A public drinking water supply in Donegal has been found to have illegal levels of the pesticide MCPA.The detection was made in Fanad East, which has led to the supply being placed on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) watch list.This is the first time that MPCA was found in the level since Irish Water began sampling for pesticides in 2016. The pesticide is commonly used to kill rushes on wet land. The pesticide poses no threat to public health, according to Irish Water.The water authority is appealing to all users of pesticides including the farming community, sporting organisations and domestic users, to ensure that best practice measures to protect drinking waters are always followed.“Great care must always be taken to protect drinking water supplies wherever pesticide use is considered necessary, particularly if using products for grassland weed control containing substances such as MCPA, fluroxypyr and 2,4-D,” said the notice from Irish Water.“These substances and others have been detected in drinking water supplies across Ireland. While there is no threat to public health, the detected levels sometimes exceed the legally permitted limit value for pesticides in drinking water, which is set at an extremely low value (equivalent to one drop in an Olympic-sized swimming pool).” The Fanad East Water Supply will remain on the EPA watch list until one full season (April-Nov inclusive) of at least monthly compliant results is obtained and submitted to the EPA.Dr Pat O’Sullivan, Irish Water’s Regional Drinking Water Compliance Specialist said: “In Ireland, the majority (82 per cent) of drinking water supplies come from surface water sources such as rivers, lakes and streams. Supplies such as the Fanad East public water supplies are vulnerable to contamination from land and animal run-off. Irish Water asks users of pesticide products in the local catchment to consider the vulnerability of the water supply to pesticide contamination and the importance of this supply to the local community.”Pesticide found in Donegal drinking water supply was last modified: October 14th, 2019 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)
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dan Armitage, host of Buckeye Sportsman, Ohio’s longest running outdoor radio showWith our son off to college, wife Maria has been my deer hunting buddy this season. She is a somewhat reluctant hunter who I tempt into the blind with all manner of hunting baubles like portable ozone dispensers, heated booties, laser range-finders, Red Dot scopes, trail cameras, lighted arrow nocks and camo touch screen gloves so that she can while away the hours between deer sightings playing Candy Crush. Let’s just say she responds to technology and I’m playing every card in the deck to maintain her interest.Maria shares word of her weekend adventures in the wilds with her urban co-workers at the metropolitan library, who find it odd that their fashion-conscious co-worker is spending so much time camo’d-up in the deep woods.“Heck,” commented one. “I don’t even like being outside.”Yikes. New Public Land Deer Regulations Take EffectSpeaking of whitetail hunting, from Dec. 3 through the end of the statewide whitetail hunting season on Feb. 3, only antlered deer may be taken from specific public hunting areas. Antlerless deer include deer without antlers and deer with antlers less than three inches in length. Antlered deer are those with at least one antler measuring three inches or longer.Ohio’s deer firearms season continues until Dec. 2 followed the bonus firearms weekend Dec. 15 and 16 and the muzzleloader deer season Jan. 5-8. Deer hunters must possess the proper permits and regardless of zone, method of taking or season, can harvest only one antlered deer during the 2018-2019 season. Legal hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset. Visit wildohio.gov for details. Boat registration renewals beginExpiring watercraft registrations can be renewed online through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources web site at ohiodnr.com. Renewal letters are sent out each December to watercraft owners whose boat registrations expire March 1. Address changes to registrations may be made online; inaccurate and outdated information must be corrected by visiting a watercraft registration agent. A listing of watercraft registration agents is available at ohiodnr.com or by calling the Division of Watercraft toll-free at 877-4BOATER (877-426-2837). River of fire to net trout?In recent years, Ohio Division of Wildlife (ODOW) has stocked nearly a half-million steelhead each spring in six Ohio tributaries and harbors, rainbow trout raised in the Castalia Fish Hatchery from eggs provided by Michigan and Wisconsin departments of natural resources. The steelhead are thriving in Lake Erie and returning annually to provide river and near-shore fishing opportunities for anglers who can count on hooking steelhead weighing from three to 12 pounds. Conneaut Creek received 75,000 Ohio steelhead and another 75,000 from Pennsylvania in 2018. Other 2018 stockings were done in the Ashtabula River (70,000), Chagrin, Grand and Rocky rivers, 90,000 each; and the Vermilion River received some 63,000 8 inch “yearling” trout this fall.Now, another