May 31, 2021


first_imgMANY members of the stunned Glasgow community where Co Donegal man Willie McKeeney were among hundreds of mourners who said a sad farewell today to the much-loved lorry driverMr McKeeney was battered to death by two youths as he walked home from a night out in the Scottish city on January 15.Police released his remains to his family this week. St Mary’s Church, Lagg, Malin was packed to capacity for Requiem Mass today where they heard Father Brendan Crowley describe his death as a “terrible tragedy” which had robbed his family and friends of a superb man.The well-known truck-driver was killed just yards from his home in Glasgow.Asif Rehman, 20 and Adil Ishaq, 19, who are both from Glasgow, were remanded in custody at Glasgow Sheriff Court charged with his death.Mr McKeeney, 57, died in Melville Street, in the Pollokshields area of Glasgow, as he walked back from a night out. His partner Ann Marie is believed to have witnessed the gruesome incident.Mr McKeeney was well-known and loved in the area of Glasgow to where he moved five years ago.Police said he was known for acts of kindness to neighbours, many of whom have travelled to Donegal for the funeral today. SAD FAREWELL TO DONEGAL MURDER VICTIM WILLIE was last modified: February 4th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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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News in brief: QPR youngsters lose to Swansea, Fulham draw with Everton

first_imgQPR Under-21sCole Kpekawa marked his return from his loan spell at Colchester with a goal, but Rangers were beaten 2-1 at Swansea City on Monday night.The defender struck 12 minutes into the second half to cancel out Kenji Gorre’s first-half opener, but Gorre went on to win the game for the Swans soon afterwards.Steve Gallen’s side included no fewer than nine Under-18s, with the likes of Frankie Sutherland and Reece Grego-Cox in the line-up.Fulham Under-21sAdam Taggart was among the goalscorers in a 3-3 draw with Everton Under-21s on Monday night.The Australian striker opened the scoring after five minutes at Southport and Ange-Freddy Plumain doubled the visitors’ lead midway through the first half.Everton pegged them back by the break thanks to goals from David Henen and Joe Williams, but Fulham went back in front on 77 minutes when Buomesca Tue Na Bangna scored from the edge of the box. However, Everton had the final word just four minutes later as captain Jonjoe Kenny levelled.FA CupFulham will travel to Chelsea’s conquerors Bradford City if they make it through to the fifth round. The Whites require a replay after holding Sunderland to a goalless draw in round four on Saturday, and if they win they will make the trip to Valley Parade on the weekend of 14-15 February.Chelsea LadiesEmma Hayes’ side will begin the 2015 FA Women’s Super League season with a trip to Notts County on Sunday 29 March. The Blues, who finished as runners-up last season, then travel to Bristol Academy on Thursday 2 April, before playing their first home game against defending champions Liverpool at Wheatsheaf Park, Staines on Sunday 19 April.Ryman League CupMonday night’s derby between Hendon and Hampton & Richmond Borough was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. The third round tie has been rescheduled for Tuesday 3 February, meaning a new date will have to be found for Hampton’s league game at Grays Athletic.Luke BerseyHayes and Yeading United’s youth team captain has signed on for Bedfont Sports’ Ryman Youth League squad. The 17-year-old became United’s youngest-ever first-team player as a substitute in September 2013, and made his first start in the Middlesex Charity Cup defeat to Harrow Borough earlier this month.Keith RonaldThe former Harefield United chairman and president has died, aged 64. Having been involved with the Hares for several years, he joined the club’s committee in 1992 and went on to be one of the longest-serving chairmen in the club’s history. He was named president in 2013 and last year received a 25-year Long Service Award from the Middlesex FA for his efforts.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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SA economy ‘above average free’

