Calls for Donegal to go poster-free this election season

first_imgA campaign with the aim of going poster-free during the forthcoming elections across the country has been launched by a Donegal councillor. Independent councillor Seamus Maguire co-started the campaign alongside with David Weitbrecht of Zerowaste.ie to reduce the use of plastic in the county.In 2014, 2038 candidates ran for 750 seats erecting an estimated 600,000+ posters, covering the equivalent area of 23 Croke Parks. Since the campaign launched, 101 towns have gone poster free including Donegal Town and Glenties.Cllr Maguire said: “Less than 20 days ago, a national campaign PosterFree.ie was launched, encouraging all candidates to go poster free, successfully securing 101 poster free areas.“This number equates to over 11% of 2018 Tidy Town entrants. PosterFree.ie is now calling for a national voluntary ban to ensure a poster free election. It is clear that both the environment and the electorate want a poster free election.” Calls for Donegal to go poster-free this election season was last modified: March 10th, 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

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Rathmullan raises over €5,750 for life-saving local volunteers

first_imgCommunity spirit is alive and well in Rathmullan with the seaside village raising over €5750 for two worthy causes lately.The Rathmullan New Year’s Day swim collection resulted in a €4055.14 donation to Lough Swilly RNLI, and Kernan’s Ramelton raised €1,700 through their Community Recycling Initiative for Rathmullan Community First Responders which was used to purchase a defibrillator and cell phones for the group.RNLI is close to the hearts of many in the seaside village, and since they started operations in 1987, they have launched the lifeboat 750 times, rescued 650 people and saved over 50 lives. Patricia McAteer of the White Harte with John McCarter and his team with swim committee members John Duffy, Susan and Anthony O’Hanlon, Liam McLaughlin and Patricia Black.On receiving the cheque in the White Harte, John McCarter said: “A huge thanks for this fantastic effort which is very much appreciated. We love being part of the Rathmullan Community and we never cease to be amazed at the generosity shown to us here.”On behalf of the swim committee, Liam McLaughlin replied: “The RNLI is a well-deserved recipient of this year’s collection, they’re very close to the hearts of the community and have provided many happy endings over the years.”The Rathmullan Community First Responders were delighted to receive a donation which has already been put to great use.They are a fantastic volunteer group who have set up a 24-hour first response service to deal with cardiac arrest, respiratory arrest and choking in the local area. They respond to calls made to the emergency services and provide assistance at the scene until the professionals arrive.Clare Gallagher and Pauric McGarvey and team with new defibrillator purchased by the money raised at Kernan’s Ramelton.Rathmullan native Pauric McGarvey and his team at Kernan’s Ramelton were delighted to nominate the group to receive the proceeds raised from the six-week collection of unwanted clothes which were dropped in at the bins outside the store.Pauric said: “This was our biggest collection to date, and we were only happy to help this great cause in my local community.”Clare Gallagher from RCFR group said: “We were overwhelmed with the great response and money raised by Pauric and his team which enabled us to purchase an essential defibrillator and cell phones for the group. We can’t thank Kernan’s enough for their support.”Rathmullan raises over €5,750 for life-saving local volunteers was last modified: May 8th, 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) Tags:athmullan Community First RespondersLough Swilly RNLIRathmullanlast_img read more

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No crab for Thanksgiving: Dungeness season likely delayed until Dec. 15

first_imgAnother year, another delay to Northern California’s vaunted Dungeness crab season.But this time it’s fishing lines, not a toxin, at issue.California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials have announced that the commercial Dungeness fishing season will likely be delayed until Dec. 15 to decrease the chances of whales currently off the coast getting ensnarled by fishing lines.The season had already been delayed a week, from the traditional Nov. 15 start to Nov. 22. Responding …last_img read more

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Dutch Firm Announces a New Kind of Wind Turbine

