Donegal schools prepare for Drama Festival in Gaoth Dobhair next week

first_imgA total of 34 school plays are being prepared for a drama festival in Gaoth Dobhair next week.The Amharclann in Ghaoth Dobhair is the venue for the local schools drama festival organised by An Cumann Scoildrámaíochta on Monday 11th & Tuesday 12th March.Beidh na drámaí ar fad i nGaeilge agus is cúis mhór dóchais agus misnigh go bhfuil an oiread sin drámaí ag glacadh páirt. The plays will be performed over the two days by primary and post primary schools and youth groups throughout Donegal – from Gaoth Dobhair, Cloich Cheann Fhaola, Aráinn Mhór, Na Gleanntaí, Na Dúnaibh, Baile Dhún na nGall, Fánaid, Gleann Fhinne, Dun Fionnachaidh, Glasán agus Anagaire.Gaelscoil na gCeithre Máistrí in Donegal Town will produce 5 plays over the two days with each class in the school performing on stage – some achievement!Joe Ó Gallchóir Muineachán is the adjudicator. Admission is €5 for one session, €10 for a two day ticket and children are free for all dramas.18 plays will be nominated to compete in the Ulster Finals in An Grianán, Letterkenny on 21st and 22nd March with Pluincéad Ó Fearraigh the adjudicator. Tá fáilte mhór roimh ranganna eile ó na scoltacha freastal ar na drámaí le linn am scoile Dé Luain agus Dé Máirt agus beidh saor chead isteach daofa. Bheadh sé deas lucht féachána a bheith ag achan dráma.Tá fáilte roimh an phobal taille €5 an seisiún nó €10 do thicéad na Féile. Ádh mór ar na paistí agus na scoltacha uilig!Donegal schools prepare for Drama Festival in Gaoth Dobhair next week was last modified: March 9th, 2019 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

South Africa pours cash into infrastructure

first_img18 June 2015By the end of 2014, South Africa had spent R1-trillion on developing its infrastructure.“The expenditure was in areas such as energy, water infrastructure, sanitation, rail, road-based public transport, and hospital revitalisation, among others,” said Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe.Speaking on Wednesday during the Vision 2030 Summit, Radebe highlighted the work that was under way as part of implementing the National Development Plan (NDP) specifically in infrastructure development.The NDP is aimed at eliminating poverty and inequality by 2030.He said investments in infrastructure would expand South Africa’s economic opportunities.Investments in the energy sector, he told delegates, included the construction of Medupi and Kusile power stations and Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme.“South Africa has enabled significant investment in the renewable energy sector totalling some R168-billion in the four bidding windows announced to date,” he said, referring to the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme.South Africa was regarded as a global leader in renewable energy, having approved 79 independent power producer projects totalling 5 243 megawatts.Last year, Transnet announced a R50-billion investment to manufacture more than 1 000 locomotives.“The plan is that all locomotives except for the first 70 will be manufactured in South Africa and delivered by 2019. This will significantly expand Transnet’s general freight capacity to support economic activity as well as expand the country’s industrial capacity.”In 2012, Transnet Freight Rail announced the expansion of the Sishen iron ore line for R28.6-billion. The project was under way.In addition, R7-billion had been earmarked for investment in the country’s ports by Transnet Ports Authority as part of Operation Phakisa, which is aimed at unlocking the economic potential of the its oceans.“A further commitment of R9.2-billion of public and private investment for the construction of a new berth in Saldana Bay, the extension of the Mossgas Quay and the refurbishment of the Offshore Supply Base has also been made,” Radebe said.The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) had awarded a tender for new rail rolling stock estimated to cost R51-billion. Prasa would spend R4-billion on new hybrid locomotives over 10 years. “A rail passenger factory will be established in Nigel, Ekurhuleni for the manufacture and assembly of locomotives and trains. It is expected that over 65 000 direct and indirect jobs will be created.”An upgrade of the Moloto Road was also recently announced, costing R1.1-billion, to improve safety and mobility on this road. The notoriously dangerous road, the R573, links Tshwane with Mpumalanga and Limpopo.In other expenditure, South Africa would spend R13-billion on the Research, Development and Support Programme through the Department of Science and Technology.The department would also make transfers to the National Research Foundation of R2.7-billion to support 4 539 researchers, 15 918 Masters students and 9 615 doctoral students.“It is important that we understand that initiatives by [the] government are not undertaken in isolation and form part of a broader mandate to expand economic opportunities and improve the lives of our people,” Radebe said.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

