World Cup 2015: Tonga 35-21 Namibia

first_imgSTATISTICS193 – The number of metres made by Tonga wing Veainu, who was promoted from the bench to the starting lineup just before the game. He carried the ball 12 times and was a big threat.61 – Tonga’s percentage share of possession. That increased to 69% in the last ten minutes of the game.15  – The number of penalties Namibia gave away, five of which came at scrum time.35 – Tonga’s power and strength forced Namibia to miss 35 tackles. TAGS: HighlightNamibiaTonga Mid flight: Telusa Veainu scored two tries but put a hand in touch this time. (Photo: Getty Images) Attendance: 10,103For all the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. A combination of power from the pack and scintillating skills from the backs took Tonga to a bonus-point win over Namibia, but the Africans wowed the crowd with some gung-ho counter-attacking and gave the pre-match favourites a scare.Wing Telusa Veainu, who came into the sidefor this World Cup match as a replacement for Fetu’u Vainikolo, was the star of the attacking show for Tonga, scoring two tries and coming oh-so-close to a third, only to put his hand into touch as he dived for the corner. Man of the Match Jack Ram also crossed twice for Tonga, while Latiume Fosita was their other try-scorer.Namibia skipper Jacques Burger scored two tries, both from mauls driven over from lineouts, after Johan Tromp had opened their account in the first half. Theus Kotze kicked three terrific conversions.Tonga’s superiority at the scrum proved crucial as they forced penalties and put Namibia on the back foot. Namibia have now played 17 World Cup matches without a win, but boy were they entertaining.Tromp card: Johan Tromp celebrates his try for Namibia. (Photo: Getty Images) All the details from a thrilling encounter, the first World Cup match to take place at Exeter’s Sandy Park.center_img Tonga: V Lilo (V Helu 58); D Halaifonua, S Piutau (capt, K Morath 57), S Piukala, T Veainu; L Fosita, S Takulua (S Fisilau 57); S Tonga’uiha (T Mailau 58), A Lutui (P Ngauamo 46), S Puafisi (H Aulika 58), H T-Pole (L Lokotui 42), J Tuineau, S Kalamafoni (O Fonua 32), J Ram, V Ma’afu.Tries (5): Telusa Veainu 2, Jack Ram, 2, Latiume Fosita,  Pens: Vunga Lilo 1, Kurt Morath 1. Cons: Vunga Lilo 2.Namibia: C Botha; J Tromp (D Philander 64), D Van Wyk, J Deysel (D De La Harpe 70), R Van Wyk; T Kotze, E Buitendag (D Stevens 71); C Viviers (L van der Westhuizen 40), T Van Jaarsveld, J Coetzee, J Venter (PJ Van Lill 40), T Uanivi,  J Burger (capt), R Kitshoff, R Bothma (T Du Plessis 68).Tries (3): Johan Tromp, Jacques Burger 2. Cons: Theuns Kotze 3.Referee: Glen Jackson (South Africa)Man of the Match: Jack Ram WHAT’S HOTRunning rugby – Tonga won the day and scored five tries, but Namibia were just as willing to run the ball, counter-attacking from everywhere. Chrysander Botha was particularly keen to get his team moving forward out of defence on his club home ground and he found willing allies all around him in the blue of Namibia.Huge hit – The earth probably shook on the far side of Dartmoor when Tongan wing David Halaifonua stopped Namibia No 8 Renaldo Bothma in his tracks. The back-row picked up the ball from the back of a scrum and was at full pace, steaming up the right wing, when Halaifonua sent him back where he came from.Sunny Sandy Park – The terraces and stands of this brilliant club rugby ground were packed with thousands of enthusiastic West Country rugby folk and hundreds of travelling fans. The sun shone, the beer flowed and the crowd cheered and chanted their way through the game, making it another fabulous World Cup occasion.World-class welcome: The locals banded together with travelling fans to roar Tonga and Namibia on. (Photo: Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS WHAT’S NOTLilo’s place kicking – It’s a good job this game wasn’t just a little bit tighter as Tongan full-back Vunga Lilo couldn’t hit a Devon barn door from the kicking tee. He is not their first choice kicker but still needs to improve, after missing three conversions and a penalty, some of which were quite straightforward kicksNamibia’s scrum – Their lineout brought them two tries, but Namibia’s scrum mis-fired against the Tongan eight and coach Phil Davies was disappointed with this phase of the game, and the penalties his team gave away.last_img read more

