The Energy minister’s appealing to homeowners struggling with their gas and electricity to install pre-pay meters.It follows an 82 per cent rise in gas disconnections last year, with electricity cut-offs up by one percent.Pat Rabbitte’s told the Dáil that not enough people have agreed to install pre-pay meters.However, Donegal North East Deputy Charlie Mc Conalogue says the government should be doing more to address the issue, particularly in terms of rising costs………..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/charlieenergycutoffs.mp3[/podcast] Pinterest Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp Previous articleGweebara fishing cases adjourned in Dungloe District CourtNext articleThree years jail for Donegal man who tried to take detectives gun at republican parade News Highland Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal By News Highland – June 11, 2013 Government must address increase in electricity and gas disconnections – Mc Conalogue Facebook News Twitter Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire
WhatsApp FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Twitter Google+ Google+ WhatsApp A Donegal County Councillor has hit out at those behind significant illegal dumping in Castlefinn. Various household items, including electrical equipment and other materials were discovered dumped on the roadside at Egglybane this week.The matter has been reported to Donegal Council and it’s expected that an investigation will be carried out.Local Cllr Gary Doherty says he has been inundated with other reports over the last number of weeks of illegal dumping in the area.He is calling on the Council to install CCTV as a matter of urgency:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/garydfgdfgdfgddpherty.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter Pinterest Previous articleDonegal’s Shaun Patton on his front line experienceNext articleDonegal TD calls for increased supports for older people News Highland AudioHomepage BannerNews Facebook Outrage over illegal dumping in Castlefinn Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland – April 24, 2020 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows
The Appellate Board investigating this term’s Union tribunal against Krishna Omkar has fully upheld the original verdict and sentence. The appeal hearing held on 15th December did not hear any convincing arguments to question the tribunal’s original ruling. However, the appeal process continued after the hearing while they examined the sentence and issues over eligibility for running in the re-poll that must happen at the beginning of Hilary Term. An interim report issued today has upheld the original sentencing: that the Michaelmas Term election result should be annulled and Krishna Omkar disqualified from running in any subsequent Union elections, including the re-poll. Following concerns that Charlotte Fischer, who brought the tribunal against Krishna Omkar, may be the only candidate eligible to run in the re-poll, the Board is now re-examining conditions for eligibility. The final report must be delivered by 3rd January, with the re-poll to be held Friday of 2nd Week. More updates soon from Cherwell24.
The Bodleian Library has unveiled plans for a five million pound project, designed to upgrade space within the ancient central Bodleian site.Plans aim to enable greater direct access to books, improved services and access for library readers and visitors with limited mobility.Dr Sarah Thomas, Bodley’s Librarian, said that part of the project is to “open up the famous tunnel” which “generations of Oxford students have heard about but to which they have never had access.” The tunnel, called the Gladstone Link, will connect the Radcliffe Camera to the Old Bodleian main building.A spokesperson from the Bodleian Libraries stated, “the tunnel and conveyor have had an important role in the mythology of Oxford over the last sixty years – many people believe there is a maze of tunnels underneath the libraries.”The tunnel was previously used for transporting books on a 1940s conveyor from the New Bodleian to the Old Bodleian and for transporting books by trolley to the Radcliffe Camera. However, the tunnel will now be refurbished for reader use.The Gladstone Link also contains the Underground Bookstore, which will be transformed into two floors of open-stack library space. There will be space for 240,000 books, as well as informal study areas for readers.A new storage book facility will be located on a 15-acre site in South Marston, and will provide storage for 8 million volumes.Other plans include adjusting the paving level in the Old Schools Quadrangle. It is assumed that at some time in the past, the Quad was “dropped” to accommodate a new drainage system, so that there are now one or two steps up to each door. The intention is to repave the Quad at the same level as the four lowest doorways. This will enable better disabled access to most of the doors and book delivery. Dr Thomas commented, “These are exciting initiatives, developed as part of a coordinated estates programme. They will help to equip our most venerable and treasured Grade 1 buildings for the 21st century.”Platform lifts are to be installed in both the Radcliffe Camera and the Old Bodleian main building. These will enable readers with limited mobility to access the Radcliffe Camera for the first time. A new staircase will wrap around the platform lift providing safe access to the Gladstone Link and replacing a very steep staircase that was put in during the installation of the Underground Bookstore.The changes aim to improve services, increase direct access to books and facilitate access for library visitors with limited mobility.OUSU have welcomed the plans to improve disabled access. Danielle Fraser Solomon, Students with Disabilities Officer, praised improvements made by the University so far.She said, “At the moment, the more recently built libraries (such as the Radcliffe Science Library) have reasonable levels of disabled access, but the older libraries do not, which creates an unreasonable disadvantage for those students with limited mobility whose courses mean that they rely on libraries such as the Bodleian.”She added, “Hopefully this type of project will soon extend to the many departments and faculties across the university that also lack accessibility for students with physical and sensory disabilities.”Some are worried that the upgrade could detract from the aesthetics of the buildings. Sarah Reder, a second-year student at St. Hilda’s said, “I think the upgrade sounds great but you need to be careful not to interfere with the character of the buildings, especially as they are Grade 1 listed.”If Planning Permission approval is received, the work will begin at the end of Trinity Term 2010 and is due to be completed by Spring 2011. The work is scheduled to begin in June to avoid as much disruption to students and readers as possible.The project is led by Purcell Miller Tritton, which has previously worked on other Grade 1 buildings including St Paul’s Cathedral, Kew Palace and the British Museum. The Radcliffe Camera is Grade 1 listed and was the first rotunda library built in England in the mid-eighteenth century.
