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Garda in Letterkenny seize vehicle after it tried to avoid checkpoint

first_imgA car has been seized following by members of Letterkenny Road Policing Unit after it tried to avoid a Garda checkpoint. The Ford Focus was chased into a farm-yard before it emerged that it was an unoccupied learner inside the vehicle who had no ‘L’ plates on display.A fixed charge penalty notice was issued to the driver. Garda in Letterkenny seize vehicle after it tried to avoid checkpoint was last modified: March 2nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:AN GARDA SIOCHANAletterkennyLetterkenny Gardalast_img read more

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Jerry Rice says Antonio Brown ‘badly’ wants to play for 49ers

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Antonio Brown not only has Jerry Rice’s blessing but also an apparent passion to join the 49ers.With Brown’s Pittsburgh Steelers tenure likely ending with a trade in the upcoming months, the wide receiver is eyeing refuge on Rice’s former team.“He wants to come here really bad,” Rice said Monday morning on 95.7 The Game.PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 20: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers catches a 7 yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter during the game against Eric …last_img read more

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Will Passivhaus Remain a Boutique Program?

first_imgMy hopesAs Joe Lstiburek said to Klingenberg at the end of her talk this year, “If you want to change the world, this can’t become a boutique program like R2000 in Canada.” I’d argue that he’s wrong in one respect: Passivhaus is already a boutique program. It’s got a tremendous amount of buzz for a boutique program, however, and its effect cannot be measured simply by the number of certified projects. That buzz could propel it into another realm.Is Passivhaus ready for the big time? I’m anxious to find out more when I attend the conference in Denver. My Passivhaus leaningsIn the ’80s and ’90s, I was a big fan of Amory Lovins. I remember reading about the house he built in Snowmass, Colorado—with their outrageous 9000 heating degree days—and how they relied mainly on passive solar gain and internal loads for heating the house. In fact, he would thank his guests for their heating contributions. I’d also been fascinated by the superinsulated houses of the ’70s and ’80s.In a way, Passivhaus is to heating loads as Grover Norquist is to government — Their goal is to reduce the heating load to such a small size that you could drown it in a bathtub (and thus eliminate the cost of the typically huge mechanical system). I can identify with that…to a point.I know that that Henry Gifford looks at the building envelope merely as the “assembly surrounding the mechanical system,” but the building envelope has to be where you start. I think the Passivhaus folks have gone a little too far in trying to design and build “homes without heating systems.” (Martin Holladay showed that that claim isn’t true anyway.) They’ve done a lot of great things to help move the superinsulation model forward, however.One thing I really like about Passivhaus is that they account for thermal bridging (places where heat can bypass the insulation) in a more realistic way. By contrast, the HERS energy modeling software factors in thermal bridging mainly through default framing factors for the various building assemblies.I also like that the ultimate goal is the reduction of primary, or source, energy consumption, and that they have a high standard for air-tightness. Plus, it’s encouraging to see Passive House incorporating HERS raters into the verification process. Passivhaus For BeginnersA Conversation With Wolfgang FeistPassivhaus Crosses the Atlantic A ‘Magic Box’ For Your Passivhaus Passivhaus WindowsAre Passivhaus Requirements Logical or Arbitrary?Podcast: Passivhaus, Part 1: Concepts and BasicsPodcast: Passivhaus, Part 2: The Standards Podcast: Passivhaus, Part 3: So You Want to Be a Passivhaus Consultant? I like the way Martin Holladay put it in his diagram explaining the broader goal: “You can save a lot more energy by installing 2 inches of foam under 7 houses than by installing 14 inches of foam under one house.”I’m also concerned about the cost-effectiveness issue. At a certain point, building envelope improvements become more expensive than adding photovoltaic modules to produce energy on-site.And then there’s the name. Should we call it Passive House or Passivhaus? Or something altogether different since it’s not truly passive, and it’s confusing because of the similarity to passive solar, which Passive Houses don’t have to be. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a RESNET-accredited energy consultant, trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard blog. You can follow him on Twitter at EnergyVanguard This weekend I bought my ticket to Denver for the Passive House conference at the end of September. The program has intrigued me since I first found out about it in 2007, but I haven’t gotten involved with it yet. That may be changing now.I made overtures a few years ago and then held back because my involvement with HERS rater training and serving raters as a HERS provider was consuming most of my time. The fact that the program didn’t seem well-suited to warmer climates and received some well-placed criticism from folks like John Straube and Martin Holladay didn’t make me feel like rushing in either. I’m sometimes accused of insisting on the perfect instead of the good (and not only by my wife!), but I do value cost-effectiveness and doing what’s practical. That’s why the Pretty Good House idea appeals to me.At the Westford Symposium on Building Science (a.k.a., Building Science Summer Camp) a couple of weeks ago, I spoke with Katrin Klingenberg and as a result, decided that I should attend their conference this year. Just getting to hear Amory Lovins and Joe Lstiburek speak makes it worthwhile to attend, of course, but my real objective is to find out where the program is headed. RELATED ARTICLES My reservationsAs I mentioned above, one of my biggest questions about Passivhaus has been its suitability to warmer climates with humidity. I live in the Southeast where cooling and dehumidification are significant factors. Having a really well insulated and air-tight home with no thermal bridges isn’t going to get you all the way to home plate. Mechanical systems are critical, and I was happy to hear Klingenberg discuss the importance of dehumidification in her Summer Camp talk.Extreme energy reduction is great, but you also need to make sure that the people who live in the home will be comfortable and healthy. In the latest article in her blog (the Klingenblog), Klingenberg seems to be holding tight to the energy reduction target. As she states there, “refining the annual figure to climate zones will result in a tightening of the standard in some climate zones – not a relaxation, as some generally understood the proposal to do.”last_img read more

