Stephen Curry becomes 5th Warrior with 15,000 regular-season points

first_imgCURRY’S SCORINGCurry’s 3-pointer at the 7:37 mark of the second quarter put him in the 15,000 club.Kerr knows the number is hardly important to his star point guard, saying: “He’ll probably be at 16,000 before too long, and won’t be aware of that either.”Curry is thrilled to join such elite company.“Just a pretty humbling experience in terms of how long I’ve been here and all the success that we’ve had in recent years, and individual accolades and milestones come out of that,” he said.Chamberlain leads the way with 17,783, followed by Barry (16,447), Arizin (16,266) and Mullin (16,235).“It’s a lot of points and the thing to me what’s most impressive is how he creates them. They’re not just wide-open, catch-and-shoot 3s, his creativity with the ball in his hands,” Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “The shot-making from all three levels, the left hand, the floaters, the three off the bounce, the walk across that half court line and shoot a three. He has a variety of ways he puts the ball in the basket. You can probably count on one hand how many guys that we’ve seen with the shot-making creatively and the ability that he has.”TIP-INSGrizzlies: G Mike Conley missed the game with left hamstring soreness. F Kyle Anderson returned after missing one game with a sprained left ankle. … Memphis shot 2 for 11 on 3s in the first half and 7 of 25 in all. … The Grizzlies have been limited to fewer than 100 points in eight of nine December games. … Memphis has dropped five straight at Oracle Arena, also losing on Golden State’s home floor 117-101 on Nov. 5. … A top priority for Bickerstaff was improving rebounding, and the Grizzlies were edged 42-41 on the boards.Warriors: F Andre Iguodala returned from a three-game absence with a sore right hip to score 10 points. G Shaun Livingston was back after bruising his pelvis and sitting out Friday at Sacramento. … Curry did a 19-minute Skype call this weekend with astronaut Scott Kelly and made sure Kelly and others knew he meant no harm with joke about not believing in the moon landing, according to the Warriors. … Baron Davis drew big cheers when shown on the scoreboard in the first quarter. Marc Gasol had 15 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Grizzlies, who lost their third straight and fifth in six. This marked Memphis’ final visit to Oracle Arena before the Warriors move to new Chase Center in San Francisco next season. Omri Casspi added a season-high 20 points against his former team.Gasol said the Grizzlies must talk as a team about ways to be better.“There’s a few things that we need to do more of that we are doing well, and things that we’re not doing so well, do a little less,” he said.Jonas Jerebko made Golden State’s only two 3s in the opening quarter and finished 16 points off the bench.The Warriors were 17 of 18 from the free-throw line in the first half to 8 for 10 by Memphis, which trailed 61-38 at the break.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Curry became just the fifth player in Warriors history to score 15,000 points during the regular season — joining the company of Wilt Chamberlain, Rick Barry, Paul Arizin and Chris Mullin.“It was a pretty cool moment, again just reflecting on the entire 9½ years and more to come,” Curry said. “Definitely appreciative of the opportunity, the milestone, hopefully a lot more to come.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissKevin Durant scored 23 points to go with five assists and passed Larry Bird (21,791) for 33rd place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Klay Thompson contributed 16 points with five rebounds.Golden State led by as many as 25 points in the second quarter in quickly turning the game into a rout. That allowed coach Steve Kerr to rest many of his regulars as the Warriors began a busy stretch with eight games before the end of the year, including Christmas night at home against LeBron James and the Lakers. View comments LATEST STORIES Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry celebrates a score against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, California — Stephen Curry missed his first three tries from deep, got a little frustrated and forgot about the 10 points he needed for another major milestone.Curry had 20 points and seven rebounds while adding another accomplishment to his long list, leading the Golden State Warriors past the Memphis Grizzlies 110-93 on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT UP NEXTGrizzlies: Play the second game of their four-game West Coast trip at Portland on Wednesday night. The Grizzlies beat the Trail Blazers 92-83 at home last Wednesday.Warriors: After concluding a four-game stretch playing in California, the Warriors play at Utah on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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I Humbly Salute Them in their Graves

