Met Eireann update weather alerts ahead of Storm Lorenzo

first_imgMet Eireann has updated Ireland’s weather alerts for Storm Lorenzo as the storm is due to peak earlier than forecast in certain areas.The ex-hurricane will hit Ireland today, bringing potentially damaging gusts, high sea swells and risks of flooding.The North West is expected to escape the worst of the storm. Donegal is under two Status Yellow warnings, while other counties on the west and south west coast face Status Orange strength conditions. The Wind Warning for Ireland has been cut back to 9am-6pm today (Thursday), while it was initially due to be in place for the entire night. Winds will reach mean speeds 50 to 65km/h with gusts 90 to 100km/h resulting in some disruptive impacts, according to Met Eireann.The Rainfall Warning remains in place for Donegal from 9am Thursday to 6am Friday. Heavy downpours are expected to result in some flooding today and tonight.We have updated our warnings. Please see for the latest warning information for your area. #stormlorenzo #Lorenzo— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) October 3, 2019Donegal County Council is asking the public to be vigilant with regards to falling trees and debris. Trees are mostly in full leaf, so even moderate strength winds can bring down weakened trees and/or tree limbs. Heavy rain, coupled with falling leaves may block drains and gullies, leading to surface flooding and property owners and occupiers are being asked to check drains and gullies for potential blockages.Sea surges are forecasted along the West coast from the southwest coast up to Donegal of .6m to 1m and the public are being asked to be extra vigilant along the coast.  The Irish Coast Guard is advising the public along coastal areas to ‘Stay back, stay high and stay dry’.Met Eireann update weather alerts ahead of Storm Lorenzo was last modified: October 3rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Storm LOrenzoweatherlast_img read more

