Some refuse companies proceeding with pay by weight scheme – claim

first_imgIt’s claimed that some refuse companies are proceeding with the pay by weight scheme despite the Government deferring it to next year.The system was set to be applied from January, allowing people six months to monitor the changes and opt in to the new scheme before full implementation.The issue caused controversy when waste collectors were accused of using the change to hike charges.Councillor Patrick McGowan believes any waste collection company who goes ahead with the scheme should have their licence removed:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist By admin – December 9, 2016 Pinterest Twitter Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady Twitter WhatsApp Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Previous articleOvercrowding situation at Letterkenny University Hospital eases considerablyNext articleCllr McEniff may never be able to give evidence in alleged assault case court hears admin Some refuse companies proceeding with pay by weight scheme – claim Facebookcenter_img Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder Pinterest Homepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Google+last_img read more

The human cost of legal aid cuts

first_imgNext Tuesday the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders bill will be back in the Commons for MPs to consider amendments made by peers. It is likely that many of the amendments will be reversed and the bill, which removes huge areas of law from the scope of legal aid, will receive royal assent before the end of May. If that happens, many law centres, including the 100-year-old Mary Ward Legal Centre (MWLC) say that they may be unable to survive. The centre, based in London, gives free legal advice to people on a low income living or working in the capital. It specialises in casework and representation in debt, employment and discrimination, housing and welfare benefits. It has published a report demonstrating the impact its work has had on the lives of some of the 3,000 people it has helped over the last year. Once the legal aid cuts are implemented, here are some of the people who, the centre said, will lose out: Brian’s story: Brian’s landlord got a court order awarding him possession of the flat that he had lived in for 30 years. Brian represented himself at court and was concerned he was going to be evicted. He saw a specialist housing solicitor at MWLC who talked to him about the case and pointed out some of the mistakes he’d made when representing himself. The solicitor submitted an appeal and arranged for Brian to get a barrister. Brian says: ‘After MWLC contacted the landlord and he heard that we were appealing, and that I had engaged a barrister, he threw the towel in. ‘I’m still in my home and not on the street which is where I thought I would be when I lost the hearing. If the MWLC hadn’t helped me sort things out I could have been on the streets with a suitcase.’ Pablo’s story: has cancer and HIV. He was training as a dietician and nutritionist until funding cuts meant his course was cancelled. He had taken out bank loans to pay for his training and owed £14,000. He had tried unsuccessfully to negotiate with his bank. He was becoming unwell as he couldn’t afford to eat properly, his debts were getting him down and he says he thought about ‘bringing it all to an end’. He was referred to the MWLC who helped him apply for a debt relief order and he is now debt free and has returned to work as a volunteer providing nutrition services for people with HIV. He says: ‘I am now able to deal with my life again after getting out of debt. Thanks to Mary Ward Legal Centre I’ve had a real boost. I’ve been fighting cancer and HIV for years and can now feed myself properly again.’ Claudia’s story: 20-year-old Claudia had been living on the streets and with friends for 10 days after leaving home because of domestic violence. She approached the local authority next door to where she lived, but they told her she had to go to authority in the area where she had most recently lived. When she went to her own local authority, they also refused to help her and referred her back to the first authority. But when she went back there she was told that they would not provide her with accommodation. She attended a drop in session at MWLC and a solicitor wrote to the second local authority telling them they would have to house her or they would make a judicial review challenge to the High Court. Claudia was placed in interim accommodation by the local authority. She says: ‘The solicitor made me understand what was going on, They lightened my spirits and made me feel that I could do more than I thought was possible.’ The services provided by the MWLC have helped many vulnerable people get their lives back on track – many say that the centre saved their lives. The help they received has led to clients being housed, getting training and jobs, improving their health, and given many the ability to help themselves and retain their self-respect. Aside from the impact on the individuals, the advice and help given by the centre has undoubtedly saved huge expenses for the state – from the costs of NHS care, homelessness and unemployment. The government claims its cuts will save £350m, but what will be the cost if centres like the Mary Ward close? Join our LinkedIn Legal Aid sub-grouplast_img read more

