Safety plea issued by Donegal Town Chamber after Christmas lights accidents

first_imgA safety warning has been issued after two incidents in which lorries collided with Christmas lights in Donegal Town.The warning was issued to the drivers of lorries, HGVs and buses by Donegal Town Chamber.A statement from the Chamber said “We realise that this is an extremely busy time of year and are aware of the difficulties faced by lorry drivers in all our towns and villages with ongoing deliveries pickups etc. “Unfortunately we have had two instances over the weekend where our overhead Christmas Lights display strings have been damaged by large vehicles passing through.“As these are erected by a voluntary committee and volunteers, we are asking the drivers of large vehicles to be extra vigilant of our overhead lights when passing through and where possible to avoid the Town Centre as obviously these damages will incur extra costs.“We depend on the generosity of the Business Community of Donegal Town for their financial support in lighting up the town.”Meanwhile, the official annual Switch on will take place this Thursday 28th of November at 7.00pm on the Diamond. Safety plea issued by Donegal Town Chamber after Christmas lights accidents was last modified: November 25th, 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) Tags:CHristmasDonegal TownLIGHTSsafetytrucksWarninglast_img read more

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PetroSA boost for synfuels research

first_imgThe partnership will allow for research to be carried out with a focus on increasing the efficiency of the conversion of olefins to diesel fuel and improving the quality of diesel. The company said on Wednesday that the funding would provide for the construction of a laboratory to house a pilot plant-size reactor for the study of the conversion of olefins to distillate (COD), which it said has proven to be an essential part of the intricate gas-to-liquids process. South African state oil and gas company PetroSA has announced a R36-million sponsorship to establish a synthetic fuels research facility at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town. PetroSA’s Jorn Falbe said the sponsorship would enable the company to produce unique specialty products while maintaining its leadership in COD technology. “COD technology is recognized throughout the world for producing some of the cleanest fuels, through an environmentally friendly process,” the company said. 29 January 2010 South Africa and PetroSA are pioneers and world leaders in the development of gas-to-liquids technologies. PetroSA owns and operates one of the world’s largest gas-to-liquids plants in Mossel Bay, and the largest COD plant in the world. “Olefins represent a vital energy resource for South Africa and for the African continent as a whole, thus the identification and monetization of suitable alternative olefinic COD feedstock by PetroSA is a major national interest,” Falbe said. Increasing efficiencies PetroSA will relocate a significant part of its COD research activities from the present site at its Mossel Bay refinery to the university for the duration of the five-year research programme. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Portuguese wow young fans

