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Letterkenny will be buzzing with activity at the beginning of July as the town hosts its first Jazz & Blues Festival. The event, in conjunction with Kinnegar Brewing, will be a three day festival of free live music in popular venues from Friday 5th- Sunday 7th July 2019. The Letterkenny Kinnegar Jazz & Blues Festival was officially launched this week at the Kinnegar Brewery, Ballyraine.Over the weekend, music fans can look forward to seeing a line-up of notable Jazz artists, including Grainne Duffy, Paddy Sherlock Band, Miranda Rosenberg and DD & The Delta Boys.Among the launch night’s attendees were publicans from The Orchard, Oasis, Warehouse Bar + Kitchen, Mc Ginleys and The Brewery.Launch of Letterkenny Kinnegar Jazz & Blues Festival, taking place on the 5th, 6th and 7th July 2019 in participating venuesSpeaking to Donegal Daily, Paddy Crossan, the Festival Creative Director said: “It’s great to see all the bars and local businesses in the town getting involved and working together for something of great benefit to the town as a whole.” The design of the festival gives festivalgoers the opportunity to explore the town as each participating bar will be providing entertainment during the day/night.Launch of Letterkenny Kinnegar Jazz & Blues Festival, taking place on the 5th, 6th and 7th July 2019 in participating venues“We would hope that this will be an annual festival if all goes well. This is an entirely voluntary run festival which is great as the people involved have so much passion and drive,” said Mark Black, Festival Director.The launch held had Kinnegar Brewery was quite something. Attendees received a full brewery tour of the site and even got sampling some of the up and coming products.“We are over the moon to have Kinnegar on board as festival sponsor. It was just the perfect fit – a growing brand for a growing festival. Not every town has their own brewery on their doorstep and we couldn’t thank Rick and Libby enough for getting involved on a dream that we turned into reality,” says Dermot O’ Donohue, Assistant Festival Manager.Launch of Letterkenny Kinnegar Jazz & Blues Festival, taking place on the 5th, 6th and 7th July 2019 in participating venuesThe Festival Committee would like to say a special thank you to Graphic Designer Aidan Spence for the festival’s logo design and Browne Printers for their launch night materials.A full programme of events and regular updates will be available on the Letterkenny Kinnegar Jazz & Blues Festival social media platforms over the coming weekend. Launch of Letterkenny Kinnegar Jazz & Blues Festival, taking place on the 5th, 6th and 7th July 2019 in participating venuesLaunch of Letterkenny Kinnegar Jazz & Blues Festival, taking place on the 5th, 6th and 7th July 2019 in participating venuesBig plans unveiled for Letterkenny Kinnegar Jazz & Blues Festival was last modified: May 9th, 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)Tags:EntertainmenteventsLetterkenny Kinnegar Jazz & Blues Festivalmc ginleysMUSICOasisThe Brewerythe orchardwarehouse bar + kitchenWhat’s on?
All About Earth Tubes Belgian Passivhaus is Rendered Uninhabitable by Bad Indoor AirUsing a Glycol Ground Loop to Condition Ventilation Air Reassessing Passive Solar Design PrinciplesMy Earth Tube StoryEarth Tube Ventilation Systems — Applicability in the Canadian Climate Daniel McKinney is reaching four decades into the past for two important features of a new house he plans to build. Both notions were mostly discarded after early attempts at energy efficiency led builders in new directions, but McKinney thinks they may still have some merit.“OK, here’s the basic idea,” he writes at Green Building Advisor’s Q&A forum. “I would like to use an earth tube system to bring fresh air into a very tightly sealed home. I’m also designing the home with a ‘solar stairwell,’ a stairwell that’s exposed to the sun with big windows, with the back wall of the stairwell being made of dark-colored cast concrete.“During cold months,” McKinney continues, “the concrete wall acts as thermal mass, gathering heat during the day and shedding it during the night. Exterior louvered shades above the big windows would keep this wall from getting direct sunlight during the summer. So, the question is this: Would it make sense to duct the earth tube air vertically through the concrete wall?”An earth tube, which is simply a pipe buried in the ground, alters the temperature of incoming air because soil temperatures well below grade don’t change much seasonally. Incoming air is warmed in winter and cooled during the summer. The other part of McKinney’s plan, a heat absorbing, high-mass Trombe wall, was a common feature of many early passive solar homes. The appeal of both of these ideas lies in their simplicity, but many builders and designers now think their flaws outweigh any potential benefit. RELATED ARTICLES Taking necessary precautionsThe idea has obvious appeal, McKinney adds. Fresh air at a temperature that has been moderated by the earth looks a lot better than ambient air when it’s 10°F below zero.