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Call for action over delays affecting Donegal’s ‘most vulnerable citizens’

first_imgLocal people with disabilities and the elderly are facing a wait of up to six months for house improvement grant assessments in Donegal, according to a local councillor.County Councillor and Cathaoirleach Of the Stranorlar Municipal District Councillor Patrick McGowan has criticised the delays, which he claims are caused by an insufficient number of HSE Occupational Therapists.Cllr McGowan said it was “totally unacceptable” that staff are taking over six months to call out and assess people with disabilities and elderly applicants who are waiting desperately on grant aid to make their home suitable for their individual living needs. “I and others have been push certain cases which are being delayed especially over the last 12 months or more,” Cllr McGowan said.“Taking this, along with a long delay in getting Home help hours approved, it is unacceptable that some of the most vulnerable citizens in our community are being treated in this way.”Cllr McGowan is calling on both the HSE and Donegal County Council to address the issue.“I have contacted Council Management and demanded that if the HSE are not going to allocate sufficient OTs to carry out the assessment in a reasonable period then the Council should employ their own OT or take the applicants GP medical report as proof of their situation along with the usual Council’s Engineer report,” he concluded. Call for action over delays affecting Donegal’s ‘most vulnerable citizens’ was last modified: March 21st, 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)last_img read more

Residents unite against anti-social behaviour

first_imgResidents from across Letterkenny attended a public meeting on Monday to discuss recent issues of anti-social behaviour.The meeting was organised with the aim of connecting residents, particularly those in the Long Lane area, and seek real solutions to the problem of random attacks, break-ins and criminal damage.Over 60 people were in attendance including Area Manager, Gerry Hone of Tusla, Letterkenny Community Garda, Ann Marie McGrath and Sergeant Paul Wallace, and Garvin Walker of Foróige. The open discussion was praised as a positive step to empowering residents to work together to end crime.Taking Back Our Community public meeting at the Doorway ProjectCommunity activist and organiser of the meeting, Finn O’Donnell said, “This meeting was a huge success and I think many people have been truly informed and truly empowered by the event. Many residents who have never spoke to each other have come together and started talking to one another and its brought back a small bit community spirit in the place which is just brilliant. I want to thank Tusla, the Gardai and Foroige for attending this meeting tonight also.”Some residents stated, “this feels like the start of something new. We feel like we can make change in our community for the first time in a long long time.”Others said: “It’s wonderful to finally meet some of the other residents in my area. I never talk with any of them at all which is a shame and coming here tonight gave me that chance and I’m happy I did come.” The meeting concluded with proposals and solutions to deter anti social behaviour such as to positively engage and encourage the youth of the area develop projects to involve young people within communities throughout Letterkenny and to have more connection with other residents within the communities.A follow up meeting will take in place in the coming weeks for more residents to get involved and have their concerns heard.Residents unite against anti-social behaviour was last modified: May 14th, 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:anti-social behaviourletterkennyLong Lanemeetinglast_img read more

Sasol in SA’s largest BEE deal

first_img26 March 2008South African petrochemical company Sasol this week announced the final terms of a broad-based black economic empowerment (BEE) deal which, if approved, will see 10% of the company’s shares, currently worth approximately R26-billion, placed under ownership of previously disadvantaged individuals and groups.“Sasol is truly committed to South Africa’s transformation and wants to make broad-based economic empowerment a reality,” Sasol CEO Pat Davies said in a statement on Tuesday.“We will make a difference by creating significant economic opportunity for more than one million potential beneficiaries ranging from individuals to rural women’s groups who can invest in Sasol.”In terms of the transaction, 3% of shares will be transferred to black South Africans, 1.5% to selected BEE groups, 4% to Sasol employees and 1.5% to the Sasol Inzalo Foundation.Reaching outSasol said it was working with the National Empowerment Fund to identify ways of reaching as many black South Africans as possible, especially those in lower income groups.The black public invitation is designed to meet the needs of different investors through two invitations, one being funded where a small cash contribution is required and one being a cash purchase alternative, with both accommodating investors ranging from individuals, companies, partnerships or trusts, to informal groups such as stokvels, church groups and families.“Sasol has set itself the goal of reaching as many people as possible and hopes that anywhere from 100 000 to 200 000 shareholders will participate through this invitation,” Davies said.Selected BEE groups fall into two categories: those currently involved in Sasol’s business as suppliers, customers, franchisees and unions; as well as groups focusing on broader empowerment objectives such as community upliftment projects and women’s groups.A comprehensive process to identify appropriate partners for this category is nearing completion, with 86 BEE groups having already accepted an invitation to participate.Developing skillsWhen the transaction was first announced in September 2007, the company said it would target communities near its operations in Sasolburg and Secunda, as well as women’s groups as beneficiaries of the empowerment deal.The deal will benefit almost 27 000 Sasol employees, 60% of whom are black, while the Sasol Foundation will be created to contribute to growing South Africa’s skills particularly in science and technology.“This Foundation is an extension of Sasol’s long-standing tradition of giving back to the community through, among others, artisan training programmes, bursaries, co-operation agreements with tertiary institutions and other sponsorships,” said Sasol Executive Director Nolitha Fakude.Sasol added that its commitment to broad-based BEE was already evident in other initiatives throughout the group, ranging from significant equity ownership transactions at subsidiaries such as Sasol Oil and Sasol Mining.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

