first_img€7,500 sanctioned for repair works to the causeway on Oileán an BhráigheThe Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh announced today that he has sanctioned a grant of €7,500 for repair works to be carried out on the causeway on Oileán an Bhráighe.With the help of a grant, the causeway to the mainland will be reinforced with concrete and repaired with stones and mortar. Minister of State McHugh said that he was happy to be able to make this announcement.“I am pleased that my Department can provide this support to Donegal County Council to enable them to carry out this essential repair work which will benefit the community of Oileán an Bhráighe”, said the Minister of State. €7,500 ceadaithe chun obair athchóirithe a dhéanamh ar Chabhsaí ag Oileán an Bhráighe Tá fógartha ag an Aire Stáit do Ghnóthaí Gaeltachta, Joe McHugh TD, inniu go bhfuil deontas de luach €7,500 ceadaithe aige chun obair athchóirithe a chur i gcrích ar chabhsaí ar Oileán an Bhráighe, Co Dhún na nGall.Le cabhair deontais, neartófar an cabhsa idir an oileán agus an mórthír le coincréit agus cóireofar é le clocha agus moirtéal.Dúirt an tAire Stáit McHugh go raibh sé sásta go raibh ar a chumas fógra mar seo a dhéanamh. “Táim sásta go bhfuil mo Roinn ábalta an tacaíocht seo a thabhairt do Chomhairle Contae Dhún na nGall le cur ar a gcumas tabhairt faoin obair athchóirithe riachtanach seo a bheidh ina chuidiú do phobal Oileán an Bhráighe”, arsa an tAire Stáit.€7,500 FOR CAUSEWAY WORKS ON ISLAND ROY, DOWNINGS was last modified: October 20th, 2015 by John2Share 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:DowningsfundingGAELTACHTJoe McHughlast_img read more

first_imgIt all started with a trip to Europe to visit his brother a year and a half ago. From then on, Gus Johnson’s desire to play football overseas after his career at Humboldt State came to an end was something he always thought could be a possibility.It’s now become a reality.Johnson, who was the Jacks’ starting right guard this past season, has signed a contract to play in Spain for Murcia Cobras Club de Football Americano, a team that is located in the southeastern part of the country and a …last_img read more

first_imgSANTA CLARA — No, Jimmy Garoppolo can’t win ’em all. Nor can he fake an angry-man demeanor.As the 49ers starting quarterback comes off his first career loss, he hasn’t morphed into a rowdy cheerleader to rile up his teammates for a rebound performance in Sunday’s home opener against the Detroit Lions.“It’s been the exact same, and I’d be disappointed if it was any different,” coach Kyle Shanahan said of Garoppolo’s persona. “He didn’t have his best game last week but he doesn’t need to come …last_img read more

first_imgSAN JOSE — Sharks center Logan Couture said there might have been a time early in his NHL career when he was fully conscious of any active point streak that he was enjoying.That’s changed, Couture said, to the point where it wasn’t until a couple of games ago that he was aware he was on another extended run.“A couple of the guys said something,” Couture said Tuesday morning. “I guess when you’re on a streak like this, to keep it going, you just focus on helping the team win and good things …last_img read more

