Gardaí issue advise to keep burglars out this Christmas

first_imgChristmas is just around the corner and the dark evenings are upon us – which is a prime time for burglars to target homes.Gardaí in Donegal have issued an advice checklist for homeowners to follow to stop criminals doing their Christmas shopping at their house.“Taking small precautions could save you a fortune should you be unfortunate enough to have an uninvited guest enter your home,” a spokesperson said. Tips to follow for home security this Christmas: Please do not keep large amounts of cash in your home. If you have valuable jewellery, please ensure that you have it secured in a safe/cabinet. Please ensure that doors and windows are secure when leaving your home and set your alarm. If you do not have an alarm, please consider getting one that is monitored. Invest in some good lighting for around your home. Never ever post on social media if you are going away as you are advertising the fact that your home is empty. Please look out for old and vulnerable neighbours and please advise them against keeping cash etc. in their home.Please report any suspicious activity in your area to Gardaí.Gardaí issue advise to keep burglars out this Christmas was last modified: December 6th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Sudafrikas Wetter und Klima

first_imgEin subtropischer Standort, vom Ozean von drei Seiten des Landes und der Hohe des inneren Plateaus gestaltet, sind fur warmen Temperaturen und Bedingungen von Sudafrika verantwortlich, die so typisch sind – und so beliebt bei auslandischen Besuchern.Sudafrika ist fur seinen Sonnenschein beruhmt. Es ist ein relativ trockenes Land mit einem durchschnittlichen jahrlichen Niederschlagsmenge von (mit einem Weltdurchschnitt von etwa 860 mm verglichen) etwa 464 mm. Wahrend das Westkap im Winter den meisten Regen abbekommt, ist der Rest des Landes im allgemeinen ein Sommer-Regen Gebiet.Gleichzeitig tendieren die Temperaturen in Sudafrika dazu, hauptsachlich aufgrund der hoheren Erhebung uber dem Meeresspiegel, niedriger zu sein als in anderen Landern auf ahnlichen Breitengraden – wie z.B. Australien.Auf dem inneren Plateau halt die Hohe – Johannesburg liegt bei 1.694 Metern – die durchschnittlichen Sommertemperaturen unterhalb 30°C. Im Winter konnen nachtliche Temperaturen aus demselben Grund bis zum Gefrierpunkt, an einigen Stellen sogar darunter, fallen.Sudafrikas Kustenregionen sind im Winter deshalb am warmsten. Es gibt jedoch einen erheblichen Kontrast zwischen den Temperaturen der ostlichen und westlichen Kusten den Landes, respektive aufgrund der warmen Agulhastrome und der kalten Benguelastrome, die and den Kustenlinien entlangschiessen.In der sudlichen Hemisphare sind unsere Jahreszeiten entgegengesetzt zu denen Europas und Nordamerikas; und ja, wir verbringen tatsachlich Weihnachten am Strand.SommerIn den meisten Teilen Sudafrikas ist der Sommer (Mitte Oktober bis Mitte Februar) von heißem, sonnigem Wetter mit haufigen Nachmittagsgewittern charakterisiert, die schnell aufklaren und einen warmen, erdigen, eindeutig afrikanischen Geruch in der Luft hinterlassen.Das Westkap bildet mit seinem Mittelmeerklima die Ausnahme, hier regnet es im Winter.HerbstDer Herbst (Mitte Februar bis April) bietet in Sudafrika auf eine Art das beste Wetter. Es fallt sehr wenig Regen im ganzen Land und es ist warm, aber nicht zu heiß, wobei es mit fortschreitender Jahreszeit kalter wird.In Kapstadt ist der Herbst mit heißen sonnigen Tagen und warmen, laue Nachten, die viele Leute in Cafes im Freien verbringen, phantastisch.WinterDer Winter in Sudafrika (Mai bis Juli) ist in den hoher gelegenen Bereiche des inneren Plateaus charakterisiert von Trockenheit, sonnigen frischen Tagen und kalten Nachten. Also ist es eine gute Idee, warme Kleidung mitzubringen.Sowohl die heiße, schwule KwaZulu Kuste, wie auch das Lowveld (tiefer liegende Gebiete) der Mpumalanga und Limpopo Provinzen, bieten phantastisches Winterwetter mit sonnigen, leicht warmeren Tagen und praktisch ohne Wind oder Regen.Das Westkap bekommt im Winter den meisten Regen mit ziemlich viele Tagen des bedeckten, regnerischen Wetters ab. Jedoch wird diese Zeite immer wieder von wunderbaren Tagen unterbrochen, die sich mit den Besten eines britischen Sommers messen konnen.In den hohen Bergen des Kaps und auf dem Drakensberg in KwaZulu Natal schneit es im Winter normalerweise.FruhlingNirgends in Sudafrika ist der Fruhling (August bis Mitte Oktober) spektakularer als in den Provinzen des Kaps. Hier ist der graue Winter vergessen, wenn tausend kleine, sonst unscheinbare Pflanzen die Ebenen mit einem schillernden Blumenteppich bedecken.Viele Sudafrikaner begeben sich auf eine alljahliche Wallfahrt, um die Blumen vom Namaqualand am West- und Nordkap zu sehen.Wann ist die beste Jahreszeit zum Reisen?Es kommt darauf an, was Sie tun mochten. Die Blumen sind offensichtlich am schonsten im August und im September. Die beste Zeit zur Wildbeobachtung ist im spaten Fruhjahr (September und Oktober). Die richtigen Wale aus dem Suden treiben von Mitte Juni bis Ende Oktober an unsere Kusten herum.Tauchen tut man in weiten Teilen des Landes am besten jenseits der Sommermonage (d.h. von April bis Ende September) und das gleiche gilt fur das Surfen – aber das beschrankt diese beiden Aktivitaten bestimmt nicht auf jene Zeiten.Flussrafting ist besser am Kap gegen Ende des Winters und in KwaZulu Natal in der Hohe des Sommers (Spatnovember bis Mitte Februar). In Mpumalanga und Limpopo ist es weniger jahreszeitabhangig.Die “Schulter”-Jahreszeiten – Fruhjahr und Herbst – sind am besten geeignet fur Wandern, weil der Sommer in großen Teilen des Landes heiß sein kann. Am Drakensberg sind Sommergewitter gefahrlich, wahrend es im Winter gute Chancen auf Schnee gibt. Am Kap sind die Winter nass und das Wandern somit gelegentlich knallhart.Fur den Fall, dass Sie Vogelliebhaber sind: die palaoarktischen Zugvogel kommen um den November herum und die innerafrikanischen Zugvogel normalerweise bis Mitte Oktober an.Wenn Sie naturlich lieber an den Stranden herumfaulenzen wollen, ist der Hochsommer die beste Zeit – obwohl dann auch alle anderen dort sind. Und – großer Bonus – die Strande von NordkwaZulu Natal sind sogar Mitte Winter warm und sonnig.SAinfo reporter, mit Material von South African Tourismlast_img read more

