Senator Padraig Mac Lochlainn has written to Minister for Education Richard Bruton demanding an update on the three school campus at Buncrana.The school is to incorporate new schools for Crana College, Gaelcholáiste Chineál Eoghain and Gaelscoil Bhun CrannchaDespite assurances and promises that the campus would go ahead, not yet has ben acted upon. This is the letter from Senator Mac Lochlainn to the Minister.Dear Minister,As you will recall, I wrote to you last May urging that your Department prioritise the site selection for the new three school campus at Buncrana, Co. Donegal, incorporating new schools for Crana College, Gaelcholáiste Chineál Eoghain and Gaelscoil Bhun Cranncha.At that time, I advised you that there is growing anger amongst parents in Buncrana and Inishowen at this site selection process that has been ongoing since 2005. This is an extraordinary length of time and it is frankly indefensible.Unfortunately, four months later, a site has still not been agreed by your Department for the new campus.Minister, all of the buildings and sites currently housing these schools are no longer viable in terms of scale and design.I therefore renew my appeal to you and your Department officials to do all that you can to bring this matter to a satisfactory conclusion and I further appeal to you that following the site selection process, that you prioritise resources in your Department to fast track planning, design and procurement to reflect the 11 years lost already.Regards, Senator Pádraig Mac LochlainnSenator demands update on Buncrana school campus was last modified: September 21st, 2016 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)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The clock is winding down for dairy farmers to sign up for the 2016 Dairy Margin Protection Program. Instituted as part of the 2014 Farm Bill, the Dairy Margin Protection Program replaced the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) program and the $9.90 minimum Class III support price programs for US dairy farmers.The sign-up period for 2016 participation opened July 1 and is scheduled to run through September 30, 2015. With this “regularly scheduled” sign-up period, farmers now have to make their decisions a full quarter before the coverage period of January 1 through December 31, 2016. The 2014/2015 sign-up was uniquely late (September 2nd through December 19th) due to the time needed to establish rules for the program following the 2014 Farm Bill’s passage, and deadline extensions.The advantage of that later sign-up was that we had a better feel for what 2015 might look like than we will have for 2016 when the coverage decisions have to be locked in by September 30th. The bottom line is that none of us can predict what milk prices will be three to 15 months away. The futures and options markets predict what milk prices might be based on today’s known facts and somebody’s guesses about the future.During the 2016 sign-up period, farms that enrolled in the program for 2015 have 3 questions to answer:Do I want to purchase, or “buy up” coverage above the default $4.00 per cwt. catastrophic coverage level?If the answer to #1 is “yes”, then what level of coverage between $4.50 and $8.00 (in 50-cent increments) do you want to purchase?What percentage of your base production between 25% and 90% (in 5% increments) do you want to cover at that coverage level?Farms that participated in 2015 committed themselves to the program through 2018. Participating farms that do not go to their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office and select a coverage level for 2016 will default to the “catastrophic” coverage level of $4 per cwt. on 90% of their production history (no matter what they selected for 2015). They will be charged the $100 per farm administrative fee. If you want to buy-up coverage for 2016, make an appointment with your county FSA office before September 30, 2015.An important change from the 2014/2015 sign up is that premiums for the first 4 million pounds of covered milk will be charged at the full rate. There was a 25% reduction in these premiums for $4.50 through $7.50 coverage levels in place for the first sign-up period.If you enrolled in the program in 2015, your 2015 production history (PH) was calculated using your farm’s highest annual production from 2011, 2012, or 2013. The highest year’s production was then increased by 0.87% to establish the 2015 PH. Your 2015 production history will automatically be increased this year by a recently-announced 2.61% to calculate your 2016 PH.Farmers that chose not to participate in 2015, but would like to participate in 2016 should work with their FSA office to establish their PH and make their coverage selections. Their PH will still also start with the highest annual production for 2011, 2012, or 2013, but will not include the 0.87% increase received by farms that enrolled in 2015. It will include the 2.61% bump for 2016.Want to brush up on the MPP Program before you make these decisions? A couple options:Contact your Extension and FSA office for resources or to talk through the program.Basic and an advanced MPP decision tools are available at http://dairymarkets.org. Use these to plug in your farm’s production history to look at projected premium costs and possible coverage if the markets for feed and milk perform as projected. (They won’t, as they are impacted by national and international factors that will change constantly over the coverage period. Use the historic options to see how the MPP would have performed if in place and compare that to your farm’s ability to handle catastrophic price issues.)Also visit http://dairymarkets.org for an extensive library of fact sheets and videos covering participation in MPP.If you are considering buying up coverage, invest an hour or two using the Decision Tool at the http://dairymarkets.org site. Using this tool, you can quickly see what your total premium costs would be for different levels of coverage on varying percentages of your production history.
