first_imgGardai are hunting a gang who broke into two pubs in Buncrana overnight.Hutton’s Bar (left) which was broken into overnight.The thieves broke into the premises on the town’s Main Street and got away with a considerable amount of spirits.The gang also stole a consignment of cigarettes from vending machines. The two bars which were targeted included Hutton’s Bar and O’Doherty’s Bar.The gang are understood to have gained entry to Hutton’s Bar through a skylight before getting away with a considerable amount of alcohol.Gardai are viewing CCTV as part of their investigation into the break-ins.They have also urged any members of the public who may have been offered cheap alcohol to contact them. Local town councillor Ciaran McLaughlin urged business owners and the public to be vigilant.“It’s tough enough for small business owners to make a living at the moment without being faced with a robbery.“I am appealing to business owner to ensure to take all the necessary precautions and also to the public to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to Gardai,” he said.  GARDAI WARN PUBLIC ABOUT CHEAP BOOZE AFTER PUB RAIDS was last modified: May 8th, 2014 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:barsbuncranaburglarydonegalgangGardaiHutton’s BarO’Doherty’s Barlast_img read more


first_imgMemories of the Past in St. Connell’s Museum & Heritage Centre:Today Saturday 24th August from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Traditional Craft Workers will be in St. Connell’s Museum & Heritage Centre, Glenties demonstrating their traditional crafts and skills. There will also be guided tours of the Museum. Partial wheelchair access. For more information (087)6542203.Irish Dance Classes: Irish Dance Classes will resume on Tuesday 3rd September in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties Beginners and Junior Dancers are welcome at 4 p.m. Advance Class at 5 p.m.Wedding Bells:Congratulations and best wishes to Daniel Furey, son of Patsy and Bried Furey, Ard Patrick, Glenties and his bride Jamie Lee Fox, Sligo who were married in Sligo Cathedral on Saturday 17th August 2013. The reception was held in The Diamond Coast Hotel, Eniscrone and the honeymoon is being spent in Las Vegas and Cancun.Bingo: Winners at the Bingo on Tuesday 13/08/2013 were – € 50 winners – Sally McGuigan, Patrick McHugh, Nora Gallagher, Breidin Keeney, Rosaleen Gallagher, Nancy Dorrian, Kathleen McGlynn, Bernadette McDevitt, Mamie McGeehan, Fergus Roarty, Gazley, Mary Furey, and Eimear Doherty; € 100 Winners – Margaret Reilly, Rose Boyle, Emma Sweeney, Maura Gallagher, Kitty McGlynn, Amanda O’Connell, Mary Duffy, Charlie McLaughlin and Kay McGeehan; € 40 Winner – Mary Duffy; € 300 Winner – Winnie Long.Connell’s Museum & Heritage Centre Society Limited, Glenties:St. St.Connell’s Museum Committee would like to thank all their subscribers for their generous donations to their recent Church Gate Collection which came to € 650. This will be a great help in enabling The Committee to carry on The Museum.Big Bingo:Big Bingo in the Glenties Community Centre on the 10th September 2013 at 9 p.m. Doors will open from 7.30pm. Every line €100, every house €300. Jackpot €2000 paid out on the night. Snooker:Snooker room is available from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. every day.Anyone who would like to book the Community Centre ring 0872679321.Positions Available: Glenties Community Centre Amalgamated C. E. Scheme are recruiting new participants for their scheme which will commence on 26/09/2013. Any one interested should email or ring 087 9695053. Fás criteria apply.Glenties Community Centre:Bingo in the Glenties Community Centre every Tuesday night at 9 p.m. Every line € 50, every house € 100, if not won jackpot will be €7900 on 45 numbers or less on the 27/08/2013. If not won on the night € 300 will be paid out. In house draws.Donegal Leprosy Fund Church Gate Collection:The Donegal Leprosy Fund Church Gate Collection taken up on 3rd & 4th August amounted to € 530.85. Thank you to all who supported this cause.You can send YOUR community news to info@donegaldaily.comDD LOCAL: GLENTIES COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: August 24th, 2013 by John2Share 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:DD LOCAL: GLENTIES COMMUNITY NEWSlast_img read more

