FIR filed for duping MNRE of Rs 3 cr

first_imgNew Delhi: The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has filed the case with the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police against the director of the Maharashtra based private firm-Siddheshwar Sahakari Sakhar Karkhana Ltd-for obtaining a sanction and release of advance payment of Central Financial Assistance (CFA) of Rs three crores by wrongfully suppressing the fact about the Environmental Impact Assesment (EIA) clearance.Additional Commissioner of Police, Economic Offences Wing, Suvashis Choudhary while confirming the move claimed to investigate the matter. According to police, the Ministry has been implementing a scheme for promotion of Grid Interactive Biomass Power and Bagasse cogeneration projects under which Central Financial Assitance is provided to Biomass power projects and bagasse-based cogeneration projects installed in sugar mills. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsAs per provisions of the scheme proposals for grant of CFA for establishment of bagassse-based cogneration projects by co-operative sector sugar mills will be placed before the Project Advisory Committee (PAC). “Based on its recommendations, 50 percent of eligible upfront Central Financial Assistance will be provided and the balance 50 percent will be released after successful commissioning and performance testing of the project,” police said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe investigating agency further added that the proposal for Central Financial Assistance for installation of 38 MW (25 MW surplus) by one Santosh J Kumbhar, managing director, under the scheme for promotion of Grid Interactive Biomass Power and Bagasse cogeneration projects during the 12th plan period was forwarded by National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) in the prescribed format. “As per provisions of the scheme, the matter was placed before PAC and the 11th PAC in its meeting had recommended the proposal for grant of CFA as per provisions and subject to their obtaining EIA clearance and also fulfilling all the terms and conditions of the scheme to support Biomass Power/Bagasse cogeneration in sugar mills,” the police further said. Police added that on receipt of the letter from National Cooperative Development Corporation requesting to issue performance inspection letter, the file was again examined and it was noticed that in this case the sanction of CFA of Rs 6 crore upfront release of 50 percent amount of CFA amounting to Rs 3 crore was processed by the then director, Biomass and an amount of Rs 3 crore was released vide Ministry’s sanction without obtaining the requisite EIA certificate from the firm. The fact came to notice when the firm was requested to provide the necessary EIA clearance from Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC). “The firm then disclosed that their application for EIA clearance was not agreed to by MoEF&CC. Despite repeated reminders, till now the sugar factory has not refunded the advance of CFA amounting to Rs 3 crores along with accrued interest,” the police said.last_img read more

Morocco to host 27th Arab Summit in 2016

Sharm el-Sheikh  –  Morocco will host the 27th Arab Summit in 2016, it was announced at the closing on Sunday of the 26th ordinary Arab Summit which was held in Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt.Speaking at the closing session, Head of government Abdelilah Benkirane reaffirmed Morocco’s readiness to host the 27th ordinary Arab Summit, under the chairmanship of HM King Mohammed VI.Benkirane, who is representing HM the King in the 26th Arab Summit, voiced Morocco’s pride to welcome Arab leaders, commending the spirit of understanding and solidarity which has marked the Sharm el-Sheikh Summit, held under the chairmanship of Egypt, as well as the valued contribution of Arab delegations Benkirane also praised Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Sissi for moderating the debates which impacted positively the results, as well as the Arab League’s General Secretariat for its efforts to organize the summit.The 26th Arab Summit ended on Sunday with the adoption of the “Sharm el-Sheikh statement” which includes several resolutions on the situation in the Arab region and joint Arab action. read more

Moroccos Economic Growth Rate to Slow to 25 in Q1 2019

Rabat – Morocco’s economic growth is expected to have decelerated to 2.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018, down from 4.4 percent during the same period in 2017, the High Commissioner for Planning (HCP) announced January 2.The non-agricultural production growth rate is expected to have decreased to 2.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018, down from 3.4 percent in the same period in 2017.According to HCP’s forecasts, the non-agricultural production growth rate is expected to slightly increase to 2.9 percent in the first quarter of 2019. In the third quarter of 2018, Morocco’s overall economic growth slowed to 3 percent, down from 3.9 percent during the same quarter in 2017.HCP stated that Morocco’s primary economic sectors, fisheries and agriculture, recorded a sharp slowdown in growth rate to 4.1 percent in the third quarter of 2018, down from 13.4 percent in the third quarter of 2017.Explaining the statistics, HCP said agricultural value added production grew by only 3.8 percent instead of 15 percent a year earlier. However fishing value added production grew by 6.8 percent compared to a decrease of 3 percent.Read Also: Morocco’s Economic Growth Decelerated in Third-Quarter of 2018Growth to fall to 2.5% in first quarter of 2019HCP expects the national economy growth rate to fall to 2.5 percent in the first quarter of 2019, down from 3.3 percent in the first quarter of 2018. The fall is due to an anticipated 0.7 percent fall in agricultural value added production.Morocco’s central bank, Bank Al-Maghrib (BAM), expects Morocco’s economic growth to have slowed down to 3.3 percent for 2018 compared to 4.1 percent in 2017. Concerning public finances, the budget deficit is expected to have widened to 3.7 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2018 and continue, according to BAM’s forecasts, to remain at that level in the medium term.Morocco’s GDP grew by 4.3 percent in the third quarter of 2018, and prices rose 1.3 percent, an increase over 0.2 price growth in the third quarter of 2017.The government has approved a budget of MAD 443 billion for 2019 Finance Bill, aiming to achieve a growth rate of 3.2 percent in GDP. read more

Week In Westminster – Week ending Friday 25 November 2011

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Jeff Horn beats Anthony Mundine with 1st round KO

