St. Conal’s patients memorial to be unveiled at Leck Cemetery

first_imgA new memorial will be unveiled next week to commemorate patients from St. Conal’s Hospital who were buried at New Leck Cemetery in the last century.It is not generally known that there were several hundred patients from St. Conal’s Hospital buried in “new” Leck Cemetery outside Letterkenny.That is about to change when a simple service of remembrance will be held there on Sunday 8th December at 2.30pm where a memorial stone will be unveiled in their memory.  Sunday’s planned service follows a successful community-led initiative to respectfully remember those people who were buried at Leck between 1902-1980. The project has been spearheaded by the St. Conal’s Hospital Graveyard Restoration Committee who came together in 2016 to restore the old graveyard at the back of St. Conal’s Hospital. This Committee comprises several community groups including the Letterkenny Men’s Shed, the Letterkenny Tidy Towns Committee, Letterkenny CDP, TUS, several individuals and supported by the HSE Mental Health Services and HSE Estates Office. Chairperson Betty Holmes thanked everyone involved in bringing this project to this point and noted that this has been a natural progression from the work done at the old graveyard behind St. Conal’s. She said: “When that graveyard at St. Conal’s closed in 1902 the deceased patients were brought to the new Cemetery at Leck and the internments continued there. There were no headstones or grave markers in Leck Cemetery to indicate their presence or location, so the Committee thought it would be fitting to erect a memorial and information board to mark this burial area and improve awareness of and access to information about this plot”. Local historian and former psychiatric nurse Hugh Devlin was on hand to provide background information on this site. He noted that “new” Leck cemetery is more than 120 years old and was initially purchased by the Letterkenny Town Commissioners in 1897 as a nondenominational cemetery. That same year the Management Committee of St. Conal’s Hospital purchased an adjoining plot of ground for their own future use. It was only after the closure of the graveyard behind St. Conal’s Hospital in March 1902 that the hospital transferred all internments to this plot at Leck. He noted that the patients who were buried here would have come from throughout the length and breadth of County Donegal and from all religious backgrounds. Chairperson Betty Holmes thanked everyone involved in the project for their time, energy, enthusiasm, and commitment, and to the Parish of Conwal and Leck for their assistance. The memorial stone was erected by Mc Caul Memorials and is sponsored by the HSE. The information signage is being erected by Callaghan’s “The Sign Place” and is sponsored by the Letterkenny Tidy Towns, who are also supplying flowers and materials to make this a fitting place of remembrance. Thanks also to the Letterkenny Men’s Shed who are erecting a seat and signage at this location.The unveiling ceremony will take place on Sunday 8th December at 2.30pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and the Committee extend a special invitation to the relatives of those who are buried here. St. Conal’s patients memorial to be unveiled at Leck Cemetery was last modified: November 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Another Raiders breakdown: 3 plays that sealed their fate in loss to Dolphins

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.MIAMI — Marshawn Lynch spoke to Bay Area media for the first time in 372 days, and he brought a trash can with him.The Raiders’ running back placed the bin in between himself and reporters and told them, “don’t cross my barrier.”While symbolic of Lynch’s desire to keep recorders and cameras and hands as far away as possible, it’s impossible to ignore the “trash” puns after the Raiders fell to 0-3 with a 28-20 loss …last_img read more

