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Confusion mounts over green cards for cross-border motorists

first_imgThere have been calls for clarity over whether drivers from the Republic will need green cards to travel into Northern Ireland after Brexit.As the March 29th deadline looms, a number of insurance companies have issued green card forms to customers who plan on driving in Northern Ireland or elsewhere in the UK immediately after ‘no deal’ Brexit.Over one million green card forms have been issued by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland (MIBI). However, confusion surrounds whether the cards will actually be needed. “Under a ‘no deal’ Brexit then Irish insurance documentation may no longer be recognised by the law enforcement authorities in Northern Ireland or the rest of the UK,” the MIBI warned.The penalties for driving without insurance in Northern Ireland and the UK include having your vehicle seized at the side of the road, fines and impoundment.An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Dáil yesterday that there would be a ‘grace period’ for drivers who are based in Northern Ireland crossing the border into the Republic.However, Mr Varadkar said there are no such commitments for drivers from the south travelling across the border into the UK. “We can’t make commitments on behalf of the UK government,” he said. Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty has echoed the confusion of many motorists who do not know if they will need a green card in the coming weeks.The Sinn Féin TD said: “There is a huge anger in communities that they now have to hold an international insurance certificate to travel across the border, to travel for example across the Lifford Bridge into Strabane, a journey that many people do on a daily basis.”Speaking at a Dáil Committee this week, Deputy Doherty said: “For the life of me, I cannot understand why the issue of drivers being required to carry in their vehicles an international travel document was not resolved beforehand.“This is a very serious issue and it works both ways. Telling people travelling from the Bogside to Buncrana that they need to carry such a document is anathema to them. They are not happy with it and they will not accept it. It is not right. This is an area on which the Government, particularly the line Department, should receive genuine criticism for not having its homework and preparations done.” Confusion mounts over green cards for cross-border motorists was last modified: March 11th, 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) Tags:Brexitgreen cardlast_img read more

How Dry I.D.

first_imgGreg Schirf of Wasatch Brewery is riding the wave of publicity over the intelligent design controversy in Utah.  He came out with a new “intelligently designed” beer: Evolution Amber Ale.  The press release expresses his alarm over the alleged erosion of separation of church and state, but how serious (or sober) he was may be a matter of dispute:To critics who accuse him of just being up to the same old publicity stunts, the often times contentious brewmeister responds, “Perhaps, but we are really trying to live up to our mission statement, ‘Craft the finest ales and lagers possible.  Achieve a commercial profitability while maintaining the highest level of social responsibility.  And have as much fun as we can legally get away with.’”Previous stunts included marketing a beer as the Gold Medal winning “unofficial” Amber Ale of the 2002 Winter Olympics.If this were intelligently designed product, why didn’t they show the fully-evolved primate with a beer belly?  This guy clearly didn’t get his physique drinking Evolution Amber Ale, and if he were fully evolved, he would be sitting in the pose of Rodin’s Thinker, not pumping glass.    Thinking of that, it would be fun to see the Discovery Institute donate truckloads of this stuff to the NCSE in a goodwill gesture.  While they’re getting stoned, the real thinkers, fully clothed and in their right minds, could be attending school board meetings, campaigning, writing books and forming IDEA clubs – whatever they can do to enhance the Darwin Party’s morning hangover experience.    Come morning, ID supporters could even offer them free therapy.  They could tell them that the quickest way out of a hangover is more Evolution Amber Ale.  It not only smothers the depression, they can argue, but enhances mutagenesis, providing more raw material for evolution.  This is the way to kill a strife with kindness.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Mandela Day blankets for the homeless

