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Northern Dance Theatre Society Gala to be held at North Peace Cultural Centre tonight

first_imgFor the second year in a row, the competitive dancers of the Northern Dance Theatre Society will be showcasing their best group dances of this year’s competitions in this evening’s gala at the North Peace Cultural Centre.Shauna Milne, owner of Studio 2 Stage Dance Academy, where Northern Dance Theatre Society dancers train, is looking forward to tonight’s performances.“It’s the only time we get to see our competitive dancers dance all their numbers at one time, under one roof,” Milne said.- Advertisement -Milne decided to put on a gala two year ago, when it became increasingly difficult to fit the competition numbers into the annual Spring Recital any longer. With approximately 300 students dancing at Studio 2 Stage this past year, she could not fit the competition numbers into the recital, even with adding a third recital time. Thus the NDTS Gala was born.“It gives us a chance to celebrate the fact that the kids had a really great season, with many of the dances winning awards,” said Milne. “You can see it all in one night, in one room.”In addition to the group numbers, the Gala will feature solo performances by the Society’s five graduating dancers; Brittany Lee, Kendra Coulter, Cassie Arntson, Trinity Truscott and Tennille Johnson. They will each be showcasing a different style of dance, as they have chosen to perform their favourite solos from this competition season.Advertisement The event kicks off at 6:30 pm, with cocktails and meet and greet upstairs in the North Peace Cultural Centre, with the actual performance starting at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available at the Cultural Centre box office, by phone at 250-785-1992 or on-line at www.npcc.bc.calast_img read more

Real Madrid ready to trump Tottenham and Liverpool in chase for Wolfsburg star

first_img1 Ricardo Rodriguez Real Madrid are ready to join Tottenham and Liverpool in the running to land Wolfsburg defender Ricardo Rodriguez.As reported by talkSPORT, the promising left-back is on the radar of both Premier League clubs, who are in the market for defensive reinforcements. Juventus are also keeping close tabs on his progress in the Bundesliga but now, according to sources in Spain, Real Madrid are also keen. Fabio Coentrao has been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu in January – with Manchester United a potential destination – and Madrid will need more options at left-back. Bayern Munich’s David Alaba was the Spanish club’s No.1 target but they have been forced to look elsewhere after he picked up a serious knee injury which will keep him out for three months. And Madrid have now set their sights on Rodriguez and could make their move for him in the New Year.last_img read more

Donegal women in farming dig into issues of rural life

first_imgThe newly-established North West Women in Farming will hold their first event in Donegal on Friday.The event will see women of all ages coming together to share their experiences and to address key issues they face in the male-dominated farming sector.The meeting takes place on the 19th of May in the Villa Rose Hotel, Ballybofey at 7.30pm. All women in farming from across the North West are welcome. Since the group was set up online last month, common issues have arisen that the women deal with in rural life. The network has heard many stories from mothers who are struggling to raise small children and also stay involved in the practical farming.Other important issues the women want to address are the health and safety of children and family on the farm, exploring how the farm is an excellent place for children to grow up and develop but also is such a dangerous environment.A diverse line-up of speakers have been revealed ahead of the meeting, including Marian Harkin MEP, Ciara McGowan, Teagasc Education officer, Claire McCormack , journalist with the Farming Independent and Eimear McGuinness , manager of Donegal Livestock Mart.The group was founded following the set up of similar groups around the country such as South-East Women in Farming and West Women in Farming. “I saw these groups coming together, thought there was a niche for it here in Donegal and so NWWIF was born!” organiser Hannah McNelis from Glencolmcille told Donegal Woman.Hannah explains the aims and future plans of the group: “Our group aims to bring together a like-minded community of women who are involved or interested in agriculture. This is anyone from agri-professionals working in the industry, to female farmers or farmers wives/daughters etc., everyone is welcome!“We want to highlight the importance of the role of women in agriculture and how we can strengthen our voice in the industry.”The group is hosting their first event on the 19th of May in the Villa Rose, Ballybofey at 7.30pm. “Going forward we wish to focus on topics relevant to the farm family such as education and training, health and safety/mental health awareness, combating rural isolation and achieving rural development, looking at alternative streams of income to the home and how we can capitalize on tourism etc in the county and many more issues that are relevant to our group members,” said Hannah. If you are interested in joining the group, follow this link to the North West Women in Farming Facebook page. Donegal women in farming dig into issues of rural life was last modified: May 9th, 2017 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:agricultureeventsnorth west women in farminglast_img read more

