School buses cancelled in North and South Peace

first_imgSchool buses in School District 60 (Peace River North) and Dawson Creek have been cancelled.Drifting snow in both the North Peace and the South Peace has caused the cancellations.Buses are still running today in Chetwynd. Schools will still be open on both school districts. – Advertisement –last_img

Everton line-up v Krasnodar: Martinez to give youth a chance in final group game

first_imgWith qualification to the knock-out stages sealed and the group already won, Everton boss Roberto Martinez will be forgiven for looking beyond Thursday’s final group match against Krasnodar and instead to the Toffees’ next Premier League fixture on Monday.Indeed, given his comments during his pre-match press conference, that is exactly what Martinez is doing, with the Spaniard having named a majority of his starting line-up, while also confirming that he will select some of the club’s up-and-coming youngsters to make up the rest of his squad.Martinez insisted though that he is selecting an ‘experimental’ side that he believes is capable of winning the contest, without devaluing the competition too much.Nearly all of his preferred first XI will be handed some well deserved rest, with the likes of Chelsea’s on-loan star Christian Atsu, the recently returned Arouna Kone and squad players Antolin Alcaraz and Steven Pienaar making up the core of his side.Below is how Everton could line-up: 1 Beyond Everton’s established stars, the players to keep and eye out for are Tyias Browning, Luke Garbutt, Conor McAleny and Ryan Ledson.20-year-old Browning is celebrating his 10th year at the club and is widely regarded as the eventual replacement for Sylvain Distin and made his senior debut as a second half substitute in September’s Merseyside derby.Garbutt is a highly-rated full-back, although his versatility has seen him operate in midfield as well.McAleny has been confirmed as a feature against Krasnodar and has been lauded for his pace and goal scoring exploits, while Ledson is the youngster of the quartet, with the club holding extremely high hopes for the 17-year-old midfielder. 1 Roberto Martinez will field and experimental side last_img read more

No Everton move for Bournemouth star as new long-term Cherries deal signed

first_img1 Steve Cook Bournemouth centre-back Steve Cook has been rewarded with a new four-year deal after an impressive campaign for the Cherries.The 26-year-old had been linked with a summer move, with reports of interest from clubs including Everton, but he has committed himself to the club he joined from Brighton almost six years ago.Cook played every minute of Bournemouth’s Premier League campaign as Eddie Howe’s team finished ninth in the table, and league statistics show he made more defensive clearances – 352 – than any other player in the division.He said of his decision to commit: “It has always been my plan to stay here as long as possible, so to be given the chance to do that is really pleasing. Myself and AFC Bournemouth have been the perfect match. Since the manager came in, things have been forever moving upwards and that has matched my own ambitions.“These are exciting times to be at the club and hopefully we can continue to have as much success as we have had in the last few years.”Cook has scored 15 goals in 231 Bournemouth appearances, and manager Howe said: “I am delighted Steve sees his long-term future at AFC Bournemouth because he is a major part of our plans going forward.”last_img read more

COUNCILLORS BACK MOTION TO EXEMPT UNFINISHED ESTATES FROM PROPERTY TAXES

first_imgSinn Féin councillor Jack Murray has welcomed unanimous support for his motion which called for all housing developments with wastewater treatment problems in Donegal to be registered by the council as ‘in seriously problematic condition’ so that they may be exempted from any property tax.Cllr Murray said: “I welcome the unanimous support for my motion which, I believe, will provide protection for home owners in unfinished estates from future property taxes.“I moved the motion as I am aware of a number of developments in Inishowen which, while signed off by the council as having met all planning conditions, have developed serious problems with their wastewater treatment plants. “Some sewage plants have collapsed to a point that effluent has flown down their streets from overflowing manholes. The residents in these developments have confirmed, through the HSE, that there are serious health risks in these developments.“I am aware of a development which must empty their system on a fortnightly basis at a cost of €1300, just to stop it from overflowing. They is becoming an unbearable financial burden for the residents.“However, as the council has signed off on the development, it was deemed to be finished and is liable to property taxes.“Now however, with the passing of this motion, I am hopeful that they will be exempted from these taxes. “This is a small step in the fight to have problematic estates fixed to a standard that families deserve. It is also a small step in the fight against unjust property charges.” COUNCILLORS BACK MOTION TO EXEMPT UNFINISHED ESTATES FROM PROPERTY TAXES was last modified: December 2nd, 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:COUNCILLORS BACK MOTION TO EXEMPT UNFINISHED ESTATES FROM PROPERTY TAXESlast_img read more

