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Over 1,000 pollution complaints investigated in Donegal this year

first_img1,022 complaints of environmental pollution have been investigated by Donegal County Council this year so far.The complaints have resulted in 303 enforcement actions being issued against people or businesses who were causing problems.Pollution issues centre around fly-tipping, illegal dumping, water pollution, domestic wastewater treatment system problems, noise, backyard burning and other breaches. The figures were released to Cllr Gerry Crawford this week. They also show that 1,020 reports of pollution were received by the council in 2018 and 1334 were closed out, which included reports from the previous year. 399 enforcement actions were initiated in 2018.Donegal County Council records all complaints and reports, which are reported to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) each year.Over 1,000 pollution complaints investigated in Donegal this year was last modified: October 4th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Donegal County CouncilEnvironmentEnvironmental Protection Agencylast_img read more

No fresh violence reported in Shillong

first_imgA week after clashes broke out between local Khasi people and Sikh community members, life in Shillong is gradually returning to normalcy with no fresh violence reported from anywhere in the city prompting authorities to relax the daytime curfew. The capital of Meghalaya was gripped by violence since May 29 following an altercation between Sikh residents in the city’s Punjabi Lane area and Khasi drivers of State-run buses. More than 10 people, including policemen and CRPF personnel, were injured in the clashes. As in past two days, curfew was relaxed for nine hours in the 14 “vulnerable areas” from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Authorities will decide on further relaxation of curfew, Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills, P.S. Dkhar said.last_img read more

Sachin, Viru, Gavaskar, Kapil named in All Time Test team

first_imgFour Indian cricketers, including batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar and 1983 World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev, were on Monday named in the Greatest All Time Test XI chosen in an online poll.The other two – Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag – beat a host of legendary cricketers to be named in the two openers’ slot. They beat competition from the likes of Geoffrey Boycott, Jack Hobbs, Len Hutton, Hanif Mohammad and Herbert Sutcliffe.Four Australians, two West Indians and one Pakistani also made it to Peoples’ Dream XI as more than a quarter of million people voted on ICC’s official website as part of the build-up to the England-India Test match at Lord’s to celebrate the 2000th cricket Test.Tendulkar occupied the number four batting spot, one slot down Australian legend Don Bradman and one above West Indian Brian Lara, who was chosen at number five. The trio beat the likes of Greg Chappell, Wally Hammond, George Headley, Javed Miandad, Graeme Pollock, Ricky Ponting and Vivian Richards.Kapil was chosen as the lone all-rounder ahead of the likes of Ian Botham, Richard Hadlee, Jacques Kallis, Imran Khan, Gary Sobers and Frank Worrell.Australian Adam Gilchrist won the poll for wicket-keeper by beating the likes of Mark Boucher, Jeff Dujon and Rod Marsh while Shane Warne got the nod of online voters ahead of the likes of India’s Bishan Singh Bedi and Anil Kumble and Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan.Wasim Akram, Curtly Ambrose and Glenn McGrath were named in the three fast bowlers’ slots. The likes of Michael Holding, Dennis Lillee, Malcolm Marshall and Courtney Walsh missed out.advertisementICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said the enthusiasm shown by the fans by taking part in the online poll in huge numbers showed Test cricket’s popularity.”The huge interest generated during the past month was amazing as media and supporters worldwide speculated and then selected the fan’s Greatest Test team of all time. It supports our view of the everlasting popularity of Test match cricket,” he said.”It would have been quite special to see this team take the field of play given the array of batting and bowling talent contained within the playing eleven.”Selecting from such greats is no easy job, and not surprisingly, the selection mainly reflects modern players seen by present day supporters. There are many greats from the past who would have easily merited selection in this team, but it is nevertheless interesting to see the fans view on their greatest eleven of all time,” he said.Greatest All Time XI: Virender Sehwag, Sunil Gavaskar, Donald Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Kapil Dev, Adam Gilchrist (wk), Shane Warne, Wasim Akram, Curtly Ambrose, Glenn McGrath.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Bahamas Govt slow to respond to Cruise Line Companies threatening to reroute

first_img The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 13, 2017 – Funky smells around the cruise center, ground transportation chaos and an unwelcoming Welcome Center is what one media report says are some reasons the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association or FCCA is citing as problems with famous Nassau, Harbour.Our dock is losing its luster and losing its cruise dockings and the FCCA explained that despite requests to fix these issues, the Bahamian Government is slow or seemingly slow to respond.  Norwegian Cruise Lines last week revealed changes which opt for Havana, Cuba over Nassau and Freeport and it is said there are other cruise lines considering the same.Minister of Tourism, Obie Wilchcombe said there is work being done to enhance the down town experience including fixing the taxi system and renovations to Festival Place are said to be nearly done.  There is increased concern about what losses The Bahamas could suffer now that Cuba is reopened but Minister Wilchcombe is quoted as banking on the fact that we can berth bigger boats so The Bahamas remains with an edge and that improvements are imminent.#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meetinglast_img read more