YOUR VIEW: ‘FLANAGAN FAMILY WERE GREAT SUPPORTERS OF BUNCRANA’

first_imgDONEGALDAILY.COM WELCOMES ALL VIEWS: THIS WAS THE REACTION OF RUTHANN MOYER:This is a tragedy for the Buncrana Community as well as the Flanagan Family. I have known the Flanagan’s for 20 years and worked for a short time with them. Brian has been a great supporter of the town of Buncrana as well as the citizens for as many years as the business has been in operation. He would willingly take on trainees that had no skills or other qualifications and train them until they achieved a level of competency where they could be paid a proper wage for their newly acquired skills. Whether it was sales or skills for reupholstery, antique restoration or furniture reproduction, quality was the end result.Both Brian and his wife were the impetus behind the ACEP educational program that succeeded in helping employed people from any local business to achieve their long sought after leaving Cert qualifications regardless of their age or station in life. Flanagans, Fruit of the Loom, Clubman Omega and the Glue Factory in Cardonagh all contributed to the expense for their employees to lift themselves up educationally. The classes were run at Scoile Mhura in the evenings and for the year the program functioned, 28 adults sat and passed one or more of their leaving Certs. It was a success. Very few people would know that Brian Flanagan paid tutors out of his own pocket for about 6 months to work with some of his employees at the old factory building. He in essence single handedly provided the funds, the space and the heat and all important tea for the ACEP Pilot program. The program then moved onward and independently as was his intention. In addition, he single handedly saved the Plaza on the Main Street as well. He did the bidding when the facility was up for auction and he, himself, signed the note for the mortgage. The Sunday afternoon dances, the concerts and the formed Committee of local people embarked on the journey of saving one of the town of Buncrana’s landmarks. One purpose; which is still on the table is the development of the Indoor Street Project for local young people at the Plaza.Brian with the support of his family has given Buncrana another reason to be proud of itself. At one time Flanagan’s was the second largest employer after Fruit of the Loom. He gave everyone a chance at training and work. As a former employee I always used to comment that anyone (me included) that worked for Flanagan’s saw to it that the employee knew more at the end of his employment than at the beginning. We need more people like the Flanagan’s in these troubled economic times in which we live. The family supported many causes on the local and national levels. There is not space allowed here to list these, but be assured that Brian and the rest of the Flanagan family will rise as the phoenix out of it’s ashes to serve the community once again.YOUR VIEW: ‘FLANAGAN FAMILY WERE GREAT SUPPORTERS OF BUNCRANA’ was last modified: November 22nd, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranaFlanagan’s Furniturelast_img read more

