Ireland fined for failing to deal with septic tanks

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Previous article69 year old man dies in Killyclug house fireNext articleLetterkenny Town Council budget meeting tonight News Highland Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest News 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+center_img By News Highland – December 20, 2012 Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter WhatsApp Facebook The Government has been fined two million Euro by the European Commission for failing to regulate the installation and use of close on 500-thousand septic tanks.In addition, from yesterday the EU is imposing a daily fine of 12-thousand euro per day for breach of a 2009 ruling until the issue is properly addressed.Independent Northwest MEP Marian Harkin has hit out at sucessive Governments for failing to introduce the necessary steps to comply with EU regulations.And she’s called on the Environment Minister now to take immediate action……[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/hark830.mp3[/podcast] Twitter Ireland fined for failing to deal with septic tanks Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Hall of Fame.

first_img* This form will serve as a standardized summary of all documentation on the nominee,and mustappear as the first page of the nomination. The committee will accept no more than 3 letters of recommendation. Submitted by:__________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________Address & TelephoneNumber: _____________________________________________________ Signature of nominee or family member ______________________________ Agricultural Alumni Association, University of Georgia2000 Nomination FormAgricultural Hall of FameDEADLINE: POSTMARKED BY MARCH 15, 2000Date:_________________________Name of Nominee:________________________________________________Living __________ Deceased __________Date of Birth of Nominee: ___________________________________Title or Position Nominee Holds or Held: _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Address (if deceased, give closest relative’s name and address):________________________________________________________________________________________________________________EducationalBackground:___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________On no more than 3 additional pages (8 ½ X 11, front only, 12 pt. font minimum.),discuss the following:* Nominee’s major contributions to Georgia agriculture* Nominee’s agricultural leadership roles, honors, awards* Nominee’s other major civic, religious, public service contributions and achievementslast_img read more

Moody’s downgrades Contura Energy, warns of more problems for U.S. coal sector

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Moody’s Investors Service on April 13 downgraded all long-term ratings for Contura Energy Inc.The action included a downgrade of Contura’s corporate family rating from B3 to Caa1. Moody’s also downgraded Contura’s senior secured term loan rating from Caa1 to Caa2. Contura’s outlook is rated “stable.”“Contura has idled the majority of its mines due to weak market conditions. Moody’s expects that demand for metallurgical coal will weaken further in the near-term as blast furnace steel producers adjust to reduced demand due to the coronavirus,” said Ben Nelson, Moody’s senior credit officer and lead coal analyst. “The rating action is entirely driven by macro-level concerns resulting from the global outbreak of coronavirus.”The coal sector is one of the most significantly impacted sectors from the “severe and extensive credit shock” created by the pandemic, the Moody’s note said.“Moody’s expects a very challenging year for the coal industry in 2020 — including meaningful reduction in industry-wide demand for metallurgical coal and thermal coal in the next few months driven by an unprecedented shock to the economy due to the coronavirus outbreaks,” the note said.[Taylor Kuykendall]More ($): Anticipating ‘very challenging year’ for coal, Moody’s downgrades Contura Energy Moody’s downgrades Contura Energy, warns of more problems for U.S. coal sectorlast_img read more

I am not quitting Hearts of Oak – David Duncan

first_imgAccra Hearts of Oak coach David Duncan has told JOY Sports he will not be leaving the club now that the season has ended.This goes to dispel all speculations that the former Ashgold trainer was unhappy with the former African champions and wanted to quit.It was widely rumored towards the end of the 2012/2013 premier league season that the outspoken coach was frustrated at not receiving enough support from management of the Phobia fraternity and thus hinted at moving.But Duncan, who is credited with the turnaround of Hearts Oak, leading them to a fifth place finish, told JOY Sports “I am with Hearts of Oak, I am going nowhere. How many times do you want me to reiterate this? I am going nowhere.”The 2012/2013 season’s top scorer, Mahatma Otoo with 20 goals emerged from David Duncan’s side and the coach believes “Mahatma Otoo deserves more than praises for his goal scoring techniques. Mahatma is simply unbelievable.“Words just can’t describe how he takes his goals. These are goals that belong to the sophisticated European leagues, typically for some selected few players in Europe. But he’s been able to display something like that here and that shows his class. He should nick the best player award and any award in that category.”last_img read more

