Football fans unite to fight poverty across Donegal

first_imgFootball supporters from the three Donegal supporter groups are set to designate a food bank collection point for an upcoming game in Ballybofey. The ‘We Care Food Bank’ is a Community based voluntary organisation set up to meet the emerging social needs of the people in across the county.The food bank works in partnership with community organisations who identify people in need and refer them to the food bank. Now the Liverpool, Manchester City and Finn Harps supporters groups are set to jointly sponsor the Finn Harps against Shamrock Rovers fixture on Friday.“It’s good to know that they are groups or organisations within our county that care about people’s welfare,” said Billy Banda of the ‘We Care Food Bank Donegal’.“Liverpool and Manchester City Supporters Clubs have shown that there’s humanity amongst us in this great county.”“We thank you for helping our causes,” he added. Vans will be manned outside the ground from 6.30pm by volunteers from all the major parties involved.David Moen, Liverpool FC Supporters Club, Donegal said: “Following the Irish launch of Fans Supporting Foodbanks last September, the Liverpool FC Donegal branch are proud to join up with our Manchester City counterparts and Finn Harps in a League of Ireland first to help those most in need in our county.”Joe Doherty, Manchester City Supporters Club, Donegal added: “We are delighted to be playing our part, along with the Liverpool Supporters Club in the County and Finn Harps FC, to bring much-needed attention to this very worthwhile cause.“We hope the Donegal football public supports the efforts of the ‘We Care Food Bank’.” Football fans unite to fight poverty across Donegal was last modified: March 17th, 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) Tags:finn harpsFoodbanksWe Care Food Banklast_img read more

It defies belief that 30,000 Donegal people have no broadband – McConalogue

first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue has called on the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton, to prioritise Donegal when it comes to the roll-out of the National Broadband Plan.Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy McConalogue described the history of the national broadband plan as “littered with broken promises and a failure to live up to commitments.”“The initial plan was that by the end of 2020, broadband services would have been delivered to the entire country. At present, 30,000 business premises and private residential homes in County Donegal are still waiting on the national broadband plan to deliver,” the Donegal TD said. Pointing out that the figure equates to one-third of premises in the county, Deputy McConalogue called on the Minister to ensure Donegal is prioritised when the scheme is rolled out.“Given that the new plan announced and signed off in recent weeks has a final delivery date of 2027 and given the high percentage of affected homes and business premises in Donegal, I’m asking the Minister to commit to ensuring that Donegal is prioritised.“I’ve been told that National Broadband Ireland will be outlining its plans shortly and while I understand that within the first year high-speed broadband connection points are planned in several public locations, people really want to know when the first homes will be connected, something the Minister failed to answer.“People in Donegal want to be able to access broadband in their home and in their business. They don’t want to be leaving and trekking somewhere down the road just so they can send an email or make a video call. “It defies belief that broadband is a service that over 30,000 people in this county still have no access to. Considering the level of investment this government has now committed to the plan, I will continue to put pressure on them to ensure delivery of the service to Donegal as a matter of priority,” Deputy McConalogue concluded.It defies belief that 30,000 Donegal people have no broadband – McConalogue was last modified: December 4th, 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) Tags:broadbandCharlie McConaloguedonegallast_img read more

