Good news for commuters as N56 from Coolboy to Kilmacrennan to open tomorrow

first_imgA long-awaited stretch of road on the N56 from Coolboy to Kilmacrennan is set to open tomorrow (Mon). The 3.1km scheme, which has seen the removal of the notorious ‘Blue Banks’ bends, is a key transport corridor to the north-west of Donegal including Glenveagh National Park, Donegal Airport and the Gaeltacht.Alongside the new road, a two-metre shared footway/cycle track has been created on both sides of the road and it is hoped that this new shared track will be extended to Letterkenny. The delivery of this scheme is the culmination of over eight years work by the Donegal National Roads Office and is a continuation of the N56 Mountaintop to Illistrin project completed in 2009.The original road had a narrow carriageway, no significant verge and a number of poorly aligned junctions, accesses and entrances.The new scheme has seen the widening and realignment to a seven-metre carriageway with hard strips and verges.In collaboration with this project, Irish Water constructed a new trunk water main and distributor water mains serving Letterkenny and its environs adjacent to and along the N56. Works on this scheme commenced in January 2018 and took 18 months to complete.  BAM Civils Ltd. were the main contractor, RPS Consulting Engineers were the designer and construction works were supervised on behalf of Donegal County Council by Barry Transportation.The project was managed on behalf of Donegal County Council by the National Roads Office in Donegal Town.Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh T.D., and Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr. Nicholas Crossan will open the road on Monday at 2pm.Good news for commuters as N56 from Coolboy to Kilmacrennan to open tomorrow was last modified: October 6th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

49ers Shanahan critiques Breida, Pettis after shutting them down for finale

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Matt Breida and Dante Pettis emerged as two of the 49ers’ best playmakers and injury replacements in this sideways season, but they won’t make it to the finish line.Breida’s often-aggravated ankle injury and Pettis’ knee injury Sunday will keep them out of Sunday’s season finale against the host Los Angeles Rams, coach Kyle Shanahan announced.SANTA CLARA, CA – DECEMBER 23: San Francisco 49ers’ Dante Pettis (18) bobbles a catch, but holds on to it, against Chicago Bears’ Kyle …last_img

Chimps Produce Movie

first_imgThe BBC is going to air a movie made by chimpanzees.  (Note: This is not a Planet of the Apes remake.)  A primatologist working on her PhD gave some chimps at the Edinburgh zoo a “Chimpcam,” a camcorder in a “chimp-proof” box, to see what they would come up with.  “Despite the fact that the chimps had never taken part in a research project before, they soon displayed an interest in film-making,” the article said.    The chimps did not seem particularly interested in the screenplay, though.  “The apes are unlikely to have actively tried to film any particular subject, or understand that by carrying Chimpcam around, they were making a film,” the news report ended.  “However, the result, as well as providing new information on how chimps like to see the world, may yet go down in television history.”  A portion of the footage, showing a chimp apparently licking the lens, accompanies the article.  They did not say what its rating will be. If it turns out anything like the Monkey Shakespeare experiment (05/12/2003), it should be rated PG, for primate gross.  They probably learned from the demolished typewriters that they had to chimp-proof the Chimpcam to avoid excrement from damaging the electronics.  If anything suggestive of “understanding” comes out on the tape, scientific objectivity would look into the possibility of coaching by the zookeepers, and the amount of judicious editing done by intelligent human engineers.    This attempt could backfire into a series of legal challenges.  Other animals are ostensibly more intelligent than chimpanzees (05/26/2009).  They may claim that they were overlooked in the hiring.  Flipper, Heckel and Jeckel should call their agents and demand enforcement of equal employment opportunity laws.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Virtual field trips add a new twist to an educational staple

