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Tony Becca: Riddle me this, riddle me that

first_img The rules about such things like bowl, leg before wicket, catch, stump, run-out, and no-ball are clear. There is no area for interpretation, and in run-outs and no-balls, if any part, of the bat or the front-foot, however small, is not behind the line, the umpire is obliged to call him out. Nowhere, not yesterday and not today, has anyone ever warned a batsman before bowling him, getting him stumped, or before getting him leg before wicket before really doing it. On top of all that, the non-striker is a batsman, and he gets run-out just like any other batsman. If he breaks the rule, if he leaves the crease before it is time to do so, how does the fielding side dismiss him when he does leave the crease? Those who talk about the “spirit of the game”, must be speaking about those who appeal for a catch when they know that the ball has touched the ground, when they know that the ball has not touched the bat, and when, while appealing for leg before wicket they know that the batsman played the ball. Cricket has been used to this riddle as to when a batsman is out and when he is not out, and that is why the umpire asked the young West Indies captain if he really wanted to go through with the appeal. Would he have asked him such a question had the appeal been for leg before wicket or for bowl? Maybe had he not done so there would have been no controversy. NO AREA FOR INTERPRETATION New Zealand’s former captain, Stephen Fleming, came up with a reasonable response, sort of: “Right or wrong, it’s just a sad way to end a good game, especially one with so much on the line.” In 1987, in the World Cup in Pakistan, West Indies fast bowler Courtney Walsh warned non-striker Abdul Qadir of Pakistan for leaving his crease early. On that occasion, Walsh was the bowler, Saleem Jaffer of Pakistan, the last man, was the batsman, Qadir strayed way down the pitch, Walsh warned him instead of running him out, and Pakistan went on to win the match two, three deliveries later.. I was there, I criticised Walsh for warning Qadir, mainly because he was so far down the pitch, and because he had stopped Walsh in his run-up the previous delivery and had walked down the pitch to talk to Jaffer. It all seemed a deliberate action. On this occasion, however, Mgarava was inches out of his crease, Paul was not in his delivery stride, I am not sure if Mgarava was trying to steal a run or he just strayed as batsmen often do, and it was so close that the umpire had to seek the help of the third umpire. It did not matter whether the batsman strayed or not. The fact is that the batsman was out of his crease. To me, the rule is the rule, whether the batsman is run-out by a foot or an inch, whether he is leg before wicket when the ball pitches outside the leg stump or not, and whether he is bowled whenever the ball clips the stumps or not. It was tough luck for Zimbabwe, and good luck for the West Indies, even if it did not feel right for the West Indies to lose to England, to beat Fiji, and to beat Zimbabwe by the “Mankad” run-out to reach the quarter-finals. It was in the spirit of cricket. It is cricket, regardless of the custom. I have always believed that cricket is a unique and special game, and I believe that it is so especially because each side takes turn to perform, because it takes a long time to finish a game, because of the numbers and intricacies of the rules governing the game, and because the rules are often times open to interpretation. On top of all that also, sometimes a rule is not a rule, it is used only sometimes, only by some, and sometimes when it is used, its use is the topic of controversy. Last week, in the Under-19 World Cup, the West Indies narrowly defeated Zimbabwe by two runs to squeeze into the quarter-finals. Instead of showering praises on the young West Indians for being alert and aware of the situation and going on to win the match, all hell broke loose. Bowling the 50th over, Keemo Paul ran-out non-striker Richard Mgarava, and, suddenly, from all around the world, came cries of surprise and shouts of condemnation. From England’s one-day captain, Eoin Morgan, came, “Disgraceful behaviour. West Indies should be embarrassed”; from Josh Butler, an England player, came, Can’t believe what I have just seen”; from Darren Lehman, Australia’s coach, came, “Unbelievable. Not out”; and from England’s James Anderson, came, “Disgraceful.” What utter nonsense. According to the rules, the batsman was out. He was either out or not out. And for those who talk about fair play, there is nothing in the rules which talks about fair play. REASONABLE RESPONSElast_img read more

