YOUNG DONEGAL GIRL DIES IN ROAD CRASH, SISTER CRITICALLY INJURED

first_imgA 12-year-old girl has died in a road accident in County Derry.The victim – from Inishowen – was in a car which collided with another vehicle at the Tamnaherin Road turn-off from the main Derry to Belfast Road, about 10kms outside Derry City.The young victim was from Clar, between Redcastle and Moville and was a popular student at Moville Community College where she excelled in her subjects and at sports. The girl’s older sister has been transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast where she is in a critical condition.Police had closed the road to allow a full forensic examination of the scene. It was re-opened at 1am.The crashed happened just after 5.40pm last night at the junction which is the main turn-off for traffic going to Eglinton.Traffic was being diverted along the Tirbracken Road. The PSNI says there had been heavy rain all day – with surface water causing difficult driving conditions across the North West. YOUNG DONEGAL GIRL DIES IN ROAD CRASH, SISTER CRITICALLY INJURED was last modified: February 23rd, 2015 by John2Share 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:crashDerrydonegalInishowenlast_img read more

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Twitter the ET Bandwidth Wagon

first_imgIf you have nothing better to do, send a message to an alien.  Leonard David reported on Space.com that a website in Australia is collecting messages to beam up to a planet named Gliese 581d that is 20.3 light-years away.  Even a Senator who is Australia’s Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research got involved.  To jump on what article calls the “bandwidth wagon”, go to HelloFromEarth.net.    Gliese 581d is an exoplanet 8 times the size of earth.  Once enough messages of 160 characters are collected, they will be beamed at the planet from NASA’s Deep Space Network antenna at Canberra.     The “Hello from earth” campaign is a project of an Australian science magazine, Cosmos, celebrating National Science Week.  The editor, Wilson da Silva, explained: “We don’t know if there’s life on Gliese 581d and we don’t even know if there’s a technical civilization capable of detecting our signal.  But we do know that it might have the conditions for life.  And as soon as the conditions for life existed on Earth, life emerged.”Notice again that the secular SETI crowd still believes in miracles.  Their word for a miraculous event is that something “emerged”.  It doesn’t matter to them that mathematics shows a chance origin of life is impossible.  It just emerged, o ye of little faith.    Denying belief in God, today’s secular pagans still have a longing for prayer.  So they invent beings like ourselves capable of hearing our prayers and solving our problems.  Notice the spirit of the childish people writing to their invisible friends.  One submission said, “We’re trying to get over wars [on] our planet, but greed is greater that our dreams.  Lots of us know that this is wrong and won’t give up!”  How did evolution teach this person anything is wrong?  Another wrote, “come find me I have a lot of questions to ask!”  If it were true, as da Silva, said that life simply emerged when the conditions were right, that indeed would raise lots of questions.  Chief among them is why particles in motion would ever have a question, and what an answer would signify.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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The NDP at five: lessons learnt, emerging challenges and enhancing implementation