South African tourism industry upbeat

first_img30 January 2013South Africa’s tourism industry is showing signs of a return to “business as usual”, or slightly better than usual, following a couple of very tough years, judging by the latest Tourism Business Index from the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) and FNB.According to consultancy Grant Thornton, who compile the index, the results for the last quarter of 2012 “confirm a return to normal trading levels and an overall positive outlook for the travel and tourism sector in 2013”.The index came in at 104.6 for the fourth quarter, up on 101.1 in the third quarter – a huge improvement on the 87.3 scored in the fourth quarter of 2011. The forecast for the first quarter of 2013 is 102.4. A score of 100 is considered normal.Speaking at the release of the index in Johannesburg last week, TBCSA board chairman Mavuso Msimang said performance levels above the norm for two quarters running was “a clear indication of the extent to which business is recovering from the recessionary impacts and excess of supply it suffered post the 2010 Soccer World Cup”.The sector’s resilience and ongoing long-term potential shows through in the business and investor confidence for capacity and employment increases, according to Grant Thornton.However, in spite of the return to regular trading levels and the positive outlook, a number of factors remain a concern.“Global economic uncertainty and ongoing recession risk, coupled with the negative profiling of South Africa internationally through labour and community unrest, weighs heavily as a constraint for the sector,” said Gillian Saunders, Grant Thornton’s head of advisory services.“Input cost increases from rates, electricity and fuel costs were also cited as negative factors affecting business performance,” she added.Wiza Nyondo, FNB’s head of tourism, said the results showde that “the market has begun to recognise South Africa as a sought after destination.“Although we’ve seen some instability, we still believe in South Africa’s diverse offering of services and products where industry professionals can partner to help transform our country,” Nyondo said.According to the survey, the majority of accommodation sector respondents expect domestic business markets to offer the best potential growth for 2013, followed by foreign leisure and then domestic leisure. Other tourism businesses expect growth to come from foreign leisure markets, followed by domestic markets.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

OPPOSITION SAYS PREMIER IS OUT OF TOUCH FORCING BLACK MARKET BUSINESSES

first_img Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Recommended for you Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ Related Items:country poverty assessment, house of assembly, payroll tax, Pdm, pnp, premier rufus ewing, sharlene cartwright-robinson TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Dec 2014 – The Premier, Hon Dr. Rufus Ewing still wanted to hit workers of the country with that Payroll Tax… he said so in the House of Assembly; perhaps making light, perhaps not: that imagine how much better the report would have been if we had gotten the payroll tax… some to Magnetic Media were shocked that while remarking on an $18.4 million dollar surplus, and with the cost of living so high and so hard for still so many; there would be that comment… with the Opposition holding a press conference Monday; we asked them their take on that remark. “Actually that should have been included in the statement as to why he got the ‘Alice in Wonderland Award’ … because at the end of the day, he is totally out and touch and clueless. He (Premier Rufus Ewing) has not come to grips with how bad people are hurting in this country. The House of Assembly, I posed a question as to how many businesses surrendered licenses and it was about four hundred and something businesses; and people will say that is high but I am telling you that his government has caused an enlarging of the black market; a lot of people are doing business and government is losing revenue.” Hon Sharlene Robinson, leader of the PDM explained that the economy is performing well, but the recent Country Poverty Assessment gave hard facts that lots of residents are hurting. “…from the Country Poverty Assessment Report it says that 60% of persons living in the Turks and Caicos cannot pay all of their bills in one month; so is it trickling down? No!” last_img read more

Christie admits to not wanting to pay Police Overtime

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Nottage, #PerryChristie, #PoliceOvertime Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 4th 2017 – Nassau – Former Prime Minister Perry Christie has revealed that he was at odds with the late Dr. Bernard Nottage, former Minister of National Security over the issue of overpay owed to police officers.According to Christie, Nottage believed that police officers chose to not support the PLP during the elections, because the government lacked to pay them their overtime owed. Christie also admitted that when the Supreme Court Justice Milton Evan ruled the government either pay the outstanding overtime or give officers the equivalent in time off back in 2015, Nottage had to fight him to have the officers paid. Christie was leaning towards the idea of time off for the officers but Nottage fought back saying no.Christie also revealed that Dr. Nottage had planned to announce the overtime to finally be paid to officers at the PLP rally at R.M Baily Park in April, however he fell sick while on stage.Christie also said that Nottage was always very supportive of the force and fought hard for the compensation they have now received. Dr. Nottage passed away at Cleveland Clinic in Florida last week.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNews Police Officers finally receive Overtime.last_img read more

