Three fishermen rescued in 11 and a half hour mission off Donegal

first_imgThree fishermen were rescued off Donegal yesterday morning after an 11 and a half hour call-out for RNLI volunteers.The alarm was raised after 4am on Monday morning, when a fishing crew onboard a 10m vessel got into difficulty in Donegal Bay.The crew requested assistance from the Irish Coast Guard after the boat fouled its propeller. Ballyglass RNLI crew in Mayo were requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat to aid the fishermen.The lifeboat under Coxswain James Mangan and with four crew members onboard, launched immediately into the darkness at 4am and made its way to the scene, 38 miles from Ballyglass, and into Donegal Bay.Weather conditions at the time were good and when the lifeboat crew arrived on scene they assessed that all onboard were safe and well before working with the fishermen to establish a towline and then begin the slow journey to Killybegs where they arrived at 10.30am.Following a short break for breakfast, the lifeboat crew then began the return journey back to Ballyglass, arriving at the lifeboat station and preparing the lifeboat for service again at 3.30pm. Speaking following the call out, Padraic Sheeran, Ballyglass RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: “The fishermen did the right thing this morning raising the alarm when they got into trouble and we were delighted to be able to help them return to shore safely.“This was an early morning call out for our volunteers who got out of their beds to respond to their pagers and make their way to the scene. Given where the boat had got into difficulty into Donegal Bay, by the time we reached the scene and towed the vessel safely into Killybegs and made the passage back, our crew had spent 11 and a half hours at sea.“This is what they are trained for and prepared to do but their efforts today are commendable, and I would like to thank our volunteer team for their willingness, time and dedication.” Three fishermen rescued in 11 and a half hour mission off Donegal was last modified: December 5th, 2018 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:ballyglassdonegal bayRNLIlast_img read more

Gritters out across Donegal tonight as temperatures dip

first_imgDonegal County Council has announced that its gritters are to be out in force this evening.The local authority says all of its primary routes will be gritted from 9pm this evening (Thurs).Gritters will be on the roads again from 6am on Friday morning. Met Eireann is forecasting a cold and dry night with lowest temperatures of -1C. There is a risk of ground frost and fog in the morning, which is expected to clear later in the day.ALL routes on the Donegal gritting route index are as follows:06: Inishowen West04: Inishowen South01: National Primary North02: National Primary Central03: National Primary South07: Milford South08: Milford North09: Cill Ulta East10: Cill Ulta West11: Na Rosa12: Binswilly13: Stranorlar North14: Stranorlar East15: Stranorlar West16: Donegal West17: Donegal North18: Donegal South19: Donegal National Secondary05: Inishowen EastBT: Buncrana Town Council Priority 1LT: Letterkenny Town Priority 1Donegal County Council is reminding drivers to assume that no road is ice free.Cold nights in store as frosty spell grips Donegal Gritters out across Donegal tonight as temperatures dip was last modified: January 3rd, 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)last_img read more

