Three hot and thirsty kittens dumped in box on 20-degree Donegal day

first_imgThree young kittens had a lucky escape after being dumped inside a box in 20-degree heat in Donegal on Sunday. In the shocking act of cruelty, the three kittens were found abandoned this evening (July 14) near the castle in Convoy by a member of the public.It is understood a fosterer for Animals in Need Donegal found the kittens distressed and barely able to breathe. It is currently unknown how long the kittens may have been inside the box.A spokesperson for Animals in Need Donegal said: “It’s been one of our hottest days for a while today and these poor kittens were callously dumped in a box, barely any air to breathe.“They were lucky to be found by one of our fosterer’s dumped by the castle in Convoy this evening.”Three hot and thirsty kittens dumped in box on 20-degree Donegal day was last modified: July 16th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

MTN, Neotel to build national network

first_imgAccording to an article by Engineering News this week, the total cost of building the network will be about R2-billion, while the two companies will be able to save between R400-million and R500-million in capital and operational expenditure as a result of working together. Construction of the first phase is expected to start in March, with completion ahead of the country’s hosting of the Fifa World Cup in June 2010. “This will ensure that our customers benefit from the improved services in the long run, with the least disruption to the environment and road-users during the construction phase,” he said. “This co-build agreement with Neotel marks the biggest collaboration in the South African telecommunications industry, and is a defining moment in the history of the country,” MTN South Africa MD Tim Lowry said in a statement this week. ‘Almost infinite bandwidth’ According to the statement, the fibre-optic network will provide both companies with “almost infinite” bandwidth capacity to carry more voice and data information, at higher speeds, over greater distances, and using less power than conventional copper cables. “It makes sense for us to work together in building this infrastructure, as it will enable us to bring services to a broader group of customers, and furthermore reduces the direct cost of building the network,” he said, adding that he believed the move would eventually lead to a reduction in telecommunications costs. SAinfo reporter By having their own network in place, both companies will no longer have to rely on competitor Telkom to provide them with bandwidth capacity, which MTN said was both costly and unreliable. “The collaboration of these two companies signifies a bold step towards convergence in the South African telecommunications space,” said Neotel CEO Ajay Pandey. “We have seen so many exciting developments in the industry since late last year, and we believe that this partnership is a significant milestone as we redefine the telecommunications landscape.” The first phase of the national fibre network will run from Gauteng to KwaZulu-Natal province, incorporating Pietermaritzburg and Durban, and also linking up with undersea fibre-optic cables such as Seacom, which is currently being laid, and Eassy. Pandey pointed out that a core objective of Neotel was to bring down the cost of telecommunications in South Africa – a task which the company believed could only be achieved through self-provision. In addition, Lowry pointed out that the two companies working together on the fibre-optic network had an added benefit, in that they would only need to single-trench to serve both companies needs. Self-provisioning, reduced costs 16 January 2009 Pan-African cellular operator MTN and fixed-line operator Neotel are to jointly build a 5 000km fibre-optic cable network connecting several major centres across South Africa. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Farm Labor Fix Still Elusive