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Governor closes all restaurant dine-in services for Florida

first_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Earlier on Friday, DeSantis directed all movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, arcades, gymnasiums, fitness studios and beaches to close in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Establishments such as restaurants, bars, pubs and night clubs that serve food were ordered to stop dine-in services.DeSantis also suspended any Florida statute that “requires a quorum to be present in person or requires a local government body to meet at a specific public place,” allowing local governments to meet via telephone or video conferencing.As of Friday morning, the Florida Department of Health reported 520 cases of COVID-19, including 10 deaths.COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus. The disease has caused at least 200 deaths in the U.S. COVID-19 symptoms appear within two to 14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, runny nose and difficulty breathing.Most people who have it develop only mild symptoms. But some people, usually the elderly and those with other medical complications, develop more severe symptoms, including pneumonia, which can be fatal. TAGSCoronavirusGovernor DeSantisRestuarantsThe Center Square Previous articleOrange County Property Appraiser (OCPA) transitions to 100% remote due to coronavirusNext articleBreaking News: Orange County issues a curfew effective tonight Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The order also mandates all gyms and fitness centers to close. The directives are effective immediately and are in place through May 7.center_img The executive order, the third DeSantis issued Friday, allows establishments to operate kitchens for take-out and delivery orders. It also lifts the restriction from a previous executive order that prohibited specially licensed food service establishments from selling package sales of alcohol for delivery, take-out or consumption off-premises. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter By Jason Schaumburg | The Center SquareA couple hours after directing businesses in Broward and Palm Beach counties to close or curtail operations, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis directed all Florida restaurants and food establishments to suspend dine-in operations to combat COVID-19. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear last_img read more

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Baan Bangpakok / INchan atelier

