Breaking: Driver injured in serious collision on Letterkenny – Stranorlar road

first_imgEmergency services are at the scene of a single-vehicle accident on the N13 at Kilross this Tuesday morning.The incident occurred before 9am at Knockfair, on the main road from Ballybofey/Stranorlar to Letterkenny.It is understood that there was one female occupant in the vehicle involved. Ambulance services and gardaí are currently at the scene.Motorists are being advised to expect delays in the area.More updates to follow    Breaking: Driver injured in serious collision on Letterkenny – Stranorlar road was last modified: November 14th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

Newcastle boss Pardew fears for Taylor after injury

first_imgNewcastle manager Alan Pardew says he fears for Ryan Taylor after the midfielder’s first Premier League start since March 2012 ended after just 34 minutes.Taylor left the pitch in tears as he hobbled off during the first half of the Magpies’ 1-0 win over QPR.That result, Newcastle’s fifth league victory on the bounce, lifted them up into the top four but Pardew admitted worries over Taylor cast a shadow over the result.He said: “We’re tinged with sadness because of Ryan’s injury and we are sweating on the scan.“Our thoughts are with him because if any professional footballer doesn’t deserve a long-term injury again it’s him.“So we’re a little bit worried about him at the moment but we’ll wait on the scan.”Taylor, whose American surgeon was at the game at St. James’ Park, was taken to hospital after the match.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Old bones take Madiba’s name

first_imgThe birthday of former president Nelson Mandela was celebrated in hundreds of ways in South Africa and abroad. (Image: Janine Erasmus) Tiny fossilised bones from the woodpecker Australopicus nelsonmandelai are in safe keeping in the South African Museum in Cape Town. (Image: Albrecht Manegold) Excavations at the West Coast Fossil Park have already yielded over 200 species.(Image: West Coast Fossil Park) MEDIA CONTACTS • Dr Albrecht Manegold  Ornithology section, Senckenberg   Institute  +31 620 987 179 RELATED ARTICLES • Madiba’s best birthday gift ever • Town teams up for Mandela statue • Schools to benefit for Mandela Day • Mandela deeds in motion • SA unearths new human ancestorJanine ErasmusThe global scientific community was not left out of former South African president Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday celebrations on 18 July – scientists have now named an ancient woodpecker after him.South African fossils have been in the news of late, with the announcement in July of another significant find of bones of the early human species Australopithecus sediba. The bones are thought to belong to a partial skeleton named Karabo, discovered at the Cradle of Humankind in 2010 by a team from the University of the Witwatersrand.“This discovery will almost certainly make Karabo the most complete early human ancestor skeleton ever discovered,” said Wits palaeoanthropologist Lee Berger, who headed the research team.But the ancient little bird, known as Australopicus nelsonmandelai, tops even those old bones, as it’s the oldest of its kind ever found in Africa and dates back to more than five million years. It lived during the Pliocene era, which extended from about 5.3-million years to 2.6-million years ago.Scientists from the Senckenberg Research Institute in Frankfurt made the announcement the day before Mandela celebrated his birthday.They documented their discovery in the June issue of the journal of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, in an article titled Biogeographic and paleoenvironmental implications of a new woodpecker species (Aves, Picidae) from the early Pliocene of South Africa.Senckenberg ornithologist Albrecht Manegold, one of the article’s co-authors, said in a statement that the team had decided to name the new species after the Nobel Peace laureate, as a birthday gift to him from the scientific community.The other author is Antoine Louchart, a French palaeontologist who is associated with Lyon University as well as the Department of Cenozoic Palaeontology at Iziko Museums in Cape Town.Mandela has already lent his name to a South African species of trapdoor spider and several types of flowers, including a species of king protea – South Africa’s national flower – as well as an apartment in the popular British sitcom Only Fools and Horses, and a type of sea slug, among many other objects.Prehistoric treasure troveThe woodpecker was unearthed in the Varswater Formation at Langebaanweg, part of South Africa’s West Coast Fossil Park, located about 150km northwest of Cape Town. This prehistoric treasure trove was discovered through mining activities, which stopped in 1993, and the land is now mined for fossils rather than minerals.The park contains many well-preserved examples of animals that roamed the land about five million years ago and with the fossils of more than 200 species already on record – over 60 of them birds – it is described as possibly the most diverse collection of five million year-old fossils on earth.While it is a true woodpecker, A. nelsonmandelai is said to be distinct from the three types of true woodpecker found in sub-Saharan Africa today – specifically, those belonging to the genera of Campethera-Geocolaptes, Dendropicos, and Dendrocopos. Rather, it’s more closely related to birds belonging to the genera Celeus and Dryocopus, which occur in Eurasia and Central and South America.The European bird, wrote the team, could have become stranded in Africa because of environmental changes in the Miocene era, which is set before the Pliocene. The sub-Saharan woodpeckers colonised the continent during this period, but evidence of the unrelated woodpecker appearing at the same time came as a surprise to the team.The presence of this tree-dwelling woodpecker is also an indication that riverine forests existed in the area, which is now covered mainly by shrub-like fynbos, during the Pliocene.“Birds are particularly well suited for the reconstruction of environmental conditions of the past,” said Manegold.The team found a number of bones, including ulnae and carpometacarpi from the wing, tarsometatarsi from the lower leg, and part of a coracoid, which is found in the greater shoulder assembly.The tiny remains are currently in safe keeping at the Iziko South African Museum.last_img read more

