’42 years without missing a day of school’: Three Wicklow brothers break record The brothers attributed their achievement to the support of their family. http://jrnl.ie/4070890 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share874 Tweet Email2 Jun 17th 2018, 12:00 PM 72 Comments Brothers Patrick, Ben and Liam Kinsella. Image: Michael Kelly Image: Michael Kelly 68,806 Views Sunday 17 Jun 2018, 12:00 PM LAST WEEK MARKED the completion of 14 long years of schooling for many students around the country, but for three Wicklow siblings, it marked the culmination of a family legacy.With 18-year old Ben Kinsella finishing out his last few days of secondary school in Rathdrum, Co Wicklow, he now joins his brothers Liam (20) and Patrick (22) as youngsters who can proudly say they’ve never missed a day of school.From their time as junior infants, all the way to their final year of secondary school, each of the boys has had perfect attendance throughout — they have accumulated an outstanding combined total of 42 years unbroken attendance between them.At an Evening of Excellence celebration in Avondale Community College (where the three of them attended) the trio were joined by their family, friends, parents and teachers along with Education Welfare Officer Brendan Devereux to acknowledge their amazing feat.The brothers attributed their achievement to the support of their family and their schools; middle child Liam said it wouldn’t have been possible without their mother’s constant encouragement.The end result of their commitment was a place in Agricultural Science in University College Dublin for Patrick, followed by a place in Engineering in Dublin Institute of Technology for Liam. Ben — who is doing his Leaving Cert this week — hopes to achieve a third-level place in Dublin City University or University of Limerick to study PE and Mathematics. Brothers Patrick, Ben and Liam Kinsella. Short URL By Dave Stapleton
Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming Monday said focusing too much on the big-hitting Andre Russell could backfire as Kolkata Knight Riders also have other quality batsmen in their line-up.”Possibly, there are a couple of challenges. One is you ignore the other six (batsmen). And in a team that has (Chris) Lynn, (Dinesh) Karthik and (Robin) Uthappa you do that at your own peril. We’ve got to be careful we don’t focus overtly on Russell,” he said at the press conference ahead the IPL match against KKR.”Even though he has been so dynamic, there’s still good work done by the other players. So, again, I stress it doesn’t change our preparation to focus on one or two players, but we’re acutely aware of how dangerous these players are so, it’s business as usual for us,” Fleming said.Also Read | One man doesn’t win the IPL: Fleming disagrees with Gambhir’s comment on Kohli’s captaincyWith the flamboyant Jamaican being in red-hot form, Fleming whether it is spin or seam, one had to be accurate against hitters like Russell.”You’ve got to put context around that as well different stages of the game. Look at analysis and match up with what you have, it’s no secret that we’re spin-heavy anyway. So, if there’s an opportunity to change-up to Russell, we will certainly look at it.”Whether it’s spin or seam at the end you’ve to be accurate against hitters like Russell, Dhoni, Pollard and Pandya. It’s no different really, the pressure is always on in the last few overs.”advertisementAlso Read | Watch: CSK players celebrate coach Stephen Fleming’s 46th birthday after beating RRAbout the possibility of CSK using spinners at the death, Fleming said things couldn’t be over planned.”Possibly. But, again, if it’s dewy. Mitch Santner who is one of the best spinners around struggled to hold the ball…So, you can’t overplan…We have to have a free mind and be smart enough to assess conditions.”Fleming said Dhoni and the team had moved away from too much of analysis and data.”We’ve gone a long way away from that. A lot of teams are loading up on analysis and numbers and we’ve actually gone away from that. Sometimes, information overload can be confusing. So, we’re really trying to simplify it and make sure that the time we spend together is meaningful and understood,” he added.Also Read | IPL 2019: Harbhajan Singh’s cooking session with Stephen FlemingAlso Watch | Great to have someone like Chris Gayle in KXIP: KL Rahul
FOR OPTIMISTS1. A powerful offenseMike Trout and Anthony Rendon are two of just six players in the majors to have produced at least 4.5 WAR in each of the last three years, according to Baseball-Reference. That’s as good a 1-2 punch as any team in the majors. They’ll have Shohei Ohtani and Justin Upton with them in the middle of the order. Surround them with David Fletcher, Tommy La Stella, Andrelton Simmons and maybe Jo Adell, and the Angels should have no trouble scoring runs.2. A deep bullpenAlthough it’s fair to say that no team can be really confident in how its bullpen will perform over a 60-game sprint of a season, the Angels have reason to believe theirs will be solid. Hansel Robles had a breakout year as a closer last year, and Ty Buttrey and Keynan Middleton have both shown closer stuff throughout their young big league careers. If they perform as expected, and even two of the others — Cam Bedrosian? Jacob Barnes? Ryan Buchter? — are average major league relievers, they can cover a lot of innings and hold a lot of leads.3. Young blood in the rotationOhtani and Griffin Canning weren’t going to be in the rotation at the start of the season as scheduled, but the delay allows both to start the season healthy. Each has about half a season as a big league starter under his belt. Ohtani in 2018 was better than Canning in 2019, but both showed the ability to be pitch in the front half of a rotation.FOR PESSIMISTS1. Rotation question marksJulio Teheran is the only one of the starters who has had multiple full seasons as even an average big league starter, and he’s starting the season on the injured list after testing positive for the coronavirus. Although Ohtani and Canning have potential, Ohtani is coming off Tommy John surgery and Canning had recent elbow issues. Dylan Bundy has never lived up to his potential and Andrew Heaney has struggled with injuries and inconsistency.2. Offensive ups and downsSimmons and Upton are both coming off disappointing offensive seasons, with injuries largely to blame. The Angels are planning on both bouncing back, but Simmons is 30 and Upton is 32, so even if they’re healthy they may not be as good at the plate as hoped. Tommy La Stella and Brian Goodwin both had career years, so it remains to be seen if they can repeat them.3. The competition is toughThe Houston Astros won 107 games last year. The Oakland A’s won 97. The Dodgers won 106. Those three teams will make up nearly half of the Angels’ schedule. They’ll play the Astros and A’s 10 times apiece and the Dodgers six times. The teams in the AL Central will have a softer schedules, and the Angels will be competing with them for the wild card.Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Most analysts figure the Angels to be around a .500 team, which normally wouldn’t be quite good enough to make the playoffs but this season could get them a spot in the newly announced 16-team field.“Anything MLB wants to do in regards to making it more interesting right now I’ll take it,” Manager Joe Maddon said a day before the new playoff format was official. “Obviously it enhances your chances as a club to get involved.”Still, though, Maddon isn’t figuring on the Angels to be mediocre and sneak into the playoff field.“Our goal is to win the division,” he said earlier this week. “There’s a possibility, a strong possibility we are going to get to the playoffs. We’re not just going to show up and be fodder for somebody else. We’re here to win. I like our group a lot, not just a little bit.”With that in mind, here are three reasons to be optimistic about the Angels, along with three reasons to be concerned. For months, fans of the Angels and all major league teams simply wanted some kind of baseball season.That season, which at times seemed like it may not happen, is finally here. And although the buildup to this season has been like no other, in some ways it’s now perfectly normal.Questions about the coronavirus will not go away, but now right alongside them are all the usual questions.Will the Angels have enough pitching? Will they avoid injuries? Will they finally get back to the playoffs, putting Mike Trout onto the sport’s biggest stage? Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Last week I wrote about sunspaces and how they can be used to deliver passive solar heat to our homes. Another option for passive solar heating is the Trombe wall, or thermal storage wall.While the sunspace is an “isolated-gain” solar system, a Trombe wall is an “indirect-gain” system. Here’s how it works: On the south side of a house you have a high-mass concrete or masonry wall whose exterior surface is painted a dark color. A layer of glass (or some other type of clear or translucent glazing) is held away from the wall surface by a few inches or more. Sunlight shines through the glazing and is absorbed by the dark wall, which heats up. The solar heat conducts into the wall where it is stored, and it gradually moves through the wall to the inner surface, where it radiates its warmth to the room.A short history of Trombe wallsThe Trombe wall is named after a French engineer Félix Trombe, who popularized this heating system in the early 1960s. The idea actually goes back a lot further. A thermal-mass wall was patented in 1881 by Edward Morse. In the U.S., interest in Trombe walls emerged in the 1970s, aided by researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.I was fortunate enough to be working in Santa Fe in the late 70s, for the New Mexico Solar Energy Association, and I became particularly interested in Trombe walls. In fact, my first article in a national magazine was on Trombe wall retrofits — in Solar Age magazine in 1979. I also wrote the obscure Thermal Storage Wall Design Manual in 1979 (see photo), which gained some prominence among the small cadre of passive solar designers around that time.Trombe walls are particularly well-suited to sunny climates that have high diurnal (day-night) temperature swings, such as the mountain-west. They don’t work as well in cloudy climates or where there isn’t a large diurnal temperature swing. In New Mexico, where homes have been built out of adobe (dried mud) bricks for hundreds of years, even an unglazed south wall will deliver some heat into the house — if you add a frame and layer of glazing on the outside of the wall the performance improves dramatically.We are used to insulating walls, but with Trombe walls there is no insulation. The system works with a material that is both very heavy (high heat capacity) and fairly conductive (low R-value per inch). The trick is to choose the right material and size the wall thickness so that the solar heat makes it through to the inner surface by nighttime. If it’s too thick, it won’t be as effective at delivering solar heat, and if it’s too thin it will result in too much heat loss at night.Tweaking a Trombe wallAn overhang is typically built that extends out over the Trombe wall above it. This will shade the wall from direct sun during the summer (when the sun is high overhead), but allow full solar exposure in the winter (when the sun is lower in the sky).Top and bottom vents can be installed through the masonry wall to deliver more heat into the house during the daytime hours. Warm air in the space between the glazing and wall surface rises and enters the room, being replaced by air from the house entering through the lower vents in a convective loop. These vents should be closed at night so that the air circulation doesn’t reverse, with air next to the glazing cooling off and pulling in warm air from the room through the upper vents and delivering chilled air to the room through lower vents.Vents through the glazing can also be installed and seasonally opened and closed. In the summer months — when you don’t want the Trombe wall delivering heat into the house — these vents are left open. Screens on the vents keep out insects and other unwanted visitors.Like other passive solar heating systems, Trombe walls don’t require fans or pumps. Part of the house itself is turned into the solar heating system.In addition to this Energy Solutions blog, Alex contributes to the weekly blog BuildingGreen’s Product of the Week, which profiles an interesting new green building product each week.Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News, which is now in its 20th year. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed.