No home sweet home – RSPL clubs missing own ground advantage

first_imgPortmore United, Boys’ Town and Maverley-Hughenden do not have the luxury of hosting games at their home grounds, and each of the teams has suffered in one way or another because of this. Craig Walters, president of Maverley-Hughenden, said its field needs renovation. Boys’ Town’s coach Andrew Price says that a broken water pump has led to serious deterioration of the field and they have been forced to play at Barbican until it is fixed. Meanwhile, Portmore’s assistant coach, Linval Dixon, says their playing surface has also suffered from drought. Not having a place to call home on match days has disadvantages. For Walters, it affects gate receipts. “We are renting, so a percentage of the gate goes to paying for the field. It affects revenue because we cannot maximise the gates and money is key to running the club,” he said. “Hosting away games can run you into a hundred thousand [dollars] a game. You have renting, security, medical service, having a PA system. If the rental could be cut out, other areas would still be covered, but it would mean $200,000-$3000,000 a month, and that could pay salary and other things,” he reasoned. Price says Boys’ Town have suffered the last two seasons without the atmosphere at the Collie Smith Complex. Even though they lose revenue when they play at Collie Smith, Price says their 12th man has been irreplaceable. “Not having them (fans) is a significant loss. But our anticipation is to return home as soon as the pump is sorted [out],” he said. Barbican has less spectator attendance, Price noted, but they collect more there. “We don’t get the turnout (at Barbican), but we get enough revenue to deal with game expenses. Sometimes we play at Boys’ Town and are not able to do that, because it’s not completely secured. But home has proved to be a motivator. Collie Smith is a fortress, so not having games there affects us,” he added. Walters also argues Maverley-Hughenden lack the home atmosphere they desire. “Constant Spring is nothing compare to your home field. That homely environment that we want is not present,” he said. Of the three teams, Portmore United are the most successful, and yet the most unsettled. The team started out playing at the Juici Field in Clarendon before turning to Prison Oval of late. “It’s a big disadvantage. Ferdie Neita is short of water. Management is looking at how best they can sort it out, because it’s frustrating not being able to play at home. “We don’t have a huge fan base, but we take the little (crowd) we get with the big games. You don’t get the same support as when you play at home, but our football standard is still high and we hope that draws a few spectators, but we hope to get back to Ferdie Neita Park soon. The management is trying to get water, even if they have to go through the mayor or councillor,” he said.last_img read more

Team captain Maraño, Valdez lead 20-woman national team pool

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas Inc. on Wednesday released its list for the 20-woman pool that will comprise the members for the national team.Captain Aby Maraño will spearhead a team that consists of Mika Reyes, the former captain in the Southeast Asian Games, Jaja Santiago, Jia Morado, Alyssa Valdez, Rebecca Rivera, CJ Rosario, Mylene Paat, Maika Ortiz, Rhea Dimaculangan, Ces Molina, Dindin Santiago-Manabat, Kianna Dy, Cha Cruz, Mary Joy Baron, Dawn Macandili, Kim Fajardo, MJ Phillips, Denden Lazaro, and Myla Pablo.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations View comments China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons filmcenter_img Both LVPI vice president Peter Cayco and national team head coach Shaq Delos Santos said players were chosen depending on their versatility to play multiple positions.“We want players who can play not just the position they’re used to but others as well,” said Delos Santos in Filipino Wednesday at Arellano University after the team’s practice.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“The coaches wanted players who can play multiple positions, well except for the liberos Dawn and Denden,” said Cayco in Filipino. “The coaches are choosing players depending on their ability of playing multiple positions because if there’s an injury one player can quickly switch to another position.”Of the 20, only 14 players will be included in the Asian Games and the AVC Asian Cup, but LVPI president Joey Romasanta said those who will be left out of the final lineup will still be part of the program. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Salah races to be fit for Egypt’s World Cup opener vs Uruguay Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Fifa’s Van Basten critical of Neymar’s World Cup theatrics

