New signing delighted to make ‘dream’ Burnley switch

first_img1 Fredik Ulvestad in action for Norway Under-21s Burnley’s new signing Fredrik Ulvestad says his move to the relegation strugglers was a ‘dream’ transfer.The midfielder has penned a three-year deal after leaving childhood club Aalesunds FK where the 22-year-old’s contract had expired.“I am very pleased and really looking forward to playing for Burnley, so I am very excited,” Ulvestad said.“It’s a dream for me, so now I just need to get in shape and get ready to play. It’s a different culture here and I am coming from pre-season, so maybe I will need a little bit of time.“The season finished in Norway in November, so it has been a while since I’ve played a game, but I will do my best and work hard to try and be ready as soon as possible.“England was always a big draw and it’s always a dream for every player to play in the biggest league in the world.“Burnley is a big club and the people here have been really kind to me so far. I came here last month and now I’m really looking forward to this adventure.”last_img read more

Touring exhibition on women in politics and public life opens in Donegal

first_imgDonegal County Museum has welcomed a new temporary exhibition celebrating 100 years of women in politics and public life. The pop-up exhibition shines a spotlight on the stories of women who have contributed significantly to Irish society over the past century. Through information panels, films and historical memorabilia, the displays focus on the challenges women faced and the obstacles they overcame.This exhibition is curated by historian Sinéad McCoole and supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht as part of the Decade of Centenaries programme. 100 Years of Women in Politics and Public Life 1918-2018′ at Donegal County MuseumThis exhibition encourages people of all ages to reflect upon and celebrate all that have been achieved over the past 100 years.  There is, however, considerable work remaining to be done. In 1918, women exercised their right to vote for the first time, and their right to stand for parliament with Countess de Markievicz being elected.  Since then only 113 women have been elected to Dáil Éireann. Only 19 of these have been appointed to Cabinet, including Mary Coughlan from Donegal Town, who was first elected as a Fianna Fáil TD in 1997 and who held five Ministerial portfolios between 2001 and 2011 and Cecilia Keaveney from Moville, who served as Fianna Fáil TD between 1996 and 2007 and as a Senator from 2007 to 2011.100 Years of Women in Politics and Public Life 1918-2018′ at Donegal County MuseumThe exhibition includes personal stories and memories. Much of this previously unseen archive material, photographs, letters, diaries and ephemera have added layers of meaning to the complex narrative surrounding women’s participation in political and public life over the past 100 years.  Admission is free. The exhibition runs to the end of June.Opening hours 10am – 4.30pm Lunch 12.30 – 1pm Saturday 1- 4.30pm.Donegal County Museum, High Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal. T 074 9124613 E museum@donegacoco.ieTouring exhibition on women in politics and public life opens in Donegal was last modified: April 14th, 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)last_img read more

Saso blanks Fortuna, Mack wins road contest

first_imgCameron Saso delivered perhaps his finest start of the season — a complete-game, 3-hitter-shutout — and the McKinleyville High baseball team took game one of its 3-game Big 5 Conference series against Fortuna 4-0, Thursday afternoon at Newburg Park in the Friendly City.“Saso was outstanding, I don’t even know what else to say,” McKinleyville’s head coach Scott St. John said. “He’s our ace and the heart of our team.”Saso needed just 80 pitches to work through seven innings worth of Fortuna …last_img