first_img Projects Manufacturers: Boonthavorn, Mae Num, TOAContractor:Pigad ConsultantArchitect In Charge:Intanon ChantipCity:BangkokCountry:ThailandMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© VARP StudioRecommended ProductsDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20DoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaWindowsLibartVertical Retracting Doors & WindowsRenders / 3D AnimationAUGmentectureAugmented Reality Platform – AUGmentecture™Text description provided by the architects. This project started off with a very basic question for many Thai parents when their children grew older and felt ready to have their own family: “how a family can live comfortably together when it becomes expanding?”. Save this picture!© VARP StudioThe site was originally packed with a 50-year old traditional Thai house structure that was handed down to the current owner from the grandparents 15 years ago. This old house had kept expanding over generations until it covered most of the land plot.Save this picture!© VARP StudioAfter a number of discussions among all family members, the brief of this project was then divided into two parts: (1) tearing down one third of the existing traditional house and renovating it to suit new lifestyle functions for the parents, (2) erecting a new building to increase the area amount for the fact that everyone in the family can joyfully share and to accommodate the upcoming new families with a proper degree of privacy.Save this picture!© VARP StudioHowever, the plot’s conditions for the new house are quite peculiar.  First of all, the plot is about 2 meters below the street level. Its shape is like a long tapered strip, which on the long side runs along a canal and on the short side is exposed to the street.  But somehow with some technical problems the upper floors of the house has to set far back from the street side causing the footprint of the house to have less area to manage. Nonetheless, the architect has summed all conditions and turned them into clear design strategies: (1) The house is divided to have a base and a form on top in order to suggest a visual exposure to the street due to a big visual difference between the street view and the land plot view.  (2) The base should be exploited as an elevated ground in order to increase the usable area, whereas the upper form has to be composed as a combination of small forms, so it will not appear too dominating to the surroundings.  And (3) the vertical circulation of the house has to be the spiral stairs in order to safe space and performs as a sculptural piece at the center of the house.  Save this picture!© VARP StudioSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© VARP StudioSave this picture!1st Floor PlanIn the functional respect, the house is arranged by floor as follows.  The first floor is set to have a guest bedroom and a big connecting space for several shared facilities, a living area and a dining area, directly connected to a kitchen, a multi-purpose terrace, and the front pocket garden.  The second floor is somehow intended to perform as a new ground for the new families where they can enjoy the garden from the top view.  It is arranged to have the stair hall as a pantry, which can serve the outdoor terrace.  And it has an accommodation unit for one family.  It comprises a big bedroom, a walk-in closet, and an en-suite bathroom. And lastly, the third floor is a repeat of the second floor for the accommodation unit for another family, except it has an extra private living room.Save this picture!© VARP StudioProject gallerySee allShow lessWhy an Accounting Method Will Change the Way You WorkArticlesIronSource / RUST architectsSelected Projects Share Area:  380 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” Houses Baan Bangpakok / INchan atelierSave this projectSaveBaan Bangpakok / INchan atelier ArchDaily “COPY” CopyHouses•Bangkok, Thailand Architects: INchan atelier Area Area of this architecture project Thailandcenter_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Baan Bangpakok / INchan atelier ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs Year:  Save this picture!© VARP Studio+ 50Curated by Fernanda Castro Share Photographs:  VARP Studio Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project 2017 CopyAbout this officeINchan atelierOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBangkokThailandPublished on January 01, 2018Cite: “Baan Bangpakok / INchan atelier” 31 Dec 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesSynthetics / AsphaltMitrexSolar RoofMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalPlumbingSanifloGreywater Pump – Sanifast®SWH190WoodLunawoodInterior ThermowoodMembranesEffisusAVCL Systems for FacadesSinksCosentinoBathroom Collection – Silestone® WashbasinsDoorsStudcoPocket Door Trims – CavKitWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Architectural & FreeformMetal PanelsRHEINZINKPanel Surface Finish – prePATINA-LineHanging LampsEureka LightingSuspended Lights – BloomMetallicsBaileyFacade Systems- I-Line Snap-On Feature ChannelMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?“空巢”住宅 Baan Bangpakok / INchan atelier是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! 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Elton John among most generous UK donors, report reveals

first_img Tagged with: Celebrity Finance Melanie May | 29 November 2018 | News Elton John among most generous UK donors, report reveals AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis38 Advertisement Lord Sainsbury is the most generous person in the UK, donating £2.58 billion between 2008-18, while Sir Richard Branson is 10th, and Elton John is the 13th, according to a report from gift giving website Activity Superstore.Activity Superstore looked at the past 10 years of The Sunday Times Giving Lists to uncover the most generous people in the UK. Since 2008, £19.1 billion has been donated to charity by 50 philanthropists in the UK with supermarket owner, Lord Sainsbury, the most generous person in the country. Matt Davis at Activity Superstore said:“The data shows that Sainsbury’s founder, Lord Sainsbury, is the most generous man in Britain after donating £2.58 billion to charity over the last decade. In total, £19.1 billion has been donated by the philanthropists between 2008 and 2018, which is enough to fund 44 hospitals, 100 libraries or 1,316 schools.“It’s heart-warming to see some of the world’s biggest business people and celebrities give back to the community. However, the data shows that despite wealth increasing, donations are in fact in decline and because of this we, at Activity Superstore, are encouraging everyone to think about giving this Christmas.”center_img  889 total views,  1 views today Image by Mauge on Flickr. Used under Creative Commons: Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0).  Sir Elton John features 13th on the top 20 list for total donations with £301 million in contributions. The most he has donated in one year was £41.9 million in 2008/9. In the last year he has donated £24.3 million. According to the data, he is the third most consistent giver in the country, featuring on The Sunday Times list for over 11 years. Charities include the Elton John Aids Foundation, The Elton John Sports Fund and The Royal Academy of Music. In November, he announced that he would give part of his fee from this year’s John Lewis Christmas ad to charity.The study also analysed the industry of each of the philanthropists that have featured in the last 10 years and shows that those working in finance, banking and hedge funding are the most generous. 19% of those that feature on all 10 years worth of Sunday Times giving lists work in finance/banking followed by property and construction, which takes up 12% of the list.And, while only one woman appears in the top 20, the figures show that women are more generous with their wealth than men or couples.However, from 2008 to 2018 the combined annual wealth of the top 50 philanthropists has increased by 47.2%, while donations from all data measured for the top 50 philanthropists has dropped by 19.8%.  890 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis38 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via read more

