Fireworks spark council debate

first_imgFran Shields, director of community services, in a written staff report, had proposed a laser show, but council members poo-pooed that idea. Council member Cathy Warner didn’t like the proposal. “I would tend to support actual fireworks because it’s traditional,” Warner said. But some council members – Bob Henderson and Greg Nordbak – are worried about the cost. “I don’t care for it,” Nordbak said. “I didn’t like it this year. I felt we spent an awful lot of money for what we got out of our buck.” Whittier Mayor Owen Newcomer wasn’t as concerned. “I’m not particularly troubled by spending $25,000 for a party,” Newcomer said. “That’s $9,000 more than we have in the budget.” Henderson had similar concerns to Nordbak’s, in part because of another proposal to include banners honoring the Blue Star program that could cost from $6,000 to $25,000. In this program, the city would set up banners throughout Whittier honoring Blue Star families – those with children serving in the military. “I could see us spending $35,000 to $40,000,” Henderson said. The council earlier this week did approve a $6,000 Blue Star program, but wanted more information before deciding whether to have fireworks. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – The 2007 Independence Day celebration was a small ceremony with a family picnic and some games. But there were no fireworks and few showed up for the event, held at Joe Miller Field. But some City Council members – in particular Councilman Joe Vinatieri – want a bigger show with fireworks. This is driven by the fact that the use of fireworks is illegal in Whittier. But such a show is going to cost more money, which has others on the council concerned. While this year’s show only cost $16,565, doing fireworks could be an additional $25,000. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Now, city staff must return with specific information on just how much it will cost to put on a show. “I find it troubling that Whittier doesn’t have an Independence Day celebration,” Vinatieri said. “I appreciate the fact that we had one last year, but it was in the afternoon.” Vinatieri said he wants the city to have a fireworks show beginning at 6 p.m. including games for children, and entertainment. It again would be at Joe Miller Field. The fireworks show wouldn’t be on the level of other nearby communities because there’s not enough space and thus it’s too dangerous, Vinatieri said. But a smaller show is possible, he said. last_img read more


first_imgSt Eunan’s GAA News:Congratulations to our U-14 boys footballers and their management who clinched the Northern Board League title defeating Urris by 6-18 to 5-03 in the final at O’Donnell Park. A sensational first half display from the boys made sure they wouldn’t be denied the title on their home patch.  They now move on to face Naomh Conaill this weekend in the All County league semi final, details tbc.Club members who ordered tickets from the club for this Sunday’s Ulster SFC Final can collect same at the Clubhouse from 7.30pm to 8.30pm this Thursday, July 16th.The Senior footballers defeated Glenswilly on Sunday evening, winning 0-13 to 0-09, while the Reserves were defeated 2-07 to 1-05, goalscorer Cathal Roache.  Both teams are due to face Dungloe at home in a rearranged fixture this Friday at 6.30 and 8pm.Hard luck to the Senior Hurlers who were defeated by a single point away at Setanta in their first Championship round robin game, losing 0-13 to 1-09 (match report on the club website).  They are scheduled to face Knockbridge in the Táin league this Saturday in Garvaghey, throw in 4pm.The Junior Footballers are scheduled to face Glenfin in Div.5 on Saturday evening at O’Donnell Park. The Minor Girls footballers fell to a narrow one point defeat against Glenfin in their first Championship game on Monday, final score St. Eunan’s 2-08 to Glenfin 1-12.The Minor Boys football team had a fine 4-14 to 3-03 win away to Malin in the Championship on Monday evening to make it two wins from three games in their group.The U-16 Hurlers had a walkover against Setanta last Thursday and host Letterkenny Gaels in the Park this week.  Training continues every Tuesday at 5pm, new hurlers always welcome.The U-12 Hurlers had a good away win last week against Setanta.  They play away to Letterkenny Gaels this Thursday.Hard luck to Greg Harkin and our five girls on the Donegal U14 panel as they were defeated by Tipperary in the All Ireland Final replay on Saturday.Best of luck to Maxi, Eamonn, Sean and Conor and the Donegal team as they face Monaghan in this Sunday’s Ulster Senior Football Final at Clones. Good luck also to our representatives on the Donegal U-21 Hurling panel as they face Sligo in the All Ireland (c) semi final this Saturday at 6pm at O’Donnell Park.The Hurling Academy continues every Friday evening at 6.30pm, while the Century Cinemas Football Academy is on Sundays at 11am.  New members are always welcome to both academies.  For more information, please contact Ciaran Maguire, 087 4133372, Eugene Duffy, 086 8430240 or Eunan O’Donnell 087 6775637.The Clubhouse at O’Donnell Park is now available to book for parties, functions, etc.  Contact Niall on 086-3062893 for further information/bookings.Please note any amendments to fixtures etc. will be noted on the Club Facebook Page as soon as confirmation is received. This year’s Cúl Camps will take place in O’Donnell Park as follows;Football – Mon. July 27th – Fri. July 31stHurling / Camogie – Mon. August 10th – Fri. Aug. 14th.We would ask people to kindly book early as possible so we can give an indication of numbers to the organisers.Further details on the Club Facebook page and online booking available on the links below:……This week’s winning lotto numbers were 3,6,19,24.There were 5 match 3 winners, each getting €20.Dessie Larkin, LetterkennyMartina Doogan, The GrangeEdward and Pauline Nugent, CarnamuggaghAbove Direct DebitSharon McFadden, FalcarraghJacqueline Molloy, FintownAbove sold by AdrianNext week’s jackpot is €1400Sincerest sympathy is extended to the Crossan family (Orchard Inn) on the death of their mother Teresa.GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S U14 FOOTBALLERS PRODUCE STUNNING DISPLAY TO DEFEAT URRIS was last modified: July 15th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAANoticesSportSt Eunanslast_img read more

