Opportunity to build on €400K investment in Malin Head

first_imgThe official launch of the €400K Phase II works at Malin Head took place on Wednesday afternoon by Cathaoirleach of Inishowen Municipal District Cllr. Martin Farren.Cllr Farren described the investment to date as an essential step in the creation of a top class visitor experience at Ireland’s most northerly point which is now considered as a signature discovery point or a ‘must visit’ site on the world renowned Wild Atlantic Way.Visitor numbers to Ireland’s most northerly point has grown substantially in the last number of years with an estimated 172,000 visitors in 2018 thanks to a number of factors including its position as either the starting or finishing point on the Wild Atlantic Way, the filming of Star Wars and the hosting of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at nearby Ballyliffin Golf Club in 2018. To facilitate this rise in visitor numbers to this iconic site Donegal County Council has been working closely with a number of key stakeholders including Failte Ireland to put in place essential services to help capitalise on the visitor experience.These works included road widening to accommodate passing bays, drainage improvements and surfacing of 600m of road to the existing lower car park at Malin Head; road widening adjacent to the lower carpark to accommodate bus parking; extending existing car park facilities to incorporate additional car parking spaces and construction of toilet facilities adjacent the lower carpark, including installation of a wastewater holding tank.Launching the €400K Phase II works at Malin Head on Wednesday are Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Seamus Neely, Chief Executive Donegal County Council, Cllr. Bernard McGuinness, Joan Crawford, Failte Ireland, Cllr. Martin Farren, Cathaoirleach of Inishowen MD, Liam Ward, Donegal County Council, Cllr. Martin McDermott and Cllr. Albert Doherty.This phase of the development also included the provision of services and utilities including water, electricity and telecoms to the site and these services will also be vital for future development at Malin Head.“The completion of this phase of works, which represents a substantial investment by both Failte Ireland and Donegal County Council, is an important milestone in our journey at Malin Head” said Cllr. Farren speaking at the official launch on Wednesday afternoon. “We are now embarking on the next part of this journey with the preparation of a Visitor Management Plan for Malin Head that will set out a framework on how to build on the unique heritage and culture of the area whilst leveraging its position as the most northerly signature discovery point on the Wild Atlantic Way.“I am delighted to see the strong collaborative approach between all stakeholders including the local community in developing this plan.”Speaking about Fáilte Ireland’s support of the plan, Fiona Monaghan, Head of Activities at Fáilte Ireland, said “Fáilte Ireland is delighted to see the completion of Phase II of the Malin Head Visitor Management Plan.Pictured at the new visitor toilet facilities at Malin Head marking the completion of €400K Phase II works at Malin Head on Wednesday are Cllr. Martin Farren, Cathaoirleach of Inishowen MD with Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Cllr. Bernard McGuinness, Cllr. Martin McDermott, Cllr. Albert Doherty, Seamus Neely, Chief Executive Donegal County Council, Joan Crawford, Failte Ireland, Liam Ward, Donegal County Council, Joe Diver, Malin Head Community Development Association, Geraldine Diver, Malin Head Community Development Association, Catriona Doherty, Malin Head Community Development Association, Jim Mullin, Malin Head Community Development Association, Aideen Doherty, Donegal County Council, Fiona Doherty, Donegal County Council, Shaun Murphy, Donegal County Council and James Kelly, Donegal County Council and representatives from Keys and Monaghan Architects and Cooney Architects.“The plan will guide the future development of a motivating and sustainably managed visitor experience at Malin Head Signature Discovery Point and the wider destination and the next phase, public consultation, is essential if we are going to produce a plan that works for both the visitor and the local community.”Seamus Neely Chief Executive of Donegal County Council described this project as a product of partnership and highlighted the importance of managing the success of Malin Head as a visitor destination in a sustainable way saying: “The real challenge is how we grow on the success to date without damaging what makes this place special. “This is a complex challenge but I believe that it is achievable and that is why we are embarking on the Malin Head Visitor Management Plan.“We look forward to hearing from all interested parties and especially the local community about what their ideas and plans are and how they can be best achieved going forward.”Public consultation workshops for the Malin Head Visitor Management Plan are set to take place this week and next from 6.45pm – 9pm each evening as follows:Wednesday 8th May: St. Mary’s Community Hall, Carnmalin, Malin HeadThursday 9th May: McGrory’s Hotel, CuldaffTuesday 14th May: The Station Room, Public Services Centre, CarndonaghWednesday 15th May: St Patrick’s Parochial Hall, Malin VillageBooking is recommended and you can book your place by email to MalinHeadSDP@gmail.com or book online at http://bit.ly/MalinHeadWorkshops. Opportunity to build on €400K investment in Malin Head was last modified: May 9th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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

Warriors-Raptors cheatsheet: Without Curry, Green, is there even a chance?

