Twitter Linkedin Advertisement NewsCrime & CourtHeroin file to the Director of Public ProsecutionsBy Bernie English – August 14, 2017 1236 WhatsApp Email Previous articleShannon airport on the lookout for branding guruNext articleCatherine Ireton: Everyday courage Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Facebook TWO men arrested following a Garda seizure of heroin in Limerick at the weekend have been released without charge.Gardai swooped to seize heroin with an estimated street value of €30,000 on Saturday afternoon in a house in Castleconnell.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The seized substance is subject to testing and analysis.Two men, aged 24 and 28, were arrested and detained at Henry Street Garda Station in the city under Section 2 of Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996Both have now been released without charge. A file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions for a decision on the matter. Print
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Devex:The African Development Bank (AfDB) will no longer finance coal projects, bank president Akinwumi Adesina announced this week at the U.N. Climate Action Summit. It was the first public announcement by the bank committing to end financial support for coal.“Coal is the past, renewable energy is the future,” Adesina told the audience. “For us at the African Development Bank, we are getting out of coal.”The last coal investment the bank made, which was in 2015, was a supplementary loan of about $4 million for a small, 125 megawatt coal-fired power plant in Senegal that it originally financed in 2009, according to Oil Change International, a U.S.-based advocacy organization.Earlier this year, AfDB committed to doubling its climate financing to $25 billion by 2025 — nearly half of which will be devoted to climate adaptation, according to Adesina. “We really feel strongly that at the African Development Bank…what we should be focusing in on is a lot of clean energy, renewable energy,” he told Devex in an interview in New York.In the Sahel region of Africa, the bank is investing $20 billion in the construction of a 10,000-megawatt solar zone — making it the largest in the world — that will cover 11 countries, he said at the U.N. “It will allow us to power the whole of the Sahel using the power of the sun,” he said.The bank had been recently considering a plan to finance a coal-powered plant in Lamu, Kenya, which civil society groups have been fighting against for years. In June, the nation’s supreme court blocked the project, saying that a proper environmental assessment was not conducted.More: African Development Bank commits to coal-free financing African Development Bank makes no coal financing pledge
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York At the turn of the 20th century, Tesla’s Wardenclyffe tower stood so tall at 187 feet that it could be seen across the Sound in ConnecticutSuffolk County can’t claim Nikola Tesla, the visionary scientist and inventor, as a native son—he was born in what is now Croatia—but it can proclaim its appreciation for what he tried to accomplish on Long Island more than a century ago because his last laboratory, known as Wardenclyffe, still stands in Shoreham.With that thought in mind, the Suffolk County Legislature unanimously approved a resolution by Legis. Sarah Anker (D-Mt. Sinai) very early Wednesday morning (at 1:45 a.m. to be exact) to declare the famed Serbian-American’s birthday on July 10 as “Nikola Tesla Day,” now and forever after.At the legislature’s general meeting last month Anker had praised the efforts of the non-profit Tesla Science Center, led by the group’s president Jane Alcorn, to save the Wardenclyffe site from destruction. Their goal is to turn the property into an educational and scientific research facility someday.“I commend the volunteers for their tireless dedication in protecting an historic landmark,” said Anker in a statement. “In addition to inspiring and educating visitors about Tesla’s contributions to modern science, the museum will encourage investment in our community’s local businesses, strengthening the area’s economic base.”Nikola TeslaAfter the recent vote, Anker added, “I am proud to join the Tesla Science Center in recognizing July 10th as Suffolk County’s Nikola Tesla Day… Suffolk County will never forget Tesla’s vast contributions to technology.”Tesla, who was born on July 10, 1856 to Serbian parents, came to America in 1884 and worked for Thomas Edison before leaving to start his own electric company that relied on his discovery of alternating current. Tesla came to Shoreham in 1901 and