More funding sought to promote historic sites in East Donegal

first_imgHistorical sites East Donegal are not getting their share of funding for tourism promotions, Donegal County Councillor Frank McBrearty has claimed.Additional funding has been sought this week to enhance landmarks in the region such as Beltany Stone Circle and St. Eunan’s Cathedral.Beltany Stone Circle, located on a hilltop in Raphoe, is an impressive Neolithic monument which is estimated to be 5,000 years old. However, local Cllr McBrearty says that tourists are struggling to find it due to a lack of signage. In his call for funding for tourism, culture and heritage, Cllr McBrearty said: “The historic nature of the area is unbelievable but we are not getting our share of the cake compared to the rest of the county.”He asked for the executive to step in an ensure the region receives the same level of support as other areas of Donegal.“Raphoe is the oldest settlement in this county, we have a heritage site in the country that is one of the oldest in Ireland and nothing is being done with it,” McBrearty told the monthly council meeting.As a result of the motion, the council has said it will work with the Heritage Office to identify funding sources to promote the specific sites. More funding sought to promote historic sites in East Donegal was last modified: March 28th, 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:beltany stone circleCllr Frank McBreartyDonegal County Councileast Donegallast_img read more

Shane Byrne and Ronnie Whelan to host charity golf tournament in Donegal

first_imgShane Byrne and Ronnie Whelan are bringing their Celebrity Charity Golf Classic back to Donegal this October. On October 3rd an A-List of celebrities will be joined by local golfers and businessmen and women at the stunning links course on the Sheephaven Bay Peninsula, The Rosapenna Hotel and Golf Resort in Downings.You just never know who you will play alongside. Its a great boost for the area and also for those teams who get to take part in a fun day of golf and celebrate afterwards with a Buffet dinner and entertainment for guests.It is expected that a list of well-known celebrities will join this duo on October 3rd 2019.This year’s chosen charity is Fighting Blindness Ireland, a patient-led charity with a vision to cure blindness, supporting people living with sight loss and empowering patients.They are the only Irish charity funding research into treatments for sight loss. To date, they have invested over €18 million in more than 100 research and clinical projects. They provide professional counselling and therapeutic services for individuals and families living with vision impairment and blindness.They advocate for equity of access to timely and appropriate diagnosis, healthcare, therapies and support services and, through education and information provision, they work to empower the 247,000 children and adults in Ireland who are blind or visually impaired.Irwin Expert Electrical has been sponsoring this event for a number of years along with Flo Gas and Boc Pix. Declan Irwin is calling out to anyone who would like to take part to either enter a team or sponsor a tee. The craic not to mention the prizes for the winners are amazing.Irwin Expert Electrical are in business for over 40 years, with a showroom based in Letterkenny and another in Buncrana.They are the No. 1 Electrical Retail outlet in the North West and are delighted to be associated with this charity. If you are interested in putting in a team, you can call Gary Keating from GK Events and PR who is the main organiser of this event by calling +353872287541 or emailing [email protected] Byrne and Ronnie Whelan to host charity golf tournament in Donegal was last modified: September 19th, 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)last_img read more

Carver hails ‘outstanding’ Newcastle man

first_imgCaretaker boss John Carver says winger Remy Cabella can still thrill Newcastle fans after a lively display against Chelsea.The Frenchman’s pace caused the Blues no end of problems as Newcastle dominated the first half at Stamford Bridge, only to end up losing 2-0.It was the first time Cabella had completed 90 minutes in the league since September, and Carver said he had set the bar high for future performances.“Remy’s been a little bit frustrating but I think he showed what he’s worth,” Carver said.“He was outstanding in possession and every time he tried to break, somebody was clipping him to stop the momentum.“He added the other side of the game, which is the hard work. But he’s now set a standard – it’s no good just doing it on a one-off.“If he performs like that, he can get our fans on the edge of their seat.”However, Carver – who said he still had no idea when Newcastle might appoint a permanent replacement for Alan Pardew – warned Cabella he would have to deal with the physicality of the league, after fouls by Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic.He said: “There were a couple of challenges in the first half from Matic that were a little bit overzealous.“I was a bit concerned for Remy but he’s going to get more of that. He’s just got to move the ball a little bit quicker.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

