ON THIS WEEKEND

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ETB choir find their voice at thrilling ‘One Voice Concert’ – Pic Special

first_imgThe One Voice Concert took place at the An Grian Theatre on Wednesday last with secondary schools from all over Donegal participating in the ETB organised event.The ETB Adult Choir were also on stage with the two choirs coming together for a brilliant one voice performance at the end of the night.The event was one of the biggest choral ensembles ever seen on stage in Donegal under well-known choral conductor, Ms Margaret McAteer, a music teacher in Errigal College. Brain McDaid was on-hand to capture some of the nights best moments.Director of Schools Martin Gormley from the ETB who was also the MC at the One Voice Concert at An Grianan Theatre. Photo Brian McDaid.Rachel Walker , Sinead Anderson with her children Kate and Rose and Laure Keogh. and the One Voice concert.Anne Mc Hugh CEO with fellow members of the Adult ETB Choir pictured before the went on stage on Tuesday night for the One Voice concert. Photo Brian McDaid.Anne Mc Hugh CEO with fellow members of the Adult ETB Choir pictured before the went on stage on Tuesday night for the One Voice concert. Photo Brian McDaid.Aine Marie Mc Bride in her solo supported by fellow students from Deele College at the One Voice Concert.Clare Houston, ETB and M.C. for the evening Martin Gormley Director of Schools at the One Voice Concert at An Grianan Theatre. Photo Brian McDaidAnne Mc Hugh, CEO, ETB with musical director, Maggie McAteer, Karen Mc Crudden and MC for the evening Martin Gormley in An Grianan Theatre for the One Voice Concert. Photo Brian McDaidA standing ovation at the end of the ETB’s One Voice Concert at An Grianan Theatre on Tuesday night. Photo Brian McDaidStudents from all over Donegal who made up the One Voice Choir pictured on stage on An Grianan Theatre for the concert on Tuesday night. Photo Brian McDaid.Julia Blaszczok from Errigal Collage on Stage at An Grianan TheatreMaciej from Abbey Vocational Collage on stage on Tuesday night for the One Voice Concert.Students from Gairmscoil Chu Uladh at the ETB One Choir Concert.ETB Board member Jeff Browne and Nicole Brown at the One Voice Choir.Fiona Temple Principal and Nicola Shiels, Molroy CollageShaun and Eileen Longain at the One Voice Concert.ETB Adult Choir members, Jim Mc Glynn Tom Bonnar,Tommy Kerr and Rodney Mc KeagueCanna College who opening the evening at An Grianan Theatre for the One Voice Concert. Photo Brian McDaid.Canna College who opening the evening at An Grianan Theatre for the One Voice Concert. Photo Brian McDaid.Cathleen Mullan and Anne Lynch at the One Voice Choir Concert.Patsy Liam Blake and their daughter Patricia Mc Granaghan.Rioghnach Rodgers for Killybegs Vocational School at AN Grianan Theatre.Finn Halligan from Mulroy Collage at the One Voice Concert.Members of the Adult Choir on Stage at An Grianan for the One Voice ChoirRich Group Rasta Cneasta for Colaiste Ailligh at the One Voice Concert at An Grianan Theatre. ETB choir find their voice at thrilling ‘One Voice Concert’ – Pic Special was last modified: March 17th, 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:choirETBlast_img read more

