Men drowned after boat was swamped or capsized, says marine report

first_imgA report into an incident in which two men drowned on an angling trip off Donegal in 2017 has concluded that it is likely the men’s boat may have been swamped or capsized, throwing them overboard.Rimantas Barauskas, 56, who lived in Oldcastle, Co Meath and Raimundas Jezdauskas, 33, who lived in Ballymahon, Co Longford, both originally from Lithuania, drowned off Málainn Bhig (Malin Beg) Head in July 2017.RTE has reported that the Marine Casualty Investigation Board investigation into the tragedy said it was clear from witness statements that the crew had difficulty with the outboard engine. The wind direction was westerly and the vessel on a lee shore. Without an anchor and with an unreliable engine in such a situation a vessel would quickly find itself in difficulties, according to the report which states that it is likely the vessel drifted into an area of surf and breaking waves.The report noted that the men had departed from the pier at Teileann (Teelin) and had planned to be away for the weekend but had made no arrangements to check in with a person ashore as to their progress during the trip.The investigation also established that the same vessel and crew had run out of fuel on 28 May 2017 and the Coast Guard had assisted by providing a tow from near Málainn Bhig Head to Teileann pier.The report also noted that only one man was wearing a personal flotation device when the bodies were recovered. An inquest into the men’s deaths held in Donegal last year heard medical evidence that both men had died as a result of drowning but that both had elevated alcohol levels.Mr Barauskas would have been seven times over the drink-driving limit for alcohol, according to the coroner Dr Denis McCauley.He said that the men’s deaths were accidental and very sad but their decision-making would have been impaired by alcohol and so he returned a verdict of death by misadventure.The MCIB report recommends that the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport issue a Marine Notice reminding individuals of their obligations to comply with the Code of Practice for the Safe Operation of Recreational Craft.Men drowned after boat was swamped or capsized, says marine report was last modified: February 14th, 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:DEATHSMarine Accident Investigation UnitTEELIN PIERlast_img read more

Database to help unemployed teachers

first_imgA database is created so that professionally qualified South African teachers can register themselves when seeking employment in public schools.The database aims to cut down on turnaround times in filling vacant teaching posts across the country. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterThe Department of Basic Education has created a national recruitment database to ensure that qualified teachers are employed and deployed on time to schools.The database, which will keep details of professionally qualified teachers seeking employment in public schools, will also cut down on turnaround times in filling vacant teaching posts across the country.All professionally qualified South African teachers are invited to register to be added to the database. Application forms can be downloaded from the department’s website – – completed and posted or hand-delivered to the department along with copies of qualifications and academic records.Principals and school governing bodies on the lookout for new teachers can easily access the database to find people who meet the criteria of the posts they are trying to fill.All the information – including a concise version of each teacher’s curriculum vitae, verified qualifications, subjects covered and teaching experience – is electronically captured on a single spreadsheet and sorted by province, enabling quick search and filter options.Updated versions of the database will be uploaded each monthly basis to ensure that candidates who have found employment are removed and new candidates added.“The database is one of the measures employed by the department in response to delays experienced in deploying temporary teachers to vacant posts,” the department said in a statement on Wednesday.Source: South African Government News Agency.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Tips for Working With Dates in PHP

first_imgWhy You Love Online Quizzes I’ve often found dates in PHP to be a bit of a pain to manage. A variety of similar functions in the language make it unnecessarily complicated to do what you need to do.Getting the current date is one thing, but how about adding a set number of days to a date in the future? It’s possible, but not particularly intuitive. Here are a few tips to make life easier when dealing with dates in PHP.Look At What You Want To DoBreaking down the task at hand is always a good way to approach a problem. Do you need to get the current date? Are you doing any calculations or are you reformatting the date? It’s usually easier to do all the calculations first and worry about how the date is displayed last.Write Unit TestsWithout unit tests, you’ll be copying around code that serves a specific purpose instead of writing small, testable methods that you can easily reuse. Unit testing is one way to make dates a lot easier to manage.Allow A Date Override For Your Date Handling MethodsIf you’re writing any code that handles dates, ensure you can pass in a specific date instead of relying on the current date.For instance, I have a method that calculates the turnaround time for a print order, and it usually takes the current date and adds several days to it. (It has to skip weekends, which is why it’s not as simple as adding a set number of days.) This method is very easy to test because you can pass in a specific date with the number of turnaround days and verify the date that is returned.Use Zend_DateZend_Date is the Zend Framework approach. This makes light work of handling dates in PHP.Use a Date PickerThere’s a nice date picker in jQuery. This is more beneficial to help users when inputting dates, but it should reduce your workload too.Photo by kevindooley 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidcenter_img How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? ben barden Tags:#hack#tips last_img read more