Using Reclaimed Wood for Porch Decking

first_imgFinishingWhile the wood will gray over time, I wanted to treat it with an oil finish that would bring out and retain for at least a while the gorgeous colors in the wood, but I also wanted to use a natural finish that was environmentally responsible. I chose a product called Heritage Natural Finish. I found out about this oil finish at the Timber Framers Guild of North America annual meeting this summer, where I was giving a presentation on our house.Heritage finish (which used to be called Land Ark Natural Wood Finish) is made from naturally processed linseed oil, tung oil, beeswax, pure citrus solvent, and pine rosin. Unlike some oil finishes, there are no heavy metal drying agents or petroleum products.We used Heritage’s Exterior Finish, which include a UV inhibitor and a mildewcide to inhibit mold staining. (The Original Finish does not include the mildewcide.) The Viridian story Viridian Wood Products produces tropical hardwood flooring, decking, paneling, and countertop material derived from salvaged wood sources, including tropical hardwoods. I have long been a firm believer that one should only use wood from tropical rainforests that comes from well-managed forests — as evidenced by certification based on Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards — or that is salvaged from other uses and diverted from the waste stream.Back in 2004, Joe Mitchoff and Pierce Henley of Portland, Oregon, noticed that a lot of wood used for shipping manufactured goods — especially heavy iron and steel — was being landfilled at the Port of Portland. As many as thirty 30-yard roll-off dumpsters per ship of mostly four-by-fours were going to the landfill, and they recognized that this was amazingly beautiful tropical hardwood. RELATED ARTICLES FSC certificationAll Viridian reclaimed wood is certified according to FSC standards. FSC has standards both for virgin wood (relating to forest management practices) and for salvaged wood.All Viridian product carries chain-of-custody certification according to FSC’s 100% Post Consumer Reclaimed standard. The chain-of-custody certification number for Viridian Reclaimed Wood is SW-COC-001962. GBA Encyclopedia: Decks and PorchesGBA Product Guide: DeckingQ&A: Front porch and back porch material recommendations?Q&A: Decking material CostViridian is a premium product that sells for a premium price. Pricing is somewhat higher than that of redwood decking and significantly more expensive than pressure-treated (PT) decking. But it should hold up as well as Ipé, which is typically more expensive. The price of the Jakarta Market Blend is $6.95 per square foot, though shipping will add to the price. According to Joe Mitchoff, one of the advantages of having a constant supply of salvaged wood is the ability to keep pricing fairly constant.The TimberSIL framing we used is also more expensive than standard PT framing, but we think it will last a lot longer, helping us (and our children and grandchildren) achieve the long life that we are seeking with the house. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. In 2012 he founded the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. “Jakarta Market Blend”Because Viridian’s tropical woods are reclaimed rather than being cut from forests, the species vary widely and typically aren’t even known. We ordered a mix of wood known as Jakarta Market Blend – Dark Sort that is comprised of probably at least a dozen actual species. Some are very dark, almost black; others are a deep red; some have beautiful figured grain. The weight also varies greatly, with some having specific gravity that is significantly greater than that of water — meaning that that wood doesn’t float.The great density of these tropical hardwoods also results in tremendous hardness and wear properties. With flooring, hardness is typically measured using the Janca Scale. The Jakarta Market Blend – Dark Sort flooring we got has a hardness ranging from 1100 to 3500, which makes it suitable for high-traffic commercial applications. By comparison, eastern white pine has a hardness of 380, hemlock 500, Douglas fir 660, cherry 995, teak 1155, red oak 1290, and sugar maple 1450.As we were selecting from the batch of wood received from Viridian, I chose the heavier pieces for the porch flooring — so I suspect most pieces have a hardness well over 2000. The dimensions of the decking are 2 1/2 inches x 5/8 inch, in random lengths up to 6 feet 6 inches. InstallationDon’t even think about installing Viridian Jakarta Market Blend flooring without pre-drilling. Eli Gould’s crew started out drilling as they might for standard decking — with slightly undersized holes, but they were breaking off the stainless steel decking screws right and left! This stuff is hard!We installed ours on framing made of TimberSIL, a totally nontoxic pressure-treated lumber. With TimberSIL, sodium silicate is infused into the wood under pressure, and the wood his then heated in a kiln, which melts the sodium silicate into an amorphous glass. This glass surrounds the wood cells, protecting it from decay and insects and well as imparting fire-resistance. Mitchoff and Henley made arrangements with the Port to divert that waste — saving the Port disposal costs — and they figured out how to process the wood cost-effectively, milling it into a high-end flooring and countertop material, while recycling the co-mingled waste.The wood is first heat-treated to kill any invasive insects that may be living in it (shipping materials have been one of the main routes of entry for invasive insects getting into the United States), then scanned for metal fasteners, kiln-dried, and milled into standard dimensions for the various markets they serve.With the high volume of production and a 40,000 square-foot warehouse next to the Port, Viridian Wood Products has been able to achieve a dependable supply, which is critically important for nationwide marketing of salvaged wood products. The company has even expanded into other reclaimed wood sources — such as Douglas fir salvaged from high school bleachers, Douglas fir from structures in the Pacific Northwest, a rustic oak salvaged from truck decks, and old-growth redwood salvaged from wine casks. We’re moving along with some of the wrap-up work on our house in Dummerston. One of those projects is installing the porch decking on both the front and rear porches and a handicapped ramp up from the garage to the back porch. (Yes, we plan to live there for a long time!)For the decking, we used a product I found out about through my work researching green building products at BuildingGreen. It’s actually a product we recognized as a Top 10 Green Building Product last year.last_img read more

You Cannot Be a Smart Asshole

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now There is no such thing as a smart asshole. You can’t be both of those things at the same time; and if you are the latter, then you are not the former.There are lots of different lines of intelligence. Howard Gardner of Harvard wrote a book making the case that cognitive abilities were only one of about a dozen intelligences, including musical, visual-spatial, verbal-linguistic, kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and existential. Ken Wilber’s research has identified another dozen or so lines of intelligence. There might be 24 or more different, measurable, verifiable lines of intelligence.But none of these reflect your real intelligence. Let’s call your real intelligence your working intelligence.Your working intelligence can be measured by whatever line and scale you prefer minus how much of an asshole you are (AHQ). The more of an asshole you are, the less intelligent you are. You see, if you were intelligent you wouldn’t be an asshole. If you were intelligent, you would know how to make your point in a way that didn’t harm other people.145 on the IQ and 150 on an AHQ gives you a -5.You’re super-smart when it comes to rational-logical thinking. In fact, people describe you as brilliant as they hurry to get as far away from you as they possibly can. It doesn’t matter what your IQ is if your EQ is so low that no one wants to work with you.Maybe you are a gifted athlete or musician. If you treat people badly, then you are not intelligent. You are just gifted in one narrow line. That doesn’t make you smart.I know you have examples. Smart people like Jobs are surrounded by people that act as a buffer to keep them from blowing up everyone around them.People are going to remember how you made them feel. They are going to be influenced by how much they believe you care about them. No one ever looks back and says, “Man, he treated me like I was dirt, but I loved him because he was so smart.”115 on the IQ test and 5 on the AHQ gives you a 110. That’s 105 points higher than the example above, and it means you are likely way more effective with people.last_img read more

