first_imgRAPHOE LOCAL NOTESWeek ending Friday 24th February 2012INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAYAn evening of relaxation and fun will take place in Raphoe Family Resource Centre on Thursday 8th March at 8pm to celebrate International Women’s Day. Bring your favourite food to share with friends. All women welcome!! HEALTHY WALKSIf you’re in or around Raphoe and would like to keep fit, join us on a Healthy Walk every Thursday, meeting at Raphoe Family Resource Centre at 9.30a.m. Everyone Welcome!!WEEKLY EMPLOYMENT LISTRaphoe Family Resource Centre receives an updated weekly employment list and if you are interested in receiving this list please contact 074 9145796 or call into the Centre for more details.RAPHOE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE AFTERSCHOOL ACTIVITIES /PROGRAMMESTuesday: 3rd & 4th Classes from 3.15 – 4.00pm; and for 5th & 6th Classes from 4.00 – 5.00 p.m.Wednesday: Junior & Senior Infants 2.00 – 3.00pm; 1st & 2nd Classes from 3.15 – 4.45 p.m. Teen Club for 1st – 3rd year, Secondary Students 7.15 – 9.00 p.m.Thursday: Junior & Senior Infants from 2.00 – 3.00pm; 1st & 2nd Classes from 3.15 – 4.45 p.m. Teen Club for Transition, 4th and 5th years from 7pm – 9pm.Registration forms are now available at the Family Resource Centre for all the above activities/programmes.COUNSELLING SERVICESRaphoe Family Resource Centre offers a free and confidential weekly counselling service to the general public. This person-centred service is for those experiencing Bereavement/Loss, Separation, Abuse, Mental Health Difficulties and issues around sexuality. The service operates on an appointment basis only.Please contact 086 3601718 after 7.00 p.m. PILATESPilates Class in Raphoe Family Resource Centre, every Monday from 1.00 2.00p.m.JOAN’S JIVE CLASSES FOR WOMEN & MENJiving with Joan has resumed in Raphoe Family Resource Centre every Tuesday Night from 8.30 p.m. – 10.00 a.m. All Welcome!STAGE DOOR DRAMADrama class every Monday from 5.00 – 6.00p.m. For information please contact Aisling on 0876360059.LITTLE SMILES WITH BIG DREAMSLittle Smiles with Big Dreams is a friendly baby and toddler group situated in Raphoe Family Resource Centre. We are open every Wednesday morning from10.30 – 12 noon. Little Smiles with Big Dreams is a group that focus on fun for the kids and the opportunity for parents, grandparents and extended family to have discussions with other adults. It is a great way to introduce your child to a social environment while you can discuss parenting tips with others. There is no charge but your kiddies will enjoy playing with all our lovely toys, having messy play, singing and dancing and a light lunch is provided.FOX N CREW HIP HOP/STREET DANCE CLASSDance Classes in Raphoe Family Resource Centre every Wednesday, 5 – 8 yr olds from 5.00 – 6.00 p.m. and 9 – 15 yr. olds from 6.00 – 7.00 p.m. Fee €6.00 for further information contact: – 0858409804 / 0876142326. RAPHOE BOXING CLUBOn Friday night last Raphoe’s lightweight kingpin Denis Lafferty was in action in the Milford Inn at a major tournament hosted by the Carrigart Boxing Club and Denis turned in a five star performance only to lose out to Kildare’s Dean Gleeson on a 3-2 majority decision.A very special thanks goes to Senator Jimmy Harte who has kindly sponsored the local club a new kit of polo shirts.Matchmaking for the clubs forthcoming tournament in the Cathedral Hall on Friday 23rd March is now at an advanced stage and club coaches Brendan and Danny Ryan and Tommy Stewart hope to have 14 quality bouts on the night when a Raphoe Selection face the North West All-Stars and more details of this tournament will appear in the local press in the coming weeks.RAPHOE FRIDAY SENIORS CLUB:Raphoe Friday Seniors Club meets every Friday in the Volt House Hall from 10.30am until 1pm. Come along and enjoy the tea and craic. New members welcome. For further information please call the Volt House on 9173966 or just call in any Friday. You will be very welcome.SLIMMING WORLD GROUPSlimming World Group meets in the Volt House Hall the Diamond, Raphoe, Every Thursday at 5.30 p.m. & 7.30pm. Tel. Dervla on 086 1211004.ST MARY’S GAAAnyone between the ages of 14 -30 who are interested in Cardiac Screening contact Julia Blake at 0862611290. BOXERCISE