river is under consideration to receive the annual stocking of the popular gamefish.ODOW fisheries biologist Kevin Kayle recently acknowledged that the Cuyahoga River is under consideration. A decision to proceed with stocking the flow would be made based on improving water quality and the availability of enough fish to justify the effort. As with other northeast Ohio tributaries that are not stocked with trout, the urban Cleveland waterway does experience a steelhead run each fall and winter, as ‘lost’ fish that haven’t homed in on the rivers where they were stocked wander upstream from Lake Erie. Along the Cuyahoga, there are a dozen public access areas where steelhead fishing could be available all the way upstream to Gorge Dam in Cuyahoga Falls, according to Kayle. Buckeye Lake project completedConstruction has finished on the 4.1-mile dam at Buckeye Lake State Park, a project completed nearly two years earlier than initially expected and more than $40 million under the projected cost, according to the ODNR. After the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a report in March 2015 that detailed the threat Buckeye Lake dam posed to the community due to its deteriorated condition, Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich instructed ODNR to pursue replacement of the nearly 200-year-old, 4.1-mile earthen dam.The new dam at Buckeye Lake State Park provides visitors with a new access path that extends the entire length of the 4.1-mile structure, and residents living along the lake have a new separate private sidewalk in front of their homes. Water levels will be allowed to reach normal pool and the fishing, which has continued to be productive at the lake through the construction process, as well as the boating opportunities, will return to normal next season.
The latest episode from Video Copilot will show you how to create an epic superhero landing in After Effects and build an entire world for the scene.Top image via Video CopilotAndrew Kramer is back with all new episodes of the Video Copilot show. In this episode, you’ll see how Kramer and his team used some green screen techniques, 3D compositing, some camera tricks, set extensions to create a spectacular superhero landing in After Effects. And, of course, the episode includes Video Copilot’s always awesome VFX breakdowns.Watch the entire Superhero Landing episode here. Shooting only on green screen, the team did some amazing world building. By using some simple techniques, they were able to pull off some pretty slick stuff.In the video, you’ll see how they used a few wooden blocks for the jump off of the building. With After Effects, they were able to add the movement of his upper body and head falling out of frame.Images via Video CopilotOne of the best tricks in the video — the use of forced perspective. With limited space on set, the crew had their actor walk toward the camera and then slightly turn as the camera panned. He then simply walked back away from the camera. In After Effects, they added movement to the entire background to make it appear as if the actor walked in a straight line. The technique is very simple and very effective.GIF via Video CopilotThere are also some great practical tips for After Effects users, primarily how Kramer used classic matte-painting techniques to extend the elevator shaft. Only a small portion was actually built, and then the shaft was repeatedly stacked on top of itself. To keep from repetition, Kramer moved around some of the pipes and adjusted minor details to add more realism to the scene.GIF via Video CopilotFinally, Kramer talks about building the actual landing scene, which required some work in 3ds Max to simulate the road breaking apart. Then he composited the shots in After Effects, allowing him to create the epic landing crater.Image via Video CopilotFor more in-depth tutorials and project files, keep your eyes peeled on the Video Copilot blog. Kramer has already said, “I’m going to be diving into exactly how I did it!”Ever tried to execute a superhero landing in After effects? We’d love to see the footage. Link to it in the comments below!
ShareMEDIA ADVISORY CONTACT: Michael Cinelli PHONE: (713) 831-4794 RICE PROFESSOR OFFERS INSIGHT INTO RUSSIAN ELECTIONSRice professor Ewa Thompson has studied and written extensively about the transformation of Eastern Europe since the late 1980s. Traveling throughout the region during the past few years has provided the professor insight into the non-communism movement andthe latest resurgence of the Communist Party. Thompson, professor of Slavic studies, is available to comment about the Russian elections. Thompson was born in Lithuania of Polish parents. She is the U.S. correspondent for Tygodnik Solidarnosc, the official weekly newspaper of the trade union Solidarity. Her books include “The Search for Self-Definition in Russian Literature” (Rice University Press, 1991) and “Understanding Russia: The Holy Fool in RussianCulture” (University Press of America, 1987). To schedule interviews with Thompson, please contact Michael Cinelli, director of the Rice University News Office, at (713) 831- 4794 (office), by E-mail at [email protected], or at (713) 589-2858(home). ### FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis