17 Jan
2020

AFC’s chairmanship had become difficult – Nigel Hughes speaks out

first_imgOutgoing Chairman of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Nigel Hughes on Tuesday said he chose to give up his position in the party because it had become “difficult and untenable” for him.Former AFC Chairman Nigel HughesHours after announcing that he had resigned from the chairmanship of the smaller party in the coalition Government, Hughes took to social media, explaining that the post which he has held for close to four years now, had become difficult.His Facebook post read “My continuing to act as Chairman of the party became difficult and untenable. It has been a privilege and honour to have served in the capacity as Chairman of the party. Better Must Come.”That Facebook post was the only explanation given by the Attorney for his move.Hughes made the decision to resign his post during a Statutory Committee meeting on Monday. While the statement published by the party immediately after did not give any specifics, it did indicate that the party’s leader and Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan was expected to meet with Hughes, in the hopes that he (Hughes) would reconsider his decision.AFC insiders say the Attorney-at-Law quitted over a strongly-worded statement issued following an executive council meeting on Sunday, which called for a trimming of the powers of Minister of State Joseph Harmon.That meeting was attended by neither Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman nor Ramjattan. Another statement by the AFC followed, distancing both Ministers from the call by Hughes.Hughes has been with the AFC since July 2011 and was elected Chairman on August 4, 2012.Hughes’ wife, Cathy Hughes, currently serves as Minister of Public Telecommunications with responsibility for tourism within the A Partnership for National Unity/AFC coalition Government.last_img read more

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14 Jan
2020

ADB Report Explores Africa’s Delayed Growth

first_imgThe 2015 African Economic Outlook report a flagship publication of the African Development Bank (AfDB), says that while African economists are optimistic that the continent’s economies would grow by 5% in 2016, they are also concerned that lower oil and commodity prices, uncertain global conditions, the consequences of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and domestic political uncertainties in some countries could delay growth dated back to 2008.The report was released yesterday to African heads of states, AfDB’s Board of Governors and stakeholders who converged in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire for the AfDB 50th Annual Meetings. Although the report indicates that human development levels in Africa have increased since 2000, with 17 out of 52 countries reaching middle or high levels of development, the region’s poverty rates remain stubbornly high while progress in health, education and income are uneven.“Huge inequalities persist between and within countries, and between women and men. In many areas, low productivity and investment, the absence of infrastructure and rural-urban networks and too few jobs outside of the agricultural sector are holding back economic and development progress,” the report notes. Foreign direct investment (FDI) is forecast to reach USD 73.5 billion in 2015, underpinned by increasing Greenfield investment from China – which remains Africa’s largest trade partner after the European Union. The report also shows an increase in intra-African and outward FDI flows. South African companies are the leading investors on the continent. “African countries have shown considerable resilience in the face of global economic adversity. For future growth to be sustainable and transformative will require that its benefits are shared more equitably among the population and that governments continue to pursue policies that promote economic stability,” stated Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa, Acting Chief Economist and Vice-President of the African Development Bank. Opposite Sides of ‘Growth’According to the report, the continent’s demographic boom is exacerbating these challenges. By 2050, both cities and rural communities in Africa will see their population grow drastically, with the countryside gaining an estimated 400 million people. For instance, the report states that over the next 15 years, 370 million youth will enter sub-Saharan Africa’s labour markets, making it necessary to create many more jobs and opportunities for savings and investment. In addition, that population growth, combined with climate change, will exert increasing pressure on natural resources, such as food, water and land. At Liberia’s level regarding city population growth, over 1 million people are concentrated in Monrovia while thousands are in smaller cities including Gbarnga, Ganta, Kakata and Buchanan.The report argues that past efforts to promote regional development through territorial management, infrastructure development and decentralization have been scattered and had limited impact. As a result, the potential of Africa’s regions, which includes river basins, border areas and key rural-urban corridors, remains unfulfilled.“African economies could benefit from mobilizing the wide and extraordinary untapped potential of their diverse regions. Putting people and places at the centre of policy-making may improve Africa’s competitiveness and the well-being of Africans” said Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre. Ways ForwardSuggesting ways forward, the African economic experts say transforming economies will require exploring more productive sectors, through promoting manufacturing, developing services, creating strategies for green growth or modernizing the agricultural sector.In addition, tackling spatial inequalities would require implementing policies that cut across sectors. These include diversifying rural economies and linking them with cities, through the promotion of value chains and trade corridors. They also include unlocking domestic financing, developing transport and communication and investing in basic social services. “Inclusive and sustainable growth is a fundamental aspect of Africa’s post-2015 development agenda for economic and social transformation,” said Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, the Director of the Regional Bureau at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). “We need to invest in building economic opportunities, including at the local level. And especially those young women and men who are the architects of tomorrow’s Africa.”The report calls for strengthening skills and education, addressing exclusion through the development of targeted social protection measures, and promoting universal access to sustainable energy and technology. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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29 Dec
2019

