West is best! Delight as hot sunny weather on the way to Donegal

first_imgDonegal is set to bask in warm sunny weather next week as temperatures rise up to 20C.A spell of good weather is on the way from Monday, bringing dry conditions and bright sunshine all week.If you’re planning to take the day off for a beach day, then Wednesday and Thursday will be the best options, according to Met Éireann. Temperates in northern counties will begin to steadily rise from Sunday (17C highs) to reach a warm 20C on Wednesday and Thursday.The west and north west coast of Ireland will experience the hottest temperatures, as breezes will keep things cooler near the south-Munster, Leinster and east-Ulster coast.We’ll have to put up with the cold and rain until the hot spell arrives, however.Today (Thursday) will be wet before temperatures plummet to lows of 1 to 3C tonight. Met Éireann forecasters have warned of a risk of grass frost and fog in places tonight. Friday will have a mix of sunshine and showers, before dry conditions set in over the weekend with spells of sunshine coming through.West is best! Delight as hot sunny weather on the way to Donegal was last modified: May 13th, 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) Tags:Maysunshineweatherlast_img read more

SA ‘redefining its message to the world’

first_img4 May 2011 As the 21st World Economic Forum on Africa kicks off in Cape Town, South Africa’s message to the world is moving beyond an emphasis on the country’s rich cultural diversity, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. “We are now highlighting our achievements in the fields of science, technological innovation, financial services and our recognition as a systemically important member of the international community,” Gordhan said on Wednesday ahead of the opening of the meeting. “In our hosting of WEF Africa, we will confidently say that South Africa is indeed responding to the new reality.” The three-day meeting, starting on Wednesday, will discuss how sub-Saharan Africa can sustain its growth path and become one of the pillars of global growth and demand. To be held under the theme, “Shaping Africa’s Role in the New Reality”, the meeting will take place against the backdrop of the increasing global recognition of Africa’s growth potential. Gordhan, South Africa’s lead minister for the WEF on Africa, said the country was ideally placed in the shifting poles of power and economic growth, not only as an emerging market, but also as a leading economy on a continent that has become an indispensible partner in the global economy and is home to approximately 15% of the world’s population. “We are strong promoters of inclusive growth, job creation, and the diversification of the economy,” the minister said. He added that South Africa was actively participating and contributing to positions formulated in global policy making. “We are also assuming an increasingly important position in the international arena. We are one of the non-permanent members on the United Nations Security Council, the only African country to be a member of the G20, and now most recently, we have taken a seat at the table of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa forum (BRICS), which, with its population of over 3-billion people, serves as a major platform for global dialogue and cooperation.” Among issues to be discussed at the WEF Africa are how African economies can mitigate their exposure to the volatility in commodity prices, and how the continent can strengthen its voice in multilateral forums such as the G20 and the Seventeenth Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 17). The COP 17 conference will take place in Durban in December. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

South Africa’s macro-economic environment is resilient and we are open for business

first_img• Our prudent fiscal management and monetary policies have created macroeconomic stability.• According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index 2015/16, South Africa improved by four places to stand at 85 out of 140 countries in terms of its macro-economic environment.• South Africa is a competitive business and investment destination.• The country recently climbed seven places to take a spot in the top 50 out of 140 countries in WEF’s Global Competitiveness Index.  South Africa stands at number 49.• South Africa is also ranked fourth out of 54 African countries in the Ibrahim Index on African Governance.• Changing global economic conditions will necessitate the strengthening of our policy framework to ensure we can respond effectively.• South Africa is cognisant of the impact of the falling commodity prices, on our economy.   The weakness in commodity prices is a concern for major commodity exporters such as South Africa. The fall in commodity prices is unlikely to reverse and will have a sustained impact on emerging market economies.  This will serve as an impetus to prioritise the further diversification of our economy away from an over-reliance on commodities.• The depreciation of the rand occurs within a broader international context which is currently characterised by a fair amount of turbulence• The implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP) remains the cornerstone of our economy.• The NDP is supported by the Nine-Point plan for economic renewal.• In supporting the NDP government is acting to alleviate the most binding constraints to growth and has set out a series of urgent economic reforms to build a more competitive economy. These include:1. Continued investment in economic infrastructure2. Reforming the governance of the State Owned Companies, rationalising state holding and encouraging private-sector participation3. Expanding the independent power producer programme4. Encouraging affordable, reliable and accessible broadband access5. Promoting black ownership of productive industrial assets6. Finalising amendments to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (2002), and continuing dialogue with the industry; and7. Reviewing business incentive programmes in all economic sectors to ensure that resources support labour-intensive, job creating outcomes.Operation Phakisa is a national response to unlocking constraints to economic growth and development.last_img read more

