first_imgEver wondered why Letterkenny has a Glencar Scotch and a Glencar Irish? Or why there’s a Castle Street but no castle? And we bet you’ll be surprised when you find out just how old ‘Old Town’ really is!In Echoes of Time An Grianan Theatre offers a bite sized guide to the origins of Letterkenny.In just 30 minutes Danny the Townie and his ancestors will give you an overview of what effect the Ulster Plantation had on the development of the town and how its influence continues to this day in our accents and place names. Each performance will be followed by an optional question and answer session.Written and directed by local historian and actor Kieran Kelly, the play features Daniel Conaghan, Eoghan MacGiolla Bhrighde and Nora Kavanagh.The play is recommended for family audiences and anyone interested in the history of Letterkenny.Echoes of Time can be seen at An Grianán Theatre on Sat 4 June as part of a programme of events commemorating the town’s 400th anniversary. There will be performances at 12.30pm and 2.30pm and admission is free.Echoes of Time was originally developed as a Living History schools project supported by PEACE III Programme managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by Donegal County Council. It was performed in 11 national schools in the Letterkenny district as well as in St Mary’s Primary, Strabane.For further information on Echoes of Time and other events marking the town’s anniversary check YOUR TEETH INTO A BITE-SIZED GUIDE TO LETTERKENNY was last modified: June 1st, 2011 by gregShare 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:400 yearsAn griananletterkenny historylast_img read more

‘I can’t see Mourinho turning it around at Man United’, says Glenn Hoddle

first_img Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card silverware United’s players have looked lacklustre and toothless in recent games“I don’t see him turning it round,” Hoddle said on Thursday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“United have got to think very deeply how they are going to deal with this. They don’t want to sack him – he’s just signed a new contract!“To me, it seems 50 per cent of that group of players are not really chomping on the bit or enjoying their football.“They’ve not doing it for their manager. tense 1 gameday cracker REVEALED Premier League latest news Glenn Hoddle has told talkSPORT there is no way back for Jose Mourinho at Manchester United due to the ongoing turmoil in the dressing room.There are question marks over Mourinho’s future in charge at Old Trafford after the club’s worst start to a season in 29 years.The ‘Special One’ is reported to have fallen out with a number of players, which now appears to include wing-back Antonio Valencia, and few expect him to see out the season.And Hoddle in one of them, with the Tottenham legend saying Man United’s talented squad appear to be ‘playing with chains on’ under Mourinho. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? “They should be doing it for themselves and the club, and if they like the manager and they do it for the manager as well that’s an added bonus.“But I don’t see that at the moment.“United look as though they are playing with chains on.”Listen back to Glenn Hoddle on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT huge blow Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City shining Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED no dice last_img read more

