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ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE REPORTS: COCKHILL AND DRUMKEEN ON COURSE FOR TITLE SHOWDOWN

first_imgUSL Results & Reports 08.09.134 Lanterns USLLetterkenny Rovers 1 6 Cockhill Celtic Swilly Rovers 0 7 Drumkeen Utd.Kildrum Tigers 0 3 Finn Harps Res. (Thurs)Letterkenny Rovers 4 4 Derry City Res. (Wed.) ReportsCockhill and Drumkeen Remain on course for Title ShowdownCockhill Celtic and Drumkeen Utd remain on course for a winner takes all title showdown after both teams registered comfortable wins on Sunday over Letterkenny Rovers and Swilly Rovers respectively. Both teams were away from home but avoided any potential banana skins as they romped to easy wins over the two Rovers who are battling for 3rd place in the final standings. Both teams registered early goals to ensure they would not be under pressure late in the game and though both games were still delicately poised at half time and though the Letterkenny men registered an early second half score to put the Inishowen lads under some pressure, they both added to their goals for tallies in impressive second period performances that leaves just two points between the two sides with two games remaining including a mouth watering showdown at The Charlie O’Donnell Sports Grounds.Letterkenny Rovers 1Cockhill Celtic 6Cockhill Celtic travelled to Leckview Park on Sunday and collected all three points in a comprehensive 6-1 victory over Letterkenny Rovers. Celtic took an early lead when Aidan O’Donnell fired past Quinn in the Rovers goals in the 10th minute. They increased their lead on 17 minutes when the powerful Garbhain Friel hammered home a low drive from just inside the 18 yard box. Gerry Gill and Friel came close to increasing their lead before half time, but the score stood at 2-0 going in at the interval.To Rovers credit they started the second half well and made it 2-1 when Steve Okakpu scored from close range and Jonathan Minnock rattled the crossbar with a free kick., but their good start was to no avail as Cockhill won lead the Ulster Senior lead by 2 points added 4 more goals in the second half through a second from O’Donnell, two from Jimmy Bradley and Malachy McDermott.Up next for the League leaders in a Cup Final against their title rivals Drumkeen United next Sunday afternoon in Bonagee.Referee: Packie Coll Swilly Rovers 0Drumkeen Utd. 7An emphatic victory for the Drumkeen men in a very one-sided affair at Swilly Park. Goals from Conor Carlin, Chris McBride (2), Eunan Kelly (2), Seimi Nanny Friel, Ronan Coyle sealed the win for Drumkeen. Drumkeen led two-nil at the break and strolled to a very comfortable victory in the second half. Swilly were minus regular goalkeeper Gareth Wade, while Ronan Curtis and Jordan Toland were transferred to Derry City U19s during the week. They also have been ravaged by injuries in recent weeks, with several regulars out injured. However on this display, Drumkeen deserve to be title contenders and will fight Cockhill every inch of the way for the title. Despite Swilly being depleted, this was a very impressive display from Drumkeen. They even had a rich array of talent on the substitutes’ bench.Match Referee: Vincent McLaughlinROVERS FIGHTBACK TO EARN POINTLetterkenny Rovers 4Derry City Res. 4Letterkenny Rovers staged a dramatic second half comeback to earn a 4-4 draw with Derry City in a pulsating encounter at Leckview Park last Wednesday evening.The home side trailed 4-1 with less than 20 minutes to go but a stirring late fight back – which included two goals from top marksman Darren McElwaine – ensured the home side a share of the spoils as the visitors were left stunned by their late collapse.This was a match full of entertainment with some outstanding goals on view and the point earned at the conclusion may prove crucial for Trevor Scanlon’s men