Month: December 2019

  • Area may see water rationing

    first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CitySTAFF WRITERS Amid a growing water crisis across the state, officials warned Monday that they will cut water to Southern California farmers 30percent by early next year and are drafting plans that could force residential water rationing for the first time in more than a decade. The moves come as a combination of drought, rising demand, fragile ecosystems and endangered fish has dramatically reduced the region’s water supply. Officials with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California – the agency that sells water to cities in the region – said the factors could push wholesale rates up as much as 10 percent within two years. And they predicted the trends could mean the region will lack water to meet all of Southern California’s demands about 70 percent of the time. “If we are going to be effectively short on imported water 70 percent of the time, we’re going to have to make that up through conservation and changing our lifestyle here in Southern California,” said Jeff Kightlinger, the MWD’s general manager. MWD imports water from the Colorado River and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, but the river is in the eighth year of a drought that has significantly reduced that supply. And a recent court ruling has significantly reduced how much water can be exported from the delta – where the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers merge – to prevent the extinction of a tiny fish that keeps getting sucked into massive water pumps. Following the ruling, MWD will have to cut its supply of water from Northern California by 25 percent. “That really turns our world of reliability on its head,” Kightlinger said. “People will feel this.” MWD officials also are talking about water rationing for the first time since 1991 even as the agency has spent $6 million this year encouraging people to conserve water. “We’re dealing with 28 percent of normal (rainfall) and it would be very tough to handle another year without some serious shortage allocation (or rationing),” said MWD board of directors Chairman Timothy Brick. Brick said this year the agency for the first time also is withdrawing a significant supply from its stored water in reservoirs and groundwater, pulling out 500,000 acre feet of water – enough for 1 million families. Still, MWD officials said they might need to raise wholesale water rates 5 percent to 10 percent in 2009 to pay for water purchases, transfers and other programs to acquire more water for Southern California. Customer rates are set by individual water providers and would likely vary depending on how much water the providers get from MWD. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is MWD’s largest customer, but the utility is in a less dire situation because L.A. has groundwater in the San Fernando Valley and it imports water from the Owens Valley in the eastern Sierras. “The alarm bells haven’t gone off. We want to wait until February or March to see the drought (status) and the snowpack,” DWP Commissioner Nick Patsaouras said. However, if the dry conditions continue and supply from the delta remains limited, the DWP will consider rationing and structuring water rates higher for people who do not limit their consumption, he said. Without knowing whether an allocation plan will be adopted or what it will mean for member agencies, the city of Torrance is urging residents to think about long-range conservation efforts, said Rob Beste, the city’s public works director. Torrance, which operates its own water agency, gets about 80 percent of its supply from the MWD. Committing to strategies such as installing low-flow toilets and landscaping that requires less water will have a greater impact in the long run, as opposed to short-term mandatory rationing, Beste said. So far the city has asked residents only to ration voluntarily. “What we’re looking for is really changing the habits,” Beste added. “It’s converting your home and doing the long-term. Short-term rationing only goes so far. “It’s a big issue. ? We have one bad year and you can see how vulnerable our system is.” Meanwhile, to help shore up the state’s dwindling water supply, state officials are planning to place another water bond measure on the ballot next year – even after voters approved $9.5 billion in bonds for water projects last year. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed a $9.1 billion bond measure, while Sen. Don Perata, D-Oakland, has written a $6.8 billion proposal. One of the main differences, and a source of significant political controversy in Sacramento, is that the governor’s bond measure would fund dams and reservoirs in Northern California. The Senate Natural Resources and Water committee passed the Perata bond measure and sent it to an expected full floor vote today. But it rejected Schwarzenegger’s proposal. kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CRISIS: Farmers face 30 percent cutback amid drought, rising demand and a court ruling. By Kerry Cavanaugh and Harrison Sheppard last_img read more