Donegal business owner sends stark warning to leaders over no-deal Brexit

first_imgA Donegal businessman who owns a coach hire company on the Donegal-Derry border has urged Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar to sit down and compromise over Brexit. Reddins Coach Hire is based on the Derry-­Donegal border and its boss Don Reddin said it feels like the area is caught in an international “game of poker”.He told a national newspaper: “It’s a very unstable time.” Mr Reddin says British Prime ­Minister Boris Johnson’s outright rejection of the backstop and ­Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s refusal to consider changes to the Withdrawal Agreement creates a “mad puzzle”.And the businessman says local anxiety hasn’t been as high since the Troubles, adding: “You don’t want people’s feelings running higher than they already are.”Mr Reddin claims a way to break the stalemate and to tackle the threat of a no-deal Brexit must be for both sides to give ground.He added: “If they leave ­without a deal, where do you start with sorting that out? “I understand where Boris is trying to come from, that Theresa May looked like a weak leader.“It’s all getting hot in the Tory kitchen. By the same token, as far as the EU is ­concerned they have done their negotiation.”The coach hire chief added: “If they leave ­without a deal, how do you sort that out? Where do you start? Transport regulations, all the cross border ­trading?“I close my eyes and shake my head in disbelief that they could be jeopardising so much.”Another business on the straddles between the Donegal and Fermanagh border has called for a solution “as quickly as possible”.He added: “Both sides are saying ‘this is a red line’ but at some stage or another somebody’s going to have to talk.”The backstop, hatched between former UK PM Theresa May and chiefs in Brussels, guarantees a seamless border between the Republic and Northern Ireland.It kicks in only if post-Brexit border trading and security talks fail. Advertisement But Mr Johnson says he can’t accept the UK keeping such close formal ties with the EU in any transition period after leaving at 11pm on Halloween night.The EU position, championed by Mr Varadkar, is that the backstop must be in place ahead of any deal being struck.That tense face-off means a no-deal Brexit, and the trading ­turmoil it could spark, is looking increasingly likely just 83 days from the deadline.Pub owner Pat Britton, whose bar in Pettigo village stands right on the border between counties Fermanagh and Donegal, said the issue was Britain’s to fix. Advertisement He sees no reason for UK and Irish leaders to hammer out ideas around the backstop.Mr Britton said: “It’s nothing to do with Leo Varadkar. The Tories are trying to bully the Irish Government into a position that is their fault.“It’s not our fight. It’s a fight with Europe. They voted to get out of Europe so it’s their problem.”Donegal business owner sends stark warning to leaders over no-deal Brexit was last modified: August 10th, 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

