first_imgThe organising committee for the annual Peadar O’Donnell Weekend is pleased to announce the details of this year’s event, which will take place in Dungloe this weekend.As usual, the Weekend will feature a wide range of topics and events, reflecting the broad sweep of Peadar’s activities over his long lifetime. Peadar made his mark as one of the foremost Irish writers of the 20th century, but also as a teacher, trade unionist, soldier, revolutionary and tireless champion of the common people.In keeping with this tradition, the opening session on Friday evening will feature the renowned artist Robert Ballagh, known for his support of progressive causes. This will be followed by a lively music session in Beedy’s Bar featuringDublin group, the Craggy Men. On Saturday morning people will have an opportunity to take part in a guided excursion through some of the history and scenery of the Maghery/Crohy area of the Rosses. The trip will include visits to the 13th century Templecrone Church, the 18th century Kelp Factory, the Napoleonic Signal Tower and discussions on the local islands.Saturday afternoon has a literary flavour, with a book fair inIonad Teampaill Chroine from 12 noon onwards. Nigel Jess will give a personal appreciation on perhaps Peadar’s most famous book, ‘Islanders’ , followed by a bi-lingual presentation by Peadar O Baoill on ‘Clann Mac Grianna agusPeadar O Domhnall’, dealing with the famous Rannafastauthors and Peadar O Donnell.A feature of Irish political life in recent elections, includingthis week’s two bye elections, has been the growing role of independent candidates. But what does ‘independent’ mean? Does it simply mean ‘non-party’ or does it tell us anything about what a politician stands for? This topic will be discussed by a panel comprising Donegal Mayor John Campbell, Derry & Strabane Councillor Gary Donnelly, and Sligo Councillor Declan Bree.Saturday’s events will be rounded off by a musical evening in the Ionad featuring popular local duo Anne and Tony Crokewith guests. Sunday will feature two interesting discussions. At 12pm a panel of speakers including Clare Daly TD, Belfast Trade Union Organiser Kerry Fleck, and community activists Paula Leonard and Clarrie Pringle will address ‘Women in Struggle, Yesterday and Today’.This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Republican Congress, in which Peadar O’Donnell played a leading role. To mark the occasion and consider what ongoing relevance it may have today, Sinn Fein Councillor and author Eoin OBroin and Eugene McCartan, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Ireland will debate the subject at 2pm.This session will be chaired by Thomas Pringle TD.Following on the success of last year’s essay competition, thepupils of the Rosses Community School have been invited to address the topic, ‘How can we make the Rosses an even greater place to live?’ The Weekend will conclude with thepresentation of prizes to the winners in the Ionad at 6pm.There’ll be plenty of interest for everyone over the Weekend, and we hope to see big crowds there!LARGE CROWD EXPECTED FOR PEADAR O’DONNELL WEEKEND IN DUNGLOE was last modified: October 16th, 2014 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) Tags:donegaldungloePeadar O’Donnell Weekendlast_img read more

Govt waste plan needed to tackle littering in Donegal – Councillor

first_imgCalls have been made on the government to put effective measures in place in order to tackle waste in Ireland in a fair effect way.It comes after a report t into Ireland’s waste revealed that less than half of litter fines issued by local authorities between 2012 and 2017 were paid.The report from the environmental charity VOICE Ireland follows a 10-month investigation into how local authorities are managing and Ireland’s public waste and tackling litter. Speaking on the matter, Cllr Patrick McGowan said a long term plan needed to be developed before waste contractors will be able to charge what they want.He said: ” New legislation is needed immediately to tackle littering and the government needs to develop a long term plan for dealing with waste management.Waste contractors will soon be free to charge whatever they want when the present legislation is fully implemented.“The way is opened for large multinational investment companies and large waste collection companies to move in and take over ever County leaving them free then to increase charges at will.” Govt waste plan needed to tackle littering in Donegal – Councillor was last modified: May 18th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Some notable suspensions in San Jose Sharks history

first_imgLAS VEGAS — Sharks forward Evander Kane was given a three-game suspension by the NHL on Tuesday for violating Rule 40.4 (Physical Abuse of Officials) during a preseason game against the Vegas Golden Knights. But it’s hardly among the longest suspensions in Sharks history.Although not a comprehensive list, here are some of the more notable suspensions in Sharks history.Oct. 5, 2016Raffi Torres, 41 games: Torres was suspended for an illegal hit to the head on Anaheim’s Jakob Silfverberg, the …last_img read more

