One of the Irish beaches identified in Splash, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) national bathing water information website.LIMERICK people heading to the beach this summer can now check water quality at 135 identified bathing waters nationwide.The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has re-launched Splash, the national bathing water information website.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The brand new site has an interactive, colour-coded map that allows people to check if their favourite swimming spot is green for good, yellow for sufficient or orange for poor water quality.It also details areas that have a ‘poor’ status and those that are closed for the season as well as how to identify new bathing waters in Limerick that could be added to the list.For more information see http://splash.epa.ie Facebook NewsMaking a SplashBy Guest Writer – July 2, 2013 700 #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Twitter Linkedin Previous articleSloppy Limerick punished by SligoNext articleHeadless horseman adventure race Guest Writerhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Print WhatsApp New Music: 40Hurtz Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday TAGSEnvironmental Protection Agency (EPA)Music LimerickSplash
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Christopher Coats for SNL:Outlining a dismal year ahead for coal producer Peabody Energy Corp., BB&T Capital Markets predicted that the company has far greater than a 50/50 chance of following Arch Coal Inc., Alpha Natural Resources Inc. and Walter Energy Inc. into bankruptcy. The prediction accompanied the bank’s downgrade of Peabody from “hold” to “underweight.”“With BTU’s cash burn likely to accelerate in the coming year, its debt-load too burdensome relative to what likely will be at least another year or two of weak coal markets, the asset sale market unappealing for non-tier one/non cash generative assets, and no access to the capital markets, we raise the probability of a bankruptcy filing to far greater than 50/50,” BB&T analyst Mark Levin wrote in a Feb. 16 note.According to the note, Peabody fell far short of expectations for the final quarter of 2015. On Feb. 11, the company announced a $2.04 billion loss in 2015 and a loss per share even worse than analysts had expected. The company also revealed it accessed the remaining capacity under its $1.65 billion revolving credit facility, a possible indication the company could be worried about the cash it has immediately available.Full article ($): BB&T gives Peabody more than 50/50 chance of bankruptcy in downgrade note Analyst Sees a Better Than 50% Chance of Peabody Bankruptcy
The new fiduciary manager is supposed to help the fund with portfolio construction, reporting and the selection and monitoring of investments.According to Blaauw, the selection procedure for the new fiduciary manager is “well underway”.While the new fiduciary is supposed to select the bulk of the fund’s investments, SNS Reaal prefers to retain Actiam as the manager of the fund’s sustainable equity mandates, Blaauw added. “These mandates are very precious to us,” he said.ConsolidationWith around 20,000 members, some 5,000 of whom are active participants, SNS Reaal is a comparatively large company scheme. Nevertheless, it has been investigating consolidation options for some time as the number of active members is dwindling.This trend was accelerated by the sale of Vivat’s property insurance arm to NN, as a result of which some 400 active members will move to the NN pension fund later this year. Volksbank also expects to reduce the number of employees over time.“We are looking at all the options: to join an APF (Algemeen Pensioen Fonds) or a sector fund, or to remain independent,” said Blaauw. “The final choice is with Volksbank and Vivat. Both recently extended their contracts with us until the end of 2021.“Like many pension funds, we are currently facing the choice whether we want to implement the new pensions contract ourselves or whether this is a moment to consolidate before this happens.”The new Dutch pensions contract is supposed to come into force by 2026 at the latest.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. The €4bn Dutch SNS Reaal pension fund is looking for a fiduciary manager because it wants to combine asset management and fiduciary management in one entity, it said in its annual report.The assets of the fund, which manages the pensions of insurer Vivat and Volksbank, are currently managed by Actiam (formerly SNS AM) while Cardano is responsible for LDI management, derivatives and the fund’s €600m long-duration portfolio.The fund is now looking for a single manager to combine these two tasks.“The fund wants to simplify its structure. There are more than enough other things that require our attention at the moment,” said the fund’s director Eelco Blaauw.
Helton LetterClay Helton has taken over as interim coach at USC for the second time in his tenure, and he should provide the program with some much-needed stability. After assuming the head coaching duties, Helton produced a letter for the entire USC family, which USC shared on its official athletics Twitter account last night. Upon taking over as interim head coach, Clay Helton wrote a letter to YOU, the #TrojanFamily. #FightOn pic.twitter.com/dA6M7xCev8— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) October 14, 2015Classy move. Helton and his players will get their first chance to “Fight On” this Saturday when they take on their nationally ranked arch-rival Notre Dame at 7:30 PM EST in South Bend. The game will be televised on NBC.
