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first_imgA canny Donegal businessman has launched a ‘Willy Wonka’-style competition by putting a golden ticket for the All-Ireland Final inside a lucky bag for his sweet shop.Enda Heneghan, who owns Auntie Nellie’s traditional sweet shop in Letterkenny, says the reaction to the idea has been amazing.Enda has hidden a voucher for the ticket for the Hogan Stand inside a €2 lucky bag at his shop on Main Street. Now people are coming in off the street in the hope of snapping up one of the hugely-sought after golden tickets.“We thought that if we put the actual ticket in then people would be able to feel it on the outside of the bag.“It’s just a small piece of paper telling the lucky winner they will be going to Croke Park to watch Donegal play Mayo in the final.“The reaction has been great already. “It’s hard to believe how sought-after the tickets are. I know how Willy Wonka felt now,” he laughed.And Enda won’t say how many lucky bags there are in the golden ticket hunt in case some wealthy fan decides to snap up the lot and be guaranteed a ticket.And with just more than 14,000 tickets being officially allocated to Donegal fans, the hunt is on by more than 40,000 fans looking to go to the big game.Although now happily married and living in Co Donegal, businessman Enda is actually from Ballinrobe, Co Mayo.“Just please don’t ask me who I will be supporting on the day,” he laughed before even being quizzed about his county loyalty. SHOP-OWNER LAUNCHES WILLY WONKA-STYLE HUNT FOR ALL IRELAND TICKET was last modified: September 14th, 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:Auntie Nellie’s Sweet ShopEnda HeneghanletterkennyWilly Wonkalast_img read more

first_imgFollowing a jam-packed schedule of fundraisers for Paul ‘Diddler’ Dillon and his family last month, the Diddler fundraising committee has announced that €85,600.70 has been raised in a month. Diddler (aged 45) was recently diagnosed with an illness which will require modifications to his family home. But the cooperative community of Newtowncunningham refused to let the family face this challenging time alone. A committee was formed in January to plan a series of fun events to ensure everyone can get the chance to lend a helping hand to Diddler.Last month saw a host of events take place including Monster Charity Concert in the An Grianan Hotel, a 25 Card Drive in Biddy Friel’s bar and the Dash for Diddler 5KA statement from the committee on Facebook read: “It would be impossible to thank everyone individually who contributed in one way or another, so a massive well done to everyone involved.“The committee for this fundraiser is now dissolved and the page will be removed on Sunday. “This just leaves us wishing Paul, Emma and the girls strength and love now and in the future.”Diddler committee reveal over €85,000 has been raised in four weeks was last modified: March 11th, 2019 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:Newtoncunninghampaul ‘diddler’ dillonlast_img read more

first_imgBy signing the pledge, people commit torejecting corruption and speaking upabout illegal activities.(Image: Nicky Rehbok)MEDIA CONTACTS • Corruption Watch+27 11 447 1472Nicky RehbokThe fight against corruption got some heavy artillery today with the launch of Corruption Watch, an independent civil society institute formed to enable South Africans to report and confront corrupt activity in both the public and private sectors.The launch, held at the Women’s Gaol at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg, was attended by a range of government, civil society and business leaders, including Jay Naidoo, Mark Haywood, Mary Metcalfe, Njongonkulu Ndungane and public protector Thuli Madonsela, as well as a large contingent of news media.Corruption Watch’s work includes a newly launched website and an SMS hotline to receive reports of corruption, as well as a pledge which people can sign online to signify their rejection of corruption.The website will be a repository of stories from the South African public, a secure portal for evidence-based whistle blowing activity, and a resource for information about corrupt activities in South Africa.In his keynote speech, Cosatu secretary-general Zwelinzima Vavi lauded Corruption Watch as a “critical resolution of Cosatu and civil society” and a “dream come true to empower our people”.