Donegal house prices are lowest in Ireland – REA

first_imgThe price of the average house in County Donegal remains the lowest in Ireland at €95,000 for a 3-bed semi-detached home.The figure has remained unchanged over the past year, according to the Real Estate Alliance. The REA Average House Price Survey, released today, concentrates on the actual sale price of Ireland’s typical stock home, giving an up-to-date picture of the second-hand property market to the close of last week.“Supply of three-bed semi-detached homes across the county is limited,” said Paul McElhinney of REA McElhinney in Milford, where an average three-bed semi costs €95,000 and remains on the market for six weeks.“We are seeing that market demand for what is available is fair.”The average semi-detached house nationally now costs €236,028, the latest REA Average House Price Survey has found – a rise of 0.05% on the first three months of 2019.Donegal house prices are lowest in Ireland – REA was last modified: June 24th, 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)last_img read more

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How Green Is Your Meat?

first_imgI was thinking about what to throw on the grill this weekend when my friend Bill Beasley sent me an E-mail about the greenhouse gas (GHG) impact of various types of meat. I had generally understood there was a “bovine flatulence problem” with eating beef and that it was better to choose chicken or lamb for the grill. But Bill had gone the extra mile to put numbers to the green house gas impact of commercially raised chicken as compared to Beef, Pork, and Lamb.What he discovered made him decide to become a vegetarian…Beef cattle produce methane (CH4) mostly from enteric fermentation, meaning digestion (and flatulence), and a little from manure management (not free-range). Their total annual methane output in 2007 was 102.4 Terra-grams carbon dioxide equivalent (Tg CO2 eq.)Due to methane’s long shelf life (mixes well and hangs around longer), it is estimated that for equal quantities, it is 23 times more damaging to our atmosphere than CO2. We have 96 million cattle to 300 million people in America, 3 humans per cow.Comparing this to 2007 US transportation emissions and to our residential housing industry’s annual emissions one can summarize (again, just comparing CH4 to CO2 emissions)…Transportation CO2: 1,887 Tg CO2 eq.Residential CO2: 341 Tg CO2 eq.Beef cattle CH4: 102 Tg CO2 eq.Our consumption of beef is equivalent to 30% of all residential GHG production, or 5% of all transportation GHG production!So I’ll be cutting way back on the steaks and burgers this summer.But what about other meats? Bill calculated the GHG contribution per pound of chicken, lamb, and pork from both the life cycle of the animal and the disposal of the manure.As expected, poultry is the lowest GHG emitter, with 277 Mega-Grams eq./ million pounds (Mg CO2 eq/ 1M) lbs of meat. And beef cattle are the worst, with 1,741 Mg CO2 eq/ 1M lbs of meat, so beef has 6.3 times the GHG impact of chicken.Second on the list is lamb, with 356 Mg CO2 eq/ 1M lbs of meat or 1.3 times the GHG impact of poultry. Most lamb is pasture raised, with very low methane production related to their manure, and virtually no antibiotics and pesticides involved. So, considering animal cruelty and the health of your family, that marinated, butterflied leg of lamb is looking pretty appetizing.Pork barbeque, my local favorite here in NC, doesn’t fare so well with 1,121 Mg CO2 eq/ 1M lbs of meat, or 4.1 times the GHG impact of poultry. But this is largely due to the factory farm management process with over 90% of it’s methane coming from the hog waste lagoons.But many small family farms are now producing pasture-raised, antibiotic-free pork. If we assume that pork raised in this way has about twice the waste-related methane as lamb, then we can calculate that it would come in at 125 Mg CO2 eq/ 1M lbs of meat, or half the GHG impact of chicken.What to drink with it? Consider a glass of the greenest beverage.I can see the marketing slogan already:“Pasture-raised pork, the other green meat.”last_img read more

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Revisiting an Energy Saving Handbook from 1979

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Rummaging through the shelves of a used book store, my son Noah came across an old paperback called Energy Saving Handbook. Written by James W. Morrison, the book was published by Harper & Row in 1979.A brief web search failed to reveal any biographical information about the author. However, I discovered that the book was published under several different titles, and was distributed by at least four state energy offices. Morrison’s book may have been funded by the U.S. Department of Energy; some of its chapters seem to have been repurposed from government brochures.This book came out at an interesting time for the field of residential energy efficiency (1979). It was six years after the first oil price shock (the 1973 OPEC oil embargo); three years after the Department of Energy launched the Weatherization Assistance Program; and two years after Gautam Dutt, the discoverer of the thermal bypass, had his “aha!” moment in a New Jersey attic. In 1979, the Iranian revolution caused turmoil in the international oil market — precipitating the second oil price shock of the 1970s.Back in 1979, in spite of Gautam Dutt’s 1977 epiphany, most weatherization workers still had an incomplete understanding of how air leakage affected home energy bills. That’s not too surprising, considering the fact that blower doors were not yet commercially available. (Gadsco began marketing the first blower doors in 1980.)By the late 1970s, residential energy experts were beginning to pay attention to airtightness. In the “Energy Saving Handbook,” Morrison notes, “To determine the heat loss from infiltration, it is necessary to know the rate of air movement through the homes. Most houses undergo from one to three air changes per hour, depending on construction.”Morrison’s estimates of the average natural air changes per hour in older homes was probably accurate. By today’s… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