  • Storm death toll tops 1,700 in Bangladesh

    first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DHAKA, Bangladesh – Hundreds of thousands of survivors were stuck Saturday behind roads blocked by fallen trees, iron roofs and thick sludge as rescue workers fought to reach towns along Bangladesh’s coast that were ravaged by a powerful cyclone that killed at least 1,723 people. Tropical Cyclone Sidr, the deadliest storm to hit the country in a decade, destroyed tens of thousands of homes in southwest Bangladesh on Thursday and ruined much-needed crops just before harvest season in this impoverished, low-lying South Asian country. More than a million coastal villagers were forced to evacuate to government shelters. The official death toll rose to 1,723 and authorities feared the figure could rise further as the country works to recover. The government scrambled Saturday to join international agencies and local officials in the rescue mission, deploying military helicopters, thousands of troops and naval ships. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Rescuers trying to get food and water to people stranded by flooding struggled to clear roads that were so bad they said they’ll have to return on bicycles. “We will try again tomorrow on bicycles, and hire local country boats,” M. Shakil Anwar of CARE said from the city of Khulna. Along the coast, 150 mph winds flung small ferries ashore like toy boats, cutting off migrant fishing communities on and around hundreds of tiny islands across the area’s river channels. An estimated 2.7 million people were affected and 773,000 houses were damaged.last_img read more

  • PRIVATE TENANCY RENTS CONTINUE TO INCREASE IN DONEGAL

    first_imgThe average rent for all dwellings in the private rented sector in Co. Donegal in Quarter 4 of 2015, and which were registered with the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB) was €463.This was up €6 when compared to the average rent in Q3, 2015, when the amount was €457, and was up €23 when compared to a year earlier, in the last quarter of 2014, figures released today show.This data comes from the latest PRTB Quarterly Rent Index which is compiled by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) for the Board. It is the most accurate and authoritative rent report of its kind on the private accommodation sector in Ireland. This is because it is based on the actual rents being paid, according to the PRTB’s records, as distinct from the asking or advertised rent.At a national level, monthly rent levels rose in Q4, 2015, by 2.2% when compared with Q3 when the growth rate was 3.6%. Looking at the trends in more detail, monthly rents countrywide for houses were up by 1.5% quarter on quarter, while rents for apartments were 2.7% higher than in Q3, 2015.Rents in Dublin grew by 1.8% in Q4 compared with Q3, 2015. While rents for houses in Dublin increased by just 0.7%, rents for Dublin apartments rose by 1.9%. For properties outside Dublin, rents in Q4 2015, when compared with the third quarter of that year, were up 2.3%. Rents for houses outside Dublin recorded a quarterly increase of 1.9%, while apartment rents outside Dublin increased by 2.9% in Q4, 2015.Commenting on the latest Rent Index findings, a Spokesperson for the PRTB said it was another opportunity too to remind both landlords and tenants of the provisions of the new tenancy legislation which came into law last December. “That provides that rent may only be increased once in a 24 month period (previously 12 months). It also provides that 90 days advance notice must be given prior to any increase (previously 28 days). As previously, rents may not be more than the market rate. All landlords are legally obliged to register tenancies with the PRTB and the number of new registrations with the PRTB in Q4, 2015, was 27,316.  PRIVATE TENANCY RENTS CONTINUE TO INCREASE IN DONEGAL was last modified: March 15th, 2016 by John2Share 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:donegalPRTBrentsriseslast_img read more

  • Jobs: Letterkenny bar seeks Assistant Manager and Cleaning staff

    first_imgJob Vacancies: The Glencar Inn in Letterkenny is currently recruiting for two positions:Assistant ManagerManagement are taking applications for an Assistant Manager. This is a full-time role.A minimum of 2 years experience in a similar role is required.The ideal candidate will have the experience in stock management, roistering, event planning, staff delegation and theApplicants should have the ability to work under their own initiative.  Part-time Cleaner Experience is essential and flexibility is required.Must be able to work under their own initiative. Closing date for both possessions is Friday the 6th of October.Please send your C.V and cover letters to hrglencar@gmail.comJobs: Letterkenny bar seeks Assistant Manager and Cleaning staff was last modified: September 28th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:CleanerGlencar InnjobsletterkennyManagerpart-time jobVacancieslast_img read more

  • Job Vacancy: Head Chef sought for new Letterkenny pub restaurant

    first_imgJob Vacancy: Sister Sara’s Superpub Letterkenny are seeking staff for their exciting new food addition – Sara’s Kitchen.Head chef required for an exciting new opportunity in Sister Sara’s. If you are self-driven and motivated by a brand new challenge then please send your CV to dryarchinn@gmail.comMinimum 5 years experience. All applications will be treated in strict confidence.Job Vacancy: Head Chef sought for new Letterkenny pub restaurant was last modified: February 2nd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:culinaryHead ChefjobsKitchenletterkennyrestaurantSister Sara’slast_img read more

