RSF urges China to stop censoring information about coronavirus epidemic

first_img to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more February 24, 2020 – Updated on February 28, 2020 RSF urges China to stop censoring information about coronavirus epidemic Organisation RSF_en April 27, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Chinese government to stop obstructing journalists covering the coronavirus epidemic and points out that only complete transparency will help to avoid the spread of rumours that exacerbate the crisis. News ChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses Citizen-journalistsWhistleblowersFreedom of expressionUnited NationsPredators News ChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses Citizen-journalistsWhistleblowersFreedom of expressionUnited NationsPredators Receive email alertscenter_img Although the virus continues to spread, having now infected nearly 80,000 people (mainly in China) and killed more than 2,600, the Chinese authorities continue to censor certain information about the epidemic. In early February, they arrested two journalists, Chen Qiushi and Fang Bin, two political commentators, Guo Quan and Xu Zhiyong, and placed a third one, Xu Zhangrun, under house arrest.In recent weeks, Beijing has also instructed the media to cover the heroism of the responders rather than the suffering of the population or the shortcomings of the measures taken by the government.At the same time, the authorities have significantly tightened their grip on social media and discussion groups where certain journalists and bloggers had dared to post independent reports, and where many Internet users were no longer hesitating to express their anger and to demand an end to the censorship.RSF urges the Chinese authorities to free the detained journalists and commentators and to allow the media to do their job of reporting the news without hindrance.“Censorship is clearly counter-productive in the fight against an epidemic and can only aggravate it or even help turn it into a pandemic,” said Cédric Alviani, the head of RSF’s East Asia desk. “Only complete transparency will enable China to minimize the spread of false rumours and convince the population to follow the health and safety instructions recommended for curbing the epidemic.”The Chinese government has been much criticized both domestically and abroad for its opaque and bureaucratic handling of the coronavirus crisis.China’s highest court, the Supreme People’s Court, recognized in late January in a statement on its WeChat account that the arrests on 1 January of eight whistleblower doctors accused of spreading rumours – including Li Wenliang, who died as a result of the virus in early February – may have contributed to weaken the response to the epidemic.President Xi Jinping has himself been criticized for waiting three weeks after the first documented case to alert the World Health Organization and more than six weeks before calling for mobilisation against the epidemic, on the eve of the Chinese New Year holiday.The fact that the Chinese media are closely controlled by the Communist Party and are often forced to relay its propaganda has also facilitated the circulation of false rumours about the origins of the epidemic and the way to protect oneself.China is ranked 177th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Help by sharing this information PHOTO: STR / AFP News Follow the news on China China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Reporters Without Borders prevented from going to Moscow for third anniversary of Anna Politkovskaya’s murder

first_imgNews May 5, 2021 Find out more May 21, 2021 Find out more News News RussiaEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Related documents CaucasusReport-GB-LD-2.pdfPDF – 1.76 MB RussiaEurope – Central Asia RSF_en center_img October 6, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders prevented from going to Moscow for third anniversary of Anna Politkovskaya’s murder News Listen to one of the last interviews with Anna Politkovskaya (Radio France International)Read our latest report on fact-finding visit to Russian Caucasus : Organisation to go further Follow the news on Russia By not giving them visas, the Russian authorities prevented two Reporters Without Borders representatives, including secretary-general Jean-François Julliard, from travelling to Moscow to hold a news conference there today, on the eve of the third anniversary of Novaya Gazeta reporter Anna Politkovskaya’s murder. The press freedom organisation is nonetheless going ahead with the news conference and the screening of a film about Politkovskaya in Moscow, both of which will be attended by her children, Ilya and Vera, and by Novaya Gazeta editor Dmitri Muratov.“It was extremely important for us to be in Russia alongside Anna Politkovskaya’s colleagues and family on the third anniversary of her murder,” Julliard said. “We wanted to be there all the more this year, as it has been a terrible one for journalists and human rights activists with the surge of violence in the North Caucasus, a region that Anna knew particularly well. “We are shocked by this decision, especially as we have always acted openly with the Russian authorities. They decided to prevent us from expressing our solidarity with Russian journalists and human rights activists. Moscow does not want us to address the Russians directly. But we will not give up.”Julliard added: “We take this opportunity to reaffirm our support for Russian journalists and free speech activists and to express our admiration for their courage and perseverance, as well as our determination to remain at their side.”Reporters Without Borders – Russiaenvoyé par rsf_internet. – L’info video en direct.Entitled “Third anniversary of Anna Politkovskaya’s death: the murderers of journalists still go unpunished,” the news conference went ahead as planned at the Independent Press Centre at 12:30 p.m., Moscow time. A new version of the documentary “Letter to Anna” will be screened at 6 p.m. this evening thanks to the support of its director, Eric Bergkraut. Reporters Without Borders had a poster entitled “Russian School of Journalism” specially produced for the anniversary in Russian, French and English. It is based on a cartoon by Danziger that was published at the time of Politkovskaya’s murder.A total of 22 journalists have been killed in connection with their work in Russia since March 2000. Russia was ranked 141st out of 173 countries in the 2008 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown last_img read more

