21 Dec

Farmer accused of breaking neighbour’s cheekbone in row over cow

first_imgA man has denied attacking his neighbour fracturing his cheekbone after a cow strayed onto his land in Milford.Hugh McBride, aged 44, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court charged with assaulting next-door neighbour Gerard McGarvey at Golan, Milford on July 8th, 2015. Mr McGarvey claimed that on the morning of the alleged incident, he went to retrieve a cow which had strayed onto his neighbour’s land.However, when he went onto the lands he claimed he was attacked by McBride.Mr McGarvey, aged 51, said that at 8.30am on the morning in question he was going to work at Milford Mart when he noticed a cow at the back of McBride’s house.He went to take his cow out but he said McBride shouted at him not to open the gate or come onto his lands.Mr McGarvey walked on and he said McBride began to push him but he continued to walk past him.When he did, he said he suddenly felt a blow to the right side of his head and claimed that McBride said to him “Hit me, hit me, hit me.”Mr McGarvey said he walked on saying “I never reacted or I did not do anything to provoke him. I just wanted to take my cow out.”The court was told from the outset that there is a long-running dispute between the men over a right-of-way between the neighbours which has been ongoing for more than 5 years.Dr Karena Hanley told the court that she attended to Mr McGarvey when he attended her surgery.She said he had been a patient of hers for many years and that he was in obvious distress when he called to her clinic in Milford.She noticed redness to his face and it was swollen and asked Mr McGarvey to return to see her on July 14th.She then suspected he may have a fracture to his cheekbone and when she sent him to the Emergency Department of Letterkenny University Hospital it was confirmed and Mr McGarvey had to undergo an operation.Mr McBride denies the charge.The trial, before Judge John Aylmer, is expected to last two days.Farmer accused of breaking neighbour’s cheekbone in row over cow was last modified: May 9th, 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)last_img read more

19 Dec

Manchester City in SA Challenge

first_imgKaizer Chiefs and Manchester United players shake hands before the start of the 2008 Vodacom Challenge final, which United won. (Image: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library.)Wilma den HartighBarely three weeks after the end of the 2009 Confederations Cup, South Africa will host another feast of football, with Manchester City, the world’s richest football club, battling it out with Soweto glamour teams Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates in the 10th annual Vodacom Challenge.Sponsored by mobile phone company Vodacom, the Challenge was first played in 1999, with African teams such as Ghana’s Hearts of Oak and Tunisia’s Espérance ST being invited play against the two local clubs. From 2006 the invitation went to English Premier League clubs, with Manchester United losing to Kaizer Chiefs that year, Tottenham Hotspur beating Orlando Pirates in 2007 and, in a 2008 rematch, United winning over Kaizer Chiefs in 2008.Manchester City will play Orlando Pirates on 18 July in Cape Town, and Kaizer Chiefs in Durban on 21 July. On 23 July, Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs will take each other on in the Vodacom Challenge derby in Port Elizabeth. The winner of this match plays Manchester City in the final on 25 July.“Our country has embraced the Vodacom Challenge as one epic event that showcases our stature as a football nation,” said Kaizer Motaung, chair of Kaizer Chiefs. For the players, he said, it has become a launch pad for international careers. He also appealed to South Africans to rally behind the local teams.Orlando Pirates chair Irvin Khoza said the tournament has exceeded expectations. “This international friendly tournament was started with big dreams in mind, and reflecting on its history it has clearly achieved great success,” Khoza said.Manchester City is expected to bring out its top players for the tournament, so fans can look forward to seeing their favourite international football stars in action – such as Brazilian super striker Robinho, who wears the No 10 jersey for City. The current squad also includes Zimbabwean international goal-getter Benjani Mwaruwari, who earlier in his career wore the colours of South African Premier Soccer League side Jomo Cosmos. Welsh international striker Craig Bellamy and famed goal-scorer Shaun Wright-Phillips, son of former England international and Arsenal forward Ian Wright, are also on the team.Since City was bought by United Arab Emirates-based Abu Dhabi United Group in September 2008, the club has been able to invest substantially in new players: Robinho from Real Madrid for a club record of £32.5-million (R450-million), £14-million (R182-million) for Welsh forward Craig Bellamy, £12-million (R150-million) for English left-back Wayne Bridge and £9-million (R117-million) for English winger Shaun Wright-Phillips.In total, they have invested well over R1-billion in fresh talent during the course of this season, and it is likely that more investment is on the cards for the 2009/10 English Premier League campaign.Goals for charityBesides action-packed football, the tournament is also supporting the Vodacom Foundation’s Goals for Miracles campaign, which raises funds for cataract operations for disadvantaged elderly people.For every goal scored in regulation time by Manchester City, Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs, the Vodacom Foundation will contribute R150 000 (US$17 600) to Goals for Miracles – helping restore the sight of hundreds of senior citizens.Three beneficiaries of Goals of Miracles provide the cataract operations: the South African National Council for the Blind, Netcare, and the Pretoria Eye Institute. During the Eye Care Awareness Week in October 2008 the Vodacom Foundation provided funding of R3.7-million ($435 000) for more than 1 700 cataract operations on elderly people. This brought the total number of cataract operations performed since 2004 to nearly 4 000.TicketsMatch tickets for the Vodacom Challenge will be on sale from 27 May at Computicket, Shoprite, Checkers and Checkers Hyper outlets. Ticket prices range from R45 ($5.30) to R150 (17.60) throughout all stadiums.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] articlesSecond chance for 2010 tickets No swine flu threat to Confed Cup No power cuts in 2010SA in Fifa Interactive World CupTicketing centres for Confed Cup Useful linksVodacom ChallengeKaizer ChiefsOrlando PiratesManchester CityPremier Soccer LeagueFifaSouth Africa 2010SouthAfrica.info – 2010last_img read more

