Former FAI boss Delaney rests up in Donegal while Association’s woes rumble on

first_imgFormer FAI boss John Delaney chose Donegal for a relaxing weekend away with girlfriend Emma English while the soccer association decided its future at the weekend.Delaney chose one of the most secluded hotels to spend the weekend.The 51-year-old and his long-term partner checked into the Lakehouse Hotel in Portnoo on Friday evening and left again yesterday morning. The couple enjoyed walks on the nearby strand but the weather was so disappointing that the pair spent most of their time inside the hotel.The hotel is the perfect getaway for people who do not wish to be disturbed.Although the hotel does have its own wi-fi the reception in the area is almost non-existent.Other diners and staff at the hotel were aware of their well-known guest but did not disturb the couple. One said “Everyone knew who John was or knew his face at least. They seemed very relaxed and happy together.“They were very mannerly and spent most of the time inside the hotel but they did manage to get out and get a couple of walks on the strand.“They certainly didn’t bring the weather with them as it was dull and overcast for most of the weekend with plenty of rain.“They certainly didn’t come here for the weather but they did seem very relaxed and nobody bothered them at all.”Former FAI boss Delaney rests up in Donegal while Association’s woes rumble on was last modified: July 24th, 2019 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

South Africa to Brics: we’re ready for you

first_imgRay Maota A group of journalists from other Brics countries are learning more about South Africa’s investment prospects and competitive advantages. (Image: Ray Maota) MEDIA CONTACTS • Brand South Africa  + 27 11 483 0122 RELATED ARTICLES • BRICS a boost to Brand South Africa • New slogan for Brand South Africa • South Africa is Africa’s top nation brand • Gallery: Brand South Africa in DavosSouth Africa is ready to establish itself as a competitive market for investment within the Brics network, while embarking on efforts to make its economy greener and harnessing a successful energy sector.These goals were revealed to a group of visiting journalists from the country’s Brics compatriots, namely Brazil, Russia, India and China by speakers from the departments of trade and industry (DTI) and environmental affairs, as well as business leaders, on 14 August in Pretoria.“Africa is now the second fastest growing region in the world economy after Asia,” said DTI director-general Lionel October.“The continent’s full potential will remain unfulfilled unless we address the challenges of inadequate infrastructure, the limitations imposed by small and fragmented markets, and inadequate diversification of industrial output, all of which are responsible for the low levels of intra-African trade.”South Africa’s competitive edgeAccording to its authors, who are key policy directors within the DTI, the 2012 Industrial Policy Action Plan shows how successful an industry policy can be if its design, resources and communication standards are kept in mind. It is the flagship project of the department for the next two years, defining its direction to attract foreign investments.“Our trade and competition policy is now more strategically aligned with industrial policy objectives,” explained October.He added that tariff-setting standards have improved in favour of better trading operations between South Africa and its trade partners, and campaigns against customs fraud and illegal imports are being scaled up.Not only is South Africa actively involved in the integration of the Southern African Development Community, but that is also the case in the East African Community, which includes countries like Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi. The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa is another platform where the country participates.“Our efforts in Africa, particularly in Southern Africa, to combine market integration, cross-border infrastructure development and policy coordination to advance regional industrial value chains, have met with some success,” said October.He further mentioned that South Africa’s involvement in the Brics alliance is a key element to the country’s global economic strategy, saying this can best be illustrated by explaining the three pillars on which its engagement strategy is based.These are the member countries’ policies on giving developing countries a greater voice in the global business landscape, strengthening intra-Brics cooperation, and South Africa’s intent to extend Brics’ cooperation in support of Africa’s development agenda.Greening South Africa’s economyGodfrey Nyakhulalini, deputy director for national greening at the Department of Environmental Affairs, spoke on the country’s aims with regard to establishing a green economy.“Our aim towards a green economy cannot be achieved by government alone so the private sector and civil society must play a fundamental role,” he said.Nyakhulalini said the National Treasury has allocated R800-million (US$97-million) over the next two years to South Africa’s Green Fund, which aims to provide finance for high-quality, high-impact, job-creating green economy projects around the country.Investment in South AfricaCandice Holland, associate director at auditing firm Deloitte South Africa, discussed the country’s readiness to draw investment to its shores.“South Africa aims to promote itself as a gateway to Africa, and so its taxation system follows a global best practice,” she said. “It also has a corporate tax rate of 28% which is slightly lower than other African countries.”She added that the country has, over the past couple of years, passed legislation that is protective of consumers and employees.Holland highlighted several acts in South Africa’s regulatory landscape which have been passed to encourage foreign investment, among them the Companies Act, Labour Relations Act, Broad-based Black Empowerment Act, Consumer Protection Act and the Competitions Act.“The Companies Act provides for more self-regulation and codifies South Africa’s constitution to make it easier to do business here,” said Holland.last_img read more

