first_imgAn 81 year old West Donegal man charged with dangerous driving causing serious harm has been acquitted after a jury heard he passed out from taking blood pressure tablets.William Barr crashed his car killing his wife and putting a little girl in a wheelchair after a horrific crash in Dunlewey in 2008.A jury at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday found that Mr Barr was not in control of his car when it crashed in Dunlewey in May, 2008. Mr Barr’s defence team claimed he had fainted at the wheel as a result of taking blood pressure tablets and that he was automatous during the crash.The horrific crash left 4 year old Noirin Nic Gairbheith in a wheelchair for life after her spinal chord was severed.Mr Barr’s 83 year old wife Maggie also died in the crash.Expert evidence given by retired Professor of Pharmacology Michael Ryan said it was possible that the drug Biscopine could have caused Mr Barr to faint while driving.The court heard that Mr Barr was returning from Letterkenny with his wife when the accident occurred.Mrs Sonia Nic Gairbheith from Gaoth Dobhair told how she came around a bend at Dunlewey to find a Volkswagen Jetta car on her side of the road.There was a head-on collision and Mrs Nic Gairbheith’s car which contained her two children Noirin, 4 and Aodan, 2 was pushed back into a ditch.The car caught fire and the mother and two children had to puled from the car by passers-by moments before it was completely destroyed.Mr Barr said he could not remember crashing and only remembers coming around at Letterkenny General Hospital.The court heard how Mr Barr had been on five different drugs to keep his blood pressure under control as he had suffered from hypertension and had cardiac trouble.Mr Barr, of Middletown, Derrybeg, had been put on the medication by his GP Dr Anthony Delap and had suffered a number of fainting incidents.His dose of Biscopane had been increased from 10mgms to 15mgms and this may have contributed to him passing out at the wheel, said Professor Ryan.Professor Ryan said this was the only drug which could have caused him to faint and lose control of his car.Barrister Peter Nolan said there was no other explanation as to why Mr Barr’s car veered more across the road in a straight line.“He has a clean driving license, the car was mechanically sound and the driving conditions were good.“Something catastrophic happened on that day and the only explanation is that Mr Barr fainted. That is what happened,” he said.However Barrister for the State, Ms Patricia McLaughlin challenged the evidence of Professor Ryan and said advice given to patients taking Biscopine is that it was not common for them to faint as a result of taking the medication.Judge John O’Hagan sent the jury out and told them they had to first consider if Mr Barr was automatous or that he was not in control of himself when his car crashed.If they could not find this they would have to consider if he was guilty of dangerous driving or said they could also consider a charge of careless driving.The jury of seven men and three women took just fifteen minutes to return the ‘not guilty’ verdict in accordance with the claim that Mr Barr was ‘autonomous.’Judge John O’Hagan said “This was an extremely harrowing case on both sides and two people have been scarred forever.”Speaking after the case Barrister Peter Nolan said “This is a landmark case which will have ramifications for both the medical and legal profession.”EndsMAN ACQUITTED AFTER JURY HEARS HE PASSED OUT FROM TAKING BLOOD PRESSURE TABLETS was last modified: July 15th, 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) Tags:crshDunleweyNoirin Nic GairbheithWilliam Barrlast_img read more

Moxon, McGoldrick top finishers at Thursday’s meet

first_img331 elementary and junior high kids gathered Thursday afternoon at the Arcata Community Forest for the fourth of seven cross country meets being held for the K-8th graders this year by North Coast Preparatory Academy. The kids were split into three divisions, kindergarten through second grade, third through fifth grade and sixth through eighth grade. The K-2 division ran a 3/4 mile circuit and the older two divisions ran a 1.4 mile course. Emerald Reveles, a second grader from Cuddeback …last_img read more

