first_imgLíonra Leitir Ceanainn is hosting an event this week to bring businesses together to discuss the town’s new Irish language plan.Do you know the benefits of using Irish in your business? Or the funding and support available to help incorporate the Irish language into your business?Letterkenny is about to get its own Irish language plan and Líonra Leitir Ceanainn would like to know how they can help businesses encourage and facilitate the use of the language. The group is hosting an event on Wednesday 5th June 2019 at 5:30pm in CoLab, LYIT for local businesses where they will discuss:CoLab Innovation Centre at LYITThe benefits of using Irish in your businessFunding opportunitiesSimple ways of facilitating the Irish language in your businessWhat local businesses would like to see in an Irish language planThis is your opportunity to have input into a plan which will be implemented over seven years once it is approved and funded by the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.“The more input we have from the local community at this stage, the better the plan will be and the more it will do for Letterkenny. Come along, find out more and let us know what you think,” said a member of the Irish language plan committee.For more information, contact Ursula Ní Shabhaois by email [email protected] or call 004428 30 898 242 Letterkenny businesses urged to have their say on Irish language plan was last modified: June 5th, 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:BusinessCoLabEventIrish language planLíonra Leitir Ceanainnlast_img read more

first_imgNikolay Bodurov went off injured, while Sakari Mattila and Kay Voser also featured as Fulham were beaten 3-1 by West Ham in the Under-21 Premier League on Friday evening.Bodurov’s match came to an end following a 14th-minute collision with Hammers striker Luka Belic.Stephen Humphrys then put the home side ahead at Motspur Park by tapping in from Josh Smile’s cross.But the visitors hit back with two goals from Djair Parfitt-Williams and a penalty from Josh Cullen.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_img29 October 2004Foreign businesses operating in South Africa have given the thumbs up to the country’s economy – though there are still concerns about Zimbabwe and HIV/Aids.A survey conducted by the Bilateral Chamber Consultative Committee (BCCC), involving 252 of its member companies, found a sharp increase in business confidence compared to 2002, with the majority of respondents very positive about the country’s economy and future prospects.The BCCC is an informal grouping of business chambers representing about 3 000 foreign companies, with a total membership investment in South Africa of more than R360-billion.According to the BCCC, British business in the country represents about R280-billion worth of investment, German business about R22-billion, the Netherlands R11-billion, and France and Italy about R3-billion and R1-billion respectively.In the survey, conducted from May to June 2004, 78% of respondents found the economy to be “satisfactory to excellent”, compared with 31% in a similar survey conducted in 2002. 95% expected the economy to remain the same or improve, Business Day reports.Levels of confidence in the government have strengthened considerably, with 53% of survey respondents expressing increased confidence, compared with only 32% in 2002. 60% of respondents expect investment to increase, and 47% said they had created new jobs.Relative confidence was expressed in the future of a market-driven economy (70% confident or better); balanced taxation (53%); democracy (46%); political leadership (34%); and equal opportunities for foreign business (32%), Business Day reports.Positive economic features in South Africa include a competitive marketplace, reasonable return on investment, and cheap electricity.According to Business Day, while 14% of respondents indicated a wish to disinvest, this was not due to dissatisfaction with the economy, but was seen as a natural process resulting from globalisation.While respondents accepted black economic empowerment, some were concerned that current empowerment measures would not achieve the desired outcome.Sticking points for foreign businesses include Zimbabwe – which is a key trading issue for many companies – and HIV/Aids. 79% of respondents rated the government’s HIV/Aids policy as “bad to very bad”, while 59% said developments in Zimbabwe had negatively affected their businesses.Other problems raised include corruption, the competence of the civil service, inflexible labour regulations, and crime and violence.Business Day reports that there was also strong pessimism about the accountability of trade unions, labour productivity, investment incentives, and the free transfer of funds out of South Africa. Respondents also noted that the rand’s volatility was a cause for concern.Members of the Bilateral Chamber Consultative Committee are:Africa-Asia SocietyAmerican ChamberAngolan ChamberAustralian Business AssociationAustrian Business CircleBelgian ChamberBritish Chamber in SACanada/South Africa Chamber of BusinessDanish Business ClubFinnish/South Africa Trade GuildFrench/South Africa ChamberGerman/South Africa ChamberHellenic ChamberIndian chamber of IndustriesSA-Ireland Business AssociationIsrael/SA ChamberItalian/SA ChamberJapanese ChamberKorean Company AssociationNetherlands/SA ChamberPolish ChamberSri Lankan ChamberSwedish Business AssociationSwiss ChamberSouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