MONTREAL – More and more Canadian municipalities will be faced with the decision whether to permanently close natural outdoor rinks because of warmer winter temperatures, says one environmental studies professor.Robert McLeman’s comment Thursday came after the City of Montreal announced the closure of the popular Beaver Lake rink.“Climate change is a reality now and what we’re seeing with Beaver Lake is just one of the smaller but significant impacts of this trend of warming temperatures (and) milder winters,” the Wilfrid Laurier University professor said in an interview.“It’s moving most quickly in southern Ontario, Quebec and into the Maritimes and a little bit slower out West.”Skating on the historic Beaver Lake rink was a popular winter pastime for decades but the city is shuttering the facility because of climate change and constantly shifting winter temperatures that make it impossible to keep the surface safe.“With global warming, we had a terrible year last year in terms of ice melting,” said Luc Ferrandez, who oversees parks and greenspace on the city’s executive committee.“In fact, it was the worst year ever —we went from 100 days of opening per year to 37.”Many days when the rink was open, conditions weren’t ideal and city vehicles that were used to maintain the ice would occasionally fall through.“We can’t afford that kind of risk on Mount Royal,” Ferrandez said, adding snow is being left on the ice to keep people off.The rink did not open this season.McLeman is co-founder of RinkWatch, a research project Wilfrid Laurier launched five years ago to monitor long-term impacts of climate change by studying ice rink data from across North America.His colleagues took some of the collected data and put it into a climate model to forecast future skating seasons.“What we’ve seen is in Montreal, for example, in the second half of this century (after 2050), skating season will shrink by probably a third, maybe up to 40 per cent,” McLeman said. “Out West, say Calgary for example, it would be about 20 to 25 per cent.”It leaves many municipalities with a hard choice: maintain outdoor rinks with shrinking seasons or spend big on expensive refrigerated rinks and indoor arenas.An outdoor rink requires an average daily temperature of -5 C to be maintained.“Even at -4 C, you won’t be able to skate on it,” McLeman said.“Which is what creates that paradox: it’s still cold and below freezing outside but it’s not cold enough to have a rink and that’s sort of the type of regime we’re moving into with climate change.”Further complicating problems in Montreal was that in 2012, the city started a three-year project deepening Beaver Lake, an artificial basin, to about seven metres — a process that has made it even harder to make a proper rink.Ferrandez said lowering water levels as proposed by one community group would make it too steep for skaters and make it more difficult for maintenance equipment to reach the ice.A smaller refrigerated ice rink near the chalet on Mount Royal remains open.Mayor Valerie Plante said she was disappointed with the closure, but called the decision a security issue.Ferrandez said it’s a priority for the administration to find a new site on the mountain for a natural rink by next winter.That, says McLeman, is good news for skating enthusiasts, as the experience is worlds apart from skating indoors.“Absolutely not the same,” he said. “For anyone who has skated outside on Beaver Lake or the Rideau Canal, there’s no comparison.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the basin was two metres deep
LOS ANGELES — CBS says it has sold Television City, its Los Angeles headquarters and production facility, to a real estate developer for $750 million.Shows on Television City sound stages include “The Late Late Show with James Corden” and “The Price is Right.” They will continue to be based there for at least five more years.CBS said Monday that the buyer is Hackman Capital Partners and that it will have the right to use the Television City name in connection with its future operations on the property.The media giant says the sale will increase its “financial flexibility.”CBS purchased the property in 1950 when it expanded operations from New York to the West Coast.Shows produced there include “All In The Family,” ”Three’s Company,” and “America’s Got Talent.”The Associated Press
Berlin: Germany’s environment minister on Monday backed a European proposal to virtually eliminate man-made greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century, deepening divisions within the German government over how to tackle climate change. French President Emmanuel Macron and eight either EU countries pitched the plan at a summit of European leaders last week, but Germany was a notable holdout. “I don’t think this decision is final,” said Environment Minister Svenja Schulze of the center-left Social Democrats, the junior partners in Merkel’s government. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”I think we should talk about it again. Because I think it’s very sensible to stand alongside France and work to say at the EU-level that we want to implement Paris.” The 2015 Paris climate accord, approved by almost all countries around the world, set a target of keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) by the end of the century compared to pre-industrial times. Scientists say this is only possible if emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide are drastically reduced in the coming decades. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsSpeaking to reporters ahead of a climate change meeting of 35 countries in Berlin, Schulze also favored the introduction of a carbon tax to discourage fossil fuel use. The leader of Merkel’s center-right Christian Democratic Union party, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, has instead favored expanding an EU-wide carbon trading system. A recent poll for public broadcaster ZDF found environment topped immigration as the issue Germans are most concerned about. But the survey of 1,357 phone respondents, conducted May 7-9, also found 61 per cent oppose a carbon tax on fossil fuels, even if other taxes are cut. Only 35pc were in favour, according to the Forschungsgruppe Wahlen polling agency. Despite its much-vaunted plan for an “energy transition” away from fossil fuels and nuclear energy to renewable power sources, Germany has struggled to lower its emissions in recent years, particularly in the area of transportation. Germany is set to miss its reduction target for 2020 and under EU rules it could be forced to buy billions of euros (dollars) worth of carbon credits from other countries starting in 2021. A report published Monday by the Carbon Disclosure Project, a London-based research firm, listed 43 cities around the world that are leading on environmental action. None of them are in Germany. Schulze said she wants Cabinet to pass a “strong” climate law this year. “This is about big investment decisions that affect all of society, each and every one but also industry,” she said. “We need certainty about where the journey is going.”
