Donegal company’s anger at seven year wait on aquaculture license

first_imgDonegal salmon producer Marine Harvest Ireland (MHI), has expressed disappointment at the latest delay in reaching a decision on a finfish license application in Bantry Bay, originally submitted to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in 2011.The application for a site at Shot Head was last approved by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in September 2015 but was subsequently appealed to the Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board (ALAB).MHI were among the appellants since some of the conditions set-down in the licence rendered it unfit for purpose and grossly out-of-kilter with international best practice. Having indicated it would reach a decision by October 2018, ALAB has now stated that it is extending its latest deadline until June 30th, 2019.The application is the preferred single licence size for MHI’s organic operations and is smaller than its very successful and well-established operations at Clare Island off the Mayo coast.It involves an investment of €3.5 million which would initially create six full-time jobs during the farm set-up and a further two additional jobs when fully operational.The company would also commission a marine vessel with a local shipbuilder to service the Shot Head site. A spokesperson stated: “While respecting ALAB’s mandate and independence, Marine Harvest Ireland (MHI) wishes to place on record its disappointment that a final decision still hasn’t been reached on an application which the company originally applied for, to the Department of Agriculture in 2011.“Seven years later, we are told that the decision won’t be taken until the middle of next year at the earliest. It sends out a very negative message to the Irish aquaculture sector and doesn’t provide any of the certainty which is necessary for those seeking to invest and create employment in the industry.“Those who end up bearing the brunt of this inaction and suffering most, are our workers who don’t have the certainty and security of regular work because we cannot grow enough fish.“The Minister for Agriculture has been asked to address the serious bottlenecks in the aquaculture licencing system in an independent report commissioned by his own Department which was published in May 2017. MHI and the IFA have asked the Minister to implement the recommendations of the report to break the never-ending cycle of unnecessary delays. As it stands, ALAB is quite obviously under-resourced.“It needs to be given adequate resources to do its job, especially with the Minister putting further work its way by making promises about clearing the backlog of licence applications and committing to the issuance of 300 shellfish licences both this year and next. “MHI has €22million earmarked for investment in Irish sites which would create 250 jobs in rural, coastal locations. Ireland’s failure to meet aquaculture targets set out in various Government strategy documents will result in lost income of €1.3billion by 2020 if no tangible, progressive action is taken by the Department,” concluded the spokesperson.With global demand for reliable sources of quality protein increasing rapidly, Marine Harvest Ireland already contributes over €21million to the domestic economy annually with some 800 Irish suppliers presently doing business with the company here.MHI is a subsidiary of the Marine Harvest ASA headquartered in Norway, it is a global-force in aquaculture with more than 13,200 employees operating across 24 countries worldwide and servicing 70 markets across the globe.The company had a turnover of almost €3.6billion in 2017 and is prepared to invest in market opportunities that offer growth potential. To that end, it has recently approved an £80 million investment in Scotland.Marine Harvest has operated successfully in Ireland for 39 years to employing approximately 300 people between its salmon farms and hatcheries in Donegal, Mayo, Galway, Cork and Kerry. Donegal company’s anger at seven year wait on aquaculture license was last modified: September 7th, 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)last_img read more

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DD Motoring: How Santa brought Brian McDaid his first set of wheels