“We will not succeed in our quest to defeat this fast advancing enemy unless we can successfully mobilise and empower ordinary people, strengthen and build a people-centred developmental state, led by honest men and women, build independent state institutions that battle against corruption daily and transform the judiciary and media,” he said.The public can tell Corruption Watch about their experiences and sign the pledge on the website.To SMS, send the text “BRIBE” to report corruption or, to sign the pledge, type “PLEDGE” plus your first and last names to the number 45142 (the SMS costs R1).People can also talk about it on Facebook and Twitter (@corruption_sa).No more abuse of power and positionCorruption Watch director David Lewis said that by gathering, interpreting and acting on information gathered from the public, the media and other sources, the organisation would be able expose the corrupt misuse of public money.“We have formed this organisation to enable citizens to report and confront public and private sector individuals abusing their power and position.”The data collected by the organisation will be used to reveal hotspots of corrupt activity around the country at municipal, provincial and national level. Where corruption is rife, Corruption Watch will seek partnerships with powerful organs of civil society to effect change.“We want to help move the national conversation about corruption from resignation to action,” said Lewis.The website will be the main interface between the public and Corruption Watch, though the organisation can also be reached via SMS, Twitter and Facebook.Through social media, people can share their stories about all manner of corruption, including but not exclusive to bribery, kickbacks and graft; influence peddling and patronage; and corruption in the work place where they’ve witnessed or been victims of favouritism, nepotism, ghost workers and illegitimate absenteeism. People may be able to report instances of bid-rigging, price-fixing, arbitrage and profiteering, cartels and collusion and tender and procurement irregularities.The personal details of anyone reporting an incident will be kept confidential, but the information collected will be aggregated, enabling Corruption Watch to analyse the data, spot patterns and draw a “heat map” of when and where corruption is occurring.“Information from crowd-sourcing offers a clear understanding of what is happening on the ground,” said Lewis. “While we won’t be in a position to investigate each and every report, the combined knowledge of people coming to our site will provide us with a powerful tool to build alliances with other institutions and NGOs. Strengthening the scale and voice of civil society will help South Africans defeat corruption.”From some of the aggregated information – and occasionally a personal story that is representative of an endemic form of corruption – Corruption Watch will initiate research, commission reports and compile sufficient documentation to refer matters to the appropriate investigative or prosecutorial authority, or engage in policy-based advocacy work.“Our first campaign,” said Lewis, “is asking people to sign a pledge online, or via SMS, refusing to participate in corruption and, if they are civil servants, committing to treating public resources with respect.”‘Nowhere to hide’Justice minister Jeff Radebe also took to the podium, decrying corruption as a “cancer” in South African society.“This cancer of corruption can only be defeated by the concerted efforts of all South Africans … therefore the launch of Corruption Watch is highly commended,” he said.The minister added that the organisation would help transform many South Africans from being passive recipients within a democracy into “important role-players who actively combat corruption”.“We’d also like the media to continue in its tireless efforts to expose corruption whenever it rears its ugly head.”He added: “We are confident that Corruption Watch will be an independent voice and barometer showing the strides we as a nation are making to fight corruption. Everyone must know that there is nowhere to hide as far as corruption is concerned.”United front against corruptionPublic protector Thuli Madonsela said the initiative “couldn’t have come at a better time” and that the Public Protector team was honoured to be part of it.“Many sectors of society can learn a lot from this development. As a country we need a united front against corruption and central to this is active citizenship.”Accountability and transparency are also central to the organisation, she added.“I’m encouraged by Corruption Watch’s understanding that corruption is a societal problem – it’s not an isolated problem.”Corruption is also rife in the regulatory environment, service delivery, as well as the public and private sector, she said.“It is time that all of us as patriotic South Africans stand together to fight corruption with courage and resilience.“We look forward to working with Corruption Watch in taking the process forward in terms of awareness-raising, protecting and encouraging whistle-blowing and promoting transparency in the government’s legal framework.”Madonsela called on all sectors of society to throw their weight behind the initiative, adding that actively fighting corruption would help alleviate poverty, boost service delivery, and promote safety and justice.