I have nothing to prove to Simba- Kerr

first_img0Shares0000Kerr is aiming to defend the title with Gor on Sunday against his former side Simba SCNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 8- Ahead of their meeting in the SportPesa Super Cup final on Sunday at Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium, Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr has said he has nothing to prove to his former employers Simba SC.Gor booked a date with the recently crowned Tanzanian champions Simba SC after beating Singida United 2-0 in the semis while Simba were 5-4 winners over Kakamega Homeboyz in the earlier semi. “I have nothing to prove to them. What happened happened; the board makes decisions and for me, I am happy to be at Gor. They (Simba officials) can come and watch I don’t care. I have good memories with Simba players and they are happy to see me; they love me. It is just the people who didn’t but all I am bothered of is Gor,” the coach said on Thursday.Simba SC head coach Pierre Lechantre watches from the bench during his side’s SportPesa Super Cup clash against Kariobangi Sharks at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 4, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKerr was fired at the Dar es Salaam based club in January 2016, just six months after taking charge and he could not hid his displeasure at some of the club’s leadership, two of who are in Nakuru for the Super Cup tournament.Kerr was specifically irked when one of the officials Hajji Manara went into the Singida dressing room after Thursday’s match to ‘high-five’ the players, noting that it showed a lack of respect.Nonetheless, Kerr has chosen to stick his eyes on the prize urging his players to approach the final with confidence and the grab the opportunity that comes with the winner of the week-long tournament travelling to England to play Premier League side Everton FC at their Goodison Park backyard.“It is a final and the winner goes to England. That’s a massive incentive. It is a massive opportunity to the players to showcase themselves playing at Goodison Park. I have said to the players that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and they should use it,” the tactician said.“It will be a tough final because Simba want to win. They want to beat me and my players should come down ready and prepared with the right attitude,” added Kerr.-Defending champions-Gor Mahia players celebrate after winning the SportPesa Super Cup. PHOTO/SportPesaGor won the tournament last year in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania after beating arch rivals AFC Leopards 3-0 in the final and went on to play against Everton losing 2-1.The tactician now wants the side to defend the title and travel for a ‘rematch’ with the Merseyside club.Meanwhile, the coach has lauded his players for their performance against Singida playing in tough conditions, saying they showed the character of a champion.“I thought we were brilliant. We dictated the game, played good passes and credit to Meddie (Kagere) who fought hard to get his two goals. If we get into the final with this kind of attitude I think it will be great,” added the coach.He has called on fans to come down to the Afraha Stadium in their droves and push the team to the title, noting they have been brilliant in both matches they have played in the tournament.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Enda Bonner added to Fianna Fail party ticket for upcoming local elections

first_imgFianna Fail have announced that Cllr. Enda Bonner is set to be added to their party ticket for the upcoming local elections.Last week, sitting county councillor Enda Bonner was left stunned when he was out-voted by local Fianna Fail activist, Noreen McGarvey.Ms McGarvey, who works as an assistant to Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher, ousted the former Senator by 33 votes to 26. Bonner will now contest the elections alongside fellow party member for the Glenties Electoral area.Enda Bonner added to Fianna Fail party ticket for upcoming local elections was last modified: March 18th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:Enda Bonnerfianna failGlentieslast_img read more

Geocachers Find a Message in a Bottle from 1970. It says… (Part 2)

