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first_imgA judge has ordered that 27 people who failed to turn up for jury duty in Co Donegal this morning be brought before the court.Judge Donagh McDonagh ordered that the people appear before the courts and explain why they failed to show.Judge McDonagh was speaking as a jury was sworn in at Letterkenny Circuit Court. He said he had never come across such a high number of people who “ignored” a summons to carry out jury duty.“I will have the County Registrar to issue a summons for the people. They were ignored. I have never come across such a high number of ‘no shows’ and they will have their opportunity when they come to court,” he said.After a jury was sworn in for two cases, Judge McDonagh told the court that people who were summonsed to appear for jury duty had an obligation to do so.“The summons is quite literally that.“I am going to direct that these people are contacted and be brought before the courts to determine the reasons why they did not appear and to see if there will be sanctions,” he said.JUDGE ORDERS 27 PEOPLE WHO FAILED TO SHOW FOR JURY DUTY TO APPEAR BEFORE COURTS was last modified: May 2nd, 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:Judge Donagh McDonaghjury dutyLetterkenny Circuit Courtlast_img read more

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first_imgSinn Fein in Donegal has demanded voting rights for emigrants and people in Northern Ireland ahead of the upcoming presidential race.Inishowen Cllr Jack Murray said that the right to vote for the President of Ireland should be right of every Irish citizen, whether they live in Donegal, Derry or Dubai.The Sinn Féin councillor added that if such a move required a constitutional amendment then it should be provided for at the earliest opportunity. Cllr Murray said “Extending presidential voting rights to all Irish citizens living on the island of Ireland is a natural outworking of the Good Friday Agreement as it enshrined the rights of people in the north to Irish citizenship.“Similarly, those who have been forced to emigrate in search of work should be entitled to have their say in who their President should be. Living abroad doesn’t make anyone less Irish.“Having met two independent candidates who sought my party’s support for their nomination from Donegal County Council, I, along with my Sinn Féin colleagues stated clearly that we would not support any candidate who did not recognise the voting rights of all citizens.“The President of Ireland represents all Irish citizens. As such, all citizens should have the right a say in who the president should be. It shouldn’t matter whether you live in Donegal, Derry or Dubai. “If this requires a constitutional amendment then this should be put before the people at the earliest opportunity.“Sinn Féin has raised this issue at Leinster House, the All-Ireland institutions and in Donegal County Council. We will continue to campaign on this issue until it is resolved.”Cllr Murray concluded by calling on all presidential candidates to indicate their position on the extension of voting rights for northern citizens and for the diaspora ahead of the poll taking place in a few months’ time.EndsDONEGAL, DERRY OR DUBAI – SINN FEIN DEMAND VOTING RIGHTS FOR EMIGRANTS AHEAD OF PRESIDENTIAL RACE was last modified: August 13th, 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:Cllr Jack MurrayPresidential racelast_img read more

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first_imgUPDATED: Gardai have discovered debris from a car which they believe was involved in a hit-and-run incident which left a man dead outside Bundoran.The man, who is in his 40s, was found at the side of a road around 5am this morning.The man had been struck by a vehicle which failed to stop at the scene. Fragments from a car were found at the scene and are now being analysed by Gardai who have launched an investigation into the death.Head of the Donegal Traffic Corps, Inspector Michael Harrison, appealed to the driver to come forward.“We appreciate people involved in an accident might panic and drive off.“But we would appeal to them to come forward and talk to us. “We need to find out exactly what happened,” he said.The victim, who is understood to be from Liverpool but was living in Leitrim.The man had been socialising in Bundoran but decided to walk home the 5kms to his home.He is believed to have been 2kms from his home when he was struck at Ardfaran, Bundoran.Gardai say only people with local knowledge would normally use the road and have appealed for witnesses to come forward. It is understood the man phoned his wife as he walked home and she came to collect him moments after he was struck by a car.The road at the centre of the incident has been reopened and a post mortem is taking place on the man’s body at Sligo General Hospital.GARDAI FIND FRAGMENTS OF CAR IN SEARCH FOR HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER was last modified: August 26th, 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:bundorancardebrisinvestigationleitrimlast_img read more

