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first_imgA Letterkenny man led Gardai on a pursuit through the town after being spotted holding a bottle of wine while driving.John McDonagh fled from Gardai after being reported to be drinking and driving at Ballyboe on March 5th last.After being approached by Gardai he fled and drove up through the Long Lane and Glencar areas of the town where he was pursued by Gardai with flashing sirens. McDonagh, 32, tried to overtake another car in his way and mounted a footpath but crashed into the other car.The defendant, of 19 Cashel Park, Lisnennan, Letterkenny, drove on down Convent Road in his Volkswagen Passat and forced two pedestrians to jump out of the way.Gardai again tried to stop McDonagh but he continued to drive towards the Oldtown area of the town before being hemmed in and arrested by Gardai.Solicitor Kieran Dillon told Letterkenny District Court his client had argued with his partner earlier that day and had decided to go drinking.He said his client was getting married this year, was very sorry for what had happened and accepted he will be off the road for a long time.Judge Paul Kelly said the incident was at the upper end of the scale.“This was an aggrevated incident. He was stopped by Gardai and then tried to escape and evade Gardai over a length of time. God knows what might have happened if he was not trapped.“He also collided with another vehicle and put a number of pedestrians and Gardai in danger,” he said.Judge Kelly ordered a community service report and said he was considering imposing 200 hours community service for both charges of dangerous driving.PEDESTRIANS FORCED TO FLEE AS GARDAI PURSUED DRINK-DRIVER THROUGH LETTERKENNY was last modified: June 27th, 2011 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)last_img read more

Brentford aiming to end 82-year wait for win at NewcastleBrentford aiming to end 82-year wait for win at Newcastle

first_imgEmbed from Getty Images.Lloyd Owusu scored when Brentford last met Newcastle, in September 2001Brentford meet Newcastle for the first time in 15 years, when the Magpies won a League Cup tie 4-1. The Bees haven’t won at St. James’ Park since the very first meeting between the sides back in 1934, but good results at Brighton and Aston Villa have boosted their confidence.Kick-off: 3pm, Saturday 15 October 2016Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire)Five key battles: Including Scott Hogan v Jamal LascellesVital statistic: The Bees have only won three of the nine meetings between the two clubs – their last victory over Newcastle came in January 1948.Injuries and suspensionsNEWCASTLE UNITEDRuled out: Rolando Aarons (broken foot), Rob Elliot (knee), Massadio Haidara (knee).Fitness test: Daryl Murphy (calf).BRENTFORDRuled out: Lasse Vibe (ankle ligament), Alan Judge (broken leg), Rico Henry (shoulder), Callum Elder (knee). Possible starting line-upsNewcastle: Darlow; Anita, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Colback, Shelvey; Ritchie, Diame, Gouffran; Gayle.Brentford: Bentley; Colin, Egan, Dean, Bjelland; Yennaris, Woods; Clarke, Sawyers, Macleod; Hogan. Facts and figuresFORM GUIDE (last five league matches)Newcastle: W W D L W (10 points) • Home: W L W W L (9 points)Brentford: D W L W D (8 points) • Away: L D W L L (4 points)TOP SCORERS (league only)Newcastle – 7: Gayle; 3: Shelvey; 2: Gouffran; 1: Atsu, Clark, Hanley, Hayden, Lascelles, Mitrovic, Perez, Ritchie, Yedlin.Brentford – 7: Hogan; 3: Egan; 2: Vibe; 1: Clarke, Colin, Dean, Kaikai, Yennaris.LAST FIVE MEETINGS12 Sep 2001: Newcastle 4 Brentford 16 Mar 1993: Newcastle 5 Brentford 14 Oct 1992: Brentford 1 Newcastle 229 Jan 1955: Newcastle 3 Brentford 217 Jan 1948: Brentford 1 Newcastle 0Newcastle 4 wins, Brentford 1 win, 0 draws See also:Our West London Championship XI based on the season so farHogan named player of the monthFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Joburg’s R500m broadband planJoburg’s R500m broadband plan

first_img7 March 2007Johannesburg has invited companies to bid for a R500-million public-private project to build its own broadband network, joining a growing list of South African cities that are going it alone to provide their residents with cheaper voice and data services.Other South African municipalities that are exploring their own broadband options, rather than relying on state company Telkom, include Cape Town, Tshwane (Pretoria) and eThekwini (Durban).Last week, the city issued a request for information from interested companies that own or have access to a value-added network service licence to tender for the Joburg Broadband Network project.The project is aimed at bringing down telecommunications costs in the city, as well as improving service delivery in areas ranging from traffic control to library services.The Johannesburg metro municipality already owns telecoms infrastructure and has a private telephone network licence. The city plans to offer internet bandwidth at a lower cost to its departments, businesses and schools, and to cater for an expected increase in demand for bandwidth during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Speaking to Business Report, Douglas Cohen, a consultant in the city’s department of economic development, said Johannesburg would invest about R100-million in the project, with the private sector asked to finance the remaining R400-million.The city expects the private partners to make money from the project through selling its spare capacity to businesses and consumers, and possibly also charging the municipality to use the network.“They are getting access to start a new network. They could become a wholesaler of lower-cost telephony and data and they will have the city as an anchor client,” Cohen said.According to Business Day, Cohen expects the country’s large telecoms and IT companies to bid for the project, as well as smaller IT firms, possibly in partnership with foreign investors.Because of the size of the municipal area, Cohen said the contract might have to be divided between more than one bidder, and a variety of technologies are likely to be needed for different areas.As such, Johannesburg City Power is backing the project, as it is likely to include internet connectivity over powerlines, which they have been experimenting with.“The purpose of the broadband project is primarily to build a strong information technology infrastructure for the city and to bring information and communications technology closer to citizens at a cost-effective price,” Jabulani Zimu from the office of the city’s chief information officer told Business Report.The city expects to appoint the successful bidder for the project before the end of 2007.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Aquariums in Cape Town and Durban: a blue delight for allAquariums in Cape Town and Durban: a blue delight for all

