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Killybegs mourns sad passing of club president Pasty McGowan

first_imgThe Killybegs community and the wider Donegal GAA family is in mourning following the sad passing yesterday of Killybegs GAA president Pasty McGowan. The club have expressed their condolences to Mr McGowan’s wife Meave, children Stephen, Martin, Kevin, Catriona and Carolann.A guard of honour was held yesterday afternoon at Patsy’s home address on the Donegal Road, Killybegs.Killybegs GAA members wore their club colours in Pasty’s honour.Mr McGowan’s removal will occur on Thursday, July 11 at 10:30am to St Mary’s Church Killybegs for 11am funeral mass. Killybegs mourns sad passing of club president Pasty McGowan was last modified: August 18th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Makana Football founders honoured

first_imgA scene from More Than Just a Game, a film that told the story of ex-political prisoners Mark Shinners, Anthony Suze, Lizo Sitoto, Sedick Isaacs and Marcus Solomon. (Image: More Than Just a Game) Fifa honoured Makana FA founders in 2007 by making the association its honorary member. (Image: Fifa) Minister Tokyo Sexwale kicking a ball in Ekangala recently, reminding himself of his playing days in Robben Island. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Chris Johnston Media Officer De Montfort University +44 116 207 8010 RELATED ARTICLES • Top honour for Bafana captain • National Orders recipients named • Chancellor House to honour icons • South Africa: a top film locationBongani NkosiPlaying football was a form of escapism for Robben Island’s political prisoners, bringing them temporary relief from their incarceration by the apartheid government.More than 300 men used to gather at the grounds on the island to play their favourite sport in a league administrated by Makana Football Association, which was formed and run by the prisoners.Now the UK’s De Montfort University is to honour four struggle heroes who campaigned to bring the Beautiful Game to the island in the mid-1960s, then a hard labour prison.Mark Shinners, Sedick Isaacs, Lizo Sitoto and Marcus Solomon, icons from both the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania and the African National Congress, will be honoured with the Companionship of De Montfort University at a graduation ceremony in Leicester on 22 July 2011.The university will honour the four in recognition of the role they played in “giving new hope to the prisoners of the notorious Robben Island, through playing the popular game”, it said.Besides a gala dinner at the university, the group will also be treated to tours of the world-famous Wembley Stadium and Houses of Parliament in London. The South African High Commission will also honour them at South Africa House in Trafalgar Square. It took the men three years to convince apartheid officials to allow prisoners, some then only in their 20s, to play football on the island. At first the men were punished for making such an appeal, and had to go a weekend without food.Running Makana FAThe Makana Football Association was founded after authorities relented in 1967. A disciplinary committee, as well as a referees’ union, were formed as part of the association.Up to 27 teams competed in the league, which stuck to stringent Fifa guidelines. The international federation honoured its founders in 2007 by making Makana Association an honorary member.While Rivonia Treason Trialists including Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and Ahmed Kathrada were barred from participating and even watching matches, then-youngsters like Jacob Zuma, Tokyo Sexwale and the four De Montfort University honoraries took to the field as players.Today Zuma is president of South Africa and Sexwale the minister of human settlements.“We were also young at that time, full of energy, and we needed to expend that energy,” Sitoto said in an interview published on the Fifa website in 2007.“We wanted to get closer to one another because we were in different areas of the prison, and one way to do this was through sport.”The political activists treated the football association “not just as an escape from the relentless and exhaustive regime on the island, but as a practice at running a government”, noted De Montfort University.Visiting Professor Charles Korr at the university’s International Centre for Sports History and Culture has documented in detail the story of the four unsung heroes. He co-authored the book More Than Just a Game and co-produced a film of the same title. “(Football) helped them to retain their sense of dignity and to continue the fight to create a free, non-racist South Africa,” Korr said in a statement.“Winning the right to play football and successfully maintaining a league gave them one link to the pleasures of ordinary life before imprisonment,” he added. The road to the 2010 Fifa World Cup, which was successfully held in South Africa, actually started on Robben Island, local organising committee boss Danny Jordaan commented recently.last_img read more