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MLK Day in militant motion

first_imgFierce determination marked this year’s Martin Luther King Day actions. Those who rallied during the Jan. 14-16 weekend pledged a return to the radical legacy of the Civil Rights leader whom the day commemorates. They were galvanized by the right-wing, racist, sexist, anti-woman, anti-LGBTQ and anti-poor-people agenda of Donald Trump and his billionaire bullies. Gatherings ranged from big cities on the East and West coasts to small towns in the South. Labor activists united with community organizers, as anti-racist soccer teams and knitting groups marched side by side. Fight for $15 signs calling for the right to unionize and a higher minimum wage were held up together with LGBTQ rainbow flags. There was dancing, direct action, civil disobedience, and continuing defiance of state police terror and police brutality. The dedicated, creative, angry and inspired leadership of young Black and Brown people was present everywhere, fighting for survival and self-determination and reclaiming King’s Day.In New York City, NYC Shut It Down, People’s Power Assemblies and Why Accountability reclaimed the radical legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 16. Their march was an extension of #PeoplesMonday, a series of militant street marches organized by NYC Shut It Down every Monday for the past two years. Each march tells the story of a person of color murdered by police or vigilantes.The Monday of MLK Day focused on Renisha McBride, a 19-year-old Black woman murdered in a white suburb of Detroit while looking for assistance after a car accident.The action also drew attention to the ongoing gentrification of central Harlem. Since 2000, the white population of Harlem has increased more than seven times, while the Black population has declined by more than a third. Marchers paused in front of Corner Social, a gentrifying restaurant whose staff assaulted #PeoplesMonday protesters two weeks ago. Statements made by the owner justifying the attack were read aloud and refuted with quotes from Martin Luther King. Community pressure has forced Corner Social to remove its racist dress code, a deliberate attempt to exclude Harlem’s Black working class.Chants included: “We’re tired of dying and being gentrified! We’re doing this for Renisha McBride!” as well as “Black lives matter! Brown lives matter! Blue’s a job! That shit don’t matter!”Police responded to the march aggressively, shoving people out of the streets and arresting two people. These two were later released with minor charges into a large crowd of cheering supporters. Community response to the march was overwhelmingly positive.Oakland, Calif.The Anti Police-Terror Project of Oakland, Calif., held its third annual March to Reclaim King’s Radical Legacy on Jan. 16. The march kicked off 120 hours of direct action leading up to Jan. 20 Counter-Inaugural, anti-Trump protests. Organizers emphasized: “This year we are focused on immigrant rights, protection of our Muslim brothers and sisters, women’s reproductive rights, loving our LGBTQ sisters, brothers and siblings, and the defense of Black life.”Thousands of people rallied at Oscar Grant Plaza in downtown Oakland. The rally, emceed by Cat Brooks, began with Aztec dancers, in recognition that people were gathered on Ohlone territory. Speakers included Tur-ha Ak, Community Ready Core; George Galvis, Communities United for Restorative Justice; Equito, Frisco 5; and Clarence Thomas, former secretary-treasurer of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 10.A large contingent of youth marched in and, together with people of color, led the march, which went several miles, up Telegraph Road across 27th Street to Grand, ending at Lake Merritt, where another rally was held.People were asked to bring drums and grills there, in response to the harassment of Black drummers and barbequers at the lake by white gentrifiers, complaining about so-called noise.Additional speakers included representatives from Third World Resistance, Asians for Black Lives, Causa Justa, Poor Magazine, the Trans Gender-Variant and Intersex Justice Project, Black Lives Matter Bay Area, BYP100, Ras Ceylon, Youth Together and the National Lawyers Guild.  Performers included Alia Shariff, Kev Choice and Young Gifted and Black.San Diego, Calif.In San Diego the “official” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade has, over the years, grown more and more politically conservative and attracted more and more police, border patrol and military contingents.This year, in response, San Diego activists and unionists called for a truly grassroots peoples’ gathering and rally to honor the great civil rights leader in the spirit of his struggle oriented life. On Jan. 16, they marched in labor-community solidarity though the city’s downtown. Then they rallied together at the city’s Civic Center, affirming that a powerful fightback against racism, police brutality, homelessness, militarism and the Trump agenda was the top priority on the peoples’ agenda.About 8,000 people attended the 35th annual Martin Luther King Day march and rally in Seattle. Speakers and marchers from dozens of labor, community and student organizations emphasized the importance of staying active throughout the year against the incoming Trump regime. Several speakers strongly condemned the building of a new youth jail in the Black community. Marchers chanted “Black Lives Matter!” against police brutality and said, “Refugees are welcome here!”Contributing to this article were Nathaniel Peters, Terri Kay, Bob McCubbin and Jim McMahan.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Milwaukee, Wis. 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The Skiff: November 9, 2016 (Election Issue)

