Finn Valley AC News:Finn Valley AC have a large group of athletes in the age range 12-19 travelling to The Emirates Stadium, Glasgow on the weekend 13/15 February for their u 13, 15, 17, 20 National Championships.The club feel that its important to engage in a different competition environment to gain experience, pb’s, and enjoy the social interaction that a trip such as this will engender. The group are travelling both by boat and flying dependent on the timetable relevant.A number of the travelling group 52 athletes and 16 adult team leaders, plus parents travelling separately, have the ability to medal but above all the experience and the motivation that will come from this is also a key to the building of a serious squad at Valley for many years to come.Transport leaves 9.30 from Finn Valley.ATHLETICS NEWS: FINN VALLEY AC TRAVEL TO GLASGOW FOR ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: February 5th, 2015 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)
The Premier League has rejected the Football Association’s plans to reduce the number of foreign players in the English top-flight after Brexit.It has been reported that the FA are pushing for a quota of 13 non-homegrown players per Premier League club even if Brexit doesn’t happen. MONEY BEST OF ADVICE 3 Kyle Walker, John Stones and Raheem Sterling with the Premier League trophy FA chief executive Martin Glenn has reportedly suggested a quote on foreign players The Premier League statement read: “We currently operate rules that limit the number of non-homegrown players clubs can have in senior squads, while also working with clubs to operate a world-leading player development system which delivers for England teams at every level.“This was demonstrated by the many Premier League club academy and senior players whom FA coaches moulded so well into Under-17 and Under-20 FIFA World Cup winners and men’s FIFA 2018 World Cup semi-finalists.“We approach this matter in the interests of British football as a whole and have held positive discussions with the EFL and the Scottish Professional Football League, who both agree that Brexit should not be used to weaken playing squads in British football, nor to harm clubs’ ability to sign international players. REVEALED no dice 3 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade The FA want to strengthen Gareth Southgate’s England side Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade But the English Football League and the Scottish Professional Football League are in agreement that Brexit should not be used “to weaken playing squads in British football, nor to harm clubs’ ability to sign international players”.The plan aims to maintain the Premier League’s current quality while offering more opportunities for homegrown talent, considering England-qualified starters are down to 30 per cent at a time when Gareth Southgate’s national team are on the rise.However, in a statement published on Wednesday evening, the Premier League said: “There is no evidence that stronger quotas than exist now would have a positive impact on national teams.”The FA, Premier League and EFL are involved in continuing dialogue after being tasked by government to formulate a collective view on policy. Latest Football News It is understood that the FA’s proposal over restricting the number of non-homegrown players was met by some initial resistance from top-flight clubs when it was brought up by chief executive Martin Glenn during last week’s Premier League shareholders’ meeting in London.Wednesday’s statement from the Premier League stressed a consensus for the status quo. Currently non-European players require Governing Body Endorsement, meaning a number of African, Asian and South American talents have failed to get work permits.The current Brexit no-deal solution would see GBE applied for European players as well. The system is run by the FA with Home Office approval and research shows 65 per cent of the Premier League’s current European players would not have made it through GBE. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions huge blow RANKED 3 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won “The three league bodies also recognise that the development pathway for young British players needs to be further enhanced and are committed to finding ways of achieving this across all professional clubs.”The “global interest in the Premier League” and the “wider positive impact on the UK” of its continued success was also highlighted.“Our competition is watched in 189 countries, 700,000 visitors to the UK per season attend a match, clubs employ 12,000 full-time staff and Premier League football generates £3.3bn per season in taxes,” the Premier League statement added.“We have a positive working relationship with The FA and will continue to have constructive discussions with them, and other stakeholders.”