18 Dec

Children roar to save white lions

first_imgThere are just 12 white lions remaining in the wild. This is the reason the Global White Lion Protection Trust is enlisting the help of children to be the voice of the big cats and ensure their survival. (Images: Varuna Jina) If you want to know what it’s like to be a lion in today’s world, don’t conjure feelings of predatory awesomeness or regal might. Instead, picture yourself being held captive or hunted for sport. Imagine being forced to breed and have your babies taken away from you, never to be seen again.These are the concerns driving the The Global White Lion Protection Trust’s StarLion Programme, which educates the Shangaan community in the Timbavati region about protecting the famed white lions found in the area.The trust, which is situated about 20 kilometres from Hoedspruit in Limpopo, also launched the One United Roar campaign that is getting youth and adults from the commnity to be the voice for the lions, especially when speaking to policymakers.The white lions of the Timbavati are of great significance to the Shangaan. They believe the kings and queens of the past were reborn as the felines.One United Roar is set against the backdrop of the 17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES CoP17) that will be held in Johannesburg from 24 September to 5 October. South Africa is looking to change the status of the African lion from endangered to a species not under threat.Africa lions, Panthera leo, are listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Animals classified as vulnerable means they are considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild and are likely to become endangered unless the circumstances threatening their survival and reproduction improve.They are split listed on the CITES appendices, at Appendix I and II, which means some populations of a species are on one appendix, while some are on another. Appendix I means the species is threatened with extinction and may be affected by trade; trade in wild-caught species is illegal. Appendix II means the species is not necessarily threatened with extinction, but may become so unless trade in them is restricted. An export permit is required for trade in these species.There are just 12 white lions remaining in the wild, while hundreds are in captivity. They would be deemed critically endangered if they were classified as a subspecies of lion. But CITES groups them among the tawny African lion population.Children from the StartLion Programme tell the audience why they feel lions should be protected.Linda Tucker, the founder of the Global White Lion Protection Trust, said the campaign recognised that all the policies governing wildlife did not represent the animals’ perspective. “We thought ‘how do we get lions as the silent stakeholders in human policies, to have a voice and a vote?’ We thought the only way to do that was for people to go into the position of the lion. And the best way to do that was through kids because they were much less indoctrinated than we were and they could feel from a lion’s perspective what it was like.”The campaign is aimed at children from as young as five years old to young adults aged 21. It asks them to speak from the position of the lion and to tell policymakers what they need to hear. “It’s a heart activation,” said Tucker. “It’s not intended to rationalise and get into the detail of the policy. It’s intentionally emotive so that people get emotional about their heritage.”One United Roar is inspired by indigenous knowledge systems as well as the ecological crisis of our day, explained Tucker. “In an indigenous environment, if there’s a council or a policymaker sitting to decide an aspect of nature, you’ll always have an empty chair because… who will speak for the wolf or who will speak for the lion? You actually invite nature into the discussion. So we’re saying to the policymakers, ‘Shut up and listen for the first time. What are the lions saying about your decisions?’”Girls from the StarLion Programme prepare for a traditional Shangaan ceremony that honours the white lions.MESSAGES THROUGH VIDEOPart of the campaign was to get children from the community to create a video that could be uploaded on to the trust’s website, said Berry Gargan, one of the facilitators of One United Roar.Audiences around the world would then be able to review and like the videos.Out of these, 24 videos with the most likes would be assessed by an international panel of judges who would then choose six winners that most embodied what the lions wanted to say. “We will bring them from wherever they are to the white lion territory and give them the opportunity to really make a difference and have the policymakers hear them,” said Gargan.TACKLING ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES FROM THE HEARTOver the 14 years that Tucker has been running the trust, she has had to influence policy, which she said could make one battle weary.She has presented her case on behalf of lions in South Africa’s Parliament and even at Westminster Abbey. But with One United Roar, she wants to take the cause out of politics. “We want to step out of that whole forum and just hear nature calling to us and the best way we can do that is [through] kids representing nature from the heart.“The most dangerous thing about the times we live in is that people are totally detached from the issues. Hearts are shut down. They’re working overtime here (points to her head) but their hearts not really connected to nature any longer.”Children from the StarLion Programme told the story of the white lion through song and dance. White lions are sacred to the Shangaan in Timbavati. The lions played a big part in determining the health of the ecosystem, said Daréll Lourens, a filmmaker involved in marketing the campaign. “If the lions are flourishing, everything else below them falls into place. By focusing on lions it tells us that that we are screwing up nature by not giving it the place it deserves.”Changing the lions’ status to species not under threat means that the captive breeding industry can be regulated. But for Tucker, the risk will be higher as it would make it acceptable to industrialise lions, or in other words, captive breed them purely for hunting. “Once that happens from a legislation point of view, it’s really the end of everything, the end of ecosystems.”last_img read more