“We must all oppose plans to mine in Donegal,” says Councillor

first_imgA Donegal county councillor has urged the public to oppose mining in the county.Cllr Michael Mac Giolla Easbuig urged people to object to plans for four prospecting licences for four parts of the county.He said the possibility that Great Glen Resources might be granted licenses to mine for gold, silver and other minerals in Donegal is a cause for great concern. He said “Mining for minerals can be a catastrophe for the local environment. Water sources are exposed to contamination and huge volumes of water are consumed to extract minerals from the base rock.“Noxious chemicals are also involved in the extraction process. In the case of mining for gold and silver, for example, tons of cyanide are used to separate the minerals from the rocks which contain the minerals.“In the case of Donegal, the situation is made much more dangerous by the presence of high levels of radon in the rocks. If drilling through these rocks was to happen, the radon gas would be dispersed into the air with no way of knowing where it would contaminate.“There is no doubt in my mind that mineral extraction under these conditions would benefit nobody except the shareholders of Great Glen Resources, who don’t have to live with the consequences of their exploration.” He added that he will work with other councillors to oppose the granting of licenses to mining companies in the county.But he said the community needs to organise themselves to stand against mining in their area.“We only have to look across the border to the community in the Sperrins in County Tyrone to see how effective community action can be in mobilising and putting pressure on local representatives to support them in their opposition to mining in their area.“We can also look back to the early 80s when the Donegal community successfully opposed uranium mining in the same areas that are being suggested now.Together we can win. Oppose mining in Donegal,” he said.“We must all oppose plans to mine in Donegal,” says Councillor was last modified: June 9th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:donegalMININGOPPOSITIONlast_img read more

North Star Is Rapidly Changing

first_imgThe North Star (Polaris) has brightened by 150% since Ptolemy observed it 2000 years ago, says the American Astronomical Society (see report on Science Now).  If the differences from those in ancient times are real, “these changes are 100 times larger than predicted by current theories of stellar evolution.”  Polaris is also a pulsating Cepheid variable, but its pulses have been erratic lately.  One astronomer surmises, “Polaris may be experiencing a rare and rapidly changing period in its evolution.”Finding the North Star is a required skill for any northern-hemisphere camper.  It is also a conversation starter on how much science can know about processes that supposedly take billions of years.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Minister Michael Masutha on the matter of International Criminal Court and Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma and President Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan discuss strengthening relations between South Africa and Sudan, 2 September 2015. (Photo: GCIS)We have called this press conference to announce the decision taken by Cabinet on Wednesday, 19 October 2016 in relation to the country’s membership to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and the pending appeal regarding Sudanese President Al Bashir.The Republic of South Africa is a founder member of the African Union and plays an important role in resolving conflicts on the African continent and in encouraging the peaceful resolution of conflicts wherever they occur anywhere else in the world.In exercising its international relations with foreign countries, particularly with countries in which serious conflicts occur or have occurred, South Africa is hindered by the Implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Act, 2 (Act No 27 of 2002). This Act and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court compel South Africa to arrest persons who may enjoy diplomatic immunity under customary international law but who are wanted by the International Criminal Court for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes and to surrender such persons to the International Criminal Court. South Africa has to do so, even under circumstances where we are actively involved in promoting peace, stability and dialogue in those countries.We wish to give effect to the rule of customary international law which recognises the diplomatic immunity of heads of state and others in order to effectively promote dialogue and the peaceful resolution of conflicts wherever they may occur, particularly on the African continent. South Africa enacted the Diplomatic Immunities and Privileges Act,  (Act No. 37 of 2001), which provides for the immunities and privileges of diplomatic missions and consular posts and their members, of heads of states, special envoys and certain representatives of the United Nations and its specialised agencies, other international organisations and certain other persons.However, the Implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Act, 2002, is in conflict and inconsistent with the provisions of the Diplomatic Immunities and Privileges Act, 2001. In order to ensure South Africa’s continued ability to conduct active diplomatic relations, a bill proposing the repeal of the Implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Act, 2002 will soon be tabled in parliament. We have already in writing informed the Speaker of the National Assembly and the Chairperson of the NCOP of this Executive decision.In the matter of the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development v The Southern African Litigation Centre (867/15) [2016] ZASCA 17 (15 March 2016), the Supreme Court of Appeal confirmed that in terms of customary international law, heads of state enjoy immunity against arrest. However, the Supreme Court of Appeal found that in enacting the Implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Act, 2002, South Africa had expressly waived the immunity of such heads of state and that South Africa was obliged to arrest persons wanted for crimes committed against humanity.In essence, the Supreme Court of Appeal identified the problem which needs to be addressed. The effect of withdrawal from the Rome Statute as well as the repeal of the Implementation Act thus completes the removal of all legal impediments inhibiting South Africa’s ability to honour its obligations relating to the granting of diplomatic immunity under international law as provided for under our domestic legislation. This therefore removes the necessity at least in so far as this aspect is concerned of continuing with the appeal.Written notice to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court has been submitted to the Secretary-General of the United Nations in accordance with Article 127(1) of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. The withdrawal will take effect one year after the Secretary-General has received the notification. South African will remain obligated under the Rome Statute for the duration of the 12 months’ notice period.An application for leave to appeal the decision of the Supreme Court of Appeal set down for hearing at the Constitutional Court on 22 November 2016, will now be withdrawn. This is so, especially as the Supreme Court of Appeal has removed the uncertainty around customary international law in relation to diplomatic immunity in so far as it affects heads of states and others who may be wanted for serious violations of human rights and other serious crimes but who enjoy diplomatic immunity under international customary law.South Africa remains committed to the fight against impunity and to hold those who have committed crimes against humanity and other serious crimes accountable. Our unwavering commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights throughout Africa and elsewhere in the world is further demonstrated by our continued participation in various international and continental human rights instruments.For this reason, South Africa will work closely with the African Union and with other countries in Africa to strengthen continental bodies, such as the African Court on Human and People’s Rights, created to deal with such crimes and to prosecute the perpetrators, whilst at the same time continuing to participate and honour its commitments under international human rights instruments. South Africa will continue to actively promote dialogue and the peaceful resolution of conflicts on the African continent and elsewhere.Enquiries:Mthunzi MhagaSpokesperson for the Ministry of Justice and Correctional servicesCell: 083 641 8141E-mail: [email protected] by:Department of Justice and Constitutional Developmentlast_img read more

