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

The Cavern Bar Picture Special – Who was there this Halloween?

first_imgThe Cavern Bar and its brand new Garden brought in big crowds over the Halloween weekend. The new unique beer garden experience has an outdoor heated area, a new bar and brand new party room with a private bar. The Cavern Garden also has a massive projected screen, adding to the Cavern’s popularity as one of Ireland’s leading sports bars.The Garden hosted a range of people for the Bank Holiday weekend – including some excellently dressed folk celebrating Halloween at the Annual Fancy Dress Party on Sunday night. Check out the photos to see who was out and about.  The Cavern Bar Picture Special – Who was there this Halloween? was last modified: November 7th, 2016 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:cavernEntertainmentletterkennylast_img read more

Cricket Cranes off to Qatar, Dubai

first_img Tags: sport top The team will play three T20s and two ODIs in a week. The first game will start this Thursday 8th February and the last on 13th.Sanjay Cricket Farm will host the team where they will play four limited overs games and two T20s. These will be against selected teams by the hosts, the first game is on February 16th and last on Thursday the 22nd.The team is going to be captained by Roger Mukasa and assisted by Brian Masaba.Steven Wabwose and Emmanuel Isaneez will also beef up the team for the Indian tour.The Players to travel.Roger Mukasa, Hamu Kayondo, Zephaniah Arinaitwe, Simon Ssesaazi, Lloyd Patternot, Deus Muhumuza, Brian Masaba, Frank Nsubuga, Kenneth Waiswa, Irfan Afridi, Riazat Shah, Fred Achelam, Henry Ssenyondo, Charles Waiswa, Trevor Bukenya, Bilal Hassan.Some of the members of the Cricket Cranes at the flagging off today The Cricket Cranes team that has been flagged off at National Council of sports in LugogoUganda senior men’s Cricket team, the Cricket Cranes has intensified their preparations for the upcoming ICC WCL Division 4 in Malaysia later this year.In a bid to better the Cricket Cranes chances at the tournament which takes place in April, the Uganda Cricket Association has organised tour matches which will see the National team play in the fast-emerging Qatar nation and the number one ranked India.While flagging off the team, National Council of Sports Assistant General Secretary, David Katende Ssemakula thanked Uganda Cricket Association for making the trip possible, he also added:“We set you to go out there and please make sure that our flag flys as high as possible. Said Ssemakula.“Don’t take this trip lightly and all i ask is you all play your hearts out.center_img Comments last_img read more

QPR v Swansea player ratings

first_imgSee also:QPR boss ‘not sure’ of Zarate dealQPR denied by last-gasp Swans equaliserSwans boss accuses Henry of ‘leg breaker’QPR dropped ‘two vital points’ – RedknappGreen admits he got away with handballFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Closing the gap: Giants’ best chance to catch up to Dodgers is to copy them

first_imgLOS ANGELES — The Giants might have the best seat in the house for a party they’d rather skip.As the club arrived in Los Angeles for a three-game weekend series on Friday, the first-place Dodgers had a magic number of four to clinch their seventh consecutive National League West title.Despite a 5-4 Giants win on Friday, the Dodgers may still have an opportunity to put the gap between the two franchises in perspective this weekend as any combination of Los Angeles wins and Arizona losses that …last_img read more

