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STRAIGHT A’S FOR VOODOO FOR TONIGHT’S EXAM ‘CELEBRATIONS’

first_imgVoodoo Venue Letterkenny is the only place to be tonight to celebrate your exam results.Special guest DJ Joel Corry will be spinning the discs with warm up from local DJ Kevin Lennon.Doors open at 11pm, and the normal Tuesday night drink offers apply. Admission €10 with cheap list €7 till 12.30.To get on cheap list use our new GLISTRR system on our Facebook page.See Facebook for more details.STRAIGHT A’S FOR VOODOO FOR TONIGHT’S EXAM ‘CELEBRATIONS’ was last modified: August 13th, 2014 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:DJEntertainmenthome-page featuresLeaving Cert ResultsnewsVoodoo Venuelast_img read more

NDP a key Budget pillar: Gordhan

first_img28 February 2013 Brand South Africa has welcomed the importance placed on South Africa’s National Development Plan in the 2013 National Budget, reflected both in increased health and education spending and in incentives to grow youth employment and boost local investment and regional trade. Delivering his Budget speech in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Gordhan identified the National Development Plan (NDP) as a key pillar of the government’s spending plans, saying: “The NDP will be implemented by government and budgets will be aligned to it.” The NDP is a a blueprint for eliminating poverty and reducing inequality in South Africa by 2030. It seeks to do this by drawing on the energies of the the country’s people, growing an inclusive economy, enhancing the capacity of the state, and promoting leadership and partnerships throughout society. President Jacob Zuma, interviewed on national television following his State of the Nation Address earlier this month, said the NDP was a crucial policy-making tool that would help South Africa develop and determine the direction the country was to take. The plan was approved by Cabinet late last year.Addressing socio-economic priorities Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola noted that Gordhan’s Budget addressed key socio-economic priorities as envisaged in the NDP, including increased spending on education and health care, as well as a proposed employment tax incentive for young, first-time workers and several tax incentives for businesses that invested in the country’s Special Economic Zones (SEZs). Brand South Africa also welcomed Gordhan’s announcement that R827-billion in state financing was in place for South Africa’s infrastructure projects over the next three years, saying this would serve to “encourage business to keep investing in our economy and seize the opportunities around us. “As a developing country, South Africa requires investment in critical infrastructure projects that will have a catalytic impact on the economy,” the agency said in a statement. Of this R827-billion, Gordhan said that R430-billion would be spent on building schools, hospitals, clinics, dams, laying out water and sanitation projects, supplying electricity to over a million new homes, building more courtrooms and prisons and constructing better bus, commuter rail and road links.‘Gateway to Africa’ reforms Brand South Africa also noted the increase in the budget for South Africa’s police services and criminal justice system, saying this recognised “the rights of South Africans to access efficient and well-resourced criminal justice services in accordance with the Constitution”. According to the Budget Review, the Department of Police will receive R2.5-billion over the next three years to improve the country’s detective and forensic capability, while the Department of Justice will receive R1.2-billion for its court revamp and modernisation programme. Matola also welcomed the outward investment reforms, forming part of a new set of “gateway to Africa” reforms, announced by Gordhan on Wednesday. These include the relaxation of cross-border financial regulations and tax requirements on companies in South Africa, as well as reforms making it easier for banks and other financial institutions in South Africa to invest and operate in other countries. Matola said this was in line with the NDP, which acknowledges the global shift of economic power from West to East, while also highlighting the rise of Africa. “This is an important step to enabling trade and supporting regional integration,” Matola said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Motlanthe on UK investment mission

first_img16 September 2013 Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, accompanied by a high-powered government delegation, left for the UK on Saturday on a mission to promote investment in South Africa, particularly in the country’s mining industry. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu and Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim are part of the delegation, which will meet with investors, bankers, mining companies and opinion makers over the course of their visit. The mining sector continues to play a central role in South Africa’s economic, political and social environment. Addressing reporters in Pretoria on Friday after the AGM of state miner Alexkor, Public Enterprises Deputy Minister Bulelani Magwanishe said the industry contributes about 20% to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) while accounting for over 15% of non-agricultural jobs, 12% of total investment and 30% of exports. “South Africa’s mining industry has come under sharp scrutiny over the last financial year. The 2012 tragic events at Marikana and widespread labour disputes have significantly impacted the mining industry,” Magwanishe said. Speaking at a Mining Lekgotla in Johannesburg last month, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said the government had made a number of interventions to help the industry recover from its setbacks. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Are You Really Learning Anything?

