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Paris Agreement Nears Threshold for Adoption

By Beryl KessioRabat – UN climate change negotiations will take place in Marrakech at the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) from November 7 to 18.This conference is a follow up to the December 2015 conference that produced the Paris Agreement, an agreement that promotes increased sustainability practices that will pave the way for a low carbon future. Specifically, it aims to curb global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius, while striving for 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. The pact will be enforced 30 days after at least 55 countries, accounting for 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, deposit their instruments of ratification or acceptance to the United Nations. Currently, 61 countries have submitted their instruments of ratification, accounting for 47.79 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has made climate change a top priority during his tenure, called on world leaders to bring the agreement into force by the year’s end at U.N. headquarters last week.“I am confident that, by the time I leave office, the Paris Agreement will have entered into force,” he said. “This will be a major achievement for multilateralism.”“When this year ends, I hope we can all look back with pride, knowing that, together, we seized the opportunity to act for the common good, for a sustainable future and the protection of our common home,” the U.N. chief added.The Paris Agreement has drawn criticism from policymakers and environmentalists for not being a legally binding agreement. There are no sanctions for countries who don’t reduce pollution or enact economic policies to meet the goals of the agreement. Nations are only required to convene at global climate change summits, report how they are going to implement their targets while tracking progress towards the long-term goal through a transparent system.“The deal reached in Paris is weak, containing no concrete increase in the level of ambition to address climate change, and simply urges countries to do more over time,” Richard Chatterton, head of climate policy at Bloomberg Energy Finance, said.At COP22 meetings, the implementation of the Paris Agreement will be a central theme. Leaders will discuss countries’ specific plans to reduce emissions. Also to be discussed is the development of accountability systems so that nations who ratified the Agreement are more inclined to abide by it.“The leaders of the world recognize that the consequences of noncompliance are disastrous. We are looking at a wholesale transformation of our global climate,” executive director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School, Mike Burger said. “The main incentive here for compliance is not the threat of some civil penalty?—?non-compliance would mean environmental disaster.” read more

Royal Navy Stops 136 Moroccan and Sub-Saharan Immigrants

Rabat- Attempts at irregular migration continue to pressure Moroccan authorities and make headlines in Morocco.In a patrol mission on Saturday, the navy rescued the irregular migrants, Moroccans and sub-Saharan Africans sailing from Nador in northeast Morocco and Tangier together in makeshift boats, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).The navy units successfully returned the migrants to Ksar Sghir in Tangier and Nador in the Rif region. Read Also: Morocco’s DGSN Seizes 493,700 Ecstasy Pills at Tanger Med PortAs the Moroccan government continues to fight irregular migration through road and sea to Europe, many Moroccan migrants are persistent in trying to leave the country.Since September, when a young woman named Hayat died from navy gunfire while on a migrant speed boat, Moroccans have protested the harsh measure and the government has reported on large numbers of intercepted immigrants.Late in October, the Moroccan navy intercepted four boats carrying 143 migrants off the coasts of Tangier and Nador.EU officials announced earlier in October they would seek to extend economic and logistic support to help Morocco curb irregular immigration. Authorities also stated that current irregular migration attempts had surged 150 percent along the western Mediterranean route from the levels recorded between 2003 and 2015. read more

Japanese nuclear plant hit by quake shut down safely UN expert team

But physical stresses resulting from the quake could affect the long-term safe operation of some plant components at the Kashiwazaki Kariwa plant and the mission’s findings and Japanese analyses include important lessons, both positive and negative, that will be relevant to other nuclear plants worldwide, UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohamed ElBaradei said. The six-member team, assembled by the IAEA at the request of the Japanese Government, found that damage appears less than expected, and in a statement Mr. ElBaradei welcomed the cooperation and transparency afforded by the authorities. The mission’s full report will be issued shortly. The team, which conducted a three-day physical examination of the seven-unit complex as well as an analysis of instrument logs and other records, concluded that plant safety features performed as required during the quake, supporting the Japanese authorities’ conclusion that the radioactivity released was well below authorized limits for public health and environmental safety. Damage appears to be limited to those sections that would not affect the reactor or systems related to reactor safety. Detailed checks and inspections by the operator and Japanese authorities are ongoing and significant work, such as detailed examination of the reactor vessels, cores and fuel elements, has still to be performed, the mission said. Additional engineering analysis of some components would be an important consideration for determining whether they should be replaced earlier than otherwise anticipated, the team of two IAEA experts and four other specialists added. The quake significantly exceeded the level of seismic activity for which the plant was designed, but as with most nuclear plants additional robustness in design, known as a design safety margin, had been incorporated into the structures, systems and components, probably explaining why damage was less than could have otherwise been expected. However, experts cautioned that conduct further technical analysis is essential to understand the precise design elements that resulted in the plant performance. 15 August 2007A Japanese nuclear power plant damaged by a strong earthquake last month shut down safely, and the very small amount of radioactivity released was well below the authorized limits for public health and environmental safety, according to a United Nations-sponsored fact-finding team of international nuclear safety experts. read more