Test Driving the New Brattleboro Food Co-op Building

first_imgThe new Brattleboro Food Co-op building with affordable housing on the top two floors is nearly completed, and we’ll be shopping there in just a week or two. So, how did the building turn out? Were the goals achieved? Are the mechanical systems going to work as intended? How effectively was the building envelope constructed?We won’t know the answers to all of these questions for a while, but we do now know about one key measure of performance: the airtightness of the envelope. When most commercial buildings are completed (as well as houses, for that matter) there is no testing of airtightness. There should be. Through pressure-testing of a building, one learns all sorts of things about how well it was built and how tightly windows and doors keep out drafts, and how effectively various dampers on mechanical equipment perform.Last Thursday evening I assisted two friends, Andy Shapiro of Energy Balance, Inc. in Montpelier, Vermont (the energy and environmental consultant on the Co-op project) and building scientist Terry Brennan of Camroden Associates in Westmoreland, New York, as well as Gary Swindler from Efficiency Vermont, carry out comprehensive blower-door testing of the building. Remarkably tightAir leakage measurements were taken of the whole building both by pressurizing it and by depressurizing it and then those two values were averaged — showing about 6,200 cubic feet per minute of air leakage at a 50 pascal difference in pressure (abbreviated as cfm50). The measurement made through depressurization (sucking air out of the building) came in significantly lower (5,900 cfm50), because when you depressurize, windows and dampers tend to be sucked more tightly closed.When reported in cfm per square foot of building shell at 50 pascals (a common way to report air tightness), the air leakage for the entire building (excluding the first floor slab) was 0.12 cfm50/ft2. For the Co-op store and offices only (the first two floors) that air leakage was 0.18 cfm50/ft2 and for the apartments alone the leakage was 0.041 cfm50/ft2. If you include the first floor slab area in that assessment, the air leakage for the entire building was lower: 0.09 cfm50/ft2 of shell. All of these are very respectable numbers — especially for such a large building.The measured results met the airtightness goals that Andy had set for the 47,500 square-foot building, so he was pleased. He attributed the good performance in part to a complete air barrier that was provided for the building using a special type of oriented strand-board (OSB) sheathing that includes a barrier layer (the Zip system) and to the high-quality dampers on mechanical equipment that the engineers specified.The quality of workmanship also played a huge role — even with good specifications, poor workmanship can result in poor performance. “The builders really took this seriously and it shows in the results,” Andy told me. “They deserve lots of credit.” A blower door is a special frame with one or two large fans in it that is tightly mounted in an exterior door frame. By operating the fan and measuring how much airflow is required to maintain a certain pressure differential between the interior and exterior, the air tightness of the building can be measured.It’s a pretty complicated process with a big building, but it was called for in the Co-op design specifications. After the construction workers had ended their work day on Thursday, we installed two blower doors in the building: one in a store entry door on the north side of the building (facing the old building) and another in an entry door that leads into the two floors of housing on the other corner of the building (facing Canal Street). Each of these blower doors was fitted with two fans.Before the testing could begin, various openings were sealed, such as mechanical dampers, doorways where weatherstripping hadn’t yet been installed, and the lift on the loading dock. And water traps on sinks and toilets either had to be filled with water or taped off so that the depressurization of the building wouldn’t pull sewer gases into the building. Fortunately, Andy, Terry, and Gary knew exactly what they were doing. RELATED ARTICLES Blower Door Basics Blower Door Testers WantedHow Much Air Leakage in Your Home Is Too Much?How to Get Good Blower-Door Results The future of envelope commissioningThe testing that was carried out at the Co-op last week is a relatively new thing. Some form of “commissioning” (testing of the building components and systems before occupancy) is almost always done with large, complex buildings, but envelope commissioning with blower doors to measure airtightness and identify problems is relatively new.The envelope commissioning process really should begin during building design, when the specifications of various components and systems are examined relative to their likely impact on airtightness. Through meetings with the contractor, tweaks are often made to the design to ensure that airtightness features are really buildable — that’s an advantage of integrated design, in which the contractor participates in some of the design process.In addition to the entire-building testing that was done last Thursday, Andy conducted a number of airtightness measurements during construction. He tested window installation tightness both on a mock-up and on three installed windows, tested a corner of the building at the top floor, and conducted inter-apartment air leakage testing twice during construction. Compartmentalization is an important part of air sealing in multifamily buildings — to reduce air infiltration caused by the stack effect or wind, to reduce cross-unit smells and sound migration, and enhance safety should there ever be a fire.I was incredibly impressed with this process of airtightness testing at the Brattleboro Food Co-op. It makes me feel good that the place where my wife and I shop for nearly all of our food is at the leading edge not only of energy-efficient green design, but also with the process of envelope commissioning.In future columns I’ll report on some of the innovative features that are incorporated into our Co-op building. Digging deeper into the building performanceBy manipulating the two blower doors in a way I couldn’t quite figure out, Andy and Terry were able to determine that of the total 6,200 cfm50 air leakage, only 940 cfm50 (15%) was attributed to the two floors of apartments, even though those apartments account for a third of the surface area of the building. As expected, the store, with all of its connections to the outdoors (entry doors, loading dock, mechanical systems, etc.) account for the bulk of the air leakage.After collecting the baseline air tightness data with everything sealed off, Andy and Terry were able to unmask various mechanical dampers, vents, and the loading dock lift to see how significant the changes were. By doing this they learned a lot about the building. The main kitchen range hood accounts for 1,000 cfm50 (when the fan is not operating!), while a smaller pizza ventilation hood accounts for another 300 cfm50.Andy, Terry, and Gary (with a helper from general contractor Baybutt Construction) worked late into the night collecting this data, not finishing up until after 1 a.m. I had bailed out earlier to deal with some writing deadlines, but heard the results from Andy the next morning.Both Andy and Terry were pleased with the information they collected. “We got a very nice data set,” Andy told me. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. He also coauthored BuildingGreen’s special report on windows that just came out. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed.last_img read more

