Planning permission has been sought for the development of a quarry at Garrons near Stradbally, something that has led to concern among a number of local residents in the area.Pat Booth has applied to Laois County Council for quarry activities within a 12.8 hectare site for “the extraction and processing of sand and gravel, on site processing of the material to include extraction, washing, sizing, screening and stockpiling and intermittent crushing of oversized aggregate material”.The planning application also references the “dispatch of the processed materials off-site on Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs); installation of site wheelwash, refuelling area, oil interceptors, sludge settlement, ponds and storm water”.The planning also says that there will be the development of three lay-bys on the local road, a new site entrance and internal site access road. Landscaping works will be carried out close to the entrance.An Environmental Impact Assessment and Natura Impact Statement have been submitted to Laois County Council as part of the application. Electric Picnic WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Pinterest Facebook They also say “the repercussions on natural wildlife will be immense, especially given that there are three separate conservation areas in close proximity to the proposed quarry”.“The scale of the proposed operation will have devastating consequences to the quiet rural lives we have chosen. 61,000 tonnes of sand per annum will be extracted and transported, which may continue for 20 years,” say the group on their online petition.“Up to 40 daily truck journeys along our tiny road will destroy the peaceful environment we have chosen for our children, not to mention the unavoidable pollution, both noise and air.“The road safety and quality will be hugely compromised as will the personal safety of the many cyclists and walkers who frequently use these roads.“This development will not just affect the residents of Garrons, it will impact significantly on all residents along the proposed lorry routes (i.e. Vicarstown Road, Inch Cross, into Stradbally town and onto the Heath and beyond).“Qualified auctioneers have informed us that our properties will be significantly devalued by the development of this quarry, in some cases up to 50% loss on current market value.”They also say that the nature of the area is of considerable significance.“We have footage of buzzards, pine martins, red squirrels, stoats, pheasants and many more protected species. The proposed quarry is in view of the Natura site which feeds into the Barrow, a special area of conservation which is protected under European law.”The issue is compounded for the locals by the fact that all the traffic coming to and from the site will be via Garrons Cross as the bridge at the other side has a five-tonne capacity.Pat Booth, who has owned the land since the mid 2000s, denies that it is a “super quarry” and says that it will be a relatively small operation.Though he has been involved in the industry for many years, he is making this application in his own name and not as Booth Concrete, the family business he has been involved with since 1993.“It’s a very small operation. It’s not a super quarry,” he says. “There won’t be blasting or won’t be explosions. It’s a 28-acre field but we’ll only be extracting two acres at a time and we’ll have to re-instate an acre before you can start extracting from another acre.“There will be a loading shovel and a digger with one employee, maybe two. But there’s not going to be hundreds of lorries going in and out of it. That’s not what’s planned for there.“Nobody wants a quarry on their road but reserves have to come from somewhere. And if people want houses, schools and hospitals to be built, everyone wants blocks.”He also said that sand and gravel has been extracted from fields adjacent to his land by both Coillte and other local farmers over the years and that when it was put up for sale in 2005, it was advertised as such.He accepts that neighbours will have concerns and he can meet a residents group with his engineer to answer questions. He says also did up a summary of the planning application – which is hundreds of pages in total – and distributed to people in the area.Among the pre-requisites before lodging planning permission for a development like this to have been monitoring the water for two years beforehand, which he says they have done.