RELATED ARTICLESA Ventless Gas Fireplace Doesn’t Belong in Your HomeAvoid Unvented Gas HeatersMartin’s Useless Products ListThe Hazards of Cooking With GasGas vs. Electric for Heating, Cooking, and Hot WaterAll About Furnaces and Duct Systems One of the primary benefits of a ventless gas fireplace is that you don’t lose any heat up the flue. That’s because there isn’t a flue, of course. (The potential problems with indoor air quality, however, outweigh any benefits, so don’t run out and buy one just yet. Or ever.) That ought to make it a winner for heating efficiency in comparison to any vented heating appliance, such as furnace or boiler. Even the highest efficiency condensing furnaces still lose some heat in the exhaust gases that go up the flue.So does that mean ventless fireplaces are more efficient than condensing furnaces?Heating efficiency numbersLet’s take a look at the efficiency values for these two heating appliances. Before we get to them, though, let’s talk about the standard furnace: the 80 AFUE induced draft furnace. AFUE stands for annual fuel utilization efficiency, and it is the percent efficiency averaged over a year. We see a lot of that type of furnace here in the Southeast. When the gas gets burned in one of these furnaces, 80% of the energy in the gas gets transferred to the air moving through the furnace, which then goes into the conditioned space, while 20% of the heat goes up the flue. A high-efficiency condensing furnace does much better. They start at about 92%, although most condensing furnaces are in the 95%+ range. We did a quick search on the AHRI Directory this morning and found the highest efficiency model at 97.7%.When you look for the efficiency of unvented gas log fireplaces, you see claims for 99% to 99.9%. (For purposes of this article, let’s just say it’s 99.9%.) That number is so high because, as I said at the beginning, none of the heat is escaping up the flue.Percentage of what?Based on those numbers, it looks like the unvented gas fireplace (also euphemistically calles ventless or vent-free) is the winner. Not many people would dispute that 99 is a bigger number than 97.7. But there’s a hidden problem here. We’re trying to compare apples to oranges when we compare 99% to 97.7%.Here’s why. Both the unvented gas fireplace and the condensing furnace have a combustion efficiency of nearly 100%. That means pretty much every one of the methane molecules combines with two molecules of oxygen, producing one molecule of carbon dioxide and two molecules of water vapor and some heat.The unvented gas fireplace keeps all of that heat in the house, which is how they claim 99.9% efficiency. The only loss is from the little bit of incomplete combustion that happens. But there’s something missing here.In that combustion reaction, there are three products: carbon dioxide, water vapor, and heat. What’s lacking in the efficiency rating for the unvented gas appliance is the latent heat of the water vapor. And that’s where the name of the condensing furnace comes in. That water vapor has a lot of energy in it. When it condenses, it gives up heat. In a condensing furnace, there’s a secondary heat exchanger whose purpose is to condense that water vapor and capture that heat.So, let’s introduce a couple of new terms here. When we talk about natural gas as a heating fuel, it has two different heating values. The Lower Heating Value is the amount of heat you get from the combustion and from bringing all the combustion products back to the original temperature without condensing the water vapor. That’s what’s being used in the 99.9% efficiency rating for unvented gas fireplaces.The Higher Heating Value is the the heat given off during combustion and bringing the combustion products back to the original temperature plus the heat that comes from condensing the water vapor. And that’s what the efficiency of condensing (and standard 80 AFUE) furnaces is based on. (The Wikipedia page on heat of combustion has a good explanation of lower and higher heating value.)How much does of a difference does this make? If the unvented gas fireplace manufacturers reported efficiency relative to the Higher Heating Value, they would come in at about 91%. So a condensing furnace at 95-98% efficiency would get you get 4-7% more heat from the same amount of fuel than an unvented gas fireplace.Don’t skip the commentsI’m a very lucky blogger. I find interesting things to write about in the world of building science and have attracted some very smart readers. Some of them post comments that add a lot to the discussion at hand or raise new topics to discuss. That’s the case here.When I wrote about the first law of thermodynamics in November 2017, Roy C posed a little quiz for us in the comment section. I thought I knew the answer, but turned out to be wrong. I, like many others, had assumed that a 99.9% efficient unvented gas fireplace would be more efficient than a 95% condensing furnace. But Roy C is a smart guy with a heck of a lot of engineering experience and knowledge.So, when you read articles here, don’t skip the comments. Not only could you learn something new, but you might also get a preview of a future article. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.