Anfield legend names Liverpool’s most important player… and it’s not Salah

first_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? huge blow Meanwhile, Salah has scored six in the league as has Mane, who recently committed his future to the club by signing a new long-term deal.Firmino, Salah and Mane forged a frightening partnership up front last season, tearing multiple teams apart.However, Brazilian Firmino has looked fatigued at points this season and Liverpool have not been as dynamic going forward, leading to calls from some Kopites that youngster Dominic Solanke should play ahead of the No.9.The Reds’ next game sees them travel to Watford – the team Barnes left to join Liverpool in June 1987 – on Saturday. Firmino has looked jaded at points this season Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT RANKED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Liverpool legend John Barnes believes Roberto Firmino is the club’s most important player – more so than Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.Firmino, 27, has not been in the best form for the Reds, having scored just two goals in twelve Premier League matches this season. 2 REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update shining center_img REVEALED And ahead of the game, Barnes insisted Firmino’s role is still of huge importance as it brings the likes of Salah and Mane into the game.Speaking exclusively for bookmaker comparison platform, Barnes said: “Firmino is the most important player in that Liverpool team, more so than Salah and Mane.“I really like him and think he is crucial to linking up the play of the team.” gameday cracker REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury latest Latest Liverpool FC News Barnes believes Mane and Salah hugely benefit from Firmino’s presence in the team Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 2last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL TD Pearse Doherty has called for an immediate Oireachtas inquiry into Ireland’s scandal-hit banks – and accused the government of hiding a report written five years ago.Speaking on the Tonight With Vincent Browne programme on TV3, the Sinn Fein Finance spokesman also said he would oppose expensive inquiries which “made millionaires out of lawyers.”“I have asked the Taoiseach about this, and I have asked Michael Noonan about this – the Michael Fingleton report, a report that was done by Ernst & Young five years ago, into that bank (Irish Nationwide Building Society) is sitting on the Department of Finance’s desk,” said the Donegal man. “It is explosive, absolutely explosive, it is like the Anglo tapes but the Government will not give us that information,” he said.Doherty was also furious with how Anglo Irish Bank executives kept their jobs after the bank sank – costing this country €30Bn and saddling two generations with debt.“One of the people on the Anglo tapes was employed until last year and the other until February this year on €175,000 a year. The fact is that 22 of the 50 top executives at Anglo were kept on by the Government and nothing was done about that because the Government didn’t want to know,” he insisted.  DOHERTY ACCUSES GOVERNMENT OF HIDING 5-YEAR-OLD BANKING INQUIRY REPORT was last modified: June 27th, 2013 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) Tags:DOHERTY ACCUSES GOVERNMENT OF HIDING 5-YEAR-OLD BANKING INQUIRY REPORTlast_img read more


first_imgA man in his 30s, who was being question in connection with a major drugs seizure in Ballybofey, has been charged this evening.The man was being questioned at Letterkenny Garda station.He will appear before Judge Paul Kelly at Letterkenny District Court tomorrow morning. Three women appeared in court earlier today in connection to the drugs find, estimated at €360,000, above a Chinese restaurant, at Navenny Street on Tuesday evening.MAN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH BALLYBOFEY DRUGS HAUL was last modified: January 23rd, 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)last_img read more


first_imgVoodoo Venue is Donegal’s No.1 clubbing venue, attracting revellers from all over the North-West to the nightclub every weekend.Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Voodoo Venue presents top class entertainment and excellent drink promotions to their ever growing mass of customers.Every week Voodoo Venue in conjunction with Donegal Daily gives one lucky reader the chance to win free entry for four and a bottle of champagne. If you’ve been snapped by the house photographer, then you’re in with a chance of winning.Check out the snaps above and if your face is circled then you’ve won the prize.Contact Voodoo via Facebook to claim your prize.   VOODOO VENUE PICTURE SPECIAL: HAVE YOU WON FREE ENTRY AND CHAMPAGNE was last modified: July 14th, 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewspicture specialVoodoo Venuelast_img read more

A’s manager Bob Melvin wins Manager of the Year for third time

first_imgIt’s Melvin’s … Click here if you are unable to view this gallery on a mobile device.OAKLAND — Few people in baseball are having a better offseason than Bob Melvin.Two weeks after getting a contract extension through 2021, the A’s manager was named American League Manager of the Year.Melvin received 18 of the 30 first-place votes for the award given out by Baseball Writers’ Association of America, finishing ahead of Boston’s Alex Cora (7) and Kevin Cash (5) of the Tampa Bay Rays.last_img

