Liberia has rejected an invitation from the Fédération Royale Marocaine de Football (FRMF) to attend the opening of the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco next month.LFA president Musa Bility told the Daily Observer yesterday that the invitation included tickets, but has already been communicated to the Moroccan FC by Secretary General Alphonso Armah.Bility said the decision by the LFA Executive Committee was made in solidarity with CAF, who stripped Morocco of the right to host the 2015 Orange Africa Cup of Nations Finals after FRMF insisted the tournament be postponed over fears the Ebola.“We have decided that the invitation from the Fédération Royale Marocaine de Football is unacceptable,” Bility said.The Club World Cup is set to feature European Champions Real Madrid, African champions Entente Setif, as well as other continental champions.The opening match, which is a quarter-final, is scheduled for 10 December, and the final is on 20 December.Liberia’s rejection put the country with member nations of the Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Donegal Youth Council 2012-2014 will hold a celebration showcase event tomorrow (Saturday) in the Regional Cultural Centre.The event will mark the end of a very successful two year term for the current Youth Council who have completed a number of major projects, including their award winning SPARKS mental health roadshow, SHAM sexual health website and LGBT Chalk It Up School Initiatives.Youth Councillors will be joined by Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council John Campbell and other invited county councillors, as well as their parents and family. The event gets underway at 5pm, with food and refreshments served from 4.30pm. DONEGAL YOUTH COUNCIL TO SHOWCASE ITS SUCCESS! was last modified: August 29th, 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:donegalDonegal Youth Council
PROTEST TO BE HELD OVER ANTENATAL CLINIC AT DUNGLOE HOSPITALPROTEST TO BE HELD OVER ANTENATAL CLINIC AT DUNGLOE HOSPITAL
A protest is to be held at the gates of Dungloe Community Hospital this Friday, January 16th at 1pm to step up the campaign to have the antenatal clinic reinstated without delay.Dungloe Community HospitalIt follows what organisers say was an email from the management of Letterkenny General Hospital was circulated at the meeting which did not give any commitment to reinstate the clinic.They say this comes despite announcements by local politicians that they had received assurances from hospital management that the clinic would be reopened as soon as the consultant returned from sick leave. In light of the lack of support from the hospital management it was decided that the campaign had to continue with the protest on Friday.Local independent TD Thomas Pringle and independent Cllr Micheâl Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig will attend the protest.‘It is really important that the community make their voices heard about the loss of this vital clinic to expectant mothers and their families and ensure that the HSE do not get away with withdrawing this service. If they remove this service what will be next’ commented Mac Giolla Easbuig. PROTEST TO BE HELD OVER ANTENATAL CLINIC AT DUNGLOE HOSPITAL was last modified: January 14th, 2015 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:donegalDungloe Community Hospital
Walker understood to have died after suffering fall on mountainWalker understood to have died after suffering fall on mountain
A walker who perished on a Donegal mountain died after a suspected fall from a rock crag.The man had been walking in the Derryveagh Mountains and had not been in communication since last Thursday when he set out hiking.An alert was launched on Saturday evening after the man’s car was spotted unattended for two days at Loch Barra on the western outskirts of Glenveagh National Park. A large scale search involving the Rescue 118 helicopter as well as the Donegal Mountain Rescue team supported by the Sligo and Leitrim Mountain Rescue teams was launched.The man, who is understood to have a holiday home in Donegal, had told friends that he had planned to trek through the Sliabh Sneachta area.The body was located by the Coast Guard helicopter crew and the victim’s location was reported to gardaí.PRO of the Donegal Mountain Rescue team, Sean Carney, confirmed the man died after a suspected fall from a rock crag. He thanked and paid tribute to all involved in the search including the local Gibbons family who looked after all those involved in the search.Walker understood to have died after suffering fall on mountain was last modified: August 15th, 2017 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:donegalfallmountain
Kathy Ferguson, of Cottonwood, pulled off a clean sweep of all three National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity Discount Tire Non-Pro, Intermediate Non-Pro and Novice Non-Pro championships on Sept. 30, at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center.Ferguson, who arrived in Reno with just over $17,000 in prior NRCHA lifetime earnings, had plenty of experience showing bridle horses and derby horses, but virtually no prior futurity experience.She piloted Royal Isabella — One …
