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A woman has been jailed for stealing a packet of chicken fillets from a frozen food store in Co Donegal.Florica Rostas appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with taking the 25 fillets at The Igloo in Ballybofey on April 19th last. Ms Rostas, a widow with three children, entered the shop with some children at was found with the food in her coat when she left the shop.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said he appreciated it had been claimed in the media previously that people from Ms Rosta’s country, Romania, had a reputation for such behaviour.But he added “It’s all that she knew. She did this to feed her family and that’s the reality of her situation.”However, Judge Paul Kelly said that Ms Rostas, of The Green, Convoy, aged 35 had 19 previous convictions and the vast majority of those were for theft.Most of those sentences were suspended jail sentences and some fines.Judge Kelly referred to the previous suspended sentences and said “It ends today. One month in prison.”Woman who stole chicken fillets is jailed for one month was last modified: April 29th, 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:BallybofeychickencourtdonegaljailstoleThe Igloo
A possible link to a 2001 landing accident may be the cause of the loss of Metrojet Airbus A321, operating Flight 7K-9268 from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt) to St. Petersburg (Russia) killing all 224 on board.However, terrorist action may also be the cause with a group linked to ISIS claiming resposibility, although there has been no official verification of this.The A321 appears to have broken up while climbing through 31,000ft over the Sinai Peninsula, whether this is the result of a decompression or terrorist activity is still to be determined. In 2001 the same A321 (MSN 663) while operating for Middle East Airlines was involved in a severe tail strike on landing according to Aviation-Safety.net. It is possible that the repair to the rear pressure bulkhead was not done correctly causing a weakness and it has failed ripping the tail away rendering the aircraft uncontrollable.According to Aviation Herald, quoting officals, the A321 was located in mountainous terrain near Al-Arish however images of the crash site shows the area to be fairly flat. The plane’s flight data and cockpit voice recorders were recovered from the crash site, which spreads out over 16 square kilometers (over 6 square miles) some 70 kilometers (44 miles) south of the Egyptian city of el-Arish.As a precaution, Lufthansa, Air France, Qatar Airways and Emirates are altering flight paths to avoid the Sinai Peninsula area. Flightradar24 animation of flightpath plus technical data.World’s safest airlines.Taking your bags in an evacuation may kill you.Egyptian officials initially said that the pilot reported technical difficulties and wanted to make an emergency landing before losing contact with air traffic control, however that was later denied.The passengers were: 138 women, 62 men and 17 children BBC News reported, citing Egypt’s cabinet. Aviation tracking website Flight Radar 24 tweeted that the plane was descending at a rate of about 6000 feet a minute just before its signal was lost.A statement carried by the MENA agency said the A321 took off at 5:51 a.m. local time and disappeared from radar screens 23 minutes later.AirlineRatings.com does not safety rate Metrojet.The airline, known as Kogalym Avia, started operations in 1993. It operates five A321s and 2 corporate jets for charters only.The Airbus A321 has an excellent safety record.Initial observations; It is extremely unlikely that the aircraft was lost through an upset from Clear Air Turbulence (CAT). Whatever happened, did so without warning which points to a catastrophic break-up possiby indicating damage from the loss of the tail if the rear pressure bulkhead failed.Good weather was reported in the region making any cockpit instrumentation issue an extremely low probability.Safety observers suggest that the aircraft pluging indicates a “rapidly developing technical problem” leading to a break up. And wreckage is scattered over a wide area suggesting a high altitude breakup.A U.S. Federal Aviation Administration Notice to Airmen, or NOTAM, told pilots in the region to “exercise extreme caution [when flying below a certain altitude]…due to ongoing violence, unrest, security operations and the risk to safety from small-arms, rocket-propelled grenades, mortars, anti-aircraft fire and shoulder-fired, man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS).” This sort of shootdown would seem unlikely in this event, however, because the A321 was flying just above 30,000 feet.Still, the crash comes mere weeks after Russia upped the ante in the Syrian civil war, committing troops and warplanes to the defense of the Bashar al-Asad regime. The terrorist group ISIS was one of its targets.In a statement Airbus said:Airbus regrets to confirm that an A321-200 operated by Metrojet was involved in an accident shortly after 6:17 local time (04:17 GMT) over the Sinai Peninsula today. The aircraft was operating a scheduled service, Flight 