Mother of Danielle McLaughlin to visit site where her daughter was murdered

first_imgThe devastated mother of murdered Buncrana women Danielle McLaughlin plans to visit the site where her daughter’s mutilated body was found.The Donegal woman was raped and killed in India in 2017. Local man Vikat Bhagat is currently on trial.The 28-year-old’s mother Andrea Brannigan told the Irish Mirror she wants to come face-to-face with the alleged killer. She said: “I will go to the site where her body was found. Locals and tourists have made a shrine there.“The farmer that owns the land gave them permission and they held a Mass service there on her anniversary.“There are loads of photos of Danielle and people can light some candles.“If the trial is on I’ll go to it when I get over there. I would like to see him but I don’t know what I’d say to him. Danielle would be for forgiveness herself but I have no feelings for him at all. “I’ll never get justice because Danielle is not here but I would like answers.”Ms Brannigan also criticised the Government for its slow progress on amending the Victim’s Charter to include Irish victims of crime abroad.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told her following their meeting last September it would be amended in Danielle’s name.She was informed via email it would be finalised this summer however, a spokeswoman for the Department of Justice has said it is now being redrafted entirely, much to Ms Brannigan’s disappointment.The spokeswoman added: “The Victims Charter is currently being redrafted in its entirety, taking account of the arrangements being embedded in the criminal justice system for victims arising from the EU Victims Directive and the Criminal Justice (Victims of Crime) Act, 2017. “Work is well advanced with a view to finalising the Charter in the near future. Engagement will continue with the family of Danielle McLaughlin in the completion of this work.”The late Danielle McLaughlinMs Brannigan said: “I’m frustrated we don’t know yet what’s going to be included in it and we want to make sure it does help people who are affected by crime abroad.“People don’t know where to turn when something like this happens and I want support for families that are struggling.”Meanwhile, it’s understood Danielle’s murder trial could last a number of years. Yesterday the court heard from the eighth witness, one of 50 set to give evidence.Ms Brannigan said: “I don’t cope some days, it’s really hard.“I just want the court case over with.“I struggle when I see her friends moving on and she isn’t here.“I often wonder what Danielle would be doing now.”Mother of Danielle McLaughlin to visit site where her daughter was murdered was last modified: September 17th, 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)last_img read more

New wine label protects trees

first_imgRhebokskloof’s cellar has produced a number of award-winning wines. (Image: Rhebokskloof) The South African wine industry is again showing its commitment to caring for the environment with the introduction of the first wine label that contains no wood fibre.Rhebokskloof Wine estate in Paarl, Western Cape, is the first winemaker in South Africa to use wood fibre-free labels on its bottles. The winery, which has operated since 1797, produces not only a range of award-winning wines, but also olives and table grapes.The local wine industry has already introduced green innovations such as lightweight glass bottles, carbon-neutral production processes, and the sustainability seal which assures consumers that their purchase was produced responsibly every step of the way.Now Rhebokskloof’s Estate Shiraz 2009 will sport a label completely free of wood fibre, which means that no trees were cut down to make the paper. Instead, the label is made from sugarcane fibre.Fast-growing sugarcane is widely cultivated in South Africa and is 100% renewable. The fibre or bagasse is a by-product of sugar refining and is all that is left after the juice has been squeezed from the sugarcane stalks, hence it doesn’t add any extra burden to the environment unlike chopping down trees for conventional labels.“Every bit helps to preserve the environment and that is why we decided to use a new wood-free label paper called Treefree,” said Rhebokskloof MD Anton du Toit, confirming that not one tree was harmed in the manufacturing process.Exciting developmentThe Treefree paper, which is available from mid-November, was developed by Paarl Labels together with UPM Raflatac, the label materials supply division of Finnish forest product company UPM.The material is hailed as an exciting development in the local label industry, which derives a large proportion of its income from wine and beverages. The new labels are indistinguishable from any other quality label, yet they are completely harmless in ecological terms.Paarl Labels claims that the Treefree label will not suffer the fate of many other labels after sitting for hours in an ice bucket, and will still look fresh and undamaged despite its soggy surroundings.The paper weighs 110 grams per square metre and has an uncoated surface, which gives it a natural feel and a neutral, earthy colour. The colour can be subtly altered according to the client’s preference.Treefree is suitable for additional processes such as screen printing and hot-stamp foiling, and is coated with a permanent acrylic adhesive which holds well to a glass surface even when wet. Paarl Labels is confident that, should there be sufficient demand for Treefree on plastic bottles, they will be able to rise to the challenge.It is a relatively heavy paper and, said Paarl Labels MD Callie de Wet, may not be suitable for small, thin bottles such as those used for miniatures.“We recommend a proper test process before Treefree gets selected for any of these sharp curved applications,” said De Wet.He said that the launch of the Treefree label is another step forward for Paarl Labels’ commitment to responsible printing, and will give their clients the peace of mind of knowing that they are contributing towards care of the environment.last_img read more

