Consecutive starts may end for elder Force

first_imgNot since the 1987 World Finals, over the same Fairplex quarter-mile, has Force stood on the sidelines during Sunday’s final eliminations. By comparison, the second-longest active streak is 160 by Doug Kalitta, who last failed to qualify at the 2000 Winternationals. With a 40 percent chance of showers this afternoon, according to weather reports, is Force nervous he might not get in the field? “I’ll take my spanking and go home,” Force said. “I’m upside down over this. We need to find out what’s wrong. All I know is that we’re dropping cylinders. “But if ever there was a time not to start, this is the day.” It was a reference to the other three John Force Racing Mustangs that are in the top 16. POMONA – One day after proudly watching his daughter withstand the pressure of the drag racing world, John Force faced another dilemma: Will his record streak of 392 consecutive NHRA starts survive? Force, the 14-time Funny Car champion, stands outside the top 16 looking in, and wondering if the clouds that hovered over Pomona Raceway on Friday will unload today. After half of the four scheduled qualifying runs for the season-opening Winternationals, Force is almost a quarter of a second too slow. His son-in-law leads the class. Robert Hight’s Thursday run of 4.693 seconds at 326.79 mph held up, despite hard charges by Gary Scelzi and Scott Kalitta. center_img In addition to Hight, Eric Medlen is fifth and Ashley Force, the champ’s 24-year-old daughter making her professional debut, is 12th. “This is not working out the way I planned,” said John Force, whose four-car entry makes up more than a sixth of the total entries. “But this is the next generation of racing. I’m very proud of Robert.” Hight’s time Friday fell off dramatically from the day earlier, and he attributed to the new combination in the car. “Today it was just too aggressive. It shook the tires,” Hight said. “But we’re still No. 1. Eric is solidly in the show and John can still get it.” For her part, Ashley also failed to improve on her initial run of 4.810 and dropped from sixth.Scelzi jumped into the second spot with a run of 4.726 at 328.54 while Scott Kalitta also improved with his 4.741 run. louis.brewster@sbsun.com (909) 386-3935 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

PET APPEAL: CAN YOU GIVE ‘MAJOR’ A NEW HOME?

first_img‎”Major” is a type of hound and is approximately 10 years of age.He has had all his vaccinations and is now looking for a permanent home. He is a lovely, good natured dog.If you can offer him a permanent home please contact Donegal Pet Rescue on 086-2222006.  PET APPEAL: CAN YOU GIVE ‘MAJOR’ A NEW HOME? was last modified: February 10th, 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:PET APPEAL: CAN YOU GIVE ‘MAJOR’ A NEW HOME?last_img read more

