Driver arrested after being caught speeding at 170kph

first_imgGardai in Letterkenny have issued a warning after a driver was caught speeding at 170kph during icy conditions last night.The driver was traveling in a 100kph zone and there were also roadworks in the area.A Garda spokesman said ‘Speed can kill. When will that message hit home? “A driver was detected travelling at 170KPH in a 100KPH zone by Letterkenny roads policing unit overnight.Road conditions were icy and there were ongoing roadworks in the area. The driver was arrested and charged with dangerous driving. Speed can kill.“Do not take that chance. Please slow down”Driver arrested after being caught speeding at 170kph was last modified: November 29th, 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:GardailetterkennySpeedlast_img read more

Cardinals beat Yreka to open home tourney; Spartans win over Las Plumas in Oroville

first_imgCorning >> The Corning Cardinals boys basketball team kept their record spotless Thursday night with a convincing win over the Yreka Miners 64-47 to open the 16th annual Shootout Tournament.Yreka came out strong in the first and took a 12-11 lead into the second period, bat that’s when the Cardinals picked up the pace on both sides of the court, outscoring the Miners 18-5 and taking a 29-17 lead into the half.In the third period the Cardinals turned up the pressure on defense and it seemed …last_img read more

South Africa pushes solar geysers

first_imgPeters said the continent lagged behind in implementation of solar water heating mainly due to the high costs involved. According to Peters, a typical residential solar water heating system reduces the need for conventional water heating by about two-fifths. “Investments in renewable energy in Africa remain a challenge,” she said, adding however, that she was confident that the five-year target would be met. Speaking at the Solar Water Heating Conference in Johannesburg last week, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said South Africa and the rest of the continent had long under-exploited the power of the sun. She said that South Africa had in the past relied heavily on coal and oil, which used to come cheaply, and as a result other energy forms were not explored. “We are now in a situation where tough choices have to be made regarding our energy,” Peters said. The South African government has introduced a draft framework aimed at ensuring the installation of a million solar-powered geysers in households and commercial buildings in South Africa over the next five years. 9 November 2009 While renewable energy was more expensive, Peters said that the government had made big strides in developing Renewable Energy Feed In Tariffs (Refit) to incentivise the industry. She said renewable energy technologies would help to mitigate climate change, and could also help create up to 100 000 new jobs in the country. “I think the target is easily achievable. We want to save people money.” State power company Eskom has also offered incentives to pursuade households to turn to solar power. Solar water heating SAinfo reporter and BuaNewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Lights, camera, action in Diepsloot

first_img26 March 2014 Aspiring filmmakers in densely populated Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg, now have a real shot at making their movie dreams come true, with the opening of the first film studio in the township on Wednesday. The Department of Arts and Culture has partnered with 100% black-owned holding company Top Crew Home Brew Movies to make the studio a reality. Speaking at the opening of the studio, which located at the settlement’s Youth Community Centre, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile said it would help the world to see Diepsloot through a different lens. “Diepsloot should no longer be seen as a notorious area where children are raped and murdered, but as a model of a society that is producing actors and actress, who will be making South Africa’s film industry vibrant,” Mashatile said. “With the opening of this studio, gone are the days where people would not dare to visit this area … You must produce the best actors so that people will always flock to the township in their numbers.” He said the studio offered the community access to the resources and skills they needed to tell their own stories in the languages of their choice, and to narrate their individual and community experiences through the medium of film. The minister urged residents to use the studio to produce movies that told authentic South African stories. “The world is hungry to hear our stories: stories of a nation that has overcome adversity, stories of a resilient people, stories of reconciliation and stories of how together we are building this nation on the foundation laid by giants such … Nelson Mandela.”Skills training programme The department has ploughed R1.5-million into a Top Crew Film training programme which will give youngsters, such as resident Marcia Mankhense, a chance to make it in showbiz. “I want to be an actress because it’s been my dream since childhood,” Mankhense told SAnews. “I’ve always wanted to see myself on TV. I’m thankful to government for giving us this chance and believing in us.” Shandukani Mashatana is equally passionate about wowing audiences. He beams when he tells SAnews about his dream of performing for the masses, saying he wants to be “the best actor and comedian”. Mankhense and Mashatana are two of 70 young people who have received training through the Top Crew Film programme, and who will continue to make movies as part of the programme. Mashatile said the programme would be taken to all other provinces, starting with Mpumalanga and North West, in a bid to get communities to get involved in South Africa’s R5-billion per annum film industry, and to help create local content for community television stations. Equally important for growing the local industry, he said, was nurturing a love of movies in communities. “Our audience development initiatives include efforts to bring back the old culture of bioscopes in our communities.” He added that his department was working to create opportunities for the local film industry to be showcased on major platforms such as the Cannes Film Festival and the Durban International Film Festival. “There is nothing stopping us from taking films made here in Diepsloot, at this studio, to Cannes. We say this because South African talent, including talent from Diepsloot, can match the best in the world.” Source: read more