Uncovering South Africa’s latest fossil find

first_img8 November 2013Excavations will soon begin on a new site at the Cradle of Humankind in South Africa’s Gauteng province to investigate a find of “significant” fossils suspected to be those of our very early human ancestors.Professor Lee Berger, a research professor in Human Evolution from the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand and a National Geographic explorer-in-residence, will direct the expedition at the site, dubbed “Rising Star Cave”.Berger is best known for the discovery of Australopithecus sediba at the Malapa site at the Cradle – one of the most significant palaeoanthropological discoveries in recent times.The Cradle of Humankind is a World Heritage site situated about 40 kilometres north-west of Johannesburg.Berger said at the launch of the new expedition this week that “significant” fossils had been found in a chamber deep underground.“We do not know as yet what species of hominin we have found, and we will not speculate,” Berger said. “Our aim is to get the fossils out carefully, study them, compare them to other fossil material from around the world and then proceed to analyse and describe them.“This is part of the scientific process, and we are hoping to publish our findings – if all goes well – late in 2014.”The key challenge is the size and location of the cave: about 30 metres underground, it has a very small opening through which only slightly built people can fit.Berger used social media platforms to call for “tiny and small, specialised cavers and spelunkers with excellent archaeological, palaeontological and excavation skills”.From a list of 57 qualified applicants, Berger selected six scientists. “These are highly trained scientists with caving experience from the US, Canada and Australia who are currently in South Africa preparing for the excavation,” he said.The excavation and scientific analysis that follows will be featured in a National Geographic/NOVA television special.Members of the Speleological Exploration of South Africa will assist the expedition.Follow National Geographic’s Rising Star blog for updates on excavations.Wits University and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Communicating with your landowner

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rented land is vital to the viability and profitability of our farms. As ownership of rented farmland is changing to individuals more removed from agriculture, establishing a sound relationship with your landowner will be key. Open lines of communication will directly affect gaining, retaining and even improving these important fields. It can also be effective in removing barriers as they relate to soil health and conservation practices that could enhance your profitability on rented land. Please join us to learn more about strategies and tools for communicating more effectively with your landowners. Information to be presented by Alan Sundermeier, OSU Extension and American Farmland Trust staff. A lunch will be provided immediately following the presentations at Luckey Farmers, Inc. 1200 Main St., Woodville, OH 43469. For more information or to RSVP, call the Wood Soil and Water Conservation District at 419-354-5517.last_img read more

‘Why fix it if it’s not broken’: No trade talks for Magnolia after PBA title run

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO CITY—After four years of struggling to return back into its place at the top, Magnolia has finally figured out the winning solution to win a PBA championship.Players have come and go, most notably franchise’s face in James Yap who was shipped Rain or Shine for Paul Lee, but the Hotshots’ core, those who wore the old San Mig Coffee jersey, remained the pillar of success for the team.ADVERTISEMENT Mark Barroca won his second Finals MVP after the Hotshots wrapped up Alaska in Game 6 Wednesday while the older veterans Marc Pingris and PJ Simon provided emotional leadership.That’s why Magnolia governor Pardo said that management has no plans to trade away its key players especially after the Governors’ Cup title run.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“The core of the team will be retained,” said Pardo. “We’re happy with them, in fact most of them have been renewed already.”“We’re not into trade talks, and there’s a saying right? Why fix it if it’s not broken. We won and why would we break it up,” added Pardo in Filipino. Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion After back-to-back UAAP titles, Ateneo’s Isaac Go is also First Honor for 2nd straight year Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño For the team, the franchise’s 14th title was a culmination of hardwork and sacrifices the past few years, which have been rocky, to say the least.Magnolia finished as the second-worst team in the league in 2016 with a 12-24 record for the season until the Hotshots took a risk in Chito Victolero, whose only credential back then was lead the Columbian franchise to its lone playoff appearance in 2016 Governors’ Cup.But Victolero, who also led the Hotshots to three semifinals stints, has won the respect and admiration of his players, and the result of that is hard to miss.“Coach Chito is a players’ coach, he’s really someone that the player admire,” said Pardo in Filipino. “Players love him, and these players would put it all on the line for him.”“Even the import’s (Romeo Travis) going all out and he’s not even a Filipino,” said Pardo. “He had a hamstring injury, he had a cut on his brow, but he didn’t quit. Chito does a great job of motivating players. Hats off to him and we’re lucky we got him.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

