Man in 20s arrested in Derry to be charged with number of drug offences

first_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Man in 20s arrested in Derry to be charged with number of drug offences Google+ Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Previous articleGovernment would support papal visit to Northern Ireland – TaoiseachNext articleLisfannon Blue Flag must be regained – Donaghey News Highland Facebook A man in his 20s has been arrested and will be charged with a number of offences in relation to the possession, sale and supply of controlled drugs in Derry.Foyleside and the Moor Neighbourhood Policing Team in conjunction with Derry City and Strabane District Support Team undertook a warrant search of a residential property in the Brandywell area of Derry last night.Specialist officers in protective equipment also attended to ensure the safety of the local community.A substantial amount of controlled drugs were recovered, along with items linked to the supply of drugs.Police in Derry say they take the possession and supply of controlled drugs very seriously and need the continued support of the community in helping identify where drugs are being stored and sold. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Twitter Google+center_img Community Enhancement Programme open for applications WhatsApp News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest By News Highland – April 18, 2018 last_img read more

August Climate

first_imgRainfall in August reduced the area of extreme drought in northern Georgia. However, abnormally dry conditions and drought expanded in central and south Georgia, especially in coastal areas.August’s heat and variable rainfall had a significant impact on agriculture. Army worms became rampant in many pastures. The moist conditions in wet areas led to fungal diseases, which affected peanuts and vegetable crops. Rain hampered the harvest of corn in some locations, while corn in other locations didn’t set kernels because it was too dry. Peach production continued, although peaches were running smaller than average in size. Some pastures were still not producing hay, forcing livestock producers to sell cattle or purchase hay from out of state, while other areas with rain were seeing a return to better forage conditions and were producing hay again.Heavy rains caused traffic problems in some locations. On Aug. 22, a brief, but strong, storm was blamed for a pileup of almost 30 cars that occurred north of Atlanta in the late afternoon, injuring 13 people.The highest monthly total precipitation from National Weather Service reporting stations was 10.10 inches in Athens, Georgia — 6.57 inches above normal — and the lowest was in Valdosta, Georgia, at 1.92 inches — 3.42 inches below normal.Atlanta received 3.06 inches of rain, 0.84 inches below normal.Columbus, Georgia, received 4.37 inches of rain, 0.60 inches above normal.Macon, Georgia, received 2.03 inches of rain, 2.07 inches below normal.Savannah, Georgia, received 3.53 inches of rain, 3.03 inches below normal.Alma, Georgia, received 6.39 inches of rain, 0.98 inches above normal.Augusta, Georgia, received 3.66 inches of rain, 0.66 inches below normal.Brunswick, Georgia, received 3.80 of rain, 2.47 inches below normal. Albany, Georgia, received 4.68 inches of rain, 0.16 inches below normal.Rome, Georgia, received 6.42 inches of rain, 2.29 inches above normal. One daily rainfall record was set in August. Athens received 4.97 inches of rain on Aug. 4 in just a few hours, smashing the old record of 1.88 inches set in 1948. This was calculated to be close to a 500-year rainfall event, and the storm caused minor flooding and fallen trees. The rain also led to the collapse of roofs on a bowling alley and an auto repair shop. The record-setting rain helped make the month Athens’ second-wettest August on record after 1908, which had 18.43 inches of rain due to a low-pressure center that lingered over northeast Georgia for a week at the end of the month, similar to the weather event that caused flooding rain in Louisiana this month.The highest single-day rainfall recorded by Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) stations was 5.11 inches, measured southwest of Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia, in White County, on Aug. 4, followed by 4.26 inches measured in Winterville, Georgia, in Clarke County, on Aug. 5 in the same downpour that brought the record rainfall to the Athens airport a few miles away. Another station on the southeast side of Athens reported 4.14 inches on Aug. 18. The highest monthly rainfall of 12.33 inches was measured northeast of Dillard, Georgia, in mountainous Rabun County, followed by 11.02 inches measured at Flowery Branch, Georgia, in Hall County.Severe weather was observed on 12 days during the month. All of the reports involve scattered wind damage.Above-normal temperatures continued in Georgia for a third month. Brunswick set a new daily high minimum temperature of 81 degrees Fahrenheit on Aug. 26, replacing the old value of 80 F set in 2011. Several other maximum and high minimum temperatures were tied at weather stations around the state this month. Atlanta and Athens both experienced their fifth-warmest August on record, according to combined city/airport records.While very few daily temperature records were set in August, record runs of days at or above 90 F for maximum temperatures and 70 F for minimum temperatures occurred at a number of stations. Rainfall was highly variable in August, leading to reduction of drought in northern Georgia, but expansion into central and southern Georgia. It was not the warmest August for any station in Georgia, but it was in the top five for Atlanta, Athens and Augusta. Macon had its 10th-warmest August.The outlook for September shows a continuation of above-normal temperatures through the month. Rainfall in northwest Georgia was expected to be below normal, but Hurricane Hermine was expected to bring widespread relief to the dry conditions in southeastern Georgia early in September. The outlook for July through September shows that above-normal temperatures are likely to continue, and below-normal precipitation is likely to occur across the state. For more information, please visit the Climate and Agriculture in the South East blog at or visit the webpage at Please email your weather and climate impacts on agriculture to share on the blog to [email protected]center_img Atlanta’s monthly average temperature was 82.7 F, 3.3 degrees above normal. Athens’ monthly average temperature was 82 F, 2.4 degrees above normal. Columbus’ monthly average temperature was 83.1 F, 1.2 degrees above normal.Macon’s monthly average temperature was 83.1 F, 2.2 degrees above normal.Savannah’s monthly average temperature was 84.3 F, 2.8 degrees above normal. Brunswick’s monthly average temperature was 83.8 F, 2.0 degrees above normal.Alma’s monthly average temperature was 82.4 F, 1.1 degrees above normal. Augusta’s monthly average temperature was 83.1 F, 2.6 degrees above normal.Albany’s monthly average temperature was 84.2 F, 2.2 degrees above normal. Rome’s monthly average temperature was 82.0 F, 3.3 degrees above normal.Valdosta’s monthly average temperature was 82.9 F, 1.8 degrees above normal.last_img read more