first_imgBy F. Shelton GonkerwonOn tomorrow March 13, 2019 which is declared National Decoration Day tears and fresh memories of sorrow will certainly be ushering thousands of Liberian mourners and residents alike to grave sites in various locations of the country to decorate the respective graves housing their deceased. This event is constitutionally set aside every Second Wednesday in March each year to demonstrate national respect to those who have departed the surface of the earth one way or the other.Obviously, it often alerts the conscious mind that the grave is an assured and unavoidable home of all mankind simply because death is the imminent instrument that has and continues to sever human beings from the earth surface at the appointed time. Accordingly, every day that turns or every time that leaps on the clock where mankind dwells has its assigned death rate likewise birth rate on a proportionally alarming basis.Indeed, it’s evidently clear that every day is accompanied by its assigned joy as it is with sorrow. Certainly, every day has its share of wise people who think positively and act accordingly, while at the same time, the fools remain blind and insensitive to the calling of reality in favor of triviality.Every day has its own patriotic chiefs who are reserved and guided in line with the tradition of defined leadership aimed at stabilizing society, while at the same time there are thieves who would creep under the cover of darkness to rob innocent people of their hard-earned properties. That’s the nature of life-a platform of certainties and uncertainties, truth and falsehood, poverty and prosperity, among other things, consistent with the doctrine of life.Hence, one can safely conclude that no one has permanent resident status here on earth, not even members of the noble kingdom, not even those who have wealth and would feel that their financial vestments can prevent them from death. Like the sun that struggles to pass through the domain of the dark cloud as it performs its daily duty, the human beings are challenged by the countless odds of life from the day of birth to the day of death.From where I sit on the floor of the jammed packed city of Monrovia, a city that is struggling to get used to a novel administration and being unable to form part of the queue that will be marching to the grave sites to decorate the graves of their deceased in line with the calling of the day, the floor of my mind is already playing host to the fresh memories of my fallen parents — Barpaye Zeagbea, Lawo Zaguah, Daylee Kregbein and Gonkerwon Karnleahfehn — my grandparents and parents, respectively.It is all too obvious that my ears (like the ears of others), are being refreshed by those sugary words of wisdom my parents offered me during my prime by which, I was nurtured along the way in life, thereby keeping me enhanced and stimulated in time like these when wisdom has become the core requirement to pierce through the world where temptation has become more like the hostile wind.I am grateful to these fallen heroes and heroines for making me who I am today, though physically poor, yet rich in dignity and honesty supplemented by spiritual guidance. Their places in my mind can be likened to the thrones of the kings simply because the blessings they endowed me in reciprocation of my obedience has and continue to make me defined rangers in the face of assorted dangers, especially at a time when love is at the battlefront with hatred, truth is being dared by falsehood, while the culture of deception has become awesome. Hence they will forever remain honorably seated in my mind that houses their indelible graves, which will continue to shine even more than the face of the evening star.I humbly salute them and all other departed souls hoping that they are comfortably resting in the bosom of Abraham, and listed as prospective qualified candidates for eternity. It’s my hope also that as the graves are decorated, the people of the land will equally decorate their minds in terms of generating the sense of patriotism and nationalism to harvest the necessary vision to give the nation a look that resembles or represents the face of civilization.A nation is decorated when its citizens rise above the culture of greed and selfishness; discover the secret of defined national life with the vow to graduate from the ugly past.A nation is decorated whose citizens will submit to the doctrine of national love as opposed to letting hatred sever them apart.About the author: F. Shelton Gonkerwon, a practicing Liberian Journalist and a Poet, holds a Bachelor Degree from the University of Liberia. He authored “Dark Freedom: a Gloomy Tale of Once a War Divided Liberia.” He is one of Liberia’s progressing writers whose works are steadily surfacing to the notice of the outside world.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Avatars get a bit more expensive