SERVICE STATION RE-OPENS AFTER FUEL MISHAP

first_imgA well-known garage forecourt is back in business after a fuel mishap.The Lagg Service Station in Milford took a fuel delivery yesterday.But 25,000 litres of diesel and petrol was put into the WRONG tanks. When two lorries arrived last night to remove the fuel, local people feared the garage – which is in administration after going bust – was going to close for good.However new loads of fuel were delivered today to the garage. SERVICE STATION RE-OPENS AFTER FUEL MISHAP was last modified: June 26th, 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)last_img read more

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27 Dec
2019

Area students earn culinary kudos

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“Remember their names because you will see them in bright lights; they’ll be the Wolfgang Pucks of the next era,” Cutler said. Other winners from the Valley include: Erica Contreras of Sylmar High School, $24,500 to attend Kendall College in Chicago; Alexander Granados of Chatsworth High School, $22,000 to attend the New England Culinary Institute; Yvonne Guerra of Monroe High School, $12,100 to attend the Restaurant School in Philadelphia plus a $1,000 C-CAP scholarship; Loan Nguyen of Chatsworth High School, $8,000 to attend the New England Culinary Institute plus a $1,000 C-CAP scholarship; Ricardo Aguayo of Monroe High School, $8,000 to attend the New England Culinary Institute plus a $1,000 C-CAP scholarship; Rosanna Rodriguez of Sylmar High School, a $3,500 scholarship to attend Westlake Culinary Institute plus a $1,000 C-CAP scholarship; Vynessa Morales of San Fernando High School, $3,255 to attend Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom and Chefs Inc., both in Los Angeles; and Christopher Higa of Chatsworth High School, $1,500 scholarship to Glendale Community College plus $255 for classes at Chefs Inc. lisa.sodders@dailynews.com (818) 713-3663 Two San Fernando Valley high school students have been awarded full-tuition scholarships to two of America’s top culinary arts programs. Luis de Santiago of Sylmar High School was awarded a $43,000 scholarship to attend The Art Institute of California and Jeffrey Louis Jones of Van Nuys High School was awarded a $42,000 scholarship to attend the Culinary Institute of America. De Santiago and Jones were just two of the culinary students honored Monday at the Careers through Culinary Arts Program awards banquet at the Four Seasons Hotel. A total of $346,000 in scholarships was given to 26 students, who competed in a culinary cook-off Friday at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. Mitzie Cutler, Los Angeles program director for C-CAP, said the judges were “blown away” by the talent of the students, who have been training with top area chefs. last_img read more

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26 Dec
2019

Liverpool supporters help raise almost £60,000 for injured fan Sean Cox

first_imgHe suffered severe head injuries and was left in a coma after the attack, and is now receiving recovering in the National Rehabilitation Centre in Dun Laoghaire.Liverpool have pledged to support his long-term care, and it has been revealed the club raised close to £60,000 for Cox’s treatment at Saturday’s Premier League home game against Cardiff.A bucket collection was made at the Cardiff clash – which ended in a 4-1 win to the Reds – which brought in £28,725, which was then matched by the LFC Foundation.The LFC Foundation also donated proceeds of £1,653 from the matchday fundraising lottery held at the game, taking the overall total to £59,104. Liverpool fans have clubbed together to help raise almost £60,000 for injured Reds supporter Sean Cox .The 53-year-old Irishman was left serious injured after being attacked by Roma supporters outside Anfield ahead of their Champions League semi-final back in April. The Liverpool players held a banner in support of Sean Cox following their victory over Roma in the Champions League semi-final getty center_img 1 An amazing £59,104 was raised at Saturday’s game for the Sean Cox Appeal. The collection was supported by volunteers from @LFC, @LFCFoundation & @spiritofshankly & match funded by the #LFCFoundation. Huge thank you #LFCfamily for supporting Sean’s rehabilitation & long term care. pic.twitter.com/rs84dZOkVa— LFC Foundation (@LFCFoundation) November 1, 2018“LFC would again like to thank everyone who participated in the collection, either as collectors or donors, while club officials remain in dialogue with the Cox family regarding initiatives to support them,” said a statement from Liverpool.But it’s not just fans who have helped ensure Cox never walks alone – manager Jurgen Klopp has donated €5000 toward the Liverpool fan’s care.Everton defender Seamus Coleman and Reading midfielder David Meyler, both Republic of Ireland internationals, have also donated €5,000 each, while former Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow donated €5,600.last_img read more