Leinster in Guiness Pro 12 action tonight

first_imgKick-off at Ravenhill is at 7.35.They’re underway at the same time at Murrayfield, where Edinburgh face Zebre. They’ve made the trip north to Kingspan Stadium to face Ulster in the Pro 12. To stand any chance of making the playoffs, Matt O’Connor’s side would need to win their remaining games, with bonus points in each. A win for Ulster would keep them in contention to finish top. last_img

€19M works on notorious Blue Banks to be finished by Easter

first_imgMinister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh has confirmed that the €19million road upgrade works on the N56 near Kilmacrennan are on course to finish ahead of schedule.The works have tested the patience of drivers in recent weeks with long delays as the works continue.But it’s all set for the greater good as the works look set to be complete by Easter. “The €19 million upgrade work on the N56 along the Blue Banks has been a big success for the county,” Minister McHugh said.“It has delivered way more than was originally expected. We have the water supply running alongside it and we have the greenway. Now we have the project running ahead of schedule.“And from a safety point of view, as well as for comfort and for better travelling, this project is a shining example of this Government’s investment in infrastructure and getting a job well done, and ahead of time.“I’d like to thank Michael Nolan of Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and all the construction crews and designers who have been involved in this project from day one.” The Minister said: “The photos of the work tell their own story. You get any idea of the scale of the project and the quality of the road.“It’s an impressive sight and another symbol of the great investment in our county.”Minsiter McHugh said: “The brilliant news of schedule busting work on the N56 is also coming when the Government is spending another €34million on projects on the main roads in Donegal this year.“While the main road along Blue Banks is being completed by Easter, the crews will be on site working on the minor link road to bring the whole stretch to top class standard.”Minister McHugh said: “We have 17km of new improvement works on the N56 from Dungloe to Cloughbolie and Letterilly to Kilraine. We’ve the crews ploughing ahead with work further south near Mountcharles and Inver, also on course to finish this year.” The Minister also noted progress on the greenway alongside the N56 Blue Banks project.“I’ve always believed that this stretch of cycleway and footpath along the road was another piece in the jigsaw to connect Derry City to Inishowen and Letterkenny and Glenveagh and the Gaeltacht islands with a dedicated tourist and leisure trail,” Minister McHugh said.“It is a big idea but achievable and it would make a massive difference to the region, attracting people from across Ireland, Europe and further afield.”€19M works on notorious Blue Banks to be finished by Easter was last modified: March 11th, 2019 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:Blue BanksdonegalEasterMinister Joe McHughreadylast_img read more

