Steph Curry, Klay Thompson help Warriors beat Kings

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox, left, tries to fight through a screen as he guards against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Golden State coach Steve Kerr praised his team’s smothering defense for providing the spark it needed to bounce back from a disappointing loss. He also chided the Warriors’ offense for a lack of focus that made the a late run necessary.Not much is coming easy for the two-time defending NBA champs this season, not even on a night when they got another big night from the All-Star trio of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson.ADVERTISEMENT Thompson made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 38.5 seconds left, Curry added four free throws down the stretch and the Warriors ended the game on a big run after a sluggish start to the fourth quarter, beating the Sacramento Kings 130-125 on Friday night.“I don’t know what they shot over the final six minutes but it wasn’t good,” Kerr said. “We knew we could get back in it if we were just poised and a little more patient offensively. We had several spurts in that second half where we sort of lost our composure and just couldn’t get anything going.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Warriors have been searching for some consistency after starting the season 10-1. They went into Sacramento having split their previous 18 games and were on the verge of a complete collapse against the Kings before holding on.Curry finished with 35 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Thompson had 27 points and nine rebounds while Kevin Durant added 33 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next CLUTCH TIMEGolden State is 4-1 this season and 33-3 overall when the three each score 20 points or more.“We’ve been to two straight Finals together so we know how to make plays on the highest stage,” Thompson said. “A game in December I don’t think is going to faze us. Just play under control and that’s what we did in the last three minutes.”HIELD IN AWEThe Kings have made big strides this season but their inexperience showed late in the game. Hield, who was three points shy of his career high, was in awe of Golden State’s finish.“In the last four minutes all you saw was Durant and his greatness,” Hield said. “No wonder why they are the world champion. It’s just a great team.”UP NEXTWarriors: Host Memphis on Monday night.Kings: Play at Dallas on Sunday night. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View comments After De’Aaron Fox missed a jumper, Curry made two free throws with 14.8 seconds remaining. Buddy Hield’s desperation 3-point try also missed, and Curry added two more free throws to close out Golden State’s second win over Sacramento this year.“They just got us with their experience at the end,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “We struggled to finish some shots once a lot of their switching happened. They made some plays but we made some mistakes and they made us pay.”Draymond Green had 14 rebounds and 10 assists for the Warriors.Hield scored 27 points for the Kings. Fox had 25 points, nine assists and six rebounds. Willie Cauley-Stein finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds.The wild ending was in stark contrast to the first half when Golden State controlled the pace and the flow while leading by 16.The Warriors came out much crisper and sharper offensively than they had been in their 113-93 loss to the Raptors two nights earlier.Curry, Durant and Thompson combined for 51 point and nine 3s, and Golden State had a 13-2 run late in the second quarter to go up 76-64.TIP-INSWarriors: Andre Iguodala (sore right hip) was held out for a third consecutive game, although Kerr is hopeful that Iguodala will play against Memphis on Monday. … Shaun Livingston did not play after suffering a pelvic contusion in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s loss to Toronto.Kings: Marvin Bagley III left in the first half with a left knee bone bruise and he’s expected to miss 10 to 14 days. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Pacers spoil Joel Embiid’s 40-point night, beat Sixers “Late in the game we just simplified everything,” Durant said. “We were down 10 points in the fourth with three minutes to go, we just simplified it.”Two days after a 20-point home loss to NBA-leading Toronto, the Warriors put up 103 points through three quarters, went stagnant for more than eight minutes in the fourth before outscoring the Kings 17-2 over the final 3:03.Durant had 13 points in the fourth quarter, including eight of the first 10 during Golden State’s late surge, but Thompson came up with the biggest shot with his fourth 3-pointer of the night.The Kings repeatedly left Thompson unguarded throughout the game and paid for it in the end when his 27-footer put the Warriors up 126-125.“Just wide open on the right wing,” Thompson said. “I knew one was going to fall eventually.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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‘No excitement at all’ as oilpatch interest wanes for drilling rights auctions