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – In the real world, it’s something you’re given. In the virtual world, having a full name is going to cost you. The online fantasy world “Second Life” will soon allow residents to customize their characters’ first and last names – at a cost likely to be $100 up front and $50 a year, said spokesman Alex Yenni. Currently, participants in the popular alternative universe can give their digital proxies – called avatars – nearly any first name they’d like. But nearly everyone has to select from a rotating stock of surnames – conventional surnames such as Geiger, Felix and Lancaster, or futuristic, foreign or odd ones like Cioc, Stenvaag and Pugilist. The 3-D fantasy world’s operators, San Francisco-based start-up Linden Research Inc., have approved special names to only a select group of high-profile members, including IBM Corp. Chairman Samuel J. Palmisano and Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards. So far, the company hasn’t charged for them. The company’s business development team decided to create a vanity name feature in part to help legitimize the growing number of executives, political candidates and other famous people who stage rallies and give stump speeches in the virtual world. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Mbappe on verge of stunning PSG move

first_imgThat would make him the second most expensive transfer in football history behind Neymar, who joined PSG from Barcelona for 222 million euros earlier this month.However, concerns over meeting UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) obligations mean PSG could initially sign Mbappe on loan, according to sports daily L’Equipe.“Monaco and PSG on Sunday reached an agreement for a loan move for Kylian Mbappe to the Parisian club with an option to buy for 180 million euros,” said L’Equipe, adding that Mbappe would undergo a medical by Monday morning.Mbappe is due to leave the principality on Monday morning along with Monaco winger Thomas Lemar and fly to Paris on his way to teaming up with the French national squad.France will play a World Cup qualifier against the Netherlands at the Stade de France on Thursday and a game against Luxembourg in Toulouse next weekend.France coach Didier Deschamps insisted last week when he named his squad that no player would be allowed to leave the national team camp at Clairefontaine, around 50 kilometres south of Paris, to complete a transfer.After being left out of the Monaco squad last week, Kylian Mbappe was an unused substitute for August 27 game against Marseille as the reigning French champions won 6-1 © AFP / Valery HACHEWith the transfer window closing on Thursday, that means Mbappe is set to complete the move on Monday, allowing him to team up with Neymar and Edinson Cavani in a mouthwatering PSG attack after the international break.After being left out of the Monaco squad last week, Mbappe was an unused substitute for Sunday night’s game against Marseille as the reigning French champions won 6-1.That saw them join PSG at the top of the Ligue 1 table with four wins from four games at the start of the season.– ‘Kylian is a star’ –Asked after the game about Mbappe’s expected departure, Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim said: “I am not confirming anything. It is not my role to discuss that. My role is on the field.“He is a Monaco player. That is why he was on the bench. But after it went 4-0 I didn’t need him. The club’s project is to bring through the best players.”Monaco captain Radamel Falcao added: “It’s complicated for him. i hope that everything works out quickly for him, and that no other player will be leaving Monaco.”Mbappe was outstanding in the second half of last season but he has not played in any of Monaco’s last three games as they extended their record winning run to 16 league games.Kylian Mbappe burst onto the scene in the second half of last season and scored 15 goals in 29 appearances in Monaco’s run to the French title © AFP/File / VALERY HACHE“Kylian is a star and a top-level player. But for six months last year we often played without him and won,” added Jardim.Mbappe refused to speak to French television at the end of Sunday’s game.Also targeted by Real Madrid this summer, a move for Mbappe to PSG will leave many wondering how the Qatar-owned club can avoid sanctions from European football’s governing body considering the investment already made on Neymar.FFP rules currently stipulate that clubs cannot post losses of more than 30 million euros over the three-year period to 2018.Among the sanctions risked by PSG if they are found to have broken those rules is a ban from the Champions League.Mbappe burst onto the scene in the second half of last season and scored 15 goals in 29 appearances in Monaco’s run to the French title. He netted 26 times in 44 matches in all competitions.Brought up in the northern suburbs of Paris, Mbappe was compared to a young Thierry Henry as he first broke into the Monaco side in December 2015, just before his 17th birthday. He has won four caps for France.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Monaco’s teen sensation Kylian Mbappe is expected to complete a stunning move to PSG when he flies into the French capital on August 28, 2017, according to widespread media reports © AFP / VALERY HACHEPARIS, France, Aug 28 – Monaco’s teen sensation Kylian Mbappe is expected to complete a stunning move to Paris Saint-Germain when he flies into the French capital on Monday, according to widespread French media reports.Radio stations France Info and RMC revealed on Sunday that PSG had agreed to pay 180 million euros ($215 million) including bonuses for the 18-year-old French international striker.last_img read more

Bandari hit holders Sharks clinch Shield title

