first_imgA councillor has warned festive walkers to be careful around an Inishowen beach.The collapsed walkway at Lisfannon beach.Buncrana Town Councillor Ciaran McLaughlin was out walking around Lisfannon beach when he came across the potential hazard.Cllr McLaughlin says it appears the wooden walkway has been worn away by high seas. He has informed the county council of the matter and urgent repairs are to be carried out on the walkway as soon s possible.COUNCILLOR WARNS OF BEACH DANGER AFTER WALKWAY COLLAPSES was last modified: December 24th, 2013 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) Tags:Cllr Ciaran McLaughlinInishowenLisfannon Beachlast_img read more

Bruce Bochy wins 1,000th game with Giants, joins exclusive club in New York

first_imgNEW YORK — Bruce Bochy stood at the doorstep of history, needing just one win to become the second manager in Giants history to record 1,000 victories with the franchise.With help from some loud knocks by the Giants lineup in a six-run 10th inning, Bochy turned the knob and walked into an exclusive club after securing a 9-3 win over the Mets on Tuesday at Citi Field.“You see things coming to an end, your gratitude meter gets dialed way up,” said Bochy, who will retire at the end of the …last_img read more

Don’t Shock the Goat — Geocache of the Week

first_imgContinue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world. SharePrint RelatedMagic Wand – Geocache of the WeekOctober 3, 2018In “Community”Moon Tower — Geocache of the WeekApril 4, 2018In “Community”Another one down the drain. – A Crappy Cache (GC35T4T) – Geocache of the WeekFebruary 26, 2015In “Geocache of the Week” Location: Massachusetts, United States N 42° 25.049′ W 073° 16.657′ If you make it to the end of the challenge a blue light appears to show that you completed the cache, and the final door swings open both revealing the logbook and solidifying your friendship with the temperamental goat.  Share with your Friends:More Located at a ski resort just off the beaten path, our Geocache of the Week isn’t hard to find—opening it to get the cache is the true challenge. Aside from finding the code for the padlock on the outside, you’ll need to consider a few things. The geocache has electronic features on it and can’t function without some power. According to the cache page you are required to bring three AA batteries. Once the padlock is unlocked and the door to the cache opens, you’re greeted with a temperamental goat who remains happy so long as you don’t shock it. Some goats faint when they feel a sense of panic—this one will yell at you if you can’t keep a steady hand. Don’t Shock the Goat (GC6JZ0Q) requires you to have ultra-focus while navigating a metal “wand” around the outline of a goat. If the wand touches the metal frame, all your efforts are lost and you have to start at the beginning. With almost 300 Favorite points, this gadget cache is one of the most Favorited caches in Massachusetts.center_img To test your Dr. Doolittle skills, insert the AA batteries and wait for the three lights on the cache to blink. Then touch the wand to the top of the green bolt to reset the cache and to enable the green light on the cache. If you bump the wire with the wand after enabling it, it will make a loud buzzing sound and the light will turn red until you reset the cache again. Repeat this until you are able to make it around the wire and touch the opposite bolt.  Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 2 Caches that take added effort are always a thrill for the cachers who find them. According to cache owner hyliston this cache took 50 hours to create, but has sparked timeless memories for geocachers that have come to meet the goat. What was the last geocache that ‘shocked’ you? Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form. Don’t Shock the Goat GC6JZ0Q by hylistonlast_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday July 15 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Monday, July 15, 2019:#1) PJ Storytime At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a PJ Storytime at 6:30pm. Wear your snuggly pajamas and bring your favorite teddy bear or blanket and enjoy stories, songs, rhymes and more! Ages 2-5 and one or more adults.#2) Zodiac Cross Stitch CraftThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a Zodiac Cross Stitch Craft at 2pm. Weave the stars together with this zodiac cross-stitch craft! Create your own zodiac sign in a 3” hoop. Whether you’re new to cross-stitching, or a long time sewing master, you’ll love this easy to do unique craft! Led by avid crafter and needle worker, Nancy Kirwin. All supplies included. Register at the Front Desk. $10 supply fee. For ages 16 and up.#3) Vacation Bible School StartsAbundant Life (173 Church Street, Wilmington) is hosting an ecumenical Vacation Bible School from Monday, July 15, 2019 to Friday, July 19, 2019, from 9am to noon.The camp, which is designed for ages 4 to kids who have completed Grade 5, is a collaborative effort from all Wilmington churches.  This year’s theme is “ROAR!.”The camp costs $35 per child, with a $75 family maximum. Camp t-shirts cost $8 each.  Applications are available online HERE.#4) Girls Soccer & Volleyball Clinics StartDuring the summer, the Wilmington High School Athletic Department will be sponsoring a series of sports clinics for children in Grades 1-8.The clinics will be held at the Wilmington Middle School (25 Carter Lane). Please note this is a change from last year’s high school location.All clinics will be run by WHS Coaches, Alumni and Athletes.The cost of each clinic is $175 per child per clinic with the exception of Boys Soccer and Track, which has a cost $150 per child.  Additional clinic enrollment is discounted $25 per clinic.  (I.e. Siblings attending camps are $175 each; the next camp is $150 per child per clinic).Here is the summer sports clinic schedule:June 17 to June 21: Boys Basketball, Field HockeyJune 24 to June 28: Girls Basketball, Flag FootballJuly 1 to July 5 (no clinic on July 4): Boys Soccer, TrackJuly 8 to July 12: All SportsJuly 15 to July 19: Girls Soccer, VolleyballAll clinics, with the exception of Boys Soccer and Track, will run 8:30am-2:30pm Monday through Thursday and 8:30am -12:30pm on Friday. Boys Soccer and Track will run 8:30am – 2:30pm Monday- Friday (no session on 7/4).The focus of each clinic is the development of skills through activity based drills and scrimmages. The ultimate goal of the clinics is to develop children who enjoy participating in athletics.For additional clinic information and registration forms, click HERE.#5) Town Beach Open The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 6, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, July 2, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, July 31, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Carbon emissions from peatswamp forest clearing quantified

