New Family Resource Centre confirmed for Mountmellick

first_img A new Family Resource Centre is to be established in Mountmellick, it has been confirmed.Laois TD and Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan confirmed today that the centre is to be established in Mountmellick Development Association.“I am delighted to announce that a new Family Resource Centre is to be established in Mountmellick Development Association.“This is excellent news and will provide the staff of the MDA and the Mountmellick Youth Development Centre with the resources to sustain and develop the existing range of services currently being provided.“The primary purpose of a Family Resource Centre is to combat disadvantage and improve the working of the family unit. They offer core services including support to people facing unemployment, addiction and bereavement.“I wish to commend and pay tribute to the board members and staff of the MDA and MYDC who work tirelessly, on tight budgets, to create a safe environment for young people and deliver services to disadvantaged families in the area,” Minister Flanagan said.“The primary purpose of a Family Resource Centre is to combat disadvantage and improve the working of the family unit. They offer core services including support to people facing unemployment, addiction and bereavement,” he said.The number of Family Resource Centres in Ireland will increase from 109 to 120, with the addition of 11 new centres this year.Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, and Tusla’s Chief Operations Officer, Jim Gibson, announced the locations of 11 new centres during a visit to the Hill Street Family Resource Centre in Dublin on Monday.Jim Gibson said “We’re delighted to announce the 11 new Family Resource Centres today. The expansion of our Family Resource Centre Programme will see 11 more communities supported through a range of community services including family support work, counselling, education and training courses, and youth groups.Need“Family Resource Centres are rooted in and part of local communities and as a result they can identify need in families and communities early and offer appropriate interventions and supports. Tusla’s Family Resource Centre Programme is an important part of our work to prioritise early intervention across our services,” he said.The announcement is part of a range of initiatives announced for Family Resource Centres as part of Budget 2018. Tusla is investing a total of €16.37 million into the Family Resource Centre Programme in 2018, an increase of 21% compared to 2017.SEE ALSO – Laois manager Sugrue calls on his team to become more clinical Pinterest Community Rugby Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Council By David Power – 12th March 2018 Home News Community New Family Resource Centre confirmed for Mountmellick NewsCommunity Previous articleTownscape art exhibition on Laois houses to openNext articleLaois football captain Stephen Attride delighted to be back after injury lay off David PowerA journalist for over 20 years, David has worked for a number of regional titles both as journalist and editor. From Tullamore he also works as a content editor for Independent.ie. His heroes include Shane Lowry, Seamus Darby and Johnny Flaherty Twitter Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining New Family Resource Centre confirmed for Mountmellick Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squadlast_img read more

GOLD instrument captures its first image of the Earth

first_imgAbout Leadership Features & News Events & Seminars Publications CU Students at LASP Jobs LASP Tours Address & Directions Visitor Information Contact Acknowledgments Giving to LASP Scholarships and Fellowships LASP Staff Personnel Pages Posted September 17th, 2018 NASA’s GOLD instrument captures its first image of the Earth LASP in the News Related Links UCF GOLD home pageNASA Goddard GOLD home page Shown here is the “first light” image of ultraviolet atomic oxygen emission (135.6 nm wavelength) from the Earth’s upper atmosphere captured by NASA’s GOLD instrument. It was taken at approximately 6 a.m. local time, near sunrise in eastern South America. The colors correspond to emission brightness, with the strongest shown in red and the weakest in blue. This emission is produced at altitudes around 160 km (note how it extends above the Earth’s surface on the horizon), when the Earth’s upper atmosphere absorbs high energy photons and particles. The aurora, at the top and bottom of the image, and daytime airglow, on the right hand side, are also visible. An ultraviolet star, 66 Ophiuchi (HD 164284), is visible above the western horizon of the Earth. Outlines of the continents and a latitude-longitude grid have been added for reference. (Courtesy LASP/GOLD science team) Click here for a full-resolution image and detailed caption.NASA’s Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk, or GOLD, instrument powered on and opened its cover to scan the Earth for the first time, resulting in a “first light” image of the Western Hemisphere in the ultraviolet. GOLD will provide unprecedented global-scale imaging of the temperature and composition at the dynamic boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and space.The instrument was launched from Kourou, French Guiana, on Jan. 25, 2018, onboard the SES-14 satellite and reached geostationary orbit in June 2018. After checkout of the satellite and communications payload, GOLD commissioning—the period during which the instrument performance is assessed—began on Sept. 4.Team scientists conducted one day of observations on Sept. 11, during instrument checkout, enabling them to produce GOLD’s “first light” image shown here. Commissioning will run through early October, as the team continues to prepare the instrument for its planned two-year science mission.Built by LASP, and managed by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, GOLD is the first NASA science mission to fly an instrument as a hosted payload on a commercial satellite. Data from the instrument—comprised of two, identical ultraviolet-imaging spectrographs—will improve our understanding of the Sun’s impact on the Earth’s upper atmosphere, as well as the effects from terrestrial weather below.“GOLD is an amazing technological breakthrough,” said GOLD Principal Investigator Richard Eastes, a research scientist at LASP. “After years of reviews, testing, testing, and more testing, the instrument is finally making observations of the Earth. The main act has begun. It’s a testament to the engineering and science teams, who were responsible for building and calibrating the instrument, that we’ve reached this significant mission milestone.”Along with NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer, or ICON, scheduled for launch later this fall, GOLD is a key element of NASA’s program to explore Earth’s boundary with space, as the two missions explore this unpredictable near-Earth region to determine how it responds to solar and atmospheric inputs.“The successful launch of GOLD and acquisition of initial data is a fantastic result,” said Bill McClintock, GOLD instrument scientist at LASP. “Its data will help us understand the critical role the Sun plays in space weather and allow us to better protect astronauts and our technological assets that we’ve become so reliant upon in today’s society.”Changes in near-Earth space can affect our lives on Earth by disrupting the use of satellites for communications and navigation. The result can be lost messages, aircraft flight delays, interruptions in GPS signals, and satellite TV outages. Incoming solar energy can also damage spacecraft electronics and detectors, and expose astronauts to health risks from radiation. The more we understand about the fundamental nature of our space environment, the better we can protect these interests.Scientists expect to begin operations of the GOLD instrument in early October 2018.Contacts:Richard EastesGOLD principal investigatorLaboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP)(303) [email protected] McClintockGOLD instrument scientistLASP Senior Research Scientist(303) [email protected] communications:LASP Office of Communications and [email protected]—About LASPThe Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU) began in 1948, a decade before NASA.  We are the world’s only research institute to have sent instruments to all eight planets and Pluto.LASP combines all aspects of space exploration through our expertise in science, engineering, mission operations, and scientific data analysis. As part of CU, LASP also works to educate and train the next generation of space scientists, engineers and mission operators by integrating undergraduate and graduate students into working teams. Our students take their unique experiences with them into government or industry, or remain in academia to continue the cycle of exploration. Tags: Bill McClintock, CU-Boulder, GOLD, GSFC, ICON, Ionospheric Connection Explorer, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, LASP, NASA, NASA Goddard, NASA GSFC, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Richard Eastes, University of Colorado Boulder, William McClintock last_img read more