Mobile driving ‘huge growth’ in Africa

first_img13 November 2012 Sub-Saharan Africa is the fastest-growing mobile market in the world, and with transparent regulation and the necessary spectrum allocations, the mobile industry could fuel the growth of 14.9-million new jobs in the region between 2015 and 2020, according to a GSMA report. The GSMA, which represents mobile operators worldwide, on Tuesday released its “Sub-Saharan Africa Mobile Observatory” report, based on research from Deloitte and offering a comprehensive evaluation of the region’s mobile industry and its socio-economic impact.44 percent annual growth since 2000 According to the report, sub-Saharan Africa’s mobile market has enjoyed a prodigious average annual growth rate of 44 percent since 2000, which has seen mobile connections surging to 475-million, compared to just 12.3-million fixed line connections, representing the highest proportion of mobile versus fixed line connections in the world. “The region has some of the highest levels of mobile internet usage globally,” the GSMA said in a statement on Tuesday. “In Zimbabwe and Nigeria, mobile accounts for over half of all web traffic at 58.1 percent and 57.9 percent respectively, compared to a 10 percent global average. 3G penetration levels are forecast to grow by 46 percent through 2016 as the use of mobile-specific services develops.”Huge economic impact This growth has delivered huge economic benefits, the report states, directly contributing US$32-billion, or 4.4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), to the sub-Saharan African economy. Approximately 3.5-million full-time jobs are attributed to the region’s mobile industry, which has also spurred a wave of technology and content innovation, according to the report. “More than 50 ‘innovation hubs’, which develop local skills and content in the field of ICT services, have been created, including the Hive Colab in Uganda, the iHub in Kenya, and Limbe Labs in Cameroon.” There are more than 80 mobile money operations for the “unbanked” across Africa, compared to 36 in Asia, the second most popular region for these services, the report notes, adding: “Safaricom’s M-PESA mobile money transfer service in Kenya has achieved greater scale than any other service in the world.”‘Governments must enable the industry’ “Mobile has already revolutionised African society ,and yet demand still continues to grow by almost 50 percent a year,” Tom Phillips, the GSMA’s chief government and regulatory affairs officer, said in the statement. “To create an environment that supports and encourages this immense growth, it is imperative that governments work in partnership with mobile operators to enable the industry to thrive throughout the region, ultimately providing affordable options to connect its citizens.” Despite investments of US$16.5-billion over the past five years aimed mainly at expanding network capacity, sub-Saharan Africa faces a looming “capacity and coverage crunch” in terms of available mobile spectrum, the GSMA warns.Spectrum ‘crunch’ threatens growth The current amount of spectrum allocated to mobile services in sub-Saharan Africa is amongst the lowest worldwide, with some countries allocating as little as 80MHz, compared to developed markets where allocation for mobile exceeds 500MHz. “With mobile internet traffic forecast to grow 25-fold over the next four years, there will be a considerable increase in network congestion unless governments across the region take urgent steps to release new spectrum, in line with the recommendations of the ITU’s World Radiocommunication Conference,” the GSMA said. “This includes capacity in the ‘digital dividend’ (700-800 MHz) band and the 2.6 GHz band, and also liberalising existing licence agreements to allow the deployment of high-speed UMTS and LTE networks in the 900 and 1800MHz bands.” The effect of such a spectrum release would be dramatic, the GSMA predicts, contributing to the creation of 14.9-million new jobs between 2015 and 2020 and adding up to $40-billion, or 0.54 percent, to the region’s GDP by 2016. “In many sub-Saharan African countries, mobile broadband is the only possible route to deliver the internet to consumers,” said Deloitte telecommunications partner Chris Williams. “However, to maximise the potential gains, governments need to continue to support the development of mobile broadband, notably through the provision of appropriate spectrum. The current spectrum allocations across the region lag behind those of developed countries and, unless increased, seem likely to raise costs of provision, challenge investment decisions and increase network congestion.”High taxation, over-regulation High levels of government taxation and new regulation also threaten to limit the growth of mobile services across the region, according to the report. Africa has the highest taxation, as a proportion of the cost of mobile ownership, among developing regions worldwide, with taxes on handset and mobile devices much higher than elsewhere. “There is also a worrying trend of new taxes being introduced on essential mobile services,” the GSMA said. “For instance, the Kenyan government recently announced a new 10 percent tax on money transfer services, threatening the economic viability of the service in the future.” The report also identifies approvals for tower and fibre deployment as the single biggest obstacle to investment by the mobile community in sub-Saharan Africa. New tower and fibre deployment is urgently needed to cope with the region’s traffic growth, the report argues, and could be aided by simplifying national and local regulations and approval processes, especially with regards to rights of way. “Tackling stifling regulation, addressing high taxation and implementing a harmonised approach to future spectrum allocation will further boost the success story of mobile across the continent,” Phillips said. “There is not only the potential to lift millions out of poverty, but also the opportunity to ensure that Africa benefits from global economies of scale in terms of both network technology and mobile devices.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