first_img22 June 2010 After three disappointing draws, Cape Town got the wake-up call it had been waiting for on Monday as Portugal thrilled a 63 644-strong Green Point Stadium crowd with a seven-goal sizzler. For seven-year-old Tanzeel Gamieldien, however, the highlight of the match came before kick-off. When Gamieldien walked onto the pitch hand-in-hand with Portugal’s captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, he instantly became the envy of seven-year-olds the world over. “When I get back to school I will tell my friends that my holiday was great, especially when I walked into the stadium with Ronaldo,” said Gamieldien. “I don’t think they will believe me though! “Ronaldo was very relaxed in the tunnel before the game, and even went and hugged one of the boys who started to cry when he saw him,” Gamieldien added. His friend, Jayden Rose, made sure that his moment in history was well documented. “My mother already called to say that they showed more of me on television than any of the other children,” said the 10-year-old, who held the hand of Tiago, scorer of two of Portugal’s goals on Monday. “I will watch it as soon as I get home, as my uncle recorded it.” Chilambo Seyuba was proud to be one of six girls who had the opportunity to be part of the excitement. “Inside the tunnel I just stared at Ronaldo, because we weren’t allowed to move,” said the 10-year-old, who seemed to know that this was the kind of experience that doesn’t come round every day. “I am so excited to be here and to have been given this opportunity.” Gamieldien, Rose and Seyuba are among more than 1 400 young South African and international children between the ages of six and 10 who are being given the opportunity to escort players onto the pitch during the 2010 Fifa World Cup as part of the McDonald’s Player Escort programme. But they were far from the only children in the stadium on Monday, as parents made the most of the five-week-long school holidays to travel from around the country to cheer the hugely supported Portuguese team on. Portugal’s road-trip warriors Portugal has no shortage of local support in South Africa, with an estimated 300 000 to 500 000 South Africans of Portuguese descent living in the country. Among them is Patricia Vieira, 25, who is on a road trip with her entire family, including her three-month-old baby, tailing the Portuguese team around South Africa. Standing outside the hotel where the team was staying ahead of their previous match, against Cote D’Ivoire in Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth, Vieira joked: “We are like stalkers … We have to support our team. They represent our roots – so we have to give them moral support while they are in South Africa, to get them to the finals.” Vieira’s father, Fernando, said they had done the 1 200km trek from their home in Pretoria to reach Nelson Mandela Bay in time for the match – and a sneak preview of the players at pre-game training. “After going back to Pretoria we will drive down to Durban to watch them fight it out against Brazil. That is going to be an epic battle,” he said. “Football mad” family, the Segura-Sanchezes, were also staring hopefully at the hotel room windows. “We are supporting Spain and Portgual over the World Cup, and we are so lucky Portugal is playing here,” said mom Ingrid Segura-Sanchez. “It’s so different to see games live and local. There’s a special vibe about it.” For Jaydon Segura-Sanchez, 10, the movement of a curtain was enough to shout out, “I think I saw Ronaldo” – prompting everyone around him to chant “Ronaldo! Ronaldo!” and to blow their vuvuzelas. “The players are up there taking pictures of us down here, thinking we are mad coming out in the freezing cold like this,” said Patricia Vieira. “Maybe we are mad – mad about them!” Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

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World Cup ambulances redistributed

first_img1 September 2010Seventy-three new ambulances bought specifically for the 2010 Fifa World Cup have been redistributed among state hospitals in South Africa’s North West province.The North West provincial government bought the new Volkswagen and Mercedes Benz ambulances to the tune of R17-million (US$2.3-million) ahead of the football spectacle to meet the potential demand for health services during the event. The Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, North West’s platinum mining area, was one of the World Cup host venues.The ambulances have now officially been distributed to the province’s four municipal districts. Bojanala Platinum District Municipality’s public health system was the major beneficiary, receiving 28 ambulances.The government health services of the Ngaka Modiri Molema district were allocated 17 new vehicles. The Dr Kenneth Kaunda district received 16 ambulances, while 10 went to the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati district health services.All these vehicles were stationed in the benefiting communities during the World Cup, said the province’s Department of Health and Social Development spokesperson Tebogo Lekgethwane.The North West Emergency Medical Rescue Services College in Orkney, whose health professionals were deployed during the tournament, has been granted two ambulances to use.“The department bought a new fleet of ambulances to meet World Cup demand,” said Health and Social Development MEC Rebecca Kasienyane in a statement. “This was necessary because we did not want the tournament to affect existing emergency services.”Improving servicesMaking the new ambulances available to public health is part of North West’s drive to bolster its services, Lekgethwane said.More ambulances should improve response time to communities’ emergency calls, he said. “The response time in the province has not been good. The communities were always complaining,” Lekgethwane added.“The more ambulances we have, the earlier we’ll respond to emergencies.”More than 40 other new ambulances were allocated to the districts in early 2010, according to Lekgethwane.As North West is still facing a shortage of the life-saving vehicles, the 73 inherited from the World Cup are welcome, Kasienyane said. “I must however emphasise that these ambulances will not completely eradicate the shortage, but we do believe they will substantially improve the situation.”The provincial government will continue to look for additional funds to buy more vehicles, “because we know that a shortage of ambulances hinders transportation of patients such as pregnant women, the seriously sick and those injured in road accidents, to hospitals and clinics”.Call for cautious drivingOne of the prevailing challenges was to ensure that old ambulances are replaced with new ones, and are no longer used. Kasienyane also appealed to emergency drivers to drive more cautiously.“The department has also previously dealt with cases of negligent driving on the part of our drivers,” she said. “This has led to substantial shortfalls.”First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

