Bundoran smokers encouraged to vote with their butts!

first_imgSmokers in Bundoran are being encouraged to vote with their cigarette butts following the installation of two new “ballot bins” at the sea front.The initiative is a joint venture between Donegal County Council, Bundoran Tidy Towns and Discover Bundoran in association with Clean Coasts, all of whom are eager to see a reduction in the amount of cigarette butts in the seaside town, particularly along the beach front and on the beach itself.Startling statistics reveal that cigarette butts were the top litter item found on beaches across 190 countries during a recent international cleanup day. Furthermore chemicals found in one butt can leach out and contaminate approximately 7.5 litres of water within one hour. The bins, bright yellow in colour, have two containers for cigarette butts. Above the containers is a ballot – a choice of two options. Smokers disposing of their cigarette butts can choose their preferred option to “vote” for with their butt. Ballots will include fun topics like “Tea v Coffee”, “Poirot v Sherlock Holmes” etcBallot Bin in place at Main Beach Bundoran.David Friel, Coastal Officer with Donegal County Council is totally behind the initiative ‘we are delighted to support Bundoran Tidy Towns with this unique project which will hopefully reduce the amount of cigarette butts on the beach and ultimately in the ocean. It takes 12 years for a cigarette butt to break down and they are not biodegradable. Last year our teams collected thousands of them from the beach in Bundoran which are damaging the planet. We are hoping that these ballot boxes will encourage smokers to dispose of their butts properly while also having a little bit of fun too.’Shane Smyth, Bundoran Tourism Officer added ‘we want everyone who visits Bundoran to experience a clean and welcoming environment. The statistics about cigarette butts are just staggering and we hope that with the Ballot Bins project, we can do a little bit to stop them entering our waters. Cigarette butts flicked into the sand or onto the street are litter – the same as throwing an empty sweet wrapper on the ground. They are causing harm to the environment and everyone needs to do their bit to ensure it’s a clean one.’Members of the public are invited to make their suggestions for ballots that can be used across the summer season. Those which are used will win a prize courtesy of Clean Coasts with pens, mugs, keep cups and towels up for grabs. Suggestions for ballots can be submitted via http://www.discoverbundoran.com/tidytowns Bundoran smokers encouraged to vote with their butts! was last modified: April 3rd, 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) Tags:ballot binsbundorancigarette buttslast_img read more

Count ex-49ers star Justin Smith among Nick Bosa’s admirers

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.SANTA CLARA — The 49ers’ Nick Bosa is no mini-Justin Smith. So said Justin Smith.“I don’t think he’s too mini. He’s a big guy. He looks big as (expletive),” Smith said on the sideline before the 49ers’ hosted the Atlanta Falcons.Similar to how Smith was a defensive-line catalyst in the 49ers’ last playoff run from 2011-13, Bosa is flourishing as a rookie who arrived with the No. 2 overall draft pick. Smith, …last_img

CESC to spilt into four Cos, stock tumbles 15%

first_imgKolkata, May 18 (PTI) R P Sanjiv Goenka Group today announced restructuring of its flagship company CESC Ltd by splitting it into four entities but investors reacted negatively and shares tanked 15 per cent in the bourses.Group chairman Sanjiv Goenka said CESC is being spilt into four companies by way of the demerger scheme of existing businesses for value unlocking and focused management into each of the verticals, subject to regulatory approvals.He said all the power distribution businesses of the group will now be under CESC Ltd, generation activity under CESC Generation, retail business Spencers will be a seperate company and all non-power and non-retail ventures will be brought under an entity, the name of which is yet to be firmed up.BPO, sports, FMCG and real estate will be bought under under the yet to be named entity. It will become the holding company for Firstsource Solutions, which is already listed.All the four entities will be listed and the effective date will be October 1. Goenka said, “The paid up capital of CESC Ltd is Rs 132 crore but has been increased to Rs 198 crore by way of gift, but cannot be termed as bonus. Shareholders will get additional value worth Rs 66 crore when they get fresh shares of the four demerged entities.”Shareholders holding 10 shares of CESC Ltd will get five shares of Rs 10 each in generation and distribution, two shares in other ventures entity and six shares in Spencers (face value of Rs 5 each).According to Goenka, in the demerged entities paid up capital in CESC Ltd (distribution) will be Rs 66 crore, CESC Generation will be Rs 66 crore, Spencers will have Rs 40 crore and the entity for all other ventures will be Rs 26 crore.advertisementHowever, stock market reacted negatively to the announcement as shares tanked 15 per cent to close at Rs 829.80 at BSE.CESC Ltd which will manage distribution business of the group has five distribution licenses serving 3.5 million customers. CESC has one distribution licence in Kolkata and Howrah, three in Rajasthan and one in Greater Noida.Goenka said the group will focus more in distribution business than generation.CESC Generation will be managing total generation of 2550 MW including thermal and renewables.Goneka said Spencers will expand aggresively in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Andra Pradesh by adding two lakh-three lakh square feet every year for the next few years.Currently Spencers manages 12 lakh square feet of retail space.Goenka said in the FMCG space it has acquired a company but declined to spell out details. The group forayed into FMCG recently with snacks.Meanwhile, CESC Q4 ending March 17 saw the net profit go up marginally to Rs 295 crore from Rs 293 crore registered during the corresponding period last year. PTI BSM KK KKlast_img read more