first_imgTempting cocktail treats at Voodoo LetterkennyVoodoo Venue Letterkenny hopes refine Donegal’s Cocktail culture with the launch of Cocktail Bar with a NEW EXCITING & EXCLUSIVE menu.Located in the heart of Letterkenny town, the bar will serve up original seasonal cocktails with Voodoo’s own signature and collection.It’s in the best Summer traditions to make boozy fruit in Ireland, so this year a bumper harvest season is on.. with our New Brandy Brambles.. The cocktail starts as a simple sour with lemon juice and syrup served with crushed ice, but the real entertainment begins with the brambles crowing feature, a purple squash of blackberry liquor that gradually sinks through the crags of the crushed ice and into the bottom of the glass, giving each sip a different mix of citrusty tartness and Summer berry sweetness.Another classic added to the menu, our very popular and tasty “Tom Collins”, which is perfectly refreshing for those hot Summer days. The Tom Collins is made with very few ingredients making the simplicity of this gin creation an unreal winner for any cocktail lovers tastebuds.Hoping to attract a broad mix of people, Voodoo Lounge & Cocktail Bar has already established a name for its incredible atmosphere, great drinks and glamour.It’s the place to be if you want to enjoy drinks with friends, great service, funkie tunes and Irelands Biggest and Beat Bands. Opened 7 days a week (weekends until late) and available for private cocktail classes.Drop us an email: [email protected] make a bookings or follow any or all of our social media accounts if you want to get in touch.VOODOO LAUNCH EXCLUSIVE NEW MENU WITH A SUMMER TWIST was last modified: August 7th, 2015 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:Cocktail BardonegalEntertainmentsummer cocktailsvoodoo letterkennylast_img read more

South African students urged to excel in maths and science

first_img7 September 2015Schoolchildren have been encouraged to take up maths and science and to work hard to achieve their dreams.Speaking at the handover of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) mobile science laboratory at Thubalethu High School in Eastern Cape, Communications Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams urged pupils to be dedicated and make good use the facility.“It begins with hard work and dedication,” she said on 4 September. “I urge you to make use of these facilities; tap the knowledge of your teachers and make science, maths and technology part of your life.”South Africa needed young people who wanted to work hard and who wanted to make the nation stronger and better.“Our country is facing a skills shortage and we need young people such as yourselves with technical skills to fill the skills gaps in our economy. The National Development Plan, our blueprint for a better tomorrow, identifies the important role of science, technology and innovation in achieving the country’s longer-term vision.”Open many doors“The science lab that has been provided by the NYDA will go a long way towards making your dreams a reality,” she told pupils. “It will help the school to unearth the next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians who will help to move South Africa forward.”Science and maths were subjects that could get one into any field. “Believe me when I say maths and science gets you everywhere. Every sector of our economy has been transformed by technology, and there is no job where maths is not useful. For you to succeed in the modern world, you need maths and science and this message should resonate with you when choosing subjects,” the minister explained.A changing worldThis was alongside the government’s Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Development Initiative (Asidi) schools programme.Asidi was established by the Department of Basic Education to eradicate backlogs in school infrastructure in previously disadvantaged communities. It also upgrades the standard of schools.“Learners, I urge you to make use of the new science lab. The world we live in is rapidly changing and science, maths and technology are at the forefront of this change. Programmes such as this one are important because they support our objective of expanding access the world of maths and science.”Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Hypocrisy is all around us

