Verified: Cllr McBrearty confirms he is considering his position with Fine Gael

first_imgNewly-elected county councillor Frank McBrearty has confirmed to Donegal Daily that he is considering his position within the Fine Gael party.Sources very close to the Raphoe politician yesterday told us that he was on the verge of quitting the party just three days after the local elections.Some misinformed commentators dismissed the story on social media as they could not verify it. However, last night Cllr McBrearty confirmed to us on the record that he is due to meet with senior Fine Gael members to discuss his future.He said “I can confirm that I am seriously considering my position within the party. Somebody within my inner circle spoke to Donegal Daily yesterday because they are disgusted by the way I am being treated.“Today I want to confirm the story. I feel I am being bullied and treated atrociously by certain members of the party.“I want unity in this party but I have been told now that I was not wanted and that I was never wanted by certain people. “We have been Fine Gael people for many years back to when people like Jim Higgins took up our case in the 1990s when we were being wrongly accused by the Gardai.“Fine Gael took up our case and I’m a proud member of the Fine Gael party.”He said he was sorry that people like Minister Joe McHugh had become involved in the controversy.He added “It is a crying shame that Joe McHugh is stuck in the middle of this. He endorsed me because he knows what I can do.“I have not spoken to him directly about this because he is in America but I know that he is aware of it. I will speak to him about it when he comes back,” he added. He added that it was a matter of public record that councillors Martin Harley and Jimmy Kavanagh did not want him in the party.The 50-year-old businessman said that if he quits Fine Gael he will either stand as an Independent or will co-opt a member of his family to the council seat.He added “Nobody will get my seat only a member of my family because it’s a McBrearty seat.“They may try to take it off me but I will fight them through the courts for it.” He added that he never wanted to top the poll in last weekend’s election and denied that his vote had fallen.He said this was a strategic plan which almost brought three seats to Fine Gael in the Lifford/Stranorlar area but said that Cllr Martin Harley’s transfers were a “disgrace.”Asked what would change his mind about resigning from the party, Cllr McBrearty said he wanted unity among the elected members of Fine Gael.“There is no unity at present and there is a concerted effort to get me out by certain people.“I have been bullied and my mental health has suffered. Some people within this party have treated my family atrociously and I will not allow that to continue,” he said.Verified: Cllr McBrearty confirms he is considering his position with Fine Gael 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:donegalFine GaelFrank McBreartyquitlast_img read more

Angola ‘a strategic partner for SA’

first_img12 January 2011Angola, endowed with rich resources including oil, diamonds and other minerals, is a strategic partner with enormous economic potential, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies told a South Africa-Angola business forum in Pretoria.Davies told delegates at the forum, which took place in December, that the infrastructure construction programme currently going on in Angola offered numberous opportunity in areas including housing, rail, road, and port infrastructure.Furthermore, the governments of the two countries had given full backing to the South Africa Angola Housing Initiative that is aimed at the reconstruction of central and eastern Angola.“Angola is our 10th largest supplier of imports into South Africa, and is the only country in Africa which is in the top 10,” Davies said. “The total value of imports in South Africa in 2009 was R11.7-billion, and [in 2010] up to August the total was R11.1-billion.”He added that South Africa was involved, together with Angola and Namibia, in initial work on the Trans Kunene Corridor and the envisaged Namibe-Malanje and Cubango corridors.“We think that this developmental corridor could improve the transport logistics between the two countries by providing rail and road network to complement the existing network and could contribute to the promotion of investment activities,” he said.Strengthening financial cooperationDavies added that the Declaration of Intent on Financial Cooperation that was signed by President Jacob Zuma and his Angolan counterpart in December would enhance trade relations between the two countries.“This means that three of South African institutions namely, Development Bank of Southern Africa, the Industrial Development Corporation, and Export Credit Insurance Corporation, which are involved in the provision of financial resources, will increase their efforts to make more financial resources available to support the growing partnership between the two countries.”In particular, the Development Bank of South Africa and Banco Africano de Investimentos, Angola’s largest commercial bank, recently reached agreement on a historic credit line of R1.75-billion.“The two financial institutions expect to conclude the loan agreement in the coming months,” said the Department of Trade and Industry after the agreement was reached. “The two countries further committed to the establishment of a formal business structure to discuss areas of mutual interest on trade and investment.“In this regard sectors that have been identified include; mining, tourism, infrastructure, energy, as well as finance.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