“Each of us has a responsibility to fight corruption in the public and private sector to ensure that we build a society where there is public accountability, integrity and responsiveness to all the people of the country.”Taking actionFunded principally by donations from charitable foundations, Corruption Watch was initiated as a non-profit organisation by Cosatu’s office bearers, who were receiving an increasing number of complaints about corruption from its membership and the general public.Its board of directors is made up of Bobby Godsell, Adila Hassim, David Lewis, Mary Metcalfe, Mavuso Msimang, Njongonkulu Ndungane, Kate O’Regan, Zwelinzima Vavi, with Vuyiseka Dubula in the chair.last_img read more

first_img19 April 2016The world’s most famous gold coin, the Krugerrand, is commemorating Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday with a special limited edition.This is also the first time the South African Mint is celebrating a royal birthday.To mark the 90th Birthday of H.M Queen Elizabeth II, The South African Mint have issued a special and very limited Gold Krugerrand coin— Lord of Milton Manor (@regalmagazine) January 10, 2016“With an extremely low mintage of only 260 coins worldwide, this special edition. Krugerrand features a unique ‘QEII 90’ Mint Mark that will only appear on this special issue of gold Krugerrands,” noted the London Mint office.“This means that this coin will become a ‘one year only’ type, never to be released again.”It features:Obverse: bust of Paul Kruger by Otto SchultzReverse: springbok antelope by Coert Steynberg, also highlighting the unique “QEII 90th” Mint MarkAbout the KrugerrandThe South African Mint says the Kruggerrand evokes nostalgia because it has a classic design which “kindles memories of a bygone era and symbolises the romance and allure of gold”.Launched in 1967, it contains one troy ounce of pure gold. By the 1980s, fractional Krugerrands were made available – the 1/2oz, 1/4oz and 1/10oz.The design dates back to 1892 when the country’s first coin series was circulated. It features a bust of the then president of the South African Republic, Paul Kruger, created by die-engraver Schultz. “The reverse design of the prancing springbok, South Africa’s national animal, was modelled by Coert Steynberg,” reads the South African Mint website.” It was originally created for the commemorative 5-shilling coin issued in 1947 to celebrate the visit of the British Royal Family to South Africa.”The name Krugerrand comes from Kruger and South Africa’s monetary unit, the rand – associated with the Witwatersrand, “the ridge of white water”, the area where gold was discovered in 1886.Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th birthday on 21 April. The limited edition 1oz Krugerrand is selling at R59 000 at South Africa’s Scoin Shop. 90 photos for 90 years ahead of The Queen’s birthday on Thursday #Queenat90https://t.co/MqJGDqfDPb— BritishMonarchy (@BritishMonarchy) April 18, 2016Source: South Africa.info reporterlast_img read more

first_imgShare with your Friends:More Cache In Trash Out WeekendWe hear it all the time, “Geocachers are the nicest people!” It’s a wonderful compliment that good-hearted geocachers have earned for over a decade. Cache In Trash Out (CITO) weekend is just another example of geocachers giving back. Since 2002, tens of thousands of geocachers have cleaned up parks, trails and other geocaching-friendly destinations. Geocachers plan CITO events year round, but one weekend each year the global geocaching community unites to cleanup tons of trash together.CITO Event in TexasThe 11th Annual CITO weekend is scheduled for April 20, 21, and 22 2013. There will be hundreds of events to attend in dozens of countries, but if there’s not one in your area, it’s time to gather your friends and create your own CITO Event. Be sure to check the CITO Event calendar for gatherings near you.Those attending CITO Events on April 20, 21 or 22 (or all three!) will earn a 2013 CITO Souvenir for their Geocaching profile. Thanks for keeping the geocaching a community one of the nicest groups of people out there![Editor’s note: This video is spoken in German and Czech. Click the CC button for English, German or Czech subtitles.][vsw id=”HOqobTmkbbU” source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”] SharePrint RelatedWill You CITO?March 24, 2013In “Cache In Trash Out”CITO 2013 – It Takes a VillageApril 22, 2013In “Cache In Trash Out”Join a Worldwide Geocaching MovementApril 8, 2013In “Cache In Trash Out”last_img read more

