Donegal escapes worst of Storm Atiyah

first_img Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Google+ Hundreds of homes and businesses are without power this morning after Storm Atiyah, with Kerry and the South West the worst affected area.ESB Networks says its crews are working to restore power to affected areas as soon as possible.You can check the latest on the ESB POWER CHECK site.In Donegal, there are currently (7am) 272 homes and businesses without power, 224 in Derrybeg and 48 in Donegal Town.Meanwhile, the weather warnings have been lifted, and no major issues have been reported on Donegal’s roads, but drivers are being urged to continue exercising caution.Keith Leonard is spokesperson for the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management………Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows center_img Pinterest Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNews Donegal escapes worst of Storm Atiyah Google+ By News Highland – December 9, 2019 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleDonegal Mini Stages to run in TermonNext articleCouncil to spend over €12 million on roads maintenance in 2020 News Highland Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA last_img read more

Feds issue warning ahead of Oklahoma City bombing’s 25th anniversary

first_imgiStock/AlizadaStudios (OKLAHOMA CITY) — Marking 25 years since the deadliest domestic terrorist attack on U.S. soil, federal authorities on Thursday warned law enforcement agencies across the country that the threat from violent white supremacists and anti-government extremists remains “persistent and evolving.”“The prevalence of lethal [domestic terrorist] attacks in the 25 years following the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City highlights the continued threat they pose,” the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and National Counterterrorism said in a joint intelligence bulletin issued nationwide.The bulletin noted that the April 19, 1995, bombing by anti-government extremist Timothy McVeigh killed 168 people and injured several hundreds more, making 1995 the nation’s deadliest year for domestic terrorist attacks.The nation’s second-most lethal year for such attacks was last year, when domestic terrorists killed at least 31 people, 23 of which were killed by white supremacists, according to the bulletin.“While threats from [domestic terrorists] have continued to evolve since the Oklahoma City bombing, many of their significant drivers have remained constant,” the bulletin added, pointing to “perceptions” of government “overreach,” reactions to immigration policies, and the advocacy for “the superiority of the white race.”The bulletin mentioned several recent cases, including February’s attempted arrest of suspected white supremacist Timothy Wilson in Missouri for plotting to bomb a health care facility in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.Wilson was fatally shot when FBI agents tried to arrest him, but in the days before he “cited the likely increased impact and media attention on the health sector during the coronavirus pandemic as a reason to accelerate the timing and selection of a healthcare facility,” Thursday’s bulletin said.The bulletin also discussed the February arrest of five members of the neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division, whose founder allegedly kept a framed picture of Timothy McVeigh on his nightstand. It also discussed the 2017 arrest of Jerry Drake Varnell, who was arrested for trying to “seemingly replicate” the 1995 attack by bombing a bank in downtown Oklahoma, according to the FBI and Justice Department.Varnell, who had expressed anti-government views, was convicted of federal changes that he attempted to use a weapon of mass destruction, and last month was sentenced to 25 years behind bars.In Thursday’s bulletin, federal authorities made clear that they “have no information indicating there is current attack plotting related to the Oklahoma City bombing anniversary.”However authorities urged law enforcement officials around the country to remain vigilant, providing them with a list of possible “indicators” that could mean someone is moving toward violence.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Opposites Don’t Attract (And That’s Bad News)

first_imgWired:Opposites attract. Although we love to repeat this optimistic cliche about human natures, decades of psychological research have demonstrated that the trusim isn’t true. Rather, people seek out people who are just like them. This is known as the similarity-attraction effect, or SAE. Although there is slight variation in the strength of the effect, the SAE has been shown to exist in nearly every culture, from Western Europe to the remote tribes of the Brazilian rainforest. It doesn’t matter where we live or how we grew up or which language we speak – we still want to spend time with people who feel similar. It’s simply more comfortable.Consider this study, conducted by Paul Ingram and Michael Morris at Columbia University. The psychologists invited a motley group of executives to a cocktail mixer, where they were encouraged to network with new people. Not surprisingly, the vast majority of executives at the event said their primary goal was to meet “as many different as people as possible” and “expand their social network”. Unfortunately, that’s not what happened.Read the whole story: Wired More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Proof there’s no shame in re-gifting this holiday

first_imgFortune:You may have reservations: re-gifting is a social taboo, and it’s potentially offensive to the giver. But in a study published in Psychological Science, researchers found that when it comes to re-gifting, those who receive the gift (and re-gift it) known as “receivers” overestimate the reactions of those who give the gifts known as “givers.” The researchers conclude: “Although receivers felt that givers were entitled to have a say in what happened to their gifts, givers felt that receivers were entitled to do whatever they liked with a gift. In short, the taboo against regifting was felt more strongly by receivers than by givers.”Read the whole story: Fortunelast_img read more