Author: Christian Maino Vieytes, B.S. Nutritional Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park, M.S. Candidate, Division of Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignThe week of September 14, 2006, is one that has gone down in the history books. It marked the first time in history that individuals in the United States were without spinach for a total of five days. Not a single vendor in the country was permitted to engage in the sale of spinach during that time due to an outbreak of E. Coli O157: H7 that had contaminated the spinach after, what is believed to have been, contact with fecal runoff originating from a nearby cattle farm.1 The event culminated in 276 cases of illness in the United States and Canada, with a total of three of those proving fatal.The Nature of Food Safety in the United StatesThis event calls into question an important idea that it often overlooked in most American households, a notion that we almost take for granted. That is the concept of food safety. We rarely contemplate the origins of the foods we consume, less the safety of consuming such items. Living in today’s modern context, we assume that the food companies that provide us these goods are keeping an eye out for us. In an ultimate sense, they are, thanks to the superfluous extent of federal and state-level food regulations and strict standards that have been established. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the chief governing body that oversees roughly 80% of the nation’s food supply and maintains primary responsibility for inspecting food manufacturers and vendors.2 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is delegated the oversight and regulation of the nation’s meat, poultry, and egg products.3 The nation’s food regulation system can be hard to comprehend. But fortunately, any individual can take steps to prevent illness from happening for themselves and their families.Strategies for Mitigating Foodborne IllnessFoodborne illness refers to any illness that develops as a result of consuming food contaminated with a particular bacterial or viral pathogen or a physical contaminant. The first and principal method for reducing the incidence of foodborne illness is to properly wash your hands before and after preparing as well as consuming food. Inadequate hand-washing, alone, is understood to be a chief instigator of foodborne illness outbreaks.4 The USDA recommends washing hands often, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food.5 Second, conducting a thorough visual inspection of the food item to be consumed is critical. Evidence of mold or discoloration of the product is grounds for discarding it. Food dating is another way of reducing the likelihood of developing a foodborne illness when purchasing packaged goods at the grocery store. Most people think of “expiration dates” when they see dates on the packaging of their food. However, confusion often arises about how to interpret these dates as there are a few food dating types that are used with different intents:6“Best Before” – refers to the last date at which the food product is considered to be at its best quality.“Sell By” – refers to the last day that the product is to be sold, although it can remain safe to eat up to seven days past that date, as long as it is refrigerated and maintained at an adequate, safe temperature.“Use By” – refers to the last day that the food should be consumed. Eating the food past this date may result in illness.Produce SafetyMany foods, such as raw meats and fruit/vegetable produce, lack the convenient label and expiration dates that are found on packaged items. Visual assessment of the food item to be consumed is paramount. However, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends a few systematic criteria to lower the propensity of foodborne illness with these types of food products.7 Refrigerating the perishable quickly after purchasing is key (within 2 hours). This will prevent the item from developing any premature spoiling. It is also important to keep your refrigerator setting at a proper temperature (less than 40o F). Many pathogens grow in what is called “The Danger Zone”, a temperature range of 40-140o F. When