A man who threatened Fianna Fail Senator Brian O Domhnaill during a late night bust-up on a mini-bus has been ordered to pay €5,000 to charity.Jimmy Sharkey ordered to pay €5,000 donation.Jimmy Sharkey pleaded guilty to using threatening and abusive behaviour against Senator O Domhnaill. Other charges of actual assault by another man against Senator O Domhnaill have been adjourned after the man also pleaded guilty.Sharkey, a 46 year old father-of-four, who is based in Bayside, New York, admitted being involved in the incident at 4.50am on August 22nd, 2010.Letterkenny Circuit Court heard Sharkey and his co-accused Cathal O’Donovan (44), of New Eltham, London met Mr O Domhnaill outside a chipshop in Gaoth Dobhair.It was alleged that he told the two men they could get a lift in a mini-bus back to where they were staying.However the two men missed their stop and ended up “on a tour of North Gaoth Dobhair.”Senator O DomhnaillThe men were then left back to a local hotel An Chuirt where they got out.However, the men protested and tried to get back on the mini-bus during which Sharkey was alleged to have become engaged in threatening and abusive behaviour towards Mr O Domhnaill with intention to provoke a breach of the peace.O’Donovan also admitted assaulting Mr O Domhnaill.The court heard that Mr O Domhnaill never got off the minibus and Judge Keenan Johnston said it should be noted that he was not in any way responsible for the incident.Barrister Damian Crawford said his client had never been in trouble before and had lived in New York for 20 years.He said the case had caused him serious distress and that his father was currently very ill in hospital.“This was a simple matter that escalated into people being driven around the country in the middle of the night and people were annoyed. Mr Sharkey has never fallen out with anyone and wants to apologise to everyone on the bus,” said barrister Crawford.He asked Judge Johnston not to record a criminal conviction but deal with the matter by way of a donation to charity.Judge Johnston agreed the incident arose out of drink but said Sharkey was a 46 year old who had never been in trouble before.He told Sharkey that if a sum in total of €5,000 was paid to the Friends of Letterkenny Hospital by April 1st, then he would not record a conviction against him.Sharkey later returned to court and paid the €5,000 into court and Judge Johnston discharged the case.MAN THREATENED SENATOR IN MINI-BUS BUST-UP was last modified: January 29th, 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:assautbreah of peaceCathal O’DonovanGaoth DobhairJimmy SharkeySENATOR BRIAN O DOMHNAILL
“Being an important gateway of Africa to the world and a member of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), the Republic of South Africa is recognised as a model of the fast-growing economies in Africa,” he said. The total amount of financing agreements signed by ICBC was over US$7-billion, making ICBC one of the most influential Chinese financial institutions in Africa. The office will also focus on strengthening strategic cooperation between ICBC and Standard Bank, in which the Chinese bank acquired a 20% stake in 2008 for R36.7-billion. “Across the African continent, from the construction of the largest coal-fuelled power station in Botswana, to the syndicated loan to Ghana Cocoa Board; from the Angola Social Housing Constructions Site to the Nigeria expressway, staff of the two banks are working together on the frontlines,” said Jiang. “ICBC’s purchase of a 20% stake in Standard Bank was the largest Chinese investment in Africa and signalled ICBC’s clear commitment to Africa,” said Standard Bank Group CEO Jacko Maree. “ICBC’s decision to open a representative office in South Africa reflects the strong belief we have in Africa, as well as the importance of the China-Africa strategic partnership.” By the end of September 2011, the two banks had been involved in over 110 cooperative projects, covering multiple areas such as corporate business, settlement and cash management, IT, money market and risk management. Maree said that Standard Bank was working closely with ICBC to identify new business opportunities across the continent The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China officially opened its first African representative office in Cape Town last week, seeking to increase its understanding of African markets and facilitate increased trade and investment between China and the continent. Speaking at the inauguration of the office, ICBC chairman Jiang Jianqing said the strategic positioning and growth potential of Africa in the long run had always been a focus of the bank. Identifying new business opportunities 29 November 2011 SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
25 November 2015The Department of Basic Education has received a donation of R117-million – to be made over a period of 10 years – from the Motsepe Foundation towards sporting and cultural competitions.Of this, R55-million will be allocated over the first five years to the Kay Motsepe Schools Football Cup, the ABC Motsepe Schools Choral and Traditional Eisteddfod, and the Kay Motsepe Schools Netball Cup. The announcement was made on 24 November in Johannesburg.In the subsequent five years, from 2021 to 2025, the Motsepe Foundation will contribute another R62.5-million.The foundation is committed to supporting and developing innovative solutions, leadership activities, internships and development programmes and other initiatives that will enhance education, sustain and provide opportunities for the benefit of the current and emerging generation of leaders, according to the organisation.The department and the foundation are in discussions to identify prizes for the winners of the various categories of the choral and traditional eisteddfod, as well as the netball cup.The football cup has been running for the past 10 years and is believed to have the largest prize money in a schools competition in the world. The winning school receives R1-million from total annual prize money of R3.4-million. Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga. (Image: South African Government News Agency)There were 25 000 public and private schools in South Africa, said Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, and each school, from rural and urban areas, would be invited to participate in all three competitions.“Sporting and cultural activities in education help advance social cohesion and are an integral part of a holistic education system,” she said at the announcement. “As the Department of Basic Education, we are extremely grateful to the Motsepe Foundation for this generous contribution, which we believe will go a long way in advancing the development of our learners within the system.”These educational programmes would help to enhance the national identity of learners and promote the country’s diverse cultural understanding. Co-founder and deputy chairperson of the Motsepe Foundation, Precious Moloi-Motsepe.(Image: The Motsepe Foundation)Sport and music made an important contribution to the growth and development of youth; they also helped young people to become good role models, said Precious Moloi-Motsepe, the co-founder and deputy chairperson of the Motsepe Foundation.“My father-in-law, ABC Motsepe, loved choral and traditional music and before he started his businesses, the school where he was the headmaster participated in choral and traditional music competitions. I am also excited that we will be sponsoring netball, which is very popular among our girls,” she said.The South African Football Association (Safa) has also supported the Motsepe Foundation and the department in promoting football in schools.Source: South African Government News Agency
nick statt 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Music streaming service Slacker has been around for quite a while – six years and counting – but has never been able to gain the traction enjoyed by its competitors Pandora and Spotify. That may begin to change with Slacker’s full mobile and browser facelift, which rolled out to users Tuesday and comes equipped with a handful of new channel additions.In an effort to make things cleaner, simpler and a bit brighter (a good move considering it differentiates the design from that of Spotify’s darker hue), both the mobile and Web versions Slacker is now awash in a pleasant blue-and-white scheme. The browser version has an elegant single-page interface that prompts you to jump right into streaming with a search bar. One look at the old site, which can still be accessed through a link at the bottom of the homepage, illustrates just how much Slacker’s design sensibilities have improved. It also went ahead and axed its old motorcycle-company-look logo, opting to simplify the design to better fit with the new color scheme and cleaner interface. But better design means nothing without stronger functionality to go with it. Slacker has always had competitive features, but the redesign makes them more accessible – and make now a good time to check out the oft-overlooked service. One strength is that Slacker is everywhere – on Blackberry, iOS, Android, Windows Mobile, Nokia and Palm as well as through your browser.Slacker has also cut deals with a handful of car companies and entertainment-hardware manufacturues, from Ford and Tesla to Sonos and Logitech. So while it may lack the cultural pervasiveness of Pandora and Spotify, it certainly has the physical ubiquity to be a major player.The new update adds a radio section with plugins for big players in the sports radio and news marketplace – ESPN and ABC News – with more to arrive in coming months. You can also find a few comedy channels in the section, opening the door for a slew of podcast and other unique Web chat platforms to find their way to Slacker. But Slacker’s big strength has always been its more than 200 hand-curated sections, an output of creative human manpower that puts even the best algorithmic music-selection tools to shame. The ability to pinpoint the work of an artist during a certain timespan – a period that may not be tied to a specific set of albums – and then create a “station” built off that by other human listeners is invaluable.Slacker’s service, much like its competitors’, is free if you can tolerate advertising. For $3.99 a month, you can get Slacker Plus, which kills the commercials, and $9.99 a month gets you the Premium version, which adds offline listening. To promote the new and improved Slacker the company is offering a free 1-month Premium subscription on February 14 and 15. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#Pandora#Slacker#spotify#streaming music
