Eder in action for Braga Bournemouth are set to make a bid for Sporting Braga striker Eder.The South coast side secured promotion to the Premier League for the first time in their history, and with the club in good financial health boss Eddie Howe is planning a summer spending spree to avoid an immediate return to the Championship.Eder, who has 17 caps for Portugal and featured in last summer’s World Cup in Brazil, is among the names on Howe’s radar.The 27-year-old was linked with a switch to Southampton in January and is keen to try his luck in England.The Cherries are now ready to offer him the chance of Premier League football and, with just a year left on his contract, Eder could move to the Goldsands for just £2million. 1
A 15 year old Donegal girl is still pinching herself after being invited to an audience of Riverdance along with Michelle Obama.Shauna with her secret invitation to see Riverdance with First Lady Michelle Obama.Donegal Town teenager Shauna Curran, an active member of youth group Foroige, received an exciting phone call on Thursday last from its head office in Dublin.Foroige told her she was to be invited to a secret event and would be given the details in the coming days. The following day Friday 14th June Shauna received an e-mail with all of the details.At first glance she seen that it was an official invitation from The Embassy of the United States of America with an invitation for her to go to a performance of Riverdance in the Gaeity Theatre Dublin to join the First Lady Mrs Michelle Obama along with her two daughters, Malia and Sasha.Shauna, a fourth year pupil at the Abbey Vocational School, was the only young person to be selected to represent the North West region.Shauna has been an active member of Foroige for this past 5 years and she has just completed the Foroige Leadership for Life programme. Shauna’s mum Ann told Donegal Daily that her daughter had the time of her life despite not getting to meeting the First Lady.“To actually be invited to a performance of Riverdance and to sit just a few feet from Michelle Obama was a once in a lifetime experience for Shauna. She was overwhelmed.“She was not a fan of Riverdance before but she loved the show and is telling everyone how they should go and see it now.“It’s something she will never for get for the rest of her life and it will give her great confidence,” she said. DONEGAL GIRL’S SECRET VISIT TO SEE RIVERDANCE WITH AMERICA’S FIRST LADY was last modified: June 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) Tags:MICHELLE OBAMARiverdanceSHAUNA CURRAN
1 Carlos Sanchez in action for Aston Villa Marseille are in talks with Aston Villa about landing midfielder Carlos Sanchez.A string of players are expected to leave Villa Park this summer following the club’s relegation from the Premier League.And one of those is Sanchez, the holding midfielder who arrived from Elche in 2014 and has made 48 Premier League appearances.According to La Provence, Marseille are the frontrunners to sign him with positive talks currently ongoing.But it has been reported that the Ligue 1 club are driving a hard bargain and do not want to pay more than £1.75m for the 30-year-old, who arrived for £4.7m less than two years ago.
A young Donegal girl who fell cutting her knee as she walked on the boardwalk beside a ride at a funfair has settled her High Court action for €80,000.Leah Bonner was 10 years of age when she tripped and fell near the Waltzer ride at the fairground in Dungloe. She suffered a laceration to her knee and the High Court heard today she has been left with a six-inch scar.Leah Bonner, now aged 12 of Gweedore Road, Dungloe, had through her father Keith Bonner sued the fairground operator, John Ritchie trading as McGurks Funfair, Ballymena, Co Antrim, and David Thompson, trading as JJ and DH Thompson of Glasgow, Scotland which owned the Waltzer ride as a result of the fall two years ago.It was claimed there was an alleged failure to provide any or any adequate lighting around the Waltzer ride and an alleged failure to ensure that wooden slats on the boardwalk did not present as a tripping hazard to those using it.The claims were denied.Leah’s counsel Declan McHugh BL said the child tripped on a wooden lath and caught her knee on another on August 5th, 2017.She suffered a severe laceration across her left knee and was brought by ambulance to hospital. She was in hospital for five days and had to use crutches for a number of weeks afterwards.Approving the settlement Mr Justice Garrett Simons said it was an unfortunate incident at a fairground and the young girl had been left with a scar.Girl who tripped at Donegal funfair awarded €80,000 for cut knee was last modified: November 28th, 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:courtdungloefunfairLeah Bonner
O’Neill’s side were taken apart in Cardiff What time is kick-off?This Nations League clash is scheduled for Saturday, October 13.Kick-off in Dublin is at 7.45pm.The sides last met in a World Cup 2018 play-off, with Christian Eriksen hitting a stunning hat-trick to cap a brilliant 5-1 win for the Danes.Which TV channel is it on?You can watch all the action on Sky Sports Football and Main Event.Coverage starts at 7.30pm, whilst you can use your Sky Go account to stream the action on the go.If you’re not a subscriber, grab a 24-hour NOW TV pass from £7.99 which will allow you watch on your tablet, mobile or laptop. 