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FRIGHTENING! DONEGAL STAR McGEE AT CONTROLS OF…..A PLANE!

first_imgTHIS was the moment Donegal player Eamon McGee took controls….. of a plane!The Gaoth Dobhair man was allowed to take over the cockpit of the specially chartered flight from Cork to Carrickfin on Saturday night.The All-Ireland champions had just lost by two points to the Rebels in the Allianz Division One clash and were on the way home when the shocking incident took place. But don’t worry…..the plane was already on the ground and landed when McGee was allowed to play with the controls.Relief for airline passengers everywhere!Thanks to the Donegal GAA for the snap.  FRIGHTENING! DONEGAL STAR McGEE AT CONTROLS OF…..A PLANE! was last modified: March 17th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FRIGHTENING! DONEGAL STAR McGEE AT CONTROLS OF…..A PLANE!last_img read more

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Oakland A’s to play Big League Weekend in Las Vegas

first_img What A’s winter ball performances can tell us about the second base race There will be baseball in Las Vegas again.The A’s announced on Tuesday that the Las Vegas Ballpark, home of the A’s triple-A affiliate Las Vegas Aviators, will host two 2-game series during spring training.The Cleveland Indians will play the A’s twice from February 29 and March 1. The Chicago Cubs will play the Cincinnati Reds in a two-game series on March 7 and 8.Related Articles …last_img