A well known clothing retailer has gone Christmas Crackers – over Christmas jumpers!The big day may be more than five weeks away, but The County Seat in Letterkenny reckons it’s time to invest in some Christmas cheer.Several versions of the Christmas jumper are on offer…at €25 each. And if you get into the festive spirit before November 30, there’s a chance to win a €100!CLOTHES SHOP GOES CHRISTMAS JUMPER CRAZY! was last modified: November 16th, 2013 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) Tags:Christmas JumpersCounty Seatletterkenny
A man threatened to kill Gardai and their wives and children when he was stopped for not paying for a meal in a restaurant.Justin Fleming – threatened to kill Garda’s family.Justin Fleming ate a meal worth €66 with two friends at the Yellow Pepper restaurant in Letterkenny on November 16th last. The friends left leaving Fleming to pay the bill but he refused.He pushed a waiter out of the way before telling him he was a dead man and then fled the restaurant.However, Fleming (aged 44) of Colehill, Newtwoncunningham, was caught by Gardai a short time later close to the restaurant at Lower Main Street, Letterkenny.Judge Paul Kelly said he found the threats made by Fleming to Gardai about their families very disturbing.But solicitor for the accused, Mr Donagh Cleary, said his client, who was charged with making off without paying for goods, had no memory of making the threats.Letterkenny District Court heard today how Fleming, who is originally from Dublin, has 32 previous convictions.Judge Paul Kelly asked to have a probation and community service report carried out on Fleming and ordered that the restaurant be reimbursed for the €66 it was owed.The case was adjourned until February 2nd.MAN WHO FLED RESTAURANT THREATENED TO KILL GARDA’S WIFE AND CHILDREN was last modified: December 1st, 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:donegalJudge Paul KellyJUSTIN FLEMINGrestaurantYellow Pepper
Gartan School hopes to attract new pupils.A small Donegal primary school has set up a new Facebook page in the hope of displaying all it has to offer any prospective pupils.Gartan National School in Churchill currently has 19 pupils bout is hoping to attract more.Head Teacher, Ms Caroline Carey said “Gartan National School currently has 19 pupils and we are keen to get the school some local exposure to boost enrolment numbers in September.” Gartan NS has a proud history.The school has an enrolment evening on Wednesday 11th March between 7.00pm and 8.30pm and would welcome all parents to come and see the school, examples of pupils work and chat to staff.And Ms. Carey said “We would be very grateful if you would all Like and Share our new Facebook page www.facebook.com/gartanns you will be entered into competition TO WIN A €20 SHOP LK voucher, with the winner to be drawn on St Patrick’s Day, and announced on our Facebook page.”“As a small school, we hope our new Facebook page will allow the community to see the excellent work our pupils produce, give an insight into our school ethos, and more than anything else, demonstrate the fun we have learning together” Ms Carey said.Gartan NS celebrated their Centenary year in 2011, and during research for this came across the old Corporal Punishment Record Book dating back to the 1920’s. Ms Carey assures any prospective pupils that there will be no more entries in the book!!!So, if you have children of enrolment age this coming September, we’d love to hear from you, show you around our school and answer any questions you may have.Contact Ms. Caroline Carey, Head Teacher on 074 9137443.SCHOOL EMBRACING FACEBOOK TO ATTRACT NEW PUPILS was last modified: March 6th, 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:ChurchilldonegalGartan National School
Donegal ETB hosted its sixth annual awards ceremony in the Radisson Hotel, Letterkenny last night in front of a huge turnout. The thirty-four entries showcased the creativity and innovation taking place in ETB schools, centres and Further Education and Training (FET) Service programmes across the county.The judges had a tough job assessing the entries which were competing for an award in five categories: Arts, Culture, Heritage and Irish Language; Further Education and Training; Healthy Living and Wellbeing; Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Donegal ETB Director of Schools, Dr Martin Gormley said: “The projects presented here today are a testament to the excellent teaching and learning taking place every day in our schools, centres and programmes.“This day is all about ‘We’ – We Are Donegal ETB, a family, and every project is a winner here today.”All entrants received a certificate of achievement from Donegal ETB Chief Executive Anne McHugh and the winners received a plaque to mark their win. The category winners were:Arts, Culture, Heritage and the Irish LanguageCrana College: Cultural Heritage Storybook ProjectFinn Valley College: To the Fallen: Songs and Poems of WW1Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada: Letterkenny & Burtonport Railway Extension BookletFurther Education and TrainingLetterkenny Training Centre: Facebook Video Promo CampaignFET Centre, Donegal Town: Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)Learning for Living, Inishowen: Make Yourself at HomeHealthy Living and WellbeingDeele College: Deele’ing with your WellbeingFET Centre, Donegal Town: A Healthier YouCrana College: Green WeekInnovation, Creativity and EntrepreneurshipGairmscoil Mhic Diarmada: Wild Atlantic Water Safety for KidsMagh Ene College: Wild Atlantic DressingGairmscoil Chú Uladh: Tóin The TheolaíScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Magh Ene College: Mi-Wi-Fi: An investigation into the high-frequency EM interference between Microwave Ovens and Wi-FiAbbey Vocational School: Rubik’s Cube SolverColáiste Ailigh: Staidéar ar cén glúin in Éirinn atá is gníomhach agus is eolach faoi athrú aeráideDonegal ETB Chief Executive Anne McHugh noted, ‘Looking around at all the entries today, it’s safe to say that the future of our county is in really good hands. It’s just fantastic the way the students and learners are well able to speak and present their projects. They are so innovative and they are re all prize winners.’The awards also included a wonderful singing performance by students from Gairmscoil Chú Uladh.Picture Special: Celebration as Donegal ETB hosts sixth annual awards was last modified: March 22nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal ETB
A property in Ballyshannon was raided by gardaí on Sunday as part of a major investigation into drug trafficking.The search took place after cocaine and cannabis with an estimated street value of over €900,000 was seized in an earlier raid in Louth.The intelligence led operation associated with the Joint Agency Task Force (JATF) carried out follow-up searches in both Ballyshannon and Leixlip, Co Kildare. A vacuum packing machine and €8,000 in cash was seized in the raids. The cross-county operation began at 1am on Sunday, when personnel attached to the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB) intercepted two vehicles simultaneously while travelling in the vicinity of Ardee.Cocaine and Cannabis with an estimated street value in excess of €900,000 (analysis pending) was seized along with an animal transporter truck and a high powered car.Two men aged 41 and 33 and one woman aged 33 years were arrested and are currently detained for questioning at Dundalk and Ashbourne Garda Stations under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996. They can be held for up to seven days.Gardaí swoop on Donegal drugs operation was last modified: December 17th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)
Melissa JavanBrand South Africa board chairperson Khanyisile Kweyama challenged business leaders to go above and beyond to change society for the better. Speaking at the 2016 In Good Company conference at the Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria on 30 August, Kweyama said: “It’s only when we create sustainable, durable solutions that we overcome challenges.”Sustainable change can be achieved, she argued, when companies are more creative and are courageous in the way it allocates corporate social investment (CSI) budgets. Far too often companies look at CSI as charitable spending rather than funds that can make real change. “CSI programmes can be invested in growing the country.”Why is enterprise and skills development not funded more often through CSI programmes, she questioned.She urged corporate leaders to show the way forward by being courageous, tenacious and resilient. “Let’s improve the social conditions and build a strong nation brand.”Create sustainable solutionsIn Good Company is part of an ongoing initiative run by Nation Builder, the conference organisers. Nation Builder helps companies channel it’s CSI into initiatives to make the most sustainable change in South Africa. Founded by the Muthobi Foundation, Nation Builder is a community of businesses and individuals dedicated to changing their communities through action.Keri Paschal, executive director of the Muthobi Foundation and trustee of Nation Builder, said it can be achieved “through the sharing of practice, lessons learned and the development of collaborative tools to equip all of us to achieve better results in our Good Giving, both individually and within our business.”Paschal explained that they have benchmarked charities and created tools and resources that help businesses gauge the success of their CSI projects.Research conducted by Nation Builder Trust has found that R8.1-billion is channelled annually through CSI budgets. It is estimated that that investment, if spent wisely, could generate R25-billion worth of economic activity.Informal traders, the invisible matrixGG Marc Alcock, author of Third World Child and KasiNomics, used the novelty of food trucks (entrepreneurial businesses that can generate between R25 000 and R100 000 a month) to explain how the country’s informal traders are contributing to the economy.When he noticed that employees were willing to spend R35 for a meal from a food truck when meals at the staff canteen were cheaper, he wondered why.“The food truck’s food doesn’t stay overnight. It is fresh,” was the answer.It gave Alcock important insight: businesses need to look at unique ways of meeting needs. It was the same with hawkers selling fruit and vegetables – customers bought it because it was fresh.“What about your neighbour being your competition?” Alcock asked the hawkers who sell the same products but sit next to each other. One answered: “I have my own customers, just like she [the neighbour] has her own.” Alcock said it showed that relationships are important in business.The value of spaza shops and spazarettesAlcock said that South Africa’s economy is being sustained by the informal sector. “We need to recognise the role the informal sector plays.”For example, there are 70 000 spaza shops, defined as a hole in the wall shop that sells basic necessities to customers, each could generate between R30 000 and R80 000 per month turnover. A spazarette is just a bigger version of a spaza shop, where customers buy weekly goods.He added: “Although they are below the tax bracket in terms of their profit, they pay VAT anyway when they buy their goods.”Alcock said the informal sector helps the unemployed earn a living. “We [as corporates] need to enhance, and support these businesses.