PENSIONER (87) TAKES ON DEVELOPERS IN BITTER DISPUTE OVER DONEGAL BEACH

first_imgPeople protest in Carrigart over the alleged closure of their right-of-way.A 87-year-old woman is leading an increasingly bitter dispute with developers after she claimed she was denied access through a right of way to her land.Frail pensioner Patricia Coyle is furious over the erection and locking of security gates on an access road at Aghadachor shore front near Carrigart.More than 100 local people came out this week to support Mrs Coyle who says she is being denied access to 33 acres of her land by a development company building a Beach Activity Centre. The company involved in putting ‘security measures’ in place at Aghadachor, T&G Properties however has insisted that no right of way has ever been blocked. This is disputed by local people.A spokesman for the developers said: “The promoters have at no time denied access to local people and have no intention of privatising the Beach which in fact forms an integral part of the project and following completion of the construction all facilities including the Beach will be open to the public.”However walkers and athletes claim they have ‘been told to f*** off from the site’ and told they were trespassers.The company also denied this. Mrs Coyle, from Glenree, checked out of hospital to attend a public meeting on the row.The Tirconail Tribune reports the right of way provides access to sand dunes: the beach front and to farmland apart from a major construction development now underway to build a beach activity centre overlooking Sheephaven Bay some three miles from Carrigart on the Creeslough road.Five local politicians spoke at the meeting and they included Deputy Joe McHugh: Senator Brian O’Domhnaill and Cllrs. Ian McGarvey, Noel McBride and Liam Blaney.One local man, Tony McCarry said the heavily gated laneway was a ‘right of way’ and it once was the main road from Creeslough into Carrigart.The controversy involves the community who claim a ‘right of way’ access to The Inner Beach, lands and beyond to the Sandyhills dunes and T&G Properties who stand accused of erecting two locked security gates on the laneway at the entrance to where they are constructing a holiday activity centre with further plans to include, sports hall, an 18 hole pitch and putt course and a golf driving range. A development of 27 holiday villas have already been built as part of the €5M investment.Work has been ongoing ever since it was cleared for planning by Donegal County Council in September last year.The local community welcomed the development and potential job opportunities but with some reservations. These concerns were clearly amplified at the public meeting with locals pointing out that there had been ‘interference’ with the shorefront below the high tide mark.Again this has been officially denied. But now that original welcome has turned colder as the community has a huge gripe with the extent of the work: their concerns about the right of way and access to this particular beach.“I am not against development, but it must be in harmony with the wishes of the community. People’s rights should not be obstructed and I find this particular situation regrettable,” said Cllr Ian McGarvey.Cllr Liam Blaney said the right of way was originally the old county road and as such people had the right of access, regardless of developments.Deputy Joe McHugh said it was obvious to him that everyone involved needs to start talking to each other. He said that there is a serious need for dialogue and the facts must be established.“We need to progress from this meeting here today in a constructive manner and the public representatives are there to ensure that your rights are recognised,” he added.The general tenor of the crowd, while good humoured was nevertheless one of a steely determination that their beloved right of way stays exactly as it is.T&G said: “In response to a meeting which took place on site on Sunday 29th September 2013 at Cuan Na Rí Ocean Front Resort, Aghadachor, Carrigart, Co Donegal we wish to comment as follows:- The entire site is the location of extensive construction works and is subject to Statutory Regulations regarding Health & Safety and Insurance Covers which include controlled access to same during the construction phase.“The project covers approximately 180 acres of tourism related lands. new Beach Activity Centre, Sports Hall, Bar & Restaurant, Tennis Courts, Games Areas, Childrens Playground, Pitch & Putt Course and Associated Activities, Beach Promenade & Boardwalk. It also includes 27no. new Self Catering Holiday Villas.“The promoters have at no time denied access to local people and have no intention of privatising the Beach which in fact forms an integral part of the project and following completion of the construction all facilities including the Beach will be open to the public. The works are all being carried out with the approval of and to the satisfaction of Donegal County Council and National Park & Wildlife Service.”PENSIONER (87) TAKES ON DEVELOPERS IN BITTER DISPUTE OVER DONEGAL BEACH was last modified: October 3rd, 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:Carrigartprotestright-of-waylast_img read more

Norwalk-Morrison partnership keeps beat going on in schools

first_img/justified: Wednesdays are guaranteed fun days for Norwalk High School junior Christina LeGaspi, an aspiring musician who plays steel pans and shakers in the school’s World Percussion band. That’s because she and about 30 bandmates get to spend an hour helping director Karen Calhoun teach about 20 Morrison Elementary School fourth- and fifth-graders how to play percussion instruments such as claves (small wooden sticks), tubanos (bongo-like drums) and gankogui bells (double bells). “It’s been a lot of fun to see them learn,’ said LeGaspi, 16. “World percussion is something I’ve always thought anyone can learn, and the kids do seem to pick it up really quick. “It makes me want to get into teaching elementary music education,’ she added. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Morrison students have been walking to Norwalk High for their lessons every Wednesday for about a month now, part of a program made possible through Morrison Elementary’s involvement in the Music-in-Education National Consortium. The consortium aims to bring about an evolution of music teaching and learning in which music becomes an essential part of educational practices at schools. In other words, Morrison Principal Marsha Guerrero says, the skills that students pick up while learning to play instruments can be transferred to academic areas and help students succeed in school. “There is a lot of parallel learning in music they learn to focus and concentrate,’ Guerrero said. “They have to focus when they read music, just like they have to focus when they read a book. “And if there’s a piece of music that they’re struggling to learn, it’s like trying to get through a book that they’re struggling to read,’ she added. “Music is a road into learning.’ Right off the bat, Calhoun said she began teaching the elementary students about focusing and concentrating. By the second week, they were learning to play some of the easier pieces of music. And after just four lessons, the younger students have begun to “blossom’ and complement the more experienced high-schoolers, Calhoun said. “You can’t say they aren’t engaged in their learning,’ Calhoun said. “They’re doing really, really well. Now I’m working with them on blending and balancing, and learning to listen to each other.’ Guerrero will stay in contact with consortium leaders throughout the school year to update them on the program. But it’s already made a lifelong impact on fifth-grader Michelle Mohr. “When I grow up, I plan to be a world percussion player,’ said Mohr, 10. “I like it a lot. It makes me calm down.’ @tagline columnist:Tracy Garcia can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051, or by e-mail at tracy.garcia@sgvn.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Hundreds of millions unspent on farm and rural schemes – McConalogue

