first_imgNora Brennan was a Belfast woman whose heart belonged in Donegal.So much so that she built a house in Crolly and when she died in 2007, she had chosen to be buried in Bunbeg.Now friends and family of the much-loved Nora are organising Nora’s Crolly Dolly Walk on Sunday, June 23rd. “We are fundraising for Marie Curie Cancer Charity who nursed Nora for years when she was very ill, and who have really earned and deserve our support.“This is the first year of the event and we want to ensure that it is a huge success. We are very committed to make this an annual event and encourage it to grow and thrive year after year,” said Nora’s niece Elaine Walsh.She added that Donegal is like a second home to many of her family and friends from Northern Ireland and Scotland who spend a lot of time there on holiday.“For the weekend of 22-24 June we aim to bring 100- 150 people up to Donegal for the event which will be great for local businesses,” she added. For further information logo onto  REMEMBERING NORA THROUGH THE CROLLY DOLLY WALK was last modified: May 5th, 2012 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:Nora BrennanNora’s Crolly Dolly Walklast_img read more

Ireland’s first visually-impaired competitor bids for rally glory in Donegal

first_imgTEENAGE rally navigator Sara McFadden hopes to catch the eye as she competes in Donegal for the first time this weekend.The 18-year-old, from Castlebar, is Ireland’s first visually-impaired competitor in Irish rallying – and could secure a class victory in the Border Championship tomorrow at the 2019 Donegal Harvest Rally.Sara was born with albinism, which has affected her vision. In sunlight, for example, Sara sees ‘nothing but white’. Along with her albinism, Sara has a condition called nystagmus, meaning the muscles behind her eyes are not fully developed and her eyes move constantly. In order to read, Sara has to work to stop her eyes from moving. Born into a rally-mad family, the sport was always her dream.“When I was 12, I found out I’d never be able to drive and that was just a devastating blow,” she says.“I always wanted to follow in my parents’ footsteps. All I wanted to be was a rally driver. “It didn’t take me too long to realise that I could navigate. When I turned 16, we started putting things in place and I got my licence last year.” Sara has used a kart track in Galway to practice her skills as a co-driver and, having passed the various criteria laid down by Motorsport Ireland and the National Council for the Blind in Ireland, she was granted a licence to compete as a navigator.Last year, she called the notes for her dad, Keith, at the Imokilly Rally in Cork.“I have no problem reading the pace notes,” Sara says. Sara calls the pace notes for her dad, Keith“They’re big enough and once I can feel where we are on the stage, I can follow the notes. “My eyesight is worse in sunlight. So, when it’s bright, I can’t see very much at all. I see basically nothing but white. When I’m inside, I’d see a little bit – not a lot – more. Sitting in a rally car is quite difficult with the changing light – at speed!” Sara used an iPad while at Davitt College in Castlebar and is now studying at IT Sligo.Rallying is her big passion and the Mayo native literally has to get a feel for the stages at recce before she competes. “So, obviously it’s harder for me,” Sara says.  “I do it mainly through feel, whereas other navigators are able to look out the window. I’m able to feel the corners and know where we are on the stage.“It’s literally all about getting the feel for it. You get used to it and adapt.” Sarah and Keith will take to the stages tomorrow at the Harvest Rally in their Honda Civic hoping to edge Roger Kennedy and Wendy Blackledge for the Class 3 title in the Border Championship.“We always have a good battle ever day we go out against them pipping each other by a few seconds on every stage of the day but this time it’s different – this time there is a lot more on the line,” Sara says, “It doesn’t mean we will have any hard feelings, regardless of the outcome on Saturday evening as I know that we fought hard all year for it.”The McFaddens are regular visitors to Donegal as spectators, but now Sarah will get a proper taste of some of the county’s famous tarmac.She says: “I’m absolutely over the moon to be going to Donegal.The McFadden family are big rally supporters“I can’t believe we’re actually going to compete in Donegal. I’m really excited. Now, I’m competing with the likes of the people I looked up to.“Every year, we’d be up at the International and the Harvest as well.  It’s always special coming up to Donegal to watch, but I never thought I’d be coming up to actually compete in Donegal.”Ireland’s first visually-impaired competitor bids for rally glory in Donegal was last modified: October 17th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2019 Donegal Harvest RallyAlbinismCastlebarInishowenKeith McFaddenMotorsport IrelandSara McFaddenlast_img read more

