Thieves rob house while owners take part in clean-up

first_imgHeartless thieves targeted the home of a Letterkenny family taking part in their community’s annual clean-up.The robbery took place at a private home in the Glencar Manor area on Sunday afternoon last, August 4th.Thieves used a stone to break a window before accessing the house using keys on the inside back door of the house. Once inside the thieves stole 3 mobile phones, €50 in cash and five packets of cigarettes.The break-in occurred between 3pm and 5.30pm.Gardai in Letterkenny who are investigating the break-in have described it as particularly mean.Thieves rob house while owners take part in clean-up was last modified: August 6th, 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:burglaryclean-upGardaiGlencar Manorletterkennylast_img read more

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SA to host 2017 Canoe Marathon Worlds

first_img20 November 2013 South African canoeing has received a major boost with the announcement by the International Canoe Federation that the World Canoe Marathon Championships will be hosted by the Natal Canoe Club at Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg in 2017. The announcement came at the ICF board of directors’ meeting in Lima, Peru on the weekend, bringing to fruition the lobbying work done by the Natal Canoe Club to host the event at the home of the famous Dusi Canoe Marathon. “This is a major boost for canoeing in South Africa,” Canoeing South Africa president Christo Horn said this week. “Marathon racing is one of our strongest disciplines, and we currently have both the senior men’s K1 world champion and under-23 men’s K1 world champion in Hank McGregor and Andy Birkett to go with our long history of marathon successes. “This will allow our elite athletes to perform in front of their hometown supporters, and it will be a great opportunity to market and grow the discipline of flat water marathon racing at a venue more famous for river racing.” For under-23 world champ Birkett, a Pietermaritzburg resident and member of the Natal Canoe Club (NCC), the event will be an opportunity to compete for a world title on home water.‘A great place’ “I am very excited. In 2017, I will be 27. That’s pretty much the perfect age,” Birkett said. “I’m sure that Pietermaritzburg will be a great place to have it as well. The people tend to support big sporting events held in the city. It’s quite a small community, but sports events, like the 2013 Mountain Bike World Championships, are very well supported. Hopefully we’ll see something along the same line for the Canoe Marathon World Champs.” Brett Austen Smith, the general manager of the NCC, said he wanted to make the event as accessible as possible for overseas visitors. “We are very grateful to the ICF for awarding us this event,” he said. “Their confidence is very encouraging and we see this as reward for the strong reputation South Africa has in marathon canoeing. “Our intention is to make the World Champs a truly memorable event, and the biggest event in the history of marathon racing. “We will be able to offer very affordable food and accommodation packages due to the exchange rate. The strong Zulu Culture of this region will also make for an exciting and interesting event, both on and off the water. We will be able to offer and present an event that will be totally unique for both competitors and spectators alike.” Austen Smith said R17.5-million (approximately €1.3-million) would be spent to ensure the World Championships will be memorable. “Hosting the 2017 event will ensure that facilities at Camps Drift are significantly upgraded. This will result in a world class venue, not only for competition, but for training during northern hemisphere winters as well. “The NCC Clubhouse has gym and physio facilities, as well as access to perfect training waters. The close proximity to the City centre means that paddlers never have far to travel for shopping conveniences like coffee shops and internet facilities that are always so important to athletes. Year round, the weather is very suitable for paddling.”A reward Three-time world champion Hank McGregor said he saw the awarding of the World Championships as a reward for South Africa’s passion for marathon paddling. “It’s fantastic news, ‘ he said. “The ICF has clearly seen South Africa as a country that is serious about marathons and this is due to all the results, from our junior boys and girls to our masters over the years. “It is such a big plus, but we mustn’t take it for granted. “I would love to be part of it in some way,” McGregor added. “I am getting a little long in the tooth, so I don’t know if I will be racing the seniors, but I really want to be there in some form or other.” The NCC will host a number of major events at Camps Drift in the lead-up to the 2017 World Championships, including the 2015 Kwa-Zulu Natal Championships, the South African Championships and the All African Championships currently planned for the venue. In 2016 the ICF World Cup will serve as a dress rehearsal for the World Champs.Masters Cup The 2017 World Championships will be preceded by the Masters Cup events for veteran and masters paddlers, which is expected to be very well supported by local paddlers. “Our veteran and masters age group paddling is extremely strong, and because there is no limit to the entry for these events, we expect a huge turnout of local paddlers eager to be a part of this event in their own backyard,” said Austen Smith. “We have four years to prepare for this event, and also to get our talent identification process geared up so that we can really mount a considerable challenge in every age group and category.”last_img read more