Enforcing a ban will not end the menace of stubble burning, say researchers

first_imgOnly educating farmers about the monetary costs of burning stubble can address the environmental crisis triggered every year in Punjab, says a team of Swiss and Indian researchers who interviewed 600 farmers over two years. Burning stubble, the rice chaff left over after harvesting, is linked to winter air-pollution in the State as well as down-wind DelhiAccording to the team, the government’s efforts — earmarking funds for specialised farming equipment (for straw management) or enforcing the state-led ban on the practice — are unlikely to solve the problem.Farmer cooperative groups — a key link between government and farmers — ought to be playing a more active role in educating farmers, say key authors associated with the study. Watch | Farmers continue to burn stubble despite ban Cheap solution“The main message is that farmers are not to blame (for the pollution crisis),” says Max Friedrich, a post-doctoral researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag). “There are deeper causes beyond economic incentives or awareness about the health consequences of burning at play.”On average, about 20 million tonnes of straw are generated in Punjab, and they barely have two to three weeks to dispose them of and prepare the fields for the next crop. Hence the popularity of deploying stubble-burning as a quick and cheap solution.For about a decade now, the Delhi and the Centre have held this practice responsible for the abysmal air quality in the capital in winter.In 2013, the National Green Tribunal issued a directive to Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh asking them to ban such stubble burning. The environment ministers of these States as well as top officials at the Centre declared a “zero tolerance” policy on the burning of stubble, which has been estimated to contribute anywhere from 7% to 78% of the particulate matter-emission load in Delhi during winter.The Centre has spent about ₹600 crore in subsidising farm equipment via village cooperatives to enable farmers to access them and avoid stubble burning. In 2018, Punjab had disbursed about 8,000 farm implements to individual farmers and set up 4,795 custom hiring centres, from where such machinery could be leased. The cost of hiring these machines was about ₹5,000 an acre, as The Hindu has previously reported.Mixed resultsHowever, the success of these efforts has been mixed, even though stubble-fires in 2018 were fewer than in 2017 and 2016, according to satellite maps by independent researchers.In their interviews, the researchers found that farmers who had bigger landholdings were more likely to burn straw; those who used combine harvesters (for cutting the straw) as opposed to manual labourers were more likely to engage in burning; and those who burnt or didn’t burn were equally aware of the steps and procedures required to abstain from burning, said Dr. Friedrich. On average, the input costs of farmers who burned straw were about ₹40,000 per acre and those who didn’t about ₹25,000 per acre but the incomes of those who burned and those who didn’t were closer — about ₹60,000 and ₹50,000 respectively.“There needs to be greater participation by village cooperatives in being able to impose social norms that would dissuade burners,” said Banalata Sen, an independent public health professional, associated with the study, coordinated by Ranas Mosler (affiliated to Eawag), the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture (CSA), Hyderabad and Kethi Virasat Mission (KVM), Jaitu, India.center_img Farmers continue to burn stubble despite banVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:1501:15  last_img read more