IRELAND’S NEWEST POLITICAL PARTY CHOOSES DONEGAL FOR ITS LAUNCH

first_imgMembers of the National Citizens Movement in Ballyshannon today. Pic by Donegal Daily.Ireland’s newest political party was launched today in what is deemed to be Ireland’s oldest town.The National Citizens Movement chose Ballyshannon to officially launch their campaign.The group, which describes itself as a broad collective of ordinary people looking to make change, signed the constitution and charter at Dorrian’s Imperial Hotel. Up to 30 people from across the country attended the launch.Spokesperson Elizabeth Hourihane, a housewife from Cork, said they intended to build a nationwide platform of candidates from every county.And she wants candidates from Donegal to put themselves forward as part of the National Citizens Movement.“That is our aim. This is just the beginning. We chose Ballyshannon as it is reputedly the oldest town in Ireland and we are the newest political movement,” she said. Ms Hourihane said she intends to stand in the Carlow/Kilkenny constituency.The new political grouping said they will not enter talks with any of the main political parties including Fianna Fail, Fine Gael or Labour but are open to talks with Sinn Fein.Mr Hourihane said they see themselves linking up naturally with the Independents if they are successful and end up gaining seats in Dail Eireann.“We admire what the likes of Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, Claire Daly and Mick Wallace have achieved since they entered the Dail and we would like to add to that,” she said.The group said they are now recruiting candidates to stand in the next general election across the country and said they are already strong in urban centres such as Dublin and Cork. They said the strongest message they are getting on the ground is that the people of Ireland no longer want to be part of Europe.Mr Hourihane added “I will never forget standing peeling potatoes at my sink when I heard about the bank bail-outs. I cried at the sink.“My daughter came in the door and I was in floods. She thought somebody had died. I told her that we had just lost our sovereignty but so many people did not understand it that day.“That is when I decided I had to do something and stand for election. I’m an ordinary person but I know that we need change and that the likes of the established political parties are not going to bring that change.” IRELAND’S NEWEST POLITICAL PARTY CHOOSES DONEGAL FOR ITS LAUNCH was last modified: April 10th, 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:BallyshannondonegalNational Citizens Movementlast_img read more

Former Raider in coma following aneurysm

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceNeiron Ball, who ascended to a starting position as a Raiders rookie linebacker after surviving a rare blood vessel disorder, has been in a medically induced coma since Sept. 16 after an aneurysm burst in his brain.For complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.Ball, 26, was diagnosed with arteriovenous malformation (AVM) after experiencing headaches following a 2011 practice at the University of …last_img read more