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Pork Council is taking a new look at an old elementary school staple — field trips.There is certainly no shortage of school students interested in taking a field trip to a modern livestock farm but logistics, costs and biosecurity issues make this important educational tool and valuable agricultural outreach effort increasingly impractical. To address this challenge, the Ohio Pork Council has harnessed technology to develop a unique opportunity for teachers and students to participate in a live video-chat with farmers. Using Google Hangouts video chat technology, hog farmers can take students inside their barns and showcase the inner workings of modern production facilities and a variety of aspects of raising pigs from pregnancy through birth to market weight.“We’ve established a way to open up our hog barns in the state of Ohio and make a connection with folks who may not be able to get out to farms to see where their food comes from. Elementary school classrooms are able to connect live with a farmer virtually and see what goes on in his or her hog farm,” said Quinton Keeran, with the Ohio Pork Council. “We are now kicking off this year’s field trips and are hoping to expand this as far as we can. The program was very well received last year. We are planning to add more farmers and we want to broaden beyond elementary schools. We are going to open this up to high school classes, specifically FFA and vo-ag classes. We are also considering opening this opportunity to the general public.”Each virtual tour can be shaped by the teacher in the classroom to address the curriculum that is currently being covered.“This program is unique because we have worked with educators to specifically tailor our messaging to points in curriculum that teachers will be working on,” Keeran said. “We have had several teachers using this in different areas of the curriculum. Some teachers have used this for science, social studies, and economics. The teacher can take this experience and tailor it to the curriculum they are working on.”While the hog farmers are quite adept talking about their farms, there is some important training needed to get them up to speed on the technology required for the effort.“Our farmers are very good at what they do, but they may not always be carrying an I-pad and headphones. We had to work with some of the individual farmers that decided to be a part of this to train them on the technology to be able to really provide a nice positive experience for the students that participate in this live video chat,” Keeran said. “Right now we have three farmers participating. We have done some simulations and test runs of these Google Hangouts to try and figure out what equipment works best in their barns. We’ve provided them with some wireless capability to really be able to enhance the experience.”Farm Credit of Mid-America has been an important supporter of the project with the Ohio Pork Council.“We are very excited about the opportunity we have been given to enhance the virtual field trip program through support from Farm Credit Mid-America that will continue to grow that project and reach more classrooms within the state of Ohio,” Keeran said.One of the farmers participating in the virtual field trips is Neil Rhonemus who farms in Highland and Clinton counties and raises contract hogs for the Heimerl family.“We have two wean-to-finish barns. We get the pigs when they are 21 days old and 12 pounds and we take them to finish weight. They are all gilts,” Rhonemus said. “They are marketed by the Pig Improvement Company. We have shipped pigs all over the U.S. and Mexico and to China. We only have 60 acres of crops so we depend on our neighbors to use the manure from our barns.”One of the farmers participating in the virtual field trips is Neil Rhonemus who farms in Highland and Clinton counties and raises contract hogs.Rhonemus welcomes the opportunity to share his farm with students around Ohio.“Less than 2% of our population farms and less than 1% actually takes care of livestock. We need to get our story across to the general public so they know what we are doing before somebody makes it up for us,” he said. “So far I have talked to second and third graders and I am going to be talking to some FFA students — I expect a whole different set of questions from them. I explain that pork is meat we get from a hog. It is necessary for us to respect our animals and treat them humanely and, if we eat meat, it is also necessary that we raise animals. I was asked once where the baby pigs come from and I said, ‘They come on a trailer’ which is true. That is how I get them. You have to expect those kinds of questions will come up. Handling the questions from the kids is fun because you never know what to expect when they start talking. You really have to be on your toes. It has been a really good experience for me and I am looking forward to doing more.”He has found that the students are really interested in what is happening on the farm.“I’m never surprised about the lack of knowledge about what we do that is out there. I have been surprised about their curiosity, though. These students really want to know about what we do and they want to learn. It is awesome to be involved in,” he said. “One of our teachers was a neighbor not too far from one of our facilities and she initiated some really good questions. I really look forward to those questions from the adults as well. It is really cool and it is exciting to be involved with something like this.”Rhonemus said that there was a learning curve with the technology involved and the process is not as simple as just turning on an I-pad.“It wasn’t too bad really once we got the equipment working and got a feel for how things flow. I have an I-pad with headphones to cancel out the noise so I can hear and I have a portable receiver for our Internet,” he said. “Once we are connected we take a tour of the building to show them what is going on then I can field questions from the students. We have a moderator involved so there is a technician involved to handle the equipment. This is a coordinated effort from several people. “The effort, though, is viewed as worthwhile for everyone involved. The teachers have expressed appreciation for the chance to add a unique teaching tool in the classrooms and the students gain valuable insight into how their food is produced straight from the source that best knows the real answers to their questions — the farmer.The students always enjoy seeing baby pigs.last_img read more

