Rural Transport Programme rebranded as “Local Link Donegal”

first_img Facebook Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Google+ Google+ Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Rural Transport Programme rebranded as “Local Link Donegal”center_img By News Highland – September 21, 2017 WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Homepage BannerNews Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest The Rural Transport Programme has been officially rebranded by Community and Rural Affairs Minister Michael Ring.Local Link Donegal is designed to provide quality, community-based, public transport for passengers living in rural areas across the county.Local Link provides both demand-responsive, door-to-door services on request, and scheduled bus services on fixed routes.In a statement Minister Ring said that Local Link is enabling people in remote rural areas to go shopping, get to hospital appointments and avail of services in their local towns and villages.With over 1.7 million such journeys taking place last year Minister Ring says that it is providing an invaluable service to rural Ireland.He said the role that Local Link plays in working with the HSE to provide transport for people with non-emergency healthcare needs is particularly important and is something he has seen at close quarters working well in County Donegal.New services in Donegal last year include Cloghan, Burtonport via Dungloe and Glencolmcille while in 2017 Carrigans, Ballyshannon, Fanad and Finntown have been added to the list.For more information on Local Link Donegal, please visit www.locallink.ie Previous articleAbortion rights group brands Jackson’s protest “a farce”Next articleTribunal told Garda whistleblower did not threaten to burn his partner News Highland Twitterlast_img read more

Fiance of woman killed in alleged baby-stealing plot says he’s still ‘waiting to hear her voice’

first_imgFiance Shane Carey, along with his father, holds he and Heidi Broussard’s baby, Margot Carey, during an interview with ABC News on Jan. 8, 2020. (ABC News)(AUSTIN, Texas) — The fiance of a Texas woman who was allegedly killed in a plot to steal their baby said he’s still in disbelief that someone so close to them may have been involved.“She deserves more. She deserves way more,” Heidi Broussard’s fiance, Shane Carey, told ABC News in an exclusive interview airing on Good Morning America Thursday. “I’m waiting for that text message, like, ‘Hey sweetie, how we doing?’ … Just waiting to hear her voice. I still don’t believe it. I just don’t believe it. It’s really not real.”Broussard, 33, and the couple’s infant daughter, Margot, had been missing for a week before the young woman was found strangled to death in the trunk of the car of her close friend, Magen Fieramusca, on Dec. 19, according to officials.Fieramusca was charged with kidnapping in connection with the case, and police believe she may have abducted Broussard in a plot to take baby Margot as her own child.Investigators said Fieramusca had allegedly been acting like she was pregnant and telling people that she was expecting a child. Authorities are now trying to determine whether she was pregnant at all.Margot was found alive and was reunited with her family last month, but those closest to her are still searching for answers.“I want to look at her straight in the eyes and ask her why?” Carey said of Fieramusca. “That’s all I want to say. There’s no reason for any of this. I believe somebody talked her into it. I mean, from knowing Magen, I would never imagine it.”“I don’t know what happened. … Heidi is way stronger than Magen. There has to be a second person. There is no way Magen was by herself,” he added.Carey told police that on Dec. 8 or 9, Broussard said Fieramusca delivered a baby girl, according to court documents. Carey said he had seen her visibly pregnant, the documents said.Fieramusca’s ex-boyfriend, Christopher Green, told investigators that “he never saw Magen Fieramusca’s bare stomach during the pregnancy,” but he believed she was pregnant with his child, according to the documents.The two still lived together, although they were broken up, the documents said.Fieramusca later told investigators that she went into labor on Dec. 12 and went to a Houston-area birthing center, but she could not remember the center’s name, according to the arrest affidavit.Shen told investigators she brought her baby home on Dec. 12, the affidavit said.When investigators spoke with Green, they showed him a flyer of missing baby Margot — and Green replied, “That’s the baby at my house,” according to an arrest affidavit.Investigators say they went to Fieramusca’s home where they smelled the “unmistakable odor of decomposing flesh” coming from the trunk of Fieramusca’s Nissan Versa.She was taken into custody on two charges of kidnapping and one count of tampering with a human corpse. Her first court appearance is set for next month.Carey, Broussard’s fiance, expressed frustration over the way the case was unfolding and questioned why Fieramusca hadn’t been charged with murder.“I guess it’s tampering with evidence, [but] how is no one charged [with murder]? … There has to be someone charged,” Carey said. “I don’t know why this happened. She had my baby in her room supposedly. So it had to be her. … She had to be involved.”For now, Carey said he’s trying to stay strong for baby Margot. He’s also preparing to launch a foundation in Heidi’s memory called “Heidi and Shane’s Family Fund,” to support families who have suffered traumatic events. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Oil majors vow greater transparency in effort to curb methane emissions