Another accused declared as adult in Kathua case

first_imgThe Pathankot district and sessions court has accepted a medical report determining an accused in the Kathua rape-and-murder case, who claimed to be a juvenile, as being more than 20 years of age, said special public prosecutor J.K. Chopra.Rejecting the plea of defence counsel, district and sessions judge Tajwinder Singh said the accused, Parvesh Kumar alias ‘Mannu’, will be treated as an adult, the lawyer said.Mr. Chopra said the court has declined his application and declared the accused as a ‘major’.To challenge verdictKumar’s counsel A.K. Sawhney told reporters outside the court that they would be challenging the verdict of the trial court in the Supreme Court soon.The medical report was submitted before the court earlier this week by the Jammu and Kashmir police’s Crime Branch after it resumed post summer break.The district and sessions judge had issued directions to the Crime Branch to conduct a bone ossification test to ascertain the age of Kumar, one of the eight accused in the brutal rape-and-murder case of an eight-year-old nomadic girl in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir in January.Asked what was the opinion of the doctors about the age of the accused, Mr. Chopra said, “According to it (the medical opinion), his age is stated to be 20 plus.”Another juvenile’s caseThe fate of another accused, who has claimed to be a juvenile, is yet to be decided as the matter was pending before the Jammu and Kashmir High Court after the Crime Branch moved an application urging him to be treated as an adult based on his medical reports.The court had ordered the test after the defence counsel moved an application in the first week of June, requesting to treat him as a minor citing his matriculation certificate.The Crime Branch had constituted a team of doctors, comprising medicos from various streams including the radiology department, and the accused was examined on June 22 and 23.The court had directed Senior Superintendent of Police R.K. Jalla to supervise the medical examination and submit the report when the court reopens after a 16-day summer break.While seven of the accused, including Kumar, are facing trial in the court here on the directions of the Supreme Court, the eighth accused in the case is facing trial in a juvenile court in Kathua district.last_img read more

Cricket: Indian cricket team needs a spin bowling coach. Laxman Sivaramakrishnan is ready

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement(Photo Courtesy: Times of India)Following the recent reports that the Indian cricket team is planning to appoint a specialist spin bowling coach, former Indian Leg spinner and commentator Laxman Sivaramakrishnan has decided throw in the hat.Even while the spin trio of Ashwin, Kuldeep and Jadeja ran riot against the Windies side in the 1st test, the struggle to pick wickets in overseas conditions has posted a serious problem in recent times.The recent England tour saw Kuldeep Yadav begin brightly by picking up 2 five wicket hauls. But as the series progressed, it was evident that the England batsmen especially Joe Root got the better of him.“All our spinners are good, but need fine-tuning. I’d like to help our spinners till the World Cup in the role of spin consultant/ coach, if the BCCI  approaches me with an offer. The middle overs – from 11 to 40 – is the period when we need to pick up the wickets. If our spinners take five wickets in this period for about 150, they’d have done their job. Otherwise, you’re looking at a potentially dangerous situation, where the opposition’s middle order is set to lunch into a slog in the last 10 overs,” Sivaramakrishnan, who represented India in nine Tests in the early 1980s, told TOI.The duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, who replaced Ashwin and Jadeja in the limited over format have so far done an exceptional job. Sivaramakrishnan who has observed both of them stated that the duo will need to improve more.“Kuldeep Yadav’s balance while delivering the ball needs to improve. His body isn’t synchronized properly, and his arms aren’t rotating in a round manner while delivering the ball. Yuzuvendra Chahal tends to drift to the leg and middle, which means the batsmen can look to smash him to mid-wicket, which is likely to be vacant since the two fielders on the on-side are likely to be stationed at deep square leg (for the sweep shot) and long-on.“Both Chahal and Kuldeep have the conventional leg-break and the googly, but they can add a top-spinner to their repertoire. They also need to be careful to not overuse the googly,” stated Sivaramakrishnan.Also Read:Cricket: Changes abound? Indian team’s performance to be appraised before second WI testlast_img read more

