first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Aiming higher Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, left, helps escort coach Steve Kerr after Kerr was ejected during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. The Blazers won 129-107. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Thursday following his rant at officials during his team’s defeat to the Portland Trail Blazers.Kerr needed to be escorted from the court at Portland’s Moda Center on Wednesday after angrily objecting to a flagrant foul called against Draymond Green.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The Warriors coach was assessed two technical fouls and ejected after slamming his clipboard to the ground and unleashing a verbal volley against official Kenny Mauer.Kerr’s fine was confirmed by NBA vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsKerr later spoke to reporters about his angry reaction, explaining he was baffled by the decision to call a foul on Green for what looked like an innocuous challenge.“I was just shocked that it was called a flagrant foul,” Kerr said. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “That was head-scratching that could be called a flagrant foul. I mean, the guy’s going to go up for a dunk, you got to make sure he doesn’t dunk it. So I told Kenny I beg to differ.”Green was equally bemused, suggesting he was being penalized over-harshly because of his checkered disciplinary record.“I got a lot of ball,” Green said of the foul. “I don’t know. It’s the Draymond rule.”Green however saluted Kerr’s response to the incident.“I loved that too,” Green said. “That was amazing. It’s great.”ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

first_imgThe Ministry of Communities on Friday opened a two-day exhibition on Main Street, Georgetown in regard to recycling waste materials to utilisable resources.Darren Shako, a consultant at the Ministry of Communities, explained that the exhibition is another initiative aimed at informing the public of all the ways waste can be used in the country’s drive to becoming a green state.Some of the exhibitsA bag made out of recycled plastic bagsA child sitting on a recycled stoolMahathi SK, a student of Texila University, with biogas production“We need to rethink our approach in managing waste, especially solid waste,” Shako explained.According to Shako, the event serves to attract citizens’ interest and inform them of the ways they can make a difference. He said the exhibition “provides a platform for persons who have been in the habit or reusing waste to showcase what they have been doing over the years.”At the Texila University booth, one of the students, Mahathi SK, explained that the display showcased a biogas project which uses a large tank to produce methane gas. The methane gas is used as an alternative source of fuel. “It can be used for cooking, electricity… everything for which we use petrol,” SK said.She added that Guyana, with its large agricultural sector, “can use all that waste to produce electricity for a small farm, and thereby save a lot of fuel”.Maritza Jackson, an Ecuadorian residing for a number of years in Guyana, said her journey began a year ago, when she wanted to make a unique present for her husband. She decided to design an ornamental couple out of newspaper, and that has led to the production of numerous other items crafted from newspapers, magazines and cans. She plans to start a business in this regard, and encourages others to be creative and use old items to make “a difference”.According to the Department of Public Information, Roxanne Kendall, a vendor at the Port Mourant market in Region 6, has said she has been making stuffed animals from recycled materials for about a year now. She noted that many persons do not seem to grasp the importance of recycling. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) representatives said that while awareness has been growing, the agency will continue being part of such initiatives, to ensure more persons are informed about the need to protect the environment. The Ministry of Communities has devised a 2017 – 2030 solid waste management strategy under the theme “Putting waste in its place” in Guyana. In an effort to update a draft of the strategy, the Communities Ministry, in September, began a series of discussions with various stakeholders. The updated plan has three main components – sustainable waste reduction and management strategy, operational standard procedures, and analysis of Guyana’s solid waste sector.last_img read more

