MAN WHO ‘DROVE LIKE A LUNATIC’ FINED AND BANNED FOR FOUR YEARS
A Carrigart man ‘drove like a lunatic’ a court has heard.Anthony McGettigan, 20, appeared at Letterkenny District Court where he faced four separate dangerous driving charges on the same day.The court heard that a member of the public had contacted Gardai after spotting McGettigan “driving like a lunatic” on March 7th last year. Gardai interviewed McGettigan of Chapel Road in Carrigart and also charged him with having no tax or insurance, NCT or driving license.He was fined a total of €700 and banned from driving for four years by Judge Paul Kelly.MAN WHO ‘DROVE LIKE A LUNATIC’ FINED AND BANNED FOR FOUR YEARS was last modified: November 10th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:Anthony McGettiganbannedCarrigartcourtdonegallunatic
Donegal had joint-top homicide rate in country last year
Donegal was amongst the top three joint-highest places in Ireland for homicides last year.Dublin North Central, Donegal and Clare had the greatest number of homicides, while Meath ranked as lowest county for Public Order Offences.Homicide is the killing of one person by another. It may or may not be illegal. The rate 4 per 100,000 people – was same recorded in Dublin North Central, Donegal and Clare.Almost 1 in 10 of all crimes recorded in the country last year occurred in Dublin’s North Inner City, according to an analysis of the official figures for 2018.The area also had the highest rate for 11 of the 14 main crime categories, including sex offences and assaults.Meanwhile, Meath was the area with the lowest rate of Public Order Offences per capita. Donegal had joint-top homicide rate in country last year was last modified: October 2nd, 2019 by StephenShare 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)
SA launches tech dictionaries
27 September 2005Although South Africa has 11 official languages, only two of these, English and Afrikaans, are used in many technical fields.Now, three new multilingual dictionaries will bring these fields within the reach of all South Africans, no matter which language they speak.Speaking at the launch of the publications in Boksburg on Monday, Arts and Culture Minister Pallo Jordan said the dictionaries would establish wider use of South Africa’s indigenous languages in technical fields.The dictionaries – covering natural science and technology glossary for schools, information and communications technology, and parliamentary/political terms – are translated into IsiZulu, IsiXhosa, IsiNdebele, TshiVhenda, SiSwati, Sesotho, Sepedi, XiTsonga and SeTswana.Jordan said he was “convinced that multilingualism is a possibility in this country if we continue to work together.”The natural science and technology dictionary will be distributed to various primary schools for use by teachers and learners while the parliamentary/political glossary will be distributed to translators throughout the country as well as language practitioners in various provincial legislatures.Source: BuaNews
Vultures need our help
The Kransberg in Marakele National Park, whose rocky peaks are home to the world’s biggest colony of Cape vultures.(Image: SANParks) Just one of the many rehabilitated and released Cape vultures which owe their lives to the dedicated VulPro team.(Image: VulPro) A young lappet-faced vulture tagged and fitted with a GPS/GSM tracking device, at VulPro.(Image: VulPro) The Cape vulture is one of the largest Old World vultures, but is under threat from electrocution and poisoning.(Image: Wikipedia)MEDIA CONTACTS • Kerri WolterFounder, VulPro+27 82 808 5113• Nomonde MxhalisaCommunications and media, EWT+27 11 372 3600/1/2/3RELATED ARTICLES• Tusker research goes social• EWT making tracks in conservation• Wines to save wild dogs• New SANParks educational centre• A legacy for the African rhinoJanine ErasmusThe newly established Limpopo Vulture Project aims to cut down on the number of vulture deaths caused by electrocution, and help to halt the decline in the numbers of these majestic birds.“Limpopo is home to the two biggest colonies of Cape vultures in the world,” says Kerri Wolter, the founder of the Vulture Conservation Programme (VulPro).Wolter is wholly committed to the vulture cause and this dedication has been recognised in her nomination as one of five finalists in the running for this year’s Tusk Conservation Award. This is given to an up-and-coming conservationist who has already made an impact in his or her chosen field, and the winner and runners-up receive grants to help them continue with their work. Wolter is up against four other nominees, two from Kenya and two from Madagascar.She established VulPro near Hartbeespoort, about 35km west of Pretoria, in 2007 after managing the vulture unit at the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre (formerly known as De Wildt), located in the same area, for two years. VulPro doesn’t just protect and rehabilitate vultures for eventual release back into the skies, but has a strong educational component as well. It hosts groups of schoolchildren and also visits schools with a live bird, to allow the children and their teachers to get up close with the vulture and learn more about the importance of protecting the species.VulPro conducts an annual census of breeding pairs in the area, titled the Magaliesberg Risk Assessment.Now Wolter is working with the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and the Limpopo operating unit of national power supplier Eskom on a vulture-tracking project, which will establish