in their bid to secure a third place finish. The defending league champions looked well course to continue their recent run of form but the manner in which they threw away their winning position will upset team boss John Quigg.The visitors led 2-0 at the break courtesy of a brace from Nathan Boyle. The lively winger opened the scoring as early as the sixth minute combining with Tony McNamee to steer his shot beyond Jason Quinn in the Rovers goal. Kevin McGrath drew an excellent save from Seamus Houghton midway through the first half before Boyle doubled Derry’s advantage with another clinical finish just before the half-time interval. Derry appeared to wrap up the contest ten minutes into the second half when substitute Conal Kelly headed home a Conor Harkin cross. However the home side showed renewed vigour in the second half and when Aaron Scanlon’s long range shot was diverted home by substitute Anthony Doherty it reduced the deficit to 3-1. Darren McElwaine produced an outstanding point blank save from Seamus Houghton and the visitors went straight up the other end to restore their three goal adavantage courtesy of another Kelly goal. But the Rovers revivial really took off in the final half an hour. Oisin McMenamin showed some wonderful individual skill to hold off the challenge of several defenders before steering a low drive beyound Houghton to make it 4-2.The comeback really looked on the cards when substititute Kieran Gorman headed down for McElwaine who turned and shot inside the six yard box to make 4-3 with less than ten minutes remaining. And with Rovers pilling on the pressure they grabbed a dramatic equalsiser when Gorman again caused mayhem inside the Derry box before releasing McElwaine who thumped home a superb equaliser form an acute angle.Letterkenny Rovers – Jason Quinn, Kieran Doherty (Anthony Doherty 65 mins), Jonathan Minnock, Ruair Kelly, Glenn Gallagher, Jason Doherty, Gareth Doherty (Oisin Grant 48 mins), Darren McElwaine, Kevin McGrath (Kieran Gorman 78 mins), Oisin McMenamin.Derry City – Seamus Houghton, Michael Barr, Shaun Curran, Caolan McLaughlin, Dylan McCallion (Conal Kelly 45 mins), Conor Harkin, Ryan Doherty, Raymond Foy, Aidan McCauley, Tony McNamee, Nathan Boyle.Referee – Tommy McAree.FixturesThursday, September 12th at 6:30pmKildrum Tigers v Swilly RoversRef. V. McLaughlinSunday, September 15th4 Lanterns USL at 1:30pmBonagee Utd. v Letterkenny RoversRef. T. McAreeDonegal News League Cup FinalAt Bonagee kick-ff 5:30pmCockhill Celtic v Drumkeen Utd.Ref. C. McLaughlin; Assts. P. Coll & P. DuddyUSL Inter Provincial Squad NewsThe USL Squad for the Inter Pros Tournament at the end of the month will hold another training session this Tuesday, September 12th in the Aura at 6:45pm. The Schedule of fixtures and venues for the weekend have been announced. They will open their campaign against Leinster on Friday night at Strand Celtic Community Park with an 8pm kick-off. On Saturday they will take on hosts Connacht at Forthill with a 1pm kick-off before taking on holders, Munster on Sunday morning again at Strand Celtic Community Park, kicking off at 10:30am.Intemediate Cup Draw below……Intermediate Cup DrawThe 1st round draw for the 2013/14 Umbro FAI Intermediate Cup was made in Dublin during the week. Two time winners Fanad Utd. will host bottom of the table Bonagee Utd. in the first round with all other USL teams receiving a bye into round 2. The tie will take place on Sunday, September 22nd. The 2nd Round is set for the weekend of October 27th.ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE REPORTS: COCKHILL AND DRUMKEEN ON COURSE FOR TITLE SHOWDOWN was last modified: September 8th, 2013 by John2Share 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:ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE REPORTS: COCKHILL AND DRUMKEEN ON COURSE FOR TITLE SHOWDOWNlast_img read more