Home sales expected to fall 53 in 2017 10 in Ont and

OTTAWA — The Canadian Real Estate Association has downgraded its sales forecast this year as national home sales slipped 9.9 per cent in August compared with a year ago.The association expects sales to decline by 5.3 per cent year-over-year to 506,900 changing hands this year, or 20,000 fewer than previously forecast in June.It projects sales in British Columbia and Ontario to fall by about 10 per cent in 2017, compared to record highs set in 2016.The association says sales in August were down in nearly two-thirds of all local markets, led by the Greater Toronto Area and nearby housing markets.However, the average price for a home sold last month was $472,247, up 3.6 per cent compared to a year ago.Excluding Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto, the national average price was $373,859.

Nepalese women arrested in Bamba

The police arrested 11 Nepalese women in Bambalapitiya for violating the visa regulations, officials said today.All the women were employed at restaurants operating in Bambalapitiya at the time of the arrest. Several Indian nationals who work in Sri Lanka violating their visa regulations had been arrested in recent times. The immigration and emigration department is now making arrangements to deport the women back to Nepal. Recently a group of Indians who had been engaging in farming activities, without the required visa credentials, in Akkaraipattu had been arrested.The police stated that they had been working on tourist visas. After being produced before the Akkaraipattu Magistrate’s Court, the court ordered the suspects be sent to the Immigrants Detention Centre in Mirihana.

Development security and human rights are all important Annan tells global leaders

Speaking in New York to the inaugural meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, Mr. Annan urged the participants – who included current and former Heads of State, business leaders, academics and representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) – to play their part to build a better world.“We all have the power to make choices. We can choose to be silent and turn away. Or we can step forward and take action. You are here to make a difference, and there is much you can do,” Mr. Annan said.He said development, security and human rights are not just vitally important on their own, but they also “reinforce – indeed, depend on – each other.”The Clinton Global Initiative focuses its work in four areas: fighting poverty, improving religious and ethnic reconciliation, encourage better governance and greater investment, and handling climate change more effectively.The Secretary-General told participants they can take many steps on all four fronts, such as holding governments to their commitments to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), promoting efforts to limit carbon emissions and invest in renewable energy sources, pursuing dialogue between people of different cultures and faiths, and exhorting business leaders to take part in the UN’s Global Compact. read more

In Bangladesh UN aid chief urges scaling up response for Rohingya refugee

“The root causes of this crisis, as you know, are in Myanmar and the solutions need to be found in Myanmar,” Mark Lowcock, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, told journalists at a news conference in Cox’s Bazar, where many of those fled are taking refuge. Noting that relief operations are gathering momentum, he informed the media that over the past six weeks, aid agencies have delivered more than nine million food rations, provided more than 300,000 with water and sanitation support, inoculated more than 100,000 children and provided some 50,000 with counselling and psycho-social support. However, the sheer numbers of those in need mean that much more has to be done. “The conditions in the camps are terrible. We need to do a lot more to scale up beyond what we have done so far,” added Mr. Lowcock, urging the international community to scale up their support. VIDEO: In Bangladesh, UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock, highlights ongoing efforts to deliver aid to the Rohingya refugees who fled Myanmar and calls for international support to ramp up the operations.He also announced that, as the manager of the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), he today allocated an additional $12 million to relief efforts and enable humanitarian partners kick-start life-saving critical health care, access to clean water and sanitation and camp management in the new sites. These funds follow a previous CERF allocation of $7 million, bringing the total CERF support to $19 million.According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the number of Rohingya refugees who have fled into Bangladesh from Myanmar has now reached 509,000. UN agencies, including the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), humanitarian partners, together with the Bangladeshi Government have been working alleviate the plight of those uprooted from their homes as well as supporting the host community cope with the scale of the influx. Yesterday, a diarrhoea treatment centre was opened at the Kutupalong Refugee Camp, where refugees who have been living since 1992 have taken in thousands of newcomers. By the end of this week, there will be a total of 80 beds at the centres in three locations, with two more centres planned to open next week. UN agencies together with the authorities have conducted an immunization campaign for children to protect them against measles and have launched another one against cholera. Similarly, UN humanitarian staff along with refugee volunteers, are visiting refugee camps and informal settlements to identify people who may be sick but have not sought treatment. read more

