Man beaten as gang raid house in Lifford

first_imgA man has been hospitalised after he was attacked in his house by six men with weapons in Lifford last night.The man was at home at Coneyburrow last night (Mon) at 7.30pm when the front door of his home was burst open.Six men armed with hammers and bars then attacked him and gave him a severe beating. The gang then fled the scene.The man was rushed to hospital but Gardai say his injuries are not life-threatening.Garda forensic teams are currently at the scene of the horrific attack.Garda Sergeant Eunan Walsh has issued an appeal for anybody who was in the area to contact them. At this stage Gardai are not aware of how the men made their escape.They are scanning CCTV footage in an effort to track the gang and their movements last night.“This was a terrifying ordeal and our forensic team are at the scene.“These six men came through the front door and subjected this man to a series of assaults.“We have still not determined what form of transport these men used and we would appeal to anybody who may have noticed anybody in the area at the time to contact us,” he said. All information on the incident can be forwarded to Letterkenny Garda station on 0749167100.Man beaten as gang raid house in Lifford was last modified: November 20th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:appealattackbarsGardaihammersLiffordlast_img read more

Mandela posters show world’s respect

first_imgDimitris Anapliotis of Greece submitted his, one of 700 submissions. (Image: Mandela Poster Project) MEDIA CONTACTS • Mohammed Jogie   Founder and co-curator  +27 82 880 6074/ +27 11 782 4297 RELATED ARTICLES • Liliesleaf remembered 50 years on • From Liliesleaf to Robben Island • Mandela’s head rises in Howick • Travelling the Mandela RouteRudo MungoshiA special art initiative called the Mandela Poster Project has been launched to celebrate the life of former South African President Nelson Mandela, and the unexpectedly abundant response is a measure of how the statesman is admired and respected around the world.The project was initiated by two South African designers, Mohammed Jogie and Jacques Lange – the pair wanted to honour Madiba and raise money for his dream, a children’s hospital in Johannesburg, through a simple social media exercise.According to them, this would show how the world views the iconic figure of Mandela through the medium of graphic design.Jogie and Lange put out a call for poster designers about two months ago with the hope of collecting 95 posters, one for every year of Madiba’s life.The project garnered so much interest that it attracted designers from more than 70 countries, including Australia, Ecuador, Mexico, Hungary, Romania, Spain and Italy. All in all, 700 designs were received over the 60 days.The winning posters come from Argentina (1), Australia (2), Bahrain (1), Belgium (1), Bolivia (1), Botswana (2), Brazil (7), Canada (6), China (3), Colombia (2), Cuba (1), Democratic Republic of the Congo (1), Denmark/UK/South Africa (1), Egypt (1), France (5), Germany (1), Greece (4), Honduras/El Salvador (1), India (2), Iran (3), Israel (2), Italy (3), Kenya (1), Malaysia (1), Mexico (6), Netherlands (1), Slovenia (2), South Africa (18), South Korea (2), Taiwan (2), Trinidad and Tobago (1), UK (1), US (8), Venezuela (2), and Zimbabwe (1).Celebrating Mandela’s spiritJogie described the project as a “pure artistic expression of Madiba”, adding that they had been overwhelmed by the response. “It’s is a celebration of his spirit and his contribution to humanity.”Despite the deadline for entries having passed a month ago, Jogie said they still continued to receive posters from those who had shown a keen interest in the project.“We are now considering publishing a coffee table book that will show all the posters submitted,” he said, “once we get sponsorship.”Contributors were asked to send their posters as an A2, 300dpi PDF file, and to be careful not to infringe any copyrights.The exhibition can be viewed from Thursday 18 July to Monday 22 July, at the University of Pretoria’s Department of Visual Arts. Gallery hours are between 09h00 and 18h00, and there is no entrance fee. Two walkabouts will take place on 20 and 21 July at 15h00.Supporting the Mandela Children’s HospitalThe initiative was open to all and entrants had to agree to donate their poster without charge to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust and allow the trust to exhibit and reproduce copies as part of its fundraising programme.The trust will respect the intellectual rights of all contributors and will not sell copies of the artwork.The winning 95 posters will be printed in a single special edition and launched online on the eve of Mandela’s birthday, before being auctioned off by the trust.Another set of posters will form part of a travelling exhibition. Invitations for the exhibition to visit have already been received from Brazil, Mexico, the US, and China.The project has also been endorsed by Icograda (International Council for Communications Design), as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations.last_img read more

CONGRATULATIONS BEN AND KYLIE

first_imgCongratulations to Aussie Mens Open representative Ben Robinson and also Sharks Womens Open representative Kylie Glasson who married last weekend in a surprise/private ceremony. The couple, pictures and location looked beautiful and we wish them all the best as they start their new life as Ben and Kylie Robinson. Congratulations guys!last_img