Sub-Saharan Africa ‘on the growth path’

first_img12 November 2012Sub-Saharan African economies have enjoyed the second-fastest growth rate in the world for the past decade, and the trend looks set to continue, according to the Institute of International Finance (IIF).The global association of financial institutions last week released its first regional report on Sub-Saharan Africa, covering seven countries – Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia – that together account for 65% of the region’s economy.The release was timed to coincide with the IIF’s inaugural Africa Financial Summit, taking place in Cape Town on Monday and Tuesday and bringing together more than 100 financial sector leaders from across the world to deliberate on the progress and prospects for African economies and financial markets.The seven countries surveyed have, the report states, achieved an average annual 4.7% rate of economic growth since 2007, despite the global financial crisis of 2008-09.“Many countries on the African continent have achieved great progress in stabilising their economies and consolidating their rates of growth,” George Abed, director of the IIF’s Africa and Middle East department, said in a statement.“What is remarkable about this outcome is that it has been achieved during a period of unprecedented global financial turbulence. There are challenges ahead for Africa, but the trend of solid growth of the past decade looks sustainable over the medium term.”Foreign direct investmentThe region’s strong economic performance, the report states, has been underpinned by more democratic political processes and better macroeconomic management.At the same time, capital flows into Sub-Saharan Africa have shifted from the public to the private sector over the past decade.These have remained focused on foreign direct investment (FDI), primarily in oil, gas, mining and chemicals, but more recently in the telecoms and retail sectors. Between 2000 and 2011, FDI in the seven countries surveyed rose more than five-fold, from under US$3-billion to $15.5-billion.Portfolio investmentsHowever, attractive yields have also drawn in portfolio investors, especially in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. In 2011 for example, the report estimates that inward portfolio investments totaled around $12.5-billion, more than half of which was directed towards South Africa.“Capital accounts and markets have become more open and, together with better governance, this has facilitated a rise in portfolio investment in the past few years,” the report states. “The stock of portfolio liabilities in the seven countries covered in the report rose from $21-billion in 2001 to $167-billion in 2010.”According to the report, foreign investors in the region have tended to focus more on bond than equities in the past few years, particularly in South Africa, due partly to the large yield differential between the country’s government bonds and US and European treasuries.“Fixed income activity has in addition been particularly strong this year, as foreign funds positioned themselves ahead of South Africa’s inclusion in Citigroup’s World Government Bond Index (WGBI), and Nigeria’s entry into the JP Morgan GBI-EM bond index.”ChallengesPreviewing the challenges facing Sub-Saharan Africa, Abed cautioned that the region’s recent strong performance had been helped by massive debt relief and a sustained commodity boom, but that “the future global environment may not be so accommodating.“The prospects for continued growth in Sub-Saharan Africa remain contingent on greater economic diversification and on reducing dependence on commodity exports,” Abed said.“Progress on political stability remains fragile, and this needs to be reinforced by building strong institutions, cementing further the rule of law, and improving public accountability.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

9 months agoTottenham defender Serge Aurier arrested before Man Utd defeat

first_imgTottenham defender Serge Aurier arrested before Man Utd defeatby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham defender Serge Aurier was arrested before defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.The Daily Mail reports the 26-year-old was held the night before Sunday’s defeat by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Wembley after an alleged argument with his partner. Aurier missed the clash against United.Aurier denies the accusations of assault and Hertfordshire Police released the full-back without charge. It remains to be seen whether Aurier will face internal disciplinary procedures from Tottenham following the incident.A Tottenham spokesman confirmed: “We are aware of an incident concerning Serge Aurier this weekend. The player was released without charge.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoSolskjaer: Inside Man Utd we know we’re on right track

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer: Inside Man Utd we know we’re on right trackby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists the club knows they’re on the right track.Despite struggling to make it past Sky Bet League One side Rochdale on penalties in midweek and failing to impress as they meekly lost 2-0 at West Ham last week, Solskjaer says he believes in the principles they are trying to instil in the squad.He said, “I never said it was going to be easy this season. There is going to ups and downs and highs and lows.“When we lose a game, go through difficult periods it is time for us to trust what we are doing and keep working to the principles that we believe in. It’s not about changing direction every time you lose.“Every game in the Premier League is winnable, but also loseable. It’s fine margins.“Sometimes you’re happy and smiling because you’ve won a game and sometimes you are angry because you’ve lost a game. But deep down you know we are on the right way.” last_img read more

