Donegal native elected to Dublin City Council

first_imgBruckless native Danny Byrne has been elected to the Dublin City Council for Ringsend area of Dublin City. The south Donegal man was elected for Fine Gael following the fifth count on Sunday evening.Mr Byrne was previously an estate agent and had been living in the Dublin area since 2005. Part of the Lost at Sea Tragedies Organisation, Byrne lost his father and brother in a tragic accident in 1981 at sea.In 2018, the Byrne family who had secured the Ombudsman’s support for State compensation over exclusion from a Government scheme has finally been sent a cheque for a six-figure sum.The Bruckless residents received an ex-gratia payment from Minister for Marine Michael Creed, after a 14-year battle over her exclusion from the “Lost at Sea scheme” to support families whose vessels had sunk. Francis Byrne and 16-year-old Jimmy Byrne, and three other crew died when their fishing vessel Skifjord sank 38 years ago. Donegal native elected to Dublin City Council was last modified: May 27th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Lunar Dust Is Deadly

first_imgA significant fraction of lunar dust could pose deadly risks to future astronauts stationed on the moon, a BBC News report says.  About 1-3% of moon dust particles are too small to be coughed up or removed by the cilia lining the respiratory tract.  These would lodge in the lungs and become inflamed.  As in silicosis and asbestosis, the lung responds by building scar tissue around the particles, but this reduces the effective surface of the lungs for oxygen intake.    The article has a microphoto of a dust grain that is filled with cavities, like swiss cheese.  These would have up to five times the surface area to interfere with the lungs.  Having jagged surfaces, they would be less likely to be captured by the sinus walls because of the way the particles would follow the path of the air.    Another problem is with iron grains in 10-20 nanometer particles of lunar dust.  These “nano-phase iron” particles could be absorbed directly into the bloodstream and interfere with hemoglobin’s ability to absorb oxygen.  The fine dust was irritating to Apollo astronauts during their brief visits.  It got into everything and clung like powder.  The lunar rovers kicked up roostertails of dust.  Harrison Schmidt got a bout of “lunar dust hay fever” after returning to the lunar module.    NASA would like to set up camp on the moon once again in the year 2020.  A Lunar Airborne Dust Toxicity Advisory Group has been working on the problems.  The article discusses techniques the team of medical doctors and scientists are developing to mitigate the hazards of lunar dust.  The iron can be extracted with magnets, for instance, and dust can be melted with microwaves into a kind of paved glass.  Robots may have to employ microwave guns, magnets, vacuums and filters to pave the way for human habitation.  Large amounts of lunar soil will need to be collected for a moon base for building materials, oxygen and hydrogen.  These actions might cause some fine dust to levitate above the surface, however, posing threats to scientific instruments and astronaut health.  Extracting and living on the moon’s “toxic” dust will be a major challenge for the next generation of human rovers.There’s dust on Earth, too, but….  In most cases (except in man-made habitats like mines and in smoke-filled rooms), our bodies are tuned to the geology and geography and atmosphere.  The atmosphere transports large amounts of dust, but clouds and rain cleanse it and allow dust to solidify into rocks or be transported to the oceans.  Meanwhile, our sinuses, mucous membranes and sneeze responses trap and expel much of the dust that enters our airways, allowing most of us to enjoy many decades of healthy breathing.  Pushing the human body outside the envelope is teaching us many things we might otherwise take for granted.  It’s revealing an amazing degree of tuning of the body to its habitat.    The moon is the same distance from the sun as Earth, but look how different it is.  Nice place to visit, but you wouldn’t want to live there for long.  The lack of sufficient mass to retain an atmosphere and allow liquid water makes all the difference in the world.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

A geocache made in Hollywood (but placed in Washington). — Ring of Fire (GCJYHZ) — Geocache of the Week

