No referendum on united Ireland for ‘very, very, long time’ – Johnson

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews DL Debate – 24/05/21 No referendum on united Ireland for ‘very, very, long time’ – Johnson The British Prime Minister says there won’t be a referendum on reuniting Ireland “for a very, very long time to come”.Boris Johnson made the comments in an interview with BBC’s Spotlight programme where he also said his Government is working on ‘sandpapering’ the Northern Ireland protocol.Speaking on his way into Cabinet, the Taoiseach said it’s important to focus on reducing tensions surrounding the protocol.Micheál Martin says for the time being work needs to be done here and now:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Google+ WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest By News Highland – April 20, 2021 Twitter Facebookcenter_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Pinterest Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleInvestigations continuing into criminal damage incidents at Ballymacool ParkNext articleGardai issue appeal after windows smashed at Muff home News Highland Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic last_img read more

Conservation biogeography of the Antarctic

first_imgAim: To present a synthesis of past biogeographic analyses and a new approach based on spatially explicit biodiversity information for the Antarctic region to identify biologically distinct areas in need of representation in a protected area network. Location Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic.Methods: We reviewed and summarized published biogeographic studies of the Antarctic. We then developed a biogeographic classification for terrestrial conservation planning in Antarctica by combining the most comprehensive source of Antarctic biodiversity data available with three spatial frameworks: (1) a 200-km grid, (2) a set of areas based on physical parameters known as the environmental domains of Antarctica and (3) expert-defined bioregions. We used these frameworks, or combinations thereof, together with multivariate techniques to identify biologically distinct areas.Results: Early studies of continental Antarctica typically described broad bioregions, with the Antarctic Peninsula usually identified as biologically distinct from continental Antarctica; later studies suggested a more complex biogeography. Increasing complexity also characterizes the sub-Antarctic and marine realms, with differences among studies often attributable to the focal taxa. Using the most comprehensive terrestrial data available and by combining the groups formed by the environmental domains and expert-defined bioregions, we were able to identify 15 biologically distinct, ice-free, Antarctic Conservation Biogeographic Regions (ACBRs), encompassing the continent and close lying islands.Main conclusions: Ice-free terrestrial Antarctica comprises several distinct bioregions that are not fully represented in the current Antarctic Specially Protected Area network. Biosecurity measures between these ACBRs should also be developed to prevent biotic homogenization in the region.last_img read more

Observations of surface mass balance on Pine Island Glacier, West Antarctica, and the effect of strain history in fast-flowing sections.

first_imgSurface mass balance (SMB) is the net input of mass on a glacier’s upper surface, composed of snow deposition, melt and erosion processes, and is a major contributor to the overall mass balance. Pine Island Glacier (PIG) in West Antarctica has been dynamically imbalanced since the early 1990s, indicating that discharge of solid ice into the oceans exceeds snow deposition. However, observations of the SMB pattern on the fast flowing regions are scarce, and are potentially affected by the firn’s strain history. Here, we present new observations from radar-derived stratigraphy and a relatively dense network of firn cores, collected along a ~900 km traverse of PIG. Between 1986 and 2014, the SMB along the traverse was 0.505 m w.e. a−1 on average with a gradient of higher snow deposition in the South-West compared with the North-East of the catchment. We show that along ~80% of the traverse the strain history amounts to a misestimation of SMB below the nominal uncertainty, but can exceed it by a factor 5 in places, making it a significant correction to the SMB estimate locally. We find that the strain correction changes the basin-wide SMB by ~0.7 Gt a−1 and thus forms a negligible (1%) correction to the glacier’s total SMB.last_img read more

The Peaceful Transition of Power?

