‘May The 4th Be With You’ festival to take place in Donegal

first_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA The second annual ‘May The 4th Be With You’ festival is set to take place in Donegal and Kerry this summer.Fáilte Ireland’s three-day festival celebrates the Star Wars Universe on the day when fans commemorate it across the globe.Filming for recent Star Wars films took place in locations across Donegal, Kerry, Cork and Clare. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook ‘May The 4th Be With You’ festival to take place in Donegal Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+center_img Pinterest Previous articleNew Loganiar CoDA to London Stansted gets underwayNext articleWatch: Rugby on the up in Inishowen News Highland WhatsApp WhatsApp By News Highland – February 27, 2019 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Homepage BannerNews Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgFuneral services took place Sept. 29 for Patricia G. Kenny, 81, of Middletown, formerly of Jersey City and Bayonne. She passed away Sept. 25 at her home. Born in Jersey City, she was the daughter of the late Ruth Walsh Boyce and Frank Boyce. Pat retired in 1999 as a detective with the Hudson County Sheriff’s Dept. after 25 years of service. She was a member of the Emerald Society. Pat was predeceased by her husband Jack (1999), her son Jack Jr. (1985) and her daughter Kathleen Petitt (2013) and her brothers Donald and Michael Boyce. Surviving are her children Mary P., James P. and his wife Carmelina Kenny, Lawrence Kenny and his wife Felicia and her brother David Boyce. Her grandchildren Allison Vilas (nee Kenny) and her husband Steve, Meghan, Daniel, Erin Petitt, John J. Kenny III, Jacqueline, Jessica, James Kenny Jr., Shaugn and Savannah Kenny. Also surviving are her two great grandchildren, Cheyenne DeMartino and Steven John Vilas.Services arranged by the Greenville Memorial Home, Jersey City.last_img read more

Two dams fail in US state of Michigan, thousands evacuated

first_imgThe downtown area of Midland, a city of about 42,000 people, could soon be under approximately nine feet (three meters) of water, according to Whitmer, who warned of “historic” high flood levels.The city said on its website that 11,000 people were evacuating, and that no deaths had been reported.”Residents are strongly urged to continue evacuating,” the city said in a statement.Authorities said the Tittabawassee River that flows through Midland has reached 35 feet, well above flood stage and one foot higher than the previous record level set in 1986. The river is expected to rise another three feet before cresting.Images taken from helicopters show vast stretches of land underwater, bridges washed away, and homes and buildings flooded.The flooding disaster and the evacuation are being compounded by the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced people to observe social distancing.”It’s hard to believe that we are in the midst of a 100-year crisis — a global pandemic — and that also we’re dealing with a flooding that looks to be the worst in 500 years,” Whitmer said.The governor urged those evacuating to shelters to wear face masks and maintain social distancing when possible.Multiple rivers in Michigan — a northern state surrounded by the Great Lakes — had reached flood stage by Tuesday after up to four inches of rain fell in recent days.US President Donald Trump is scheduled to travel to Michigan, an important electoral state, on Thursday to visit an auto manufacturing plant that has been repurposed to make ventilators.The plant is in southern Michigan near its largest city, Detroit.Whitmer, with whom the president has clashed over pandemic response issues, said she intends to give Trump “a full briefing” on the breached dams and resulting flooding.Early Wednesday Trump tweeted his complaints about the state’s vote by mail efforts.The state capital Lansing, about 100 miles south of the flooding, was the scene of new demonstrations protesting the state’s stay-at-home orders.Topics : More than 10,000 residents were evacuating their homes in Michigan Wednesday after two dams failed following heavy rain and triggered what officials warned will be historic flooding.Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency in Midland County, site of the breached dams, in the towns of Edenville and Sanford.The National Weather Service warned of life-threatening flash flooding and joined the governor in urging people in the area to seek higher ground immediately.last_img read more

