No regrets! QPR star happy despite swapping Serie A title bid for a relegation scrap

first_img Queens Park Rangers wing-back Mauricio Isla 1 QPR defender Mauricio Isla is still smiling despite swapping another Serie A title shot for a relegation scrap.The Chilean right-back joined the Rs in the summer on a season-long loan from Juventus after winning two consecutive top-tier titles in Italy.Juve are top of the table again while Rangers are second from bottom in the Premier League. But Isla does not regret his decision despite getting stick from back home.“Coming here was my decision and the Juventus directors allowed me to join,” he said.“I’m really really happy here, this is where I want to be. People may ask if it was a tough decision to leave Juventus, because they are always at the the top of the league and QPR are fighting relegation.“Bu all I wanted to do was play football and I’m very happy that it is happening. I am doing very well here and I want to stay here.“A lot was said, especially back home in Chile, when I took the decision to move to QPR. They said it was the wrong decision and asked, ‘why would you leave a side like Juventus who are always fighting for trophies and go to a club just fighting relegation?’“But I was convinced about my decision to come here. I wanted to play and play Premier League football.  I wanted to play for this club, QPR and be a regular here. I want to be here.”last_img read more

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Man United close in on STUNNING deal for Zlatan Ibrahimovic – reports

first_img1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a free agent after leaving Paris Saint-Germain Manchester United are close to signing Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, reports said on Friday.Sky Sports News report that Ibrahimovic’s representatives and United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward were putting the finishing touches to a one-year deal to take the 34-year-old to Old Trafford.Ibrahimovic ended his spell at Paris St Germain after a domestic treble-winning season with the French giants, and has refused to state his next destination.He has been repeatedly linked with United, and a reunion with his former Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho who was appointed as manager last week.They were both at Inter in the 2008/09 season, before Ibrahimovic moved on to Barcelona.According to Sky Sports, United hope to have the deal complete before Euro 2016 begins on June 10.Ibrahimovic has previously been linked with clubs in China, as well as the likes of AC Milan and other English sides.He said on May 26: “I have a great relationship with Mourinho and we are in contact, but not in the last weeks – we have been talking for many years.”He added, in the press conference held a day before United announced Mourinho’s appointment: “I believe he is the man to take them back to the top. Wherever he went he has won. He knows what he is doing. If you want to win, you bring Mourinho.“I had a fantastic time with him when I was working with him – so working again with him…?“When I left Inter I said we had had a short time together but a great time. If we will work together again, I don’t know. Let’s see how things play out.“I don’t give guarantees – but there are concrete offers from the Premier League, so let’s see what happens.”last_img read more

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Radio host sets apology terms

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card If those conditions are met, “I’ll be more than happy to apologize for offending people; I’ll apologize all day long,” Handel said in a live 12-minute response to CAIR’s complaint. He said the station had received hundreds of letters from all over the world demanding an apology. “CAIR’s record is clear. We’ve had numerous statements denouncing terrorism and all the things he was talking about,” said CAIR spokeswoman Sabiha Khan. She called Handel’s conditions a smoke screen for his refusal to take responsibility for his remarks. A Los Angeles radio personality said Monday that he would apologize for an on-air skit that made fun of the deaths of hundreds of Muslims, but only if an Islamic civil-rights group denounces terrorism and acknowledges Israel’s right to exist. The Council of American Islamic Relations demanded the apology last week after KFI-AM (640) host Bill Handel made fun of the deaths of at least 363 Muslims during a stampede at an annual pilgrimage in Mecca. According to CAIR, Handel imitated the people screaming and then joked that the Muslims should use a helicopter to monitor pilgrimage traffic, as is done with Los Angeles’ freeway traffic. On his program Monday, Handel said he would apologize, but only if CAIR agreed to denounce “all bombing or attacks where intended victims are innocent citizens,” to acknowledge Israeli sovereignty and to verify that the group has never had connections with any terrorist group or sponsor. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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City or United? Manchester rivals set for £45million fight over Monaco star

first_img1 Manchester City and Manchester United will go head-to-head to land Monaco star Bernardo Silva this summer.The 22-year-old has been tracked by a host of clubs across Europe but, according to reports in France, it is set to be a straight fight between City and United for his signature when the transfer window opens.Silva has been an integral part of the Monaco side which has reached the Champions League semi-final and is on course to win the French title.But he could be set to draw a line under his time on the Mediterranean coast following three seasons with the club.After 10 goals and 12 assists so far this term, his stock has risen dramatically and it has been suggested that Monaco will not sell for any less than £45m.Then, should United and City both stump up that cash, it will be down to Silva as to which side of Manchester he ends up on. Bernardo Silva in action for Monaco last_img read more