Housing children in need

first_imgFor her commitment to helping children in need, Mercy Senyatsi (on the right) has been chosen as a Brand South Africa Play Your Part Ambassador“I was told that I was a miracle baby; both my parents and doctors were not sure that I would live long and it was only through the mercy of God that I lived,” says Mercy Senyatsi, a life orientation teacher at Dr. A.M.S Makunyane Secondary School in Polokwane, Limpopo. She’s put her miraculous life to great use.Senyatsi comes from a family of teachers, which inspired her now 37-year long career, and her opening her home to students in need. Throughout her career Senyatsi says she has been touched by the plight of orphaned and vulnerable children. She is living up to her name, bringing mercy and hope into the lives of those who most desperately need it.“Originally, I was inspired by my late parents who raised and tutored many children, irrespective of their family background,” she says.Senyatsi currently has a young woman living with her; she’s been with her for the past six years, and in that time her grades have improved, along with her confidence. After throwing her young charge a 21st birthday party, covered in the local Polokwane Express, she received an invite to a Brand South Africa event – the Sowetan Dialogues – in which positive South Africans discuss how to move the country forward to prosperity.At the event Senyatsi talked about what it takes to be part of the Rainbow Nation and being a responsible African and global citizen. For her commitment to helping children in need, she is now a Brand South Africa Play Your Part Ambassador.Senyatsi says, “My initial decision to actually doing something about assisting the children in need came to me when I was teaching at Thagaetala High School. I had initially only looked out for the girl students. The two girls who I started out with were Josephine and Eunice, although Josephine went on to stay with a lovely neighbour of mine.”The two children lived with both families throughout their schooling years; “They lived with us until they matriculated.”After Eunice left, Senyatsi moved to Seshego, Polokwane, and transferred to Makunyane Secondary; but for the first few years here she did not take in any students, as she was “just getting settled and also adjusting to the new environment”.“However”, she says, “I believe that if something is in you, it will always show, so yet again, I found myself being drawn to the young girls at school who seemed to be in need.“As someone who is passionate about her profession, I have realised that these kids who are termed ‘problematic’ were actually crying out for help of some sort.“Because I could not assist all of them, I chose the one whom I felt was most in need and that I could perhaps assist her condition by taking her in,” says Senyatsi.Senyatsi certainly lives up to the values she holds dear; “I have espoused a philosophy that my house is not just mine alone, but a home for the destitute as well. I have housed several girls in my house over the years. Today, as we speak, they are better persons in our community.”PLAY YOUR PARTMercy Senyatsi is a Good Samaritan South Africans can easily emulate; to assist her with feeding and clothing her young charges, email her at read more