Here’s how to raise a child to be sympathetic

first_imgLinkedIn Parents and teachers might often wonder how to teach children caring toward others – more so when the world feels full of disagreement, conflict, and aggression.As development psychologists, we know that children start to pay attention to the emotions of others from an early age. They actively take into account others’ emotions when making decisions about how to respond to them.Does this mean that children feel sympathy for others from an early age? And is there a way in which parents can teach their children to be sympathetic? Email Share Pinterestcenter_img Share on Facebook What is sympathy?A feeling of concern for another person, or sympathy, is based on a comprehension of the unfortunate situation and emotional state of another. It often accompanies feelings of pity for the distressed other.Sympathy is different from empathy, which is more of an “emotional contagion.” If you feel like crying when you see someone else cry, you are experiencing empathy. You might even be overwhelmed by that person’s distress.And unlike empathy, sympathy involves some distance. So, rather than being overwhelmed, feelings of sympathy might allow individuals to engage in prosocial behaviors, such as helping or sharing.We start to show concern for others from very early on. For example, babies show basic signs of concern for others in their distressed responses to another infant’s cry, although in the case of babies, it might also be possible that they do not fully understand the self as a separate entity from others. So, their cry might simply be a case of emotional contagion.Either way, these are early forms of how we show concern. Later in our lives, these advance into more sophisticated sympathy experiences. Rather than just crying for the other crying baby, children begin to think about ways to alleviate the baby’s distress.This sympathetic response becomes possible because they start to incorporate cognitive understanding of the situation the other person is in. Sympathy goes beyond mere feelings of sadness for others’ distress. Rather, it guides our actions.What makes kids shareHow do children at different ages engage differently in prosocial behaviors based on their sympathy?To understand, we conducted a study to see how children shared. In our study, 160 four- and eight-year-old children received six equally attractive stickers. They were then given an opportunity to share any number of those stickers with a hypothetical child in a picture.Children were shown multiple pictures that depicted four different conditions, which included “needy” recipients and “not needy” recipients. The needy recipient was described as,“She/he has no toys,” “She/he is sad.”And the non-needy or neutral recipient as,“This girl/boy is four/ eight years old, just like you.”What we found was that children tended to share more stickers with a needy recipient. What we also found was that eight-year-old children shared on average 70 percent of their stickers with the needy recipient (versus 47 percent with the neutral recipient). The four-year-olds shared only 45 percent of their stickers in the needy condition (versus 33 percent in the neutral condition).What makes eight-year-olds share more than two-thirds of their own stickers with the needy recipient, while four-year-olds share only about half of them?Sharing thoughtfullyThe answer to this question can be found in children’s growing abilities to put themselves in others’ shoes. Besides feeling concern for others, being able to comprehend the circumstances of others can enhance helping or sharing behaviors that are sensitive toward the condition of others.For example, as our study demonstrated, older children shared more stickers with a peer who looked sad and had fewer toys even by giving up their own. This is different from simply sharing equal numbers of stickers with peers regardless of each one’s personal circumstance.The point is that children could show emotional empathy early on, but as they develop “perspective-taking ability,” they tend to show higher levels of sympathy. Perspective-taking ability means knowing that others can have desire, knowledge and emotion that are different from their own and that those come from their point of view.For example, a child who wants to play baseball would understand that his friend has a different desire – perhaps to play football. Or that another friend who is smiling in front of his parents is, in fact, hiding his disappointment because he did not get the birthday gift he really wanted.In this regard, a recent review study that summarized the findings of 76 studies conducted during the last four decades from 12 different countries came up with the following findings:The study looked at a total of 6,432 children aged between two and 12 years to find out how children’s perspective-taking abilities and prosocial behavior were related to each other. Results revealed that children with higher ability to take another person’s point of view showed more prosocial behaviors, such as comforting, helping and sharing.Furthermore, when they compared preschool-aged children between two and five years of age versus children aged six and above, they found that this relationship became stronger as children got older.As children are increasingly able to use contextual information they become more selective about when and how to help others. That is what our study showed as well: Eight-year-old children take into account the recipient information and make more selective sharing decisions guided by their sympathy.Enhancing sympathy in childrenThe question is, could we encourage children to become sympathetic toward others? And could children learn the best way to help keeping in mind the unique circumstances of others?The ability to feel concern for others is one of the key characteristics that make us human. Sympathy binds individuals together and increases cooperation among the members of the society. This has been observed in developmental research.For example, in a long-term study conducted with 175 children, we found that when children showed high levels of sympathy at age seven, they were better accepted by peers and shared more with others up to age nine.So, one of the things that we can do to facilitate sympathy in young children according to developmental research is to use what is called inductive reasoning. Inductive reasoning implies that parents and teachers emphasize the consequences of a child’s behavior during a social interaction. For example, when a child grabs a toy from his friend, the caregiver could ask the child,“How would you feel if your friend took away a toy from you?”This can encourage children to reflect on how their own actions may affect others’ thoughts and feelings. This can facilitate sympathy.Researcher Brad Farrant, who, along with his colleagues, studied the relationship between parenting and children’s helping and caring behaviors, came up with similar findings.Farrant studied 72 children between ages four and six. The study found that children showed more actions of helping and caring when mothers encouraged their children to see things from another child’s perspective. For example, if a child was “picked on” by another child, mothers who encouraged perspective-taking would guide their child to try and work out why the other child was picking on the child.Telling a child he should help and share with others could be one way of teaching him how to be a good member of a society. However, thoughtfully engaging in conversations with the child about others’ needs, feelings, and desires could go one step further – it could help children develop sympathy.By Tina Malti, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Toronto and Ju-Hyun Song, Post Doctoral Fellow, University of TorontoThis article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Canada reports its first sexually transmitted Zika case