7K-9268 from Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt) to St. Petersburg (Russia).The concerns and sympathy of the Airbus employees go to all those affected by this tragic accident of Flight 7K-9268.The aircraft involved in the accident, registered under EI-ETJ was MSN (Manufacturer Serial Number) 663, was produced in 1997 and since 2012 operated by Metrojet. The aircraft had accumulated some 56000 flight hours in nearly 21000 flights. It was powered by IAE-V2500 engines. At this time no further factual information is available.In line with ICAO annex 13, an Airbus go-team of technical advisors stands-by ready to provide full technical assistance to French Investigation Agency – BEA – and to the Authorities in charge of the investigation. The A321-200 is the largest member of the Airbus twin-engine A320 Family seating up to 240 passengers. The first A321 entered service in January 1994. By the end of September 2015, some 6500 A320 Family aircraft were in service with over 300 operators. To date, the entire fleet has accumulated some 168 million flight hours in some 92.5 million flights.Airbus will make further factual information available as soon as the details have been confirmed and cleared by the authorities for release.Photo credit: Joe Pries
The greenest dairy in the southernhemisphere is due to open in October2011 in the Eastern Cape province.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library)The advanced OneStep technology meansmore efficient use of resources, and lowerenergy consumption.(Image: Coega Dairy)MEDIA CONTACTS • Dr Marlize SmitCoega Dairy marketing director+27 83 703 3727RELATED ARTICLES• Woolworths tests green refrigeration• Nestlé expands operations in SA• Saving SA’s abalone• SA firms turn to green pest control• VW builds R500m ‘green’ press shopWilma den HartighA newly established local dairy company has taken the lead in milk processing, and boasts the smallest carbon footprint of any dairy in the southern hemisphere.The idea to establish a dairy with green credentials came about in 2010, when a group of Eastern Cape dairy farmers decided that they wanted to create a facility that could add value to locally produced milk. The farmers wanted to maintain the high quality of their products, but also had a vision to process milk using more eco-friendly methods.The Coega Dairy initially invested R50-million (US$7.3-million) in advanced ultra-high temperature (UHT) processing equipment that makes it possible to produce UHT milk, also known as long life milk, more efficiently.Coega Dairy CEO Dr Hennie Kleynhans said that no other dairy in the region or on the continent has invested in the advanced technology, known as OneStep, and internationally, he is only aware of a dairy in Spain that is using it.According to Kleynhans, this is because the technology is new in the market and besides being very expensive to install, would require dairies to undergo a complete overhaul of existing infrastructure.However, given the cost squeeze on dairy producers in South Africa, Coega Dairy deemed the investment worthwhile.Local trade magazine DairyConnect reports that South African milk producers face tough competition from countries where milk can be produced more competitively or where farmers receive subsidies. In South Africa, producers also have to contend with increasing input costs and low producer prices.The founders of the Coega Dairy realised that the technology could help them overcome some of these challenges: it allows for more eco-friendly milk production while also performing exceptionally on cost savings.Investing in the best green technologyCoega Dairy’s marketing director Marlize Smit said that the new UHT processing plant is significantly more efficient than conventional UHT equipment used in other South African plants.The Coega plant makes use of OneStep technology, which reduces the need for various steps during production. This means that milk can be processed faster, using fewer resources, at a lower cost.Energy and water consumption is considerably reduced, while the end products, which also include butter and custards, still maintain their high quality and have enhanced taste profiles.“The new plant is one of the most modern UHT plants, and one of the top green dairy plants in the world,” Smit said.The processing unit uses half as much energy, water and chemicals and generates 50% less effluent, of which 65% is recycled. The technology cuts carbon dioxide emissions by 40%, which results in a lower carbon footprint compared to world average values.According to Kleynhans, ordinary dairy plants use three litres of water to produce one litre of milk. In comparison, the OneStep technology makes it possible to use only 300ml of water per litre of milk. He noted that some dairies can use less water using traditional technology, but this is difficult as it requires extreme efficiency.Greening the dairy industryThe dairy industry struggles with eco-friendly operations. Production plants require daily cleaning, and this uses large quantities of water and chemicals. Cleaning chemicals are expensive and once used, are released in the effluent, which could harm the environment.