49ers Garoppolo hurt, defense routed in Chiefs home opener

first_imgKANSAS CITY — Jimmy Garoppolo’s fourth-quarter knee injury overshadowed all else that went wrong in the 49ers’ 38-27 loss Sunday to a high-powered Kansas City Chiefs team.Garoppolo got hurt on a third-down scramble to the Chiefs 7-yard line, where he endured a helmet-to-helmet collision with cornerback Steven Nelson with 5:17 remaining.Garoppolo slowly walked back to the 49ers sideline, and after being evaluated in the medical tent, he was carted into the locker room as the Chiefs (3-0) …last_img read more

JSE to feature African companies

first_imgQualifying criteria for companies wishing to list on the Africa Board include being accredited by the World Federation of Exchanges, as well as having subscribed capital of at least R500-million. There are currently nine companies on the JSE which qualify to move onto the Africa Board, and as of 19 February, the Africa Board already has one listed company from Africa on the exchange. According to the stock exchange, the decision came about after it was continually approached by foreign investors looking for ways to diversify their portfolios; the Africa Board was conceived as offering the best value. The benefits to African companies listed on the board include increased trading hours and greater exposure, increased liquidity, improved product offerings, strategic positioning for the rest of Africa, and favourable listing requirements, fees and obligations. Dlamini said the establishment of the Africa Board was not primarily done to coax investors back to Africa, as 40% of the JSE already consisted of foreign investors. “Only companies classified as African by the South African Reserve Bank will list of the board, and a company is African if it is domiciled in Africa,” the JSE’s Maureen Dlamini told BuaNews this week. Qualifying criteria Pension is a massive industry in South Africa and Africa, and the Africa Board gives pensioners and those with a bit of money behind them the chance to invest in Africa’s top companies. Foreign clients, including investors from within Africa, are able to trade on the Africa Board through local brokers, or alternatively through JSE member brokers, Dlamini said. South Africa’s JSE Limited will in February launch the Africa Board, a new trading segment on the exchange’s main board featuring top companies from across the continent, in a bid to increase interest and investment in African companies.center_img She added that an African company already listen on an exchange in its home country could still apply for a listing on the JSE’s Africa Board. Rather, the board was established to give Africans the chance to invest in profitable African companies, allowing “Africans to invest in Africa”. “If a company is based outside Africa, but the majority of its activities are geographically located in Africa, then it [also] qualifies as an African company.” Source: BuaNews For ‘Africans to invest in Africa’ 30 January 2009 Benefits for listed companies While emerging markets have traditionally been seen as riskier than developed markets for investors, the stock performance and market value changes between the two markets reveal quite a different story, Dlamini believes.last_img read more

SABMiller in R6bn empowerment deal

first_img2 July 2009 The employee offer will include, through an employee trust, all black permanent employees of SAB, its subsidiaries and the SABMiller group who are permanently resident in South Africa. It will also include those permanent white employees who are not normally eligible for participation in the SABMiller group share incentive plans. By seeking to promote sustainable economic growth and social development in South Africa, SABMiller says the deal will align the interests of the group’s South African stakeholders with its shareholders, and will maximise long-term shareholder value. “We were determined to design a transaction that would deliver truly broad-based and tangible benefits, and we believe this transaction will do that from the beginning,” said SAB managing director Norman Adami. “This deal is good for South Africa and good for SAB.” “We have structured this transaction to maximise benefits for all our stakeholders and to deliver genuine broad-based black economic empowerment (BEE),” SABMiller CEO Graham Mackay said in a statement this week. The BEE deal will not require any external bank funding, and will require only a small cash investment by licensed liquor retailers, liquor licence applicants and customers of ABI. Empowerment compliance These include black-owned licensed liquor retailers and liquor licence applicants, as well as black-owned customers of Amalgamated Beverage Industries (ABI), the soft drinks division of South African Breweries (SAB), and the broader South African community through the SAB Foundation. The focus of the SAB Foundation will be to engage in community initiatives that provide benefits to historically disadvantaged South Africans, with a priority on women and the youth, particularly in rural areas. It will particularly support entrepreneurship development, which the company believes will deliver broader economic benefits for the country.center_img “A meaningful dividend stream is expected to be paid to all participants for the whole of the 10-year transaction period, thereby delivering a significant economic benefit from the first year,” Mackay said. Retailer participants will be required to be a qualifying black person or a greater than 51% black-owned entity, as defined in terms of the country’s Codes of Good Practice on BEE, in order to participate in the offer. Qualifying participants Global brewing giant SABMiller has unveiled a black economic empowerment (BEE) deal that will see approximately 10% in South African Breweries, worth approximately US$750-million (about R6-billion), being transferred to its employees and other participants. The deal will materially enhance SAB’s compliance with BEE codes and, in addition, seeks to support the normalisation of the South African liquor industry by supporting liquor licensing in South Africa. The cost of the deal to SABMiller is approximately $220-million (about R1.8-billion). At the end of the 10-year transaction period, participants will exchange their shareholdings in SAB for shares in parent company SABMiller. SABMiller, listed in London, was formed in 2002 when SAB acquired US-based Miller, and is now one of the largest brewers in the world. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