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first_imgFlooding in Dunfanaghy this morning.Motorists have been warned about flooding in Dunfanaghy this morning.Heavy water has flooded onto Casey and Purt Rd in near the dispensery.Some of the flooding is up to 1 metre deep with even large vehicles unable to get through.   PUBLIC WARNED AS FLOODING HITS DUNFANAGHY ROADS was last modified: February 20th, 2014 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:Dunfanaghyfloodslast_img read more

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first_imgEntertainer and businesswoman Hulisani Ravele, formerly known as CC, sat down with us to talk about her views on South Africa’s Constitution and how it shapes her as an individual.Hulisani Ravele sat down with Brand South Africa to talk about her views on South Africa’s world-renowned Constitution and how it has helped shape her as an entertainer and a proud citizen. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)Mathiba MolefeHulisani Ravele is a familiar face to most South Africans given her long-standing career in television that started in 1997 when she was cast in the role of Sabrina on the SABC 1 children’s programme Pula and Friends.Since then she graced television sets for the best part of two decades and has blossomed from an energetic and lively young television star into a driven businesswoman.Still only 28-years-old and fuelled by a healthy ambition, Ravele has much to offer South Africa.Ravele sat down with Brand South Africa to talk about her views on South Africa’s world-renowned Constitution and how it has helped shape her as an entertainer and a proud citizen.Mathiba Molefe (MM): Why did you decide to be a part of the Inspired by my Constitution campaign? What is it about the campaign that resonated with you?Hulisani Ravele (HV): For me, anything that has to do with inspiring young people or inspiring a nation to be more accepting of who we are as people within our cultures is something I want to be a part of. Anything to do with nation building, I’m Team Yes.I feel that being called upon to be yourself is the biggest honour and the best thing you could be asked to do, and this is what Brand South Africa wanted me to do. So I share my story, share what makes me proud to be who I am, and that’s what really spoke to me.Anything that is Brand South Africa, moving us forward in terms of a nation and all the things we have to be proud of – that’s what spoke to me.MM: Using your platform, combined with the one provided by your involvement in this campaign, what is it you hope to achieve?HV: I really just want to make a difference. I believe that I have been blessed with a talent to speak, so I speak on television because that is the platform that I have.That’s the manner in which I communicate with people and the way that I can make a difference to people.I’ve always wanted to be a conduit for change in the country and figure out how I can do that.I can sit on a platform and have important conversations that our country needs to be having and have those conversations that allow us to reflect on who we are and where we’re at as a people in South Africa.That is my contribution to making us better.MM: What message would you like to send, and who do you hope to benefit the most?HV: I’m out here for young people. I believe that once you’re able to change the way that you think and the way that you process certain things, that’s where all the power lies.I think it’s Steve Biko who spoke about the power of the oppressor being in the mind of the oppressed. So that’s where I want to make a difference because we are the present and the future.It lies with every single one of us as young South Africans to decide how we’re going to move South Africa forward. It’s not a political party, it’s not the president – it’s in every single one of our hands to make this country a better place for all of us to live in.It’s not just for us, it’s for our parents because they’ve done so much for us in giving us the opportunities we have today. That’s what our parents left for us. What’s our legacy going to be?“I’m out here for young people. I believe that once you’re able to change the way that you think and the way that you process certain things, that’s where all the power lies,” said Hulisani RaveleMM: How has South Africa’s Constitution helped you get to where you are now? How has the Constitution shaped the person you have become?HV: I think the story of the Constitution’s inception is what has had the biggest effect on me. The fact that there is a document, a book.I actually remember in ’96 I had the booklet, the little book that said “The Constitution of South Africa” and it was written in all the languages.Its inception was important to me because that allowed me to knock on the doors that I can knock on today.It allows me to step out there as a young woman and say that there are opportunities out there that are for me to grab. I never would have been able to say that prior to that.As a young black woman I can walk out there and say I can do anything and I have the right to do anything as well. I can dream as big as I want and my skin colour is not going to hold me back, my gender is not going to hold me back, nothing is going to hold me back.MM: What would you say is the most inspiring part of our Constitution?HV: The right to education, the right to learn. I strongly believe in education, which is why, after eight years of being out of varsity, I went back to complete my honours because I believe in furthering myself.However, I believe that we are educated in different ways. It’s not only in the classroom or necessarily in varsity campuses, but that fact that I have the right to walk into any institution and say I want to pursue my talents in this degree.As long as my marks allow me and I have the means to pay for it then I’m allowed to do that. So the right to education has really been an important one and one that my parents really instilled in me.I don’t think it was about the marks, it was about teaching me to strive for excellence within my education, excellence within myself.I will never take education and the right to be free and choose to be educated lightly.MM: Tell us what you think about the relationship between rights and responsibilities. How do the two go together and how should we go about making the most of them?HV: Rights and responsibilities go hand in hand. You cannot have one without having the other. I think that’s what, as young people, we tend to forget.We’re out there shouting about all our rights: “I have the right to do this and the right to do that”. But we also have the responsibility to do that in a manner that’s not destructive. You also have the responsibility to do that in a way that doesn’t harm others.Obviously this is in direct relation to issues like #FeesMustFall where we do have the right to protest, and I do understand the anger and where it comes from but, for me, your responsibility is also to take care of the institutions you learn in.What’s the point of destroying a science lab that is going to take millions to fix, millions that could have gone to helping the plight for cheaper or free quality education?Looking at a scenario like that directly, you cannot have a right without understanding the responsibility that comes with it. Just as you have the right to an education, you also have the responsibility to be respectful to your educators and your fellow pupils who are in the classrooms with you.You aren’t just there to live your own life. There’s no way, for me, that you can talk about a right without talking about the responsibility that comes with it.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

