Five schools in Donegal are to benefit from a €7 million fund targeting energy use reduction by 33%, test retrofit solutions and improve efficiency.The schools have been selected for energy efficiency works under a Government-funded retrofit pilot programme for summer 2019.The newly-expanded programme focuses on projects to reduce energy consumption, test retrofit solutions, build capacity and test delivery and procurement models. It is jointly funded with a €7 million budget from the Department of Education and Skills and Department of Communication, Climate Action and Environment.A total of 17 schools nationwide have been selected for the latest round of works.The following schools in Donegal have been selected for the 2019 pilot and present a variety of challenges, including building age, archetype and retrofit requirements.· Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair, Doire Beaga (Derrybeg), Donegal · Gaelscoil Adhamhnain, Letterkenny, Donegal· Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny, Donegal· Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana, Donegal· St Oran’s NS, Buncrana, DonegalNow in its third year, the aim of the pilot is to create a scalable model for energy efficiency retrofitting of schools. This is taking place in advance of the major programme of retrofits scheduled to commence in 2022, as outlined in Project Ireland 2040. Subject to resources, it is intended to expand the intake of schools in the pilot programme in the lead up to 2022. Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. said: “This exciting collaboration sets an example by creating a better environment to learn and work for pupils, staff and teachers. The money saved by ‘greening’ will support schools to concentrate resources on doing what they do best – teach.“It is important that we have a good variety of school buildings across the country, and a number of them in Donegal, to demonstrate to as many communities as possible in both rural and urban areas, how changes can be made to respond to climate change.“This pilot programme will demonstrate the most environmentally-friendly, high-performance and cost-effective solutions to turn older school buildings into top-rated energy-efficient buildings. It’s good for schools and good for the environment.”Minister for Communication, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton T.D. said: “If we are to take the lead on climate change, the public service must set the example. Schools are at the centre of our communities. By taking on best practice energy efficiency measures, the participating schools will demonstrate the benefits – both financially and the improvements to overall comfort levels, that these upgrades bring about.” CEO of Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, Jim Gannon said: “SEAI supports schools with energy efficiency through student workshops and resources (50,000+ students per annum), energy management (700+ schools to date), and allows them to report energy data through our monitoring and reporting system (2,279 schools in 2018). Since 2017, this pilot programme is providing a pathway towards a retrofit solution for all schools in Ireland, helping us deliver on national targets.”For the 2019 pilot, 17 schools have been selected in five geographical clusters, covering all four provinces and including a mix of urban and rural areas. Each school was assessed comprehensively to ensure that the measures were suitable for that school and would deliver value to both the school and the pilot.Now in its third year, the pilot programme involved 10 schools being retrofitted in 2017 and a further six schools in 2018.Design teams have been appointed to each cluster, with medium to deep energy efficiency works to be delivered in summer 2019. The upgrades target a 33% energy efficiency improvement and involve upgrades to doors and windows, insulation, lighting and heating upgrades as well as renewable technologies.Five Donegal schools to benefit from €7M Energy Efficiency Programme was last modified: April 1st, 2019 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:donegalEnergyFundschools
Here are news stories about amazing dinosaurs, from dwarfs to giants, that lived in all kinds of habitats.(Note: This entry includes news about other extinct reptiles, not just dinosaurs.)Bigger than T. rex: “Finding Spinosaurus: a dinosaur larger than T. rex” is the subject of an article posted by Live Science. It’s a saga of intrigue and luck spanning a century, but once a more complete specimen was found in the Sahara, new mysteries popped up. Current thinking is that the giant with a strange sail on its back did not compete with other land predators, but hunted fish.Weird armed dino: A 50-year mystery about big arms has been “solved” with the discovery of the rest of the animal in Mongolia, the BBC News reports, but now, “researchers say that the creature is even more bizarre than they had thought.” That’s clear from the artist’s reconstruction: “it was huge, with a beak, a humped back and giant, hoofed feet.” Named Deinocheirus mirificus, the ornithomimosaur (bird-mimic lizard) had arms 8 feet long and looks like it was designed by a committee (see larger image on Science Magazine).Dumb warrior: Evidence of an allosaur knocked silly by a stegosaur’s tail suggests the tiny-brained stegosaurs were not to be trifled with. Science Daily calls the warrior that left its mark on the bone of an allosaur (and probably shortened its life) a “kung fu stegosaur” that was a lethal fighter when necessary. “On the other hand, he points out stegosaurs had among the smallest brains for its body size of any large animal, ever.”Cool-brained bonehead: The pachycephalosaur-type dinosaurs, despite their bony skulls, had intricate passageways for air and a good sense of smell, Science Daily reports. A diagram of Stegoceras (unrelated to Stegosaurus) shows that the passages “enhanced smelling” while cooling the brain. High-powered computer models revealed their secret of keeping a cool head. The article did not mention evolution; it’s not clear how many lucky mutations it would