“I don’t think that the requirement that a system be designed well should disqualify the idea out of hand,” he says. “A poorly designed and constructed roof can spell disaster for a new home, but does that mean that the idea of a roof is a bad one?”Excavation costs, an argument against earth tubes, will be lower because he plans on doing the work himself, and he can make the earth tube trenches do double duty by using them for utility and water lines as well as earth tubes.Further, he could use a material that’s more thermally conductive than plastic, and design the system so that condensed moisture can’t collect or cause mold growth.“Obviously, the pipe must be pitched at an angle that will allow condensation to flow and not puddle, and that condensate must be able to drain at one end or the other,” McKinney adds. “I’ve seen designs where the tube pitches down toward the building and the condensate drain is in the basement. This seems like a good idea, allowing for that line to be cleaned, and allowing access directly to the earth tube, as long as the desired depth can be achieved and still have the end of the tube accessible inside the basement.”Installing ultraviolet lights at one end of the tube would be another hedge against the contamination of income air by mold, bacteria and fungus, he says.“I am quite fond of more than a few ideas that were born in the ’70s,” he says. “That decade did generate some useful stuff.” Early inspiration from CanadaMcKinney isn’t alone in his interest in earth tubes. Brad Hardie also was intrigued by the technology as he designed a net-zero energy house in New Hampshire. Hardie points to a 2014 guest blog at GBA by Malcolm Isaacs, a Passivhaus pioneer in Canada, who installed earth tubes at his own house.In researching the topic, Hardie wrote to Isaacs to ask whether he’d changed his mind about earth tubes since he installed them, and whether Hardie should incorporate earth tubes in his own design. His plan was to use the tempered incoming air to lower energy demands by piping the earth tubes directly into a Zehnder heat-recovery ventilator instead of installing a Zehnder ComfoFond to moderate outdoor air temperatures.“I have been considering the Zehnder ComfoFond as an add-on to the HRV, but have to admit the idea of using earth tubes has me so much more excited,” he told Isaacs. “Is there anything you would change, add, or omit if you could do it all over again? Some other info: I’ve got a fairly level site, with well draining sandy soil, and I will be doing the excavation myself.”The short answer was, no, Isaacs said. Earth tubes still look like a good idea.“A couple of colleagues have built much more high-end earth tubes than mine recently, with ‘proper’ components,” Isaacs replied, “but I feel that if you’re vigilant and careful then you don’t need custom products to do this — the [earth tube] approach is remarkably resilient. I did everything ‘wrong’ but it still works very well, so I might use a better quality [polyethylene] pipe, but otherwise not much would change next time.”That view is shared by Jason Morosko, a certified Passive House consultant who has been living with an earth tube system for four years. From his experience, McKinney might be able to gain between 500 and 3,500 BTU/h of “free energy” from earth tubes. He invested less than $1,200 in his system of two 8-inch pipes 100 feet long.“Are they worth it?” he asks. “Well, in my climate my [energy recovery ventilator] would require preheat to ventilate at cold outside conditions (times below 12°F). Hence, I would have need of some type of duct heater to keep incoming air warm during cold snaps. Hence, the duct heater is generally an electric resistive device, meaning large instant amp draw for short pulses. Not a lot of energy — but if you are looking at an off-grid house with solar electricity, you do not want spikes of energy use, which are bad for batteries and storage capacity. The load happens at the worse condition (climate timing speaking).“So that is something to consider,” he continues. “Given my cost and experience of four years thus far — yes, it was worth it. Financially, maybe break even at year 4?” Try it, and then let us knowMcKinney seems confident that earth tubes are still relevant, and seems unwilling to let go of the idea. With that in mind, Holladay suggests he just give it a try.“Here’s my advice: go ahead and install an earth tube,” he says. “Keep track of how much it costs to install the earth tube (including an estimate of excavation costs, backfilling costs, and landscaping costs). Install some monitoring equipment for temperature and relative humidity [RH]. You want to measure the temperature and RH of the air right before it enters the HRV. Ideally, you also want to log outdoor temperature and outdoor RH.“After you live in your house for two years, write a blog for GBA about the experience,” he continues. “And remember — if you have mold problems, you can always cut off the earth tube in your basement with a hacksaw and cap it. Then you can install an air intake for your HRV somewhere else.” Who’s right? That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. Making the right choice for the type of pipeMcKinney has been considering a type of pipe called PCD, or polyvinyl coated ductwork, which is a G-90 galvanized steel pipe primed with epoxy and finished with a 4-mil polyvinyl coating. If buried above the water table, McKinney says, it would provide much more thermal conductivity than PVC pipe.It’s not the thermal conductivity of the duct itself isn’t the limiting factor in heat transfer, writes Charlie Sullivan, but the thermal conductivity of the dirt and the thermal transfer between the air the earth tube.