Met Eireann playing down potential impact of Storm Henry

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Previous articleDonegal ladies come from behind to win openerNext article€50,000 is to be spent on eight heritage projects in Donegal admin Homepage BannerNews Met Eireann playing down potential impact of Storm Henry Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry center_img Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook By admin – January 31, 2016 Facebook Google+ Met Eireann is playing down the latest storm to be included in the new naming system.Storm Henry is making landfall over the next 24 hours and is bringing winds of up to 110 kilometers per hour with it.An orange warning’s in place for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick from 10 o’clock tonight.Forecaster Harm Luijkx says it shouldn’t cause too much bother…………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/18luijkx.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic last_img read more

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USS Carl Vinson Begins TSTA/FEP

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Carl Vinson Begins TSTA/FEP USS Carl Vinson Begins TSTA/FEP View post tag: USS Carl Vinson Training & Education View post tag: US Navycenter_img Aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) recently departed its homeport of San Diego to begin the Tailored Ship’s Training Availability/Final Evaluation Problem (TSTA/FEP) certification period.TSTA/FEP, which is evaluated by Afloat Training Group (ATG), prepares the ship and crew for full integration into a carrier strike group through a wide range of mission-critical operations.TSTA is a multi-phase event meant to give the crew a solid foundation of unit-level operating proficiency and develop the crew’s ability to self-train following completion of TSTA in-port. FEP is a nominal, two-day graded event that takes place at the conclusion of TSTA. The final evaluation problem evaluates a ship’s “within the lifelines” ability to conduct combat missions, to support operations, and to survive complex casualty control situations.“During this underway we’re bringing the CSG-1 flagship team together for the first time,” said Capt. Doug Verissimo, Carl Vinson’s commanding officer. “Vinson will continue to be the support ship for all evolutions to include the launching and recovering of airplanes that provide so much of our warfighting capability. All of our supporting commands understand the importance of efficiently utilizing ATG’s time, which will ensure we safely and successfully complete TSTA.”ATG will observe and assess aggregate shipboard watchstanding, warfighting and ship survival proficiencies, and the ship’s resident capacity to sustain and build upon those proficiencies. Ships completing FEP will have demonstrated the minimum required skills to proceed to the next phase — integration.“Team Vinson has performed well so far,” said Lt. Cmdr. Nathalie Kocis, Carl Vinson’s training officer. “We have completed many events in performance mode, and we are coming together as a team to excel and show ATG what we are capable of.”Kocis said the crew has conducted numerous integrated team training evolutions, including general quarters and man overboard drills. They have also completed mandatory training milestones such as flight deck and Carrier Air Traffic Control Center certifications, various phases of crew certifications, command assessment of readiness and training, and TSTA in-port.“All of these drills will ensure the training teams are ready and able to train the ship once ATG has completed their assessment,” said Kocis. “When Team Vinson comes out of TSTA/FEP, the crew will be better prepared to handle potential real-world casualties.”Kocis added upon completion of TSTA/FEP, the crew will move into integrated phase training where it will begin coordinating with other units for strike group-level training to maintain performance levels in operationally challenging environments. July 27, 2016 Share this articlelast_img read more

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Vermont Yankee provides update on tritium