1 Frank Warren names four dream fights he wants to make in 2020, including Fury vs AJ Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade South Africa vs England first Test live on talkSPORT 2 KO KINGS PLANS What is the team news?Wolves defender Matt Doherty makes his first international start for Ireland as O’Neill makes six changes from their Nations League defeat to Wales last month.Ireland are without injured injured Seamus Coleman, Jonathan Walters, Robbie Brady and Stephen Ward.Meanwhile, Shane Long, Kevin Long, Harry Arter, Richard Keogh and James McClean come in.Republic of Ireland: Randolph, Doherty, Christie, Duffy, Keogh, Kevin Long, Arter, Hendrick, O’Dowda, McClean, Shane LongSubs: Doyle (GK), McDermott (GK), Clark, Meyler, S. Williams, Maguire, Stevens, Robinson, Egan, Hourihane, O’Brien, HoganDenmark: Schmeichel, Dalsgaard, Kjaer, M Jorgensen, Stryger Larsen, Braithwaite, Delaney, Schöne, Sisto, Dolberg, PoulsenSubs: Ankersen, Vestergaard, Knudsen, Christensen, Christiansen, Gytkjær, Jensen, Højbjerg, Lössl, Lerager, Cornelius, Rönnow live cricket Jake Paul vs AnEsonGib officially announced with date and venue confirmed The most unbelievable UFC knockouts of the decade, with McGregor, Silva and Holm Canelo, Joshua and Wilder pick up prestigious Ring Magazine awards for 2019 CELEBRATION ANOTHER ONE Getty SPORT LATEST The Republic of Ireland’s UEFA Nations League hopes hang by a thread.Martin O’Neill’s side began the competition with a 4-1 thumping by Wales so Ireland will be keen to get their campaign back on track when they face familiar foes Denmark at the Aviva Stadium. MONEY
Labour Senator Jimmy Harte has launched a stinging attack on Sinn Fein Deputy Pearse Doherty and his party after they raised concerns about the future of Glenties Garda station.Donegal south-west TD Doherty said last night he was concerned about reports that the station was to be downgraded and could lose its status as District Headquarters.He said he has spoken with locals in Glenties who had held a meeting to discuss the concerns. However Senator Harte said he found the move bizarre and said the people of Glenties must be bemused by Sinn Fein’s concern for their Garda station.He said it was bizarre coming from a party that spent their time with their friends in the IRA monitoring stations as reported in the Smithwick Tribinal.“I’m sure the decent people of Glenties are bemused to hear a Sinn Fein politician showing concern about the future of a Gardai station when they spent many years refusing to recognise the authority of the state and as reported in the Smithwick Tribunal the IRA monitored the Gardai Stations along the border to see who came and went from the stations.“I think Deputy Doherty should ask himself why his organisation refused to recognise the Garda who defended the State against the action of his comrades,” said Senaor Harte. He added that Sinn Fein have no interest in the future of Glenties Garda station and “as usual are trying to court public approval.” HARTE SLAMS SINN FEIN’S ‘CONCERNS’ OVER GLENTIES GARDA STATION was last modified: June 13th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Glenties Garda stationjimmy hartelabourPearse DohertySinn Fein
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The 60-year-old Leyland started his baseball career as a catcher in the low minors for the Tigers. He guided the Florida Marlins to the 1997 World Series championship, but has not managed since 1999 with Colorado. Leyland was a two-time NL Manager of the Year with Pittsburgh, where he won three division titles on teams that featured Barry Bonds. Indians seek to keep Millwood: General manager Mark Shapiro has promised the Indians will make their best moneyball pitch to right-hander Kevin Millwood. Still stinging from the club’s collapse in the final week of the regular season, Shapiro said the Indians will offer a multiyear contract to Millwood, the AL’s ERA champion who is eligible for free agency following the World Series. Millwood signed a one-year, $7.25 million deal last winter. Steroid suspension: Injured reliever Carlos Almanzar of the Texas Rangers was suspended for the first 10 days of next season for violating baseball’s steroids policy. John Hart stepped down Tuesday as general manager of the Texas Rangers, clearing the way for 28-year-old Jon Daniels to become the youngest GM in major-league history. Hart’s resignation came two days after the Rangers finished 79-83, their third losing season in four years under Hart and their fifth since winning their last AL West title in 1999. Hart, whose teams won six division titles in his last seven years in Cleveland ending in 2001, will be replaced by Daniels, who at 28 years, 41 days, is about 10 months younger than Theo Epstein was when he became Boston’s GM on Nov. 25, 2002. Daniels was promoted from assistant GM and Hart will remain a team consultant, the team said. Leyland earns his stripes: As expected, the Detroit Tigers hired Jim Leyland as their manager to replace Alan Trammell. Gonzalez says Palmiero ‘clean’: Two-time AL MVP Juan Gonzalez says he told congressional investigators Tuesday that he thinks former teammate Rafael Palmeiro “has always been clean.” A release issued by Gonzalez’s agent, Alan Nero, said Gonzalez spoke by telephone to lawyers from the House Government Reform Committee about Palmeiro and answered all of their questions. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
SAN JOSE — And the bragging rights go to Patrick Marleau.Mitch Marner said the Toronto Maple Leafs owed Marleau a win in San Jose and they delivered Thursday night in Mr. Shark’s second trip to SAP Center as a member of the visiting team.Marleau, who’s the Sharks all-time leader in points (1,082), goals (508) and games played (1,493) shed tears last October when he received a thunderous ovation of “Patty, Patty, Patty” chants during his first game in San Jose against his former-team. On …