first_img18 July 2012 On Monday evening, while the city of Pretoria was in the grip of a cold spell, Jonathan Thopola fought with his friends over a blanket and ended up having to spend the night with nothing covering his freezing body. But on Tuesday night he was able to sleep warmly and peacefully, after receiving a blanket from Deputy Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu and her team. Aged 23, Thopola from Mpulamanga left his home in January this year to find work in Pretoria. However, after two months, he lost his job and couldn’t afford to pay rent for the room he was sharing with some people, and for the past five months he has been sleeping on the street while trying to get another job. On Tuesday, Thopola had a reason to smile. He and some of the other people living on the streets in and around Tshwane got a surprise visit from Bogopane-Zulu, who cheered them up and made sure they had a warm and decent meal. As part of celebrating International Nelson Mandela Day, Bogopane-Zulu decided to dedicate 67 minutes of her time to handing over thermal mugs with soup, pizza, bread, cake, juice and blankets to people living on the streets. This was made possible due to a partnership between the department, Mmabatho Foundation, Absa Bank, Bidair and Romans Pizza. Bogopane-Zulu said she had decided to dedicate her 67 minutes to homeless people because she wanted to bring hope to them and let them know that even though they were on the streets, they still had human rights and also deserved to enjoy freedom like all South Africans. “Half of the time, we turn a blind eye on some of the realities we live under,” said Bogopane-Zulu. “It’s hard for them to be heard and be recognised. However, they are here and are not going anywhere, due to various reasons which brought them here. The best we can do is to keep them warm and give them things they can use.” Thopola, who couldn’t hold back his excitement after being handed a blanket, said the initiative showed that even though they have nothing, their existence was being acknowledged and appreciated by Bogopane-Zulu. “They’ve brought us expensive food and new blankets, which shows that they are thinking about us in this freezing weather and it means a lot to all of us knowing that they care,” said Thopola, who sleeps at Church Square. Bogopane-Zulu also visited homeless people on the streets of Pretoria East, where she handed over more food and blankets. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Two South African skaters shine in Disney on Ice

first_imgSouth African couple Konrad and Yolande Giering are part of an international ensemble in the Wonderful World of Disney on Ice. They’re excited to skate in front of local audiences for the first time.Konrad Giering plays the character of Scar in the Wonderful World of Disney on Ice, in South Africa from 30 June 2017, with performances in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. (Image: Showtime Management, Twitter)Compiled by Priya PitamberSouth African husband and wife team Konrad and Yolande Giering are in the international ensemble skating in the Wonderful World of Disney on Ice, coming to the country this winter.SA skaters, Yolande Giering & Konrad Giering on the ice soon in The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice SA Winter tour. #DisneyOnIce pic.twitter.com/g8yUTjA5lw— Deb Publicist (@DebPublicist) June 9, 2017This is the first time the duo will show off their talents to a local audience, which will include their family and friends.“I am excited,” Konrad told news website, IOL. “I have waited all my life to perform in South Africa, and now it’s finally arrived.”Watch:Passion for DisneyLike many children, Konrad grew up watching Disney’s animated movies, which he loved.One particular movie, The Lion King, resonated with the young Konrad because he could identify with the setting.“As a South African, the movie really spoke to me,” he said. “I grew up around wildlife and so naturally I was fascinated by the characters and the storyline.”Now, he gets to play Scar, the young sibling of King Mufasa. Bringing the character to life on ice, he said, was truly a dream come true.Scar was a really cool character, Konrad said, and because he was evil, he got to be aggressive on the ice, which he enjoyed.Yolande plays numerous Disney characters featured in the show.The start of a journey on iceAfter seeing Disney on Ice at Montecasino in Johannesburg a number of years ago, the pair decided to audition. They got the gig in 2009.Yolande said it changed their lives. Not only did they get to skate together, but they also travelled the globe, representing the country as they went.“It’s been a wonderful journey. We are about 40 skaters and 15 crew members that travel the world,” she said. “We have become one big family on tour. We work together, eat together, shop together. We do everything together.”Starting youngBoth Konrad and Yolande started skating when young, at four and seven years old, respectively.Yolande described skating as a lot of fun and encouraged young people to keep practising. “Work hard on your performance skills; that’s most important.”From 2000 to 2004, Konrad was South Africa’s national junior ice skating champion, a title he regained in 2007. He represented South Africa in international competitions such as Four Continents and Junior Worlds.About the showClassic Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy appear in the Wonderful World of Disney on Ice, alongside the new generation including Simba, Timon and Pumbaa.Others from Pixar’s Finding Dory, and Disney’s Tangled also join the show.There will also be performances in Durban for the first time. The venues are:Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, 30 June-9 JulyICC Arena in Durban, 13-16 JulyGrandWest Casino and Entertainment World in Cape Town, 19-23 JulySource: IOLWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Will implement amendments on Panchayati Raj in Kashmir: Murmu

