A county councillor has slammed those responsible for two more attacks on the homes of elderly people which took place while they were at mass.The heartless thieves broke into the homes of two more pensioners while they were at mass in the village of Killea this morning (Sun).This is the fourth such robbery in the past two weeks. Gardai are still trying to assess what was taken in the latest raids.The thieves caused considerable damage when they entered the neighbouring homes and ransacked the properties looking for valuables.It comes just two weeks after thieves broke into the homes of elderly pensioners in the nearby villages of Raphoe and St Johnston.Both money and jewelery was taken in those raids and the homes were also ransacked when the elderly mass-goers returned to their homes. Local county councillor Paul Canning has condemned those responsible for the heartless attacks.“You can’t get any lower than this. These poor people are simply going about their own business and going to mass on a Sunday morning and this is what happens to them.“It’s horrible to think that they are being watched so that when they leave their homes these people breaking into their homes.“It would appear that patio doors are an issue and they can simply smash them and get into homes no matter how many locks are on them,” he said.Councillor Canning said the law has to come down heavier on people who commit these callous crimes. “In my opinion, the courts simply aren’t coming down strong enough on people who carry out crimes such as thing.“They get a slap on the wrists from the judge and they are released to commit these crimes again.“We have to get tougher and we have to show these people that if they prey on our old people or anybody for that matter then they will pay a serious price for it,” he added.The daughter of one of the pensioners targeted two weeks ago in a similar raid posted a message on Facebook earlier condemning the latest raids. Jacqueline Young, whose mother had jewelery and cash taken from her St Johnston home said “Probably the same scum who did the house in Raphoe while pensioners were at mass and then my mum’s house an hour later.”Gardai are due to carry out a full forensic investigation into the scenes of the latest break-ins later today.Fury over latest raids on home of elderly attending mass was last modified: September 24th, 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:attackburglaryGardaiKilleamassraid
29 July 2014 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown says she is confident that construction of South Africa’s new coal-fired power plant, the 4 764 MW Medupi power station near Lephalale in Limpopo province, will be completed by December. Brown said this in Cape Town on Tuesday when she, along with Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson and the top management of state electricity company Eskom, appeared before Parliament’s portfolio committees on public enterprises and energy. The R105-billion power plant is expected to ease the pressure from Eskom’s ageing power grid, which in recent months has been battling to supply electricity to both residential and industrial customers. Brown said that despite many challenges and construction delays, she was “very confident” that the synchronisation of Medupi’s Unit 6 into the national power grid would happen by December. Medupi is one of the two large coal-fired stations that Eskom is currently building. It will the first South African power station to have “super-critical” technology, and one of the world’s largest dry cooled stations, so it will much more efficient than older coal-fired stations. The other station, Kusile, is located in Mpumalanga province and will have the same technology but with the addition of flue-gas desulphurisation, a state-of-the art technology used to remove oxides of sulphur from the exhaust flue gases of coal-fired power plants. President Jacob Zuma, in his State of the Nation address last month, said the government would pave the way for a “radical transformation” of South Africa’s energy sector as it moved to address one of the major constraints to faster economic growth in the country. This transformation, he said, would require “structural changes in the manner in which government departments, affected state-owned companies and the industry as a whole address the energy challenges”. It would also call for an injection of capital and human resources into the sector, as well as innovative approaches to fast-track procurement and delivery by the government in the sector. On Tuesday, Brown stressed the importance of increasing Eskom’s power supply capacity, saying the parastatal’s performance was vital to the country’s economic growth. She added that she wanted Eskom’s new CEO to be announced no later than mid-August. Former CEO Brian Dames stepped down at the end of March. “Following this, I have urged the board to move rapidly to fill all the other critical vacant executive positions to ensure the sustainability of the company.” She said she had also given Eskom’s board until September to produce a plan on ensuring the sustainability of South Africa’s national power grid. SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporter
Barcelona and Real Madrid are set to face-off against each other in the Spanish El Classico next weekend, with Leo Messi expected to skip the derby after picking up an elbow injuryThe Argentinean wizard had to leave the pitch in the 26th minute in Saturday’s showdown against Sevilla at Camp Nou after suffering an arm fracture.The Blaugrana are looking to take on Inter Milan in midweek’s Champions League clash before facing Los Blancos, and the 31-year-old forward won’t be able to help his teammates in none of those matches.Ivan Rakitic, the Croatian midfielder, has urged his fellow teammates to show compactness and team spirit, and demonstrate they can win without Messi.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…According to the Sport360 that broadcasted Rakitic’s words, the former Sevilla man hopes Barca players can “pull together” and overcome a frustrating period.“We’re not happy, but that’s football,” Rakitic told Movistar. “He had the bad luck to hurt himself trying to support his fall and we saw quickly it didn’t look good.