where they like to gather and will provide information that will make it easier to keep the birds and power lines apart, or make the lines safe.The Limpopo Vulture Project was conceived by EWT senior field officer Constant Hoogstad, who approached Eskom with the idea. He wanted to use the data thus gathered for his thesis. There are two EWT units involved, the Birds of Prey Programme and the Wildlife and Energy Programme, which explores the dangers posed to birds by communications and power infrastructure.Through GSM devices attached to the birds, the team will be able to track their movements and establish their territory range, and learn where the different species congregate. Eskom will use this information to plan the installation of new power lines, and also to investigate the link between vulture movements and line faults in the province.“The birds roost on power lines and they die when they collide with a structure in flight, or create a short on the line and get electrocuted,” Wolter explains. “It’s one of their biggest threats. The aim of this project is to identify the vulture hotspots and then take steps to mitigate the deaths.”Eskom can then be proactive and make Limpopo lines safe by fitting bird guards, says Wolter, which stops the birds coming into contact with critical areas on towers, without harming them, and will prevent electrocution. “Eskom will also consider using bird-friendly structures when planning new developments.”She emphasises that it’s completely up to the power utility to use the data constructively and to implement any vulture-saving measures. “They must be willing to follow up on the research, and ensure the mitigation is done.” However, since Eskom has already installed bird guards on power lines in KwaZulu-Natal, resulting in an improvement in service quality and a reduction in power outages, it is certain to do the same in Limpopo.Keeping an eye on the restaurantHoogstad says that one of South Africa’s most active vulture restaurants is located close to the provincial capital Polokwane, on Mockford Farm, a prominent pork producing facility. A vulture restaurant is a place where fresh, untainted food is provided regularly for the birds, and this particular vulture restaurant attracts a variety of species.The team will focus on two vulture restaurant sites for capture and tagging – they are Mockford, and the well-known Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre just outside Hoedspruit.Once the birds are fitted with the tracking devices, the team will monitor their behaviour in relation to the site of their restaurant – after a year, the restaurant will be moved to a distant location and the birds will be tracked to see if their movement changes accordingly. If it does, this data will help the team to establish how long it takes for vultures to adapt to the new situation, and whether moving a vulture restaurant is a practical answer to keeping the birds away from power lines and wind farms.Vultures need our helpContrary to popular myth, the vulture is not evil, dirty, diseased or clairvoyant. It plays an important role in the ecological cycle by disposing of carcasses, thus preventing the build-up of large numbers of flies around the remains, and minimising the spread of diseases such as anthrax. The vulture is an indicator of the overall health of the ecosystem, as it will suffer if something is out of balance.Vultures are also intelligent and sociable birds, and form lifelong breeding pairs that share parental responsibilities, with both partners incubating, feeding and caring for their chicks.South Africa is home to nine vulture species including the lappet-faced (Torgos tracheliotus), bearded (Gypaetus barbatus) and white-headed (Trigonoceps occipitalis) vultures – however, the only one endemic to the region is the Cape vulture (Gyps coprotheres), around 10kg in weight when mature, with a magnificent 2.5m wingspan. Like the other eight, this is one of the so-called Old World vultures, found in Africa, Asia and Europe, and belonging to a different family from the birds found in the Americas.It’s listed as vulnerable on the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and, says the organisation, is likely to keep declining unless conservation efforts continue and are successful. The IUCN lists the population level about 8 000 to 10 000 individuals (2006 figures), but shrinking.“There are 800 breeding pairs in the Blouberg Nature Reserve and 550 to 600 on Kransberg in Marakele National Park,” says Wolter, referring to the world’s two largest colonies. “The province is a stronghold for vultures.”Other threats to their existence include deliberate or accidental poisoning, often because they eat carcasses poisoned by farmers to kill jackals and leopards, which prey on flocks and herds; urbanisation leading to habitat loss; killings for muthi, or traditional medicine; a decrease in the availability of food; and veterinary drugs such as the anti-inflammatory ketoprofen, which is lethal to vultures.The EWT’s Birds of Prey Programme and its partners celebrate International Vulture Awareness Day in early September every year. In addition, the Gauteng Department of Agriculture Conservation and Environment has made the Cape vulture one of its priority bird species, along with the blue crane, martial eagle, secretary bird and others.A group of vultures in flight is called a kettle, while a group that is feeding is called a wake. The collective nouns committee, volt, and venue refer to vultures resting in trees.
