John Loughrey joins Letterkenny Chamber’s Hall of Fame

first_imgMr John Loughrey as been awarded a prestigious place in the Letterkenny Chamber’s Hall of Fame.The well-established Financial Advisor received the lifetime achievement award last night for his contribution to Letterkenny’s business community over three decades.The Hall of Fame recognition, sponsored by City of Derry Airport, is awarded to one individual each year at the Letterkenny Business Awards. There were congratulations all round for John as he joined the select group of outstanding local business persons who have made immense contributions to help people in Letterkenny and beyond.John F. Loughrey Financial Services, based at Crossview House, has been at the heart of the Letterkenny community for more than 30 years.John established the business in 1984 and it has grown to become the northwest’s leading independent financial services provider.In accepting his award, John thanked his family, his staff, all his clients over the years and his tenants at Crossview House. Looking back on the early years of the business, he talked about how he combined his flair for figures and love of helping people to set up an impartial advisory firm which gives clients the best advice. Now John, alongside his daughter Lisa, leads the company of 14 employees and pride themselves on helping clients plan for their retirement, save for their future and protect their greatest assets.Letterkenny Business Awards 2019 took place on Friday night in the Clanree Hotel. More than 400 people attended the event, which was presented by Keith Fletcher and President of the Chamber, Leonard Watson, addressed the large gathering.See the full list of winners and the Business Person of the Year award here:Daniel Gallagher named Business Person of the Year 2019John Loughrey joins Letterkenny Chamber’s Hall of Fame was last modified: November 12th, 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)last_img read more

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Humboldt State football rolls to exhibition win over CETYS University in 2017 season opener

first_imgArcata >> A lot of the time, what happens on the opening kickoff isn’t necessarily indicative of things to come.For the packed house at the Redwood Bowl on Saturday night, that rule didn’t apply.Humboldt State senior running back Ja’Quan Gardner took the opening kickoff 94 yards to the house, and it was off to the races for the Jacks from there on out. Humboldt rolled to a 83-14 win in an international friendly against CETYS University of Mexico in its 2017 season opener.HSU head coach Rob …last_img

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Projected Revenue Insurance Prices

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest OMAHA (DTN) — The month of February is important for growers in the key Corn Belt states who purchase revenue-based crop insurance policies. It’s when the projected prices for those policies are set.During February, DTN will post a running tally of the December corn, November soybean and September Minneapolis wheat futures averages in Ag News.The average as of 02/21/19: $4.00 per bushel for corn, $9.55 per bushel for soybeans and $5.78 for HRS wheat.2019Dec CornNov BeansSep HRS1-Feb$4.0225$9.5725$5.91754-Feb$4.0250$9.5800$5.90755-Feb$4.0350$9.6050$5.90006-Feb$4.0300$9.6300$5.87757-Feb$4.0025$9.5575$5.81008-Feb$3.9925$9.5700$5.802511-Feb$3.9775$9.4900$5.800012-Feb$4.0200$9.6000$5.810013-Feb$4.0250$9.5875$5.840014-Feb$3.9925$9.4800$5.770015-Feb$3.9925$9.5200$5.757519-Feb$3.9675$9.4575$5.682520-Feb$3.9850$9.4850$5.607521-Feb$4.0175$9.5425$5.682522-Feb$4.0175$9.5450$5.740025-Feb$3.9850$9.5550$5.640026-Feb$3.9625$9.4875$5.665027-Feb28-FebAVG$4.00$9.55$5.782018$3.96$10.16$6.31You can also check out a running tally of RMA’s harvest prices and prices recently in discovery here: http://prodwebnlb.rma.usda.gov/…Revenue policies with harvest-price protection cover losses caused by a difference in the harvest price (determined in October) from the projected price (determined in February). They also cover revenue losses in the event prices tumble between planting and harvest, as they did for corn in 2008.For producers in 31 states, the closing price of the December corn contract during each trading day of February is averaged to determine a revenue-insurance-projected price guarantee. The November contract closes are averaged during February for projected price for soybean revenue-based insurance contracts. The September Minneapolis spring wheat closes are averaged for wheat revenue insurance. States with earlier planting have their spring guarantees set at a different time.“The amount of insurance protection is based on the greater of the projected price or the harvest price,” according to the Risk Management Agency’s website. “If the harvested plus any appraised production multiplied by the harvest price is less than the amount of insurance protection, the producer is paid an indemnity based on the difference.”Revenue protection policies with harvest price exclusion insure based on the projected price only. “The amount of insurance protection is not increased if the harvest price is greater than the projected price,” RMA states.Send comments to talk@dtn.com(AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Geocaching Game of Thrones: The Real Westeros. Guest blog by Sarah Murphy aka The Geocaching Junkie