Students consult for local nonprofits through SCNO

first_imgGoing on its fourth year connecting Notre Dame students to local charity work, the University’s chapter of Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations (SCNO) met Tuesday night to present this semester’s projects.SCNO is a group that seeks to elevate nonprofits by “empowering talented students with knowledge, training and hands-on consulting experience,” according to the club’s website.President senior Alex Muck said nonprofits partner with SCNO through several different outlets. (Editor’s Note: Muck is a news writer at The Observer)In the past, the club sought out projects through connections on campus such as the club’s faculty advisor, professor Mike Manner, or the Center for Social Concerns. Recently, however, local nonprofits themselves have reached out.Alex Muck “One partner that we’re hopefully working with next semester actually found us at the [Student Activities Office] Activities fair,” Muck said.Students involved in the club form small teams and focus their efforts towards one nonprofit’s individualized needs. Junior Kieran O’Neill joined the club last year as a team member. This semester, he stepped into the role of group leader.“We have a team of about five other students, and we’re working with ‘Ready to Grow,’” O’Neill said. “… They’re a small nonprofit that is working towards ensuring that all children in St. Joseph County, from birth until eight years old, can thrive. They focus on early learning, health and wellness and family support.”O’Neill said his team assists ‘Ready to Grow’ in securing funding from donors, which ranges a local social entrepreneurship startup called Invanti as well as large corporate sponsors such as Meijer.“We are working with them to focus on the development of an institutional membership program, by identifying potential partners, partnership plans and establishing them as a desirable partner,” O’Neill said.Bridget Callaghan, a senior and co-vice president of human resources, said in an email larger club meetings like Tuesday’s bring together all of these individual teams.“We have full club meetings about once a month where we either discuss the projects the teams are working on or we have a professor or club alumni talk to the group about different consulting projects or general career advice,” Callaghan said.SCNO groups take on new projects with different nonprofits each semester. Muck said the club will expand from five projects to six this upcoming semester.Club members indicate their interest in certain nonprofit categories and then receive an assignment to one of the club’s partners for that semester. O’Neill said a critical part of the process is matching the right nonprofit with the right team to generate a working relationship.“They assign team leaders to different clients based on preference or experience or some mixture of the two,” he said. “Probably one of the most important things about the club is just getting people who are engaged. There have been times in the past where the partner, the client, hasn’t been fully engaged.”The main goal of SCNO, Callaghan said, is to help facilitate even more good.“These nonprofits often don’t have the time or resources to look at the big picture and find ways to become even more impactful,” Callaghan said. “The goal of each team is to provide an outside perspective to these organizations, identify issues or areas for improvement and provide potential solutions.”Tags: nonprofit organization, SCNO, Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizationslast_img read more

Cricket News ICC Women’s World T20: India crash out in semi-final against England, Australia trounce West Indies