OSIA/OSWP award nominations due June 1

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In 2010, the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association (OSIA) Board of Trustees initiated an award nomination program to recognize outstanding accomplishments made by sheep farmers as well as people who are associated with the Ohio sheep industry. Nominations for these awards can only be submitted by OSIA members and must be received by June 1, 2016.Award recipients will be honored at the 2016 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium. If you would like to nominate someone for any of these awards, please contact the OSIA Office at 614-246-8299 or for an application. Award applications will also be posted at after April 1, 2016.Nominations are being accepted for the following categories. Information and requirements regarding these awards will be available with the award application:Charles Boyles Master Shepherd AwardFriend of the Ohio Sheep Industry AwardDistinguished Service AwardEnvironmental Stewardship Award.last_img read more

What next in CBI-Kolkata Police case?

first_img The CBI sent three notices earlier to Mr. Kumar. Mr Kumar replied to the letters citing various reasons on why he cannot appear before the CBI on the dates indicated by the CBI.In the case of non-cooperation during interrogation by Mr. Kumar, CBI may have to move the Court to seek permission for custodial interrogation.In the course of interrogation, the CBI may try to find about two items – a pen drive in which all data are stored and the diary of Debjani Mukherjee, Saradha Group CMD and one of the key accused in the financial scam.The BJP has been demanding to know the whereabouts of this diary and pen drive. Apparently, Ms. Mukherjee noted the names of the beneficiaries of the Ponzi scheme in the diary. The Saradha Group’s office was located in the Biddhanagar Police Commissionerate area and Mr. Kumar was the first Commissioner to investigate the Saradha Group. CBI officials feel that he has a good idea about the items.Also Read Why Mamata and BJP are both right in claiming victory in CBI vs Police  Mr. Kumar was the Kolkata CP prior to the 2016 Assembly polls. However, the EC asked the State government to remove Mr. Kumar from his post following complaints of bias from various political parties (not the Trinamool Congress). The EC then recommended IPS officer Soumen Mitra. Since the Model Code was in place, the State government at the time had to listen to the EC and replace Mr. Kumar with Mr. Mitra as the city’s Police Commissioner.However, when the Trinamool Congress swept to power in the polls, Mr. Kumar was brought back. In a few weeks, in the run up to the Lok Sabha polls, it remains to be seen if the State and EC will lock horns again on this crucial posting. Mamata Banerjee ends Kolkata drama, sets shrill tone for poll battle Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar connived with chit fund scam accused, CBI tells Supreme Court Within an hour of the Supreme Court’s order, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials met at their eastern Kolkata office to form teams to send to Shillong where Kolkata’s Commissioner of Police (CP) Rajeev Kumar’s next round of interrogation will take place.“No coercive steps, including arrest” can be initiated against Mr. Kumar, the Court noted. Senior government officials told The Hindu that at the end of this interrogation “a chargesheet could be produced” against him.“CBI had this tradition of moving the Court, seeking warrant before arresting a high-profile accused. That tradition was largely altered around the time of Ranjit Sinha in 2012. In this case, that old pattern may be brought back. After interrogation, CBI may move the court, appeal to vacate today’s order which puts a stay on the arrest and take him (Mr. Kumar) into custody if they have enough evidence…now things will move via Court,” a senior government official said.Also Read  But, lawyers familiar with the case, say that there is no evidence to suggest that Mr. Kumar was ever in possession of the pen drive or diary. “If he knew about those and did not produce it in court as Alamat (items listed in seizure list) then it is an offence. But does he know about the pen drive or diary? So far there is no evidence to indicate that Mr. Kumar is aware of those. CBI has to establish that if they are trying to locate the items,” a lawyer said.The call record tampering is another of CBI’s area of interest and investigation.Meanwhile, complying with Election Commission’s (EC) intent to replace officers who are in their respective positions for more than three years, the Chief Minister may replace Mr. Kumar anytime now, before the EC’s Model Code of Conduct is imposed.The names of officers doing the rounds for the CP’s post are that of Anuj Sharma, ADG, Law and Order and Sudhir Mishra, Deputy State Security Adviser. However, there is no guarantee that the EC will not bring in its person, once the Code of Conduct is imposed in about a month from now.Also Readlast_img read more

