Fears over more post office closures in Donegal

first_img Pinterest Fears over more post office closures in Donegal WhatsApp AudioElections 2020Homepage BannerNews Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous article22 people awaiting in-patient beds at LUHNext articleCouncil urged to extend footpath on busy Letterkenny route News Highland Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic center_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Google+ Facebook There are genuine fears that more post offices in Donegal could shut their doors in the near future. The Irish Post Masters Union is warning that hundreds of Post Offices right across the country are in danger of closure if next Government does not act.They are calling for all parties and candidates to commit to a Public Service Obligation (PSO) being introduced for Post Offices, and also for many more Government services provided through the Network.It follows a 7% decrease in Post Office business last year.Fionnuala McBride local spokesperson for the IPU spoke on today’s Nine Till Noon Show:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/fionnfdgdfgdfgduala-1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ By News Highland – January 20, 2020 Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

Animal lab protesters disrupt degree day

first_imgAnimal rights protest group SPEAK staged the first of a series of protests against animal testing this week. The demonstrations are to coincide with the Degree Day ceremonies being held at the Sheldonian theatre this month.Vice-Chancellor John Hood, who normally ignores the group’s disruption, responded to the demonstration. Ben Maling, a graduate present said, “John Hood made a very diplomatic speech defending the right to a legal protest (such as Saturday’s), but feeling that it was a shame to target an event that holds such importance for so many people.”Another graduate, Laurent Guillemain added that John Hood’s speech, apologizing for the noise, lightened the mood in the Sheldonian, and “seemed to make the parents much happier.”The group claimed their protests intended to draw attention to the alleged ‘abuse and fear’ experienced by animals involved in medical experiments through at the University.An estimated 25 protestors gave out leaflets and shouted slogans for the length of the ceremony, which took place on Saturday. Police were in attendance, surveying the demonstrators.Many graduates felt that the timing of the protests was highly unsuitable.Guillemain commented, “We could hear the protestors inside the Sheldonian, and I think it was especially disruptive for the parents, as it’s a day they were very proud of. It’s a ridiculous attempt by the protestors to try and get one back on the university, as it’s the students and parents that ultimately get targeted.”Maling felt the chanting was unacceptable. He said, “I attended the ceremony on Saturday, and as a result I was subjected to all the protestors’ chants on the way in. During the ceremony they became louder but the ceremony carried on as it should have.”SPEAK’s website justified the protests. It said, “Whilst for some people the degree ceremonies are about celebrating their academic achievements, for the animals imprisoned inside Oxford University’s labs it is just another day of abuse and fear, waiting to die in painful and pointless experiments.”However, many students questioned the choice of date and occasion for the protest. Rebecca Tibbs, first year biochemist said, “How many people graduating were actually involved in the sciences which make use of animal testing? It doesn’t seem that productive to disrupt a whole group of graduates celebrating their time at Oxford, most of who are probably indifferent, or even supportive, of the protest group’s cause.”Earlier this year, SPEAK handed a 65,000-signature petition to the University. This condemned all animal testing, in particular the new Oxford University Biomedical Sciences Centre.Further protests are planned for the next two Degree Days, as well as an honorary degree ceremony in June.last_img read more

Grid-scale battery storage begins to take hold in India

first_imgGrid-scale battery storage begins to take hold in India FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:India is finally seeing the emergence of a grid-scale energy storage market after years of anticipation.This month the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) invited bids for 3.6 gigawatt-hours of storage connected to 1.2 gigawatts of solar on India’s interstate transmission system, the biggest battery solicitation seen in the country so far.The auction came hot on the heels of several other SECI solicitations. Also this month, SECI put out a call for two 150-megawatt-hour battery systems to be connected to 100-megawatt solar farms in Andra Pradesh.Last month, meanwhile, saw SECI calling for a 42-megawatt-hour battery system to go with 14 megawatts of solar in Ladakh in northeast India. The corporation also requested bids for a 20-megawatt floating PV plant in Lakshadweep, an archipelago off the southwestern coast of India, with 60 megawatt-hours of battery storage.The SECI auctions come on top of seven storage tenders in the last year, Bridge to India, a New Delhi-based analyst firm, said last month. Those tenders were issued by SECI and the utilities NLC India and National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), and amounted to 84 megawatt-hours of capacity, tied to 78 megawatts of solar PV.More: India’s energy storage market is finally starting to growlast_img read more