first_img17 January 2008South Africa’s economy is 63% free, according by the latest Index of Economic Freedom, ranking it 57th out of 157 countries worldwide and fourth out of 40 in sub-Saharan Africa. Despite obtaining a score that is above the world average, the country’s overall score is lower than last year’s figure.The report, a product of the Washington-based Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal, finds that the South Africa scores above average in seven out 10 categories of economic freedom.While its scores for fiscal freedom, government size and monetary freedom declined from last year’s survey, South Africa’s score of 63.2% comes in higher than the sub-Saharan average of 54.5% and the global average of 60.3%.Among major emerging markets, South Africa places ahead of Brazil (101 worldwide), India (115), China (126, termed “mostly un-free”), and Russia (134, termed “repressed”), and is only bettered by Mexico (44, termed “moderately free”).Worldwide, the freest countries were Hong Kong, Singapore and Ireland, while the bottom of the list was propped up by North Korea, Cuba and Zimbabwe.“The South African government has been working to increase the transparency of commercial regulations,” the report states.“Income tax rates are high, but corporate taxes are moderate, and overall tax revenue is moderate as a percentage of gross domestic product. Inflation is moderate, and the government subsidises the market prices of only a few staple goods. The financial system is Africa’s most advanced.”The report finds that starting a business and obtaining a business licence take less time in South Africa than the world average, while closing a business is also fairly simple and straightforward, giving the country a score of 71.2% for business freedom.Despite scoring an above average 74.2% for trade freedom, the report warns that import and export restrictions, burdensome technical standards, excessive regulation, weak enforcement of intellectual property rights, inefficient bureaucracy and inconsistent customs administration add to costs of trade with the country.“An additional 15 percentage points is deducted from South Africa’s trade freedom score to account for non-tariff barriers,” the report adds.The report gives the country a score of 60% for financial freedom, above the world average, pointing to the existence of well-developed financial and capital markets, and to the JSE, which ranks among the world’s top 20 stock exchanges.“Regulation is generally consistent with international standards and should be further improved by a new set of capital guidelines,” the researchers found.SA received a score of 77.2% for monetary freedom, above the world average but lower than last year’s score. Researchers mention that the good score is due to relatively stable prices. They did, however, deduct 10 percentage points to account for policies that distort domestic prices.“Prices are generally set by the market, but the government controls the prices of petroleum products, coal, paraffin and utilities and influences prices through regulation, state-owned enterprises and support programmes,” the report finds.South Africa scored 50% for investment freedom, similar to the world average. While the researchers state that unclear regulations and rigid labour laws as disincentives, they point out that the country permits foreign investment in most sectors, generally without restricting its form or extent, while foreigners are allowed to establish foreign exchange accounts.The country was given a score of 76.8% for government size, with the report pointing out that government spending equalled 27.8% of gross domestic product, while the state still exerts monopolistic control of enterprises in certain sectors.It scored 50% for property rights, though the report finds that optical disc piracy is substantial and end-use piracy not a crime.In addition, the researchers add that while South Africa’s judiciary is independent, and contracts are generally secure, the country’s courts are slow and understaffed and might impose undue burdens and costs on rights holders pursuing infringement cases.With a freedom from corruption score of 46%, the report finds that corruption is perceived as significant, with South Africa ranking 51st out of 163 countries in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index for 2006. “Official corruption, particularly in the police and the Department of Home Affairs, is viewed as widespread,” the report states.The only two areas where South Africa scores below the world average is for fiscal freedom (69.5%) and labour freedom (57.5%).“Inflexible employment regulations hinder overall productivity growth and employment opportunities,” the researchers state. “The non-salary cost of employing a worker is low, but the rigidity of hiring and firing a worker creates a risk aversion for companies that would otherwise employ more people and grow.”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Martin’s Six Rules for Polyethylene

first_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. In the 1970s and 1980s, the practice of installing polyethylene on the interior side of wood-framed walls became common in much of the U.S.  These days, however, installing interior poly is nowhere near as common as it used to be; the practice has all but disappeared in the U.S. outside of Minnesota and Alaska.In Canada, however, the use of interior polyethylene is alive and well.Why did American builders abandon interior polyethylene? There were two main reasons:The roller-coaster history of interior polyethylene leaves many builders, especially Canadian builders, with lingering questions. Here at GBA, we occasionally get questions from Canadians who ask, “Should I still be using interior polyethylene? Everyone up here uses it, and building inspectors want to see it.”These are good questions. It’s time for a fresh look at the issue of interior polyethylene.Why did cold-climate builders begin installing interior polyethylene in the 1970s? Back then, the standard answer was, “Polyethylene is a vapor barrier. Walls need interior vapor barriers to prevent the outward flow of moisture during the winter.”In fact, carefully installed interior polyethylene often improved the performance of cold-climate walls. However, the main reason that interior polyethylene helped wall performance was because the polyethylene was installed as an air barrier. Even back in the 1970s and 1980s, conscientious Canadian builders were installing polyethylene with taped seams or seams sealed with Tremco acoustical sealant. Whether the builders knew what they were doing or not, they were effectively reducing air movement through their walls. This air-leakage benefit was far more useful than any changes in the rate of outward vapor diffusion. (For more information on vapor diffusion, see “All About Vapor Diffusion.”)Although interior polyethylene was sold as a way to limit vapor diffusion, it was also acting as an… This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

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Algoma Tankers Buys Its Youngest Vessel

first_imgAlgoma Tankers Limited (ATL), an operating unit of Canadian shipping company Algoma Central Corporation, has purchased a 2010-built product tanker.The 16,512 dwt tanker, to be renamed the Algoterra, will become the eighth ship in Algoma’s Great Lakes-based product tanker fleet, according to the company.Apart from Algoterra, the company’s tanker fleet comprises seven small clean tankers, built between 1998 and 2008.“We expect to take ownership of the Algoterra in mid-March in Europe and she will join our fleet in early April. The ship will be the youngest tanker we operate and as our newest ship, she will be the workhorse of the ATL fleet for many years to come,” Gregg Ruhl, President and CEO of Algoma, commented.We are pleased to announce the purchase of an additional product tanker! The Algoterra is expected to begin operations in April, becoming the eighth vessel in the Algoma Tankers Limited fleet! For more details please go to— Algoma Central (@AlgomaCentral) February 21, 2019The acquisition comes just over three months after the purchase of the 2008-built tanker Ramira. As explained, these investments are part of Algoma’s efforts to meet the growing needs of its customers for marine-based transportation of petroleum products.“With a long-term contract in place with a strong counterparty, we expect this acquisition to be accretive to earnings upon the ship’s arrival in Canada,” Peter Winkley, Algoma’s Chief Financial Officer, said.Algoma continues to invest in fleet renewal for its domestic fleet. The company also recently announced the delivery of the Algoma Conveyor, a 740’ self-unloading dry-bulk carrier that is currently en route from China and which will join the 18 vessels of Algoma’s dry-bulk fleet early in the 2019 navigation season.Algoma operates a fleet of dry and liquid bulk carriers on the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Waterway, including self-unloading dry-bulk carriers, gearless dry-bulk carriers and product tankers. The company also owns ocean self-unloading dry-bulk vessels operating in international markets and a 50% interest in NovaAlgoma.last_img read more

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