first_img0Shares0000Bandari FC players celebrate after winning the Football Kenya Federation Shield title at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on June 2, 2019. Photo/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 2 – Substitute Benjamin Mosha scored with six minutes left on the clock as Bandari beat defending champions Kariobangi Sharks 3-1 to clinch their second Football Kenya Federation Shield title at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on Sunday morning.The game was played for the final 45 minutes after it was rained off on Saturday evening, with Bandari leading 2-1 from that first half. While Sharks pushed hard for an equalizer in the replayed 45 minutes, Bandari sat deep, defended well and broke on the counter and from such, Mosha tapped the ball with his hip after Abdallah Hassan’s cross was deflected into his path.Bandari who won the title in 2015 for the first time will now represent Kenya in next season’s CAF Confederations Cup and on top of the Sh2mn reward from winning the title, the dockers will be rewarded with a further Sh1mn from their sponsors Kenya Ports Authority.Further, Bandari will have their pre-season training in South Africa, as also sponsored by their sponsors for winning the title.Bandari FC midfielder Collins Agade attempts to hit a pass under pressure from Kariobangi Sharks’ Patillah Omotto during their Football Kenya Federation Shield final tie at the Kasarani Stadium on June 2, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn a cagy affair, highly expected because of the dropped tempo from yesterday, chances were few and very far in between. Bandari’s early chance came in the 56th minute when Mwana picked on a poorly defended ball but his volley from the edge of the area went over.Sharks struggled to create chances and the usually exciting Harrison Mwendwa was kept quiet on the wings. Keeper Faruk Shikalo was not so much troubled as his backline kept the line tight.After Bandari had scored their third, some sense of urgency crept into the Sharks side and they came close almost immediately but Fred Nkata cleared the ball off the line after Mwendwa’s cross evaded everyone inside the box.On the other end, Wycliffe Ochomo forced a great save off Gad Mathews after the bulky forward leaned in to head a cross from Abdallah.0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Antoine Griezmann signs new contract with Atletico Madrid – reports

first_img Antoine Griezmann appears to have committed his future to Atletico Madrid 1 Antoine Griezmann has agreed a new contract with Atletico Madrid, according to reports in Spain.The France striker has reportedly committed himself to the LaLiga club until 2022.Griezmann, who had been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, pledged his immediate future to Atletico a week ago in the wake of their transfer ban being upheld when he said leaving would be a “dirty move”.And the 26-year-old now appears to have backed up his words by agreeing to extend his stay in the capital.It was reported that the release clause in Griezmann’s contract has not been increased and remains at 100 million euros (£87million).There has been no official confirmation of the news from Atletico.The club are banned from registering any new players in the summer transfer window after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld a suspension imposed by FIFA for multiple breaches of global football’s rules on the registration of under-18s.last_img read more


first_imgNEWSLETTERSt. Patrick’s Church, Donegal Town Fr. Willie Peoples 074-9721026Saturday 2nd 10.00am Special Intention6.00pm Jim Weir – AnniversarySunday 3rd 9.00am Daniel Cleary – 1st Anniversary11.30am Peter Kennedy, St. Joseph Avenue – AnniversaryMonday 4th 9.30amTuesday 5th 9.30am Kitty Shovlin – Recently DeceasedThursday 7th 9.30am Deceased Members of the Mc Cann FamilyFriday 8th 9.30amSaturday 9th 10.00am6.00pm Francie Monaghan – Months MindSunday 10th 9.00am11.30amEucharistic Adoration- St. Patrick’s Church, on Thursdays from 10.00am -9.00pm. All Welcome! St. Agatha’s Church, Clar Fr. Danny Mc Brearty 074-9721093Saturday 2nd 6.30pm Kathleen and Dan Cassidy – AnniversarySunday 3rd 10.30am John & Agnes Mc Ginty – AnniversarySaturday 9th 6.30pm Eresa Cahill – AnniversarySunday 10th 10.30am Dan, Cassie and Brigid Mc Nulty – AnniversaryMasses during the Week – Monday, Wednesday & Friday – 10.00am. Tuesday 7.00pmExposition of the Blessed Sacrament – Tuesday from 3pm -7pm in St Agatha’s Church, Clar.Cemetery Sunday – July 8th at 10.30am, in St Agatha’s, Church, Clar. Please tell your family and friendsFAMILY COMMUNITY EVENT – FOR NEW PARISH CENTREOn Sunday July 8th we will hold a family ‘walking and talking’ event to raise funds for our new Parish Centre. Registration in the porch of St. Patrick’s Church from 1.30pm and we will begin walking at 3.00pm. The walk route will take us through Donegal Town, around the Abbey Cemetery and along the beautiful Bank Walk. Tea and scones will be served afterwards in Scoil Aodh Rua agus Nuala in the Aodh Rua building, with lots of opportunities to catch up with friends and to meet new ones. Don’t forget to take a bottle of water and children