Guidance issued on making and wearing protective masks

first_img By News Highland – May 5, 2020 News Guidance issued on making and wearing protective masks Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp Google+ Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA center_img Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleGardai investigating criminal damage incidentsNext articleEast Derry MLA John Dallat has died News Highland Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic The British government’s chief scientific adviser says it may be useful to wear masks when it’s not possible to socially distance.Patrick Vallance has told the Commons Health Committee the risk of getting Covid-19 at one metre is about 10 to 30 times higher than at two metres.Meanwhile, a Letterkenny Surgeon who has helped design a template for home made masks, says it’s important that people wear masks correctly if they are to be effective.Michael Sugrue spoke on today’s Nine til Noon Show………Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/sugrumask.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Guidance in making masks can be viewed HERE Twitter Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further last_img read more

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Judge Thokozile Masipa: reserved and astute

first_imgThe Oscar Pistorius trial is not Judge Thokozile Masipa’s first high profile case. In the 16 years since becoming judge she has presided over four major cases and has become known for handing down stiff sentences. (Image: Graphic by Mary Alexander. Background image courtesy of Jonny Ross, Flickr) • Lulama Luti Director of media relations South African Judiciary +27 76 424 0667 • FAQs on the Oscar Pistorius trial • South Africa’s justice system • Pistorius trial: open justice or trial by media • A media guide to the Oscar Pistorius trial • The media and open justice Shamin ChibbaThe judge presiding over the Oscar Pistorius trial is accustomed to high-profile cases. Since becoming a high court judge in 1998, Thokozile Masipa has presided over numerous ground-breaking trials. But despite gaining so much media attention over the years, she remains reserved and averse to the spotlight.While working as a crime reporter for The World, Post and The Sowetan newspapers, she reported on the difficulties of life under apartheid. It piqued her interested in law and she became an advocate in her late forties before being the third black woman in South Africa to be appointed to the bench in 1998, following Constitutional Court Judge Yvonne Mokgoro and High Court Judge Lucy Mailula.In the years that followed, Masipa has presided over four cases that attracted media attention. Two in particular showed her willingness to hand out maximum sentences to men convicted of violent crimes against women. No mercy for abusive menIn May last year she handed down a 252-year sentence to serial rapist and robber, Shepherd Moyo, after he was arrested and tried after a seven-year crime spree. Moyo terrorised residents in northern Johannesburg; he would ransack their homes and in some instances, rape his victims.Masipa found him guilty on 11 counts of housebreaking and robbery, three of rape and one of attempted murder. She sentenced him to 15 years for each of the 11 robberies, 12 years for attempted murder and life sentences for all three rape charges.In her judgement, Masipa said Moyo was a detriment to society who forced his victims to become prisoners in their own homes after he had attacked them. She added that the rape victims never recovered from the trauma and said, “What weighs with me very heavily is that the accused showed no remorse, therefore it is difficult to imagine he can be rehabilitated.”In another case of a violent crime against a woman, in 2009, Masipa handed down a life sentence to police officer, Freddy Mashamba, for shooting and killing his wife, Rudzani Ramango. During an argument over a divorce settlement in May 2008, Ramango and her aunt, Patricia Ramango, jumped into a vehicle and tried to flee from Mashamba. The officer, enraged, gave chase until they stopped behind the charge office at the Louis Trichardt police station. It was here that he shot at his wife, hitting her seven times in the face and three in the chest. She died at the scene; Patricia Ramango escaped unhurt.He was tried at the Polokwane High Court with Masipa as the judge. She said the sentence she handed Mashamba was meant to serve as a lesson to police officers that conflict cannot be solved with violence. “No one is above the law,” she said. “You deserve to go to jail for life because you are not a protector, you are a killer.” Siding with the poorMasipa presided over a landmark case in 2009 that gave precedence to the rights of the poor. In June 2005 Blue Moonlight, the new owners of a building in Saratoga Avenue in Berea, Johannesburg, posted notices asking its 86 occupiers to vacate the property. The City of Johannesburg followed this up in October that year by issuing their own notice to occupiers to vacate the premises under its Fire Brigade Service Act. The residents did not move.Blue Moonlight then brought a high court application to have them evicted. The occupiers opposed the eviction and asked if the city council could provide alternate accommodation if they were to move. However, the City claimed that it was not their duty to find alternate accommodation as the occupiers did not qualify for emergency relocation. When the matter reached the court, Masipa sided with the occupiers, saying the City had failed to fulfil its obligations to find alternative accommodation for squatters who were threatened with eviction. She criticised the City for trying to distance itself from the problem. “This, indeed, is at odds with the Constitution and is tantamount to failure by the City to comply with its constitutional obligations,” she said. Maroga vs EskomIn December 2010, Masipa ruled against an R85-million lawsuit that former Eskom chief executive, Jacob Maroga, brought against his previous employees for unlawful dismissal. He asked that he either be reinstated as the utility’s chief executive or be compensated. However, Eskom maintained that Maroga offered to resign and the board accepted his resignation.According to Masipa, Maroga’s story was contradictory, unreliable and “demonstrably lacking in credence” and she concluded that his version of events was a fabrication. Masipa ordered Maroga to pay the costs of the trial, which included the employment of five counsel.Pistorius trialDuring Pistorius’ trial, Masipa has shown that she can take a hard line approach when it comes to media coverage of the trial. She came under scrutiny when she banned broadcasts and live tweets from the courtroom during the postmortem coverage by pathologist Gert Saayman.Masipa had also reprimanded both the defending and prosecuting advocates for their behaviour in the courtroom. Barry Roux was told he could not argue with a witness when he cross-examined police photographer, warrant officer Barend van Staden, over his labelling of the photographs he took of the front and back of a blood-smeared Lazer cricket bat.She also told prosecuting advocate Gerrie Nel to “Watch your language,” when he called Pistorius a liar when the Paralympian was on the witness stand.Masipa displayed her stern side again when she ordered a young man, who taking photographs with his cellular phone, out of the courtroom. Security officers then removed him.last_img read more

