PRRD contributes $150k to FSJ Museum

first_imgThe local museum has received $150,000 in grants, towards phase two of its ongoing expansion project. The Fort St. John / North Peace Museum will receive $75,000 from each of Electoral Areas B and C, from the PRRD’s Fair Share Grant program. Evelyn Sim, president of the North Peace Historical Society, says the Museum is currently in phase one of the project, a 50 by 60 foot addition to the east end of the existing building. – Advertisement -Phase one began on May 19th, and Sim says phase two, involving changes to the west-end of the building, will begin as soon as phase one is complete (likely in several months). She says there is more fundraising to come, including the annual Yard sale and Pie sale, however the proceeds from those events will go to the operating budget, rather than the expansion project. [asset|aid=1498|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=e93961b4bd6da309707161e9f7ff26f0-Sim-1_1_Pub.mp3] The overall expansion project is expected to have six phases.Advertisementlast_img read more

AUSTRALIA AND REST OF WORLD GO MAD FOR DONEGAL DOLL ‘LOTTIE’

first_imgA woman’s group in Australia has adopted a Donegal doll as their mascot to be given to thousands of children Down Under.The new Lottie doll is seen as a safe doll for Donegal childrenWomen’s Forum Australia say the Lottie doll is the perfect example for Australian girls because it is not sexualized.The group, which represents tens of thousands of women, initially ordered a small consignment of the cute dolls. But demand for Lottie has rocketed and now the group are importing more and more of the dolls.Since money the group has import one thousand Lottie Dolls and more orders are planned.Kristin Dooley, Managing Director of Women’s Forum, said Lottie is the perfect example which aims to represent young girls “as they really are.”“We monitor the harmful sexualisation of women and girls and we picked up some reporting on the Lottie Doll and we really like what we saw. “We know the harm the sexualisation of young girls and children can do.“As well as pointing to the negative impacts of such dolls as Barbie and Bratz, we think it’s important to show positive alternatives and the Lottie Doll is just that.“She’s fun, engaging and she’s modeled on the shape of a nine year old girls and she does fun things.“We started with a small number but once the word got out there has been a huge demand for them,” said Ms Dooley.Ballybofey businessman Ian Harkin, the Managing Director of Arklu, who manufacture the dolls, says the worldwide demand for Lottie has gone through the roof. “As well as Australia, we have had an order this week for 900 dolls from Iceland and there are orders beginning to come in from Russia, Dubai, New Zealand and Canada.“It shows there is a demand for a responsible doll and non sexualized doll out there,” said Mr Harkin.The company has set up at the CoLab at LYIT and hopes to employ 20 people as demand for Lottie continues to grow.Ends AUSTRALIA AND REST OF WORLD GO MAD FOR DONEGAL DOLL ‘LOTTIE’ was last modified: December 6th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:AustraliaIan HarkinLottielast_img read more

TRAVEL: JANUARY SKI DEALS FROM LIBERTY TRAVEL

first_imgAndorra – Pas de la CasaFrontera Blanca13th January 20137 Nights from €287 per adult****France – La PlagnePlagne Lauze Apartments19th January 20137 Nights from €325 per adult ****Austria – NiederauGuesthouse Sonja12th January 20137 Nights from €335 per adult****France – Brides Les BainsCybele19th January 20137 Nights from €335 per adult ****Prices based on flights ex Dublin, transfers, travel rep & 4 share in the accommodation.Lift Pass, Ski Equipment & Lessons available to prebook.Book at www.libertytravel.ieOr call 074 91 88380Or call into the office in Letterkenny – Unit 1, Larkin House – Opposite the old Dunnes StoresTRAVEL: JANUARY SKI DEALS FROM LIBERTY TRAVEL was last modified: December 11th, 2012 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:TRAVEL: JANUARY SKI DEALS FROM LIBERTY TRAVELlast_img read more

DONEGAL DISABILITY CAMPAIGNER TO ATTEND HATE CRIME CONFERENCE

first_imgA well-known Donegal disability campaigner is to travel to Budapest to attend a conference on hate crime.Frank LarkinLetterkenny man Frank Larkin will attend a 6 day event in Budapest from this Saturday entitled “Facing Facts”.“It is a conference and training event on Hate Crime and how to effectively monitor it. It is an area I have done a lot of research on in the last couple of years and have worked closely with the Gardaí on it. “I will be compiling a report from this event and feeding back to relevant disability organisations and also to the Gardaí,” revealed Frank.There will be 20 participants from 14 different European countries who were chosen from 60 applicants from a range of different backgrounds of groups affected by hate crime.“My hope is to bring information back which will change the way that Disability Hate Crime is viewed by the powers that be in this country,” said Frank, who is a Disability Awareness and Equality Trainer.  DONEGAL DISABILITY CAMPAIGNER TO ATTEND HATE CRIME CONFERENCE was last modified: March 13th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:DisabilityFrank Larkinhate crimelast_img read more

