first_imgDonegal County Council is being urged to reduce a speed limit outside a local primary school.Cllr Jimmy KavanaghLetterkenny Town Councillor Jimmy Kavanagh said he welcomes the confirmation from the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar, that local authorities have the power to reduce speeds, in respect of a national road in an area surrounding a place such as a school.He said he is now calling on the council to address this very serious issue and respond accordingly by implementing a reduction of the road speed limit at Illistrin National School. Deputy Joe McHugh, T.D. “I have been repeatedly raising the issue regarding Illistrin National School and the danger of an exit from the school grounds onto a busy national road. I submitted a Parliamentary Question to Minister Varadkar for clarity regarding the issue of variable speed limits in respect of a national road.“The Minister has confirmed that where is it considered necessary and appropriate, the onus is on local authorities to take responsibility for any special speed limits which they set.”Councillor Jimmy Kavanagh said himself and Deputy McHugh have met with parents from the school as they have been highlighting the dangers for students entering and exiting the school grounds and campaigning for a change to the speed limit and safety for their children.“The important thing is that we avoid anyone getting hurt and we urge Donegal County Council to move swiftly to reduce the speed on the road at the school. “The reduction in speed limits can be periodic to reflect school opening and closing hours and when the school is closed for holidays etc. The setting of special speed limits could also be appropriate at many other National Schools in the county, the safety of our children is paramount” COUNCIL URGED TO USE ITS POWER TO REDUCE SPEED AT ILLISTRIN NS was last modified: February 14th, 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:Cllr Jimmy Kavanaghdeputy joe mchughDonegal County CouncilIllistrin NSspeed limitlast_img read more

first_imgSome of the recent transfer speculation ahead of Tuesday’s deadline. Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion are the latest clubs to be linked with Brentford striker Scott Hogan.On Monday, West London Sport revealed that Crystal Palace had enquired about the 24-year-old, who was the subject of several bids from West Ham.No club has yet matched Brentford’s valuation.However, the Daily Express claims there is now additional competition from West Brom, whose manager Tony Pulis watched the Bees’ FA Cup defeat at Chelsea on Saturday.It also picks up on a tweet from the Daily Telegraph’s Jason Burt, who says there is interest from Brentford’s Championship rivals Villa. Bees linked with BogleEmbed from Getty ImagesBrentford have made enquiries about Grimsby striker Omar Bogle, again according to Sky.Leeds United are also said to have asked about the 24-year-old, who has scored 19 goals this season.Rotherham, who have been discussing the possible sale of Danny Ward to QPR, are reported to have had three bids for Bogle turned down. Mail claim QPR and Fulham want RobinsonEmbed from Getty ImagesQPR and Fulham both want Preston striker Callum Robinson, the Mail reckon.It is claimed that Rangers boss Ian Holloway wants to bid £1.5m for the 21-year-old.Fulham also supposedly want Robinson, who has scored seven goals this season. Bristol Post tout Henry for City moveThe Bristol Post suggest Karl Henry could join Bristol City from QPR in exchange for Luke Freeman.It comes after West London Sport revealed that Rangers are looking to sign Freeman and revealed that Henry has fallen out with boss Ian Holloway.The Post suggest Henry could be a makeweight in a deal to take Freeman to Loftus Road.The contracts of both players are due to expire at the end of the season and Freeman has not signed a new deal he was offered by City. Onuoha also touted for possible moveEmbed from Getty ImagesQPR captain Nedum Onuoha has again been touted for a possible move to Sunderland, this time by the Telegraph.The Mail earlier claimed that Celtic, Sunderland and Olympiacos are showing an interest in Onuoha, that he has a clause in his Rangers contract enabling him to leave on a free transfer and that Sunderland boss David Moyes previously tried to sign him for Everton.Onuoha, who spent the 2010-11 season on loan at Sunderland from Manchester City, has been touted for a move to top-flight clubs during successive transfer windows.The Telegraph say Sunderland are looking into the possibility of taking him back to the Stadium of Light. QPR make McCormack enquiry, Mail reckonQPR have made an enquiry about taking Ross McCormack on loan from Aston Villa, according to the Mail.McCormack has been linked with a return to Fulham but the Whites are not interested in re-signing their former striker.He has failed to impress since his summer move to Villa, whose manager Steve Bruce has criticised him for missing training.It is now claimed that QPR are showing an interest but could struggle to pay McCormack’s wages. Taylor speculationEmbed from Getty ImagesThe Mail also say Bristol Rovers striker Matty Taylor can go for £300,000 and that QPR and Brentford are among the clubs to have been alerted to his availability.The other clubs are Wolves, Sheffield Wednesday and Norwich, the Mail say.Taylor, 26, reportedly has a clause in his Rovers contract allowing him to move this month.QPR boss Ian Holloway recently insisted he would not be interested in taking Taylor to Loftus Road.Holloway said: “He’s a very good player who belongs to Bristol Rovers and I shouldn’t talk about anybody else’s players.