Feasibility study on seawall rehabilitation moving ahead

first_imgThe rehabilitation and reconstruction of the seawall from Kingston to Ogle is progressing as the Government moves a step further with the feasibility study and design.Representative of MottMacDonald UK, Peter PhipsA public consultation was held at the bandstand located at the Kingston Seawall. The consensus of the consultation is that the public is pleased and supports the initiative.Senior Engineer within the Sea and Rivers Department of the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Maitland Stewart told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that Mott MacDonald UK, the company tasked with completing the feasibility study and designs, took a look at the aforementioned area that spans 7.5km.Stuart explained that the study aims to “improve the whole flood protection infrastructure. Incorporated in this study are some ancillary designs in waterfront development to improve the space”.Monies approved by the United Kingdom under the Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund through the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) have made the project possible.According to a representative of Mott MacDonald UK, Peter Phips, “the main purpose of the project is to look to rehabilitate and make the sea defence more climate-resilient in the face of climate change and sea-level rise”.In October, the UK-based company plans to conduct an environmental and social impact assessment. This will be done while the preliminary design is being finalised for its November deadline. Between December 2019 and March 2020, a detailed design of the project will be done.Once accepted, the procurement process will begin for the project’s construction. The Ministry of Public Infrastructure has oversight for the seawall project.last_img read more


first_imgIreland has recorded a huge surge in the numbers of corncrakes in Ireland for the second year running with Donegal boasting the highest numbers of the rare bird.The iconic corncrakeThe Department of Arts and Heritage confirmed that preliminary figures from its 2014 census show 230 calling corncrake males were recorded this summer — a 24% increase on the 185 recorded last year, which represented an increase of up to 40% on 2012 — the highest percentage rise in almost 20 years.The largest concentration of the corncrake this year is located in Co Donegal where 156 calling males were counted with 108 of those on islands off the coast. The Donegal island with the largest number of corncrakes is Inisbofin with 42. This was followed by 15 on Tory Island and 14 on both Gola and Inishmeane.The next largest concentration of the bird was found in Mayo/Connemara, where 72 were recorded with 37 found in the Mullet peninsula and 25 in the Connemara islands.Between 2012 and last year, the State spent €1.2m on conservation measures for the bird — the spend for 2014 is not yet available.Corncrake expert Dr Anita Donaghy of Birdwatch Ireland said yesterday: “We are surprised by this increase and would express some reservations, but until the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) provides the full data set we would not be in a position to comment further.” The corncrake is on the EU Birds Directive requiring conservation measures be put in place.Research shows that for every calling male, there is a female corncrake nearby which has two broods of chicks here every summer. CORNCRAKE EXPERT EXPRESS SURPRISE AS DONEGAL TOPS SPIKE IN BIRD NUMBERS was last modified: August 13th, 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:CorncrakedonegalexpertsSurpriselast_img read more


first_imgFormer Meath great Liam Hayes said Jim McGuinness should have formed a human barrier with his players to stop Mark McHugh getting on a flight to New York.Mark McHughThe Kilcar playmaker left for the US this week as Donegal take on Antrim in the Ulster semi-final.Hayes expects Donegal to overcome Antrim but they are a pale shadow of the team which won the 2012 All-Ireland without McHugh. “The flight of Mark McHugh to New York tells a story which is deafening – even for those men housed in the cement like bunker of the Donegal dressing room.“That the heartbeat of the Donegal’s All-Ireland winning team of 18 months ago would prefer to wear the yellow and gold in New York – where he is representing another Donegal team – and would get on a flight the week of the county’s second championship outing is bizarre.“And that nobody (but mainly manager Jim McGuinness) did not form a human barrier at the departure gate was unforgiveable.“Donegal will beat Antrim and they will appear not to miss McHugh, but by taking the field without him they are admitting to their rivals that they are accepting their role as a shadow of the team that the 2012 All-Ireland title,” claims Hayes.  McGUINNESS SHOULD HAVE FORMED A HUMAN CHAIN TO STOP McHUGH AT DEPARTURE GATE – HAYES was last modified: June 21st, 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:donegalJim McGuinnessLaim HayesMark McHughlast_img read more

Brighton confirm signing of LaLiga striker for undisclosed fee

first_img1 Andone celebrates scoring for Deportivo Brighton & Hove Albion have agreed a deal to sign Deportivo La Coruna striker Florin Andone for an undisclosed fee.The Romania international will join the Premier League club on a five-year contract when the window for international transfers opens on June 8.The 25-year-old scored 18 goals in 69 appearances during his two seasons with Spanish side Deportivo.Albion manager Chris Hughton said Andone had been a long-term target.“We are delighted that Florin has agreed to join us. He is a player that we have tracked for some time and he will add a new dimension to our attacking options,” Hughton told the club’s official website.“He is a very hard-working player, and has proven his quality at the highest level in Spain, as well as at international level.“I am looking forward to working with him next season.”Andone, who has scored once in 21 appearances for his country, played three times at Euro 2016.He moved to Spain at an early age and made his senior debut for second division side Castellon before joining Villarreal in 2013.Following a loan spell with Atletico Baleares, the forward moved on to Cordoba, where 27 goals in 58 games earned his 2016 transfer to Depor.His arrival at the Amex Stadium will boost Albion’s attacking options, which already include top-scorer Glenn Murray and record-signing Jurgen Locadia, ahead of their second successive season in the top flight.last_img read more