Music chair students recognized by St Catharines school

Students recognized Brock Department of Music Chair Karin Di Bella (third from right) for the work she did with Music Ed Plus volunteers at the St. Catharines elementary school.Students at St. Nicholas School have learned to tickle the ivories thanks to Brock’s Music Ed Plus program.They can also belt out a tune and strum the guitar – opportunities they may not have had if it weren’t for Brock music students volunteering with the program and being placed in the St. Catharines elementary school.Last month, St. Nicholas students and staff said thank you to Brock’s musical helpers at the school’s end of year mass and ceremony at the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria.“The greatest support we can get from you is the service that your program provides to our kids,” Principal Kevin Lamb said. “They wouldn’t be exposed to this level of instruction in the arts otherwise.“You should have heard White Christmas at the (Christmas) concert. It was lovely – could have heard a pin drop.”Music Ed Plus places Brock music students in their second and fourth year of studies in schools or with a community musical organization to gain practical experience. Students get involved with activities such as singing, conducting, teaching, coaching and performing.Two music students were placed at St. Nicholas for both the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years to teach piano, guitar and voice lessons to children, some of who wouldn’t have been able to afford lessons.St. Nicholas also honoured Karin Di Bella, chair of the music department and co-ordinator of the Brock students volunteering at St. Nicholas, by adding her name to the school’s volunteer tree.Music Ed Plus is part of the Experience Plus programs at Brock. In 2015-16, it will add music therapy to the work its volunteers do. read more

EYEWITNESS Boat gone a wata…

…on T&T refining Guyana’s crudeWe’ve been assured by President Granger that “there’s no sellout” to T&T on the Energy MoU he signed with them…before releasing the details! Your Eyewitness is sure Guyanese have now breathed a sigh of relief. After all, the last time the President gave such an assurance was on the Exxon contract negotiated by Trotman!!The President’s obviously either very, very naïve, or he’s jerking our chain! As your Eyewitness has taken pains to point out, when dealing with businesses or other countries trying to get a piece of your action, you’ve got to work on the premise that whatever they propose is intended to promote THEIR interests. So it was with the Exxon contract, and so it is with the T&T Energy MoU. No matter how you slice it, dice it, or puree it, Rowley’s looking out for Number 1 – which sure ain’t Guyana!!The question your Eyewitness has is: How the heck does Granger know the MoU isn’t a “sellout”? Is this his personal surmise? Or was he advised by his Energy Czar? Ooops!! He couldn’t have received any advice from THAT quarter, since the fella he unilaterally appointed has absolutely NO EXPERTISE in the area!!! He and the President both assure us he’ll be hiring “experts” to advise him!! And, presumably, after that, he’ll advise the President.So, when the President vows there’s “no sellout”, like the captain of the Titanic, he’s basically whistling in the dark on a wing and a prayer! And the analogy’s quite apropos, since, like icebergs, the real import of these MoU’s is always under the water, under the table, and under the radar. The second question your Eyewitness has is: What need is there for the MoU, in the first place? The “Objective”, according to Art 1 of the MoU, is “promoting joint projects throughout the hydrocarbon value chain”.Now, since Exxon will be giving us our measly 12.5 percent share of profits and the 2 percent royalty in CRUDE oil, “projects throughout the hydrocarbon value chain” basically means we’ve agreed to refine that crude (or portions thereof) in T&T. How else do you “add value” to crude oil?? But when Rowley shut down T&T’s oil refinery, Petrotrin, he confessed that one of the reasons was because of the company’s high cost and inefficiencies! In light of that, why even discuss “adding value” to our crude with T&T?Was it the reminder Rowley slyly gave Granger about “Trinidad” – under Basdeo Panday in 1996! – writing off US$300 million of debt? Is it now time to pay back??…on T&T controlling ancillary activitiesSo we move to Article 2 of the MoU: “Areas of Cooperation”. T&T’s gonna cooperate with us in “technical assistance in…exploration and production of hydrocarbon resources”. So let’s get this straight: This Government intends to start competing with Exxon and the other multinationals to “explore and produce oil and gas”?? We can’t even cap a gas leak at Diamond, and we’re going to be drilling 1 mile under the sea and another 1 mile under the continental shelf? And it’s not even Carnival or Mash time!!Then we’ve agreed to work with T&T on “the development of policies relating to local content”. We have the thousands of T&T companies now made redundant with the collapse of their oil industry, and we’ll have the T&T Government assisting in defining what’s “local content”?? So what will be different? Exxon’s definition of the cane juice vendor as supplying local content will now be changes to using T&T’s “expertise”??At least the cane juice vendor was sourcing his sugar cane locally and spending his profits at the local rum shop!!…on Executing CommitteeT&T’s and Guyana’s Energy Ministers will be implementing the MoU as the “Executing Committee”.As a petroleum geologist with 20 years’ experience, TT’s Franklyn Khan will eat Granger’s inexperienced appointee alive!! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Bespoke…September 18, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Suspicious minds…September 23, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: NO…February 17, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” read more

