Fighting in the 60kg bantamweight division, Katua cruised through to the final beating his Samoan opponent.This set up the gold medal playoff with Northern Ireland’s Bradley Tieman which Katua won easily.More good news for PNG came when the duo of Mathew Stubbings and Violet Apisah also won a bronze medal in the Mixed Doubles division.PNG Olympic Committee Secretary General, Auvita Rapilla congratulated Katua and the tennis duo for their achievements.“This young boxer is special, the future looks promising for him,” said Rapilla.“Well done, Thadius, Mathew and Violet. You have worked hard and fought well and now you have made history for your country and also for yourselves. “We are very proud of your achievement and look forward to seeing you and the rest of the team with your spoils of victory when you return home,” said Rapilla.
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Watson’s remarks, as well as the West Los Angeles assignment, directly contradicted what Williams promised when he told Grobeson he had a “zero tolerance” toward discrimination based on sexual orientation; that he wanted Grobeson to take an active role in recruitment efforts in the gay community; and that he would have his choice of which station he wanted to work, the witness testified. Grobeson — who said he believed Williams’ attitude toward gays was much more progressive than that shown by Gates — told jurors that Watson had a photograph of himself and Gates on his desk. Grobeson’s hopes for a smooth comeback at the LAPD were further hindered by management’s denial of his requests for gay and lesbian cultural awareness training, his inability to be promoted, and a rejection of a television reporter’s bid to accompany Grobeson on a ride-along in a patrol car, the former sergeant testified. An LAPD supervisor said Grobeson could not take the reporter on the ride- along because the sergeant had not completed additional training in driving a police car since returning to the LAPD, Grobeson said. However, the day after the reporter withdrew the ride-along request, Grobeson’s supervisors said he was cleared to drive a patrol car, he testified. Grobeson said he began to have second thoughts about his decision to return to the LAPD, but decided to persevere. He said he asked for — and received — a meeting with then-Assistant Chief Bernard Parks to address his concerns. Parks told him he was present in a meeting with Williams and Watson in which the latter said Grobeson was assigned to the West L.A. station because that was where he wanted to go, Grobeson said. Parks — who later served as LAPD chief and is now a city councilman — appeared to take his complaints seriously, Grobeson said. “He told me he was going to resolve the matter,” Grobeson testified. But according to the witness, the alleged breaches of the settlement and the hostilities within the LAPD regarding his comeback continued. During a visit to Parker Center, he said he found graffiti on a wall above a urinal that read “Mitch is watching.” The current trial stems from Grobeson’s second lawsuit which he filed in 1996, alleging the city and the LAPD violated the settlement reached in his 1988 suit, which resulted in an agreement to stop discriminatory practices toward gay employees and applicants. The city and Grobeson reached an accord last month on part of the second suit when the city agreed to write into the administrative code guidelines strengthening its anti-discrimination policies concerning gays. The city also agreed to pay Grobeson more than $636,000 in attorneys’ fees. However, Grobeson’s demand to be reinstated and his request for back pay were not resolved, resulting in the current trial. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A new LAPD chief’s promise of a progressive attitude toward gay and lesbian members of the force was undermined by managers who preferred doing things the old way, the department’s first openly homosexual officer testified today. Former Sgt. Mitchell Grobeson told a Los Angeles Superior Court jury that high-ranking LAPD officials ignored the terms of a 1993 settlement of a lawsuit he filed in 1988, and on which he relied in deciding to return to the department after an absence of about five years. Grobeson laid much of the blame for his acrimonious comeback on former LAPD Cmdr. Daniel Watson, who was assigned by then-Chief Willie L. Williams to oversee Grobeson’s transition back to the LAPD from stints as a university police captain and a San Francisco police officer. Williams was the LAPD chief from 1992-97 and testified in the trial last week. Watson — now South Pasadena’s police chief — laid down the law during a meeting between the two in July 1993, Grobeson testified. “In his opinion, the LAPD didn’t need to make any changes — they were not going to comply with the settlement agreement,” Grobeson said. Watson also told him he was being assigned to the West Los Angeles division, a station that Grobeson believed was the worst possible choice because of his perception of anti-gay sentiment there, he said. According to Grobeson, Watson also told him not to criticize Williams’ predecessor, Daryl Gates. “He said that in the opinions of many LAPD managers, Daryl Gates was the last great chief,” Grobeson testified.