first_imgA Dutch company says it has developed a new type of residential wind turbine that is far quieter and more efficient than conventional designs.The Liam F1 is a horizontal-axis turbine that uses a revolving collector in the shape of a nautilus seashell, rather than blades, to spin a generator.The company behind the project is The Archimedes, which takes its name from the Greek mathematician credited with inventing a nautilus-like device for pumping water now called the Archimedes Screw.According to the company’s website, the turbine can operate in wind speeds of between 4.5 and 78 miles per hour (from 2 to 35 meters per second).It wasn’t clear from the company’s website what the rated capacity of the turbine is (it’s written mostly in Dutch), and the company didn’t respond to an e-mail seeking more information. But the website EnergyMatters.com reported that with an average wind speed of 11 mph, the turbine would produce between 1,180 and 1,500 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year.The company claims the 5-foot-diameter device turns with very little resistance and is “virtually silent.” A noise rating for the turbine wasn’t apparent at the website.The website Gizmodo.com said the turbines would be priced at $5,400. Their availability in North America isn’t known. Water turbines operating on the same principleThe Dutch firm may be unique in manufacturing a wind turbine with an Archimedes screw, but a company called New England Hydropower Company LLC builds and installs hydroelectric turbines of a similar design.New England Hydropower, based in Beverly Farms, Mass., says its generators extract potential energy from “large blocks of slowly downward moving water” and aren’t harmful to fish. Photovoltaic systems are usually a better investmentFor purposes of comparison, $5,400 will pay for a photovoltaic (PV) system rated at 1,350 watts. Such a PV system would produce 1,969 kWh per year in Boulder, Colorado — significantly more energy than the high estimate provided by EnergyMatters.com for the Liam turbine installed at a site with an average wind speed of 11 mph. (It’s worth noting that a site with an average wind speed of 11 mph is very rare. Moreover, for a wind turbine to operate effectively, it must be mounted on a high tower; presumably, such a tower isn’t included in the quoted price of $5,400 for the Liam turbine.)For more information on residential wind turbines, see Backyard Wind Turbines and Resisting the Allure of Small Wind Turbines.last_img read more

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Maharashtra extends insurance cover to crops damaged due to weather

first_imgFor the first time Maharashtra will extend insurance for damaged crops after factoring in fluctuations in the weather conditions. As per a new policy, a correlation between weather patterns and crop damages will be assessed before deciding the premium or the compensation to be paid to farmers, senior officials told The Hindu.The new Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme (WBCIS) was announced on Wednesday. A 15-member committee has also been formed to set parameters for the scheme. “So far a committee of bureaucrats along with farm representatives would sit down and decide an amount. But we want to now scientifically establish these correlations between productivity/weather changes, losses and wind conditions,” additional chief secretary (agriculture department) Bijay Kumar told The Hindu.The variables for considering a correlation would, among others, be wind speed, and drop and rise in temperature, which could affect all kinds of crops. The 15-member committee will put in place further guidelines and a scientific model for connecting the weather patterns to damages. “If the temperature drops, how will it affect the quality of mango quality. When the wind changes directions it hurts the productivity of bananas. These are the kind of parameters we want to put in place for the WBCIS,” said an official.The committee has been asked to establish parameters for two specific standards: Trigger Value and Weather Perils. This will then assess quantifiable losses based on weather patterns. “We want to establish demonstrated correlation with historical weather and yield data,” according to the government proposal.last_img read more

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CM Ajit Jogi finally manages to wrest Chhattisgarh Olympic Association president post

first_imgMATCH WON: Ajit Jogi gets his coveted postMost Indian politicians, for some reason or the other, want to head a sports body. Prominent among them are Suresh Kalmadi, V.K. Malhotra, Laloo Prasad Yadav and V.C. Shukla. Add to that list Ajit Jogi.After a long power struggle between his and Shukla’s,MATCH WON: Ajit Jogi gets his coveted postMost Indian politicians, for some reason or the other, want to head a sports body. Prominent among them are Suresh Kalmadi, V.K. Malhotra, Laloo Prasad Yadav and V.C. Shukla. Add to that list Ajit Jogi.After a long power struggle between his and Shukla’s group, the Chhattisgarh chief minister has finally managed to wrest the post of president of the Chhattisgarh Olympic Association (COA). This also makes him a voting member of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).Some time last year Jogi decided he wanted to represent the new state in the IOA. Most sports bodies in the state were either in their nascent stages or not yet formed. Shukla, a former president of the IOA, meanwhile installed his protege, former Raipur mayor Balbir Juneja.The battle between Jogi and Shukla began over the chief minister’s chair. It stretched to the COA. With the first strike Shukla kept Jogi at bay and his friend Kalmadi, president of the IOA, helped matters along by not recognising Jogi’s Olympics body formed with the backing of 17 state sports associations.The matter went to court with both parties petitioning the Delhi High Court and the stalemate continued. Till Jogi’s only son, Amit, entered the fray on his father’s behalf.Using his surprisingly persuasive skills Jogi Jr managed to do what his father had been unable to do in six months – he got his father the coveted post.The primary objective achieved, it would not be long before Jogi starts gunning for Kalmadi’s job. And if Kalmadi knows better then he should be wary of the son and not the father.advertisementlast_img read more

