Irish Water refuses to meet Oireachtas members on Inishowen supply

first_img FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 AudioHomepage BannerNews Irish Water refuses to meet Oireachtas members on Inishowen supply Twitter Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ Facebook Pinterest Facebook Harps come back to win in Waterford Twittercenter_img Irish Water is being accused of completely disregarding Inishowen after refusing to meet Donegal Oireachtas members and Councillors from the peninsula.Senator Padraig Mac Lochlainn had sought the meeting to discuss problems with the supplies from the Eddie Fullerton Dam and the plan to extend the supply to LetterkennyHowever, in a response, Irish Water referred him to a regular briefing for Councillors in Lifford.Senator Mac Lochlainn has responded, saying that response is utterly unacceptable……….Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleKillyclogher to host Glenfin’s Ulster FinalNext articleHarps U17 National Final moved to Maginn Park News Highland By News Highland – October 23, 2018 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction WhatsApp WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+last_img read more

Florida authorities search nature reserve for missing 21-year-old woman with autism

first_imgHollywood Police DepartmentBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(HOLLYWOOD, Fla.) — Multiple law enforcement agencies are searching for a 21-year-old woman with autism who disappeared from a Florida nature reserve a week ago.Noemi Bolivar was last seen at the Ann Kolb Nature Center in Hollywood, Florida, on the afternoon of Feb. 11, according to a Facebook post by the Hollywood Police Department.Police did not immediately respond Thursday to ABC News’ request for additional information on the case.Bolivar’s parents told Miami ABC affiliate WPLG-TV that she left their home around 4 p.m. that day to catch a bus to go hiking at the nature reserve.“She’s just a nature girl. She loves birds,” her mother, Marycel Bolivar, told WPLG in a recent interview. “That’s her passion — go look at the birds and the plants and everything.”Bolivar has autism, although her parents said she is high-functioning. They said it is uncharacteristic of her to leave without keeping in touch and they fear she may have been kidnapped, according to WPLG.Bolivar took a selfie with her cellphone at the observation tower inside the nature reserve and sent it to a friend on Snapchat. But she stopped sending or receiving messages and calls that evening around 6:15 p.m., according to WPLG.Police were able to ping Bolivar’s cellphone a few hours later, showing the location to be near Hollywood Beach. But when officers arrived, she was nowhere to be found, according to WPLG.Investigators from the Hollywood Police Department and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office conducted a grid search from the air and ground of a wooded area near the nature reserve on Wednesday in hopes of finding clues.“The reason why we’re doing that is to possibly find any evidence or any indication of where she could possibly be or have traveled,” Officer Christian Lata, a spokesman for the Hollywood Police Department, told WPLG.Investigators currently don’t suspect any foul play in Bolivar’s disappearance, according to WPLG.“We want to assure the family, we want to assure the citizens that we’re doing everything we possibly can to help find Noemi,” Lata said.Anyone with information on Bolivar’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Hollywood Police Department at 954-967-4636 or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_imgGardai investigating an arson attack on a church hall have appealed for three people in the vicinity of the hall to come forward.The Orange Hall in Newtowncunningham after is was badly damaged by fire this morning. Pic by Denis Hutton.Inspector Pat O’Donnell made the appeal after viewing CCTV footage of the scene of the fire at Newtowncunningham Orange Hall on September 14th last.The fire gutted the building including its roof and destroyed a large quantity of memorabilia inside. Now Gardai want to speak with three men seen in the area of the blaze around 8am on the morning of the blaze.One of the men was in his 30s with sharp features and was wearing a grey tracksuit.Another man was out walking his dog at the time while the third was cycling past the blaze.After a full investigation, Gardai say they are satisfied the fire was started maliciously. There was a previous arason attack on the hall in 2010.Inspector O’Donnell appealed to the three different people observed on the CCTV footage to come forward.“Our investigation is ongoing but having viewed CCTV footage from the area at the time, we would like to speak to these three people.“They may not have noticed anything but they may just be able to assist us with our investigation,” he said. GARDAI SEEK TO INTERVIEW THREE MEN FOLLOWING NEWTOWN CHURCH HALL FIRE was last modified: October 15th, 2014 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:arsondonegalNewtowncunningham church halllast_img read more

