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FINDINGS OF HOSPITAL FLOOD INVESTIGATION TO BE PUBLISHED AT END OF MONTH

first_imgA group set up to examine a report into the latest flooding at Letterkenny General Hospital will publish its findings by the end of this month.Letterkenny General HospitalAn interim report into flooding at the hospital was considered by the Letterkenny Hospital Rebuild Steering Group on Friday Sept 26.The Steering Group expects to be in a position to publish the results of the investigation near end October, when the full report and all related documentation will be made available to the public. On Friday Oct 3rd, the Chair of the Letterkenny Hospital Rebuild Steering Group, Bill Maher, Group Chief Executive of the West/North West Hospitals Group, and the Chair of the Investigation Team, John Browner, Assistant National Director, HSE Estates, shared progress to date with local public representatives and consulted with them on the next steps that are being taken as the report is being brought to a conclusion.The meeting was also attended by the interim chair of the West/North West Hospitals Group, Dr John Killeen; non-executive director of the West/North West Hospitals Group, Donegal solicitor, Sharon Moohan; the general manager of Letterkenny General Hospital, Séan Murphy; HSE Estates Manager Mike Bermingham; and Facilities Manager, LGH, Peter Byrne.Mr Fergal Doherty, Area Manager, Roads & Transportation, represented Donegal County Council at the meeting.The public representatives were updated on the investigations and remedial works that are taking place within the grounds of Letterkenny General Hospital and the investigations that are being conducted or identified as necessary outside of the hospital grounds so that the risk of flooding at the hospital can be eliminated or reduced into the future. Mr Bill Maher, Group Chief Executive of the West/North West Hospitals Group, stated, “We had a very constructive meeting and valuable input from the public representatives.”He thanked Deputy Charlie McConalogue TD, Deputy Joe McHugh TD, Cllr. Ciaran Brogan, Cllr. Gerry Crawford, Cllr. James Pat McDaid and Cllr Bernard McGuinness for their attendance. FINDINGS OF HOSPITAL FLOOD INVESTIGATION TO BE PUBLISHED AT END OF MONTH was last modified: October 7th, 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:donegalfloodLetterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more

