Weeks after the Wismar Post Office had been set on fire, officials have renewed calls for Government to release funds in a timely manner to enable rehabilitation of the building, and ultimately return to senior citizens efficient delivery of their old age pensions.The Post Office was torched in the wee hours of August 2 when bandits broke into the building in an attempt to cart off cash designated to pay pensions.? However, the safe withstood their attempts at broaching it, and the perpetrators allegedly set the building on fire in retaliation.The issue of rehabilitating the Post Office was discussed at the statutory meeting of the RDC on Thursday.The current situation has created difficulties for many Wismar residents, especially senior citizens, who depend on services provided by the Post Office. Wismar Pensioners are forced to collect their old age pensions at the Mackenzie Post Office, and they complain that this it is time consuming and costly for those whoRegion Chairman Renis Morianare not in the best of health.In seeking a solution, Regional Chairman Renis Morian told members of the Council that he has since written several Government officials on the issue, including President David Granger.Morian pointed out that the Mackenzie Post Office is presently plagued by overcrowding and other issues, and cannot cope with the influx of pensioners at any given time.He further noted that he has since met with officials of the Guyana Post Office Corporation, and he pointed out that the entity needs the support of the Council.On the day of the incident, the region’s engineer was tasked with completing a bill of quantities for reconstruction of the Post Office building.This was completed, and the repairs are expected to cost approximately $14.3 million. Morian related that he visited the Mackenzie Post Office on Monday and observed the overcrowding, coupled with the heat and lack of proper waiting facilities.The Regional Chairman added that the Post Office needs the support of the council, since it serves people of their constituencies. The council is hoping for positive response from Government officials. As well, the Chairman hopes a solution would be arrived at very shortly.“”I sent a letter to the Minister of Finance, along with the bill of quantities, highlighting the plight of the residents… I’m asking the system to deliver $14.3 or $14.5 million. Find the money…the letters are out. I’m giving this whole matter another week, and if I don’t get some positive response, then I gotta up the ante”.The Regional Chairman stressed that the temporary fix to facilitate the pensioners at the Mackenzie Post Office is not working, owing to the numbers.In addition, Councillor Charles Sampson noted that the Post Office should have been treated as an emergency, and work should have already commenced, since it serves a significant amount of citizens.“Even if the Post Office Corporation doesn’t have funds to effect immediate repairs, immediate repairs should have started… Why are we taking so long? As far as I see, that’s an emergency…I hope that by the next pension day…we do something about the Wismar Post Office. Most of the pensioners live over at Wismar”, he noted.Meanwhile, Councillor Gordon Callendar noted that a contractor is expected to visit the site of the Wismar Post Office on Friday to assess the situation.The Mackenzie Post Office is currently accommodating staff of the Wismar Post Office to aid in the better delivery of service at the facility. However, this is not without challenges, the Regional Chairman has pointed out.He said the Council is committed to finding an urgent solution to deal with the plight of Wismar residents.
