Gardai in Letterkenny have issued a warning after a driver was caught speeding at 170kph during icy conditions last night.The driver was traveling in a 100kph zone and there were also roadworks in the area.A Garda spokesman said ‘Speed can kill. When will that message hit home? “A driver was detected travelling at 170KPH in a 100KPH zone by Letterkenny roads policing unit overnight.Road conditions were icy and there were ongoing roadworks in the area. The driver was arrested and charged with dangerous driving. Speed can kill.“Do not take that chance. Please slow down”Driver arrested after being caught speeding at 170kph was last modified: November 29th, 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:GardailetterkennySpeed
Economic growth has allowed South Africa to spend above the global median on social programmes. (Image Credit: Hannelie Coetzee/Media Club South Africa)• Nation branding is about personal experiences • South Africa could be swimming in opportunity• South African economy improving • What makes South African cities competitive? • South Africa must work hard to raise rankings internationally Sulaiman PhilipThe Ebola epidemic, contained in three West African countries, has had the knock-on effect of scaring off tourists from South Africa’s beaches and resorts. The upshot is that, although it is only a minor cause, it will slow the growth of South Africa’s economy.However, South Africa will return to the 4% growth rate it experienced in March 2010 – growth stimulated by fiscal policies that helped to lift 3.6 million people out of poverty – according to a World Bank report, the SA Economic Update. That earlier growth was driven in part by World Cup-related tourism and expansion in wholesale, retail and motor sales. The manufacturing sector and general government services were secondary contributors.That upward movement came off a significant low: in the depths of the global recession, South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) shrunk by as much as 6.3% in March 2009. By 2010, the government’s growth rate projection, as per its Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (AsgiSA, launched in 2006) programme was 6%. At this rate, the government believed it could continue to fund its social programmes, programmes that favoured the poor.In the World Bank’s sample of 12 middle income countries – South Africa, Armenia, Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay – South Africa’s reductions in inequality and poverty showed the largest swings. Its fiscal policy favoured the poor, the World Bank said.According to economist Catriona Purfield, social spending on child support, disability grants, pensions and free basic services lifted “the lowest income from a tiny R200 a year to R2 800 in 2010/11. Because of those cash transfers… and free basic services, the poverty rate after receiving those falls to 39% (from 46.2%).”The first democratic government inherited an economy that grew 1% in 1994 after three years of contraction; but government debt was 49% of GDP – 52.5% if the debt of the former homelands was included. The new regime’s commitment to sound fiscal policy helped to reduce debt to 35.4% of GDP by 2003. And the lower cost of servicing debt, improved tax collection and stricter controls on government expenditure, freed up resources to improve service delivery. By 2008, South Africa was recording surpluses that became deficits by the following year when the global economy went into meltdown. Global economic meltdownThe benefits of South Africa’s sound fiscal policy meant the country was able to ride out the worst of the recession. It was able to tap into the international bond market and by 2012 it was the first African country to be included in Citigroup’s World Government Bond Index, a vote of confidence in the country’s economy that lowered the cost of borrowing. Also in 2012, the International Budget Partnership’s Open Budget Index ranked South Africa second after New Zealand and ahead of the US, France and England.The number of social grant beneficiaries has quadrupled since 1994; at present, school feeding schemes, pensions, child support, early childhood development and disability grants provide a safety net for 16 million South Africans. The well-targeted grant system comes in at 3.5% of GDP, which is twice the median spending compared to other developing countries. This public spend will allow South Africa to meet the UN’s Millennium Development Goals on primary education, health and gender indicators. South Africa has built 56 000 new classrooms putting it on track to meet UN Millennium Development Goals on primary education. (Image Credit: Media Club South Africa)By 2009, South Africa had built 56 000 new classrooms and 1 700 clinics, and had provided 2 million homes to low income families. For the first time, 73% of the population could throw a switch and have light, and 9 million people had access to stable sanitation services. Even the spending on the construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of 21 000 kilometres of road has helped to lift millions out of poverty by growing the economy and providing employment.Purfield, while praising the country’s progressive economic policies, cautioned: “Even though South Africa has a very effective use of its fiscal tools, the original problems in income inequality are so high that South Africa is going to need other things to help it address the problem of inequality. You need to complement fiscal policy with higher and more inclusive growth that essentially generates jobs, especially at the lower end of the distribution.” A better life for allIn 2006, the South African government calculated that the economy would need to grow by 7% annually for it to fund its ongoing social and infrastructure programmes. As late as that, it was difficult to foresee the crash of 2008, and the government remained optimistic it could and would fulfil its promise of a better life for all.The World Bank report revised the outlook for growth downwards for 2014 and 2015, with a modest 2.5% growth expected in 2015. A five-month strike in the platinum industry and pressure on the power grid were the biggest factors in the downward revision but fortunately did not push the country closer to a recession.The bank expects the labour situation to stabilise and more power capacity to be added to the grid. As long as South Africa can ride out external factors – slowing economic growth in Europe and China, tighter US monetary policy and the Ebola crisis – the economy will grow and the government will be able to continue its social programmes. “If this does not happen, we will have a continued negative (impact)… on investor confidence… which over time will impact the growth potential and will also make the fiscal targets more difficult to meet,” Purfield warned.The newly devised National Development Plan, with its aim of eliminating poverty and reducing inequality by 2030, makes the government and citizens partners in building a better South Africa: the government, hand-in-hand with energised, active citizens, dreams of a fairy tale ending to South Africa’s story.