Water Shortages In County Limerick Worsen

first_imgNewsLocal NewsWater Shortages In County Limerick WorsenBy admin – January 12, 2010 493 WhatsApp Advertisement Linkedin Twitter Previous articleArts briefs and moreNext articleHospital nurses to go on ‘work to rule’ admincenter_img Facebook Email Limerick County Council has confirmed that water supplies are coming under extreme pressure as a result of burst pipe leaks and increased demand.The Council said heavy rainfall and a rise in temperatures have led to a thaw in many parts of the County overnight and this morning. The local authority has urged customers to conserve water to the maximum extent possible but added that interruptions in supply were inevitable over the coming days.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Among the areas currently experiencing difficulties with supply are Caherconlish, Oola, Carrigmore, Doon, Newcastle West, Mountcollins, Abbeyfeale, Foynes and Ballyhahill.According to Mr. Donal Brennan, Senior Engineer, Limerick County Council: “Customers throughout the County can expect interruptions in supply over the coming days. Council crews are continuing their efforts to maintain supplies and the public are asked to promptly repair any leaks within their premises. We will continue to ensure that disruption to public water supplies is kept to a minimum and supplies are restored as soon as practicable.”Meanwhile, Limerick County Council is continuing to provide water at static standpipes in various locations.For more see www.lcc.ie. Printlast_img read more

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Referendum Voters Will Be Asked To OK $5.7M Bond Issue

first_imgBy Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – The Borough Council unanimously approved a resolution at its Aug. 2 meeting that set Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., for a special election for a referendum on three bond issues that would provide funds to replace two borough buildings lost in Sandy in 2012 and the existing Borough Hall.The resolution also set the wording of the interpretive statement that would explain the three questions being voted on, one for each bond issue.The buildings proposed would contain the borough’s lost firehouse, police department, library and beach facilities as well as replace the current Borough Hall.The interpretive statement said that total projected costs of the two buildings was $12,726,969 – of which $5,761,750 is the maximum to be bonded.The statement said that it was necessary for both bond ordinances 15-2016 and 17-2016 to pass to fund the building called the Community Center/Beach utility structure.Ordinance 17-2016 provides for construction of the beach facility while ordinance 15-2016 deals with the construction of the community center/library building.This building is described as a single 8,609 square-foot structure that would serve both as the library and beach facilities. It would add new storage space for police, fire and public works equipment with a second level that would contain a place for Borough Council, Planning Board and other town meetings as well as rentals by the public with an oceanfront deck included in the building, the statement said.“The borrowing for ordinance 15-2016 is anticipated to be fully repaid from taxes and the borrowing for ordinance 17-2016 is anticipated to be fully repaid by revenues of the Beach Utility from beach user fees,” the statement said.It described the building funded by ordinance 16-2016 as a 14,187 square-foot-structure that would replace the firehouse, and police and first aid building destroyed by Sandy that would also have an extra bay for storing equipment and space to relocate “borough administrative functions and records storage.” The borrowing for ordinance 16-2016 is to be repaid from taxes, according to the statement.A chart contained in the statement shows the projected cost of the library /beach facility to be $4,875,248 with the maximum amount to be bonded as $332,500 for the library and $1,486,750 for the beach facility. Insurance payments for the building are listed as $150,000 for the library and $185,000 for the beach facility, while the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds the town receives will be $900,000 for the library and $1,450,000 for the beach portion of the building. Another $400,000 will go towards the beach facility from a settlement in a lawsuit concerning beach access the borough has received.According to the table, the maximum expected to be bonded for the municipal complex is $3,942,500, with $1,000,000 provided by insurance and $2,750,000 by FEMA.Although the council vote was unanimous, several residents protested the ordinance and said the projects could be achieved through less costly replacements of the buildings and that the costs for the proposal had escalated from when it was first proposed.Jean Kingman said that when “we started out the costs were much less.” Councilmen John Lamia, Jr., and Jack Keeler have also said they believed the project costs are too high.The referendum on the bonds was required when a petition contained sufficient voter signatures requesting it. The number required was 15 percent of the last election in which members of the State Assembly were on the ballot. According to Borough Clerk Christina Pfeiffer that number was 47 and 69 qualified residents signed the petition.At a prior meeting, councilman Brian Kelly said with revenues from the new metered parking system in the town and the cell tower and insurance payments, the bonds should result in an increase of two cents per hundred dollars of assessed value to borough taxpayers.A public town meeting on the referendum will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday Aug. 23. Drop-in information sessions on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to noon and on Sept. 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Borough Hall, where questions about the bonds can be answered by council members and borough staff.last_img read more