VANCOUVER — A new study done in northeastern Alberta suggests habitat restoration may not be enough to save threatened woodland caribou, at least in the short term, and researchers at the University of British Columbia say their results make the case for a more rigorous analysis of conservation methods.Much of the caribou habitat in Western Canada has already been degraded by industrial activities, such as oil and gas exploration, so one of the key tools being used to protect caribou is habitat restoration, said Cole Burton, the senior author of the study and a forestry professor who leads the wildlife coexistence lab at the university. But wildlife responses to habitat restoration are often assumed rather than verified, the study says.- Advertisement -“We can’t just accept on faith that things are working,” Burton said in an interview on Wednesday.The researchers set out to monitor caribou and their predators, such as black bears and wolves, as well as other prey like moose and white-tailed deer in both restored and unrestored habitat areas between 2015 and 2018.In northeastern Alberta, they placed hidden cameras along seismic lines — narrow strips of land cleared for oil and gas exploration. They fragment caribou habitat and facilitate the movement of predators, disrupting a natural separation and increasing the predation of caribou, Burton said.Advertisement In October, the province announced it was allocating $6.5 million over three years for caribou habitat restoration projects, including planting trees, spreading woody debris and installing fences to disrupt the thoroughfares that advantage predators.But trees grow back slowly in the northern Boreal forest, which means caribou habitat restoration is a long-term process, Burton said.A spokesperson for the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development said it is reviewing the study to determine if and how its findings could be applied to the province’s caribou recovery strategy. The ministry also said the recovery program is closely monitored to determine whether it’s meeting caribou recovery goals.More immediate measures, such as maternity penning where pregnant caribou are protected by a fence as well as predator culling, are also part of the B.C. government’s strategy to protect threatened caribou.Burton said it’s likely the province will have to pursue a predator cull, which is contentious, for a long time until caribou habitat recovers more fully.Advertisement The study, which was published last week in the journal Biological Conservation, showed that most predators and prey used the restored seismic lines about as much as they used the unrestored lines.Caribou preferred to use more isolated lines and those around low-lying wetland areas, regardless of whether the lines had been restored. Only white-tailed deer were observed using the restored lines less than the unrestored ones, the study found.The researchers monitored lines that had been restored three to six years before the study as part of an effort by members of the Canadian Oil Sands Innovation Alliance, or COSIA, to reclaim 570 square kilometres of caribou habitat along the Athabasca River about 70 kilometres southwest of Fort McMurray, Alta.In addition to tree planting, restoration can also include the development of mounds of earth and piles of fallen logs and debris to try to break up the movement and sight lines of predators.Advertisement “If we’re going to keep caribou around, we really do need to think about what vision are we going to keep them in,” said Burton.“Are we going to put them in a little fenced area until we finish developing and restoring the landscape and just hope that they survive? Or are we going to have a vision where we have more substantial protection of their habitat?”Brenna Owen, The Canadian Press Deterring predators with so-called movement blockers requires substantial effort and modification of the landscape, said Burton, who noted it’s possible that intensifying these efforts could help break up seismic lines more effectively.The lines Burton and his team studied in Alberta were developed around the 1980s.“Since that time, industry has tried to change their methods to what they would call low-impact seismic lines, so much narrower (and) maybe not as straight, so they break up the line of sight of the predators, like wolves,” said Burton. COSIA could not immediately be reached for comment.The same issues are happening in northeastern B.C., where woodland caribou also roam alongside seismic lines established for oil and gas exploration, Burton said.Advertisement
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman was left disappointed by supporters’ lack of respect for Mauricio Pochettino, as Saints were defeated 1-0 at Tottenham in their first reunion with their former boss.Pochettino quit St Mary’s for Spurs this summer, on the back of leading the south coast club to their highest ever Premier League finish.But instead of thanks, the Argentine was met with a series of mocking chants from visiting fans at White Hart Lane, and Koeman believes his counterpart deserved a kinder reception due to his achievements at the helm.“Yes, okay that is the reaction of the fans, but I don’t agree with that,” the Dutchman said.“I think everybody needs respect and normally the respect is high in the Premier League.“I respect Mauricio very much and he did a great job in Southampton. Now he is the manager of Tottenham and it is a great challenge for him.”Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen’s first-half goal separated the teams after 90 minutes, with the scoreline perhaps harsh on the spirited visitors.Summer signing Sadio Mane had Southampton’s best chance but was guilty of a miss-of-the-season contender, turning wide from six yards out in the closing stages.Meanwhile, Spurs skipper Younes Kaboul was perhaps fortunate not to be sent off after a last-man challenge on the winger, only to be handed just a yellow card.Koeman was coy when asked whether the centre-back should have been sent off and was pleased with his side’s overall display in north London.“I am disappointed about the final result, not disappointed about our performance,” the Dutchman said.“We knew it was difficult because in the first half they did great pressing. It was easy to create possibilities, opportunities.“It was a pity because they scored before half-time and we spoke then about keeping good organisation in the second half.“Little by little we had to push up a little bit more and I think we did that very good. We got maybe the best chance in the game with Mane. Okay, it was unlucky, but that is football.”