first_imgNational Ophthalmology Hospital …necessary kits not being purchasedBy Kristen MacklingamThe multimillion-dollar National Ophthalmology Hospital at Port Mourant, East Berbice-Corentyne, is once again under the microscope for not being in a fully operable state.PPP MP and Vice Chair of the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Social Services, Dr Vindhya PersaudReports are that there are no cataract surgeries being done there although the facility has the capacity to conduct some 10,000 surgeries annually.According to Region Six Chairman, David Armogan, those in charge of the hospital are not purchasing the kits necessary to conduct cataract operations and, therefore, many patients who are in dire need of this service have to pay large sums at private institutions for their surgeries.“All that they are doing is testing the eyes. They are not buying the kits to do surgeries for cataract so they are not able to do what they are supposed to be doing. A lot of the people being affected are poor ones who cannot afford private care,” he stated.TravestyMeanwhile, PPP Member of Parliament and Vice-Chair of the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Social Services, Dr Vindhya Persaud told Guyana Times that such a situation is a “travesty” which should have been corrected years ago when the issue of the National Ophthalmology Hospital was brought to the attention of Parliament.Region Six Chairman David Armogan“After this Government took office, there were reports that this hospital was not function, and at that time I was the Chair of the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Social Services and the reports were laid at the Parliament about it.That was 2017 when it was laid and it was only being pushed around for about one year there but by then the rotation of Chairmanship occurred and Mr John Adams from the APNU/AFC side was given the mantle of the Committee. Since then, we as a Committee have not visited anywhere or have not done anything and there are no reports placed at Parliament,” she posited.Dr Persaud explained that since 2017 there were reports of small parts and essential components of equipment missing at the National Ophthalmology Hospital that are crucial to the operations there. These were responsible for the non-function of the facility since back then.She recalled that the $140 million facility at Port Mourant was commissioned in July 2009 and was the first specialised Ophthalmology centre in the Caribbean and Latin America and served not only Guyanese but foreign patients seeking affordable and quality eye care surgeries.“But now it is not serving this purpose. When the PPP introduced this hospital, it used to cater to the needs of thousands of people annually but no more. Many people benefitted and still can once it is operating once again but that is up to those that manage it,” Dr Persaud added.In May last, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence announced that after a hiatus of being inoperable, the facility would have recommenced cataract surgeries. However, the Ophthalmology centre is yet to provide the crucial treatments and surgeries that it once used to prior to 2015.Relating to figures, after its first 10 months of operation, there were 21,074 persons seen at the centre.There were 8932 persons who were seen for refractive errors of the eye. One thousand five hundred and thirty-six surgeries were done, of which 316 were cataract surgeries.last_img read more

first_imgMilford GAA News: Bank Holiday Draw*Congratulations to winners in our Bank Holiday Draw draw. The club would like to thank all who bought and sold these tickets to make it a great success. The winners were: 1st. €2,000, Hugh Whoriskey, Milford Rd, Ramelton.2nd. 500 Lts oil. Maria Afxention, Cratlagh, Milford.3rd. All Ireland tickets. Bridie Bradley, Bomany, Letterkenny.4th. 32″ TV. Lauren Mc Bride, Golan, Milford.5th. Gym Membership. Roxy Gallagher, Cranford.6th. €100 Voucher Travellers Inn. Shane Sandilands, Kerrykeel.7th. €100 Voucher Arena Seven. Terence Doherty, The Quay, Milford.8th. Digital Camera. Jim Burges, Meenreagh, Kilmacrennan.9th. Coffee Machine. Ava Wilkie Murray, Carnasaul, Termon.10th. C.D. Player. Roisin Mc Cormack, Drumacloghan, Ramelton.11th. Digital Camera. Enda Cambell, Ramelton12th. Donegal Jacket. Paul Curran, Ramelton.*Donegal v Tyrone Tickets*Ticket orders for Donegal V Tyrone on 17th May are to be with Kathleen @ 9153160 or Joe @ 9153291 before Sunday 10th at 6pm. Tickets are limited and the club will only seek tickets for paid up members. (Club allocation: 4 stand and 116 terrace) Prices:Adult Stand €25.OAP Stand €15Adult Terrace €15Student Terrace €10OAP Terrace€10U16 Terrace €5.*CLG Dhun na nGall Strategic Plan 2015 – 2019*The consultation ​process in advance of the development​ of Donegal GAAs new Strategic Plan for the years 2015 – 2019 has now commenced. We are seeking the views of as wide a range of people as possible over the next 4 weeks so I if anyone, both home and abroad, with an interest in how Donegal GAA is to progress could fill out the questionnaire below.https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1vAJQqJNF2bWfuhhTk_Dm6ltYXx2wWlDQvGutE3DWOVo/viewform?usp=send_formThe consultation process will then close at 11.00pm on Sunday May 10th. *Donegal Senior Ladies*Good luck to Amber Barrett and the rest of the Donegal Senior Ladies team who take on Armagh in the Division 2 Final this weekend. Throw in in Parnell Park on Saturday is at 2pm and we wish Amber and all the squad the very best of luck.