Research underway into management of housing

first_imgNewsLocal NewsResearch underway into management of housingBy admin – September 15, 2011 508 WhatsApp Twitter Linkedin THE Limerick Regeneration agency has commissioned research on the management of housing estates in the Regeneration areas. The research will also investigate the options available for community based structures to facilitate `enhanced community participation” and partnership with statutory organisations. Members of the city council’s Housing Committee have been informed that tenders were invited last May and Nexus Research Co-operative, Dublin was appointed to carry out the research.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “A steering group has been put in place to work with the company,” the director of services, Kieran Lehane informed the committee.The terms of reference include a review of governance of the groups involved: consultation mechanisms with the wider community: the selection and participation of residents and an examination of the strengths and weaknesses of groups.A review of the Estate Management/Social  Intervention Grants Scheme will also be reviewed by the council.Pointing out however, that in view of changes at national level and the local research and changes that are underway, it is now recommended that the Housing Committee awaits the Nexus research, as well as clarification at government level, the council director of services, Kieran Lehane said  a report will be supplied to members of the committee in the coming months. Printcenter_img Advertisement Facebook Previous articleGriffith College Limerick to run HSI coursesNext articleMikey and Nathan set sights on Denis and Scooby admin Emaillast_img

Bale should stay at Tottenham, insists QPR boss Hughes

first_imgGareth Bale is too young to move abroad and should stay at Tottenham, according to QPR boss Mark Hughes.Barcelona are among the top European clubs to have been linked with a summer move for the Spurs and Wales wide-man.But Hughes, who played for the Catalan giants, believes Bale, 21, would be well advised to remain at White Hart Lane for the foreseeable future.He said: “He’s still a very young man and has got a lot to achieve in the Premier League. He’s got a huge profile and there’s no reason to go when you’re so young.Nedum Onouha faces the task of trying to stop Bale.“I went when I was 22 and it was probably a little bit too soon for me. If I’d had the opportunity later, I think I would have been more successful than I was.“If that [moving abroad] is something Gareth wants to do, then in the future his ability will give him that opportunity.“He’s playing at a good club that are challenging for honours. There’s no reason for him to leave.”Hughes’ side will encounter Bale when Spurs visit Loftus Road for a game both teams badly need to win.Rangers are battling to avoid relegation, while the north London club are trying to avoid dropping out of the top four.“When Gareth’s got the ball you’ve got try to stop him having the effect he can have with the ability he’s got,” said Hughes.“That’s difficult to do, but we’ll endeavour to try and do it.”Click here for the QPR v Tottenham quizSee also: Hughes: QPR full of confidence ahead of Spurs clashAdvertising on West London Sport Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Weekend Little 4 games rained out

first_imgAfter a brief respite this past week, the weather is back causing problems with the local sports calendar this weekend, forcing the postponement of all six Little 4 games scheduled for today.And that means local fans will have to wait to see St. Bernard’s and South Fork go head-to-head in baseball for the early advantage in the league standings.Both the Crusaders and Cubs posted comfortable wins on the opening day of the Little 4 last weekend, with St. Bernard’s sweeping a doubleheader at …last_img

Jacks closer to new football coach

first_imgThe Jacks are moving toward filling their football head coaching vacancy, with plenty of interest reported in the position.The national listing officially closed on April 2 after being open for 30 days, and a search committee is currently sorting through the applicants.According to interim Athletic Director Duncan Robins, 79 candidates have applied for the job, which came open after longtime head coach Rob Smith stepped down in January.And that’s a number that has impressed the AD. …last_img

