County councillors vote in support of border poll

first_imgDonegal’s County Councillors have voted in support of the Good Friday Agreement and preparations for a border poll on Irish unity.The vote was held at this month’s county council meeting in Lifford in respect of Sinn Féin Councillor Terry Crossan’s first motion.Cllr Crossan called on the council to re-affirm its support for the Good Friday Agreement and to urge the Government to prepare for a border poll on Irish unity. Cllr Crossan told council members that all the negative impacts of a no-deal Brexit will be caused by partition.“I think the only lasting solution we can have is reunification,” Cllr Crossan said.“I think it would be the responsible thing for the government to lay down the groundwork for a border poll and ensure it is won for a United Ireland,” he added.Cllr Liam Blaney opposed the motion and asked Crossan to consider amending the wording to delete any mentions of the border poll. “I believe it’s natural that the north and south will unify down the line,” Cllr Blaney said, adding: “We should call on the government to plan for Irish unity. We should work with north and south to ensure nobody is left behind. I believe that a border poll will make things divisive.”Cllr Crossan refused to amend his motion, saying that the idea of a border poll is enshrined within the Good Friday Agreement.Councillors voted to pass the motion, with 17 votes for, 9 against and one abstention.County councillors vote in support of border poll was last modified: October 3rd, 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:border pollBrexitDonegal County Councilgood friday agreementlast_img read more

Wolfe commits to Lewis and Clark

first_imgMcKinleyville High baseball’s Regan Wolfe signed a letter of intent to play collegiate baseball at Lewis and Clark College (Portland, Ore.), during a ceremony at the high school Wednesday evening.Wolfe, a four-year varsity player, helped the Panthers to a 22-4 record, a Big 5 Conference championship and a North Coast Section Division-IV championship game appearance last season, his senior season with the team.The versatile first and third baseman leaves McKinleyville with 57 career hits and …last_img read more

BRICS a boost to Brand South Africa

first_imgMiller Matola, CEO of Brand South Africa,at the BRICS roundtable with the FT.“One way or another this will help usachieve our country’s developmentobjectives,” he said.(Image: Nosimilo Ramela)MEDIA CONTACTS• Brand South Africa+27 11 483 0122info@brandsouthafrica.comNosimilo RamelaSouth Africa’s ascendance to the BRICS group of major emerging economies is a boost to the country’s brand, Miller Matola, CEO of Brand South Africa (BSA), said at a BSA roundtable discussion with London’s Financial Times on Tuesday.“One way or another this will help us achieve our country’s development objectives,” Matola said. He added that membership of BRICS – the economic alliance that includes Brazil, Russia, India and China – puts South Africa on the centre stage of global change, rather than on the sideline, he said.“This helps us as a brand. What it says to the world is, consider us a serious economic player.”The roundtable event, held at Summer Place in Johannesburg, brought together South Africa’s top business executives and politicians to examine South Africa’s role in BRICS and the opportunities membership presented to the country and the rest of the African continent.It included a panel discussion among top CEOs, some of the best brains in South African business: Maria Ramos of the Absa banking group, Jerry Vilakazi of Business Unity South Africa, Frontier Advisory’s Martyn Davies, and Benjamin Mophatlane of Business Connexion. The discussion was facilitated by Financial Times bureau chief Andrew England.Most speakers made the point that, in addition to South Africa’s strong economy and developed infrastructure, the country’s position as the gateway to the rest of Africa gave it a valuable role in BRICS.Davies made the point that the ‘S’ in BRICS should actually stand for SADC, and not South Africa, referring to the Southern African Development Community of 15 African states, including Botswana, the DRC, Angola and Tanzania. “This partnership will not only benefit South Africa, but also the continent, as it will open up trade in Africa,” he said.Speaking before the discussion, deputy minister of International Relations and Cooperation Ebrahim Ebrahim said that while South Africa does not officially represent the continent in BRICS, its membership would give Africa a stronger voice, not only within BRICS, but also across all international platforms in which the BRICS countries are individually represented.He added that South Africa’s accession to BRICS is a natural fit. “Our positive attributes that put us in a different category include our role as a major economic player in Africa, our mineral and industrial output, our electricity generation capacity, our road, rail, ports, communication infrastructure, our sophisticated financial markets and service industries, our manufacturing capacity, our membership in the G20, and our level of industrialisation,” he said. “All these, and many more, profile us in a very positive way.”The membership was the result of two years of in-depth planning and joint efforts by the public and private sector, Ebrahim said, adding that South Africa should not underestimate its status as a deserving member of BRICS.“We agree that we do not have a major world population size in comparison to other BRICS member states, including the high-digit growth rates enjoyed by its BRICS partners,” he said.“We move from the premise that, there are attributes that fellow BRICS member-states see in us, that we choose to overlook or undermine. We also argue that, if we consistently profile ourselves as that small country on the southern tip of Africa, we will go nowhere.”last_img read more