first_imgLast Friday, October 8, Vermont Yankee announced that a water sample from rock fissures beneath the plant tested positive for tritium at an amount of 1,040 picocuries per liter.  A statement issued by a representative of the Vernon nuclear power plant said that this amount of tritium is significantly below the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s required level to report tritium findings (which is 30,000 picocuries per liter) and significantly below the US Environmental Protection Agency’s standard for permissible levels of tritium in drinking water (20,000 picocuries per liter). The rock fissures from which the sample was taken fed a former industrial drinking water well that previously served the plant’s Construction Office Building, known as the COB well.  This well was retired earlier this year (March) as a conservative precaution shortly after the tritium leak from the plant was discovered.This water sample test result does not indicate any new leak of tritium from Vermont Yankee.Rather, this test result confirms the migration of tritiated water that was previously released from the leak in the advanced off gas (AOG) system pipe tunnel that was sealed and repaired earlier this year.Further, this test result does not indicate any threat to public health or safety because the sample was not taken from any active drinking water well, nor has tritium been detected in or near any current drinking water well.Vermont Yankee is implementing an industry-leading program to protect groundwater at the site. This program focuses on inspecting, monitoring and selectively replacing plant piping and other components to prevent leaks.  Also, additional monitoring wells are being installed to promptly detect any leaks should they occur.As noted, the Environmental Protection Agency’s limit for tritium in drinking water is 20,000 picocuries.  A picocurie is one trillionth of a curie.  To place these figures in context, there are at least 6 curies (or 6 trillion picocuries) of tritium in an average self-illuminated red “EXIT” sign at your local movie theater or school gym.Vermont Yankee believes this test result is consistent with previous findings, showing that there is no threat of contamination to drinking water sources AND the tritium remediation plan has been comprehensive and effective.Vermont Yankee’s tritium remediation project has continuously monitored drinking water wells on the VY site and at a number of locations in the area around the site and no tritium has been detected in any drinking water wells. The off site locations range from the Vernon elementary school, which is located just across the street from the plant to the water system of the town of Hinsdale, NH, located across the Connecticut River.As Vermont Yankee continues to finalize the remediation of tritium that the company first discovered and self-reported in January 2010, the company re-emphasizes today that it is committed to maintaining increased sampling frequencies for tritium and increased communications.  Both of these initiatives were part of a March 25 public commitment that the company made as part of its industry-leading groundwater protection initiative.Vermont Yankee has shared the results of the recent water sample test with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Vermont Department Health and will continue to cooperate with both organizations. Further, Vermont Yankee has continued to extract groundwater – a process that began several months ago — as part of its efforts to remediate the previous tritium leak from the AOG pipe tunnel.The shallow groundwater zone has been the main focus of Vermont Yankee’s groundwater efforts to date. This zone, which extends to 70 feet below the surface, includes soils of many different compositions. This is the level where shallow groundwater moves. The general flow at the Vermont Yankee site is west to east, away from drinking water supplies.This zone has been continuously monitored and tested since the first discovery of tritium in January of this year.The depth to bedrock varies locally across the region, but in this area of the Vermont Yankee site, the depth to bedrock is approximately 70 feet.  Groundwater flows through the bedrock via cracks and fissures.  This water also flows west to east. When a deep drinking water well is installed, it bisects these cracks, which allow water to supply the well casing and eventually be pumped to the end user. A total of 25 monitoring wells have been installed and seven more are currently being installed. These wells are used to track the direction and volume of the groundwater under the site and to measure the tritium content. As a result of the data gathered from these monitoring wells, a number of extraction wells have been drilled at the points of significant concentration. More than 267,000 gallons of tritiated water have been extracted from the groundwater and pumped into holding tanks on the site. As the higher tritium concentrations move eastward, consistent with the general hydrology of the site, new wells are drilled in the path of the flow and contaminated water is pumped out.There currently are two extraction wells in operation. Vermont Yankee is assessing the flow rates and tritium content of water being extracted and present in the monitoring wells to determine whether further mitigation is warrantedThe deep bedrock layer is the site of the current testing that has produced the relatively low-level sample of tritiated water that is the subject of recent media stories. By using the pre-existing COB well, Vermont Yankee technicians have been able to collect and test two water samples from fissures in the bedrock adjacent to the well. These samples were taken at 200 and 300 feet below the surface by a process called “Packer testing.”Packer testing consists of lowering a 20-foot long hollow steel tube into the well. The tube has bladders (packers) at the top and bottom, which can be inflated to seal a 20-foot section of the well. Existing water in the well is pumped out, and samples of water contained in fissures of the adjacent bedrock are then collected in the tube. The sample is then brought to the surface and samples are taken to be tested for tritium.In the case of these recent measurements at Vermont Yankee, the test at the 200-foot level required 48 hours of continuous extraction to collect the volume of water required for a representative sample. This site had been identified by a preliminary test in March as the site of a low-yielding fracture in the rock. It was this sample that contained a concentration of 1,040 picocuries of tritium per liter of water.The test performed at the 300-foot level encountered free-flowing water from the adjacent fissures. The sample was easily collected and no tritium was found.It also should be noted that other isotopes such as Strontium-90 and Cesium-137 have never been detected in groundwater samples taken at Vermont Yankee. This includes water samples taken from monitoring well GZ-10 which was installed in early February in the immediate vicinity of the advanced off gas (AOG) system pipe tunnel where the tritium leak occurred.Strontium-90 and Cesium-137 and other isotopes were identified in limited quantities in soils directly adjacent to the leak for the AOG pipe tunnel.  Soil in the area of the leak has been removed and is being stored in shipping containers on-site waiting for disposal at a licensed off-site waste facility. Empirical data gathered to date supports the conclusion that Strontium-90 and Cesium-137 and other radionuclides, unlike tritium, which is very similar in molecular structure to water, are not transported across the site by groundwater.Source: Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee. Vernon, VT/October 11, 2010last_img read more