2017 harvest having fair share of issues

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After a challenging corn and soybean growing season, it comes as no surprise that harvest is not status quo. Seed Consultants’ Matt Hutcheson talks about issues farmers are seeing as they bring in this year’s crop.last_img

Batting let us down in South Africa ODI series: Mahendra Singh Dhoni

first_imgIndian captain Mahendra Singh on Sunday attributed the ODI series loss against South Africa to the batting failure but refused to believe that it will be a cause of worry for his side with the World Cup less than a month away.”I think our batting department did not do well in the ODIs. That was the main reason why we lost the ODI series.But, hopefully with the World Cup coming up all will be set right,” he said at the post-match conference after India lost the fifth and final ODI by 33 runs and the series 2-3.”Throughout the series our batting department has not scored a lot of runs. It is Virat Kohli who has done well and it’s Yusuf down the order who has done well. We really need to perform as a unit.”But it is a matter of one innings or two and some of the batsmen did not get enough preparation time, quality practice sessions. It always plays in your mind but at the end of the day experienced players have gone through a phase like this.It happens in cricket and specially with us as we play 30-35 ODIs a year. So you see the form going up and down in the year. We are used to deal with situations like this,” Dhoni said.Indian top order collapsed while playing rash shots but Dhoni defended his batsmen, saying it was part and parcel of the game.”It is part and parcel of cricket. You get off to a start, 10 overs, 28 runs one wicket then you are asked why was there no hurry? At the end of the day we were suppose to chase close to six runs an over and it is always a difficult task.advertisementYou want to take the opposition on and times you lose wickets and that is what happened in this game,” he said.”At times it really works because if you see Yusuf’s innings, he played a few deliveries and then went after the bowlers. He was really successful that’s his main strength. In a similar way some of the batsmen played their strokes and got out,” he reasoned.Talking about the positives from the series, Dhoni said, “The full tour was good for both the sides. They won the ODI series, we won the T20 and the Test matches were draw. But overall good cricket was played.”The biggest positive out of this game ? when we go to the World Cup ? the last 10 overs we can chase anything if we have got wickets in hand. I think learning is more than just loss of the game,” said Dhoni. .He also felt that bowling at the death had seen a big improvement in the series.”Bowling at the death, it is a big positive for us. The bowlers have done well with the kind of variation they have got. We don’t have express bowlers but we have got bowlers who have got skills. That is what they rely on. In this series it was a very satisfactory performance.”But both the teams were struggling throughout the series when it comes to the middle order performance which meant that both the teams lost quite a few wickets because of which you were not able to see a prolonged slog from both the sides.That may also be a reason. But if we bowl like this in the World Cup, I will be really pleased,” said the Indian captain.Asked if Yusuf’s place has been sealed in the playing XI of the World Cup after his brutal 70-ball 105 today, Dhoni said, “Well there are other batsmen also. You have Yuvraj Singh who can play a similar innings. You have Yusuf Pathan in the lower order who can again do the same thing. It is important that the asking rate is reasonable.”Let’s see, we still have a few days left. Let’s see what the best composition is for that particular game. But he has done really well.”Dhoni defended his decision to field after winning the toss today.”Last time we played, we had a discussion about it more often than not, the Centurion track whatever is there is there initially. After that as the day progresses it gets slightly better and that is what happened in the 2006 series. The wicket was similar, it wasn’t not a very different wicket.”But I think we gave extra room to the opening batsman and the first down batsman because of which they scored at a brisk rate in the first 10 overs. But after that if you see 260-odd runs we should have got that,” he said.advertisementAsked who are the favourites to win the World Cup, Dhoni said, “If any of the side thinks that any other side can?t win the world cup, it is a big mistake they are making. All the top sides in the World have a chance to win the World Cup. It is just about playing consistent cricket.”- With PTI inputslast_img read more