South Africa looks to ramp up growth

first_img25 October 2011 Amid concerns over a sluggish global economic recovery and an unresolved European debt crisis, South Africa is to focus more on investing in infrastructure and boosting industrial capacity while setting up a special nest-egg fund to support growth. Delivering his Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement in Parliament on Tuesday, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said that following the 2008-09 global financial crisis, the Eurozone crisis had brought new challenges and threats to global growth. “Once again we face the prospect of declines in global trade, falling industrial demand, delays in investment, liquidation of businesses and stressed financial institutions, this time with the added risk that fiscal austerity in some parts of the world will extend the slowdown and deepen the crisis,” Gordhan said. This year’s Medium-Term Budget sets out the fiscal and budgetary dimensions of the government’s response to the crisis, key to which is to focus spending on creating long-term public assets by investing more in infrastructure and job-creating assets.Keeping govt wage bill in check At the same time, Gordhan plans to reduce the growth in the government’s wage bill by keeping annual increases for public servants at five percent over the next three years. He said public-sector wage settlements had to be balanced against the crucial considerations of the share of spending allocated to social and economic priorities such as infrastructure and social security.Policy reserve, stimulus package Gordhan also mooted the creation of a policy reserve, which would allow for portions of some revenue allocated to departments to be put aside in a separate account, to be drawn on in difficult times. Added to this, he proposed R25-billion in funding over six years to boost industrial development zones and build up world-class businesses, incentivise firms to improve competitiveness, and help support job creation and training projects.Global risks, vulnerability of exports While global economic recovery has slowed, although moderate growth is expected over the next three years, Gordhan singled out the risk of the unresolved European debt crisis to bank recapitalisation and slow growth of the US. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has lowered its global growth forecast for 2011 and 2012 from 4.5% to 4%. Gordhan said after their strong recovery last year, international trade volumes had flattened this year and added that South Africa remained heavily reliant on its traditional developed country partners of the US, EU and Japan, making exports vulnerable to a slowdown in advanced economies. He called on exporters to improve their productivity and keep their input costs down to get more lasting benefits from a more competitive currency – which he said had fluctuated between January and October from R6.58 to the dollar to R8.25 to the dollar. In a media briefing earlier today, the National Treasury’s Director-General, Lungisa Fuzile, said South Africa’s foreign exchange reserves were at about the right level now – at about six months worth of imports.GDP forecast revised down to 3.1% Meanwhile in his speech, Gordhan said growth in the domestic economy had slowed from 4.5% in the first quarter to 1.3% in the second quarter. He attributed this to the strikes that hit the country in the middle of this year and to slower household consumption, as well as the fallout in global trade resulting from the tsunami in Japan in March. Gross domestic product (GDP) growth is expected to increase by 3.1% this year (down from the 3.4% forecast in the Budget in February) and move up to 3.4% next year, before lifting to 4.3% in 2014, as the current global uncertainty subsides.The jobs challenge While revealing that the National Treasury had received 2 651 applications under the Jobs Fund, launched in June, Gordhan also pointed to the country’s worsening unemployment rate. Only 210 000 jobs were added in the 15 months of the recovery to June this year, while unemployment had risen from 21.8% in the fourth quarter of 2008 to 25.7% in the second quarter of this year, he said. The unemployment rate did not include the estimated 2.2-million workers who had stopped looking for work, he said, adding that much of the new jobs in the formal sector outside of the agricultural sector, were created in the public sector. Gordhan warned that South Africa’s current projected GDP growth remained too weak to meet the employment targets of the country’s New Growth Path – to create five-million jobs by 2020. He said measures were needed to improve capital budgets, change the way network industries operated and promote competition, while strengthening skills and education.Inflation forecast Meanwhile, South Africa’s inflation rate is expected to breach the 3% to 6% target band temporarily in the first quarter of next year and to average over 5.5% over the next three years. Gordhan said rising food and petrol prices had seen inflation move from 3.2% in September last year to 5.7% in September. Increases in prices set by government agencies was a major factor in fuelling inflation, as 14 of the 18 administered price components were above 6% – with double-digit increases in electricity, water supply, refuse collection and sewerage prices. The ratio of household debt to disposable income, though still high, had declined from a peak of 82% in the first half of 2008 to 75.9% in the second quarter of this year. Gordhan said low levels of credit demand, a sluggish housing market and high levels of non-performing loans, had contributed to muted growth in credit extension to households. The Reserve Bank had, however, kept the repo rate unchanged at a 30-year low of 5.5% since November last year, he said.Capital investment forecast After falling 3.7% last year, gross fixed capital formation was expected to increase 2.9% this year and 4.5% next year, before moving to a 6.3% increase in 2014. Private fixed capital investment grew at 4% in the second quarter, mainly on the back of purchases of machinery and transport equipment. Investment in mining and communications registered the fastest growth in the first half of 2011, with overall investment growing at two percent in this period compared to the same period in the year before. However, despite this, real investment in the second quarter of this year was still eight percent below its pre-crisis peak. BuaNewslast_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