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Chasing 113 for a place in the final, England did not get off to an ideal start as they lost Tammy Beaumont in the second over and Danielle Wyatt in the fifth to Indian spinners, who dominated the powerplay.ALSO READ | MC Mary Kom assures India of silver in World Boxing ChampionshipHowever, Amy Ellen Jones and Natalie Sciver joined forces to first rebuild the innings and then bat India out of the game. Amy Jones (53 no, 47 balls) and Natalie Sciver (52 off 40 balls) added 92 runs for the unbroken third-wicket stand to finish the match in only 17.1 overs.Poor game sense of not reading the pitch also played its part as most of the Indian batswomen charged at the deliveries rather than playing deep inside the crease.India’s biggest hope skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (16 off 20 balls) hit a six but spinners Kirstie Gordon (2/20), Heather Knight (3/9) and Sophie Ecclestone (2/22) ran through middle and lower order with seven players failing to reach double figures. From 89/2, India lost eight wickets for just 23 runs as they were bowled out for a below-par score. ALSO READ | Kubica returns to F1 after horror crash which almost severed his arm India dropped the senior most player Mithali Raj from the squad, a move that will certainly be questioned. Mithali had been in great form in the World T20, scoring 56 and 51 against Pakistan and Ireland. However, in the game against Ireland, she suffered an injury and was rested for the game against Australia which India won by a convincing margin of 48 runs. England will no battle three-time champions Australia, who trounced the hosts and defending champions West Indies in the first semi-final. Dominant Southern StarsAfter a sluggish group stage in which they lost to India, Australia brought their A-game to the semi-final. Alyssa Healy, who was injured in the game against India and did not bowl, was the star in the batting. Healy and Meg Lanning shared a 51-run stand for the second wicket but Healy was unlucky to miss out on a fifty, with Afy Fletcher dismissing her for 46. Lanning’s stands with Ashleigh Gardner helped the team cross 100 and some lusty blows from Rachael Haynes helped Australia end on a competitive 142/5In response, West Indies had no response to the discipline of the Australian bowling. Barring Stephanie Taylor, no other West Indies batter reached double figures. Ellyse Perry, with 2/2 in two overs, once again proved to be the key player by dismissing the dangerous Deandra Dottin cheaply. Delissa Kimmince and Ashleigh Gardner also chipped in with two wickets while they got good support from Megan Schutt, Sophie Molineux and Georgia Wareham.England will be aiming to break their nine-year wait for the World T20 title while Australia will be attempting a record fourth title.  New Delhi: India’s dreams of winning ICC Women’s World T20 were shattered after batting collapse saw them crash to an eight-wicket defeat against England in the semi-finals. England will now meet Australia in the summit clash after the Southern Stars beat defending champions West Indies by 72 runs.last_img read more

Teams head to English Men’s County Finals

first_img Northumberland are already in the golfing headlines thanks to the win of the City of Newcastle Golf Club in the English Champion Club tournament. County champion Phil Ridden helped in that triumph and will be back in action this weekend.  The championship starts on Friday when Hampshire play Somerset in match one; and Staffordshire play Northumberland in match two. On Saturday the match one winners play the match two losers; and the match two winners play the match one losers. On Sunday the round robin will be completed.  Hampshire, which includes the Channel Islands and the Isle of Wight, will bring a line-up which features Matt Wilcox, the British mid-amateur champion and Martin Young, a past winner of the English mid-amateur title.  Staffordshire: Ryan Brooks, Jack Gaunt, Tom Hewitt, Lewis Pearce, Gian-Marco Petrozzi, Ollie Read and Jake Walley The teams include some of England’s finest players. Somerset’s team includes French open winner Josh Hilleard, boy international Tom Plumb and Dutch Junior Open winner Tom Sloman.  Somerset: Jamie Clare, Josh Hilleard, Thomas Plumb, Will Poole, Tom Sloman, Matt Turner and Philip White. County pride will be on the line this week when teams from Hampshire, Northumberland, Somerset and Staffordshire meet in the finals of a national championship.  The four teams will go head to head in the English Men’s County Championship from Friday September 29 to Sunday 1 October, battling it out over three days of match play at Trevose, on the Cornwall coast.  Among the Staffordshire representatives are Welsh open champion Gian-Marco Petrozzi and fellow international Jack Gaunt, together with Ollie Read, who tied for the English Boys’ County Champion of Champions, only to lose out in a play-off.  Teams Hampshire: Mark Burgess, Ryan Harmer, Billy McKenzie, Tom Robson, Colin Roope, Matt Wilcox and Martin Young.  Click here for the championship webpage  25 Sep 2017 Teams head to English Men’s County Finals Northumberland: Sean Heads, Matthew McClean, Andrew Minnikin, Craig Penny, Phil Ridden, Daniel Shevill and Sandy Twynholm. The action will unfold on the Championship Course, which is ranked as one of the top links in the British Isles, and it’s guaranteed that the wind will play its part in the outcome of this fiercely contested tournament.  Northumberland, Hampshire and Staffordshire have all won this title before, but not recently. Hampshire’s sole victory was in 1996, Staffordshire won six times between 1938 and 1975, and Northumberland had a purple patch of four wins in the early 1960s. Somerset are targeting their first win. Tags: competitions, County Finals, Menslast_img read more

