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DDTV VIDEO NEWS: JOHN O’DONNELL ELECTED

first_imgDDTV: See footage of John O’Donnell and his supporters celebrating as he is formally elected a Donegal County Councillor for the Letterkenny/Milford electoral area.John, who is just 33, takes a seat on the council once held by both his father and his mother. His dad Eddie served on the council from 1985 until his death in an accident in 1993. John’s mother was a councillor until 1999.Click Play to Watch as John learns he has passed the quota during the count at the Aura Leisure Centre.      DDTV VIDEO NEWS: JOHN O’DONNELL ELECTED was last modified: May 25th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTVJohn O’Donnellkilmacrennanletterkennyvideo footagevideo newslast_img read more

Plenty at stake at HDN meet

first_imgIndividual and team titles will be on the line at the Humboldt-Del Norte League track and field championships at Mack High this afternoon, not to mention a little school pride.And there are several intriguing battles shaping up in both the boys and girls competitions.On the boys side, Del Norte and the host school will go into the day as the two teams to beat, with the Panthers currently boasting best league marks in seven of the 16 events, and Del Norte six.McKinleyville will be …last_img

Brand South Africa nominated for international award

first_imgBrand South Africa’s efforts in promoting the country as a great place to visit and invest is getting the global recognition it deserves. The City Nation Place Global conference takes place in London on 9 November 2017. Brand South Africa will join over 150 delegates from 30 countries to discuss and highlight shared objectives and challenges of developing strong brand strategies for nations and cities. (Image: City Nation Place Global)Brand South Africa reporterCity Nation Place is a global forum for the strategic branding and marketing of cities and countries.The City Nation Place Awards, now in their third year, recognise the most creative and effective city and country marketing, tourism promotion and foreign direct investment engagement.The global body for nation and city branding, has nominated Brand South Africa for one its major awards. Brand South Africa’s nation branding initiative has been named a finalist in the 2017 City Nation Place Awards and has been nominated in the Best Expression of Place Identity through the Design category, which recognises the effective ways countries communicate their unique offerings through media and design.Winners will be announced at the City Nation Place Global conference in London, UK, on 9 November 2017. Brand South Africa will join over 150 delegates from 30 countries to discuss and highlight shared objectives and challenges of developing strong brand strategies for nations and cities.Watch Brand South Africa’s showcase video below for more details on the awards.For more information visit the City Nation Place website here. Source: City Nation Place GlobalWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

A little hope goes a long way

first_imgSarah and her team cultivating land for the food garden. (Image: Sarah Bergs Facebook)An initiative in Hoedspruit, in Limpopo is uplifting local communities, promoting social responsibility and encouraging environmental education.Nourish is a non-profit organisation founded by Sarah Bergs, who grew up at Motswari Game Lodge, in Hoedspruit. She wanted to combine her love for conservation and her humanitarianism with the fight against poverty and poaching when she started Nourish just over four years ago.Bergs told the Sunday Times newspaper she could remember as a child seeing tourists from all over the world spending a lot of money at the reserve, yet the local community never benefited.“I wanted to play Robin Hood and help the community,” she said. “This is my community. You see people with so much money come in and out, and international people coming to see the heritage and wildlife.“Then you drive 20 kilometres away and see a community completely unaffected by the wealth. These guests are throwing away more money than what these people have.”Bergs credits her caregiver, Minah Mathebula, for teaching her to speak Xitsonga, to weave grass mats and be “bush-wise”, when she was growing up.THE WORK OF NOURISHNourish is a community upliftment project that provides after-school facilities for children from the area. It has a library and a vegetable garden worked by the community for their own benefit, and a small plantation where they grow moringa trees to sell to mining companies. Mines use the moringa trees to mitigate the effects of acid mine drainage, among other uses.“Initially it was a food security garden but then we figured out that in this area there was a secondary need – a big, big need for education and entrepreneurship, so then we decided to build a library,” Bergs said.RECYCLINGAlthough Nourish aims to improve entrepreneurial skills in the local community, recycling is also are high on its agenda.“We don’t want to hard-sell recycling. We just want people to walk in here and think a little bit; go home and see things a little differently. Maybe see waste as a resource, maybe see the conservation area as something precious.“You learn so much by trial and error, but I’m hoping to duplicate what we do here in other communities.”THE LIBRARY AND HOW YOU CAN HELPLaunched in 2015, the library is still in need of books and educational toys for children. Bergs also hopes to turn it into a skills training centre for the older people and adults in the region.“Since the launch of the library and helping the kids with English, I’ve had feedback that their confidence has improved a lot. That’s something very tangible. It makes me feel like I’m doing something important.“Life’s not boring at all when you’re involved in something like this.”The children have also started doing yoga.You can help her do her work better at Nourish by donating English books and educational toys for the library, and by buying one or more moringa trees for the plantation. There are also problems with electricity connections at the premises. Bergs can be contacted on 071 909 7261.Are you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