“Many dairies do treat their water, but this is still not efficient,” said Kleynhans.Unlike traditional dairy plants, the OneStep technology design only requires cleaning every 60 hours, using fewer chemicals. This means less water and fewer chemicals, but an increase in production time, as less downtime has to be scheduled for cleaning.Establishing a green dairy and sourcing milk from farmers using eco-friendly farming methods is a step in the right direction for the local dairy industry. For the consumer, it also shows that farmers and the rest of the value chain know how important it is to produce food and beverages more sustainably.The switch to green technology anticipates changing consumer demands.“Eastern Cape dairy farmers are being pro-active. Consumers expect green products these days. It isn’t an option anymore,” said Smit.The farmers are also working towards greening the entire value chain, from the farm to the consumer.Smit said that the Coega Dairy will source milk predominantly from pasture fed cows raised in the province’s unpolluted surroundings.Coega Dairy products will be packaged in paper cartons, of which the majority can be reclaimed and recycled to make new paper products. The milk will also not be transported over long distances, which reduces the logistics and transport carbon emissions.Representative ownershipAt the moment 13 commercial milk farmers own the Coega Dairy, but next year the ownership structure of the company will change to ensure a benefit for all participants in the value chain.By 2012, dairy farm workers, black farmers and farm managers and factory workers will own 40% of the company’s shares.Additionally, said Kleynhans, the dairy will have a further positive economic impact on the Eastern Cape by creating 350 direct and 750 indirect jobs.Towards the end of 2011 when the plant becomes operational, milk will be sourced from black owned and managed dairy farms, many of which are highly successful.“These farmers milk over 25 000 litres of milk daily,” said Kleynhans. “Some also own close to 2 000 cows and on a properly managed farm, farmers can milk 15 to 20 litres of milk per cow per day.”Ownership of the company will be expanded further to include joint ventures with Amadlelo, a black empowerment agri-business concern, with the purpose of training black farm managers through shared milk production.Construction underwayThe Coega Dairy is currently under construction at the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) just outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. It will be fully operational in October this year.Kleynhans said that with the infrastructure available, the road network and a reliable source of power at the Coega IDZ, it was the most suitable site for the new dairy.Extensive environmental impact assessments and relocation of vegetation, animals and insects were also undertaken before construction started.“Vegetation, animals, insects and even spiders, snakes and rats were relocated to a nearby site,” he said.Next year the Coega Dairy plans to install a second plant at the site. This will be valued at R192-million ($28.6-million) and will include value-adding equipment.
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Assam Minister Ranjit Dutta, who was in Itanagar to attend a tribal festival, exuded confidence that the decades-old boundary dispute between the two States, both BJP-ruled, can be resolved through “meaningful” dialogue.Permanent solutionAssam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has been initiating measures with his Arunachal counterpart Pema Khandu to hammer out a permanent solution to the border issue, the Assam Irrigation Minister said on Monday in his address at the Nyokum Yullo festival.The festival is celebrated by the Nyishi community of Arunachal Pradesh every year to invoke God’s blessings for good harvest and communal harmony.Clad in Nyishi Bopia (headgear), Mr. Dutta, who attended the festival on behalf of Mr. Sonowal, said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi is serious about the dispute between Northeast States, so is Sonowal. The Chief Minister has already initiated a similar dialogue with his Nagaland counterpart T.R. Zeliang.” Stating that “divisive forces” were trying to “destabilise peace” in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, Mr. Dutta called upon the people of both the States to thwart such attempts.‘Cordial relations’ “Till 1978 both the States (Assam and Arunachal Pradesh) were under one administrative unit of ‘bor Axom’ (Greater Assam). The people of both States since time immemorial have been maintaining cordial relations,” the Minister said.Mr. Dutta called upon the Assamese people staying in Arunachal Pradesh to uphold the age-old relations through cultural exchange programmes.Lauding the Nyishi community for preserving the age-old culture and traditions, Mr. Dutta exhorted the elderly people in the State to pass on the baton of tradition and culture to the younger generations. Nyokum Yullo Celebration Committee chairman Ha Tatu, on his part, said the presence of a Minister from neighbouring Assam will cement the ties between the people of the two States.