BRISBANE, Australia — Australia’s Jeff Horn needed only 96 seconds to knock out veteran compatriot Anthony Mundine on Friday in their non-title catchweight bout at Suncorp Stadium.Horn was late to the pre-fight weigh-in because of Friday night traffic in Brisbane but made up for lost time with a swift first-round finish.The 43-year-old Mundine, who twice held the WBA super-middleweight title, looked sluggish from the start. He took several heavy blows from the faster, stronger Horn before being floored with a left-hook which slipped past his right glove.Mundine later said his “time’s up” as a boxer, ending an 18-year professional career which followed his successful career in rugby league.“Jeff proved tonight he’s the better man,” Mundine said. “That’s the next generation man. I was ready. I was prepared well. It’s just boxing, you get caught sometimes.”The bout took on increased significance for Horn, the former WBO welterweight champion who suffered his first professional loss to American Terence Crawford in June.“I feel really, really strong at this weight,” Horn said. “I was expecting a hard fight. I’m happy to get it over and done quickly.”The non-title fight was a catchweight at 71 kilograms (156 pounds). Catchweight refers to a weight division which falls outside traditional weight classes but which both boxers agree on before the fightHorn, 30, came into the fight with 18 wins in 19 fights, 12 by knockout. Mundine, a 43-year-old former rugby league player, had fought 56 times with 48 wins, 28 by knockout, and eight losses.Horn’s biggest and most controversial fight came on July 2, 2017 in the same Suncorp Stadium when he beat Manny Pacquiao for the WBO welterweight title in a unanimous decision that many boxing commentators said should have been awarded to Pacquiao.Horn lost that title to Terence Crawford in Las Vegas in June. Before the fight against Mundine, Horn talked about trying to get a rematch with Crawford in Australia.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

Ohio State softball aims to sustain Big Tenwinning ways after opening sweep

OSU freshman pitcher Morgan Ray (6) throws a pitch during a game against Maryland. Credit: Gabriella DiGiovanni | Lantern PhotographerThe Ohio State softball team might be only one weekend into its Big Ten schedule, but the Buckeyes (18-7, 3-0) are currently sitting atop the conference after sweeping Maryland in their home debut. This first-place standing could give OSU the upper hand as it looks to continue its win streak in its three-game matchup against Wisconsin (16-12, 2-1), which is set to start Friday at 5 p.m.The Buckeyes have not faced the Badgers since the 2013 season, so the matchup will be a change of pace. Still, OSU coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said she is aware of the momentum and energy Wisconsin will likely bring this weekend.“We will play a tough team this weekend in Wisconsin,” she said. “We know what to expect, but we still need to focus on what they are going to generate against us.”Scouting WisconsinThe Badgers are coming off a winning weekend against Michigan State, headlined by a 10-1 win in which they scored all of their runs in one inning.Schoenly mentioned Wisconsin’s heavy use of small ball, as well as wearing down pitchers by strategically putting the ball in play.“They have a very unique brand of softball,” she said. “They do a lot of base stealing, a lot of hit-and-runs, a lot of squeezes, so we have to be on our toes nonstop.” Nine Badgers on the roster bat left-handed, giving the lineup the opportunity to take advantage of bunting, slap hitting and its overall speed. For OSU’s pitching staff, this week’s practices will be dedicated to preparing to stop its opponents’ agility.“We’re going to have to take their speed away with strikeouts. We’ve got to get to work,” Schoenly said.Wisconsin sophomore Kelsey Jenkins is hitting .410, while junior Chloe Miller has racked up 32 RBIs. Last season, Jenkins started every game and led the team in home runs, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Miller added two team highs of her own in RBIs and doubles.Following in Jenkins’ footsteps is catcher Melanie Cross, who is having her own stellar freshman year. Cross was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Monday after batting .500 in the Badgers’ past five games, including a 3-for-4, two-RBI performance in their loss to the Spartans on Saturday.From the circle, Wisconsin falls near the middle of the Big Ten in overall ERA, but the duo of junior Kirsten Stevens and senior Taylor-Paige Stewart have combined for 117 strikeouts. Like last weekend against Maryland, the Buckeyes will face another left-hander when batting against Stevens, who was named the Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year last season at Mercer prior to transferring. Before facing OSU on Friday, the Badgers are scheduled to go head-to-head against South Dakota on Wednesday in their home opener. This game will give Schoenly and the Buckeyes one last chance to scout the Badgers before heading to Madison, Wisconsin, to take them on for themselves.“What’s nice is that we don’t have any midweek games this week, so we can fully focus on what they’re going to do,” Schoenly said.Top of the conferenceFour Big Ten teams pulled off sweeps of their opponents last weekend, but OSU’s strong tournament showings and domination of Maryland have sent it to the top of the conference for the first time this season. Schoenly said she was impressed not only by the run her team is on but also by who stepped up against Maryland, especially the players who generated more than just singles.“We’re showing a ton of power, and I hope we can continue with a lot more of these doubles, triples and home runs,” she said.This commanding offense might be the key to staying atop the conference. The Buckeyes have finished the past two seasons in sixth place in the Big Ten, but Schoenly said she sees promise in her players to remain on top as the season progresses.“I’d rather be No. 1 than not,” she said. “We’re feeling good, and the girls have a lot of confidence, which I think breeds winning.”Up nextAfter their trip to Wisconsin, the Buckeyes are scheduled to return to Buckeye Field on April 6 for a doubleheader against Penn State in another Big Ten contest, which is set to begin at 4 p.m. read more