South Africa’s first hydrogen fuel cell forklift

first_img4 April 2016South Africa’s hydrogen fuel cell industry received a boost on 31 March with the unveiling of a prototype hydrogen fuel cell forklift and refuelling station at Impala Refining Services in Springs, east of Joburg.Over the past three years, Impala Platinum Holdings (Implats) has provided HySA Systems with funds of R6-million to enable the prototype development. Implats plans to use hydrogen fuel cell technology as its main source of energy for material handling and underground mining equipment.Impala Refining Services is a unit of Implats, one of the world’s foremost producers of platinum and associated platinum group metals. The refining services unit was created in July 1998 as a dedicated vehicle to house the toll refining and metal concentrate purchases built up by Implats.Speaking at the event, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said fuel cell technologies had the potential to provide access to affordable, safe, clean and reliable energy, which was necessary for broad-based economic development and growth in the country.“While the fuel cell market is still in its infancy in South Africa, recent developments indicate a growing appetite for the technology,” Pandor said.Min Pandor, said fuel cell technologies had th potential 2 provide access 2 affordable, safe, clean &reliable energy pic.twitter.com/n6ERkbeYZj— SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY (@dstgovza) March 31, 2016Starting smallThe minister said South Africa had started to make a number of bold moves that could see it “leapfrog into the leading countries in hydrogen fuel cell technology installations” in the short to medium term.“That’s what we are here to make. A bold move. A forklift may appear to be a small move. But great industries have developed from small moves.”The metal hydride containers feed the fuel tank with hydrogen required to drive the forklift – similar to petrol or diesel in a motor vehicle (Image: Implats Forklift factsheet)Collaborative effortThe minister said industry collaborations were critical in taking research outputs from the laboratory to the market.“To promote further deployment of hydrogen fuel cell technologies, especially in the lucrative automotive sector, public-private partnerships are required to put in place the requisite infrastructure,” Pandor said.The prototype is a collaborative effort between the Department of Science and Technology through the HySA Systems Centre of Competence based at the University of the Western Cape and Implats, through its Impala Refineries in Springs.HySA Systems is one of three centres of competence established by the Department of Science and Technology under the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development, and Innovation Strategy. It was established to use local resources to develop high-value commercial activities in hydrogen fuel cell technologies.The ultimate goal of the HySA Strategy is to enable South Africa to supply 25% of global platinum group metal-based catalyst demand by 2020.Benefits and challenges“Developing a viable fuel cell industry in South Africa has several advantages for the country, such as economic development, sustainable job creation and social good,” said Implats chief executive Terence Goodlace. “As the world’s largest platinum-supplying region there is a guaranteed supply of the metal as well as the potential increase in global platinum demand.Goodlace said this type of technology gave South Africa a chance to reduce its contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and reduce urban pollutants, which could help to lessen health care costs and lead to an improved quality of life.The benefits of the metal hydride technology include:Longer operational times between refuelling, contributing to a significant increase in productivity; and,The onboard metal hydride storage allows the forklift to operate at a low pressure (180 bar), which increases safety.#FuelCell technology will reduce ventilation requirements, lower heat, noise levels, as well as noxious emissions in underground operations— Implats (@Implats) March 31, 2016There are hurdles that must still be overcome, however. “The limited availability of refuelling infrastructure, coupled with the challenge of finding the most appropriate on-board hydrogen storage technology, remains a big challenge,” said Dr Cordellia Sita, the director of HySA Systems.She addressed both challenges through the use of a novel metal hydride material for both hydrogen compression and storage.More information on the forklift is available on the factsheet.Source: Department of Science and Technologylast_img read more

OLC launches new environmental website for farmers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Livestock Coalition (OLC) announced the launch of the Livestock Environmental Assurance Program (LEAP) website — a voluntary program to help Ohio’s livestock farms take a proactive approach in protecting the land, air and water on and around their farms. The website, available at www.ohleap.org, helps farmers identify and address key management issues affecting environmental quality by providing helpful evaluation tools and resources.“In recent years, consumers have voiced concerns about the impact of farming on the environment, which is why all farmers must do their part to make sure they are educated on what needs to be done to protect the state’s streams and waterways,” said Bryan Humphreys, OLC representative. “This program creates a win-win situation for both farmers and consumers, and now farmers across Ohio have easy access to it.”On the website, viewers can learn:Best farm management practices for issues, including water quality management, manure and nutrient management and storage, odor management and air quality, pest control, facility management, and more.Current state and federal regulations for Ohio livestock farms.Environmental assessment and evaluation tools and other related resources.The program was founded in 1997, and previously existed only in print. The Ohio Livestock Coalition created and launched the program online to make information more easily accessible to farmers throughout the state of Ohio.LEAP is coordinated by OLC in cooperation with The Ohio State University (OSU) Extension, Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and various commodity and farm organizations.LEAP is a voluntary program available to all Ohio livestock farmers who are looking to take a proactive approach in protecting Ohio farm lands and creating an environment in which Ohio’s farm community can prosper and grow.For more information about the LEAP program, visit the website at www.ohleap.org.last_img read more