New products at the TFA online store

first_imgThe first item is new ankle socks available in red and blue, in all of the normal sizes. Stay tuned to the website as there will soon be long sleeved Referees shirts available (in red and blue). Both are trial items and will depend on demand. Only limited stock is available! To order the products, visit the TFA Online store:http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=396last_img

Attorney general suit Weinstein Co failed to protect women

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – New York’s attorney general is accusing Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein of “repeatedly and persistently” sexually harassing female employees at his film company, according to a lawsuit filed on Sunday by the state prosecutor that could impact the company’s potential sale.“As alleged in our complaint, The Weinstein Company repeatedly broke New York law by failing to protect its employees from pervasive sexual harassment, intimidation, and discrimination,” state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in court papers filed against Weinstein and the company.Schneiderman launched a civil rights probe into the New York City-based company in October after The New York Times and The New Yorker exposed allegations of sexual assault and harassment spanning decades.Weinstein’s attorney, Ben Brafman, released a statement Sunday evening saying many of the allegations against his client are “without merit.”“While Mr. Weinstein’s behaviour was not without fault, there certainly was no criminality, and at the end of the inquiry it will be clear that Harvey Weinstein promoted more women to key executive positions than any other industry leader and there was zero discrimination at either Miramax or TWC,” Brafman said.Scores of women, including well-known actresses, have come forward with stories of forced sexual encounters. Weinstein was fired by the film company he founded with his brother Robert and expelled from Hollywood’s movie academy.The attorney general’s office said the lawsuit was filed on Sunday partly due to reports of the company’s imminent sale, saying it believed it would leave victims without adequate redress.“Any sale of The Weinstein Company must ensure that victims will be compensated, employees will be protected going forward, and that neither perpetrators nor enables will be unjustly enriched,” court papers said.Schneiderman’s investigation found that employees were subjected to various verbal threats from Weinstein such as “I will kill you, I will kill your family, and “you don’t know what I can do.”“To work for Harvey Weinstein was to work under a persistent barrage of gender-based obscenities, vulgar name-calling, sexualized interactions, threats of violence, and a workplace general hostile to women,” according to court papers.In one case, the probe found that “in a fit of rage against one female employee, he yelled that she should leave the company and make babies since that was all she was good for.”Female executives were forced to facilitate Weinstein’s sexual conquests with promises of employment opportunities to women who met his favour, according to the lawsuit, which also accused the company of being “responsible for the unlawful conduct” by failing to stop the abuse.The company and co-owner Robert “are liable because they were aware of and acquiesced in repeated and persistent unlawful conduct by failing to investigate or stop it,” court papers said.Representatives for Weinstein have previously denied all accusations of non-consensual sex.last_img read more

Voter information cards are in the mail

first_imgElectors should contact the Elections Canada office in their electoral district if:the name on their card contains an errorthey receive a voter information card for a deceased person or someone who does not live at their addressIf there are unforeseen circumstances, like a fire or a flood, the location of a poll changes after the voter information cards are mailed, the electors assigned to that poll will receive another voter information card with the words “Replacement Card” printed on the bottom right corner shared Elections Canada.To vote, electors must show proof of identity and address. The voter information card may be used as a proof of address at the polls. Electors must use it with another piece of accepted ID to prove their identity. To view the list of accepted ID; CLICK HERE.Electors do not need to bring their voter information card to the polls in order to vote, but we encourage them to bring it with them for faster service at the polls.Elections Canada is an independent non-partisan agency that reports directly to Parliament.For election updates, subscribe to the news service at elections.ca GATINEAU, QC – Elections Canada has shared that voter information cards have been mailed out and registered electors should receive their card by October 4.According to Elections Canada, personalized voter information card has been mailed out to each registered elector. The card tells electors when and where to vote and has information about the accessibility of their polling station.Electors who do not receive a card by Friday, October 4, or whose card shows the wrong information, can register or update their address online or by contacting their Elections Canada office.last_img read more

