The pupils of Scoil Naomh Fiachra Illistrin in Letterkenny have raised a fantastic €1,070 following the retirement of popular Principal Doreen Kennedy.Mrs Kennedy retired at the end of September after nearly 40 years of service. To mark the occasion, the pupils held a No Uniform Day on Mrs Kennedy’s last day. Each pupil was asked to bring €1 or €2 to support two worthwhile Christian charities.The school Parents’ Association and Board of Management also held a raffle at the function to mark Mrs Kennedy’s retirement. In total the whole school community raised €1070. €535 was presented to Mary’s Meals. You can check their great work here. €535 was also presented to NET Ministries. You can read about this charity here.Mrs Kennedy presented the cheques to the two charities on the 20th of November. Mrs Doreen Kennedy presents a donation to NET Ministries following her retirement.Mrs Doreen Kennedy presents a donation to Mary’s Meals following her retirement.Representatives from Mary’s Meals spoke to 6th class pupils about the great work being done by the charity to help children in the third world. Father Kenny and members of the NET team spoke about their work sharing Jesus’ gospel message with young people. Pupils listened attentively and were made aware of the struggles facing less fortunate children in different parts of the world. NET Ministries team with Father Kenny and Mrs Doreen Kennedy at the cheque presentation in Illistrin NSA team of NET volunteers are working on an ongoing basis with the 6th classes at Illistrin NS.A big thank you to the parents, pupils and staff for supporting Mrs Kennedy’s favourite charities.Principal’s retirement inspires school to raise over €1,000 for charity was last modified: November 22nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)
The South African government is calling on potential investors to inject their resources in the local mining sector, saying that they can contribute throughout the value chain, from exploration to beneficiation.The South African government will be punting the mining industry at the 2018 Mining Indaba. (Image: Brand South Africa)South Africa’s mining and minerals industry is open to investment throughout the value chain – from exploration to beneficiation. To promote investment in the sector, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane (MP) will officially open the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba and showcase South Africa’s prowess in mining. The Indaba will be held from 5 to 8 February 2018 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).Join government as it engages delegates of the 2018 Mining Indaba and the media corps on the industry’s prospects, government’s plans and investment opportunities in the South Africa.Team SA’s calendar of events at the 2018 Mining Indaba include:•Official opening address by Minister Zwane: 05 February 2018 at 09:10 – 09:30•Q&A with Minister Zwane and his cabinet colleagues: 05 February 2018 from 14:00 – 16:00. Ask the Minister questions in advance at http://www.dmr.gov.za/miqc.•Visit the South African stand (stand number 616) during the indaba for more information on SA’s mining industry.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday launched a multidimensional pilot project aimed at development of agriculture and increase in the income of farmers and poor people in tribal-dominated Nabarangpur district.Multidimensional project As many as 15 different departments of the State government and 12 research and development organisations of the Central government, working under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Indian Council of Medical Research and Department of Biotechnology, will extend support for implementation of the project.A sum of ₹5.21 crore will be spent on the implementation of the project in the current financial year. Nabarangpur happens to be one of the most backward districts in the country.Among other things, construction of water harvesting structures, cultivation of high-yielding variety of fruits and vegetables, establishment of commercial nurseries, lemon grass farming, cultivation of sweet potato and turmeric, incense stick manufacturing, and fish farming will be undertaken under the project.Skill enhancementFarmers will be provided necessary support to use new methods of agriculture to enhance their skills under the ambitious project. Initiatives will also be taken for improvement of healthcare and nutrition under the scheme.While launching the project through videoconferencing from Lok Seva Bhavan here, Mr. Patnaik said the State government has been giving emphasis to development of farmers and agriculture. The motto of the government is to make agriculture profitable, he said.
Accusing the State government of being “insensitive” towards women safety, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP Supriya Sule on Friday demanded a probe by the Special Investigation Team into the death of the teenage gang rape victim.Ms. Sule along with party’s Mumbai unit chief Nawab Malik and MLC Vidya Chavan led a protest march in Chunabhatti alleging that the ongoing probe into the matter is not being carried out “properly”. The party has called for immediate arrests of the accused.The protest march was taken out from the Lal Dongar area in suburban Chembur to the Chunabhatti Police Station.The 19-year-old woman, who was allegedly raped by four of her friends in Mumbai in the first week of July, died in a Aurangabad hospital on August 29. “The matter has to be investigated by a SIT. We are with the family. We will not relent till the victim gets justice,” said Ms. Sule after she met officials at the Chunabhatti police station.The victim’s father was being pressured, Ms. Sule alleged and added, “The government is trying to muzzle voices. It tries to threaten all. This government is insensitive about women safety. Women are not getting justice. We will be meeting the Director-General of Police along with the victim’s brother.” Later in the day, Ms. Sule and Mr. Malik met DGP Subodh Jaiswal and demanded protection for the girl’s family. Meanwhile, deputy chairperson of the Legislative Council Neelam Gorhe said she has instructed the Mumbai Police to trace the accused and ensure charge sheet in the matter is filed properly.