SA’s hotels attract investors

first_img18 June 2007With South Africa’s tourism industry registering healthy growth and the 2010 Fifa World Cup still to come, it’s little wonder that local hospitality groups are attracting increasing attention from foreign investors.In the latest of a string of investments in the local industry, Leisurecorp has announced the purchase of the 170-hectare Pearl Valley Signature Golf Estate & Spa development in the Western Cape for an undisclosed amount.Leisurecorp is a division of Istithmar, the investment arm of Dubai World, and a partner in the consortium that bought out one of Africa’s prime properties, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town, in September last year.‘Huge potential’Leisurecorp chief executive David Spencer told Business Report this week that the course designed by golfing great Jack Nicklaus would host the SA Open Championship later in the year and was regarded as one of the best in the country, with “huge potential” for further development.In May, Belgium-based Rezidor Hotel Group announced that it would open a hotel in Sandton, north of Johannesburg, in late 2008, featuring 256 rooms and 27 suites.The Radisson Sandton will be located in the heart of South Africa’s financial centre, in close proximity to the JSE, Sandton Convention Centre and Sandton City shopping mall and within easy distance of OR Tambo International Airport.“South Africa is an upcoming destination for business and leisure travellers,” Rezidor CEO Kurt Ritter said in a statement.“The government has prioritised tourism as a key economic sector, and international arrivals increase continuously – we are expecting new heights in 2010 when the country hosts the Fifa World Cup,” Ritter added.Four new Express by Holiday InnsAlso in May, UK-based InterContinental Hotel Group announced that they had entered into partnership with Cape Town-based ISO Leisure to develop four new Express by Holiday Inn hotels in South Africa.The four hotels will be situated in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Umhlanga outside Durban, and will be built between 2007 and 2009.InterContinental’s announcement was “indicative of our confidence in the country’s economic prospects and stability,” said InterContinental vice-president for Africa development, Ewan Cameron.In March, Australia-based Stella Group purchased Africa’s biggest hotel chain, Protea Hotels, from local private investors for Aus$255-million (about R1.48-billion).The acquisition gives the Stella Group access to more than 9 000 rooms in 126 hotels in 13 countries around Africa. Another 3 000 rooms will be added to Protea Hotels by the end of 2008/09.“As the leading independent hotel management group in Africa, Protea Hotels is an excellent acquisition for Stella Group, rounding out an important geographic region in the company’s international profile,” said Stella Group MD Rolf Krecklenberg.Up to eight new luxury hotelsAlso in March, Germany’s Arabella Hotel Holdings International and US-based Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced plans to build as many as eight luxury hotels in South Africa, with at least two expected to be operational in time for the 2010 World Cup.However, by far the largest foreign investment in SA’s hospitality industry to date occurred in September 2006, when Istithmar partnered with UK-based London and Regional Properties to buy the iconic Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town for US$1-billion.The deal includes an additional $1-billion investment in further development of the Waterfront, including increasing the number of hotels there.Prior to that, in March 2006, Kuwait-based IFA Hotels & Resorts (IFAHR) listed two South African subsidiaries on the JSE. IFAHR South Africa owns Zimbali Lodge on KwaZulu-Natal’s north coast, and a 50% stake in the multi-million rand Zimbali Coastal Resort, which combines hotels, golf courses and luxury residences and leisure facilities.A 300-hectare extension to the resort, Zimbali Lakes, is due to be substantially complete in time for the 2010 Football World Cup.Record-breaking growthAccording to the latest official figures, South Africa’s foreign tourist arrivals grew by 14% in 2006, three times the global tourism growth rate of 4.5%.Tourism to South Africa has flourished since the fall of apartheid: while only 3-million foreign visitors visited the country in 1994, the number had more than doubled to 6.7-million by 2004, and increased to a record 8.4-million in 2006.According to the Department of Tourism, tourism’s contribution to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew from 4.6% in 1993 to 8.3% in 2006, and the government is looking to further increase its contribution to 12% of GDP by 2014.Hosting the Fifa 2010 World Cup, the largest sporting event in the world, will bring in tens of thousands of additional tourists not only to watch the matches, but also to be part of the celebratory atmosphere around the reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Celebrate Freedom Fridays with a ‘selfie’

first_img10 April 2014South Africans are encouraged to show their pride, wear their colours, take a “selfie” and upload it on social media using the hashtag #FreedomFridaySelfie and/or #20YOFSelfie as the country builds up towards its 20 Years of Freedom celebrations.See the latest “SAselfies” on Twitter: #FreedomFridaySelfie and #20YOFSelfieThe Department of Arts and Culture has reminded South Africans to mark this week’s Freedom Friday by wearing anything that makes them feel proudly South African.Leslie Sedibe, CEO of Proudly South African, said: “The Freedom Friday selfie initiative is an outstanding platform for proud South Africans to express their pride and love for our beautiful country and all who live in it.“Great strides have been made over the past 20 years, and it’s important for all of us to unite and collectively celebrate. We support the call for everyone to wear their SA colours with pride each Friday.”Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile said: “We have reason to celebrate our achievements since 1994.“Our country still faces challenges, but together we can work towards a shared and prosperous future, with less than two weeks to go before Freedom Day, April 27, as part of the celebration, let us wear and show off our pride in being South African.”Freedom Fridays form part of the build-up programme towards the 20 anniversary celebrations of our freedom and democracy on 27 April. At the same time, it aims to promote and deepen social cohesion and nation building.Every Friday, people are encouraged to wear anything that expresses their national pride, including the flag, the jerseys of their favourite national sporting teams or anything that reflects their unity as a nation.The campaign is a partnership between the department, Brand South Africa, Lead SA, the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) and Proudly South African.Yusuf Abramjee of Lead SA called on the nation to support the initiative. “Freedom Fridays campaign is a powerful platform for us all. Together, we can make a difference.”The public can use a mix of social media sites to share their stories and thoughts on the last two decades of democracy:Twitter: @20_yofFacebook: 20YOFSource: read more