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Audi level 3 autonomous vehicle testing coming to New York

first_imgRelated Posts 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Ryan Matthew Pierson This June, Audi will become the first car company to test automated vehicles on the streets of New York, including automated cars that have achieved an automation level of 3. Testing will take place in the city of Albany starting in the middle of June.This makes Audi the first company to legally test automated vehicles on open roads in the state of New York.This isn’t the first time Audi has been at the head of the line among autonomous vehicle manufacturers. Audi is the first company to receive an autonomous vehicle license plate in the state of Nevada, and to be allowed to test its automated vehicles in California. Audi has also set numerous track records for autonomous vehicles at numerous tracks worldwide.What does level 3 automation mean?Automation levels have been established by the Society of Engineers and measure how autonomous a vehicle actually is. Here is a quick breakdown of the different levels of automation:Level 0 vehicles would give the driver warnings when they are drifting over the line or about to collide with something, but won’t actually take over the vehicle.Level 1 vehicles include features like Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and automated parking. In these vehicles, the driver still maintains majority control of the vehicle in almost all cases. This is a common add-on feature set in modern luxury vehicles.Level 2 vehicles are where things get a bit more interesting. The car pretty much drives itself at highway speeds, but the driver still has to maintain the ability to take control at any point. In many cases, cars with Level 2 autonomous functionality still requires drivers to keep their hands on the wheel.Level 3 gives drivers a bit more freedom to take their hands off the wheel and turn their attention elsewhere, momentarily. Drivers are still required to be behind the wheel, and may be called upon to take control immediately, but in the majority of driving scenarios they can trust the vehicle to get them from point A to point B with minimal intervention.Level 4 is what we know commonly as fully autonomous. There is still a steering wheel in the car, but the driver can turn their attention away from the road for extended periods. Cars that meet this requirement are expected to respond as well or better than their human counterparts within its designated parameters. This functionality is generally only available in limited areas, and/or specific scenarios.Level 5 describes the ultimate self-driving vehicle. It maps routes, takes control from the beginning to the end of the journey, and doesn’t require a human driver at all. Automated taxis without steering wheels would fall into this category.This means that the vehicles Audi will be testing in New York will be a step above any level of automation most drivers have ever experienced. These cars will have human drivers behind the wheel, but there is a good chance that they won’t be the ones doing the driving.center_img Tags:#Audi#Autonomous car#driverless cars#Internet of Things#IoT#NYC#Self-Driving Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…last_img read more

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Delly aware of Gilas’ talent as Aussies battle Filipinos in World Cup qualifying