Ravens and Chargers both chasers as they meet Saturday

first_imgWhen they meet Saturday night in one of several intriguing games in the penultimate week of the NFL season, the Ravens and Chargers will be chasers. By Sunday night, they could be leaders.Baltimore (8-6) trails Pittsburgh (8-5-1) by a half-game in the AFC North. The Chargers (11-3) are tied with Kansas City for the AFC West lead — and the conference’s best record — but the Chiefs hold the tiebreaker.So the winner will be in solid position for the playoffs; LA already is in. Plus, the Steelers and Chiefs have very difficult road tests. Baltimore, ranked 12th in the AP Pro32 poll, is a 4½-point underdog at the No. 2 Chargers, who have had an extended rest after a sensational comeback win at Kansas City on Dec. 13.CHARGERS, 27-24 AP NFL✔@AP_NFL “They’re playing outstanding football,” Ravens safety Eric Weddle said of his former team. “We’ve got everything in our hands, as do they, so it’s going to be an amazing game, one that will define where our season goes from there.” KNOCKOUT POOL: Baltimore struggled a bit but then “Lamared” the Bucs. Next up, try TENNESSEE.No. 27 Cincinnati (plus 7) at No. 16 ClevelandHard to believe we’re going with Browns as our top choice. We are.BEST BET: BROWNS, 23-13No. 20 Green Bay (minus 1) at No. 29 New York JetsTempted by Houston and Seattle, but see this as …UPSET SPECIAL: J-E-T-S, 20-17No. 5 Los Angeles Rams (minus 14) at No. 32 ArizonaRams’ offense needs to wake up for 60 minutes. This is the time.RAMS, 40-10No. 8 Pittsburgh (plus 5 1-2) at No. 1 New OrleansSaints’ offense needs to wake up for 60 minutes. This is the time.SAINTS, 34-24No. 6 Houston (plus 2 1-2) at No. 15 PhiladelphiaSuch a huge game for both sides. In Foles we trust.EAGLES, 24-23No. 3 Kansas City (minus 2 1-2) at No. 10 SeattleChiefs could go from No. 1 seed to wild card, especially if they lose here.SEAHAWKS, 26-24No. 23 New York Giants (plus 9 1-2) at No. 9 IndianapolisColts believe they are playoff bound. Giants won’t get in way.COLTS, 30-20No. 18 Washington (plus 10) at No. 14 Tennessee, SaturdayTitans believe they are playoff bound. Redskins won’t get in way.TITANS, 22-15No. 24 Tampa Bay (plus 7) at No. 11 DallasDallas came back to Earth last week, should soar this week.COWBOYS, 26-13No. 25 (tie) Buffalo (plus 13) at No. 7 New EnglandNo more road nightmares for Patriots, who are 6-0 at Foxborough.PATRIOTS, 30-23No. 13 Minnesota (minus 5 1-2) at No. 25 (tie) DetroitWild-card spot could depend on win here for Vikings.VIKINGS, 26-14No. 4 Chicago (minus 3 1-2) at No. 28 San FranciscoNiners won’t be intimidated by Bears’ D after handling Seahawks’ D.BEARS, 17-13No. 22 Atlanta (plus 3) at No. 19 CarolinaRon Rivera deserves better than what players have delivered. Dan Quinn, too.PANTHERS, 21-20No. 21 Denver (minus 2 1-2) at No. 31 Oakland, Monday nightLast home game in Bay Area for Raiders?BRONCOS, 19-13No. 30 Jacksonville (plus 4 1-2) at No. 17 MiamiAt least it should be sunny for this one.DOLPHINS, 23-20___2018 RECORD:Last Week: Against spread (7-8-1). Straight up (9-7)Season Totals: Against spread (110-101-8). Straight up: (145-77-2)Best Bet: 5-10 against spread, 10-5 straight upUpset special: 8-7 against spread, 7-7-1 straight up___More AP NFL: and Pro Football Writer @wilner88 picks Saturday’s Ravens-Chargers game and other matchups with playoff implications. Read the story:  Twitter Ads info and privacy See AP NFL’s other Tweets 11:30 PM – Dec 19, 2018last_img read more

