Delight as funding sanctioned for pier community in west Donegal

first_imgThe community in Curransport have received a huge boost as it was announced that €60,000 of government funding has been granted to upgrade and repair the pier structure in the area. The Local Authority funding programme forms part of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marines’ 2019 Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme.A timeline for the repairs has not yet been scheduled but Cllr Micheal Mac Giolla Easpuig said the funding announcement was ‘exciting’ for the Port Uí Chuirreain area.  He said: “I have been pushing for some time for Donegal County Council and the government to fund repairs to the pier in Port Uí Chuirreain. “There was a large hole in that pier for quite some time and I was really fighting to get it fixed,” he added.  “The water is quite deep around that area and it was badly needed.“But the money will go towards putting a brand new cover over the pier, so they are going to cover the slip, tidy the whole place up, and it should improve the overall area.”Last month, government funding of €172,500 was announced for six pier and harbour communities. “Ideally, we now need bigger money to add to that pier because as I already said, it is very deep water beyond that pier but it is encouraging to see that money being announced,” Cllr Mac Giolla Easpuig added. “It is a great start for that community and there needs in that area.”Delight as funding sanctioned for pier community in west Donegal was last modified: May 1st, 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

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Focus on Tennessee: Derrick Henry poses huge problem for Raiders

first_imgJosh Jacobs used to love it last year when Titans running back Derrick Henry would come back to his old school and spend time with him at Alabama.“He’s like a funny big brother, honestly. He makes a lot of jokes,” the Raiders rookie running back told reporters then.But after watching recent tape of the 6-foot-3, 247-pound Henry, the Raiders failed to find any humor in his upcoming visit to Oakland this Sunday.“A big challenge, man. I mean Henry’s unbelievable,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden …last_img

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Our Solar System Is a Rare Gem

first_imgAs if in time for the upcoming film release of The Privileged Planet (see 06/24/2004 headline), Philip Ball wrote a line for Nature Science Update that would have dismayed Carl Sagan and a host of SETI researchers: “Earth-like planets may be more rare than thought… In cosmic terms, our solar system could be special after all.”  The opinion is coming from research on extrasolar planets that suggests they were formed by a different process than what formed ours.  If that is so, according to Martin Beer, our solar system may be highly unusual and “there won’t necessarily be lots of other Earths up there.”  Ball comments,Ever since Copernicus displaced the Earth from the centre of the Universe, astronomers have tended to assume that there is nothing special about our place in the cosmos.  But apparently our planetary system might not be so normal after all.  Is it just chance that makes Jupiter different from other extrasolar planets?  Beer and his colleagues suspect not.Ball suggests that our solar system was formed by accretion of planetesimals, whereas the extrasolar planets seen so far were formed by a rapid disk instability process.  The observations show 110 Jupiter-class objects with wildly eccentric orbits or orbits too close to the star; in either case, rocky planets in the habitable zone could not exist.  In contrast, our Jupiter is far from the sun, and both Earth and Jupiter have nearly circular orbits.  More observations will be required to discern whether there really are two methods for making solar systems, and for determining “how unusual we really are.”    An article on Astrobiology Magazine makes a similar statement.  “On the evidence to date, our solar system could be fundamentally different from the majority of planetary systems around stars because it formed in a different way.  If that is the case, Earth-like planets will be very rare.”  Space.Com has a similar report.It was common for magazine and newspaper articles in the Sagan era to claim as matters of fact, “We are nothing special,” and to drone in weary prose set to timeless Vangelis music about how we are lost in space, drifting aimlessly on a tiny speck of insignificant dust in a vast, uncaring universe.  The data so far are not supporting that point of view.  Also, to set the record straight, Copernicus did not displace Earth from the center of the universe, because medieval cosmologists never put it there to begin with (see 06/24/2004 headline).    It’s refreshing to see Philip Ball and some others starting to change their tone and recognize the extraordinary congruence of improbable factors that make our planet beautiful.  Next step is to help them cure their bad habit of talking like eyewitness news reporters, and treating speculative theories as historical facts.  Most of the following fairy tale from the NSU article, for instance, is built on imagination, not fact:The planets in our Solar System were put together from small pieces.  The cloud of gas and dust that surrounded our newly formed Sun agglomerated into little pebbles, which then collided and stuck together to form rocky boulders and eventually mini-planets, called planetesimals.  The coalescence of planetesimals created rocky planets such as Earth and Mars, and the solid cores of giant planets such as Jupiter, which then attracted thick atmospheres of gas.Recent observations are showing that stars blast away their dust disks in short order, far too rapidly for the formation of planets, even if the rest of the fairy tale were true.  But then, small bits of dust and rock do not stick together; they bounce.  What’s more, it takes a pretty large body to have enough gravity to start attracting material around it, and then it has to stop attracting material in time to avoid being dragged into the star.  So there are multiple improbabilities in getting a solar system to form.  Even the showcase of planetary evolution, Tau Ceti, is now looking too hostile to be considered a planet garden (see 07/06/2004 headline).  If you don’t accept the Design viewpoint, you have to thank your lucky star: the sun.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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New Years Resolutions for…Your Travel Bug®