Kolkata: Taking lessons from the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha polls in Bengal held on Sunday, the Election Commission has decided to include state police personnel in Quick Response Teams (QRTs).There were only Central Force personnel in the QRTs during the sixth phase and the latter, with little knowledge of the location of the booths, took a lot of time to intervene in case of any report of trouble. “There will be state police along with Central Forces in the seventh phase of the elections on May 19,” state Police Observer Vivek Dubey told reporters after a meeting with senior officials in the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Bengal and the top brass of the state police and Kolkata Police. Sources in the Commission said that there will be at least one civil constable in each QRT in the seventh phase. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDeputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain, who reached the city on Sunday night, took stock of the poll-preparedness and security measures for the seventh phase of polls in Bengal, in which the nine constituencies of Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Joynagar, Mathurapur, Diamond Harbour, Jadavpur, Kolkata South and Kolkata North are going to polls. It may be mentioned that in the fourth and fifth phase of elections, the QRTs with a blend of Central Forces and state police were found to reach troubled places very quickly and bring situations under control. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIn the sixth phase there were around 547 QRTs and 108 additional QRTs which were led by ad-hoc commandants. They struggled to reach places from where sporadic violence was reported as they didn’t have proper knowledge of the geographical locations of the booths. A number of political parties that met Jain also briefed him about the problem. They alleged that clashes broke out outside various polling booths and the trouble could not be quelled in time. Jain also spoke with the returning officers who have been deployed for the seventh phase of polls. “All the DEOs and ROs have ensured that there will be no security related issues in the last phase. There has been maximum deployment of forces in the state because the Commission has given special importance to this state. Forces are always deployed on the basis of availability and there can be a situation when all the booths might not be covered by Central forces. But the Commission wants maximum utility of the forces,” Jain said. Later in the day, he visited the model counting centre at Netaji Indoor Stadium. “There will be VVPAT counting this year and so the Commission has made some changes in the counting pattern. The Commission has decided that only after completion of the first round, the counting of second round will start,” a senior election official said. Jain also gave training to all the DEOs and ROs about the counting system and also answered their queries. As per plans drawn up by the Commission till now, 673 companies of Central Forces will be deployed in the seventh phase, with Kolkata getting a share of 146 companies for its two constituencies across 1,576 polling premises – making a provision of nearly 10 personnel for each premise. Another 27 companies of Central Forces are slated to be deployed for the Bidhannagar commissionerate area.
