Blocked gullies could cause flooding – Durkan

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Blocked gullies could cause flooding – Durkan RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – August 13, 2019 WhatsApp A Foyle MLA says there is a very real risk of more serious flooding in the Eglinton area because the Department for Infrastructure is not cleaning out clogged drains and gullies.Mark H. Durkan says when he raised the issue with the department, he received what he termed a ‘copy asnd paste’ response, referencing a limited service and lack of resources for regular maintenance.The response concluded that the issue will be attended to when ‘resources and manpower become available.Mr Durkan says it’s an issue right across the city, but particularly in Eglinton………Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest WhatsApp Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Facebook Previous articleDonegal hotel manager wants Back to School dates changedNext article13 people awaiting in-patient beds at LUH News Highland FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 center_img Twitter Twitter Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Facebook Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

Park clean-up mission complete

first_imgUrsula Roberts, Faldeelah Jacobs and Shireen Sonday are three of the five women who started an initiative to reclaim their communitys park. Residents in Anthony Road, Silvertown, have taken it upon themselves to clean up their park and make it safe for children to play there again. A group, calling themselves People with a Mission, was formed after residents noticed children playing in the street because people were drinking alcohol and using drugs in the park, often leaving broken bottles and drug paraphernalia behind. The group is led by five women – Shireen Sonday, Ursula Roberts, Faldeelah Jacobs, Vanessa Reynolds and Nuraan Kalam. On Saturday February 11, as a show of solidarity to reclaim the park from the “unsavoury characters”, People with a Mission held a sports day for the children in the area. However, before the games could begin, everybody rallied around to clean the park, especially picking up all pieces of glass. People with a Mission’s spokesperson, Ms Jacobs, said: “It’s not safe for the children to play in the streets. In this road in particular, there is a huge number of vehicles coming in and out, because there is a shebeen operating here, and drug houses. We just had enough and started with the project. There are always broken beer bottles and illegal activities taking place in the park, preventing children from playing there. “On Saturday February 4, we came together and hosted a fun day for the children, where they made a map, and gave ideas of what they want done in the park – should it be reconstructed and closed up by the council.” The group also distributed letters to all their neighbours in Anthony and Petunia roads, explaining their aim and inviting them to be a part of it. The children’s suggestions about upgrading the park, accompanied a proposal People with a Mission presented to Ward 44 councillor, Anthony Moses. Mr Moses also attended the sports day. “I am quite encouraged by the community who have taken a positive stance in cleaning the park. Recently, I have done a number of site visits with officials, and I’ve noted the anti-social behaviour within the park, the condition of the play equipment and a number of service delivery issues within the area. The community decided to come up with a positive plan in reclaiming the park – as a recreational space for positive change. I have also discussed with some of the community members how we can upgrade the park and the surrounding area, which includes the other parks and public open spaces. I am currently walking and cycling through the ward and are looking at improvements within the area,” Mr Moses said.Ms Jacobs said it was pity that there were not many recreational facilities for children from marginalised communities, and, as a result, the risk of these children engaging in harmful activities as they grew older remained high.“Many homes and communities have become sites of oppression, as a result of the impact of substance and alcohol abuse and other issues. Children and the elderly are the most vulnerable. Many children cannot access their right to education as pre-school is unaffordable for various reasons, and as a result they roam the street. Strangers and vulnerable children can be a dangerous mix. Our project aims to advocate care, and to provide a platform for our children and young people in our community to shine as the bright stars they can become. Reclaiming the park is the first step,” Ms Jacobs said. The children were introduced to some sport they are not familiar with, including volleyball. 1 of 2center_img Ursula Roberts, Faldeelah Jacobs and Shireen Sonday are three of the five women who started an initiative to reclaim their communitys park.last_img read more

