Shannon green energy plant one step closer

first_img Previous articleThe Crushed Bull – National Prison Art Exhibition at Sarsfield StreetNext articleMayor vetoes comments on noise interference admin Print Advertisement Facebook Email AN €85 million green energy plant is one step closer to being secured for the outskirts of Shannon town. An application for connection to the national grid has been completed and members of Clare County Council have voted through a motion to zone the proposed site for green industry. Carbon Sole, a wood burning, heat and electricity generating company applied for planning permission to build on the site in Stonehall, in close proximity to the current Aerospace premises.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up An amendment put forward by parents and residents in the Stonehall, Shannon and Newmarket areas, with the assistance of Cllr Gerry Flynn, proposed that the E3 Enterprise zoning be removed from the site, was defeated by 17 votes to 12.Upward of 150 jobs are expected to be created should the plant go ahead, with a further 200 needed for its construction.And while locals are not against the company coming to the region, they are opposed to the proposed location on a green field site.Brian McInerney, chairman of the group formed to fight the proposed rezoning said there was disappointment that attempts at preventing the zoning had failed.“The amendment we had put forward would have seen the site dezoned so it could not be used for industry”, he told the Limerick Post.“We were proactive in trying to prevent that but now we will need to be reactive.Adamant that the rezoning was unnecessary, he said there is an adequate landbank available within the industrial estate, making it unnecessary to move out to the country.“The building is proposed to be up to 45 metres in height, double that of aerospace, and is outside the existing industrial zoned land,” said Mr McInerney.“This is not just a concern of residents in Stonehall but also of the surrounding areas. Nobody is against Carbon Sole per se, just the rezoning”.The company is now awaiting the outcome of its planning application before the next step can be taken.center_img Twitter WhatsApp Linkedin NewsLocal NewsShannon green energy plant one step closerBy admin – April 27, 2012 780 last_img read more

Accuweather has released a seasonal forecast for autumn in Europe

first_imgThe American private meteorological company Accuweather today published the  seasonal forecast for the climatic autumn in Europe and, the forecast refers to the months of September, October and November.As for our regions, the main emphasis from the forecast is the  cessation of drought in October and November . According to the seasonal forecast, the drought that lasts in most of Italy and Southeast Europe should continue in early autumn, ie in September, when they are expected to continue above the average temperature and a little rain. October and November bring rainier weather, so the drought could end. This will especially ease the situation for farmers who have already suffered great damage from late spring frosts and summer heat waves.Thus, we can conclude that an above-average warm September is still expected, which is certainly good for the extension of the tourist season.However, southern Italy and Greece expect continued warm weather and drought conditions. Both Spain and Portugal expect dry conditions to continue during the autumn. Thus, there will continue to be an increased risk of forest fires that have already raged in these areas this summer.The western and central parts of the continent, ie the area from France, through Germany to Poland, are expecting a period of more stable and drier weather at the beginning of autumn, after a rainy summer. Above average temperatures are forecast for most of September. Then rainier weather is expected in October. November should bring the amount of precipitation around or slightly below average to these areas. Both the UK and Ireland area can expect a warmer and drier September. Then, towards the end of October and in November, more storms are expected. The impact of at least one or more former tropical systems from the Atlantic is also expected.And the area of ​​Eastern Europe (Baltic States and Ukraine) can expect warmer and drier weather during September and October. Then much colder weather is expected in November, with the appearance of the first snowstorms (Ukraine, Belarus).Check out the seasonal forecast for summer 2017 that was released in early May. Then the heat waves that hit the south of Europe this summer, including our region, were well predicted.Source: Crometeorlast_img read more

Viterbi Dean signs on for another five-year term

first_imgDean Yannis Yortsos has signed on to serve a second five-year term in his position as the head of the Viterbi School of Engineering.Yortsos was appointed dean in 2005 by former university President Steven B. Sample. He had previously served a year as interim dean after his predecessor, current USC President C.L. Max Nikias, vacated the post to become the university’s provost.The vetting process for Yortsos’ reappointment included a faculty survey, reviews by the USC Board of Councilors and consultations with school constituencies.On board · Yannis Yortsos, who was appointed dean of the Viterbi School of Engineering in 2005, agreed to serve for another five years. – Photo courtesy of Viterbi School of Engineering News Yortsos also submitted a 14-page memorandum of his accomplishments in the past five years as dean.“I can’t say which is my greatest accomplishment,” Yortsos said. “My job is to create a culture and environment where people feel they are immersed in exciting research, scholarship, inspiration and discovery.”Under his leadership, Viterbi has risen from No. 11 to No. 10 in the top 100 engineering schools worldwide in rankings determined by the annually published Academic Ranking of World Universities.“My aspiration at this school is that every faculty member feels that they are the very best at what they do at this school,” Yortsos said. “My job is to help them do that.”Professor Erik Johnson, an associate chair of the Sonny Astani Department, said Yortsos played a crucial part in expanding Viterbi’s role in the international engineering community.“He’s helped expand our visibility by taking leadership of the Grand Challenges National Summit,” Johnson said.Yortsos was a founder and chair of the summit when it was held at Duke University last year. The summit was held at USC at the beginning of October, and brought engineering’s greatest minds to Viterbi.Yortsos also helped create the Office of Strategic Initiatives, which helped increase Viterbi’s global presence.Efforts to expand Viterbi’s role in the global engineering community have also been a  substantial focus of Yortsos’. He spent the past few weeks in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taipei, meeting with parents of current and future students in “Parents’ Day” receptions.He was also promoting i-Podium, a program that allows engineering students from Beijing to interact with their USC counterparts via video conference.Johnson said Yortsos’ dedication to the Viterbi faculty might be what made him the perfect pick for a second term. Yortsos has been part of Viterbi since 1979.“He’s had very good relations with faculty, especially junior faculty,” Johnson said. “He’s been a part of the faculty for many years and he recognizes that the university wouldn’t be here without them.”Stephanie Stillman, a junior majoring in biomedical engineering, said she appreciates the high quality of Viterbi faculty and resources.“Viterbi is really involved in their students and they really want us to succeed,” Stillman said. “They know how tough engineering can be and they give us access to the resources we need to be stand-outs.”last_img read more