BUF0.00.0MIA0.00.00.81395 NO74NO67NO 31, PIT 28-6.6– TEN73TEN74TEN 25, WSH 16-1.4– CAR62%CAR51%ATL 24, CAR 10+9.5– DAL75DAL72DAL 27, TB 20-3.2– DEN0.00.0LAC100.00.01.01518 MIN72.0%+/-31.6CHI100.0%+/-0.063.41597 CHI68CHI73CHI 14, SF 9+0.9– KC100.00.0OAK0.00.00.51492 GB57GB59GB 44, NYJ 38-0.3– TEN62.147.1IND37.847.094.71552 It’s the last week of the NFL’s regular season, and that means it’s time to game out all of the fun playoff scenarios facing each team.Here at FiveThirtyEight, we like to measure the most important games of the week based on how much they swing every team’s odds of making the postseason (across every team in the entire league). And by that standard, you can’t top Sunday night’s game between the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans, which will shift around nearly 95 total points of playoff probability. (Really, that’s for the two teams involved — the winner will make the playoffs and the loser won’t, which effectively makes it a play-in playoff game.) Oddly, it’s only the third time ever that the Titans will play in NBC’s flagship Sunday night game (the last was in 2009), while for the Colts, it will have been exactly 60 years and two days since they beat the New York Giants for the NFL title in the Greatest Game Ever Played, which helped make TV-spectacle games like this one possible.That may not be the best game of Week 17, however. We also like to include an element for team quality, and Titans-Colts is still just the No. 13 team in our Elo ratings against No. 14. When the Minnesota Vikings face the Chicago Bears, it will be No. 6 vs. No. 11 in Elo, and it’s a game that has plenty of playoff significance in its own right. The Vikings wouldn’t automatically miss the playoffs if they lose, but they would not be in great shape (35 percent), while they would clinch with a victory. And the Bears have plenty to play for as well; a win and a Rams loss would help them get a first-round playoff bye. Of course, fans of the Philadelphia Eagles will be watching this game closely: A Vikings win would end Philly’s season, while a Bears win would give the Eagles a chance to play their way in. (Both games kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET.) The best matchups of Week 17Week 17 games by the highest average Elo rating (using the harmonic mean) plus the total potential swing for all NFL teams’ playoff chances based on the result, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions DAL100.00.0NYG0.00.00.91488 ATL0.00.0TB0.00.00.91470 MIA61MIA61JAX 17, MIA 7-2.2– LAR77LAR83LAR 31, ARI 9+0.7– LAC66LAC67BAL 22, LAC 10-3.5– HOU100.00.0JAX0.00.01.21489 Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. CLE60CLE66CLE 26, CIN 18+2.6– IND74IND75IND 28, NYG 27-1.4– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 16Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 16 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION Playoff %Playoff % Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality MIN55MIN63MIN 27, DET 9+4.4– CIN0.00.0PIT15.85.411.01491 DET0.00.0GB0.00.01.41456 BAL84.325.4CLE0.00.051.11524 PHI28.020.0WSH0.00.040.81512 PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS There are a few other games with playoff probability on the line. As mentioned earlier, the outcome of the Eagles’ game with Washington is very much of importance to the Vikings, who would clinch with a Philadelphia loss. The Cleveland Browns’ matchup with the Baltimore Ravens has done the unthinkable — made Pittsburgh Steeler fans root for the Browns — since a Baltimore win would eliminate the Steelers from the postseason picture. Baltimore could still make the playoffs with a loss, but the Ravens would need Pittsburgh to lose its game against Cincinnati, which is also happening simultaneously at 4:25 p.m. ET. (In related news: Are you ready for a completely insane Sunday afternoon of football?)Although other games could determine seeding, and there are a few stray percentage points of playoff odds’ difference at stake around the league, those are basically the games that will carry the most weight in Week 17, and we can’t wait to see how they all play out.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersWhile you’re prepping for the playoffs, be sure to check out FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings using our NFL prediction interactive, which simulates the rest of the season 100,000 times and tracks how often each team should make the playoffs and win the Super Bowl. Did you know you can also pick against the Elo algorithm in our prediction game? Maybe you can also climb up our giant leaderboard.Here are the games in which Elo made its best — and worst — predictions against the reader picks last week: NE84NE83NE 24, BUF 12-2.0– DEN61DEN62OAK 27, DEN 14-3.1– LAR100.00.0SF0.00.01.21499 NE100.00.0NYJ0.00.00.81467 PHI66PHI51PHI 32, HOU 30-14.7– Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup. Total Change adds up the potential swing in playoff odds for every team in the league (not just the two teams listed).*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: ESPN KC54KC56SEA 38, KC 31-5.0– CAR0.00.0NO100.00.00.51587 ARI0.00.0SEA100.00.00.61451 After a shellacking at the hands of our algorithm in Week 15, readers rebounded slightly this week, losing by an average of 25.3 points. Philadelphia’s last-second win over Houston may have kept the Eagles in the playoff hunt, but it cost readers 14.7 points on average in our game. Readers did pick up 9.5 points on average in the Atlanta-Carolina game; though they incorrectly picked the Panthers to beat the Falcons, they did so by a smaller win probability than Elo.Congrats to Scott S, who led all users in Week 16 with an even 300 points, and to Greg Chili Van Hollebeke, who maintained his No. 1 ranking on the season with 1,075.4 points. Thanks to everyone who has been playing — and if you haven’t, be sure to get in on the action! You can make picks now and still try your luck against Elo, even if you haven’t played yet.Check out our latest NFL predictions.