  • THE NEW GENERATION HYUNDAI SANTA FE ARRIVES AT DIVERS….AND IN STYLE!

    first_imgThe wait for the much-anticipated arrival of the New Generation Hyundai Santa Fe is now over.The vehicle has become one Ireland’s best selling SUV’s since it made its appearance over 12 years ago. It has now entered the modern premium market and has already proven a force to be reckoned with.The big incentive for all the SUV drivers is that it is still a 2.2 dsl engine putting out 195 bhp but only costs a small 330 euro to tax annually, as opposed to its competitors where many cost €2,000.The Santa Fe still has a roomy seven seats and more extras than even the most seasoned motorist would expect.Hyundai are renowned for packing their vehicles with lots of extras and this is no different, having the most advanced safety features on the road today, with driver/passanger, knee, side and curtain airbags, a hill start control function, The new Trailer stability assist function and active hood system – the list goes on. Most impressingly, it has a child spotting device thats built into dash which enables you to be sure that you are free to reverse without worrying about the little ones wandering where they shouldn’t as the car takes off.Standard equipment includes 17′ Alloys, air con, one-touch folding seats for total ease of access to the rear most seats, the new Rap Doors feature and the very nifty puddle lights that shine on the grond at night time from the wing mirrors just so you see where your standing!Top this off with daytime running lights and the new flex steer system makes this one action packed top spec premium level vehicle at the right price.Prices start from €38,500 and as with all the hyundai range comes with Hyundai’s leading warranty of 5 yrs unlimited mileage, five year AA membership and a five year free health check on your vehicle.Motorits in Donegal can now check it out this weekend at the North West motor show in the Aura Letterkenny, where Terence and Gavin wih be available to deal with all your enquiries and even organise a test drive with you.Hyundai National Open Week is also running from 5th-11th November… call to Divers stand for your invite to the open week where to will get a voucher for a free vehicle check on your own car. If you test drive any vehicle in the Hyundai range while this is being done you will be entered into a draw for a new Apple i-pad for Christmas.THE NEW GENERATION HYUNDAI SANTA FE ARRIVES AT DIVERS….AND IN STYLE! was last modified: October 25th, 2012 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:DiversHyundai Santa Felast_img read more

  • FRONTLINE STAFF SAVED HOSPITAL AFTER RUNNING FOR SANDBAGS TO BLOCK FLOOD

    first_imgThe flooding at Letterkenny General Hospital last night.Frontline staff prevented another flooding on the scale of last year’s disaster after they rushed for sandbags to seal up Letterkenny General Hospital, Donegal Daily can reveal.A hospital insider has revealed how hospital management were reluctant to call the fire service during last night’s heavy downpours.However, in an amazing act of passion, one worker grabbed a phone from a member of management and demanded the fire service come to the hospital. The scene last night in the car park at the Emergency Department donegaldaily.comOther members of frontline staff rushed to gather sandbags and placed them at the doors of the Accident and Emergency.The acts of defiance almost certainly saved the hospital from suffering anther heavy flood disaster which occurred exactly one year and one week ago.The hospital insider was on duty as torrential downpours sent thousands of gallons of water gushing into the car park of the hospital in front of the A&E Department.He said “There was a lot of uncertainly about whether to call the fire services or not. In the end this guy grabbed the phone and demanded they come up. “It was amazing to watch it. A decision needed to be made and it was. God knows what might have happened if it was left any longer.“A number of staff also rushed to get sandbags and sealed up the two entrances – the public entrance and the ambulance entrance.“Some water did get in and there was a mess for a while but it took about three hours to clean it up.“It could have been a repeat of last year but for some quick-thinking and getting the sandbags up against the doors.”A number of public representatives including Deputies Padraig MacLochlainn, Charlie McConalogue and Cllr Ciaran Brogan visited the hospital last night. Despite initially diverting patients to Sligo and Derry, the hospital re-opened to the public last night.There have been calls for Health Minister Leo Varadkar to visit the hospital today amidst other calls for a full public inquiry into the planning process for the hospital.FRONTLINE STAFF SAVED HOSPITAL AFTER RUNNING FOR SANDBAGS TO BLOCK FLOOD was last modified: August 6th, 2014 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:floodGardaiLetterkenny General HospitalManagementStafflast_img read more

