Donegal Aontú hits out at Taoiseach’s reaction to calls for Churches to reopen

first_img Pinterest Facebook By News Highland – March 11, 2021 Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Pinterest Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Google+ Twitter Google+center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Donegal Aontú hits out at Taoiseach’s reaction to calls for Churches to reopen FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNews DL Debate – 24/05/21 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Previous articleFunding sanctioned for Finn Valley College extensionNext articleEU Medicines Agency to consider approving Johnson and Johnson vaccine News Highland A Donegal Aontú representative has hit out at the Taoiseach’s statement that he was ‘surprised’ church leaders were requesting an easing of restrictions for church services.A number of bishops met with Micheal Martin this week, where they called for the return to normal services including the reopening of mass.Mary T Sweeney says the Taoiseach’s refusal to look at the reality of the situation is an insult to citizens of faith in Ireland.She has described the situation regarding funerals as horrendous:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

New South Wales government plans for end of coal generation

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:The New South Wales Coalition government on Wednesday launched one of the most significant energy transition projects in Australia, with an Emerging Energy Program that is designed to help replace most of the state’s ageing coal plants with wind, solar and storage over the next 15 years.NSW is the only state in the National Electricity Market without a specific or aspirational renewable energy target. But in its recent Integrated System Plan, the Australian Energy Market Operator highlighted the fact that the state was facing the biggest transition, because most of its 10GW of coal-fired generators were getting to the end of their life. Within 15 years, AEMO predicts, 70 per cent of that coal capacity will be gone – and it expects this to be replaced by large-scale solar, large-scale wind, storage, and rooftop solar, with the share of gas and hydro little changed from today’s level.The NSW Emerging Energy Plan is designed to support the commercialisation of new large-scale projects in NSW that use emerging, dispatchable technology. It is offering up to $10 million per project, for a total of $55 million. But it is not the scale of the initiative that is significant, it is the acceptance that the energy transition is profound, rapid and unstoppable.“We are not seeking to accelerate the closure of coal-fired generators or delay their closure,” energy minister Don Harwin told RenewEconomy. “The transition is happening, this helps prepare us.”An emissions intensity cap of 0.5 tonnes of Co2-e has been placed on any projects. This effectively rules out coal – as the idea of “clean coal” is nothing but a marketing term. It may allow for some form of gas generation, but such projects may struggle to compete with the falling cost of wind and solar and storage. It specifically rules out upgrades and extensions of existing plant.“The NSW energy system is in transition,” the document says. “Our generation mix is changing, with more variable generation entering the system and older power stations scheduled for retirement.” It notes that more than 17GW, or $21 billion, of projects for wind, solar, gas and generator upgrades are seeking planning approval in the state. Harwin said most of this was wind and solar, and the cost reduction of these technologies was “staggering.”More: NSW launches emerging energy program to replace coal generation New South Wales government plans for end of coal generationlast_img read more

USC hires former FBI director to investigate Bland

first_imgPhoto from WikipediaHours after news broke on Tuesday morning that USC men’s basketball assistant coach Tony Bland was arrested on charges that included bribery and fraud, the University’s athletic department took swift strides that culminated in the commencement of its own internal investigation, hiring former FBI director Louis Freeh to handle the case.Bland and nine others were brought down by a sting operation conducted by the FBI. Freeh is an expert in compliance investigations. He served as FBI Director from 1993 to 2001, and before that he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney. Freeh has experience in NCAA compliance. His firm, Freeh Group, was hired by Penn State in November of2011 to conduct the investigation on Jerry Sandusky’s child abuse scandal when he was assistant coach at the football program.In July of 2012, Freeh published a 267-page report on Penn State condemning the highest-ranking university officials for covering up Sandusky’s criminal actions and thereby endangering minors. It was Freeh’s report that led to the toppling of head football coach Joe Paterno and a slew of high-ranking PSU officials.In fact, evidence Freeh’s team uncovered was key in a lawsuit decided earlier this year that indicted former-PSU President Graham Spanier and other university administrators on charges of child endangerment. Later on Tuesday morning, Athletic Director Lynn Swann released a statement that the university was “shocked” by the news and that his department would “fully cooperate” with the federal investigation moving forward. USC Vice President for Athletic Compliance Mike Blanton put out a second statement announcing Bland’s immediate administrative leave. Blanton stressed USC’s “highest priority on athletic compliance” and backed that by declaring that the school had hired Freeh to conduct the investigation.Such a thorough investigation does not come cheap. According to a Penn State trustee, Freeh’s services cost the university $8.3 million. USC’s move to hire Freeh may indicate a no-nonsense attitude toward the Bland scandal and its impetus to get to the bottom of the case sooner rather than later at all costs.last_img read more

Robert Griffin III: Ravens’ new offense will shock people in 2019

first_imgDespite going from mentor to backup as second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson took the reins for the Ravens, Robert Griffin is just excited to still be playing football.While the veteran admitted he isn’t quite where he wants to be in his career, Griffin is fine biding his time in Baltimore while he awaits his next opportunity. Saints’ David Onyemata gets 1-game suspension, report says Given the Ravens have reconfigured their offense this offseason, Griffin has put in the extra work to ensure he’ll be ready to contribute to a scheme he believes will impress in 2019 if called upon. Tyreek Hill’s meeting with NFL was ‘positive’; Chiefs left hopeful, report says “I’m happy to be here, I’m excited to be here, I love this place, I love this organization,” Griffin said Friday, via the team’s official website. “They’ve treated me well. I have bigger goals in mind, and those goals start with the Baltimore Ravens. So I have to make sure I do everything I can to be the best for the Baltimore Ravens.”My ultimate goal is to become a franchise quarterback. At 29, I believe that’s still attainable. But that’s going to come from the work, making the most of all opportunities. I feel like I’m a better quarterback than I’ve ever been. If called upon, I can’t wait to showcase it.” Related News Steelers’ Ryan Shazier eyeing return: ‘I still want to make the Hall of Fame’ “I’ve got to make sure I understand the offense, forward and backward,” Griffin said. “The offense will look different. I think we’ll shock some people with what we’re going to do. If we need to run it 60 times, we can do it. But if we need to throw it 30 to 40 times, we can also do it. I think that’s what we’re working on, to make sure we have those capabilities.”Griffin spent three seasons with the Redskins after being drafted second overall in 2012, but lost the starting job to Kirk Cousins after suffering numerous injuries. He ended up playing with the Browns for a season and eventually landed with the Ravens after sitting out the 2017 season.He went 2-of-6 for 21 yards for Baltimore last season.last_img read more

Woman arrested for fatally shooting man at Sunoco gas station in Mangonia Park

first_imgPolice have arrested a 34-year-old woman for fatally shooting a man Sunday morning outside a Sunoco gas station in Mangonia Park.Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said Latisha Smith was arrested Tuesday on charges of second-degree murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm.Deputies said Smith shot and killed Jonathan Coleus, 29, of Loxahatchee, in the parking lot of the Sunoco on 45th Street.A motive was not immediately known.Smith was booked into jail and being held without bond. She was expected in court Tuesday morning.last_img read more