Liverpool had a tricky-looking match on paper at Stamford Bridge but emerged unscathed, winning 2-1 to maintain their five-point gap at the top.But defeats for United and Tottenham, and a tough battle for Arsenal, who recovered to beat newly-promoted Aston Villa 3-2, showed the “Big Six” are not going to have things all their own way this season.Here, AFP Sport looks at three things we learned from the Premier League this weekend:Imperious City show hungerWere Manchester City losing their hunger after consecutive Premier League title triumphs?Bernardo Silva (left) scored a hat-trick as Manchester City beat Watford 8-0 © AFP / Oli SCARFFPep Guardiola did not appear especially worried after his side’s 3-2 defeat against Norwich last weekend, saying he still loved his team.They responded to his affection in emphatic fashion, pummelling Watford just four months after smashing them 6-0 in the FA Cup final at Wembley.Bernardo Silva, who scored a hat-trick against Watford, said City had wanted to put on a show for their fans.“After the defeat at Norwich obviously we wanted to get the three points and give our fans a good performance,” Silva told Sky Sports.“We were unbelievable in the first 30 minutes, scored lots of goals and had control.”European champions Liverpool are setting a frightening standard as they go in search of their first top-flight English title since 1990 but City are not going to go away.New faces in top sixLeicester and West Ham proved their credentials in their bid to break the iron grip of the Premier League’s top six with victories over Tottenham and Manchester United.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United lost 2-0 to West Ham © AFP / Ian KINGTONBrendan Rodgers’s Leicester have now faced Chelsea, Manchester United and Spurs in their opening six games and have more than held their own.Also, the stuttering form of the established powers behind Liverpool and Manchester City means there is little to fear for sides unused to the rarefied atmosphere at the top of the Premier League.United have now won just one of their past five league games, Tottenham have not won away in the Premier League since January and Chelsea are yet to taste victory at home under Frank Lampard.Leicester and West Ham hold a three-point lead over all three and are level with Arsenal, who battled to their first win in four league games at home to Aston Villa.Liverpool back up Alexander-Arnold’s trophy boastBacking his brash words with bold actions, Trent Alexander-Arnold emphasised why Liverpool are such a serious threat to Manchester City’s hopes of a third successive title.Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold © AFP / Ben STANSALLAlexander-Arnold previewed Liverpool’s trip to Chelsea on Sunday by declaring that Jurgen Klopp’s side are determined to become serial trophy winners.Not content with last season’s Champions League triumph, Alexander-Arnold said: “We don’t want to be remembered as that Liverpool team that only won the Champions League. We want to be the team that people can’t remember how many trophies we have won because we won so many.”That kind of talk can put pressure on a team if they are not made of the right stuff, but Alexander-Arnold walked the walk as his blistering first-half free-kick at Stamford Bridge put Liverpool on course for a sixth successive win that moved them five points clear of City at the top.0Shares0000(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-1 to maintain their five-point lead at the top of the Premier League © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 22 – Liverpool beat Chelsea to preserve their perfect record and Manchester City romped to a record-breaking win but elsewhere it was far from business as usual during a dramatic Premier League weekend.City were imperious against Watford, 5-0 up within the first 18 minutes and just one goal shy of matching Manchester United’s Premier League record for the biggest margin of victory — 9-0 against Ipswich in 1995.
