Demand grows for public composting facilities

first_imgA growing number of people are requesting grass and hedge cutting compost centres, according to Letterkenny councillor Gerry McMonagle.The council is being called on to provide composting facilities in local recycling centres or a stand-alone service to take in garden waste.Cllr McMonagle said there is a demand for a service which would take in cuttings and turn it into mulch to sell back to gardeners. Speaking at this week’s Letterkenny-Milford MD meeting, he questioned why there are no facilities to recycle garden waste for the benefit of helping gardens grow.Currently, Donegal’s six public recycling centres accept garden waste at a cost of €2 per bag. The council also provides a subsidised rate of €13 on home composting units.Cllr Donal Coyle, who seconded the motion, said that dumping is a problem in this area; “When grass is dumped in a particular spot the next thing is you see other rubbish being added to it.“If there was composting at recycling centres it would cut out a lot of that.”  Demand grows for public composting facilities was last modified: November 14th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

Mandela returns to his inauguration site

first_img11 December 2013 Nelson Mandela’s body has returned to the Union Buildings in Pretoria where he was sworn in as South Africa’s first democratically elected president almost 20 years ago. In 1994, the Union Buildings played host to his inauguration, heralding the beginning of a new era in South Africa’s history. On Tuesday, Mandela’s body arrived in a glass-sided hearse just before 8am from 1 Military Hospital in Thaba Thswane with his coffin draped in the South African flag. He will lie in state at the newly renamed Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre, where the public will have an opportunity to view the body of the father of the nation. His grandson, Ndaba Mandela, welcomed Madiba’s body at the amphitheatre. The public will be able to view the body from noon until 5:30pm. No cameras or mobile phones will be permitted. The public viewing will be preceded by a viewing by the Mandela family and several heads of state. There will also be a parade with a gun carriage drawn by soldiers, a 21-gun salute, and a moment of silence. There will be a constant vigil at Mandela’s coffin and a funeral procession led by the military’s national ceremonial guard. Officials announced on Monday that access to the Union Buildings for viewing the body would be restricted – only those in buses provided by the City of Tshwane would be allowed in. Members of the public have been asked use the park-and-ride facilities at the Tshwane Events Centre in Pretoria West, the LC De Villiers Sports Facility in Hatfield, and Fountains Valley Park. The buses will drop people off at the Union Buildings where they will be allowed to walk past and look inside the glass-topped coffin. On Thursday and Friday, the public will have access to the amphitheatre from 8am until 5.30pm. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Help Choc help the children

first_imgThe CHOC Foundation’s holistic approach to caring for children with cancer and supporting parents through the difficulties of looking after their sick children has touched the lives of thousands of people across the country. (Image: CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA, via Facebook)What began as a number of regional support groups established in 1979 by parents who were caring for children with cancer, took on a new form at the beginning of the new millennium when they merged to make as big an impact as they could.The Choc Childhood Cancer Foundation became a national organisation in 2000 and is today one of the country’s most established NGOs. In 2010, it was named the seventh most trusted and admired NGO in the Ask Afrika Trust Barometer Awards.CIRCLE OF CAREIts holistic approach to caring for children with cancer and supporting parents through the difficulties of looking after their sick children has touched the lives of thousands of people across the country.Choc’s Circle of Care is a six-step approach to achieving its objective of supporting children with cancer and life-threatening blood disorders, and their families. It maintains the foundation’s involvement throughout the process of the disease, from detection to recovery and transition to normal life.The first step in the Circle of Care is the detection phase, during which Choc trains members of the public in how to detect the early signs of cancer. This helps to improve response times, and so helps to catch the diseases early.By the end of 2014, the organisation had facilitated the training of nearly 5 000 healthcare workers, traditional healers and community members in how to detect the early warning signs of cancer, allowing for early intervention.Following detection, the organisation then focuses on diagnosis before the patient is hospitalised. During children’s hospitalisation, Choc provides practical and psychological support, which includes care bags and ward comforts as well as transportation, accommodation and access to its parents’ support groups.During the fifth stage of the Circle of Care, the out-patient phase, Choc offers accommodation at one of 13 Choc houses for parents wanting to stay near their children and for children still in the out-patient stage of their recovery.The final stage of the process involves helping children through the latter stages of their recovery and providing counselling to them and their parents regarding their reintegration into society after often lengthy hospital stays and bed rest.Survivors are also able to become a part of the Survivors of Life-threatening Diseases (Solid) network.The CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation’s “Have a heart for children with cancer” car. (Image: CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA, via Facebook)GET INVOLVEDThe number of families relying on Choc for help in caring for their children has grown at a staggering rate, increasing the strain on the organisation’s resources.It gets no subsidies from the government and relies heavily on the generosity of corporates and members of the public to meet its financial demands to support to such a large number of children.If you would like to get involved and help Choc continue doing what it does, visit the foundation’s website and view its support page for details on how you can get involved, be it through volunteering or donating money to help it meet its expenses.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