WorleyParsons completes TWP acquisition

first_imgWorleyParsons has announced the completion of its ZAR900 million acquisition of leading EPCM business TWP Holdings following receipt of all final approvals, including South African Competition Commission approval and shareholder approval. TWP is a major provider of engineering design, procurement, construction management and asset services largely within the mining sector and employs approximately 1,100 personnel.WorleyParsons’ CEO, Andrew Wood said:  “The acquisition of TWP Holdings paves the way for the formation of a global delivery centre for mining projects from one of the largest engineering companies on the African continent. It also positions us well to capitalise on the global trend toward underground mine development as resource grades diminish and become more difficult to access, an area in which TWP is a clear market leader,” he said. Also commenting, TWP Chairman Nigel Townshend said:  “The integration of TWP into the global WorleyParsons group will give TWP access to opportunities throughout the global WorleyParsons network, while creating a key differentiator for the company through the complete mine to market offering that WorleyParsons can now bring to the table for mega-projects.”last_img read more

Mozy Stash sync app takes a swipe at Dropbox

first_imgFile upload sites might be slinking into the shadows in the wake of the Megaupload takedown, but more mainstream cloud sync services aren’t batting an eye. In fact, a new one just launched called Mozy Stash.Once an all-you-can-push online backup service, Mozy eventually backpedalled on its unlimited plan and instituted tiers of 50 and 125GB for its users. The company was acquired by enterprise storage giant EMC, and they began searching for new ways to provide added value to their customers. iOS and Android apps were introduced for on-the-go browsing of files uploaded from your connected computers.Stash adds synchronization muscle (and flexibility) to Mozy accounts. Unlike the backup app, Stash doesn’t run on a schedule — it’s constantly updating things on all the systems you install the Stash app on, just like Dropbox and SugarSync do. Stash also draws on your existing MozyHome storage, and that’s one big advantage over Dropbox. While 100GB of cloud storage runs $20 a month on Dropbox (or $200 per year), 125GB from Mozy is just $110.Some advanced functionality is missing at this point — most notably selective folder synchronization — but Mozy has just launched Stash as a public beta. They’re actively soliciting feedback from testers and will no doubt add some polish before the app is finally released. Stash will also be available for Android and iOS devices, and it’ll allow instant uploads of your photos and videos as you capture them. Support for MozyPro accounts is also coming, and the company says that should happen around summertime.Mozy hasn’t finalized its pricing plans yet, so there’s a possibility Stash might cost you a few extra bucks to use. If you call in the next 20 minutes — because they can’t do this all day — they’ll give you Stash for free with any paid MozyHome account. Ok, that’s Vince Shlomi talking. Mozy has actually promised free Stash for all signups before April 15.More at GeekWire and Mozylast_img read more