first_imgCALGARY — A key indicator of future oil and gas drilling activity in Western Canada is sliding lower as the industry deals with a lack of pipeline capacity, Alberta oil production curtailments and difficulty accessing capital markets.Sales of Crown drilling rights — needed to allow energy exploration on land where mineral rights are held by the province — have fallen off dramatically in B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan this year.“When drilling rights are going well, it tends to mean somebody has found either a good reservoir or a good way to produce a known reservoir and so you get a lot of excitement,” said Richard Masson, an executive fellow with the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary.- Advertisement -“This says to me, there’s no excitement at all right now. People are doing little bits of infill land buying but there’s nothing that looks like a very prospective play that would excite the industry and excite new capital to come in.”In Alberta, which produces about 80 per cent of Canada’s oil and about 70 per cent of its natural gas, twice monthly auctions are on track for a record low with two sales left to go in 2019. Through 11 months, the province has raised $100 million by selling rights on 616,000 hectares.The current low mark was set in 2016, when $137 million was paid for the rights to drill on 937,000 hectares, the lowest since the auction system was adopted in 1977.Advertisement “The mood is very cautious. People are feeling very beat up,” said Grant Fagerheim, CEO of Whitecap Resources Inc., in an interview.At Whitecap, as with many other mid-sized Calgary producers, using scarce dollars to buy land for future drilling and then spending more on the exploration required to retain the lease is way down on the priority list, he said, below maintaining a dividend, reducing debt and buying back shares.“Companies just don’t have budget to acquire new lands. Nobody is exploring for new plays or new ideas, or very few people are,” said Brad Hayes, a geologist and president of Petrel Robertson Consulting in Calgary.Drilling rights auction prices fell sharply after global oil prices bottomed out in 2016, which convinced some bargain hunters to nominate land and make bids in hopes there would be a bounce back, he said. But conditions haven’t improved.The trend to lower interest in drilling rights auctions is welcomed by environmentalists like Keith Stewart of Greenpeace Canada, who said in an email it is a sign that the “era of ever-growing demand for oil” is over.Advertisement The high was in 2011, when a bidding frenzy for lands for the Duvernay underground oil-bearing formation resulted in $3.5 billion spent to buy rights on 4.1 million hectares.In British Columbia, land auctions have delivered $64 million so far this year, down from $173 million last year but ahead of $18 million and $15 million in 2015 and 2016, respectively. The record high year was 2008, when $2.66 billion was spent.In Saskatchewan, sales of drilling rights have raised about $22 million in five auctions, down from $51 million in six auctions last year. The province’s record year was also 2008, when it raised $1.1 billion.Industry insiders say the declines are mainly due to the lack of new pipeline capacity to allow more oil and gas production, and the resulting loss of confidence by investors that has starved the sector of debt and equity funding. Production limits in Alberta imposed by the government to better align supply with pipeline capacity are another overhang on activity.Advertisement In B.C., much of the prime land has been snapped up by producers, leaving less to be nominated for auction, said a spokesman for the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources who asked not to be identified. He said some land is not available for development because of government processes around caribou recovery and land and environment planning assessments in northeastern B.C.The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors recently predicted just nine more wells will be drilled in Canada in 2020 compared with this year, taking the total number to 4,905, less than half the 11,226 wells drilled in 2014.Meanwhile, the S&P/TSX Capped Energy Index, which tracks share values of major Canadian oil and gas producers, has fallen by about 15 per cent over the past year, reflecting investor distaste for the sector.But Whitecap’s Fagerheim says there’s hope for the industry if Canada can get pipelines built, a task he says will require concerted effort from everyone involved to educate the rest of Canada on the virtues of the oilpatch.“I think it’s as simple as that. Make commitments, live by those commitments. Remove those delays and the regulatory processes that inhibit us from getting our products to market.Advertisement “And I think we can get the enthusiasm back.”This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Nov. 24, 2019.Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX:WCP)Dan Healing, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Three things we learned from France’s World Cup final win