first_imgThis week our motoring columnist Brian McDaid takes us back five decades when he asked Santa for his first set of wheels.Dear Santa50 years ago this week it wasn’t a motoring column I was trying to put together, it was a deadline with a difference in the form of a letter to Santa. Advertisement A couple of weeks later Santa awakened me on Christmas Eve in his big red coat when he experienced a bit of Christmas turbulence as he tried to deliver this future motoring correspondent first set of wheels.Not happy to leave it down beside the tree Santa landed the bike right up beside my bed.Santa seemed to trip over his big coat and fell in between the two beds and on top of my bike. We were giggling under the blankets but dare not take a look out in case Santa wouldn’t leave us anything.Mammy wasn’t a bit impressed. Advertisement “For God’s Sake, would you get up out of there……. Santa.”First Test Drive.On Christmas morning heavy snow prevented a spin out on the new bike. So I had to settle for round and round the kitchen table.On that first test drive, I noticed things weren’t right. Going around the table clockwise was no problem but any effort to circumnavigate in an anticlockwise fashion and I would fall off the bike.On a closer inspection, my father noticed my new bike was missing a stabiliser. Missing a stabiliser my mother chipped in, it was just like Santa was last night. She said he could have done with two stabilisers or three. I later found the broken stabiliser at the scene of Santa’s Christmas Eve’s collision up at at the side of my bed.A view of what MY first set of wheel might have look like back in 1968.The snow eventually clear that year the boy on the blue bike slightly tilted over to his left as he learned to ride his new bike was me.For the last 50 years, I think about that Christmas of 1968 and try and keep the memories in my mind.Style Council. 1968.Neilus McDaid on his red tricycle as he wheels in for the photo shoot at the front door of number 27. He is pictured with Brian in the black coat Cathal in the leopard print reversible jacket all the way from Australia. They are pictured with their cousin Josephine McDaid. Picture By Mary Ellen McDaid.Unfortunately, my brothers were either too young to remember this or my have just blanked it out of their mind by way of dealing with it. Recently my memories were starting to fade from then but that all change this week when a letter arrived on the run into Christmas.A treasured letter with the name of the sender. Mary E. McDaid in beautiful handwriting returns to Glencar 50 years after it was sent in 1969.While all I was worried about that year was that Santa would get my letter for my bike My mother Mary Ellen was writing to her sister on the other side of the world in Australia.Her sister Margaret Devine kept the last letter from her sister Mary Ellen closed to here heart for nearly 50 years and this year she returned it to sender’s address back home from Australia to Glencar.Her letter to her sister includes a lot about her life and her young children growing up, the joys of receiving, a celebration of events and investing in the future of her dressmaking business.In Wolfe Tone Place our kitchen comes sitting room doubled up as a designers catwalk and dressmakers workshop with the constant hum of a singer sewing machine. Smoke and skirts made to order.The front door knocker never cooled with customers arriving with rolls of material under their arm which my mother turned into the fashion piece of the day.That all came to an end in 1969 the year she penned this letter to her sister and spent much of that autumn in hospital in both Dublin and finally in Letterkenny before passing away on the 2nd of January 1970.Here is an extract from her letter from nearly 50 years ago.27 Wolfe Tone PlaceLetterkenny13th Jan ’69.Well, Margaret, the parcel arrived safe and sound and such excitement as the contents caused. The jumpers fitted beautifully and Nelius hit on the duffle Jacket. I can tell you it was well tried on by Brian before he finally handed it over to Nelius.The shirts and tee shirts are ideal too. It was like a fashion show here for a while and Brian told his teacher all about the things that arrived.I have a jumper “on the needles” since last May and it still on the needles. You never sent me the measurements for your two girls, try and remember the next time you write which I hope will be very soon.We had a real Christmas card Christmas this year. It started snowing on Christmas Eve Morning and lasted the whole day and looked lovely, but really put a damper on the shopping.I went down home to the foot of the town in the morning with three of the children and nearly got stranded there for Christmas.Brian was five on Saturday. It is very dark in the morning for school here as the clocks didn’t go back this year and the children need armbands or luminous cases or bags going out.Did I tell you I was in the hospital in October with threatening pleurisy, but they only kept me in nine days and sent me home again without any treatment?I do believe it was muscular rheumatism I had, they do say the symptoms are much the same, anyway I am well again thank god.It was like emergency ward 10 here that week after I left all the children and Fred with tonsillitis and the doctor attending them all.Bida took Cathal & Sadie took Peadar and Fred kept the two bigger boys, you couldn’t get a young girl here now at all for a housekeeper with the free education- now they’re all at school.I got myself a new singer sewing machine, one of the golden panoramics with a cabinet for it and its just like a nice little sideboard when its closed up.Return to Sender, A later from 50 years ago sent back from Australia . Photo Brian McDaidAs you can guess I’m still at the sewing and it doesn’t take much time now or material to cover the young girls. If anything they are shorter this year than ever.Of course, on some they look very nice, buts it’s not always the young who have them so short.It just feels like yesterday this week reading my mothers letter as she described things just as I remembered them all they years ago.When my mum passed away the rattle of the singer sewing Machine went silent and my father couldn’t bear the look of it closed up sitting up by the front window.So the representative from Singer came and took it away. For thirty years we never thought much about it until a friend of mine, Monica Murphy told me she bought it off that same rep who was staying in her B&B.The old Singer Panoramic Gold sewing machine and the letter to Australia from 50 years ago back in Glencar again this week. Photo Brian McDaidMonica gave me my mother’s sewing machine when she closed her business on the Port Rd. It came complete with scribbling on the operating manual that I was blamed for a small boy with a crayon years before.This week her panoramic gold sewing machine complete with its sideboard was united with the letter to Australia they both bring beautiful memories back to Glencar.That broken stabiliser on my first set of wheels was a good lesson in life for me to understand that things are not always perfect. but you’ll get thereHappy Motoring FolksThanks to My Auntie Margaret and Santa… of course.DD Motoring: How Santa brought Brian McDaid his first set of wheels was last modified: November 22nd, 2018 by Brian McDaidShare 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:Brian McDaidCHristmasmotorslast_img read more