Imperial SA in Asian joint venture

first_img16 August 2013 South Africa’s Imperial Logistics has entered into a joint venture with international advisory and procurement firm The Beijing Axis to improve its international supply chain management in Asia. The partnership will enable Imperial and its clients to benefit from increasing trade between Africa and Asia, according to Imperial’s chief integration officer, Cobus Rossouw. “This joint venture produces a team with the ability to build a seamless distribution channel from China – and other Asian, low-cost manufacturing countries – to Africa, and vice versa,” Rossouw said this week. It is expected to boost both firms’ operations in the mining, construction and industrial sectors. “We can support manufacturing up-time, capital project feasibility and cost optimisation,” he said. “This is possible through sourcing, delivering and managing competitively priced, high quality goods. Such wares include raw materials, consumables, maintenance, repair and operations items, construction material and capital equipment. “The Beijing Axis experience and expertise in low-cost country sourcing and international logistics will support our clients and expand our ability to serve their needs in Asia-Africa business initiatives,” Rossouw said. It will also provide operational and strategic support to Imperial’s clients expanding into Asia. The Beijing Axis currently has offices in China, Singapore, Australia and South Africa. “Our joint venture with The Beijing Axis reflects Imperial Logistics’ commitment to ensuring that our clients are positioned to take advantage of global mega-trends like the shift of economic and political power from West to East, and from developed to developing markets,” Rossouw said. SAinfo reporter “The Beijing Axis’ work is always cross-border – supporting international firms as they act in unfamiliar territory in China and Asia, or supporting Chinese and Asian firms as they venture out and go global,” said Beijing Axis managing director Kobus van der Wath.last_img read more

The Reason You Aren’t Being Hired to Sell

first_imgWhat will you read here is straight talk. But it comes from a good place.A lot of people are looking for work in sales. They send me their resumes, even though I don’t place salespeople. They send me InMails on LinkedIn to tell me and everyone else that they are looking for a new position. And then these job-seeking “salespeople” post their resumes on job boards and “apply for work.”The problem here is pretty fundamental: the people looking for work in sales are supposed to be salespeople.A company hires a salesperson to win new business. The first step in that process is reaching out and developing a relationship so that you can create that opportunity. Prospecting is what salespeople do every day. Except it appears when they want a job. When they want a job, they email people, post their resumes, and sit and wait by the phone. Or laptop.If you are the kind of salesperson who emails people and patiently prays for a call, then you aren’t establishing that you are the kind of salespeople people need. You are projecting that you are exactly the kind of salesperson that most sales managers and sales leaders avoid hiring.What should you do if you want to be hired to sell? Pick up the phone and call the hiring manager and book an appointment. Call them and ask them to interview you. Demonstrate that you have the exact skills they need. You will prove that you know how to prospect. By calling directly, you will have proven that you can sell. More importantly, you prove that you will sell—instead of waiting around for someone to read your resume and call you. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now How close to your prospecting plan is your plan to get a new job?What are you projecting as a salesperson while you are working on finding work?If you were hiring a salesperson, how would a job-seeker distinguish themselves?last_img read more

Doctor honoured for her work with CLP patients

first_imgA doctor from north Bengal, Neela (Cathrine) Bhattacharya, has been awarded for her work with children born with cleft lips or palates. Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit recently presented the award instituted by a Chennai-based organisation. Dr. Bhattacharya has treated around 4,000 children. She is also the recipient of the 100 Women Achievers in India award, given by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development. Dr. Bhattacharya was the first to set up a plastic surgery department in Siliguri. She said she was elated with the award, “particularly as it came from [her] home State Tamil Nadu”.last_img read more

