UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours But Azkals coach Thomas Dooley will welcome the news that some of his reliable players like siblings Manny and Mike Ott and Carlie De Murga stepped up to deliver solid games for the Busmen.Manny finally played the full 90 minutes for the Busmen for the first time since suffering a knee injury in October, while younger brother, Mike, created the two goals for Bienve Marañon and Patrick Reichelt, who is also expected to be called up for the match against Tajikistan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkDe Murga was a rock on defense even as his distribution out of the back proved key in keeping the Ceres attack going.Based on statistics released by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), De Murga completed 80 out of 84 passes, underlining his quality on the ball.Reichelt, who has struggled with injuries, came off the bench to make an impact with the opening goal set up by Mike Ott’s cross from the left.Ott also danced past three defenders before picking out Maranon for the second goal.The Busmen resume their AFC Cup bid on Wednesday against Shan United in Yangon. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Ceres-Negros’ fine form augurs well not only for the Busmen’s bid to retain the Asean zone championship in the AFC Cup, but also for the national team, which is facing a tough final match in Asian Cup qualifying against Tajikistan late this month.The Busmen are currently on top of Group F of the AFC Cup following the 2-0 win over Shan United on Tuesday night at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod.ADVERTISEMENT S’woods takes 4 GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Azkals face Tajikistan on March 27 at Rizal Memorial Stadium, needing at least a draw to qualify for the Asian Cup next year in the United Arab Emirates.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
The first of three initial consultations held at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC) today attracted a wide range of stakeholders. Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan, in his remarks to the gathering, stated that the government is cognisant and working to improve all agencies, under his purview.hese changes, the minister explained, have already begun and include the Prisons, Fire Service and Police Force. The need to boost skills and capacity was also noted.“If we start today, we are going to get there earlier. That is what we want from Guyanese. That is what we want from the individual’s efforts and the individual initiatives of each and every Guyanese. So, we at the Ministry of Public Security are supporting this important collaboration that is going to integrate the efforts of the units and ensure far more productive results.”Minister Ramjattan reminded the stakeholders that they have a role to play,Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan examines some of the equipment displayed at the Guyana Fire Service’s stakeholder consultation held at the Arthur Chung Conference Centreincluding monitoring and evaluating the proposed plans via the Strategic Management Unit.“This is what is going to lift this country out, from where it was, to higher heights. So, I ask of you, in your deliberations here, that you will continue the task of self-evaluation and self-introspection. Also, know you have a Ministry of Public Security that is going to give you all the assistance that you need, and lots more in about 14 months’ time.”Chief Fire Officer, Marlon Gentle recalled the formal organising of a firefighting force in 1873, its reorganization in 1945 after the Great Fire, the formation of the British Guiana Fire Brigade in 1957 and continuous development over the years to present day.Gentle stated: “With the dawn of a new modern world, changes in infrastructureAttendees at the Guyana Fire Service’s stakeholder consultation at the Arthur Chung Conference Centreand urban development, more than ever as the country is on the cusp of greater heights, there is the need for structured fire protection services.” He added, “Larger revenue bases, more industries, more use of machinery and other types of activities that generally add to the quality of life for citizens. This fire service has to change in order to encompass the possible risks associated with development.”According to the Chief Fire Officer, the consultations will ensure that all are apprised of the state of the proposed plans and the way forward. Gentle explained that the Strategic Management Plan, initiated in 2014 and ratified in 2016, has had the government’s full support. These plans will see the construction of five more fire stations and the procurement of more equipment including a firefighting boat to service the developments along the banks of the Demerara River.
