first_img Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Pinterest Electric Picnic Facebook WhatsApp News Twitter 139 days after the country went to the polls to vote in the General Election – it finally looks like we will have a new government.Negotiating teams for Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and the Green Party thrashed out a Programme For Government over the last number of weeks.That deal was agreed last week and was put before the members of the three parties who were asked to vote on whether they agreed with it or not.And with all three now in agreement, it is likely that Fianna Fail’s Michael Martin will be elected Taoiseach at a special Dail sitting in the Convention Centre tomorrow.The first vote back in was the Fine Gael party who accepted the deal by 80% Yes to 20% No.The party uses an electoral college system for votes of this nature that is weighted heavily in favour of the parliamentary party members, comprised of TDs, MEPs and Senators.50% of the vote goes for the Fine Gael parliamentary party, 25% to the membership, 15% to their executive and 10% to the elected councillors.The Parliamentary Party approved the deal (90-10%), as did Constituency Delegates (71-29%) and Executive Council (85-15%). The Council of Local Representatives was closer but it was still approved by 57% Yes to 43% No.The second vote returned was Fianna Fail. 14,375 people were eligible to vote and 11,071 of them did so.In the end, 74% were in favour and 26% against – so once again it was overwhelmingly passed.Both Fianna Fail and Fine Gael only required a simple majority of greater than 50% to pass the deal but the Green Party needed 66% and their vote was in last.1,892 votes were cast 1,435 voted yes. 457 voted no. So it got 76% yes and 24% No.SEE ALSO – CONFIRMED: GAA unveil revised inter-county schedule for remainder of 2020 Twitter TAGSFianna FailFine GaelProgramme for GovernmentThe Green Party Home News BREAKING: Ireland set to get new government as Fine Gael, Fianna Fail… News Facebook Previous articleCoronavirus Daily Noticeboard – Friday, June 26, 2020Next articleDeaths in Laois – Saturday, June 27, 2020 Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Electric Picnic Pinterest BREAKING: Ireland set to get new government as Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and Green Party members vote for deal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Alan Hartnett – 26th June 2020 WhatsApp Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

first_img GoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ The late, great Chester Williams wanted the University of the Western Cape to be regularly competing for the Varsity Cup title by 2022, writes DYLAN JACK.Williams, who guided UWC into the Varsity Cup, passed away suddenly from a heart attack in Cape Town last year.UWC director of sport Mandla Gagayi appointed Williams in one of his first tasks after arriving at the university in 2015. Working closely with then club chairman Phillip October as well as Thelo Wakefield, Gert Smal and Paul Treu from Western Province Rugby, they identified Williams as the best candidate to carry out UWC’s ambitions.After being allowed to build his own side, Williams set about proving that UWC were ready for the Varsity Cup by getting his side to score 50 points in six of their nine games in 2018 as they won promotion from the Shield after demolishing WSU in the final.‘He told us that when he started in 2015, we should be mindful of the fact that he is inheriting a team that he did not select,’ Gagayi told SARugbymag.co.za. ‘He told us not to expect too much from his first season because he needed a chance to build his own team. We understood that. In 2016, we lost the final against Wits, but that was expected.‘So, come 2018, that was the time when he could recruit his own team. In 2018, he told us that we were going to win the Varsity Shield. But if we wanted to get into the Varsity Cup and compete, we needed to win each game by no less than 50 points. To him, that was the standard that showed we did not belong in the Varsity Shield. If we only beat these teams by three to five points, it meant that we were not ready for the Varsity Cup.‘In 2019, when we got to Varsity Cup, the plan for the first season was to stay in the tournament. We were not going to win it, we just needed to get there and adapt. Luckily the competition at that stage was still in a two-year cycle.‘In the second year, which is this year, he wanted us to finish in the top five. Come 2021 and 2022, he wanted us to either play in the semi-finals of the Varsity Cup or win the final. That was his plan, by 2022 he wanted us to win the Varsity Cup.’*Follow us on our new Instagram journey by clicking hereGiven the resources that UWC have, especially when compared to bigger universities like Maties, UP-Tuks and UCT, Williams’ plan may seem ambitious. However, Gagayi details that Williams wanted to specifically target players who wanted to study at UWC.‘His plan to ensure that happened was that we were never going to go out and buy players. We would target young players. His belief was that if a player was hungry to go to Maties, for example, that player is not strong enough, he just wants to play with the stars. He wanted to look for players who specifically wanted to come to UWC. Those players would want to make a difference. They would know that UWC is not up there and would want to be part of history.‘His philosophy of the sport, Chester was not a traditional coach. He was what we can call a manager. To him, he was not looking at the students as just players on the field. He made sure that he knew every player’s schedule. He knew every player’s timetable. He knew when the players were writing tests or exams and he knew if a player was struggling at home. To him, they were his children. It was not just another team that he is coaching.‘Most of his stress was about his players. If you had followed him on WhatsApp, his status was always I am available 24/7. He used to tell his players to call him, even if they were stuck somewhere at 1am. That was the kind of person he was.’UWC entrusted the continuation of Williams’ plans to assistant coaches Lionel Langenhoven and Bolla Conradie.