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  • LAUNCH OF ‘MOVING ON’ DVD IN LETTERKENNY

    first_img‘Moving On’ is a DVD of very significant short films, cartoons and documentaries devised and produced by young people with physical disabilities from all over Donegal.The DVD was launched as part of “One Donegal Cultural Diversity Month 2011″ by Mr Jim McGuiness, Manager of the Donegal Senior Football Team.The DVD highlights the capabilities and strengths of project participants and to enable the community to become more open and accepting of diversity and change. Through the magic medium of film, these future Spielbergs have been able to have their say about everything, from using their strengths, refusal to allow barriers to stand in their way, and dealing with every day challenges that face young people. Expect the unexpected, from a wrestling film, a quirky animation about aliens, to a very poignant short documentary.Amanda Doyle, Keyworker for Children, HSE Donegal Physical and Sensory Disabilities services led the “Moving On” project. She noted, “It was the motivation and the ability of the participants to think outside the box that led to the success of the project. Those involved are positive role models and advocates for all in communities that face diversity and challenges in their daily lives. They are truly inspirational!”“The ‘Moving On’ project gave opportunity to the participants to enhance personal development skills such as confidence, assertiveness and increasing their self esteem. It also enabled all the opportunity to develop public speaking skills, positive decision making and conflict resolution skills. The project was also a way of building new friendships, establishing peer support and most importantly, having fun.”The DVDs will be distributed to schools, community and youth groups and other relevant organisations for use as part of disability awareness training. For more information, please contact Amanda Doyle at 087 9912679 or [email protected] LAUNCH OF ‘MOVING ON’ DVD IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: November 18th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:HSELAUNCH OF ‘MOVING ON’ DVD IN LETTERKENNYlast_img read more

  • Investing in the Western Cape

    first_imgEconomic development in the Western Cape is characterised by a broad sector base, with good growth potential in several major sectors, a range of significant niche sectors and a number of large new investment projects.Cape Town International Airport in the Western Cape (Image: Brand South Africa)Rapidly decreasing communication cost levels mean the disadvantages of Cape Town’s distance of 1 500 kilometres south of the economic hub of Gauteng and several thousand kilometres from European, American and Asian centres is less and less significant.In line with worldwide trends, South Africa’s export-oriented industries tend to shift towards port cities and coastal industrial belts – the drop in import duties and the establishment of Saldanha Steel as a basis for Western Cape heavy industry add more momentum to this shift.The Western Cape has an open economy with foreign trade making up close to 30% of the gross regional product. The province’s exports have traditionally been dominated by primary products such as fruit, fish and vegetables, but with beneficiation adding increasingly higher value.Western Cape overviewWesgroWestern Cape governmentWestern Cape Provincial ParliamentWesgroWesgro is the official investment and trade promotion agency for the Western Cape, the first point of contact for foreign importers, local exporters and investors wanting to take advantage of the business potential of Cape Town and the province as a whole.The agency works closely with key players such as the South African government, business, labour, the City of Cape Town, district municipalities and rural local authorities. Its key objectives are:To market the economic potential, the advantages and investment opportunities of the Western Cape, both within South Africa and internationally.To maintain and increase economic momentum and confidence in the Western Cape.To gain recognition for the Western Cape as a dynamic development region.WesgroKey projectsIn the regional development of the Western Cape a number of large investment projects have lately played an important role in maintaining growth and employment momentum.Some major projects are currently in the process of implementation, with ample opportunities for further investments in each of these cases. These include the Cape Town International airport, Cape Town central station, jewellery emporium, Kudu Gas (Cape Power Project), perlemoen (abalone) project, Philippi east town centre, refrigerated container plant, Robben Island gateway centre, Roggebaai canal, Sandy Cove and the Zeconi optical fibre plant.TourismThe Western Cape’s beauty is unsurpassed and it is a top international tourist destination. Some 50% of international tourists arriving in South Africa visit the Western Cape, while the overall share of the region in South Africa’s tourism market is approximately 24% by gross expenditure.Estimates for the different components of the Western Cape’s 8-million annual tourists clearly show the dominance of local tourists – 46% from other provinces and 39% from inside the Western Cape – as compared to 14.3% foreign tourists. In the latter category, tourists from elsewhere in Africa have reached about half the number of foreign arrivals.The tourism industry is a major growth sector in terms of investment, employment and the diversification of services. Less directly, tourism stimulates the property market – especially prime residential and cluster projects – and strengthens business contacts, often are the forerunners of trade, joint ventures and immigration plans.Agriculture and fishingThe sheltered valleys between mountains are ideal for the cultivation of export-grade fruit such as apples, table grapes, olives, peaches and oranges. A variety of vegetables is cultivated in the eastern part of the Western Cape, while the wheat- growing Swartland and Overberg districts are the country’s breadbasket.The agricultural sector is critical for the Western Cape economy, accounting for 60% of regional exports. Since the 1990s the sector has steadily expanded, with only moderate fluctuations due to late winter rains, shifting world market prices and other unforeseeable factors related to specific product segments.South Africa’s 300-year-oldwine industry is based in the south of the province. The region produces 3.1% of the world’s wine and ranks as number nine in overall volume production, with 100 200 hectares under vines for wine production.Some 75% of all South African fishing taking place along the Western Cape coastline. The rich fishing grounds on the west coast are protected from exploitation by a 200km commercial fishing zone and a strict quota system. Snoek, Cape lobster, abalone, calamari, octopus, oysters and mussels are among the delicacies produced in these waters.Key exports are also fruit, wine, wool and ostrich. The high quality of exports, combined with the relative weakness of the local currency, makes the products some of the most affordable high quality exports in the world.ManufacturingIn the past the strength of Cape manufacturing largely depended on the performance of the food processing sector as well as clothing and textile industries. Several other segments made relatively small, yet significant contributions to the sector, like the petrochemical and plastics industry, furniture, printing and publishing.The establishment of the R9-billion Saldanha Steel Project (SSP) is expected to gradually expand the base of Western Cape industry, helping create downstream processing plants. The rise of information technology, telecommunications, medical and research equipment and other hi-tech processes will further broaden the industrial core of the Western Cape. The Capricorn Science and Industrial Park in the beach town of Muizenberg one of a number of catalysts.Financial servicesCape Town is the second largest financial centre in the country. The province has in the past relied largely on the insurance industry as the backbone of this sector.While this sector still expands, a stronger momentum seems to come from the establishment of new, specialised financial service suppliers in the area, either as branches of Gauteng head office, or as a shift of certain of the activities to the more attractive working environment of the Cape. This trend includes foreign firms, and new investment groups focusing on the local investment scene.Parallel to the steady expansion of financial services and retailing, dominated by the expansion of a few retail mega-centres, there is also a boom in professional, business, property and personal services. In particular the property services sector has experienced dramatic growth.Business process outsourcingA rapidly expanding sector showing good potential in the Western Cape in particular is business process outsourcing, which includes the processing of accounts and claims, as well as front office activities such as call centres. This growth is fuelled by world- class service levels of call centre staff, time-zone compatibility with Europe, high rates of fluency in English coupled with neutral English accents, a favourable exchange rate and an advanced telecommunications industry.Investment agency Calling the Cape has facilitated call centre deals in the Western Cape worth R933-million since the beginning of 2004, with investments in 2005 up by 19% over 2004. Some 79% of this investment originated from the UK, with companies from Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and the US also represented.Companies running call centres in the Western Cape include Barclays, JP Morgan, Lufthansa, the Budget Group, Merchants/Asda, Dialogue and STA Travel.Research published in November 2004 by independent analysts Datamonitor predicted that South African call centre numbers would double by 2008 – and rated Cape Town ahead of India for quality of service.Brand South Africa reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