From page to canvas: Broken Monsters charity art show

first_imgSouth African author Lauren Beukes is helping to promote a culture of reading in South Africa. The proceeds from her latest charity art show are going to the children’s literary organisation, Book Dash. Pages from her book, Broken Monsters, were turned into creative designs and sold for R1 500 each. Pages of Lauren Beukes’ book Broken Monsters were turned into pieces of art to raise money for a children’s literary organisation, Book Dash. (Image: Supplied) Priya PitamberSouth African science fiction and fantasy writer Lauren Beukes has strong opinions about reading. “It should be available to everyone,” she wrote on her website.And Beukes is trying to do just that with her latest charity art show. Entitled Broken Monsters Charity Art Show, “proceeds will go to a kids literary non-governmental organisation, Book Dash with over a hundred stellar South African artists creating an original work on a page ripped out of my novel, Broken Monsters“.Beukes has partnered with curator Jacki Lang on the project, as well as chicken restaurant chain Nandos. Each unique art creation was sold for R1 500, only one per person, and the money will enable Book Dash to print books for children across South Africa, in the country’s major languages.“Reading is also about understanding the world and who we are in it,” she continued. “Stories allow us to live other lives, to spend time in someone else’s head, to feel empathy.”She recently gave a Tedx talk about stories being powerful, how they allow people to be more than they are, “allowing us to imagine other people and other lives”.With the charity show, she said a story was able to make a difference in reality, because every art work sold meant Book Dash could print 150 books for children who needed them. “It’s a story being turned into art being turned back into stories (and art) in the form of kid’s picture books,” Beukes mused.My @etchedvector @laurenbeukes @Book Dash fundraiser with #nandos pic.twitter.com/KXZw9rkmHA— Angel Kamp (@AngelKamp) November 14, 2015Group effortBeukes described Lang as an old friend, someone who always put together interesting art shows.Speaking of the collaboration on the Broken Monsters Charity Art Show, Beukes said: “She’d just returned from London and I wanted to go bigger and more ambitious with The Shining Girls Art Show because I’d had such success with a novel and I wanted to share the spotlight and use it to do some good in the world.”Book Dash did such good work because it created what she called “beautiful original South African picture books with amazing local artists and writers in several different languages that they distribute free through local literacy organisations and also free on their website for anyone to print out”, Beukes said.“They really care about the power of story to open doors in our heads and in the worlds and their dream is for every child to own 100 books of their own by the time they’re five years old.” Beukes said it tied in beautifully with the theme of her book. Find out more about Book Dash:As for Nando’s, Lang approached the chicken restaurant chain because it had already shown commitment to local art. “They are known for dipping their wings in playful and unusual marketing,” Beukes said. Artists created unique pieces of art for the Broken Monsters Charity Art Show. (Image: Supplied) Each piece of art was sold for R1 500 and all proceeds went to charity. (Image: Supplied)Not the firstBeukes has used her books previously for good causes.“The stuffed toy Moxy monsters raised R15 000 for a women’s project in Montagu, the Zoo City Art Bares raised R18 000 for the Suitcase Project in Hillbrow,” she explained.“We auctioned off a sloth scarf for Khulisa, which works with offenders and ex-offenders and we levelled up when I brought ace curator Jacki Lang on board and The Shining Girls Charity Art Show raised R100 000 for Rape Crisis.Broken MonstersWhen her novel Broken Monsters was published in 2014, there was talk about creating an art show for a children’s literary organisation. “But I was on a hectic international tour schedule, so the timing just didn’t work out,” Beukes recalled. “But we picked up on it this year.”She explained Broken Monsters was chosen because “it’s my novel and my passion project”.From Cape Town to JoburgThe first exhibition was held in Cape Town on 12 November; Beukes described it as “so great”. “I was blown away with the art – and the sheer range of styles and mediums and interpretations,” she said.Blown away by the talent and generosity of the artists who created original work to raise money for @Book Dash pic.twitter.com/LL238c0EJN— Lauren Beukes (@laurenbeukes) November 13, 2015The queue, she said, went around the block and the show raised over R200 000, double the amount raised during The Shining Girls show.Lang shared a similar sentiment. “I was so overwhelmed with the beautiful and generous responses from our artists,” she said. “They gave so much of their time, input, creativity and resources and each and every artwork was unique.”Lang said it was a magic recipe: artwork came from many sought-after artists and emerging talent; it was created specifically for the event; and it was for a great cause. “I am so grateful to everyone that came and everyone that took part.”Their collaboration shows in Joburg for the first time on 26 November and they have high hopes for it. “The work is all new work – in most cases our artists donated two pieces – one for Cape Town and one for Joburg – so it’s going to be a whole new show,” Lang said.The culture of reading“Reading statistics report that only 14% of the South African population are active book readers, and a mere 5% of parents read to their children and over half of South African households (51%) do not have a single leisure reading book,” said Rejoice Mabudafhasi, the deputy minister of arts and culture at the launch of National Book Week in September.“Hence we deemed it fit that we continue to strengthen our partnership with the South African Book Development Council as we instil a culture of reading, with a strong focus on promoting indigenous languages, local authors as well as library awareness and access,” Mabudafhasi said.It was through reading that South Africans would continue to ensure that their diversity and unique heritage united them as a nation. “Reading will take us on a journey to discover who are we as a people and embrace our diversity.”last_img read more

