24 Dec


first_imgPictured at the Irish Hotels Federation Conference in in the Knightsbrook Hotel in Trim County Meath where the IHF Gathering Awards were presented on Tuesday were from left, Michael Vaughan, Outgoing President, IHF, Margaret Jackson and Paul McCormack from Emerald Isle Gathering, Donegal receiving the ‘Best Sports Gathering award from Michael Ring, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and Jim Dollard, Executive Director, Electric Ireland.Picture by Don MacMonagleA former police chief from Ballybofey has hit the back of the net with his efforts for The Gathering.Retired NYPD Deputy Inspector Paul McCormack received the prestigious Best Sports Gathering Award at Trim Castle in Meath from Minister for Sports, Deputy Michael Ring TD yesterday.Mr McCormack was recognized for the extraordinary work he put in bringing the wonderful Gathering events he organized to Dublin and Donegal in 2013. Proud Ballybofey man Paul with his award.He brought the NYPD Gaelic Football Club to Croke Park for the first time, and arranged a special day in Croke Park for 44 local children from the Beann Eadair GAA club in Howth.He also arranged a special gathering charity game in MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey.Jim McGuinness and the 2012 Donegal Allstars joined forces with the NYPD team in a match against an Irish Legends team.Thousands of people turned out for a great game and a Donegal-New York night afterwards in Jacksons Hotel, Ballybofey. All proceeds from the event went to support Letterkenny General Hospital. Pictured at the Irish Hotels Federation Conference in in the Knightsbrook Hotel in Trim County Meath where the IHF Gathering Awards were presented on Tuesday were from left, Michael Vaughan, Outgoing President, IHF, Margaret Jackson from Jacksons Hotel, Ballybofey, Retired Deputy Inspector Paul McCormack, NYPD & Donegal receiving the ‘Best Sports Gathering award from Michael Ring, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, and Jim Dollard, Executive Director, Electric Ireland.  FORMER AMERICAN POLICE BOSS SCORES FOR DONEGAL’S GATHERING EFFORTS! was last modified: February 25th, 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:donegalPaul McCormackThe Gatheringlast_img read more

20 Dec

Giants’ bullpen struggling, but team may have struck gold with unlikely addition

first_imgCHICAGO — When the Giants added right-handed pitcher Jandel Gustave to their 40-man roster on July 18, the transaction appeared more like a clerical error than a wise decision.Gustave hadn’t appeared in a major league game since 2017, owned a 6.85 ERA at Triple-A Sacramento and wasn’t among the top five relievers on his minor league team.A month after Gustave’s name surfaced in an unlikely roster move, the Dominican Republic native has emerged as one of the Giants’ best relievers.“You look …last_img read more