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device After winning their last three games at home, the Warriors (15-7) will start a five-game trip in Toronto (18-4). Do they stand a chance on the road against the best team in the league, still playing without two of their All-Stars?When/Where: Scotiabank Arena, 5 p.m. (NBCSBA, TNT)Projected Raptors starters: Serge Ibaka, Pascal Siakam, Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry, Danny Green How the Raptors are doing: With …last_img read more

Hi-Tech Pharmaceutical Plants Are Green

first_imgIn environmental lingo, what could be greener than a tree?  And what is more despised by many environmentalists than chemical companies, especially the pharmaceutical and pesticide industries?  Maybe we should take a tip from plants.  They are not just environmentally friendly, they produce a myriad of complex compounds that are slowly finding their way into healthful products—and evolutionists have no idea how they do it. Low-hanging fruit.  We know the phrase, “going after the low-hanging fruit.”  It means doing the easy tasks first.  Why, then, did PhysOrg title an article, “Nature reaches for the high-hanging fruit”?  Consider this strange introductory paragraph that affirms evolution then turns around and denies evidence for it: In the first study of its kind, researchers have used tools of paleontology to gain new insights into the diversity of natural plant chemicals. They have shown that during the evolution of these compounds nature doesn’t settle for the ‘low-hanging fruit’ but favours rarer, harder to synthesise forms, giving pointers that will help in the search for potent new drugs. The study is the work by a team from four institutions that used “theoretical morphology” (the art of comparing mathematically-simulated forms to living forms, such as a conch shell) to the investigation of terpenes, a group of natural products produced by plants.  Terpenes have proven useful to man.  Examples include anti-cancer drugs like taxol, fragrances, and flavorings. “The big question is how plants have evolved to make these chemicals,” said Dr ÓMáille of the John Innes Centre and the Institute of Food Research.  “Is there a physical explanation, based on the chemical reaction, for why certain terpenes are favoured? Are plants simply making the easy to synthesize low hanging fruit of the terpene chemical world?” The answer, in a nutshell, is no.  “We discovered a perplexing disparity between the predicted and natural abundance of terpenes,” said Dr ÓMáille, puzzled by the results.  “The common terpenes we see in nature are predicted to be quite rare, based on the chemistry. On the other hand, the terpene forms predicted to dominate are scarcely seen in nature.  Nature in fact reaches for the higher-hanging fruit, skewing chemical reactions to favour rarer chemicals.” Evolutionary theory survived this upset somehow: “This suggests an adaptive significance to the distribution of chemicals produced by plants,” he added.  Meanwhile, entrepreneurs could benefit by looking at plants for “natural products with potent bioactivities that could be used to help meet the ever-growing demand for new effective drugs.” Root marketplace.  Wall Street might take some cues from the underworld.  Another article on PhysOrg announced, “Study reveals nature’s marketplaces can parallel those of humans.”  The marketplaces are those in the underground ecology of plant roots and fungi, where symbiotic interactions are more complex than previously thought.  Like humans, plants have an uncanny ability to size up their trading partners.  “The biggest surprise was that plants can discriminate, even on a single length of their own root system, which fungi are cooperating and which fungi are not so cooperative,” Todd Palmer of the University of Florida said.  Fellow researcher Toby Kiers from Vrije University in the Netherlands quipped, “We were astounded by the bargaining power of the fungi.”  They likened the interactions to “biological markets” where cheaters are punished, cooperators rewarded, and stable relationships for mutual benefit are established. New Scientist took the trading-floor analogy even further, saying that plants work out “fair trade” agreements even on the individual level.  Roots and fungi develop two-way interactions, both sensing and rewarding (or punishing) what the other one does: “they know who the good and bad guys are,” one team member quipped.  Reporter Ferris Jabr was sure that the researchers “have shown that they have evolved ways to enforce fair trading,” but it is not clear if he could have said this without personification and circular reasoning. Drug store:  With such a wealth of compounds all around us in the botanical world, the hunt is on for green drugs – environmentally friendly, non-toxic compounds we can glean from plants.  Some toxicity can be good—if it kills cancer, for instance.  In a study by German and Cameroon scientists published by PLoS One,1 six medicinal compounds from Cameroonian plants were evaluated for their cytotoxicity (ability to destroy cancer cells).  The motivation is obvious: Natural products are well recognized as sources for drugs in several human ailments including cancers. Examples of natural pharmaceuticals from plants include vincristine, irinotecan, etoposide and paclitaxel. Despite the discovery of many drugs of natural origin, the search for new anticancer agents is still necessary, in order to increase the range available and to find less toxic and more effective drugs. It has been recommended that samples with pharmacological usage should be taken into account when selecting plants to treat cancer, as several ailments reflect disease states bearing relevance to cancer or cancer-like symptoms. Therefore, we designed the present work to investigate the cytotoxicity of six natural compounds available in our research group, with previously demonstrated pharmacological activities. Why synthesize complex organic molecules, in other words, when effective compounds are all around us?  These authors were on a treasure hunt, and did not seem to need Origin of Species for a map.  There was no mention of evolution in the paper. 1. Kuete, Wabo, Eyong et al., “Anticancer Activities of Six Selected Natural Compounds of Some Cameroonian Medicinal Plants,” Public Library of Science One, 6(8): e21762. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021762. Darwinism is a thought drug that is useless and harmful.  Kick the habit by design.  Help your fellow man with scientific investigation of the designed wonders under your feet.  A weed in your garden could cure cancer.  Does anyone need Darwin to tell us where to look?  Don’t just grab the low hanging fruit of scientific explanation and make Darwine out of it.  Reach for quality and excellence, like plants do, by design.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Khan fears for McGregor in Mayweather bout