HipGeo: Tech Veterans Tackle Geo 2.0

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… What does the next generation of location based social networking look like? Unless something shocking comes up, it’s probably going to look like this: persistent location tracking, recommendations and deals based on personal location history and selective location sharing with friends. Those are things someone is going to nail and probably sometime soon. One young startup called HipGeo thinks it can do it. Founded and advised by a very strong team, including some early Yahoo people, HipGeo has described itself as “Mint.com for your location” (cool!) and is in fundraising mode now. No launch date has been disclosed yet, but the information available online so far about the company indicates that this is one you’ll want to keep an eye on.HipGeo promises to let users do the following:build personal location diaries, including an automatic daily email summary of all the places they went and how long they spent thereshare trips, media and place reviewssee where their friends aresend and receive notes left at locations, for particular friendsget discount alerts targeted to them based on their location, location history and psychographic profile Tags:#Location#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market It sounds a little like Google Latitude, a little like another small startup called Geoloqi (our review) and a little like Facebook Places. In the HipGeo fundraising presentation that the company posted to DocStoc this week, there’s no mention of geocoded datasets based on interests other than shopping nor is there any indication that this location service is finally going to be the one to make my location dream come true: tell me the history of the place I’m at. (I swear I’ll pay a monthly subscription fee to have one fast button on my phone that will deliver news and historical information about the adress I’m at. Am I really so rare in that? Sadly, I probably am.)Update: It turns out my cynicism is incorrect. HipGeo co-founder Rich Rygg says that the service will in fact deliver some place history! “We’ve already pulled together city information for a New City Alert (‘You’ve entered a new city, would you like to learn about it?’) and will deliver the Wikipedia listing and more,” he says. “We envision allowing people to sign up for Friend Alerts, Information Alerts, and Offer Alerts, plus the easy ability to share with your friends and family via existing social networks. Our plans for a place include both the HipGeo information and stats, anything available for the place on Facebook, Wikipedia, Twitter, Youtube, or elsewhere. Those are the easy. It is very interesting to think about the history thread of a place, the neighborhood, the city, the state, the country, the geology….all starting with the geocoded location.” Yes sir, it does!Given the team behind HipGeo, it’s sure to be interesting. It includes former Yahoo execs Scott Daniel, Jeff Kunzelman and Rich Rygg. Advisors include very early Yahoo engineer and former Chief Technology Evangelist Ash Patel, CitySearch co-founder and CEO Charles Conn and eHarmony Chief Scientist and former Kaiser Permanente Research Director Galen Buckwalter, Ph.D. Let’s see what you’ve got, guys. The future of location based social networking is yours to innovate or execute your way to the top of. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

