Letterkenny Babies is hosting a Communion Wear Event on Friday 8th March, 7-8pm in Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny.All money raised from the sale of an extensive range of Communion Wear will go to High 5 for Conall. This local fundraising initiative aims to raise €55,555 ( all the fives! ) to renovate a special little boy’s home to suit his needs in time for his 5th birthday.Conall, aged 4, is a 24-hour palliative care child. For his upcoming fifth birthday, a kind-hearted community has launched a campaign to help fund bathroom facilities and a fully furnished room for the popular little fighter. Organisers behind the Letterkenny Babies Facebook page for parents are appealing to anyone with Communion clothes hanging in a wardrobe to consider donating it to this worthy cause.A Letterkenny Babies spokesperson said: “As Marie Kondo would say, clothes only ‘spark joy’ when they’re worn … If you have a communion dress or little suit hanging in the wardrobe, please let it have another day in the sun! Otherwise, it will eventually discolour and need to be dumped.“Anyone with communion clothes or accessories to donate is asked to kindly contact the Letterkenny Babies page or to drop them into Sonder, Letterkenny, which has kindly offered to act as a drop-off point for donations. “Thankfully, many people from all around Donegal have answered our call already and have donated stunning communion wear – freshly dry-cleaned and in perfect condition for the big day. It will be a ‘win win win’ situation for everyone involved if this event is a success.”Why support this First Communion event?Wardrobes will be cleared out – so original owners ( and Marie Kondo ) will be delighted and can rest assured they’ve ‘done good’!Local parents and kids will grab a bargain, knowing that their communion purchase is making a difference to a special local child.High 5 for Conall will see all funds lodged directly into their account.“We are encouraging people to come along, not because they ‘need’ to save money on communion outfits, but because they want their money to do good,” said the organisers.Although many local First Communions aren’t on until late May, some parents have bought their child’s outfit already.However, accessories including bags, gloves and headpieces and shoes will all be available to purchase separately at the event, so they may still find something they’d like to buy.As well as that, a hairdresser will be onsite to offer hair styling suggestions for the big day.There will also be a raffle to enter, with local cake-makers joining forces to offer dozens of ‘First Communion’ cupcakes to the lucky winners. “We really hope there will be a good turn out of parents and First Communion kids, ready to snap up a bargain, but ultimately, to put their money to good use to help out a special little boy.” – Letterkenny Babies.To donate to High Five for Conall you can visit the Go Fund Me or if you would like to fundraise or make a direct donation you can contact Siobhan (086 170 2787), Alma (087 695 2551) or any committee member.Parents invited to support communion wear fundraiser for Conall Shiels fund was last modified: March 1st, 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:communion wearconall shielsFriends of Conallletterkenny babies
Essential IT – Get support, particularly farmers, with online form filling. Two places still remaining on our Tuesday evening course from 7pm to 10pm and running for a further 3 weeks. Cost is FREE. Contact the Centre to reserve your place.Mevagh Craft Group – continue to meet every Thursday morning from 10:30am to 12:30pm in the Centre. Come along and share skills such as knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, sewing and quilting. New members are always welcome. Drop-in’s welcome. Cost €3.Busy Bees – Parent, Baby and Toddler Group for babies to 5-year-olds – meet every Friday morning from 10:00am – 12:00 noon, so why not bring your little tots along for a morning of fun. Cost €3 per family. Busy Bees AGM will take place on Friday 8th November at 11.30am. New committee to be formed and planning activities, all welcome. Additional needs support group – for parents of children with additional needs will have coffee morning on Wednesday 6th November at 10-11.30am. Contact Úna for more information.Club Óige Mhíobhaigh / Mevagh Youth Club – are back on Thursday 7th November 7.30-9pm.Study Club / Drop in starting on Friday 8th November 2-4pm. Get homework out of the way and have the weekend to yourself! Supervised, with snacks provided.Other Notes: Citizens Information: if you need help in accessing your social rights or entitlements call into Milford Public Services Centre or call 076 1075450. Assisting with grants, appeals, social welfare entitlements, health issues, housing grants, education & employment. No appointment necessary.Mevagh Notes: Brush up on skills and hobbies with wide range of local classes was last modified: November 1st, 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)