Dhindsa resigns as leader of Akali Dal in Rajya Sabha

first_imgRajya Sabha Member Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa on Saturday said he has resigned as the Leader of the Shiromani Akali Dal in the Upper House.Mr. Dhindsa (82) said he tendered his resignation to Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday and also informed the same to the party on Friday.However, he said that he did not give any reason for the same.Meanwhile, the SAD clarified that the party had already informed the Parliamentary Affairs Minister about the change in its leadership in the Rajya Sabha in June this year. A copy of the same was also sent to RS Secretary General, it said. SAD senior vice-president and former Minister Daljit Singh Cheema said the party had already elected Rajya Sabha MPs Balwinder Singh Bhunder as party’s leader and Naresh Gujral as deputy leader in the Upper House. In September last year, Mr. Dhindsa had resigned as the party’s secretary general and from its core committee, citing health reasons.last_img read more

Honda Cars domestic sales rise 26% to 12,642 units in Dec

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 1 (PTI) Honda Cars India (HCIL) today reported a 26 per cent jump in its domestic sales to 12,642 units in December.The company had sold 10,071 units in December 2016, HCIL said in a statement.Last month, the company sold 291 units of small car Brio, 1,891 units of premium hatchback Jazz, 1,415 units of compact sedan Amaze and 4,365 units of mid-sized sedan City.The company also sold 3,760 units of its new compact sports utility vehicle (SUV) WR-V. While SUV BR-V saw sales of 880 units, those of SUV CR-V stood at 40 units.In addition, it exported a total of 730 units during the month under review.For the calender year 2017, HCIL registered a cumulative growth of 15 per cent, selling 1,78,755 units as compared with 1,56,107 units in 2016.The company said its premium sedan City reported cumulative sales of 62,573 units in 2017, thus becoming the highest selling mid-size sedan during the year.”HCIL experienced robust growth during 2017 backed by good demand for all our products across segments, especially the Honda City and WR-V,” HCIL President and CEO Yoichiro Ueno said. PTI MSS BALlast_img read more

a month agoWillian: Chelsea must be sharper with our finishing

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Willian: Chelsea must be sharper with our finishingby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWillian says Chelsea must be sharper with their finishing after victory over Brighton.The midfielder struck in the 2-0 win.It was his first goal of the season, and his first since March when he netted in the Europa League against Dynamo Kiev.”We needed it,” he told”We have been working hard every day, every game and this time we finally got the result, got the three points at home and we have to carry on,” he added. “We have to continue in the same way.”The game could have been 3-0 or 4-0. In the first half we created a lot of chances and I think we have to be more clinical. We cannot miss chances like this and we have to now think about the next game.” last_img read more

