first_imgA 32 year old man who “just wanted to go to bed” was arrested during a disturbance in Stranorlar.The case was heard at Letterkenny District Court.Mark Doherty was found by Gardai at 104 Ard Macool on October 20th last and was under the influence of alcohol. When Gardai went to speak to him, the father-of-two called them “f***ing pigs” and had to be restrained.Letterkenny District Court heard Doherty had been asked to leave the address by a woman but said he just wanted to go to bed.“He thought he could sort it out but it just got worse,” said his solicitor.Doherty had worked in the construction industry but work had dried up and he was now doing a computer course and hoping to go to third level education.Judge Denis Fitzpatrick adjourned the case to see if Doherty was fit to complete community service.MAN ARRESTED DURING DISTURBANCE JUST ‘WANTED TO GO TO BED” was last modified: December 4th, 2013 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:Ard MacoolcourtMark DohertyStranorlarlast_img read more

Radebe: academia must embrace the ideals of the NDP

first_img1 October 2015The principles of the National Development Plan (NDP), which South African society must strive to fulfil by 2030, were unpacked yesterday by Minister Jeff Radebe, the minister in the Presidency responsible for government planning, monitoring and evaluation.Radebe, also the chairperson of the National Planning Commission, was speaking at a public lecture held at the University of South Africa (Unisa), in Pretoria on 30 September.The NDP, the minister said, identified the critical challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality that needed to be addressed. It also outlined the actions and measures that needed to be taken in order to achieve the vision.It outlined the physical, human and institutional capabilities necessary to ensure socio-economic transformation, Radebe added, saying it highlighted the importance of clarifying roles and responsibilities of different actors in government and society, to ensure effective implementation.“In this sense, the NDP is not the plan of government or the ruling party, but a plan for South Africa that is inclusive of all sections of society in which the state has a specific role relative to the roles of others,” he explained.Reiterating the minister’s remarks after his presentation, human rights lawyer Tseliso Thipanyane, who is the chief executive officer of the Safer South Africa Foundation, said the minister’s message about the NDP not being a government plan but a national plan that needed all sectors of society to participate in implementation, was an important one. It was a message that academics and their institutions, such as Unisa, had an important role to play in making the plan a success.“Academics,” Thipanyane said, “play a major role in producing future leaders of this country. Therefore, as they educate our young people they should bear in mind what the vision of this country is, and this lecture gave them a content of what they should be teaching.”South Africa could no longer have many young people with university qualifications which are not being used to contribute to the socio-economic development of the country.During his lecture, Radebe expanded on the NDP’s encouragement of good governance, as part of the non-physical infrastructure that needed to be developed to support socio-economic change. He explained that “the decisions about how to spend public resources, what to prioritise in the face of competing demands, the sequence in which to implement priorities, is a function of governance”.The decision about how much weight to give to international developments that affected our development, as well as the type of relations to have with other nations were functions of good governance. Communicating these decisions to citizens was also a function of government, which must be done in good faith for the good of the South African people, Radebe concluded.Source: SANews.govlast_img read more

Costco goes Greek

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram According to the International Olive Oil Council, oil production in Italy is set to drop by 34 per cent this year, as the weather in the wider Mediterranean hasn’t been kind to the country.After an extremely hot spring and summer followed by an olive-eating fly epidemic, Italy’s olive groves failed to produce enough extra virgin oil while its price rose to $2.97 a pound, 84 per cent more than last year.Spain, which is the world’s largest olive oil producer, suffered similar events before Italy. Meanwhile, Greece’s weather conditions were ideal. Olive oil has been a mainstay for Greece’s economy for centuries, and production is expected to double this year. The price for Greek extra virgin olive oil only had a 15 per cent rise from last year reaching $1.45 a pound.Greece ranks third in olive oil production, yet most is exported to Italy. In 2013, Greece exported some $602 million worth of olive oil, its third most valuable export after petroleum products and medicine, according to data from the World Bank.Costco Wholesale, which is always down for a good deal, has switched from Italy to Greece for its Kirkland Signature two-litre bottle of premium olive oil. “We wanted to get a single source of good quality; for this year we went to Greece,” Costco’s Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti said.“Certainly it’s going to put Greece on the map, because people watch what Costco does,” adds David Neuman, CEO of the US unit of Greek olive-oil company Gaea.last_img read more