Jive and Salesforce.com Get Hitched by Appirio

first_imgJive and Salesforce.com have been seen as competitors since at least the announcement of Chatter, which brought Salesforce.com into the enterprise 2.0 market. Jive has also started to encroach on Salesforce.com territory by announcing its Jive Apps Market, a competitor to the Salesforce.com AppExchange and Force.com platform.But now, Appirio is making the two vendors’ services work in harmony.Appirio announced this week a new series apps that will integrate customer relation management information from Salesforce.com with the enterprise collaboration features of Jive. The first of these apps, part of Appirio’s CloudWorks line, is based around what Appirio calls “collaborative selling.”The debut app is already available for Jive 5 beta customers, and will be available in the Jive Apps Market once Jive 5 officially launches. Future plans include applications for customer service, marketing, account management and partner management.The Appirio services demonstrate the value that systems integrators and third-party developers can bring to applications and services that have robust APIs.Appirio was founded in 2006 and is funded by Sequoia Capital and GGV Capital. It also offers integrations between Salesforce.com and Google Apps.This integration comes hot on the heals of the announcement that Salesforce.com will integrate with QuickBooks Online. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#enterprise#saas Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img klint finley Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts last_img read more

ALL FEMALE GRAND FINAL

first_imgFor the first time in it’s 30 year history, the NSWTA State Cup will have an all female event with the appointment of 3 Female Referee’s to officiate the Women’s Open A Grand Final.While the results and score lines have shown that the women’s game has advanced in skill and speed since last years tournament, the selection of an all female team to officiate a Grand Final is proof that the same is happening in the middle and on the sidelines with the female referees.The three are Karen Strachan, Sharon Foster and Sam Clark and with the Two Grand Final teams yet to be confirmed it should be a fantastic event and a first for the NSWTA State Cup.NSWTA Referees Director Ian Matthew explained that “Each of the 3 Referees had made significant progress individually throughout the tournament and their appointment to the Grand Final was a result of this. They have all Refereed Men’s A and Men’s 30’s over the last Two days and their performance in these games and throughout the tournament saw them selected to the Grand Final”. For full details including quarter and semi finals as well as the Grand Final results of the 30th NSWTA State Cup please click on the following link State Cup Website.last_img read more

13 hours agoScholes backs Man Utd to sign Arsenal playmaker Ozil: The missing link

first_imgScholes backs Man Utd to sign Arsenal playmaker Ozil: The missing linkby Freddie Taylor13 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Paul Scholes thinks his former club could use Mesut Ozil’s skills.The German seems destined to leave Arsenal after being left out of their last five match day squads.United have struggled to break down deep-lying teams this season, and Scholes believes Ozil could solve that problem.Asked whether Ozil could be a difference-maker for United, Scholed replied: “Man Utd could do with someone like Ozil who can link a team together.”[He is] a player who can link teams together. He has got great quality, he’s shown that in his career.”He could be an answer short-term, I don’t know. I think that would be up to him, ultimately.”I can’t [see it happening], but he’s the type of player, short-term, who United could do with.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

