first_imgPoor lighting in the Aura Leisure Centre car park is due to be addressed soon after a series of public complaints. The issue was highlighted by Cllr Gerry McMonagle at Tuesday’s Letterkenny Municipal District meeting, who said the current lights were not fit for purpose “as they are more out than on”.The Sinn Féin Cllr said: “We have a fantastic leisure centre, but there have been numerous complaints about the car park, especially at this time of year when the place is in darkness.” Cllr McMonagle said that the lighting system has been a regular problem since the centre was built, adding: “They might look nice and aesthetically pleasing to the eye but they are not fit for purpose.”The local authority responded to say that the issues would be looked at as soon as possible.Lights in busy Letterkenny car park ‘more out than on’ was last modified: March 12th, 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:Aura Leisure CentreCLLR GERRY MCMONAGLELetterkenny Municipal Districtlast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is announcing an additional assistance program for producers in the Western Lake Erie Basin funded by the passage of Ohio Senate Bill 299.The Ohio Working Lands Small Grains Program is a voluntary program that will encourage producers in the Western Lake Erie Basin to plant small grains such as wheat, barley, oats, or cereal rye on eligible cropland. As the “working lands” name implies, participants must plant and harvest small grains, land apply manure, and plant a cover crop to receive a cost-share payment to help offset operating costs. The program benefits the planting of small grains not only for the conservation benefits, but to provide livestock producers with a longer application window to land apply manure and nutrients.“We are committed to working with farmers to achieve shared goals,” Governor Mike DeWine said. “This is a program that both supports farmers and helps protect Lake Erie. Through my H2Ohio initiative, we will continue to invest in Lake Erie and in efforts to improve water quality across Ohio.”Signed in 2018, Ohio Senate Bill 299 provided $23.5 million for soil and water conservation districts (SWCD) located in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) for nutrient management programs. ODA has already distributed $3.5 million to 24 SWCDs in Northwest Ohio and in February, ODA Director Dorothy Pelanda announced plans for three new assistance programs for the remaining $20 million: the Ohio Working Lands Program, the Voluntary Nutrient Management Plan Development Program, and the Cost Share and Equipment Buy Down Program.“We are very excited to roll out the Small Grains Program as we have already seen great interest from producers for our other assistance programs in the Western Lake Erie Basin,” said Dorothy Pelanda, ODA Director. “ODA looks forward to working with farmers to implement meaningful programs that make progress toward our common goals of soil and water conservation.”The Ohio Working Lands Small Grains Program will fall under the umbrella of the Ohio Working Lands Program. Local soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) will manage the program sign-up, verification of eligibility, and crop establishment. Soil tests and records of manure analysis and application will be required to be submitted to the SWCD as well. Producers interested in the program should contact their local SWCD to learn how to sign up.“We appreciate Governor DeWine and Director Pelanda recognizing that assistance is needed to solve important issues facing Ohio’s waters,” said Tadd Nicholson, Executive Director of the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association. “We encourage all growers of small grains in northwest Ohio to consider being part of this important program. Farmers look forward to continuing our efforts to protect water quality in Ohio.”Also, as part of the Ohio Working Lands Program, local SWCDs in the Western Lake Erie Basin are still accepting sign-ups for the Ohio Working Lands Hay Buffer program which semi-retires environmentally sensitive areas of a field from annual crop acres to permanent harvestable forage acres. The sign-up deadline for the Working Lands Hay Buffer program is May 1.Producers located in the Western Lake Erie Basin are encouraged to contact their local soil and water conservation district office to learn more and sign up for these new programs.last_img read more

first_imgJay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhDSuicidal ideation and behavior is a critical topic for the U.S. military.  According to a recent Huffington Post article, 185 active-duty Army soldiers committed suicide? in 2013 – more than the number of Army soldiers killed in combat in Afghanistan in that year [1].  However, much still needs to be learned about what increases risk of suicide, and the role that ethnic status could play in suicide risk.Creative Commons Licensing [Flickr, White Wreath Association, May 29, 2009]Copeland and colleagues researched suicidality in Hispanic and African American veterans [2] to determine if there was a relationship between suicidal behavior and ideation (SBI) in post-surgical patients who had a history of severe mental illness. This analysis included 89,995 veterans who had undergone surgeries such as bone or joint surgery, vascular surgery, or amputations.Of the 89,995 VA patients (with an average age of 64) in this sample, 2,836 were found to have suicidal behavior and ideation in the 3 years following surgery.  Consistent with previous research (Prior suicide attempts, Oct 2014), the researchers concluded that veterans with a previous history of severe mental illness (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, PTSD, or depression) experienced a significantly increased likelihood of SBI.However, the results of the study were not as clear when examining different ethnicities – African Americans showed an increased likelihood of SBI while Hispanics did not, and it was not clear why this was the case. It was noted that both African-American and Hispanic surgical patients reported higher rates of severe pain after surgery, but received lower doses of medication than White, non-Hispanic pain patients.  More study will be required to determine the influence of ethnicity on   the risk of SBI following surgery.While this study had a number of limitations, (the study used archival data and was limited to veterans, there were few women in the study) the importance of mental health care following surgery was clear.  Pre-operative and post-operative mental health monitoring is important to achieve a positive outcome for the patient.When working with minority groups in the military, consideration should be given to the individual client’s environment – family, work, and community – and the influence of culture in these groups.In an upcoming webinar, Dr. Andrew Behnke will focus on current issues and implications for clinical and advocacy work with Latino military families.References[1] Wood, D. (2013, September 25).  Tragedy of military suicides will ‘go on for many years,’ army chief warns. The Huffington Post. Retrieved from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/military-suicide-rate/[2] Copeland, L. A., McIntyre, R. T., Stock, E. M., Zeber, J. E., MacCarthy, D. J., & Pugh, M. J. (2014). Prevalence of suicidality among hispanic and african american veterans following surgery. American Journal of Public Health, 104, S603-8. This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

first_imgSouth African legend AB de Villiers has revealed that he was keen to play the 2019 Cricket World Cup before he announced his retirement in May 2018 but didn’t rule out being part of the 2023 tournament if he’s ‘still good enough’. In a freewheeling chat with Gaurav Kapur on his Youtube show ‘Breakfast with Champions’ AB talked about his growing up years, career in cricket, brotherhood with Virat Kohli among a host of other topics.But when Kapur asked him if he would fancy playing the 2023 World Cup, AB laughed and quipped that he would if India’s MS Dhoni was also part of it.”How old will I be (in 2023)? 39! I’ll come back if MS (Dhoni) is still around (laughs). If I’m still good enough, who knows eh? I was keen to play the World Cup (2019) but I retired, so it was a very sensitive situation. For the last 3 years of my career, I was labeled as a guy who was picking and choosing when I was playing and when not.”So I got quite a lot of criticism from back home which also played a role in me retiring. And it was difficult for me to then go: ‘Hey, but I’ll still play the World Cup’. You know, it’s the picking and choosing thing again. And it’s quite arrogant to do something like that. But as they say, you can’t have your bread buttered on both sides,” said de Villiers.Reflecting on his long international career which came to an abrupt end after AB announced his shock retirement after the IPL 2018, the maverick batsman said that there were ‘a lot of reasons’ he had to move on and international cricket’s tiring schedule along with his family played a ‘big part’ in his decision.advertisement”I’ve always been about the team. It’s never been about myself. But I found myself in a position where I had to make a decision where it’s going to look like I’m thinking about just myself. There’s a lot of reasons I had to move on. There’s a lot of things that played a role. Family is definitely a big part of it. The longevity of, like, I mean I’ve played for 15 years. I was just tired of the whole international scene. It’s quite busy, very stressful. The mental games, the doubts you have as a person, as a player all the time, it wears you down. And being captain of the Proteas for a long time also took its toll you know.”And then there are a few deeper issues that might have to be discussed when I’m 50 one day (laughs). There’s a part of me that’ll always miss it. I mean, I had so much fun. It’s everything that goes with it. I wish I could push on longer but like I said at the start I had a great run and more dreams came true than I could ever imagine. And there was lots of heartbreaks as well along the way. And that’s the great ride that we all go through,” AB de Villiers told Kapur.On his ‘brotherhood’ with his Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate Kohli, AB said that he was impressed by the Indian captain’s ability to be able to enjoy ‘the small things’ in life despite being the center of attention of so many people all the time. He also revealed that Kohli has an endearing habit of showering people with gifts, to the extent that AB himself is now scared of saying anything to his RCB skipper.”When I realize, guys like him, who are so ‘big’ in India, but I see them enjoying the small things in life which is what it’s all about and it’s important. And they find time for other people, which is so