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Calls for urgent action over flood defence measures in Inishowen

first_imgThere have been calls for urgent action after residents in Burnfoot and Buncrana feared they could lose their homes again following near-miss flooding in the region on Wednesday morning. A councillor for the area has said that rising waters and spot flooding on Wednesday morning should serve as a stark reminder of the need to urgently build flood protection measures in Burnfoot and Buncrana.More than 100 people had to be rescued in the northwest after heavy rain flooded homes and left Derry City virtually inaccessible by road in August 2017. Councillor Jack Murray said: “On Wednesday morning, I was inundated with calls from local residents in Burnfoot and Buncrana who were extremely fearful that they could lose their homes once again.“Thankfully they were spared the devastation we experienced in August 2017 – but only just.“It is unacceptable that people in our community continue to live in constant fear of their homes being washed away.“While those in Burnfoot successfully secured funding to construct flood defences, they still await those works. “Those who were forced to leave their homes in the village still have no indication of when they’ll be able to return home.“Worse still, the people who live along the Crana River have no plans for works at all.“That is completely unacceptable, particularly given that they have commissioned professional research which shows the real danger of another flood in that area.“We cannot wait for more homes to be destroyed. We need action immediately.”An urgent meeting has now been sought with the Minister for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief in order to secure the protection desired. Calls for urgent action over flood defence measures in Inishowen was last modified: March 6th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:buncranaBurnfootCllr Jack MurraryInishowen floodslast_img read more

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No Roethlisberger when Steelers play in 49ers home opener

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceNext up for the undefeated 49ers and their dominating defense: a second-year quarterback making his first NFL start.The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Monday that Ben Roethlisberger needs season-ending elbow surgery, thus thrusting Mason Rudolph into the lineup Sunday for the 49ers home opener.Rudolph, who stands 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, was a third-round draft pick out of Oklahoma State. His only NFL experience came …last_img

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Londoners get a taste of South African food