0Shares0000Atletico Madrid into Europa League finalMADRID, Spain, May 3 – Diego Costa killed Arsene Wenger’s last hope of a glorious Arsenal farewell as his goal sent Atletico Madrid through to the Europa League final on Thursday.Wenger’s 250th European fixture with Arsenal also to proved to be his last, decided by a typically ruthless finish from Costa, who delivered the sort of barnstorming display defenders must have nightmares about. Arsenal’s defence, fragile and nervous throughout, were particularly susceptible and this 1-0 defeat, 2-1 on aggregate, means Wenger’s final season in charge will end with his team missing out on Champions League qualification for a second year in a row.For all his domestic achievements, Wenger will also depart without a European trophy to his name and it remains to be seen how sitting outside the continent’s premier tournament will affect Arsenal’s pursuit of a new coach, and players, this summer.More immediately, there was the concerning sight of Laurent Koscielny being carried off on a stretcher in the 12th minute after the defender went down, with nobody near him, clutching his left Achilles.Arsenal and France now face an anxious wait, with the start of the World Cup just over a month away.Koscielny’s exit made a tough task all the more difficult for Arsenal, who were always going to be up against it at the Wanda Metropolitano, where Atletico have not lost in the league all season and not conceded a goal since January.It was perhaps also telling that Costa’s physicality and Atletico’s defensive rigour ultimately proved decisive, two qualities Wenger’s Arsenal in recent years have so lacked.Costa was hunting Arsenal’s back four from the outset as he wrestled past Koscielny, knocked over Nacho Monreal before firing wide with only David Ospina to beat.Koscielny was substituted soon after, replaced by Calum Chambers, but Arsenal enjoyed one of their best spells midway through the half, dominating possession and reducing Atletico to a series of rushed clearances.– Clinical Costa –Diego Costa’s first-half goal ensured there will no be fairytale farewell for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal© AFP PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUAt the back, however, they were shaky, as Ospina had balls booted out of his grasp by his teammates on more than one occasion while their passing out of the back was too often careless.By the end of the half, Atletico had regained the ascendancy and in injury-time, they struck. Granit Xhaka’s weak header put Arsenal on the back foot and Antoine Griezmann threaded through to Costa.He held off Hector Bellerin with ease before coolly finishing past Ospina.Arsenal came again after the interval. Aaron Ramsey bundled his way through but the ball would not fall for him six yards out while Mesut Ozil flashed too sumptuous deliveries across the face of goal.Griezmann could have put the tie to bed after Costa had turned Shkodran Mustafi inside out but the defender recovered just in time to block.A vintage Costa performance would not be complete without a scuffle and he provided it when Mustafi tried too enthusiastically to grab the ball off him for a free-kick.Both players were booked and when Costa was substituted soon after, the striker was given a standing ovation.Arsenal piled forward late on in search of an equaliser but in truth, their night ended without them really creating a clear-cut chance.When the final whistle blew, Wenger marched straight down the tunnel as around him, Atletico’s celebrations began.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Paris Saint-Germain have opened talks with long-term target Manchester United target Fabio Coentrao.The Portugal international has fallen down the pecking order at Real Madrid with Marcelo cementing his role as the first choice left-back.It has left the 27-year-old on the look-out for a new club and Manchester United have been tracking him for some time.However, according to Canal Plus, PSG have opened negotiations with Real Madrid after missing out on Layvin Kurzawa.The French champions had been very keen on the Moncao defender but they have been rebuffed in their approach.As a result they have now begun talks over Coentrao and are hopeful a deal can be struck before the transfer window closes. Fabio Coentrao 1
To celebrate our continued success as well as the arrival of our new sister site, www.donegalwoman.ie, we’re bringing you an amazing giveaway.As an early Christmas present to our readers, we are hosting the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!Every second day from now until December 24th, we will be offering an unbelievably good prize. Our third prize was a One Night of Heaven for two package from the Silver Tassie Hotel & Spa, which includes dinner, B&B overnight stay and spa treatment. Congratulations to Eithne Mc Gee for winning!It’s time to bring you DAY FOUR’s amazing prizeThe fourth prize of this amazing competition is one for the gentlemen of Donegal – a €200 Voucher for Watson Menswear Letterkenny!This is the perfect chance to get suited and booted for the party season, with €200 to spend on a fabulous range of smart and casual clothing. Watson Menswear are one of Donegal’s leading stockists in many men’s brands, with labels such as Wrangler, Superdry, Mish Mash, Duck and Cover, Kangol, Guide London, Bewley and Ritch and many more.With an excellent range of men’s smart and casual clothing and footwear, ladies Superdry, boys clothing and selected schoolwear, Watson Menswear cater to everyone. Visit www.facebook.com/WatsonMenswear to see their latest styles.How to EnterThis competition is open to all our readers, and there are multiple