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Maxell nips Allen for bragging rights at Ted Allen’s Jewellery Low Net tournament

first_imgLorna Maxwell covered the Granite Pointe at Nelson course in a net 61 to capture the top prize at the Ted Allen’s Jewellery tournament Tuesday at the Rosemont track.Maxwell edged out Becky Allen for the title. Allen finished with a score of net 70, two strokes in front of Cathie McLaren. Joan Jordan finished fourth ahead of Maria Dimopoulos. Both finished with scores of 73 with Jordan winning in retrogression.Edna Mierau was next at 74.last_img

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Cougars put Kootenay in deep freeze during weekend set in PG

first_imgThe Kootenay Ice ran its winless streak to eight after the Cariboo Cougars rocked the visitors by a combined 18-2 scored during B.C. Hockey Major Midget Hockey League action this past weekend at the CN Centre in Prince George.The Cougars, within one point of first place in league standings with an 8-2-0 record, opened with a 9-2 victory Saturday.Cariboo then completed the home ice sweep Sunday blasting the Ice 9-0.Cariboo opened the two-game set by jumping on the Ice, scoring four times in the opening frame.The Cougars continued to dominate the contest outscoring the Ice 2-1 in the second and 3-1 in the third.Tyler Povelofskie led the Cougars with four points, including a hat trick.Kenny Nordstrom added a pair for Cariboo. Kane Roberts of Castlegar and Ryan Neil from Fruitvale replied for Kootenay.Sunday Kootenay had a better start holding the Cougars to a 1-0 advantage after one frame on a shorthanded tally by Liam Blackburn.However, in the second Cariboo scored five times, including three markers from power plays, to take over the game.Cariboo finished the game with seven special teams goals — four on power plays.Povelofskie and Blackburn led the offence for Cariboo each finishing with two goals.Braiden Epp added three assists.Nelson’s Adam Maida and Harrison Whitlock of Fruitvale were the goalies for Kootenay.Kootenay returns home this weekend for a two-game set at the Cominco Arena in Trail against Thompson Blazers.The Blazers have one win in 10 games this season.Game time Saturday is 8 p.m.Sunday the puck drops at 9:45 a.m.last_img read more

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Leafs, Border Bruins square off in Murdoch Showdown

first_imgHowever, the key to beating Grand Forks maybe some early goals on netminder Anthony Galliart.The native of Kansas City owns 2.18 goals against average and sits ninth in KIJHL goalie leaders.Galliart, who was sitting a suspension during the first meeting of the season, is responsible for many wins last season as Grand Forks went from perennial cellar-dwellers in the Murdoch to division finalists, losing out to Beaver Valley in the 2016 playoffs.Goalies? Anyone for goalies?The Nelson Leafs have almost as many netminders on the roster as defencemen as the coaching staff looks to bolster the goal.The Leafs nets looks almost like a goaltending school with four players vying for a spot between the pipes.Ben Kelsch and Jason Sandhu were the goalies on the squad coming out of training camp.However, the coaching staff still looks to be experimenting with the goalie position as two backstoppers were added —Devin Allen and recently, Josh Bolding — to the roster.A decision should be made sooner than later regarding the goaltending position.Injury reportLeafs will be without the services of defenceman Zack Morey and forward Jacob Karran for the weekend games.Morey was injured against Castlegar while Karran, a 6’7” blueliner has yet to dress for the Leafs this season. The Nelson Leafs have spent a lot of the first six weeks of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season on the bus.Nelson, 5-4-0-0-1 on the season which is good enough for third place in the Murdoch Division, have played only four games at home to start the season.This weekend, Leafs have the chance to take advantage of home ice while trying to exact some revenge on the Grand Forks Border as the two Murdoch opponents hook up Friday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Saturday, Nelson hosts Spokane Braves at the NDCC Arena. The Leafs have yet to lose to the Braves this season.The Bruins, second in the divison two points ahead of Nelson, are led by September Player of the month honourable mention in the Kootenay Conference, Dylan Haney.The 5’11” 165-pound Haney has seven goals and 11 assists to lead the Bruins in scoring.Other players to watch are Trey Mason, Chad Grambo and Brady Berger.Haney, Grambo and Berger combined for eight points in the Bruins 7-4 win over Nelson September 21 in the Boundary City.last_img read more