19 Dec

‘I’ll call you’ – Nelson Mandela

first_img2 June 2004Nelson Mandela may have retired as president of South Africa more than five years ago, but the world’s most famous octogenarian has maintained a work rate that few men half his age could have kept up with, campaigning globally for peace, children and the fight against HIV/Aids in particular.Now, finally, Mandela has officially retired from public life – or retired from retirement, as he told invited guests and journalists at his Johannesburg home on Tuesday.His parting gift – a R1-billion endowment to South Africa, to be raised over the next five years by the three charitable organisations that bear his name: the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and the Nelson Mandela Rhodes Foundation.Mandela, who turns 86 on 18 July, said the rest would give him the chance to spend time with family and friends, to read more and to reflect on life.Quiet reflection“One of the things that made me long to be back in prison was that I had so little opportunity for reading, thinking and quiet reflection after my release”, Mandela said. “And of course, there are those memoirs about the presidential years that now really need my urgent attention.“I am turning 86 in a few weeks’ time, and that’s a longer life than most people are granted,” Mandela said. “I have had blessings of being in very good health, at least according to my doctors.“I am confident that nobody present here today will accuse me of selfishness if I ask to spend time, while I am still in good health, with my family, my friends – and also with myself.”Madiba said that while he did not intend to hide away totally from the public, he wanted to be in a position “of calling you to ask whether I would be welcome, rather than being called upon to do things and participate in events.“My appeal therefore is: Don’t call me, I will call you,” he said.That did not mean “our generous business community” should feel disappointed, Mandela joked. “I shall not totally forget you. When I notice a worthy cause that needs your support, I shall certainly call you.”EndowmentJohn Samuel, chief executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, told The Star that the three Mandela legacy organisations aimed to raise the R1-billion endowment – to be used to uplift the lives of South Africans – over the next five years.The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund has already raised an endowment of R250-million, Samuel said. The Nelson Mandela Foundation had set itself the target of raising R500- million, while the Nelson Mandela Rhodes Foundation was also targeting R250-million.“The leadership of what we call the three Mandela legacy organisations are present here today as proof and assurance that our work will continue,” Mandela said, “perhaps in an even more focused way now that the attention shifts from the individual to the organisations.”Mandela said he was satisfied that the three “independent but interlinked legacy organisations . are in full alignment with one another, each charged to giving expression to a specific aspect of human development.“I hope that you all will be as excited as I am about what will be achieved by these three highly functional and well-organised bodies working in our name. I hope you will also get a clear picture of how much care and thought have gone into aligning these structures and preparing them for playing a major role in South Africa and Africa for many years to come.”Mandela said he would spend his retirement at his homes in Mozambique, his birthplace Qunu in the Eastern Cape, Johannesburg and Limpopo – where, according to his personal assistant, Zelda la Grange, he will soon be going to continue work on his book.“We trust that people will understand our considerations and will grant us the opportunity for a much quieter life,” Mandela said.“Thank for being kind to an old man – allowing him to take a rest, even if many of you may feel that after loafing somewhere on an island and other places for 27 years, the rest is not really deserved.”Update, June 2013: The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory is now responsible for carrying out the core work of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The centre focuses on three areas – the life of Nelson Mandela, dialogue for social justice, and Nelson Mandela International Day. The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and the Mandela Rhodes Foundation are still sister organisations. Other institutions that have a stake in Mandela’s legacy include the 46664 Campaign, the Nelson Mandela Institute for Education and Rural Development, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, the Nelson Mandela Museum and the Robben Island Museum.WebsitesNelson Mandela Centre of MemoryNelson Mandela Children’s FundMandela Rhodes Foundation46664 CampaignNelson Mandela Children’s HospitalNelson Mandela MuseumRobben Island MuseumSAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

19 Dec

There’s a movement you can’t ignore…

first_img7 December 2007Heavy investment in world class infrastructure, and record levels of consumer confidence, are fuelling an economy that’s shown continuous positive growth for over a decade, in a country already rated as one of the world’s most stable and easiest with which to do business*.A recent example of this is the Industrial and commercial Bank of China, whose $5.5 billion stake in Standard Bank is not only the largest inward investment in South Africa, it’s China’s biggest financial acquisition ever*.And with our economy diversifying rapidly in preparation for the FIFA World Cup™ in 2010, we’re more than ready to compete.You see, there’s a movement here you can’t ignore. Investigate it. Invest in it. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

18 Dec

Mandela’s movie stirs Toronto audiences

first_imgIdris Elba stars as South African President Nelson Mandela in the film based on his autobiography, ‘The Long Walk to Freedom’. By Anne Taylor12 September 2013Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom premiered at this year’s Toronto Internatioal Film Festival – and apparently received an eight-minute standing ovation from the “visibly moved audience”.Based on Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, the film chronicles Mandela’s life from his childhood in the Transkei to his inauguration as South Africa’s first democratically elected president. It is the only official film based on Mandela’s life.Directed by Justin Chadwick, it was produced by Anant Singh who was given the rights to the film by Mandela himself more than 15 years ago.First reviews are in and are positive with Idris Elba, who takes on the title role, being singled out for his performance. “The restrained intensity of Idris Elba’s performance as Nelson Mandela ennobles this ambitiously sprawling biopic,” The Hollywood Reporter says in its review.I’m especially intrigued to see Naomie Harris as Winnie, and Riaad Moosa as Ahmed Kathrada. Others in the cast include Tony Kgoroge as Walter Sisulu, Zolani Mkiva as Raymond Mhlaba, Simo Magwaza as Andrew Mlangeni, Fana Mokoena as Govan Mbeki and Thapelo Mokoena as Elias Motsoaledi.The movie will premier in South Africa at the Maponya Mall in Soweto, and open at all other cinemas on 28 November.Read more on SA.info: Mandela movie wows Toronto fans and Mandela film sets to take on new lifeRead Brand South Africa’s statement: Long Walk to Freedom is showcased in TorontoSee photographs from the Toronto premier on City Press: Pics – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom lauded at Toronto screeninglast_img read more

