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Donegal schools get the Green Flag of approval

first_imgSchools from all over Donegal descended on the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny for the annual Donegal Green Schools Awards.A large gathering of pupils and teachers were welcomed by Green Schools Manager, Cathy Baxter, in what was a great day of celebration.Scoil Cholmcille Letterkenny, in particular, were there to be awarded with their 10th Green Flag which is a fantastic achievement marking over 20 years in the Green Schools programme. The Green Schools programme in Ireland is in its 22nd year with 94% of schools participating. Ireland has the highest percentage of awarded flags out of all the participating countries in the world and is seen as an example of best practise by lots of the other countries.In Donegal, there are 195 schools registered with the programme with 164 Green Flags proudly flying. Donegal schools were some of the first schools to get involved in the Green Schools programme when it started 22 years ago, and it is still going strong. Donegal County Council play a very important role in the implementation of the programme within the County.Speaking at the ceremony, Suzanne Bogan, Waste Awareness Officer, Donegal County Council said Donegal County Council is committed to the Green Schools programme.Suzanne Bogan, Waste Awareness Officer, Donegal County Council addressing the large crowd at the 2019 Green School Awards.She said “The benefits are tremendous not only are we educating our pupils for the future but the positive environmental impacts each school is making cannot be underestimated”. Green-Schools (known internationally as Eco-Schools) is an environmental education programme and awards scheme developed by FEE (the Foundation for Environmental Education) and co-ordinated in Ireland by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce- The National Trust for Ireland.Schools receiving their Green Flag were recognised under the following themes –EnergyCrana College – Crana Road – BuncranaDrumfad N.S – Kerrykeel – LetterkennyMoyle N.S. – NewtowncunninghamS.N Glasáin – Creeslough – LetterkennyScoil Cholmcille Drumaweir – GreencastleScoil Naomh Duigh – Anagaire – Leitir Ceanainn – LetterkennyWaterScoil Cholmcille Naofa – Tory Island – DerrybegScoil Naomh Padraig – Drumfries – ClonmanySt Davaddog’s N.S – Tamney – FanadSt. Conal’s N.S – Narin / Portnoo BiodiversityDonagh N.S – Churchtown – CarndonaghGartan N.S – Churchill – LetterkennyKerrykeel N.S – Kerrykeel – LetterkennyS.N. Taobhóige – An Clochán – LeifearScoil an Aingil Choimheadai – Keadue – Burtonport – LetterkennyScoil an Linbh Iosa – Coxtown – Carrigans – LiffordScoil Bhríde – Townparks – Convoy – LiffordScoil Chrannóg Bhuí – Crannóg Bhuí – Loughros Point – ArdaraScoil Colmcille Kilmacrennan – LetterkennyScoil Mhuire – Dristernan – Gleneely – InishowenSt. Eunan’s N.S – LagheySt. Riaghan’s N.S – Drimnacrosh – Kilraine – GlentiesGlobal Citizenship Litter and WasteErrigal College – Windyhall – LetterkennyFaugher N.S – Faugher – Portnablagh – DunfanaghyHoly Trinity N.S – Horn Head Road – DunfanaghyMurroeN.S – Murroe – DunfanaghyScoil an Linbh Iosa – Killymard – Donegal TownScoil Chartha Naofa – Keenaghan – KilcarScoil Naomh Brid – DowningsSt. Colmcille’s N.S – Drumman – Ballyare – RameltonSt. Mary’s N.S – Ballygorman – Carnmalin – Malin HeadSt. Patrick’s N.S– Lurgybrack – Letterkenny Global Citizenship EnergyGleneely N.S – Crossroads – Killygordon – LiffordLittle Angels School – Knocknamona – LetterkennyScoil Cholmcille Ballymena – Glengad – MalinSt. Columb’s N.S – Main St – MovilleSt. Finian’s N.S – Carrowcannon – FalcarraghGlobal Citizenship MarineFintra N.S – Fintra – KillybegsScoil Cholmcille Convent Road – LetterkennyScoil Mhuire – Main St – StranorlarScoil Mhuire Gan Smal – Sentry Hill – LetterkennyScoil na Croise Naofa – Figart – DunfanaghySt. Baithin’s National School – St. Johnston – LiffordDonegal schools get the Green Flag of approval was last modified: May 23rd, 2019 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:awardsdonegalGreen Flaglast_img read more

