Those names – think Cam Murray, Tyrell Fuimaono, Braidon Burns and Siosifa Talakai – will be better for the run and provide competition to established players.The big question is at No.9 given new coach Anthony Seibold’s preference for an 80-minute hooker while Cody Walker should flourish in the security of the No.6 jersey given Inglis’s return at the back.Left centre and wing are wide open with Fuimaono, Burns, Hymel Hunt, Robert Jennings, Jacob Gagan, Campbell Graham, Adam Doueihi and Richard Kennar just some of the candidates pushing for spots on that edge.NRL.com expert Jamie Soward says:”Rob Jennings might get a spot on the wing for Braidon Burns. They never got that right winger quite right this year, they kept chopping and changing. Fuimaono is probably a back-rower but he seemed to find a spot in the centres.”Damien Cook is under a lot of pressure to play 80 minutes and keep that quality. I don’t know if it was right last year, I don’t know if it was wrong either but they played two hookers at times. Cook is so fast and plays 13 for 10 or 15 minutes and really changed the tempo of the game.”Souths were at their best when Issac Luke was playing 80 minutes and bringing the forwards onto the ball. Cook does that. He’s still learning the game, he’s still relatively young in terms of his first-grade career. I think Cook probably has the edge at the moment being a bit younger but he’s going to have Farah breathing down his neck all year.”Their back line will all depend on how Greg Inglis is. You might find he goes to centres, Fuimaono to back row and push Sutton or even Crichton back to the bench given what’s happened (with Crichton signing for Roosters). Gagai or even Alex Johnston would have to go to fullback.”NRL.com’s predicted Round 1 team:1 Greg Inglis, 2 Alex Johnston, 3 Tyrell Fuimaono, 4 Dane Gagai, 5 Braidon Burns, 6 Cody Walker, 7 Adam Reynolds, 8 Thomas Burgess, 9 Damien Cook, 10 Zane Musgrove, 11 John Sutton, 12 Angus Crichton, 13 Sam Burgess. Interchange: 14 Cameron Murray, 15 Kyle Turner, 16 Jason Clark, 17 George Burgess. Reserves: 18 Robbie Farah, 19 Mark Nicholls, 20 Siosifa Talakai, 21 Robert Jennings.
Netherlands’ striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is widely regarded as one of Europe’s finest, but the Schalke 04 man seemed to leave his shooting boots at home when facing Mexico.Presented with a gift of a chance from all of two yards out, Huntelaar had an open goal to poke into, but conspired to fluff his lines to the amazement of everyone. It proved to be a costly miss as the Dutch eventually lost 3-2 to their North American opponents.It may not be the worst miss in history, but it’s pretty shocking.
Ruben Semedo (right) battles for Sporting Lisbon 1 Villarreal have joined Everton, Newcastle and Southampton in the race for Sporting Lisbon defender Ruben Semedo.The 23-year-old is expected to be sold for around £15m this summer after earning rave reviews in Portugal.Newcastle are particularly keen on the centre-back, but he is also a target for fellow Premier League clubs Everton and Southampton.However, according to Spanish newspaper AS, Villarreal have waded into the transfer battle to try and make a deal happen.The La Liga club have been watching Semedo since January and they are now ready to make their move.Villarreal are in desperate need of a new centre-back after Mateo Musacchio agreed to join AC Milan and Semedo has been identified as their preferred replacement.
