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first_imgFive groups from Donegal will participate in this years All Island Pride of Place Awards which is being held in Ennis, Co. Clare on Saturday night.The five groups are Ionad Naomh Pádraig, Dobhar, Áislann Rann na Feirste, Gaeltacht Beo Fhánada, Sliabh Sneacht Centre, Drumfries and Coiste Pobail Ghort a’Choirce. Each group will be represented at the gala awards ceremony tomorrow night.The IPB All-Island Pride of Place Competition, which is run by Co-operation Ireland, recognises and celebrates the vital contributions that community partnerships make to society. The focus is on people coming together to shape, change and enjoy all that is good about their local area. Last year Donegal County Council scooped the top Local Authority award recognising the work of Council staff and elected members in supporting and enabling community development in the county.Speaking before this year’s award ceremony, Chief Executive Seamus Neely wished each of the competing groups the best of luck in this years competition.He told Donegal Daily: “The Council has been working closely with communities in Donegal for many years and we believe that the Pride of Place competition is a great way to recognise and showcase the tremendous work that takes place throughout the county. I am delighted that we have five groups competing in this years All Island competition and each and every one of these groups are worthy of the top prize. The work that they have done and the difference that they have made to their own communities is outstanding”.An Cathaoirleach Cllr. John Campbell joined with the Chief Executive in wishing the groups every success saying “we recognise the enormous contribution made by communities and volunteers to life in Donegal. Each of these groups has achieved great things for their own communities. They are great examples of what can be achieved by people coming together with a common aim in mind. Each project is special in its own unique way having addressed a particular need in their own community. I wish each group all the best in tomorrow nights competition”. The awards ceremony will be streamed live on Saturday night from http://www.prideofplace.ie/live-stream/ FIVE DONEGAL GROUPS FLY THE FLAG FOR DONEGAL AT ALL ISLAND PRIDE OF PLACE AWARDS was last modified: November 14th, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegalfinalistspride of place awardsSEAMUS NEELYlast_img read more

‘Enough accommodation for 2010 fans’

first_img14 December 2009An extensive audit has revealed that South Africa has enough accommodation for fans expected to visit the country during the 2010 Fifa World Cup™, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk told the media in Cape Town last week.“The results of the audit show that South Africa has more than 202 000 rooms available across the country and I am very satisfied that this will be enough to provide for the approximately 450 000 visitors we are expecting for the World Cup.“This audit has given us the first comprehensive overview of its kind of accommodation establishments in South Africa, and the resulting National Accommodation Database will be a powerful tourism tool long beyond the Word Cup,” he said.According to a statement by the Department of Tourism, the audit was undertaken in cooperation with stakeholders from all nine provinces, the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa, South African Tourism, the private sector and MATCH, the professional services company appointed by Fifa to manage the official accommodation solution for the World Cup.“The wide-ranging nature of the process has ensured that we have a very good picture of the number of accommodation establishments in South Africa, the number of rooms and where these rooms are situated.“The accommodation database is a product we can be very proud of and the strategy we have developed for its future use will be to the advantage of the entire tourism industry in South Africa,” he said.Audit resultsVan Schalkwyk noted that the results of the audit showed the following:There are at least 18 882 accommodation establishments in South Africa, of which 7 492 are graded and 11 390 are ungraded.There are at least 202 712 rooms in the country, of which 107 119 are graded and 95 593 are ungraded.There are at least 7 520 accommodation establishments in host cities (within a 50 kilometre radius of stadiums).There are at least 100 853 rooms in host cities (within a 50 kilometre radius of stadiums).He pointed out that the 202 000 total rooms available included the 55 000 rooms MATCH has to contract to provide for the Fifa family – including the Fifa delegation, commercial affiliates, media and hospitality – and the participating tour operators and members of the general public who buy accommodation through MATCH.“I am very pleased that MATCH has already contracted more than 48 000 rooms and that it is nearing its target of 55 000. Our audit shows that in addition to the rooms contracted by MATCH, there are at least 152 000 additional rooms available in the country for the rest of the visitors coming to the World Cup.“I am satisfied that the supply will be enough to meet the demand during the tournament.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SA President’s XV lifts IRB Tbilisi Cup