PMMI Buys Summit Media

first_imgPublisher-association relationships aren’t foreign to the B2B world, but they rarely go this far.PMMI, a trade group for packaging and processing technologies, has agreed to purchase Summit Media Group, a publisher with five titles in the same space.Terms weren’t disclosed, though the deal is expected to close next month. Summit staff and leadership will become employees of the association, with operations remaining headquartered in Chicago. The deal immediately gives PMMI, producer of five trade shows, an established year-round, multi-platform connection to its audience—something the company had been exploring on its own for the last 18 months, says Charles D. Yuska, president and CEO of PMMI.“A robust publishing and multimedia presence will be the foundation of our efforts to build a year-round audience for our tradeshows and other products,” he says. “Building a platform would take several years and a significant financial investment with no guarantee of success. On the other hand, purchasing an existing, successful entity would mean much greater speed to market and a faster return on our financial investment.”While integration on the marketing front is a central part of the deal, show sales will continue on separately from media sales for now, Yuska says, though cross-platform buys will be available.The merger makes PMMI’s own magazine, PMT, redundant however. It’ll be absorbed into Summit’s title, Packaging World.last_img read more

Are Democrats Any Closer To Unity Than Republicans

first_imgKQED Listen Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img Much has been made about potential rifts in the Republican party – schisms between fiscal and social conservatives, divisions between ideological and pragmatic Republicans, and disagreement among moderates and hardline conservatives. And evidence certainly exists of such rifts – from the recent Alabama runoff election, to several US Senators and Texas House speaker Joe Straus choosing not to run for re-election in the face of likely primary challenges.But there’s far less attention being paid to potential rifts in the Democratic party, divisions evidenced during the 2016 presidential campaign between supporters of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.What steps have been taken to bridge that divide? Is the Democratic party any closer to a unified message than Republicans? And, if so, how much of that message is simply unification against the GOP? Can a party built on bringing disparate groups together coalesce around common goals and a common message that could actually lead to change in current political dynamics in coming elections?We talk it over with Jay Aiyer, political science professor at Texas Southern University and co-host of Houston Public Media’s Party Politics podcast. 00:00 /10:29last_img read more

Life is Football

first_imgThis week has been so terribly busy that I’ve literally had no time to breathe. Well, almost. It’s been raining intermittently in Calcutta, and all the associated paraphernalia – lethargy, love, longing and such- are taking over our senses slowly and gradually. To be working indoors while fresh rains are making sweet love to the parched earth outside feels criminal. I, for one, have to constantly fight the urge to rush out every time the rains come calling, and splash around with gay abandon. Maybe, sing a line or two, too. But as they say, such things happen only in dreams. Or, in the movies. Now, I’m pretty sure the latter will never happen to me, but who’s to stop me from dreaming? So, this past week I’ve mostly been in the studio writing songs, while imagining that I’m holding hands with the perfect man, singing the 1969 classic Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head from the Paul Newman and Robert Redford (perfect men!) starrer Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and getting drenched in some heavenly elixir!   Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This is the story on most days, but nights bring with them a different hazard altogether- football. I’m Bengali. Our love for football is a part of our DNA. I just read a joke that’s been doing the rounds on social media sites- Indians getting excited about the football World Cup is like Brazilians getting excited about Diwali. Well,  a) it’s ridiculous to compare an annual, regional, religious festival with a quadrennial, international, sporting extravaganza that gives joy to everybody who watches. b) There’s no difference between Bengalis and Brazilians when it comes to our love for the game. Don’t believe me? Ask Pele. He’s played in Calcutta in front of maddening crowds! So, jokes such as the one I mentioned don’t apply to my fellow bong brethren.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAnd, like a true-blue Bengali, I’ve been religiously following every match. Of course, the Dutch proved that revenge is a dish best served (mercilessly) cold when they annihilated defending champions (and, one of my favorites) Spain last Friday, and that crushed me to such an extent that I continued to weep bitterly long after the match was over. But, that did nothing to break my indomitable spirit, and Pirlo’s magical skills during Italy’s convincing win over the valiant English made sure I stayed hooked. It’s been a week of fantastic, unpredictable football (and, very little sleep), what with underdogs turning the tables, and lions turning into mice, but one can’t say the same about the theme songs this year. Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull’s insipid anthem We Are One has not found many takers, and WAG Shakira’s uninspired Dare You failed miserably in creating Waka Waka (Shakira’s 2010 anthem) Part 2.  But, what has caught our eyeballs (and, looks poised to take the world by storm) is our very own disco-king Bappi Lahiri’s offering Life Is Football. After capturing our hearts and imagination with his tribute to Michael Jackson (King Of Pop Don’t Say Goodbye), Bappi Da has now come up with a befitting reply to JLo-Pitbull-Shakira. Don’t believe me? Please go look it up on Youtube! You can thank me later. And, here are the words, so we can sing along to Bappi da ka mewjik!Who-ee aar all one/Dreams aar haaaai/Threeell and faaan…that’s football!/Rheethem ees football/Speed ees football/Akshun ees football/And thee whole waarrld laavs football/O ole ole/Ole ole o/Oooway oo. Bappi da, take a bow. Jlo & Co., baaju hato!Malini Banerjee is a snotty single child, mountain junkie, playback singer, Austen addict, hopes to soon finish writing her debut novel, and dreams of singing alongside Buddy Guy.last_img read more