10 months agoChelsea No2 Zola delighted with Loftus-Cheek for Cup win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea No2 Zola delighted with Loftus-Cheek for Cup winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola was delighted with Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s performance for victory over Bournemouth.Eden Hazard came off the bench to hit the winner and send Chelsea into a Carabao Cup semifinal against Tottenham.Loftus-Cheek was a danger on the right wing and hit the post in the second half.Zola said, “I was impressed with him. He has done very well as one of the wide players, but he showed a lot of application and sacrifice when he played as a midfielder. He was getting tired towards the end but he was still disciplined and gave the team a hand.”He has come far since the beginning of the season. He has improved in many ways, and I’m pleased because he is a good boy and he works very hard on his game.” last_img read more

10 months agoVan Gaal: Liverpool stronger team than Man City

first_imgVan Gaal: Liverpool stronger team than Man Cityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal believes Liverpool are a superior team to Manchester City despite Thursday’s defeat.Van Gaal felt the thrill-a-minute clash at the Etihad illustrated the weaknesses that Pep Guardiola has to address.He told the Mirror: “The match proved to me that City cannot defend.“When Liverpool equalised, there were enough City ­defenders around the box to prevent it.“But most of the time, in the Premier League, City don’t have to defend because they outplay most opponents.“When they face a strong side like Liverpool, you can see that the City players are not able to defend properly. They look erratic.“Liverpool deserve applause because most teams cannot force Man City into a situation where they have to defend.“Liverpool did push them at one point in the second half and then we could see that City were in trouble. Just look at Roberto ­Firmino, he hardly touched the ball, but his amount of running for the team was ­incredible.“Klopp also has Sadio Mane and even Mo Salah running their socks off in all matches.“Those three help the others to defend and they also have the energy to counter-attack and create things when they win the ball back.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Michigan State Takes Over As Consensus No. 1 In College Basketball Polls

first_imgCollege Basketball polls for week 7 of the season.Twitter/@MSU_BasketballLast week saw a major shake-up at the top of the college basketball world, and it is definitely reflected in the updated AP and Coaches Polls. After Kentucky fell at UCLA and Maryland dropped to former No. 1 UNC, we have a new top team: the Michigan State Spartans. Tom Izzo’s club is 9-0, and followed up by Kansas in the AP, and Iowa State in the Coaches Poll. The Spartans are the new No. 1 according to the latest USA TODAY Coaches Poll.— Spartan Basketball (@MSU_Basketball) December 7, 2015Here are both full Top 25 polls:AP Poll:1. Michigan State2. Kansas3. North Carolina4. Iowa State5. Kentucky6. Maryland7. Oklahoma8. Duke9. Villanova10. Virginia11. Purdue12. Xavier13. Arizona14. West Virginia15. Providence16. Baylor17. Miami (FL)18. Butler19. SMU20. Gonzaga21. Vanderbilt22. Louisville23. Cincinnati24. Oregon25. UtahUSA Today Coaches Poll:1. Michigan State2. Iowa State3. North Carolina4. Kentucky5. Duke6. Villanova7. Kansas8. Oklahoma9. Maryland10. Virginia11. Purdue12. Arizona13. Xavier14. West Virginia15. Baylor16. Vanderbilt17. Gonzaga18. Providence19. Louisville20. Miami (FL)21. Butler22. Cincinnati23. Oregon24. Utah25. Texas A&Mlast_img read more