Council to spend almost €50M on road transport and safety in 2020

first_imgDonegal County Council is to increase its budget by 6% to more than €154,400,000 for 2020.The council will meet today to discuss the budget for the year ahead with an increase in spending of more than €8M on last year’s figure sought.The council’s CEO Seamus Neely will outline the council’s plan for the spend and where the money will come from. A draft budget plans shows that €118,576,123 of the budget needed will come from Local Property Tax, rents, fees, charges, loan repayments, grants and certain reserves.The council has also outlined where it plans to spend the budget in the coming year.A total of €20,649,032 will go on housing a building but more than double this, €48,199,128 will go on road transport and safety.The council does not propose to commercial rates on top of the rate revaluation which will not start until 2022. The wage bill for the council for 2020 is coming in at just over €72m.Council to spend almost €50M on road transport and safety in 2020 was last modified: November 22nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

Fans paint Rustenburg red, white, blue

first_img14 June 2010 It was all systems go in Rustenburg on Saturday night as football’s version of the American Revolution played out in front of nearly 48 000 fans at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium. While England squared off against the USA on the pitch, in the stands it was a contest between the two biggest packs of travelling fans to the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The USA leads the pack in terms of international ticket sales, with 142 000 tickets sold for the tournament, followed in a close second by the United Kingdom with 104 000 tickets sold. On Saturday, the Royal Bafokeng Stadium and the town of Rustenburg were awash with the red and white of St Georges Cross and the red white and blue of the American flag. Old rivalries might have been renewed on the football pitch, but in the pubs and bars of Rustenburg new friendships were being made. Fans were heard learning to speak Setswana (the local language) and how to blow a vuvuzela. And the word dumela – Sestwana for “hello” – was among the most common phrases to be heard.‘People here are so warm and friendly’ For Alex Zakipour, 14, the World Cup is the beginning of greater things. It is his first World Cup and his first visit in Africa. “I am here with my father and we have been here for a week. This country is so great. I visited places like Soweto, where I was at Maponya Mall, and I also saw the house of the former President of this country, Nelson Mandela. “People here are so warm and friendly,” said Alex. “I thought the welcome was reserved for Johannesburg only, but I am surprised with the welcoming we received here in Rustenburg. “We are here until next week Tuesday and I am enjoying every moment. After this experience, I will not miss the next World Cup”.‘I want to come back next time’ Another excited fan was a five-year-old Tre Scherz from Leeds in England. Dressed in red and white, she could not hide her excitement. “The food here is perfect and I am having fun,” said Tre. “I am here with my father and my grandmother, and we are having fun. We travel a lot and meet people. I want to come back next time.” The local language might have been popular, but it was the Rustenburg food and drink at the PH Network Cafe outside the stadium that attracted England and USA fans Daniel Dade, Christine Drysdale, and Helen and Gerry Kane. “The World Cup in South Africa made us to meet,” said Drysdale. “I am very happy I met Gerry and Helen. They are very nice people and we are going to visit them in the States. People in Rustenburg are very friendly and I am enjoying my stay. We had a braai (barbeque) and made a few friends from Portugal, South Africa, United States and even Botswana.”‘The opposite of what I read in the media’ Teri Dukel from Cincinnati in the United States had the privilege of doing something for less privileged South Africans when she donated school uniforms to needy learners in Soweto. “I am happy I have done something for some people,” Dukel said. “We bought school uniforms for some learners. We moved around and identified a school where we asked for names of children who might need some assistance. “People in South Africa are friendly and I can’t believe what I was reading in the media is actually the opposite of what is happening here,” said Dukel. Rustenbug residents were equally excited to have so many guests in their city. Tshepo Pule had a chance to braai with Stephen Clark and Matt Henry from England. “These guys are so amazing,” said Pule. “Rustenburg is buzzing with red, white and blue. This is a moment I will never forget. “I have been teaching them some Setswana words like ‘dumela’ (hello), ‘ke a leboga’ (thank you), ‘dijo’ (food), and ‘tsamaya sentle’ (go well). It is a great privilege to have these two top countries in our village. They are friendly, and we are taking care of them.” Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