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first_imgUlster League – Dromore 0-7, Na Cealla Beaga 0-12KILLYBEGS are though to the semi-final of the Ulster Senior League after a five point win in Co Tyrone today.The Co Donegal side beat Dromore by 12 points to seven.  QUINN’S CORNER ULSTER CLUB SENIOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE GROUP CPOSITIONTEAMPOINTSPLAYEDWONLOSTDRAWNFORAGAINST1Na Cealla Beaga9540149292Castleblayney8530263563An Droim Mór Naoimh Damhnait7531163554Moortown St Malachy’s4523070815Glenullin0404030396Steelstown040403146GAA: KILLYBEGS GO TOP OF ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE GROUP C was last modified: March 3rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: KILLYBEGS GO TOP OF ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE GROUP Clast_img read more



first_imgDonegal v Monaghan takes place in O’Donnell Park this Sunday, March 2nd and the following traffic restrictions will be in place:O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny.Road closure at Blacks Junction (Bottom of Convent Road) from 12:30pm.Access only to residents of Ballymacool/Kirkstown/Conwal, vehicles with passes, disabled drivers and match officials. Non match traffic will be diverted at Dunnes Stores/Station House roundabout via Oldtown.Match traffic will be diverted into Retail Parks car parks and LYIT car park. There will be some signs at various Car Parks for match parking.Shuttle bus service from The Station House Hotel / Old Dunnes Stores to O’Donnell Park.No parking for match traffic at GAA ground. No parking on Kirkstown road near GAA grounds or in vicinity of Ballymacool Woods. Non match traffic from Glenties direction will be diverted at Newmills via Rockhill from 1pm. Local residents, HGVs and buses will be permitted access.Match traffic from Glenties direction will be diverted into local car parks. When these car parks are approaching capacity match traffic from Glenties direction will be turned at Glenties side of O’Donnell Park and parked on left hand side of road outbound.Please follow the directions of Match Stewards and an Garda Síochana at all times. TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS AND PARKING GUIDELINES RELEASED FOR DONEGAL GAME IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: February 27th, 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:donegalMonaghanO’Donnell ParkRESTRICTIONSlast_img read more



first_imgDDTV: He has been our most ardent critic – so when Pat Spillane bumped into some Donegal supporters after yesterday’s match,  you can imagine the reaction.Donegal Daily reader Hugh McMonagle was there…to capture it on video!Great craic altogether.  DDTV: SEE WHAT HAPPENED WHEN PAT SPILLANE MEETS DONEGAL FANS AT CROKER was last modified: August 27th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DDTV: SEE WHAT HAPPENED WHEN PAT SPILLANE MEETS DONEGAL FANS AT CROKERlast_img read more


The Best GIFF Logbooks of All Time

first_img SharePrint RelatedGIFF films due next week!July 24, 2018In “News”GIFF starts this weekend — log your Will Attend now!November 6, 2018In “News”Geocaching International Film Festival 2018 in reviewNovember 29, 2018In “News” Share with your Friends:More The countdown to the 2018 Geocaching International Film Festival has begun! From November 8-12, 2018, the 16 GIFF films that made the final list will be shown at GIFF events hosted by geocachers all over the world. Log your “Will Attend” at an event near you!Are you hosting a GIFF Event? It’s time to start thinking about what logbook you’ll have around for your guests to sign! We’ve searched the last three years of worldwide GIFF Events for the most inventive and beautiful handmade logbooks around. Take inspiration from some of these:last_img read more