Veteran pilot who helped sink the Bismarck in WWII dies aged 97

first_imgA veteran pilot who helped to sink the Bismarck during the Second World War has died at the age of 97.Lt Cdr John “Jock” Moffat was credited with launching the torpedo that crippled the German warship in 1941.The death of the Scottish veteran has been announced by the Royal Navy.The air strike carried out by the biplanes of HMS Victorious and Ark Royal on May 26 1941 was said to have been Britain’s last hope of sinking the Bismarck before it reached the relative safety of waters off the coast of France. A Swordfish biplane  The BismarckCredit:PA / IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM Mr Moffat and his crew took off in his Swordfish L9726 from the deck of Ark Royal and made for Bismarck, fighting against driving rain, low cloud and a gale.He flew in at 50 feet, barely skimming the surface of the waves, in a hail of bullets and shells, to get the best possible angle of attack on the ship, naval chiefs said.At 9.05pm he dropped the fateful torpedo, jamming the rudder of Hitler’s flagship.The battleship then steamed in circles until the guns of the Royal Navy’s home fleet arrived the next morning. He joined the Navy as a reservist in 1938 and was posted to Ark Royal with 759 Naval Air Squadron after qualifying as a pilot. Overall, he served with four squadrons in a fleet air arm career spanning eight years.After the war he trained as a hotel manager and remained with the profession for decades.But he maintained his love for aviation. He took up flying again in his 60s and flew into his early 90s.Latterly, he participated for the No side in the Scottish independence referendum campaign, appearing alongside Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson in 2014 to make the defence case for the union.He is survived by his daughters Pat and Jan.  The Bismarck  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img “When Churchill gave the order to sink the Bismarck, we knew we just had to stop her trail of devastation at all costs,” he said.”The great thing about the Swordfish was that the bullets just went straight through. After all, it was only made of canvas. It was like David and Goliath.”John William Charlton Moffat was born in Kelso, in the Scottish Borders, in June 1919. A Swordfish biplane  Recounting his role previously, he described how he flew through “a lethal storm of shells and bullets”. A Swordfish plane A Swordfish planeCredit:Royal Navy/Fleet Air Arm Museum/MoD/Crown Copyright/PAlast_img read more

ITV plans to scupper Channel 4s launch of Great British Bake Off

first_imgITV is planning to scupper the Channel 4 relaunch of The Great British Bake Off by scheduling some of its biggest shows against it.The baking show is returning to our screens after it controversially switched from the BBC, where it spent seven highly successful years.Channel 4 is thought to have earmarked August 30 as a possible date for the opening episode, which will see Prue Leith take over from Mary Berry.Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, who presented the BBC show, have been replaced by Sandi Toksvig and the edgy comedian Noel Fielding.Television insiders say ITV is considering a double episode of its most popular soap, Coronation Street, to broadcast on the same date. In the following weeks, executives may put Doc Martin, the cosy Cornish medical drama, in an overlapping slot.Both shows threaten to take viewing figures from the new Bake Off, which like its BBC predecessor, is being broadcast on Wednesdays.There is no love lost between ITV and the makers of Bake Off. ITV were in early discussions about acquiring the programme when it left the BBC, but dropped out of the running.The commercial broadcaster’s director of television, Kevin Lygo, said last year that he decided not to make an offer when he realised that the original line-up was not attached and he would be buying “baking powder and a tent”. Last week the BBC faced accusations that its new cookery show – Britain’s Best Cook – starring Mary Berry,  is just pale imitation of Great British Bake Off.The show will be hosted by Claudia Winkleman and will feature amateurs baking cakes as they face different food challenges every week.Just as with Great British Bake Off it will have two judges, although who will replace Paul Hollywood as Mary’s sidekick has yet to be confirmed.There will be no tent but insiders at Channel 4’s revamped Bake Off say Britain’s Best Cook appears to be a copy of their  series.“The idea of Mary Berry judging amateur cooks each week, with some of the challenges even including puddings, sounds extremely familiar,” said one source.The BBC had been looking for a replacement for Great British Bake Off,  the most watched TV show of 2016, since losing the rights to Channel 4 in September.On announcing they would not be moving to Channel 4 with the show Mel and Sue issued a statement criticising the move and saying they were not following the “dough”.They said at the time: “We made no secret of our desire for the show to remain where it was. The BBC nurtured the show from its infancy and helped give it its distinctive warmth and charm, growing it from an audience of two million to nearly 15m at its peak.“We’ve had the most amazing time on Bake Off, and have loved seeing it rise and rise like a pair of yeasted Latvian baps.” Broadcasters are not above deliberately scheduling their biggest shows against their rivals, with ITV’s X-Factor going up against BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday nights and Emmerdale regularly scheduled at the same time as East Enders.Channel 4 paid a reported £75 million for Bake Off, which will now feature adverts and commercial sponsors. The BBC had offered the makers Love Productions a fee of £15m a year to keep the show, but the company would not accept offers below £25m.The new show’s trailer, which featured scones and croissants singing Paul McCartney’s We All Stand Together – and from which the new line-up of judges and presenters was notably absent – made its debut on social media last week. It met a mixed response, with some viewers describing it as “creepy” and “disturbing”.Jay Hunt , Channel 4’s chief creative officer, hinted the new series had been given a “modern” revamp.“I have seen the first episode and the first thing you think is that this is Bake Off but with an extraordinarily high calibre of contributors but with a slight Channel 4 feel to it,” she said in the broadcaster’s annual report last month.“It’s got a new tone to it; it’s got a new comic riff to it and I think that feels modern and future-facing. So it’s a show that a lot of people love but with a slight Channel 4 spin which is exactly what I hoped it would be.”center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