Insulating a New House

first_imgAn owner-builder planning a new home in southern Ontario isn’t looking for a net-zero house, just one that’s well insulated and protected from moisture problems. The question is whether his proposed wall system is his best option.“I’m unwilling to put foam board on the outside and vapor barrier on the inside,” writes User 6782048, whom we’ll just call Ontario, in a question posted on our Q&A page. “Just seems wrong.”He does plan on some exterior foam — a 1-inch-thick layer over the studs, followed by plywood and then Tyvek housewrap. After rough wiring, the 2×6 wall cavities would get a 2-inch layer of closed-cell foam and then batt insulation.The technique of combining spray foam with batt insulation is called “flash and batt”, and Ontario believes the total of 3 inches of foam would keep the exterior sheathing above the dew point in winter, thus reducing the chance of moisture condensation inside the walls.“Thoughts, please!” Ontario writes. That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. The downside of flash-and-battFilling a stud cavity with closed-cell foam provides an excellent air seal, but it’s expensive — and that’s why some builders advocate the flash-and-batt approach. But, writes Andy Chappell-Dick, it’s still costly, “it relies on the least ‘green’ insulation, and it’s interrupted (and thus substantially degraded) every 16 inches by a stud.”The technique may be useful in tightening up an old house in an efficiency-inspired renovation, but for new construction it would be better to put all of the foam on the exterior of the house. Further, Chappell-Dick adds, it would be wise to substitute a smart permeable vapor retarder for a polyethylene vapor barrier on the warm side of the wall.Another problem with Ontario’s proposed wall is that 1 inch of exterior foam doesn’t offer much protection against thermal bridging, while the assembly would require unnecessary time and money.“Seems like a lot of work (wind bracing) and money (spray foam) for a slightly above average wall,” writes Rick Evans, suggesting the proposed wall would have an R-value of just over 28. “Using spray foam to gain an extra R-3.5 or so probably has a long payback period from an environmental standpoint as well. (How many BTUs are you really saving with that?)“I suspect you could add 3 inches of exterior rigid foam (Type II or higher EPS) over the 2×6 studs and sheathing for the same cost as the enclosure that you described,” Evans continues. “This would give you an R-33 wall with better protection from thermal bridging. From a moisture standpoint, this wall is at least as safe as the one you are considering, so long as you lose the interior vapor barrier. (Obviously, be sure to add an air gap under the siding in both enclosures.) If code requires a vapor barrier, then slice open the poly once the inspector leaves or opt for a smart vapor barrier like MemBrain or Intello Plus.” Resistance on exterior foamThree inches of foam on the exterior of the building no doubt would be better from a thermal point of view, replies Ontario, but that’s not going to happen.“I agree totally that the 3 inches of foam on the outside would give better insulation results,” Ontario writes. “It’s the added time and costs that I’m trying to avoid, such as 6-inch screws to attach strapping, boxes to house windows, installation of the foam itself, self-supporting decks. By no means am I trying to go net-zero or near. Just a well insulated house without moisture problems.”The thickest layer of foam Ontario would consider is 1 1/2 inches, although the 1-inch layer he has proposed is more attractive.And as to the cost of the spray foam, Ontario will be getting that at cost, courtesy of a friend for whom he’s done work in the past.An option suggested by Anthony Mach is to use Roxul ComfortBoard insulated sheathing, available in several thicknesses with corresponding R-values up to an R-12 panel 3 inches thick. “It’s permeable, fireproof and soundproof,” he says. “I’m in Ontario and it’s code-compliant.”Or, adds Dana Dorsett, use rigid polyisocyanurate foam instead. “At the same wall thickness you can get higher performance at a lower cost out of 2 inches of exterior polyiso held in place by 1×4 furring through-screwed to 2×4 framing with 5-inch pancake head timber screws 24 inches on-center, R-13 or R-15 batts in the stud bays, with the siding mounted to the furring,” Dorsett writes.“The plywood layer can be between the foam and studs, and fully structural,” he continues. “Your proposed stackup has the plywood out in the cold, where it it is subjected to exterior moisture drives (and would need to be rain-screened, not just housewrapped) to be reasonably well protected. The 2×4/R-13 + 2 inches polyiso solution comes in at slightly higher thermal performance, and in a southern Ontario climate it would not accumulate moisture over the winter, even using just standard latex paint on gyprock as the vapor retarder (though you may need to install a 2-mil nylon ‘smart’ vapor retarder such as MemBrain to convince the inspectors.)” RELATED ARTICLES Too much of a hassleBuilding exterior walls with 2x4s, one option suggested by Dorsett, would make it harder to place roof trusses, Ontario says, because the top plate is that much narrower. And as for a rainscreen, well, that’s probably not going to happen.