The cost of renting a home in Donegal has risen 8.5% in one year, according to a new report by Daft.ie.The average rent in Donegal is now €645, reflecting a rise in costs for every market in the last quarter of 2019. Rents rose by 1.8% compared to the first three months of the year. Donegal remains Ireland’s second least expensive county to rent in after Leitrim.However, availability is at an ‘all time low’ for the region. The report found that there were just 420 homes available to rent in Connacht and Ulster on May 1, down 12% year-on-year.On May 1st, there were just 2,700 properties available to rent nationwide on daft.ie. This is the lowest ever figure for stock on the market, in a series that goes back to the start of 2006.The average rent in Ireland is now €1,366, which is another all-time high.The current snapshot of average rents in Donegal, according to Daft, is: 1 bed apartment = €4542 bed house = €5273 bed house = €6144 bed house = €6685 bed house = €722Donegal rent prices up 8% as Irish market ‘starved of supply’ was last modified: May 13th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)
Donegal secretaries in the Forsa union will be taking strike action later this month in their campaign for fair pay and working conditions.The secretaries in dispute will begin their industrial action on Friday, September 20th. They will take part in a series of short work stoppages at the start of the school day before commencing a work to rule.The union balloted its members over the summer after education department officials refused to discuss proposals to overcome a two-tier pay system. The system leaves some secretaries who are paid by school boards of management earning salaries as low as €12,500 a year. Fórsa has mounted a campaign for pay justice for school secretaries, some of whom are forced to sign on during the summer holidays and other school breaks due to the irregular, short-term contracts.Fórsa announced today that 94% of the 630 balloted school secretaries backed the plans for industrial action. School secretaries announce plans for strike action was last modified: September 9th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)
South Africa’s national women’s football team, Banyana Banyana. (Image: Safa) The pride of South African football, Noko Matlou of Banyana Banyana. (Image: Safa) The victorious Banyana celebrate after beating Namibia in the final of the 2006 Cosafa Cup women’s tournament. (Image: Cosafa) Zukiswa Sapepa, new commander of the Ngcobo traffic station in the Eastern Cape. (Image: Eastern Cape Department of Roads and Transport)Janine ErasmusTwo exceptional South African women have made the headlines in recent months. Noko Alice Matlou, striker for the national women’s team Banyana Banyana, is Africa’s woman footballer of the year for 2008, while Zukiswa Sapepa has become the country’s first female traffic station commander.The two are the latest in a long line of South African women whose achievements have captured the interest of the world. The likes of Judge Navanethem Pillay, Olympic and Paralympic swimmer Natalie du Toit, and scientists Tebello Nyokong and Samantha Petersen have all been lauded internationally – and they represent just the tip of the iceberg.The Beautiful GameThe Beautiful Game has a new shining star. Banyana Banyana striker Noko Alice Matlou has walked off with the continent’s top prize for women – the African Woman Footballer of the Year trophy for 2008 – at the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) annual awards ceremony, held in Lagos, Nigeria, in February.Matlou saw off fierce competition from fellow nominees Genevova Anonma of Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon’s Ngo Ndoumbouk Marlyse.Not only is she now the continent’s outstanding woman footballer, but she also becomes the first South African to win an individual CAF accolade. Only two others before her have made the shortlist for the honour – current team-mate Portia Modise and former Banyana captain Desiree Ellis.“The award has been dominated by players from North Africa,” commented the triumphant Matlou. “I am excited at winning the award. Credit should go to my team-mates for their support.”Arsenal’s Emmanuel Adebayor, from Togo, took the men’s African Footballer of the Year award.Top scorerWith 23 goals in 20 games for Banyana under her belt, 2008 was a prolific year for the 23-year-old Matlou, who plays for the Limpopo-based Brazilian FC team when at home.Matlou helped her national side to their first ever African Women’s Championship final in November 2008. Together with Equatorial Guinea’s Anonma, she scored six goals in the tournament, including a hat-trick in the semi-final and a goal in the final, and shared the Golden Boot award with her Central African rival. South Africa lost 2-1 to Equatorial Guinea in the final.Playing for the South African under-20 team, Basetsana, in the Women’s Championship of the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations, Matlou again stole the show. Another hat-trick in the final saw hosts Angola brought to their knees, and Matlou’s tally rise to an impressive 12 goals in five games. She was the tournament’s top scorer and also took the Player of the Match award three times.South African Football Association (Safa) president Dr Molefi Olifant said that Matlou’s achievement will inspire thousands of women footballers in the country. The elated Olifant said, “Noko Matlou has made Safa and the country proud. This important milestone comes on the eve of major developments