Olympic silver for Caster Semenya

first_img12 August 2012 Caster Semenya won a silver medal in the women’s 800 metres at the London Olympic Games on Saturday night to make 2012 the best return for Team South Africa since the country was readmitted to the Olympic fold in 1992.Russia’s Maria Savinova, the 2011 world champion, took victory, with another Russian, Ekaterina Poistogova edging Kenya’s Pamela Jelimo for the bronze medal.It was a fast race, with Savinova winning in 1:56.19 and Semenya second in 1:57.23, both of which were season’s bests for the two athletes. Yet, and this says something about the form Semenya was in, it felt as if she could have gone faster.It was a curiously run race from the South African. The USA’s Alysia Johnson Montano took it out strongly from the start, and by the time the athletes hit the straight Semenya was in sixth place, with only the Russians, Savinova and Elena Arzhakova behind her.As they hit the turn, Savinova moved ahead of Semenya, who fell back to last place as the pack rounded into the straight.Coming from behindAt the bell, Johnson Montano had taken the field through the first 400 metres in a fast 56.31 seconds. Semenya, at the back, was about 15 metres behind the American.Down the back straight, Jelimo struck out and took over at the front. With about 270 metres to go, Savinova, known for her fast finish, responded, rounding the runners in front of her before running down the Kenyan and taking over the lead as the runners entered the home straight. Semenya was way back in sixth place.The Russian pulled clear of Jelimo with every stride. Semenya, meanwhile, was passing those in front of her as if they were running in treacle. Ten metres from the finish, she moved into second place, but Savinova had taken a convincing victory after timing her challenge better than the South African star had hers.‘True South African spirit’Compared to the other athletes, who looked tired out, Semenya looked as if she had a lot left in her legs and it left one thinking she could have challenged for the title had she run a different race tactically. Nonetheless, the 21-year-old’s achievement should not be undermined. Winning an Olympic silver medal is a fine achievement.“This is a fantastic result for Caster, especially so, after what she had to go through after the 2009 World Championships,” South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) CEO Tubby Reddy said afterwards. “But all credit to her. She has shown true South African spirit and never gives up. “She is a credit to both the Olympic spirit and South Africa as a nation,” Reddy said.“Her silver also takes us to six medals, making it a tremendous achievement at these Games and credit to an amazing amount of work by all concerned … athletes, coaches, administrators especially.”African record in 50 kilometres walkMarc Mundell, contesting the 50 kilometres race walk, finished in 32nd place. His time, though, was an African record 3:55:32 and bettered his previous best time by almost two-and-a-half minutes.“I gave it everything possible today to walk a new African record,” Mundell said afterwards. “I’m delighted,” he added, before suggesting that it was now time to give his tired feet a good rest.Hockey men end campaign with a winThe South African men’s hockey team ended their Olympic campaign with a 3-2 win over India, leaving the five-time Olympic champions without a win at the Olympics for the first time.It was also South Africa’s first victory over the Indians in a major tournament.Julian Hykes and Andrew Cronje combined to put Gregg Clark’s charges in front in the eighth minute, but Sandeep Singh pulled India level only six minutes later from a penalty corner.Just before the break, Tim Drummond provided a clever finish after a nice run by Justin Reid-Ross to put South Africa into a 2-1 lead at half-time.A superb reverse stick finish by Lloyd Norris-Jones gave South Africa a two-goal cushion with only five minutes to play. A goal by Dharamvir Singh for India ensured a tense finish, but South Africa held on for a 3-2 victory.Women’s cross-country MTB raceCandice Neethling found the going tough in the women’s cross-country mountain bike race on the hilly course at Hadleigh Farm, but found great support from the fans lining the course. She was the last of the finishers, but 2012 was not supposed to be the year for the 20-year-old to challenge. Rio 2016 is the true focus for Neethling, with London 2012 providing her with invaluable experience.“I’d hoped to finish around 20th, but this is the Olympic Games. People bring their best and that’s what you compete with,” Neethling told reporters afterwards.“To be at this event, at 20 years old, I’m so happy to have been able to do that. I have less experience, I’m younger and this is all about the journey of getting better and that’s all that I could ask for,” she added. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Conte: ‘Inter not like my Juve’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Antonio Conte has insisted that this Inter side are nothing like his first Juventus team. “We weren’t in Europe that year…” Speaking at a Press conference ahead of the game against Bologna tomorrow, the former Italy CT was asked about similarities between his current squad and the Juventus team of 2011-12. “No, we weren’t in Europe that year,” he asserted. “You can’t make comparisons, the only similarity is that we always play at 1,000mph. If we take our foot off the pedal, we don’t win. We are not built to wait.” Pressed on a potential bid for Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic, Conte refused to be drawn into any speculation. “I’m not talking about players from other clubs, out of respect for my players. I have great affection for those who helped me win important things, but it ends there.” Conte worked with Matic at Chelsea during the 16-17 campaign, winning the Premier League together. last_img read more

10 months agoWatford boss Gracia explains holding back goalscorer Doucoure for Newcastle draw

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford boss Gracia explains holding back goalscorer Doucoure for Newcastle drawby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford managed to secure a point after a late equaliser for their 1-1 draw with Newcastle United.Salomon Rondon put Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle ahead just before the half-hour mark, but they could not hold out for all three points as Abdoulaye Doucoure popped up to make it 1-1 eight minutes from time. Asked initially about the decision to rest Doucoure, Gracia said: “I have to choose in all the games different players and in this moment playing every three, four days I have to give the chances for all of my players.“I’ve many times said all my players deserve the chance to play because they are working very well. We are a good squad, not only a good team and if I don’t do it in this moment when can I do it.“It was the moment to change the players because some of them need rest and today if you see Doucuore this season he is the third player with the most minutes (played).”Pressed further on if six changes was too many, the Hornets boss responded: “If you see the result you can say that but I don’t agree.” last_img read more