6 Approaches to Your Company Blog

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#start#startups#tips Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting In the last few months several startups have asked me how to approach corporate blogging. Judging by the frequency of requests, Gartner was right in suggesting that corporate blogging is rising up the “slope of enlightenment” and about 2 years away from widespread mainstream adoption. The road to enlightenment has been a long one. In the past ten years we’ve learned that company blogs should not be press releases, sales pitches or plagiarized quotes from Dale Carnegie. You reach enlightenment when you learn to respect your readers. If you want someone to bookmark or retweet your posts, then give them a useful resource. Below are a few approaches you can take to increase the dialogue and comments on your blog. 1. The Operations Blog: Many company blogs focus on the internal workings of the startup and how teams have managed to increase efficiencies. For example, marketing teams have dissected their efforts, COO’s have talked about their transition to cloud services and HR teams write about their employee wellness plans. Sometimes your story along with links to useful vendors is a great resource for others. 2. The Veteran / Inspirational Blog: This type of post is best suited to the second time entrepreneur, agency founder or well-established investor. It often offers stories about the climb to a position of power as well as some of the lessons learned along the way. If you’re attempting this approach you should already be in a position of mentorship for others. You want people linking to your article in the hopes that they’re revisiting it as a point of inspiration. 3. The Prediction Blog: Both the iPad and Google Buzz have been huge news stories in the last few days. Your little corporate blog isn’t likely to outshine the stories from major tech blogs and media outlets, but you can provide some relevant predictions for your specific industry. For example, if you’re a consumer facing web startup with a real estate focus, you could highlight the use cases for Buzz and its geo-locational features. 4. The Research Blog: If your company deals with large amounts of anonymized data or your startup specializes in analysis or monitoring, then the research blog is a good way to aggregate your findings and pinpoint trends. The best way to write this post is to summarize key findings and make suggestions on how others might adapt. If you’re not confident in your recommendations then you can ask for quotes from industry veterans. This method is often used by analysts and real-time monitoring startups. 5. The Community / Advocate Blog: This type of blog only really works if you have a large number of stakeholders who need your support and direction. Planet Mozilla is a great example of a resource that focuses on internal events; nevertheless, these internal events help thousands of open source developers contribute to Mozilla projects. If you’ve got lots of 3rd party developers, designers or contributors, this may be a good option for you. 6. The Coolhunter Blog: This blog is perhaps the toughest one to pull off because not only do you have to be confident in your ability to spot emerging trends, but you also have to make sure that the trends are relevant to your community. On-demand manufacturing site Ponoko does a great job of showcasing design while inspiring community members to build their own pieces. center_img dana oshiro Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Building Science Corp. Study Examines Insulation Performance

first_imgOld newsThe findings aren’t new; they were reported by GBA in a September 2012 article called “Air Leakage Degrades the Thermal Performance of Walls.” In that article, senior editor Martin Holladay wrote, “If the walls were sealed and there was no air flow through the walls, all of the R-13 walls behaved the same. As Gertrude Stein might have put it, an R-13 wall is an R-13 wall is an R-13 wall. ‘When the nominal R-13 walls are sealed and tested, they have the same heat flow, plus or minus 4%,’ said [Chris] Schumacher. ‘They all perform roughly the same.’” RELATED ARTICLES Builders who run the other way when someone suggests using fiberglass batt insulation may want to rethink their point of view. A study released by an industry trade group says that one type of wall insulation performs as well as any other as long as it is installed correctly and the wall has been air-sealed.That conclusion comes from an updated Thermal Metric Summary Report compiled by the Building Science Corporation and released this week by the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA), a trade group representing manufacturers of fiberglass, rock wool, and slag wool insulation.“R-value is R-value,” NAIMA said in reporting the latest results of the multi-year study. “When walls are constructed to the same R-value and properly sealed, all insulation types perform essentially the same.” Air Leakage Degrades the Thermal Performance of WallsA Bold Attempt to Slay R-ValueUnderstanding R-ValueInstalling Fiberglass Right Search continues for an R-value replacementThe industry-funded research is part of what’s turning out to be a very long process aimed at replacing R-value with another metric for describing thermal performance.Joseph Lstiburek, a principal at Building Science Corporation (BSC), announced in 2007 that it was time for the R-value to be retired and replaced with a metric that took into account more complexities of building assemblies and site conditions. As GBA’s Martin Holladay reported nearly four years ago, BSC built a new test rig called a double-guarded hot box with the aim of measuring heat and mass flows. But testing dragged on for years without any firm conclusions.As the report notes, BSC joined with six companies in the industry — including NAIMA and Icynene, a manufacture of open-cell foam — to develop a replacement for R-value.“The Thermal Metric Project was initiated in response to renewed focus on building system performance and increasing use of a broader range of building materials and systems,” the report notes. “These factors highlight the shortcomings of the dominate thermal performance metric, namely R-value. Contemporary insulation materials and systems are more or less sensitive to thermal bridging, workmanship (i.e. quality of installation), internal convention and through convection (i.e. infiltration, exfiltration, wind washing and re-entrant looping).“The impact of such ‘anomalies’ and ‘defects’ is not captured in the standard (label and installed) R-value metric,” it said.Researchers still have more work to do: “At this stage of the research project, the industry partners have not proposed a new metric for quantifying the thermal performance of insulation beyond conventional R-value,” NAIMA said, “and the report does not include any recommendations for a new metric.”But the study did yield a number of observations:Unless a continuous layer of insulation is installed on one side of the wall, all wood-framed walls are subject to thermal bridging, regardless of what type of insulation is used in the stud cavities. Thermal bridging through the framing lowered thermal performance by about 15%.Commercially available heat transfer models do a good job of predicting thermal bridging, as did the ASHRAE Handbook of Fundamentals.All types of insulation show changes in thermal performance with changes in temperature.No matter what type of insulation is used, all wall assemblies show some loss of thermal performance when air is permitted to move through them. A preliminary version of the report was released almost two years ago, NAIMA said, comparing fiberglass batts, cellulose, closed-cell spray foam, and foam sheathing. But open-cell spray foam wasn’t included because of defects in a test wall. The updated version of the report, dated June 2015, also includes test results involving R-15 fiberglass batts and R-15 blown-in fiberglass insulation.NAIMA said that R-15 fiberglass batts performed better than a wall insulated to R-13 with open-cell spray foam and better than R-12 worth of closed-cell foam.“The results of this research clearly demonstrate that there is no single ‘best’ insulation material and that all insulation materials perform equally well when properly air sealed and installed, debunking the claims that spray foam insulation performs better than other insulation types and provides air sealing for the whole building.”last_img read more