first_imgIqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, media advisor to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has clarified that India’s posture on the Rohingya refugees would not impact the friendly relations between the two neighbouring countries.“Our relations are based on mutual trust and cooperation at all levels, and so an external problem cannot disturb it,” Mr. Chowdhury said during an interaction with journalists here on Saturday. He conceded that there was an initial confusion about India’s position on issues of ‘persecution of Rohingyas’ in Myanmar and massive influx of refugees in Bangladesh. “Now we see India is calling for permanent resolution to conflicts in Myanmar and adopting a humanitarian approach by sending relief to refugees stranded in Bangladesh,” he said.Mr. Chowdhury said that 5.5 lakh Rohingyas had so far entered southeastern districts of Bangladesh since the latest cycle of violence erupted in Rakhine province of Myanmar. Over six lakh Rohingya refugees were already stranded in Bangladesh and that took the total number to 12 lakh, he said.The veteran journalist stated that the present crisis was different from what had happened in the past. “Earlier there was turmoil and tension, resulting in Rohingya exodus, but now they are being driven out in a planned manner – killing, burning villages and crops, terrorising people with rapes and torture,” he said.During interaction with newsmen he supported apprehension that external forces and terrorist cells could try to exploit sentiment of ‘stateless Rohingya’ to engage them in subversive activities.“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has time and again made it clear that Bangladesh was providing relief and shelter to the evacuees on humanitarian ground and any rebellious activities in the relief camps would be tolerated”, Mr. Chowdhury stated.last_img read more

first_imgCONTRIBUTED PHOTO/STEPHEN TANBACOLOD CITY—Stephan Schrock couldn’t have picked a bigger, more important match to make up for all the time he missed away from Ceres-Negros.On another magical night at a packed Panaad Stadium, OJ Porteria and Manny Ott delivered the goals, while Schrock provided the steel and creativity as the Busmen subdued Home United of Singapore, 2-0, to rule the Asean zonal stage of the AFC Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo The victory completed a 3-2 win on aggregate and sent the Busmen to the inter-zonal semifinals against Istiklol of Tajikistan starting Aug. 22 in Dushanbe. Ceres will host the second leg on Sept. 12.“We left it all out there on the pitch” said Schrock, who rejoined the team in April, which meant he was only added to the squad for the zonal finals. “We put in the performance of our lives in this final. We deserve to make history for the club, the country and Southeast Asia.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPorteria gave the Busmen an early lead on the away goals rule with a close-range volley off an Iain Ramsay cross in the second minute, before Ott’s superb free kick in the 41st minute doubled the advantage.The first half performance, where the hosts won a penalty that was wasted by Fernando Rodriguez and created a couple more clear-cut chances, was in stark contrast over their uninspired display in the 2-1 loss in the first leg last week. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers View comments “It was a very important game and I’m just honored to be given a starting place,” Schrock said.“I had to prove that I deserve to start because my teammates have been sacrificing the past six months to get us to this stage. I owe it to my teammates and our supporters.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul But even with the visitors pushing men forward in the second half, the Busmen proved resolute, preserving a clean sheet for the first time in six matches.The Busmen broke down in tears upon hearing the final whistle and becoming the first team to rule the zonal stage, which started in February.And considering the fact that the club owned by Leorey Yanson was only a provincial powerhouse five years ago, the achievement was nevertheless impressive.Schrock worked tirelessly on both ends, winning 14 duels and creating five chances in a dynamic display that reminded why he was once a regular in the top-flight in Germany.The midfield maestro said he was merely making up for lost time.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READcenter_img LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Gonzales wins as Frayna falterslast_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federal government has been ordered to hand over millions of documents to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that is trying to determine the depth of the church-run Indian Residential schools that removed children from their families for more than a 100 years.Ontario Superior Court Justice Stephen Goudge ruled Wednesday the government is required to unearth the documents that the TRC has deemed relevant in order to fulfill its mandate.The TRC is trying to prepare a historical record of the schools and produce a report when finished.Goudge said the documents were needed to finish the report in a fixed timeframe and budget.But federal government lawyers fought it saying the TRC was welcome to search files housed in Library and Archives Canada (LAC) in Ottawa.Lawyers for the TRC said it’d take too long, plus they didn’t have the budget do that.Now the government must make copies for them.