Choosing an Efficient Refrigerator

first_imgComparing the cost of an efficient refrigerator to the cost of PVI’ve been measuring its energy consumption and after about six weeks it looks like we’re headed for an annual energy usage of 260 kWh, unless it goes way up in the summer.I gave the Maytag away. (I learned to my chagrin that all three of my work colleagues who immediately responded to my offer were intending to use this as a second, in-the-basement fridge.) The GE seems quieter than the Maytag, which we appreciate.One test I use to evaluate whether something is a reasonable energy investment is to look at kWh saved and compare that with the cost of solar electric capacity to generate the equivalent amount of energy. In my opinion, this is reasonable, as long as the investments being compared have similar service life. I thought that a fridge mightn’t last as long as a solar electric system, so this wasn’t an optimal comparison. Anyway, here on Martha’s Vineyard we see that one watt of PV will make about 1.3 kWh/year, and has a marginal cost before subsidies of perhaps $4 – $5. If the GE fridge saves 400 kWh/year, that’s the output of about 300 W of PV costing $1,350 (assuming a cost of $4.50/watt for PV). So the fridge looks good. * The most efficient refrigerators are actually still Sunfrost, but the margin is getting smaller, and the PVs cost less per kWh saved, and plus they are a pain to actually use because they are cube shaped so you need orangutan arms to reach half the stuff. I checked the Energy Star ratings and learned that the most efficient refrigerators were 16.5-cubic-foot models made by GE*, and that they didn’t make them anymore. This despite the fact that these units were well reviewed by owners.Moving up to an 18.1-cubic-foot unit added 11 kWh/year, so after a few days of trying to find the last 16.5-cubic-foot model left, I capitulated to being an American and found that the 18.1-cubic-foot one I wanted was also discontinued in favor of a newer version that used more energy. Duh. (Are you sensing a trend here?)I found the one I wanted, on sale as it happened, being discontinued and all, and bought it. It cost $517 shipped to Martha’s Vineyard (land of “No Free Shipping” Zip codes). It does not have an icemaker. It is rated at 335 kWh/year. The old refrigerator uses too much electricityAnyway, being a complusive measurer, I plugged the Maytag into a kWh meter and measured its usage during March. This is a time of year where the house is perhaps slightly cooler than average. The annualized energy usage was 655 kWh. I knew I could do better, and maybe find a quieter refrigerator also. RELATED ARTICLES Choosing an Energy-Efficient Refrigerator BLOGS BY MARC ROSENBAUM Living With Point-Source HeatInstalling a Ductless Minisplit SystemAn Induction Cooktop for Our KitchenGetting into Hot Water — Part 1Getting into Hot Water — Part 2Getting into Hot Water — Part 3Getting into Hot Water — Part 4Basement Insulation — Part 1Basement Insulation — Part 2 When we moved into our house, it had the original Maytag 18.5-cubic-foot refrigerator that was installed in 2000. It had one feature I had never lived with before: an icemaker.It took me some time to realize that the weird sounds I occasionally heard coming from the fridge was it cranking out the cubes. We don’t use much ice, and being middle-aged actually learned in our youth how to fill ice cube trays (similar to being able to count, and tell time by the big hand and the little hand, and other lost arts), so eventually I turned that feature off.Researchers at NIST recently reported that they tested four new refrigerators and the icemakers added 12 to 20 percent to the rated energy consumption. The not-so-cool discovery was that 75% of this energy comes from heating the molds to release the ice. Duh.Oh, and the ratings you see on the big yellow sticker don’t include the energy used by the icemaker, apparently because someone decided it would be too hard to measure. Double duh. Marc Rosenbaum is director of engineering at South Mountain Company on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. He writes a blog called Thriving on Low Carbon.last_img read more

Valve: We Have A “Steam Machine” Prototype, Vague Plans For More Hardware

first_imgRelated Posts readwrite Tags:#now#STEAM#SteamOS#Valve#video games Following up Monday’s announcement of SteamOS, Valve today announced plans for a “new category of living-room hardware”—that is, gaming consoles that run SteamOS. Only without actually providing any actual details.(See also: With SteamOS, Valve Is Taking On The Xbox One And PlayStation 4)Valve’s vague announcement provided no information about what the products will be, what hardware specifications Valve has in mind or who its “multiple partners” might be. The company said it has designed a prototype game machine and is inviting 300 users as initial beta testers. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Appcenter_img 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more

