WATCH: See why the Skoda Yeti is car of the month at DMG Motors

first_imgDMG Motors of Donegal are continuing their sensational ‘Get your Car for Free’ competition with some incredible offers on used cars.From May 2019 to May 2020, all used car buyers at DMG Motors will be entered into a draw to win the price of their vehicle back for free.There is no shortage of quality used car options at the DMG Motors showroom outside Donegal Town either. The August Car of the Month is an impressive Skoda Yeti Outdoor 2016.www.dmgmotors.ieThis is a spacious SUV crossover with fantastic features, such as 17-inch alloy wheels, a multi-function steering wheel, Bluetooth, automatic lights and wipers, reversing sensors. The roomy interiors and boot space make it an excellent family car and it is a great on and off-road drive.The key details:Mileage: 32,932 miles / 52,997 kmEngine Size: 2.0Fuel Type: DieselOne previous ownerHere, Will Patterson gives a quick introduction to this practical and roomy Skoda Yeti: If this sounds like your dream car, why not visit DMG Motors to take it for a test drive? Call (074) 972 1396 to book now.www.dmgmotors.iewww.dmgmotors.iewww.dmgmotors.ieGet your car for free @ DMGAnd the extra bonus is you could be in with a chance of winning the price back!The Get your car for free @ DMG giveaway means each customer who buys a used car at DMG will receive a unique number on delivery which will be placed in the draw.The winner will be drawn independently on Friday 1st May 2020.In the video below, Finn Harps legend Kevin McHugh explains how winning could be as easy as 1-2-3! Visit the Facebook offer page here to tag your friends: the current stock now at: www.dmgmotors.ieWATCH: See why the Skoda Yeti is car of the month at DMG Motors was last modified: August 8th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:carsDMG MOTORSdmg motors car of the monthDonegal TownSkodaused carsyetilast_img read more