have taken to get that right.Update 11/08/14: Another type of dinosaur cooled its brain with intricate airways, PhysOrg just reported. “A/C came standard on armored dinosaur models” — ankylosaurs “had the capacity to modify the temperature of the air they breathed in an exceptional way: by using their long, winding nasal passages as heat transfer devices.” Live Science says that computer models of the “krazy straw” passageways show that exhaled air was cooled, taking heat from the small brains that could otherwise overheat deep in the heavy skulls. The similar loopy passageways in duckbill dinosaurs might have served a dual purpose: heat exchange and the amplification of sounds.Acres of diamonds: What do a raccoon, a crocodile, and a dinosaur have in common? They left their tracks in a diamond mine in Angola, according to Live Science (see photo story posted separately). “It’s likely that a shallow freshwater lake in the area served as the watering hole for a raccoon-size mammal — an extraordinary large mammal for that time — a crocodile and a dinosaur, according to the track marks.” (Sorry for the misleading riddle; it wasn’t really a raccoon, just an unknown “raccoon-size” mammal.)Amphibian fish-lizard: Was it evolving? Is it a transitional form? Live Science describes a creature from China said to be 248 million years old that its discoverers speculate was amphibious and evolving into an ichthyosaur. Sid Perkins on Science Magazine posed his headline in just-so story form: “How the Ichthyosaur Got Its Fins.” The puzzle echoes the later “great transformation” that evolutionists believe caused a land animal to evolve into a whale. The creature had large flippers that the paleontologists say may have given it locomotion like that of a modern seal. “The fossil is quite complete and well-preserved,” its discoverer said. National Geographic claims it “fills an evolutionary gap.” Science Daily found a way to mix global warming into the tale.The creature was apparently well-adapted for an aquatic habitat, but without the tail, they can’t be sure if it was a good swimmer or not. Creationist David Bump opined in the comments that “walking catfish” exist today that are not considered ancestral to fish; he thinks this could be a reptilian analogue of an ichthyosaur adapted for shallow water. One paleontologist cautioned that we won’t find more transitional forms, because “ichthyosaurs and their kin emerged from a group that was already strongly aquatic,” supporting the notion that this creature was adapted to shallow water, not leaving the land for the sea.Food fights: PhysOrg puzzles how so many large dinosaurs living in the same habitat divided their food at mealtime, especially the 80-ton herbivorous sauropods that needed vast amounts of food. The Morrison Formation, for instance, contains 10 species of these giants. Research on this question at the U of Bristol “helps to shed light on the evolution of sauropod feeding mechanisms and how these gigantic creatures managed to eat enough food to sustain their tremendous bulk.”Survivor dino: Sid Perkins in Science Magazine thinks that a new little meat-eating dinosaur from Venezuela named Tachiraptor (fast carnivore), said to be 201 million years old, survived a mass extinction at the end of the Triassic, when theropods began to evolve. “Only millions of years later did many species within these groups evolve great size and distinct appearances” like Allosaurus and T. rex, evolutionists believe. These dinos were only about 1.5 meters long, scientists estimate, based on only two bones found. Despite its small size, Live Science speculates that it “snacked on little dinosaurs.”Ducks for the chase: Duck-billed dinosaurs were not “sitting ducks,” PhysOrg puns, but gave a good run for any T. rex hunter. Phil Currie thinks so, because they thrived alongside the big predators—partly because the hadrosaurs lived in herds, but probably, too, because they were fast runners. In the Dino Derby, he says, the hadrosaur had the endurance and speed to cross the finish line before the predator.Grounded pterodactyls: Could pterodactyls grow so large they couldn’t take off? An article on PhysOrg says so. Computer models at Bristol University “suggest that a pterodactyl with a wingspan of 12m or more would simply not be able to get off the ground.” Artwork shows one 400-kg “behemoth” as tall as a giraffe. Maybe the animals had methods we don’t yet understand, or were able to get airborne by jumping off cliffs. Either way, landings would have been no problem, given their large, flexible wing membranes.Dino feathers disputed: In a letter to Science Magazine, a scientist from South Africa questions a paper in published earlier claiming “A Jurassic ornithischian dinosaur from Siberia” had “both feathers and scales.” He responds: “The parsimonious explanation is that the filaments are support fibers in association with badly degraded scales and that they do not represent early feather stages.” The authors, naturally, make comeback arguments to support their original claim, but Theagarten Lingham-Soliar presented some convincing reasons why the filaments are not feathers. “The proposals are further weakened by a disregard for taphonomic tribulations of a more than 150-million-year-old fossil and the complexities of tissue histology,” he concludes.Reptiles don’t exist: Dustin Welbourne makes a startling claim on The Conversation: “There’s no such thing as reptiles any more“. So do all the above creatures vanish from reality? No; it’s a question of classification. Taxonomy, the science of classification, is a tricky business for human convenience. It doesn’t necessarily carve nature at its joints. Since there is no single common ancestor for all the creatures commonly called reptiles (dinosaurs, turtles, crocodiles, snakes, and lizards), he makes the case that “reptile” is a false category. Welbourne takes his argument back to the work of Carl Linnaeus and forward, through the discoveries that altered his conception of natural categories for these animals. In the BBC News, Mark Kinver asks “What’s in a scientific name?” Also referring to the great taxonomist Linnaeus, Kinver describes how the tradition of Latin binomial nomenclature has been useful, if not engraved in stone. It’s a convention that gives some scientists the honor of naming what they find.We report these creatures for others to investigate in more detail and interpret. Have fun! (You don’t expect us to do all the work, do you?) It’s easy; just sweep clear the evolutionary fogma, look for systems that defy evolution or long ages, and ask the questions the evolutionists never ask. had the capacity to modify the temperature of the air they breathed in an exceptional way: by using their long, winding nasal passages as heat transfer devices.Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-11-ac-standard-armored-dinosaur.html#jCp(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