Major merger announced between Bayer and Monsanto

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Bayer and Monsanto today announced that they signed a definitive merger agreement under which Bayer will acquire Monsanto for a whopping $66 billion.That number combines $128 per Monsanto share (putting the St. Louis-based company’s equity at about $56 billion) and roughly $10 billion in debt Bayer is taking on with the merger. The next hurtle will be getting the massive deal approved by regulators, which some experts feel will not happen. If regulators prevent the deal, Bayer must to pay $2 billion to Monsanto.Monsanto’s Board of Directors, Bayer’s Board of Management and Bayer’s Supervisory Board have unanimously approved the agreement.“Today’s announcement is a testament to everything we’ve achieved and the value that we have created for our stakeholders at Monsanto. We believe that this combination with Bayer represents the most compelling value for our shareowners, with the most certainty through the all-cash consideration,” said Hugh Grant, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Monsanto.Based on Monsanto’s closing share price on May 9, 2016, the day before Bayer’s first written proposal to Monsanto, the offer represents a premium of 44% to that price.“We are pleased to announce the combination of our two great organizations. This represents a major step forward for our Crop Science business and reinforces Bayer’s leadership position as a global innovation driven Life Science company with leadership positions in its core segments, delivering substantial value to shareholders, our customers, employees and society at large,” said Werner Baumann, CEO of Bayer AG.In a combined press statement Bayer and Monsanto said the transaction brings together two different, but highly complementary businesses. The combined business will benefit from Monsanto’s leadership in Seeds & Traits and Climate Corporation platform along with Bayer’s broad Crop Protection product line across a comprehensive range of indications and crops in all key geographies. As a result, they say farmers will benefit from a broad set of solutions to meet their current and future needs, including enhanced solutions in seeds and traits, digital agriculture, and crop protection.The combination also brings together both companies’ leading innovation capabilities and R&D technology platforms. Over the mid to long-term, the combined business will be able to accelerate innovation and provide customers with enhanced solutions and an optimized product suite based on analytical agronomic insight supported by Digital Farming applications.“The agriculture industry is at the heart of one of the greatest challenges of our time: how to feed an additional 3 billion people in the world by 2050 in an environmentally sustainable way. It has been both companies’ belief that this challenge requires a new approach that more systematically integrates expertise across Seeds, Traits and Crop Protection including Biologicals with a deep commitment to innovation and sustainable agriculture practices,” said Liam Condon, member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG and head of the Crop Science Division.The combined agriculture business will have its global Seeds & Traits and North American commercial headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, its global Crop Protection and overall Crop Science headquarters in Monheim, Germany, and an important presence in Durham, North Carolina, as well as many other locations throughout the U.S. and around the world. The Digital Farming activities for the combined business will be based in San Francisco, California.“This combination is a great opportunity for employees, who will be at the forefront of innovation in our sector. This transaction also enhances Bayer’s strong commitment to the U.S., building on our 150-year history with operations across 25 states employing more than 12,000 people in the country. I am convinced that Monsanto will flourish as part of one of the most respected and trusted companies in the world,” Baumann said.There are, of course, significant concerns with a merger of this size in the agricultural industry. The National Corn Growers is taking a closer look at the potential ramifications of the merger.“The National Corn Growers Association is committed to protecting the best interests of our nation’s corn farmers. Our primary concern with respect to any merger is how it may affect input costs — particularly given the current farm economy. With respect to a previously announced merger, we completed a thorough analysis that informed the comments and information we provided to the U.S. Department of Justice during their investigation into the merger,” said Chip Bowling, Maryland farmer and president of the NCGA. “We would anticipate following a similar path with respect to this merger so that we can truly understand the merger’s impact on agricultural research, innovation, and competitive pricing of farm inputs.”John Colley is a professor at the United Kingdom-based Warwick Business School in the Strategy & International Business group who researches large takeovers. He said mergers such as this potentially create a number of challenges.“Apart from Monsanto’s shareholders, who have hit the jackpot, this looks like a lose-lose bid. Bayer has been forced into paying too much and face major integration and competition authority risks,” Colley said. “By the time the competition authorities have finished with their demands Bayer may regret setting a German record. The farmers will lose out as product ranges are rationalized and attempts are made to increase prices. Bayer may have won the bid now, but could regret the move at their leisure. Bayer CEO Werner Baumann may be cursing his luck. Bayer’s shareholders may be cursing him.”last_img read more

How to Fix the Media Offline Error in Premiere Pro

first_imgFollow these quick steps to fix the Media Offline error in Premiere Pro.Anytime you move, rename, or delete a video file that’s referenced in your Premiere Pro video project, you will get the Media Offline error code. This error code can easily be fixed by simply linking to the original file. The following step-by-step tutorial will show you how to ‘relink’ your files and get rid of this classic red screen error code.Step 1: Locate Missing Clip in the ProjectAnytime Premiere Pro can’t find a media asset on your computer, you will see a red Media Offline screen. The first thing you need to do is find which clips are offline in your project. To do this, simply navigate to the project panel or hit Shift + 1 on your keyboard. You’ll see in the project panel that your missing clips have a small question mark icon on them. Select all of the missing clips, right click, and select Link Media.Step 2: Locate the Original FilePremiere Pro will pop up a box called a media browser. The media browser works very similarly to a regular media browser (like Explorer on PC or Finder on Mac). Simply select the file you wish to link to and select Locate. Find the clip that went missing and click OK. If you received the Media Offline error because you moved a folder to a new location, your other missing clips might automatically get linked as well — it all depends on the original folder structure. Continue this process for all of your missing files.Step 3: Verify the FilesThere shouldn’t be any issues at all with your newly linked footage. Just to be sure, go back and see if everything looks good in your project. If you accidentally connected to a proxy file (or simply the wrong footage), you can replace the incorrect file by right clicking on the incorrect clip in your project panel and selecting Replace Media. You can then simply repeat Step 2.Have any tips for linking footage in Premiere Pro? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

