LETTERKENNY MEETING HEARS CALLS TO BOYCOTT WATER METERS

first_imgUp to 150 people attended a meeting in Letterkenny last night calling for a boycott of water meters.Cllr Mac Giolla EasbuigThe boycott urged people not to return their agreement packs to Irish water and simply not to pay the charge.The meeting, which was held in the Station House Hotel, heard there is hug anger amongst local people who simply cannot afford the annual charge. Local Independent county councillor Miceal Mac Giolla Easbuig said the meting was very positive and people are determined not to pay the latest charge.“These were ordinary people simply trying to get by and they want the message to go to Government that they cannot pay. They simply don’t have the money.“Many of them said they had paid the property tax and the household charge but they simply cannot pay the water charge because they can’t,” he said.He added that people should not feel pressurized into paying the charge as it cannot be taken from their salary or social welfare benefits. “This is not the case despite some suggestions that it is.“Irish Water is a private company which I suspect will eventually be floated and the shares sold off.“Why should the people of Donegal and Ireland have to pay for a natural resource to make a private company even richer,” he said.The Mayor of Donegal Cllr John Campbell also addressed last night’s meeting. LETTERKENNY MEETING HEARS CALLS TO BOYCOTT WATER METERS was last modified: October 3rd, 2014 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:Cllr Mac Giolla EasbuigdonegalIrish Waterletterkennywater meterslast_img read more

From Big Five to Little Five

first_imgVisitors to South Africa are always keen to see the country’s celebrated Big Five – neglecting a wealth of smaller wildlife. To remedy this, some clever people came up with another must-see list, the Little Five: elephant shrew, ant lion, rhinoceros beetle, buffalo weaver and leopard tortoise!There’s much more to South Africa’s wildlife than the Big Five, here’s the Little Five. (Image: Wildes Afrika in Germany)Brand South Africa reporterVisitors to South Africa are always keen to catch a glimpse and a photo of the country’s celebrated Big Five: elephant, lion, rhinoceros, buffalo and leopard.While the big game is magnificent – and includes other giants such as giraffe, hippo, whale and dolphin – there’s much more to South Africa’s wildlife. The country has some of the world’s richest biodiversity hotspots, with remarkable birdlife, abundant buck, small game and bizarre insects.To promote these, some clever people came up with another must-see list: the Little Five. They are (and don’t laugh) the elephant shrew, ant lion, rhinoceros beetle, buffalo weaver and leopard tortoise.Here’s the lowdown on some of Africa’s finest little creatures.Ant lionThe ant lion (Myrmeleontidae) is an odd yet familiar feature of the bushveld, digging conical depressions in dry, soft sand with which to trap its prey – ants. In advanced stages this larvae-like creature has wings and sometimes resembles a dragonfly, although it’s not well-adapted for flight.Buffalo weaverRed-billed buffalo weavers (Bubarlornis niger) are social birds that build their nests in the forked branches of tall trees. They nest in open colonies and are a rather noisy and busy lot. The weavers’ nests can be recognised by their rather bedraggled state, made from coarse grasses and with untidy twig structures.Rhinoceros beetleThe rhinoceros beetle (Scarabaeinae dynastinae) is one of the largest beetles in southern Africa, with horns on its head much like those of its larger namesake. Both males and females are horned, but only the males are known for aggressive behaviour, using the horns to fight rivals. The horns are also used to dig, climb and mate.Leopard tortoiseThe leopard tortoise (Geochelone pardalis) is a striking feature of the bushveld landscape, getting its name from its black and yellow spotted shell. The animal is one of the largest breeds of tortoise in this part of the world; a mature leopard tortoise can weigh over 23 kilograms, with a shell circumference of up to one metre. The males are larger than the females.Younger tortoises have dark brown patterns, while adult shells take on shades of yellow with somewhat smaller spots. Leopard tortoises live in savannah and grassland areas, close to water.Elephant shrewThis tiny insectivore lives in arid lowlands, rocky outcrops and savannah grasslands, getting its name from its elongated snout. Elephant shrews (Elephantulus myurus) are found all over South Africa, and only grow to a length of 250mm, with an average weight of 60 grams. They feed on insects, fruit, seeds and nuts.They in turn are food for snakes and raptors, making them extremely shy and wary. The chances of spotting them are slim indeed, so if you manage to see an elephant shrew before an actual elephant, you can count your safari a real success!The Little Five is based on the “Small 5005” concept developed by South African wildlife author and scientist Rael Loon. For more information, read Hidden Wonders: Southern Africa’s Small 5005.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