Going batty in Southern Africa

first_imgThe Cohen’s horseshoe species is only found in Mpumalanga in the Sudwala area near Nelspruit. (Image: Patty Ruback) Dr Samantha Stoffberg was responsible for the conclusive DNA studies that identified four new horseshoe bat species. The Mozambican horseshoe bat is a medium-sized species in the complex. It is widespread in Mozambique and northwest Zimbabwe. (Images: Stellenbosch University) MEDIA CONTACTS • Engela Duvenhage   Media: Faculty of Science   Stellenbosch University  +27 82 874 1291 RELATED ARTICLES • New bug leaps into history books • Mount Mabu yields hidden bounty • New solutions for water conservation • Cape Town gets new nature reservesWilma den HartighA group of South African zoologists and bat experts are part of an international team that has discovered four new species of horseshoe bats in East and Southern Africa.The discovery puts a spotlight on improving efforts to conserve the continent’s rich and expanding biodiversity, protecting new bat species in South Africa and recognising the important role of these flying mammals in the ecosystem.Previously scientists thought that there was only one type of large horseshoe bat, Hildebrandt’s horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus hildebrandtii), widespread throughout East Africa, Zimbabwe and South Africa’s Mpumalanga province.However, after years of research, piecing together clues such as DNA data and the frequency of sonar calls, scientists have found that there are in fact four other species.They are: Cohen’s horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus cohenae), Smithers’ horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus smithersi), the Mozambican horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus mossambicus) and the Mount Mabu horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus mabuensis).The study was led by bat experts and evolutionary geneticists Prof Peter Taylor of the University of Venda, Dr Samantha Stoffberg of Stellenbosch University (SU), Prof Ara Monadjem of the University of Swaziland, Dr Corrie Schoeman of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Dr Julian Bayliss of the Conservation Science Group at the University of Cambridge in the UK and the Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust in Malawi, SU’s Dr Woody Cotterill and the Africa Earth Observatory Network.Conclusive DNA evidenceStoffberg, who is a postdoctoral researcher in the evolutionary genomics research group of the Department of Botany and Zoology at SU, was responsible for the conclusive DNA studies.“Describing new mammals is not that common, and certainly not four at once,” Stoffberg says. “And there are more on the way.”She explains that the newly-described flying mammals are good examples of cryptic species, which means that they are difficult to tell apart based on their external appearance.This is one of the biggest challenges in the study of bats, says Stoffberg. “Because they all fly and echolocate, they look very similar. DNA comparisons have made it possible for us to clearly distinguish between these species.”The scientists also used other characteristics such as skull shape, genitalia and DNA sequencing to identify and classify the new species.Distinct sonar callsHorseshoe bats can all be identified by their horseshoe-shaped noseleaves, which amplify and direct their very distinct echolocation calls.Echolocation, a biological sonar system, is a fascinating navigation tool used by mammals such as bats and certain birds that enables them to fly in the dark.Echolocating animals release a call and then listen for the echoes to return from objects near them. The echo of the sound waves helps these animals to determine the shape of surrounding objects.These specific calls were the first clues that the scientists scrutinised. “We found these differ not only among bats from various parts of Africa, but critically of bats found in the same localities,” said Cotterill.Renewed efforts to study and protect batsStoffberg developed an interest in bats when she was a third-year student at the University of Cape Town. “We were exposed to bats as one of the study animals and I was hooked,” she says.“There is so much about bats that we don’t know, especially in terms of answering evolutionary questions.”According to Stoffberg accurate identification of bats is important to ensure that the best conservation efforts are put in place to protect these animals.“The discovery of the new species is important in terms of conserving South Africa’s biodiversity,” she says, adding that knowledge of a bat’s geographical distribution, particularly if it is limited such as that of the Cohen species, is important for its survival.“To conserve something you need to know what you have,” she explains.The Cohen species is only found in Mpumalanga in the Sudwala area near Nelspruit.Prof Peter Taylor of the University of Venda, lead author of the study, is not aware of any other bat species being endemic to Mpumalanga, which highlights the conservation importance of the Cohen’s horseshoe bat.Cotterill explains that the Smithers’ horseshoe bat only seems to be found in the northwestern regions of the Zambezi escarpment in Zimbabwe, remote areas of the Kruger National Park in the Pafuri area, and the Soutpansberg Mountains in Limpopo.These bats have the highest echolocation frequency of all the members of this species-complex.Pest control and pollination Bats also have an important role in the ecosystem. “They eat a lot of potentially harmful agricultural pests and keep insect populations in check,” Stoffberg says.They are also very effective pollinators because unlike birds, they travel further. Fruit bats, for example, are responsible for pollination of baobab flowers.Stoffberg says that the study of bats has been neglected, but with advancements in technology it is becoming easier to study these fascinating animals.• Slideshow image courtesy of welchlinks.comlast_img read more

