Council vows to bring back Lisfannon’s blue flag

first_img Facebook Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Google+ Andrew McGinley says his children are getting him through life Gardai investigate deaths of two horses on the N56 Donegal County Council has expressed disappointment after Lisfannon beach failed to retain its Blue Flag.Yesterday it was announced that Donegal received Blue Flag Status on 13 of its beaches with five other beaches retaining their Green Coast Awards.The council has welcomed the 12 retentions, and has also expressed delight at the success of Greencastle, which has been awarded a blue flag for the first time.The council has vowed to continue to provide the same level of support and services at Lisfannon, with a view to achieving Blue Flag status in the upcoming bathing seasons.To achieve Blue Flag status beaches and marinas must comply with a specific set of criteria relating to a number of areas including water quality.Lisfannon failed to reach the criteria as their water quality was just outside the required excellent standard.Donegal County Council is reviewing the factors contributing to their ‘Good’ water quality with a view to attaining ‘Excellent’ status. Facebook By News Highland – May 23, 2017 center_img Previous articleInishowen ETB members frustrated at Buncrana campus delayNext articleLetterkenny Municipal District preparing for roads meeting with Ross News Highland Google+ Donegal retains 14 Blue Flags, Lisfannon is not restored RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gardai investigate Castlefinn burglary WhatsApp Twitter Council vows to bring back Lisfannon’s blue flag Twitter Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologistlast_img read more

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Round-up: Terry out, Baba told what he must improve, Faurlin injury, Hasselbaink ‘can’t wait’ for Robinson

first_imgJohn Terry has been ruled out of Chelsea’s FA Cup game against Manchester City.The skipper is still struggling with a hamstring problem and Chelsea are hoping he will be available for next weekend’s league game at Southampton.Meanwhile, Blues boss Guus Hiddink says Baba Rahman must improve defensively if he is to become a top Premier League full-back.Hiddink has also warned that City’s youngsters will pose a threat if, as expected, the visitors rest their established players for Sunday’s match at Stamford Bridge.Summer signing Baba has impressed in his recent outings for ChelseaQPR striker Conor Washington has been passed fit for the trip to Bolton but Alejandro Faurlin remains sidelined with a thigh problem.Jack Robinson is close to his R’s debut after nearly a year out with a knee injury and boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says he “can’t wait” to pick the left-back.Click here for what we think could be five key battles in the game at Bolton and, following Neil Warnock’s signing of Paddy Kenny for Rotherham, click here for our look at other examples of former QPR managers taking players to various clubs.Robinson was injured while on loan at Huddersfield last seasonIn terms of transfer speculation, Chelsea have been linked with German forward Leroy Sane along with a number of other English sides.It has also been claimed that Fulham’s Emerson Hyndman is wanted by several top clubs, including Manchester United, Tottenham and West Ham.And in snooker, Pinner’s Martin Gould suffered a 4-1 defeat against Ben Woollaston in the fourth round of the Welsh Open.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Cosmology Could Be Way Off

first_img An astronomer was quoted tossing out an empty hope, “We’ll have to wait and see what happens.”  How long should the public wait for the wizards to get it right?  How many will remember the quandary long enough to compare their next announcement as success or failure?  If former confident claims about the big bang and dark energy are so flimsy, if astronomers cannot judge the vaility or their own observations, and if some of the most solid theories in all of science (gravity and general relativity) are due for an overhaul, how much trust can mere mortals place in the much less solid pronouncements coming from the wizards of biology?(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The “lumpiness problem” in cosmology refuses to go away.  This old conundrum about why the universe is lumpy with stars and galaxies has been around for decades.  The big bang predicts no such lumps.  Since the late 1990s, tiny differences in temperature measured in the cosmic background radiation held hope of being the seeds of lump formation (06/12/2008), provided theories added copious fudge factors like dark matter, dark energy and inflation.  A new survey finds more clumps than expected, casting doubt on whether the fudge factors are wrong, the hot big bang is wrong, or relativity is wrong.  Words can hardly express the gravity of the situation when gravity itself – an icon of scientific verity – is called into question. An article by Lisa Grossman in Wired Science contains disturbing indications of the extent of ignorance by cosmologists.  “Clumpiness of Distant Universe Surprises Astronomers,” she headlined her article about a measurement conducted by astronomers at University College London of galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, published in Physical Review Letters, that found twice the clumpiness with distance predicted.  The study mapped galaxies at least 4 billion light-years away at length scales of 2 billion light years, representing a “reasonable fraction of the size of the universe” that “haven’t really been measured before.” Notice the areas that could be wrong: The astronomers stand by their observations but don’t seem to know what to do with the lack of concordance with theory.  The solution was put off into the future, in hopes that a new Dark Energy Survey will “help resolve lingering doubts.” center_img General relativity: “Maybe on very large scales, Einstein’s general relativity is slightly wrong,” lead author Shaun Thomas said…. “gravity could behave differently on very large scales than it does on smaller scales, meaning Einstein’s theory of general relativity needs an overhaul.” Big Bang:  “The extra clumps could call for a redesign of the standard model of cosmology,…” Gravity:  “…and maybe a new understanding of how gravity works.” Dark energy:  “The result could mean cosmologists need to reassess their understanding of dark energy, the mysterious force that drives the universe outward at an ever-increasing rate…. The extra lumps could also mean dark energy doesn’t exist at all.”  (cf. 3/15/2008) Observability:  “…the clumpiness could also come from systematic errors in the observations….”last_img read more

