The Donegal Courts system is to be further propelled into the 21st century with the installation of video links for giving evidence.The new system, which will be up and running at Letterkenny Circuit Court shortly, will enable prisoners to give evidence from Castlerea Prison in Roscommon.Currently prisoners have to be taken the 230 mile round trip accompanied by two prison officers for court appearances which can last only a matter of minutes. The new link will mean a saving to the tax-payer as well as valuable time for Gardai and Prison officers.The courthouse in Letterkenny is already equipped with flat screen television screens which will be able to display the video-link.At present the television are used when CCTV footage needs to be shown relating to criminal cases.EndsVIDEO LINK TO BE INSTALLED AT COURT was last modified: May 12th, 2011 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)
A music lover. Liverpool mad. A brother. A father. A husband. A son. Loyal. Funny. Short-legged. Intelligent. A family man. Hard-working. Compassionate. A card-player. A townie. St Eunans mad. A best friend.So many words were used to describe the late Dessie Larkin today as hundreds of people turned up to say a final farewell in his native Letterkenny to such a decent human being.St Eunan’s Cathedral was bursting to the seams with people who wanted to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Larkin and McCool families in their time of immense grief. Dessie Larkin, aged just 48, wasn’t just liked in his hometown, he was held in a special place amongst the many, many people whose lives he touched.That love was borne out not just by the huge crowd present for his funeral mass today but by the genuine compassion and empathy shown by every last man, woman and child.Dessie crammed so much into his life before that life was cut abruptly short on Monday morning last when he passed away unexpectedly at his home close to Newmills on the outskirts of Letterkenny.News of Dessie’s passing wept through the town with a genuine sense of disbelief. From the foot of the town, Dessie’s father James had cut a political path which Dessie followed with gusto and pride before he left politics, furthering his education and returning to work for Donegal County Council.It was fitting that it was Fr Paddy Dunne who conducted Dessie’s funeral mass which was concelebrated by several other priests as well as the Bishop of Raphoe, Most Reverand Alan McGuckian.Fr Dunne spoke of the friend he knew for years and the many times they shared together.He spoke of Dessie’s love of music and football, both gaelic and soccer but especially of his love of Liverpool FC and how he genuinely thought this year was going to be their year.He spoke of his punk days and how he loved nothing more than a good game of cards and how he was always, always talking. But behind the devilment, he spoke to of his immense pride at being Irish but also of being from Letterkenny and Donegal and how he took that everywhere with him.Among the gifts taken to the altar where a Liverpool scarf, a deck of playing cards, a St Eunan’s jersey and A Beautiful South album which wife Mary had bought him many years ago.As his life and times were recalled, Dessie’s wife Mary and the couple’s children Danielle, Courtney, James and Matthew showed the same courage that has held them steadfast in recent days.Hundreds of people have visited Dessie’s wake over the past couple of days to say a final farewell at the house himself and Mary made a home for themselves and their four beautiful children. Mary’s composure to speak with each and every one of those people who called to pay their respects was yet another tribute to the person she shared her life with.Jason Black, Dessie’s brother-in-law concluded today’s funeral mass with a touching reflection to his fellow town whose life paths crossed by chance but who became the best of friends.After his funeral mass Dessie was given a Garda escort down the town he loved so much and which he was so much part of.Shops closed and people gathered at the foot of the town with heads bowed as the funeral cortege pressed onwards towards O’Donnell Park and beyond to Dessie’s final resting place at Conwal Graveyard.Rest easy Dessie.A town of tears as Dessie Larkin is laid to rest was last modified: March 25th, 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:Dessie Larkinfuneralletterkenny