“And in other resects,” he says, “the PVC/galvanized steel sounds like the worst possible combination to me: the steel will eventually rust out, and in the meantime, the PVC will outgas into your ‘fresh’ air. I would want a smooth-walled seamless polyethylene tube. (Polyethylene is hard to glue, and so regular HDPE drain pipe would not be ideal — the joints could leak soil gas into the system.)”For these reasons, Sullivan suggests a smaller-diameter buried line in which a glycol mixture is circulated, eliminating the potential for mold that comes with an air system.“Then you spend less money on pipe and take advantage of the better heat transfer with the liquid, which you then connect to a liquid-to-air heat exchanger,” Sullivan says. “It’s pretty clear that that’s not cost-effective, but if you are wanting to do a DIY system and you aren’t too concerned about cost effectiveness, you could probably DIY one of those for less than the Zehnder system.”It’s true, Holladay adds, that a glycol loop brings with it a lower risk of low indoor air quality. But the bottom line is that neither a glycol loop nor an earth tube approach is cost-effective. “They both cost more to install than can ever be justified by future energy savings.” No, this is the wrong approachEarth tubes and Trombe walls are dated concepts, says GBA senior editor Martin Holladay. Don’t bother.“You are entertaining two ideas from the 1970s,” he says. “Both ideas have been substantially discredited, but, like the walking dead, it seems that it takes more than a stake through the heart and a bunch of garlic to keep these ideas where they belong.“Briefly, the added cost to build a Trombe wall or install an earth tube are so high that there is no way that any conceivable future energy savings will ever be enough to justify the investment,” Holladay continues. “In the case of a Trombe wall, the details you describe may actually increase rather than decrease the annual energy load of the house. Earth tubes are expensive to do right — you need a very large diameter duct, buried very deeply, in a very long trench — and are subject to problems with condensation and mold. They don’t save much energy.”Stephen Sheehy wonders why McKinney would consider installing earth tubes when he already is considering mechanical ventilation. Further, there is the prospect of a decline in air quality over time.“I guess what scares me most is that the tube is pretty much impossible to clean, so over time the ‘fresh’ air is likely to get less fresh,” Sheehy writes. Our expert’s opinionGBA technical director Peter Yost added this:I must admit that my building science background creates an almost knee-jerk reaction against earth tubes: To what gain would you intentionally run your fresh air system through underground ducts? And certainly early work with earth tubes was rife with indoor air quality problems, either from the get-go or over time.But there are fully-engineered earth tube systems, such as those being designed by George Sullivan of Net Zero Analysis & Design Corp and by Jason Morosko of UltimateAir that I think should not be dismissed out of hand.Sullivan has done more than a half-dozen earth tube designs, tempering the air exchange in his ERVs with tubes running through 55°F soil temperatures. “In Climate Zone 5 and colder zones, it’s worth it because of the combined heat and cooling effect,” says Sullivan. “In really cold climates, the defrost cycle avoidance is a big plus.” Sullivan has developed his own modeling program to design and predict his earth tube systems.Another consideration is the defrost cycle associated with ERVs and HRVs, which vary by device. For example, the graph shown in Image #2, below, shows the energy associated with defrost cycles from BuildingGreen founder Alex Wilson’s Zehnder’s ERV system.Finally, a word about PVC and CPVC outgassing: While it’s true that both PVC and CPVC pipe outgas, these “rigid” plastic pipe products should not be confused with PVC shower curtains, PVC vinyl siding, etc. These more flexible PVC products contain plasticizers, such as phthalates, which are much more volatile and of much greater concern. [Editor’s note: In an earlier version of this article, GBA published an inaccurate report of energy savings data from an earth tube installation. The error was mine. GBA regrets the error. — Martin Holladay.]
Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell (45) drives past Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jordan Clarkson (8) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — Donovan Mitchell scored 18 points and the Utah Jazz dominated the second half, sending the Cleveland Cavaliers to their eighth straight loss with a 117-91 victory on Friday night.Cleveland (8-31) has the worst record in the NBA, with four of the losses in the streak coming by 20 or more points.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TIP-INSJazz: Mitchell didn’t score until late in the second quarter on a drive to the basket. … Utah, making the second stop on its four-game road trip, won’t return home until Jan. 9 against Orlando.Cavaliers: Sexton, taken with the No. 8 pick in the draft, turned 20 years old Friday. … G Patrick McCaw was given a turnover when his pass sailed close to teammate Jalen Jones, who was walking to the scorers table to check into the game.TRADE PARTNERSThe teams made two deals in 2018. Korver, who played on two NBA Finals in Cleveland, was dealt to Utah for Burks. The deal followed a trade in February that saw Hood join the Cavaliers for Crowder.Korver, who played parts of three seasons with Cleveland, got a big ovation when his picture was shown on the scoreboard during a timeout. Hood had 12 points Friday night.ANOTHER INJURYMatthew Dellavedova missed the game with a sprained left foot. The backup guard, acquired from Milwaukee on Dec. 7, has provided a spark off the bench for the struggling team. Dellavedova is averaging 9.3 points and shooting 49 percent in 11 games.UP NEXTJazz: Visit Detroit on Saturday. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Kyle Korver, acquired from Cleveland in November, was fouled shooting a 3-pointer and made all three shots. Crowder hit a 3-pointer and Utah led 81-71 going to the fourth quarter.Utah’s blitz continued in the fourth on an assortment of 3-pointers and layups that sent fans heading to the exits early.The Cavaliers opened the second quarter with a 14-2 run, sparked by 3-pointers from Rodney Hood, Alec Burks and Channing Frye, and led 45-36. Mitchell scored nine points in the final four minutes, including a 30-foot jumper and Utah trailed 49-48 at halftime.The Cavaliers have struggled all season. Tyronn Lue was fired as coach after four games and Cleveland began the season 0-6. All-Star forward Kevin Love had left foot surgery on Nov. 2, playing in only four games. Love has been cleared to begin some basketball activities, but no timetable has been given for his return.The win was Utah’s first in Cleveland since a 109-100 victory on March 5, 2012.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heat go over .500, top Wizards View comments Cavaliers: Host New Orleans on Saturday. LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Jazz trailed by one at halftime, but outscored the Cavaliers 69-42 in the second half and built a 34-point late in the game. Utah placed eight players in double figures.Jae Crowder, acquired from Cleveland last season, scored 16 points. Ricky Rubio, who was listed at questionable with a sore left foot, added 15 while Rudy Gobert had 12 points and seven rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionAlec Burks scored 17 points and rookie Collin Sexton had 13 for the Cavaliers.Cleveland led 64-61 midway through the third quarter, but Mitchell’s 3-pointer tied the game and began a 20-7 run to end the period. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening
Magnolia’s Mark Barroca and Jio Jalalon told Chito Victolero that they’ll make up for a lackluster Game 1 while getting ready to face Barangay Ginebra in a no-tomorrow match for the Hotshots on Monday night.The dynamic point guards proved that they can walk their talk.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated CEU stays unbeaten; McDavid finally triumphs Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ Jalalon scored 17 points and Barroca accounted for 13 as they led the Hotshots to a 106-77 ripping of the Gin Kings at Smart Araneta Coliseum to forge a deciding Game 3 in their PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinal duel.“They told me Sunday (after an 86-75 loss) that they will go all out in this game. And I’m thankful and proud that those two guys played the games true to their promise,” Victolero said in Filipino as he and his Hotshots gathered the needed momentum—and confidence—for the you-or-me match set Wednesday also at the fabled Big Dome.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsTNT kept its composure behind chief gunner Jayson Castro and held off four-time defending champion San Miguel Beer, 93-88, in the nightcap, to also force a Game 3 on Wednesday.Castro finished with 19 points and nine assists, helping the KaTropa in the stretch together with Troy Rosario and RR Pogoy. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Ian Sangalang scored 21 points to lead the Hotshots, and together with Jalalon and Barroca formed a three-cornered battering ram that chopped down the hulking Gin Kings to size.Jalalon and Barroca, incidentally, combined for just seven points in the series-opening loss.The Hotshots made use of a blistering 11-0 start that kept the Kings at bay the rest of the way.Magnolia’s largest lead came up to 31 late in the final quarter.“The most important thing here was our mind-set: That we needed to go all out,” Victolero said. “This is exactly what we had hoped for—a chance to compete.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Sol Mercado scored 13 for third-ranked Ginebra, who was so out of sorts that it stood as the team-best total in the rout.Ginebra’s imposing frontline of Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar settled for just five points each following a pair of double-doubles in the series opener.