PAHO Director urges more community outreaches in Guyana

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedC’bean health ministers attending WHO assemblyMay 22, 2018In “latest news”Region 3 health professionals receiving training to reduce maternal deathsOctober 4, 2018In “Health”Brazil commits to Guyana’s fight against Yellow FeverJuly 11, 2017In “Health” Dr. Etienne added, “I am very interested in the strengthening of health systems, in ensuring that health care comes to every person in your community and if you ask me this is the most important component of health services, in general the facilities that deliver not just curative care but very important health promotion and health prevention to the people. It is clear that many of the principles of primary health care are well established here.”According to a GINA report, the main catchment areas of the East La Penitence health centre include health care services to the East La Penitence, North East La Penitence, West La Penitence, East Ruimveldt and Castello Housing scheme areas. The health centre also provides a range of services which include, accommodating outpatients, pediatrics, adolescents, ante natals, chronic diseases patients, teenaged ante natal mothers, family planning and post natal (admission of new born babies and mothers).During the visit Dr. Etienne also made note of the fact that the pharmacy was well stocked with all the basic and necessary drugs and medical supplies. She added that “very soon the ministry will put in a process whereby your stock can be computerised that you will have established levels, where you would have order levels and where you can trace where your supplies are going to.” – during visit to East La Penitence Health CentreThe Director of the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) Dr. Carissa Etienne concluded the agenda of her two day visit to Guyana with a visit to the East LaPenitence Health Centre.The Director was accompanied by the Minister of Public Health Volda Lawrence, Permanent Secretary Trevor Thomas, Regional Health Services Director Dr. Kay Shako among other health officials.Director of Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO), Dr. Carissa Etienne, Minister of Public Health Volda Lawrence, Director Regional Health Services Dr. Kay Shako and PAHO/WHO Country Representative Dr. William Adu-Krow with Doctors, Nurses and other health workers attached to the East La Penitence Health CentreThe Director praised the Doctors, Nurses and other Health Workers attached to the facility for the great work output that has been recorded and presented. She explained that the level of care provided at the (community) health centre is the most important level of health care provided within the health system.Dr. Etienne, though pleased with services offered at the facility, pointed to the need for Community outreaches within the health centre’s catchment area. “I think it’s so important that you also have an outreach, that you just don’t sit in the health centre and allow people to come but you actively organise yourself to go out into your communities and to get to see what are the conditions of the home, the environmental conditions that people live with and that you are able to deliver education promotion and to give them advice in their homes and other fields.”The director also highlighted that health centres are key to providing the most effective level of health care which reduces the chances of a patient having to seek medical attention at a district or regional hospital.Director of Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO), Dr. Carissa Etienne examines health records at the East La Penitence Health Centre read more

Dead treasure hunters loot of 899 artefacts returned to Irish museum

first_imgA great deal of work is now needed to document the findings, but the full potential of the collection may never be realised because of the absence of where the objects were found.(All images from the National Museum of Ireland)Read: Georgian cellars to be filled in during Luas Cross City construction> A TREASURE HUNTER’S loot of 899 artefacts have been handed back to the National Museum of Ireland after being tracked down in England.The man, who died last May, operated in the Co. Tipperary area and worked closely with another man in the UK.The antiquities came to light following a tip-off from the British Museum to the National Museum of Ireland that an important hoard of medieval silver coins from Ireland had been exported illegally to Britain.Some objects were recovered by police in the UK, while the remaining objects were recovered in Ireland by the Garda Art and Antiques Unit.Seamus Lynam, acting director of the National Museum of Ireland said the recovery shows there is a continuing threat to the portable archaeological heritage of Ireland by metal detectorists: “Many items similar to those recovered have been offered for sale in recent times over the internet and are the subject of on-going investigations. ”Some of the items recovered include:28 medieval hammered silver coins covering the reigns of Edward I- III (1272-1377)Three ‘gun money’ coins of James II, and a flat copper axe dating to the Early Bronze Age, between 2,500 – 2,000 BC29 medieval silver coins including coins of King John (1199–1216), Henry III (1216–1272), Edward I (1272–1307), Edward III (1327–1377), Henry VIII (1509–1547), Queen Mary (1553–1554), Phillip and Mary (1554–1558) and Elizabeth I (1558–1603)14 gun-money coins of James II and copper coins of William and Mary, William III and of George I, II, III & IV.A bronze looped-socketed spearhead in the collection dates to the Bronze Age between 1,400 – 900 BC.A decorative mount with settings of yellow enamel which is of Early Medieval date and may represent a belt fitting or perhaps a mount from an item of ecclesiastical metalwork.325 metal buttons dating from the 17th century to the 19th century.There is also a collection of bullets and musket balls. More: The prehistoric Irish arrowhead that went to Canada… and back again>last_img read more