A Carrigart drug-dealer who hid a stash of cocaine and cannabis in a vent in his kitchen has been jailed for nine months.Robert Deehan appeared at Letterkenny District Court after Gardai raided his home at Church Road on November 2nd last. After searching the house they found cocaine and cannabis worth €500 as well as €2,400 in cash in a vent.Deehan’s solicitor. Mr Michael Shiel, said his client had a drugs problem but was not a big-time dealer.He was trying to pay off a drug debt and was supplying drugs to some of his friends to come up with the cash.Judge Paul Kelly noted that Deehan, a father-of-two, had undergone a previous Probation Report in September 2017 for drugs offences and he was said to be at moderate risk of reoffending.He was also ordered to undergo counselling but this would not have appeared to have taken place.Solicitor Shiel said his client had tried to get counselling but wasn’t called for it but would try again.Judge Kelly said he would have some sympathy for Deehan but the discovery of such a large amount of cash suggested a larger scale operation than was being suggested.He jailed Deehan for 12 months but reduced it to nine months because of the early plea in the case.Drug-dealer who hid drugs in kitchen vent is jailed for nine months was last modified: April 1st, 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:CarrigartcourtdrugsGardai
A man who went berserk at his elderly parents’ home, punching his sister in the face three times and chasing his brother with a bale hook has been jailed for four months.Patrick McLaughlin, aged 53, from Gaoth Dobhair appeared at Letterkenny District Court facing a number of charges. The court was told that Gardai were summoned to the McLaughlin household on July 4th last after the accused had committed a number of offences.His sister Sarah was hiding in her car after being set upon by Patrick during which he punched her three times in the face.He then ran into the kitchen of the home and grabbed a cheese knife and a bale hook and was threatening his brother James.Gardai told the court that McLaughlin banged the bale hook on the ground and threatened his brother saying “I’m going to stick it straight through you.”All of the incidents were witnessed by Mrs McLaughlin’s 15-year-old son who was present at the time.The court heard that Patrick McLaughlin has a total of 40 previous convictions for a variety of offences including criminal damage, assault and public order.Defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client had been doing well for the past 18 months but there had been a lapse in his medication.He said McLaughlin could not remember the extent of what had happened at his parents home.He asked Judge Paul Kelly that rather than sending his client to jail he could give him a suspended sentence under the agreement that he stay away from the family home in Gaoth Dobhair.Judge Kely said he accepted that McLaughlin had difficulties but stressed that he had an appalling record.“There was a fearsome weapon produced which must have been terrifying for anyone at the scene,” he said.He jailed McLaughlin for four months for the possession of the bale hook and a further three months for assaulting Sarah McLaughlin with both sentences to run concurrently.Man who punched sister three times in face jailed for four months was last modified: July 22nd, 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:assaultbale hookcourtdonegalGaoth DobhairPATRICK MCLAUGHLIN
“Our up-to-date influenza estimates may enable public health officials and health professionals to better respond to seasonal epidemics and pandemics,” said Conrad. 29 June 2010 “A few years ago, a small team of Google engineers began to think about what patterns in aggregated Google search queries might tell us about the world around us,” Google Flu Trends project manager Corrie Conrad said in the company’s Africa blog this week. For epidemiologists, this is an exciting development, because early detection of a disease outbreak can reduce the number of people affected. If a new strain of influenza virus emerges under certain conditions, a pandemic could ensue with the potential to cause millions of deaths – as happened, for example, in 1918. “They wondered whether these patterns could tell us, for instance, about the rise and fall in flu activity over time.” The tool was expanded to include much of Europe ahead of the winter flu season last year, while this year they are launching it in eight additional countries in the southern hemisphere, where winter has now set in. Google Flu Trends, launched in the US in November 2008, proved to be a powerful tool for accurately estimating the level of flu activity in a country in near real-time. “Google Flu Trends is one example of how people’s searches can be a reflection of what’s happening in a country, and can provide a key to responding to threats to public health.” South Africa is the first African country to be added to the tool, which compares Google’s data with data provided in the public domain through the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service. Real-time activity monitor “Being able to track increases in