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Select Walt Disney World Resort Restaurants Available on OpenTable

first_imgShare This!One of the news pieces that popped up all over Twitter over the holiday weekend was that select Walt Disney World Resort Restaurants are now going to be available for Guests to book via the popular reservation site, OpenTable. It seems that several Disney Springs and Walt Disney Swan & Dolphin dining establishments had been on the site for a while, but actual Walt Disney World owned and operated restaurants are now popping up for Guests to be able to make reservations. Options for Walt Disney World restaurants that are now included on OpenTable are:Flying Fish at Disney’s BoardWalkBoatright’s at Disney’s Port Orleans RiversideSanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom LodgeOlivia’s Cafe at Disney’s Old Key WestArtist Point at Disney’s Wilderness LodgeGrand Floridian Cafe at Disney’s Grand Floridian ResortThe Wave at Disney’s Contemporary ResortKona at Disney’s Polynesian Village ResortIn order to book a reservation via OpenTable, you will need to create an account so that you can receive details regarding your reservation.One of the biggest differences between using the Walt Disney World Advance Dining Reservations system vs using OpenTable is that with OpenTable, you won’t need to put down a credit card on file to make a reservation. Do keep in mind that you don’t want to abuse OpenTable’s system because you could be blocked from using in the future if you abuse it too much.Currently, reservations are only available through the end of February for these Disney specific restaurants, however, if you are wanting to dine at one of these restaurants and they are unavailable via the MyDisneyExperience app, this is a great place to look. I suspect if this option works well for these restaurants, you will see additional dates open up.last_img read more

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Acer unveils Chromebase PC

first_imgAcer has just unveiled the Chromebase. It is being called the “first all-in-one Chrome OS desktop with touch display”. The price of the Chromebase is not known yet. The device will be touch-enabled and is expected to be available in Q2 later this year. The device sports a 21.5-inch full HD IPS display touchscreen and is powered by a Nvidia Tegra K1 processor along with 4GB RAM. Other specifications are expected to be revealed prior to the actual launch. Acer is also going to offer 100GB of Google Drive storage for a period of two years. Connectivity options on the PC include USB 3.0, USB 2.0 ports, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n. There is also a HD webcam as well as an integrated 3W speakers. Acer has also claimed that the device will boot in 10 seconds and “has multiple layers of security built-in with automatic system updates.last_img read more

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Jallikattu protest: Sasikala releases statement blaming DMK, PETA for ban on sport

first_imgThe state of Tamil Nadu is seeing a huge number of protests being carried out by students, youths and lay men and all for just one cause, protection of the tradition of Tamil culture and the lifting of the ban on jallikattu.Unable to handle the multitude of protests in Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai and many other districts, the state government bowed down. Chief Minister O Panneerselvam is set to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow to seek an ordinance to facilitate jallikattu. He also released a statement explaining the measures taken by AIADMK and its former leader Jayalalithaa to lift the ban and requested the protesters to give up their peaceful fight.In a matter of hours, AIADMK’s General Secretary VK Sasikala released her own statement, where she clearly stated that AIADMK fought to the maximum extent for jallikattu and that it was DMK and its ally Congress which brought in the ban.Also Read: Jallikattu row: AIADMK chief Sasikala writes to PM, wants change in law Sasikala also made a strong allegation against PETA calling it a foreign organisation which had tried to cause potential damage to the culture and tradition of Tamil Nadu and that AIADMK will ensue a legal battle to stop it from acting.”The law is for the people and the people are not for the law. So keeping this in mind many changes, amendments and ordinances have been brought to many laws earlier and in such a way an ordinance should be brought to the PTA Act too,” she stated.advertisementShe also asked the Center to take in consideration the various, letters, requests and petitions Jayalalithaa has earlier filed on the issue and also gave her word that AIADMK stands in solidarity with the people who have unanimously protested for jallikattu in the State.Meanwhile, 31 colleges that participated in today’s protests have announced that they will remain shut tomorrow as well.Also Watch: Panneerselvam to meet PM Modi for ordinance on resumption of jallikattu Also Read: Jallikattu: Tamil Nadu CM to meet PM Narendra Modi tomorrow to ask for ordinance, wants protest withdrawnJallikattu: Thousands protest at Chennai’s Marina Beach; 31 colleges to be shut tomorrowlast_img read more