The Trouble with Homes — Asthma and Poor Indoor Air Quality

first_imgA solution?It’s time for the construction industry to get serious about moisture management. If everyone responsible for building homes got to experience the feeling of a bad asthma attack, maybe it would happen more quickly. A moisture problem caused by the economic downturn of 2008One source of moisture problems they didn’t mention in the article is building materials that are wet and moldy when installed. Here’s a little secret about that one. If your house was built in 2009 or 2010, it may be more susceptible to that problem.See those photos of the moldy stack of lumber below? I took them at a building supply store in May 2009, and that whole stack of 2x4s was moldy like this. Why? Recall what happened in 2008. That’s when the economy took a nosedive, and construction went off a cliff. The suppliers couldn’t reduce their production as quickly as demand went down because of the inertia of being so large. The lumber was still flying out of the mill but not being loaded onto trucks and delivered to the lumberyards. It sat out longer than usual, getting wet and then starting to grow the kind of stuff you see in the photos. I have no idea how much moldy lumber got put into new homes that people are now living in, but I do know that it was getting delivered. The trouble with building scienceThe reason I’m writing about it here is that I just read a great article called The Trouble with Building Science from the Fine Homebuilding website. (It also happens to be Asthma Awareness Month.) It’s fairly general but does focus on moisture management, or the lack thereof, in homes. I write about that issue a lot, too, and just last week wrote an elementary demystification of vapor retarders.Here’s the paragraph in the Fine Homebuilding article that spurred my post here:In the past, experts argued about whether mold posed a serious health threat, but according to a 2007 study funded by the EPA, “Of the 21.8 million people reported to have asthma in the U.S., approximately 4.6 million cases are estimated to be attributable to dampness and mold exposure in the home.” The same study goes on to say, “The national annual cost of asthma that is attributable to dampness and mold exposure in the home is estimated to be $3.5 billion.” Those are just health costs; they don’t include mold remediation. The authors also estimate that dampness or mold is present in 47% of homes.As a former asthma sufferer, I find those numbers appalling. By not paying attention to the details of moisture management, we’re hurting indoor air quality and people — nearly 5 million of us!Why is there so much dampness and so much mold growing in so many homes? As architect and building scientist Bill Rose points out in the article, the main source is rain. It comes in through the top, the sides, and the bottom. Plumbing leaks also pose a sigificant risk, and that’s what’s going on in the photo at the top of this article. Water vapor, according to the FH article is third in importance.center_img I grew up with really bad asthma. Not being able to get enough air into your lungs, in case you haven’t experienced it, is pretty scary. I remember lying in bed during one asthma attack, gasping for air, wheezing loudly, and feeling like I was going to die. A trip to the hospital for a shot opened up my lungs again that night, but I continued to suffer asthma attacks even into my mid-twenties. I’m one of the lucky ones who managed to ‘outgrow’ this debilitating disease, but many live with it every day.Asthma is often triggered by environmental conditions, and two of the triggers I had to avoid were live Christmas trees and feather pillows. To protect me from the former, my parents got one of those silvery aluminum Christmas trees that are all the rage on ebay now. I also slept mostly on foam pillows, but one night as a teenager, I made the mistake of not telling my friend Guy that I was allergic to feather pillows. Four decades later, he still has vivid memories of his fear that I was going to die that night.Asthma is bad. Very bad.last_img read more

Nations complain: Dogs, faeces all over CWG Village

first_imgMany participating countries have ripped apart the claims of readiness of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) Village in Delhi and threatened to boycott the October event. Countries such as Scotland, New Zealand and Canada have given damning reports on the conditions at the Village and said their athletes cannot be brought into such an environment.  Headlines Today has exclusive access to the reservations expressed in the minutes of the meeting between the CWG Organising Committee and the member countries. Here’s what some of the countries have said about the condition of the Village: ScotlandThe cleaners were using filthy water to clean the flats. There were stray dogs and faeces all over the place. Electrical services are unsafe. The keys and doors aren’t working. CanadaStagnant water and green algae sits around the block. There are gaps large enough for animals to get into the building. As of today, Canada will not bring athletes into this environment. New ZealandThere is no way the athletes can use the dirty and unhygienic bathrooms. There’s no way athletes can be brought into such a Village. It’s a crisis-level situation. UKThe toilets are disgusting and still being used by workers on the site.   Commonwealth Games FederationAll stray dogs need to be removed from the Village. One dog even jumped onto a bed and soiled it. This is a serious health issue. The risk of dengue fever is high. The employees are urinating openly in public areas.last_img read more