One million jobs in four years

first_imgCage assistants Moeketsi Momlekoa andNdlaka Mtano at the shaft at Harmony Gold Mine in Welkom, Free State. The Expanded Public Works Programme aims to give the jobless short-term work that will train them in the skills they need tofind permanent employment. (Image:Graeme Williams, more photos, visit the image library.)Janine ErasmusThe Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), set up by the South African government in 2004 to fight poverty by using existing government budgets to create jobs in labour-intensive projects, has reached one of its major goals a full year ahead of schedule – it has created over a million new job opportunities.In his State of the Nation address in 2003 President Thabo Mbeki announced the new initiative, aimed at drawing at least 1-million jobless people into productive work between 2004 and 2009. Of those, 40% would be women, 30% would be youth and 2% would be disabled.The EPWP arose out of the 2003 Growth and Development Summit, which explored the causes of unemployment. The programme is the major instrument of the Department of Public Works’ (DPW) poverty alleviation strategy, working as a bridge between South Africa’s formal and informal economies.The EPWP has two major components: creating employment using labour-intensive methods, and giving people skills they can use to find jobs when their work in the EPWP is done.Although the projects have a limited lifespan, the main focus is on skills development and access to work, which allows the previously unemployed to take their first steps into the job market.Making an impactIn her annual budget speech in parliament in May 2008, Minister of Public Works Thoko Didiza said the target of a million jobs had been reached by the end of April. Exactly 1 077 801 work opportunities had been created, way ahead of the March 2009 deadline.The EPWP had also surpassed its targets for women and youth, who made up 47% and 40% respectively of those employed.Didiza cited examples of the impact the EPWP has had on the lives of ordinary South Africans. One is Samuel Mangena of Limpopo, a former farmworker who, with the help of the EPWP, brought two acres of land under cultivation, growing tomatoes and other crops. He is now so successful he is able to employ six workers full-time and another 10 seasonally. “Such a daring spirit of entrepreneurial adventure should be an inspiration to the country,” said Didiza.She also mentioned the Siyazenzela waste management project, which combines job creation with care for the environment. In the programme, modelled after one used in Curituba, Brazil, poor households collect garbage from their neighbourhoods and exchange it for food vouchers and groceries. Piloted in KwaZulu-Natal, the programme is to be rolled out to other provinces.“The majority of participants in the Expanded Public Works Programme have earned income during their involvement,” said Didiza, “which made it possible for them to support their families and invest in entrepreneurial activities that have become sustainable after they exited the programme. This has been possible because of the limited training they received while working in the various projects.”She highlighted the Kamoso Awards, initiated in 2007 to reward municipalities, provinces, and other public bodies that showed excellence in implementing the infrastructure component of EPWP in their regions. It was later expanded to include the economy, environment, and social interventions. The awards were presented in July 2008.“The EPWP has been very effective in reaching the target of 1-million work opportunities a year ahead of schedule,” the minister said. “However, we recognise that given the state of unemployment in the country, the EPWP needs to be significantly bigger.”Because of this, says EPWP chief director Ismail Akhalwaya, the programme’s targets may be revised, one of which may be the creation of 1.5-million job opportunities every year by 2014.Phase twoThe second phase of the EPWP, set to launch in March 2009, will include targets up to 2014. The DPW has studied similar systems in Argentina and India and is hoping to introduce some of those methods into phase two.The Indian National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, which guarantees 100 days of work annually to at least one unskilled and unemployed person in a rural household where no one has a job, is one of the strategies studied by the DPW. This and other initiatives were on the agenda at the International Labour Organisation’s 12th regional seminar on promoting labour-intensive practices, held in November 2007 in Durban.The use of legislation to address unemployment is still a much-discussed topic, with some experts saying it could increase social dependence and corruption. On the other hand, those in favour argue that the legal route would overcome current objections regarding the temporary nature of EPWP jobs, and would cost up to R30-billion annually in wages compared with the R3-billion currently disbursed – making a far greater impact on poverty.Also under consideration is the potential contribution to the EPWP of non-state institutions such as NGOs and community-based organisations, as well as the private sector and its large number of corporate social responsibility projects.The Business Trust, an association of local companies that works with government to create jobs and provide skills training, already participates in the EPWP, committing R100-million for the programme’s first five years.The EPWP is specifically looking at proposals that will halve the number of unemployed by 2014, said Didiza, in accordance with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Under this international programme governments and organisations around the world are working to reduce poverty and provide unemployment for all, including women and the youth, by 2015.Unfortunately, only 14% of EPWP beneficiaries have found permanent jobs afterwards. But Akhalwaya says this problem will be addressed. “The EPWP is an ongoing programme,” he said, “and for phase two we will make the necessary changes to its design, including training and exit strategies, that will improve its ability to deliver on its objectives.”Poor-quality training is another problem the second phase will attempt to solve. “We are using the remainder of the period to address some of the challenges, and to lay out a much larger programme for the next five years,” he said.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] articlesSocial development in South AfricaDrive to create a million jobsUseful linksExpanded Public Works ProgrammeDepartment of Public WorksThe Business TrustMillennium Development Goalslast_img read more