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Insulating a Raised Slab

first_imgPlanning a new house in Pender County, North Carolina, Jason Dennis finds the aesthetics of a crawlspace appealing, but not the potential problems. Instead, he’s thinking of pouring a slab over compacted fill inside his foundation walls — a raised slab. The Climate Zone 3 house will be a simple rectangle, 50 feet by 39 feet, with a wraparound porch on two sides. Dennis wants to know whether the raised slab approach is a good idea, and how such a foundation should be insulated.RELATED ARTICLESPolyethylene Under Concrete SlabsPlacing a Concrete Foundation on Rigid Foam InsulationChoosing Rigid FoamInstalling Rigid Foam Above a Concrete Slab “Would insulating the slab be necessary for my climate zone?” Dennis asks in a Q&A post. “If so, how should insulating be done? Rigid foam underneath like with a non-raised slab?” Those are the questions that get us started on this Q&A Spotlight. Insulate the slab perimeter In referring Dennis to an earlier article on this topic, GBA Editor Martin Holladay says it’s possible to eliminate the horizontal insulation underneath the slab. But in Climate Zone 3, Dennis should not skip the vertical insulation at the slab’s perimeter. Holladay had written: “While it could be argued that insulation might be useful in Climate Zone 3, it really isn’t needed in warmer climates, where an uninsulated slab helps lower air-conditioning bills compared to an insulated slab.” How deep should the insulation go? If Dennis adopts that plan — rigid insulation vertically against the inside of the stem wall but no insulation underneath the slab — the question becomes how far down the insulation should go. “The insulation should extend down to the footings, or if they end up being very deep, a couple of feet below the exterior grade,” Malcolm Taylor replies. The foam can be beveled at the top edge so it’s not visible on the inside while bringing the concrete all the way to the edge of the floor to support any flooring that might be installed, as the illustration below shows. Alternately, a step can be created in the stem wall for the vertical foam, as the illustration at the top of this column shows. Leave the insulation full thickness Jon A points out that in the illustration above, the stem wall is the same thickness as the stud wall above it. “Will this truly be the case?” he asks. “Typically a poured wall has a notch formed into it just like Martin’s detail [the one at the top of this page] shows. I like to leave the vertical slab insulation full width (with no bevel) and sticking out past the wall plate slightly.” Jon A doesn’t understand how the exposed edge of the foam will affect the installation of flooring; the edge of the foam will certainly be lost under the edge of the drywall and baseboard. Plus, he adds, if the pieces of foam are cut accurately and set so they are dead level, they make a great gauge to screed the concrete floor to. The notch in the stem wall would be the same, whether Dennis omits the horizontal insulation or not, Jon A says. “Regardless of whether you fully insulate under the slab you will still need a small strip of insulation where the slab sits on the foundation wall,” he says. “The goal is to thermally isolate your slab from your foundation wall.” Adding the vapor barrier A vapor barrier should be installed immediately below the slab so the concrete is in direct contact with the vapor barrier, Holladay says. That’s the case whether or not there is any horizontal insulation below the slab. But the vapor barrier can end at either the top or the bottom edge of the slab. “Either way will work — the difference is minor,” Holladay writes. “The polyethylene is a vapor barrier, not an air barrier. In any case, it’s a good idea to seal the perimeter crack (at the perimeter of the slab) with caulk after the concrete is cured, and you don’t want a flap of polyethylene in the way when you apply the caulk.” Block or poured concrete? Dennis also wonders whether there are advantages to using poured concrete walls instead of concrete block for his foundation. To Trevor Chadwick, it’s an open-and-shut case. “The only reason to use block is that sometimes it’s cheaper,” he writes. “Other than that, poured is superior in every single way.” How so? wonders Aaron Beckworth. “Every single way meaning what?” he asks. “I would expect block would be less expensive and may be preferred by some builders. Without sound reason, why ask a builder to deviate from what they are comfortable with?” In addition, block may be less intimidating for a do-it-yourselfer who’s working without a crew. Cost and local building practices are the reasons to use block, says Taylor, but a solid concrete foundation wall will perform better. Chris Duncan adds this: “A block foundation is harder to build for owner-builders and probably for professionals too,” he says. “And I think a poured foundation is stronger unless you do a lot of extra work with rebar and filling the block openings with concrete. Even then it’s not as strong. All the examples I’ve seen of failed foundation walls were block walls.” Our expert’s views Peter Yost, GBA’s technical director, had this to add: Do we need insulation under the slab in mild climates? The heating and cooling energy in a mild climate arising from ground-coupled heat transfer is incredibly complex. Being connected to the earth as an infinite heat sink is not a good thing during the heating season but certainly can be a good thing during the cooling season (see this study by the Florida Solar Energy Center). But we be won’t solving that puzzle in a GBA blog. What about the tapered edge perimeter insulation detail? I don’t see the tapered edge perimeter insulation really working. I don’t think it’s feasible to taper the concrete to a thin edge, and I don’t think a thin edge would hold up over time. Do we need slab perimeter insulation in mild climates? I don’t think there is much of a debate regarding the importance of slab edge insulation in Climate Zone 3. But locating that insulation gets interesting. See the illustration below for a solution proposed as part of a Building America project, with annual energy savings estimated at 13% for mild climate locations (Sacramento and Santa Maria, California; Reno, Nevada; Atlanta, Georgia; and Fort Worth, Texas). This comes from the 2010 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficient Buildings – “The Last Big Leak: Exposed Slab Edges.” Is there another approach that solves the thermal bridge problem at the slab perimeter? I got to talking with architect Steve Baczek about insulating slabs and whether it makes sense to flip the insulation and concrete slab, per his detail below. In this assembly, the rigid foam insulation is above the concrete slab. (Image credit: Steve Baczek) “It works just fine and eliminates the thermal bridge at the perimeter,” says Steve. “I have even done a recent project or two where we eliminated the concrete slab, since it’s not really structural.” See detail below. With the approach shown above, the non-structural concrete slab is eliminated completely. (Image credit: Steve Baczek) It certainly makes sense to have the insulation underneath the slab for radiant floor heating. But other than that, just why do we pull the concrete slab into conditioned space rather than pushing it out? Which is easier: DIY concrete block or cast concrete? As a remodeler doing quite a few small additions, garages, and utility buildings, we did a lot of flat work because it’s really pretty straightforward — not requiring much skill, frankly. Laying block, on the other hand, takes a lot of skill: buttering the blocks, maintaining courses, keeping everything square and level. For that reason, we rarely did it.last_img read more

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Woman accuses BJP MLA of rape in U.P.