Raiders at the quarter turn: Five things to watch

first_imgALAMEDA — The Raiders enter the second quarter of the season at 1-3 after beating the Cleveland Browns, a record which has earned plenty of potshots. Some deserved, some not deserved.Here are five first-quarter storylines and what you might expect going forward as the Raiders visit the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday:1) Mack, Mack, Mack, Mack . . . Coach Jon Gruden said the trade which sent one of the NFL’s premiere defenders to the Chicago Bears would be debated “until the cows come home.” And …last_img read more

A Myth About Low-Static Ducted Minisplits

first_imgI like minisplit heat pumps, especially of the ducted variety. And because I don’t like to pay for a lot of excess power, I prefer to use ducted mini-splits with smaller blower motors operating at a low total external static pressure. The Mitsubishi units we have in our office and that I have in my home now are rated by the manufacturer to operate at a static pressure of 0.2 inches of water column (i.w.c.) or less.Now, that’s a pretty low static pressure to work with. A typical conventional heat pump or air conditioner is rated by the manufacturer to work at a static pressure of about 0.25 i.w.c. and 0.5 i.w.c. when paired with a furnace. Actual duct systems usually exceed that number, and the manufacturers have built in extra blower capacity to handle higher static pressure because they know that’s what happens in the field.Using an air handler with a smaller motor, however, means you have to be careful with your duct design and not squander that pressure. But there’s a little myth that’s taken root among people who have some familiarity with ducted mini-splits but haven’t worked through the technical details.The myth is this: You have to keep the ducts short when you use a low-static ducted mini-split.A ducted mini-split system with a short duct system.The diagram above shows one that most people would look at and say, “Yeah, that’s a pretty short duct system. That’ll probably work just fine with a low-static unit.” And as a matter of fact, this duct system does work. It works really well.  I know because it’s in our office here at Energy Vanguard. We designed it and PV Heating & Air, a local company that does great HVAC work, installed it.The air handler we used was the Mitsubishi SEZ-KD12, rated for a maximum of 0.2 i.w.c. When I measured the pressure, I found that we’re running at about half of the maximum when the air flow is at its maximum (photo below).The total external static pressure across our low-static ducted mini-split is less than half of the maximum.If you look at the duct diagram of our office, you’ll notice a focus on the transitions and the big radius elbow. Getting those things right helps tremendously. Below is a photo of that big elbow on the return side.Big radius turn on a low-static pressure ducted mini-split.The key here wasn’t the total length of the duct system. The two things we did to make this system work so well were:Make the ducts larger in cross-sectional areaUse fittings that are better for air flow (lower pressure drop)Let me emphasize this point:The actual length of the ductwork doesn’t matter as long as we keep the static pressure low.Yes, the actual length does come into play because the total pressure drop increases with longer ducts. But you may recall from my duct design series that the fittings (elbows, takeoffs, boots, etc.) have a much bigger effect on the pressure drop (as measured by total effective length) than the straight runs of duct.Also, the pressure drop in both the straight sections and the fittings decreases when you keep the velocity of the air in the ducts low. And that’s what embiggening the ducts does for you. (What do you mean “Embiggen” isn’t a word!? It’s a perfectly cromulent word. Get outta here!)Anyway, bigger ducts and better fittings reduce velocity and pressure drops, allowing more overall ductwork than you might imagine for a low-static ducted mini-split.Here’s a shot of one of the returns for one of the low-static ducted units in my house. Again, we have a big radius turn there to reduce turbulence and keep the air flow rate high and the velocity low.Keep the static pressure down by using good fittings, like this radius turn, and larger ducts.If you look back at the lead photo at the top of this article, you’ll see quite a lot of ductwork in that design. That’s the other low-static unit in my attic. If you believe the myth of short ducts, you might look at it and think, “That’ll never work.”But you’d be wrong. It works really well. In fact, it’s a perfectly cromulent duct design!–Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.Full disclosure: Mitsubishi is an advertiser in the Energy Vanguard Blog and gave us a really good deal on the equipment in the Energy Vanguard office and my home. PV Heating & Air gave us a discount on the installation.last_img read more

