Donegal Tourism sector on board as ‘Donegal Connect’ countdown begins

first_imgThe new Donegal Connect initiative has been given a huge boost with a fantastic special offer from Aer Lingus where customers flying from the US and concluding their journey at Donegal Airport can avail of special offers using the ‘Donegal19’ promo code.The 10 day celebration of all things Donegal is set to take place this Autumn from 27 September to 6 October and in addition to this special offer from Aer Lingus, a range of Donegal hotels are offering various discounts and special packages linked to the Donegal celebrations.A comprehensive list of all these offers will be available to view on from May 1st. Speaking this week Garry Martin, Director of Service with Donegal County Council, said he was delighted with the offer being put forward by Aer Lingus as this is another opportunity for people with a connection to Donegal to come home for the 10 day celebration.“We are delighted to have Aer Lingus on board with the Donegal Connect initiative and we are working with other providers to put in place special offers for accommodation, car hire and travel itineraries. We will be promoting these on as these become available”.This special offer will see US based customers being offered $100 off return economy or $200 off return business flights with half discount applying on one ways in both economy & business for travel dates from 9 September to 27 October 2019 but bookings must be made before the 30 June 2019 using the promo code ‘Donegal19’.A marketing drive to highlight the range of offers is to take place in the USA this May as a Donegal Trade Team will be embarking on a whistle stop tour of US cities with strong affiliations to the county. These will include two events in Philadelphia on the 15th & 16th May; one in Boston on 17th May; while the 18th & 19th May will see events in two separate locations in New York. The precise locations and times of these events will be announced in the coming weeks on http://www.donegalconnect.comThe 10 day celebration, which is about enticing those with an affinity for Donegal to come back to experience what the county has to offer, promises to have something for everyone including a strong focus on food, genealogy, culture, heritage, sport and music and in particular on employment and business development opportunities.Garry Martin explains “highlighting business development and career opportunities in Donegal is an important part of Donegal Connect which will include business networking events and seminars, a careers symposium and workshops on the practicalities of re-locating or returning to Donegal as well as a series of events showcasing the superb quality of life opportunities on offer”.The initiative is being delivered by Donegal County Council through the Donegal Diaspora Project working with a range of public and private sector organisations including IDA, LYIT, Údarás na Gaeltachta and some of the largest private sector employers in the county including Pramerica, Randox and Abbotts Diabetes Care.Donegal Tourism sector on board as ‘Donegal Connect’ countdown begins was last modified: April 25th, 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

Raiders, NFL ask judge to toss Oakland’s antitrust lawsuit

first_imgThe Raiders and NFL are asking a judge to toss out a lawsuit filed by Oakland, arguing the city’s claims “turn antitrust on its head” and are a “striking perversion of antitrust law.”Attorneys for the team, league and its 31 other franchises laid out their legal arguments for the first time in court papers filed March 1. Spero is expected to rule on June 7 whether to dismiss the lawsuit. Both sides met for the first time in San Francisco before U.S. District Judge Joseph C. Spero on Friday …last_img read more

