Hundreds rally in Twin Towns for St Joseph’s Hospital protest – Pic Special

first_imgOver 1000 people braved the cold weather in the Twin Towns on Saturday to take part in the ‘Save Our St Joseph’s Hospital march’ in protest at what they say is Government inaction on the premises. Chairman of the group, Fr John Joe Duffy, has accused the HSE and the Government of making false promises to locals over the facility.On Friday, the HSE has again emphasised its commitment to the upgrade of St Joseph’s Community Hospital in Stranorlar. Following the march, Fr Duffy said: “The Call went out to put shoe leather onto the streets and over 1000 people responded. We are not going away.“Stop the Spin, stop the political lies, it is time to put the spades into the ground and secure St. Josephs for future generations.“Act now, stop the bluff, stop the spin. It is time for the government to stand up and be counted for St. Josephs, time for the government to put the plans and funding on the table and the spade into the ground.“The government needs to stop ducking and diving and stop getting the HSE to issue last-minute concoctions of words in attempts to hoodwink the people,” he added. “Because our people will not be hoodwinked nor will they any longer stand for the nonsense that they have thrown at us over the last three years and more.“Time to immediately restore staffing levels, to restore beds, to restore services, to practice what they preach about caring for elderly and vulnerable people in their own communities.“No more Chinese whispers. It is time for honesty and action.”  Hundreds rally in Twin Towns for St Joseph’s Hospital protest – Pic Special was last modified: March 24th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:St Joseph’s Hospitaltwin townslast_img read more

Read more

Picture Exclusive: Animal carcasses found during dig at farm

first_imgDepartment of Agriculture officials have discovered animal carcasses buried on lands outside Letterkenny today.The remains were found during an investigation carried out in conjunction with the ESB and Gardai today.Our exclusive pictures show Department of Agriculture officials placing items into green evidence bags at the scene of the dig. Officials had earlier used large JCB machinery to clear away earth in search for suspected buried animals.A source at the dig site confirmed to Donegal Daily “Animal remains have been uncovered. They have now been removed and will be analysed.”Officials from the ESB have also been at the site.It is understood these officials are examining possible illegal connections to the electricity grid. Gardai attended the scene and are assisting Department of Agriculture officials.However, they are not directly involved in any search or digging.The illegal burial of animals on lands if an offence and those found guilty of such offences can face a fine of up to €250,000 or five years in jail.Picture Exclusive: Animal carcasses found during dig at farm was last modified: June 1st, 2019 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:carcassesdigdonegalGardaiinvestigationsitelast_img read more

Read more

Arcata shuts out Mack for section crown

first_imgMerek Sears pitched a complete-game shutout and the No. 2 seeded Arcata High baseball team got it done when it mattered most against their Northern Humboldt nemeses, downing McKinleyville 3-0 to claim a North Coast Section Division-IV championship Wednesday night at the Arcata Ball Park.Tuesday’s title is the second in four years for Arcata, its last coming in 2016. After going 1-3 against McKinleyville in the previous four meetings between the two teams this season, Arcata — behind its …last_img

Read more

Pupils get a lesson on dignity

first_imgPupils at Gontse Primary School in Soshanguve who were given a talk on dignity. Dignity Day speakers Amukelani Mayimele of Zayrah, Leo Makgamathe of Brand South Africa, Neliswa Fente from SpringAGE and Nicolaas Herholdt from Rotary.(Images: Cadine Pillay) MEDIA CONTACTS • Leo Makgamathe   Brand South Africa   +27 82 557 3483 RELATED ARTICLES • Getting needy kids hooked on books • Why we need a literate nation • Spotlight on open access learning • Instilling a love of reading • Reading to boost our self-esteemCadine Pillay Ahead of Global Dignity Day on 20 October 2012, pupils at Gontse Primary School in the impoverished township of Soshanguve in Pretoria were given a course on dignity and self-worth by community-driven leaders of South Africa.Speaking to the pupils were Amukelani Mayimele of Zayrah, the NGO that supplies books to war-torn areas in Africa, Neliswa Fente from SpringAGE, which is a movement of young South Africans determined to make a difference, Nicolaas Herholdt from Rotary, the renowned organisation of community service clubs, and Leo Makgamathe of Brand South Africa.The event took place on 9 October, and the speakers were all well-received by Gontse Primary School as the pupils enthusiastically participated in the discussion of dignity.Dignity DaysGlobal Dignity Day was founded in 2006 by the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders (YGL), who realised the one thing that everyone in the world wanted was their dignity to be recognised.Since then they have worked with many other YGLs and other partners in over 40 countries, hosting what are known as Dignity Days. This involves going to schools and communities around the world and teaching a course of dignity to youth.“The aim is to instil a new, positive, inclusive and interconnected sense of value in young people that will guide them as they grow,” says Phuti Mahanyele, YGL and chairperson for global dignity in South Africa.The session at Gontse started with the young leaders sharing their own stories of dignity and a discussion on the principles of dignity with the pupils of Gontse; the pupils then volunteered to define dignity in their own words.Playing your part with dignity “To play your part with dignity, you have to know that you are responsible for yourself,” Fente told pupils. “We are the solution to our own problems.”Mayimele, founder of Zayrah, which also seeks to alleviate poverty and inspire Africans to better their lives, then urged the young pupils of Gontse to share their thoughts on dignity. Mayimele is also a One Young World (OYW) ambassador for South Africa. OYW is an NGO that connects young people with a desire to change the world.Herholdt concluded the dialogue by sharing his experiences of dignity and the challenges he has faced when he was a young person. “In life, your dignity will always be challenged, but you have to learn how to be strong,” Herholdt said.“Accept criticism, and accept that everyone is different and important. Be strong and know who you are.”The speakers, on behalf of their companies, also donated gifts to the school in the form of learning aids and books. Pupils who took part in the session and shared their views on dignity with the others received certificates of participation.last_img read more