#KicksStalker: Lonzo Ball swaps his ZO2s for a pair of Kobes

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments Lonzo wore a pair of adidas James Harden Vol. 1 during his workout with the Lakers, and it’s understandable since UCLA is an adidas school.And even four-time MVP LeBron James, who was in attendance in the Lakers’ 103-102 win over Philadelphia, had to take notice of Lonzo’s brand switch.“Just. Do. It,” James posted on his Instagram with a video closeup of Lonzo’s feet.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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 Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Priced at upwards of $495, the ZO2s are worth more than double most basketball sneakers and it’s something LaVar Ball, Lonzo’s over-spoken father, described as ahead of other global brands such as adidas, Nike, and Under Armour.While Lonzo wore his signature shoes in his first two games in the NBA Summer League but those couple of outings both resulted in losses for the Lakers.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 starsOn Thursday, however, the Laker rookie ditched his ZO2s and rocked a pair of Nike Kobe A.D. “Purple Stardusts” in a game where he exploded for 36 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds, and five steals.This isn’t the first time, though, that Lonzo wore shoes not under his family’s Big Baller Brand. Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives against Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot #20 of the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2017 Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 12, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Los Angeles won 103-102. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPPolarizing NBA rookie Lonzo Ball has been grabbing headlines, sometimes not his own doing, even before the Los Angeles Lakers drafted him second overall in the 2017 Draft.One of the things the public took notice of the former UCLA Bruin was his overpriced signature ZO2 shoes from under his family’s Big Baller Brand.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong #KicksStalker: Irving pays tribute to women with new Kyrie 3 colorway El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveralast_img read more

Novak Djokovic advances in Shanghai Masters, Del Potro exits

first_imgNo longer concerned about titles and honors, Novak Djokovic is instead trying to rediscover the inner joy he used to have while playing tennis.And after beating Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-3 Tuesday in the second round of the Shanghai Masters – his first win following a month-long injury layoff – the top-ranked Serb said he’s closing in on that feeling again.”When I get on the court, of course I want to give my best and eventually try to win the match,” the 12-time Grand Slam champion said. “But not as a priority of must-win type of mindset, because that is not working for me anymore.”I have just a different kind of vision right now.”It’s been a summer of soul-searching for Djokovic, who admitted to being both emotionally and mentally exhausted after finally succeeding in his quest to win the French Open and complete a career Grand Slam.He lost in the third round of Wimbledon and afterward reportedly said he was dealing with personal issues. He then went into the Rio de Janeiro Olympics with high expectations of winning gold only to stumble in the first round against Juan Martin del Potro and exit the tournament in tears.”I really wanted it too much maybe,” Djokovic said.Then came another frustrating loss to Stan Wawrinka in the U.S. Open final and an elbow injury that sidelined him for a month.CHANGE IN MINDSETBack on court again in Shanghai, an upbeat Djokovic said he needed the time off to recharge mentally and put his career goals in better perspective.advertisement”The last three months were up and down a little bit with oscillations, but generally I didn’t find that kind of satisfaction on the court,” he said before the start of the tournament. “I do really feel like I’m already getting better because I changed my mindset. … I think I’m a different person than I was maybe three months ago, maybe six months ago.”Djokovic was rusty in his comeback – double-faulting four times and making 18 unforced errors with only 13 winners – but he had no trouble dispatching an even more erratic Fognini, who racked up 40 unforced errors of his own.Djokovic is aiming to win his fourth title in Shanghai, a tournament where he has a 25-3 record.GOFFIN OUSTS DEL POTROAlso Tuesday, Juan Martin del Potro faded down the stretch against 11th-seeded David Goffin, dropping serve in the 11th game of the third set and losing 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.The Argentine, on his own comeback from a series of career-threatening wrist injuries over the past several years, was trying to maintain the momentum that saw him win the Olympic silver medal and reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals last month.”In the end of the match, I make mistakes with my forehands and in important moments, and I think he took all the chances to win the match,” Del Potro said. “But for me, it has been a great season. (I’m) trying to do a good comeback after many injuries. This is just a match.”Nick Kyrgios, fresh off winning his third title of the year at the Japan Open on Sunday, defeated Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-4.”I was just feeling very tired today. Didn’t have the greatest sleep last night and obviously got in late the day before,” the 12th-seeded Australian said. “It was just tough.”Sixth-seeded Gael Monfils also moved into the third round with a 7-6 (4), 6-3 win over Kevin Anderson, and ninth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 7-6 (6).Two other seeded players fell in the first round, No. 10 David Ferrer and No. 14 Richard Gasquet. Bernard Tomic retired from his match against 15th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut with an abdominal muscle pain while trailing 6-3, 3-0.last_img read more