UNP changes the constitution to give Sri Lanka an executive Presidency

first_imgWhen the United National Party (UNP) entered the final year of its Parliamentary term on July 23, even its most sanguine supporters conceded that the first five years had taken a heavy toll of its once heady popularity. In this fiercely politicised electorate, psephology is second cousin to astrology and,When the United National Party (UNP) entered the final year of its Parliamentary term on July 23, even its most sanguine supporters conceded that the first five years had taken a heavy toll of its once heady popularity. In this fiercely politicised electorate, psephology is second cousin to astrology and every man is his own opinion poller and pundit. Election forecasting is already an exciting and inexpensive national sport.If the electoral mood is distinctly ‘oppositional’, the opposition leadership is manifestly disoriented and dispirited. Not wholly of their own doing, this is the cumulative result of many finely calculated moves by President J.R. Jayawardene in his determined bid to break the familiar pattern of Sri Lanka politics, the in-out pendulum swing between the two main contenders, and the discontinuity in policy, chiefly economic policy.Using its four-fifths majority, the UNP changed the constitution to give the island an executive Presidency, introduced proportional representation (PR) with an unusually high cut-off point (12.5 per cent), and led an unprecedented frontal attack on the Opposition by depriving its formidable rival Mrs Bandaranaike of her civic rights for seven years. However, popular predictions hold that only the evident advantages of the PR system in conjunction with a fragmented Opposition can possibly give the UNP the largest number of seats in the next 196-member Parliament. In the circumstances, even a simple majority is considered doubtful.Strong Executive: Jayawardene’s proclaimed aim was a strong, stable executive, able to take “the hard unpopular decisions” necessary to escape the welfare system, an essential linchpin of Sri Lanka’s uniquely resilient democracy. An uncertain blessing, the “open economy” has the full backing of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and the Sri Lanka Aid Group. The object of the exercise, the Opposition says, was merely the perpetuation of the party and the President in power.advertisement On its own, the right wing UNP has the strongest support base – an almost irreducible third of the national electorate. Only a Centre-Left alliance between the middle-of-the-road Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the traditional Left has been able, in recent years, to defeat the UNP. Now that alliance is in tatters.Yet the ruling party leadership senses a sullen, probably hostile electorate which has a notorious legacy of “throwing the rascals out” even when it has not been too enamoured of the alternative. The mass mood is a product of larger social and economic discontent. In his anniversary address and first formal TV appearance, President Jayawardene said that 50 per cent of Sri Lankans still earn only Rs 300 a month. The shops are full but the old system of subsidised essentials, despite the vexations of ration cards and queues at cooperatives, continues.Restricted Benefit: So far the benefits of the UNP’S faith in the ‘open economy’ and “the trickle down” theory have been reaped largely by the business community and the old propertied and privileged strata.Javawardene (left) and Bandaranaike: Picking up the piecesThe real rewards, the UNP argues, of the major projects (the Mahaveli diversion, the huge construction programme, the trade zones) will spread to the lower income groups in a few years. In an effort at ensuring a second term to reap the benefit of this delayed effect, the new August 3 constitutional amendment will enable Jayawardene to hold a Presidential poll even before the Parliamentary elections which are due by July next. Evidently he favours his own chances in single combat. If he wins, his party’s chances will probably improve. The move has made the Opposition disarray even more public. First to enter the list of contenders was Maitripala Senanayake, MP, long-time deputy of Mrs Bandaranaike, who now leads a rival faction which he claims is the “legitimate SLEP” Then came Dr Colvin R. de Silva, the leader of the socialist (formerly Trotskyist) LSSP (Lanka Sama Samaja Party).Next, with the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) not contesting the Presidency, was the very much smaller Tamil Congress (TC) which nominated its leader G.G. Ponnambalam Jr, a token Tamil contender. All eyes, however, were on Mrs Bandaranaike’s SLFP. The party’s central committee met on August 6 and Hector Kobbekaduwe, an ex-minister, was heavily tipped as the SLFP choice. He is backed by a radical, pro-China group led by Mrs Bandaranaike’s younger daughter, Chandrika Kumaratunge. However, Mrs Bandaranaike, sensitive to charges of favouritism, would be reluctant to nominate Kobbekaduwe who is her cousin.Consensus Candidate: Mrs Bandaranaike, the communists, the socialists and smaller left parties are in search of a “common candidate” to take on Jayawardene. Dr Colvin R. de Silva, a classmate of Jayawardene and a brilliant lawyer, is widely favoured.advertisementHe has two disqualifications: his Marxist politics and his caste. With the majority Sinhala-Buddhist vote quite evenly divided between the traditional rivals, the support of the minorities (Tamil, Christians, Muslims and Indian plantation labour) is a key factor. In the calculus of Presidential contests, such “block votes” could be vital. Since last year’s racial troubles, Jayawardene has taken a firm line of “racial-religious harmony”. Though he has paid great personal attention to Buddhist affairs, the UNP’S apparent solicitude for the minorities has aroused Sinhala-Buddhist chauvinism. A Colombo meeting of a new Sinhala-Buddhist organisation, launched by a group of monks and lay leaders, was attacked by a gang of intruders whom Opposition MP’S branded as pro-UNP goons. One of those injured was Professor Ediriweera Saratchandra, well-known playwright and former ambassador to Paris. He has been writing pamphlets and making speeches denouncing the new Singapore-style consumerism as an attack on the Buddhist value system. He appeared on Mrs Bandaranaike’s platform last month.Communal Violence: The anniversary week ended on an inauspicious note. Racial disturbances in Galle, the southern province capital, forced the Government to declare an Emergency, introduce censorship and impose a curfew in the area. Galle has a strong concentration of Muslims, traditionally a trading community monopolising the prosperous gem business. A quarrel over a parrot, a fight between a Muslim landlord and a Sinhalese tenant, and a Sinhalese schoolboy mistaken for a Muslim and assaulted, formed the familiar chain reactions of communal violence. There were two deaths, and several cases of arson. While the situation is now calm, the Government is investigating the possible involvement of “opposition elements”.last_img read more