District election recount set for Thursday

first_imgNORWALK – A recount is set for Thursday to determine a final winner in a tied election race for a seat on the Los Nietos School District board of trustees. Challenger Diana Villalba and incumbent Gloria Duran received 903 votes apiece in last month’s elections. Villalba requested the recount Monday from the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s Office. Villalba has agreed to pay the $2,096 per-day rate for the recount. She said she will use money from her campaign fund. There were three open seats in the school board election. The first two went to Art Escobedo and Grisel Vasquez. Duran and Villalba tied for the third seat after a final vote count last week. Villalba said she requested the recount because she could not imagine having the tie broken “by lot,” a simple coin toss or the drawing of a slip of paper . However, a final decision might have to be made by chance, depending on the results. “I just couldn’t bear the thought of a tossed coin (being the deciding factor), something that would be over in two seconds,” Villalba said Tuesday. “Oh my God, no. I couldn’t imagine it.” County election officials said it was unclear how long the recount will take. However, Los Nietos is the smallest among Whittier area school districts, with just over 2,800 voters casting ballots in November’s elections. Once the recount is completed, the results should be available rather quickly, said Deborah Wright, executive liaison officer for the county clerk’s office. Duran, a 16-year school board veteran, said she was glad Villalba asked for the recount because she was not able to pay for it. “To me, (my) chances are still there,” Duran said. “Whether it’s a drawing by lot, there’s still a chance. One of us is going to get it.” Earlier Tuesday, however, a recount was nearly postponed after election officials debated whether they could conduct a recount when the district had not yet determined a winner. “A recount is something you do after a winner is declared,” Wright had said. However, after officials conferred with legal counsel, the decision to greenlight the recount was made. Villalba initially requested a recount of only three of the district’s four precincts, but county officials said a recount will change nothing unless every ballot is counted. “I’m sure we will remind candidates and their representatives at that time that it doesn’t count unless you do all the precincts,” Wright said. Villalba also requested that a manual tally and a computer tally of the ballots be conducted, which Wright characterized as an unusual request. If there was a discrepancy between the two tallies, Wright said current law does not specify which method would take precedence. recount tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

No. 23 Oregon Tops No. 42 Men’s Tennis

first_imgEUGENE, Ore. – The 23rd-ranked Oregon Ducks defeated the 42nd-ranked Drake University men’s tennis team, 7-0, on Sunday at the Student Tennis Center. 2. Stevens (UO) def. MacGeoch, Calum (DU) 6-1, 7-5 No. 36 Thomas Laurent handed No. 55 Vinny Gillespie his first singles loss of the season with a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 1 singles. Akihiro Tanka defeated Ben Stride, 6-1, 6-4 at No. 3, while Simon Stevens clinched the win for the Ducks with a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Calum MacGeoch. 2. No. 47 Clissold/Laurent (UO) vs. Gillespie/Hands (DU) 5-5 Unfinished 5. Clissold (UO) def. Hand, Tom (DU) 7-5, 6-3 1. No. 36 Laurent (UO) def. Gillespie, Vinny (DU) 6-2, 6-3 3. Tanaka (UO) def. Stride, Ben (DU) 6-1, 6-4 Doubles competition 1. No. 39 Amos/A. Soemarno (UO) def. Philips/Wood (DU) 6-2 Singles competition 4. Amos (UO) def. Thorold, Barnaby (DU) 5-7, 6-0, 6-1 Oregon then went on to win the final three singles matches to earn the 7-0 victory.The Bulldogs’ schedule doesn’t get any easier as they travel to Minneapolis next weekend for a match against No. 32 Washington on Saturday and against No. 25 Minnesota on Sunday. The Ducks jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after taking the doubles with victories on courts one and three. No. 23 Oregon 7, No. 42 Drake 0Feb. 26, 2017 at Eugene, Ore. (Student Tennis Center)  3. Stevens/Tanaka (UO) def. Stride/Thorold (DU) 6-2 6. Gentry (UO) def. Philips, Bayo (DU) 6-2, 6-4  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Head scab update