first_imgDevonport Touch Association became a member of Touch Football Australia today. TFA CEO Kevin Thompson welcomed the first Tasmanian affiliate to the fold. “It is great to have a go-ahead affiliate like Devonport embracing the new structure. There is great potential for the sport to develop in Tasmania and the new structure provides the ideal platform for this development to occur.” A slice of Devonport Touch history: The DTA was formed in 1980 at the Devonport Show Grounds, with four men’s teams making up the roster. The Association grew slowly over the next few years with venues changing between the Show Grounds, Reece High School and Meercroft Park. During this time a women’s roster was started. The DTA moved to Maidstone Park, Spreyton in 1989, where it stayed for seven years. At Maidstone Park, the roster continued to grow to over twenty senior teams. Junior participation was also targeted, with numbers increasing to an average of fifteen high school teams. The DTA moved to its current location in 1996 at Meercroft Park. Meercroft Park was chosen to cater for the ever-increasing number of teams in both senior and high school rosters and to give the DTA a permanent home. The move back into Devonport proved successful with a further boost in team numbers. In 1999 a mixed roster was established with overall team numbers peaking at thirty senior and thirty high school teams. A primary schools roster begun in 2000 with fourteen teams participating. The DTA has long been trying to establish a clubroom facility at Meercroft Park. In 2001 the State Government and Devonport City Council announced funding of $200,000, which combined with community in kind support, has enabled the construction of a $375,000 amenities building. This building will cater for players, spectators and sponsors’ needs and give the DTA a permanent base. Two affiliates on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland have also joined Touch Football Australia under the new Unitary Model of Management. Hervey Bay and Kawana Touch Associations have signed up for the new structure, which was recommended by an independent report produced in June 2004. The restructure, which is being implemented across Australia has resulted in affiliates (local competitions) becoming direct members of the national body. TFA Chief Executive Officer, Mr Kevin Thompson believes that the decision made by these affiliates will be greatly beneficial. “It is great to see that the local competitions appreciate the benefits of the restructure and are signing up. The new model will reduce duplication and administration allowing resources to be dedicated to the grass roots. The players, officials and coaches of Hervey Bay and Kawana will benefit greatly.” Touch Football Australia is delighted to welcome these associations on board and we look forward to servicing their affiliates and helping their growth to continue. The deadline for joining TFA under the new model is October 14, so be sure to sign up before that date. By Lisa Plummerlast_img read more

10 months agoArsenal midfielder Xhaka delighted with goal in Fulham rout

first_imgArsenal midfielder Xhaka delighted with goal in Fulham routby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka was pleased to score in victory over Fulham.Xhaka struck first for the 4-1 win.He said, “Of course, it was not a good game for us against Liverpool. We started well there but after we lost 5-1. We know we have a lot we need to improve, and today is the first step.”We know they have a new coach, a good team and we knew that before but we were playing at home and we started well, we had some chances and scored the first goals and after it went to 2-1, there were a few nerves but we are happy to have the three points.”Xhaka added: “Yes, surprise, surprise, I can score in the box now! I am happy to be able to help the team and to take the three points, which is the most important thing.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Photos: 10 Times Nick Saban Has Actually Looked Happy

first_imgalabama head coach nick saban at the sec championship gameATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs 35-28 in the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)When ranking the frequency of the facial expressions of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban, “happy” would probably rank, oh, somewhere deep into the double digits. The 63-year-old has actually been captured on camera expressing pure joy, though. He’s won some national championships, had some memorable press conferences and experienced quite a bit of good times in his personal life. Here are 10 times Nick Saban actually looked happy: 1. On National Signing Day – Feb. 4, 2015 – after signing the No. 1 recruiting class in the country. That moment when you tell Nick Saban he has the #1 recruiting class on #SigningDay— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) February 4, 20152. At the 2015 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. Maybe 1st smile since Sugar Bowl. “@BoltonSports: #Alabama Coach Saban at Sr Bowl practice to support fmr players.”— Glenn Halbrooks (@GlennHalbrooks) January 20, 20153. During one of Alabama’s practices prior to this past season’s Sugar Bowl. He clearly did not expect Ohio State to play as well as it did. Nick Saban smiles big during #Alabama‘s practice today via @TPenny_Star— Marquavius Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) December 29, 20144. At an SEC Conference Championship Game press conference. He clearly did not expect that game to be close – it wasn’t. The Saban-bot got a firmware upgrade. It can now smile.— Cambro Living (@CambroLiving) December 7, 20145. After Alabama’s Nov. 15 win against No. 1 Mississippi State. Wins against highly-ranked teams definitely make him happy. This makes my heart happy, see Saban does smile— Ashley Thornton (@ashleyythornton) November 16, 20146. While holding his granddaughter, the only person in the world who has justifiable access to his stash of Little Debbie’s Oatmeal Cream Pies. The kid clearly takes after him tho MT @jimdunaway Granddad smile may be bigger than National Champ Smile #Saban— Chase Woodfin (@cwoodfin) August 1, 20147. During a weird interview with Colin Cowherd at ESPN. This might be fake happiness, but the Luigi hat makes us think otherwise (how can you be unhappy wearing that hat?). AA: #SabanSmile— Chris and Adam (@bestof1000) July 25, 20148. After beating LSU, 38-17, at Bryant-Denny Stadium in 2013. The Tigers might be the team Saban enjoys defeating the most. He does smile!  #RTR #Saban— Whitney Foreman (@sassof_thesouth) November 11, 20139. While photobombing an Alabama student at the Crimson Tide’s graduation ceremony. Photobombing=happiness. Smh….Hey is that Ni….It is! SMILE! RT @Fox6Clare: Haha love this pic! Nick Saban photobombs at UA graduation— BamaWest (@BamaWest) May 5, 201310. After winning any of his three national championships at Alabama.★ Nick Saban will coach his 90th game today at Alabama..He has 76 W vs 13 L and 3 National Championships. @SabanSays— Roll Tide #15™ (@jerrysandersRTR) November 9, 2013How many smiles will the 2015 season produce?last_img read more

