Man assaulted in late-night attack outside bar

first_imgA man suffered head and face injuries after being attacked outside a bar in St. Johnston.Gardaí are appealing for information on the assault outside Maggie’s Bar in Carrickmore at approx 12.10am in the early hours of Monday morning.The victim had to be taken to Letterkenny University Hospital for treatment of head and facial injuries. Gardai are appealing for any members of the public with information relating to the incident to contact Letterkenny Garda Station on 074-9167100 or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111.Man assaulted in late-night attack outside bar was last modified: June 4th, 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

Crabs let late lead slip in loss

first_imgKokko Figueiredo connected on a two-run home run to give the Crabs their first lead of the night and landed a well-placed fly ball in left field to score one and give the home team the lead once again in the seventh inning, but it wouldn’t be enough as a pair of ninth inning runs on the part of the Solano Mudcats elevated the visitors to a late-game 7-6 win over the Humboldt Crabs, Tuesday night at the Arcata Ball Park.The loss snaps what was a seven-game winning streak for the Crabs and drops …last_img

D’Angelo Russell’s return no help to Warriors in Charlotte

first_imgRussell played 25 minutes and did most of his damage in the first half, scoring 15 points. He started to heat up in the second quarter, scoring eight points on three straight possessions. He beat Devonte Graham with a quick drive from the wing and drew a foul for a three-point play, knocked down a 3 from the top of the key and then scored on another drive down the middle of the lane to help the Warriors claw back to within four at halftime.Russell said he felt fine physically on the floor.“I felt solid from the jump,” Russell said.Eric Paschall finished with 16 points and has now scored in double figures in 12 consecutive games, the longest such streak by a Warriors rookie since Klay Thompson posted a 14-game streak with double-digit points from April 4-26, 2012. Paschall leads all rookies this season with 380 total points.Graham made 10 of 16 3-pointers and scored 33 points to lead the Hornets. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — D’Angelo Russell returned to the Warriors lineup on Wednesday and led the team in scoring.What he couldn’t prevent was the Warriors’ fourth loss on their current five-game trip.The Charlotte Hornets beat the Warriors 106-91 to sweep the season series. Russell, who missed the past nine games with a thumb sprain, led the Warriors (4-19) with 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting. The Warriors also got Draymond Green (heel) back after he sat out Monday against Atlanta.“Well, he looked good,” coach Steve Kerr said of Russell. “Looked better in the first half than the second. I think he got a little tired maybe in the second half but he had it going and he is a naturally gifted scorer and playmaker. I think that he will be fine, and it won’t take him too long.” Graham also dished out nine assists and had seven rebounds for the Hornets (9-14), who stopped a two-game slide. Backcourt mate Terry Rozier added 25 points, seven assists and seven rebounds as the Hornets built a 19-point, second-half lead and hung on.Graham is averaging 20.8 points and 7.7 assists this season, helping to fill the scoring load that was created when three-time All-Star Kemba Walker signed with the Boston Celtics.Graham said his growth is about opportunity and confidence.“The coaches have a lot of confidence in me and we sit and watch film and we talk, and they just say all good things about me and tell me they want me to have the ball in my hands and making plays,” Graham said. “It gives me that confidence to go out and play that way.”Alec Burks added 15 points for the Warriors, his fifth consecutive game with at least 15 points.• The Warriors have lost six consecutive road games.• Charlotte hit 21 of 48 from 3-point range, tied for the fourth-most 3-point field goals ever in a regular-season game against the Warriors.• The Warriors are now 0-8 this season when scoring fewer than 100 points, which they’ve done in three consecutive games.last_img read more

Ups & Downs of SETI

first_imgThe Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence arouses excitement in some, boredom in others.  The SETI Institute has taken lumps recently; due to a $5 million shortfall in funding, they had to mothball a search using the Allen Telescope Array.  But PhysOrg announced that an unspecified group of astronomers will be using the Green Bank Radio Telescope in West Virginia, the world’s largest steerable antenna, to watch 86 stars identified by the Kepler spacecraft as potential sites for habitable planets.  The article did not say who is funding the project.    A press release from UC Berkeley contained more detail.  The astronomers involved are from UC Berkeley.  The press release said that the Green Bank Observatory is funded by the National Science Foundation, but did not specify if NSF funds are being used for the SETI activity.  Volunteers around the world will parse the data using [email protected] software after a year of searching.  [email protected] is partly funded by the NSF and NASA, the article said, but did not specify the amount.As long as taxpayers are not forced to fund it, let the SETI enthusiasts look.  It might keep them out of mischief.  Just don’t let them lie that SETI is a science project, because it has no data.  Would using scientific equipment to search for gnomes be scientific?  You have to have data to have any claim to being a science, and not just any data (like habitable planets), but data that pertain to the question you are investigating (intelligent life).    Don’t let them lie, further, that it reinforces evolutionary theory.  They are not looking for purposeless, unguided phenomena, but for SETID: search for extra-terrestrial intelligent design.  Tell them that and they get very angry… another unscientific response.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Bhisho Airport gets R100m boost

