Customs officers at Cairo’s airport on Thursday detained a man bound for Saudi Arabia who was trying to smuggle 700 live snakes on a plane, airport authorities said. The officers were stunned when a passenger, identified as Yahia Rahim Tulba, told them his carry-on bag contained live snakes after he was asked to open it. Tulba opened his bag to show the snakes to the police and asked the officers, who kept at a safe distance, not to come close. Among the various snakes, hidden in small cloth sacks, were two poisonous cobras, authorities said. The Egyptian said he had hoped to sell the snakes in Saudi Arabia. Police confiscated the snakes and turned Tulba over to the prosecutor’s office, accusing him of violating export laws and endangering the lives of other passengers. According to the customs officials, Tulba claimed the snakes are wanted by Saudis who display them in glass jars in shops, keep them as pets or sell them to research centers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University softball team signed three high school student-athletes, Becca Barnett (Moline, Ill.), Alexia Lara (Bettendorf, Iowa) and Hannah Pals (Des Moines, Iowa) to National Letters of Intent for the 2019 season, head coach Rich Calvert announced on Wednesday. “Time will tell on the impact they will have on the softball field, but they all come from programs, whether high school or club, that have achieved tremendous success during their time,” Calvert said. “We look forward to seeing them develop over their careers.” Print Friendly Version The final member of the class is Pals, who played her first three high school seasons at Dowling Catholic High School. She will finish her prep career at North Polk High School. Pals is another utility player, who had an outstanding junior year for the Maroons in the circle and at the plate. She helped lead Dowling to the state tournament, batted .426 with four home runs and compiled a 0.69 earned run average and struck out 215 batters. As a junior, Pals was named first team all-state, all-district and all-CIML. She is a member of the Iowa Premier Fastpitch club. Lara, a utility player, hails from Bettendorf, Iowa, where she is a three-year letterwinner for Pleasant Valley High School. She helped the Spartans win the 2017 Iowa Class 5A state title during a great junior season when she batted .473 with 50 RBI. She was named to the All-Iowa Elite First Team, First Team All-State, All-Metro, Mississippi Athletic All-Conference and to the Class 5A All-Tournament team. Lara is a member of the Southeast Iowa All Stars club. Barnett is from just across the Iowa border in Moline, Ill., where she was selected All-Metro and Western 6 All-Conference for Moline High School in 2017 after batting .410 with two home runs, nine doubles and 36 runs batted in. She transferred to Moline after spending her first three high school years at Alleman High School. Barnett, a pitcher and shortstop, is a member of the Illinois Premier Fastpitch club. “We feel the most important aspect in the recruiting process is finding quality student-athletes that represent Drake softball both on-and-off the field,” Calvert said. “It is the most versatile class we have ever had in terms of playing different positions. We could train them in the infield, outfield, behind the plate and even in the circle as all of them pitch for their high school teams.”