India to resolve all irritants in ties with Bangladesh: Swaraj

first_img(Eds: Repeating after inserting words dropped in para 1)By Anisur RahmanDhaka, Oct 23 (PTI) India will resolve all irritants in ties with Bangladesh with sincerity, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today as she inaugurated 15 Indian-assisted development projects in this country worth worth about USD 8.7 million.On the last day of her Bangladesh visit, Swaraj lit the ceremonial lamp to mark the opening of the sprawling new chancery complex of the Indian High Commission here.The new mission complex at Dhakas Baridhara diplomatic enclave includes the high commission that was previously operating from a house in the Gulshan area of the city.During the ceremony, she also launched 15 development projects being funded by India in Bangladesh, which officials said have been planned as per the countrys geographical spread, socio-economic benefits and priorities.”India is following a policy of neighbours first, and among the neighbours Bangladesh is foremost,” Swaraj said at the function, describing bilateral relations as having gone beyond a strategic partnership.She said the relations between the neighbours are now outstanding, and that both countries are working to resolve these irritants in the spirit of “friendly relations and with right intention”.She did not specify the nature of the issues, but the water sharing of common rivers, particularly the Teesta, has long been pending between the two neighbours.”I can assure you we [both countries] will solve all irritants with sincerity,” she said.She said Bangladesh comes first among all of Indias neighbours as part of the neighbourhood policy adopted by her government. She also referred to the peaceful solution of the land boundary as well as maritime boundary issues.advertisementThe development projects, worth about USD 8.7 million, are in the areas of education, health care, information technology, water supply, and social welfare.They include installation of 11 water treatment plants in southwestern coastline of Pirozpur to benefit some 150,000 people, 36 community clinics, and reconstruction of Dhakas historic Ramna Kali Temple which was destroyed by invading Pakistani troops in the 1971 liberation war.Bangladeshs Foreign Minister A H Mahmood Ali, Health Minister Mohamad Nasim, and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasinas political affairs adviser H T Imam, among others, were also present at the ceremony.The new chancery complex has been constructed on a 5-acre plot of land.Apart from the chancery, the complex consists of the residence of the Indian High Commissioner, a housing block, a sports complex, and a multipurpose recreation hall.The staff members of the high commission shifted to the housing block in 2004 and the chancery started functioning from its new premises from October last year.Swaraj arrived in Bangladesh yesterday for the annual meeting of the India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Commission with her counterpart A H Mahmood Ali.”We are both determined to protect our societies from the threat of ideologies of hate, violence and terror by adopting a zero tolerance policy and a comprehensive approach in fighting violent extremism and terrorism at all levels,” Swaraj said after talks with Ali.”We discussed the common challenges that we are faced with today. One such challenge is that of terrorism, extremism and radicalisation and we will continue to fight this scourge together and along with other like-minded countries,” she said.Swaraj returned to New Delhi today wrapping up her two- day Dhaka visit, her second since assuming office in 2014. PTI AR KUN AKJ AKJlast_img read more