CWG scam: Delhi court to hear Suresh Kalmadi’s bail plea
A court in Delhi will on Thursday hear the bail petition of former Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi in a corruption case related to the 2010 sporting event.The case relates to irregularities in the contract for Timing Scoring and Results (TRS) system for the CWG.The CBI named Kalmadi as the prime accused in its chargesheet on the TRS system scam. He was charged with conspiracy, forgery and under various provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.Kalmadi was arrested by the CBI last month in the CWG scam probe. But the former Congress leader claims he is innocent.
Flow expands access to international news with the addition of Sky News
Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #SkyNewsNetwork, flow Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMIAMI, FL, January 30, 2017 – Flow customers will now have even more access to international news with the addition of the Sky News HD network to Flow TV’s channel line-up.Sky News was the first 24/7 breaking news network in Britain, and is one of the most respected news outlets in the world. Flow, Cable and Wireless’ Consumer brand, recently acquired the first and only rights in the Caribbean to broadcast the award-winning UK-based news channel. The news channel brings a rich, unprecedented international perspective to Flow customers and, like Flow, is driven by a spirit of innovation – delivering fresh and compelling international news stories from the Caribbean and Latin America to Africa, Asia and beyond.“The addition of Sky News to our extensive suite of news and other programming reaffirms to our subscribers that they are getting great value, unparalleled content and staying connected to the rest of the world in real time,” said Garfield Sinclair, newly appointed President, Flow Caribbean. Sinclair added, “Sky News provides accurate and reliable, up-to-the-minute information about the most significant international events, no matter where it’s happening, and the channel can also be accessed anytime, anywhere via our FlowToGo platform.”John Ryley, Head of Sky News, commented: “This is a terrific opportunity to bring our award winning news service and outstanding original journalism directly to a new Caribbean audience via Flow TV for the first time. We are currently available in over 100 million homes in 127 countries around the world and under this agreement with Flow we will extend Sky News officially to the Caribbean market.”Flow customers will get two months of free access to the channel after which they have the option to include in their cable package.#MagneticMediaNews #Flow #SkyNewsNetwork Flow in TCI says many areas up and running, encourages reports to 611 Young Footballers from Antigua and Trinidad emerge as winners of Flow Ultimate Football Experience FLOW Mobile Top Up Made Easy with Scotiabank
WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON Moulton Introduces Supporting Eating Disorders Recovery Through Vital Expansion
WASHINGTON, DC — Earlier this week, Representatives Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Brian Mast (R-FL) introduced the Supporting Eating Disorders Recovery through Vital Expansion Act (SERVE) Act of 2019. If passed, the bill would ensure TRICARE, the military’s health insurance program, provides members of the military and their families with comprehensive treatment for eating disorders.“Service members and their families deserve the best possible health care, and it’s up to Congress to make that happen,” Moulton said. “It is hard to talk about eating disorders and mental health, and especially hard within the military community. We hope leadership from Congress on the SERVE Act starts a broader conversation that helps people seek and receive help.”