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Hypocrisy can be defined as the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform. In other words, a hypocrite says one thing and does another. I’m sure all of you reading this article can think of examples of hypocrisy in our everyday lives. I will offer a few examples that tend to hit a nerve with me.Hypocrisy in society1. The general public complains frequently and loudly about legislation and other policies enacted by local, state, and national government. However, when given the chance to express their opinions about politicians and issues, the general public typically shows up to vote in low numbers.2. The national restaurant chain Chipotle proudly promises that they source their food ingredients from farms rather than factories and try to source responsibly raised meats and produce for the benefit of their customers. Unfortunately, these lofty goals have not extended to food safety as they’ve failed to prevent dozens of customers from experiencing food poisoning and other foodborne illnesses.3. Members of the general public endorse the concept of requiring farmers to follow certain animal welfare practices that insure humanely raised meat products. Then, these same members of the public complain about higher food prices and may purchase the more economically priced products.4. The mainstream sports media for years have said that the Cincinnati Bengals can’t win a playoff game with Andy Dalton as their quarterback. Now that he is out due to injury, the same media outlets fear that the Bengals can’t win in the playoffs without him. Note: This is the opinion of an overly-sensitive Bengals fan that believes the media can’t have it both ways! Hypocrisy in agriculture and beef production1. Agricultural producers get upset when non-farm clientele don’t believe or respect the story of traditional agricultural production. Do we as agricultural producers give the same respect and consideration we expect from others when we are asked to hear the story from groups that are polar opposites in terms of their beliefs about food production?2. Farmers will build barns to store tractors and equipment but store bales of hay uncovered on sod ground.3. Farmers try to get grain crops planted as quickly and efficiently as possible in the spring but will calve beef cows 12 months a year because they don’t have a place to house the herd bull separately from the cow herd.4. Small herds that utilize one bull for both their cows and heifers will focus on buying a bull with calving ease for the limited number of heifers retained for replacements, but fail to select EPDs suitable for the majority of the females in the herd that are mature cows. The producer then complains about the lower weights on their feeder calves on sale day.5. Numerous beef industry surveys indicate that March is the most common month of the year that producers will include in their calving season. This is a tradition that has carried across generations of producers even though March typically possesses the most highly variable weather patterns with some of the most stressful calving conditions throughout the year.6. Club calf producers design matings to produce steer calves with extreme amounts of muscle, bone, and hair that target a “perceived” ideal terminal market animal. These producers often keep the females from these same matings with the hope they will make productive brood cows.7. The OSU Extension Beef Coordinator encourages beef producers to put an emphasis on aggressive reproduction and culling practices. This same person manages to find excuses for his daughters ex-show heifers that may not live up to the same lofty standards that he encourages other producers to adopt. Note: This is a painful confession from a person that knows hypocrisy when he sees it!Some of the beef-related hypocrisies mentioned in this article will be addressed in the second session of the upcoming 2016 Ohio Beef Cattle School that will be held on Tuesday, February 2 starting at 7:00 p.m. Remember, the School begins with the first session on Tuesday, January 19 and concludes on Tuesday, February 16, and is being hosted in many locations across Ohio, plus one each in Indiana and New York. More information on the 2016 Ohio Beef Cattle School can be found at the OSU Extension Beef Team’s web site at http://go.osu.edu/BeefSchool.last_img read more

