Two men seriously injured following attack outside pub

first_imgTwo men sustained serious injuries after they were attacked by two other men outside a pub in Letterkenny.The attack happened at the back of the Glencar Inn in the early hours of Sunday morning last at around 2.20am.Another woman who tried to intervene was also attacked. Gardai have said they are following a definite line of enquiry following the attack.Management at the bar have stressed that the incident was not connected with the bar or its patrons.Gardai have appealed to anybody who may have seen the attack to contact them at Letterkenny Garda station on 074 9167100.Two men seriously injured following attack outside pub was last modified: October 17th, 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:assaultdonegalletterkennylast_img read more

Air Force goes hi-tech in flight training

first_imgRay Maota The simulator is designed to train pilots and flight engineers operating Eurocopter’s AS332 Super Puma and certain compatible machines, including the SAAF’s Oryx medium utility helicopter, manufactured by Denel.(Image: Military Factory) The company which operates and maintains the simulator is Sim Aerotraining, a French aviation training company whose Gauteng headquarters will house the machine.(Image: Eurocopter Southern Africa)MEDIA CONTACTS• Eurocopter Southern Africa+ 27 11 266 2600The first full-motion helicopter flight simulator to arrive in Africa will be used by pilots of the South African Air Force (SAAF) as part of their training programme.Located at aerospace manufacturer Denel’s facility in in Bonaero Park in the east of Johannesburg, the second-hand simulator was acquired by Eurocopter Southern Africa, and was previously used by the Swiss Air Force, originally commissioned there in 1993.Of the approximately 2 500 hours available for use by air forces on the simulator, the SAAF will use 1 000 per year.Eurocopter Southern Africa CEO Fabrice Cagnat said his company is able to provide a diverse range of training programmes by bringing the simulators closer to the pilots who need them for training.“We are confident that the simulator will add significant value, not just in terms of monetary savings for the SAAF, but in real terms, where the object is to save people’s lives.”The simulator is designed to train pilots and flight engineers operating Eurocopter’s AS332 Super Puma and certain compatible machines, including the SAAF’s Oryx medium utility helicopter, manufactured by Denel.With the full-motion version, chopper crews have the chance to hone their skills in all conceivable types of potential emergencies, including some which would be too risky to try with a real helicopter.They can also train as if in mountain and search-and-rescue operations and can use night-vision goggles to make the scenarios as authentic as possible.“Positioning the simulator in Johannesburg, which is easy to get to, is an attractive proposition for all other Super Puma operators,” said Cagnat, adding that the company has noted strong interest from other African countries and further abroad.The company which operates and maintains the simulator is Sim Aerotraining, an international aviation training company whose Gauteng headquarters will house the machine, while Eurocopter focuses on the marketing and sale of the simulator hours.“We could not have done it ourselves in a cost-competitive manner,” said Cagnat, referring to their decision to use Sim for training.Certification for civil use is not yet ready, but Eurocopter is working to achieve this.Improved training programmeThe SAAF currently does not operate the Super Puma, but utilises the locally built and very similar Denel Oryx – which is also developed by Eurocopter. The advantage for the SAAF is that the simulated training will cost 25% less than the actual training using actual aircraft.Up to now South Africa has had to send pilots to Europe to train on simulators there. This meant added budget spent on travel, accommodation and visa costs as well as a stipend for each person and no-show cancellation fees.Acting director for helicopter systems at the SAAF, Colonel Hardus Engelbrecht, said pilots who ordinarily use the Rooivalk and AgustaWestland A109 light utility aircraft will now get the opportunity to train on the simulator.“The current plan is that about 140 pilots and flight engineers will train on the system every year,” he said.SAAF crews need up to 12 hours of emergency training per year, currently all done on real aircraft. The force hopes to reduce these to three hours on the aircraft and nine on the simulator.The acquisition of the technology also coincides with the appointment of the SAAf’s new chief, Major-General Fabian Zimpande Msimang, who starts occupying his position in October.last_img read more