Silicon Valley Episode 6 Recap: “Third Party Insourcing”

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… HBO’s Silicon Valley returned this week with its sixth episode, continuing to peel back the layers of California’s tech bubble and proving everything in the valley isn’t as shiny as it may seem. “Third Party Insourcing” shows us that newer and younger may not always be better—Richard (Thomas Middleditch) and the Pied Piper team enable the help of a surly teen hacker and Jared is taken hostage by a driverless car.The episode opens up with Richard back in his doctor’s office, telling his physician that while he had learned programming language Ruby On Rails over a weekend as a teenager, the Pied Piper lead was just unable to handle programming his product for the cloud. His doctor says that Richard looks as if he’s aged 40 years in the past seven weeks—the amount of time since preparing for his app’s debut at startup competition TechCrunch Disrupt.Jared, Erlich, and Dinesh beg Richard to employ help in front of their packed Scrum board. With one week left until Disrupt, the team is clearly antsy to get Pied Piper up and polished. Back at the incubator, Jared (Zach Woods), Erlich (T.J. Miller), and Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani) beg Richard to hire a hacker to help with cloud architecture, using their packed Scrum board as evidence that they needed to get as many jobs from “Ice Box” to “Completed” as soon as possible. The team suggests “The Carver” (Austin Abrams), a hacker notorious for taking down Bank of America.A chair angrily plunged into a “Making The World A Better Place” poster. The Pied Piper team head to a building to enlist the help of “The Carver.” Upon arrival, the crew sees what used to be a startup’s headquarters being broken down—computer monitors being carried into boxes, desks being unassembled. It is a glaring example to the team of the frailty and turnover cycle of fresh startups.Signs of a failed startup—empty coffee cups and energy drinks just strewn across the room. Richard, Jared, Erlich, and Dinesh walk through the floors, wide-eyed and somber like civilians witnessing the aftermath of the apocalypse. There’s a chair puncturing the wall, right over a poster exclaiming “Making The World A Better Place”. Conference rooms are littered with empty coffee cups and energy drinks.Kevin “The Carver” judging the Pied Piper team relentlessly. “Six months ago, these guys had 35 million in Series B financing. Now, The Carver’s here doing teardown,” Jared remarks.The team sees The Carver huddled over three large monitors, pushing out code. When the prominent hacker turns around and faces the group, we learn that he is Kevin, a bratty high schooler who immediately jumps into sarcastic quips about Richard’s age.“I thought you’d be younger,” Kevin says, “What are you, 25?”“26,” Richard replies.“Yikes.”Silicon Valley’s youthful tech bubble is not a new concept, with attractive 20- to 30-year-olds ruling the roost at startups and beyond. This episode plays on the very real trend of children being indoctrinated into code, and tech companies’ search for nubile programming talent.Kevin’s age is apparent despite his experience in engineering, as Erlich uses a blowjob joke to negotiate a deal—$20,000 for two days aiding the Pied Piper team.The men of Pied Piper: Richard in a button up and hoodie, Dinesh in a striped polo, Erlich in a red Atari t-shirt, and Jared in a button up underneath a sweater. By this sixth episode, we see the characters solidify their distinct style of dress for their roles. Richard continues his channeling of Zuckerberg in button-ups, hoodies, and corduroys. Dinesh wears a striped green and purple hoodie, while Jared sticks to his blazers and button-ups under sweaters.Erlich in his CSS3 shirt. Erlich wears a bright red Atari shirt with a full beard for a portion of the episode, only to change into a CSS3 shirt for the remainder, capturing geek chic with his novelty t-shirts.Kevin tries to help the Pied Piper team with their cloud architecture. He wears a colorfully striped hoodie, an open button up, and a t-shirt. In juxtaposition, Kevin’s colorfully striped hoodies over open button ups and t-shirts evokes a more childlike aura. “The Carver” is already eliciting markers of the “programmer” look but with a teenage twist in bright colors and graphics. He is much like a mini version of Richard—truly a kid coder.Jared wears a dark grey blazer, light grey sweater, and a button up. Monica wears a dark turquoise sweater, grey skirt, and a simple gold necklace. Monica (Amanda Crew) returns briefly this episode to meet with Jared and offer him a ride back to Erlich’s home in Palo Alto. She is dressed in a dark turquoise sweater, light grey pencil