The Cleveland Browns’ Top 70 All-Time Draft Picks – Numbers 19 to 10

first_imgThe NFL draft has been jokingly — well, maybe seriously — referred to as the Browns’ “Super Bowl” by the team’s frustrated fans.For the first 20 or so years that the Browns were in the NFL, when the draft wasn’t nearly as hyped as now, Cleveland’s annual selection of college players was used to support an already strong roster. These days, the purpose of the draft for the Browns is more urgent — to build a roster.Following is a ranking of the Browns’ 70 best-ever draft picks in terms of value, not strictly in terms of production.A player selected by the Browns with an overall 125th pick, say, and who went on to make a solid contribution for several years, might be ranked higher than a player who contributed somewhat more but was taken with, for example, a 50th pick. That’s because in terms of draft value, that 125th pick turned out to be a better selection.It’s a list of 70, because it’s 70 years since the Browns began play in 1946 in the new All-America Football Conference.Players must have played at least four seasons with the Browns after being picked in the regular annual draft to be considered for this list. Those players acquired through one of the various supplemental drafts, such as Bernie Kosar, Kevin Mack and Mike Johnson, weren’t considered because the mechanics of a supplemental draft are not comparable to the regular draft.Browns greats such as Otto Graham, Marion Motley, Lou Groza, Bill Willis, Dante Lavelli, etc., aren’t included, as they began their careers in the short-lived AAFC (1946-49).Player performance with the Browns only is considered. Future Hall of Famers Doug Atkins, Willie Davis, Henry Jordan and Dick LeBeau were Browns’ draft picks from 1953-59 but aren’t on this list. LeBeau was cut by the Browns before playing for them. The other three were traded by the Browns after just two seasons each as part-time players.Statistics refer to only what a player did with the Browns. Playoff game performances were factored into the rankings, too. Remember, the nature of statistics has changed over the years, one factor being that the game has become more pass-oriented in the last few decades.Some players’ values are enhanced by what the Browns eventually got for them in trades, or diminished by what Cleveland gave up to move into position to draft them.Positions: Offense — QB, quarterback; RB, running back; FB, fullback; WR, wide receiver; TE, tight end; C, center; G, guard; T, tackle; PK, placekicker; P, punter; Rtn, kickoff and/or punt returner; LS, long snapper.Defense — E, end; T, tackle; NT, nose tackle; LB, linebacker; CB, cornerback; S, safety; DB, cornerback and safety.Key: ranking number, player, position, year drafted, round/overall pick number, college, years with Browns.Click HERE to See Numbers 29 to 2019. GARY COLLINS, WR-P, 1962, 1/4, Maryland, 1962-71. Three-time first-team all-pro. Averaged 16 yards on his 331 career receptions, and caught 70 touchdown passes, leading the league once and finishing second once. After playing as a backup his rookie season, caught 61 TD passes in his six full seasons — many on the famed “(Frank) Ryan to Collins post pattern” — the 61 TDs a remarkable number in a running game-oriented era of 14-game seasons. Scored five touchdowns in postseason play. Three of them (18, 42 and 51 yards from Ryan) were the game’s only TDs in the Browns’ 27-0 upset win over the Baltimore Colts in the 1964 championship game. Totaled 19 catches for 275 yards in eight postseason games. Was the Browns’ punter his first six seasons. Led the NFL with a 46.7-yard punting average in 1965. Overlooked in the 1964 title game triumph was that Collins averaged 44 yards on three punts, 10 yards per kick better than the Colts’ punter in the brisk winds at Cleveland Stadium. Pages: 1 2 3 Related TopicsBrownsNFL Draft Mike Peticca covered the Indians and Cavaliers for The Associated Press from 1976 to 1998 and the Browns from 1976 to 1995. The Akron native doubled as a Plain Dealer sports writer for several years, and then covered high school, college and professional teams for The PD until 2013. He is a longtime baseball Hall of Fame voter. Mike Peticcalast_img read more

Dropping their guard

first_imgBy JARROD POTTER PAKENHAM’S double soccer champions took the field on Sunday knowing the premiership was in the bag –…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Mbeki apologises for attacks on Africans