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Phosphorus (P) is an essential macronutrient for crops. However, widespread use of phosphorus has unbalanced the global phosphorus cycle. High quality supplies of minable phosphate may be exhausted this century and many regions currently lack access to critical phosphorus resources, while others experience environmental problems associated with phosphorus pollution. The latter is the case in Ohio and the Great Lakes region, where widespread use of phosphorus in industry and agriculture has resulted in excess loading of phosphorus in lakes, impacting water quality.Nutrient-rich animal manure is commonly applied to crops, typically in quantities to satisfy the nitrogen (N) requirement of the crop. However, due to low N:P ratios in typical manures, this practice results in application of phosphorus well in excess of crop needs, saturating agricultural soils with phosphorus over time. From the field, rain and erosion carry excess phosphorus to lakes and rivers, causing eutrophication and harmful algal blooms (HABs).In Ohio waters, the yearly recurrence of HABs due to phosphorus pollution has damaged ecosystems, endangered human health, and disrupted lake-dependent businesses. Although not the only contributor, runoff from phosphorus-rich animal manure is an important contributor to the eutrophication of Ohio waters. One of the key strategies for reducing the impact of animal agriculture on water quality is to remove and recover phosphorus from animal manure prior to land application. Efficient recovery of phosphorus from animal manure would also provide an alternative to unsustainable phosphate rock mining.Technologies for phosphorus removal from waste streams, including animal manure, generally fall into one of three categories: physical, chemical or biological methods. Different technologies are often used in combination to provide effective treatment. Many of these strategies have been widely applied for several decades at municipal wastewater treatment facilities, where public funding enables significant investment in phosphorus recovery. However, distinct challenges exist for application of these technologies to animal manure, particularly for the treatment of manure on the farm.In an agricultural context, these techniques are most applicable to highly concentrated point sources of phosphorus, such as slurry from a liquid manure storage lagoon or effluent from an anaerobic digester. Efforts to recover phosphorus from animal manure on the farm have been limited largely by logistical and economic barriers. High equipment and input costs quickly become prohibitive, especially for small farms. It is necessary to develop a phosphorus removal and recovery system suitable for animal manure application.Physical treatment for phosphorus removal is solid-liquid separation, which is designed to concentrate phosphorus in the solid stream while producing a liquid stream for further treatment. Solid-liquid separation can be accomplished by centrifugation or use of mechanical presses such as filter, belt, or screw presses. Polymer flocculants are often utilized to enhance the separation process.For manure, solid-liquid separation is a common first step in the treatment process to remove particle-bound phosphorus as well as fibrous solids or organic matter that may interfere with subsequent treatment. Chemical treatments exploit the natural affinity that exists between phosphorus and certain metal salts, namely iron, aluminum and calcium compounds. Iron (FeSO4, FeCl3) and aluminum compounds (alum, Al(OH)3) can precipitate phosphate quickly and effectively. However, the resulting solids have limited reuse value in agriculture due to toxicity concerns.Lime products (CaO, Ca(OH)2) and, less commonly, magnesium salts (MgO, MgCl2) can also be used to precipitate soluble phosphorus as various calcium/magnesium phosphates at alkaline pH. The resulting solids are relatively insoluble, but may be applicable as slow-release fertilizers. High removal efficiencies (greater than 95%) have been reported from animal manure using lime, however, the requirement of high dosages of lime may result in high chemical input/handling costs and excessive sludge generation. Another emerging technique is phosphorus removal via struvite crystallization. Struvite (MgNH4PO4), which can simultaneously recover both N and phosphorus from animal manure as insoluble crystals under controlled conditions, has been reported to have greater than 95% recovery from animal manure. Struvite technology is nearing commercialization, but again chemical input costs may be prohibitive.Quasar energy group, a regional leader in the waste-to-energy industry in Ohio, recently developed a mobile, pilot scale system for removal and recovery of phosphorus from dairy manure. The process involves two solid-liquid separations and one chemical treatment. First, manure slurry from a storage lagoon is centrifuged with the aid of polymer flocculants. The P-rich solids can then be economically exported from a watershed with excess phosphorus and potentially used as fertilizer on cropland, which needs additional P. The liquid stream is further treated with hydrated lime (Ca(OH)2) to remove phosphorus as Ca-P compounds. To complete treatment, the lime slurry is then pumped through a filter press, resulting in another solid product and a treated liquid with low P concentration (less than 1 part per million) suitable for irrigation. Further research and development will focus on improving system efficiency and economic feasibility.
Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES MOST READ “But we are happy with bronze, hopefully tomorrow we will win gold in mixed,” said the 30-year-old Dela Cruz.The top scorer in individual and team events will automatically be entered in Friday’s mixed compound.The women’s compound team of Amaya Paz-Cojuangco, Abbigail Tindugan and Jennifer Chan dropped in the eliminations against Thailand, 222-215. Starting off hot with a 236-214 win over Myanmar in the eliminations, the Filipinos all of a sudden went cold in the semifinals, turning in 227 points against Singapore’s 233.READ: Dela Cruz gives PH a bronze medal in archeryFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“That happens, when suddenly the opponent shoots very well,” said Dela Cruz who on Wednesday won bronze in individual category.But Yap rued the fact that the Philippines’ 236 showing in eliminations — the highest score of the day — suddenly turned sour in the semis. PH Archery Team gets second bronze medal in the SEA Games. Photo by Marc ReyesKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippine men’s archery team bucked a heartbreaking defeat in the semifinals to salvage a bronze medal Thursday in the 29th Southeast Asian Games at Synthetic Turf Field in KL Sports City here.The trio of Earl Benjamin Yap, Joseph Benjamin Vicencio and Paul Marton Dela Cruz destroyed Vietnam, 233-230, in the bronze medal match to clinch the country’s second bronze in compound events.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief U12 Kaya FC advances to last 32 in Gothia Cup Read Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “That (PH semis score) was the lowest score for us even in practice,” said Yap who owns the Benel Archery Club in Mandaluyong.Still, the team managed to cut its losses and destroyed the Vienamese after coming perfect in the final two ends.Vietnamese were even led by last SEAG’s gold winner Nguyen Tien Cuong but just could not find their range.“I didn’t expect they (Vietnamese) would shot like that in the bronze medal match,” said Yap.READ: Seeking more golds, Cojuangco balances archery and familyADVERTISEMENT Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves captain Conor Coady: We’ll fight backby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves captain Conor Coady has faith the club can re-discover their form.Saturday’s 5-2 home loss to Chelsea means the Molineux outfit have one point from five Premier League games.He said: “I have great belief in the club and the team and we will come through it, but we don’t want to find ourselves in situations like this. “We’ve got to look at the way we’re doing things as much as possible because it’s not good enough. There are standards we have set so we’ve got to make sure that we rectify it.”The good thing is we’re in all competitions and the games are coming thick and fast. We’re giving teams too much space and we’re going behind in games too often. We go behind and we’re chasing it so it’s important that we do that better.”
zoomImage Courtesy: APM Terminals Terminal operator APM Terminals has taken delivery of the second shipment of Ship-to-Shore and Electric Rubber-Tire Gantry Cranes (ERTGs) at its facility in Moin, Costa Rica.With the additions, APM Terminals Moin remains on schedule for completion in February 2019, when it is expected to raise commerce in Costa Rica by 23%, the operator said citing the Qbis Socioeconomic Impact Study.This delivery brings the total number of STS and ERTG cranes on site to six and 23, respectively. The commissioning of the equipment was completed this week.“APM Terminals Moin is proud to celebrate this milestone, which puts Costa Rica on the logistics map and sends the right signal to stakeholders about our commitment to the country´s trade,” Kenneth Waugh, Managing Director of APM Terminals Moin, said.As part of a USD 1 billion investment, APM Terminals has built an island in the Caribbean Sea just off the coast of Costa Rica. This 100% owned greenfield development is part of the 30-year concession to operate the terminal. The current phase, due for completion in February 2019 is the second of three phases.