USDA to reopen FSA offices while shutdown continues

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Tuesday that all Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices nationwide will soon reopen to provide additional administrative services to farmers and ranchers during the lapse in federal funding.  Certain FSA offices have been providing limited services for existing loans and tax documents since January 17, and will continue to do so through January 23.  Beginning January 24, however, all FSA offices will open and offer a longer list of transactions they will accommodate.Additionally, Secretary Perdue announced that the deadline to apply for the Market Facilitation Program, which aids farmers harmed by unjustified retaliatory tariffs, has been extended to February 14.  The original deadline had been January 15.  Other program deadlines may be modified and will be announced as they are addressed.“At President Trump’s direction, we have been working to alleviate the effects of the lapse in federal funding as best we can, and we are happy to announce the reopening of FSA offices for certain services,” Perdue said.  “The FSA provides vital support for farmers and ranchers and they count on those services being available.  We want to offer as much assistance as possible until the partial government shutdown is resolved.”The U.S. Department of Agriculture has temporarily recalled all of the more than 9,700 FSA employees to keep offices open from 8 am to 4:30 pm weekdays beginning January 24.  President Trump has already signed legislation that guarantees employees will receive all backpay missed during the lapse in funding.For the first two full weeks under this operating plan (January 28 through February 1 and February 4 through February 8), FSA offices will be open Mondays through Fridays.  In subsequent weeks, offices will be open three days a week, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, if needed to provide the additional administrative services.Agricultural producers who have business with the agency can contact their FSA service center to make an appointment.FSA can provide these administrative services, which are critical for farmers and ranchers, because failure to perform these services would harm funded programs.  FSA staff will work on the following transactions:Market Facilitation Program.Marketing Assistance Loans.Release of collateral warehouse receipts.Direct and Guaranteed Farm Operating Loans, and Emergency Loans.Service existing Conservation Reserve Program contracts.Sugar Price Support Loans.Dairy Margin Protection Program.Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage.Livestock Forage Disaster.Emergency Assistance Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-raised Fish Program.Livestock Indemnity Program.Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program.Tree Assistance Program.Remaining Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program payments for applications already processed.Transactions that will not be available include, but are not limited to:New Conservation Reserve Program contracts.New Direct and Guaranteed Farm Ownership Loans.Farm Storage Facility Loan Program.New or in-process Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program applications.Emergency Conservation Program.Emergency Forest Rehabilitation Program.Biomass Crop Assistance Program.Grassroots Source Water Protection Program.With the Office of Management and Budget, USDA reviewed all of its funding accounts that are not impacted by the lapse in appropriation. We further refined this list to include programs where the suspension of the activity associated with these accounts would significantly damage or prevent the execution of the terms of the underling statutory provision. As a result of this review, USDA was able to except more employees. Those accounts that are not impacted by the lapse in appropriation include mandatory, multiyear and no year discretionary funding including FY 2018 Farm Bill activities.Updates to available services and offices will be made during the lapse in federal funding on the FSA shutdown webpage (https://www.fsa.usda.gov/help/shutdowninfo).  Programs managed by FSA that were re-authorized by the 2018 farm bill will be available at a later date yet to be determined.last_img read more

A Drainage Plane Time Bomb Defused

first_imgI saw that I had still had a chance to help get it done right, so I talked with the president of the homeowners’ association and told him we need to make the contractor do it correctly. The housewrap needs to come down over the roof underlayment.Also, since they hadn’t yet cut the housewrap for the window, I printed out the instructions on how to do that, too. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to talk to the contractor directly at that point, so here’s what it looked like after a few days: RELATED ARTICLESAll About RainscreensAll About Water-Resistive BarriersAll About Wall Rot I don’t think I can ever say it enough, but the building enclosure consists of several control layers and each one has its job. The primary control layer is the one that keeps liquid water out, and it can be a tricky business.Take the case of this condo building (yes, it’s in the community where I live). It’s got several problems, so I went to bat for building science here.We’re having a couple of porticos built, and one day I noticed one of them in the stage of construction you see above. These buildings have no overhang, so that wall will get wet. The contractor put housewrap on the wall and then built the portico. The felt on the roof, as you can see, goes up the wall a bit, but on the outside of the housewrap. Problem?Yes, that’s a problem. Any water coming down on the outside of the housewrap can go right down behind the felt and rot out the framing of that portico. Did I mention the building has no overhang? They did the standard window cut for the housewrap — a big X — then put the window on top of the housewrap and put flashing tape all the way around, on top of the housewrap. If no water ever gets behind the house wrap, this might be OK. On this building, with no overhang, it’s quite possible that water can get behind the house wrap. The tape on top of the house wrap wouldn’t help, and the window framing could rot.They also didn’t fix the flashing detail at the roof. Notice they installed step flashing — but put it on top of the felt, which is still on top of the housewrap. Ugh!Finally, we arranged a meeting with the contractor that I could attend, and we got things straightened out. Here’s what they corrected:We got them to replace the housewrap with a vapor permeable material, not just perforated plastic. (See Matt Risinger’s article and video about this. I’ll write more about it in a future article, too.)The housewrap now comes down over the flashing at the roof intersection.The housewrap comes down over the top piece of window flashing tape. It’s not perfect. They should have kept those nails at the roof intersection above the step flashing that runs beneath the housewrap. But it’s far, far better than we got initially. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