first_imgSEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Khan’s fears reflect wider misgivings by some in the boxing community who believe Saturday’s money-spinning superfight should never have been sanctioned on safety grounds.The head of the Association of Ringside Physicians, Larry Lovelace, is among those who believe Nevada should not have granted a licence to the fight.“We were very surprised this bout was even sanctioned and was going to be permitted to carry on,” Lovelace was quoted as saying by the New York Times.“The thing I really fear, truly fear, is that somebody’s going to get really hurt.”The Nevada State Athletic Commission, which sanctioned the fight, has a financial interest in the fight going ahead, earning a slice of the gross ticket receipts.ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor stands on stage during a weigh-in Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Las Vegas. McGregor is scheduled to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing bout Saturday. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — British boxer Amir Khan fears Conor McGregor could face serious injury as the Irishman prepares to face Floyd Mayweather here Saturday.Former light-welterweight world champion Khan told the MMA Hour television show Friday he believed mixed martial arts star McGregor could be hurt in what he expects will be a one-sided meeting with Mayweather in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses McGregor has never fought in a professional boxing contest and is a huge underdog against Mayweather, a 49-0 fighter regarded as one of the best boxers in history.“It’s like a tennis player trying to play badminton,” Khan said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“So he (McGregor) should not show too much too balls in this fight. If he starts getting a beating — step out man,” he added.“He needs to think about himself in this fight, because if he gets seriously injured, he might not ever be the same fighter or he might not even fight again.” Amir Khan claims Manny Pacquiao has agreed to Saudi Arabia bout PLAY LIST 01:05Amir Khan claims Manny Pacquiao has agreed to Saudi Arabia bout00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments With the bout expected to bring in more than $60 million at the gate, the commission could earn as much as $1.2 million.But Bob Bennett, the executive director of the commission, hit back at suggestions of a conflict of interest.“As a regulator, I take offense to the fact that we’re approving this fight for fiduciary reasons,” Bennett said. “That’s totally unfair, and it’s simply not true.” SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ Read Next LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Phoenix Suns guard Knight to miss season after knee op LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

RAIN RAIN GO AWAY!