MCHUGH ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR DONEGAL PIERS

first_imgDeputy Joe McHugh TD has confirmed Government grants of €95,000 for upgrades at Ballywhoriskey, Portsalon and Downings Piers.Deputy Joe McHugh“Today the Minister for Agriculture, Food & Marine Simon Coveney TD has sanctioned funding for the construction of a €50,000 slipway at Ballywhoriskey Pier. The new slipway will be a useful resource for tourism in the area and for local fishermen.“Minister Coveney has also sanctioned funding for €25,000 repairs and upgrades at Portsalon Pier, which will entail fitting a toe and hand rails to the pier, together with repairs to a cavity at the back of the pier. Minister Coveney has also sanctioned funding for a €20,000 replacement of fenders at the head of Downings Pier, and replacement of the pier face at the steps. “This funding has been secured from the 2013 Piers & Harbours Budget. Glengad Pier, Bunagee Pier and Lenan Pier (Inishowen) benefitted from €220,000 funding from the Piers & Harbours Budget in 2012.”MCHUGH ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR DONEGAL PIERS was last modified: April 18th, 2013 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)last_img read more

Composting: It’s a microbial thing

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We cannot see them, but they are everywhere and that is good. Microbes, not worms, are critical to the composting process. Although microscopic, they are responsible for decomposing vast quantities of organic materials. Without them, our world would be buried in leaves, food waste, manure, and more.While microbial degradation is a natural process, composting involves the mixing of materials and management of the process in such a way that decomposition is accelerated, the waste is treated, and a product is created that can be used to enhance soil health. On farms, composting of manure can reduce pathogens, odors, and the mass of the material by more than 75%, allowing manure nutrients to be cost effectively transported further off the farm.Composting basicsComposting is a relatively simple process but it requires nutrients and moisture to be balanced and the creation of a porous pile structure that can maintain aerobic conditions. The primary nutrients required by compost microbes are carbon (C) for energy and nitrogen (N) for cell function and growth. Ideally, the ratio of C:N should be from 30 to 40. Like all living organisms, microbes also require water. At the beginning of the process, composts should have a moisture content of 65%, which feels like a damp sponge. Moisture will vary between feedstocks and weather conditions, and water or drier materials can be added as necessary. Finished compost should be 35 to 45% water. For homeowners adding one or two handfuls of dry “browns” (leaves or sawdust) for every handful of “greens” (fruit or vegetable wastes) results in a moisture content and C:N ratio that are close to these values, while large scale facilities usually test their materials to calculate optimal mixing ratios.Maintaining aerobic conditions requires creating porosity that allows air to flow through the pile or windrow. If the feedstock particles are small, compacted or wet, this air flow is inhibited and oxygen levels may fall below zero in much of the pile. Anaerobic microbes will take over, slowing the process and generating foul odors. Anaerobic conditions can be easily remedied by assuring that the pile is properly constructed to allow air movement and aerobic conditions. Adding wood chips, or other “bulking agents” can be used to improve porosity and air flow. A persistent myth about composting is that turning is the primary mechanism of supplying air. In fact a typical compost windrow would require nearly 1,000 turns to provide all of the air needed by the microorganisms. Since most windrows are turned less than 10 times, natural passive convection must be relied upon for aeration. Turning is only a means of mixing.Composting starts naturally when a pile of organic materials with the right C:N ratio, moisture content, and porosity is created. Microbes are everywhere and do not need to be added, although some composters jumpstart the process by adding a small amount of finished compost to the recipe. As with most things, learning more about the composting process and experimenting are the keys to success.To learn moreFor home composters, there is plenty of information available online from building a compost bin to what should or should not be composted. A quick Internet search provides most everything one needs to know.For those interested in operating a composting facility at a commercial scale, there’s more to learn. Understanding site design, feedstock mixing, odor management, regulations, marketing, and other aspects of running a large facility are critical. It is extensive information that can be hard to find. A two-day course offered by OSU Extension called the Ohio Compost Operator Training Course is designed to meet the needs of these large-scale composters. This year the course will be offered March 8 and 9 in Wooster. Participants will be taught the fundamentals of composting, including the biology, types of systems, and methods, as well as how to manage the operation, trouble shoot problems, meet regulatory requirements, and ensure a quality product. Instructors include both academics and industry professionals with extensive research and practical experience in composting.For program and registration details, visit our website: http://www.oardc.osu.edu/ocamm.last_img read more