flu activity has proved to be a valuable resource to public health officials, doctors, health ministries, and regular people, and can help us all respond more quickly to flu outbreaks,” said Conrad. “Many health agencies already survey doctors and patients to track the flu, so you might ask, why bother with estimates from aggregated search queries? Traditional flu surveillance is very important, but most health agencies focus on a single country or region and only update their estimates once per week, often with a lag-time of weeks,” said Conrad. Google Flu Trends is currently available for a number of countries around the world and is updated every day, providing a complement to these existing systems. Influenza affects millions and kills hundreds of thousands of people every year, but early detection can help health officials respond quickly and save lives. Now, internet giant Google has joined the fight with the South Africa launch of Flu Trends, a tool for gauging the level of flu activity in a country in near real-time. Daily updates SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Unilever South Africa’s new R670-millionsavoury foods factory, complete withoutstanding green credentials, is one ofthe largest private investments in SouthAfrica in recent years.(Image: Unilever) By 2015, Unilever’s Lifebuoy soap brandaims to change the hygiene behaviour ofa billion consumers across Asia, Africaand Latin America by promoting thebenefits of hand washing with soap.(Image: Unilever) MEDIA CONTACTS • Elizabeth PretoriusCommunications DirectorUnilever+27 31 570 3711RELATED ARTICLES• Top green rating for SA building • Coke launches ‘green’ factory, bottle • Africa’s greenest hotel for Cape Town • Nedbank achieves carbon neutrality • VW builds R500m ‘green’ press shop Wilma den HartighUnilever South Africa’s new R670-million (US$83.6 million) state-of-the-art savoury foods factory, complete with outstanding green credentials, has been endorsed as one of the largest private investments in South Africa in recent years.The plant’s manufacturing capacity makes it Unilever’s largest dry food plant in the world.Unilever South Africa is one of the country’s largest fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies and its products are well known in households across the region.Unilever operates in nine product categories – laundry, savoury and dressings, skincare and cleansing, margarine, deodorants, household care, tea, hair care and ice cream – and is the market leader in seven of these categories.The new facility will allow the group to increase its production capacity significantly. It has been designed to produce 65 000 tons of product per year and has an expansion capability of up to 100 000 tons.The 22 000 square metre factory, situated in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, is equivalent to three football fields and is situated on 78 000 square metres of land.The factory will produce products sold under the Aromat, Knorr, Knorrox, Rajah and Robertson’s brands. It is in its start-up phase and will be in full production by the first quarter of 2012.Bolstering South Africa’s manufacturing reputationThe new facility’s location in South Africa is a major economic boost for the local economy.At the official opening, trade and industry minister Rob Davies said that the plant showcases South Africa’s manufacturing capability. It also shows that big business has confidence in South Africa as an investment destination.The new facility, named Indonsa (isiZulu, meaning “morning star”), is Unilever’s second largest plant in the world and its fifth plant in South Africa. Globally, Unilever operates 250 plants and sells about 170-billion products in 180 countries annually.Greening productionIndonsa is the first facility of its kind for the Unilever group and South Africa’s first green manufacturing plant.According to figures supplied by Unilever’s chief supply chain officer, Pier-Luigi Sigismondi, the group wants to reduce its global carbon dioxide emissions from manufacturing and logistics by over 40% by 2020 from its 1995 baseline, at a rate of almost 5% a year.In a media release Marijn van Tiggelen, chairman of Unilever South Africa, said that the technology used at the Indonsa plant sets new global standards in responsible and sustainable dry food production.Meeting new consumer demandsThe new facility will also make it possible for Unilever to cater for changing consumer demands. According to Sigismondi, there is a growing global demand for sustainably-sourced products.Carbon reduction is achieved through energy efficient controlled zoned lighting and innovative insulation methods that reduce heat loads from the sun. This reduces the need for air conditioning.Highly efficient motors drive mixers and air compressors, a strategy that is proving to substantially reduce energy requirement levels.The new factory also comes complete with rain harvesting technology that captures rain water from the building’s 22 000 square meter roof. The water is channelled into a 1.5 million-litre tank, treated and added to the facility’s recycled water reserves.The plant’s smart water efficiency