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini praised his young players after their 5-1 defeat at Chelsea in the FA Cup.Pellegrini fielded a vastly under-strength team, giving full debuts to five players in the fifth-round clash at Stamford Bridge.And they caused some problems for Chelsea before the hosts scored four times in the second half to clinch a quarter-final place.“In the first half we played very well and it was a very tight game,” Pellegrini said. “We played with six young players and I’m very happy with them.“It is important for young players to take their chance when they play, and I was very happy with that.“Unfortunately for us, in five minutes we threw away what we did and at 3-1 it was very difficult.“It is never good to lose 5-1, so I am not so happy about that. But there were a lot of positives.”Pellegrini, whose team play Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on Wednesday, was unrepentant when asked about his team selection.“I always take the best decision for the club,” he said.See also:Hiddink praises players after Chelsea winChelsea thrash City to reach quarter-finalsChelsea v Man City player ratings’World class’ Hazard suffered dip in confidence – CahillFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Samsung’s flagship village also provides internet access, helping to bridge the digital divide that disadvantages underdeveloped communitiesSamsung is playing its part in helping poorer communities access healthcare and education; on Tuesday 1 April the company handed over its first solar-powered village to the Malibongwe Ridge community.Samsung’s flagship village also provides internet access, helping to bridge the digital divide that disadvantages underdeveloped communities.“The United Nations says being online is now seen as fundamental to human development, and access to the internet may soon become a basic human right, like access to water,” says George Ferreira, vice-president and chief operations officer at Samsung Electronics Africa.“Our challenge was to look at what was needed versus what was available and devise a plan that connected the two.”On average, more than 25% of Africans don’t have ready access to electricity in their homes; this limits connectivity and access to education and healthcare, which are central to the success of isolated rural and peri-urban communities.The solar-powered digital village will provide access to these necessary services.HEALTH, EDUCATION AND INTERNET ACCESSThe digital village is a project in line with Samsung’s commitment to researching and investing in green technologiesBuilt in a refurbished 12 metre- long shipping container, the village’s mobile classroom is designed for use in remote areas and is easily transportable.The classroom is fitted with Samsung notebooks and netbooks, an interactive whiteboard or e-board, and Samsung Galaxy tablets; all powered by solar panels attached to the roof.The village’s solar-powered healthcare centre provides basic services such as eye, ear, blood and dental screening, mother and child healthcare, and treatments on site.The healthcare container is mobile, taking its services to surrounding communities to eliminate travel expenses for residents already struggling to make ends meet. The centre also disseminates information on basic preventative healthcare.Samsung has partnered with non-profit Right to Care, which delivers prevention, care and treatment services; the organisation will encourage male circumcision as a preventative healthcare measure.Right to Care’s Dr Mashudu Munyai said, “We are excited to work with Samsung on this uplifting and inspiring project.”The healthcare centre also has a Tele-Medical Centre; telemedicine relies on modern communication technologies to provide healthcare workers in far-flung areas with access to updated diagnostic methods and medical processes.The Tele-Medical Centre will work in conjunction with Samsung’s Tele-Medical app, which will guide nurses on site through the necessary processes to ensure all relevant information is captured and that diagnoses are accurate.“Today, we are seeing an innovation we’ve worked hard on developing come to life, and it is very exciting,” says Ferreira. “Good health is at the centre of one’s wellbeing and impacts society at a fundamental level.“It affects a child’s ability to learn at full potential, and adults’ ability to provide for their families. This is why we have complemented our strong focus on education with a focus on quality healthcare.”RENEWABLE AND CLEAN SOLAR ENEGRYWhen the village’s solar panels are under pressure, there is a standby solar-powered generator to provide additional electricity. The generators can also provide affordable and eco-friendly power to schools, homes and community centres.The digital village is a project in line with Samsung’s commitment to researching and investing in green technologies. It is also in line with a Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Gauteng Department of Economic Development (DED).“We are encouraged by the work Samsung is doing in the green technology space,” says Albert Chanee, head of the DED.“This type of out-of-the-box thinking is what will make a measurable and meaningful difference in people’s lives and, ultimately, change the world. The digital village aligns with government’s vision of finding alternative solutions to African problems, and we are proud to be a part of it.”