Burger named SA Rugby Player of 2011

first_img4 November 2011Springbok flank Schalk Burger was named South African Rugby Player of the Year for a second time, while Currie Cup champions the MTN Golden Lions picked up a hat-trick of awards, at the 2011 SA Rugby Awards.The awards ceremony took place at Johannesburg’s Gold Reef City on Thursday evening, and the golden locks of Burger matched the award he received for his performances for the Stormers, who made it into the Super Rugby playoffs, and for the Springboks at the Rugby World Cup.Two-time winnerBurger previously won the award in 2004 and becomes only the fifth player to win it more than once, following in the footsteps of Naas Botha (who won it four times), Uli Schmidt, Bryan Habana and Fourie du Preez (who all won it twice).He was voted as Player of the Year by South Africa’s accredited rugby media, ahead of Bismarck du Plessis, Francois Hougaard, Pat Lambie and Victor Matfield.Burger’s award was the finale of a star-studded night during which 16 awards were won for rugby excellence across all age groups and competitions in 16 categories.Golden Lions’ successThe Golden Lions scooped three awards after beating The Sharks in the Absa Currie Cup final last weekend to win their first title since 1999. They were named Absa Team of the Year; their coach, John Mitchell, the Absa Coach of the Year; and their captain, Josh Strauss, Absa Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year.Springbok fullback Pat Lambie (21) was named the Absa Young Player of the Year, building on the fine impression he made in his debut season of 2010 by excelling at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.SA under-20 captain Arno Botha was named the SA Under-20 Player of the Year after some sterling performances at the Junior World Championships in Italy earlier this year.Easy decisionCecil Afrika, who was recently named the World Sevens Player of the Year after he topped both the top points and try scoring lists during the 2010/11 HSBC Sevens World Series, walked away with the award for Springbok Sevens Player of the Year in one of the easiest decisions of the night.The South African Rugby Players Association (Sarpa) Players’ Player of the Year Award, voted on by the players themselves, went to Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis.The Supersport Try of the Year was awarded to Springbok Sevens flyer Sibusiso Sithole for his tournament-winning score in the final of the Edinburgh Sevens against Australia.TributeThe South African Rugby Union (Saru) also paid tribute to two retiring Springboks legends: John Smit, who has already left South African to take up a contract with English club Saracens, and Victor Matfield, both played their last tests for the Boks in the quarter-finals at the Rugby World Cup.There were also rewards for Toyota Cheetahs’ scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius (Vodacom Super Rugby Player of the Year), who will represent Australia’s Waratahs next season, Regent Boland Cavaliers flyhalf Elgar Watts (Absa Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year) and DHL Western Province flyhalf Lionel Cronje (Vodacom Cup Player of the Year).Craig Joubert, who refereed the Rugby World Cup final, and became the first referee to take charge of matches in every single round of a singler World Cup competition unsurprisingly won the Marriot Referee Award.Significant and satisfyingOregan Hoskins, President of Saru, said that the 2011 season was one of the more significant and satisfying seasons in recent years.“On field success of our national and provincial teams will always be of paramount importance, but I believe we have enjoyed a special year in the history of our rugby, perhaps a watershed year,” said Hoskins.“That’s because our Springbok team has been embraced by all South Africans in a way I have never experienced before. 2011 was the year that fans from all backgrounds stood behind the Boks from the moment the squad was announced. In the past, that kind of affection was dependent on the delivery of a trophy.”AWARD WINNERSSaru Rugby Player of the YearSchalk BurgerAbsa Young Player of the YearPat LambieAbsa Team of the YearMTN Golden LionsAbsa Coach of the YearJohn Mitchell (MTN Golden Lions)Vodacom Super Rugby Player of the YearSarel Pretorius (Toyota Cheetahs)Absa Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the YearJosh Strauss (MTN Golden Lions)Absa Currie Cup First Division Player of the YearElgar Watts (Regent Boland Cavaliers)Vodacom Cup Player of the YearLionel Cronje (DHL WP)Sarpa Players’ Player of the YearBismarck du PlessisSpringbok Sevens Player of the YearCecil AfrikaSupersport Try of the YearSibusiso Sithole (Springbok Sevens vs Australia in the final of the Edinburgh Sevens)SA Under-20 Player of the YearArno BothaCoca-Cola Craven Week Player of the TournamentJan Serfontein (Free State)Marriott Referee AwardCraig JoubertWomen’s Achiever of the YearCebisa KulaSaru National Club Championship Player of the TournamentJustin Wheeler (University of Johannesburg)SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Community Development