SEA Games: PH Archers pluck bronze out of semis heartache

first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES MOST READ “But we are happy with bronze, hopefully tomorrow we will win gold in mixed,” said the 30-year-old Dela Cruz.The top scorer in individual and team events will automatically be entered in Friday’s mixed compound.The women’s compound team of Amaya Paz-Cojuangco, Abbigail Tindugan and Jennifer Chan dropped in the eliminations against Thailand, 222-215. Starting off hot with a 236-214 win over Myanmar in the eliminations, the Filipinos all of a sudden went cold in the semifinals, turning in 227 points against Singapore’s 233.READ: Dela Cruz gives PH a bronze medal in archeryFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“That happens, when suddenly the opponent shoots very well,” said Dela Cruz who on Wednesday won bronze in individual category.But Yap rued the fact that the Philippines’ 236 showing in eliminations — the highest score of the day — suddenly turned sour in the semis. PH Archery Team gets second bronze medal in the SEA Games. Photo by Marc ReyesKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippine men’s archery team bucked a heartbreaking defeat in the semifinals to salvage a bronze medal Thursday in the 29th Southeast Asian Games at Synthetic Turf Field in KL Sports City here.The trio of Earl Benjamin Yap, Joseph Benjamin Vicencio and Paul Marton Dela Cruz destroyed Vietnam, 233-230, in the bronze medal match to clinch the country’s second bronze in compound events.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief U12 Kaya FC advances to last 32 in Gothia Cup Read Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “That (PH semis score) was the lowest score for us even in practice,” said Yap who owns the Benel Archery Club in Mandaluyong.Still, the team managed to cut its losses and destroyed the Vienamese after coming perfect in the final two ends.Vietnamese were even led by last SEAG’s gold winner Nguyen Tien Cuong but just could not find their range.“I didn’t expect they (Vietnamese) would shot like that in the bronze medal match,” said Yap.READ: Seeking more golds, Cojuangco balances archery and familyADVERTISEMENT Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

Debate Begins On Child Diversion Bill

first_img Debate on the Child Diversion Bill began in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (January 30).The Bill seeks to enable the implementation of child diversion measures in dealing with children who come into conflict with the law.Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, in opening the debate, noted that among the main objectives of the Bill are: ensuring that every child in conflict with the law is treated in a manner that recognises and upholds human dignity and worth; diverting the child away from engaging in deviant and delinquent behaviours; and instilling in the child respect for the fundamental rights and freedoms of others.The Bill will also see to the establishment of a Child Diversion office; Child Diversion Committees; and a Child Diversion Oversight Committee. It also addresses the structure of the Child Diversion programme, the circumstances under which a child is to be referred, among other things.Child diversion is a process of implementing measures for dealing with children who are alleged, accused or recognised to have infringed the penal law, without resorting to the formal judicial proceedings.“Gone are the days when we ignore a child’s circumstances and focus only on the wrong that he or she did,” Mr. Chuck said.He noted that research indicates that factors contributing to the number of children before the court include lack of adequate parental guidance, mental health issues and poverty, adding that it is therefore crucial that solutions are implemented to address the issues impacting these children and a holistic approach be taken towards addressing the underlying factors.“In most cases, diversion of children provide greater benefit to the offender, the victim, and the society than the formal criminal justice process. The challenges faced by children in conflict with the law in Jamaica has brought into sharp focus the necessity for legislation which recognises and upholds the basic human rights of children who face the prospect of being deprived of their liberty,” Mr. Chuck said.He added that as a party to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Jamaica has a duty to put measures in place to deal with children who are accused of breaking the law, as they have the right to legal help and fair treatment in the justice system.A National Child Diversion Policy was tabled in 2015 after consultation with all major stakeholders in Government, civil society and non-governmental organisations. Through this policy, a formal framework was established for dealing with children in conflict with the law throughout the criminal justice system and sought to ensure that detention of a child offender as punishment for anti-social behaviour was a measure of last resort.One key objective of the policy was to develop the mechanism to not only divert children who come into conflict with the law, but also to empower them to become responsible and productive citizens through the use of methodologies which are consistent with restorative justice practices. Child diversion is a process of implementing measures for dealing with children who are alleged, accused or recognised to have infringed the penal law, without resorting to the formal judicial proceedings. One key objective of the policy was to develop the mechanism to not only divert children who come into conflict with the law, but also to empower them to become responsible and productive citizens through the use of methodologies which are consistent with restorative justice practices. Debate on the Child Diversion Bill began in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (January 30). Story Highlightslast_img read more