Eamon Ryan Open letter to Shane Ross on the need for a

first_img Short URL 78 Comments By Eamon Ryan Jun 27th 2018, 10:01 AM 22,037 Views TD and leader of the Green Party Eamon Ryan: Open letter to Shane Ross on the need for a review of the Metrolink design “Closing all the roads and pedestrian crossings along the Luas line, will divide every local community between Beechwood and Sandyford.” https://jrnl.ie/4094230 Wednesday 27 Jun 2018, 10:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article DEAR MINISTER ROSS,There was real division at a recent meeting of elected representatives from Dublin Bay South, when we came together to consider the proposed expansion of the Metrolink project through our constituency.Some were outright opposed to the whole Metro idea, while others just wanted to cut out the southside link. Others, including myself, recognised the need to provide greater capacity on the Green line but wanted a different design approach to be taken.Current design has to changeHowever, we all agreed on one point, that the current design has to change. We were all concerned that the new fully segregated rail line will cause serious problems for local people. Closing all the roads and pedestrian crossings along the Luas line, will divide every local community between Beechwood and Sandyford.It will have severe consequences for local business and will make it harder for old people, parents with buggies, cyclists and disabled people to move around their own neighbourhood.No amount of footbridges, lifts or underpasses will solve the problem. Any benefits from the Metro upgrade will be outweighed by the cost of dividing local communities apart.The Metro concept adopted by Transport Infrastructure Ireland is similar to the one used in Copenhagen, where a driverless train runs along a line that is kept clear at all times.  It would work in Dublin were it were not for the fact we are trying to adapt it onto a Luas Line, which was developed with a completely different vision for urban mobility. It was one that sought to maximise integration of transport with the communities served. Luas accessibilityLuas has been a success because of this level of accessibility. The benefits are hard to quantify and will only be properly noticed when they are lost. This is not just an issue at Dunville Avenue but at every station and crossing along the way.At the same time, I recognise there is a need to increase the capacity on the Green line, which is already under severe pressure even before new developments in areas such as Cherrywood take off. As Minister for Transport the problem you have to solve is how we provide for this increase in capacity, while still retaining accessibility along and across the Green Line.The first solution might be to continue the Metro underground from Charlemont Street to Rathfarnham, as suggested in my own submission to the Metrolink consultation process.  It would help us tackle one of the worst public transport corridors in the city while maintaining the same Metro design approach from start to finish.Planning for this spur might take an additional two or three years but it could be done on a staggered basis, so it does not delay the rest of the project. The Luas would still connect to the Metro at Charlemont and could then be upgraded using a design solution that is appropriate to our light rail system.Connecting to Green LineIf the Rathfarnham spur did not get the go-ahead, a second solution would be to design the Metrolink in a way which allows it connect to the Green Line without having to build a fully segregated overground line. That was the original intention in earlier planning for the project.I understand detailed analysis has been done which will show that moving to 90 meter trams could provide us the capacity increase we need, without having to compromise existing accessibility. Such a revision would involve the additional expense of lengthening the underground stations up from 60 to 90 meters, but that would also future proof the entire system to cope with long term growth.This solution might also require the retention of a driver. This need not necessarily increase the cost and it is hard to see what benefits would be offered by a driverless system on a line where stations are so close together and which is so integrated with the surrounding neighbourhood.Political responsibilityIt will be hard for the National Transport Authority to revise their own scheme but I believe you have the political responsibility and mandate to insure these options are considered.Rather than allowing the whole project to proceed to An Bord Pleanala for a yes/no decision, I am asking that you establish a very short and high level review. It should look at this one issue of how we can integrate a segregated and driverless design concept into a light rail system which was built with local accessibility in mind.I am aware of very reputable and experienced engineers who would be able to undertake such a review for your department. It should only take a few short months to be commissioned and completed.I would ask you and your Cabinet colleagues consider and agree to such a review prior to the summer break. Such timing would avoid any unduly delay in the planning process. It would be a valid part of the consultation process and would allow us test the Transport Infrastructure Ireland design assumptions in an appropriate way.I have copied this message to the Taoiseach, the Minister for Finance and the Minister for Housing and Local Government and I look forward to hearing back with your response to this proposal.Yours sincerely,Eamon Ryan TDEamon Ryan is leader of the Green Party. He will be holding a public meeting at 7.30 this evening in the Evergreen Hall in Terenure, where they hope to discuss the above options. Everyone is most welcome to come along.Floundering forests: The challenges facing the Irish forestry industry>I’m 27. I’m living at home. Going through the same hall door since I was in a school uniform’> Eamon Ryan Share38 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

Greek broadband speed one of worlds lowest

first_imgAfter revelations that Australia’s broadband is under countries like Kazakhstan and Ukraine, Greece sits further down the recent global speed index at 90. Greece comes after Kenya, Philippines and Nepal respectively, with a download speed of 14.81, well below the global average of 40. World leader Singapore has a download speed of 161.21.Explaining their listings, Ookla revealed that in 2017 global download speeds are up more than 30 per cent across the board.“Laos showed the largest improvement in the world. Vietnam came in second with an increase of 188.7 per cent and Trinidad and Tobago was third at 133.1 per cent,” they wrote. But in 2017 Greece was a winner at the European Broadband awards in the category of territorial cohesion in rural and remote areas. The project, ‘broadband network development in white rural areas in Greece’ saw the deployment of broadband service in rural Greek areas that had not previously had internet connectivity.The network covered areas in the northern, central and southern regions of Greece with 525,287 inhabitants. Meanwhile, the Digital Ministry along with the Transport Ministry recently announced their promotion for the installation of a Wi-Fi network on 2,030 buses, trolleys and trams in Athens. It was reported the project is expected to cost 900,000 euros and could be completed by mid-2018. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Memes in memoriam