technology has helped Unilever to recover 70% of all water used in production processes. It has also reduced the facility’s reliance on municipal water.All process and shower water is recycled using biological and reverse osmosis treatment.Indonsa’s solid waste is also recycled by using recoverable packaging materials. No solid waste goes to landfill sites and certain types of product waste is used for composting in local gardens that support needy communities.Any excess waste leftover is converted by a waste energy plant and the energy produced is fed back into the national energy grid.Global Unilever Sustainable Living PlanThe facility was constructed in keeping with the global Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP), launched in November 2010.Unilever hopes to make a difference beyond the factory gate by reducing its footprint across the entire lifecycle of its products.The goal of the USLP programme is to reduce the environmental impact of all Unilever products by 50%, and to source 100% of its agricultural raw materials sustainably.Also part of the plan is to help more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being through use of its products that have clear health benefits.By 2020, Unilever will use globally recognised dietary guidelines to double the percentage of its portfolio that meets the highest nutritional standards, helping many people to achieve a healthier diet.By 2015, Unilever’s Lifebuoy soap brand aims to change the hygiene behaviour of a billion consumers across Asia, Africa and Latin America by promoting the benefits of hand washing with soap.Unilever is ranked as one of the country’s best employers, best FMCG employer and best large sized employer.
Go for Gold says an average of 80% of phase one pupils matriculate with a Bachelor pass, enabling them to study at university. (Image: Media Club South Africa)Many graduates know the difficulties that lie in hunting for a job after they have completed their studies; many young people from disadvantaged backgrounds do not know what it feels like to graduate.Go For Gold, an education-to-employment public-private initiative, is trying to fill the gap. It was established in 1999 by companies in the built environment and the Western Cape department of education and civil society, to enable young people from disadvantaged communities across South Africa to benefit from a holistic education and skills development programme.HOW THE PROGRAMME WORKSGo For Gold’s programme has four phases:Phase 1: Go For Gold selects pupils in grades 11 and 12 who show an aptitude for maths and science. They are given after-school and Saturday morning maths and science tuition and, at the same time, their social and emotional education is improved during weekly life skills sessions.Phase 2: Once the pupils matriculate, they are employed for a year by partner companies in the construction sector as general worker interns. This gives them experience of the working world while they continue to receive Saturday bridging classes in maths, science and life skills, to prepare them for their tertiary studies.Phase 3: Students enter tertiary studies on bursaries from sponsoring companies and continue to be mentored by Go For Gold. They graduate within the minimum period of time.Phase 4: Students with a technical degree or diploma are employed after graduation. Sponsoring companies secure technical staff and improve their employment equity.According to Go For Gold, an average of 80% of phase one pupils matriculate with a Bachelor pass, enabling them to study at university.GO FOR GOLD AWARDSGo For Gold recently recognised 82 students for their extraordinary achievements at the 17th annual Go For Gold Awards.“Our annual awards ceremony is a wonderful celebration of the incredible commitment and determination shown by our Go For Gold students who, despite their generally poor socio-economic circumstances, grab hold of the opportunity to get a tertiary education by diligently attending extra classes and working hard to improve their marks,” explained Patti Bruyns, the Go for Gold Programme Director.“Never fail to do your best, for what you plant now you will harvest later,” said Tamsyn-Lee Simeon, a Go For Gold phase two student who will start her studies to become a civil engineer in 2016. “Do not watch the clock but do what it does – keep going. Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.”Amanda Filtane, a Go For Gold alumnus who graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BSc Honours in construction management and now works as a project manager with the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, became the first Go For Gold Honorary Ambassador.She helped to start Lamps, an after-school tuition NPO through which young people in the township receive tuition and are helped to apply for tertiary studies and bursaries.“Amanda has, despite great odds and with tremendous resilience, carved a place for herself in a field dominated by men,” said Bruyns. “She stands out for both her professional achievements and commitment to give back to Go For Gold and her community. We are extremely proud to honour her with this award.”