15 March 2012Farm workers in the picturesque farming community of Villiersdorp in the Western Cape’s Overberg area are running a unique community outreach programme for their colleagues, teaching them important life skills ranging from budgeting to conflict resolution.The Shine programme was started by the Villiersdorp farming community in 2009 in an attempt to improve the quality of life of farm workers and their families and children.To date, 35 farms have joined the programme and more than 1 000 workers are reaping the benefits.By offering personal growth and life skills training, Shine aims to help the workers reach their full potential, says project manager Izel Botha.The programme has two components: the training focuses on providing workers with skills, and the social element aims to broaden the horizons of workers and their families.“The impact of this training reaches more than just the workers who are enrolled in the programme. Their families, children, communities and workplaces also benefit from their new perspectives and skills,” says Botha.Because Villiersdorp is a fruit and wine producing area work tends to be seasonal, so the training takes place for 10 to 12 weeks during off-peak periods. The enrichment programme is ongoing, offering monthly excursions and entertainment.Training starts with a foundation phase focusing on emotional health. Other life skills courses have evolved in response to feedback received from the workers. In 2010 an alcohol and drug abuse prevention course was added and in 2011 money management and budgeting training became part of the programme.In 2012 the community has requested a shift of focus to communication and conflict management in all relationships.This is not a quick-fix intervention, says Botha. “The whole emphasis of the programme is to be preventative and long term.”Workers actively involvedThe success of the programme can be attributed to the workers’ active involvement in the planning and decision-making processes, Botha believes.Courses and events are determined by the workers themselves and they are also responsible for fundraising. On each farm they elect a Shine official who functions as a link between project coordinators and participants in the programme.“These officials are the real heart of the project. They organise the events and decide what should happen and how,” says Botha.Looking to the future, Shine hopes to introduce subjects such as prevention of foetal alcohol syndrome, parenting skills and the practice of safe sex.While Shine reaches about 1 500 farm children and young adults through various outreach programmes each year, the organisers intend to focus strongly on the community’s young people throughout 2012, as this was a concern raised by parents, says Botha.“If we can secure the necessary funding we would like to address aspects such as how to be an emotionally healthy teenager, as well as alcohol and drug abuse prevention.”Entertainment and leisureThe enhancement of the workers’ social life and environment is an important part of the outreach programme.“The idea is to create uplifting, frequent and constructive relaxation activities to encourage positive ways of spending free time,” says Botha. “A strong focus is put on showing rural youth that it is possible to have fun without using and abusing substances.”Entertainment has included visits from soapie 7de Laan’s Christi Panagio, the Cape Minstrels, and local music icon Tant Grietjie, the popular 84-year-old singer from Garies in Namaqualand. The workers have to raise funds for these events, which also encompass annual youth festivals, angling competitions, sports days, talent shows and gardening competitions.Highlights on the calendar are an annual beach outing for about 1 200 adults and children and, in December, Christmas tree festivities, during which almost 700 farm children receive presents.Pearl of the OverbergVilliersdorp is a mere 90 minutes drive from Cape Town over the majestic Hottentots-Holland pass, from which the district derives its Afrikaans name, Overberg (meaning “over the mountain”).A little gem in an area which has much to offer the visitor, Villiersdorp is commonly known as the Pearl of the Overberg.Nestling in a valley surrounded by the peaks of the Waterval and Baviaans mountains, the quaint village has a mild Mediterranean climate and is a nature lovers’ and health fanatics’ paradise.While it is best known as an apple-growing area, farmers in the district also produce pears, apricots, peaches, grapes and onions.Villiersdorp forms part of the Worcester Wine Route and offers a less commercialised wine-tasting experience than the older, more popular Stellenbosch routes.The valley is also home to the Theewaterskloof Dam, South Africa’s seventh-largest dam and the major source of water for Cape Town.First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.
20 June 2013 The countdown to Nelson Mandela International Day 2013 has begun. Marked across the world on 18 July each year, Mandela Day aims to inspire people to take action to change the world for the better and, in doing so, to build a global movement for good. On Mandela’s birthday, 18 July – unanimously adopted as Nelson Mandela International Day by the United Nations General Assembly in 2009 – people around the world are challenged to spend at least 67 minutes doing good work in their communities in honour of the 67 years that Mandela gave in service and sacrifice. The countdown was announced at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg on Wednesday. Now in its fourth year, Nelson Mandela International Day was inspired by a speech Mandela gave at Hyde Park in London in June 2008, when he deliberately misread his speech to say “it is in your hands now” instead of the prepared “it’s in our hands”. Recalling that moment on Wednesday, Achmat Dangor, the outgoing CEO of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, said Mandela, “as was his way, would read the speech written for him and then set it aside. “Addressing 50 000 people gathered at the park and a television audience of millions, Madiba started changing the words of his speech. Instead of saying ‘doing good for people’, he changed it to ‘people doing good’. He changed the slogan ‘it’s in our hands’, saying to the world ‘it’s in your hands’.” When asked later whether he had made a mistake, Mandela said had given the world a message: it was time for the next generation to take responsibility. Also speaking at Wednesday’s event, Mandela’s great-grandson, Luvuyo Mandela, quoted from Mandela’s book Conversations with Myself, saying that “a readiness to serve others” was required to inspire a global movement for good. Department of International Relations spokesperson Clayson Monyela said that fellow Rivonia Triallist Andrew Mlangeni, who was sentenced to life imprisonment along with Mandela and six others on 12 June 1964, would address a special UN session to mark Mandela Day. “Mandela is the only global citizen that has had the honour of his birthday being marked by the UN General Assembly,” Monyela noted. Yusuf Abramjee, chairperson of LeadSA, once again pledged his support for Mandela Day, saying his organisation’s focus this year would be on improving facilities at a school in Johannesburg. “Bertrams Junior Primary School has been identified as a school that is in need,” Abramjee said. “We will be going out in full force to see how we can improve standards at the school and bring joy to the learners there.” Kamu Kekana, the newly appointed head of Cheesekids for Humanity, said that Cheesekids offered a platform for people to engage with Mandela Day. “Cheesekids opens the doors to different programmes so you can choose where to volunteer your time and money and help a stranger.” Kaya FM’s Greg Maloka announced a 67-kilometre relay toraise money for a container library for a school, inspired by Mandela’s passing on the baton to future generations. “The relay will take place on 14 July at the Polo fields at Waterfall Estate. We invite corporates and runners to join us as groups of 10 tackle 67 kilometres together,” he said. 5fm radio DJ Gareth Cliff described Mandela Day as a positive nexus for people to gather around, a place where people could do good in concert with each other. “Use social media, radio and TV to spread the good news and share how you are getting involved,” Cliff said. “Mandela Day is an international occasion where South Africa can lead.” SAinfo reporter and Nelson Mandela International Day
India crush Bangladesh to clinch sixth Asia Cup titleIndia crush Bangladesh to clinch sixth Asia Cup title
Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli led the charge as India won the Asia Cup, outclassing Bangladesh by eight wickets in the final at the Sher-e-Bangladesh National Stadium on Sunday .Coming together after India had got off to a poor start, Dhawan and Kohli produced a 94-run partnership as the visitors overhauled the 121-run target in 13.5 overs. Dhawan, who has been a flop throughout the tournament, finally found his touch when it mattered most, scoring 60 runs off 44 balls with nine boundaries and a six.Kohli remained unbeaten on 41 runs off 28 balls with five boundaries. India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni added the finishing touch with 20 runs off just six deliveries, with one hit to the ropes and two sixes.Pacer Al-Amin Hossain (1/30) gave Bangladesh some early hope by dismissing Rohit Sharma early. Chasing a tricky target in front of a packed stadium rooting for the hosts, Rohit probably found the pressure too much to handle as he edged one that was moving slightly away to Soumya Sarkar at first slip.But that was one of the few moments of joy that the Bangladesh players and the capacity home crowd could find as Kohli and Dhawan came together to pull the visitors out of trouble.The Delhi duo kept the required run rate within manageable limits with regular hits to the fence and some excellent running between the wickets. It needed a superb effort in the field by Sarkar off Taskin Ahmed’s (1/14)bowling