Desiderio walks the talk in UP’s last-second win over UST

first_imgDespite the bad shooting, Desiderio still finished with a team-high 17 points on 5-of-19 clip“I always imagine myself hitting a game-winning three-point shot,” said Desiderio. “And I was confident I was going to make it because I’ve been practicing that shot constantly. And when Coach Bo called timeout I said in the huddle ‘when I’m open give it to me and I’ll make it.’”  LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadal travels long road to win 16th Slam title at US Open Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ University of the Philippines’ Paul Desiderio celebrates after hitting the game-winning 3-pointer to beat University of Santo Tomas. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith the game on the line, Paul Desiderio wanted the ball in his hands and he delivered. on Sunday.Desiderio was struggling all game long but with University of the Philippines trailing University of Santo Tomas, 73-71, with 1.1 seconds left, the veteran guard knew exactly how the game was going to end.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul “This game is ours, I will make the shot,” he told his teammates in Filipino during the timeout with 5.3 ticks remaining.True enough, Desiderio backed up his bold declaration as he knocked down the last-second 3-pointer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I’ve shot so many threes today and would I shy away from throwing the last one? No, I won’t. And coach Bo [Perasol] told us that if we’re open, we’ll shoot it so I shot it and it went in,” said Desiderio.Desiderio was 1-of-10 from deep prior to his game-winner but his confidence did not falter. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

Joshua Pacio vows to put on convincing performance in ONE strawweight title rematch

first_img“I have to dominate the fight so even if it goes to the judges it would be a clear win,” said Pacio. “But if I get the opportunity to end it early, then I’ll do it.”Pacio admitted that what he showed against Saruta wasn’t his best, and he’s determined to change that in their next fight.“For me, it’s hard because I know I didn’t fight at the best of my abilities,” said Pacio (13-3). “I wasn’t able to execute some parts of our game plan, so this time I have another chance of executing it perfectly.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next READ: Joshua Pacio admits to shortcomings in close title loss to Yosuke SarutaONE’s top honcho boldly said just a few days after their ONE strawweight bout last January that Pacio should’ve won that fight and a rematch is definitely going to happen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I’ll prove in this rematch that the judges won’t hesitate to give me the win,” said Pacio in Filipino Thursday at Gloria Maris in Gateway during Team Lakay’s media lunch. View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Sean Anthony baffled by another PBA All-Star snub Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Pacio admitted that there were areas in their game plan that he failed to execute against Saruta but the split decision verdict was too close of a call for him, and apparently for Sityodtong.But the controversial loss did not dampen Pacio’s spirits and it instead fueled his inner fire to prove that he deserves the title.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Team Lakay’s Joshua Pacio. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—In just three months since yielding his belt, Joshua Pacio is getting his chance to avenge that painful loss to Yosuke Sarurta.A rematch has been set between Pacio and Saruta for April 12 at Mall of Asia in the co-main of ONE: Roots of Honor headline by Martin Nguyen and Jadamba Narantungala, true to ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong promise.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbedlast_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— 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

