A man was arrested yesterday following a significant drugs seizure in the Twin Towns. Gardaí uncovered a haul of drugs and a BB gun in a search in the Ballybofey/Stranorlar area on Tuesday.Approximately €17,500 worth of cannabis, €350 of cocaine, a BB hand-gun and a sum of cash together with other drug paraphernalia was seized during the search, which was carried out by the Letterkenny District Drugs Unit. One man was arrested in relation to the seizure. He was later released from Garda custody and a file will be prepared for the DPP. Garda raid uncovers €18,000 worth of drugs in Twin Towns was last modified: July 13th, 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)
Irene Mathebula, the coordinator of the competition at Zamintuthuko, and pupilsfrom the school celebrate their win. Alex Bouwer, sales and marketing managerat Bevcan, said that the pupils were trueambassadors for the recycling movementand an excellent example for others in their community. (Images: Ray Maota) MEDIA CONTACTS • Alex Bouwer Nampak Bevcan: Sales and Marketing Manager +27 11 719 6300 RELATED ARTICLES • Can drive raises R8.5m for education • Top award for SA World Cup can • Tackling SA’s education challenges • Budget big on education, jobs Ray MaotaThe youngsters of Zamintuthuko Primary School in Mamelodi, Pretoria, were on a mission this year – between April and October they collected a total of 67 500 cans.In doing so, they won the R25 000 (US$3 100) first prize in the Bevcan Aphi Ama Can competition, a recycling initiative.The competition was run by Bevcan Nampak to encourage children to recycle, reuse and reduce waste. Over 100 schools took part in the competition, which ran from 1 April to 30 September 2011.Bevcan is the can-making division of Nampak, one of South Africa’s largest packaging companies. It is the only beverage can manufacturer in sub-Saharan Africa.A total of 542 045 cans were collected during the competition.Setting an example for the communityEvery school that managed to collect a minimum of 12 cans for each pupil received R1 000 ($124) as a reward.Irene Mathebula, the coordinator of the competition at Zamintuthuko, said: “We are all absolutely delighted to have participated in this competition, which aims to educate not just our pupils but us as adults as well.”Mathebula added that because they exceeded the expected number of cans collected per child, they have gained the confidence to “take on any challenge as a school”. Each child was able to collect at least 169 cans.The prize money will be used to build a school hall, so that the children will be safe from the elements during assembly or other school events.The prizes were presented at a ceremony held at Zamintuthuko Primary on 1 December 2011.Alex Bouwer, Bevcan’s sales and marketing manager, said: “It is with great pleasure that we are gathered here today to recognise the environment-responsible behaviour of these young people.“You are true ambassadors for the recycling movement and are setting an excellent example for others in your community.”The three runners-up – Thathani Primary School from Zola North in Soweto, Mononong Primary in Mamelodi East, and Ikwezi Primary from Mofolo in Soweto – each received R25 000 ($3 100) for their efforts.Thathani collected a total of 55 303 cans, an average of 134 cans for each child, with Mononong’s pupils collecting an average of 101 cans for a total of 35 000.Ikwezi Primary rounded off the top four by collecting 13 000 cans, with each scholar collecting 52 cans.Louis Taylor, director of private-public partnerships at the Department of Basic Education, said the department has set up public private partnerships, like the one with Bevcan Nampak, to assist it in bringing quality education to people.“While we have international people in the country talking about saving the environment at COP17, these schools are not talking but are playing their part in its preservation.”Bevcan committed to educationWhile Nampak Bevcan’s core business is making cans, “we are also committed to improving the learning environments of our children”, said Bouwer.The company is very involved in a variety of education programmes.Early this year, the company donated R8.5-million ($1.12-million) towards education through its Every-Can-Counts campaign: Nampak contributed R5-million ($701 000), while a further R3.5-million ($492 000) was raised through the sale of specially marked cans.Nampak Bevcan MD, Erik Smuts, thanked all those who supported the education campaign: “We are very happy with reaching the R8.5-million ($1.12-million) mark and we thank the many people who supported the cause by purchasing beverage cans.”Nampak will be running four competitions in 2012 to give schools and individual scholars the opportunity to raise funds and make a difference in the environment.The competitions are for schools to collect cans, an art project highlighting recycling, the creation of an artwork out of recycled cans, and a Guinness World record attempt at collecting the most cans in a month.The National Schools Competition, worth R750 000 ($93 000), will see schools winning monthly prizes, as well as annual prizes for the number of cans collected.The Artistic Expression Competition invites individual scholars to draw, paint, sculpt or even write about how one can make a difference by recycling.The Can Craze Competition gets children to build a structure out of cans, while the Guinness World Record attempt will see groups try to collect the most cans in a month.The competitions will help raise funds for schools and individuals, “so make sure you enter these competitions first thing in the new year”, said Bouwer.