in the South African women football arena – her accomplishment is not an accident.”Olifant, who is also chair of CAF’s women football subcommittee, was referring to the newly launched Absa Women’s League, backed by major banking group Absa in partnership with Safa. The tournament is intended to be a breeding ground for the future stars of South African, African and world football.Safa CEO Raymond Hack said that Matlou’s “historic achievement” is cause for great optimism about the future of football in South Africa. Banyana team manager Fran Hilton-Smith added that Matlou’s victory is a proud moment to be cherished for many years to come.Matlou is tipped to lead the national team in their next challenge, the Eight Nations Tournament in Cyprus in March, where they will be the only African representative. Banyana will clash with England, Canada, Holland, Japan, Scotland, Russia, and hosts Cyprus. Participation in the tournament is by invitation only.The team is currently ranked 58 out of 116 teams with official rankings, with only two other African countries – Ghana (43) and Nigeria (29) – ranked above them.Lady bossMeanwhile, at home there is a new commander at the Ngcobo traffic station in the Chris Hani District Municipality of the Eastern Cape province. Zukiswa Sapepa has made history by becoming the first female top cop ever in the Eastern Cape’s Department of Roads and Transport. With 23 officials under her command, she stepped into the driver’s seat towards the end of 2008.The 37-year-old Sapepa started her distinguished career with the department as a traffic officer in 2002 and has risen swiftly through the ranks. Although a career as a traffic officer had been a goal from her teenage years, her work took a roundabout route before she finally joined the department.After school Sapepa trained as a teacher, and then became a shop assistant in the retail sector before resuming her studies and obtaining her Senior Primary Teachers Diploma in 1996.A shortage of teaching posts forced her to join insurance giant Old Mutual Group Schemes in Mthatha in 1997 as a client care adviser. Four years later she joined the Standard Bank of South Africa as a consultant working in Butterworth, and the very next year finally realised her long-standing goal by joining the then Eastern Cape Department of Transport as a traffic officer. She reported for duty in December 2003 after completing her basic training.Childhood ambition“This was always my ambition from childhood,” said Sapepa. “Although this was a lesser package, I felt that this is what I always wanted to be in life, to be in a position to secure a safer road environment for our road users.”Sapepa excelled in her new job. Out of 27 candidates enrolled at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Traffic Training College for the six-month basic traffic officers and municipal police officers course, she was the only one to obtain her qualification cum laude, with 75% or more in all subjects.Her leadership abilities were noticed when she worked in the elite Traffic Special Operations Unit, a roving unit that covered the whole of the Eastern Cape. In 2006, she took the position of principal provincial inspector in Queenstown. Later in the same year she was appointed as a budget officer for Traffic Control in Chris Hani District and for a short while she was the acting station commander at Queenstown station.Shortly thereafter she sat on the committee of the Performance Management and Development System, as well as the interviewing panel in the Chris Hani and Ukhahlamba Districts.Sapepa has vowed to instil pride for the profession in her colleagues – most of whom are men – and to work closely with the community to raise awareness of good driving practices. Ngcobo has a history of high accident rates, caused to a large extent by stray animals.“I love my job and therefore I will motivate those I work with, but I will not tolerate corruption,” said Sapepa adamantly. “Every time I get an opportunity to talk against corruption I will, as this has tarnished the image of the profession.”Member of the Executive Council for Roads and Transport in the Eastern Cape, Gloria Barry, congratulated Sapepa, claiming that her achievement was a victory for women’s equity. “It marks the realisation of our objective of promoting gender equality, equal access to opportunities and most importantly, the emancipation of women from all forms of oppression.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? 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A harvest of hope brings in income for micro-farmers in Cape Town.(Image: Harvest of Hope)MEDIA CONTACTSRob SmallFounder, The Farm and Garden National Trust+27 21 801 9677Aneshree NaidooThe legacy of social entrepreneur James Thomas has reached far and wide. The 57-year-old was the single South African killed in the devastating terror attack on Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, a month ago.Among other initiatives, Thomas developed Business Expenses Savings Training Game (BEST), a business skills programme that has been reaping international accolades for its practical, hands-on simulation approach. Thomas trained young people throughout Africa in entrepreneurship, including building business and life skills through a number of programmes in South Africa.Developed in Khayelitsha, a dusty, poverty-stricken township in Cape Town, the BEST is now licensed worldwide and has been translated into French, Spanish, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Chinese and