United Sues Travel Site Over Its Own Ticketing Loophole

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… You may not have known that it’s cheaper to book a two-leg flight and just get off at the stopover than it is to book a direct flight to the stopover city, but United Airlines and Orbitz will now ensure that you do. The two travel companies are suing, a site that shows people how to take advantage of “hidden city” connection discounts, in which passengers save money by getting off at a stopover. The brainchild of 22-year-old Aktarer Zaman, the website uncovers an existing United Airlines pricing flaw that makes connecting flights so much cheaper than direct flights that you save money even when you don’t bother with the last leg of the flight. See also: 23,000 iPhone 6 Pluses Slated For United Flight AttendantsIn the lawsuit, United and Orbitz call Skiplagged “unfair competition” and hope to regroup $75,000 in perceived lost profits. Meanwhile, Zaman is raising money for Skiplagged’s defense and has reached two-thirds of his goal. In a recent Reddit AMA, Zaman explained that the corporations’ lawsuit is a civil case because Skiplagged isn’t breaking any laws. “Consumers can actually save lots of money. That’s generally frowned upon by for-profit corporations. What Skiplagged does is definitely not illegal, which is why this is not a criminal case,” he said. The real winner of the day is the Streisand Effect, a phenomenon in which an attempt to conceal information on the Internet turns it into common knowledge. If you didn’t already know about this money-saving travel practice, you certainly will now. However, it’s probably not a good idea to try it out. Even though it isn’t illegal, sources told Bloomberg “a traveler caught on a hidden-city routing is subject to having his ticket voided without refund.”Photo by skinnylawyer Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#air travel#online travel#Orbitz#Skiplagged#travel hacks#United Airlines Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img lauren orsini Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Excessive heat warning issued through Saturday

first_imgThe National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning from Wednesday through Saturday.NWS meteorologist Jon Carney says a broad area of high pressure is cutting down on our storm chances, and heating things up in mid-Missouri.“It’s really important to stay hydrated and try to keep cool,” Carney says. “Heat is very dangerous and I think a lot of people don’t really realize just how dangerous it can be and how quickly heat stress can kind of creep up on you.”Heat index readings may make it feel like 110 degrees at times. It looks like we’ll have highs in the 90’s until Monday.last_img read more

Mercedes look to make early statement in Australia

first_imgBeefier cars and bulked-up drivers will hit Albert Park circuit on Sunday for Formula One’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix where many fans will be hoping at least one team can strike an early blow against dominant Mercedes.Revised aerodynamics and fatter tyres are among a raft of technical changes that pundits feel could bring the Silver Arrows back to earth after they swept the drivers and constructors’ championships for the last three years running. (Also read: Lewis Hamilton looks for fast start to new Formula One season)Ferrari’s strong performance during winter testing has added to expectations that the sport is in for a shake-up, even as F1’s new American managers seek to rejuvenate a series plagued by inertia. (Also read: Valtteri Bottas out to make the most of dream chance at Mercedes)And yet Mercedes, once again, appear primed to ride roughshod over new-season hopes for a changing of the guard.Nico Rosberg vacated his Mercedes seat in a shock retirement from the sport shortly after winning the drivers’ world championship but his old team mate and three-times champion Lewis Hamilton stands poised to take the title back.German Rosberg thwarted Hamilton’s bid for a third successive title and the pair’s heated rivalry took its toll on both drivers.Rosberg’s Finnish replacement, Valtteri Bottas, is not seen as someone who will create as many headaches for Hamilton, who will be going for his third victory in Melbourne and 54th overall after winning the last four races of 2016.”I think he’s one of those guys who is not going to be that difficult to manage, especially in the battle with Lewis,” Rosberg said of former Williams driver Bottas in a video posting for Formula One sponsor UBS.advertisement”I don’t know if he will be able to challenge Lewis or even beat Lewis. That remains to be seen.”Bookmakers have Hamilton a heavy favourite to win at Albert Park, although the Briton has deflected the hype onto Ferrari and four-times F1 champion Sebastian Vettel.”I think Ferrari are bluffing and that they are a lot quicker than they are showing,” Hamilton said at testing in Barcelona.German Vettel has been busy playing down expectations of a Ferrari renaissance and has become a master of it since crossing to the ‘Scuderia’ from Red Bull in 2015.Great expectations followed he and team mate Kimi Raikkonen to Melbourne last year after a similarly promising testing in the leadup but neither driver won a race all season.Red Bull are the other team seen snapping at Mercedes’ heels if they can avoid reliability problems of the past and drivers Daniel Ricciardo and teenager Max Verstappen, seen as a champion-in-waiting, can keep their growing rivalry from spoiling their racing.”We’ve been on six dinners already this week. He brought me breakfast yesterday morning. We don’t share a room…not yet,” Australian Ricciardo joked to reporters on Wednesday when asked about their relationship.”We try to keep it as amicable as possible.”With bigger tyres and more downforce, the new cars are expected to be up to five seconds quicker per lap in Melbourne and drivers have had to hit the gym to be fitter and stronger to cope with the driving demands.There will be plenty of intrigue as to how the drivers and their tyres wear, with Melbourne’s changeable weather and the circuit’s tight corners adding to the air of unpredictability.last_img read more


