Special fund sought to help Donegal businesses through Brexit

first_imgDonegal County Council is set to ask the Minister for Finance to establish a Brexit fund for businesses in the border regions.As Budget 2020 is announced on 8th October, the impact of Brexit on Donegal and nearby counties will be in sharp focus.Cllr Gary Doherty told the county council yesterday that dedicated fund should be established to provide financial assistance for local businesses to help mitigate the potential downturn that will result from Brexit. He said that Donegal businesses have already taken a hit with the devaluation of Sterling and reduction in tourist numbers.Cllr Doherty said that one use of the proposed fund should be to support cross-border advertising to increase footfall in Donegal towns and villages.As the motion was passed by council, Cllr Doherty stated that the funding call should be sent to Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe as soon as possible.Special fund sought to help Donegal businesses through Brexit was last modified: October 1st, 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)last_img read more

Ace: South Africa’s greatest footballer?

first_imgPule “Ace” Ntsoelengoe, who made his mark both in South Africa, for glamour club Kaizer Chiefs, and the United States, was inducted into the US Soccer Hall of Fame in 2003.This came as no surprise: former South Africa coach Clive Barker puts Ntsoelengoe on a par with Zinedine Zidane, while former Argentinean manager Oscar Martinez once described him as “almost a perfect footballer”.The star midfielder of many great Kaizer Chiefs teams of the mid-1970s to mid-1980s, Ntsoelengoe is remembered as a gifted player, a midfield general that helped his club win not only consistently, but with style.However, Ntsoelengoe spent most of his prime football-playing days in North America, although he did return during the off-season to play for Chiefs in South Africa.Eleven seasons in the USThe midfield maestro played 11 seasons in North America, representing the Miami Torros, Denver Dynamos, Minnesota Kicks and Toronto Blizzard in the North American Soccer League (NASL).By the time he was done with the NASL, he had certainly left his mark, ranking among the league’s all-time leaders in both appearances and goals scored. He was also voted onto the NASL’s first-team All Star line-up in 1979 and 1982, and earned honourable mentions in 1977, 1978 and 1980.An interesting statistic was kept by the NASL, in which players were awarded points both for goals scored and for “assists” (setting up goals). Ace ranks seventh on the all-time list, a lasting testament to his all-round performances, showing off not only his individual ability but also his team work.The NASL season was structured so that, after the regular league season, the top teams would qualify for the playoffs. Ntsoelengoe made the playoffs in nine consecutive seasons, although he never managed to land the NASL title. He reached the final three times, but was on the losing side on all three occasions.‘On a par with Zidane’Ntsoelengoe was an awesome presence in the midfield, as Clive Barker – coach of Bafana Bafana when they won the 1996 African Nations Cup – well recalls. Barker, who was coaching Amazulu in 1976, relates how Ntsoelengoe orchestrated the Usuthus’ downfall in a Cup final, leading Kaizer Chiefs to a 3-1 win in the first leg and to a 5-2 victory in the second leg.Barker reckons that, during the second match, he actually stood up and applauded a goal by Ace after the midfield star made an adjustment in mid-stride and then bent the ball around the advancing goalkeeper.Barker rates Ntsoelengoe as arguably the best player yet produced by South Africa, putting him on the same level as footballing great Zinedine Zidane, the man who helped France win the 1998 World Cup with a string of sensational performances.‘Almost a perfect footballer’In an article on the Mogale City website, Nat Serache relates a story about Ntsoelengoe when, in 1976, he played for a South African team selected on merit against an Argentinean select side.The South Africans crushed their South American opposition five-nil. After the game, late South African sports writer Stan Motjuwadi asked Argentinean manager Oscar Martinez how he rated South Africa’s players.He rated Ntsoelengoe as the best. “That boy is a mint”, Martinez said. “He is almost a perfect footballer. He can dribble, he can shoot, he can attack, and he can defend.“I can tell you why Ace stands head and shoulders above all your players”, the Argentine manager continued. “He is intelligent; he has got great abilit,y and he is strong and courageous. He plays like he has got a machine inside his body. He knows when to dribble and when to shoot.“What I like about Ace is that he is good in the air, good on the ground and good everywhere you can think of. I cannot remember seeing the ball taken away from him”, Martinez added.After his playing career was over, Ntsoelengoe was involved with Kaizer Chiefs, making valuable contributions to the club’s youth programme. He also assisted South Africa’s national under-23 team.Pule “Ace” Ntsoelengoe died suddenly in Johannesburg on 8 May 2006. He was 54 years old.In October 2008, he was posthumously awarded the Order of Ikhamanga, South Africa’s highest honour for people who excel in arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South African history: the death of apartheid