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh police have initiated an investigation against a BJP MLA from Unnao after a woman from the district accused him of gang-raping her along with his accomplices last June.The case came to light after the woman, along with her family members, threatened to commit suicide outside the residence of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday, alleging that the police refused to take action against the MLA despite her complaints and applications.According to the victim, Kuldeep Singh Sengar, Bangermau MLA, raped her on June 17, 2017, and all her attempts to get justice bore no fruit as his influence prevented police from acting against him. She said that despite her efforts, the police did not register a case against the legislator.Faces threat“When I protested against the rape, he threatened me that he would get my family members killed,” the woman told local television channels.Rajiv Krishnan, Additonal Director-General of Police, Lucknow, said both the allegations made by the woman were of a “serious nature”, and so the case was being shifted from Unnao to Lucknow for a fair investigation.Inspector General, Lucknow Range, would carry out the investigation.Mr. Krishnan said that the woman had alleged that her father was thrashed by people sent by the accused on April 4, but a case was lodged against the victim instead. The accused, however, lodged a counter FIR against the woman’s family.The officer said that after talking to both sides it was found that there was a dispute between the two parties over the past 10 to 12 years, with cases registered against each other.Alleges conspiracyMr. Sengar dismissed the allegations of gang rape, saying it was “a conspiracy” against him.According to the Unnao police, on the complaint of the woman, a case was registered at the Mankhi police station under Sections 363 (kidnapping) and 366 (kidnapping a woman to compel her for marriage) of the Indian Penal Code on June 20, 2017.After an investigation, the police added Section 376 D (gang rape) of the IPC and Section 3/4 of the POSCO Act to the case.Three accused, Shubham Singh, Brijesh Yadav Awadh Narayan, were arrested following this. The charge sheet was also submitted in court.last_img read more

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Women shuttlers bring India back as No 2 in medals tally

first_imgIndian badminton’s golden girls – Saina Nehwal, Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa – won India two gold medals on the final day of the Commonwealth Games on Thursday, October 14. They thus created history in Indian badminton, winning the first gold medals for the country in Commonwealth Games.While world number three Saina beat Malaysian Mew Choo Wong in a tough women’s singles final 19-21, 23-21, 21-13, Jwala and Ashwini thrashed Singaporeans Sari Shanti Mulia and Yao Lei in straight games.The twin titles in women’s badminton also saw India reclaim their number two position in the medal’s tally as India pushed England to number three with 38 golds with the visitors trailing by one.Going as a favourite, Saina had a disappointing start as she lost the opening game to the revenge-seeking Malaysian. But she fought back in the second game and saved a match point to finally win the game. She dominated in the final game and did not let Wong to overtake her at any point of the game.The 20-year-old Hyderabadi girl had earlier defeated Wong in the ongoing Commonwealth Games’ team event finals, which India had lost to Malaysia 1-3. Saina was the only player to win a match against the much stronger Malaysian team. She had defeated Wong 24-26, 21-17, 21-14.Jwala, Ashwini give India women’s doubles goldEarlier, Jwala and Ashwini registered a historical win for the country as they thrashed favourites Sari Shanti Mulia and Yao Lei of Singapore to claim their first major international victory.advertisementThe duo played to expectation as India’s hopes pinned on the three women shuttlers as well as the men’s hockey team to reclaim the second position from England in the medal’s tally. While the world champions Australia were humiliating in a one-sided men’s final at Major Dhyan Chand Stadium, Jwala and Ashwini battled their higher-ranked Singaporean competitors at the packed Siri Fort Stadium.They outplayed top seed Shanti-Lei 21-16, 21-19.Though the Indians had slightly disappointing start in the first game as they conceded three successive points to trail 0-3, a perfect blend of attack and defence brought Jwala and Ashwini back. Soon they were leading in the game, which they ultimately won.The second game saw a similar action as the Indians were trailing at 12-15, but Jwala-Ashwini used drops and smashes to return in the game. Jwala’s aggressive game finally saw the Indian pair through in the second game also.last_img read more