first_imgIf you are not going to take action on the ideas that you read, then there is no reason to spend your time reading.If you aren’t going to find a way to apply what you are learning to your life, then you aren’t really learning.If you spend time scouring the social web for ideas that might help you but never act on those ideas, then you may as well have done nothing. Or done something better with your time.Improvement begins in the mind. The idea that changes your beliefs provides you with potential power, not actual power. In order to convert that potential power to real power, you have to take action. And even action isn’t enough.If you succeed the first time you try something, you are lucky (or maybe gifted at this one thing). The first time you take a new action is really about taking the first step, acquiring the feedback (negative or positive), and making adjustments. You only find the real improvement that a powerful and useful idea brings when you consistently apply that idea, and when you learn how to make it work for you.Millions of people use the web to find ideas that might help them. Just like all the people who buy books, audio programs, and training courses and never work through the material. The few that do work through the content realize the benefit, and no matter how great or how small, are transformed.last_img read more

Guvs seek to double Raj Bhavan budget

first_imgGoverners want more money to be sunk for refurbishing their highmaintenance palatial abodes. Struck hard by inflation, the offices of 27 governors have put in demands with the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) to double the expenditure budget for the stately British-era Raj Bhavans.In response to a right to information (RTI) application filed by Mail Today, the MHA has revealed that the revision of expenditure ceilings for Raj Bhavans is now under the “active consideration” of the government.The MHA has provided 108 pages of documents under the RTI, including letters received by the MHA from the offices of the governors across India. To satisfy the demands made in these letters, the ministry will need to double its total existing annual expenditure ceiling of Rs 12.5 crore to nearly Rs 25 crore for all Raj Bhavans.Among all the Raj Bhavans, Maharashtra has cited inflation to seek the fattest increase. It wants the annual expenditure ceiling to be tripled from Rs1.5. crore to Rs 4.6 crore. If its plea is accepted, the Raj Bhavan in Maharashtra will be the costliest to maintain in the country along with the Tamil Nadu governor’s house which has asked for a similar hike.The increase in prices of basic food commodities and petrol, more expensive air travel as well as the steep maintenance cost of the sprawling lawns are the three reasons given by the Rajasthan Raj Bhavan for an increase of over 200% in its expenditure budget.While it has sought a budget allocation of Rs 1.13 crore from the Centre, the governor’s houses in Gujarat and Karnataka are looking for a 150% hike to take their expenditure ceiling to Rs 1.07 crore and Rs 1.12 crore, respectively. The Raj Bhavan in Gujarat has even suggested that the MHA do away with ceilings altogether.advertisement”Having regard to the position of governor as the constitutional head of the state, it may be appropriate for the Centre to leave the matter of propriety of expenditure to his prudent judgment… Ceilings serve as restricting norms?affecting the governors’ convenience and dignity in performing his duties,” the letter by the Gujarat Raj Bhavan to the MHA stated.The MHA began fixing expenditure ceilings for Raj Bhavans since 1987. The amount is charged from the consolidated fund of the respective state governments. The MHA last revised this ceiling in 2006. The governor’s house of Sikkim is the only one not to ask for a raise.The Maharashtra Raj Bhavan has written to the MHA that while the emoluments of a governor have seen a 2000% increase since 1987 and that of a clerk have gone up by 778% in the same period, the hike in expenditure ceiling for the Raj Bhavans has been merely 79%.”The prices of commodities and services such as such as the Mumbai-Delhi airfare, electricity, petrol, water, foodstuff, telephone services, soil and manure have increased manifold,” the letter to the MHA by the Maharashtra governor’s secretary stated.Why states need more allocation?- Renewal of furnishings – Hospitality expenses for official guests – Entertainment expenses for patronising art, culture and music – Office expenses of the Raj Bhavan – Maintenance & repair of furnishings – Contract allowance for stationery, laundry, sports, maintenance of vehicles – Tour expenses for governor’s travel by air, road or rail – Maintenance of gardens and lawnslast_img read more