Speed-camera operators vote for strike action

first_imgSpeed camera operators have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action, including strike action, in a ballot counted yesterday (Fri). The trade union Siptu said its members employed by GoSafe overwhelmingly backed industrial action, including strike action, in a ballot conducted on Friday, according to The Irish Times. Siptu organiser Brendan Carr said: “Our members were left with no option other than to vote for industrial action due to the continued refusal of the company to implement a Labour Court recommendation which confirms that it is Siptu representatives who have the sole right to negotiate on behalf of its members with management. “Our members have serious concerns relating to working conditions at the company. The employees of GoSafe were frustrated in their attempts to negotiate with their employer as it refused to attend the conciliation services of the State.”Mr Carr criticised what he described as “ the unacceptable practice of Government departments issuing contracts for State services to companies who refuse to engage with the industrial relations bodies of the State”.“This is a completely unacceptable situation when such companies are in receipt of large amounts of public funds.”He said Siptu wrote to Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, in relation to its members’ concerns. “Union representatives asked to meet with the Minister to discuss this dispute and seek his assistance in resolving it prior to any industrial action, which could impact on the operation of measures to ensure road safety. “Unfortunately, the Minister declined to intervene, despite the possible serious implications on road safety which is one of his key responsibilities.”Speed-camera operators vote for strike action was last modified: September 7th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

Diversified group Lonrho lists on AltX

first_img25 May 2011Lonrho, a conglomerate that operates in 17 sub-Saharan African countries, has secured a secondary listing on the JSE’s AltX, a parallel market focused on quality, high-growth companies.Lonrho has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange, and has business dealings in agribusiness, infrastructure, transportation, hotels, and support services.The company has a long history of operating on the African continent and believes these sectors offer significant opportunities for growth and unique exposure to economic development across sub-Saharan Africa.It was previously listed on the Venture Capital Market of the JSE.“Lonrho welcomes the move to the AltX market of the JSE as a natural reflection of progress as the company continues to grow,” Lonrho executive chairman David Lenigas said in a statement last week.“We remain focused on achieving further significant growth going forward as we continue developing our key divisions and expanding our presence across sub-Saharan Africa.”According to the statement, the board of Lonrho considers the transfer of the secondary listing from the JSE Venture Capital Market to AltX as a natural reflection of the ongoing development of the company, and sees the AltX as a stronger exchange on which Lonrho shares can be traded in South Africa.“We are delighted to welcome Lonrho to AltX because they provide investors with an opportunity to invest in a diversified African company,” said JSE head of marketing and business development Noah Greenhill. “We are confident that Lonrho will have a successful listing on AltX.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Breakthroughs in management can build business and employee success

