first_imgDonegal Sinn Féin Deputies Pearse Doherty and Pádraig MacLochlainn outside the Dáil with students and teachers from Colaiste Ailigh in Letterkenny.Donegal South West TD Pearse Doherty hosted the tour of more than 60 students from Letterkenny.  COLAISTE AILIGH STUDENTS GET DAIL TOUR WITH DONEGAL TDs was last modified: March 21st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:COLAISTE AILIGH STUDENTS GET DAIL TOUR WITH DONEGAL TDslast_img read more

Q&A: A’s pitcher Fernando Rodney takes us under his crooked cap

first_imgFor more 2019 MLB preview stories, check out our Bay Area baseball guide.It’s safe to say Fernando Rodney is comfortable in his own skin. What else would you expect from the game’s eldest statesman and the No. 2 pitcher on the active saves leader list?If 45-year-old Bartolo Colon retires, the 42-year-old Rodney will assume the mantle of MLB’s most senior citizen.Playing for 10 different teams over 16 seasons, the right-handed, three-time All-Star has amassed 325 saves — second only to Craig …last_img

Khris Davis extension a good first step for A’s

first_imgThe Oakland A’s are an organization that is defined by missteps, but on Thursday, they made a significant move in the right direction.Signing a star slugger like Khris Davis to a two-year extension wouldn’t be groundbreaking news for most teams. It’d be a big deal, of course, but it wouldn’t stand so starkly in the face of organizational convention.That’s because other teams do their best to not let their best players walk away as free agents. The A’s, on the other hand, have shown their best …last_img

More Lotto funds for social development

first_img23 July 2010 Public, beneficiary concerns As a result, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has directed that at least 50% of the funds available for distribution must go to priorities that include the expansion of home-based care services, development of facilities for disabled people, and substance rehabilitation and treatment services. Removing barriers to access According to a statement by the department this week, a number of concerns were raised by the public and beneficiaries of the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund that the funds were not reaching its beneficiaries on time, and that there were no effective measures in place for expedient distribution of these funds. “These funds must benefit rural development and educational needs in a meaningful manner,” the department said. In order to minimise the risk that may arise with the removal of this requirement, the DTI’s deputy-director general for general, consumer and corporate regulation, Zodwa Ntuli, said that thorough checks would be done on applicants, including site visits and reference checks. They will also streamline the processing of applications by the National Lotteries board, all the way from application point to payment, in order to make the process more transparent and efficient. Priority funding areas It also includes sports and recreation for talent development, education designed for early childhood, adult literacy and vocational training. “Any misuse of funds intended for development of communities will not be tolerated,” she said. “We call upon the National Lotteries Board and the Distribution Agencies to deal severely with people found to be misusing funds, including referring them to the police for appropriate action to be taken.” Having considered the accessibility of the fund to smaller non-governmental organisations and community-based organisations, Davies has decided to do away with the compulsory requirement for first-time applicants to produce audited financial statements when applying for funds.center_img South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry has introduced new regulations that will see National Lottery resources being used increasingly for community and rural development, while also making it easier for first-time applicants to access funding. Thorough checks on applicants Organisations that received funding before from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund will still be required to produce such audited statements, as required in the Lotteries Act. The regulations, which fall under Section 60 of the Lotteries Act of 1997, seek to improve the efficiency and distribution of resources of the National Lottery Distribution Fund. “It is important that the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund be distributed in a manner that addresses developmental needs in rural, poor and under-privileged communities,” the department said. Over and above this, there were concerns that the funds were not being distributed to development of communities that really needed them. The new regulations come into effect on 30 July 2010. Specific attention would be given to organisations that have a history of failing to account for funds received from other donors and those whose members were previously involved in misusing donor funds. “This requirement was onerous and excluded a number of deserving beneficiaries,” the department said. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Low turnout in constituencies with star candidates

first_imgBarring one, many constituencies in Maharashtra which boasted of candidates with star appeal failed to attract voters for the Assembly elections. Worli, from where Shiv Sena’s Aaditya Thackeray made his electoral debut, registered an almost 5% dip in voting percentage from 55.75% in 2014 to 50.20% on Monday.Nagpur South West, the constituency of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, registered a drop of around 6% from 56.23% in 2014 to 50.37% this time. State unit president of the BJP, Chandrakant Patil, who has shifted from Kolhapur to Kothrud in Pune, may find the going tough with the constituency seeing a major drop of around 9% voters. In 2014, 56.53% electorate exercised their franchise, which has come down to 47.20% this time. Mr. Patil had initially faced opposition from the Brahmin community after the BJP refused the ticket to sitting party MLA Medha Kulkarni.In Parli in Beed where the Munde cousins — Pankaja and Dhananjay — are fighting it out, the voter turnout has gone down to 70.12% from 71.12% in 2014. The battle has become personal and emotional after Mr. Munde allegedly made objectionable comment against Ms. Munde and her supporters filed a police complaint. Mr. Munde too has filed an FIR against the BJP’s social media cell for distorting his speech clip.The only star seat which registered an increase in turnout was Karjat-Jamkhed in Ahmednagar district, where NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s grandnephew Rohit is making his electoral debut against State minister Ram Shinde (BJP). In 2014, the constituency recorded 66.11% voting which has gone up to 71.49% this time.last_img read more