Fed rate is steady for the 7th time

first_imgAnalysts viewed the minor changes in the Fed’s announcement as a signal that the central bank is not likely to change rates any time soon. “This statement signals no change for awhile,” said David Jones, head of DMJ Advisors, a private forecasting firm. Jones said he still believes the Fed’s next move will be a rate cut, but perhaps only a one quarter-point reduction late in the year after inflation has eased further in response to a weaker job market. The Fed’s last rate change occurred nearly a year ago – on June 29, 2006 – when the funds rate was increased for a 17th straight time. That capped a two-year period in which the central bank pushed the funds rate up from a 46-year low of 1 percent in an effort to slow the economy enough to restrain rising inflation pressures without pushing the country into a recession. The latest decision, which was announced after the Fed’s regular closed-door discussions, meant that the prime rate, the benchmark for millions of consumer and business loans, will remain unchanged at 8.25 percent. So far, the Fed’s plan seems to be working to slow economic growth and lower inflation pressures. But the steep slide in the once-booming housing sector has raised concerns among some economists that the slowdown could worsen into a more severe downturn. The Fed made only small changes in its brief statement commenting on current economic conditions. It stated that “economic growth slowed in the first part of this year” rather than saying that economic conditions were mixed, the way it had described the economy at its March meeting. But it continued to signal that its major concern was inflation, restating previous wording that the Fed’s “predominant policy concern remains the risk that inflation will fail to moderate as expected.” Economic growth, as measured by the gross domestic product, slowed in the January-March quarter to an annual rate of 1.3 percent, the weakest performance in four years, while the jobless rate inched up to 4.5 percent in April as businesses created just 88,000 new jobs. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve left a key interest rate unchanged on Wednesday as the economy signaled that it was on track for a soft landing in which growth slows enough to restrain inflation. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and his colleagues voted to keep the federal funds rate, the interest that banks charge each other, at 5.25 percent. It marked the seventh straight meeting at which the Fed has kept rates steady. The decision had been widely expected, but some Wall Street investors were still disappointed that the Fed did not modify its worries about inflation given recent data showing price pressures have eased a bit. The Dow Jones industrial average, which had spiked right before the announcement, at first dropped on the announcement but then made up the lost ground. It closed up 53.80 at a record 13,362.87. It is the index’s 21st record close this year. last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Mechanic/fitter wanted for Ballybofey transport company

first_imgAn established company in the Ballybofey area is seeking a mechanic/fitter.This is a full-time position with McGowan Transport.A minimum of five years experience is essential for all applicants. If you think this is the position for you, please apply with a letter of application and CV to [email protected] Vacancy: Mechanic/fitter wanted for Ballybofey transport company was last modified: December 16th, 2018 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:BallybofeyfitterMcGowan TransportMECHANIClast_img read more