first_imgNTL Officials are hoping the Coffs Harbour skies clear and sun comes out to play before Saturday’s kick-off of competition, after, well, they told the rain it didn’t have any other option but to stop. “The Coffs Harbour weather seems to do this to us quite often, but we’re expecting the next two days to fine up and the fields should dry out quite well. In the worst case scenario, we do have spare fields that can be used and there won’t be any problems for the tournament,” says tournament director Jon Pratt. Up to 2500 players, officials and referees from around Australia are expected to converge on the Coffs community over the next ten days, with no doubt just as many spectators, if not more, also planning a trip to Australia’s premier touch football event. Australia is the World’s number one touch football nation, having returned from the 2003 World Cup in Japan with all five titles. (Mens, Womens, Mixed Open titles, Mens 30’s and Men’s 35’s titles.) With almost all of these World Champion players representing their permits at this tournament, competition is expected to be closer than ever. Jon Pratt says he is excited about how things are looking for the nine days of competition. “With 118 teams nominated for the competition, (53 in the Open Competition and 65 in the Seniors Competition), we’re certainly in for a busy two weeks. The Coffs Harbour community always give us a lot of support and we’re proud to be showcasing not only the best touch football in Australia but some of the best in the world.” The Open Division and 20 years Division competition begins this Saturday at 9am with finals being played on Tuesday 16th from 9am-5pm. The Open Division includes: * Mens, Womens and Mixed Open age groups * Mens and Womens 20 years age groups The Seniors Competition will then commence on Thursday 18th with finals being played on Sunday 21st from 8am-5pm. The Seniors Division includes: * Mens 30’s, 35’s, 40’s, 45’s and 50’s age groups * Womens 30’s, 35’s and 40’s groups Competition is expected to be fierce in all Senior divisions with positions on Australia’s Seniors Teams for a tour to South Africa, England and the Jersey, Channel Isles for the 2004 European Championships up for grabs. For the 20 years Divisions competition will also be incredibly fierce as this tournament is the beginning of a tough selection process leading up to the 2005 Youth World Cup to be held on the Gold Coast next January. For the Open Divisions selectors will be kept busy with the Talent Identification Program (TIP) and beginning selection of the National Training Squads (NTS). Chairman of Selectors Cathy Gray is excited about the depth of talent in Australian Touch Football. “This year’s NTL’s are going to be incredibly busy, but also very exciting for touch football in Australia. For every National Squad this tournament is important in selection for upcoming international teams and events.” media contact: Rachel Moyle, 042 223 3165last_img read more

10 months agoSampdoria president Ferrero insists no-one will be sold

first_imgSampdoria president Ferrero insists no-one will be soldby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSampdoria president Massimo Ferrero insists no-one will be sold this month.Samp are just three points off the top four.“After the game, on the bus, I congratulated all the players,” Ferrero told Il Secolo XIX.“I told them I was proud of how they face the Bianconeri. The fans can be calm, I won’t sell anyone. The base of the group is strong and united, it will remain.“At the most we’ll see if there’s an opportunity to bring in someone promising, like in recent years.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Sharjah introduces offbeat locations of the emirate

first_imgSharjah’s many offerings, from cultural and historical treasures, such as the Museum of Islamic Civilisation to the oldest souk in the region, from luxury stays in boutique hotels to fascinating displays of the age-old tradition of birds of prey displays all add up to an unforgettable array of memories. However, Sharjah also offers more for those travellers who wish to get off the beaten path and find even more unique experiences.Here are some of the more wide-ranging locations of the emirate, totally worth the trek:Khorfakkan: Set on a splendid bay flanked by photogenic rock formations and backed by the rugged Hajar Mountains, Khorfakkan is a wonderful spot for day trips and weekend breaks. The crescent beach has playgrounds and football goals dotted among the palm trees. At the northern end, resorts with private beaches, outdoor pools, a dive centre, local playgrounds for the kids and waters ports for all your water sports and activities, are open to non-resident guests.Kalba: Meandering for a good 7 km along Kalba’s coastline, Kalba Beach is often scattered with footballers, picnickers and fishermen and their Toyota trucks. Bookended by a small marina and the tidal KhorKalba, it is a great place to feel the sand between your toes. At the southern end, the coastal sands and adjacent mangrove forest are part of a protected area. It is an important nesting site for hawksbill turtles and the only place in the UAE where the beautiful Arabian-collared kingfisher bird breeds. One can also enjoy the 5-star luxurious eco-friendly lodges and resorts in Kalba with private pools and various water activities on offer.Nahwa Enclave: Nahwa is a rare ‘counter-enclave’ – a tiny territory belonging to Sharjah that curiously sits within the Omani enclave of Madha, which is in turn surrounded by the UAE, an interesting geographical quirk. The original village was abandoned in 1999 for New Nahwa, built on a bend of the Wadi Shis. Surrounded by mountains, it is a scenic spot with lush date palm plantations, rocky peaks and a gorge with freshwater pools hidden at the end of Wadi Shis. There are plenty of places to camp, hike and bike. Off-road driving through the wadi is also popular.Dibba Al Hisn: Named after its fort (hisn), Dibba Al Hisn is part of a trio of seaside towns that share a beautiful bay. Green palm trees, serene mosques and bountiful produce markets add character and colour to the town. Take an afternoon stroll around the harbour to see the fishermen hauling in the day’s catch, and charter a fishing boat or dhow for a cruise along the coast. Dolphins are often sighted and the boats can take you to deserted coves and secret snorkelling spots.last_img read more