NEWSLETTER OF ST EUNAN’SSunday 20th May 2012The Ascension of the Lord YOU WILL TAKE US TO YOUR HOMELord Jesus Christ, I praise you as we commemorate your return to your Father’s home to assume the glory you had before you came among us a baby. May we always look upward in hope, waiting for the day when you will return to your world, where death and sadness will be no more. Let your Holy Spirit always remind us that you have won the victory in which we all share and that one day you will take us to your home, never again to part from you and those whom we have loved while here on earth. Amen.VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDEDCan you give one hour of your time to help with a Bag Pack at Tesco on Thursday 24th or Friday 25th May? If the answer is yes, please phone Adrienne on 086-3161376. All proceeds will go to St. Eunan’s Cathedral Building Fund.LITTLE ANGELS SCHOOLDonegal Person of the year, Hugh Green has written a book ‘The story of the Irish Emigrant who never left home’ and has donated the entire proceeds towards the Little Angels Special School, Letterkenny. The book is for sale in Books Direct, Clarkes Newsagents, Macs Mace and Heel to Toe (Upper Main Street). Your support would be greatly appreciated.You may be aware of the severe food shortages in West Africa. TROCAIRE is working with its Caritas partner organisations to deliver emergency aid to the region. If you wish to support the people of the Sahel region of Central and West Africa call 1850 408 408 or donate online at http://www.trocaire.org/emergencies. Parish Notice-boardPhone: 074 – 9121021Fax: 074 – 9124200Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgSUNDAY ~ 20th May 2012Masses: 8 am, 10 am, 11 am (Polish Mass), 12 pm and 6.30 pmBaptisms: 1.30 pm in the CathedralSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is open at 2 pmMay Devotions in the Cathedral – 7.30 pmAl-Anon Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmMONDAY8 am Mass ~10 am Mass ~ James and Paddy Doherty7.30 pm Mass ~ James, Cassie and Peggy CrossanSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is openRosary at Our Lady’s Altar (Monday to Friday in May) – 8 pmGrow Meeting in Loreto Convent ~ 8 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmTUESDAY8am Mass ~ See Mass Intentions below10 am Mass ~ ®7.30 pm Mass ~ Charlie DuddySt Pius X Adoration Chapel is openBaptism Preparation will take place in the Parochial House at 8 pm on Tuesday 29th MayLegion of Mary Meeting: Conference Room ~ After 10 am MassLegion of Mary Meeting: Room 112, Loreto Secondary School –7 pmDivine Mercy Prayer in the Cathedral – 8 pmAl-Anon Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmGamblers’ Anonymous Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmWEDNESDAY8 am Mass ~10 am Mass ~ Edel Quinn7.30 pm Mass ~ John and Sarah McIntyre and Deceased Family MembersSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is openR.C.I.A. Course in the Parochial House – 7.30 pmMother’s Prayer Meeting in Loreto Convent – 8 pmCathedral Choir Practice in the Conference Centre – 8.15 pmNarcotics Anonymous Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8 pmCathedral Choir in the Conference Room – 8.15 pm THURSDAY8 am Mass ~10 am Mass ~ ®6 pm Mass ~ Colaist Ailigh Leaving Cert Mass in the Cathedral Conference Room7.30 pm Mass ~ Loreto Convent Leaving Cert MassSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is openCharismatic Prayer Group INVITES you to Mass in the Conference Room – 8 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 5.30 pmFRIDAY8 am Mass ~ Jim and Nell Gallagher10 am Mass ~7.30 pm Mass ~ See Mass Intentions belowSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is openAl-Anon Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 10.30 amAA Meeting for Women in the Cathedral Conference Room – 1 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmGambler’s Anonymous Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 11 amSATURDAY10 am Mass ~ Maura O’Doherty (First Anniversary)11 am ~ First Holy Communion ~ Scoil Cholmcille7.30 pm Mass ~ Vigil for SundayConfessions: 12 noon to 1 pm and after 7.30 pm MassAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 11 amSt. Vincent de Paul ~ Conwal & Leck Parish ~ 9129503St. Vincent de Paul ~ Parish of Aughaninshin ~ 9122366 MASS INTENTIONS FOR 8 am TUESDAY and 7.30 pm FRIDAYBrid Dorrian ~ Mary McGeever ~ Cissie McDaid ~ Conloth EllisCiaran Ellis ~ Fr. Gillespie ~ Mary Kelly ~ Mary McDermottHugh Travers ~ Teresa Travers ~ Bernie CahillDonegal Summer Cup – Team of the Sixties ~ Join us for a TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE on Tuesday 22nd May at 8.30 pm in the Station House Hotel.On Wednesday 23rd May in