must be accompanied by an adult. Please come along with your friends and neighbours to support your new parish centre and have a bit of fun as a community! No fees, donations only. “Shreked the Musical”Mini Crotchets and the Tir Chonail Youth Choir present “Shreked the Musical” in the St John Bosco Centre on Saturday 2nd , Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th June each night at 8.00pm. Additional Matinee Sunday 3rd at 3.00pm. Adult’s €7.00 or €5.00 concession.DONEGAL MUSIC EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPTo celebrate another successful year of providing Instrumental and Vocal tuition throughout the county of Donegal, we are holding a series of Concerts that showcase the Students, Tutors and various performing groups within the service. Our Summer Showcase 2012 is a Celebration of live Music and of Donegal’s young, rich Musical talent. Your local concert will be held on Wednesday June 6th the Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon 7.00pm. Admission Free.SUPPORT GROUP FOR BEREAVEMENT AND PERSONAL LOSSOur Next meeting will take place on Thursday June 14th at 8.00pm at the Solace Centre, St. Joseph’s Avenue. Feel free to come along and bring a friend.DONGAL COMMUNITY BAND FUND RAISING TRIPWe are holding a fund raising trip on Donegal Bay Waterbus on Wednesday 27th June, 2012. Join Danielle O’Donnell and his wife Majella for High Tea on the High Seas, Entertainment and great company on the Waterbus. Boarding is from 2.00pm for sailing at 2.30pm. Tickets for this unique event go on sale next Saturday 9th June in the Waterbus office at 2.00pm. Price €35.00.BORDERLINE PLAYERS PETTIGOWe are performing in the Ardhowen theatre, Enniskillen, the hilarious comedy “Cash on Delivery” on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th June at 8.00pm. Tickets are now on sale from the box office on 028 66 325440 or on line at Tickets are priced at £9.00 per adult and £8.00 per concession.Parish Bulletin e-mail address is dtkiltd@gmail.comLOCAL NEWS: PARISH BULLETIN OF TAWNAWILLY was last modified: June 2nd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:LOCAL NEWS: PARISH BULLETIN OF TAWNAWILLYlast_img read more


first_imgParenting Support in DonegalParenting today is no easy task. There is no doubt that our children can bring us the greatest joys, but at other times, we can feel like tearing our hair out.We all know the saying “it’s different times we are living in” and with these different times children are facing difficulties and challenges that the generation before them did not encounter. These new challenges facing children bring new challenges for their parents. While there have been many benefits of modern day Ireland and the technology that has accompanied these changes we need also to be aware of the difficulties that our young people are facing.As parents, we all need a toolbag of old and new skills to help us along our Parenting Path. In addition to the advice we can get from the wise old heads of our parents before us, reading books and looking up websites can provide us with very useful information and many new ideas on how to manage the various situations and scenarios we face as modern day parents.Another very effective way of getting the support you need as a parent and filling up your Parenting Toolbag is by attending a Parents Support programme. The Parents’ Plus Programmes are evidenced based programmes that focus on parenting skills that parents have found to be effective.The Programmes are free to parents with a small contribution towards the cost of the Parent’s Manual. The Programmes are being facilitated through the collaboration of Community Services, HSE and Tusla Child and Family Services. They are open to all parents in the community and in addition to focusing on parenting issues the groups also provide parents with a good social network. Parents are given the opportunity to come together and look at the issues they are facing in a relaxed and friendly environment over an eight week period with sessions lasting two hours per week. The Parents Plus Early Years Programme (for parents of children aged 1-5 years) is starting in the Family Resource Centre, Donegal Town next Wednesday 14th October from 10:30 – 12:30. The Parents Plus Children’s Programme (for parents of primary school age children) starts in Carrick Day Care Centre on Tuesday 13th October 7:30 to 9:30pm. Contact Katy at 0749733111 for further information on both these programmes.Places are still available for the Parents Plus Children’s Programme which is due to start in the Lifford/ Clonleigh Resource Centre covering the Lifford, St. Johnston and Carrigans area. Contact Deborah at 074 9148551 ASAP for further information and to reserve a place.To book a place on the Parents Plus Children’s Programme being run in Milford please contact Margaret at 074 9155055. The Programme is open to all parents across the Fanad peninsula.Depending on the level of interest, programmes are scheduled to take place in Letterkenny, Raphoe, and Inishowen after Halloween and anyone interested in these programmes should contact .Parenting is a challenge but remember “Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation”.