first_imgThe Skiff Linkedin The Skiff The Skiff: Dec. 5, 2019 + posts Previous articleRegistered voter chooses not to vote in election based on faithNext articleDespite outcome, women celebrate their first vote for a woman candidate The Skiff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR printFailed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infoVolume 115, issue 12: Decision 2016: A look back on the campaign.Also: Astronaut casts ballot from space, students faced challenges trying to vote absentee, and more. Twitter The Skiff: Nov. 14, 2019 Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Facebook The Skiff Volume 115: Issue 12 The Skiff by TCU360TCU Box 298050Fort Worth, TX [email protected] The Skiff The Skiff ReddIt The Skiff: Nov. 7, 2019 Life in Fort Worth A fox’s tail: the story of TCU’s campus foxes ReddIt Facebook The Skiff Twitter The Skiff: Nov. 21, 2019 Linkedinlast_img read more

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New call for the release of Mohammed Abbu

first_img Reporters Without Borders has renewed its call for the release of lawyer and human rights defender Mohammed Abbu (photo), jailed since 1st March 2005 over articles posted online, who remains in prison, despite the release of nearly 80 political prisoners by the authorities on 25 February 2006. Help by sharing this information TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa December 26, 2019 Find out more Follow the news on Tunisia Organisation Reporters Without Borders has renewed its call for the release of lawyer and human rights defender Mohammed Abbu, jailed since 1st March 2005 over articles posted online, who remains in prison, despite the release of nearly 80 political prisoners by the authorities on 25 February 2006.”We welcome the release of the Zarzis Internet-users and journalist Hamadi Jebali. But why exclude Mohammed Abbu from the list of prisoners freed to mark the 50th anniversary of national independence?” asked Reporters Without Borders.“We urge diplomats to keep campaigning to secure his freedom,” the press freedom organisation added.Mohammed Abbu’s wife along with four of his lawyers, managed to hold a short-lived demonstration on 2 March 2006 in front of Kef prison where her husband is serving his sentence. They brandished the lawyer’s portrait and chanted his name. Police stopped their vehicle about 15 times on the road from Tunis to the prison. Other human rights activists who tried to join the demonstration were turned back.The organisation also calls on the Tunisian authorities to allow pro-democrat activists access to the Internet. The personal connections of most opposition figures have been cut off, at the request of the Tunisian Internet Agency, since the end of October 2005 – just before the start of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). News News Mokhtar Yahyaoui, a former judge, opposition activist and weblogger, spoke out against the harassment. “They cut off my Internet connection as soon as I began my hunger strike, on 18 October 2005. Since then I have had a lot of problems trying to get my blog up and running again. In addition I am under constant police surveillance. Our situation has worsened since the end of the WSIS”.Abbu was sentenced on 29 April 2005, to three years and six months in prison, at the end of a mockery of a trial. His sentence was upheld on appeal two months later. He was tried on two counts. On the first he was sentenced to two years in prison for an alleged assault on a female colleague, in 2002, without any evidence being produced. On the second count, he was sentenced to 18 months in prison for posting an article online in which he compared torture inflicted on political prisoners in Tunisia with abuses committed by American soldiers at Abu Ghraib.Over 15 years ago, Reporters without Borders created its “Sponsorship Programme” and called upon the international media to select and support an imprisoned journalist. More than two hundreds news staffs around the globe are thus sponsoring colleagues by regularly petitioning authorities for their release and by publicising their situations sothat their cases will not be forgotten.Currently, Mohammed Abbou is sponsored by Aldaketa Hamasei-Cambio 16, El Periodico de Catalunya, CIBL FM, Campus, Quartier Libre, Le Métropolitain RSF_en November 12, 2019 Find out more to go further ————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: News November 11, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts News Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder March 6, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New call for the release of Mohammed Abbulast_img read more