Facebook Advertisement Two years ago, just before the Baroness Von Sketch Show premiered on the Canadian broadcaster CBC, the series released its first sketch segment online, a preview of the series its four co-creators (the Baronesses) had spent the previous year developing. The reaction to “Locker Room,” which depicts a utopian gym locker room of body positivity for post-40-year-olds, was swift and overwhelmingly positive: The next day, Meredith MacNeill, one of the Baronesses, was taken aback by the comments rolling in, the friends tagging each other on Facebook.“As a person in comedy, once you’re creating, you have to put blinders on and just work on the thing you’re working on and not even look at the outside world,” Aurora Browne, a fellow Baroness, said recently. “All of the sudden, we came out of the creative hole and we were like, ‘Wait a minute…’” MacNeill added. The response confirmed they were onto something with their relatable, gently absurd humor—and for the four Baronesses, relatability is tantamount.Baroness Von Sketch Show, the Canadian sketch comedy series that was picked up by IFC earlier this year, is the collective brainchild of the comedians and actors MacNeill, Browne, Carolyn Taylor, and Jennifer Whalen. They were in the midst of pre-production for the series’ third season when we connected over the phone, just a week after it had debuted on IFC. (Frazzled by the process, MacNeill said she had just told a Virgin Mobile sales clerk, “Lots of love, bye!”) Photo by Gemma Warren for W Magazine. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The four performers had observed a dearth of comedy they found relatable, and a deficit of jobs available to women actors beyond a certain age: “Women that I knew really hit a wall at 40, and it became harder to get jobs and harder to get seen,” Whalen said. “The frustrating thing is, you hit 40, and you’re like, ‘Oh, I actually have some things to say now. I have a worldview. I think I’m a more interesting person than I was at 25, but suddenly, I have nowhere to put this.’”READ MORE Twitter Advertisement
“Premier (Scott) Moe and Premier (Brad) Wall before him had a bit of a lonely battle but now they’ve got reinforcements. And my message to Canadians is come 2019, the battle will be won,” Scheer said. The federal government’s new carbon pricing system comes into effect in 2019 in provinces that don’t have carbon pricing mechanisms of their own. The carbon price outlined by Ottawa starts at a minimum of $20 a tonne and rises $10 annually until 2022.But Scheer told reporters that government officials are saying the tax would need to rise to $100 per tonne for it to be effective at reducing carbon emissions, and he says the federal environment department is planning for a carbon tax of $300 per tonne.“So we know Justin Trudeau will raise the carbon tax higher. His experts are telling him to. His own government departments are telling him to,” Scheer said.“At that price home heating bills will rise by more than $1,000 a year and gas prices would go up by more than 60 cents a litre.”When asked by a reporter about his own plan to fight climate change, Scheer responded that the Conservatives’ plan will help reduce global emissions by capitalizing on Canada’s clean technology and cleaner energy, which he said will also keep manufacturing jobs in Canada instead of moving to countries without those things.Canada’s former parliamentary budget officer predicted in a report in April that the federal government’s carbon tax will cut economic growth by 0.5 per cent or $10 billion dollars when it’s fully implemented in 2022, and would generate significant revenues. However, Jean-Denis Frechette’s report noted the impact on the economy will depend on how those revenues are used.Trudeau says Ottawa will return 90 per cent of the money it collects from a carbon tax to Canadians.Saskatchewan is asking its Court of Appeal to rule on whether the carbon tax is unconstitutional and has argued its climate change plan is enough to reduce emissions and a carbon tax would hurt the Saskatchewan economy.Scheer, who represents Regina_Qu’Appelle in Parliament, said Saskatchewan’s fight against the tax gets easier as more provinces elect governments that also oppose it, like Ontario and New Brunswick did in 2018. REGINA, S.K. – Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer welcomed 2019 with a warning that if Canadians re-elect Justin Trudeau this year, the federal carbon tax that’s going to take effect will only climb.“Canadians know what Justin Trudeau is going to do. Now that his carbon tax is here, it’s only going to go up. And if he gets re-elected in 10 months, it will go up even more,” Scheer said during a New Year’s Day news conference in a Giant Tiger store in Regina.“This time next year I plan on being able to tell Canadians that Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax is a thing of the past.”
Kolkata: The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has reportedly submitted a report to the Election Commission of India (ECI) in Delhi, regarding the incident of violence that took place at Vidyasagar College on Tuesday.The ECI had sought a report from the office of the CEO after the Tuesday’s incident created a political slugfest between Trinamool Congress and BJP leaders. The CEO’s report comes on a day when the ECI has relieved Atri Bhattacharya, Principal Secretary, Home and Hill Affairs, from his current post. ADG CID Rajeev Kumar has also been relieved from his current post and has been asked by the ECI to attach to the Ministry of Home Affairs in the Capital. The Commission has also restricted campaigns by the political parties for the final phase of elections to a deadline of Thursday. The poll in the seventh and last phase will be conducted on May 19. Prodded by the ECI, the state election officials have sent a detailed report stating its observations regarding the incident when some BJP leaders allegedly ransacked a portion of Vidyasagar College and demolished a statue of Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar. The incident occurred when a road show of BJP national president Amit Shah was being organised in the city. Trinamool Congress leaders on Wednesday moved to the ECI, protesting against the incident. Various Opposition party leaders from the state also met election officials at the CEO’s office in this regard. Senior BJP leader Dilip Ghosh also met the election officials, alleging that Shah’s rally was attacked by Trinamool Congress activists. It has been learnt that the Election commission will take a decision after going through the report in detail. Meanwhile, special police observer Vivek Dubey said on Wednesday that police are conducting a probe into the incident. The Commission is keeping a tab on it as well.