first_imgPrevious page: Three decades of crisisOn 2 February 1990, FW de Klerk lifted restrictions on 33 opposition groups, including the ANC, the PAC and the Communist Party, at the opening of Parliament. On February 11 Mandela, who had maintained a tough negotiating stance on the issue, was released after 27 years in prison.The piecemeal dismantling of restrictive legislation began. Political groups started negotiating the ending of white minority rule, and in early 1992 the white electorate endorsed De Klerk’s stance on these negotiations in a referendum.Violence continued unabated, a massacre at the township of Boipatong causing the ANC to withdraw temporarily from constitutional talks.In 1993, however, an agreement was reached on a Government of National Unity which would allow a partnership of the old regime and the new.The optimism generated by the negotiations was shattered by the assassination of Chris Hani, the secretary-general of the Communist Party: only a prompt appeal to the nation by Mandela averted a massive reaction. At the end of the year an interim constitution was agreed to by 21 political parties.See: Mandela: leader among leadersFirst democratic electionsSouth Africa’s first democratic election was held on 26, 27 and 28 April 1994, with victory going to the ANC in an alliance with the Communist Party and Cosatu. Nelson Mandela was sworn in as President on May 10 with FW de Klerk and the ANC’s Thabo Mbeki as Deputy Presidents.See: 72 days that shaped South AfricaMandela’s presidency was characterised by the successful negotiation of a new constitution; a start on the massive task of restructuring the civil service and attempts to redirect national priorities to address the results of apartheid; and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, set up primarily to investigate the wrongs of the past.The story continued …The earliest peopleColonial expansionThe discovery of diamondsGold and warUnion and the ANCThe gathering stormThree decades of crisisThe death of apartheidSAinfo reporterUpdated: July 2015Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SA keen to strengthen ties with EU