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Some dramatic rolling falls before coming to a stop started a trend in online videos of youth soccer teams practicing faking injury when their coach called out Neymar’s name.Asked if Neymar had become a joke, Van Basten said “he makes people laugh so also I think that’s a positive thing. It’s always nice if we have some humor in the game.”Once the world’s best center forward with AC Milan and the Dutch national team, Van Basten has sympathy for players in his old position at this year’s World Cup.Tight and compact defenses like Sweden and Iceland made it “very, very difficult for the No. 9 to get the ball, to make goals, to influence the game,” he said.“Normally we say you can play between the lines,” Van Basten said. “But today it’s nearly impossible to get in between the lines. So coaches will have to find solutions. These things go in waves.”ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ AFRICA’S DECLINEA player in Nigeria’s 1994 World Cup team, Emmanuel Amunike, sees African soccer failing to keep pace. All five teams failed to advance from the group stage in Russia.“The reality is that dreams without a plan is just an illusion,” the FIFA technical panel member said.Amunike said Africa’s talent lacks a structure to teach coaches who can develop young players.“What are the materials we have provided for the African coaches to grow in their knowledge?” he asked.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Underdog status suits Croatia perfectly for World Cup final “If you are acting too much I think everybody will understand that it’s not going to help you,” the Netherlands great said. “I think he (Neymar) personally should understand his situation.”Van Basten was asked about Neymar’s theatrics at a briefing with experts appointed by FIFA to analyze tactics and technical trends at the 64-game tournament. One factor they agreed could help explain Neymar’s frustration in Russia: Playmakers face more well-organized defensive lines which are better than ever at denying them space to work.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“The amount of square meters to play in is unbelievably difficult,” Van Basten said.Neymar was calculated to have spent almost 14 minutes on the turf injured or simulating injury during Brazil’s five games at the tournament. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Brazil’s Neymar lies on the ground during the round of 16 match between Brazil and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena, in Samara, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)MOSCOW — Neymar’s play-acting at the World Cup made him the butt of plenty of jokes, and also earned the Brazil striker some criticism from FIFA technical director Marco van Basten.Van Basten, himself one of greatest forwards in the history of the game, said Thursday diving and faking injury is “not a good attitude” and works against Neymar and his team.ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West It’s an evolution of the “sweeper keeper” role Manuel Neuer showcased in Germany’s 2014 title-winning team.SET PIECESWith goals from open play at a premium, set pieces from corners and free kicks became more important.Roxburgh praised England as “kings of the corner kick” at a tournament where teams were rewarded for attention to detail, and delivery of high-quality crosses.Video review also helped set-piece teams by acting as a deterrent against wrestling and shirt-pulling opponents.“People now have the freedom to move a little bit more,” Roxburgh said.BELGIUM BESTBelgium outwitting Brazil in the quarterfinals was perhaps the best tactical game plan.Praising Belgium’s tactical flexibility, Roxburgh said “the way (coach) Roberto Martinez set them up was fantastic.”A 2-1 win in Kazan was built on midfielder Kevin De Bruyne being given a more attacking and central role, and forward Romelu Lukaku playing wider to the right. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs He singled out Croatia playmaker Luka Modric for “reading the game, guiding the game” and leading his team to Sunday’s final against France.NATIONAL IDENTITYFIFA panel member Andy Roxburgh said an “incredible variety” of national styles were seen despite most stars playing in Europe.“Yes, we’ve got globalization. Yes, the influence of the Champions League on players,” the former Scotland coach said. “But all of these players have been brought up within their own country so they have a certain mentality about them.”Still, the influence of Pep Guardiola’s coaching philosophy was seen across the tournament, Roxburgh said.Teams favored “high intensity pressing” with players showing “speed of action and speed of thought.”KEEPERS KEYGuardiola’s belief in goalkeepers expertly passing the ball with both feet is also shared at the World Cup.“They are not only there to save the ball and catch the ball,” FIFA goalkeeping adviser Pascal Zuberbuehler said. “They make a lot of decisions from behind, and they know and feel when they have to make the game faster.”Zuberbuehler, Switzerland’s goalkeeper at the 2006 World Cup, noted England’s Jordan Pickford made more than 50 passes — “a massive high quality from him”— in the semifinal match against Croatia. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Ignore The Omen Mr. President But At Your Peril!

first_imgThe Daily Observer is indeed deeply concerned about the ugly events which transpired at the Capitol Building yesterday when CDC party militants, according to eye witness accounts, disrupted the official program and prevented pall bearers from conveying the body of the late Representative Adolph A. Lawrence into the rotunda of the Capitol where it was to be laid in state.Scenes from the program captured on video, show a rowdy group of young CDC partisans led by their chairman, Mulbah Morlu, in a scuffle with supporters of the late Representative. Eventually, due to the row which ensued, the family and supporters of the late Lawrence, finding themselves unable to convey the body into the rotunda of the Capitol, decided to convey the body to his home in Logan Town.The Daily Observer condemns in no uncertain terms the disruption of the program by CDC actors, led by its chairman Mulbah Morlu. From all indications, the disruption of the program by CDC partisans appears to be consistent with a pattern of violent behavior exhibited by this group recently.It can be recalled that on November 17, 2018, a political rally held by then candidate for the House of Representatives, Cornelia Krua Togba, was violently disrupted by thugs led by Monrovia City Mayor, Jefferson Koijee, during which a number of individuals sustained injuries. Grand Bassa Senator, Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, who was in attendance, barely escaped injury.She filed a complaint to the Police as well as to plenary of the Liberia Senate but her complaints were treated with benign concern. Also, on January 23, 2019, a children’s party being hosted by Representative Yekeh Kolubah was violently disrupted by armed thugs led by an Assistant Justice Minister. Later that night shots were fired at the home of Representative Kolubah. The Police has yet to charge anyone to court.On March 21, 2019, the 46th anniversary program of the Movement for Justice in Africa (MOJA) was again violently disrupted by armed thugs led by a CDC activist who is also President of the Liberia National Students Union (LINSU). Again, no arrests were made although a complaint was brought to the Liberia National Police (LNP). The thuggish group justified their action, arguing that they instead should have been invited to the program rather than UL student leader, Martin Kollie.Recently, on April 16, 2019 a group of ex-rebel generals held a press conference in Monrovia and threatened to arrest Representative Kolubah if he failed to apologize to President Weah for comments attributed to him. Following huge public outcry, the ex-generals back-pedaled on their ultimatum. The press conference was said to have been organized and paid for by Minister of State, Nathaniel McGill.The Daily Observer has, in several editorials, warned against what appears to be tacit approval of thuggish behavior by elements widely suspected to be associated with the CDC. This impression was reinforced by social media reports of men conducting military exercises on a local beach which went viral.And this latest act of thuggery by individuals led by CDC Chairman Mulbah Morlu, disrupting a service where mourners had gathered to pay last respects to a fallen legislator, strongly suggests that things appear to be falling out of hand very fast and may spin totally out of control if left unchecked.The Daily Observer notes that the Police was, as usual, present in their numbers but did little to put things in check. Displayed nonchalance on the part of the Police to such events involving supporters of the CDC is in large part attributed to weak, poor and partisan leadership and can explain why there is a spate of complaints from the public about the Police.But more to that is the looming public fear that the events of yesterday could very well be a dress rehearsal for the planned June 7 protests. The government appears to have upped the ante by Presidential Press Secretary Smith Toby’s declaration that President Weah is aware that organizers of the planned June 7 protests have amassed an amount of US$350,000 intended to pay each protester US$5.00. Now, unworthy motives are being ascribed to the planners of the June 7 protest.And as it appears, press secretary Smith Toby’s declaration is serving to prime the likes of ex-rebel generals and their followers for possible action on June 7, 2019. And the Daily Observer, judging from hard experience, has warned time and again, that a national disaster akin to or worse than the April 14, 1979 rice riots could be in the making and with unknown but grave implications for national security, peace and stability of this country if President Weah does not put things in check.Public declarations by Minister of State, Nathaniel McGill, that he is indeed THE LEADER of the country who can meet with anyone he chooses including ex-rebel generals, has given rise to public speculations that President Weah is indeed being led by McGill.This newspaper strongly believes that just a nod, wave of the hand or even a single word from President Weah is enough to stop the likes of Morlu, McGill, ex-rebel generals and others dead in their tracks.Just why he has not done so is troubling, especially in view of yesterday’s ugly developments at the Capitol. June 7, is fast approaching and judging from Deputy Press Secretary Toby’s recent pronouncements, as well as those from other officials warning against the holding of the protest demonstration, measured against expressed public sentiments in its support, there are strong reasons to believe that June 7 holds peril in store for Liberia.President Weah has the charge and chance to order a pull back from the brink. Should he falter or choose otherwise, he could likely find himself in similar dire straits as did President Tolbert in 1979. He (President Weah) could ignore the omen of the two snakes in his office, but at his peril. He must either bring down McGill, Morlu and their ilk, or they will bring him down.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No parking meter in front of senior Govt officials’ premises

