The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh is to meet the Pope when he attends the canonisation ceremony of Cardinal John Henry Newman, founder of University College Dublin, in Rome tomorrow (Sun).Minister McHugh will represent An Taoiseach and the Government at the canonisation of Cardinal Newman who was UCD’s first rector and president when it was founded as the Catholic University of Ireland.Cardinal Newman served as the university’s first rector between 1854 and 1858. He was also recognised as a poet, philosopher and historian. Newman is famed for his series of lectures which were published as the “Idea of a University”, which has influenced thought on education greatly in Ireland and throughout the world.Minister McHugh has a number of engagements while in Rome including a reception at the Urbania Pontifical University attended by Britain’s Prince Charles and a number of British dignitaries.As head of the Irish delegation, Minister McHugh will meet Pope Francis in St Peter’s Basilica for a brief meeting before the ceremony on Sunday.Ireland’s Ambassador to the Holy See, Derek Hannon will also attend the canonisation ceremony. Newman believed in the power and potential of education to develop people in ways beyond just academic knowledge.The more holistic view we have of education today is rooted in this belief.Minister McHugh said “It is a privilege to be present for such a famous celebration of a significant figure in the history of Irish education.“I am honoured to have been asked to represent the Government at such a significant ceremony to mark the life, works and legacy of Cardinal Newman.”Minister Joe McHugh to meet Pope at canonisation was last modified: October 17th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:Minister Joe McHughPope Francis
It’s easy to make friends in South Africa’s culturally diverse population, which makes Mzansi a hit with expats.(Image credit: Andy Carter) Sulaiman PhilipThe 2014 edition of the HSBC Expat Explorer survey spins a really good story for South Africa. Expatriate workers looking for a balance between work and a decent family life rated South Africa the second best destination in the world, after New Zealand.The annual survey measures four categories: earnings, lifestyle, raising children and the cost of living. Countries made it on to the list if, and only if, there were at least 100 respondents from each locale. South Africa did not fare that well in the economic measures, but it was close to the top in the social categories. Or as one respondent put it, in South Africa I “enjoy improved quality of life i.e. better weather and more social events. There’s more luxurious housing and better value for your income.”The results are based on the subjective opinions of almost 3 000 expats. Switzerland was tops overall, South Africa 22nd, but the country outranked most others on social measures, like “great place to raise children”. South Africa’s cultural diversity also made it easier for expats to find their feet, and made it easier for them to find something to remind them of home.The international bank measured four social categories: (1) ability to befriend locals, (2) success in learning the local language, (3) capacity for integrating themselves into the community and fitting into a new culture, and (4) raising children abroad. Like expat parents in New Zealand, expats living in South Africa felt their children enjoyed a better quality of life, and believed their children were more well-rounded as a result of being integrated into the local community.Expat life has evolved to become about more than just a bigger pay cheque or better career prospects. While this does remain true for younger and newer entrants to the job market, for married expats and those with children especially, a more balanced and well-rounded experience for themselves and their children matter as much as salary.As they did in the Land of the Long White Cloud, expats in South Africa claimed that the scenery, diversity of the landscape and good weather made their new homes the best place to raise children. The expats who voted New Zealand and South Africa as the top two places to raise children also mentioned that they felt their children were safer and healthier since they moved because children grew up more active, outdoorsy and healthy.People in search of better job prospects headed to Saudi Arabia, Qatar or Kuwait, countries that scored very low on integration with the local community. Money matters of course. Switzerland was voted top but as an average, the Asian subcontinent – mostly South Africa’s Brics partners China and India – scored highest in the salary stakes. The global salary average is $92 000 (about R997 000), but in Asia you can pocket $120 000 although you have to contend with a higher cost of living.In Mercers 2014 Cost of Living survey, Hong Kong (3), Singapore (4), Tokyo (7), Shanghai (10), Beijing (11), Seoul (14), and Shenzhen (17) were the Asian cities that made the top 20 most expensive cities in the world. Covering 211 cities across the globe, the Mercer survey measures the cost of 200 items in each location including housing, transport, food, clothing, household goods and entertainment.Companies and governments use the Mercer index to set compensation allowances for expat employees. There are four African cities on the list, with Luanda in Angola rated as the most expensive city in the world. N’Djamena in Chad (2), Victoria in the Seychelles (13), and Libreville in Gabon (19) are all more expensive than South Africa’s most expensive city, Cap Town, which came in at a value for money 205.Economic opportunity in South Africa, generally, cannot match the prospects of the countries that make up the top 10 of HSBC’s list, but the friendliness of South Africans remains one of the country’s biggest assets. We face challenges, and sometimes we don’t get along with our neighbours, but the warm smiles and affection Mzansi shares with foreigners – guests or expats – is infectious. Expats feel their children are safer and healthier and lived a more active, outdoorsy and spirited life.(Image credit: Sandra Mallinson)