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Many different segments of industry across America are curious as to how the policies of a new and quite unorthodox Trump Administration will affect them and their businesses. For the agriculture sector, an advisory committee that includes two prominent Ohioans, will help set the tone for policy that pertains to rural America.Plain City, Ohio’s Fred Yoder has been farming in Union County for over 40 years raising corn, soybeans and wheat. In the mid 1990s, Yoder served as president of the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association and then took leadership roles at the national level as the Chairman of the National Corn Growers Association’s (NCGA) Biotech Working Group and then President of NCGA.“In the role as NCGA president I was able to get involved with other state organizationsFred Yoderand I learned that there are a lot of similarities and many differences as well,” Yoder said. “I’m a big believer in coalitions and talking things out. One of the things that I am most proud of was being a trade representative for NCGA and working out some differences with NAFTA in Mexico City where we negotiated a settlement for high fructose corn syrup to Mexico and Mexican sugar coming into the United States.“There was a complete difference of opinion, but we got the job done.”Yoder hopes that type of attitude will begin to change the way things are done inside the Beltway and he is encouraged by the new era of politics that President Trump will bring.Over the years, Yoder has gained a large amount of experience and knowledge in different aspects of agriculture, from biotechnology to policy. He says he will be willing to take on whatever role the new Administration will ask of him, but there is one role that Yoder said he would be most excited about and that is a position that dealt with trade.“One of the things that alarmed me about President Trump’s campaign rhetoric is how trade was a disaster and NAFTA is no good and I took exception to that because I knew agriculture has benefited extremely well from NAFTA,” Yoder said. “I know now that he isn’t anti-trade, he just wants to make sure that all of America benefits from trade.”Yoder joins a list of who’s who in agriculture on this committee and hopes that rural America is comfortable with who has President Trump’s ear when it comes to issues important to them.“Mr. Trump has told the committee that he doesn’t know much about agriculture but he trusts who was named to the group and if we do our job he’ll leave us alone and if we don’t he’ll fire us,” Yoder said. “My goal is to make sure that the Midwest is represented and I think we need some people that understand the full picture and how important the right policies are for us to flourish.”Also joining Yoder on Trump’s Agriculture Advisory Committee is Pickaway County’s Bill Richards, known by many as the grandfather of no-till in Ohio.Bill Richards, left, being recognized by ODNR.Richards graduated from The Ohio State University in 1953 with no farm background to speak of, but had a strong desire to become a farmer. After marrying a farm girl, he and his new bride bought a rough piece of Pickaway County ground.“Out of 325 acres there was only about 140 that we could farm,” Richards said. “We bought the land on a shoestring and used machinery off of the Dad’s machinery lot and got started.”Richards was taught early on that there were not too many good reasons to till the land, except for weed control. That was right around the time that atrazine and 2-4D were introduced.“We made an effort early on to cut down on tillage,” Richards said. “It was the early 1960s when we developed a till plant system that would be called strip tillage today.”One of the first trips to Washington for Richards was as part of the “Farmers for Nixon” campaign. Then decades later, troubles with the 1985 Farm Bill and a large farmer rebellion led Richards back to D.C.“I’ve always liked the idea of getting involved in politics and having farmers represented,” Richards said. “When asked to serve on this advisory committee I was honored to do so and I welcomed the opportunity.”The message he hoped to get across to President Trump’s administration is that farm programs should be designed for a voluntary, not a regulatory approach.“I want to let the President know that we can produce enough food to feed the world and that exporting ag products is a necessity,” Richards said. “We also have the opportunity to sequester carbon to help balance out the carbon that comes from the coal and oil industries.”Richards echoes Yoder’s hopes that trade will be looked upon favorably, especially when it comes to farm commodities.“The Corn Belt has entered a cycle of surplus corn and soybeans,” Richards said. “I hope that the President will use that surplus as an opportunity to generate trade from our country to level out the trade deficits we are seeing within other industries in the United States.”While there are clearly very divergent opinions about Donald Trump, many in Ohio agriculture can get behind the involvement of these two well-respected agriculturalists and the wealth of experience they bring to the advisory committee for the new administration.