handling produce and raw meats, use different cutting boards and utensils for handling each class of food separately. Cross-contamination is a very common route through which pathogens, originating from the handling of raw meat and poultry, make their way into raw produce and vegetables that are later consumed.8 Cooking meat and poultry to their proper internal temperatures are vital to ensuring that any pathogenic microbial organisms are destroyed in the cooking process.9 The recommendations for adequate internal temperatures for meat and poultry products can be found on the USDA’s website linked here. Rinsing vegetables, fruits, and other items from the produce section can decrease the number of microbiological residues present on those items.10Foodborne illness and food safety are serious matters. Reducing the risk of foodborne illness for yourself and those in your household is encouraged by taking the steps discussed here and those promoted by governing bodies such as the FDA and USDA. ReferencesArnade C, Calvin L, Kuchler F. Consumer Response to a Food Safety Shock: The 2006 Food-Borne Illness Outbreak of E. coli O157: H7 Linked to Spinach. Rev Agric Econ. 2009;31(4):734-750. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9353.2009.01464.xStrauss DM. An analysis of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act: protection for consumers and boon for business. Food Drug Law J. 2011;66(3):353-376, ii.Goetz G. Who Inspects What? A Food Safety Scramble. Food Safety News. https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2010/12/who-inspects-what-a-food-safety-scramble/. Published December 16, 2010.Allwood PB, Jenkins T, Paulus C, Johnson L, Hedberg CW. Hand Washing Compliance among Retail Food Establishment Workers in Minnesota. J Food Prot. 2004;67(12):2825-2828. doi:10.4315/0362-028X-67.12.2825Basics for Handling Food Safely. March 2015. https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food-safety-education/get-answers/food-safety-fact-sheets/safe-food-handling/basics-for-handling-food-safely/ct_index.Tsiros M, Heilman CM. The Effect of Expiration Dates and Perceived Risk on Purchasing Behavior in Grocery Store Perishable Categories. J Mark. 2005;69(2):114-129. doi:10.1509/jmkg.22.214.171.124762Four Steps (Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill) to Food Safety. July 2017. https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/keep-food-safe.html.Redmond EC, Griffith CJ, Slader J, Humphrey TJ. Microbiological and observational analysis of cross-contamination risks during domestic food preparation. Br Food J. 2004;106(8):581-597. doi:10.1108/00070700410553585Safe cooking temperatures. April 2019. https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/general-food-safety-tips/safe-internal-cooking-temperatures.html.Buck JW, Walcott RR, Beuchat LR. Recent Trends in Microbiological Safety of Fruits and Vegetables. Plant Health Prog. 2003;4(1):25. doi:10.1094/PHP-2003-0121-01-RV
Create a impressive Cinema 4D liquid objects effect in less than one minute. Learn how in this video tutorial.The C4DAPT2 event (Cinema 4D Advanced Production Techniques) recently challenged motion designers to show off their best advanced Cinema 4D tricks in less than a minute. The winner was designer Matteo Forghieri, with this totally impressive C4D liquify effect.Be sure to watch in HD, full screen:‘Liquification’ is a popular animation technique that can look intimidating to create, but the tutorial quickly breaks down how to use cloning, tracer objects and segmenting in a simple way. We love the organic look and are thinking of all the ways it can be applied to a variety of project types and animations.If you’re looking to create a liquify effect in After Effects be sure to check out our previous post: Adobe After Effects Video Tutorial: Flying Liquid Blobs.This Cinema 4D video tutorial was first shared on Matteo Forghieri’s Vimeo channel. Thanks for sharing Matteo![tip-off via Lester Banks]
Manchester United are likely to sign Real Madrid winger Angel Di MariaReal Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says Argentina forward Angel Di Maria has asked for a transfer.The 26-year-old Di Maria has spent the last four years at Madrid and helped it win the Champions League last season.Ancelotti says “Di Maria has asked to leave and he has rejected an offer (to renew his contract) from the club.”Di Maria, who is under contract with Madrid until 2018, has been linked to Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.Madrid signed two more attacking midfielders in James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos this summer, increasing competition for Di Maria to maintain his place in its starting lineup.
