Job Vacancy: Busy Buncrana company seeks Office Administrator

first_imgJob Vacancies: A Buncrana-based fuel and oil trading company are seeking staff to join their hard-working team.Coyle Coal Donegal are recruiting for an administrator for their busy fuel office.Applicants must have previous office experience. Hours of work: 9am to 6pm. To apply, email your details in confidence to [email protected] Vacancy: Busy Buncrana company seeks Office Administrator was last modified: February 5th, 2018 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) Tags:buncranacoyle coalfuel officeInishowenOffice Administratorlast_img read more

Lady Spartans win in 5 over Foothill; Cardinals, Bulldogs, Warriors win in straight sets

first_imgPalo Cedro >> The Red Bluff Lady Spartans continued their winning ways Thursday evening, beating the Foothill Cougars 3 sets to 2 in a non-league match.The Cougars took the first set 28-26 but the Spartans bounced back to take the next two sets, 25-20 and 25-21. The Cougars rebounded to win the fourth set 25-23 but Red Bluff took the tie-breaker 15-6.Ashley Tignore racked up 26 digs in the win and was named player of the match by coach Kelli Mustaine.Logan Wheeler had 24 kills, 2 aces, 9 …last_img read more

Tim Clark captures Canadian Open

first_img29 July 2014South Africa’s Tim Clark captured the PGA Tour’s RBC Canadian Open on Sunday, storming to the title by carding five birdies on an inward nine of 30 to take a one-shot victory over third-round leader Jim Furyk.The victory, achieved on the Royal Montreal Golf Club’s Blue Course, was Clark’s second on the PGA Tour. He previously won the Players Championship in 2010.Furyk, a two-time winner of the Canadian Open, carried a three-shot lead into the final round, but couldn’t respond to Clark’s furious finish‘Suddenly I got hot’“It looked like Jim wasn’t going to make any mistakes. He was pretty solid, so I knew I had to make birdies. At that point, there was nothing to lose. Suddenly I got hot and I went with it,” Clark said afterwards.“Any national Open to me is special and it’s an honour for me to be the Open champion,” Clark told reporters.OptimisticVictory was a very welcome result for the South African star, who had struggled for consistent form in recent times after undergoing major elbow surgery in 2011. With his confidence restored by the win, he was optimistic that he could build upon it. “If I stay in this sort of frame of mind, there’s no reason why I can’t keep it going,” Clark said.All four of his rounds were comfortably in the sixties. He opened with successive 67s, followed by a six-under-par 64 and a 65 to finish on 17-under 263.Furyk closed with a one-under-par 69 to end on 16-under 264, three shots clear of third placed Justin Hicks, who totalled a 13-under-par 267.Els, Goosen on songClark was not the only South African on song in the Canadian Open. Ernie Els also showed some decent form and finished in a tie for twelfth, as did Retief Goosen.“It is one of the oldest national opens in world golf and as a player you feel that sense of national pride from the fans and from the sponsors and the people running the tournament,” Els wrote on his website“It’s fun to be a part of it and even more so when you play some good stuff, as I did on the way to finishing tied-12th last week. So pleased to see my old mate Tim Clark back in the winner’s circle, too.“Anyway, that’s my best finish in a strokeplay tournament in 2014, which says a lot about my year, but never mind that, I’ll take some positives away from Montreal.”LeaderboardEls tied with seven others on eight-under 272 after rounds of 70, 67, 69 and 66. Goosen went around in rounds of 69, 67, 69 and 67.Charl Schwartzel shared 43rd position on three-under 277 after posting a 66, 72, 70 and 69 scorecard.Thomas Aiken made the cut, but away in the last two rounds to end on five-over 285.last_img read more

“Northern pike!”

