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first_imgAnderson Peters and Nicolas Quijera of Mississippi State took the top two finishing spots with distances of 271-08.00 (82.82m) and 263-02.00 (80.21m), respectively. Northwestern State’s 4x100m relay team of Ki’Ave Harry, Micah Larkins, Amir James and Tre’Darius Carr advanced to the finals, finishing seventh with a time of 39.63. 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships Results (PDF)EUGENE, Ore. – A total of five Southland Conference student-athletes brought NCAA All-American honors home from the 2018 Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships this weekend. Southeastern Louisiana’s Adrian Williams came away with second team distinction after taking 12th place in the javelin, reaching a mark of 223-01.00 (68.01m). Houston registered a collegiate record 38.17 winning time. Ohio State was more than a half-second back with Florida third (38.89) as everyone but the Cougars ran significantly slower than in Wednesday’s blistering semifinal round. Arkansas took fourth in 39.01, followed by Florida State (39.37), Southern Mississippi (39.49) and NSU (39.63).last_img read more

first_imgAGUA DULCE – The so-called Buckweed Fire, which has scorched an estimated 37,800 acres in Agua, Canyon Country and Saugus since it started Sunday, was 27 percent contained today, authorities said. The Buckweed Fire began in Mint Canyon west of Agua Dulce about 1 p.m. Sunday and was about 20 percent contain after firefighting aircraft were grounded at sundown yesterday. Though no cause has been determined, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich said fire investigators were trying to determine if the fire was intentionally set. A fire that broke near Santiago and Silverado canyons in Irvine before dawn yesterday was believed to have been started by an arsonist, according to Orange County Fire Authority Chief Chip Prather. Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Sam Padilla said three people and a firefighter were injured Sunday in connection with the Buckweed Fire, but none have occurred since. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Most schools in the area were closed today, including those in the the Castaic Union, Newhall, Saugus Union, Sulphur Springs, and William S. Hart school districts. Also closed was the College of the Canyons. Evacuation shelters remained open at Saugus and Golden Valley high schools. Fifteen homes, 17 outbuildings and 40 vehicles were destroyed. Also destroyed were bridges at Vasquez Canyon at Bouquet Canyon Road and Vasquez Canyon at Sierra Highway, said Deputy Dana Camarillo of the county’s Office of Emergency Management. A total of about 15,000 residents were evacuated at some point, but all were allowed to return home yesterday, according to Santa Clarita city officials. Among the structures destroyed Sunday was the Santa Clara/Mojave Rivers Ranger District Office in the Angeles National Forest at 30800 Bouquet Canyon Road, said Kathy Peterson of the U.S. Forest Service. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgA NUMBER of the county’s Credit Unions are putting staff on full-time debt collection duties as the number of people failing to meet loans increases.Yesterday at Letterkenny District Court a number of cases were heard where agreements were reached to re-pay debts – with repayments in one case set at €50 per month.One of the county’s biggest Credit Unions – in Buncrana – has now put two of its eight staff on full-time credit control checks to keep up with the number of people defaulting on loans. Meanwhile one source told that a small number of people in several parts of the county are “using” the downturn not to pay back loans.“Many people are in difficulty but there is a handful of people who have flash cars and fancy holidays who are trying to use the downturn as an excuse not to re-pay loans,” said one insider.DONEGAL CREDIT UNIONS PUT STAFF ON LOAN ALERT was last modified: October 4th, 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)last_img read more