Senator: “Idiotic” school transport decision a “laughing stock” and “embarrassment”

first_imgDonegal Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has expressed his shock at a response from the Minister for School Transport, John Halligan on the issue of families in the Urris area of Inishowen being denied the right to send their children to Carndonagh Community School under the Department of Education’s School Transport Scheme.This is because secondary schools in Buncrana are deemed closer than Carndonagh even though the route to Buncrana is over Mamore Gap, a treacherous route in winter or in poor weather conditions.Senator Mac Lochlainn said; “This latest response makes a laughing stock of our public administration system. The refusal of the Minister and his Department officials to sort this out is now farcical and frankly it’s an embarrassment.” Senator Pádraig MacLochlainnRather than assessing the route for the nearest school based on how the children or students get there; on a school bus, these Department officials base their assessment on the “shortest traversable route which may be either pedestrian or vehicular from a family’s home to their nearest school”. This is idiotic. They are not walking or cycling to school, they are getting the school bus. The whole point of the scheme”.“I understood that this issue would be resolved long ago and in the absence of any indications of a resolution, I wrote to Minister Halligan earlier this year. Despite assurances that he would get back to me, I heard nothing.”“I then asked my colleague Carol Nolan TD, Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson to raise it under parliamentary questions so that I could get an actual answer to my questions. I am just shocked at this response.”“However I am not backing down. This nonsense has to be sorted out and I will continue to pressurise the Minister and his Department until common sense prevails”. The reply received from the Minister states;“School transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department.”“During the 2015/16 school year in the region of 114,000 children, including some 10,000 children with special educational needs, were transported in approximately 4,000 vehicles on a daily basis to primary and post-primary schools throughout the country covering over 100 million kilometres annually.“As the Deputy is aware, under the terms of my Department’s Post Primary School Transport Scheme children are eligible for school transport where they reside not less than 4.8 kilometres from and are attending their nearest school as determined by my Department/Bus Éireann, having regard to ethos and language.“Bus Éireann has advised that in general children residing in the Urris area are not eligible for school transport to schools in Carndonagh. Consequently, these children may avail of school transport on a concessionary basis only to Carndonagh subject to a number of terms and conditions which are outlined in the Scheme. “Bus Éireann determines distance eligibility by measuring the shortest traversable route, which may be either pedestrian or vehicular from a family’s home to their nearest school. The main purpose of this measurement is to identify the distance that families reside from their nearest school and to assess if they meet the distance eligibility criterion for school transport.”“The route travelled by a school transport service is not a consideration in determining distance eligibility for school transport. In the interests of equity, this is applied on a consistent standard basis across the country.“Safety of children travelling on the school transport service is of paramount importance to my Department and to Bus Éireann. Bus Éireann place special emphasis on safety and, to this end, have a wide range of checking procedures in place to ensure that a safe and reliable service is provided.Senator: “Idiotic” school transport decision a “laughing stock” and “embarrassment” was last modified: October 15th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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