first_imgWe need brands to ruin memes. It keeps the ecosystem diverse. Harambe memes are what happens when memes don’t get monetized and die.— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) August 23, 2016 Memes live and memes die. But can a meme enter some sort of afterlife? Can it live longer than it was supposed to as some sort of zombie meme? Harambe the gorilla may have died too soon, but has Harambe the meme unnaturally extended its lifespan? That’s what the following tweets argue.Thinkpiece: Are Harambe memes *just* tasteless enough to be safe from brands and normies?— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) August 4, 2016 I have a confession to make. I was complicit in a murder. No, I didn’t help kill another human being or a beloved ape. I helped kill a beautiful baby internet meme. Back in May I published this story on how the Weird Internet is keeping The Simpsons exciting. In trying to highlight the dankest memes from this overlong sitcom, I mentioned Simpsonwave: a musical micro-genre mashing up nostalgic Simpsons clips with funky vaporwave tracks.However, little did I know that around that same time literally every other website in existence would also write about Simpsonwave, from The Verge to The AV Club to Pitchfork to Wikipedia. What was once a neat little online gem suddenly exploded into an overexposed phenomenon. The response was “RIP Simpsonwave,” an aesthetic music video collaboration between Lucien Hughes (the creator of Simpsonwave), Vektroid (the co-creator of vaporwave), and Frank JavCee (an overall cool music producer). The video overlaid screenshots of countless Simpsonwave explainer articles over footage of Bart Simpson in a coffin. The message was clear: the meme was dead and the media killed it. As a member of the media, I couldn’t help but feel guilty for helping to make the world a little worse.This got me thinking about dead memes in general. “RIP Meme” is another Frank JavCee collaboration, this time featuring musician Hot Dad. This catchy music video chronicles the emotional roller coaster that is experiencing the life and death of a piping hot new internet meme. I feel so sad that I missed out on Caveman Spongebob. That meme looks great! Too bad it’s already over. In that spirit, I wanted to take a look back at some 2016 memes that have arguably already shuffled off this mortal coil. Bernie or Hillary1/8 Like Zodiac Ted, this meme had a built-in limited lifespan because it depended on the presidential election. But whether we like it or not, Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee now, not Bernie Sanders. So speculating as to what they each think of anime or Radiohead isn’t that funny anymore.<><> It’s an interesting theory, that a meme can be this popular while still being too toxic for corporate #Brands to touch. But I reject the idea of #Brands as some kind of necessary extension of the will of digital natural selection, killing off old memes so new ones can flourish. It gives #Brands too much credit and feels anti-democratic. If the people of the internet like a meme it should live on as long as it can regardless of how #Brands feels.But that’s all academic. Most memes can’t last forever. So pour one out for the memes we’ve lost this year. Their legacies will always remain, from the corners of the internet to the conversations of Snake People office employees to even the halls of the White House.last_img read more

SDCC Introduces Captain Pike in the Star Trek Discovery Trailer

first_img One of the most exciting parts of the 2017-2018 season of TV was finally getting new Star Trek on a weekly basis. Star Trek: Discovery was a different take on Trek than many of us were used to, but it was unquestionably Trek all the same. It was a darker, serialized story that took place during a war with the Klingons, but it still had time for episodes of exploration and, well, discovery a Star Trek show needs. I was only sad the season was so short. Well, good news. We’re about to have weekly Star Trek on our televisions once again (after we resubscribe to CBS All Access).Star Trek: Discovery held a panel in Hall H of at San Diego Comic Con, and showed off a the first trailer for Season Two. The ship no longer has a Captain, after we discovered that Lorca was secretly a Mirror Universe tyrant. So, the ship is assigned a new one. One who will be very familiar to fans of the original series… or anyone that watched the 2009 reboot.It’s Christopher Pike! He’ll be taking over as the new captain, and he’s sure to be a lot less warlike than Lorca. Though if he’s anything like his previous incarnations, he’ll probably be a little too by-the-book for this ship’s tastes. Already, Season Two is looking much more optimistic than the first. The driving force behind the plot appears to be a mystery: A strange formation in space that has some connection to Spock. That might be the Trekkiest plot this show’s given us yet. I also love that there’s a surprising amount of humor in this trailer. It really feels like the galaxy has changed since we left it in Season One. It’s also just great to see all these characters interacting with each other again. Season One left me really loving all these people, and I’m so happy we get to see more of them. I only hope we haven’t seen the last of Wilson Cruz’s Dr. Culber. He’s not in this trailer, but he wouldn’t be. Even if he does return somehow, they’re not going to tell us it’s happening.What is promising is he was part of the panel, which means it’d be weird if his story ended in Season One as a figment in Stamets’ head. IGN reports that the panel featured Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Mary Wiseman, Anthony Rapp,  Cruz, Mary Chieffo, and new addition Anson Mount as Pike. Glad to see him bouncing back from Inhumans. The panel featured a handful of exciting announcements including four short films scheduled for this fall. “Star Trek: Trek Shorts” will be 10-15 minutes long and feature standalone character-driven stories. That’s what we’ll get to tide us over until Season 2 premieres in January.Mary Wiseman, Anthony Rapp (Photo via CBS)As for what we can expect, they didn’t reveal too much. We will actually see Spock though, which is good. Nothing more awkward than a show that has to constantly talk around the more famous characters they couldn’t show. Will it be Zachary Quinto? No word, but I’m gonna say probably not. One, Discovery wants to make sure people know it takes place in the original series timeline, not the reboot’s. Also, they cast a different actor to play Sarek, so why not cast a TV version of Spock? Pike and Spock aren’t the only classic Trek characters we’ll meet either. The original Number One, first played by Majel Barrett-Roddenberry will make an appearance. Mount had some fun announcing who will play her on the show. “I can’t tell you who she is, but her initials are… Rebecca Romijn!”Showrunner Alex Kurtzman said we can expect a ton of Trek Easter eggs this season, along with unexpected connections to the rest of Trek lore. Even more interesting, Doug Jones announced this season will take us to Saru’s home planet. We’ll get to see the predator that hunts his species. Is it scary? I bet it’s scary. Oh, and Kurtzman answered a question about a possible return for Captain Lorca with “maybe.” Yeah, he’s coming back.Honestly, I’m just glad people are talking about Trek again. And the new season is looking more like classic Star Trek than Discovery has before. We’re seeing the universe turn into the bright, optimistic one of the Original Series. Even Pike’s uniform is looking awfully Kirk-like. We’ll make do with the Star Trek: Trek Shorts this fall, but now I’m just waiting for Season Two to premiere in January 2019. Stay on target All the Trailers You Might Have Missed from SDCCVoltron Confirmed Gay AF center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Dog gets shot with crossbow leaving owner with 7000 bill