Bonnette Dawson: CEO and Mayor

first_img continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr No one can question Bonnette Dawson’s commitment and leadership—or time-management skills.In the eighth episode of the CUNA News Podcast, the trailblazer from Tennessee explains how she manages to wear the hats of CEO of $228 million asset Old Hickory Credit Union while serving as mayor of her hometown, Greenbrier.“Some people will say to me, ‘How do you do this? Are you the Energizer Bunny?’ Not really,” Dawson says. “I love what I do in both the mayor position and CEO, and I think I’ve got strong support in both places. The people who work for me are great, and I think that makes all the difference.”Dawson says she didn’t intend to become the first woman to hold either of those titles. She took over at Old Hickory when the board of directors dismissed her predecessor, and ran for mayor when the incumbent got ousted after a scandal.But throughout her 41-year credit union career, Dawson’s desire to make an impact on everything she touches is abundantly evident.last_img read more

PREMIUMJokowi’s plan to use B40 biodiesel by 2021 difficult to realize: Experts

Log in with your social account Linkedin Forgot Password ? Topics : Facebook Google LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Experts have expressed doubt about President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s plan to increase the palm oil content in biodiesel to 40 percent on a mass scale by next year from 30 percent at present. They say producers may fail to meet the increase in demand and the quality standards.Indonesian Bioenergy Expert Association (IKABI) chairman Tatang Herman said it would take more than a year to prepare for the processing facilities to enable them to meet the technical requirements to produce biodiesel with 40 percent palm oil content.“The preparation for B30 started back in 2014, and the regulation was issued in 2015. That provides a lot of time for producers to prepare. However, the decision to upgrade to B40 is way too sudden,” he said in a public discussion on Friday.In January, Indonesia began the mandatory use of B30 biodiesel, which contains 30 percent … Indonesia biodiesel palm-oil B30-mandatory-policy B40-fuel exports EU IKABI read more

Ireland and the healing power of words in a time of crisis

first_imgIreland has sought solace in its poetic tradition to overcome the coronavirus crisis and provide poignant words of hope to tackle grief and the hardship of lockdown.Verse is ingrained in public health messaging, doorstep banners quote hopeful lines, and the state broadcaster rounded out news of one death toll with a lyric assuring: “Everything is going to be alright.””Poetry is just imbued in Irish society very very strongly and we turn to it at these kind of times,” poet Catherine Ann Cullen told AFP. Ireland has suffered a relatively modest 1,571 deaths from COVID-19 according to latest department of health figures.But it still faces a long road out of lockdown which began on March 28. A government scheme to reopen the nation will reach its final steps in August. Topics : Poetic politics In Ireland, poetry and politics have long been intertwined.The 1916 uprising which began the path to independence from Britain is often called “The Poet’s Revolution” after the number of artists involved.Now, poetry has become embedded in crisis officialdom — in political speeches and public health messaging, weighing them with a sense of gravitas.Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has replaced his usual understated rhetoric with poetic styling — borrowing heavily from the verse of Heaney.”These words have provided inspiration to many Irish people as we deal with this emergency,” he said in an April address to the nation.”They remind us that we are in this together, we can get through it, and better days will come.”Meanwhile, the work of President Michael D. Higgins — a published poet — has been embedded in adverts by Ireland’s health service imploring the public to “hold firm”.”Historically we’re a very poetic society,” explained Cullen.”People turn to poetry in times of crisis.”center_img Crisis mantras In the opening weeks of the lockdown, Nobel prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney’s promise of reward for endurance struck a chord across Ireland.”If we winter this one out, we can summer anywhere,” was a message which appeared on handmade banners, scrawled on Dublin walls and multiplied on social media.Taken from an interview with Heaney in 1972, it referred to “The Troubles” over British rule of Northern Ireland which by its end in the late-1990s killed 3,500. In the current health crisis, the quote found new resonance.”It’s like a little meditation, it’s like a little mantra,” said Cullen, Poetry Ireland’s current poet-in-residence.”They give us kind of hope,” she said of such lines.One month into the lockdown, the Irish poet Eavan Boland died.That left fans to reflect on a body of work which also draws on Ireland’s difficult history, while offering solace in the present.Her 1994 poem “This Moment” was shared on social media as a memorial, sparking hope for those in isolation with its depiction of a neighborhood at dusk.”Things are getting ready/to happen/out of sight,” it reads. Remedying loneliness In April, Poetry Ireland partnered with charity Alone which supports solitary older people, many currently “cocooning” from the coronavirus.The elderly in lockdown were invited to request poetry recitals by phone from writers. Testimony from the event reveals the comfort taken by in the exchanges, where Boland’s work was a popular choice.”My aunt got dressed up and made up for the occasion and was completely delighted,” one family member said in feedback to the organization.In Ireland, memorized snippets of such poems can function like secular Bible verses — to be memorized and presented for their enduring wisdom and comfort.”For my mum it was also a complete thrill. Her reader read a fun one and a deeper one which really hits on how my mum is in the world,” the family member added.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: Minerva FC goalkeeper Nidhin Lal accuses club of not paying his salary for…

