first_imgDonegal county councillor Micheál Mac Giolla Easbuig has spoken out in support of Gweedore footballer Eamon McGee after a priest criticised the player for supporting same-sex marriage.Cllr Mac Giolla EasbuigA number of people left mass in Annagry on Saturday night last following comments by local priest Fr John Britto.But local county councillor Mac Giolla Easbuig said Eamon McGee is to be commended for standing up for equality. “In calling for a ‘Yes’ campaign in the referendum in May, he has become a target for religious conservatives on social media. Now he finds himself condemned from the pulpit. That is wrong and it is unacceptable that a young man is hounded in this way for taking a stand for others rights.“Recently in Annagry, the community cinema had a showing of the film Jimmy’s Hall which told the story of Jimmy Gralton, an Irishman with a social conscience who fell foul of the Catholic Church and was denounced, hounded and finally, forcibly deported from his homeland.“Fortunately those days are now gone. Our society has changed and we are emerging into a more tolerant and accepting environment, although sadly, there are evidently some who want to drag us back to those dark days.”He added that he will actively campaign for a ‘Yes’ vote in the referendum. “I believe it is an important step towards equality and towards a more open and tolerant society which will benefit us all.”COUNTY COUNCILLOR BACKS EAMONN McGEE IN SAME SEX MARRIAGE ROW was last modified: March 10th, 2015 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:AnnagrydonegalEamonn McGeeFR JOHN BRITTOMICHAEL MAC GIOLLA EASBUIGlast_img read more

Corrosion costs SA R130bn: Mintek

first_img26 May 2011Natural corrosion causes the collapse of buildings, aeroplane crashes and refinery and factory explosions, directly costing the economy about R130-billion a year, research and development organisation Mintek says.Supporting the company’s claim, a 2005 University of the Witwatersrand study puts the estimated direct cost of corrosion at R154-billion per year, higher even than Mintek’s figure.International support for the claim comes from an Electric Power Research Institute of the US study, which shows that more than half of all unplanned power outages are due to corrosion.Other studies in different countries indicate that between 25% and 30% of water supply is lost in the supply chain due to corrosion, according to Mintek.However, several independent studies have also shown that 25% of the effects and costs of corrosion can be prevented by applying known corrosion technology.Corrosion technology experts neededMintek says the problem is that South Africa’s higher education institutions do not churn out experts in corrosion technology, and the current pool of experts is shrinking.Mintek is attempting to address this problem together with the Corrosion Institute of Southern Africa.“Mintek helps industry reduce the adverse impacts of corrosion by performing failure investigations, aiding in material selection, and providing advice,” said Deon Slabbert, co-ordinator of the Mintek Metals Technology Centre.“The centre also performs failure investigations in order to identify root causes [of corrosion]. This is not only important for litigation, but also to prevent costly failures and downtime in future,” he added.Sapalast_img read more

Trevor Noah wins Emmy award for The Daily Show

first_imgTrevor Noah continues his world domination since taking over as host of American comedy news show The Daily Show. In addition to his sell-out comedy tours in the US and South Africa and his bestselling memoir, Born A Crime, Noah has won his first Emmy award.Trevor Noah joined the Daily Show as host in September 2015, and has since then received critical and popular acclaim for his distinctive comedic flair and level-headed commentary to the American and global political climate. (Image: YouTube)CD AndersonNoah won the award for Best Short Form Variety Series, specifically for the popular YouTube insert The Daily Show: Between the Scenes, in which Noah provides web-exclusive commentary to political events in the US and around the world.The award was part of the Emmy Creative Arts ceremony that highlights production and technical work in television, as well as outstanding short form and new media programming.Watch one of Trevor Noah’s Between the Scenes videos below:The main ceremony, focused on the best of full-length dramatic and comedy television takes place on 17 September 2017.The Daily Show insert beat other nominees that included YouTube favourites Epic Rap Battles and Honest Trailers.News of Noah’s win provoked a wave of national pride among South African Twitter users, as well as a notable shout-out from South African opposition party the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to whom Noah responded in his distinctive comedic flair, much to the amusement of South Africans.EFF congratulates @Trevornoah for winning his first Emmy for The Daily Show: continue to make us proud ??— EFF (@EFFSouthAfrica) September 11, 2017Thank you comrades. Where would my comedy career be without you! ?— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) September 11, 2017Source: News24Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Mandela’s head rises in Howick

