Smoke begins to lift on future of Charlie Lake Fire Department

first_imgResidents from across the Charlie Lake area turned out, Wednesday, to provide input on the future of their local fire department and what they want or expect out of their fire protection services.Several residents questioned why the fire department’s governance model had to change and wondered what changes they might see to both their insurance and taxes. A few residents stated that they are in favour of paying slightly higher taxes to avoid paying double their home insurance rates if the area acquired unprotected status.- Advertisement -Dave Mitchell and Associates Ltd. is the consulting firm hired by the Peace River Regional District to look into various governance models for the Charlie Lake Fire Department. The consultants have been conducting interviews with everyone from the firefighters to residents and regional district officials.We wanted to wait to hear from all parties involved in the fire department before we made any specific recommendations to the District, says President Dave Mitchell.However, the consultants are on a deadline and must submit a draft report to the Regional District by the end of the month.Currently, the Peace River Regional District contracts out fire protection services in the area to the Charlie Lake/Grandhaven Fire Protection Society. However, the PRRD terminated its agreement with the Society, giving one year’s notice, until March 31, 2012, to continue running the department. After that time, the PRRD will be taking over the management of the fire department.Advertisement One of the main problems the fire department has faced recently is a shortage of daytime volunteers.Yet, Mitchell says the Charlie Lake Fire Department is not alone and its problems are similar to those that other volunteer departments are facing across the province.For many residents, the situation came down to cost and wanting to see cost comparisons for the various potential governance models before providing further input. Mitchell says those costs are dependent on the Regional District.PRRD Chair Karen Goodings says she expects the District will hold further meetings to review the potential governance models and obtain additional public input before any decisions are made.Advertisementlast_img read more

Senegal, Madagascar draw in tragic AFCON qualifier

first_img0Shares0000Sadio Mane, pictured here at the World Cup in Russia, played for Senegal in the match in Madagascar marred by tragedy © AFP / EMMANUEL DUNANDANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, Sep 9 – At least one person was killed and nearly 40 were injured in a stampede ahead of an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier Sunday in which Madagascar hit back twice to draw 2-2 with Senegal.The casualty figures were confirmed by the director of a hospital in the Malagasy capital Antananarivo, where the Group A match was staged in the 30,000-capacity Mahamasina Stadium. Witnesses told AFP there was a stampede at an entrance to the venue just before the 1130 GMT (2:30pm local time) kick-off.One person was killed and 37 injured, including two who were said to be in a serious condition with head and chest injuries.Fans had queued outside the stadium nine hours before the start of the eagerly-awaited match with Liverpool star Sadio Mane in the line-up of 2018 World Cup qualifiers Senegal.The result left Senegal and Madagascar — who lie 83 places below their opponents in the world rankings — as co-Group A leaders with four points each after two rounds.Senegal beat Equatorial Guinea 3-0 in the first round 15 months ago while consistently improving Madagascar triumphed 3-1 in Sudan.Moussa Konate volleyed the visitors into a 27th-minute lead in Antananarivo and Paulin Voavy levelled a minute before half-time by scoring in a goalmouth scramble.Keita Balde put Senegal ahead again on 62 minutes with a shot into the corner after a solo run only for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly to concede an own-goal five minutes later.Mane, who scored his fourth goal of the season for Liverpool in a win at Leicester City last weekend, was well policed by the Malagasy defence.On Saturday, Equatorial Guinea edged Sudan 1-0 in Malabo through an Emilio Nsue goal in the other Group A match and are third with three points.Group winners and runners-up qualify for the 2019 Cup of Nations in Cameroon, which will be the first to feature 24 nations, up from 16 last year.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgFour Masters G.A.A. Club The €50 winners in the Annual Lotto for Week 06 were Rory O’ Donnell, c/o Rory’s Autofactors and Pauline Brogan,Drumenny Upper. The numbers drawn were 8, 15, 19 & 20 with the jackpot now standing at €1,700.  Please come along and support the All County General Knowledge Table Quiz this Friday night at 9.00 pm in Dom’s Pier 1. Entry is only €5.00 with all proceeds going to the Donegal Senior Team Training Fund. GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: August 21st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more


