Trackside Live is bringing fans at Charlotte Motor Speedway a patriotic weekend with shows on Saturday, May 26 (post-NASCAR Xfinity Series race) AND Sunday, May 27 (2:30 p.m. ET).The Saturday show was scheduled for 4:15 p.m. ET but wet weather and a delay in the Xfinity Series race pushed that show to be approximately 15 minutes after the Xfinity race ends.WATCH: Trackside Live | MORE: Full schedule for All-Star weekend | Buy your ticketsDon’t miss your chance to meet your favorite drivers and have some fun along the way. Watch the video above and get excited for the historic Coca-Cola 600!Enjoy!
Doug Crockett, third from right, has retired after 32 years of working for the city of Merriam’s fire department.After 32 years of service, Captain Doug Crockett is retiring from the Merriam Fire Department.Register to continue
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The Mayor of Galway, Councillor Frank Fahy, will pay a visit to one of the City’s most successful sporting clubs, the Galway Black Dragon Kickboxing Club, on Wednesday evening to honour several of the athletes there who took an amazing tally of 5 Gold medals, 4 Silver medals & 2 bronze medals at the Unified World Championships in Benidorm last November.The Unified World Championships is the largest Martial Arts tournament on the planet and attracts thousands of top class competitors from some 120 countries over 5 continents.Mayor Fahy will present the following athletes with a Certificate of Honour on behalf of The City of Galway.Cian Mc Cormack from Kinvara, James Kelly from Athenry, Saoirse Joyce from Knocknacarra, Wesley Ward from Rahoon, Catherine Jennings from Riverside and Paul Huish from Knocknacarra who all represented their city & country at the highest level to reach the pinnacle of their sport.Indeed The Black Dragon Kickboxing club celebrates its 20 year anniversary this coming March as its been two fantastic decades since founder Pete Foley introduced the sport of Kickboxing to the City of the Tribes in March 1996 and they will mark the occasion on March 19 in the Clayton Hotel Galway, when one of its top fighters Paul Huish, the current European Champion, will take on Dutch fighter Dwane Panka from the Renowned Mejiro Gym in Amsterdam for the vacant World Lightweight K-1 Title.This will be the main event on a top class fight card and tickets will be out soon.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
KillybegsDeputy Thomas Pringle raised the question over a supposed 89 jobs created in Killybegs with Minister Coveney. The Killybegs Jobs Initiative, announced by Minister Coveney in 2011, had aimed to create 250 jobs in the Killybegs area by 2014 across a number of sectors including seafood processing.Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the state agency responsible for development in the seafood industry, announced in 2014 that 89 jobs were created, short of the 250 target. However, Deputy Pringle claims ‘it is not clear to anyone in Killybegs where the 89 jobs are that BIM has reported.’Pringle explains ‘What I have found out is that when BIM make a grant announcement they state that the grant will support ‘x’ number of jobs but there is no condition under the grant awarded that the jobs have to be created or be new jobs.’‘The Minister needs to be transparent in how grants are awarded and the kind of jobs created, if they are created in the first place. It looks to me like grants are awarded in exchange for jobs announcements to make the Government look good.’‘Ultimately the communities suffer from this lack of transparency. Too many people in Killybegs have seen modernisation in the processing sector reduce employment both in the numbers of jobs and the duration of work available. The Minister must ensure that job creation is a transparent process and that quality jobs are prioritised.’ See the Parliamentary Question below:Parliamentary Question No.To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will provide an update on the work of the Killybegs Employment Implementation Group; the number of jobs that have been created and in what sectors since the announcement of the group in July 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter.– Thomas Pringle.For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 13th October, 2015. Ref No: 35674/15 Proof: 166REPLYThe Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine : (Simon Coveney)I propose to answer Questions No. 35523, 35635 & 35674 together. On 3 June 2011, I announced a pilot jobs initiative for Killybegs, following the launch of an economic report for the European Commission, which assessed the status, development and potential diversification of Killybegs as a fisheries dependent community. The aim of this initiative was to create 250 cross sectoral jobs in the Killybegs area by 2014. Seafood processing was just one of the areas identified as having the potential to create additional employment.To drive forward the initiative, I established a High Level Group on Job Creation in the Killybegs Region and requested that the Group identify the potential actions required to deliver job creation in the following five key areas, that is; promoting seafood value added activity; enhancing ancillary services; developing offshore supports; promoting tourism and marine leisure; and promoting the green economy and renewable energy.The High Level Group comprised representatives of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (who chaired the Group), Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Donegal