Canadian miner set to invest in SA

first_img11 June 2013Canadian company Ivanplats has filed a mining right application for a major project in South Africa’s Limpopo province which could see the first serious foreign direct investment in the country’s platinum sector in a number of years.The application, filed with South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources, is for Ivanplats’ Platreef project, a massive discovery of platinum-group metals, nickel, copper and gold on the northern limb of the country’s Bushveld Complex.Ivanplats executive chairman Robert Friedland told delegates at the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town in February that the Platreef deposit was even bigger than previously thought and represented “enormous good news” for the future of platinum mining in South Africa.In a statement on Monday, Friedland said the rights application was the culmination “of years of successful exploration and engineering to define high-grade resources that we believe are amenable to safe, efficient, large-scale, mechanized underground mining methods.“We’re looking forward to working with all our stakeholders to advance the Platreef project to production, to create much-needed jobs and to contribute significantly to the socio-economic development of our host communities, the surrounding Limpopo region and South Africa as a whole.”Friedland also announced that, if the application was approved, Ivanplats would finance the acquisition of a 26% stake in Platreef by a black economic empowerment company representing local communities.A Japanese consortium comprising Itochu Corporation, Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation and JGC Corporation would also acquire a 10% stake in Platreef for US$290-million, payable in two tranches, which would help fund the project’s ongoing pre-development work.This work, the company said on Monday, was supported by “what is believed to be one of the most extensive environmental and socio-economic study programmes in South Africa’s mining history. Approximately three years have been spent collecting the data necessary to plan an environmentally sound and socially responsible mining project.”Ivanplats had already set up community liaison offices, held regular community engagement forums, and begun two local economic development projects in the vicinity of Platreef.Platreef “would bring many additional high-value jobs, training and other opportunities for those who live in local communities and elsewhere in the region,” the company said. Work on skills training and sustainable local economic development projects was under way, and specific initiatives would be announced in due course.The Canadian company, which has been exploring in Africa since 1994, listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange in October 2012. “We are now thinking of listing in South Africa as our secondary listing,” Friedland told the African Mining Indaba in February.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Hector’s sister tells the story still, 38 years later

