Donegal is to escape the worst of Ireland’s freezing conditions.Although there have been some flurries of light snow across the county earlier, we will escape the worst according to Met Eireann.Up to 6cms of snow is forecast to fall across the east coast tonight including counties Dublin, Meath and Kildare. However the forecast for Donegal up until this weekend continues to be freezing conditions but very little snow.Temperatures are set to continue to plunge below freezing overnight.The daytime temperatures across the county are not expected to get above a chilly 3 degrees.Coal and oil distributors have reported an increase in sales despite the time of year because of the plunge in temperatures. People have been asked to call in on elderly neighbours to ensure that they have adequate supplies and heat during this cold snap. FREEZE TO CONTINUE BUT DONEGAL TO ESCAPE ANY HEAVY SNOWFALL was last modified: March 27th, 2013 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:donegalelderlysnow
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) recently finished the 2016 dredging season, having removed more than 1 million cubic yards of dredge material from state park lakes and other state properties. The 1 million cubic yards of sediment is the most that has ever been removed in the history of the state’s dredging program.ODNR Director James Zehringer attributes ODNR’s dredging success to the dedicated staff and the strategic use of available resources, which serves to improve boater access and water quality.“ODNR remains committed to improving access to Ohio’s lakes and understands the vital role healthy waters play in all of Ohio’s communities,” Zehringer said. “Our comprehensive approach to dredging utilizes personnel and equipment in a manner that helps create safer waterways for boaters while working to provide cleaner lakes for Ohioans.”In 2016, ODNR and private groups worked together to excavate and remove sediment from navigable waterways, including Buckeye Lake, Grand Lake St. Marys and Indian Lake. This practice increases navigability and water quality by removing phosphorus-rich sediment and increasing water depth. ODNR dredges removed enough material from Ohio’s lakes this year to fill 67,431 dump trucks, and if those dump trucks were lined up bumper to bumper, they would stretch 319 miles.Buckeye Lake had a record year of dredging with 293,228 cubic yards being removed, which beat the 2015 record of 139,000 cubic yards. Grand Lake St. Marys also experienced a record-breaking year for removing dredge material by taking out 405,523 cubic yards of sediment, exceeding the 2015 record of 364,590 cubic yards.Indian Lake removed 100,054 cubic yards of dredge material, also beating the 2015 record of 90,405 cubic yards. The area will likely see another increase next year, as Indian Lake will add another dredge during the 2017 season.Other dredging sites included East Harbor, Findley, Lake Loramie and Rocky Fork state parks. The next dredging season will begin in April 2017. ODNR remains committed to ensuring the safety of boaters and improving the health of the state’s waterways. read more
View comments MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting FILE – In this Jan. 29, 2014 file photo, taken with a fisheye lens looking south toward downtown Atlanta, the ice-covered interstate system shows the remnants of a winter snow storm, in Atlanta. The National Weather Service projects that up to an inch (2.5 centimeters) of snow is possible Tuesday in Atlanta, with up to 2 inches (5 centimeters) in far northern suburbs. Forecasters warn of the possibility of ice-glazed roads and highways. (AP Photo/David Tulis, File)ATLANTA — Five years after cars, trucks and school buses became marooned on Atlanta freeways in what became known as “snow jam,” another winter storm is threatening the city — just as thousands of fans begin pouring into town for Super Bowl 53.A winter storm watch goes into effect at 4 a.m. Tuesday for Atlanta, a city known for grinding to a halt even in relatively light snowfalls.ADVERTISEMENT Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday said state offices in more than 30 counties in the northern part of the state would be closed Tuesday, including those in the Atlanta area. And Delta Air Lines canceled about 170 flights from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in anticipation of snow and icy conditions Tuesday, the company said in a statement on its website.The National Weather Service projects that up to an inch (2.5 centimeters) of snow is possible Tuesday in Atlanta, with up to 2 inches (5 centimeters) in far northern suburbs. Forecasters warn of the possibility of ice-glazed roads and highways.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsNew England Patriots fan Pamela Wales of Quincy, Massachusetts said it’s the potential for ice that concerns her most. During her visit to Atlanta this week, local television footage reminded her that Atlanta and ice don’t mix well.“They were showing all kinds of pictures on TV from 2014 when everyone got stuck,” Wales said as she toured Super Bowl exhibits at the Georgia World Congress Center Monday afternoon. Media night more like a mosh pit and Mardi Gras Sunday’s Super Bowl will be played in downtown Atlanta in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which has a roof. The roof will be open if weather permits, officials have said.There’s a 40 percent chance of showers Sunday, but highs will be near 58 degrees (14 Celsius). That’s slightly warmer than average for Feb. 3 in Atlanta, climate records show.But forecasters say the more immediate threat is Tuesday, when roads could be treacherous.