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Mayor’s Christmas message to Donegal people at home and abroad

first_img Pinterest Facebook Google+ News Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North By News Highland – December 20, 2012 The Mayor of Donegal Cllr Frank Mc Brearty has published a Christmas message to the people of Donegal at home and abroad, wishing all a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous 2013.In a video published this morning on YouTube, Cllr Mc Brearty urges people to visit lonely people in the county over the Christmas, and pays tribute to the emergency services and others who will work over the festive season.He also has a special message for the diaspora……..[podcast][/podcast]Mayor’s Christmas Message Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal center_img WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook Previous articleLetterkenny Town Council budget meeting tonightNext articleRenewed hope that Department of Agriculture jobs could be relocated to Strabane News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Mayor’s Christmas message to Donegal people at home and abroad Pinterestlast_img read more

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Endangered Amur leopard cubs born at Illinois zoo

first_imgBrookfield Zoo(BROOKFIELD, Ill.) — Two endangered Amur leopard cubs have been born at the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois.The 8-week-old male cubs are “thriving,” Amy Roberts, the Brookfield Zoo’s senior curator of mammals, told ABC News.As they’ve grown, the cubs’ caregivers have been able to tell them apart by their differing appearances and personalities, Roberts said.The cubs have different spots, and one of them has a bolder personality than the other, Roberts said.The last time the mama leopard, Lisa, gave birth, it was to only one cub, so she was the only one for him to play with, Roberts said. Now that Lisa has had twins, she’s getting a bit of down time as they play with each other instead.“They spend a lot of time stalking each other and wrestling each other,” Roberts said.The cubs were born on April 18 but their birth was just announced because veterinarians wanted to give the mother, Lisa, privacy as she bonded and cared for the cubs. During that time, zookeepers mostly monitored the mother and babies from a camera.The photos were taken during the cubs’ 8-week vaccinations, Roberts said. They will be placed in an outdoor habitat to be viewed by the public in mid-July, after they’ve had their second set of shots.“It is our hope that guests will not only enjoy seeing these very charismatic cubs exploring and playing in their outdoor habitat, but will also gain an appreciation for the species and learn why conservation efforts are so important for this leopard,” Roberts said.Amur leopards are critically endangered and fewer than 65 are left in the wild, predominately in one isolated population in far east Russia, and a few in the Jilin Province of northeast China, according to the zoo. The biggest threats the leopards face are poaching, retribution hunting, a decrease in their habitat due to fires, logging and human settlement and a decline in their prey, the zoo said in a press release.In 2013, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums created the Amur Leopard Global Species Management Plan to help the species survive, according to the zoo.There are currently 82 Amur leopards in 42 accredited zoos in North America, the release states. The nocturnal species are known for their keen senses of hearing, vision and smell and they live in temperate forests with cold winters and hot summers.The cubs have not yet been named.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Hours before execution of Nathaniel Woods, Alabama governor stays mum despite calls for a reprieve