first_imgParking meters burden…citizens to start paying from Mondayas citizens prepare to start paying for parking in Georgetown on Monday, some senior Government-affiliated officials may not have to feel the brunt of this burden. One example is on North Road on the southern side of the St George’s Cathedral.Parking meters have been installed along certain sections of North RoadAn Alliance For Change (AFC) businessman in the neighbourhood has complained bitterly about the section in the vicinity of the St George’s Cathedral which is allegedly owned by a Director of Guyana Goldfields Inc, who is connected with Government officials – and which does not have parking meters.The installation of the controversial parking meters began in December 2016. However, prior to this, a meeting was held with representatives of the parking meter contractors, Smart City Solutions (SSC).No parking meters have been installed in front of this buildingAt that meeting on November 4, 2016, it was disclosed that during the first phase, the project will occupy 3237 spaces in Georgetown, utilising 157 parking meters on many streets in Georgetown, namely on Quamina Street, Water Street, Hadfield Street, Camp Street, Church Street, North Road, Robb Street, Regent Street, Charlotte Street, South Road, Croal Street, Brickdam, Avenue of the Republic, Wellington Street and King Street.However, when contacted on Thursday, the contracting company’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Kit Nascimento stated that parking meters would not be placed at the area mentioned, as they [SCS] “have exercised their judgment that [they] will be putting parking meters there some other time”. He was at the time responding to questions as to why some sections of North Road were furnished with meters and others were not.Additionally, as this publication continued to probe, Smart City Solutions’ PRO stated that no explanation was owed to the media.“We don’t owe an explanation to the media as to why we place parking meters at one place and not another,” he asserted.The fact that parking meters were not erected in the vicinity of the building come to light after the recent outcry against SCS for installing meters in front of at least two city schools.Two parking meters were installed in front of The Bishops’ High School, while one was installed in front of the Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centre. The Guyana Teachers Union immediately condemned the decision, noting that this would only bring more hardship to teachers already affected by low salaries.The National Disability Commission had also complained about the placement of the meters, noting that their presence in the middle of parapets were hazardous to disabled persons.Smart City Solutions has since agreed to meet with representatives from the affected bodies. The parking project has been mired in controversy since its introduction to the public early last year.Citizens as well as other significant stakeholders, including the Private Sector, rejected the idea.However, Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase-Green and Town Clerk Royston King had contended that parking meters were urgently needed to regulate traffic in the city.On Monday, January 23, 2017, citizens of Guyana will be obligated to pay $50 for every 15 minutes of parking in Georgetown. Those not adhering to this obligation would have their vehicle wheels and tyres clamped by wardens, using a device, making them immobile. Persons would then have to pay a staggering $8000 fine to clear their vehicle. Failure to pay that fine would result in the vehicle being impounded.Nascimento had said that the parking meters would be operational from 07:00h to 19:00h (7am to 7pm) Monday to Saturday. Any time before 07:00h in the morning and after 19:00h in the evening would be free, he declared, noting that parking would also be free on Sundays.It was explained in earlier press conferences and interviews that through this initiative, the city will benefit from 20 per cent of the gross earnings on a yearly basis. The parking meter contract, which was signed between the Mayor and City Council and Smart City Solutions, will last for 20 years, with the option to renew.last_img read more