first_imgThe Peaceful Transition of Power?Derek Hunter for TownhallLet’s hop in the way-back machine for a minute, shall we? We don’t need to go far … just a few months back to be exact.It was a different time. Hairstyles were different. Fashion was different. Kids were listening to a different type of music their parents couldn’t understand. It was a crazy time. It also was a time marked by the Democratic Party insisting that what made this country great was the “peaceful transition of power.”Like I said, it was a different time.It was Oct. 19 when Donald Trump would not give in to Chris Wallace, the moderator of the final presidential debate, on the question of whether he would accept the results of the election. In the few remaining weeks of the campaign, that became one of the most talked about moments of the entire years-long ordeal. Little did we know that moment would come into play more than a month after all the votes were counted.Hillary Clinton wasn’t asked the question herself, but she never stopped feigning outrage from that moment forward at the concept. Not to the concept of her team committing the very offense which so horrified her, but to the idea there was any circumstance under which the oafish Trump would not bow down and admit her superiority to the world.Of course, it was Hillary who, on election night, refused to concede to the clear victor. Few could blame her for needing a couple of hours to soak in the fact that she’d duffed a tap-in putt on the 18th hole in The Masters and would not be sliding into the Green Jacket. When your dream slips away for a second and final time, it’s understandable composure would elude you.Pulling herself together, she did admit defeat the next morning, but she and her team don’t seem to have accepted it.In the ensuing weeks there has been nary a Clinton campaign veteran who hasn’t made a grousing public statement or bitter, unfounded accusation about how a “rigged election” denied the queen her throne.FBI Director James Comey’s two letters cost her votes; sexism denied Clinton the White House; the Russians interfered with the election. You name, they’ve blamed it.In all those accusations was an undercurrent of not only denying Donald Trump won but denying his coming presidency its legitimacy. Rooted in all of it, especially the Russian “hacking” story, is a hint of the idea that were it not for nefarious forces, Hillary would be president.The FBI and sexism charges held no water, one having been of her own doing and the other overplayed by her campaign. So those unwilling to accept the constitutional order of things hung their hats on Russia.The bitter grumblings were just that, grumblings of losers. But when those grumblings came from the mouth of the CIA director, another level was achieved.Director John Brennan, who ironically voted for the Communist Party candidate for president in 1980, was now pointing an official finger at the Kremlin for interfering with the election.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Making IT Transformation Real for Customers

first_imgThis week we’re in Las Vegas for Dell EMC World to celebrate our customers and the coming together of all the Dell Technologies family of brands in one place, at one conference.  Customers are at the heart of everything we do and Dell EMC World is laser focused on their needs and how we can enable them to make real IT transformation. So I am delighted to see robust customer participation from all segments of our build to buy continuum portfolio at the event.The College of the OzarksHyper-converged infrastructure is one of the fastest growing segments of the IT market and Dell EMC’s HCI portfolio has outgrown the total HCI market, according to IDC. This is a phenomenal success built on delivering tangible benefits for customers such as The College of the Ozarks.The College of the Ozarks had a virtual infrastructure that was at the end of its current hardware lifecycle and in need of a refresh. Issues around storage, compute and hypervisor caused delays and finger pointing when working through support issues.  A partial implementation of another hyper-converged solution did not meet expectations. Dell EMC’s Converged Platforms and Solutions came to the rescue by replacing the existing infrastructure with three VxRail Appliances. As a result, the customer has seen decreased incidents of downtime from two/three a week to zero. Also, a drastic decrease of backend storage latency has increased productivity in campus suite software as well as website responsiveness, email, and other software. The time saved has been used to work on other automation projects, which directly feed back into the VxRail environment.  This Dell EMC solution has saved the college nearly $400,000, a saving that will lift the spirit of any IT director. Read MoreCianbroIf HCI is one of the fastest growing IT segments, one in which Dell EMC is growing faster than the competition, we are the undisputed leader of converged infrastructure – the market category we created. And when a customer combines our converged and hyper-converged offerings the transformation in performance can be turbo-charged, as realized by Cianbro.Founded in 1949 by the Cianchette Brothers, Cianbro is now one of the United States’ largest, most diverse, open shop, 100% employee-owned (30th largest in the United States) construction and construction services companies. It is also one of the most successful. Facing rapid growth, Cianbro needed to replace an aging infrastructure that was only 70 percent virtualized, had limited rack space, multi-vendor support and no true disaster recovery (DR) solution.  A solution combining the VxBlock System and VxRail Appliance offered risk mitigation, and a solid DR option. Now IT is better positioned to support the business by spending far less time on maintaining infrastructure and more time on innovation.  The customer expects a five year potential benefit of over $2.6M. Another slam dunk win!Express Scripts  Moving up the digital stack was Express Scripts, one of the largest pharmacy benefit management companies in the U.S. In order to support the constantly evolving needs of its many internal stakeholders (370 registered specialist pharmacists, 560 field based nurses etc.) Express Scripts’ IT department wanted to move fast towards the cloud and opted for a Dell EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud (EHC), topped up with a Pivotal Cloud Foundry Stack. Moving fast, Dell EMC was able to deliver an Enterprise Hybrid Cloud for IaaS in 14 days and implemented a complaint hybrid cloud in 90 days. An ability to provision applications in minutes as opposed to the previous six months, a performance increase of 15 percent and an overall increase in service level and revenues via an increased number of mail order prescriptions are just some of the benefits realized by Express Scripts. It is this kind of forward thinking which has resulted in Express Scripts being recognized as a winner at the IT Transformation REALIZED awards.Want to find out how Express Scripts transformed their IT infrastructure? Watch this video.University of Pisa Whether it’s quantum chemistry, genome sequencing or engineering simulations, high performance computing (HPC) is being used in an increasing variety of disciplines. The University of Pisa was keen to build a world class computing facility for modern R&D as HPC was fast becoming a foundational resource for more than 200 University users. In order to fully enable these users to continue to push the boundaries of knowledge, the University partnered with Dell EMC and Intel to build an IT infrastructure that delivers the compute power, storage capacity, and performance required to do advanced and innovative research in highly competitive fields.The focal point of the effort is the Dell | Intel Competence Centre for Cloud and High Performance Computing. Dell EMC has helped to create a state-of-the-art storage and computing environment for the University’s students and researchers who, in turn, are helping with a number of proofs of concepts. You can read more here.These are just a few examples. There are scores more customers at Dell EMC World showcasing how they have taken advantage of converged solutions to modernize and transform their IT infrastructure and deliver business value.last_img read more