Local food is

first_img28 March 2003Bastion executive chef Kenny Ngubane is determined to prove that local is lekker. For many years, he says, local restaurants have been subject to kitchen colonialism, where foreign cooks ran kitchens and their own native food dominated menus.The result? Eighty percent of the food that restaurants offered was foreign, while just 20 percent was South African.“Local cooking is very important, but we are so into international cooking”, says Ngubane. “When people come to South Africa, they want South African food, but yet we don’t give to them – we give them a dish like crab thermidor that they can have in their own countries.“When we go China we want to eat noodles. When we go to India we want to eat rice. When visitors come to South Africa, they want South African food.”Bastion fans need not fear: their crab thermidor won’t be replaced with chakalaka, pap or morogo. But more local foods are being featured on the restaurant’s menu. “A lot of South African chefs are starting to cook more local foods. I think that people are realising that we are losing our culture”, says Ngubane.Head there now and you can dig into Ulundi Ndlovu’s Chicken, made with popular chakalaka, a meal Ngubane named after one of his 22 sous-chefs who excelled in the kitchen. Or bite into a Vrystaat fillet served with mielies on the cob, done true Boere style. Or there is Simonsberg sirloin marinated in a blend of Cape wines, served with Simonsberg brie cheese or a slice of Mpumalanga venison.But Ngubane is firm about one much-loved indigenous dish that won’t appear on the Bastion’s menu anytime soon – tripe. “We don’t do tripe. That will chase people away!” laughs Ngubane.“I think that it’s important when introducing more local foods that you also have to look at the type of establishment and the standard it has. I think it must be phased in slowly, not just with a boom! If I’m doing an African menu, I will introduce it slowly – kind of like the way our democracy came into being.”last_img read more

Collaborative efforts at CITES CoP17 in South Africa

first_imgThe 183 Parties were discussing 120 documents and 62 proposals at the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), said Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa.South Africa, she added, was delighted to host the conference.Watch her welcome message:“Delegates should be prepared to work throughout and make sure that we make our nations proud and at the heart of it all to save our species that are almost extinct but also regulating those that need to be regulated,” she said.At the gathering, the delegates, who include ministers and government representatives from the member countries, representatives from inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations, civil society and other stakeholders, are taking decisions on what additional measures are needed to end illicit wildlife trafficking, among other things.Continental agreementThe 12 African rhino range states and ex-range states have agreed on an overall strategy to tackle poaching and increase the population of the animals in the coming five years.Molewa launched the African Rhino Range States’ African Rhino Conservation Plan on the sidelines of the conference on 25 September.Minister Molewa addressing the side event of the rhino conservation range states action plan #CITES #CoP17— Environmentza (@environmentza) September 25, 2016The African rhino range states and ex-range states are Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.Spanning a period of two years, with discussions spread out over three workshops, the plan took shape. The minister emphasised that it was important for the range states to work together to increase rhino populations.But the plan would not override current national plans. The African plan focused on general principles of conservation on which all states could agree.“It seeks to complement national plans by providing an overarching higher-level umbrella plan under which all the national plans can fit,” she said. “The continental plan also seeks to identify and focus on areas where collectively and co-operatively there may be opportunities for range states to work together to enhance rhino conservation.”Key pointsProtection, law enforcement, investigations and intelligence: to implement legislation and strengthen law enforcement actions between both countries and different departments of government; improving investigation and collectively sharing knowledge, skill and state of the art technology; Biological management: to achieve the envisioned growth rate to sustain, and manage the rhino population and to conserve genetic diversity through standardised monitoring; Co-ordination: to improve co-ordination between range states by active involvement on an international scale; Socio-economic: creating support for conservation by tapping into the local population through empowerment of people; Political support: to boost collective continental political support for rhino conservation; Communication and public support: to garner understanding and support from the public and all stakeholders involved in rhino conservation through targeted communication; Capacity: to make certain there are enough human resources used wisely, and make sure they are appropriately trained and equipped; and, Adequate financing: to explore and develop financing mechanisms and structures to make sure efforts are sustainable.The conference ends on 5 October 2016. South Africa was one of the first signatories to CITES in 1975 and continues to play an active role in the enforcement of the Convention.For the full plan, click here.The ConventionCITES is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. States that have agreed to be bound by the Convention are known as Parties. Although CITES is legally binding on the Parties – in other words they have to implement the Convention – it does not take the place of national laws.Annually, international wildlife trade is estimated to be worth billions of dollars and to include hundreds of millions of plant and animal specimens. The trade is diverse, ranging from live animals and plants to a vast array of wildlife products derived from them, including food products, exotic leather goods, wooden musical instruments, timber, tourist curios and medicines. Wildlife and forest crime is not limited to certain countries or regions, but is a truly global phenomenon.Source: Flauna and South reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using materiallast_img read more

