One hundred dead animals on Donegal farms as dispute continues

first_imgIt is understood that more than 100 dead animals are currently waiting to be collected from farms around Donegal.The situation has arisen as a result of a dispute between local knackery operators and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.The issue is to be raised today in the Dail by Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher. He said he plans to ask the Minister to outline what interim measures he has taken to mitigate the problem of unburied animal carcasses that have been left on farms as a result of the ongoing knackery operators dispute in Donegal at present.He will also ask if he has further considered relaxing the restrictions on farmers to carry out burials of such carcasses on a controlled basis on their own farms until normal services resume by the operators; and if he will make a statement on the matter.It is understood dead animals are currently being held in storage in sheds in recent days.However, there are fears this could lead to the spread of disease on farms.  One hundred dead animals on Donegal farms as dispute continues was last modified: September 18th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

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Play your part and fight the drought: how to save water at home

first_imgFixing a dripping tap can save up to 550 litres of water a week – that’s 2 200 litres a month, and a whopping 28 600 litres a year, from a single tap. (Image: Mary Alexander)South Africa is facing one of its driest summers in years, with drought hitting many regions of the country. In response, a number of municipalities have introduced restrictions to save water. Here are some easy ways you can play your part and cut down on the water you use at home.General• Fix all dripping taps, inside and outside your home. Fixing a single tap can save up to 550 litres of water a week.• Know where the water shut-off valve for your property is, so you can turn it off if you have a burst pipe or other water emergency.Indoors• Teach your children to turn taps off taps tightly. • Keep an eye on your water bill. If the charges go up suddenly, you could have a leak somewhere in your home.Toilet• Only flush when you need to.• Don’t use the toilet for rubbish. Throw used tissues in the dustbin instead of flushing them away.• Fill a 500ml water bottle (cold drink “buddy” size) with water, seal it tightly and put it in the toilet cistern away from all moving parts. This will save 500ml of water every time you flush.• Replace your old toilet with a water-efficient one, preferably a toilet with a 9-litre cistern.• Make sure the washer in the cistern is fitted properly to stop leaks.Don’t use the toilet as a rubbish bin, and only flush when you need to. (Image: DirtyBoxFace, Flickr)Hand basin• Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth. Better still, brush your teeth in the shower.• Don’t turn the tap on full.• Don’t leave the tap running while you rinse your hair or shave.• Wash your hands with the plug in place.Always turn the taps off when brushing your teeth, shaving or washing your hair. (Image: Gabriel Rocha, Flickr)Bath• Don’t fill the bath to a water level higher than 20 centimetres – 10 centimetres is better.• Keep bath water to fill your toilet cistern, for cleaning around your home – floors, cupboards and carpets – or for watering your garden.• If you have small children, let them bath together.Shower• If your shower fills a 5-litre bucket in under 20 seconds, replace the showerhead with a water-efficient model that only delivers six to 10 litres a minute. • Don’t shower for longer than five minutes.• Shortening your shower by a minute or two saves up to 600 litres a month. • Switch off the water between soaping and rinsing your body and your hair. • Put a bucket in your shower to collect the water, and use it in the toilet cistern, for cleaning around your home – floors, cupboards and carpets – or for watering your garden.Test your shower head by placing a 5-litres bucket under it. If the bucket fills in less than 20 seconds, replace the shower head with a water-efficient model. (Image: Steven Depolo, Flickr)Cooking• Only put as much water into your kettle as you need. • When boiling water on the stove cover the pot with a lid. • Don’t use running water to thaw food. It’s safer to defrost it in the fridge.• Wash fruit and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap. • Collect the water used to rinse fruit and vegetables and use it in the toilet cistern or the garden.Only put as much water in the kettle as you need. Too much water will be lost to steam and evaporation. (Image: Benjamin Lehman, Flickr)Dishwashing• When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water. • Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean. • Buy a water-efficient dishwasher. • Fully load the dishwasher before use. Use an economy cycle. • If you have already rinsed your dishes then run the load on a shorter cycle.Clothes washing• Only wash a full load of laundry.• If your washing isn’t very dirty then don’t use the pre-rinse cycle. • Buy a washing machine that is water efficient. • Buy a washing machine that has different cycle options. This lets you choose a cycle that is more water efficient when heavy-duty cleaning is not needed. • Front loaders are more water efficient than top loaders or twin tubs. • Choose a machine with load detection. If there isn’t enough washing to do a full load, the machine will only use the amount of water needed.Only wash a full load of laundry, and if it isn’t very dirty then skip the pre-wash cycle. (Image: Chiot’s Run, Flickr)Outdoors• We’re more likely to notice leaks indoors, but don’t forget to check outdoor taps for leaks.• Wash your car with a bucket of water instead of a running hosepipe. Or use a commercial car wash that recycles water. • Use a broom to clean your yard and driveway, instead of a hosepipe.Pool• During the drought crisis, do not refill your pool. A number of municipalities have already placed restrictions on filling pools.Grow indigenous South African plants such as fynbos in your garden, instead of thirsty exotic plants. Our plants are adapted to the country’s naturally dry conditions, and use less water. (Image: Zoe Shuttleworth, Flickr)Garden• Only water your garden after 6pm and before 6am. Watering during the heat of the day wastes water to evaporation.• Adjust sprinklers to only water your garden, not paved areas or the road outside.• Better still, water your garden by hand with a watering can or a hose pipe. Fit a nozzle to the hose so you can shut the water off when it’s not needed, and keep the water pressure low.• Replace thirsty grass lawns with water-wise shrubs and groundcovers. • Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. Taller grass shades the ground and keeps in more moisture.• Collect rainwater from your roof to water your garden. • Don’t water your garden on windy days or most of the water will blow away or evaporate. • Grow only indigenous South African plants in your garden. They use less water.• Water only when needed. More plants die from over-watering than from under-watering. • When you give your pet fresh water, don’t throw away the old water. Use it to water your garden.Compiled by Mary Alexander. Sources: City of Johannesburg, Rand Water, City of Cape Town, Nelson Mandela Bay Metrolast_img read more