ways to enter. Each entry on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Email counts as one, so the more you do the more chances you have of being the lucky winner.This competition is open from 5pm today (Wednesday, 7th December) to 12noon Friday (9th December).Here’s how you can enter on all Donegal Daily and Donegal Woman platforms:Facebook: Find the competition post pinned to the top of the Donegal Daily or the Donegal Woman Facebook page.LIKE the postLIKE the Donegal Daily and the Donegal Woman Facebook pageSHARE the postTAG a friendTwitter:Visit @donegaldaily and @dglwomanRETWEET the competition tweet pinned at the top of the pageFOLLOW @donegaldaily and @dglwomanInstagram:Visit @donegaldaily or @donegalwomanLIKE ♥ the competition image for Watson MenswearFOLLOW @donegaldaily and @donegalwomanEmail:Simply send a mail to email@example.comPut WATSON MENSWEAR GIVEAWAY in the subject titleTerms & conditions apply. Good luck! Get a super stylish prize on DAY FOUR of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways! was last modified: December 7th, 2016 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:CHristmasCompetiton
Two people have been rescued from a drifting yacht off the coast of Killybegs.The Killybegs Coast Guard confirmed they were tasked to the yacht one nautical mile south-west of Killybegs harbour by Malin Head Coast Guard yesterday.The Coast Guard launched its RIB and made their way to the vessel before taking it under tow and returning the yacht and the two people to Killybegs small craft harbour. A spokesperson for the Coast Guard confirmed those on board had their lifejackets on which were fitted with PLB (personal location beacons).After the vessel was secured, Killybegs Coast Guard and its shore team were stood down.Coast Guard rescue drifting yacht was last modified: July 2nd, 2018 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:donegalKillybegsrescuetowYacht
Of the many news items that cross the CEH desk, many are noteworthy but go unreported due to lack of time. Here are a few that deserve honorable mention lest they pass into oblivion.Cosmology: Dark future – Several sources like Science Now and Space.com commented on the dark future of the universe if cosmic acceleration continues to tear the universe apart. It’s not just a heat death any more. Hundreds of billions of years from now, the story goes, galaxies will recede from our horizon, making us feel very alone before we freeze to death. Christians might find it interesting to compare this eschatology with their own.Astronomy: Venerable star – Is this star really 13.2 billion years old? That’s what scientists at ESA said (see also National Geographic). They called a star in our Milky Way a “galactic fossil” and claim it was born not long after the big bang. The fact that it contains heavy elements means that, according to theory, even earlier stars had to form first, live, die and explode to provide the ingredients. The dating methods are indirect, naturally. Stars don’t have birth certificates. Nobody seemed to question the estimate.Cell biology: Tar babies – Imagine cells that can thrive in gooey asphalt. That’s what biologists have found in the famed La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, reported EurekAlert.Zoology: Frog pharmacy – Why would God create highly poisonous frogs? Maybe He didn’t. An article on National Geographic says that the poison on frog skin, made of alkaloids, comes from mites they eat. Certain species of frogs seem to have been able to tolerate the alkaloids and shuttle them onto their skin. The mites pick up the alkaloids from leaf litter. Some frogs end up tasting bitter, and some are highly poisonous. The toxicity, therefore, may have been a consequence of a natural concentrating process that did not add any new information to the genome of the frogs or the mites. In a related story, National Geographic said that juices in frog skin might provide an ideal bug repellant. The reporter wrote, “‘frog skin is really a portable pharmacy’ full of chemicals for keeping the amphibians healthy.”Planetary science: Enceladus friction – a new theory for how Enceladus produces geysers was offered in Nature and echoed in EurekAlert, National Geographic and Space.com. The idea is that tidal forces open and close the “tiger stripes” or cracks in the southern hemisphere, producing heat like rubbing your hands together. This might permit a geysering mechanism without water (which, National Geographic lamented, might decrease the odds for life). The paper did not address how long this mechanism could last, nor why the other nearby moons are not so affected.Genetics: Music of the proteins – Someone at UCLA decided to put proteins to music, reported EurekAlert. The website allows visitors to download MP3 files and listen to them. Amino acids were assigned chord values and the sequences were played in tune. Listeners can judge whether this makes any scientific sense.Climate: Global historic warming – Evidence for a “megadrought” in the 12th century has been deduced from tree rings in the Colorado Plateau, reported EurekAlert. The U of Arizona researcher was surprised by how deep and long it lasted. He said it “could be an analogue for what we could expect in a warmer world.” It is doubtful the American Indians were burning coal and gasoline at the time, so don’t blame them. Incidentally, prolonged droughts have been suggested as reasons for the decline of the Anasazi. Their cliffside remains scattered throughout the southwestern United States were left abandoned en masse.Marine biology: Cold treasure trove – Scientists were amazed to find a rich, diverse ecology under Antarctic