Shark fisheries hunting dolphins, other marine mammals as bait: Study

first_imgArticle published by Basten Gokkon Animal Cruelty, Animals, Cetaceans, Dolphins, Environment, Environmental Policy, Fish, Fisheries, Fishing, Illegal Fishing, Mammals, Marine, Marine Animals, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Conservation, Marine Ecosystems, Marine Mammals, Ocean Crisis, Oceans, Overfishing, Saltwater Fish, Sharks, Sustainability, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Crime Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Global shark fisheries have for decades engaged in the deliberate catch of dolphins, seals and other marine mammals to use as bait for sharks, a new study has found.The researchers found the practice picked up when prices for shark fin, a prized delicacy in Chinese cuisine, went up from the late 1990s onward.The researchers have warned that the targeting of these species could hit unsustainable levels, and have called for more studies into the species in question as well as better enforcement of existing law protecting marine mammals. Shark-fishing outfits have for decades been catching dolphins, seals and other sea mammals to use as bait, helping drive some of those species closer to extinction, researchers have found.In their study published June 7 in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science, the researchers recorded the deliberate harvesting of small cetaceans and marine mammals for use primarily as shark bait by fishers from 33 countries, particularly in Latin America and Asia.Two-thirds of 42 identified aquatic mammal bait species were “deliberately killed or targeted” for shark bait in at least one country, the authors concluded from analyzing 145 source materials — peer-reviewed articles, books, government reports and academic theses — ranging from 1970 to 2017.Atlantic humpback dolphins inhabit shallow coastal waters and are often caught by small-scale fishers in West Africa. Image by Tim Collins.Their analysis also indicated that small cetaceans are the group of aquatic mammals most vulnerable to the practice. Eleven of all the identified species are listed as vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).“Bycatch — the incidental capture of dolphins, sea turtles, birds and other non-targeted species in fishing operations — is a well-known problem,” the researchers wrote in an accompanying statement. “Less well-known is the widespread practice of acquiring and using aquatic mammals for bait.”The researchers noted that the trend picked up when the global price and demand for shark fins increased drastically from the late 1990s, outweighing the market value or desirability of consuming cetacean meat in many areas.In Asia, the study reported, the use of small aquatic marine mammals appeared to be most prevalent in Indonesia, the Philippines and Taiwan, and the main purpose was to attract sharks.A 2013 study in the journal Marine Policy estimates that between 63 million and 273 million sharks are killed each year, including those killed for their fins. Hong Kong is one of the world’s biggest shark fin trading hubs, and accounts for 50 percent of the global shark fin trade. Shark fin is seen as a symbol of class and wealth, and is served at special events or occasions.The researchers noted that the Philippines was one of just two countries in their study where fishing outfits targeted more than 10 different species of aquatic mammals. In Brooke’s Point, Palawan, up to 150 dolphins were estimated to have been killed per season for use as bait in traps for chambered nautilus (Nautilus pompilius). Demand for dolphins was such that fishers adapted their fishing gear and methods to increase their effectiveness in hunting the cetaceans.In Latin America, the use of aquatic mammals as bait was found to happen in Argentina and Brazil, where small cetaceans and the South American sea lion (Otaria byronia) are captured to target sharks and crabs.Vanessa Mintzer, a marine researcher at the University of Florida and lead author of the report, warned that the killing of marine mammals for bait could reach unsustainable levels and lead to a population decline.“With this global review we wanted to see whether, and where, other species were killed for bait, and learn about possible solutions to stop the problem,” Mintzer said.Map highlighting the number of aquatic mammal species by country that have been used as bait in fisheries between 1970 and 2017 (GIS layers: S. Claus et al., 2018).However, the authors noted that their efforts to fully understand the extent of this practice were hampered by a dearth of information on the status of the populations being killed, and whether, or how fast, they were declining, despite previous sources revealing the widespread killing of marine mammals for bait.“The killing of marine animals for bait is, in general, a clandestine activity,” Mintzer said. “As a consequence, the level of killing and impact on the species identified in the review will likely remain largely unknown for the foreseeable future.”The researchers have urged marine scientists studying the species in question in locations identified as “hotspots” in the report to obtain better data in order to come up with a solution.They also called for improved enforcement of existing laws that make it illegal to kill marine mammals, as well as for local communities and fishers to be involved in education and sustainable fishing programs and policies — rather than rely on top-down implementation — to ensure successful enforcement.“We need to identify other affected populations now to facilitate timely conservation actions,” Mintzer said.Banner image of bottlenose dolphins swimming courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. 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Portraying an accurate image of our country