  • Soup opera: Cavs’ Smith mum on kind of soup thrown at coach

    first_imgJR Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPINDEPENDENCE, Ohio — J.R. Smith’s soup choice remains unknown, and so do the ingredients that steamed him so much he threw a bowl of soup at assistant coach Damon Jones.Smith was suspended one game by the Cavaliers, and Saturday the temperamental guard addressed the latest drama in what has been a tumultuous season for the three-time defending Eastern Conference champions.ADVERTISEMENT Smith, who is expected to start on Saturday after serving his one-game ban Thursday against Philadelphia, refused to say if he agreed with the discipline. He said he spoke with his teammates about what happened but not with Jones, a former NBA player who has been on Tyronn Lue’s staff for two seasons.“It’s not really my call,” the 31-year-old said on the merits of his punishment. “More than anything, I talked to my teammates about it, everybody seemed cool. We moved on from it as a team, so whether it warranted a suspension or not, that’s not my job. I’m just here to play basketball.”Because of Smith’s volatile reputation and shoot-first-ask-questions later playing style, his soup-throwing tantrum led to a social-media storm Friday as Twitter filled with posts about him and his possible soup choice.Smith was amused — to a point.“Some of them were actually pretty funny,” he said. “I understand that everything I do is going to have a meme or whatever behind it. That’s just part of the day and age we live in. If this was 15 years ago, nobody would have even knew. It’s just part of the game.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Smith’s had a challenging season on the floor — his 8.3 point average is his lowest since 2005 and he’s making only 39 percent his shots — and his blowup at Jones could be the result of pent-up frustration.Smith, though, dodged a question about whether it was spur of the moment or something that had been building.“I have an idea of what I want to say, but I’m not going to say it,” he said.” So I’m going to leave that as it is.”Smith has been a key contributor to Cleveland reaching the NBA Finals the past three seasons. With All-Star Kevin Love sidelined with a broken hand, the Cavs need a dependable second scoring option behind LeBron James. Smith can fill that role — when his shot is falling and when he’s behaving.James believes Smith will come around.“’He knows how important he is to our ball club, both offensively and defensively since he got here,” James said. “We know it’s been a challenging year for him, but we expect for him to be there when we need him.”James is close with both Smith and Jones, but he refused to get dragged into their food feud.“Ain’t got nothing to do with me,” he said. “Momma told me a long time ago to mind your business. Stay out of grown folks business. That ain’t got nothing to do with me. That’s what I did.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LATEST STORIES Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Asked what he could share about the soup spat, Smith was as cold as gazpacho.“Nothing,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd as for the kind of soup he flung?“Honestly,” he said Saturday following the team’s shootaround. “I don’t even remember.” Raising their level Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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