Trade Contractor Management: Creating Programs That Work

first_imgWay back when I was a contractor, I always found it useful to develop well-organized systems to use in running our business. Whenever I was asked the same question twice, it was time to create standards and procedures for employees and trade contractors to refer to.I called these the gifts that kept on giving: once you had them you could stop trying to remember what you said the last time and just refer people to the appropriate documents. Eventually they learn, and the questions become less frequent.Now, these gifts don’t come easily. They almost always take time to put together, troubleshoot, revise, implement, and then, most importantly, make sure that everyone uses them properly and consistently. There is nothing worse that putting together a great program only to have it ignored and abandoned. Procedures must be effective, efficient, and usedAs a manager, it is your job to create effective policies and procedures – ones that work and produce measurable results – and to enforce compliance with them throughout the company. Company policies and procedures that don’t improve your productivity, comply with legal requirements, or provide you with information you can use are busy work and should be scrapped. Good policies and procedures that are ignored deprive you of increased productivity and data that you need to run your business better.One of the best procedures we developed at my firm, SawHorse, Inc., was a trade contractor management program. At the time we put this together, we were running about 25 to 30 projects at any one time with six project managers and a small field staff of carpenters and laborers, the majority of our work being performed by trade contractors.We needed a way to get both consistent quality work and manage the flow of information from proposals to invoices to payments smoothly. We already had in place good policies for invoicing and payments – invoices were due by a specific day and time every two weeks and checks were issued the week following receipt of invoices. We had moved from weekly payments to bi-monthly, saving our accounting department a lot of time and effort in the process. Click here to read the next article in this series RELATED ARTICLES Trade Contractor Management — Part 2Trade Contractor Management — Part 3Trade Contractor Management — Part 4Trade Contractor Management — Part 5 Deciding to decideWhat we didn’t have, however, was as good, consistent set of specifications for our trade contractors’ work, nor did we have a good process to inspect and confirm that the work was being done properly. We decided that we needed to fill this gap and made the decision to devote the time and energy to making it happen.In setting out to create a system to manage our trade contractors, we outlined a program that included standard written construction specifications and a set of steps that required trade contractors to inspect their own work as well as have it inspected by our project managers prior to payments being released.Putting this system together was no small feat – it took several months and hundreds of hours of work. We came up with a set of checklists and a written policy that we used to manage our trade contractors. We explained it, announced it in advance, used it for a test period, made some adjustments, and successfully implemented it quickly and with a minimum amount of disruption.This article is the first in a series that will cover the steps we took putting this system in place, hiccups in the process, a detailed discussion of how the system works, and suggestions on how to create a process like this in your own company. If you just can’t wait to get started on your own trade contractor management program, GBA Pro members can download the full set of checklists here. If you are not a GBA Pro member, and do not want to become one, you can go to my website and buy the full set of checklists. The set includes 26 individual checklists for most standard residential construction trades in Excel format along with a suggested procedure. You can personalize and edit each page as you see fit.last_img read more