County Council, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Enterprise Ireland, local industry and from my Department. BIM provided secretariat services to assist the chair.The High Level Group finished its work in 2011 and its Report is available on my Department’s website at:http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/media/migration/publications/2011/KBHLGReport.pdfSince 2012, a local implementation group reporting to Donegal County Council has taken on responsibility for driving forward the initiative. Bord Iascaigh Mhara provide advice to the Group as requested on any aspects relevant to the responsibilities of my Department. Donegal County Council may assist the Deputy with the specific details requested.I am informed by Bord Iascaigh Mhara that by the end of 2014, 89 jobs had been created in seafood processing companies in the Killybegs area. I do not have information available to me on jobs created in areas outside of my area of responsibility.It is clear that the future is very promising for the seafood industry generally and Killybegs is central to that growth story. While the Killybegs Jobs Initiative was important in terms of fostering a diversified blue economy in Killybegs, seafood will continue to be the driver of economic growth for Killybegs in the years to come.The seafood sector continues to be a high-growth area of the economy and indeed of our food industry. Exports have grown 70% since 2009 and the sector is now worth €850 million in sales. Bord Iascaigh Mhara and Bord Bia are working with seafood companies in Killybegs and elsewhere around our coast to grow the sector to €1 billion in the next few years. This will be driven by our seafood processing sector adding value to commodity products, innovating and developing new consumer seafood products, with the assistance of BIM’s Seafood Development Centres in Clonakilty and Killybegs, and winning new markets for Ireland’s top quality seafood.Earlier this year, I announced a new €241 million Seafood Development Operational Programme under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. This new Programme will double the level of supports for the sustainable development of the seafood sector over the coming years. I expect that the new Programme will be adopted by the European Commission by December. My Department is working with Bord Iascaigh Mhara to have a range of supports ready to launch from the start of 2016 to support and promote the sustainable growth of the processing, aquaculture and fishing sectors through that Programme.PRINGLE QUESTIONS EXISTENCE OF 89 JOBS CREATED IN KILLYBEGS was last modified: October 14th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:donegaljobsKillybegs
Diverse and experienced new IMC Board united in its determination to promote the country and build its brand in 2010, South Africa’s milestone year.21 January 2010, Johannesburg: The recently appointed new Board of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC) is determined to ensure that South Africans buy into and live the brand promise made in the country’s international marketing campaign – in order to achieve national economic growth.This is the assurance given by IMC Board Chairperson, Ms Anitha Soni, who says the new Board will reinvigorate the nation branding effort to position South Africa as an attractive destination and partner for tourism, trade and investment, and to help the country realise its international relations objectives.Ms Soni chairs a Board of Trustees that was appointed to a three-year term late in 2009 and whose composition reflects both Government and the IMC’s belief that diversity and expertise is a winning combination.Ms Anitha Soni is a highly accomplished tourism specialist, award-winning businesswoman and was Deputy Chairperson of the first Tourism BEE Charter Council.The Board comprises 12 independent members, nine provincial and three government representatives. The members were selected for their business acumen, expertise in areas such as tourism, local economic development, communication and marketing, sports and their proven contribution to the wellbeing and upliftment of South African society.Members’ skills mix and vast experience gained in the private and public sectors enhance the Board’s ability to take the South Africa brand promise, “Alive with Possibility” to reality.“The IMC Board of Trustees is honoured to be given an opportunity to make a voluntary contribution to our Nation Brand. We are committed to fulfilling the organisation’s revised mandate and leveraging our cumulative strengths and expertise effectively,” says Soni.Soni says the IMC is mandated to build a national brand which positions South Africa as the country to attract tourism, trade and investment as well as to realise its international relations objectives.