Urban Meyer Gives His Thoughts On Nebraska’s Loss To Colorado

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer with his hands on his waste.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 28: Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches his team warm up before a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Ohio Stadium on September 28, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)A lot of things went wrong for Nebraska in its 34-31 overtime loss to Colorado last weekend. The Huskers blew a 17-point lead and allowed a Buffaloes game-tying touchdown with less than a minute to go.But Urban Meyer has an idea of what went wrong overall for the Huskers and how they can improve moving forward.Appearing in his weekly spot on The B1G Show, Meyer reflected on the game and how Nebraska can bounce back. He said that quarterback Adrian Martinez hasn’t found “his rhythm yet.” But he still thinks Nebraska can still win the Big Ten West.“That was a terrible loss, and I was one of the guys who thought that Nebraska (would win the Big Ten West), and I still think they can. They’ve got really good players, I still love their quarterback, but he hasn’t found his rhythm yet this year. The way they finished the season last year with the momentum, I think they have good staff, (and) good players.”Meyer hearkened back to a serious loss his Ohio State Buckeyes suffered against Virginia Tech at home in 2014. Ohio State lost that one 35-21 before winning the national championship. He urged Nebraska head coach Scott Frost to “rally the troops and keep swinging.””We lost early in 2014 in a terrible loss to Virginia Tech. You just gotta rally the troops.”– @CoachUrbanMeyer shared how a team like Nebraska can bounce back from a tough loss and dropped wisdom on some other early @B1Gfootball scenarios:— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 11, 2019Meyer reminded everyone that there’s “a lot of football left” and expressed confidence that Nebraska will get things going once they begin in-conference games.Nebraska is still well-situated for a strong season. Their next two games will be against Northern Illinois and Illinois. After that, they get most of their toughest opponents at home.Late-September may be an issue though with the Ohio State Buckeyes coming to Lincoln. A win in that game would be tremendous for the Huskers. But a loss would leave them with no margin for error down the stretch.Can Scott Frost and the Huskers right the ship before the end of the month?last_img read more

Adam Lambert And Miley Cyrus Rock VH1 Divas

first_imgVH1’s beloved franchise “VH1 Divas” caught dance fever at the L.A. Shrine Auditorium Sunday night for a live, concert event filled with performances, theatrics, and a roster of musicians and actors ready to boogie down to benefit The VH1 Save The Music Foundation.The star-studded affair incorporated performances from today’s biggest hits and dance classics by host Adam Lambert, Ciara, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland, Jordin Sparks, and was accompanied by House DJ Havana Brown.The evening included an incredible line-up of performers ready to shake their groove thing for a good cause, including Natasha Bedingfield, Kelly Clarkson, Ledisi, Melanie Fiona, VH1 “You Oughta Know” Artist Metric, Paloma Faith, Pitbull, Iggy Azalea, and Bootsy Collins.Special appearances by L.A. Reid, Amber Riley, Ellie Kemper, Elisha Cuthbert, Kat Graham, Kelly Osbourne, NeNe Leakes, Stacy Keibler, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Brandy, Paula Abdul, Sheila E. and La La Anthony rounded out the disco-themed night.Adam Lambert kicked off the night with a cabaret themed “Let’s Dance,” followed by a special introduction to Kelly Clarkson ’s latest single “Catch My Breath.” With a genuinely enthusiastic Kelly Osbourne introducing one of her favorite groups “Blondie,” VH1 You Oughta Know artist Metric brought the house down with their rendition of “Heart of Glass.” Donning a studded jacket and rocker attitude, Miley Cyrus commanded the room with her vivacious delivery of “Rebel Yell” by rock god Billy Idol .Newly inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, diva legend Donna Summer created some of the biggest dance hits guaranteed to get the crowd going. Kelly Rowland , Adam Lambert , and Keri Hilson paid tribute to one of the greats with a musical medley of “I Feel The Love,” “Bad Girls,” “She Works Hard The Money,” “Love To Love You Baby,” “Hot Stuff,” and “Last Dance.” An emotional Brandy introduced Jordin Sparks , Ledisi and Melanie Fiona for a power-driven tribute to the late Whitney Houston. The trio dazzled with an electric performance of “I’m Every Woman,” “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay,” and “How Will I Know.”After two hours of non-stop dancing and entertainment, Pitbull closed the show in style with his hit “Don’t Stop The Party,” leaving the night on a high note.As in previous years, this edition of “VH1 Divas” will benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping music education alive in American public schools. To date, VH1 Save The Music has provided more than $49.5 million in new musical instruments to 1,850 public schools in more than 128 school districts around the country, impacting the lives of over 2.1 million children.last_img read more