*Sympathies*The club would like to extend sympathy to the family of Dymphna and Pat Barrett on the death of Dymphna’s father, Pat English. May he rest in peace*Seniors*CLG BnaG 1-7 Aodh Ruadh 1-14The Seniors unbeaten run came to an end today against an ultra defensive Aodh Ruadh. Na Galloglaigh started brightly with Cathal Mc Gettigan having a goal chance early on and then scoring a free but this was to be the only time the boys were in the lead. Kieran Sheridan was black carded after 13 minutes with the boys 0-3 to 0-1 down which seen Dylan Hegartys introduced in his place. The boys struggled to make it stick up front against a very defensive outfit who brought a lot of numbers back, but they got scores from Kane Barrett, Cathal McGettigan and Christopher Barrett to leave the half time score 0-4 to 0-7. Aodh Ruadh scored immediately after the restart but Na Galloglaigh got a boost after a great catch by Darragh Black saw him start a move involving Kyle Black, and Kane Barrett before Dylan Hegarty stuck it in the back of the net to put just one between the sides.There was a huge turning point moments later when another sweeping move saw Tj Evesson clean through but unfortunately his effort came back off the post and wide, had this gone in it could have been a different game. Disaster struck halfway through the second half when Aodh Ruadh were awarded and scored a penalty, which put them 6 clear, 1-4 to 1-10. Kyle Black had another good goal chance well saved but Aodh Ruadh were very clinical in attack and caused bother each time they came forward. Yet another top drawer save prevented Cathal McGettigan getting a late score while Aodh Ruadh kept getting their scores a little easier at the other end. The very defensive Aodh Ruadh tackled very well and made life difficult for our forwards and in the end up the lads had no answer. Pauric Curley added a late point to make the full time score 1-7 to 1-14. Next up is a derby game against Downings in which the lads will be hoping to get back to winning ways.Team: Sean Gallagher, Kieran Sheridan, Sean Black, Kieran Mc Laughlin, Jonny Logue, Enda McHugh, TJ Evesson, Luc O Bairead, Joey Cullen, Darragh Black, Christopher Barrett (0-1), Kyle Black (0-1), Kane Barrett (0-1), Cathal McGettigan (0-3), Pauric Curley (0-1). Subs: Dylan Hegarty (1-0) for Sheridan (13m, BC), Anthony Fisher, Caolan Mc Gettigan, Conor McNulty, Paul Grier, Ryan Ferry*Reserves*CLG BnaG 1-8 Aodh Ruadh 1-8The Reserves had to make do with a point this evening but they still maintained their unbeaten start to the season. They kicked away a lot of ball in the first half and are capable of playing a lot better than they have today. Aodh Ruadh were a dogged outfit and came back from 3 points down in the final few minutes to level. Next up for the Reserves is a derby match against Downings.Team: Gavin McFadden, Dean Boyce, Cormac Friel, Tony McGettigan, Conor McNulty (0-1), Paul Grier, Emmet Conaghan (0-1), Kieran Gorman, Anthony Fisher (0-2), Jamie Heena, Ryan Ferry, Caolan Bolton, Adam Serrinha (1-1), Paul Fisher, Hugh Mc Menamin (0-1). Subs: Dylan Hegarty (0-1) for Serrinha (HT), Gearoid Horkan for McNulty (HT), James Whelan for Bolton (HT), Connor Jason Meakin for McGettigan (40m), Paddy Mc Carron for McMenamin (45m)*Lucozade Sport Kit Out Project*Thank you to everyone who helped out the Club in the recent Lucozade Sport Kit Out Project. 383 codes were donated to the Club which will go towards training equipment for the underage and Senior teams. *Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others*Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others resumes training next Monday, 9th March at 8.15pm. Open to all newcomers and past players who are over 18 and not currently playing competitive football. These trainings are fun orientated with the focus on learning the skills of the game and interacting with other women/mothers in the community and providing opportunity to be physically active.*Topaz Cash for Clubs Scheme*Club ID: 10187For any of our members or supporters who clock up a lot of miles Topaz have a ‘Cash for Clubs’ scheme. Collect a card at your local Topaz and each time you top up by €40 get it stamped. When you have your card completed hold on to them and hand them to Barry McNulty to be entered into the draw.*2015 Membership*The 2015 membership rates were decided at Decembers AGM and are as follows:€200 – Database members (3 panels on weekly lotto). Entitled to 2 full adults and juvenile membership for all children up to 18yrs.€100 – Database members (1 panel on weekly lotto). Entitled to 2 full adults and juvenile membership for all children up to 18yrs.€70 – Family Membership. Entitled to 2 full adult membership and juvenile membership for all children up to 18yrs.€50 – Senior Ladies (Players). Entitled to one full adult membership.€40 – Adult membership. Entitled to one full adult membership.€30 – Juvenile membership.As well as full family membership database members are:– Entered into every draw every week– Automatically in Christmas hamper draw (One for database members only)– Receive 11 weeks free entry to lotto draw Membership must be paid by St Patricks Day, 17th March 2015. The Club will only be able to source Donegal tickets for fully paid up members. Membership can be paid to any team manager or member of the Executive Committee, or very easily through our Team App on your mobile phone. This extremely useful app (Team App) can be downloaded from the app store. Complete your registration on download and search for CLG BnaG. Membership can be paid via the ‘Shop/Play Lotto’ option.