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Letterkenny Town Council unanimously adopts Budget 2012

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Twitter Google+ Pinterest Lettekenny Town Council has adopted its budget for 2012 at the first time of asking.The council will spend €7.6 million next year, with the largest proportion, €2.2 million, going on the County Charge to cover services provided in the town by Donegal County Council.The council’s wage bill will be just under €1.8 million. Over half the money will be raised through commercial rates, which will stay unchanged next year.Members considered seeking a cut, but instead they decided to increase the amount of money available for marketing Letterkenny as a gateway town and a tourism and retail centre.Town Manager Seamus Neeley has welcomed the passing of the budget, saying the fact that it was unanimous is an indication of the close working relationships that exist on the council…………[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/neelraw-1.mp3[/podcast] Facebook Google+ Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Facebook By News Highland – December 23, 2011 Letterkenny Town Council unanimously adopts Budget 2012center_img Twitter HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Previous articleBuncrana Town Council adopts budget for 2012Next articleThousands stole from bank accounts in Donegal computer scam News Highland WhatsApp Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme WhatsApp News PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derrylast_img read more

FL Department of Health, CDC Partner to Fight Hepatitis A Outbreak

first_imgThe Florida Department of Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control have partnered to address the hepatitis A outbreak, state officials announced on Wednesday.The hope is that vaccinations will be expanded by having the agencies combine their efforts and resources through what they are calling “vaccination outreach.”State records show that 1.718 cases of hepatitis A were reported between January 1 and June 29, with 346 of those occurring since May 29, despite efforts to promote vaccinations. Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection that could cause illness lasting up to several months.According to the CDC, it spreads when a person ingests the virus from objects, food, or drinks that are contaminated by small and undetected amounts of feces a person who is infected with the virus.State Surgeon General Scott Rivkees, who also serves as secretary of the Department of Health, announced the partnership, along with Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nunez. He explains in a news release, “We will use every tool at our disposal to stop the spread of hepatitis A in Florida, and I welcome the partnership and collaboration with our federal partners at the CDC to assist in this important mission. We will work together to take bold, innovative steps to drastically increase outreach and vaccination to protect the people of Florida.”last_img read more

Ocean Avenue WindMill Site Could Become Condos

first_imgBy Liz Sheehan |LONG BRANCH – At an informal hearing on July 18, the city’s Planning Board heard a proposal to demolish a commercial building at 200 Ocean Ave. and replace it with 26 4-bedroom condominiums and a sports club.The building is currently home to the popular hot dog restaurant, WindMill, and a Krauszer’s convenience store. Three other storefronts and a second floor are empty and available for lease, according to a broker’s website.Carl Turner, assistant planning director for the city, said the board’s reception of the proposal was “very favorable.” Although when asked if plans for the proposal were available, he said there was “nothing we have to show” because it was an informal presentation.Councilwoman Kathleen Billings, who is also a planning board member, said Tuesday the board’s reaction was “fairly favorable,” but no opinion could be formed until when and if the whole proposal was submitted to the board.She said many informal presentations of proposals are made to the board and never heard of again.John Giunco, of Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, P.C., Red Bank, was the attorney at the presentation to the board. His office said he was on vacation and a staff member said there was “no comment” when asked the name of the client Giunco was representing before the board regarding the 200 Ocean Ave. property.Turner said the owner of the property was Morris Matalon, whose son was at the presentation. The city tax assessor, John Butow, confirmed Tuesday that Morris Matalon was named as president of the 200 Ocean Boulevard Corporation, owner of the property, when a deed transfer was recorded on the property in 2015. He said any communications about the property are sent to a post office box in Livingston.Matalon could not be reached for comment.“We really don’t have very much more information than you have,” said Rena Levine Levy, owner – along with her brother, Steven – of WindMill, when asked about the board presentation.Levy, who is the daughter of one of the founders of the original WindMill in the West End section of the city, said the restaurant has been in that location across from Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park for 30 years.Asked if she had spoken to the owner of the building, Levy said she did not know who the owner is. She said she communicates with 200 Ocean Boulevard Corporation through a post office box in Livingston.Levy said the restaurant would continue to do business as usual.“It’s not a slam dunk,” that the proposal would be carried out, she said.Darcy Durham of Haddonfield was exiting the WindMill on Tuesday with her husband and several children, one of whom was celebrating a birthday there. “I can’t stand having condominiums taking over so many locations,” she said.Although she lives in North Jersey, Durham said she visits WindMill regularly when she is at the shore, as does her husband.“I would totally miss” the WindMill if it wasn’t here, she said.This article was first published in the July 27 – Aug. 3, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Raiders GM search: NFL Draft analyst Mike Mayock interviews for job

