Elections 2019: Shock as Cathaoirleach Seamus O’Domhnaill loses seat

first_imgFianna Fáil Councillor and Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Seamus O’Domhnaill has lost his seat on the seventh count for Glenties LEA.The Falcarragh man took the reins from former Cathaoirleach Gerry McMonagle (SF) last June.He has been a member of Donegal County Council since 2009. His 1,222 votes will now be redistributed.After his colleague Enda Bonner was voted out on the sixth count, just two Fianna Fáil candidates remain; Noreen McGarvey and Anthony Molloy who are currently sitting on 1402 and 1574 seats respectively. Here are the figures after the seventh count: Brian Carr (SF) +52 … 1263Marie Theresa Gallagher (SF) +291 … 1615Michael Mc Clafferty (Fine Gael) +35 … 1376Noreen McGarvey (FF) +231 … 1402Anthony Molloy (FF) +174 … 1574John Sheamuis Ó Fearraigh (SF) +32 … 1782Quota: 1,875, Electorate: 23,165, Turnout: 12,851, Spoiled: 147, Valid: 12,704Elections 2019: Shock as Cathaoirleach Seamus O’Domhnaill loses seat was last modified: May 27th, 2019 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:CathaoirleachDonegal County Councildonegal election resultsfianna faillocal electionSeamus O Domhnailllast_img read more

EU, SADC in joint investment drive

first_img18 April 2006The European Union (EU) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) have launched a new drive to facilitate European investor funding in 100 mining projects in the southern African region.According to Mining Weekly, this is the third mining initiative launched by the EU-SADC Investment Promotion Programme (Esipp), following similar initiatives in 1994 and 2000.Esipp, a joint EU-SADC programme designed to attract foreign investment in the region, brings together European and southern African entrepreneurs in five targeted sectors: construction and building materials, tourism, light engineering, agro-industry and mining.According to Mining Weekly, Esipp has begun the process of identifying mining projects in 12 of the SADC’s 14 member countries, with regional workshops having already taken place in Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland.Once identified and validated, the projects will be presented to potential EU investors at a meeting – dubbed Mines 2006 – in Lusaka, Zambia in November.In November 2005, Esipp hosted a similar investment promotion conference for the building materials and construction sector, followed by a conference for the light engineering sector in February 2006.Tourism 2006, an event taking place in Namibia in October, will bring together potential EU and SADC business partners in tourism, while projects and investors in the agro-industry sector will be catered for in 2007.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Photo library: South Africa at work 17

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download South Africa at Work contact sheet (1.5MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Cape Town, Western Cape province: Dr Jeff Chen and technical officer Samuel Mabakane work on the biggest computer in Africa, housed at the Centre for High Performance Computing in Observatory. The computer works for 24 hours a day, analysing climate, industrial design and much more. Photo: Jeffrey Barbee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Workers in Woodstock work to remove graffiti. Photo: Jeffrey Barbee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Noluthando Njana (32) sells food to hungry technicians at South Africa’s biggest biotechnology and genome sequencing project, the National Bioinformatics Network. Photo: Jeffrey Barbee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: South African Armin Deffurat (left) and Martel Juvet Chachou from Cameroon work at South Africa’s biggest biotechnology and genome sequencing project, the National Bioinformatics Network, sequencing the DNA of the extreme drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) virus. Photo: Jeffrey Barbee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Nicholas du Plessis works early-morning hours at the Soloped bike shop in the centre of Cape Town. Photo: Jeffrey Barbee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Samantha Luntz serves up fresh croissants at Cafe Zanne. Photo: Jeffrey Barbee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Domestic arrivals at Cape Town Airport. Photo: Jeffrey Barbee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The Cape Town International Convention Centre in the heart of the commercial district.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: A harbour worker cleans chains used to keep oil rigs in place. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res imageSOUTH AFRICA AT WORK 17: {loadposition saatwork}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