Tall order for Gilas as it eyes top spot in ‘group of death’

first_imgIndian national gunned down in Camarines Sur LATEST STORIES Those facts aren’t lost on Reyes, and that’s why he’s taking a deliberate approach in the Philippines’ preparation for the tournament against the taller foes.“We all know the size of Iraq because we saw it in the Jones Cup. We all know how big Qatar is and of course, that’s China. The good thing is they all play one way. We’re not gonna change up from playing a Korea to a China, so they’re all going to be big teams and hopefully, we can find a way to beat those teams,” he said.It’s a tall order for Gilas as it has to finish on top in the group stages to advance and that means toppling China in the first day of the competitions.“The key is to finish first in our group in the first round. And that means we have to beat China in the first day,” he said.“We have our own sets of problems and we’re not even complete. It’s gonna be really difficult, but we’re going to try our best.”ADVERTISEMENT Gilas Pilipinas leaves for Beirut, Lebanon on August 6.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Fajardo aware of tough road ahead for Gilas, but believes ‘nothing is impossible’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ “(Our group is) very tough. It might be the biggest group, the tallest group,” he said.Seeking to defend its gold medal from 2015, China is still the favorites in the tourney, with studs like Guo Ailun and Zhou Qi expected to lead the team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Qatar, meanwhile, is parading a youthful team under coach Qusai Hatem which still packs a lot of punch.Though ranked 94th in the world, Iraq is poised to parade a towering roster bannered by naturalized player Demario Mayfield. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIn coach Chot Reyes’ eyes, Gilas Pilipinas has been slotted in the so-called “Group of Death” in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup.Placed in Group B together with defending champion China and Middle Eastern contenders in Qatar and Iraq, the outspoken mentor knows Philippines has its work cut out for it.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

GAA; GLENSWILLY NOTES

first_imgThe was no lotto this week due to the Churchill fair.There is salsa and dance exercise classes on every Monday in the hall at 8.15 p.m. Everybody welcome. €5. per night.
There is also circuit training on Mondays at 7 00 p.m. €5 per night or €40 for ten weeks.A big well done to captain Michael, Neil and Jim and the Donegal team on their great win in the Ulster Final, a proud day for the club seeing a Glen man lifting the cup. There will be a fun camp at the club grounds from Monday 15th to Friday 19th of August for children aged 6-12, they can enjoy sport, football, baking, drama, arts and crafts price is €30 for 1 child or €50 for 2 children. Contact Louise Mary or Karen at 0863827312 for registration forms.endsGAA; GLENSWILLY NOTES was last modified: July 20th, 2011 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:Glenswilly GAA noteslast_img read more

Car set on fire near well-known Redcastle nightclub

first_imgAn investigation is underway into a car fire which broke out near The Bailey nightclub in Redcastle on Saturday night.Emergency services were called to the scene when the car was set alight on the public road at Tullyally, Redcastle Fire services brought the blaze under control. Gardaí at Buncrana Garda Station are anxious to speak to anyone in relation to the event. The incident occurred at around 1.50 am in the early hours of Sunday morning, 19th May.They can be contacted on 074-9320540 or call the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111.Car set on fire near well-known Redcastle nightclub was last modified: May 21st, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare 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