“There are a lot of players who step up a level and can score. But it’s about the balance I need – the pace and power to move the ball from back to front sometimes if Idrissa Sylla’s injured.“Have I got anyone who can do that? I’m not so sure I have, and Matty Taylor isn’t really that sort of player.” Luongo reveals Chinese approachesQPR midfielder Massimo Luongo says he receives regular approaches to play in China.Speaking to beIN Sports, Luongo, 24, insisted he was determined to “get to the top” rather than accept potentially huge wages in the Far East.“Probably once a month there’s always someone trying to get me over there — an agent or someone who could probably profit from it as well, but it doesn’t interest me,” Luongo said.“When the figures start flying about it does start to get in my head. Then when I see what my mates are on or Diego Costa or whoever’s flirting with it at the moment.“But I still want to prove myself at the highest level I can here. Leaving (Tottenham) to (join) Swindon on a permanent was the best thing I could have done. Just getting first-team football was what I wanted and I proved myself at that level.“At the moment I’m trying to prove myself at Championship level. I think I’ll be better off if I do that and hopefully get to the top.”QPR want Luongo to sign an improved contract at Loftus Road.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#start#startups Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Just when you thought media darling Spotify was going to be the sexiest music service of the year, music blogging platform MOG is announcing plans to offer a $5 dollar per month, all-you-can-hear music service. In an interview with MOG CEO David Hyman, ReadWriteWeb learned that tomorrow morning the company will announce deals with Universal, Sony, Warner and EMI. While other services are scrambling to sign licensing agreements with the four major US labels, MOG All Access will launch before November 26. It looks like Americans will have plenty to celebrate this Thanksgiving. dana oshiro MOG All Access is a browser-based service that will offer more than 5 million on-demand tracks from a number of major and indie record labels. Similar to Grooveshark the service will require no installation; however, unlike Grooveshark, MOG will not provide a free music service beyond its initial trial period. Says Hyman, “The problem with free services is that if too many people use them, you can’t offset the licensing fees with ad revenue. There’s only so much you can do with advertising, but the subscription model ensures that you’re running something sustainable.”For the cost of five monthly iTunes purchases, users gain access to a huge catalogue of on demand music and music reviews. While MOG’s editorial service and MOGtv channel will remain free to the general public, the subscription service will offer easy access to songs, radio recommendation features and a plethora of popular tunes. Because Hyman has negotiated for full access to files, his service will not be bound by the same streaming radio restrictions as Pandora. Hyman was also excited to announce that mobile device integration with the iPhone and Blackberry is expected before the end of 2009. And if the low cost of the upcoming subscription service isn’t promising enough, MOG’s first mobile release will boast the same offline caching features that make Spotify’s US launch so widely anticipated. With data from more than 700 of the top music blogs and an editorial lineup that already draws more than 9.5 million unique monthly visitors, MOG’s recommendation service will offer more than just your run-of-the-mill selection. The community of music mavens appears poised for total noise domination and if competitors are smart, they’ll fire back before the new year. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_imgOops – that’s the wrong type of XPSThe foundation crew mistakenly installed 2 inches of regular XPS with a compression resistance of 25 psi rather than the required high-density XPS. Oops. No big deal, though, as only the first course had been loosely laid on the footers.But we also needed clarification on which of three available types of high density XPS was required. Owens-Corning makes Foamular 400, 600, and 1000 versions, with compression strengths of 40, 60, and 100 psi. The answer was we needed the Foamular 600. But high-density XPS is a commercial, not a residential, product. The nearest vendor was some 50 miles away in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Great news: We’ve begun