Guyana’s Govt service most corrupt in Caribbean – IDB

first_imgA report from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has pinned Guyana at the top of the list in the Caribbean, where a large percentage of citizens are required to pay a bribe to access Government services. The study, titled “Wait No More: Citizens, Red Tape and Digital Government” was released earlier this month and through surveys, a closer look was placed on the way business is done, the ease of doing it and access to services in the public sector among other factors.It revealed that in this part of the world, the lack of “standardised processes” makes it easier for dishonesty and insisted that corruption is everywhere. Looking at the data from the 2019 Transparency International survey, statistics from five countries showed that there was an 18 per cent average for persons who made payoffs for Government services. “Manual Government transactions, face-to-face interactions, and the lack of standardised processes mean that transactions are vulnerable to dishonest behaviour. In fact, corruption is everywhere: 29 per cent of Latin Americans report having paid a bribe in the context of a public service in 2016. According to data from a 2019 Transparency International survey, the proportion of people in the five Caribbean countries surveyed that reported paying a bribe to access a public service was 18 per cent,” the document stated.However, in Guyana, the figure is a glaring 27 per cent and regarded as the highest in the region. The lowest occurrence of such activity was recorded in Barbados with just 9 per cent.“In Guyana, 27 per cent of those surveyed said they had to pay a bribe to access a public service, the highest proportion in the region, followed by 20 per cent in The Bahamas and 17 per cent in both Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. Barbados registered the lowest rate, with only 9 per cent of the surveyed reporting having paid a bribe to receive a public service,” the IDB report pointed out.Throughout the Caribbean, the numbers were further broken down to name specific entities and agencies where these monies landed. Topping the list was utilities with 19 per cent, followed by the police at 18 per cent, voter’s identification and permits at 15 per cent, public schools standing at 10 per cent, and public hospitals at eight per cent. There was even a small percentage of individuals who bribed the courts.With these numbers, the report went on to state why there is such a high number of individuals who are willing to bribe their way through the system, rather than going through the due process. It speaks to the lack of flexibility to accommodate the working class, resulting in many persons opting to use an alternative which will not affect their income.“One of the biggest problems of difficult Government transactions is their regressive character: they affect the poor more. People in this segment of the population generally enjoy less flexibility at work, which makes it difficult for them to ask for time off to carry out a Government transaction. Likewise, they are less able to forego lost income and have fewer resources to cover the costs incurred in carrying out transactions.”With that, there are cases where the requirements and formalities are difficult to complete by persons who would not have accessed higher education. In essence, many earning a lower income benefit less from Government services.“All of the above means that low-income people complete fewer transactions, which implies that they benefit less from Government services and programmes….Taking educational attainment as a proxy for income, it becomes clear that citizens with less education reported having completed fewer Government transactions in the last year. Only transactions associated with identity, education and health, social programmes, and transportation, as well as the reporting of crimes, were considered, as these transactions are assumed to have, at the very least, an even demand among different socioeconomic levels, or an over-representation of lower-income earners.”In the past 12 months, only seven per cent of persons with no formal education and 17 per cent of those with primary school education completed a transaction, showing the disparity of the population and moreover, the amount of persons who were potentially engaged in bribery.“The fact that low-income people carry out fewer Government transactions, even to access services that in theory would benefit them, has negative implications: Government programmes are not reaching their target beneficiaries, which reduces policy effectiveness,” the IDB data showed.last_img read more