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorOMAHA (DTN) — The challenges of farm labor, guest workers and legalizing much of the farm workforce haven’t gotten any better in the past year, as Congress once again will search for a solution that has remained elusive.Congress has repeatedly attempted over the past two decades to reform the ag guest-worker program, H-2A, and consider legalization options for at least part of the current group of illegal farm laborers. Each Congress, though, a bill advances only to be derailed.Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship, held a hearing on agricultural labor Wednesday, highlighting a bill she introduced earlier this year that would provide legal status to farm workers and permanent residence to long-term ag workers in the country. Lofgren noted the volume of similar hearings over the past two decades and the inability to reach a bipartisan solution.“We’ve always agreed a solution is necessary, but agreement on that basic principle is not enough,” she said.Rep. Ken Buck. R-Colo., said the U.S. needs to move toward a better-functioning guest-worker program for agriculture. Buck said a major cheese processor in his district has the potential to increase production, but can’t get more dairy production because dairy farmers struggle to find adequate labor.“This is the same story I hear as I visit farm after farm in my district,” Buck said. “Labor is the lifeblood of the agriculture industry.”Buck said the current H-2A is a “program designed to fail,” adding H-2A has extensive paperwork and regulatory requirements, and farmers who use the program have to pay more than farmers who use undocumented workers for the same labor.“What growers need is a fair and functional guest-worker program, one that gives them access to the workers they need when they need them, at a fair wage with reasonable mandates,” Buck said.The hearing did not include any members of the Trump administration to offer views on how it could reshape the H-2A program or farm labor. The White House remains locked in conflict over the southern U.S. border with Mexico and people arriving at the border from Central American countries seeking asylum. President Donald Trump continues to threaten to shut down the border and trade over the problem.“Congress must get together and immediately eliminate the loopholes at the Border! If no action, Border, or large sections of Border, will close. This is a National Emergency!” the president tweeted Wednesday morning.Still, USDA on Wednesday added some new features to its website, www.farmers.gov to help farmers with the application process for H-2A visas, as well as manage their farm loans.USDA states the details on the H-2A program on the website are focused on education and helping smaller farmers. The website includes an “interactive checklist tool” providing application requirements, fees, forms and a timeline highlighting hiring needs. USDA said it would work with the Department of Labor on a “phase II” of its website, which would create a more streamlined application form with details on regulations and the application process.Arturo Rodriguez, president of United Farm Workers, noted the H-2A has tripled from 80,000 positions in 2008 to more than 240,000 positions in 2018. Still, at least half of agricultural workers are undocumented, he said. Rodriguez said farmworkers often are put to work in untenable conditions because of a lack of enforcement on labor conditions. Unlike those representing farms, Rodriguez said the most important needs for farmers were higher wages and better work conditions.“Yet, overwhelmingly, when farmworkers are asked what they enjoy most about their work, you will hear over and over again a pride in feeding the rest of the country and parts of the world,” Rodriguez said, adding that undocumented farmworkers have earned the right to apply for legal status in the country.Rodriguez added there are racial elements to laws regarding fair labor and the environment that continue to exclude agricultural workers. He pointed to the pesticide chlorpyrifos, which is banned by other countries, but still allowed for U.S. agriculture even though it has been found to damage nervous systems and brains.Tom Nassif, president and CEO of Western Growers, pointed out farmers in his organization produce about half the fruits and vegetables and three-quarters of the nuts produced and sold in the U.S. He highlighted that guest workers are not taking jobs from other people in the country, adding a lot of people simply don’t want to do farm work. Nassif also cited how frequently Congress has come to nearly passing immigration reform for agriculture.“We have been unsuccessful because we have been divided in our goals and in our needs,” he said.Nassif added the economic future of agriculture requires providing legal status for existing workers and their families. Such a program should be done “without the need for a touchback” in farmworkers’ home country.“They have shown an allegiance to the industry, they have worked hard and they have paid their taxes,” Nassif said, adding these workers need to protect their families. “For us, this is an economic issue and a humanitarian issue.”A new guest-worker program should have less bureaucracy and avoid pricing farmers out of business, Nassif said. Such a program also should not require a cap on the number of positions they fill. Nassif also agreed that the federal E-Verify program should apply to agriculture as well.To correct mistakes of the past, Nassif said, an immigration bill needs to be bipartisan and have enough support for the president to sign it.Nassif also pointed out the need for a labor program that helps the dairy industry because the current H-2A program only allows farmers to bring in guest workers for seasonal jobs.Farmworkers, legal or otherwise, are also aging. Nassif and Rodriguez also both noted that farmworkers continue to get older and their children are not going into farm work as their parents once did.A young woman from Idaho whose parents worked extensively on a dairy farm and in seasonal farm work also testified, as did a Georgia farmer whose operation relies heavily on H-2A workers.Chris Clayton can be reached at Chris.Clayton@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(AG/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Judge Tosses Lumber Complaint