first_img17 July 2013 South Africa is keen to strengthen its investment partnership with the European Union (EU), despite the fact that there are some issues that need to be tackled, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. Briefing reporters in Pretoria on Tuesday ahead of the 6th SA-EU Summit, which takes place on Thursday, Davies said negotiations on the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States would be among the summit’s deliberations. “The European Union Trade Commissioner, Karel de Gucht, has said that the withdrawal of the provisional market access is October next year. Parliament said the deadline would be 2016. We support this rather than 2014,” Davies said, citing this as one of the issues that needed to be resolved between parties. The deadline would not affect South Africa but would affect its neighbours Swaziland, Botswana and Namibia, “and we are concerned about the consequences of any unilateral withdrawal of market access to a bunch of countries which are clearly developing countries, merely because we can’t meet an artificially imposed deadline,” Davies said. Xavier Carim, the Department of Trade and Industry’s deputy director-general for international trade and economic development, said the deliberations were taking place at a time when there were growing imbalances in global trade. “We have been making progress in the negotiations. It’s been a drawn-out process since 2007. We’ve made significant progress on a number of fronts, but there are still a number of serious issues that need to be confronted,” Carim said. “The growing concern in the [Southern African Development Community] SADC group is the termination next year. Effectively this will mean that for Botswana, Swaziland and Namibia, they will see massive declines in their exports to the EU and will hold serious socioeconomic consequences for them.”Balancing trade levels South Africa already has a bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the EU called the Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreement (TDCA), whose architecture is premised on the EU granting the country much more access in terms of the tariff regime in manufactured products than in agricultural products. In terms of the TDCA, South Africa has duty-free access to the European market for about 65% of its agricultural products, and in return for that the country receives more than 90% (from the EU). “We as South Africa, having the FTA in place, would not be obliged to negotiate a new trade agreement with the EU. But we said that we would do so and we are involved in the process because we think it is strategic for SA to harmonise its trade relationships with those of our neighbours,” Davies said on Tuesday. The levels of trade between South Africa and EU have not returned to the levels they were at before the onset of the 2008-09 global financial crisis. Total trade with EU countries was R383-billion in 2012 compared to R419-billion in 2008. In 2008, South Africa exported R186-billion worth of goods to the EU, with this figure falling to R122-billion in 2012. Imports from the EU, however, have more than recovered, from R233-billion in 2008 to R239-billion in 2012. This meant that South Africa’s trade balance with the EU had grown negatively from -R47-billion in 2008 to -R95-billion in 2012. “There are a number of factors that have underpinned this,” Davies said. “[One] of the realities we need to take to take into account is that there’s been constrained growth in some countries of the EU.”Citrus market watch Meanwhile, South Africa was was trying to negotiate around the issue of the EU’s decision to “upgrade the surveillance” of the country’s citrus fruit exports. “The EU has improved or upgraded its surveillance on citrus products which are bearing citrus black spot. They have now strengthened and made more stringent the requirements, and this could affect quite a large number of jobs in the South African citrus industry,” the minister said. South Africa’s citrus industry exports around 100-million cartons to 45 countries each year, generating around R6-billion in foreign exchange, with about 45% of shipments going to the EU. The industry employs 40 000 permanent workers and 40 000 seasonal workers. The surveillance upgrade pertains to citrus black spot, a fungal disease caused by Guignardia citricarpa. It affects citrus plants throughout subtropical climates, causing a reduction in both fruit quantity and quality. Davies said the government had made a presentation to the EU to say “that there needs to be a greater level of flexibility. At this point, they’ve not shown any great willingness to respond”. He said there was a low risk of transmission of the disease, which did not damage the fruit but is on the rind of the peel. “There’s a low risk that this could be transmitted to the orchards of Europe. They have increased their surveillance, and if they find five consignments [with citrus black spot], they ban you. That is of concern to us.” However, Davies said the government looked forward to a “fruitful” dialogue during Thursday’s summit. One of the things that South Africa wanted to convey to the EU was that the African continent was one of the next growth frontiers, and that the continent was committing itself to industrialisation, which is anchored on strengthening regional integration. Relations between South Africa and the EU were improving, Davies noted. “We have seen a strengthening EU investment relationship with South Africa. Between January 2008 and May 2013, there were a total of 350 FDI [foreign direct investment] projects in South Africa by European companies.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

23 days agoLiverpool management delighted with Curtis Jones progress

first_imgLiverpool management delighted with Curtis Jones progressby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool management is delighted with the progress of youngster Curtis Jones.The Liverpool Echo says on only his second senior outing, Jones lit up the Reds’ League Cup third round 3-0 win at MK Dons last Wednesday and was named as Sky’s official man of the match.Three days later, the 18-year-old homegrown talent stole in at the far post to net twice for the under-23s in their 2-2 Premier League 2 draw at Arsenal.“Inside the Academy we have to realise that sometimes young lads do makes mistakes and have to learn from them,” says Reds coach Barry Lewtas. “In this environment you have to learn quickly.“If the senior professionals have noticed it a change, then that’s really good. That’s part of growing up.“His form for Critch (U23s boss Neil Critchley) has been a positive. The standard of players, especially the attacking ones at Melwood, surely has to serve as motivation, not just for Curtis but for all the youngsters.“We are in a fortunate position where the group is so close knit. Curtis plays for the first team, gets man of the match, then a few days later scores twice for the U23s.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 days agoMatip, Alisson train for Liverpool ahead of Man Utd clash

