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Mark Hughes shares in relief as Stoke strike late to earn first league win

first_img The Potters were on course for victory over Bournemouth at half time in the contest at the Britannia Stadium, enjoying a 1-0 lead courtesy of Jonathan Walters’ 32-minute goal, but were then pegged back by Dan Gosling’s 76th-minute equaliser. A week on from drawing 2-2 at home with Leicester after being 2-0 up at the interval, it seemed Hughes’ men might have once again blown the chance to get the monkey off their backs. Press Association However, nerves among Stoke fans around the ground subsequently turned to joy and relief as substitute Mame Biram Diouf headed in with seven minutes to go before the final whistle confirmed a 2-1 victory. Hughes said: “In the second half we probably played with a little bit of apprehension and tried to protect the lead more than we should have done. “I think that allowed Bournemouth to have a little bit more of the play and get back into the game. “It is understandable, to a certain extent. “But I thought we showed good courage after that, because it could have been very easy for Bournemouth to gain momentum after the equaliser, but we didn’t allow that. “It showed courage and determination to make sure we got at least a draw – and we actually went down the other end to try to get a winner, and were thankfully able to do that through a great ball from Glen Johnson and good finish by Mame Diouf.” Bournemouth suffered a significant early blow when their top scorer Callum Wilson was carried off on a stretcher in the 17th minute having sustained what appeared a serious knee injury. While unable to say how long Wilson might be out for, Cherries boss Eddie Howe admitted afterwards that things did not look good for the striker. And he says he cannot believe the bad luck the club have had on the fitness front. Howe has already lost Tyrone Mings and Max Gradel to major knee injuries this term, and said: “It is a difficult one for the players – we have had that three times now this season, which is unbelievable luck from our perspective. “To get three in one team, to key players as well, is mystifying really. “There is nothing you can do about it – it is just one of those things that happens on a football pitch from time to time. “But to get three similar ones… I don’t know what to say about it really.” He added: “They (his players) didn’t react very well to it (at first) – we lost our momentum and flow. “But credit to them, they showed good adaptability and came out for the second half looking to put things right. For me, we deserved to win the game.” Stoke boss Mark Hughes praised his team for battling through a bout of anxiety to claim their first Barclays Premier League win of the season on Saturday.last_img read more

HSE staff to take LGBT+ training course

first_imgIreland’s first eLearning training course has been launched to help HSE staff in their work with LGBT+ service users.The course was developed by LGBT Ireland in partnership with the HSE’s Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme (SHCPP) and will be available to all staff.The course aims to help all staff within the HSE to develop understanding of how they might make simple changes to their everyday work practices to provide an enhanced service to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The eLearning training is also available to partner organisations which have access to the HSELanD platform.As well as summarising important LGBT+ terminology, the training covers topics such as: LGBT+ inclusion, transgender people and healthcare and inclusive communication. Paula Fagan, Chief Executive Officer with LGBT Ireland said “Each year we have a growing number of requests for LGBT+ equality and diversity awareness programmes from employers and statutory agencies across Ireland. We find that most people are willing and eager to improve their approach to LGBT+ service users but may be blocked by a lack of understanding, or a fear of not doing or saying the right thing. The development and launch of this online module will go some way to respond to this as it has the capacity to reach large numbers of HSE staff”. HSE staff to take LGBT+ training course was last modified: August 17th, 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) Tags:healthHSElgbttraininglast_img read more