St Hilda’s Junior Common Room has passed a motion calling for the reinstatement of librarian Calypso Nash. Nash, who is also a graduate student, was recently fired by the college after thirty students took part in a ‘Harlem Shake’ video filmed in the college library. The motion, proposed by Alexander Fisken and Anna Kaznowska, and discussed during the JCR’s eighth week meeting, requested that JCR President Esther Gosling “ask for a written reason for the decision from the Head Librarian, and also to bring the matter to the attention of the governing body, calling in the strongest terms for Calypso to be rehired.”Another motion, also proposed by Fisken and Kaznowska, called for Gosling to write to the Dean asking for the fines imposed upon the participants in the video to be overturned. Cherwell understands that the majority of the fines levied amounted to £50, though a minority were higher. The motion argued that “the Harlem shake did not cause a disturbance coming as it did at 11:30 pm on a Sunday evening” and that the event “only lasted roughly 7 minutes.”Both motions were passed at the meeting, with an amendment to the first motion stating that, should the appeal to the governing body and Head Librarian fail, the issue should be presented to the Library Committee in Trinity term. Several other students have voiced their support for Nash’s reinstatement, although neither Fisken nor Kaznowska were available for comment.Ellen Gibson, a student at St Hilda’s, commented, “The situation seems ridiculous. The Librarian had nothing to do with the protest; she just happened to be there at the time.”Another Hilda’s student, who wished to remain anonymous, criticised the college’s treatment of Calypso, claiming, “She was not in a position to stop them at the time.” JCR Secretary Katie Meadon said, “We are not trying to deliberately undermine any decisions made by college authorities, but we (and the rest of the JCR) believe that the dismissal of the librarian in question was unfair. We hope that the college will take the JCR’s opinions into account regarding this matter.” As a result of the motions, JCR President Esther Gosling has sent emails to both the Head Librarian and the Dean, although no response has been received as of yet. The Head Librarian at St Hilda’s was unavailable for comment when contacted by Cherwell.
Warburtons has announced a three-year partnership with parkrun, which organises running events across the country.Over the next three years, Warburtons aims to introduce junior parkrun events to 72 additional locations across the country. The baking firm will donate £300,000 during that time, with a focus on starting new events in more disadvantaged communities.Junior parkrun is a series of 2k events open to children aged four to 14. (The course can be completed at a run, jog or walk). There are 81 junior parkruns a year in the UK, each with around 5,000 participants, accompanied by hundreds of family members. Each event is coordinated by volunteers from the local community.Brett Warburton, executive director at Warburtons, said: “As a family-owned business, family is at the heart of everything we do. We believe we have a responsibility to play an active role in our communities and do so through our community investment programme, Families Matter.“We are committed to supporting young families build healthy lifestyles through a balanced diet and exercise. We are delighted to partner with parkrun to help more families take part in physical activity, which is fun for all the family. This complements our School Visitors programme which helps 30,000 children a year learn about the importance of healthy eating.”