first_imgSam Nzima’s famous picture hangs at the Hector Pieterson Museum in Soweto. Antoinette Sithole, left, gives tours at the museum and says schoolchildren still find the uprising hard to believe. (Image: Lucille Davie) • Hector Pieterson Museum +27 11 536 0611 • Soweto: from struggle to suburbia • Historic Soweto township turns 80• Trio aspires to retain Hector legacy• Soweto tours with a twist• Youth Day: lessons from 1976Lucille DavieAntoinette Sithole, Hector Pieterson’s sister, finds that schoolchildren want to touch her to see if she is real, once they have heard the story of 16 June 1976, and see the famous photograph of her running alongside Mbuyisa Makhubu, who was carrying the dying 12-year-old Hector in his arms.“They find the story unbelievable,” she says now, 38 years later. On that fateful day, police opened fire on thousands of schoolchildren who were protesting against Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in township schools. Hector was the first child to die on the day, in uprisings that spread across Soweto and the country in 1976. By the end of the year, there had been more than 500 deaths around the country.Sithole now gives tours at the Hector Pieterson Museum in Orlando West in Soweto, built just a few blocks from where her brother was shot. The children say that the event happened a long time ago, and it’s hard to believe it took place. “They just keep on touching me – I am the past and the present, and it is very exciting.”It is striking that the children of today don’t appear to have unity, she says; she explains to them that back in 1976 children supported one another; they had a sense of unity. “Now children do drugs, and there is teenage pregnancy, and they don’t take a stand. They are living in another world.”She has told the story thousands of times of how she joined the march of up to 15 000 schoolchildren, on their way to Orlando Stadium to discuss their grievances. About having to repeat it almost every day, she says: “At first I could not talk about it, but I am part and parcel of the story. I now feel honoured and proud to talk about our history.” Schools on strikeTensions in schools had been growing from February in 1976 when two teachers at the Meadowlands Tswana School Board were dismissed for refusing to teach in Afrikaans. Efforts to make representations to the education authorities were rebuffed, and in mid-May about a dozen schools went on strike, with several students refusing to write mid-year exams.On 16 June, students from three schools – Belle Higher Primary, Phefeni Junior Secondary, and Morris Isaacson High – marched but before they got to the stadium, the police met them, in Moema Street. No one knows who gave the first command to shoot, but soon children were running in all directions; some were left lying wounded and dying on the road.The museum, opened in 2002, captures in graphic photographs, posters, TV footage and artefacts the events of the day, together with eye witness accounts. A series of ramps leads the visitor into the belly of the museum, where one is finally confronted with the famous photograph taken by The World photographer Sam Nzima. He took a sequence of six photographs of Makhubo carrying Hector and putting him a car. He was taken to the nearby Phefeni Clinic, where he was pronounced dead. The photographs were splashed across the front pages of newspapers around the world, and Hector became the symbol of apartheid repression.Sithole takes overseas visitors through the museum, and says that they cry when they hear the story. “They say I am brave, that they couldn’t talk about it. But I am not angry, I have learnt forgiveness.”She remembers the events “just like yesterday”. But on the other hand, sometimes she doesn’t believe the story herself, as if she is watching a movie, she adds. Sometimes she is restless, and would like to have “me time”.Recently turned 54, “every birthday to me is very, very important” she says, “because if my brother hadn’t have died, it could have been me”. She gives talks around the country, and has been invited to speak in Europe, Canada and the US. She gives credit to her mother, as the one who is strong. “Whatever happened to her she accepts.” Hector’s motherSeventy-one-year-old Dorothy Molefe says she still misses her only son, who would be 50 this year. “I miss him a lot, we were very close, he was like a brother to me. I miss the jokes, the teasing. He was clever, jolly, always smiling.” And because he was her only son, it was harder for her. “I don’t even think of how old he would be now.”Molefe still visits his grave in Avalon Cemetery, in Soweto. “I think of the memories of when he was alive.”Back in 1976, it took three weeks to get Hector’s remains from the mortuary. “He was the last one of the children to be buried,” she said in 2005. She found the funeral “very hard”. “I didn’t want to be too sad, in case everything didn’t go right.”Hector was one of six children; Molefe had three daughters and a son with her first husband, and two daughters with her second husband. Since Hector’s death, she has had to bury a second child: in 1997 her 15-year-old daughter, Debbie, died in a car accident. She has 12 grandchildren – her son would probably be a grandfather today, if he’d lived.The apartheid government was jolted by the event. The immediate consequence was that Afrikaans as a medium of instruction was dropped. More schools and a teacher training college were built in Soweto. Teachers were given in-service training, and encouraged to upgrade their qualifications by being given study grants. But the most significant change was that urban blacks were given permanent resident status in South Africa. Previously they had been considered “temporary sojourners” with permanent residence only in the designated homelands, far away from industrial centres and jobs. The hunt for MakhuboThe 18-year-old Makhubo was harassed by police after the incident and eventually went into exile. His late mother told the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the mid-1990s that the only communication she received from him was a letter he wrote in 1978 from Nigeria. According to the Mail & Guardian, he is believed to be still alive and detained in a Canadian jail on immigration charges.The newspaper reported on 13 June: “Last year saw the failure of a Department of Arts and Culture-initiated project to repatriate a man – believed to be the very same Mbuyisa Makhubu – detained in Canada for 10 years on immigration charges. The DNA results into his identity were pronounced inconclusive. But for the Makhubu family, hope remains.” The Citizen newspaper reported the following day: “[The department] is in the process of clarifying the situation regarding DNA tests done on a man currently in Canada that some maintain could be Mbuyisa Makhubo.”The man has been imprisoned in Canada for a decade on immigration charges, claiming his name is Victor Vinnetou. In its report, the Mail & Guardian said that according to detention review transcripts supplied to it by Canada’s immigration and refugee board, “the detainee in question has been living in Canada since 1988 and has been detained there since 10 August 2004. He assumed multiple identities since arriving in Canada and has the symptoms of a mental health disorder.”last_img read more

Introducing Virtual Rewards 2.0!