John Calipari Has An Interesting Theory As To Why Kentucky Is A 4-Seed

first_imgJohn Calipari takes a selfie with Jamal Murray.Twitter/@UKCoachCalipariThe NCAA Tournament bracket, which was revealed last night, had a number of questionable inclusions and seedings. While many are focusing on Syracuse being a 10-seed, Tulsa being in the field at all, and the exclusions of popular mid-majors like Monmouth and St. Mary’s, the top of the bracket had some interesting team placements as well. One notable quirk: despite Kentucky beating Texas A&M in the SEC Championship on Sunday, the Aggies received a three seed while UK was bumped to the four line.John Calipari joined ESPN’s Bracketology show on Sunday night and delivered an epic rant about his team’s seed. Today, on his own radio show, he had a new theory.Calipari on selection committee: “They did not want us in Louisville … noooooo.”— TheCatsPause247 (@TheCatsPause247) March 14, 2016Calipari: They did not want us in Louisville. That’s why they stuck us with a 4 seed.— Jeff Drummond (@JDrumUK) March 14, 2016Kentucky Sports Radio transcribed the conspiratorial portion of Coach Cal’s show:“I had an idea who would be in our path. Like I said, I thought they’d try to ship us to Anchorage but there’s no regional up there, so they shipped us to Des Moines. (We’re) Playing on Thursday at midnight.” He later added: “They could explain the numbers however they want, they did not want us in Louisville.”We’re not sure we buy it, but Kentucky would have undoubtedly had a crazy home-court advantage in Louisville, so maybe there’s something to it. We’re sure #BBN will have a slight crowd advantage on Thursday night as is, unless there’s a big Stony Brook alumni base in Iowa that we don’t know about.More: Vote In Our “64 Most Annoying People In Sports” Bracket >>>last_img read more

UConn And Notre Dame Could Renew The Best Rivalry In Womens Basketball

Maryland and South Carolina have really good women’s basketball teams — two of the four best in the country. But Connecticut and Notre Dame, their respective Final Four opponents on Sunday in Tampa, are a cut above. They’re ranked No. 1 and 2 in the country by the AP, the coaches and the tournament selection committee. They’re the favorites to reach Tuesday’s final in our March Madness predictions and in Vegas. They played each other in last year’s final. And, best of all, they have a rich history — one that isn’t as one-sided as UConn’s recent dominance suggests.Notre Dame has dealt UConn seven of its 18 losses since the start of 2007. In other words, 39 percent of the time UConn has lost in the last eight-plus years, it’s been against Notre Dame.If UConn and Notre Dame play each other in the final, it’d be their 21st meeting since the start of 2007 — the latest ESPN Stats & Info data available. They played 12 regular-season games (11 back when both were in the Big East), plus three Big East conference finals and one semifinal. They’ve also met four times in the last eight Final Fours, with two wins apiece. A Tuesday meeting would be the rubber match.Maryland and South Carolina have been good, but they simply haven’t been as dominant. UConn has won 94.6 percent of its games since the start of 2007, by far the best in the sport. Notre Dame ranks fifth, at 84.1 percent. (Stanford, Green Bay and Baylor are second, third and fourth.) Maryland is 11th, at 80.6 percent. And South Carolina is 53rd, at 64.3 percent. But South Carolina’s and Maryland’s relative inconsistency, coupled with UConn’s and Notre Dame’s late, lamented conference rivalry, means they have a much thinner record against the rest of the Final Four.So let’s look more closely at the UConn-Notre Dame rivalry. UConn has won 13 of their last 20 matchups, or 65 percent. That’s as close as UConn gets these days to a balanced rivalry — it’s the lowest winning percentage UConn has against any team it has played more than five times since the start of 2007. Every team but one that has played UConn at least once in that time has a losing record against the Huskies. (The one exception is longtime rival Tennessee, which won their only recent meeting.) More than 90 percent of UConn opponents haven’t beaten the Huskies even once, including four teams that have played them at least 10 times.Also notable, for a team that has regularly all but clinched its games by halftime, UConn has beaten Notre Dame by an average of less than eight points per game in their 20 meetings. That’s the closest average margin for any UConn opponent that has played the Huskies more than five times since 2007.UConn, meanwhile, is responsible for a big chunk of Notre Dame’s losses since the start of 2007: 13 of 49, or 27 percent. UConn is the only team Notre Dame has played in more than six games in that period that has a winning record against the Fighting Irish.Notre Dame’s recent wins against UConn all came in an astonishingly short spell: The Fighting Irish won seven of eight meetings over a stretch that started with Notre Dame’s upset of UConn in the 2011 Final Four. Notre Dame star Jewell Loyd, a junior and the team’s leading scorer, is the only current player who was a major contributor for the Fighting Irish when they last beat UConn.It’s not the most heated or longstanding rivalry. Before the teams played in December — in a game UConn won by 18 points — espnW’s Graham Hays pointed out that it doesn’t have the rich character and tension of UConn-Tennessee. Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw, asked before the game about her relationship with Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma, made it sound like the two were friendly acquaintances in the corporate world. “Geno and I are terrific,” McGraw said. “We saw each other this summer. We’ve got no issues, no problems. Just business as usual for both of us.”If it’s business as usual for both teams on Sunday, we’ll see them renew their acquaintance in the final on Tuesday in Tampa, in the latest edition of the closest thing to a rivalry that Auriemma’s dominant UConn team has these days. read more