first_img0Shares0000Golden boy: Kylian Mbappe celebrates his fourth goal of the tournament© AFP Alexander NEMENOVMOSCOW, Russia, July 15 – France are world champions for a second time as Les Bleus ran wild while Croatia’s energy reserves ran dry to win a thrilling World Cup final 4-2 in Moscow on Sunday.Didier Deschamps’s men also had luck on their side as they led 2-1 at half-time thanks to Mario Mandzukic’s own goal — the first ever in a World Cup final — and a controversial Antoine Griezmann penalty awarded by video assistant referee. However, Croatia finally paid for their exertions in going to three periods of extra-time in defeating Denmark, Russia and England after the break as Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe put France out of sight before a rare error from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris gifted Mandzukic a consolation goal.Here, AFP Sport looks at three things we learned from the World Cup final:French redemptionWinner: Didier Deschamps is now a World Cup winner as a player and a coach© AFP Odd ANDERSENAfter blowing the final of Euro 2016 on home soil to Portugal, it did not matter how France got the job done, just that they brought the World Cup home.Twenty years on from lifting the trophy as captain, Deschamps became just the third man to win the World Cup as a player and a coach.On route to the final France had been largely efficient rather than enthralling. That was also the case for the first 45 minutes, with Griezmann’s penalty their first shot on goal.However, two years ago France did not boast the pace of Mbappe.The 19-year-old cut loose in the second period to confirm his status as the breakout star of the World Cup.His run and cross helped set up Pogba before drilling his fourth goal of the tournament low past Danijel Subasic.VAR cruel on Croatia© AFPArgentinian referee Nestor Pitana awarded France a penalty after a VAR review© AFP FRANCK FIFEOn the eve of the final, FIFA president Gianni Infantino hailed VAR a resounding success in the system’s first World Cup, but there are four million Croatians who would now strongly disagree.France’s vital second goal came from a fiercely contested penalty call by Argentine referee Nestor Pitana for an Ivan Perisic handball.Perisic had little time to react when Blaise Matuidi’s header skimmed off his arm. But Pitana overturned his initial call not to award the spot-kick and Griezmann sent Subasic the wrong way.Croatia even had a case VAR should have intervened to rule out Mandzukic’s own goal as Pogba appeared to be standing in an offside position as Griezmann’s free-kick was swung into the box.For the smallest country to reach the final for 68 years to lose out thanks to such a marginal call was cruel.Griezmann delivers the goodsDead ball specialist: Antoine Griezmann grabbed a World Cup final goal and assist© AFP FRANCK FIFEGriezmann did not shine as a goalscorer in Russia like he did in winning the Golden Boot at Euro 2016 from open play, but he made a telling contribution with the dead ball in a World Cup dominated by set-pieces.The Atletico Madrid striker’s four goals came from three penalties and a goalkeeping error by Uruguay’s Fernando Muslera.However, Griezmann’s wicked set-piece delivery that provoked Mandzukic to head into his own net also saw Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti open the scoring against Uruguay and Belgium in the previous two rounds.Griezmann missed a penalty in the 2016 Champions League final, but this time he stayed cool to dispatch his spot-kick and also had a hand in teeing up Pogba for France’s third goal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgKelly’s Centra have incredibly been shortlisted for the NACS Global Convenience Store of the year award for the second year running. Following on from their recent success in the Centra Store of the Year Awards in February, Kelly’s Centra has been shortlisted for the prestigious international accolade.It is the second time in as many years that the store has been shortlisted for the prestigious award. NACS global convenience retailer of the Year has shortlisted Kelly’s Centra for their outstanding ability to continue to evolve, adapt and improve the service they provide to the local community.Kelly’s Centra have established a stellar reputation over the years for their commitment to providing the highest standards of customer service excellence.Since winning the Centra Store of the Year award in February, they set about increasing the space at the front of store making much easier to shop and added extra space to fresh fruit and veg.A highly acclaimed health foods section, fresh homemade takeaway meals and not to mention a whole new section given over to fresh Artisan breads. Over the past few years, the store has won numerous industry accolades from Centra, Shelflife, EIQA and Forecourt and Convenience Retailer to name a few, with the NACS Global store of the Year award being one which they will be keen to bring home to Donegal for the very first time.There is a voting system in place which will decide along with marks being given for a mystery shopper to decide the final three for the awards ceremony which will be held at the Renaissance St Pancras Hotel in London in June.You can vote for Kelly’s Centra by clicking on the link below.’S CENTRA NOMINATED FOR WORLD’S BEST CONVENIENCE STORE was last modified: April 28th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesKelly’s Centranewslast_img read more

