There was a packed house in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on Friday night as four notable members of the diaspora were honoured with the 2019 Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards at a gala ceremony hosted by Donegal County Council. RTÉ presenter Sean O’Rourke performed the Master of Ceremonies as a playwright and author Frank McGuinness, developer Pat Doherty, lawyer Patrick Dunican and businessman Daniel Hilferty were honoured for their outstanding achievements in their chosen fields.Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Nicholas Crossan said: “These awards were founded as a way to pay tribute to the great deeds of Tip O’Neill, to honour his family connection to this part of the world and to celebrate, not only the outstanding achievements of Tip himself, but to recognize, to acknowledge and to honour the millions of Irish people or people of Irish descent across the globe who through hard work and dedication have excelled in their chosen fields and who through their own generosity of spirit continue to champion and support our diaspora in every corner of the globe”. Extending a warm welcome to the beautiful Inishowen Peninsula Cllr Martin McDermott, Cathaoirleach of Inishowen MD acknowledged the importance of reaching out to our diaspora and of showcasing the stunning offer that Inishowen and indeed Donegal has a place to visit, to live in and to do business in.Paying homage to this year’s recipients Tom O’Neill, son of the late Tip O’Neill, described Patrick Dunican as a “real Irish leader” and described how he “created a national powerhouse of a legal firm situated along the East Coast of the United States.“His Irishness is recognised and appreciated for the leadership he gives all Americans but especially the Irish American community,” O’Neill added.He also acknowledged his contribution to diversity in the legal profession and in particular in supporting the progression of women not only in his practice but in the law practice. He spoke of Dan Hilferty’s achievements in the Healthcare sector and how since 2010 he has by 3 times built the size of his company adding that “he is really known for the public health policy element that he brings to the job. A true Irish man and a great leader in Healthcare”.Tom O’Neill believes that Frank McGuinness “captures the very soul and spirit of what it is to be Irish. What it is to be an Irish man, what it is to be an Irish woman,” adding that “he has been read and witnessed by tens of thousands of people here and abroad and he carries with him the impact of what it means to be a true Irish man.”“Pat Doherty worked for his Dad for four years in Donegal before he left to go to London where he began to make his fortune in development,” said Tom O’Neill. “But more importantly and this is what diaspora is, don’t ever forget where it is you are from, don’t ever forget what Gods gift has given you so you take that gift and give back,” he explained.“What he did to the Titanic Quarter in Belfast, what he has done in the last 10 years back here in Donegal, taking €100 million and investing it and employing hundreds of people doing nothing else but good.”Upon accepting the award each recipient expressed their heartfelt gratitude. Patrick Dunican spoke of his strong Irish ancestry saying: “I am Irish, I am American, I am Irish American,” and promised going forward that he would talk about Donegal and encourage tourism and travel to the county.Daniel Hilferty also spoke emotionally about his Donegal connections and said: “I leave here tonight a very proud son of Donegal.“I am very excited to be part of the fabric of this community and I promise you that I will be back and that I will spread the word to all the diaspora that there is no place like this beautiful place called Donegal.”Describing Tip O’Neill as “a complex and high achieving benevolent man” and a man of “great eloquence,” Frank McGuinness said that he believed that “kindness was at the root of all that Tip O’Neill did, it was also at the root of the greatest Irish man of my generation and as far as I am concerned of the 20th century John Hume. “In his glorious, unending, courageous, rough, terrifying fight to obtain justice for all in society not just for the few, I think John was inspired by the actions and behaviour and dreams of the greatest man of the 20th Century Martin Luther King.“I thank John, I thank Martin Luther King, I thank Tip O’Neill for passing on to me and to other generations that necessity to dream, to believe we can create a better world, a happier world and a world with more light. So all of those men were creatures of light and the three men that stand with me tonight to receive this award are gentlemen of light”.Frank McGuinness concluded by thanking his beloved family and friends and his beloved county for its constant inspiration.Patrick Dunican receiving the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award on Friday night in the Inishowen Gateway HotelFrank McGuinness receiving the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award on Friday night in the Inishowen Gateway HotelDaniel Hilferty receiving the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award on Friday night in the Inishowen Gateway HotelSean O’Rourke hosting the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on Friday night.Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards Ceremony in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on Friday nightMcNulty sisters Caroline, Joanne and Geraldine from Letterkenny at the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards Ceremony in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on Friday night.Cllr Rena Donaghey at the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards Ceremony in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on Friday night.Recipients of the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award with Tom O’Neill (son of the late Tip O’Neill) and his wife Shelley O’Neill, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Cathaoirleach of Inishowen MD Cllr. Martin McDermott, Cllr Rena Donaghey, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council Seamus Neely with members of the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Committee at the Awards Ceremony in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on Friday night. Recipients include Daniel Hilferty, Frank McGuinness, Pat Doherty and Patrick Dunican.Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council speaking at the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on Friday night.Tom O’Neill speaking at the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on Friday night.Four honoured with Tip O’Neill Diaspora Awards at gala ceremony – Pic Special was last modified: September 28th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
The South African information and communication technologies (ICT) sector is well established and sophisticated.South Africa’s telecom’s infrastructure is 99.9% digital and includes the latest in wireless and satellite communication, the country has the most developed telecoms network in Africa (image: j_cadmus)Brand South Africa reporterThe largest and most advanced in Africa, the local IT industry is characterised by technology leadership, particularly in the field of mobile software and electronic banking services.South African companies are world leaders in pre-payment, revenue management and fraud prevention systems, and in the manufacture of set-top boxes, all exported successfully to the rest of the world.It’s a buoyant sector, with IT spending in 2010 reaching $10,6-billion, according to the South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC). Together with telecommunications, it generates an estimated $29-billion in revenues, R10.3-billion of which comes from IT.InnovationSouth African software developers are recognised for their innovation, production and cost efficiency – and are backed by sturdy local infrastructure, as well as government support. For example, the government amended the Income Tax Act in efforts to stimulate local innovation and create jobs: software developers can now claim back 150% of research and development (R&D) expenses against tax. There are around 1 000 software development firms in South Africa.TelecomsWith a network that is 99.9% digital and includes the latest in wireless and satellite communication, the country has the most developed telecoms network in Africa. Financial assistance is also available from the Industrial Development Corporation, which aims to promote technology development. The Support Programme for Industrial Innovation (SPII) supports companies engaged in the development of innovative or creative products, for example.Several international corporates, recognised as leaders in the IT sector, operate subsidiaries from South Africa, including IBM, Unisys, Microsoft, Intel, Systems Application Protocol (SAP), Dell, Novell and Compaq.OpportunityTesting and piloting systems and applications are growing businesses in South Africa, with the diversity of the local market, first world know-how in business and a developing country environment making it an ideal test lab for new innovations. In 2010/11, Gartner, the international research group, ranked South Africa within the global top 30 software development outsourcing destinations.OutsourcingSouth Africa is a favoured international location for business process outsourcing. Investment opportunities lie in the roll-out of wireless networks and technologies, and in the local assembly of green-energy technologies for electronic components and subassemblies.Other opportunities include the development of access-control systems and security equipment, automotive electronic subsystems, systems and software development in the banking and financial services sector, silicon processing for fibre optics, integrated circuits and solar cells. There are also significant opportunities for the export of hardware and associated services, as well as software and peripherals.Export growth and internationalisation of South African companies is supported by the Department of Trade and Industry via the Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC). South Africa’s ICT infrastructure is among the most developed in Africa. (Image: Beyond Access)Communications and mobileMuch of the excitement in South Africa’s electronics sector centres around communications – which, together with transport and storage, accounts for around 10% of GDP. The communicaitons sector has been one of the fastest growing of the South African economy, reflecting the rapid expansion of mobile telephony across the country.Read more about South Africa’s telecommunications sectorWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
