Housing boost for Buncrana welcomed as building tenders sought

first_imgContractors are being sought to build 21 new residential homes in Buncrana following the issue of tender documents, it has emerged. The Donegal County Council seek to build the first council house estate in the Rockytown area for the first time in over a decade when Earlsfort in Cockhill was opened.Contractors have until August 30th to apply to build the new homes on the Inishowen site, with the new tender obliged to complete the project within 65 weeks from the contracts starting date. It is understood that out of the 21 dwellings, 11 of those will be three-bedroom/five-person homes, two four-bedroom/seven-person homes and eight two bedrooms/three-person apartments.Concerns have previously been raised over the sites potential flooding risk, but a council planner through a council planning report said fears over potential flooding to the development was ‘low’.However, that report was published in 2015, two years shy of the flash flooding that hit the peninsula in 2017.There were also concerns raised over the presence of Japanese Knotweed on the site, but engineers have since ordered the management and treatment of the damaging plant before any development gets underway. Inishowen Councillor Jack Murray, who was part of the council that passed the planning permission unanimously two years ago, said the development would help ease housing waiting list in the Inishowen town.Welcoming the news, he told Donegal Daily: “We have been waiting for a long time for this development to get this stage.“It was hoped that it would reach this stage a lot quicker.“But at last it has got this far and Buncrana is under serious pressure with the housing waiting list which is at a serious level now,” he added.“It is almost possible to find a rental property in Buncrana, so it will be great to see people get the keys to these houses that need them. “But it will also lift the pressure off what is already a very congestant rental market at the minute.”Housing boost for Buncrana welcomed as building tenders sought was last modified: August 21st, 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

Roses Are Red, Darwinists Are Blue

first_imgRoses have a special pigment molecule, a particular form of anthocyanin, responsible for all the rich red-to-blue shades in the petals that delight gardeners and attract pollinating insects.  This molecule is different from the pigments in every other flowering plant; it is glycosylated at two positions instead of one.2  A single enzyme does the job at both points.  Without the glycosylation reaction at both ends, the molecule is unstable and cannot be soluble in water in the vacuoles of the cells in which it operates.    A team of Japanese scientists investigated how this double-glycosylation reaction system might have evolved.  They could find no intermediate.  Reporting in Nature,1 they said that while other flowers use derivatives from a singly-glycosylated form, “this is evolutionarily precluded in roses by their different glycosylation pattern, which may be unique to members of the Rosaceae” (emphasis added in all quotes).  They also stated with puzzlement,It is a mystery why this particular glycosyltransferase evolved independently in roses.  The novelty of the RhGT1 enzyme therefore lies not only in its ability to catalyse glycosylation at two different sites on the anthocyanidin molecule but also in its apparent absence from other species.They prepared a phylogenetic tree based on this type of pigment-preparing enzyme family, but it ended up with the rose family on a branch all by itself.1Ogata et al., “Plant biochemistry: Anthocyanin biosynthesis in roses,” Nature, 435, 757-758 (9 June 2005) | doi: 10.1038/nature435757a.2Glycosylation replaces an OH (hydroxyl) group with a glucoside.  This is performed by an enzyme called a glycosyltransferase, in the case of roses, RhGT1.Here is a small gap, but a gap nonetheless; no evidence for the evolution of this complex molecule and the enzyme that knows how to operate it – just an unconfirmed prediction from evolutionary theory.  Surprised?  Question: was evolutionary theory of any value in this investigation?(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

“Fear This!” Says the Pirate Bay, Hinting at a New Music Site

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… As we noted last week when the music industry released an annual report detailing its continued decline in revenue, “piracy” seems to be the go-to scapegoat, the reason that the music industry is struggling. And one of the sites that the industry often points to (and in its recent report, lauded governments for trying to quash) as a major culprit of piracy is The Pirate Bay.So rumors that The Pirate Bay is launching a music project may strike fear – or at least disconcertment – in the hearts of industry execs. It’s apt, perhaps, that a new project – fear.themusicbay.org – is supposedly in the works.According to a report this weekend at Torrent Freak, folks at the Pirate Bay have registered the Music Bay domain and “the major record labels have good reason to be afraid, very afraid.” The site no longer displays the “comming soon” [sic] announcement, but Torrent Bay says that something is in the works in the next few months.Torrent Freak wasn’t able to secure more details about the project, other than it’s set to coincide with an April anniversary of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).Even if it’s just an MP3 file that jumps out of a large birthday cake at the IFPI’s celebration – or, a bit more likely, just a nice domain name, news that The Pirate Bay is plotting something may be enough to make the industry worry, particularly having just released details that the industry’s overall worth has declined a downward spiral. Tags:#p2p#web audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Global Trade Recovery Pushes DP Worlds Volumes Up