first_img SharePrint RelatedRing of Fire — Geocache of the WeekAugust 30, 2017In “Community”DIY: How to Hide like You’ve Never Hidden BeforeSeptember 8, 2013In “Community”Nananananananana BATMAN! — Batman’s Batcave (GC8413) — Geocache of the WeekDecember 11, 2013In “Community” Maybe this was the train Ozzy Osbourne was singing about in “Crazy Train”. Photo by geocacher Brasstax.This week’s Geocache of the Week was born from the depths a fiery train crash. You might be thinking, “Jeez, that’s kind of a bummer. I hope no one was hurt in the wreck.” Until, of course, you learn that the train wreck was all a piece of Hollywood cinema. If you’re up for a hike and a challenging find, Ring of Fire (GCJYHZ) will show you a piece of movie history.In 1961, the film “Ring of Fire” was released. This film is a classic, campy story of  boy meets girl, all while a giant forest fire rages through the Pacific Northwest. You can even watch the original trailer. Movie spoiler alert: The grand finale of the film occurs when a train is stuck on a flaming bridge. Eventually, the bridge weakens and collapses, sending the train cars tumbling into a ravine. While the movie is set in Oregon, the actual filming location for this stunt was in Washington. After filming, the crew did their best to remove the wreckage, but several pieces still remained. Several years later, geocacher ironman114 found the location and placed this geocache there.Check out the epic grand finale (skip to the 13 minute mark):A piece of wreckage from “Ring of Fire”. Photo by geocacher cougarcach24.Since then, many geocachers have found this difficulty 3.5, terrain 5 geocache and ended up with great stories. Geocacher crouchcrew had this to say in their log, “What an awesome, amazing cache for an awe-inspiring, epic milestone! He did good by picking this one. From the ropes, the climb, the railcars, the view, the history, the celebration, the beautiful day and finding the cache en masse made for a geocaching top 10 day! Thanks so much for placing and maintaining this consummate cache!”As a fan of old movies, the CO, ironman114, knew this spot would make a great geocache. Regarding the positive logs and favorite points, he says, “I derive a lot of satisfaction to see all the cachers enjoying the trek and hunt for this cache… If you get a lot of positive logs then you know you did it right.” He goes on with a message for other geocachers who plan to hide a geocache, “Location, Location, Location. Take time to think about it and if location is bland then make a good container or story to go with the geocache. Just because you can hide a geocache within feet of a full smelly pit toilet doesn’t mean you HAVE to!”Have you ever come across old wrecks, abandoned buildings or other once-inhabited places while geocaching? Tell us about it in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to pr@geocaching.com. Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Max Altschuler on Hacking Sales, Sales Stacks, and Automation in the Sales Process – Episode #61

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 29:47 — 27.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSAnthony is not a tech guy – meaning he’s not the guy to figure out the ways software and technological tools can be used to make sales work better, even though he is an avid user of the tech that exists. With that said, he’s very glad there are people out there who are into the tech and know how to take the deep dive into it in order to make it work better for sales professional. Max Altschuler is that guy. He’s on the show today to talk about sales stacks, the powerful benefits technology can bring to the prospecting and sales process, and how human capital can and should be integrated into the process.Data is the foundation of any successful sales process ~ Max AltschulerClick To TweetWhat is meant by a “sales stack” and is yours high enough quality to help you?When Max Altschuler uses the term “sales stack” he’s referring to the human, software, and tech components that you have in place to organize and utilize the data involved in prospecting, marketing, and sales. That definition infers that you’ve got to have a system in place that has quality data that is both current and useful. On this episode Max walks through the things that make up a great data stack, how he uses it when making sales calls, and what you can do to close the loops in your process to ensure that your data stays up to date.Do you know how to research a prospect before making a connection?Every sales professional knows that you can’t (or shouldn’t) just pick up the phone and call someone you want to make a sale to. You’re much better off in the long run if you do some research to know something about that person, what they do, and why your product or service is the right solution for their needs. Max Altschuler is a pro at sales and knows the sales process backwards and forwards from his work with www.SalesHacker.com – so be sure to listen to this episode to get his own approach to researching a prospect before making the call.How to prepare for a face to face sales call from an expert, on this episode of In The ArenaClick To TweetWhat many companies do wrong when it comes to sales automation.Anthony periodically receives prospecting emails that are generated by an automated system. These emails show that the company sending them knows very little about him and has taken virtually no time understanding what he does or what his needs might be. This is a marketing and sales FAIL in the hugest terms. Companies that think automation is going to cut costs are actually costing themselves more. On this episode Max Altschuler provides his insights into the biggest automation mistakes companies are making when it comes to sales and how they can cut their losses and turn things around.Targeting your prospects from a variety of positions.Both Anthony and his guest today, Max Altschuler agree that sales professionals should not allow themselves to be hindered if they find that “THE” decision maker or ideal contact they are trying to reach is unable to be reached. There are many different ways to make contact with a company that can lead to great results. In his book, Max refers to “Top down” and “Bottom up” approaches and unpacks them on this episode. You need to hear this if you continue to get road blocked in your approaches to a prospective client.You can’t be hindered by missing the appointment with the “perfect” contact. Here’s whyClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Anthony’s introduction to Max Altschuler. What is a “sales stack” and why they can work for you in sales. Ideas of what might be included in a sales stack. What Max does (and builds into his tools) to best research a prospect. What can be done to improve the quality of leads by improving the quality of data? Top down and bottom up targeting. How email marketing often fails from a technology standpoint. The risks involved in using automation. What Max would do to prep for a face to face sales call. An upcoming sales conference Max’s organization is hosting.Our Sponsors:Sales Gravy University – tell Jeb that Anthony sent you.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodewww.SalesHacker.comThe Upcoming Conference mentioned on this episode.Connect with Max on Twitter.Max’s book1508655081The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinoTweets you can use to share this episodeIntegrating data technology and human capital in sales on this episode of In the ArenaClick To TweetThe risks of using automation in sales and how many companies are failing, on this episodeClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address belowlast_img read more

