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Illegal dumping a major problem in Derry – Cooper

first_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ “The helpline will assist in providing advice and assistance to the public with excess household waste as a result from staying at home during the current pandemic. Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 WhatsApp Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Cllr Cooper’s statement in full -“I was contacted at the weekend by residents who were angry that a substantial amount of  rubbish had been  dumped in the Marianus Glen area“I have asked the Councils waste enforcement team to visit Marianus Glen and to examine the fly tipping for evidence of the those involved.I have also arranged for the removal of items at Argyle Terrace /Cedar Street which will hopefully be removed by the end of this week.“I remind people that there is  now in place a  new bespoke COVID-19 Waste Support Service and Helpline set up by Derry City and Strabane District Council . Previous articleGardai confirm identity of human remains found in BunbegNext articleMany pubs will be permanently lost if supports aren’t available – VFI News Highland Google+ The new helpline number – 028 71 376590 and will deal solely with the increasing requests from the public regarding excess refuse. It will be manned by a dedicated team of Council staff, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, who will process and categorise all calls. Twitter A Derry and Strabane District Councillor says action will be taken in respect of illegal dumping in areas of the city.Cllr Mickey Cooper says despite the council’s efforts to help people through the establishment of a special Covid-19 helpline, illegal dumping is an issue, and in some cases, the quantities suggest it is being done on almost an industrial scale.Cllr Cooper says incidents in Marianus Glen, Hazelbank and Rosemount are being investigated by the council’s Waste Enforcement team………..Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/mickeycooper-1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Illegal dumping a major problem in Derry – Cooper Pinterest By News Highland – April 20, 2020 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic AudioHomepage BannerNewslast_img read more

Spirituality Mondays examines faith and reason

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s College Spirituality Monday series continued this week with a discussion on spirituality and philosophy with professor Michael M. Waddell, the Edna and George McMahon Aquinas Chair in Philosophy.“This is a series on the intersection of faith and reason, so different faculty members from different departments are speaking on the relationship of faith and reason from their area of expertise,” director of the Center for Spirituality Elizabeth Groppe said.Sponsored by the Center for Spirituality, Spirituality Mondays offer a weekly opportunity for Saint Mary’s faculty, staff and students to gather as a community and share their wisdom through civilized conversation, Groppe said. Waddell opened the discussion by addressing the intersection of faith and reason. When faith and reason meet, the question as to how a spiritual tradition challenges or enhances the exercise of reason in an academic discipline or a profession comes into play, he said. “I’d like to talk today a little bit about the relationship between spirituality and philosophy not just as an academic discipline, but more in a classical sense,” Waddell said. “I’m going to use the term spirituality and the term philosophy in a specific way, but I at least want to clarify that specific sense.” Waddell said he takes his definitions from the classical Greek tradition. “Philosophy was construed in the ancient tradition as love of wisdom,” he said. “And wisdom was construed as knowledge of the highest truth such as matters of the cause of all existence [and] the purpose of human life. “Knowledge would have to do with the smaller domains. Knowledge might tell you how to change the tire on your car. It might tell you how a cell functions, but wisdom was the glue that held it all together. Wisdom is a kind of a specific mode of knowledge.” In order to draw the parallel between faith and reason, Waddell said he drew from the elements of the Christian faith. “This is a horrible oversimplification, but for my purposes I’m going to take Christian faith to stand for spirituality,” he said. “There is no doubt there is a talk to be given about how those beliefs have interacted with philosophy. I think for example, Neoplatism. Christian [faith] is trickier.” Discussing the encounter between Western philosophy and Christian faith, Waddell said he considered scholarly ideas previously developed by St. Augustine of Hippo and St. Thomas Aquinas. “In book 13 of ‘De Trinitate,’ Augustine observes that all people want happiness.,” he said. “We know that Aristotle said essentially the same thing. So this was a claim that was generally accepted to be true.“The kind of happiness we desire which Augustine takes to be an immortal life of the body and the soul, it’s some kind of resurrection of the body in which we only desire good things and we have all the things we desire. This is what Augustine thinks constitutes the [definition of faith].” Waddell said humans universally long for something only attainable through the Christian faith. “Philosophy finds its true fulfillment in Christian faith,” he said. “[Augustine] means the basic intuition all the philosophers shared. He means all philosophy needs Christian faith to be fully complete. Philosophy seems to reveal to us aspirations of human existence.” Waddell said he then reflected on a passage of Aquinas’s Summa Theologica. “Aquinas is discussing the nature of faith, and he appeals to two definitions that are handed down from the tradition where we read faith as the substance of things,” he said. One of the definitions of faith Aquinas gestures toward in faith is thinking with assent, Waddell said. “There are lots of ways to use the word ‘thinking’ to describe an intellectual activity from moving from one idea to the next,” he said. “Thomas says that in order to understand what Augustine means, we have to keep in mind this second sense of thinking.’”All of these observations motivate the theme of Spirituality Mondays, Waddell said.“We have firm adherence to the truth of proposition, yet faith is different from knowledge,” he said. “[It] is not grounded in the intellectual apprehension. I would also say that God is Trinity, and yet I can’t prove to you that God is Trinity, so the level of assent or conviction is different. “Faith is different from knowledge. It is a certainty that arises from an act of will. There’s a sense that’s motivated by will. When Aquinas says faith is thinking with assent, it’s not grounded in knowledge.” Waddell said Aquinas’s discussion of Augustine’s definition of faith has an important implication. “To say that faith is thinking with assent is to say that faith, by its very nature, must always be exploring,” he said. “Because these questions deal with the highest truth, faith must be seeking the kind of understanding philosophers call wisdom. Faith needs the activity of reason.” Augustine’s view suggests that the aspirations of philosophy find reason in faith, and Waddell said philosophy teaches mankind that the purpose of existence is pursuable only through faith. “The discipline of philosophy is to challenge faith, but rather in a way that brings to fruition that [which] brings the way of philosophy’s nature,” he said. Tags: Spirituality Mondayslast_img read more