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New Medical Superintendent, Administrator for Diamond Hospital

first_imgIn an effort to boost the functioning of the Diamond Diagnostic Centre (DDC), East Bank Demerara, the PublicPublic Health Minister, George NortonHealth Ministry on Wednesday announced that it has replaced the hospital’s superintendent and is in the process of employing a new Administrator.This information was revealed to Guyana Times during a telephone interview with Public Health Minister, George Norton.Norton explained that his ministry came to the decision after his visit to the facility Friday last, where he consulted with the hospital’s management on various issues plaguing the institution.However, the names of the selected persons for those positions are yet to be revealed.The minister also told this publication of plans to employ a regional pharmacist to assist with the procurement of medication.“We are hoping that at the level of the region that we can employ a regional pharmacist to help in the procurement of medication, because this is one of the major issues that we noticed at the hospital, the failure to procure medication”.“This information I am disclosing to you because this will have a lot to do with the efficient functioning of the Diamond Diagnostic Centre” Dr Norton stated.Assuring of the enhancement of performance at Diamond, Dr Norton explained that changes being made at the facility are being followed by the Public Health Ministry ‘closely’.Since the visit, works commenced on extension of the Maternity Wing.“We already know what we have to do; we not only have to put infrastructure in place but also change the attitude of our work force,” Dr Norton stated.On Friday last, the public health minister visited the hospital and lambasted management over the deteriorating conditions there.He said the Diagnostic Centre was built with a purpose, a purpose which it is currently not achieving because administrators are not operating as they should.He said it is the duty of the administrators to bring to the attention of the Public Health Ministry problems they are faced with but this is not being done.Assessing the situation, Dr Norton stated: “We cannot afford to have Diamond Diagnostic Centre crumble, this is not going to happen, and we are going to implement the necessary changes to bring it back to where it was—and even better.”With a visible list of the problems affecting the facility, then Medical Superintendent Dr Michael Pereira relayed that among the issues are the shortage of doctors, nurses, drugs, and medical equipment.Because of these shortages surgeries at the institution cannot be conducted and persons are being referred constantly to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPH).Dr Pereira informed that there are no certified pharmacists at the hospital nor are there sufficient ambulance drivers.The minister was also told that employees are not being paid on time; there is no Police Outpost; and no security service is available. There is also the need for social workers.The administrators also decried the poor facilities they are forced to work with on a daily basis.According to the administrators, there are broken doors; non-functional air-conditioning units, leaking roof, insufficient equipment and medication in the ambulances and the lack of pure water.Presently the fire service has been supplying the hospital with water as Guyana Water Incorporation (GWI) is facing difficulties supplying water not only to the hospital but to the entire area.Visibly frustrated, both Dr Norton and Junior Public Health Minister Dr Karen Cummings urged them to find a way to fix the situation urgently.last_img read more

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Bucket of Eggs to Bucket of Hope: Gbarnga 5th Grader in Priceless Encounter with…