Russian, among other languages. The game simulates a real-life business environment and is a practical training tool that puts players in real-world commercial situations so they learn how to make good business decisions. It was specifically created to train people who were functionally illiterate in business skills and has been implemented in 75 countries.Seeing the game’s practical applications and universal appeal, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has – with the help of the Triple Trust Organisation – redeveloped BEST for inclusion in its Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) programme. The ILO’s Start Your Business kit, including SIYB, is aimed at people with concrete business ideas who want to start their own business. The organisation aims to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues.International acclaimThe overall SIYB programme has successfully been implemented in Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and it has been used by 1 100 Chinese trainers to teach 4.5 million students. Of these, 85% have started businesses, each employing about five people; more than 11 million Chinese people have been affected by the training tool.The course comprises three modules held over five days and includes training in basic business cycles, understanding supply and demand, reaching customers, and improving a business. It also tackles financial literacy for running a business, quality control, inventory control and product promotion, among others.Necitas Lazaga of the Department of Trade and Industry Davao del Norte Field Office in Philippines recommended BEST for business starters in an interview with news networking site Ugnayan.com. The small and medium enterprise (SME) development co-ordinator said the BEST game formed a major part of the her office’s activities in 2012 in building SMEs, and that “the game also makes participants discover the (personal) qualities that are needed in running a business”.She said it was much better for starters to gain business experience before they ventured into real business so they would be guided on what to do, and what business decisions to take, to help them succeed.Local social entrepreneurshipBEST was one of many initiatives Thomas undertook to improve the lives of others. He was involved in Harvest of Hope. The Cape Town project works with farmers from townships such as Nyanga and Khayelitsha, who deliver fresh produce daily to the city’s more affluent southern suburbs. Providing much-need employment for mostly women, the scheme supports the micro-farming groups that sell their excess produce for a sustainable income. “It was a win-win situation. Farmers from the townships get to sell their produce and consumers in the suburbs receive healthy organic vegetables – everyone wins,” explains Thomas’s former Allan Gray Orbis colleague, Margie Worthington Smith.Thomas also founded the Triple Trust Organisation (TTO), a non-governmental organisation dedicated to “the alleviation of poverty in South Africa through making markets work for the poor”. Here he focused on introducing young people especially to entrepreneurship skills. Working with Outward Bound South Africa, an arm of Outward Bound, the international non-profit experiential education organisation, the TTO is implementing a “life skills and entrepreneurship” project to empower young people from rural communities with life skills and entrepreneurship awareness to help them start their own small businesses.It aims to empower young people by equipping them with an “I can” attitude; developing life skills in the areas of self-esteem, perseverance, belief in the future, goal-setting, and values; and equipping them with appropriate skills for sustainable economic activity.Yet it also aims to have wider implications, i.e. ensuring the establishment of businesses by, or employment of, a large percentage of the participants; and setting up partnerships with community organisations, local businesses and appropriate mentors to provide a support network to ensure the graduates’ ongoing development. The project will take 12 to 14 months.Kenyan connectionFurther afield, Thomas was involved with the Kenya Market Assistance Programme (KMAP). It aims to make markets work for the poor through projects that include producers, consumers and employees in the economy.One successful initiative has helped dairy farmers in Ndumberi, in Kiambu County improve their yields. Farmers in the area had long struggled to feed their livestock in the dry season, leading to annual milk shortages. To maintain milk production, they often had to travel long distances to buy overpriced feed.“We have been purchasing hay from Delamere, about 100 kilometres away, at a cost of 180 to 250 Kenyan shillings [$2.12-$2.95 or R20-R29] per bale,” says Jane Muya, a dairy farmer and the general manager of Ndumberi Dairy.But a KMAP-supported partnership between dairy co-operatives Ndumberi and Nyala in Kiambu and Laikipia counties respectively is leasing 1 200 acres of land in Nyahururu to produce hay. Called Hay and Forage, it will allow dairy farmers to buy fodder closer to home at a more affordable price – at just Ks120 a bale. The land leased has the potential to produce as much as 240 000 bales of good quality hay from the existing grass.Within one month, farmers who have bought this hay say they are already seeing improvement in milk productivity. “Since I started buying hay, my milk production has gone up by at least three litres,” said Hellen Njeri, a farmer with 10 cows.