first_img2 August 2007The airport runway at Bhisho in the Eastern Cape will be closed for the next six weeks as the airport undergoes a R100-million upgrade, as the province seeks to maximise the facility’s economic potential.The upgrade is being funded through the province’s Department of Roads and Transport, with all upgrades expected to be complete by March 2008.The project as so far provided more than 100 jobs for people from surrounding villages, while more people will be needed as the project progresses, the department said in a statement this week.“The project derives from the Blue Skyway Aviation Strategy, which was unveiled by the [provincial Transport Department] in 2006, in an effort to maximise the potential of the Bhisho and Mthatha airports and bring new life to the rural airstrips within the province,” the department explained.The strategy aims to improve usage of the province’s airports, reduce government involvement in the operation of airports, and involve the private sector, especially small, medium and micro enterprises, through outsourcing services or as airport management.The province has already convinced the South African Police Service Air Wing to relocate to the Bhisho Airport, while the Port Alfred-based 43 Air School is declared its intent to expand to the airport and has started assisting in re-commissioning refuelling facilities.The first 14 students from the air school are expected to relocate to the airport within the next two months.Air BP has also started refurbishing the fuel depot at own costA new R5-million fire tender was brought in from overseas, and firemen at the airport already completed a course to use the new vehicle. The main intention is to increase the emergency capacity of the airport and improve its grades from two to four, the department said.The department said that the Bhisho Airport had been earmarked for international flights during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, with state-owned South African Airways and other airlines expressing their interest in using the airport.At the same time, the national Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism has appointed consultants to conduct a feasibility study on the upgrade of the Mthatha Airport.That feasibility study has been completed and forwarded to consulting engineers for final costing.“We have purchased two large airport fire tenders for the Mthatha Airport and we will apply to upgrade our license with the South African Civil Aviation Authority from four to six, which will enable bigger aircraft to land there,” the Eastern Cape’s Department of Roads and Transport said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

IDC funds empowered fish cannery

first_img27 June 2008The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has partnered with some of the country’s leading fishing companies to develop a new pilchard canning factory in Mossel Bay – the first of its kind the southern Cape region.In a statement earlier this month, the IDC said it provided R22-million in funding for black economic empowerment (BEE) company, Mossel Bay Processors, to obtain a 60% shareholding in the new venture, Afro-Fishing.Diversified fishing group Viking Fishing holds 30% and family-owned fishing company Salkanha Group holds 10% in Afro-Fishing, bringing effective black ownership in the company to 39%.The BEE consortium, which includes fishermen and women from St Helena Bay and Plattenberg Bay, was responsible for signing the 20-year lease on which the new factory was built.IDC Food, Beverage and Agro-industries strategic business unit head Rian Coetzee said industry expectations were that fish would remain in the region for the foreseeable future, essentially backing the investment into a new canning factory.“The investment is in line with the IDC’s purpose of promoting enterprise development,” he said. “That the project is being undertaken in partnership with key industry role players and promotes investment into a new arena, further underpins the organisation’s funding pursuits.”Using well-known brandsAfro-Fishing can produce around 20 000 tons annually during the eight-month catching season, having already secured the major portion of the required supply via agreements with its shareholders, with the balance of raw fish purchases being sourced from other quota holders.Afro-Fishing founder and MD Dewald Lourens said the finished product would be supplied as company brands for three of the industry’s leading companies, who collectively hold 40% of the local market share.The project creates 320 annualised jobs at full production, predominantly among previously disadvantaged women to benefit 450 people in the Mossel Bay community, recognised for its 40% unemployment levels.The location on the quayside will play another critical role in the project’s success by enabling Afro-Fishing direct access to the offloading vessels to minimise handling of the fish and time delays – giving the company a competitive advantage within the industry via cost savings, better margins and improved yields.“This project will have major spin-offs for the economy of this area,” said Lourens. “I would recommend the IDC as development financier to any company looking for a true partner.”Taking risks, continued growthCoetzee acknowledged that the industry remained vulnerable to a decreasing total allowable catch with pilchard volumes susceptible to environmental conditions and changes in sea temperature and plankton concentrations.The total allowable catch for 2008 was reduced considerably and future total allowable catch volumes at the current level were a concern.“Although the project shows strong economic merit and capital flow from the second year, this investment also demonstrates the IDC’s willingness to take risks when commercial banks may shy away,” he said.The South African market demand for pilchards remains the highest in the world, consuming around 6-million cartons annually, and Coetzee said demand would continue to show moderate growth, driven by an increasing population and the relatively high price of red meat and chicken as alternative protein sources.An estimated 89% of the South African population consumes pilchards with the product outselling tuna – often a substitute fish source in line with increasing disposable incomes – by a factor of 9:1.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Parents urged to apply for grants