first_imgChristiana Johnson with Madam Hedy Zussman.As a popular Liberian proverb says, “man’s luck is under his feet,” so it was with little Christiana Johnson, a seller of boiled eggs, who was recently dotted in Gbarnga Bong County by an American Broadcast Engineer, Hedy Zussman, to help her study in the United States of America to realize her dream of becoming a pilot.Ms. Johnson, 12, and a 5th grade student of the Gbarnga Free Pentecostal School in Gbarnga, informed Madam Zussman that she wants to be a pilot, “because pilots go many places around the world every day.”“I want to be a pilot, because pilots are people who go to many places, even though I have no idea of an airplane, but I really want to be a pilot to go many places,” little Christiana Johnson said.Zussman, who herself is not a pilot, but a broadcast engineer with the National Broadcast Corporation (NBC) in the U.S., said she developed interest in Christiana because of her courage to become a pilot. Zussman is the first American woman broadcast engineer.“I can be a help for her to achieve her dream by becoming the first Liberian female pilot. I guess she is able to withstand the study,” Madam Zussman said.Christiana Johnson being interviewed by Madam Hedy Zussman.“I don’t want her to go back in the streets, and sell boiled eggs anymore, I’ll pay her school fees,” the American Broadcast Engineer promised.Hedy Zussman who visited Christiana’s home in the Far-East Community in Gbarnga, did not say how soon the girl will leave the country for the U.S., but informed her parents that she will sponsor Christiana Johnson in school, and Christiana may go to the U.S. to spend the vacation, adding, ‘I don’t want her to go in the streets and sell, I will pay her school fees.How was she spotted?Christiana, who usually sells boiled eggs on the streets of Gbarnga, visited the compound of Radio Gbarnga on her normal selling route, where she encountered this broadcast engineer along with her colleagues, who went to Gbarnga to assess the television facility of Radio Gbarnga FM initiated by Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor.She had a little over L$3,000 worth of boiled eggs and her entire bucket of eggs was paid for on that day by Madam Zussman; it was a happy day for employees of Radio Gbarnga as each employee was carrying about five eggs.“I have been selling the eggs to pay my school fees since the age of nine, because my father and mother live in the village making farm, so they are not able to pay my school fees,” Christiana informed her new-found ‘godmother.’“I am living here in Gbarnga with my aunt. I have to come from school, go sell before we can eat late in the evening,” she said.Catherine Vesselee, Christiana’s aunt, said she could not believe her ears when she heard of the offer from an American lady to her niece, noting, “this is a miracle from God, and I trust and believe that God works in so many ways.”Hedy Zussman is a behind-the-scenes television professional who has been breaking down barriers her entire life. She has worked at WMAQ-TV/NBC5 in Chicago since 1972. Hedy currently serves as Archivist/Librarian Supervisor in NBC’s digital media world.Her path to WMAQ-TV began in the Chicago area where she studied at Proviso East Township High School in Maywood. She soon went on the road, first to the University of Miami where she studied drama and then she transferred to Miami University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.Hedy’s journey to television then took a long detour to the other side of the ocean. Hedy studied conversational Hebrew in Jerusalem in 1968 and then joined the Israel Broadcasting Authority Television Studios and took a lead technical and editorial role in what appeared on Israeli television. She served as a technical director, an assistant producer, and director of transmission, as well as directing news department interviews and acting in film documentaries for television.She was the first female studio audio engineer, first studio female lighting director, first female mini-cam tape engineer, first female in the Bears, Sox and Blackhawks locker rooms and first female sports editor for WMAQ both in house and in the field. Hedy worked on a wide variety of programs including The 10-pm News with Floyd Kalber, Tilmon Tempo, the Kup Show, Sorting It Out, Bubble Gum Digest, the Today Show with Barbara Walters and Frank McGee and Midnight Special with Wolf Man Jack.In 1989, as weekend editing supervisor, Hedy oversaw WMAQ’s final broadcast from the Merchandise Mart and debuted the first broadcast from the NBC Tower. Hedy won the prestigious Emmy Award for “Technical Excellence in the Field Tech Crew” for the Chicago 2002 Marathon coverage and she edited the Emmy award-winning sports special, 39 year itch. She is also the proud recipient of three Ovation Awards from NBC for “Work Above and Beyond the Ordinary.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Actions to improve safety on B.C.’s rural highways

first_imgFor the speed limit portion of the review, the ministry plans to introduce new maximum speed limits on certain sections of divided multi-lane highways, although the only road close to Fort St. John which will see an increase of speed will be Highway 97, South Prince George.Public input and information gained through technical review was used to identify and prioritize these highway and safety improvements. The review, which took place from November 29, 2013 – January 24, 2014, assess 4 key aspects of road safety on rural highways, including reduction of wildlife collisions, requirements for winter tires, keep right expect to pass, and the setting of appropriate speed limits.“Safety on our highways is our number 1 priority, and is the foundation for every decision that has resulted from this review,” Transportation and Infrastructure Minister, Todd Stone said, “The actions we’re taking were the subject of a thorough technical review by our engineers, and the ministry is committed to ongoing monitoring and evaluation of speed limits and other highway safety measures.”The improvements which seem most related to Fort St. John are the measures in place to help reduce the number of wildlife collision. The ministry plans to install gateway signs at the entrance to highway corridors with higher instances of wildlife collisions, increase the use of flashing LED warning signs in high crash locations, and increase the use of wildlife fencing in high crash locations.- Advertisement -Winter tires are also a concern, and the ministry is looking at changes to the Motor Vehicle Act to clarify that Mud and Snow, as well as mountain/snowflake tires are defined winter tires. They also plan to modernize the studded tire and chain regulations.In addition, changes are being made to the dates winter tires are required on high mountain passes to the new timeframe of October 1 – March 31, which was previously October 1 – April 30.The keep right except to pass rule will see changes to the Motor Vehicle Act to give police better tools, through clearer language, to enforce the requirement for slower vehicles to keep right, in addition to new signage and pavement marking to increase voluntary compliance.  Advertisementlast_img read more