first_imgCanadian health officials today reported the country’s first sexually transmitted Zika virus case, the eighth country to report that type of disease spread.Also, an international expert meeting on Zika virus began today in Paris, and researchers reported that the virus was circulating in Haiti in late 2014, before the first cases were reported in Brazil.Sexual transmission in OntarioThe Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Ontario’s health ministry said today that a patient from Ontario contracted the virus from a sexual partner who was diagnosed as having a Zika virus infection after traveling to an affected country. No other details were available, other than that the PHAC’s National Microbiology Laboratory has confirmed the case.In a statement, PHAC said the case underscores the need for travelers returning from Zika-hit countries and their sexual partners to take steps to protect themselves.As of today, Canada has recorded 55-travel linked case plus the sexual transmission case, according to the PHAC’s Zika surveillance page.International Zika summit beginsA 2-day international Zika virus summit began today at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, which is also sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust. According to the meeting page on the Pasteur Institute’s Web site, the meeting is intended to foster open collaboration and discussion, given the rapid spread of the virus.Agenda topics include the epidemiology of the disease, neurologic complications, vaccine developments, diagnostic tests, animal models, and mosquito control.About 600 experts from 43 countries are at the meeting, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today.Marie Paule-Kieny, PhD, assistant director-general for health systems and innovation at the World Health Organization (WHO), told the group that mosquito season is approaching in Europe, which could see local transmission and more sexual transmission cases, according to the AFP report. She said two Aedes mosquito species known to transmit the virus will start to circulate as temperatures in Europe start to rise.”The Zika emergency requires a rapid evolution of our knowledge base, concerted action, and innovation if the virus and related complications are to be addressed efficiently,” she told the group.Zika’s earlier arrival in HaitiIn other news, a retrospective analysis of blood samples collected from children to probe the cause of febrile illness from May 2014 to February 2015 showed that Zika virus was circulating in Hait before the first cases were reported in Brazil.The look back at the blood samples also revealed that the virus was in Haiti well before the first local cases were reported in the middle of January. Researchers from the University of Florida, Haiti, and Italy reported their findings today in an online edition of Public Library of Science (PLoS) Neglected Tropical Diseases.Of 177 blood samples, 43 were positive for Zika virus, with results confirmed by viral sequencing. The team also detected dengue virus in one of samples that was positive for Zika.The children who were infected with Zika virus were from two different schools in three different towns, with all three cases occurring the same week. The findings are consistent with an outbreak in Haiti’s Gressier/Leogane region, just west of Haiti’s capital, Port au Prince, the investigators reported. The children lived within a 20-mile radius of each other, and all had been sick during the same week in December 2014.Genetic sequencing found that the virus was closely related to the one from Brazil, and an analysis of the NS5 gene suggested that the Haitian outbreak virus is part of a larger clade that includes isolates from Easter Island.Researchers concluded that Zika epidemics seem to have complex spread patterns and that more information is needed about what fueled transmission and what the consequences were of Haiti’s early outbreak.See also:Apr 25 PHAC statementPHAC Zika surveillance pagePasteur Institute Zika summit pageApr 25 AFP storyApr 25 PLoS Negl Trop Dis reportlast_img read more

