Pensioner slapped with narco trafficking charge

first_imgA pensioner who reportedly told Police that she sells narcotics in order to pay her bills, found herself before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Monday morning.Bernadette Robertson, 65, of Lot 90 Blueberry Hill, Wismar, Linden, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and had the charge of possession read to her.The charge alleged that on February 15, 2018, at her residence, she was found with 94.2 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield objected to bail being granted, revealing that the pensioner took a Police Constable to the kitchen of her home where the illicit substance was found.She reportedly told him when questioned that she sells cannabis to pay her bills.As such, Magistrate McLennan remanded her to prison and she will return to court on March 13, 2018 at the Linden Magistrate’s Court.last_img read more

‘Wally’ Schirra Jr., veteran astronaut of 3 spaceflights

first_imgSAN DIEGO – Walter M. “Wally” Schirra Jr., who as one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts combined the Right Stuff – textbook-perfect flying ability and steely nerves – with a pronounced rebellious streak, died Thursday at 84. He was the only astronaut to fly in all three of NASA’s original manned spaceflight programs: Mercury, Gemini and Apollo. Although he never walked on the moon, Schirra laid some of the groundwork that made the lunar landings possible and helped win the space race for the United States. Schirra died of a heart attack at Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla, said Ruth Chandler Varonfakis, a family friend and spokeswoman for the San Diego Aerospace Museum. In 1962, the former Navy test pilot became the fifth American in space – behind Alan Shepard, Virgil “Gus” Grissom, John Glenn and Scott Carpenter – and the third American to orbit Earth, circling the globe six times in a flight that lasted more than nine hours. Schirra was named one of the Mercury Seven in 1959. Supremely confident, he sailed through rigorous astronaut training with what one reporter called “the ease of preparing for a family picnic.” “He was a practical joker, but he was a fine fellow and a fine aviator,” Carpenter recalled Thursday. “He will be sorely missed in our group.” During the mid-December 1965 Gemini 6 flight, Schirra and crew mate Thomas Stafford unnerved Mission Control when they reported, slowly and in deadpan fashion, seeing some kind of UFO consisting of “a command module and eight smaller modules in front. The pilot of the command module is wearing a red suit” – Santa Claus. Then Schirra and Stafford played “Jingle Bells” on a tiny, smuggled-aboard harmonica and a set of sleigh bells. Earlier in 1965, Schirra also helped smuggle a corned beef sandwich onto Gemini 3, of which Grissom took a few bites during the flight, according to a NASA history. “At times he gave us a hard time during his flight; technically, what he did was superb,” Kraft said. Schirra blasted off from Cape Canaveral on Oct. 3, 1962, aboard the Sigma 7 Mercury spacecraft. “I’m having a ball up here drifting,” Schirra said from space before making a perfect splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. His Gemini mission represented a major step forward in the nation’s space race with the Soviet Union, proving that two ships could dock in space. Kraft said Schirra showed great poise during a launch attempt for the Gemini flight when the spacecraft’s booster ignited but shut down two seconds later. Schirra and Stafford would have been killed in a massive explosion had the launch vehicle risen just a few centimeters, and Kraft said Schirra would have been warranted in triggering a launch ejection. But instead he held steady, and the launch went off OK a few days later. Schirra’s Apollo mission in October 1968 restored the nation’s confidence in the space program, which had been shaken a year earlier when three astronauts, including Grissom, were killed in a fire on the launch pad. The Apollo 7 crew shot into space atop a Saturn rocket, a version of which would later carry men to the moon. But Schirra and his two fellow crew members were grumpy for most of the 11-day trip. All three developed bad colds that proved to be a major nuisance in zero gravity. “Mostly it’s lousy out there,” Schirra said in 1981 on the occasion of the first space shuttle flight. “It’s a hostile environment, and it’s trying to kill you. The outside temperature goes from a minus 450 degrees to a plus 300 degrees. You sit in a flying Thermos bottle.” Survivors include his wife, Josephine; daughter, Suzanne; and son, Walter Schirra III.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Schirra returned to space in 1965 as commander of Gemini 6. Some 185 miles above Earth, he guided his two-man capsule to within a few feet of Gemini 7 in the first rendezvous of two spacecraft in orbit. On his third and final flight, aboard Apollo 7 in 1968, he helped set the stage for the landing of men on the moon during the summer of 1969. An inveterate prankster, he could be grumpy and recalcitrant in space, most famously during his Apollo mission. But “on Mercury, Gemini and Apollo, he flew all three and did not make a mistake,” said Christopher Kraft, who was Schirra’s Mercury and Gemini flight director and later head of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. “He was a consummate test pilot. The job he did on all three was superb.” Of the Mercury Seven, only Glenn and Carpenter are still alive. last_img read more