Man shot and killed in El Cajon police investigating

first_img EL CAJON (KUSI) — A man was shot to death Saturday in El Cajon.At 5:44 p.m. El Cajon Police Department received calls on shots fired on Emerald Avenue.Authorities found a Hispanic male with gunshot wounds at the scene, and were unable to resuscitate him.Emerald Ave will be closed between Chambers and Washington while ECPD finishes its investigation.No further information was available. Man shot and killed in El Cajon, police investigating Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter September 29, 2018 Posted: September 29, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Apple CEO Tim Cook teases new services for 2019

first_img Tags Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Apple What to expect from Apple in 2019 Boost Mobile All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Sprint $999 $999 Tim Cook Apple • Apple CEO Tim Cook says Apple’s greatest contribution will be in health care. CNBC Apple plans to expand its growing stable of services this year with “material” new additions, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Tuesday during an interview on CNBC.”You will see us announce new services this year. There will more things coming,” Cook told CNBC’s Jim Cramer. “I believe they’ll be material over time. I’m not going to forecast.”Apple has been working on the new services for “multiple years,” Cook said, calling attention to the company’s efforts in health care.”This is an area that I believe, if you zoom out into the future, and you look back, and you ask the question, ‘What was Apple’s greatest contribution to mankind?’ It will be about health,” Cook said.But Apple also likely has more than health in mind for new services this year. It’s widely expected that the company will unveil a long-rumored TV streaming service, along with a subscription news offering. See All Comments See It See It Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Apple has made a big push into the health and fitness industry, providing more health data to people through its devices, including step-counting on the iPhone and heart-rate tracking on the Apple Watch.Cook said features like the ECG app on the Apple Watch Series 4, which monitor the electrical patterns of your heart rate and analyze them for potential health issues, are helping with “democratizing” health care.”We are taking what has been with the institution and empowering the individual to manage their health. And we’re just at the front end of this,” he said. “But I do think, looking back, in the future, you will answer that question: Apple’s most important contribution to mankind has been in health.” Now playing: Watch this:center_img 85 Photos Apple iPhone XS CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It 7:35 CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See it Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $999 Best Buy Share your voice 2 reading • Apple CEO Tim Cook teases ‘new services’ for 2019 $999 Phones Sci-Tech Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean itlast_img read more

Fairfax India Holdings Corp gets initial approval to buy Catholic Syrian Bank

first_imgFairfax India Holdings Corp. is close to investing and acquiring a majority stake in Catholic Syrian Bank(CSB) after receiving an unoffocial by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) marking the first takeover of a local private bank by a foreign investor.Prem Watsa, the Canadian billionaire and owner of Fairfax India Holdings Corp. met RBI governor Urjit Patel and deputy governors S.S. Mundra and R.S. Gandhi on Friday according to DealStreetAsia.The Catholic Syrian Bank Limited, one of India’s oldest private sector lenders is an Indian private sector bank with its headquarters at Thrissur, Kerala, India. According to Economic Times who cited sources said Fairfax is likely to have 15% voting rights in CSB.The Fairfax proposal is expected to be heard by the board of Catholic Syrian Bank on Tuesday and Wednesday. LuLu Group MD Yusuffali M.A., Federal Bank, Bridge India Fund, and Edelweiss Finance and Investments are some of the shareholders of Catholic Syrian Bank.However, the deal that is expected to involve an equity infusion by Fairfax will still require a final nod from the central board of RBI and several insiders such as S. Santhanakrishnan, chairman of Catholic Syrian Bank have declined to deny or accept the developments.”We do not comment on any market rumours or speculation,” Harsha Raghavan, managing director and chief executive of Fairbridge Capital Private Ltd, a Fairfax unit said according to DealStreetAsia.RBI’s changes in regulation that were introduced in May, to allow regulated, well-diversified and listed or supranational institutions to own up to 40%ownership in private banks were also measured with exemptions “as permitted on a case to case basis.”The new rules have capped Foreign direct investment or shareholding in a private sector bank by foreign entitiesin private banks at 74%. The RBI had also retained a provision under which investors have to seek its permission to increase shareholding/voting rights to 5% or more.The bank has been seen as a lucrative investmentand and has often been on the takeover radar of bigger banks and corporates.  Compare to the same as September 2015, this year, the bank reported a net profit of Rs5.3 crore as compared to the loss of Rs 40.5 crore last year. Its gross non-performing assets dropped to Rs462.7 crore at the end of September, from Rs503.6 crore a year ago. Gross bad loans stand at 5.7% of advances.last_img read more