Read more

The Loeries, the award-winning radio ad and other collaborations

first_imgBrand South Africa’s Play Your Part initiative was one of 34 Gold award winners at the Loeries this year. Here’s more on the award-winning radio ad and the current campaigns of Play Your Part.Sithembile Ntombela (right), Brand South Africa’s general manager of marketing, is pleased with the Loerie Gold award won for the Play Your Part radio ad. Here she is with Thobile Mushwana, a Play Your Part ambassador. (Images: Mathiba Molefe)Melissa JavanBrand South Africa’s Play Your Part won a Gold award at the Loeries this year, held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban. The Loeries awards ceremonies were held on 19 and 20 August 2017 during Loeries Creative Week Durban.The Loeries are the marketing and advertising industry’s awards. They are an opportunity for brands and marketers to view the very best work coming out of the region. All countries from Africa and the Middle East may enter all the categories, but entries from outside South Africa are judged separately.The Media Update reported that more than 3,000 entries were received, with 20% of them from outside South Africa. A total of 800 brands were represented by 400 agencies from 18 countries in Africa and the Middle East.The awardsThere were more than 240 Loeries awarded in 22 categories, including five Grand Prix, 34 Golds, 24 CraftGolds, 73 Silvers, and 102 Bronzes.The special awards included Nathan Reddy of Grid Worldwide, who was inducted into the Loeries Hall of Fame. He is the first designer to receive this honour.Brand South Africa was entered in the Radio Communication: South African Non-English Radio Station Commercials category. Its agency, The Odd Number, won the Gold for the After Tears radio ad for Play Your Part.Listen to the advert (or read the subtitles) here:In the same category, The Odd Number won a Silver for its BBC Lifestyle campaign, Hell’s Kitchen – Mama, Mfundisi, for the Hell’s Kitchen initiative.Joe Public won a Silver award for its Back to School campaign for Jet, called Hand-me-downs – Is’khaftini, Is’cathulo, Isokisi.Runners-up in the category were DDB, which won a Bronze for the Medal Paints Inkanyamba campaign, as did I See A Different You for the self-promotion campaign, Wa hamba Nathi.Communication for niche audiencesLoeries CEO Andrew Human told Campaign Middle East that the Loeries focused on being a regional specialist show. “In our judging, our judges are guided to look for regional excellence, to look for regional relevance.“Often you might find that niche work that may be overlooked in a global show, is what really comes out here and might get a strong award… We are looking for work in local languages that has a small cultural significance to the niche audience,” he said.“It doesn’t have to be a global campaign. It doesn’t have to make sense in London and in New York City. It can make sense in one city, in one country and region and we want to see how communication is being targeted to niche regional audiences.”The Q&APlay Your Part is a movement not a campaign, explained Sithembile Ntombela, Brand South Africa’s general manager of marketing. She was speaking at the media launch of the Play Your Part television series on 24 August 2017. “A campaign ends.“It is imperative to get South Africans to rally behind the Nation’s Brand. There are endless opportunities of getting involved and that is Play Your Part is a call to action programme that challenges every South African to play their part in their communities and contribute towards a positive social change.Sithembile NtombelaJournalist Melissa Javan spoke to Ntombela following the Gold Loerie win; she talked about what Play Your Part was currently doing:Melissa Javan: Congratulations on the Loerie win. How do you feel about it?Sithembile Ntombela: Ecstatic! Play Your Part was launched in 2011 with an objective of promoting active citizenship among citizens with a view that when we as a collective play our part, we will achieve what is set out in the country’s vision.After six years of hard work, receiving a gold award is a huge success and a key milestone for the organisation. This is also indicative of a hard working organisation, an organisation that continues to create a Nation Brand that inspires its people and is admired globally. Play Your Part affords us with a platform of bringing inspiration to life.MJ: What was the idea behind the radio ad?SN: The big idea was to show the reality of the consequences of driving after drinking alcohol. We believe that the number of road accidents continue to be on the rise and the campaign objective was really to activate the “rude awakening” of this reality.That is why the set of the ad is in heaven. If all citizens can play their part and promote responsible driving, the number of accidents can be reduced.MJ: Why was it specifically targeted at non-English speakers?SN: My view is that due to the lingo used, the ad lands itself naturally to a vernacular station. The plan is to get stakeholders to promote the ad and flight it on various platforms, including social media.MJ: Was it part of a campaign?SN: It was a tactical advert in support of the Arrive Alive campaign, which is often championed by the Department of Transport.MJ: How often does Brand South Africa do campaigns like these?SN: Brand South Africa works with and through various stakeholders and there are different collaborations that often take place. For example, there are the South African Premier Business Awards in collaboration with Proudly SA and the Department of Trade and Industry.However, this advert will be aired on different radio channels during the holiday season, with the objective of issuing a strong call to action.MJ: Can you name a few campaigns you are busy with now?SN: We are working with the Department of Trade and Industry on the South African Premier Business Awards. We are also busy with the Play Your Part TV series, which will start airing on 26 August 2017 on SABC 2, at 18h00.In addition, we are promoting the nation brand on international platforms through a partnership with CNN. We have an on-going media engagement to strengthen our relations with the media and get them to understand the nation brand performance.MJ: How important are the Loeries for South Africa?SN: Very important. They enhance the nation brand’s reputation and hopefully this can help in promoting the visibility of Brand South Africa. For me, the Loeries are a platform of celebrating creativity, talent and innovation. If a brand gets recognition at the Loeries, it enhances that brand’s reputation.MJ: Any final thoughts?SN: We will continue to work hard to ensure that the nation brand is recognised and that many South Africans can rally behind the brand and support Brand South Africa in advancing the long-term reputation and competitiveness of South Africa.Watch this year’s Loeries and the winners on its official site.Sources: Loeries, Campaign Middle East and Campaign Middle East, YouTube.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Read more