DUBLIN COUNCILLORS CONDEMN CLLR McENIFF AS PROTEST PLANNED AT HOTEL

first_imgAnti- Racist Councillors in Dublin have added their voices to the condemnation of a Donegal Fianna Fail councillor for ‘racist’ comments made against Travellers – ahead of a protest on Saturday.The widely publicised views expressed by Cllr Sean McEniff were followed by a malicious arson attack on a Council house allocated to an overcrowded Donegal traveller family. Protestors are to gather outside a hotel partly owned by Mr McEniff tomorrow.Cllr Cieran Perry (Independent, Dublin City Council) said tonight “The deplorable comments made by Cllr McEniff created an atmosphere where cowardly thugs believe it is acceptable to burn a travellers home. This Irish form of racism is unacceptable. “We feel it is important for elected representatives to express our abhorrence of the views expressed by Cllr McEniff and also Cllr Eugene Dolan of Fine Gael. This is not a local matter for Donegal, it is an important national issue.”Cllr Louise Minihan (eirigi, Dublin City Council) said: “We are not living in Alabama in the 1950s, but it is clear some people wish we were. Cllr McEniff’s views must be clearly rejected by all decent public representatives. It is little wonder politicians are held in low esteem by the public if a small few pander to ignorant racism and prejudice in this way.”Hannagh McGinley, a Traveler Rights Activist, said: “The Travelling community is one of the most socially marginalised and economically disadvantaged section of Irish society, and the unacceptable comments of both Cllr McEniff and Cllr. Dolan encourage further discrimination against our people. Elected councilors have a responsibility to represent all sections of their constituency.”Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig, Community Activist in Donegal said he will travel to Dublin for the protest. “This is the most recent episode in a drama of racism. prejudice and exclusion, in which public representatives played leading roles. Cllr. McEniff’s and Town Cllr. Dolan’s racist statements regarding the Traveller community clearly inflamed the situation. I believe they have a case to answer in relation to incitement to hatred. The traveller groups in Donegal have expressed support for the protest.”The group Anti-Fascist Action is co-ordinating a picket to be held on Saturday 16th February at 2pm at the Camden Court Hotel in Dublin, a property owned by Cllr McEniff.AFA spokeperson Joanne Tobin said: ‘This Cllr McEniff condemned the arson attack, but without any recognition of the consequences of his racist statements. Hate Speech leads to Hate Acts. We have been contacted by dozens of people from community, anti-racist and political groups throughout the country who are very angry and want to make their views clear to Cllr McEniff.”She added: “The organisers of the picket wish to make it clear that they have no argument with the staff of the Camden Court Hotel and that no animosity should be directed at them. Our protest is directed at Cllr Sean McEniff.” DUBLIN COUNCILLORS CONDEMN CLLR McENIFF AS PROTEST PLANNED AT HOTEL was last modified: February 15th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DUBLIN COUNCILLORS CONDEMN CLLR McENIFF AS PROTEST PLANNED AT HOTELlast_img read more

Young people invited to meet friends and catch the rugby at the LOFT’s St. Patrick’s Day Party

first_imgYoung people of Letterkenny will have to look no further than LOFT for a fun-filled afternoon this St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday the 17th. The Mentors group have planned a great afternoon for the young people of Letterkenny. To start they will be handing out free tea, coffee and hot chocolate to the public before and during the parade right outside Donegal Youth Service at 16-18 Port Road. After the parade, the doors will open from 2-6pm to the drop-in for the rest of the afternoon’s festivities with food, music and games on offer to young people. The Ireland v England Six Nations Finale will also be shown from 2.45. There will also be a quiz and information on the risks of alcohol and binge drinking. With the ‘Beast From The East’ expected to make a brief return, it will be the perfect place to warm up after watching the parade.LOFT are here to provide a fun and safe alternative for St. Patrick’s Day, with an inclusive event that is strictly drug and alcohol free. They also encourage adults who are around children and young people to be positive examples and to drink responsibly. All young people, whether they have been to The Loft before or not, are encouraged to come along and pop in. The day has been made possible thanks to a grant from the North West Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force. LOFT is a support service for young people aged 12-18, or depending on need, jointly managed by Donegal Youth Service and Foróige. They offer group work, one-to-one support, the drop-in space, summer programmes and much more. Contact The LOFT for more information www.donegalyouthservice.ie, loftstaff@gmail.com, 074 91 29630, or find them on Facebook and Instagram.Young people invited to meet friends and catch the rugby at the LOFT’s St. Patrick’s Day Party was last modified: March 14th, 2018 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:letterkennySt Patrick’s DayThe Loftlast_img read more

Cut carbon – make fire like a granny!