first_imgSAinfo reporter and SA Rugby Up against Georgia, Uruguay and Emerging Ireland, the SA President’s XV did themselves proud. They opened their campaign with a convincing 37-9 win over Uruguay and continued their good work in their second match against the Irish, claiming a hard-fought 19-8 victory. In Sunday’s match, flyhalf Carl Bezuidenhout’s accurate goal-kicking, well worked tries by Rosco Speckman and Eduan Van Der Walt, and a brave forward effort earned the team their third victory in as many matches. Georgian tryGeorgian wing Beka Tsiklauri hit back with a penalty in the 11th minute to put his team on the scoreboard, and with the hosts’ pack functioning like a well-oiled machine and the SA President’s XV reduced to 14 men when lock Eduan van der Walt was sin-binned, they powered their way over the tryline in the 25th minute from a powerful rolling maul. Their win was built upon a strong showing at the breakdowns and putting Georgia under pressure at lineout time. Georgia coach Milton Haig commented to the IRB: “The lineout was a little inaccurate, but you have to give South Africa credit for that too. You can’t win these types of games if you don’t get your set piece right, so we will certainly go back and have a look at that.” Bezuidenhout opened the scoring in the second minute with a penalty and backed that up four minutes later with his second to nudge the SA President’s XV into a 6-0 lead. “The tournament has been an excellent developmental tool for our players and will be fantastic for their progression as players.” 19 June 2013 ‘Delighted’Jimmy Stonehouse, the SA President’s XV coach, told the IRB: “We are delighted to get the victory and win the tournament overall. It was a physical battle and I was quite impressed with the performance. center_img Tsiklauri added a second penalty shortly after that to put his team into a 13-6 lead. That left the South African side to take on hosts Georgia in their final game on Sunday, knowing victory would seal the title for them. Overcoming a physical onslaught from the Georgians at the Avchala Rugby Stadium, the President’s XV triumphed 21-16. The SA President’s XV had the last say, however, with Eduan van der Walt scoring the team’s second try midway through the second half. It was enough to clinch victory. South Africa’s rugby depth was on display at the inaugural IRB Tbilisi Cup in Georgia from 7 to 16 June, when the South Africa President’s XV, made up of players from the first division of the Absa Currie Cup, walked away with the honours. LevelThe lead was short-lived as Tsiklauri levelled the scores early in the second half with another penalty. Emerging Ireland finished second after defeating Uruguay 42-33 in their final game. Georgia, 27-3 winners over Uruguay in their second match, placed third. Another penalty by the dependable Bezuidenhout and a stunning try by left wing Rosco Speckman, who danced his way to the tryline after receiving the ball in space, handed the visitors a narrow 16-13 lead at the break.last_img read more

South Africa needs change-makers for better communities

first_imgRadio and TV personality Shado Twala addresses gathered community members while humanitarian Gerri Elsdon looks on during the Play Your Part Soweto Dialogue in the township of Langa on Thursday 9 OctoberIf you are not a change maker, what are you? This was one of the points participants were asked to ponder during the Cape Town leg of the Play Your Part Sowetan Dialogues, held in the township of Langa on Thursday 9 October.The dialogues are hosted by the Sowetan newspaper in partnership with Brand South Africa, through its Play Your Part initiative. The dialogues focus on how to build excellence in communities. The purpose is to encourage an active citizenry to drive change.The five panellists included humanitarian Gerry Elsdon and local entrepreneur Luvuyo Rani. Radio and television personality Shado Twala hosted the event, and residents shared their experiences and concerns.Elsdon said making good choices was fundamental to achieving community excellence. She stressed the importance of family and moral values in guiding any quest for excellence. She also highlighted personal responsibility. “In order to play your part positively and in order to build a community of excellence, you must want to be better. You cannot expect the best the world has to offer and then be the same one who is stealing the television from the house next door.”Excellence, she said, “begins with each and every one of us … If I do not live a good life or improve my circumstances, how can I expect the best?” She also asked: “If you are not a change maker, what are you?”Education was also crucial. Panellist Laurine Platzky, head of strategic programmes for the Western Cape premier’s office, said one of the most important lessons she had learned was “to educate yourself, so that you can serve others”.“For me, when I look at young people, I see some of them sitting at home, expecting a job to come to them,” she said. “I know it is not easy but you have to put yourself out there, you have to present yourself as somebody confident, somebody who can do something.” It was important, she added, to become a role model through hard work and education.FOCUS ON YOUR PASSIONThat is exactly what 76-year-old Langa resident Nozukile Mkunqwana is doing: she passed her matric last year, after returning to school in 1994. “Instead of sitting at home doing nothing I did my matric,” she said. Now, she said, to audience applause, all she wanted to do was “teach old ladies how to read and write”, she said to applause. Twala saluted her, and Rani said he would try to help Mkunqwana with a bursary to study at Unisa.Playing your part was about focusing on your passion, Rani added. During question time a community member asked for tips for success in business. “There are no straight answers; just do the basics,” Rani said. These basics were to “Love what you do – do not just look for money” and “Dream big, but start with small steps.”Another panellist, author Vangile Makwakwa, said she saw every person playing their part in just “deciding to be the greatest you can be”. Using her six-step strategy for excellence, she asked the audience to create a vision for themselves, to take action based on lived values, to have faith and believe in themselves.Audience member Mzwaki Mpoma raised the community’s financial problems, such as debt and loan sharks, and suggested a workshop on better money management. Twala and Makwakwa, to the delight of the audience, agreed to help set up the workshop if the community mobilised for it.last_img read more