NCAA to be more lenient on technical fouls

first_imgView comments Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games The league will also retain its rule on hand checking.“You can not use your hands to prevent offensive players from moving because we believe that talent should come through and we will not allow dirty tactics and hand checking to prevent that,” he said.Players and coaches will also be given more room to react on calls.“We will not slap automatic warning or technical foul based on the initial reaction of a player or coach because we want to give them a chance to control their emotion and we don’t like the league with robots and not playing with human element, which is the beauty of sports,” said Saguisag.“Of course, there are boundaries and we will punish people who will cross the line,” he added.ADVERTISEMENT Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNCAA deputy commissioner Atty. Rebo Saguisag said the league has created a 40-man pool of referees from the Basketball Referees Association for Schools, Colleges and University in hopes to have a unified interpretation of rules.The 93rd Season of the NCAA opens on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Last year, the league had three separate groups in its officiating team under the guidance of then-commissioner Andy Jao.“This year, we tapped BRASCU because we want consistency and one interpretation of our rules,” said Saguisag, who filled in for commissioner Arturo “Bai” Cristobal during the PSA Forum on Tuesday at Golden Phoenix Hotel in Pasay City.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSaguisag also said the NCAA will revert back to Fiba ruling with the application of possession arrow instead of jump balls in the last two minutes.“We agreed in principle that we will return to the possession arrow rule the whole game,” said Saguisag. MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Last one for Pacquiao—Roach Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LATEST STORIES LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveralast_img read more

Aspria Hotel opens in Berlin

first_imgCome November 6 and the German capital will be home to another health and wellness resort. Located in Berlin’s affluent Charlottenburg district, the Aspria Hotel, a 42-room retreat, is connected to a state-of-the-art spa and sporting club. Berlin-based designer, Michael Brown of NAU, redesigned the former industrial space. The spa has been extended and refurbished, adding a hamam, a salt inhalation room and a wave dream installation relaxation room to the saunas, whirlpool, kneippbaths and the rooftop terrace. The Aspria Hotel Opening Special, valid until January 2010, offers rooms at Euro 89 per night. For reservations, visit www.aspria-hotel.comlast_img read more

Rep Glenn votes to protect underage sex crime victims

first_img House approves legislation to safeguard students on school property Categories: Glenn News,News 08Mar Rep. Glenn votes to protect underage sex crime victimscenter_img State Rep. Gary Glenn today voted in support of legislation to help local school districts better protect students who are underage victims of sex crimes.The three-bill package requires schools to permanently expel students who are convicted of criminal sexual conduct against another pupil enrolled in the same school district; prohibit an expelled student from attending another public school in Michigan unless they go through a reinstatement process; and, if a personal protection order is ordered for the victim of sexual assaults, the offender would be prohibited from entering the victim’s school.“This is purely common sense legislation because it is unfathomable that sexual predators can be riding the bus or be in the same classroom with their victims, just because both are legally minors,” said Glenn, of Williams Township. “If the perpetrator and their victims were adults, the law allows judges and police to severely limit contact and protect the victims, if not putting that offender in jail. Unfortunately, that is not the case for underage victims and we must address it.”Currently, a school is only required to expel a student who commits a sex crime on school grounds. The legislation was prompted by a recent Livingston County case where a 16-year-old was convicted of criminal sexual conduct against multiple victims as young as 12.“School campuses and communities must be kept as safe as possible – these bills are another easy step toward that goal” Glenn said. “We have to work together to ensure we are safeguarding all our students.”House Bills 5530, 5531 and 5532 advance to the Senate for its consideration.#####last_img read more

French pay TV operator Canal Plus has launched a c

first_imgFrench pay TV operator Canal Plus has launched a companion screen app for rugby fans.The Canal Rugby App will allow viewers to watch Top 14 French rugby clubs’ matches from a range of different camera positions as they are broadcast live on Canal Plus on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.The app will also make available additional video content covering the arrival of players at the stadium, warm ups and other behind the scenes action, post-match interviews and complete coverage of press conferences. Viewers can also access highlights of all Top 14 matches, as well as interviews and analysis.Other features include the ability to take notes on the match and players and compare these with those of other subscribers and the ability to exchange and share commentary via Twitter.The launch of the app follows Canal Plus’s successful launch of similar service for football fans, which has been downloaded 700,000 times.last_img read more