London Olympics: Podobedova wins 4th gold for Kazakhstan in women’s 75kg weightlifting

first_imgSvetlana Podobedova won Olympic gold for Kazakhstan by the narrowest of margins on Friday, edging out Russia’s Natalya Zabolotnaya in the women’s 75kg weightlifting by virtue of lighter body weight. Podobedova and Zabolotnaya both broke the Olympic record with totals of 291 kg, with the Russian setting down a new Olympic best of 131 kg in the snatch and Podobedova setting a new Olympic record of 161 kg in the clean and jerk. Podobedova was born in Russia and represented that country until she was stripped of her 2006 world junior title for doping, after which she switched allegiance to Kazakhstan. “I am grateful I could compete. In 2008 Russia didn’t allow me to go to Beijing but Kazhakstan gave me a chance. I started training for this slowly, and this gold is for Kazhakstan,” she said. “I just wished for it so much. I have been working towards this all my life.” Official results show the total Olympic record awarded to Zabolotnaya, who only joined the Russian team last week after Oksana Slivenko withdrew with injury. Belarusian lifter Iryna Kulesha was a distant third with a total of 269 kg. Podobedova’s victory brings Kazakhstan its fourth gold of the games and third in women’s weightlifting, after Zulfiya Chinshanlo won the 53kg category and Maiya Maneza took victory in the 63kg event.last_img read more

Nuno, Yanks, Rocked By A’s, 10-5

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. — Carlos Beltran rediscovered his power stroke. One inning later, the Yankees slugger forgot how many outs there were.It was that kind of day for New York, which takes a two-game losing streak into a key series with division-leading Toronto this week.Beltran homered for the first time since coming off the disabled list in the Yankees’ 10-5 loss to the Oakland Athletics on June 15. But the veteran also was called out on a strange play in the eighth inning when he lost track of the outs.With one out and the A’s ahead 10-3, Beltran hit a grounder to short that was turned into a forceout at second. After crossing the bag at first, Beltran trotted toward New York’s first-base dugout. He got halfway there before heading back toward first, but was tagged in foul territory.“I thought there were two outs,” said Beltran, adding it was the first time in his big league career he’d been called out after losing track of the outs. “It was too late to go back.”Umpire Dan Iassogna made the call and Yankees Manager Joe Girardi came onto the field for a brief discussion. By rule 7.08, Beltran was out for “abandoning” the base.“It’s an embarrassing play,” Girardi said. “It’s probably happened to all of us. A lot of times it’s more that you slow up running to the bag as opposed to peeling off. It’s a lot more glaring when that happens.”Derek Norris and Coco Crisp hit early three-run homers off New York starter Vidal Nuno (1-3). Nuno, who had allowed only three earned runs total over his previous two outings, allowed eight runs and eight hits in three-plus innings.“It was pretty much not making adjustments,” Nuno said. “They got some little hits here and there and then it was just one pitch, bang. Those two innings, it was a little frustrating not getting ahead of the count and they took advantage.”The A’s had been held to one run or fewer in four of their previous nine games before taking a 10-0 lead in four innings.Yoenis Cespedes drove in two runs and Josh Donaldson snapped an 0-for-33 slump with an RBI single. Jessee Chavez (6-4) carried a shutout into the sixth.With the second-best record in the majors behind San Francisco, the A’s have won three of four and are off to their best start in nearly 25 years.Chavez blanked the Yankees until Derek Jeter doubled in the sixth and scored on Mark Teixeira’s two-out single. Oakland’s right-hander was stellar otherwise, allowing five hits over six innings with four strikeouts.Beltran homered off reliever Ryan Cook in the seventh. “I felt good, I felt rhythm at the plate,” Beltran said. “It was pretty positive the way I felt. Hopefully I can build from that.”Brett Gardner also homered for New York, hitting a two-run shot in the ninth. The Yankees put two more runners on base after that against struggling reliever Jim Johnson, and Luke Gregerson came on for the last out.Jeter played his last scheduled game at the Coliseum and received a lengthy ovation from the sold-out crowd that included several thousand fans decked out in Yankees jerseys.The retiring shortstop was given a bottle of Northern California wine during a pregame ceremony and received a financial donation from the A’s for his Turn 2 Foundation.The Coliseum is the site of one of Jeter’s most memorable plays, the backhanded flip to the plate that helped save the Yankees in the 2001 playoffs. Jeter hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the seventh before being replaced by Brendan Ryan in the bottom half of the inning.(MICHAEL WAGAMAN, Associated Press)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Australian Camp Diary – Peter Norman

