Donegal school scoops €2,500 in national sticker competition

first_imgScoil Baile An Caislean, St Johnston has won €2,500 for sports equipment in the Aldi Play Rugby primary school sticker competition.Principal Liesel Toner and pupils were recently presented with the cheque by Seamus McDermott, store manager from Aldi Buncrana.School principal Liesel Toner receiving the cheque from Seamus McDermott, store manager from Aldi Buncrana alongside Rachel Wilson and Conor White, pupils from Scoil Baile An Caislean. ©INPHO/Bryan KeaneThe much-welcomed cash prize was won through a great show of teamwork by the school as they collected stickers from their local Aldi to fill an Irish Rugby poster. Each primary school that submitted a valid poster will receive an Aldi Play Rugby kit bag which includes rugby balls, water bottles and water bottle holders per completed poster.Pupils from Scoil Baile An Caislean with the chequeDue to the phenomenal success of the campaign, Aldi will be sending out over 16,000 rugby balls and over 24,000 water bottles to primary schools across the country.In the same competition, Scoil Naomh Treasa in Clonmany was one of two winners to be awarded the top prize of €50,000 to give their sports facilities a makeover.Donegal school scoops €2,500 in national sticker competition was last modified: May 28th, 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) Tags:Scoil Baile An CaisleanSt Johnstonlast_img read more

Half-time: Fulham 0 Sheffield Wednesday 1

first_imgRoss Wallace’s brilliant goal put Sheffield Wednesday ahead in Slavisa Jokanovic’s first match in charge of Fulham.Wide-man Wallace, whose left-footed deliveries tormented Fulham when they were beaten at Wednesday in September, struck in the 29th minute at Craven Cottage.Tim Ream stood off him and Wallace cut in from the right and unleashed a fantastic shot from 35 yards that whizzed past keeper Andy Lonergan.The goal came after Whites midfielder Jamie O’Hara tried his luck from long range and saw his effort flash narrowly wide.Earlier, Emerson Hyndman had a shot saved by Owls keeper Joe Wildsmith after Alex Kacaniklic’s right-wing cross was deflected into the American’s path.After going behind, Fulham thought they had equalised when Ross McCormack found the corner of the net after being teed up by Moussa Dembele, but McCormack was offside.Fulham: Lonergan, Richards, Stearman, Burn, Ream, Kacaniklic, Mattila, O’Hara, Hyndman, McCormack, Dembele.Subs: Lewis, Garbutt, Hutchinson, Parker, Smith, Woodrow, Christensen.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Zuma talks partnerships, jobs and more

