‘It’s total devastation. Everything is a mess’

first_imgA Donegal woman whose home was devastated by Storm Lorenzo floods says she can’t bear to think about what tomorrow will bring.Sheena Culloo at Clarendon Drive in Donegal Town had a panicked awakening at 6am on Friday morning when floodwaters rushed into her home.“The water was coming in fast, back and front,” she said. “It reached up to two inches by the time it stopped.” As fire services came to assist locals, the rush was on for Sheena to move her furniture upstairs and save pieces from irreparable damage.Sheena’s son (21) who has cerebral palsy, has an adapted bedroom and wetroom downstairs. As the floods came in, Sheena had to bring his bedding, furniture and computer upstairs also.“My son asked his friends to help and they landed in force. They did a great job and only for them and the amount of helping hands we had we were able to get the important things moved,” Sheena said.“It’s total devastation. Everything is a mess,” she said. Sheena Culloo outside her Clarendon Drive home in Donegal town. (North West Newspix)This is not the first time that homes at Clarendon Row were flooded. Three years ago this area, which lies beside the River Eske, was flooded and hit on several occasions since.“It’s so disheartening to see everything in your house touched by water,” Sheena said.“It’s very hard to think about tomorrow or the next day. When the tide returns tonight or another storm comes what are we going to do?“We have young families, pensioners and people living on their own here.”Sheena said that her house has not been affected as badly this morning as it has on other years. But since the first floods, she has been unable to get insurance. “All the damage will have to come out of our own pockets,” she said.The water had subsided by midday Friday, but Sheena said that the worry will be constant for any future storms this winter.“The water is away but the river is still flooded and the tide is high. It’s not a nice feeling wondering will it happen again.”The Government has issued a notice to the public that the Urgent Needs Payments may be available to help with the immediate costs of assistance after an emergency such as flooding. More information is available at: http://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Urgent-Needs-Payments.aspx ‘It’s total devastation. Everything is a mess’ was last modified: October 7th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Donegal Townfloodslast_img read more

Gap sets up shop in South Africa

first_imgGap Inc. opened two stores in South Africa this week as the global retailer set up a base for expansion into the continent – and said it expected more retailers to enter the country in the next few years as the local retail sector matured.Gap Inc’s first African store opens at Sandton City Mall. (Image: Jeff Attaway)Brand South Africa reporterGap’s opened its first store in Johannesburg’s Sandton City Mall on Tuesday, followed by a second in Cape Town’s Tyger Valley Centre on Wednesday – and according to financial news agency I-Net Bridge, plans to open a third in Pretoria’s Brooklyn Mall later this year.“We are excited to bring Gap’s casual American style and store experience to more customers in South Africa,” Stefan Laban, Gap’s MD of strategic alliances, said in a statement on Tuesday.“South Africa is the natural next step for expanding our presence on the continent. The country has a thriving economy and high Gap brand awareness, so we believe there is tremendous opportunity for us in the market,” Laban said.Each store will house product from the international Gap, GapKids and babyGap collections, and the assortment will be customized seasonally to best suit the needs of local customers and the warm South African climate.Gap’s move follows that of Spain’s Inditex Group – Europe’s largest fashion retailer – which opened its first South African Zara store in Sandton late last year, and its second at the Gateway Shopping Centre outside Durban in March.The Gap will tailor its collections to match South Africa’s seasons. (Image: Anthony Starks)Laban told I-Net Bridge this week that, as demand slowed in Europe and the US, more retailers were seeking growth in emerging markets such as South Africa.Gap sells clothing, accessories and personal care products for men, women, children and babies under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, and Athleta brands.Its products are available in over 90 countries through about 3 000 company-operated stores, over 200 franchise stores, as well as e-commerce websites. The company’s net sales for fiscal year 2011 amounted to US$14.5-billion.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

