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People urged to comment on Draft Concrete Blocks Assessment Standard

Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows The National Standards Authority of Ireland is today, issuing a new draft protocol for the assessment of buildings damaged by defective concrete blocks.The draft standard is one of the reccomendations set out in the Expert Panel Report which was published last June and outlines a protocol which will be used to assess and categorise the damage in the 5000 homes in Donegal and Mayo effected by Mica and Pyrite.The draft standard is now going out to public consultation with the closing date for submissions, July 18th.NSAI Standards Technical Officer is Yvonne Wylde:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/wyldghghghe1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The Draft Concrete Blocks Assessment Standard is available on the NSAI’s website. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – June 6, 2018 AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th People urged to comment on Draft Concrete Blocks Assessment Standard Google+ Facebook FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Previous articleArthur Lynch says USL Play Off is very hard to callNext articleDuffy hails Foyle Cup ‘Opportunity’ News Highland Pinterest Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction read more

Letters to the Editor for Monday, Dec. 23

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionStefanik defense of Trump ignores plot In explaining her “no” vote on impeachment Dec. 18, Rep. Elise Stefanik said that the case against the president was “easily disproven” because security assistance and aid was eventually provided to Ukraine and because there was no investigation into the Bidens conducted.Trump didn’t get the result he wanted, so he’s off the hook?For those watching holiday reruns, it’s like arguing that the burglars in “Home Alone” didn’t commit any crimes because they didn’t succeed in making off with any of the McCallisters’ stuff.Like Harry and Marv, the president and Giuliani bungled their operation and got burned and humiliated as a result.But their failures don’t exonerate them of the crimes they did commit.Extortion, solicitation and conspiracy are crimes themselves, whether or not they attain desired ends.Stefanik’s “explanation” evades the serious charges in the case. The 2019 Arctic Report card https://arctic.noaa.gov/Report-Card/Report-Card-2019 has just been issued.The report says: “Warming air temperatures are driving changes in the Arctic environment that affect ecosystems and communities on a regional and global scale.”According to Matthew Druckenmiller from the National Snow and Ice Data Center ,“… thawing of permafrost may now be acting to accelerate global climate change.” He indicates that melting permafrost brings about further change as it releases more carbon into the air.We have family in Alaska where we lived in the 1970s and ’80s. What happens there affects us, not just because of the family connection, but because of what it means to our weather here in New York or any of the other places in the country where we have family and friends.When we lived in the Arctic, seeing the amount of ice on the ocean and walking on the permafrost every day made it seem like it would be there forever. Now we know, more than 30 years later, that things were beginning to change even then. We just couldn’t see it.Serious climate changes are happening in faraway places where we can’t see them. That doesn’t mean they aren’t happening.Florence CarnahanSchenectady There have been many sequels to “Home Alone,” but I’d like to see one where Stefanik volunteers to drive a getaway car for Harry and Marv.Janette SchueNiskayunaMcConnell vows not to honor his oathWhen the United States Senate sits as the jury for impeachment, its oath is very different: “I solemnly swear (or affirm) that in all things appertaining to the trial of ____, now pending, I will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws, so help me God.”So, when the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that he is in lock-step with the president, he has violated the oath before he even takes it.Sadly, elected officials are more interested in getting re-elected than doing their jobs and serving the public interest.Bruce S. TrachtenbergNiskayunaThe writer is a former town justice.center_img Climate change not always visible to allIf you look at the globe you can see that it’s round, a facsimile of our planet Earth. There’s no line that stops what happens in one place from impacting what happens in another. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Irish in action at the World Championship

first_imgCiara Doogan from Donegal is first of the Irish in action in the Women’s Junior event over 65 kilometres starting at 3 o’clock our time.Later this evening Cork’s Eddie Dunbar will also be our sole representative in the Men’s Under 23 race which covers 162 kilometres.Michael O Loughlin will hope to make up for his disappointment in the time trial when he takes to the road race tomorrow. The Carrick rider was hit with mechanical problems during the time trial.last_img