first_imgWhere the trouble startedAccording to the complaint filed in March, Fuchs went to a Menards store in Gurnee, Illinois, last November to buy cedar siding and 4x4s. In the store, he saw signs advertising 1×6 cedar siding as well as 4×4 Douglas fir lumber. But when he got home and measured the lumber he’d just bought, it was not 1 inch by 6 inches, or 4 inches by 4 inches.Lawyers argued that Krasilnikov had the same experience when he bought 4×4 lumber at a Menards store in Fox Lake, Illinois. There, he bought two 4x4s for a total of $15.98 and took them home, fully expecting they would be a full 4 inches square.“However, unbeknownst to consumers, the product dimensions advertised by Defendant are not the actual dimensions of the products being advertised,” the complaint reads. “That is, the dimensional lumber products sold by Defendant do not actually have the same dimensions as stated on Defendant’s in-store shelf tags and signage, labels, flyers, and other advertisements.”Had the case won class action status, any settlement would conceivably affected many thousands of others.A similar case is still pending against The Home Depot. This one was filed in March on behalf of Mikhail Abramov by the same firm that sued Menards. The complaint also focuses on the actual dimensions of a 4×4.The retailer asked Judge Chang in June to reassign its case to his court because of the similarities to the Menards suit. But Chang said the labels used by the two retailers were different enough to warrant keeping the cases separate. A federal judge in Illinois has dismissed a case brought against a lumber retailer by customers who claimed that labels on dimensional lumber were misleading.The plaintiffs — Michael Fuchs and Vladislav Krasilnikov, both of Illinois — had filed a class action complaint against Menards, a building supply retailer, and hoped to collect damages that could have exceeded $5 million. The beef? What’s sold as a 4×4 doesn’t actually measure 4 inches by 4 inches but is actually 3 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches.Their lawyers, a firm called McGuire Law PC, argued the pair never would have bought the lumber in the first placed had they realized the nominal dimensions described on the label were different than the actual dimensions. Menards, the suit says, racked up “significant profits from its false marketing.”Fuchs and Krasilnikov wanted a jury trial, but in a ruling on September 29, Judge Edmond Chang wasn’t having any of it. Noting the labeling is recognized by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Chang wrote, “Without a literally untrue statement, combined with the government-recognized distinction between nominal sizes and actual sizes, no reasonable consumer would think that the labels showed the exact dimensions of the lumber.”According to an article posted by the Journal Sentinel, Chang wrote, “It would be one thing if packaging prevented access to the height and width. … It is another thing where the plaintiffs can readily see if there is a mismatch between what they perceive as the size on the label and the height and width of the lumber.”Sawn lumber may start out at 4 inches by 4 inches when it is originally milled but turning it from rough-sawn stock into finished material requires the removal of some wood — so actual dimensions are smaller. Beginning carpenters quickly learn the difference between actual and nominal dimensions, but the basis for the lawsuit is that lots of people don’t know that.last_img read more

Petron nails seventh straight Finals berth

first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Whatever happens in the other series, the best-of-three finals will begin on Tuesday.The Blaze Spikers were jolted by the HD Spikers’ strong start in Game 2.“I’m so impressed with Cignal but I’m more impressed with the way we responded,” said Niemer, the 6-foot-1 spiker from Kentucky. “We kept cool, I mean they’re are digging some shots that normally score for us.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Krausscenter_img Unstoppable as Petron seems to be, it has not yet reached its peak form, according to one of its stars.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Mondilla, Kim still tied after 3 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After watching her team string up its 17th straight win, losing just three sets along the way, Petron import Stephanie Niemer feels the Blaze Spikers will get even better now that they have reached their seventh straight final.“I don’t think we even hit our peak yet,” said Niemer, who dropped 35 points in Thursday’s 23-25, 25-17, 25-16, 25-21 win over Cignal at Filoil Flying V Centre, sweeping the best-of-three semifinals of the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix.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 mean we didn’t all jell today. We needed to battle some things but I think we got enough practice to prepare for our next game. I still think we still have room to improve and that’s pretty awesome,” she added.Petron will face the winner in the other semifinal series. F2 Logistics was holding a 1-0 lead over PLDT and could wrap it up with a win in a game that was being played at press time. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

Indian Under 19 Women’s Team are beaten by Nepal in AFC Under 19 Women’s…

first_imgIn the second half of the match, the intensity of Nepal’s attacking threats became more and the defensive unit of India were not able to stop the opponent’s striker Rekha to score a brace in this match. After this defeat, India’s qualification chances depend on the result of the match between Pakistan and Nepal. Firstly, India have to win the match against the host Nation Thailand and hope that Nepal do not win their match against Pakistan. Advertisement AdvertisementIndian Women’s under 19 team were beaten by Nepal with a margin of 2-0 in the AFC under 19 Women’s Championship Qualifiers. The centre forward of Nepal, Rekha scored a brace against India in the second half of the match to give them the first win in the AFC under 19 Women’s Championship Qualifiers. With this defeat, India’s chances to go to the next round of the tournament are not looking much certain as they are now at the same points with Thailand and Nepal after two matches. After the thumping win against the arch rivals Pakistan in the previous match with a margin of 18-0, it was seeming that the girls are ready to play against any top side of the World. But that was not the real scenario as it was a nervy contest throughout the 90 minutes. It was India’s second defeat against Nepal in this month as Nepal were victorious against India in the SAFF under 18 Championship. Jabamani Tudu got two good chances in the first half for India but she failed to convert those into Goals. On the other hand, Rekha was also denied twice by the Indian Goalkeeper. last_img read more