first_imgSecurity is expected to be tightened after an announcement by Right2Water Donegal that they are to stag a protest at Environment Minister Alan Kelly’s visit to the county.Donegal protestors at a previous march. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Minister Kelly is to attend the MacGill Summer School where he will take part in a debate on Irish Water in the Highlands Hotel in Glenties.The organisers are calling on all those who oppose water charges to attend.Right2Water have stressed that they will mount a peaceful and dignified protest.Charlie Mc Dyer of Right2Water Donegal said their group embraces those who opposed water metering, those who have refused to register and those who support non-payment.“People have also begun to make the connections between the struggle against water charges and other social and economic problems, there is also a gathering of momentum in the recognition of a need for a political challenge to the government in the upcoming election.’“The aim of Right2Water remains the defeat of the government and the EU on water charges , and to prevent privatisation by enshrining in the Constitution a guarantee of public ownership of this vital natural resource.”Owen Curran of Right2Water West Donegal added ‘We are gathering in Glenties to tell the Minister that we will not stand for the handing over of our water to private companies to make a profit from it, and of course remind him yet again that we already pay for water through general taxation.”The organizers have also assured the Boyle family who run the Highlands Hotel and the people who organize the Mc Gill School, that , as always Right2Water intend to protest in a peaceful and disciplined manner .SECURITY EXPECTED TO BE TIGHTENED AS WATER PROTESTORS TO PICKET MacGILL SUMMER SCHOOL was last modified: July 13th, 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:donegalMcGill Summer SchoolWater protestlast_img read more


first_imgKerrykeel man Davitt Walsh with the baby he saved. Pic courtesy of NorthWestNewsPixTragic mum Louise James is to run part of the Belfast Marathon to help raise cash for the charity that helped her son Evan.Louise will do a leg of the city race along with Donegal hero Davitt Walsh, who saved her daughter Rioghnach-Ann, and more than 100 friends and family.The #Teamevan is being organised by family friend Tommy McCallion in a bid to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy UK, but also raise the profile of the illness. Evan, 8, died along with his brother 12-year-old Mark, their dad and Louise’s partner Sean McGrotty, and his grandmother Ruth Daniels and her 15-year-old daughter Jodie-Lee when their car came off the slipway at Buncrana pier on March 20.Kerrykeel man Davitt managed to swim out to the car and rescue Rioghnach-Ann as she was handed out through the car window by Sean and get her to safety.Former footballer Tommy McCallion said it was his son Tom who came up with the idea.He added: “My son Tom was best friends with Evan and he knows I run marathons usually to raise money for the Foyle Hospice, so it was him who asked could I do one in memory of Evan. “I said ok, and within about a week of starting to ask people we’ve got 125 people doing the relay and three people doing the full marathon.“It’s just been incredible, the support we’re getting. I spoke to Louise and it was her who asked me to do it for Muscular Dystyrophy UK.“But she’s going to run it as well, as is Davitt Walsh, and I’ve organised it so Louise and Davitt and other family members who are taking part will be doing the final leg of their relays.“It’s going to be such an emotional day, but I just hope something positive comes out of it in that the profile of Muscular Dystrophy is raised as well as some money for research into the condition.“Louise and the charity have been great in helping getting this organised. “It’s been a very tough time for Derry, but you can see that they’ve come together for this, people from Derry and from Donegal all wanting to get involved.“We’re getting T-shirts printed at the minute and everyone will be wearing them on the day, so people won’t be running for their clubs or what ever, they’ll be running for Team Evan, so it’s going to be pretty powerful stuff to see all those people wearing the Muscular Dystrophy colours.”TRAGIC LOUISE AND HEROIC DAVITT TO RUN BELFAST MARATHON was last modified: April 12th, 2016 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:Belfast MarathonDavitt WalshDerrydonegalLouise Jameslast_img read more