first_imgHi my name is Smanga iam the director for a company named Mphakathi Recyclers. The company is a start up which aims at not only employing the youth but also to give people a means of generating an income through recyclables. The following Document was compiled by me can you please reply to it with feedback on how I can get it running because I have faced many difficulties when I try getting it off the ground. MPHAKATHI RECYCLERS (Pty)Ltd ‘It’s only trash if you throw it away’ Registration number: 2015/165488/07 Postal Address : 642a Ntombela Street White City Jabavu Soweto, Gauteng 1868 Contact Person : Mr Smanga Mthembu Email : Smanga Mthembu3@gmail.com Cell phone : 063 394 8170 Director : Mr Smanga Mthembu Signature : THE BUSINESS 1.1 BUSINESS DESCRIPTION UMPHAKATHI RECYCLERS (Pty) Ltd is a recyclable collecting business based in Schools around Soweto. The business mainly collects (but is not limited to) Plastic bottles, Glass bottles, Paper and cans recyclables for a profit by selling it Buy-Back-Centres or ‘Depots’. To conduct business UMPHAKATHI RECYCLERS (Pty) Ltd must be in contract or agreement with local schools for ‘product and service’ relationship that aims at uplifting the community and create means for income and also offer relief to poor or struggling families. The main product or service offered by the entity is a Burial Scheme. If the local school is contracted with UMPHAKATHI RECYCLERS (Pty) Ltd and the children at the school bring any of the above mentioned recyclables to school with them on a daily basis (weekdays) then the entity is obligated to assist with the burial of a parent or guardian at no fee at all. The entity will immediately provide the following: • Tables • Chairs • A Tent • Gas Stoves • Pots and Plates • Sound system (If required) This will half the cost of the funeral for the remaining family members, allowing the parent or guardian a dignified funeral which is very important in the African tradition when it comes to bereavement. All this because their child took what is considered ‘trash’ to school. 1.2 GOALS FOR THE BUSINESS In order for UMPHAKATHI RECYCLERS (Pty) Ltd to be sustainable the following goals must be met: • Six months Be in contract with at least one school in Soweto with about +/-1500 pupils • Twelve months Be in contract with at least 4 schools in Soweto, each with +/-1500 multiply by four equals +6000 pupils. If each of these pupils comes with at least two 2L plastic bottles or two old magazines/books or five times 330/440ml cans or and two 375ml glass bottles for the initiative. • Three years Be in contract with at least 20+ schools in Soweto, each with +1500 pupils multiply by twenty (or more) equals +30000 pupils. . If each of these pupils comes with at least two 2L plastic bottles or two old magazines/books or five times 330/440ml cans or and two 375ml glass bottles for the initiative. Please note that the above is only estimates as the success of the project could accelerate at a rate much faster than the predicted ones. 1.3 THE MARKET Currently the market for recyclables is dominated by plastic recyclables. MPHAKATHI RECYCLERS (Pty) Ltd will also collect these plastic bottles, but is not limited as such the less dominated markets in recycling such as cans, paper and glass bottles will be targeted. The market can be better explained through the SWOT ANALYSIS. • STRENGHTS 1. We will collect materials which have not been not been collected on a large scale 2. We will employ unemployed youth in Soweto (community upliftment) and create opportunities for self-employment 3. The initiative will reduce pollution bringing down our carbon-footprint 4. The financial burden of burying a loved one will be greatly reduced if the child is in a school contracted with MPHAKATHI RECYCLERS. 5. Where the family cannot afford a donation will be offered if all the stake-holders agree on it 6. The only condition is that all monies from recycled products is deposited to the entities bank account 7. It’s a community effort and community empowerment opportunities will follow naturally by giving a lifeline to the poor or even child headed households. 8. Children will learn the importance of recycling and its benefits for our environments (sustainability) 9. The project is a niche’ • WEAKNESS 1. The business is a start-up: Funding, Marketing, Advertising, Vehicles etc. these are all essential for the success of the entity. 2. Other Competitors are already recycling on a large scale (Pik’it’Up) • OPPORTUNITY The opportunity for growth and sustainability is apparent because when other schools and parents get word of what MPHAKATHI RECYCLERS (Pty) Ltd is offering to them as a service, they will want to join as they know how important it is to bury a loved one with dignity in African community. The more schools join the more revenue MPHAKATHI RECYCLERS can generate through these recyclables, thus extending its reach and growing the enterprise. In a matter of years we would have surpassed our competitors with the help of the community and schools. The thought of relief for parents knowing that when they pass away his/her children in primary schools will be able to bury them with ease and dignity all the because they assisted them by giving them recyclables to take to school. • THREATHS Legislation on recycling regulates on how much waste can be recycled at a particular site due to the health hazards associated with the accumulation of waste. Since MPHAKATHI RECYCLERS will be operating from schools material to be must always be kept at an absolute minimum. 1. Start-Up Costs 1.1 Material Needed • Bulk Bags> Not yet available • Containers> Not yet available • Banners> Not yet available • Tents> Available • Chairs> Available • Gas Stoves> Available • Pots> Available • Décor> Available • Protective Gear> Not yet available • Vehicles> To be hired MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING MPHAKATHI RECYCLERS (Pty) Ltd is a recycling collecting business that aims to recycle cans, glass bottles, paper and plastic bottles for a profit by selling the mentioned recyclables to Buy-Back-Centres for revenue. The above mentioned recyclables have to be provided by the pupils in the school for our service (Burial Scheme) in case death occurs to a parent or guardian. This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is an agreement between MPHAKATHI RECYCLERS (Pty) Ltd reg no. 2015/165488/07 and Primary school for the above mentioned service in exchange for recyclables mentioned above. 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October 3 2008 We continue the report from 10