ice. The Live Science article was published widely. Evolutionists thought that harsh environments would produce less biodiversity. See also the National Geographic report with pictures.Marine biology: – Demise greatly exaggerated – Another Coelacanth was pulled up in Indonesia, reported PhysOrg. This classic living fossil species that was thought to have gone extinct in the time of the dinosaurs was found alive in 1938. Since coelacanths live in deep, cold waters, they normally do not survive after capture for more than a couple of hours. This one lived 17 hours. Their bony fins, once thought to be evolving into limbs for land travel, are used for swimming: “The powerful predator is highly mobile with limb-like fins, and it gives birth to live young rather than laying eggs.” The report in National Geographic has a photo of the fish and fisherman.This shows just a little of the material that must be sifted to bring you Creation-Evolution Headlines daily. For every article reported, typically several dozen others are examined. Every once in awhile we need to “clear the desk” to prepare for new stories coming in. We hope you appreciate this service; write here if you have a comment.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
In many southern states, it’s common for an HVAC contractor to install an air handler and ductwork in a vented unconditioned attic. In July, the attic temperature rises to 120°F. Perhaps the homeowner, irritated by his hot bedroom and concerned about his high electricity bills, sticks his head through the attic access hatch, and nearly faints. It’s a sauna up there.One solution to this problem is to convert the vented unconditioned attic to an unvented conditioned attic by applying spray foam to the underside of the roof sheathing. That’s a good solution, because it brings the attic air handler and attic ductwork into the home’s conditioned space, but the price tag is very high.So the homeowner thinks of a different solution, and posts a question on GBA: Can I build a mechanical room with insulated walls in my attic, so that the air handler is (more or less) in conditioned space?I usually advise, “That’s a bad idea.” Let’s investigate why. The many features of a mechanical room First of all, let’s describe the features of an adequate mechanical room. It needs to have an insulated floor, walls, and ceiling, and these assemblies need to be relatively airtight. The walls should be finished with 5/8-inch drywall. The room needs to be big enough to allow maintenance workers to access the equipment comfortably, and to swap failed equipment with new equipment when necessary.Can you create this type of mechanical room in an attic? Sometimes, but not always. What are the hurdles?Let’s say you’ve addressed these hurdles. Your attic has a generously sized access hatch, and you don’t have any furnaces or water heaters up there — just an air handler… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members
A flame retardant introduced in 2011 as an environmentally safer alternative for polystyrene insulation can break down in the presence of sunlight and heat into chemicals that are potentially harmful to the environment, a group of German researchers said in a published report. In an article in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, the researchers said they had tested a flame retardant called Polymeric FR. The compound was designed to replace hexabromocyclodecane (HBCD) in extruded and expanded polystyrene (XPS and EPS) foam insulation. Both are commonly used in residential construction. Polymeric FR, developed by Dow Chemical, has a higher molecular weight than HBCD, making it less likely to travel in the environment and was therefore considered safer. But a team led by Christoph Koch of the University of Duisburg-Essen said Dow hadn’t considered that the new compound might degrade into other chemicals whose long-term behavior in the environment wasn’t clear.RELATED ARTICLESChoosing Rigid FoamRigid Foam InsulationCalifornia Law Addresses Fire Retardants in HomesMaking Healthier, Greener Foam Insulation Koch and his colleagues subjected the chemical to UV radiation and temperatures of 140°F, conditions which they said could be replicated over the course of the insulation’s lifetime. “To the best of our knowledge, all government risk evaluations until now focused on the polymer itself without considering possible degradation products,” the report notes. Exposure to heat and sunlight, it adds, “could result in smaller molecules with a different mobility and toxic potential.” Results of the study were first reported in Environmental Health News. The study is attacked as unfair and inaccurate Dow came out swinging. In a letter to Koch and in a statement posted at a Dow Dupont website, the company called results of the study technically flawed and accused Koch of being less than forthright about his employment with a competing insulation maker. Dow also criticized Environmental Health News for the way it reported the story, claiming the website failed to recognize the “serious flaws” in Koch’s work. “EHN further compounded the study authors’ glaring omission by reporting uncritically on their conclusions without doing even the most basic due diligence,” Dow’s statement said. “The result, whether by error or intention, is highly slanted reporting that is indistinguishable from outright advocacy.” Dow’s letter to Koch cited “serious ethical concerns” about the study. The title page of the study notes Koch’s connection with Dow competitor Deutsche Rockwool GmbH & Co., the German subsidiary of Rockwool International. But, Dow says, Koch said in a footnote to the article that he had no