first_img26 April 2011 At least 24 new political parties will contest the upcoming local government elections in South Africa – an indication of a thriving democracy, says Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chair Brigalia Bam. South Africans will go to the polls on 18 May to elect their new local government officials. A total of 121 political parties will contest the elections across the country. This is an increase from the 97 parties in 2006 and the 79 in 2000. Participation of independent candidates, those without political-party backing, is also on the rise. The total number of independents stands at 748 this year, up from 667 in the previous local elections. The surfacing of new parties and independents has directly increased the number of candidates to 53 596 compared to 45 179 in 2006 and 30 477 in 2000. “The increase in parties and candidates participating in the upcoming election is an indication of a broadening in electoral participation at local level,” said Bam, “and is very encouraging as far as the entrenchment of democratic processes is concerned.” Needless to say, a large number of candidates represent well-established political parties. The African National Congress (ANC) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) dominate the candidates list, with 9 403 and 7 117 respective candidates countrywide. The ANC is the only party that will have candidates contesting in all the country’s 278 municipalities, while the DA will be contesting 272 municipalities. Some ANC members have decided to go independent after being dissatisfied about candidates’ selection. Most of the new organisations join scores of others that only contest in their respective provinces. They operate as organisations hoping to have future influence over how their communities are governed.New kids on the block The National Freedom Party (NFP) is the only recently formed organisation contesting outside its founding province. The NFP was launched by Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi, who led a splinter group from the Inkatha Freedom Party just three months ago. It has 2 591 candidates in eight provinces. More than 50% of its members are in KwaZulu-Natal, where it was founded. The Congress of the People, an ANC break-away party founded in 2008, is also comparatively new in the IEC’s books as far as local government elections go. Although somewhat troubled, the party enjoys the third largest representation with 5 929 candidates in all nine provinces. It will contest in 214 municipalities. Though it’s had a chance to establish itself since its founding in 2007, the African People’s Convention will participate in nationwide local elections for the first time this year. The party, a splinter from the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania, will contest in all provinces with 2 158 candidates. The Mpumalanga Party is a new local organisation campaigning via a ticket of relocating the community of Moutse back to the borders of Mpumalanga province. The community has been up in arms over the government’s decision to demarcate it to Limpopo province, where the party’s 74 candidate are registered. Ikusasa Lesizwe Independent Movement is another new organisation in Mpumalanga. The party has 44 candidates in the province. Makana Independent New Deal is new on the political scene in the Eastern Cape. It has a total of 27 candidates in the province. Other fresh organisations include the Socialist Civic Movement and the Bushbuckridge Residents Association in Mpumalanga.Women participation There’s a “slight” increase in the number of women running for election in their areas. More than 19 700 women will stand as candidates, compared to 15 718 in the 2006 local elections. This means 37% of the candidates are women, a 2% increase from 2006. “I am happy that a slight increase in the percentage of women candidates has been recorded,” Bam said. Women remain the majority on the IEC voters’ roll, which has more than 24.5-million South Africans registered on it. “I am very proud of women,” Bam said. “Despite keeping the home fires burning, women are consistently retained their overall majority in terms of the voter participation gender split in the voters’ roll.” With just more than a month to go to election day, campaigns are gaining momentum. All major parties have launched their manifestos and have embarked on all-out electioneering. “The IEC is proud of all who will be garnering votes to consolidate our gains and deepen our democracy,” Bam said. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Building upon historic changes undertaken earlier this year to improve Lake Erie water quality, Ohio has reached an agreement with Michigan and the Canadian province of Ontario to achieve a 40% reduction in the amount of phosphorus entering Lake Erie’s western basin by 2025.“This is significant because it shows that it is not just Ohio fighting this. We have partners in this trying to reach that achievable goal that was set out in the Governor’s Water Quality Working Group in first year of his term,” said David Daniels, Ohio Agriculture Director at today’s Ohio Soybean Association Barn Talk Series meeting at Reinhard Farms in Bucyrus on the topic of water quality . “We feel good they are going to be working with us to achieve that goal.”Lt. Governor Mary Taylor represented Ohio and signed the agreement last Saturday at a meeting of the Council of Great Lakes Governors in Quebec City. As part of the agreement, each state will develop a plan on how they will achieve their phosphorus reduction goal, with the interim target of a 20% reduction by 2020.“Lake Erie is one of our state’s crown jewels for its recreation, wildlife and economic benefits and as a key source of water for millions of Ohioans,” Taylor said. “While we have made tremendous progress in protecting Lake Erie over the past four years, there is more work to do and by working in unison with our Great Lakes neighbors we can make even more progress to improve the water quality in our Great Lakes.”Earlier this spring, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed Senate Bill 1 legislation to aggressively tackle water quality issues to protect the Lake Erie watershed, by:• Eliminating open lake disposal of dredge materials by 2020: Reducing the sediment dumped in Lake Erie will help reduce chemical and nutrient loading, which likely contributes to harmful algal blooms and will improve water quality and protect fish and wildlife habitats. Ohio will require that all dredge material be diverted from open-lake disposal by 2020, unless it’s for a beneficial use such as beach nourishment.• Banning manure or fertilizer application on frozen/snow covered ground in Western Basin: Ohio will prohibit manure or fertilizer from being applied to frozen, snow-covered or rain soaked ground in the Western Lake Erie Basin unless proper farming practices such as injection, tillage or cover crops are also used.• Limiting phosphorus discharges: Ohio EPA will evaluate and modify new and existing wastewater discharge permits for major public wastewater treatment plants to expand monitoring and continue to limit phosphorus discharges in state waters.• Adding requirements for spreading manure: The Ohio Department of Agriculture will now require anyone applying livestock manure from a Concentrated Animal Feeding Facility to obtain a Certified Livestock Manager certificate or an agricultural fertilizer applicator certificate.These reforms build upon significant progress made over the past four years in protecting the Lake, including:• Ohio has invested more than $1 billion since July 2011 in the Lake Erie watershed to improve drinking water and wastewater facilities, monitor water quality, plant cover crops, recycle dredge material, install controlled drainage systems on fields and fix faulty septic systems.• Restricting water amounts that can be diverted out of the Lake Erie watershed;• Beginning to phase out open-lake dumping of Maumee River dredge material and continuing to prohibit open-lake dumping of Cuyahoga River dredge material;• Banning oil and gas exploration in Lake Erie; and• Helping combat invasive species via mutual aid agreements with nine other Great Lakes states and Canadian provinces.In terms of Ohio agriculture, Director Daniels said that the ODA is hard at work implementing SB 1.“We don’t have a timeline on the SB1 rules, we just want to get them implemented as quickly as we can and we are listening to agriculture on this. Fixing this problem is going to be kind of like a Rubik’s cube. We’re going to have to turn it a little bit this way and then adjust it back a little more that way to get it figured out. We’re going to adjust our practices in agriculture, municipal sewer systems will change things, septic systems will have to change. We’ll have to address this problem in many areas,” Daniels said. “But, at the end of the day, I’m convinced that we are going to take care of this. The last thing any farmer wants to see is their nutrients going down the stream and agriculture is doing its part.”last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In the last few weeks temperatures dropped significantly below freezing for many areas within the Seed Consultants’ sales footprint. Temps reached as low as the low 20s Fahrenheit in Kentucky and even down into the teens for more northern growing areas, causing concerns about damage to winter wheat. Extreme cold temp are especially a concern for wheat that has reached the jointing stage of growth (Feekes stage 6). In a recent article published by the University of Kentucky, Carrie Knott wrote: “For winter wheat that has reached the jointing (Feekes 6) growth stage, damage can occur to the developing wheat head, which is above the soil surface at jointing, when temperatures are 24 degrees F or below for at least two hours. For wheat that has not reached jointing, temperatures of 12 degrees F or below for two or more hours can cause damage. For wheat that is at the jointing growth stage in areas that temperatures dipped to or below 24 degrees F for at least two hours damage is likely.” Below are the University of Kentucky recommendations for assessing winter wheat damage according to Knott’s article:1. Wait until high temperatures are at least 40 degrees F for five to seven days. 2. Scout fields and look for yellow, chlorotic growing points and limp leaves. There will likely be yellow leaf tips, but as long as the growing point is not affected, there will likely be minimal to no damage. 3. Heaving is another concern this year for wheat stands and yield potential. The extreme temperature changes we are having this winter could push wheat plants out of the soil. This can result in reduced stands and ultimately affect yield if heaving occurs on a large percentage of the field.If you suspect or know your wheat was at jointing prior this weekend it will be important to assess for freeze damage even for areas that may not have been at or below 24 degrees F for two or more hours. In general, as long are there are 20 healthy plants per square foot 90-95% of your yield potential is achievable; 35 healthy plants per square foot will provide 100% yield potential. When stands are reduced to about 16, 13, or as low as 6 plants per square foot, yield potential will be reduced to only 75, 60, or 40%, respectively.As weather warms up, it will be important for wheat producers to assess damage to their crop in order to make management decisions this spring. To read the full UK article that includes pictures of damage and a temperature chart CLICK HERE. To read an article with pictures of a healthy wheat head at Feekes 6 CLICK HERE.last_img read more