first_imgNelson Mandela’s head rises dramatically from the ground on a small plot outside the village of Howick in KwaZulu-Natal.Nelson Mandela’s head rises dramatically from the ground on a small plot outside the village of Howick in KwaZulu-Natal. His face is sculpted in 50 thin steel columns, marking the spot where he was arrested in 1962.It was here, on 5 August 1962, that Mandela’s car was stopped by the security police, and his life took a completely different course. He was on his way back to Johannesburg after visiting Chief Albert Luthuli, at the time the president of the African National Congress (ANC), in Groutville, some 80km north of Durban. He posed as a chauffeur, driving with Cecil Williams, a theatre director and member of Umkhonto we Sizwe or MK, the armed wing of the ANC.The sculpture, by artist Marco Cianfanelli, consists of 50 steel columns, ranging in height from 6.5m to 9.5m. A path leads to the sculpture; at 35m, the portrait comes into focus, with the 50 columns perfectly in line to represent his face in a flat image. The site was unveiled in August 2012 – the 50 columns representing the 50 years since Mandela’s capture. It was designed by architect Jeremy Rose of Mashabane Rose Associates.Cianfanelli says that they “wanted to create an iconic and monumental sculpture of Mandela, that was unique and unconventional”.“I love the experience of moving towards the focal [point] and recognising the image of Mandela but my favourite part is the experience of walking amongst the columns of the sculpture.”Another Mandela sculpture by Cianfanelli was unveiled in May this year, depicting him in a sparring match with professional boxer Jerry Moloi on the rooftop of the South African Associated Newspapers building in downtown Johannesburg. The work, entitled Shadow Boxing, stands 5 metres tall and is based on Bob Gosani’s 1953 photograph. The flat steel sculpture soars into the sky, juxtaposed between Chancellor House, where Mandela had law offices with Oliver Tambo, and the Magistrate’s Courts, where he often represented clients.On the runMandela writes in his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom: “I wore my chauffeur’s white dust-coat and sat next to Cecil as he drove. We often took turns behind the wheel. It was a clear, cool day and I revelled in the beauty of the Natal countryside; even in winter, Natal remains green.”He was looking forward to getting back to his wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, and his young children. He was engrossed in conversation with Williams, discussing sabotage plans, as they passed through Howick, which is outside Pietermaritzburg, but he noticed another car. “At Cedara, a small town just past Howick, I noticed a Ford V-8 filled with white men shoot past us on the right. I instinctively turned round to look behind and I saw two more cars filled with white men. Suddenly, in front of us, the Ford was signalling to us to stop. I knew in that instant that my life on the run was over; my 17 months of ‘freedom’ were about to end.”That “freedom” consisted of Mandela travelling around the country in various disguises. He was co-ordinating plans and a three-day anti-government demonstration, and for the formation of MK, which the ANC had decided was a new strategy direction in its fight for democracy.Shortly after the discharge of the accused in the Treason Trial in March 1961, a trial that lasted almost five years and which ended in 156 people acquitted of charges of treason, Mandela went into hiding as the apartheid government cracked down, keen not to be embarrassed again. “I became a creature of the night,” he writes. “I would keep to my hideout during the day, and emerge to do my work when it became dark. I operated mainly from Johannesburg, but I would travel as necessary.”In disguiseNormally tall and elegant, and speaking confidently and with gravitas, Mandela changed his gait and manner entirely, not standing as straight and speaking more softly, and becoming more unobtrusive. He stopped shaving and cutting his hair, and took on the disguise of a chauffeur, chef or “garden boy”, wearing round, rimless glasses and a chauffeur’s cap and blue overalls.There was soon a warrant out for his arrest, with roadblocks thrown up around the country. He was labelled the Black Pimpernel, a reference to the novel The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy, set during the French Revolution. He travelled across South Africa, attending secret meetings in the townships at night. “I would pop up here and there to the annoyance of the police and to the delight of the people.” His disguises were so good that he was sometimes snubbed by people he knew.He lived in empty flats, in people’s back rooms, with Muslims in the Cape, with sugar workers in KwaZulu-Natal, with factory workers in Port Elizabeth. He moved into the farmhouse at Liliesleaf, a plot acquired for the underground ANC, some 20km from the city centre of Johannesburg. It was here that he was visited by Winnie and the children. “The loveliest times at the farm were when I was visited by my wife and family,” he writes. “At these weekends time would sometimes seem to stop as we pretended that these stolen moments together were the rule not the exception of our lives.”Mandela decided to attend the Pan-African Freedom Movement for East, Central and Southern Africa meeting