England vs India – 5th Test Day 3 Review: Alastair Cook makes a strong…

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementImage Courtesy: News18Playing his last innings, Alastair Cook has been at his best and is still on the crease alongside skipper Joe Root at the other end at stumps on Day 3 at The Oval. The hosts stretched their lead to 154 after dismissing India for 292 in the second session of the play.Debutant Hanuma Vihari continued his good work from Day 2 and notched up his maiden half-century in his very first international outing. Meanwhile,  Ravindra Jadeja stuck around with the tail after the debutant departed courtesy of Moeen Ali. The all-rounder played a vital inning of 86 runs to reduce England’s lead to 40.Despite dismissing the struggling Keaton Jennings early on for just 10, the Indian bowlers failed to keep the momentum going as the runs continued to flow, unlike the first innings.With the fourth day beckoning, the spotlight will be on England’s leading run scorer as he sets out to the 22-yard strip with a willow for the final time. While The Men In Blue look for pride, England will give their all to send off their greatest batsman with a victory to cherish.Brief scorecard: England 332 & 114/2 (Alastair Cook 46*, Joe Root 29*; Mohammed Shami 1-32) lead India 292 (Ravindra Jadeja 86*, Hanuma Vihari 56; Moeen Ali 2-50) by 154 runsRead Also:England vs. India- 5th Test Day 2 Review: Hosts capitalise as India lose the plot…yet againCricket: Alastair Cook gets stunning welcome from Indians in his final testlast_img read more

8 days agoNo concerns over Liverpool keeper Alisson for Man Utd return – Rivaldo

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say No concerns over Liverpool keeper Alisson for Man Utd return – Rivaldoby Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrazilian legend Rivaldo thinks that goalkeeper Alisson Becker will have no problem being on his A game if he is thrown in against Manchester United at the weekend.Alisson has been injured since he suffered a calf injury two months ago against Norwich City.But he is fully fit and in training, which means that he is contention to start the game at Old Trafford on Sunday.And Rivaldo thinks that it is a no brainer to play Alisson if he is fit.”Alisson is now fit and is set to get back on the pitch this weekend for Liverpool’s match against Manchester United,” he said, speaking to Betfair.”This is his first match in a few months and perhaps it could be a little risky to put him in to play in such a big match, but he is an experienced goalkeeper and he is certainly prepared to show his value if called upon.”Every player loves to play in these kinds of matches.”Of course, it would be better to have him fully match fit having played a few games already, but that’s not the case, however his experience and quality should be enough to mask that lack of sharpness.”He is one of the best goalkeepers in the world right now and he is used to this kind of big event, so I believe he won’t have any problems with it and he will be as solid in Liverpool’s goal as he always is.” last_img read more

Video: First Look At Former 5-Star RB Joe Mixon Practicing In An Oklahoma Uniform

first_imgJoe Mixon practices with Oklahoma.Joe Mixon, a former five-star running back who was suspended for the entire 2014 season due to an alleged assault, has rejoined the Oklahoma football program. The 6-foot-2, 211-pound running back officially got back onto the Sooners’ squad in February. Bob Stoops announced earlier this month that Mixon will be practicing with the team but won’t be playing in the spring game. Here’s your first look at Mixon practicing in an Oklahoma uniform. Here’s your first look at Joe Mixon live in an OU football uniform. #Sooners pic.twitter.com/5C8I9B9adK— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) March 23, 2015Mixon, a consensus five-star player in 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings for the 2014 class, could be a key contributor for Stoops’ squad this fall. Oklahoma opens its 2015 season Sept. 5 against Akron.last_img read more

