Swans clinch Eder deal

first_img Press Association The 27-year-old will move to the Liberty Stadium from Braga. He has agreed a three-year deal with the Barclays Premier League club, and will enhance the Swans’ attacking firepower alongside the likes of Bafetimbi Gomis and recent signing Andre Ayew. Monk, meanwhile, said: “Eder is the type of striker we’ve been looking for. He has excellent attributes – strong, quick and technically sound with the ball. “He has a good pedigree and is a full international with Portugal. “He fits our profile in terms of the players we’ve signed in the last two seasons because he’s young, hungry and eager to prove himself in the Premier League. “He has the characteristics we are looking for, and will certainly add competition to the striking department.” Swansea have announced the signing of Portugal striker Eder for an undisclosed fee. Eder becomes Swansea boss Garry Monk’s fourth signing of the summer after Ayew, Franck Tabanou and Kristoffer Nordfeldt. He scored 10 goals in 29 appearances last season as Braga secured a top-four domestic league finish, and played in all three of Portugal’s 2014 World Cup games in Brazil. He moved into top-flight Portuguese football with Academica in 2008, helping them to Portuguese Cup success, before joining Braga four years later, while he has also won 18 international caps. “I am very happy to have signed with Swansea,” Eder told the club’s official website. “It’s a big club, and I believe I can progress as a footballer here. “The Premier League will be a step up for me, but I’ve played in the European competitions and also for my country, so I’ve experienced different levels of the game. “Hopefully, my team-mates will help me develop and settle in quickly at the club. I can’t wait to meet all of them when I report for pre-season training. “Swansea are a solid club who have big ambitions – last season confirmed that – and it’s great for me to be a part of it.” last_img read more

Norton lambastes management of Diamond Hospital

first_imgPublic Health Minister, Dr George Norton meeting with staff of the Diamond Diagnostic Centre-shortage of drugs, doctors, nurses highlighted during visitBy Kizzy ColemanFollowing the cries of employees at the Diamond Diagnostic Centre (DDC) of inhumane conditions, Public Health Minister on Friday visited the East Bank Demerara establishment and lashed out at management there.In a meeting in the director’s office Dr Kay Shako, Minister Norton accompanied by Minister Dr Karen Cummings, grilled and lambasted the hospital administrators for the current crises facing the institution.Addressing the meeting, Minister Norton said the Diagnostic Centre was built with a purpose, a purpose which it is currently not achieving because administrators are not operating in the capacity as they should.He said it is the duty of the administrators to bring to the attention of the Public Health Ministry problems they are faced with. This he noted is not being done.According to Norton, the DDC has seen better days and is losing its previous status.Assessing the situation, Dr Norton stated: “We cannot afford to have Diamond Diagnostic Centre crumble, this is not going to happen, and we are going to implement the necessary changes to bring it back to where it was and even better.”He reminded the administrators that each year, the hospital have a history of sending back $6 million to the Consolidated Funds, which should not repeat itself this year.“What is happening, we have to work together, we need this thing to work,” Norton petitioned the administrators.He further reminded that the Diagnostic Centre was built to relieve the situation at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPH) but is presently forwarding patients to GPH instead.CrisisQuestioning the administrators, Dr Norton was updated about the plights the hospital is presently facing.With a visible list of the problems affecting the facility, Medical Superintendent of the hospital Dr Micheal Pereira relayed that chief among the issues plaguing the institution is the shortage of doctors, nurses, drugs, and medical equipment.Because of these shortages, surgeries at the institution cannot be conducted and persons are being rescheduled constantly or referred to the GPH.Dr Pereira informed that there are no certified pharmacists at the hospital nor are there sufficient ambulance drivers.The minister was also told that employees are not being paid on time; there is no Police Outpost at the facility; and no security service is available. There is also the need for social workers.The administrators also decried the poor facilities they are forced to work with on a daily basis.According to the administrators, there are broken doors in the hospital, non-functional air-conditioning units, leaking roof, insufficient equipment and medication in the ambulances, black mould forming on the roofs, and the lack of water.Presently the fire service has been supplying the hospital with water as Guyana Water Incorporation (GWI) is facing difficulties supplying water not only to the hospital but to the entire area.According to the administrators, the issues currently facing the hospital have been ongoing for a number of months.After listening to the situation, Dr Norton explained that it is not his desire to point a finger at administrators but to get them functioning in an effective manner.“Anything that happens at Timehri its diamond they will be coming, at the stadium, it’s Diamond that they will be coming so we cannot afford to leave this hospital in such a terrible condition”.SolutionThe Public Health Minister proposed a qualified individual to be put in place at the hospital to take the lead over the administrators.“We need to get the administration under better control to have things working better.”According to the administrators, the tendering process for approval of funds for the equipment and ordered drugs from the region is proving to be a huge issue, as such the minister said that consultations must be carried out to have this changed.Consultations will also have to be held with the Materials Management Unit who is currently not supplying sufficient medical equipment, drugs to the hospital and delaying the process on many occasions.Norton also assured that better qualified persons will be employed at the facility.“We need to identify the problem, think about the solution, and work towards the solution. If we are doing things one way and we are not getting results then we got to change it but we want to do it together”.Visibly frustrated, both Norton and Cummings noted that they must find a way forward to fix the situation urgently.last_img read more