first_imgThe plan was about our dreams and aspirations and actionable steps to achieve them, said Minister Jeff Radebe, in recounting its successes.The NDP is a call to action for all South African’s say Minister Jeff Radebe. (Image: GovZA)Sulaiman PhilipThe National Development Plan (NDP) was adopted five years ago this month. Jeff Radebe, minister for planning, monitoring and evaluation, speaking at Unisa at the annual NDP Lecture reminded the audience that it was a roadmap to a transformed future for South Africa.It was also, Radebe reminded the group of students and academics, the 40th anniversary of the death of Steve Biko. As they celebrated Biko the leader, the minister said they should not forget his inspirational words: “We must remind ourselves, Biko also said, ‘In a bid for change, we have to take off our coats, be prepared to lose our comfort and security, our positions of prestige…’“And it is in the unity of that struggle, in the battle of ideas, that Biko so majestically articulated that our true worth as a nation, as South Africa, would become timeless if we could ensure that our ideas, great as they were, were implemented, actioned and executed. It is purposeful action, impact and implemetation of our NDP that we require now, more urgently than ever before.”Implementation of the NDP and Vision 2030 had not been easy, the minister admitted, and the government was calling on all South Africans to look upon the plan as theirs and to help, where they could, in implementing it. It was only through a shared sense of purpose that South Africa could build a better life for all. The government, he said, was determined to live up to the vision of the NDP. “Thus it is, that we must tread carefully as leaders too – for we should not dare to tread on the dreams of our people. We must forge ahead and deliver on the mandate our people gave us and bring about the necessary step change in the socio-economic conditions of our people.”A focus on youth and gender equalityThe NDP is built on six pillars – mobilisation of all people living in South Africa; a population involved in their own development; expanding and growing an inclusive economy; building capability; fostering strong leadership; and building a strong developmental state. It places a special emphasis on the development of and creating opportunities for youth in a society that offers women equal opportunities.Legislation informed by the NDP pillars have created opportunities for young South African’s. (Image: World Bank)These groups, according to recent Statistics South Africa figures, remain the most vulnerable in the republic. While economic growth in the last quarter lifted the country out of a recession, Radebe pointed out, youth unemployment remained a serious issue and was one of South Africa’s most intractable socio-economic issues. The personification of poverty in South Africa remained a young, uneducated black woman. “This needs resolution; it calls for serious introspection and concerted efforts to tackle the scourge of poverty, inequality and unemployment. Nobody made a greater mistake than those who did nothing because they could do only a little.”He highlighted programmes that put youth empowerment at the centre of the NDP’s development strategy.His department, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, set up the National Youth Development Ambassador Programme to boost entrepreneurship among young people. To be selected to participate, individuals must be between 18 and 35, and must be committed to driving change in their communities and the country at large. In addition, the government had built more technical and vocational education and training colleges and had made more funding available through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme for university students. The Employment Tax Incentive Act, passed in 2013, had helped young people enter the labour market and gain vital real world job experience.An investment in the youth of South Africa, Radebe said, was an investment in the future of the country. “This is a very important venture to ensure that the youth are self-sufficient. The youth of today are the ones who will witness the fruition of our Vision 2030. They must be the key drivers of NDP programmes today.”“The youth of today are the ones who will witness the fruition of our Vision 2030. They must be the key drivers of NDP programmes today.” (Image: World Bank)In the government and the public sector, the representation of women is nudging closer to 50%; however, women are still more likely to be poor and uneducated. The NDP sets out measures to improve their conditions, especially for women in rural areas who still struggle to access education and healthcare, and do not have ownership of the land they tend.SuccessesOver the past five years, there had been successes to which the government could point, the minister told his audience. These successes were across multiple sectors of the economy and in the social upliftment of the most in need.Health, education, mining, agriculture and the ocean economy had all benefitted from interventions through Operation Phakisa, an NDP programme. Since 2014, the various Operation Phakisa initiatives had unlocked R7-billion worth of investments and created 6,903 new jobs. The establishment of six industrial development zones, through the Special Economic Zones programme, had attracted R10.7-billion in investment.The NDP had targeted tourism as a growth industry. Initiatives had helped to grow the sector, and its contribution to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) had increased from R372-billion in 2014 to R375-billion in 2015; tourist arrivals figures had increased by about 50%. Total tourist foreign direct spend rose from R67.9-billion to R189.2-billion.Over the five years of its implementation to date, the NDP had improved conditions for millions of South Africans. Among the successes were:331,000 new homes have been built;305,00 new households have been connected to sources of clean water (12% of the 2019 target of 2.3 million) and a further 1.12 million homes now have access to decent sanitation (45% of the 2019 target);The 2019 target for access to refuse removal is 1.3 million households and the NDP has reached just over a million households;724,430 households have been connected to the electricity grid since 2014 (58% of the 2019 target of 1.25 million) and 52,778 households have been connected to non-grid (50% of the 2019 target of 105 000 households);3,455 schools have been connected to the internet and have received devices through Operation Phakisa ICT and the matric pass rate improved to 72.5% in 2016 from 70.7% in 2015 while Bachelor passes increased to 162,374 in 2016 from 150,752 in 2014;Improved access to healthcare has raised South Africans’ life expectancy by six years and maternal mortality has decreased from 158 per 100,000 live births to 154 over a year. The Child Mortality Rate (under five) has improved from 41 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2014 to 37 per 1,000 live births in 2016;More than 3.7 million HIV-positive people are receiving lifelong antiretroviral therapy.The mandate paperThe government’s embrace of the NDP had changed the way it thought about budgetary priorities. Adopted in August 2017, the National Planning Commission’s Mandate Paper aligned government spending to meet priorities in higher education, social security and job creation.The new policy would help departments prioritise spending to meet not only priorities in the NDP but to ensure that budgets were more agile in meeting plans set out in the Medium Term Strategic Framework. The paper would, in future, precede the budgeting process and would help to identify priorities based on economic conditions. “We are exploring new, effective and better avenues for socio-economic development in our country as we implement the NDP.”The NDP will influence the way ministries allocate budget resources. (Image: GovZA)As Radebe reminded his audience, the NDP was an opportunity for South Africa to recreate the future. It gave South Africans the chance to identify ways for each one to play a part and become active citizens. “The NDP is a call to action to unite as a country and identifies the role different sectors of society need to play in reaching its goal. The plan is about our dreams and aspirations and actionable steps to achieve them.”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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Parrikar warns mining companies over dust pollution