Delhi govt started work of laying pipelines says CM

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi government started work of laying pipelines across Delhi and work on the construction of 10,000 streets and roads are also in progress, asserted Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal from a rally at Wazirpur of Chandni Chowk constituency. Accusing the Centre ofcreating hurdles for Delhi’s development, the AAP leader said he faced several obstructions at various stages to get clearances from the Centre. He said the people of Delhi pay Rs 1.5 lakh crore worth Income Tax and receive only Rs 325 crore from the Centre. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Why should we pay so much and get so less in return? What have Delhiites done to the central government to deserve this? The situation is similar to the time before India got independence. First Britishers looted us, now the central government is looting us,” the chief minister said. “Just for political enmity, PM Modi stopped the development work for the common man of Delhi. Last time you voted for him, but this time do not vote for him, otherwise he would not let me work for development,” he said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsWhile addressing the gathering, CM Arvind Kejriwal said,

”Four years ago, you elected and gave a huge responsibility to a humble man like me. I am forever grateful for this favour. We will never forget it. We are ready to sacrifice our lives for the people of Delhi. For the past 70 years, no party has done as much work as Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi.” He added, “In the past four years we have done so much, but the Modi government has left no stone unturned in creating hurdles in our work. We want to make schools, hospitals, mohalla clinics, install CCTV’s but they are the ones who are stopping us.” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said full statehood for Delhi will ensure that children scoring even 60 per cent marks get admission in colleges in Delhi. Meanwhile, a big number of women participated in the ‘Jhadu Chalao, Gundagardi Bhagao’ March that was launched in Kalkaji Vidhan Sabha in presence of AAP South Delhi Candidate Raghav Chadha and Kalkaji MLA Avtar Singh. Such marches will be held through all legislative assemblies over the coming month. Raghav Chadha said, “South Delhi is plagued with politics of muscle and money power and so we have been ruled by goons and ruffians for a long time. Now you have a chance to weed out the politics of Intimidation and instead send a decent and sensitive person to the Parliament. This is your opportunity to vote for someone who is not abusive, makes women feel comfortable and safe and has the sensibility and sensitivity to serve the people right.”last_img read more

Disciplinary inquiry against Pragya others on Godse remark Amit Shah

first_imgNew Delhi: Distancing from the statements of party leaders Pragya Singh Thakur, Ananth Hegde and Nalin Kumar Kateel calling Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a “patriot”, BJP President Amit Shah on Friday said the party’s Disciplinary Committee will inquire into the matter and submit a report within 10 days. Saying the statements by the three leaders was against the party’s ideology, Shah tweeted: “The statements made by Pragya Thakur, Ananth Hegde and Nalin Kateel in the last two days are their own statements. The BJP has no relation with their statements. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “However, they have retracted their statements and also apologized. The BJP has taken a decision to send their statements to the Disciplinary Committee. The committee will submit a report within 10 days to the BJP after receiving the replies of the three leaders over their statements that are against the ideology of the party,” he said. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President’s announcement came as the party faced criticism over the remarks ahead of the final phase of the Lok Sabha elections. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Pragya Thakur was the first among the three party leaders to call Godse a “patriot”, leading the Election Commission to seek a report from the Madhya Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer. As her statement went viral, two BJP MPs — Union Minister Anant Kumar Hegde and Nalin Kumar Kateel — also came out in her support. Godse shot dead Mahatma Gandhi at a prayer meeting in New Delhi on January 30, 1948. He was hanged after a trial.last_img read more