first_imgOn July 20, 2018, “The 20 Billion Question for Guyana” hit the New York Times. In said article, one Mr Clifford Krauss attempted to discuss the potential impact of our recent oil finds on the country. I will not address the parts of the article that delve into the impacts of oil, the parts which warn of potential mismanagement, nor even the parts which draw comparisons to other countries that have found oil in the region. These concerns raised are valid ones, and I do not think that there is any Guyanese who does not have doubts about whether or not the resource will be handled responsibly and the money will reach the people.Instead, I wish to focus on the parts of the article dedicated to describing the country. The article opens with a punch of descriptive imagery, “Guyana is a vast, watery wilderness with only three paved highways. There are a few dirt roads between villages that sit on stilts along rivers snaking through the rain forest. Children in remote areas go to school in dugout canoes, and play naked in the muggy heat.”Now, anyone familiar with modern day Guyana would immediately recognise that this statement was purposefully misleading. It attempts to create a caricature of this country to make the oil find that more dramatic. Understandably, people were not pleased with the way the country was described, and Mr Krauss has found his twitter subject to tweets from the angry.One interaction, however, which I found particularly interesting, was when twitter users contested his opening sentence, in particular the bit about Guyana only having three paved roads. To this he replied that he never said roads, but instead said highways. Now, according to the United States code, the term highway and road are interchangeable. Specifically 23 USC 101: Definitions and declaration of policy, having defined the term highway as including roads, streets and parkways. However, for the purpose of discussion, let us assume that Mr. Krauss meant highways to be defined as main roads (usually connecting cities). His response is therefore meant to be interpreted as: Guyana may have more than 3 paved roads, but only 3 paved main roads. Yet this is not what will be understood by someone whose first introduction to Guyana is this article. His immediate juxtaposition of the dirt roads and villages along rivers in the rainforest lends one to believe that, outside of our three paved highways, this is all that exists.The situation of children going to school in dugout canoes and playing naked is one of an extreme. And even though the article specifies children in “remote areas” it does very little to present what the life of a child living in a non-remote area (say Georgetown), looks like.It truly does not give the reader an understanding of the life that most Guyanese live, and this is done deliberately. Who wants to read about a Third World country where most children go to town on the coastlands by way of regular means of transportation? Schools which manage to produce the Caribbean’s top performers year after year? This is because things like these do not fit your narrative. It does not support the idea that Guyana is a dismally poor (mentioned two separate times as being “one of the poorest countries in South America”, and once as “one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere”), which the jackpot of oil has come to save. I suppose when we are saved, those children may finally be able to afford some clothes.The second paragraph goes on to read, “Hugging the coast are musty clapboard towns like Georgetown, the capital, which seems forgotten by time, honeycombed with canals first built by Dutch settlers and African slaves. The power grid is so unreliable that blackouts are a regular plague in the cities, while in much of the countryside there is no electricity at all.” Here, again, we see purposeful exaggeration where he diminishes cities like Georgetown to “musty, clapboard towns”, giving the reader the imagery of a town comprised of mostly wooden buildings (of a particular style), possessing a stale or mouldy smell; whilst in reality, although Georgetown maintains some old colonial buildings, significant parts of the town have been overcome with newer architecture.The last sentence is again also painfully misleading, as it gives no context to the reader; in this instance, the context being the percentage of the Guyanese population who live within towns and neighbouring areas. While a large part of the country may not have electricity, what percentage of the population live in these areas?Finally, there is one other line that bothers me tremendously. It reads as follows, “A vast majority of college-educated youths emigrate to the United States or Canada, while those who stay behind experience high rates of HIV infection, crime and suicide.” I suppose by simply existing in Guyana I should personally experience HIV infection, crime and suicide?Yes, Guyana has social issues, but to paint the country with such a broad brush, to say that anyone who remains in the country remains to experience these things, is just careless reporting. It does not address the fact that a large part of the reason why HIV infection is so high is due to education, and that certain groups are more vulnerable than others (perhaps because if it had mentioned this nuance, one would see that college educated youths are part of the least at-risk).Perhaps the experience he meant is second hand experience, but even so, the purpose of the sentence is simply to bring up social ails within Guyana. Not once is time taken to explain the things that Guyanese enjoy about Guyana; and the mention of educated youth leaving gives the subtle inference that those who are smart enough and have the ability to leave do. Very little time is taken to address the fact that people may leave (for example, in my instance) to become better educated (in ways that UG cannot provide), or because they simply cannot reach the heights of their careers within Guyana.For example, a budding physicist who wants to work at CERN and leaves his home in Iowa hasn’t left because conditions in Iowa are unbearable, but simply because, for his career, CERN is the best place to be.This article struck a wrong cord with many Guyanese, and we must be vigilant in portraying an accurate image of our country to the rest of the world. Prior to this, Guyana’s calling card has been Jones Town. We are in the public eye now, and we must ensure that we present a favourable image of our country (whilst not ignoring legitimate issues we may have).last_img read more