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ [email protected] talks about fulfilling his Olympic dream. pic.twitter.com/62dslYmB2l— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) July 21, 2017 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “We played against the Philippines in a tournament in France a couple years ago. They’re very quick, a lot of dribble penetration, a lot of three-point shooting, so you really have to guard your man one-on-one,” he said.But with the game still over a year in the making, Dellavedova would rather enjoy the scenery in his first visit, knowing that the next time he sets foot in the Philippines, fans will be out to intimidate him and the rest of the Boomers.“I’m looking forward to traveling around different countries and playing. It’s gonna make it tough because in the two (competition) windows, the NBA guys won’t be able to play. But I’m looking forward to coming back here in July,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games One and done: Trawick plays first and last game for GlobalPort Matthew Dellavedova. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netRepresenting his country has always been the greatest goal in the mind of Matthew Dellavedova.That’s why he couldn’t help but feel that overwhelming sense of pride whenever he suits up for the Australian Boomers in the international tournaments.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “My dream growing up was to represent Australia in the Olympic Games,” Dellavedova said Friday at the opening of the Peak Store at Robinson’s Place Manila in Ermita.“Ever since I watched my first Olympics in 1996 in Atlanta on TV, just to pull on the green and gold for me is always been a dream. To hear our national anthem play in the Olympic Games is a moment I’ll never forget.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars LATEST STORIES MOST READ “Delly,” as he is fondly called, is visiting the Philippines for the first time for the launch of his shoe line Delly 1 with Peak.This, though, won’t be Dellavedova’s last as he is expected to suit up for Australia for the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers.Australia is slotted in Group B, together with the Philippines, in the Asia-Pacific qualification and Gilas is set to host the Boomers in the home-and-away series on July 2 next year.Dellavedova shared that he already has an idea on how our national team plays, having faced the Philippines back in the 2014 Bleu Blanc Tour in France in the lead up to the 2014 Fiba World Cup in Spain.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Itll take months to distribute over 9M raised for Humboldt Broncos GoFundMe

first_imgIt will take several months to distribute the more than $9.1 million raised so far for the victims of a fatal bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos, says the platform hosting the online crowdfunding campaign — the largest ever in Canada.More than 100,000 donors in 65 countries have contributed to the GoFundMe campaign — ranked among the five most successful campaigns ever on the platform — with donations ranging from $5 to $50,000 coming from individuals, families, sports teams and multinational corporations.A spokeswoman for GoFundMe declined to say whether the money would be dispersed only among the families of the 16 people who died after a bus carrying a junior hockey team collided with a truck last week, or if it would also go to the 13 others who were injured.“It’s still too soon for that level of detail and the distribution of funds will take time to organize,” Rachel Hollis said in an email. “We will ensure the Humboldt Broncos have all the support they need.”A campaign of that scale presents logistical challenges, which GoFundMe said it’s still working through.“This will likely be a process that’ll take several months,” Hollis wrote. “We’ll move as quickly as possible, but in the wake of a tragic and complicated event these things unfortunately take several months to fully resolve.”GoFundMe said it has safeguards in place to ensure the money goes to the right place, including transferring funds directly to the beneficiary of the campaign, rather than its organizer.The campaign was organized by Sylvie Kellington, a Humboldt woman whose son played for a youth version of the team, and the beneficiary is “Broncos team officials,” Hollis said, noting that the money will eventually make its way to the families of Broncos players, as promised on the fundraising page.If questions arise, GoFundMe has a “Trust and Safety team” that will hold the funds until the beneficiary is verified “to our satisfaction,” the company said in a statement.“And, it’s important to remember that our platform is backed by the GoFundMe Guarantee, which means that in the rare case that GoFundMe, law enforcement or a user finds campaigns are misused, donors will get refunded,” the company said.In addition to the massive online fundraiser, some used other avenues to contribute money to the cause.For instance, Saskatchewan hockey officials announced an assistance program for players and their families following the crash. The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League said Monday that the fund will provide mental health help for everyone involved in its dozen teams across the province, including the Humboldt Broncos.The money to fund that program had to be raised separately from the online fundraiser, given GoFundMe’s policies that prevent money from going to beneficiaries that weren’t named in the initial campaign.At another fundraising campaign in Maple Creek, Sask., held by the conservation group Ducks Unlimited Canada Sunday, a set of luggage was donated and auctioned off 13 times, raising $5,000.“The fella that bought the luggage … said, ‘I’d like to donate it back and I’d like it resold with all the money going to the Broncos,’” said Alan Smith of Ducks Unlimited.“It sold again and the fella that bought it said, ‘I’d like to donate it back,’ and then it happened again and again and it ended up selling 13 times,” he said. “It was really quite incredible.”—With files by Peter Goffinlast_img read more