first_imgKANSAS CITY — NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock has interviewed for the Raiders’ vacant general manager job, he said Sunday.Mayock was at Arrowhead Stadium for the Raiders-Chiefs game as part of his current job.“All I can say is I had an interview. I know they’ve interviewed a whole bunch of guys,” Mayock said in the press box shortly before kickoff. “And I have no idea the status.”Whether the Raiders call Reggie McKenzie’s replacement a general manager or a front office executive …last_img

Marathon to honour Mandela’s legacy

first_imgMandela Day Marathon ambassadors Bongumusa Mthembu, winner of the 2014 Comrades Marathon, and nine-time Comrades winner Bruce Fordyce (images: Nelson Mandela Foundation)The Mandela Day Marathon, covering 42.2 kilometres from Pietermaritzburg’s Imbali township, where Nelson Mandela made his last speech as a free man, to Howick, where he was finally captured, gives South Africans an opportunity to honour the great man’s legacy through sport, the organisers said on Wednesday.“Each marathon has a personality, and ours is unique,” uMgungundlovu District Municipality Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee said at the official launch of the 2014 marathon at the Nelson Mandel Foundation in Johannesburg on Wednesday.“We have a race dedicated to the father of the nation, and via the AIMS-sanctioned Mandela Day Marathon, a world-class sporting event, we are championing understanding among all South Africans of where we come from and what Mr Mandela stood for.”The marathon takes place on Sunday, 31 August, with supporting events over the weekend including a children’s race, a 4.6664km run (commemorating Mandela’s prison number, 46664), a 10km road run, a 21.1km road run, and a 21km and 42km mountain bike dash and trail run.The total prize purse for the marathon is valued at R1.3-million. The overall male and female winners will each receive R50 000, while the first South African and first KwaZulu-Natalian home will also be rewarded.Twenty percent of all entry fees will accrue to the Nelson Mandela Foundation, to be donated to charities and institutions in KwaZulu-Natal that serve disadvantaged communities.Bongumusa Mthembu, the 2014 winner of the Comrades Marathon, will join veteran long-distance running stars Bruce Fordyce and Willie Mtolo and a number of radio personalities who have been chosen as ambassadors for the race.Race director Johan van Staden urged members of the public to enter the event as soon as possible, as entries will be capped at 10 000, and the closing date is 31 July.“We are thrilled that South Africa’s pro running clubs have pledged their top athletes to take part in the marathon,” Van Staden added. “We anticipate over 50 pro runners will take part.”For more information, and to enter, visit www.mandelamarathon.com.last_img read more

