Gardai in Donegal are hunting a gang claiming to be An Post employees who are trying to dupe elderly people out of their money.The gang are calling door-to-door in Letterkenny and asking elderly people to examine Euro notes at their property.Gardai believe it is an attempt to steal the cash or to then gain entry to the home for further opportunities to steal from the premises. It is understood a number of elderly people have already been targeted in the heartless scam.A spokesman for local Gardai confirmed they are carrying out a full investigation into the incidents in a bid to track down the bogus callers.The spokesman said “We have received reports of males calling to the homes of elderly people over the past number of days claiming to be working with An Post.“These men then say that they are there to check any Euro notes at the property. “These men are targeting the elderly in the hope that they can intimidate and deceive them.”Gardai have appealed to the elderly and to their neighbours to take certain precautions to stop them becoming the next victim of this gang.“Please inform any elderly or vulnerable neighbours and friends and ensure that they have a chain lock fitted to their door, that they never answer the door to anyone that they do not know, that they have their eircode taped beside their phone in the case they need to contact us to attend at their phone and also tape the number for their local 24 hour Garda Station beside their phone. “Keep an eye out for elderly neighbours and take note of any cars/callers in your area that appear suspicious. “All bogus callers should be reported to your local Garda Station and in the event that you do not know the number you can call Letterkenny Garda Station (Divisional Headquarters)on 074-9167100. (24 hours)” Bogus ‘An Post’ gang target elderly in Letterkenny cash scam was last modified: September 22nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:An PostcashdonegalGardailetterkennyscam
Chelsea had to withstand a brief period of pressure in the second half at the Emirates Stadium, where a win would put them level on points with Premier League leaders Liverpool.Frank Lampard almost put them ahead in the first half, volleying against the underside of the bar after meeting Eden Hazard’s ball into the box.The England midfielder earlier miscued when Cesar Azpilicueta pulled the ball back from the left after linking up with the lively Hazard.Boss Jose Mourinho has made it clear that his attacking players must improve the defensive side of their game when the team do not have possession if Chelsea are to sustain a title challenge.And with Fernando Torres and Willian constantly looking to stop Arsenal building from the back, and with Ramires dropping deep to join midfielders Lampard and John Mikel Obi when needed, they have looked solid so far.Arsenal finished the first half strongly, however, and wanted a penalty when Theo Walcott went down after Willian stepped on his feet, but referee Mike Dean was having none of it.There have been no clear-cut chances since the restart, with Chelsea standing firm during a 10-minute spell in which the Gunners had plenty of possession.Chelsea (4-2-3-1:) Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Lampard; Willian, Ramiries, Hazard; Torres. Subs: Schwarzer, Luiz, Cole, Oscar, Mata, Schurrle, Eto’o.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The Rust en Vrede restaurant has been named international best restaurant for 2010 at the Best of Wine Tourism awards. (Image: Rust en Vrede) MEDIA CONTACTS • Kobie LochnerRust en Vrede marketing+27 21 881-3588RELATED ARTICLES • Wine alliance to challenge EU • Wine on the wild side • Wine tasting in the township • SA wine a US presidential hitJanine ErasmusSouth Africa’s Rust en Vrede restaurant, located on the wine estate of the same name in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape, has scooped the prize for international best restaurant at the annual Best of Wine Tourism award ceremony.This is the first time the estate has featured on the list of international prize-winners.The awards are held under the auspices of the Great Wine Capitals (GWC) global organisation, which celebrates its 10-year anniversary in 2009.GWC links eight major global regions, all internationally renowned for their outstanding wines, from both hemispheres, thus bringing the so-called old and new worlds of wine together.The organisation has set up business and travel networks, has held symposia, and promotes knowledge sharing among its members, working for the benefit of all.Cape Town and the Cape winelands – along with Bordeaux (France), Florence (Italy), Mainz (Germany), Mendoza (Argentina), Porto (Portugal), Bilbao-Rioja (Spain) and the San Francisco-Napa Valley region – is a GWC partner.From 2010 Christchurch in New Zealand will join the elite group as the third representative from the southern hemisphere.The ceremony to name the winners for 2010 was held at the Chateau Giscours, a 14th-century winery in Bordeaux, in early November. The world’s top experts from wine-growing regions in Europe, North America, Latin America, South Africa and New Zealand were in attendance. Besides Rust en Vrede, another seven international awards were given to the best of the 56 regional entries.La Sosta del Gusto at the Castello del Trebbio in Florence also took honours in the restaurant section.Other category winners were Algodon Wine Estates in Mendoza for best accommodation; Quinta do Seixo in Porto for best architecture; the Clos Pegase in San Francisco-Napa Valley for art and culture; the Bodegas Muga in Bilbao for most innovative experiences; Wiengut Hemmes in Bingen-Kempten, Germany, for sustainable practices; and Château Pape Clément in Bordeaux for best wine tourism services.High standards praisedOther regional South African winners that went forward to compete against international rivals in their categories included Vergelegen for arts and culture; Cloof of Darling for sustainable practices; Robertson Wine Valley for most innovative experience; Waterford for best wine tourism services; the Devon Valley Hotel for accommodation; and Grande Provence Estate for architecture.Deputy mayor of the Winelands district municipality Clarence Johnson expressed his satisfaction with the consistently high standard of local entries, despite the recent global financial crisis. Jonhson is also the current GWC president.