first_imgJean-Francois, who discovered geocaching in 2003 and now has more than 250 logged geocaches finds, is used to finding. As determined geocachers often say, he wouldn’t DNF this (Did Not Find).  An online investigation began but success didn’t come easy, “(I) did a search online with the name and the city where they were from.  I found the name of Darilyn Yates’ father and found he had moved to another city. From there I contacted a Darilyn from the same area but with a different surname and it was a match!” Darilyn says she dropped the bottle in the Bow River while on vacation in 1970. She was just 14 years old, and according to news reports, not sure exactly where along the river she tossed the bottle in.Darilyn today [Courtesy CTV News]Darilyn in 1970 [Courtesy CTV News]Darilyn had moved hundreds of miles away to Vancouver Island. She fondly recalled the trip she took back in 1970 when she dropped the message in the bottle in a river. Jean-Francois says, “Darilyn has contacted Georgia’s cousin to let her know about the find.”Since finding the message in the bottle, the story has spread across Canada.The story first appeared in the Calgary Herald (Click the image to read the story)You can hear and see Darilyn and Jean-Francois. They’ve appeared on CBC radio together [click on Part Two in the link]. And even in this CTV television story.The stories is not over yet though. Jean-Francois plans to hand deliver the bottle back Darilyn. He’ll drive to Vancouver, securing his first to find and reuniting Darilyn with a 44-years-old memory – that had patiently waited for her in a bottle.Click the image to see the news story featuring Darilyn and Jean-FrancoisShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedMotorcycle Geocaching – Two Wheels, One Mission to ExploreJanuary 31, 2012In “Community”Geocacher Finds Lost Wedding Ring and Searches for OwnerApril 28, 2015In “Community”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community” A message in a bottle captures the imagination……and apparently, the attention of media. Last week we published  Geocachers Find a Message in a Bottle from 1970. Its says… (part 1). Jean-Francois Cianci (known in the Geocaching word as Monkeyturtle) detailed how he discovered a bottle while clearing garbage from a wetland at a Calgary, Alberta area CITO event.The bottle contained a very clear note from 1970. It also contained a request, a mission even. And Jean-Francois took the mission seriously. The note read, “Anyone finding this bottle please contact: Darilyn Yates and Georgia Love… ”center_img Jean-Francois with bottlePart 2 or 2 [read part 1]last_img read more