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Nudging Passive House Concepts into the Mainstream

first_imgEarly adopters often make good news stories. Some of the most popular focus on early adopter compulsion: the spectacle of thousands of people lining up to purchase an electronic gadget – a game console, cell phone, video player, laptop, or tablet computer – the day it is released.But there also are stories about early adopters whose behavior is driven not by a need to stand at the forefront of high-tech consumerism – an exasperating cause, in many cases, since improved iterations are launched only months later – but by rational assessments of the long-term benefits of a new product, technology, or strategy that involves a far larger financial and emotional commitment than the latest electronic gewgaw. That notion came to mind over the weekend with the publication of a New York Times story about a home being built in Norwich, Vermont, to meet the Passivhaus standard.Passive House’s early adopter status in the U.S.The story, “Can We Build a Brighter Shade of Green?,” offers a consumer-oriented overview of the Passivhaus strategy and the perspectives of Barbara and Steven Landau, who have been working with architecture firm ZeroEnergy Design and builder Bensonwood Homes as they wend their way through the details of equipping the 2,700-sq.-ft. house to their liking while also keeping the calculations for its eventual performance in line with Passive House requirements.What’s encouraging about the Times piece is that, thanks to the paper’s relatively large distribution in print and vast reach online, it can add significantly to the consumer conversation about energy efficient homes in general and their highest performance standard, Passive House, in particular, whether the focus is comfort, upfront costs, energy savings, durability, environmental concerns, or all of the above.It’s also helpful that the article, which includes comments by Passive House Institute U.S. director Katrin Klingenberg, points out the disparity between Passive House adoption in Europe, where the standard has been applied to almost 25,000 structures, and its adoption in the United States, where it has been applied to a little more than a dozen new buildings so far, with a few dozen more aiming for Passive House certification.A quest for performance, but not necessarily certificationThe Landaus’ three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath house is designed to include R-60 above-grade walls, an R-87 roof, R-36 basement walls, and an R-75 basement slab, according to ZeroEnergy Design. Whereas the price premium for building a similar structure in Europe would be just under 5%, in the United States it is about 15%. Design and construction costs for the Landau house likely will top $550,000.“If we were in Europe, most of the materials and equipment would be off-the-shelf and readily available from local suppliers,” Bensonwood Homes’ owner, Tedd Benson, told the paper. “And they would have already been vetted and certified by the Passivhaus Institut (in Darmstadt, Germany), with their performance specifications already linked into the passive-house software. Here, we have to invent the systems and try to find the materials, products and equipment that will help us meet the passive-house standards.”But for all she and her husband have invested in the airtightness, insulation, equipment, and amenities in the house, Barbara Landau added that earning Passive House certification is secondary to having a comfortable, energy efficient, and durable home to live in.“Many times along the way, we thought ‘Why are we trying to meet this standard to be certified as a passive house?’ ” she told the Times. “And we talked about it a lot and I think we came to the conclusion that we don’t really care about the certification. What we really were interested in was making sure that when we built this house that it would work the way we wanted it to work.”last_img read more

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Failing Concrete Foundations Linked to Aggregate