“Now we have to pull together, show that without Leo the team can move forward and wish him a quick recovery.”As things stand, it will be the first El Classico in 11 years without Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner have been dating since 2017Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty ImagesKylie Jenner is reportedly worried that Travis Scott might cheat on her like Tristan Thompson. Khloe Kardashian’s former boyfriend was recently caught getting close to the make-up kit mogul’s best friend Jordyn Woods at a house party.A source told Hollywood Life “Kylie is terrified Khloe’s embarrassing relationship ending could happen to her too. Kylie would be beyond embarrassed and humiliated if Travis cheated, was inappropriate or in a disrespectful situation with another woman.””Kylie would feel even worse if things did not work out with Travis and she was forced to raise (daughter) Stormi alone,” the insider added.”Kylie learns so much from her sisters, and has avoided so many mistakes that Kim, Kourt and Khloe have all made by watching and talking to her sisters about life. After having struggles with Tyga and watching what Khloe has been through recently with Tristan, Kylie hopes that Travis never burns her the way Tristan hurt Khloe,” the source went on. In 2018, Khloe and the 27-year-old athlete’s relationship was on the rocks after he was caught cheating on the Revenge Body host with multiple women while she was pregnant with their daughter, True.Meanwhile, Kylie and Travis, who began dating in 2017, welcomed daughter Stormi in February 2018. During an interview with Rolling Stone, the 26-year-old rapper talked about his plans to settle down with Kylie. He shared: “We’ll get married soon. I just gotta sturdy up — I gotta propose in a fire way.” “People don’t understand how real my girl is. How ill she is. They have assumptions, bulls**t-a** remarks of what they think is going on. She’s the coolest motherf**ker of all time,” he added.Furthermore, Travis also gushed about fatherhood. He said: “We don’t let nothing come over Stormi time. Stormi Saturdays. We don’t f**k around with those. Even with me on tour, Stormi pulls up. She’ll travel. She got more stamps on her passport than a lot of motherf**kers.”
The holy Eid-ul-Fitr is set to be celebrated in Bangladesh on Monday as moon was sighted in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country on Sunday evening.The National Moon Sighting Committee took the decision at a meeting held at the Islamic Foundation’s Baitul Mukarram office on Sunday evening after reviewing information of the Shawwal moon sighting, reports UNB.Responding to the call of roots, thousands of people have already left the capital for their village homes to celebrate Eid with their loved ones.The main Eid-ul-Fitr congregation will be held at the Jatiya Eidgah in the capital at 8:30am.In case of inclement weather, the main congregation will be held at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque at 9:00am.Five more congregations will be held at the National Mosque at 7:00am, 8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am, and 10:45 am.The country’s largest Eid congregation is likely to be held at Sholakia Eidgah in Kishoreganj at 10:00am.On the Eid day, the national flag will be hoisted atop public and private buildings.Besides, the main thoroughfares and road islands will be decorated with the national flag and banners inscribed with ‘Eid Mubarak’ in Bangla and Arabic. Public buildings will be illuminated on the occasion.BTV and other television channels, and Bangladesh Betar and private radio stations will air special programmes.Improved diets will be served at hospitals, jails, government children homes and vagrant welfare centres.Meanwhile, president Abdul Hamid, prime minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia have issued separate messages greeting people on the occasion.In his message, the president said after a month-long siam practice, Eid-ul-Fitr brings messages of pure joy and pleasure for the mankind. “Eid builds the ties of harmony, amity and unity among people of all classes and professions.”He hoped that the teachings of Eid-ul-Fitr will inspire all in building a prosperous Bangladesh.In her message, the prime minister said, “Eid teaches us about peace, sympathy and brotherhood.”Meanwhile, law enforcement agencies, including police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), have taken additional security measures across the country ahead of Eid to avert any untoward incident.
Bharati Tamang, widow of slain All-India Gorkha League (AIGL) leader Madan Tamang, has threatened to go on an indefinite fast to press for immediate arrest of the 23 Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leaders against whom a court in Kolkata issued a warrant of arrest.Bharati made the threat on Tuesday, but till this date no action has been initiated after the issuing of
Kolkata: The musical extravaganza ‘Dekho Re’ at Lal Dighi will be back on every weekend from October 28 onwards, with more features including heavy discounts on available MSME products.It may be recalled that “Dekho Re” is the brainchild of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, created to develop Lal Dighi as one of the favourite weekend destinations in the city. It was named by the Chief Minister as well.This will be a programme held on every Saturday and Sunday, in which music, food and handicraft goods are available at the one place. Moreover, the beautiful decoration and lighting arrangement will create an atmosphere altogether that no one would want to miss. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life’Dekho Re had started in April 2017, but remained suspended for the past few months due to the monsoon. It is going to start again from October 28, sources said.A high-level meeting was held in this connection on Thursday, in which Mayor Sovan Chatterjee, Minister of State for Tourism Indranil Sen, senior officials of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and state Information and Cultural Affairs department were present.Sources said that a proposal has come up in the meeting, on whether discounts can be given on MSME products that will remain available for sale at Lal Dighi during the programme of. KMC is the nodal authority to organise the programme. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA letter would be sent to the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and Textiles department in connection with the matter related to giving discounts on the products that get sold from stalls during the programme on weekends.A senior official said that the initiative will make ‘Dekho Re’ more attractive and at the same time, it will also help in promotion of the MSME products.Moreover, initiatives will also be taken to make different products of Haringhata Meat available at Lal Dighi during the programme.Haringhata Meat is an undertaking of the Animal Resources Development (ARD) department. There will be a talk in this regard with the top brass of the ARD department.With the initiation of ‘Dekho Re’ from October end, people from different parts of the city and its surrounding areas will get another place of attraction in the city in winter.
