Big Inishowen Clean Up volunteers urge public to think before littering

first_imgBuncrana Tidy Towns have extended a big go raibh míle mhaith agaibh to everyone who turned out for Saturday’s Big Inishowen Clean Up.This year’s clean-up was supported by the Amazing Grace festival, Buncrana’s Cli-mates and Buncrana GAA.Volunteers from the Amazing Grace festival support the Big Clean UpWee Buttons with Denise Dowds and her Cli-matesSpeaking after the clean-up Buncrana Chairperson Paddy McLaughlin said, “We are over the moon at the large turnout for this year’s clean-up and as a result we were able to cover the main road from Burnfoot into Buncrana. Dozens of bags of litter was collected. “Whilst the volume of waste collected is a cause of concern we are enormously grateful to the volunteers for cleaning up this important stretch of road into the town. We ask drivers to think before they chuck fizzy drinks and water bottles, disposable coffee cups, and cigarette packs out their car windows.”Buncrana GAA supported this year’s Clean UpMr McLaughlin continued: “There are so many of us who work hard to make the town attractive for the community and visitors alike. All our hard work can be undone if the roads into the town are strewn with litter. Buncrana Tidy Towns will hold another clean up on Saturday 27 April as part of An Taisce’s national spring clean. All details will be posted on our Facebook page.”Big Inishowen Clean Up volunteers urge public to think before littering was last modified: April 8th, 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:Big Inishowen Clean Uplast_img read more

Tehama County students recognized in statewide agricultural writing contest

first_imgRed Bluff >> Four Tehama County students, grades three through eight, have been named regional winners of the 2016 Imagine This… writing contest for their creativity and writing skills.The contest is part of a program of the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom and is open to all third through eighth grade students. The four students were all from Flournoy Elementary School. Dottie Davis, third grade, won for her creative story “First Time Haying;” Kaycee Murphy, fourth …last_img

Mbeki, Bush discuss Africa

first_img2 June 2005Conflict in Darfur, Sudan and the upcoming G8 summit were top of the agenda when President Thabo Mbeki met United States President George W Bush at the White House on Wednesday.Mbeki was in Washington on a two-day state visit, accompanied by Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.The two heads of state met in the Oval Office for an hour-long private discussion before speaking to reporters from both countries.According to Foreign Affairs spokesman Ronnie Mamoepa, Mbeki has been consulting various leaders of the G8 with a view to ensuring practical outcomes for Africa during the G8 summit, which takes place in Gleneagles, Scotland from 6 to 8 July.Britain, currently the chair of the G8, has put African development, including debt cancellation, high on the agenda for the July summit.Mbeki is one of a number of African heads of state will will be attending the July conference, where Bush said he hoped to advance what he called his “compassion agenda”.Bush said that the issue of aid to Africa was a “two-way street”, requiring recipient countries to eradicate corruption and to commit themselves to “democratic principles, such as rule of law and transparency and human rights and human decency.“That’s where [Mbeki] has played such a vital role, because South Africa has been a stalwart when it comes to democratic institutions,” Bush said.Discussing Darfur, Mbeki thanked Bush for the assistance that the US has provided in the region thus far, at the same time calling for more humanitarian aid for the region.“What we’ve asked for is the necessary logistical and other support to be able to ensure that we discharge our responsibilities,” Mbeki said.“We have not asked for anybody outside of the African continent to deploy troops in Darfur. It’s an African responsibility and we can do it.”In May, Bush and former South African president Nelson Mandela discussed the battle against Aids in Africa and ways of reducing developing country debt during a meeting at the White House.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Makeover for Durban harbour