Outsourcing Symposium Set for April in Mobay

first_img Ms. Henry said the symposium will bring together a diverse group of global experts, including technocrats, local entrepreneurs, Government officials, BPO leaders and buyers, who will bring best practices and ideas to the sector, which is fast gaining on tourism as the largest employer of persons in western Jamaica. President of the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ), Gloria Henry, has announced that the country’s first ever ‘Outsourcing Symposium’ will be held in April.Speaking at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Advanced Call Centre Technologies’ (ACT) fourth business process outsourcing (BPO) site at the Barnett Tech Park in Montego Bay on January 23, Ms. Henry said the event, to be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, will be one of the highlight events during National Outsourcing Week (NOW) 2018.“The week-long combination of events and initiatives will promote and increase awareness of the many entrepreneurship, employment and partnership opportunities available in the BPO industry in Jamaica,” Ms. Henry noted.“The series of initiatives will seek to engage business and political leaders in discussions about the importance of the outsourcing industry for our country; and to illuminate areas of competitiveness and viability of the sector,” she added.Ms. Henry said the symposium will bring together a diverse group of global experts, including technocrats, local entrepreneurs, Government officials, BPO leaders and buyers, who will bring best practices and ideas to the sector, which is fast gaining on tourism as the largest employer of persons in western Jamaica.She noted that Jamaica’s outsourcing industry has seen significant growth over the past decade, currently hosting some 53 entities while employing over 26,000 persons.“Our industry has expanded outside of Montego Bay to other parts of the island, including Ocho Rios, Mandeville, Portmore, and Kingston and St. Andrew,” Ms. Henry pointed out.Ms. Henry said that in 2017, the global outsourcing market amounted to $88.9 billion, which is “set to hold steady in 2018”, particularly for business services, energy and healthcare.“With market dynamics constantly changing and new entrants making inroads daily, the most vigilant and successful outsourcing destinations are continually striving to outdo their competitors by differentiating themselves,” she added.For his part, ACT Site Director, Rhone Charlton, said his organisation is “expanding its footprint in Montego Bay with 1,200 staff members in 12 thriving departments”.“This is indeed an exciting time for our company. Our new building will add more production seats to our ACT footprint in Jamaica, which is more than double our previous capacity,” he noted.Mr. Charlton said his company is projecting to add a further 600 to 800 employees in 2018. “The week-long combination of events and initiatives will promote and increase awareness of the many entrepreneurship, employment and partnership opportunities available in the BPO industry in Jamaica,” Ms. Henry noted. Story Highlights President of the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ), Gloria Henry, has announced that the country’s first ever ‘Outsourcing Symposium’ will be held in April.last_img read more

StoltNielsen Wraps Up Jo Tankers Purchase

first_imgImage Courtesy: Jo TankersOslo-listed bulk liquid chemicals transporter Stolt-Nielsen Limited has completed the acquisition of the chemical tanker operations of Jo Tankers, a week after it received unconditional Competition Authority approvals for the purchase.The company has now finalized the USD 575 million acquisition, which includes 13 chemical tankers and a 50% share in a joint venture with eight chemical tanker newbuildings.The chemical tanker fleet consists of eight all stainless steel ships, ranging from 19,000 dwt to 38,000 dwt, and five ships with a combination of stainless steel and coated tanks, all of around 37,000 dwt.Six of the 13 ships have been on time charter to Stolt Tankers for the last five years.The newbuildings included in the transaction consist of eight all stainless steel ships of 33,000 dwt on order from New Times Shipbuilding in China, the first of which was delivered in early July 2016.“The acquired ships would satisfy the tonnage-replacement needs of the Stolt Tankers’ fleet for the next several years,” Stolt-Nielsen earlier said.last_img read more

