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Concern for welfare of missing Derry man

first_img Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By News Highland – December 3, 2012 Google+ Previous articleFull list of Donegal grants announced under the Sports Capital FundNext articleConcern at spate of creeper burglaries in Derry News Highland WhatsApp Concern for welfare of missing Derry man News Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook Facebook Twittercenter_img Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApp Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North The family of a missing 71 year old man in Derry is becoming increasingly concerned for his well being.James O’Boyle from Galliagh Park was last seen at his home around 9:30am on Fri 30 Nov.  He is described as approx 6ft tall, of stocky build, grey hair and blue eyes.  When last seen James was wearing a rain proof jacket, black trousers and shoes.Police are appealing to James to contact them or his family to let them know he is safe and well.  Anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact his family, or police at Strand Road. Twitterlast_img read more

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Pandemic panners: Indonesians hunt for gold in desperate times

first_img ‘Ecological disaster’ Thousands of kilometers to the west in Kalimantan — Indonesia’s section of Borneo island — police this month arrested 400 gold miners accused of operating illegally in a conservation area, a crime punishable by up to 15 years in prison.Here, the dangers of mercury to both miners and the environment is severe, said Sustyo Iriyono, the environment ministry’s director of prevention and forest protection.”The recent arrests in Kalimantan show that illegal activity was huge,” he said.While the ministry does not yet have hard data, Iriyono said illicit mining has spiked nationwide, including on the densely populated Java island and remote Sumbawa.”The high price of gold during the pandemic is the stimulus behind this… illegal activity,” he said.”They’re making profits by destroying the environment. We’re trying to find a solution.”Environmental activist Aiesh Rumbekwan said the “massive increase” in unsanctioned mining was being driven by people desperate to feed their families in the pandemic-battered economy.Government aid has been slow to reach many parts of the sprawling archipelago nation.”Illegal miners [often] use mercury to speed up the process and that will harm the environment and places where this activity connects to water sources like lakes or rivers,” said Rumbekwan, who heads the Papua chapter of environmental network Walhi.”It could lead to an ecological disaster.”Indonesia banned the use of mercury for artisanal miners in 2017. But the dangerous metal, which can affect the nervous system and cause disabilities in newborn children, can still be purchased on the black market.The livelihoods of at least one million Indonesians are supported by small-scale mining, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which promotes mercury-free technologies.Despite pandemic restrictions, there are reports of unlicensed operators bringing scores of domestic migrants to makeshift mines sites across the country, which have long been prone to fatal accidents.”There’s no control from the authorities,” Rumbekwan said. Father-of-two Mustafa is among the hundreds who play a daily game of cat-and-mouse with authorities in the restive Papua region as they pan for nuggets in a river near US-based Freeport’s sprawling Grasberg site — one of the world’s biggest gold mines.On a good day, Mustafa collects a gram of gold by sifting through the mud with a fabric filter, which he can sell to a local trader for about 800,000 rupiah ($55) — no small sum in one of Indonesia’s poorest regions. The miners here don’t use mercury, he said, but there are plenty of other dangers lurking in Indonesia’s rugged easternmost territory.Fear of arrest is ever-present and so is being caught in the middle of deadly fights between security forces and independence-seeking rebels locked in a decades-old insurgency. Topics : “There are more of us here now during the pandemic because the price of gold has jumped,” Mustafa told AFP in a telephone interview.”We’re risking arrest by security forces, but we don’t have any option because we need money to support our families.”The arduous job also carries the risk of catching the coronavirus or skin infections from wading through waters chock full of waste from the nearby mine.”This is very dangerous for our health. Me and some of my friends have skin diseases,” Mustafa said. “But thank god, so far no one has got the virus.” With the coronavirus devastating jobs across the country, desperate Indonesians are flocking to illegal gold mines as the soaring price of the precious metal overrides the risk to their lives and the environment.Spooked by the economic destruction wrought by the pandemic, consumers and investors around the world have been snapping up gold, which is seen as a hedge against volatility, sending its price to a record above $2,000 an ounce last month.The surge in demand has fuelled a boom in mineral-rich Indonesia’s illegal mining industry, with workers ignoring the threat of arrest, mercury poisoning or being caught in the middle of gun battles.last_img read more

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Live playoff updates: Sharks lose to Blues in Game 6, ending their season

first_imgGet live NHL Stanley Cup playoff updates, news and analysis during Game 6 of the Sharks’ Western Conference Finals series against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Enterprise Center.The Sharks have lost two straight games, most recently Sunday’s 5-0 shellacking at home, and now must battle to stay alive while down 3-2 in the best-of-7 series. It will be tougher than ever for San Jose to be resilient as it will be without stars Tomas Hertl and Erik Karlsson, and perhaps, …last_img read more