Jetstar losing loyalty battle  as on-time reliability slumps

first_imgAustralia’s biggest low-cost carrier Jetstar has lost its long-held mantle as the most reliable budget carrier to its smaller rival, Tigerair. As the Qantas subsidiary used to do to Tigerair regularly, Jetstar has been trounced in the latest month’s on-time performance figures for June 2016.And it’s no one-off result. Jetstar now lags the field by a considerable margin in who is likely to get you to your destination on time, even though Australia, with its relatively benign year-round weather, leads the world for airline punctuality.In June, just 73.4 per cent of Jetstar’s flights arrived on time and even fewer, 70.9 per cent, departed on time, which is defined as less than 15 minutes after the scheduled time.It’s the airline’s worst performance since December 2015, when only 68 per cent of Jetstar’s flights arrived on-time. Those are the sort of numbers that Tigerair use to rack up before it was taken over by the Virgin Australia group in October 2014.However, since the takeover, Tigerair – grounded in 2011 for safety breaches – is not only making money for the first time under new boss Rob Sharp, but is defying gravity for a budget carrier by contending with and sometimes leading the full-service carriers in punctuality.In June, 80 per cent of Tigerair flights arrived on time – nearly seven percentage points clear of Jetstar, its major rival for cheap holiday flying and no-frills interstate air travel.Overall in June, Virgin was Australia’s most reliable airline, shading Qantas 85.4 per cent to 84.8 per cent for on-time arrivals.“We don’t shy away from the fact our punctuality hasn’t been up to scratch in recent months,” a Jetstar spokesman says.“While we have had some poor months, for the first five months of the year our on-time arrivals were running at around 80 per cent.“We know it’s critically important to our customers and we’re working hard behind the scenes to improve our performance.”One of the reasons Tigerair is still so small in Australia is that it developed a poor reputation for reliability in the years before the Virgin takeover, when it was controlled by Singaporean interests.Tigerair Singapore is now part of the Singapore Airlines (SIA) group and has a new lease on life as the main feeder carrier for SIA low-cost subsidiary Scoot, which flies a fleet of Boeing 787 widebody jets, mostly around Asia and soon to Europe.Tigerair Australia has a fleet of just 17 narrowbody jets (14 A320s and three 737s used to fly longer routes to Bali from Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth), compared with Jetstar’s fleet of around 70 planes, including 11 787s.The Virgin group announced earlier this month that Tigerair would transition to an all-737 fleet as part of strategy of simplifying its fleet. Virgin has around 80 737s in Australia and no A320s apart from those operated by Tigerair.last_img read more

NCBA contest seeks singer for National Anthem at 2019 convention in New Orleans

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest If you’re a singer from the cattle industry who can perform the National Anthem with precision, and if you would like a free trip to the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, 2019, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association would like to hear from you. The organization is conducting its fifth annual National Anthem Contest, sponsored by Norbrook. Any member of NCBA, the American National CattleWomen, the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, or their children are eligible to participate in the contest.This year there is no age limit for entry. Contest winner will perform the Star Spangled Banner at the convention’s Opening General Session Jan. 30, as well as the Cowboy Concert Series Friday Night Event Feb. 1. They will receive round trip airfare for two to New Orleans for the convention, a hotel room for four nights, free convention registration for two, plus a pair of boots, pair of jeans and a shirt from Roper or Stetson.Previous NCBA National Anthem Contest winners are not eligible. Entries are being accepted through Oct. 19, 2018. Top four finalists will be chosen by Oct. 26, 2018, and videos will be posted to the convention website at www.convention.beefusa.org. Voting will be open from Nov. 1, 2018 to Nov. 30, 2018 (one vote per person per day). The winner will be announced Dec. 5, 2018.For more information or to enter, visit www.convention.beefusa.org/general-information and hit the “get involved” button.last_img read more

SC takes suo motu cognisance of killing of PWD official during demolition drive in Kasauli

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Wednesday took suo motu cognisance of the gunning down of a woman assistant town planner by a hotel owner during an apex court-ordered demolition drive in the picturesque Himachal Pradesh town of Kasauli.A Bench of Justices Madan B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta expressed their shock at the death of Shailbala Sharma on Tuesday, saying this is a “serious issue” in which a government official has been killed for doing her duty in compliance with the order of the highest court.The court is likely to hear the case on May 3. On April 17, it ordered the demolition of illegal constructions at several hotels and resorts in the town, saying the life of people cannot be endangered for making money.The court had observed that the illegal constructions had put the entire city in danger, causing landslips, and ordered the demolition of such constructions. It said that some hotels and resorts were supposed to construct only two-storeyed buildings but six-storeyed ones existed there.“There was landslide in your premises and you did nothing. You are putting the life of people to danger. For what? Money,” the Bench observed while hearing a plea filed by one of the hotels.Owners of several hotels, resorts and guest houses in Kasauli had approached the court challenging the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order to demolish or close down several such establishments that were extended illegally without approvals.During the hearing, an advocate representing some of the hotels admitted the existence of unauthorised constructions.Ultimatum to ownersThe Bench had given an ultimatum to the owners: “Either you demolish it [unauthorised constructions] or we will ask the authorities to demolish it. It is your choice. No instructions are needed. Let the authorities demolish it.”The NGT, in its order, had directed the demolition of temporary structures of several hotels, including Bird’s View Resort, Hotel Pine View, Narayani Guest House, Hotel Neelgiri, Hotel Divshikha and AAA Guest House.It had also imposed hefty fines on many of them for causing irretrievable damage to the ecology, polluting the environment and raising unauthorised constructions. The NGT order came on a plea by the NGO, Society for Preservation of Kasauli and its Environs (SPOKE).last_img read more