NFL week 8 guide to fantasy football

Play ‘Em Ryan Fitzpatrick: Is there a hotter quarterback in the NFL than Fitzpatrick? Since taking over as the Bills quarterback, the Harvard grad has thrown for 969 yards with eleven touchdowns and four interceptions. Fitzpatrick should have no trouble against Kansas City, which has allowed eight touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks. Fitzpatrick is a great sleeper and worth a waiver claim against the Chiefs. Carson Palmer: Palmer erupted last week against Atlanta with 412 yards and three touchdowns. Look for Palmer to air it out against a Dolphins defense that has allowed back-to-back 300-yard passing games. Ryan Torain: Despite two fumbles, Torain turned in a solid performance last week against Chicago with 125 rushing yards. With Clinton Portis likely out, Torain will continue to get the majority of the carries against a Detroit run defense that allows 139 rushing yards per game. Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles: Jones continues to be a factor and is a must-start against Buffalo. Last week against Jacksonville, Jones and Charles combined for 196 yards with two touchdowns. Quarterback Matt Cassel seems to have found the passing game, allowing Jones and Charles to run wild. Pierre Garcon: Garcon’s role will increase with Austin Collie recovering from hand surgery and Dallas Clark out for the year with a wrist injury. Defenses will continue to focus on Reggie Wayne, which will free up Garcon. Last week, Garcon had 103 yards and a touchdown. Coming off a bye, expect the Colts to take advantage of the worst passing defense in the NFL. Kenny Britt: Another receiver having a breakout year (seven touchdowns) is Britt. Britt torched the Eagles last week, 225 yards with three touchdowns. Britt has a tough task this week against the Chargers’ top-ranked pass defense, but at this point Britt is considered a starter. He has recorded a touchdown in five straight games. Bench ‘Em Matt Hasselbeck: Don’t be fooled by the chemistry between Hasselbeck and receiver Mike Williams. Seattle’s last two games were against Chicago and Arizona respectively. This week, Hasselbeck faces an improved Raiders defense that allowed Kyle Orton to complete 12 passes last week. The Raiders rank fifth in the league with 192 passing yards allowed per game. Ryan Mathews: One of the biggest disappointments this season has been Mathews. He has yet to eclipse 100 rushing yards and is losing carries to Mike Tolbert and Darren Sproles. This week, Mathews faces a Titans run defense that ranks 10th in the league. Mathews may breakout soon, but not this week. Michael Bush: Bush continues to be productive, but the problem is Darren McFadden. McFadden continues to shine and that leaves Bush playing the backup role. Last week, Bush had 52 yards and a touchdown. Expect Bush to struggle against a Seattle defense that allows 70 yards per game on the ground. Fred Jackson: Due to Fitzpatrick’s performances, Jackson has looked like an afterthought in Buffalo. Jackson carried 23 times for 73 yards against Baltimore last week. The Bills will be tested against a stellar Kansas City run defense. Consider Jackson a flex option in deeper leagues. Wes Welker: The Patriots passing game is not the same without Randy Moss, and Welker is struggling without him too. Last week, Welker had four catches for 25 yards. Defenses will continue to locate Welker and force Deion Branch or Brandon Tate to step up. Welker is considered a No. 3 Fantasy option from here on out. read more

