Plans in place for €1.9M Twin Towns flood works schemes

first_imgThe Ballybofey and Stranorlar Integrated Community Company (BASICC) is preparing to begin minor flood relief works following the granting of €1.92million in funding for the Twin Towns.The funding was announced last week by Minister Boxer Moran along with €3.3m for works in Buncrana and Ludden and €6.8m allocated to Ramelton.BASICC and Donegal County Council have now laid out plans to begin minor works on the River Finn, which are currently awaiting the go-ahead from An Bord Pleanala. These schemes include The removal of silt and debris from Stranorlar and Dreenan bridgeRemoval of overgrown trees and vegetation from the river embankment Creation of a sump to enable the council, in times of heavy rain, to pump excess water over the embankment thus preventing flooding.Going forward, Donegal County council CFRAM unit will prepare a tender document in order to employ consultants to start work on the project, now that funding has been secured. The €1.9M funding will allow the Donegal County Council’s newly established CFRAM Unit to tender for, and appoint consultants to do a close-up examination of the flooding in the Twin Towns.BASICC established a floods committee after the severe damage incurred during the flooding in 2015 (pictured above). Through extensive and frequent meetings BASICCs flood committee members have been actively pursuing short- and long-term solutions to the flooding issues. BASICC would like to pay tribute to Minister Boxer Moran. The committee met with him in December 2018 in The Dail. During this meeting Minister Moran made a commitment to BASICC that he would re-examine and include Ballybofey and Stranorlar in the Major Capital Scheme funding.  BASICC has praised Minister Boxer Moran as a man of his word. BASICC would like to take this opportunity to thank its hard working and dedicated committee members which include Donegal County Council, the Loughs Agency, local business people and local and senior politicians who supported the committee throughout.BASICC will continue to monitor and inform the community as and when developments occur.Plans in place for €1.9M Twin Towns flood works schemes was last modified: December 4th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Benitez admits Newcastle were given ‘wake-up call’

first_imgNewcastle boss Rafael Benitez labelled the defeat by Fulham a “wake-up call” and conceded they deserved nothing from the game.Matt Smith’s header on the stroke of half-time proved the difference between the two sides, although the Magpies felt they should have had at least two penalties.Benitez felt the first – when Ryan Tunnicliffe’s raised hand blocked a cross, at 0-0 – was a definite spot-kick, but preferred to focus on his own side’s performance.“I am really disappointed because we didn’t play at the level we were expecting,” the ex-Chelsea manager said.“Apart from the corner [that led to Fulham’s winner], I thought we had some control but we were not keeping the ball in attack, we were not winning the second balls in midfield and we were sometimes too deep.Matt Smith’s goal gave Fulham victory at Craven Cottage“We have to improve. This game could be a wake up call for everyone. You could see when we were losing 1-0, there was a bit of anxiety.“We have to manage the ball much better and play with a clear idea of what we want to do.”Benitez insisted any problems Newcastle had would not be solved by simply signing more new players, and called on his team to put more in on the training ground.He said: “More than signings is we have to keep working. We need something – maybe in terms of players, but especially in terms of work.“We have to realise there is a lot of work that we have to do.”See also:Fulham v Newcastle – as it happenedSmith’s header gives Fulham victoryJokanovic hails his ‘serious football team’Fulham v Newcastle player ratingsSmith: We were written offFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Sonos Music System Comes to Android