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High-scoring Hoopa off to hot start

first_imgThe Hoopa boys basketball team is off to a hot start in 2018 after claiming the South Fork Classic championship over the weekend thanks to some of the highest-scoring offensive play of any team on the North Coast.The Warriors downed Cornerstone Christian 91-71 in Saturday’s championship game after back-to-back wins by more than 40-points in the tournament’s first two rounds.Hoopa’s run-and-gun style of play has propelled the club to a 6-1 overall record as the Warriors have had no issues …last_img read more

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Curry’s finger isn’t healed, but he’s going to play through it

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!HOUSTON — As he has measured the pain in his dislocated middle finger in his left hand, Stephen Curry still said he feels fine enough to play in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals between the Warriors and Houston Rockets on Saturday. But it does not appear Curry’s finger has fully healed.“It feels all right,” Curry said following practice on Friday. …last_img read more

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Turning junk into cinema magic

first_img20 October 2003South African film producer Anant Singh’s company, Videovision Entertainment, has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to The Legend Of The Sky Kingdom that opened the Durban International Film Festival this month.The Legend Of The Sky Kingdom, produced by Zimbabwe-based Philip and Jacqui Cunningham, is directed by Roger Hawkins.The characters and sets featured in the film have been made exclusively from junk, giving birth to the world’s newest animation style, dubbed “junkmation” by its creators, Sunrise Productions.“We were thoroughly impressed with the ingenuity of The Legend Of The Sky Kingdom and its distinctive African flavour”, said Singh. “The filmmakers have done an amazing job in not only creating a film that is characteristically African, but a film from which a new animation style has been created for the world.”Last month, Videovision presented The Legend Of The Sky Kingdom at prestigious festivals in North America. The film had its world premiere at the Montreal Film Festival, where it opened the African Horizons section.Junkmation is inspired by the unique works of art created from junk in Africa, where skilled craftsmen transform pieces of junk into useful items, reports SA Film. Junk of any type – wood, metal, wire, tin, plastic, empty containers – find new life as objects of art and decoration and everyday use.The film’s producers tapped into this art form and brought it to life to create a world unlike any other, peopled by characters recreated from junk.The Legend Of The Sky Kingdom is a magical tale that follows the journey of a group of children on their way to find the mythical sky kingdom.Enslaved in an underground city, Blockhead, Squidge and Lucky stage a daring escape and begin a journey that sees them pursued by the evil emperor’s hyenas as they travel through the Jungle of Despair and the Desert of Desolation.“We are pleased to have Anant Singh and Videovision Entertainment handle the world distribution of The Legend of the Sky Kingdom, and we are thrilled to have the film selected for the Montreal World Film Festival”, the Cunninghams told SA Film.“As junkmation was our inspiration for the film, we remained true to its art form, we decided to tap into the creative source of the style – the street artists and vendors themselves. In so doing, we combined our technical and creative expertise with the raw talent and craftsmanship of these highly original and gifted artists.“The approach we used in The Legend of the Sky Kingdom has never been attempted anywhere in the world before, and the results are truly radical.”Director Roger Hawkins told SA Film: “The whole ethos of our production was to ‘use what you’ve got’. I realised that we did not have vast resources or big budgets, but what we did have was the incredible ingenuity of African street artists. This inspired us and made us realise that art can always find a form to express itself.“The idea of making a movie out of nothing really appealed to me, and I think it fired our creativity and passion in a way that proved you don’t need big money and experience – what matters is passion and determination.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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FFA membership continues to grow heading into National Convention