Federer, Nadal gone at Australian Open

first_imgFirst Rafael Nadal, now Roger Federer. Federer, the 16-time Grand Slam winner, was knocked out of the Australian Open 7-6 (3), 7-5, 6-4 on Thursday by 2008 champion Novak Djokovic.Roger Federer waves after his semifinal loss to Novak Djokovic. APThe talk before the tournament was a blockbuster final between Nadal, going for his fourth straight Grand Slam win, and Federer, who was aiming for his fifth Australian title and perhaps the only player who could stop him.Instead, after Nadal was eliminated by fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in an injury-induced straight-set loss Wednesday, and now Federer heading home, it will be Djokovic in the final against either Andy Murray or Ferrer – they play their semifinal on Friday.It will be the first time since 2003 that Federer will not hold any of the four major titles.The finals scenario could open the door for Murray to become the first British Grand Slam singles champion since Fred Perry in 1936 when the final is played Sunday night at Rod Laver Arena.”It’s really one of the best matches I’ve played in a while,” Djokovic said.Rafael Nadal during his quarterfinal loss to David Ferrer. APIt is the second straight Grand Slam that Djokovic has knocked Federer out in the semis. At last year’s U.S. Open, the Serbian player saved match points before beating Federer in five sets to advance to the final against Nadal.The last time Federer was beaten in straight sets in a Grand Slam tournament was here in 2008 – against Djokovic.advertisementFederer won 11 of 14 points to come back from a service break down to take the lead in the second set after the two traded tit-for-tat booming forehands and chip backhands during the opening set. But Djokovic broke back later in the second set and took his power strokes into the third set to win in an even three hours.It was the 20th meeting of the pair, with Federer still holding a 13-7 edge.last_img read more

WorldRemit commends restoration of money transfers to Nigeria

first_imgAdvertisement WorldRemit, the leading digital remittance service, commends the restoration of money transfers to Nigeria, following the decision of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to approve WorldRemit and other international money transfer operators (IMTOs).At the beginning of August 2016, hundreds of IMTOs suspended their operations, leaving the Nigerian diaspora to rely on Western Union, MoneyGram and Ria.Now WorldRemit has received a letter of approval from the CBN enabling its digital money transfer services to Nigeria to be resumed. – Advertisement – WorldRemit launched its service to Nigeria in 2011 when it pioneered low-cost instant deposits to all bank accounts. The service provided the Nigerian diaspora with an easy, fast and secure way to send money home as well as bringing much-needed foreign exchange into the local economy. Supporting the country’s move towards a cashless economy, 100% of transactions were either bank deposits or airtime top-ups.Ismail Ahmed, founder and CEO of WorldRemit, comments: “We commend the CBN for reaffirming the country’s commitment to building an enabling environment and level-playing field for international money transfer services to Nigeria. The new environment will help to bring the estimated 50% of remittances to Nigeria that currently go through unregulated, informal networks into the formal channels.”“We’re grateful to the many Nigerians both at home and in the diaspora that supported our call for money transfers to be restored. A competitive remittance market provides Nigerians with greater convenience and better pricing.”To celebrate the relaunch of its service to Nigeria, WorldRemit is offering promotional pricing of nominal $0.01, €0.01, £0.01 or equivalent in fees on all money transfers to Nigeria until 30 September 2016.last_img read more