Remembering Joe Slovo, 20 years on

first_img7 January 2015Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the death of Joe Slovo, the general secretary of the South African Communist Party (SACP) and a founding member of the Congress of Democrats.A stalwart of the struggle against apartheid, Slovo died on 6 January 1995.Slovo was chief of staff of Umkhonto weSizwe and he served on the revolutionary council of the ANC from 1969 until its dissolution in 1983.He served in South Africa’s first democratic Cabinet as housing minister.ChildhoodSlovo came to South Africa as a child when his family emigrated from Lithuania to escape Europe’s anti-Semitism.Educated in Johannesburg, he was influenced by a militant Irish teacher, John O’Meara. He left school after Standard 6 (Grade 8). He worked as a dispatch clerk at SA Druggists, joining the National Union of Distributive Workers. As a shopsteward, he was involved in organising a strike.Slovo joined the South African Communist Party in 1942, dedicating himself to gaining power for the people and removing the oppressive apartheid regime then ruling South Africa.Influenced by Red Army heroism, he left his surroundings in Doornfontein boarding house and volunteered to fight for the allies in World War II. He later became very active in the Springbok Legion.Political activismBetween 1946 and 1950, he attended Wits University in Johannesburg, where he completed his law degree. As a student, was politically active and involved in civil disobedience campaigns of the 1950s.In 1949 he married Ruth, the daughter of SACP treasurer Julius First. Both First and Slovo were listed as communists under the Suppression of Communism Act of 1954 and could not be quoted or attend public gatherings in South Africa.First was killed in 1982 by a parcel bomb, believed to have been sent by the apartheid regime to her office in Maputo, Mozambique.Slovo and First had three daughters – Shawn, Gillian and Robyn. Shawn’s account of her childhood “A World Apart” was turned into a movie.Slovo was a founder member of the Congress of Democrats. He represented COD on the national consultative committee of the Congress Alliance which drew up the Freedom Charter.ExileHe was arrested and detained for two months during the Treason Trial of 1956. Charges against him were dropped in 1958. He was later arrested for six months during the State of Emergency declared after Sharpeville in 1960.In 1961, Slovo emerged as one of the leaders of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the military arm of the ANC.In 1963, he was forced into exile – first to London, where he completed his LLM at the London School of Economics.First joined him in exile after her own detention later in 1963. While in exile Slovo continued his work for the SACP and ANC, moving to Mozambique in 1977 to establish an operational centre for the ANC.Two years after the death of Ruth First in 1982, South Africa and Mozambique signed the Nkomati Accord and Slovo was forced to leave Mozambique.Slovo was elected general secretary of the SACP in 1984. He was also MK’s chief of staff and a member of the national executive council’s working committee.ReturnSlovo returned to South Africa in 1990 to participate in the early “talks about talks” between the government and the ANC. Following a short period of ill health, he said he would not stand again as SACP general secretary.At the party’s congress in South Africa in December 1991, Slovo was elected SACP chairperson; with the late Chris Hani elected general secretary.Slovo was a leading theoretician in both the SACP and the ANC. He wrote numerous articles for the African Communist, of which he was former editor, as well as countless pamphlets. He also contributed to several books such as “No Middle Road”.Always portrayed as an arch-Stalinist by the former South African government, Slovo surprised his critics with his “Has Socialism Failed?” pamphlet in 1989, acknowledging the weaknesses of socialism and excesses of Stalinism.In 1992 an adapted form of his “Sunset Clause” document, allowing for a form of power sharing with the government, was adopted by the NWC.CommemorationSlovo loved classical music, particularly the work of Mahler, and his favourite book was Gogol’s “Dead Souls”. He was married to agricultural economist Helena Dolny and lived in Johannesburg.Dogged by ill-health from the early 1990s, Slovo died on 5 January 1995.At an event held at Avalon Cemetery in Soweto to commemorate the 20-year anniversary of Slovo’s death on Tuesday, Blade Nzimande, the party’s current secretary general, called on tripartite alliance partners – the ANC, the SACP and Cosatu – to use 2015 to forge unity.Read the speeches and writings of Joe Slovo on the SACP’s website: www.sacp.org.za/people/slovoSACP and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

NFU public comments strongly endorse fair practice rules

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On behalf of nearly 200,000 family farm and ranch members, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson submitted public comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) yesterday, advocating for the agency to finalize the Farmer Fair Practices Rules. The rules would provide family farmers and ranchers with protections against anti-competitive and abusive practices.“Family farmers and ranchers are operating in an extremely consolidated agricultural marketplace, where lack of competition provides the major meat companies with tremendous power,” said Johnson. “Farmer Fair Practices Rules provide family farmers and ranchers with the most basic of protections against egregious and anti-competitive practices. They are long overdue and we urge the USDA to finalize them as soon as possible.”In his comments, Johnson highlighted the extreme consolidation in the livestock and poultry sectors, noting that just four giant meatpacking companies control 85 percent of the beef market, 74% of the pork market, and more than half of the market for poultry.“Due to a lack of competition across the agricultural sector, farmers are subject to both the bargaining power of sellers of agricultural inputs and the bargaining power of buyers of the products farmers grow,” Johnson said.Johnson said that this bargaining power has allowed processors and integrators to institutionalize many unfair and abusive practices, particularly in the poultry and pork industries.“The development of contract farming as the model in the poultry and hog sector has institutionalized the ‘monopsony/monopoly relations between farm and agribusiness and the ability of the latter to capture value by the producer through price manipulation.’  The two parties that negotiate the contract are not equal. This asymmetrical power results in undue influence over contract farmers,” he said. “The status quo system of indentured servitude by contract growers who are subject to increasingly offensive demands by integrators is simply unacceptable.”Johnson noted that the Farmer Fair Practices Rules update the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921, which was passed to protect competition in the meatpacking industry.“Congress passed the Act with recognition that the previous antitrust acts did not adequately protect farmers and consumers from the monopolistic practices of the meatpacking industry,” Johnson said. “The Act set out to regulate meatpackers engaging in unfair or deceptive practices that harm individual farmers.“Over the last few decades, judicial decisions have weakened the original act, providing farmers and ranchers with less protection in a more challenging marketplace. These rules will go a long way to make sure that farmers and ranchers can continue to operate with basic protections under the law.”last_img read more

