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John Loughrey joins Letterkenny Chamber’s Hall of Fame

first_imgMr John Loughrey as been awarded a prestigious place in the Letterkenny Chamber’s Hall of Fame.The well-established Financial Advisor received the lifetime achievement award last night for his contribution to Letterkenny’s business community over three decades.The Hall of Fame recognition, sponsored by City of Derry Airport, is awarded to one individual each year at the Letterkenny Business Awards. There were congratulations all round for John as he joined the select group of outstanding local business persons who have made immense contributions to help people in Letterkenny and beyond.John F. Loughrey Financial Services, based at Crossview House, has been at the heart of the Letterkenny community for more than 30 years.John established the business in 1984 and it has grown to become the northwest’s leading independent financial services provider.In accepting his award, John thanked his family, his staff, all his clients over the years and his tenants at Crossview House. Looking back on the early years of the business, he talked about how he combined his flair for figures and love of helping people to set up an impartial advisory firm which gives clients the best advice. Now John, alongside his daughter Lisa, leads the company of 14 employees and pride themselves on helping clients plan for their retirement, save for their future and protect their greatest assets.Letterkenny Business Awards 2019 took place on Friday night in the Clanree Hotel. More than 400 people attended the event, which was presented by Keith Fletcher and President of the Chamber, Leonard Watson, addressed the large gathering.See the full list of winners and the Business Person of the Year award here:Daniel Gallagher named Business Person of the Year 2019John Loughrey joins Letterkenny Chamber’s Hall of Fame was last modified: November 12th, 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)last_img read more

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Which is QPR’s best signing so far this summer?

first_imgIt’s been a typically busy transfer window at Loftus Road, with confirmation of Junior Hoilett’s arrival taking the number of QPR’s summer signings to seven.[poll id=”29″]Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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Geological Truisms Questioned

first_imgNothing is a constant in scientific theories.  Popular ideas often wind up historical anecdotes.  What will happen to these two popular concepts?Snowball Earth Melts:  The idea that prior to the emergence of complex life the Earth was frozen over has been given the colorful title, “Snowball Earth.”  Scientists at Imperial College, London, are questioning whether this ever happened, according to EurekAlert.  They claim to have found evidence of repeated hot and cold cycles that would not have allowed Earth to undergo a prolonged period of freezing.  They also questioned it on thermodynamic grounds: “In fact, once fully frozen, it is difficult to create the right conditions to cause a thaw, since much of the incoming solar radiation would be reflected back by the snow and ice.” Antarctic rivers drain Antarctic lakes:  Many scientists had speculated that lakes under Antarctic ice might hold pristine clues to the early Earth, and exotic forms of life.  Now they may have to take into account a paper in Science1 that found evidence these lakes are connected and drain from one to another as the ice cover shifts.  Images from space show that these lakes act like lubricants and rapidly shift the highly-pressurized subglacial ice around.  They cited instances: “Large outbursts of subglacial water have been observed in coastal regions,” and “Antarctic subglacial water can move in large volumes between lakes, on short time scales and over long distances.”    In conclusion, they remark that the water movements they detected are “large, extensive, and temporally variable.”  Big changes were seen within just 2-3 years.  “These observations provide clues to understanding the stability of ice streams through their sensitivity to basal lubrication,” they said.  “The time scale for subglacial water transport (months to years) is short compared with that of other known drivers of glacial flow variability, suggesting a mechanism for more rapid changes in ice stream behavior than have previously been assumed.”It may be a hard sell, therefore, to claim that anything under the Antarctic remained stable for millions of years – or that we can know with any certainty what the Earth looked like before there were observers.1Fricker, Scambos, Bindschadler and Padman, “An Active Subglacial Water System in West Antarctica Mapped from Space,” Science, 16 March 2007: Vol. 315. no. 5818, pp. 1544-1548, DOI: 10.1126/science.1136897.Didn’t they ever hear of global warming?  Indeed, the science wars are heating up all over the world.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh backs away from giving provinces a veto over