THE 4 LANTERNS Ulster Senior League table has an ominous look already.With the halfway mark in the season reached on Sunday, Cockhill Celtic got back to winning ways to open up a nine-point lead and move their title defence into a position of real strength.Gerard McLaughlin’s match winner against Letterkenny Rovers, after Paul Boyle’s early own goal was cancelled out by a Darren McElwaine penalty, puts daylight between Gavin Cullen’s team and their rivals. “It’s a fantastic cushion,” Cullen acknowledged.“There is a lot of football to be played. That’s exactly half-way today. We won’t be counting our chickens. We still have a few men out, but we’ll get stronger and we’ll push on.“This group is phenomenal. They’ve been brilliant over the years. There’s never any bother motivating them.”Cockhill began as if affronted by the defeat to Swilly Rovers a week earlier, when they suffered a shock 3-2 home loss that was their first defeat in League football in a 72-game sequence going back to July 2012. Cullen said: “It feels like normality is back after last weekend. Our attitude wasn’t right last week, but it was spot-on today.“All week in training, you could see the hunger was there. I though today no-one was going to live with us today.”Rovers hopes had risen in the last week, but Eamon McConigley is not expecting the Inishowen men to loosen their grip.“It was always Cockhill’s to lose,” he said.“We had too many draws. A lot of the goals we’ve let in have been set pieces and mistakes. We have to learn and we are learning. Hopefully we can keep building. “We weren’t able to handle them physically. That was the difference in the game. Possession and play-wise we’d have pipped them, but they beat us every other way.“I’m unhappy because we lost, but I’m not unhappy with our display. They’re a young side and a young side had to learn. I’m trying to put a team together and we’re nearly there.”Cockhill boss hails ‘fantastic cushion’ as champions open up nine-point cushion was last modified: January 16th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Cockhill CelticGavin CullenLetterkenny Rovers
Runner Martin Murphy is searching for a Donegal man who helped him cross the finish line of the Dublin City Marathon to say “thank you”!The Westmeath man who runs for St Brigid’s AC in Castlepollard, was running his fourth Dublin marathon, when he hit the ‘wall’ at mile 20.He struggled on after that, but it was the helping hand of a stranger, Padraic Lenehan, that got him across the finish line. Martin revealed “Everything was going well. I was enjoying the race and the atmosphere on the day, but I was aiming for a time and I started off too fast. When I reached the 20-mile mark I hit the wall and the wheels came off the wagon,” Martin said.“I was struggling really badly. I had to walk from 20 miles because once you hit the wall you don’t come back from it. With 200 metres to go, everything locked up.“I could see the finish line but my legs and arms wouldn’t move and next thing, out of nowhere someone came along, put out his arm, and helped me across the finish line.“It was absolutely amazing. He was like an angel on the day. Only for him, I was out of it. I don’t know him and I didn’t have the chance to say thank you, so if anyone out there knows how I can get in touch with him I’d greatly appreciate it.” MARATHON MAN IN SEARCH OF DONEGAL RUNNER WHO HELPED HIM CROSS LINE was last modified: November 7th, 2014 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:donegalMarathonPauric Lenihanrunner
Oisin Crawford was the unlikely hero for Glenswilly, as they defeated Naomh Conaill to advance to the Donegal SFC final.Late points from Oisin Crawford and Eamon Ward deep into injury-time were enough to edge Glenswilly into their third Donegal SFC final in four years.Crawford was only on the field a matter of seconds when he pointed a wonderful long range score to edge Gary McDaid’s side back in-front.He replaced Ciaran Bonner who was black carded for a cynical foul on Dermot Molloy. Crawford showed great quality and composure to edge Glenswilly ahead deep in stoppage time after Dermot Molloy looked like he’d brought the game into extra-time when he levelled on sixty minutes.Naomh Conaill searched for an equalizer, but then lost possession and full-back Eamon Ward ensured Glenswilly’s passage to the final when he knocked over after being released by Gary McFadden.A goal opportunity was on for Ward but he sensibly took his point to send Glenswilly through.The game was played in atrocious weather conditions, with heavy rain and a strong wind affecting play for the entire match. In truth, despite the exciting finale, the game was littered with mistakes throughout, with handling seeming to be the biggest problem for both sides.Both teams set up defensively and it ultimately resulted in a dour game of football.Anthony Thompson got Naomh Conaill off to a flyer when he pointed over in the opening minute after good play for Dermot Molloy.Glenswilly then took a stranglehold of the game and scored three fine points from play, with Caolan Kelly, Michael Murphy and Brian Farrelly all registering scores.Naomh Conaill hit back with a great point from the impressive John O’Malley. However Paddy Campbell’s men then survived a major fright, good play from Farrelly and Murphy presented an opportunity for Gary McFadden, his shot was blocked but the ball fell perfectly for Ciaran Bonner.He had