in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, in February 1962. This movement later developed into the Organisation of African Unity (now the African Union), with the aim of drawing together the independent countries of Africa in promoting liberation movements on the continent.He visited several African countries, as well as London, and received military training in Addis Ababa before he was asked to return to South Africa. Williams met him at the Botswana border town of Lobatse and from there they drove to Liliesleaf.Non-racialism and communismMandela then visited Luthuli again in KwaZulu-Natal and briefed him on his African tour, emphasising that African leaders were prepared to support MK but that they were surprised that the ANC was taking the stance of non-racialism and communism, instead of the breakaway Pan Africanist Congress’s stance of pure African nationalism. Luthuli was not happy. “He said we had evolved the policy of non-racialism for good reasons and he did not think that we should alter our policy because it did not suit a few foreign leaders.”Mandela responded by saying that the foreign politicians were not dictating policy but that they were the ones who were going to finance MK and so some adjustment had to be made. He suggested that the ANC become the dominant organisation in the Congress Alliance, with partners the South African Indian Congress and the Coloured People’s Congress, while still keeping to non-racialism as the ANC’s basic principle.Mandela and Williams then decided to return to Liliesleaf. He spent the evening before they were to travel at the home of GR Naidoo, and enjoyed an evening with activists Monty Naicker, JN Singh, and Ismail and Fatima Meer, in a “combination welcome-home and going-away party”. “It was a pleasant evening and my first night of relaxation in a long while. I slept well and I met Cecil on Sunday afternoon – 5 August – for the long drive back to Johannesburg in his trusty Austin.”They were stopped, Mandela was taken to The Fort in Joburg, and was charged with unlawfully leaving the country, and incitement to strike. He had been on the run for 17 months. He was convicted and sentenced to five years on Robben Island.Nine months into his sentence, on 11 July 1963, police swooped on Liliesleaf, and the top ranks of the ANC were arrested. The Rivonia Trial followed, and Mandela and seven others were sentenced to life. Six of them were immediately flown to Robben Island, the seventh served his sentence at Pretoria Central Prison.Secret interviewWhile on the run, Mandela gave a secret interview to journalist Peter Hazelhurst in Johannesburg. The article, published in the Sunday Express on 14 May 1961, went missing, but with the assistance of the South African National Library, the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory has traced it, and given it to Hazelhurst.One day in May 1961, activist Ahmed Kathrada, a Robben Island prisoner and subsequently great friend of Mandela, approached Hazelhurst, asking him if he was interested in meeting the Black Pimpernel. The meeting was suggested by activist Ruth First, who was later killed by a letter bomb sent by the apartheid government to her in Maputo, Mozambique. Hazelhurst was taken to a shop in downtown Johannesburg, and interviewed Mandela in a back room for 70 minutes.The reporter used a ruse to protect the shop owner, saying he was blindfolded and driven around before being introduced to Mandela. His article, headlined, “Native leader says: ‘Violence is out’”, begins: “They took the blindfold off. Sitting in front of me was Nelson Mandela, the most wanted man in South Africa.”Hazelhurst was upset that his headline of “African leader” was changed to “Native leader”. He wrote: “The blindfold was removed and Mr Mandela rose from his desk to greet me. Wearing a black polo-neck jersey and khaki slacks, the new leader of black South Africa told me he was prepared to answer white South Africa’s uncertainty about the forthcoming demonstrations.”Mandela was planning three days of demonstrations, protesting against the Nationalist Party government. He was at pains to indicate that the protests are not against whites, whether English or Afrikaans speakers, but against the government. “Mr Mandela, 42-year-old attorney, sat back and gave assurances about the forthcoming demonstrations.”Nothing to fearMandela said: “White South Africa has nothing to fear from our side. The main purpose of the three-day demonstration is to express to the Nationalist government our disapproval of the republic. It is the republic of a minority of the people of South Africa.”He stressed that strict instructions had been given that no violence was to be used by the demonstrators. Mandela headed the National Action Council, which had one simple goal: “a national convention of all groups of the country which would form a new non-racial constitution to bring about a new non-racial and democratic South African society”.Half a century later, when he met Kathrada again, Hazelhurst said he was amazed that he said exactly that when he came out of prison.It was a message he reiterated: Mandela spent a lot of time in his first years as president assuring minorities that they had a place in a democratic South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON Rep Seth Moulton Concerned Emergency Declaration Could Cost Massachusetts