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South Africa’s SweepSouth receives multimillion rand investment

first_img28 January 2016South African startup secures R10 million in funding #tech #business #sweepsouth https://t.co/VUdIOkrRQy pic.twitter.com/XjWteoVDRe— Stock Shop (@stockshopportal) January 25, 2016SweepSouth has received a boost for business from First National Bank’s Vumela Enterprise Fund and other investors. The company has secured R10-million in venture capital to expand the business across the country and secure plans to take the idea global.The South African home and corporate cleaning business was launched in 2014 by management consultant Aisha Pandor and software developer Alen Ribic. Much like the popular Uber lift-sharing and Airbnb accommodation apps, SweepSouth uses new media technology to supply online, on-demand home and business cleaning services.Pandor describes SweepSouth as an accessible platform for booking, managing and paying for cleaning services. The online, app-based platform connects clients with reliable, diligently vetted cleaning staff at affordable rates.“SweepSouth was founded on the belief that the home cleaning industry needed modernisation through technology as well as a change in mind-set towards the belief that everyone deserves access to dignified work at decent pay,” says Pandor.The funding comes from the Vumela Fund, as well as from the company’s existing investors, namely technology entrepreneur Vinny Lingham and Newtown Partners.The Vumela Fund, which was launched in 2010 to “create economic opportunities through high-impact entrepreneurship and job creation”, is capitalised by FirstRand Group and the Jobs Fund, and is managed by First National Bank (FNB) in an alliance with Edge Growth, an enterprise and supplier development specialist firm.The alliance focuses on helping small companies through its scale-up development phase and, to date, has almost R400-million in funds under management invested in various businesses in South Africa.Janice Johnston, the lead investor at Edge Growth, calls SweepSouth a dynamic and creative concept, adding that “the on-demand economy is a huge growth area, because a lot of consumers’ needs can be far better served with tech-enabled, on- demand services”.Pandor calls the Edge Growth investment in SweepSouth a vote of confidence in the South African entrepreneurial spirit. “It is an experienced and respected investor [that] shares our passion for job creation and social transformation. We’ve loved interacting with their team and are excited about utilising this investment to continue our rapid growth and create sustainable work for thousands of cleaners in the next year.”In 2015, SweepSouth was the first local company to be selected to participate in 500 Startups, a venture capital fund and start-up accelerator in Silicon Valley in the US.“SweepSouth has created thousands of job opportunities in the last few months for women, the vast majority of whom were unemployed, resulting in more than 100 000 hours of cleaning being completed over this time,” Pandor said when presenting the concept to 500 Startups.BREAKING NEWS: Domestic cleaning startup SweepSouth sweeps in R10m: https://t.co/oFJpSMXckQ pic.twitter.com/RarRED9S87— Jacques Coetzee (@feeblefruits) January 25, 2016The company is also part of the Microsoft BizSpark Programme, which supports small business with free software services. It was also named as one of the top five tech start-ups in the country by Ventureburn website in 2015.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

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Northern Cape sinkhole offers up underground mysteries