Spurs appear ready for life after Vertonghen by targeting another Premier League ace

first_img 2 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Vertonghen injured his hamstring against Huddersfield at the end of September England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Most popular Premier League news shining Vertonghen, meanwhile, is one of the club’s most popular players, in addition to being one of the longest serving.The 31-year-old, who will be 32 in April, signed from Ajax in 2012 and has been ever present in the back line since.His current contract expires at the end of the season and in September explained the club may trigger a clause in the deal that would see him remain until 2020.“My contract is expiring at the end of the season, but Tottenham have an option to extend it with one year,” he said.“I think they will take up the option. We’ll see what happens.” Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars deals REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 2 silverware huge blow center_img REVEALED Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Tottenham are targeting Nathan Ake in their search for a new centre-back.The club confirmed that Jan Vertonghen’s hamstring injury will keep him out of action until December and Ake, report The Sun, is thought to be valued at around £40million. The 23-year-old has impressed for Eddie Howe’s side so far this season and is also a full Dutch international.He moved to Chelsea’s academy from Feyenoord in 2011 at the age of 16 and, after loan spells at Reading, Norwich and Bournemouth, made the move to the south coast permanent, with the Cherries paying around £20m in 2017. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card gameday cracker tense Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REAL DEAL no dice Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Ake has been at Bournemouth since his £20m move from Chelsea in 2017 Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham starlast_img read more

Women’s Basketball Travels To UNI Friday Night

first_imgCEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team plays its third-straight road contest on Friday night when it travels to UNI with a 7 p.m. tipoff scheduled at the McLeod Center. The in-state matchup will be broadcast online via The Valley On ESPN3. Drake (17-7, 10-3 MVC) and UNI (15-9, 10-3 MVC) along with Missouri State are locked in a first place tie on top of the Missouri Valley Conference standings. The Panthers defeated the Bulldogs by a score of 79-73 on Jan. 24 at the Knapp Center. Drake dropped its last game at Indiana State, 68-53, as the Bulldogs struggled to shoot the basketball at 30.9 percent from the floor and made just 3-of-20 attempts from behind the three-point line. Even with the poor shooting, Drake only trailed by five points at halftime, but an 11-2 run by Indiana State to start the third quarter proved to be the difference. Junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) scored 18 points while sophomore Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Indiana State held Drake, the MVC’s top scoring team at 80.2 points per game, to its lowest season total. The Sycamores are one of two league teams that hold opponents to less than 60.0 a game. UNI is the other top defensive team as it holds opponents to a league-low 58.2 points per game. Friday night features the MVC’s top offense and defense in a game that will factor heavily in the race for the regular season title. Junior Madison Weekly leads the Panthers and ranks second behind Wendell in the MVC at 17.3 points per game. Following Friday night’s game, Drake returns to the Knapp Center for its final two home games of the season as Loyola visits on Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. followed by Bradley on Feb. 28 at 2 p.m.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Jesus Luzardo makes strong case for A’s rotation in final Cactus League start

first_imgMESA, Ariz. — Jesús Luzardo allowed an earned run in a Cactus League outing for the first time and yet it still may have been his most impressive.In a final audition for the last spot in the A’s starting rotation before the club takes off for Japan, Luzardo continued to impress in Sunday’s 5-4 win over the San Francisco Giants. The left-hander upped his workload to 62 pitches and allowed just one run on four hits with a walk and five strikeouts over four innings of work.A’s manager Bob Melvin …last_img read more

Raiders GM Mike Mayock: Time for Antonio Brown to be all in, or all out

first_img“ … NAPA — Raiders coach Jon Gruden said on the first day of training camp the team expected a lot more drama from Antonio Brown after his arrival in a hot air balloon.Turns out that after 24 days of drama, the Raiders have had their fill.After Brown missed the Raiders’ walk-through in the morning and practice in the afternoon, general manager Mike Mayock made the following statement to the assembled media: Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

Final chapter in Italian stem cell controversy?