first_imgMarine Month is the perfect time for a visit to the aquarium, where sea creatures and humans meet. The two biggest in South Africa are the uShaka Marine World in Durban and the Two Aquarium in Cape Town.        Old and young alike are fascinated by aquariums. (Image: uShaka Marine World, Facebook, reposted from Allyzahra Dinath)Compiled by Priya PitamberIt is easy for a grown-up to capture the wonder of a kid again when they visit an aquarium, where the otherworldly sea creatures open their minds to adventure and discovery.South Africa’s main coastal cities of Durban and Cape Town house the country’s two largest aquariums, the uShaka Marine World and Two Oceans Aquarium, respectively. Both are immensely delightful to young and old alike.Make the most of the last week of Marine Month to visit these water treasures.Two Oceans AquariumLocated at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, the Two Oceans Aquarium opened its doors in November 1995.Today, it is recognised as one of the top tourist attractions in the Mother City, reads its website.Through its various exhibits, education and conservation programmes, it has become integral in increasing environmental awareness.There is a lot to see at the Two Oceans: it houses more than 3 000 living sea animals, including sharks, fish, turtles and penguins.It also has an ethereal kelp forest and an exhilarating predator exhibit.WatchSee images of some of the amazing specimens at the aquarium:        (Image: Priya Pitamber)        (Image: Priya Pitamber)        (Image: Priya Pitamber)        (Image: Priya Pitamber)uShaka Marine WorldSpanning more than 16 hectares of prime beachfront, it is easy to understand why uShaka Marine World is the biggest theme park in Africa and the fifth-largest aquarium in the world.There is a lot for visitors to do: wild water rides, visit the aquarium, watch the dolphin shows, or eat and shop.There is also a recreation of a 1920s ship wreck.Watch:See some of the amazing activities at the aquarium:        (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)        (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)       (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)last_img read more

CAG to audit CWG 2010 projects within three monthsCAG to audit CWG 2010 projects within three months

first_imgWith a controversy raging over the Commonwealth Games expenditures, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on Monday said it will complete within three months a “comprehensive” audit of the projects.The report will be confidential and submitted only to Parliament, CAG Vinod Rai said.”We will complete the entire audit process of CWG in three moths time. It is going to be a gigantic task. At least 20 different organisations will be involved,” he said addressing auditors that included some from abroad.”If we take six to eight months time and submit the report in 2012, then the entire purpose of exercise would be lost. We will ensure that results of the audit are made available at the earliest. It is not only about the expenditures incurred,” he said.The CAG said while auditing they would have to see whether the original activity or the objective has been fulfilled. “Whether there is a physical outcome, accountability established and there there has been optimal utilisation of money,” Rai said.He said it would be a comprehensive audit which would cover all the institutions involved in the Games. “Ours will be a report which will be shared only with the Parliament,” he said while addressing the 97th international training programme on auditing in an IT environment.The CAG is vetting the expenditures incurred in different Commonwealth Games related projects.The audit process by CAG teams began in the middle of August. However, later it was halted between September 24 and October 14 in view of the Games.advertisementlast_img read more

Prince William And Prince Harry Visit Support4Grenfell Community HubPrince William And Prince Harry Visit Support4Grenfell Community Hub

first_imgPrince William and Prince Harry have visited the newly established Royal Foundation Support4Grenfell Community hub, which provides support to the Grenfell Tower community in London.Prince William And Prince Harry Visit Support4Grenfell Community hubTheir Royal Highness also visited Al-Manaar, The Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, which was one of the first centres to respond to the tragedy on the night of the fire.After the Grenfell Tower fire on 14 June 2017, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, like others, wanted to support the community in North Kensington.The Royal Foundation, of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, established Support4Grenfell Community Hub.The hub is a centre point for organisations already involved in supporting the community to come together to provide additional mental health resources for the children, young people and families affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.The Duke and Prince Harry heard how the hub provides a space for various agencies and community groups to continue working collaboratively.Their Royal Highnesses met representatives from organisations leading the emotional support response at the hub, including Child Bereavement UK, Place2Be, The Art Room and Winston’s Wish.Many of these charities have been working with local partners, schools, community groups within Kensington for some years. The hub has allowed these charities to react quickly to scale up their local support in response to the tragedy, as others have done.Afterwards, The Duke and Prince Harry visited Al-Manaar, The Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, to meet members of the centre’s community. Al-Manaar was one of the first centres that responded to the tragedy on the night of 14 June. Volunteers there co-ordinated other volunteers – and offered food, water, shelter and counselling to survivors of the Grenfell fire.Al-Manaar continues to work with the families and residents affected to provide counselling, advice and a safe space.Source:Royal.uklast_img read more

Nunavut says number of polar bears in the region going up –Nunavut says number of polar bears in the region going up –

first_imgKent Driscoll APTN NewsA major polar bear region says it is looking to increase the polar bear hunting quota for 2018.This despite a video that was released in December showing a starving polar bear that garnered international attention as the animal struggled to find food at an old campsite.It was held up as an example of the negative effects of climate change.But Nunavut and Greenland say the polar population isn’t just fine – it’s [email protected] @kentdriscolllast_img read more