Twitter Facebook By News Highland – May 21, 2012 Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Previous articleDeputy Pringle in the High Court seeking to speed up his referendum challengeNext articleMan arrested in connection with Derry pipe bomb incident News Highland A woman has described how two men tried to hijack her car in Letterkenny as she drove home from a friend’s house.The woman was travelling along Pearse Road in the early hours of Sunday morning, she stopped to allow two men to cross the road but the men turned on her and tried to get into her car.One of the men jumped on the bonnet exposing himself while a second man banged the car windows shouting obscenities.The woman, who wishes to stay anonymous, has also expressed her disappointed at the Garda response to incident.She revealed her story on the Shaun Doherty Show:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/car1pmattack.mp3[/podcast] Twitter Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers WhatsApp Woman describes weekend ‘car-jacking’ attempt in Letterkenny 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Newsx Adverts
Education and Skills Secretary Estelle Morris announced theclampdown as Training Magazine was going to press. She admits to concerns thatsome companies are abusing the scheme, but stresses that the Government’scommitment to lifelong learning is cast-iron. The Individual Learning Account programme will be suspendedfrom 7 December. Learning accounts frozenOn 1 Nov 2001 in Personnel Today Describing the announcement as “regrettable”, aspokesperson for UfI says it does not come as a surprise. “Since earlier in the year, we’ve beenaware of organisations using the learn direct brand in ways which, it seemed tous, were to do with drawing down funding through ILAs. Clearly, when there wassuch evidence about the way in which the scheme was being used, the Governmenthad to act,” she said. “Our wish is that individual adults would continue tobe supported in learning by Government. We’re reassured to hear from theSecretary of State that lifelong learning remains a Government priority and tohear of her desire to find either another form of the ILA or something toreplace it.” Philip Taylor of the TUC said, “It’s clear that a largenumber of users would have done their training with or without an ILA. It’svital that any new system targets those who wouldn’t have taken up a trainingopportunity without an ILA.” ILAs have been criticised for not increasing participationin learning among non-learners. Research published in September by the Learningand Skills Development Agency found little evidence that they were being openedby those not already engaged in learning. It recommended the development ofstrategies for using ILAs and the adoption of more proactive marketing tools. Previous Article Next Article The TUC is meeting with the Minister for Adult Skills todiscuss a wide range of issues concerning workplace development. “We wouldwish to be closely involved in the development of whatever takes the place ofILAs. It is clear that a replacement is needed,” said Taylor. The news comes amid revelations that a number of learningproviders are being investigated for possible fraud. There is evidence thatlarge sums of public money have been squandered through unscrupulous providersmaking bogus claims in respect of individuals for training courses that theyhave not followed. Comments are closed. By Elaine Essery Related posts:No related photos.
Press Release, Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on the passing of Officer John Wilding of the Scranton Police Department:“Frances and I offer our deepest condolences to Officer Wilding’s family, especially his wife and young children, and the Scranton Police Department. Officer Wilding lost his life fighting to make Scranton and Pennsylvania a better, safer place. That mission took his life far too soon but we will be forever indebted for his sacrifice and his bravery and service serves as an inspiration for us all.” SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Tom Wolf’s Statement on the Passing of Officer John Wilding July 12, 2015
<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>The Port of Rotterdam’s Offshore Center (OCR) project, conducted by the PUMA consortium (Boskalis and Van Oord), is progressing rapidly as the contractor already completed the Phase 1 of this capital development program.“Land reclamation works on the site of the Offshore Center Rotterdam were started without any client commitment because we believe the center will be in demand with the offshore wind industry,” said Joost Eenhuizen, Business Manager, Maritime & Offshore Industry at the Port of Rotterdam.Several companies have shown interest in establishing their presence at the center already, and the discussions are ongoing, according to Eenhuizen.The construction of the quay wall at the site needs to be backed by client commitment, and is currently scheduled to start by mid-2018.Eenhuizen added that the Offshore Center Rotterdam was designed based on input received from the industry and that the center is being built to be future-proof and able to handle the ever-increasing vessels and components used in the offshore wind industry.70 hectares of land, 1,600 meters of quayOffshore Center Rotterdam (OCR) will be located in Princess Alexiahaven against the seawall, near the berth of the Pioneering Spirit.The port said that this will be a center where leading businesses work together in the offshore wind, decommissioning and oil and gas markets with activities such as construction, assembly, heavy lift, logistics, mobilizations and demobilizations.The plan is that the first businesses will become operational on OCMV2 in the course of 2019.OCR location, Image source: Port of RotterdamFor more Expertise Hub interviews, visit Navingo’s Offshore WIND channel on Vimeo.