PM Hails Land Information Council for Advancing GIS in Jamaica

first_img He said that more than 50 State entities have implemented GIS in their operations, resulting in greater efficiency in the execution of their mandates. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has lauded the Land Information Council of Jamaica (LICJ) for pioneering the development and maintenance of a national Geographic Information System (GIS) network over the past 25 years.He said that more than 50 State entities have implemented GIS in their operations, resulting in greater efficiency in the execution of their mandates.These include the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), National Works Agency (NWA), National Water Commission (NWC), and Social Development Commission (SDC).“Through the innovative use of GIS applications, we are becoming more effective and efficient in harnessing the power of our limited resources. We, however, acknowledge that there is still much more that can be done. We must think spatially to improve overall planning, monitoring, evaluation, information-sharing and communication,” Mr. Holness said.He was delivering the keynote address at Tuesday’s (October 10) opening of the inaugural two-day Jamaica GIS User Conference held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.The Prime Minister said geospatial technology is applicable in assisting the Government’s strategic objectives, noting that its use in providing data to inform policy and action is invaluable.“If we know how things are happening and why they are happening, then we can predict where they will happen, who will cause things to happen or who (they) will happen to…what will happen and when (they) will happen. In other words, geospatial information creates a predictive cycle,” he pointed out.The Prime Minster praised former LICJ Chairperson, Jacqueline daCosta, for her indelible contribution to advancing GIS in Jamaica and modernising and reforming the planning, land policy and land management sectors.He further commended the National Spatial Data Management Division (NSDMD) for staging the conference in tandem with the LICJ, and urged the participants to explore how best GIS technology can be utilised to expand economic growth and job creation.For his part, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, who has responsibility for the NSDMD, said he is encouraged by the number of public-sector agencies that have been utilising GIS technology.He noted that these entities have used GIS to create data sets and applications in health, land administration, national security, and natural resources management, which have assisted in strengthening their core business processes and functions.Mr. Vaz noted that the conference, under the theme ‘Geospatial Technologies: Mapping Our Way to Secure Communities’, is relevant and “synergises this Government’s commitment to ensuring the safety and protection of our people”.“I affirm that GIS in Jamaica is poised for great things. As we move forward, I wish to encourage us to continue the work that has begun. I am confident that at the end of these two days, we will have a greater understanding and deeper appreciation of GIS and its contribution to nation building and community development,” he added.The conference, which concludes on Wednesday (October 11) forms part of activities marking the LICJ’s 25th anniversary. Story Highlights For his part, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, who has responsibility for the NSDMD, said he is encouraged by the number of public-sector agencies that have been utilising GIS technology. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has lauded the Land Information Council of Jamaica (LICJ) for pioneering the development and maintenance of a national Geographic Information System (GIS) network over the past 25 years.last_img read more

Spence surprises everyone at Ottawa hotel

first_imgAPTN National NewsChief Theresa Spence spent the night in hospital as a precaution after 44 days without eating solid food.By mid-afternoon Thursday, she surprised everyone by appearing at an Ottawa hotel where a ceremony in her honour was already underway.This brought a huge media horde, with Spence’s supporters struggled to control.Spence took the opportunity to issue a call for unity and to send a message to her fellow chiefs.last_img