first_imgSatellite image of the island of Borneo on August 19, 2002, showing smoke from burning peat swamp forests. Image: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC Malaysian peatswamps obliterated for palm oil: study Explore further Peat-swamp forests contain huge amounts of stored carbon both in the biomass above the ground in composting organic matter slowly breaking down in the soils, and much of this is released in the form of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane when the forests are cleared and the swamps are drained.The new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) used satellite images with 250 meter resolution to produce maps of the closed canopy plantations in Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo and Sumatra.They found the oil-palm plantations covered an area of 2 million hectares in Peninsular Malaysia, 2.4 million in Borneo, and 3.9 million in Sumatra. These figures do not include the smaller open canopy plantations, which are difficult to identify from the images, or plantations planted after 2002.The study showed that around 880,000 hectares of peatlands (around six percent) had been converted to oil-palm plantations by the early 2000s. The researchers also looked at the effects of clearing the forests in the region on wildlife, and found that 12.1 percent of species face probable extinction in Peninsular Malaysia (equivalent to 46 species of forest birds), 3.4 percent in Sumatra and 1 percent in Borneo. Among the species at risk are orang-utans, pygmy elephants and Sumatran tigers and rhinos.The researchers calculated that clearing the peatlands released around 140 million tonnes of carbon from above-ground biomass and 4.6 million from oxidation of peat in the ground. Clearing also reduces the carbon sequestration previously provided by the forest..Dr Koh said by 2010 around 2.3 million hectares of peat-swamp forests had been cleared that are currently degraded land and not yet developed as plantations. He said if the clearings were planted with palm for oil species losses could be exacerbated by as much as 12 percent, while if they were re-forested biodiversity would be enhanced by up to 20 percent.The study recommended the remaining peat-swamp forests in Southeast Asia should be conserved to protect biodiversity and safeguard carbon stocks, with most effort being concentrated in Central and West Kalimantan, Sarawak and Riau in Indonesia, which hold 75 percent of the remaining forests, or around 3.9 million hectares, and much of the cleared but not yet developed peat-swamp forest.Indonesia is accelerating its production of palm oil and is planning to double its production by 2020. Palm oil is used to make biodiesel and is also used in soaps, cosmetics and in many processed foods. It can also be used as a fuel for cooking. More information: Remotely sensed evidence of tropical peatland conversion to oil palm, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Published online before print March 7, 2011, doi:10.1073/pnas.1018776108 ( — Peat-swamp forests in Southeast Asia are being cleared to make way for food production and for oil-palm plantations for biofuel, but now a new study has quantified the resultant carbon emissions for the first time. © 2010 Citation: Carbon emissions from peat-swamp forest clearing quantified (2011, March 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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.last_img read more