End of year statement by President Jacob Zuma

first_imgWe are about to draw the curtain on the year 2014, a landmark year marking 20 years of freedom and democracy in our country.We have good reason to celebrate. In only two decades, we have transformed an undemocratic, unrepresentative, oppressive state serving a minority, into a unitary, non-racial democratic state, answerable to and representative of all South Africans. We have also expanded access to basic social services especially to the black majority that had been excluded before because of their race.The new ANC administration came into office in May 2014 with an overwhelming mandate of more than 62 percent. We made a commitment to work with all to move South Africa forward and a lot of progress has been made.Last week, I signed performance agreements with all Ministers, which will guide departments and entities reporting to the departments on targets until 2019.As we end the year, the country is on track to achieve most of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by the 2015 deadline. We have made good progress with the eradication of extreme poverty, the achievement of universal primary education, attaining gender equality and the empowerment of women. We are reducing maternal and child mortality and continue to mobilise global partnerships for development.Our country has scored dramatic successes in the fight against HIV and AIDS. To date, 2,7 million South Africans are on antiretroviral treatment, which has improved life expectancy. A total of 3 590 public health facilities are now initiating patients on antiretroviral treatment compared to 490 in February 2010. One of our greatest success stories is the remarkable 67% reduction of mother-to-child transmission of HIV from 8% in 2008 to 2,6% in 2012.Remarkably, 20 million people have to date been tested for HIV through the HIV Counselling and Testing Campaign, launched by the President in 2010. This indicates that the stigma around the disease is being eradicated which will assist prevention efforts.We are also continuing to implement the National Health Insurance scheme at a number of pilot sites. The scheme is aimed at making access to health equal for all, regardless of class or financial means.We have moved ahead with the implementation of the National Development Plan, (NDP), which has been mainstreamed into the government’s programme of action for the next five years.One of the highlights of the year has been the launch of the popular NDP delivery programme, Operation Phakisa. The first segment of Operation Phakisa focuses on boosting the country’s ocean economy. We have also launched Operation Phakisa 2, aimed at improving the functioning of clinics. We have established a unique collaboration, with government working with business, labour, academia and civil society to make Operation Phakisa succeed.We have continued to build much-needed infrastructure. Within the first 100 days of this fifth administration, 45 schools were completed. Eighty-one schools were provided with sanitation, 58 with electrification and 88 with water. In addition to three new universities that we are establishing in Gauteng, Northern Cape and Mpumalanga, sixteen sites have been identified for the construction of 12 new Technical and Vocational Education and Training College campuses.We have taken measures to assist state owned enterprises that are facing difficulties such as Eskom, SAA and the SA Post Office.Since 2008, South Africa has been experiencing regular disruptions in the supply of electricity, which is understandably a great source of inconvenience and frustration to consumers. This has come against the background of a highly successful electrification programme aimed at eradicating apartheid backlogs. To date we have connected more than 11 million households, double the number of households with access to electricity in 1994. From April to October this year, 131 089 electricity connections were concluded. Government has also facilitated electrical connections to boreholes in Ngobi village near Hammanskraal, ensuring safe water supply to 1261 households, benefitting about 5000 people. Current interruptions in some parts of the village caused by technical problems are being attended to.Government is working hard to make Medupi and Kusile power stations come onto the grid faster to promote energy security. We are also licensing independent power producers while exploring various energy options including coal, gas, nuclear, solar and renewable energy options. Government has also entered into several negotiations with nuclear vendor countries and has recently signed Inter-Governmental Framework Agreements with the Russian Federation, the French Republic, the People’s Republic of China, the United States of America and South Korea as part of the nuclear exploratory process.To improve water connections, a stand-alone department of Water and Sanitation was established in May this year and some progress is being made. This year, the number of bucket toilets eradicated in the five most affected provinces are as follows; Free State 6021, Limpopo 777, Eastern Cape 1675, North West 379 and Northern Cape 2694. The work continues as in formal areas, the bucket sanitation backlog remains estimated at 88 127and at 185 000 in informal areas.Water utilities have been directed to assist in water provision in distressed communities. Sedibeng Water was appointed in October 2014 to provide water services to Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality. Amatole Water was directed to implement a refurbishment plan and to bring the systems into full operation to serve Makana District Municipality in Grahamstown and surroundings. Rand Water has taken over Bushbuckridge Water to improve the supply of water in the Mpumalanga area.To relieve the water shortage caused by drought in the Free State, water had to be released from the Lesotho Highlands Water project into the Caledon River, thus benefitting towns in the Setsoto and Mohokare Local Municipalities.In October, we celebrated the provision of water to 55 villages in Giyani in Limpopo, which has changed people’s lives dramatically in the area. Life will soon change as well for 16 200 households in Umkhanyakude District in KwaZulu-Natal. For the first time in 30 years, they will get water from Jozini Dam, which was built in 1973 for agricultural use.Government has set aside R2,4 billion to assist in the delivery of over 200 000 houses for mining employees over the next two years. In addition, a programme has been launched to facilitate the training of 2000 young people for careers in the property sector in 2015/2016. We have also launched a three year National Military Veterans Housing Programme to clear the backlog of close to 6000 military veteran households who require accommodation.For basic services to be provided efficiently, local government has to improve in every part of the country. We hosted a Presidential summit on local government in September this year and launched the now popular Back to Basics local government campaign.There is a lot more that has been done by other departments and clusters in the past six months and more work will be done in the coming year.We thank all citizens and all sectors for their contribution to the success, and look forward to a successful and productive 2015.Enquiries: Mac Maharaj on 079 879 3203 or [email protected] by: The PresidencyPretoriaWebsite: Phakisa: read more