Ricky Ponting surprised at Xfactor Pants exclusion

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting is surprised that Rishabh Pant missed the bus to the World Cup in England and Wales, but adds it will be the perfect opportunity for the youngster to showcase his talent for DC in the Indian Premier League. “I had a quick chat with him on Monday night. He seems to have taken it well. Would obviously be disappointed but he has to remember he is very young and has potential to play three or four World Cups. “Should be a positive thing for DC as he can be the best player for Delhi. He won us one game single-handedly in Mumbai and am sure he will win more games. “I don’t know what went into selection criteria, not my business. I don’t think he is impatient. I think he sums up situations very well. I know he is a very talented and determined player. You might see a different player in the back half. I was surprised when he was left out. I thought he would be in the XI. He could have been the X-factor for India against some of the other teams,” he pointed. “Am sure they have good reasons to pick the squad they have. I will be surprised if he doesn’t play three more World Cups.” Having won three games on the trot outside home, Delhi returns to Kotla. And Ponting is confident of a good show against Mumbai Indians. “It shouldn’t be any more difficult than for Mumbai. We expect it to be slow and low. We are prepared. Thought it will play a bit better than last game. Hopefully we can play better. “We have to win the four games here. No team has qualified yet and we are the same. We need to do well. We have played 3 games, won one and lost two. Some of the other teams also have issues with their home grounds. You have to play well on a given day. We know what the conditions are going to be like. We are going to be hard to beat from here on,” he said.last_img read more

Moroccan officer given 3 years in prison for espionage for Algeria

first_imgFez- A Moroccan military officer was sentenced by the military court of Rabat to 3 years in jail and a MAD 500 fine for espionage for a foreign country. According to the Moroccan daily news Assabah, a border guard was sentenced by Rabat’s military court to three years in prison. He was convicted of spying for Algeria.According to the same source in its edition of December 26, the officer was in charge of border security at the Zouj Bghal border between Morocco and Algeria. But the military officer says he is innocent and denies the charges leveled against him. According to Assabah, the soldier was arrested by the Algerian military and subjected to an aggressive interrogation, which focused on Morocco’s war arsenal of and the logistics used by the Royal Armed Forces.After the interrogation, the Moroccan officer was brought before an Algerian court, which sentenced him to a two month suspended sentence. After he was expulsed by the Algerian authorities and as he was about to resume his work in the border, he was arrested by the Moroccan authorities and brought before the military court of Rabat. Following an interrogation, he was accused of “violating the secrecy of National Defence” and “non-compliance with military rules,” according to the same source. But the officer claims that he did not disclose the secrets of Moroccan defense to Algerian intelligence services.last_img read more

Dozens injured following powerful quake in Costa Rica

first_imgA magnitude-7.6 earthquake rattled Costa Rica and neighboring Central American countries Wednesday morning, damaging buildings in the northwestern province of Guanacaste and sending panicked residents across the country into the streets.The National Emergency Commission initially reported two deaths and at least a dozen injuries in Guanacaste, but later in the day, a Red Cross spokesman said one person had died from a heart attack.“I was working on the sixth floor of the court, and we all started running for the stairs,” said Paul Fuentes, a lawyer from the southeastern San José district of Zapote. “You could barely walk when it was shaking at its strongest. They’ve closed most of the legislative buildings until tomorrow. My cellphone isn’t working so I can’t get through to family.”The Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica reported the quake’s epicenter in the Nicoya Peninsula, 6 miles northeast of the city of Hojancha and 87 miles west of the capital. The U.S. Geological Survey said the depth of the quake was 28 miles, which helped avoid more severe damage across the country, seismologists said.Several buildings in Guanacaste were damaged, and some roads were blocked, residents said. Initial reports included at least one bridge collapse, and other bridges were damaged, including the Friendship Bridge over the Tempisque River.No damage was reported to major highways, although access to the northern-central city of San Carlos is limited, with debris and landslides blocking some routes.President Laura Chinchilla delivered a televised message urging residents to remain calm. The Civil Aviation Authority reported that flights at Costa Rica’s two international airports are running as scheduled, and no major damage was reported. A small crack in the runway at Daniel Oduber International Airport, in Guanacaste’s provincial capital Liberia, would not affect air traffic, officials said.A tsunami warning for the Pacific coasts of Central and South America, issued immediately following the quake, has been cancelled, although some 5,000 coastal residents near the quake’s epicenter were evacuated for several hours, CBS News reported.Near the epicenter, residents reported power outages for several hours, as well as problems with cellphone and Internet networks. Power was restored to some of the area by midday, but work continued throughout the day. Chinchilla said power likely would be restored to most of the area by Thursday.Read more coverage of Wednesday’s earthquake in this Friday’s print edition of The Tico Times, and follow updates at Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more