*Training Schedules*Seniors – Tues & Thurs @ 7pm (Pitch)Senior Ladies – Mon & Wed @ 7pm, Sat @ 10am (Pitch)Minors – Fri @ 8pm, Sun @ 10am (Pitch)U16s – Fridays @ 7pm (Pitch)U16 Ladies – Mon & Wed @ 7pm, Sat @ 10am (Pitch)U14 Ladies – Mon @ 5pm (Pitch).U12 Mixed – Wed @ 6pm (Convent Gym)*Lotto*This weeks lotto numbers were 7-13-18-22. No jackpot winner, 2 match 3 winners win €35 each. Aidan McHugh, Milford, & Ann Marie McGettigan, Carrigart. Next weeks Jackpot is €780. Don’t forget you can enter the lotto from the comfort of your own home by playing through our own FREE Club App. Usual rules apply, pick 4 numbers per box, €2 and €5 options available. Numbers must be entered before 10pm or else they roll over to the next week. Perfect way for our many supporters and exiles overseas who would like to continue to support their Club.*Underage Coaching*Anyone interested in getting involved in the coaching of underage teams are asked to contact Shaun Paul Barrett on 086-6052169*Lotto Database*Lotto database players are reminded that end of year payments are now due. Anyone wishing to join the lotto database in 2014 can download the standing order form from the Club website or contact Joe McNulty. The benefits of joining the database are:– Full family membership for 2014 included– Entered into every draw evey week– Automatically in Christmas hamper draw (One for database members only)– 11 weeks free entry to lotto draw*Lotto Sellers Required*The Club is seeking lotto sellers in the Milford, Ramelton and Rathmullan areas. If you are interested contact Joe McNulty on 086-8547114*Contact Us*For all information and queries contact MilfordDonegalGAA@Gmail.com, follow us on Twitter on @CLGBnaG, and on Facebook on www.facebook.com/clgbaile.nangalloglach or see our website www.clgbnag.com*CLG BnaG Club Gear*A selection of club gear is available to order. Photos and prices of these items are on the club website and on the new Team App. Orders can be placed with Agnes Ryan 0868194751GAA NEWS: AODH RUADH END MILFORD’S UNBEATEN START TO THE SEASON was last modified: May 6th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAAMilfordNoticesSportlast_img read more

first_imgTHEY’VE made headlines around the globe because of their weekly protests against government pay-outs to bondholders – now the Ballyea Protest Group is coming to Co Donegal.Ballyhea is a rural parish in Cork that has been marching every Sunday in protest against the conversion of private bank debt to sovereign debt since March, 2011.They’ve even taken their protests to Brussels. Now the group is set to come to Donegal Town next weekSpokesman Diarmuid O’Flynn told Donegal Daily: “What the ECB and the EU are doing to us is oppressive. They are combining their financial and political muscle to blackmail and bully the Irish government into paying a debt that is not ours, a debt of tens of billions of euro.“Due to the bank bailout every man woman and child owes in the region of €14,000. The people of Ballyhea have been making a stand and I’m calling on the people of Donegal to stand with us.Donegal Action against Austerity members will meet the Ballyhea group and organise a protest in Donegal Town at 4. 45pm, next Saturday, October 27. “We would ask all the people in Donegal to come out and support these good people,” said Joe Murphy.The march commences in the car park of Aldi supermarket, Donegal Town going to the Diamond where the Ballyhea/Charleville group will address the people of Donegal.Diarmaid O’Flynn has been the main protest organiser from the outset.The Ballyhea Protest group began with their aim being to encourage other communities to follow their lead. Their efforts have attracted attention from newspapers and TV crews from all over the world including Britain, Australia, France and even China.Their protest takes the form of a quiet short weekly protest that is “non-ideological and politically neutral’’. Villagers walk from the church car park to the boundary of the village and back again.When Ballyhea protest group arrive in Donegal on Saturday 27th October they will have conducted their 87th consecutive protest.Diarmaid O’Flynn, organiser and journalist writes this:“In the decade of the so-called Celtic Tiger Irish banks borrowed billions, poured them into the property market, created a bubble of such enormity that when it burst, it destroyed the entire Irish economy, including the banks themselves. When those who had been foolish enough and reckless enough to lend those billions to those banks came looking to cash in their bonds there was precious little left, at which point the normal rules of economics should have kicked in the bondholders cut and run, negotiate their losses and move on to the next likely investment. 
In September 2008 came the first intervention, a weak and ill-advised government panicked into a blanket bank guarantee; on November 28th 2010 the second intervention, that guarantee copper-fastened in a deal which will go down in history as one of the most dastardly deeds ever done in the name of the Irish people – under duress from the ECB, the then Irish Government signed a deal under which the private debts between the Irish banks and their various bondholders were transferred, in full, to the Irish people. 