Donnelly says he was eviscerated online after joining Fianna Fáil

first_img Short URL Stephen Donnelly joins Fianna Fail. Image: Sam Boal Image: Sam Boal Donnelly says he was “eviscerated” online after joining Fianna Fáil Wickow TD Stephen Donnelly made the move to Fianna Fáil last week. Emojis left under Stephen Donnelly’s Facebook post. One person wrote:Stephen you were not elected by the people of Wicklow and East Carlow as a FF TD. If I had wanted to I could have voted FF but I didn’t and I won’t be voting for you again.Another wrote:The decision was not yours to make that is an electorate decision! You should have resigned your seat and stood for election as a Fianna Fáil candidate in the by-election.However, some welcomed Donnelly’s move:The guy took a hugely unpopular decision, puts the safest seat in the country at risk, along with his integrity and you all deride him for being ambitious? Would people prefer an unmotivated politician, who’s happy to sit around on a cushy public salary without ever achieving anything?This was a point that Donnelly made to last week, when it was pointed out to Donnelly that he was primarily elected on the basis that he was not a member of Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael and went so far as blaming the party he joins today for the economic crash in 2008.He said he would tell those that voted for him during the last general election the following:Which would you prefer – would you like me to sit nice and safely on the independent benches advocating for change on the side or would you prefer me to be working with a strong team as a Fianna Fáil TD to basically try and shift this county in the right direction – and pretty much all of them [his constituents] have said yes, we would prefer you working with Fianna Fáil in the Fianna Fáil team.Speaking on the radio today, he said:I took what could be described as a deeply unpopular decision with a lot of people… To those who I have genuinely hurt. I apologise for that.However, he said he knew that making a “deeply unpopular decision” (to some people) would garner the reaction online and on social media.Read: When asked why Fianna Fáil, Stephen Donnelly says ‘we need new thinking’>Read: Pat Casey says it ‘wasn’t easy to take’ Stephen Donnelly joining Fianna Fáil> Share29 Tweet Email Stephen Donnelly joins Fianna Fail. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 18,005 Views Feb 7th 2017, 2:54 PM Tuesday 7 Feb 2017, 2:54 PM 67 Comments FIANNA FÁIL NEWCOMER Stephen Donnelly has said he has been “eviscerated” online after announcing he was joining the party last week.Flanked by Fiánna Fáil leader Micheál Martin last Thursday, the former independent TD announced to the media that he had received overwhelming support from his constituents.For months he said his constituents had been encouraging him to join a party – and he thought Fianna Fáil – a party he actively criticised in the past – was the best political fit.However, speaking to Pat Kenny on Newstalk radio, the Wicklow TD said some of the reactions were “quite unpleasant”.“How many times have [TDs] heard ‘you’re populists, you’ll never make unpopular decisions, you’ll only follow the crowd’. Then as soon as you do make an unpopular decision, you are eviscerated by an online horde.”Upon making his move to the largest opposition party, Donnelly posted on his Facebook page. He wrote:I’m acutely aware of the hurt some people are feeling, and want to acknowledge that.Close to 300 people left comments on the post – and many were highly critical of the TD’s decision to jump ship. There were also over 336 emojis left on the post. By Christina Finn last_img read more

Teenager charged after cash and heroin worth over €140k seized in Ballymun

first_img Updated 3.18pmGARDAÍ HAVE SEIZED heroin with a street value of €140,000 after the search of a house in Ballymun yesterday.Members of the Ballymun District Drugs unit carried out the search which also yielded €2,000 in cash.An 18-year-old man was arrested after the raid and has subsequently been charged. He is due to appear in court this afternoon.Gardaí say that the search was carried out as part of an ongoing operation targeting drug dealing in the area which has yielded seizures of heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis herb.Superintendent Finbarr Murphy of Ballymun Garda Station says the operation will continue.“Gardai in Ballymun, with the assistance of community leaders and the people of Ballymun, will continue to clamp down on those involved in selling drugs and anti-social behaviour.”Comments have been disabled as legal proceedings are ongoing, Read: 48 people arrested after 21 planned searches in Carlow >Read: Man and woman arrested after drugs and tablets found in car stopped for no tax and insurance > By Rónán Duffy Saturday 18 Feb 2017, 3:03 PM Bags of heroin and the cash seized by gardaí Image: Garda Press Office Short URL Teenager charged after cash and heroin worth over €140k seized in Ballymun raid One man has been arrested. 23,858 Views center_img Bags of heroin and the cash seized by gardaí Image: Garda Press Office Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 18th 2017, 3:03 PM Share571 Tweet Email 4 Comments last_img read more

Patients at risk Nurses ask health committee to investigate overcrowding at Limerick

