first_imgDistorted PerspectivesDonegal will play host to its third annual experimental music and art festival when Distorted Perspectives lands back in Letterkenny over the May Bank Holiday Weekend for three amazing nights of music in the Regional Cultural Centre and No.58 (Central Bar Upstairs). The three gigs at the RCC start at 8pm, tickets can be booked at An Grianán Theatre Box Office on 0749120777 or online at www.regionalculturalcentre.com and there is a special 3 gig weekend ticket priced €20. Distorted Perspectives is presented by the RCC in association with the Earagail Arts Festival.  The festival opens on Friday 29th April with the psychedelic pop king and former cohort of War on Drugs, BC Camplight along with Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts, who the New York Times described as an indie-rock Woody Allen and Jarvis Cocker saw fit to call “The best lyricist working in the US today”. Leeds-based Hookworms will headline on Saturday night with their impetuous motorik and piercing swathes of noise. Thought of by many as one of the best live bands currently touring, Hookworms flung themselves into the public’s consciousness with 2013’s Pearl Mystic LP, which was one of the most-acclaimed albums of the year in the UK press. Saturday also features Dublin act Twinkranes, who NME magazine described as “.a fantastically unhinged mix of speeded-up krautrock rhythms, dirty drones and wonky synthesizers, which is at once weird and danceable and very pop”. Sunday at the RCC features an evening of live music specifically composed to accompany a selection of film. This includes a sound and vision mix of the surrealist ‘Meshes In The Afternoon’ by F12 and a short performance piece by AUTUMNS and  an experimental score to the 1920 German silent expressionist horror film ‘The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’ performed by a collective of local Donegal musicians. Co-founder of the eponymous Glasgow club night, label and worldwide DJ partnership that is Optimo (Espacio), JD TWITCH closes the Distorted Perspectives weekend with an Africa inspired late night DJ set in the newly developed No.58 venue (above The Central Bar) on Sunday night.  In addition to these four great music events Distorted Perspecives will also feature some great art. Miska Westell, an artist and designer originally from England now based in Austin, Texas who does a lot of art for will exhibit a series of psychedelic posters. A major retrospective of the work of the New York born artist and photographer Richard Noble featuring Conception’, a spectacular large-scale video and sound installation projected over a dark reflective pool, first shown at Distorted Perspectives 2015 will also be on display. ‘DISTORTED PERSPECTIVES’ FESTIVAL RETURNS TO THE RCC FOR MAY BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND was last modified: April 27th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Distorted PersepctivesEntertainmentFeaturesfestivallast_img read more

Northern California’s Joey Chestnut wins 12th hot dog eating title

first_imgCONEY ISLAND — San Jose resident and record-breaking competitive eater Joey Chestnut has done it again — eating 71 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes Thursday to retain his title as champion of the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest. It was his 12th title overall.Chestnut fell short of his world record last year of 74 hot dogs. He was aiming for a new record, having consumed 75 hot dogs in a practice round.JOEY CHESTNUT 🌭🐐 pic.twitter.com/6FJJb1euiQ— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) …last_img

Roofing and Siding Jobs Are Energy-Retrofit Opportunities

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Unlike governments in Germany and the U.K., the U.S. government hasn’t yet enacted an energy policy aimed at addressing global climate change. As a result, prices for carbon-based fuels in the U.S. are far lower than in most European countries.If Americans continue along our current energy path, wrenching climate change is almost inevitable. That’s why many energy experts advise Americans to prepare for the eventual implementation of steep carbon taxes on heating fuel and electricity.One prominent environmental organization, the Union of Concerned Scientists, has called for an 80% reduction in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and two states (California and New Jersey) have adopted that target as a state goal. The 2030 Challenge, a program endorsed by the American Institute of Architects, sets a goal of implementing energy retrofits designed to reduce energy use by 50% at 1.5 million U.S. homes annually between now and 2030.It’s unclear whether the U.S. will be able to meet these challenging targets. But attaining the targets would require almost every U.S. home to under a deep-energy retrofit. In most cases, the work would require walls and roofs to be covered with a thick layer of exterior insulation.The logical time to do this work is when siding or roofing is replaced.It stands to reason, therefore, that siding and roofing contractors should:Unfortunately, few siding and roofing contractors have taken these steps. Although the upcoming need for massive numbers of deep energy retrofits is understood by many climate scientists and energy experts, this type of work isn’t on the radar screen of most contractors. In fact, customers who are interested in exterior foam retrofits have to search far and wide to find a siding or roofing contractor familiar with the required details.My good friend… center_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