USDA halts import of fresh Brazilian beef

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue last week announced the suspension of all imports of fresh beef from Brazil because of recurring concerns about the safety of the products intended for the American market. The suspension of shipments will remain in place until the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture takes corrective action which the USDA finds satisfactory.Since March, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has been inspecting 100% of all meat products arriving in the United States from Brazil.  FSIS has refused entry to 11% of Brazilian fresh beef products. That figure is substantially higher than the rejection rate of one percent of shipments from the rest of the world.  Since implementation of the increased inspection, FSIS has refused entry to 106 lots (approximately 1.9 million pounds) of Brazilian beef products due to public health concerns, sanitary conditions, and animal health issues. It is important to note that none of the rejected lots made it into the U.S. market.The Brazilian government had pledged to address those concerns, including by self-suspending five facilities from shipping beef to the United States. The action to suspend all fresh beef shipments from Brazil supersedes the self-suspension.“Ensuring the safety of our nation’s food supply is one of our critical missions, and it’s one we undertake with great seriousness.  Although international trade is an important part of what we do at USDA, and Brazil has long been one of our partners, my first priority is to protect American consumers,” Secretary Perdue said. “That’s what we’ve done by halting the import of Brazilian fresh beef.  I commend the work of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service for painstakingly safeguarding the food we serve our families.”last_img read more

Happy Holidays from Geocaching HQ!

first_imgSo far this year, we’ve had a blast celebrating 15 Years of Geocaching. We found a geocache on the anniversary of the first geocache hide, laughed at plenty of #TBT photos from geocaching’s early days, and even joined our favorite geocachers on an epic road trip.See Geocaching in 2015: A Year in Review.Like most geocaching streaks, however, 2015 will inevitably come to a close… But good news! 2016 will be filled with even more geocaching awesomeness.We hope you’ll join us in bidding adieu to this year and welcoming the next by earning two new geocaching souvenirs. To receive both the Goodbye 2015 and Hello 2016 souvenirs, you’ll need to log a geocache on both December 31 and January 1. Be sure to share your favorite New Year’s photos, memories and your geo-goals with us using #geocaching.Wishing you many geocaching happy dances to come,Your buddies at Geocaching HQHier kannst Du den Artikel auf Deutsch lesen.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedSay Hello to 2016 with Two New SouvenirsNovember 10, 2015In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”How to throw an awesome New Year’s geocaching bash in 5 easy stepsNovember 10, 2015In “Community”Confirmed Geocaching souvenir moments for 2019January 9, 2019In “Community”last_img read more

ECB seeks clarification on Amir ban from ICC

first_imgEmbarrassed after banned Pakistani pacer Mohammad Amir played in one of its club matches, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has sought clarification from the ICC on the terms and conditions of the sanction imposed on him for involvement in spot-fixing.Banned Pakistani paceman Mohammad Aamer. APThe development comes after the ICC confirmed it was investigating reports that Aamer despite the five year ban on him for spot-fixing had played in a English division one match in Surrey league.The ICC ban on Amir — and his Pakistani teammates Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif — bars him from participating in the game at any recognised level and his turning up for the English club side could be in breach of the ICC terms and conditions on his sanction.The source said the ECB had told the PCB they were also investigating the matter but had also asked the ICC for clarification on the exact conditions of the sanction as Amir says he was told by the club organisers it would be alright for him to play in the match.When contacted, a senior official of the PCB said they were looking at the Amir issue but not taking it seriously.”As far as we are concerned the ICC bans specifically states that a banned player cannot play in any event or tournament that is organised, sanctioned or approved by the home board or its affiliated units,” the official said.”We also know that under the conditions of the sanction the player can also land into trouble if anyone connected with organising the match under review is connected in anyway to the home board or its affiliated units,” the official added.advertisementThe official said since the matter was concerning the ICC directly and Amir has been in London since last month, they were not following it up closely.”We are waiting to see what happens but if Amir has gone and violated the terms of his sanction unknowingly that is something we have to look at,” he said.Aamer on Wednesday told the ‘pakpassion.net’ website that he was innocent and didn’t know he was violating any term of his sanction as he was told by organisers that he was playing in a friendly fixture and not in any competition.Amir claimed four wickets and scored 60 runs playing for Addington in Surrey Cricket League Division One at the LSE ground in New Malden. “I was informed by club representatives before the game that it was a friendly match, being played on a privately owned cricket ground. I asked the club representatives if the match fell under the jurisdiction of ECB and they informed me that the match did not,” Amir told the website. – With PTI inputslast_img read more