first_imgDonegal Schoolboy Under 16 winners 2011The 2012 Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup was made tonight and Donegal is well represented in this years competition. The tournament takes place from Monday 16th to Saturday 21st of July in venues throughout the Northwest. Entrants this year include Donegal teams such as Finn Harps, Letterkenny Rovers, Kilmacrennan, Moville, Buncranna Hearts and Glencar, with Donegal and Inishowen also putting in representative sides into the tournament. It’s a fantastic week of football for all involved with competitions starting at Under 10 level right up to Under 19s.Lagan Harps are also involved in the Ladies section of the competition.Below is the draw for the group stages of this years Foyle Cup,Under 10 Section Group A: Ballinamallard, Derry & Dist Colts, Kilmacrennan, Bertie Peacock YLGroup B: Clooney, Ballymoney, Sion Swifts, Maiden City ColtsGroup C: Trojans, Limavady Utd, Finn Harps, Carniney YouthGroup D: Glencar, Tristar, Maiden City Academy, St Oliver Plunkett ColtsGroup E: Buncrana Hearts, Derry & District, Coleraine, Oxford SunnysideGroup F: Moville Celtic, St Oliver Pliunkett, Culmore, Oxford United Under 11 SectionGroup A: Dungannon Utd, Ballymoor, Letterkenny Ballyraine, Limavady UtdGroup B: Derry & District, Inishowen, Enniskillen Town Utd, Camlough RoversGroup C: Ballymoney Utd, NW Donegal, Maiden City Academy, Shankill Colts Group D: Hillsborough Boys, St Oliver Plunkett, Inishowen Colts, Oxford UtdGroup E: Ballinamallard Bertie Peacock YL, Derry & Dist Colts, Bright StarsGroup F: Hearts, Coleraine, Culmore, Shankill JuniorsUnder 12 SectionGroup A: Cavan Monaghan, Ballinamallard, Limavady Utd, Donegal TownGroup B: Derry & District, NECSL, Inishowen, Ballyraine KilmacrennanGroup C: Hearts, Newhill, Bertie Peacock YL, Donegal Schoolboys,Group D: Glentoran, Arklow Town, Maiden City Academy, Dungiven CelticGroup E: Finn Harps, Armagh City, Lucan United, ColeraineGroup F: Crumlin Utd, Ballymoney Utd, Kilmacrennan Celtic, Derry & Dist ColtsUnder 13 SectionGroup A: Limavady United, Inishowen Yth, Dergview, Donegal SchoolsGroup B: Institute FC, Bertie PEacock, Enniskillen Town Utd, StranocumGroup C: Derry & District, Stonebridge, Ballymoney Utd, Maiden City AcademyUnder 14 SectionGroup A: Derry & District, Newhill, NFC Kesh, CamloughGroup B: Celtic FC, Maiden CIty Academy, Coleraine, Donegal SchoolboysGroup C: Bohemians, Foyle Harps, Ballymoney United, Dungiven CelticGroup D: Kilmarnock, Ballinamallard, Institute, DungoyneGroup E: Hearts, Oxford Utd, Lucan United, Shankill JnrsGroup F: Arklow Town, St Oliver Plunkett, Inishowen Youth, Armagh CityUnder 15 SectionGroup A: Lucan United, Enniskillen Tn Utd, Top of the Hill Celtic, Draperstown CelticGroup B: Glentoran, Ballymena North End, St Johnstone, Oxford UnitedGroup C: Inishowen, Trojans, Ballymoney, Mount MerrionGroup D: ANB Soccer, Donegal Schoolboys, Limavady United, Crumlin ColtsUnder 16 SectionGroup A: Donegal Schoolboys, NECSL, Crewe United, Limavady UtdGroup B: Strabane Athletic, Glentoran, Gweedore Celtic, Derry & DistrictGroup C: Hull CIty, Mid Ulster FA, Grosvenor Youth, Sion SwiftsGroup D: Everton America, St Oliver Plunkett, COleraine, Hillsborough BoysGroup E: Ashgrove Juniors, Inishowen, Liverpool De La Salle, Shankill JnrsUnder 19 SectionGroup A: Derry City, Sports & Leisure, Ballinamallard, InishowenGroup B: Institute, Ballymoor, Hillsborough Boys, Finn HarpsGroup C: Dergview, Hibernian, Crewe United, Arklow TownGroup D: Ballybrack, Strabane Ath, Ballymena Utd, Letterkenny RvsLadies CompetitionDerry City, Lagan Harps, Simon Swifts, YMCA LadiesFOYLE CUP – DONEGAL TEAMS FEATURE AS ALL FIXTURES ANNOUNCED was last modified: June 6th, 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:fixturesFoyle Cup 2012last_img read more

first_imgNorthern Lights by Adam Porter for Donegal DailyTHE Northern Lights have made a spectacular return to Co Donegal overnight.Buncrana Camera Club stalwart Adam Rory Porter was once again in the right place to catch these stunning images over Inishowen for Donegal Daily.“The photos were taken from the Mamore Gap in Inishowen looking down into Urris. “There’s a beautiful Holy Well and Grotto to our Lady on the Gap, plus a statue of Padre Pio. A fine spot day or night. You can see the fog covered Leenan and Urris below with the orange glow of streetlights and houses peeking through.”Experts had predicted the return of the Aurora Borealis, with conditions improving in recent days.The sun that lies behind the formation of the auroras. During large solar explosions and flares, huge quantities of particles are thrown out of the sun and into deep space.When the particles meet the Earth’s magnetic shield, they are led towards a circle around the magnetic North Pole, where they interact with the upper layers of the atmosphere. The energy which is then released is the northern lights. All this happens approximatelty 100 kilometres above our heads. People reported seeing the faint green lights on the horizon all along the Donegal coast last night.Pix: Adam Rory PorterInishowen Art / Pixcam /  Buncrana Camera Club The Northern Lights dance on the horizon: Pic Adam Porter for Donegal DailyTHEY’RE BACK! NORTHERN LIGHTS PUT ON ANOTHER MAGIC SHOW OVER DONEGAL was last modified: March 2nd, 2013 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:THEY’RE BACK! NORTHERN LIGHTS PUT ON ANOTHER MAGIC SHOW OVER DONEGALlast_img read more