Google Books Offers Creative Commons Licensing

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#E-Books#Google#NYT#web Related Posts dana oshiro A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Earlier this morning Google Books announced a program where rights owners would be given the option to modify their copyright licenses and specify them as Creative Commons (CC) works. The initiative allows writers, artists and publishers to mark their books with one of 6 CC version 3 licenses, a public domain license or the CC “no rights reserved” license. In the last few months Creative Commons has celebrated some benchmark programs with large-scale publishers including perhaps the most notable event, Wikipedia’s community-wide adoption of the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license. The addition of Google Books as a partner is a significant one as the search giant’s involvement promises to increase the public’s ability to find works to share and remix. For now, CC licensed books are distinguishable by a Creative Commons logo to the left of the preview pane. In the future, licensing is likely to become an advanced search feature within the site. When that happens, remixing material will be so much easier to find. For example, Google already prints full versions of out-of-copyright books for its Library Project. Once these books are tagged with the public domain license, thousands of out-of-copyright and sometimes out-of-print books will become easily searchable. We may see a renewed interest in our favorite classics, or see them altered in new and unusual ways. By showcasing CC licensed material, Google Books may prompt other companies like Flickr to further prioritize commons-friendly search. If you’d like to place your Google Book under a CC license, you can do so in your account settings. To sign up to add a CC licensed work, visit the Google Books partner page 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

7 days agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer: We’re planning for January and summer windows

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer: We’re planning for January and summer windowsby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed they have plans for the January market.Solskjaer’s side have endured the club’s worst start to a season in 30 years, but executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has reiterated his support of the under-fire manager.”I speak to Ed loads of times and we speak regularly,” Solskjaer said. “As we’ve spoken about so many times, we do have a plan and we know that we’ve made some decisions that maybe in the short-term would harm us, but we know in the long-term will benefit us. And that’s part of the plan.”But results are always are always the main thing and we can move forward quicker if we get results and performances.”But I’m sure we will get there. It’s just still planning for the next transfer window, summer transfer window and how we see the team moving forward.” last_img read more

Former Michigan Star Taylor Lewan Trolls Former Michigan State Star Jack Conklin On Instagram

first_imgJack Conklin's Michigan State jersey seen in the Tennessee Titans locker room.Instagram/Taylor LewanMichigan State has owned Michigan on the gridiron in recent history, winning seven of the last eight matchups between the two programs. But one prominent former Wolverine is tired of living in the past, and Wednesday he had a little fun at the expense of his new Tennessee Titans teammate – a former Spartan.Former Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, who was drafted 11th overall back in 2014, apparently wasn’t a fan of what former Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin, who was drafted eighth overall this year, had hanging in his locker room. Lewan, after seeing Conklin’s Spartans jersey, playfully told him to “grow up” on Instagram. He added a “Go Blue” for fun too. Lewan and Conklin are both expected to play prominent roles for the Titans this year.last_img read more