first_imgReduction of methane emissions an important step in oil and gas sector’s energy transitionOGMP 2.0 aims to cut industry-wide methane emissions by 45% by 2025, and between 60-75% by the end of this decade.The International Energy Agency (IEA) has said that while methane emissions are the second-biggest cause of global warming, the technologies needed to achieve a significant reduction are both widely available and cost effective.Signatories to the framework, which is an updated version of an initiative first launched in 2014, include European majors BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Total, Eni and Equinor.A total of 62 hydrocarbon producers have committed to the new standards, accounting for assets that represent 30% of the world’s oil and gas production across five continents.However, many notable players, including US majors Exxon and Chevron, and major state-backed oil companies, are not part of the new disclosures agreement.Some of these companies have set their own individual standards for reducing methane emissions, or have signed up to alternative industry programmes such as the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), a CEO-led coalition headed by former BP boss Bob Dudley.“Reducing methane emissions is a crucial effort in the industry’s decarbonisation pathway,” said Eni chief executive Claudio Descalzi.“As a factor on which we can have an immediate and concrete positive impact, OGMP 2.0 offers an internationally-recognised blueprint to companies across our industry willing to make improvements in their emission reductions in all phases of the value chain.”Total CEO Patrick Pouyanné added: “This new partnership will foster the sharing of industry best practices, especially on non-operated assets, and improve monitoring.” Several of the world’s biggest oil and gas firms have committed to new UN methane-disclosure standards targeting sector-wide emissions reduction Methane is frequently released during oil and gas operations, and is a big contributor to global warming (Credit: Solodov Aleksei/Shutterstock) Many of the world’s biggest oil and gas producers have committed to a United Nations-led framework for methane-emissions reduction across the industry.The Oil and Gas Methane Partnership 2.0 – described as a “gold standard” for methane monitoring, reporting and reduction – is a joint initiative spearheaded by the UN, the European Union and US-based advocacy group the Environmental Defense Fund.It is designed to establish more robust standards for disclosure of methane emissions, demanding a “much higher level of transparency” than previous similar frameworks have required.Methane is an important issue for the industry to contend with as it seeks to affirm its position in a rapidly-evolving energy system that is under growing pressure to reduce its contribution to climate change.The greenhouse gas – which is frequently released into the atmosphere via flaring, venting or leakages from extractive and transport infrastructure – can have up to 80-times the global-warming power over a 20-year period compared to carbon dioxide.“A clear commitment to measure and monitor emissions is an important first step for significantly reducing [methane emissions],” said EU energy commissioner Kadri Simson.“There are many more steps to take to cut emissions along the entire value chain and I hope to work closely with all – European and international – partners to reach this goal.”center_img New ways of monitoringOGMP 2.0, which is part of the intergovernmental Climate and Clean Air Coalition launched by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2012, is said to differ from previous methane-reduction initiatives by enabling officials, investors and the public to track and compare company performance “in ways that have not been possible to this point”.This includes monitoring joint-venture operations rather than just a company’s wholly-owned assets, as well as emissions from midstream and downstream activities – not just those released during production.“To win the race to net-zero emissions, we need everyone on board,” said UNEP executive director Inger Andersen. “We need ambitious action from the oil and gas industry.“UNEP is committed to supporting efforts that reduce methane emissions, and we recognise the leadership of companies that have joined such an ambitious methane-reporting framework. We look forward to seeing actions that turn commitments into actual emissions reduction.”In partnership with the European Union, UNEP is also seeking to create an independent International Methane Emissions Observatory (IMEO) that will aggregate and analyse multiple methane-emissions data streams, including those reported by OGMP members.The observatory will assist industry and governments by working to improve the “consistency and credibility” of methane-emissions data, providing more reliable information about how to accelerate mitigation actions.last_img read more

Brewers prospect Corey Ray discusses why he’s not superstitious, PlayStation and ‘A Different World’

first_imgUp now: Brewers outfield prospect Corey RayWhat’s your first baseball memory?RAY: My first baseball memory was the hardest ball I had hit to that point. Had to be like 5 years old. We’re playing at this park, and I hit the ball to the street. I’m running and the third-base coach gives me a stop sign rounding third, but I run the stop sign and the catcher just trucks me. Absolutely demolishes me. He was really big. Really, really big. I tried to slide and he put the tag down and I stopped sliding. After that, if the coach gave me a stop sign, I stopped. What’s the last show you binge-watched?RAY: Different World. I watch it almost every year. It’s one of my favorites. I used to get up early, it would come on at like 6 am, and I’d watch it every single day. And the fact that I can binge-watch every single season, that’s really good. Any superstitions? RAY: I try not to be really superstitious. I used to be really, really superstitious. But I do the same thing every day, and in baseball, you fail so much, so it’s like, are you doing the same thing every day to fail? So I don’t think it matters. You put in the work you need to put in and whatever happens, happens. It’s not because you wore the same socks or because you didn’t cut your hair or cut your nails. It’s because you put the work in.MORE: 19 questions for the 2019 seasonWhat’s your favorite free-time activity? RAY: Video games. I’m a PlayStation guy — 2K every single day. And if I’m not playing PlayStation, I’m reading. I try to switch up what I’m reading, fiction, non-fiction. Whatever I hear that’s a good book, if I can get my hands on it, I read it. What’s one talent you’d most like to have?RAY: Sing. I wish I could sing. Like, really, really sing.  Sporting News writer Ryan Fagan is traveling through Florida and Arizona this spring, stopping at camps and chatting with the players. One of his side projects is a quick-hitter Q/A we’re calling “Two minutes with …”Previous editions: Anthony Rizzo | Max Muncy | Touki Toussaint | Clint Frazier | Pat Neshek | Chris Iannetta | Ben Gamel  What was your first job?RAY: Only baseball.What’s your most embarrassing injury. RAY: I ran into a brick wall and busted my face open in high school, trying to catch a fly ball. I went back on it and tried to catch it. I jumped, and when I came down I just blew my whole face open. I stayed in the game and hit a home run like three innings later, though. So, that’s embarrassing but it’s kind of a cool story. What’s the best purchase you’ve ever made?RAY: My house.last_img read more