first_img4 July 2008President Thabo Mbeki has apologised on behalf of the people of South Africa to the families of those who died in the recent attacks on people from other African countries.“On behalf of our people and the government, I humbly convey to our people, our foreign guests, all Africa and the peoples of the world, our apology that we allowed criminals in our midst to inflict terrible pain and damage to many in our society, including and in particular our foreign guests,” he said.“We will do everything possible and necessary to ensure that we have no need in future to proffer this humble apology, which is inspired by genuine remorse.”Mbeki was speaking at the national memorial tribute for victims of violence against foreign nationals and South Africans held the Tshwane (Pretoria) City Hall on Thursday.The day was aimed at paying tribute to and remembering those who lost their lives due to violence during what he called the “dark days of May”, when he acknowledged that South Africans had committed unpardonable crimes against fellow Africans.More than 60 people were killed in the attacks that began in Alexandra on 11 May and spread rapidly to other parts of the country. Cabinet ministers, ambassadors and members of the public as well as the families of those who died gathered at the Tshwane City Hall for the tribute.‘Not xenophobia, but criminal acts’“What happened during those days was not inspired by possessed nationalism, or extreme chauvinism, resulting in our communities violently expressing the hitherto unknown sentiments of mass and mindless hatred of foreigners – xenophobia,” Mbeki told the gathering, which included victims of the violence and displaced people.He said the attacks had been driven by neither a dislike or hate towards foreign nationals, but predominantly by criminal elements. A total of 1 433 people had since been arrested in connection with the attacks.Mbeki said they should bow their heads in shame because many had acted in ways that suggested that the values of Ubuntu were dead.“Today gathered here as a representative microcosm of our country, we must pledge that never again will we allow that anybody to bring shame to the nation by betraying the values of Ubuntu and committing crime against South Africa’s visitors and travellers,” he said.“We are proudly African not only because of our indelible contribution to human civilisation, but also because we know that the regeneration of Africa will add new humane values to human society.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Tiger Brands on African expansion trail

first_img26 November 2010South African consumer goods and foods group Tiger Brands has taken the next step in its African expansion strategy, with the announcement of two investments in Nigeria and one in Ethiopia.The acquisitions are expected to generate a combined annualised turnover of approximately R500-million in the first year.Tiger Brands has signed an agreement with the East African Group plc to form a new food, household, personal care and cosmetics joint venture which will operate in the Ethiopian market. Tiger Brands will own 51% of the new company, with East African Group and its associates holding the remainder.“Ethiopia, which has a population of approximately 85 million, has experienced high GDP growth rates for a number of years,” Tiger Brands said in a statement this week. “Most categories in the packaged consumer goods sector are enjoying good growth, stimulated by the fast growing economy.”The principal activities of the joint venture will comprise the manufacture and marketing of various home and personal care products, biscuits, flour and pasta, which categories currently form part of the East African Group’s existing operations.The East African Group is the largest manufacturer of detergents in Ethiopia, and this business will also form part of the joint venture.Excellent growth opportunitiesThe second agreement relates to the purchase of the entire issued share capital of Deli Foods Nigeria Limited, a company engaged in manufacturing and marketing biscuits for the Nigerian market.“With its large population and a strong and growing consumer market, Nigeria offers excellent growth opportunities for fast moving consumer goods companies,” Tiger Brands said. “The Deli Foods acquisition is therefore seen as a first step in entering this important market.”According to the company, both acquisitions are subject to the fulfilment of various conditions precedent, including regulatory approvals where appropriate, and are expected to be completed in early 2011.Private enterprise championIn addition, Tiger Brands has also reached an agreement in principle with UAC of Nigeria plc, in terms of which Tiger Brands will acquire a 49% stake in the Nigerian food and beverage interests of UAC, which is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.UAC has been a leading private enterprise champion in the economic advancement of Nigeria and holds food interests primarily in the branded savoury, snacks, and dairy and beverage categories.The acquisition specifically excludes the franchised quick service restaurants of UAC.“Tiger Brands believes that the proposed transaction with UAC will provide the two partners with a sound strategic platform in Nigeria, which will benefit from the respective parties’ experience, skill and expertise in the manufacture, marketing and distribution of branded food and beverage products in emerging markets,” the company said.All the transactions are subject to shareholder approvals from the respective companies, as well as approval from the respective regulatory authorities.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Ocean floor video to track trawlers’ footprint