Spencer’s goal helps Humboldt State top San Francisco State in double overtime

first_imgARCATA >> In a 10-second span the Jacks went from thinking things might have been over on one end of the field to celebrating on the other.Sophomore goalkeeper Chris Cherms’ final crucial save of the day sparked the Jacks’ most ferocious counterattack, as junior defender Cameron Spencer finished things off and slipped a shot past San Francisco State goalkeeper Emmanuel Jimenez in the 104th minute to give the Humboldt State men’s soccer team a 2-1 win over the Gators in double overtime on …last_img read more

SA composer nominated for Emmy

first_img22 August 2013 South African composer Philip Miller has been nominated for an Emmy Award for best original dramatic score for a mini-series or movie for his soundtrack to the film The Girl. The annual Emmy Awards aim to reward excellence in the television industry, and the 2013 awards on 22 September will be the 65th edition of the ceremony. “Miller is one of South Africa’s pre-eminent composers working in film and television both locally and internationally,” the National Film and Video Foundation said in a statement on Wednesday. His work in The Girl will be up against documentary film Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God, mini-series Parade’s End – Part 5, Restless – Part 2 and World Without End, as well as television film Ring of Fire. The Girl, starring Sienna Miller, Imelda Staunton and Toby Jones, is about the turbulent relationship between filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and actress Tippi Hedren, and has received six nominations for this year’s Emmys, including best director, lead actor and best supporting actress. Miller studied music composition at the University of Cape Town Music School under composers Jeanne Zaidel Rudolph and Peter Klatzow, and completed his postgraduate studies in Electro-Acoustic music composition for film and television at Bournemouth University in England. He has composed the soundtracks for numerous productions, including Steven Silver’s The Bang Bang Club – which was nominated for a Genie Award in Canada – and Black Butterflies, which won best film score at the South African Film and Television Awards in 2012. He has also collaborated with internationally renowned artist William Kentridge, the most recent of which was for Kentridge’s five-screen multimedia installation The Refusal of Time at the Tate Modern Museum in London. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Do Wood-Burning Power Plants Make Sense?