first_img24 November 2011As its carbon offset project for the future, Avis Rent a Car has chosen an innovative South African cooking and heating method, Basa njengo Magogo, which is cheaper and carbon-friendlier than methods traditionally used in the country’s townships.Basa njengo Magogo (isiZulu, meaning “make a fire like a grandmother”) teaches sound environmental principles through simple behaviour change and is the first Gold Standard project of its kind in the world. Gold Standard is recognised as the international benchmark for certification of carbon mitigation projects.The programme, which has already been introduced successfully around South Africa, teaches local communities to burn coal according to the Basa njengo Magogo (BnM) method, which is more fuel efficient and cuts pollution considerably.Simple yet effectiveThe traditional method of making fire in an imbawula (a metal brazier or drum) or stove entails placing paper and dry twigs at the bottom and then adding a heavy coal layer on top. The method produces excessive smoke and is known to cause respiratory problems. It also takes longer to fire up.With the BnM method, the process is simply reversed, placing the coal layer first in the drum and then topping it with the quick-burning kindling.“In addition to emission reductions, BnM leads to a reduction in indoor and ambient air pollution, better visibility and reduced health risk,” notes London-based The CarbonNeutral Company, who will manage the programme on behalf of Avis.“This is because, with the heat on top, particulate matter and volatile compounds are burnt off when they pass through the fire, making it cleaner and more efficient,” the company explains.CarbonNeutral is a member of the International Carbon Offset and Reduction Alliance, and complies with the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol initiative.The company is a world leader in carbon offset and carbon management business and has purchased carbon credits from over 200 projects across six continents over the past decade. Its CarbonNeutral trademark is a leading brand mark and quality standard for action on climate change.Cleaner burning, cost effectiveWith the Basa njengo Magogo method, much less coal is necessary to achieve results – approximately 50% less of the fossil fuel is used to produce the same amount of heat created by the old technique.“One of the first monitoring reports from the project, which began in 2009, showed that a household which converts to BnM saves on average 300.7 kg of coal a year,” adds CarbonNeutral.According to the South African National Energy Research Institute, laboratory tests have shown that the method reduces smoke by up to 90%. This is welcome news for people whose health is affected by high levels of particles in the air.Importantly, the new technique does not require any change of household equipment and is implemented entirely through local training sessions on the improved use of stoves or braziers which people already own, Avis notes on its corporate website.The project and its methodology have been developed by the Nova Institute, a non-profit organisation which provides practical solutions to poor communities.The technique has been accredited to Nobelungu Mashinini of eMbalenhle township in Secunda, Mpumalanga province, and is named in honour of the enterprising grandmother.Since its pilot stage, initiated in 2008, the BnM method has been successfully introduced to communities across South Africa and is gaining a stronger foothold.It is endorsed by several reputable organisations, among them Enerkey and CEF, the latter mandated by the then Department of Minerals and Energy in 2008 to roll the programme out nationally. The Department of Environmental Affairs runs a similar programme, the Clean Fires Campaign.Becoming carbon neutralAvis is the first car rental company in South Africa to earn carbon neutral certification. This was achieved in 2009 when the company succeeded in offsetting greenhouse gas emissions for all of its internal electricity usage and fuel consumption for its fleet to net zero, as well as through several carbon offset projects initiated worldwide.“This means that each ton of carbon dioxide that Avis emits from its energy usage and fleet, is counterbalanced with a ton of carbon dioxide saved by a validated emission reduction project that has met international standards.”Avis’ programme currently only offsets internal company carbon emissions in line with Scope 1 and 2 of the GHG Protocol and not emissions for customers who rent Avis vehicles as the latter falls into the Scope 3 category.The GHG Protocol is the most important and widely accepted standard for measuring greenhouse gas emissions. It was developed by the World Resources Institute and World Business Council for Sustainable Development.“Our past relationship with the CarbonNeutral Company has been strong and for this next period, we tasked it to find a locally registered project that would complement our internal reduction efforts, and enable us to offset some of our unavoidable GHG emissions,” says Wayne Duvenage, CEO of Avis Rent a Car.Contributing to reforestation in TanzaniaAvis is also making its presence felt in Tanzania, where it has adopted the Uchindile-Mapanda Forestry Project into its portfolio of projects. The project involves the reforestation of degraded land to sequester, or trap carbon emissions from the atmosphere. Emissions reduction has been verified to the Verified Carbon Standard.The project is based in the Southern highlands of Tanzania and will establish commercial forests across the Uchindile and Mapanda districts. Avis has planted eucalyptus and pine varieties covering more than 7 000 ha at Uchindile and over 3 000 ha at Mapanda.The trees will be harvested in 13 to 21 years’ time for use in various timber related products.A range of exotic and indigenous tree species plus local fruit crops have also been planted on the sites to improve species diversity and forest health.MediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporter – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