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National FFA Organization heads into the 2015 National Convention with a record number of members and the strong organization continues to grows stronger.FFA membership now stands at 629,367 students, up from 610,240 in 2014, an increase of 3%. The number of chapters grew from 7,665 in 2014 to 7,757 in 2015. The top five membership states are Texas, California, Georgia, Oklahoma and Missouri. Interest in FFA and agricultural education continues to grow, as membership has increased more than 20% since 2009-10.“FFA, through agricultural education, is preparing our youth to ensure the security of our country’s food, fiber and natural resources for years to come,” said National FFA Organization CEO Dwight Armstrong, Ph.D. “Through real-world experiences, the nation’s agricultural educators are helping students develop the technical knowledge, skills and problem-solving capabilities to be the industry’s leaders of tomorrow. FFA continues to grow leaders, build communities and strengthen agriculture.”Student membership was not the only thing that grew in 2015. National FFA Alumni membership also continued to grow, with 62,705 members this year, growing from 57,832 in 2014. FFA alumni play an important role in keeping agricultural education and FFA programs in local schools by providing both volunteers and financial support to local teachers.last_img read more

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Basement Insulation — Part 1

first_imgA common truism (that isn’t) is “heat rises.” Actually, what rises is air that is warmer than the surrounding air. Anyone who has lived with a wood stove knows this — it’s a lot hotter at the ceiling in the room with the stove than it is at the floor. But heat flows from hot to cold, so it readily goes from our houses down into whatever connection they have with the ground, because the ground is cooler than the temperature most of us like our homes to be at.A surprising number of buildings have no insulation between the finished, occupied portion and the ground. In a concrete slab-on-grade building, such as many schools, having no perimeter or sub-slab insulation leads to cold floor edges, and (especially if the floor is carpeted) mold.Most houses in New England have basements (or crawl spaces). There are two locations for insulation between the finished above-grade space and the ground: The first option is to insulate the first-floor joist cavities, above the basement; and the second option is to insulate the basement walls and floor slab. Either option can work well to slow down the flow of heat between the house and the ground. You can see it here in this infrared photo, taken on a very cold morning, where the warmest surface is the uninsulated exposed basement wall, and the green strip just above it is the rim joist cavity. Everything needs to be moved back from the wallsI used an innovative system developed by Hilti to attach the Thermax to the concrete walls, which I’ll describe in the next post. But first, I had to go around the basement perimeter and note each item that was closer than two and a half inches from the concrete walls, and would therefore be in the way of the foam. I ended up with this list:– The stairs to the basement from the first floor were framed hard against the concrete– The electric panel was mounted on a piece of plywood over flat-wise 2x4s – I was not going to mess with this one!– The PVC waste plumbing from the kitchen sink and washing machine– The potable water pressure tank– The washer hoses and electric receptacle– The light switch at the door to the bulkheadI could leave these as they were, or move them out from the wall to let the foam run past them uninterrupted. I decided that it wouldn’t be that much more work to move them all then it would be to fit the foam around them, so I moved them.[The continuation of this blog can be found here: Basement Insulation — Part 2] 1 – Is the basement leaky to the outdoors? If so, it will get colder than if it’s airtight. Even in cold climates such as northern New England, uninsulated basements won’t freeze if they aren’t leaky. And frozen pipes, the bane of the northerner’s winter, are most commonly caused by air leaks at the sill area, with the pipe located in front of the leak.2 – How much of the basement is above grade? The more foundation that is exposed to the ambient air, the colder the basement gets.3 – What is the ground temperature? In much of New England, the temperature at the basement footing level is somewhere near 50°F. If the basement is mostly below grade, the (uninsulated) basement temperature won’t drop much below the ground temperature. The entire area of the floor slab is in contact with this stable temperature, and during the summer, when the