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DONEGAL COMPANY HAD WARNED OF FALLING SCAFFOLDING DAYS BEFORE MAN’S TRAGIC DEATH

first_imgA Donegal scaffolding company had warned of incidents of falling scaffolding at a Dublin building site days before a man was killed there, an inquest has been.Dolan Scaffolding, from Raphoe, even tried to develop a new system to keep down dislodged scaffolding boards.But Health and Safety Authority inspector Kay Baxter, who investigated the death, said the construction company, G&T Crampton, had taken no action on foot of the report. The scaffolding audit had been provided to management by consultants Safety Solutions on January 12th, 2007 – six days before Eddie Fowler (28), a carpenter from Railway Road, Clongriffin, Donaghmede, was fatally injured.The father of two died at the Mater hospital in Dublin after he was hit by a scaffolding plank where he worked on a building site at Charlestown Shopping Centre in Finglas.G&T Crampton was fined €100,000 by Dublin Circuit Criminal Court last July for failing to stop building work during freak weather conditions on the day of Mr Fowler’s death.Dublin City Coroner’s Court was told yesterday that Mr Fowler was making his way to a canteen for his morning tea break along a designated walkway when the incident occurred. An eight-foot plank had been blown from a 24-metre high scaffold in record-breaking winds of up to 148km/h. Ms Baxter said in the 10 days prior to the fatal injury, three incidents of scaffolding being dislodged had occurred at the site.She said management was aware of severe weather warnings on the morning of the incident. A decision had been made to evacuate the building site at approximately the time the incident had occurred, she said.Scaffolding foreman Michael Dolan, of Dolan Scaffolding, Raphoe, Co Donegal, which was subcontracted to provide and maintain the scaffolding, told the inquest he had noticed the previous September that the boards were beginning to lift in the wind.Initially they had nailed the boards down with plywood, but then used metal batten clamps. Despite these, boards were still lifting in high winds.Three days before the incident, high winds had caused planks and other items to blow around and he had asked to close part of the site. “It was like Beirut down there,” he said. The morning of the incident was “very, very windy” and there were “boards flying”. “I never seen one like it in my life before,” he said.After the incident, Dolan Scaffolding, in collaboration with G&T Crampton and the Health and Safety Authority, had developed a new system to prevent planks from being dislodged in high winds.Thomas Reilly, assistant site manager for G&T Crampton, said the decision to evacuate the site was made by the safety officer in conjunction with Mr Dolan at 9.40am and he had agreed “wholeheartedly”.He had also approved of a partial site closure on January 15th, when another plank had fallen. But in his statement for the safety authority after the fatal incident, he had omitted to mention the earlier incident. Asked why, he said “no reason”. The jury at the inquest returned a verdict of death by misadventure. It made recommendations including one that all scaffolding floor systems should be rated against maximum wind speed.The jury said a safe working wind speed should be established for various scaffolding systems, and an automatic wind speed monitor should be put in place at building sites with an audible alarm system to warn when safe speeds are breached.Dublin city coroner Dr Brian Farrell said he would send the recommendations to the National Standards Authority.Tom Ryan, solicitor for the family, said they felt what had happened was “totally avoidable”. “They want to try and ensure it never happens again,” he said.DONEGAL COMPANY HAD WARNED OF FALLING SCAFFOLDING DAYS BEFORE MAN’S TRAGIC DEATH was last modified: February 11th, 2012 by StephenShare 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)Tags:deathDolan Scaffolding Raphoelast_img read more

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ELECTION 2014: McCLAFFERTY SEEKS SUPPORT FOR HIS ECONOMIC STIMULUS PACKAGE FOR DONEGAL