first_img Tags:#music#web 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Sonos is releasing an Android version of the controler for its wireless music system today. The company, which allows users to listen to their downloaded music or to subscriptions on streaming services from Pandora to Spotify to Rdio, says it doubled in revenue last year and does 60% of its business outside the United States. One Sonos S5 unit retails for $400 for single room. I’ve been testing out two review units for the past few weeks and am really enjoying them. I didn’t know what the point of the Sonos was – until I had it in my house and under the control of my iPhone. Sonos co-founder Tom Cullen says that’s a common experience. “The iPhone made this business grow,” Cullen says. “We’ve had a lot of products we’ve introduced to change the growth rate of this company and there’s nothing like the iPhone that’s done it. We released that in October ’08 and saw a 15% uptick in a week. We expect the Android to do the same.”In addition to the standard Sonos options, the Android controler will allow users to search for music by voice. Cullen says that even when music is playing loudly, the Android voice recognition is effective.What does the future hold for Sonos? Cullen says that getting costs down is key to the company’s growth and that sounds about right – it would be great to be able to outfit rooms at less than $400 a pop. Logitech makes a wireless speaker system for under $100, but it doesn’t appear to offer the software, user experience or audio quality that Sonos does.Sonos raised $25 million in venture capital from Index Ventures last year, part of a big increase in investment across the music technology industry last year.Internet music is what Sonos serves today, but the company aims to grow broader in its feature set inthe future.“The S5 [model] is a smart speaker,” Cullen says. “We expect that in the future, all speakers will have power and a brain. They will work one way for movie sound, another way for music. You’ll take your smart phone and connect to any smart feature. We are a sound company and we’ll cover every part of sound in the home.” 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more

IBC 2017 News: ARRI’s All-New SkyPanel S-360-C

first_imgARRI’s New SkyPanel S-360 is a large-scale LED light that outputs enormous amounts of light with new advancements in LED lighting.Cover image via ARRI.In just the last couple of years, we’ve seen drastic improvements in light quality and output with LED fixtures. The latest ARRI SkyPanel S-360 will be one of the most powerful and controllable LED fixtures on the market. Image via ARRI.OutputThe ARRI SkyPanel’s light output is enormous. SkyPanels already have a reputation for the great amount of light output they’re capable of — coupled with a soft light quality. The S-360 is a giant step forward in the advancement of LED technology. If you’ve worked with a SkyPanel before, you’ve seen how great a tool it can be. The SkyPanel 360 offers more output than four SkyPanel S-60s. Check out this statement from ARRI:At over 120,000 lumens, the S360-C is one of the brightest LED soft lights on the market. Compared to the S60-C, the S360-C is more than four times brighter and maintains excellent color quality and tunability. Consuming only 1500 watts, the S360-C is twice as bright as a 4,000-watt tungsten soft light and over three times as bright as a 12,000-watt tungsten space light. Achieving an energy efficacy of over 80 lumens per watt, the S360-C is also one of the most eco-friendly LED soft lights available while also being one of the brightest.Quality Soft lighting works on the idea that the larger the aperture, the softer quality of light. Inherently, the SkyPanel S-360 features a much larger aperture, thus providing a softer quality light to wrap more around faces and cast softer shadows. The light will also feature a much longer throw than its predecessors. According to ARRI,Soft lights are all about size, the larger the aperture the better. With the S360-C, size has not been compromised. The surface area of the S360-C is over 5.8 times larger than the S60 and produces beautiful soft light in a wide 105º beam angle. The light will wrap around large objects and throw much farther than the smaller SkyPanels.Image via ARRI.Tuneability The SkyPanel S-360 features all the same controllability and tuneability that we love from the original SkyPanel line: fully dimmable LEDs, color tunable lights, and the same range of diffusion panels from previous lines. Although this light weighs a hefty 90lbs, with its natural, soft source, it leaves a smaller footprint on set compared to a heavily diffused HMI source.SkyPanel is one of the only LED soft lights to allow for the changing of diffusion panels in front of the LEDs. This feature is also offered with the S360-C. The diffusion panels are exchangeable and come in Lite, Standard, Heavy, and Intensifier. The Intensifier increases S360’s brightness by 50%, allowing the light to be thrown even farther.Carbon Fiber YokeOne of the unique and exclusive features of the SkyPanel S-360 is the carbon fiber yoke. The carbon fiber yoke features a 50% reduction in weight of the previous stainless steel yoke and provides more strength to the lighting unit.The SkyPanel S-360-C is one of the most exciting lighting fixtures to come out in recent years. With its versatility, functionality, and output, it’s bound to become a staple on many sets.last_img read more