Ranking College Football’s Power 5 Divisions

first_imgA pylon with the SEC logo on it.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 07: An ‘SEC’ logo is seen on an end zone pylon before the Missouri Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Through six weeks of the college football season, the field is wide open. Some normal powerhouses, like Auburn and Oregon, are performing way below expectations, while teams like Michigan and Utah have exploded onto the scene, and are real threats to win their leagues. There are surprises everywhere in the sport this year, and they have shifted how we view the individual conferences, and the divisions within them. The Pac-12 South, which has been competing with the SEC West for top billing in recent years, isn’t quite what we thought it’d be, while a strong Michigan does a ton to raise the profile of the Big Ten East. Which divisions have thrived this season, and which are lagging behind? Which group has the deepest and most talented roster of teams, so far in 2015? Here is our ranking of college football’s divisions this season.9. ACC CoastalDespite their last-place ranking here, the ACC Coastal could legitimately place six teams in bowls this season. The problem is, at this point, it’s hard to tell if anyone in the division is anything more than above-average on a national scale. Outside of Virginia, which is yet to beat an FBS opponent, every team looks okay, but only one is ranked.Blue Devils make their first AP appearance of the year – No. 25 this week for #Duke https://t.co/C3JZdX8k91— Duke Football (@Duke_FB) October 11, 2015Duke continues to impress under program savior David Cutcliffe. At 5-1, its only loss was against a very good Northwestern team. The signature win thus far is probably the one over Georgia Tech, which is a major problem for the division as a whole. Georgia Tech was supposed to be the standard bearer for the Coastal and a trendy pick to take down Florida State and Clemson for the ACC crown before the season. Instead, the Yellow Jackets have been extremely disappointing, opening 2-3, also losing to middling UNC and, most recently, in a blowout to Clemson. Pitt and Virginia Tech are fine, but have been ravaged by injuries to their best players, while Miami looks about as average as it usually does under Al Golden. Duke is a good team and a fine story, and outside of the Cavaliers, there are no outright bad teams here, but there are no good ones either, which is a major problem.Next: No. 8 Pac-12 North >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9last_img read more

1,700 Jan Dhan bank accounts under EC’s scanner for suspicious deposits

first_imgNew Delhi: About 1,700 Jan Dhan bank accounts in Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad district have come under the scanner of the Election Commission-deployed surveillance teams for receiving suspicious deposits during the poll season, officials said.They said about Rs 10,000 each, totalling about Rs 1.7 crore, have been deposited in these accounts over the past few days and the instances have come under the scanner of investigative and intelligence agencies for possible abuse by political candidates as bribe to voters. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Income Tax department has launched an investigation into the issue, along with other agencies deployed to check black money and illegal inducements to voters during the ongoing polls in the country. The EC has sought a report from the agencies and they have informed it that the bank concerned in Moradabad district of Uttar Pradesh has been asked for a report and preliminary inputs suggest the money was deposited by banking correspondents, they said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe next level of probe is on, the officials said, adding it could be a case of some government scheme money or funds being deposited in these accounts. The Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) was launched on August 28, 2014, with an aim to provide universal access to banking facilities for all households. The government had said that it aims for financial inclusion and to ensure access to financial services banking/savings and deposit accounts, remittance, credit, insurance, pension. The Election Commission (EC) has deployed a large team of expenditure monitoring observers in all the constituencies to keep a check on illegal cash and other inducements to voters during the polls. The teams, tasked to ensure a level-playing field for all the candidates trying their luck at the hustings, are being supported by the intelligence and enforcement setups of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), Customs department, the Intelligence Bureau, the Financial Intelligence Unit and the Enforcement Directorate. The seven phase Lok Sabha polls will begin from April 11 and the counting of votes will take place on May 23.last_img read more

Senators urge Trump admin to delay decision on India’s GSP review

first_imgWashington: Two top American Senators have urged the Trump administration to delay until the end of the general elections its decision to terminate India’s designation as a beneficiary developing country under the Generalized System of Preference due to a lack of compliance.The Generalized System of Preference (GSP) is the largest and oldest US trade preference programme and is designed to promote economic development by allowing duty-free entry for thousands of products from designated beneficiary countries. The US Congress in March last year voted to renew the GSP through 2020. In a letter to US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer, Senators John Cornyn from the Republican party and Mark warner from the Democratic party argued that India-US relationship was too important to rush such an important decision in the middle of an election cycle. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”As you know, India’s elections will conclude on May 23, 2019. We believe that the election season may serve as a hindrance for our Indian counterparts in negotiating and concluding a deal on difficult political issues,” the two Senators wrote in the letter to Lighthizer on Friday. It was in April last year that the USTR announced that it planned to review the GSP eligibility of a number of countries, including India. The USTR’s announcement specifically cited “concerns related to its compliance with GSP market access criterion,” based on petitions filed from the US medical device and dairy industries. “If another round of negotiations during the election season does not resolve the outstanding issues, we would ask you to consider delaying the issuance of a Presidential proclamation to withdraw India’s GSP benefits by at least 30 days, beyond the 60-day calendar, in order to move the negotiations beyond India’s elections,” the Senators said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAllowing for continued negotiations beyond the elections would underscore the importance of this bilateral relationship and provide a real opportunity to resolve these market access issues, potentially improving the overall US-India relationship for years to come, said Cornyn and Warner, who are co-chairs of the powerful Senate India Caucus. “We understand that the Trump administration may issue a proclamation withdrawing India’s GSP benefits 60 days or later from the congressional notification date,” the two Senators wrote. The letter comes in the middle of an intense Indian election cycle, during which the ruling government cannot take a major policy decision, which holds officials from making substantial progress on the crucial negotiations between India and the United States. “As Co-Chairs of the United States Senate’s India Caucus, we fully appreciate and support your efforts to address a host of market access issues facing American businesses in India. “Congressional support for the GSP programme was made clear last year when the US Senate and US House of Representatives reauthorised the programme, in nearly unanimous fashion, for three years,” they said. On March 4, 2019, Congress was notified of USTR’s intention to terminate India’s designation as a beneficiary developing country under GSP due to a lack of compliance. “While we agree that there are a number of market access issues that can and should be addressed, we do remain concerned that the withdrawal of duty concessions will make Indian exports of eligible products to the United States costlier, as the importer of those products will have to pay a ‘Most Favoured Nation’ (MFN) duty which is higher than the rate under GSP,” the Senators said.last_img read more