first_imgIndependent election candidate Charlie McClafferty has put forward a Economic Stimulus Package for Donegal.Charlie McClaffertyThe Independent candidate in the Letterkenny/Milford electoral area says Donegal is indeed a special case which needs to be addressed even more than the rest of the country.Charlie explained, “Yes, the entire country is suffering, but the sheer scale of Donegal’s disadvantage is being concealed by local Political Parties. Despite numerous findings (from the Live Register, Central Statistics Office, Teagasc, Farmers Journal, Fáilte Ireland etc), we hear nothing about our toxic mix of sectorial disadvantage. Some Parties seem nervous of informing the ‘little people’.” “But tinkering at the edges will never solve the serious underlying issues in Donegal”, he said.McClafferty explained, “Donegal is at the bottom of Key Economic League Tables. We have the worst rate of unemployment in the country at 26%.Donegal has the Worst Rate of Youth Unemployment.We have almost no Jobs for Qualified Students. We have the Second Highest Emigration Rate.We have the Lowest Farm Payment Entitlements in Ireland.Our Overseas Visitor spending is the Lowest on the West Coast. 67wordsHow can businesses in Letterkenny survive, if the people of Donegal have the lowest disposable income across the country,” he asked.McClafferty suggests that the justification for a Donegal Economic Stimulus Package is undeniable. He stresses the need to also include non Civil Servants, with expertise, in business, job creation, rural development and the tourism sector, to help shape an agreed County Plan. Figures from the Department of Social Welfare will underpin his argument for lowering Donegal’s huge welfare bill and its burden on Irish Taxpayers.His priority is for the Renewal of Donegal. Charlie said, “If elected, I will co-operate with all Donegal Councillors, to drive a county wide plan. We must adopt a united approach; it makes no sense for different towns to compete with one another, or for Urban Donegal to vie with Rural Donegal. Our isolated location makes us all very inter-dependent.”Draft Donegal Economic Stimulus PackageIn Total a €450-500 million Grant Aid Scheme, over 3 years, in addition to the agreed shared costs of the Aughnacloy-Strabane A5 road improvement. 1. Government Commitment to the Aughnacloy to Strabane A5 road Improvement Scheme.2. A once off €200 million County Donegal Road improvement Scheme, divided between Electoral Areas. The roads package shall improve the Lifford to Letterkenny Road and other bottlenecks.These investments will be in lieu of Railway Connectivity and will increase competitiveness of vital Donegal Job sectors.3. Invest €80 million in the upgrading and extension of the Fibre Optic Cabling Network in County Donegal and/or the radio broadband coverage in rural areas4. To maintain reinvigorate some of Donegal’s 8,014 farm units, we shall invest €50 million wisely in the Donegal’s farming sector, primarily to assist associated job creation in micro-farm businesses.60% of the Farming Package shall be directed toward the shareholders in the 1,304 Commonages in Donegal.i) Optional Grant aid for Commonage Co-Operatives that maximise their Shareholdings for tourism, recreational, community welfare or cultural initiatives.ii) Grant aid for shareholders who expand into long term native woodland schemes; producing sustainable hardwood fuel, providing log cabin accommodation or other tourism activities5. Stimulate job opportunities by expanding Donegal Tourism footfall. A €150 million euro Donegal tourism enhancement programme. €30 million per electoral area.Overcome Donegal Tourism’s legacy of 30 years of armed Border checkpoints and offset the lack of job opportunities in other sectors.Including;i) Cycle waysii) Non Cycle Activity projectsiii) Cultural Tourism and Viewing facilities for Natural Attractionsiv) Micro-businesses 268 wordsELECTION 2014: McCLAFFERTY SEEKS SUPPORT FOR HIS ECONOMIC STIMULUS PACKAGE FOR DONEGAL was last modified: May 18th, 2014 by StephenShare 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)Tags:Charlie McClaffertyeconomic stimulus packagelast_img read more