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NCGA puts focus on building demand

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest At the recent Commodity Classic in New Orleans, the National Corn Growers Association finalized a new strategic plan that will focus NCGA’s work on a vision of sustainably feeding and fueling a growing world.The new plan sets four major strategic priorities that reflect the concerns heard through listening to farmers and key stakeholders:Increase DemandStrengthen Customer and Consumer TrustEnhance Productivity & Environmental SustainabilityStrive for Organizational ExcellenceIncreasing demand is vital, noted NCGA President Chip Bowling at a news conference held earlier this month.“Most corn farmers are well past the point of prices being below the cost of production, and prices have been there for some time now,” Bowling said. “Facing this dramatic income drop, farmers have begun tightening their belts. We are already seeing the ripple effects of this on rural communities. Implement dealers are selling less equipment. Manufacturers are scaling back production. Agribusinesses have laid off employees.”For NCGA, this means a particular focus on increasing ethanol demand, exploring new uses, increasing livestock exports and pushing for transportation infrastructure that can more efficiently move corn and corn products to market. The target goal within the new plan is competitive market demand for 19 billion bushels of corn by 2025.“Our growers know what’s at stake,” Bowling said. “They’ve worked hard to bring in the three largest crops ever over the past three years, and now we have the opportunity to lead in building demand, enhancing trust, and improving sustainability.”last_img read more

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Apache Co-Founder, Mozilla Board Member, Becomes New CTO of World Economic Forum

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Brian Behlendorf, primary developer of the Apache Web Server, co-founder of the world’s first dedicated commercial web site creation company and a member of the Mozilla board has joined the World Economic Forum as the organization’s CTO, he announced on Twitter this morning.The World Economic Forum hosts an annual meeting of international economic players in Davos, Switzerland and issues a number of massive econometric reports detailing the development conditions in the various countries around the world. The organization regularly engages with emerging web technology, from actively hosting bloggers at its conference to highlighting tech startups around the world to considering inclusion of social-media censorship and freedom among its considerations when evaluating countries’ preparedness for economic development. Those evaluations make or break huge international investments. The addition of Behlendorf as the organization’s CTO is being celebrated around Twitter as a good move for the organization’s relationship with the open web.The World Economic Forum has also faced extensive criticism as a pompous gathering of elitist international agents of economic exploitation and their non-profit, do-gooder, hangers-on.Behlendorf, aged 37, was told by game programming supernerd Alex Rosenberg on Twitter that “I can’t tell if that’s awesome or if you’re now ‘The Man.’” Behlendorf replied that “the answer is yes and yes.”center_img Tags:#international#news#NYT#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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PH bid in Aimag goes in full swing