25 days agoSouthampton ​manager Hasenhuttl plans Cedric talks after late withdrawal

first_imgSouthampton ​manager Hasenhuttl plans Cedric talks after late withdrawalby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl admits that he is not sure why Cedric Soares pulled out of their game against Tottenham at the last minute.The right back is a key member of the Saints lineup.Jannik Vestergaard came into the team near kick off, with Cedric reportedly suffering an injury.However, Hasenhuttl has called into question that version of events with his post-match comments.He said to reporters: “It wasn’t the perfect start to the game. “You prepare for the game and then half an hour before he says he can’t train. “I don’t know what happened. It wasn’t the best preparation for the game. I haven’t spoken to him now but I will.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Arunachal MP claims Chinese incursion into Anjaw Army says no such incident

first_imgItanagar/New Delhi: A BJP MP from Arunachal Pradesh on Wednesday claimed that the Chinese Army intruded into the state’s remote Anjaw district and constructed a temporary wooden bridge over a stream last month but the Army said no such incident took place.Tapir Gao said the bridge was built over Kiomru Nullah in Chaglagam circle and some local youths noticed it on Tuesday. When contacted, an Army spokesperson in New Delhi said no such incursion by the Chinese military took place, adding there is differing perception of the alignment in many areas along the Line of Actual Control – the de facto border between the two countries. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The terrain is thickly vegetated and all movements are undertaken on foot along Nalas and streams. During monsoon whenever the Nalas are in spate, temporary bridges are constructed by the patrols for their movement,” the official said. “Being an area of differing claims, troops routinely from either side patrol the area. In addition, civilian hunters and herb collectors also frequent here during summer months,” he said. The official reiterated that there is no permanent presence of either Chinese soldiers or civilians in the area and surveillance is maintained by Indian troops regularly. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Being an area of differing claims, troops routinely from either side patrol the area. In addition, civilian hunters and herb collectors also frequent there during summer months,” he said. Earlier, Gao said the area where the Chinese incursion took place is approximately 25 km northeast of Chaglagam and is very much inside the Indian territory. “As a representative of the state, I have requested the Centre for development of infrastructure along the Sino-Indo border in Arunachal Pradesh like construction of a road between Hayuliang, the district headquarters of Anjaw, and Chaglagam and beyond,” he told journalists. He said it was necessary to stop such incidents. The condition of the road between Hayuliang and Chaglagam is very poor and virtually no road exists beyond that point, he said. In October last year, an Indian Army patrol had come across Chinese troops in the area, the MP claimed. The Army Spokesperson said India and China have well established diplomatic and military mechanisms to address all issues in relating to border areas.last_img read more

Trudeau says trade with China an answer to rising populism

first_imgBEIJING, China – Pursuing free trade with China and preserving the North American Free Trade Agreement are part of Canada’s international mission to combat the rising tide of populism, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday.Trudeau capped the first leg of his China trip in Beijing on Tuesday meeting the country’s powerful president as talks continued to formally kickstart free trade negotiations between the two countries.Xi Jinping welcomed Trudeau with a handshake at a red and gold glittering guesthouse nestled in a manicured compound with ponds and waterfalls.He noted the prime minister had been having busy and productive meetings in Beijing.“I know that as we look to building a better future for the entire world the friendship between Canada and China will play an important role in setting the tone and the approach that will characterize the 21st century,” Trudeau replied.The prime minister remained hopeful that Canada and China could forge ahead with a full-fledged trade deal that he said would benefit working people in both countries.Trudeau characterized his trade ambitions with China, NAFTA and pursuing other deals in Asia, including a new version of Trans-Pacific Partnership, as part of Canada’s fight against the protectionist tide most closely associated with the Donald Trump administration in Washington.“It’s a time where there is much political space given up in various countries for populism or resurgent nationalism. And Canada stands strongly as a country that is making a case for international trade that benefits everyone. We will continue to do that,” he told reporters before his meeting with Xi.Canada’s tough NAFTA renegotiation was a big part of his dinner conversation Monday night with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, said Trudeau.“We take very seriously the responsibility we have to improve NAFTA to benefit both Canada, the United States and Mexico,” Trudeau said.“Canada is not in the business of trying to create a zero sum game or create winners or losers in trade deals.”After his Beijing meeting with Xi, Trudeau flew south to the city of Guangzhou for the Fortune Global Forum, a major conference of international business leaders.Trudeau said he would not hesitate to raise human rights concerns with Xi, who has become China’s most powerful leader in decades.“The nature of the very strong and constructive relationship between Canada and China right now means that we can have strong and frank discussions about issues that we see differently without endangering the positive relationship we have,” Trudeau said.He said he’s raised specific consular cases, and the inability of Canadian diplomats to visit some Canadians in prison.The meeting with Xi follows Trudeau’s talks on Monday with Li, where they were not able to announce the start of formal free trade talks that would move beyond the current phase of exploratory discussions.International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne was noticeably absent from at least two public events that three fellow cabinet ministers attended with Trudeau on Tuesday because he was continuing the trade talks with Chinese counterparts.Champagne stayed behind in Beijing instead of travelling with the Trudeau entourage to Guangzhou. His spokesman had boarded the prime minister’s plane and suddenly left while the aircraft was idling on the tarmac and at least two of Champagne’s aides were pulled off the plane at the last minute.Trudeau said there wasn’t one particular issue that held up movement to the next phase but he wants a progressive trade deal that includes addressing issues such as gender, the environment and labour.Trudeau touted the lower-level agreements the two countries inked Monday on energy and the environment, agriculture and education as ways of incrementally moving relations forward as part of his new annual leaders’ dialogue.“Whether there are formal negotiations or simply exploratory talks, we are constantly engaged with our Chinese counterparts.”The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association said the agreement reached Monday could generate $125 million in new beef exports to China in the next five years, while the exploratory free trade talks continue.“We know that they’re working on it. Things haven’t stopped,” John Masswohl, the association’s international relations director, told reporters in Beijing.China imposes a 12-per cent tariff on Canadian beef, while Australia faces a seven per cent tariff that is gradually being phased out through their free trade agreement with China, he said.The agriculture sector’s enthusiasm for free trade with China contrasts with some other 600 businesses, academics and civil society groups who took part in government consultations.Some expressed fears that a free trade pact with China could kill Canadian jobs and reduce their ability to compete against China’s lax labour standards, lower environmental requirements and state subsidies.Masswohl said opening new markets for Canadian beef in China is crucial. “Right now our biggest risk is we ship 270,000 tonnes of beef to the United States, and possibly facing losing that NAFTA agreement with the United States, which I think is a possibility.”Trudeau told a large boardroom of three-dozen business leaders on Tuesday morning that China and Canada are continuing their exploratory discussions on a comprehensive trade deal.The government wants to establish a framework with China that would broaden the talks to include the environment, governance, labour and gender issues before deciding to formally begin trade negotiations.“We know that creating a strong framework in which investments and businesses and the rules that surround the operations of Canadian companies in China, and Chinese companies in Canada will be laid out, and predictable, is something that everyone is looking for,” Trudeau told the business leader off the top of their one-hour closed door meeting.“I know how important predictability and smooth understanding of the context in which we are, is important for business decisions.”The two-dozen participants included Bombardier, Shopify, Manulife, SNC Lavalin, Bank of Montreal and Scotiabank.“The formal free trade talk is a critical point that this mission’s about. We’re optimistic that eventually we’ll get to where we need to, to move forward,” said Preston Swafford, the chief nuclear officer for SNC Lavalin, which is vying for a slice of the clean energy market in China.“They’re still working. The term is: the cake is not baked yet.”last_img read more