Photos: John Harbaugh At Game In Full Michigan Gear To Support Brother Jim

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh leads the team onto the field.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 22: Head coach Jim Harbaugh leads the team onto the field while playing the Illinois Fighting Illini on October 22, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 41-8. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)The Baltimore Ravens played on Thursday night this week, staging an impressive rally against the Pittsburgh Steelers to emerge with a 23-20 victory. As such, head coach John Harbaugh has a free weekend. He used it to support his brother.Ahead of Saturday’s contest between Michigan and Maryland in College Park, Harbaugh was spotted in all-Wolverines gear on the team’s sideline. Check it out:The Harbros.— Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) October 3, 2015#Michigan‘s next assistant coach, John Harbaugh— Garrett Fishaw (@MGoFish) October 3, 2015John Harbaugh on the Michigan sideline decked out in Michigan gear. Ravens played Thursday so he had a free weekend— Dave Tucker (@TestudoDave) October 3, 2015So far, Harbaugh’s presence hasn’t inspired the Wolverines. It’s 0-0 early in the second quarter.last_img read more

Central Alberta zoo gets 500 in fines after ice cream eating bear

first_imgRED DEER, Alta. – A central Alberta zoo must pay $500 in fines after taking a bear for ice cream at a drive-thru.A video posted on social media in January by Discovery Wildlife Park in Innisfail, Alta., showed a one-year-old captive bear named Berkley leaning out a truck’s window and being hand-fed ice cream by the owner of the local Dairy Queen.Officials with the province investigated and charged the zoo with two counts of violating a licence or permit under the Wildlife Act.One count stems from the bear being taken for ice cream, while the other relates to an employee who brought an orphaned bear cub home to foster in 2017.The zoo’s owners pleaded guilty and the business was fined $250 for each of the charges.Co-owner Doug Bos told court they were embarrassed about the charges, but he thanked Alberta Fish and Wildlife for doing its job.Outside court, he said the zoo made a mistake.“I’m happy that Fish and Wildlife did this because it proves that there are strict rules and regulations to operating a zoo in Alberta and, when you make a mistake, you have to pay for it,” he said.Bos said they’ve made changes to ensure they don’t take the bear off site without permission again.Some bear experts said it’s time for the Alberta government to take a closer look at roadside zoos.“The bear was being hand-fed food and that’s not something we want to promote,” said Kim Titchener, who runs a business called Bear Safety & More. “We really need to push a stronger message.”She said the zoo should have gotten a tougher penalty.The zoo’s permit, which is regulated by Alberta Environment and Parks, has been revised to impose new conditions.They include requiring the zoo to provide more details when asking to transport a controlled animal or wildlife and to keep those animals in a cage, crate or kennel when in a vehicle.It also says the zoo cannot put any animals on display outside the facility without prior permission from the province, nor can it allow any member of the public to have physical contact with animals such as monkeys, cougars, wolves or bears.(rdnewsNOW/The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Senate moves tax cut legislation to brink of final passage