One thing unites us – we’re proud to be South African

first_imgIn another study comparing national pride in 34 countries, South Africa scored fifth – behind Venezuela, the USA, Australia and Austria. This study was carried out by the International Social Survey Programme, a consortium of survey researchers, in June last year.Speculating on the reasons for South Africa’s high level of national pride, Johnston says that it can’t be attributed to one single event. “We haven’t won the Soccer World Cup – that will happen in 2010”, she laughs.Instead she attributes South Africa’s extraordinarily high level of national pride to “the boundless achievements in the thirteen years of democracy”.EndsIssued by Meropa Communications on behalf of the International Marketing Council of South Africa.For more information, please contact Tumelo Kumalo, IMC Media RelationsTelephone: (011) 483 0122 / 073 933 8802Email: Tumelo Kumalolast_img read more

African comic book heroes gaining popularity

first_img19 January 2016Nicknamed “Africa’s Avengers”, the African superheroes created by Nigeria’s Comic Republic, range from Guardian Prime, a 25-year-old fashion-designer-by-day who uses his extraordinary strength to fight for a better Nigeria, to Hilda Avonomemi Moses, a woman from a remote village in Edo state who can see spirits, to Marcus Chigozie, a privileged but angry teenager who can move at supersonic speeds.“I thought about when I was young and what I used to make my decisions on: What would Superman do, what would Batman do? I thought, why not African superheroes?” explains Comic Republic’s founder, Jide Martin, who started publishing comic books in 2013. The company’s tagline is: “We can all be heroes.”Burning the Midnight oil for the love of the dream. Growing the comic industry in Africa. Let’s do this! pic.twitter.com/40OvAqAGHk— Comic republic (@comicrepublicng) January 11, 2016The company is leading the way in developing unique, Afrocentric stories and characters for markets long believed to lack interest in African-inspired characters. The publisher has a team of artists and writers that create the stories, which are published online and are available for free. Downloads of the issues have grown from a couple of hundred in 2013 to 25 000 of the latest release in December 2015, as the series has become more popular..@comicrepublicng Comic Republic’s comcs are also up. Check them out. https://t.co/RF3dqc4ycT pic.twitter.com/qWCwtUdAyu— MediBang Paint_e (@MediBangPaint_e) January 15, 2016As well as creating new worlds and amazing characters, Comic Republic also publishes comics for companies and NGOs that are focused on delivering positive messages to children, including in the public health services sector such as malaria prevention and HIV/Aids education.These kids in an orphanage home dressed as Superheroes after reading our Nigerian Superhero story #GuardianPrime . pic.twitter.com/5VADFbZfys— Comic republic (@comicrepublicng) January 13, 2016The start-up is part of a growth of made-in-Africa music, literature and art that is beginning to resonate beyond the continent. Over half of Comic Republic’s downloads are by readers in the United States and United Kingdom; there are also readers in countries as far as Brazil and the Philippines. But it is in Nigeria that the stories are finding the most extensive market, so much so that, according to Martin, Lagos even hosts an annual comic convention for the comic and entertainment industry.Guardian Prime, “a black Superman” as Martin calls him, is, in particular, finding popularity across Africa, as a home-grown Man of Steel.@inpoco here it is! Our #StarWarsTheForceAwakens tribute. Awesome movie! pic.twitter.com/hbyZDliHRj— Comic republic (@comicrepublicng) December 21, 2015The trend is expanding across the continent and other African publishers and artists are creating their own take on the idea of the superhero.Popular South African graphic novel Kwezi was created by designer and artist Loyiso Mkize, for example. Its superhero is a teenager in Gold City, a metropolis imagined along the lines of Johannesburg. The story, which features plenty of local slang and cultural references, also has a strong moral centre and an emphasis on education, according to Mkize. He refers to his story as “a coming of age story about finding one’s heritage”.Another Nigerian animator is Roye Okupe, whose graphic novel, E.X.O: The Legend of Wale Williams, was published in August 2015. In the same vein as Superman and the Marvel universe, Williams has found a huge international