AJ Baltes, July 9

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We had a few problems with test weight but it has only been a few guys. Wheat has been averaging around 60 bushels and mostly the test weight has been good. There was quite a bit of straw out there.We didn’t want the rain before, but now we need it. We are getting pretty dry. Last week some places got an inch to an inch and a half and we had some places that didn’t get any. There is a chance of rain tomorrow and another chance this weekend so hopefully we get some out of that. About two weeks ago it switched over to a dry pattern, right before it got really hot and humid. The shorter corn on top of the hills is starting to roll a little. The early-planted corn has not really been affected yet. I think it has a better root system on it.We are done with the first cutting of hay but we have a little bit of custom work to do. Some guys are done with second cutting if they have alfalfa out, but the guys with a lot of grass hay out will probably finish up their first cutting this week. I’ve baled first cutting before at the end of August.There are some bare spots in the corn fields where it just didn’t come up from the wet weather. One neighbor has some corn ready to tassel and then some that is knee high too. I feel like corn chopping season is going to be a long one this year because they will have the early corn to get off and then they’ll have to wait a while for the rest of it. There are some beans above knee high and starting to canopy and there are some beans three or four inches tall. There are some guys still putting their first bean crop in this week.We are getting the cover crop seeded into the corn right now. We go through with a three-point spreader on the back of the tractor. The last of the corn is still short enough that we can get over it with that. If we can’t inter-seed the corn we will just take the corn off a little wetter and seed rye in the fall.Today it is getting close to 90 and then it is supposed to cool back off a little bit in the middle of the week.last_img read more

Geocaching Caption Contest 39 – Win a Barely Coveted Prize

first_img SharePrint RelatedGeocaching Caption Contest 38 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeMay 1, 2013In “Community”Geocaching Caption Contest 40 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeOctober 30, 2013In “Community”Geocaching Caption Contest 41 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeFebruary 25, 2014In “Community” If I can get the bird a little closer I can read the coordinates for the final on his leg…The best friendships are made on the journey to go geocaching. Who says friends have to be the same species? Tell us your funniest caption for this picture of a possibly exceptional friendship, like “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” You could even win a ‘barely coveted prize’ (emphasis on the ‘barely’) in the 39th Geocaching Caption Contest. This picture was discovered on the Recent Geocaching Log Images page.  You can discover the 1000 most recent images from recent logs.Submit your best caption by clicking on “Comments” below. Please include your Geocaching username in all entries. Then, explore captions other geocachers have posted.“Like” the caption that you believe should take home the barely coveted prize. If you think your caption should win, convince your fellow geocachers, your friends, and family to “like” your caption. Geocaching HQ staff will vote from the top finalists to decide the winner of the contest.Click on the image to see the winning caption from this Geocaching Caption ContestClick on the image to your right to discover the winner of the last Geocaching Caption Contest.Explore all the winning captions by checking out all the Geocaching.com Caption Contests. If you have suggestions for Geocaching.com Caption Contest photos, send a message and the image to pr@geocaching.com.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Rumored $99 Apple TV to Feature Cloud Storage, iPhone OS

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… After Google’s announcement last week of their upcoming Google TV service, many speculated whether Apple would respond by refreshing its neglected Apple TV. Though Steve Jobs called the product a “hobby” at its launch, the rumor mill has begun to churn as reports point to an overhauled Apple TV with cloud storage and an attractive $99 price tag. According to gadget blog Engadget, a “a source very close to Apple” has confirmed speculation that a simplified version of the set-top box closely resembling the internals of the upcoming fourth generation iPhone is currently in development.The device has apparently been described as “an iPhone without a screen,” says Engadget’s Joshua Topolsky. The CPU (Apple’s A4 chip), storage (estimated at 16 GB) and OS will mirror those found on an iPhone, but this new device will reportedly also include support for full 1080p HD video. Though storage is limited, users will be able to access other local storage devices (supposedly local systems and networked storage devices) via WiFi, as well as cloud storage. With the current Apple TV selling at a hefty $229 with 160 GB of storage, this new product could be a significant pivot for Apple in the set-top box realm. The transition from local to cloud-based storage may have something to do with recent rumors that Apple’s MobileMe service may soon be provided free to all users – a possible use for the new data farm the company is building in North Carolina.The reported $99 price seems logical because the majority of the cost of the Apple TV goes toward 160 GB of storage. Additionally, by designing it to mimic the iPhone’s specs, Apple can streamline the production of the product and remove the most expensive part of the phone – the screen. Topolsky says no mention was made of whether apps would be supported on the device, but he suggests that scaling up iPhone and iPad apps to a TV wouldn’t look particularly attractive (not to mention the lack of a touch interface).I wouldn’t be surprised to see some integration with the upcoming iPhone OS release that would allow users to control and browse from content on their phones or iPads and watch it on their TVs. Jobs has been adamant about how “couch friendly” the iPad is, so it only makes sense that a refreshed Apple TV would interface with the company’s existing handheld devices.If the speculation is correct, Apple and Google are poised for a Web TV showdown – a competition between to fierce competitors that could lead to some great feature innovations for users. While this is all based on rumor and some reading of the tea leaves, many have speculated that Apple “leaks” information to the press intentionally to generate buzz or divert attention from other products. The timing of this information – a week following the Google TV announcement, and at the midpoint between iPad and assumed iPhone launches – seems a bit convenient for Apple, but whether that lends credibility to the reports is yet to be seen.Through all of this, one thing is certain: it would be unwise to buy and iPhone or Apple TV any time soon. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Tags:#Apple#web chris cameron 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