July’s Geocacher of the Month: True Mentor and Friend

first_imgWith over a decade of geocaching and ambassador expertise, this adventurer can now claim the title “Geocacher of the Month”.Leftygator is known throughout the Mississippi geocaching community for his contagious smile, extensive GPS knowledge and round-the-clock helpfulness. With over 100 hides under his belt, he is also a master at hiding. Rumor has it that his are the toughest and best in the area.One geocacher writes, “Ricky and I first met Lefty in August 2008 at our very first event that we went to. When Ricky saw Lefty he told me he was going to hang onto Lefty’s coat tail and learn everything he could about geocaching and hang on we did. We went on a number of caching trips with him and he took time to show us how to load caches and how to use GSAK. Ricky was diagnosed with leukemia on Sept. 5, 2011 and Lefty visited with Ricky quite often while he was in the hospital and would take Ricky’s phone calls anytime of the day or night. Ricky went into remission and we had eight good months of caching before Ricky passed on Nov. 17, 2012. Lefty was there for me as well as many of our geocaching friends. Leftygator is my friend and hero.”Another geocacher says, “He was the first cacher I came across while on the hunt and stopped to talk to me for a few minutes even though he could have just continued on his way. His hides always make you think, “If I was Lefty where would I hide this cache?” He never hesitates to help, not only in the geocaching world but he passes on advice as a military veteran to the active military in the community. I consider it an honor to have Leftygator as one of my caching mentors.”Lefygator taking a break to pose with his handy gpsCongratulations again to Leftygator for earning the July 2014 title of Geocacher of the Month.The earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month geocoinIf you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for the honor, simply fill out this webform.Share with your Friends:More July 2014 Geocacher of the Month: LeftygatorSometimes the world is a big place. It’s a daunting place with crisscrossing borders and politics, and for many it’s often isolating. Then there’s geocaching. The Geocacher of the Month taught us a lesson. The world of geocaching is small, connected and ready to celebrate the contributions of other geocachers.We met three geocachers from different countries. Each delivers serious geocaching joy to their local geocaching communities, whether it’s gadget geocaches, inspiration and encouragement or a groundbreaking series of geocaches, or even all three.Each of the geocachers will receive special recognition and a prize package for their contribution to the adventure of geocaching. Before naming the Geocacher of the Month, Geocaching HQ reviews community input and blog comments. Each comment is read and posts in native languages are encouraged.It was a difficult decision.center_img SharePrint RelatedThe Newest Geocachers of the Month – A Geocache Series CreatorJuly 4, 2014In “Community”Announcing the January Geocacher of the MonthMarch 7, 2014In “Community”March Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsMarch 15, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