Indian’s death in Maldives in 2016: AIIMS tells HC he died due to natural causes

first_imgNew Delhi: The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), which was asked to look into the death of a man who died allegedly due to medical negligence while on a honeymoon at a Maldives resort in 2016, has told the Delhi High Court that he died as a result of acute onset of high levels of fat in the blood.An eight-member medical board of the AIIMS, set up on the high court’s direction, has placed before a bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice A J Bhambhani a report which said the deceased suffered from hypertriglyceridemia, that indicates high levels of fat in the blood. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The board members have “unanimously concluded” that the “cause of the death was cerebro pulmonary oedema secondary to heart failure with associated hypertension”. “…death is due to acute onset of the disease and its complication, an unexpected natural cause of death,” it has said. The board, in its report, has also recommended “strengthening the medical case set up in such island resorts”. The report was filed after the high court on April 4 had asked the AIIMS to set up a panel to examine the forensic and post-mortem report of the deceased. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe direction had come on the plea by the deceased’s father, Chelakara Ramaswamy, who has contended that his son died due to medical negligence of the doctor — Dorjee Khandu — who treated him for food poisoning while he was staying at the resort at the Vilu Reef Island, which is more than 100 km away from Male, capital of Maldives, and can be reached only by sea planes. He has also alleged that the J J Hospital at Mumbai, where the post-mortem was carried out, did not follow the procedure properly and gave a “sham report”. He has further claimed that the Final Cause of Death Certificate, issued by the J J Hospital was not in terms of the Maharashtra Registration of Births and Deaths Rules, 2000. The court on April 4 had also issued directions to the forensics department of the Maharashtra government, which had carried out the post-mortem of the deceased and analysis of tissue samples, to find out how the viscera samples in the case had disappeared. The state government, in its report, has told the court that the viscera samples “got destroyed unknowingly”. It has said that the official in-charge of the samples was transferred and the acting in-charge had given the order to destroy all analysed viscera samples as a routine process. The acting in-charge was unaware about the instant case, the state government has claimed in its report.last_img read more

Police bust cricket betting racket in Baguiati, 8 held

first_imgKolkata: Bidhannagar Police busted a cricket betting racket late on Tuesday night and arrested eight persons from a housing complex in Baguiati. The arrested persons have been produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s (CJM) Court at Barasat and three of them have been remanded to two-day police custody.According to police, on Tuesday night sleuths got a tip-off that some people are involved in betting on the IPL match between Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad. Acting on the information Detective Department of Bidhannagar Police and Baguiati Police station conducted a joint raid at a flat of the AWHO Housing complex at Tegharia. Sleuths found eight persons were betting over the said match. They could not produce any valid license for running such business. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaImmediately, all of them have been rounded up and taken to police station. Later, it was found that the prime accused in the racket identified as Raju Khandelwal had rented the flat to run the racket. During the search, sleuths seized huge numbers of mobile phones, laptops and other devices which were being used for the accused person’s gain. Following the seizure all of them have been arrested under sections of the West Bengal Gambling and Prize Competitions Act. Out of eight three persons identified as Raju Khandelwala of Bangur, Pankaj Maru of 136 Jessore Road and Pankaj Chhawcharia of Chawlpatti in Baguati have been taken in to police custody for further investigation.last_img read more