10 months agoSACKED! Asier Garitano loses job at Real Sociedad

first_imgSACKED! Asier Garitano loses job at Real Sociedadby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAsier Garitano has been sacked by Real Sociedad.The team are fifteenth, with five wins, four draws and eight defeats, and Garitano’s style hasn’t convinced the board of the club.”We appreciate Asier Garitano’s contribution, professionalism and dedication,” a brief statement read, wishing him all the best for the future.Imanol Alguacil, who already took charge of the team at the end of last season after the dismissal of Eusebio, and who was head of the academy since then, takes over. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoMan City and Real Madrid settle fee for Brahim Diaz

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City and Real Madrid settle fee for Brahim Diazby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City and Real Madrid have settled on a fee for Brahim Diaz.BBC Sport reports City youngster Diaz is close to joining Real Madrid for an initial £15.5m.There has been uncertainty over the 19-year-old’s future since the start of the season.City manager Pep Guardiola previously said the club were trying to persuade Diaz to sign a new contract.However, the Blues have now accepted that Diaz, a Spain Under-21 international, will join Real Madrid for a fee that could rise to £21m.Diaz joined City from Malaga as a 14-year-old in 2013 and made 15 first-team appearances, four this season. last_img read more

a month agoAtalanta striker Duvan Zapata cools Man Utd, West Ham talk

first_imgAtalanta striker Duvan Zapata cools Man Utd, West Ham talkby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtalanta striker Duvan Zapata insists he’s happy where he is.Zapata is being linked with Manchester United and West Ham.He said, “I am not even thinking about the idea of leaving Atalanta. In football, as in life, you do not know what the future holds, but I have no thoughts other than doing my best for Atalanta.“Our only objective is to be protagonists, so we don’t name targets. “My personal aim is to improve consistently and score as many goals as possible. (Gian Piero) Gasperini is a pleasure to work with, even if it’s exhausting.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Get Fierce With Tyra Banks For Charity

first_imgOmaze.com has launched an opportunity for Tyra Banks’ fans to get fierce, fearless, and fabulous with their favorite star!Get Fierce with Tyra BanksBeginning today, Tyra’s fans can log on to Omaze.com, make a $5 donation and will immediately be entered for an once-in-a-lifetime chance to be flown out to New York City with a friend. The winner will bring their fiercest pose and smize for the camera, as they walk down the carpet as Tyra’s special guest to the “Flawsome Ball” in New York City, which benefits her non-profit organization.As if this experience couldn’t get any better, the night is topped off with a live performance by Grammy Nominated Drake (try not to faint) and complete with airfare and hotel stay. Every five entries from this online sweepstakes benefit the Tyra Banks TZONE at the Lower Eastside Girls Club. You can read more about the Tyra Banks experience here.Omaze offers everyone the opportunity to engage in once-in-a-lifetime experiences with celebrities, athletes and the world’s greatest thinkers with the proceeds benefitting a social cause. The process works similar to a charity raffle. The user friendly site allows anyone to enter to win an Omaze experience of their choice by donating just $5. Once the deadline to enter for the experience passes, they collect all the entries and select the winners through a third party computer generated random selection process. The proceeds are delivered to benefit a specific social cause. The goal of the campaign is clearly quantified and they track the impact overtime so you can see how your support has impacted lives.last_img read more