first_img13 February 2012President Jacob Zuma has called on all South Africans to participate in taking the country forward.The government was doing its part, he said; now it was time for the rest of us to “play your part” and invest in South Africa, he said, calling on business, labour, civil society and residents to form a partnership with the state.Zuma was speaking at a business breakfast briefing hosted by Brand South Africa, the SABC and The New Age newspaper at Grand West Casino in Cape Town on Friday.Just a few hours before, he had said goodnight to his guests after delivering his fourth State of the Nation address in Parliament.The mood at Grand West was jovial; everyone was relaxed and satisfied. The President himself was fresh-faced and upbeat.At the breakfast were government ministers, deputy ministers and business people, all armed with their questions. The briefing was broadcast live on SABC, and the general public was able to send in their questions for the President on Twitter and SMS.The openness of the dialogue was precedent-setting for a sitting South African president, and certainly marked a change in the government’s way of doing business.“We want to do things differently. We want to take South Africa forward. We believe we’ve made progress, but we know that there are challenges,” Zuma began. The government was tackling the economy in a way that it had not done in the past. “We can’t only do politics; we must also do the economy.”Zuma said the government’s major programme was infrastructure as it believed that building infrastructure would give opportunities to all.The government was creating an enabling environment and building infrastructure, and business needed to invest in opportunities that would open up. This would bring jobs and so improve the quality of life for all.“We have discussed the difficulties of doing business in South Africa. We are opening this. You must participate in this window period.”Partnership was a big theme for Zuma, who called on business to work with the government to deal with the negative impact of job losses. Training was mentioned as a possibility. “We must create the kind of projects that can create jobs.”What is differentAsked what was different for workers in his latest State of the Nation address – we’ve heard this all before, was the criticism – he said: “We’ve created an environment where jobs can be created. We have a massive infrastructure programme; there is money for it.“The private sector must see the opportunities for investment, and invest. The logical consequence of that is jobs.“You can’t have jobs without investment, and the government is creating an environment for investment.”He had three items on his wish list from the private sector: invest in the country, have confidence in the country, and big business must help small business.A hot potato issue, especially given that the Mining Indaba has just finished in Cape Town, is the nationalisation of mines. The final word on the topic came from the President.Setting many minds at rest, and garnering a round of applause, he said: “Nationalisation is not our policy. It is as clear as that. Our policy is a mixed economy.”Of potential, he said Africa was one of the fastest growing regions in the world, and the country should invest in that potential. “South Africa has the potential to grow. Working together, we can take advantage of Africa, the BRICS countries and the changing economy. Invest in this country; invest in your future.”Brief questionsAsked what keeps him awake at night, the President answered: the plight of the poor. “I am kept awake thinking of ways to alleviate their plight.”He pointed to South Africa’s strategic global importance in regards to shipping, saying it did nothing in its waters for its economy, despite the shipping lanes that passed the country. There were massive opportunities in this sector.Of toll roads, another hot potato, Zuma said they were necessary for road maintenance. However, the issue was not closed. South Africa was unusual in that the government was open to discussion of ideas and policies it had put forward.In answer to a question from the floor, the President said fronting in business – whereby companies use black people as figureheads to up their black economic empowerment ratings – would be punished.The details of what that punishment would be still had to be worked out, though. The law must come first, he said, and the details would come after.Rural developmentOf small towns, their factories and rural areas, he said the government was talking of reviving the economy and development of those regions as part of its plan.Asked about what was being done to stop farm murders, he pointed out that as crime was falling, so were farm murders. The police were working with farmers to stop this crime.The police were also working hard to address the issue of piracy. Many raids had already been carried out.Regarding service delivery, the government had delivered to some degree, but there were still challenges. There was electricity and water available where there had been none before. “The question of infrastructure remains a challenge.”The Italian ambassador offered his country’s and Europe’s help – we could share experiences, promote investments and help you avoid the mistakes we made in industrial policy and job creation, he said, to which Zuma replied that South Africa was certainly keen to learn what went wrong, and what would happen to alleviate the present economic crisis.Questioned about land reform, Zuma again spoke of the Green Paper on Land Reform he had mentioned in his State of the Nation address. “We are looking at those issues,” he said.“The fact is that lots of land was taken away and many people were left landless. We can’t let this continue. We need frank views from South Africans on how to solve land issues.”First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

Ciolek stays with Team MTN-Qhubeka

first_img24 July 2013Team MTN-Qhubeka has announced the contract extension of star German rider Gerald Ciolek. The team captain declared himself happy in the team’s environment and has opted to stay with Africa’s first UCI Professional Continental team through 2015.“We’re delighted that Gerald has extended with us,” team principal Douglas Ryder said in a statement on Monday.“He’s made a huge impact on our team, not only with his results but also with mentoring the younger riders. They’re excited to have a captain that is down to earth and takes the time to share his experience. We now look forward to increasing our race program as we build towards our first Grand Tour.”There are three Grand Tours in cycling: the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a Espana.Racing for a higher purposeTeam MTN-Qhubeka races to raise awareness for the Qhubeka foundation, an organisation raising funds to mobilise people on bicycles in Africa. Racing for a higher purpose was one of the main attractions for Ciolek.The 26-year-old hit the headlines when he claimed the biggest victory of his career in March by winning the Milan-San Remo Classic, one of the five “Monuments” of cycling. The Monuments are considered to be the oldest and most-prestigious one-day races on the calendar.“I always said I would like to stay with this team,” Ciolek said in the statement. “As a professional cyclist you always look for other options but in the end I am really happy that I can go forward with this team.‘A great team’“When I first found out about the team last year, I discovered a great team with great character and performing on a high level and I really like this,” Ciolek said.“I think we had a really good year and now we want to build to go to an even better level next year. We are very ambitious as a team and want to grow and become the first African team to race the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France.”After making its World Tour debut in 2013 and finishing atop the podium of Milan San Remo, with 11 victories in total so far this year, the team has made clear its ambitions to race a Grand Tour in 2014.Ready for a Grand Tour“We have a very competitive team for a Grand Tour already. If we get all the guys into good shape, I think we have the potential to go to a three-week stage race and do well. Not just the experienced guys but even the younger guys,” Ciolek reckoned.“It’s amazing working with the younger riders and how they follow the advice of the more experienced riders 100 percent. It gives us, the more experienced riders, confidence when they follow our advice.”Serame Taukobong, MTN’s chief marketing officer, commented: “We’re very excited that a world class rider like Gerald has extended his stay with Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung.‘One of the best’“As an organisation we are always looking for new and innovative ways to improve and the team mimics that. In Ciolek we’ve acquired one of the best riders, a true ambassador for our brand,” Taukobong said.“With our support we have managed to bring him into an African environment and he has flourished which shows how the continent is growing.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more