“All are inconsistent with excluding documents archived at LAC from Canadas obligation to provide relevant documents to and for the use of the TRC, compiled in an organized manner,” said Goudge in his decision. “None suggest that the TRC would be left on its own with LAC documents. This simply adds weight to the plain meaning of the words used, that Canada’s obligation to provide all relevant documents includes those housed at LAC.”Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan said in December he saw no “issue” in his government’s handling of residential school documents and blamed the head of the TRC for creating the controversy and slowing things down.He made the comments at the Commons Aboriginal affairs committee and said the TRC would have all the documents by the summer.“I fail to see the issue with their documents,” Duncan said. “Federally, I think we are in pretty good shape.”Duncan placed the blame for the controversy at the feet of TRC Chair Murray Sinclair. Duncan said he’s received positive signals from Sinclair’s co-commissioners, Wilton Littlechild and Marie Wilson.“It is only in Justice Sinclair that we are getting this kind of response,” said Duncan. “I don’t know what he is doing. I would like to think we can move on with the process.”Sinclair said Wednesday the courts made the right decision.“The TRC asked the Ontario Superior Court of Justice for clarification of its mandate as laid out in the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, and this is precisely what we have received today,” said Sinclair in a statement. “We’re grateful to be able to continue the Commission’s work of gathering and protecting for future generations documents that are relevant to the history of the Indian Residential Schools in Canada. We look forward to carrying out this work in cooperation with the Government of Canada. We especially acknowledge the clarity of Justice Goudge’s decision.”Aboriginal Affairs deputy minister Michael Wernick, who also appeared before the committee, said the TRC would get all residential school records, including RCMP files. Wernick said the TRC would also get documents ranging up to the last existing school which shut down in 1996 and some documents around the conclusion of the multi-billion dollar residential school settlement.Wernick said the TRC has already received over a million documents.Wernick said the government, however, is drawing a line around documents from the negotiations leading to the court settlement and the private files of residential school survivors seeking compensation.“We have a legitimate disagreement about the relevance of documents from the 2005 negotiations,” Wernick said. “We simply disagree they need to see all the applications and adjudications that are now under way.”APTN National News was told in December that the TRC was seeking cabinet documents from the Paul Martin government years on the eventual residential school settlement.The RCMP was involved in snatching children from their homes and forcing them to attend residential schools. The TRC believes the RCMP also has criminal complaints against residential schools and staff over abuse.Assembly of First Nations chief Shawn Atleo called the court decision a victory.“This decision is a significant victory, and we will continue to stand in support of former students of the Indian Residential Schools and First Nations as the historical record of the Indian Residential School system will now be more complete and available to future generations,” said Atleo in a statement. “Reconciliation is about achieving real change that must come from increased and improved understanding of our shared history. These documents are essential to the truth-telling and truth-sharing work of the TRC, and all of us.”It’s believed more than 150,000 First Nation children were removed from their homes and placed in the schools that operated for nearly 150 years.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Ottawa minor football club Nepean Redskins bowed to pressure and agreed to change its name.The news comes weeks after a First Nation man filed a human rights complaint against the club, saying its name was racist and offensive.Ian Campeau, a member of A Tribe Called Red, spoke to APTN National News about his victory.last_img