basement warms, the sub-slab areas warms also, storing some heat that comes back in the winter as the basement cools.4 – Are there heat sources within the basement? The most common, of course, is a forced air furnace and uninsulated, leaky ducts, or a boiler and uninsulated pipes. As the outside temperature drops, the heating system fires more often to keep the house warm, and losses from the system keep the basement warmer than it would be without the heating system. In the most extreme cases, the basement is actually warmer than the house! Basement Insulation — Part 2How to Insulate a Basement WallGBA Encyclopedia: Insulating Roofs, Walls, and FloorsGBA Encyclopedia: Rigid Foam Insulation Watch out for condensationIn humid climates, the drawback to insulating the frame floor goes beyond energy, to an air quality and aesthetic concern. After winter, the ground has cooled down. The ground at grade warms in the spring, but the basement walls, particularly down near the footing, are cool. When summer humid air gets into the basement, condensation occurs as the air is cooled down below its dew point. This is typically noticeable at the bottom of the walls where they meet the floor slab. The moist surfaces, especially if they are in contact with, and therefore cause to be wet, organic materials like wood, cardboard, paper or fabrics, support biological growth and you get the classic moldy dank basement odor.My house was insulated with fiberglass batts in the frame floor, and as noted, has one inch of foam beneath the basement slab. As we got into mid-late December, the temperature in the basement dropped to 58°-59°F and seemed to level off. Why? Because the boiler was running, heating the house and our hot water, and all the piping for both heat and hot water were left uninsulated, which makes them very effective heat emitters.On December 26th, we started using the heat pump instead of the oil boiler for heat. Within two weeks, the temperature had dropped into the upper 40s. This situation promised to make the walls even colder as we entered the summer season, potentially making the smelly basement problem worse. Considering that we were heading to removing the oil system completely, we decided that we would add insulation to the basement walls. 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.center_img Insulating the joist bays and under the slabSo one good way to get a cold basement is to do a good job insulating the frame floor above, and also insulate below the floor slab. Here on Martha’s Vineyard, where I live, South Mountain Company did this in a lot of houses, figuring that an owner could always add wall insulation to the basement but it would be hard to add insulation to the floor slab (partially because of headroom issues). My house has one inch of extruded foam beneath the slab, for example.But insulating beneath the slab cuts the heat flow from the earth in the winter. In one case, some houses were built with spray foam in the frame floor, and two inches of rigid foam beneath the slab, and no basement wall insulation — basically the culmination of the typical Martha’s Vineyard strategy. These houses, because they had very good thermal envelopes above grade, were heated with a point-source propane heater in the main living space, and therefore had no basement heating system.The first winter people were surprised to see the basement temperature drop below 45°F! This shouldn’t have been a surprise, though — very little heat came from above or from the deep ground, and so the basement temperature headed to a point somewhere between the ground surrounding the basement (which is coldest at grade) and outdoors. Foam insulation needs a thermal barrierConsidering the above, my preference for interior basement insulation is some form of foam insulation. There’s a lot to say about types of foam, and when one might be preferred over another, and which might be avoided as much as possible, yet for now let’s focus on just one aspect. When using foam in a habitable space, the building code requires that the foam be protected by a thermal barrier, which it defines as 1/2 inch gypsum wallboard or its equal. I don’t want to cover basement foam with gyp board, because for one thing paper-faced gypsum is an Olympic quality mold growth medium. And I don’t want the expense of building something to hang the gypsum board on, like a stud wall.One alternative is to use a foam product like Thermax that has been tested and has an approval to be used without a separate thermal barrier. This is what I chose for my basement insulation. This foam has a foil facing on both sides, which puts a vapor retarder at the concrete wall, restricting vapor flow into the basement, and, once the joints are taped on the inside face, produces an airtight seal at the