Recycling Rates Decline in California

first_imgPlastics recycling goes up in CanadaNorth of the border, the Canadian Plastics Industry Association reports that the amount of plastic packaging that was recycled rose by 3% between 2013 and 2014.At least 707 million pounds of post-consumer plastic were collected for recycling in 2014, Moore Recycling Associates said.Most of the increase in recycling came from plastic film and high-density polyethylene bottle recycling, due in part to more aggressive curbside pickup programs.Krista Friesen, vice president of sustainability at the plastics industry association, said that the 3% gain is more than it sounds like because packaging, overall, is getting lighter. “So,” she said, “to realize any increase means that a larger volume of plastics were recovered.” Recycling rates have dropped in California, and for the first time since 2010 are below 50%. Plastic News reports that the statewide recycling rate fell to 47% last year, a decline of 3 percentage points from the year before. The new data from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) suggest that the state has some catching up to do if it hopes to meet a recycling goal of 75% by 2020.Recycling centers around the state have closed, the trade publication says, as the state reduced the fees it pays for handling plastic bottles and other containers. At the same time, commodity prices for aluminum and PET, a clear plastic used for water and soda bottles, have declined.“Recyclers across all industries are hurting,” said Teresa Bui, a legislative and policy analyst with Californians Against Waste (CAW). “The low commodity prices for paper, plastic, and metals are all driven by low oil prices. It’s cheaper to by virgin materials to make new PET bottles than purchase recycled PET.”Mark Murray, CAW’s executive director, called the statistics “an embarrassing blemish,” and said that the state’s recycling future is at a crossroads. Murray said that more than 660 California recycling centers have closed in the last 12 months and hundreds more could meet the same fate unless the state legislature restores recycling reimbursements to 2015 levels. CAW said that while recycling rates fell, disposal amounts increased by 2 million tons in 2015.Plastic News said that the “diversion rate,” a broader measure that includes materials used for fuel, landfill cover, and roads, stood at 63% last year. According to CalReycle, the state recycled and composted roughly 37 million tons of material in 2015. The agency says that about half the solid waste produced every day is buried in landfills, burned to produce energy, or otherwise disposed of.last_img read more

Compton: Aces’ early exit ‘not acceptable’

first_imgAlaska head coach Alex Compton. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUpon meeting Terrence Romeo on their way out of the hallways of Mall of Asia Arena, Alaska coach Alex Compton couldn’t stop himself from sharing a light moment with the player responsible for his team’s demise in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.“Great shot, you jerk,” Compton said with a laugh to the GlobalPort star, who nailed the game-winning 3-pointer with 8.1 seconds remaining to push Batang Pier into the quarterfinals and knock off the Aces.ADVERTISEMENT Compton admits that he’s not prepared for a lengthy vacation, saying that with all due respect to GlobalPort, he expected to be up all night deciphering ways to stop the Ginebra juggernaut in the quarterfinals.“This is strange country for me. I’m not prepared for this. I didn’t prepare to lose. I was prepared to stay all night reviewing the Ginebra stuff. I’m not used to this. It’s not ok,” he said.Unfortunately, Compton’s expectations will not be reality as Alaska now faces a long offseason pondering where things went south.That’s what an eight-game losing streak does to any team. Starting off 4-0 this conference, the Aces seemed to have lost hold of their identity as they bowed out for the first time in nine conferences under the guidance of the American coach.Compton himself observed the dip in Alaska’s defense as it allowed its foes to shoot 44.8-percent from the field, third-worst in the league, while also hauling down a league-worst 44.0 rebounds per outing.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Fearless Romeo saves day for GlobalPort: ‘It was a gutsy move’ MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds “I think defensively, we are near the bottom. We needed a couple of stops late, but GlobalPort made their shots today,” he said. “I think the number one thing is our defense is a bit missing-in-action and in spurts, we’re not the best offensive team in the league.”“We typically play really hard and generate some points off our defense and it wasn’t that it was completely gone, it just was kind of uphill, downhill roller-coaster. To be in this league, you got to be consistent and that’s really my main concern.”With no other choice but to reassess their current state, Compton said little of what to expect from his team going into the 2017 Governors’ Cup.One thing is definite, though, the Aces will look at this offseason with a lot of pressure as they seek rebound from the failed campaigns this past two conferences.“I’m sure we will talk. We don’t lack data or effort in studying film, or the things that are readily obvious for us that I won’t share publicly. We just have to be better,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCPcenter_img Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES GlobalPort won, 107-106, as Alaska missed the playoffs for the first time since the 2012 Governors’ Cup.Compton may have had a little laugh with Romeo but he knows his team’s early exit is no joke.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I think we just didn’t get it done and it’s not acceptable,” Compton said. “I’m aware of some factors, but I care not to share them right now.”“Any factors I’d share will be deemed excuses and I don’t believe in excuse-making, so I won’t make excuses. We’re aware of some reason why. The bottomline is we didn’t get it done and it didn’t meet our standards.” View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Jaya asks barefoot TN minister to wear chappals