Column JT Barretts best might not be enough versus Penn State

Senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) throws to sophomore wide receiver Binjimen Victor (9) during the Ohio State game against Maryland on Oct. 7 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes beat Maryland 62-14. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterGames against Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Penn State, Clemson and Oklahoma are quarterback J.T. Barrett’s only blemishes on a historic career at Ohio State. But all of that won’t matter Saturday against the No. 2 Nittany Lions.This game largely defines Barrett’s career. A win and Ohio State remains in the playoff picture; a loss puts the Buckeyes out of the race.Barrett is arguably playing better than he ever has in an Ohio State uniform heading into possibly the biggest game of his career. However, even if Barrett performs at his best, that still might not be enough for a victory against Penn State, which would be the first loss in his career he has played well enough to win.When looking back at Barrett’s complex, yet fruitful, five-year journey at Ohio State his play in losses sticks out like a sore thumb. Inaccuracy and a stationary offense, coupled with a poor offensive line and lack of skill at wide receiver, catalyzed the distrust in the offense and the call for changes at the quarterback position and the coaching staff. In his losses, he simply has never been good enough to win the game.Here are Barrett’s passing numbers in losses:Virginia Tech in 2014 – 9-for-29, 219 yards, one touchdown, three interceptionsMichigan State in 2015 – 9-for-16, 46 yards, one touchdownPenn State in 2016 – 28-for-43, 245 yards, one touchdownClemson in 2016 – 19-for-33, 127 yards, two interceptionsOklahoma in 2017 – 19-of-35, 183 yards, one interceptionThose statistics speak for themselves, but Barrett can win big games. His best game of his career is arguably at Michigan State in 2014, which is a game that draws a lot of similarities to Saturday’s showdown against Penn State. Michigan State was the reigning Big Ten champion with playmakers at the quarterback, running back and wide receiver positions. Barrett threw for 300 yards and scored five total touchdowns on the biggest stage he had played to date. He won in 2016 at No. 8 Wisconsin, home against No. 3 Michigan and he can win Saturday. However, the defense is the outlier that can decide the game.Penn State’s offense is cooking just as Ohio State’s offense is at the moment. Coming into Columbus off a 42-13 beatdown of then-No. 19 Michigan is a loud statement proclaiming the Nittany Lions as the team to beat in the conference, which will only be validated with a win against the Buckeyes. Even if Barrett plays the best game of his career, is the defense good enough to stop the Nittany Lions?It’s difficult to ask any defense to slow down Penn State running back Saquon Barkley; just ask head coach Urban Meyer.“He’s the best all-purpose guy we’ve probably faced in probably, maybe my career,” he said.Even if that defense manages to slow Barkley, there’s quarterback Trace McSorley, tight end Mike Gesicki and wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton to contain. For an Ohio State defense that has surrendered 33 passing plays of 15-plus yards and 10 plays of 25-plus yards, that task is almost asking the unthinkable.Especially when considering Penn State had 11 plays of 15-plus yards and six plays of 25-plus yards against a Michigan defense that is ranked near the top of nearly every defensive metric.“Sometimes when you play an offense like this, you feel like you don’t have enough players to do it,” defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said. “That’s definitely the challenge.”Barrett will certainly have his work cut out for him as well. He will face a Penn State defense that ranks first in opponents’ scoring, ninth in total defense and has several future NFL players on its roster. Yet, as mentioned before, Barrett is at the top of his game right now and can give Ohio State the performance it needs to knock off the Nittany Lions.But will Barrett receive the needed help?When Barrett wasn’t great in games last season, the defense saved him and the offense. This time around, he must be great. He must make as many crucial plays as possible. Even then, it might not be enough to keep Penn State from appearing a second time on Barrett’s list of losses. read more

Danish FA reports Nicolai Jorgensen death threats

first_imgNicolai Jorgensen has received numerous death threats and abuse from supporters who were disappointed that he missed keeping the penalty shot against Croatia that led to the exit of Denmark from the World Cup.Following the abuses and threats, the Danish Football Association has reported death threats made against the striker, Nicolai Jorgensen to the Police.Jorgensen, who plays for Feyenoord in Holland, was amongst the three Danish players to miss from the spot during the shootout. But has come up to face more violent threats his miss that led to Denmark’s exit from the World Cup in Russia.Euro 2020Euro 2020 Qualifiers Betting: 06/09/19 Stuart Heath – September 6, 2019 With the international break in full-swing, here at Ronaldo.com we are going to take a look at Thursday’s Euro 2020 qualifiers match-betting odds.With a…“Our society must never accept death threats, neither against players or politicians. It is completely unacceptable and indecent, and we are reporting the case to the police to end this madness” the Danish FA said according to Sky Sports.Jorgensen has been attracting interest from the premier league, with Newcastle reportedly preparing a club record fee to sign the striker from Feyenoord.last_img read more

Rice growing into defensive midfield role

first_imgWest Ham United midfielder Declan Rice is relishing playing in central defensive midfield for the Hammers this season.After an impressive pre-season, Rice has established himself in the West Ham team this season under Manuel Pellegrini.The 19-year-old’s frequent involvement in the team also coincided with West Ham’s return to form starting with their 3-1 victory at Everton.“I’d say Everton away was my best performance since I came back in, because we’d lost the first four and we couldn’t lose five in a row,” Rice told the club’s website.“The manager changed the team up and we went out there, everyone played really well, we won our first game and got the three points and there’s no better feeling than that, to be honest.“If you compare the first game I played at Liverpool compared to the ones I’m playing now, my positioning at Anfield wasn’t the best for a holding midfielder.Mason MountRice tips Mount for greater things Taimoor Khan – September 11, 2019 Declan Rice says that Mason Mount is going to match the exploits of Frank Lampard when he was in his prime during his playing…“Positioning is one of the main things when you play in that position because you’ve always got to play in the center of the pitch.“I always look back at that Liverpool game because it was the first time I’d played CDM (central defensive midfielder) in a while and I was not really in the back four, I was wide, and sometimes it’s not about that.“You’ve just got to hold your position and trust that the ball is going to come near you.“I think, since I’ve started to do that, the amount of interceptions and tackles I have made has gone up.”last_img read more