first_img NRDC: Burning Trees to Make Electricity is an ‘Environmental Disaster’ Biomass Electricity Production: How Green Is It?Heating With Wood Pellets Update on a Wood Chip CHP Plant for BrattleboroShould Green Homes Burn Wood?Cleaner and More Efficient Wood BurningDoes a Fireplace Belong in a Green Home? Energy production, wood chip input and capital costA 25-MW wood-burning power plant is assumed to have a CF of 0.90 and operate at 25 percent efficiency. You’ll find more information here.Plant energy production = 25,000 kW x 8,760 hr/yr x CF 0.90 = 197,100,000 kWh/yr, or about 3.52% of Vermont’s 5,600,000,000 kWh/yr consumption.Required heat supply to plant = 197,100,000 kWh/yr x (3,413 Btu/kWh)/0.25 plant efficiency = 2,691 billion Btu/yr.Required wood chip supply to plant = 2,691 Btu/yr/(23,139,667 Btu/cord) = 116,286 cords/yr, or 290,714 tons/yr.Estimated capital cost = 25,000 kW x $4,000/kW = $100,000,000. With more and more subsidized renewable energy projects diverting valuable capital from more profitable activities, and more mandates for increasing consumption of their expensively produced energy, Vermont’s entire economy could be facing increasingly stronger headwinds for many years. A recent comment posted at a Vermont news web site called VTDigger read, “Just a single 25 megawatt (MW) woodchip plant could/would provide some 4 percent of Vermont’s [electricity] consumption, 24/7, and would contribute to the Vermont economy in the form of jobs and money in circulation from the wages [and] taxes — wealth created in the state that stays in the state.”My response: Some of the main reasons wood burning is advocated by proponents are: 1) give work to the logging industry, 2) money is spent in Vermont, 3) create jobs in Vermont, 4) generous federal and state subsidies are available, etc.The commentator is right about jobs, wages, taxes, etc. — but these are not the real issues. Fuel oil production 12.52440.71 2,691 24,071,979 12,036 CO2 emissions of wood-burning power plantsWood-burning power plants would require cutting trees and burning them, which emits just as much CO2 per kWh as coal. This may have an immediate adverse global warming impact. Moreover, burning wood emits at least as much airborne health-damaging particulates as burning coal.Wood-burning proponents and governments claim that burning wood is “CO2-neutral.” They purposely forget to add, “over a period of about 100 years.” Global warming is a problem now. Forests from which wood is taken would require about 100 years to recover from the damage, based on numerous studies. Wood-burning power plants are an inappropriate 100-year “solution.” Mary S. Booth addressed this issue in 2011. Deforestation is discussed in this University of Michigan presentation.Other types of biomass, such as corncobs, cornstalks, various grasses, bamboo, etc., can be harvested each year, or every few years, but those would require more land area. Such biomass can be claimed to be renewable, although the soil would likely become too depleted for future food-growing purposes.Taking, taking, taking from the land, without giving back, is not a long-term, sustainable option. Even taking 0.5 cord/acre, considered “sustainable” by government and other foresters, would merely slow the soil depletion rate. In practice, the 0.5 cord/acre is often greatly exceeded for expediency and due to a lack of oversight during logging.In Vermont, most of that land area would need to be created by shifting land from other uses, e.g., from open spaces, meadows, etc., to ensure that biomass would be available in the required quantities. Better alternatives than renewable energy build-outsHydroelectricity from Hydro-Quebec: Getting more low-cost (5 to 7 cents/kWh) hydroelectricity — steady, not variable, not intermittent, near-CO2-free — from Hydro-Quebec would be the best way to get all the sectors of Vermont’s economy moving again.Energy-efficient buildings and vehicles: Building net-zero-energy buildings and encouraging the use of high-mileage light vehicles are much more effective measures to reduce fossil fuel consumption and man-made global warming than wood-burning power plants, and they have near-zero adverse environmental impacts. CO2 emissionsUsually, laypeople are surprised to learn that wood-burning CO2 emissions/kWh and particulate pollution/kWh are at least as bad as those from coal. Particulate pollution is linked to a wide range of serious health effects, including heart attacks, strokes, and asthma attacks.Recently, the EPA proposed reducing the particulate emissions of new residential wood stoves by 80 percent. The proposal covers wood stoves, fireplace inserts, forced air furnaces, masonry heaters, and indoor and outdoor wood boilers (also called hydronic heaters).Smoke from residential wood stoves, which are used around the clock in some communities, can increase toxic air pollution, volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide, and soot, a.k.a. particulate pollution, to levels that pose