Mingo — Geocache of the Week

first_imgLocation:Kansas, USAN 39° 16.677 W 100° 56.621 TraditionalGC30by Kansas Stasher Difficulty:1Terrain:1 There was a cacher had a quest,And Mingo was its name-O.M – I – N – G – OM – I – N – G – OM – I – N – G – OAnd Mingo was its name-O.Mingo was its name-OTo most people it’s just a hole in the ground, next to a fence post, in the middle of nowhere. But to savvy geocachers, it’s a hole in the ground, next to a fence post, in the middle of nowhere, worth travelling hundreds (or thousands) of miles to find. Mingo started to earn its notoriety around 2005. This crew logs the cache in 2007.We are of course referring to Mingo, the oldest active geocache in the world. Published on May 11, 2000, just eight days after the The Original Stash was activated, Mingo is the seventh geocache ever created. The publish date is notable since it is the missing link for many to complete their Jasmer Challenge grid. The Caching Dead log their 2000th find at MingoYes yes yes we know, it’s a buried geocache — which is a major Geocache Listing Guidelines no-no. But remember this cache was created six months before was even born and is “grandfathered” because its age. BIG Mama K’s big day!Should you venture to Mingo, don’t be surprised to find 20 or 30 parked cars on the side of the road. Many people make this a milestone-destination cache, logging their 1,000th, 5,000th, or 10,000th find at Mingo. Some people even celebrate their wedding anniversaries at the cache!Mingo is a very romantic fence postLogged over 5,700 times with 2,100+ Favorite points, this cache ain’t nothin’ purdy — but look how happy these people are to be standing by a hole in the ground, next to a fence post, in the middle of nowhere:MarcoIslandGirl(MIG) finds #1600This is what an AWESOME geocacher looks likeGR8CACHERS at MingoThat’s TEN thousand, folksLong live Mingo!Long live MINGO! Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Related”Mingo” GC30 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – July 4th, 2010June 27, 2010In “Community”World’s most-logged geocache (GC189E5) is Geocache of the Week!May 17, 2017In “Community”1,000,000 Reasons to Get Outside Now Hidden Throughout the U.S.September 15, 2014In “Community”last_img read more

Cartoon: Blogging Was Made Possible by…

first_imgRelated Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App The new FTC guidelines for disclosure by bloggers have stirred up some anger among bloggers accustomed to getting free stuff and blogging about it without the heavy hand of governmental Big Brother yadda yadda – oh, you can finish the sentence yourself.I can respect that it might get people’s backs up to suggest that their integrity is for sale, especially for such low prices. (Although, the last time I checked the exchange rate, integrity was down sharply against the dollar… and against the free chewing gum.) Then again, I’ve seen enough obviously feigned enthusiasm in some “reviews” to convince me that at least a few bloggers are happy to rent their voices – and readers – to any marketing department with a gift card and blogger outreach program.All easy enough for me to say, of course; I have a job and make a pretty good living (touch wood). I can imagine that I might be tempted to modify my views if money was short and a blog review could put another meal on the table for my kids. Then again, for every blogger out there who’s struggling to make ends meet, there are countless more blog readers – the people the marketers are really trying to reach. Don’t they deserve to know about the relationship between product and blogger when they assess what they’re reading?I’m a fan of disclosure, and while I haven’t examined the FTC guidelines in detail, I support the idea in principle.But it’s interesting that the FTC went after bloggers rather than, say, entertainment writers who don’t mention the expensive junkets that movie studios take them on. A blogger who has to disclose that she or he received a free package of hot dog weiners has every right to feel burned after dropping fifty bucks to take the family to the latest “THRILLING!” “FANTASTIC!” “SURE-FIRE WINNER!” 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… rob cottingham 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout More Noise to Signal. Tags:#Cartoons#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Does Saving Historic Buildings Save Energy?