100-year-old Indian runner inspires at American Masters Games

first_imgMan Kaur from India needed almost a minute-and-a-half to cross the finish line in the 100-meter dash, but she still picked up a gold medal at the American Masters Games.That’s because the 100-year-old Kaur was the only female competitor in her age category at the competition for older athletes held on Monday.Man Kaur, 100, of India, holds the gold medals she won in shot put and javelin events before competing in the 100-meter track and field event at the Americas Masters Games in Vancouver, British Columbia.When she crossed the finish line in Vancouver, her competitors – many of them in their 70s and 80s – were there to cheer her on.Kaur’s energy and drive to compete have become an inspiration to participants in the unique international event for athletes over 30.Man Kaur competes in the 100-meter track and field event.”When she wins, she goes back to India, and she’s excited to tell others, ‘I have won so many medals from this country,’ ” said her son Gurdev Singh, 78, translating for his mother. “Winning makes her happy.”After Kaur finished the sprint in one minute and 21 seconds, she stood smiling with her hands raised in the air. Asked how she felt, she breathed heavily and clutched a bottle of water, unable to speak. Earlier, she won gold medals in the javelin and shot put.Man Kaur is helped by her son Gurdev Singh, 78, as she takes a drink of water after competing in the 100-meter track and field event.Singh, 78, who also is competing in the Games, said he encouraged his mother to start running at age 93 because he knew she could become a star.advertisement”I asked her. ‘You have no problem, no knee problem, no heart problem, you should start running,'” he recalled.Kaur has now won more than 20 medals in Masters Games across the globe. While practicing in her home of Chandigarh, she goes out every evening to run five or 10 short distances, said Singh.Man Kaur is cheered by the audience as she competes in the 100-meter track and field event.Singh said his mother believes in promoting running to other older women.”She encourages them, old ladies, that they should run, they should not eat wrong foods, and they should encourage their children also to take part in the Games.”Charmaine Crooks, a five-time Olympian who won a silver medal for Canada in the women’s 4×400-meter relay in 1984, serves as an athlete ambassador for the Masters Games. She praised Kaur’s “dynamic spirit.””I know that it’s inspired me. Hey, I’ve got almost 50 more years to go, right?” Crooks said. “She’s inspiring everyone, young and old.”The World Masters Games take place every four years, with regional games in between. The Americas Masters Games in Vancouver is the first summer regional games in North America, Crooks said.The average age of the athletes is 49, and there’s one man who is even older than Kaur – 101-year-old Nihal Gill of Richmond, British Columbia.last_img read more

Sauber to use 2016 Ferrari engine next year

first_imgSauber will continue to use 2016-specification Ferrari engines next season after deciding to focus their resources on building a better chassis, team principal Monisha Kaltenborn said on Friday.The struggling Swiss-based Formula One team are last in the standings and still without a point after 16 of the season’s record 21 races.Including last year’s results, they have not scored for 19 races in a row.”We will be using the latest specification of the 2016 Ferrari engine in 2017,” Kaltenborn told reporters at Suzuka. “We took this decision a while ago…at a time where actually the rules for next year were not 100 percent clear. (Also read: Nico Rosberg fastest on opening day of practice at Japanese Grand Prix)”We took a strategic decision that we want to focus the resources we have on chassis development and performance development, and in a way leave the engine side to the areas we know,” she added.The decision means only Ferrari and U.S.-owned Haas will have the latest engines next year with Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso, who currently use 2015 specification units, switching to Renault.Kaltenborn said the team was financially stable and the 2017 car’s development remained on course.Sauber, Formula One’s fourth oldest team, announced in July a change of ownership with Swiss-based investment firm Longbow Finance taking over. The current drivers are Sweden’s Marcus Ericsson and Brazilian Felipe Nasr.last_img read more

Video: USC WR JuJu Smith-Schuster Tossed A Utah Defender With A Nasty Stiff-Arm

first_imgA general view of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.LOS ANGELES – NOVEMBER 11: General view of action as the Oregon Ducks take on the USC Trojans on November 11, 2006 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. The Trojans defeated the Ducks 35-10. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)USC knocked Utah from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 42-24 victory tonight. During the win, USC wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster knocked a Utah defender clear out of the field of play with a nasty stiff-arm. It’s been speculated that Smith-Schuster was pointing at the defender to call him out to come get stiff-armed, but it looks like he was just trying to signal for more downfield blocking. Nasty play though.last_img read more

Everyone’s Trashing This 1 Fan At The Ohio State-Penn State Game

first_imghere's the worst fan at the ohio state penn state gameThe fans at tonight’s Penn State-Ohio State game at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa. have set a record.There are more than 110,000 fans inside the Nittany Lions’ stadium. It’s a stadium record.Officially, it’s a crowd of 110,889.Penn State announces it has set a new Beaver Stadium record with 110,889 fans in attendance for tonight’s game.— Colin Hass-Hill (@chasshill) September 30, 2018We have found the worst one:here's the worst fan at the ohio state penn state gameIt’s really annoying to show up to a big game wearing the gear of a rival team that isn’t even playing.Notre Dame is playing right now in a pretty massive contest against Stanford. If you’re that big of a fan, why aren’t you watching it?Ohio State and Penn State, meanwhile, are playing on ABC.last_img read more