Security guard Godfrey Anthony and Kasika Benjamin, a resident of Sea Island Hotel at High and Princes Streets in Georgetown, were reportedly standing in front of the hotel conversing on Thursday evening when they were confronted by three men, one of whom was armed with a handgun.The intruders demanded that Anthony and Benjamin hand over their valuables. The security guard was relieved of one laptop computer, while the woman had her mobile phone confiscated.After relieving the victims of the articles, the men escaped on foot, but the matter was reported, and an investigation has been launched, although no arrest has as yet been effected.
Dunfanaghy Golf Club notesWe had a very mixed bag of weather last weekend and the only thing that was consistent was the wind. Very Strong. Even with that there were lots of golfers on the course over the weekend. The Challenge cup matches have started so there was evidence of lots of 2 balls ‘playing their match’ on the course.Please note the closing date for the first matches is 14th July and NO exceptions. There have been some interesting matches so far and the known results at present are John Chambers, Gerard McGreavey, Thomas Alcorn and Nigel Doherty through to the next round.Wednesday we had a super day for golf and First place was decided on BOT with Stephen Melly getting the better of Hugh Rodgers to take the honours. Donal Boyle won the gross with 34 points and Gerard Dickey was third again on BOT. It’s good to see Cathal McMonagle back in the winner’s enclosure when he cruised home to a fine victory on Friday last.Saturday was a Open singles competition and Shane Greer winner a few weeks back did it again but this time knocking last Wednesday’s winner Seamus Friel back into second place. Charles Roarty with his new handicap since Presidents day still managed to take third place.Sunday was the Golfer of the Year competition, the McCrea Cup and it was stroke. The wind was up and some squally showers passed through but this did not dampen the resolve of Brian McGinley who managed to push Gerard Harkin back into second place. Its ok Brian Gerard knows that position well. Daniel McColgan took the gross prize and yet again Seamus Friel featured in the prizes taking the third slot. That’s three times in two weeks Seamus. (it’s like that saying about a bus)RESULTS:Wednesday 26th June: Gents Open Singles Stableford1st: Stephen Melly 39 BOT2nd: Hugh Rodgers 39 Gross: Donal Boyle 343rd: Gerard Dickey 38 BOT CSS 37 pts.Friday 28th June: Ladies & Gents Open 14 Hole Stableford1st: Cathal Mc Monagle Saturday 29th June: Gents Open Singles Stableford1st: Shane Greer 362nd: Seamus Friel 353rd: Charles Roarty 33CSS: 34 ptsSunday 30th June: Gents Mc Crea Cup GOY Stroke1st: Brian Mc Ginley 662nd: Gerard Harkin 67Gross: Daniel Mc Colgan 733rd: Seamus Friel 68CSS: 69 ptsThe Youth Academy has now started for the summer and its good to see the new younger members interest in the club. There are a couple of spaces left so if you are keen get down there and get playing.This Friday there is a Mental Health Classic competition on. Teams of 4.Saturday is an Open singles Stableford competition and Sunday is a club Singles Stableford competition.The Lions Rugby is on this weekend as well so breakfast can be had in the clubhouse while you are watching.GOLF NEWS: BRIAN McGINLEY WINS McCREA CUP IN DUNFANAGHY was last modified: July 2nd, 2013 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:DUNFANAGHY GOLF CLUB NOTES
Recently Scouts of all ages and their leaders from 19th Donegal (Lifford) Scout Group travelled to the Lakelands of Fermanagh namely the Share Centre at Lisnaskea for an activity packed weekend.They scouts, aged between 6 and 12 years, took part in a variety of activities over the weekend including archery, orienteering, climbing, fuz-ball, swimming and of course a number of water based activities.The DLDC parted-funded weekend gave all the young people an opportunity to learn new skills which encourage self confidence, while challenging themselves. The group were treated to excellent accommodation and food while Jarlath, Big Bill, Greg and Olwyn made sure that everyone, including adults had a great action packed weekend.The group would like to thank Donegal Local Development Company for their support in this project.To see more photos and to follow the group check out our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/19th-Donegal-Lifford-Scout-Group/153844514639781 EndsEndsPICTURE SPECIAL – DONEGAL SCOUTS TAKE THE PLUNGE FOR A GREAT DAY OUT! was last modified: October 11th, 2011 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:19th Donegal Lifford Scout Group