“This is a short series,” Victolero said. “We’ll just have to prepare well and just hope the breaks of the next game go our way.”“But I’m liking our chances. We were able to tie it now,” he added. “With the same level of effort and desire, I think we have a chance.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Highlights from the news file for Tuesday, Aug. 8———OTTAWA LOOKING TO BEEF UP BLOOD/ALCOHOL RULES: Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould is considering lowering the legal alcohol limit for licensed drivers, according to a letter she sent to her Quebec counterpart. In the correspondence to Stephanie Vallee dated on May 23, Wilson-Raybould suggests lowering the limit to 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood from the current 80 milligrams. The federal minister said the change would “make it easier to fight the danger posed by drivers who have consumed alcohol.” She said the current rules were established after research indicated the risk of being involved in a car crash was twice as likely when a driver has 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood in his or her system. Wilson-Raybould said the risk is twice as high at 50 milligrams and close to three times as high for 80 milligrams, “and the risk increases exponentially after that.”———GUNS AT BORDER WITH ‘ALARMING FREQUENCY’: Six Americans have been charged with bringing handguns across the New Brunswick border so far this summer, as a Canadian prosecutor says it’s proving difficult to let otherwise law-abiding people know they can’t bring firearms on vacation. “The offences continue to occur with alarming frequency during the summer months,” federal prosecutor Peter Thorn said from Hampton, N.B. Five men — three from Florida, two from New England — pleaded guilty and were fined between $1,500 and $2,000, he said. Thorn, who has prosecuted these cases for years, said most of the people caught are “respectful and law abiding citizens of the U.S.A.” who are unaware handguns are either restricted or prohibited in Canada. He said many don’t realize they can legally declare firearms and leave them behind as they enter the country. Many of the tourists are 60 and older, and from the South.———TRUMP WARNS NORTH KOREA OF ‘FIRE AND FURY’: U.S. President Donald Trump says that North Korea “had best not make any more threats to the United States” or “they will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Trump issued the warning during a briefing on opioid addiction at his golf course in Bedminster, N.J. A Japanese defence paper and a U.S. media report said Tuesday that North Korea may have successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles. That’s a key benchmark in the country’s attempt to become a full-fledged nuclear power. Washington’s alarm over North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s pursuit of a nuclear capability has intensified in the past month after the North conducted two tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles last month.———CANADIAN TEAM TAKING PRECAUTIONS DUE TO STOMACH VIRUS: Canada is moving some of its athletes into new accommodations at the world track and field championships to avoid a stomach bug. Athletes still to arrive in town will stay at a different hotel than the one in central London, where nine Canadian athletes and staff members have become ill, Canadian team doctor Paddy McCluskey said Tuesday. And several Canadian athletes have been moved to higher floors in the hotel. Canadian Eric Gillis dropped out of Sunday’s marathon around the 30-kilometre mark a couple of days after falling ill, and sprinter Aaron Brown said he’d been quarantined after catching the norovirus, which causes vomiting, diarrhea, a low-grade fever and abdominal pain. “The last two days have been better for us in terms of new cases, so I’m really hopeful we’re coming out the other end,” McCluskey said. The outbreak was another bad break for the Canadian team which lost stars Andre De Grasse and Derek Drouin to injury.———ANGUS REJOINS NDP LEADERSHIP CAMPAIGN: NDP leadership hopeful Charlie Angus is shifting back into campaign mode this week after taking a step back to support a gravely ill sibling — a difficult decision for the Ontario MP juggling heightened personal and political demands. After missing last week’s leadership debate in Victoria, B.C., Angus said he has decided to hit the road again while he keeps a close eye on his sister’s health. It is a critical point in the race to replace Tom Mulcair, Angus added, noting his team is trying to strike an appropriate balance. “It is hard to juggle all the balls in the air because you have a campaign that is firing at all cylinders,” Angus said. “It is hard to explain, you want to be there for your sister at all times but you also have to go out and keep pushing the campaign.” The next few weeks of the race will be key for all candidates — the others are Ontario legislator Jagmeet Singh, Manitoba MP Niki Ashton and Quebec MP Guy Caron — as they seek to sign up as many members as possible ahead of an Aug. 17 registration cutoff.