first_img Tags: Buddo SScopa coca-colatop Buddo SS has now won two championships (courtesy photo).Copa Coca-Cola 2018Blessed Sacrament Kimanya 0-1 BuddoKakyeka Stadium, MbararaSaturday, 19-05-2018.Buddo SS clinched their second Copa Coca-Cola title on Saturday after defeating Blessed Sacrament Kimanya 1-0 I the finals.Frank Ssebufu’s 09th minute strike was all that the Wakiso based school needed to add onto their 2009 crown.Despite the previous heroics shown by Kimanya, they could not bleach a well organised Buddo defence that saw out the game like they have done all campaign.This was Buddo’s second championship in the history of the 25 year old tournament after winning it for the first time in 2009.To get to the finals, Buddo eliminated Agape in the semi final match played on Friday, when they required spot kicks to eliminate the Namutamba district based school.For the losing finalists, Kimanya who played almost the entire tournament with only 11 players minus substitutes, shocked 2017 winners Jinja SS 1-0 in the semi finals.This was the first time that Kimanya reached the finals of this championship, which is the biggest football show piece amongst secondary schools.In the third play-off game, Agape S.S defeated to deal the third and final berth that will see them represent the country at this year’s East African championship.A total of 59 schools took part in the annual championship that has been played for now 25 years.This year’s tournament has been hosted by Mbarara High School who were eliminated by Agape at the quarter finals stage.Present and retired Uganda Cranes stars as Joseph Kabagembe, David Obua, Richard Malinga, Allan Okello, Tonny Mawejje, Muhammed Shaban, Faruku Miya, Joseph Ochaya, Kezironi Kizito, William Luwagga Kizito, Denis Iguma and many others have played this championship.The Knock out results of this year’s championships:Round of 16:• Blessed Sacrament Kimanya 1-0Ryakasinga CHE• Jinja Secondary School 2-1 Hill View College• Jinja Progressive Academy 2-3Agape S.S• Buddo S.S 3-0 Mbarara High School• St Julian High School 0 (5) – 0 (4)Old Kampala S.S• Hands of Grace 0 (15) – 0 (16)Welden• St Mary’s Kitende 0 (5) – 0 (6) Lira Town College• Kigezi High School 2-0 St Paul High School.Quarterfinals:o Welden High School, Mbarara 0-1Agape S.So Blessed Sacrament Kimanya 0 (4) – 0 (1) St Julian, Gayazao Jinja S.S 2-0 Lira Town Collegeo Buddo S.S 2-0 Kigezi High SchoolSemi-finals:o Jinja S.S 0-1 Blessed Sacrament Kimanyao Buddo S.S 0 (3) – 0 (1) Agape S.SThe Group stages:GROUP A:1.Kamuge High School – Bukedi2.Blessed Sacrement Secondary School – Masaka3.Panyango Secondary School- West Nile.4.Mbarara High School – Mbarara5.ST.Peters Secondary School – Hoima.6.Adwari Secondary School – Lango.7.Bakita.GROUP B:1.Lubiru Secondary School – Kampala2.Masaka Secondary School – Masaka3. Kamwenge Secondary and Vocational School- Rwenzori4.Welden High School- Mbarara5.Jinja Secondary School- Busoga6.Green Valley High School – Mukono7.ST.Joseph Buyala- Mbale8.Bishop Angelo Negri College- Acholi.GROUP C:1.St Julian High School – Wakiso2.Saviour High School – Luweero3.St. Paul Secondary School- Rwenzori4.Kitala Model Secondary School – Bumyoro5.Royal Giant High School – Mityana6.Rock High School- Bukedi7. Maluku Secondary School -Mbale.GROUP D:1.Light Secondary School – Teso2.Kakungulu Memorial School- Kampala3-Kisozi Seed Secondary School – Mpigi4.Lira Town College- Mango5.Kakungulu Memorial School – Kampala6.Jinja Progressive- Busoga7.UUUMO Progressive Secondary School – Bushenyi.GROUP E:1.Iganga Town View Secondary School- Busoga2.Sebei College School- Sebei3.Kibuli Secondary School- Kampala4.Buddo Secondary School- Wakiso5.Nakaseke International College- Luweero6.Amuria High School-Teso7.Ryakisinga CHE- Bushenyi.GROUP F:1.Mentor High School- Lango2.Kawempe Moslem Secondary School – Kampala3.ST.Marys Kitende- Wakiso4.Hill View