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Wind Energy Is Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

first_imgEnergy produced by wind turbines in the U.S. totaled 167 million megawatt (MW) hours in 2013 and reduced carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 127 million tons, the equivalent of taking 20 million cars off the road, according to a report from the American Wind Energy Association.The report paints a rosy picture of wind’s growing impact: a 43% decline in the purchase price of wind power in the last five years and an average growth rate of nearly 20% per year between 2009 and 2013.Renewable sources of energy accounted for 13% of total U.S. production in 2013, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Wind energy amounted to about one-third of that, roughly 4% of the U.S. total. (Solar energy production is only 1/16 as much as wind energy production).In all, the Wind Energy Association said, the total installed wind capacity in the U.S. is 61,110 MW, equaling the output of more than 50 average-sized coal plants or 14 nuclear plants.In the last five years, nearly one-third of all newly installed electrical generating capacity has been wind, the report said. In 2012, wind accounted for 42% of all newly installed generating capacity.Other findings in the report:A typical 2 MW turbine avoids between 4,000 and 4,500 tons of carbon emissions per year (the same as more than 700 cars).Wind energy saved 36.5 billion gallons of water last year, the amount that would have been used at conventional power plants.Eleven states reduced carbon emissions by 10% or more with wind power, and more than 25% of the electricity in two states comes from wind.last_img read more