Faced with offramp Calgary continues on road to potential 2026 Olympic bid

first_imgBy all indications, it appeared the path to a potential 2026 Calgary Olympic bid was about to end.But when it came down to stopping the process or continuing, those who were considered key votes in the discussion opted not to change course.“It’s a valid question,” Ward 1 Cllr. Ward Sutherland said after voting along with eight of his colleagues in reaffirming support for a possible bid.The vote came after he had said publicly that he would be voting the other way around.“I got some additional financial information that I’m more confident in,” he said.Sutherland and colleague Diane Colley-Urquhart were two of the eight councillors who voted yes to forming the Olympic bid corporation, which would be responsible for forming a bid book should Calgary eventually move forward on 2026.Both councillors had signalled however that they were changing their minds, with Colley-Urquhart saying in recent weeks, it may be time to “put the brakes on” for various reasons, including the possible timeline for a plebiscite.“The whole thing sounds crazy to me the way it’s unfolded,” she said earlier this month. “It’s almost untenable, it’s almost as if we’re being backed into a corner with our own money.”Sutherland said when he heard that more financial details of a possible bid would be coming roughly six weeks from now at a $1 million cost, as opposed to the $30 million BidCo. budget, that was a major factor.“If it’s not financially a smart thing to do, let’s end it in June, then we give the money back, it didn’t cost the $30 million,” he said. “If it makes sense, let’s go ahead with the plebiscite.”The vote came on the heels of some heated debate at City Hall, with accusations of favouritism and bias against the mayor and city administration, a lack of skeptical analysis, fear of cost overruns and massive distrust in going into business with the International Olympic Committee.But Mayor Naheed Nenshi said Monday’s meeting was a positive signal.“I’m really happy that councillors, including the two you mentioned, but all of them really spent a ton of time over the weekend, considering their position, analyzing themselves, asking themselves questions,” he said. “It’s really easy to get caught on the daily irritations or the little things.“I was really encouraging my council colleagues to think about the big picture, about what we’d be giving up if we stopped now, about what the opportunity cost was and that’s really what I heard in the debate today.”On Friday, both the Calgary Olympic community and the Calgary Chamber of Commerce urged council to vote yes on continuing the process, fearing the potential end.After the vote, summer and winter Olympian Seyi Smith admitted he was nervous going in.“Each one (councillor) of them has their constituents they’re looking out for, and I think as long as we do it right, they’re all reasonable people and the right decision will be made,” he said.“The hat we’re wearing is that of citizens,” he added. “We want to make our city the best possible city it can, so like I said, the onus is on us to do this right.”The six councillors who voted no to the BidCo. were the same six who voted no on Monday, with Cllr. Jeromy Farkas reading out a number of IOC scandals as one of his reasons to vote no, as published by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.CTF Alberta Director Colin Craig said he’s not convinced Calgary’s approach to an ethically-driven bid is the point in dealing with the IOC.“We could spend $30 million, have the best bid in the world and then lose out because our guys haven’t bribed people like other countries may have done,” he said, adding cost is the other factor.“There’s no business case to continue proceeding with an Olympics,” Craig said, adding he likely won’t believe the June numbers and questioned the Chamber’s endorsement.“I’m not sure whether or not they actually did a survey,” he said. “We have a lot of small businesses that donate to us, and they’re supporters, and they’re very concerned.”Council also voted to form a new oversight subcommittee made up of four councillors and the mayor, which will be discussed next Monday, along with public engagement and plebiscite operations.last_img read more

Life circumstances change So should your will estate experts say

first_imgCALGARY – Estate planning expert Lynne Butler loves to tell the cautionary tale of a widow in her 80s who had six children and six real estate properties.When it came time for her to make her final wishes known, she sat at her desk and hand-wrote a will that bequeathed her home to the child who lived with her and cared for her, and carefully doled out the other parcels of mainly rural land to each of her other five grown children.What she didn’t account for was something called capital gains tax — all of the properties had gained in value over the decades and all except her principal residence (which is exempt) owed thousands of dollars in taxes. There wasn’t nearly enough cash in the estate to pay the tax bill.“Normally, (the heirs) can’t inherit the property until the tax is paid, so what actually ends up happening is that one or more of the properties gets sold to pay the tax. So someone ends up not getting their property,” said Butler.“And that’s where the fight begins, right? Whose property are you going to sell?”The widow’s dilemma is all too typical of the drama that can split families apart when poorly written or out-of-date wills legally bind the hands of an executor who has to figure out how to make the deceased’s final wishes a reality.Butler said the widow was lucky to have sought advice from an expert before it was too late.She bought life insurance — at a very high price because of her age — to provide the funds the estate would need to pay off its tax bill.Everyone should review their will every five to seven years or after every substantial life event, says Henry Villanueva, counsel for MacMillan Estate Planning in Calgary.Those life events include birth or adoption of a child or grandchild, marriage, recovery of an inheritance, children moving out of the home and loans to relatives to buy a house or pay for education, as well as death, divorce and remarriage.“When we pass — and we will pass — all of our assets are deemed to be disposed upon death, and along with this deemed disposition is an assessment for tax on the gain on assets at the point of death, to the exclusion of assets that are rolled over from spouse to spouse … or assets that automatically flow over, as when spouses jointly own property,” Villanueva said.Butler said many people draft wills when they get married and have children because they want to ensure their spouse inherits their goods and that their children, if both parents die, are sent to a chosen guardian. Many people use do-it-yourself will kits because their wishes and assets are simple.Decades later, however, the kids are out on their own and the family fortune has grown to include a home, retirement funds, bank accounts, part ownership of a vacation condo, stocks and bonds and multiple vehicles.“A lot of people make their wills when they’re married and start having kids. Then one day they realize, ‘Well, now I’ve got grandkids.’ So it’s time to update. All their kids are over 18, they don’t need guardianships any more,” Butler said.In all Canadian provinces except B.C., Alberta, Quebec and Saskatchewan, getting married revokes previous wills, which means a new will must be signed.New wills should contain a clause revoking all previous wills. Minor adjustments to a will can be made via a “codicil” or addition, although Butler said that isn’t done very often anymore.Changed circumstances could also mean changing your executor, noted Villanueva.A close relative who was able 20 or 30 years ago to handle the crucial executor duties of listing assets and liabilities, then paying the bills and distributing the remaining assets to heirs, may not have the financial acumen to do the same now with a more complicated portfolio.The original executor may now be elderly or infirm or may have moved out of province.Butler said she’s a big fan of hiring a trust company to act as executor, especially if the estate is complicated. She said a professional executor has the knowledge to shepherd the process through efficiently without any emotional baggage.The trust company’s fees will be extracted from the estate, she said, but are usually set at the same rate or lower than what a court might authorize to be paid for any executor, including a close relative, in recognition of the work involved.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitterlast_img read more