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PCB disallows Younis Khan from rejoining club in domestic competition

first_imgTest batsman Younis Khan was prevented from rejoining his club side in a one-day competition by the Pakistan Cricket Board on Tuesday because he argued with umpires and refused to attend a hearing in which he was fined.Younis had seven days to explain himself, the PCB said in a statement.”I feel pained in making the decision as we have to demonstrate that no one is bigger than the game,” PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said.Last week, Younis argued with the umpires while leading Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in a Pakistan Cup match against Punjab at Faisalabad. The match referee issued a fine of 50 per cent of the match fee to Younis, who refused to attend the hearing and flew back to Karachi in protest.The former Pakistan captain apologized to Shaharyar Khan by telephone and asked permission to rejoin his team for the remainder of the Pakistan Cup. But the PCB refused, and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has named a replacement player.last_img read more

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India grant visa to Pakistan squash contingent for World C’ship

first_imgKarachi, Jul 6 (PTI) The Indian High Commission has finally issued visas to the Pakistan squash contingent, allowing the team to participate in World Junior Squash Championships to be held in Chennai from July 17 to 29. Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) secretary, Tahir Sultan said the visa for the last player in the contingent had been issued yesterday. We have now visas for the entire contingent comprising six players and three officials who will take part in the team and individual championships, he said. Initially, the Indian High Commission had returned the passports of the players and officials of PSF without granting them visa. Sultan claimed that it was after the PSF approached the World Squash Federation and Asian Squash Federation and asked them to cancel the event in India that the matter was resolved. We thank the World and Asian bodies for taking up our case and getting the Indian squash body to convince their government to issue us visas in a change of heart, he said. Sultan said that the World Junior Championship is an international event of the World Squash Federation and it has been given to India to host and there was no justification for keeping Pakistan team out of it. We had asked the concerned bodies and affiliated members to intervene and ensure we get the Indian visas or else the World Championship should not be held in India, he said. The PSF official said Pakistan was a pioneer in squash and had produced several world champions and top players.advertisement I would think that in India where the sport is becoming popular they would benefit from watching our team play there, he had said. PTI Cor ATKATKlast_img read more

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SCREENWRITERS CAN PLAY KEY ROLE IN GENDER PARITY ACTORS SAY

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook LOS ANGELES — Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis says achieving gender parity on screen is simple, and it could happen overnight.“Just go through (the script) and cross out a bunch of male first names and put female first names. That’s all you have to do,” Davis told the audience during a panel Saturday at AT&T’s SHAPE media conference in the Los Angeles suburb of Burbank.Davis joined fellow actor Mayim Bialik on stage at the conference to discuss how gender parity in media can create social change. The conversation revolved around the need for diversity on screen to break stereotypes and encourage young people to pursue careers they might otherwise have felt were off limits to them. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Geena Davis speaks at the AT&T’s SHAPE: ‘The Scully Effect is Real’ panel with Geena Davis and Mayim Bialik on Saturday, June 22, 2019 in Burbank, Calif. (Photo by Mark VonHolden/Invision/AP) Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement “Of course, why wouldn’t we need to see people who are like us to be able to imagine what we could become?” Bialik said.The panel was born from a study conducted by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media that found women felt encouraged to pursue scientific, medical and engineering (STEM) careers because of “X-Files” character Dana Scully, an FBI agent and medical doctor. Of the women surveyed in the study, 63 per cent of those working in a STEM field said Scully served as a role model for them growing up.Bialik, who also holds a doctorate in neuroscience and recently wrapped her time playing the role of neuroscientist Amy Farrah Fowler on “The Big Bang Theory,” said seeing characters like Scully on screen and having real-life mentors is crucial for young women to pursue careers in science, medicine and engineering.“I was raised in a climate where if you didn’t learn things as fast as the boys, it meant that it wasn’t for you,” Bialik said. It’s important “to have a mentor, to have someone that you can see is living the life of a scientist and also has a social life — all the things that the lone scientist in the laboratory stereotype doesn’t give us.”“You’re seeing the full, complicated, amazing woman living life as a scientist,” Bialik said of characters like Scully and Fowler. “That’s what I needed as a young girl that wasn’t there for me.”This doesn’t just apply for gender, either. The panelists said that all forms of diversity on screen are necessary, pointing to films like “Hidden Figures,” which is about the key role a group of African-American women played in the U.S. space program, as leading the way for more complex stories on people of any gender or race.“As much as people think Hollywood is liberal and open-minded and progressive thinking, they’re doing a worse job of reflecting society than the abysmal numbers in real life,” Davis said. “If we show it, it will happen in real life.”Katie Campione ~ The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Playing the beautiful game for a beautiful world

first_imgAPTN National NewsA team of very excited athletes from across the country departed for Europe Wednesday morning to take part in a unique sporting event.The event is a soccer tournament devoted to helping end homelessness.That’s got the players playing from the heart because all of the teams share a special connection to soccer and the streets.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has this story.last_img

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