site preparation and excavation!Shawn Woods of Woods Home & Land showed up on site with his tools of the trade: a Cat 3115 excavator, a John Deere tracked skid-steer, a dump truck, and his assistant Isaac.The first order of business was to put up some high quality silt fencing along two-thirds of the perimeter of the lot to prevent soil from eroding into the river. I was very impressed with how he deftly used the excavator to dig a 6-inch-deep trench along the south, east, and west sides of the lot.He installed the fencing while carefully leaving a bottom flap to be buried with soil to pin the fence in place, and then created a berm of wood chips retained from when we cut the pine trees down last fall as an additional erosion barrier. He left a band of undisturbed ground to further filter any silt before it reaches the fence. RELATED ARTICLES If you dig a hole in Maine, you’ll often hit waterShawn set up a laser transit, and while he operated the excavator, Isaac remained in the excavation area holding a rod with laser receiver checking the depth. The goal was to dig the basement area to achieve a uniform, level bottom within 1/4 inch of the design elevation. The only way to achieve such a tight tolerance is to use a laser transit and continuously check the depth.I was surprised to see the bottom consistently fill with several inches of water while excavation proceeded. The lot and surrounding area is flat, except where it drops down some 35 feet on the south side to the river below, and the drainage area on the east side. While the water accumulated, the bottom of the hole remained solid and never got “soupy.” Shawn periodically used a pump to remove the water. I am sure that the interior and exterior drain tiles will keep our basement dry.He’s a short video of the site preparation and excavation process. Preparing the site and digging the foundation holeShawn then pulled up some 35 large pine tree stumps and stripped the topsoil. He created several categories of material, all to be recycled in some manner:Tree stumps were hauled away to be recycled into wood chips.Topsoil with embedded organic matter (grass, wood chips, leaves) was taken away to a soil reclamation point where the organic matter will be left to decay. The soil will later be sifted and resold as topsoil.Sufficient sandy subsoil (a mix of sand and some clay but no stones) for backfilling the foundation walls was retained, while the rest was hauled away to be reused as clean fill elsewhere.Clean topsoil was stockpiled and remains on site to be re-spread for final grading on the lot.It took Shawn two days to do the site preparation and another two days to excavate the foundation. He dug down about 9 feet below original grade, and about 3 feet wider than the foundation wall to allow plenty of room for working on the outside of the foundation. We need more rebarThen we needed clarification on the spacing of rebar dowels that will be drilled through the high-density XPS into the footers, tying the footers with the foundation. This will lock the foundation in place so that soil pressure from freeze/thaw cycles doesn’t move the foundation wall out of plumb. (As an aside, this actually occurred in our home in Virgina, where a below-grade wall moved over 1 inch out of plumb.)This question led our Logix supplier, Advanced Building Solutions, to review the spacing of the vertical rebar within the ICFs, which led him to review the size and spacing of all the rebar in the ICF wall. The result (based on Logix design tables): we needed thicker rebar, and lots more or it – some $2,000 in additional rebar costs! The dowels would be spaced with every other vertical rebar in the foundation, except along the narrow stairwell from the basement to the garage where it will match up with each vertical rebar.How did that much rebar get missed? The design has not changed since January. It took several work days to re-engineering the rebar in the foundation. Meanwhile, the foundation crew moved on to other jobs.We’ve been at a complete stop for one full week of ideal, construction-friendly Maine weather. Ugh.But we’re glad to have caught the error while it could still easily be fixed. BLOGS BY ROGER NORMAND Do We Really Need 12 Inches of Foam Under Our Slab?Passive House Certification: Looking Under the HoodBackup Electrical Power for a Passivhaus Project?Can We Get More and Pay Less To Keep About The Same? Foam Under FootingsGBA Encyclopedia: Foundation DrainsGBA Encyclopedia: Insulated Concrete FormsBuilding Plans for a Dry, Radon-Free Foundation Foam Forms Create an Energy-Efficient Concrete House Using a basement waterproofing coating as a capillary breakBefore beginning to assemble the block, the design called for a capillary break on the top of the footers. Concrete readily absorbs moisture. When the footers are exposed to groundwater, this moisture can “wick” upwards into the foundation, creating a potential mold, odor, or moisture concern in the basement. Applying a capillary break is a simple, effective and inexpensive preventative measure. We used Drylok, a readily available basement