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Virginia Tech’s entry, FutureHAUS Dubai, emerged as the winner in the inaugural Solar Decathlon Middle East last month, outscoring entries from 14 other groups. In an announcement, the university said the project was the result of years of research and development and relied on the contributions of more than 100 students and faculty members. Virginia Tech prevailed despite a warehouse fire that destroyed an early prototype and wiped out years of work, forcing the team to start from scratch in early 2017. The U.S. Department of Energy launched the Solar Decathlon competition in 2002 to encourage collegiate teams to design high-performance solar-powered houses. The program has since expanded into international competitions in China, Africa, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.RELATED ARTICLESVirginia Tech’s Lumenhaus Wins at Solar Decathlon EuropeSolar Decathlon Has a New HomePassivhaus Building the Modular WayHigh-Performance Builders See Gains Ahead with Panelized ConstructionAustralian Startup Launches Prefab Passivhaus Line Student and faculty teams, aided by corporate sponsors, design and build the houses, take them apart, and then reassemble them at the competition site. In this case, between one and two dozen students and faculty spent a total of 44 days in the desert outside of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, assembling the building and then competing in 10 different categories. It was the second international win for Virginia Tech. Its LUMENHAUS won the 2010 Solar Decathlon Europe competition in 2010. A video posted at Virginia Tech’s website describes the house as a 900-square-foot structure built from nine modular “cartridges.” The house is packed with cutting edge amenities, including: Kitchen counters and cabinets that can be adjusted in height, making life easier for people of different heights and physical abilities. An induction range set beneath a countertop surface that can be used as a cutting board. Sensors, displays and touch screens that connect the house to the Internet of Things. Building-integrated photovoltaics and a battery bank. A kitchen backsplash composed of three TV screens, allowing users to access recipes or monitor appliances via a touchscreen. A drone hatch that allows deliveries directly into the home. A new way of building Interactive high-tech features are a key part of the house. But the heart of the design is the modular cartridges containing essential mechanical and electronic systems that can be assembled quickly on site, says team leader Joseph Wheeler, co-director of Virginia Tech’s Center for Design Research. “Our house overall has two big ideas,” he said in a telephone call. “We’re proposing a new way to build, and we’re proposing a new way to live.” Cartridges are built from structural insulated panels (SIPs) with a core of closed-cell polyurethane foam. The exterior is a tempered glass rainscreen with a 2 1/2-inch gap behind the glass; the interior is finished in prepainted panels of medium-density fiberboard (MDF) that snap into place once the cartridges have been tied together. He described the design as a hybrid system that solves problems inherent with both panelized construction, in which houses are made from prefabricated roof, wall, and floor pieces, and big-box modular construction. Panelized components are made in factories off site, but still require specialized trades to complete the work after the buildings are assembled. Modular houses are built with large components that complicate over-the-road shipping. None of the cartridges developed by the Virginia Tech team is bigger than 3 feet wide, 12 feet long, and between 8 and 10 feet tall. They can be hoisted onto a standard flatbed truck with a forklift. The interior finish work required in conventional construction — trim, drywall, painting, mechanical and plumbing installations — has been eliminated. There are separate cartridges for kitchens, bedrooms, home offices, and bathrooms. Each is prewired or preplumbed, completely assembled, and ready to be plugged into a central spine that ties them together into a whole. Wheeler likened the assembly of FutureHAUS to building with Legos, the plastic building blocks that snap together to form houses, vehicles, and other creations. “They experimented with this concept in the ’60s with modular kitchens,” Wheeler said. “They never worked because we weren’t ready for it. It was still too crude, and it wasn’t integrated. What we have now with FutureHAUS is a cartridge system where it’s almost like building with Legos. These cartridges are like prewired and prefinished Lego pieces that contain the program of the house.” The team from Virginia Tech assembled most building components in a couple of days and had FutureHAUS ready for competition in about a week, half the time allotted by Solar Decathlon rules. (Photo: Erica Corder) Pieces can be assembled in a single day with the help of a crane. In Dubai, the full team needed just a week to complete the house, half of the time allotted by competition rules. The core of the house was up and running and producing electricity in just two days, with the rest of the construction time devoted to fussy details, such as arranging outdoor gardens and installing interior wall and floor panels. “One of the reasons for our success in Dubai was that the house was completely prefinished before we arrived,” Wheeler said. “It was prewired. It was preplumbed. It was a matter of stacking these Legos into place and tying in all the subpanels. In two days we were generating power from the