Active citizenship in South Africa at a healthy level

first_imgMatjididi Mokono (centre) is an example of active citizenship in motion. She opened up an orphan centre in 2002 to feed and educate children in the village of GaMagoa in Limpopo. Active citizenship in South Africa has risen in recent years. (Images: Shamin Chibba)More than 10 years ago, when Matjididi Mokono was a primary school teacher, she looked at her community in GaMagoa, Limpopo, and saw its children struggling to live. They were not being fed well enough, many lived with their grandparents, and they were trying to get by in an environment rife with crime, alcoholism and drug abuse.Mokono did something about it. She left her post as a teacher and started Mponogele Le Iterele Orphan Centre under a tree. The initiative was meant to feed and educate the local children. “I wanted to help the children and support their family members who feel overloaded too,” she said.So successful was the project, Mokono started receiving support from the likes of Eskom, Brand South Africa and even overseas funders. Today, the centre has moved from the tree to a property with a small hall, a kitchen and even a computer room.It is people like Mokono who are pushing up South Africa’s score on the active citizenship index, which currently sits at 68%.The index forms part of Brand South Africa’s Domestic Perceptions Survey, which measures both active citizenship and social cohesion. It also contributes to developing an understanding of how South Africans perceive the nation brand based on national pride, attitudes, values and beliefs. On the whole, the survey found South Africans to be positive and optimistic about the future of the country.“South Africans tend to speak badly about themselves,” said Brand South Africa’s research manager Judy Smith-Höhn. “There’s a general tendency to say things are terrible. But what we are able to do is tell the positive story. We’re not looking to cover up challenges.”ACTIVE CITIZENSHIPWhile the active citizenship score was considered good, Smith-Höhn said there was still a lot of work to be done to take it to a level that was considered strong.The score implies that more than half of South Africans participate actively in their respective communities. But the study sample showed that 29% were involved community members who were always willing to contribute to their communities. The bulk of the sample, 53%, would like to be involved members but did not always have the time or money to do so.Level of involvement by percentage. (Images: Brand South Africa)The above graph shows the extent of the respondents’ involvement in their communities. (Images: Brand South Africa)SOCIAL COHESIONSouth Africans were starting to feel they belonged to the country and that they wanted to be here, said Smith-Höhn.The country’s social cohesion score was 73 out of 100, which was a healthy sign, she said. “We have a very high social cohesion index, which is surprising if you think of where we come from as a country.”Based on questions posed to all respondents, research findings revealed that almost half of South African citizens had a strong feeling of cohesion (45%) while 21% had a good sense of cohesion.A breakdown of the social cohesion index. (Images: Brand South Africa)Social cohesion in the Brand South Africa context refers to the degree to which people are integrated in society. Furthermore, it looks at how society’s solidarity finds expression among individuals and communities.In a country with diverse histories, cultures and religions, people feel their living environments are improving. There are fewer feelings of inequality, exclusion and disparity. More than half the respondents felt they were always part of the bigger South African community, and only 10% felt they were always excluded. The remaining 36% said they were sometimes excluded.The above graph indicates the respondents’ feeling of inclusion as a South African citizen. They had to pick one of the above three statements that best described their feelings as an individual living in South Africa. (Images: Brand South Africa)Despite the good vibes South Africans were emanating, the Domestic Perceptions Survey noted that lower income earners were showing some frustration. “The slight dissatisfaction among South Africans around the feelings of inclusion are, in fact, the reason why social cohesion is ‘good’ and not ‘strong.’”According to Brand South Africa, social cohesion improves a country’s economic performance because a more equal society and environment correlate with positive outcomes such as good health, child development and labour market adjustments.The above graph broke down the feelings of inclusion by income levels. A high level of respondents (57%) felt they were part of the bigger South African community. (Images: Brand South Africa) Social cohesion forms a large part of the social sustainability element in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index. Even Mo Ibrahim, the billionaire Sudanese-British mobile communications mogul, emphasised the importance of social cohesion at the 11th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in 2013.The National Development Plan (NDP) has made social cohesion one of its priorities for the 2014-2019 electoral mandate. According to the NDP, its objectives are to reduce inequality of opportunity and enable the sharing of common space.ACTIVE CITIZENRY LINKED TO UNITYThe Domestic Perceptions Survey linked active citizenship and social cohesion. It found that an active citizenry was a key component of a more socially cohesive society. “Citizens need to help shape the development process and hold the government to account for the quality of services it delivers.”The report offered two recommendations: promote youth participation as a way to enhance active citizenship and promote inclusiveness among marginalised groups to enhance feelings of cohesiveness.last_img read more