My First Energy Audit

first_img RELATED ARTICLES Video Series: A Home-Energy AuditWhat’s Wrong with the Home-Energy Audit Industry?The Energy-Efficiency PyramidQ&A: Disappointing energy audit An old farmhouseThe house I was assigned to audit turned out to be a very large, classic 19th-century farmhouse. It was located toward the end of one of the innumerable peninsulas that spike out from Maine’s central coast. The nearly 4,000-square-foot Colonial had a large main section and two enormous wing additions.The first whiff we got that there would be issues was when the owner warned us about a rotten spot in the floorboards. “Careful with this spot,” she said, “Your foot will go right through.” A harbinger of things to come.The foundation was of double brick and rubble construction, with the brick wall above grade. The double brick wall was a two-wall construction method, with the exterior wall being the load-bearing wall, and an insulating 2-inch dead air space sandwiched between the two. The interior brick wall was collapsed and crumpling in many places. So much for the insulating dead air space.The floor was wet sand with many pools of standing water, stretching into crawl spaces beneath the additions.The windows and doors were almost all original to the building, and loose would be an understatement. They were lovely, wood-framed, single-pane windows with sash weights, and the frames were so badly out of square that I could often see outside around the frames.The walls were balloon-framed, finished on the interior with old horsehair plaster and lath, and finished on the exterior with ancient clapboards coated thick with white lead paint.The main house and two additions had distinct but connected attics. Each one was filled with various keepsakes nearly to the rafters. All told, a picturesque, full, New England classic needing some TLC. The attic was open to the interiorThe attic was in three sections: one each over the main house and two additions. Just about everything in the attic was open: the top of the exterior walls, the interior walls, the walk-up stairways … all were wide open. Oh, and the attic was uninsulated.With older buildings, we often talk about insulating along the roof rafters. Air sealing along the flat attic floor can be difficult in older houses for a variety of reasons (settling of the foundation, access, extent of necessary air sealing). In this case, each of the three sections of the attic had widow’s peaks. It made air sealing the roof slope a much more difficult proposition, as you’d need to tackle the widow’s peaks with their windows on all four sides. Can we insulate the basement walls?Our initial thought was to install spray foam on the basement walls, but this would prove difficult. A civil engineer with MSHA examined the foundation and determined it wasn’t structurally sound enough to receive spray foam. (The load-bearing wall was OK, but the interior facade was crumbling in several places).We briefly discussed installing netting and dense-packed cellulose in the basement ceiling. However, the moisture from the sandy floor and the standing water would have made a cellulose approach deeply problematic. The blower-door testThe blower door test came after the physical review and infrared scan of the house. After setting up, we fired the blower door up and witnessed air flying in from everywhere. The blower door read nearly 13,000 cfm50 at -12 Pa. The blower door was moving several thousand cubic feet of air per minute and barely depressurizing the building.When a blower door cannot depressurize to a full -50 Pa, the manometer will extrapolate what the air leakage would be at -50 Pa. This is notoriously inaccurate, but suffice to say this was an extraordinarily leaky building enclosure.Basically, every solid surface with the potential to leak air was doing so. Air was rushing in around doors, around windows, through the wall framing… Like I said, basically everywhere. There was a huge amount of air sealing needed. BLOGS BY ERIC NORTH Energy Audits in New EnglandThe Worst House I Ever Audited Was Built in 2008What is Thermal Bridging?Is R-Value Dead as a Dodo?Blower Doors Have Become EssentialMajor Thermal BypassesFlash and Batt InsulationExterior Insulation Is Like Like A Sweater For Your House Can we insulate the above-grade walls?The walls of the house were balloon-framed, clad with clapboard. The cedar clapboard was original to the building, having been installed in the mid 19th century. At some point since installation, the exterior was coated with lead paint. The interior had a very thick plaster finish. So how do you insulate these uninsulated walls?Not easily. Finished wall cavities in older homes are usually insulated by drilling holes and pumping in some type of insulation. Without ruining the older siding or blasting lead paint dust everywhere — either stripping off a course of siding or drilling right through the siding — the work couldn’t be done from the outside.An added wrinkle was that this house was in the county historical register. Any major alteration of the exterior was off the table. Even drilling through the siding, plugging, and re-painting would have required approval.The other possibility would be insulating from the interior. That would mean drilling holes to blow cellulose through 1- or 2-inch thick horsehair plaster. This is not easy or pretty. Old plaster is like rock and just as hard to drill. Also, once the insulation work is completed, it’s notoriously hard to hide or finish the drill holes. Contractors sometimes opt for a horizontal wood trim over trying to match the original plaster. Erik North, the owner of Free Energy Maine, is an energy auditor and home performance specialist in Westbrook, Maine. He is also the author of the Energy Auditing Blog. I conducted my first paid energy auditing gig a few months after I’d completed the Maine State Housing’s Auditor certification program. It was a two-week program — one week of class work and one week of field training. That’s just enough learning to make you dangerous (and I’m only being a little facetious; uninformed auditor recommendations can have dire consequences).I had done three practice audits on the homes of friends and family and observed three others. However, this was the first paying audit largely on my own.I say “largely” because the audit was through MSHA’s low income weatherization program, and one of their representatives would be there with me. A little background: the low income weatherization program insulates and weatherizes homes of folks who qualify for heating assistance. MSHA evaluates the houses and tackles the “worst” ones using highest BTUs per square foot per heating degree day as criteria. Then they apply their limited budget to insulating and weatherizing the building. The energy retrofit workHere’s where things get a bit disappointing. Maine State Housing’s low income weatherization program has a set amount to spend per house; the limit was around $7,000 in 2008. They can spend more, but would need to pull money away from another project down the road.It was determined that the house needed between $20,000 and $25,000 worth of work. MSHA can’t afford to commit three houses’ worth of efficiency work on one project, so they were forced to move on.It was an illuminating experience, and one I’ve seen repeated in subsequent years. It also showed the limits of what was being done through public programs and the private sector. The house had been passed from owner to owner until it had developed problems too severe to easily fix. It needed thousands of dollars of weatherization work, as well as tens of thousands (possibly hundreds of thousands) of dollars of structural work. It was a beautiful old house that had fallen through the cracks. Unless some enterprising homeowner with cash to spare invested significantly, neither the market nor the available programs offered a future for this grand old home. Eventually this program moved under the umbrella of the Community Action Program (CAP) agencies in the local counties. At the time, auditors evaluated the house and independent contractors bid on the work.The bit that probably got glossed over just now was the part about “the worst homes” in Maine. That’s a bit unfair, perhaps, but uniformly they were terribly inefficient homes, as we would see.last_img read more