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Keeping the Dream alive in Tzaneen

first_imgKeep the Dream 196, or KTD196, is a Tzaneen-based organisation helping make youngsters’ dreams come true by providing support and care, particularly for orphans, caregivers and vulnerable children.Keep the Dream works in areas where communities are under extreme pressure from unemployment, lack of healthcare, growing poverty and high rates of HIV/Aids infections.The training programme also helps children develop their self-discipline and team work skills and introduces first aidMany children are their families’ sole breadwinners, after parents have succumbed to the illness, or have travelled to look for work.“We work with orphans and vulnerable children in particular,” says Louise Batty, one of the organisation’s founders.Batty is a professional nurse employed by the Department of Health and was seconded to a local home-based care organisation in Tzaneen.“These children enter the programme with low self-esteem, [low] self-confidence and a hopeless outlook towards life. Seeing all of this change quickly as the kids progress through the programme is awe-inspiring. They become so confident and purpose-filled in their outlook and their actions.”Keep the Dream 196 took off in 2003 when a Choice Trust focus group, comprising 180 home-based care volunteers, expressed concerns over problems facing the orphaned and vulnerable children in their villages in the north of Limpopo.Batty, with primary school teacher Elizabeth Mabuza, laid the organisation’s foundations, with 13 girls participating in their initial programme. By the end of the year they had managed to train 50 new volunteers and had more than 1 000 kids in the programme.“We have been in existence for 10 years this month (November); we started with 13 girls and now we have 2 456 children in 91 different sites around Greater Tzaneen Municipality,” says Batty.“We see the impact of our work every day and it is so encouraging to see these kids go on to become contributing members of society after overcoming so much.”THERAPY, SKILLS AND COMMUNICATIONThe organisation runs a number of projects, training caregivers and children in communication and leadership skills. It also tackles reproductive health, teaches caregivers and children about their legal rights and responsibilities, and facilitates group therapy developing “circles of support” with the children.The three-year KTD196 Food for Life training programme teaches young people how to harvest water, to compost and cook, practise subsistence farming, and marketing and basic bookkeeping.The organisation runs a number of projects, training caregivers and children in communication and leadership skillsThe training programme also helps children develop their self-discipline and team work skills and introduces first aid.Keep the Dream offers remedial classes for those who have had to drop out of school to care for younger siblings or sick family members. It helps families apply for social grants, and helps older children apply for scholarships and bursaries by providing access to information and computers.Batty says what moves her most about working with the children is that, “they’re not happy with the status quo of the now, the crime, corruption and despair; they want to be part of the solution and make a real difference in the lives of others and they do that now, not when everything is going right for them but now when life is tough and they don’t have parents or enough food or resources. They share what they have and do what they can. This is humbling to watch and be a part of.“Their past is a stepping stone to their destiny and not a stumbling block or a millstone around their necks.“They are the new South Africa.”PLAY YOUR PARTFor more information on Keep the Dream, visit their website. To learn more about how you can help contact Louise Batty via email or call her 074 274 2080.last_img read more

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Beef school focuses on maximizing profit