QPR v Northampton: Changes for Rangers and youngster is among subs

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesMatt Smith and Idrissa Sylla start for QPR at Loftus Road, where Steven Caulker plays a first-team match for the first time since last October.Keeper Matt Ingram and midfielders Ariel Borysiuk and Ryan Manning are among those also brought into the side for the League Cup first round tie.Rangers’ substitutes include Belgian youngster Ilias Chair, a midfielder the club signed earlier this year.QPR: Ingram, Furlong, Onuoha, Caulker, Robinson, Freeman, Manning, Borysiuk, Ngbakoto, Sylla, Smith.Subs: Lumley, Baptiste, Petrasso, Luongo, Chair, Wszolek, Washington. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Rural women inspire HIV researchers

first_imgThe department further noted that the research opened new avenues in the fight against HIV/Aids in South Africa. However, the Treatment Action Campaign had some reservations about the findings of the study. Sixteen- and 17-year-old girls were not involved in the study because of safety reasons, but according to Abdool-Karim there was adequate safety data available, and there was no reason why young women should not be involved, as they were more at risk for the disease. Confirmatory studies needed Caprisa 004 gel trial “In 2004, we looked at the added value that we could contribute to the microbicides trial that were taking place at that time,” Quarraisha said. “We recognised the urgent need for methods for women. We went back to the drawing board and found that there was a gap in terms of the candidate microbicides that were available and being tested. The placebo was a gel with no active ingredient. Their journey towards finding effective and safe treatment for women began 20 years ago. Today, the husband-and-wife duo have made a ground-breaking discovery that could alter the course of HIV/Aids treatment for many years to come. “There’s concern that it’s creating false expectations. It’s still early days, and we would advise caution when interpreting the findings,” he said. Abdool-Karim said South African scientists were keen in doing the confirmatory studies in terms of the dosing regiments and also looking at bridging populations. The scientists recently announced the results of a ground-breaking safety and effectiveness study of an antiretroviral microbicide gel. The tenofovir gel trial, known as the Caprisa 004, involved 889 women at high risk in the Aids-ravaged Vulindlela district near Howick. Should other studies of tenofovir gel confirm these results, widespread use of the gel, at this level of protection, could prevent over half-a-million new HIV infections in South Africa alone over the next decade. Tenofovir works by preventing the HIV from growing inside human cells. Speaking to BuaNews, Quarraisha Abdool-Karim said that the use of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs for prevention was novel, adding that tenofovir gel could fill an important HIV-prevention gap by empowering women who are unable to successfully negotiate mutual faithfulness or condom use with their male partners. “We can’t afford to wait 10 years to do this, or assume that it will happen. If we set a milestone date, it will happen.” “We know that ARVs work for treatment of HIV and are effective in infants not getting infected, and we saw a gap in terms of trials of gel formulation,” Quarraisha said. “The pharmaceutical industry is not investing in preventive methods including methods for women, so we hope that the type of result we’ve shown may increase industry interest for developing further preventive methods for women.” “We need to sit down with the Medicines Control Council with all the data we have to date and figure out what more is needed and plan and implement those studies needed to get a safe and efficacious microbicide to women,” she said. In rural Vulindlela, a town 90 kilometres outside Durban, one in 10 girls is HIV-positive by the age of 16; by 24, more than half are infected. For two KwaZulu-Natal scientists, Dr Quarraisha Abdool-Karim and Professor Salim Abdool-Karim, finding effective treatment for a disease that affects mostly women was an urgent priority. Source: BuaNews National Association of People Living with HIV and Aids’ KwaZulu-Natal coordinator, Slungile Mntambo, said that while they supported the attempts of the researchers to find a method of protection that would benefit women, they would encourage further trials that would increase the effectiveness of the gel. Speaking at the 18th International Aids Conference held in Vienna recently, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said he was encouraged by the promising results, adding that this might be the beginning of the answer to the questions that the country had been asking for ages. Preparations for the study began in 2004 due to not only the very high prevalence of HIV infection in the Vulindlela district, but the rate of new infections in women continuing to rise. In Sub-Saharan Africa, women account for 59% of all infected adults. Young women are especially vulnerable. Researcher Marcus Low said that while the research was encouraging, he advised caution when interpreting the results. “It’s good research and it’s encouraging that this kind of research was done in South Africa and by African researchers. Empowering women 11 August 2010 Promising results, further trials needed Overall, 98 women out of the 889 became HIV-positive during the 30 month long trial – with 38 in the tenofovir gel group and 60 in the placebo gel group. Out of the 434 women who tested negative for herpes at the start of the trial, 29 became infected in the tenofovir group and 58 became infected in the placebo group. The study revealed that when the gel was used as clinically specified within 12 hours before and 12 hours after sex, the success rate improved. The microbicide, containing one percent tenofovir – an antiretroviral drug widely used in the treatment of HIV – was found to be 39% effective in reducing a woman’s risk of becoming infected with HIV during sex, and 51% effective in preventing genital herpes infections.last_img read more