first_imgIn his first public address in the Kashmir valley since assuming office, Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu on Friday laid emphasis on empowering grass-roots institutions.“The government is working on implementation of the 73rd and 74th amendments of Panchayat Raj Act to empower Panchayat members to work more effectively across the Union Territory of J&K,” said Mr. Murmu, who assumed office on October 31.The incorporation of the 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendment Acts, 1992, would give constitutional status to panchayati raj institutions (PRIs) in J&K and make them more powerful, he added.Mr. Murmu chose a ‘Back to Village’ programme at Sonpah, Beerwah in Budgam district to make his first public appearance. The meet, which was held under heavy security cover, was attended by more than 300 locals. The Lt. Governor was accompanied by Chief Secretary B.V.R. Subrahmanyam.“The ongoing programme is meant to empower people at grass-roots level. A review of Prime Minister’s package shall also be taken for its equitable implementation across J&K. Special focus is being given on the completion of 2,500 languishing projects, out of which half of the projects have been completed,” he said.Mr. Murmu said the ‘Back to Village’ programme was going smoothly across J&K and saw overwhelming response, four days after militants targeted it. “The ongoing programme has generated massive response from the public; however, unfortunately some people are trying to sabotage it in some areas,” he added.Condemning the militant attack at Hakura in Anantnag, in which a local sarpanch and an officer lost their lives, the Lt. Governor said, “such incidents are aimed at disrupting the people-centric welfare programmes and schemes. These inhuman and dastardly acts are not going to deter the government in its resolve to reach out to the people and usher a new era of participatory development.”Meanwhile, Mr. Murmu announced a special ex-gratia of ₹30 lakh in favour of the next of kin of the deceased government employee Sheikh Zahoor Ahmed.last_img read more

NBA: Warriors forward Barnes avoids jail time after guilty plea

first_imgLeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives to the basket against Shaun Livingston #34 and Matt Barnes #22 of the Golden State Warriors in the first quarter in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 9, 2017, in Cleveland, Ohio. Barnes pleaded guilty Tuesday, June 27, 2017, to disorderly conduct but avoided jail time following a December incident at a New York nightclub. AFPNEW YORK, United States — Golden State Warriors forward Matt Barnes pleaded guilty Tuesday to disorderly conduct but avoided jail time following a December incident at a New York nightclub.Barnes was ordered to perform 10 days of community service and allowed to do the work in California. He was given until August 29, the next hearing date, to complete the work.ADVERTISEMENT During Golden State’s playoff run to the NBA title, Barnes came off the bench to appear in 12 games, totaling nine points, nine rebounds, seven assists and two steals.Charges came from an early morning incident involving Barnes when he was a member of the Sacramento Kings and former Kings star DeMarcus Cousins.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutVideo footage obtained by police appeared to show Barnes as the assailant of three people, with two women reported being choked by Barnes. Another man who ran to aid one of the women was sucker-punched.Cousins was accused of delivering the punch but was recently cleared of wrongdoing by police. View comments Fil-German Standhardinger named to Gilas team set for SEA Games What ‘missteps’? LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire A civil suit has been filed against Barnes and Cousins by plaintiffs Jasmine Besiso and Myrone Powell. CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend MOST READ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garagelast_img read more