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Pierce Paul, Ohio State University Extension plant pathologistIn northern Ohio, most of the wheat fields are between Feekes growth stages 9 (full flag leaf emergence) and 10 (boot), with the odd early-planted field or field planted with an early- maturing variety beginning to head-out. In southern Ohio, fields are between Feekes 10 and early flowering (Feekes 10.5.1). For those fields of wheat at flowering and fields of barley heading-out May 20, the risk for head scab is moderate to low, according to the scab forecasting system (http://www.wheatscab.psu.edu) shown here.However, persistent rainfall and warmer temperatures over the next few days will likely cause the risk to increase as more fields reach anthesis later this week and early next week. Remember, the scab fungus requires moisture in the form of rainfall or high relative humidity and warm temperatures to produce spores in crop residue, and for those spores to spread to wheat and barley heads, germinate, and infect. In addition, since infections occur primarily between pollination and early grain-fill, scab risk is also linked to crop development. Consequently, fields of wheat that are not yet at the flowering growth stage or fields of barley that are not yet at the heading growth stage are at low risk for head scab.Continue to keep your eyes on crop development, the weather, and the forecasting system, and be prepared to apply a fungicide if warm, wet conditions coincide with flowering and early grain fill. The forecasting system uses average conditions during the 15 days immediately before flowering to assess the risk of scab. Although it has been relatively cool over the last few days, with the frequent rainfall we have experienced so far in most areas, it will only take a few days of warm conditions for the risk of scab to increase. Prosaro, Caramba, and Miravis Ace are the most effective fungicides for head scab and vomitoxin management, and you will have a 4-6-day window from the day the crop reaches the critical growth stage (heading for barley and flowering for wheat) to make an application. Do remember to stay away from the strobilurin fungicides when the risk for scab is high, as this group of fungicides has been linked to higher grain contamination with vomitoxin.Click on these links to see updated factsheet # PLPATH-CER-06 for more on head scab of wheat and barley and factsheet # PLPATH-CER-03 for guidelines on how to use and interpret the scab forecasting system.last_img read more

Til Death Do Us Part — Geocache of the Week

first_img SharePrint RelatedExtraterrestrial Geocachers? — Head Alien Series (GC253ZN) — Geocache of the WeekNovember 6, 2013In “Community”The Travel Bug® That’s Traveled the Furthest* (*and is still traveling)September 17, 2012In “Community”Geocaching HQ Employee Spotlight: Senior Software Developer, Dave (Wilson)May 8, 2016In “Community” Difficulty:1.5Terrain:1.5 Location:Missouri, United States of AmericaN 39° 51.614 W 094° 48.690 TraditionalGC1YXVWby mo pirate Geo. C. Aching, Rest in PeacePlease join us in remembering a true icon: Geo. C. Aching.Geo. C. Aching was a phenomenal adventurer, world traveler, and companion. And a real prankster, too. Remember the time we went on a maintenance run and couldn’t find our own geocache anywhere? Or how about those logbooks that we could never get out of bisons? Or, that hot summer day when we drove three hours to the next county, went on a grueling 10-mile hike, and had blisters all over our feet only to realize that Geo made sure we forgot our pen? Turns out that sometimes those of us who wandered were actually lost. Geo spent time with everyone, whether voyaging on worldwide excursions, hiking to remote locations deep in the woods, or just grabbing a rusty candy tin while picking up the kids at the mall. Geo was always there for all of us, no matter where we went or what we were doing. Here’s to you, Geo. C. Aching — may you finally log that giant D5/T5 ammo can in the sky. Til Death Do Us PartRest in Peace geocachersOpen casket funeralGotta hand it to you, this is an awesome cacheFound at the end of Geocaching Way* This geocache is on private property with owner permission (cache owner is the property owner) and not located in an actual cemetery.Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Building a House of Hemp