first_imgOctober 3, 2008 We continue the report from 10/01/08 on the construction of the handicap-accessibility ramp at the Arcosanti entrance. Starting at 6am, Construction crew leader David Tollas introduces the process of concrete mixing and pouring as well as safety considerations. After the concrete is mixed in a batch plant on site, the concrete truck takes the load to the ramp site. Construction and landscaping crewmembers, with the help of interns , workshop participants and volunteers, transport the wheelbarrows. [Photo:Lissa McCullogh & text: Darina Trendafilova ] Once the concrete meets the ground, it is moved with shovels, and then screeded and vibrated. [Photo: Lissa McCullogh & text: Darina Trendafilova] After the surface is leveled, Landscape coordinator Ron Chandler and Construction intern Kyle Engoian set grooves into the pavement. As this section is nearly finished, the crew continues pouring the next level. This report continues with the completion of the pour for level 1 ramp. [Photo:Lissa McCullogh & text: Darina Trendafilova]last_img read more

AINDRIAS OCATHASAIGHISLAND VOICESISLAND VOICES SE

first_img AINDRIAS O’CATHASAIGHISLAND VOICESISLAND VOICES SERIES CONTINUES TO EXPLORE THEMES OF 1916SEACHTAR DEARMADTASEACHTAR NA CASCATower Museum Aindrias O’CathasaighTHE Island Voices lecture series is enjoying a welcome return to the Tower Museum this autumn marking the centenary of 1916 by exploring the social, cultural and political landscape of Ireland a century ago.The third and final instalment will take place next week, Thursday, November 24, focusing on the complex and sometimes contested relationships which exist between language, identity and nationhood.Concluding the series will be historian and political commentator Aindrias Ó Cathasaigh, author of 1916: Seachtar na Cásca and 1916: Seachtar Dearmadta, and scriptwriter of the accompanying TG4 series. He has written extensively on the history, politics and culture of the period.Delivered in both English and Irish, the third talk will focus on the Irish language and the confluences and tensions between the revival of the Irish language, and the fight for national independence in the earlier part of the 20th Century. ShareTweet The political turmoil of those years also brought changes to the language movement itself and the accompanying debates provide neglected but valuable evidence of how Irish opinion was shifting, and how separatists organised to influence it.The earlier lectures in the series gave audiences the opportunity to find out more about the landmark historic events of 1916, including the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme, which have shaped our understanding of ourselves and each other.The series is run by Derry City and Strabane District Council, and Council Irish Language Officer, Pól Ó Frighil, encouraged people to come along and find out more about a fascinating era of modern history.“The Island Voices series is always popular and a highlight of Council’s events calendar. “The talks provide an insightful exploration of a variety of themes and this year in particular the focus has been particularly relevant exploring the life-changing events of 1916, which inevitably impacted significantly on our social and cultural evolution.“Anyone who has an interest in local history will certainly enjoy the final talk in the series, which presents the opportunity to hear from yet another respected historian and author.”The talk takes place from 1pm – 2pm in the Tower Museum preceded by lunch at 12.30pm.Places are free and can be booked by contacting the Tower Museum (028) 7137 2411 or emailing tower.reception@derrystrabane.comDue to demand people are advised to book early to secure a spot.ISLAND VOICES SERIES CONTINUES TO EXPLORE THEMES OF 1916 was last modified: November 15th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more