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Too much heat for a small houseMasony heaters, Ernst says, are designed to be fired once or twice a day with a quick fire that soaks into their high-mass walls. They provide their maximum heat output for several hours after a fire has been lit, then taper off over the next 24 to 36 hours.Assuming the heater is 80% efficient, and using well-seasoned firewood, Ernst estimates output at 220,000 Btu for each 40-lb. load of wood, or a little more than 9,000 Btu per hour.“This figure doesn’t work with a 1,000 sq. ft. double-stud wall house in New England (unless you are looking to create a 1,000 sq. ft. Finnish sauna),” he adds. “You say ‘very well insulated,’ so it could be [twice] what you really need. So to answer your question, no, I don’t think this is the right technology. “A masonry heater may also be the wrong choice on the basis of cost vs. value. “Why would you work hard to get your heating requirements down to a low level, then install a very expensive heating system?” Ernst asks.Jamie Malcolm-Brown, whose brother builds masonry heaters with Maine Wood Heat, is thinking along the same lines.“They are beautiful and efficient but generally overkill for a superinsulated home,” he says. “The biggest problem for a superinsulated house is that you can’t turn off the masonry heater. Once it is has been fired you have to wait for all the stored heat to dissipate into the house (you don’t want to have to open windows in the middle of winter to be comfortable).” In New York City, it’s been considered a real coup to land an apartment with a fireplace. Now, according to The New York Times, those once lucky urban dwellers are having second thoughts. New concerns about the environmental and health hazards of wood smoke, an article this week said, are outweighing the charm of those cheery winter fires.High-efficiency wood stoves do a much better job of providing heat, with less pollution, than an old-fashioned fireplace. Yet there’s been a sharp drop in interest even for wood stoves. Citing industry sources, the newspaper reported the number of wood-burning appliances sold in the U.S. fell from 800,000 in 1999 to 235,000 in 2009.These facts seem a little odd at a time when energy costs continue to rise, and in truth concerns about wood burning may not translate to rural areas where local sources of hardwood are abundant. Wood heat remains an attractive alternative to grid electricity and fossil fuels.John Hess likes the idea. As he notes in a Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor, a masonry heater looks like a good option for a superinsulated house he’s planning to build. Masonry heaters stove heat for up to 12 hours in a large mass of masonry; they produce very little ash and low emissions. RELATED ARTICLES Masonry Heaters Burn Hot and CleanGreen Heating OptionsShould Green Homes Burn Wood?All About Wood StovesHeating With Wood Safely and EfficientlyWood Stoves: Safety First They’re great, but pricey“It’s the only way to go if you want wood heat in a conventional well built green home,” writes Tibor Breuer.Breuer has had masonry heaters in the last two houses he’s built. But now that he’s starting to build a double-wall house, a conventional masonry heater looks like way too much heater. Instead, he’s looking for a much smaller design that would be more appropriate to a superinsulated house.“The question for you, John, is how superinsulated are you?” he asks Hess. “If your answer is ‘highly insulated,’ then an efficient, small wood stove would do the job. A little fire, twice a day, and it wouldn’t cost that much.”Breuer bought a Temp-Cast heater with an oven, which his mason assembled and faced with brick. The total cost was $11,000. There were 33 cast refractory pieces that took the mason just three hours to put together with easy-to-follow plans. He’d recommend one, but not necessarily in a double-wall house.They might be a piece of cake for a mason, but Daniel Ernst doesn’t think building a masonry heaters from scratch makes a good do-it-yourself project.“Don’t try to build a custom unit out of firebrick, unless you have a LOT of masonry experience, have worked with refractory mortars, and fully understand masonry heater design,” he writes. “You can build a pre-cast or kit unit if you have some experience with masonry, but you’ll first need to do a lot of studying and learning.” GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE What about a wood stove?Malcolm-Brown, along with several others, suggests a small, efficient wood stove with an outside air source as a less expensive alternative with a greater degree of control, particularly for the kind of house Hess is planning on building.Robert Riversong suggests looking at one of the soapstone heaters and ovens made by the Vermont Stove Company. One of them is called the Vermont Bun Baker, which incorporates 350 lb. of cast iron and as much as 1100 lb. of soapstone.“Soapstone is the most amazing material for a masonry heater,” Riversong writes. “Compared to concrete, it has 1.5 times the thermal conductivity, 3.2 times the volumetric heat capacity, 2 times the thermal diffusivity, 2.2 times the thermal effusivity (ability to give off heat), and almost 5 times the thermal mass index (3 times that of marble and 4 times that of granite). And it’s a very beautiful stone.”“I would suggest a small, efficient, sealed combustion wood stove, perhaps with a masonry surround — or, if you want to cook in it as well, something like the Vermont Bun Baker (which is available with or without the soapstone surround),” he says.Another possibility, suggested by Lucas Durand is a soapstone wood stove made by Hearthstone. Masonry FireplacesHeating StovesIn particular, Hess wonders whether anyone can offer advice on plans he found at the Masonry Heater Association Web site for a heater he could build himself.“How large of a building can this model heat, in a cold New England climate?” he wonders. “Are the plans complete enough for an owner-builder to make a serviceable stove? What would the materials cost to make one?” But start with a heat load calculationDetermining how much heat can be extracted from firewood isn’t as simple as it is for oil, natural gas or electricity. There are more variables. Still, a good place for Hess to start would be with a heat-loss calculation for his house, as Ernst and Riversong suggested.“If you haven’t completed a heat-loss calculation on your structure, you ought to do that before determining your heater type / size,” Ernst writes.Hess could do that himself, with enough study and preparation, or he could hire someone to do it for him.That, he says, can get complicated.“So let’s look at it from a different angle: There are 3,413 Btu / kWh, and 220,000 Btu = 64.5 kWh.Do you think that you would use 64.5 kWh per day, even if you used baseboard (electrical resistance) heaters?“Maybe this will give you a better perspective on the ‘overkill’ comments above.”