first_imgSouth African cuisine takes centre stage at a restaurant in London. Situated near Buckingham Palace, bbar serves everything from boerewors to bunny chow.South African food is being served at bbar, a restaurant near Buckingham Palace. (Image: bbar)Compiled by Priya PitamberA hop and a skip away from Buckingham Palace in London lies bbar, a cocktail bar and restaurant offering an array of South African dishes. Think bobotie springrolls, biltong, chakalaka, boerewors and Cape Malay curries.It is owned by South African hotelier Beatrice Tollman, whose expertise, along with that of her husband, Stanley, extends to the Red Carnation Group of 17 luxurious hotels across South Africa, the UK and US. It includes Durban’s The Oyster Box and The Twelve Apostles in Cape Town.Stanley named the restaurant bbar as a tribute to Beatrice’s love for home-grown recipes. Her passion for the kitchen is also documented in her cook book, A Life in Food. It contains recipes passed down through the family as well as creations inspired by her travels.The South African influence“There seems to be a demand for South African cuisine in London,” said general manager Ian Powrie, speaking to the Sunday Times. “At the bbar there is a huge demand for bobotie, SA style Cape Malay curries, biltong, boerewors and avocado-based salads.”There is no one that does #NationalCurryWeek like bbar. Come & try our NEW Arthur’s Chicken #Curry, with great #SouthAfrican flavours. pic.twitter.com/BDtxCYBpHg— bbar & restaurant (@bbarlondon) October 10, 2016Afternoon tea, usually quintessentially British, is given a South African twist with the inclusion of mini bunny chows.Enjoy our #SouthAfrican #afternoontea The perfect way to catch up with #friends pic.twitter.com/CoyBIMGmP8— bbar & restaurant (@bbarlondon) March 1, 2017The décor also has a tinge of South Africa: from the giraffe print on some of the chairs to the cheetah statue on the edge of the bar and the beaded giraffe ornaments lurking at the window.Come & keep the giraffes company this evening #dinner #food #London pic.twitter.com/szZkGi3g5e— bbar & restaurant (@bbarlondon) March 7, 2017The start of a hotelier careerHer husband came from a family of hoteliers, Beatrice said, but it was a new industry to her. In 1954, she opened her first hotel in Johannesburg called the Nugget. But she also fondly remembers their second hotel, the Hyde Park Hotel.“We named the main restaurant there The Colony, inspired by the supper clubs of New York and it soon attracted international cabaret stars (e.g. Petula Clark and Trini Lopez) and famous guests such as Marlene Dietrich, George Peppard and Michael Caine,” Tollman told lifestyle news website, Belle About Town.“It was a very exciting time; these famous people stayed at our Hyde Park Hotel! We ran three other restaurants from this same hotel.”No day was ever the same in the hotel industry, she said, which gave her great enjoyment.Her love for foodAccording to Powrie, bbar is to showcase Beatrice’s recipes and it is a thank you from Stanley for the hard work during the early years of business.Beatrice firmly believes food brings people together. “Gathering friends and family together for a fantastic meal is a bonding experience and helps maintain close relationships in a world where everyone’s lives are getting increasingly busy.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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EPA violated personal privacy of farmers, ranchers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest What was once a strongly held opinion in many farm circles is now an official ruling from the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. The Environmental Protection Agency has violated the personal privacy of tens of thousands of farmers and ranchers, according to a unanimous ruling issued by the Court this month.The ruling in American Farm Bureau Federation and National Pork Producers Council vs. EPA concerned the federal agency’s 2013 release to three environmental groups of a vast compilation of spreadsheets containing personal information about farmers and ranchers who raise livestock and poultry in 29 states. The case also related to similar personal information from farmers and ranchers in seven additional states that had yet to be released. The information included the names of farmers, ranchers and sometimes other family members, home addresses, GPS coordinates, telephone numbers and emails. EPA claimed that it was required to disclose the information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).“This was an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy by a federal agency in violation of law,” said Ellen Steen, AFBF General Counsel. “The court’s decision is a vindication of the right of farm families to control their own personal information. Farmers and ranchers have a strong privacy interest in their personal information, including their home address, even when they live and work on the farm.”Farm families usually live on the farm and the court took note that EPA’s disclosures in this case could facilitate unwanted contact and harassment of farmers and ranchers by the FOIA requestors and others. According to Steen, “this case assures us that individuals still have a privacy interest in their personal information. The fact that government agencies may have that information and even store it on the Internet does not eliminate the individual’s privacy interest.”According to the court, “EPA’s release of the complete set of data on a silver platter, so to speak, basically hands to the requesters a comprehensive database of their own, whatever their motives might be.”“EPA now has to ‘recall’ all of the personal information it unlawfully released, but unfortunately that information has now been in the hands of the FOIA requestors for three years, and many feel that the damage is done,” Steen said. “AFBF will continue to work to ensure that personal information about farmers and ranchers is not disclosed by EPA.”last_img read more

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Clarke on Smith, Bancroft interviews: Don’t talk unless you’re going to be 100 percent honest