first_imgWASHINGTON, DC — This week, Massachusetts House Armed Services Committee Members Representatives Seth Moulton (MA-06), Lori Trahan (MA-03), and Bill Keating (MA-09) condemned President Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency so that the president can circumvent Congress and use military construction funds to build his border wall. The decision to use military construction funds directly jeopardizes $90 million designated for use at the Hanscom Air Force Base to construct a Compound Semiconductor Laboratory-Microelectronics Integration Facility, and $42,600,000 at the Westover Air Reserve Base.“Whether President Trump recognizes it or not, we are competing with Russia and China to develop the next generation of advanced technologies that will allow us to lead the world in the 21st Century,” Rep. Seth Moulton (MA-06) said. “The proposed lab at Hanscom Air Force Base is exactly the type of investment the government should be making to keep our nation safe. The president’s decision to raid these funds from Hanscom–to pay for a 5th Century wall to address a 21st Century immigration problem–isn’t just a waste of money, it is a conscious decision to play politics with our national defense and economic competitiveness.”“The President declared an emergency over a crisis that doesn’t exist – even going so far to say during his press conference that he ‘didn’t need to do this.’ Now that he has, $90 million worth of military construction projects at the Hansom Air Force Base alone are at risk of being diverted to construct the President’s ineffective, wasteful wall that does nothing to secure our border. This is an outrage,” Rep. Lori Trahan (MA-03) said. “No president, Donald Trump included, has the right to undermine the authority of Congress by declaring a fake national emergency just because they didn’t get their way. I will be joining my colleagues in Congress to do our constitutional duty to protect our system of checks and balances and take strong action against the President’s emergency declaration which has now become a clear threat to our actual security and military readiness.”“This Administration’s emergency declaration is at best a reckless politicization of our military and at worst will threaten critical military construction projects,” Rep. Bill Keating (MA-09) said. “Last year, senior Department of Defense leaders testified before Congress about a backlog of $116 billion of unfunded facility requirements and that 32% of their facilities were in poor or failing condition. Just this week, there have been several articles highlighting the poor living conditions that military members and their families are facing on military bases throughout the country. Using military construction funds endangers military readiness and decreases the well-being of our servicemen and women. Additionally, Massachusetts has a number of critical infrastructure projects carried out by the US Army Corps of Engineers that could be threatened by this declaration, including maritime and public safety projects.”(NOTE: The above press release is from Rep. Seth Moulton’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: Moulton, Stewart Introduce Bill To Designate “9-8-8” For Suicide Hotline Dialing CodeIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: Moulton Secures Local Wins In National Defense Authorization ActIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: Moulton Urges President Trump To Take Steps To Bring Afghan Allies, Translators To SafetyIn “Government”last_img read more