GJ Ylagan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPerpetual pulled off a great escape, fending off San Sebastian’s late rally to come away with a tight 68-65 victory on Tuesday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.GJ Ylagan drained four pressure-packed free throws in the last 14.6 to finish with a team-best 15 points, alongside three rebounds, two assists, a steal, and a block.ADVERTISEMENT “I knew I needed to make it because if I miss, we might still lose the game. And I didn’t want to lose,” the senior forward said in Filipino.But Ylagan’s biggest moment came with time winding down as he blocked Allyn Bulanadi’s potential game-tying trey, preserving the Altas’ second straight conquest to level their record to 2-2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPrince Eze notched a double-double with his 12 markers and 13 boards, while AJ Coronel got 10 points and four assists in the win.“It feels great because it’s so hard to win. We worked hard for this,” said Ylagan. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ LATEST STORIES Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Perpetual almost lost grip of the game, squandering an eight-point lead, 57-49, midway in the payoff period as Michael Calisaan towed San Sebastian back in the game.The Golden Stags kept on fighting, with the lead being trimmed down to one, 66-65, with a Bulanadi three with 8.8 ticks remaining, before Ylagan canned the insurance freebies to ice the victory.Calisaan carried the load for San Sebastian (1-3) with 14 points and eight rebounds, while Ryan Costelo had 13 markers, four assists, and three boards.Bulanadi wound up with 12 points and seven rebounds as the Golden Stags absorbed their third straight defeat.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Strong final surge carries CEU to D-League quarters Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet PERPETUAL 68 – Ylagan 15, Eze 12, Coronel 10, Yuhico 9, Pido 6, Dagangon 6, Singontiko 5, Sadiwa 3, Lucente 2, Tamayo 0, Mangalino 0.SAN SEBASTIAN 65 – Calisaan 14, Costelo 13, Bulanadi 12, Ilagan 8, Gayosa 7, David 7, Mercado 3, Navarro 1, Baetiong 0, Baytan 0, Valdez 0, Are 0, Calma 0, Quipse 0.Quarters: 13-14, 30-22, 49-44, 68-65. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments
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BT’s ad campaign for BT SportThe English Premier League opened bidding for TV rights to the three seasons from 2016 by sending out its tender to broadcasters at the end of last week. The new tender adds 14 games per season to the number that can be televised, taking the total to 168 per season. One package will include up to 10 games to be played on Friday nights for the first time, adding to the live matches currently aired on Saturday lunchtimes and evenings, Sunday afternoons and Monday evenings.There are no plans to open Saturday afternoon games to television.The 168 games will be split into seven packages, including five of 28 matches and two of 14 matches. No single buyer will be allowed to buy the rights to more than five packages or 126 matches.The rights, which will be awarded in February, are likely to be hotly contested by Sky and BT Sports. The former currently holds the rights to 116 live matches, with rights to 38 games held by BT, which also holds exclusive live rights to Champions League and Europa League matches. Discovery, owner of Eurosport, and Al Jazeera could also potentially emerge as rival bidders. Sky and BT together paid just over £3 billion (€3.8 billion) for the last set of Premier League rights, a figure that some analysts have estimated could grow by up to 50%.The Premier League is also auctioning a free-to-air highlights package, currently held by the BBC, that is expected to be contested by commercial broadcaster ITV, which will lose its rights to Champions League matches from next season.The Premier League’s sale of rights is currently under investigation by Ofcom, following a complaint by Virgin Media, which has said that fewer games are aired live in England than in other EU territories, while the price charged to subscribers is higher.
Free movie and TV show streaming service Popcornflix has signed a deal with Breaking Glass Pictures that will see it add 15 independent films to the service.The titles include: Laurence Anyway, which depicts ten years in a relationship between a transgender woman and her conflicted lover; Blackbird, about an alienated teenager who posts online threats; and Coldwater, about a teenager struggling within a juvenile reform facility.Popcornflix is available online and on Roku, Sony PS3 and PS4, XBox One, XBox 360, Amazon Fire TV and mobile devices.