Son arraigned for fathers murder in Nassau emotional scene in court room

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas – November 29, 2017 – It was a heart breaking scene in the court room yesterday when a 21 year old man was charged with the murder of his father; he and his mother held each other as they cried in the courtroom, his mother so loud that Chief Magistrate, Joyann Ferguson Pratt had to ask her to settle down.The man, Lee Sweeting is charged with the murder of his 76 year old father, Leon Sweeting – the incident happened last Friday morning.The elder Sweeting was found in his home on Ambergris Street, stabbed to death when neighbours suspected something was wrong when he was not outside doing his usual yard work.Eventually he was found by a older son, who said he saw blood on the walls and called Police.  Sweeting is described as a gentle, soft spoken, man.  This is a very difficult end to his life for the family.Lee Sweeting was remanded, but is advised that he can seek bail at the Supreme Court. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

TCI Employment Department says no renewal for some work permits enforcement inspectors

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 17, 2018 – Providenciales – Changes at the Department of Employment Services continue to be rolled out and this time it will mean that some work permit holders will not be receiving a renewal.On Tuesday, the Ministry of Border Control and Employment issued a media statement advising that final work permit notations will be upheld and that means, those having already received those notations will not be eligible for a renewed worker’s permit.   It is less clear what impact this will have on the migrant worker population in the country, as Magnetic Media was unable to get a figure on how many work permit holders have been issued the ‘Final Work Permit’ notation.The Ministry in their statement said, “This measure is a part of the Ministry of Border Control and Employment’s ongoing efforts to regularize migrant employment in the Turks and Caicos Islands.  While it is not a new policy directive, it is one that was largely not enforced over the years.”It is a common sentiment on social media by residents of the Turks and Caicos that there needs to be stricter enforcement at the Labour Department, many believe qualified islanders are being blocked from holding the higher paying jobs.   The ‘Final Work Permit Notation’ is a legal measure, supported by the Immigration Ordinance where in Section 26 it is explained that ‘A permit may be limited in duration to the period specified in the permit and shall be issued subject to such condition or restriction which may be prescribed…’Employment Services can take this position on a work permit for a variety of reasons, Magnetic Media is told, including that there is no Belonger understudy, that there is no company staffing plan, that the Employment Services Department Board feels the work permit holder is working contrary to law and can also be related to the length of time the work permit has been held by an individual.The announcement yesterday is further fulfillment of the PDM Administration’s promise for reform with a greater commitment, it is explained, to enforcement by Labour Department inspectors.“…advises employers that there will be increased inspections of establishments throughout the country to ensure that all employment activities are in keeping with the Immigration and Employment laws, and further to ensure that employers are actively engaged in the recruitment, training and promotion of Turks and Caicos Islanders who are qualified to hold positions that are currently filled by migrant workers.”The Ministry of Border Control and Employment is also entreating the public to report suspected infractions by employers, and in their statement published in full at our Magnetic Media website, provides the contact number.“This will also provide the Ministry with a greater measure of control over the ability of migrants to acquire eligibility for other residency and citizenship status.”The TCI pockets over $18 million per year in work permit fees according to published Budgets; the fourth largest revenue earner for the Turks and Caicos Islands Government.#TCIEmploymentServices Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

George Lois Slams Esquires EInk Cover

first_imgGeorge Lois, Esquire’s art director from 1962 to 1972, took a no holds barred approach to design, producing some of the most iconic covers in the history of magazines. Lois takes the same approach to interviews, telling AdAge media reporter Nat Ives how he was “embarrassed” by Esquire’s battery-powered e-ink cover, a “silly gimmick” that “cost a quarter of a million dollars, I’m told.” (Esquire’s issue touted the cover line, “The 21st Century Begins Now” with, as Lois described, “Mickey Mouse lights clicking on and off.”)Since April, the MOMA has been hosting a collection of Lois’ Esquire cover designs. During this interview, Lois said: “great covers need to have a great idea behind them.” Of Esquire’s cover, he said: “That wasn’t great; it was ridiculous.” “When will they learn?” Lois said of Esquire. “Oh lord, how long will it take for them to learn.”last_img read more