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Viola Davis on seeking significance after achieving success

first_imgTORONTO – Stage, screen and film star Viola Davis says now that she’s achieved a level of success, she’s focused on achieving “significance.”“You get a certain amount of money, you buy a house, you’re on a TV show, which I’m at, and then you’re tired,” the Oscar-winner said Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival when asked how she measures success after all of her accolades.“You’re just tired and disillusioned. And frankly, just being honest, you’re miserable a lot. You’re like, ‘I’m tired, I don’t want to go to work, people don’t even know how hard this is,’” she said to laughs from her fellow cast members and assembled media.“You start complaining in your 8,000-square-foot house. And you realize that you’ve missed the final step — which is not success, but significance.”Davis made the comments while supporting her latest feature, the Chicago-set heist thriller “Widows.”Adapted from a 1980s-era British TV series by “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen and “Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn, it follows four women forced to take extreme measures when their criminal husbands are killed on a job that goes very wrong.The film’s star-packed press conference included score composer Hans Zimmer and co-stars Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya and Colin Farrell.Davis spoke about what drives her work today, and called on Hollywood to do more to cast a variety of actors in significant roles.“I measure significance as living a life bigger than myself, that’s why I have a production company. When I became an actress, I became an actress because I saw Miss Cecily Tyson in ‘The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,’” she said.“She gave me permission to do it. But she also showed me a way out of poverty, of feeling invisible, and I just feel like the narratives that are created in Hollywood right now have got to become inclusive. They have got to reflect the changing world and the changing cultures.”Davis, who also stars in the drama “How to Get Away With Murder,” which returns to ABC and CTV later this month, said she’s mindful of “that little girl” she used to be.“I want that little girl to be able to see images that she can attach herself to and to give her permission to feel … that she is being seen,” she said.Erivo said Davis was her inspiration, in the way that Tyson was for Davis.“You know that you were that for me, right?” the British Broadway star said, turning to Davis.“You don’t see it enough, you don’t see the woman that gets to be messy, to be onscreen and not have to be liked and be OK with that, to be intelligent and that’s what I knew I wanted to be able to do but didn’t ever see that until you (did it). So thank you.”last_img read more

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Indigenous cybernoir Video game designers crafting futuristic detective story

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement A group of Indigenous female developers in Hamilton, Ontario, are putting their own cultural spin on the usually male-dominated video game industry.Purity & Decay is a futuristic detective video game being developed by Achimostawinan, a company of five people — four of whom are Indigenous.The game’s prototype was created over just two days in February of this year at an event held by the Toronto organization Dames Making Games by two Indigenous women, Meagan Byrne and Tara Miller. Login/Register With: Meagan Byrne and Tara Miller are two of the Indigenous women behind Purity & Decay, a cybernoir video game. (Meagan Byrne/Tara Miller/Contributed) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Facebook “I remember talking about how interesting it would be to take that kind of thing and present it in an Indigenous way,” said Miller.The game is set in North America of 2262, where a class system divides people both metaphorically and physically and the ruling class lives in floating cities. The protagonist, private eye Myeengun Hill, is sought out by a woman to help find answers about her sister’s murder.READ MORE Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Police say several fatalities after Pikangikum fire in Ontario

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe northern Ontario community of Pikangikum has suffered from a fire, according to the OPP.OPP Sgt. John Whitney said it’s believe there were fatalities as a result of the fire, but there are few details at the moment.Whitney said the Ontario Fire Marshall’s Office is headed to the community to investigate.The OPP said in a statement there were “a number of persons” dead as a result of the fire that started late Tuesday night and several remain unaccounted for.According to a community member, at least three children were killed in the house fire, along with six other family members.Pikangikum First Nation is a fly in community located 509 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay.More to come.last_img read more

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