first_imgCARNDONAGH 2-14 AUGHNAMULLAN 1-7CARNDONAGH’S Ladies are through to the Ulster Ladies Junior final after a sensational semi-final win at Pairc Uí Dochairtaigh today.The Carn girls were just two points ahead – 0-08 to 0-06 – at the break after a very tight first half. It was just as tight at the start of the second half, Treasa Doherty scoring again to extend the margin to three points.But the Monaghan junior champions levelled through a goal.The Carndonagh ladies are made of sterner stuff and scored two goals themselves, Anita Doherty banging home the first three-pointer before Treasa Doherty added a second.Aghnamullan could find now way back as Carn turned on the style and sealed out the win. It was a sensational result for the Donegal Junior Champions, even more incredible when you think they are in just their second season together.Termon in the Seniors and Four Masters in the Intermediate play Sunday….hoping for a treble line-up of Ulster Ladies Final. DONEGAL LGFA: SENSATIONAL CARNDONAGH LADIES THROUGH TO ULSTER FINAL was last modified: October 18th, 2014 by John2Share 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:AghnamullanCarndonaghDonegal LGFAJunior ChampionshipLadies FootballMonaghanlast_img read more


first_imgTHE head of the Garda Traffic Corps in Co Donegal has warned motorists not to drive this weekend if they are drinking.Inspector Michael Harrison said he was particularly concerned at motorists who might drive on New Year’s Day having consumed alcohol the night before.Extra Garda patrols are being arranged to cover this weekend and GoSafe vans will continue to operate at accident blackspots. New lower drink-driving limits are now in force – and those laws will be enforced this weekend.© 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.  Follow us on us on anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comGARDAI PUT ON EXTRA NEW YEAR WEEKEND PATROLS was last modified: December 31st, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:donegal drink drivingdrink drivingGardailast_img read more

UPL: Bul FC edge Maroons at Njeru

first_imgBul are now top of the Uganda Premier League. (PHOTO/Courtesy)Uganda Premier LeagueBUL 2-0 Maroons FcNjeru Technical CenterBUL FC edged Maroons FC 2-0 in the Star Times Uganda Premier League at the FUFA Technical Center Njeru on Tuesday.Robert Mukongotya scored twice for the hosts to send BUL on top of the log.Mukongotya struck in the 18th minute before sealing the victory in the 90th minute.This is the club’s fourth victory after beating Express FC, Police FC and Wakiso Giants. Their only loss came against Busoga United in a Jinja derby, 0-3.The loss ends Douglas Bamweyana’s impressive run that had seen the club, after falling 3-0 to URA in their opener, win three games – Kyetume, Tooro and Bright Stars – in a row.Maroons will seek for solace against Onduparaka on match day seven while BUL will seek to extend their form when they visit URA FC at Namboole.Players Used.URA FC – Eric Kibowa, Denis Okot, Richard Matovu, Walter Ochora, Musa Wangalira, Godfrey Akol, James Otim, Charles Sebutinde, Musa Esenu, Richard Wandyaka, Robert Mukogotya.Substitutes – Abdul Kimera, Farouk Banga, Jimmy Kulaba, Martin Aprem, Charles Sempa, Fred Gwoto, Hamis Tibita.Maroons – Hannington Ssebwalunyo, Bayiga Patrick, Sylvester Okello, Sharp Edgar Bwogi, Abraham Tusubira, Solomon Walusimbi, Davis Mayanja, Racmac Ashaba, Pius Obuya, Steven Mukwala, Rashid Agau.Substitutes – Emmanuel Akol, Emmanuel Olinga, Laban Tibita, Felix Okot, Kabona Edward, Junior Amanya, Martin MpungaElsewhere in the Premier LeagueProline 2-1 ExpressMbarara 2-1 BusogaKyetume 0-1 PoliceBright Stars 0-0Comments Tags: Bul FCMaroons FCPeter OnenRobert MukongotyaUganda Premier Leaguelast_img read more

Was it you? Winner of Donegal’s €4.4m ticket makes contact with lotto

first_imgThe National Lottery this morning confirmed that the holder of the mega €4.4 million Lotto Jackpot ticket sold in Co. Donegal has made contact.The winning Quick Pick ticket was sold at Daly’s Topaz on the Letterkenny Road in Lifford on Saturday January 13th.A National Lottery spokesperson said: “We can confirm that we have been contacted by the ticketholder and arrangements are being made for the claim to be made.” We will bring you more on this story as it breaks.Was it you? Winner of Donegal’s €4.4m ticket makes contact with lotto was last modified: January 31st, 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:donegalLiffordlottolast_img read more