“It is often easy to pass judgment on how we in Georgia deal with snow and ice, but for those from the north what you do know is that an ice event is very different than a snow event,” Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Monday. “And because we don’t want a repeat of 2014, we have already begun to pretreat our streets and are paying particularly attention to our sidewalks because we do know that we will have many visitors in our tourist areas.”About 1,900 employees were on call and more than 420 pieces of snow removal equipment were ready, the state Department of Transportation said.Forecasters were uncertain how widespread the snowfall will be.“Some uncertainty continues regarding amounts of snow accumulations and how far south and east the threat may extend,” the weather service said in a Monday update on the approaching storm.Past Super Bowl weeks have been marred by wintry weather, including the 2011 game in Arlington, Texas. Ice coated roads around metro Dallas during the week before Green Bay defeated Pittsburgh that year. Chunks of ice also tumbled from the roof of Cowboys Stadium, hurting six workers on the ground. None of the injuries were considered life-threatening.In 2000, the St. Louis Rams and Tennessee Titans arrived in Atlanta shortly after an ice storm brought traffic in the city to a standstill.Unseasonably cold temperatures followed, and both teams had to practice outdoors since the Georgia Dome was being used for Super Bowl pregame and halftime rehearsals. The Rams wore winter jackets and thermal underwear in the biting cold. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations The potential for black ice is also “the overriding concern” among emergency officials, said Homer Bryson, director of the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency.“Temperatures are going to plummet,” the governor said at a Monday news conference.“It’s very similar to what we saw in 2014 where the roadways will not have time to dry off before the moisture or precipitation on them refreezes,” Kemp said. “And that’s when you have black ice, and that’s what causes wrecks, which causes gridlock and public safety issues, injuries.”Road crews on Monday began treating major interstates, state routes and overpasses in north Georgia with brine — a liquid salt mixture — in anticipation of the storm.The routes that both the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams must use to travel to and from practice venues will also be pre-treated, the Georgia Department of Transportation said in a statement.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “It’s ridiculous,” Rams coach Dick Vermeil said at the time. “But there’s nothing you can do about it except try to survive.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Braxton Miller DroneYou’ve been one-upped, Cardale Jones. The Ohio State redshirt junior quarterback arrived to the Buckeyes’ training camp hotel check-in sporting a Ronda Rousey tank top. Everyone loved the move. Braxton Miller has taken showing up in style a step further, though. The OSU wide receiver was followed by a camera drone as he walked past reporters and into Columbus Hyatt. Braxton Miller is finally here (a camera drone was buzzing around him too) pic.twitter.com/afmxlHcUda— Eric Seger (@EricSeger33) August 9, 2015A drone followed Braxton Miller here. #Drone6 pic.twitter.com/ycqQKAjRRw— Jeff Svoboda (@JeffSvoboda) August 9, 2015THE DRONE pic.twitter.com/ASNRE9qx4F— Ryan Ginn (@RyanGinnBSB) August 9, 2015The drone was likely a product of the Big Ten Network, which is filming a Hard Knocks-style show on Ohio State’s training camp. The show, Scarlet and Gray Days, is set to begin airing on Aug. 19. read more
zoomIllustration. A Hapag-Lloyd vessel at Blohm+Voss. Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license German container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd revealed it is currently testing ship-painting robots with nine of its ships.With the help of robots that replace traditional application by hand, Hapag-Lloyd said it is possible to improve the quality of ship painting and shorten the docking time.At shipyards in Hamburg, Marseilles and most recently Singapore, the company has tested the so-called Hull Treatment Carrier (HTC) coating on its vessels.As explained, the system from the Austrian manufacturer Palfinger is made up of several automated units that travel along the side of the ship’s hull while it is in dry dock. Its job is to remove the old layers of paint from the hull with extremely high water pressure and then to evenly apply new paint.The machining heads of the system can reach up to 77 percent of the approximately 9,300 square meters of surface area per ship. The shipyard staff works by hand on the bulbous bow, below the bilge keels, at the propeller apertures, and on the flat bottom. The HTCs can each apply around 600 to 800 square meters of paint per hour, which means it only takes a few hours for one coat of paint.What is more, overspray is no longer an issue thanks to robots, according to Hapag-Lloyd. Specifically, the thickness of the applied layer of paint is much more uniform. It is also possible to lower the amount of paint that is used. “We can ensure a certain level of quality with automated application systems, and the system is less harmful to the environment,” Jan-Evan Lütje, a shipbuilding engineer in Hapag-Lloyd’s Technical Fleet Management, explained. “The performance indicators show that the smoother surface results in both lower fuel consumption at the start and a greater resilience to fouling over the entire 60 months,” Lütje added. read more
APTN National NewsA First Nation RCMP officer died of an apparent suicide Monday after a public battle with post traumatic stress disorder.Cpl. Ron Francis made headlines when he was photographed smoking medical marijuana in his uniform.Friends and family say it’s important to raise awareness of PTSD.They want him remembered as a kind man who needed more help from the RCMP.APTN’s Trina Roache has the story.