U.S. Panel Maker Joins Solar Competition in China

first_imgMaking houses that can be taken apartEcocor’s wall panels consist of a 2×4 structural wall and an I-joist outer wall, both of which are insulated with dense-packed cellulose. They’re assembled in the company’s Searsmont, Maine, factory and trucked to the site where they are assembled into a building shell. Ecocor and architect Richard Pedranti have collaborated on a line of Passive House certified houses that use the panels, and the same basic panel design is going into the Solar Decathlon entry.There is one big difference: Ecocor’s houses are meant to be built once, but the nature of the Solar Decathlon competition means the house will be erected once in Montreal, where it is already on display, then taken apart and shipped to China, where it will be built all over again. Ecocor adapted its panel design to make assembly and disassembly possible a number of times without affecting performance.Teams are required to design a two-story, solar-powered house with a floor area of between 1,290 and 2,150 square feet. The structures are to be used as a single-family dwelling in an urban area.The house will be on display in Montreal through October, then taken apart and shipped via train and boat to Dezhou in advance of the competition next summer. Later, the house will be sold to the city of Dezhou and used as a residence. Team MTL will use the money, along with additional contributions, to build more versions of the house in Montreal. Those will be given to families in need of affordable housing. The buildings also will be used for long-term research.A Solar Decathlon is taking place in the U.S. this year in Denver, Colorado, in October. Factories Gear Up for Passive House Building Solar Decathlon: The Search for the Best Carbon-Neutral HouseEnergy and Building Programs Brace for Trump Budget RELATED ARTICLES Ecocor, the Maine-based maker of high-performance structural panels, is going to China.The company says it has signed on as the industry partner for Team MTL, a group of students from McGill University and Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, that’s entering the Solar Decathlon China competition next year.Team MTL is one of 22 groups that are designing and building high-performance homes for the competition. It’s the second Solar Decathlon to take place in China after an inaugural event in 2013. Modeled on the U.S. Department of Energy’s biennial Solar Decathlons here, Solar Decathlons also take place in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and the Latin America and the Caribbean.MTL’s entry uses the Passive House-certified structural panels manufactured by Ecocor for its own line of panelized houses to create an adaptable housing form called the Siheyuan courtyard style common to many parts of China.The team’s entry, the Deep Performance Dwelling, is designed with both Montreal and China in mind, according to a description of the project at its website. “TeamMTL begins with the premise that the project design and construction must be applicable to the contemporary Montreal urban, social, and affordable housing context and northern climate as well as to the competition context in China,” the description reads. “Each site exists within the same climatic zone.”There will be two permanent structures: the first built for the competition and a second one designed specifically for Montreal that could serve as a model for affordable housing in Canada. The design combines elements of a typical Montreal row house and the Siheyuan courtyard style of housing common to many parts of China.last_img read more

ABS Gives AIP to Hudongs GTT MARK III Flex LNG Carrier

first_imgzoomImage by WMN Classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) granted approval in principle (AIP) to Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding’s large LNG carrier with MARK III Flex membrane cargo containment system.Specifically, the Chinese shipbuilder received the approval for its 174,000 cbm GTT MARK III Flex design.“ABS is pleased to award Hudong-Zhonhua this AIP for their design to help meet the industry’s diversifying LNG shipping requirements, in this growing segment,” Vassilios Kroustallis, Vice President Europe Regional Business Development, ABS, commented.He added that the classification society continues to review advanced LNG designs.“Working with ABS through the AIP process we have demonstrated our ability to meet our clients’ requirements for more efficient LNG vessel design,” Chi Benbing, Vice President, Hudong-Zhonghua, said.Through this partnership with ABS, Hudong-Zhonghua can now offer its clients designs using both GTT membrane containment systems, MARK III Flex and NO 96 series.This allows the Chinese shipbuilder to use different kinds of cargo containment systems to best meet diversified requirements throughout the LNG carrier’s life.In December last year, Hudong-Zhonghua also received AIP from ABS for its very large ethane carrier (VLEC) concept. The VLEC is equipped with a specialized membrane cargo containment system suited to carry liquid gas cargoes such as ethane and propane.last_img read more

Batchewana FN disappointed Ontario appealing Robinson Huron win

first_imgWikwemikong Chief Duke Peltier, Wasauksing Chief Warren Tabobondung, Shawanaga Chief Wayne Pamajewon, Batchewana Chief Dean Sayersn on June 4, 2018, at the start of final arguments in the Robinson Huron Treaty Annuities court case. (APTN file.)APTN NewsAn Ontario First Nation is reeling after learning the Ford government is appealing the Robinson Huron annuities claim – including costs.The federal government has said it will not appeal the December 2018 decision.“The provincial government has a fiduciary obligation to honour our treaties and Ontario’s decision to appeal the ruling is unacceptable,” Batchewana Chief Dean Sayers said in a release.“For decades, our people have received the vastly inadequate annual amount that is nowhere near the value of our shared resources of this land.”An Ontario Superior Court judge sided with 21 First Nations late last year when she said annual $4 treaty payments should be raised.Justice Patricia Hennessy found the provincial and federal governments had been short-changing First Nations in Ontario for more than a century.But she did not set a new amount under the Robinson-Huron Treaty, which was signed in 1850.Now comes word Ontario has filed notice seeking leave to appeal the decision.Although Sayers believes the judge’s decision will hold and Ontario will come to the table and negotiate instead of litigate.“Batchewana is disappointed in the province’s decision, however, we are confident that Ontario and Canada will follow through on their inherited obligation through a mediated process,” he said in the release.The treaty payments are a share of natural resource revenues within the territory.There are about 30,000 beneficiaries in the 21 communities.last_img read more