“I have resided houses 30+ years old with no housewrap and the plywood has shown no sign of moisture damage,” Ontario writes. “If you side correctly, no rainscreen is required. As for the environmental issue [of using spray foam insulation], I’ll not comment unless you live in a straw bale home. We are all just as guilty. It’s ridiculous [that] people bring it up, like rigid foam is a natural resource and not produced in a factory. LOL.”The exchange prompts this reply from Andrew C: “If you come to a website with the name Green Building Advisor and ask for input, you shouldn’t be surprised if some of the advice is about how to make a house ‘greener,’ in addition to more comfortable, efficient, durable, etc. If you have different views, you’re free to ignore comments, but you’re not likely to encourage people to share their valuable experience and knowledge if you slam the door in their faces.“Your personal experience in working on old houses may be pertinent to a new build with different materials and different levels of air-sealing and insulation than were common in the past,” Andrew C continues. “Maybe not. If the majority of experts now recommend rainscreens for most siding applications, perhaps you should consider it.”Not at all, says Ontario.“I came to a website and got some good information, but never really got my question about moisture answered!” Ontario says. “I don’t feel I slammed the door, but got the door slammed on me. It seems most people want to plug their own ideas without any regard for other ideas. The exterior Roxul batts was the only idea that even remotely took my thoughts into context. Sorry not everyone agrees with yours or others thoughts, but some of us look at it from a building standpoint. Time and pressure. Maybe something you fail to comprehend. Lucky you!”In response, GBA senior editor Martin Holladay writes, “Here is the answer: Your house is located in Climate Zone 6. If you intend to install rigid foam on the exterior side of your wall sheathing, and if you want to avoid moisture problems in your 2×6 walls, then the minimum R-value of the rigid foam is R-11.25 (assuming, that is, that the stud bays are filled with a fluffy insulation product like fiberglass).If you install only 1 inch of rigid foam (about R-4 to R-6, depending on the foam type selected), you risk moisture accumulation in your stud bays. To learn more, read this article: Calculating the Minimum Thickness of Rigid Foam Sheathing.”center_img Flash-and-Batt InsulationThe Flash-and-Batt Method Calculating the Minimum Thickness of Rigid Foam Insulation Can Exterior Foam Insulation Cause Mold and Moisture Problems?Combining Exterior Rigid Foam With Fluffy InsulationThe Exterior Rigid Foam is Too Thin! Installing Mineral Wool Insulation Over Exterior Wall Sheathing Installing Closed-Cell Foam Between Studs is a WasteHow to Design a Wall (For more on how to change a user name from a number to a real name, a quirk in GBA’s registration process, follow this link.) Our expert’s opinionPeter Yost, GBA’s technical director, adds these thoughts:If you specify a vapor-permeable water-resistive barrier (WRB), putting your structural sheathing to the exterior of your rigid insulation does give the sheathing good drying potential. While you are using plywood, the assembly you describe is a lot like Zip System R sheathing. Of course, the type of sheathing fasteners and fastening schedule are important when you place rigid insulation between the sheathing and your framing. With one inch of rigid insulation, that’s pretty straightforward; it gets increasingly difficult as you move to greater thicknesses of rigid foam.The moisture performance of your proposed flash-and-batt system depends on the R-value of the components, the indoor relative humidity, and your climate. Here are the assumptions I am making about your wall assembly and environment:1 inch of rigid insulation: R-5.2 inches of closed-cell spray foam: R-12.3 1/2 inches of fiberglass batt insulation: R-13.Outdoor average wintertime temperature for the three coldest months in Ontario: 23°F.Indoor temperature average in your home for winter: 68°F.Indoor relative humidity for the same period: 40%.A quick dew point calculation indicates that your first condensing surface temperature (the inside face of your spray foam) would average 49°F, well above the dew point for your interior air of 43°F.This suggests that only a Class III vapor retarder (1 to 10 perms) would be needed for your assembly to maintain good moisture performance of your wall assembly. Would a smart vapor retarder be a good idea? Yes. It would further improve the moisture performance of your wall assembly. Would polyethylene sheeting (a Class I vapor retarder) be a good idea? No, it would reduce the drying potential to the interior unnecessarily.Finally, the most important moisture performance of your assembly — given that you are already aware of and committed to a good WRB and a good flashing system to manage bulk water — is your continuous air barrier. Despite the great air seal of your cavity spray foam, I would be detailing the housewrap, the plywood sheathing, or the rigid insulation to act as a continuous exterior air barrier.last_img read more