audience, “putting Africa on the map when it comes to telling superhero stories”, says Okupe. There is even talk of a live action feature film for the character.Much like its Western influences, diversity and inclusiveness are hallmarks of the African comic book. Of the nine characters created by Comic Republic, four are women, which Martin believes is a reflection of the fact that women are active in Nigeria’s social politics. “[In] today’s Nigeria, we’re very indifferent to whether someone is a man or woman. I wouldn’t say there was any strategic decision. It’s just a way of life for us,” he said.Beyond battling evil and saving the day, the comics are also meant to show how individuals can come together to provide for a “better, safer Africa”, says Martin. It’s a message that appears to be getting across to some readers.One fan wrote on Comic Republic’s Facebook wall about the character of Guardian Prime: “My favourite quote [by him]: All it takes for evil to succeed is for good men to stand by and do nothing. I won’t stand by. I am Nigerian.” I’m not Nigerian, but heroes are going to help the youth and stimulate patriotism.”Source: Quartzlast_img read more

Ashes: Barmy Army warming up for Australia in Edgbaston bearpit

first_imgIf one English ground was designed to test the backbone of the Australian cricket team it is ‘fortress Edgbaston’ where the visitors will be offered a red-hot welcome on Thursday.Raucous Edgbaston is about as far removed from the refined surrounds of Lord’s as it can get — especially the notorious Eric Hollies stand, the spiritual home of England’s vociferous Barmy Army.Australian batsman David Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft will be assured of some ‘special treatment’ as they return to the test fold after their parts in the sandpaper-gate scandal which resulted in bans.”The one thing that really stands out for Edgbaston is that it can get very loud, very raucous,” Ian Bell, whose home ground is Edgbaston and who played in seven Ashes series, told the Daily Telegraph. “Out of all the grounds that we have, Edgbaston can be quite an intimidating atmosphere for away teams.”Having spoken to some of the Aussies in the past, that it is the one ground that they seem to cop it a little bit more in terms of abuse from the boundary.”It makes it very intimidating for them but brilliant for England.”While Edgbaston’s conditions are tailor-made for England’s swing bowlers, the bearpit atmosphere is perhaps just as an important factor why Australia have not won an Ashes test there since 2001 and why England are unbeaten in their last 11 matches in the leafy part of Birmingham.Chris Millard, managing director of the Barmy Army, believes they are like a 12th man.advertisement”Anything we can do to help the England team succeed, that’s our duty really,” he said, although he does not condone the ritual booing of Warner and Smith during the World Cup.”We never try to step over the line,” he said. “We think we can be witty and funny without that. It’s always about supporting the England team and if we can get under the nerves of the Aussies then we sure will.”Their current favourite song, directed at Australian opener Warner is one sung to the tune of Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick in the Wall’ and which goes:”He still needs some educationHe still needs some self controlNo gold sandpaper in his pocketWarner, leave those balls aloneHey, Warner, leave those balls aloneAll in all he’s just another cheat like them all…”Warner is unlikely to flinch and it could actually drive him on to ram the words down the throats of his tormentors.Former England spinner Graeme Swann believes he will not be sledged over the ball-tampering scandal by England’s players.”Listen to the crowd and the singing which will be aimed at Steve Smith and David Warner, it will be raucous, but actually I predict the players in the middle will barely say a word,” Swann, an ambassador for Betfair, said on Wednesday.”Warner is a key wicket but his record is very poor in the Ashes in England. There really isn’t a lot of chirp in international cricket — no matter what people like to think — but if I was bowling, I might whisper his average in this country to him every now and then.”Also Read | Jofra Archer misses out as England announce squad for opening Ashes testAlso Read | Ashes 2019 England vs Australia, Edgbaston Weather Forecast: Will rain play a spoilsport in first Test?Also See:last_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd legend Neville: Pogba danced on Mourinho’s grave