London Olympics: Abhinav Bindra gets ‘mad’ with training

first_imgFor Abhinav Bindra, training is not about studying the strategies of his rival shooters but about challenging himself to improve each time he is at the range. “If you can shoot perfectly when no one is around, if you can challenge yourself to the limit and succeed, there is nothing that can hold you back,” he explains.Bindra’s preparations for the 2008 Beijing Olympics startled most psychologists. He once bought yak’s milk from China, believing it could enhance concentration, which it did not.He spent 20 days experimenting with a single pair of shooting shoes before concluding that the sole on one needed to be 1mm thicker. He seeks perfection.To prepare himself mentally for the London Games, he went skydiving a couple of weeks ago from approximately 20,000 feet. He slept amidst red ants a year ago, just to see how long he could hold on. “He is getting mad again,” says his coach Heinz Reinkemeier. ‘Mad’ refers to Bindra’s obsessive nature.Reinkemeier was to join Bindra in London but could not as he is chief coach of the Dutch shooting team. “Abhi is getting into the groove again. After winning gold in Beijing, he perhaps lost his way a bit. But the focus is back now. He is back doing the weird things,” he says.It is not surprising when you consider the tiny margin for error. One bad shot and four years of preparation will amount to nothing.”When you are shooting, you are too focused on your job,” says Bindra. “At the end of the day, you have to see that your best is better than that of others.”advertisementIs he satisfied with his preparation for the Olympics? “Well, one is always striving to do better,” he says. “I was world champion and Olympic champion, but I always try to better my own performance.I don’t like to think about what’s going to happen. Maybe that’s how others prepare. When I go to sleep, I need to be happy with the effort I have put in. I am sleeping peacefully. I am happy.”last_img read more

Serena Williams withdraws from Rome with injured knee

first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Serena Williams, of the United States, gestures as she meets the journalists after winning her match against Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Monday, May, 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)ROME — Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Italian Open ahead of her second-round match against sister Venus due to an old left knee injury.Tournament organizers made the announcement on Tuesday, a day after Serena opened her clay-court season with a straight-sets win over Swedish qualifier Rebecca Peterson.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s the third straight tournament the 37-year-old Serena has exited from due to physical problems.She retired due to a viral illness during her third-round match against Garbine Muguruza in Indian Wells, California, and withdrew with a left knee injury before her third-round match at the Miami Open in March.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAs a result of this latest withdrawal, Venus advances into the third round via a walkover.It wasn’t immediately clear if Serena would recover in time to play the French Open, which starts in less than two weeks. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cherry Rondina vows to make all the support worth it as Tigresses take a shot at UAAP crownlast_img read more

How Do March Madness Bracket Pools Work?

first_imgWith the majority of the United States’ population set to partake in an NCAA Tournament bracket pool or two, we thought we’d give a quick rundown on how these pools work, for those unfamiliar with the concept. An NCAA Tournament bracket pool is a collection of people who are attempting to predict how the tourney will unfold, and, based on the scoring system, one man or woman will emerge as the victor of their respective pool when the tournament concludes.       IG/bmikolajekIG/bmikolajekTo start, you need to enter a pool. If you weren’t invited into one by someone else, you can enter one of the hundreds of public pools open on ESPN, CBS, or Yahoo. Next, you need to fill out your bracket, which is set to be released Sunday night on CBS. There are 67 games to pick – the four First Four games, the 32 Second Round games, the 16 Third Round games, the eight Sweet 16 games, the four Elite Eight games, the two Final Four games and the national championship game. The scoring of the bracket pools can vary depending on what platform you’re using, but, basically, you get a certain amount of points per each contest that you pick correctly. Typically, the amount of points you receive per win increases by round, so correctly picking the national champion will be worth far more points than correctly picking the winner of a Second Round game. If two or more brackets have totaled the same number of points at the end of the NCAA Tournament, there are tiebreakers. Usually, you’ll have to predict the score of the national title game, and the person with the closest score wins the tiebreaker. Now that you’ve got the NCAA Tournament bracket pools down, go out and win yourself some pools!last_img read more

Florida Releases Official Depth Chart For Opening Contest

first_imgFlorida Gators depth chart for opening day.Florida Gators PlaylistThe Florida Gators take on New Mexico State this Saturday, and of course, fans want to know which quarterback – Will Grier or Treon Harris – will be starting under center. They’re going to have to wait until the game actually kicks off. Monday, Florida released its official depth chart, and both quarterbacks were listed. It specifically reads “Will Grier or Treon Harris.”#Gators depth chart for Week 1 vs. @NMStateFootball: pic.twitter.com/fagneeqMB1— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) August 31, 2015#Gators release official depth chart. pic.twitter.com/N8ZB2abf4E— Nick de la Torre (@NickdelaTorreGC) August 31, 2015It was already known that both Grier and Harris would be playing in the season opener. It’ll be interesting to see which player gets more snaps – and – which player performs better.last_img read more