first_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Renewed concerns about low Vitamin D levels in Donegal WhatsApp Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Facebook By News Highland – August 14, 2019 Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The number of people in Donegal with a vitamin D deficiency is so high, that scientists initially thought there was a problem with their testing equipment.A Donegal GP who examined 10 thousand test results from Letterkenny University Lab found that 75 percent of samples had insufficient vitamin D levels.The Irish Times reports that Dr. Martin Coyne blamed the severe lack of sunshine in the county for the low levels of vitamin D and high number of people suffering with osteoporosis.Dr Coyne first raised this issue on Highland Radio’s Nine til Noon Show three weeks ago. At the time, he said while people take calcium in an effort to stave off osteoporosis, it won’t work without improved levels of Vitamin D…….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/coynevitd8am.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img AudioHomepage BannerNews Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Previous articleBeef Plan Movement “confident” following talksNext articleEastwood welcomes Apprentice Boys statement News Highland WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Google+ Pinterest Google+last_img read more

first_imgPanama-flagged bulker MV Ever Judger has been seized by the East Kalimantan police in connection with the ongoing investigation into the massive oil spill and related fire that claimed the lives of five people on March 31.“We decided to seize the ship for a thorough investigation of the oil spill that harmed Balikpapan Bay for 21 days,” East Kalimantan Police investigation chief Yustan Alpiani is quoted as saying by Indonesian Bernar News.The ship’s captain and its 20 crew members have banned from leaving Indonesia until the investigation is concluded, the Jakarta Post said.As informed, the ship is tied up to a dock in Semayang Port waters.The anchor of 82,000 dwt bulk carrier has been identified as the likely cause of the rupture of an undersea pipe belonging to a local refinery owned by Pertamina, Indonesian Navy’s hydrographic office found, which resulted in the release of a massive amount of crude oil spreading across 26 kilometers. According to a report from Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the incident affected around 34 hectares Mangrove ecosystem and caused health problems to the people in the area.Ever Judger was the only vessel in the waters of Balikpapan Bay, according to the vessel’s AIS data, at the time of the incident. The ship’s anchor is believed to have dragged the pipe some 300 feet from its original position. Judging on the evidence found so far the anchor did damage the pipeline and a forensic reconstruction of the events is yet to be completed based on the found remains of the pipe to conclude the case.Pertamina has since been engaged with local authorities on containing the spill. The company is said to be waiting for the results of the investigation and is likely to consider legal action against the culprit once officially determined.Nevertheless, local organizations have criticised Indonesia authorities for their failure to establish early warning systems to foreign vessels to avoid such occurrences, urging the security around such pipelines be improved.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Twitter/Juniansyahlast_img read more

first_img Share West Florida Seals Second Place HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – West Florida (34-23, 14-10) claimed the number two spot in the Gulf South Conference East Division by defeating 10th-ranked Alabama-Huntsville (40-18, 13-10 GSC) 5-1 in the second game of Sunday’s double header at the Chargers softball complex.West Florida’s double header sweep over Alabama-Huntsville is the first time in school history that the Argonauts have swept the Chargers in Huntsville. The sweep also moves West Florida a half a game ahead of Alabama-Huntsville in the conference standings to second place.The top four seed in both the GSC East and West Divisions earn a bid in the GSC Tournament, which begins next weekend in Southaven, Miss. West Florida draws Henderson State, who is third in the West Division, in their first game of the tournament scheduled for Friday beginning at 11:45 a.m.Stay tuned to goargos.com for a complete recap later this afternoon. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