the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, the Conwal Singers, conducted by Graham Harrison, will present music by Mozart, Brahms and Richard Rodney Bennett. The guest accompanist is John Dawson and the performance will also include folksong arrangements and madrigals. The choir will also be joined by guest soprano Ann Jennings who will perform the Four Last Songs of Richard Strauss. The concert begins at 8 pm and admission is €10.INVITATION ~ You are invited to Mass in the Cathedral Conference Room on Thursday 24th May at 8 pm in celebration of Pentecost. Come, O Holy Spirit.St. JOSEPH’S YOUNG PRIESTS SOCIETY ~ Monthly meeting will take place on Friday 25th May at 8 pm in the Pastoral Centre. All are welcome.A DVD called Letterkenny Past and Present will be launched on Saturday 26th May at 8.45 pm in the Station House Hotel by Pat McArt former editor of the Derry Journal. Music by: Patsy Harte and Country Storm. Proceeds from the DVD will go to St. Vincent de Paul. Everyone is welcome.Pilgrimage to Melleray Grotto will take place on Saturday 26th May. Bus leaving the Cathedral Car Park at 2 pm. For further enquiries and bookings please telephone 9121641 or 9125145.Supervised Study for Leaving and Junior Certs ~ Monday 28th May to Friday 1st June also Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th June (7 days). For details call 086-8114151. Limited places.The Annual Raphoe Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Tomb of Matt Talbott in Dublin will take place on Sunday 3rd June. Buses will travel from various venues in the Diocese. In order to secure a seat it is important that booking is made immediately with any of the following Breedge on 087-1200242, Sean on 9147316 or Caroline Dorrian on 087- 6223036.MEGAN’S DAY in the Clanree Hotel on Sunday 10th June from 3 pm with various activities for children including Bouncy Castles, Assault Courses, Face Painting also there will be a Stunt Bike Rider. Music all day. Admission €10 or Family Ticket €25. Email:email@example.comCourses in Religious Education, Theology and Chaplaincy Studies open to teachers, chaplains, parents, sacrament preparation teams and those who are interested in these areas are being run in St. Angela’s College, Sligo. For more information please phone 071-9195550, or visit: www.stangelas.nuigalway.ie or email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTHE HUB is located at Greene’s Shopping Centre, Market Square. It has a Thrift Shop, Computer/Internet Cafe, Information Centre and a Drop in Centre. Donations of good quality clothing, shoes, bric-a-brac, pictures, Cd’s and Dvd’s etc. would be appreciated. Phone The Doorway Project, Meadowbank for further info on 9161071.RED DOOR YOUTH CAFE @ Cara House, Letterkenny (Wednesday 23rd May – Ice Cream Day and Games and Friday 25th May – Mexican Day and Pinata. FREE FOR ALL TEENAGERS!!!! Find us on facebook (The-Red Door-Cafe).St. Patrick’s Purgatory, Lough Derg ~ The traditional three day Pilgrimage commences on Friday 1st June. For further information please phone 071-9861518.LOCAL NEWS: PARISH BULLETIN OF ST EUNAN’S, LETTERKENNY was last modified: May 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)Tags:letterkennyLOCAL NEWS: PARISH BULLETIN OF ST EUNAN’S
A fifth year student in Deele College, Raphoe has been awarded a prestigious award in metalwork, for his hard work on his Junior Cert project.Jason Hunter-Gallagher who is studying for his Leaving Cert was selected from thousands of students throughout the country for his model bulldozer, which was deemed to be in the top ten best junior cert results. Jason and his proud family will travel to Monaghan on Saturday the 16th of November to Monaghan Education Centre, where he will receive the esteemed prize.This a brilliant achievement for both Jason and the school, where students in recent years have also been commended for their work in their Junior and Leaving Cert exams.Jason will continue his studies in Engineering and hopes to follow a career in the industry.And with his obvious talent and hard work, this shouldn’t be a problem! MODEL PUPIL JASON DOESN’T NEED A DIG-OUT! was last modified: November 12th, 2013 by StephenShare 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) Tags:deele collegeJason Hunter-GallagherRaphoe