Immoral, unjust, unconscionable this was all of that and more. It was an unprecedented interference with the normal workings of the money markets, a decision that smacked more of empire than of community, a decision mandated by the ECB to protect the bondholders at the expense of the already seriously impacted Irish people. Threatened with withdrawal of all support, the then Irish government was basically blackmailed into signing the deal; the Irish people were never consulted, were simply saddled with a debt they had never themselves accrued. 
We now ask for this deal to be undone; we ask for those bondholders to be treated now as they should have been treated then, with whatever consequences they have to suffer; at the very least, we ask for a referendum on this deal, that the Irish people may themselves decide whether or not it’s acceptable that they should now be saddled with this debt.” FAMOUS BALLYHEA PROTEST GROUP SET FOR DONEGAL was last modified: October 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:FAMOUS BALLYHEA PROTEST GROUP SET FOR DONEGALlast_img read more

first_imgNorth West 10k invites charity nominationsCharities wishing to be beneficiaries of the 2013 North West 10k run and walk are asked to submit their applications to Anne Condon, Grand Canal Building, Paddy Harte Road, Letterkenny or email anne@letterkennychamber.com before Friday, January 25th.The 17th Charity North West 10k Run & Walk will take place on Sunday, May 5th in Letterkenny. Once again the committee will be providing a range of supports to the main charities who are successful in their applications. Just an expression of interest and contact details is required initially.The 10k committee will then make contact with the interested charities to outline what is involved and the scale of the fundraising campaign ahead of next year’s event.The 10k organisation will also be giving assistance and advice to all charities who formally register with them in the New Year.Despite the tough economic times and the stiff competition from other high profile charities the 16th North West Run and Walk raised over €70,000. Honourary Presidential role for Charlie KellyA long standing member of the North West 10k committee Charlie Kelly became the first Honouary President of the organization when he was elected to the position at last week’s Annual General Meeting in the Mount Errigal Hotel.Mr Kelly has played a key role in the promotion of local athletics for well over three decades through his association with Letterkenny Athletic Club. NORTH WEST 10K INVITES CHARITY NOMINATIONS was last modified: December 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:NORTH WEST 10K INVITES CHARITY NOMINATIONSlast_img read more

first_imgWith temperatures dropping and wintry weather setting in, we thought we would give you some useful advice for driving icy roads.Roads across Co Donegal are in a poor condition tonight.Temperatures are forecast to drop go freezing overnight with forecasters saying their is a possibility of snow. Following the tips below can help make your safer.Drive to suit the conditionsWhen roads are slippery it can take you up to 10 times longer to stop. Reduce your speed and drive with extra care, even if roads have been gritted.Even after roads have been treated in winter, driving conditions may remain challenging, especially if the road location and layout mean there is a high risk of ice. Be aware that ice forms more easily on: :: hilly or exposed roads:: roads that pass under or over a bridge:: roads shaded by trees or buildingsIf you start to skid::: press the clutch :: steer into the skid:: as you straighten, steer back along the roadEmergency kitYou are advised to carry an emergency kit in your vehicle. A basic kit should include: :: map:: jump leads for the car battery:: torch:: warning triangle:: ice scraper and de-icer:: first-aid kit:: warm clothesIf you’re planning a long trip or if severe weather is forecast, you may want to also have in your car::: a shovel (if there’s a chance of snow):: a pair of boots:: a blanket:: any medication you need to take regularly:: food and a thermos with a hot drink:: sunglasses – because of the glare in snowy conditions:: Is your journey necessary?You should always plan your journey and check the latest weather and travel advice. Ask yourself whether you really need to travel – or if you can delay your journey until conditions improve.If you must travel, plan your journey carefully::: check and service your vehicleYou can reduce your chances of breaking down by regularly servicing your car. You should also::: top up anti-freeze and screenwash:: check for wear and tear on wiper blades (replace them as soon as they start to smear rather than clean windows):: make sure your battery is fully charged (batteries last between two and four years – replace yours if it’s no longer reliable):: keep tyre pressure at the manufacturer’s recommended level and check you have at least three millimetres of tread:: wipe dirt and spray off headlamps and make sure all bulbs are workingHowever carefully you plan your journey, things can go wrong. An accident or bad weather could mean that a road is closed for a time.If you find yourself on a stretch of motorway that is closed, stay in the car and listen to traffic news.ROADS ALERT: USEFUL TIPS FOR DRIVING IN WINTRY WEATHER was last modified: November 19th, 2013 by John2Share 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:donegal daily weatherROADS ALERT: USEFUL TIPS FOR DRIVING IN WINTRY WEATHERsafe driving tipswinterlast_img read more

