DOLE FIGURES DROP BY 17% IN DONEGAL AS TD PLEADS FOR JOBLESS TO BE PATIENT

first_imgThe Donegal Live Register has dropped by 17.04% according to the latest figures released.Dole queues are dropping in Donegal.Dinny McGinley TD has welcomed the news that the Live Register has fallen for the 33rd consecutive month with a drop of 17.04% in the number of people signing on in Donegal.And he said that while he understands that not everyone is felling it quite yet, the Government does has a plan for major economic recovery. “Today’s CSO figures show that the Live Register in Donegal has dropped by 17.04% since the launch of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs in February 2012. The economic recovery has really taken hold now, and is starting to be felt in Donegal.“I know not everyone is feeling it quite yet, and that not everybody has regained the job they lost in the crisis, but the Government has a comprehensive plan to achieve full employment by 2018.“With the success of Minister Richard Bruton’s Action Plan for Jobs so far, I am sure we can achieve this target and that Donegal will really feel the benefits.“What is really promising in this month’s CSO figures is the fact that over the last year, the number of under 25’s signing on the Live Register has dropped by 20.1%. While we’ll always have a number of young people who want to go away to experience new cultures and opportunities, it is so important that we are providing opportunities for young people here in Ireland, so that the majority of them have the choice to stay here and make a good life for themselves close to their families. “Regional job creation is a key focus of the Action Plan for Jobs 2015 and the Regional Enterprise Strategy, is well underway, exploring the ways that communities all around Ireland can see the fruits of the economic recovery.”DOLE FIGURES DROP BY 17% IN DONEGAL AS TD PLEADS FOR JOBLESS TO BE PATIENT was last modified: April 2nd, 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:DEPUTY DINNY MCGINLEYdoledonegalGovernmentJOBLESSlast_img read more

Antonio Brown returns to Raiders camp in Napa; no helmet in sight

first_imgHe argued that other helmets provided to him as alternatives inhibited his ability to see and catch the ball, reportedly … After an extended weekend absence, Antonio Brown was back at the Raiders’ Napa facility Tuesday. He wandered in just after 11 a.m. and a gaggle of media was there to greet him.He did not carry a helmet in his hand.Brown filed a grievance last week against the NFL to wear the 12-year-old helmet he’s donned throughout his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.last_img read more

2010 ticketing call centre opens

first_img15 February 2010The Fifa World Cup ticketing sub-committee will open a call centre this week to assist soccer fans who want buy tickets for the 2010 World Cup.Committee chairman Horst Schmidt said the call centre will operate on weekdays from 10.30am until 7.30pm South African time.“The fans understand that time is crucial now, as the tickets are allocated on a first come, first served basis and that they should not wait for the last minute over-the-counter sales,” he said.The call centre will use the South African number 083 123 2010 as well as the international number +41 44 583 2010.Fourth round of ticket salesSchmidt said the first 100 hours of the fourth ticket sales phase had already seen a total of 74 146 tickets being sold, while an additional 130 000 applications were still being processed.However, the confirmations were expected to be sent by the beginning of this week. This second-last sales phase, which kicked off on 9 February, will run until 7 April.“We have already had more than 200 000 tickets requested within 100 hours, a number we are truly happy with,” he said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Kruger Park: free entry week for locals

first_img27 August 2013 For one week in September, South Africans will once again be allowed to enjoy their natural heritage free of charge, with day visitors getting free access to the Kruger National Park and almost all other national parks in the country. The eighth annual South African National Parks (SANParks) Week runs from 9 to 13 September, and offers South African citizens free entry into almost all 19 national parks, with the exception of the Namaqua National Park and the Boulders Penguin Colony in Table Mountain National Park. “A number of events have been lined up to encourage South African citizens to visit the park and experience the beauty,” Kruger National Park spokesperson William Mabasa said this week. Mabasa said the aim was to encourage South Africans to take care of the country’s conservation areas. South African day visitors who present their green bar-coded identity documents will be allowed free entry that week. Children under the age of 12 will not need proof of identity. Groups regarded as commercial ventures, such as private open safari vehicle operators, tourists who come to the park on tour buses, and overnight visitors will not qualify for free access. “The normal daily quota at the gates will still apply during that week, and preference will be given based on first come, first served basis,” Mabasa said. As part of the week, Kruger Park management will be engaging with neighbouring communities in Limpopo and Mpumalanga province. “We will be visiting sick children at Maphutha L Malatji Hospital in Phalaborwa and hosting a group of individuals with visual disabilities, affording them an opportunity to touch and feel the bush.” Mabasa said that nature conservation should not be out of anyone’s reach as it formed part their culture and heritage.Table Mountain National Park For Capetonians, there’s the opportunity to visit Cape Point – part of the Table Mountain National Park – and spend the day exploring the majestic most south-westerly point in Africa. Free guided walks along the coast of the Cape of Good Hope will be available from Tuesday, 10 September to Thursday, 12 September on a first come, first served basis. Walks are scheduled for 10h00, 11h00 and 12h00 from Tuesday to Thursday and are two to three hours in length. Early registration is essential, as there is only space for 20 people per walk – email lauren.howard@sanparks.org before Thursday, 5 September to sign up. Metrorail and their preferred bus-service provider, HGTS Tours, are offering daily return train-trips from Cape Town to Simons Town, followed by a luxury coach journey to Cape Point for the duration of SA National Parks Week (including Saturday 14 September). The cost for this transport package is R120 per adult and R60 for children up to the age of 12, students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Meghan Horne of Metrorail’s Rail Tourism Promotions Department on 021 449 3018 / 2366 or email promotions@metrorail.co.za. SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