first_imgFor the 116 Filipino athletes lined up in 17 of the 21 sports, it will be all business until the closing rites on Sept. 27 of the biggest continental indoor games in history due to the inclusion of the Oceania region headed by Olympic powerhouse Australia and New Zealand.Prior to the opener, the Philippines already snatched a bronze medal courtesy of wrestler Alvin Lobreguito in the men’s freestyle -57kg category in traditional wrestling.“It was a good start for us and we’re looking forward to winning more medals as the tournament progresses,” said Philippine chef de mission and Makati City representative Monsour Del Rosario, who has Philippine Karatedo Federation secretary general Raymund Lee Reyes as deputy CDM.Philippine Olympic Committee president Peping Cojuangco is also monitoring the performances of the athletes together with POC 1st vice president Joey Romasanta, POC secretary general Steve Hontiveros and POC board member Robert Mananquil in this Central Asian nation known for its massive natural gas reserves.“We all know that competition here in the Aimag is tough. But I never doubt the ability of our athletes to come up with their best effort to get a medal,” said Cojuangco.ADVERTISEMENT Eric Cray of the Philippines competes in the men’s 400-meter hurdles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games. Cray clocked 50.03 seconds to win the gold medal.INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZASHGABAT—The Philippine campaign in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games goes into full swing on Monday as Filipino fighters from ju-jitsu, taekwondo and wrestling together with the national tracksters figure in a tight and demanding contest for success.Southeast Asian Games 400m hurdles champion Eric Cray will test his forte in the men’s 60m hurdles against the fastest hurdlers in the continent while former Asian long-jump queen Marestella Torres is scheduled to compete in her pet event at the Indoor Athletics Arena here.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games A total of 41 gold medals are at stake on Monday with Filipino athletes entered in 19 events. The 12-day sportsfest is organized by the Olympic Council of Asia.Joining Cray and Torres in the gold-medal hunt in athletics are middle-distance runners Mervin Guarte and Marco Vilog in the men’s 800m and another long-jumper in Janry Ubas.Torres and Cray are going for a podium finish on the same day while Guarte, Vilog and Ubas should sparkle in their qualifying heats to reach the finals scheduled the following day.In the previous edition of the Aimag in 2013 Incheon, dancesport bets Cherry Clarice Parcon and Gerald Jamili won a gold and a bronze. Cue artist Rubilen Amit also brought home a bronze.“I don’t make predictions but I’m pretty optimistic that our athletes can make us proud,” said Del Rosario, also the secretary general of the Philippine Taekwondo Association. “They are relaxed and seemed to be confident.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grapplers Michael Vijay Cater (men’s classic -57kg), Jonathan Maquilan (-62kg), Jhonny Morte (-68kg), Jefferson Manatad (-75kg), Cristof Hoffman Jr. (-90kg), Grace Loberanes (women’s classic -52kg) and Noemi Tener (-58kg) will also hunt for medals in today’s traditional wrestling.Taekwondo jin Ronna Levita Ilao faces Fatemeh Madahi of Iran in the round of 16 of the women’s -46kg category while Southeast Asian Games champion Samuel Morrison (men’s -75kg) and Jener Torillos (-54kg) are likewise expected to contend for a podium finish.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAn air of optimism surrounds the opening salvo of the country’s ju-jitsu specialists starring Alexander Lim (men’s ne-waza -69kg), Terrence Hansel Co (-77kg), Gilbert Ombao (-94kg), Asian champion Apryl Eppinger (women’s ne-waza -62kg) and Lou-Ann Jindani (-70kg).Host Turkmenistan welcomed more than 6,000 athletes from 62 countries in a grandiose opening ceremony amid a splashy display of sounds, lights, fireworks, amusing visualsand cultural presentations on Sunday night. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Desiderio sets career-high, UP pulls away in 2nd half to beat UE Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View commentslast_img read more

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Indian stumper Deep Dasgupta claims Wicketkeeper of the Week honours

first_imgIndia’s rookie stumper Deep Dasgupta’s gutsy showing as opener in the second Test against South Africa at Port Elizabeth helped him claim the Wicketkeeper of the Week honours ahead of Kumara Sangakkara, Adam Gilchrist and Andy Flower in the ESPN-Star Sports Super Selector competition for the week ending November 26.Gavaskar,India’s rookie stumper Deep Dasgupta’s gutsy showing as opener in the second Test against South Africa at Port Elizabeth helped him claim the Wicketkeeper of the Week honours ahead of Kumara Sangakkara, Adam Gilchrist and Andy Flower in the ESPN-Star Sports Super Selector competition for the week ending November 26.Gavaskar takes overClick here to EnlargeAustralia’s Ricky Ponting left behind a slow start to his home season with a century against New Zealand in the rain-hit Hobart Test. His 157 runs saw him become the Batsman of the Week ahead of Craig Wishart, Dion Ebrahim and Justin Langer.At Kandy, Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan picked up his second successive 10-wicket haul in Tests to emerge the Bowler of the Week.South African Jacques Kallis’ patient century and two wickets in India’s first innings in the unofficial Test at Centurion fetched him 165 points and the Allrounder of the Week title.Meanwhile, Muralitharan also rewarded his backers in the Super Selector competition with a rich haul of 558 points, thanks mainly to the 21 wickets in the two Tests against the West Indies.last_img read more