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Neville: Pogba danced on Mourinho’s graveby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville says Paul Pogba was “dancing on the grave” of Jose Mourinho yesterday.Pogba posted to his social media channels a photo of himself smirking shortly after the announcement of Mourinho’s departure from Old Trafford.Adidas claimed the promotional post was booked in advance, but Neville isn’t buying their excuse.”Manchester United are a better team with Paul Pogba in it,” Neville told Sky Sports.”That’s the first thing to say – he has huge talent, I actually have belief in him as a player. I actually liked him when he was at the club as a player as a kid, it’s not a personal thing.”Paul Pogba, there is no doubt, has fallen out with the manager. He doesn’t believe in him, he doesn’t like him, he doesn’t think he’s a good coach probably, and vice-versa.”Jose Mourinho doesn’t think Paul Pogba is as good a player as he thinks he is. There’s been a complete breakdown in the last six months between the pair of them, probably [over the last] year.”I do believe that dancing on the grave of the manager who has just been sacked is out of order.”Jose Mourinho lost his job and Paul Pogba and his people put that Instagram post out – don’t fall for this coincidence scheduled tweet nonsense, it’s garbage, absolute garbage.” last_img read more

Airtel Africa crosses 100 million subscribers base

first_imgNew Delhi: Africa arm of Bharti Airtel, which operates across 14 countries, on Wednesday said it has crossed the 100-million customers mark. Airtel Africa claims to be the second-largest mobile operator in Africa in terms of number of active subscribers. “Airtel Africa has crossed the 100-million subscriber mark. The positive momentum we have seen in customer acquisition further underpins our medium-term aspirations for revenue and profit growth,” Raghunath Mandava, chief executive officer of Airtel Africa, said in a statement. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The growth in the Africa market mitigates the impact of challenge that the company is facing in India. From peak customer base of around 381 million in June 2017, subscriber base of Bharti Airtel has now dipped to 324 million in two years. During the same period, it gained around 20 million new customers in Africa operations. “Airtel Africa’s footprint is characterised by low but increasing mobile connectivity, with a unique user penetration at 43 per cent, highlighting the potential for growth across its footprint,” the statement said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost The company said a combination of an under-penetrated telecom market, a young addressable population and rising smartphone affordability, along with low data penetration and an underbanked population, will drive the growth opportunities for the data and mobile money segments moving forward in Africa. “Airtel Africa’s footprint is characterised by low but increasing mobile connectivity, with a unique user penetration at 43 per cent, highlighting the potential for growth across its footprint,” the statement said.last_img read more

Afghanistan has struck a strategic partnership wit

first_imgAfghanistan has struck a strategic partnership with satellite operator Eutelsat to provide capacity for digitial services in the country.The Afghan ministiry of communications and information technology has signed a memorandum of understanding with Eutelsat under which the latter will deploy a satellite from next month to 48° East to deliver national coverage as well as a reach extending across central Asia and the Middle East.The satellite, Afghansat 1, will support services including broadcasting, mobile telephony backhaul and IP connectivity.The agreement also calls for exploration of opportunities for longer terms cooperation.“Afghansat 1 is a new milestone in the development of the ICT sector in Afghanistan, which in the last 12 years has already seen mobile telephony coverage of 88% and penetration grow from zero to 75% through the licensing of six operators, ICT sector employment provided for more than 138,000 people and more than US$2.1 billion (€1.54 billion) invested in the national economy,” said Amrizai Sangin, Afghanistan’s minister of communications and information technology. “We are very happy to partner with Eutelsat on Afghansat 1 which will provide access to ICT and broadcast services to Afghans, especially in unserved areas, and support our vision of transforming Afghanistan into an information society.”last_img read more