Habitat’s High-Performance Experiment

first_img RELATED ARTICLES Habitat for Humanity’s Net-Zero CommunityStudents Bring Zero-Energy Design to Habitat Two Solar Decathlon Homes Get High Marks for AffordabilityA Habitat Passivhaus for Upstate New YorkHabitat in Vermont Continues Its Passive House JourneyA Habitat in Mississippi Follows Two Paths to GreenHabitat’s Passivhaus Focus in VermontA Habitat Home Tames Construction Costs, Lands LEED GoldTen Students Build Arizona’s First NZEHHabitat for Humanity’s Classic Green Look Video: LEED Platinum Habitat for Humanity House The Empowerhouse is just a beginningThe Habitat affiliate has since launched six Passivhaus projects in Ivy City, a part of the city where it and two other nonprofits are building a total of 60 affordable housing units.Working with money from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and land grants from the city, the Habitat affiliate has been building a total of 30 housing units. Six of the 11 housing units in the last phase of this project are designed for Passivhaus certification. WASHINGTON, D.C.Passivhaus Conditioned space: 1,404 sq. ft.Number of floors: 2.Bedrooms: 3.Bathrooms: 1 1/2.Construction: 2×4 stud wall with 9 1/2-in. I-joist balloon framed wall on the outside.Type of foundation: Slab.Windows: Klearwall Future-Proof triple-glazed, argon-filled.Ventilation: Energy-recovery ventilator.Domestic hot water: AO Smith Cirrex solar electric.Heating and cooling: Single wall-mounted ductless minisplit.Insulation: Above the slab, 6 in. of XPS, followed by 3 1/2 in. of mineral wool, R-49. Above-grade exterior walls, Roxul mineral wool in 2×4 structural wall, dense-packed cellulose in balance of wall, R-45. Roof, 8 in. polyisocyanurate foam, R-49.6.Blower-door test: Not yet available.Cost of construction: $172/sq. ft.COLUMBUS, MONet-Zero EnergyConditioned space: 1,248 sq. ft.Number of floors: 1.Bedrooms: 3, plus large loft.Bathrooms: 2.Construction: 2×6 stud wall built with advanced framing techniques.Type of foundation: Slab.Windows: Triple-glazed Jeld-Wen.Ventilation: Energy-recovery ventilator.Domestic hot water: Solar thermal with electric backup.Renewable energy: 8 kW photovoltaic system.Heating and cooling: Ductless minisplit air-source heat pump.Insulation: Under slab, 4 in. of rigid foam. Exterior above-grade walls, a combination of open-cell foam and blown-in cellulose with 2 in. of rigid foam on exterior, R-30. Roof, 1 1/2 in. open-cell foam plus blown-in cellulose, R-60.Blower-door test: Not yet available.Cost of construction: $85/sq. ft.SANTA BARBARA, CAPassivhausConditioned space: 3,749 sq. ft. (total for three units)Number of floors: 3.Bedrooms: 8.Bathrooms: 3 full, 3 half.Construction: 2×6 exterior walls, built with advanced framing techniques.Type of foundation: Slab.Windows: Double-glazed Simonton.Ventilation: Heat-recovery ventilator.Domestic hot water and renewable energy: Combined Echo Solar System includes solar hot water and photovoltaics producing 4,000 kWh of electricity and 122 therms per year. Domestic hot water system also incorporates a tankless heater. Heating and cooling: Wall-mounted electric resistance heaters; no air conditioning.Insulation: None under slab. Most exterior walls have high-density fiberglass batts with 1 in. of rigid foam on the outside. Roof, 8.2 in. of open-cell foam under roof deck, R-30.Blower-door test: Not yet available.Cost: $110-$125/sq. ft. In the nation’s capital, a firstHabitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. took advantage of the biannual U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon to jump into high-performance housing.Until 2011, the design competition for college students, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, had taken place on the National Mall in Washington. When it was over, these demonstration homes were dismantled and sometimes junked, says Heather Phibbs, Washington Habitat’s director of marketing and development.But in this case, the Parsons School for Design and the Stevens Institute of Technology approached Habitat and suggested a partnership to turn its Decathlon entry into housing for a Washington, D.C., family. When the Decathlon ended, the project, called the “Empowerhouse,” was taken apart, moved to a site in the Deanwood neighborhood in the northeast part of the district and turned into a duplex.The project was certified by the Passive House Institute U.S. and built to operate as a net-zero energy home.“It was the first time we had built a Passivhaus, Habitat for Humanity of DC, and it was the first Passivhaus ever built in DC,” Phibbs said.Based on this success, there are now a number of organizations thinking of ways to turn these demonstration houses into homes when the Decathlon competitions end, Phibbs says. (For more information on the Empowerhouse, see Two Solar Decathlon Homes Get High Marks for Affordability.) In Missouri, bidding for the futureShow-Me Central Habitat for Humanity entered the world of high-performance building at the invitation of the city of Columbia, according to Bill View, its executive director.The city circulated a request for proposals among Columbia’s housing development agencies asking for their most energy-efficient designs and offering $66,000 in seed money to the winner, View says. Among the few requirements were the use of either a ground-source heat pump or a ductless minisplit heat pump for heating and cooling, and a generous amount of insulation. Three other organizations offered bids, but the Habitat affiliate took home the prize.It’s the first Habitat project of its kind in Columbus.“I wanted to win the bid, to tell you the truth,” View says. “That’s the honest part of it, although we’ve been building Energy Star homes for a few years now. But when they put up $66,000 and said it’s up for grabs to the person who gives us the best model for energy efficiency, I decided I wanted to win the bid.”That $66,000 is almost enough money to build another home for another family.The house (see the details at right) is under construction and may be finished by late spring or early summer, depending on weather and other factors. The Habitat chapter has five or six other projects underway at the same time. High-performance houses might not seem the most logical choice for Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit that builds affordable housing on tight construction budgets and relies on non-professional labor.Renewable energy systems have high upfront costs, and the extra insulation, air-sealing and other detailing that make Passivhaus or net-zero energy construction possible take more time, building expertise and money than conventional houses.But Habitat affiliates around the country are beginning to build these high-performance designs and offering them to families that ordinarily would be priced out of the market.Projects are currently underway in many parts of the country, including Washington, D.C., Missouri, California, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. It’s a homegrown trend taking root without any directive from Habitat’s international headquarters in Atlanta; each Habitat affiliate is a separate entity that makes its own decisions about what kind of housing to build. Net-zero, Passivhaus and other high-performance designs are still a fraction of the total number of Habitat projects, accounting for roughly 1% of the 3,800 new housing units that Habitat built in the U.S. last year. But for a variety of reasons, local Habitat affiliates are now more likely to try these cutting-edge designs, and over time that will mean much lower utility and maintenance bills for the homeowners lucky enough to get them.In some cases, the Passivhaus projects are the first to be built in the community by anyone. Here’s a rundown on several projects around the country. Finding the right familiesHabitat tries to identify prospective homeowners before or during construction so the families will have the chance to work on their own houses. In Washington, each family must contribute a total of 300 hours of sweat equity to quality for ownership, although they can still qualify by working on someone else’s house.