My Donegal – with photographer James O’Donnell and Iggy

first_imgJames O’Donnell and Iggy are fast becoming one of Donegal’s most famous duos. James, a photographer from Falcarragh, and his sidekick Iggy, a nine-year-old border collie, have been putting Donegal on the map in recent years with their adventures, stories and photos. Their social media stories have attracted people to Donegal that have never been before, all because they want to meet Iggy and James for a pint in the Shamrock. Iggy and James enjoy a pint in the Shamrock. James O’Donnell PhotosJames now thinks of himself more as Iggy’s secretary than her owner – such is her level of fame! Many people have meeting Iggy on their bucket list and she is only too happy to be an ambassador for Donegal and local tourism.James recently turned his passion for photography into a business and has launched a stunning scenic calendar for 2020. ‘Iggy’s Donegal’ is selling quickly in local shops and online – and James has been blown away by the demand. To think that Iggy’s photos will be hanging in offices and homes all over the world, from Japan to Australia to the US, he says, is a fantastic experience.You can get yours for the New Year now on jamesodonnellphotography.bigcartel.com James and Iggy: James O’Donnell PhotosThis is James’ (and Iggy’s) My Donegal…1) What is your favourite place in Donegal and why?The Derryveagh Mountains. Having lived in London for almost 20 years, it gave me a much greater appreciation of the landscape that surrounds Falcarragh and Gortahork. The allure of the seven sisters is hard to beat. Myself and Iggy, my ever-present sidekick like to hit the hills quite a bit.James O’Donnell Photos(2) Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?Iain Millar of Unique Ascent. I first met Iain a couple of years ago when he supervised my mountain skills assessment.  I was already well aware of his place in the abseiling and rock climbing world, so as a keen hiker myself it was great to have met him. I’ve since undergone intensive mountain leader training with him, plus abseiling and rock climbing and I hope to achieve my ML qualifications next year. Iain has been excellent for advice in general and tells you how he sees it (with no BS!!!) 😀 (3) What’s your happiest Christmas memory in Donegal?This is a quite recent one. I was best man at my younger brother’s wedding last Christmas. Joseph got married to Shiobhan in Ards Friary. Shiobhan also was the person that introduced me to Instagram, where my photograph sharing all started seven years ago. It was also the first time in years that all brothers and sisters were together for Christmas. (4) If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?To stop our beaches and bays being destroyed by industrial-scale aquaculture.(5) What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?Up there would have to be Donegal being called the ‘Coolest Place on the Planet’ and Donegal Airport at Carrickfinn, being the Most Scenic in the World.Iggy in the Coolest Place! James O’Donnell Photos(6) If you found a magic wand that allowed you to grant one wish for Donegal, what would it be?To stop the rapidly growing industrial sized aquaculture shellfish farming along our coast.(7) What is your favourite Donegal-made product?I love my ‘Bogman Beanie’ by Anna Campbell and my good friend Brenda Hewitt’s fantastic hand woven work with Donal Sweeney Rathlin Knitwear. (8) Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?It’s hard to single out one person, but I think we’re all ambassadors really. If it’s a simple hello, some craic over a pint, help with directions, advice on what to do and see, when we encounter visitors, can go along way. Hopefully these experiences of our renowned hospitality continues to spread around the globe.(9) What is your earliest memory associated with Donegal?Growing up in Falcarragh in the 70s. When the town was busy with tourists. I found myself getting to know them My mother back then did B&B so I feel proud now as an adult that this is where I’ve found myself – meeting tourists.James O’Donnell Photos(10) What has been the biggest compliment you’ve ever received?I’ve enjoyed sharing my photography on social media for the last 7 years and I recently put together a calendar on local shots, with Iggy taking centre stage in most of them!The calendar has gone to Japan, Australia, New Zealand, North America, Canada, throughout Europe, Africa and Britain and in Ireland the support has been fantastic. That has been an amazing compliment but just a few days ago, after lots of conversation, I’ve been officially invited to the United States. A gentleman called Elliot Erwitt and close friend Samuel Holmes have teamed up to bring me to the States next year. Both men are members of the famous Magnum Photos Group and Mr Erwitt has photographed Marilyn Monroe on many occasions, including the moment her skirt blew up by the air vent. To have these gentlemen, not only look at my work and talk about it, but to ask me to America is the greatest compliment ever. Mr Holmes, at the age of 95 wants to visit Falcarragh to meet Meself and Herself and to see the stunning natural and unspoilt beauty (including Ballyness Bay) which inspired my photograph.(11) Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?As a goalkeeper myself (GAA growing up and then soccer in London). I have to go with Packie Bonner.Iggy at the Shamrock in Falcarragh. O’Donnell Photos(12) What is your favourite Donegal restaurant/bar?The Honeypot in Letterkenny and the dog-friendly Shamrock Lodge in Falcarragh.In fact, Meself and Herself will be visiting the Honeypot on Thursday 19th December for their customer appreciation night. It’s a great chance to get a calendar and people can meet Iggy and get her paw-tograph.(13) What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?Saying hello to someone by just saying ‘Yes’.(14) What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?I suppose we have to see how this Brexit debacle pans out, with us being the six counties’ largest neighbour.James O’Donnell PhotosJames O’Donnell Photos(15) What is your favourite food that you associate with Donegal?Fish n Chips from Something Fishy in Falcarragh!(16) Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?Thanks for this question! Yes, the use of fog lights at all times of the day/night with no fog anywhere to be seen. Why? Also not wearing reflective gear when out walking. I personally feel the Wild Atlantic Way left Falcarragh off the map – that has pushed me a little bit to share more from the area. If people see photos from here it might encourage them to come for a day or two.Okay… rant over!Iggy at Sliabh Liag. James O’Donnell Photos(17) Who is your favourite Donegal entrepreneur?That’s hard to single out one, as there are so many people making a go of it in Donegal. But locally, a young fella by the name of Shaun McMullan started a car valeting service recently to fill his days off from his many jobs. So to support him in getting his business off the ground I dropped my car up to him and I’m delighted with the end result. That’s entrepreneurship right there!(18) If you had a hundred million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?Healthcare, education, infrastructure, and a pavement in between Falcarragh and Gortahork. (19) Where’s the most unusual place you’ve logged on to Donegal Daily?Top of Errigal Mountain!Iggy on the Seven Sisters Mt Range. James O’Donnell Photos(20) Nomination for best dressed Donegal person?That’s a hard one to call too! But it’s a close call between Messrs Manus Kelly and Mickey O’Donnell – both Falcarragh men.(21) Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of? (example: our culture/language)I’m very proud of the fact that I live in the Gaeltacht and that we have islands and their communities along with Cloughaneely, Gweedore and the Rosses parishes.(22) What is the most rewarding thing about what you do?Through my photographs I’ve engaged with people from all the continents on the planet, apart from Antarctica. Though Iain Miller lived there once, so I’ll claim all seven so!Follow James and Iggy on Facebook : www.facebook.com/JamesODonnellPhotography and on Instagram: www.instagram.com/james_odonnell_photographyMy Donegal – with photographer James O’Donnell and Iggy was last modified: December 20th, 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:calendarFalcarraghiggyjames o donnellMY DONEGALPhotographytourismWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more