first_imgWorrell said he now has a veterinarian bill of about $7,000, and still doesn’t know who did this to his dog.“I am not a vengeful person at all. I would like to know what happened. I would like some help with my vet bills because this is really pushing me back,” Worrell said.Police are now investigating, along with the Department of Natural Resources, and say the person responsible could face trespassing charges.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. KELLOGG, IA (WSVN) — A man in Iowa says his dog nearly died after being shot with a crossbow on his own property.Andrew Worrell found his one-year-old collie named Scooby under his deck on Saturday, with an arrow going through his torso.“It went completely through the animal. The thing was if it went this way or through the back, that means it’s a hunting accident or a mistake,” said Worrell.However, Worrell said no permits were issued to hunt on his property or the area surrounding it.Worrell rushed Scooby to an animal hospital, where the dog underwent emergency surgery. The arrow punctured Scooby’s lung and, given the level of trauma, doctors said it was amazing he survived. “It was really remarkable that he actually walked in the door with the level of his injuries,” said Dr. Roxanne Jacobson, the veterinarian who treated Scooby.Scooby ended up having part of his stomach and half of a lung removed. last_img read more

Man accused of attempted kidnapping in Miami arrested

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police have arrested a man accused of trying to kidnap a child in Miami.According to Miami Police, 33-year-old Brenard Carr allegedly approached a girl between the age of 11 and 13 last week and tried to kidnap her.Related: Police search for man accused of trying to kidnap child in MiamiIt happened near a church in Liberty City, along Northwest 13th Avenue and 67th Street.The victim told police Carr tried to pull her away when she ignored his request for her to join him. She managed to get away unharmed.Carr faced a judge Tuesday morning, and is now being held on a $5,000 bond.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Children among 30 killed in Indonesia matchstick factory fire

first_imgAt least 30 people, including several children, were killed when a fire ripped through a private home that operated as a matchstick factory in Indonesia on Friday, authorities said.Pictures from the scene showed blackened corpses lying on top of each other in the burnt-out house after the blaze, which authorities said broke out early Friday afternoon.TV footage showed plumes of black smoke billowing from the home in the town of Binjai in North Sumatra, about 70 kilometres (44 miles) west of provincial capital Medan.”We don’t know what caused the fire but it has been extinguished,” the head of North Sumatra’s disaster agency Riadil Lubis told AFP, adding that at least three children were among the dead.”We’ve sent teams there,” he added.Resident Budi Zulkifli was headed to the local mosque in the Muslim-majority nation when the fire started.”I was about to go out to Friday prayers when there was a loud explosion,” he told AFP.”But I don’t know what blew up.”Binjai police chief Nugroho Tri Nuryanto said a gas canister explosion may have sparked the blaze, but added the cause still needed to be confirmed.At least three people escaped he said, while local media said four women managed to flee.”They were trapped in a room — there was no way,” Nuryanto told media outlet Tribun News, referring to the dead.”We’re still identifying the victims and scouring the scene.”It was not clear why there were children at the scene. But one survivor, identified only as Pipit, said that they were visiting their parents who worked at the site.”The children went there at lunchtime,” she told Tribun News.Relatives of the workers have flocked to a local hospital in Medan to identify their loved ones, according to local media.Deadly fires are not uncommon in Indonesia due to poor safety standards that are routinely flouted, while illegal businesses are also widespread.This year, dozens were believed to have been killed when an unlicensed gold mine collapsed while.In 2017, at least 46 people died and dozens more were injured in a blaze that tore through a fireworks factory outside Jakarta.last_img read more

Cardinals Top No 41 Georgia Tech 43 to Advance to ACC Championship

first_img“It was an exciting match from the first point on. In Atlanta, they beat us easily in doubles and that’s where we set the tone for the day,” said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. “It was one of those matches that never seemed to be truly over until the very last point. I am so proud of all 12 players of the Fight Squad.”   With the match coming down to courts one and two, No. 29 Carlos Divar rallied to a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Morin-Kougoucheff at No. 1 to even the score at 2-2. However, Lancaster clinched the match with a hard-fought 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win at the two-spot, allowing the Cardinals to advance to the ACC Championship quarterfinals. Match Results Louisville 4, #41 Georgia Tech 3 With the victory, the 11-seed Cardinals improve to 16-12 on the season and advance to the quarterfinals for a matchup against third-seeded and No. 9 North Carolina on Friday morning at 11:30 a.m. The Cardinals captured the doubles point to gain the early 1-0 lead in the match as Sergio Hernandez and Alex Wesbrooks downed Chris Yun and Pablo Schelcher 6-4 on court three and Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff and Fabien Salle topped the No. 61 duo of Carlos Divar and Phillip Gresk 6-4 at No. 1. George Hedley and Federico Gomez were up 5-4 over Andrew Li and Cole Gromley at the two-spot before the point was decided. Georgia Tech countered in singles to knot the score at 1-1 as Gromley earned a 6-4, 6-1 victory over David Mizrahi at No. 6. Continuing their momentum, the Yellow Jackets gained a 2-1 lead as No. 120 Gresk secured a 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 win over Hernandez on court six. Georgia Tech did not hold on to its lead for long as Salle triumphed over Yun with a 7-5, 6-3 straight sets victory at the four-spot to tie the score once again at 2-2. Louisville then regained the advantage at 3-2 as Gomez registered a 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 win over Schelcher at No. 5.center_img Singles1. #29 Carlos Divar (GT) def. Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff (LOU) 2-6, 6-4, 6-22. Brandon Lancaster (LOU) def. Andrew Li (GT) 6-2, 4-6, 6-33. #120 Phillip Gresk (GT) def. Sergio Hernandez (LOU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-24. Fabien Salle (LOU) def. Chris Yun (GT) 7-5, 6-35. Federico Gomez (LOU) def. Pablo Schelcher (GT) 7-6 (7-5), 6-36. Cole Gromley (GT) def. David Mizrahi (LOU) 6-4, 6-1Doubles1. Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff/Fabien Salle (LOU) def. #61 Carlos Divar/Phillip Gresk (GT) 6-42. Andrew Li/Cole Gromley (GT) vs. George Hedley/Federico Gomez (LOU) 4-5, unfinished3. Sergio Hernandez/Alex Wesbrooks (LOU) def. Chris Yun/Pablo Schelcher (GT) 6-4 Story Links Match Notes:Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,3,4,5,1,2) Cary, N.C. – Brandon Lancaster secured a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 over Andrew Li to lift the University of Louisville men’s tennis team to a 4-3 win over No. 41 Georgia Tech in the second round of the ACC Men’s Tennis Championship on Thursday afternoon at Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Dutch ATMs Now Show MissingChildren Alerts