More trouble for Karnataka Congress as senior leader Ramalinga Reddy lashes out

first_img“I am a seven-time MLA but they are neglecting me. This is also the case for senior leaders like HK Patil, Roshan Baig and others,” read his tweet expressing anger over the unfair induction of new members by neglecting the seniors.In his tweet, Reddy said that neglecting the senior Congressmen in the government and the lack of organisational foresight of some ministers resulted in the humiliating defeat of the party. He said that the main reason for this poor performance is not listening to the advice of the party seniors and the performance of some ministers.He urged the Congress leadership to set things right. “In order to face the challenging days ahead, the party and the government must address the fact that seniors have been neglected. If the situation continues like this, it’ll be difficult for senior leaders to be in the party”, he said.Reddy further suggested that the ministers who failed to deliver in the Lok Sabha elections should be given an inferior rank in the party and the senior members should be given positions in the government. Ramalinga ReddyTwitter [Representational Image]The troubles of the Congress in Karnataka don’t seem to end after the party’s dismal performance in the Lok Sabha elections. Even as the party top brass is fighting to keep the coalaition government alive, senior leader Ramalinga Reddy has revolted against the leadership, blaming them for the awful show in elections.Reddy wrote an open letter to the Congress party from his Twitter handle on Monday, giving his version of the events that led to the defeat of the Congress. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 25 out of 28 parliamentary seats in the state.A former minister in the Siddaramiah-led government, Reddy was not given a cabinet position in the Congress-JD(S) coalition government. He expressed his disdain over the alliance leaders’ decision to go for a cabinet expansion to induct R Shankar and H Nagesh as part of a plan to keep the BJP at bay and help the government survive. last_img read more

JK Cements and Lafarge among 11 cement companies fined Rs 6700 crore

first_imgThe Competition Commission of India (CCI) on Wednesday, Aug. 31, in two separate orders, fined 11 cement-manufacturing companies and the Cement Manufacturers’ Association (CMA) a total of more than Rs. 6,700 crore on charges that they had resorted to cartelisation.The order is expected to bring some cheer to the builder community, but the stocks of the companies that have been fined are bound to go down when the markets open for trading on Thursday. The order is also expected to impact prices of new homes, should the cement companies keep cement prices competitive and construction firms pass on the benefits of these lower cement prices to their buyers.The CCI, in a statement, said on Wednesday that according to one of its orders the following 10 companies have been fined around Rs. 6,300 crore for cartelisation: ACC was fined Rs. 1,147.59 crore, ACL Rs. 1,163.91 crore, Binani Rs. 167.32 crore, Century Rs. 274.02 crore, India Cements Rs. 187.48 crore, JK Cements Rs. 128.54 crore, Lafarge Rs. 490.01 crore, Ramco Rs. 258.63 crore, UltraTech Rs. 1,175.49 crore and Jaiprakash Associates Limited Rs. 1,323.60 crore.The statement said the CCI had also fined the CMA Rs. 73 lakh as part of this order. It had also imposed a penalty of Rs. 397.51 crore on Shree Cement Limited as per a separate order.The CCI order comes in light of a complaint filed by the Builders Association of India under Section 19(1)(a) of the Competition Act, 2002. In it, the CCI noted that not only had the CMA and the cement companies violated the act, but also that the companies used the platform that the CMA provided to share details “relating to prices, capacity utilisation, production and dispatch” of cement, thus restricting “production and supplies in the market, contravening the provisions of Section 3(1) read with Section 3(3)(b) of the Act.”The order also said the CCI “found the cement companies to be acting in concert in fixing prices of cement” — the very definition of cartelisation — “in contravention of the provisions of Section 3(1) read with Section 3(3)(a) of the Act.”The competition watchdog has also ordered the CMA and the cement companies to “cease and desist” from taking part in “any activity relating to agreement, understanding or arrangement on prices, production and supply of cement in the market.” It has also asked the CMA to stop collecting wholesale and retail prices through cement companies that are members of it, or from other sources.last_img read more