18 Dec

Midmar Mile record holder to swim for charity

first_img22 January 2014 Seven-time champion Keri-anne Payne will return to the Midmar Mile for the 12th time on the weekend of 8 and 9 February. She won’t be challenging for the women’s title again, however. This time her visit is all about charity. The South African-born British star, a two-time 10 kilometre open water swimming world champion, will be part of the Eight Mile Club, which raises funds for various charities. She will be swimming for two charities, supporting the Pink Drive’s fight against breast cancer in South Africa and the UK educational charity, Skill Force, which partners with schools, and draws on the skills and experiences of predominantly ex- Forces personnel, to inspire young people to succeed.‘Midmar is part of my history’ “Midmar is part of my history and a race I love doing,” she said of her loyal support of the world’s largest open water swimming event. “Midmar was the competition we used to do as a family when we lived in South Africa, so I have many, many fond memories of the swim and will keep coming back as long as they will keep having me.” While still living in South Africa, Payne won her first Midmar Mile title in the girls’ under-13 category in 2001. It was a win that she still regards as a highlight of her swimming career, but, she said, the Midmar Mile has been the source of many other personal highlights.‘Highlights’ “Every year at Midmar has had highlights for me, whether it was the year that I first came back from moving to the UK, or the year that British Swimming brought out a team to do the race, or the year I got the record for the Mile. “My best Midmar, though, has to be the year I equalled the record for number of wins with Natasha Figge [now Panzera, with six victories]. I will always remember my brother Mark and father Jim talking about her when I was about 12 saying ‘She is amazing. I can’t see anyone beating her record!’ That was the year I decided that I would try my best to do that!” Payne’s hold on the title, which she had held since 2008, was broken last year when Ashley Twichell became the first American to claim the honours. Payne had taken a break after the London Olympics where she narrowly missed out on a medal after finishing in a heart-breaking fourth place and was not in prime form, but she was still good enough for second place.‘A really interesting year’ “It was a really interesting year for me,” she recalled, looking back on 2013. “Midmar 2013 was the starting point last year to step back into the open water racing world and I had decided that I wanted to make it back to World Championship form and compete in Barcelona .” Payne placed 14th, just six-and-a-half seconds behind gold medallist Poliana Okimoto. After competing in Barcelona, it was time to rethink her approach. “After the World Champs I took some time out and decided that I needed a break from the sport and had time to really think about what it is that I want to do. After a lot of thought and discussions with my coach, we decided to put a plan in place to get me in the best form possible for Rio 2016, which has meant that this season – September 2013 to September 2014 – I have taken a year out of elite competitive racing marathon swimming. “So far, this year has involved swimming once a day, more gym work, and working on my step into the ‘media’ world.”An exciting time For Payne, who has dedicated so much of her time to competition, the new year is an exciting time filled with very different goals than those she has held onto in recent times. “2014 is a year for me recuperate the mind and body and do things I have not been able to do for many years,” she explained. “An example was being able head out to San Fransisco and Brazil for ‘fun’ competitions, and I am finally able this year to compete in my first Eight Mile Midmar, which I am very excited about!”last_img read more

17 Oct

NewsAlert Disgraced senator Don Meredith quitting upper chamber amid scandal

first_imgOTTAWA – Disgraced Sen. Don Meredith is resigning from the Senate rather than wait to see if his colleagues expel him for having a sexual relationship with a teenage girl.Meredith says in a statement that he recognizes the reputation of the Senate is more important than his “moral failings.”More Cominglast_img