first_imgNedum Onuoha’s own goal gave West Ham an early lead in the London derby at Upton Park.The defender, brought in at the expense of Mauricio Isla at right-back, nudged Stewart Downing’s fifth-minute corner into the net under pressure from Diafra Sakho.Rangers, beaten in all four of their away games this season, have been poor at the back again.They were fortunate not to go further behind when Enner Valencia shot wide from 10 yards out after being found by Sakho’s low cross.QPR (4-2-3-1): Green, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Caulker, Traore, Sandro, Henry, Fer, Hoilett, Kranjcar, Austin. Subs: McCarthy, Isla, Mutch, Dunne, Vargas, Zamora, Taarabt.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgYoung Ethiopians celebrate US President Barack Obama on their T-shirts. The US president is popular among young people in a number of African countries, particularly since his visit to the continent in 2009. (Image: Evgeni Zotov, Flickr) • Young African Leaders Initiative www.youngafricanleaders.state.gov • Mandela’s letter to Obama • Full text: Barack Obama’s speech at the Nelson Mandela memorial • World leaders praise Mandela • Obama inspires tomorrow’s leaders • In their own words: leaders and friends remember MandelaMelissa Jane CookDeveloping a new generation of young African leaders is a priority for US President Barack Obama. Since 2010 the Young African Leaders Initiative (Yali) of the country’s State Department, which deals with international relations, has supported promising new talent from the African continent. This month, Obama renamed Yali’s flagship Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders after Nelson Mandela. The programme gives young African leaders leadership training at some of the US’s most successful, sought-after universities.In June this years 500 gifted young Africans, the first class of the Mandela Washington Fellows, arrived in the US for six weeks of intensive executive leadership training, networking, and skills building. The programme culminated in a Presidential Summit in Washington, DC on 28 July, at which Obama announced its name change in honour of Mandela. According to the Yali website, the initiative gives young African leaders the skills and connections they need to advance their careers, and contribute to strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security in Africa.Mandela’s greatest giftAt the summit, Obama announced that the US would double the number of annual fellows in the programme to 1 000 by mid-2016. The president also met representatives of public-private partnerships as part of a strategy to bring more programmes to young leaders across Africa.Mandela’s greatest gift, Obama said, was “his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that are invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by sharing ourselves with others, and caring for those around us”.The Huffington Post reported that Obama pointed to the inaugural class of young African fellows as inspiring examples of what the continent could achieve. The world’s security and prosperity depended on “a strong and prosperous and self-reliant Africa,” he said. He repeatedly spoke about the important role that women must play in Africa’s future. “One of the things we want to teach about Africa is how strong the women are and how we’ve got to empower women.”The young leaders programme would be expanded through the creation of four regional leadership centres – in Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and South Africa – for more training on the continent. He also said it would offer more online tools, such as mentoring and courses, and more public-private partnerships to support young entrepreneurs who wanted to start businesses or non-profit organisations.Participants in the young leaders programme singled out by Obama included a Nigerian woman who, after a friend died in childbirth, worked to distribute sterile kits for delivering babies, and a woman from Senegal who started an academy to fight trafficking of young girls. South African fellow Khanyi Magubane is a filmmaker, broadcaster and poet, and a former journalist for Media Club South Africa.Washington D.C: The President’s Young African Leaders InitiativeAfrican visitDiscussing the fellowship during a visit to South Africa last year, Obama said that “we want to engage leaders and tomorrow’s leaders in figuring out how we can best work together”. A series of events had also been planned to strengthen US-African relations, including the first US-Africa Leaders’ Summit. The heads of 50 African nations will gather in Washington, DC from 4 to 6 August at the invitation of Obama for the unprecedented three-day summit.With the theme “Investing in the Next Generation”, it will build on Obama’s 2013 trip to Africa and will highlight the United States’ commitment to Africa’s people, security and democratic development. In announcing the summit while in South Africa, Obama said female empowerment would be on the agenda. He wanted “to launch a new chapter in US-African relations”.The fellowshipThe fellowship is designed to give young leaders from sub-Saharan Africa leadership training at American universities, as well as the chance to meet government officials, entrepreneurs and members of American civil society.According to USAid, Obama launched the Young African Leaders Initiative it “as a signature initiative that supports young African leaders as they work to spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across the continent”.Investing in the next generation of African leaders was critical to ensuring the success of Africa’s democracies and its economies. “One in three Africans is between the ages of 10 and 24, and approximately 60% of Africa’s total population is below the age of 35. Through Yali, the United States is investing in the next generation of African leaders, and has committed significant resources to enhance leadership skills, bolster entrepreneurship, and connect young African leaders with one another, with the United States, and with the American people.”last_img read more