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest “Northern pike!”I opened up my eyes to my six-year-old’s gruff voice with his face about an inch away from mine on the first morning of a recent trip to my family’s cabin on a lake in southern Michigan. I looked across the room to the clock: 6:40 a.m.He had been up until nearly midnight the previous evening and I figured my son would sleep in for a while as result. Not the case. By the time I had poured a cup of coffee he had his fishing pole in hand and was headed to the dock.Leading up to the trip, we had talked about the various fish species we could possibly catch in the lake, but the one of most interest was clearly the northern pike. We spent several days researching the fish online to see what baits could work best, the preferred habitats and its habits.Since my childhood, my brothers and I have shared a similar affinity for the allure of the elusive “fish of a thousands casts.” Each morning around 7 a.m. or so, there is surface water movement near the dock of the cabin in the adjacent shallows that indicates something very large is looming just below. We have long assumed that it had to be a pike and have had many broken fishing lines — but no actual fish — to ever show for it. Even after decades of trying, my brothers, father and I have never caught a northern pike on that lake. Inevitably, legendary fish tales have evolved through years about the supposed near misses we have had with this monstrous beast of the lake that remained just beyond the reach of our fishing nets.It was a crisp morning and a thin mist rose up from the warm, still waters through the slanted rays of the eastern sun. Between my son and I, we had three poles in the water. We were focused on the task at hand when, almost on cue at 7 a.m., there was a violent splash to the left of the dock, over near the lilies growing in the shallows. We missed the surfacing of the beast but clearly saw the wake that remained.My son’s eyebrows raised: “Northern pike?”Indeed.We fished on that morning and over the course of the next couple of days. We caught a score of bluegill, a couple catfish, a few rock bass and a large-mouth or two. As expected, no pike.Later in the week a friend of mine brought his bass boat and two teenage sons with him for a couple days of fishing. My son and I loaded in the boat with them and cruised over to a neighboring attached lake. The fishing was fairly slow, though we did catch a beautiful red-ear sunfish. My son was quickly losing interest in fishing for the day, and for the week. He was more enamored with the bass boat and the new tackle box full of lures it held. He was also quite fond of the bag of pretzels we’d brought along.We dropped anchor over a narrow strip of shallow water with heavy weed growth. Our fishing hadn’t improved much. We reeled in the lines, all but one with a pink lure that was left dangling over the side of the boat. My friend’s son jigged the line a couple of times when a violent commotion stirred the weeds below. Something hit the line HARD. There was a flash of a tail under water. Bass? Maybe…no. Not a bass.After what seemed to be an eternity, the catch was netted. It was not trophy sized, by any means, but was definitely worthy of a quick few photos on my phone and a flurry of social media torment to my father and brothers who were not present. After flailing his torpedo-like body around in the net, the fish grew still and glared at us from his new, foreign surroundings.My son looked at me with a question in his eyes.“Wow,” I nodded and smiled in somber reverence. “Northern pike.”last_img read more

Are High-Performance Windows Worth Their High Cost?