the simplest of tasks to tap in, but he blasted the ball and his effort sailed over the bar for a point when the goal was gaping.Dermot Molloy added a free for Glenties just before half-time to leave a point between the teams at the interval.Half-time Glenswilly 0-04 Naomh Conaill 0-03 Murphy registered Glenswilly’s first point of the second-half when he scored a fantastic free from out near the side-line.Molloy hit back for Naomh Conaill with a superbly executed effort shortly after, Gary McFadden and Dara Gallagher then exchanged frees.Another superb effort from Murphy edged Glenswilly two ahead, but a Molloy free and a great effort from Brendan McDyer levelled the game.Glenswilly went back in-front with a few minutes to go when Gary McFadden pointed from a free and that score looked like it would be a decisive one.Then Glenswilly had Caolan Kelly black-carded for a poor challenge on Leo McLoone.Naomh Conaill patiently worked the ball about the Glenswilly 45 before releasing Molloy who pointed superbly to level the match.It looked like the game was heading to extra-time, first Bonner was black-carded for a cynical challenge on Dermot Molloy.He was then replaced by super-sub Oisin Crawford he pointed a wonder-score shortly after his introduction which rattled Naomh Conaill.They desperately searched for an equalizer but they lost possession, and Glenswilly counter-attacked at pace, and it the game was sealed by rampaging full-back Eamon Ward.He knocked over to put two between them, and from the resultant kick-out referee Jimmy White blew his final whistle.Glenswilly now advance to the Donegal SFC final where they will face local neighbours and bitter rivals St Eunans.DONEGAL SFC SEMI-FINAL: CRAWFORD AND WARD THE UNLIKELY HEROES FOR GLENSWILLY was last modified: October 26th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Donegal SFCGAAglenswillyHome-page SportNaomh Conaillnews
Our expert’s point of viewHere’s how GBA technical director Peter Yost looks at it:Having investigated a number of SIP roof moisture problems, rule number one is to back up every panel joint that is foam-sealed with a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) tape. Over time, even the best of foam sealants can develop hairline cracks with repeated contraction and expansion. The flexible PSA tape maintains the air barrier should the joint sealant fail. And because of wintertime stack effect, even the smallest of cracks at the roof line lead to warm moist air leaking into the panel joint and condensing. So, all SIP joints need to be sealed and taped to be part of a longterm continuous air barrier system. The need for this is greatest in the roof system, typically, because it goes through the most dramatic temperature and expansion-contraction cycles.In this case, I am afraid that the roofing panels need to be removed so that all of the SIP joints can be taped. Leakage may be most pronounced at the ridge, but sooner or later, you will almost certainly be needing that flexible backup PSA tape at all panel joints. And yes, the SIP installer is liable here, to the extent that best practice is belt-and-suspenders at panel joints.Rule number two: check the building pressure balance with the HVAC running. You need to know whether the HVAC system is making matters worse.Rule number three: check to see if your HVAC system is both properly sized and has the climate-appropriate Sensible Heat Ratio (SHR). An oversized AC unit could be short-cycling and not accomplishing enough latent heat (moisture) removal, aiding and abetting condensation at your interior roof finish. And a unit with the proper SHR means the AC unit is designed to “favor” latent heat or moisture removal in hot-humid climates. An SHR no greater than 0.70 makes sense in Kentucky. Jeremy Ballard is living in a relatively new home built with structural insulated panels (SIPs), and he’s already spotted something that’s keeping him up at night. The weather in Kentucky is turning hot and humid, and with the humidity has come condensation on corrugated metal panels installed on the interior of the roof.“Our center ceiling beams are dripping wet throughout the day, causing small puddles on the floor,” Ballard writes in a post in the Q&A forum at GreenBuildingAdvisor. “The ceiling is hot to the touch at the very peak on either side of the center beam. I believe hot outside air is leaking in.”As he starts a round of calls to his builder, the SIP manufacturer, and the manufacturer that provided the frame, Ballard looks for recommendations on how the problem can be corrected. Seams between SIPs are not taped, either on the inside or the outside, and they’re now inaccessible. Other possible clues: the unvented metal roofing is installed over furring strips and a layer of “double bubble,” a foil-faced product sold as insulation.Another question faced by Ballard: Who’s responsible for making it right? Among the candidates are the general contractor for the house, the manufacturer of the SIPs, and possibly himself.“I couldn’t sleep last night thinking how this cost our family over $32,000 for the SIPs and the first summer [they] are failing,” Ballard says.That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. Suspect seals at the ridgeBallard can add some visual evidence that air leaks at the ridge are behind the problem. He provides a photo taken during construction showing a gap of at least an inch between SIPs at the ridge, with a bit of gasket material showing (see Image #2, below).