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Solar Industry Offers Help in Puerto Rico

first_imgNearly two weeks after Hurricane Maria caused widespread destruction on Puerto Rico, many island residents are still without housing, basic services, and electricity.Rebuilding a crippled electrical grid is among the many challenges facing the island, home to 3.5 million residents. Even before Hurricanes Irma and then Maria struck, the grid was in very poor shape because of debt, a poorly trained staff, and a lack of maintenance. The Los Angeles Times, citing a report from a year ago, said that the Puerto Electric Power Authority appeared to be “running on fumes” and “desperately requires an infusion of capital … to restore a functional utility.”That was before the storms. Now, getting Puerto Rico back on line will require the complete reconstruction of high-voltage transmission lines as well as downed poles and cables, said Mike Hyland, an official with the nonprofit American Public Power Association.“It is going to be a long and arduous process and patience is the key word,” Hyland said. More microgrids might have helped Greentech Media cited a statement from Generated Capital president Jigar Shah that most of the 88 megawatts of distributed solar and 127 megawatts of utility-scale solar already installed on Puerto Rico had been damaged in the storms but were still intact.Because of their relatively small size and independence from the grid, microgirds are easier to get working again because they’re more localized. “It’s easier to bring all this back up after it’s been down when you have this more localized solution set,” Shah said. “You will have a lot of damage, but all the point sources are independent of each other. It doesn’t take the whole grid down.”Offers of assistance from the solar industry were speedy, but the scale of the problem is enormous.“If we had a demand for 50,000 solar residential systems in Puerto Rico over the next three months, I don’t know if the solar industry would say, ‘Here’s all the personnel and equipment to do that,’ ” said Shah. “They’re more capable of doing something material than they’ve ever been before, but it’s still on a philanthropically donated basis.”The rebuilding effort will be huge, and it presents an opportunity to rethink the island’s energy system. According to a an article posted at Wired, Puerto Rico’s grid had some of the least sustainable fuels, and faced some of the highest costs, of any grid in the U.S. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says that residential rates there in June were 19.88 cents per kilowatt hour, versus an average of 13.22 cents per kWh in the U.S. as a whole. Commercial rates were even higher — 21.43 cents per kWh.Judith Enck, a former EPA administrator in the region that includes Puerto Rico, said that it was “absolutely imperative” that the Federal Emergency Management Agency not pay to rebuild an inadequate system. She said that improving the grid would include “massive new investments in wind, solar, geothermal, and other clean energy sources,” Wired said. In the meantime, the U.S. solar industry said it wants to help. The Solar Energy Industries Association said in a statement posted on its website that it was helping to coordinate relief efforts and asked that volunteers step up with contributions or other means of support. “We are developing partnerships and coordinating with agencies to most efficiently and effectively deliver supplies that are needed,” the trade group said. Bloomberg Markets said last week that Tesla is sending hundreds of its Powerwall battery systems that can be paired with solar panels to Puerto Rico. (A photo published with a story by Business Insider shows a message spelling out “send Tesla” on a lawn near a ruined house.) RELATED ARTICLES Making Houses Resilient to Power Outages What’s Wrong, and What’s Right, With Residential Building in TexasSolar Energy Can Make the Grid More ResilientA Caribbean Island Transitions to PV Getting Power From Solar Equipment When the Grid is Downlast_img read more

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London Olympics: Laura Trott wins gold in omnium cycling

first_imgBritain’s Laura Trott sped to Olympic gold in the women’s omnium on Tuesday by winning a thrilling 500m time trial. Trott clocked 35.110 seconds, with Sarah Hammer of the US, her nearest challenger, coming in fourth with 35.900.It was enough to secure gold by one point for the Briton, who had been level with Hammer after the first five disciplines. “I cannot believe this is happening to me,” Trott said.”I was losing my head a little bit between the events because they weren’t going the way I wanted them to. I am so happy.”Hammer, meanwhile, spoke of her exhaustion. “I gave it my all. It’s physical and mental – it’s both of those things. That’s what it is.”Annette Edmondson of Australia took the bronze after finishing second in the time trial.Trott, 20, won team pursuit gold Saturday with Britain.last_img read more

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