first_imgPhoto Credits: Football CounterAdvertisement cNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9r5zbWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eu3( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3qo4zWould you ever consider trying this?😱04ndCan your students do this? 🌚3w5hRoller skating! Powered by Firework Punjab FC (formerly Minerva Punjab FC) player Nidhin Lal has accused his club of blocking his salary for the last eight months. The goalkeeper who represented Indian Super League side Chennaiyin FC in the 2015-16 season, joined Minerva from Shillong Lajong a year ago. Advertisement Since his arrival he claims the club has failed to pay him and isn’t working on a transfer either. The player even alleged that the club threatened to end his career should he exercise his legal opportunities, in an exclusive he gave to Sports India Show.Advertisement Photo Credits: Football CounterThe Kerala born keeper started his professional football career 12 years ago and has played 30 I-League games. Starting from the Tamil Nadu Santosh Trophy team to a stint in the Indian Super League, Lal has seen his fair share of ups and downs.In the 2015-16 transfer window he took his chance moving from Lajong after just one season. But his new club has proved to he a nightmare for the former Chennaiyin player he claims.Advertisement Q: Please tell us your concerns about your current situation with Minerva PunjabLal: Yes, since I joined Minerva last year, there have been problems ever since. I have been not paid for the last eight months. I signed a two-year contract and I am not been transfer listed either. The club won’t let me go neither pay my salary.Q: What does your agent say about this situation?Lal: My agent says there are a few clubs interested in me, but Minerva isn’t allowing to listen to any offers or negotiate with them.Q: Did you ask Minerva to release you? Lal: I did. But they aren’t willing to listen to me. The club has denied me the opportunity to leave and threatened to end my career if I take any legal action against them. My career is in turmoil now, I don’t know when I’ll play again.Q: Have you spoke to AIFF (All India Football Federation) about this situation? Lal: It’s been three months since I took this matter to AIFF and they have been stalling my case. I filed a complaint just a few weeks after Minerva stopped paying my salary, but nothing has been done and no one has contacted me.Q: What are you planning to do next? Lal: I have played professional football for 12 years but I have never faced such problems elsewhere. I played for Chennaiyin FC and Lajong and none of them ever treated me like Minerva do. My contract runs till 2020 and I guess I have to wait till then. My agent told me there are a couple of teams have offered to sign me, but unless Minerva doesn’t sort out this situation I’m stuck in between.Q: What are your message to the club and the AIFF?Lal: I would just ask my club to pay my due salary and clarify my paperworks as soon as possible. I would also like to make young footballers aware about the financial recklessness of the Indian clubs.  SportsIndiaShow further contacted Minerva FC owner Ranjit Bajaj on his club’s stance on the matter;Q: What is the club’s stance on the accusation levelled by Nidhin Lal?Bajaj: The accusations by Nidhin Lal is completely false. The player himself left without informing any of the club officials and hasn’t contacted us since.Q: Is it true that the club hasn’t paid him since eight months?Bajaj: We contacted Nidhin several times but he hasn’t returned our calls. We have no problems paying him, but he needs to show up at the club to sort this matter out. Q: Did AIFF contact you about this issue? Bajaj: Yes, they have asked us to wait and have said that they are willing to provide him an No Objection Certificate very soon. Again, we are eager to sort this situation out with Nidhin, but he has to show up at the club. Also Read:5 best Premier League goals of 2019 Advertisementlast_img read more