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Virtual New York State Fair highlights local dairy farmers

first_imgMonday’s video highlighted how children across New York dairy farms take care of their cows and prep them for what would have been competition time at the fair. You can see watch the videos on the A.D.A.N.E Facebook page here. Topics to be covered include everything from the famous butter sculpture, what dairy farm life looks like, how to use dairy in cooking and more. Normally, hundreds of families would make the trek to the fair to show off their cows. Since that isn’t possible this year, over the next week, videos from the American Dairy Association North East will bring different aspects of dairy in New York to you. (WBNG) — The New York State fair has gone virtual this year, but this week you can learn all about New York dairy from the comfort of your own home.last_img read more

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Korean Air is preparing to launch a direct line between Seoul and Zagreb

first_imgKorean Air is preparing to launch a direct line between Seoul and Zagreb in just over two weeks.In a statement to EX-YU Aviation News, the carrier said: “Ticket sales and reservations are in line with our expectations. We are promoting Zagreb as our newest European destination, and after the stabilization of the route, we will consider flights to other destinations in Croatia. ” The Korean carrier is still negotiating an extension of the interline agreement with Croatia Airlines in hopes of securing a codeshare agreement. The Seoul – Zagreb route will be direct until the end of the summer flight schedule, and from the winter flight schedule the route will return via Zurich (Seoul-Zagreb-Zurich-Seoul). Korean Air will fly to Zagreb in September and October on an Airbus A330-200 aircraft on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, departing from Seoul (ICN) at 11:05, arriving in Zagreb at 15:45. Return from Zagreb will be at 17:00 and arrival in Seoul the next day at 10:30.From the winter flight schedule, Korean Air will fly a Boeing 787-9 – Dreamliner aircraft with a capacity of 269 seats. The line will fly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with departure from Seoul at 11:25, arrival in Zagreb at 14:55, from Zagreb the plane will go to Zurich at 17:00, it will arrive in Zurich at 18:40 from where it will leave at 20: 55 to go to Seoul where he arrives at 15:35.last_img read more

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Taking away guns isn’t the answer

first_imgDemocrats are using despicable tactics to strip Second Amendment rights from the American people. The recent tactic of using the Parkland children to advance their oppressive agenda is just the latest example of their shamelessness. Bad as you might feel for what happened to these kids, the fact remains is that they’re kids, with very little life experience or knowledge of human nature. They’re the last people you want making decisions for you.Additionally, we currently have a media that will only report on guns if it furthers the left’s agenda. They don’t report on legal firearm owners who use their weapons to prevent crime, despite some studies estimating up to 2.5 million crimes a year are prevented by legal gun owners. You rarely hear of instances when civilian gun owners or armed security guards stop mass shooters, because those shootings didn’t happen or were stopped early. As far as the media is concerned, these stories don’t fit a leftist agenda, so we hear nothing.The left and their media allies also don’t seem to realize that trying to take guns away from law-abiding Americans would lead to violence unlike anything this country has seen. There are 300 million legal guns in the United States, owned overwhelmingly by people who recognize that their natural rights aren’t optional. Trying to disarm these people would lead to violence on the order of magnitude greater than any school shooting, and the citizens wouldn’t be wrong in defending their freedoms. You want to make schools safe? Put an armed security guard in each school, or allow teachers to conceal carry. Anything else is an un-serious distraction.David WelchScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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COVID-19: Jakarta’s port tightens measures on foreign ships, bars crews from disembarking