Britney Spears Helps Save Music Education

first_imgThe VH1 Save The Music Foundation is proud to announce that pop superstar Britney Spears will headline the 2014 Ambassador class, a collection of celebrities dedicated to showcasing the importance of music education and raising awareness about the work the Foundation is doing to keep music in our schools.Joining Spears are a group of engaged and committed stars including Taye Diggs, Jason Derulo, Hunter Hayes, Gloria Reuben, Diane Birch and platinum selling singer Cher Lloyd, who kicked off the classes’ initiatives last Wednesday by performing at the opening of the new Bloomingdale’s in Glendale, CA, which served as a fundraising benefit for the Foundation.“I am so proud to be a VH1 Save The Music Foundation Ambassador,” said Britney Spears. “Music is such a big part of my life and as a mother I can’t imagine my children growing up without it,” added Spears.The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a non-profit organization that restores instrumental music education programs in public elementary and middle schools across the country. Music is an integral part of a child’s development and a key component of each student’s complete education, helping increase performance in all core subjects, while encouraging collaboration and creative thinking. To date, the Foundation has provided nearly $51 Million in new musical instruments to almost 1,900 public schools in more than 192 districts around the country, impacting the lives of over 2.3 million children.“We are thrilled to have such an incredible collection of celebrities join our 2014 Ambassador class,” said Paul Cothran, Vice President and Executive Director of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. “It is extremely important that we make people aware of how vital music education is to a child’s development and with the support of these generous superstars we can help to inform the national conversation.”The VH1 Save The Music Foundation began its Ambassador Class program in 2009 with Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, Chris Webber, Gavin DeGraw, Ne-Yo, John Rzeznik, Natasha Bedingfield, The Fray, 3 Doors Down and Venus Williams. The program continued with the 2010 class, which included Jason Mraz, Nick Lachey, Kelly Clarkson, OneRepublic, Fall Out Boy, Mandy Moore, Chrisette Michele and Colbie Caillat and the 2011 Ambassador Class consisted of superstars Amber Riley, Ciara, Jewel, John Legend, John Mayer, Lifehouse and Sara Bareilles. The 2012 class included Gavin Rossdale, Jordin Sparks, AJ Mclean, Katy Perry, Daughtry, Lupe Fiasco, Vanessa Carlton and Matthew Morrison with 2013 bringing Mariah Carey, Matchbox Twenty, B.o.B., Ingrid Michaelson, Robin Thicke, LeAnn Rimes, Andy Grammer and Henrik Lundqvist into the fold. This year’s Ambassadors will be added to the incredibly talented list of supporters and bring the Foundation one step closer to restoring instrumental music education in the U.S.For more information or to see how you can get involved please visit, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @vh1savethemusic. For more information on the Ambassador program please visit Newswirelast_img read more

Interior Roads changes name to Dawson Road Maintenance Ltd

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Since recently acquiring the highways maintenance contract for the North Peace, Interior Roads has made the decision to rename the company.As of today, May 10, Interior Roads will now be going under the name Dawson Road Maintenance Ltd.Division Manager of Operations for Dawson Road Maintenance, Sam McCarthy, says the new name will reflect the company’s shift of servicing Northeastern B.C., then just in the Interior. “With our move into Northern B.C., the new name makes a lot of sense. Our operations have expanded beyond the Interior.”The Company will now be in the process of installing the new logo on all of its vehicles and signs in all service areas.The Company was awarded the contract to service North Peace highways in April, with the contract taking effect on June 1, 2019 following the longtime contract of Yellowhead Road & Bridge North Peace Ltd.last_img read more

AAP to contest three seats each in UP, Bihar

first_imgNew Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday announced that it will contest three seats each in Uttar Pardesh and Bihar, and also introduced its candidates. In a series of tweets, AAP leader Sanjay Singh said that in Uttar Pradesh, the party will contest in Saharanpur, Gautam Buddh Nagar and Aligarh. “The Political Affairs Committee (PAC) of AAP has given its approval for three names in Uttar Pradesh. Yogesh Dahia from Saharanpur, Prof Shweta Sharma from Gautam Buddh Nagar and Satish Chand Sharma from Aligarh will be AAP’s candidates,” Singh said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder While Saharanpur and Gautam Buddh Nagar will vote on April 11 in the first of the seven-phase general elections, Aligarh will go to the polls on April 18. Singh also said that in Bihar the party will contest three seats — Kishanganj, Sitamarhi and Bhagalpur. AAP will field Alimuddin Ansari from Kishanganj, Raghunath Kumar from Sitamarhi and E. Satyendar Kumar from Bhagalpur, Singh said. While Kishanganj and Bhagalpur will vote in the second phase on April 18, Sitamarhi vote in the fifth phase on May 6. The AAP is contesting in all the seats in Delhi, Goa, Haryana and Punjab. The party has named all seven candidates for the seats in Delhi, and for two seats in Goa.last_img read more

Modi got ex-BSF jawan’s nomination ‘cancelled’: Kejriwal

first_imgNew Delhi: AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal Wednesday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi got former BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav’s nomination “cancelled” as he was “afraid” to contest against him from the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat. Yadav’s nomination as the Samajwadi Party candidate from the seat was rejected Wednesday over “discrepancies” in the two sets of nomination papers submitted by him. Notices in this regard were sent to him on Tuesday. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles “There will be fewer occasions in history when the jawans of a country are compelled to challenge their PM, but this is the first time in history that a PM has been so afraid of a jawan that instead of competing with him, he got his nomination cancelled on technical grounds. “Modi ji, you are very weak and the country’s jawan won,” Kejriwal tweeted. Yadav was dismissed from the Border Security Force (BSF) after he triggered a controversy by uploading a video in which he alleged that poor quality food was being served to jawans. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar In the first set of papers on April 24, he had mentioned that he was dismissed from the Border Security Force. On April 29 he submitted a second set of papers – this time as the Samajwadi Party nominee for the Lok Sabha seat – but did not give out this information. He was also required to submit a no-objection certificate from the BSF, giving reasons for his dismissal. Modi is seeking reelection from Varanasi. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Modi, who contested from two seats –Varanasi in UP and Vadodra in Gujarat– had defeated Kejriwal from here. Congress’ Ajay Rai finished third.last_img read more