“These winners demonstrated a capacity to face down the credit crisis by offering better value, enhancing the quality of their experiences, innovatively focusing on local highlights in the natural environment, in cuisine, arts, crafts and culture and by paying extra attention to detail,” he said.Johnson was convinced that this was a good sign for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The month-long football extravaganza kicks off in Johannesburg in just less than seven months.“Financially hard-pressed international and local visitors can be confident of money well spent in the Winelands,” said Johnson, “whether at the top end or at more affordably priced levels. This is critical if we are to advance our international popularity and reputation.”A number of local hopefuls received commendations from the GWC judging panel. Among them were Greatest Cape Wine Tours, the KWV wine- and brandy-producing company, and the Almenkerk, Seidelberg, Delheim and Rustenberg estates.Historical settingIn recent years Rust en Vrede’s restaurant has garnered as much praise as the wines have, under the watchful eye of Chef David Biggs, a former member of South Africa’s national culinary team. With the wine cellar now relocated underground in another first for a privately owned South African estate, the restaurant is situated on the premises of the old cellar, which is a national monument.Nestled in the tranquil Stellenbosch wine-making region, Rust en Vrede was established in 1694 by then Cape governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel. Development of the estate only started in 1780 with the building of a house, and later the cellar in 1785 and manor house in 1790.The 55ha Rust en Vrede estate is currently owned by the Engelbrecht family, experienced grape growers since the early 18th century. The estate produces 20 000 cases of wine a year. Of this, around 65% is destined to end up on overseas shelves. Rust en Vrede exports to over 30 countries.At the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize celebration dinner in Oslo, where former presidents Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk were honoured, the wines on the tables were Rust en Vrede. The estate has since notched up a number of other milestones, including an export achievement award from then-president Mandela in 1994. In 2000 it became the first South African estate to make it onto US magazine Wine Spectator’s list of the top 100 wines of the world.Since the Engelbrecht family took over 32 years ago the estate has produced only red wines, specialising in Merlot, Cabernet and Shiraz. All wines are made from hand-selected grapes, picked at the optimum time of the season.
Although South Africans believe corruption increased significantly in 2015, Brand South Africa research has found that negative perceptions of corruption in South Africa are low compared to its peer nations.Transparency International, the organisation that analyses the perception of corruption around the world, considers South Africa moderately corrupt in a recent report.(Images: Transparency International ) Media Club South Africa reporterCorruption in South Africa is not as bad as people may think, according to two Transparency International surveys, backed up by Brand South Africa’s own research.For more on this topic, read Brand South Africa’s Analysis: Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index 2015 & Global Corruption BarometerThe Corruption Perception Index (CPI) and Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) by the international organisation assess the perceptions of corruption around the world. In the 2015 iterations of the surveys, South Africa performed more favourably than people may have expected. With a score of 44 out of 100 in the perception index – zero being highly corrupt and 100 being very clean – South Africa is considered moderately corrupt.The CPI looks at how public sector corruption is perceived by examining expert assessments and opinion surveys. However, the GCB, which was compiled in collaboration with research organisation Afrobarometer, directly asks locals for their perception of corruption not just in the public sector but on influential people such as business executives and religious and traditional leaders.Released on 27 January this year, the CPI ranks the country 61st out of 168 countries surveyed. The GCB, released December 2015, says South Africans believe that corruption increased by 83% in 2015. However, the Barometer also says South Africa ranks below the average in Africa. Just one in 10 respondents said they had been exposed to bribery when dealing with public services in the previous year.According to research done by Brand South Africa, poor scores could mean there is widespread bribery in a country. South Africa’s moderately corrupt score on the CPI reflects South Africa’s below average bribery rate.Negative perceptions of corruption in South Africa are low compared to its peer nations. According to a Brand South Africa analysis on the CPI compiled by Judy Smith-Höhn, South Africa is the least corrupt amongst its BRICS counterparts and is second only to South Korea on the Next 11 list.Smith-Höhn said the GCB revealed a gap between people’s personal experience of corruption and their perceptions of government structures not doing enough to stem corrupt activities. This, she said, was likely due to a distinction made by respondents between so-called “high level” and “low level” corruption.“At the high level, perceptions of excessive ‘tenderpreneurship’ – which enables those with the political influence to secure lucrative government contracts – prevail. At the lower level, it appears that most South African citizens interviewed had little personal exposure to corruption when engaging with key public services.”Check out the full list of countries featured in the 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index below. Click to view larger image. (Infographic: Transparency International)