UTI Announces Retirement of Robert Hartman; John White Named as Successor

first_imgWith more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  PHOENIX — Universal Technical Institute Chairman Robert Hartman has announced plans to retire from his duties as an executive officer and chairman of the board, effective September 30. Hartman will continue to serve as a member of UTI’s board of directors. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The company’s Vice Chairman and Chief Strategic Planning Officer, John White, will assume the role of chairman. White was previously the chairman and CEO of Motorcycle and Marine Mechanics Institute for 21 years prior to its merger with UTI in 1998. For more information about UTI, visit: _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

The Timken Company Elects Ward J. ‘Tim’ Timken, Jr. as Chairman

first_imgCANTON,OH — The Timken Company announced its board of directors has named Ward J. “Tim” Timken, Jr. chairman, effective August 15. The appointment follows the July 29 United States Senate confirmation of W.R. Timken, Jr. as U.S. Ambassador to Germany and his subsequent resignation as chairman and member of the Timken board, effective August 14. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementThe new chairman, 38, joined The Timken Company in 1992 and was elected to the board in 2002. In April 2005, he was named vice chairman while continuing to serve as president of the company’s Steel Group, guiding that business, which had $1.2 billion in sales in 2004, to record levels of profitability. Upon his resignation, former chairman W.R. Timken, Jr. said, “I leave The Timken Company with a sense of pride and a tinge of sadness after an affiliation of more than 47 years. However, I have great faith in the new leadership and an excellent board of directors. I am confident this company is poised for continued strong growth.” “We are grateful to Ambassador Timken for his visionary leadership as chairman over 31 years,” said Robert W. Mahoney, chairman of the Timken board’s governance committee and retired chairman of Diebold. “Under his leadership, the company has grown six-fold and become a global leader in both the bearing and alloy steel industries. Our recently released six-month earnings report shows the company achieving record sales and profits and with a very strong balance sheet, adding to Ambassador Timken’s great legacy. “The new chairman’s track record at Timken suggests a new legacy of leadership is in the offing,” Mr. Mahoney continued. “Tim Timken provided strong leadership to the Steel Group and has been a valued member of the board for the past three years. He has earned our respect, and we are confident that Tim will carry on the highly successful transformation of the company,” Mahoney said. AdvertisementSince its founding by Henry Timken in 1899, the company has had five chairmen, all Timken family members. After becoming a public company in 1922, the company adopted a practice of engaging professional executives to lead the company. Timken and James W. Griffith, president and CEO, 51, will work together within the office of the chairman. “It is a great honor to be entrusted with leadership as we fulfill a new vision and continue to build momentum in pursuit of strategic global growth,” the new Chairman Timken said. “I look forward to working with our leadership team as an advocate of our core values, to enhance our brand reputation, and to build upon our expertise in friction management and power transmission.” Before leading the Steel Group, Timken served as a corporate vice president in the office of the chairman. He played a key role in the 2003 acquisition of The Torrington Company, which was instrumental in the company’s strategic transformation. The Torrington acquisition is the largest in Timken’s history, increasing the size of the company by 50 percent and providing a broader range of friction-management products and services. He also has extensive experience in international business, including key positions with the company’s operations in Europe and Latin America in the 1990s. In addition to his strategic development and leadership role at this Fortune 500 company, he continues to be responsible for government and community affairs. AdvertisementTimken holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Georgetown University and an MBA from the Darden School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. An active member of civic and business organizations, he serves on several boards, including the American Iron and Steel Institute, the Ohio Steel Council, the Ohio Business Development Council, the Stark Development Board, the Henry & Louise Timken Foundation, the Timken Foundation and the Timken Charitable Trust. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.last_img read more