Zuma: SA farmers make things happen

first_imgThe prize Bonsmara heifer that waspresented to President Jacob Zuma.(Image: Nicky Rehbock) Bultfontein, a tiny farming town in the Free State province, was put on the map recently when President Jacob Zuma stopped by.The occasion was the annual Boertjie Kontreifees (Afrikaans, meaning Young Farmer Community Festival) and the president was there at the invitation of the local agricultural union.Speaking at the town showgrounds, the festival’s venue, Zuma praised the hard work and initiative shown by commercial farmers in that region, and suggested a partnership be set up for them to mentor young, small-scale producers.“I have come to see what is being done here, to learn and be part of the group of people who are prepared to work with others … to produce food and cattle,” said the president, adding that farmers are not the kind of people who just talk the talk, but are individuals who make things happen.Although the actual town of Bultfontein is small, with only about 1 000 residents and 40 000 in surrounding settlements, it’s by no means insignificant. Nestled in one of the maize heartlands of the country, it also produces top-quality stock cattle and sheep, wheat, sunflowers, peanuts, potatoes and tomatoes – and its grain silos are the biggest in Southern Africa.Visitors from neighbouring towns and farming communities flock to the four-day Boertjiefees each year. The 2010 event, no doubt scheduled to celebrate the beginning of spring in September, attracted about 30 000 fans and raised more than R100 000 (US$14 050) for schools, churches and charities in the area.Food and craft stalls, evening entertainment with top local musicians, farming equipment demonstrations and Saddle Horse shows were among this year’s highlights.Doing it for themselvesZuma said the community outreach programmes run by the Bultfontein farming union were an example to the country.“Let us start to encourage people to work together as communities to till the land. No government is going to walk into a village and say: ‘Here, we will help you’. The residents must show they can start doing things themselves, then assistance from government will come.”The president said he was speaking in the context of being a “villager” himself, having been raised in the rural district of Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal province.“If possible, the subsistence and commercial farmers of this land should join hands. People are keen to produce more food – because if everyone can eat first, crime will be reduced – and the surplus can be sold on behalf of the community,” he said.Zuma added that Bultfontein seemed the right place for children from subsistence-farming communities to learn about commercial agriculture, and that he was willing to send people from his own village to the Free State town for this purpose.Referring to the producers in the Bultfontein district, Zuma said: “One thing I love about farmers is that they don’t sleep – they work, and that’s why they’re so successful. That must be passed on to every citizen of this country.”Gift of cattleTo show their appreciation for the presidential visit, the local farming community presented Zuma with a Bonsmara stud bull and a heifer.Bonsmaras, a hardy South African breed of beef cattle, are ideally suited to the often dry, harsh Free State plains.Zuma named the bull “Nsuze” after the river that runs through his home village of Nkandla.It’s unlikely, though, the cattle will ever see his village – soon after they were handed over to the president, they were transported to a nearby rural development project where they will be kept on his behalf.Before being whisked off by helicopter, Zuma apologised for his brief visit, and promised that he would spend more time there in the future.“Next time I’ll clear my diary, so I can come here in the morning and observe the whole day, so we can create more relationships and find a common vision of producing extra food to make South Africa more self-sufficient,” he said.last_img read more