first_imgDennis Ward APTN NewsNDP leader Jagmeet Singh is backing away from giving the provinces a veto over resource projects that would be built, or run through their territory.Singh made the comments during an interview with APTN News on Tuesday.“That’s not what I’ve said and those words actually never came out of my mouth,” he said. “What I’ve said very clearly is that we have to do things differently, and that means not imposing pipelines on provinces, and that means working with communities, and it absolutely means working with Indigenous communities.“We’ve seen the past approach of Liberal and Conservative governments have been disrespectful and it hasn’t worked,” Singh continued. “And what we need to do is have a collaborative approach, one that is based on the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We need to move forward in a way that actually is collaborative that actually respects and works with people so that we can solve problems and move ahead with projects.”APTN asked Singh if the issue was misreported.“Absolutely, that is something that I’ve never said. And I’ve said very clearly that my approach is to do things differently.“We’ve got a series of powers that exist but the way those powers have been used has not achieved the results. So instead of continuing down the same path of trying to do things the same way let’s do things differently. And our approach is that we actually have to have serious conversations, work collaboratively with people, make sure Indigenous communities are respected, given dignity and work with as partners not as imposing and enforcing things.”While not using the word veto, Singh told the CBC on Sept. 23 that an NDP government would not impose a resource project on the provinces.“I would not impose projects on any province,” he said. “And that means there has to be social acceptability, there has to be communities that are onside, provinces that are onside.“If we want to move forward with a project, there has to be a buy-in from all the people involved. Indigenous communities have to be onside. It’s hard work but we know if you don’t do that work the project isn’t going to go ahead anyway.“What if you’re not able to build that consensus,” Singh is then asked in the CBC interview.“It just won’t go forward.”Singh was pressed on the matter after the NDP released its commitments to Quebec, a province where the party saw a surge of support in the 2011 election but watched that support collapse in 2015.In ‘Together for Quebec’ the party says on its website that it “firmly believes that Quebec should have a say on any oil pipeline project that passes through its territory, in the appointment of judges representing Quebec, in agreements with web giants, and in any trade deal that impacts Quebec.“The NDP firmly believes that infrastructure projects which could have an environmental impact – particularly those related to the transportation of hydrocarbons – must be subject to Quebec’s environmental assessment procedures; they cannot bypass Quebec’s environmental laws and cannot proceed without the agreement of the Government and people of Quebec.”APTN asked the NDP to clarify its position.“It’s not a veto – the current approach doesn’t work. Clearly no pipeline has been built and all we’ve done is spend millions of taxpayers money fighting in courts,” a spokesperson for the party said in an email.“Jagmeet is going to adopt a different approach — actual consultation with communities, municipalities and provinces impacted to get the social license required to build these projects.”The idea of giving a veto to Indigenous communities came up during the 2015 campaign.In an interview with APTN, host Cheryl McKenzie asked the Liberal leader if a ‘no’ from Indigenous communities would mean ‘no’ under a Liberal government.“We cannot have a government that decides where the pipelines (are going to) go without having proper approval and support from the communities that are (going to) be affected,” said Trudeau during that interview.When pressed again, Trudeau responded saying, “Absolutely.”Aside from the resource project issue, Singh also talked about UNDRIP and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 calls to action in a wide-ranging interview that aired on APTN National News Tuesday night.“I believe that to build a country where we move forward and tackle the problems we have to do it in a different way,” he said. “And it’s got to involve honestly working towards reconciliation. Not just talking about it but actually implementing. That’s why we’re committing to not just vague promises but very clear and distinct things. We’re saying we need to respect Indigenous communities, and that means implementing the declaration.“We’re committed to cleaning drinking water, making sure there’s equal access to education, not taking Indigenous kids to court to challenge whether they have the right to equal funding,” Singh said. “We believe fundamentally, at a minimum, Indigenous kids have the right to equal funding and more. We have to go beyond that.”On climate change, Singh says Indigenous communities have to be more involved in the [email protected]@denniswardnewslast_img read more