W2POWER Prototype Completes Tests Offshore Spain

first_imgThe W2POWER prototype, the first multi-turbine wind floating platform in Spain designed by the Spanish company ENEROCEAN S.L., was decommissioned from the PLOCAN’s test site on 17 October.The testing of the 1:6 scale prototype was carried out between June and October with an aim to collect information from different parameters that will allow further development and optimization of this multi-turbine platform.This test was carried out within the framework of the WIP10 + project (WIND INTEGRATED PLATFORM FOR 10+ MW POWER PER FOUNDATION).The project has been coordinated by ENEROCEAN (Spain), with the participation of INGETEAM (Spain), GHENOVA INGENIERIA (Spain) and TENSION TECHNOLOGY INTERNATIONAL (UK), and PLOCAN as an outsourcing entity.The project has been funded within the framework of the European call Era-Net DEMOWIND, co-funded by several institutions including the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI).last_img read more

A hefty boost for conservation

first_imgThe 10-year-old Jessica, who hasdeveloped a strong bond with herfoster family, is helping to furtherresearch into her species.(Image: Jessica’s Place)MEDIA CONTACTS • Tonie JoubertUp close with Jessica Hippo+27 15 795 5249Mark ReidShe appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show in 2010, and is an icon in Japan and Korea. Starring in over 70 documentaries and television shows, she has her own website and Facebook page, and thousands of adoring fans worldwide.One could be forgiven for mistaking her for a Hollywood starlet, but this young girl from Hoedspruit in Limpopo province, South Africa, is a hippopotamus named Jessica who is highlighting the need for conservation of her kind.Jessica was a star at the tender age of two, when she appeared in her first film, the locally produced big screen hit Mr Bones. Since then, the 10-year-old has delighted and educated television audiences of the National Geographic and Animal Planet channels, and has featured in various television programmes both locally and internationally.Jessica’s world renown, and her status as an international star, is fostering a new awareness of her species, and conservation as a whole.The hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibious) is classified as vulnerable on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. After the elephant, the hippo is the largest living mammal on land. The name is derived from the ancient Greek, meaning “river horse”.Hippos are amphibious creatures, graceful in water and deceptively quick on land, able to reach speeds of 60 kph. Once prolific from the Nile delta to the Cape, they are now mostly confined to protected areas.Better hippo conservation neededIn contrast to other large land mammals, very little is known about these hefty animals, as they can be aggressive and are notoriously difficult to study.This is where Jessica is making a difference.Most biologists are keen to take blood samples of the animals they study. Large animals must be tranquillised first, but this is not easy in the case of hippos. The creatures forage on land in the night, which makes it hard to track and dart them. During the day they wallow in their favourite waterhole or mud pool, and here they can’t be darted or they would drown.Although hippos are killed for meat, and to a lesser extent out of fear, a lack of knowledge of the species remains the biggest challenge to their conservation.If the extinction of the hippo is to be prevented, certain steps must be taken. This would include protecting their natural environment, counteracting poaching and gathering and sharing more accurate information.Although she can hardly be called typical of the species in terms of her upbringing, Jessica has been monitored over the years to get a better understanding of hippo behavioural and growth patterns. This information is then passed on to scientists and wildlife programmes.One important discovery, in which Jessica played a role, revealed that hippos communicate with each other under water in a similar manner to that of dolphins and whales.When analysed, her DNA pointed to the fact that the hippo’s closest living relatives are whales and dolphins. Jessica’s DNA is also being used in further tests to unlock the secrets of her species.Gaining valuable informationWith visitors streaming to her Hoedspruit home, owned by her foster parents Tonie and Shirley Joubert, and a growing worldwide fan base, Jessica plays an important role in bringing attention to hippos and their plight throughout Africa.The attention and interest generated around her facilitates the valuable spread of positive information through wildlife portals, as well as blogs and various social media sites. This awareness will soon be taken a step further, as a partnership with local wildlife film specialists Africam will see the installation of streaming video cameras on the farm.Looking to the future, the Jouberts are hoping that, with Jessica now at a suitable weight and in the puberty stage, a pod of little Jessicas is a promising prospect. This will open new doors of discovery and research into how hippos nurse and raise their young.Gentle giantIn early 2000 the province of Limpopo was one of the regions devastated by a five-week spell of heavy rain. People in neighbouring Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Swaziland were also severely affected.The unrelenting rain caused the mighty Limpopo River to rise to its highest levels in 15 years, and eventually burst its banks in places.Washed away by the flood only hours after birth, a traumatised Jessica was found by retired game ranger Tonie Joubert on his farm near the Kruger National Park.He took her home and nursed her back to health, and she soon became one of the family. Jessica’s bond with the farm dogs is particularly strong.Over the years as a game ranger, Joubert has cared for many orphaned animals. He has raised lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo and many antelope species and returned them all to the wild, but said he has never come across an animal quite as unique as this young hippo.“She is gentle and genuinely kind,” said Joubert, “and has never shown any signs of aggression.”Jessica has never been fenced in or kept in a pen, and is free to roam the land and rivers in the area, grazing serenely with neighbouring wild hippos. Grass makes up the bulk of her diet, although it is supplemented with sweetcorn, beetroot and her favourite treat, sweet potatoes.She also drinks up to 40 litres of sweetened rooibos (red bush) tea a day.Tourist attractionVisitors to the farm first watch a video of Jessica’s story and can then spend time interacting with her. They are allowed to feed her and spoil her with rooibos tea.The farm is open seven days a week for day visitors and for those wanting to spend a bit longer in the bush, a handful of self catering units offer cozy accommodation.More information can be obtained from Jessica’s official website, which also has an online store where various items are available.Not only has Jessica’s fame helped her species, but indirectly she also adds value to her community. According to Joubert, Jessica indirectly contributes up to R2-million (US$296 000) a year to the local economy.+27 (0)15 795-5249last_img read more