first_imgTradical Hemcrete Savage says that he was motivated by Hurricane Katrina and a devastating earthquake in Haiti to start GreenBuilt LLC and promote the use of hemp in buildings. Both disasters caused widespread housing damage and shortages.“We searched for a healthy, durable, climate-resilient material that could provide high-quality permanent housing as well as temporary shelter,” the website says. “That’s how we found hempcrete.”By telephone, the 67-year-old Savage said that he is a former Wall Street analyst who once researched industrial and electronic supply chains. “I was looking at how do you create a new industry that will be efficient, that will be competitive and that can become a sustainable supply chain,” he said. “Where housing came into it was, one of the great desperate needs all over the world is healthy housing. It was largely driven by my desire to make a better world, rather than my desire to make a lot of money. Obviously, it would be nice to make some. Figuring out the next electronic gadget was not what I wanted to do. I really wanted to make a difference in people’s lives.” Another Use for Hemp: Home ConstructionHelping People With Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Are there any builders, architects, engineers, or homeowners interested in industrial hemp building? GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE How do you build a hemp house?Hempcrete construction looks a lot like straw-bale construction — you take a lot of minimally treated natural fiber and form it into relatively thick walls, then coat it inside and out with plaster.Because hempcrete isn’t a structural material, it’s formed around an inner frame made from wood or other load-bearing material, as a video at this website shows. Builders start with strands of the woody inner core of hemp stalks and mix it either by hand or with a power mixer with a lime binder and water. The resulting mix of hempcrete is tamped by hand into forms built around an inner structural wall and allowed to harden. Then, the forms can be moved up and repacked with a new layer of hempcrete.The Tiny+ house will probably be constructed this way, but Savage hopes prefabricated panels — a type of structural insulated panel (SIP) made from wood and hempcrete — may eventually be available. Griffin thinks that the roof of Tiny+ will most likely be insulated with cellulose rather than hempcrete, but those details, as well as the exterior finish, are still to be determined.As to cost, Savage says the prototype house will be more expensive than conventional construction, mainly because of design features like curved walls. Generally, he said, a hempcrete house would be 7% to 10% more expensive than conventional construction, adding, “Once we have panelization really perfected, and the manufacturing more efficient, and certainly once hemp is legal to grow, it will be no more expensive than other building materials.”As it looks now, the Kickstarter campaign will fall short of its $60,000 goal. “I don’t feel very positive about the money raised through Kickstarter,” he said. “You can see the fundraising is not going extremely well. But what’s happened is that we’ve gotten a great deal of interest from potential customers, from potential strategic partners, as a result of the Kickstarter campaign.“If we don’t raise the money from the Kickstarter campaign, we expect we will raise the money in other ways, possibly from a buyer of the house, in order to make this happen,” he continued. “Our intention is whether we raise the money from Kickstarter or not, we are going to build this house.” An upstate New York resident named Jim Savage has launched a web-based campaign to raise $60,000 and build a demonstration house with walls of hemp, lime, and water, advancing what Savage calls “the next step in green building.”In a Kickstarter campaign that so far has attracted more than 90 donors, Savage lays out the case for choosing hemp over more conventional building materials, a technique he says has been used successfully in Europe for 25 years.Hempcrete is a non-structural mix of shredded hemp (not marijuana) stalks, lime, and water. It can be packed into forms around structural framing to make walls, or can be used as insulation in conventionally framed buildings. Savage claims that the vapor-permeable material has an R-value of roughly 2.5 per inch, and is resistant to mold, insects, and rodents. It’s also non-toxic.“HempHome Tiny+,” the house Savage and his colleagues would like to build in Catskill, New York, is a contemporary two-level design. Chief designer for the 400-square-foot house is Christina Griffin, an architect and Certified Passive House Consultant. Others working on the project include a North Carolina based hemp-lime design consultant, the head of the New York Hemp Industries Association, and Ken Levenson, chief operating officer of 475 High Performance Building Supply and co-president of the North American Passive House Network. RELATED ARTICLES Performance characteristics not so clearA key consideration in using hempcrete in a high-performance building is how effective it is as a thermal insulator, and how airtight a hempcrete wall would be. The plans for the prototype house in New York call for walls 12 inches thick with an R-value of about 30 or R-2.5 per inch, according to Savage.Where does that value come from? Extensive testing in Europe, Savage says. At its website, American Hemp says that hempcrete has an R-value of 2.08 per inch (or R-25 for a 12-inch-thick wall). It cites as its source the British Board of Agreement (BBA), the equivalent of the International Code Council, which evaluates building materials in the U.S. through the ICC-Evaluation Service.Tim Callahan, chief designer at Alembic Studio, an Asheville, North Carolina, firm that has completed three hemp-lime houses, says hempcrete walls typically have an R-value of 2.4 per inch, although that varies depending on the density of the material. He bases that value on testing conducted in Europe and offered a BBA report on a “tradical hemcrete wall system” submitted by a company called Lhoist UK Ltd. The BBA reported a 300 mm thick wall (11.8 inches) had an R-value of 15.4, while a 500 mm thick wall (19.7 inches) had an R-value of 25. That’s 1.26 to 1.3 per inch.Callahan said that the R-2.4/inch value he uses in his energy calculations came from a company called Lime Technology UK, and that the Lhoist hempcrete was much denser, explaining its lower R-value. Callahan used the Lime Technology blend on a hempcrete house he built six years ago in Asheville, North Carolina, whose energy performance since then suggests that the 2.4 R-value is correct.That house, which has 16-inch-thick walls, tested at 0.62 air changes per hour at a pressure difference of 50 pascals — barely missing the Passivhaus standard of 0.6 ach50. He said the monolithic nature of the walls is inherently less leaky than conventional wood-framed buildings because there are fewer potential joints between different building materials.A search of the BBA website, and a follow-up phone call, didn’t turn up any references to “hemp” or “hempcrete.”As to the performance specs on the Tiny+ project, Griffin has not yet done any energy modeling.“We just haven’t gotten to that point,” she said, adding that specific performance numbers given for the project seemed a little “arbitrary.” Hemp has attractive characteristicsThere are a couple of things about hemp that make it an excellent choice for sustainable building, according to its boosters. For one, it grows very quickly — if you can grow it legally. Savage says that industrial hemp can grow almost a foot per week, and that enough hemp can be produced on a few acres of land in a single growing season to produce a 1,500-square-foot house.HempHome Tiny+ was designed by Christina Griffin, an architect and Passive House consultant. It’s her first project using hempcrete.Growing hemp is an effective way of sequestering carbon from the atmosphere. And because it’s non-toxic, it can be allowed to decompose without any environmental consequences. Hempcrete is vapor-permeable, won’t hold moisture and because of the lime binder, also is resistant to the growth of mold.“It forms up almost like concrete,” Griffin said by telephone. “It has so many wonderful qualities because it’s vapor-permeable, so that if any moisture gets in it can come out. That, combined with the rapidly renewable aspect, makes it very attractive as a sustainable material.”Because of extremely low levels of THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana, industrial hemp won’t give anyone a buzz. Still, Savage says, it’s considered a Schedule 1 controlled substance under federal law. It can legally be raised in scores of other countries, including Canada, and imported into the U.S. An agriculture bill signed into law in 2014 gives limited rights to land-grant universities and state agriculture departments to grow industrial hemp, and with the gradual loosening of marijuana laws around the country hemp’s wide scale acceptance may just be a matter of time. For now, Savage will import hemp from Europe.He says that industrial hemp is used to make many products, including textiles and food, with $600 million worth of hemp products imported into the U.S. last year. Hemp-based bio-plastic parts are found in the doors of some Mercedes and BMW vehicles, and enthusiasts also are happy to point out that hemp fibers were in the paper on which the Declaration of Independence is printed and in the flag that Betsy Ross sewed together.last_img read more