Jack Sock on the brink of Tour finals with win in Paris Masters

first_imgJack Sock ended local favourite Julien Benneteau’s run at the Paris Masters with a 7-5 6-2 victory to reach the final and move to the brink of an ATP Finals spot on Saturday.The American 16th seed, who started the week in 24th place in the race to the season-ending tournament in London, needs to win the title against Filip Krajinovic to take part in the Nov. 12-19 event after the Serbian qualifier beat another American, John Isner 6-4 6-7(2) 7-6(5).Sock is looking to snatch the last remaining spot for the eight-man tournament at the O2, which is currently held by Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta.”I feel more seized than the pressure. If the pressure would have kicked in, a lot of it would have been today as well playing in front of the French crowd, playing a French player,” Sock told a news conference.”But I was able to go out today and play my game, swing big, kind of like I always do, and play some good tennis and get through.”And tomorrow is just a good opportunity for me to go out and try to compartmentalize all the things that would come with winning tomorrow and just go out and play my tennis again.”Sock broke decisively for 6-5 in the opening set when he benefited from a net cord.Benneteau, who benefited from a wildcard entry, was broken twice in the second set, each time serving a double fault on break point as Sock cantered to victory.advertisementEarlier, Krajinovic ended ninth seed Isner’s hopes of reaching the ATP Finals.The world number 77 was 3-0 down in the deciding-set tiebreak but he kept his composure to prevail on the first match point.Isner would have booked his place in the London field if he had won the title here.The American had his right leg massaged twice by the trainer but it did not prevent him from firing down 31 aces, although it was a perfect service return that gave Krajinovic his first match point, which he converted after 2-1/2 hours.Krajinovic, who benefited from world number one Rafa Nadal’s withdrawal in the quarter-finals, held serve throughout and relied on his quick backhand to unsettle Isner.Krajinovic made only four unforced errors in the opening set, saving three break points, and broke on his only opportunity to take a 3-2 lead with a fine service return and closed it out when Isner buried a forehand in the net.Isner breezed through the second-set tiebreak and he seemed on his way to winning another tiebreaker in the third set when he opened up a 3-0 lead.Krajinovic had other ideas as he won seven of the nine following points to reach his first ATP final, triggering wild celebrations in his camp.last_img read more

17 days agoNakhi Wells keen on QPR stay

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Nakhi Wells keen on QPR stayby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNahki Wells would welcome a permanent switch to Queens Park Rangers.The Burnley striker has excelled during his second loan spell with West London, having scored seven goals this season.Asked about joining QPR permanently, Wells said: “That’s all stuff that’s beyond any of my decision-making of course.”But I think the club, the fans, the board – everyone knows what my decision would be.”I love it here, it feels like home to me.”Of course football is a business though and there’s a lot more that goes into it than just me saying I’d like to stay here.”But if it was possible I wouldn’t hesitate one bit.” last_img read more