first_imgA long-running controversy sparked by the Italian government’s decision to fund a clinical trial of an unapproved stem cell therapy may have reached its final chapter. Last week, a panel of experts appointed by the Italian Ministry of Health concluded that the trial of the so-called Stamina method should not move forward.A similar panel reached the same conclusion in 2013, citing scientific flaws and safety concerns, but that ruling was set aside after a legal challenge. This time, Italy’s minister of health, Beatrice Lorenzin, says the new panel’s 3 October recommendation is final and has vowed to block any trial.Meanwhile, 20 people involved in promoting the therapy, including its leading proponent, are facing allegations of criminal conduct. In April, Italian prosecutors released a report alleging that the group was engaged in fraud by selling the therapy to patients. 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Foundation President Davide Vannoni claims that the therapy, based on bone marrow stem cells, can promote the growth of new neurons and hence cure a vast range of neurodegenerative diseases. In 2013, the Italian Parliament earmarked €3 million for a trial, amid pressure from patients and some media outlets, and despite investigations by health care officials that resulted in decrees to halt the treatments. The decision to fund the trial drew immediate criticism from stem cell researchers and others, prompting officials to order the initial 2013 expert review.Vannoni continues to back the therapy, despite last week’s setback. “The decision has left me amazed,” he tells ScienceInsider. The committee was supposed to only fine-tune the design of the trial, he says, not rule on its feasibility. Vannoni says he will again go to court in an effort to set aside the panel’s conclusions. He won a similar case in 2013, when a judge ruled that some members of the original panel that reviewed the work were not impartial.No patients are currently receiving the Stamina treatment, in part because prosecutors in Turin recently seized vials containing patient cells and tissues from a hospital involved in the therapy. And Luca Pani, director of Italy’s drug regulator, AIFA, says his agency’s investigations show that the treatments should not resume. Investigators found “a number of serious violations which leave no room for interpretation,” he said in a statement issued after the panel issued its recommendation. “In any Western advanced country, a few pages of that decree would have been sufficient to determine the cessation of any activity.”last_img read more

Life is a Soda Bottle…

first_imgWow! Imported shampoo! Imported T-shirt! Imported soaps! Imported chocolates! Wow! Lives abroad! Vacations abroad! Accent, etc., etc. Wow! What’s in the bags? I would rather say, “What’s in a bottle?”How passé these lines sound today. Two decades ago, they were pride points; foreign countries were a fantasy. Products brought from there were enough to make people envious, although nobody cared to look at the labels — Made in India, Vietnam, China, Bangladesh, etc. If you had a distant aunt or cousin living in New York you would feel proud to share their stories with friends. Even if they brought you soaps from hotels they had stayed in, you would show them off in your bathroom. When they paid with a credit card at a posh restaurant where they took you for dinner, you would be in an awe of the shining gold piece of plastic. And yes, when they ordered salads, which, of course, you would never want to eat, you would be all gaga about it. When they asked, “What will you have for dessert?” you would find yourselves on the horns of a dilemma. Oh God, what should I order?They yellow Faber Castell pencils were the pride of your pencil box. The M&Ms, Snickers and Mars were so wow. And hello, how can you forget the Peanut Butter and Kool Aid? The camera that uncle carried around was amazing and it was called a Handi-Cam! The manicure kit my cousin gifted me would accompany me to all the cities I travelled. And, by God, their kids, they could never be wrong. Even if they cried or screamed for absurd reasons, it was okay. The list is endless, but I cannot neglect the little things: they drank Bisleri mineral water, used hand sanitizer and would only sleep with mosquito repellent!I say, “The bottle is full of soda!”I am sure all you desis out there know what I am talking about. The imported shampoo didn’t do much for your hair. You might have discovered that your oversized T-shirt was a give-away at your cousin’s university or some event or bought while on vacation at a flea market. The chocolates… even those who have have visited the M&M and Hershey store in Times Square, know they are no match for 5 Star. What a taste man! I am craving for it right now. Yes, the smooth chocolate and the gooey toffee beneath…. Umm, umm. Today, when you see the label on that little black dress or the linen shirt at Macy’s with a “Made in India” label, you feel proud and wonder, why is this so expensive?Okay! So your aunt, some uncle and a distant cousin who used to visit India once every three years live here. Sooo? What a life! Do you guys have a full time Bai or a Maharaj? Believe me, the dishwasher is a bigger pain! Lavender crèmes? Hello, I still use my Indian Nivea and ya those shell shaped hotel soaps, they just made my skin dry. When I talk to my friends back in India now, I actually sometimes am jealous of their lifestyle — maids, cooks, smaller rents, bigger houses, no parking problems, no tickets, small health insurance premium and ya the doctor gives you the reports by hand. So what have you got? Peanut Butter and Kool Aid? Very unhealthy! Salads? My home made roti and bhindi ki sabzi beats it hands down. And can the rice and French beans stand any chance before daal chawal? As for that dessert you were inquiring about? I don’t think a chocolate mousse or a Tiramisu really works for me. Can you pass over two pieces of gulab jamuns or gajar ka halwa please? What say you? I know half of you will be panting for an Indian restaurant or whipping up an Indian meal this weekend.Handi-cams? Sorry, I don’t have any room for that in my backpack, what with the water bottle, umbrella, and book. My 16 megapixel phone camera does just fine. And Mr. Cousin, his kids. Would you believe it, they are are thinking of shifting back to India?? Ha, ha, ha. Don’t bother taking back the manicure kit you brought for me. Even the nail cutter was hopeless.I am missing the matke ka paani. What on earth got you hooked on Bisleri?Life has a way of coming full circles, bubbles. Heck the fizz is gone from the soda bottle. Related Itemslast_img read more