16 days agoArsenal midfielder Torreira determined to make it under Emery

first_imgArsenal midfielder Torreira determined to make it under Emeryby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira is determined to make it under manager Unai Emery.Only five team-mates played more minutes in all competitions than Torreira last season.But asked about his drop down the pecking order this term, Torreira said: “I don’t know whether I’d say it’s frustrating.“All players want to play, they obviously want to be in the starting XI – that’s completely normal.“But that’s not something that depends on me.“It’s down to the coach to make those decisions and really I have to respect that. Right now it’s about not giving up.“You have to continue working hard and whether I’m playing in the starting XI or from the bench I want to give my all for the team. That’s the kind of player I am.“I like to give 100 per cent for the shirt to help my team-mates and to give the fans something to cheer about.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Shares of Dropbox surge in first day of trading

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Shares of the digital file storage company Dropbox soared Friday in their stock market debut.The stock rose $7.48, or 35.6 per cent, to close Friday at $28.48 in its first day of trading on Nasdaq. It had climbed as high as $31.60 during the day.The San Francisco company offered about 26.8 million shares of stock at $21 apiece, while selling shareholders were offering about 9.2 million shares. It had expected to price the shares in a range of $18 to $20.The company, founded 11 years ago, boasts about 500 million users. It provides services for backing up documents, photos and video. It competes with smaller rival Box Inc., which went public two years ago, as well as technology behemoths Google, Microsoft and Amazon.last_img

Initial public offerings scheduled to debut next week

first_imgNEW YORK — The following is a list of initial public offerings planned for the coming week. Sources include IPO ETF manager Renaissance Capital, and SEC filings.Week of Nov. 26.No IPOs scheduled for next week.The Associated Presslast_img

GM says it has 2700 jobs for workers slated to be laid

first_imgDETROIT — The General Motors’ massive 14,000-person layoff announced last month might not be as bad as originally projected.The company said Friday that 2,700 out of the 3,300 factory jobs slated for elimination will now be saved by adding jobs at other U.S. factories. Blue-collar workers in many cities will still lose jobs when GM shutters four U.S. factories next year. But most could find employment at other GM plants. Some would have to relocate.GM still plans to lay off about 8,000 white-collar workers and another 2,600 factory workers in Canada.In November, GM announced plans to end production at the U.S. factories and one in Ontario as part of a restructuring.Legislators and President Donald Trump have hammered GM over the layoffs. GM says the factory hires were in the works before its announcement.Tom Krisher, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Canadian Oil prices expected to improve in 2019

first_imgCALGARY, AB – With increased demand, improved refineries, improving transportation capacity and mandatory productions cuts, prices should improve in 2019 says Deloitte’s Resource Evaluation and Advisory (REA) group.In its latest report, Deloitte says these factors should begin to reduce the current oversupply of Canadian oil and help with WTI prices that were present in the final quarter of 2018.“The severe imbalance between Canada’s production and its capacity to export that oil caused Canadian oil price benchmarks to collapse over the past few months,” says Andrew Botterill, Partner, REA group. “Heavy oil differentials were as high as US$45 per barrel in mid-November while light oil differentials reached as much as US$35 per barrel, although they did begin to drop back slightly toward the end of the year as refineries in the U.S Midwest returned to more normal utilization rates for Canadian oil.” Botterill noted storage stockpile volumes in Alberta rose to approximately 35 million barrels in 2018 yet the Canadian supply remains an issue. With the Alberta Government imposing mandatory production cuts which take place in January, this should reduce production by 325,000 barrels a day until the excess storage volumes dissipate, after which the cuts will drop to 95,000 barrels a day for the rest of 2019.Deloitte expects this will decrease discrepancies for Canadian oil price benchmarks and increase provincial royalty revenues in Alberta and in Saskatchewan, where there are no mandatory production cuts but where crude prices will also rise because of the reduction in oversupply.Canadian oil prices should also strengthen in 2019 because of improved export capacity as a result of the Alberta government’s plan to purchase additional rail cars to transport crude oil and the extra rail cars should increase exports by 120,000 barrels a day by 2020. With expanded capacity of Enbridge’s Line 3 Pipeline will add approximately 370,000 barrels a day of export capacity, an increase of about nine percent. The pipeline transports a variety of Canadian crude oil to the United States notes Deloitte.“Increased demand for Canadian oil from Alberta’s Sturgeon refinery and from U.S. Gulf Coast refineries looking to replace some of their heavy crude supplies that used to come from Mexico and Venezuela is another reason we expect the price differential with WTI to continue narrowing in 2019 and beyond,” says Botterill. “At this point, we are forecasting a price of US$58per barrel for WTI this year and C$50 per barrel for WCS”.Botterill says Deloitte expects Canadian natural gas prices to continue to trail behind the Henry Hub benchmark in 2019 despite some recent gains. No near term growth is expected for Canadian natural gas production because of high U.S. production rates and the possibility that short-term demand in Alberta could slow as oil sands producers – whose extraction efforts account for about 40 percent of natural gas consumption in the province – scale back their operations due to the mandatory production cuts. Several natural gas producers continue to take advantage of any available price diversification opportunities, however, including shipping volumes to East Coast markets where prices are higher.“We expect low AECO prices to continue for several years given the current situation,” says Botterill. “Our current forecast for AECO is C$1.75 per Mcf in 2019 while Henry Hub should be US$3 per Mcf.” For Deloitte’s December 31, 2018 oil and gas price forecast; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Westcoast amusements will return to Fort St John

