Press release: Carlsberg pollution leads to restorative charity donations

first_imgCarlsberg Supply Company UK Ltd (Carlsberg) has paid £120,000 to environmental charities as part of an Enforcement Undertaking (EU).The EU was offered to the Environment Agency after the company admitted causing two similar diesel pollution incidents in the River Nene in July and October 2017.Benefit to environmentEnforcement Undertakings (EUs) enable firms and individuals who have damaged the environment to offer to complete actions which will address the cause and effect of their offending, including making a payment to an appropriate environmental project.EUs can be offered for offences including polluting rivers, breaching permit conditions designed to protect communities, or failing to comply with recycling/recovery obligations. The Environment Agency then carefully considers whether the actions offered by the offender are acceptable.In July 2017, around 230 litres of diesel escaped into the River Nene. This followed a diesel spill the previous week that ran into the site’s surface water drain. Heavy rain in the days leading up to pollution incident is believed to have washed the diesel out of the drain and into the River Nene. The Environment Agency was able to contain most of the spill by ensuring the lock downstream at the marina remained closed until the diesel was cleared up by the Environment Agency and Carlsberg personnel.In October 2017, an estimated 200 litres of diesel escaped into the same river following similar circumstances. The diesel took the same path as the previous incident and due to a faulty valve flowed straight into the River Nene.The EU offer was accepted by the Environment Agency in August 2018 and payments to the charities have already been received. Carlsberg made donations totalling £120,000, made up of £80,000 to the Wildlife Trust – Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire, and £40,000 to the River Nene Regional Park Community Interest Company.This money will be used to fund environmental improvements including coir rolls along the river at Foot Meadow Island on the River Nene in Northampton.The company also paid the Environment Agency’s incident response and enforcement costs in full. In response to both incidents Carlsberg introduced site based improvements, including incident training and exercising, installation of preventative measures to the draining system and the revision of relevant processes and procedures to reduce the likelihood of this happening again.Tim Lowe, a Regulatory Officer with the Environment Agency, said: Enforcement Undertakings allow polluters to positively address and restore the harm caused to the environment and prevent repeat incidents. The Environment Agency is increasingly using this method of enforcement for suitable cases to swiftly restore the environment, improve practices of the offending company and avoid longer criminal court cases. However prosecutions will still be taken in appropriate cases. Please report any environmental issues to the Environment Agency’s 24 hour Incident Hotline on 0800 80 70 60. John Comont, Conservation Director for the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire, said: This contribution has allowed us to complete a £140,000 project at the Foot Meadow Island in the town centre which has improved the environment for people and for nature. This is our second Enforcement Undertaking contribution and is an excellent way of funding environmental improvements and building awareness. Kathryn Hardcastle, Chief Executive Officer, River Nene Regional Park, said: We have ambitious goals to increase wetland diversity along the river Nene and around Northampton, not just on our treasured wildlife sites in the area, but equally in the connecting corridors and neighbouring areas that can help form a vital ‘network for nature. We urgently need more funds in order to achieve this ambition and the money we have received will contribute towards these goals, which we believe will improve the area for people as well as wildlife. Notes to editorsThe River Nene Regional Park Community Interest Company has used the money to improve river habitat with the installation of planted coir rolls along the river at Foot Meadow Island on the River Nene in Northampton.Coir rolls are a great way to create riverside habitat opportunities on rivers with concrete edging, without compromising the water flow. As well as the aesthetic appeal, coir rolls benefit a wide range of species, from native invertebrates, water voles, aquatic birds as well as providing cover for young fish and a place for species such as bream to lay their eggs. The root systems from the plants in the coir roll can also assist with water purification through the absorption of nutrients.For more information about the River Nene Regional Park Community Interest Company project please contact [email protected], or call 07551311528.For more information on the Wildlife Trust – Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire – please contact [email protected] or call 01954 713567.last_img read more