In Surprising Twitter Chat Serena Williams Says She Desperately

The usually tight-lipped Serena Williams opened up on Friday about several personal issues, saying in a Twitter chat that she desperately would like to settle down and start a family.The 33-year-old tennis star starting the Q and A session off tweeting “Today is Friday. Is anyone feeling a quick #SerenaFriday ?? If so ask anything you want. I’m here and ready. Hurry before I get too busy. :)”  Fans were invited to tweet Williams anything they wanted with the hashtag #serenafriday to which Twitter users wasted no time, asking her a barrage of questions and vying for her attention.The questions ranged from what hair color she preferred on herself to more intimate questions about her relationship status. She admitted to “desperately” wanting to start a family and saying that her “time will come.”The 18-time Grand Slam singles title holder revealed that if she wasn’t playing tennis, she would try to delve into the world of acting, which doesn’t come as too much of a surprise as we saw her on the silver screen along with her sister in the 2004 film Hairshow, in addition to a starring appearance on an episode of “Law & Order.”Getting more intimate, user @rabas2004 asked Williams what her worst habit was. She responded by saying that she has a tendency to look after people and forget to think about herself first. She even went on to say that her single status was not by choice.Though she may be having some hard feelings about being on her own, Williams’ exes seem to have nothing but kind words to say about her.“Point blank she’s just a good person and when we broke up, it was one of these things where we just weren’t ready at that time,” her ex-beau rapper Common told the International Business Times earlier this past July. “I probably would be at a new place, she would be at a new place and it might work out.”According to her twitter chat, the star is taking a break from more than just relationships as she told fans that she is taking some time off from tennis training right now. read more

Young Woman from TCI dies in freak fall while visiting in Thailand

first_img #Metoo-movement-type complaint, now investigation of high-ranking TCI Police Officer opened Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp T&T companies tap into Cuban market at Expo Caribe 2019 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThailand, August 25, 2017 – A Turks and Caicos woman died today in Thailand and it is sending shockwaves among friends and others who knew her.  Official comments from country leaders are on hold to ensure the young woman’s family is notified.A report online identifies the woman as Maxine Missick and says police do not suspect foul play in her death.   The young woman of the Clement Howell High Class of 2009 is believed to have fallen from the window of a hotel in Hat Yai in the Songkhla district.#MagneticMedia is told the woman, who is also a Haitian national, was at Keele University as BioMedical student in the #UnitedKingdom.“Maxine loved the Lord, had a keen interest in African culture and loved meeting new faces.”Police will perform an autopsy to say for sure how Missick died and have also suggested that there is a chance her fall, where her neck and other bones were broken from the impact, could have been suicide.   There is no mention of a suicide letter or anything else to suggest that 23-year old Maxine killed herself, however.It is said Ms. Missick’s window was open, the door locked and the room was not ransacked.  Maxine was due to check out August 31; she checked in to the hotel in Thailand on August 21.Readers commenting are demanding a proper investigation; urging family to ensure that she gets one despite the fall looking accidental.  #MaxineMissick’s body was found in an alley between two hotels.*Want to note that Maxine often traveled as part of her studies.  This could have been one of those trips.  She was also fascinated with African culture.  Truly heartbreaking. Recommended for you Related Items:#MaxineMissick, magneticmedia TCI: Man safe now, says he was trapped after lightning hit truck and it burst into flameslast_img read more

Second Round Bids for RBI Due This Week

first_imgReed Elsevier announced in February that it was putting RBI,its b-to-b publishing arm, on the block. It was not immediately clear ifMcGraw-Hill is interested in purchasing individual titles or RBI as a whole. AMcGraw-Hill spokesperson declined to commentlast month when it was reported that the constructionand aviation magazine publisher was one of the prospective bidders.To help assure that RBI sells in one piece, Reed puttogether a group of banks to lend nearly $1.5 billion to the eventual buyer.RBI publishes a number of trade magazines, including Variety and PublishersWeekly. The second round of bids for Reed BusinessInformation could be due as early as Monday, with BusinessWeek parentMcGraw-Hill among the interested parties.UBS, the bank that’s organizing the sale, has invited morethan 10 groups including McGraw-Hill and private equity firm Bain Capital to submittheir second round offers, according to a Wall Street Journal report.The value of the bids is said to range between $1.87 billion and $2.33 billion.Final bids likely will be due in late October, the reportsaid.In releasing its first half financial results, London-based ReedElsevier last month said it had received a “strong levelof interest from buyers” and that it expects its divestiture of RBI to becomplete sometime within the second half of the year. RBI’s first half adjustedoperating profit was about $122.7 million, up 7 percent from $108.9 millionduring the same period in 2007. Revenue was $958.6 million, up 3 percent from$881.3 million during the same period last year.last_img read more