Southampton boss Hasenhuttl eyeing Everton winger Lookmanby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is eyeing Everton winger Ademola Lookman.The pair worked together last season at RB Leipzig, where Lookman spent time on-loan.Now Hasenhuttl is ready for a reunion with the England U21 international, who is pushing for regular first team football.Lookman said just this week, “Football is football. I love playing football and I am glad to do that every single day. It is not a case of me being sad. I am just happy to play football”People said at the time I was crazy to go to Germany but I saw it as another experience and another learning curve for me. I’m glad I did go.”I learnt about being more of a goal threat and showing what I can do. Showing my worth to the team – that is the next step for me.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Alberta’s battle with B.C. over the Trans Mountain pipeline hasn’t much impacted Rachel Notley’s approval rating, according to the latest numbers from Angus Reid.But, the quarrel may have added to John Horgan’s popularity.Notley is sitting at 33 per cent — in the middle of the pack compared to other provincial leaders.“What that says to me is that — the trade war that started between B.C. and Alberta over wine, certainly the war of words and rhetoric is something that hasn’t hurt Notley or her approval levels, (but) it hasn’t necessarily given her much of a bump. Being up a point really means being statistically unchanged,” Shachi Kurl, Angus Reid’s Executive Director, said.B.C.’s premier is tied with Saskatchewan’s Scott Moe, with the highest approval rating at 52 per cent.“It looks like the face-off against the government of Alberta does appear to have helped John Horgan, a little bit. A three point increase in approval is not massive but it’s certainly in the right direction.” Kurl said.Kurl said we’ve heard the opposition saying Notley has lost the conflict with Horgan.“The numbers would indicate, well nothing necessarily lost, nor nothing necessarily gained,” she said.
Dollarama Inc. plans to add bulk purchases of its low-priced offerings to the e-commerce rush later this year as it looks to capitalize on the success of its bricks-and-mortar discount stores, the company said Thursday as it reported fourth-quarter earnings were up 17 per cent.But as competitors, including Candian grocers scramble to launch online sales to compete with online shopping behometh Amazon, CEO Neil Rossy tempered expectations about the extent of the rollout and its profit potential.“By no means are we e-commerce experts,” he said. “We’re taking our time and doing lots of data testing and we’re somewhat introducing a new concept.”He hopes to launch the platform by the end of the year and might first offer it in “a province or two” to get more feedback before it becomes available nationally.So far, he said the system is “up and running internally,” but is still being tweaked.Dollarama plans to use it to sell items from all of the categories of products it stocks in its 1,160 stores, but Rossy warned that there will be some limitations.“If you’re buying wine glasses at our store and you’re hoping to buy 400 wine glasses on our e-commerce site, it’s highly doubtful that will happen because the wine glasses, (with) the way we bring them in to our retail operation, aren’t built to handle drop tests for courier companies,” said Rossy.“There’s a bunch of items that will drop off or be added or removed based on the practicality within our system, so that’s why it’s still a work in progress.”As for whether shipping costs from orders made through the platform will be passed onto customers, Rossy said they’re “mostly hammered down but not enough that I’m willing to say they’ve put a final stamp on it.”But Rossy added, how the company, which has been expanding agressively and on a revenue run even amid a dire retail landscape, will fare online is “a complete unknown”The Montreal-based retailer’s executives said that 65 new Dollarama locations that opened in fiscal 2018 helped its fourth-quarter profit climb to $162.8 million, compared with $146.1 million a year earlier and boosted sales by about 10 per cent to $938.1 million.To keep up with demand, the company said it will expand its distribution centre in Montreal by 50 per cent to about 500,000 square feet.Rossy said Dollarama purchased two adjacent properties and the current centre, which was previously leased, meaning the expansion will ensure Dollarama owns its distribution operations in its entirety.He hopes construction will be completed by the end of 2019.But before that, in June of this year, Rossy’s father Larry, who founded Dollarama and is currently chairman of its board, will retire from the business. He will be succeeded by lead director Stephen Gunn. Kristin Williams Mugford has been appointed as an independent director effective immediately.“My father being, let’s say, a seasoned retailer, has simply decided to slow down a little,” Rossy said. “It’s rightly deserved… he was still at the office every day of the week and I can tell you for a fact that he put in six hours last Saturday as well.”In addition to taking on the e-commerce business, Dollarama will also have to defend its traditional bricks-and-mortar discount turf against China’s low-cost reatailer Miniso, which opened a handful of stores in Canada last year, but reportedly hopes to introduce 100 to the market by the end of this year and 500 in the next three years.Neil Rossy said the company hasn’t seen any impact in locations where Miniso opened stores in the same mall as Dollarama.“The actual competitive environment is relatively stable. It’s always very competitive,” said Rossy.“From that perspective, whether there are new retailers coming into the market and other retailers leaving the market, we’re always attentive to all competition.”It also rolled out technological initiatives to improve store productivity throughout its last fiscal year.Among the new kinds of technology it is using are handheld scanners for store associates, which can improve efficiency, smart cameras in stores and improved data analytic tools that can help Dollarama identify and target “risk areas.”Rossy said Dollarama next has its sights set on a new cash management process in stores to prove the efficiency of activities involving cash handling.The company’s stock jumped as much as five per cent to around $163 per share Thursday after it announced the better-than-expected results and plan to pay a quarterly dividend of 12 cents per share, up a penny from its earlier payment to shareholders.It also plans to split its shares on a three-for-one basis, subject to the approval of shareholders, which if approved, will decrease the price of individual stocks while increasing the number of outstanding shares, making it more attractive for retail investors seeking a small position in the company.Companies in this story: (TSX:DOL)
New York: Singer Adele, who confirmed her split from husband Simon Konecki over the weekend, will channel her break-up sorrow into her new album, which is expected to be out later this year. “Adele has been writing and working on new material for a while,” a source said, reports mirror.co.uk. “She has already had meetings with her record label, Sony, in London about her progress. Producers have been approached about working with her. They are hoping the album will be released by this Christmas.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaBack in 2011, the superstar said of her creative process: “When I’m happy, I ain’t writing songs – I’m out having a laugh. If I ever get married, it’ll be, ‘Darling, I need a divorce. It’s been three years – I’ve got a record to write’.” The London-born star married Konecki three years ago, after being together for five years. They have a seven-year-old son Angelo. Their split is said to be due to them moving in “different directions and to different continents”, with Adele preferring the US, while Konecki likes living in the UK.