first_img30 June 2014 A pioneering experiment being conducted in the Atlantic Ocean 100 nautical miles off the west coast of South Africa will tell marine researchers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) how long the seabed and its ecosystem takes to recover after hake trawling operations. The Benthic Trawl Experiment is a joint research project between UCT, the South African Deep Sea Trawl Industry Association, the South African Environmental Observation Network (Saeon), and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. It’s the first in a series of experimental surveys of the impact of bottom trawling on the benthic communities – organisms that live in or on the seafloor – of the outer shelf of South Africa’s west coast, says Associate Professor Colin Attwood, the chief scientist on the project. These will be conducted annually, though Attwood says it will take longer than the allotted four years for previously trawled lanes to bounce back.Recovery among sea-floor species Saeon’s Lara Atkinson, who is managing the project, says: “We have been planning for a long time to get this experiment under way, and we’re very excited about this opportunity to be able to monitor for any changes in the benthic communities in the areas where trawling has stopped.” The researchers have established a 6-by-15 nautical mile block within one of the fisheries’ commercial blocks, and divided this into five lanes, two of which will remain open to trawling. The remaining three will be closed over the project’s lifespan. Data recovered during repeated surveys over this time will give researchers a clearer idea of recovery among seafloor species – and of the ocean floor itself, which becomes churned up by metal trawl “doors” (some weighing up to 10 tons) angled to hold open the net mouth as it is pulled along. A towed camera and a Van Veen grab (instrumentation used to collect sediment) will be used to sample benthic epi-fauna and in-fauna respectively.Marine life not previously seen on the seabed Two-and-a-half hours of video footage of the seabed, shot during the first of the experimental surveys on board the research vessel Ellen Khuzwayo in February, show marine life previously not seen on the seabed: jacopever, spiny eels, starfish, anemones and other crustaceans – and hake. “The footage is very clear; it’s the best and most systematic video we have of life in the trawl lanes,” says Attwood. Hake live in deep water during the day, mostly at depths of 350 to 600 metres, and because of their inaccessibility they aren’t often observed in their wild habitat. But they migrate vertically, coming up to feed at night. Most trawling is therefore done during the day when the fish are near the seabed. “Mass food production has an environmental impact, and it’s great that we have the fishing industry’s co-operation on this experiment,” says Attwood. “They understand that we need to limit harvest to replenishable numbers, and that it’s important to work with the ecosystem.” Source: University of Cape Town Watch the video: Benthic Trawl Experiment 2014last_img read more

Catalan Cesc ‘tries to stay out of politics’

first_imgPremier League Fabregas: I stay out of politics like the Catalan referendum Goal Last updated 2 years ago 16:22 10/20/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cesc Fabregas Chelsea Burnley Dan Mullan Premier League Chelsea The Chelsea midfielder is not keen on sharing his opinions in a public arena, as he believes footballers are regularly misunderstood Cesc Fabregas admits that he tries to avoid becoming political in the wake of the Catalan independence referendum.The Spain international was born in Catalonia, in the municipality of Arenys de Mar, and has had two spells at Barcelona, between 1997 and 2003, and 2011 and 2014.Fabregas 2/1 to score v Watford Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Fellow Catalan Gerard Pique has been a vocal supporter of independence, and has found himself criticised for it; indeed, supporters’ whistles targeted Pique during training for the national team.“I wish there was more well-being throughout the country,” Fabregas told Vanity Fair, after the referendum brought violent clashes between police and protesters, and the legality of the vote questioned.“We all have different opinions but I wish things were done differently and we could understand each other better.“In Spain football is a passion, so it’s difficult for a footballer to think about political issues. They misunderstand you right away. I try to stay out of it.”Fabregas will likely represent Spain at the World Cup in 2018, having won 110 caps for his country. Fabregas has also played three times for Catalonia. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

3 days agoReal Madrid wing-back Marcelo on beating Galatasaray: It’s about the badge

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid wing-back Marcelo on beating Galatasaray: It’s about the badgeby Carlos Volcano3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid wing-back Marcelo was pleased with their victory at Champions League opponents Galatasaray.A lone goal by Toni Kroos lifted them off the bottom of Group A. Marcelo said, “We have to give everything in every game to win. Today we had to win, no matter what. It’s been tough. It’s a tough ground and a tough rival. We’ve got the win, which is vital.”We’ve had so many chances, but only scored one. It’s enough for three points, but with a bit of luck we’d have scored two or three.”We always give everything. The commitment is always there, the Real Madrid badge is more important than anything. Every time we play we have to give it our all. Today we gave everything because it was a really tough game. We had to double our work rate and we’ve got the victory.”He added: “We’re please for ourselves, for the fans, for Real Madrid. We need to get better, that’s obvious. Little by little we’re getting into our stride. Today was an important win; we need to carry on like this.” last_img read more