Mother of girls shot at playground calls for community programs to stop

first_imgTORONTO – The mother of two young girls who were hit by stray bullets at a Toronto playground last month called Monday for better education and community support programs, not increased police presence, to curb gun violence in the city.Toronto must reduce the number of young people who turn to crime, Stacey King said at a meeting of the city’s board of health where ongoing research into community violence was being discussed.“Too many young kids are dying, too many young kids have access to guns,” King said. “We need to put a stop to this. When is this going to stop?”The June 14 shooting that sent King’s five and nine-year-old daughters to hospital was just one in a string of high-profile gun crimes this spring and summer that has led to increased calls for the municipal, provincial and federal governments to take action.Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders announced last week that 200 frontline officers will be added to the night shift over the course of the summer in an effort to deal with gun violence. Officers will not “saturate” certain neighbourhoods, but will be sent where they are needed, Saunders said.“It’s about being focused and strategic in our deployment,” he said. “This is not about turning communities upside down. That will never be the intention.”Toronto Mayor John Tory also recently announced that at least part of $15 million earmarked for efforts to curb gun violence would be going to community programs aimed at preventing youth from joining gangs.Police data shows gun violence has killed 27 people and injured 82 so far in 2018, compared with 17 deaths and 80 injuries at this time last year.“My kids are suffering from this,” King said. “My five-year-old got shot in the stomach … Do you want to know what she said to me that day? ‘Mommy am I going to die?’ For a five-year-old to know that, that is so wrong.”Officials need to look at the reasons why some youth pick up guns and others don’t, King told the 11 city councillors on the board of health.Children should be taught about issues that lie at the root of gun violence — including bullying and mental health — by Grade 3, King said.“We have to have more mentorship programs, we have to have more resources, we have to have more jobs for youth, we have to have more trades for them,” she said. “For (people) to say they want more cops … this is not going to put a stop to it. Having more cops is just going to cause more problems.”The board of health heard several submissions from support workers and concerned citizens as it considered a progress report on research into community violence.The research, begun in March, examines the extent to which people who live in the city are exposed to violence and how it affects their mental and physical health, a report by city staff said.The project will seek out “effective evidence-informed interventions” to mitigate community violence and its health effects. Research findings will be brought to the board of health by late 2019, staff said.— with files from Nicole Thompson.last_img read more

UAB Shows Us How To Revive A College Football Program

Just six months after UAB President Ray Watts made what he termed an agonizing decision to shut down the school’s football program because of its pending financial insolvency, he announced Monday that Blazer football is back. Sometime in the next couple of years — once UAB has re-recruited its players, reassembled its coaching staff and regained admission to the Football Bowl Subdivision — Birmingham will once again have a (relatively) big-time college football program.A whole lot changed in the interim, including the data being used to back up the decisions. In his announcement of the reversal, Watts cited an influx of outside financial pledges to the football team as the key reason a program is once again viable. Some observers, including Paul Finebaum, a popular sports-talk-radio host in the South, point to the fervent outpouring of support for the team after its demise. (Online, the #freeuab movement has been particularly impressive and has often been coupled with the #fireraywatts hashtag.) Local politicians have also been pressuring Watts into reinstatement, perhaps because much of the pressure behind the decision to shut down the program seems to have come from Tuscaloosa, where the University of Alabama football program has often been hostile toward UAB’s. But the biggest change seems to be which model of Blazer football’s financial future Watts and UAB are choosing to trust.Over the past year, entities within UAB have commissioned three separate forecasts from three consulting groups to analyze the financial prospects of its athletic department with and without football. Universities often lean on projections from outside consultants when making major decisions, but these projections are controlled by the formulas the consultants use — formulas that aren’t always statistically rigorous. In this case, despite having access to much of the same data, the reports contain completely different projections about the program’s impact on the university. One says it will cost the university millions of dollars a year. Another says the program will roughly break even. And another — the one UAB tried to cancel midway through — says football will be a huge financial boon. Small differences the consultants made in the assumptions behind the models created huge effects in the data sets. As a result, their recommendations were completely different.When Watts announced the death of the program in December, he cited a report from CarrSports Consulting projecting that if the athletic department kept football, it would lose more than $5 million a year and would need to spend an additional $20 million to improve facilities. CarrSports got those numbers by pairing generous calculations for the cost of fielding what it termed a competitive Conference USA team with modest increases in ticket sales, donations and student fees. “When considering a model that best protects the financial future and prominence of the athletic department, football is simply not sustainable,” Watts wrote at the time.Pushback in the wake of the decision, combined with complaints over the discovery that some may have been planning for the cancellation before the review even started, led UAB’s Athletic Assessment Task Force to commission another study. This time the consultants were College Sports Solutions (CSS). CSS said that although an athletic department with a football team would lose roughly $3 million a year compared with a department without football, mainly because of financial aid for players, almost all of that would be made up by increased enrollment, donations and other revenue resulting from the national prominence a football team brings. The study concluded that either resurrecting the program or leaving it for dead were “viable options”; Watts leaned on this report when announcing football’s return.There was another study, too, that fell between CSS’s and CarrSports’s. The task force had originally engaged a firm called OSKR to lead the review before the administration vetoed its hiring in March. Allen Bolton, UAB vice president of financial affairs and administration, said he was worried that the OSKR team had already made up its mind that UAB should keep the sport, explaining that “due to their very own comments this firm does not meet the critical threshold for many of providing a fresh, new, unbiased analysis.” OSKR finished its review anyway and found that keeping football would add an additional $2 million a year to the university’s coffers once benefits from donations and exposure were accounted for. OSKR’s projections are the most optimistic, and they seem to be the most rigorous. They model not only expected changes in the athletic budget over time, but also the impact of the team on the university’s media coverage, out-of-state enrollment and conference affiliation.Two major factors caused the $7 million swing in annual projections that led to the disparate recommendations: First are projections on how fast football-related revenue will grow. CarrSports projects that with football, the athletic department’s revenue will grow a measly $300,000 or so a year, while OSKR and CSS both project more than $1 million each year in added revenues. The larger forecast makes sense considering that Conference USA’s TV deal with Fox Sports alone is worth more than $1 million a year to each team.Second are assumptions about expenses. Both the CarrSports and CSS reports treat athletic scholarships as, basically, gifts that cost the university about $4 million to give each year. In his Tumblr, OSKR consultant Andy Schwarz argues that this is willful manipulation because the actual expense to the school to feed, educate and house its players is much, much lower than the projected $52,000 each scholarship “costs.” In addition, he notes that the program attracts full-tuition-paying walk-ons who are transferring out now that the program has been shuttered. By OSKR’s math, scholarships cost the university only about a million dollars a year.Once you add in the reports’ different assumptions about football’s impact on student enrollment and alumni donations and the need to upgrade facilities to be competitive, you’re left with the final mess, in which UAB’s president can totally reverse course — and still have a model that backs him up. read more