QPR’s Matt Connolly looks likely to complete a move to Cardiff City in the next 48 hours.Rangers have accepted an offer from the Bluebirds and the defender is expected to agree personal terms.He is not part of R’s boss Mark Hughes’ first-team plans and spent the second half of last season on loan at Reading.Connolly, 24, has made more than 100 league appearances for Rangers since being signed from Arsenal in January 2008.Cardiff recently signed Heidar Helguson from QPR and are also hoping to persuade Tommy Smith to join them.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
It had been seven years and three coaching regimes since we’ve seen the 49ers offense play like it did in Sunday’s 41-17 beatdown of the Cincinnati Bengals.The numbers were jaw-dropping: 572 total yards, an immense 8.4 yards per play, and five touchdowns. The Niners showed the NFL just how good their offense can be this season — and it’s certainly playoff-worthy.And while the players deserve a ton of credit, the game-ball for that revelatory performance needs to go to Niners’ head coach and …
Liquid ethane has been detected in a lake near the south pole of Saturn’s moon Titan, reported JPL yesterday. This confirms long-held suspicions that ethane, a byproduct of methane disruption by the solar wind, accumulates on the surface of the large atmosphere-shrouded moon. A problem remains why there is so little of it. Pre-Cassini predictions envisioned a global ocean of liquid ethane. Nature1 reported observations by the Cassini Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) of a lake near the south pole that had been discovered previously. The specular signal indicated an extremely smooth surface – smoother than any geological process could make. The spectrum of ethane, a hydrocarbon that is liquid at Titan’s surface temperature, confirmed that ethane is present. Ethane is formed when atmospheric methane, CH4, in its gaseous form, is struck by the solar wind in Titan’s upper atmosphere. The bombardment strips off a hydrogen atom. The ionized methane molecules, CH3+, quickly combine into ethane, C2H6, which falls to the surface as rain. A stable molecule, ethane should collect continuously on the surface in pools and lakes. The chemical process is irreversible (03/11/2005). Ethane cannot evaporate back up into the atmosphere, nor can it dissociate back into methane. This should lead to the accumulation of liquid ethane on the surface of Titan over time. Calculations prior to Cassini’s arrival showed that a global ocean of ethane and liquid methane should have accumulated over 4.5 billion years – up to a half-mile deep or more. Pre-arrival radar images from earthbound instruments cast doubt on the presence of a global ocean, but before the Huygens Probe parachuted to the surface (01/15/2005, 01/21/2005), scientists were still hoping for a splash. The probe landed, instead, on a dry lake bed of what appears to be methane-saturated icy sand, with only traces of ethane present. “Before Cassini, scientists thought Titan would have global oceans of methane, ethane and other light hydrocarbons,” the JPL press release stated. “More than 40 close flybys of Titan by Cassini show no such global oceans exist, but hundreds of dark, lake-like features are present.” The southern lake, comparable to the Great Lakes in extent, has been named Ontario Lacus – Lake Ontario. Science Daily posted a picture of the 150-mile-long lake from orbit. It covers 7,800 square miles, slightly larger than its earthly counterpart. How deep is it? VIMS can only constrain the minimum depth to 3/4 of an inch. It could be much deeper. The presence of a beach around the perimeter, though, suggests that the lake is evaporating. Scientists wonder if the lakes migrate from pole to pole as the seasons change during Saturn’s 29.4-year orbit. Cassini has detected more and larger lakes in Titan’s northern latitudes (radar map) than in the south (radar map). The original paper began with the mystery of the missing ethane ocean: “Titan was once thought to have global oceans of light hydrocarbons on its surface, but after 40 close flybys of Titan by the Cassini spacecraft, it has become clear that no such oceans exist.” The statement included references to five papers from 1982 to 1995 predicting an ocean (see 1983 and 1993 abstracts by Lunine), including two by Carl Sagan (1982, 2002). Francois Roulin, commenting on the paper in the same issue of Nature,2 noted that “Titan’s lakes are probably a liquid ethane�methane mixture together with dissolved nitrogen, as previously proposed for the speculative oceans” that turned out to exist only on paper. Jonathan Lunine, who had predicted a global ocean in 1983, told National Geographic News that the lakes “do not hold enough ethane to account for what can be produced over the age of the solar system. So we still have a mystery here.” See also the 02/15/2008 entry. The lake may contain other organic molecules besides ethane. Hydrocarbons and nitriles such as propane, butane, acetylene and benzene have been detected in Titan’s atmosphere, as well as high-mass cluster ions. Cosmic rays bombarding the lakes may produce additional exotic molecules. Artwork tries to convey what an observer might see on this dim world with orange sky; here is another. The surface near the Huygens Probe was actually photographed in realistic color in this historic image from the landing site. Photographs of the descent have been put together into a stunning movie available from the Descent Imager website. Titan turned out to be drier than expected. The equatorial regions are awash in dunes reminiscent of the Namib Desert – except that the particles are made of ice, probably coated with hydrocarbons manufactured