Dwight Howard (12) of the Houston Rockets shoots a free throw against the Sacramento Kings in the second half of the Rocket’s 119-98 victory on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Houston.Credit: Courtesy of TNSThose of you who have been watching the NBA playoffs — or have been trying to watch it — have seen a free-throw contest as opposed to a basketball game while following the Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets series.Both teams have been using the heavily debated “Hack-a” strategy against one another. This is when a team intentionally fouls a poor free-throw shooter away from the play in order to put him at the line, in hopes that he misses at least one of his free-throw attempts. That allows the team to avoid playing defense for a possession and having to guard a couple of the most dominant players in the league in Rockets guard James Harden and Clippers forward Blake Griffin.While this strategy has worked over the course of the season and in the playoffs, it has taken a lot away from the natural flow of the game for the fans. NBA commissioner Adam Silver has said this rule will be looked at in the offseason.In Game 2 of the Clippers vs. Rockets series, there were 96 free throws attempted, 64 of them by the Rockets. Rockets center Dwight Howard went 8-of-21 at the line and is now shooting 40 percent at the stripe in the series.The Rockets have not utilized fouling Clippers center DeAndre Jordan as much as the San Antonio Spurs did in their previous series, as Jordan has been shooting surprisingly decent in the first two games at 59 percent.These fouls not only put a poor free-throw shooter at the line, but they also change the flow of the game and have forced head coaches Doc Rivers and Kevin McHale to remove their big men from the game. Look for the “Hack-a-Jordan” and “Hack-a-Howard” strategies to continue to be used throughout the remainder of the series.Currently, teams are able to foul away from the play throughout the game except for the final two minutes. I do think it is bad for the game in its entirety, but I do not think it should be adjusted.Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said it best after he utilized it against Jordan: “If someone can’t shoot free throws, that’s their problem.” The player should be the one working to improve his free-throw percentage to prevent this game plan from being used against him.One of Popovich’s own players, Tiago Splitter, used to be hacked early in his career. As a rookie, Splitter shot an atrocious 54 percent at the line, but he has improved that percentage to a respectable 75 percent this season.The most impressive player in the 2015 playoffs so far, Griffin, shot 52 percent from the line early in his career and is now up to 73 percent this season.Every player in the league has weaknesses that they must improve on. Chauncey Billups used to struggle finishing in traffic, so he learned how to draw fouls. J.J. Redick has learned how to put the ball on the floor and hit a floater or pull-up jumper when defenders close out aggressively on him. The rules were never adjusted for Billups by letting him shoot uncontested layups, and the same for Redick by letting him shoot open three-point attempts.When Silver and the league look at the rule this offseason, they will have a few options to modify it. First, they could keep it exactly how it is, where a team can intentionally foul except for the final two minutes of the game. I am not sure why something is allowed for the first 46 minutes of the game, but then all of a sudden during the final two minutes it changes. I am not complaining, though, as the last two minutes are the most exciting part of the game.Another option I have thought of is not allowing a foul away from the ball in the first 16 seconds of the shot clock, and then allowing it the last eight seconds. This gives teams an opportunity to score before a foul is given, while the opposing team must decide to foul or play out the last third of the shot clock.Finally they may discard the “Hack-a” policy throughout the entire 48 minutes. If this happens, Jordan, Howard, Andre Drummond and other poor free-throw shooters will benefit drastically. These players will earn larger contracts in free agency from teams due to the impact they create on the defensive end and rebounding, while they do not have to worry about them being hacked anymore on the offensive end.I strongly believe from a basketball standpoint the players must take responsibility to improve on their weaknesses. I expect the rule to be looked at this offseason, and possibly altered to make the games more enjoyable for the fans of the NBA to watch. read more
Sony has made its digital channel Crackle available on Windows phones in the UK.The Crackle app allows user to watch ad-supported Hollywood movies and TV series and original digital series. Crackle is already available on Apple phones and devices, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 games consoles and Bravia TV sets.