You Know You Can Do Better

first_imgThe result you are producing right now is not the result you are capable of producing. You are capable of more. You are also capable of better. The results you are producing right now are but a fraction of what they could be. If you are reading this, you are the kind of person who knows this to be true.Sometimes you go to work and leave the best part of yourself behind. You show up without the part of you that is passionate, empowered, and inspired. That’s the part of you that does more than punch a time clock and pass time with what amounts to busy work. When you bring the part of you that is on fire, the results you produce are much better. If you were to bring the person who operates at a much higher level, the one with passion, your economic results would be better—and you would serve others at a much higher level.But this isn’t just about your work. It’s about who shows up in every part of your life. The other results you produce are also better when you bring your best self to them. When you are with the people you care most about, are you really with them, or are you off somewhere else? There is nothing that matters more than your relationships, and the results you produce there vary depending on which version of you shows up. Is it the one that is checking the box, still somewhere else? Or it the one that is fully present, giving the most important people in their world the most important gift in the world? That is the gift of their full presence in that moment.In every area of your life, there are variations in the results that you might produce. You can see these differences when you look at the results produced by different people. But you can also see the differences between which version of you that you bring to any endeavor. The outcomes are always going to be better when the person who shows up is the one who pours their soul into what they are doing.You know you can do better.last_img read more

Tribal body against Assam Accord clause

first_imgA tribal body has opposed the implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord, saying it will threaten the very existence of the “real indigenous” people.Clause 6 is meant to guarantee the constitutional safeguards for the Assamese. Attempts to define who is an Assamese in the multi-ethnic Assam have not been successful. “The Assamese want to guarantee their political rights and facilities and impose their language, culture and religion on the tribal communities through the implementation of Clause 6,” the Bodoland Janajati Suraksha Mancha said in a statement.“This has been a conspiracy for 400 years. We appeal to the Centre not to implement Clause 6 of the Assam Accord. If the constitutional safeguards are required, they are for the tribal communities, who are real bhumiputra [sons of the soil]. The tribals are not Assamese and they have their own language, culture and history,” said the Mancha, which claims to represent the Bodos and other tribes in the Bodoland Territorial Council.But the All Assam Tribal Sangha welcomed the Centre’s decision to constitute a 13-member committee to work out a plan to implement Clause 6.last_img read more