Load remaining images Last night, Umphrey’s McGee finished up a quick four-night jaunt across the Southeast that ended in Knoxville’s Tennessee Theatre. The historic and opulent theatre housed a fantastic Umphrey’s McGee show, featuring a special guest collaboration with bassist Freekbass to close the first set with a Prince cover.The Sunday night show opened up with the simple bass drum sample that signaled “The Triple Wide.” The rendition was straightforward and had some “The Floor” teases. An old-school “Anchor Drops” followed. The highlight of the set came in “KaBump.” The instrumental was played flawlessly, and the band immediately proceeded to jam out the song. Getting into a solid hip-hop groove, inspired by The Roots‘ “The Next Movement”, the Chicago rockers improvised until singer Brendan Bayliss stepped to the microphone and took the music out for a lyrical “Jimmy Stewart”. Eventually, they segued into “Intentions Clear,” which featured “Go To Hell” teases. For the last song of the set, bassist Ryan Stasik vacated his position on stage and ceded the low end to Freekbass, sharing duties for a solid “Controversy” cover of Prince.“Controversy” with Freekbass[Video: Brook Duncan]The second set opened with just as much flair, leading with a “Nothing Too Fancy” that brought a reggae jam after the composed sections. During Jake Cinninger’s guitar solo in “Nothing Too Fancy”, it seemed as if the audience couldn’t have been cheering any louder. The place was raucous. A typical “Spires” followed. Bayliss again mentioned lighting director Jefferson Waful’s birthday from the day before, noting how the Tennessee Theatre was one of Waful’s favorite rooms, and it seemed like the lights had extra finesse all evening as a result.“Canary in a Coalmine” was an interesting Police cover, with Brendan Bayliss and drummer Kris Myers nailing the vocals. Pearl Jam‘s “Release” was a welcome cover, marking its second play this year and the fourteenth total since 2002. The redeeming quality of “Whistle Kids” was that it featured a crafty (albeit short) segue into the raging “Nothing Too Fancy” reprise to close out the set. After a standard “Half Delayed” appeared in the encore, Cinniger began playing the guitar intro to the Led Zeppelin classic “Over the Hills and Far Away.” The crowd thought they were going to do the whole song, but right when the rest of the band normally kicks in, he gently began playing the guitar riff for “Glory”, and the epic UM rager ended the night.With fans piling out of the theatre, random and loud cheers were emitted throughout the streets surrounding the Tennessee Theatre. Umphrey’s McGee rests for just a couple days before heading out to the last big jam band festival of the summer, LOCKN’ in Arrington, Virginia.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Tennessee Theatre | Knoxville, TN | 8/19/18Set 1: The Triple Wide > Anchor Drops, Red Tape, Kabump > Intentions Clear, Go to Hell, ControversySet 2: Nothing Too Fancy > Spires, Seasons, Comma Later > Canary in a Coalmine > Release, Whistle Kids > Nothing Too FancyEncore: Half Delayed > Glory with The Next Movement (The Roots) jam; also, “Jimmy Stewart” with lyrics with Freekbass replacing Ryan on bass with Over the Hills and Far Away (Led Zeppelin) jamUmphrey’s McGee | Tennessee Theatre | Knoxville, TN | 8/19/18 | Photos: Daniel Ojeda
Larry Risse looks forward to the twice-monthly, voluntary checks of the water flowingthrough his 100-acre farm. He wants to know if practices on his land somehow contribute tothe pollution of nearby Lake Oconee.”We need to know what kind of nutrients are being washed away from ourfields,” Risse said.A stream runs though his farm, only a few hundred feet from a pasture rigged withspecial collectors that sample the rainwater running off the land.Researchers with the University of Georgia and the Agricultural Research Service of theU.S. Department of Agriculture check the quality of water entering Risse’s farm, therunoff from nearby fields and the water quality when it leaves.Farmers Often Wrongly BlamedFarmers often get blamed for polluting water. But the research is finding that theimpacts of land use vary greatly. Some farms do seem to add to the pollution problem.”But in some cases, the water leaving the farm is cleaner than the water coming onthe farm,” said Dory Franklin, an ARS geographer.On Larry Risse’s farm, for instance, his pond acts as a big filter. As far as thecurrent technology can detect, it’s cleaning up the pollution.”As (pollutants) slow down, they sink into the pond and stay in the pond, ratherthan going out the back,” Franklin said.Farmers, Scientists Work TogetherThe water that cuts through the Risse farm and other farms around the northern part ofLake Oconee eventually winds up in the lake. Pollution in Lake Oconee already worriesstate officials, since it has high bacteria and nutrient levels. Many of the local farmers have raced to the lake’s aid. By keeping a close, scientific watch on the water going in at various farms, the scientists can correct problems beforethey get out of hand.The farmers test