Making do in Diepsloot

first_img14 July 2011 A somewhat eroded road leads away from the upmarket Johannesburg suburb of Dainfern, flanked by a thicket of trees and a vast, arid piece of open land. The road runs directly to the suburb’s polar-opposite, an overcrowded township on the northwestern periphery of South Africa’s commercial capital city. In stark contrast to its neighbour, electricity wires crisscross the landscape, running through a mixture of compact corrugated iron shacks, small state-subsidised houses and larger bank-bonded houses. Spatial planning is adverse and living conditions are inauspicious. There is a growing population of more than 200 000 living heedlessly in the cluttered and unkempt environment. A flurry of construction characterises the township, as does traffic congestion and blaring car radios, hustling traders and bustling passers-by, all working together to disturb the peace. Welcome to Diepsloot, a sprouting settlement populated by resilient migrants and immigrants, making up a cosmopolitan community. Conditions are appalling and most locals live in abject poverty. The colloquial language is a concoction of Sepedi, Zulu and Sotho. The main road into this settlement, Ingonyama Street, is undergoing a major revamp. Walkways are being paved and the road tarred; street lights and storm water drains are being installed. Along the street there are quirky people; foreign nationals like Indians, Zimbabweans and Somalians trade out of small rented backyard abodes; the streets are crowded with loitering young and old blood.Past times In Tlou Street, a busy byway off Ingonyama Street, a throng of senior citizens casually drink beer to pass the time. Children play indigenous games nearby; scores of people mill about the streets. In this part of the neighbourhood, roads are tarred and a few smarter houses can be spotted between the corrugated iron shacks. Taverns and liquor stores are open as early as 9am and the piercing sounds of a jukebox reverberate across the neighbourhood, much to the chagrin of neighbours. In this area, lively locals – young and old – spearhead a viable economy selling an assortment of merchandise. Where Tlou Street intersects with King Dinizulu there is a linear market, comprising barber shops and beauty salons, all compacted in one small plot. Beer halls are ubiquitous and car washes, fast food outlets, panel beaters, tailors, hair salons and barbershops do booming business. It is obvious Diepsloot families depend heavily on informal trading. Leshoto Mothapo of 118 Extension 4 and three of his neighbours run a car wash called Neighbour’s Car Wash. Business is good enough to employ two other youngsters. They open at 9am and close at 6pm. Like any business, they have their challenges, but they have decided to stick it out rather than return to a life of notoriety, drugs and alcohol, social ills that had been consuming their lives, they say.RDP houses Diepsloot was established as an informal settlement when South Africa became a democracy; since then, it has undergone a major overhaul. RDP houses (a generic South African term for state-subsidised houses) have been built, which are now sandwiched by rented backyard dwellings. The area has a few amenities of which it can be proud: there is a fire station; a satellite police station and metro police offices; a few schools, with others being built; a library; a recreational park with a range of play equipment; clinics; a shopping centre; premises of various guilds; an adequate sewerage system; public lighting; and graveyards. Many religious denominations can be found among residents, all with their places of worship. Zion Christian Church, International Pentecostal Church of Christ, modern day Christians and the like can be counted among them. Elderly Joseph Kgoete is feeling a bit off-colour, yet he is bubbly and full of humour. He says he was a migrant labourer employed in Olifantsfontein, but was recently laid off because of a sprained ankle. Originally from Driekop in Mpumalanga, he settled in Diepsloot Extension 2 in 1995. When he first arrived here, Kgoete says there were a few shacks and pit toilets. “What you see now came long after.” He could have settled elsewhere in Johannesburg, but chose Diepsloot because it was closer to where he worked. These days, he passes the time by drinking sorghum beer with his mates.Elderly He speaks little about his pride for the place, opting instead to talk only about his woes. Like many elderly people in Diepsloot, Kgoete has many pressing needs, from medical care to housing and transport. On his side of town, life continues unabated. Houses overlap pavements and most locals drink as a pastime. At the end of a street, “amajita” – the local youth – unwind under a tree. They pass the time with trivial chats. Across the township, untarred roads intersect tarred ones; others are being tarred. Most locals are reluctant to talk to the media. Freddy Mamabolo, however, is not one of those. He works as a volunteer for an HIV/Aids NGO (non-governmental organisation) in the area. He came from Mamabolo, a settlement with which he shares a name, in Limpopo province to Diepsloot to look for a job in the big city and a better life. “It’s not like I like this place; it’s home to none, but we live here because it is closer to Joburg where we can find work,” he explains. Mamabolo arrived in Diepsloot in 2000 and has been a volunteer for the NGO for six years. He is MoPedi but speaks broken Zulu and English, like most migrants. “Diepsloot is quite a good place. It’s a small ghetto, growing every day with 13 extensions. When I arrived here there were only seven extensions,” he explains.Unemployment He concedes that unemployment is a pressing issue, but notes that this is not unique to Diepsloot. “The challenges we have as young people include unemployment but everywhere you find that most young people don’t have jobs,” he says. Although the area is still being developed, the few amenities there are could go a long way if locals preserved and took pride in them, he says. “If all facilities can be used in a good way I think Diepsloot will go somewhere but since our people are apathetic in community activities that poses a problem,” he says. Diepsloot is composed of mixed housing, including bonded houses in the south, built near to RDP houses, all flanking the shacks of informal settlements. Social ills plaguing the area are teenage pregnancy, unemployment, and alcohol and drug abuse among the youth. The City has improved sanitation and waste removal, and the quality of water supply and expanded access to it. Public health facilities help to detect illnesses and quarantine the sick. Young people’s guilds help to raise awareness of HIV/Aids and environmental cleanliness. Diepsloot’s population is ever-rising, the result of migration and the movement of migrant labourers from fringe provinces to the City of Gold (as Johannesburg is still known) in search of a better life. This has strained resources such as land, water, energy and social services, with little help administered only to a few.Pollution The western-edge of Diepsloot is dominated by slums, poverty stricken households and little if any economic activity or growth. People here are exposed to indoor air pollution from burning firewood. There is a lack of an adequate public health infrastructure that can identify and respond to disease outbreaks and other threats. Because litter is dumped in open spaces and on street corners, increasing quantities of waste contaminate the air and cause water pollution. If Sbu Nene had it his way, he would move to Durban (KwaZulu-Natal’s major coastal city), “where there is vibe”. However, for now he relishes the vibrant social and night life and deejaying at sporadic weekend parties. Nene moved from Kensington B, in the Johannesburg suburb of Randburg, to Diepsloot in 2000. “We had no choice but to move here,” he says, adding that the cost of living was “too high” and that transport costs aggravated circumstances. He doesn’t like talking about his living conditions, noting only that he likes walking to Diepsloot Mall, a kilometre and a half from his home. “If you don’t have a R5 fare for a local cab you might as well walk and I enjoy it. It gives me time to unwind,” he says. The biggest problem in Diepsloot, Mamabolo believes, is apathy and the general perception most locals have, that “we are not here for anything but money and jobs. How Diepsloot develops and what happens to is not our problem.” Despite this, Diepsloot residents have a cohesive identity which has sustained the settlement and grown it into what it is today. And this is what is distinctive about the place – life is communal and some people are united in the future social wellbeing of their neighbourhood. Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Normal life remains affected in Kashmir, main markets shut, public transport off roads