to see the back of Dhawan. The Delhi batsman attempted a square drive off a full toss, but Sarkar dived to his right to pluck the ball inches off the ground.advertisementBut by then, India were well on the road to victory and Dhoni strode in to finish off the job with some trademark power-packed hits.Earlier, Mohammad Mahmudullah produced some lower order fireworks as Bangladesh posted 125/5 in 15 overs.Walking in with Bangladesh in trouble at 75/5, the right-hander proceeded to hit two boundaries and an equal number of sixes in his 13-ball innings to remain unbeaten on 33. Sabbir Rahman gave him crucial support from the other end with 32 runs from 29 balls. The duo produced a 45-run partnership to help the hosts to a competitive total.Indian pacers Jasprit Bumrah (1/13) and Ashish Nehra (1/33) made good use of the seam friendly conditions to remove the Bangladesh openers early on. Offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who opened the Indian bowling, had figures of 1/14 while left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja (1/25) also bagged a wicket.Bangladesh had a decent start with 11 runs in the first two overs before Bumrah pegged back the run rate with just three runs in the third over. The Bangladesh openers tried to push up the run rate with Sarkar smashing two boundaries in the next over. But Nehra struck back immediately as he mistimed the last ball of the over while playing across the line to offer an easy catch to Hardik Pandya at mid-off.Bumrah then piled on the pressure by trapping Tamim Iqbal leg before. With both openers gone, Shakib al Hasan and Rahman set about trying to rebuild the innings. They were cautious in the initial stages before trying to break the shackles with some big hits. The duo added 34 runs between them before Shakib was caught by Bumrah at short fine leg while trying to sweep Ashwin.Bangladesh suffered back to back jolts in the 12th over when Mushfiqur Rahim was found short of his crease while attempting a second run, while Mashrafe Mortaza holed out to deep midwicket in the very next ball as Bangladesh reeled at 75/5.Mahmudullah then provided the crucial big hits later on to help the hosts to a strong finish.
45 bills pending in Rajya Sabha, some introduced 30 years ago45 bills pending in Rajya Sabha, some introduced 30 years ago
New Delhi, Jun 14 (PTI) Forty-five bills are pending in the Rajya Sabha, some of these introduced around 30 years ago, while the Lok Sabha is yet to dispose of five bills at the end of last session of Parliament in May.The bills pending in Rajya Sabha include the contentious Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-second Amendment) Bill, 2014, known as the GST Bill, which was moved in the Upper House in August last year after being passed by Lok Sabha.Another key bill is the Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015, which was moved in December last year but the discussion on it remained inconclusive.In the Budget and Monsoon sessions this year, this bill could not be taken up.In the Lok Sabha, important bills pending include the Consumer Protection Bill 2015 and the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Bill, 2015.Indicating that the long-pending GST Bill can see a forward movement in the next session of Parliament, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had yesterday expressed confidence that “legislation activity” can proceed at a faster face with the increase in strength of those parties which support the bills in the Rajya Sabha and do not “obstruct” proceedings.He was asked about the implications of results of the recent Rajya Sabha elections that saw a dip in Congress number, and the prospect of the GST Bill which is being blocked by the main Opposition party seeking amendments.The last few sessions of Parliament have seen sparrings even though the Monsoon sittings recorded relative improvement as far the completion of government business was concerned. But the problem of pending bills is not limited to the two years of the NDA government.advertisementSome of the bills have been pending for decades. These include Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 1987, the Participation of Workers in Management Bill 1990 and the Constitution (Seventy-ninth Amendment) Bill 1992.On the Medical Council Bill, the report of the Joint Committee was presented way back in July 1989 while on the Workers Management Bill, the report of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour and Welfare was laid on the table of the Rajya Sabha in December 2001, 11 years after it was introduced.Other important pending bills are the Waqf Properties (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Bill 2014, The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill 2015 and The Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Bill 2016.Another bill pending in the Upper House since 2007 is the Private Detective Agencies (Regulation) Bill, 2007 of the Home Ministry on which the report of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs was presented way back in February, 2009.The proposed law aimed at regulating private detectives and the licencing process. PTI AMR SMN ZMN SMN