SaaS: Profile of an On-Demand Buyer

first_imgWhat is the profile of a candidate buyer of services sold using the SaaS model?  A new report by market research company Celent discusses SaaS trends in the European insurance market.  A Tekrati article quotes Catherine Stagg-Macey, senior insurance analyst and author of the report, as saying that SaaS buyers typically view IT as a commodity item.  These customers see the ROI in using SaaS because it allows them to reduce costs and to also to reduce downtime. Celent sees a trend of early adoptors as small and medium size companies that are looking for competitive advantage.  Most large established insurance companies are more conservative and already have an IT infrastructure in place.  For those larger companies the benefits of SaaS are less compelling.  At least for now.  That type of thinking is expected to change in three to five years time.  The Celent report outlines growth trends in this market.last_img read more

Wikipedians to Throw 300 Parties to Celebrate 10 Years of World-Shaking Knowledge Sharing

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#New Media#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Wikipedia will turn 10 years old this weekend and its extended family is throwing it a birthday party in more than 300 different cities around the world. The full list of events is available at significance of Wikipedia to the world can hardly be overstated. There was a time, not so long ago, when the most fortunate people in society would ride a horse for days to visit their nearest library, only to find a tiny fraction of the information that the internet makes instantly available to anyone today. Wikipedia is a primary place that information is neatly and collaboratively organized. That means you should take some time this Saturday night to make a toast to Wikipedia. How disruptive to our understanding of the world can Wikipedia be? Below, a particularly good example.So for most of recent history, we’ve used paper encyclopedias, right? Many families had them and they were a growing child’s window to the world. I bought a house last year that had a special shelf built into the wall for an encyclopedia set and sure enough, all the books are still sitting in there. Some time ago I cracked one open and came across the following entry, purely by chance. Give this a look, then check out the corresponding Wikipedia entry and consider the impact of reading one vs. the other.From The American Peoples’ Encyclopedia (1970)Horseshoe Bend, Battle Of, a battle between Creek Indians and a force of militia and regulars under Gen. Andrew Jackson, Mar. 27, 1824, in the bend of the Tallapoosa Ricer, in what is now E Alabama. Jackson and his men had pursued the Creeks in a long campaign, and coming upon them in an entrenched position killed all but a few. The battle destroyed the Creek power. The site was made a national military park in 1956.You might not ever guess it, but the Wikipedia entry for the Battle of Horseshoe Bend tells a very different story. A story of deeply racist betrayal. According to the Wikipedia entry, Jackson used allied Creek Indians to massacre dissident Creeks in the battle, then lumped them all together after the battle to push all survivors out of the area. The Chief that led the allies, and who had saved Andrew Jackson’s life in battle, later said that if he knew how Jackson would later turn against him, he would have killed the future US President at Horseshoe. The battle and betrayal, according to Wikipedia, helped propel Jackson’s boost with [white] voters and put him in the White House, where he became synonymous with a campaign of genocide against the Native Americans. That’s an important story in American history that was collaboratively put together by scores of editors over the last 8 years. Before Wikipedia, readers young and old, seeking to understand the world, would have had no idea. The American Peoples’ Encyclopedia sure wasn’t going to tell them the full story. That was just one random example. I just cracked open the paper encyclopedia to a random page, then fired up mobile Wikipedia on my iPhone and compared the two. It’s like Wikipedia is to the encyclopedia what Wikileaks is to a White House press conference.Thanks, Wikipedia, and happy 10th birthday. To many, many more! 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more