first_imgA 300m long sinkhole in the Northern Cape that opened up after heavy summer rains is revealing some interesting discoveries for inquisitive locals and adventurous spelunkers.The 300m long sinkhole in the Northern Cape, caused by heavy rains has cave explorers intrigued. (Image: Hendrik van Hunks, Facebook)CD AndersonThe sinkhole, situated on the Mount Carmel farm, close to the R31 road between the towns of Kuruman and Daniëlskuil, Northern Cape, was formed two weeks ago by rainwater erosion.While the ravine may look insignificant compared to something like the Grand Canyon in the US, it appears that what lies beneath the surface, at various openings along the ground, may offer up some new, significant discoveries.SpelunkingTwo South African spelunkers (cave explorers) Karin Human and Gerrie Pretorius visited the site recently, attempting to explore beneath the surface.“[We] climbed 4m down into the first hole in the ground,” Human told travel news website, News24 Traveller. The two climbers were able to explore a narrow passage inside of a cave, the walls of which Human said were smooth, “almost like boulders in a river, there were no sharp edges.”The 300m long sinkhole in the Northern Cape, caused by heavy rains has cave explorers intrigued. (Image: Hendrik van Hunks, Facebook)On the boulders, the team discovered formations of crystals, created over thousands of years, collected from a combination of groundwater and mineral build-up.Human was able to move further through the narrow cave passageway, discovering a larger cave chamber and another 1m wide connecting passageway.The explorers say there is flowing water in the cave, moving to an underground reservoir further beneath the surface.The team hope to explore further along the ravine with better equipment at a later stage, intending to map the underground area topographically to get an idea of its full area size.The Cape of CavesThis Northern Cape region is known for its karst topography, namely land formations caused by the dissolution of soluble rocks, including limestone, dolomite and gypsum. Underground drainage systems gradually create sinkholes and caves in the rock over thousands of years.In a South African Broadcasting Corporation news report, experts have noted that while the area is full of these formations, this latest opening is described as “monster hole [with rain] water continuing to flow into it, creating small waterfalls.”Watch footage of the waterfalls at the Mount Carmel site below:Boesmansgat, meaning in English “Bushman’s Hole”, is also a natural sinkhole and, at almost 300m, believed to be the sixth-deepest freshwater cave in the world. It is less than 10km from the new Mount Carmel opening. Boesmansgat is home to a number of cave diving world records.View from the droneThe 300m long sinkhole in the Northern Cape, caused by heavy rains has cave explorers intrigued. (Image: Hendrik van Hunks, Facebook)Meanwhile back at Mount Carmel, aerial photographer Hendrik van Hunks filmed the surface size of the new sinkhole using a camera-drone.Watch the footage below:Continued rain at the site have spiked fears that the ravine may, over time, reach and destroy the nearby R31 road. The Department of Roads and Public Works have closed off the road until a full survey of the area can be completed, and a workable solution found to stem this bizarre, yet perfectly natural occurrence.Source: News24 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Oshane Thomas and Chris Gayle star as West Indies hammer Pakistan

first_imgOshane Thomas destroyed Pakistan’s batting unit with figures of 4 for 27 before Chris Gayle smashed a 34-ball 50 as West Indies crushed Pakistan by 7 wickets in their first match of World Cup 2019 at Nottingham on Friday.Pakistan were bowled out for 105 off 21.4 overs, their shortest innings in World Cup history after an abject display with the bat.In response, Chris Gayle walked out all guns blazing and became the leading six-hitter in World Cups. West Indies had barely managed to scrape through to the 2019 World Cup but are already one of the favourites to win the trophy. West Indies had won the first two World Cups in 1975 and 1979 before being shocked by India in the final of the 1983 World Cup at Lord’s.After a long period of turmoil and internal conflicts, West Indies cricket has come of age again. The reigning World T20 champions, West Indies showed their intent in a high-scoring ODI series against England at home earlier in the year. On Friday, Chris Gayle showed why he continues to be one of the most feared batsmen in world cricket.Chasing a paltry 106, West Indies wasted little time. Rather Chris Gayle wasted little time. Pakistan had hit only 1 six in their entire innings. Gayle hit 3 sixes and 6 fours to lead a brutal response from the West Indians. Mohammad Amir picked the wickets of Shai Hope and Darren Bravo but that did not stop Gayle from exploding.50 for @henrygayleThe #MenInMaroon are racing to victory!#WIvPAK LIVE https://t.co/YTelzKYwRl pic.twitter.com/wEhRuKwAXHadvertisementCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) May 31, 2019Gayle eventually fell to Mohammad Amir for 50 but by then West Indies had raced away to 77 in the 11th over and were on the cusp of a huge win.West Indies still had plenty of batting left to go past the target. and they reached home without appearing to break a sweat.Earlier in the day, West Indies captain Jason Holder had no hesitation bowling in overcast conditions after winning the toss.Sheldon Cottrell struck in the 3rd over of the Pakistan innings to remove Imam-ul-Haq before Andre Russell removed the dangerous Fakhar Zaman. Harris Sohail was the next to go as Russell struck again in a torrid 3-over spell. In the 14th over of the innings, Babar Azam became the first of Oshane Thomas’s 4 victims and in the next 7 overs, Pakistan lost their last 6 wickets to be bowled out for their 2nd lowest World Cup total.After an abject batting display, former Pakistan captain Rameez Raja was aghast and said other teams in the tournament would now be aware of Pakistan’s batting fralities. Shoaib Akhtar, who was part of the 1999 World Cup team which reached the final in England, said he was speechless after the batting show.Pakistan next take on hosts England on June 3 but they have their task cut out – can they iron out their flaws in 3 days? They have very little choice.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Chris Gayle becomes highest six-hitter in tournament’s historyAlso Read | Pakistan trolled after their shortest innings in World Cup historyAlso Read | Not colour, but merit should be the basis for selection: Kagiso RabadaAlso See:last_img read more

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