Urban Flooding: A Problem That’s Getting Worse

first_imgExtreme flooding events were in the news during much of 2018, from January’s heavy rains in Southern California to Hurricanes Florence and Michael in September and October. When many of us think about flooding, we think about events like these: major disasters that upend entire communities and trigger a large response from state and federal agencies. However, the new report, The Growing Threat of Urban Flooding: A National Challenge, points out that events like these are only part of the story. This report focuses attention on the widespread and costly destruction caused by a lesser-recognized threat: chronic urban flooding due to city landscapes that cannot absorb or otherwise manage rainfall. Based on the results of a nationwide survey of stormwater and floodplain management professionals, the report (by researchers from the University of Maryland and Texas A&M University) demonstrates how urban flooding is a separate phenomenon from coastal and riverine flooding. It is more frequent, more localized, and not as well understood; in addition (as with other aspects of climate change), it is most likely to affect those who can least afford to deal with it. The triple threat of urban flooding Urban flooding is not just “flooding that happens in an urban area.” This isn’t what happens when a river overflows its banks or when a hurricane drives a storm surge across a coastal neighborhood. Instead, it’s caused by excessive runoff in developed areas where the water doesn’t have anywhere to go.RELATED ARTICLESFlooding Is More Than a Coastal ProblemFlood, Rebuild, Repeat: The Need for Flood Insurance ReformHome Buyers Face Stacked Deck to Learn of Past FloodsTwice-Flooded City Ponders Another Rebuild Urban flooding can be linked to a major disaster, like Hurricane Harvey and its 33 trillion gallons of rainfall. But more often it happens during more routine circumstances, appearing in the form of wet basements and sewer backups. Even small amounts of rain can overwhelm the deteriorated or inadequate infrastructure found in many neighborhoods, especially in impoverished, neglected, and/or socioeconomically isolated urban communities. Let’s take a look at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) definition of urban flooding cited in the report:  “… [T]he inundation of property in a built environment, particularly in more densely populated areas, caused by rain falling on increased amounts of impervious surfaces and overwhelming the capacity of drainage systems.” We can split the definition into three separate components: urban flooding is (1) caused by rain that (2) falls on impervious surfaces and (3) overwhelms local stormwater drainage capacity. Each of these components — heavy precipitation (which is expected to become more frequent due to climate change), increased urbanization, and insufficient or outdated stormwater infrastructure — presents a challenge in and of itself. With urban flooding sitting at the intersection of all three, it’s no wonder that this is a complex problem. Importantly, FEMA’s definition has no mention of floodplains, rivers, or coastlines. That’s because urban flooding has little to do with bodies of water. We usually assume that flooding is more likely along rivers or coasts; that’s the backbone of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), floodplain mapping efforts, and local flood-related planning. However, the report finds that urban flooding happens in places that are well outside of mapped floodplains. Urban flooding is decidedly unnatural and requires different solutions. “The flood losses gnaw away at their well-being” One important issue highlighted by the report is the cascade of effects on affected individuals and communities, “such as loss of hourly wages for those unable to reach their workplaces; hours lost in traffic rerouting and traffic challenges; disruptions in local, regional, and national supply chains; or school closings with resultant impact on parents.” The report’s authors point out that these effects are especially disruptive to lower-income and minority residents, who are more likely to live in flood-prone areas and less likely to be covered by flood insurance. “For those lacking critical resources (savings, insurance, etc.),” they write, “the flood losses gnaw away at their well-being.” That doesn’t even include the physical and mental health effects linked to chronic flooding, such as asthma resulting from mold exposure. A previous study by the Center for Neighborhood Technology found that 84% of people affected by urban flooding in the Chicago area suffered stress; 13% reported effects on their health or the health of someone in their household. It’s clear that urban flooding poses a threat to Americans who are already socially and economically vulnerable. In addition, urban flooding is often too localized to trigger a federal disaster declaration, even when it causes relatively large amounts of damage and disruption. This limits the public assistance available to victims, who are then left on their own to deal with the aftermath, over and over again. Why is urban flooding an under-recognized problem? One of the key observations in the report is that there is no clear responsibility or jurisdiction for urban flooding at the federal level. This complicates data collection, funding availability, and priority setting. Even at state and local levels, flood management and stormwater management are often overseen by different programs, whose responsibilities may not be clearly defined. The NFIP has a clear authority and access to large amounts of data, and it still struggles with a lack of transparency, outdated information, and inaccurate assessments of damage and risk. And because urban flooding often falls outside of the program’s jurisdiction, it doesn’t even have the data and documentation that support the NFIP. This also complicates risk communication, because the NFIP’s flood maps are often the only publicly accessible documentation of flood risk. These Flood Insurance Rate Maps, or FIRMs, indicate whether a property is located in a “special hazard flood area” based on FEMA’s mapped 100-year floodplains. The report notes that, because the NFIP maps generally do not provide information on urban flooding, “there is currently no tool available to communities to assist in similarly delineating potential levels of urban flood risk.” What can we do? The study team identifies several recommendations to address urban flooding, focusing primarily on additional data collection, better coordination among government agencies, and improved assessment of flood risk. An upcoming study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is expected to investigate some of these issues in more detail. Urban flooding has received some attention in Congress, too, with legislation introduced to define urban flooding and more accurately map areas at risk. However, the report’s most essential suggestion might be the following (emphasis added): Attention should be given at all levels of government to ensure that efforts to mitigate urban flooding reach areas that have the highest risk of flooding and cross all economic and social levels and that locally supported steps are taken to incentivize individual homeowner mitigation efforts. These mitigation efforts should include improved transparency, better risk communication, and more support for flood-weary residents who want to move out of harm’s way. And if 2018 was the year of talking about climate change, let’s make sure that urban flooding is part of that conversation as it continues in the new year.   Anna Weber is a policy analyst in the Healthy People & Thriving Communities program of the Natural Resources Defense Council. This post originally appeared at the NRDC Expert Blog.last_img read more