first_imgEnergy spent in construction is water under the bridgeWe should save historic buildings because they are beautiful and because they are important to the fabric of our communities. Relative to the environment, they are often located in central, downtown locations that are pedestrian and mass-transit-friendly. While they aren’t usually super-efficient, they are more energy-efficient than you might think. According to the quadrennial study of buildings in the U.S. by the Department of Energy (CBECS), buildings built before 1960 use less energy per square foot, on average, than buildings built since then.However, when it comes to the energy expended in the 19th century to build that structure, that’s not a good reason for saving a building from demolition — it’s water under the bridge. Energy spent 2, 20, or 200 years ago to build a building simply isn’t a resource to us today. The real question: Does reuse conserve energy today?On the other hand, energy that we might use today or in the next 100 years is a resource that we need to conserve. A better way to look at the issue is whether reusing buildings can save us energy compared with demolishing and building new.Given a choice between reusing and starting fresh, which process will use more energy in construction? Once a building is operating, which building will use less energy to operate — the reused building, or the new one? How do the financial costs compare? If energy is saved, but at great cost, is it really worth it? These are questions any owner should ask if faced with that decision.Let’s take a scenario where it costs us extra energy to build new, but saves us energy in terms of operation. How many years before the energy we save during operations makes up for the extra energy spent during construction? If that point is decades down the road, then perhaps we’d be better off reusing the historic building and putting our energy elsewhere today. Only by really thinking through these questions can we decide if saving a historic building really saves us energy. A surreal magazine ad just got even more surreal for me.After learning of the fire at the historic 1871 Brooks House here in Brattleboro, Vermont last week, I quickly got to wondering: will the owner be put in the painful position of choosing to salvage a beloved historic property or to build new? Similar choices are faced with sad frequency in historic downtowns across America. Some other “embodied” concepts that are more usefulThe “embodied energy” concept isn’t dead, by the way. In fact, it has grown and been expressed in more and more flavors over the years. In the 1970s we had an “energy crisis” — today we also have a “climate crisis,” so accordingly, people are talking about the “embodied carbon” in everything from our building materials to our bike frames. Water quality and water shortages are also worldwide issues, so some people are looking at the “embodied water,” a.k.a. “virtual water” of those Egyptian cotton sheets, or the morning cup of coffee. (That’s 2,600 gallons per sheet, and 37 gallons per cup, respectively, according to some calculations.)These measures could be much more useful than “embodied energy” ever was. That’s because “embodied water” relates to agricultural and manufacturing processes for consumer goods being made and used today. Focusing on reducing that use, and making our goods more durable, would have immediate environmental and economic benefit.Another exciting development is the 2030 Challenge for Products, which was launched in February of this year. Recognizing the immediacy of the climate crisis and the large amounts of carbon emitted to make our building materials, the challenge calls for a 50% reduction in the embodied carbon of products by 2030. Because we don’t yet have reliable carbon numbers for building products, the immediate question is, “50% reduction from what?” Establishing baselines for different product categories will be a project taking several years, but I’m excited to see the results.Maybe we’ll even see an ad campaign that makes these abstract concepts more concrete. My advice: put down the gas can!If you want to read more about greening historic buildings, check out “Historic Preservation and Green Building: A Lasting Relationship” in EBN.What are your thoughts on saving historic buildings and their embodied energy? Let us know below.Tristan Roberts is Editorial Director at BuildingGreen, Inc., in Brattleboro, Vermont, which publishes information on green building solutions. Read more Energy Solutions columns, including columns by Alex Wilson, for whom Tristan is filling in, on the Energy Solutions homepage. You can also keep up with Alex’s adventures on sabbatical at A second look at a surreal magazine adThe question brought to my mind an iconic poster from the 1980. The ad depicts a “jerry can” style gasoline can — red, rectangular, with a metal nozzle coming out the top.The surreal thing about this poster was that the gasoline can was drawn in the shape of an archetypal three-story, brick “Main Street” building, with a storefront below and offices and apartments above. The tall rectangular building becomes a tall gas can, with the red brick looking like the red metal can. The fuel nozzle sticks out of the roof.Believe it or not, this poster was run by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It remains a touchstone today in preservation and green building circles.After seeing one of our iconic downtown brick buildings go up in flames, I had to ask myself, why would any responsible organization ever want to equate an aging building with an explosive, flammable fuel? The National Trust updates its dataThese analyses can get complex and emotionally laden, so it’s fortunate that the National Trust is working to update its story using life-cycle assessment (LCA) methods that look at costs and benefits from numerous angles. The study, begun last year and expected to net results soon, should give us a good idea whether reuse makes sense, in several different typical scenarios.I’m hopeful that the study may help bridge a gap between the historic preservation and green building communities, who have sometimes clashed over the fate of existing buildings. Although plenty of middle ground has been staked out over the years, environmentalists have tended to focus on energy efficiency even at some cost to historic fabric, while preservationists insist that the “greenest building is the one that’s already built.” Both sides have a point, but each needs to learn from the other. Saving buildings saves  their “embodied energy” — or does it?The answer is in the form of an argument often made in preservation circles that we should save historic buildings because of their “embodied energy.” The idea is that it takes a lot of energy to build a building. Firing bricks, sawing wood, making windows and doors and door hardware, trucking those materials in, and getting all the workers to the jobsite every day — all the ingredients in a building, and every step in putting those ingredients together, takes energy. That’s energy that we have to get from somewhere, most often burning coal, oil, or other irreplaceable fuels.When a structure is completed, you have not only that building, but you also have a pile of energy in the shape of a building. That was the simple idea expressed by the National Trust in its magazine ad. The text with the ad read, “It takes energy to construct a new building. It saves energy to preserve an old one.”The National Trust was arguing that saving old buildings isn’t just good for the historic fabric of our communities — it also preserves the energy value of the materials involved. I’ve heard preservationists go so far as to talk about how many gallons of gasoline are represented in each square foot of a historic building.I think it’s time for a new metaphor, and not just because of the fire.last_img read more