29 July 2011 The initial focus is not only on rural areas, but also includes testing the process in high foot-traffic areas like commuter points, shopping centres and at company premises, factories, and other workplace environments – where there are also opportunities to provide banking access to new customers. High foot-traffic areas Accounts become active once an initial deposit has been made at either an ATM or Point of Sale device. This remote account opening system replaces previous, cumbersome processes involving a bulky set of laptops, barcode scanners, thermal printers and card writers – as well as more than one interaction with the customer. The on-device “app” scans a prospective customer’s ID book to identify and verify details, captures all the relevant information and enables the imaging of supporting documents. It then interfaces with Absa’s systems to conduct the relevant screening processes and complete the opening of the account. Importantly, the app allows us to access and control key functionality on the device – to record the GPS coordinates that allows us to build customer and sales data, and access the camera and data encryption functionalities. “Research into the field of financial inclusion shows that an increase in the number of people interacting with the formal economy stimulates economic growth at a national level, and positively contributes to poverty reduction.” SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “This innovative use of mobile technology allows us to extend our reach in many of South Africa’s most poorly serviced areas from a banking perspective, and enables greater numbers of our population to access the formal economy and all the associated benefits of having a bank account,” Absa Retail Bank CEO Gavin Opperman said in a statement last week. “The remote account opening facility is a crucial ingredient in our branchless banking strategy – where we seek to provide alternative delivery solutions to customers situated in areas where traditional banking infrastructure is not viable,” notes Opperman. Most appropriate strategy Developing a mobile app of this nature is the most appropriate strategy, adds Opperman, since android is regarded as one of the most dominant mobile operating systems and is used to power a number of different smartphone and tablet devices. The smartphone/tablet apps scales easily to cater for demand, since new devices can be acquired relatively easily and placed “in the field”, while its high-tech imaging and optimised communications technologies dramatically reduce the time it takes to serve the customer. Only one interaction with a client is required. South Africa’s Absa Bank has extended its service reach with the launch of an innovative application for Android-based smartphones and tablet devices that allows its sales consultants to open accounts and issue debit cards to new customers in under 10 minutes.
President Jacob Zuma delivered his State of the Nation address last night, but it wasn’t just his speech that caught people’s attention. Take a look at some of the red carpet looks of the night.President Jacob Zuma and Speaker of the National Assembly Ms Baleka Mbete arrive at Parliament for the State of the Nation Address . (Photo: GCIS)Nkosi Mandla Madela and wife Nosekeni Rabia Mandela arriving at the red carpet on Plein Street outside Parliament ahead of 2017 State of the Nation Address in Cape Town. 09/02/2017 GCISChief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng arriving at Parliament during the State of the Nation Address in Cape Town.09/02/2017 GCISDarly, Rachel and their son Oliva Tambo arriving at the red carpet on Plein Street outside Parliament ahead of 2017 State of the Nation Address in Cape Town. 09/02/2017 GCISThoko Mkhonazi-Xaluva arriving at the red carpet on Plein Street outside Parliament ahead of 2017 State of the Nation Address in Cape Town. 09/02/2017 GCISThandiwe Kenye and daughter Nonhle Bavuma arriving at the red carpet on Plein Street outside Parliament ahead of 2017 State of the Nation Address in Cape Town. 09/02/2017 GCISDumisani and wife Nomathemba XImbi arriving at the red carpet on Plein Street outside Parliament ahead of 2017 State of the Nation Address in Cape Town. 09/02/2017 GCISBongekile Sineke and Dikeledi Mahlangu arriving at the red carpet on Plein Street outside Parliament ahead of 2017 State of the Nation Address in Cape Town. 09/02/2017 GCISGrace Tseke and Thapelo Chiloane arriving at the red carpet on Plein Street outside Parliament ahead of 2017 State of the Nation Address in Cape Town. 09/02/2017 GCISSbusiso Radebe and Dudu Manana arriving at the red carpet on Plein Street outside Parliament ahead of 2017 State of the Nation Address in Cape Town. 09/02/2017 GCISDanisa Baloyi arriving at the red carpet on Plein Street outside Parliament ahead of 2017 State of the Nation Address in Cape Town. 09/02/2017 GCISDeputy Minister of Tourism Tokozile Xasa arrives at Parliament for the State of the Nation Address. (Photo: GCIS)Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Senzeni Zokwana arrives at Parliament for the State of the Nation Address. (Photo: GCIS)Premier of the Western Cape Helen Zille arrives at Parliament for the State of the Nation Address. (Photo: GCIS)Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Kebby