Back: Casual Day finance officer Egness Ncube, Casual Day NGO liaison officer Zaza Khazamula and Sekai Marufu, also a member of the team. Front: Casual Day ambassador Prudence Mabhena. (image: Casual Day)Prudence Mabena has been named ambassador ahead of this year’s Casual Day, taking place on 4 September.The singer and songwriter starred in the Oscar-winning documentary, Music By Prudence, which looked at her life as a person who triumphed over her disability. The film won the 2010 Academy Award in the Best Short Documentary category.It explores the inspiring story of this Zimbabwean songbird and follows her remarkable journey out of hatred and superstition into a world of music, love and endless possibility. Music By Prudence struck a chord with audiences by bringing to light the plight of disabled people, who experience discrimination in so many ways. But Mabena’s story is inspiring for everyone, not only disabled people.Her appointment as an ambassador of the fundraising initiative is testament to her ability to carry a message to a wide audience; it is an ability from which the Casual Day initiative will benefit.STAND AGAINST XENOPHOBIABorn in Zimbabwe, Mabena recently visited South Africa to join the efforts in standing against the xenophobic attacks in the country in April. Casual Day believes it is appropriate for the disabled community to speak against xenophobia and in favour of diversity.Mabena was born with arthrogryposis, a condition affecting the joints and resulting in an inability to move the limbs normally. It cost her both legs and makes it difficult for her to use her arms. When she was born, her father’s mother advised her mother not to nurse her. After her parents abandoned her, she was cared for by her maternal grandmother, a rural farmer who kept Mabena at her side as she worked throughout the day.Regardless of her condition, she went on to form a band and not only became an internationally recognised singer, but also an ambassador for Unicef, the UN Children’s Fund.After attending the Academy Awards in 2010, in which her film won, she was met at the airport by hundreds of people waiting to congratulate her and celebrate her achievement. Her father was also inspired by the film: Mabena was carried off the plane and at the foot of the stairs was her father. He was on his knees, tears streaming down his face, begging her for forgiveness.Mabena uses her music to transcend boundaries of race, ability and nationality to bring her message to all who will listen. “Everyone listens to music,” she says. “I think messages sent out through music will be effective and can encourage immediate responses.”The theme for this year’s Casual Day is Spring into Action. Mabena will record the first official Casual Day theme song in June, ahead of the event. The song was composed by Mabena and her musical partner, Bozoe Nkomo. It will feature rapper Tujay Harmonix, who is also a Casual Day ambassador.CASUAL DAYEstablished in 1995, Casual Day is the flagship project of the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa (NCPPDSA), which runs its national projects from its head offices in Edenvale.Since its inception, the initiative has made it possible for the NCPPDSA to drive towards its goal of creating a fully accessible and inclusive society for all. And the council has raised more than R220-million through the day so far.These funds are used to benefit thousands of people with disabilities around the country through a network of beneficiary organisations. This year, Casual Day has the goal of spreading the message of the social impact of the funds.The organisation hopes to achieve this through its “Your R10 in Action” campaign, which will highlight where the funds collected are spent. The many schools and organisations benefiting from the money use it for a variety of different purposes, including transport, assistive devices such as wheelchairs and crutches, as well as awareness campaigns about disability.Casual Day’s national beneficiaries include National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities, South African National Council for the Blind, South African Federation for Mental Health, Deaf Federation of South Africa, QuadPara Association of South Africa, Autism South Africa, Down Syndrome South Africa, National Association for Persons with Cerebral Palsy, South African National Deaf Association, National Institute for the Deaf, Alzheimer’s South Africa, and South African Disability Alliance.There are branches and affiliates of these national organisations throughout the country.PLAY YOUR PARTEveryone is encouraged to join the movement and play their part. You can buy a Casual Day sticker for R10, and wear casual clothes to work or school in support of the Casual Day initiative on Friday, 4 September.For more information, contact the organisers of the project on 011 609 7006, visit the website or have a look at the Facebook page. Follow Casual Day on Twitter via the handle @CasualDay_SA and keep an eye out for the hashtags #CasualDay and #springintoaction.