first_imgOne of Durban harbour’s tugs guidesa container ship out of port. (Image: Transnet Port Terminals) The newly widened harbour mouth. (Image: Pixman image gallery)Janine ErasmusPlans are underway to further expand the port of Durban, with the addition of a new US$8-million (R70-million) rail facility attached to the container terminal, the widening of the harbour mouth, and other major projects.The rail terminal is to be commissioned at the end of June and is part of a multi-billion capital investment programme by the port’s operator Transnet Port Terminals.Construction is already underway on a $20-million (R164-million) expansion of the historic 15-berth Maydon Wharf, which handles bulk goods such as sugar, grain, fruit and fertiliser. The improvements include storage for 80 000 tons of maize.Other improvements already completed include the $18-million (R140-million) truck staging area at the six-berth Durban container terminal, which alleviates the problem of queuing, and the $250-million (R2-billion) first stage of the conversion of the Bayhead Pier One into a container terminal, adding extra capacity of 720 000 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) to Durban’s port.The TEU is not an exact measurement but is based on the volume of a standard 20-foot long container. Because not all containers are the same height, the measurement cannot be standardised.Phase two of the Pier One project is at the feasibility stage and involves the conversion of the former naval base Salisbury Island, resulting in an additional capacity of 800 000 TEUs. Pier One is expected to be fully operational by July 2010.The Durban harbour widening project is at an advanced stage. From its present 122m width, the entrance channel will span 220m at its narrowest point. The current depth of 12.8m will sink to between 18m and 19m, allowing modern container super-ships to enter the harbour.The harbour mouth is being widened to the north, which means that a new north breakwater is under construction, and at the same time workers are raising and strengthening the southern breakwater in anticipation of more powerful waves from bigger ships. The project is scheduled for completion in March 2010.Contribution to GDPFigures from the City of Durban say that maritime industries contribute an estimated 20% at least to Durban’s GDP. The City accounts for about 55% of KwaZulu-Natal province’s GDP, and with that standing at about 15% of the country’s GDP, it is clear that the port and its related industries are responsible for between 1.5% and 2% of South Africa’s GDP.Over the last two years, according to Transnet Port Terminals, the port has experienced a drop in volumes handled, but the ports operator is confident that the situation is transitory and that within the next two years volume will once again rise to pre-2007 levels. The port currently handles a massive 1 475 000 container movements, on average, per year.Key areasTransnet’s investment in the Durban port covers a number of other key areas – upgrading the staff car park, resurfacing the quaysides and relocating staff facilities and workshops, increasing container stacking capacity from 13 691 to 17 262 ground slots, and upgrading the seats of the container terminal’s 120 straddle carriers – this is a vehicle used for stacking containers.A $80-million (R648-million) expansion of the car terminal is also on the cards. Durban’s car terminal handles two thirds of South Africa’s motor vehicle imports and exports. The current allocation of 13 200 bays is to be increased to 14 000, of which 4 500 will be under cover.With the dip in the country’s economy and the resultant effect on the automotive industry, volumes at the car terminal have declined over the last year but are also predicted to bounce back within two years.Port cityDurban’s port is the busiest on the African continent, and the biggest in terms of container capacity. It serves South Africa’s industrial hub of Gauteng and is well positioned as a point of entry for goods to other countries in the region.While the port has 6 000 employees on site, about 30 000 others in related services depend directly on it for their income.The port is served by various private and public terminals, located in Transnet’s five business units – the Durban container terminal, the new Pier One container terminal, the multipurpose terminal, the car terminal, and Maydon Wharf.Other privately-operated terminals include the Island View oil and petroleum complex which is connected directly to petrol refineries via pipeline, the Rennies bulk terminal, and the massive sugar terminal on Maydon Wharf, one of the largest of its kind in the world.During the 2008/09 financial year the combined container terminals handled 2 560 366 TEUs. The larger part of this volume came from exports.As with all South African ports, Durban’s fleet of seven tugs is owned and operated by the Transnet National Ports Authority. All tugs are maintained to the South African Maritime Safety Authority’s class eight standards and are also able to assist with fire-fighting and salvage. During 2008/09 the port of Durban handled a total of 4 554 ships.Pilotage services, which are compulsory once ships come within three nautical miles of the harbour entrance, are provided through the port’s Agusta eight-seater helicopter, and when the helicopter is not available, the Tsitsikama pilot boat takes over.Do you have queries or comments about this article? 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Crunchman Alex Cabagnot left in awe of Mark Nonoy’s clutch heroics

first_imgColombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag “When he shot that three-pointer I had to stand up from my seat,” said Cabagnot in Filipino Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. “Coach Chris [Gavina] and I talk about encouraging and you know we shot a lot of three-pointers [11-of-44].”“The best thing we could do in encourage and when he shot that shot there was no doubt in my mind, especially coach Chris’ that it would go in,” added Cabagnot.Nonoy said that his sudden outburst just came out of nowhere especially when he scored just seven points in the first three quarters.“I don’t know where that came from and I think I had that confidence from my coaches and I was actually surprised that I did that,” said Nonoy who finished with 23 points.ADVERTISEMENT MANILA, Philippines—Alex Cabagnot has hit numerous clutch shots for San Miguel in the PBA that it has gotten hard to keep track.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Gerry Abadiano determined to deliver NU Bullpups another NBTC crown LATEST STORIES MOST READ Google Philippines names new country director Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon eventcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting And his resume of late-game heroics has made him appreciate another man’s work even more.Cabagnot was serving as the assistant coach for Team Hustle in the 2019 NBTC National Finals Division I All-Star Game when he bore witness to the greatness of Mark Nonoy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsTeam Hustle trailed 76-75 against Team Heart midway through the fourth quarter when Nonoy decided to go mental.Nonoy went on a personal 14-6 run capped off with a booming three-pointer against two defenders for the 89-82 lead with 34.7 seconds left in the game. Cabagnot was no doubt in awe of Nonoy but he knows the incoming collegiate freshman for University of Santo Tomas still has a lot to work on.“He still has a lot to improve but he’s under a good program and a good coach,” said Cabagnot who also works as an assistant for University of the Philippines. “The best thing he could do is listen to the coach, to the elders around him, and also to the alumni.” PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Just too good