Rosaleen Delahunty from Ballyshannon, has won €37,000 on last Saturdays (27th June 2015) National Lottery Winning Streak game show on RTE. Pictured at the presentation of the winning cheques were from left to right: Sinead Kennedy, Winning Streak game show co-host; Eddie Banville, Head of Marketing at the National Lottery who made the presentation; Declan’s mother Rosaleen Delahunty, who played the game on her son’s behalf; son, Declan Delahunty, and Marty Whelan, Winning Streak game show co-host. The winning ticket was bought from Spar, Townparks, Ballyshannon.A birthday card with a scratch card tucked inside for a 10 year old boy has landed a Donegal family with a cool €37,000.Declan Delahunty from Ballyshannon was delighted when he received there stars on the scratch-card he received from neighbour Joe Doherty.As a bit of added luck, Joe even agree to post the Winning Streak entry for young Declan.So you can imagine Declan’s delight when his name was called out to appear on the television gumshoe. Declan, a third class pupil at Scoil Chaitriona, nominated mum Rosaleen to play on his behalf.And Rosaleen certainly did the business as she won a cool €37,000 on the show.Some children from Declan’s class at Scoil Chaitríona in Ballyshannon even made a banner and were in the audience to support Rosaleen. LUCKY BIRTHDAY CARD GIFTS DONEGAL FAMILY A COOL €37,000 ON WINNING STREAK! was last modified: June 30th, 2015 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:BallyshannonDeclan DelahuntydonegallotteryWinning Streak
INQUEST: The inquest into the murder of former IRA member turned British spy Denis Donaldson has incredibly been adjourned for the 16th time.The late Denis Donaldson was brutally murdered in April 2006. His inquest was adjourned this afternoon for the 16th time.Donaldson was murdered on the 4th of April 2006 in a isolated cottage in the rural village of Doochary in West Donegal.It is believed dissident republicans carried out the murder of Donaldson who was a close friend of Republican Bobby Sands. Garda Superintendent Michael Finan requested a further six-month adjournment at today’s inquest.Superintendent Finan said he was requesting another adjournment as he remained very confident a criminal investigation could take place but stressed he required more time – as he needs to present all evidence to the DPP correctly.Donegal Coroner Denis McCauley asked Superintendent Finan did he remain as confident as he did about criminal proceedings being launched as he did six-months ago.Superintendent Finan replied that his confidence had not been diminished and he remains as confident now as he did six-months ago. Coroner McCauley said he shared the frustrations of the family of Denis Donaldson who only found out about the adjournment request by the An Garda Siochana yesterday.McCauley said that in the future if the An Garda Siochana were seeking another adjournment then they should inform the family immediately as oppose to them having to sought an answer.McCauley said he feels the information he has been provided makes him confident that there is an active investigation taking place and there is a possibility that there could be a criminal investigation into his murder.McCauley agreed to the adjournment, but proposed that the adjournment should only be three months as oppose to the six month adjournment requested by Superintendent Finan.McCauley said he was very conscious of the time frame since Mr Donaldson’s death and said it’s important to meet in three months and review where the investigation is at and that is was the appropriate time frame. McCauley adjourned the inquest to the 9th of December but did reiterate that if they do seek another adjournment then they should inform the family as early as they possibly can.DENIS DONALDSON MURDER INQUEST ADJOURNED FOR THE 16TH TIME was last modified: September 2nd, 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:adjournedDenis Donaldsoninquestmurdernews
ShopLK, Love Shopping Letterkenny, has reached another important and amazing milestone with sales hitting a record €1.5m over Christmas and up until late in January.Letterkenny Chamber created the ShopLK brand way back in 2004 and added the Vouchers in 2006.Since then sales have increased year on year as Letterkenny people got behind this local shopping initiative, and since moving to the gift card sales have gone from strength to strength. Christmas sales increased by 16% and actual sales from 1st November 2017 to 24th January are €1,553,574 on sales of over 9,300 cards.Leonard Watson, Chamber President said that each year since moving to the card based system in November 2015 they have been delighted with the sales levels.“However the sales over this Christmas period were beyond our expectations. We have seen corporate sales increase and sales from the public are growing every year as people become more and more familiar with the initiative.“This is by far the most successful town scheme in the country and we are also outstripping Shopping Centres with similar gift cards. We are always thankful all the outlets that support us. We know from our customers that they love the variety. The can get grocery shopping, petrol for the family car or spend the money on a treat, the choice is endless. “The cards can only be spent in Letterkenny and we know that at least one third of customers using the card almost always spend more than the value of the card itself.