Does My Vent Hood Need Makeup Air?

first_imgDave B plans on installing a range hood in the kitchen of his new house so any evidence of the blackened redfish or pan-seared scallops he might want to cook can be quickly whisked away. The house will be tightly air sealed, and Dave wonders which of the two Broan kitchen fans he is considering—moving 250 and 390 cubic feet of air per minute respectively—would be best, and whether he should provide a source of makeup air for them. “I seem to get conflicting information regarding if the unit needs makeup air,” Dave writes in a Q&A post. He wonders whether a clothes dryer also will need some kind of makeup air.RELATED ARTICLESMakeup Air for Range HoodsAll About Makeup AirHow to Provide Makeup Air for Range HoodsHow to Provide Makeup Air for a Wood StoveWhy Range Hoods Don’t Work That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. Even some manufacturers don’t get it Dave isn’t the only one who’s confused by what he’s heard. Martin Holladay points him toward two articles on this topic that GBA has published in the past (see the “Related Articles” sidebar below). One of them describes the frustrations of a homeowner whose 1,200-cfm range hood was so powerful that it pulled ashes out of the fireplace. She wanted to know what could be done about it. In poking around for answers, Holladay learned that the manufacturer of the GE Monogram range hood offered no guidance on the topic of makeup air, and in telephone calls to the company, various representatives basically had nothing to offer. So the problem is not new and not unique. That said, Tom Wheeler notes that range hoods that exhaust less than 400 cfm do not require makeup air, and Dave’s own research suggests that even in a tight house—one with an air leakage rate of 1.5 ach50 or less—no makeup air should be needed for a vent hood with a capacity of 250 cfm. “It’s hard to generalize,” Holladay replies. “If a house is extremely airtight—under 0.6 ach50—it’s certainly possible for a 250 cfm exhaust fan to be starved of makeup air. In all cases, this problem can be alleviated by opening a window when the fan is in use.” Most clothes dryers should work fine even in a tight house, he adds, although it’s possible that makeup air might be a good idea in a house that meets the Passivhaus limit of 0.6 ach50. Accounting for heat output and duct design John Clark suggests that sizing a range hood depends on several factors, including the heat output of the range, and how the ductwork is designed. A good rule of thumb, Clark says, is to allow 100 cfm for every 10,000 Btu of output. If, for example, the range is a four-burner model with a total output of 50,000 Btu when all of them are full-on, the fan should be able to move about 500 cfm. For electric ranges, the fan should be rated at 100 cfm for every 10 inches of width. Other factors include the number of bends in the exhaust duct and the length of the ductwork. When the duct size is smaller, it will take more air movement to compensate; larger duct sizes mean smaller fans. “Ideally,” he says, “the hood should be 6 inches wider (3-inch overhang on each side) than the width of the range.” While production builders are finally starting to add range hoods, they often do it on the cheap, Clark stays, resulting in less-than-stellar outcomes. “I know I sound annoyed,” he writes, “because it my opinion it is annoying. A typical homeowner doesn’t know to think about these things so they’re none the wiser. The homebuyer gets his/her range hood but most likely not as efficient as it should be.” A 250 cfm blower will not cause problems GBA reader Akos takes a look at the specs of the 250 cfm fan Dave is considering and concludes that it wouldn’t cause any problems. “If you don’t add any combustion appliances, that is not something I would worry about,” he says. “Cracking a window open while cooking would boost the flow slightly (10%) if needed.” What if Dave bumps up the blower to the next size? With an air leakage rate of 1.5 ach50, the house would become more depressurized, Akos says, but because Dave won’t have any combustion appliances there’s probably nothing to worry about. He adds that a range hood with an axial blower, the standard, tend to be louder at higher air flows. A radial blower is significantly quieter, and sees a smaller drop in air flow as the inlet filter becomes clogged. W Ramsay points out that real world performance can be different than the calculations Akos has done. Changes in pressure on various sides of the house can significantly alter the performance of a range hood— fans that are vented on the windward size of the house may hardly work at all. And, he adds, performance also will hinge on the style of cooking that Dave and his wife are likely to do. Pay frying or stir frying need much better performance than boiling water for noodles, he says as he cites an online discussion that might be useful. Does the outlet size matter? Ramsay thinks the Broan model that Dave is considering has a small aperture and “zero” containment area, meaning that it won’t work very well even if it had a 1,200 cfm blower. He suggests looking at models made by Zephyr and Modernaire. “If you want it to work very well at all, then make sure it’s at least 6 inches wider than your range and 27 inches deep,” he says. Akos doesn’t think the intake dimensions of the blower make much difference unless the stove is very wide. A larger inlet with a larger grease filter, however, will be less restrictive as grease accumulates. “Not necessarily,” Ramsay replies. “Hot effluent from cooking rises up and expands out a bit as it does so. It takes an enormous amount of airflow, like multiple thousands of cfms, to overcome that and pull the column into a smaller aperture. This is why the opening of hoods (aperture) should extend out at least 3-6 inches beyond the range…Anything that does not naturally rise up into the aperture and containment area will spread out throughout the house.” Our expert’s opinion GBA Technical Director Peter Yost added these thoughts: I sure thought that the exhaust system we have in our kitchen does a decent job, but this exchange got me thinking. Here is what our home’s kitchen exhaust system looks like: It’s a 3 1/4-inch by 10-inch rectangular vent leading to a to 6-inch round duct that’s powered by a 200 cfm fan. I’m pretty sure it’s a Tamarack Technologies fan that’s quite efficient, but I can’t find the specs on it and it is not easy to access at this point. View of the kitchen from the pantry showing theatrical fogger 5 feet from center of the cooktop. The kitchen exhaust grille is just to the left of the ceiling light. The electrical cord is the remote on/off button for the fogger. This is the kitchen exhaust unit housed in a knee wall just above the kitchen. But my good friend and former BuildingGreen colleague, Alex Wilson, has a real kitchen exhaust system: 3-speeds, a hood extending down to within 3 feet of the cooktop surface, 12-inch by 16-inch rectangular duct powered by a scroll fan with a 6-inch round outlet duct. Alex Wilson’s Leonard Farm kitchen with center island cooktop and range hood. I decided that some Wingnut testing was in order. Here is the testing protocol: Step 1: Determine home airtightness in ACH50. Step 2: Measure negative pressure developed by kitchen exhaust fan. Step 3: Measure air velocity at face of exhaust system (I used my 4-in-1 Omega Environmental Meter’s anemometer in feet per minute – FPM). Step 4: Set up theatrical fogger 5 feet away from center of kitchen exhaust, in plane with the cooktop. Step 5: Run theatrical fogger for 5 seconds and video-record until fog is no longer visible. Results for Wingnut Testing 208 Yost kitchen exhaust Step 1: 4 ACH50. STEP 2: -0.7 Pa (all four interior doors closed); -0.3 Pa (interior doors open). Pressure reading created by kitchen exhaust fan, all interior doors to kitchen closed. Yost used a TEC DG 1000 for all pressure measurements. Step 3: Averaged roughly 900 fpm. NOTE: If we assume uniform air velocity across the grille surface (and I realize that is a big, bold assumption), we can multiply the air velocity by the area of the vent (900 fpm x .27 ft x .83 ft = 202.5 cfm. Just about right.). This video shows the fan at work with all interior doors to kitchen closed. You can see how the fog rolls across the cooktop and spreads around the kitchen taking about two minutes or more to completely clear visible fog. Here’s a another view, this one with all interior doors to kitchen open. It takes a bit longer for the fog to clear, about 2 1/2 minutes. Admittedly, the fogger is throwing the fog across the cooktop and this is quite different than vapor or smoke coming directly up and off the cooktop, but as you will see with the Leonard Farm testing below, it does reveal a bit more about overall kitchen airflow. I chose to locate the fogger 5 feet away from the center of the cooktop based on trial runs of how the fog moved from the fogger to the cooktop. Results for Wingnut Testing Leonard Farm kitchen exhaust Step 1: 1.6 ACH50. Step 2 results for each hood fan speed: Low: -4.6 Pa Medium: -9.1 Pa High: -11.9 Pa Alex says they never crack a window or door when running their kitchen exhaust fan, at any speed. The only combustion appliance in the house is a rarely-used wood stove, which has its own combustion air supply duct. Step 3 results at three speeds: Low: 330 fpm (439 cfm) Anemometer reading 330 feet per minute held in front of Leonard Farm kitchen exhaust grille. Med: 533 fpm (709 cfm) High: 574 fpm (763 cfm) This video shows the fan operating at low speed. An awful lot of fog makes its way past the cooktop and up to the ceiling, partially trapped by the ceiling beams. With the fan running at medium, here’s what it looks like. The capture is a bit better but quite a bit of fog escapes the hood’s capture zone. Now, the fan running on high. Even at high speed, we were surprised by how much fog escaped the hood capture zone. And of course, this Wingnut test throws an awful lot of fog at speed across the cooktop rather than up and off of the cooktop. Alex Wilson and I decided to crack the back door open to see how that affected exhaust flow. With the back door cracked open, here’s the result. We were surprised again that with the back door just just 6 feet from the cooktop there wasn’t much of an impact. We then noticed that the grilles were pretty dirty and decided to take out the grilles to see how that affected exhaust flow. This is the result, with the fan running at high speed and, once again, the back door cracked open. Another surprise: Quite a bit more fog escapes the hood capture zone and moves down the hallway off the kitchen. For all of these tests—my house and Leonard Farm—there was essentially no wind. The best results for Leonard Farm proved to be back door closed, high speed, with grilles removed. Here’s what it looked like. Wingnut conclusions Air flow is complicated. If smoke or vapor makes its way past any range hood extending down to the cooktop surface, it will take quite a bit of time for that escaped smoke or vapor to clear from the kitchen. Keep your grilles clean. If you are cracking a window or door for pressure relief, it’s probably best to do it some distance from the kitchen exhaust so that wind does not affect the communication between the cooktop and the exhaust system. Do your own wingnut testing to add to our understanding of how kitchen exhaust systems perform. -Scott Gibson is a contributing writer at Green Building Advisor and Fine Homebuilding magazine. All photos by Peter Yost.last_img read more

