A young woman from Leixlip is hoping to be crowned this years’ Mary From Dungloe.Kildare Mary Aoife KeeganAoife Keegan from Carton View in Blakestown will be competing in the Annual International Festival as this years’ Kildare Mary held in Dungloe on 26th July – 4th August.Aoife (19) is currently studying Social Science in UCD and has strong Dungloe connections. Aoife, whose mother is from Dungloe, said “It is a home away from home for me.” I spent all of last Summer there and my love for the area grew”.” My love for the county has grown so much and all my nieces and nephews are growing up there too.”“I can’t put into words what it would mean to win. It’s the first time a member of our family has taken part in the event and to be chosen as The Mary from Dungloe and it would be a real honour and mean the world to me to win it.” AOIFE IS CHOSEN AS KILDARE MARY FOR INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL was last modified: June 12th, 2014 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:Aoife KeegandonegalMary From Dungloe
CINCINNATI — For the first time in more than 20 years, a Giants player hit a game-tying home run with two outs in the ninth before another launched a go-ahead home run in extra innings.Stephen Vogt’s first home run as a Giant tied Friday’s game at 11-11 before Evan Longoria hooked a high fly ball into the left field seats in the 11th in a historic, 12-11 come-from-behind win.Vogt and Longoria became the first Giants players to accomplish the feat since Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent did so in a …
24 May 2013As a continent, Africa needs to pause and reflect on the history of the past 50 years and begin to develop lessons for the next 50 years, says National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel.Speaking at the African Renaissance Conference in Durban on Thursday, Manuel said Africans needed to ask “what we learnt from the various strategies we used to regain our independence. What progress have we made? What are our successes and where have we failed?”Manuel said the key lesson that Africa should take was responsibility, adding that Africans could not allow their agenda to be set by anyone else.“We cannot expect things to be done for us. If we want to advance, we need to catalyse the change we want to see through better planning and more effective implementation. We need to use the resources at our disposal to drive the agenda of raising the standards of living of our people.”According to Manuel, Africa needs regional integration that draws on the respective strengths of the different countries that make up the continent in order to overcome its shortcomings.Countries should draw on each other’s strengths to build “the desirable” for all countries – not for one country to develop on the back of the suffering of another.“To progress as a continent and take advantage of the favourable position we find ourselves in, we must move from the premise that we can only benefit from each other’s strength.”However, for this to work, the continent would need careful planning, a ruthless focus on implementation, and political stamina.Manuel said that South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP), which aims to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030, is clear about the importance of education and training as a key foundation for social development and progress.In order to improve the continent’s skills base, a concerted effort was required, starting with correcting the basics.“We must raise the bar for all concerned to ensure that the education that all our children, regardless of where the school is located or whether it was a former Model C school, provides the highest quality possible,” he said.Source: SAnews.gov.za
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers have from May 6, through Sunday, July 31, 2019, to enter the National Corn Yield Contest (NCYC). This year marks the 55th year for the contest that began with 20 entries from four states. Last year 7,258 entries from 46 states made NCYC the premier event of its kind in the nation.“NCGA wants to challenge you to take advantage of this opportunity to explore new ideas and production techniques while gleaning knowledge to enhance your future yield potential,” said Linda Lambur, NCYC manager. “It’s not just about big yields but promoting innovative production methods and sharpening management skills. It’s about being more precise in how we grow each bushel of corn and that ultimately will make corn production more sustainable.”A farmer must have an NCGA membership number to have an entry in the contest which can only be obtained from NCGA. Please call 636-733-5512 or email email@example.com to obtain your membership number or to create a new membership number. Your full name, mailing address, phone number and email address are required.Winners will receive national recognition in publications, such as the NCYC Corn Yield Guide, as well as other awards from participating sponsoring seed, chemical and crop protection companies. At each Commodity Classic, state winners are recognized at the NCYC Breakfast, and national winners receive awards at the NCGA’s Evening Awards Banquet. You can find both entry and harvest rules on the Corn Yield Contest website.