a sample themselves, while the UGA Agricultural Services Lab testsanother for more detailed analysis. The feedback is valuable.”Often, a farmer has no way of knowing how his practices are impacting the environment,” said Mark Risse, a biological and agricultural engineer with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”In this study,” he said, “the farmers are ‘seeing’ their water quality twice a month and after every big rain. They know exactly how their farms impact water quality.”Identifying SolutionsAs they see the research results, the farmers know firsthand if changes to their landshelp or hurt.Wherever researchers find problems, they identify solutions. Some are as simple asfencing off streams to keep cattle out and providing alternative water sources. Othersinvolve building buffer zones or grass strips to naturally filter water before it enters astream.Farmers also learn to better manage manure and other nutrients and use rotationalgrazing, which can help both them and the environment.The research project looks for low-cost ways to solve problems. In some cases, thelandowner actually profits from the changes.”We can recommend lot of practices that make a farm more productive and improve the water quality, too,” Mark Risse said.The biggest benefactors are Lake Oconee and the people who use it. “The benefit iscleaner water for drinking, fishing, swimming,” Franklin said. “Lake Oconee willlast a lot longer.”Ultimately, the research could help more than Lake Oconee. The scientists say theapproach they use is easily adaptable. It could be used to clean up many other lakes,streams and rivers in Georgia and nationwide. Pollution in Lake Oconee worries state officials. But farmers and scientists are working together to help protect the water. Photo: Joe Courson
By Kristen PlankUniversity of GeorgiaExperts say Georgia’s 2006 pecan crop will be only about half of last year’s harvest, but the quality of the nuts is particularly good. And despite the short crop, prices shouldn’t change much.Charles “Buddy” Leger, chairman of the Georgia Pecan Commission, estimates this year’s crop at about 60 million pounds, down from last year’s 120 million. The state averages about 88 million pounds per year.“You need a good, cold winter for the tree to go into dormancy, and we haven’t had that in the past few years,” Leger said. “That doesn’t mean the tree won’t produce. It just produces a lower amount of pecans.”The road to growing, buying and selling pecans is rough for Georgia pecan farmers, said Darrell Sparks, a horticulture professor and pecan expert with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. This year is no different.Sparks said the rough going comes from two things. “The first factor is that last year was a big crop, which means this year we’ll have a short crop,” he said. “The second was last year’s being a wet year. Pecans don’t do well with wet feet, or too much soil moisture.”Pecan harvests have an annual up-and-down cycle, with a large crop one year and a short one the next.Drought was a problem in Georgia, too. But Sparks estimates that half of the state’s orchards are irrigated, and 25 percent are watered very well.The quality of this year’s nuts is “very good,” he said.“One reason for this is the fact that there was no scab, which is the No. 1 disease of the pecan,” he said. “That was due to the weather being very dry this year.”Sparks said soil moisture is a dominant factor in the size of the nuts. Pecans in nonirrigated orchards are about one-half the size of those in well-irrigated orchards.With the high-quality nuts, Wojciech Florkowski, an agriculture and applied economics professor on the UGA Griffin campus, says the price for pecans won’t change much in this month or through the holidays.“Then the prices may increase,” he said, “but that depends on the overall supply of pecans imported from Mexico as well as the prices at a retail level.”Florkowski said retailers price nuts in a category. It doesn’t matter if they’re walnuts, pecans or almonds. “They try to keep the nuts priced at a stable level, with pecans priced a bit higher,” he said.Sparks said a helpful trend farmers are catching onto is fruit thinning, or shaking off excess nuts early in the season. “The farmers that did this during their big crop … had the best production for the following year’s short crop,” he said.But there’s an art to shaking off the fruit, he said. Growers must shake off just enough but not too much. They learned that the hard way on the “Desirable” pecan tree, which thins on its own.“It was trying to tell us something,” he said.A negative pecan trend, Sparks said, is a declining amount of land for growing pecans. Georgia is one of the fastest growing states in the United States, he said, which leaves little room for large pecan orchards.“Lee County, which is one of the largest producers of pecans in the state,” he said, “is also one of the fastest growing counties, percentage-wise, in Georgia.”For now, the state remains among the three greatest producers of pecans in the country, along with Texas and New Mexico.