“I was ignorant during construction, but realized this was not right,” he says. “I sent the picture to the manufacturer a year ago when it occurred and the response was that my concerns were not valid. I poorly chose to rely on the professional opinion. However, the evidence now is that my concerns are valid.”Ballard doesn’t quibble with any of the comments that have been posted, but the real question is how to fix it. He thinks a possible solution is to seal the entire ridge from the inside and “basically build the ceiling down below some sort of added seal and barrier.”Following that, he adds, the ridge should come off and the seam sealed from that side as well.“I have no idea what could seal it, but I wouldn’t be opposed to a solution of adding up to a couple of inches to the inside if it assured a bullet-proof seal,” he says.Start at the ridge, says GBA senior editor Martin Holladay, by removing the ridge flashing. “If the removal of the ridge flashing exposes enough of the SIPs on both sides of the ridge to install SIP tape,” Hollladay says, “then the fix would involve spraying the gap between the SIPs with spray foam; trimming the foam after it cures; and then installing SIP tape that is wide enough to stretch from the SIP on one side of the roof, over the ridge, and onto the SIP on the other side of the roof.”If removing the ridge flashing does not expose enough of the SIPs to do this work, the builder will have to remove enough of the roofing screws to lift or remove the roofing panels, “as needed to gain access to the ridge area.”And while this work is underway, Ballard might think about hiring a home performance contractor to find out why the house is depressurized in relation to the outside, a condition which is encouraging the influx of warm, moist air. The builder might be able to expose enough of the roof to correct the leaks by removing the ridge cap, but that prospect seems unlikely because in an unvented roof the metal roofing would extend very close to the ridge. “But perhaps,” he adds, “the ridge cap is large enough to allow some wiggle room up there.”He also suggests that a home performance contractor equipped with a blower door and an infrared camera might be able to identify other air leaks in the house. A good home performance contractor might also help determine whether the HVAC system is depressurizing the house and contributing to the problem.Exposing the ridge might also reveal the “other side of this coin,” writes Andy Chappell-Dick: “warm, moist air leaking out in the winter.”Everyone in the SIP business, from manufacturer to installer, knows the importance of a “belt-and-suspenders” approach to air sealing, he adds. “Due to the high pressures of winter stack effect, the most critical interior joint to seal is the peak, that one that is now inaccessible,” Chappell-Dick says. Yes, air leaks are the culpritDavid Meiland has no doubt the problem is a leaky roof assembly. “As you allude to, the issue is probably air leakage and the solution is to seal the joints where air is leaking in,” he writes.If the builder responds to Ballard’s requests for help, Meiland adds, he will probably want to correct the problem from inside the house by caulking the seam on either side of the ridge beam. But the real solution is elsewhere: on the outside of the house, where the seams between adjoining SIPs should be sealed with tape. Structural Insulated Panels RELATED ARTICLES CONSTRUCTION DETAILS And who’s responsible for this mess?There seems to be some consensus on how to fix the problem (tackle it from the outside, not the inside), but now it gets a little sticky. Who is legally responsible for the repairs?Ballard had a general contractor/builder for the house, but he hired a SIP installation crew under a separate contract. To be precise, he says, he paid the SIP manufacturer, paid their installation crew, and then paid his GC to come in and finish the roof with flashing and trim. “In my mind,” he says, “the SIP install contractor is the person I need to be talking to.”That makes you the GC for the SIPs, says Holladay, adding, “It’s up to you to pursue the problem with the crew that you paid.”Stephen Sheehy, who practiced construction law, suggests that Ballard invite both the general contractor and the SIP contractor to the house for a chat.“Otherwise, it is highly likely that the SIP contractor will blame the GC and the GC will blame the SIP contractor,” he writes. “You need to emphasize that they have a problem and you need it fixed by either or both of them. I’d copy my lawyer on any correspondence.“One lesson you’ve learned the hard way is that there is significant risk in carving out a part of the construction of the building envelope and hiring a sub yourself,” Sheehy continues. “While the SIP installer may very well have screwed up, maybe the GC made matters worse. Maybe the GC should have noticed the problem before the roofing went on. But does the GC have an obligation to inspect work by subs hired directly by you? Probably not.” Green Basics: Structural Insulated PanelsHow to Protect Structural Insulated Panels from Decay Air-Sealing SIP Seams Q&A: How to Protect Structural Insulated Panels from DecayQ&A: SIPs RidgingStay Away from Foil-Faced Bubble Wrap