a month ago​Gudmunsson close to Burnley return

first_img​Gudmunsson close to Burnley returnby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJohann Berg Gudmundsson is getting closer to making his Burnley return.Manager Sean Dyche believes that Gudmundsson should soon be available after recording from a calf problem.He suffered the injury against Wolves at the end of August and has not played since.But Dyche believes that a week of training could be enough for him to play in their next Premier League game.”It’s yes and no with Johann,” Dyche said when asked if the winger was ready to return by reporters.”Yes, physically he’s fit, but no in the sense he’s had three or four weeks with hardly any training time.”So I’ve spoken to him and assured him we believe in what he’s doing, he’s really fit and his eye is in, but he needs a good week’s training, to get back to training every day and making sure his body is right.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

5 days agoTottenham midfielder Dele Alli: Watford point a relief

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli: Watford point a reliefby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Dele Alli admitted “relief” after their 1-1 draw with Watford.Abdoulaye Doucoure had given the Hornets the lead and they had a penalty appeal controversially turned down by the referee and VAR after Jan Vertonghen appeared to foul Gerard Deulofeu.Alli equalised after controlling the ball with his shoulder and the goal stood despite the wrong message being displayed on the big screen.The goalscorer said: “Of course it’s a relief. There were two times he [the referee] stopped it when he was making the decisions. We weren’t sure why.”I was sure it didn’t hit my hand but then you start thinking, ‘did it?’ I tried to make sure it didn’t touch it so I could get the strike away.”We know we have a world-class team so it’s about showing what we can do when things don’t go our way. It’s important we turn it around. We know how good we are, we just have to start showing it on the pitch.” last_img read more

Amitabh Bachchan Emraan Hashmis thriller to start rolling on May 10

first_imgMumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Emraan Hashmi’s untitled mystery thriller will go on floors on May 10, here. The film, produced by Anand Pandit Motion Pictures and Saraswati Entertainment Private Limited, will be helmed by Rumi Jaffrey. This is the first time Bachchan and Emraan will work together in a film. “We are extremely excited to commence the shoot of the film from May 10. Looking forward to seeing Mr Bachchan and Emraan onscreen for the first time. Given the subject of the film, I do believe we have a winner in our hands,” Pandit said in a statement. The film is scheduled to release on February 21, 2020.last_img