City breaks

first_imgAdventure – Hail HimalayasHail Himalays, an eco-tourism resort, promises to offer a unique experience in terms of both adventure and relaxation. With 14 fully equipped luxury tents, the resort, surrounded by dense forests, offers a host of adventure activities including trekking, mountain biking, Burma bridge and zip line. Ideally suited,Adventure – Hail HimalayasHail Himalays, an eco-tourism resort, promises to offer a unique experience in terms of both adventure and relaxation. With 14 fully equipped luxury tents, the resort, surrounded by dense forests, offers a host of adventure activities including trekking, mountain biking, Burma bridge and zip line.Ideally suited for adventure seekers and those not averse to solitude, the resort blends in its surroundings, as the natural ecology was not disturbed during its construction and care has been taken to use minimum concrete. In fact, Arun Rawat, the Managing Director of Hail Himalayas, says the resort is all set to source organic vegetable from the farmers in the nearby villages. They are also planning to build high-end cottages and an eco-friendly adventure park soon, which promises to be a one-stop destination for adrenaline junkies. Rawat says the place has already started getting enquiries about it from people from far-off places such as Gujarat, South India and West Bengal.Tariff: Packages wary, check website for details Contact 9625566677; hailhimalayas.comDistance from Chandigarh: 95 kmsThings to do: Adventure activities, trekking and nature walksHealth – Tatta PaniThe contrast cannot get more enchanting. The chilled waters of the roaring Sutlej are complemented by sulphur-enriched hot springs at the river’s banks. While hundreds of ancient temples dot the landscape, monstrous SUVs try to find their space on the beautiful road embraced by meadows on the sides.The old dusty town of Tatta Pani, 54 kms ahead of Shimla on the Naldera-Mandi road, attracts voyagers around the year. They come for ultra-modern sulphur pools and elaborate Ayurvedic massage treatments, along with adventure activities such as river rafting, mountaineering and paintballing.However, what really sets Tatta Pani apart is the naturally medicated hot water springs that have found favour not just with domestic but international tourists too. Harnessing this natural resource is Hotel Hot Spring Therme and Spa, which uses the hot sulphur springs for holistic treatments and has been instrumental in metamorphosing the entire economy of the place. Prem Raina from Tatta Pani and his wife Angela Monterosso, a gymnastic instructor from Italy, set up the resort in 2010.advertisementThe major attraction of the 20-room hotel is the thermal centre in which sulphur water gushes from the depth of 150 metres below the earth at a temperature of 40 degrees Celsius with a velocity of 100 litres per second. An absolute don’t-miss! Tariff: Rs 15,500 for three days Contact 9816734003Distance from Chandigarh:164 kmsThings to do: Dipping in hot springs, adventure sports, religious activities, visit ancient temples.Luxury – MashobraCommercial Shimla gives way to the serenity of dense greens as one gets closer to Mashobra. Noises of vehicles get replaced by the secret calls of the jungle. Cosmopolitan attires change into Himachali dresses and life starts asserting itself into its slowest manifestation.The sleepy small town of Mashobra, nine kms from Shimla, has become synonymous with luxury, all thanks to Wildflower Hall, Shimla in the Himalayas-an Oberoi-owned resort situated at a height of 2500 mt above sea level. It is set in 22 acres of virgin woods of pine and cedar, and offers awe-inspiring views of the magnificent snowcapped peaks. Its ambience reflects a time gone by with Burmese teak panelling, fire places and polished parquet floors covered with oriental rugs adding to contemporary luxuries. It is also popular for its spa, which has been adjudged India’s best spa five times and Asia’s Best Spa once in World Travels Award. If you decide to stay at the hotel, don’t forget to request for an outing to the scenic colonel bungalow called The Peak, which is surrounded by a 135-year-old sanctuary.     Tariff: Rs 18,000 for two nights Contact 01772648585Distance from Chandigarh: 130 kmsThings to do: Nature and botanical walks, spa therapies, adventure sports and trekkinglast_img read more