Alien Life in Meteorites Claimed

first_imgAfter scrutinizing rare meteorites for over a decade, a NASA astrobiologist decided to go with his announcement: he may have found alien life.  Fox News began his story, “We are not alone in the universe – and alien life forms may have a lot more in common with life on Earth than we had previously thought.  That’s the stunning conclusion one NASA scientist has come to, releasing his groundbreaking revelations in a new study in the March edition of the Journal of Cosmology.”    There are only about nine CI-1 carbonaceous chondrites known.  In the ones Dr. Richard B. Hoover has cracked open and studied, he has found “fossilized remains of micro-organisms not so different from ordinary ones found underfoot – here on earth, that is.”  That’s one of the strange things about this story.  If these are organisms that originated independently of earth, why would some of them be recognizable as “generic species here on earth”?  Another problem is that the samples contain no nitrogen, an essential ingredient in life as we know it.  All amino acids and DNA contain nitrogen.    Hoover tried to be extremely careful with his samples, and expected a hotbed of controversy.  He has invited scrutiny of his work by 100 experts, and wants thousands of scientists around the world to weigh in on its validity.  Some, like David Marais, another NASA astrobiologist, are taking a wait-and-see attitude: “These kinds of claims have been made before, he noted – and found to be false.”  Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute doesn’t rule out the possibility but recognizes the controversial claim will have far-reaching implications.  He speculated that this might support panspermia of some sort: “It would suggest, well, life didn’t really begin on the Earth, it began as the solar system was forming.”  That raises other questions of how and where environments in the early solar system could have been more conducive to life than planet earth.    Rob Sheldon, a colleague of Hoover’s and an advocate of intelligent design, mentioned Hoover last December in his blog response on The Procrustean responding to the arsenic-life claim (12/02/2010).  He indicated that Hoover probably would have expected alien life to be very different biochemically from earth life.    On a different but related story, New Scientist and the BBC News speculated that “Meteorites ‘could have carried nitrogen to Earth’” in the form of ammonia carried on chondrites, chips of asteroids.  Aside from questions left begging about whether these “missing ingredients for life” had anything to do with the origin of life, that story appears contradictory to Hoover’s, who found no nitrogen in his samples.  “If someone can explain,” Hoover said, “how it is possible to have a biological remain that has no nitrogen, or nitrogen below the detect ability limits that I have, in a time period as short as 150 years, then I would be very interested in hearing that.”Is this another claim in the tradition of the Martian meteorite ALH 84001?  Is NASA trying to get more funding (01/07/2005) for astrobiology?  Possibly.  They’ve probably learned how to be more careful by now and give the appearance of honest skeptical inquiry.  In the early stages of controversial announcements, the Marais wait-and-see response is wise.  The best advice is to look carefully at the raw data, check assumptions, and ask the right questions.  The first question is to verify if this really is fossilized living material.  The second is to rule out contamination.  The third is to avoid jumping to conclusions and to consider all the possibilities.    With the Martian meteorite, the similarities to cells were superficial and never widely accepted as anything more than coincidental shapes.  Years after the huge flurry of media hype, after scientists found other ways the shapes could have been generated chemically, the hubbub died down.  Now only a few scientists believe it (12/14/2000, 11/20/2001, 03/18/2002, 05/15/2002, 01/30/2004, 03/23/2006, 09/01/2009).    Maybe this time things will be different.  Hoover seems more cautious than McKay.  What if the majority confirms that this was living material?  Does it mean life evolved in outer space?  No; it could have been created somewhere else, or it may be earth life that got here by a round trip.  Creation scientist Walt Brown has a theory that asteroids and comets were ejected from earth at the time of the Flood, when hyper-pressurized water shot into space from the fountains of the great deep, carrying rocky material from the continental margins with it.  It’s a speculative idea, but it’s one possibility to have life get out to space and back.  As for the Fox News lead-in that “We are not alone in the universe,” good grief; this is about the solar system, not the universe (see extrapolation).    Materialists will undoubtedly hype evolution, but the details revealed so far should be as puzzling to them as to their critics.  No nitrogen, but similar to earth life?  Astrobiologists have long tried to argue that life found elsewhere is bound to be very different from ours, but from the photos, these structures look remarkably similar to known bacteria.  Nothing in creation science or intelligent design requires life only to be found on earth anyway (see initial thoughts by ID advocate Denyse O’Leary on Uncommon Descent).  And why are these structures found only in a very rare class of meteorites, instead of all of them?    Further speculation is unwise till the claim goes through the scrutiny of skeptical scientists.  This commentary should only caution readers that healthy skepticism of spectacular claims is always in order, and to beware of being led down the primrose path by the media to answers without first asking the questions.    Already Fox News’s exclusive story is echoing around the world on other news sources and blogs.  Undoubtedly there will be more to say later about this claim.  Have your Baloney Detector tuned and ready.Update 03/07/2011: Criticisms of the claim are starting to come in from the scientific community and from evolutionists (see Space.com, PhysOrg, and Fox News follow-up story), so don’t get too excited about alien bacteria just yet.  Space.com also posted a gallery of past alleged proofs of alien life.Update 03/08/2011: New Scientist said there is “monster mud-slinging” going on among scientists about this claim.  Jeffrey Bada pointed out that minerals can show “many non-biological artefacts” to confuse the observer.  Alison Olcott Marshall [U of Kansas] said, “Morphology alone isn’t enough; geological context isn’t enough – you need all the pieces.  You need multiple lines of evidence: morphology that is highly reminiscent of biology, a geological context that makes sense and strong chemical evidence.”  New Scientist also hinted that the paper might have been a last gasp for the Journal of Cosmology, a journal deemed dubious by other astrobiologists.  It may go out of business in a few months.  This story is looking like a bright meteor – in and out of public attention in record time.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Cost of Installed Solar Continues to Fall