in Titan’s bizarre chemical laboratory.1. Brown, Soderblom et al, “The identification of liquid ethane in Titan’s Ontario Lacus,” Nature 454, 607-610 (31 July 2008) | doi:10.1038/nature07100.2. Francois Roulin, “Planetary science: Organic lakes on Titan,” Nature 454, 587-589 (31 July 2008) | doi:10.1038/454587a.Here is a science project crying out for some mathematically-minded person to work on. It can be done right at the desk without special equipment – just a literature search and a calculator. Figure out how long it would take to get the observed lakes on Titan. Inputs are conservative rates of ethane production in the atmosphere and the most optimistic estimates of lake volume. The result should place a severe upper limit on the age of Titan. Scientists have downplayed the severity of this problem. They usually mention it in passing only to change the subject. Usually, they jump to the possibility that Titan’s organic chemistry might have something to say about the origin of life (07/26/2005) – a foolish distraction. Where is the ethane? There should be a huge ocean of it by now, according to their belief in billions of years. Their only escapes now are less credible. They have to claim the chemical process started recently, or that the ethane remains in the atmosphere (how long could that last?), or that the ethane went underground. They never, ever question the billions-of-years age! Their problem would be solved by reducing the age of Titan (and Saturn, and the solar system) by a few orders of magnitude. That would fit this observation and many others (e.g., 04/08/2005, 06/29/2008, 05/05/2008, 03/10/2008, 12/03/2007, 08/04/2007, 07/18/2007, 05/04/2007, 03/31/2007). So here is a challenge. The long-age believers made a prediction that appears to have been falsified. 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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) honored conservation leaders from across the country during the organization’s 72nd Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn. at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.The NACD along with the USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) “Olin Sims Conservation Leadership Award” is presented annually to an individual, district or organization that has gone above and beyond in promoting conservation on private lands. This year’s award was presented by Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Acting Chief Leonard Jordan to Kris Swartz, a Wood Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Supervisor.Swartz is a fifth-generation farmer from Perrysburg, Ohio. He and his wife, Sue, operate a 2,000-acre farm in Wood County where they grow soybeans, corn and wheat. Swartz is the past president of the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (OFSWCD). Under his leadership, Ohio became one of the leading states in adding Soil Health Champions to NACD’s Soil Health Champion Network. Additionally, his efforts have brought more attention, funding, training, and education centered on water quality, 4Rs, and nutrient stewardship activities carried out by Ohio’s SWCDs.“I am deeply honored to receive this award,” Swartz said. “This award belongs to my conservation family in Ohio and our efforts to strive daily to make a positive impact on our soils and water,” continued Swartz. “Thanks to NACD and NRCS for this recognition. Our collaboration is vitally important as we seek to keep lands productive and waters clean for future generations.”AUDIO: The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with Kris Swartz about winning the Olin Sims Conservation Leadership Award.NACD Winner Kris Swartz
Jonathan Kodjia to be fit for Aston Villa clash with Brightonby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJonathan Kodjia could be fit for Aston Villa’s clash with Brighton.The striker has not featured for more than two months after suffering an ankle injury in the 3-1 opening day defeat at Tottenham, before then breaking a cheekbone in a freak training ground accident. The Express & Star says Kodjia has now been training for more than a fortnight wearing a specially designed mask and is ready to fight for a place in the squad for the match against the Seagulls.The 29-year-old is now behind both Wesley and Keinan Davis in the pecking order but will provide boss Dean Smith with further competition up front.Villa are stepping up preparations for the weekend as they look to kick on after their excellent 5-1 win at Norwich prior to the international break. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Photo/Dustin tackett Photo/Dustin TackettThe Everett Golson era at Florida State may very well be over. Jimbo Fisher made the switch to Sean Maguire during FSU’s 31-17 win over N.C. State on Saturday, a move that may well be permanent going forward. Fisher told the media that Maguire will start this weekend’s game against Chattanooga.“(Maguire) will start this week,” Fisher said. “Yes he will.”Maguire was 18-for-28 through the air, for 231 yards and two touchdowns, after replacing Golson, who threw two early interceptions. Fisher says that Maguire’s play gave the team a much-needed lift.“The energy grew. He was being vocal, being a leader,” Fisher said. “And then all of our guys got that bounce and got some urgency and he was the spark. He made a couple really nice plays under pressure. The guys appreciated that.”After facing the Mocs on Saturday, FSU takes on rival Florida, which is still in contention for a College Football Playoff berth at 9-1, with the SEC East clinched. A 10 win season would be a pretty strong result for a Seminoles team that has dealt with uncertainty at quarterback through much of the season.[Dr. Saturday]