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BRAVE DONEGAL LOSE OUT AS KERRY REIGN AT CROKER

first_imgMichael Murphy gave a captain’s performance for Donegal.Donegal 0-12 Kerry 2-09Donegal have failed in their bid to win the Sam Maguire for a second time in three years, losing out by three points to Kerry in a hard-fought All-Ireland Senior Football Final at Croke Park this afternoon.It was double heartbreak for the thousands of Donegal fans who earlier watched the minors lose out in their bid to win their first All-Ireland title. In the senior game, Donegal came no where near producing the performance that demolished Dublin in their thrilling semi-final clash and a nightmare mistake by the usually reliable goalkeeper Paul Durcan, which set up a second Donegal goal, proved decisive.Donegal made the worse possible start, conceding a goal in the first minute, when Paul Geaney climbed to collect a high ball  by Stephen O’Brien to turn and shoot low to the back of the net.Donegal lived dangerously in the open period and after a Johnny Buckley shot hit the post, Kieran Donaghy put the ball over the bar from 15  metres to put the Kingdom four points in front with only four minutes on the clock.A Michael Murphy free, after a foul on Leo McLoone inside the 45, got Donegal off the mark in the fifth minute. The Donegal captain put over another free from 50 metres to reduce the deficit six minutes later.Geaney restored the three point lead when he put over a free from 14 metres following a foul on Kieran Donaghy.Donegal had a let off when keeper Durcan came for, and missed, a high ball and could only look on as the ball bounced narrowly wide of an empty net.Murphy stepped up once again  in the 16th minute to put over another free over the bar to reduce the deficit to two points on a scoreline of 1-02 to 0-04.He got his, and Donegal’s fourth, again from a free in the 23rd minute to make in a one point game. Kerry keeper Brian Kelly pulled off a brilliant save a minute later to get a leg to a low O’Connor shot, the ball going wide, referee Eddie Kinsella, from Meath, wrongly awarding a goal-kick instead of a 45.Donegal got lucky when, from close in,  Paul Keaney blasted over the bar with the goal at his mercy.Odhran MacNiallais scored a brilliant point off the ground from play from 30 yards to reduce the deficit before Carl Lacey levelled the game in the 30th minute to send the sides in all square at the break.Donegal made a better start to the second half than they did the first, Murphy thumping over a brilliant long distance point two minutes after the re-start. After Paul Murphy drew Kerry level with a point for a narrow angle, Donegal had a let off when a David Moran shot bounced off Paul Durcan’s crossbar, the danger being cleared by his defence.Barry John put Kerry back in front in the 50th minute after a free awarded for a foul on Killian.A poor kick out by Durcan was pounced on by Donaghy who had the easiest of tasks to find the net past the Donegal keeper to put four between the sides.Two points from Paddy McBrearty, who had earlier replaced Ryan McHugh the two-goal hero in the thrilling semi-final win over Dublin, and a point from McGee reduced the deficit to a single point in the 55th minute.Unanswered points from Johnny Buckley, Barry John Keane and Donaghy saw the Kingdom reign by four points on a scoreline of 2-08 to 0-10 with eight minutes remaining.Points from subtitute Dermot Molloy and Christy Toy reduced the deficit two points in the 66th minute.With the clock “ticking down” Donegal struggled to deal with Kerry’s “keep ball” tactics and Bryan Sheehan put three between the sides with two minutes remaining.Try as they did, Donegal could find no way through a packed Kerry defence.BRAVE DONEGAL LOSE OUT AS KERRY REIGN AT CROKER was last modified: September 22nd, 2014 by johngerardShare 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)Tags:alldonegalfinalfootabllIrelandloseSeniorlast_img read more

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ANOTHER WEEK OF FREEZING TEMPERATURES – AND MORE SNOW!

first_imgDonegal is to shiver for another week with freezing temperatures and even more falls of snow.Further falls of snow are likely on Donegal’s roads tonight and tomorrow morning. Pic Donegal Daily.The bitterly cold weather which has hung over the north-west for the past week will continue with freezing fog, sleet and snow this week.Temperatures plunged to -5C in some places last night with a severe frost this morning. People are asked to take care with black ice on roads and many footpaths still dangerously icy.And forecasters say Ulster could be hit by up to another 5cms of snow this evening with accumulations in places tonight and tomorrow morning.Driving conditions could deteriorate with further falls of sleet and snow.Wednesday is set to see even more snow and although Thursday and Friday may see a slight rise in temperatures, another cold snap is set to move in again next weekend. Met Eireann forecast for the coming daysLast night was very cold overnight, with a widespread hard frost and icy stretches on untreated roads. Mist and fog will form too, as winds fall off light, with some pockets of freezing fog in places. Lowest temperatures zero to -5 C.TodayStaying very cold on Monday, with frost, ice and fog slow to clear. A dry morning, with a little hazy sunshine in eastern areas, but rather cloudy generally. Outbreaks of rain and sleet will push into Connacht and west Munster during the afternoon, preceded by some snow in places. Top temperatures 1 to 4 C., generally but 5 or 6 C., along the southwest coast.Outlook The wintry weather will continue on Monday night with further outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow. Snow falls possibly leading to accumulations of greater than 5 cm in places by Tuesday morning. It’ll be cold overnight with temperatures down to between zero and minus 3 degrees generally, but as low as minus 6 or 7 degrees over lying snow in Ulster. Winds will be light variable overnight. The rain and snow will clear western areas overnight.On Tuesday morning there’ll be further falls of snow in eastern areas during the morning, but drier, brighter weather further west will extend eastwards and the afternoon will be mainly dry for much of the country. Then later Tuesday there’ll be wintry showers developing once again, becoming confined to coastal areas Tuesday night. During the day temperatures are likely to be between 2 and 6 degrees, the higher temperatures will be in the southwest of the country, with light to moderate southwest winds, becoming westerly overnight as temperatures fall well below freezing once again.On Wednesday there’ll be rain, sleet and snow showers on the west and north coasts, pushing further inland at times, but it will be mainly dry elsewhere. Another cold day with sub-zero temperatures at night and light to moderate westerly winds.ANOTHER WEEK OF FREEZING TEMPERATURES – AND MORE SNOW! was last modified: January 19th, 2015 by StephenShare 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)Tags:donegalforecastfreezing fogMet Eireannsleetsnowlast_img read more