first_imgThe median installed cost of small photovoltaic (PV) systems continues its downward march, with 2014 showing the fifth consecutive year of significant price reductions, according to an annual report from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.Installed prices for both residential and non-residential PV systems finished last year were 40 cents per watt lower than they were the year before. The decline for large non-residential PV installations was even sharper, 70 cents per watt, the latest Tracking the Sun report said.And in the first six months of 2015, PV prices in some larger states dropped by another 20 cents to 50 cents per watt.The lab reported “tremendous variability” in PV pricing: For residential systems installed in 2014, 20% were sold for less than $3.50 per watt while another 20% sold for more than $5.30 per watt. In Arizona, 20% of residential installers posted median prices at or below $3 per watt last year, compared to the median price in the U.S. of $4.30 per watt.The wide swing in prices is due to a variety of factors, the Lab said, including differences in system design and components, market and regulatory conditions, and installer-specific quirks.“The continued decline in PV system pricing is especially noteworthy given the relatively stable price of PV modules since 2012,” a press release accompanying the report said. Lower costs could instead be attributed to lower “soft costs”: marketing, system design, installation labor, permitting, and other non-module expenses.“The fact that such variability exists underscores the need for caution and specificity when referring to the installed price of PV, as clearly there is no single ‘price’ that uniformly and without qualification characterizes the U.S. market, or even particular market segments, as a whole,” said lead author Galen Barbose of the Lab’s Electricity Markets and Policy Group.last_img read more

DDoS Attacks As Social Protest

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Anonymous#ddos#hackers#privacy#security adam popescu Related Posts A new petition, organized by Anonymous, has been sent to the White House with the hopes of legitimizing DDoS attacks – those hacker-led techno-onslaughts that shut down Web sites.The petition basically asks that distributed denial of service, or DDoS attacks, be designated as legitimate forms of protest. This is quite a stretch considering the amount of damage these attacks do (just ask the Federal government, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America and a host of others). And the petition authors want those jailed for DDoS immediately released and their records cleared.Fat chance, right?The writers of the petition say DDoS attacks are the “equivalent of repeatedly hitting the refresh button on a webpage… Instead of a group of people standing outside a building to occupy the area, they are having their computer occupy a website to slow (or deny) service of that particular website for a short time.”The petition needs 25,000 signatures by February 6 in order to trigger a White House response (as of Monday night, there were 5,420 signatories). Anything less than the required amount, and the White House can treat this like spam and junk it. While it’s not likely to be effective, launching a petition like this in the wake of the death of Aaron Swartz and the wave of newfound support for hacktivists, may be the best possible timing for the petition to gain supporters (another online petition entitled “Reform the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act” also attempts to catch the rising support for hactivism). Still, that doesn’t mean it’s going to get real traction. A glass-half-empty look at the petition could classify it as a naive, tongue-in-cheek attempt from the black hat world to justify their activities – likely doomed to failure. Chance Of Snow In Hell Today“There is no way in hell the White House will ever legalize DDoS,” said activist and Australian journalist Asher Wolf. Wolf believes the petition comes from the Anonymous Collective. Attempts at contacting Anonymous were not returned at time of publication. But this issue may not be as morally black-and-white as one mightl make it. Security expert Dan Kaminsky says that while he wouldn’t sign the petition, he thinks the attempt is far from silly or naive. Kaminsky indicated that while the petition may be misguided, the idea of creating legitimate forms of online protest in the heavily guarded online world are needed.“People are going to figure out how protest works in a system that has gotten very good at suppressing protest,” Kaminsky said. “I see where they’re coming from… I understand the desire.”The fundamental problem with DDoS, Kaminsky added, is the numbers disparity between those who perform the DDoS attacks and those targeted. Usually the culprits are small groups of people targeting large numbers of computers. So while many computers are affected, in terms of manpower the numbers of actual participants are low. Kaminsky believes that’s what makes DDoS a lesser form of protest than say physical people in the streets.  “What makes protest work is the visible human investment,” he said. “Five people in Guy Fawkes masks protesting Scientology makes an impact. Who cares how many computers are involved, they don’t have opinions… One hundred thousand people protesting is very different from making 100,000 computers [shut down].”Not All About Social ChangeJust when you’re ready to change your mind about the hacker collective and believe they’re about to bring the world positive change, they go and do something that would make even their staunchest supporter say: “Huh?”Last night, Anonymous took credit for hacking into several news organizations’ websites, including the Los Angeles Times, Slate and Vanity Fair – all to wish a very special happy birthday to a fellow hacker. One step forward, two steps back.How Will Anonymous And Friends Be Treated?While this petition will not likely make it to the White House’s to-do list, it reflects a sense of the growing power of Anonymous and similar groups. These organizations looking for new ways to expand power and be taken seriously in this fast-evolving online landscape.In the last few years, the Anonymous movement has gone from small hacker cells to mainstream in-person gatherings the world over, with thousands donning masks and pounding the pavement. If they can translate that sheer human power to the Web, they may become much more powerful. If and when that happens, governments may being to treat with them the way they do foreign principalities – or terrorists. Photo Courtesy Of Shutterstockcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more