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseWhether it is with an individual, a farm or an agribusiness, breakthroughs (some large and some small) are helpful along the path to long-term success.Breakthroughs were the focus at the 2019 Kalmbach Feeds Agribusiness Conference. At the event, president Paul Kalmbach defined a breakthrough as an intentional life-changing accomplishment that is larger than an incremental improvement.“We have been very fortunate to have had a lot of breakthroughs,” Kalmbach said. “And one of the great things about breakthroughs is that while they don’t often keep on giving, they do often program more breakthroughs. It really is an important concept.”He then shared his equation for a breakthrough: Failure + Vision + Understanding + Creativity = Breakthrough.“Can we think differently? If we can do that, we create more breakthroughs in our businesses and in our lives,” Kalmbach said. “We have to understand where we want to go and what we want to accomplish. That will produce breakthroughs. And more often than not, that type of achievement is the result of a team effort.”In the feed business there have been various product-related breakthroughs for Kalmbach Feeds since their days as a small grind-and-mix feed mill in 1963. The feed, though, is only a piece of the puzzle for success. Without good people, a top-quality product can only go so far.“We are always looking for new team members. Often when I pray before I go to bed at night, I ask the Good Lord to bring us good team members,” Kalmbach said. “We need good team members and have fantastic team members now. I couldn’t choose a better team. I love the folks we get to work with every day.”Getting the human resources of Kalmbach Feeds to today’s level of success took many breakthroughs through the years. Kalmbach shared one of them in his remarks at the Agribusiness Conference. FailureAbout 25 years ago Kalmbach Feeds was facing a real challenge with driver turnover.“It was equal to the national average and that was unacceptable at Kalmbach Feeds,” Kalmbach said. “We had an inefficient process for our drivers. They had to write down everything they did as well as how long it took them to do it and they were paid hourly.”The high turnover and inefficient process caused significant internal conflict within the management team. One set of problems built upon another.“We had lots of internal conflict. It was terrible,” Kalmbach said. “We were concerned about how all of this could affect customer service.” Vision, understanding and creativityOne initial thought was to simply give the drivers a raise, but that would not seem to address the root causes of the problem.“We had to solve this in a new — in a different — way to significantly reduce turnover, decrease internal conflict, and program success with customer service,” Kalmbach said. “So we had the vision, now we needed the understanding. We talked to our drivers, we talked to our managers, we talked to transportation companies, and we talked to friends. Some transportation companies were paying drivers per mile. That wouldn’t work for us because our drivers do so much more than just drive. We took that idea and said, ‘You know, why don’t we pay our drivers for everything they do?’ So we decided to try to pay our drivers for driving a mile, we pay our drivers for loading a ton of feed, we pay our drivers for unloading a ton of feed, we pay our drivers for loading a bag, for unloading a bag, we pay them depending on the equipment they drive, and we even decided to pay our drivers for time they weren’t working in the middle of the day if it was beyond their control.” BreakthroughThe Kalmbach Feeds management team presented the plan to their drivers, unsure of how they would react.“Our four best senior drivers refused to go on the new plan. We compromised and said that they could stay hourly and did not have to go on the new plan. Fortunately the rest of the drivers went on the new plan,” Kalmbach said. “We have a saying in our shop that results matter. What were the results? Two years later we had significantly reduced the driver turnover problem. Our drivers were more efficient because we paid them for what they did. We eliminated the internal conflict, and we programmed more success with our customer service. Those four senior drivers had missed out on pay because they didn’t go on the new plan because they were very efficient drivers. They realized this and quickly chose to go on the new plan.”The program continues to work today amid challenging times for hiring and keeping good drivers.“That was a great breakthrough for us, and it keeps on giving. In the United States in 2019 we right now are in the midst of the worst driver shortage in history and this breakthrough has kept on giving,” Kalmbach said. “Our driver turnover is very low.”This year’s conference theme was part of a series of topics focused on development for Kalmbach Feeds customers and team members over the last several years.“We started this journey in 2016 with a theme of Vision 2020,” Kalmbach said. “In 2017 the theme was the Leadership Edge. In 2018 the theme was Persistence, because that is the key to success in business. In 2019, if we follow that progression we want to break through our barriers to help us thrive in our business and not just survive. And we are going to celebrate the wins in 2020 because that is important.”The conference has proven to be a great outreach tool for customers but also helps build a positive and cohesive culture in the company.“It has been a fun journey. We had a vision for what the conference could be, and it has gotten better every year,” said Jeff Neal, vice president of sales and marketing for Kalmbach Feeds. “The main focus of the conference is overall improvement and overall development. We are always looking for great talent. It is hard to win the Super Bowl if you do not have great talent. This is a great place to work. It is a great family business. We have had 56 years of success.”Such success has required more than a few breakthroughs along the way. This is the second of a series of five stories in cooperation with the Ohio AgriBusiness Association highlighting human resource management solutions in Ohio agribusinesses.last_img read more