———SYSTEMIC RACISM CONSULTATIONS DIVIDING QUEBEC: Quebec is being widely criticized for its plan to launch public consultations on systemic racism, even by those who agree visible minorities face many structural barriers in the province. The debate has highlighted a deep divide among Quebec’s political left, with some people saying the consultations encourage an ideology of victimhood and demonize the province as inherently racist. Some civil rights activists argue the consultations are meaningless unless the government is finally prepared to hold its institutions accountable for failing to uphold racial diversity. Moreover, activists say they will increasingly use the court system to push through changes in society regardless of what comes out of the government’s consultations. Quebec has asked its human rights commission to launch public consultations on systemic discrimination and racism. Only discussion on discrimination involving race, colour or ethnic and national origin will be allowed when the hearings begin in September. The goal, the government said, is to forge “concrete and durable” solutions in order to “fight these problems.”———SMALL GROUP PROFITING FROM AIRBNB RENTALS, STUDY FINDS: New research suggests a small number of large commercial property owners are the most successful on Airbnb and are eating up the local supply of housing in Canada’s three largest cities in the process. A team of urban planners from McGill University looked at Airbnb trends in Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto and noted a 50 per cent increase in the number of short-term rental properties year over year. Using figures from an analytics firm, lead author David Wachsmuth says his team found that 10 per cent of hosts account for the lion’s share of yearly revenue in the three Canadian cities. The study, which is entitled “Short-term Cities: Airbnb’s Impact on Canadian Housing Markets,” published Tuesday. Airbnb is calling the McGill study baseless and says data was manipulated to misrepresent the profile of Airbnb hosts. A spokeswoman says 80 per cent of its users engage in short-term rentals of their primary residence to earn additional money.———HIP BONE DISCOVERY SHAKES UP DINO FAMILY TREE: Dinosaur hip bones unearthed by a University of Alberta paleontology student are shaking up the family tree of a group of small meat-eaters that lived 75 million years ago. Aaron van der Reest found the pelvis of what was believed to be a Troodon formosus three years ago in Dinosaur Provincial Park southeast of Calgary. But the pubis bone of the dinosaur was rotated backward instead of pointing straight down, like in other specimens. After further research, it was determined that Troodon formosus is no longer a valid classification. Two new species have taken its place, and there could be even more to follow as more bones are examined. One of the new species was named for van der Reest’s late mother. She died of cancer a year before the discovery. Van der Reest says she’d probably be amused that a dinosaur was named after her and it was the least he could do to honour her memory.———MAN CHALLENGES CFIA RULING ON WEST BANK WINES: A Winnipeg man says he is challenging a decision made by the federal food inspection agency last month that allowed two wines produced in the West Bank region to continue to be sold in Canada with the label “Product of Israel.” David Kattenburg, a university instructor, says his lawyer has filed a formal complaint with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s complaints and appeals office, claiming the agency did not follow Canadian and international law in making its decision. The CFIA ruled in July that two wines, made at the Psagot Winery and Shiloh Winery in the West Bank, could be sold in Canada with the label “Product of Israel” because of the terms of the Canadian-Israel Free Trade Agreement. The Canadian government does not recognize permanent Israeli control over several territories occupied in 1967, including the West Bank. But under the agreement cited by the CFIA, Israel refers to any territory where the country’s customs laws are applied. Kattenburg says labelling the West Bank wines as originating in Israel is fraudulent.———TORONTO COP HELPS ALLEGED SHOPLIFTER: A Toronto police officer who purchased a shirt and tie for an alleged shoplifter after learning the young man needed the items for an upcoming job interview said Tuesday that he wanted to show kindness to someone who had fallen on hard times. Const. Niran Jeyanesan said the case unfolded Sunday night when he and his partner were called to a Walmart in the city’s north end in response to a report of shoplifting. The would-be thief had attempted to steal a long-sleeved shirt, a tie and a pair of socks, he said, adding such items are not common targets for shoplifters. Jeyanesan said the unusual merchandise prompted him to try and dig deeper and find out the reasons behind the teen’s actions. The story he heard was of a young man in a time of crisis, he said. His family had recently lost their home after his father — the main bread-winner — fell seriously ill, he said, adding the 18-year-old felt mounting pressure to fill the financial void and help provide for his parents and younger siblings.