A few highlightsGary Nelson. I already wrote about the news that Gary Nelson gave me about The Energy Conservatory’s new wifi device. (Retrotec has one available already, which I found out from Colin Genge this week. I haven’t found it on their website yet, though.) I also had a nice chat with Gary about how he got into the world of building science and blower doors. Like me, he’s got a physics background, but he’s been in this field since the ’70s. He’s one of the heroes of our industry, and I’ll write more about him and his work in a future article. Labradors? James Brown? What do either of those have to do with the RESNET conference?! Be patient, my friend. All will be revealed shortly. The 2013 conference sponsored by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) in Orlando a few weeks ago was fantastic. It and Building Science Summer Camp are my two favorite events of the year, and this year RESNET was better than ever.First, let’s get right to James Brown. Evidently, there’s a video of him talking about blower door tests back in the mid-1980s. (The lead photo here is a screen shot from it, sent to me by an an anonymous source.)I heard about the video from Gary Nelson and Dennis Creech at the conference. The “hardest working man in show business” was evidently the “Godfather of blower doors” for a brief period as part of some community service he was required to do. It seems that legal restrictions have kept the video under wraps all these years, but apparently one person out West has been showing it publicly. I hope we get to see it soon. The tail-wagging labradorsKristof Irwin is a great friend of mine who owns Positive Energy, a rating, building science, and HVAC design business in Austin, Texas. He was one of the people I shared a condo with in Orlando, and he described the RESNET conference perfectly. He said that he could hardly take in the trade show because he spent so much time talking to friends, old and new. “We’re like a bunch of labradors wagging our tails,” he said. I felt the same way.Later I mentioned that to another RESNETer, and he said, “Yeah, but we have a few pitbulls, too.” Touché. Still, it’s a wonderful conference. RESNET, ACCA, and IAQA. One thing that was new this year was that the RESNET conference was combined with the conferences of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) and the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA). It was great! The early numbers I heard indicated that RESNET had about 1000 attendees, and the other two totaled about 800. The trade show seemed to be about twice as big, and the combination worked very well. Let’s do it again!John Krigger. Earlier this year I wrote about the debate between John Krigger and Paul Raymer over mechanical ventilation for homes (ASHRAE 62.2). I got a chance to talk with John at the conference — where were you, Paul? — and he’s got some interesting ideas to help the home performance industry. In short, he thinks we need to use actuarial data as a guide to setting priorities, especially when it comes to the health and safety issues.BPI getting kicked to the curb. I found out at the very end of the conference that ACCA and 12 other organizations have written a letter to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) requesting that they revoke BPI’s status as a Standards Development Organization. Whoa! This is big news. Could it be that HVAC contractors, who have ignored building science and home performance for a long time, are envious that another organization has the chutzpah to do what they haven’t? There’s a lot to this, so I’ve been doing some investigating and will write more later. What I’ve turned up so far is pretty interesting.A cooling dehumidifier. At the trade show I found that there’s finally a dehumidifier that dumps the heat outside the house instead of inside. Designed for hot-humid climates, the Ultra-Aire SD12 from Therma-Stor is basically a split system air conditioner with a lot of latent capacity. It’s about time!â€¨Barometric Zone Damper. Another cool product I saw at the trade show was a zone damper that makes it easier to get rid of what is one of the stupidest ideas in HVAC: the bypass duct. Instead of sending excess air back to the return side, it allows the higher static pressure that occurs when not all zones are calling for air to bleed through into the other zones.Energy Avenger vs. Batman. Yes, this really happened! The Energy Avenger won. (Some other character calling himself the Cannibal is making noise out in the bushes but hasn’t shown his face publicly yet, preferring to post on RESNET’s Facebook page videos of the people he’s kidnapped. Maybe next year he’ll join the fun, too.) Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. RELATED ARTICLES RESNET RamblingsVentilation Requirements for Weatherized HomesBlower Door BasicsThe Pros and Cons of Running a DehumidifierDehumidifiers
A 12-hour shutdown imposed by the Rashtriya Bajrang Dal against a “faulty National Register of Citizens (NRC)” partially affected normal life in Assam on Friday. The shutdown, however, had no impact in Guwahati and a few other major towns. The police said there were no incidents of violence apart from the blockade of roads by mobs. Some members of the Bajrang Dal and affiliates were detained in eastern Assam’s Dibrugarh for allegedly trying to stop the screening of a newly-released Assamese film.The Assam unit of the Bajrang Dal accused the NRC authorities of deliberately coming out with an erroneous document containing the names of Bangladeshi Muslim immigrants. “NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela has legitimised lakhs of such immigrants despite many leaders including former Chief Minister Hiteswar Saikia and Union Minister Kiren Rijiju saying Assam has at least 50 lakh Bangladeshis,” a spokesperson of the unit asserted. It demanded the reupdating of the NRC based on 1951 as the cut-off date, granting of citizenship to the Hindu refugees and their rehabilitation in various States and inclusion of the names of excluded indigenous people in the NRC.Tribunal hurdleSantanu Bharali, legal advisor to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, said the State government was finding it tough to make the 200 new Foreigners’ Tribunals operational as the NRC authorities had not shared district-wise numbers of the excluded people.“The government is ready to start the tribunals, but we are waiting for the data on district-wise exclusions,” he said, adding that the NRC authorities would have to put in place a security regime as in the case of Aadhaar before sharing the data. Leaders of the Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangha on Friday met Assam Home Commissioner Ashutosh Agnihotri and requested that the government provide relief to more than 20,000 Gurkha doubtful (D) voters excluded from the final NRC. Along with their dependents, the number of excluded Gurkhas is more than 1 lakh, the organisation said. “The Ministry of Home Affairs in October 2018 said the Gurkhas cannot be tried in Foreigners’ Tribunals,” said community leader Nanda Kirati Dewan. “But members of the community have nevertheless been tried in the tribunals, made D-voters and struck off the NRC. The government has to get out of its complacency and move the court,” he added.