Speculations about the BJP-JD(U) alliance in Bihar suffering yet another split were put to rest on Thursday with Union Home Minister Amit Shah stating that the NDA will contest the assembly polls next year under the leadership of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Leaders of the JD(U), headed by Mr. Kumar, erupted in joy as snippets of an interview given to a news channel by Mr. Shah were beamed, capping weeks of bad blood between the two parties.“The gathbandhan (coalition) is atal (unshakeable). The NDA will contest assembly polls under the leadership of Nitish Kumar in Bihar. Nationally, it is Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will continue to lead the coalition,” Mr. Shah was shown as having said in the interview, to be telecast later in the day.“An-ban (bickering) is a sign of a healthy coalition. But matbhed (difference of opinion) does not necessarily mean there is manbhed (mental rift),” Mr. Shah added. The statement may also came as a disappointment to the opposition Grand Alliance which had been expecting a break-up among the alliance partners in view of the fact that Mr. Kumar has served as the chief minister for three consecutive terms and the BJP — under the aggressive leadership of Mr. Modi and Mr. Shah — is planning to expand its footprints in Bihar.JD(U) national general secretary and state minister Shyam Rajak came out with a flurry of tweets thanking Mr. Shah.“I wish to thank the top leadership of BJP @AmitShah1 @narendramodi for having dispelled many doubts by speaking about fighting the next assembly polls under the leadership of @NitishKumar. It is a slap on the face of the opposition which was enjoying (the recent bickering),” he said.“Those wishing the disintegration of JD(U)-BJP alliance will disintegrate themselves since we have forged the coalition on an idea — that is to uplift 12 crore people of Bihar to which we have been devoted,” Mr. Rajak added. Disgruntled JD(U) leader Ajay Alok, who had, of late, become critical of his own party on a number of issues, also appeared sobered down as he tweeted, “Amit Shah’s statement would make the NDA rock solid and disappoint those who had other expectations. Only Nitish Kumar has the capability to further strengthen the NDA. Jai Bihar!” Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan, whose LJP is a junior partner in the Bihar NDA, seemed to have heaved a sigh of relief as he remarked in Samastipur — where he is canvassing for his nephew Prince Raj before the by-election — “We always said there is no confusion over leadership in the NDA.”“Please go and ask the opposition what they have to say about this since all their hopes have hinged on the possibility of our disunity.” The NDA had made a clean sweep in Bihar in the Lok Sabha polls earlier this year, winning 39 out of 40 seats. The BJP and the LJP won 17 and six seats respectively, while the JD(U) succeeded in bagging 16 out of 17 that it had fought. Among the opposition parties, only the Congress managed to win a seat while Lalu Prasad’s RJD — which has ruled the state for over a decade and still has the highest number of MLAs — drew a blank. Shortly after the NDA’s spectacular victory in the polls, the opposition sensed an opportunity when Mr. Kumar decided against having a party representative in the Union cabinet. Add to that, JD(U)’s opposition to the Narendra Modi government’s ambitious legislations like the triple talaq bill and the one on reorganization of Jammu and Kashmir further fueled speculations of the party’s growing unease with the BJP’s ideological hard line. RJD national vice-president Raghuvansh Prasad Singh had held out an olive branch to the JD(U) chief after the elections, urging him to return to the anti-BJP front which lacked a credible leadership.Mr. Singh has, however, been snubbed on this account by Lalu Prasad’s younger son and heir apparent Tejashwi Yadav, leaving the veteran leader sore. He said that he expects the 29-year-old to “realize the significance of what I am saying in six months”.Recently, outbursts of Union minister Giriraj Singh — known to share cold vibes with the Bihar Chief Minister over water-logging in Patna had also triggered a war of words between state-level leaders of the BJP and the JD(U).Mr. Kumar had, however, made it clear in one of his speeches “there is nothing amiss in the coalition and those trying to create mischief will be in trouble”.