first_img*Never post a picture with a visible  tracking number online!Trackable Zoey is spending a fun day at the beach.Have fun finding a goal that is meaningful for you and makes you happy and send off your trackable into the world! If you are a bit rusty on the details, here are 3 Tips to help keep Travel Bugs on the Road.What is the most exciting goal for a trackable, you came across? Let us know in the comments below!Share with your Friends:More The beginning of each year is traditionally the time to set new goals. Some might want to shed a few extra pounds, or make more time for family and friends.As a geocacher, you can set very specific goals to up your geocaching game in 2014. You might want to tackle a D5/T5 or finally find this tricky geocache that you just cannot spot. You maybe want to host your first CITO-Event (Cash in Trash Out) or hide a creative geocache.Rick Mastracchio and the Travel Bug in Space.This January might be the time to take new year resolutions a step further, look at your trackable items and see what goals they have! If you have neglected your Travel Bugs and Geocoins for a while, we want to inspire you to take another look and maybe do some trackable goal Spring cleaning.Not every trackable can make it to the International Space Station, but most of them can certainly have a exciting journey and touch the lives of many geocachers.Take Zoey, a trackable from the Netherlands, for example: Zoey’s goal is to meet many geocachers in the Netherlands and spend a day or two in their homes to get to know them better. Since 2009 Zoey has met many geocachers who have documented his visit in almost 700 pictures posted on the trackable details page.If you wonder, how you can choose a successful trackable mission, have a look at our 3 best tips: The goal should be achievable. Have your trackable do something, that is fairly easy to attain. You can always edit its mission and kick it up a notch, if the goal has been reached. The goal should be size-appropriate. A large hitch-hiker such as Zoey could never fit into a small geocache container, so the goal to travel from geocacher to geocacher, rather than geocache to geocache was a smart choice. A smaller Travel Bug or Geocoin on the other hand would have less problems to travel from geocache to geocache.center_img The goal you choose should engage other geocachers. Asking the geocacher to take a picture of the trackable* on its journey for example, can turn the trackable details page into a photo album. SharePrint Related3 Tips for New Geocachers – Geocaching.com Weekly NewsletterSeptember 12, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”2 Steps to Help Keep Your Travel Bug TravelingOctober 8, 2014In “Community”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 11): The Magic of trackable promotionsMay 10, 2018Similar postlast_img read more

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Dissatisfaction Leads to Growth

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Dissatisfaction doesn’t get the respect it deserves. Of course, we want to identify it in a prospective client so we can create an opportunity. But dissatisfaction is more important than that.Dissatisfaction is what leads to growth.If you are satisfied with the status quo, then you are not growing. It’s the unhappiness with the way things are that creates the need for change.Growth comes from believing that things can be better. Dissatisfaction provides the answer to the question, “Better than what?”Dissatisfaction is what leads to growth for your clients. But it is also what helps you to grow both personally and professionally. You are dissatisfied with what you are because you know that you can be more. You are dissatisfied with what you are doing because you know that you can do more (and not more activity, more things that create meaning and purpose). You are dissatisfied because you know that you can have more.When you are so dissatisfied with the way things are that you can no longer accept them, you are ready to grow.Dissatisfaction is what gets us unstuck.When you are stuck, it’s the dissatisfaction that compels you to take action.Your clients get stuck. They find ways to work around all of the problems and challenges they have rather than investing the time, money, and energy to improve them. It’s the dissatisfaction with being stuck that eventually moves them enough to do something. You help by giving them a vision of what’s possible and helping them become dissatisfied with being stuck.You can get stuck too. When you do, frustration is your ally. It’s your dissatisfaction that compels you to make changes that get you unstuck. There is a reason we all want “breakthroughs.” You are breaking through being stuck.Dissatisfaction is the root of your breakthroughs.Dissatisfaction kills complacency.You have two choices when it comes to serving your clients. You can wait until they become dissatisfied before you try to help them with their breakthrough, but by being complacent, you are opening up the opportunity for your competitors to develop that dissatisfaction and competitively displace you. Or you can proactively create dissatisfaction.Creating dissatisfaction keeps you and your client from becoming complacent. And that’s the best client retention program available.But you can’t allow yourself to become complacent either. You need to spend time with people who will help you develop a bigger version of yourself. You need to spend time with folks who will challenge you to be your very best, like a mastermind group or a group of fellow hustlers. You need to feel some pressure to grow. Complacency is a killer.Dissatisfaction is the key to growth. It’s okay to be pleased, but it isn’t okay to be satisfied.last_img read more