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Source: The Associated Press Niagara Falls has turned black (and smelly too) NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — The water near the base of Niagara Falls turned an alarming shade of black before tourists’ eyes following a foul-smelling discharge from a wastewater treatment plant.The water board for the city of Niagara Falls, New York, says Saturday’s discharge was part of routine maintenance of one of its basins.Video taken from a helicopter shows black-colored water along the Niagara River’s U.S. shoreline below the falls that border the country and Canada. The inky water enveloped the dock for the popular Maid of the Mist tour boats.Officials say the blackish water contained accumulated solids and carbon residue but no organic oils or solvents. They described the odour as “normal sewer water discharge smell.” The board says the discharge was within permitted limits.The black water dissipated by Sunday. Share Tuesday, August 1, 2017
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Summer tourism hits 300 million mark for the first time ever: UNWTO Posted by Tuesday, November 7, 2017 Share Tags: Trend Watch, UNTWO Travelweek Group MADRID — Demand for international tourism remained strong during the Northern Hemisphere summer peak season, with international tourist arrivals in July and August exceeding the 300 million mark for the first time ever, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer.Many destinations reported double-digit growth, in particular in the Mediterranean.Between January and August 2017, destinations worldwide welcomed 901 million international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors), 56 million more than in the same period of 2016, an increase of 7%.With upbeat prospects for the remaining months of the year, 2017 is set to be the eighth consecutive year of continued solid growth for international tourism, says the UNWTO.Results reflect the sustained growth in many destinations combined with the recovery of those suffering from security challenges in recent years.By UNWTO regions, growth was strongest in Africa (+9%) and Europe (+8%), followed by Asia and the Pacific (+6%), the Middle East (+5%) and the Americas (+3%).More news: Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perks“Tourism is a major economic engine and employment generator, contributing to the improvement of livelihoods of millions of people around the world,” said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai in London, ahead of World Travel Market 2017 now underway.In Europe (+8%), international arrivals rebounded in both Southern and Mediterranean Europe (+12%) and Western Europe (+7%) following a weak 2016. Arrivals grew by 6% in Northern Europe and by 4% in Central and Eastern Europe between January and August 2017.Africa (+9%) recorded the fastest growth of all five regions, thanks to the strong rebound in North Africa (+15%) and the sound results of Sub-Saharan Africa (+5%).South Asia (+10%) led growth in Asia and the Pacific (+6%), followed by South-East Asia (+8%) and Oceania (+7%), while results in North-East Asia (+3%) were rather mixed.Most destinations in the Americas (+3%) continued to enjoy positive results, led by South America (+7%), followed by Central America and the Caribbean (both +4%). In North America (+2%), robust results in Mexico and Canada contrast with a decrease in the U.S.More news: Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsResults in the Middle East (5%) are mixed, with some destinations strongly rebounding from negative growth in previous years, while others reported declines through August.Inbound visitor growth across world destinations was fuelled by strong outbound demand from the majority of source markets.Among the top 10 markets, international tourism expenditure grew fastest in China (+19%), the Republic of Korea (+12%), the U.S. (+8%) and Canada (+7%).Expenditure from Germany, the UK, Australia, Italy and Hong Kong (China) grew between 3% and 5%, while France reported a modest 1% increase.Worth noting beyond the top 10 source markets is the significant recovery in demand from the Russian Federation (+27%) and Brazil (+35%) after a few years of declines in tourism expenditure abroad, says the UNWTO.
Globus offers guaranteed pricing & central hotel for Oberammergau Monday, April 2, 2018 Share << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Globus family of brands has announced that it will be guaranteeing pricing – in Canadian dollars – for all its Oberammergau Passion Play 2020 tours.The offer, available for booking by June 5 this year, is a “huge selling feature”, said Kim Clarke, director of sales, as guaranteed pricing for a tour taking place two years away is almost unheard of. “We urge agents to contact their Oberammergau prospects before the June 5 deadline with the great news.”Moreover, the company will be accommodating clients in the Hotel Boeld, located in the heart of the village and just steps away form Oberammergau’s main street. With the Passion Play being so popular (it takes places every 10 years), travellers are often forced to stay outside of the village. “The guarantee of a very central hotel is another great reason for clients to commit now,” added Clarke.Three Globus family companies – Globus and Cosmos with escorted tours, and Avalon Waterways’ river cruises – are offering Oberammergau packages. The Passion Play will run from May through October 2020.More news: Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyFor more go to agentlingo.ca. Travelweek Group Tags: Globus Posted by