first_imgFor more information about the event, click here. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Facebook is buzzing after Westcoast Amusements posted they are coming back to Fort St. John this May.The travelling carnival hasn’t been in Fort St. John for a number of years due to problems with finding a proper location to set up.  The Facebook Event says the carnival will be in town on May 24 to 26 on the lot across from the Totem Mall.Last spring the Mall put up a temporary fence around the property was being used as a parking lot, and people had been dumping fluids there as well.last_img

Allison Mack pleads guilty in sex cult case

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Allison Mack, best known for hit series ‘Smallville’, has pleaded guilty in a case related to sex cult NXIVM. Mack, 36, who was arrested last year, has been accused of blackmailing two women into having sex with the group’s leader Keith Raniere. Raniere was also arrested last year and has pleaded not guilty to charges against him. Appearing at a federal court in Brooklyn recently, Mack pleaded guilty on two counts – racketeering conspiracy and racketeering, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She admitted that she coerced the women into performing services for Raniere by threatening to release damaging information about them. “I believed Keith Raniere’s intentions were to help people … and I was wrong,” a teary-eyed Mack said in the court. Prosecutors have alleged that over the past two decades Raniere established a series of purported self-help programs under the name NXIVM, based in Albany, New York, with centres in the United States, Mexico, Canada and South America. Mack and other cults “masters” allegedly recruited slaves by telling them they were joining a “women-only organisation that would empower them and eradicate purported weaknesses that NXIVM taught were common in women.”last_img read more

Samsung rings in A series flagship to wrest back phone market share

first_imgBangkok: South Korean electronics major Samsung Wednesday unveiled the A80 model, the flagship of its A series mid-range mobile phones which are expected to play a key role in its efforts to wrest back lost market share from Chinese competitors in India. As part of its strategy to take on competitors such as Xiaomi, Huawei and OnePlus, Samsung had last year said it would introduce latest innovative features on its A series of devices as well instead of just the top-end Note and S smartphone series. The company is expected to launch in India the A70 model – which has already been globally unveiled soon – later this month, followed by the A80. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The Galaxy A Series provides a range of models so everyone can choose a device that fits their unique needs and enables them to pursue their passions. The Galaxy A80 offers premium features for digital natives who want to fully engage in the Era of Live,” Samsung Electronics President and CEO, IT and Mobile Communication Division, DJ Koh said while unveiling the A80 here. Samsung Electronics has set a revenue target of USD 4 billion in 2019 from its A series alone in India as compared to an insignificant contribution to its total mobile revenue of around Rs 36,700 crore in FY2017-18 when it had just two models A7 and A9 under the series. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostWith Chinese players denting the company’s share in the mobile handset market impacting its leadership position, Samsung had refreshed its strategy to bring its top-end innovative features to the mid-range instead of restricting those to top-end models. While Samsung usually cites GfK data, reports from other research organisations like IDC and Counterpoint have positioned Xiaomi to be ahead of Samsung (in terms of units shipped) for many quarters now. Samsung currently sells A10, A20, A30 and A50 models under the A series priced between Rs 8,490 and going up to Rs 22,990 at present in India. “The A80 will be the flagship of the A series. It has been designed to cater to the changing consumer pattern from the era of self to the era of live (video),” Samsung Electronics Regional Product Manager Adele Tan said. Company officials said the A series will play a key role in Samsung’s strategy to enhance sales, especially in the mid-range segment. As part of the strategy, the company has planned to launch at least one new model under the series every month in the first half of 2019 in India. Among other features, the A80 has an innovative camera mechanism that delivers the same triple camera experience with the same high-resolution lens, for both front and rear. When users select the selfie mode in the camera app, the three cameras automatically pops up from the back of the phone and rotate. While the main camera is 48MP, the ultra wide has 8MP and the 3D depth camera offers Live Focus videos by scanning objects for measurement and depth.last_img read more

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