Hart says England are well prepared for Euro 2016: ‘Now it’s down to us’

first_imgGoalkeeper Joe Hart insists England’s young squad are going to “give it all we’ve got” as preparations continue for their opening match of Euro 2016 against Russia on Saturday.Roy Hodgson has named the youngest England squad for 58 years, with the likes of Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford, 18, and 20-year-old Dele Alli of Tottenham included.Hopes are high, as they always are, that England can impress in France, and this time Hart is confident that will be the case.He told a press conference: “I’m looking forward to it.“We’ve got a bright squad, people coming off the back of very good seasons or people who have been involved in England football for quite a while, so we’re ready for it and we’re looking forward to Saturday.“It’s hard because I’ve gone into every tournament confident and felt like we’ve been ready. So for me to say it’s different this time would be wrong.“But they’ve gone, they are the past, this is a new one, a new set of players – the majority – and we’re fresh and ready and we’re going to give it all we’ve got.“We’ve certainly got all the backing we need. Everything that needs to be put in place has been put in place, it’s now down to us to perform on the pitch.“It’s exciting, fresh, there are a lot of youngsters so they are going to be more comfortable than maybe other teams. There’s a good bond right the way through.“I think it’s well known that Wayne (Rooney) is our oldest player, 30 years old, and he’s such a key part of the squad. He’s accessible to all the players, right the way through.“There’s definitely a connection, age doesn’t really factor into this team. We are one and we’re all pushing in the right direction.”Hart, 29, has featured in four major tournaments for England and believes the bond in the squad is as strong as ever.He added: “You’ve got to enjoy it. I’m a kid who loves football – well I’m not a kid any more, I’m a grown man, but I love football.“I’d be watching it as a huge England fan if I wasn’t involved. But I’ve got one of those lucky spots where I might even be potentially representing my country on Saturday in a European tournament, so I’m going to enjoy it.“I’m 29, hopefully got a lot of football ahead of me.“I love playing football, I love being around guys that want to play football, that’s a really good thing about this squad and we’re enjoying each other as a unit. The only way we’re ultimately going to enjoy this tournament is success so, like I say, that starts Saturday.” Joe Hart is set to start for England’s Euro 2016 opener against Russia 1last_img read more

Cubs’ Prior voids final year of contract

first_imgChicago Cubs pitcher Mark Prior (USC) voided the final year of his contract, making him eligible for salary arbitration. The right-hander’s agent, John Boggs, said Wednesday that Prior notified the team of his decision on Nov. 29. Prior’s deal, agreed to in 2001 after he was drafted, allowed him to void the contract after 2004 or 2005, but only if he had accumulated enough service time to be eligible for arbitration. He just missed having enough service time after 2004. His first contract had called for a $2.75 million salary next year, and he will earn far more because of arbitration. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Padres get Estes: Starting pitcher Shawn Estes and the San Diego Padres reached a preliminary agreement on a one-year contract. The left-hander must pass a physical before the deal is completed. Estes was sidelined for two months last season with an ankle injury that limited him to 21 starts for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He went 7-8 with a 4.80 ERA. Mets sign Boone: The New York Mets agreed to a minor-league contract with Bret Boone (USC), a move that shows how tenuous Kaz Matsui’s hold on second base is. Also: The Baltimore Orioles finalized a $1.7 million, one-year contract with Jeff Conine (UCLA). … Jeromy Burnitz finalized his $6.7 million, one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates after taking a physical, but only after the unhappy Baltimore Orioles said the outfielder’s agent backed out of a two-year deal. … The Texas Rangers completed their six-player trade with the San Diego Padres to acquire right-hander Adam Eaton and reliever Akinori Otsuka. Texas also got minor-league catcher Billy Killian, and sent right-hander Chris Young, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and outfielder Terrmel Sledge (CSUN) to San Diego. … The Milwaukee Brewers and Dan Kolb agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract, a month after Milwaukee reacquired him from Atlanta. … Relief pitcher Kerry Ligtenberg and the Florida Marlins agreed to a minor-league contract. … The Seattle Mariners have agreed to a one-year, $450,000 contract with middle reliever Rafael Soriano, avoiding salary arbitration. … The World Series champion Chicago White Sox agreed with Rob Mackowiak on a $5.3 million, two-year contract that avoided salary arbitration. … Major League Baseball filed for mediation against the District of Columbia after the city failed to approve a lease for the Washington Nationals’ new ballpark by the Dec. 31 deadline. last_img read more