serious health impacts.The estimated CO2 emissions would be as follows:CO2 emissions due to harvest, process, and transport: 2.09 gal diesel fuel/green ton x 290,714 green ton/yr x 22,384 lb. CO2/gal = 13,600,341 lb. CO2/yr, or 6,800 ton CO2/yr.CO2 emissions due to combustion: 195 lb./1,000,000 Btu x 2,691 billion Btu/yr = 524,707,794 lb./yr, or 262,354 ton/yr.Total CO2 emissions = 1) + 2) = 538,308,135 lb. CO2/yr, or 269,154 ton/yr. Fuel oil transport 0.626220.71 2,691 1,203,599602 No. 6 fuel oil emits 33 percent less CO2Because No. 6 oil-fired power plants have efficiencies of about 35 percent, versus 25 percent for a wood-burning power plant, the heat input to the boiler needs to be only 71 percent of the wood-burning power plant. The estimated CO2 emissions would be as follows: Expensive renewable energy is an economic headwind for Vermont’s economySubsidized renewable energy systems inefficiently producing variable, intermittent energy at two to five times New England wholesale prices, as did SPEED projects for about five years, are the real issue. Vermont needs to have low-cost renewable energy (RE) to make not just the RE sector but all sectors of Vermont’s economy more viable — so they can expand, be profitable, create jobs with good benefits, pay good wages, and pay taxes.Vermont is one of the poorest states in the U.S. based on family income and per capita income, with a fragile, near-zero-growth economy, and with a high cost of living index (120 with the U.S. set at 100). Vermont cannot afford to turn over a major part of its economy to expensive renewable energy production. RELATED ARTICLES Combustion 173.9060.71 2,691 334,248,475 167,124 Capacity factors and efficiencies of biomass power plantsTheoretically, it is possible for base-loaded biomass-fired power plants to achieve capacity factors of 100 percent. (Base-loaded means operating at a steady output near rated plant capacity.) In practice, plants do not operate at these levels because of scheduled and unscheduled outages. As a result, capacity factors of such plants are about 85 percent to 95 percent.The usual annual three-to-four-week scheduled outage would reduce the plant capacity factor (CF) to about 94 percent. It is likely that a plant would have several unscheduled outages ranging from a few hours to a few days, which may total one to two weeks for the year. This would reduce the CF to about 91%. As a plant ages, it likely would be operated at less than its rated output, which would reduce its CF.In Vermont, the average net electrical efficiency of existing base-loaded wood-burning power plants is around 25 percent, after accounting for fuel handling and various parasitic losses. Below are some calculations regarding a 25-MW base-loaded wood-burning power plant similar to existing Vermont plants. Willem Post is a retired engineer who writes about energy issues. He is a founding member of the Coalition for Energy Solutions. This post originally appeared at VTDigger and is republished here in a slightly different form with the permission of the author. Truckloads and harvested areaRequired truckloads per year (assuming 32 tons per truckload) = 290,714 ton/yr./(32 ton/truck) = 9,085/yr., or 36/day, based on 250 hauling days.Required harvest area = cords/(0.5 cord/acre) = 232,571 acres, or 363 sq. miles.Radius of harvested area = square root of (363 sq. miles/pi) = 10.76 miles, if only harvestable forest were in that area.In the real world, the harvested area is 9 to 25 times greater, corresponding to a radius of about 30 to 50 miles. Beyond 50 miles, the hauling cost would be uneconomical. As a result, Vermont could accommodate only a few additional 25 MW wood-burning power plants. 359,524,053179,762, which is only 67% of the wood CO2 emissions/yr. CO2/million Btu Factor Billion Btu/yr lb CO2/yr Tons of CO2 emitted per year (for a plant burning No. 6 fuel oil) If natural gas were used, the emissions would be only 117.08 lb. CO2/million Btu and a 25 MW gas-fired power plant would have an efficiency of about 38 percent. The resulting emissions would be 58% less. Emissions for burning various fossil fuels can be found here. Totallast_img read more

Suspended bureaucrat held for graft in Assam

first_imgThe Assam police on Sunday arrested a bureaucrat for his alleged involvement in a land scam associated with a Central government project.Pradip Kumar Talukdar, an Assam Civil Service officer, was taken to southern Assam’s Karimganj district after the police arrested him from his Guwahati residence.He was the Deputy Commissioner of Karimganj district when the alleged incident of graft took place. 20 cases filedMr. Talukdar was facing 20 cases for allegedly siphoning off the money that was meant to compensate local people whose lands were acquired by the Land Ports Authority of India for a border trade project at Sutarkandi. The bureaucrat was transferred to the Cooperative Department where he was serving as a secretary. The government had suspended him on July 19.last_img read more