first_imgBLANK HOLIDAY MONDAY FOR HARPSCarlsberg don’t do penalty shoot-outs but if they did it would probably leave a distinctly bitter taste following the F.A.I. Cup drama at Finn Park late into Monday night. Not because of the penalties themselves – football’s answer to the lottery – but principally due to what had gone on in the 120 minutes of match time before. “Probably our best result of the season yet,” Harps boss, Ollie Horgan, had hailed the original game in Longford last Friday night when Harps had come away with a 1-1 draw despite having Damian McNulty red-carded early on.No ‘probably’ about the replay being his team’s best performance of this season to date and very possibly last season as well.Right from the kick-off, the home side controlled proceeding against their Premier League opponents and apart from one or two brief spells when Longford threatened to open them up, they had the upper hand over the ninety minutes and the additional half-hour of extra time.The only thing missing was a goal but ill-luck – three times the ball came off the woodwork including a magnificent effort from Kevin McHugh – and some sturdy defending from the visiting back-line (to their credit it has to be said) kept the scoresheet blank to send the game to the dreaded spot-kicks. Like the dark clouds that had been hovering ominously earlier in the afternoon, a sense of forebording settled around the old ground at that stage.History wasn’t quite pointing to a Harps success when it comes to a penalty shoot-out and history has a habit of repeating itself.This had to rank as an even bigger Cup disappointment than the 6-1 trouncing by St. Patrick’s Athletic in last season’s semi-final given the high level of performance throughout Monday’s replay and the lack of reward at the very end of it.The 4-3 penalty decider defeat was as cruel as you can get under the circumstances and watching the half dozen Longford fans who made the trip – I kid you not – dancing in delight only added to the sense of despair.Now Horgan’s men must lift themselves for another trip to the Midlands this Friday to face Athlone Town as they bid to preserve that seven point lead at the summit of the First Division table. With a couple of injury worries to contend with – Mickey Funston having limped out of the action – they’ll require plenty of lifting but at least can welcome back Ruairi Keating (ah, had only he been available this week?) and Brian McGroary, both of whom were Cup tied by parent company, Sligo Rovers.CHAMPION PERFORMANCE BY COCKHILLNot all doom on the F.A.I. Cup front for Donegal clubs – Cockhill Celtic advancing to the third round stage with an impressive 3-0 win over St. Mochta’s on Sunday.Donal O’Brien has the Ulster Senior League champions in tip-top shape and they were well worth their win over the Dubliners, even if two of the goals came courtesy of penalties, both expertly converted by Gerry Gill either side of a Matty Henry effort. Veteran striker and former Bohemians ace Glenn Crowe, has been the bane of many a League of Ireland defence in the past – Harps included – but was unable to breach Celtic’s mean rearguard though he came close with a chipped effort that bounced off Gavin Cullen’s crossbar.A decent home draw is the least the Inishowen side merit – or even a trip to the Brandywell.BALL BEARERSIt’s the seventeenth hole at Royal County Down in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open on Friday and Rory McIlroy’s ball has just landed in the rough.Almost immediately a spectator locates it and alerts the golfer and his caddie to its whereabouts. Well spotted that man and that man just happens to be Letterkenny native, Eamonn McGlynn, breadman to the stars as it’s surely likely he wouldn’t have let such an opportunity pass!But there’s more to this story. For who then emerges on the scene but another Letterkenny resident and golfing stalwart, Sean Gilroy.“You’ll mark that one for us,” the latter pleads with the world’s number one.McIlroy nods and sure enough after his final round – which turned the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open into the Dubai Rory Free Irish Open for the rest of the weekend – the ball is presented to the proprietor of the well known Global Tiles and Bathrooms.Sean then hands said ball over to our good friend, Brian McArt, who had also made the trip to the Open along with Eunan McGlynn, who completed the foursome. Nice gesture by both gifted golfers…I had been due to travel with the boys for my first experience of any golf tournament since the Irish Women’s Open played at the Barnhill course back in 1999.Unfortunately I was stymied with a chest infection (par for the course for this ageing body) and had to contend myself with watching on from the sitting room.Can’t imagine I would have survived all those inclines between holes and not to mention the torrential weather conditions which proved as wet as the swirling waters of Dundrum Bay underlooking the links course.I did, however, get to hold the coveted ball this week– an Ultra 500 Distance with the letter ‘R’ imprinted on it –  and nobody can take that away from me.Except young McArt who insisted I return it to him!Anyway fair play to the Letterkenny quartet for bringing home a piece of true golfing memorabilia though I still expected them to have retrieved either half of Shane Lowry’s putter.ELECTRIC PERFORMANCEAnother hugely impressive performance by Declan Bonner’s Donegal in the Electric Ireland Ulster Minor Championship at the Athletic Grounds on Sunday evening. As