Minister asked to review need for more incinerators in Limerick

first_imgLimerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’DeaTHE application for a licence to allow for the incineration of waste at the Irish Cement plant in Mungret should be refused, Limerick Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea has said.Speaking to the Limerick Post this week, he said that his view was consistent with Environment Minister Eamon Ryan’s ambitious strategy to tackle waste and move towards a circular economy, including a move away from waste disposal and treatment.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I have asked the Minister to accept that there will be no need for increased incineration facilities in Ireland. I have also put it to him that as a result of these new measures, the application for a licence to allow for the incineration of waste at the Irish Cement plant in Limerick should be refused.“I succeeded in having a motion passed in the Dáil which prioritised the prevention and recycling of waste over incineration. The motion also supported the implementation of a community-led zero-waste policy to reduce the consumption of plastic and to encourage alternative forms of recycling, waste disposal and measures to further encourage the development of the circular economy.”Deputy O’Dea welcomed the fact that the Minister was following through with ambitious new targets to tackle waste and move towards a circular economy, including a shift in focus away from waste disposal and treatment. These policies, he believes, should make the idea of an incinerator in Limerick redundant.“If the cement factory in Mungret becomes an incinerator and Minister Ryan is successful with his plan to tackle waste, the net result of this is that we would have to import other people’s waste to keep the incinerator going. In other words, we will be moving from landfill to incineration, but we will be burning not only our own waste but other people’s waste.“An incinerator needs to be fed for 20 to 30 years, and in order to be economical it needs an enormous input. So, for 20 to 30 years you stifle innovation, you stifle alternatives, just in order to feed that monster which you have built,” he claimed.He went onto say that even if incineration could be made safe, “it could never be made sensible”. He maintains that it does not make ethical or economic sense to spend so much time, money and effort destroying materials that we should be sharing with the future.“There is increasing public resistance to incineration. A vote in the European Parliament supports the notion that no material can be burned in incineration if it can be recycled or composted. This amounts to more than 90 per cent of waste, which would virtually rule out the building of new incinerators in Europe and force the closure of several existing ones.“In the United States, not one new trash incinerator has been allowed for the past 25 years, since 1995. In that period, 300 proposals have been put forward for such incinerators and all have been rejected.“Incineration has a devastating impact on public health. In light of his new ambitious waste reduction targets, I am calling on Minister Ryan to put a stop to the proposal for an incinerator in Limerick,” he concluded. Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Email Previous articleWorld Sepsis Day – Have You Asked, ‘Could it be Sepsis?’Next articlePREVIEW: Limerick Senior Hurling semi finals Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie LimerickNewsMinister asked to review need for more incinerators in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – September 11, 2020 225 center_img Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash TAGSIrish CementKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostWillie O’Dea WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Print Twitter WhatsApp Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openerlast_img read more

Norway’s Ada Hegerberg wins inaugural women’s Ballon d’Or

first_imgParis, France | AFP |  Norway striker Ada Hegerberg was rewarded for her prolific form with Champions League winners Lyon as she took the first ever women’s Ballon d’Or prize at a ceremony in Paris on Monday.The 23-year-old saw off competition from the likes of Danish star Pernille Harder, of German club VfL Wolfsburg, and Brazil’s Marta to take the prize following a vote by journalists from around the world. *****Kylian Mbappe wins best young player prize at Ballon d’Or ceremonyKylian Mbappe was named winner of the Kopa Trophy for young player of the year at the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris on Monday. The Paris Saint-Germain forward, who does not turn 20 until later this month, starred as France won the World Cup and also won the best young player award in Russia.The new award — named after French former Ballon d’Or winner Raymond Kopa — was voted for by 33 living former winners of the main Ballon d’Or prize. Mbappe was also among the 30 nominees to win that award.Mbappe — who was accompanied at the ceremony by his father and his younger brother Ethan — scored four goals at the World Cup, including one in the final as France beat Croatia 4-2 in Moscow.In doing so he became just the second teenager to score in a World Cup final after Brazilian great Pele, who achieved the feat in 1958.A French champion last season with PSG following a 180 million-euro ($204m) move from Monaco, Mbappe is the top scorer in Ligue 1 this season with 12 goals in 10 appearances.He has scored 32 goals in 56 games for club and country in the calendar year.center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Trump Retweets Video Of Armed Couple Shouting At St. Louis Protesters

first_img(St. Louis, MO) — President Trump retweeted video of an armed couple defending their home from unarmed protesters.The video shows a man holding an assault-style rifle and a woman with a pistol shouting at protesters walking toward the St. Louis mayor’s home Sunday evening. The couple are identified as personal injury attorneys Mark and Patricia McCloskey. They reportedly stood outside their home and swept their weapons toward the protesters walking through the gated community where Mayor Lyda Krewson lives. The Riverfront Times reports the protesters were walking to the mayor’s house for a demonstration after she went on Facebook live and broadcast the names and addresses of people advocating to defund the police department.last_img read more