An Old House Gets a New Thermomass Basement

first_imgTo prepare our bid for a comprehensive renovation project in Cambridge, Massachusetts, we visited the old house several times. On one of the walk-throughs, we realized that the foundation was failing in many places. We therefore proposed to raise the house and replace the entire foundation.Raising this house was a challenging process, given the tight space and the existing condition of the house. Brian Butler is a production manager at Savilonis Construction Corporation in Natick, Massachusetts. Concrete foundation walls hide a foam fillingWe used the Thermomass system for the new foundation walls. A Thermomass wall creates a sandwich with two layers of concrete enclosing a filling of rigid foam insulation. (A Thermomass wall is the inverse of an ICF wall.) The insulation in a Thermomass wall creates an excellent thermal break between the earth and the interior.We started by installing a bituthene membrane on top of the concrete footing to create a capillary break between the footing and the wall (see Image #5).Then the concrete contractor drilled steel dowels into the footing to anchor the wall. The next step was to set up the 4-inch-thick (R-20) extruded polystyrene (XPS) foam panels. These panels have fiberglass dowels that help keep the panel perfectly centered in the concrete form (see Image #6).Then the concrete wall forms were erected. Finally, a concrete pump truck showed up to place the concrete. After a couple days, the forms were stripped and ready for dampproofing and backfill (see Image #8). The house was jacked up 3 feetWe first finished all the interior demolition and removed the existing asbestos siding on the building. We then demolished the concrete slab in the basement and dug pits for the cribbing stacks to sit on. We also added new joist hangers and sistered and shored several floor joists to ensure structural stability.Steel beams were slid under the house from front to back (see Image #2, below), and high-powered hydraulic jacks slowly raised the structure about 3 feet off its foundation, providing enough room for demolition crews and equipment to pass under the structure.All of the existing foundation walls were then demolished (see Image #4) to make way for a new insulated poured concrete foundation and a modern drainage system. Better than newOnce the new foundation walls were installed, we set the house down, removed the cribbing stacks, and poured a new insulated basement slab before framing for new interior partitions.This job was a great opportunity to save a little piece of Cambridge’s historical past. The home got a new lease on life, and will provide thermal comfort that is better than a code-built new-construction home.last_img read more