CLASSESBoxercise Fitness Class at the Cathedral Hall, Raphoe, Thurs Evening 6-7pm. Fantastic all over body workout and very good fun. Female instructor. For information call 0863238437.RAPHOE BADMINTON CLUBRaphoe Badminton Club’s Annual Badminton Tournament will be held in the Recreation Hall from Thursday 23rd February – Friday 9th March. Usual events run. Finals will be played on Friday 9th March. For further details contact Joe Magee (074)9145451 (after 7pm), Sammy Magee (074)9145444 or check out the Raphoe Badminton Club page on Facebook.SENIORS SECURITY AND PERSONAL ALARMSSensor Lights, Internal Lights, Seniors Personal Alarms monitored smoke detectors & monitored carbon monoxide detectors for senior citizens.For further information or an application form for any of the above please contact Martin Laird at the Tidy Towns Office the Volt House Raphoe telephone 9145692.RAPHOE PEOPLE NEWSLETTERCommunity News or Items of Interest for the “Raphoe People” may be emailed to Harriet at or to Lisa Thank You.WORLD DAY OF PRAYER SERVICE 2012In St. Eunan’s Cathedral Church, RaphoeOn Friday 2nd March 2012 at 7.30pmSpeaker Canon Liz Mc ElhinneyThere will be a cup of tea after the serviceEveryone Welcome.Relay For Life REWIND TO THE 80s DISCO NITEIn Friel’s Raphoe, on Saturday 24th March 2012 dancing 9.30-1pmMusic by Strabane Radio DJ Sean MAC (80s Dress optional)All proceeds in aid of Irish Cancer Society.Please come along & enjoy a night that promises to take you down memory lane while you boogie the night away to your old time favourites.Tickets are now on sale at €5.00 each.Your support will be much appreciated.SMITH/MCCARRON SCHOOLIrish dance classes for girls and boys in Cathedral Hall Raphoe each Wednesday evening from 4.00p.m to 5.30p.m.LOCAL NEWS: RAPHOE & DISTRICT WEEKLY NOTES was last modified: February 24th, 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: RAPHOE & DISTRICT WEEKLY NOTESlast_img read more

first_imgDonegal Garda killer Martin McDermott is to be released from prison 21 months early for “good behaviour.”Garda killer Martin McDermott is to get early release from jail.The thug from Raphoe, who mowed down Garda Gary McLoughlin in Burt in 2009, is due for early release next June. This comes despite the fact that he escaped from jail and went on the run before being recaptured in Derry.McDermott is entitled to 25% remission for good behaviour.It is understood he only received an extra 14 days on top of his sentence for absconding from Loughan House.McDermott was jailed for a total of seven years for the manslaughter of brave Garda McLoughlin in 2011.He was twice over the legal drink-driving limit when he ploughed into a car containing Garda McLoughlin and a colleague following a separate Garda pursuit.UPROAR AS DONEGAL GARDA KILLER TO GET EARLY RELEASE FROM JAIL was last modified: September 3rd, 2014 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) Tags:donegalGarda Gary McLoughlinMartin McDermottlast_img read more

first_imgFINN HARPS 1(Cowan 86)CELTIC 4(Juarez 51, Murphy 55, Forrest 65, Carey 83)CELTIC got John Kennedy’s testimonial weekend in Donegal underway with a comfortable 4-1 victory against Finn Harps in Ballybofey.Efrain Juarez, Daryl Murphy and James Forrest struck in quick succession early in the second-half before Graham Carey sealed the win on 83 minutes. Substitute Keith Cowan scored a consolation goal four minutes from full-time but it was too little too late for the home side.The Hoops lined up with a mix of first-team regulars and graduates from the Under-19s side and posed an attacking threat from the start with Murphy hitting the side netting less than two minutes in.Carey, who was playing on the left wing in the first-half, came close when he tried to convert a free-kick just outside the box on 18 minutes but saw the ball go just over the bar.It was one-way traffic for the first-half with most of Celtic’s play going through Paddy McCourt in the centre of midfield. But it was James Forrest and Niall McGinn who linked up well down the right and created most of the Hoops’ chances.Forrest came close on three occasions in the first spell, with an effort coming off the post on 25 minutes before two chances went wide of the post.Finn Harps came out looking stronger after the interval but it didn’t take