first_imgThe cover story of Science this week has bad news for those hoping for Martian lakefront property.  A series of articles by planetary scientists who studied images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter casts strong doubt on the presence of water on Mars, even in the planet’s early days.  The overview article by Richard Kerr in Science1 summarizes:In recent years, “water, water everywhere” might have been the motto for Mars exploration.  Shallow, salty seas ruled on early Mars, and water has been gushing down gullies in the geologically recent past, some even in the past few years.  But the tide is now receding, at least a ways.    As highlighted in the 21 September issue of Science and elsewhere, more leisurely consideration of observations from rovers and orbiters and the unprecedented detail afforded by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)–the latest arrival at Mars–are bringing into question many earlier geologic interpretations involving surface water.  Mars has been “a desolate place for a long time,” concludes geochemist Scott McLennan of Stony Brook University in New York state.Leading Marsologists, like Alfred McEwen (U of Arizona), contributed to the series of five papers in the issue.  It appears that volcanic activity can account for the layered deposits, and slumping can account for the apparent gullies on crater walls.  Joanne Baker summarized the way the evidence is looking now, in her introductory article, “Water, Water, Not Everywhere?”2Images of supposed ancient ocean floors and riverbeds show no obvious signs that liquid water was ever present.  Reexamination of some landforms implies that they have been formed by flowing lava, not water.  The only locations where features seem to indicate the presence of liquid water today or in the recent past are on the rims of craters and some gullies, suggesting that heat from impacts may have been the trigger for trickles rather than a revealed water table.  Radar and gravity data show that the cap on Mars’ south pole now holds the largest reservoir of relatively pure water ice on the planet, and layers there and in the north polar cap reveal seasonal oscillations in climate.This represents a major blow to previous ideas about the red planet.  The Mars Pathfinder rover was thought to have landed in a large, ancient flood channel.  The Mars Exploration Rovers looked long and hard for water; Spirit was supposed to have landed in a flooded lake bed, which turned out to be volcanic debris, but Opportunity seemed to have provided evidence for intermittent shallow seas.  The new evidence is casting doubt on all those visions.  We now may have to work with a revised picture of Mars as a dry, dusty, rocky desert, with wandering icy polar caps, where liquid water has only flowed in rare, ephemeral trickles.1Richard A. Kerr, “Is Mars Looking Drier and Drier for Longer and Longer?”, Science, 21 September 2007: Vol. 317. no. 5845, p. 1673, DOI: 10.1126/science.317.5845.1673.2Joanne Baker, “Water, Water, Not Everywhere?”, Science, 21 September 2007: Vol. 317. no. 5845, p. 1705, DOI: 10.1126/science.317.5845.1705.This must be a severe disappointment to origin-of-life researchers.  The motto “follow the water” has driven much of the Mars program.  Mars remains just as fascinating a geological body as it always was, but with decreasing hopes for water, and therefore life, will there be enough wind in NASA’s sails to keep going back?    Phoenix is on its way to a polar landing next year.  The mission overview clearly states that water ice and organic compounds necessary for life are a prominent goal of the mission.  The Mars Science Laboratory, scheduled to rove the planet in 2010, has even more experiments to “collect Martian soil and rock samples and analyze them for organic compounds and environmental conditions that could have supported microbial life now or in the past.”  Today’s papers in Science may begin to decrease hopes for even past life.  Will NASA scientists be able to keep Mars plans vibrant beyond MSL, when the goals stated for Mars Beyond 2009 are heavily influenced by Astrobiology?  How much will scientists want to study lava and dust in more detail?    We hope planetary exploration will continue apace.  Here’s a replacement goal that creationists and intelligent design people (i.e., the majority of taxpaying Americans) can support: “We learn from exploring other planets and moons just how special our Earth is, and how narrow are the requirements for life that are met uniquely on the home planet.”  There’s potential for a lot of good science with that focus.  Astrobiologists can even continue to look for life.  The more they don’t find it, the more we will appreciate how special life is.  Everybody wins.  We will not cease from exploring, T.S. Eliot said.  When we come back home, we will understand the place for the first time.  That’s worthwhile.    Scientists must face things as they are, not as they wish them to be.  Did you notice that the earlier claims of liquid water were apparently due to the eagerness to find it?  Kerr said that only after a more “leisurely” look at the observations did the dry truth begin to sink in.  That’s not all bad.  Science is often driven by the eagerness to prove or disprove something.  As long as scientists are honest when their hunches don’t bear up, worthwhile findings can result.  We’re only human, though, and emotions do get involved.  It’s a good thing Percival Lowell (Mr. Martian canals) is dead, because he would be sooooo depressed.  But look: his eagerness bequeathed to us the Lowell Observatory.