French Authorities On High Alert Ahead of Euro 2016 Soccer Championships

first_imgPARIS  — With Europe on high alert, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Tuesday that the deadly explosions in Brussels are a reminder that a “very high security level” will be required during this year’s European Championship in France.Speaking hours after three explosions killed dozens in the Belgian capital, Cazeneuve said that everything will be put in place to guarantee “collective security” at the June 10-July 10 tournament, with the mobilization of specially trained emergency staff, police forces and firefighters.In the wake of the Paris attacks that left 130 people dead in November, France remains in a state of emergency which was recently extended to May 26, two weeks before the opening game. Tournament organizers had strengthened security measures and made changes to the particularly vulnerable fan zones well before the events in Brussels.Fan zones are typically set up in squares or parks near the center of the city, allowing supporters to watch a game on a big screen. Security can be lighter than at stadiums.About seven million supporters visited the fan zones in the host cities during Euro 2012 in Ukraine and Poland, and there are concerns the designated Euro 2016 areas for the public could be targets for attackers. Each fan zone can hold 10,000 to 100,000 people and French authorities want to maintain a festive atmosphere within those areas while protecting crowds.Cazeneuve said Euro 2016 should bring “sportsmanship, festivities and security for teams, accompanying staff and spectators.”French authorities last week used an open-air screening of a match to simulate a chemical attack that would be more devastating than the explosions near the Stade de France on Nov. 13, when suicide bombers blew themselves up outside the stadium while France was playing a friendly match against Germany.After the simulation exercise, Cazeneuve said more training has been planned ahead of Euro 2016.Although France’s rugby team has played three matches there in the Six Nations Championship since then, the football team returns for the first time next Tuesday night, when it hosts Russia.France players Laurent Koscielny and Antoine Griezmann both said the match should go ahead.“No, I am not worried about our safety, the federation has put security measures in place. We are serene,” Koscielny said Tuesday at France’s training camp. “Whether it’s the French state or in Europe, everyone’s taken exceptional security measures for the games in March and at the Euro.”Koscielny hopes Friday’s match away to Netherlands and the game against Russia can help lift spirits.“We have a game to play on Friday and we have to. Life continues, even though it’s difficult given what happened in Belgium and France,” he said. “We must try to give pleasure to the fans and to those watching on television. That’s the only thing we can do.”Griezmann, whose sister escaped uninjured from the attack on the Bataclan nightclub in Paris on Nov. 13, was shaken by the attacks in Belgium.“When I found out this morning it made me think a bit about things that I’m trying to forget. All our wishes and support are with the victims and their families,” Griezmann said. “But in terms of the match, we have total faith in the security.”According to senior officials handling Euro security, explosives sweeps of all fan zones will be done when they open each day, with systematic pat downs and the possibility of metal detectors being installed at entrances. Fans carrying large bags won’t be allowed inside and the areas will be placed under video surveillance. Cazeneuve said the state will contribute up to 2 million euros ($1.1 million) for video surveillance in the fan zones.Organizers announced last month that about 10,000 people had been privately hired for security, among them 900 agents mobilized for each of the 51 matches. Tournament organizers are in charge of security within stadiums, with French authorities dealing with it outside, meaning the privately-hired security officers handling entrances and interior of fan zones will not be armed.Organizers are looking to hire more people for security but are confident they will have enough trained by June. France’s agency for job seekers has identified 10,500 people currently on unemployment lists who have the proper background and experience to work as fan zone guards.In addition to the risk of extremist-led attacks, organizers also need to deal with the high possibility of hooliganism. French authorities have been working with spotters from the qualified nations in order to identify potential hooligans. Five matches from the qualifying round are treated as high risk: England vs. Russia, Turkey vs. Croatia, England vs. Wales, Germany vs. Poland and Ukraine vs. Poland.England’s game against Russia — which has been dealing with serious hooliganism problems in recent years — will be played in Marseille, where English and Tunisian fans clashed during the 1998 World Cup.SAMUEL PETREQUIN, AP Sports Writer___Associated Press writers Angela Charlton and Jerome Pugmire contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Hockey players asked to shave heads after defeat? Probe ordered

first_imgThe Bengal Hockey Association (BHA) will form a three-member committee to look into the matter of state U-19 players being asked to shave their heads following a defeat in a match.”The committee will be formed by tonight and whoever is responsible will be taken to task,” BHA Secretary Swapan Banerjee told PTI.The Bengal U-19 team lost to Namdhari XI 1-5 in the quarterfinal of the Junior National Championship (B Division) in Jabalpur.Coach Anand Kumar had allegedly told the players during half-time that he will have their heads tonsured if they lost.While some members of the squad said they did it after returning to Kolkata out of respect and disappointment, a few said they were forced.The U-19 squad comprised 18 players and it was learnt that all of them except two had shaved their heads. A dozen of the players were from SAI’s Eastern Regional Centre at Salt Lake.”I scolded them during the match and never said anything after that. Why will I force them? I will talk to the players about what happened. I did not get a chance to speak to them as I am in the hospital for my wife,” the coach said.SAI Director Manmeet Singh Goindi said he will speak to the players and then take necessary action.”I will speak to the players once they are back from school. Necessary steps will be taken,” said Goindi.Also Read | Former captain Sardar Singh named in selection committee of Hockey IndiaAlso Read | Hockey India to advertise for senior coach, Harendra Singh offered charge of junior teamAlso Read | India need to develop world class drag-flickers: Former hockey captain Dilip Tirkeyadvertisementlast_img read more