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share24 Tweet Email1 Short URL Apr 4th 2019, 12:48 PM Image: Shutterstock/Thaiview ‘Patients at risk’: Nurses ask health committee to investigate overcrowding at Limerick hospital The letter states the hospital is in a ‘constant state of overcrowding’. By Christina Finn 12 Comments 7,609 Views Image: Shutterstock/Thaiview Thursday 4 Apr 2019, 12:48 PM THE IRISH NURSES AND Midwives Organisation have written to Oireachtas Health Committee members urging them to urgently investigate the overcrowding situation at University Hospital Limerick (UHL).Yesterday, there were 81 patients on trolleys at UHL waiting admission to a hospital bed, which it said is the highest daily figure recorded in an Irish hospital. Discrepancy over two sets of figures was a cause for concern for Health Minister Simon Harris yesterday. During the morning’s 8am count at UHL, the HSE said it counted 39 patients waiting for a bed on trolleys at the hospital. However, the INMO count, which was carried out at the same time, counted 81 people waiting on beds – more than twice the HSE’s figure. A spokesperson for Harris said he would raise the issue of a “significant discrepancy” between both parties’ figures at a previously planned meeting today.Pressures facing staffHowever, a letter sent by nurses to TDs and senators sitting on health committee outlines the pressures medical staff face on the wards of the hospital. The letter, seen by, requests an urgent hearing before thee committee on the “most serious matters”. It outlines that patients are at “high risk” due to the overcrowding issues at the hospital, with the correspondence stating the hospital is in a “constant state of overcrowding with 50-75 patients daily waiting for beds”.The recent decision to close 17 bed ward to convert to fracture clinic is one of the main causes of concerns for nurses, with the letter stating that the hospital continuously fails to adhere to national emergency department escalation policy and remains “constantly in full capacity protocol”.“The consequence of hospital wide overcrowding is nurses struggle to provide safe care as they cannot adequately monitor and assess patients to the levels required. This is due to inadequate staffing and extra trolleys on wards and in emergency department,” states the letter. The union states there are plenty of meetings with management, but there is “no engagement of substance”. They add that none of the recently funded HSE initiatives are working on site.OvercrowdingThe letter to committee states that the additional winter funding provided by the HSE “appears to have had no impact and failed to reduce overcrowding”.While the nurses said “the crisis is impacting on patients and putting them at risk. It is also affecting the health and safety of our members and we would appreciate a hearing on these matters”.The letter was also read out in the Dáil today by Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty, who said what staff describe in Limerick “amounts to an unsafe hospital for patients”. “This is not a winter problem anymore it is an all year round problem,” he said. Responding, Tánaiste Simon Coveney said the unit with the 17 bed closures is to facilitate the completion of a new fracture centre, and reading out a statement from the hospital group, stated that the staff were “fully involved” in the process.Coveney said the new fracture clinic will have a “significant benefit” to patients. He added that the government is trying to invest in new resources, such as the fracture centre, but at the same time hospitals must “manage pressures” on wards. Coveney said new plans can’t be abandoned. He said the hospital group maintains it offset the pressure of closing the 17 beds, by opening 22 beds in another area of the hospital. The Tánaiste said one of the key solutions for UHL is additional beds, which is why the government has dedicated an additional €2 million, which will be used to complete a 60-bed modular ward.last_img read more

Greek housing market still in decline

first_img2017 has not been a good year for Greece’s housing market. In the third quarter of the year, property prices fell by 0.6, continuing a trend that had previously seen a decline of 1.2 percent in the second quarter. This, despite the opposite trend being the norm in the European Union, where prices were annually increasing by 4.6 percent – particularly in the Eurozone countries, there’s a 4.1 percent rise. This trend was confirmed in a survey conducted by property research company Global Property Guide, which showed that Greece ranked 41st of 46 markets in the world, with the country being one of just eight where prices have continued to drop. The drop amounted to 0.7 percent. Property prices have been falling since the third quarter of 2008, when the first signs of the Global Financial Crisis hit Greece. In the nine years that passed, house prices have recorded an average drop of 42.8 percent in total.According to analysts, this is to be averted and prices are expected to start rising again, from the fourth quarter of 2012 and onwards, mostly thanks to the increase of demand, due to tourism. Houses are on demand as holiday homes and for short-term letting via online platforms, such as airbnb.  Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Tenn Police Warn of MethGators Urge Users Not to Flush Drugs