first_imgLagan Harps FcOur ladies first team began their league campaign with a 3-0 win over Bonagee Utd. Nikita Burke, Amber Barrett and Bernie Cunningham were the scorers. Our u/10 boys took part in the blitz. Our A team drew 0-0 with Letterkenny Rovers and Illistrin with Tiernan Brown and Killian Gribben their best players. Our B team lost 3-1 to Letterkenny Crusaders and beat Ballyare Diamonds 2-0. Scorers Were Josh Cafferkey(2) and Taylor Mc Elhinney. Arran Peoples and Damian Kos were their best. In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 8,15, 20 and 22. Damien Doherty, Drunbarnett Upper, won €50 for most numbers(3). Next weeks jackpot is €4175. The club extends sympathy to the Mc Grath family on their recent bereavement.SOCCER – LAGAN HARPS FC NOTES was last modified: May 27th, 2013 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:Lagan Harps FClast_img read more


first_imgThe National Office for Suicide Prevention, HSE West and Console have launched three new resources aimed at supporting community groups in their response to suicide in Co Donegal.They are:•        Suicide Prevention in the community: A practical guide •        National Quality Standards for the provision of suicide bereavement services in Ireland•        Mental Health Promotion training programme for staff caring for older persons.Speaking at the launch, Minister of State with responsibility for Disability, Older People, Equality & Mental Health Kathleen Lynch said: “There is not a community in Ireland that has not been affected by the trauma and despair that surrounds suicide.“I recognise the many challenges that lie ahead and I am aware that there are no easy interventions that will guarantee success. “However, I am heartened when I see the excellent collaboration between the various organisations and individuals who have worked closely together to produce these excellent resources which, I am sure, will make a difference to many individuals, communities and service providers.“The challenge of suicide prevention is now one of the most urgent issues facing society and I am confident that by working collectively – policy makers, families and communities, service providers and service users – we can respond to this challenge.”‘Suicide Prevention in the community: A practical guide” is a result of a number of community groups formed in the West of Ireland in response to suicide. The guide is the first of its kind in Ireland; it contains useful and practical advice on how best to set up a community response group to suicide. It lists the ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ of how best to support a grieving community and try to prevent further suicides in an area. Good practice guidelines are outlined for schools, third level colleges, youth clubs and centres, workplaces and sports groups.  It will be available on the website, website.Catherine Brogan, Acting Director of the NOSP, speaking at the launch commented: “The National Office for Suicide Prevention works with over 40 partners to ensure that good practice is followed in all of our collective efforts to prevent suicide in our communities.“These three practical resources will be important in guiding groups wishing to undertake work on suicide prevention to do so in a collaborative, evidence-based and safe way. Many community groups are formed following a death by suicide in an area and communities often struggle to know exactly what to say and do. This booklet, national guidelines and training programme are tools to support communities to address suicide to ensure that they are offered reassurance and sound advice at a time of great distress.” The NOSP, Console, and Turas le Cheile bereavement support service have worked on developing “The National Quality Standards for the provision of suicide bereavement services”. The resource was created to establish national standards for all levels of suicide bereavement support services in Ireland.Paul Kelly, founder and CEO of Console acknowledges the importance of the development of the standards.He said: “Working in the area of suicide prevention and postvention over the past ten years, Console is acutely aware that following the loss of a loved one to suicide, and with the element of choice associated with it, many difficult feelings and reactions can present themselves. We are delighted to present ‘’The National Quality Standards for the Provision of Suicide Bereavement Services ‘’produced in collaboration with the National Office for Suicide Prevention and Turas Le Chéile.“This practical document will help to ensure a consistent quality of such services nationwide and is as helpful for existing services as it is for new ones.” Training staff in ways to promote positive mental health is seen internationally as an effective approach in identifying persons at risk of suicide.Older people can be at risk of mental health problems or suicide. The new training programme, “Mental Health Promotion training for staff caring for older persons” launched by Minister Lynch, focuses on increasing awareness of depression and suicide in the older person.The programme was developed by the HSE along with voluntary organisations and groups providing a range of services to older persons.  The course is designed to improve the confidence, and knowledge of all carers working with older people.  Initially this training will be available to the West and will be rolled out to the rest of the country by the end of the year.NEW SUICIDE PREVENTION STRATEGY LAUNCHED FOR DONEGAL was last modified: March 31st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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

Picture Special: Ballylast NS hosts spooky fancy dress competition!