How to Cheat* at LEED for Homes

first_imgThe subject of many of my talks, as well as a chapter in the upcoming green building textbook I am co-authoring is the concept of “Green From the Start.”I realize this isn’t all that original, but it is critically important and is always worth repeating, at least until everyone understands and actually does it – then I suppose we can all shut up and go home.Getting green certification begins with looking at the checklist and planning a design strategy. Sure, you can go the hard route and aim for full credits on every item on the checklist, but for those just trying to dip their toe in the green building pool, this isn’t practical.Instead, pick up as many points as you can by doing the easy stuff. While this isn’t technically cheating, it will feel like it because many of these things are things that quality builders do already.In (roughly) the order that they appear on the LEED checklist, here are 22 simple things you can do to get up to _70 points_ on your project. RELATED ARTICLES Green Rating Systems for Home BuildingGBA Encyclopedia: LEED for HomesWhy Is the U.S. Green Building Council So Out of Touch?It’s 2012 — Do You Know Where Your LEED for Homes Is?New Urbanist Andres Duany Lashes Out at LEEDGreen Building Programs Got Some ’Splainin’ to Do LEED-H Clarifications Raise More Questions Than They AnswerEqual-Opportunity Feather Rufflingcenter_img 1. Build a smaller home/call everything a bedroom. Keeping your house below the neutral score for homes of 1900 SF with three bedrooms will lower the total number of points you need. If your house is big, make sure you have lots of rooms that can be classified as bedrooms to offset the point penalty for larger homes. A bedroom is classified as any room that can be used for sleeping that meets fire and building code requirements. Who needs hallways when you can have more bedrooms?2. Build near transit, stores, schools, etc. Considering that transportation energy is almost always more than site energy, this one gets some real-world results. Points for infill projects , homes built on previously developed land, built near existing water and sewer service and near open space all gain points. Up to 10 points are available for location credits.3. Use less wood. Building with advanced framing techniques is not hard, saves money, makes buildings more efficient, and provides points. Just do it and grab up to 3 points.4. Build a duplex. High density development is tough to do for custom single family homes, but easy for multifamily projects . Build on a 1/7 acre (or smaller) lot and get 2 points. Twenty or more units per acre gets you 4 points.5. Model your building. Get your rater to do an energy model (HERS Rating) on your project early in the process and play around with different options to make it more efficient. You may find that putting a little more insulation and a smaller HVAC system is cheaper and will get you more points. While it’s tough to approach the 0 HERS score that gets you 34 points, a HERS 70 is not that tough and gets you either 9.5 or 13 points, depending on your climate zone.6. Leave out the fireplace — get 2 points. No one really needs one anyway, do they?7. Leave the garage out back. Build a detached garage , add a breezeway if your clients are afraid of getting wet, and get 3 points.8. Get your LEED AP Homes designation, or have someone on your team get their LEED AP Homes designation (regular AP designations don’t qualify) and pick up one easy point.9. Use your Green Rater. You have to put together the durability management checklist anyway, and if you have your rater independently verify it you get 3 points. This may take a little extra work coordinating schedules and providing some photo-documentation, but it gets you a lot of points for the effort.10. Don’t poison bugs. Design and build to keep those pesky termites at bay without poisoning your clients, get up to 2 points.11. Be stingy with outside water use. If you’re putting in irrigation , you get up to 3 points for including some simple water efficiency measures.12. Be stingy with interior water use. Install one efficient showerhead (just one!) per stall, high efficiency toilets and lavatories (all of them) and get 6 points. Doh!13. Insulate the hot water pipes — get a point.14. Use green products and materials. Tracking Environmentally Preferred Products is kind of an administrative nightmare, but you can pick up as many as 8 points for things like finger-jointed studs, fly ash in concrete, PEX pipe, locally sourced products (within 500 miles), no carpet, and low-VOC paints.15. Recycle. If there are companies that recycle construction waste in your area, hire them. You’ll probably save money and pick up as many as 3 points.16. Three words: Automatic Bath Fans. Install timers, motion sensors, or buy fans with auto off or humidistat controls for your bathrooms and pick up a point.17. Upgrade the HVAC filters. You have to put in a minimum of MERV 8 HVAC filters , so why not upgrade to a 10 or 13 and pick up 1 or 2 more points for not much cost or effort.18. Take off your shoes. Install a bench and shelves for shoe storage at the main entry, add one point.19. Make vacuuming easy. Install a central vacuum system, get another point.20. Air out the house for at least 48 hours before occupancy. It’s a good idea and an easy point.21. Vent the soil gasses . If you’re not in a radon risk zone, it’s still a good idea to put in a soil gas vent system and you get to take a point for not much effort.22. Brag about your green-ness. Put up a LEED for Homes sign, stick a few pages on your website about LEED, get an article published, hold four open houses. Pick three and you get a point. These are all good marketing practices and will help you get more business.OK, class, I think I’ve given you enough for you to digest for today. Your assignment is, based on what you just learned, to look at a recent project you either certified, or thought about certifying, and note where you missed some easy points. Now you know how to pick up those points on the next project. Next time we will discuss the really tough credits to get, the secret credits, prerequisites, and how to handle your documentation.*No, that title wasn’t my idea. It was my damned editor’s. But I got paid, and you read the article, right?last_img read more

Jaish attack on BSF camp leaves soldier, 3 ultras dead

first_imgThree militants of the Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) and an Assistant Sub-Inspector of the Border Security Force (BSF) were killed in a nine-hour gunfight in a heavily fortified BSF camp near the airport here on Tuesday.The “heavily armed” and “highly trained” militants of the JeM suicide squad, named after Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru, stormed the camp at Humhama at 4.15 a.m. “The fidayeen [suicide] attack was repulsed. All three militants were killed,” said Muneer Khan, Inspector-General of Police, Kashmir.The ASI killed was Braj Kishore Yadav, 50.Airport not a targetMr. Khan said the Srinagar airport was not the main target of militants. The gates of the airport, which has four-tier security in place, are just metres away from the BSF camp. “Only one flight was delayed or cancelled, and the rest operated normally,” Mr. Khan said. However, no flight was allowed to land in Srinagar during the first six hours of the gunfight.There are four layers of security in the area as it has BSF and CRPF training camps and the complexes of the J&K Light Infantry and the IAF. Mr. Khan said such attacks would continue “as long as Pakistan is our neighbour.” “The JeM believes in fidayeen attacks. We will have to deal with them separately.” One worker who helped the militants reach the camp was identified, the police said.Sources in the counter-insurgency cell said the militants spread out as they mounted the attack.“One tried to enter the camp through the main entrance, lobbing grenades, while two others cut the barbed wires to reach the premises and stormed a concrete block,” a police officer said.The body of Braj Kishore Yadav, assistant sub-inspector of the BSF, was found in the complex occupied by two militants. “Four BSF jawans were also injured,” Mr. Khan said.Security forces used high-calibre shelling to flush out the militants. The third militant was smoked out and “jumped from the complex around 2 p.m.”Sources said the JeM wanted the attack to be staged on the first anniversary of the surgical strikes carried out by India in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on September 29 last year. Two groups of militants were sent for the attack — one through the Poonch route in Jammu and the other through the Uri route in Kashmir, they said.last_img read more