first_img• South Africa has a diversified economic base and an economy that offers world class business services in areas such as information and communication technology, transport and logistics, and financial and professional services. We have strong and transparent public institutions, and are committed to responsible macroeconomic management of the economy.• South Africa has a sound regulatory framework that provides protection for investors and our commercial and legal practices are in line with those in the rest of the developed world. South Africa ranks 14 out of 140 countries in the WEF Global Competitiveness Report 2015/16 in terms of the efficiency of our legal framework in settling disputes, and comes 24th in terms of judicial independence. In the same report, South Africa also ranks high in the enforcement of property rights, coming in at 24th place.• In terms of our attractiveness as an investment destination, the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index 2015/16 indicates that:• South Africa has improved by two places in terms of its business sophistication environment and now stands at 33rd out 140 countries.• South Africa also stands at 50th out of 140 countries in terms of technological readiness (up 16 places from 2014/15).  In terms of innovation, South Africa improved by 5 places to stand at 38th.• In terms of financial market development South Africa stands at number 12 of 140 countries, and is the most diversified on the continent.• To support investment into the country, government has finalised the new Protection of Investment Bill, which aims to balance the rights and obligations of investors and government while also preserving the right of government to regulate in the public interest.• One of our most significant interventions has been the establishment of a One Stop Inter-Departmental Clearing House which will provide efficient support to investors to ensure that South Africa offers an investment friendly environment.  This will be operational by the end of 2016.• Incentives and support services for investors in the Special Economic Zones programme are also being developed by the DTI.• South Africa will attract investors in the manufacturing sector through the DTI-led incentives such as the Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme and the Manufacturing Investment Programme. Over the medium term, and starting in 2016, government will review all incentives to assess their effects on economic growth, productivity, competitiveness, the balance of trade and employment.• The Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) remains a central component of government’s strategy to diversify the economy. This includes direct transfers and tax incentives. In the 2015/16 fiscal year, government set aside R24 billion in tax incentives and R16.2 billion in direct funding to support industry.• New growth sectors such as oil and gas, metal engineering and capital equipment and agro-processing will be targeted for intensive government support.• Recalibration of industrial finance will aim to strengthen the package of government and development finance institutions’ support for the productive sectors.• Growing the oceans economy with a focus on marine transport and manufacturing remains a central component of South Africa’s industrial imperatives.• Operation Phakisa was launched in 2014 to ensure rapid economic development in key sectors.  The first sector to be identified was the ocean’s economy which currently contributes R54 billion to GDP but has the potential to contribute R177 billion.• Mining Phakisa is currently underway which will contribute to South Africa’s drive to add more value to its mineral resources. This could be achieved through the beneficiation of our mineral resources (focussing on five value chains i.e. platinum group metals, iron & steel, titanium, polypropylene and capital equipment for the mining sector).• Education Phakisa is also currently being implemented.  This will ensure South Africa is able to make the right investments in identified areas to produce the skills required to drive the economy. Producing the right skills for the economy will contribute positively to the market’s ability to absorb skills while equally producing the required skills.• Many international companies have increased their investment and expanded their South African operations:Mercedes has invested R 2.4 billionGeneral Motors has invested R 1 billionFord has invested R 3.6 billionMetair Group has invested R 400mGoodyear R 670 millionBMW has recently increased its investment by R6 billionVW has increased its investment by R4.5 billionBeijing Automobile International Corporation (BAIC) announced an investment of R11 billion in a vehicle manufacturing planHisense has expanded its South African operations and has recently started exporting into the SADC region from its South African baseMarriot Hotels has announced it will increase its South African footprintStarbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Krispy Kreme and Facebook have chosen to set up office in South Africalast_img read more

first_imgChelsea boss Sarri tells Pochettino: You need a trophy – like meby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says Tottenham rival Mauricio Pochettino needs to win a trophy – just like him.Ahead of Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup semi-final between the sides, Sarri admitted his admiration for the Argentine.Sarri said, “He (Pochettino) is a very good coach, one of the best at the moment. I agree he has to win a trophy, I hope not this one. I think it is the same for me. Of course Pochettino is in Tottenham from four years ago and I am here for six months.”I think the first season is really very difficult for everybody, for Pochettino, for Jurgen Klopp. Also for Pep Guardiola, so here it is really very difficult to build up a very good team. You need time.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgEx-Leicester striker Tony Cottee: This club going placesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Leicester City striker Tony Cottee believes his old club is “going places”.Cottee is impressed by the changes the Foxes has made over the years.He said, “I think it’s certainly a club that’s going places. “I had the pleasure of going to the training ground recently and seeing how they’ve improved the training ground with a new training ground to come next year. There’s not been too many pennies held back with that, there’s a lot of money gone into the infrastructure of the Football Club and big plans for the stadium.“Looking at the pitch here, I’m a little bit jealous, I’ve got to be honest! I’d love to be at the Club now and playing in what are great times for the Club. I had the privilege of playing 20 years ago with a great squad of players.“You look at the squad that’s here now and how the Club is for the present. The past is all well and good, but you have to make sure the present and the future is in good hands and I think it is.“We all know what happened three years ago and the wonderful season that Leicester had. I’m looking to the present and the future and I think it’s a really, really good squad of players and an excellent manager who’s forward-thinking and wants to take the Club onto the next level.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgHeadshot of an Ohio State student.ohio state student broken neck osu.eduosu.eduEarlier this week, tragedy struck Ohio State’s campus when junior Austin Singletary passed away following the school’s annual Mirror Lake jump. Initial reports suggested that he’d been pulled from the water after suffering from cardiac arrest. Those reports now appear to have been incorrect.According to The Columbus Dispatch, the Franklin County coroner has “tentatively” determined that Singletary actually died of a broken neck – specifically, a C-5 vertabra fracture. Here’s more:The autopsy, which was done on Thursday, revealed a fracture of the C-5 vertebra, which would lead to paralysis of the arms, legs and diaphragm, causing death, said Coroner Anahi Ortiz. She said the injury was consistent with him hitting his head on something hard, such as the bottom of the lake or a rock.Ortiz said Singletary survived for about two hours before dying at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center. She added that the results are “very preliminary” and could be modified once Singletary’s medical history is completely reviewed and toxicology results — which would show any drug or alcohol use — are available. That’s expected to be complete in about six weeks.As noted, the findings aren’t definitive. But as you can imagine, it’s becoming more and more likely that the 2015 jump will be the last. Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to Singletary’s family and friends.last_img read more