‘What I am happy about currently is that the foundation that he laid has filtered through, even though he is no longer around. The team still has that discipline. What he did well was to appoint people that he knew would never betray his philosophy as his assistants. One of the biggest problems in South African rugby is that you have a head coach and assistant who think in different ways. He believed in Lionel and Bolla, if there were there, they would do the job. That’s why he allowed Lionel to coach in the Super League. I think he was looking ahead. He knew at some point, that Lionel would have to step up. Fortunately, he impressed us in the league. He finished in the top six, which we had never done.‘That helps us. We don’t have to keep going back and saying what would Chester do. We know that Lionel is doing exactly what Chester would do.’Photo: Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images Watch: I wanted to rip Jean’s head off – Jaque FourieSA Rugby MagUndo ‘ ‘ 熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAaron Smith names South African as greatest World Cup scrumhalfSA Rugby MagUndoJapan-based Kiwi player: I hope to never experience this againSA Rugby MagUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndo World Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVMaverick coach Eddie Jones has named his Test dream team made up of players he has worked with throughout his illustrious career.SA Rugby MagUndoLoans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? 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first_img AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Biomethane obtained from cattle manure and straw has been connected to England’s national grid’s Gas National Transmission System for the first time. Ian Radley, the head of gas systems operations at National Grid, said biomethane will play a critical role in decarbonising their gas networking, alongside hydrogen, in Britain’s journey to achieve a net-zero position. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The pipeline can support flows of up to 15,000 standard cubic metres per hour, which is enough for the annual gas consumption of 10 average households every hour. The biomethane was connected from a farm in Cambridgeshire in the east of England to the Gas National Transmission System for the first time at the end of July. The beef and dairy cattle industry is one of the main contributors to global greenhouse gases. Methane makes up about half of the total greenhouse gases the industry emits and cows generate methane either through their digestion or waste.   TAGSanaerobic digesterbiogasdecarbonisationgreenhouse gas emissionsmethane Previous articleSmart solar-powered water desalination system connected in KenyaNext articleWays that Caribbean countries can accelerate clean energy transition Theresa SmithTheresa Smith is a conference producer for Clarion Events Africa. Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter Generation While some scientists are concentrating on limiting how much methane cows produce, others have rather been looking at how to use the methane that cannot be avoided. Finance and Policy Read more:Biomethane to supply 9,600 UK households with energyBiogas: The case for global market growthNew deal signed to improve low-carbon energy supply in Ethiopia BRICS The process is called anaerobic digestion and involves sealing waste in tanks without oxygen, where the material is broken down by naturally occurring micro-organisms into biogas. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Murrow Anaerobic Digestion Plant in Cambridgeshire is operated by Biocow Ltd, which produces the renewable gas by breaking down cattle manure and straw. “We’ve collaborated closely with Biocow on this innovative project to ensure we met their needs and ultimately successfully connected their site to the National Transmission System, supporting the transition to a low carbon economy and paving the way for similar projects in the future,” said Radley. Using biomethane to get to net zero The managing director of Biocow, Chris Waters, said they look forward to continuing their collaboration with National Grid as they develop their site at Murrow.” This joint project with National Grid is a very important step in Biocow’s keen commitment to continue pioneering new and innovative ways to inject green gas into the grid.” Estimates vary amongst researchers but livestock is reckoned by some scientists to be responsible for up to 14% of all greenhouse emission from human activities according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. Cows are responsible for producing greenhouse gas methane, which can be used in energy production. Image: Pixabay. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

first_imgA new study from Iowa State University finds that media violence affects aggressive behaviors across a variety of cultures.The study’s sample includes people from seven different countries. Participants named three of their most frequently watched or played TV shows, movies or video games, and then rated how often they used each title. The researchers then evaluated the violence level of the media, and contrasted that data with survey answers that looked at behaviors like physical aggression or arguing.Iowa State psychologist Craig Anderson says the findings show that exposure to violent media is associated with aggressive behavior. “There’s some variation of course, as will be true in any study, but it looked to be pretty much the same affect in all of these countries,” Anderson said.Craig AndersonResearchers looked at the media habits of more than 2,100 people. This study is the first to examine the effects of media violence on such a wide scale, according to Anderson.“Although there have been studies of media violence finding similar affects in multiple countries, there haven’t been any large scale studies that use the same measures of media violence exposure and the same measures of aggressive behavior in all the different counties all at the same time,” Anderson said. Criticism of the study takes issue with the method researchers used to rate violence and aggression levels. The study’s sample includes people from Australia, China, Croatia, Germany, Japan, Romania, and the U.S.(Thanks to Iowa Public Radio’s Sarah Boden)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more