India women narrowly lose tri series tournament to Australia in finals

first_imgImage Courtesy: AFPAdvertisement 4dnNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vswu5Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7ay( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3cWould you ever consider trying this?😱jn3mcCan your students do this? 🌚k1bRoller skating! Powered by Firework Started back in January, the 2020 Australia women’s Tri-Nation T20 Series among the women cricket teams of Australia, England and India has concluded, and the hosts have clinched the series victory, after defeating the Indian team in the final today in Melbourne. It was a close call between the two teams, and after a highly tensed game that could have gone either way, its the Aussies that came on top, beating India by 11 runs at the Junction Oval.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFPAustralia scored a total of 155 for 6 wickets in the first innings. Chasing the target, the Indian team made all their efforts, but ultimately fell short in front of an amazing Aussie bowling squad, especially Jess Jonassen, who secured her first international 5 wicket haul, and was awarded the Player Of The Match award. Indian teenage sensation Richa Ghosh made her international T20 debut.The tournament, which is observed as a final preparation before the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, kicked off from 31st January. The three teams battled it out in a league table. While all three teams had equally scored four points, the Englishwomen had the lowest Net run rate (NRR) of –0.169, and the other two teams proceeded for the final.Advertisement Beth Mooney was the main factor behind Australia’s total. The 26 year old opener scored a swashbuckling 71-not out from 54 balls, with nine boundaries. With a total of 208 runs across the series, Mooney was awarded the Player of the Series award. The Indian bowlers Deepti Sharma and Rajeshwari Gayakwad both secured two wickets each.While the Women in Blue opener Smriti Mandhana started off the chase with a stunning knock of 37-ball-66 with twelve boundaries, her efforts went in vain as their whole batting order was wiped out in front of a brutal Aussie bowling squad after scoring 244 runs, with a brilliant performance from Jonassen securing five wickets.Advertisement It was an unlucky day for Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur, who had to leave the 22 yards on just 14 runs. While Mandhana kept going till the 15th over, the Indian middle order fell prey to Jonassen’s vicious attacks in the later overs“In the last three overs we couldn’t take the pressure and ended up losing wickets,” Kaur said in the post match interview.Aussie skipper Meg Lanning appreciated Mandhana’s marvellous effort, and added that her wicket became the turning point of the match.“It was a really good all-round performance. Getting Mandhana was the game-changer, she was whacking us all over the park,” Lanning told reporters.Also read-Find out which two Indian cricketers made the ICC Women’s ODI and T20 teams of the year!KL Rahul claims he will settle unfinished business with NZ bowler James Neesham in IPL Advertisementlast_img read more

RB Public Library Celebrates 75 Years As The Eisner Memorial Library

first_imgState Senator Joseph Kyrillos and Jan Eisner, great-great granddaughter of Sigmund and Bertha Eisner. ON SATURDAY, APRIL 14, members of the Eisner family, friends and patrons of the Red Bank Public Library gathered in what was once the family home to commemorate 75 years as the Eisner Memorial Library.Brigid McCarthy, library board president, gave the welcoming address and Library Director Faith Chmiel followed by introducing attendees that included Freeholder John Curley and Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna, whose grandmother worked in the Sigmund Eisner Company’s factory during World War I and World War II. Several generations of the Eisner family were also present.Jan Eisner of Atlantic High­­lands, a great-great grand­daughter of Sigmund and Bertha Eisner, said: “Thank you on behalf of my grandfather Monroe, and my father Robert, for designating April 14, 2012, the Eisner Memorial Library Day.” Many of the original uniforms manufactured by the Eisner factory, on loan from Jan Eisner, were on display.Gerald Eisner, grandson of the Eisners, made the trip from Scarsdale and fondly remembered spending every Sunday in the house playing the card game Russian Bank with his grandmother Bertha and maiden great-aunts, Ida and Rosa. He also reminisced about working one summer in the Bridge Avenue factory as a machinist. It was 1939, he was in college and earned $12.50 a week. He was the boss’ son and the female sewing machine operators liked to give him special attention. “They thought it quite funny,” he says. Gerald grew up at 247 Broad St., in what is now the United Methodist Church’s parsonage.The highlight of the afternoon came when Elizabeth McDermott, local history librarian, cut the ribbon extending across the door to the newly-named New Jersey History Room located on the second floor of the library. A climate and light-controlled space, it houses priceless collections of atlases, directories and information detailing the history of the library, Red Bank and Monmouth County dating back to the early 1800s. Many possessions and personal memorabilia belonging to the Eisner family add to the historic value of this room. McDermott, along with an archival consultant obtained through the New Jersey Historical Com­mission, oversaw the project to completion. It will be open to the public from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons and by appointment. It is available to researchers, students, gene­alogists and anyone interested in local history.The three Eisner sons, J. Lester, Raymond and Monroe presented the Italian villa-style home to Red Bank in 1937 where they saw a crying need for a library. Built in 1856, Sigmund and Bertha Eisner purchased the 16-room home in 1906 and renovated it twice, adding a mahogany living room in 1920. They celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary, raised their family and entertained many in this home.The event held on Saturday was the kick-off of a year-long celebration in observance of the opening of the Local History Room.For more information contact the library at (732) 842-0690 or visit their website www.lmxac.org/redbank.last_img read more

Warriors 125, Kings 123: Warriors-Kings offer an entertaining playoff preview

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND — Draymond Green sat at the podium, and it appeared like he needed a breather.The Warriors finished with a 125-123 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday at Oracle Arena, cementing a four-game sweep that easily could have gone the other way. In each game, the Warriors decided the outcome in five or less points. And in their latest game, the …last_img read more