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_img11 December 2006South Africa’s second satellite, SumbandilaSat, will be launched in early 2007 from a submarine off the coast of Russia and carried halfway around the world by a modified intercontinental ballistic missile before being released into low-earth orbit.The 81-kilogram micro-satellite will orbit the earth at a height of 500 kilometres for between three and five years, giving South Africa affordable access to space technology.Its images will enable scientists to monitor disasters such as fires, floods and oil spills, and deliver useful data on climate, dam levels, population density, crop yields and vegetation.SumbandilaSat will be South Africa’s second satellite after SunSat, which was built by Stellenbosch University staff and postgraduate students and launched into low-earth orbit by Nasa in 1999, remaining operational for almost two years.Sumbandila“Sumbandila” is Tshivenda for “lead the way”. The name was chosen from more than 3 000 entries in a competition run among South Africa’s high school students by the SA Agency for Science and Technology Advancement.State-of-the art payloadAlthough the new satellite will be around the same size as SunSat, technological advances mean it will be far more capable, carrying a state-of-the-art imaging payload.According to Allan Duggan, writing in Popular Mechanics, SumbandilaSat’s “six-band onboard multispectral line-scan camera and video sensors, equipped with three different lenses, will scan the Earth at varying angles”.The resulting high-resolution images will be transmitted to a ground tracking station at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Satellite Applications Centre at Hartebeeshoek bordering the Magaliesberg mountains in Gauteng, with backup stations at Overberg Test Range, Bredasdorp and Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape.“The satellite is equipped with 24 gigabytes of non-volatile memory, allowing it to stream about 6GB of image data every day per unique located ground station,” Duggan writes.The satellite was designed and built by Stellenbosch-based SunSpace, the company that developed out of the success of SunSat. According to Business Day, SunSpace completed construction of the satellite in September and has since put the craft through a series of trials to check its ability to withstand extreme temperature and vibration.Business Day reports that SumbandilaSat’s launch, originally planned for December, was delayed until the European spring to allow for better weather. The new launch window period is in April or May 2007.“Technically, it’s ready, it’s passed all the tests,” department spokesman Nhlahlha Nyide told Business Day.The government has invested R26-million in the project, which is being managed by the University of Stellenbosch.While the university also trains postgraduate students in, and conducts research into, satellite engineering and software development, the CSIR’s Satellite Applications Centre will be responsible for operating, tracking and monitoring the satellite.Essential monitoring toolAccording to the Department of Science and Technology, rural communities stand to benefit from the information gathered by SumbandilaSAT, whose observations will inform decision-making in land use and agriculture, natural resource and disaster management, and infrastructure and urban planning.“Space assets” such as satellites are no longer merely a matter of prestige for a country but “have become essential tools,” the department said in a recent statement.“We need to understand the earth system to improve human health, safety and welfare and to protect the environment, reduce disaster losses and achieve sustainable development.”According to Professor Sias Mostert of the University of Stellenbosch, satellites now monitor “almost all aspects of the world’s climate systems,” including sea and land temperatures, wind, rainfall and vegetation cover.Town planners also use satellite images to help tackle problems such as traffic congestion, illegal building and lack of recreational sites, says Mostert.Mothibi Ramusi, manager of the Satellite Applications Centre at the Center for Scientific and Industrial Research, says the satellite’s communications payload will also enable it to provide certain telecommunications services based on the “store and forward” principle.For example, Ramusi explains, as the satellite passes over South Africa, users with receiving stations will be able to send and receive e-mails. In addition, local data – such as data on dam levels – can be transmitted from ground sensors to the satellite for forwarding on to central authorities.According to Popular Mechanics, SumbandilaSAT will take to the sky during a five-day launch “window” starting on 20 December.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgStudents from KwaMashu Community Advancement Projects sing their hearts out for Radi-Aid.(Image: iKind) The familiar oil heater seen in countless South African homes can save Norwegians, says Radi-Aid.