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Season on the line, FEU shows no quit vs favored Ateneo in Final 4

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles She gave FEU the 11-7 lead with a crosscourt spike and followed it up with a booming off-the-block kill that put the Lady Tamaraws ahead, 13-7.The graduating Guino-o, who finished with 17 points to lead FEU’s offense, said they just wouldn’t let themselves graduate early.“This cannot be our last game, we can’t just allow it,” said Guino-o in Filipino. “This can’t be the last time that we’re playing with each other. It really is ecstatic for us that we extended this series.”Despite a confidence-boosting win, Malabanan said they still have to be wary of Ateneo in their rubber match on Wednesday.“I think we’re still even because today they [the Lady Eagles] had the twice-to-beat advantage and next game it’s all even,” said Malabanan.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jerrili Malabanan and Heather Guino-o vowed that they won’t let FEU’s season end in the Final Four and they don’t care if they’re up against the league’s best team at the end of the eliminations.That attitude ultimately paid off for the Lady Tamaraws as they scraped past the Lady Eagles 10-25, 25-23, 25-22, 12-25, 25-8, Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I told the team earlier that this wasn’t going to be our last game,” said Malabanan, the team’s skipper. “We’re all happy that we achieved that goal.”Malabanan finished with eight points in the victory and a couple of those came in the deciding set.center_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew NU thrashes Adamson, advances to 7th straight UAAP finals FEU Lady Tamaraws. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University had the odds stacked against itself when it faced Ateneo in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball Final Four and for several reasons.The Lady Tamaraws (9-5) were swept by the Lady Eagles (12-2) in the elimination round and headed into the semifinals with a twice-to-win disadvantage, but that didn’t deter FEU’s seniors from putting up a spirited fight.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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MPC Container Ships Raises USD 75 Mn for More Vessels

