first_imgA 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 DOMHNAILLlast_img read more

Major Chinese bank opens SA office

first_img“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 materiallast_img read more

Motsepe Foundation gives R117m to South African education

first_img25 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 Agencylast_img read more

Slacker Redesign Sets Streaming-Music Battle With Spotify & Pandora

first_imgnick 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 last_img read more

The Breast is Best

first_img 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: JISlast_img read more