Maphatsoe arrives at Parliament for the State of the Nation Address. (Photo: GCIS)Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Des Van Rooyen arrives at Parliament for the State of the Nation Address. (Photo: GCIS)Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Bheki Cele and his wife, arrive at Parliament for the State of the Nation Address. (Photo: GCIS)Deputy Minister Obed Bapela arrives at Parliament for the State of the Nation Address. (Photo: GCIS)Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Johannesburg, Thursday 30 May 2019 – Brand South Africa calls on all citizens to play their part and rally behind the country’s sports teams and to kick off, the cricket team – the Proteas who are at the ICC Cricket World Cup in England.Just as the former great statesman Nelson Mandela once said; “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair”.In support of the national cricket team, in enhancing awareness of Nation Brand image and instilling nation pride, Brand South Africa has collaborated with Bidvest Wanderers Stadium to have a public viewing area – a fan park in place for all. Sports is one of the greatest unifiers for the country and it for this that the fan park becomes a platform to nurture this strength.“Following the successful launch of Brand South Africa’s Sports Friday, it is important we continue to drive citizenship support in the various sporting fraternities. Support has many positive benefits the most important being the ability to succeed despite the odds and that’s the reason behind Sports Friday and the fan park”, said Brand South Africa’s Acting Chief Marketing, Ms Sithembile Ntombela.The Wanderers facilities will be open for the public on the following dates: Thursday, 30 May: 11h30 – 18h00, England vs SA Sunday, 23 June: 11h30 – 18h00, Pakistan vs SA Friday, 27 June: 11h30 – 18h00, Sri Lanka vs SA Saturday, 6 July: 14h30 – 22h00, Australia vs SA Tuesday 09 & Thursday 11 July* 1st and 2nd semi-final, Sunday 14 July* Final match Follow the conversation on @PlayYourPartSA @BullringZA #FlyTheFlag #InspireProteas The following terms and conditions will apply: It is a non-ticketed event. • All fans must use Gate 1. Gates will be open from 09h00 and close 1-hour after the game. • Fans can bring their own soft cooler bag, food, beverages, umbrellas, blankets and camp chairs. • Fans are not permitted to bring alcohol (only soft beverages allowed). • Glasses and bottles are not allowed. • Normal match day security searches will take place. • Umbrellas are not allowed on the field but are allowed on the grass embankment area. • Alcohol is not permitted on the grass embarkment area. • Alcohol is allowed on the field, however, no glasses are allowed on the field. • Suite owners will be allowed to use their suite subject to informing the stadium of their intended plans 3-days before each match date. • Parking will be on own account at various parking venues (e.g. Melrose Arch etc) • Please note that the Grounds team will work on the pitch or field on match days whilst the match is on. About Central Gauteng Lions Central Gauteng Lions is the custodian of all cricket activities in the greater Sedibeng, West Rand, Vaal and Johannesburg area and manages the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium.Visit us on www.centralgautenglions.co.za or follow us on our official twitter handle @BullringZA #FlyTheFlag #InspireProteas
No. 6 Notre Dame took a 20-14 lead over No. 8 Stanford on a 73-yard touchdown hook-up from DeShone Kizer to big-play wide receiver Will Fuller late in the second quarter.The Fighting Irish took over at their own 27 following a Stanford punt. Kizer then immediately connected with Fuller on a deep ball down the left sideline.Will Fuller 73 yard TD reception to make it 20-14 Notre Dame #STANvsND pic.twitter.com/6Szni9qU95— THE MAIN MANN™ (@JacobMann_1) November 29, 2015 Fuller has four receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown already. Notre Dame needs this win to maintain in the CFP hunt, but the Cardinal just scored to re-take the lead.
The AC Milan Argentinean footballer was sent off against Juventus last Sunday for screaming at the referee after he was bookedDuring Sunday’s match between AC Milan and Juventus, Argentinean striker Gonzalo Higuain was sent off.He was booked by referee Paolo Mazzoleni and got so angry, that he ended up screaming in the official’s face.Now he faces a two-match ban in the Italian Lega Serie A, according to Football Italia.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“In Turin, you brought me this and I started scoring,” Higuain said.“Hopefully it’s a good omen. Things went as they did, I’m a person with this character.”“I’m very happy that I received affection from the Milan fans, the club, and my teammates.”“That’s what makes you proud,” he concluded.