Assam flood victims to get cash for utensils, clothes for first time

first_imgVictims of flood in Assam are set to get cash for a couple of items they were entitled to but never received for five years.The Assam Disaster Management Manual, 2015, prescribes utensils and clothes for the flood-affected people.Those staying in designated relief camps as well as those marooned and living in camp-like situation will now be given ₹5,000 each for purchasing these items. The payment would be made through direct benefit transfer.“The Deputy Commissioners of the districts have been asked to ensure the immediate transfer of ₹3,800 for purchase of utensils and ₹1,800 for purchase of clothes to the bank account of the head of the flood-affected families,” Assam’s Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.“This has been in the manual, but will be implemented more or less for the first time,” he added.The Deputy Commissioners have also been asked to ensure distribution of cattle feed and free textbooks to school children in the flood-affected areas besides settling claims for rehabilitation grants for partially or fully damaged houses within one month.Relief and rehabilitation workers have been providing rice, pulses, salt, mustard oil, baby food, bleaching powder, phenyl, tarpaulin and generic medicines. Organisations such as All Assam Students’ Union said the State government has not been providing enough for the victims of the flood that has so far claimed the lives of 57 humans, 523 domestic animals and fowls and 199 wild animals including 17 one-horned rhinos in Kaziranga National Park.last_img read more

Will implement amendments on Panchayati Raj in Kashmir: Murmu

first_imgIn his first public address in the Kashmir valley since assuming office, Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu on Friday laid emphasis on empowering grass-roots institutions.“The government is working on implementation of the 73rd and 74th amendments of Panchayat Raj Act to empower Panchayat members to work more effectively across the Union Territory of J&K,” said Mr. Murmu, who assumed office on October 31.The incorporation of the 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendment Acts, 1992, would give constitutional status to panchayati raj institutions (PRIs) in J&K and make them more powerful, he added.Mr. Murmu chose a ‘Back to Village’ programme at Sonpah, Beerwah in Budgam district to make his first public appearance. The meet, which was held under heavy security cover, was attended by more than 300 locals. The Lt. Governor was accompanied by Chief Secretary B.V.R. Subrahmanyam.“The ongoing programme is meant to empower people at grass-roots level. A review of Prime Minister’s package shall also be taken for its equitable implementation across J&K. Special focus is being given on the completion of 2,500 languishing projects, out of which half of the projects have been completed,” he said.Mr. Murmu said the ‘Back to Village’ programme was going smoothly across J&K and saw overwhelming response, four days after militants targeted it. “The ongoing programme has generated massive response from the public; however, unfortunately some people are trying to sabotage it in some areas,” he added.Condemning the militant attack at Hakura in Anantnag, in which a local sarpanch and an officer lost their lives, the Lt. Governor said, “such incidents are aimed at disrupting the people-centric welfare programmes and schemes. These inhuman and dastardly acts are not going to deter the government in its resolve to reach out to the people and usher a new era of participatory development.”Meanwhile, Mr. Murmu announced a special ex-gratia of ₹30 lakh in favour of the next of kin of the deceased government employee Sheikh Zahoor Ahmed.last_img read more