201516 NBA Preview Have The Heat Moved On From LeBron

The Heat paid Goran Dragic $85 million this offseason to be the franchise’s best point guard since Tim Hardaway. If nothing else, Dragic should ignite a team that played at the NBA’s second-slowest pace last season. Now that he has recovered from season-ending treatment for blood clots on his lung, Chris Bosh hopes to play as he did in his most productive year in a Heat uniform, the 2013-14 season. His conditioning and versatility ensure that his game will continue to age like fine wine. Many want to compare Justise Winslow, a former Duke standout, to a younger version of Wade, but Wade says Winslow’s size and strength remind him of a younger version of Metta World Peace, the artist formerly known as Ron Artest. To complicate matters further: CARMELO thinks Winslow’s top comp is another Heat teammate, Deng. The post-LeBron James era got off to a disastrous start last season for the Miami Heat, who endured a 37-45 campaign that was riddled with injuries and dumped the team outside of the playoffs for the first time in seven years. A potentially devastating offseason could have followed, but some semblance of order and continuity was restored when franchise anchor Dwyane Wade patched up differences with management and settled on a one-year, $20 million contract for this season. Point guard Goran Dragic signed a long-term deal. Promising center Hassan Whiteside continued to develop, and both Chris Bosh and Josh McRoberts are healed and healthy coming off season-ending maladies last year. All signs point to a Heat revival in the East and an opportunity, if the team stays relatively healthy, to stare down LeBron in the postseason.FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO, on the other hand, projects the Heat to go 38-44 and fall just below .500. We’re inaugurating our NBA player projection system, CARMELO, with 2015-16 season previews for every team in the league. Check out the teams we’ve already previewed here. Learn more about CARMELO here. If Dwyane Wade had a million dollars for every game he missed last season — oh, wait. Evaluating Wade is all about vantage point. He’ll point to the fact that he was second in the league in usage rate last season, but skeptics counter that injuries prevented him from being used for at least 20 games for a second straight season. CARMELO expects Wade to be a shadow of his former self; his top comp, another great in the last chapter of his career. After spending a decade in Chicago, Luol Deng struggled with the turbulence that moved him to Cleveland and ultimately to Miami in the span of a few months. After failing to find comfort with his role last season, he’s banking on that to change in a contract year. It figures that a projection system named after a member of the longtime rival New York Knicks would take such a low-blow shot at the Heat. So a year after hitting rock-bottom and winning just 37 games during an injury-ravaged season, Miami is projected to win only one more game? If so, expect a major shakeup for what has been one of the NBA’s most stable franchises.Here are the CARMELO projections for Miami’s core players: The promising yet enigmatic big man did something last season that hadn’t been done in 50 years: Hassan Whiteside averaged 11 points, 10 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in less than 24 minutes a game. That’s profound efficiency, but the key now for Whiteside is to develop consistency. The route from a $21 million salary last season to the $1.6 million vet’s minimum this season involved plenty of sacrifice for Amar’e Stoudemire. But it’ll require even more if Stoudemire is willing to accept a reduced role off the bench to make this work in Miami.Read more: 2015-16 NBA Previews read more