2017 Corn Planting Cab Cam – Ohio State Speed Trials

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This Spring, the Ohio State University is testing out the new Early Riser high speed planter from Case IH. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins found Andrew Klopfenstein, Project Coordinator with Ohio State’s Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department, as fields were being planted at speeds ranging from 5 mph to 12 mph+ in Fayette County.last_img

2018 National Farm Machinery Show Photo Highlights

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Kentucky FFA is benefitting from a CAT skidloader with a unique FFA-oriented paint job. Combines are always a hot topic at the National Farm Machinery Show, including the Gleaner which gained a notable crowd throughout the show. The inside of the Gleaner S97 Combine. Seed Consultants representatives stayed busy talking with curious attendees. John Deere celebrated 100 years of the powered tractor at the National Farm Machinery Show. Dale broadcasted Thursday’s midday show from the InstaGro booth on Thursday.last_img read more

DaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — Basic Settings

first_imgIn Resolve, there are two settings menus: the system preferences and project settings. First, let’s look at the system preferences, which you can find by navigating to DaVinci Resolve > Preferences. Let’s look at a few settings that you may need to change when first loading up resolve.Memory and GPUThe very first window is the Memory and GPU panel; in here, you can limit how much RAM Resolve uses. Now, the more you allocate to Resolve, the less there is for other processes, which may, in turn, make things worse. However, if you find that Resolve is behaving sluggishly, see if you can increase the memory in this panel. (Even though I have 16gb installed, I can only use up to 75 percent.)Audio I/OI often switch between using my monitors and headphones, and sometimes, if it’s open when you’re changing the system volume, Resolve can get confused. If that’s ever the case, head into the Video & Audio I/O, and here you can configure your audio output.Alternatively, if you want to keep your system volume oriented to the monitors, you can use this panel to change from the system default to your headset. On a basic level, I think these two are the only options you need to know. Although, I would say, for good measure, read up on the autosave feature.Project SettingsIf the system settings affect the hardware, the project settings affect the project and software, like the resolution and frame rate. To get here, you need to head to the bottom right, where we have a cog icon. Let’s first look at timeline resolution because this can sometimes catch people out.As I mentioned in Episode 3, you set your timeline resolution when you create a project, when you create a timeline, or when you first import a clip that doesn’t match the default settings — Resolve will ask if you want to make adjustments. If for example, you want to switch from 4K to 1080p so you can crop the 4K footage, you would open the project settings, and change the timeline resolution to 1080p. (However, look at what happens when we do this — see video.)The 4K footage in the viewer has remained the same scale. If we were to insert a 4K file onto a 1080p timeline, then we would have to decrease the scale of the 4K file to fit into the viewer completely, right? But Resolve has an image scaling process that will change how your footage interacts with a timeline with a different resolution.To adjust these properties, we need to drop down one panel to Image Scaling. Here, you will find an Input Scaling option, which controls the resolution of mismatched media. The default says “scale entire image to fit,” which is what happened to our footage. However, we can change that to “center crop with no resizing,” and when we do so, the image in the timeline has resorted to its recorded resolution.There may be a time when you’re working with 4K and you want the majority of clips to decrease in scale, leaving only a few at the default size so you can crop and zoom in and so forth. Well, changing the entire timeline properties is going to be cumbersome. So, instead, after changing the timeline resolution, close the settings panel, select the 4K clip that you want to keep at default size, open the inspector, and scroll down to the scaling section. Here, instead of using the project settings, change them to crop, which will then override the 1080p project setting.Optimized MediaLet’s look at one more basic setting that may improve your Resolve workflow if you feel like playback is sluggish. There’s no denying that Resolve needs a somewhat-powerful machine to operate efficiently. However, even my computer, which is reasonably well-kitted-out, struggles with high-resolution files with a significant data rate. There are two things we can do to lighten the load. We can go to Playback > Proxy mode and lower the resolution of the playback.You can see the drastic decrease when I switch playback to a quarter resolution. (It’s important to remember that when you’re doing this, you’re not doing anything to clips of the timeline; it’s just a playback setting.) However, as you can see, this isn’t ideal if we’re editing footage that requires close analysis of the details in the shot. Everything is blurred. So, what we can do is generate optimized media.To do this, you right-click on a clip and select “generate optimized media.” Resolve will then create a proxy file at a lower resolution and format for real time playback. But what resolution and format? Well, let’s head back to Project Settings > Master Settings and scroll until you reach Optimized Media and Render Cache. Here you can choose what resolution and format you want for these files.So, we’ve only skimmed the surface of editing in Resolve in this miniseries; there’s so much more to this software, but as with most things, you’ll primarily learn by running into an obstacle, searching for a solution, and implementing the fix. So, if you do get stuck, you can find a library of solutions here.We hope, if you’re entirely new to editing in Resolve, that after this crash course you’ll have a basic understanding of how to edit with the software. Good luck!Interested in the tracks we used to make this video?“Relaxing in Vermont” by Chill Study“Brooklyn Drive” by Chill Study“Be Gentle” by Ben BeinyLooking for more DaVinci Resolve tutorials? Check these out.DaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — Delivering Your ContentDaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — Working with Audio on The Edit PageDaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — The Edit ToolsDaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — The Edit PageDaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — The Media Page In part 6 of our six-part video series The DaVinci Resolve 15 Crash Course, we take a look at the basic settings you need to know to use all these tips.In the final episode of the new editor-friendly Resolve 15 crash course, we’re going to cover the remaining settings you need to know to put all these tutorials to use. Don’t worry though: we’re not diving headfirst into technical jargon and advanced settings — we’re just going to cover the settings that new editors might want to check before getting started in Resolve.If you need to brush up on the series, you can watch the first episode here.All right. Let’s get started.last_img read more