first_imgFianna Fáil Agriculture Spokesperson Charlie McConalogue has hit out at the Fine Gael led Government for the huge underspend in Rural Development, Farm and Rural schemes.The 2014-2020 Rural Development Programme (RDP) has reached the half way point yet only 30% of funds have been spent to date.  Almost €3bn in funding for farmer and rural schemes will have to be spent in the next three years.Deputy McConalogue commented, “Farmers and community groups across the country are crying out for funding to carry out essential works or rollout local projects but the Government appears to be sitting on its hands when it comes to approving and releasing funding. Deputy Charlie McConalogue“According to the latest information provided to me, 92% of both the Knowledge Transfer Fund (€116m) and the TAMS 2 fund (€389m) remains unspent.“Not a cent has been spent on animal welfare schemes despite an allocation of €100m.  This is unprecedented.  What’s worse is the fact that 99% of EIP funding on hen harrier, pearl mussel and locally led environmental measures remain unspent. Despite claiming to support rural communities, the reality of the situation is that Fine Gael is failing to deliver essential funding for schemes which keep local community projects alive.“This Government’s maladministration of the LEADER rural enterprise funding stream has led to a bureaucratic nightmare for LEADER companies, resulting in only €6m out of a total of €250m being spent in the first three years of the programme.“These numbers are unforgivable at a time when farmers and rural parishes are struggling to make ends meet.  Many are facing cash flow challenges and service withdrawals and now the Government is failing to roll out essential funding for important schemes and projects. This anti-rural attitude is the hallmark of this Fine Gael government and is hugely detrimental to farmers and rural communities”. Hundreds of millions unspent on farm and rural schemes – McConalogue was last modified: June 30th, 2017 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

Gardaí warn of suspicious vehicle in Killygordon

first_imgGardaí have warned of a suspicious vehicle in the Killygordon area.Residents have been asked to keep on the lookout for a dark Peugeot car acting suspiciously in the area, and are asked to report any information to Gardaí in Letterkenny on 074 91 67100.The appeal was issued via text alert. Cllr Patrick McGowan has urged residents in the area to renew their Finn Valley text alert subscription in the CPI Centre in Castlefin, or at the post office in the Cross/Castlefin. You can also sign up/renew your subscription at Mantis Cranes, Lissmulladuff, or Byrne’s, Liscooley.To subscribe to the new Ballybofey/Stranorlar text alert, drop into the BASE Enterprise Centre on Railway road, Stranorlar.In a previous interview with Donegal Daily Cllr McGowan highlighted how important it is to be signed up to text alerts, which allows the community to be on their guard when an incident occurs/a potential threat is identified.“The more people sign up, the less room for these boys to hide,” he said. Gardaí warn of suspicious vehicle in Killygordon was last modified: November 3rd, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:KillygordonPatrick Mc Gowanlast_img read more

Giants acquire Pillar from Blue Jays in exchange for three players

first_imgLOS ANGELES–Throughout the spring, Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi insisted the club was interested in trading for an extra veteran outfielder.When the Giants set their Opening Day roster, Zaidi had yet to follow through. Five days into the season, he made good on his promise as San Francisco sent three players to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for center fielder Kevin Pillar.“We had pretty consistent interest all offseason,” Zaidi said. “A lot of our themes from our …last_img read more

Is This Building Passivhaus-Certified?