Ericsson will handle playout and media management for the BBC’s portfolio of UK channels as part of a new seven-year deal with the broadcaster.The contract includes playout and media management services for BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four, CBeebies and CBBC and the BBC’s interactive Red Button service.The deal also includes playout and media management for the BBC’s international news channel, BBC World News, which is available in more than 200 countries.“We have a very positive relationship with the BBC as a result of our acquisition of Red Bee Media in May 2014, and currently provide a number of other broadcast and media services to the BBC including metadata, interactive services and access services. We look forward to strengthening this relationship further over the coming years,” said Thorsten Sauer, head of broadcast and media services at Ericsson.Bal Samra, managing director, BBC Television, said the deal provides “excellent value for money” and would guarantee “quality, flexibility and innovation.”“By extending our partnership with Ericsson we have secured the future delivery of these broadcast critical services and delivered significant savings for the BBC,” said Samra. read more
Register Now » –shares Next Article Senior Editor for Green Entrepreneur July 9, 2014 Add to Queue Entrepreneur Staff Peter Page Etsy CEO: We Couldn’t Have Succeeded Under Proposed FCC Net Neutrality Rule Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson has asked in official comments for the Federal Communication Commission to reclassify Internet service providers (ISPs) as utilities so the commission will have “authority to protect an open Internet once and for all.’’ Dickerson bluntly urged the FCC to take the politically explosive move of reclassifying ISPs as “telecommunications services’’ subject to tight regulation under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, originally enacted in 1934 to regulate telephone service.Related: The Latest FCC Net Neutrality Rules Should Be OpposedThe reclassification is vehemently opposed by ISPs such as Verizon, which warned reclassification would “impose 1930s utility regulation on the Internet’’ and “lead to years of legal and regulatory uncertainty and would jeopardize investment and innovation in broadband.”The ISPs’ congressional allies urged FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to “halt your consideration of any plan to impose antiquated regulation of the Internet’’ in a letter sent before Wheeler unveiled the latest proposed rule. Wheeler said Title II reclassification was under consideration the following day when the rule proposal was released for public comment.Etsy is the archetype Internet success story, launched in a Brooklyn apartment in 2005 by Dickerson and furniture maker Rob Kalin. The company now has offices globally and employs 500 people. In 2013, more than a million artists, designers and collectors, had cumulative gross sales of $1.35 billion.Dickerson noted in his comments that 88 percent of Etsy sellers are women mostly working from home. Sellers have an average household income of $44,900 but about 25 percent of Etsy sellers make a scant $25,000 per year.“These Internet-enabled entrepreneurs are building businesses on their own terms, prioritizing flexibility and independence over rapid growth, and using Etsy income to build resilience in the face of declining job security,’’ Dickerson wrote.With just days left until the July 15 FCC deadline for the initial round of comments, there is growing specificity from relatively smaller Internet businesses insisting on Title II reclassification. Mozilla, a coalition of online education companies, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, long a skeptic of government regulation of the Internet, have already publicly supported Title II reclassification.Google and Facebook were the corporate face of net neutrality advocacy for years leading up to the FCC’s 2010 Open Internet Order but have been nearly silent in the current debate. Both were signatories to a letter urging the five FCC commissioners to “protect users and Internet companies on both fixed and mobile platforms against blocking, discrimination, and paid prioritization’’ but did not recommend Title II reclassification.Related: Net Neutrality, ExplainedDickerson’s comments are notable for cogently analyzing in plain language both complex telecommunications law and how the economics of making a living on the Internet will shift under the current proposed rule that would allow “fast lanes’’ that are “commercially reasonable’’ but mandate a vague “adequate level of service’’ for companies that can’t afford a fast lane. Dickerson, drawing from the federal court decision in January that invalidated most, but not all, of the 2010 Open Internet Order, reasoned the FCC does have authority to make the slow lanes fast enough without reclassification probably would be overruled in the courts, also. “If the proposed rules were in place when Etsy was founded, we would never have achieved the success we have today. Etsy and other startups will suffer if the FCC allows some companies to negotiate priority or exclusive access to consumers,’’ Dickerson wrote.The FCC has received more than 600,000 comments on the net neutrality rulemaking. The public can comment online until July 15 for the initial round. After July 15 the public can review commens and file replies until Sept. 15.Related: WATCH: Comedian John Oliver Takes On FCC in Witty Net Neutrality Rant Net Neutrality Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 4 min read read more