Despite Challenges Lenders Plan for Growth

first_img Demand Fannie Mae Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey 2015-01-26 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, News, Origination, Servicing Despite Challenges, Lenders Plan for Growth Regulatory challenges and an expected drop in demand haven’t turned mortgage executives from their plans of growing their businesses in the coming year, according to results from a recent survey.In a review of Fannie Mae’s November survey of senior mortgage executives, Li-Ning Huang, senior manager of the company’s Economic & Strategic Research Group, found that though respondents are concerned about compliance issues and weak borrower demand, most are still optimistic about the year ahead, particularly when it comes to their growth plans.”Most lenders surveyed said that they are looking to either grow or maintain their origination and servicing businesses,” Huang said in a post on Fannie Mae’s website.In fact, the company found, 88 percent of lenders surveyed said they’re looking to grow their origination business, and 70 percent said they intend to expand their servicing. Only four percent said they plan to downsize their servicing business, and none expect to dial down their origination operations.In an email, Steve Deggendorf, director of business strategy for the group, explained that while lenders’ short-term outlook for mortgage demand is pessimistic, their growth strategies take a longer view.”Although lenders have become increasingly concerned with weak consumer demand over the last year, they are still optimistic about the mortgage business for the longer term,” Deggendorf said. “We speculate that, in Q1 2014 when many regulatory changes took effect, lenders invested a lot of resources on compliance and were more pessimistic on their profitability. Now, lenders seem to have adjusted to handling compliance issues and can focus more on their firm’s longer-term strategy and business.”When it comes to lending, more executives said they plan to increase the number of retail branches or loan officers than any other answer. “Expanding market outreach” was another frequently cited tactic.A major part of that marketing strategy includes increasing outreach to first-time homebuyers, who market-watchers hope will play a more active role in the housing market this year. Fifty-two percent of executives in the survey said they’re going to step up their marketing to first-timers. (Forty-two percent said they want to increase their marketing to move-up homebuyers, who are coming back as equity improves.)center_img Share January 26, 2015 590 Views last_img read more

February 4 2011Welcome to the first workshop of t

first_imgFebruary 4, 2011Welcome to the first workshop of the year 2011:[from left]Anthony Weston [ seminar week]Guy Flagg [construction intern]Tony D’Archangel [scholarship program]Colin Evans,Dahong Choe from South Korea,Edwina Harrison from Australia [seminar week],[seated]Special guest Paolo Soleri.last_img

COLUMN Juvenile justice reforms will result in brighter futures for troubled teens

first_img A bipartisan plan approved by the Michigan House last week has the potential to dramatically improve the way young people are treated in our state’s legal system.Right now, any 17-year-old who breaks the law in Michigan is required to be processed through the adult legal system, regardless of the severity of the crime. That means high school juniors and seniors – who can’t legally vote, sign a contract or serve on a jury – are charged, tried and even sent to serve in prison alongside adults.Michigan is one of just four states where this law remains, despite all of the research that shows placing 17-year-olds in adult prison hinders their ability to re-enter society and lead successful, productive lives.Teenagers in prison face a greater chance of being sexually assaulted and subjected to other forms of violence. They’re also more likely to attempt suicide.Instead of bringing the full weight of the adult legal system down on 17-year-olds, the solution I support will help them turn their lives around by giving them access to the rehabilitation programs available in the juvenile justice system. These programs are already designed to help young people by focusing on education, career and technical training, and family involvement.Including 17-year-olds in the juvenile system has been shown to reduce recidivism by 34 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control.This plan does nothing to prevent minors who commit heinous crimes from being charged as adults. Prosecutors and judges will continue to have discretion – just like they do right now with other teenagers who commit violent crimes.However, most teenagers who commit a crime in Michigan are first-time, non-violent offenders. They deserve a chance to fix their mistakes and straighten out their lives.In addition to producing better results for Michigan teens, raising the age for juvenile justice in Michigan will save public tax dollars, freeing up funds to be invested in schools, roads and other services critical to Michigan families.Connecticut, Illinois and Massachusetts are among the states that have experienced millions of dollars in savings, decreases in the number of reoffending youth and declines in judicial costs after raising the age of juvenile court jurisdiction to 18.Putting 17-year-olds with non-violent records into adult prisons is harmful to young people, expensive for taxpayers and does absolutely nothing to make our communities safer. I’m pleased to be able to report that change could soon be on the way.###— State Rep. Sarah Lightner is serving her first term in the Michigan House representing residents in portions of Jackson, Lenawee and Eaton counties. 29Apr COLUMN: Juvenile justice reforms will result in brighter futures for troubled teens Categories: Lightner Newslast_img read more