first_imgFormer Australia captain Michael Clarke said on Friday that he doesn’t find the timing of Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft latest interviews right while insisting that the banned duo shouldn’t be talking if they are not willing to answer the tough and unanswered questions about the ball-tampering scandal.Clarke said it’s important for Smith, Bancroft and David Warner shouldn’t be speaking to the media if they are not willing to be 100 percent honest. He insisted that they should rather continue playing cricket for their respective sides and turn all their focus towards making a comeback for the Australian national team.Clarke’s sharp comments came days after Smith and Warner faced the press and opened up about the infamous ball-tampering scandal that brought disrepute to Australian cricket.Smith, who was speaking to former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist in a Fox Cricket interview that was aired on the first day of the Boxing Day Test, insisted that he didn’t want to discuss the dressing room scenario that led to the ball tampering and seemingly blamed Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland and former head of high performance, Pat Howard, for fostering a win-at-all-costs culture.On the other hand, Bancroft, who also spoke to Fox Cricket, blamed Warner, saying the opening batsman had suggested tampering with the ball and he carried it out to fit into the team.”It still makes me so angry watching bringing up what happened in South Africa as a past Australian player and captain. I am so surprised that Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft have done interviews at this stage. Exactly like you’re saying Corky (Dominic Cork), for the Australian public there are still so many questions unanswered even after these two have done these interviews. If you’re going to do these interviews, you have got to answer those tough questions. If you’re not willing to answer those then don’t the interview,” Clarke told Sony Six on Friday.advertisementHe added: “I think there’s no doubt that the Australian public will forgive… or have forgiven Warner, Smith and Bancroft for the incident. If they start bringing this up and again… we are so far down the track with what Tim Paine is doing as captain, what the Australian team is trying to achieve, going and fighting that well in Perth.”We will never forget it like what happened with Trevor Chappell against New Zealand. But you move forward, you get on with it. Time heals everything. I just think these two interviews… the timing wasn’t right. It was the start of the Australian summer… These three players can score runs, help whichever team they are playing their cricket for and come back and play for Australia. That’s what they need to do.”Don’t talk about what happened unless you’re going to come out and be 100% honest with no skeletons in the closet. Unless you’re going to do that, just play cricket, come back into the team and help Australia win matches.”Meanwhile, batting great Ricky Ponting had also questioned the timing of the two interviews, saying they might prove to be a distraction for Tim Paine’s men who are batting against an in-form India side at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.”I’ve seen a couple of headlines (since the interviews), which I’ve been shocked at, I must admit. Some of the things that have been said have been quite shocking to me… I’m pretty sure that Painey and some of the other guys, they have to leave that behind and move on and worry about what’s happening in the middle of the MCG. Because right now, the series is at absolute fever pitch so the less distractions the better,” Ponting had said.While Bancroft’s nine-month ban is set to end this weekend, Smith and Warner, who were handed one-year bans by Cricket Australia, are eligible to play international and Australian domestic cricket from March 30, 2019.Nonetheless, Smith and Warner have been playing T20 leagues across the globe and are set to play the Bangladesh Premier League, Pakistan Premier League, and the Indian Premier League before a potential return for Australia’s ODI series against Pakistan.Also Read | Steve Smith’s Bangladesh Premier League ban lifted after franchises withdraw objectionsAlso Read | Steve Smith is Australia’s Virat Kohli, can’t wait to have him back: Justin LangerAlso Read | Australia ready to welcome Warner back with open arms despite Bancroft, Smith commentsAlso See:last_img read more

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New Contractor General Urges Jamaicans to Fight Against Corruption

first_imgNewly appointed Contractor General, Dirk Harrison, is imploring all stakeholders to assist his office in a renewed fight against corruption.“It cannot be business as usual. We cannot keep ‘passing the buck’…waiting for the next generation or the next person to solve or begin to seriously tackle the ills of today. We must be prepared to do whatever it takes, for however long it takes, to continue, renew, reshape our strategy in our fight against the abominable crime called corruption,” he said.Mr. Harrison was speaking after being sworn in as the country’s fifth Contractor General, by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, at King’s House, on February 25.The new Contractor General urged stakeholders to share information “in the united fight against corruption and maintaining law and order”. “If we intend to make a difference, collectively, we must work together as we develop strategies and guidelines to fight crime,” he said.Mr. Harrison said he recognizes that the task is even more difficult, as “the apparently corrupt seem to have become more brazen, technologically savvy and determined to take the fight to law enforcement.”“I therefore invite my countrymen to tell us what you know and we will take the fight to the corrupt. We will protect the whistleblowers and report wrongdoing in the confines of observing fairness, the laws of natural justice and seek to make Jamaica a better place to live, work and play,” he said.The Contractor General further called on the legislators to draft the appropriate laws to allow the sharing of information between state agencies. Prior to his appointment, which becomes effective on March 1, Mr. Harrison served as Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions. He succeeds Mr. Greg Christie, whose tenure ended on December 1, 2012. Mr. Craig Beresford has been acting as Contractor General since that time. A graduate of the Norman Manley Law School, Mr. Harrison has more than 12 years experience as a prosecutor on a wide range of criminal matters in Jamaica’s courts, including the Court of Appeal. In his previous post, he served as Head of the Anti-Corruption Unit, as well as of the Coroners Unit and the Environmental Law Unit.Mr. Harrison’s expertise has been recognised internationally. He participated in the United Nations review of Jamaica’s anti-corruption laws and practices and is a member of a UN-selected team for evaluation and review of countries’ implementation of the UN Convention Against Corruption. He has also represented Jamaica at several international conferences against corruption. Established as an independent Commission in 1983, the Office of the Contractor General is responsible for the monitoring and investigation of government contracts, licences and permits, to ensure that they are awarded impartially and on merit.last_img read more

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