ND, SMC students safe after Brussels terrorist attack

first_imgUniversity and College administrators confirmed the safety of students participating in study abroad programs, following the Brussels attacks. Three explosions, two in the Brussels airport and one in a subway station, killed about 30 people and injured hundreds. The terrorist group ISIS later claimed responsibility for the attacks.Tom Guinan, associate vice president for administrative operations for Notre Dame International (NDI), said in an email the University has accounted for all 433 students studying abroad.“We now have final confirmation of the location and well-being of all of our students abroad,” he said.In an email to students currently studying abroad, Guinan said, students are advised to not travel to Belgium until further notice.“The U.S. Embassy in Brussels has issued this statement on the attacks, which includes a Level 4 threat rating,” he said.NDI does not have any plans to curtail or modify study abroad programs at this time, according to a release on their website.“However, in light of these attacks and subsequent Europe-wide Travel Alert from the U.S. Department of State, NDI will continue to rigorously monitor world events and urge students abroad to take proactive safety measures and access the University’s resources for responding to disruptive or unsafe situations,” the release stated.Alice Siqin Yang, assistant director for Global Education at Saint Mary’s Center for Intercultural Leadership (CWIL), said in an email the College confirmed the safety of all students studying in Europe.“We contacted our Rome and Ireland Program onsite directors. They told us all the students there are fine. We have also contacted the students in Oxford (UK), Spain and Morocco. All of them replied to our emergency response request email,” she said. “Spanish Studies Abroad, the provider of our Spain Program, also communicated with us regarding the situation of our students in Sevilla. One ND student and one Holy Cross student are attending Saint Mary’s programs. We have already informed the two institutions of the situation of their students.“The College offers HTH international insurance for every study abroad student. HTH offered some updates on the situation in Brussels today. All the [study abroad] participants are enrolled in the State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. We also received updates from Overseas Security Advisory Council. We are monitoring the situation ”Editors Note: Saint Mary’s Editor Nicole Caratas contributed to this story. Tags: Brussels, ISIS, Notre Dame Internationallast_img read more