Warren Buffetts annual letter to investors 15 biggest stock investments

first_imgWarren Buffett, founder of Berkshire Hathaway. (File picture)ReutersBillionaire investor Warren Buffett revealed his much-anticipated letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders on Saturday.Buffett’s letter to his company’s shareholders, an annual exercise undertaken for more than 50 years, is a closely watched event on Wall Street as investors parse the statement for insights and wisdom on the economy and financial markets.The entire letter can be found here.Here are some of the key highlights from the 16-page letter:In 2017, Berkshire saw its net worth grow $65.3 billion, boosting its per share book value by 23 percent. Of the total, only $36 billion came from Berkshire’s business operations while the remaining $29 billion was delivered when Congress rewrote the U.S. Tax Code. Buffett flagged risks associated with bonds. He said it is a terrible mistake for investors with long-term horizons – among them, pension funds, college endowments and savings-minded individuals – to measure their investment “risk” by their portfolio’s ratio of bonds to stocks. Often, high-grade bonds in an investment portfolio increase its risk. Buffett listed out fifteen common stock investments that at year-end had the largest market value. The stocks included, American Express, Apple Inc, Bank of America, The Bank of New York Mellon, BYD Co, Charter Communications, The Coca-Cola Co, Delta Airlines, General Motors, The Goldman Sachs Group, Moody’s Corp, Phillips, Southwest Airlines, U.S. Bancorp and Wells Fargo. Buffett said that the company’s search for new stand-alone businesses continues. The key qualities we seek are durable competitive strengths, able and high-grade management, good returns on the net tangible assets required to operate the business, opportunities for internal growth at attractive returns; and, finally, it should be available at a sensible purchase price. Buffett, 87, did not divulge much details on his successor. In January, he had narrowed down the list of people who could replace him to two veteran Berkshire executives, Greg Abel and Ajit Jain. “You and I are lucky to have Ajit and Greg working for us,” Buffett told shareholders at the end of the letter.last_img read more

McDonalds halal meat sparks row on Twitter netizens threaten to boycott food

first_imgSharia compliance? Why McDonald’s Why? Jhatka is the new thing! Should have gone with Jhatka meat McDonald’s is facing severe criticism over their tweet for serving halal meat.Getty images- Justin Sullivan / StaffThe fast-food chain McDonald’s has got itself tangled in a religious matter and is being grilled on social media after they tweeted to one of its customers saying that the chain only serves “halal meat”.”All our restaurants have HALAL certificates. You can ask the respective restaurant Managers to show you the certificate for your satisfaction and confirmation,” tweeted McDonald’s India. The tweet has sparked a lot of controversies by several sects of people that it became a trending topic on Twitter.This tweet from McDonald’s India came as a response to another Twitter user’s (hibailyas89) query On Thursday, August 22. The user asked McDonald’s whether their restaurants in India have a halal certificate.McDonald’s is facing severe criticism over their tweet for serving halal meat that several netizens have started a social media campaign for boycotting the restaurant chain. #BoycottMcDonalds has become a major trend on Twitter where social media users have called out McDonald’s for serving halal meat in a country, where the Muslim population is a minority.Many people have also come up asking for Jhatka (Chatka) meat rather than having halal meat. Jhatka is the meat from an animal killed instantaneously, such as by a sword or axe to sever the head and is associated with this kind of animal slaughter in the Hindu and Sikh traditions.Here’s how Twitterati reacted:-Forcefully Halal?last_img read more