Crow Cam Lets Scientists See Intelligence at Work

first_imgEver want to fly like a bird?  Now you can do the next best thing: get a tail-feather view of what it is like to fly from branch to branch.  University of Oxford scientists attached a small video camera to the underside of a New Caledonian Crow to watch it in the wild, reported PhysOrg.  The BBC News report includes video clips you can watch.  National Geographic News said this is one of the first uses of this ultra-light camera technology.  It will allow us to follow small animals around in their own world.    New Caledonian crows fascinate scientists because of their exceptional tool-using ability (see 02/23/2007, 08/09/2002).  The camera-equipped crow did not disappoint.  It not only used tools made out of grass stems; it stored its best ones for later use.    Noting that this species of crow appears to be the only non-primate animal known to use tools, the BBC article said, “The team is using its video footage to investigate why New Caledonian crows might have evolved their tool-using abilities.  One idea was that “the behaviour may have evolved in response to food shortages.”Can we please just enjoy these amazing animals without making up myths that a drought made them invent intelligence without primate help?    The Necessity-is-the-Mother-of-Invention theory of evolution leaves unexplained how the right genetic mutations converged on combinatorial solutions to a problem, nor what intelligence is, nor why many creatures go extinct in a drought instead of inventing intelligence.  Evolution provides only useless speculation that does no heavy lifting in scientific explanation.    Birds are wonderfully designed animals.  Evolutionists cannot even explain beak length, let alone the whole bird (08/24/2005).  Look at the Darwinians violate their own principles: they phrased the sentence “crows might have evolved their tool-using abilities.”  Well, then, they might not have evolved them, too.  Why is this prospect never considered?    If they are assuming evolution to find out if evolution occurred, they are begging the question.  Their wording doesn’t make any sense.  A bird would have to have intelligence to decide to evolve it, if it even could.  What did these birds do, for crying out loud, mutate their own genes for the purpose of trying to find a brain capable of tool use?  Using the word evolved as a purposeful word violates Charlie’s core principle that natural selection be unguided and purposeless.  Only the presupposition of creation tolerates a proposition about The Purpose-Driven Bird (04/20/2006, bullet 3).(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA mining fatalities at record low

first_img8 May 2012 A safety crackdown reduced the number of fatalities at South Africa’s mines to a record low of three in April – down from an average of 11 or more per month.“There has been a significant improvement on health and safety since the department intensified enforcement measures at the mines,” Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu told the National Council of Provinces in Cape Town on Monday.“In fact, the month of April 2012 has recorded the lowest fatalities ever, of three deaths, when compared with other historical figures, which were generally more than 11 deaths per month.”South Africa’s mines are the world’s deepest and among the most dangerous, and Shabangu’s ministry has been leading a drive that has included a surge in inspections and stoppages for safety violations.This year to date, 39 people have lost their lives in South African mines compared with 42 in the same period in 2011, while the number of mine injuries fell 35 percent to 668, Shabangu said.South Africa’s mining output fell sharply in volume terms in February, the latest month for which data is available, highlighting the impact of the safety push.Production of platinum group metals (PGMs) fell 47.6 percent, while gold output fell 11.5 percent in volume terms in February. Total mineral production was down 14.5 percent compared with the same month last year.Sapalast_img read more