“Serving in the military takes a serious toll on the mental and physical health of everyone who puts on the uniform,” Mast said. “Expanding access to treatment facilities and improving the way we take care of service members is critical to making sure our brothers and sisters in arms receive the best care our country has to offer.”Chandler Rand, who served as a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps said: “As a former service member and current military spouse with a history of anorexia and bulimia, I have experienced the challenges that the military faces in wanting to understand the complexity of treating this illness with no concept of where to start. The SERVE Act will help guide our military in supporting the recovery process for active duty personnel and their families wherein eating disorders are highly prevalent.”Specifically, The SERVE Act would eliminate age restrictions on receiving eating disorders treatment for military spouses and children, remove barriers to treatment at all levels of care, and encourage training and resources for commanding officers and supervisors to help identify the signs and symptoms of eating disorders and other mental illnesses.The members worked closely with the Eating Disorders Coalition to form the bill. According to the Coalition: “Military members and their families have higher prevalence rates of eating disorders than the civilian population estimated up to 7-8% of service members affected by this serious mental illness. Particularly, research shows that 34% of female active-duty service members and 20% of female adolescent dependents are at risk of an eating disorder, and 16% of female veterans are affected by an eating disorder.”Moulton and Mast’s bill earned the support of the following organizations:Walden Behavioral CareCenter for DiscoveryAlliance for Eating Disorders AwarenessEating Disorders CoalitionResidential Eating Disorders ConsortiumEating disorders affect 30 million Americans during their lifetime and have the second highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness, second to opioid abuse.(NOTE: The above press release is from Congressman Seth Moulton’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: Moulton, Stewart Introduce Bill To Designate “9-8-8” For Suicide Hotline Dialing CodeIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: Moulton Urges President Trump To Take Steps To Bring Afghan Allies, Translators To SafetyIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: Moulton Secures Local Wins In National Defense Authorization ActIn “Government”
Man killed allegedly by girlfriends brother
.A young man was stabbed to death allegedly by the brother of his girlfriend at Gumra village of Nalkura union of Jhenaigati upazila in Sherpur early Saturday, according to police and neighbours.The deceased is Chand Mia, 22, son of Asmat Ali of the village. He was a first year graduate student at Jhenaigati Alhaj Shafiuddin Ahammad College.”The girl called Chand Mia to her home. Later, her younger brother Riazul Hasan stabbed Chand Mia to death,” Chand Mia’s relative Arfan Ali told Prothom Alo. Neighbours and police said the girl is a second year student at the higher secondary level. Chand Mia had an affair with the girl for about three years in the neighbourhood.The girl called Chand Mia to her home to discuss about their marriage on Friday night, according to police and neighbours.During the discussion, Chand Mia and Riazul had an altercation. The duo also had a scuffle. At one stage, Riazul stabbed Chand Mia indiscriminately leaving him critically injured.Neighbours then rushed Chand Mia to Jhenaigati upazila health complex where physicians declared him dead. After the death, the family members of the girl went into a hiding. The girl, however, was present beside the dead body of Chand Mia and she demanded exemplary punishment of her brother.Police conducted a drive in the village and detained Riazul, 18.Jhenaigati police station sub inspector Kamal Hossain confirmed the incident.He also said police are taking preparations to file a case with the police station.
Road crash kills another school student
A schoolgirl was crushed under the wheels of a truck at Hajipur intersection in Ashashuni upazila on Tuesday morning, reports UNB.The deceased is Priti Swarnaker, 13, daughter of Parimal Swarnakar of Katakhali village and a class VII student of a local high school.The accident took place as a cement-laden truck ran over Priti while she was going to school on foot, leaving her dead on the spot, said Biplab Kumar Debnath, officer-in-charge of Ashashuni police station.The angry mob vandalised the truck and beat the driver and helper of the truck. Later, they were handed over to the police.Locals also locked into a clash with the police when they were trying to bring the situation under control, claimed the OC.The clash left an assistant sub-inspector injured.Additional police forces have been deployed in the area to avoid any unwanted situation.