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Two weeks ago we held the ReadWriteWeb Mobile Summit in Mountain View, California. The Real-Time Web Summit in NYC will follow the same unconference format, which we’ve gotten a lot of great feedback on. To see the power of the unconference format, check out this video that shows how session pitching happened at the Mobile Summit:Watch live video from ReadWriteWeb Mobile Summit 2010 on Justin.tv“[The Mobile Summit] was the best best best event I’ve been to in years, and I mean it. To be frank, I almost left ten minutes after I arrived, thinking that I was completely out of place. Turns out I was exactly in the right place all along. I left feeling completely energized about media, innovation, women in tech, new social models, and have so many new ideas about what I want to do next and what I want to get involved in. What I really didn’t expect was to walk away with a pretty clear picture of what the future of mobile media (and social media) looks like. Now I’m staring at invites to keynote at a couple of tech events this year and hoping they’re a fraction of the win that was RWWMS.” – Violet Blue, sex educator and authorAn unconference is a free-flowing, organically generated series of group discussions agreed on and led by attendees.“We’ve all been to unconferences before, but ReadWriteWeb made it feel brand new. They pulled together a really good crowd, and their facilitation set the scene for surprising and thought-provoking conversations.”Ross Turk, Director, Global Developer Community, Alcatel-LucentThis is our third unconference event and we think it fits who we are perfectly. First, much like the current era of the Web, unconferences encourage two-way communication. This generates new, actionable ideas and means that you typically learn much more than you would at a traditional conference. Secondly, due to the high quality of our reader base, ReadWriteWeb’s unconference events attract an intelligent, influential group of people. So the networking is superb!To get a feel for how thoughtful discussion happens at these events, check out the comments by Ted Morgan, Chris Saad and Ben Metcalfe in this video by Evelyn Rusli from TechCrunch:What is the Real-Time Web?The most widely known application of the Real-Time Web is Twitter. However, it’s much more than Twitter or Facebook. The Real-Time Web is a set of technologies that impacts almost every service, activity and application on the Web. Come to the summit to understand how it impacts you, your business and your next development.We were one of the first news outlets to analyze the Real-Time Web and we’ve since written extensively about it. We also published a premium report on the subject last year, which featured interviews with 50 companies, developers and executives building or leveraging real-time Web technology.If you’re a company in the Real-Time Web market, you may be interested in helping to sponsor this event. Please contact our COO Sean Ammirati for more information.The ReadWriteWeb team is excited about our first New York event on June 11th, so we look forward to seeing you there! Tags:#conferences#Real-Time Web#RWW Real-Time Web Summit, NYC 2010#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… ReadWrite Sponsors A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Today is the final day to take advantage of early bird pricing for ReadWriteWeb’s first East Coast event: the Real-Time Web Summit on June 11 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. Don’t miss out on a ticket price of just $295.Attendees already include thought-leaders like John Borthwick of betaworks, Alex Iskold of Adaptive Blue and Anil Dash of Expert Labs. ReadWriteWeb also has a special rate for students. If you are a student and would like to participate, please email us at email@example.com. Why We Use the Unconference Format“The RWW Real-Time Web Summit [in 2009] was excellent – friggin’ great in fact. I hauled a handful members of my team across country for it and my only regret was that I didn’t bring more of them. I’m looking forward to the next one.”John Borthwick, CEO BetaWorks – one of the leading investors in the Real-Time Web.
In a law passed in 2007, the federal government was directed to phase out the use of fossil fuels in new and renovated federal buildings by 2030. Two U.S. senators, one Democrat and one Republican, have introduced a measure that would repeal that plan and replace it with an “all-of-the-above” energy conservation law.Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va) said that their proposed legislation would direct building managers to make efficiency improvements that were identified in congressional audits, and require that existing buildings meet new efficiency standards when they are renovated, E&E News reports. But the bill would repeal the fossil fuel phaseout that’s currently on the books, known as Section 433.“Instead of prohibiting the use of fossil fuels in new federal buildings, we should rely on all of our available energy resources,” a statement at Hoeven’s Senate website says. “By encouraging the use of innovative technologies and practices, instituting reasonable goals and allowing building managers flexibility, we can achieve better environmental stewardship in a cost-effective manner.”The two senators introduced similar bills in 2013 and 2015, setting off a debate that could be repeated this year.The Sierra Club and the American Institute of Architects were among those opposing the repeal when the plan was debated in 2016. In a joint letter, the two organization said, “We simply cannot address the threat of climate change without addressing carbon pollution from the building sector, and Federal facilities must represent the best in American design, technology, and innovation.”The American Gas Association, the Alliance to Save Energy, and others supported the repeal of Section 433, arguing there were more practical ways to increase energy efficiency. A competing letter from two dozen industry and trade groups said that the fossil fuel provision was too complicated for the federal government to enforce. “Thus,” the letter said, “there are continuing concerns that it could discourage comprehensive energy efficiency renovations, stifle innovations and result in increased energy costs for the federal government.”Both Hoeven and Manchin are members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and both represent states where energy is an economic powerhouse. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, coal production in West Virginia in 2016 was more than 79 million short tons, the most of any state in the country. North Dakota produced 392 million barrels of crude oil in 2017, second only to Texas.The new bill, unlike earlier measures, does not require that federal buildings reduce energy use by certain percentages each year, E&E said.