first_imgGoa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday warned that he would stop operations in those mining leases, if dust pollution-related complaints over transportation of ore from local residents continue. Mr. Parrikar, while talking to media at the State Secretariat on Wednesday evening, however ruled out freeing 45 villagers from Sonshi village in North Goa’s Sattari taluk, who are in police custody since April 11, for protesting against pollution caused during transportation of iron ore from mining leases surrounding the village.He disclosed that the government has issued stringent guidelines to miners to control the dust pollution in truck transportation of iron ore after people protested about it.”But if the pollution does not stop, villagers continue to complain, I will stop the mining production. I have no problem. But then people should not come to me saying that we are now without business, therefore, give us some grant or loan. That also cannot be done,” Mr. Parrikar said. When asked if his office would take a humanitarian view vis-a-vis the prolonged police custody of the 45 villagers (including 23 women and senior citizens) agitating against dust pollution, Mr. Parrikar said: “How can I release them? In one way you are asking me to follow the law in case of road accidents. Here someone had blocked the traffic. So there is a crime committed. Police filed cases and they were given opportunity to sign bail bond and get released. They refused it”. Mr. Parrikar further said that Sesa Goa, a mining major which runs some of the leases near Sonshi village, had even offered to pay money towards the bail bond, in order to release the villagers, but the latter had refused. “Sesa Goa was willing to pay bond money,” Mr. Parrikar said recalling his conversation with Speaker Pramod Sawant, when it was pointed out by a journalist that the bond money was too huge, amounting to Rs.10,000 each, for the poor villagers. He was also quick to point out that while the villagers complained of pollution, there were 108 vehicles which were owned by the villagers of Sonshi, which were operating in ore transportation in the mining areas and also were part of that pollution issue. The simmering Sonshi pollution issue and the police custody of 45 villages from April 11 has also come in for severe criticism from the Opposition Congress. Goa Pradesh Congress Committee president Luizinho Faleiro on Tuesday said that children were unable to go to school even though they were released as their parents were in police custody. There is a public ourtage over the issue in Goa as it has been extensively reported in local media that minor children of the arrested even took out a morcha to the local police station demanding their parents’ release.last_img read more

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No surprises in U.P., Bihar Council polls

first_imgThirteen candidates, including 10 of the Bharatiya Janata Party, were declared elected unopposed to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council on Thursday. Two U.P. Ministers — Mahendra Singh and Mohsin Raza — and the Bahujan Samaj Party’s B.R. Ambedkar, who lost in the recent Rajya Sabha polls in the State to the BJP, were among those elected, apart from one candidate each of the Samajwadi Party and BJP ally Apna Dal (S).In neighbouring Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi and Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Rabri Devi were among the 11 candidates declared elected unopposed in the biennial elections to the State Legislative Council. Among the winners, four belong to the RJD, three each to the Janata Dal (United) and the BJP besides one from the Congress.“Today was the last date for withdrawal of nominations for 13 seats and since no one withdrew from the fray, all the 13 candidates were declared elected,” Returning Officer Ashok Chaubey said in Lucknow.The BJP, which has 21 members after Thursday’s poll result, is still far short of majority in the 100-member Upper House in Uttar Pradesh. The SP now has 55 members, BSP eight, Congress two, Apna Dal (S) one and others 12, while one seat is vacant.In Bihar, the ruling JD(U) and the BJP lost two seats and one seat respectively while the RJD gained three seats and the Congress one seat.“All the 11 candidates were declared elected unopposed in biennial elections to the Legislative Council… I gave them certificates (for getting elected to the Legislative Council),” Bihar Assembly Secretary-cum-Returning Officer Ram Shrestha Rai said in Patna.last_img read more