first_imgNormal life remained affected in Kashmir for the 80th consecutive day on Wednesday with main markets shut and public transport off the roads, officials said. Some shops opened for a few hours early in the morning in some areas, including in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk in the city here, but downed their shutters around 11 am, they said. The officials said main markets and other business establishments were however shut. Private transport was plying and the number of vehicles was higher than Sunday, leading to traffic jams at various spots in the city, they said. Auto-rickshaws and a few inter-district cabs were also seen plying in some areas of the Valley, they added. However, the other modes of public transport were off the roads. There was huge rush of private vehicles in some areas of the city, including commercial hub of Lal Chowk and Jehangir Chowk, causing massive traffic jams in some areas, prompting authorities to press in more police personnel to regulate the movement of the vehicles, the officials said. Internet services — across all platforms — continued to be snapped in the Valley, they said.Schools and colleges were open, but students stayed away as parents continued to keep their wards at home due to apprehensions about their safety, the officials said.Also Read J&K lockdown: why govt has still not produced orders concerned, asks SC   While landline and postpaid mobile phone services have been restored across the Valley, all internet services continue to remain suspended since August 5 when the Centre announced its decision to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution and divide the state into two union territories. Most of the top level and second rung separatist politicians have been taken into preventive custody while mainstream leaders, including two former chief ministers — Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, have been either detained or placed under house arrest. Another former chief minister and sitting Lok Sabha MP from Srinagar Farooq Abdullah has been arrested under the controversial Public Safety Act, a law enacted by his father and National Conference founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah in 1978 when he was the chief minister.last_img read more

Bedi rues Parthiv’s absence in World Cup squad

first_imgThe Indian team has the potential to make it to the final of the World Cup, says former captain Bishan Singh Bedi. But he has serious doubts about most players’ ability to field brilliantly.While terming fielding as the weakest link in the team, the illustrious left-arm spinner said the strong batting line-up will have make up for this weakness by scoring up to 40 more runs in each game. “I see India playing in the final. They have the potential go all the way,” Bedi told MAIL TODAY.The tournament begins with an India-Bangladesh game on February 19. But Bedi, who was part of the selection committee that picked the World Cup-winning team in 1983, agreed that the home team will have to cope with the pressure. “Indians will be under a lot of pressure at home. But Dhoni gave a lovely statement, saying that ‘we have converted pressure into extra responsibility’. If you feel the responsibility, you will have to live up to it. Indians will have to live up to the tag of favourites,” he said.”It’s better if India were not called the favourites. When they are called favourites, they may have a cautious approach.” Comparing the fielding ability of the players in Kapil Dev’s team in 1983 and Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side, Bedi said the difference is quite big.”That team was an outstanding fielding side, something that cannot be matched by this team. Fielding is the weakest link in this team.There is only outstanding fielder – Virat Kohli. Yuvraj is not what he was some years ago and Raina, another good fielder, may not get to play all the games,” he averred. “Batsmen will have to score all the time. No excuse there. Indians will have to score 30 to 40 runs more to cover up for (the weak) fielding.”advertisementOn India’s 15-member squad, Bedi said that he would have preferred a second wicketkeeper in place of the third spinner. “It would have been better had there been one more wicket-keeper.Never mind now. But three spinners, in my opinion, are one too many. When and where will they play Piyush (in the XI)? Even if they play two spinners, it is more likely to be Harbhajan and R Ashwin,” he felt.”I would have preferred a second wicket-keeper, somebody like Parthiv Patel. Interestingly, when Parthiv was not so good, they used to pick him. But now when he has improved, they are not selecting him. I would have gone with two wicketkeepers and one spinner less. In my opinion, Piyush would have been the one (to go).”The Delhi-based Bedi said the team will have to peak at the right time. “Peaking does exist in cricket too. And it is very much visible. Pakistanis are peaking at the right time, and so are the Australians. They will come to the World Cup with all the confidence in the world,” he felt. “Indians have got a gap.They will recover from the fatigue. They will have to gain the momentum that has come to a halt with this gap. They should recover and come back to the reality of cricket.”On the several days’ gap between matches for all 14 teams, Bedi said it could be used to one’s advantage. “The gap is good to recoup because it’s going to be hectic and taxing on the mind and body. It’s not 1975 and 1979, when we were only participating; now we are competing – and competing for the championship. That’s the difference,” he said.Bedi specifically said that momentum will play a crucial role in the long-drawn tournament. “Consistency and keeping your momentum going will be the keys to success. And focus will come with consistency. There is no way a team that is aspiring to win the World Cup can afford to relax even for a moment,” he maintained.last_img read more