first_img 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. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members UPDATED February 7, 2012 with a response from Wolfgang FeistThe first residential Passivhaus building in Canada is the Rideau Residences, a duplex at 279 Crichton Street in Ottawa. The building has impressive specifications: an R-70 foundation, R-50 walls, an R-70 roof, and triple-glazed low-e windows. The building’s air leakage rate was tested at 0.58 ach50.On November 22, 2010, the Passive House Institute U.S., an organization with headquarters in Urbana, Illinois, issued a document to the developer, Christopher Straka of Vert Design, certifying that the Rideau Residences met the Passivhaus standard.Up until that point, the certification process had gone smoothly. But then the Rideau Residences story took a strange twist.One of the consultants involved at the early stages of the Rideau Residences project was Malcolm Isaacs, a civil engineer and founder of the Canadian Passive House Institute. Isaacs was eventually replaced by Ross Elliott, an energy consultant and the owner of Homesol Building Solutions. According to Isaacs, “I was the Passivhaus consultant on that project initially, but I was not involved in the construction of the house.”Isaacs had partial knowledge of the project’s details — enough information, he felt, to bring a complaint to the Passivhaus Institut in Darmstadt, Germany. The essence of Isaacs’s complaint was that several as-built features of the Rideau Residences differed from the project documentation. In Isaacs’s view, these differences were serious enough to question the legitimacy of the building’s Passivhaus certification.In a July 2011 e-mail to André Fauteux, the editor of a Canadian construction magazine called La Maison du 21e siècle, Isaacs wrote, “I repeated several times to Louise [Legault] that almost certainly this house does not come near the international PH Standard, and that this view is endorsed by the Passivhaus Institut in Germany, who are currently auditing it. …… center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

Two Biomass Plants in Maine to Close

first_imgTwo biomass-fueled electricity generating plants in Maine with a combined output 50 megawatts will close in March after the owner said that earnings from electricity sales were not enough to cover operational and fuel costs.The identical plants are located in West Enfield and Jonesboro, in rural northern and eastern Maine, and employ a total of 44 people. Between them, the plants burn 1,100 tons of wood fiber per day.Covanta Holding Corporation, which has owned both plants since 2008, wasn’t specific about how much it earns for the power in generates. James Regan, the company’s director of communications, said that lower commodity prices for natural gas and oil have depressed pricing for biomass-generated electricity as well.“Unfortunately, this happens with some frequency in the biomass industry when energy prices are not sufficient to cover the costs of operation and fuel supply,” the company said in a prepared statement. “We have experienced similar situations in the past and resumed operations when the economics improved. We will continue to evaluate the future of the facilities.”Contacted by telephone, Regan would not say what the price per kilowatt-hour is now, or what pricing would have to be before the plants might be reopened. Covanta’s contracts for the sale of the power, however, are apparently not fixed over a long period of time but can fluctuate depending on market conditions.“I can’t speak specifically on the downslide or when it started. I just don’t have those numbers and figures in front of me,” he said. “But yes, they’ve decreased and that’s led us to take these plants off line at the end of March.”The two Maine plants are the last of Covanta’s biomass facilities round the country to close. Six others in California already have been shuttered. The company mainly operates waste-to-energy plants, Regan said.Although rising prices for biomass-generated electricity could bring the plants back online, there’s no guarantee they will reopen, Regan said. Asked whether the plants are now on the market, he said, “I can’t say. As I said, we’ll continue to evaluate all options with the facilities.”Loggers fear many job lossesThe Professional Logging Contractors of Maine (PLC) said that the closures will affect more than 2,500 jobs, according to an article in The Portland Press Herald.The paper said that biomass accounts for 60% of the state’s renewable energy portfolio and 27% of its electricity generation overall.Dana Doran, executive director of the PLC, said that the state’s biomass industry offers a number of advantages, including direct and indirect jobs and tax revenues, even if the electricity costs a little more. Also, he said, the plants will be important when prices for fossil fuels inevitably rise again.In a written statement, the group called the decision to close the plants a “huge blow to the logging industry in Maine.” Expiring renewable energy subsidies in Massachusetts and Connecticut have the potential to eliminate the market for Maine biomass completely as soon as next year, the statement said.Four other biomass plants under different ownership are still operating in the state.last_img read more

The Death of the Economic Buyer

first_imgThere is no longer an economic buyer. Just as the power sponsor has been replaced by power sponsors (plural), there are now economic buyers (also plural).Every stakeholder is responsible for a line on the profit and loss report, is being asked to make a greater financial contribution to their organization, and is being charged with managing their costs.You have to be able to respond to concerns about price with answers about costs.You have to be able to help translate the value you create to improved performance, and ultimately, to improved financial performance.You have to be an educator, teaching your clients about the unseen soft costs that, while not possessing their own line on a profit and loss statement, wreak havoc on the bottom line.And perhaps most importantly, you are going to have to be able to equip the economic buyers in your client’s organization to defend the investment that they are making in your solution.The economic buyer is dead. Long live the economic buyers. 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 Nowlast_img read more