Maintenance tasks

first_imgAs the weather warms in the spring, our hands start itching to work in our landscapes and flower gardens.Now is the time for any last minute pruning. Prune roses and most other non-spring blooming plants now, prior to their new flush. Early spring blooming plants can be pruned immediately after blooming if they need a trim.Spring is also an ideal time to fertilize shrubs. Apply a slow-release fertilizer in late March or early April to give your plants a supply of energy for the growing season. Be careful not to over-fertilize, which can cause excess growth and loss of fertilizer to the environment.Early spring is a great time to prepare annual and perennial flowerbeds. Although it may be too early to actually plant some tender annuals, you can get ready by tiling the bed and adding rich compost or top soil. Be sure the bed has good drainage, which promotes good root development. Other shrubs can safely be added to your landscape now as well. Even though they are small now, remember to provide ample space for the plants at maturity.Weed control is also important in the spring. As the ground begins to warm, many weeds are just waiting to germinate. Applying a registered pre-emergent herbicide, or adding landscape fabric weed cloth or mulch, will go a long way to preventing weeds in the garden.Houseplants can go back outside as daytime temperatures climb above 50 degrees. It is a good idea to bring plants back in, however, if the nighttime temperature dips much cooler than 45 degrees. Clean up ferns by removing old, crumpled foliage and re-pot any houseplants that have become root bound. Begin to get back on a regular watering and fertilizing schedule as the days get warmer.Don’t forget about your equipment. If you didn’t do it at the beginning of winter, it is a good idea to drain and change the oil in your roto-tillers, weed eaters and mowers. Be sure that all nuts, bolts and belts are tight and that any blades are sharp. Check hand tools such as shovels, hoes and rakes for cracked or dry handles. Treat them with linseed oil or paint them to protect them and extend their life.Spring is a season of anticipation and outdoor fun. By accomplishing a few gardening chores early, we can enjoy a beautiful landscape throughout the year.last_img read more

Two New Chick-fil-A Locations to Open on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Chick-fil-A, the famed Atlanta-based fast food restaurant that specializes in all things chicken, will celebrate the grand opening of two new long-awaited locations on Long Island next week, the company announced.The new locations in Hicksville and Commack will open their doors Thursday at 6:30 a.m. Fast food revelers will also have the opportunity to participate in Chick-fil-A’s “First 100” campaign, which culminates in a grand prize of one free Chick-fil-A meal every week for the entire year. (That’s 52 meals, folks.)Chick-fil-A, which already enjoys support from a rabid fan base, will have three Long Island locations in total, including its Port Jefferson restaurant, which opened last year.About 100 people camped outside of the Port Jefferson Chick-fil-A on its opening day last October, erecting tents and sharing stories with other fans about their obsession with the fast food giant.Those seeking to grab a chicken sandwich at one of the two new locations next Thursday should expect similar crowds.Chick-fil-A met resistance from LGBT groups when it first announced plans to spread its chicken empire to Long Island. The restaurant has been criticized for controversial donations its CEO has made to anti-gay groups and for the executive’s opposition to same-sex marriage. Despite the criticism, the Town of Brookhaven went ahead and approved the build and towns to their west have done the same.Campers waited for 24 hours to be the first on line at the first Long Island Chick-fil-A (Photo by Katie Chuber)The Hicksville Chick-fil-A has a prime spot outside of the Broadway Mall. The Commack spot is located along Commack Road, just north of the Long Island Expressway.Those brave souls interested in winning free meals for the year must have a valid state-issued ID and must be 18 years or older. For more official rules, check out Chick-fil-A’s contest page.Chick-fil-A is open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. As is customary, the restaurants are closed on Sunday.last_img read more