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, September 21, Kingston – Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has reiterated calls for mothers to consider exclusive breastfeeding of their babies for the first six months of life in order to reduce infant mortality and morbidity rates. He noted that appropriate breastfeeding practices have the potential to lower infant mortality in children five years old and younger by 14 per cent, while appropriate complementary feeding up to two years of age can prevent an additional six per cent of deaths among the age cohort.The Minister, who was addressing the National Breastfeeding Week conference and launch at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, on Tuesday (September 19), said the target is for 50 per cent of infants to be exclusively breastfeeding at six months of age. He noted that in 2005, the rate of exclusive breastfeeding at six months was 15.1 per cent, increasing to 23.8 per cent in 2011.“However, this is still well off course to meet the Global Nutrition Target of at least 50 per cent by 2025,” he said.Dr. Tufton said Jamaica is committed to reducing infant mortality and morbidity, and has agreed to, or has endorsed several international agreements and goals that are aimed at promoting and protecting infant and young child health. He said that gains are being made, but there is still much work to be done to achieve the targets. He is urging persons to become informed about the benefits of breastfeeding.Research has shown that breastfeeding helps to reduce the risk of childhood asthma and obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) later in life, such as diabetes and heart disease. Long durations of breastfeeding also protect maternal health by helping to lower the risk of breast and ovarian cancers.Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Winston De La Haye, said National Breastfeeding Week is being observed from September 17 to 23 under the theme ‘Sustaining Breastfeeding Together’ and emphasises that “all sectors, all groups have a role to play in supporting breastfeeding”.He said the objectives of the two-day conference are to highlight the role of infant and young child feeding in the achievement of the sustainable development goals, share current elements of the benefits and impact of breastfeeding and effective strategies for the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding.It is in keeping with World Breastfeeding Week 2017, observed by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) in August through partnership with World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), along with civil society groups.Also at the launch were Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/WHO Representative in Jamaica, Bermuda and Cayman Islands, Dr. Noreen Jack; UNICEF Representative in Jamaica, Mark Connolly; and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Representative in Jamaica, The Bahamas and Belize, Dr. Gillian Smith.Release: JIS
One of the singles off his 2017 album Everybody, “1-800-273-8255,” leapt onto the music scene and brought the Maryland native to a whole new audience. Not just any phone number, 1-800-273-8255 happens to be the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which offers services to those experiencing a mental health crisis, including suicidality.The song, which also features Alessia Cara and Khalid, poignantly captures a dialog between a suicidal hotline caller, the counselor on the other end of the phone and the resulting journey from feeling hopeless and alone to finding a little hope.Though suicide is the leading cause of death among 15–24 year olds, and it claims more than 38,000 lives each year, few artists tackle the subject head on in the way Logic did. He revealed during a visit to the Recording Academy’s Santa Monica, Calif., headquarters that he was inspired to write the song after he went on a tour around the country to meet his fans. Many told them his music had saved their lives.This got him thinking about not only the power of music to heal, but also how, as a society, we often don’t talk openly about mental health. Though he said it was hard to talk about topics such as suicide and anxiety, which is featured on another track on Everybody, “Anziety,” he knew it was vitally important.”I was so scared for so long to say that because society has lead me to believe that my anxiety is stupid and shouldn’t be talked about, or that suicide, ‘Who cares, who’s weak enough to kill themselves?’ Which is the most terrible, disgusting, ugly thing somebody can say,” Logic said. “That’s why I decided to write about these topics because I was scared to write about them. And since I was scared, I was like, ‘Well damn, it must mean it’s good.'”And it was good. “1-800-273-8255″ earned Logic his first two career GRAMMY nominations at the 60th GRAMMY Awards for Song Of The Year and Best Music Video. Logic, Cara and Khalid also gave a stunning performance during the 60th GRAMMYs telecast alongside real suicide attempt survivors, which had an even more profound impact: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline received triple their normal volume of calls following the performance.For Logic, opening a dialog was also personally important because he has faced his own challenges with mental health.”I wrote these things from a selfless place in my heart because there’s so many people out there struggling, and I was struggling,” Logic shared. “My highest grossing year was my most unhappy year of my life because I was working myself to death.”Nowadays, Logic has been working to find a way to balance a high-pressure career with the things that matter in life. The advice that works best for him?”Balance yourself,” he says. “That’s what you have to do, and that’s what these songs are about.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 18, 2018 – 4:40 pm Logic’s Suicide Prevention With “1-800-273-8255” News The GRAMMY-nominated rapper shares why he overcame his fear about making music on difficult topicsRenée FabianGRAMMYs May 18, 2018 – 4:42 pm It’s been a big year for rapper Logic, and perhaps surprisingly, a lot of that comes down to his willingness to tackle the difficult subjects of mental health and suicide head on. Logic Tackles Mental Health, Suicide Prevention inside-logics-1-800-273-8255-suicide-prevention-song-mental-health-awareness-month Email Inside Logic’s “1-800-273-8255” Suicide Prevention Song | Mental Health Awareness Month Twitter Facebook