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25 Dec
2019

LOCALS WIN BATTLE AS COUNCIL CAVES IN ON DANGEROUS ROAD

first_imgDonegal County Council has today carried out repairs to the side on the N56 road in Loughanure village where several pedestrians sustained serious injuries in recent weeks.A section of the main road was stepped lower at one point by several inches along a fence and was a real danger for pedestrians.One elderly woman spent several weeks in hospital care after falling there. The woman broke a bone in her arm when she fell at the scene while another young mother also had to receive hospital treatment when she too fell.A number of people had contacted the council who had erected cones to inform people of the dip in the road but no other action had been taken.A layer of tarmac has been put in place in place Tuesday to bring the road side to the correct level.Donegal County Council is understood to be in negotiations with a local landowner with a view of putting a footpath at the location. This is the only piece of the N56 in the village that has no footpath. LOCALS WIN BATTLE AS COUNCIL CAVES IN ON DANGEROUS ROAD was last modified: June 12th, 2012 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

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25 Dec
2019

DONEGAL COUNTY BOARD IN FURY OVER BOGUS GAA TOPS

first_imgDONEGAL County GAA board has today issued a warning over the re-use of its patented logo on merchandise – robbing the county of valuable funding.In a strongly worded statement today, the County Board said it is taking legal advice over bogus jerseys and other merchandise which illegally uses the branded county crest.The statement says: “It has been brought to our attention that some clothing companies are producing replica Donegal GAA jerseys, tshirts, poloshirts, flags, etc, using the Donegal GAA Crest / Logo. The Donegal GAA Crest is patented and Donegal GAA has not granted permission to any parties to use our crest without permission. “Also, the GAA brand has been used without consent, and the GAA in Croke Park have been made aware of this, and will monitor the situation.“We would urge supporters to purchase only OFFICIAL GAA PRODUCTS as Donegal GAA gets a share of the profits raised in the sale of OFFICIAL items.”The statement goes on: “All of our jerseys, t-shirts, etc, are manufactured and produced by Azzurri, and only Azzurri have permission to produce any Donegal GAA items of clothing. By purchasing an official Azzurri Donegal GAA jersey, etc, you are contributing directly to Donegal GAA.“We would ask supporters to inform us immediately of any non-Azzurri Donegal GAA items of clothing you may see for sale. Legal action may be taken against such un-authorised sale of Donegal GAA gear, and the use of the patented Donegal GAA Crest.” The Board wants people to report any such activities immediately to secretary.donegal@gaa.ie or contact Donegal GAA at 074 91 90761 or any County Board Executive member.The statement added: “We also encourage supporters to purchase official GAA merchandise. Official GAA merchandise is easily recognisable as all such items carry the official GAA logo. As with the jerseys, etc, a share of Official GAA flags, car flags, air fresheners, etc, will be paid to Donegal GAA.”  DONEGAL COUNTY BOARD IN FURY OVER BOGUS GAA TOPS was last modified: August 24th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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

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24 Dec
2019

MAJELLA SHOCKS DANIEL WITH SURPRISE WEDDING ANNIVERSARY VIDEO

first_imgMajella O’Donnell yesterday surprised husband Daniel with a special wedding anniversary video at an American gig.Daniel and MajellaMajella, 53, who is battling cancer, was thousands of miles away from the country star as they celebrated being married for 11 years.She decided to shock the singer on stage in Branson, Missouri, with a sweet video as she couldn’t travel to be there in person. Fans watched as Majella – who wore a scarf over her shaved head – told how she “can’t wait for him to get home” and that she needs her “wonderful husband” back with her in Ireland.She said: “Please excuse this interruption into your afternoon’s entertainment. For those of you who don’t know, I am Majella O’Donnell, and I am Daniel’s wife. Today is our 11th anniversary. I can’t be with him and I normally am. I normally go to Branson every year.“I look forward to seeing all the regulars and I’m missing all of that this year.“I wanted to say hi to all, but particularly to send my love to Daniel today, and to tell him I don’t know what I’d do without him.” Daniel later revealed the video was a complete surprise.He said: “This is the first year we haven’t been together. During the show I sang the song Wherever You Are and dedicated it to her.“Little did I know she had a video message made as a surprise to be played during the show.”MAJELLA SHOCKS DANIEL WITH SURPRISE WEDDING ANNIVERSARY VIDEO was last modified: November 6th, 2013 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:daniel o’donnellMajella O’Donnellwedding anniversarylast_img read more