NLEX set to reacquire Michael Miranda to boost frontcourt

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pacquiao: Mayweather using my name again to get attention Coco Gauff vs. Venus Williams in 1st round of Australian Open LATEST STORIES BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft ONE: Gina Iniong eager to showcase her best in 1st fight of 2020 Roger Federer: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic ‘will win more’ Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? Lacson on Albayalde, ‘ninja cops’ indictment: The law has a ‘very long memory’ OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon Like Miranda, Tiongson also blossomed under Guiao’s tutelage and his transformation did not go unnoticed.“The mere fact that they insisted that he be part of the trade proves how much he has grown. He had actually just been granted a contract renewal with NLEX before the trade, which is an indication that he’s going to be in the league for a while. He has earned it. We’re happy to have been part of his improvement and his development in his career. I wish Juami the best and hope he plays well.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake Michael Miranda set to return to the Road Warriors. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/NLEX Road WarriorsMANILA, Philippines—NLEX is set to reunite with Michael Miranda in a move that would bolster the team’s frontline.In a press release on Tuesday, the Road Warriors said a trade with NorthPort is already in the works involving Miranda and point guard Juami Tiongson.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her “It so happened that Mike was available. Since Mike came from our team before and knows my system, he became a natural consideration,” said NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao.“We did not want to give up Juami, but NorthPort insisted that he be the one included in the deal. We offered our second round picks but they insisted on Juami,” Guiao added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMiranda played for the Road Warriors last year before being included in the three-team deal centered on Poy Erram.The 28-year-old Miranda had his best season yet during his first stint with NLEX where he developed a reliable outside shot apart from his defensive capabilities and the Road Warriors hope the former San Sebastian slotman would pick up where he left off. MOST READlast_img read more

Arsenal in ‘shock Drogba bid’

first_img“The Gunners are aware of internal upheaval at Shanghai where Drogba and ex-Chelsea team-mate Nicolas Anelka have been caught up in a boardroom power struggle,” they added.Drogba and former Chelsea teammate Salomon Kalou were among the goal-scorers as the Ivory Coast twice came from behind to beat Senegal 4-2 in an African Nations Cup qualifier in Abidjan on Saturday.Gervinho and Max Gradel scored the other goals to give the Ivorians a two-goal advantage ahead of next month’s return leg in the final round of preliminaries for the 2013 finals in South Africa.“For the Africa Cup of Nations 2013, I will do everything in order to remain competitive while in China. Don’t worry,” he told L’Equipe before the game.“My start has generated good and bad reviews but I’ve always taken on my choices.”time but we are coming to the decisive moment.”The publication also reports that Juventus who signed Arsenal striker, Nicholas Bendtner on loan have stepped up their interest in winger Theo Walcott who missed England Tuesday night’s World Cup qualifier 1-1 draw against Ukraine with a virus. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, September 12- British publication The Sun claim in an exclusive report that Arsenal want to prise Ivory Coast and former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba away from Shanghai Shenhua.“The Gunners are desperate to find a proven scorer to replace Robin van Persie. And they have made enquiries with the Chinese club to see if there is a way of bringing the striker, 34, back to London,” their website reported.last_img read more