ITHACA, N.Y. – No. 18 Cornell managed to slip past the Drake University men’s tennis team, 4-3, on Saturday at the Reis Tennis Center in Ithaca, N.Y. Hands put the Bulldogs back on top after he defeated Vrabel, 6-4, 7-6(3) at No. 4. Cornell then went on to win a pair of three-set matches at No. 5 and No. 6 singles to clinch the 4-3 win. Singles No. 61 Vinny Gillespie (DU) def. David Volfson (CU), 6-0, 6-1 Lev, Kazakov (CU) def. Calum MacGeoch (DU) 6-4, 6-4 Colin Sinclair (CU) def. Ben Stride (DU) 6-3, 6-2 Tom Hands (DU) def. Chris Vrabel (CU) 6-4, 7-6(3) Pietro Rimondini (CU) def. Barny Thorold (DU) 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 Bernardo Casares Rosa (CU) def. Ben Wood (DU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 The Big Red tied the match up at 2-2 with wins at No. 2 and No. 3. Doubles Philips/Thorold (DU) vs. Volfson/Sinclair (CU) 4-5 Unfinished Gillespie/Hands (DU) def. Hill/Casares (CU) 6-4 MacGeoch/Wood (DU) def. Vrabel/Rimondini (CU) 6-1Print Friendly Version The Bulldogs travel Denver on March 31 and will square off against the Denver Pioneers on Friday and the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos on Saturday. Gillespie continued his dominating singles play and extended his winning streak to five-matches with a 6-0, 6-1 trouncing of Volfson at No. 1 singles. No. 18 Cornell 4, Drake 3Ithaca, N.Y. (Reis Tennis Center) For the sixth-straight match, the Bulldog claimed the doubles point to jump out to a 1-0 lead over the Big Red. Juniors Calum MacGeoch and Ben Wood steam rolled Chris Vrabel and Pietro Rimondini, 6-1, at No. 3 doubles. Sophomores Vinny Gillespie and Tom Hands secured the doubles point with 6-4 victory at No. 2.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest My eight-year old Doberman cross would be shocked to learn that I am praising his approach to life. Luke loves to eat, especially bread. He isn’t picky — any type bread or crackers or bakery product will do. As a result, we have Luke-proofed the kitchen, or attempted to. We purchased a bread box, but Luke figured out that was not in his best interest, so he knocked it off the cupboard and sent it packing. We used the microwave for storage of bread items, until Luke figured out how to open the door. (I could probably teach Luke to line dance, if I dangled bread in front of him.) Our current bread storage is the oven, but I have observed Luke studying that, so I know it is only a matter of time until he masters that handle.Several years ago, while he was left alone inside the house and unable to reach his desired carbohydrates, Luke attempted to bake his own bread. At least that is what it looked like happened. I returned from calf feeding to find a 120-pound black dog and the kitchen floor covered in flour. Luke just looked up at me with big innocent eyes, as if to say the flour just fell from the cupboard, and he was far more surprised than I was.Remember this approach if an environmental incident happens on your farm. I have practiced law long enough that I remember the good old days when ag lawyers prided themselves in not dealing with criminal prosecutions. Ag law was all about estate planning, business agreements and land acquisitions and the like. Court cases were civil, or maybe administrative, but agricultural concerns were rarely criminal.All of that changed with environmental laws and the zealous enforcement thereof. And the criminalization of agriculture continues. The folks prosecuting these cases do not acknowledge that even with the best of intentions, proper safeguards and state of the art methodology, that accidents can happen. To them, an environmental accident is a potential criminal prosecution.The instant that you discover an environmental concern on your property, call your lawyer. Request their presence on your property as you start building your defense in the event charges are pressed. Keep in mind that the state may have years to file charges, based on applicable law. The best time to create an effective defense against this possibility is immediately upon discovering a possible situation.Take many pictures. Document everything that you recall leading up to the discovery of the issue. Pull samples of your own. Write down everyone that appears on your farm to investigate the matter. And, of course, take immediate steps to correct the situation.Chances are, numerous governmental agencies with various alphabet acronyms will soon appear on the scene. They will also document everything they see, but their goals are not necessarily identical to yours. Of course, all parties involved want to rectify the situation as quickly as possible. But everyone present will have an agenda, and a farmer needs legal counsel to protect his rights and start building a defense based on precisely what happened and what steps the farmer did to remedy the problem.Do not assume that everyone that shows up in an official capacity will understand what has happened. Be aware that if the powers that be determine criminal charges should be brought it is very likely the farmer may end up paying for whatever agency is involved to create and document a criminal case against him.Obviously, it is