Labour Ministry to Upgrade Parish Offices

first_img “Having gone around the island and looked at them, I realised that most of them have outgrown their useful capacity and also, we have a large number of disabled persons, who must access the services,” she said. Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, says that a number of parish offices across the island will be upgraded and renovated in short order.“Having gone around the island and looked at them, I realised that most of them have outgrown their useful capacity and also, we have a large number of disabled persons, who must access the services,” she said.She noted that tenders are out for the refurbishing of the St. James parish office and another on Ripon Road in Kingston.Work is already under way at the St. Ann parish office. “It will be a beautiful new complex. It should be completed in June and we hope to move in by the end of this year,” she added.Mrs. Robinson was speaking at the official opening of the new state-of-the-art Hanover parish office on Thursday (February 28).The 4,000-square-foot facility, located at Bustamante Square in Lucea, was purchased at a cost of $92 million, with an additional $20 million spent to complete refurbishing works.It houses the various social departments that fall under the Ministry to include the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), the Labour Division, National Council for Senior Citizens (NCSC), among others.Mrs. Robinson said the facility will better serve the needs of the citizens of Hanover.“This new office is the first in a series that will provide the Ministry with a better chance of pursuing its mandate of providing effective social protection for the needy, promoting social inclusion for all, providing sustainable industrial relations standards, promoting productivity growth, ensuring safety and health for all workers, and maintaining an effective and efficient labour market,” she noted.The vision of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security is to contribute to national development through the provision of efficient and effective labour and social security services within the context of a globalised economy.It is mandated to promote a stable industrial climate through tripartite dialogue; ensure the highest standards of occupational safety and health at the workplace; facilitate increased access to employment; and effectively manage social protection programmes for groups with special needs, including persons below the poverty line, the elderly and the disabled. Story Highlights Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, says that a number of parish offices across the island will be upgraded and renovated in short order. She noted that tenders are out for the refurbishing of the St. James parish office and another on Ripon Road in Kingston.last_img read more

RenaultNissan to use Android system in its dashboards

first_imgDETROIT – The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, one of the world’s top-selling automakers, has decided to go with Google’s Android operating system to run its dashboard information and entertainment features.The change, which won’t roll out until 2021, means that users will get Android features such as Google Maps, Waze and the hands-free Google Assistant, without having to connect a phone. They’ll also be able to download auto-specific apps, such as those that find and pay for parking spaces, from the Google Play Store.It’s a sign that automakers are starting choose sides in infotainment software, deciding between developing their own systems or going with an established company that’s familiar to customers.Most automakers already let users link their Apple or Android phones to car systems through Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. But using the Android operating system will open cars to over-the-internet infotainment software updates and integration of Google Assistant voice commands into some car functions such as windshield wiper controls, the companies said.Since the operating software can be continually updated, the system will be able to handle communications with other vehicles or infrastructure such as traffic lights when those features become available, said Kal Mos, global vice-president for connected vehicles for the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance.The change also opens cars to a universe of app developers, Mos said. “Once you offer that platform, that capacity, people will start coming up with things we don’t think about today,” he said.Owners would have to choose from apps that are approved for automotive use that minimize distraction, said Patrick Brady, Google’s vice-president of engineering for Android. “Any app that gets into the store goes through multiple iterations to make sure this can be used in the car,” Brady said.Although Android powers 80 per cent of the world’s smartphones, those with Apple iPhones need not fear the system, the companies said. They still will run Apple CarPlay, just as automaker systems do now, they said.Other automakers, such as Honda, Volvo and General Motors, already run Android in their operating systems, although they aren’t as advanced as what the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance will do, the companies said.The brands are looking at cost for the system, and there likely will be a monthly fee.Currently automakers have somewhat clunky voice-recognition systems that often take several steps to complete a simple command, said Sam Abuelsamid, an analyst for Navigant Research. But as more cars become linked to the internet, automakers are finding suppliers who have better systems that can be updated, he said.The next generation of Android should have much better voice recognition than anything now in the auto industry, he said. “It’ll be more natural language that’s going to make it a lot better and easier for consumers to use,” Abuelsamid said.The system also will let Google Maps and Google-owned Waze gather data about speed and traffic from more vehicles as more cars are equipped with Android, Abuelsamid said.The technology partnership with Google is part of the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance’s wider effort to wirelessly connect cars to online “cloud-based systems,” allowing automakers to gather data, diagnose problems and update vehicle software remotely.The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi group sold a combined 10.6 million vehicles last year and aims to raise that to 14 million by 2022. It’s among the top three automakers in the world.Shares in navigation system maker TomTom plunged 23 per cent to 6.52 euros Tuesday on the Amsterdam stock exchange after the announcement as investors feared that the Dutch company’s sales could be hit hard by the decision.____Chan reported from London. Mike Corder in Amsterdam contributed to this report.last_img read more