South African aviation sector must look at skills shortage

first_img03 November 2015The aviation and aerospace sector must unlock opportunities that have socio- economic benefits for South Africa, according to Barlow Manilal, the chief executive of the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA).“We need to ensure that we can unlock opportunities so that it changes the trajectory of this country and ensure that we pave the economic pathway going forward,” he added. Manilal was speaking at the Avi Awards ceremony, the first of its kind to be held in South Africa.The ceremony coincided with the Avi Afrique Expo, held on Wednesday, 28 October. It was a pair of days given over all things aviation, with the 2015 Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Avi Afrique Innovation Summit held on 29 October. Both events took place at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria.A highlight of the week was the top award, which went to the creator of South Africa’s first aircraft powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. The theme for this fourth annual conference was “Innovation: the key to aviation sustainability in Africa”.About 450 delegates attended, according to spokesperson Percy Morokane, including 160 global and local industry decision-makers, academia and other aviation space experts.The focus of discussions on innovation would be around the challenges and opportunities facing aviation in Africa, ATNS chief executive officer Thabani Mthiyane said in his opening speech.“Aviation is a highly technical field, whether one is talking about the engines that power the aircraft, the materials and techniques to build them, the comfort and safety of passengers inside the cabin and, of course, the management of an airspace.“All of these disciplines rely on bright young minds with the right skills to take them forward. We rely on the academic institutions for these graduates, and also to provide much of the research that fuels innovation,” he said.“In light of the current developments in South Africa around exclusion from tertiary education, we need to come together as an industry to see how best we can help our colleagues in academia overcome these challenges – to ensure universities are adequately funded.”Within the whole complex question of university funding and financial exclusion, Mthiyane added, the private sector had big role to play. “Already, private sector companies provide bursaries and other financial help to assist promising students to graduate, and I am sure that they will expand their role as they are able.“We hear so much about the skills shortages that are holding back the economy – let’s work together to make sure we produce the skills. We have raw talent; let’s not waste it.”Watch how the government is working on tackling the challenge of addressing the lack of transformation in the aviation industry:The summitMark van Wyk, entrepreneur and pilot, Thabani Mthiyane, the ATNS chief executive officer of ATNS, Tebogo Thamage, and Barlow Manilal (far right on photo), the chief executive of Technology Innovation Agency. Manilal says his agency will look at how it can offer opportunities relating to aviation and aerospace for people in rural areas, and speaks about poverty and unemployment at the Avi Awards on 28 October 2015. (Image: ATNS)Education was top of mind at the two-day events, with one of the summit panel discussions on Thursday titled: “Aviation innovation from the perspective of tertiary institutions”. Dr Malindi Neluheni, one of the speakers, spoke about “creating sustainable opportunities within the African aviation industry”.There was much food for thought, and attendees tweeted about the conference:#AviAfrique2015 @ATNSSA Professor Bennie Anderson openings address thought provoking— Sue (@CabeCat) October 29, 2015@ATNSSA #aviafrique2015 Skills development allows meaningful contribution to economy— Aarti Panday (@Aarti_Panday) October 29, 2015@ATNSSA #aviafrique2015 NDP has bold plans for PhDs in South Africa— Aarti Panday (@Aarti_Panday) October 29, 2015@ATNSSA #aviafrique2015 in 2013 SA produced 2051 PhD graduates— Aarti Panday (@Aarti_Panday) October 29, 2015Poverty and unemploymentMore must be done to address the levels of poverty and unemployment in South Africa, Manilal said at the Avi Awards ceremony on 28 October. “I believe that everything we do must create a better society for us.”His agency would look at how it could offer opportunities for people in rural areas. “Going forward as TIA, we will look at revising most of our programmes, making sure that they are more impactful and that they give us the rewards we are looking for.“We need to give the youth in this country hope. We need to give the youth in this country courage to dream,” Manilal said.The TIA was established in terms of the TIA Act, with the objective of stimulating and intensifying technological innovation to improve economic growth and the quality of life of all South Africans by developing and exploiting technological innovations.The awardsThe Avi Awards were hosted by ATNS, an agency of the Department of Transport, in partnership with TIA, an entity of the Department of Science and Technology.Overall winner Mark van Wyk has a company that is developing unmanned aircraft powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. It runs on green energy and uses hydrogen as a fuel.“The craft is an environmental survey aircraft, so the intention of the aircraft is to do long range surveys for environmental monitoring so that our scientists and researchers can make better decisions as to how to better manage the environment and do land use planning for the future,” Van Wyk said.It had the potential to bring down the long running cost of aviation. He hoped that in future, it would make it possible for aviation prices to go down as well as for previously disadvantaged communities to have an opportunity to become pilots or fly for personal reasons.“I really didn’t expect to win the award. I am thrilled, I am honoured. ATNS has always been a true evangelist for aviation and a real impressionist on this country.“Their services to the community are unique and impeccable. To be given an award by ATNS is the highest honour that I could get,” Van Wyk said.He said he had been working with the TIA for the past nine years, and it had been supportive of his project.Watch Mark van Wyk explain his project:The Avi Awards 2015 were a platform to showcase and celebrate the sharpest minds and the most brilliant innovations in the country. The Department of Transport said they celebrated creativity and scientific thinking, which were critical ingredients to leapfrog Africa into first-world status.Finalists included journalists, academics and engineers.Source: reporterlast_img read more