Record Donegal entries for Best Young Entrepreneur competition

first_imgThe Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Donegal has announced that a record number of participants have entered the ‘IBYE’ competition this year, for a chance to share in a local investment fund of €50,000.The 65 Donegal local entries, all aged between 18 and 35, are among the 1,842 entries from around the country competing this year.The next stage in the €2 million investment fund competition is the business boot camps, which Local Enterprise Office Donegal is hosting in mid-November. Boot camps play a major role in the IBYE competition, as participants benefit from business advice, mentoring and help with perfecting their business proposals and enterprise pitches. The LEO-run boot camp has modules such as: business strategy and revenue models, performance measures, financial planning and sources of finance, designed to help more young entrepreneurs develop their business or business ideas.When the boot camps come to an end, the next stage in the competition after judging is the county final, which will be held on November 30th in the Silver Tassie Hotel , Letterkenny. Local Enterprise Office Donegal has an investment fund of up to €50,000 to award to up to six young entrepreneurs in the area across three categories – Best Business Idea, Best Start-Up Business and Best Established Business.Now in its third year, interest in the competition is increasing every year. The total number of entries nationally was 1,842 this year, compared with 1,398 entries last year, which is up by 32%.The significant rise in entries has been welcomed by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D: “Young entrepreneurs are the employers of the future. I am delighted to see that more young entrepreneurs than ever before have entered the IBYE competition this year. Through IBYE, I want to ensure that their innovation, vision and drive, results in successful businesses that will create new jobs in the economy, and in all regions. IBYE provides a fantastic opportunity for aspiring and established young entrepreneurs to compete for investment funding, avail of expert business advice and form invaluable peer networks in enterprise boot camps where experience and knowledge can be shared”.“The Local Enterprise Offices around the country are an excellent resource for anyone thinking of starting or growing their business.  I look forward to meeting these young entrepreneurs during the competition.” she added.Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise with the Local Enterprise Office in Donegal County Council said “the level of entries to IBYE this year nationally is the highest on record and reflects the potential that exists amongst younger age groups that needs to be nurtured. Our focus now is to select the young entrepreneur entrants who will go forward to the boot camps and in making the boot camp relevant to te participants and their businesses.  Everyone who participates in the IBYE boot camp will have access to expert business guidance, training and mentoring which will help them face and overcome the challenges in developing their business.”Further details on the competition and supports available to young entrepreneurs are available through and from the IBYE website at Donegal entries for Best Young Entrepreneur competition was last modified: October 26th, 2016 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:BusinessdonegalLEOlast_img read more


first_imgA horror movie shot on location in Co Donegal is set to be one of the surprise hits of the summer after gathering rave reviews during preview screenings.‘Grabbers’ tells the story of an Irish village which has been overcome with sea monsters.The only way people can survive is if they remain drunk. The film goes on release in various cinemas around Ireland on August 10thThe film is being viewed as a major breakthrough project for actress Ruth Bradley who previously starred in Love/Hate.Bradley is already being tipped as the ‘next big Irish actress’ after her performance in the wacky film.The film was shot on location in and around Malin including Five Finger Strand in January 2011.  DONEGAL FILM ‘GRABBING’ RAVE REVIEWS was last modified: July 24th, 2012 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:filmGrabberslast_img read more