If you already know everything, you should already be producing the results that you want.You already know what beliefs are necessary to support you, and you profess to hold those beliefs as your own.You already know what actions you need to take. You know what must be done, and you know how to do it. You can have the project and action plans at your fingertips. You know what to do.But knowing isn’t enough to produce results.You can know what beliefs you need to hold to succeed and still not produce the results you want. You can study the people who are already producing results and identify the models. But until you hold those beliefs deep in the very fiber of your being, they aren’t your beliefs. Even an ounce of skepticism will prevent you producing results.You can know what actions to take, and you can know how to take those actions. But knowing what to do and not doing it is the same as not knowing. It isn’t enough to know what to do. You need to couple the beliefs and the knowledge you hold with massive action.No matter how much you know, if you’re not getting the results you want then you don’t hold the beliefs deeply enough to drive you take action. If you aren’t exactly where you want to be, or progressing towards it, you aren’t taking action (or enough action).So what if you don’t what you need to know? What if you don’t have the beliefs that support the drive to produce the results you seek? Who is already producing the results you want and what do they believe? What if you don’t really know what actions you need to take? Who is already producing the results you need and what actions are they taking that produce those results?Right now, what do you need to learn?
Manny Pacquiao is seeking a dominant win over Australia’s Jeff Horn to try and coax Floyd Mayweather Jr into a re-match, the Filippino’s long-time trainer Freddie Roach has said.Pacquiao, who was defeated by American Mayweather in an unanimous points decision in Las Vegas in 2015, will defend his WBO welterweight belt against former schoolteacher and rank outsider Horn in Brisbane on Sunday.”He wants a re-match with Mayweather,” Roach told Sky News of 38-year-old Pacquiao.”To get Mayweather, you have to look good.”Against Horn, he’s got to look good, he has to be impressive.”Mayweather, who retired in 2015 with an unbeaten record of 49-0, has agreed to come out of retirement for a 12-round fight against mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor.Pacquiao has failed to win by knockout since a 12th round TKO win over Miguel Cotto in 2009 but Roach said the fighter was primed to cause a stoppage against 29-year-old Horn, who is undefeated in 17 fights against mostly obscure opponents.”(Pacquiao) doesn’t like to predict knockouts and so forth but I do,” Roach said at a media conference on Wednesday.”I think it’s going to be short and sweet. If our opponent comes out like he says he’s going to, Manny will fire back and I think it’s going to be great fight (but) it won’t last too long. And someone will get knocked out.”The ‘Battle of Brisbane’ at Lang Park, a 55,000-seat venue used mainly for professional rugby matches, is the biggest fight in decades ‘Down Under’, throwing Pacquiao’s unheralded opponent Horn into a huge spotlight.advertisementHorn reminded Pacquiao of his 2012 knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez and said the Filippino had lost some of the power in his punches.”Ever since that knockout loss against Juan Manuel Marquez, Manny doesn’t pull the trigger like he used to when he was on his big run of wins,” the 29-year-old told local media.”He’s looked good in his last two fights but he hasn’t been able to win inside the distance for a long time and I think that’s because of the KO loss he suffered against Marquez in 2012.”
zoomSource: Hans Hillewaert – Wikimedia Commons under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license A Chilean car shipping company has been referred to the Competition Tribunal of South Africa for prosecution for collusive tendering, price fixing and market division.Compania Sud Americana De Vapores S.A (CSAV) has allegedly breached the Competition Act in respect of tenders issued by Ford Motor Company, according to a statement issued by the Competition Commission South Africa.As informed, CSAV is accused of colluding with Japanese Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) in the shipment of Ford motor vehicles from South Africa to Europe and the Mediterranean (including North Africa).In 2015, CSAV paid a ZAR 8.8 million (USD 613,792) penalty following a consent agreement with the commission in respect of a similar tender issued by General Motors. CSAV denied involvement in the Ford tender.To date, four companies have paid a total of more than ZAR 310 million in administrative penalties in this matter. Between 2015 and 2018, NYK, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) and Eukor Car Carriers admitted collusion and settled with the commission.In 2017, the commission referred Hoegh Autoliners Holdings to the Tribunal for prosecution on seven charges of cartel conduct on similar shipping tenders issued by several motor manufacturers.MOL was granted leniency for its involvement in the cartel conduct in exchange for information and full cooperation in the matter.