first_imgYoung Ethiopians celebrate US President Barack Obama on their T-shirts. The US president is popular among young people in a number of African countries, particularly since his visit to the continent in 2009. (Image: Evgeni Zotov, Flickr) • Young African Leaders Initiative www.youngafricanleaders.state.gov • Mandela’s letter to Obama • Full text: Barack Obama’s speech at the Nelson Mandela memorial • World leaders praise Mandela • Obama inspires tomorrow’s leaders • In their own words: leaders and friends remember MandelaMelissa Jane CookDeveloping a new generation of young African leaders is a priority for US President Barack Obama. Since 2010 the Young African Leaders Initiative (Yali) of the country’s State Department, which deals with international relations, has supported promising new talent from the African continent. This month, Obama renamed Yali’s flagship Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders after Nelson Mandela. The programme gives young African leaders leadership training at some of the US’s most successful, sought-after universities.In June this years 500 gifted young Africans, the first class of the Mandela Washington Fellows, arrived in the US for six weeks of intensive executive leadership training, networking, and skills building. The programme culminated in a Presidential Summit in Washington, DC on 28 July, at which Obama announced its name change in honour of Mandela. According to the Yali website, the initiative gives young African leaders the skills and connections they need to advance their careers, and contribute to strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security in Africa.Mandela’s greatest giftAt the summit, Obama announced that the US would double the number of annual fellows in the programme to 1 000 by mid-2016. The president also met representatives of public-private partnerships as part of a strategy to bring more programmes to young leaders across Africa.Mandela’s greatest gift, Obama said, was “his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that are invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by sharing ourselves with others, and caring for those around us”.The Huffington Post reported that Obama pointed to the inaugural class of young African fellows as inspiring examples of what the continent could achieve. The world’s security and prosperity depended on “a strong and prosperous and self-reliant Africa,” he said. He repeatedly spoke about the important role that women must play in Africa’s future. “One of the things we want to teach about Africa is how strong the women are and how we’ve got to empower women.”The young leaders programme would be expanded through the creation of four regional leadership centres – in Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and South Africa – for more training on the continent. He also said it would offer more online tools, such as mentoring and courses, and more public-private partnerships to support young entrepreneurs who wanted to start businesses or non-profit organisations.Participants in the young leaders programme singled out by Obama included a Nigerian woman who, after a friend died in childbirth, worked to distribute sterile kits for delivering babies, and a woman from Senegal who started an academy to fight trafficking of young girls. South African fellow Khanyi Magubane is a filmmaker, broadcaster and poet, and a former journalist for Media Club South Africa.Washington D.C: The President’s Young African Leaders InitiativeAfrican visitDiscussing the fellowship during a visit to South Africa last year, Obama said that “we want to engage leaders and tomorrow’s leaders in figuring out how we can best work together”. A series of events had also been planned to strengthen US-African relations, including the first US-Africa Leaders’ Summit. The heads of 50 African nations will gather in Washington, DC from 4 to 6 August at the invitation of Obama for the unprecedented three-day summit.With the theme “Investing in the Next Generation”, it will build on Obama’s 2013 trip to Africa and will highlight the United States’ commitment to Africa’s people, security and democratic development. In announcing the summit while in South Africa, Obama said female empowerment would be on the agenda. He wanted “to launch a new chapter in US-African relations”.The fellowshipThe fellowship is designed to give young leaders from sub-Saharan Africa leadership training at American universities, as well as the chance to meet government officials, entrepreneurs and members of American civil society.According to USAid, Obama launched the Young African Leaders Initiative it “as a signature initiative that supports young African leaders as they work to spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across the continent”.Investing in the next generation of African leaders was critical to ensuring the success of Africa’s democracies and its economies. “One in three Africans is between the ages of 10 and 24, and approximately 60% of Africa’s total population is below the age of 35. Through Yali, the United States is investing in the next generation of African leaders, and has committed significant resources to enhance leadership skills, bolster entrepreneurship, and connect young African leaders with one another, with the United States, and with the American people.”last_img read more