16 Oct

Pretty Little Liars Star To Host New Horizons Gala

first_imgNew Horizons will welcome actor Brant Daugherty, of ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars,” to be part of the 14th Annual “Havana Nights” themed gala to be held at Los Calamigos Ranch at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, CA on Saturday, April 18, 2015.Brant Daugherty, who has used his talent to help raise funds for New Horizons in the past, will be hosting the 14th Annual Gala. Daugherty will be front and center during the evening’s awards ceremony which will include presentations to PDC – A Brady Company; Patrick McClenahan and the 2015 Special Olympic World Games; and singer, Clay Aiken, who will be honored with New Horizons’ Celebrity Advocacy Award.“Each year, New Horizons hosts a themed Gala to raise funds and celebrate those who have helped in supporting the agency’s mission. This year we are proud to present a night that will be both entertaining and heartwarming, showing all those who attend the work that New Horizons does throughout the year.” states New Horizons’ President and CEO Cynthia Sewell.The evening will also consist of various musical performances by Torrey DeVitto, members from ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” the Karina Smirnoff Dance Studio, and the award winning UCLA Latin Jazz Band. The gala will also feature both a silent and live auction, along with a few other special surprises.

For ticket information and to find out how to become an event sponsor, contact Judi Pennella at 818-894-9301 or [email protected]
New Horizons is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower individuals with intellectual disabilities to fulfill their dreams. Through partnerships, community education, and advocacy, we create a brighter future in which our clients are accepted by, participate in, and add value to the community. New Horizons has been serving adults with developmental disabilities since 1954. For more information about New Horizons, visit www.newhorizons-sfv.org.last_img read more

16 Oct

Take A Selfie With Cristiano Ronaldo For Charity

first_imgFans can now take a selfie with football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo wherever and whenever they please, and help kids at the same time.Today, the master of selfies has launched his CR7Selfie: Fans with a Cause app, in which fans can take a selfie with Ronaldo in one of several different outfits and poses – in a tux, holding the European Golden Boot, singing karaoke, to name a few – then share it with their friends, family, followers and other CR7 fans on various social media platforms. Available globally on Apple App and Google Play stores, the app, developed by 7Windows Consulting, will cost €1,99 to download, with a portion of worldwide proceeds of every download going to Save the Children.“I am thrilled to launch this app to engage with my fans in a new way,” said Cristiano Ronaldo. “From the very beginning, I knew that I wanted this app to support a charitable cause I believe in. I have been involved with Save the Children for several years now and knew they were the best partner for this app. As a father and Global Artist Ambassador for Save the Children, I am committed to working towards giving all children a better and brighter future. I invite everyone to be a fan with a cause, so be sure to download the app, take a selfie with me anytime, anywhere and everywhere – and at the same time help kids in need!”In the app, fans can select from among 68 photos of Ronaldo in different outfits and poses, and scroll through 39 filters to apply to their selfies. New photos of Ronaldo will be made available at select times throughout the year through in-app purchases for 99 Euro cents each. Save the Children also will benefit from a portion of worldwide proceeds of every in-app purchase.Funds raised for Save the Children through CR7Selfie: Fans with a Cause app sales will go to giving children around the world a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. In 2015 alone, Save the Children helped 185 million children through its global work in 120 countries.Cristiano Ronaldo was named a Global Artist Ambassador for Save the Children in January 2013. With over 230 million followers on social media, the world-renowned football player regularly uses his platforms to shine a much-needed spotlight on the most pressing needs of children around the globe and to engage his fans to do more to help children in need, both in their own communities and all over the world.“We are so grateful to Cristiano Ronaldo for this new partnership and the work he has done in bringing attention to children’s issues around the world,” said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children. “One in 11 children is out of school worldwide. Refugee children fare even worse; they are five times more likely to be out of school than non-refugee children. Education is critical to helping children build opportunities for success, as well as realize their dreams. Together, this partnership and the power of social media can have an incredible impact on children globally, opening the door to learning and other opportunities to put them on the path to reach their full potential.”To help children, supporters can download the app and smile, shoot and share with Ronaldo by visiting CR7Selfie.com, and posting and tagging their photos to @Cristiano and @SaveTheChildren on Facebook, Google Plus, Instagram, Twitter and Weibo.last_img read more