“This is a huge amount of money to be circulating in Letterkenny. It not only puts money directly into the hands of local businesses but in turn plays its part in supporting local jobs.”ShopLK Gift Cards are accepted in over 190 outlets. The list of outlets involved in ShopLK that accept the cards continues to increase and all types of outlets are welcome.Young, old, men or women, it really doesn’t matter who you buy a ShopLK Gift Card for, they will always find a place to spend it. Because it is accepted in so many outlets you can do a whole days shopping, treat the family to a meal and even have a night out on the card.Toni Forrester Letterkenny Chamber CEO explains how the Gift Cards sales worked. “ShopLK Gift Cards are bought throughout the year by businesses whose staff have opted to have them instead of cash bonuses and also we see lots of purchases from groups and charities as prizes. However over the last year we sell gift cards every day to customers from every walk of life as they realise the potential of the card as a gift. ”Shop LK is more than just the gift card. It’s about promoting Letterkenny as a retail destination, the commercial hub of the County. With financial support from Donegal County Council, Letterkenny Chamber, through ShopLK has been able to elevate the ShopLK brand, publicise it across the North West and get local people recognising the value and choice right on their doorstep.The ShopLK – Love Shopping Letterkenny brand helps to underpin all that is good about shopping in Letterkenny for local people and visitors alike.Letterkenny Chamber makes no money from the sale or redemption of gift cards so every cent brought in through ShopLK is invested back into the promotion of the brand throughout the year. Acknowledging the support of Donegal County Council Leonard Watson said “The financial support that we have had from the Council over the last six years has really enabled us to develop the brand and engage more fully with businesses and consumers. It has allowed us to promote Letterkenny across Donegal and the North West and the introduction of the gift card has brought ShopLK to a whole new level.”“We would also like to thank The Courtyard Shopping Centre that sells our ShopLK Gift Cards direct to the public, having this added visibility has been of immense support to us here in Letterkenny Chamber.”Letterkenny Chamber could not run this highly successful initiative without the support of DSP Community Employment programme through which the Chamber is staffed. It is the frontline staff in the Chamber that provide the much needed resources throughout the year to make ShopLK such a success and the support of the Department of Social Protection is very much appreciated.Letterkenny Chamber confirm bumper sales as card scheme hits €1.5M! was last modified: February 9th, 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:card schemedonegalsalesShopLKToni Forrester
Chelsea are preparing for a massive game at Stamford Bridge, where a defeat or score draw against Valencia would see the Blues crash out of the Champions League.They have never failed to reach the knockout stage of the tournament, but their recent loss to Bayer Leverkusen means Chelsea face the threat of missing out this time around.The wrong result would increase the pressure on manager Andre-Villas Boas, but the Portuguese is adamant he retains the full support of club owner Roman Abramovich.Villas-Boas believes Chelsea fans can play a major role tonight.And Villas-Boas has called for the home fans to do their bit to help Chelsea through tonight.He declared: “They can have a massive impact. They will have to unite themselves.“I have good memories of European nights at this club, and I know the atmosphere can be raised here, just like we did in the 4-2 against Barcelona.“If they do that, we will have the right ambiance to take on Valencia with that extra input.”Meanwhile, Brentford will be looking to take a step towards a return to Wembley in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.The Bees, last season’s beaten finalists, face Barnet at Underhill in the southern area semi-final.Follow West London Sport on Twitter
11 May 2012African agriculture is undergoing a transformation, creating a new era of opportunity for both farmers and investors, according to African and global leaders at the World Economic Forum on Africa.The Grow Africa Investment Forum, convened jointly by the African Union, Nepad and the World Economic Forum (WEF), engaged over 270 leaders at the gathering in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday.These included heads of state and government from Ethiopia, Rwanda and Tanzania, as well as leaders of African and global business, international and donor agencies and farmer organizations.Huge investment potentialForum participants noted that African agriculture offers tremendous growth potential to investors, which in turn promised to strengthen food security and economic opportunity on the continent.Greater private-sector investment and improvements to the business enabling environment were needed to capture this potential, delegates were told.The leaders noted that much of the continent’s agricultural potential remains untapped. “We have scratched the surface, but we haven’t yet broken the mould,” said Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. “When we do that, you will see the explosion of development in Africa.”During Thurday’s session, seven countries showcased specific investment and partnership opportunities aligned to their national priorities for agricultural transformation.‘We are ready to do business’“We are ready to do business; that’s why we came to this meeting,” said Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, noting that Tanzania’s agriculture investment strategy prioritized groups that could most benefit from new market opportunities.