Foreign buyers own half of City

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World rolling stock market June 2012

first_imgArgentina: Following delivery by Emfer, a sixth EMU comprising four refurbished vehicles and four new double-deck cars (RG 4.11 p9) has entered service on the Sarmiento commuter route in Buenos Aires. Australia: On May 1 Wabtec announced an order for its MotivePower subsidiary to deliver 10 standard gauge MP33C diesel locomotives to the Cfcla Rail leasing joint venture of CFCL Australia and Marubeni Corp during 2013. Austria: ÖBB has put into service 10 coaches refurbished with 24 bicycle spaces and 36 seats. The Regio-Biking cars will serve popular cycling routes in summer and carry skis in winter. China: Within four months of the order being placed, CNR Xi’an has delivered 500 GQ70 tank wagons to China National Petroleum. CSR Zhuzhou CSR Times Electric has won a 280m yuan contract to supply traction equipment for trains ordered for Chongqing Line 6. Czech Republic: RegioJet has bought 12 Am61 coaches from SBB. India: Chicago-based leasing firm GATX Corp has entered the Indian market with the purchase of 10 rakes of 45 container wagons which its GATX India subsidiary will lease to Arshiya Rail Infrastructure for 10 years. Italy: Tenders close on June 15 for two contracts totalling €125bn to supply Trentialia with 70 EMUs, each able to seat 280 passengers, with an option for 20 more, and 40 DMUs with 130 seats, also with an option for 20 more sets. Trenitalia hopes to sign both deals by the end of this summer. Japan: Knorr-Bremse has won a ‘major order’ to supply braking systems for the 23 Series E6 high speed tilting trainsets which are scheduled to enter service with JR East between Tokyo and Akita in early 2013. Namibia: Last month CSR Yangtze completed delivery of open wagons to Namibia under its first African order, placed in October 2011. Poland: Zachodniopomorskie voivodship has awarded Newag a 24m zloty contract to supply a pair of two-car DMUs for use on cross-border services into Germany from August 2014. Lubelskie voivodship has ordered a two-car SA137 DMU from Newag for 19·7m złoty. ZKM Gdansk has taken delivery of the last of 46 ex-Dortmund N8C trams rebuilt by Modertrans with a low-floor centre section. Pomorskie voivodship has awarded ZNTK MM and Pesa a 21·4m złoty contract to modernise three EN57 EMUs bought from PR. Russia: Global Container Service Group is taking delivery of 224 flat wagons from TMH’s Engels plant for use by its intermodal subsidiary Ruscon on routes from the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk. On May 18 Federal Passenger Co ordered eight type 61-4445 and 70 type 61-4447 coaches from TMH’s Tver plant. The 160 km/h cars with Knorr-Bremse brakes will be allocated to Moscow and St Petersburg. October Railway is taking delivery of 52 ED4M EMU cars from TMH’s Demikhovo plant and also ET4A units from Torzhok. Metrovagonmash has begun series production of 632 Type 81-760/761 cars for delivery to Moscow Metro by the end of 2013. Track-friendly bogies are designed to provide quieter running and lower maintenance costs than the vehicles they will replace, and despite better acceleration they are expected to be more energy efficient. Sweden: Having paid SKr20m for a 30% stake in freight operator RushRail which has a major forest products transport contract with Trätåg, Bure has ordered seven Bombardier Traxx F140AC electric freight locomotives for delivery by the end of the year at a cost of €24m. Euromaint has been awarded a renewed and expanded contract to manage stores inventory on behalf of Inlandsbanan, which said the agreement offers greater control of stock and component processing, enabling the operator to focus on core activities. Ukraine: KVSZ has obtained type approval for a prototype metro trainset equipped with asynchronous drive. UK: Merseytravel is to appoint a project director to oversee the procurement of a fleet of suburban EMUs for the Merseyrail 750 V DC third rail network centred on Liverpool. Tendering for 150 to 250 cars is planned for this year, with delivery scheduled by 2017. Transport for London is seeking expressions of interest in the supply of eight three or four-car DMUs to increase capacity on London Overground’s Gospel Oak – Barking line from 2013. USA: Progress Rail Services is to supply RailAmerica’s San Joaquin Valley Railroad with four PR30B low-emission locomotives repowered with Caterpillar 3516C-HD engines. Uzbekistan: Using a loan from China’s Exim bank, national railway UTY has placed a US$42m order for 11 CNR Dalian electric freight locomotive sections.last_img read more