Fords LaneKeeping Bed keeps mattress bogarts on their side

first_img Comment The inspiration comes from lane-keep assist, which uses light steering effort to guide a vehicle away from the lines on either side of the road. It’s another interesting adaptation of road-car tech outside the car, following in the footsteps of the Quiet Kennel, which uses noise-canceling tech to placate pups during fireworks shows or thunderstorms. And just like the kennel, the Lane-Keeping Bed’s design would look right at home in any newish house.Of course, it’s just a concept, so don’t expect Ford to bring these into production. But for those of us who are constantly being encroached upon over the course of a good night’s sleep, something like this could truly come in handy.Enlarge ImageIf the whole car thing doesn’t work out, there’s always bed design. Ford’s already proven its chops with this one. Ford Europe More about 2019 Ford F-150 Tags 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Ford Ford Europe likes taking inspiration from its driver-assist systems and adapting them to tackle problems outside the car. After building an impressive dog kennel, the automaker has turned its attention to mattress hogs.Ford’s Lane-Keeping Bed was built to keep each half of a couple on their respective side of the bed. Pressure sensors determine if one person crosses over the mattress’s centerline. When that happens, a set of integrated conveyor belts shifts the whole bed, putting each person back on their respective sides. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous More From Roadshowcenter_img Ford Preview • 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor: Detroit hustles harder 1 Review • 2019 Ford F-150 review: Popular pickup keeps on truckin’ Share your voice Car Culture Auto Tech 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything betterlast_img read more

GoAir considering IPO worth 150 million

first_imgGo Airlines Ltd (GoAir), India’s fifth-biggest carrier by passengers travelled, is considering an initial public offering (IPO) and has begun talks to appoint bankers, three sources directly involved in the process said.GoAir, part of the Wadia Group whose flagship companies include Bombay Dyeing and biscuit maker Britannia Industries, could look to raise as much as $150 million in the IPO, said the sources.The bankers made presentations to the company earlier this week, the people said, adding that it was early to say whether the company would sell new shares or existing shareholders will reduce their stakes in the planned public offering.A spokesman for GoAir, which has a fleet of 19 Airbus A-320 planes and had an 8.4% domestic market share last quarter. The company would not comment on what he called ‘market speculation’, the spokesperson said.GoAir is estimated by consultant CAPA to have made a profit of $14 million-$15 million in the year to March, which would make it the second most profitable Indian airline after market leader IndiGo.IndiGo is selling shares in an IPO to raise as much as $464 million.last_img read more

Barkatullah 22 other BNP leaders face arrest warrant

first_imgFile Photo: Barkatullah BuluA Dhaka court on Sunday issued a warrant for the arrest of 23 Bangladesh Nationalist Party leaders and activists, including its joint secretary general Barkatullah Bulu, in a sabotage case with Ramna police station, reports UNB. M Kamrul Hossain Mollah, judge of the Metropolitan Session’s Court, passed the order taking cognisance of the charge-sheet.It ordered the officer-in-charge of Ramna police station to submit a report on 27 March complying with the arrest warrant.The warranted leaders include BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s press secretary Maruf Kamal Khan, chairperson’s personal secretary Shimul Biswas, BNP leaders Habib-un-Nabi Khan Sohel, Shafiul Bari, Mir Sharafat Ali and Shirin Sultana.In the case, 17 BNP leaders were, earlier, granted bail and one kept in the jail.According to the case statement, a group of miscreants torched a passenger-carrying bus in front of National Bank branch in city’s Malibagh area under Ramna police station on 3 February, 2015 during the indefinite blockade programme enforced by the BNP-led 20 party alliance.Following the incident, police filed a case under the Explosive Substances Act and Special Power Act.Later in March, 2015, police submitted the charge sheets accusing 41 people in the case under the Explosive Substances Act and Special Power Act.last_img read more