first_imgIndonesia has announced six confirmed COVID-19 cases to date, with Case 6 identified as one of crew members who previously worked on board the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan. The man was initially evacuated along with 68 other Indonesian crew members to Sebaru Kecil Island — part of the Thousand Islands archipelagic regency of Jakarta — to undergo quarantine. However, he was later transferred to another hospital in Jakarta over suspicions of having been infected, after which he was declared positive for the coronavirus. Foreign ships that sought to dock in Tanjung Priok Port were also required to file an online report of the vessel’s last 10 ports of call, Arif said.  The agents of the foreign vessels were required to provide a letter signed by every captain indicating that no crew members suffered from pneumonia, he said, adding that the letter should be submitted at least 48 hours before the vessels wanted to moor. ”Foreign cruise ships, in particular, are allowed to dock, but all of the passengers must be checked and obtain a permit from local authorities if they wish to disembark to go on tours,” Arif said.The IPC would also increase its monitoring of Indonesian vessels, especially of passengers from Batam, a city in Riau Islands province neighboring Singapore, which has recorded dozens of COVID-19 cases. Last week, the Jakarta International Cargo Terminal (JICT) in Tanjung Priok Port briefly halted operations on Friday to conduct health inspections as a captain of a foreign ship, the CMA CGM Virginia, that was docking at the port showed symptoms of COVID-19 infection.“The CMA CGM Virginia captain has been brought to the port’s hospital. So far, there is no evidence that the captain has been infected and his condition is improving,” Arif said.The ship sailed from the JICT on Friday at 10 p.m. after receiving clearance from port authorities. (mpr)Topics : State-owned Indonesia Port Corporation II (IPC) is prohibiting crew members of all foreign vessels docking at Jakarta’s Tanjung Priok Port from getting off their ships as part of the efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the country.The increased precautionary measures also stipulated that a crew change would only be allowed after all crew members undergo an observation period and are given clearance by the Port Health Authority, the company’s president director Arif Suhartono said. “All foreign cargo vessels docking in IPC ports will be thoroughly checked. The policy doesn’t apply only to Chinese vessels, as the COVID-19 has spread to more than 60 countries,” he said in a statement on Saturday. last_img read more

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Spain asks illegal migrants and jobless to pick fruit as coronavirus bites

first_imgAs one of the world’s worst-hit countries, Spain has declared a state of emergency and a strict lockdown until April 26, with only essential staff – which includes agricultural workers – free to travel to and from work.Spain’s agricultural ministry said the decree, which was issued on Tuesday, would remain in place for just under three months to guarantee food supplies and give an income to those “that need it the most”, with unemployment rising steeply.Afrucat, the Catalan association of fruit producers, warned last week that the agricultural sector in the wealthy northeastern province faced total collapse if 40,000 seasonal workers were not found urgently.Unemployed foreigners aged 18 to 21 will also be granted temporary work visas, the agriculture ministry said in its Tuesday statement.Salomo Torres, a spokesman for Unio de Pagesos, Catalonia’s largest farming union, said employing foreign workers – who are normally given accommodation – would be complicated due to social distancing rules.”With the state of alarm, lots of smallholding farmers could find laborers among their own family members, their neighbors or in their own town,” he said.”It’s not necessary to find a workforce from abroad.” Topics : Spain will temporarily allow thousands of illegal migrants to pick fruit to address labor shortages caused by the new coronavirus outbreak, in a move closely watched across Europe.The European Union’s biggest fruit and vegetable exporter will also allow unemployed Spaniards to continue to receive state benefits while working as fruit pickers in a bid to find 300,000 seasonal workers as it approaches the May harvest.”It’s an opportunity for lots of people, otherwise they’re just trapped at home,” Lorenzo Ramos, general secretary of the Union of Small Farmers, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.center_img “The countryside can be a refuge,” he said, adding that workers were needed from across Spain and abroad to harvest everything from strawberries, blueberries, oranges and grapes to prunes, tomatoes and courgettes.Spain is the first European country to make legal changes, but others are exploring solutions to agricultural labor shortages as travel restrictions imposed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic prevent cross-border workers travelling to their jobs.With the prospect of fruit rotting in the fields, France has called for a “shadow army” of laid off workers to step in, while Germany is flying in eastern European farm helpers to stave off poor harvests and higher food prices.The highly contagious COVID-19 respiratory illness could push 195 million people into unemployment globally, the International Labor Organization said on Tuesday.last_img read more

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KPK urged to take on Novel’s acid attack case after prosecutors demand light sentence