– C. Everet Koop, M.D. PARENTING PROGRAMMES SET UP ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: October 7th, 2015 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Killybegs school gets approval for fire safety improvements

first_imgSt Catherine’s Vocational School in Killybegs has gained approval for essential works to improve fire safety.The school was given the go-ahead for the maintenance this week under the Department of Education and Skills Emergency Works programme.Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD said he is delighted that the school will now be able to press on with important improvements to ensure better safety standards. Minister McHugh said: “I wish principal Cathal Campbell and the team at St Catherine’s the very best with their plans to make improvements at the school.“It is great to see the Department pressing on with funding for Emergency Works projects. They are often relatively small scale works but hugely important for the school to ensure vital changes are made to schools right throughout the year.“It can include better access to the school, health and safety issues, fixing leaks and windows and doors, fire safety and wheelchair accessible toilets among many others.“Every week schools are getting hugely important news from the Department that money is being set aside to improve facilities, to modernise some buildings and in some cases to expand the space in the school. St Catherine’s is yet another one of those and we hope to see many more in the coming months.” Killybegs school gets approval for fire safety improvements was last modified: August 7th, 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:st catherine’s vs killybegslast_img read more

Shaping Africa’s transformation

first_imgThe World Economic Forum on Africa isheld under the theme Shaping Africa’sTransformation. The gathering will investigate new waysto drive investment into Africa.(Images: World Economic Forum) MEDIA CONTACTS • Brand South Africa  +27 11 483 0122 RELATED ARTICLES • Top WEF award for SA singer • WEF Africa to punt continent’s agenda • SA at Davos: 20 years after Mandela • Rapelang Rabana: shaping the reporterThe 2012 World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa is in session in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 9 to 11 May. The theme for this year’s event is Shaping Africa’s Transformation.The three prominent areas of focus at WEF Africa are the need to strengthen African leadership and promote and sustain political stability; accelerating investment into Africa’s frontier markets, and boosting the competitiveness of the continent’s manufacturing sector; and providing shared opportunities and access to innovation.The event is co-chaired by former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan; Gao Xiqing, president of the China Investment Corporation; Bekele Geleta, secretary-general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies; Monhla Hlahla, Industrial Development Corporation chairperson; Donald Kaberuka, president of the African Development Bank; Doug McMillon, CEO of Wal-Mart International; and Tidjane Thiam, group CE of UK-based financial services company Prudential.Guest speakers include former British prime minister Gordon Brown, Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala – recently in the news as a candidate for the World Bank presidency – and Nigerian business magnate Aliko Dangote.Besides the varied and engrossing discussions, delegates will be treated to a dinner and soiree, hosted by Ethiopian prime minster Meles Zenawi, which will include a 90-minute revue of Ethiopian and African music.They’ll also have the chance to visit the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange, said to be the first of its kind in Africa. The institution has revolutionised Ethiopia’s agricultural sector by creating a new marketplace to serve all market stakeholders.Optimism for AfricaEven in the early sessions, the event has been characterised by a marked sense of optimism and hope for the continent’s future.“This is the 22nd meeting on Africa,” said WEF executive chairperson Klaus Schwab, speaking at the opening plenary, Africa in the World Economy – From Tigers to Lions?“Looking back over the last two decades, I can see the difference in the atmosphere and attitudes that characterise WEF Africa,” he said. “At the very beginning there was substantial cynicism and scepticism, then we moved to realism, and today there is only pragmatic optimism.”Schwab said that WEF Africa has become the “platform for concrete action”.Also speaking at the plenary, former executive director of the World Food Programme Josette Sheeran, now WEF vice-chairperson, said that the era of the African farmer has come.