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 11, 2018 – Nassau – At the recent Opening Reception for “Medium” and the Unveiling of the Gates Commission at the National Art Gallery, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard said in his view culture can have a calming effect if applied to issues of concern currently being dealt with in society.For example, in the ongoing fight against crime Minister Pintard said: “If you take the young man who has a case of self-hatred – which enables him to take the life of someone who looks identical to him, who sounds just like him – and you were to introduce him to a setting like this, where he is able to recognize skills that he has that have never been validated in the society, he begins to see the world differently,” Minister Pintard said. “He begins to explore certain things in his mind and, more importantly, in his heart, he – or she – has an epiphany.”Minister Pintard said that what his Ministry is doing is asking individuals in society to embrace the creative within themselves. He added that it could aid in taking the thousands of “disconnected” young people and reconnect them to themselves through the Arts, presenting Bahamian society with a reasonable chance of “doing something transformative” in The Bahamas.Minister Pintard reiterated that it was important to use art as a “national development tool” that helps Bahamian society see the value of the industry, and an image of themselves that they could be in love with and embrace.“It is art that helps us to dismantle the xenophobia that exists in so many societies in The Bahamas, that helps us to look beyond the socio-economic brackets and embrace people from all strata,” he said.Minister Pintard also suggested that art is the “glue” that helps to bring Bahamian society together. “Let us continue to fund the Arts,” Minister Pintard said to patrons, in particular, that evening.“I honestly believe that we can start a revolution in this country,” he said. “We wish for our young people to pursue their passion and, of course, to make their passion pay their bills.“We have far too many surgeons holding a scalpel when they would really rather be holding a paintbrush or a torch to cut a piece of iron – far too many persons who are displaced because they have not had enough ‘face time’ with themselves, quiet time, and courage to pursue their passion.”By: Eric Rose (BIS) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
On the eve of Paris Saint-Germain’s trip to the Stadio San Paolo, Thomas Tuchel has gone public to praise his team performance against LilleThe Parisians have recorded their 12th successive Ligue 1 triumph, setting a new record in top five European leagues. Led by the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, the reigning French champions seem virtually unstoppable in the national championship.However, things are not going as smooth as expected in the Champions League. Apart from a devastating 6-1 win over Red Star Belgrade, PSG have lost to Liverpool and barely secured a 2-2 draw with Napoli at Parc des Princes.In a post-match interview on Friday night, Tuchel has hailed his players, labeling a 2-1 victory over Lille a ‘best performance of his team this season,’ which has been broadcasted by the Sport 360.“I think it was our best match this season,” former Borussia Dortmund coach said.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“It was necessary against this opponent, and it will also be necessary on Tuesday night. Napoli have a different style, and it will be a big challenge.“The team is confident after this game. It was necessary to play with a lot of quality, and we did.“It was a wonderful performance. There was a lot of structure, possession of the ball, we closed the spaces. We were very serious, very disciplined, and we have to congratulate my team.”Paris Saint-Germain will take Napoli on Tuesday, as Tuchel hopes to see his side achieving the first road points in Europe this season.
Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri described fans who were allegedly heard signing a racist song at Watford as “stupid”In the Boxing Day match at Vicarage Road, a small crowd of Chelsea supporters were reportedly heard chanting a racist song.Earlier this month, Chelsea suspended four supporters that aimed racial abuse at Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling.But more individuals allegedly got involved in the anti-Semitic chants during the Blues’ Europa League match at MOL Vidi in Budapest shortly afterwards.While unaware if the allegations at Watford are true, Sarri insisted that the “stupid people” are not a fair reflection on the Chelsea fanbase.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I didn’t hear anything,” said Sarri, according to SportsMax.“But I think first of all I want to speak with my club. Second, I don’t want to generalise.“For the 99 per cent of cases, our fans are very good, are wonderful. Then in every community I think there are some stupid [people].“Altogether we have to fight against the stupid people, but not against the Chelsea fans.”An Eden Hazard double gave Chelsea a 2-1 win over Watford on Wednesday.