The AFC South May Get Good Again — But Not This Year

1996-97.2442011.125 8Rodney Peete1989DET7.58 Tennessee TitansThe Tennessee Titans had a big offseason, bolstering their offensive line by drafting tackle Jack Conklin (No. 8 overall) and signing center Ben Jones. They also added weapons in running back DeMarco Murray and wide receiver Rishard Matthews. They appear to be sort of going for it.All these moves hinge on Marcus Mariota. The rookie QB had one hell of a first game in 2015 and a solid season overall. His 7.6 yards per attempt is the seventh-best mark for a rookie QB since 1970. It wasn’t always so dire. Back in the late 2000s, Peyton Manning was still a Colt, the Tennessee Titans had a 13-win season, and even the Jacksonville Jaguars were pretty good. The AFC South was one of the best divisions in the NFL: 3Matt Ryan2008ATL7.93 How will your favorite NFL team do this year? See all of our predictions for the 2016 season » 9Jameis Winston2015TB7.56 SEASONSWIN %SEASONSWIN % At least those strength of schedule ranks look good — these bad teams get to play each other twice. RANKPLAYERSEASONTEAMYARDS PER ATTEMPT Best rookie QB seasons by yards per attempt, 1970-2015 1989-96 (D. Robinson era).6671998-2010 (P. Manning era).678 To go with our 2016 NFL predictions, FiveThirtyEight is previewing each division.The AFC South has been the punching bag of our NFL preseason previews. In 2015, we called it “perhaps the most imbalanced division in football,” and in 2014, we wrote that the division “can’t be any worse than it was last year.” (We were correct: The division won 25 games total, up from 24 the year before.)Going into 2016, the AFC South is still awful — awful enough that our Elo-based projections put the division’s best team — the Houston Texans — at just 8.3 wins for the season.1If you haven’t encountered them on our site before, Elo ratings are a measure of overall team strength that update after each game. 7Marcus Mariota2015TEN7.62 Source:, 1Ben Roethlisberger2004PIT8.88 Since 2010, Manning’s final season playing for Indianapolis, the division has taken a nosedive. But the AFC South can still be saved. The NFC West was the worst division in football for five straight seasons, from 2006 through 2010, but in 2013, it was on top and one of the best of all time. Can the AFC South manage the same kind of revival?Houston TexansHouston’s defense — led by the extremely talented and extremely corny J.J. Watt — allowed just 19.6 points per game last season, tied for 7th in the NFL (and just a hair behind the Carolina Panthers at 19.3). Unfortunately, four quarterbacks made starts for Houston’s offense. That’s never a good sign, but it’s especially bad when those four quarterbacks are as dispensable as these guys:Brian Hoyer: Has played for New England, Arizona, Cleveland and Houston.Ryan Mallett: New England, Houston, Baltimore.T.J. Yates: Houston, Atlanta, Houston again.Brandon Weeden: Cleveland, Dallas, Houston.As a unit, these mediocre journeymen averaged just 6.6 yards per attempt, good for 29th in the NFL,2They did throw 28 touchdowns and only 12 interceptions. Good work! while somehow still feeding DeAndre Hopkins enough (192 targets!) to have him finish third in NFL receiving yards. They were good enough for Houston to make the playoffs at 9-7, before being humiliated by the Kansas City Chiefs. The Texans will now put their offense in the hands of Brock Osweiler, a very tall man with seven career starts. He can’t be expected to dominate out of the gate, but some consistency would be nice. If he starts at least 13 games, he’ll be the first Houston QB to do so since 2012.Indianapolis ColtsThe mid-1990s San Antonio Spurs were masters of timing. After a solid stretch under David Robinson, San Antonio had a single terrible season at the perfect moment, capturing the consensus No. 1 draft pick. The Spurs then rode that pick — Tim Duncan — to a new era of even greater success.Through 2014, the Colts looked (to the untrained eye) like they’d pulled off the same trick. Peyton Manning’s absence in 2011 meant the Colts were terrible enough to draft his replacement, Andrew Luck: 10Jim Kelly1986BUF7.49 4Russell Wilson2012SEA7.93 2Robert Griffin2012WAS8.14 Minimum eight startsSource: 1997-2016 (T. Duncan era).7102012-14 (A. Luck era).688 SPURSCOLTS 5Cam Newton2011CAR7.84 And then they hit a wall in 2015. The Colts went 8-8, but were lucky to have done so well. Over the course of the season, their -75 point differential was worse than that of the Baltimore Ravens and Jaguars, who both went 5-11. The Colts have been propped up by their division, going 20-4 against the AFC South over the last four seasons and 21-19 against everyone else. The Colts’ roster is weak once you look past the QB, and it’s suddenly not so clear that Luck is the next big thing.This offseason, the Colts added very little. It could still be enough to win the AFC South — we give them a 36 percent chance of doing that — but don’t expect much past that.Jacksonville JaguarsThe Jaguars have not had a lot of success recently. The last time they finished above .500 was in 2007, and the 2013 squad had a real shot at being the worst team in NFL history. At the Jaguars’ low point that season, Vegas set them as 28-point underdogs against the Denver Broncos.But in the past couple of years, the Jaguars, while still definitely bad, have become kind of exciting. In 2013, they listed draftee Denard Robinson’s position as “offensive weapon,” which was stupid, but in a fun way! In 2014, they had their biggest comeback ever, and in 2015, two Jaguars reached 1,000 yards receiving (after none did in the previous nine seasons). Jacksonville’s defense is still a disaster (31st in points allowed in 2015), but this has become a non-depressing team that lost close, watchable games.Add to all that one of the best draft classes in both 2015 and 2016, and the confidence of Jaguars fans may soon be rewarded: It once looked like the Colts were pulling a Spurs 6Dennis Shaw1970BUF7.81 There are a lot of great quarterbacks on that list, but a few flameouts as well. RGIII and Dennis Shaw never matched their rookie seasons, and Rodney Peete became a successful but unexceptional journeyman. The Titans are making a big bet that Mariota is the real deal. If he is, Tennessee could start contending sooner rather than later.VIDEO: How one spurned Rams fan found a new team read more