MOST READ View comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Alaska coach Alex Compton rhapsodized about having been given a chance to even compete for a spot in the playoffs, and said he looked to honor the game when they played NLEX.ADVERTISEMENT “Our defense was fantastic in the first half. Obviously we’re fortunate to get them after playing Magnolia last Wednesday, so we had fresher legs,” Compton noted.The Aces hurdled their first KO game of the conference and will enter two more in order to make the Final Four. They would have to beat the Fuel Masters two straight times to advance.The quarterfinals start Saturday with San Miguel Beer clashing with TNT KaTropa at 4:30 p.m. and Barangay Ginebra and Magnolia slugging it out at 6:45 at Mall of Asia Arena.Both series are best-of-three.“It’s a steeper, higher mountain,” said Compton of the task ahead as he faces his former deputy, Louie Alas, who has done a marvelous job at Phoenix.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The Aces did just that, dominating the Road Warriors, 88-80, to complete the PBA Philippine Cup’s quarterfinal cast Friday night at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.“I think the guys battled [well],” Compton said. “I am so proud of the guys’ effort. All you ask is a chance, we had a chance, we took advantage of it, and now we have one more chance.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAlaska held NLEX to just eight points in the second period and to a total of 25 for the first half, basically winning it there as the Aces advanced as the eighth seed and will play No. 1 Phoenix Pulse in the quarterfinals.Sonny Thoss finished with 21 points and five rebounds in one of his worthiest games of late. Final four-defining matches up for 3 teams SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Sonny’s been awesome this conference. He’s invigorated. He’s turned back the clock this conference,” he said of his old reliable. “I think when his legs are fresh and playing strong like that, he’s a tough matchup for any big man in the league.”Simon Enciso and Carl Bryan Cruz pumped in 16 points each as Alaska avenged a 70-91 loss in their only elimination round clash.“It has been a tough conference for the both of us. I think NLEX is better than the conference they’ve had. But sometimes the cards are dealt in a certain way,” Compton said.The scores:Alaska 88—Thoss 21, Enciso 16, Cruz 16, Casio 13, Banchero 4, Baclao 4, Ayaay 4, Racal 3, Exciminiano 3, Teng 2, Potts 2, Pascual 0.NLEX 80—Ighalo 16, Galanza 14, Quinahan 13, Erram 10, Paniamogan 8, Magat 7, Rios 5, Baguio 3, Paredes 2, Tiongson 2, Taulava 0, Soyud 0, Tallo 0, Lao 0.Quarters: 23-17, 44-25, 73-50, 88-80Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Alonso urges Hudson-Odoi to stick with Chelseaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMarcos Alonso has urged Callum Hudson-Odoi to stick with Chelsea and ignore Bayern Munich.Although Bayern are regarded as one of the heavyweights of European football, Alonso feels Chelsea can match them if Hudson-Odoi is prepared to be patient and wait for his chance.”He is a good player, but he is very young,” he said. “He needs to have patience and to be hungry and fight for a place in this team.”That is all he needs to do, he has all the conditions to be a great player, now it is up to him to fight for a place here or try to find more minutes somewhere else.”Bayern Munich? We are Chelsea, another great team, the Premier League is the most competitive league in the world, I don’t know why someone would go to Bayern Munich.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal keeper Martinez leaving out dream after Argentina call-upby Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEmiliano Martinez says it is a dream come true to earn a call-up to the Argentina national team.The goalkeeper has been competing with Bernd Leno for the number one jersey this season.He will now take part in Argentina’s games with Colombia and Ecuador.”It’s a dream come true,” Martinez said. “As a young kid, I always wanted to play for the national team. We’ve got two big games to play now, preparing for the Copa America next year.”I’m more than ready to play for the national team now. I’m getting more minutes so my confidence is really high right now. I’m delighted with the call-up.”Since I signed for this club, my goal was always to be the No 1. I’ve been here for almost 10 years and I came as a young boy, now I’m a grown man.”I’ve been on some good loans and bad loans, but at the end of the day my work ethic and commitment has always been focused on being the No 1 for Arsenal and Argentina. That’s the dream. I said to my dad that I’m going to do it and I won’t stop until I’m No 1 for Argentina.”If you want to be No 1 at Arsenal, you have to believe in yourself no matter what. I believe in my talent and I believe in my work. I have been lucky to have really good goalkeeper coaches. Gerry Peyton really helped me, and Sal and Javi have taken me to another level to be honest. I’m grateful but my goals are much higher than that.”