first_imgWASHINGTON – Jubilant Republicans pushed on early Wednesday to the verge of the most sweeping rewrite of the nation’s tax laws in more than three decades, a deeply unpopular bill they insist Americans will learn to love when they see their paychecks in the new year. President Donald Trump cheered the lawmakers on, eager to claim his first major legislative victory.After midnight, the Senate narrowly passed the legislation on a party-line 51-48 vote. Protesters interrupted with chants of “kill the bill, don’t kill us” and Vice-President Mike Pence repeatedly called for order. Upon passage, Republicans cheered, with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin among them.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., insisted Americans would respond positively to the tax bill.“If we can’t sell this to the American people, we ought to go into another line of work,” he said. Trump hailed the vote in an early morning tweet and promised a White House news conference Wednesday after the House completes legislative action on the measure.The early morning vote came hours after the GOP rammed the bill through the House, 227-203. But it wasn’t the final word in Congress because of one last hiccup.Three provisions in the bill, including its title, violated Senate rules, forcing the Senate to vote to strip them out. So the massive bill was hauled back across the Capitol for the House to vote again on Wednesday, and Republicans have a chance to celebrate again.Hours earlier, House Speaker Paul Ryan, who has worked years toward the goal of revamping the tax code, gleefully pounded the gavel on the House vote. GOP House members roared and applauded as they passed the $1.5 trillion package that will touch every American taxpayer and every corner of the U.S. economy, providing steep tax cuts for businesses and the wealthy, and more modest help for middle- and low-income families.Despite Republican talk of spending discipline, the bill will push the huge national debt ever higher.“This was a promise made. This is a promise kept,” Ryan and other GOP leaders said at a victory news conference.After the delay for a second House vote, the measure then heads to Trump, who is aching for a big political victory after 11 months of legislative failures and nonstarters. The president tweeted his congratulations to GOP leaders and to “all great House Republicans who voted in favour of cutting your taxes!”Congressional Republicans, who faltered badly in trying to dismantle Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, see passage of the tax bill as crucial to proving to Americans they can govern — and imperative for holding onto House and Senate majorities in next year’s midterm elections.“The proof will be in the paychecks,” Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said during the Senate’s nighttime debate. “This is real tax relief, and it’s needed.”Not so, said the top Senate Democrat as the long, late hours led to testy moments.“This is serious stuff. We believe you are messing up America,” New York Sen. Chuck Schumer told Republicans, chiding them for not listening to his remarks.The GOP has repeatedly argued the bill will spur economic growth as corporations, flush with cash, increase wages and hire more workers. But they acknowledge they have work to do in convincing everyday Americans. Many voters in surveys see the legislation as a boost to the wealthy, such as Trump and his family, and a minor gain at best for the middle class.“I don’t think we’ve done a good job messaging,” said Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore. “Now, you’re able to look at the final product.”Ryan was positive, even insistent. He declared, “Results are what’s going to make this popular.”Democrats called the bill a giveaway to corporations and the wealthy, with no likelihood that business owners will use their gains to hire more workers or raise wages. And they mocked the Republicans’ contention that the bill will make taxes so simple that millions can file their returns “on a postcard” — an idea repeated often by the president.“What happened to the postcard? We’re going to have to carry around a billboard for tax simplification,” declared Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts, the top Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee.Taxe cuts for corporations would be permanent while the cuts for individuals would expire in 2026 to comply with Senate budget rules. The tax cuts would take effect in January, and workers would start to see changes in the amount of taxes withheld from their paychecks in February.For now, Democrats are planning to use the bill in their campaigns next year. Senate Democrats posted poll numbers on the bill on a video screen at their Tuesday luncheon.“This bill will come back to haunt them, as Frankenstein did,” House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said.The bill would slash the corporate income tax rate from 35 per cent to 21 per cent. The top tax rate for individuals would be lowered from 39.6 per cent to 37 per cent.The legislation repeals an important part of the 2010 health care law — the requirement that all Americans carry health insurance or face a penalty — as the GOP looks to unravel the law it failed to repeal and replace this past summer. It also allows oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.The $1,000-per-child tax credit doubles to $2,000, with up to $1,400 available in IRS refunds for families that owe little or no taxes.Disgruntled Republican lawmakers from high-tax New York, New Jersey and California receded into the background as the tax train rolled. They oppose a new $10,000 limit on the deduction for state and local taxes.GOP Rep. Peter King of New York conveyed what people in his Long Island district were telling him about the tax bill: “Nothing good, especially from Republicans. … It’s certainly unpopular in my district.”The bill is projected to add $1.46 trillion to the nation’s debt over a decade. GOP lawmakers say they expect a future Congress to continue the tax cuts so they won’t expire. That would drive up deficits even further.The bill would initially provide tax cuts for Americans of all incomes. But if the cuts for individuals expire, most Americans — those making less than $75,000 — would see tax increases in 2027, according to congressional estimates.___Associated Press writers Matthew Daly, Kevin Freking and Alan Fram contributed to this report.___Follow Stephen Ohlemacher on Twitter at read more