All roads led to the Valley of Waves; Sun City Resort in Rustenburg, for the inaugural Marketing Achievement Awards (MAA) where Brand South Africa was a partner. The awards celebrated excellence, recognised and rewarded successful marketing initiatives in the country’s marketing industry.Kicking off the day was a Marketing Summit that saw the auditorium filled with top marketers in the country to help unpack topics on;The future of marketing communicationsPan Africa, tomorrowMarketing with meaning and purposeAre South African companies innovating?Make you, or break you – reputation management in a highly responsive era,Co-creating a revised Brand South Africa strategyThe awards had ten categories one of which was Brand South Africa’s patron for “South African Resonance Marketing Award”, which recognised a brand that managed to resonate with South Africans.AB InBev for Castle Lager #SmashTheLabel with its agency Ogilvy SA were the proud recipients of this award.Speaking on the awards, Brand South Africa’s Acting Chief Marketing Officer Ms Sithembile Ntombela said; “We congratulate all entrants and we say ha la la to all the winners. We say thank you for playing a significant role in enhancing the image, identity and reputation of the country brand.One of the highlights of the night was the induction of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu into the South African Hall of Fame.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Matt and Liz Funderburgh of North Lewisburg were recently elected chair couple of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) Young Agricultural Professional Advisory Team. Kyle and Ashton Walls of Mount Vernon were elected co-chair couple. Terri Specht of Johnstown was elected secretary.The team develops and directs programming, activities and contests for Ohio Farm Bureau’s program for young adults who are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills.Other team members are Greg and Theresa Corcoran of Chillicothe, Eric and Shelly Prysi of New Philadelphia, Doug Toops of South Vienna, Karl Wedemeyer of La Rue and Jennifer Wilson of Jenera.
FREDERICTON – A Fredericton woman who heard sirens responding to Friday morning’s shooting had also been on Toronto’s Danforth Avenue as another deadly gun attack unfolded last month.Gunfire erupted in a residential corner of New Brunswick’s capital city Friday morning, leaving four people dead — including two police officers — and an undisclosed number injured.In her Fredericton home, Alexandra Bain woke up to a phone call from a relative in Halifax, telling her to lock her doors and stay inside.She heard sirens outside as she watched the news develop, and messages poured in from concerned friends and family around the world.“I was woken up by somebody in Halifax telling me, and within minutes friends were texting from Croatia. It sure hit the news fast,” said Bain, who turned 63 Friday.For Bain, the news was especially unsettling just weeks after she sat a few blocks away from a gun attack in Toronto’s Danforth neighbourhood.On July 22, Bain was sitting with her family at City Betty restaurant on the Danforth when news broke that a shooter had opened fire nearby.“My son-in-law looked at his phone and said ‘Holy (expletive), there’s an active shooting just down the street,’” Bain recalls.The attack claimed the lives of a 10-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman, and injured 12 others.Bain — whose Fredericton home is a fair distance from Brookside Drive, the site of Friday’s shootings — was emotional thinking of the victims of both attacks and their families.“I’m praying for everyone who was involved and who lost loved ones. And I hope this stops.”— By Holly McKenzie-Sutter in St. John’s, N.L.
CALGARY, A.B. – The National Energy Board says Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC can start construction on sections of its pipeline expansion between Alberta and British Columbia.The NEB says in a statement that Trans Mountain has met all applicable pre-construction condition requirements for so-called segments one to four from the Edmonton terminal to its Darfield pump station near Kamloops, B.C.The board says it has approved more than 96 percent of the detailed route for these pipeline segments. The NEB says Trans Mountain can begin construction, including clearing right of way, subject to other government permits and regulations.It says two active hearings remain for these segments and construction for work that relates to the hearings is not permitted while they’re pending.The NEB says 72 percent of the entire detailed route has been approved for the pipeline, and hearings for the final segment are scheduled to begin in Chilliwack, B.C., in October.