U.P. BJP leader says Hanuman a Vaishya

first_imgUttar Pradesh BJP leader Vineet Agarwal Sharda has said Lord Hanuman belonged to the Vaishya community, weeks after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath termed the Hindu deity a Dalit.Mr. Sharda claimed on Thursday that the Vaishya community and Lord Ram come from the same lineage and Lord Hanuman is the adopted son of Lord Ram. Mr. Sharda, however, evaded reply to a question on Adityanath’s remarks. Addressing rallies before the recent Assembly election in Rajasthan, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister had said Lord Hanuman belonged to Dalit and tribal communities. “Hanuman was a tribal, a forest-dweller and was deprived. Bajrang Bali worked to connect all Indian communities together, from north to south and east to west. This was his resolve as it was Lord Ram’s wish. Just like him, we should also not rest till we fulfil that wish,” Mr. Adityanath had said. ‘Temple construction ’ On the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya, Mr. Sharda said the work was on and would be completed soon.last_img read more

Five stories in the news for today July 10

first_imgFive stories in the news for Monday, July 10———MORE EVACUATIONS AS B.C. WILDFIRES WORSENThe wildfire situation in the B.C interior is still escalating. More than 7,000 people had fled their homes by Sunday evening, and emergency officials expect that number to rise as hot, dry, windy conditions continue to fuel more than 200 fires that have charred at least 230 square kilometres. The Ashcroft Indian Reserve is among the hardest hit communities — most of its homes have been gutted. Many tears were shed as evacuated residents returned last night to see all they’d lost to the flames.———FORT MCMURRAY HELPS B.C. FIRE EVACUEESSeeing reports of the wildfire evacuations in British Columbia has brought back stressful memories for residents of Fort McMurray, Alta., who had to flee a devastating fire just over a year ago. But they’ve sprung into action by collecting donations of supplies for first responders, driving those supplies to B.C., and offering advice and guidance for evacuees through a Facebook page.———B.C. FORESTS MORE FIRE-PRONE THAN IN THE PAST: EXPERTIt’s a sad irony — an expert on the subject says British Columbia has become so successful at dousing wildfires that it’s actually made forests more prone to flames. Lori Daniels is an associate professor of forest ecology at UBC. She says increasingly successful firefighting efforts over recent decades have allowed for denser forests with more dead material on the ground. So now when fires ignite Daniels says they’re much more severe and fast-moving.———DELAY IN URGENT SURGERY UPS DEATH RISK: STUDYA new Canadian study suggests patients whose emergency surgeries are delayed due to a lack of operating room resources have an increased risk of death or need extra recovery time in hospital. Researchers at the Ottawa Hospital found surgical delays for patients with serious or life-threatening conditions had almost a 60 per cent higher risk of dying compared to those who received more timely treatment. The study is published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.———ONTARIO SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT ON $15 MINIMUM WAGEOntario’s bid to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by Jan. 1, 2019 is being put to the public this week. Proposed legislation, which also includes equal pay for part-time workers, increased vacation entitlements and more personal emergency leave, starts committee hearings today. The move is strongly opposed by business groups, but it has the support of some prominent economists.———last_img read more