difficult with their lives. I’m scared of saying anything to him now. Because if I say ‘Oh, I like your shoes’, the next minute he organizes me those shoes. I’m like ‘Virat, just stop it’. He looks after everyone. I told him I like coffee the other day. Now I’m getting an espresso machine he’s ordered on Amazon. It’s being delivered tomorrow!” said de Villiers.After scoring 8765 runs in 114 Tests and 9577 runs in 228 ODIs for South Africa, AB decided to hang up his boots in May 2018 after successive Test series wins over visitors India and Australia. Since then, he continues to ply his trade in different T20 leagues around the world.Also Read | AB de Villiers pulls out of Big Bash LeagueAlso Read | Dale Steyn: Want to finish career with a World Cup medal, not bothered about chokers tagadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Maersk Line The world’s largest container shipping company Maersk Line has reportedly invested USD 280 million to acquire six second-hand containerships from German Commerzbank.Under the deal, reported by Intermodal Research and Valuations, Maersk Line has added two Sub-Panamaxes and four Panamaxes, which were already chartered in by the Danish firm.The vessels in question have been identified as 13,092 TEU Maersk Eureka and Maersk Edirne, built in 2012 by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI). The two ships were previously known as Hanjin Sooho and Hanjin Asia and were part of Hanjin Shipping’s fleet, a former South Korean shipping giant which went bankrupt in 2017.The ultra large containerships are worth around USD 58 million each, according to the data from VesselsValue.The smaller vessels acquired by the line are said to be 4,800 TEU HS Shackleton and HS Baffin, both built in 2013 and worth around USD 30 million each.The remaining two ships are 4,800 TEU Merkur Harbour and 4,255 TEU Rio Connecticut (also known as Merkur Planet), built in 2012, the total value of which is estimated to be around USD 40 million, based on VV’s valuation.When approached by World Maritime News, a Maersk Line spokesperson said that in the normal course of its business, the company continuously reviews its fleet composition and explores opportunities for chartered ships and newbuildings.However, the company did not want to comment on the purchase.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgBALURGHAT: The South Dinajpur unit of West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited has taken measures to install prepaid meters in all the government offices from the next month of June. Officials said the survey work for launching the new system has been on.Initially, it has been decided that the prepaid meters will be distributed to all government offices, except state-run hospitals where electricity consumption is much higher, in and around the district. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsSources said the new meters will be ultramodern and problem free.Officials said the prepaid electricity billing system through the new meter is similar to prepaid mobile connectivity where the consumers have to purchase particular data pack either for voice call or internet services.Similarly, the government offices from June onwards have to recharge the same for electricity services. A message before termination of services will be sent from WBSEDCL to the consumers for continuation of connectivity. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedNotably, the post paid billing system has been active since WBSEDCL started functioning. Officials said the concerned department faces losses too due to non-payment of bills by the defaulters particularly in cases of households’ connectivity. Regional official of WBSEDCL Nirmal Biswas said: “Initially we have decided to install the prepaid meters in government offices where electricity consumption is less than 5 kilowatt. Soon, the rest of the government offices and households will be under the same category.”last_img read more

first_img This story originally appeared on Engadget December 28, 2017 2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals The iPhone X’s Face ID sensors have shown great potential for art, gaming and just weird apps, but a Japanese developer has taken another tack with the device. Using Unity, ViRD game developer @noshipu, aka Kazuya Noshiro, completely erased his face, except for his mouth and eyes, as shown in the 10-second clip below. Calling the trick “optical camouflage,” Noshiro admitted that he has no clue what it can be used for. “If you want to make your face transparent, we’re recruiting,” he joked.iPhoneX?????????????????? pic.twitter.com/aPXJcHi8Y4— ??? (@noshipu) December 27, 2017Noshiro didn’t say exactly how the trick worked, despite curiosity from his followers. However, one person asked him if he fixed the camera to pre-record the background, and he admitted “that’s correct.” So in other words, he likely first recorded what was behind him, then masked out his face — bar his eyes and mouth — and inserted the background. The iPhone X’s motion sensors could synchronize everything with the camera movement.The effect shows the potential of sensor-laden phones like the iPhone X — which are bound to become more common with Face ID-like security — and how ARkit can work with other developer platforms like Unity. Sure, it seems perfectly useless, which is why it might also make a pretty sweet Snapchat filter. Register Now »last_img read more