London Olympics 2012- Athletes arriving for Olympic Games

first_imgAthletes, officials and media from all over the world poured into Heathrow Airport on Monday for the London Olympics, the first wave of a record number of passengers expected to pass through Europe’s largest airport for the games that begin July 27.Heathrow says athletes from 50 nations will touch down in what is being described as Britain’s biggest peacetime transport challenge. In all, the airport will handle some 236,955 passengers, breaking the previous daily record of 233,562 set in July 2011.To cope with the deluge, Heathrow has enlisted some 1,000 volunteers to greet arrivals 500 were working on Monday alone and created special teams to deal with oversize items like Olympic javelins, bikes and other sports equipment. All wore bright pink to easily stand out.Hundreds of immigration agents were also on the job to ease the long lines that have plagued the airport and there was an increased police presence, including sniffer dogs.Rows of Olympic VIP buses then whisked teams and coaches to the Athletes Village in east London.At least one athlete, two-time world 400-meter hurdles champion Kerron Clement, was less than complimentary in a tweet after the bus taking the American to the village had a hard time finding its destination.Clement tweeted: “Um, so we’ve been lost on the road for 4hrs. Not a good first impression London.”Clement, who won the world title in 2007 and 2009 before losing it to Britain’s Dai Greene in Daegu last year, is the defending Olympic silver medalist.Heathrow usually handles 100,000 to 110,000 arrivals a day, but that was expected to swell to 121,239 on Monday, many of them Olympic VIPs, just 1,710 short of a previous incoming record on Sept. 4, 2011.advertisementAnother big arrival day will be July 25, two days before the opening ceremony.”We have spent seven years preparing for the Games’ challenge. Now we are putting that planning into action with thousands of extra staff and volunteers on hand to welcome the world to London,” said Nick Cole, head of Heathrow’s Olympic operations.Also Monday, an official a “Games Lane” was opened along the vital M-4 highway from Heathrow into central London for Olympic officials, VIPs and athletes. More “Games Lanes” will open in other parts of London as the Olympics approach.London has four other airports, but Heathrow is the only airport where participants can get their Olympic credentials, so it will handle the bulk of Olympic arrivals.The London Olympics start July 27 and end Aug. 12.last_img read more

Chelsea hopeful of sealing title at West Brom, feels Thibaut Courtois

first_imgLeaders Chelsea want to beat West Bromwich Albion on Friday to become Premier League champions, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has said, as he sets his sights on lifting the trophy for the second time in three years at the club.Chelsea beat Middlesbrough 3-0 on Monday to move seven points clear at the top of table after second-placed Tottenham Hotspur lost 1-0 at West Ham United last Friday.The leaders need three points from their last three games to seal the title and Courtois said that they wanted to win it as soon as possible with a victory over a tough West Brom side.”We hope to do it at the first attempt. We know West Brom are a hard team to play against. We had a very tough game here,” Courtois told British media, referring to Chelsea’s 1-0 win over West Brom at Stamford Bridge in December.”Every opponent who goes there has a hard game. They are eighth in the league and have had a very good year.”Courtois joined Chelsea in 2011 and had three year-long loan spells at Atletico Madrid but returned to the London side in 2015 when Chelsea won the title under former manager Jose Mourinho.The 24-year-old said this season’s title triumph will be special due to their inconsistent 2015-16 campaign that saw them finish 10th.”The first year I came here, I came from winning the league in Spain and straight away we won the league, so that was very nice,” Courtois added.”This year was maybe even more special, because last year was a very bad year… The new manager came in at the beginning of the season, we won some games but then we lost, and there was again a lot of criticism,” he said.advertisement”We’re very close, and it will be very enjoyable after last year.”last_img read more