TMX leaves door open for clearing trades of pot stocks with US

first_imgTORONTO – The company which owns and operates Canada’s only platform used to finalize stock trades says it is leaving the door open to clearing trades of issuers with marijuana-related activities in the U.S., where pot remains illegal under federal law, for certain exchanges.In August, the Globe and Mail reported that TMX Group Inc.-owned subsidiary and clearinghouse Canadian Depository for Securities Ltd. was contemplating a ban on clearing cannabis stocks with U.S. exposure.TMX reiterated in a news release Friday that there is no ban on clearing securities of cannabis companies with U.S. interests, but discussions about how to handle those trades continue with exchanges and the Canadian Securities Administrators, the umbrella organization for Canada’s provincial and territorial securities regulators.However, TMX added that any “solution will be founded on each exchange’s role in applying listing requirements, including exchange rules related to issuers’ compliance with applicable laws.”This leaves the door open for trades of cannabis companies with U.S. assets to continue on the Canadian Securities Exchange, where roughly a dozen of the listed marijuana-based companies have U.S. holdings.Friday’s comment comes after TMX, which also operates the Toronto Stock Exchange, last month issued a staff notice warning that listed cannabis firms with U.S. exposure could face delisting from the TSX. While some states have legalized marijuana to varying degrees, it remains illegal under U.S. federal law to cultivate, distribute or possess the drug south of the border, the TMX also noted in October.The CSA, however, said last month that pot companies must tell investors about certain risks when they invest south of the border, in line with the CSE’s approach.TMX spokesman Shane Quinn said Friday that discussions with the CSA and exchanges on how to handle these trades were taking longer than initially hoped, and it was important to provide an update to the market.“That’s something we wanted to clarify,” he said. “That the solution will be founded on each exchange’s role in applying the listing requirements, and that is in line with the CSA’s announcement.”TMX’s commentary was welcomed by Ottawa-based cannabis investment firm CannaRoyalty Corp.“This is a positive development for CannaRoyalty and for any issuer with U.S. marijuana-related activities traded on the Canadian Securities Exchange (“CSE”),” said Marc Lustig, CannaRoyalty CEO, in a statement Friday. “The CSE has repeatedly expressed support for issuers with U.S. cannabis assets and as expected, TMX has confirmed it will base any rules regarding the clearing of these issuers on the rules of individual exchanges.“We expect this guidance to continue to remove any persisting rumours regarding the Canadian regulators’ view of issuers with U.S. cannabis assets.”Beacon Securities analyst Vahan Ajamian says TMX’s release was short on details but highlighted how various exchanges have had differences in applying listing requirements.“We continue to believe the status quo that has existed for the last 12 months — where U.S. operators trade on the CSE, and most Canadian operators on the TSX or TSX Venture — will continue indefinitely,” he said.last_img read more

Suncor plans 10 production increase for 2019 holds capex spending steady

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:SU)The Canadian Press CALGARY — Suncor Energy Inc. is planning to grow production by about 10 per cent, even after Alberta’s mandatory production curtailments.The company says it expects average upstream production of 780,000 to 820,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, up from about 730,000 boepd this year.Suncor says its guidance assumes the curtailments are in place for three months before falling to 30 per cent of initial levels for the remainder of 2019, in line with the provincial announcement.The production guidance came as Suncor says it is planning between $4.9 billion and $5.6 billion in capital spending next year, roughly in line with this year.The Alberta government has announced a mandatory cut to oil production which amounts to 8.7 per cent of overall output in a bid to reduce a glut of oil and help boost low prices.Western Canadian crude had been trading at a steep discount to the North American benchmark prices, however that gap has narrowed since the Alberta announcement.last_img read more

300 Irish people worth more than Moroccos GDP source

first_imgRabat- The Irish news website Independent has recently published a news story which compares Morocco’s global gross domestic product to the wealth of Ireland’s richest 300 in 2014.This week, the Independent published a list of wealthy Irish citizens. The Irish independent said Ireland’s 300 wealthiest people “are now worth more than the entire economy of Morocco.”The wealthy elite have net assets of €70.74bn this year, while Morocco’s Global Domestic Product is estimated at €69.25bn. Forbes magazine published an article last November in which it highlighted that three Moroccans are among Africa’s 50 billionaires.The list of Moroccan billionaires is led by Outmane Benjelloun with a net worth of worth of $2.8 billion. He is followed by Miloud Chaabi, with $1.9 billion, Minister of Agriculture Aziz Akhannouch, with an estimated $1.4 billion fortune and Anas Sefrioui with $1.3 billion.Edited by Jessica Rohan© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more