South Africa steps up Ebola precautions

first_img14 August 2014South Africa’s Department of Health has put in place extensive measures for early detection and treatment of Ebola, in case the need arises, says Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.Motsoaledi met with Parliament’s portfolio committee on health in Cape Town on Tuesday to briefed the members on South Africa’s state of preparedness, should the virus enter the country.A total of 1 848 cases and 1 013 deaths have been confirmed since the Ebola outbreak was reported in West Africa in March. On 8 August, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Ebola an international public health emergency that required international support for affected countries.The WHO recommended that countries which are not affected, but have the potential for transmission, strengthen their level of epidemic preparedness and response. It also recommended the strengthening of capacity for diagnostic laboratories for Ebola, and the training of community health workers on case management and infection prevention and control.Motsoaledi told the committee members that no cases of Ebola had so far been reported in South Africa. “We [are not] at the level of panic,” he said.“Risk of infection for travellers is low, since Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is not transmitted through casual contact,” Motsoaledi said. “However, preparedness and response measures are needed due to the spread of EVD cases to capital cities.”Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal have been identified as the provinces at the highest risk of importing Ebola, the priority ports of entry being the OR Tambo International, Lanseria, Cape Town International and King Shaka International airports.Surveillance for viral haemorrhagic fevers, in particular Ebola, has been strengthened at all South African ports of entry, and thermal scanners have been installed at OR Tambo and Lanseria.The National Health Laboratory Service and the National Institute for Communicable Diseases have also intensified laboratory surveillance, and the port health services, including public and private health care practitioners, are on alert for any ill persons that have travelled to high-risk areas.All provinces have trained outbreak response teams, and regular meetings are convened at national level to monitor the Ebola outbreak and preparedness measures.Eleven hospitals have been designated to manage Ebola cases, and supplied with personal protective equipment comprising special overalls, over-shoes, masks, gloves, aprons and goggles.The 11 hospitals are: Polokwane Hospital in Limpopo province; Rob Ferreira Hospital in Mpumalanga; the Charlotte Maxeke and Steve Biko hospitals in Guateng; Addington Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal; Klerksdorp Hospital in North West; Pelonomi Hospital in the Free State; Kimberley Hospital in the Northern Cape; the Frere and Livingstone hospitals in the Eastern Cape; and Tygerberg Hospital in the Western Cape.Approximately 100 nurses from the South African Military Health Service have been trained in special isolation techniques, as have aeromedical evacuation teams who are on standby to fetch and transport Ebola patients using transport isolator and intensive care equipment.Meanwhile, the South African Medical Association (SAMA) has urged people using social media to stop spreading rumours about Ebola cases in South Africa.“Rumours such as these are causing panic and confusion,” SAMA president Phophi Ramathuba said in a statement on Wednesday. “We call upon the nation and especially health professionals not to make light of a disease that has claimed over 1 000 victims already.”Source: read more


first_imgAnna University conducts T.N.E.A – Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions to enable a Single window admission process for admission into Engineering and Technology courses in University Departments of Anna Universities, Government and Government Aided Engineering Colleges and for the seats offered by the Self-Financing Engineering Colleges.NEA is open to any Indian National however, admission policies vary from college to college and Non – Tamil Nady students have to keep these in mind during Engineering admission process.IMPORTANT DATES:Last Date for Submission of filled-in application    31.05.2012ELIGIBILITY CRITERION:Admission to engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu is based on the marks secured in 10+2 or its equivalent through single window counselling by Anna University. For student to be eligible for counselling, he/she should have scored 55% marks in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. The marks scored in qualifying exam is reduced to a base of 200 (Mathematics=100 and Physics and Chemistry=100) and accordingly ranks are issued.APPLICATION PROCEDURE:Application form with Information Brochure for the admission of students under Management Quota to Professional Courses will be made available through Consortium office and at all the member colleges of the Consortium on payment of Rs.500/-(Rs.250 in case of SC/ SCA/ ST) by cash in person.By Post: From “The Secretary, Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions, Anna University, Chennai – 600 025” by sending a letter along with DD and an address label written in capital letters to which the application is to be mailed. Candidates are instructed to write the name and address on the reverse side of the Demand draft.SC/ST candidates belonging to Tamil Nadu who want to avail Registration fee concession (Rs.250/-) should produce a Xerox copy of the Community certificate obtained from competent authority.Application forms can be downloaded from and send the application along with the crossed Demand Draft.Candidates seeking admission under Special reservation category should enclose a separate special reservation application along with the main application together with a DD for Rs.100/- for each special reservation with attested Xerox copies of relevant documents. The applications under Sports Quota should be submitted along with all the documents only in person.The completed application forms should reach “The Secretary, Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA), Anna University, Chennai – 600 025” on or before 06.06.2012, by 05:30 PM.For further information: DETAILS:The SecretaryTamil Nadu Engineering Admissions Anna UniversityChennai – 600 025advertisementlast_img read more

Tom Morello And Kenny Loggins To Be Honored At WhyHunger Chapin Awards

first_imgOn Monday, May 16th, WhyHunger will host its annual Chapin Awards event to honor social movements changing the world and recognize artist activists making a difference in the fight against hunger and poverty.Honorees will include rock guitarist and Grammy Award-winner Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave, receiving the Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award; singer-songwriter and Grammy Award-winning artist Kenny Loggins, receiving the ASCAP Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award; and social movement partner Landless Workers Movement (MST), receiving the WhyHunger Chapin Award.WHEN: Monday, May 16, 2016WHERE: The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, Pier 61, NYCTICKETS 
Founded in 1975 by the late Harry Chapin, WhyHunger is a leader in building the movement to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and by supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment. WhyHunger works to support, resources and build the capacity of community organizations and social movements that are changing the systems, policies and institutions that perpetuate hunger and poverty in our world.last_img read more