“When we bring in the private sector, it is to benefit the smallholder farmers,” Kikwete said. “We need to modernize agriculture and make it more attractive to youth.”President Kikwete added that governments had an important role to play in providing support in areas of irrigation, inputs and building commodity markets. However, private sector investment was also essential in order to avoid over-dependence on subsidies.Rwandan President Paul Kagame said that African countries could “mobilize farmers into an entrepreneurial mindset and create new opportunities for women, youth and rural entrepreneurs.”‘New ways of leveraging the agriculture sector’The Grow Africa partnership has developed significant momentum since it was launched at the 2011 World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town, South Africa.A total of 116 companies participated in the Grow Africa Investment Forum, including 49 African and 47 multinational companies, plus 20 from other regions such as Asia and the Middle East.“Much of the investment in Africa can come from Africa if we provide the right financing mechanisms and policy environment,” said African Export-Import Bank president Jean-Louis Ekra.According to Unilever executive vice-president Frank Braeken, African leaders “are defining new ways to leverage the agriculture sector as a driver of inclusive and sustainable growth. This offers new agribusiness opportunities that are increasingly attractive to investors.”Empowering African farmers ‘crucial’Participants agreed that empowering African farmers would be central to the future of agriculture on the continent.“Smallholder farmers are a sleeping giant in Africa,” said Dyborn Chibonga, CEO of the National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi. “That sleeping giant needs to be mobilized into collective action groups.”Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said the way to realize this was through increasing the productivity of small farmers and having them well organized and collaborative in order to take advantage of supply chains and investmentsEthiopia has achieved significant gains in agricultural productivity using this model in recent years, setting aside 16% of its national budget for agriculture – well above the 10% to which all African governments have committed themselves.The Grow Africa partnership, coordinated by the African Union, Nepad and the WEF, aims to “galvanize sustainable investment into African agriculture based on country-led priorities,” the WEF said on Thursday.According to the WEF, Grow Africa builds upon the CAADP, which works to boost African agricultural productivity through sector development plans. Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Mozambique, Ghana, Kenya and Ethiopia are the first countries to engage with Grow Africa.“The Grow Africa platform is open to all countries, and can accelerate the implementation of national investment plans developed through the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme,” said African Union chairperson Jean Ping.The potential seen in African agriculture presents a transformational opportunity, according to WEF vice-chairman Josette Sheeran. “Working together, we can ensure that when we meet in 10 years, it will be in an Africa that is not only feeding itself, but helping to feed the world.”SAinfo reporter and World Economic Forum
klint finley Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Nimble, a hosted social CRM solution, finally went into public beta today. But it’s already received a lot of buzz. Partially because it has a good story. Nimble founder Jon Ferrara also co-founded one of the first CRM companies, GoldMine, back in 1989. GoldMinesold to Ixchange (now known as FrontRange) in 1999 for $83 million. Now this pioneer is back to reinvent CRM.But it’s not just the story that’s generating buzz – the product itself is, too. It’s working towards something of a holy grail in social software: the universal inbox. Nimble’s not just a contact manager, it’s a full communication center. It brings email, Facebook and Twitter into one place. And it does so in a surprisingly elegant way.“CRM tools are more a tool for management to keep their hands around the throat of the sales staff, not to help help sales people manage relationships,” Ferrara told us. “Sales people don’t use CRM to manage their relationships with customers. They just feed the info into their CRM system at the last minute before it’s due so the management can run the reports.” Related Posts Tags:#cloud#saas 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Ferrara wants to change that by creating the most natural and intuitive social CRM platform on the market. So far Nimble’s doing a good job. The Facebook and Twitter clients feel quite natural. It really does seem like something you could hand to users without giving them any training. And the Klout integration is a nice touch.The company is focused entirely on small business. In his CRM Watchlist 2011, Paul Greenberg wrote, “He was very targeted to this market and not really interested in any other one – a real positive in my book.”Ferrara hopes Nimble will build a strong developer community. “We don’t want to be the Microsoft Office of CRM, we want to be the WordPress of CRM,” he said. “We provide the most basic services and let developers build out everything else.” Nimble was built with Python and MongoDB, both of which are popular with developers.Nimble has plenty of competition. Notably Bantam Live, which was just acquired by Constant Contact, and Salesforce.com. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