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Legal with Leah: LEBOR update

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  1 CommentThere have been many developments on the Lake Erie Bill of Rights (LEBOR) front since the law was passed by Toledo voters. In the latest Legal with Leah, Ty Higgins visits with Ohio Farm Bureau’s Policy Council Leah Curtis about the actions being taken by both sides of the issue and why farmers should keep up with LEBOR updates, whether they live in the watershed or not.ExceptsTy Higgins: I know you’re getting a lot of calls from farmers saying you know what does this mean for me and we’re getting into you know April here. Farmers are starting to think about getting into the fields when they can, when things dry out and work the fields getting ready for planting and this is just one thing on their mind. So you know looking short term, long term what’s next for LEBOR?Leah Curtis: So as far as the litigation goes, you know litigation can move kind of slowly but certainly I think, you know, they’re trying to move as fast as they can and how long it will take we can’t really say but certainly having the injunction in place is a very good thing that should, you know, give people a lot of peace of mind as they do get to that you know into planting this year and into prepping their fields and getting ready. What can happen next is, you know, hard to say but hopefully we will see things move quickly and come to a final result. And that way we’ll hopefully have LEBOR put to bed. But the fact is that things like LEBOR could happen anywhere, anywhere in this state. And so it’s always a good idea to 1) pay attention to the things that are being collected… signatures are being collected for in your area because you want to make sure you know what you’re signing if something gets presented to you. And then we’ve talked a lot about ag districts as one possibility. The ag district program does provide a nuisance offense. It may be useful if one of these lawsuits would go forward. And so we’d always encourage our farmers to look into that as a possibility for their as another layer of protection for their farm.Ty Higgins: You mentioned it could happen anywhere else. They’re talking about doing something in Cleveland about this and even talk about a statewide initiative going on the ballot at some point down the road. So you know if you’re a farmer in the Lake Erie watershed you know about this you’ve been told what to do to protect yourself. If you’re a farmer in central or south central Ohio…’All of this doesn’t pertain to me; I don’t have to worry about it,’ but they kind of do.Leah Curtis: Definitely we have seen the same group that has put forth LEBOR that wrote LEBOR we have seen them in counties in southern Ohio in years past pushing very similar types of ordinances. We’ve seen them in Youngstown doing lots of ballot initiatives there and as you said there was an approval by the ballot board for them to collect signatures for a statewide constitutional amendment which would allow local jurisdictions to create these rights of nature ordinances. So it really could happen anywhere and water quality really should be something that everyone cares about. We’re all a part of it. We all contribute. We all need to you know make sure we’re being the best stewards of the land that we can be and we know our farmers are doing that. We know that they’re doing everything they can. And so all across the state we really should be talking about it.Full transcriptionListen to Legal with Leah, a podcast featuring Ohio Farm Bureau’s Policy Counsel Leah Curtis discussing topics impacting farmers and landowners.  1 Commentlast_img read more

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Add Depth To Your Project With After Effects 3D Lighting

first_imgMotion Graphics guru Chris Meyer shares a quick trick for increasing visual interest in your After Effects projects.If you’re into motion design and After Effects you’re likely already familiar with AE training by production duo Trish and Chris Meyer. In a recent Lynda.com After Effects Apprentice training course Chris demonstrates how to create an opening title for a medical themed project.In this sample from that online training course Chris shows how adding a 3D light to your AE project can instantly give it more depth and focus your viewers attention to an area of the frame.   The short video tutorial covers adding a vignette to your AE project, using a 3D light’s fall off feature to focus attention on the foreground while darkening the background and casting shawdows between your composition’s layers.For AE pros this may be a bit elementary, but it is a great reminder that the 3D light in After Effects is a powerful tool to make your compositions pop and give visual interest.  Have a look here:From After Effects Apprentice 16: Creating a Medical Opening TitleTutorial video originally seen on ProVideoCoalition.comlast_img read more