Nouakchott- Algerian writer and journalist Yahya Belaaskri said “it is totally unacceptable that Morocco-Algeria borders remain closed for over 20 years for two brother people.In a statement to MAP on the sidelines of a conference on “youth and migration” held in Nouakchott by the Moroccan cultural center, Belaaskri said that this situation “is abnormal and in total contradiction with the ambitions and aspirations of the two neighbor people who are linked by shared history, language and religion”, holding Algeria responsible for persistently refusing to reopen the borders.The France-based Algerian writer, specialized in sociology also stressed that Algerian authorities are refusing to reopen the borders under the pretext that it is a political issue, adding that “if so were the case, it should be handled by dialogue between the two governments”.Belaaskri insisted that Algerians and Moroccans have the right to move freely, deploring that several families are denied the rights to visit with close relatives and friends on the other side of the border. He also praised Morocco’s initiative to set up a council in charge of Moroccans abroad as an experience that should be adopted by other countries, given the institution’s role in promoting the attachment of Moroccan expatriates to their homeland and in facilitating their contribution to their home country’s development.The sociologist further welcomed recent measures by Morocco to settle the situation of Sub-Saharan undocumented immigrants in Morocco as actions “likely to guarantee the protection, stability and dignity of these immigrants.
Freshman defender Theo Alexis (18) splits two defenders during the OSU vs. Penn State game on Tuesday. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorWhere there was plenty of rain Tuesday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, there was no shortage of offense as Ohio State (5-1-0, 2-0-0 Big Ten) defeated Penn State (1-2-2, 0-1-0 Big Ten), 3-0.The first goal came in the 49th minute from senior defender Niall Logue, his second of the season, and kicked off the scoring. Six minutes later, in the 55th minute, senior forward Nate Kohl buried his first of the season.The final tally was off the head of freshman forward Mitch Bergman in the 84th minute for his first career goal. Abdi Mohamed and Kevin Blackwood recorded assists.“We put it away in the last couple minutes there against a quality side in Penn State,” Bergman said. “Out of my mind right now, don’t know really what to think, just living up the moment right now.”The Buckeyes ended the game with 15 shot attempts, Bluem said the first goal opened up the Penn State defense and allowed for more opportunities.“It was a hard game when they were able to sit back defensively, they had a lot of numbers behind the ball,” Bluem said. This marks goalie Parker Siegfried’s fourth straight win and shutout. “It’s a team effort when you get a shutout, and we’ve been stressing that a lot with our team,” Bluem said. “Trying to make sure we’re organized defensively, we know what we want to do, where people are supposed to be then it comes down to individual effort. Are the guys on the field making that extra effort to do their job defensively, and if they are it makes it easier for us to get a shutout.”Despite having eight shots in the first half, the Buckeyes still ended the first half with a scoreless tie. Ohio State coach John Bluem thought the weather might have had something to do with it.“You know it’s funny, it didn’t rain till right when the game started, so we didn’t get used to the field being wet. So, I think both teams had a difficult time adjusting to the wet conditions. It was easier in the second half.”The Buckeyes next game will be in Piscataway, New Jersey, as they challenge in-conference opponent Rutgers at 1 p.m.Even though the Buckeyes have plenty of momentum, Bluem doesn’t believe they should be over-confident heading into Sunday.“We got to go back on the road again in the conference, it’s never easy to go on the road,” Bluem said. “Rutgers is a very good team, I watched them the other night. They’re very dangerous going forward, they’re going to cause us some problems. I think it’s going to be a wide-open game and a very difficult contest for us.”