Padda ‘embarrassed’ of Adamson’s 52 errors in loss to UE

first_imgPussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Adamson, which has been the surprise contenders this season after going 1-13 in 2017, has been making a case for elite status this year after it showed promise in the first three games where it went 2-1.And after two straight losses, the Lady Falcons got back on the winning track with a massive four-set upset of reigning champion De La Salle but they took another step back with the loss to the Lady Warriors.Padda, who sat out starters Jema Galanza, Chiara Permentilla, and Eli Soyud in the first set, said her team flat out didn’t give respect to UE.“They showed up with a very weak mindset today, they were really complacent, they didn’t respect UE and they didn’t care, they’re too cocky,” said Padda. “I don’t know why. The coaches were shocked, I don’t know.”Pushing the numbers further, the Lady Warriors scored just 36 points off their own spikes and even committed 31 unforced errors.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games View comments MOST READ Austria ‘really worried’ about TNT with addition of Cruz Read Next And in the fourth set alone, Adamson committed 16 errors leaving UE to score just nine points to force the fifth set.“I’m just still trying to take in what happened. I don’t understand how we made those many errors,” said Padda. “It was almost they were playing for the other team like they wanted UE to win, I don’t know.” LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico For one, the Lady Falcons unloaded 59 kills against University of the East and normally, that mark would’ve been more than enough to propel them to the victory, but it was the Lady Warriors who left Filoil Flying V Centre on Sunday with the five-set victory.That’s because on the other end of the spectrum, Adamson gave ways 52 free points to UE due to its errors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd those errors certainly not sit well with head coach Air Padda, who blasted her team after its 25-22, 22-25, 14-25, 25-20, 15-13, loss to an erstwhile winless UE team.“That was embarrassing,” said Padda, whose team dropped to 3-4 at the end of the first round. “For me it’s embarrassing because we don’t train like that. I don’t know who that team was out there.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Adamson University just had one of the most interesting games in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Examinations: Marksheet woes

first_imgExam stress and pressure has hit Indian students hard. On 7th June, the ‘cut-off lists’ claimed their first victim of the 2012 admission season. 17-year-old Anjali Yadav killed herself in her Noida flat when she could not get into a ‘good’ college. In the past five years over 4000 students,Exam stress and pressure has hit Indian students hard. On 7th June, the ‘cut-off lists’ claimed their first victim of the 2012 admission season. 17-year-old Anjali Yadav killed herself in her Noida flat when she could not get into a ‘good’ college. In the past five years over 4000 students have taken the same course of action for the same reason every year. Instead of finding a solution, the pressure has now trickled down to younger age groups. On 11th April 2012, 14-year-old S. Stalin from Bangalore hung himself over a fight with his parents regarding his school marks. However, new avenues of escape are opening up. Schools, parents, colleges and authorities are realising the importance of non-academic activities. Studies have shown that even a weekly piano lesson or outing could reduce the overwhelming emphasis on ‘marks’.ILS Students take a break from classroom pressuresIndian Law School, PuneI was a topper in college. Getting good marks was important. Just like every other student in India, I wanted to get ahead in life. Our school system promotes the logic that studying is life. Marks is a deciding factor and that is an unavoidable truth. But that does not mean one spends 20 hours a day studying. I have realised that learning must be fun. When I was in school I did not know or understand this reasoning. I slogged but only got average marks. And I was always feeling unhappy or demotivated. All this changed at ILS.This college has made me realise that taking breaks in life is mandatory. Even if one was to study for four hours a day, a happy mind can make that learning more effective.During my time at ILS I found this theory to hold true. I took part in many extra-curricular activities, travelled, partied and volunteered. The environment was liberal and I felt at peace. In turn academics became easier for me. I started developing an interest in learning and not routine mugging. This all was possible to a great extent because of the college faculty. They encouraged us to not just be passive listeners. They demanded participation but at the same time stressed on the importance of activities outside the classroom.It is sad that many students miss out on the joy of helping another human being, the fun of playing a sport and the thrill of going on holidays. These should be indispensable parts of a student’s life at college, yet I have seen so many who have never experienced any of it. It is sad because they have missed out on a splendid opportunity to broad their horizon of knowledge. We need more academic instituitions that encourage students to have a life outside of class.All in a good causeILS students are encouraged to join CSR initiatives. Helping members of society and contributing to a good cause is both fun and informative.Taking a hike Nestled in the hills of Pune, the students feel a connect with nature. Frequent group hiking holidays and expeditions are planned over the course of the year. By Sonali Acharjee/Aspire ([email protected])advertisementlast_img read more