competing financial interest that would affect his work. Rockwool is a competing product to the EPS and XPS insulation used in construction. Dow also wrote to Environmental Science & Technology, denouncing Koch’s “ulterior motives” and citing what it said were technical inaccuracies. Dow said it wanted an “expression of regret” for Koch’s lack of disclosure and space in the magazine to “set the record straight.” Asked about his ties with Rockwool, Koch said in an email that he started the research before taking a part-time job with the company as he pursued his PhD. “During the whole project, there was no funding received from this company or any other source,” Koch wrote. “All the work that I have contributed for this publication has been done outside of my paid labour time for Deutsche Rockwool GmbH & Co. KG — thus in my private time. No facilities of this company have been used and no information regarding this publication has been exchanged.” Koch also said he had shared the results of his work with Dow prior to publication. “Yes, we had contact with Dow,” his email said. “We informed them about our work before submitting the manuscript to the journal Environmental Science and Technology. There were no major disagreements about our findings.” Brian Bienkowski, senior editor at Environmental Health News and the author of the January 9 story, said in an email that EHN contacted Dow as soon as the Koch study was published. “Rather than make a scientist or representative available to speak, they immediately made these posts disparaging the study and the story,” Bienkowski wrote. “While we updated the story with their statements and concerns about the study, they still have not made a scientist — or anyone — available for us to talk to. I offered to talk on the phone or even meet in person. “We stand by the accuracy of our reporting on the study and find it regretful that Dow will not engage with journalists but, rather, chooses to attack them,” he said. A “next generation” flame retardant Polymeric FR was developed because of the environmental and health risks of HBCD. Dow Global Technologies announced in 2011 that its Dow Chemical Company subsidiary had invented Polymeric FR and said that it expected the compound to become the “next generation industry standard” flame retardant for both XPS and EPS. It was commercialized as Bluedge Polymeric Flame Retardant Technology. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a 2014 assessment that Polymeric FR was the best of the few available options to replace HBCD in polystyrene building insulation. North American producers of XPS and EPS have since switched to Polymeric FR, their respective trade associations said. Roughly 52 million pounds of Polymeric FR are produced each year. In an email, Koch said conditions causing the flame retardant to break down occur in hot attics or after the foam has been landfilled. But the research is far from conclusive. “We have not studied the toxicity of these smaller molecules,” Koch added, “and there is almost no scientific information available about them. Previous studies suggest that flame retardants — which are used in building insulation (this is different for flame retardants which are for instance used in textiles) generally do not immediately affect building occupants, but can end up in the environment and enter the food chain.” Koch also said their research focused on the flame retardant itself, without the “surrounding polystyrene matrix” of the insulation — a point Dow also makes. In other words, researchers tested the chemical, not polystyrene treated with the chemical. That, he said, might affect its degradation process. The only known use for Polymeric FR is in EPS and XPS, Koch said. It’s not used as a fire retardant in textiles, electronics, or furniture upholstery. Asked whether Polymeric FR is a better option than HBCD, Koch said it wasn’t possible to say based on the limited knowledge that’s currently available. “As the U.S. EPA and others stated, the long-term behaviour of ‘Polymeric FR’ is largely unknown,” Koch said. “It seems however indeed possible, that the development of ‘Polymeric FR’ is a step in the right direction. But certainly more research is know to give a solid reply to this question. “To underline this: Hundreds of peer-reviewed studies have been published for HBCD (and we still have open questions),” he added, “but there are not even ten studies for ‘Polymeric FR.’ ” Publication responds Environmental Science & Technology is a publication of the American Chemical Society, a Washington, D.C.-based organization with more than 150,000 members worldwide. GBA asked the publication for comment on Dow’s demands and received a written statement from Glenn S. Ruskin, ACS vice president for external affairs and communications. “Be assured that ACS takes all expressions of concern very seriously,” the statement reads. “When such concerns are raised, ACS editorial staff will look into them, but will not comment while the review is ongoing. Regarding the scientific content of the manuscript in this particular case, ACS editorial staff contacted the authors, who have confirmed that the paper accurately discloses potential conflict of interests.”
The National Conference has decided not to take part in the recently announced local body polls in Jammu and Kashmir, alleging a nefarious attempt to roll back Article 35A. It, however, left a small window open if the Centre took active steps to defend Article 35 A, which gives the State legislature the right to decide who are permanent residents to confer on them special rights. The core group of the NC took the decision at a meeting chaired by Farooq Abdullah.