Asensio Vazquez give De Gea new nickname

first_imgManchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has been dubbed ‘Karius’ by Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez, according to ESPN.The Real Madrid pair of Asensio and Vazquez were seen calling the United goalkeeper Karius in the tunnel before the game between Real Madrid and Manchester United on Monday in Miami.It is understood that De Gea might have been giving the nickname ‘Karius’ in the Spanish camp during the World Cup.The former Atletico Madrid shot-stopper was heading onto the pitch when he heard familiar voices call him Karius and the voices turned out of be those of Spanish teammates Asensio and Vazquez.The goalkeeper smiled and exchanged pleasantries with the duo before heading out to the pitch to warm up.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…De Gea had a difficult making just one save in all four games as La Furia Roja exited the competition in the second-round after a penalty shootout loss to host Russia.These below-par performances have led to comparisons with Liverpool’s Loris Karius by his Spanish teammates.Karius has had a difficult time of late. The German goalkeeper had a frustrating outing in the Champions League Final against Real Madrid and he’s has been unconvincing in preseason friendlies as well.Liverpool have signed Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker for a record-goalkeeper fee to solve their problem in that department.last_img read more

Expectations hinder Villa – Lambert

first_imgFormer Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert insists the high expectations surrounding the club is hindering its progress.Paul Lambert who also managed midlands rivals, Wolverhampton Wanderers as recent as the 2016-17 season, has suggested that managing Aston Villa is a difficult task due to the expectancy levels at the club.The Villans are currently spending their third campaign in the Sky Bet Championship and after a poor start to the season, former Brentford manager Dean Smith has been appointed as a replacement for Steve Bruce.Smith who will be joined by former Villa defender has been tasked with trying to earn the club a return to the Premier League but Lambert, who had a three-year spell at Villa between 2012 and 2015 feels that the new manager will come under immediate pressure.Lambert told Sky Sports News, as quoted by Sports Mole: Aston Villa explains why they spent so much money on players Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Aston Villa’s chief executive, the team needed to spend £144.5 million on 12 players in order to stay competitive.“It’s difficult because of the expectation level really. The club was trying to get sold [when I was there] but the fans have got the history of a European Cup-winning football club.“You’ve got that, a big fanbase behind you, who every time expect you to be up there.”Villa are currently placed 15th on the Championship standings.last_img read more

Gibson gets more time to find alibis for 118 days of alleged

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #ShaneGibsonappearsincourt Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 23, 2017 – Nassau – In court on Friday morning to give his alibis for the 118 days he is alleged to have made extortion demands on contractor Jonathan Ash was former Labour and National Insurance Board Minister, Shane Gibson… but he did not give those alibis, his attorney says it is near impossible to do so.    Gibson appeared in the Supreme Court before Justice Cheryl Grant-Thompson.The former PLP government leader is charged with 31 counts of crime linked to a quarter of a million dollars which is alleged to have extorted and bribed from the suspect contractor between January and April this year.    Gibson had been given 21 days to produce his alibis, his attorney Wayne Munroe QC said it was nearly impossible to identify alibis for the time the crimes were alleged to have happened, according to Police.  The matter was suspended until more specific dates could be given for there to be compliance with the alibi notice.Gibson was in court with his wife and supporters and will reappear in the Supreme Court on November 3, which is next week Friday and presiding then will be Justice John Isaacs.#MagneticMediaNews#ShaneGibsonappearsincourt Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more