Peter Hutton Eurosport has struck a deal to offer

first_imgPeter HuttonEurosport has struck a deal to offer bundled online access to Eurosport content and live NBA basketball matches.In the coming weeks, viewers in a number of European countries will be able to buy the combined offering of Eurosport Player and NBA League Pass at a discounted rate, giving them mobile, tablet and computer access to this content.“By partnering with the NBA, Eurosport will continue to fuel the passion of sports fans throughout Europe, giving them unrivalled access to their favourite athletes, teams and all the magic of the league – all right at their fingertips,” said Eurosport CEO Peter Hutton.Viewers will be able to choose between three NBA packages: NBA Team Pass, which lets fans follow one team throughout the season; NBA League Pass which offers every NBA game live, including NBA All-Star, NBA Playoffs and Finals matches; and NBA League Pass Premium which gives additional access to NBA TV Live – which airs documentaries and studio shows – and the choice of home or away team commentary.Pricing for the offering has yet to be announced by Eurosport, and the deal will not be available to viewers in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.last_img read more

Study Dozens of counties in the US are at highest risk for

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 29 2019Dozens of counties in the Midwest and South are at the highest risk for opioid deaths in the United States, say University of Michigan researchers.In a study of more than 3,000 counties across the U.S., the researchers found that residents of 412 counties are at least twice as likely to be at high risk for opioid overdose deaths and to lack providers who can deliver medications to treat opioid use disorder.States with among the most high-risk counties include: North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, Georgia, Oklahoma, West Virginia, South Carolina, Wisconsin and Florida.The study, published in the June 28 issue of JAMA Network Open, suggests strategies for increasing treatment for opioid addiction, including by increasing the number of primary care clinicians capable of providing medications as well as improving employment opportunities in those communities. The study found that certain factors–such as a younger population, lower rates of unemployment and higher density of primary care physicians–are associated with a lower risk of opioid overdose death and lack of capacity to treat opioid use disorder.Haffajee, also a member of the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, said it’s important to understand the differences of the opioid epidemic at the local level.”In rural areas, the opioid crisis is often still a prescription opioid issue. But in metropolitan counties, highly potent illicit fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are more prevalent and are killing people,” she said. “That’s likely why we identified metropolitan areas as higher-risk, despite the fact that these counties typically have some (just not enough) treatment providers.”Understanding these differences at the sub-state level and coming up with strategies that target specific county needs can allow us to more efficiently channel the limited amount of resources we have to combat this crisis.” Source:University of Michigan We hope policymakers can use this information to funnel additional money and resources to specific counties within their states. We need more strategies to augment and increase the primary care provider workforce in those high-risk counties, people who are willing and able to provide opioid use disorder treatments.”Lead author Rebecca Haffajee, assistant professor of health management and policy at the U-M School of Public Health 412 counties (13%) are classified as high-risk, having both high opioid overdose mortality and low treatment capacity. 751 counties (24%) had a high rate of opioid overdose mortality. 1,457 (46%) counties lacked a publicly available provider of opioid use disorder medication. 946 out of 1,328 rural counties (71%) lacked a publicly available provider of opioid use disorder medication. The U-M researchers looked at opioid overdose mortality rates in 3,142 U.S. counties between January 2015 and December 2017. They defined an opioid high-risk county as one with opioid overdose mortality above the national rate and with the availability of providers to deliver opioid use disorder medications below the national rate.The study, they say, is the first to include data from all three opioid use disorder medications on the market, including methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone. Their analysis included publicly listed providers of methadone (1,517 opioid treatment programs), buprenorphine (24,851 clinicians approved to prescribe the medication) and the extended-release naltrexone product Vivitrol (5,222 health care providers, as compiled by the drug manufacturer).Related StoriesShort-term opioid use increases the positivity of emotional experiencesBirth, child outcomes linked with maternal opioid use during pregnancyConcurrent use of benzodiazepine and opioids complicates neonatal abstinence syndromeIn their cross-sectional study, the researchers also looked at demographics, workforce, access to health care insurance, road density, urbanicity and opioid prescriptions.Among counties analyzed, they found that:last_img read more