first_img22 January 2009 He said the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) started processing applications for children up to the age of 15 years as from 2 January 2009, and by 15 January 2009, a total of 8 421 applications for children aged 14 years had already been taken and processed. People who qualify for the child support grant include families and couples with an income of less than R4 600 and single parents earning less than R2  300 a month. On average the child support grant accounted for 40% of reported household income. In a statement this week, Skweyiya said that the Cabinet had last year decided to extend the grant to children aged 15, as part of the government’s effort to tackle child poverty and to shield the poor from the effects of the global economic meltdown. “I appeal to all the parents and care givers to immediately register their children,” Skweyiya said, reminding qualifying citizens that even if they do not have Identity Documents, they must go to SASSA offices where they would get assistance of R230 per month. This was linked to levels of prosperity, as those living in poverty were more likely to have lower levels of education, which in turn made them less likely to find employment and income generation opportunities. The study further revealed that children in homes receiving child support grants were more likely to attend a creche or preschool than children of the same age group who were not receiving the grant. The study also reviewed the application process and implementation of the grant from the perspective of those receiving the grant, released in October last year.center_img Most vulnerable groups Source: BuaNews The study, conducted by Unicef, targeted caregivers of children up to the age of 13 in low income areas, and noted that the grant acted as a lifeline for many households in the face of high levels of unemployment. A recent study which examined the use of the child support grants in poor households found that child support grants played a vital role in enabling caregivers to access food of sufficient nutritional quality and variety to meet the needs of their children. Grants: a lifeline for many Social Development Minister Zola Skweyiya has urged indigent parents who have children under the age of 15, and who qualify, to apply for child support grants. The child support grant was targeted the most vulnerable groups, including those with limited access to basic services and disadvantaged groups, with the recipients being primarily women with lower levels of education than those who are not eligible for the grant.last_img read more

New SA fingerprint tool a world first

first_imgThe new structural-fingerprint classifier uses a combination of the structure and arrangement of a fingerprint’s features for identification purposes. (Image: wikimedia) The new classifier makes it possible to analyse both rolled and scanned fingerprint features. (Image: MEDIA CONTACTS • Tendani Tsedu  Media Relations Manager  CSIR   +27 12 841 3417RELATED ARTICLES • SA scientist joins top MIT class • SA varsity leads way in geosciences • Africa leads solar laptop revolution • Ground-breaking find by SA researcher • SA whizz-kid in line for Google awardWilma den HartighIn a world first, South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a fingerprint-recognition technique that has the ability to identify prints with greater accuracy and speed, even if only partial information is available.Unlike conventional fingerprint-recognition technology, the new device uses a combination of the structure and arrangement of a fingerprint’s features for identification purposes.“There are similar fingerprint-recognition systems used elsewhere in the world, but what makes this one different is its classification component,” says Ishmael Msiza, one of the researchers from the CSIR Modelling and Digital Science Unit involved in the development of the new tool.The structural-fingerprint classifier is unique as it uses two types of fingerprint features, located at different points on the finger. It reads the “core”, which is the turning point of the innermost loop of the ridge lines on the finger tip, as well as the “delta”, which refers to the triangular-shaped ridge located at the lower end of the side of the tip.Msiza explains that although there are similar systems used elsewhere in the world, such devices are not able to classify a fingerprint with only partial information. “If one aspect is missing, a fingerprint will be classified as unknown,” he says.The dual-functionality of the new structural fingerprint reader will reduce the time needed to identify prints and increase the crime-solving success rate.The new classifier makes it possible to analyse both rolled and scanned fingerprint features.Answer to a challengeWhen applying for an identity document, people have always been required to roll their fingers on an ink pad to produce what is known as a rolled finger print. Msiza says that this method captures all the information needed for fingerprint recognition.However, recently there has been a move to scanning fingerprints, instead of rolling. “The only problem with this method is that a scanned image might miss important fingerprint information such as not capturing the delta point located on side of finger,” he says.The new classifier is the answer to this challenge, as is able to read and identify both rolled and scanned fingerprints.Research into the new device, which started in 2009, was in response to a request from the Department of Science and Technology (DST). “The department wanted us to develop a fingerprint scanner that is aesthetically pleasing, small and compact,” he says.Now that the research phase is over, the team is building a commercial prototype of the device. Once completed, the working prototype will be handed over to the DST for approval and distributed to various government departments for testing.Msiza says the classifier will be of great use to organisations such as the South African Police Service, South African Revenue Service and the Department of Health, as well as the private sector.last_img read more