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Free Filmmaking Wisdom

first_imgFilm IndependentFilm Independent’s mission is to “champion the cause of independent film and support a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision.” They do that through a whole host of various events, communities, festivals and forums. In these sound bites you get a sense of the quality of a Film Independent event and the quality of the discussions. If you can get to one, you definitely should. The global filmmaking community is an invaluable resource for established and aspiring filmmakers alike. Bookmark these great online resources for insightful filmmaking wisdom.If you’re just starting out on your filmmaking career then learning from those who have gone before you is a fantastic way to help find your feet in an ever changing industry. Today’s technology opens the doors to anyone who wants to make a film, even just on their iPhone, as long as they have the will to make it happen.We all need wisdom, encouragement and inspiration along the way so it is well worth dipping in and out of these great resources on a regular basis for an extra boost to keep pursuing your filmmaking dreams.Film CourageFilm Courage offers excellent nuts and bolts advice to independent filmmakers in a straight shooting format. If you want to hear from expert professionals who have living and breathing what they’re describing (most having started from scratch) this is the place to start.Film Courage covers every practical aspect of filmmaking from networking, financing, writing, directing and much more. Time spent here is time well spent. BAFTA GuruThe BAFTA Guru series is a hugely impressive collection of lectures, interviews and short insights from a star studded collection of actors, directors, producers, writers, editors, sound designers and more. You could spend hours and hours absorbing all of these opinions and perspectives so it’s probably best to focus your attention the creative sphere that most interests you.center_img BFI – Ask An ExpertThe British Film Institute has a great YouTube channel called ‘Ask an Expert‘ which features some fantastic Q&A’s with world renown filmmaking experts including directors, actors, documentary makers and more. All of the questions have been suggested via Facebook and Twitter, so if you want to be to post a question – keep an eye on those social networks.last_img read more

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Congress, NCP begin talks on seat sharing for Assembly polls

first_imgThe Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Tuesday held their first meeting to discuss a seat sharing arrangement for the upcoming Assembly polls in the State.“We held a primary meeting today. The issue of seat sharing isn’t of concern to us as we are concentrating on winning the election and ensuring that our front’s Chief Minister comes to power. We are not to judge each other’s strength and demand seats based on that. On the contrary we will be working as a united front to win the election,” said newly- appointed Maharashtra Congress committee president Balasaheb Thorat.“The only criteria is the candidate’s capability to win the election. We are concerned only about that,” he said.In the 2009 Assembly polls, Congress contested 174 seats while NCP fought on 114. In 2014, both parties contested independently. A group within the NCP is demanding an equal seat share based on the changed political equations as Congress has only one MP from Maharashtra compared to four from the NCP.In reply to a question on sharing of seats with allies, Mr. Thorat said no such discussion was held, and added, “This is a continuous process. The decision on how many seats will be shared with whom will be taken in next meetings.” Both the parties however, are far from reaching a consensus on the division of 288 Assembly seats as they may have to incorporate several other players such as the Raju Shetti-led Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghtana (SSS), left parties, Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA), factions of Republican Party and possibly, the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS).Mr. Thorat also said that no discussion on MNS took place in Tuesday’s meeting.last_img read more

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PBA D-League: Family Mart-Enderun stuns AMA for breakthrough win

first_imgValandre Chauca put up 24 points, all from beyond the arc, seven rebounds and seven assists to lead the Titans, who snapped a seven-game slide in the Aspirants Group.Titans head coach Pipo Noundou said the previous losses just proved talent and hunger are within the team.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, logistics“We never doubted that we’re going to get at least one win,” said Noundou. “All the losses we had were just by single digits. It means we’re close but with the lack of experience, we just had to adjust, and we took the challenge.”Richard Escoto proved his worth underneath coming away with 17 points and 10 rebounds for Family Mart-Enderun while John Vidal and Mark Gatdula had 17 and 14 points, respectively. 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 Family Mart-Enderun broke away from a close 81-78 game to end the with third with a 35-point explosion in the fourth.Joshua Munzon had 30 points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists but couldn’t lift AMA as his team dropped to a 2-6 record.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport MANILA, Philippines—Family Mart-Enderun pulled off a stunner and blasted AMA Online Education, 116-94, in the 2019 PBA D-League Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: NU Bulldogs clinch back-to-back UAAP men’s volleyball titles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too View commentslast_img read more