Home opener set for Riverhounds inaugural season at Highmark Stadium

first_imgDarren Amoo is entering his first professional season and will add a different dynamic to the Riverhounds attack.  A dominant left-footed player, Amoo is extremely creative, strong and has deceptive pace that will cause problems to most defenders. Amoo played collegiately at Liberty University in Virginia.  In his three seasons at Liberty, Amoo recorded 37 goals in 58 games and earned Big South honors in each year. PITTSBURGH—The Pittsburgh Riverhounds will make soccer history in Pittsburgh on Saturday, April 13, when the Club opens its home season at the new Highmark Stadium against in-state rival, Harrisburg City Islanders. The 2013 USL PRO schedule was recently released, bringing a new level of soccer to the league.Together with Harrisburg, the 14-game home schedule brings back league opponents Rochester Rhinos, Charleston Battery, Richmond Kickers, Charlotte Eagles, Antigua Barracuda FC, Dayton Dutch Lions, Los Angeles Blues, Orlando City, and Wilmington Hammerheads as well as newcomers to the league, Phoenix FC Wolves and VSI Tampa Bay FC. In addition, the Riverhounds will take on Toronto FC Reserves, a Major League Soccer Reserve League team that joins the mix after MLS and USL PRO announced earlier this week a multi-year partnership bringing interleague play between the USL PRO and MLS Reserve League teams.  The collaboration between MLS and USL PRO aims to enhance the development of professional players in North America, strengthen the competition in both leagues, and establish a solid foundation for future collaboration. “The 2013 season marks a major milestone for the Riverhounds as we begin the next chapter at our new home in downtown Pittsburgh. Combined with the partnership with MLS Reserve League teams, we look forward to the excitement this season aims to bring,” said Jason Kutney, CEO and outside defender/midfielder for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. The April 13 match against Harrisburg kicks off the 2013 Keystone Derby, a battle for Pennsylvania bragging rights. For the complete 2013 schedule, visit http://www.riverhounds.com/pro/schedule/Individual and corporate personal seat licenses (PSLs) are on sale now at Highmark Stadium through February 15. Grandstand seats, reserved first for PSL holders, are valid for all Riverhounds home soccer games, and the first option to buy any additional events. Single game tickets and three-game packs will go on sale February 15 through Ticketmaster, the official ticketing company of Highmark Stadium.(For more information on the Riverhounds season, visit www.riverhounds.com.)last_img read more

Manchester United starlet signs new four-year contract

first_imgJames Wilson has signed a new four-year contract at Manchester United after manager Louis van Gaal told the teenage striker he would have to wait until December for a decision on whether he should go out on loan.Van Gaal said earlier this month that he planned to send the 19-year-old out on a temporary basis so the player could get some experience, but he remains at Old Trafford and now, the club have announced, has a fresh contract which runs until 2019, with an option for a further year.The teenager was not in the squad for Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Ipswich in the Capital One Cup, but there is no loan move pending for the striker, Van Gaal confirmed on Friday.Wilson scored two goals on debut against Hull in Ryan Giggs’ interim spell in charge of the club in May 2014, but the striker has started just two league games under Van Gaal.The Dutchman still has faith in the teenager, however.Van Gaal said: “James is one of the brightest young English prospects and we are delighted he has signed a new contract.“He is a very talented forward player and has a keen eye for goal. “His development is continuing in the right direction and it is clear to see that he has a fine future ahead of him.”The academy graduate hopes to continue his development at United over the next few years.He said: “I have been at United since I was seven years old and have thoroughly enjoyed my time here so far. Growing up at the club has been an incredible experience and I feel it stands me in good stead for continuing my development as a Manchester United player.“I am delighted to have signed a new contract and look forward to playing a part in the team for many years to come.” 1 James Wilson last_img read more

TOP Ships Unveils Financing Charter for MR2 Newbuilding

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Athens-based tanker owner and operator TOP Ships has inked a sale and leaseback agreement and a five-year time charter with Cargill International for its MR2 tanker newbuilding.The 50,000 dwt ship (Hull No 8242) is currently under construction at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea.As informed, the deal is expected to be realized on the vessel’s delivery date currently planned for January 2019.Following the sale, TOP Ships will bareboat charter back the vessel and immediately put it on a time charter with Cargill Ocean Transportation. As part of this transaction, the company has continuous options to buy back the vessel during the whole five year sale and leaseback period at the end of which it has to buy it back.The gross proceeds from the sale amount are USD 32.4 million, which is the total amount that remains to be paid for the specific vessel. Additionally, the revenue backlog expected to be generated by the time charter fixture is about USD 27.6 million.“Our strategy of acquiring very high quality vessels has once again been embraced by a top quality charterer. This financing alone covers about one fifth of the capital required in order to take delivery of the three vessels that we acquired during the first quarter of 2018, all of which will be delivered within the first 2 quarters of 2019. We are working very hard to finalize financing for the remaining capital requirements of these vessels in the near future,” Evangelos Pistiolis, the President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Company, said.Earlier this month, the company also agreed time charter employment for two of its Suezmax newbuildings with an undisclosed oil major. The units are being built at Korean yard Hyundai Samho.“As a result of the time charter employment, the total gross revenue backlog for the fixed charter period of our fleet has grown even further to USD 211 million,” Pistiolis added.last_img read more