waterproofing product made by UGL.Our general contractor, Caleb Johnson Architects, also took the additional precaution to book the surveyors for a return engagement to pin the outer corners of the ICFs on the footers. Yeah, the foundation crew could have done the same, but it was a easy task for the surveyors to precisely set the outer boundaries of the ICFs on the footers.We are having the double 2×4 wall panels with attached sheathing built in a factory rather than “stick built” on site. Much planning has gone into making sure the dimensions of these wall panel are accurate. Having an equally accurate and level foundation should avoid having to tweak how the wall panels fit onto the floor deck and foundation – and avoid additional opportunities for air infiltration points in the building shell.center_img Our ICFs are deliveredWe were very pleased to see a big semi-trailer lumber up Edgewater Lane to deliver our Logix brand Platinum series insulated concrete form (ICF) blocks.ICFs are open-ended, hollow-core blocks made from expanded polystyrene (EPS) and plastic internal webbing; they will be used to build the foundation. They stack together like the Lego blocks you played with as a kid. Once assembled, linked with plastic zip ties and rebar, then filled with concrete, they offer a one-step foundation sandwich with a concrete core and a continuous layer of EPS foam on the outside and inside that provides insulation, a thermal break, and sound attenuation.We received about 640 blocks in a mix of straight, taper tops, right and left 90-degree corners. (Corner block are not reversible – like most Logix blocks, they have protruding “male” nubs on the top and receiving “female” recesses on the bottom.)Our block has a 6-inch-wide opening that will be filled with rebar and concrete, and 2 3/4-inch thick foam sides. The basic straight block is 16 inches tall and 48 inches long.The blocks mechanically lock together vertically and horizontally; adjacent block are further joined with long plastic zip ties. Rebar is placed into the open center of the block before the concrete is poured. The rebar snaps into horizontal channels in plastic webbing inside the block, and is also placed vertically.We chose the Logix Platinum series ICFs, which are made from Neopor EPS (a type of EPS that includes embedded graphite particles; the graphite boosts the R-value of the EPS by 23 percent). For the crew assembling the block on a bright, sunny day, the graphite particles also lend a much appreciated eye-friendly soft gray hue to the product, rather than the blinding white color on typical ICF blocks. This multi-layer soil erosion defense worked exceptionally well. We had a weekend storm that dumped over 7 inches of rain after the topsoil was stripped off, and I saw no evidence then or since of any silt breaching the silt fencing. Nice job, Shawn! Laying foundation wall blocksThe foundation crew snapped chalk lines between the survey points on the footer and nailed lengths of 2×4 along the chalk lines for the entire outer perimeter. This gave them a hard, straight edge to quickly align the first course of block.After the first course was installed, the crew nailed lengths of 2×4 along the entire inner perimeter of the block. (Note: this method does make it more difficult to adjust the height of the first course of block if the footers are not absolutely level. Our footers were set by transit, so that should not be an issue.) This inner and outer 2×4 blocking will prevent blowing out the bottom course of block when the concrete is poured. The 2x4s will be removed before backfilling soil against the foundation to eliminate a subterranean food source for termites.Achieving Passivhaus certification requires not only installing very robust levels of insulation, using very high-performance windows, and eliminating air leakage, but also avoiding thermal breaks that allow heat transfer through materials. Our architect, Chris Briley, cleverly added a 2-inch thick layer of high-density XPS installed at the bottom of the first course of block. The XPS creates a thermal break between the footer and the foundation.And this became the first of several rapid fire foundation snafus. Pouring the footings and installing drain pipesThe next video shows the placement of concrete for foundation footings, the installation of footing drain pipes, and the installation of a layer of crushed stone inside the foundation.[Editor’s note: OSHA regulations limit workers’ access to excavations that are subject to trench collapse. The practices shown in this video appear to be dangerous. Be sure to follow OSHA requirements when digging trenches. Trench walls can collapse suddenly; when this happens, any workers in the trench can be killed.] [Editor’s note: Roger and Lynn Normand are building a [no-glossary]Passivhaus[/no-glossary] in Maine. This is the 22nd article in a series that will follow their project from planning through construction.] The first article in this series was Kicking the Tires on a Passivhaus Project. Roger Normand’s construction blog is called EdgewaterHaus.last_img read more