first_img SharePrint RelatedIntroducing Virtual Rewards!August 24, 2017In “Community”Wir stellen Virtual Rewards 2.0 vor!May 14, 2019In “Deutsch”Inside Geocaching HQ Transcript (Episode 24) Virtual Rewards 2.0May 15, 2019In “Podcast” Geocaching HQ is excited to announce Virtual Rewards 2.0 to introduce another limited number of new Virtual Caches for the geocaching community. Beginning today, an opt-in web page is available for cachers to apply for a Virtual Reward. The page is open until June 1, 2019. Approximately 50,000 geocachers around the world meet the criteria to apply for a Virtual Reward. Those who previously received a Virtual Reward are not eligible to participate in Virtual Rewards 2.0.From all applicants, Geocaching HQ will randomly select up to 4,000 geocachers on June 4, 2019 to receive one Virtual Cache. Approximately 30 active community volunteers are receiving a Virtual Reward, as a thanks for giving their time to support the geocaching community.Winners will have one year to create their Virtual Cache. The caches must comply with specific guidelines.The first round of Virtual Rewards resulted in 2,668 new Virtual caches created between August 2017 and August 2018. Those new caches are generally very popular by several measures, including total Favorite points, Favorite point percentage, log length, and find frequency. In addition, the review process did not create any undue burden on community volunteer reviewers. However, the community voiced some frustration with the algorithm used to distribute those Virtual Rewards. With that feedback in mind, we devised this new process for Virtual Rewards 2.0.Learn more about Virtual Rewards 2.0 in this new episode of the Inside Geocaching HQ podcast.Here are answers to some common questions:Yay, Virtuals are back!Not exactly. Yes, we’re hoping to see up to 4,000 new Virtual Caches in the next year. But we want to make it clear that Virtuals remain a grandfathered cache type.Are Virtual Rewards distributed evenly among countries?No, but they will be more evenly distributed among countries than during Virtual Rewards 1.0 in 2017, when some more active countries received a large number. We will randomly select geocachers within each country, with a set number per country. The number was established by Geocaching HQ, with the intention of favoring countries less established with geocaching. We set the qualifying criteria for cacher hiders as low as possible, in order to achieve better geographic distribution. The approximately 50,000 cache hiders who meet the Virtual Reward 2.0 criteria represent 89 countries. During the 2017 launch, they were from 63 countries.Can I apply with more than one account that I own?If you own more than one Geocaching account, please apply only with one account. If we discover abuse, we reserve the right to remove a Virtual Reward.Could an account receive more than one Virtual Reward?No, an account can receive only one Virtual Reward, from either the 2017 or 2019 launches.Can a Virtual Reward recipient give their reward to someone else?No, Virtuals are still a grandfathered cache type. Therefore, adoptions are not possible.How do I find out when new Virtual Rewards are published?Premium members can set up Instant notifications to be aware when new Virtual Rewards are published. Also, use the Search tool to conduct a worldwide search for Virtuals.Will there be more Virtual Rewards in the future?Assuming Virtual Rewards 2.0 goes smoothly, we will consider launching a similar set of Virtuals in the future. But we would likely make changes to the selection process to encourage a new set of participants.Why not just make Virtual Caches available for everyone to hide?Because today’s Virtual Caches are rare, and because the remaining Virtuals tend to be well-liked, people often forget (or maybe never knew) that many problems led to the grandfathering of Virtuals in 2005.The Virtual Cache type was originally created so people could place hides where physical caches were not permitted, or where muggles were so heavy that a physical cache was not practical. While the intent of this cache type was positive, it created significant problems for reviewers and often led to poor cache quality. Some people used Virtual Caches as a shortcut to create basic caches that did not require maintenance. Guidelines were eventually updated to require Virtuals to have special qualities to set them apart from other caches. However, that introduced so much subjectivity that the review process became difficult for both reviewers and cachers. The decision was finally made to grandfather Virtual Caches and no longer permit this type of cache unless we could find a way to avoid the aforementioned issues.We’re hoping this limited Virtual Rewards release will help minimize the previous problems with Virtuals, while delivering more opportunities for the community to enjoy this beloved cache type. Most importantly, it’s a fun reward for cache owners who have contributed so much to the game.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Google’s Mid-East Marketing Head Snatched Off Cairo Street (Updated)