He is dressed in a double-breasted jacket, sand-coloured pants and a cravat, looking every inch a gentleman. You may be used to seeing Vijay Amritraj wield his racket on court but in this avatar he is playing a role in the 1983 James Bond film Octopussy. This is just one,He is dressed in a double-breasted jacket, sand-coloured pants and a cravat, looking every inch a gentleman. You may be used to seeing Vijay Amritraj wield his racket on court but in this avatar he is playing a role in the 1983 James Bond film Octopussy. This is just one of the many hats Vijay Amritraj has donned. Think Indian tennis and 63-yearold Vijay Amritraj’s name comes to mind, by virtue of his being one of the finest tennis players the country has ever seen. He was the closest India had to a tennis super star; our chance at top prize on the finest courts in the world. In fact, in the 70s, when he was at the height of his career, Amritraj and his contemporaries, Bjorn Borg and Jimmy Connors, were referred to as the ABC of tennis. Born and brought up in Chennai, Amritraj started playing tennis to strengthen his lungs (he spent much of his childhood battling lung disease). Many wrote him off as a sportsman because of this but he was determined to play the best tennis India had ever seen. Today, 25 years after he bid his competitive racquet goodbye, Amritraj is still busy drawing people to Wimbledon through his insightful commentating. Over the years, he has shifted gears successfully, making a name for himself outside of the courts, as an actor, sports commentator, UN Ambassador and a successful entrepreneur as well (he even has a collection of wines names after him; the Grover Zampa Vineyards’ Vijay Amritraj Reserve Collection which was launched in 2014). As we meet him on a hot morning at the Delhi Gymkhana Club he looks relaxed. He is here in collaboration with watch brand Rolex to support the Road to Wimbledon initiative that will take India’s top tennis juniors after a stringent qualifier to the Road to Wimbledon Finals at the All England Club in August. Amritraj shares his 12 most memorable milestones, his association with and love for Rolex and other personal achievements that make him the man he is.advertisement1. First Major VictoryWhen I was in my final year at high school I won the collegiate tournament. I was just short of turning 14. It was the month of May, seasonably hot and I won in five sets. Everyone else was much older than me. This led me to thinking I could do it, that I must have belief in myself to become a tennis player.2. National Championships, 1972In 1972 I played the National Championships in Calcutta. I was just 18 and I ended up playing 19 sets over two days. This made me believe further that this was my calling and I needed to exploit my full potential for myself.3. Indian Open, Delhi Gymkhana, 1973My greatest memory of this place (Delhi Gymkhana Club) is of my first major victory in 1973, right here at the club. It was the first ever Indian Open which was the precursor to Chennai open. In both the semis and finals I was down badly in the fifth set but went on to win.4. Beating Rod LaverI reached the quarterfinal of the US Open in 1973 and 1974 and the quarterfinal of Wimbledon in 1973 and 1981. Along the way I defeated greats like Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe. In 1973 I went on to beat Rod Laver in the US Open and this put me on the world map. The rest as the say is history.5. The Days Of Davis CupLeading India into two Davis Cup finals in 1974 and again in 1987 was an incredible milestone for me and second to none. I was 20 when I first did it and 33 the second time. I don’t see it happening today and this remains one of my proudest achievements.Amritaj in the 1983 Bond film Octopussy with the late Roger Moore 6. Newport Hall Of Fame Tournament, 1976I won the Newport Hall of Fame Tournament in 1976 and as a prize, I was gifted my first ever Rolex which was a yellow gold Rolex Day-Date 36. It has been 40 years since but that watch has not left my wrist. It is very special to me and it was also the start of a wonderful relationship with a brand that I connect with and represent even today.7. Highest World RankingIn the summer of 1980, I reached my highest career singles ranking of World No. 16. This is one of those milestones that stays etched in my mind forever.8. Winning The Padma ShriIn 1983, I won the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in the country. It was extra special because it was in recognition of my contribution to Indian sport and enhancing the country’s image overseas.advertisement9. Love For The ScreenIn 1983 I got an opportunity to achieve yet another personal goal and act in a film. I got a role in the James Bond film Octopussy and it was a fantastic experience. 10. Messenger Of PeaceI was appointed United Nations Messenger of Peace on February 9, 2001 by Secretary General Kofi Anan and as a UN ambassador my work took me around the world to create awareness about drug abuse and HIV. This was a special association and one I cherish even today.11. Giving Back To IndiaI set up my foundation in 2006 and this was very important to me as I wanted to help those children who were less fortunate. I grew up with bad health but my mother made me who I am so I decided that if I could help make a difference in the lives of other children in India I would. 12. Biggest Personal MilestoneMy family means the world to me. My greatest success is if my children Prakash, a former tennis player, and Vikram, a lawyer, call me every day.