Boston’s First E+ Project Nears Completion

first_imgAiming for Passivhaus in BostonLittle House, Big Energy Efficiency in BostonApplying Passive House to a Century-old Building Other projects on the wayThe other two projects chosen for development at the same time as the Highland Street townhouses include:A Greek Revival and carriage barn at 156 Highland St., submitted by Transformations Zero Energy Homes and Sage Builders.A duplex at the corner of Catherine and Florian streets. The contractor is GFC Development, and the architect Utile, Inc.Dalzell says the duplex is moving ahead and should be finished by late August. The other project, however, has become entangled in a land-title issue that has prevented construction from starting. Too bad, Dalzell says, because the project should be “the greenest, most energy positive” of the three.In addition to these projects, the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Department of Neighborhood Development together are seeking to expand the program into multi-family apartment buildings, a prospect that Dalzell seems especially intrigued with.The city has gathered a half-dozen proposals for developing a site on Mission Hill that would include not only 40 to 50 apartments but also a community garden and park. The original three E+ buildings were traditional infill projects, he says, “but the Mission Hill site has the potential to deliver on a much larger agenda.”Dalzell expects proposals can be presented to the community shortly after Labor Day. Each of the adjoining townhouses consists of three levels with a master suite on the top floor, two additional bedrooms on the second floor and the living-dining-kitchen area on the ground floor. They’re roughly 1,900 sq. ft. in size, and each has an exterior deck.Urbanica’s Shawn Pang says the firm has already had offers on three of the units at prices starting at $529,000. The fourth unit becomes part of the city’s affordable housing portfolio and will be sold at a fixed price of $217,600.“It’s been a long time since construction pre-sold, and it’s been a much, much longer time since construction pre-sold in Highland Park,” says Boston Redevelopment Authority Senior Architect John Dalzell. “It’s subtle, but it’s really quite remarkable, and it speaks volumes to the market potential.”Placetailor Director Declan Keefe estimates that sales prices for the townhouses are as much as 20% greater than conventional housing might be. “That’s significant in the market, for sure,” he says, while cautioning that there haven’t been very many house sales in Roxbury recently to compare this to. In March 2011, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino announced the E+ Green Building Demonstration Program, an initiative he and other city officials hoped would advance a new wave of “ultra efficient” urban housing.Houses would meet LEED-Platinum requirements and go beyond mere net-zero energy performance to become “energy positive.” That is, they would produce more energy than they consumed. Menino called it housing’s “next frontier.”Menino started by offering for sale three parcels of city-owned land to developers whose proposals came out on top in a design competition. Entries were to be judged on modeled energy performance, urban design, the developer’s expertise, and the feasibility of the design.Now, the first of those E+ projects, a four-unit townhouse at 226-232 Highland St. in the city’s Roxbury district, is nearly complete as the city sets its sights on expanding the idea into more ambitious community projects. RELATED ARTICLES center_img Nearly to Passivhaus standardsExterior walls in the double-stud-wall design are insulated with blown-in cellulose for an R-value of 41, Pang says, while the roof is insulated with a combination of cellulose and 2 in. of polyisocyanurate foam for an R-value of 62.The Schüco windows have PVC frames. The glazing-only U-factor (not the whole-window U-factor) is 0.105, while the solar heat gain coefficient of the glazing is 0.33.Units are built over vented crawlspaces. The floor is framed with I-joists and insulated with a combination of cellulose and 2 in. of polyisocyanurate foam.Keefe says much of the air-sealing was carried out with a combination of the ZIP wall system and tape, and plywood and Siga tape in the crawlspace. The airtight boundary was established at the outside of the entire building, which was tested with a blower door at 0.57 air changes per hour at a pressure difference of 50 pascals. That’s slightly better than the Passivhaus standard of 0.60.Keefe adds that union carpenters did the framing and carpentry, not crews that specialize in high-performance building. “That,” he says, “was exciting for us to see.”A three-head Mitsubishi ductless minisplit heat pump provides heating and cooling. Each unit also has a roof-mounted, 8.7-kW photovoltaic array.Keefe says the units “nearly” meet the Passivhaus building standard but would probably fall short on the space heating specification (15 kWh per square meter per year).Because the houses were planned as “energy positive,” they needed a HERS score in minus numbers. Pang says the REM/Rate energy modeling by Conservation Services Group gave each of the units a HERS index of between -5 to -7. Each unit, he adds, will produce an estimated 10,000 kWh of electricity per year. Urbanica leads a team effortUrbanica, a Boston design-develop-construction firm, became the architect of record and the general contractor for the Highland Street project. Other key players are Placetailor, a Boston-based Passivhaus specialist, named as construction managers, and Interface Studio Architects of Philadelphia, the design architect. Building the ‘city of the future’Boston Globe correspondent Paul McMorrow wrote about the E+ project earlier this year, likening it to efforts by previous mayors to dump unneeded public parking garages and give developers a chance to build new office towers on those sites, buildings that helped reshape the city’s downtown.“Boston looks the way it does today because, decades ago, a pair of mayors unloaded real estate the city didn’t need,” McMorrow wrote. “The city is returning to that playbook once again, but this time, it’s not to add another office tower to the skyline. Instead, Boston officials are unloading excess land so developers can build Boston’s future: homes that don’t use any energy but instead feed electricity into the grid.”McMorrow writes that private development, not city mandates, ultimately will lead to a sustainable housing future.“It’s ushering in the city of the future,” he says, “not by rolling out a set of heavy-handed regulations, but by challenging the private sector to up its game.”last_img read more