Unsung heroes animals played key roles in WWI
In this undated WWI file photo, soldiers move toward the front with their machine guns and ammunition pulled by dogs in Belgium. Photo: APThey were messengers, spies and sentinels. They led cavalry charges, carried supplies to the front, comforted wounded soldiers and died by the millions during World War I.Horses, mules, dogs, pigeons and even a baboon all were a vital — and for decades overlooked — part of the Allied war machine.Researchers have been hard-pressed to find official accounts of the services rendered by animals during the Great War. But if their labors once were taken for granted, four-legged and winged warriors have been acknowledged more recently as unsung heroes.France recently decided to recognize their wartime role. And in 2004, Britain installed a huge memorial on the edge of London’s Hyde Park to “all the animals that served, suffered and died alongside the British, Commonwealth and Allied forces in the wars and conflicts of the 20th century.”Here’s a look at how they contributed.WHAT THEY DIDAn estimated 10 million horses and mules, 100,000 dogs and 200,000 pigeons were enrolled in the war effort, according to Eric Baratay, a French historian specializing in the response of animals to the chaos, fear and smells of death in the mission that man thrust upon them.World War I marked the start of industrial warfare, with tanks, trucks, aircraft and machine guns in action. But the growing sophistication of the instruments of death couldn’t match the dog tasked with finding the wounded, the horses and mules hauling munitions and food or the pigeons serving as telecommunications operators or even eyes, carrying “pigeongrams” or tiny cameras to record German positions.”They were quasi-combatants,” said Serge Barcellini, comptroller general of the Armed Forces and head of Le Souvenir Francais — The French Memory — in a recent speech devoted to the role played by beasts of war.Indeed, gas masks were fitted to the muzzles of four-legged warriors braving noxious battlefield fumes.In France, as in Britain and elsewhere, horses and mules were requisitioned.One typical sign posted in southern Paris ordered citizens to present their steeds and mules to the Requisition Committee by Nov. 14, 1914, or risk “prosecution by the military authority.” It was becoming clear there would be no quick end to the war that ground on for four more years.FEATHERED HEROESCher Ami, or Dear Friend, the carrier pigeon who wouldn’t quit, lived up to her name, saving the lives of 194 American troops of the “Lost Battalion” of the 77th Infantry Division, isolated behind enemy lines during the 1918 Meuse-Argonne offensive in eastern France.About 550 men had held their ground against a far larger German force for days before coming under fire from American troops unaware the trapped soldiers weren’t the enemy.On Oct. 4, Maj. Charles Whittlesey sent Cher Ami into the skies with a final message giving the U.S. battalion’s location, followed by a plea: “For heaven’s sake stop it.”Cher Ami lost an eye and a leg from German gunfire, but kept flying, around 25 miles (40 kilometers) in about a half-hour, according to the United States World War One Centennial Commission. Survivors of the “Lost Battalion” returned to American lines four days later.Another carrier pigeon named Vaillant, assigned to the French military, also performed extraordinary feats during the war.On June 4, 1916, he was released into the sky with the desperate message, “He’s my last pigeon.”French Commander Sylvain Eugene Raynal, encircled by Germans at the Fort de Vaux near Verdun, was counting on Vaillant to save his men.The feisty bird flew through toxic gas and smoke, reaching the Verdun pigeon loft choked by fumes. With no help arriving despite Vaillant’s courageous effort, Raynal and his men surrendered three days later.Both Cher Ami and Vaillant were awarded France’s Croix de Guerre, or War Cross.This undated file photo shows machine gunners with mules crossing a trench in France during WWI. Photo: APROUND ‘EM UPHorses are ancient warriors, but most of those conscripted during World War I weren’t war-ready. They died by the millions, from disease, exhaustion and enemy fire, forcing the French and British armies to turn to America to renew their supply. A veritable industry developed with more than half a million horses and mules shipped by boat to Europe by fall 1917, according to the American Battle Monuments Commission.So important was the commerce that the Santa Fe Railroad named a station Drage, after British Lt. Col. F.B. Drage, the commander of the British Remount Commission in Lathrop, Missouri, a major stockyard for the future beasts of war.”So the war business in horses and mules is good,” read an article in the December 1915 issue of The Santa Fe Magazine, for employees of the railway system. Good for the farmer, contractor, supplier and railroads, it said, but “not good for the animals.”SERVICE BY EXOTICSAmong the more exotic animals called into service was a baboon named Jackie, who served with the 1st South African Infantry Brigade in then British-occupied Egypt and later in the trenches in France and Belgium. His acute hearing and keen eyesight helped warn soldiers of enemy movement or possible attacks when he would screech and tug on their clothing.Jackie was wounded in Flanders Fields when the South African brigade came under heavy shelling in April 1918 and his leg had to be amputated.Lt. Col. R.N. Woodsend, of Britain’s Royal Medical Corps, described that procedure: “He lapped up the chloroform as if it had been whiskey, and was well under in a remarkably short time. It was a simple matter to amputate the leg with scissors.”DOGS OF WARMan’s best friend helped soldiers survive. Dogs served, firstly, as spotters of the wounded, learning to identify ally from enemy. They also served as sentinels, messengers, transporters and chasers of rats — the bane of the trenches along with lice and fleas. The French military created a service devoted to dogs of war in December 1915.Less official, but crucial to soldiers’ morale, was the role of dogs and other creatures in the trenches, and as mascots. Stray dogs running from fighting were adopted as companions along with other animals, including a Royal Air Force fox mascot adopted by British pilots.These dogs and other mascots helped soldiers “think of life … and the life they hoped to find again,” said Baratay, the French historian, in a speech last month in Paris.