Los Angeles: Shazam! star Djimon Hounsou is replacing actor Brian Tyree Henry in the much-anticipated sequel to A Quiet Place. Henry, who was in negotiations to star in the movie, left the project due to scheduling conflicts, reported Entertainment Weekly. John Krasinski is returning to direct the still-untitled sequel with Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe reprising their roles. Cillian Murphy is the new addition to the cast. The sequel is scheduled to be released on March 20, 2020. A Quiet Place, which released last year, followed an isolated family of four forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound. Krasinski directed and starred in the film, which grossed USD 340 million worldwide.
WASHINGTON – A leading liberal policy group is raising the ante in the health care debate with a new plan that builds on Medicare to guarantee coverage for all.Called “Medicare Extra for All,” the proposal Thursday from the Center for American Progress, or CAP, would provide a path toward universal health care coverage.But in a nod to political pragmatism, the plan would preserve roles for employer coverage and for the health insurance industry. Employers and individuals would have a choice of joining Medicare Extra, but it would not be required.That differs from the more traditional “single-payer” approach advocated by Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, in which the government would hold the reins of the health care system.The plan’s authors acknowledge that the plan would require significant tax increases.Even though it has no chance of passing in a Republican-controlled Congress, centre president Neera Tanden said, “there is consensus on the progressive side that universal coverage should be the goal and health care is a right.”As Democrats shift leftward, Republicans are saying the CAP plan shows Democrats are turning on “Obamacare.”“Their latest big government scheme increases the amount of control Washington has over their care and everyday lives,” said Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo.The centre was closely aligned with former President Barack Obama and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. A 2005 proposal from CAP foreshadowed Obama’s Affordable Care Act.Medicare Extra would use Medicare’s thrifty payment system as a framework to pool working-age people and their families, low-income people now covered by Medicaid, and seniors. A major missing piece: There’s no cost estimate for the plan, although its authors say that’s in the works.The proposal comes at a time when polls show intense interest among Democrats and some independents in a government-run system that would guarantee coverage.Larry Levitt of the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation said taxes would rise and the federal government would take on a larger role under the proposal, but that’s still “a more politically and fiscally realistic roadmap” than full government control.Among Medicare Extra’s major elements:—All U.S. citizens and lawful residents would be eligible.—Preventive care, treatment for chronic disease, and generic prescription drugs would be free. Dental, vision and hearing services would be included.—Low-income people would pay no premiums or copays. Premiums and cost-sharing would be determined according to income for everyone else.—Employers would have the option of maintaining their own plans or joining Medicare Extra. Workers could pick either plan.—Government would negotiate prices for prescription drugs.___Online:Centre for American Progress proposal: https://www.americanprogress.org/?p=447095
This will be a family friendly, fun and educational event which will share in Philippine Cuisine, the opportunity to experience live music, artist talks and a good time.To view the event FB Page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – This Philippine Independence Day come to the North Peace Cultural Centre to celebrate with the local Philippine community.June 12, 1898, was proclaimed Philippine Independence Day in Cavite II el Viejo, as Filipino revolutionary forces under General Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the sovereignty and independence of the Philippine Islands from the colonial rule of Spain.Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 from 5 pm to 9 pm come to the North Peace Cultural Centre to gather with the Philippine Comunity, presented by Artist, Ovvian Castrillo Hill and the North Peace Fil-Can Group and in conjunction with the Ex Situ Art Exhibition & Filipino Heritage Month.