Anger following council decision to erect telecoms mast in Ramelton woods

first_imgThe Ramelton Mast Action Group have said they are “upset and dissatisfied” following the recent decision to grant the application for a 30-metre-high telecoms mast in Drumonaghan Woods. Members of the group said locals were left irate because permission had been granted, despite their objections to the development.The group, which has the support of 400 signatories, said they feared the mast would have a huge environmental impact if erected. It is understood that the telecoms mast will cover a wide area in the Milford area, including Drumonaghan Woods, Kilmarcrennan Road, and close to Ramelton Town.It has also been reported that the telecoms unit will carry 10 radio antennas to provide additional facilities.Releasing a statement to Donegal Daily on Thursday, the Ramelton Mast Action Group said “they felt let down” by Donegal County Council’s response.It read: “The Ramelton Mast Action Group, would like to express our upset and dissatisfaction following the recent decision by the Donegal County Council planning office to grant the application made by Cignal for a 30-metre mast in historical Drumonaghan Woods. “Despite our best efforts involving a communal objection co-signed with over 400 signatories, as well as individual objections by local residents, containing numerous points ranging from environmental impact questions to questions relating to the compromising of a public amenity, the council planning office still saw fit to grant the application without any explanation other than it is what the government sees as furthering the countries national broadband plan.“As a group, we feel let down by this response and we’re shocked to learn that our local council are not even slightly interested in their citizens’ concerns.“The group would also like to say we were disappointed that the efforts our local council representatives made were not successful in preventing the permission being granted.”The statement goes on to urged elected representatives to delay this decision “until further research is carried out”.“As of yet, there are no studies confirming 100% that there are no natural or biological issues caused by telecom’s masts and the government’s reluctance to approve sites near schools prove that they too have concerns. “However, as this mast is out of sight, out of mind then they believe we are foolish enough to allow its construction.“We will continue to fight it’s construction and will not cease to do so until our views are taken into consideration.”Cllr Ian McGarvey attempted to bring an Emergency Motion to the Letterkenny-Milford council on Tuesday to ask the Planning Section to revoke the application granted to Cignal Infrastructure Ltd.The executive ruled that the motion could not be raised or discussed as the window for appeal had not passed. Anger following council decision to erect telecoms mast in Ramelton woods was last modified: November 14th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