skirt, and delicate gold accessories, once again demonstrating her power and business savvy as Peter Gregory’s assistant through her stylish and put-together outfits.Monica helping out one of Peter Gregory’s assistants while on the phone with Jared. This episode fails the Bechdel test yet again: There’s not a single scene where two women talk to each other. Gilfoyle’s girlfriend Tara (Milana Vayntrub) interacts solely with the men at the Pied Piper house, and another nameless woman from Peter Gregory’s company is introduced by Monica as an assistant who made a mistake. Monica and the assistant never talk, mind you, as she explains the woman’s mistake to Jared on the phone.Jared happily embarks on his journey in a driverless car. When Jared suggests going back by Lyft, Monica insists that one of Peter Gregory’s cars take him back. Jared agrees, and is met by a black driverless car. Excited and chuckling, the new Pied Piper member is shuttled off to Palo Alto.The driverless car makes an unexpected change in route to Peter Gregory’s island, Arallon. Unfortunately, the fun ride comes abruptly to a stop as the car arbitrary changes direction to Arallon—Peter Gregory’s high-tech island hidden far in the middle of an ocean—4,000 miles away. Unable to reroute the driverless car after multiple sad pleas, Jared is taken to a port and driven into a crate which is then immediately locked up.Jared is taken hostage by the driverless car, which takes him into a crate and eventually onto a ship. The crate is picked up and delivered onto a giant cargo ship—Jared, in a car, in a crate, on a ship, is sailing away to Peter Gregory’s island.Richard begins working with Kevin on Pied Piper’s cloud architecture. Dealing with Kevin’s difficult attitude, Richard continues to reveal vulnerability and asks the hacker to help him with the app’s data replication. After heading to the store and returning with snacks, Richard finds Kevin under the table, sobbing and terrified, and learns that Kevin had mistakenly overwritten the data scheme.Kevin admits that he never took down Bank of America on purpose, but rather made a coding mistake while working there as a consultant. “The Carver” explains that the same thing had happened at Bank of America, that he was actually not hacking them but working as a consultant and had made a colossal coding mistake. The bank had only agreed not to sue him if he agreed not to tell a soul he had worked there.With one week left to Disrupt, and the team flies into a panic trying to fix Kevin’s mistake.“Richard, why would you let that little fetus access the DDM?” Gilfoyle snarls. Richard responds, “Because I thought that fetus was better than me, and so did you.”Caught up in Silicon Valley’s youth-obsessed culture, the Pied Piper team immediately thought that because the young hacker had rumors of greatness trailing him, that Kevin had to be a programming prodigy. What they learned was not only that was not true, but “The Carver” had a tendency to create massive mistakes due to his inexperience.Richard and Kevin decide to work through the night and examine every line of code to find where the mistake lay. Finally, the two are able to remedy the problem and Pied Piper is back on track to launch. In a final testament to tech’s youth culture—the immaturity mixed with power, money, and knowledge, Kevin says, “I’m going to call my mom and have her pick me up.”“Mom?” Richard laughs.“By the way, you owe me 20,000 dollars,” Kevin bluntly delivers.Jared realizes that the fork lift he was flagging down is driverless. Jared finally reaches Arallon by the end of the episode, popping out of the driverless car and crate looking disheveled and with days of unshaven facial hair. He immediately sees a forklift engulfed in boxes heading his way. Elated and desperate, Jared shouts and flags the forklift down, only to find it is (surprise!) a driverless machine.Jared amongst the driverless machines at Peter Gregory’s island. The final moments of the episode show a beautifully composed and thematically rich shot of Jared facing a gigantic warehouse full of self-moving machines, not a human being in sight.Jared realizes he is alone on Peter Gregory’s island, one man amidst a thousand active machines. As these instruments meticulously build the island with unparalleled skill and intelligence, even the semi-robotic Jared cannot connect with them on a sentient and compassionate level in order to get help. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts center_img Tags:#Episode 6#HBO#Hooli#Mike Judge#Pied Piper#show#Silicon Valley#silicon valley episode 6#silicon valley season 1#silicon valley season 1 episode 6#Third Party Insourcing#TV stephanie ellen chan 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more