Cervical-cancer vaccine holds further hope

first_img“That could be huge,” Blank said. Gardasil is the only cervical-cancer vaccine on the market, approved for sale in 85 countries and pending approval in 40 more; it has racked up about $1 billion in sales since its June 2006 U.S. launch. GlaxoSmithKline PLC is awaiting approval of its own vaccine, Cervarix. There are more than 60 strains of the HPV virus. About 15 are thought to cause cervical cancer; Gardasil protects against 12 of those, plus two others that cause genital warts but not cancer. Two strains cause 70 percent of cervical cancer. Merck studies following 17,600 young women for three years found the vaccine to be 99 percent effective in blocking those strains. New analysis of that data shows that the vaccine reduced incidence of HPV-caused precancerous lesions by nearly two-thirds for the three next most common HPV strains in North America. While those three strains are less common elsewhere, together they cause about 11 percent of cervical cancer worldwide. “There’s the potential for an additional 30,000 to 40,000 cancer cases being prevented each year,” said Dr. Eliav Barr, head of Merck’s research on infectious disease and vaccines.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TRENTON, N.J. – New data show that a vaccine against the virus that causes cervical cancer partially blocks infection by 10 strains of the virus on top of the four types the vaccine targets. That boosts protection – at least partially – to 90 percent of strains causing the deadly cancer, according to data presented Wednesday at a medical conference by Merck & Co., maker of Gardasil. Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based Merck called it the first evidence of any vaccine providing cross-protection against other strains of the human papilloma virus, or HPV. Dr. Stephanie Blank, a gynecologic oncologist at the NYU Cancer Institute, said the finding could encourage more widespread use of Gardasil in developing countries, where some of the additional strains are more widespread and women rarely get Pap smears to detect early, curable cancers. last_img read more

First steps toward fitness

first_img“All they have to do is understand.” he said. In basketball, for example, toddlers learn to go to the baseline and place their toes on the line. “We make a huge deal about that,” he said. “We reward with stickers and clapping. We focus on what they can do well.” Dribbling, shooting and passing are also taught with parents’ encouragement at each step. “They aren’t 8, they don’t have to master the skill,” said Michelle Ingram, Everett’s mother. “They just have to be exposed to it. “One kid who can’t dribble might not quite get it,” Ingram said. “We applaud all successes.” “There is such a sense of group membership,” said Julia Smith, 40. “Everyone is very enthusiastic and reinforcing.” Smith’s 3-year-old son, Trip, has participated in soccer and basketball and is looking forward to starting soccer next month when the season begins again. Smith says that not only has her son learned to dribble but he has become more independent on and off the court. Ingram believes her son’s successes on the basketball court have made him receptive to learning from other adults. “He has learned that Mommy and Daddy are not the only ones who can teach him,” she said. “It’s a positive atmosphere.” (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2201160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Bolton said after continually observing tots wandering onto fields and gymnasium floors during their older siblings’ sporting events, he got the idea to form a league for toddlers. At one basketball game, he said, a 4-year-old boy ran onto the court, looked at the clock and waited until one second was left. “Then he shot the ball like he was in a real game,” Bolton said. “I realized that we could be missing an entire group of younger kids who could benefit from team sports training.” Bolton said that like learning to speak and even potty training, the children are taught the fundamentals step-by-step. PASADENA – Shout out the word “defense” and 2-year-old Everett Ingram’s arms shoot in the air. Like most toddlers, he probably cannot quite pronounce the word “defense,” but because of his participation in a sports league with other toddlers ages 18 months to 2 years old, Ingram knows exactly what to do with his body on the basketball court. A Step Ahead, a nonprofit organization that offers sports programs for children ages 18 months to 13 years old, has seen the most growth in its youngest divisions, “Hotshots” – for children ages 3 and 4 years old, and “Toddler Shots” – a parent participatory league for kids, which provide an introduction to sports for children still in diapers. The philosophy of the organization is the same for all ages, Executive Director Jacques Bolton said, “It is to teach youths to identify their natural talents.” last_img read more

Gordon Strachan not surprised O’Neill snubbed Scotland and wants Scot to get job

first_imgGordon Strachan has told talkSPORT he wants his successor as Scotland boss to be Scottish.The Scottish Football Association is still searching for a replacement for Strachan, who departed his post in October, after Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill turned down the job.“It is meant to be a Scotland team so Scotland players, a Scotland coach, I prefer it that way,” said Strachan, in an exclusive interview with talkSPORT’s Kick Off show.“Same with England, same with Ireland, Wales as well. That is your national team so that’s the way I would go, unless you are a country that is developing in football that you need a coach to help you along.”Strachan admits he was not surprised that O’Neill, who he coached when Coventry boss, turned down the job after talks with the SFA.“When I met Michael first of all when I started coaching him at Coventry, he always asked questions, he was always willing to take information but at the end of the day he was his own man,” he said.“There was a lot to be thinking about. He could have easily went with it – he lives in Scotland – and he has had a look at it and for whatever reason, I don’t know, he has decided to stay with a group of people that he has worked very well with for the last five years. He knows the people there.“Sometimes you get so long to think, there is so many things come into your thinking and you think well, it seems like a good idea at a time but the longer you have to think of it you think maybe it is not such a good idea.”last_img read more