Oppo looks to strengthen position in premium smartphone segment

first_imgBy Shruti Verma Khare Paris, Jun 20 (PTI) Chinese smartphone maker Oppo is looking to strengthen its presence in the premium smartphone space globally as it expands its operations in the European market, a top company official has said. The smartphone major unveiled here its flagship device ‘FindX’, priced at 999 euros (over Rs 78,000). Oppo ranks among the top five players in the Indian smartphone market in terms of shipment. FindX, which will compete with flagship devices from the stables of players like Apple, Samsung and Huawei, will be launched in the Indian market on July 12 and is expected to be available for sale from August. Oppo will announce the India pricing closer to the launch of the smartphone in the country. FindX also marks Oppo’s entry into the European market. Oppo, which at present operates in over 30 markets, including India, will enter the European market through operations in France, Italy, Spain and Netherlands. “France, Italy, Spain and Netherlands are the first four pilot countries for our European entry. After establishing presence here..we will gradually go to other countries,” Oppo vice president Anyi Jiang told reporters at the global launch of the device in Paris. As per research firm IDC, Oppo ranked third with 7.4 per cent share of India’s smartphone shipments after Xiaomi (30.3 per cent) and Samsung (25.1 per cent) in the January-March 2018 quarter. India is among the largest smartphone markets globally, and saw 30 million units being shipped in the first quarter of 2018. Oppo has also tied up with sports car maker Lamborghini to launch a special edition smartphone at 1,699 euros for the 512 GB variant with Super VOOC charging technology. This device, however, will be launched only in China and Europe.PTI SVK MKJ MKJadvertisementlast_img read more