first_imgHundreds of Connecticut homeowners have complained that the concrete foundations holding up their houses are crumbling, and state authorities blame the mineral content of a stone aggregate mined in an eastern Connecticut quarry. According to an NBC Connecticut report, significant amounts of an iron sulfide mineral called pyrrhotite in rock aggregate is causing foundations to crumble. The station’s report, which shows someone easily flicking away the surface of a concrete wall with the tip of a screw, says that thousands of residential foundations may be affected.The problem was first reported last July. Most recently, Becker’s Quarry in Willington, Connecticut, and J.J. Mottes Company in neighboring Stafford Springs, a ready-mix concrete supplier, have signed an agreement with the state to stop selling materials that contain aggregate from Becker’s Quarry until June 2017.The station said it has been told by construction experts the foundations can’t be repaired and must be replaced, which could cost $150,000 or more per home.The state’s Department of Consumer Protection has heard from 220 homeowners, but the station says that thousands of homes in the eastern part of the state could be affected.In a written statement, Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen said, “Although that investigation will continue into the fall, we believe there is now sufficient evidence to conclude that significant levels of the mineral pyrrhotite in stone aggregate used in the production of concrete is a substantial contributing factor to the crumbling foundations experienced by some homeowners in eastern Connecticut… Further efforts are necessary to understand the full range of contributing factors and the manner that all factors interact to produce concrete deterioration.”The problem appears to be limited to residential foundations, and the aggregate from Becker’s quarry can still be used in commercial applications, the station said. Firms say that installation is the problemA spokesman for the Joseph J. Mottes Company, which has leased its property and equipment to a another Connecticut firm for the 2016 building season, said that the failures were an “installation issue.”“We strongly believe that the current situation involving residential foundations in eastern Connecticut is an installation issue, and we support an unbiased and comprehensive investigation of these foundation issues — including how the materials were placed and installed, in addition to remedial actions — so that homeowners can get the answers they deserve and meaningful help with solutions,” Mottes spokesman John Patton told the Hartford Courant.Patton didn’t elaborate on what kind of installation errors might have contributed to the problem.Neither the American Society of Concrete Contractors nor the American Concrete Institute (ACI) could produce a single technical expert to discuss the potential risks of using aggregate with high pyrrhotite content, or whether the problem has been reported in other parts of the country.A search of ACI’s online archives for “pyrrhotite” turned up just two entries. One of them is an article abstract dating from 1959, which said in part, “In the Oslo region of Norway, alum shales containing small amounts of the unstable iron sulfide, pyrrhotite, produce an unusual form of sulfate attack upon concrete placed in or near these deposits, and cause deterioration if they are used as concrete aggregate.”The rest of the article is behind a pay wall. Problems in Quebec reported in 2002Pyrrhotite-laced aggregate apparently hasn’t attracted much attention in the U.S., but a well-documented case in Quebec near Trois-Rivieres has involved more than a thousand homes, according to the website Pyrite Problem.Reports that houses were showing concrete problems related to the pyrrhotite content of aggregate began trickling in back in 2002. Later, the list of problem structures grew to include more than a thousand houses, a bridge and commercial buildings.The website, the work of an engineering geologist named Tom St. John, includes case histories, a variety of references, and a summary spanning more than a decade of news coverage taken from two Canadian news outlets, La Presse, a website, and Le Nouvelliste, a newspaper.The coverage begins in 2001 when a company called Laurentide Concrete received its first claims for problems related to deteriorating concrete. By 2009, a group called the Concrete Coalition (later the Coalition of Victims of Pyrrhotite) had been formed, and two years later Quebec announced a fund of $15 million, later expanded to $30 million, to help people with failing foundations.According to the website’s summary, a legal battle that began in 2012 eventually resulted in a finding of liability mostly on the part of a concrete company and an engineering consultant of $196 million. The finding was appealed.Last month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the federal government would spend $30 million over three years to help homeowners. An advocates group believes as many as 4,000 homes may be affected, according to a news report. UPDATED May 18 Connecticut homeowners tell their storiesA website for a homeowners’ group called the Connecticut Coalition Against Crumbling Basements says that the homes with problematic concrete in northeastern Connecticut and southern Massachusetts were built in the 1980s and 1990s.“The damage appears to take decades or more to appear, yet there is no magic number or formula to determine the rate at which a home will begin to fail, or when it will become unsound to inhabit,” the site says. “The date range of 1980 to 1998 is only a current estimate.”The only solution appears to be a complete foundation replacement, and neither the state nor homeowners’ insurance companies have been much help.A number of homeowners have posted their stories at the site, recalling expensive and unsuccessful attempts to patch cracking concrete, frustrating conversations with insurance companies, and financial and emotional distress.“The company experts who patched our foundation told us the cracking would stop at some point, and they said their patching would fix the problem,” one homeowner wrote. “We paid them thousands of dollars for patching in 2013 and now the cracking has accelerated. We do not have much time left. I’m 61 years old and we wife is 59, and we are facing serious financial problems.”Another wrote, “In 2012 I considered selling my duplex since the outside work and upkeep cost involved in being a landlord had become physically and financially excessive. It was quite a shock when my realtor told me my home was unsalable due to the crumbling concrete in the foundation of the rental side.“I immediately contacted my insurance company, which informed me they would only cover a collapsed foundation, not one in the process of collapsing,” the account continues. “The irony is, since I reported the problem, I was no longer covered if the house did in fact collapse. In the mind of the insurance company, I was aware of the problem and did not correct it. “last_img read more

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