Bentley celebrates its centenary with ultraexpensive 66pound book

first_img Bentley 2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible: Unparalleled grand touring 3 Car Culture Comments Enlarge ImageThe book will be hand-bound in England. Bentley Motors Bentley Motors has a long history, and the carmaker is celebrating with a very big book. The Bentley Centenary Opus will be offered in three different versions, the company announced today, with prices ranging from £3,000 to £200,000 — or about $3,800 to $256,000.The 800-page book celebrates Bentley’s 100-year heritage with nine chapters on the brand’s performance, design, craftsmanship and similar topics. The foreword was written by fashion icon Ralph Lauren, while the final chapter, on Bentley’s future, was written by company CEO Adrian Hallmark.When fully opened, the book is nearly a meter (3.3 feet) wide, with special gatefolds up to 2 meters wide, and it weighs a whopping 66 pounds. Bentley claims the book, being published by luxury publishing house Opus, is “the biggest book ever produced on the story of an automotive brand.” The book features genuine Bentley leather bindings and one of the brand’s Bentley badges. Owners will even be able to pick the same hide color for the front cover as in their own Bentley car, and can have photos of their own cars inserted into the book.Bentley Centenary Opus bookEnlarge ImageThis version will cost you a cool $256,000. Bentley Motors Of the three different versions of the book, the first is the Centenary Edition, which is limited to just 500 copies globally and costs £3,000. The next step up is the Mulliner Edition, which is limited to 100 units and costs £12,500 (about $16,000). Its special features include a collection of 20-by-24-inch Polaroid photos of 10 significant Bentley models and 56 hand-painted watercolors. The inside of the book’s presentation case also features rubber from the tires of the 24 Hours of Le Mans-winning 2003 Speed 8 racing car.The 100 Carat Edition, however, is the book that will put all other books to shame. At £200,000 and limited to only seven copies, it gets its name from the fact it is adorned with 100 carats of diamonds. The Bentley winged badge, moreover, is set in either white gold or platinum. That’s a book we’re guessing you won’t leave out unattended on the coffee table. 2020 Bentley Continental GT V8 first drive: A more athletic grand tourer More From Roadshow Bentley’s first SUV is a 187-mph, all-terrain luxocratcenter_img Share your voice Preview • 2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible first drive: 207-mph toupee shredder 2020 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid first drive: One posh plug-in 26 Photos Tags More about 2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible Bentleylast_img read more

Australian World Cup squad blunder Josh Hazlewood ignored by selectors

first_imgJosh Hazlewood’s exclusion from Australian World Cup squad is somewhat perplexingReutersDefending champions Australia is going into their title defence at ICC World Cup 2019 with a reasonably talented and capable side. The return of David Warner and Steve Smith adds firepower and quality to the batting line-up. The bowling attack looks good – but for one glaring omission, that of Josh Hazlewood.The tall right-armer has been kept out of the 15-man squad as the selectors preferred the group of seamers already with the ODI team in the last couple of series. Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jhye Richardson have been retained in the team while Kane Richardson fails to make the cut also.His recordBehrendorff has 7 wickets in 6 matches at an average of over 41. The corresponding stats for Coulter-Nile and Richardson are more appealing. The former has picked up 48 wickets in 27 matches at an average of 26.56 while the latter scalped 24 victims in 12 matches at 26.33.But Hazlewood’s figures are also impressive. He has 72 wickets in 44 matches with an average of 25.15. The most impressive feature of his record is the economy rate – 4. 73 – which is brilliant by today’s standards. What’s more, his ability to extract extra bounce and move the ball both in the air and off the pitch would have come in handy in English conditions, if he was in the squad.Hazlewood’s strength Pat Cummins would be leading the Australian attack in the World CupReutersWhile Starc is going to pitch the ball up and look for his deadly yorkers, Hazlewood could have tested the batsmen’s defence by hitting the middle of the pitch. What’s more, if conditions are overcast, as they often are in England, he would have been the best option for Australia to utilize them. Even on drier pitches, he can make the ball move off the deck. Since most teams today possess batting line-ups which are adept at big-hitting but not so good at seeing out a tough spell, a man like Hazlewood who can bowl a consistent line and length, would have tested out the batsmen’s technique with great severity.In his absence, the leading bowlers would be Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins. In the last World Cup, it was Starc who emerged as the most deadly wicket-taking bowler and played a pivotal role in his team’s success. Cummins has, in recent times, taken over the mantle of strike bowler thanks to his impressive showing on placid pitches in Asia.But with Hazlewood not there, the third pace bowler would be a less-experienced bowler. The opposing teams may decide to attack this third seamer. If this happens, Aaron Finch may well be left ruing the selectors’ decision.Australia’s 15-member squad: Aaron Finch (C), Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (WK), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampalast_img read more