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Google#international#politics#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… curt hopkins Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of protesters, and by-standers, have been seized by police in Egypt in the past days. Perhaps the most high-profile arrest in the high-tech world is that of Wael Ghonim, head of marketing for Google in the Middle East and North Africa. Ghonim was apparently seized on Thursday. The last anyone heard from him was a tweet in which he explained how people were communicating, using “proxy servers.”(Update: Chris Albon tells us in the comments that a number of Ghonim’s friends “have confirmed for a day now that the man in the video and screenshot is definitely *not* him.” Because of Albon’s assertion that “at this point the rumor is hurting the search for him,” we have removed the screenshot and the video we had previously posted.)His penultimate tweet was unnerving. “Pray for #Egypt. Very worried as it seems that government is planning a war crime tomorrow against people. We are all ready to die #Jan25”Let’s hope he has not had to make that severe a sacrifice. Ghonim is only one among many, but he is a very prominent one, with connections to a powerful multinational tech company. Also, he’s one of ours. Not only is he important in his own right, but for how he symbolizes the chaos and impunity the protesters are dealing with on the streets of Egypt. Google published a UK phone number, asking anyone who’s seen him to call. +44 20 7031 3008. Although a native Cairene, Ghonim is headquartered in the United Arab Emirates and had only been in Cairo for a conference when the protests broke out. last_img read more

Football Workshop by Raymond Verheijen in Mumbai

first_imgIndian Super League Indian Football: Raymond Verheijen to conduct fitness workshop for coaches in Mumbai Last updated 2 years ago 19:20 9/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Raymond Verheijen PROSHOTS Indian Super League I-League I-League 2nd Division Calcutta Premier Division A The Dutchman who has worked with the likes of Frank Rijkaard, Louis Van Gaal and the Argentine FA will once again grace the nation… World renowned football fitness coach Raymond Verheijen will visit India later this month to conduct a fitness workshop for the top 50 football coaches from across the nation and the sub-continent in Mumbai. It is poised to be a second visit for the former FC Barcelona consultant as he had visited the country back in 2013. The All Indian Football Federation (AIFF) had called for his services four years ago when he conducted a similar workshop only for I-League coaches in New Delhi.Unlike the last time, the workshop which will be held in three week’s time will be open for all the top football coaches in South Asia.Verheijen studied Exercise Physiology and Sports Psychology at the Vrije University, Amsterdam. He completed his Masters Degrees in 1995. He also studied at the Liverpool John Moores University in 1993-1995.In 1998 Dutch National Team manager Frank Rijkaard appointed Verheijen as one of his assistants in preparation for the EURO 2000 in which Holland reached the semi final. Most recently, he was also a part of the conditioning team of the Argentina squad, which reached the finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, led by Lionel Messi. The event is being organised by Ultra Sports India, one of the upcoming sports management companies in the city.The details of the event are as follows:Date: 22nd – 24th September 2017Venue: American School of Bombay, Mumbai.Participants: 50 top football coaches from across India and Sub Continent.last_img read more

a month agoLiverpool boss Klopp: We don’t have fringe players here

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp: We don’t have fringe players hereby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he has no fringe players in his squad.It’s a busy period for the European champions who will have played seven times between September 14 and October 5 before breaking off an international round of fixtures. Klopp, though, isn’t bemoaning a hectic fixture list.He told the Liverpool Echo: “We don’t have fringe players here, we only have first team players and a few young guns. We now play a lot Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, so we will have to see about [changes].”We don’t just play a lot of football we travel a lot, but you know that. Every team has to do that, we don’t go for excuses. Other teams have difficult situations, as well, it is like that.”You want to play Champions League, desperately and then it starts, you don’t say ‘oh my God, look at all these games’ that makes no sense. It is good.”The cup competitions are really nice and I am sure it will be a tough game against MK Dons because they are obviously pretty good as well. It will be interesting. We live for that so we should use these opportunities.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more