comprehensive a display as you can get – the scoreline of 2-14 to 0-7 a telling tale of the visitors dominance over Armagh. Down or Derry will be their opponents in the semi-final near the end of the month but that victory over the Orchard County in their own front yard will surely leave them fearless for either option as they bid to retain their Ulster title. “Once we moved the ball at pace, it was very difficult to defend against,” manager Bonner insisted afterwards.An omen there for Sunday week?LYIT LINK TO GAA HISTORYA major piece of G.A.A. history at the weekend when Maggie Farrelly became the first woman to referee a men’s inter-county Championship match.The Cavan native took charge of the Fermanagh/Antrim clash at Brewster Park and managed to get through the potentially explosive Ulster encounter without brandishing a single card of any creed or colour. A lot of tributes to the Laragh woman following her officiating in Enniskillen and, no doubt, not least at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology from where she graduated with a degree in Business in Sports Development and Coaching in 2011.They’ll surely be erecting a statue to her in the grounds of the LYIT and how many referees have ever had that honour? Burning effigies, yes, statues never….AMY STRIKES AGAINLast week, this column was saluting Glenties girl, Amy Boyle Carr following her outstanding ‘cover all areas of the park’ display in the Donegal under-14 girls Ulster Final victory against Antrim at the Drumragh Sarsfields G.A.A. grounds near Omagh.Many more salutes this week as the remarkable versatile teenager – an Irish international – grabbed a stunning hat-trick in the Final of the All-Ireland Gaynor Plate competition in Limerick to help the Donegal under-15 girls to a 3-2 success over the host county.The Donegal team claimed victory in five out of six of their games played over the Bank Holiday Weekend to return home with the trophy.An outstanding team/squad effort it must be stressed and mighty congratulations to all the girls and their coaches and mentors.SHAY IT AIN’T SOCome on now all ye Gunners fans out there, you surely cannot be glorifying in THAT Cup win and your team having mercilessly knocked in four against our man from Lifford?Shay GivenIn all likelihood his last ever Cup Final appearance and you go and do that to him and all the service he has given this country and the honour he has brought to his home patch and then you go and deprive him of a coveted winners medal.Bow your heads in shame particularly when you’re passing by the family home and you spot him in the garden sitting sombrely  on the sun lounger and reflecting on what might have been.Okay, I concede. Your lot did play well, flowing passages of football in the traditional (post George Graham era of course) way of the Arsenal. Style, slickness and substance, knotted neatly together, outshining even Tim Sherwood’s suit, the latter (that’s Sherwood, not the suit), looking like a being who, all week had been quietly confident of a big upset that would have the English nation clamouring for his services at the international helm and his stock rising like Benteke in the penalty area only Benteke didn’t rise to any great heights on Saturday like most of his team-mates – Given honourably excepted having pulled off a couple of wonder saves – and young Jack Grealish floundering badly on the wide open spaces of Wembley and Sherwood’s dreams returned to the dressing-rooms marked unopened.And what about the other Jack – Wilshere? Not content with his cup winners medal, he had to go and lord it over the old Tottenham with some apparently choice words from the victory podium which cannot be repeated here for fear of causing offence (yeah, Spurs fan can read as well) ensuring himself a ticker-tape reception the next time he turns out at the Lane.SMOKE SCREENAnd still on the Gunners, what about that story – which re-emerged again in the week leading up to the Wembley decider – that goalkeeper, Wojciech Szczesny, was caught smoking in the showers after that recent 2-0 defeat at Southampton?He has since been fined £20,000 by the club for his actions (the cost of cigarettes really is rising).But then his father intervened to suggest that the sprinkling on his son’s jacket in the dressing-room was not ash but actually dandruff.Head & Shoulders above any other excuse you could come up with….McCAMBRIDGE BREDS SUCCESSClose to a Donegal 1-2 in the Womens’ Mini Marathon staged on the streets of Dublin at the weekend.First past the post from a field of up to 40,000 was former Letterkenny A.C. representative, Maria McCambridge in a time of 34 minutes and 3 seconds. And finishing in second place was current Letterkenny A.C. athlete, Ann Marie McGlynn, who earlier this year was captain of the bronze medal winning Irish team at the European Cross Country Championships in Bulgaria.Outstanding effort by both women, McGlynn pipping former Irish international, Catherine McKiernan to the line and the runners-up spot.STORM WARNINGMet Eireann has issued a storm warning for the Donnybrook area of Dublin. “It’s getting particularly nasty with the SKY turning overcast and more ugly barrages expected over the coming days.“Our advice is if you do have to venture out, leave the Brolly at home.”DONEGAL MINORS ARE ELECTRIC, COCKHILL CELTIC ‘MOCH’ THE SAINTS – IT’S WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY was last modified: June 3rd, 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:columnHome-page SportnewsPaddy Walshlast_img read more