“They are the invisible economic matrix, their businesses surround us, but we don’t see them.”Other speakers included Mike Schussler, director of Economists.co.za, and Francois van Niekerk, founder of the Mertech group and co-founder of Atterbury properties. Van Niekerk spoke about the marriage between business and purpose, while Schussler’s talk was titled We ignore the good news about South Africa at our peril.Conference host and actor Eric Miyeni said CSI should begin the day you start your business. “Most people think CSI is outside. You can start with your first employee, your first partner or yourself.“CSI is about being good to your fellow citizen.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info material
A new South African film, The Wound, which tackles the secretive world of initiation rituals, premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the leading global independent film showcase. South African musician and actor Nakhane Touré stars in the controversial and widely praised South African film The Wound, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2017. (Image: Urucu Media)CD AndersonThe Wound, a feature drama by South African filmmaker John Trengrove, is set during a traditional initiation ritual for teenage boys in a rural Xhosa community. It explores conflicts between tradition and modernity while dissecting the role of masculinity and sexuality in South African culture.South African musician Nakhane Touré plays the film’s central character, Xolani, an initiation mentor who is secretly gay and is conflicted between his culture’s traditions and his own inner desires.The film, a South African-European co-production, premiered at the respected Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on 27 January 2017.The festival, which annually attracts more than 50,000 visitors, filmmakers and film distributors from around the world, was founded in 1978 by actor Robert Redford as a platform to showcase small scale, independently made films, particularly those made outside the Hollywood system.Billing The Wound on its official website before its debut, Sundance said the film offered a rare glimpse into the “secretive male-only cultural ritual fighting for relevance in an increasingly westernised world and orchestrates a complex, dynamic examination of sexuality, masculinity, and the clash between traditional and contemporary African values”.Variety, the influential US film industry trade journal, described it as a “hard-edged but beautifully wrought study of clashing Xhosa models of masculinity”, saying it would be an eye-opener to outsiders — and some South Africans too.Another leading US publication, The Hollywood Reporter, praised Touré’s performance as an “expressive … impressive screen debut”. It called the film “intense and provocative”.The Wound has been widely praised and criticised both in South Africa and abroad for its realistic and honest depiction of initiation ceremonies, something usually not exposed to the outside world.In an interview with the Sundance website, Trengrove admitted that ritual initiation was very controversial in South Africa. Having been explored comprehensively in South African art and media over the last 20 years, however, he said that the time was now right to begin talking about the subject in a rational and compassionate way.“I think our film comes at a moment when there’s a growing conversation about a sensitive subject,” he stated. “The ritual has come under fire for reasons of relevance and safety. I think equally it’s still regarded as a meaningful process that boys go through that shows them their place in the world of men.”The Wound will also be screened at the Berlin International Film Festival this month, before returning home to open the 2017 Durban Film Festival in June. It will then be released in selected cinemas countrywide in July.Watch the trailer for The Wound belowSource: Sundance Film Festival websiteWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Sajad Lone’s Peoples Conference on Friday became the first regional party to announce its participation in the coming urban local bodies and panchayat polls in J&K. “The Peoples Conference will take part in the upcoming elections. But given the rules, we won’t have a common symbol,” he tweeted.BJP allyMr. Lone became an ally of the BJP after the 2014 polls and served as a Minister with portfolios of Animal Husbandry, Social Welfare and Renewable Energy.Unlike the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the National Conference, Mr. Lone, son of assassinated Hurriyat leader Abdul Ghani Lone, maintained a studied silence on the issues of Article 35A, which defines State-subject laws, and the special status of J&K. The PDP and the NC boycotted the polls accusing the Centre of linking Article 35A with upcoming polls before the Supreme Court, which is hearing a number of petitions challenging the Article.The CPI(M), the JD(U), the BSP, the Awami National Party and the Democratic Party Nationalist also decided to stay away from these elections. So far, the Congress and the BJP have decided to field candidates in the polls, which will start from October 8 for urban local bodies.