Spider-Man: Far From Home director talks postcredit scene… How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order Sphero Spider-Man 2:17 TV and Movies Spider-Man: Far From Home had plenty of Easter eggs to catch if you were paying attention. Sony Pictures Spider-Man: Far From Home wouldn’t be a proper Marvel movie if it wasn’t full of Easter eggs. The subtle references run the gamut from mentions of characters from other Marvel Cinematic Universe films to specific comic book issues related to the film. Here’s a roundup of the Far From Home Easter eggs and what they mean for the MCU.There are plenty of Far From Home spoilers below, so consider this your spoiler warning. Who’s thirsty for Hydro-Man?After the kids survive the Water Elemental’s attack on Venice, one of them mentions a Buzzfeed article reporting on a man named Morris Bench, who has water powers. That’s the same name as Hydro-Man, a Spider-Man villain who can transform his body into water. Bench is considered one of Spidey’s low-tier bad guys who typically runs with groups of other weak villains. BFPPeter’s uncle, Ben Parker, gets mentioned only minimally in the two MCU Spider-Man films, and in Far From Home he only gets a nod when the initials “BFP” appear on a suitcase. The initials reference Uncle Ben’s full name, Benjamin Franklin Parker. In the latest episode of Fat Man Beyond, co-host Mark Bernardin pointed out the suitcase is a metaphor for the “luggage” Peter is carrying over his dead uncle. The “luggage” is then gone by the end of the movie. Earth-616 and 833As referenced in my CNET colleague Roger Cheng’s roundup of our biggest Far From Home WTF questions, Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) says he came from a destroyed Earth-833 to help save Earth-616. Although that proved to be a lie, 616 is the designation for Earth in the Marvel comics. Earth-833 is an alternate universe first mentioned in the Spider-Verse event in the comics as the home of Spider-Man UK. Marvel considers the MCU to be Earth-199999.Betty Brant introduces Phase 4After the “touching” tribute to Tony Stark and Captain America, Betty Brant (Angourie Rice) briefly mentions that “we’re moving on to a new phase of our lives.” The timing is spot on as Phase 4 of the MCU will go beyond the two mainstays in the upcoming films. For those wondering about Brant herself, in the comics, she’s J. Jonah Jameson’s (J.K. Simmons) secretary and one of Peter Parker’s love interests before marrying Mary-Jane Watson. Now with Cap’ out of the way, Chris Evans can return as Johnny Storm. 20th Century Fox More 4? There’s an advertisement with the numbers “1, 2, 3” and the words “Something big is coming” in the background of one of the shots in the first postcredits scene. This could be another reference to MCU’s Phase 4, but the numbers have circles around them. The number 4 with a circle around it is the symbol for the Fantastic Four, which is now a Disney property. Could this be referencing the superhero team coming back for a third time, but this time in the MCU? Or could that ad simply be a regular New York City ad? Dr. Selvig is a TV starDr. Eric Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) played a major role in the first two Thor films and the first Avengers film. Since then, the astrophysicist appeared on the educational TV series Nova as indicated by the film choices Peter scanned on the flight to Venice. Dr. Selvig is on the display cover for Nova: Einstein Rosen Bridges. Far From Home postcredits scenes, explained Our biggest Far From Home WTF questions Far From Home is a perfect Avengers: Endgame epilogue Preview • Sphero’s new voice-activated Spider-Man toy sure is chatty Tags 26 Photos More Spider-Man 0 “ASM 212” was written on a boat in Venice and is The Amazing Spider-Man #212, which marked the first appearance of Hydro-Man. A partial license plate near the beginning shows “ASM 463,” which would be The Amazing Spider-Man #4 released in 1963 and was the debut of Sandman. Then there’s “ASM 28965,” or The Amazing Spider-Man #28 that featured the first appearance of Molten Man in 1965. For those paying attention, these four comics featuring the first appearance low-tier bad guys also references the four elementals seen in the film: earth, water, wind and fire. There will likely be more Easter eggs when Far From Home is available to purchase for home viewing in the form of deleted scenes and other content from the film. Originally published on July 8.Update, July 15: Adds background details. Share your voice null Now playing: Watch this: Who owns The Daily Bugle?When J. Jonah Jameson reveals on TV that Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is Spider-Man, off to the side is the logo for The Daily Bugle, which contains its URL TheDailyBugle.net. The address leads to nowhere, but a quick check of the domain on WhoIs shows it’s registered to Sony Pictures. Issues with license platesScattered throughout the movie are license plates referencing the comics. One is “AMF-1562” or Amazing Fantasy #15, Spider-Man’s origin comic released in 1962. Another is “TASM-143,” which would be The Amazing Spider-Man #143. That issue introduced the Cyclone, a low-tier bad guy, but also had a cameo of Gwen Stacy who was killed off in the comics years prior. This would be one of several issues setting up the introduction of the Jackal who cloned both Gwen Stacy and Spider-Man.