first_imgWhat the chief minister of Tamil Nadu wants, she gets.Ever since she ordered the barefoot information and technology minister to wear shoes, R.B. Udhayakumar has been sporting Bata chappals. Udhayakumar, Jayalalithaa’s devotee since 1997, had declared that he worships the ground that Amma walks on, and vowed never to wear,What the chief minister of Tamil Nadu wants, she gets.Ever since she ordered the barefoot information and technology minister to wear shoes, R.B. Udhayakumar has been sporting Bata chappals. Udhayakumar, Jayalalithaa’s devotee since 1997, had declared that he worships the ground that Amma walks on, and vowed never to wear footwear to the secretariat. “She is my god and I will obey her,” he now says. His feet are grateful for such obedience.last_img read more

Najam bestowed with Shan-e-Mohammedan honour

first_imgKolkata, Jun 23 (PTI) Mohammedan Sporting Club today bestowed the honour of the Shan-e-Mohammedan to former India International Latifuddin Najam for his overall contributions towards the 126-year-old club. The Shan-e-Mohammedan is the Lifetime Achievement Award of Mohammedan Sporting Club, which is awarded annually to respect and laud indispensable contribution of football players to the club. “It is a great feeling that your services to the club have been recognised. I have always played for passion, and it was such a pleasure and joy to be able to do what I did,” Latifuddin said after receiving the award and a sum of Rs 1 lakh at their Iftar Party today. “I never think of any awards while playing but today I felt honored to receive this award from Mohammedan Sporting Club. I wish this award will serve as an inspiration to the younger generation to do their best for the club.” Son of 1952 Helsinki Olympian Syed Khaja Moinuddin, the Hyderabadi winger was one of the most skilled players ever to step foot in Kolkata Maidan and helped the club to win many accolades during his 10-year-long stint. “The greatest memory was to score the equaliser for India in the final of 1974 Asian Junior Championship. Going into the final against Iran, not many people gave us a chance but we had self belief and fought hard to earn a 2-2 draw and crowned joint winners,” Latifuddin said. “I dont think there was any low points in my career. However, there was few moments when I felt disappointed. One of them was not being able to win the Calcutta Football League for Mohammedan Sporting Club in 1975. I thought we had the best team that year and all of us were in good form but one bad match finished it all.” Asked about the decline of Hyderabad football, he said: “I think there are a lot of issues tied in there. We have administrative problems in Hyderabad football. Even players themselves may not be as focused as they should be. “I suppose complacency would be a factor as well as the fact that we thought because we have always produced great players over the years, we dont have to do much and they will keep turning up and by the time we realised that its not so easy, we were already on our way down the ladder. Hyderabad football have been the architect of its own decline, we really cant blame anybody else.” PTI TAP ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Making Money Renting Your Car: The 411 on Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing

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Mintspiration: Backyard Campout

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5 School Lunch Ideas That Go Beyond the Brown Bag

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The 10 Most Popular Personal Finance Books of All Time (According to Amazon)