(Image: Radi-Aid)MEDIA CONTACTS • iKind Media+27 31 205 1255 Gwinyai NhapataIt’s cold and snowy in Norway, but hot and sunny in Africa. It’s time to share your heat, Africa; keep Norway warm.Back in 1984, the British and Irish supergroup Band Aid released the song, Do They Know It’s Christmas, to raise funds for the poor and starving of Africa. It contained the line, “There won’t be snow in Africa this Christmas time”.Inspired by Band Aid and the later Live Aid, in 1985 a group of Norwegian artists going by the name of Forente Artister, which means United Artists, recorded the song Sammen for Livet, or Together for Life, to raise money for the victims of hunger in Africa.Now in a reversal of fortunes, Radi-Aid is urgently calling on Africa to warm up the snow-covered lives of Norwegians by donating radiators – or oil heaters, as they are familiarly known in South Africa.It is a parody, of course, but one with a serious message: the spoof video was made with the intention of changing global perceptions of Africa. It was made by the Norwegian Students’ and Academics’ International Assistance Fund (SAIH) together with a group of performing arts students from KwaMashu Community Advancement Projects who took the lead roles in the video.AN organisation of students and academics, SAIH focuses on education for development, and supports the right to be educated. It has projects going in projects in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Zambia, Bolivia and Nicaragua. The organisation celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012.The video was produced and edited by South African Devin Carter of Durban-based iKind. Wathiq Hoosain, A south African jazz pianist studying in Oslo, and Durban guitarist Kurt Pienke composed the music and Norwegian group Bretton Woods wrote the lyrics.Sharing the heat, sharing the love“There is heat enough for Norway, if Africans would share it,” says Radi-Aid.Released on 16 November, in under a month the video has clocked up more than 1.8 million Youtube views and counting. It depicts Norwegians suffering in extremely harsh, snowy conditions and Africans singing in sympathy for the “kids dying in Norway”. It has created an international stir, and has been featured on BBC and Al Jazeera news channels and in The Guardian newspaper.It’s been seen as a wake-up call for the world, pointing out that the traditional negative images of poverty, famine, war, and suffering are not all that Africa has to offer.“Collect radiators, ship them over there, spread some warmth, spread some smiles,” says the Radi-Aid spokesperson, South African rapper Breezy Vee, who appears in the video. “Say yes to Radi-Aid.”The project, set up by SAIH with youth education campaign Operation Day’s Work, was funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Co-operation and the Norwegian Children and Youth Council. The point of Radi-Aid, according to the campaign’s website, is to “publicise that the media should show respect, provide better information on Africa and not just exploit stereotypes [of the people] they seek to help. Aid should be based on real needs as opposed to good intentions.”The video is also available for download through iTunes. Apparel is available at the Radi-Aid online shop.Turn the stereotype aroundSAIH president Erik Schreiner Evans explains: “The reason that we did it this way was to sort of turn the stereotypical image upside down. Because way too often we see charitable fundraisers that show real problems, but they portray especially Africans as passive recipients of aid in need of the charity of countries in Europe like Norway. And the subtle message is also that we, the Europeans, are the developed ones, the successful ones, and the ones able to share of our bounties, and are really the only sort of, real protagonists, in this story.”Norway lies along the western part of the Scandinavian peninsula, jutting out into the Arctic Ocean and North Sea; a large part of the country is inside the Arctic Circle. Winters are brutal.“A lot of people are not aware of what is going on there right now,” Breezy Vee parodies on the video.But in truth, Norway has one of the highest per capita GDP rates in the world, with an unemployment rate of just 3.3%, according to the CIA’s World Fact Book, which has no listing for people living below the poverty line. It is a wealthy country with large reserves of oil, natural gas, minerals, seafood, lumber, and hydropower.Norway is also among the top 10 international aid donors to Africa, according to the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.The country clearly does not need aid, so why the Radi-Aid campaign? The answer is to emphasise that Africa is portrayed in such a way countless times, with its brighter side neglected. The Radi-Aid campaign shows the concern that many people – including Africans themselves – just give up on Africa because media portray it as if nothing is getting better. Africa should not be something that people either give to or give up on.“Imagine if every person in Africa saw the Africa for Norway video and that was the only information they ever got about Norway,” says Radi-Aid. “What would they think about Norway?”Positive stories“The truth is that there are many positive developments in African countries and we want these to become known,” says SAIH. “We need to educate ourselves on the complex issues and get more focus on how western countries have a negative impact on African’s development. If we want to address the problems the world is facing we need to do it based on knowledge and respect.”Through SAIH and other NGOs that work with local groups in southern Africa and Latin America in education, research and other projects, Norway has setup successful operations in African countries. Norwegian missionaries first landed in Africa in the late 19th century when they settled in KwaZulu-Natal. The country later became a supporter of South Africa’s fight against apartheid.South Africa and Norway share a long history of collaboration in the fields of arts and culture, environmental protection and energy, human rights and peace and security, education and research, and trade and investment.South Africa has maintained a consulate-general in Oslo since September 1988, following the opening of Norway’s consulate-general in Cape Town. On 1 January 1992, diplomatic relations between the two countries were upgraded to ambassadorial level.last_img read more