Keeping up with all the recent RFS developments requires some energy

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Ellen Essman, Ohio Law Blog, Agricultural & Resource Law Program at The Ohio State UniversityIf you’ve been keeping up with the ag news lately, chances are you’ve heard a lot about the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). As a refresher, the RFS program “requires a certain volume of renewable fuel to replace the quantity of petroleum-based transportation fuel.” Renewable fuels include biofuels made from crops such as corn and soybeans. Lately, you may have heard discussion about a controversial new rule regarding the volumes of biofuels that are required to be mixed with oil. While all that talk has been going on, there has also been a lawsuit against the EPA for RFS exemptions given to certain oil refineries. Congress has been examining the exemptions as well. Having trouble keeping all of this RFS information straight? We’ll help you sort it out. EPA proposes new RFS ruleThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a notice of proposed rulemaking, asking for more public comment on the proposed volumes of biofuels to be required under the RFS program in 2020 and 2021. Agricultural and biofuels groups are not pleased with the proposed blending rules, arguing that the way EPA proposes to calculate biofuel volumes would result in much lower volumes than they were originally promised by President Trump. (The original promise was made in part to make up for waivers the Trump EPA had given to oil refineries.) Conversely, EPA and the Trump administration contend that the proposed rule does meet the previously agreed upon biofuel volumes. A hearing on the proposed rule was held on October 30, where many agriculture and biofuels groups expressed their concerns. The oil industry was also represented at the hearing. Members of the oil industry feel that the cost of mixing in biofuels is too high. It is unlikely any deal was struck at the hearing, but there is still an opportunity to comment on the proposed rule if you wish. Comments are due on Nov. 29, 2019. Ag and biofuels groups sue the EPAIn the midst of the argument over how the volumes of biodiesel under the RFS will be calculated, another related quarrel has emerged. At the center of this dispute are exemptions EPA has given to “small refineries” in the oil industry. The number of exemptions given has increased drastically under the Trump administration, which in turn has lessened the demand for biofuels made from crops like corn and soybeans. On Oct. 23, 2019, agriculture and biofuel groups filed a petition against the EPA in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. In the petition, the groups ask the court to review a decision made in August 2019 which retroactively exempted over 31 small refineries from meeting their 2018 biofuels requirements. The petitioning groups include Renewable Fuels Association, American Coalition for Ethanol, Growth Energy, National Biodiesel Board, National Corn Growers Association, and National Farmers Union. How does the small refinery exemption work?Typically, an oil refinery would have to mix a set volume of renewable fuels, like biofuels, into their gasoline or diesel fuel. The volumes are set annually. Small refineries, which are defined as refineries where “the average aggregate daily crude oil throughput does not exceed 75,000 barrels,” can petition the EPA for an exemption from meeting their renewable fuel obligations. Exemptions are typically given temporarily if the refinery can show they would suffer economic hardship if they were made to blend their fuel with biofuel. A refinery seeking an exemption has to include a number of records showing their economic hardship in their petition, such as tax filings and financial statements. Why are ag and biofuel groups asking for judicial review?Why are the groups we mentioned above upset about this particular set of small refinery exemptions? Well, first of all, the groups point to the brevity of the EPA’s decision. (The decision document can be found in the link to the petition, listed above.) The EPA’s decision document uses only two pages to explain their decision on 36 small refinery petitions. Because the decision was so short, the groups feel that EPA did not include the analysis of economic hardship for each refinery that they believe is required by the Clean Air Act and RFS regulations. Essentially, the groups argue that the EPA has not provided enough evidence or explanation for awarding the exemptions.Underlying all of this is the fact that more small refinery exemptions means lower demand for biofuels. In fact, the ag and biofuel groups claim that due to the 31 exemptions made in August alone, 1.5 billion gallons of renewable fuel were not used. In addition, the 31 exemptions are just a few of many awarded by Trump’s EPA. By all accounts, since Trump took office, there has been a sharp increase in exemptions granted. EPA has data on the number of exemptions available here. The first year the Trump administration made exemptions was 2016.It seems as though the House Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change (part of the Committee on Energy and Commerce) is also worried about EPA’s exemptions, or waivers, for small oil refineries. On Oct. 29, 2019, the Subcommittee held an oversight hearing entitled “Protecting the RFS: The Trump Administration’s Abuse of Secret Waivers.” In fact, in their memo about the hearing, the Subcommittee cited some of the same issues in the lawsuit we discussed above; namely the increase in waivers and the consequent effect on biofuel demand. Testimony was heard from both ag/biofuels and oil representatives.In the hearing, the Subcommittee also considered the proposed “Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act of 2019.” The text of the bill is available here. The bill would require small refineries to submit petitions for exemptions from RFS requirements annually by June 1. Additionally, it would require information in the waiver petitions to be available to the American public. What happens next?As you can see, we’re playing a waiting game on three separate fronts. For the RFS rule, we’ll have to wait and see what kind of comments are submitted, and whether or not the EPA takes those comments into account when it writes the final rule. As for the lawsuit, all eyes are on the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The court could determine that the law does indeed require EPA to include more information and analysis to explain their reasons for exemption. On the other hand, the court could find that EPA’s decision document is sufficient under the law. In Congress, we’ll have to wait and see whether the proposed bill gets out of the Committee on Energy and Commerce and onto the House floor.last_img read more