first_imgWebsite:    thegeocachingjunkie.comTwitter:      @thegeojunkieFacebook: The Geocaching JunkieShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedThe world’s largest geocache series: Church MicrosNovember 2, 2017In “Community”Projekt 2013: The Mega-Event that Fought the Rain and WonJune 4, 2013In “Cache In Trash Out”A new country souvenir: Romania!December 19, 2016In “Community” Written by Sarah Murphy aka The Geocaching JunkieFans of the HBO series Game of Thrones will be familiar with the fictional setting of Westeros, but did you know that many of the filming locations used for the cold and icy north are in Northern Ireland? We’re warned that ‘winter is coming’ and that’s certainly true on the Emerald Isle when a warm, sunny day is often followed by a stormy, wintery one. However the changeable weather is probably not what attracted Game of Thrones producers to Northern Ireland; the breathtaking landscapes and magical ruins were a much more likely draw.There are lots of great geocaches placed near filming locations so you can do your own Game of Thrones caching tour. Here are some of the highlights: Winterfell / Castle WardWinterfell / Castle WardThe historic farmyard at Castle Ward on the edges of Strangford Lough was chosen as the location of Winterfell for the pilot series of Game of Thrones. Set on 820 acres of landscaped gardens and leafy woodland, the farmyard is just a tiny part of a massive estate which is home to lots of great geocaches.  Closest cache to Winterfell: Castle Ward Clocktower (GC3307G)Robb’s Camp / Audley’s Field and Castle Robb’s Camp / Audley’s Field and CastleOn the edge of the Castle Ward estate, perched on the banks of Strangford Lough, sits Audley’s Field and Castle, where many scenes were filmed in the first two seasons. The castle is an impressive 15th century tower house, and its slightly elevated position affords it great views over the lake. The location scouts really struck gold when they discovered Castle Ward!Closest cache to Robb’s Camp: Audleys Casle (GC59BXE)The Iron Islands / Ballintoy HarbourThe Iron Islands / Ballintoy HarbourOn the North Antrim Coast sits the secluded Ballintoy Harbour, hidden away at the end of a narrow and winding road. The tiny fishing harbour was chosen as the location for the Iron Islands and is where Theon Greyjoy first meets his sister Yara. There is both a traditional and an EarthCache located at this quaint port.Closest cache to the Iron Islands: The Fault Lies Here: Ballintoy Harbour (GC6H6KX)Where Robb Stark was proclaimed ‘King in the North’ / Inch Abbey Inch AbbeyThe Emerald Isle boasts many magnificent ruins but one of my favourites is the haunting Inch Abbey in Downpatrick. The abbey is a ruined monastic site and features an imposing Gothic window. It was at night in the middle of these ruins, where Robb Stark was proclaimed to be King in the North and the impressive east window is easily identifiable in the scene.Closest cache to where Robb Stark was proclaimed King in the North: Within an Inch (GC16AGQ)House Tully / Gosford Castle House Tully / Gosford CastleAnother castle, this time in County Armagh, was chosen as the location for House Tully of Riverrun. Gosford Castle, set in 27 acres of gorgeous woodland, dates from the 19th century but has been completely restored in recent years and is now home to private apartments, as well as the fictional Tully family! The leafy surrounds of Gosford Park is a veritable treasure trove of great geocaches.Closest cache to House of Tully: Game of Thrones# The Brothel (GC481TE)Dragonstone / Downhill Strand Dragonstone / Downhill StrandNorthern Ireland is not short on beautiful beaches and while the water temperature could be described as bracing at best, the scenery more than makes up for it. Downhill Strand affords the visitor golden sands, a fresh Atlantic breeze and a view of Mussenden Temple in its commanding position on a clifftop. If you go for a daytime stroll on the beach, it might be hard to imagine this as the location of Dragonstone, where the witch Melisandre leads King Baratheon to betray his gods, amidst dancing flames and shadows chanting about the night and its terrors.Closest cache to Dragonstone: Little Bridges #849 – “The Night is Dark…” (GC6FVD0)The King’s Road / The Dark HedgesThe King’s Road / The Dark HedgesBregagh Road is a stunning avenue of beech trees planted in the eighteenth century by the Stuart family to impress visitors as they approached their mansion, Gracehill House. The gnarled branches are still impressing visitors to this day, not least of all Game of Thrones fans, who come to see the King’s Road from season two. The avenue is a popular stop for tour buses so you need to get there early to get the best shot of the mangled branches.  Closest cache to the King’s Road: The Dark Hedges (GC38KY0)The above is just a sample of the many Game of Thrones filming locations you can find by geocaching your way around. There are many hidden gems that the location scouts managed to uncover, which leads one to wonder if they are in fact geocachers themselves?! The Geocaching Junkielast_img read more