NSW Footy Facilities Fund open for applications

first_imgMinister for Sport and Recreation, Stuart Ayres and the National Rugby League have announced the New South Wales Footy Facilities Fund, which is open for applications until Sunday, 9 January 2015. Funding is available for projects throughout New South Wales. “This program is a terrific initiative of the National Rugby League (NRL) and the New South Wales Government that will help fund grassroots footy clubs in local and regional New South Wales,” Mr Ayres said. “The program aims to improve facilities for a variety of benefits including increasing participation, safety and security, environmental sustainability, social inclusion and building strong communities.” The main objectives of the Footy Facilities Fund are to: –        increase regular and on-going participation opportunities in Rugby League –       improve the standard of Rugby League grounds and facilities Additionally, applications can be strengthened by addressing one or more of the following: –       improve safety at sport and recreation facilities (e.g. upgrade of field to provide a safer playing field, access pathways for players, disability ramps) –       increase the security at sport and recreation facilities (e.g. installation of fencing) –       remove barriers to promote inclusion in Rugby League (e.g. upgrade of amenities to increase female participation, provision of disability access, upgrade of referee amenities) –       develop environmentally sustainable sport and recreation facilities (e.g. installation of drainage, rainwater tank, upgrade lighting for environmental impact) –       build strong communities NRL Head of Football, Todd Greenberg said grassroots facilities were crucial to the success of Rugby League. “Every parent wants their children to play footy at safe, secure and high quality venues,” he said. “This program not only improves facilities at local footy clubs but it provides the services needed to enable more youngsters, particularly those with disabilities, to be part of our game.”“And that is crucial because there is a place in rugby league for everyone,” Mr Greenberg concluded. Touch Football affiliates in New South Wales are also eligible to apply. For more information and to apply, visit www.dsr.nsw.gov.au/grants or phone (02) 13 13 02.  Related Files141110_nsw_footy_facilities_fund_open_for_applications-pdfRelated LinksFooty Facilities Fundlast_img read more