Rural Rockstars: Vijay Kumar makes his village proud by winning an Olympic medal

first_imgVijay Kumar, 27, Harsour, Himachal Pradesh Shooter, Olympic Silver Medallist.He was still shy of 16 when he gave in to wanderlust, to explore the world beyond Harsour, a small village in Himachal Pradesh’s hilly Hamirpur district. Unlike his peers, who headed for lucrative jobs in the metros, Vijay Kumar followed,Vijay Kumar, 27, Harsour, Himachal Pradesh Shooter, Olympic Silver Medallist.He was still shy of 16 when he gave in to wanderlust, to explore the world beyond Harsour, a small village in Himachal Pradesh’s hilly Hamirpur district. Unlike his peers, who headed for lucrative jobs in the metros, Vijay Kumar followed his father, Subedar Bankuram Sharma, into the Indian Army. Recalling early signs of his son’s prowess, Bankuram says: “He was precise even in the way he cut and stacked grass for our buffaloes, when he was barely seven.”It was this single-mindedness that drew him to competitive shooting, shortly after he enlisted as a sepoy in his father’s regiment, 16 Dogra, in 2003. Witnessing the young soldier’s ability to repeatedly hit bull’s eye at arms training, instructors pushed him to the Army marksmanship trials. He never looked back, having won 110 national and 45 international medals in eight years, crowning it with Olympic glory.”Seena chaura kar diya hai mere bete ne (My son made my chest swell with pride),” says Bankuram. The village that helped raise the champion is agog. “Who could’ve imagined that a Harsour youngster would make the world stand up?” says the proud father. “It’s all because of Jwala Mata’s blessings,” insists Roshini Devi, his devout mother.Inspired Harsour youngsters are already honing their marksmanship skills with catapults. With Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal promising a “world-class sports shooting facility” at Hamirpur, Vijay Kumar’s success could usher the dawn of a revolution in marksmanship in this quiet corner of India.last_img read more

To teammates, Tom Brady stands alone as he chases 6th ring

first_imgBut as Brady prepares to play in his ninth Super Bowl, he will have another chance to do something no other NFL player has done.If New England beats Los Angeles, the 41-year-old quarterback will break a tie with Hall of Fame defensive end Charles Haley and become the first player to win six rings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBut to his coaches, teammates and admirers across the sporting world, he already stands alone.Known to Brady affectionately as “Jules,” receiver Julian Edelman called it an honor to be a part of the quarterback’s career. View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He communicates well with every player,” McDaniels said. “One of the things that’s always impressed me is how he’s one of the first guys in the building to know a new person’s name, which speaks to how important that is to him, to introduce himself to somebody and also get to know that person, whether it be a practice squad player, a rookie, whatever it is.”Brady’s introductions to new players is always the same. At some point after they arrive Brady seeks them out, walks up and says plainly, “Hi, I’m Tom Brady.”Linebacker Kyle Van Noy said he still remembers his reaction to hearing those words.It was October 2016 and Van Noy, following a trade from Detroit, arrived at the team facility about 5:30 a.m.. Hours later while on a restroom break from a meeting, he turned and saw an outstretched hand.“Tom comes up and kind of shakes my hand like, ‘Hi, I’m Tom Brady.’ And I’m like, ‘You’re an idiot.’” Van Noy said.But he said the moment was emblematic of a player he has no doubt will be at his best on Super Bowl Sunday.“Those little things are why he’s where he’s at,” Van Noy said. “Those little things that people don’t pay attention to, those detailed things, that just separates him. He’s really good at what he does. … That’s what makes him Tom.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “He’s a really good football player,” Edelman said. “The best. And he goes out and he consistently proves it.”Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has caught more passes from Brady than any other player and will play alongside him in a Super Bowl for the fourth time. He said Brady’s approach has been the same since their first practice together back in 2010.“The guy is just so precise with everything. Just the way he is out on the field, the way he prepares,” Gronkowski said. “You know every single time you’re going to get the best out of him no matter what the situations are.”After New England’s divisional-round win over the Chargers, Brady was openly miffed about what he perceived as pessimism outside of the Patriots’ locker room about their chances of reaching a third straight Super Bowl following a regular season which they started 1-2 and lost five games.“I know everybody thinks we suck and, you know, we can’t win any games,” Brady said. “We’ll see. It’ll be fun.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town A week later, Brady led the Patriots on a winning drive in overtime to beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC championship game — his 12th such drive in the postseason in the fourth-quarter or overtime.The next day he posted a video on Instagram of himself and Gronkowski walking to the team bus after the game. Both are smiling and Gronkowski flashes his AFC championship T-shirt.It was the kind humble brag that Brady has steered away from in the past. But this postseason he has been more open with his emotions and acknowledged after the AFC title win he was “as excited as I have been in a long time.”“When you have 70,000 people cheering against you, it is pretty sweet when you win on the road,” Brady said.On Twitter, congratulations came from all corners of sports.Among them was one from Paul Pierce, who helped lead the Celtics to the NBA championship in 2008. “There’s aliens there’s Pegasus and there’s Tom Brady,” Pierce wrote.Left tackle Trent Brown is in his first season in New England after being traded to the Patriots last April. He said sharing the huddle with Brady has lived up to his expectations.“There’s one word, G.O.A.T. That’s it,” Brown said. “He’s one of those great leaders and it trickles down to the rest of the team.”Brown is a member of a starting lineup on offense that, excluding Brady, has an average age of 27.Brady’s continued ability to lead and inspire teammates more than a decade his junior is a unique skill, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said. 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With five rings Tom Brady has already established himself as the most-decorated quarterback in Super Bowl history. He now has a chance to distinguish himself among all players. A Super Bowl win over the Rams would give the 41-year-old a sixth ring, breaking a tie with Hall of Fame defensive end Charles Haley for the most all-time. But to his teammates and coaches, Brady already stands alone. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Seventeen years ago, Tom Brady was 24 years old and in his second NFL season when he led the Patriots to a last-second victory over the St. Louis Rams for New England’s first Super Bowl title.Four rings later, Brady will arrive in Atlanta for the Patriots’ Super Bowl matchup with the Los Angeles Rams having already established himself as the most-decorated Super Bowl quarterback in league history.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Even without Spencer Dinwiddie, Nets’ bench too much for Knickslast_img read more