SA commits R1bn to supporting black industrialists

first_img27 March 2015A R1-billion incentive scheme to support the creation of large and competitive black industrialists is to be made available, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said at the closing session of the Black Industrialists Indaba on Thursday.The indaba, hosted by the DTI and held over two days in Midrand in Gauteng, aimed to engage and generate dialogue between the public sector and key private sector stakeholders on black industrialisationDavies said that South Africa’s path to economic prosperity should continue to be anchored on the twin imperatives of industrialisation on the one hand; and economic inclusion, of which the Black Industrialists Development Programme is an important pillar, on the other.100 black industrialistsThe DTI launched the Black Industrialists Development Programme in August last year and is aimed at creating more than 100 black industrialists within three years and put black industrialists at the forefront of South Africa’s industrialisation efforts.The programme promotes the participation of black industrialists as manufacturers for the key sectors identified in the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) as well as other sectors driving economic growth and development.The programme outlines key measures aimed at supporting black-owned manufacturing companies such as access to finance, access to markets, skills development, and standards, quality and productivity improvement.Davies said the government was committed to deracialising the economy through the accelerated development of black industrialists. He said the government had committed financial resources and support to expand and upscale support for black industrialists.FundersOn Wednesday, DTI Director-General Lionel October said the R1-billion in funding was expected to attract an estimated R10-billion to R20-billion from other funders, such as the Industrial Development Corporation, the Development Bank of South Africa, the National Empowerment Fund and the Public Investment Corporation.October said that when South Africa’s new broad-based black economic empowerment codes came into effect in May, only companies with a minimum level of four would qualify for the incentives, Business Day reported.Access to finance was the primary constraint for existing and emerging black industrialists and financial support initiatives would help accelerate South Africa’s industrialisation, October said.Three commissions set up at the Indaba looked at access to finance, access to markets and state procurement, as well as policy and skills development.Recommendations from the commissions included:A committee comprising government and the private sector and comprising experts be established to explore more ways and instruments to accelerate the implementation of the Black Industrialists Development Programme;Review of the Preferential Public Procurement Act,Setting up the black majority threshold at 75% for companies qualifying for the Programme, andSkills development should be at the centre of the Programme.SAinfo reporter and read more