Are Affordable Ground-Source Heat Pumps On the Horizon?

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members My grandfather, William L. Holladay, was a refrigeration and cooling engineer. Decades ago, he wrote a pioneering, speculative article on ground-source heat pumps, “The Heat Pump: What it does, and what it may do someday.” The article appeared in the October 1948 issue of Engineering and Science Monthly. (For a basic explanation of how a heat pump works, and the difference between an air-source heat pump and a ground-source heat pump, see Heat Pumps.)Even back in 1948, my grandfather realized that the Achilles’ heel of ground-source heat pumps was their high cost. He wrote, “To use earth heat, a hole must be dug, and the cost, while not always predictable, will surely be high: maybe from 25 to 50 per cent of the entire project.”In the six decades since my grandfather’s article was published, engineers have not given up on ground-source heat pumps (GSHPs). Among those who remain enthusiastic about these systems are a group of true believers who are convinced that (a) this is a wonderful technology, and (b) there must be a way to bring costs down.Ground-source heat pumps are still expensive. One fan of the technology, Brian Clark Howard, has provided the following guideline to system costs: “In our book Geothermal HVAC, my co-author, Jay Egg, crunches the numbers for a typical homeowner, based on his 20+ years in the business. For a home geothermal system, he estimates the total installed cost at $42,000.”This estimate is similar to those made by two installers of ground-source heat pumps from Maine, Jeff Gagnon and Jim Godbout. In an episode of the Green Architects’ Lounge series on the GBA website, Gagnon estimated the cost of a residential GSHP system (including the cost of a drilled well) at $30,000 to $42,000, while Godbout gave an estimate of $40,000 to $50,000.Back in 1995, Steve Kavanaugh, a… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

Odisha govt. merges directorates with administrative departments

first_imgIn order to streamline the functioning of all directorates and speed up the process of decision making, the Odisha government has decided to integrate different directorates with their respective administrative departments to function as composite departments with immediate effect.According to a resolution passed by the General Administration and Public Grievance (GA & PG) Department on Wednesday, the integrated department shall function on the premises of the respective administrative departments/directorates as may be decided by the administrative department, keeping in view the availability of space and convenience.The move comes days after the State government appointed senior bureaucrat Asit Kumar Tripathy as the Chief Secretary, who, upon assuming the office, said he would ensure faster movement of files in all government offices in the State.Mr. Tripathy had said that all departments will adhere to the “5T initiative” — transparency, teamwork, technology, time and transformation — of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Mr. Patnaik holds the portfolio of the GA & PG Department.Single-file system There will be a single-file system through the Odisha Secretariat Workflow Automation System (OSWAS) and every proposal referred by the directorate shall not be required to be reinitiated or re-examined in the department, the resolution said.The different sections common to both the offices shall be appropriately reorganised and officers and staff will be utilised accordingly in the composite departments to ensure better efficiency and avoid duplication of work and wastage of time.Surplus staff, if any, shall be surrendered to the pool being managed by the administrative reforms cell of the GA & PG Department for redeployment and vacant posts at the lowest level shall be abolished as per the guidelines of the Finance Department. The staff concerned will continue to remain in their cadres and will avail all service benefits, the resolution stated.Necessary steps will be taken to make budget provisions for the composite department, and budget provisions for the integrated department shall be made from the next financial year in consultation with the Finance Department.The OSWAS system operative in the Secretariat shall be modified to integrate the directorates with their respective departments immediately and the directorates will submit only electronic files after due scanning of existing files, the resolution added.last_img read more