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first_imgSouth Africa is one of the world’s top tourism destinations owing to its diverse offering, world class infrastructure and positive global reputation. The country’s unique offering is that it boasts a range of exciting experiences including active outdoor adventure, wildlife safari, city lifestyle, scenic outdoors, cultural and heritage sites and beaches. This contributes to the global attractiveness of the tourism sector which creates important opportunities for economic growth and job creation in the country.As part of the Tourism Month 2019 awareness programmes, on 19 September 2019, Brand South Africa joined the South African Embassy in Qatar, South African Tourism and Qatar Airways at the South African Tourism Trade Workshop in Doha, Qatar, to unpack ways in which the Qatar tourism trade can contribute to the growth, development and continued success of the South African tourism sector.Speaking at the workshop, South African Ambassador to Qatar, His Excellency Faizel Moosa said “Tourism is one of the key drivers of the economy and it can increase the gross domestic product significantly.”“Tourism is a big contributor to South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product. Every tourist that visits South Africa, sustains twelve jobs” added Sadiq Dindar, Manager: Middle East and Turkey, South African Tourism.          The success of the tourism sector depends on the positioning of the Nation Brand as a globally competitive destination that is welcoming and culturally diverse. One of the ways that the country can ensure this, is by enhancing the ease of access for international partners seeking to visit South Africa. In light of this, in August 2019, South Africa announced that Qatar passport holders were visa exempted and could stay in the country for up to 30 days. Likewise, Qatar relaxed its immigration laws and South Africa became one of 80 visa free countries. This facilitation of easier travel will enhance cooperation and trade between South Africa and Qatar.In conclusion, Jimmy Ranamane, Programme Manager: Global Markets at Brand South Africa said “Connecting with global markets and diversifying the country’s global collaborations creates opportunities to showcase the country to a wider range of strategic potential investors and tourists.”last_img read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The inter-seeded beans are struggling in the wheat ground. We are so dry and we need a rain badly. Wheat yields were excellent, though. In our 15-inch row wheat, it was the best yields we have ever had. Our low was 80 and our high was 97 bushels an acre and we were very pleased with that. The inter-seeded beans are probably only four inches tall in many places and they are just kind of hanging out. We do have some bigger beans but they all need a rain.The rest of the soybeans look OK yet, but our corn is starting to roll with the dry weather in the heat. You can definitely see the hybrids with the drought tolerance and the ones that don’t have it. We have them side-by-side in some places. The tassels are there but not out yet and we could really use some rain before pollination.Last week we had three tenths of an inch and we had eight tenths of an inch of rain two weeks ago and we are getting very dry. I think it is already hurting the corn yields. We have corn that is over your head and corn that is four feet tall and rolled tight in parts of the fields. I have seen some leaves with some spots but diseases do not seem to be much of an issue with the dry conditions.We have a few marestail popping through in some fields that escaped our pre-plant herbicide applications but everything is pretty much under control right now in terms of weeds. We are just in need of some rain.last_img read more