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members When it comes to understanding heating systems, most of us are comfortable with the basics. To warm up your house on a cold day, you need a source of heat in your living room — say, a wood stove or a radiator. To keep the heat in your house, you need insulation.That’s the way most builders understood heating from 1935 to 1980. Somewhere around 1980, however, building scientists began to realize that the old picture was imperfect.We now know what was missing from the old picture: an understanding of air pressure. A house is a dynamic system, and that system is greatly affected by air pressures inside and outside the home. Forces affecting the performance of the home include wind, the stack effect, and many different types of fans. These forces operate in buildings, and all buildings include leaks in their thermal envelopes. Moreover, most homes have ducts with leaky seams. Finally, many of these ducts are partially indoors and partially outdoors.If you put all these factors together, you realize that you can’t understand home performance without understanding the effects of air pressure. What happens when the furnace comes on? Building scientists use a variety of techniques to measure air leakage through a home’s thermal envelope. Air leaks faster on cold days than mild days (because the stack effect is stronger when the outside temperature is cold), and it also leaks faster on windy days than on still days. No surprises there.Let’s say that technicians are studying a typical American home. They are measuring the air leakage rate (the infiltration and exfiltration rate through the home’s thermal envelope) while the furnace is off. They get a reading. Suddenly, the furnace turns on, and the technicians notice the air leakage rate has suddenly increased… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img 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.last_img read more

first_imgKamworor holds off fellow Kenyan Kipsang to win NYC Marathon CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Alyssa Valdez may be miles away from home in Taiwan, but that didn’t stop her fans from showing their appreciation for their sporting hero.The three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player got a much-needed lift as Filipino fans made their presence felt during one of her games over the weekend.ADVERTISEMENT Valdez took the time and posed for pictures with the fans who went out of their way to cheer for her, paying off the support she got as she shook everyone’s hands.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 24-year-old is currently seeing action in Taiwan, serving as an import for Attackline. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:57Taiwan bridge collapses, at least 14 injured; rescuers fear six trapped01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Nextlast_img read more

first_imgSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl: Gabbiadini not suited to my systemby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl says the sale of Manolo Gabbiadini to Sampdoria was good for all parties.With Saints looking to trim the squad and Gabbiadini a player that has constantly attracted some interest from Serie A clubs, the decision was made to cash in now, free up some space on the wage bill and bring in extra funds.Hasenhuttl said: “If you are a new manager at a new club you get the first experience, first impressions of the player and it seems to me he is a good player with fantastic technique but with this intensive pressing system we try to play, to be honest, it’s not his way of playing.“It was better to find a solution that is better for both sides.“We can’t show him what he wants to see from us and he can’t bring what we want to see from him so it’s better to find a different solution.“I think it’s a good step for him to go back to Italy and I wish him all the best.“He’s a fantastic player and I am sure he can score goals at every club in the world and we go in different ways.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more