‘Farmers must be given options to check stubble burning’

first_imgPunjab Governor V.P. Singh Badnore on Friday said it was important that farmers were given the option to adopt alternative practices to ensure proper disposal of paddy residue instead of resorting to stubble burning.Expressing concern over the environmental hazards caused by the practice, Mr. Badnore said stubble burning was not only damaging the health of people but was also causing loss of organic components in soil.“There is a need to promote horticulture, cultivation of fruits and mushrooms in a big way to break the usual paddy-wheat crop cycle in Punjab,” he said at a workshop here on stakeholders’ initiative to address crop residue burning in the State.Mr. Badnore called for formulating a comprehensive strategy, including generating mass awareness among farmers, and providing available technologies at affordable prices.“I appreciate the progressive approach of the Punjab farmers and their in-depth knowledge about the latest farming techniques. Incentives must be given to farmers who have already adopted other alternatives and are not burning straw,” he said.Suresh Kumar, Chief Principal Secretary to the Punjab Chief Minister, said the government will constitute a State-level advisory group to formulate some immediate action plan to check stubble burning in the State.“I urge experts to work towards reducing the silica content in straw and making it fit for animal consumption. States like Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh, where there is a shortage of animal fodder, could be given the fodder at lower prices,” he added.last_img read more

FOUR PEOPLE RESCUED FROM SIOUX CITY FIRE

first_imgSIOUX CITY, Iowa- Authorities say Sioux City firefighters have rescued a woman and three children who were trapped by flames in their second-floor home.Sioux City Fire Rescue was called to 3826 Garretson Avenue a little after 7:10 PM and found heavy smoke visible near the entrance of the two-story home upon arrival.Firefighters say flames in a stairwell kept the occupants from escaping the danger.Fire personnel assisted with removing the occupants from the balcony and quickly extinguished the fire.No injuries have been reported.Fire investigators have ruled the blaze accidental with the cause being an overloaded electrical circuit near the entrance.The structure sustained moderate fire damage and has been red tagged.last_img

National Council on Sport to Review Proposals on Trelawny Stadium

first_imgMinister with responsibility for Sport, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, says the National Council on Sport has been given a mandate to review all proposals in relation to the Trelawny Stadium.She noted that the Council’s findings will be reported to Prime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, who has full portfolio responsibility for Sport.Mrs. Neita Headley made the announcement during her contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on June 5.She argued that the Trelawny Sport facility is of significant value to the parish and the country, and “it has to be developed as a part of the community for the use of the people, whether they reside locally or come into Jamaica from overseas.”Mrs. Neita Headley said this development will take place within the context of the 1978 to 1998 National Physical Plan, which highlighted the town of Falmouth as a major growth centre for resort expansion and development.The Trelawny Stadium is managed by Independence Park Limited, which also manages the National Stadium Complex, and falls under the Ministry of Sports. It was built with a US$30 million loan from China.The stadium lies on Jamaica’s scenic northwest coast and is just over 40 minutes away from Montego Bay, which also boasts the Sangster International Airport. It is also just 10 minutes outside of Falmouth, which is home to an international pier.Re-established in 2012, the National Council on Sport is an advisory body comprising representatives of Ministries, Agencies, Institutions, Organisations and individuals involved in managing and directing sport.The Council provides the opportunity for greater monitoring and co-ordination of the sector, especially as the government moves to ensure that the full potential of economic and social benefits of sport are realised.Mrs. Neita Headley made her presentation on the theme: ‘Jamaica’s Sport Policy and Sport for Development, Growth and Equity…Fuelling Sporting Success for Future Development’.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakerlast_img read more

Port of Corpus Christi Okays USD 217 Mn Bond Package

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The Port of Corpus Christi approved a bond resolution to issue up to USD 217 million in revenue bonds to help finance capital improvements, including the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. The financing will allow the port to continue developing more terminals, rail, and channel improvements needed to handle the growing oil and gas volumes from the region’s large energy producing fields.At the epicenter of the port’s 10-year capital investment program is the deepening and widening of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. Currently at a depth of 45 feet, the Ship Channel will be dredged to 54 feet to accommodate Suezmax and larger vessels, and widened to 530 feet to allow for two-way traffic flows.News of the bond approval comes on the back of an announcement made earlier this month when the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) included nearly USD 23 million in its FY18 Work Plan for the Corpus Christi Channel Improvement Project.The USD 335 million project has now received over USD 138 million in Federal and Port contributed funds, with dredging operations scheduled to commence later this year.last_img read more