Volunteers urged to rise to the challenge of Annual Sleep Out

first_imgThe North West Simon Community is calling on volunteers to rise to a special challenge to help them continue to prevent and resolve homelessness.The annual ‘Sleep Out for Simon’ fundraiser takes place on Friday 4th of October in Letterkenny, when people will swap their beds for sleeping bags for one night in an effort to raise funds and awareness to tackle homelessness in the local community.Are you thinking about getting involved with your colleagues and/or your local community group? Or are you a business that would like to lend your support?Sign-up today! For further information on exactly how you can help make a difference contact Collette Ferguson, the NW Simon Community Development Officer for Donegal.Call: 087 0552478 or email: [email protected] West Simon Community work to Prevent and Resolve Homelessness throughout Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo. In 2018, the cause provided supported housing, tenancy support, and settlement services, to a total of 371 people.  If you would like to get involved or help, make a difference contact:North West Simon Community9 Riverfront HousePearse RoadLetterkenny 074 9121613www.facebook/northwestsimon.ie  Volunteers urged to rise to the challenge of Annual Sleep Out was last modified: September 17th, 2019 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:Simon Communitysleep outlast_img read more

Deep in the Heat of Texas

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members You may have heard that here in Central Texas, it gets hot. The average temperature rises above 90°F on more than 100 days out of the year. As you might expect, we turn on the air conditioner more often than the furnace.Here, as in other parts of the South and West, it’s typical to see houses built with slab-on-grade foundations, which often means that the standard practice is to locate the air-conditioning system in the attic. On a summer day, the air conditioner moves 55°F air through an attic that, if it’s not included within the home’s conditioned envelope, can easily run above 130°F. That doesn’t exactly make sense from an efficiency standpoint.In addition, the standard ducting often leaks conditioned air into the attic, which depressurizes the house, drawing humid, hot air into the interior through gaps and cracks in the exterior envelope to make up the loss. In this climate, when moist outside air leaks into an air-conditioned structure, moisture condenses on the cooler surfaces, causing mold and rot.My company recently renovated a 1950s ranch with many of the problems associated with inadequate insulation and detailing. The main goal of Dick Clark Architects, who designed the remodel, was to open the plan up and to modernize the interior and exterior. My firm was hired early in the design phase to consult on how best to achieve a comfortable, efficient, and durable house that would meet the architectural intent and the budget. Our efforts centered on air-sealing and properly insulating the house and on moving the ducts within the conditioned space. Starting from scratch—almost To begin the renovation, we gutted the interior down to the studs and stripped the siding from the exterior. We sprayed… center_img 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.last_img read more

BJP faces multi-corner hurdle as it looks to retain power in Haryana

first_imgThe ruling BJP, which was propelled to power in Haryana by a dramatic surge in its vote share five years ago, faces a multi-level hurdle this time in its “Mission 75 plus” as it aims to retain power in the State. With Haryana going to polls on October 21, over the next few days parties will face an uphill task to pick their best for the 90 seats. While the main contest is seen between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress, other players in the poll ring include Indian National Lok Dal, Jannayak Janata Party — formed after a vertical split in INLD, BSP, AAP and Swaraj India party. Unemployment, youth, farmers, employees, water issues and alleged non-fulfilment of poll promises of the BJP are going to be some of the issues likely to be raised by the opposition. For the ruling party, transparency in governance, zero tolerance for corruption, giving jobs on merit, implementation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Haryana and achievements of State and central governments are going to be the poll issues. Scrapping of Article 370 is also likely to be raised by BJP in the run-up to the election. The BJP is upbeat after its stupendous show in the 2019 general election, winning all the 10 Lok Sabha seats in the State. The polls have come at a time when opposition parties in Haryana are in a disarray. INLD, formed by former Deputy Prime Minister the late Devi Lal, has suffered a series of setbacks during the past one year after its split because of a feud in the Chautala family. Most of INLD’s sitting MLAs and prominent leaders have switched over to the BJP ahead of polls. Abhay Singh Chautala is among only a handful of prominent leaders left in the party. Factionalism had marred Haryana Congress too, though with recent changes made in the State unit by the high command, the party leaders claim that is a thing of past and everyone is united to take on the BJP. In a bid to end factionalism, the Congress has named Kumari Selja chief of its State unit and appointed former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda the Congress Legislature Party leader, and Kiran Choudhary head of its election manifesto committee. AAP, JJP and BSP are fighting the polls independently. JJP’s alliance with BSP collapsed earlier this month. For the BJP, Chief Minister M.L. Khattar claims his party will comfortably cross 75 seats. Asked with whom he sees his party’s contest, Mr. Khattar said, “The entire opposition is in a disarray, but on some individual seats there will be contest.” “In Garhi Sampla Kiloi (a seat held by B S Hooda), the fight will be against Congress. In Ellenabad (Abhay Chautala’s seat), it will be against INLD, and likewise on some seats against JJP or Independents,” he said. He said the BJP is “strong on all 90 seats” and will finalise its candidates before the nomination process begins. However, finalising candidates may be an uphill task for BJP as it faces a problem of plenty with several leaders from the opposition camp joining the saffron outfit. “Prospective candidates may be many, but in the end only 90 are going to get tickets,” Mr. Khattar said. In the October 2014 assembly polls, BJP was propelled to power in Haryana for the first time on its own after it recorded a dramatic surge in vote share that saw its tally zooming from four in 2009 to 47 in 2014 in the backdrop of a strong Modi wave. Later, it won one more seat in the bypoll to the Jind assembly seat. BJP’s vote share had rocketed to 33.2% from a meager 9.05% in 2009 assembly polls. It had been playing the second fiddle to regional parties, including INLD, in Haryana until then. In the outgoing assembly, INLD has 19 legislators, but two of its MLAs died and several switched over to BJP. Congress has a strength of 17, BSP one, independents five and SAD has one member.last_img read more