MySQL Co-Founder Wants You To Pay Up For Open Source

first_imgMonty Widenius, co-founder of MySQL and founder of MariaDB, just came to a surprise revelation: most people use open source for free. What’s so surprising, however, is not this fact, but the idea that Widenius wouldn’t have learned this 13 years ago when he first released MySQL under the GNU General Public License (GPL) and his company’s revenues dropped 80%. The lesson here, however, isn’t that there’s no money in open-source software, but rather that some strategies for monetizing open source are effective, while others are not.Monty Got A Raw DealFor anyone that has been around open source for the past 10 years, hearing Widenius complain about open source free riders is irony at its finest. Widenius, after all, was a technical mastermind at MySQL, and was generally more concerned with MySQL’s development community than making money, fighting efforts to monetize the otherwise free database.Not that this is a bad thing. At any open-source company, developers are the lifeblood of the project and particular care must be taken to cater to their interests and needs. Widenius filled that role admirably.But Widenius also made it harder to cover the real costs of open-source development, and continues to do so. Recently Widenius attacked Oracle for “suffocating” MySQL through proprietary enterprise extensions, among other things. This may be true, in part, but it’s also true that Oracle has 400-plus engineers working on MySQL, and somehow their work needs to be paid for.In an interview with ZDNet, Widenius (mis)remembers the halcyon of people happily paying for open-source software, and suggests that “Now the problem is that you have companies that are heavily using open source but refuse to pay anything back because they don’t have to.” This has, of course, always been the case, and yet it hasn’t stopped open source from booming, both as a community development and corporate revenue perspective.Monty’s Solution: “Business Source”Still, Widenius pines for a business model that will help feed development while generating a profit. His strategy, called “business source,” effectively amounts to dumping open source entirely, but only for a few years:[Business source] is a commercial licence that is time-based and which will become open source after a given time, usually three years. But you can get access to all the source. You can use it in any way but the source has a comment that says you can use it freely except in these circumstances when you have to pay.In other words, it’s not open source. It doesn’t fit the parameters of the canonical Open Source Definition. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but let’s call a spade a spade. Business source is simply proprietary software released under a Microsoft-esque shared source license that magically becomes fully open source after a period of time.Surely this must rankle the free software-loving Widenius, but he comes to terms with it by espousing the exact same rationale used by those that advocate Open Core or similar strategies for open source:You’re forcing a small part of your user base to pay for the restrictions, which can be if you’re making money from [the software], if you have more than 100 employees, or you’re a big company or something like that. So you’re forcing one portion of your users to pay.Exactly. But this is the same as the various strategies MySQL tried, which Widenius fought.It’s Not About The LicenseJim Jagielski, president and co-founder of the Apache Software Foundation, suggests that “if your open source project isn’t successful with FOSS licensing, it’s not the license’s fault.” Rather, it’s a matter of trying to charge for the wrong things:To wit, Facebook, Google, Amazon and others make billions of dollars selling services around open-source infrastructure, while Red Hat mints over a billion dollars annually selling a certified, binary distribution of community-developed Linux. There is plenty of money in and around open-source software. The open-source license doesn’t prevent this. It enables this.Widenius is a smart person. He’ll figure it out. It’s only surprising that his experience at MySQL didn’t already teach him this lesson.Image courtesy of James Duncan Davidson/O’Reilly Media. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Matt Asay Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img Tags:#licensing#MariaDB#Monty Widenius#MySQL#Open Source 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

NCAA Season 93: San Beda ekes out win over Perpetual

first_imgSAN BEDA 57 – Doliguez 11, Bolick 10, Presbitero 9. Mocon 8, Tankoua 6, Potts 5, Noah 4, Adamos 3, Bahio 1, Abuda 0, Carino 0, Oftana 0, Soberano 0, Tongco 0.PERPETUAL 53 – Dagangon 17, Eze 11, Pido 11, Ylagan 7, Hao 3, Coronel 2, Mangalino 2, Clemente 0, Lucente 0, Tamayo 0, Yuhico 0.Quarters: 10-9, 21-20; 37-35; 57-53. CEU shocks Flying V, advances to D-League Finals MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:37Protesters 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 LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO / DENNIS ABRINA/UPHSan Beda banked on Robert Bolick and Clint Doliguez in the clutch as it slipped past Perpetual, 57-53, on Thursday for their sixth straight win in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Perpetual Help Gym in Pasig.Doliguez drained the go-ahead triple with 59.0 seconds to play to push his side up, 55-53.ADVERTISEMENT Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Prince Eze had a chance to tie the game for the Altas, but botched his free throws with 34.4 secondsremaining, before Bolick canned the dagger freebies in the final 6.9 to help the Red Lions move up to 7-1 in the standings.Rookie Doliguez fired 11 points, eight rebounds, and two assists, while Bolick did it all for San Beda with 10 markers, 11 boards, and seven dimes to atone for his eight turnovers.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“Even if it’s an ugly win, I’ll take that,” said coach Boyet Fernandez. “I will not argue that the game is a credit to my boys because they really played well today. Again, I salute Perpetual, the team, the coaching staff because they did a really good job in preparing for us.”Prince Eze led Perpetual with 11 points, 17 rebounds, and three blocks as the Altas fell to a 3-5 card.The Scores: Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years agolast_img read more

MPC Container Ships to Buy Feeder Fleet for USD 130 Mn

first_imgzoom Oslo-based boxship owner MPC Container Ships entered into a commitment to acquire a fleet of feeder container vessels on November 24.The vessels in question have a total purchase price of USD 130 million.The move was made only a day after the company closed its private placement raising a total of USD 175 million, with plans to use the funds “to pursue future investments in container vessels and general corporate purposes.”The private placement of 30.25 million new shares was announced on November 22 and completed at a subscription price of NOK 47.5 (USD 5.8) per share.MPC Container Ships informed that the completion is subject to approval by an extraordinary general meeting of the company which is expected to be held on or about December 4, 2017, the company said.Established in April 2017, the company manage to quickly collect a fleet of 26 second hand vessels, the latest of which was added in early November.last_img read more