New positions to strengthen SA research

first_imgFour chairs in education were awarded in addition to the seven existing chairs, with some of the new chairs focusing on higher education challenges, while the existing ones focus mainly on primary and secondary education issues. In addition to the nine existing chairs in the area of Square Kilometre Array (SKA), one chair was awarded in this area, making it to a total of 10 chairs in SKA-related areas. This will increase the number of research chairs in South Africa to 154. Source: BuaNews University of the Western Cape – 7Stellenbosch University – 6Tshwane University of Technology – 6Rhodes University – 5Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University – 4University of Cape Town – 4University of Johannesburg – 4University of Pretoria – 4University of the Free State – 3University of KwaZulu-Natal – 3University of the Witwatersrand – 3Cape Peninsula University of Technology – 2North West University – 2University of Venda – 2Central University of Technology – 1Durban University of Technology 1University of Fort Hare – 1University of Limpopo – 1University of South Africa – 1 Seven new chairs in rural development, food security and land reform were added in addition to the three existing chairs in this area. In addition to the 13 chairs in health, 12 more were awarded with a strong focus on diagnostics and drug discovering, while others were in areas of health policy and rural health development. The distribution of the new chairs is as follows: Priority areas of development 14 February 2012center_img Its main goal is to strengthen the capacity of country’s universities to produce high-quality postgraduate students, research and innovation outputs. Pandor said she was confident that these new positions would improve South Africa’s international research and innovation competitiveness while responding to the socio-economic challenges facing the country. Since the SARChI’s inception in 2005, the government has invested over R1.1-billion in the programme, which is managed by the National Research Foundation (NRF). Improving SA’s competitiveness Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor has announced that a total of 60 new research chairs will be awarded to universities across South Africa over the next three years. In awarding the 60 new chairs, special consideration was given to the country’s universities of technology, rural-based institutions, and those that have not yet participated in the programme. The thematic areas in which the chairs have been awarded are a direct response to the five priorities of government, namely the creation of decent work and sustainable livelihoods, education, health, rural development, and the fight against crime and corruption. The South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) is a flagship initiative of the government, designed to attract and retain excellence in research and innovation in South African science.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast October 29, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Scattered showers linger over parts of Ohio today, mostly central and eastern. Western parts of the state may see a mix of clouds and sun. Where the showers are most persistent today, we could add another few hundredths to .2″. Tomorrow we are drier in all areas, but brief sun will be followed by increasing clouds once again. Temps will remain near to below normal today, but we see a move to above normal as our next system gets closer.Better organized rains kick off Wednesday morning and then continue through very early Friday morning. This will be a slow-moving front coming from NW to SE, with moisture flowing up the front from SW to NE. This is a recipe for some significant rains over the state. The heavier rains Wednesday will skew more north, and then on Thursday we see some chances for heavy rain from SW Ohio all the way through central areas and even into NE Ohio. Combined, though, we think that 90% of the state will pick up between half and 1.5” rain totals with the remaining 10% getting rain, just maybe falling short of that half inch lower boundary.We take a brief break on Friday, but then have another minor threat of moisture overnight Friday night through midday Saturday. Moisture totals will be a few hundredths to a quarter inch, tops. And we have coverage at 40%.Another brief break rounds out the weekend for Saturday night and most of Sunday. But, clouds build back in late Sunday, and rains kick off near midnight Sunday night and go through the day Monday. There we can see rain totals of .25”-1” with coverage at 90% of the state again. We finish the 10-day window with no rain for next Tuesday or Wednesday, although clouds will keep us from seeing dominant sunshine. The map at right shows cumulative 10-day precipitation potential, starting this morning.For the extended period, we see a few scattered light showers next Wednesday night into Thursday as another push of warm air moves in. Then we see nothing until late the 11th through the 13th. There, we pick up rain totals of half to 1 inch with coverage at 100%. That front will also bring in significantly cooler air, and a return to below normal temperatures.Temperatures over the next 2-week period will spend a majority of the time at normal to above normal levels. Cooler pushes will be limited to a few days here and there. However, the biggest problem at this point will be a lack of any significant multi-day dry stretches. Here over the next 10 days, we only get 24-48 hours at a time precipitation free, and those breaks will be following period of significant rain…so fieldwork will be slowing to a crawl as we move through the first part of November.last_img read more

August Goes to the Mega-Events

first_img SharePrint RelatedAttend the World’s Mega-EventMay 14, 2013In “Community”Add a Little Geocaching Mega & Giga to Your AugustAugust 5, 2014In “Geocaching Info”Geocaching Block Party Video and GIFF Winners RevealedAugust 30, 2013In “Community” Are you a Mega Geocacher? August is awash with Geocaching Mega-Events around the world. A Mega-Event connects hundreds or even thousands of adventurers from every level of geocaching. Those who walk into a Mega-Event step into adventure, family-friendly activities and, of course, all things geocaching. Whether you’re excited about finding your first geocache or you’ve already found each of the 2.1 million caches hidden around the world*, attending a Mega-Event is sure to be fun. And there’s a Mega-Event every geocacher should plan to attend at least once: the Geocaching Block Party in Seattle.If you’re joining thousands of your geocaching friends for the Geocaching Block Party this Saturday, August 17, log your “Will Attend” and share the news through the Geocaching Facebook Event page. This year’s Block Party weekend promises more geocaching, more fun and more events. Plus, Geocaching HQ will debut new geocaching ideas for attendees to play with. Once the sun goes down on Saturday, you’ll cozy up in front of a giant outdoor movie screen for the first annual Geocaching International Film Festival (GIFF). GIFF will showcase the best videos from geocachers around the world.Whether you attend the Geocaching Block Party this year or in the future, we’ll be here ready to swap tales and show you the latest in geocaching tips, tricks and tech. Can’t make it to Seattle? Check here to see if there is a Mega-Event near you.*Not humanly possible, but don’t let that stop you from trying.Geocaching Tech UpdateUpdate now to the latest version of the Geocaching Android App. Check out the powerful new search, maps and toggle functions: http://bit.ly/GeocachingAndroidShare with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Vlogging Tips for Using Music in Youtube Videos