“There will be lay-bys along the road up to the cross and we will be levied by the council for road measures.”Laois County Council are due to make a decision on January 23.SEE ALSO – Tributes paid as long serving Laois Garda retires However, a group of concerned residents have come together under the name ‘Garrons Against Quarry’.They say “the scale of the proposed operation will have devastating consequences to the quiet rural lives we have chosen”.Among their concerns are the impact of “40 daily truck journeys” on the quiet road to and from the quarry, the “road safety and quality” and that some houses in the area could be devalued “by up to 50%”. Home News Community Local residents concerned as planning application made for quarry near Stradbally NewsCommunity Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date WhatsApp Electric Picnic TAGSBooth ConcreteGarronsPat BoothStradbally RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Pinterest By Steven Miller – 10th December 2020 Electric Picnic Facebook Previous article‘Build our own houses for our own people’ – Councillor objects to Carlow people getting Laois homesNext articleSafety of cyclists a big issue at Portlaoise’s secondary schools Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Local residents concerned as planning application made for quarry near Stradbally Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival
HomeDevicesNews Google to can Nexus brand – report Kavit Majithia Google plans to drop the Nexus name from its upcoming branded smartphones, according to Android Central. The move would see Google draw a line under the long-running Nexus series, which first began in 2009 with the Nexus One, and continued to last year’s Nexus 6P and 5X.According to the report, this year’s HTC produced Google Android devices will come to market with a different brand name, which is unknown at this stage, and the new phones are expected to put the “Google” brand at the front of the phones.Google’s 2016 phones will reportedly be slightly smaller than the Nexus 5X and 6P, and will feature additional software and a tweaked interface. They will also be launched to support the introduction of the Android Nougat release.The report said it was unclear whether “Nexus” is completely dead as a brand, but the new phones are due to be released in the autumn, when Google traditionally releases its Nexus devices.In June, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company would become more opinionated about the future designs of its smartphones, with the ability to add new features on top. Previous ArticleCloud challenges take centre stage at Huawei ConnectNext ArticleNokia Technologies’ President steps down Related Google refreshes Nest Hub Google pulls plug on Android Things Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Author AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 31 AUG 2016 GoogleNexus Devices Tags Google taps retail with NYC store
Related Stories Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility 0:59 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List An audio version of this story0:59The head of the Atlanta Police Union says the city of Atlanta isn’t properly training its officers, and in an unusual twist, Ken Allen ─ International Brotherhood of Police Officers Local 623 president ─ has written a letter supporting a lawsuit against the department.The letter, filed late Tuesday with Atlanta’s federal court, says the department’s shortcomings open officers to disciplinary action and the potential for criminal liability.Allen’s letter is the latest in an ongoing lawsuit against the city, which argues the Atlanta Police Department isn’t following court-ordered reforms related to the 2009 botched raid on the Atlanta Eagle, a Midtown gay bar. Attorneys also claim APD has failed to properly train officers about citizens’ rights related to videotaping police.In response, the city admits it didn’t follow the judge’s ruling, but says the failure to comply was inadvertent. The plaintiffs’ attorneys, however, filed what they say is proof the department’s non-compliance is no accident. The documents indicate Atlanta Police did change the department’s standard operating procedures (SOP), as the court mandated. But a later review of the SOPs shows the department later changed the language back to its original wording. Share For Whom The Bell Rings ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party
Denver Comes Alive | Mission Ballroom | Denver, CO | 1/31/20 | Photos: Colin McKinley (Alpine Music Photography) Load remaining images Denver Comes Alive | Mission Ballroom | Denver, CO | 1/31/20 | Photos: Ali Stinehour (Ali Jay Multimedia) Denver Comes Alive | Mission Ballroom | Denver, CO | 1/31/20 | Photos: Tara Gracer (Tara Gracer Foto) Load remaining images Load remaining images Denver Comes Alive | Mission Ballroom | Denver, CO | 1/31/20 | Photos: James DeWalt Denver Comes Alive | Mission Ballroom | Denver, CO | 1/31/20 | Photos: Sam Silkworth (Silky Shots) Load remaining images The vibrant Denver, CO music scene descended upon the 4,000-capacity Mission Ballroom in force on Friday night for the inaugural Denver Comes Alive. For nearly eight hours straight, an unrelenting string of nationally touring bands, all-star collaborations, and never-before-seen “band mashups” specifically conceived for this momentous occasion graced the Mission stage for an unforgettable evening in the Mile High City.Scroll down for a full rundown, setlists, audio, and video as well as full photo galleries by Sam Silkworth, Tara Gracer, Colin