161 cases of ‘paid news’ in M.P. polls

first_imgThe office of the Chief Electoral Officer of Madhya Pradesh has so far issued notices to 161 candidates who had allegedly paid for the publication of ‘favourable’ news in various media outlets in the run-up to the Assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh.“161 notifications have been issued by the Returning Officers to various candidates in suspected paid news cases in the State during the Vidhan Sabha election. Fifteen candidates have admitted to the news mentioned in the notifications issued by the Returning Officer being paid news and accepted the addition of the amount to their election expenditure,” said Joint Chief Electoral Officer Rajesh Kaul.Poll expenditure Mr. Kaul said the district-level media certification and monitoring committees have recommended that the paid news amount be added to the candidate’s election expenditure in as many as 146 cases so far.Six appeals against recommendations made by the district-level committees of Ujjain and Betul had been received by the State-level committee, a poll official said. The State committee upheld the recommendation of the district body after hearing the appeals.Regional publicationsA major chunk of complaints on paid news were against vernacular and regional media publications, the official added.Assembly elections were held in all 230 constituencies of the State on November 28, and the counting of votes will take place on December 11. The Congress is in a direct face-off with the BJP, which has been in power for the past 15 years.last_img read more

Tyler Tio makes up for lost time, debuts with a splash for Ateneo

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Tio, despite his hot shooting, said he still needs to adjust to playing in the UAAP and it just so happened he had the stroke against the Fighting Maroons.“I won’t say I already grasp the UAAP but at that moment I was feeling good so I had the confidence to shoot,” said Tio.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo SEA Games medal-winning PH sepak takraw team treated to hearty lunch Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo guard Tyler Tio had to sit out Season 79 due to his citizenship, and when Season 80 started he had to wait once again as his bum ankle wouldn’t allow him to play.So when he finally got the chance to hit the floor on Wednesday, the Canadian-born guard released his pent-up frustrations.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tio was perfect from the field going 6-for-6 en route to 14 points in just 11 minutes as he helped Ateneo flatten University of the Philippines, 92-71, at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“I was excited to play but I wasn’t thinking that I had to score this amount of points, I just wanted to make sure that I played correctly,” said Tio, who had 10 points in the fourth quarter alone.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe 5-foot-11 guard wasn’t able to play in Season 79 as he couldn’t secure a Philippine passport in time and was considered as a foreigner.Ateneo had Nigerian Chibueze Ikeh in the roster and the UAAP allows just one foreigner per roster. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES MOST READlast_img read more

Salt Lake City GOYA Boys Basketball Teams Win Championships

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY, UT – The Salt Lake City GOYA Boys Basketball Teams won the Championship at the recent Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Denver Basketball Tournament in Dallas, TX and the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Tournament. The Junior Boys Teams won the Championship in Dallas.Additionally, the GOYA Basketball Teams play in a local CYO in Utah since the area does not have enough Greek Orthodox churches to form a basketball league. The Senior Boys and Intermediate Boys won the CYO Championships.All of the participants from all the Championship games posed for a photo with V. Rev. Archimandrite George Nikas, and Rev. Mario Giannopoulos at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Salt Lake City. Fr. Nikas is the Dean of the Cathedral and Prophet Elias Church and Fr. Giannopoulos is the parish priest.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more