first_imgAspiring Vloggers and content creators, check out these tips for using music in YouTube videos by Cinecom.All images via Cinecom and PremiumBeat.Ever wonder what a day in the life of a YouTube vlogger is like? Well, the good people at Cinecom have the answer. In their “Day in the Life” post, Cinecom founder/host/producer Jordy Vandeput offers a glimpse into his day-to-day YouTube vlogging life in Belgium.Aside from the typical YouTube tropes and clever jokes, Vandeput drops some knowledge on how he and his creative team work from project to project to create quality content that resonates with audiences on YouTube — specifically how he uses music to help him day in and day out.Fill Out Your Brand with MusicMusic can help you with branding. For example, we at our channel, we use one particular song throughout all of our videos. This kind of helps us with our identity of our videos, with our branding.For YouTubers, creating a strong brand for your channel is key to growing an audience and building a following. YouTubers, like Cinecom, work hard to solidify everything from logos, colors, and fonts as well as production elements and styles. One of the best ways to establish a professional brand is to have a strong musical element that is all yours.Cinecom also points out that when you purchase a royalty-free license, you can use the track time and time again in your channel.Use Music to Set a MoodThis is a day in my life, so I wanted to choose music which reflects a certain style of mood and feeling that fits my day.To illustrate his point about how music can help your video, Vandeput pulls it from the video to show what it sounds like without any music. You can feel the difference immediately. As Vandeput states, his music choice was specific — he wanted to elicit a certain style and mood.YouTube-Specific PlaylistsAs Vandeput points out in the video, PremiumBeat is a sponsor of Cinecom and helps make their YouTube content possible. Using PremiumBeat for music (for YouTubers like Cinecom) is actually quite easy, given the highly searchable library and the quality of tracks. But perhaps the most helpful assets are the playlists available online. These playlists, Vandeput points out, even include YouTube-specific tracks which you can check out here.To check out the track used in the video, click here, and be sure to subscribe to Cinecom’s YouTube page.last_img read more

JJP workers unhappy over support to BJP

first_imgSupporters of the Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) have been venting their anger on social media platforms over the party’s decision to extend support to the BJP to form government in Haryana. The supporters, mostly youth, have been posting angry messages and videos accusing JJP leader Dushyant Chautala of “betrayal” and “going back on his words”.Tiktok videosThe supporters uploaded videos on Tiktok, a social media video app, burning the flags and bands of the party. They accused Mr. Chautala, the former Hisar MP, of betraying the mandate to the party which, they claimed, was against the BJP.The JJP, formed after a split in the Indian National Lok Dal in December last, won 10 seats to emerge as a kingmaker in the State following a fractured mandate, with both the BJP and the Congress falling short of the majority mark in the 90-member Assembly. The party had extended support to the BJP based on a Common Minimum Programme which includes 75% reservation to local youth in jobs in Haryana and increase in old-age pension.The core vote bank of JJP comprises the Jats, a dominant caste in Haryana, who are believed to have voted against the BJP accusing it of caste-based politics targeted against them. Around 20 people, mostly Jat youth, had died in police firing in 2016 during the BJP rule, further pitting the community against the party.A large majority of Jats in rural areas are also engaged in farming and the farmers’ distress has been a major issue this election. The farming community has been angry with the BJP allegedly for failing to implement the Swaminathan Commission report.The messages on social media platforms comprised videos of Mr. Chautala at various political meetings attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP. The supporters also shared an old video of Mr. Chautala’s grandmother from a hospital bed accusing him of betraying her husband Om Prakash Chautala for his political ambitions. Some party cadres vowed not to support the party ever again. A few others said that they could accept the JJP supporting the Congress, but not the BJP. Congress Communication Chief Randeep Singh Surjewala also tweeted a video of Mr. Chautala’s mother and Badhra MLA Naina Singh saying that the JJP would never tie up with the BJP.last_img read more