Momentum is immensely important in sports, more so, in T20 cricket, where the team on a roll tends to win matches in a spree. Royal Challengers Bangalore, who finally got off the mark in this year’s season, would want this momentum to carry them forward. They take on the Mumbai Indians, a side which lost their previous encounter against Rajasthan Royals, and in Wankhede where the surface generally evens out the contest, this match promises to be a real humdinger.Predicted XI for both sides: Rohit SharmaIANSMumbai Indians Predicted XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Jason Behrendorff, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit BumrahRoyal Challengers Bangalore Predicted XI: Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali, Marcus Stoinis, Shivam Dube, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed SirajFantasy tips and suggestions: File photo of Royal Challengers Bangalore playersSAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty ImagesWicket-keeper: Quinton de Kock, after a series of starts, finally got going in the match against Rajasthan Royals and should be the first pick in the side as he will now fancy a string of big scores under his belt, before jetting off to South Africa for World Cup preparations. Batsmen: Rohit Sharma looked a million dollar in the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore and might enjoy the RCB bowling attack on a flat Wankhede surface. Also, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers have found their groove and if RCB have to dominate in the remainder of games, both these batsmen have to keep churning out runs. Suryakumar Yadav can be the fourth pick as the batsman in this side as he has looked in good form this season and a big score could well be around the corner.All-rounders: Hardik Pandya and Marcus Stoinis – While Hardik has been in fine six-hitting form for Mumbai Indians this season, Stoinis has been a mixed-bag. Both these players have to be more consistent with the ball for their sides to motor on in this tournament.Spinners: Mumbai Indians spinners have not been very good this year. While Rahul Chahar has looked in patches,he has not been able to pick enough wickets. Yuzvendra Chahal, on the other hand, has been the most consistent player for RCB over the years and this season has not been any different. He should be in the side as the lone spinner.Seam bowlers: Jason Behrendorff was taken to the cleaners by Chris Gayle in the previous game, but with the new ball, he has the tendency to pick up wickets up front. He should be accompanied by Jasprit Bumrah, who has been brilliant once again. From the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Umesh Yadav should be picked as he has a good record against the Mumbai Indians.
Bombay Stock ExchangeINDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesDisappointment over the Budget proposals and muted global markets led the Sensex to log the heaviest fall in seven months on Monday. Both the key equity indices — Sensex and Nifty — fell over 2 per cent. The shares of Hero MotoCorp, Bajaj Finance, ONGC, State Bank of India and Larsen and Toubro saw a major dip. The 30-scrip Sensex closed 792.82 points or 2.01 per cent lower at 38,720.57 and the broader Nifty50 declined by 252.55 points or 2.14 per cent to 11,558.60. The Bombay Stock Exchange in Mumbai on Feb 29, 2016 (representational image).IANSAmong the Nifty50 benchmarks, Nifty PSU Bank saw the maximum fall of about five per cent, whereas Nifty Bank, Nifty Auto, Nifty Fin Service and Nifty Realty indexes were trading red with a fall of two per cent.The global market saw the S&P BSE MidCap trading at around 14450 levels with a deep cut of 266 points whereas the S&P BSE SmallCap was trading at 13,803 levels with a nose dip of 338 points.Here are the reasons behind the sudden market downfall:Post-Budget Trauma Red Budget by Nirmala SitharamanThe proposals by the Modi government in the Budget 2019 have annoyed the investors. The increase in the minimum public shareholding of listed companies from 25 per cent to 35 per cent has created a revolt within the companies and direct investors. Other proposals like taxation of 20 per cent on buybacks have raised concerns about the repurchasing value of the stake of major companies. As per an Economic Times report, the proposal of the income tax hike on high net worth individuals will affect 2,000 global funds.US jobs dataThe US saw the ugliest slowdown in their job hiring in May, as per a Reuters report. The sudden slowdown has resulted in dashing the hopes of rate cuts by the US Fed. The largest employers could only employ about 2,24,000 people last month.The rupee and crude oil competitionThe US job data pulled down the oil markets, the value of rupee and other market currencies against the US dollar. The value of rupee to dollar fell by 21 paise to 68.63.
Map of DhakaPolice have arrested five people in connection with a rape and murder in the capital city’s Kadamtali area.The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) said this in an SMS sent to media houses on Thursday morning.According to the text message, members of the Kadamtali police station arrested the five men on Wednesday night.The police did not unveil details of the arrestees.The text message read that the DMP will hold a media briefing over the matter at 11:00am.