sun.” Staying cool in a very hot place The design challenge in Dubai was intense sunlight and very high solar heat gain. Although outdoor temperatures during the competition were into the 90s, summer temperatures can creep up to 115°F. The team’s strategy was to protect the house from direct solar gain, not only with the glass rainscreen but also with a roof canopy containing the 15 kW photovoltaic array. The edge of the canopy extends over the walls by 5 feet, protecting them from direct sunlight for most of the day. Around the outside of the house is a fence of vertical stainless-steel latticework, a nod to the privacy and decorative structures common to the region called mashrabiya. The privacy screens also help shade the house when sun angles are low, in the morning and the late afternoon. Each side of the house has an outdoor space. The patio on the south side of the house contains a garden. These spaces are typically important gathering spots at night when temperatures are cooler. A stainless-steel lattice provides both shade and privacy. A wide roof overhang keeps direct sunlight off the exterior walls at the hottest time of the day. (Photo: Erica Corder) Wheeler said that the combination of R-27 walls and a roof of R-40 or more, plus the protection from direct sunlight, helped make the house unusually efficient. Mechanical cooling is provided by a 1 1/2-ton minisplit (a system with an output of 18,000 Btu per hour). Wheeler was disappointed that the house couldn’t be there for the hottest time of year. He’s convinced that the insulation and roof overhangs would have kept the house comfortable even when outdoor temperatures were substantially higher. Another key to the project’s success, Wheeler said, was the work done by Virginia Tech’s Center for Power Electronics, which developed a system for optimizing solar output from the PV array. Competition rules limited output from the system’s inverter and put a premium on managing loads. This was especially tricky at night when the system’s 15 kW lithium ferro phosphate battery bank had to carry all loads. CPES devised a system that would inform the team when to boil water, when to do the laundry, when to charge the electric vehicle, and when to feed the meter, Wheeler said. CPES also found a way to allow components made by different manufacturers to communicate with each other. As a result, the team could select the best inverter on the market, the best charge controllers, the best PV modules — all without regard to who they were made by. Those two system advantages were the team’s “ace in the hole,” Wheeler said, allowing Virginia Tech to far outdistance the energy performance of its competitors. A more promising future for building Wheeler, who is 52, has been at Virginia Tech for 25 years and has guided three Solar Decathlon teams. He sees the technology advances reflected in FutureHAUS as a new direction for residential building, one that could address a variety of challenges facing the industry. Houses built with small, self-contained components are far easier to alter than conventional site-built designs, which can be renovated or enlarged only at high cost after they are finished. Adding, or subtracting, square footage in a cartridge house should be relatively simple, Wheeler said, making it possible to adapt a structure to the changing needs of its occupants. “We’re proposing that in the near future you could potentially go on Amazon, order up your kitchen, order up your bathroom, select a ship date and have those components shipped to your builder on the site,” he said. “They arrive and they’re simply plugged into the house installation.” There is, of course, the question of cost. Developing and building FutureHAUS added up to more than $1 million, making the cost on a per-square-foot basis a little intimidating. But, says Wheeler, it’s misleading to use that metric for a house like this; much of that price tag was in developing technologies that didn’t previously exist, plus the inherent costs of competing in a Solar Decathlon abroad. By using the same technology and less expensive finishes, a one-bedroom, one-bath cartridge house could be built for $88,000, he said. Once FutureHAUS is back in the U.S., the head of the Virginia Tech team would like to take it on the road, with possible stops in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. (Photo: Erica Corder) As a variety of building pioneers have been arguing for years, building houses on site, one 2×4 at a time, is an approach long overdue for radical change. “The construction process is so crude,” Wheeler said, “and it’s been that way. It’s never evolved. It’s about time, since we have the technology — the robotics, the CNC machinery. Why not utilize this to industrialize the building elements of a house? To treat building a kitchen like you’d build an appliance, rather than a pieced-together thing, ad hoc, on site?” Not only would houses be better built and more adaptable to future needs, but builders would have a way of coping with skilled trade shortages that are already a drag on the industry. When the next building boom comes around, there simply won’t be enough tradespeople to go around, Wheeler said. Adopting the kind of technology reflected in FutureHAUS would make a difference, and winning the Dubai competition is an affirmation the approach works. “I’m thrilled,” he said. “I’m thrilled. I’ve spent well over five years working on the research for FutureHAUS, the cartridge house, and what this was was a trial. We lost five years of research in the warehouse fire in 2017. Winning validates the cartridge concept, the way we should be building in the future.”