Donegal to benefit from €178M funding for Irish language, Gaeltacht and Islands

first_imgDonegal TD Joe McHugh, Minister of State for the Irish language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, today announced details of the €178 million investment programme for the Irish language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands under the Government’s Project Ireland 2040 plan.The long-term funding package will run over 10 years and includes investment for Údarás na Gaeltachta of €105 million to help drive employment in the Gaeltacht with targets of 1,000 new jobs to be created a year.Some €33 million will be invested in the Gaeltacht Language Planning Process and €13 million invested in Irish Language Networks and Gaeltacht Service Towns like Letterkenny, Galway, Dingle, Donegal Town and Dungloe. Another €27 million will be invested in island marine infrastructures.Speaking at the launch of the Government’s Investing in Our Culture, Language and Heritage 2018-2027 in the National Gallery in Dublin, Mr McHugh said: “The responsibility lies with us all in keeping our language alive. The people with Irish in places like Connemara and Gaoth Dobhair have been doing this on a daily basis.“So, whether you have a little bit or you’re fluent, use it. Use it every day. Learn one word a day or even one word a week.“As the Taoiseach said, it’s part of our Oidhreacht (Heritage and Legacy) and we have to keep it alive for the next generation.”Mr McHugh detailed the investment package and long-term plan at the launch which was also attended by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan and Minister for Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe. Flagship investments during the life of the plan include::: Development of strategic tourism facilities in the Gaeltacht, which will enhance the success of the Atlantic Atlantic Way, including facilities at Errigal, Fanad Lighthouse and Slieve League.:: Language and childcare support facilities for Gaeltacht families in strategic locations with communities in Donegal Town, Dungloe and Letterkenny to benefit.:: Upgrade works to be planned for a number of Irish Summer Colleges in the Gaeltacht, where more than 26,000 students attend each year.:: Pier to be developed at Magheraroarty, including catering facilities for passengers on new services, and a new ferry to be designed and purpose built for Tory Island. :: Tourism facilities planned for Ceantar na nOileain in Connemara, the completion of the Ionad na hEachleime on the Mullet peninsula in Mayo and the development of the Slí Chorca Dhuibhne walkway in Kerry.:: The Marine Park in Kilcurry in Conamara will be developed, to promote industry growth.:: New cooperative offices and community facilities will be built on Inis Meáin in the Aran Islands.:: Development of an Irish Language and Culture networks to be facilitated throughout the country, with Loughrea, Ennis and Clondalkin, Dublin already identified. Approximately €4m will be set aside to develop an Irish and Culture Centre in Dublin city centre. Mr McHugh said: “I believe today is the game changer for the cutbacks being over in terms of looking at the next 10 years where we will restore investment into the islands, the Gaeltacht and into our language. This is an historic day.”Mr McHugh paid tribute to officials in the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for their hard work in developing the long-term plan.“We all have a responsibility to the future to develop the language, develop culture, develop heritage but also to keep it alive,” he said.“We also have a responsibility toward the next generation. And I am very hopeful for the future. The people who have kept the language alive over the years, they are the people who will develop it.”Donegal to benefit from €178M funding for Irish language, Gaeltacht and Islands was last modified: April 10th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:irish languageMinister Joe McHughproject ireland 2040the Gaeltacht and the Islandslast_img read more

SA, Botswana step up relations

first_img31 August 2012 South African President Jacob Zuma and Botswana President Ian Khama have signed an agreement establishing a bi-national commission, which will be convened annually. The signing of the agreement was one of the highlights of Zuma’s two-day state visit to South Africa’s neighbour, following Khama’s state visit to SA in October 2010. The commission will meet annually, alternating between Gaborone and Pretoria, and be chaired by both presidents. Zuma and Khama also signed cooperation agreements on energy and coal-based energy projects, and discussed the development of the Mmamabula coal-fired power station and the need to expedite cross-border transport and infrastructure projects such as roads and bridges. They urged their ministers responsible for defence, justice and security to intensify efforts to combat illicit drug trafficking and poaching of endangered species such as elephants and rhinos. The two leaders also discussed the political and security situation in Zimbabwe, while urging the Zimbabwe’s political parties to set and adhere to the timelines for the adoption of the new Constitution, and the holding of a referendum and elections.Botswana-South Africa business seminar During his visit, Zuma addressed the Botswana-South Africa business seminar, which sought to encourage business linkages between the two countries. Over 100 business people representing South Africa’s agri-processing, mining, construction, energy, ICT/telecoms, infrastructure and financial services sectors met with their Batswana counterparts at the Gaborone International Conference Centre. The delegates were led by Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, together with other government departments and Brand South Africa. “We are looking forward to visiting Botswana with a large delegation of business people who are keen to identify and pursue trade and investment opportunities that exist between the various sectors in our two countries,” Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said ahead of Wednesday’s seminar. Strong economic ties already exist between the two countries, and South Africa remains Botswana’s major trading partner. South African companies have a huge presence in Botswana and are involved in various sectors, including mining, housing, food and beverages, construction, retail, hotels and leisure, banking and medical services., with additional reporting by SAinfolast_img read more