McKinley, James DeWalt, and Ali Stinehour.Star Kitchen & FriendsAfter an introductory hour of vinyl grooves courtesy of DJ Soul Sister, Star Kitchen took the stage to kick off the festivities in earnest. Led by The Disco Biscuits bassist Marc Brownstein alongside guitarist Danny Mayer (Eric Krasno Band) and drummer Marlon Lewis (John Legend, Lauryn Hill), the band worked through a mix of classic funk and jazz covers bookended by a pair of original tunes, “Darkness” and “Demons”.Of course, the name of the game at Denver Comes Alive was “collaboration,” and Star Kitchen filled their collab quota by welcoming Break Science keyboardist Borahm Lee on Bob James‘s “Nautilus” and The Stylistics‘ “People Make The World Go Round”, and a two-piece horn section of Gabe Mervine (trumpet) and Nick Gerlach (saxophone) on The J.B.’s “Hot Pants Road”, Prince‘s “Kiss”, and Parliament‘s “Do That Stuff”.Star Kitchen & Friends – Denver Comes Alive – 1/31/20 – Full VideoSetlist: Star Kitchen & Friends | Denver Comes Alive | Mission Ballroom | 1/30/20Set: Darkness, Nautilus (Bob James cover), People Make The World Go Round (The Stylistics cover), Hot Pants Road (The J.B.’s cover), Kiss (Prince cover), Do That Stuff (Parliament cover), Demons w/ Borahm Lee (keys) w/ Gabe Mervine (trumpet) and Nick Gerlach (saxophone) w/ vocals by Marlon Lewis w/ vocals by Marlon Lewis, Rob MarscherGhost-LiveNext up on the schedule was Ghost-Live, the debut collaborative performance by members of Ghost-Note and Soulive. With Soulive’s Eric Krasno (guitar) and Neal Evans (keys) guiding the melodic direction and Ghost-Note’s Robert Sput Searight (drums), Nate Werth (percussion), and MonoNeon (bass) providing their characteristically virtuosic rhythmic foundation, the debut of Ghost-Live played out like a Soulive set on steroids.This crew of master musicians worked through a number of live Soulive favorites including their arrangements of The Beatles‘ “Get Back” and “Eleanor Rigby” and originals like “Povo” and “Nubian Lady”, casting the staple selections in a thrilling new light. The hybrid band also welcomed a pair of surprise guests during the show, as Big Gigantic saxophonist Dominic Lalli joined in for three songs in the middle of the set and Danny Mayer joined the band for a set-closing “76”.Ghost-Live – Denver Comes Alive – 1/31/20 – Full VideoSetlist: Ghost-Live | Denver Comes Alive | Mission Ballroom | 1/31/20Set: Get Back (The Beatles cover), Cocoa Butter, Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles cover), Povo, Mr. Clean, Nubian Lady, 76 w/ Dominic Lalli (Big Gigantic) on saxophone w/ Danny Mayer (Star Kitchen) on guitarNotes: Entire set featured Eric Krasno (guitar) and Neal Evans (keys) of Soulive with Robert Sput Searight (drums), Nate Werth (percussion), and MonoNeon (bass) of Ghost-Note.Poppa Funk & The Night TripperWhile the spirit of Brooklyn Comes Alive—and now Denver Comes Alive—has always been an homage to New Orleans Jazz Fest after dark, the inaugural Denver Comes Alive featured a more direct tribute to a pair of New Orleans music icons we lost last year: Art Neville and Dr. John.Related: George Porter Jr. Talks Art Neville, Allen Toussaint, & The Hindsight Of The Meters [Interview]The highly anticipated Poppa Funk & The Night Tripper: A Tribute to Art Neville & Dr. John set featured a who’s who of living New Orleans legends. George Porter Jr., Neville’s longtime friend, and collaborator in The Meters, as well as Art’s son, guitarist Ian Neville (Dumpstaphunk), and his nephew, Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), were all on hand for the tribute. Pianist Jon Cleary, who toured extensively with Dr. John during his later years, was also on hand to represent the late Mac Rebennack. The lineup was rounded out by multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Tony Hall (Dumpstaphunk), drummer Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power, Beyonce), NOLA trombonist Big Sam, and enigmatic saxophonist Skerik.The immensely talented lineup shared the spotlight with ease, passing around lead vocal duties on a high-energy mix of Dr. John, The Meters, and Neville Brothers classics. They even took the Mission back to the days before The Meters and the Neville Brothers with a rendition of “Mardi Gras Mambo”, the ubiquitous Carnival anthem recorded by Art Neville with the Hawketts in 1954.For those who missed out on this thrilling, “to heroes, by heroes” tribute, fear not: Live For Live Music just announced that this all-star band will reprise Poppa Funk & The Night Tripper for a late-night show during Jazz Fest. If you’re hoping to catch this show in New Orleans, don’t delay: While the Mission held 4,000 people for this tribute to Art and Mac, One Eyed Jacks will be capped at 400 on May 1st (tickets are available here).Poppa Funk & The Night Tripper – Denver Comes Alive – 1/31/20 – Full Audio[Audio: kaybesee]Setlist: Poppa Funk & The Night Tripper: A Tribute To Art Neville & Dr. John | Denver Comes Alive | Mission Ballroom | 