Nutrien permanently closes New Brunswick potash facility takes US18B writedown

first_imgSUSSEX, N.B. – Nutrien Inc. says it has permanently closed its New Brunswick potash facility after putting the operation on care and maintenance in early 2016.The company says it will take a US$1.8-billion impairment charge in the third quarter due to the closure.It says the decision to close the facility reflects the company’s ability to increase potash production at a significantly lower cost than resuming operations in New Brunswick.Nutrien, then known as the Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan before a merger, shut down its Picadilly mine near Sussex, N.B., at a loss of about 430 jobs close to three years ago to focus on its lower-cost operations in Saskatchewan.The news was a shock at the time for the town of 4,300 after Potash Corp. had spent around $2 billion and six years building the facility.The company said at the time that the closure would save it upwards of US$50 million a year amid a weak market for the fertilizer.Potash Corp. announced a merger with fellow fertilizer company Agrium Inc. later in 2016, creating more combined supply within a single company.Companies in this story: (TSX:NTR)last_img read more

The Latest Legal fight over Lake Tahoe rental home rules

first_imgRENO, Nev. — The Latest on a legal fight over a ban on most vacation rentals at South Lake Tahoe, California (all times local):10:50 a.m.City officials in South Lake Tahoe, California say they intend to work with local property owners to make sure new restrictions on short-term vacation rentals at the mountain resort doesn’t disrupt the plans of visiting families who want to spend the holidays there.City Manager Frank Rush Jr. told The Associated Press on Thursday they don’t intend to immediately enforce a new cap on the number of people who can stay in rental homes as long as they don’t violate other rules aimed at stemming neighbourhood disturbances.A group of property and business owners on the south end of the lake along the California-Nevada line filed a lawsuit Wednesday to block the new rental rules votes approved in November.They say the ban on most vacation rentals that begins in 2021 is unconstitutional and the capacity restrictions that already have gone into effect can’t be enforced legally.Rush says the city wants to act reasonably and has no intention of taking a “hardline approach” given that many people already have made their lodging and transportation reservations for the holidays.___10 a.m.Property and business owners at Lake Tahoe are suing to block new restrictions on short-term vacation rentals they say are wreaking havoc on visiting families planning to spend the holidays at the mountain resort.A lawyer for the South Lake Tahoe Property Owners Group hoped to secure a temporary injunction Wednesday in California’s El Dorado County Superior Court suspending the new rental rules voters approved in November.But Andrew Pierce says Judge Michael McLaughlin cited an unspecified conflict of interest and recused himself from the case. A new hearing date hasn’t been set yet.A ban on short-term rentals affecting 1,400 properties outside South Lake Tahoe’s main tourist corridor doesn’t begin until 2020.But Pierce says a cap on the number of people who can stay in a rental home already has gone into effect. He says it’s unconstitutional.The Associated Presslast_img read more