first_img Watch: Here’s How Florida’s Gatorland Is Preparing for Hurri…Alligators Spotted ‘Swimming’ in Road, Climbing Fences in Florida Stay on target Police in Tennessee are urging users not to flush drugs down toilets for fear of creating “meth-gators.”The warning came after officers with the Loretto Police Department arrested a suspected drug dealer on Saturday after he tried to flush his methamphetamine down the toilet.The department advised against disposing of drugs, including pills, via the sewage.Police arrested a suspected drug dealer who attempted “to flush methamphetamine along with several items of paraphernalia.” (Photo Credit: Loretto Police Department / Facebook)“When you send something down the sewer pipe it ends up in our retention ponds for processing before it is sent down stream,” said a post on the Loretto Police Department Facebook page. “Our sewer guys take great pride in releasing water that is cleaner than what is in the creek, but they are not really prepared for meth.”The department said drugs would affect the local wildlife.“Ducks, geese, and other fowl frequent our treatment ponds and we shudder to think what one all hyped up on meth would do,” police said. “Furthermore, if it made it far enough we could create meth-gators in Shoal Creek and the Tennessee River down in North Alabama. They’ve had enough methed up animals the past few weeks without our help.”Officers urged users to contact the police instead to dispose of drugs safely.In May, a study revealed that scientists in the UK found cocaine, ketamine, and pesticides in freshwater shrimps when testing rivers for chemicals,More on’s What Happened When Scientists Dropped a Dead Alligator to the Bottom of the SeaFlorida Officers Find Shark and Alligator in Same CreekAlabaster, the Rare Albino Alligator at South Carolina Aquarium, Is Sicklast_img read more

Spurs comeback gives us more confidence Spalleti

first_imgLuciano Spalletti believes Inter Milan’s comeback win against Tottenham Hotspur will be an added boost to his squad.Speaking ahead of their clash with Sampdoria, the Italian manager is optimistic will return to winning ways owing to the confidence in his side.“Winning games like the one on Tuesday gives us confidence and confirms the means are there for us to do well,” he said at a Press conference.“I think it gave us a bonus to multiply tomorrow. We showed character against Tottenham, but I’d like to emphasise that we also played with intelligence, pressing high up the pitch but without ever losing balance.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“We showed character, but it shouldn’t remain an isolated case. Mauro gives everything on the field.“It’s clear he must make runs that benefit the team, while the team must take his quality into account, managing to put him in a position so he can express himself better.“Just a few seconds of great talent are enough for a top player to score a goal, but in order to play like champions, 95 minutes of character are needed.“I rate Giampaolo’s work highly. He’s a modern Coach, and he took too long to come to the fore, but he’s showing all his quality.“He has a top squad, his team build from the back and play in accordance with their opponents, without forgetting Sabatini: I’d like to say ‘hello’ to him, but I know he has to complete his treatment first.”last_img read more

Navy Considers Virginia Florida Sites for UAS Mission

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Navy is considering two of its bases in Florida — Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville and Naval Air Station Key West — and NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore as candidates to become the East Coast home base for the next generation of surveillance unmanned aerial systems (UASs).The base would host launch and recovery operations for the still-under-development MQ-4C Triton as well as a maintenance facility, reported Delmarva Now. The base would be home to four unmanned aircraft with room for up to four more undergoing maintenance, said Ted Brown, environmental public officer for Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk.Operations would begin in 2020, Brown said. An environmental assessment of the three sites is expected to be completed in late June.“At this point, we don’t have a preferred alternative,” Brown said. “We are still doing the analysis.”The new UASs are intended to accomplish several tasks, including reconnaissance missions over ocean and coastal regions.The mission would bring 400 full-time jobs move to Virginia’s Eastern Shore, significantly boosting the local economy, said Peter Bale, president of the Wallops Island Regional Alliance. The decision could add between 1,500 and 2,000 residents to the area, including family members.“I like to refer to it as a Richter scale event,” Bale said. “It would be phenomenal,” he said.“Wallops is an ideal place to base the Navy’s new Triton aircraft, and I look forward to discussing that option with the Pentagon,” said Virginia Rep. Randy Forbes (R), chairman of the House Armed Services’ Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee.last_img read more