New York electric utility Con Edison is using a mix of efficiency programs, neighborhood solar, and other non-traditional approaches to relieve looming power shortages in parts of New York City and to avoid spending $1.2 billion on a new substation. According to an article posted at Inside Climate News, ConEd realized two years ago that parts of two New York City boroughs, Brooklyn and Queens, would be demanding more electricity than the current grid could provide within a few years. The problem would be particularly acute on hot summer days, when air conditioning in the city is running at full tilt.Typically, the answer would be to build a new substation, but the $1.2 billion price tag helped convince ConEd to look for a different solution. ConEd asked for suggestions and to date has received more than 80, which have been bundled into the Brooklyn/Queens Demand Management program, or BQDM. It employs a mix of efficiency and conservation measures as well as distributed power sources such as fuel cells and small-scale solar to meet 52 megawatts of an expected shortfall of 69 megawatts of electricity in 2018, the website reported. The rest of the power, 17 MW, would come from traditional utility infrastructure projects.The cost? About $200 million, less than 20% of what ConEd would have spent on a new substation.“This could be a harbinger of similar types of pilots that could happen elsewhere,” Omar Siddiqui, a senior technical executive at the utility funded nonprofit Electric Power Research Institute, told Inside Climate News. “Other utilities are certainly paying attention to what’s happening here.”New York energy chief Richard Kauffman said that ConEd’s plan is something that could be replicated all over the country. “It’s not only an evolution of processes, thinking, and culture,” he said, “it’s also a gradual change in business models, evolving away from ‘programs’ to these activities being integral to the business itself.”Some details are still being worked out, such as how new sources of electricity and conservation can be integrated with its existing grid, and how commercial and residential consumers can buy or sell electricity, the website said.The ConEd service area covered by the plan includes about 310,000 customers, including 29,000 public housing apartments. Renters are the norm, the report said, and they are one of the “hardest markets to crack with incentives for energy efficiency.”
A court on Monday posted for May 22 the hearing in the case of the juvenile accused in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua. Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) A.S. Langeh fixed the hearing for May 22. Earlier on April 25, the juvenile presented himself before the court amid heavy security. CJM Langeh had then asked the juvenile whether he had received copies of the charge sheet from the crime branch, to which he replied in the affirmative. The CJM court had dismissed the bail plea of the accused juvenile. The counsel for the accused had moved the court for his bail soon after the crime branch had filed its chargesheet against him and seven others allegedly involved in the rape and murder case. The juvenile accused had sought bail on the grounds of his age. The Supreme Court is likely to hear on Monday the Kathua gang rape-and-murder case along with the petitions seeking shifting of the trial to Chandigarh and handing over the investigation to the CBI. According to the Crime Branch charge sheet, the juvenile had allegedly played a key role in the crime. A sub-inspector and a head constable too have been apprehended on charges of destroying crucial evidence in the case to save the culprits. The body of the girl was recovered from a forest on January 17, a week after she had gone missing in the forest area. The Jammu and Kashmir government had handed over the case to the crime branch, which had formed a special investigation team to probe the rape-cum-murder. The crime branch subsequently filed two separate charge sheets in the case, one against the seven adult accused on April 9 and the second against the juvenile accused on April 10.
India’s London Olympic medallists met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at his residence in the national capital on Friday. The medallists – wrestler Sushil Kumar, shooter Vijay Kumar (both silver medallists), boxer M.C. Mary Kom, shuttler Saina Nehwal, wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and shooter Gagan Narang (bronze medallists) – also met United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi at her residence. Both, the prime minister and the UPA chairperson congratulated the super six Olympians for doing the nation proud at the sports’ biggest carnival. The prime ministers meeting with the medallists was a brief one when he returned home after attending a stormy session in Parliament. The medal winners were also accompanied by other members of the Indian Olympic contingent, including some archers, hockey players and team officials. Later in the day, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) also felicitated the medallists and conferred cash award of Rs 15 lakh each to silver medallists and Rs 10 lakh each to the bronze medallists. Earlier, saluting the medal winning heroics of the Olympic medallists, the Union sports ministry had on Thursday organised a gala ceremony in the city to hand them out their victory cheques. Sports Minister Ajay Maken had handed cheques of Rs 30 lakh each to the silver medallists Rs 20 lakh each to the bronze medallists.