first_imgTFA have released the Annual Report for the period June 2004-June 2005 and are currently mailing it out to all affiliates.The report was presented and accepted by the members of Touch Football Australia (TFA) at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting held in Canberra on 11 February.TFA wishes to acknowledge the Luland family who kindly agreed to allow a photograph of their son Kieran to be the front cover feature. Kieran was recently killed in a tragic car accident and our thoughts are with his family.TFA also acknowledges Michael Broadbent and the Sporting Images photography team, who kindly allow their images of Touch events to be used in publications such as this annual report. To purchase any of their images visit ANNUAL REPORTlast_img read more

a month agoMan City boss Guardiola plans to start Aguero against Dinamo Zagreb

first_imgMan City boss Guardiola plans to start Aguero against Dinamo Zagrebby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City striker Sergio Aguero will start over Gabriel Jesus in Tuesday’s clash with Dinamo Zagreb.Jesus made it six goals in his last six starts in the 3-1 win over Everton.Manager Pep Guardiola said: “I try to let them both play. I know the guy who does not play is not happy, but that’s what it is.”I think they are real friends – they respect each other. That’s good. It’s important Gabriel goes and scores goals, and Sergio creates chances and scores goals. That is what we want.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Report: Florida State’s Jameis Winston Plans To Throw At NFL Combine

first_imgA closeup of Jameis Winston on the football field.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Quarterback Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles signals to his team against the Oregon Ducks in the first quarter of the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)When it comes to top quarterbacks, the NFL Combine can often be a bit underwhelming, as top players will often pass on the opportunity to throw at the event. According to reports, this year may be different. Earlier, Chris Mortensen reported that Marcus Mariota will throw at this week’s combine. Now, according to’s Ian Rapoport, Florida State’s Jameis Winston intends to do the same.#FloridaSt QB Jameis Winston is planning to throw at the Combine, source said. Amping things up a bit.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 18, [email protected] now reporting Winston will throw at combine. Mariota, Winston, Petty, Mannion, Hundley all will throw. Maybe tide is turning.— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) February 18, 2015Winston is thought to be the favorite to be the first player drafted, but there are questions surrounding his off-the-field issues, as well as his interception-prone 2014 season. A good day at the combine can really tip the scales in his favor.last_img read more