“Building South Africa’s reputation in the international arena must be done with the overriding purpose of national economic growth in mind. To market South Africa successfully, and to achieve the growth objective, it is important to establish a link between the brand promise and its fulfilment.This can only be done if two conditions are met – the IMC has to reflect the will of the country, and the Council must ensure it obtains citizen buy-in on the brand promise. Only if these conditions are fulfilled will we be able to effect performance delivery on a national basis.Over the past seven years the IMC has done valuable work to engender the necessary alignment. The members of the new Board have the know-how and experience to give even greater impetus to this process to the benefit of Brand South Africa. The composition of the Board in terms of independent members and provincial representatives will also prove invaluable,” says Soni.Leadership diversity“Diversity drives results,” says Soni. “Diverse backgrounds and perspectives enrich the work and enhance an organisation’s ability to succeed. It is imperative to entrench such diversity in the leadership structure.The composition of the Board makes provision for remarkable diversity across a number of factors, ranging from gender to experience in applicable fields. “Contributing to Leadership developmentPresident Zuma, in appointing the Board, also recognised the wealth of leadership in our country. A number of the Board members have proven their bona fides by not only surviving as entrepreneurs by holding their own in successful businesses. Sandile Zungu is recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and Chichi Maponya heads up one of South Africa’s proud business successes. Lucas Radebe represents the development and leadership of sports and has held football captain positions both locally and internationally. Similarly other Board members have made a contribution to the success of our country. We believe that engaging these fresh, young, and vibrant leaders will serve to deliver on, and, sustain South Africa’s brand profile. We also want to see this reflected within the executive team at the IMC. Our leadership collateral in the country must be tapped into to progress our country’s growth objectives.While there is much diversity and quality leadership amongst the Board, there is also a common denominator, and this is the passion the members have for their country.”Comment from Mr. Collins Chabane on Ms. Soni’s appointmentThe Presidency has welcomed Ms. Soni’s appointment as Chairperson, saying her extensive experience and passion for South Africa makes her ideal for the Chairpersonship. “Through her action orientated approach she has become known for her strategic expertise, her ability to implement and for producing innovative and workable solutions,” says Mr. Collins Chabane, Minister in the Presidency.“Ms. Soni has contributed substantially to the development of policy, locally and in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. Her work includes developing the tourism White Paper for South Africa, designing and implementing the initial tourism enterprise programme, marketing strategies for SADC countries and the framework for the SADC Univisa programme. She has also developed the Tourism Human Resources Development Plan for the Government of Mozambique,” says Chabane.Determining prioritiesSoni says the Board is firmly focused on optimising South Africa’s investment in two major global events – the 2010 FIFA World Cup TM and the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January 2010.“President Zuma has indicated that 2010 marks South Africa’s most important year since 1994. The World Cup has led to a resurgence of national pride. The IMC has locked into this pride and has launched a number of exciting and robust initiatives which will contribute to growing 2010’s brand capital potential. We will continue to mobilise the nation until the final whistle blows,” says Soni.Looking beyond the World Cup, the IMC will re-launch Brand South Africa with a competitive value proposition which will reflect the recommendations of the Vision 2025 process (a national long-term plan), the values embedded in the Constitution and the DNA of the Nation Brand.
14 February 2013 The government will have spent R860-billion on new infrastructure projects in South Africa between 2009 and March this year, President Jacob Zuma said in his 2013 State of the Nation Address. Addressing both house of Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday evening, Zuma highlighted major milestones in key infrastructure projects crucial to the country’s New Growth Path strategy.Ports, dams, airports, bridges … Zuma said expansion on the port of Ngqura in the Eastern Cape, which he launched last year, was well on the way to developing a major new transhipment hub on the continent. The port is the deepest container terminal in sub-Saharan Africa, and will accommodate the new generation of giant container ships traversing Africa’s southern tip. Experts have said the port and its mega container terminal offer a solution to South Africa’s long-time shortage of container capacity, resulting from the growth in container traffic globally. Zuma said preparatory work had commenced for the construction of the Umzimvubu Dam, also in the Eastern Cape, which Zuma said was critical for rural livelihoods in the province. He reported that the upgrading of the Mthatha Airport runway and terminal, and the construction of the Nkosi Dalibhunga Mandela Legacy Road and Bridge, both also in the Eastern Cape, were currently underway. The bridge is crucial to the Eastern Cape’s wider economic development and will reduce the distance between Mvezo and East London, Mthatha and Idutywa by more than 50 kilometres. The R120-million project will also provide work for more than 300 people. Zuma outlined progress on work to improve the transportation of iron-ore and open up the west coast of the country, noting that the the first phase of the expansion – increasing the iron ore port capacity at Saldanha to 60-million tons per annum – was completed in September last year. Construction work is taking place in five cities – Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Rustenburg, Durban and Pretoria – to integrate different modes of transport.South Africa’s renewable energy shift In the energy sector, Zuma said Eskom had put in place 675 kilometres of electricity transmission lines in the last year, to connect fast-growing economic centres and also to bring power to rural areas. More than 200 000 new households were connected to the national electricity grid in 2012. Also last year, the government signed contracts to the value of R47-billion with independent power producers for 28 wind, solar and small hydro projects to be developed in the Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Northern Cape and Free State. According to the government’s Integrated Resource Plan – a 20-year projection on electricity supply and demand – about 42% of electricity generated in South Africa will be required to come from renewable resources. Zuma also announced that over R400-million in investments in green economy projects ha already been approved for municipalities, community organisations and the private sector under the R800-million national green fund that was established last year. “We have also rolled out 315 000 [state-subsidised] solar water geysers as of January this year, most of which were given to poor households, many of whom had never had running hot water before,” Zuma said. Source: SAnews.gov.za
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Man City boss Guardiola asks Liverpool: Can you handle pressure?by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has questioned whether Liverpool can handle the pressure of being Premier League leaders.Boxing Day could prove to be a crucial day in the title race after results saw Jurgen Klopp’s side extend their advantage at the top of the table to six points ahead of Tottenham, with City a point further back in third place after a 2-1 loss at Leicester condemned them to a second straight defeat.”From January, February last season people said, ‘The Premier League is over’. To live with that is not easy,” Guardiola said.”One month ago people said about [the match against] Liverpool and before [then] we had three or four games.”Football is that you are able to win a lot of games and you are able to lose a lot of games. When I was at Barcelona for one period I lost four games in a row.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
VICTORIA – British Columbia’s three-member Green party was a factor behind the absence of big-ticket election promises in the minority NDP government’s first budget update, Finance Minister Carole James says.James said universal child care and a comprehensive housing strategy will anchor her next budget in February, but not before a period of consultation with the Greens, interest groups and organizations.The NDP and Greens reached an agreement to combine their seat totals in the 87-seat legislature to defeat the Liberals in a non-confidence vote after B.C.’s spring election did not produce a clear winner. The agreement also sees the Greens support the NDP minority in confidence votes in the legislature.The NDP’s election promises included a $10-a-day child care program for families struggling to find affordable, accessible, quality daycare. The party also pledged to offer renters annual rebate cheques of $400 to offset high rents in much of the province.Green Leader Andrew Weaver said the Greens support free daycare for families of children under age three and will suggest universal child care should not be stuck on the $10 number highlighted during the election campaign.“Our position was why $10? Why not $15. Why not free?”Weaver said his party also believes the $400 renter rebate could be spread more widely to help people in need.“We share the same value that we need to give renters a break,” he said, suggesting that giving a rebate to all renters and creating the bureaucracy to deliver it may not be the best way to go.Weaver said he was thrilled the promised child care and renter rebate programs were not detailed in the NDP’s first budget update on Monday.However, social policy groups, including the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, said they were concerned James did not deliver the child care plan in the budget update, which forecast a surplus of $246 million and economic growth of 2.9 per cent“By February’s budget you’ll certainly have an indication of the plan,” James said. “Both of those need discussions before we come to February and a full year’s budget. The Greens are part of that discussion and part of that consultation.”Weaver said the absence of details on rent rebates and $10-a-day child care in the budget update indicates “a softening of some of their promises.”“We’re not forcing our platform on them,” Weaver said of upcoming talks on the issues with the NDP. “They’re not forcing their platform on us. It shows how a minority government can work.”James’s budget update also promised to hire 3,500 teachers and build thousands of rental units and homes for the homeless.And the government will increase B.C.’s $30-per-tonne carbon tax by an annual $5 per tonne on April 1, 2018.The hike is intended to ensure the province’s carbon tax reaches the federal government’s goal of $50 a tonne a year before its 2022 deadline for a set carbon price agreement across Canada, James said.She also said the carbon tax will no longer be required to be revenue neutral and the expected $1.2 billion in revenues this year will fund government programs rather than tax measures.