1/31/20Set: Hey Pocky Way (The Meters), Right Place, Wrong Time (Dr. John), Let’s Make A Better World (Dr. John), Cabbage Alley (The Meters), Sitting In Limbo (Jimmy Cliff), Mojo Hannah (Neville Brothers), Zing Zing (Art Neville), Wild Honey (Dr. John), Fire & Brimstone (Neville Brothers), Huey Smith Medley (Dr. John), Such A Night (Dr. John), Mos’ Scocious (Dr. John), Mardi Gras Mambo (Hawketts), Quitters Never Win (Dr. John)Oteil & FriendsAs the clock approached midnight, Oteil Burbridge rounded out the evening with a never-before-seen cast of “Friends” including organist Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band), guitarists Eric Krasno (Soulive) and Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead), drummer Jeff Sipe (Aquarium Rescue Unit), vocalist Alfreda Gerald, and percussionist Weedie Braimah.Burbridge and company leaned heavily into the live Jerry Garcia Band repertoire for their nearly two-hour performance, working in oft-played covers like “Midnight Moonlight”, “Mississippi Moon”, “Let It Rock”, “That’s What Love Will Make You Do”, “How Sweet It Is”, “Many Rivers To Cross”, “The Maker”, and more. They also explored a pair of Jerry originals in “Run For The Roses” and the early Grateful Dead favorite “The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)”.At the end of the set, Oteil led the band into an homage to one of his other past groups, the Allman Brothers Band, with a rendition of “Hot ‘Lanta” before Alfreda Gerald helped bring the show home with a powerful Janis Joplin impression on “Piece of My Heart”.Oteil & Friends – Denver Comes Alive – 1/31/20 – Full VideoSetlist: Oteil & Friends | Denver Comes Alive | Mission Ballroom | 1/31/20Set: Water in the Desert, Midnight Moonlight (Peter Rowan), Let It Rock (Chuck Berry), Mississippi Moon (Peter Rowan), Run For The Roses (Jerry Garcia Band), That’s What Love Will Make You Do (Henderson Thigpen, James Banks, Eddy Marion), How Sweet It Is (Marvin Gaye), Many Rivers To Cross (Jimmy Cliff), Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion (Grateful Dead), Unconditional Love (Eric Krasno), The Maker (Daniel Lanois), Hot ‘Lanta (Allman Brothers Band), Piece of My Heart (Jerry Ragovoy/Bert Berns)With Denver Comes Alive now in the rearview, we’re looking forward to Brooklyn Comes Alive on Saturday, March 21st at Brooklyn, NY’s Avant Gardner, featuring performances by Oteil & Friends, Turkuaz, Birds of a Feather feat. Members of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong & Goose, The Motet, Dr. Klaw, Robert Randolph & Friends, Anomalie / Deitch / MonoNeon, Here Come The Mummies, SPAGA Plays The Dead, and Karina Rykman, with late-night performances by Jade Cicada and a DJ set by Beats Antique.For more information, or to grab your Brooklyn Comes Alive tickets now, head to the event website here. Load remaining images
Chelsea Wilhoite (Photo by David Blankenship) Share ATLANTA, Ga. – University of West Florida senior volleyball player Chelsea Wilhoite was named one of 18 semifinalists for the 7th Annual Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup, it was announced today. Of the 18 semifinalists, Wilhoite was one of just three volleyball student-athletes and one of just five athletes from non-NCAA Division I institutions.Wilhoite did not make the second cut, which includes five finalists. The Cup will be presented in Atlanta in early 2011.The Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup is named after John Wooden, the revered former basketball coach of UCLA who passed away in June. The Cup is presented by the Athletes for a Better World foundation. All aspects of The Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup are managed by the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup Committee, chaired by former University of Georgia Athletic Director Vincent Dooley and composed of selected members of the National Board, the Athletic Advisory Board, and other special members.In order to be nominated for the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup, the athlete must exemplify the values of ABW’s Athletic Code of Living:• Train with a disciplined, consistent work ethic • Demonstrate fair play and sportsmanship• Develop positive supportive relationships with teammates and coaches • Win or lose with grace and dignity • Contribute significantly to society through the gifts of time or money Wilhoite finished her UWF career as a three-time All-Gulf South Conference honoree and the 2010 GSC Tournament Most Outstanding Player. She is one of just two Argonauts to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career.2010 Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup Semifinalists:Kyle Adams, Football, Purdue UniversityAnn Armes, Volleyball, University of KentuckyErica Benford, Rowing, Ohio State UniversityMichele Dalton, Soccer, Univ. of WisconsinElizabeth DeLouzier, Soccer, Oklahoma State UniversityRyan Flanagan, Lacrosse, University of North CarolinaJason Jung, Tennis, University of MichiganBarnabas Kirui, Cross Country, Univ. of MississippiScott Krapf, Cross Country, Illinois State UniversityBrittany Macdonald, Soccer, University of MiamiConor O’Rourke, Swimming and Diving, Wittenberg UniversityChelsea Wilhoite, Volleyball, University of West FloridaLexi Zimmerman, Volleyball, University of Michigan2010 Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup Finalists:Kimberly Reeves, Basketball, Agnes Scott CollegeGreg McElroy, Football, University of AlabamaSarah Leyman, Basketball, Amherst CollegeQuinton Carter, Football, University of OklahomaDaniel Crawford, Football, Denison UniversityPrint Friendly Version Wilhoite Named Wooden Cup Semifinalist