Supreme Court to rule on QuebecNL feud over Churchill Falls hydro riches

first_imgThe Supreme Court of Canada will deliver a decision Friday in one of Canada’s bitterest interprovincial feuds — the notorious 1969 Churchill Falls hydro deal between Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador.Profits from the hydroelectric dam and power station in Labrador have been in dispute for decades, and a ruling in Newfoundland and Labrador’s favour could mean billions of dollars to ease the cash-strapped province’s considerable financial burdens.The decision will determine whether Hydro-Quebec has a “good faith” obligation to re-negotiate the deal, based on unforeseeable changes in electricity markets over time.Terms of the contract between the two provinces have delivered more than $27.5 billion to Hydro-Quebec and around $2 billion to Newfoundland and Labrador.At the time of signing, Hydro-Quebec agreed to buy Churchill Falls power at a fixed rate that was set to decrease over time, allowing the province sell the dam’s power for massive profits.But the division of profits has sparked a bitter feud between the two provinces.The deal is set to expire in 2041, and it’s been a thorn in Newfoundland and Labrador’s side for decades. Quebec has maintained that the costs and risks were clear when the deal was signed.Doug Mitchell, lawyer for the easternmost province, argued before the Supreme Court last year that negotiators almost 50 years ago couldn’t have predicted such drastic changes in the markets, or such significant profits.It’s the latest legal attempt by the Atlantic province to reopen what it sees as an unfair deal, in a decades-long series of court challenges that have, so far, been unsuccessful.Crown corporation Nalcor Energy lost its case before the Quebec Superior Court in 2010, when it argued that Hydro-Quebec had a duty to renegotiate terms because the massive profits were unforeseeable in 1969.The Quebec Court of Appeal upheld the trial decision, finding Quebec was under no obligation to renegotiate, and ruling that the “good faith” principles did not apply because the deal was “profitable” for Newfoundland and Labrador.While courts have typically sided with Quebec, a win would mean billions for Newfoundland and Labrador as the province faces mounting debt and paying the costs of the wildly over-budget Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.last_img read more

Highway 43 open after police shooting near Whitecourt

first_imgThe Alberta Serious Incident Response Team has been notified will now lead the investigation.ASIRT has been directed to investigate an incident involving @RCMPAlberta near Whitecourt. No further details at this time.— ASIRT (@ASIRT_AB) July 3, 2018Highway 43 was closed for several hours on Tuesday while the RCMP investigated the incident.A photo shared on social media showed the long back up of traffic while the Highway was closed – Facebook WHITECOURT, A.B. – Highway 43 is open following a police shooting near Whitecourt.A police operation Tuesday saw westbound lanes of Highway 43 closed for several hours.  The RCMP say they attempted to stop a vehicle on the highway.  As members approached the vehicle, a confrontation occurred with lead to the discharge of an RCMP members’ firearm.Update: Hwy43 near Chickadee Creek, west of Whitecourt – Highway reopened. Expect delays due to volume. (5:15pm) #ABRoads— 511 Alberta (@511Alberta) July 3, 2018The RCMP say that an adult male suspect was involved and was later found deceased.last_img read more

BCs tax on new natural gas investments among highest in North America

first_imgAccording to the study that even with Ottawa’s tax changes, B.C. still has the second-highest effective tax rate on new investments in the natural gas sector. The study’s calculations include everything from corporate income taxes to royalty payments to provincial sales taxes if they apply.“This is a comprehensive assessment of the tax rate that applies to businesses wishing to invest in the oil or natural gas sectors,” said Philip Bazel, associate at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy and study co-author.B.C.’s tax rate on new natural gas investments in 2018 was 31.9 percent—behind only Saskatchewan (36.6) in Canada, and fifth-highest among all major energy-producing jurisdictions in North America. B.C.’s tax rate on new natural gas investments is nearly five percentage points higher than the Canadian average (27 percent) according to the study.“If the B.C. government really wants to grow and develop the province’s natural gas sector, policymakers should consider tax reforms to incentive new investments in the industry,” Mintz said. VANCOUVER, B.C. – A new study by the Fraser Institute finds B.C. has one of the highest tax rates on new investments in the natural gas sector among all major energy-producing jurisdictions in North America, which is harming the province’s competitiveness.“Developing B.C.’s natural gas resources has been a priority for successive provincial governments, and yet its tax rate on new natural gas investments is highly uncompetitive with neighbouring and competing jurisdictions,” said Jack Mintz, President’s Fellow at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy.The federal government last year introduced a series of temporary measures designed to incentivize new investment. In response to recent tax changes in the U.S., which eroded Canada’s previous corporate and investment tax advantage over American states, shared the studylast_img read more