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Beef cattle producers who want to reduce costs while maximizing their profit potential can learn how during a Beef School Oct. 6, 13 and 20, taught by experts from Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.The three-day program focuses on forage weed control, spring development, working livestock, carcass beef breeds and open cows, said Cliff Little, OSU Extension educator in agriculture and natural resources.“We’re hoping to show producers low-stress, economical and practical practices they can implement on their cattle farms,” he said. “For example, participants can see the effects of pasture clipping versus chemical weed control methods that we’ve implemented on land at the research station to see which method would offer them the best use of their time and resources to implement.”The Beef School is sponsored by OSU Extension, OARDC and Farm Credit Mid-America of Cambridge. The school will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. each day at the Eastern Agricultural Research Station, 16870 Township Road 126, in Belle Valley, just off Interstate 77 in Noble County. Registration is $10 and includes all materials and dinner daily. The deadline to register is Sept. 28.OARDC and OSU Extension are the research and outreach arms, respectively, of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. The facility is one of 10 OARDC outlying agricultural research stations located around Ohio.To reach the Eastern Agricultural Research Station, take exit 28 off I-77. Turn south on State Route 21. Go east (left) on State Route 215 for about one mile. Then turn right onto Bond Ridge Road (a township road) and look for signs.For more information or to register, contact Little at 740-489-5300 or little.16@osu.edu.last_img read more

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State to launch start-up yatra to pick from rural ecosystem

first_imgThe Maharashtra government will tap into the vibrancy of the start-up ecosystem by launching a yatra to search for future entrepreneurs and unicorns in rural areas.Backward regionsThe month-long start-up yatra will be flagged off by the Minister of Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu and cover as many as 14 districts of Maharashtra, especially in the backwards regions of Vidarbha and Marathwada, officials said.A contingent of industrialists, bankers and investors will depart from Mumbai on October 3 and complete the month-long journey in the first week of November. “During the period we will hold boot camps looking for ideas and talent in the rural start-up system. The conclusion would be a two-day incubator camp in Mumbai,” said a State official.Rural outreachSenior officials said the yatra aims to support a start-up culture in the region, and at the same time reach out to the hinterland to “pick up start-ups”.The contingent will include representatives from 24 start-ups which have been shortlisted earlier this year to collaborate with the government to implement innovative projects.The state has already signed Letters of Intent with 24 start-ups for work orders worth ₹15 lakh as part of the Maharashtra Start up Week where over 2,000 participants made a pitch for their innovations at the event. The shortlisted start-ups are collaborating with the government over the next few months and work closely in areas such as infrastructure, healthcare, defence and the environment.As part of the State’s start-up policy, the rural outreach has been in the planning stage for a while, Minister for Labour and Skill Development Sambhaji Patil-Nilangekar said the most exciting part of the start-up week was, 18 of the 24 shortlisted firms are based in the rural regions of Maharashtra, and areas outside bigger cities. “We now want this start-up ecosystem to spread even to the rural areas,” he said.last_img read more

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‘No fly zone’ during CWG opening

first_imgWith the shadow of terror looming over the Games, the opening and closing ceremonies would see no aircraft flying in the Capital’s skies for five continuous hours on each day.Post-9/ 11, the danger that terrorists could hijack a plane and use it as a missile at a high value target could not be underestimated, according to highly placed security officials.And the Commonwealth Games is an occasion when the government is making all-out efforts to ensure foolproof security.According to sources, the government has decided to ensure that Delhi’s airspace is shut down during the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games.For both the opening ceremony on October 3 and the closing ceremony on October 14, the airspace is likely to be closed for five hours, suspending all civilian aircraft movements over the city, senior officials said.However, the skies would still see helicopters manned by defence and security agencies hovering over the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the venue for both the ceremonies.A similar effort is also made every year on Independence Day and Republic Day, when the top brass of the country’s political and military leadership gathers in the Capital.last_img read more

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Wind remains on firefighters side in bout with northern Alberta wildfire

first_imgHIGH LEVEL, Alta. — Despite heavy smoke, officials say a lighter wind out of the northeast has allowed for great progress on reining in a wildfire that’s forced thousands of people from their homes in northern Alberta.Authorities say the Chuckegg Creek fire remains out of control as it churns about three kilometres south of High Level, but favourable weather on Tuesday allowed crews to protect power poles west and south of the community.The blaze has eaten its way through about 800 square kilometres of timber, with the main area of spread on the northwest side away from town.Officials say crews using heavy equipment are making progress on a fire guard around High Level and parts of the fire perimeter.Nearly 5,000 people were cleared out of High Level and nearby First Nations on the long weekend when flames were licking at the southern edge of the town, about 750 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.The fire has been rated at a Level 6 — the most intense rating on the scale — which means flames are jumping from treetop to treetop in the tinder dry region.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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