College- Bulangira- Bukedi5.Hope Senior Secondary School – Mpigi6.ST.Gerald’s Nakibale- Kigezi7.ST.Edwards Bukuumi- Bunyoro.GROUP G:Hands Of Grace Secondary School- Mukono2.London College Nansana- Wakiso3.Old Kampala Secondary School Kampala4.Serere Secondary School Teso5.ST Joseph’s College – Layibi-6.High Standard Secondary School Katera- Luweero7.ST Marys Secondary School Simbya-Rwenzori8.Sironko Progressive – Mbale.GROUP H:1.Standard High School Zzana- Wakiso2.Kigezi High School – Kigezi3.Paidha Secondary School- West Nile4.Namagabi Secondary School – Mukono5.ST.Joseph Buyaga- Mbale6.Agape Secondary School – Busoga7.Biyaya Secondary School- West Nile.Comments last_img read more

first_imgAtlantic Travel are delighted to introduce their new cruise expert Donna Feeney.  With a wealth of experience in the industry specifically in cruises, she will be a fantastic addition to the wonderful team in the award-winning Letterkenny travel agency. Along with their long haul and honeymoon experts Caroline and Evelyn and family holiday specialists Mary T and Noreen Atlantic Travel is fast becoming the one stop shop for all your travel needs.Over the coming weeks we will have our top offers and recommendations here on Donegal Daily and look forward to welcoming new and existing customers into our new look store in December. To see the best offers from Atlantic Travel follow us on Facebook: will let Donna tell you a little about herself and her top picks this week for cruising!Cruise Expert DonnaDonna Feeney: I have been in travel for almost 7 years now and have loved every minute of it! Whilst working most recently with a specialist cruise company, I have had the opportunity to go on lots of exciting trips and sample many different cruise lines. These included Fred Olsen, MSC, NCL, Princess and Celebrity, as well as a River Cruise on AMA waterways.Cruising is definitely one of the best (if not, the best) ways to experience the world. The ships just get bigger & better as time goes by and there is a wide choice of destinations to be visited. It’s the ideal all- inclusive holiday for all ages. I truly believe that once you have experienced a cruise holiday, you are a cruise client for life!If you are unsure if cruising is for you, why not try out a Mini Cruise!?These short breaks are often called “taster cruises”, because they’re the perfect way to give cruising a try if you’ve never done it before.Taster Cruises are a perfect way of introducing the first-time cruiser and families, who are short on time, to what the cruising experience is all about and Visiting some magnificent destinations around Europe and the Mediterranean. Mini cruises are usually 2 to 4 nights long, but can last up to a week.A cruise is a great opportunity to relax on deck and do very little but it is also packed with a large variety of entertainment, health and beauty venues, sport and fitness areas, restaurants, bars, facilities and services for children and much more. If you’re a family, first time cruiser or are just looking to experience something a bit different without having to dig too deep into your pocket, a mini cruise could be the perfect holiday for you.MINI CRUISENorwegian JadeTake this cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line on Norwegian Jade. Depart on the 29th June ’18 for 2 nights sailing from Southampton to Hamburg.€470 per person includes return flights from Dublin, transfers, interior cabin with all meals, all-inclusive drinks and pre-paid tips.Here are my top picks for Family and Honeymoon Cruising.HONEYMOON CRUISEDepart for this really special cruise on the 26th May 2018. Stay for 2 nights in Miami followed by a 7 Night Caribbean Cruise from €1615 per personMSC SeasideMSC SEASIDE – BRAND NEW SHIP featuring a custom-designed multi-storey aqua park!Itinerary: United States, St. Maarten, Puerto Rico, BahamasPricing includes: Interior cabin, Full Board, Flights, Transfers and Miami Hotel Stay includedFAMILY CRUISEOption 1(Based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing)Sail with MSC on MSC DIVINA on the 13th May 2018 from €919 per person staying in a balcony cabin.Ports of call: Civitavecchia, Palermo, Cagliari, Palma de Mallorca, Valencia, Marseille, Genoa, CivitavecchiaPricing includes: Balcony cabin, Full Board, Flights and Transfers.MSC DivinaOption 2The very popular P&O CRUISES offers families (Based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing) a 7 night cruise on Ventura from €980 per person staying in Ocean view cabinPorts of call: Southampton / Gijon / La Coruna, Spain / Leixoes (for Oporto), Portugal / Guernsey (St Peter Port) / SouthamptonPricing includes: Ocean view cabin, full board, flights from Belfast & Transfers P&O VenturaP&O VenturaFeel free to email me at for all your cruise needs or call us on 074 9126193.Follow for more incredible offers from around the world.Atlantic Travel welcomes top cruise expert aboard was last modified: November 8th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:atlantic travelcruisesholidayslast_img read more