Reyes working on imports’ visas

first_imgChot Reyes. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChooks-to-Go Pilipinas is doing everything to secure visas for American import Isaiah Austin and Congolese standout Rod Ebondo so they can suit up for the country in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup starting Friday in Chenzhou, China.On the eve of the team’s departure, Austin, a 7-foot-1 star from Baylor, and Ebondo, the wiry forward of CEU, are still unsure if they can play in the event.ADVERTISEMENT “We’re moving heaven and earth to secure their visas,” said coach Chot Reyes. “That’s the reason we have 12 players and two alternates.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Adelaide Byrd must’ve judged a footrace MOST READ Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

Rostock to Supply First AIDA Ships with Shore Power in 2020

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: AIDA Cruises German cruise line AIDA Cruises has signed a Declaration of Intend with the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the Hanseatic and University City of Rostock and Rostock Port to jointly promote environmentally friendly and sustainable cruise shipping in Rostock.The aim of the agreement is, analogous to Hamburg and Kiel, to build a shore power plant for cruise ships in the port of Rostock.Already in 2020, the first ships of AIDA Cruises should be supplied with shore power while docking in Rostock-Warnemünde.Therefore AIDA Cruises will fully equip its ships that regularly call Rostock-Warnemünde with a shore power connection.“We are signing a joint declaration so that in future cruise ships can be supplied with shoreside power at the Port of Rostock. I am convinced that this is a good step and it is an important contribution towards making cruise tourism more sustainable,” Manuela Schwesig, Prime Minister of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, said.“With our Green Cruising strategy, we are investing billions of euros in a future-proof cruise market – both in the area of sustainable propulsion technologies like the use of LNG or shoreside power, as well as in environmental management on board,” Felix Eichhorn, AIDA President, added.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,172.72, up 45.91 points):Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Up 13 cents, or 1.18 per cent, to $11.11 on 6.4 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 31 cents, or 2.50 per cent, to $12.73 on 5.53 million shares.Precision Drilling Corp. (TSX:PD). Oil and gas. Up two cents, or 0.58 per cent, to $3.49 on 5.49 million shares.Crescent Point Energy (TSX:CPG). Oil and gas. Up 37 cents, or 4.18 per cent, to $9.22 on 4.4 million shares.Veresen Inc. (TSX:VSN). Oil and gas. Up six cents, or 0.33 per cent, to $18.03 on 4.2 million shares.Birchcliff Energy Ltd. (TSX:BIR). Oil and gas. Up nine cents, or 1.45 per cent, to $6.28 on 3.8 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Empire Company Ltd. (TSX:EMP.A). Retail. Up $2.88 cents, or 14.48 per cent, to $22.61 on 1.6 million shares. Canada’s second-largest grocery retailer reported it earned $54 million or 20 cents per diluted share on $6.27 billion in sales in the first quarter of its 2018 financial year. That compared with a profit of $65.4 million or 24 cents per share diluted share on nearly $6.19 billion in sales a year earlier. Empire also said it is working to mitigate proposed minimum wage increases on its Ontario and Alberta operations, which could be up to $25 million in its 2018 financial year and $70 million in its 2019 financial year.last_img read more