first_imgzoom Norwegian shipowner MPC Container Ships ASA has completed its private placement, raising gross proceeds of around USD 75 million.The net proceeds would be used to pursue future investments in container vessels and general corporate purposes.  MPC Container Ships said that it is in the final stages of acquiring a number of feeder container ships.MPC Container Ships completed the private placement of 11.75 million new shares at a fixed subscription price of NOK 50 per share. DNB Markets, a part of DNB Bank ASA, and Fearnley Securities AS have acted as joint managers and bookrunners.Following registration of the share capital increase pertaining the private placement with the Norwegian Register of Business Enterprises, the company will have a share capital of NOK 770,030,000 divided into 77,003,000 shares, each with a nominal value of NOK 10.The new shares to be issued under the private placement will initially be issued under a separate ISIN number and will be listed on Merkur Market as soon as practically possible after registration of the share capital increase in the Norwegian Register of Business Enterprises, expected on or about February 15, 2018.Upon approval of a listing prospectus by the Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway, the new shares will be admitted to trading on Oslo Axess and will convert to the regular ISIN number of the company’s existing shares.last_img read more

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InFocus Kids with disabilities onreserve still getting less

first_imgAPTN InFocus with Cheryl McKenzie:If a motion passes unanimously in the House of Commons, does anybody hear it?That’s the question advocates of equal access to health care are asking.Jordan’s Principle was adopted in 2007.It was a motion vowing that children with disabilities who live on reserve, would be treated the same as all children who live off reserve.But eight years later a McGill University study reports that those on-reserve kids still have poorer access to health care services.last_img

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Myanmar detains 106 Rohingyas Officials

first_imgPolice escort a group of Rohingya men and boy in Kyauktan township south of Yangon on 16 November 2018 after their boat washed ashore. Photo: AFPMyanmar immigration authorities detained 106 Rohingya Muslims aboard a boat off Yangon on Friday, officials said, raising fears of a fresh wave of dangerous voyages after a 2015 crackdown on people smugglers.The boat was bound for Malaysia when authorities stopped it in the early morning some 30 km (20 miles) south of Myanmar’s largest city, Kyaw Htay, an immigration officer from Kyauktan township, told Reuters by phone.The group boarded the vessel from internal displacement camps outside Sittwe, the capital of western Rakhine state, he said.”Their destination was Malaysia. The boat was stopped after the engine failed,” he said.Tens of thousands of Rohingya have been confined to sprawling camps outside Sittwe since violence swept Rakhine in 2012.More than 700,000 Rohingya fled a brutal army crackdown in the northern part of the state last year, according to U.N. agencies. The Rohingya say soldiers and local Buddhists massacred families, burned hundreds of villages, and carried out gang rapes. UN-mandated investigators have accused the Myanmar army of “genocidal intent” and ethnic cleansing.Myanmar denies almost all of the allegations, saying security forces were battling terrorists. Attacks by Rohingya insurgents calling themselves the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army preceded the crackdown.Officials say they are ready to accept Rohingya who want to return from Bangladeshi refugee camps. But on Thursday, efforts to repatriate several thousand failed after refugees protested, saying they did not want to return. U.N. officials and aid agencies opposed the plan, saying conditions in Myanmar were not safe.Officials and aid workers told Reuters last week that dozens of Rohingya in Myanmar and Bangladesh had boarded boats to try to reach Malaysia in recent weeks after the end of the monsoon rains in early October.RICKETY BOATSThose who arrived on Friday were questioned on the top floor of a cyclone shelter, where women wearing headscarves, men, and children could be seen through the windows by Reuters reporters.They were led to trucks as a phalanx of officials stood guard, women leading small children by the hand and some carrying small bags, before being driven away towards Yangon.In a Facebook post, Aye Mya Mya Myo, a lower house lawmaker for Aung San Suu Kyi’s ruling National League for Democracy party from Kyauktan, said there were 50 men, 31 women and 25 children in the group.Early on Friday she posted pictures of a rickety boat crammed with people. It resembled vessels the Rohingya typically use to escape the apartheid-like conditions in Rakhine, where they are denied free movement and access to decent education and healthcare.For years, Rohingya on both sides of the border have boarded boats organised by smugglers in the dry months between November and March, when the sea is calm. The perilous journey to Thailand and Malaysia, often undertaken in overcrowded vessels, has cost many lives.Thailand cracked down on the trade after discovering a series of mass graves in 2015, leading to a crisis when smugglers abandoned their human cargo and left boats adrift in the Andaman Sea.last_img read more

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