“It’s a little bit of a trick to build these things affordably for Habitat families,” Phibbs says.The new owners of these Passivhaus homes will have incomes of between $30,000 and $60,000 a year, representing 30% to 60% of the median income in the area, which is $100,000 a year.The lower operating costs for Passivhaus homes is a great match with families living on tight budgets. But it can be challenging to apply the Habitat model to houses that require a lot of construction acumen to build. All Washington Habitat projects involve some professional labor, and in the case of Passivhaus designs, Phibbs says, there’s just a little more of it.“So the pieces of that process that our construction staff leads volunteers in are a little more limited during Passivhaus construction,” she says. “There are segments of the process that they don’t allow volunteers to help with.”Despite the added complexities of construction and higher costs, the effort holds a great deal of promise for Habitat. “It’s the longterm benefit to homeowners (significantly lower utility costs), as well as interest among many of our funders,” Phibbs said in a follow-up e-mail. “And our efforts to document the process and find ways to bring the costs down to a level that may make a greater number of these homes eventually achievable for us.”center_img Passivhaus emerges the winnerOne of the architects working on the Canon Perdido project had a background in Passivhaus design, as did the construction manager, Peterson says, and that helped tip the scales. The building was relatively simple in shape, without any complex roof geometry, and it looked like a good bet for Passivhaus construction.“Everybody was really excited at the idea of doing this, and it was a newer thing,” Peterson adds. “We thought the community would be excited about it.”Habitat broke ground on the project in June 2013 and hopes to have it wrapped up by this summer. It will be the affiliate’s first Passivhaus building.Families that move into the townhouse will have incomes of between 40% and 80% of the area’s median income, or $30,000 to $60,000 a year, Hamill says.There were 100 applicants for the dozen housing units in the project. Although Habitat officials were thrilled to be working on a Passivhaus project, they didn’t advertise that aspect of the project to the public, and neither Hamill nor Peterson thinks the benefits of living in a Passivhaus were obvious to people who applied to live there, or even the people who worked on the buildings.“Every time we have volunteers at the site, we tell them about the project and they’re fascinated by the Passivhaus side of it,” Hamill says, “but for the most part I don’t think the community understands.”That said, Peterson adds, a local American Institute of Architects tour of the project was the most well-attended in some time. Net-zero by designDesigners originally considered a ground-source heat pump, View says, but the project’s engineer suggested that using an air-source heat pump instead would free up $10,000 that could be spent on photovoltaic panels. Eventually, he adds, designers settled on an 8-kW system that on paper would make net-zero operation possible.“So we just decided to splurge and put $20,000 worth of solar panels on it and see what happens,” View says. “It engineered out to a net-zero house, but of course we won’t know until it’s up and running.”View expects the 1,248-square-foot three-bedroom house to sell for $107,000, exactly what Habitat will have in it. It’s likely to go to a buyer with an income of as much as 80% of the median income in the area. Habitat houses there are typically sold to those making 30% to 50% of the median. In California, LEED didn’t have the “buzz”Santa Barbara, California, is a wealthy community on the coast a few hours north of Los Angeles, and its local Habitat affiliate is one of several in the state building high-performance housing. It’s difficult to find lots for single-family Habitat housing in Santa Barbara, says Alexandra Hamill, the affiliate’s development manager, so they’re concentrating on townhouses.Their current project incorporates three buildings, one of which is a three-unit building which Habitat hopes will to have certified as a Passivhaus. It includes two three-bedroom units and one two-bedroom unit with a total of 3,749 square feet of conditioned space (see the details at right). The other two buildings will be built to the same standards, but Habitat won’t seek Passivhaus certification for them.Habitat’s last project had been constructed to meet requirements of Built Green Santa Barbara, a local sustainable building program, says Jon Peterson, the affiliate’s associated executive director.“Really, our goal from a Habitat perspective of building green at all is we want to provide homes that will last a very long time, but also will be affordable,” Peterson says, “and one of the ways is keeping the utility and maintenance costs down.”As they began design work on the townhouse project, architects from DMHA, a local firm, were aiming for Level 4 compliance with Built Green, which would have been a step up from Level 3 of the previous project. They also considered seeking certification under the LEED for Homes program administered by the U.S. Green Building Council. But in the end, LEED didn’t seem to offer what the affiliate wanted.“It’s been done by other Habitat affiliates,” Peterson says. “It didn’t have the buzz. In addition to building an affordable and secure house, one of the thing we look at is how will this help us with fundraising efforts. Although LEED is a good standard, paying for that certification didn’t feel like the best option for us. “ “We’ve been working to green our practices as much as possible for a number of years,” Phibbs says. “There’s a lot of sense that it makes, not only in leaving a lighter environmental footprint and keeping a house more efficient to run, but when you have a house that’s more efficient you’ve got maintenance costs a lot lower, which is really fitting for these lower income homeowners.”The 1,400-square-foot three-bedroom houses (see sidebar at right for more details) are more expensive to build than the kind of housing Habitat usually takes on — about $172 per square foot compared to a more typical $110 per square foot. The houses will sell for between $180,000 and $200,000, Phibbs says, with Habitat raising the money to fill in the gap between the sales price and actual construction costs.Separately, Habitat has been contemplating a crowd-sourcing campaign so the houses can be equipped with photovoltaic panels. Not right for every local affiliateHigh-performance buildings are intriguing to builders looking for new challenges, but they represent a very small fraction of the houses that Habitat builds, and very few affiliates around the country are tackling them — only 15 of the nation’s 1,500 total, according to Derek Morris, director of construction technologies for Habitat for Humanity International.Roughly three-quarters of new Habitat houses are built to Energy Star standards, but going the extra mile for Passivhaus or net-zero performance isn’t always the best use of limited resources, Morris says.Affiliates that do make the leap have started by learning the basics of energy-efficient designs, embracing advanced framing techniques and air-sealing, for example, or learning how to orient houses correctly on the site. Once they’ve mastered those things, he adds, net-zero or Passivhaus construction is a more attainable goal.But all decisions are local, he says, as affiliates focus on Habitat’s “number-one objective,” the elimination of poverty housing.“Part of the challenge is always the allocation of resources,” he says. “As you’re doing Passivhaus or net-zero, you end up having a greater upfront investment in it. If you have the ability to do one home, that’s great, but what do you do about the other homes that are needed in the area?“In some cases, it’s the appropriate decision to go forward with net-zero or Passivhaus if that’s appropriate for your local environment and your local needs,” Morris continues. “In others, it may be that instead of doing 20 net-zero homes we do 30 Energy Star homes. It’s a decision that always has to be made locally. It’s never a one-size-fits-all solution.”last_img read more