interior face.When the frame floor at my house was insulated, the insulator made the curious choice to insulate 2×10 joists with fiberglass batts that fit 2x6s. This by itself is not unreasonable in the context that the above-grade walls were 2×6, and the insulation level to a basement that might be in the range of 45°F to 60°F during the heating season doesn’t need to be as high as the insulation level to outdoor temperatures such as the above grade walls experience.But the insulator did a curious, and not overly clever installation, to make things easy for himself: he installed the insulation flush with the bottom face of the joists, allowing a three- to four-inch empty space between the underside of the subfloor and the top of the batts.Where this becomes a thermal fox pass is at the edge of the floor, where a couple of inches of wood separate the house from outdoors. All around the one hundred sixty four feet of perimeter, there’s a strip with no insulation. If I insulate between the floor joists, how cold will my basement get?Insulating the frame floor is usually done with fiberglass batts, those pink or yellow items that facilitate coughing and itching. This method is cheaper than bringing the whole basement into the thermal enclosure. Putting the thermal boundary at the first floor, if done well, works fine at reducing heat loss to the ground. The weak point of this strategy is that the basement gets colder. How cold depends on a number of things: RELATED ARTICLES Exterior insulation or interior insulation?Once we decided that we were going to insulate the basement walls, we had a number of choices about how to do this. In the early days of my practice, we usually put insulation on the exterior of the foundation walls. This keeps the walls nice and warm and dry and is a very good mold prevention strategy.There were two drawbacks to this. The first is that the insulation on the exterior of the foundation walls is discontinuous at the footing with the sub-slab insulation, so there is a thermal bridge here. As the entire building thermal enclosure gets better and better, this matters more. It really shows up if you are designing a Passive House, for example. This thermal bridge is also potentially a moisture source issue, as water in the footing, which sits on earth that may be wet, can be pulled up into the foundation wall by capillarity and on into the basement. This can be prevented by installing a capillary break atop the footing, usually a coating that fills the concrete pores and stops the transfer of water at that boundary.The second issue is that carpenter ants and mice like foam — it’s easy to tunnel into and makes a cozy home for unwanted tenants. So over time many practitioners moved the insulation to the inside of the foundation wall. Now the concrete is cold, in fact, colder than it was when it was uninsulated. So basement air (or outdoor air in the summer) that reaches the concrete will likely deposit condensation there, and we’re back to our smelly basement. So interior wall insulation needs to be air tight.Interior basement insulation also doesn’t want to have a vapor retarder on the interior face, because vapor diffuses from the ground through the concrete and into the basement, and if there is an interior vapor retarder the entire insulation cavity gets wets and, you guessed it, begins to decay and smell bad. Dow Thermax and closed-cell spray foamSo the basement insulation job really has two parts: the concrete walls, and the wood sills and rim joist. I chose Dow Thermax polyisocyanurate foam for the concrete walls, because it is rated to be left exposed, and has a 4/1000 inch white aluminum facer that is moderately durable (there are three facer thicknesses to choose from; I chose the middle, because the thickest is really costly) and is easy to seal with foil tape at the panel edges (more on that later).For the sill/rim area, I’m using closed-cell spray polyurethane which will be applied by our ace insulating subcontractor, Matt Viaggio. The spray foam will provide an air seal as well as insulating value, and is well suited to insulating these perimeter spaces that have wires and pipes and anchor bolts in the way of installing board stock foam.I wrung my hands a bit about how much foam to use on the concrete. I decided to leave the batts mostly in place, so some of my thermal enclosure is still at the frame floor, and some is at the basement walls. In the end, I installed 2 inches of polyisocyanurate foam, in two 1-inch-thick layers with offset joints to enhance air tightness, for an R value of 13. I stopped the foam level with the top of the concrete walls, to allow the spray foam to cover the concrete and lap onto the top of the rigid foam.last_img read more

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