21 year old arrested and charged for serious offences

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, August 8, 2017 – Providenciales – Detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force have arrested and charged a 21 year old male of Providenciales with Robbery and Possession of Imitation Firearm in connection with a Robbery report made on Thursday 3rd August 2017 in the Blue Hills area.Around 1:37 PM that date, officers were dispatched to the Rooster Black store located on Bay Road where the victim was met and informed officers that an unknown male wearing black hoodie jacket entered the store and pointed a gun at the cashier and demanded money.   The culprit then went behind the counter and took a box containing an unknown amount of money and fled the scene.    An investigation was launched.As a result, the 21 year old male was arrested and formally charged.   He will be taken to court later this week.“We want to thank members of the public who assisted us with tips and information. Community support of law enforcement efforts brought the suspect to a quick arrest and off our streets, continued partnership in this manner will help in the fight against crime.”Press Release: RTCIPFlast_img read more

DU teacher accused under Section 57 of ICT law

first_imgFahmidul Haq and Abul Mansur Ahmed A Dhaka University teacher, Fahmidul Haq, was accused in a case under Section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology Act on Thursday.Fahmidul Haq is a professor of the department of the mass communication and journalism.One of his fellow teachers from the same department, Abul Mansur Ahmed, filed the case with Shahbagh police station, accusing Fahmidul of defaming Mansur in a Facebook post recently.University sources said the teachers of the department recently were sharply divided over the delay in publishing the results of the master’s examination and Fahmidul wrote a post on the Facebook that enraged an “influential quarters of the university”.Officials at the police station accepted the case following a go-ahead from the “high-ups”.In the case statement, Mansur alleged that Fahmidul disparaged Mansur in a write-up posted in a university-centred Facebook group where some 69 university teachers are members.According to the case statement, Fahmidul Haq alleged in his Facebook post that the publication of master’s results is being delayed due to Abul Mansur, which created problems for another professor of the department, Gitiara Nasreen and disrupted the department’s academic atmosphere.Professor Abul Mansur in the case statement denied the allegations and termed it false and unfounded.He enclosed the Facebook post and subsequent comments on that with the case statement.When contacted, Shahbagh police station officer-in-charge Abul Hossain said the police have launched investigation into the allegation.Fahmidul said it was unfortunate that such a case was filed against him and said he would tackle it legally.Teachers and the students of the department on Sunday formed a human chain on the university campus, protesting against a case against a former student of the department and a newsman of private television channel, Nazmul Hossain, under section 57 of the ICT law.At the programme, teachers and students of the department demanded annulment of the Section 57.last_img read more