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WebTV Comes To An End At Last

first_imgTags:#Microsoft#MSN#WebTV For all its flaws, WebTV and MSN TV did bring manage to introduce a fair amount of users to the mysterious world of the Internet, and as such, deserves a little show of love. Remember the days of dial-up Internet fondly, for it was these brave pioneers that would one day bring us LOLcats. brian proffitt A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Indeed it was, but this mainstay of the very early days of the World Wide Web will be shut down after an 17-year run, according to its owners, Microsoft, which had re-branded the service as MSN TV in 2001.The thin-client Internet browsing service, which provided Internet access via television sets, will be shuttered on September 30. Microsoft revealed the news in an e-mail to subscribers and an FAQ posted to its Web site.WebTV (later called MSN TV) started in 1996 with the goal to bring new people “online” and to give those already online an easy, hassle-free means of accessing the internet from the comfort of their homes. Later, MSN TV 2 was released with vastly greater power and features. Since then, the web has continued to evolve at a breathtaking pace, and there are many new ways to access the internet. Accordingly, we have made the difficult decision to end the MSN TV service on September 30th, 2013. We are working with our customers to ensure the transition is as seamless as possible.Users of the service, now dubbed MSN TV 2, will be able to access some of their content online using Microsoft’s existing cloud services. Favorites saved in the television web browser will be accessible via SkyDrive. E-mails and contact information will be available through Outlook.com.Photos will also be available on SkyDrive, but users will need to run through a few steps to make sure the photos will be carried over.All of this, of course, is contingent on users having Microsoft accounts, which is urged in the FAQ documentation.(See also The Rebirth of “Web TV”)At its launch in 1996, WebTV was actually a very forward-thinking way to get Internet access to users in a marketplace where PCs were nowhere near real penetration in the home. Use of the Internet, particularly the Web, exploded in the mid-1990s, after the National Science Foundation allowed commercial use of Web sites. But the expense of PCs in those days, not to mention the scarcity of dial-up services, made Internet use in the home a patchy affair.WebTV, with its integrated dial-up and a simple-to-use set-top box, made Web surfing at home a relatively painless process. Emphasis on the relatively: Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting This September, an Internet legacy will be Error 404: WebTV will be dead.I know what you’re thinking: WebTV was still alive? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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After learning from respected mentors, Dylan Ababou relishes coaching gig

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Dylan Ababou could’ve been one of the basketball stars of his generation, but several devastating injuries left him out of the PBA in what would’ve been eighth season in the league.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Google Philippines names new country director “Coach Pido is amazing when it comes to motivating players and of course his inbound plays from the sidelines. Coach Pido also does a great job on how to make his players more courageous and of course that’s our dad.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ababou was the 10th pick of the 2011 Draft and was seen as a viable candidate for the Rookie of the Year plum but a knee injury derailed his progress.Overall, Ababou suffered injuries to his anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament, calf muscles, and hamstring that ultimately ended his PBA career after playing for six clubs.Ababou said that if he’s given a chance to be a coach, he’d like to emulate Rajko Toroman’s plays and Pido Jarencio’s motivational style.Toroman was Ababou’s head coach with Gilas 1 while Jarencio was his mentor in UST where he won the 2006 UAAP title and the MVP in 2009.“Coach Rajko Toroman has some great plays with Gilas 1, and they were different from the ones Philippine basketball teams use and I still have the playbook,” said Ababou.ADVERTISEMENT Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantscenter_img LATEST STORIES Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Paul George leads charge vs former team as Thunder trounce Pacers Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess After suiting up for Columbian in the 2017-18 PBA season, Ababou found himself as an integral part of Team Grindhouse Chooks to Go Pilipinas 3×3 but playing in the halfcourt setting isn’t just his priority.Ababou found himself in his first coaching job when he was tapped to guide Team Dedication in the 2019 NBTC National Finals Division II All-Star game against Paul Desiderio’s Team Passion.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, logisticsAnd the former UAAP MVP said he hopes this won’t be the last coaching stint he’ll get in his career especially after outcoaching Desiderio 98-89 Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.“I’ve learned a lot from my coaches because I played for a lot of coaches in different teams,” said Ababou laughing. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 2013 PLAY LIST 01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201303:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family01:24Life lessons the hearing can learn from the Deaf02:42PH 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 Krausslast_img read more

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