South Africa’s competitive advantage in the developing world

first_imgWhen the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) published its Human Development Report in 2013, it contained powerful insights about the increasingly important role developing countries, such as South Africa and Brazil, are playing in the 21st century.A WEF finding notes that South Africa’s infrastructure is the best developed in the region. (Image: SA Tourism)Miller Matola, CEO of Brand South AfricaThe South (developing nations and emerging markets) are responsible for half the world’s economic output according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). To illustrate the shift in global economic power, the UNDP points out that the combined GDP of eight developing countries – Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa and Turkey – equals the GDP of the United States. The implication, in the opinion of the UNDP, is that developing and emerging markets have become major drivers of economic growth and forces of change in the developing world.These changes have made South Africa an important economy in the changing global, and by extension geopolitical, climate. That South Africa is able to benefit is down to policy decisions guided by long-term socioeconomic vision of the government.Our success, in terms of its global perception and rankings in key influential indices – such as the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report, the World Bank Ease of Doing Business Index, the World Economic Forum Travel and Tourism Index – could set a benchmark for other emerging countries to follow.Ongoing improvementA study of these research reports show a pattern of South Africa matching and outperforming other peer developing countries. These indices – in critical areas of national competency – are important indicators to utilise in the process of positioning South Africa as a reliable trade partner, and attractive investment destination.As South Africa heads towards celebrating 20 years of democracy, the country occupies an increasingly strong position globally. We remain a developing nation, a work in progress. However this continuing improvement is attributable to strong and highly focused policies that support the country’s regional and global aspirations.In the context of developing nations, global economic indicators highlight South Africa’s unique competitive strengths. These are being leveraged to good effect to enhance the country’s standing in the global marketplace. The country’s competitiveness, when measured against other developing nations, and inclusion in the Brics grouping is testament to this.Ease of doing businessThe most recent World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index ranks the country’s financial services sector, banks and stock exchange as the top global performers, while the country places 15th globally for the quality of its air transport infrastructure.Furthermore, South Africa, if compared to the other Brics nations, comes first in five of the 10 criteria the World Bank uses to assess ease of doing business:starting a business,dealing with construction permits,getting credit,protecting investors,and paying taxes.These indices are reassuring to foreign direct investors and instils confidence that the country is open for business. Investors are reassured that the country offers business-friendly environment where new trade, investment, and related economic interactions can be fostered.The 2013 World Bank Ease of Doing Business Index recognizes the government’s commitment to creating a business friendly environment. South Africa ranks first among Brics nations in six critical criteria. As a nation that offers several competitive advantages, an open business environment is an important feature to utilise as a selling point for South Africa as a business destination. The country can make a strong business case to attract trade partners, investment, and clients from fellow Brics members.New government policies introduced now make starting a business in the country easier than ever, by implementing new company law that eliminates the requirement to reserve a company name and simplifies the incorporation documents. South Africa has also made transferring property less costly and more efficient by reducing the transfer duty and introducing electronic filing.Government policy addresses the need to decrease the time, cost, and red tape companies have to deal with to get products to port and shipped to international markets. (Image: Clive Reid)In addition, a new reorganisation process has been introduced to facilitate the rehabilitation of financially distressed companies. South Africa has also improved its performance on the trading across borders rank. In the same World Bank Index, South Africa has significantly improved its rankings (by 29 positions), due to the roll-out of government policy that addresses the need to decrease the time, cost, and red tape companies have to deal with to get products to port and shipped to international markets.Travel and tourismSouth Africa is also praised for its government policies, rules and regulations relating to travel and tourism, and their conduciveness to the sector’s development. The country now ranks 29th out of 140 countries globally in the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Index, indicating that it has been making steady improvements in this area over the past few assessments.South Africa ranks third in the Sub-Saharan Africa region after Seychelles (first) and Mauritius (second). Other WEF findings indicate South Africa as high as 17th place for its natural resources, and 58th for cultural resources. This, according to WEF, is due primarily to the country’s many World Heritage sites, rich fauna, creative industries, and the many international fairs and exhibitions hosted. The latter can be interpreted as a strong selling point for the country, with communications implications.The wealth of cultural experiences South Africa can offer, adds to its tourism appeal. (Image: SA Tourism)A further positive finding WEF indicates is that South Africa’s infrastructure is well developed for the region, directly supporting the growth of the travel and tourism trade, with air transport infrastructure ranked 43rd, and a particularly good assessment of railroad quality (46th) and road quality (42nd).The golden thread that ties together and underpins all of these world ranking achievements is the strength and innovative nature of its government policies.  from the National Development Plan to the National Infrastructure Plan. Such strong government policy making, embodied in the National Development Plan and the National Infrastructure Plan, and implementation sends a clear message to the world that South Africa is open for business and is a destination of choice for investment, based on solid and trusted fundamentals.This is a strategic, best practice approach that could be replicated for the benefit of fellow emerging market countries around the world.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