World T20: Mendis’s quest to regain lost zip and momentum

first_imgAjantha Mendis seems to be in love with the number six. Six for 13 against India in the Asia Cup four years ago launched his career into orbit, six for 16 against Australia in Pallekele brought him the best figures in T20 internationals last year, and it was a six-for again that blew away Zimbabwe in Hambantota on Tuesday and gave him the second-best figures in all Twenty20 cricket.Mendis has had a difficult time over the last few years after starting off his career like there was no tomorrow. Most teams have started reading him from the hand, and his mystery has diminished manifold.But when Colombo woke up on Wednesday morning, Mendis was back to being the talk of the town. The World Twenty20 is, in any case, the primary thing on the minds of the Sri Lankan people right now, and it was difficult not to get excited about a bowling performance that was more than just a walk in the park against a minnow team.Mendis is returning from an eightmonth layoff due to a back injury, but his performance moved his captain, Mahela Jayawardene, to sing paeans in his honour.Ajantha was very keen to get back into the side and we saw that hunger in him.We wanted to make sure that he went through the processes and get his back sorted out, which is why we kept him away for this long.Hes come back strongly and hopefully hell continue to do the job. I am sure hell have bad days, but the quality of the player is that hell have more good days than bad,?? Jayawardene said.But Mendis is an endearingly simple lad, and though his discomfort with answering in English might be a reason, all he said after the game was: I am very happy that my return to the team was good. This was my first game, so I was a bit nervous, but the confidence given to me by my captain and teammates helped me a lot.?? There are sterner tests ahead for the son of a carpenter from Moratuwa. Not just in this tournament, where the South Africans and other top teams lie in wait, but in rediscovering his mojo in all formats of the game.After all, it would be a waste of a supreme talent if a bowler who took 26 wickets in his first three Tests against the likes of Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly, fades away with a career average of 32.[email protected]last_img read more

10 months agoArsenal to launch January bid for Boca Juniors winger Pavon

first_imgArsenal to launch January bid for Boca Juniors winger Pavonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are ready to launch a bid for Boca Juniors winger Christian Pavon.The Sun says the Gunners have the 22-year-old Argentine in their sights for the New Year and contact has already been made with his club.However, Boca have quoted a sky-high fee for Pavon, who has been dogged by hamstring trouble which handicapped him in the Copa Libertadores final.Emirates boss Unai Emery is a big fan and wants Pavon to give his attack even more edge.He can play in the Arsenal system and is faster than most players in the Spaniard’s squad.Boca are braced for a bid close to their asking price for Pavon and have fended off other Premier League clubs as they try to get their money. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Inquest into deadly police shooting in Winnipeg focuses on systemic racism

first_imgShaneen Robinson-Desjarlais APTN National NewsIt was the Day 2 of the inquest into the shooting death of a 26-year-old Aboriginal man by Winnipeg police back in 2008.The inquest heard from the young man’s father on the first day, but his testimony was postponed due to his health.On Tuesday, the inquest heard about possible systemic racism that may have led the shooting.last_img

Bucks pull trigger on pair of Big Ten wins

The No. 4 Ohio State wrestling team added two wins in Big Ten action after defeating both Michigan and Northwestern this weekend. The Buckeyes fell to Michigan in 14 consecutive matches from 1994-2007. However, the Buckeyes have turned the tables on the Wolverines, taking the past three matches.Friday night, the Buckeyes took a major decision over the Wolverines 29-9. Junior Nikko Triggas put the Buckeyes on the board early with a pin. Triggas is ranked No. 20 at 125 pounds. A California High School State Champion and three time state qualifier out of Moraga, Calif., Triggas had his support system in the crowd over the weekend.“I’ve got six family members here; they come out here twice a year to my matches,” Triggas said. They picked a great weekend to come out.In just under 3:00, Triggas had his second pin of the weekend on Sunday against Northwestern. “A pin against Michigan is always huge and to get a second one in the same weekend is great,” Triggas said. With 141 pins, he holds the record at Campolindo High School for most career pins.He’s working toward another school record with 12 pins on the season.“I’m climbing up the leaderboard for all-time in Ohio State. I have to get a few more to top the season off,” Triggas said.Coach Tom Ryan would like to see Triggas’ stamina improve during this training phase. “He’s really good on top and when you’re tired you’re not as good on top and on your feet, so there’s a lot of room for improvement,” Ryan said. Triggas likes the camaraderie and team aspect at the collegiate level, but admits he’s probably better at the Greco-Roman and freestyle. In 2008, he took two gold medals at the Pan American Championships in Junior Greco-Roman and freestyle events. He is just one of two wrestlers to win both events. As a Buckeye he is a two-time NCAA championship qualifier and led the team last season in falls and near falls. Ryan and Triggas have the same mentality: They all plan on going to the championships.After a 37-6 win over Northwestern, the Buckeyes are 16-1 overall and 5-0 in Big Ten conference action. The team heads to Illinois for another conference match on Friday at 8 p.m. read more