ISRO hailed for detecting Chandrayaan2 glitch on time

first_imgThe launch of Chandrayaan-2 launch was called off due technical snag on July 15, 2019.IANS/ISROWith India postponing the Chandrayaan-2 launch owing to a technical snag in the ‘Bahubali’ rocket about an hour before it was to take off on Monday morning, people on social media said it is better late than never.The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) called off the launch of Chandrayaan-2 that would send an orbiter, lander and rover to explore the Moon’s South Pole, saying a technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system and revised launch date would be announced later.”Happy that the snag was recognised well in time… It can all be fixed on Earth… Post Lift Off… it’s not possible… Hopefully the revised launched date will be soon… Awaiting,” a user tweeted.”Safety and Precaution before a mishap is important,” tweeted another.The Rs 978 crore Chandrayaan-2 mission is aimed to make India the fourth nation in the world to land and ride on the lunar surface. The other three nations that had achieved this feat are Russia, the US and China.”It seems space enthusiasts may have to hold on to their excitement for weeks, if not months, till @isro is able to fix the technical glitch and is ready with the next launch window,” said one user.”So what? Tiger always takes 2 steps back before leaping towards prey successfully… We wait for you!! Good luck!!! Make us proud again and again…” posted a user.Chandrayaan-2 will attempt to soft land the lander, Vikram, and rover, Pragyan, in a high plain between two craters, Manzinus C and Simpelius N, at a latitude of about 70 degrees south.The 3.8-tonne complex mission will have an orbiter with 8 scientific experiments, a lander with three experiments, a rover with two experiments and one passive experiment from the US space agency NASA.”That’s the main reason for the success of @isro because they count, calculate and observe every minute of their mission. So that mission can complete in one attempt. Many congratulations for detecting the defect during #Chandrayaan2 which say many things in itself,” posted another user on Twitter.last_img read more

Land services over cell phone

first_img.The land office of Keraniganj, Dhaka, has taken a unique initiative for hassle-free land services. Any sort of information to land issues will be provided over phone by the office of South Keraniganj revenue circle in Dhaka’s Keraniganj upazila. Similarly, complaints can be lodged over the cell phone too. Upazila assistant commissioner on Monday announced that land owners can call the land office with their queries at cell phone number 01933444055.According to the land office, land owners can receive this service on weekdays, from Sunday to Thursday. The number will be active from 9pm to 5 pm. The number will remain switched off during the weekend and the public holidays. Any complaints and information will be noted down and owners will be contacted later. Rakib Hasan, assistant commissioner of South Keraniganj revenue circle, said, “We want to reduce people’s sufferings. Land owners come to the land office for information and with complaints. From now on nobody will need to come physically here for information and complaints. They can do it over phone”Moriruzzaman, a deed writer of south Rajendrapur in Keraniganj, said, “This service will save time and money. We will certainly benefit from it and it should not stop.” He called the given number and received necessary information, he said.Rakib Hassan assured that the service will continue.Pradeep Kumar Das, joint secretary of the land ministry, has appreciated the AC’s efforts in providing service to the clients. He said the ministry would support any unique idea regarding land services, adding that, “We will appreciate it if others experiment similarly.”According to the land ministry, certain decisions have been taken to conduct such initiatives like arranging land fairs in a similar manner as as tax fairs, observing land weeks, arranging a help desk in each land office, and so on. *This report, originally published in Prothom Alo online, has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakat.last_img read more

HC grants Shahidul bail

first_imgShahidul Alam. File photoNoted photographer Shahidul Alam has been granted bail by the High Court.The bench of justices Sheikh Abdul Awal and Bishnudeb Chakrabarti passed the order on Thursday afternoon.”There are no legal obstacles to Shahidu’s release from jail now,” said his lawyer Jyotirmoy Barua.Attorney general Mahbubey Alam, however, has said that they will appeal to the Appellate Division.Detectives picked up Shahidul Alam from his Dhanmondi residence on 5 August on charges of ‘using electronic media to instigate disorder in the country-and spreading fabricated information and rumours via social media’.A case was filed against him with Ramna police station on 6 August.last_img read more

