed up with Dalmeida to get more details about her situation and learned that her home is located in Coupeville, Washington (not far from Seattle). It’s about 1,500 square feet, and indeed she has a radiant floor heating system that includes a propane boiler. Checking weather sources, we learn that Coupeville typically has about 5,500 annual heating degree days and just 22 cooling degree days.In general, it makes the most sense to consider ground-source heat pumps (GSHPs) when the space conditioning loads — heating and cooling — are both significant; that’s hardly the case in Coupeville. And when the two loads are this different for any closed-loop system, there is the risk of progressive cooling of the soils in the vicinity of the underground piping, robbing the system over time of some of its efficiency. Of particular importance is not undersizing the ground loop; it can hurt the performance of any system, but in the case of a heating-only system, it can be disastrous.Another generality for GSHP systems is they better serve larger rather than smaller buildings, particularly given the sunk costs of the underground loop work. Researchers from Seventhwave (formerly Energy Center of Wisconsin) suggested that going with a GSHP (and particularly with a more complex ground source-to-water rather than the more familiar ground source-to-air) is likely to add up to as much as $10,000 to a system for a basic single-family home; that’s a pretty steep starting point to work from. How does solar thermal figure in this?We learned, too, that Dalmeida is interested in adding a solar thermal system. I figured I really needed “adult supervision” on this one, since integrating, or not, a GSHP system with solar thermal for domestic hot water can get pretty complex. Here is what engineer Dan Cautley of Seventhwave had to say:“From a purely thermal point of view, adding solar thermal to boost the input of a GSHP isn’t wrong-headed, since a) the solar panels will be heating cool ground water, and the cooler the water, the better they perform, and b) any temperature increase on the GSHP intake will increase heat pump performance. (Side note: it wouldn’t be a good idea to run the ground water loop through solar panels at all times, since they’d just dump energy back to the environment under colder nighttime conditions.)“Economically, however, it is probably not a good idea; can a several thousand dollar investment in added solar really pay for itself? This is a thermally complex system, and a good quantitative answer would require field study and/or some pretty sophisticated modeling (maybe TRNSYS, for example). But my intuition is it wouldn’t pay off.“A separate solar domestic hot water system might be a fit, but again I’m skeptical. Most GSHPs have either a desuperheater, which heats water when the unit is in cooling mode, or a dedicated domestic water heating cycle. The desuperheater might not get them much if they don’t use cooling, but a water heating cycle could heat all of their domestic hot water (assuming there are no unusual loads). I’m guessing that the added cost of a water heating cycle to a GSHP would be much less, and would deliver more energy, than a separate solar water heating system. The electric energy input works against the GSHP, though — figure a COP of maybe 4 for water heating by GSHP, while a solar system has only a little pumping power and a COP of maybe 10 to 20.”last_img read more

FLA Launches New High Security Identification Card

first_imgThe Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) has launched a new High Security Identification Card, which will be available as of Monday, April 22.The new card, which is similar in size to a credit card, has several security features to guard against replication, and it captures and stores the picture, finger prints and signature of the holder.National Security Minister, Hon. Peter Bunting, said he is looking forward to gains in law enforcement and security, which will result from the implementation of the new high security card systemAddressing the launch at the Ministry of National Security, on Friday, April 18, Mr. Bunting noted that with the introduction of the new card, the FLA hopes to eliminate the old licence within a year.“The old booklet was not just cumbersome and inconvenient, but it was very vulnerable to fraud in terms of replacing, tampering with photograph (and) other information in the booklet. So, with the introduction of this card, we hope to eliminate that booklet within one year,” he said.There is no additional cost to replace the card, which is renewable on the holder’s birthday.The Security Minister also informed that he has tasked the head of the FLA, to develop a smart phone application that “will link the database of licensed firearm holders, their photographs, all the biometric information, with police officers who are out there conducting vehicle checkpoints, so that even if somebody is so good as to be able to fraudulently produce one of these cards, then the officer on the street can still, if they are suspicious, verify the information with the database.”He congratulated the FLA team for implementing the new system, noting that it will lead to improved accountability and greater efficiency in the operations of the Authority. The Minister also noted that the FLA has been making significant progress in using new technologies to keep track of firearms and their usage, by capturing the unique ballistic signatures of new firearms for which licences have been granted. He pointed out that since last year, the process has been intensified with the recertification of firearm holders who have had their firearms for more than five years.“The goal of this exercise is to obtain the ballistics signature of all legal firearms within two years,” he said.Mr. Bunting also informed that his Ministry has been moving to infuse modern technology and processes into its operations and that of all its departments and agencies.“Agencies in the Ministry of National Security must modernize their business processes to keep pace with developments in industry and in the private sector. We can be sure that the criminals will be keeping pace, so we have to be one step ahead of them in safeguarding the interest of law-abiding citizens,” he added.In the meantime, Chairman of the Firearm Licensing Authority, Robert Gregory, said the introduction of the new High Security Identification Card System will move the FLA much closer this year to becoming a world class Jamaican public sector agency, which delivers customer confidence and satisfaction.He said that holders of the new card are to be viewed as responsible members of the wider national security community in Jamaica.“The Jamaican public can rest assured that every licensed owner of this new high Security Identification Card will have been thoroughly and vigorously investigated, trained, assessed and certified as competent to keep and carry a firearm,” he said.Project Manager at the FLA, Michael Dixon, explained that the design of the new card takes several things into consideration, chief of which is the ability of the law enforcement community to authenticate the cards through the use of visible features.He noted that the card consists of five different layers, all of which have some security features and which have to be fused together in a specific order to give the card its unique look.By Andrea Braham, JIS Reporterlast_img read more