Wainfest 2015 was last night launched by Laureate na nÓg and children’s author Eoin Colfer following an evening of enthralling story telling in the splendid surroundings of Glenveagh Castle.Wainfest, a book and art festival organised by Donegal County Council’s Cultural Services division will take place between the 10 and 17 of October and promises to deliver the biggest ever line up of quality events and performers. There will be over 100 attractions including 21 authors, storytellers, artists, designers and scientists packed into one week. Wainfest was launched following the Laureate na n-Óg’s Once Upon a Place Donegal Tour where the audience of more than 50 children and adults were treated to tales of fairies and talking frogs as well as stories about growing up the olden times of the 70’s and 80’s by Eoin Colfer and his wonderful team of professional story tellers.The Once Upon a Place tour focuses on fantastic places: extraordinary settings in which to stage very special and memorable storytelling events that spark children’s imaginations and bring the magic of story and of books to young people in an experiential way and where better to do this than at Glenveagh Castle.Speaking following the event Eileen Burgess, Cultural Services Donegal County Council said “launching Wainfest 2015 as part of this tour was an extremely fitting and memorable experience for everyone involved including the many children and young people who participated in the evening”.She added “we are delighted to have the Laureate na n-Óg Eoin Colfer and his team here in Donegal for the Once Upon a Place tour and if this evenings performance is anything to go by the children of Donegal are in for a wonderful treat during this tour”. This is the 19th year of the festival and 2015 brings many changes including the inclusion of a family programme separate to the very successful events schedule for primary schools.Festival highlights in the school programme include:Author visits by Patricia Murphy and Gerard WhelanHistory workshops with Michael MoylanVisits to libraries by Open Farms and small animalsSEAI workshopsSuil na nÓg Junior Cert Art Exhibition at the Regional Cultural Centre, LetterkennyThis year’s Wainfest will also be book-ended with family events on both Saturdays.On Saturday October 11, Monster Story Parties will take place in Buncrana, Bundoran, Carndonagh, Central Letterkenny and Milford libraries from 11am. The event will incorporate stories and arts and crafts under the theme of Monsters with the run up to the Halloween break.And on Saturday, October 17, the event will close the festival with the Family Fun Day in Letterkenny which centres around the Wimpy Kid and the Dinosaur that Pooped shows at the Regional Cultural Centre.Competitions While all this is going on there will be two competitions. One gives participants the opportunity to win €200 worth of new books for your school library. Every time a child borrows books from the library in October their names will be entered into a draw for this.The other competition will be based around social media, whereby names will be entered into a draw to win 1 of 40 free (20 for each show) tickets to the Wimpy Kid and Dinosaur that Pooped shows when they ‘like and share’ the family events post.Donegal County Council wish to acknowledge Europe Direct who sponsor a majority of the Schools Programme; Irish Design 2015 who funded a design event; Crafty Kids and Easons who are sponsoring some of the family events and Booknest Library Suppliers who are sponsoring the books for the competition.WAINFEST 2015 LAUNCHED AT GLENVEAGH CASTLE BY LAUREATE NA NÓG was last modified: September 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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)
8 December 2010 Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has announced the cancellation of a R1-billion debt owed by Cuba to South Africa as part of a new trade agreement between the two countries. Davies, who was accompanying President Jacob Zuma on a two-days state visit to Cuba, said on Tuesday that the debt had become a “hindrance” to trade and economic development between Cuba and South Africa. The debt was incurred during the 1990s, when Cuba purchased diesel engines from South Africa. He said South African businesses demanded cash in advance because the Export Credit Insurance Corporation of the department could no longer insure Cuba’s orders as it had exhausted its credit limit. “We are re-opening the credit lines so that we can start trading actively again,” Zuma said. Apart from cancelling the debt, South Africa has also offered Cuba credit line package guarantees to the value of R70-million rand and a further R40-million rand to support Cuba with seeds and fertilizers following the hurricane that devastated Cuban agriculture in 2008, About R100-million from the African Renaissance Fund will be made available for purchases from South Africa. It is envisaged that this package will help to reinvigorate trade and investment between the two countries. South African exports to Cuba had fallen from R82-million in 2008 to a mere R1-million this year. South Africa and Cuba have strong relations dating back to the struggle against apartheid. In another landmark agreement, Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma signed an agreement on the waiver of visa requirements for holders of diplomatic, official and service passports. The agreement entitles Cuban and South African citizens holding such travel documents to enter and remain in the respective countries for up to 90 days without visas. Source: BuaNews
Brand South Africa is awarding bursaries to two students from the Lekoa Shandu Secondary School in Sharpeville to further their studies in marketing and communications at the North West University.The students are Thandeka Dlamini and Palesa Mphache and were amongst the Class of 2013 top performers at the school.Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola says “Brand South Africa is delighted to play its part in supporting the further education of two students who have played their part to qualify for further education opportunities.“We congratulate them on their outstanding matric results and wish them well as they enter another phase of their lives – tertiary education.“We look forward to their contribution to our country and its development once they have completed their studies.“We urge the Class of 2014 to remain committed to preparing for their final examinations at the end of the year so that they too can access further education and training opportunities,” concludes Matola.