Poor sleep may make you more impulsive

first_imgSleep deprivation may put you at increased risk for succumbing to impulsive desires, inattentiveness and questionable decision-making, says a study. The researchers found that poor sleep habits can have a negative effect on self-control, which presents risks to individuals’ personal and professional lives.“Our study explored how sleep habits and self-control are interwoven and sleep habits and self-control may work together to affect a person’s daily functioning,” said one of the study authors June Pilcher, professor at Clemson University in the US.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Exercising self-control allows one to make better choices when presented with conflicting desires and opportunities. That has far-reaching implications to a person’s career and personal life. Poor sleep habits, which include inconsistent sleep times and not enough hours of sleep, can also lead to health problems, including weight gain, hypertension and illness. Studies have found that sleep deprivation decreases self-control but increases hostility in people, which can create problems in the workplace and at home,” Pilcher said.The study appeared in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.last_img read more

Ankiya Nat at its best

first_imgIn order to keep the rich traditions alive and to honour the religious beliefs of the Assamese, Sattriya Kendra, Guwahati-a part of Sangeet Natak Akademi will be organising ‘Ankiya Bhaona Samaroh’-a festival of ritual plays of Assam from March 21-24 at Rabindra Bhawan lawns in the national Capital. ‘Ankiya nat, which is a form of religious theatre which traces back its origin from the state of Assam, honours Vishnu’s manifestation as Krishna. ‘Ankiya Bhaona Samaroh’, which falls in its eighth year this year, is held in order to promote the rich culture and heritage of Assam, specifically the concept of ritual plays. The event will have various programmes being held on different days of the event. Theatre performances will start from March 21 whereas seminar cum lecture demonstrations will commence on March 22 and the sessions will be held at 11 am in the morning daily at Meghdoot Theatre- III. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The first day of the event will see Dulal Roy’s directorial venture ‘Shri Ram Bijay’ being staged at the venue. The play is a presentation of Sattriya Kendar from Guwahati. The second day will have Uttar Kamlabari Sattra from Majuli staging their presentation- ‘Keli Gopal’ directed by Bhaben Barbayan at Rabindra Bahawan; followed by a keynote address by Pradip Jyoti Mahanta and a lecture series titled ‘Ankiya Nat: Dimensions in performance’ at Meghdoot Theatre. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThere will be other plays staged on the last two days of the event namely ‘Parijat Haran’ directed by Pabitra Pran Bora and performed by Kola Krishti Bikash Kendra from Darrang; Rukmini Haran directed by Haricharan Bhuyan Barbayn and Pabitra Chetia and performed by Pathar from Duliajan. Apart from this, two seminar cum lecture demonstrations- ‘Ankiya Nat: Text and Structure’ by Pona Mahanta from Guwahati and ‘An Analytical Study of Ankiya Nat’s music’ by Babul Das from Barpeta will be held on March 23 whereas ‘Aharya of Ankiya Nat’ by Sanjib Barkakoty from Nagaon and ‘Bhakti Rasa as depicted in Ankiya Nataka’ by Malini Goswami from Guwahati will be held on the last day of the event.last_img read more

Blame air pollution for irregular menstrual cycles

first_imgThe growing level of pollution in the air raises the chances of irregular menstrual cycles among teenage girls, a new study led by an Indian-origin researcher has warned. According to the researchers, teenage girls affected by the air pollution may have slightly increased chances of menstrual irregularity and longer time to achieve regularity in high school and early adulthood.The researchers also warned that exposure to air pollution can cause infertility, metabolic syndrome and polycystic ovary syndrome. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”While air pollution exposures have been linked to cardiovascular and pulmonary disease, this study suggests there may be other systems, such as the reproductive endocrine system, that are affected as well,” said Shruthi Mahalingaiah, Assistant Professor at Boston University.The menstrual cycle is responsive to hormonal regulation. Particulate matter in air pollution has demonstrated hormonal activity. However, according to the researchers, it was not known if air pollution was associated with menstrual cycle irregularity, until now. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor the study, the researchers used health and location data gathered in the Nurses’ Health Study 2 plus air pollution exposure metrics from the EPA air quality monitoring system to understand a participants’ exposure during a particular time window.They found exposure to air pollution during high school was correlated with menstrual cycle irregularity. “Implications on human disease may come through reducing emissions on a global and individual level.”last_img read more