first_imgsimpson33/iStock(ATMORE, Ala.) — With the clock ticking down to Thursday evening’s execution of Nathaniel Woods, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has given no indication she’ll grant a reprieve despite the condemned prisoner’s supporters contending he did not take part in the slayings of three police officers.Woods, 44, is set to die by lethal injection at 6 p.m. local time at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama, unless Ivey grants him an eleventh-hour reprieve.As of Thursday morning, Ivey offered no sign that she will intervene in Williams’ case.When contacted by ABC News on Thursday, the governor’s press secretary had no comment.Earlier this week, the son of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. joined a chorus of calls to halt the execution of Woods, who was convicted of capital murder in the 2004 killings of three Birmingham, Alabama, police officers.“I stand with hundreds of thousands of Americans across Alabama and the nation, pleading with you not to execute Nathaniel Woods,” Martin Luther King III wrote in a letter sent on Tuesday to Ivey, a Republican.In his letter, King, who was born in Alabama, told Ivey her state was “set to kill a man who is very likely innocent.”King told Fox News Thursday, “If a person is innocent they should not be killed in this country. People have been killed and [hanged] for doing nothing. And in this context, if that is the prospect, we ought to at least go through the facts, go through the information, give the system the opportunity to work if it did not work.”As of Thursday afternoon, more than 91,000 people had signed a petition on the website to stop the execution of Woods, who would become the first person executed in Alabama this year and the 67th since the state reinstated the death penalty in 1976.Woods’ alleged accomplice, Kerry Spencer, confessed to being the sole gunman who killed the officers with a high-powered weapon, but separate juries convicted him and Woods of four capital murder charges, including killing the officers in the course of committing another crime.Spencer’s trial was held before Woods’ case was heard by a jury, but his execution date has yet to be set.During both trials, prosecutors presented the juries the theory that Woods and Spencer acted in tandem to lure the officers into the apartment to kill them.On June 17, 2004, Birmingham police officers Carlos Owen, Harley Chisholm III and Charles Bennett were shot to death while executing a misdemeanor assault warrant for Woods at a suspected crack house in Birmingham. A fourth officer was also shot, but survived and testified against Woods.A jury convicted Woods in December 2005, and in a nonunanimous verdict of 10-2 recommended a sentence of death.Alabama State Attorney General Steve Marshall said in a statement Wednesday that Woods was “correctly found guilty and sentenced to death by a jury of his peers.”“The only injustice in the case of Nathaniel Woods is that which was inflicted on those four policemen that terrible day in 2004,” Marshall said in the statement.Woods appealed his conviction, arguing his lawyer gave him inadequate representation by misinforming him that he could not be convicted of capital murder as an accomplice and convincing him to reject a plea deal prosecutors offered him of 20 to 25 years in prison, according to court records.Woods’ appeal was denied by the Alabama Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court.In his letter to Ivey, King stated that Woods “has never had a fair trial” and has not gotten the opportunity to present new evidence since his conviction bolstering his claim that Spencer acted alone and that there was never a plan to lure the officers into an ambush.The case has also garnered the attention of celebrities like Kim Kardashian West, who has become an advocate for criminal justice reform. She tweeted Thursday, Woods “is scheduled to be executed in Alabama TONIGHT for murders he did NOT commit. Join the broad coalition- including members of the jury and relatives of the victims – in urging @GovernorKayIvey and @AGSteveMarshall to stay Nate’s execution.”#NathanielWoods is scheduled to be executed in Alabama TONIGHT for murders he did NOT commit. Join the broad coalition- including members of the jury and relatives of the victims – in urging @GovernorKayIvey and @AGSteveMarshall to stay Nate’s execution.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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