‘Varsities reflect society’ – Nation Brand University Dialogue

first_imgBrand South Africa hosted a diverse group of international academics at the University of Pretoria on 5 October, for its first day-long University Dialogue on the Nation Brand.In welcoming delegates, vice chancellor Professor Cheryl de la Rey said that, given the ongoing protest and debate on campuses across South Africa, the event was a timely reminder of the crucial role universities play in defining and shaping a nations’ identity.The University of Pretoria, she said, was committed to its role in advancing South Africa as a nation. “This is the opportune time to host this event. It is a moment to think deeply of the value of public institutions to society and brand in South Africa.”Today’s event brings together a range of leading academics to deliberate on how South Africa is currently positioned, whether this positioning is positive or negative, what is working, and how the various elements of the brand impact on nation brand positioning.The discussion is intended to give Brand South Africa a solid basis from which to critique the work currently executed, with a range of stakeholders, in positioning South Africa competitively and positively.“Universities are the public spaces for discourse on the nature of our society,” De la Rey said. A strong and resilient nation brand, she said, was built on a common vision and a shared identity. Universities were the place where a nation of people should discover who they are.She added that she hoped today’s discussions would end with innovative and creative solutions to the fault-lines we face as a nation.Ambassador Kingsley Makhubela, Brand South Africa CEO, said that universities were the perfect venue for the nation brand conversation. “Academic communities allow for open discussion.”The issue to be discussed today, he said, was how we overcome the problem of blurred lines when we try to define a strong state versus nation brand. “A strong state will build a strong nation brand,” he said.The solutions generated today would be useful, so he encouraged delegates to be frank and open. “The ideas we generate today will have an impact. They will inform policy.” reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using material.last_img read more

SA launches school for public servants

first_img22 October 2013 South Africa has launched a National School of Government to provide “hands-on and brains-on” training as the country moves to establish a modern, professional, performance-oriented public service. Speaking at the launch of the school in Pretoria on Monday, Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said there were no short cuts to delivering operational excellence. The establishment of the new School of Government follows a nine-month process of comprehensive research and international benchmarking carried out by a task team of scholars, education practitioners and academics with experience in managing higher education entities. The government had tried providing public service training through various kinds of institution, but had “come to the realisation that establishing functioning state machinery, the creation of a public service ethos and the creation of a cadre of government, is a responsibility that cannot and should not be outsourced,” Sisulu said. The new School of Government replaces the current training institution for public servants, the Public Administration and Leadership Management Academy, locating public service education and training provision within the state. “What we have today, I am convinced, will stand the test of time, because we have learned from our past mistakes, learned from international best practice, seen ourselves through the mirror through the diagnosis produced by the National Planning Commission.” Sisulu said the School of Government had to respond to the “urgency of now” in righting the wrongs that have so far hobbled the public service. “Curricula and programmes will be designed on the basis of a sound understanding of the challenges and realities of the public service environment. It is about unleashing the best in our students to enable reform and performance oriented public service.” The minister described this as a shift from the current model, that focuses largely on building the generic knowledge and skills of individuals. “The National School of Government and its hands-on and brains-on approach will enable us to apply common norms and standards in the public service … In doing so, the School will help to address the unevenness and the poor quality that characterise most of the learning and development offerings in the public service.” The School of Government will be strengthened by a multidisciplinary team of lecturers, facilitators, trainers and organisational development experts, and governed by a council that is accountable to the public service minister. Sisulu said a principal would be appointed who, supported by a number of deputy principals and a registrar, would deliver on the overall functions and responsibilities of the National School of Government. “Our new academic approach to professionalising and making the public service efficient and effective ought to set the new public administration management frontiers to the year 2030,” she said. Source: read more