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BC teen gives away tickets to Ellen Degeneres show plans O Canada

first_imgVANCOUVER – A 14-year-old girl’s quest to give away two tickets to Ellen Degeneres’s appearance in Vancouver has turned into an 82-ticket giveaway complete with all the “winners” singing O Canada before show time.Capri Everitt had planned to award two tickets to the “best Canadian fans” based on their performance of the national anthem with her outside Rogers Arena on Friday night.Everitt says she earned the money for the tickets by busking in downtown Vancouver and wanted to pass them on to others as part of a pre-show performance to welcome the American entertainer.The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade heard about her idea and donated 80 tickets, and the teen has given them to various multicultural societies so kids they serve can have a chance to see Degeneres.Everitt says everyone who’s already been given a ticket will join her to sing O Canada before they enter the arena, and their own little show will include the flags of 80 countries where she has travelled with her family.The Grade 9 student says she sang the national anthem of each country she visited, and in the native language, during a nine-month trip two years ago as part of her “Around the World in 80 Anthems” tour.She says her global trip to raise money for a children’s charity helped her feel grateful about Canada’s multiculturalism.“I really learned to appreciate that because it’s such a beautiful thing and not every country has it,” she says.Everitt, 14, says she wanted to give away tickets to Degeneres’s show because “she believes in welcoming everyone no matter what their sexual orientation is or their culture and I believe her fans and her supporters do too.“I want Ellen to know that Vancouver, and Canada in general, is such a multicultural and amazing place to live. And I want her to know we’re very welcoming.”Everitt says youth groups singing the national anthem of their native country, including Colombia, Croatia, China, Israel and the Philippines, will also be joining her outside Rogers Arena, along with the 80 ticket holders singing O Canada and those vying to win the two original tickets to see Degeneres.She says she learned the anthems of each country before leaving on her trip by contacting staff at various embassies and through people in Vancouver’s diverse community.Everitt says she’ll decide who gets the original two tickets when they sing the anthem together.last_img read more

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Ancient stone pillars offer clues of comet strike that changed human history

first_img Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2017 Phys.org Wall pillars with three animal symbols in series. Part a) is pillar 2 from Enclosure A, while part b) is pillar 38, Enclosure D (images courtesy of Travel The Unknown). Researchers suggest comet most likely cause of Chicxulub crater (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with the University of Edinburgh has found what they describe as evidence of a comet striking the Earth at approximately the same time as the onset of the Younger Dryas in carvings on an ancient stone pillar in southern Turkey. The group has published their findings in the journal Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry. Constellations around Scorpius (Western Lore). Credit: B. Sweatman, D. Tsikritsiscenter_img Prior evidence based on ice cores taken from Greenland has suggested that a strike by a comet may have led to the onset of the Younger Dryas—a period of Earth cooling that lasted for approximately 1000 years. Other evidence also suggests that the cooling period caused groups of people to band together to cultivate crops, leading to the development of agriculture, which in turn led to huge leaps in technological innovations and societal developments, i.e. Neolithic civilization. In this new effort, the researchers describe evidence they found on a stone pillar at Gobekli Tepe (the oldest known temple site) that aligns with the ice core findings—that a comet struck the Earth in approximately 10,950BC.The pillar was created by the people of Gobekli Tepe and now appears to have served as a means of commemorating a devastating event—perhaps a comet breaking up and its remnants crashing into the Earth, causing an immediate environmental impact around the globe and possible loss of life (one of the characters on the pillar was of a headless human.) The team fed likenesses of the images carved onto the pillar (known as the vulture stone) into a computer to determine if they might be linked with constellations. Doing so revealed associations between characters on the pillar and astronomical symbols in the sky for the year 10,950 BC. The fact that the people took the time and considerable effort to create the characters on the pillar suggests something very important must have happened during the same time period that the Greenland ice core suggests a comet struck, approximately 10,890BC. Pillar 43, Enclosure D, also known as the Vulture Stone of Göbekli Tepe. Credit: Martin B. Sweatman and Dimitrios Tsikritsis The researchers have concluded that the carvings on the pillar were likely meant to document the cataclysmic event and suggest that the temple may have been an observatory. They also report that they found evidence of changes to the Earth’s rotational axis as a result of the comet strike. Citation: Ancient stone pillars offer clues of comet strike that changed human history (2017, April 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-04-ancient-stone-pillars-clues-comet.html More information: DECODING GÖBEKLI TEPE WITH ARCHAEOASTRONOMY: WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY? (pp.233-250). B. Sweatman, D. Tsikritsis, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.400780 , http://www.maajournal.com/Issues2017a.php (PDF)ABSTRACTWe have interpreted much of the symbolism of Göbekli Tepe in terms of astronomical events. By matching low-relief carvings on some of the pillars at Göbekli Tepe to star asterisms we find compelling evidence that the famous ‘Vulture Stone’ is a date stamp for 10950 BC ± 250 yrs, which corresponds closely to the proposed Younger Dryas event, estimated at 10890 BC. We also find evidence that a key function of Göbekli Tepe was to observe meteor showers and record cometary encounters. Indeed, the people of Göbekli Tepe appear to have had a special interest in the Taurid meteor stream, the same meteor stream that is proposed as responsible for the Younger-Dryas event. Is Göbekli Tepe the ‘smoking gun’ for the Younger-Dryas cometary encounter, and hence for coherent catastrophism?last_img read more

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