5 things to look for against the Cincinnati Bearcats

Freshman running back Curtis Samuel (4) celebrates with redshirt-freshman tight end Marcus Baugh during a game against Kent State on Sept. 13 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 66-0.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorOhio State is set to return from its bye week to take on the Cincinnati Bearcats on Saturday evening at Ohio Stadium.After coming off of back-to-back wins to start their season, the Bearcats enter Columbus at 2-0, boasting the ninth-best pass game in the country. They are led by Notre Dame-transfer Gunner Kiel, who has tossed 10 scores in the opening two games.The Lantern sports editors have compiled a list of the five things you should watch for as the Buckeyes and Bearcats prepare for the second night game in Ohio Stadium this season.1. Can the Buckeyes slow down Gunner Kiel?The Buckeye defense ranked 112 out of 125 teams in the FBS last season in pass defense and, in contrast, the Bearcats currently boast a top-10 pass offense.Bearcat quarterback Gunner Kiel is averaging 344.5 yards per game through the air, and has tossed 10 touchdown passes to seven different receivers.Fortunately for the Buckeyes, while their secondary might still be working out the kinks, their defensive line seems to be in rare form. Although they are without star junior defensive end Noah Spence for the foreseeable future after he failed a second drug test, the “Silver Bullets” should be able to take care of business if the secondary can keep Cincinnati in check.2. Did the bye week help OSU prepare?The Buckeyes said they prepared all offseason for Navy and came out rather sluggish, before ultimately defeating the Midshipmen, 34-17.They have now had a bye week to prepare for the Bearcats, however, they don’t have much to go off of.Cincinnati has played just two games so far this season, both of which were the first college game action for Kiel, who is arguably the Bearcats’ biggest offensive threat. In those two games, Kiel has accumulated 689 yards passing, throwing just two interceptions.On the other hand, the Buckeye offense has now had time to get extra reps to the plethora of young talent that has seen playing time this year.Players like redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett and freshman running back Curtis Samuel, among others, can only benefit from the extra time in the film room, and in the huddle going against the Buckeye defense in practice.3. Can Barrett build on his record-setting day?When Barrett exited the Buckeyes’ 66-0 win against Kent State, he had already etched his name in the school record books.Not only did he throw for 312 yards — making him the first official 300-yard passer for OSU since Troy Smith in 2006 — but he also tied former quarterback Kenny Guiton’s school record for touchdown passes in a game with six.While the numbers themselves point toward an other-worldly performance, Barrett certainly still has room to improve. He’s only three games into his collegiate career, and has had less than a month as the No. 1 quarterback on the roster before he made his first start.It’s been said in the past and it will be said again: Barrett will never be the same player as injured senior quarterback Braxton Miller. But that he can still perform and lead OSU to big wins in big moments.He led a comeback charge against Navy that resulted in a 34-17 season-opening win, then keyed a furious comeback against Virginia Tech that fell short. That loss — despite him throwing three interceptions — can’t be blamed on Barrett’s arm, especially because he spent the majority of the second half on the Ohio Stadium turf.If Barrett can build off his performance against the Golden Flashes, he could become a go-to player instead of a question mark on offense.4. How will Cincinnati respond to the loss of one of its own?Redshirt-freshman running back Chamoda Kennedy-Palmore died Thursday afternoon, two days before the Bearcats’ game against OSU.Forget where he came in on the depth chart: losing a teammate, friend and — as teams are often as close as a family — brother is one of the worst things a group of student-athletes could possibly experience. For some, it could be so overwhelming that it could be difficult to play the game, while for others it could be extra motivation to perform in his honor.OSU released a statement Thursday evening saying it will observe a moment of silence to honor Kennedy-Palmore before the game.From there, it won’t be quite normal, but the game will go on as one could expect.5. Jalin Marshall, the (Insert Position Here)-backRedshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall might be more comfortable in Barrett’s shoes than his own.The Middletown, Ohio, product played quarterback in high school and was initially recruited as a signal caller. In fact, he said Wednesday that his first collegiate scholarship offer was from Cincinnati, which wanted him to play quarterback.Of course Marshall has made the adjustment to playing in the wide receiver-running back hybrid roll for OSU, but he has still lined up under center in practice. He said there is a package the coaching staff put in place that would give him the snap, and the Buckeye faithful might get a chance to see that in action for the first time against the Bearcats.OSU and Cincinnati are scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. read more