Boks’ history against Rugby World Cup group rivals

first_imgSouth Africa’s pool B opponents have been called lightweights and easy pickings, but the Springboks know they should not take any of them for granted. Each side has their own strengths and the Boks will need to be at their best. We take a look at South Africa’s records against each of their group opponents. Note that all fixtures are South African standard time.For more on the Springboks, check out:Rugby’s full story: the Springbok Experience Rugby MuseumSouth Africa’s Rugby World Cup journeySouth African ref to kick off Rugby World Cup Click to view larger imagelast_img

Make sure manure is treated as a valuable resource

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Mary WicksDid you know that manure is a valuable resource? From applying it to cropland to creating compost, it can benefit crops and soil or generate additional income. Using manure is complex, which makes it interesting but challenging. There are many factors, such as nutrient availability, application methods, and application rules that need to be taken into account. Soil benefitsA recent 2-year study by the University of Wisconsin compared the effects manure and inorganic fertilizers on soil health. Researchers demonstrated that manure was more effective in maintaining soil pH at a healthy range, while the fertilizer tended to increase acidity. Manure was also more effective in increasing total nitrogen in the soil. And, due the organic matter in manure, it helped increase water stable aggregates, which makes soil more resistant to erosion. However, the electrical conductivity of soils with manure application was higher, indicating that salt levels in manure need to be considered. Nutrient benefitsThe key for land application is to take advantage of the nutrients in manure, saving money on fertilizer while also protecting water quality. Following the 4R Nutrient Stewardship principles (right source, right rate, right time, right place) is a good starting point, but other considerations, such as weather and storage capacity, must also be addressed.In Ohio, nearly 49% of manure is applied from October to December, but an unusually wet fall followed by an extended wet spring as we are currently experiencing, can limit the days available for field application. This results in many livestock producers with not enough manure storage capacity. Regulations that limit manure application during winter months and rain forecasts that prevent manure application can further reduce the application window. To expand the available days for applying manure, Glen Arnold, manure management systems field specialist with OSU Extension, has shown that using liquid manure to side dress emerging crops, especially corn and wheat, can result in yields similar to, or better than, commercial fertilizers. Other benefitsManure can also be a source of income. Poultry litter is often sold to crop producers as a source of nutrients and to improve soil tilth. Others compost manure for sale to nurseries or garden centers. Composting is a natural process in which organisms, primarily microbes, decompose the manure. When managed correctly, this aerobic process can reduce pathogens, odors, and the moisture content creating a product that is easier to handle and allows manure nutrients and organic material to be cost effectively transported off the farm. Learn more at the Manure Science ReviewThere’s a lot more to know about managing manure and the Manure Science Review on August 7 is a great place to learn. This year’s speaker and demonstration program will be held at JIMITA Holsteins in Strasburg, Ohio, and then followed by a tour of nearby Bull Country Composting. Speakers will address when manure nutrients are available, what cover crops can and can’t do, side dressing with manure, and more. Field demonstrations will highlight spreader calibration, liquid manure application methods, manure health, and other practices. The day will wrap up with a tour of a commercial manure composting facility, focusing on material handling and processing as well as marketing.This educational program qualifies for continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisors, ODA Certified Livestock Managers, ODA Fertilizer Recertification, Pennsylvania Manure Hauler/Broker, and Indiana State Chemist Category 14. For program and registration details, click on the link at https://ocamm.osu.edu/. Mary H. Wicks, Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Phone: 330.202.3533. E-mail: [email protected] This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

No Access for the Axis: SourceForge Bows to Government Demands

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… mike melanson Related Posts center_img Tags:#news#web SourceForge, one of the the primary distribution hubs of the open source software movement, has shut its doors to visitors from a number of countries, saying that it is working to become compliant with US laws. In a post yesterday, the site responded to rumors around the Twittersphere that various users from outside the US were unable to access the site.The open-source movement has always been community based, working outside of standard boundaries and borders, and some see SourceForge’s move as going against those basic tenets.Here is the reasoning in SourceForge’s own words:“Since 2003, the SourceForge.net Terms and Conditions of Use have prohibited certain persons from receiving services pursuant to U.S. laws, including, without limitations, the Denied Persons List and the Entity List, and other lists issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security. The specific list of sanctions that affect our users concern the transfer and export of certain technology to foreign persons and governments on the sanctions list.”The site began using automatic IP blocking last week and users from a number of countries, including Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria, are now unable to access the site.While some are calling foul and declaring that this is the death of the open-source movement, we have to assume that the technologically savvy users accessing the site would know how to get around a simple IP-based filter. Whether using a tool like Tor, or a proxy service like HotSpot Shield, it can’t be all that difficult to access the site. The SourceForge blog post reminds that “in addition to participating in the open source community, we also live in the real world, and are governed by the laws of the country in which we are located.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more