“The world can’t feed itself without the produce from Africa,” she said. “I believe we’re at that tipping point and in 10 years from now, we’ll see Africa feeding not only itself, but also the world.”All speakers emphasised the crucial necessity of extending the continent’s growth to include all of its residents, saying that none should be left behind.“An African farmer should not only grow coffee, but be able to enjoy the coffee he grows,” said Hlahla.South Africa leading the way with African investmentWEF Africa delegate Miller Matola, the CEO of Brand South Africa, believes that the African growth story has been undermined by the actions of international bankers, political analysts and credit ratings agencies.Yet he is heartened by the greater confidence Africans are showing in their continent.“According to recent Ernst & Young research three of the top five fastest growing investors into new projects in Africa between 2003 and 2011 were the African economic power houses: South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya.”In the same period, said Matola, South African investment into Africa has grown at a rate of 64.8%.“Over the last decade South Africa has been the leading foreign direct investor in Africa though it is now being joined by China and other developing nations. Now our state institutions have been authorised to invest – particularly in infrastructure and industrialisation,” said Matola.He attributes the unprecedented growth in Africa in the past decade to greater democratisation and stability, economic reform, urbanisation, improved uptake of ICT and financial services, a younger, growing and more affluent population, and the ongoing resources boom.The rest of the world, too, is recognising the possibilities that await on the African continent in terms of building new roads, rail, ports and other infrastructure that link previously isolated countries and regions. The added bonus is the expansion of free trade areas which will eventually encompass the whole continent.“Investors are very excited about the pending 26-African-nation free trade area covering Southern, Central and East Africa,” said Matola. “By June 2014, nearly 60% of the economy of Africa with a combined GDP of US$1trillion (R8-trillion) and encompassing 600-million people will be a single free trade area.”He added that systems are being put into place. “Already we are creating the urban development corridors, the networks of interlocking regional infrastructure, and reducing the non-tariff barriers which will unlock these huge markets.”Fast-growing continentOver the last 10 years, the African continent has seen six of its countries named among the world’s fastest-growing economies, according to a December 2011 article in The Economist. Countries such as Botswana, Angola, Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia and Mozambique are all showing positive, encouraging GDP growth, and they are not the only ones on the continent.WEF host and home to the African Union and the UN Economic Commission for Africa, Ethiopia is the second most populous country in sub-Saharan Africa and a prime example of the continent’s fast-growing economies.The World Economic Forum described the continent as being “on the brink of a major transformation”, and went on to say that the outlook for the region remains bright at a time when the rest of the world is facing major political and economic challenges.However, cautioned Transnet CEO Brian Molefe, speaking to South African media at the event, Africa should not be heavily influenced by the worldwide economic downturn when making its long-term infrastructure investment decisions, as this situation is temporary. Instead, policy-makers should have a more distant and more optimistic vision.According to the WEF, it will take bold ideas to achieve the continent’s aspirations in the new global context, and if Africa’s leaders are to succeed, they will have to be strong on regional, national and industry levels, and should also take action to change the global tendency to treat the continent as a single country.In 2012, Africa’s projected growth rate of 6% will be driven by improved macroeconomic and political stability, an ongoing resource boom and a growing consumer base.Also, deepening links to fast-growing emerging economies and an increasing appetite of global and regional champions for long-term investments in Africa’s frontier markets are fuelling a renewed optimism about the continent’s future.At the same time, resource price volatility, youth unemployment, food insecurity and the adverse effects of climate change remain important challenges.Strengthening Africa’s leadership, accelerating investment in its frontier markets and scaling innovation will be essential in transforming Africa’s growth story into shared opportunities for present and future generations.last_img read more