Director Suseenthiran’s last film Genius turned out to be a box office dud and it was also criticised for being problematic in the way it handled the mental disorder of the protagonist. Now, Suseenthiran is back to his forte – the genre of sports films.Vennila Kabbadi Kuzhu and Jeeva are two of his previous sports film, which turned out to be hits. Now, Suseenthiran is again directing a Tamil sports film on the game of Kabbadi, which is titled Kennedy Club.The film has director-turned-actor Sasikumar in the lead role. Going by the first-look poster, it looks like Sasi is playing the coach of a team. In Vennaila Kabbadi Kuzhu, actor Kishore played the role of a coach, which was well-received by the audience.Other than Kennedy Club, Susee is also directing another sports film called Champion and Vannila Kabadi Kuzhu 2.Here’s the poster:Here is the first look poster of @dir_susee’s #KennedyClub, starring @SasikumarDir, @sooriofficial and #[email protected] @rbgurudev #Rajeevan #ArtDirector @editoranthony @DineshStunt @NalluPictures @ThaiSaravanan @johnsoncinepro @vinciraj #Kabaddi #WomensKabaddi pic.twitter.com/pruiMUqOEYRamesh Bala (@rameshlaus) February 15, 2019ALSO READ: Is Sasikumar part of SS Rajamouli’s next film?ALSO WATCH: Rajinikanth’s daughter Soundarya gets married to actor-businessman Vishagan Vanangamudi
zoom After a year of testing a newly-developed Hybrid SOx Scrubber System for removing sulfur oxides (SOx) from the exhaust gas emitted by marine diesel engines, the system received its first certificate of compliance from the Republic of Panama, the country where the test ship is registered.Conducted aboard the 2016-built vehicles carrier Drive Green Highway, the test operations, undertaken by Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Mitsubishi Kakoki Kaisha (MKK), verified that the system’s effectiveness in curbing emissions of air pollutants complies with international regulations.K Line said that the test unit of the Hybrid SOx Scrubber System is the first installation of a system jointly developed by MHI and MKK specifically for marine applications.The system had been undergoing verification testing ever since the 7,500 CEU ship was delivered in February 2016 and the test results mark the first time Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (Class NK) has satisfied international guidelines for exhaust gas cleaning systems 2, according to K Line.In response, Panama approved that the vessel is equipped with an exhaust gas cleaning system whose effectiveness has been substantiated, and on January 11 a certificate of compliance, the first awarded to a Panamanian ship as Japanese SOx Scrubber System, was conferred at the Embassy of Panama in Tokyo.Image Courtesy: K LineThe certificate comes on the back of a decision reached at IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) in October 2016 to tighten regulations on the sulfur content of marine fuels in all waters of the world except designated emission control areas (ECA), from the current 3.5% limit to less than 0.5% starting January 1, 2020.The Hybrid SOx Scrubber System is the first commercialized system in Japan to comply with the more stringent SOx emission regulations that took effect, starting with ECAs, in 2015.Going forward, K Line said that it will, together with MHI and MKK, continue to pursue diverse environmental protection initiatives, including the development of measures to prevent air pollution, in order to help curb increasingly heavy environmental loads on a global scale.
The Guinness Book of World Records has given its seal of approval to the “largest practical science lesson” conducted by 2,000 school students in Delhi as part of the recently-concluded India International Science Festival at IIT. The confirmation from the Guinness Book came days after the school students bettered the existing world record in the category, set by a group of 1,339 Irish students. “The largest practical science lesson is 2,000 participants, achieved by Vijnana Bharati (India), in Delhi on December 7, 2015. Participants worked in small teams to complete experiments as part of the lesson that focused on catalysts,” the Guinness Book mentioned on its website. An official announcement regarding the same was made at a press conference at IIT Delhi on Thursday. “The Guinness Record will have a cascading effect on the young scientific community. It will create huge curiosity and affinity among school children towards science,” IIT Delhi Director Khsitij Gupta said. The students had attempted the award-making experiment on December 7 as part of the festival at IIT Delhi.
Centre for Mohiniyattam is all set to present ‘Samvaad’ – a dialogue between Mohiniyattam and other like-minded classical dance forms namely Odissi, Sattriya, Manipuri and Chhau. The dance form expresses how the styles, in spite of their well-delineated vocabulary, compliment each other beautifully and can come together to weave a poetic tapestry of grace and rasa.The event will be held on March 1, 7 pm, at Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTalking about the highly-awaited cultural extravaganza and this celebrated form of dance, Guru Bharati Shivaji said, “My effort has always been to continually enrich and expand Mohiniyattam beyond its existing frontiers, even in terms of exploring possibilities of its growth in conjunction with other styles that can compliment its mood and aesthetics well. Samvaad – the collective, is another attempt towards this goal, to synchronously explore Mohiniyattam’s adaptability with like-minded dance traditions.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe performances will be given by the Senior Disciples of Guru Bharati Shivaji including Vinaya Narayanan (Mohiniyattam), Anwesa Mahanta (Sattriya), Kavita Dwibedi (Odissi), Manjula Murthy (Mohiniyattam), Bimbavati Devi (Manipuri), Momm Ganguly (Mohiniyattam), Vani Bhalla Pahwa (Mohiniyattam), Rakesh Sai Babu (Chhau). One of the artists Vani Bhalla Pahwa is the senior-most disciple, and was amongst the first students who began training under her since the inception of her dancing years. Another artist Rakesh Sai Babu is a Mayurbhanj Chhau dancer based in New Delhi. Born to a royal ancestry of renowned Mayurbhanj Chhau performers, he got the privilege to learn the art from his father, a renowned Sangeet Natak awardee, Guru Janmejoy Sai Babu.CFM stands as a glorious symbol of India’s timeless cultural heritage. Since its inception, CFM has made relentless efforts towards research, training, and propagation of this enchanting dance form of Kerala.