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Jamaica Public Service Foundation Launched

first_img The Foundation will enhance provisions and outputs of early childhood institutions The Jamaica Public Service (JPS) has established its Foundation, which will serve as the main channel through which the firm undertakes its community outreach activities.The JPS Foundation, which was launched at the entity’s Ruthven Road offices in St. Andrew on August 22, seeks, among other things, to enhance provisions and outputs of early childhood institutions, and communities.The overarching objectives include: assisting early childhood institutions to meet and surpass basic standards set by the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) for staffing; development/educational programmes; interactions and relationships with children; physical environment; indoor and outdoor equipment; furnishing and supplies; health; nutrition; safety; and interaction with parents and community members.Three schools have already been identified which the Foundation will endeavour to develop into model institutions over the next three years.  These are: the Mount Olive Basic School in Rockfort, Kingston; York Town Basic School, Clarendon; and Falmouth Gardens Basic School, Trelawny.Speaking with JIS News following the launch, Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Minister, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, who commended the effort, described the initiative as a “tremendous effort” by JPS to advance its community outreach programme.“The objectives are laudable, especially as it focuses on early childhood education and tries to create these model basic schools across the country. It really is in keeping with a new thrust on the part of the JPS…an approach to humanize the efforts of the company and to get consumers to appreciate them for more than just (the provision of) electricity,” he said.President and Chief Executive Officer of the JPS, Kelly Tomblin, said the decision to start with three schools is to ensure the project’s sustainability.“A part of our focus is to bite off just what we can chew in the first instance, and we want to get these three finished. For us it’s starting there, but we think, in the future, we will have many more schools. We are so thrilled with these schools and we strongly believe that if we’re going to have prosperity then we have to begin with the children,” she told JIS News.In addition, the Foundation will provide support for the firm’s over 400 employees involvement in various projects in their communities. The staff will also have the opportunity to identify and contribute to the needs of a school, including sponsoring a child.The foundation will also facilitate employees serving as mentors in their communities, or getting involved in the schools supported by the Foundation The decision to start with three schools is to ensure the project’s sustainability The Foundation will serve as the main channel for its community outreach activities Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Parents Urged to be Main Influencers in Children’s Lives

first_img The National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) is imploring parents to become the primary influencers in the lives of their children, in order to create more positive outcomes for their future.Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NPSC, Kaysia Kerr, said that the responsibility of the parent is a major one, which cannot be taken lightly.She said that there has been a gradual shift in responsibility, which has contributed to a decline in values, accountability and integrity in the society.“We encourage parents not to give up the reins of leadership to external individuals or entities. We must recognise that we are the first role models for our children and they depend on us for guidance,” said Ms. Kerr.She argued that the danger of reneging on one’s role and responsibility as a parent is that an avenue opens up for negative forces to become the role models for children.“We have seen where young people are increasingly idolising and emulating a number of players in both local and international popular culture, some of whose values may be questionable, and the effects are being felt in the display of deviant behaviour within our society,” she pointed out.Ms. Kerr said the NPSC is committed to empowering parents with the necessary information and guidance to ensure that they are fully equipped to lay the proper foundation for the development of their children.“We want to remind parents that the concept of leading by example is not just a cliché. If we are going to make any inroads into addressing some of the existing social ills, we must begin at home by modelling ideal behaviour patterns for our children,” she pointed out.The NPSC is making preparations for Parent Month in November, during which a number of activities will be held under the theme ‘Be the Influence’.Among them are parent villages in Kingston and Montego Bay, a national church service as well as sensitisation sessions in several communities across the island. The National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) is imploring parents to become the primary influencers in the lives of their children, in order to create more positive outcomes for their future. The NPSC is making preparations for Parent Month in November, during which a number of activities will be held under the theme ‘Be the Influence’. Ms. Kerr said the NPSC is committed to empowering parents with the necessary information and guidance to ensure that they are fully equipped to lay the proper foundation for the development of their children. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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