Talker of the Town

first_imgNew Sports Minister Ajay Maken is in danger of contracting foot-in-mouth disease.The day Maken assumed charge, he got a mouthful from BJP’s Shahnawaz Hussain after he claimed the latter made it to the NDA Cabinet only because he was a Muslim.The next day, Maken claimed that all pending Commonwealth Games payments would be cleared within 10 days, without realising most of the payments were locked up in legal battles in various courts.last_img

7 days ago​Burnley winger Gudmunsson ruled out of Leicester clash

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Burnley winger Gudmunsson ruled out of Leicester clashby Ansser Sadiq7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson is set to miss their clash against Leicester City.The Clarets will have to do without the Icelandic star as he was injured on international duty.Gudmundsson did not complete his country’s 1-0 defeat against France last week.The attacking midfielder has one goal in four Premier League appearances this season.Speaking at a press conference, Burnley boss Sean Dyche said: “Johann Gudmundsson won’t be figuring.”Unfortunately he got injured on international duty, a reasonably serious hamstring injury, so it certainly won’t be days, it will be more like weeks and I don’t know how many yet, but it’s serious enough to speak in that way.” last_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit Highlights Ohio State’s Strengths This Season

first_imgKirk Herbstreit talking on ESPN.Kirk Herbstreit remains bullish on Ohio State’s football team heading into the season.The ESPN college football analyst did a Q&A with his followers on Twitter late Wednesday night.One person asked Herbstreit, who played quarterback for the Buckeyes, to highlight OSU’s strengths heading into the [email protected] What is going to be Ohio State strength this year. I know we are young but lots of talent. Go Bucks— Chris Lawson (@Law_Dog_osu) August 4, 2016His answer: quarterback play, athleticism and, most importantly, having a team that is “motivated” and “hungry.” Being incredibly athletic, QB is special, and most importantly back to having a team MOTIVATED and HUNGRY— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) August 4, 2016Ohio State opens its fall camp on Sunday.The Buckeyes open their regular season on Sept. 3 against Bowling Green at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.last_img read more

38 Jamaicans to Take Up Jobs in Canada

first_imgA total of 38 Jamaicans are being prepared to take up jobs with Canadian-based fast-food chain, Tim Horton’s Corporation, as soon as formal arrangements are in place. Making the disclosure during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in Gordon House on Tuesday, June 4, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier said the Ministry is about to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the fast-food chain to supply experienced workers to that establishment. The persons being readied were drawn from a pool of workers recruited by the company. “During the period April 10 to 13 this year, a number of Tim Horton’s officials, along with several franchise holders, held a job fair in Jamaica. They conducted interviews in three locations across the island and established a pool of workers, who are to be prepared for dispatch upon demand,” the Minister informed. He further noted that recruitment was also conducted by McDonalds during the last week of May. In the meantime, the Minister informed that the Ministry recently conducted a recruitment exercise to pre-select 2,000 persons for the Canadian Farm Work Programme in anticipation of an expected 10 per cent increase in activities. “Some of these persons are already being processed for departure. A few weeks ago, the Ministry was asked to supply skilled tyre technicians for several companies in Canada. In particular, representatives from WESTCAN, a leading bulk transportation company in Canada, came to Jamaica in May to conduct training and provide certification to these technicians to prepare them for entry into Canada,” he said. Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwardslast_img read more

ZIM Reschedules USD 115 Mn of Debt Payments

first_imgzoom Israel’s cargo shipping company ZIM Integrated Shipping Services has reached an agreement with its creditors to reschedule payments of USD 115 million, during a period of up to 12 months starting from September 30, 2016. With this deal, announced as part of ZIM’s financial results for the three-month period ended June 30, 2016, the company said that it maintains its financial stability and will continue to develop its growth plan.During the second quarter of the year, ZIM reported a loss of USD 74 million and positive operating cash flow of USD 17.6 million, compared to positive operating cash flow of USD 86 million for the second quarter of 2015. The company carried 617,000 TEUs during the period, representing a 6.9% increase compared to the first quarter of the year.ZIM said that the first half of 2016 was characterized by historically low freight rates as the average freight rate per TEU carried was USD 903 in the first half of 2016, reflecting a 24.8% decrease compared to the respective period last year.As a result of significantly lower freight rates, total revenues in the quarter decreased by 19.8% to USD 611.8 million, compared with USD 762.9 million in the same period last year.“The very challenging market situation impacts the industry as a whole. Our strategic business plan, focusing on select markets where the company has a competitive advantage, is keeping ZIM in the top of the industry in terms of EBIT margins. The company keeps investing in customer service excellence and on-time delivery to our customers, as evident in a recent first place ranking awarded to ZIM in a schedule reliability performance report,” Rafi Danieli, ZIM’s President and CEO, said.last_img read more