first_imgRugby was among the 14 sporting codes represented at the 2014 National School Sport Championships. (Image: SportBlog)Sport has shown its ability to bring South African together. People who would otherwise never have socialized came together to celebrate as Francois Pienaar raised the Webb Ellis trophy, with the help of South Africa’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela.That image, of the Afrikaner hero and the man who spent a life fighting oppression remains an iconic moment of reconciliation in the history of South Africa.Now the Department of Sports and Recreation and the Department of Basic Education are tapping into the restorative spirit of sport to hold the inaugural South Africa Schools Sports Championships at more than 23 venues around Tshwane, with the main centre being the University of Pretoria since 10 December with the finals being on 15 December.The games were launched at Lucas “Masterpieces” Moripe Stadium on 10 December.The Minister of Sport and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, said at the opening of the games: “School Sport is the bedrock of development. No Star just fell out of the sky, they all came through a program, and these Championships will be foundation for our future champions.The Games will also help unearth schools in need of sports funding and identify talented and promising athletes. These young future stars will be given bursaries to help develop their talent. Minister Mbalula challenged the athletes, “You must take your participation here seriously, this is not just another competition. There has never been a program like this. Here we have different codes, where future rugby stars will come out; athletics, netball and other sporting codes will produce stars. If you are here you the best of the best in South African schools.”The games are themed: “Today’s athletes, tomorrow’s legends” and should be seen in the context of broader efforts to promote access to an organised and structured system of sport and recreation. At the end of the day it is about offering opportunities to South African youth to develop their talent and support high performance, while also building unity and pride, and growing the sport and recreation sector.More than 5 000 athletes aged between 13 and 19, have been competing in 14 sporting. There were also four indigenous games included, namely: Jukskei, Kgati, Khokho and Morabaraba.CULMINATION OF THE YEARThe Department of Sports and Recreation say the games are a culmination of activities that have taken place throughout the country in the School Sport League programme and is an opportunity for gifted sportspersons to be noticed by federation talent scouts.Throughout the year, schools compete at intra-school, inter-school, district and provincial level. The winning teams at the provincial level qualify to participate in the National School Sport Championship.Granville Whittle, the Deputy Director-General responsible for Care and Support at the Department of Basic Education, said: “Learning becomes easier for kids who participate in sport because playing sport makes them healthy. As a department, we support this programme. We value the importance of investing in administrators and coaches.“We are, however, worried because it is mainly boys who are actively participating in various school sport codes.”The best school in the country will be honoured at the closing ceremony to be held at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville on 15 December.last_img read more

first_imgAfter launching DDoS attacks on companies that denied service to Wikileaks, hacker collective Anonymous turned its attention to oppressive regimes, including Zimbabwe, Tunisia and Egypt, shutting down some government websites in those countries. Now, someone seems to have targeted Yemen in advance of February 3rd’s “day of rage.” Whether it was Anonymous or not – we are not finding anyone claiming responsibility – the sites are indisputably down. Among the websites targeted are the Yemeni Ministry of Information, the tax office and that of Yemen’s long-serving president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, all of which are down. In fact, many of the official Yemeni government sites, those based on gov.ye, seem down right now, including:aden.gov.yelegalaffairs.gov.yenatec.gov.yeparliament.gov.yeMany others, however, such as the customs and agricultural sites, are still accessible. Other sources: Valleywag Tags:#Government#international#web curt hopkins 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more