important to cooperate with all agencies involved. Just do so in a manner that protects your interests. I can assure you all those responding to the emergency will be doing the same.Wisely dealing with an environmental spill is much like handling a vehicle accident. Remember the often-quoted advice to provide insurance information and remain quiet? Obviously, listen to advice of your attorney handling the situation. And keep in mind it is likely that anything you say during discovery and correction of the environmental issue will be ruled admissible in court as an exception to the hearsay rule, because it may be considered an admission.This is contrary to the way farmers and other honorable folks behave. No one understands this better than Kristian Bush. He is half of the country duo Sugarland. Remember the horrific accident that occurred on August 13, 2011 when a wind gust from an approaching severe thunderstorm hit the Indiana State Fair’s temporary roof structure causing it to collapse and kill 7 and injure 58? Bush told Rollingstone Magazine that he was ordered to be quiet even though he wanted to reach out to his injured fans and express his sorrow and sympathy over the accident. He said maintaining this silence was one of the most difficult things he has ever done. Unfortunately, what may feel right could just lead to legal liability. Specific details of the settlement with the families was not disclosed, but Sugarland and the other 17 defendants reportedly settled by paying damages in excess of $39 million. When Bush had to remain silent, he poured his energy into his music and recently released a new solo album, Southern Gravity.Here’s hoping that you never need any of this information. If an environmental issue arises, however, call your lawyer, document and correct that matter as quickly as possible. And when in doubt, look innocent and remain silent. It worked for Luke.
Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck While streaming has taken off — with more than 60 percent of young Americans using streaming services as their primary TV venue — it’s also invaded our bedrooms. A 2018 Tuck survey of 1,300 Americans found that more than 85 percent of us watch streaming TV in bed, with 70 percent of them falling asleep to the soothing sounds of shows like “Sons of Anarchy.”More than a third of those surveyed said streaming TV in bed made them get less sleep. That might explain one of the reasons Americans aren’t getting enough sleep. While experts recommend that adults get a minimum of seven hours of shut-eye per night, Gallup found that Americans average only 6.8 hours. A whopping 40 percent didn’t even snag six hours. That means adults in the U.S. are operating in a constant fog of sleep deprivation.Our ubiquitous technology has seemingly made everything, from work to entertainment, easier on us — everything, that is, except sleep. How will our reliance on technology impact our ability to recharge?How Tech Can Make Us DullerIn a world where the nature of work is constantly changing and automating, staying sharp is crucial. But even one night of sleep deprivation can slow our reaction times. In fact, a Stanford University study from nearly 20 years ago found that a lack of sleep can impair a person’s reaction time as much as alcohol can. So why do we continue to forfeit sleep, two decades later?We’re biting off our nose to spite our face. Americans now work more hours than people from any other industrialized nation. Those hit hardest are white-collar workers, or those who tend to have nonexempt jobs that are harder to track. These roles, which are intended to help design the automated, tech-savvy future, are widely viewed as mentally draining — sitting in front of a computer all day wipes people out.As a result, these are often the very people who climb into bed to binge a few mindless episodes — they’re mentally tapped out and unable to consider doing something more intensive. But falling asleep in front of the TV then leaves them exhausted the next day, repeating the cycle. The irony? These jobs are frequently the ones tasked with innovation, but the workers who hold them are too tired to make their firms competitive.When just the blue light emitting from TVs, tablets, and smartphones harms the quality of our sleep, it becomes apparent that falling asleep during our streaming sessions is simply extending the exhaustion of sitting in front of a computer during our waking hours, dragging it into our sleep.Is Detox the Only Way Back to Sanity?Social media breaks, or “social media detox,” have become common ways for people to recalibrate their sense of reality and restore their own values. Is the solution here to forgo Netflix, Hulu, Roku, Amazon Prime, and