Hamilton Spends 100 Weeks On The Charts

first_img Facebook NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am ‘Hamilton’ wins Best Musical Theater Album GRAMMY-winning musical becomes sixth best-selling Broadway album of all timeRenée FabianGRAMMYs Aug 31, 2017 – 10:38 am Since opening on Broadway in 2015, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical “Hamilton” has notched some impressive feats, from winning a GRAMMY to taking home 11 Tony Awards. Now, the original Broadway soundtrack is taking this musical to new heights. Twitter “Hamilton” Spends 100 Weeks On The Charts “Hamilton” Moves Up In Broadway World hamilton-spends-100-weeks-charts News Email Billboard announced that the Hamilton: An American Musical soundtrack, currently at No. 24 on the Billboard 200, has reached 100 consecutive weeks on the chart. With 1.285 million units in total album sales, “Hamilton” has also edged out the soundtrack from 1996’s “Rent” in album sales. This means the popular historical sing-along is now the sixth best-selling original musical cast album since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991.The current highest-grossing original soundtrack of all time is the London recording of “The Phantom Of The Opera” with nearly 5 million copies sold. Next in line is “Wicked” (2.7 million), followed by “Mama Mia!” (1.72 million), “Les Miserables” (1.66 million) and “Jersey Boys” (1.44 million).With its Los Angeles touring run in full swing, no doubt there’s an opportunity for “Hamilton” to gain more fans and reach even higher chart heights.”Hamilton” Pulls Into Los Angeles, Brings #EduHam To Teenslast_img read more

Taylor Swift doles out sage social media advice in essay for Elle

first_img Share your voice Music Online Comment Tags Taylor Swift’s Reputation tour lives forever and ever on Netflix How Taylor Swift flipped online fandom on its head for the better Some days social media is a laugh-a-minute whirlwind punctuated by puppy gifs, travel inspo and meme exchanges with your best online friends. Some days it is hell.It’s something global superstar Taylor Swift knows all too well.In an essay on turning 30 for the latest edition of Elle magazine, Swift opens up about how she copes with the massive amount of noise directed at her through social media platforms, and specifically how she deals with negative comments and trolls. Taylor Swift 1 It’s unlikely that any regular human being gets anything like the influx of notifications or comments that celebrities deal with. But as Swift explains, minimizing this is more than just about keeping the constant pinging to a minimum.”Social media can be great, but it can also inundate your brain with images of what you aren’t, how you’re failing, or who is in a cooler locale than you at any given moment,” she said in the essay.”One thing I do to lessen this weird insecurity laser beam is to turn off comments. Yes, I keep comments off on my posts. That way, I’m showing my friends and fans updates on my life, but I’m training my brain to not need the validation of someone telling me I look.”The question of how much of our ego and self-worth is tied up in validation from social media is relatable no matter how many, or how few followers, you might have. Whether you turn off comments and notifications or delete apps altogether for a while, everyone has their own way of getting a handle on those negative feelings — Swift included. “I think it’s healthy for your self-esteem to need less internet praise to appease it, especially when three comments down you could unwittingly see someone telling you that you look like a weasel that got hit by a truck and stitched back together by a drunk taxidermist. An actual comment I received once,” she said.For Swift, a successful woman, abuse and negativity are sad and still unavoidable side effects of putting herself out there. Keeping comments turned off is one way to block out “anyone who might feel the need to tell me to ‘go die in a hole ho’ while I’m having my coffee at nine in the morning,” she said.Swift is in the top 10 most-followed people across multiple platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. But for the reasons she herself has stated, it’s rare to see her engage with people directly through any of these services. Instead she tends to hang out on Tumblr, where she follows many of her fans. She often likes and sometimes comments on or reblogs their posts.But there have been times when Swift has disappeared from the internet altogether. In her essay, she described what it feels like when it feels like the internet turns completely against you.”A few years ago, someone started an online hate campaign by calling me a snake on the internet,” she said. “The fact that so many people jumped on board with it led me to feeling lower than I’ve ever felt in my life, but I can’t tell you how hard I had to keep from laughing every time my 63-foot inflatable cobra named Karyn appeared onstage in front of 60,000 screaming fans.”Unlike the other measures suggested by Swift, this might not be a practical solution for everyone dealing with internet bullying. But the point is to take a stand and make a statement in a way that allows you to laugh rather than feel bad about yourself.”It’s the Stadium Tour equivalent of responding to a troll’s hateful Instagram comment with ‘lol,'” she said. Related storieslast_img read more