Field Hockey ready to take on Miami OH

Then-senior forward Danica Deckard passes the ball during a game against Penn State Oct. 19, 2012, at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU lost, 3-0.Credit: Courtesy of FacebookAfter back-to-back losses to top-10 squads, the Ohio State field hockey team will continue play away from home when it travels to Oxford to take on Miami (Ohio).Coming off a weekend of play in which the team held opponents to one goal each in both matches, the Buckeyes are ready to battle again Wednesday.Coach Anne Wilkinson said Miami will be coming after them hard on the field.“We, being Ohio State, have a lot of pressure put on us. Miami is going to be coming at us strong with everything they have, so we really need to win this in-state game,” she said.Wilkinson said time in practice has been split between working on defense and offense equally.“We worked a lot on our defense and covering the ball and then we would switch and work with the offense,” Wilkinson said. “We just need to focus on meshing the two together and make sure the defense doesn’t forget what we worked on when we switch to offense.”Senior midfield and co-captain Nora Murer pointed out some of the areas the team has been struggling with, including their inability to capitalize on penalty corners.“We practiced before and after practice on our corners which I would say is still a weak spot of ours,” Murer said.Senior midfield  and co-captain Arielle Cowie said she is coming into the game expecting a win, and wants to see the team live up to its potential.“I am looking forward to winning,” Cowie said. “Last weekend we played so well together. We didn’t finish our chances but those two games just showed the potential that we have and I think coming out tomorrow we are going into that game and we know this is our game.”The main focus is on being a team that works together for the full 70 minutes, Cowie said.“We are just going to focus on really playing together and that’s all we need to do because individually, we have it but we just need to put it together and score on our chances,” Cowie said.Murer said if the Buckeyes continue to play the way they did this past weekend, the team will have no trouble securing the win against Miami.“We just need to really play on the same level from the weekend and we will be good for (Wednesday’s) game,” Murer said.The game is scheduled to begin Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. The Buckeyes are then set to travel to face Kent State Sept. 24 at 4 p.m. read more

Karius doesnt claim concussion as an excuse

first_imgThe Liverpool goalkeeper does not think this is a valid excuse to say his team lost against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions LeagueIn the 2017-2018 UEFA Champions League Final, Liverpool was defeated 3-1 against Real Madrid in Kiev, Ukraine.During the match, goalkeeper Loris Karius made two mistakes that at the end cost the team goals and the trophy.He claims to have had a concussion after clashing with Madrid’s defender Sergio Ramos, but the Spanish footballer has yet to apologize.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“No. I don’t think that he has got my number,” Karius was quoted by Team Talk.“He’s a hard player but I have nothing against him personally. I don’t know whether he did that on purpose, but that doesn’t matter to me in the end. Only one person knows and this is Sergio Ramos.”“I went down and thought: ‘What’s going on now?’ No reaction from the five referees. I felt the adrenaline rushing through my body and thought only about playing on,” he added.“A concussion was proven, and it harmed my spatial vision. The club asked me to go see a specialist. But again, I won’t use this as an excuse. I performed constantly throughout the whole season, so you can put it this way: under ordinary circumstances, I cannot explain those mistakes.”last_img read more

Moratti sheds more light on Mourinhos gesture

first_imgMassimo Moratti claims Jose Mourinho’s gesture against Juventus was for a good reason as he finds all his feeling and experience in Italy.Mourinho made headlines for storming on to the pitch and cupping his ear to the crowd after Juve’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United on Wednesday, but Moratti felt the former Inter boss had a good reason for his actions.“Mourinho’s gesture overshadowed Manchester United’s win, which came in a game that was important for him and the team,” the ex-Nerazzurri owner according to Football Italia.“It’s part of his character. When he returns to Italy he finds all his feeling and experience, which leads him to react as if he was still here, while also thinking about the club he was at [Inter] and those who antagonised him.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“That puts him in a position to make certain gestures at certain times, which create situations of discussion that, in football, are fun and interesting to watch.“It shouldn’t offend anyone. Am I surprised when he says ‘my Inter’? No. It’s precisely for this reason that he reacts the way he does.“Inter in the Champions League? They have character and depth. Zhang as President? He’s a good lad and he’ll do very well.”last_img read more