The Limpopo province has many competitive advantages

first_imgPolokwane, Friday 2 September 2016 – Brand South Africa will conclude its three day programme aimed at showcasing the competitive strengths of the province of Limpopo later today.The media tour programme commenced on 30 August, and ends today 2 September 2016. It was designed to profile provincial programmes that highlight the attractive science, technology, innovation and investment opportunities. Partners included the National Research Foundation, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Limpopo Provincial Department of Health, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) as well as the Department of Home Affairs.Day one of the tour showcased an IDC funded SME – KT Beverages, which produces Kombucha tea, in Limpopo. KT Beverages received R4.8 million from the IDC three years ago and currently produces 25 000 litres on a day, which are supplied to not only local clients, but also clients based Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia,” said KT Beverages CEO and Founder Mr Paul de Villiers.The Department of Home Affairs in collaboration with the Limpopo Provincial Health Department showcased the early registration of birth at Seshego Hospital. In addition, the benefits of having inter-institutional partnerships to ensure that all new born children are registered was highlighted.Media were later hosted at the recently re-launched Seshego Industrial Park, by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) together with the Limpopo Economic Development Agency (LEDA). The Dti is investing approximately R21 million in the upgrading of the infrastructure at the Seshego Industrial Park based in Polokwane.The Regional Industrial Development Chief Director from the Dti, Ms Stieneke Samuels said: “The objective of the programme is to revitalise state-owned industrial parks across the country in order to promote industrialisation and increase their contribution to job creation and the country’s economic growth.”Finally, media visited the University of Limpopo on day 3 where the SARChI Chair for Computational Modelling of Materials and research was showcased. Media also interacted with the SARChI Chair for Ecosystem Health and its research.The programme concluded with media attending the annual National Research Awards where were hosted in Limpopo for 2016.The media tour comes within the context of Brand South Africa’s mandate to positively position South Africa’s competitiveness. Provincial and city brands are the building blocks of the Nation Brand. Competitive strengths of provinces and cities therefore impact positively on the South African Nation Brand.Follow the conversation on #ExperienceSAlast_img read more

Justice sought in Dalit’s death

first_imgDalit groups here have demanded action in a case of alleged custodial death of a 15-year-old boy at a police post near Chandwaji in Jaipur district last week. No action has been taken against any of the policemen named in the first information report registered in connection with the incident.In a report, the Centre for Dalit Rights (CDR) said here on Friday that the minor Dalit boy, Ajay Kumar Raigar, was tortured in custody after he met senior officers to complain about his repeated detention following any criminal activity in the region. The police post’s staff forcibly took away the boy from his house on October 13 morning.Though the policemen got an injured Ajay admitted to a private hospital on the Jaipur-Delhi national highway later in the day while claiming that he fell from their motorcycle and was hit by a speeding truck, the CDR has disputed the theory. “We have eyewitness accounts of his torture,” CDR State coordinator Chanda Lal Bairwa said.last_img read more

St. Benilde overcomes 15-point deficit, slips past Mapua

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Marinerong Pilipino stuns Tanduay, enters D-League semis Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Carlo Young also shot 4-of-9 from threes to wound up with 13 points and four rebounds, while Edward Dixon registered 10 markers and 10 boards.“I’m just super happy and super enthusiastic right now. It took out all of the fatigue we’re feeling,” said coach TY Tang, as the Blazers outscored the Cardinals, 22-8 in the fourth quarter. “It’s really the character that we’re trying to build up. We’re slowly getting there.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSt. Benilde crawled out of a 56-41 deficit with three minutes to play in the third frame and continued on chipping away the lead in the payoff period before finally grabbing the lead, 65-64, with 6:23 to play.With the Blazers holding on to a 72-69 lead in the final minute, the Cardinals had a shot to force overtime, but Andoy Estrella muffed his trey as Rene Sta. Maria iced the game with two freebies with 4.6 ticks left. St. Benilde improved to 2-4, finally tasting a victory in the hard court after its first win came out of a technicality after Perpetual wore the wrong uniform in their season opener.Christian Bunag led the way for Mapua (1-5) with 13 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks, while Estrella and JP Nieles both had 12.The Scores:ST. BENILDE 74 – Domingo 24, Leutcheu 14, Young 13, Dixon 10, Sta. Maria 6, San Juan 4, Naboa 3, Castor 0, Suarez 0, Pili 0, Bunyi 0.MAPUA 69 – Bunag 13, Estrella 12, Nieles 12, Magboo 12, Raflores 7, Gabo 4, Victoria 4, Orquina 3, Aguirre 2.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaulcenter_img LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know02:49Robredo: 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 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSt. Benilde snapped its four-game losing skid and downed Mapua, 74-69, Tuesday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.JJ Domingo reached a new career-high, pouring 24 points and four rebounds for the Blazers, while Clement Leutcheu tallied a double-double in tune of his 14 markers and 17 boards.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Quarters: 13-12, 31-38, 52-61, 74-69.last_img read more