Over the next ten weeks, I’m going to lay out my top-ten priorities for green building—starting, in Lettermanesque fashion, with #10 and working up to #1. These priorities are directed primarily toward the design and construction profession, but homeowners having a house built or work done on a house need to be part of this discussion too.This shouldn’t be thought of as a hard-and-fast priority ranking. Of necessity, I’ve had to average the various considerations. In some places, where it’s extremely dry, for example, or where the ecosystem is pristine, my priority rankings would be quite different. And if I were addressing solely existing buildings or solely new construction, my rankings and some of the measures might vary. Here, I’m taking both new construction and renovation into consideration.My hope is that this will be a good conversation starter. I expect some readers will be surprised at what attributes I consider to be more—or less—significant as we work toward creating greener homes. The bottom line is that all of the priorities I will cover are important in most situations—and there are lots of other greening strategies we should try to address, even if they don’t make it onto this list.Priority #10: Make it Easy for Homeowners to be GreenHow we operate our houses and how we live our lives have huge bearing on our impact on the environment. There are some things we can do in building or renovating a house to make it easier for homeowners to live greener lives. A few of these measures are described here.Provide instructions on operating the house. It never ceases to amaze me that a new house doesn’t come with an owner’s manual. You wouldn’t expect a new car to come without guidance how to operate and maintain it; shouldn’t we expect the same with something we’re spending ten or twenty times as much money on? This owner’s manual should explain—in plain English—such issues as how to operate and maintain heating and cooling equipment, the importance of cleaning out gutters, what homeowners need to know about operating storm windows, why it’s important to always use the bathroom fan while showering, and how to inspect for termites or other problems. A homeowner’s manual is also a great place to aggregate all the information that comes with appliances, HVAC equipment, and any other systems in the house.Install easy-to-use comfort controls. Programmable thermostats can save a lot of energy and money—if they’re used properly. Provide thermostats with intuitive controls that are easy to understand, easy to set, and easy to override. Include instruction on the use of such controls, and explain how their proper use will save both energy and money.Make it convenient to recycle. Most homeowners are glad to do the right thing when it comes to living responsibly, including recycling much of their solid waste. But it needs to be convenient. Providing built-in, easy-to-clean, hidden storage for recyclables (paper, bottles, cans, plastic) will make it more likely that the homeowners will actually recycle their waste. Storage should be adaptable, but tailored to local options for recycling. If there’s curbside recycling using supplied plastic containers for recyclables, design the storage to handle those bins. If homeowners have to drive materials to a recycling facility, provide more space (perhaps including secondary storage in the garage) so that fewer trips to the recycling center are necessary.Make it easy to leave the car home. Convenient storage of bicycles might inspire homeowners to bike more often, avoiding the use of their car—keeping the air cleaner for us all.Make it easy to hang laundry outside. If a homeowner has to traipse laundry through the house to get outside, it’s going to discourage line-drying. Think about this when planning the location for laundry equipment. And install a clothesline.Create spaces that are easy to keep clean without harmful chemicals. There are some simple measures that can help keep houses cleaner; among the simplest are track-off mats at entryways and a convenient place to keep slippers to change into when getting home. And some materials don’t require as much cleaning; with porcelain toilets and sinks, for example, look for high-gloss surfaces (SanaGloss¯ in the TOTO line, for example) that are designed for easy cleaning.Make it easy to appreciate nature. Homeowners who look out a kitchen window at a beautifully landscaped native garden, or city residents whose apartment windows face the graceful branches of a tree that’s hanging on despite the limited green space, may gain more appreciation for the natural world and become more invested in protecting the environment.What else comes to mind? How could your own house have been designed or built differently to make it easier for you to live a greener lifestyle? Post comments with your own thoughts and suggestions, and I’ll incorporate new ideas into future coverage.In addition to this Energy Solutions blog, Alex writes the weekly blog on BuildingGreen.com: Alex’s Cool Product of the Week, which profiles an interesting new green building product each week. You can sign up to receive notices of these blogs by e-mail—enter your e-mail address in the upper right corner of any blog page.Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, LLC and executive editor of Environmental Building News. 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