other streaming services so we can get back to our normally functioning brains?The question may be better phrased as “Why would we want to?” If streaming services like Netflix et al. represent the positive outcomes of our attempts to utilize technology while pushing our industries forward, we shouldn’t abandon them wholesale in the interest of more sleep. That assigns negative intent to neutral technology, and it takes a pretty dim view of the human capacity for self-control.Instead, we should look for ways to retrain our brains — much like we train our algorithms — to respond differently to the stimuli. Here are a few ways we can do that.Kick TV out of the bedroom. While giving up streaming in bed may sound pretty “unsexy,” that’s not what the bedroom was designed for — and you’re holding yourself back by letting screen time creep into your sleep time. By not bringing a TV into the room, you can squelch the temptation. If tablets, laptops, or smartphones are your nemeses, make nighttime charging time and set them aside. What you gain in 25 minutes of viewing you probably lose in an hour of productivity and focus the next day — is it worth it?Set limits. We’ve all been guilty of saying things like “I need to read more” or “I never can find time for my hobbies.” We do have time; we just often choose to spend it on things like streaming old episodes of “The Office.” These may serve as comforts after a long, exhausting day, but doing that every day can result in complacency. Reserve binges to really trying days, and force yourself to log off after a certain period of time on other days. If you make yourself turn off Netflix at 9 p.m., you gain an hour to read before you sleep, which you’ll find more energizing in the long run.Consider the diminishing returns. If you’re a logical, linear thinker — and thus attracted to technology — one way to short-circuit your reliance on technology is to assess the long-term impact. Is your third go-around of “Friends” teaching you new things? It might be, but it might not. If you feel you’re growing stagnant or not progressing the way you feel you should be, cut the cord on the programs that result in diminishing returns. If they’re not giving you an injection of inspiration or peace of mind, replace them with something that will.A constant fog of sleep deprivation isn’t good for us — or our companies. By allowing technology to take over our work, our entertainment, and our sleep, we’ve given up control of every human frontier. Prioritizing our ability to recharge may just be the key to staying innovative. Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#innovation#Netflix#sleep#streaming#TV Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry
Rajasthan’s ruling BJP MLA, Gyan Dev Ahuja, has warned that if anyone indulges in cow smuggling or slaughter, he will be killed.Mr. Ahuja’s threat came in response to an alleged cow smuggling incident in Alwar district on Saturday.“Mera to sidha sidha kehna hai ki gau taskari karoge ya gau kashi karoge to yun hi maare jaoge (I say this clearly: if you smuggle or slaughter cows, you will be killed),” he told presspersons.No stranger to controversy, Mr. Ahuja had previously claimed that the premier Jawaharlal Nehru University was a “hub of sex and drugs, where 3,000 used condoms and 2,000 liquor bottles were found daily”.In Alwar, an alleged cow smuggler was caught and beaten by local residents in Ramgarh area, which often sees violence by cow vigilante groups. However, Mr. Ahuja claimed the accused was injured after his vehicle overturned. “Three men were smuggling cows. When the police chased them, they tried to escape through narrow lanes of a village and the vehicle overturned, injuring one of the smugglers. Two others managed to escape,” the Ramgarh legislator claimed when contacted.He said people resented cow smuggling and slaughter. “There is anger among people against cow smugglers because they smuggle cows, because they open fire at the police when the police try to prevent them. They also take roads through villages in Alwar to escape to Haryana and throw stones at the villagers,” he said.‘Alarming increase’Mr. Ahuja said there had been a sudden spurt in cow smuggling of late. “More than 100 incidents have occurred in the past few days, which is alarming and unusually high. The police are also doing their job to check such incidents,” he said.Circle Officer Alwar South Anil Kumar said a man — later identified as Zakir — was arrested for smuggling cows on Saturday. He was beaten by villagers before the police took him in custody. “A police party tried to stop the mini-truck but the accused fled after opening fire at the police. There were 8-10 bovine animals in the truck,” Mr. Kumar said.