Google Maps Gets Bird’s Eye View

first_imgfrederic lardinois Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts center_img Tags:#Google#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A few months ago, Google launched 45° imagery for select cities through its Google Maps API. In February, Google launched this new way to browse maps as an experimental feature in Google Maps Labs and starting today, this bird’s eye view imagery will be available for all users by default. These high-resulution images – which are currently only available in a select number of cities in the U.S. and South Africa – will automatically appear once users zoom in to an area while in satellite mode.For Bing, a similar bird’s eye view feature has long been one of the differentiating features of Microsoft’s mapping product. For the time being, Bing’s bird’s eye view is available in more places, but otherwise, the feature sets of Google’s and Microsoft’s products are very similar. Just like Bing Map, Google also allows users to rotate images and see a location from different angles, for example.Overall, this is nice update to Google maps, as it allows users to zoom in closer and see buildings and other locations with more detail. As Google’s Randy Wilson – a member of Google’s Imagery Team – notes, “even when looking at familiar areas, seeing driving directions overlaid on 45° imagery will give you a whole new understanding of the neighborhood.” last_img read more

How to Provide Makeup Air for Range Hoods

first_imgWhen Cheryl Morris moved into her new home, she realized that the kitchen exhaust fan was probably too powerful. Whenever she turned on the 1,200-cfm fan, strange things happened. “It pulled the ashes out of the fireplace, halfway across the room, right up to my husband’s chair,” she says. Those dancing ashes demonstrate an important principle: Large exhaust fans need makeup air. The air that fans remove has to come from somewhere Most homes have several exhaust appliances. They can include a bathroom fan (40 cfm to 200 cfm), a clothes dryer (100 cfm to 225 cfm), a power-vented water heater (50 cfm), a woodstove (30 cfm to 50 cfm), and a central vacuum-cleaning system (100 cfm to 200 cfm). The most powerful exhaust appliance in most homes, however, is the kitchen range-hood fan (160 cfm to 1200 cfm).Although tightening up homes is a good way to make them more energy-efficient, builders need to remember that plugging air leaks makes it harder for air to enter a home. Every time an exhaust fan removes air from your house, an equal volume of air must enter. If a house doesn’t have enough random air leaks around windows, doors, and mudsills, makeup air can be pulled through water-heater flues or down wood-burning chimneys, a phenomenon called backdrafting. Because the flue gases of combustion appliances can include carbon monoxide, backdrafting can be dangerous.One important way to limit backdrafting problems is to avoid installing a wood-burning fireplace or any atmospherically vented combustion appliance. Appliances in this category include gas-fired or oil-fired water heaters, furnaces, and boilers connected to old-fashioned vertical chimneys or flues. Instead, install sealed-combustion appliances with fresh-air ducts that bring combustion air directly to the burner. Most sealed-combustion appliances are practically immune to backdrafting problems.Small exhaust fans—those rated at 300 cfm or less—usually don’t… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