An ‘Insulating’ Paint Salesman Is Tripped Up By His Own Product

first_imgThere is no such thing as “insulating” paint, as I noted in an earlier blog. However, that fact hasn’t stopped paint dealers from promoting these worthless high-priced coatings to gullible customers.One former distributor of “insulating” paint is Alton King of Longmeadow, Mass. After setting up a company called Energy & Conservation Management Inc., King became a distributor of Super Therm, a paint manufactured by Superior Products International. The manufacturer claims that Super Therm (also spelled “Supertherm”) has an “R-19 equivalent rating” and “provides the same protection as 6 inches of fiberglass.”The manufacturer of Super Therm has been making outlandish claims for years. Back in March 2004, I wrote an article for Energy Design Update, “R-Value Scofflaws,” debunking a claim by Superior Products International that Super Therm “provides R-19 in 7 mil thickness.”Although the claim that a coat of Super Therm paint is equivalent to R-19 insulation is clearly false, Alton King apparently believed it. In fact, King was such a believer in the insulating value of Super Therm that he decided to use the paint to insulate his own home.In January 2001, King hired Richard McCullough to build him a new 7,291-square-foot home at 49 Memery Lane in Longmeadow, Mass. After the house was completed, the town assessed the home at $1,060,300.RELATED ARTICLE‘Insulating’ Paint Merchants Dupe Gullible HomeownersPodcast: Martin Holladay discusses “insulating” paint in a radio interviewThe builder hired a subcontractor, Paul Tetro of Dee Service, to design and install the home’s HVAC system. Tetro was given plans showing a house with conventional fiberglass insulation. After performing a Manual J calculation, Tetro designed a hydro-air heating system — that is, a system using a boiler that sends hot water to a heat-exchange coil in the air handler. Space heat is distributed through ductwork. The system included a… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

MovieCode is a Fun Archive for Film Buffs and Programmers Alike

first_imgIs the computer code featured on TV shows and films the real thing or just a made-up string of nonsense? MovieCode is a website that aims to find out.The image above is a screenshot taken from the 2001 film “Swordfish”, where John Travolta hires Hugh Jackman (one of the world’s greatest hackers) to write a computer program to steal money from the US government.  Of course then, like many ‘high-tech’ plots, the film features shots of code being typed out on a simulated computer screen.This type of code in popular media got British programmer John Graham-Cumming thinking about the realism of the computer code we see in TV and film. Is it based on real-life programming languages or is it all a bunch of made up text? From that, MovieCode was born.On the site, readers submit shots of code from television/film and Graham-Cumming, or others, will deduce the programming language and what the code actually means (if anything).Even as a non-programmer, I find the experiment fun. It’s certainly got me reminiscing about some of the featured shows/films from years past…and how attention to detail is important in EVERY aspect of a film project.Check out MovieCode on Tumblr – and submit screenshots of your own favorite TV shows and films!From Iron Man’s Boot Up Sequence:last_img read more

Narendra Modi condoles death of archbishop of Shillong

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday condoled the demise of archbishop of Shillong, saying he will be remembered for his passion towards Meghalaya’s progress.Dominic Jala (68), the archbishop of Shillong, Meghalaya died in a car accident in California, US, according to news reports.“Anguished by the passing away of Most Rev Dominic Jala, the Archbishop of Shillong. He will be remembered for his impeccable service to society and passion towards Meghalaya’s progress,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted quoting Mr. Modi.last_img