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue will be keynote speaker of 2019 Commodity Classic

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 Commodity Classic, held Feb. 28-March 2 in Orlando, Fla. Commodity Classic is one of the largest agriculture industry events, with close to 10 thousand attendees annually the past three years. Perdue will speak during the General Session, which is open to registered event attendees and is scheduled for Friday, March 1, at 9:00 a.m. at the Orange County Convention Center.Secretary Perdue is expected to share current news and perspectives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), with topics including international trade, farm bill implementation, rural development and the role of agriculture in America’s food security and economic health.Before Secretary Perdue, the General Session will include comments from leaders of the five associations that present Commodity Classic each year: American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.Finally, the audience will hear from Christine Cashen, known worldwide for her ability to entertain and energize audiences. Cashen will deliver a fast-paced, funny program on handling conflict and reducing stress, as well as tips on life, love, work and happiness.Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is a farmer-focused event with an emphasis on educational opportunities. It is unlike any other agriculture event, featuring a robust schedule of educational sessions, a large trade show featuring the latest technology, equipment and innovation, top-notch entertainment, inspiring speakers, and the opportunity to network with thousands of farmers from across the nation.Detailed information on all educational sessions, the full Commodity Classic schedule and online registration are available at commodityclassic.com. Attendees can register for all three days or choose one-day registration.last_img read more

Read more

These athletes also joined 2019 Traslacion of Black Nazarene

first_imgHotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIES Vosotros, who now plays for Caloocan Supremos in the MPBL, joined his then girlfriend’s “panata” starting 2008.Jervy Cruz, who is returning to action for Ginebra this season after a conference-long absence due to injury, also joined the festivities at Quiapo Church.Screengrab from Jervy Cruz’ Instagram post.Phoenix star forward Calvin Abueva, a devotee since his NCAA days at San Sebastian, was also spotted with his son during the Traslacion.In an interview with ABS-CBN, Abueva said that he hopes the new year can bring change after the hardships he experienced in 2018.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Screengrab from Borgie Hermida’s Instagram account.Hermida, who is now an analyst in the NCAA and the team manager of the Bataan Risers, has been attending the procession, which attracts millions of devotees yearly, since 2005.Ex-La Salle star Almond Vosotros was also at Quiapo with his wife Cess, whose family has been followers of the Black Nazarene for decades, and two-year-old daughter Caela.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MANILA, Philippines—Despite their daily grind, these athletes still made sure to celebrate the feast of the Black Nazarene by joining Thursday’s Traslacion around Manila.Former San Beda Red Lion Borgie Hermida, a long-time devotee of the Black Nazarene, was once again present on Thursday, keeping his vow to join the Traslacion for 15 years now.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiefer Ravena misses chance to share floor with Alyssa Valdez as NLEX muselast_img read more

Read more