What is the role of the Gauteng Industrial Development Zone (GIDZ)?

first_imgGlobalisation is upon us and South Africa is ensuring readiness by adopting what is called Specialised Economic Zones (SEZ). According to Investopedia, an SEZ is a designated area in a country subjected to specialised economic regulations different from other areas. These zones play a huge role in encouraging trade and investment opportunities that benefit the country through job creation.The Gauteng Industrial Development Zone Company (‘Gauteng IDZ’) was founded in 2009 under the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA) and was established with the purpose of developing and operating the designated Industrial Development Zone at OR Tambo International Airport. OR Tambo International Airport accommodates over 21 million passengers annually, making it Africa’s largest and busiest international airport.The vision of the GIDZ is “to identify, design, package and enable focused export driven manufacturing and beneficiation programmes for location at the OR Tambo International Airport IDZ. OR Tambo International is known for its exceptional infrastructure and resources. It is a well-positioned logistics and distribution hub for air cargo internationally and in the region. OR Tambo international is the largest air cargo airport on the African continent, with the capacity to handle 40 000 tonnes annually. 82% of South Africa’s cargo comes through OR Tambo.”How does an IDZ impact citizens? In an effort to reposition itself in the world economy, the South African government launched the Industrial Development Zones (IDZ) programme with the aim to facilitate inclusive and competitive economic growth in order for citizens to enter new jobs and benefit from the investments attracted.The GIDZ also runs a post-graduate Jewellery Design course called Design@50. The Jewellery Design Centre was established in 2013, and puts students through an 11-month course offering training in Marketing, Commercial Jewellery Design and Product Development, utilising state of the art Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Manufacturing technology. The centre aims to increase technology proficiency ahead of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and pave the way for skilled designers by shaping talent that can contribute to the development of the South African jewellery market.Design@50 was launched as part of the OR Tambo Industrial Development Zone, currently under construction next to OR Tambo International Airport.To find out more about the GIDZ, click here: http://www.gidz.co.zalast_img read more

Consistent Ravena a steady force for Ateneo so far in Season 80

first_imgLATEST STORIES “I need to stay more consistent because everyone’s been doing a really good job,” said Ravena after leading the Blue Eagles over Far Eastern University, 94-82, Sunday. Ravena finished with 18 points, on 7-of-11 shooting from the field, 11 rebounds, and five assists to steer Ateneo to a 3-0 record. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe graduating guard is averaging 18 points, nine boards, and 2.3 assists per game.Ravena had just one occasion where he managed to score in double figures in back-to-back games, against La Salle and University of the Philippines when he had 22 and 11 points, respectively.  Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Blackwater secures last playoff spot, beats GlobalPort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ But Ravena’s production took a dip from there.“Last season, I’ll have a good game and the polar opposite will happen next,” said Ravena. “I’m just mentally focused coming into the season and that I need to be more consistent.” Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThirdy Ravena has been Ateneo’s most consistent player in its first three games in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.And he plans to stay that way after having an up-and-down year in Season 79.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