Urban Meyer issues statement asking for help in search for Ohio States

OSU redshirt-senior defensive lineman Kosta KarageorgeCredit: OSU AthleticsOhio State football coach Urban Meyer released a statement Friday afternoon praising the hard work of senior defensive lineman Kosta Karageorge — who was reported missing Thursday morning — and asking for anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts to come forward.“Our thoughts continue to be with the family of Kosta Karageorge and we pray that he is safe and that he is found soon,” Meyer said in his statement. “He is a young man who joined the football team in August and was a hard worker on the field and pleasant off the field. He has been an important player in practice for us, right up until the time he was reported missing. If anyone knows anything about his whereabouts, please help his family and contact the authorities.”According to a Facebook post from Karageorge’s mother, the player — who also wrestled at OSU — was last seen at about 2 a.m. on Wednesday. The post explained that Karageorge’s family had traced his phone to the Grandview area of Columbus.The OSU release containing Meyer’s statement also had a statement from team physician Dr. Jim Borchers.According to a report by The Columbus Dispatch, Karageorge’s sister, Sophia Karageorge, said the family was concerned he might have been suffering from symptoms  related to concussions.In his statement, Borchers said he was unable to comment on Kosta Karageorge’s health, but reinforced his confidence in OSU’s medical practices.“First and foremost, our primary concern is for health, safety and welfare of Kosta,” Borchers said in his statement. “While we are not able to discuss or comment about the medical care regarding our student-athletes, we are confident in our medical procedures and policies to return athletes to participation following injury or illness.”A tweet sent from Karageorge’s personal Twitter account (@kostadinos81) provided a number to contact with any information about where he might be.“Kosta was last seen around 2 am November 26. His family is asking for prayers & any info regarding his whereabouts.Please call: 614-747-1729,” the tweet said.Karageorge was listed by OSU among 24 seniors set to be honored during the Buckeyes’ matchup with Michigan on Saturday, marking the last game of their regular season and their last game of the season at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon. read more