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Praise for the Czech Team’s Solar Decathlon Entry

first_imgThis year, the U.S. DOE Solar Decathlon moved from its historic location on the Washington , D.C. Mall to Irvine, California — a very prescient move considering the current government closure of the Mall. The Decathlon concept has expanded to a Solar Decathlon in Europe in 2012 and China in 2013, and the recent U.S. event was open to overseas contestants. Among the many university teams vying for a chance to compete, teams from Austria and the Czech Republic succeeded in securing spots among the 20 finalists.The goal of the competition is to design, build, and operate a solar-powered house, which is judged on cost-effectiveness, energy efficiency, and design aesthetics. Projects are also scored on engineering, communication and home entertainment.The AIR House is meant to be a prototype for an affordable (A), innovative (I), and recyclable (R) house. It has become a media darling — reviewed by Architect magazine, Inhabitat, Ecobuilding Pulse, and likely a few more before the contest is over. The AIR house appeals on many levels. It has a very light environmental footprint, due to its low-waste prefab process, the net-zero operating costs, and the design for disassembly and recycling at the end of the service life. Wood louvers make a house-within-a-houseBut the most interesting aspect from the perspectives of both design and energy is the “house within a house” concept. The mechanical room is at right angles to the main living space, and the two wings create an “L” shape that defines the patio. This entire rectangle of indoor/outdoor living space is nested within a second structure of wood louvers that extend over the roof and around three walls. These walls are spaced far enough away from the primary structure to create a surrounding deck that has some degree of privacy, yet offers filtered views of the outside.This wooden canopy gives a bit of the sense of living in a treehouse, protected from winds and filtering the sunlight. The effect of this soft boundary is very organic, as if the house “breathes” through the louvers. And it immediately calls to mind a lush tree garden landscape setting, almost as another layer of this design. A boring shape becomes interestingThere is beauty in the simplicity of the louvered shell used in the AIR House. First of all, this is a very easy way to spruce up a very boring box-shaped house, trailer, or even a shed. The basic design can be customized with a bit of creativity in the slat design, keeping in mind the orientation needed for the summer shading. A variation might include plants trellised up the side walls, and the careful selection of plantings in the prevailing wind paths to provide cooling, or even scents of flowers.In this approach to double-skin façades, the exterior air flows freely through the slats into the buffer space. Here, it is cooled and as the temperatures change, it continues to flow. This would create a nice ventilation effect of continuous moving air. The slats could also be positioned to capture regular wind patterns, to channel them to or from the house as desired.This application was actually put to the test at the Solar Decathlon site, as the shell protected the house from the worst of the Santa Anna winds and dust. A careful design specific to the site would optimize the passive solar capabilities for summer shading and thus moderate the heat load on the building envelope. But in any case, since the air buffer is not contained in any way, the risks of this DSF approach are low. It seems unlikely to create problems of mold or humidity build-up, and there is nothing mechanical to break. It is very site-specific, but it would seem to be easily modifiable and tweaked to provide the most benefits. [Editor’s note: The results are in: The Czech team won the Architecture category and placed third overall.] A place to socializeThe Czech entry has particular appeal to me, not only because of my Czech roots (in the land of tennis stars, Vaclav Havel, and great beer) but because I find the design is a breath of fresh air in this contest (pun intended).The design recognizes that human comfort comes not from a show of technology, but rather from a connection to the natural environment and to other people. It seems to have become a favorite gathering spot for dinner parties, and the space easily accommodates these social activities. We’ll keep our fingers crossed (or as they say in Czech, budeme držet palce, or “hold one’s thumbs”) and wish Team Czech Republic the best of outcomes in their first Solar Decathlon. Dr. Vera Novak was recently awarded a PhD in Environmental Design and Planning by Virginia Tech. Her work is dedicated to increased depth and breadth of sustainability in construction, by leveraging the points of greatest potential impact. She is currently working on optimizing corporate sustainability practices to support regenerative design, as well as adapting a lean thinking process for smaller scale projects. She also writes the Eco Build Trends blog.center_img RELATED ARTICLES Solar Decathlon Opening Is Scheduled for October 3An Innovative Net-Zero Solar Decathlon House2011 Solar Decathlon Resource Guide Many architects have experimented with double skin façadesDouble skin façades (DSF) are not a new invention. It might be said that the brush shelters built over the top of Navajo hogans are a type of double roof. In the U.S., there was renewed experimentation in the 1970s with double walls and extracted air systems based on the principles of passive solar thermal chimneys. In some designs, the buffer space was large enough for a greenhouse accessed from inner windows. Of course, the realities of such designs were complicated by humidity build-up, air not moving at predicted rates of speeds, and the difficulty of keeping the space free of bugs, critters, and greenhouse debris.In general, the DSF technique is more typically used in commercial construction, where a secondary exterior glass skin can provide maximal daylight, a sound buffer, and insulation separate from the structural exterior wall. DSFs are categorized by the direction of the air flow: they can be buffers of supply / return air (from indoor air or outdoor air), or a space for exchanging air from inside to outside, or outside to inside.One of the best references for double-skin façades is the Oesterle book by the same name, documenting many of the existing uses of DSF in Europe. This technique is also gaining popularity in Asian cities, in the glass building skyscraper cities. But the cost and degree of difficulty in accurately modeling the effect of the two thermal envelopes and the air flow remains a major roadblock to mass market adoption. Flex spaces and multipurpose roomsOf course, it has all the expected technology — a solar thermal system, PV, and a heat-recovery ventilator — as well as the unexpected technology, such as a radiant chilled ceiling system and a graywater system that feeds into the garden.Designed for retired seniors, it does not make any of the concessions of starter houses and manages instead to neatly package full functionality and comfort into the small footprint by optimizing the spacial layout. The multipurpose room has lots of built-in closets and functional flex spaces. Sliding glass doors provide the flow onto a deck, where a small vegetable garden continues the visual link to the outdoor landscape. BLOGS BY VERA NOVAK Adaptations That Accommodate NatureDealing with Rising Damp in Building ReconstructionDisseminating Building Science KnowledgeJobsite Communication: Creating a DialogueShades of Green: the 1970s vs. the Millennial Generationlast_img read more