first_imgThe children from Ballylast National School in Castlefinn terrified their teachers when they turned up to school in these spooktacular outfits!An annual fancy dress competition took place at the school yesterday. The creativity shown by the kids was incredible, with spooky skeletons, ghastly ghouls, and hair-raising zombies being seen throughout the school corridors!The kids also performed a showcase under the direction of Zara Holmes School of Drama. Picture Special: Ballylast NS hosts spooky fancy dress competition! was last modified: October 27th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Ballylast National SchoolcastlefinnFancy DressHalloweenlast_img read more

SA joins global road safety campaign

first_img12 May 2011 South Africa has joined the United Nations’ Decade of Action for Road Safety campaign, launched worldwide on Wednesday, with Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele saying the country would use the campaign to ensure that road safety became everyone’s business. The campaign, supported by governments, international agencies, civil society organisations and private companies from more than 100 countries, aims to save at least 5-million lives on roads around the world over the next 10 years. Speaking in Pretoria at the South Africa launch of the campaign, Ndebele said the government would work with various stakeholders to ensure that the message was spread everywhere – from mosques, temples, churches, schools and businesses – to ensure that everyone was on board in creating safer roads for South Africans. Ndebele said his department had already embarked on large-scale mobilisation of communities through Community Road Safety Councils. Council members include traditional leaders, religious leaders, the private sector, schools, government departments as well as civil society. These councils should always be inclusive, he said. “Road Safety is not what you do to a community; road safety is what you do with a community. Therefore, community-driven road safety through Community Road Safety Councils must become the primary driving force of this Decade of Action in South Africa.” Ndebele said the government wanted to empower communities to become self-liberating through Road Safety Councils. “Every road safety issue in a community, whether a faulty robot or a pothole in Boksburg, Soweto or Nongoma, must be the business of the Road Safety Council. Members of the community must know their Road Safety Council, which should be their first point of call regarding any road safety matter.” Ndebele said the government’s response to road deaths in the country included safety education taught at schools, plans to ensure the speeding up of the issuing of driving licences, and a planned driving school summit that would ensure that schools were better empowered to produce trained drivers. Ndebele said the government’s road safety plan, introduced last October, to stop and check one-million vehicles every month, had seen about 34 000 unroadworthy vehicles being impounded in the past six months. About 3.5-million fines had been issued for various traffic offences, 13 877 drunk drivers arrested, and almost 9-million vehicles stopped at roadblocks. “As of May 2011, no less than 10 000 drivers will be screened every month for drinking and driving.” Other plans include the national roll-out of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Act and the points demerit system. A draft amendment of the Aarto regulations was published for comment in the Government Gazette on 15 April. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Food and culture celebrated in District Six cookbook