NEW DELHI: Amid continued uncertainty over its alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday discussed the issue again with senior party leaders from the city.Delhi Congress president and former chief minister Sheila Dikshit, All India Congress Committee General Secretary and in-charge of the party’s national capital unit P C Chacko and some other senior leaders were present at the meeting held in Gandhi’s residence, a source said. The meeting comes days after the Congress decided to go it alone in Delhi and not have any alliances with the ruling AAP. Chacko has been in discussion with AAP leader Sanjay Singh and the two have held several rounds of talks over the issue. These discussions mark a fresh round of talks between the Congress and AAP leaders after renewed efforts by some opposition leaders like Sharad Pawar who urged both the parties forge an alliance in Delhi. According to sources, Delhi Congress leaders told Gandhi about the party’s prospects in Delhi in these Lok Sabha polls and if the party goes for a pre-poll alliance what effects it may have, given that Assembly elections in Delhi are scheduled in 2020. Meanwhile, the “Haath Ke Saath Cycle Yatra” being led by Working President Devender Yadav at the South Delhi Municipal Corporation area entered the seventh day to an enthusiastic welcome by the people. “The election manifesto of the Congress party, which has been well received by the people of India, has ruined the sleep of the BJP leaders as they have nothing left now to counter the aggressive election campaign of the Congress party,” said Yadav. He said that one of the salient features of the Congress manifesto, released by Congress president Rahul Gandhi, is that Rs 72,000 will be deposited in the account of each of the 20 per cent poorest families in the country, which will benefit 5 crore families and 25 crore people in all. “People are happy that the Congress party has thought of the uplift of the poorest segment of the people across the country, which has sent out a very positive message among the people,” Working President Devender Yadav said.
Kolkata: A woman aged about 28 years was found hanging inside her room at a flat in Keshtopur on Friday morning. According to sources, her both hands were tied and the mouth was covered with an adhesive tape.According to locals, on Friday morning, one Vivek Kumar, a resident of flat 304 of AC 166 at Prafulla Kanan (East), saw her wife Khusbu Kumari hanging from ceiling of her room. The door was closed from outside and the key was hanging on the hash bolt of the door. Immediately, Baguiati police station was informed. Police recovered the body and sent it for an autopsy examination.Sources informed that Khusbu was from Jharkhand and was married to Kumar approximately 10 months ago. There was no problem between the couple but there was some problems regarding a loan which Khusbu had taken for some purpose. When police brought down the body, they found that she was hanging from ceiling with a piece of cloth. Her hands were tied in front with another piece of cloth. Cops suspect it to be a case of murder. The police have detained Kumar and questioned him. Also, sleuths are waiting for the autopsy report to determine the exact cause of death. Though Khusbu was found hanged, but no ligature mark on her neck could be seen. But some ligature marks could be seen apparently on the body. News of her death has been conveyed to her family members. Primarily, an Unnatural Death (UD) has been registered at the Baguiati police station. “Probe is on. There are some ifs and buts. We are investigating the case from all possible angles. But, we have to wait till the autopsy report comes. There might be some possibility of foul play,” said a senior police official.
Baghdad- Mowaffak al-Rubaie sits in his office with a statue of Saddam Hussein behind him, the rope used to hang the dictator around its neck, recalling his final minutes.The former national security advisor, who oversaw Saddam’s 2006 execution, said he remained strong until the end, and never expressed any regret.“A criminal? True. A killer? True. A butcher? True. But he was strong until the end. “I received him (Saddam) at the door. No one entered with us — no foreigners, and no Americans,” Rubaie said in an interview with AFP at his office in the Kadhimiyah area of north Baghdad, near the prison where the execution took place seven years ago.“He was wearing a jacket and a white shirt, normal and relaxed, and I didn’t see any signs of fear.“Of course, some people want me to say that he collapsed or that he was drugged, but these facts are for history,” Rubaie said.“I didn’t hear any regret from him, I didn’t hear any request for mercy from God from him, or request for pardon.“A person who is about to die usually says, ‘God, forgive my sins — I am coming to you.’ But he never said any of that,” Rubaie told AFP.Saddam Hussein, who ruled Iraq for more than two decades marked by brutal repression, disastrous wars and punishing international sanctions, was hanged after being found guilty of crimes against humanity for the 1982 killing of 148 Shiite villagers in Dujail.He was president from July 1979 until the March 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, and was found by American forces hiding in a hole on a farm in December of that year.Saddam was executed three years later on December 30, 2006 after a summary trial.Some Iraqis, particularly Sunni Arabs, look back fondly on the time of Saddam’s rule, especially the periods of internal stability that stand in stark contrast to the brutal violence that has plagued the country since his overthrow.Saddam is also held in high regard by some Arabs for his 1980-88 war with Iran, his confrontations with the United States, his strikes against Israel, and his composure during his execution, which was recorded on mobile phone videos.