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24 Dec
2019

SHOCK AT SUDDEN DEATH OF POPULAR YOUNG ANNAGRY WOMAN

first_imgThe beautiful Diane Byrne.There is widespread shock this morning in the close-knit community of Annagry, following the sudden death of popular young local woman Diane Byrne.Diane, 37, passed away suddenly overnight, and her death has left her friends and family absolutely devastated.It is believed Diane died suddenly of natural causes at her home in Annagry. Diane worked in the Motor Tax Office in Dungloe, and was a hugely popular member of staff.Diane has been described by family and friends left devastated by her news as a beautiful and kind person.Some friends left devastated by her untimely passing have paid their own heartfelt tributes to Diane on social media outlet Facebook.“Some of the worst news ever this morning. Rest in peace Diane one of the most beautiful, kindest ladies I’ve ever met. Absolutely heart broken. May you rest in peace. xx  SHOCK AT SUDDEN DEATH OF POPULAR YOUNG ANNAGRY WOMAN was last modified: November 5th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:37AnnagryBeautifulCommunitydeathnewsPopularShocktragedylast_img read more

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22 Dec
2019

Picture Special: St. Eunan’s College students are coding champs!

first_imgSaint Eunan’s College hosted a hugely successful Code Week campaign this year after having been selected as one of only two secondary schools in the country to receive funding and support from Google.This funding allowed them to invest in the hardware, software and promotional material to promote coding and computer science to their own students and to those in the local primary schools and community. This funding helps secure this promotion not only for the duration of Code Week but also into the future through their new Transition Year STEAM Academy and their existing Computer Club.Some of the activities that took place this year in the College included;Members of their Computer Club welcomed students from Scoil Cholmcille to their computer suites where they got hands-on experience with coding and electronics and had an opportunity to write their own python code to control mini robots.The students then visited Scoil Mhuire gan Smal where the girls got to program robots and electronics and got to explore some of the same coding languages that tech giants such as Google use on a daily basis. Tech Hero Interviews! Students visited and video interviewed some of their local Tech Heroes including Catherine McFadden from Pramerica Systems Ireland, Paul McNulty from 3D Issue and Damien Blake from Google Ireland.These interviews are being made available on sainteunans.com soon and will serve to inspire and inform students about the many varying and exciting technology jobs that are out there waiting on them.Raspberry Pi and Robotic workshops were held in the College during lunchtimes, again hosted by students themselves, where everybody was invited to come along and experiment with coding and controlling some robots and electronics.In a reversal of traditional roles – some teaching staff were schooled by second years on the intricacies of coding iterations!The Technology Department within the College founded it’s new 3D Printing Club this week. Mr. Sean McGinley’s initiative opened the door to all students to try their hand at designing and printing their own models using their newly acquired 3D printers – along the way producing our fancy new ‘Code Week’ bracelets and keyrings!Lunchtime coding competitions organised by their Transition Year students tested both new and experienced coders in a LightBot challenge – won eventually by students Henry Casey and Gareth Neely who earned prestigious gifts of a Raspberry Pi and the coveted ‘STEAM Academy’ t-shirt and mugs. The ‘Crack the Code’ daily challenges were won by Michael Rosenberg (third year) and Harshit Panchal (first year) – these students were drawn out of all the correct entries who correctly deciphered some tricky encrypted messages!A spokesperson for St. Eunan’s College says: “The College would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to their own students who helped make Code Week such a huge success – David Doggett, James Byrne, Leonardo Camacho, Sean Miguel Murray, Jack Brady, Dallan Davis, Luis Simiao, Luke McKeever, Scott Thompson, Oisin O’Brien and Mark Houston.“These students showed a maturity beyond their years and were excellent ambassadors for our school in the wider community.“Big thanks goes also to their sponsor Google without whom they would not have been able to reach as many students as they did these last few weeks. “Finally we also want to acknowledge the support of our local ICT industry and its employees (including our past pupils) who give so generously of their time, advice and resources to help us every week as we continue our journey in educating and promoting ICT skills to all students.”Picture Special: St. Eunan’s College students are coding champs! was last modified: October 22nd, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:code weekcodingletterkennySt.Eunan’s Collegelast_img read more

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