New local media outlets crop up as traditional community papers close

first_imgTORONTO – Dave Bidini asks “what if” a lot.As in, what if the mainstream press didn’t care about George Clooney building a house on Lake Cuomo? Maybe, just maybe, he says as he sprinkles in a few profanities, communities would be better off.Next month, the prolific musician, author and general man-about-Toronto, will be trudging door to door delivering his most recent creation: a 20-page broadsheet newspaper called the West End Phoenix. It will be a community rag, served without advertisements every month or so, with a focus on a few west-end neighbourhoods.“We used to have a whack of really, really great community papers, but they’re all glorified flyer-mobiles now,” Bidini says, his voice rising.“Goddammit, we’re in Toronto, we’re in this amazing city and we’re in this catchment in the west end where there are so many stories and we need a paper that will focus on the community. And you know what, the lane is wide open for us.”Bidini is betting on the community where he lives to respond. He has budgeted about $300,000 for the first year for eight to 10 issues and says he’s raised about 40 per cent of the funds needed. The money comes from a mixture of what he calls patrons, those who have shelled out $500 to $25,000. Count artists Margaret Atwood, Yann Martel and Serena Ryder among the donors.He says he has about 1,100 subscribers thus far and is hoping for 5,000 within a year. He’s going local.“We, as of a society, have to punch open those front doors and roll open those garages,” Bidini says. “In our times, it’s important for us to better know each other.”There is a paucity of community newspapers in Canada, according to research by a Ryerson University journalism professor. April Lindgren runs the Local News Research Project that puts numbers to the mass extinction of news organizations. Her research has led her to dub the situation across Canada as “local news poverty.”Since 2008, 194 news organizations have closed in Canada, either outright or due to mergers, her research shows. Only 62 new ones have popped up over the same time period. She is continually updating the numbers, she says.“News is becoming a luxury item for a community,” Lindgren says.Someone like Bidini finds himself in the perfect position to launch a newspaper, she says.“You need money, education, background and contacts,” Lindgren says.Bidini can tick off some of those boxes and is using his contacts to find money.“I’m having dinners and coffees with potential patrons trying to shake the trees,” he says.Lindgren points to American research that shows people who live in more affluent communities tend to have more access to more local news than people who live in poorer communities.Yet she’s excited for any new news outlets, especially if it’s local.“Research shows the availability of local news is as important to a well-functioning community as a functioning sewer system, good roads, public health services and good schools,” she says.Nearly 700 kilometres north of Toronto, Jeff Elgie speaks of his burgeoning local news empire from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. He runs Village Media and his crown jewel is SooToday.com, a digital-only news organization based in the northern Ontario city.They have news sites in four other Ontario cities: North Bay, Barrie, Timmins and Guelph, and they’re expanding. They’ve built their own publishing software that powers their sites and they also license it to other news organizations in Sudbury and Thunder Bay where they take a cut of digital sales, he says.Elgie is bullish on local news. He says on an average weekday, SooToday.com sees about 90,000 hits and 42,000 unique visitors, totalling about 15 million hits a month. This from a community with a population 73,368, according to the 2016 census.He says about 97 per cent of traffic is from local stories.“What we’re just doing is what a community newspaper did 20 years ago,” Elgie says. “It’s not that brilliant, really, we’re just focusing on local.”He says he won’t go anywhere near Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver, but is targeting small- to medium-sized cities with populations from 40,000 people to 200,000. He also targets areas that have their own distinct persona, learning from their struggles in Barrie, Ont.“Barrie seems to act a little differently and in some ways behaves a bit more like (a) commuter community where there is not as much interest in engagement in purely local news, so we struggle there,” he says.Another important factor is the competition. He’s looking for places with a weak media landscape. He points to Guelph as a good example. They had already planned to go in there because it fits the profile, but when the local paper, the Guelph Mercury, closed in early 2016, they raced to enter the market and opened up shop eight days later with two former Mercury reporters in tow.The next experiment is to test an even smaller market: Elliot Lake, Ont., with a population of 10,498.They’ll leverage SooToday’s site since it’s so close and they’re already covering issues like crime and health care. He says he already has commitments from companies to buy ads that have nearly covered the new operations launch costs.Like newspapers of yore, his company is making money off obituaries, which they post for free but make advertisement dollars off of their popularity, and classifieds.“In the Soo, we have more used vehicles than Auto Trader does,” Elgie says.Back in Toronto, Bidini already has a few shoestring budget stories to tell. An old high school friend “who’s done very well” will cover printing costs. There is no rent for the newsroom space because they are considered artists in residence at the Gladstone Hotel.He’s pumped for the first issue, which will feature “massive photos and massive illustrations” to go along with both short and long stories.“We do whatever we want to do,” Bidini says.Then it’s back to the what ifs. What if the West End Phoenix is no different than the scores of news outlets that died?“Who knows, maybe we’ll be that, man,” he says, “but we’re gonna try.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misstated the number of issues the West End Phoenix will publish per year.last_img read more