Beazer’s Settlement Over Chinese Drywall

first_imgIt is only a first step in what likely will be a long walk toward complete resolution, but a settlement agreement between Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin and Beazer Homes USA, announced over the weekend, at least begins to address litigation surrounding defective Chinese drywall.At least some of the drywall’s defects have been proven – it off-gasses foul-smelling hydrogen sulfide, which corrodes metal fixtures and makes home interiors virtually uninhabitable – Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin, or KPT, seems to be addressing potential liability in the most cost-effective way it can, since an unfavorable ruling in court could prove far more expensive. An attorney for a law firm representing KPT told the Wall Street Journal that the company was negotiating settlements with as many as 10 other builders who had used the drywall.The settlement amount for Beazer, which had not formally sued KPT, was not disclosed. But the Journal noted the builder has identified about 50 homes in Florida that it built with the faulty drywall, and that experts say the cost of replacing the drywall and corroded wiring, fixtures, and appliances probably will average $100,000 per home. Three builders and almost 200 homeowners have filed federal lawsuits against KPT over the product defects.More than one source of liabilityKPT was not the only exporter of China’s defective drywall. In early April, a federal district judge in New Orleans awarded $2.6 million in damages to seven Virginia families who sued Chinese state-owned drywall manufacturer Taishan Gypsum Company, which didn’t respond to legal filings in the case or appear in court to defend itself.But even if manufacturers and exporters of the drywall were to settle all suits over its performance as a building material, another potential liability likely will have to be addressed later on: the health problems apparently caused by the gasses released by the drywall. If it’s eventually proven that the drywall was a health hazard – one, perhaps, that has caused long-term ill effects – full resolution could be considerably more expensive and time consuming.The president of the Florida Home Builders Association, John “Chuck” Fowke, pointed out to the Journal that settlements covering replacement of the defective drywall may only be a first step. “At this point houses that have been completed with full remediation are still viewed as a liability. Is cross contamination a possibility?” he told the paper. “I could go on and on, but the fact is that there is much uncertainty surrounding drywall imported from China.”last_img read more