No room for SAI sports medicine centre in Delhi

first_imgThe Sports Authority of India’s sports medicine centre at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium has not been set up again after the venue was demolished in 2008.Initially set up in 1986, the sports medicine centre was a big help for thousands of Indian athletes who were either part of the SAI training programmes or were taking part in national camps in the Capital and needed medical cover.Once the stadium was broken down for renovation in 2008, the sports medicine centre went into rubble. And now, two months after the Commonwealth Games (CWG) ended, no space has been allotted for the centre to be set up again.When Mail Today contacted SAI sports medicine expert PSM Chandran, he said: “I have no idea when the centre will come up again. Whatever equipment we had then is now not there.”As it is, the equipment had outlived its utility, having been used for over two decades. I am hopeful the authorities will wake up and re- establish the centre as national camps will again be held in the Capital.” It is well known that when the Nehru Stadium and other venues in the Capital hosted national camps, the SAI sports medicine centre was most sought after. In addition, athletes who were training in SAI venues could also access the place for treatment.Chandran says while a skeletal staff is still there “with no work to do”, he is hoping money will again be spent on this project.”The next year will again be important as in the lead- up to the 2012 London Olympics, national camps will be held in New Delhi. If we start now and order equipment and hire staff, we can set up the centre again in a couple of months,” added Chandran.advertisementIt is well known that apart from sports medicine doctors, the centre requires physiotherapists, masseurs, sports psychologists, nutritionists, physiologists and nursing staff.At a time when people in the sports ministry and the SAI are breaking their heads over what will be the legacy value of the CWG, the SAI sports medicine centre surely seems to have been forgotten.last_img read more

10 months agoWest Ham boss Pellegrini: Enough chances for at least Watford point

first_imgWest Ham boss Pellegrini: Enough chances for at least Watford pointby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini felt they created enough chances to earn something from defeat to Watford.Gerard Deulofeu sealed a 2-0 Watford victory after Troy Deeney had scored a first half penalty.“I think we deserved a little bit more, at least to draw the game, as we had too many options,” Pellegrini observed. “We played most of the game one goal behind and it is always more difficult for the team to play under pressure and it’s easier for Watford [once they are in front].“They are a very good team and they played a good game and when you are winning 1-0 you have more time to prepare the actions in the last third. We hit the post twice and had two or three clear options to draw this game.“Maybe we felt the pressure losing 1-0 at the beginning of the game, but there are so many things in football that can happen and be why you don’t score. In the last game [at Fulham] we had two chances and we scored two but today we couldn’t score one.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Absolutely Torches NCAA, Rival Conferences In Sports Illustrated Interview

first_imgJim Harbaugh winces as he looks on from the sideline.BLOOMINGTON, IN – OCTOBER 14: Jim Harbaugh the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines watches the action during the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Jim HarbaughYouTube/Jim HarbaughWe knew that Jim Harbaugh would respond to the recent NCAA vote to ban satellite camps. That was a certainty. Even with the Michigan head coach’s history of lashing out, we wouldn’t have predicted just how hard Harbaugh swung back in response. In an interview with Sports Illustrated‘s Michael Rosenberg, Harbaugh slams the NCAA, and even the term “student-athlete” in light of the vote.As Harbaugh tells SI : “The incompetence of the NCAA has reared its ugly head yet again.” …Harbaugh says the ruling was “knee-jerk … like somebody was shaving in the morning, cut themselves when they were shaving and said, ‘Let’s just ban satellite camps.’“I mean, what’s it based on? A survey? There wasn’t a lot of discussion or study. What are the facts? What are the perils and merits of making that decision? It just seemed lacking in that regard.”Satellite camps are no new concept, but Harbaugh put a special emphasis on them after taking over at Michigan, with a specific target on the Southeast, home of many ACC and SEC power programs.“During the NCAA basketball tournament we discuss the term ‘student-athlete’ ad nauseam in promoting our governing institution and our member institutions. Then, when we have an opportunity to truly promote the ‘student-athlete’ with a concept shared by educators and football men from all backgrounds, our leadership goes into hiding.“I suggest we drop the term ‘student-athlete’ for consistency.”Harbaugh wasn’t afraid to take targeted swipes at rival coaches either, specifically Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze who recently defended the decision.“It seems to be outrage by the SEC and ACC,” Harbaugh says. “They power-brokered that out … the image that comes to my mind is guys in a back room smoking cigars, doing what they perceive is best for them. It certainly isn’t the best thing for the youngsters. It’s not the best thing for the student-athletes.”Harbaugh saw Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze say, “I’m away from my family enough, and I just did not want to go,” and it did not sit well with him.Says Harbaugh: “You’ve got a guy sitting in a big house, making $5 million a year, saying he does not want to sacrifice his time. That is not a kindred spirit to me. What most of these coaches are saying is they don’t want to work harder.” While some may assume Harbaugh is the coach affected most, he’s done a great job at Michigan so far, and that program rarely needs help on the recruiting trail. He’ll get his players. This really hurts small schools that aren’t in talent-rich areas this most, and players who aren’t in position to receive the exposure that those in places like Florida, Georgia, and Texas receive. We’ll see if Harbaugh’s complaints hold real weight, or if they will just fall on deaf ears.[Campus Rush]last_img read more