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Maddie Madayag looks at back her journey to being one of Ateneo’s leaders

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PBA: Ginebra ends two-game skid, clobbers Columbian MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war LATEST STORIES Maddie Madayag. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—It’s been quite a journey for Maddie Madayag in the five years she’s been with Ateneo.From being one of the quiet supporters in the bench area during her first two years, she’s slowly risen the ranks and is now one of the Lady Eagles’ most prominent leaders to earn the co-captain spot with Bea De Leon.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woescenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games07:50BYS Academy: Create a Fall Glam Makeup Look02:42PH 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 Everything started from Valdez and youngsters like Madayag had to follow the leader.If Valdez’ had nearly individual share of the leadership during her time, the case couldn’t be said for Madayag, De Leon and the other seniors in the team.READ: Madayag wants to set example for young stars“There are a lot of us leading the team,” said Madayag who’s finishing her Interdisciplinary Studies course in Ateneo. “I have Kat [Tolentino], there’s Bea, Kim [Gequillana], and Ponggay [Gaston].”“There’s constant communication between us on how we can all help the team become better.”ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting And now that she’s entering the final UAAP season of her career, Madayag can’t help but acknowledge the change she herself underwent.READ: Madayag to Ateneo doubters: ‘Watch this season and see us play’FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Before we just followed and did what Ate Ly said or did,” said Madayag in Filipino Friday at Blue Eagle Gym. “We just did what we were told to.”Maddie Madayag says leadership in Ateneo is not just placed on her shoulders with teammates Kat Tolentino and Bea De Leon there to guide the team with her. pic.twitter.com/C6BVygSDm0— Bong Lozada (@BLozadaINQ) February 1, 2019Madayag was talking about Alyssa Valdez, Ateneo’s most successful women’s volleyball player with three MVPs and two championships in the UAAP, who led the team during the middle part of the decade.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View commentslast_img read more

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IndvSL, 2nd Test: Virat Kohli backs Stuart Binny, Murali Vijay set to open in Colombo

first_imgA recovering Murali Vijay is likely to open the innings for India in the second Test against Sri Lanka beginning on Thursday as the beleaguered visitors chase a series-levelling victory.India’s second innings implosion while pursuing a moderate 176-run victory target in the first Test has put the hosts in lead in the three-match series.Compounding the visitors’ problems, opener Shikhar Dhawan — their top scorer at Galle — has been ruled out of the remainder of the series with a fractured hand.India have flown in pace-bowling all-rounder Stuart Binny but Dhawan’s absence is likely to force the team management to ask Vijay, nursing a hamstring injury which kept him out of the Galle test, to partner Lokesh Rahul.Also read: We have to blame ourselves for Galle loss, says Skipper Kohli “Today’s practice session is important, we would know if he is 100 per cent fit to play,” India skipper Virat Kohli said ahead of what would be Sri Lankan batting great Kumar Sangakkara’s international swansong.”His rehab is going well… Hopefully he is fully fit. If he wants to play and is keen, I’m sure he can go through the little discomforts he might have,” Kohli said.”We will have to take a call but we are pretty certain he is going to make it tomorrow.”The Indian skipper also threw his weight behind Binny whose inclusion might come at the expense of veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.Also read: What makes Kumar Sangakkara the best “We got Stuart here because his bowling gives us the balance and at number six his batting can be handy,” Kohli, in his first full series as India captain, said of the 31-yer-old all-rounder.advertisement”You can keep him for later on in the innings to give you control or… if the wicket is helpful, with the new ball, why not?”It’s all about how you use him, as attacking option or as defensive option in the middle as it gives other bowlers rest. It really depends on how the wicket behaves but I’m sure he can do both jobs.”Kohli has struck centuries in each of the four Tests he has captained India but is yet to taste victory as skipper.”It’s never a nice feeling when you lose,” Kohli, 26, said.”I would rather have the team win games, than to get frustrated that as a batsman I am getting runs but we are not getting the results.”last_img read more

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