first_imgzoom Dubai-based terminal operator DP World Limited saw its volumes rise on the back of a recovery of global trade in 2017.Third quarter growth rates were at 13.5% year-on-year on a reported basis, ahead of second quarter growth and Drewry Maritime’s upgraded industry estimate of 5.5% throughput growth in 2017.In the first nine months of the year, the company handled 52.3 million TEU across its global portfolio of container terminals, representing a growth of 10% year-on-year in gross container volumes.Global trade outlook improved significantly in 2017 with the World Trade Organization recently upgrading trade growth from 2.4% to 3.6% in 2017 and all three DP World regions saw third quarter growth rates accelerate even more than the second quarter of 2017, particularly the company’s terminals in Middle East & Africa, Europe and the Americas. The UAE handled 11.6 million TEU in the first nine months of 2017, growing 4.6% year-on-year.At a consolidated level, DP World’s terminals handled 27.3 million TEU during the nine-month period, a 24.2% improvement in performance on a reported basis. Reported consolidated volume in the Asia Pacific and Indian Subcontinent region was boosted by the consolidation of Pusan (South Korea) at the end of 2016.“The recovery of global trade in 2017 has outperformed previous expectations and we have seen significant upward revisions by economists and industry experts. Benefitting from the improved trading environment and market share gains from the new shipping alliances, our global portfolio continues to deliver ahead-of-market growth and this across all three regions,” Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said.“We have seen an acceleration of growth rates in the third quarter as we employ the right strategy and the relevant deep-water capacity in the key markets,” Bin Sulayem added.During the third quarter, DP World added 1.5 million TEU of new capacity in Jebel Ali’s Terminal 3 (T3) and 0.5 million TEU in Prince Rupert, Canada.“We expect our portfolio’s volume growth to continue to outperform the market and given the encouraging performance so far, we remain well placed to meet full year 2017 market expectations,” Bin Sulayem said.last_img read more

Spectrum of the Seas Delivered to Royal Caribbean

first_imgGerman shipbuilder Meyer Werft has handed over Spectrum of the Seas, the first cruise ship in the Quantum-Ultra class, to cruise line Royal Caribbean International.The 169,000 gross ton newbuild — designed specifically for the Chinese market — was delivered to its owner in Bremerhaven on April 11, 2019.“We are excited to welcome Spectrum of the Seas, our first Quantum Ultra class ship to the Royal Caribbean family,” Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International, commented during the delivery ceremony in Germany.The giant cruise ship features a length of 347.1 meters and a width of 41.4 meters. The Bahamas-flagged vessel altogether has 18 decks and can accommodate 4,246 passengers and 1,551 crew members.Spectrum of the Seas is the fourth ship in the class, apart from its three sister ships, Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas, and the first vessel in the Quantum-Ultra class. In addition, it is the 26th ship in Royal Caribbean’s fleet.As a further development of Quantum-Class, Spectrum of the Seas like its sister ships is fitted with emission control systems such as the hybrid scrubber.After being handed over to the cruise line, Spectrum of the Seas left Bremerhaven later on April 11. Watch the vessel’s departure in the video below shared by Unimedien:The maiden voyage to Asia is scheduled to begin in Barcelona on April 18, 2019.The new cruise ship will homeport from Shanghai starting from June 2019. In winter 2019, the ship will reposition to Hong Kong, according to Royal Caribbean.Image Courtesy: Meyer Werft; Video Courtesy: Unimedien.last_img read more

Heartland puts out casting call for young Alberta girl who speaks her

first_imgAdvertisement “They need to be confident, outgoing, not shy,” Fisekci says. “Those are the traits I would be looking for in the audition room. Kids who have no fear.”While experienced child actresses will not be rejected, Fisekci stresses that experience is not needed for the role.“I find that kids at this age, if you just ask them to be themselves you get much better performances,” she says.Heartland has a good track record in discovering young talent. Vancouver actress Alisha Newton joined the cast in Season 6 and quickly became a fan favourite as Georgie Crawley.Fisekci could not reveal more about the new character for fear of spoilers. Whoever is chosen will be required to work periodically between Aug. 9 to Sept. 28, which is when the season’s later episodes will be shot. Production on Season 12 of Heartland begins June 1. It was unclear how many episodes the new character will appear in.Auditions will be by appointment only and will take place in mid to late June. Parents are asked to submit a recent photo (camera phone pictures are fine) and a small bio that includes the child’s date of birth, height and parent or guardian contact information.The deadline is June 10.  Submissions should be made to [email protected] ERIC VOLMERS LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Producers of CBC’s Alberta-shot, Heartland are looking to their own backyard for its newest cast member, who will play a recurring character in the show’s 12th season.“They just really want to give a local person the opportunity,” says Rhonda Fisekci, Heartland’s casting director. “Heartland is a staple in Alberta so they do want to reach out to the local community. I’m sure we can find her here.”Fisekci says the girl should be Caucasian, aged six to (a small) nine, have blond hair and blue eyes. She will be playing “a little busybody who has opinions on everything and speaks her mind.” Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more