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Matip, Alisson train for Liverpool ahead of Man Utd clashby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJoel Matip and Alisson returned to Liverpool training on Tuesday.Brazil goalkeeper Alisson has not played since injuring his calf in the opening Premier League match of the season.Matip has been excellent all season, but a knock against Sheffield United last month forced him to miss Liverpool’s last two games.Both are now in line for a return this weekend in a blockbuster clash with storied rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday. last_img read more

Chelsea leading the race to sign Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain

first_imgChelsea are the frontrunners to sign Juventus’ star striker Gonzalo Higuain, with the Italian champions looking to secure the services of Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi as a replacement.The Bianconeri signed the Argentine from rivals Napoli two seasons ago for a reported fee of €90 million, but they will be willing to let him go for the right offer. Chelsea are currently leading the race for Higuain, and Juventus believe they can get around €70 million in exchange for his services, according to CalciomecartoFranck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.French Ligue 1 champions, Paris Saint Germain, are also interested in signing the 30-year-old, who has scored a total of 55 goals since his transfer to Juventus, but the Seria A giants will only let their star player depart when they find a replacement.This will represent a major investment for the Blues as they look to overhaul their squad following last season’s disappointing fifth-place finish in the English Premier League, which saw them miss out on a spot at next season’s UEFA Champions League. If the move pulls through, he will likely be reuniting with former Napoli boss, Maurizio Sarri, who has agreed in principle to take over at Chelsea next season.last_img read more

Kessie is following in the footsteps of Bakayoko

first_imgTiemoue Bakayoko should be an example to all AC Milan players, according to Franck Kessie.AC Milan breezed past Empoli 3-0 at the San Siro thanks to goals from Piatek, Kessie and Samu Castillejo.The win took the Rossoneri within a point of third place, awaiting Inter’s match with Fiorentina.However, the Ivorian midfielder who was on target feels Milan players should emulate the hard-work of Chelsea loanee Bakayako in their quest for a Champions League ticket.“There’s a long way to go yet. We have to keep going, pick up three points every time and continue to win,” Kessie told Football Italia.“We just have to work hard and do what the Coach asks. I have to continue like this, do better than last season and try to score more goals.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Bakayoko was jeered during the first few months of his Milan career, on loan from Chelsea, but was given a standing ovation at San Siro tonight.Kessie goal… cheeky… #MIlan pic.twitter.com/wQNPn4PVFe— Jay 🇮🇳 (@JayGooner_) February 22, 2019“This is football, when things go badly, everyone jeers. Now Bakayoko is doing remarkable things, helps the team so much and we must remember if we all follow his example, we can win every game.”Milan are still in the hunt for the Coppa Italia and with Piatek in prolific form, it may be risky to write them off.last_img read more

DOT Resumes Work On Sterling Highway Rehabilitation Project

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Springtime brings road construction along Kenai Peninsula highways, including one major project that will affect area drivers for months. They will also be replacing the culvert at the East Fork Moose River with a bridge and install a pedestrian undercrossing for the Skyline Trail. The final portion of the project is from MP 58 to MP 79. Improvements will consist of resurfacing,widening shoulders, adding passing lanes and wildlife enhancement structures. The Department of Transportation will continue working on the Sterling Highway Rehabilitation project in different phases over the upcoming months. According to the DOT this includes clearing vegetation and improving the drainage, signage, and striping.center_img Shannon McCarthy, DOT Spokeswoman: “We have the Sterling Highway shoulder widening from MP 97 TO MP 118. That includes widening the existing shoulders, and putting rumble strips, safety edge to shoulders,  improving lighting,  the approaches, and replacing guardrails and drainage as needed.”  Another portion of the project will construct left-turn lanes and intersection lighting at Jim Dahler Road/Forest Lane intersection on the Highway. Motorists can get updates on road conditions by phoning 511 or looking online at the DOT&PF’s “navigator” site at www.alaskanavigator.org. Look out for reduced speed limits and workers and equipment on the roads and shoulders.last_img read more

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