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UAAP volleyball: Adamson trumps UP for 2nd straight win

first_imgPhelps overjoyed to announce new baby John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “It feels good, because last year was really tough for us and only winning one game it was hard so getting our second win, we’ve already our record and it feels good,” said Padda. “It shows that there’s been growth in the program and our team is not a pushover from last year.”Although the Lady Maroons managed to go hit-for-hit with the Lady Falcons in the second and third sets, the same can’t be said for the opening set when Adamson looked flawless.Adamson tallied eight service aces in the first set alone, and that mark was two more than UP scored in spikes.“That first set really hurt UP and our passing was really good,” said Padda as her team finished with 17 aces. “I’m surprised we got 17 aces, our team’s growing. And if we had to define us, I won’t define us as a strong serving team, we’re a strong defensive team.”Adamson outgunned UP, 40-26, in terms of spikes and was ahead 53-39 in excellent digs.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next Mylene Paat led Adamson with 15 points, eight coming off aces, while Galanza added 14.Mary Joy Dacoron and Chiara Permentilla also finished in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively.Carlos led UP with 12 points while Isa Molde added seven. Adamson wasted no time and handed University of the Philippines its second straight loss, 25-9, 27-25, 25-20, victory in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting The Lady Falcons soared to their second straight win for a 2-1 card, already eclipsing their one-win total from Season 79, while the Lady Maroons slipped to their second straight loss and a 1-2 record.With the Lady Falcons leading two sets to none and 23-18 in the third, Diana Carlos managed to score two straight points to cut the margin to three, 23-20, and give UP a semblance of fight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCarlos’ back-to-back hits prompted Adamson head coach Air Padda to call time, and Jema Galanza calmed her mentor down with a pinpoint kill that went through UP’s defense and put the Lady Falcons at the 24-20 match point.UP’s Marian Buitre then gave Adamson the win when she failed to get the ball over from her side of the floor. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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