‘This is for men’“When I brought him, he was handcuffed and holding a Koran,” said Rubaie, ignoring the statue of Saddam behind him, which depicts the dictator dressed in a uniform bearing the insignia of his exclusive military rank.“I took him to the judge’s room, where he read the list of indictments, as Saddam repeated: ‘Death to America! Death to Israel! Long live Palestine! Death to the Persian magi!”Rubaie then took Saddam to the room in which he was to die.“He stopped, looked at the gallows, then he looked me up and down… and said: ‘Doctor, this is for men’.”When it was time for Saddam to mount the gallows, his legs were still bound, so Rubaie and others had to drag him up the steps.Just before he was hanged, witnesses taunted him with shouts of “Long live Imam Mohammed Baqr al-Sadr!” and “Moqtada! Moqtada!” — references to an opponent of Saddam who was killed during his rule, and the dead man’s relative, who rose to command a powerful militia after 2003.Saddam replied: “Is this manhood?”Rubaie said he pulled the lever to hang Saddam, but it did not work. Another person he did not name then pulled it a second time, killing him.Just before he was hanged, Saddam began to recite the Muslim testament of faith.“I testify that there is no god but God, and Mohammed…,” he began, but he was hanged before he could say the final words, “is the messenger of God.”Rubaie went under the gallows to retrieve the body, which he said was put in a white bag and placed on a stretcher.The body was then transported in an American helicopter from the prison where he was hanged to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s residence in the heavily-fortified Green Zone.The helicopter was crowded with people, Rubaie said, so the body had to be put on the floor, and the doors of the helicopter were left open during the flight, as the stretcher was too long to fit otherwise.“I remember clearly that the sun was starting to rise” as the helicopter flew over Baghdad, Rubaie said.‘The room was full of death’At his residence, “the prime minister took our hands and said: ‘God bless you.’ I told him, ‘Go ahead and look at him.’ So he uncovered his face, and saw Saddam Hussein,” said Rubaie, who is still a close ally of the premier.“I have never had such a very strange feeling,” Rubaie, who was thrice imprisoned during Saddam’s rule, said of participating in the execution.“He committed countless crimes, and he deserved to be hanged a thousand times, live again, and be hanged again. But the feeling, that feeling is a strange feeling,” he said. “The room was full of death.”Rubaie said Saddam’s execution was set in motion after a video conference between Maliki and then US president George Bush, who asked the Iraqi prime minister: “What are you going to do with this criminal?”Maliki replied: “We hang him.”Bush gave him a thumbs up, signalling his approval
Sadio Mane is convinced that Liverpool have what it takes to beat Real Madrid in the Champions League final and believes that they can “beat any team in the world”The Senegalese forward opened the scoring in Liverpool’s 4-2 defeat to AS Roma in the second leg of their semi-final tie at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday night with the Reds scrapping through with a narrow 7-6 aggregate win to reach the final of the competition where they will face Real at Kiev’s Olympic Stadium on May 26.But when they met Hoffenheim in a Champions League playoff game back in August to qualify for the competition nobody expected to see Liverpool progress this far, but Mane believes that the surprises haven’t ended just yet.“We have a lot of respect for Madrid, they are one of the best teams in the world, but we are Liverpool,” said the 26-year-old, according to FourFourTwo.“We are strong, we can beat any team in the world. We believe that. So we believe we can go there and beat them.“We are going to go there and fight for the fans, for the club, and play without fear to try to win the final.“We have the players, we know we can score goals, we have shown that and there is nothing to be afraid of for us.”Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Mane has scored nine goals in his 10 appearances in this season’s Champions League and along with fellow forwards Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino they have become the highest-scoring trio for a club in a single Champions League campaign.The former Southampton star is still feeling overwhelmed by what Liverpool have achieved this season.“Honestly, I can’t believe that the dream has come true. It means so much to achieve this – everybody is happy now. It really is one of my best days,” admitted Mane.“It is one of my greatest moments in football. I can say that because this kind of moment you can’t say is there for every player. It happens for so few players, and for me I can say this is one of my greatest moments.“I am very proud of what this team has achieved. Everybody was dancing like crazy. Everybody was so happy, dancing together, we enjoyed the moment together.“It was special to be in that dressing room, such an incredible moment.”