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Rental agencies struggle with screenings as security concerns rise

first_imgMonday’s deadly rental van rampage in Toronto shows how quickly a vehicle can be turned into a weapon, but rental agencies are finding few clear options to prevent their property from involvement in such violent acts.The urgency to find solutions is increasing, however.The attack in Toronto that left at least 10 people dead and several injured is only the latest of a spate of vehicle attacks — including one in Edmonton last September — that have security experts grappling with solutions.Efforts are further along in Europe, which has seen a rash of vehicle attacks across the continent. In the U.K., vehicle rental companies were asked to conduct tougher background checks following two separate van attacks in London last June.But rental agencies are still limited in how well they can screen customers, said Toby Poston, director of communications at the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association.“Members aren’t experts at profiling customers,” said Poston.“People don’t come into rental branches wearing camo gear and stab vests and with that sort of glint in their eye. Quite often, these people just present themselves like any normal person.”The British association is, however, looking to better co-ordinate with law and security officials to make it easier to share data. Poston said rental agencies wouldn’t have access to terror watchlists or the like, but could potentially feed information to authorities for better monitoring.Member companies are also looking to potentially institute other record searches like credit and criminal background checks, but even then there is no clear way to determine that a vehicle shouldn’t be rented, said Poston.“You have to remember that a criminal record is not always reason enough to not rent someone a vehicle. And you have to be careful from a discrimination point of view.”The accused in the Toronto van attack, Alek Minassian, did not even raise any red flags during a brief stint in the Canadian Armed Forces last year, a military source told The Canadian Press.Toronto police said he rented the van from a Ryder rental location north of the city. The company said Tuesday it was fully co-operating with authorities, but declined to comment on its current security policies.The Associated Canadian Car Rental Operators said government officials have yet to reach out to try to co-ordinate data sharing.But any such efforts would be complicated, said vice president of government relations Craig Hirota.“It’s challenging, how do you use that information so that it doesn’t infringe on existing rights of the individual and rights to privacy?”The RCMP’s National Critical Infrastructure Team has been in contact with industry and sends out relevant information, Hirota added.“We are in the loop with local and federal law enforcement when there are bulletins.”He said the rental industry has long been concerned with fraudulent and criminal activity with rentals, but there are limited options for screenings.“Vehicle rental agencies have been concerned with people doing bad things with rental cars since the inception of the industry. Obviously if there was a way to tell a renter was going to do something prohibited with your vehicle, we’d love to have that.”The U.K. rental association is looking to security models elsewhere, including the New York Police Department’s Operation Nexus program that facilitates reporting of suspicious business encounters.It is also considering the establishment of a national accreditation scheme that could include training and formalizing policies such as no cash rentals. Companies also generally require business accounts for customers wanting to rent larger trucks, said Poston.Elsewhere in Europe, Italy has implemented a real-time notification scheme with rental operators and a similar one is being developed in Belgium. Sweden is looking to introduce geofence technology that could connect with a vehicle’s on-board computer and limit its speed to a safe level.The ease of carrying out such attacks, and the difficulties in detecting them are part of the reason for their rise, said Jeremy Littlewood, an assistant professor at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs.“It’s easy to replicate if someone gets that into their head,” said Littlewood.Littlewood also questioned the effectiveness of background checks. He pointed out that Alek Minassian, now charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder for Monday’s attack, was not known to police.“So far, police authorities are saying this person was not known to us. And so even if we had a database, our individual in this case is not going to show up from the police side.”Even when perpetrators are known it is still difficult to stop an attack, said Littlewood, noting that Martin Couture-Rouleau was reported to be under RCMP surveillance when in 2014 he used a vehicle in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., to hit two members of the Canadian Armed Forces, leaving one dead.Prevention has instead focused on more cement barriers, and heavy trucks at intersections for major events, but there’s no way to fully prevent this sort of attack entirely, said Littlewood.“We have to recognize the limits of what can be done here, and the reality is we have to accept there are going to be some risks, and we can never entirely make ourselves into a zero-risk world.”last_img read more