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Ayodhya case: appellants accuse UP govt of ‘non-neutrality’

first_imgThe Muslim appellants in the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute on Thursday criticised the Uttar Pradesh government for taking a “non-neutral stance” in the Supreme Court.They said the State government had shed its promise of staying neutral in the Ayodhya land dispute.The appellants were referring to arguments before a three-judge Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra in the previous hearing.On July 6, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta, appearing for the State, strongly objected to the appellants’ persistent plea for the case to be referred to a Constitution Bench.The appellants wanted a Constitution Bench to first decide the question of whether a mosque is essential to Islam. They questioned a line in the 1994 apex court judgment in the Ismail Farooqui case, which says Muslims can pray “anywhere, even in the open”. They argued that Islam would collapse without its mosques to congregate and pray.Mr. Mehta had wondered why the appellants had raised this question eight years after the Ayodhya case came to the Supreme Court in 2010. He submitted that there was something “inherently wrong” with the request.Lashing out on Thursday, senior advocate Rajeev Dhawan, representing the appellants, said Mr. Mehta’s remarks were “uncalled for”.“The non-neutrality of the officer of the State is evident… They have accused one party of lack of bona fide… this is impermissible and a breach of faith,” Mr. Dhavan submitted.He pointed out that the ASG was a law officer of the Centre, which is in fact the ‘Statutory Receiver’ of the area in dispute under the Acquisition of Certain Area at Ayodhya Act of 1993 and thus should have maintained a neutral stance.Mr. Dhawan brushed aside the position taken by Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board chairman Syed Waseem Rizvi to settle for a new mosque in a “Muslim-dominated area at a reasonable distance from the most revered place of birth of Maryada Purushottam Sri Ram”.Mr. Rizvi, through his counsel, traced the lineage of the Babri Masjid, which was razed down by karsevaks on December 6, 1992, to Mir Baqi, a Shia noble in Mughal Emperor Babur’s court. He claimed Babri Masjid was a Shia waqf (endowment).“I do not even want to respond to these submissions,” Mr. Dhavan reacted.At one point, Mr. Dhawan sarcastically said the idea of giving up the legal fight now, as suggested by Mr. Rizvi, would amount to an “indulgent act of charity”.last_img read more

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UAAP volleyball: Lady Eagles thump Lady Bulldogs, end 1st round at no. 1

first_imgBloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Bea De Leon was stellar for Ateneo in the fourth set scoring three straight points to give the Lady Eagles a 19-14 lead after NU threatened to cut the deficit with a 6-1 run to get to as close as 15-14.Not done with showing her clutch genes, De Leon scored on another quick kill for the Lady Eagles’ 21-16 lead.An NU error put Ateneo at the 24-17 match point before Deanna Wong tossed over the winning point.Lady Eagles head coach Oliver Almadro said even though they’re atop the standings after the first round he knows that the second round is another landscape.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Lady Eagles ended the first round atop the standings with a 6-1 record while the Lady Bulldogs dropped to 2-5 after losing two of their last three games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Google Philippines names new country directorcenter_img Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “The first round is really a tough one for us and we really learned a lot from here and I’m telling the players that going into the second round is a lot tougher,” said Almadro. “It won’t be easy for us going into the second round.”Maddie Madayag led Ateneo’s offense with 17 points with De Leon adding in 13 while Ponggay Gaston and Kat Tolentino pitching in 10 points apiece.Princess Robles had a game-high 18 points for the Lady Bulldogs.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ MANILA, Philippines—Ateneo shrugged off a first set defeat and recovered to take down National University,  23-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-17 for its sixth straight win in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Filoil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Rockets survive last-place Suns as James Harden drops 41last_img read more

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