June:In June we added the ability to filter recent logs in your newsfeed. This allows you to choose if you want to show only your activity, or your and your friends’ recent activity on the Dashboard. Additionally, you can collapse sections on the Dashboard that are not relevant to you, or expand them for an overview of everything that is happening in your geocaching world. SharePrint RelatedMake it YOUR Profile and DashboardJune 20, 2017In “News”Make friends with the updated Profile and DashboardMay 16, 2017In “News”Updates coming to Profile and DashboardMay 11, 2017In “News” August:We introduced a new personalized events calendar on your Dashboard in August. With one look you can see if and when there’s a geocaching event near you. It’s easy to RSVP, look up details about the event, or browse for upcoming events. Last May we announced that changes were coming to your Profile and Dashboard. However, this release was different. Instead of releasing big changes every few months we wanted to be agile and update features quickly to get them ready for you to play with. We listened to your feedback through surveys and the forums to tweak and adjust pages until they were just right. Today we’re excited to announce another improvement to your Profile and Dashboard based on your feedback. You can now customize your “/my page” with your own cover image. To customize your image, visit your Profile Settings and upload a photo in the “Cover Photo” section. The new photo will only appear on the new version of the Profile and Dashboard on web.Additionally, we’ve made improvements to the events calendar. You can now customize the radius in which you’d like to see events on your calendar. Mega and Giga Events will also be highlighted more prominently. While we’ll continue to make sure your Profile and Dashboard are working seamlessly, it’s time to move on to our next project. As we prepare for our next venture, let’s look back at the work that’s been done on your Profile and Dashboard throughout the year*. May:We released the new “opt-in” versions of your Profile and Dashboard. To build a foundation to better support geocaching friendships on Geocaching.com, we updated your Profile and Dashboard (aka: the /my page). This allowed us to add a newsfeed to your Dashboard, that keeps you informed about what your friends are up to. September:We added cache owner logs to the Latest Activity feed on the Dashboard. With that update cache owners are able to view logs and pictures geocachers posted on caches they own. Even more exciting, for the first time they can see when their cache earned a Favorite point. This information was previously not available.November:In November a new owner maintenance tool was added to the Dashboard. If one or more of a cache owners’ geocaches has a problem, geocache owners see a widget on top of their Dashboard. Examples of a problem with their cache could be a full, or soggy logbook, a change to the hiding location, or a broken or missing cache container.December:You can now customize your “/my page” with your own cover image. To customize your image, visit your Profile Settings and upload a photo in the “Cover Photo” section. The new photo will only appear on the new version of the Profile and Dashboard on web.We also made improvements to the events calendar. You can now customize the radius in which you’d like to see events on your calendar. Mega and Giga-Events will also be highlighted more prominently. This approach to building features was new to Geocaching HQ but the insights we were able to gather to help direct our path were invaluable. Building the new Profile and Dashboard was a community effort and we couldn’t have done it without you. We look forward to sharing plans of our next projects soon, but for now it’s on to bigger and better things! And maybe a little caching too 😉 . *This blog post highlights only the prominent features of the Profile and Dashboard project. Numerous tweaks and improvements were made each month. Share with your Friends:More