Pune: The violent clashes in Bhima-Koregaon on New Year’s Day which left one person dead was not a riot, but a pre-planned attack, according to a report by the coordination committee to assist the police investigations.“Based on inputs from locals, we have gathered enough evidence to prove that the clashes were the culmination of a series of provocative acts orchestrated by Milind Ekbote and the followers of Sambhaji Bhide ‘Guruji’,” RPI (A) leader Dr. Siddharth Dhende, Pune’s Deputy Mayor and a member of the committee, told The Hindu.According to another committee member, the board erected near the tomb of Govind Ganapat Gaikwad, a Dalit from the Mahar communit, who is said to have performed the final rites of the slain Maratha King Sambhaji (Shivaji’s son), was pulled down by Hindutva activists on Ekbote’s instigation three years ago as a precursor to the events of December 29 last year. “Ekbote used to visit Sambhaji’s tomb at Vadhu-Budruk village (4 km from Koregaon-Bhima) and had even floated a ‘committee’ dedicated to its preservation. However, his real purpose during the course of his visits appears to foment caste tensions,” said the member, requesting anonymity.The report further points to inflammatory messages circulating on social media which strongly hint at a conspiracy.On December 15, a provocative message posted by a person allegedly belonging to a Hindutva outfit and doing the rounds on Facebook spoke of “mourning for” Dalits gathering to celebrate the bicentenary of the Bhima-Koregaon battle on January 1.The report refers to social media posts which went viral on December 30 and 31 asking activists to assemble at Vadhu-Budruk. Others spoke of a rally to be addressed by Ekbote and Bhide Guruji.The report further observes (based on inputs from locals and the regional press) that Ekbote was slated to hold a press meet on December 30 at Hotel Sonai in Perne Phata on the Pune-Nagar Road. The meet was apparently called off.“The people we spoke to mention that he held a conference somewhere else. We demand that the police pursue these leads with due diligence,” said Dr. Dhende.He further said that local shopkeepers in Vadhu and surrounding villages said that they were forced to down shutters on December 31 itself.“The next day, the villages adjoining Bhima-Koregaon practiced a veritable social boycott on the Bhim Sainiks and Dalits come to do homage to the Ranstambh (Victory Pillar). The visitors were not given food or water,” said Dr. Dhende.A mob of 1,500-2000 strong comprising of Hindutva activists believed to be the followers of Ekbote and Bhide Guruji was believed to have gathered on January 1 near Bhima-Koregaon at around 9: 30 a.m. with the sole purpose of wreaking havoc and disturbing the peace of the occasion, alleges the report. “The mob split into three groups and began furiously pelting stones, smashing shop windows, damaging vehicles in which the Dalits arrived, not even sparing police vehicles,” said a committee member.The report censures tardy police action which might have precluded the violence.The committee, comprising leaders from major Dalit outfits, was set up under the aegis of Vishwas Nangare-Patil, Inspector-General of Police (Kolhapur Range) on January 9. The octogenarian Bhide ‘Guruji’, a fervent admirer of the Maratha warrior King Shivaji who founded the Shiv Pratishthan, has a formidable following in the Western Maharashtra sugar-belt districts of Sangli, Satara and Kolhapur.Among his biggest followers include Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, both of whom regard Bhide Guruji as an exemplar of simple living and an inspirational teacher.The complaint against Bhide, Ekbote and their supporters in Pimpri was lodged by Anita Ravindra Salve, a member of the Bahujan Republican Socialist Party. Another criminal case was lodged against the duo in Auranagabad. Both cases have been transferred to the Shikrapur police in Pune district.The 85-year-old Hindutva leader has in turn accused Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) chief Prakash Ambedkar for wrongly blaming him for the Koregaon Bhima ‘conspiracy’. Rahul Phatangale, a 28-year-old youth, lost his life in the crossfire while he was out to buy vegetables at the time the violence erupted. Around 50 vehicles were burnt in the melee which raged for several hours.