first_imgPhotos from a Letterkenny housefire have been shared today to highlight essential safety precautions that can save lives.A blaze broke out at a home in the Rosemount area of Letterkenny in the early hours of Monday morning. The couple inside managed to escape unharmed after their smoke alarm alerted them to the danger.The man got out of the building first before Letterkenny fire crews helped rescue the woman from a window on the first floor. The fire had originated from the ground floor hot press, which caused the stairs to be blocked and left no means of escape. Image via Donegal Fire ServiceThe Donegal Fire Service said the smoke detector was a key factor in ensuring the fire brigade were called in good time for the fire to be brought under control. The alarm also served to give the occupants essential time.“When a fire occurs, TIME is the most important factor. Time to effect escape or be rescued before the fire reaches fatal limits. Smoke alarms provide time, make sure you have them in your home and that they work,” the message said.Image via Donegal Fire ServiceThe fire service also highlighted the importance of a closed door upstairs that impeded the passage of smoke to the first floor bedroom. “Another reminder to close doors to rooms before going to bed.” For more information on fire safety visit: Pictures: Fire in Letterkenny home highlights vital safety measures was last modified: January 8th, 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:fire safetyletterkenny housefirelast_img read more

first_img29 October 2008Musical genius and beacon of South African pride Abdullah Ibrahim will again perform for his loyal local fans. With a history of world-class concert appearances and a worldwide fan base, Ibrahim is returning home to inspire.The pianist and composer will perform his new solo piano piece, entitled “Senzo”, meaning “ancestor” in both Chinese and Japanese, at the Artscape in Cape Town on 1 November, at Durban’s Jazz Centre on 5 and 6 November, and at the Wits Great Hall in Johannesburg on 7 November.“‘Senzo’ is a journey through sound – striving towards our individual and collective home,” says Ibrahim.Longtime followers of Ibrahim will find themselves amply rewarded with his live show. Built around the Abdullah Ibrahim Trio that has been breathing life into the performer’s repetoire for the past 12 years, the show features Ibrahim on piano and New Yorkers Belden Bullock and George Gray on bass and drums respectively.The shows will give Ibrahim’s fans a chance to see him perform the solo piano concerts that have drawn rapt responses when performed in the most important venues worldwide, including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Barbican in London and the Berlin Philharmonic Hall.Other unique solo piano concert venues have included the Kamigamo Shrine in Kyoto, Japan – a first ever performance at the historic monastery and a tribute to the importance of Zen philosophy and the martial arts in Ibrahim’s life. The latter has seen Ibrahim earn a “Menkyo Kaiden” (an 8th degree black belt and a licence to teach) through his 40 years study with Great Grand Master Soke Tonegawa Sensei in Japan.An African musical geniusBorn in Cape Town in 1934, Ibrahim has been described as a South African icon, an African genius and an internationally revered piano player by critics.As a child, Ibrahim remembers listening to traditional African songs, religious music and jazz – all of which are reflected in his music. He received his first piano lessons in 1941 and became a professional musician in 1949 playing for the Tuxedo Slickers and, later, the Willie Max Big Band.In 1959 he met alto saxophonist Kippi Moeketsi, who convinced him to devote his life to music. His international music career blossomed in 1962 when the Dollar Brand Trio (with Johnny Gertze on bass and Makaya Ntshoko on percussion) toured Europe.What followed