LAS VEGAS — After blowing a two-game lead in the final 10 days of the season and being forced to share the Mountain West Conference regular-season title with BYU and New Mexico, the Utah basketball team wasn’t satisfied.They wanted an “outright” title as they called it and, although it wasn’t a technically correct term for a tournament title, they were a determined bunch heading into the MWC tournament last week.Now they stand alone as the MWC’s best team after defeating San Diego State 52-50 in the finals Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center.”We got the whole thing this time,” said Ute coach Jim Boylen. “Last Sunday I talked with my team and I said, ‘We’re going to win one outright.’ We refocused, we practiced well and my assistants did a great job. We came down here to win.”After surviving a late Aztec rally, the Utes celebrated for the second time in a week, cutting down nets, putting on championship T-shirts and those hats with the tags hanging off the sides.Tournament MVP Luke Nevill had another big game for the Utes with still another double-double, scoring a game-high 18 points and grabbing 15 rebounds.”It’s fantastic,” said Nevill as he was surrounded by joyous Ute fans on the court. “This is what we planned from the start of the season. It proves to everyone who doubted us that we’re the best.”Lawrence Borha added 12 points, including three clutch free throws down the stretch, while Carlon Brown had 10 points, five rebounds and three steals in a solid effort.Utah overcame its second-worst shooting night of the season and used some stellar defensive play to win its second MWC tournament title, joining the 2004 team.The Utes held the Aztecs to 35.7 percent shooting, which would have been closer to 30 if not for Richie Williams’ three baskets in the final 25 seconds.Williams put a scare into the Utes with his sudden outburst after going scoreless before that.After his second straight 3-pointer brought the Aztecs within one at 51-50 with 7.6 seconds left and Borha made one of two with 5.7 seconds left, Williams had one last chance.He dribbled up the court and, just as he was going up for a potential game-tying shot from inside the 3-point line, Utah’s Shaun Green stripped the ball and held on for dear life as the buzzer sounded. “I was in the right spot and put my hands in at the right time and happened to get a steal,” said Green, who added, “There’s not a better feeling in the word than to go out with a championship in my senior year.” The Utes had started off ice cold and the Aztecs threatened to break away when they went up 20-12 late in the first half. However, the Utes rallied to get within two as Borha sank a 15-footer at the buzzer to make it 20-18.In the second half, led by Brown, who had kept Utes in the game early, the Utes came out smoking.Brown scored the first two baskets, the second a spectacular dunk off a lob from Luka Drca to put the Utes up for good. From there, the Utes kept getting the ball to Nevill, who scored on hook shots or went to the foul line.The Utes went up by seven at 40-33 on a 3-pointer by Borha with 8:05 left and still led by seven at 45-38 with three minutes left. Over the last 1:10, the Utes made 7-of-10 free throws, but the Aztecs came back to get within one on Williams’ second 3-pointer in 12 seconds. However, he never got the chance to get another basket, thanks to Green’s steal.It was only fitting that a defensive play capped the Utes’ championship. The Utes were as solid as they’ve been all season in keeping the Aztecs off balance and out of rhythm.”We were very prepared,” said Boylen. “I think our preparation is why our defense was so good tonight and our toughness. I knew our defense was solid and our offense came around at the right time.”The Aztecs were led by Lorrenzo Wade with 12 points and Ryan Amoroso with 11 points and 15 rebounds.San Diego coach Steve Fisher said he had “immense disappointment” over not winning the championship.”We have great pride in our team,” he said. “With all our heart, we believed we would be the team celebrating on the court. When you’re not, it hurts.”The Aztecs, who fell to 23-9, are hoping to join the Utes in the NCAA Tournament next week. If they don’t get a bid, they’ll surely receive an invitation to the NIT.E-MAIL: [email protected]
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