Father Joe’s Villages opens more temporary beds for homeless during rainstorm January 9, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Father Joe’s Villages Tuesday announced a temporary increase in the number of shelter beds it is providing as the first rainstorm of the season continues.During especially cold and wet weather, Father Joe’s will expand its overnight services in partnership with the city Housing Commission. Its East Village building at 1501 Imperial Ave. has space to provide shelter for 250 people.The nonprofit opened its doors Monday night to provide cots for the homeless and also provided them with dinner and breakfast, according to Deacon Jim Vargas, chief executive of the nonprofit.“Last night we were blessed to have 99 individuals here during the evening hours, a number of them were families and children,” Vargas said. “We will continue to do that throughout this winter season when the need arises.”The shelter will be open again Tuesday night, and Father Joe’s officials expect to offer the increased number of beds several more times during the rainy season.The shelter will generally open when it falls under 50 degrees at night or if there is a significant amount of rain, Vargas said.“The reality is we need to do better with those of our neighbors who happen to be on the streets,” Vargas said. “We as a community really need to come together and provide more housing” on a permanent basis.The nonprofit already provides shelter to some 2,100 people in San Diego each night, officials said. Posted: January 9, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Storm Watch, Weather FacebookTwitter
KUSI Newsroom County initiatives to prevent fires in back country communities KUSI Newsroom, Posted: June 4, 2019 June 4, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County supervisors today took action to better respond to wildfire risks by beefing up staff and increasing a contract with Cal Fire.On a 4-0 vote, the board approved a proposal to add five people to the Fire Authority’s Community Risk Reduction Division; assist up to 20,000 homeowners with defensible space fire protection; require vents in new construction for better flame and ember resistance; execute a pre-fire plan for high-risk neighborhoods; and improve vegetation management and emergency planning.The upgraded wildfire plan will result in a network of fire breaks around Crest, Guatay, Palomar Mountain and other backcountry communities, according to board Chairwoman Dianne Jacob’s office.The county and Cal Fire will work together on carrying out the proposals, Jacob’s office said.“We’re improving our fire prevention ground game and launching several initiatives to better safeguard communities that sit in the crosshairs of a potential disaster,” Jacob said after the meeting.Jacob, along with Supervisor Jim Desmond, requested the wildfire policy improvements.Fire safety improvements will cost $1,570,119 in fiscal year 2019-2020, according to county documents. That amount includes $1,210,363 to pay for the additional employees and contract staff, and $359,756 in one-time costs for contracted inspection services. Ron Lane, deputy chief administration officer, said the county will monitor progress and complete programs by either the summer of 2020 or 2021.Jacob said there are nearly 60,000 homes in San Diego County at high risk in a wildfire, and added she hoped the county would consider fire insurance for future home construction.Desmond said that more than 600,000 residents live in unincorporated areas, and “as we enter the 2019 wildfire season, this will allow the county help residents better prepare.” Cal Fire Chief Tony Mecham told the board that five additional staff positions will provide more insight and code enforcement. He added that his agency’s strategy is educating the community, engineering and enforcement. Cal Fire will increase home inspections and work toward distributing metal boxes that will let homeowners keep keys in a safe place in case of a wildfire, Mecham said. Cal Fire will also take steps to protect evacuation corridors, maintain 40 miles of fire roads and truck trails, update community evacuation plans and increase prescribed burns, according to Mecham. He added that Cal Fire wants increased GIS capabilities and new software, a regional public safety database and enhanced mutual aid radio infrastructure.Along with his fellow supervisors, Nathan Fletcher praised the wildfire plan and praised Cal Fire for its efforts.Fletcher added that the board should be mindful as it considers future housing in high-risk areas.Supervisor Greg Cox was absent from today’s meeting.