Day one commenced without any major upsets early, with the favourites starting off well. In the 18’s Girls, QSST beat the Sunshine Coast 10-1, while the 2nd ranked Southern Suns defeated North Queensland 9-3. 3rd seeds SQBD Sharks were also victorious in the first round of 20’s Boys beating Victoria 12-7. Sharks kicked off their campaign in impressive style, beating Northern Territory 14-2 in the 18’s Boys division. Under 18’s Boys top seeds Sydney Mets were challenged in their 10.50am game, winning 4-2 against the 12th seeded Western Tigers. The Mets 18 Girls did it a bit easier, beating Tasmania 11-0. North Queensland nearly caused an upset against NSWCHS in the 18’s Boys, losing by one try. 6th seeds Hornets were too good for the Northern Eagles in the 20’s Boys, winning 10-3 and ACT beat the Sunshine Coast 12-8 in a high scoring affair.The 20’s Mets and Scorpions teams met in a local derby at 11.40am, with the Mets easily accounting for the Scorpions 9-2. Other winners included the Cobra’s over the Rebels and the Sharks over the Scorpions in the 20’s girls. In the 18’s Boys, Sharks beat the Scorpions in the 20’s Girls and the 14th seed Northern Eagles caused an upset by beating the 3rd ranked Cobras side 4-0.Suns 20’s Girls kicked off their campaign in style beating West Tigers 10-2 and Mets beat Sunshine Coast 10-0. Local hopes Northern Eagles had an easy win over Victoria 8-1 in the 20’s girls, as did NSWCHS over Northern Territory in the 18’s Girls division.Suns 20’s Boys beat Victoria 7-1 and the SQBD Sharks beat the Northern Eagles 10-3.QSST easily accounted for Mets 14-0 in the 18’s boys as did 16th seeds North Queensland, who beat 3rd seeds Cobras 10-4 in an upset. 2nd seed in the 20’s Girls, the Cobras, were too good for Scorpions winning 12-0, with Sunshine Coast beating ACT in similar fashion. Late in the day, NSWCHS beat South Australia convincingly, as did QSST against Mets, winning 16-0 in the 18’s Girls division. 1st seed Suns also did it easy against Victoria in the 20’s girls and the 6th placed Mets won a close one against the 7th ranked Rebels in the same division.To watch day one footage: www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=865
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone: Real Madrid improving a lotby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone believes they face an in-form Real Madrid today.In typical Cholo fashion, the Argentine shunned questions about either off-field or non-footballing matters.”I think that Real Madrid have very good players and when they take advantage of the spaces they are tough to defend against,” he responded, despite the question being on what he thought of Barcelona’s 300-euro fine for approaching Antoine Griezmann before his transfer to the club.”Bale is growing, Benzema is in fine form and Hazard has great qualities,” he added, independently of the initial question.Asked who were favourites, Simeone felt that there was very little in it, though he did note Madrid’s recent improvement.”These types of matches are tight and are defined by details which sway the game to one side or another.”Real Madrid improved a lot in Seville, and continued in that way against Osasuna even when they made changes. I imagine they will continue on that path,” he stated.