Donegal’s Bangladeshi Community host festive New Year event in Letterkenny

first_imgMembers of the Bangladeshi Community in Donegal hosted a festive New Year event at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny last week.“Pohela Boishakh” is the first day of the Bengali calendar and falls in April on the Gregorian calendar observed in Ireland.Bangla Year 1426 has been assigned the theme of “Let me hold my head high in this limitless sky”, which is a line from a poem by the highly acclaimed Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore. In Bangladesh, the first day of the year is marked with joyous processions, singing, plays, special foods, and family time.People wear traditional red-and-white coloured outfits and women deck their hair with flowers to celebrate. The Letterkenny event began with the singing of the Bengali national anthem, followed by a short discussion on the history and significance of the day by Dr. Mohammed Rafiq Ullah, President of the Bangladeshi Community of Donegal, and Muhib Azad, Vice President.“Our children are our main priority,” Dr. Rafiq Ullah said. “Living in Donegal, they miss our traditional cultural programs.“But with this kind of event, our children can learn our traditional Bangla songs, poetry, plays, and dances, and share their experiences of these with children from other communities.“Children love this festival.”Delicious traditional foods were served during a lunch break which was followed by cultural performances featuring artists from the Bengali and Indian communities in Donegal.MCs for the programme were Bangladeshi Community of Donegal members Mina Khan and Obaydur Ruhel, who is also a member of the Donegal Intercultural Platform Steering Committee.Organisers paid thanks to event supporters, including Sharmila Kamat, Chairperson of the Donegal Indian Community, and the Building Intercultural Communities (BIC) Project, which is run by Donegal Travellers Project in conjunction with Donegal Intercultural Platform. Donegal’s Bangladeshi Community host festive New Year event in Letterkenny was last modified: May 4th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Java Mustang

first_imgAt Formtek we’re using Java as the engine for our core API that we use to build browser-based content-centric business applications and Web Services.  The current release of Formtek software is based on Java J2SE 5.  With SUN beginning to talk more about their J2SE 7.0 Dolphin, we thought that it would be good to look to see what’s available in the soon-to-be-released J2SE 6.0 Mustang.J2SE 6.0 started in July 2005 and has been in a Beta 2 stage for a number of months.  It is nearing its expected release date of fall 2006.  Part of what’s of interest with the 6.0 release is what’s not there.  JSR-270 guidelines are working their way into J2SE6. JSR-270 attempts to remove and transform some bloated rarely-used Java features into modular components that could be optionally used.  What’s driving this is that many people feel that as Java has developed it has become more and more unwieldy. Some examples of functionality that may be cut from the standard release of Java are MIDI instrument support and possibly CORBA.  Reducing this kind of functionality has the benefit of shrinking the size of the minimum Java runtime environment download, although additional new features of the 6.0 release may cancel out any savings.  This would be the first time that a new release of Java comes out where some features have actually been cut.Other highlights of the 6.0 release include JVM performance improvements and an updated version of JDBC with some features to improve ease of use.  The new version will also support the embedding of scripting languages like PHP and JavaScript, and some improvements to Swing UI building and the building of Web Services.There’s not that much terribly new in this release.  Smaller and faster are always good.  Many people are already using some sort of simplifying wrapper layer around JDBC so that any minor usage improvements made to JDBC may largely go unseen.  And we’re not doing any new development with Swing.  So, from our perspective, J2SE 6.0 looks like it will be more like just another maintenance release, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.last_img read more

Can’t Anyone Get Things Right?