If Congress Doesnt Fund CHIP Thousands Of Pregnant Texans Will Lose Health

first_imgGABRIEL CRISTÓVER PÉREZ / KUTIf Congress doesn’t reauthorize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) soon, it’s not just Texas children who could lose access to health insurance; thousands of pregnant women could lose coverage, too.Texas doesn’t run the program without federal funding, and officials say it’s set to run out of money Jan. 31. By law, state officials must give families 30 days’ notice that the program is shutting down, so families could be getting letters next month.Besides the 450,000 children in Texas who receive health care through the program, about 35,000 pregnant women here also rely on CHIP for prenatal and postpartum care. These are mostly women who don’t make a lot of money, but who don’t qualify for Medicaid.Anne Dunkelberg, an associate director with the Austin-based Center for Public Policy Priorities, says the program covers mostly immigrant women – both undocumented and documented.“Texas is one of only six states in the United States that doesn’t provide Medicaid maternity care to our lawfully present immigrants,” she says. “So the women who have green cards – who are called legal permanent residents of the United States – we exclude them.”Dunkelberg says federal health officials decided during the George W. Bush administration to extend CHIP to these pregnant women – or more accurately, their unborn children.“The services that that woman qualifies for have to all be related to the child,” says Laura Guerra-Cardus, deputy director of the Children’s Defense Fund in Austin. “So, if the woman breaks her arm or she gets pneumonia or something like that – that’s actually not covered with CHIP.”The argument behind the policy was that once the children are born, they will be U.S. citizens and probably be covered by CHIP or Medicaid. So, the program is just reaching those future U.S. citizens early.But, if CHIP goes away, those low-income women – and their unborn children – won’t have another affordable option for health insurance.Guerra-Cardus says she asked an outreach worker in the valley what families will do if CHIP ends. “She says, ‘They are just going to show up to the hospital on delivery day.’”Dunkelberg says that’s not the way women should be getting care.“We want women to get a full complement of prenatal visits,” she says, “and we want to make sure they get checked up afterward, too.”Both Dunkelberg and Guerra-Cardus say getting rid of CHIP for those pregnancies could lead to bad health outcomes for the women and their babies.Guerra-Cardus says considering what’s going on in Texas, this could make a bad problem worse.“In our state, that’s dealing with such a high level of maternal mortality, you know, this is a wrong direction to go,” she says.Texas has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the country. A few years ago, the rate of women who died while pregnant or right after giving birth doubled. Experts have said access to medical care early in a pregnancy is one way to decrease those rates.Texas officials have asked the federal government for money that would keep the program running at least through February. Sharelast_img read more

UK town to deploy driverless pods to replace busses

first_img Are Magnetically Levitating ‘Sky Pods’ the Future of Travel? © 2013 Phys.org Explore further (Phys.org) —Milton Keynes, a town north of London, has announced that it will be deploying 100 driverless pods (officially known as ULTra PRT transport pods) as a public transportation system. A similar system has been running for two years at Heathrow airport. The plan is to have the system up and running by 2015, with a full rollout by 2017. The move marks the first time that self-driving vehicles will be allowed to run on public roads in that country. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: U.K. town to deploy driverless pods to replace busses (2013, November 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-11-uk-town-deploy-driverless-pods.html The pods look like very small metro rail cars, with sliding doors for exit and entry. Passengers can call (and pay £2 per trip) for a pod using their smartphone. The pods travel using rubber wheels on a special roadway, not a track, between curbs that help in guidance. Each pod is computer driven by independent onboard systems, though humans (passengers) can take over if there is a problem. Each can hold up to two people and their luggage and travels just 12mph. Plans call for the pods to carry passengers between the downtown area, the business district and the train station.The pods are expected to be cleaner, quieter and less expensive than the current bus system—each pod has a battery powered electric motor and is charged at various stations between routes. The project is expected to cost £65 million over the next five years and is part of the British government’s initiative to support green technologies. Milton Keynes was chosen as a test site due to its proximity to London, its unusually wide roads and its willingness to embrace new technology. The move has been the next step after the successful implementation of the system first installed at Heathrow airport in 2011 where 4km of track has been dedicated to run 21 of the pods—all without major issues. Officials note the pods have sensors meant to ensure the safety of both passengers and pedestrians.It is widely believed that if the pods prove to be successful (and safe) in Milton Keynes that the day will come when they will no longer be restricted to their own private lanes, opening the door to general driverless public transportation—a move that may ultimately result in driverless passenger vehicles being sold to the public at large.last_img read more