Indian women paddlers beat Sri Lanka 3-0

first_imgIndian women paddlers started their campaign in the Commonwealth Games on a resounding note by blanking Sri Lanka 3-0 in Group D team competition at the Yamuna Sports complex on Monday.Mouma Das started the host country’s domination as she thrashed Ishara Madurangi Darshika 11-4 11-5 11-4 before Shamini Kumareshan put India 2-0 in front by outclassing Nuwani Navodya 11-9 11-9 11-7.Reigning national champion Poulomi Ghatak sealed the issue by getting the better of Kavindi Rukmali 11-8 11-8 11-7.The Indian eves, seeded second, have New Zealand and Ghana as their other opponents in the group and are set to take on the Kiwis, who are capable of putting up a better show than the Lankans, later in the day.A total of 21 medals, including seven gold medals, are up for grabs in table tennis.Meranwhile, Australian women paddlers also started on a great note by beating Wales 3-0.last_img read more

Increased Production Only Way Forward – Minister Clarke

first_imgMinister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, has again called on Jamaicans to increase production, as this is the only way to move the country forward. “I am confident that something is going to happen … now is the opportunity for us to rise and build,” he said. The Minister emphasized that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is not going to solve Jamaica’s problems, as the issues being faced by the country will only be solved by all citizens working together as one people for one cause. Mr. Clarke was speaking at the opening of Edgechem Jamaica Limited’s 16th retail paint store in Savanna-La-Mar, Westmoreland, on March 22. “I say to the people of this country, let us throw away the orange shirt and the green shirt, and let us come together as one to build one Jamaica.If we fail at this, no colour will save us,” the Minister said.Mr. Clarke congratulated Edgechem for promoting local products and import substitution.The company is famous for having the only locally developed automotive refinishing system, with software for the mixing of over 50,000 colours.For her part, Managing Director of Edgechem, Doreen Frankson, said that to prevent decline in the economy and loss of jobs, citizens everywhere must ‘Buy Jamaican’.“We all must build Brand Jamaica with top quality products and services which we have been producing, while at the same time significantly reducing our import bill,” she emphasized.By Glenis A. Rose, JIS Reporterlast_img read more