10 months agoTottenham fullback Walker-Peters: I’ll be stronger for Barcelona performance

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham fullback Walker-Peters: I’ll be stronger for Barcelona performanceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham fullback Kyle Walker-Peters says he’ll be stronger for a tough Champions League draw at Barcelona.He was robbed of possession inside the opening 10 minutes by Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele, who raced clear and scored.He later picked up a booking and then was sacrificed in the second half as Spurs chased an equaliser that ultimately secured a last-16 tie against Borussia Dortmund.”I learnt a lot about myself,” Walker-Peters said. “Two seconds after making the mistake, I was thinking, ‘You know, make sure you don’t die on the pitch!'”But I think I went on to actually play quite well. I think I’ve got a good amount of mental toughness, to be able to do that. But again, it’s all a learning curve for me.”Especially coming in the Champions League, in a stadium like that against such a good team. To be able to look past that… also with the help of my team-mates straight away.”Danny Rose came straight over to me and said, “Keep going”. Harry Kane as well, he said a few things to me. As we went to take the kick-off he just said, ‘Keep going. There’s plenty of time’.”That gave me confidence and that’s why I went on to play quite well.”It’s always going to happen once in your career. Now it’s happened I feel like I know how to deal with it. If it ever happens again – touch wood it doesn’t – I’ll know how to respond.” last_img read more

17 days agoBig Sam: Man Utd could be RELEGATED

first_imgBig Sam: Man Utd could be RELEGATEDby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer England boss Sam Allardyce says Manchester United could be RELEGATED this season.The former Bolton, Newcastle and England manager cited United’s side in 1974 that, against all expectations, went down to the second tier. With Solskjaer overseeing the club’s worst start in 30 years, Allardyce has used the side from 45 years ago as a warning to the current crop that they are not too good to be relegated. He told talkSPORT: “It isn’t beyond the realms of possibility that they could catastrophically fall into more problems if confidence goes and injuries stay like they are.”Players tend not to get as fit as quick as they would do when things are going well, that’s an absolute fact. There’s the disturbance of [Paul] Pogba wanting away and who will pop up next saying, ‘I see this going the wrong way, I want to leave?'”Manchester United do not have enough goals and you can see it becoming a struggle. Hopefully it’s not a struggle down the bottom end, but they’re certainly heading that way.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Michigan Football: Newly-Engaged Michigan Fan Wants Jim Harbaugh To Officiate His Wedding

first_imgMichigan head coach Jim Harbaugh patting a player on the head.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Jim Harbaugh celebrates a first half score with Shea Patterson #2 while playing the Nebraska Cornhuskers on September 22, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Ben Berkley is a Michigan alum, and a “Chad Henne fanatic” according to his Twitter bio. His new fiance Alex Jackson is a Wolverine fan as well. The pair got engaged last night in Los Angeles, and Berkley was anxious to share the good news with the Harbaugh clan on Twitter. He even wants Jim Harbaugh to officiate his wedding ceremony. @JayHarbaugh @CoachJim4UM I proposed last night with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind #goblue #harbaughofficiates pic.twitter.com/8K9WOfkDyZ— BB (@b_berk) June 17, [email protected] can we get @CoachJim4UM to officiate haha. We’ll have a Southern California satellite camp that weekend!— BB (@b_berk) June 17, 2015We fully support this idea, and hope Harbaugh at least attends the wedding. Congratulations to Ben and Alex!last_img read more