Ohio State womens basketball set for matchup with No 22 West Virginia

OSU junior guard Ameryst Alston goes for a 2-point shot while VCU freshman guard #13 Brittani Burgess and sophomore guard #14 Adaeze Alaeze try to intercede in the first half of the OSU Women’s basketball game against VCU November 23, 2014. OSU went on to win 96-86.With the Big Ten season around the corner, the Ohio State women’s basketball team is set to end its non-conference season on a high note against No. 22 West Virginia.The Buckeyes (7-4) and Mountaineers (9-1) are set to complete a home-and-home series dating back to last season, in which the Buckeyes won in Morgantown, W.Va., 70-61. Following that game, the Mountaineers would go on to win 17 of their next 18 games.Sophomore forward Shayla Cooper said she hopes to make a big impact in her first game for the Buckeyes.“I’m looking to bring a lot of energy, a lot more rebounding,” Cooper said.Cooper, a transfer from Georgetown, had to sit out until the end of fall semester due to NCAA transfer rules. In the two games she played for the Hoyas in 2013, she totaled 32 points and 17 rebounds.She spoke highly of her own defense, which will likely be needed against a deep Mountaineer frontcourt.“I’m more like the muscle of the team,” Cooper said. “I’m the one that’s going to get those rebounds, like when we played Pitt and we needed that one rebound.”The Mountaineers frontcourt starts with 6-foot-5 redshirt sophomore center Lanay Montgomery, who has totaled 66 rebounds in 10 starts this season.OSU coach Kevin McGuff said he was glad to have Cooper as an eligible player on the team.“It’s good to have her now,” McGuff said. “It’s good to have another body.”At 6-foot-2, Cooper provides depth, especially since the Buckeyes starting lineup is currently comprised of four guards and only one forward.One of those guards, junior Ameryst Alston, is looking forward to playing with Cooper for the first time.“Definitely, really excited to have her back,” Alston said.  “I’m really looking forward to playing with her finally, like in an actual game.”Alston said that Cooper’s presence is also important both offensively and defensively.“She’s definitely going to bring energy, for sure,” she said. “She’s such a physical player, so that’s definitely something that we need, as far as rebounding.”In addition to Cooper’s eligibility, freshman forward Alexa Hart was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, her first weekly award. Alston was also named to the Big Ten Honor Roll.With a win, the Buckeyes would be on a four-game winning streak heading into conference play. That would be the longest of the season and would be a tie for the longest in the past two seasons under McGuff.The game against the Mountaineers is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start on Monday at the Schottenstein Center. read more

St Thomas St Dorothys Holding Thanksgiving Food Drive On November 1011

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA – The Catholic Community of Wilmington and South Tewksbury’s Charities Committee is conducting a Thanksgiving Food Drive to help families in need within the St. Thomas and St. Dorothy’s parishes.Donations can be left inside the entrances of both St. Thomas and St. Dorothy’s on Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11.Requested, non-perishable food items include:GravyInstant PotatoCranberry SauceStuffingRiceCanned Veggies (corn, green beans, yams, peas, carrots)Chicken & Turkey Stock BrothBread & Roll MixCanned Fruit & ApplesauceCoffee, Tea & Hot CocoaPancake Max & SyrupCake Mix & FrostingPie Crust Mix & Pie FillingBrownie MixNuts/ChocolatesChip/Dip/SalsaGrocery Store Gift Cards (in any denomination)If you are interested in donating a complete Dinner Basket for a family, the estimated cost is approximately $50.  Monetary donations or gift cards can be brought to the Parish Office, marked “Thanksgiving,” or placed in the offertory collection.If you would like to have your donation picked up or have questions, please contact Rose Jackson at rosejackson1317@yahoo.com or 978-658-9915.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON GIVES: St. Thomas & St. Dorothy’s Holding Thanksgiving Food Drive This WeekendIn “Community”St. Thomas & St. Dorothy’s Holding Thanksgiving Food Drive On November 11-12In “Community”St. Thomas & St. Dorothy’s Holding Thanksgiving Food Drive This WeekendIn “Community”last_img read more