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London Olympics: North Korea’s Om Yun Choi wins gold, sets Olympic record

first_imgNorth Korea’s Om Yun Choi took men’s 56kg weightlifting gold at the London Olympics on Sunday after joining a small group of athletes who have lifted three times their own body weight. The previously little-known Om lifted an Olympic record 168 kg in the clean and jerk, on the way to a total of 293 kg.”How can any man possibly lift 168 kg? I believe the great Kim Jong-il looked over me,” Om said, referring to the North Korean leader who died in December.”I am very happy and give thanks to our Great Leader for giving me the strength to lift this weight.”Second place went to China’s Wu Jingbiao, who lifted 133 kg in the snatch, 8 kg more than Om, but collapsed as he tried the 161 kg in the clean and jerk that would have given him gold.Wu took silver with a total of 289 kg, ahead of Azerbaijan’s Valentin Hristov, whose total of 286 kg was enough to win a duel for bronze with Vietnamese lifter Tran le Quoc Dien.last_img read more

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Malala Yousafzai Accepts An Honorary Canadian Citizenship

first_imgIn her second attempt, activist Malala Yousafzai was successful in coming to Canada’s capital to accept an honorary citizenship.During her first attempt in October 2014, she was stopped at the airport due to an attack at Ottawa’s Parliament Hill. This time, however, went off without a hitch, while Malala’s 20-minute speech to Parliament received several standing ovations. The first ovation came in reference to the 2014 incident.“The man who attacked Parliament Hill called himself a Muslim, but he did not share my faith,” Malala said. “He did not share the faith of one and a half billion Muslims, living in peace around the world. He did not share our Islam, a religion of learning, compassion and mercy. I am a Muslim and I believe that if you pick up a gun in the name of Islam and kill an innocent person, you are not Muslim anymore.”In her speech she also spoke about world refugees, the violence many are fleeing and praised Canada’s efforts thus far yet holds out hope for more. “Your motto and your stand ‘Welcome to Canada’ is more than a headline or a hashtag,” she said. “It is the spirit of humanity that every single one of us would yearn for if our family was in crisis.”Malala said she was impressed with Canada’s first gender-balanced cabinet, but she also had a message for her new fellow citizens.“I would like to tell something to the children of Canada: You do not have to be as old as the very young Prime Minister Trudeau to be a leader,” she said. “I have learned that even a child’s voice can be heard across the world. To the young women of Canada I want to say, step forward, raise your voices, and the next time I visit, I hope to see more of you filling these seats. And to the men of Canada, be proud feminists, and help women get equal opportunities as men.”But her bigger ask was for the leaders in the room: to seize every opportunity to ensure that all girls in all countries receive an education. After reciting several statistics showing the economic benefits to countries that educate their boys and girls, Malala said: “Education is vital for the security of the world because extremism grows alongside inequality, in places where people feel they have no opportunity, no voice, no hope. “You can see Malala’s full speech here.Copyright ©2017Look to the Starslast_img read more

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Rep Frederick casts vote to lower car insurance rates

first_img Categories: Frederick News 09May Rep. Frederick casts vote to lower car insurance rates House approves historic reforms after decades of gridlockThe Michigan House tonight approved a landmark plan to fix our state’s much-maligned car insurance system and reduce rates for all Michigan drivers, state Rep. Ben Frederick announced.Frederick voted in favor of the plan which allows for the best life-saving medical benefits in the nation, provides seniors and those with other health insurance coverage the ability to opt out of personal injury coverage, rein in medical costs, and fight fraud – features designed to end Michigan’s long-standing tenure as the state with the most expensive car insurance rates in the nation.Frederick has played a key role at leading reform efforts as a member of the House Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates Committee, the special panel solely dedicated to crafting a long-lasting solution that cuts down drivers’ rates.“The high cost of auto insurance is crushing families in mid-Michigan and across the state,” Frederick, of Owosso, said after the vote. “We needed a plan which saved Michigan drivers a significant amount of money while protecting families and their loved ones injured in auto accidents. As a member of the special committee, it was a pleasure being a part of the reform process. We spent over three months poring over every aspect of this issue to secure the right reform path. The House-approved plan does just that and delivers real, guaranteed savings to all drivers.”The sweeping legislation passed in a bipartisan vote and now advances to the Senate for consideration.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Ben Frederick address the full House body on Thursday in favor a House plan to bring relief to Michigan drivers through lower car insurance rates.last_img read more