was a marathon tour of Europe, the United States and Japan with appearances at major music festivals of the world in Montreux, North Sea, Berlin, Paris and Montreal.MannenbergIn the mid-1970s, Ibrahim came back to South Africa. In June 1974, Abdullah Ibrahim, with Robbie Jansen, Basil Coetzee, Monty Weber, Morris Goldberg and Paul Michaels, recorded what was to become a beloved anthem in South Africa – Mannenberg.The album was recorded against a backdrop of forced removals as the apartheid government finalised its destruction of District Six in Cape Town, evicting coloured families from homes throughout the city. The title-track, “Mannenberg”, fused Cape jazz with African marabi to produce a melody that became a beloved anthem of hope and resistance for many South Africans.In 1976, Ibrahim returned to the United States because of the unfavourable political atmosphere in South Africa during that time.Returning to South Africa in 1990, Ibrahim embarked on numerous music projects, including a symphonic piece at the renowned Herkules Saal in Munich, Germany, and a premiere of “Cape Town Traveller”, a multi-media production at the Leipzig music festival in 1999.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

first_img18 April 2011South Africa’s success as the new member of BRICS will be determined by how Pretoria relates to the rest of Africa and how it uses its membership of the group to address critical issues facing the continent, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.“I think that will be our major area that we will be judged on,” Davies said on Sunday on his return from third meeting of the leaders of the grouping of influential developing countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – held in Sanya, China.“The issues are vast, and we need to ensure that we take the rest of Africa with us, because the way we relate to the rest of the continent will be very important to make our participation in BRICS a success,” Davies said.As the only African country in BRICS, South Africa was expected to push for Africa’s integration in trade and policies with the other BRICS members, Davies said.Building a domestic market that cut across Africa would be crucial, he said, if South Africa was to hold its own among four powerful emerging economies with a combined population of more than three billion.South Africa should also use its BRICS membership to craft a more vigorous trade and investment programme to ensure that its voice and that of the continent was heard in broader international platforms such as the G20 and the UN Security Council.The three-day BRICS meeting, which ended on Friday, called on the speedy achievement of the targets for the reform of the International Monetary Fund agreed to at the recent G20 summit, and reiterated that the governing structure of the international financing institution should reflect the changes in the world economy.In what could lead to a drastic shift in trade cooperation between the BRICS group, Davies said the five countries also discussed the possibility of using their own currencies to trade with each other.This formed part of a wide consultation meeting attended by the BRICS trade ministers that called for strong, open and rule-based multilateral trading systems among their countries.The meeting also denounced the “excessive” volatility in commodity prices, particularly those for food and energy, as posing a new risk for the ongoing recovery of the world market.“We support the international community in strengthening cooperation to ensure stability and strong development of physical markets,” Davies said. “The international community should work together to increase production capacity and strengthen producer-consumer dialogue to balance supply and demand.”The BRICS countries, which together account for about 20 percent of global GDP, are all part of the G20 grouping of the 20 major economies in the world, and are all currently members of the UN Security Council.The five countries see this as an opportunity to work closely together on issues relating to global peace and security.“We are deeply concerned with turbulence in the Middle East, the North African and West African regions, and sincerely wish that the countries affected achieve peace, stability and progress,” the group said in a declaration at the end of the meeting. We share the principle that any use of force should be avoided.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more