first_imgFollowing last weekend’s training camp in Parkes, Australian Men’s Open player, Peter Norman tells us about how the camp went, what the team got up to in Parkes and how the team is feeling in the lead up to the 2013 Trans Tasman Series. For those who don’t know me, my name’s Peter Norman and I’m from the Gold Coast and play for SQBD Sharks. I made my Open’s debut for the Australian Mixed Open side in Auckland at the 2010 Trans Tasman, then in 2011 I had to withdraw from the Mixed Open World Cup side due to Rugby League commitments with the Titans under 20’s. At the start of this year I was again chosen in the Mixed Open squad however I wasn’t selected in the final side to play against New Zealand in Mudgee. Even though at the time it felt like a massive kick in the guts, in hindsight this was exactly what I needed to take my game to the next level. After speaking with various coaches and getting feedback, I worked hard on fixing the flaws in my game in order to try and reach my goal of representing my country at the Men’s Open level. When I found out that I had made the final side I was so stoked and I owe Trady and Sfeirsy big time for putting their faith in my abilities come game time in February.Over the weekend our Men’s Open team and the Mixed side had a training camp in Parkes. On Friday I was the last to fly into Sydney, arriving at 7.00pm before hopping straight on the bus where everyone was already waiting. The six hour bus trip to Parkes flew past thanks to Phil Dunphy’s (Dan Withers) bus driving skills as well as Ziade’s pranks and Stowey’s stories keeping everyone entertained on the way out. We arrived at Parkes at 1.00am and everyone was ready to go straight to sleep after hearing Trady and Sfeirsy’s golf story for the 100th time.  After breakfast on Saturday morning the boys headed out to the fields to conduct a coaching clinic for the Parkes juniors. It was a great turn up with teams from the under 12’s, 14’s, 16’s, and 18’s Boys and under 14’s and 16’s Firls. The coaching clinic seemed like a great success and all of the kids had an awesome time and hopefully took something home from it. Highlights from the coaching clinic included crowd favourite, Georgie (Jonathon Palau) getting swamped by all of the kids in Parkes enough to make Justin Beiber jealous, Ziade teaching his under 16’s Girls how to cheat in offside Touch because they were getting carved by the immaculately drilled under 14’s Girls coached by Stuey Brierty and myself. Another highlight was thinking we had lost Goody for a couple of hours until we realised he was actually coaching the under 12’s and wasn’t a part of the team. Captain Steve Roberts even made a late appearance once the UV rays had settled down to an appropriate level only to find that Ranga (Ben Moylan) had used up all five litres of the sunscreen. After running the kids through various drills and games we escaped the heat and had a lunch break in the shade with the Parkes Touch club providing the food and Matt Tope’s nose providing the shade. After lunch we got down to business and went back to the hotel to have a video session. Once we finished the video session everyone came out on the same page and knew what direction we wanted to go in so it was time to put it to practice. We headed back out to the fields to have a run against the Mixed team to work on what we had just talked about and also to put on a show for the kids to see what Touch is like at the elite level. The game was fast paced and ensured both teams came out of it with things to work on over the rest of the weekend. After the game finished we trained for another hour or so then headed back to the hotel for some much needed R&R.At 7.00pm we had a private dinner, which we were privileged to have the mayor of Parkes attend and speak at. On Sunday we were up bright and early (except master splinter aka Dyl Thompson who missed breakfast because it takes him two hours to brush his teeth). After another awesome breakfast put on by Ace and Beryl, we were off to the fields to work on our line attack and line defence. The boys put in a massive effort in the 5000 degree heat leaving nothing in the tank. After a solid training session Trady was happy with where the team is at so we pulled up stumps and headed back to the hotel for showers. As Dylan Thompson and myself are the only two debutants in the side on arrival back at the hotel we received our official welcome into the team, which was an experience in itself to say the least. After everybody was showered up and ready to go we grabbed a quick feed and began the drive back to Sydney.Overall the camp was a great success and a lot of fun was had by all involved. As a team the boys are as pumped as ever to keep the winning tradition continuing and we are by no means taking the New Zealand side lightly as we’re more than aware of their capabilities, especially on home turf.  I’d also like to thank Wayne Grant and Cathy Gray as well as everyone at TFA for all their efforts in the elite program and in making this camp happen. On behalf of the Men’s Open side I would like to say a huge thanks to Ace from the Comfort Inn for putting up with us and always ensuring we had everything we needed. As well as a huge thanks to Al and his sideburns for helping organise and run the camp, we appreciate it mate!Related LinksCamp Diary – Pete Normanlast_img read more