first_imgWindowsGlazing RELATED ARTICLES Windows Glass, Ratings and InstallationChoosing Triple-Glazed Windows Q&A: Serious Windows vs. Thermotech Fibertec, Inline, Accurate DorwinMaking the Case for Triple-Glazed WindowsAll About Glazing Options GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE Payback is a more complex than it looksGBA senior editor Martin Holladay doesn’t find much to challenge in George’s number-crunching, but he points to three other factors that are worth considering.First, although current energy prices make the more expensive windows hard to justify, there’s no guarantee that fuel prices will remain that low.Second, a house with triple-glazed windows will ride out a wintertime power outage better than a house with double-glazed windows because it won’t cool off as quickly.And third, Holladay writes, “Triple-glazed windows provide comfort advantages that can’t be quantified. When it’s below zero outdoors, you can sit in a chair beside a triple-glazed window and not feel cold. That’s worth something.”Kevin O’Meara speaks to that last point in recalling a Thanksgiving dinner he sat through at a friend’s house. The dining table was next to a big picture window. “Even with the thick drapes pulled it was miserable to be sitting next to the window,” O’Meara said. “My feet were freezing!”Another way of looking at the numbers comes from Eric Tollefson, who points out that if George plans to borrow money to build his house, then net cash flow trumps payback. “By that I mean you can calculate that at 5% for a 30-year mortgage, borrowing $1,000 costs roughly $65 per year. (Insert figures appropriate to your financing situation here),” Tollefson says. “So, if you spend $3,000 to upgrade the windows, that will add about $195 per year to the mortgage. But, if that upgrade saves $200 or more a year in energy costs, it will be cash-flow-positive from Day One. You could also say that it has a 15-year payback, but that really only applies if you’re paying out-of-pocket.” Randy George is in the final planning stages for a new house he will be building this summer in Vermont, and from the sound of it he won’t have much trouble staying warm through those long winters.In addition to R-45 walls, an R-65 roof and R-20 slab, the house will have air infiltration rates lower than one air change per hour at 50 pascals of depressurization. Although not quite meeting the Passivhaus standard, that’s extremely tight construction.George wants his windows to have a U-factor of no more than 0.2 (equal to R-5), but his contractor tells him he doubts that windows meeting that criterion will be worth the expense. “All along I’ve felt that one of the high-performance Canadian windows would be critical to the performance of our house,” George writes in his Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor. CONSTRUCTION DETAILS But after meeting with the contractor, George went back to the heat-load calculator he’d been using for another look. While his original calculations showed that he’d need a heating system capable of producing 20,000 Btuh, reducing the R-value of his windows from 5 to 3 would only boost that to 22,500 Btuh. Projected heating costs would go up only $150 a year. Even after juggling the numbers slightly — boosting the required Btu and adjusting the cost of propane upwards — the difference in heating costs would be about $200 a year.“I’m assuming that the cost difference between these windows would be several thousand,” George writes. “This is making me question the wisdom of the good windows. Can anyone tell me what I’m missing in all of this, or is there a little too much hype surrounding the ‘good’ windows?” Not worth the costRaff Winks also went through extensive mental gymnastics in evaluating various types of windows for a 500-sq. ft. glass curtain wall — and he came to the conclusion that triple-pane units weren’t worth the extra cost.“After researching/costing and comparing double vs. triple performance data, I felt that the additional cost of triple-pane windows was not worth the marginal performance gains,” Winks says. “The glass industry has a lot of catching up to do, but with only three or four major glass suppliers, it might be a while before we see affordable, high-performance windows.“IMO, the current market offerings are falling short of the type of performance we should be installing in our high-performance homes.” Getting the heat gain you needIn addition to the window’s U-factor, which rates the window’s resistance to heat flow, another important attribute is the window’s solar heat gain coefficient, or SHGC, which describes the heating effect of sunlight striking the window. (For more on that and other window performance characteristics listed on the manufacturer’s label, visit the National Fenestration Rating Council .)John Klingel surmises that inexpensive windows won’t give George the right SHGC. (In northern climates, windows with a high SHGC are beneficial.) “Cheapos will not likely have what you need,” Klingel says. “My guess is [that you need] a value of about 0.4 or higher, at least on the south side. I’ll be using 0.58. I suspect that proper SHGC windows will do a lot toward paying for themselves.”The relationship between the SHGC and the window’s U-factor also has Matthew Amann somewhat puzzled. He writes that buying triple-glazed windows from his preferred manufacturer would give him a lower U-factor (a good thing) but also lower SHGC (not so good). Plus, it would add $6,000, or 30%, to the cost of his windows.“Most standard low-e glass is going to lower the SHGC along with U-factor when triple glazed, and I don’t think I can honestly sell someone on clear glass and get fading callbacks, so the dilemma continues. Let’s tickle two birds with one feather and get to some specifics on window glass and glazing on this thread…”To that end, Holladay points to a useful chart comparing window Energy Ratings published by Thermotech Fiberglass, a well-regarded Canadian window manufacturer. The higher the ER rating, the better the window for southern Canada and northern New England, he adds. Does the contractor have an ax to grind?Keith Gustafson introduces another possibility: is the contractor in George’s situation suggesting the cheaper windows because it’s to his advantage? “Not to unnecessarily trash a profession,” Gustafson writes, “but contractors make money by using slightly cheaper materials than asked for. It is just business. It is your job to make sure that you get what you want.”The suggestion rubs Aaron Vander Meulen the wrong way. “I’m sorry you feel this way,” he says. “… Actually, we make more money, due to discounts, by using higher cost materials; 10% off $1,000 in poplar trim is more than 10% of $500 in MDF. And if you’re getting billed for poplar, but getting MDF, then that’s fraud.“Windows are even easier to see if you’re getting what you want by looking at the sticker right on the window,” he adds. “If your contractor hurries up and takes those off immediately, be afraid. Get a reputable contractor. One you can TRUST. By the way, we probably won’t be the cheapest.”“First, I apologize,” Gustafson replies. “Second: Fer cryin’ out loud, how polite must one be? I quite specifically did not indict all contractors. It must be mentioned, that for one reason or another, if a contractor suggests either a more expensive or less expensive product, their motives are fair game. If you guys don’t think that a lot of contractors out there would push an inferior product because the margin is 2 percent better, well, you have lived a charmed life… I hope that every one of your customers is your friend for life; that would be awesome. Life is not always that perfect.” How to Install Windows Right: Building Plans for Leak-Free Windows and Siding Our expert’s opinionHere’s what GBA technical director Peter Yost had to say:Good points all around from GBAers on this Q&A. Some additional points to consider:1. Payback: I have always had trouble with payback calculations, whether simple or net value. Each relies on some assumption about the relationship between current and future prices of energy, a relationship that is inherently unstable even for short periods of time, much less decades. Count on energy prices going up and up, and always purchase as much performance as you possibly can.2. Low-e: Not all low-e coatings are the same when it comes to associated solar heat gain coefficients (SHGC). Pyrolitic or hard-coat low-e coatings typically have much higher SHGC, so it’s worth shopping around for higher SHGC for cold climates.3. Window attachments: Another option is to explore high-performance window attachments to boost the heat loss reduction of windows at night in the winter, in this case. BuildingGreen is currently working with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories on ways to fairly and more accurately assess and compare the thermal performance of window attachments, like shades, quilts, and low-e storm windows. Although I can’t report specifically on the results yet, I can tell you that some window attachments are performing very well, in terms of air tightness and added overall thermal resistance. The results of the first year of this project will be available within the next month or so, on the Web — stay tuned.I can tell you that if the attachment you select has good or excellent thermal performance and gives you other features you would need for your windows anyway — privacy, dayligthing, glare control, and solar gain control in the summer — there is some economy in multifunction window attachments.last_img read more