ICC congratulates ECB as England gear up for 1000th Test match

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) has congratulated the England and Wales Cricket Board as England gear up to play their 1000th Test match when they take on India in the first of the five-match series at Edgbaston from August 1.England men’s team has played 999 Tests since making debut against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in March 1877 and has won 357 Tests. They have lost 297 Tests while 345 ended in draws.At the Edgbaston alone, the venue of the 1000th Test, England have played 50 matches since their first Test in May 1902 against Australia, winning 27, losing eight with 15 ending in draws.ICC chairman Shashank Manohar said: “On behalf of the cricket family, I want to congratulate England on their 1000th men’s Test match, the first country to reach this milestone.”I wish England all the best in this historic match and may it continue to produce players and performances that inspire the following of Test cricket, the oldest and most demanding format of the game.”India vs England: Buttler wants to learn from ‘immensely talented’ KohliTo commemorate the occasion, Jeff Crowe, former New Zealand captain and member of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, on behalf of the ICC, will present a silver plaque to England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Colin Graves before the start of the Test.England have dominated India since their first Test in June 1932, winning 43 and losing 25 out of a total of 117 Tests. On home turf, England have won 30 Tests and India have emerged winners on six occasions with 21 Tests ending in draws.advertisementEdgbaston has hosted six Tests between the two sides, with England leading 5-0 on a head-to-head.CHANCE FOR KOHLI TO TOPPLE SMITHThese statistics will give England further impetus to their ambitions of improving their current ranking of fifth on the ICC Test Team Rankings. If England make a 5-0 sweep, then they will jump to second on the table with a 10-point rise to 107 points, reducing the pre-series gap with top-ranked India from 28 points to just five points. India will have a chance to strengthen their top spot (Reuters Photo)In contrast, if India can display their strength and prowess which has made them the highest-ranked side in the world, then they will further strengthen their grip on the top spot. If India win 5-0, then they will rise to 129 points and England will drop to sixth place on 94 points.Extra-motivated Kohli could prove to be dangerous for England: Graham GoochIndia captain Virat Kohli will look to snatch the coveted No.1 position from Australia’s Steve Smith, while England fast bowler James Anderson will aim to defend his No.1 ranking.Kohli trails Smith by 26 points and will have to produce a string of strong performances to leapfrog the Australian, while Anderson will also need wickets to either defend or consolidate his top spot.Apart from Kohli and Anderson, both the sides comprise players who feature prominently in the Test player rankings who, during the course of the series, will be hoping to make upward movements. This makes the upcoming series a perfect recipe for entertaining, interesting and enthralling red-ball cricket.Amongst the batsmen, both England and India have five each inside the top-50. From England, Joe Root is ranked third (48 points behind Kohli), Alastair Cook 13th, Jonny Bairstow 16th, Ben Stokes 28th and Moeen Ali 43rd, while India’s Cheteshwar Pujara is sixth, followed by Lokesh Rahul 18th, Ajinkya Rahane 19th, Murali Vijay 23rd and Shikhar Dhawan 24th.Indian bowling attack suited for all conditions, reckons Darren GoughAmongst the bowlers and besides Anderson, Stuart Broad is the other bowler who features inside the top-30 in 12th position.In contrast, India boasts six bowlers inside the top-30, including two spinners in Ravindra Jadeja (third) and Ravichandran Ashwin (fifth), and four fast bowlers, namely Mohammed Shami (17th), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (25th), Ishant Sharma (26th) and Umesh Yadav (28th).India’s left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who caused problems for the England batsmen in the ODI series, is ranked outside the top-50 in 56th position.The Test player rankings will now be updated following the conclusion of the Edgbaston Test, while the Test team rankings will be updated following the conclusion of the fifth and final Test at The Oval.last_img read more