first_imgDistrict Six Huis Kombuis Food and Memory is a cookbook that combines peoples’ stories with food, a binding force in the community. The District Six Huis Kombuis Food and Memory cookbook combines stories and food from District Six. (Image: Quivertree Publications)Compiled by Priya PitamberDistrict Six Huis Kombuis Food and Memory , a cookbook that’s come from District Six in Cape Town weaves together recipes from the past and a deep sense of culture with fond memories from the people who made and ate the dishes.The Afrikaans part of the title, huis kombuis means “house kitchen”, and the creations contained in the book come from people who lived in District Six, recipes that have been in families for many a generation.“[The title] was inspired by descriptions of kitchens in participants’ homes as being the heart of the home, its central social space,” said Tina Smith, curator of the District Six Museum and lead author of the book.District Six Huis Kombuis: Food and Memory Cookbook— MountainViewHermanus (@MVHermanus) November 25, 2016Importance of District SixAt the launch of the cookbook in November 2017, Smith described food as a connecting factor, as well as a gateway to District Six.“We are not just presenting a book, it’s our culture. Everything in this cookbook is part of our past. This is not gourmet cuisine, it’s afval [offal], it’s what people had to make from what they had and it became a celebration,” she told news website IOL.“We are celebrating our past, and this book reminds us of our past.”People of all races and religions lived together in District Six, on the doorstep of Cape Town’s city bowl. From the 1800s, it became home to freed slaves, merchants, artisans, labourers and immigrants. But with the advent of the Group Areas Act in 1966, it was declared a whites-only area. Residents were removed and relocated, their houses razed and the vibrant culture of the area destroyed.The launch of the cookbook marked the 50th anniversary of the declaration.Food: at the heart the narrativeThe book is not only filled with recipes, but stories from contributors, former residents of District Six. Many recall cooking simple meals on old stoves, using wood, paraffin or coal for heat.Victoreen Gilbert, who now lives in Newlands, said many households cooked similar meals, and some of the favourite dishes were soup, crayfish curry, bredies [stews] and skaapkop [sheep’s head].“When we were invited to eat at a neighbour’s house, we all would be nodding because the chances were that our mothers made the same food,” Gilbert said.Sylvia Gangert recalled a sweet dish that was popular in District Six, after the fruit truck made its round.“They used to give us the bruised fruits and our moms would stew them and serve it with custard,” Gangert told IOL.“And we had no fridges for jelly. We had to buy blocks of ice and the young men would carry them up the stairs at Bloemhof Flats. Or we used a kitchen cupboard with the mesh door — a spens [pantry] is what they called it.”Mogammat Benjamin fondly remembered how food was often communal. “We also used to share. We ate from everyone — Christian or Muslim. The Christians used to respect the Muslims enough to cook food out of pots and pans which were not tainted.” Muslims do not eat pork nor drink alcohol.The foodRecipes in the book include a variety of meals, from bredies, to koeksisters, and samosas.“Here traditional recipes were brought to life in the rituals of cooking, eating and the sensory exchange at the kitchen table,” said Smith.“Culinary rituals and home craft practices maintained and reinforced deep significances and connections with District Six as a place of home, family and community.”Source: IOLWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Confused About Wikipedia’s Flagged Revisions? What’s Really Happening

first_imgRelated Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Over the last few days, we have read a lot about how Wikipedia’s new ‘flagged revision’ policy will radically change how entries about living persons will be maintained. Even mainstream media organizations like CNN have now picked up on this story, though there seems to be some confusion about the extent to which these new policies, once implemented, will change the nature of Wikipedia. According to some of these reports, Wikipedia will cease to be free and open. Instead, a group of editors with dictatorial powers will patrol the site. The reality, however, is far less dramatic.First of all, it is important to realize what ‘flagged revisions’ really are. As Nihiltres, an anonymous Wikipedia volunteer and editorpoints out, FlaggedRevs is simply an extension of the Media Wiki software, the open-source project that Wikipedia runs on. It is also important to keep in mind that these changes would only apply to articles about living persons.Update: according to a clarification on the Wikimedia blog, the latest proposal would not just protect articles about living persons. Instead, Wikipedia would flag all articles “that are currently under normal mechanisms of protection (where new and unregistered users cannot edit) to be eligible for the new protection model, which allows for more open editing.”Flagged Protections and Patrolled RevisionsThe current plan is to use this extension to institute a system Wikipedia calls ‘flagged protections.’ Posts that are flagged as ‘protected’ can still be edited by any user, but only certain users will actually be able to mark a certain revision as acceptable and allow it to appear on the main version of the entry. In addition, Wikipedia will institute something called ‘patrolled revisions.’ While this sounds dramatic, all this feature would do is simply mark a certain version of a Wikipedia entry as reviewed. Thanks to this, it would become easier to compare a reviewed version against later edits, which should help Wikipedia editors to detect and weed out vandalism. These patrolled revisions have no influence over what regular users will see on the site.As is typical for large changes to Wikipedia, administrators, editors, and users have been discussing the specifics of these changes for the last couple of months, and it is still not clear what the final result will look like. A test version of Wikipedia that uses the Flagged Revision extension is already live, though it’s not clear when and if these changes will go live on the main site.Pros and ConsThere are a number of pros and cons to implementing the proposed changes. On the one hand, this will most likely make vandalism less of a problem on the site. On the other hand, however, as Nihiltres also notes, the result of using Flagged Revisions could be a large backlog of edits.Some have argued, however, that thanks to this new feature, Wikipedia’s editors wouldn’t have to completely lock down edits on some controversial articles anymore. Instead, users could still make edits to these articles and those edits would just have to be reviewed before they go live on the site.Overall, this doesn’t sound like a bad proposal. It doesn’t really change the nature of Wikipedia, but it does acknowledge some of the issues that an open site of this size inevitably faces and proposes a reasonable solution.center_img frederic lardinois Tags:#news#NYT#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more