  • WATCH: The HILARIOUS own goal from Aston Villa’s embarrassing loss to Luton Town

    first_imgAston Villa suffered an embarrassing defeat on Wednesday evening, as the Championship club were comprehensively outplayed by League Two side Luton Town on the way to a 3-1 defeat.Despite going ahead through Jordan Ayew, the visitors failed to capitalise on their early dominance, and were eventually pegged back when Jake Gray equalised after a great team move.Cam McGeehan then put the hosts in the lead, and the embarrassment became worse later on, as Luton grabbed a third goal – thanks to Jores Okore.The Villa defender somehow managed to pass the ball past Mark Bunn into his own net, having already seen Micah Richards fall over in the box to gift possession to Luton.It was a true comedy of errors, and you can check it out above…last_img read more

  • Senior Menu

    first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Tuesday: Beef and broccoli, baby lima beans, brussels sprouts. Wednesday: Five cheese lasagna, corn, peas and pearl onions. Thursday: Beef pepper steak, baby lima beans, brussels sprouts. Friday: Chicken primavera, corn, carrots. Lunch is served at noon weekdays at the Simi Valley Senior Citizens Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Suggested donation is $5, or $2.25 for those 60 and older. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance by calling (805) 583-6365. Lunch is served to Moorpark seniors at noon weekdays in the Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Suggested donation is $2.25. For information, call (805) 517-6261. All meals are served with bread, dessert and fat free milk. Here is this week’s menu: Monday: Chicken teriyaki, peas and pearl onions, carrots. last_img read more

  • ABC Radio assets to merge with Citadel Broadcasting

    first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card As a result of the transaction, 14 FM and 8 AM ABC radio stations in nine major markets – including KLOS-FM (95.5) and KABC-AM (790) in Los Angeles – will join Citadel Communications. The deal does not include Disney’s ESPN and Radio Disney networks. “This is going to rock the boat at ABC,” said Tom Taylor, editor-in-chief of Inside Radio, a trade publication based in Littleton, N.H. “There hasn’t been much turnover at ABC Radio for a long time. There isn’t a culture of change there.” Not so at Citadel. The Las Vegas-based company was founded in 1984 and has garnered a reputation as an aggressive suitor. The company owns and operates 177 FM and 66 AM radio stations, with formats that span the spectrum. In Citadel’s most recent quarter, the company saw revenue of $109.6 million, compared with $107.5 million in the prior year. ABC Radio, with 51 AM and 20 FM stations, also creates and distributes programming to more than 4,000 affiliates, with Paul Harvey News and Comment and The Sean Hannity Show among the group’s flagship programs. The Walt Disney Co. announced plans Monday to merge its ABC Radio assets with Citadel Broadcasting Corp. in a cash-and-stock deal valued at approximately $2.7 billion. Boards of directors at both companies have approved the move to combine ABC Radio, which includes 22 radio stations and the ABC Radio Networks, with Citadel by the end of the year. The newly combined company, Citadel Communications, will be the third largest radio group in the country, reaching more than 50 markets. As part of the deal, Disney shareholders will own approximately 52 percent of Citadel, while The Walt Disney Co. will retain $1.4 billion to $1.65 billion in cash, depending on the market price of Citadel when the deal closes. Citadel shareholders will own the remaining 48 percent of the combined company. Robert Iger, chief executive officer of Disney, characterized the move as an “opportunity to offer Disney shareholders ownership in a new radio leader that will be well positioned for long-term success.” But industry trackers said the move will likely instill trepidation among ABC Radio executives as Citadel executives learn to harness a much larger corporation. Under terms of the merger, Citadel will deliver ABC News Radio programming to terrestrial radio stations, while Disney will continue to deliver ABC News content via wireless, broadband and satellite. Shares of Citadel rose 4 cents on Monday to close at $12 on the New York Stock Exchange. Evan Pondel, (818) 713-3662 evan.pondel@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more