first_imgFormer Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) commissioners have urged the antigraft body to take on the prosecution of the alleged attackers of senior investigator Novel Baswedan after the current prosecution demanded notably light sentences for the defendants.Prosecutors are seeking one year of prison for the two police officers, Chief Brig. Ronny Bugis and Brig. Rahmat Kadir Mahulette, who are standing trial for their alleged involvement in an acid attack on Novel in April 2017.The prosecutors said the defendants had “accidentally” thrown sulfuric acid in the investigator’s face. He urged current KPK commissioners to pressure the government to address the acid attack case more seriously, citing several suspicious occurrences during the investigation. Abraham pointed out that the police had taken three years to find the suspects, even though both suspects were active police officers.Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) coordinator Yati Andriyani, who is also part of Novel’s legal team, said investigators had not summoned Novel’s three neighbors, who were key witnesses in the case.They said they had witnessed people preparing a liquid before throwing it on Novel and scouting around Novel’s house prior to the attack.Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan arrives at the Jakarta Police headquarters on Dec. 6, 2019. (JP/Seto Wardhana)She also noted the fact that the defendants’ legal team was led by National Police law division head Insp. Gen. Rudy Heriyanto Adi Nugroho, who served as the Jakarta Police’s general crime division head during the investigation of the acid attack in April 2017.“He investigated the case, but now he is acting as the defendant’s legal representative. The conflict of interest is obvious,” said Yati.She said the KPK should open an obstruction of justice case against the defendants, as the National Commission on Human Rights’ (Komnas HAM) 2018 investigation concluded that the attack was related to Novel’s work as KPK investigator.The 2001 Anticorruption Law stipulates that obstruction of justice or obstruction of the work of graft busters can carry up to 12 years of prison.Read also: House to question attorney general on ‘light’ sentence sought for suspects in Novel caseNovel had previously told the courtroom that he believed the acid attack was related to his work on certain high-profile corruption cases, including a bribery case pertaining to beef imports that implicated former Constitutional Court justice Patrialis Akbar and an e-ID corruption case that implicated former House of Representatives speaker Setya Novanto.Former commissioner Saut Situmorang said the KPK leaders at that time had considered a plan to launch an obstruction of justice investigation pertaining to the attack on Novel. However, they decided to wait for further developments in the police investigation, especially the establishment of the perpetrators’ motives.Abraham urged the government to take action despite President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s statement that he would not intervene in the ongoing legal proceedings.“The President is the commander-in-chief of the country’s law enforcement. He should be serious in directing the enforcement of this case because it has deviated from the right path.”Topics : Abraham Samad, who led the antigraft body between 2011 and 2015, criticized current KPK chairman Firli Bahuri for his recent statement saying the ongoing legal process should be respected.The former chairman said KPK leaders should take responsibility and act on the case as the acid attack was not simply a personal attack against Novel.“This was an attack against the corruption eradication agenda as well as the institution itself,” Abraham said during a discussion on Friday.Read also: Lawyers seek acquittal in Novel acid attack caselast_img read more

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Arsenal legend Alan Smith urges Mikel Arteta to sign two more players after Willian transfer

first_img Comment Advertisement Mikel Arteta has been urged to sign two more players by Arsenal hero Alan Smith (Picture: Getty)Alan Smith has urged Mikel Arteta to sign at least two more players this summer after Arsenal agreed a deal with former Chelsea winger Willian.The Gunners confirmed on Friday that Brazil international Willian had signed a three-year deal with the club, having left London rivals Chelsea at the end of the season.Willian won two Premier League titles and the Europa League at Stamford Bridge and has become Arteta’s first signing of the summer.Former Arsenal striker Smith expects more additions to follow and has urged Arteta to sign a midfielder like Thomas Partey and another defender.ADVERTISEMENTHe told Sky Sports: ‘With a few quid to spend, another central defender must be on the cards. This area, in fact, is the most interesting of all.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Will William Saliba, for instance, be given an early chance after finally coming over from St Etienne? Advertisement The Gunners signed Willian on a free transfer (Picture: Getty)‘Saliba, by all accounts, has tremendous potential as a classy defender in the Virgil van Dijk mould.‘I can just imagine Arteta on that training ground, working hard with the 19-year-old to instil good habits. Depending on how that goes, we might see the Frenchman let loose early on.‘Next to whom is another matter though. Will Arteta continue with three at the back, a system that helped bring about such huge improvement?’Smith added: ‘Plenty of questions there, as there are in midfield where the future of Dani Ceballos looks far from certain.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I am sure Arteta would love to keep this clever ball player with an excellent work ethic who forged a useful understanding with Granit Xhaka. Real Madrid, of course, might have other ideas.‘Midfield would further benefit if Matteo Guendouzi can be used in a deal to recruit someone like Thomas Partey, the much-admired lynchpin from Atletico Madrid.’Under Arteta, Arsenal finished eighth in the Premier League this season and won the FA Cup.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Alan Smith fires warning to Arsenal star after Mikel Arteta signs WillianMORE: Arsenal plot ‘active’ summer transfer strategy after signing Willian Metro Sport ReporterFriday 14 Aug 2020 10:20 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShares Arsenal legend Alan Smith urges Mikel Arteta to sign two more players after Willian transferlast_img read more

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