Legal Secretary Arrested on Forgery, Fraud and Theft Charges

first_imgShe is also accused of theft from the law firm where she was employed.The Shelby County Prosecutor’s Office issued an arrest warrant for Brant and she subsequently turned herself into detectives September 25th. She now faces the following charges:8 counts of Forgery, a level 6 Felony2 counts of Obstruction of Justice, a Level 6 Felony1 Count of Theft, a Level 5 Felony1 Count of Identity Deception, a Level 5 Felony1 Count of Fraud on a Financial Institution, a Level 5 Felony The findings of the investigation were turned over the the Shelby County Prosecutor’s Office. Since an arrest has been made an further inquiries into this case shall be forwarded to the prosecutor’s office. A 36 year old Shelbyville woman has been arrested by the Indiana State Police stemming from a forgery, fraud and theft investigation. The investigation began August 15th, 2018 when a victim contacted the Indiana State Police accusing Heather Brant, a legal secretary at Lishner Law, of producing fraudulent court documents.During the course of the investigation detectives determined Brant allegedly created false court documents and forged signatures of judges, court clerks and prosecutors.last_img read more

Noel’s hoping to be on the top of the bestseller tree for Christmas!

first_imgNoel Sweeney’s recently released autobiography – ‘Don’t say you weren’t Taul!, Noel Sweeney – A Memoir’ has this week hit the Number 1 spot in the Eason’s Bestseller charts. The book is flying off the shelves since it’s launch only a few weeks ago, proving to be a very popular Christmas gift for parents and grandparents alike.Noel said “Finger’s crossed if the book keeps selling this week, I could have my first Christmas No. 1 at the age of 70!”. In this entertaining book, Noel recalls his early days growing up on a small farm in Ballymaleel outside Letterkenny, his successful career in the wedding band Barney and the Circle as well as his many trials and tribulations in building his well-known driving school business Swilly Drive.Noel reminisces about the ‘the auld days’ of being brought up in the 1950s and 1960s, dancing in the Fiesta Ballroom in the mid-1960s and playing music around Donegal in the 1970s and 1980s.He also talks openly about the challenges he faced in life and the many twists and turns in his varied and interesting life.Noel said, “I’ve been blown away by the response and feedback I’ve been getting. I’ve been very humbled by the many compliments and am delighted the book has been selling well. The more books we sell, the more money we raise for the various homeless charities and that’s what’s it all about really.” Noel laughed and said “After spending more than 40 years striving for success in the music business, it turns out my first Number 1 is in literature. It looking like I choose the wrong career all those years ago! If ever I get my hands on that career planning teacher that sent me astray back in the 1960s!’All profits from the book are going to raise much-needed funds for charities supporting the homeless.Don’t Say You Weren’t Taul!, Noel Sweeney – A Memoir can be purchased online at book is also on sale in Eason’s book shops, at the Swilly Group offices and all good local book shops.Noel’s hoping to be on the top of the bestseller tree for Christmas! was last modified: December 20th, 2018 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:bookCHristmasEasonsNoel Sweeneylast_img read more

SA solar plant first for Ekurhuleni

first_img12 October 2012 The City of Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg, showed its commitment to promoting low-carbon technologies when executive mayor Mondli Gungubele unveiled the first solar plant of its kind in South Africa on Friday. The solar power plant, situated at the environmentally friendly OR Tambo Precinct in Wattville outside Benoni, produces about 200 kW of electricity through 860 PV (photovoltaic) solar panels on 2 500 square metres of land, generating enough energy to power about 133 low-cost houses. “This technology is the future in terms of saving the consumption of electricity, taking advantage of the sun as well as keeping our planet green and healthy, which has healthy benefits to us as well,” Gungubele said. “This will go a long way in relieving the surging costs of electricity for the poor.” The solar plant makes further use of specialised techniques such as rammed earth, strawbale and cob wall construction, green roof technology, and thermal mass earth flooring. Project director Tshilidzi Thenga said solar panels harvested the sun’s light and turned it into energy that could be used for a lots of things. “They are also referred to as active solar power producers,” Thenga said. “During the day, if exposed to sunlight, these solar cells will collect the energy that comes from the sun and transform it into electrical power that is stored in special batteries attached to the solar panel,” he said. Asked if the solar power would work at night and during cloudy weather conditions, Thenga said: “The beauty with the type of PV solar panels used here … is that they can still generate electricity even during cloudy weather.” He said the energy produced by the solar pant would be connected to the grid using 18 inverters and one combiner unit. Source: read more