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first_imgLOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Pau Soriano and Rosemarie Vargas led the Cool Smashers, who have played without skipper Alyssa Valdez since the end of the elimination round, with 11 points apiece while Cesca Raqraquin and Rizza Mandapat combined for 16.And all that scoring began from the playmaking of the league’s Best Setter Jia Morado who put up 34 excellent sets.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMary Ann Pantino led the Lady Jet Spikers with seven points. LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCreamline got a head start in the race for the bronze medal after putting down Philippine Air Force, 25-16, 25-21, 25-19, in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Cool Smashers, who went on an 8-0 tear early in the competition, lost two straight to Bali Pure in the Final Four and will now settle for a crack at third place.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PLAY LIST 02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games ‘Pool queens’ eye 1-2 billiards finish for PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgBrazil were knocked out of Copa America after Paraguay beat them 2-0 on penalties during their quarter-final match in Buenos Aires, on Sunday.A day after hosts Argentina slid out, also on penalties, to Uruguay, the shocks kept coming as Venezuela reached the semi-finals for the first time with a gutsy 2-1 win over fancied Chile. But the real shock of the day was Brazil -not so much for their exit but the apparent paucity of their ambition.They had chances -Ganso and Pato brought good saves from Justo Villar in the Paraguayan goal and Fred, who rescued a dramatic draw between the two nations a week earlier in the group stage, had a header cleared off the line. But much of their play was laboured, while their penalty-taking was woeful.Paraguay’s Justo Villar saves a penalty shot by Thiago SilvaMarcelo Estigarribia and Christian Riveros converted for the Paraguayans while Elano, Thiago Silva, Andre Santos and Fred missed for the eight-time continental champions.”When you lose you know you made some mistakes,” said Brazil coach Mano Menezes, who blamed the poor state of the penalty spot for the dreadful finale.”This happens in football and we have to live with it. The object has always been to get a strong team together for the World Cup in 2014.” The five-time world champions host that and will want to provide much better fare for their fans than they did here.Brazil forward Robinho tried to put a positive gloss on the defeat. “I think we played a good Copa overall. But now we must keep our heads up and go on to lift the World Cup in our homeland,” said the Milan striker.advertisementIn an ugly incident, Lucas Leiva of Brazil and Paraguay’s Antolin Alcaraz were sent off for a tussle which sparked an injury- time free-for-all.Robinho joined Ganso and strike pair Pato and Neymar, the four comprising Menezes’s magic quartet. But they could not provide the necessary spark against tough opponents who gave no quarter. Paraguay boss Gerardo Martino rejigged his side as top striker Roque Santa Cruz missed out through injury.If they rode their luck at times, they ultimately won through sheer dogged rearguard resistance. With five minutes remaining Brazil should have stolen it but Fred, who poached a lastgasp leveller against the same rivals a week earlier, saw his header cleared off the line.”We showed a lot of heart,” said Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino, though he admitted: Brazil should probably have won it over the 90 minutes. In the other quarter-final, Oswaldo Vizcarrondo gave Venezuela a 34th-minute lead only for Humberto Suazo to level midway through the second half.But just as extra-time seemed to be on the way once again Gabriel Cichero struck from close range to spark scenes of joy among the travelling Venezuelan fans and leave the Chileans, four- times finalists, stunned.The giant-killers will now go up against the Paraguayans, whose last title came in 1979, in a Wednesday semi at Mendoza after Uruguay first take on Peru at La Plata.Coach Cesar Farias was delighted -if in more restrained fashion. “The happiness we feel gives us the desire to keep on in the same vein,” said Farias. But he added that winning the semi would be a tall order.”Paraguay are a strong team and they will start favourites,” insisted Farias.With inputs from Agencieslast_img read more

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