first_imgPersonal finance is one of the most important skills you can possibly learn, though it’s sadly not a natural-born trait for most.Without somebody to guide us and teach us the value of holding on to our money and using it to make even more money, we’re likely to spend, spend, spend on any piece of useless junk that comes our way.Luckily, there are plenty of guides out there, in the form of personal finance books.Sadly, with the rise of e-publishing, any yahoo can write a book about how to manage your money.However, with those guys, Tip #1 should be “buying this book is a waste of your money, so don’t do it.”Instead, stick with what has been proven to work in the past, with these best-selling books by true financial experts.This is not us saying these books are the ten best, it’s EVERYONE saying these books are the ten best.10. Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth, by T. Harv EkerMillionaires, or anyone good with money, think differently than people who don’t have any or who can’t hold on to what they have.Eker’s book strives to get to the bottom of this, explaining that everyone has a “money blueprint” embedded in their brains that, more than stock knowledge and investment skills, determines how you are with money.Your childhood experiences make up this blueprint, but Eker feels you can identify and change it at any time, making financial success far easier.Buy the book here.9. How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free, by Ernie J. ZelinskiMost people don’t want to work forever, and dream of a productive, financially secure retirement.Zelinski’s book is about just that, offering up great tips on how to retire early, how to do so without a million dollars in the bank, and how to keep yourself busy and happy each day.Buy the book here.8. Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon HillBecause making and saving money is such a huge part of life, its principles can also apply to non-monetary facets as well.Hill’s book makes that perfectly clear, as his tips and tricks can certainly help you get rich (hence the title,) but also help motivate you to succeed wherever you are. Ken Norton, a boxer who broke Muhammad Ali’s jaw in 1973, en route to handing The Greatest a rare defeat, credits Hill’s books for motivating him to be the best he can possibly be.Buy the book here.7. The Magic of Thinking Big, by David SchwartzSchwartz’s book is a great motivator for both money and life purposes.His idea is that people succeed only if they’re optimistic, believe in themselves, find something positive in even the worst failure, and generally assume that, in the end, they’re going to win.And he’s right — very few people successfully save if they constantly think they’re going to lose everything at any time.Convince yourself you’re a winner, and your bank account will follow suit.Buy the book here.6. Smart Money, Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money, by Dave Ramsey and Rachel CruzeIt’s great and all that YOU’RE succeeding with money, but what about your children?Ramsey and Cruze’s book reminds us that nobody’s born knowing how to save money and invest properly — it’s up to others to instill those principles in the younger generation.Luckily, kids are informational sponges, so if you instill these good values early on, they’re more likely to stick than if their broke selves were forced to learn them later on.Buy the book here.5. The Truth About Retirement Plans and IRAs, by Ric EdelmanRetirement is awesome, but getting there can be quite confusing, what with IRAs, 401(k)’s, nest eggs, and a ton of other things you pay other people to figure out.Edelman’s book works to make financing one’s retirement as uncomplicated as possible, in the hopes of raising the percentage of people with retirement funds from 50 to 100%.Buy the book here.4. Get Rich Carefully, by Jim CramerCramer hosts CNBC’s Mad Money, and has a reputation for being loud, boisterous, and a bit clownish.But don’t let that deter you from his book’s wisdom, which seeks to offer the simplest, least risky, yet successful methods toward accumulating wealth this side of “develop X-ray vision and stare at every lottery ticket until you find the million-dollar winner.”Buy the book here.3. The Compound Effect, by Darren HardyHardy’s book has a very simple thesis: every little decision you make in life, even ones that don’t seem like anything at the time, has a “compound effect” on every other part of your life.Even the smallest screw up, if left unchecked, could send your life (and finances) into a tailspin at any time.Hardy aims to help you turn every decision you make, whether it be a large-scale investment or choosing to eat out at a pricey restaurant versus cooking a large pot of stew that will feed your family for a week.Buy the book here.2. Rich Dad, Poor Dad, by Robert KiyosakiKiyosaki tells the story of two fathers: his own (who was highly educated but never made a lot of money), and his friend’s (who left school in eighth grade but is now a millionaire).The idea here is that financial success is determined not simply by what you know, but how you apply what you know.As Kiyosaki points out, a high-schooler with $50 who successfully invests and turns that money into $5000 is smarter than someone with a PhD who has $50 and spends it all on pizza and candy.Buy the book here.1. The Total Money Makeover, by Dave RamseyDave Ramsey returns to round out this list with what, according to Amazon, is the best-selling financial book of all-time.His advice rides on one very simple, and yet complicated, rule: don’t incur debt.No loans, no credit cards, a mortgage only if you absolutely positively have to — pay with cash every time, and avoid the bottomless pit of interest-incurring debt.You’ll be surprised how quickly your bank account grows when you’re not paying random fees to everybody else.Buy the book here.Do you have a favorite personal finance book that doesn’t top the bestseller list? Drop us a comment below and let us know!Mary Hiers is a personal finance writer who helps people earn more and spend less.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Post navigationlast_img read more