bought 200 acres from James S. Warden, director of the Suffolk County Land Co.At the turn of the 20th century, Tesla’s Wardenclyffe tower stood so tall at 187 feet that it could be seen across the Long Island Sound in Connecticut, much as today’s residents on the shore of the Nutmeg State can spot the red-and-white striped stacks of Northport’s power plant. But the difference between then and now is profound and well worth recalling. The National Grid generating facility, which supplies 40 percent of Long Island’s energy needs, runs on fossil fuel. Had Tesla’s backers, notably J.P. Morgan, not pulled the plug on his innovative project in 1905, Wardenclyffe would have sent energy around the globe for free by drawing on the Earth’s electro-magnetism in a process that Tesla took to his grave when he died penniless in a Manhattan hotel in 1943.The tower was torn down in 1917 and sold for scrap. Until last year, the fate of the Shoreham lab itself was up in the air as the Stanford White-designed brick building had been annexed to a warehouse by a photoproducts company which had polluted the 16-acre industrial site so badly over the decades that it was declared a New York State Superfund Site after Agfa Corporation had acquired it in 1969.Cleaning up the property reportedly cost Agfa more than $5 million. After the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) gave interim approval of the remediation work in 2010, the company wanted to sell the property for $1.65 million, but waited until the Tesla Science Center, a 501(C)3 non-profit organization, was able to raise enough money to use the state’s matching grant, set up by former Assemb. Marc Alessi, and close the sale in 2013. The center got a great boost thanks to an impassioned appeal by Matt Inman, the comic creator of The Oatmeal, who had used Indiegogo.com, a crowd-funding website, to launch what he dubbed, “Operation Let’s Build a Goddamn Tesla Museum.” Making a significant contribution was Babylon-based filmmaker Joe Sikorski and his partner Vic Elefante, who’ve been collaborating for several years on a fictional film about Tesla they call “Fragments From Olympus.” They donated all their seed money, about $33,000, to help seal the deal.Supporters of the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe in Shoreham Monday, May 13. Left to right: David Madigan, former Assemblyman Marc Alessi, Jane Alcorn, and filmmaker Joe Sikorski. (Photo credit: Spencer Rumsey/Long Island Press)In September, 2013, Serbian President H.E. Tomislav Nikolic joined other dignitaries, including Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton), to dedicate a monument at Wardenclyffe in Tesla’s honor, featuring a statue of the visionary inventor donated by the Republic of Serbia.On hand for the monument’s unveiling was Sikorski, who was filming the event for his upcoming documentary about Wardenclyffe, Tower to the People. He has since gotten some invaluable assistance from the Tesla Museum in Belgrade, such as copies of the original architectural drawings of the tower.Now Sikorski is hoping other Long Islanders, living here or elsewhere, might have “photos, old home movies” or any other relevant material pertaining to Wardenclyffe that would help him fill in some gaps in his documentary, which he wants to complete by Tesla’s birthday in July.“Somewhere in an old photo album, basement or attic,” Sikorski told the Press, “there is someone in the community who can help us document this important piece of history… We’re also looking for local people who may have heard stories from their parents or grandparents about Wardenclyffe tower or have had an interaction with Nikola Tesla when he was on Long Island.” He set up a special email, [email protected], for people to respond to.As for his fictional film, Fragments From Olympus, Sikorski keeps coming up with tantalizing announcements. Last month word went out that Mickey Rooney, now 93, had signed on to appear in it. Sikorski wouldn’t say what role the famed Hollywood star would have, but Rooney did play the lead in Young Tom Edison many years ago. So far on board for this feature project, Sikorski says, are the actors Michael Lerner, Sean Young and Leo Rossi, and the cinematographer Howard J. Smith.No doubt this flurry of activity—from Suffolk County officially commemorating his birthday to the growing roster of movie stars hoping to bring his life to the silver screen and his statue now standing outside his empty laboratory that may someday house a science center in his name—would have pleased Tesla. Discussing Wardenclyffe’s future in 1904, he wrote, “See the excitement coming!”He may yet be right.