first_imgDreaming of a job without problems…Someday I would really like to get through an inspection and find nothing wrong, but I am not keeping my hopes up. Looking on the bright side, the constant need for inspections and corrections suggests good job security for the near future. RELATED ARTICLES Saving Energy With Manual J and Manual DKeeping Ducts IndoorsSealing Ducts: What’s Better, Tape or Mastic?Should Flex Duct Be Banned?How to Install Flex Duct Properly In most cases I think the problems are due to ignorance or inexperience, although I have seen loads that I believe were intentionally altered to justify installing an oversized system that an HVAC contractor wanted to sell. One easy way to bump up a load is to add in excessive internal loads. I once saw a report that showed about 25 people living in a house; that made it look like the house needed about twice as much cooling capacity as it really did.On several projects, once the loads were corrected, the contractor was able to reduce total system size significantly, ultimately saving money and improving efficiency and comfort. Loads of problems with loadsAll green certification programs require Manual J load calculations, and some also require Manual D duct designs. I review these reports to make sure that they meet program requirements and match the building, and in almost all cases they do neither. Mastic, mastic everywhere, but not a leak is sealedOnce we get past the hurdle of properly sizing HVAC systems, there is still the challenge of proper installation. Proper duct installation and sealing is an ongoing problem.I have seen installers who love to slap on the mastic — but unfortunately, they put most of it on the insulation, with little or none used to seal the actual duct connections. Once I manage to hack my way through the hardened mastic on the insulation to look at the collars and wyes, there is usually little if any mastic on the actual duct connections.I always recommend that HVAC installers do not put any mastic on the insulation — or, if required by their inspectors, to do so only after the internal duct connections are inspected for proper sealing. I’m still waiting for someone to listen to me.center_img Giving me fitsBeyond problems with duct sealing, I see far too many flex ducts jammed into spaces where they don’t fit, installed between roof rafters and twisted into pretzel-like shapes.For those projects that require a Manual D, many installers choose to ignore the design. Or in some cases the design won’t work with the structure, and they are required to redesign in the field.One big issue when testing duct systems for total leakage is sealing of HVAC boots to walls and floors. Some programs require this sealing, but the work is too often forgotten.And my least favorite installation, kick space registers in kitchens, are more often than not simply dumped into the cabinet base rather than being sealed to the toe kick, leading to significant duct leakage. Location, location, locationThe most consistent HVAC problem, particularly here in the South, is locating ducts in unconditioned attics. This is the responsibility of the architect or the builder.This practice has been lamented on GBA and throughout the industry for many years, but there just hasn’t been that much progress, although some builders are moving to spray foam roof-lines to bring the HVAC into conditioned space. While this is a better solution, I just can’t get over the feeling that this is a late response to a poor design. Why not just plan to install ducts inside the building envelope and have a regular old unconditioned attic? It would cost less and work as well or better that the alternatives. In my business of certifying buildings, most of my work involves working with architects, contractors, and trade contractors who are trying to create green buildings. Unfortunately, they frequently miss the mark in some key areas.Many of them are well intended but don’t have a broad enough view of their projects. Others only do the minimum required to meet a green building standard forced on them by someone else. And a few, thankfully, seem to get it and work hard to do the right things.This post, the first in a series about problems I run across, will focus on HVAC.last_img read more

New Green Building Products — March 2019

first_imgThis week I’ll take a look at four new products of interest to residential builders: a supply fan from Panasonic, a high-efficiency HRV from Quebec, triple-glazed windows manufactured in New Jersey, and a plastic drainage mat from Tyvek.For decades, Panasonic has been manufacturing residential exhaust fans that are dependable, quiet, and energy-efficient. That’s why so many exhaust-only ventilation systems include a Panasonic exhaust fan.Recently Panasonic came out with a new fan, the WhisperFresh Select, designed to meet the needs of builders who prefer supply-only ventilation to exhaust-only ventilation systems.The WhisperFresh Select is Energy Star certified. The supply fan has an adjustable airflow delivery rate, with nine settings (from a low of 50 cfm to a maximum of 150 cfm). It is equipped with an ECM motor, and will automatically ramp up the fan speed in response to a filter that gets clogged in order to maintain a consistent air flow delivery rate.The fan draws 8.2 watts at 50 cfm, and 27.3 watts at 150 cfm.The WhisperFresh Select fan includes a replaceable filter. For those who want balanced ventilation (albeit without heat recovery), the WhisperFresh Select can be set up to communicate with a WhisperGreen Select exhaust fan to provide coordinated supply and exhaust ventilation.[Photo credit: Panasonic]The WhisperFresh Select fan includes a humidity sensor. The fan can be set up to shut off automatically when the outdoor relative humidity rises to a user-adjustable setting (anywhere from 30% RH to 80% RH).The fan also includes a temperature sensor. The fan can be set up to shut off automatically when the outdoor temperature drops to a user-adjustable setting (anywhere from 4°F to 15°F). The fan also stops operating when the outdoor temperature rises above 95°F.The WhisperFresh Select fan is available online for about $538. Visit the Panasonic web site for… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_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

Postage stamp on Bengal’s Rosogolla

first_imgA postage stamp and special cover were released here on Friday to mark 150 years of the invention of ‘Bengal’s Rossogolla’ by Nabin Chandra Das.Mayor of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) Firhad Hakim, who released them along with J. Charukeshi, Post Master General, Kolkata Region, referred to the long dispute between Odisha and West Bengal over Rosogolla. After years of contesting claims, the Geographical Identification tag for “Bengal Rosogolla” was given to West Bengal in November 2017. Earlier this year, the State government observed November 14 as Rosogolla Day to mark one year of obtaining the GI tag.last_img read more