4 August 2014South Africa’s prosperity is increasingly intertwined with that of the continent as a whole, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said on Friday, noting that the rest of Africa accounted for over 15% of South Africa’s dividend receipts and over 20% of its exports in 2013.“Indeed, the narrowing of the current account deficit is due, in part, to the strong growth in dividends that our dynamic companies are receiving from their investments around the world, but particularly Africa,” Nene said during a lecture at Fort Hare University in the Eastern Cape.With economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa expected to exceed 6% in 2014, and with Africa’s share of global foreign investment rising, South Africa is well positioned as a hub for international companies looking to expand into Africa.Nene said the government supported the expansion of South African firms into the rest of Africa, as this bolstered the continent’s growth prospects and fed back into the country. “It will provide tax revenue, profits and dividends into the receiving country and to South Africa.”He said South Africa offered a number of natural advantages as an African hub, including advanced financial, regulatory, tax and accounting standards, a modern telecommunications network, extensive economic infrastructure, and direct air connections to most major cities on the continent and abroad.While Nigeria’s economy had overtaken South Africa’s in overall size terms, South Africa remained far ahead in terms of per capita gross domestic droduct (GDP), or GDP relative to size of population.“Their success is fantastic for us. It brings new trade opportunities for our firms, opens up new markets, and contributes to the growth of the African economy.”To continue to attract big firms to the country, “we must take clear steps to improve the investment climate,” Nene said, adding the National Development Plan (NDP) was clear in its vision of modernising the country’s tax policy, creating more competition for goods and services, and establishing policy certainty and investment protection.“South Africa must stay ahead. We must work harder and smarter. We cannot rely on the star companies of yesterday if we want to win tomorrow,” Nene said.“Our compatriots in Africa have raised their game. They are implementing economic reforms, building infrastructure, educating their people, and building winning nations.”Source: SAnews.gov.za
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Air Force and the Defense Logistics Agency are interested in hearing from energy developers about their ideas for creating resilient energy systems, covering energy generation, storage and microgrid controls technologies, and approaches requiring the integration of existing authorities for privately financing federal energy projects.The request for information (RFI), released last week, is one of the first steps in the Air Force’s plan to use Beale Air Force Base in northern California as a demonstration site to develop and deploy energy resilient technologies that can be deployed to other missions and installations across the service.“This RFI represents a new approach for how the Air Force pursues energy assurance for its installations,” Mark Correll, deputy assistant secretary for environment, safety and infrastructure, said in a news release.“By connecting Beale AFB’s core missions with their energy requirements directly, we will ensure that our energy investments are targeted to enhance our military capability. And by adopting a holistic approach to energy resilience, we hope to encourage creative collaboration with industry partners,” Correll said.Responses to the RFI for the Resilient Energy Demonstration Initiative (REDI) are due July 15.The initiative is going forward as lawmakers and national security officials have voiced the need to build a more resilient electric grid, and mitigate cyber and physical threats to critical infrastructure.“This RFI is an important step to enhance mission assurance through energy assurance,” said Miranda Ballentine, assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energy. “Through REDI, the Air Force will demonstrate new ways to power critical missions on our installations by incorporating and integrating 21st century technologies and procurement strategies,” Ballentine said.