first_imgPhilippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We were trying to avoid going [down] 0-2. I told them to step up on defense and that’s what’s happened,” San Miguel coach Leo Austria said. “I think what happened tonight was that we were able to set up the plays and not rely solely on June Mar (Fajardo).”Chris Ross was the catalyst in the second period, while skipper Alex Cabagnot followed through in the next frame as a total of seven players tossed in twin figures that baffled the Magnolia defense.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMangolia got 18 points from Ian Sangalang, while Jio Jalalon and Mark Barroca tossed in 15 and 12, respectively.“Like I’ve said, once they reach a hundred points, we have a slim chance of defeating them,” Magnolia’s Chito Victolero admitted. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Resharpened Ancajas must stun and shine LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte San Miguel Beer didn’t take any chances on Friday, dominating on both ends early to turn back Magnolia, 108-101, and knot their best-of-seven series for the PBA Philippine Cup at 1-1 at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.The Beermen made use of a fiery performance in the middle quarters to break away from the Hotshots and take full control of the contest and wrest psychological edge going into Sundays crucial third game also at the fabled Big Dome.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

South Africa Looking to Increase Exchanges in Arts and Culture

first_imgSouth Africa, which has long been a friend of Jamaica, is looking to further collaborations with the island under the Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Arts and Culture.The agreement, which dates back to 2009, is aimed at encouraging co-operation, as well as facilitating the exchange of knowledge, experience and achievements between both countries in the fields of arts and culture.It covers cultural exchanges, in which artistic people and/or groups including theatre groups, visual artists, actors, dancers, musicians, writers and journalists will participate in festivals, fairs and other events staged in each country, and the swap of cultural professionals across institutions.“We have facilitated discussions and have started talking about further collaborations. So that’s very exciting,” says South Africa’s High Commissioner to Jamaica, Her Excellency Mathu Joyini.She notes that already, under the agreement, a number of Jamaican artistes have gone to South Africa to perform, and Jamaican cuisine has been exposed and highlighted in the African country.In addition, she informs, Minister of Arts and Culture, Paul Mashatile has visited the island, while Minister of Higher Education and Training, Hon. Dr. Bonginkosi Nzimande, led a high level delegation to Jamaica on a four-day visit in November 2012.Last year, principals from the universities of Pretoria, KwaZulu-Natal and Zululand attended the Commonwealth University Conference at the University of West Indies (UWI) Mona campus, and the High Commission is organising a reciprocal visit from educators from the UWI and the University of Technology (UTech).High Commissioner Joyini tells JIS News that her country’s Government is also looking to take the collaboration beyond arts and culture and into other areas such as sports.“The one thing that Jamaica does particularly well is sports from the school level. It is something that we can learn,” she states.Jamaica and South Africa established diplomatic relations in 1994, following the election of a representative majority government in post-apartheid country. The Jamaican High Commission in Pretoria was opened in late 2006.Since the formal establishment of diplomatic relations in 1994, Jamaica and South Africa have deepened their relations.There is an active Jamaica -South Africa Friendship Association (JASAFA), and Jamaica observes the annual United Nation’s Nelson Mandela International Day, which is dedicated to furthering tolerance, peace and reconciliation.Mr. Mandela visited Jamaica in 1991 as head of the African National Congress (ANC), and in 2003, President Thabo Mbeki, became the first South African Head of State to visit Jamaica. The ANC was has been the ruling party of post-apartheid South Africa since 1994.The current President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Jacob Zuma, was a guest of Jamaica during the Golden Jubilee celebrations on August 6, 2012.“I think the visibility of Jamaica has gone further since the visit of the South African President and some of the work that we have been doing. Jamaica has become quite visible in South Africa so all of that has been quite significant in moving forward the relations between the two countries,” Mrs. Joyini said.Jamaica was instrumental in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa and was one of the first nations in 1957, together with India, to declare a trade embargo against apartheid South Africa.Successive prime ministers of Jamaica were persistent in stating that apartheid South Africa represented a threat to international peace and have fought alongside the ANC for the liberation of the South African people.Jamaica hosted the United Nations Special Committee Against Apartheid in May of 1979, where an important declaration calling for new strategies to eliminate apartheid in Southern Africa, including mandatory sanctions against the apartheid regime was adopted.The Right Hon. Marcus Mosiah Garvey has been an inspiration to the African continent, and had an influence on the founding fathers of the ANC, amongst them, Sol Plaatjie.For his role in the liberation of the people of South Africa, former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. P.J. Patterson was presented with the Order of the Companions of O.R. Tambo, on South Africa’s Freedom Day, April 27. The Order, named after the late Oliver Tambo, who was the ANC’s president-in-exile for many years, is one of the country’s highest honours.Late former Prime Minister, Michael Manley, was posthumously recognised with the Order in 2004, for his contribution to the fight against apartheid.By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporterlast_img read more