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Pipeline company to pay 122K for environmental violations

first_imgCHARLESTON, W.Va. — A company building a natural gas pipeline in West Virginia has agreed to pay $122,350 for environmental violations.The Charleston Gazette-Mail cited a consent order made public Monday in reporting that Columbia Gas Transmission agreed to pay the amount to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection for 16 violations while building the Mountaineer Xpress Pipeline.Columbia Gas Transmission is a subsidiary of TransCanada and will operate the Mountaineer Xpress Pipeline when it’s completed.TransCanada spokesman Scott Castleman said the company implemented measures to address each environmental issue as it arose and has accepted the draft consent order.The pipeline is one of many being built in the region and would run 170 miles (274 kilometres) from Marshall County to Wayne County.___Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, http://wvgazettemail.com.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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SKorea orders 2nd Japan firm to compensate forced labourers

first_imgSEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — South Korea’s top court has ordered a Japanese company to compensate 10 Koreans for forced labour during Tokyo’s 1910-45 colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula.Thursday’s ruling by the Supreme Court was widely expected as the court ruled last month that another Japanese company must compensate four Korean men for similar colonial -era forced labour.The Oct. 30 ruling, the first of its kind, drew immediate protests from Japan which has argued the issue of forced labourers was already settled when Tokyo and Seoul signed a treaty in 1965 that restored diplomatic ties.The Supreme Court says Mitsubishi Heavy Industries must provide 80 million to 150 million won ($71,190-133,510) in compensation to each of 10 plaintiffs or their bereaved family members.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Pilot makes incredible crashlanding near Liard Hot Springs

first_imgSean Holmstead, the owner and chief pilot of Mackenzie Mountain Aviation said that the airplane was damaged during the crash-landing, though the 37-year-old pilot was not injured. Holmstead said that the extent of the damage to the airplane is currently not known, but that a salvage attempt will be made in the near future. FORT NELSON, B.C. — A pilot that became incapacitated while flying from Fort Nelson to Watson Lake was able to make a miraculous crash-landing north of Liard Hot Springs last Friday.A spokesman with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said that the pilot and lone occupant of a six-seater Cessna U206 Super Skywagon owned by Mackenzie Mountain Aviation Corp. was flying via visual flight rules when he became incapacitated at around 7:45 on Friday evening. The spokesman said that after the aircraft descended, the pilot was able to regain control of his plane and perform an emergency landing after striking several trees. The pilot, who was not injured in the emergency landing, was able to activate the plane’s emergency locator beacon and make a call to his company via satellite phone before spending the night inside the plane. Transport Canada spokesman Pierre Manoni said that search and rescue aircraft were dispatched by the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Victoria at first light on Saturday morning and were able to rescue the pilot, who was transported to the Fort Nelson Hospital to be checked out.last_img read more

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Unique exhibition by teachers of Rabindra Bharati University

first_imgKolkata: A one-of-its-kind exhibition by the teachers of Rabindra Bharati University titled “Propositions 2019″ will be inaugurated by Bidyut Chakraborty, Vice-Chancellor of Visva Bharati University, on March 19.The venue is Birla Academy of Art and Culture. Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury, Vice-Chancellor of Rabindra Bharati University will be present at the opening function. The exhibition is organised by the Faculty of Visual Arts, RBU. It is the only of its kind where the teachers will display their works. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers”Propositions 2019” will showcase paintings, drawings, print making of 16 teachers of the faculty of Visual Arts, RBU. The teachers whose works will be on display are Aditya Prasad Mitra, Surajit Chanda, Dolon Champa Ganguly, Sohini Dhar among others. Initially, only the department of painting constituted the faculty. In the early 1980s, the faulty branched itself to five departments. These are paintings, sculpture, graphics painting, applied art and the history of art. The exhibition will encourage the students to see the works of their teachers. It may be mentioned that the Japanese government has recently given Rs 22 lakh to refurbish the Japan gallery of Rabindra Bharati museum.last_img read more

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