first_imgThe Netherlands is the first country to share missing-children appeals using ATM screens.AMBER Alerts are now being displayed on more than 300 cash machines across Holland.Compatible automatic tellers can issue two kinds of warnings: a Dutch-specific Vermist Kind Alert and an AMBER Alert. The latter is more serious, used when a child’s life is believed to be in immediate danger.AdChoices广告Quick response is vital for both.“When an AMBER Alert or Vermist Kind Alert is issued, we need the help of the public to find the child as quickly as possible,” according to Izanne de Wit, head of the missing person’s bureau of the Dutch Police.“That’s why we are happy that these alerts will now also be displayed on ATMs, adding to the list of means we already have,” she said in a statement. “Sharing the missing child’s information on these screens helps us to expand our reach even further.”The machines are located in multiple airports, including Schiphol and Rotterdam, as well as in large shopping malls and near popular tourist attractions.“We are very pleased with this new and innovative partnership and we hope other countries will follow this great example,” Frank Hoen, founder and chairman of AMBER Alert Europe, said.AMBER Alerts originated in the US in 1996, in response to the kidnap and murder of nine-year-old Amber Hagerman.Messages requesting the public’s help in finding a missing child are distributed via radio and television stations, text message, cable TV, e-mail, traffic-condition signs, and electronic billboards. Information is also relayed through Google, Bing, and Facebook.The system has been adopted across the world, in countries like Australia, Canada, Ecuador, Malaysia, and Mexico; there are alert systems active in 20 European nations, including Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK.More on Geek.com:Programmer Finds ATM Flaw That Let Him Withdraw $1M in CashThe Netherlands Now Has the World’s First Recycled-Plastic Bike PathStudy: Children, Not Adults, Easily Influenced by Robotslast_img read more

Report claims consumers are uninformed regarding magnitude of livestock contribution to carbon

first_imgCredit: Jm Verastigue/public domain Chatham House of the British Royal Institute of Affairs has published a report titled Livestock – Climate Change’s Forgotten Sector (Global Public Opinion on Meat and Dairy Consumption) outlining the results of a survey the group commissioned to learn more about the public’s perception of the impact that the livestock industry has on carbon emissions and ultimately global warming. Their report suggests that consumers have vastly differing views on the subject based on where they live in the world. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further More information: www.chathamhouse.org/sites/fil … roggattWellesley.pdf In addition to offering results of the 12-country survey, the authors of the report offer some background information and opinions about the carbon emission impact of the livestock industry and conclude by offering suggestions of where changes might be made. They note that global carbon emissions from the livestock industry—which they claim currently account for 14.5% of total man-made global emissions—actually surpass that of global transportation and are mainly due to emissions released directly from animals in the form of belching, flatulence or from their excrement. The main animals involved in the industry are cows, pigs and chickens—globally pork is the most popular consumed meat due to its huge popularity in China. The report also offer graphs showing the largest meat consumers by country (China tops the list) along with growth forecasts. They also offer warnings, suggesting that the livestock industry is currently on a trajectory that will see meat consumption rise by 75 percent and dairy 65 percent over just the next six years.Questions in the survey centered on awareness of carbon emissions, their source and the likely impact they are having on the planet. They found that on average, people in more developed countries such as those in the U.S. and Europe were far less well informed about the impact that the livestock industry has on the planet than were people living in places like China or even Brazil—the same groups tended to be more resistant to changing their lifestyle to reduce such emissions.The authors of the report theorize that emissions from the livestock industry are not as well known as in other areas such as the transportation or energy sector because governments and private enterprise operations do not want to risk upsetting the public by suggesting they eat less meat and/or dairy products. They note that discussing or negotiating livestock emission reductions is “largely absent” from international meetings on climate change and likewise is rarely if ever discussed at the national level by countries seeking to lower their carbon imprint. The solution, as they see it, is to begin an information campaign, because people are more likely to embrace change if they understand what is really happening. Climate: Meat turns up the heat Citation: Report claims consumers are uninformed regarding magnitude of livestock contribution to carbon emissions (2014, December 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-12-consumers-uninformed-magnitude-livestock-contribution.html © 2014 Phys.orglast_img read more