Peanut Farm Show

first_imgThe University of Georgia Tifton campus and Georgia Peanut Commission are set to host the 43rd annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference on Jan. 17, 2019, at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center.The show focuses on peanut production in Georgia and allows the state’s producers to hear about the latest trends from industry leaders while learning about the newest research findings from members of the UGA-Tifton Peanut Team.Scott Monfort, UGA Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist, said that UGA-Tifton’s peanut production seminar — which will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. — serves as an educational resource for the growers.“We are here solely to help growers solve issues and have higher production,” he said. “We want to ensure that they have everything they need (information-wise) to go back to their farms and produce quality and high peanut yields for the upcoming year.”Weather played a significant role in lower yields growers experienced this season. A wet spring delayed planting of approximately 45 percent of Georgia’s peanut crop until after May 25. Because of the late planting dates, more than 200,000 acres of the state’s crop were vulnerable to damage from Hurricane Michael, which hit Georgia on Oct. 10. A rainy November added to harvest problems for producers.Georgia producers are usually done harvesting their crop by early November but were pushed back into December because of the delays.“Once we got the crop in the ground, we had good weather this year, but this fall we have just been really wet,” Monfort said. “A lot of the growers can’t finish and harvest the last few acres. It’s been frustrating.”The peanut farm show is expected to attract more than 1,400 farmers, who will see more than 100 exhibits during the show, which runs from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.“The peanut commission and UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences strive every year to make sure that we don’t miss something and provide as much as we can, educationally and opportunity-wise,” said Monfort. “Anything that the growers need related to any part of peanut production, they should be able to find at the farm show.”For more information, visit read more

Anheuser-Busch says latest renewable deal will turn its energy consumption 100% green

first_imgAnheuser-Busch says latest renewable deal will turn its energy consumption 100% green FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Beer giant Anheuser-Busch announced Tuesday the signing of a 15-year virtual power-purchase agreement with Recurrent Energy for a 222-megawatt (AC) project in West Texas.In 2017, Anheuser-Busch committed to purchasing 100 percent renewable electricity by 2025. Its previously inked renewables deals with AES Distributed Energy on a 2.76-megawatt solar project in New York and with Enel Green Power for 152.5 megawatts of wind in Oklahoma.With the Recurrent announcement, the company — famous for beverages including Bud Light and the Lime-A-Rita — said it would achieve its 2025 target several years early. The Texas project, Recurrent’s largest C&I deal to date, is slated to come online in 2021.The project from Recurrent, a subsidiary of Canadian Solar, joins many corporate deals cropping up around Texas. Canadian Solar says it has signed more than 1.3 gigawatts’ worth of renewables project deals in the service territory of ERCOT, the grid manager for 25 million Texas customers.Super-low prices on power-purchase agreements under $30 per megawatt have made Texas a growing hot spot for corporate solar development. Starbucks recently signed a deal with Cypress Creek Renewables in the state, and this month Facebook announced it had made its first direct investment in a renewables project there.While the overall U.S. corporate renewables market is looking increasingly diverse, with small-scale aggregation becoming more common, Recurrent’s deal for the West Texas project looks fairly traditional: a large project with one offtaker accounting for most of the power. Beyond Anheuser-Busch, Energy Transfer — the company behind the controversial Dakota Access pipeline — signed a contract for 28 megawatts (AC) from the Maplewood project, located in West Texas’ Permian Basin. It’s the oil and gas transport company’s first solar contract.More: Anheuser-Busch embraces solar to power past its 100% renewables targetlast_img read more

Setting the record straight on Elizabeth Warren’s new bill

first_imgRecently, a lot of questions have been raised in the press about whether Senator Elizabeth Warren’s new American Housing Economic Mobility Act of 2019 would increase credit unions’ regulatory burdens—despite removing them from an obligation to comply with the Community Reinvestment Act. Another trade association has specifically claimed that the bill adds new reporting, comment, and hearing requirements that do not presently exist and that they, presumably, oppose.In response to those questions and claims, CUNA is committed to doing what we have always done:  Providing fact-based, accurate, and thoroughly researched insights and analysis that our members can confidently depend upon when reaching their own conclusions. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Is your credit union appealing to unbanked millennials?

first_img continue reading » Not all unbanked Americans are in that state due to poverty, a new study finds. Some are unbanked by choice.A survey analysis performed for Packaged Facts finds that there is a general trend away from having checking and savings accounts at traditional banking institutions, especially among members of the millennial generation.This is a choice many younger people are making, since many deem traditional banking services to be unnecessary – or at least things one might only occasionally use.Packaged Facts points out that these findings challenge the traditional notion of the unbanked American as someone who is “shut out” of the system due to poverty, or a lack of access. Clearly, an increasing number of Americans are unbanked by choice. 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more