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World Cup 2018: Cristiano Ronaldo best in the world, says Portugal coach

first_imgCometh the hour, cometh the man and where football is concerned there is no man quite like Cristiano Ronaldo.The Real Madrid forward was superb in Portugal’s 3-3 World Cup draw with Spain on Friday, giving his team the perfect start with a penalty, putting them 2-1 ahead and popping up at the death, cool as you like, to whip home a free kick and complete a magnificent hat-trick.”I have said it so many times,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos told reporters. “Cristiano is the best in the world.”World Cup 2018: Cristiano Ronaldo strokes his chin to signal he is GOATThe hottest debate in football over the last decade has been between those who think Ronaldo is the greatest and those who prefer Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.With both players now into their 30s – Ronaldo is 33 – the Russia World Cup could be the last chance for them to stake their claims at international level and the Portuguese made the best possible start.Also Read – Ronaldo’s 51st hat-trick and Nacho’s sensational goal: Football at its bestHis three goals against Spain made him the oldest man to score a hat-trick in the World Cup Finals and only the fourth to net in four consecutive global showpiece tournaments.Known for his impressive physique, Ronaldo is often criticised for his preening but on a warm and humid night by the Black Sea, coach Santos lauded his striker not for his muscles but for his mind.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEadvertisement”More important than his physical form is his mental form, he has incredible mental endurance,” Santos said. “He is in great physical shape and has an incredible mind and that is what makes him one of the best in the world. He raised the team, he had absolute trust in the team.”In a television debate this week, Brazilian great Tostao called Messi the better of the two stars but his assessment came with a kicker that rang all the more true after Friday’s man of the match performance.Ronaldo, he said, “is perhaps the greatest goalscorer in the history of football”.No one who watched his clinical performance in Sochi could disagree and they will be eagerly awaiting more.The good news is there is almost certainly more to come.When the pressure is on, Ronaldo is the main man.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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Team improves structural health monitoring with magnetostrictive transducer

Explore further “The MsT system offers the next level of signal strength. This user-friendly technology more precisely locates structural issues,” said Dr. Sergey Vinogradov, an SwRI staff engineer who led the initiative to improve the sensor. “It is an extremely reliable, state-of-the-art, durable sensor that you can install just about anywhere from subsea to open space.”The circular, hard-shell MsT sensor clamps around pipes and other structures and is available in circumferences ranging from one-half inch to 70 inches. It detects material flaws, corrosion and areas at risk of developing cracks and leaks. At just 1.1 inches wide, MsT uses less shear-wave couplant, a gel that aids energy transmission, and requires less clamping force when dry coupled, meaning when no couplant is used.The MsT sensor can be permanently installed on a structure to provide ongoing monitoring. A battery-operated hub collects and wirelessly transmits data from the sensor and can connect to multiple sensors at once. The hub can be programmed to change the sensors’ frequencies automatically to meet industry safety standards, which require a structure be tested using at least two frequencies. Flexible piezoelectric acoustic sensors for speaker recognition The user-friendly MsT sensor automatically adjusts frequencies to inspect structures, which reduces human error. At just 1.1 inches wide, MsT can squeeze into compact areas. The MsT can now scan a structure in segments, providing more precise and thorough inspections. Credit: Southwest Research Institute Dr. Sergey Vinogradov, an SwRI staff engineer and expert in sensor systems and nondestructive evaluation technology, holds the improved MsT device. The circular, hard-shell MsT sensor clamps around pipes and other metal and nonmetal structures and is available in a variety of circumferences. It detects material flaws, corrosion and areas at risk of developing breaks, cracks and leaks. Credit: Southwest Research Institute This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. “The MsT is compact and easy to install, but it’s also more convenient. With this improved sensor, the operator does not change hardware to change frequencies. And this function is automated, which reduces human error,” Vinogradov said. “This feature is especially useful when the sensors need to be installed at multiple, hard-to-access locations daily.”High temperatures accelerate corrosion in metal structures. For that reason, MsT is designed to withstand up to 500 degrees Celsius (932 F). It can be installed on extremely hot structures to detect weaknesses and can also withstand temperatures significantly below freezing.Additionally, the sensor can now scan a structure in segments, providing more thorough inspections. MsT has also made the time-consuming task of shifting from transversal to longitudinal guided waves easier with the flip of a built-in switch. Longitudinal waves are ideal for buried pipes, while transversal waves are better for inspecting structures filled with fluids.This past spring, the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) presented Vinogradov with the 2018 Research Recognition for Innovation Award for the MsT sensor. The award recognizes highly distinguished breakthroughs in nondestructive evaluation and testing research.Vinogradov and his team are showcasing the MsT sensor at the ASNT Annual Meeting, October 28—30, 2018, at booth 932 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Provided by Southwest Research Institute Citation: Team improves structural health monitoring with magnetostrictive transducer (2018, October 29) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-team-health-magnetostrictive-transducer.html A new, more powerful generation of a patented Southwest Research Institute magnetostrictive sensor withstands extreme temperatures, automatically adjusts frequencies and incorporates a stronger magnet. The compact magnetostrictive transducer (MsT) more accurately detects potential problems in oil, gas and chemical industry metal and nonmetal structures such as pipelines, storage tanks and anchor rods. read more

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