SBP starts forming best PH team for 2018 Fiba 3×3 World Cup

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues “It’s very heartwarming because without naming names, we’re getting a lot of volunteers from the PBA, especially from those who have already played 3×3 here and abroad. We at SBP pride ourselves that everyone who played 3×3 have improved when they returned to their mother teams,” he said.While this year’s World Cup is not a qualifier for any major tournaments, it is a good test for Filipinos ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where 3×3 basketballl will be played for the first time. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities MOST READ Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closedcenter_img LATEST STORIES “We’re looking at being able to field the best team we can field. The 3×3 game is very different from the 5-on-5, so we expect to do well in this coming tournament,” said SBP executive director Sonny Barrios in the event launch Thursday at Bonifacio High Street.“We still don’t have a team. We will have to sit down. We have been talking about this for the past week also. Coach Eric Altamirano has been the one in charge of the 3×3 program of our national team. But coach Chot Reyes, as the overall national team head coaches’ leader, will be part of the discussion,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLast year, the Philippines finished 11th in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup in Nantes, France with the team represented by Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Teng, JR Quiñahan, and Jeron Teng.Barrios said that this early, players have already expressed their intentions to be part of the 3×3 team. Ngannou could go from homeless to UFC heavyweight champ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Officials from the SBP and Fiba launch the logo for the 2018 Fiba 3×3 World Cup. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonThe Philippines is looking to make waves by parading the best team possible when it hosts the 2018 Fiba 3×3 World Cup on June 8 to 12 at Philippine Arena.With still a few months to go before tournament, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is already in the process of coming up with a competitive roster.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Noida village vows to end tobacco use

first_imgTobacco will soon be a thing of the past in the land of wrestlers. In a first, the mahapanchayat in Noida’s Sarfabad village has vowed to eliminate tobacco and its products in a bid to secure a healthier future for its youth.The panchayat has asked the village residents to abstain from selling or using tobacco. Such products would be a strict no-no for the younger generation henceforth.Initiated by the wrestlers-dominated community of the village, the move is aimed at urging the state government to impose a blanket ban on the use of tobacco products. The plan will act as a pilot project and subsequently spread to other rural pockets of the district.The panchayat has given its final word on the social menace and anybody found violating the same will have to pay dearly.Shopkeepers of Sarfabad village set fire to their tobacco products to show their support.Over 20 shopkeepers in the village brought their tobacco products and destroyed them in a bonfire to express support for the move.According to Sukhbir Pehelwan, a wrestling coach and organiser, the panchayat has completely banned tobacco and its use in the village.”Anybody found selling tobacco or its products would have to shell out Rs 1,000 as fine. Whoever is found chewing tobacco will be fined Rs 500. And we have decided to reward any person who informs us about anyone selling or using tobacco with Rs 100. The fines will be realised by the panchayat itself,” Pehelwan said.”If other states such as Haryana and Gujarat can ban it, why can’t Uttar Pradesh? A health recent ministry report has disclosed rising number of cancers in the country are caused by tobacco use. It has not only become a health hazard but a social evil. We aim to eliminate it completely,” he said.advertisementThe members of the panchayat would, on Monday morning, hand over a memorandum to district magistrate MKS Sundaram, addressed to the state government urging it to impose the ban at the earliest.”We have thought to make Sarfabad a model village in eradicating the use of tobacco in the state. We would soon begin awareness programmes in other villages too. We have given time to the government till August 30. If it does not do anything about it, we would turn this campaign into a movement,” Subodh Yadav, an international wrestler and 2011 Asiad gold-medalist said.Five villages in Noida – Sarfabad, Sorkha, Garhi Chowkhandi and Behlolpur have practised wrestling as a traditional sport and have produced numerous state, national and international players. Sarfabad, with a population of around 10,000, has over 150 professional wrestlers, practising the sport at various forums. Of them, three have wrestled on the international level while around 50 have participated in national events.Though the panchayat has started the campaign against tobacco, it would soon add alcohol to the list to prevent the younger generation of the village from falling prey to wrong practices which can only harm their health, a panchayat member said.last_img read more