Maharashtra continues to dole out sops to struggling real estate sector

first_imgAs part of the series of concessions being granted to the real estate sector, which is facing a credit crunch, the State government aims to help relax the ban on construction in the buffer zone around flamingo sanctuaries in Mumbai and Thane.Ahead of the Assembly polls, the State government is pushing the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) to notify Eco Sensitive Zones (ESZs) around the sanctuaries. The notification will help real estate developers seek a relief from the ban imposed by the apex court on construction within the buffer zone. Real estate bodies have submitted an affidavit to the courts on the need to lift the ban for the benefit of the industry. ‘Fast-track proposal’According to the Supreme Court directive dated December 11, 2018, unless the State government notifies ESZs, a 10-km buffer has to be marked from the boundaries of flamingo sanctuaries. As per the directive, construction will be banned within or around the buffer zone. Real estate representatives have demanded the proposal to declare the sanctuaries as ESZs be put on the fast track. An environment department official said, “We have done our bit to mark out the ESZs and forwarded the proposals to the (MoEFCC) from the Mangrove Cell of the Maharashtra Forest Department. The developers have moved the courts seeking relief from the ban, which will become easier once ESZs are marked.”In the recent past, the government has relaxed a variety of environmental permissions while lifting cess and premium charges on projects to support the real estate sector. Twelve demands made by industry associations have been approved, including the submission of development proposals simultaneously to the planning authority and the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA). According to the existing practice, proposals in Coastal Regulation Zone (2) area are submitted first to the planning authority and later to the MCZMA. The government has decided to exempt real estate projects from an online system, which monitors commercial, information technology and green building projects. The Project Proponent (PP) will no longer be made responsible for operation and maintenance of pollution control systems in a housing society. Maharashtra Pollution Control Board regulations mandate that the PP be held responsible for five years for systems installed after the formation of a housing society in a residential project.Last week, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had approved a slew of fiscal concessions to the struggling construction sector, setting the State exchequer back by ₹800 crore. Among the measures were the removal of development cess on the additional floor space index component. The premium charged in case of residential projects was reduced to 35% from 50%, while the commercial charges in the category were brought down to 40% from 60%. The premiums on construction of information technology parks, redevelopment of Maharashtra Housing Area Development Authority structures too was reduced by 50%, officials said.last_img read more

Tiger Pataudi- the born leader

first_imgM.A.K. Pataudi, who passed away on Thursday in Delhi, was a born leader – someone who defied the odds to emerge as one of India’s most successful captains.After 12 captains in a decade and half, there was a crying need for a stable, unbiased, charismatic captain in the 1960s. It is at this stage that Pataudi made his entry on the national scene. With the seniors unwilling to take on the responsibility, a 21-year-old Tiger, just three Tests old, suddenly found himself installed as the team’s skipper in March 1962.Though few knew it then, a new era in Indian cricket had begun – the Pataudi era.Even with his visual impairment, he showed the foresight of a champion.After becoming the youngest captain in the world, he made some bold moves that went on to define his leadership. In a first in world cricket at that time, it was Pataudi who had the guts to employ the spin quartet.Against conventional thinking, as had become customary with him, Pataudi regularly used three spinners against the opposition, realising India’s only chance lay in playing to their strengths.The Nawab of Indian cricket led India in 40 off the 46 Tests he played between 1961 & 71, leading India to nine famous victories to make him India’s most successful leader for a long time to come.Fittingly, it was under his captaincy that India clinched their first Test series win on foreign soil, when they defeated New Zealand 3-1 in 1967-68.Sixties was the decade when Indian cricket started becoming a force to reckon with. Be it the formation of the famous spin-quartet or the ushering in of a vast improvement in the fielding or the forging of a winning spirit in a disarrayed team, Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi was at the head of them all.advertisementHe was called Tiger not for nothing. It wasn’t just a name, it was an attitude.last_img read more

Gujarat was a major example of helplessness: Former President K.R. Narayanan

first_img“Naik has become khalnaik.” Suresh Pachouri, Congress leader, on Union Petroleum Minister Ram Naik, after the petrol pump allotment scamVOICES “A s a president, I often felt helpless when delegations told me their woes and I couldn’t do anything about it. Gujarat was a major example of helplessness.” K.R. Narayanan,,”Naik has become khalnaik.” Suresh Pachouri, Congress leader, on Union Petroleum Minister Ram Naik, after the petrol pump allotment scam VOICES “A s a president, I often felt helpless when delegations told me their woes and I couldn’t do anything about it. Gujarat was a major example of helplessness.” K.R. Narayanan, former President “Let us not have any assumption that an election is the key to the solution. That is over-optimistic.” Karan Singh, former Union minister, on the elections in Jammu and Kashmir “It was the duty of the Weightlifting Federation of India to fully inform lifters about the rules pertaining to doping tests.” Uma Bharati, Union sports minister, after two weightlifters failed the dope tests at the Commonwealth Games “They go to Dubai on chartered flights and entertain the dons. All these threats are because of this.” M.N. Singh, Mumbai Police chief, on a section of the film industrylast_img read more