long for the Hoops to put them on the back-foot again.Juarez was on hand to pounce on a lose ball after Paddy McCourt cracked the ball off the post and knocked home the opener on 51 minutes.And four minutes later Murphy doubled Celtic’s lead from close range, and despite Finn Harps’ desperate attempts to clear the ball off the line, the linesman confirmed it went over.Forrest, who was enjoying a productive afternoon, finally found the net just after the hour mark. The winger did well to round the keeper before driving a low shot just inside the near post, extending Celtic’s lead to 3-0.But the visitors still had more to offer and on 83 minutes Ryan Conroy crossed the ball in for Carey who half-volleyed a spectacular effort from 16-yards, extending the Hoops’ advantage.Four minutes from time, though, Finn Harps bagged a consolation goal when Cowan slotted the ball past substitute keeper Nick Feely at the far post.CELTIC: (4-4-2) Cervi (Feely); McGinn, Hughes (Toshney), Loovens, Conroy; Forrest, Juarez, Bagshaw (Lowdon), Carey; McCourt (Brennan), Murphy Subs not used: Williamson Man of the Match: Niall McGinnJOHN KENNEDY TESTIMONIAL: FINN HARPS 1 – 4 CELTIC was last modified: March 7th, 2011 by gregShare 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

first_imgBuncrana GAA Notes for Week Ending Sunday 20th April 2014Comhgairdeas do Caolan McGonagle and John Campbell who played for the Donegal Minors who defeated Armagh in the Ulster Minor League semi-final at the weekend. They will now take on Tyrone in the final. Caolan was captain of the team on the day and played at midfield. John Campbell put in a man of the match performance, scoring 1-4 with 1-3 from play. Good luck to our Clubmen and the Donegal team in the final. Best wishes from all Club members to Darrach O’Connor and the Donegal team when they take on Monaghan in the Division 2 final next Sunday in Croke Park.Ulster Senior Football Championship(In SFC, Replays if needed will take place the following Saturday in all cases apart from the Semi Finals & Final). Sun 25th May Doire v Dún na nGall at Celtic Park (2.00pm) (Replay 31st May)Senior TrainingSeniors, Minors, Hurling training is on Wednesday at 7.00pm, All players are urged to make every effort to attend.Senior, Reserves, U-18, & U21 Football training is on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 7.30 in the Scarvey. New players always welcome!Senior Ladies training every Wednesday at 7.30 in the Scarvey. New members always welcome.Under Age ReportsThe National Go Games Blitz took part at GAA headquarters on a glorious sunny Monday last. The excitement displayed by both players and parents was easily visible as these young Buncrana men took the field to represent their county against formidable opposition in the form of Clonakilty Cork, Derry and a tough opening match against a strongly fancied Tyrone side managed by their very own Stephen O’Neill. Quarter was neither asked nor given as the two teams truly got stuck in from the start and the nervous support was soon in raptures as the Buncrana pressure resulted in an early goal, a thunderous shot driven low by Adam Curran rebounded of the cross bar and was dispatched to the back of the net by fellow forward, Tristan Friel. This was quickly followed with a point from a classy Kevin Jordan and as the supporters dared to dream, Stephen O’Neill got busy reorganizing his players. The Buncrana rearguard now stood up to the plate and weathered the onslaught, supported by the strong tackling of midfielder Liam Doherty, the defenders Sean Doherty, Caolan O’Neill, James O’Hagan and Ruairi Doherty and goalkeeper David Carey. Buncrana held on for a draw in a tremendously entertaining opening game that delighted family, friends and spectators alike on the day. Next up Cork and determined to improve on their first result they took the game to Clonakilty, Once again they had a commanding lead of 2-5 to 0-2 with Michael Bernard McLaughlin starting to dominate in midfield helped by forwards Caolan Mulholland, Pauric Doherty, and John Jackson. They played some wonderfull football but once again our strong defence with some great tackling from Joseph McGrenera and Oisin Kelly had to dig out the result and hold on for a well-deserved first won.After a few quietly chosen words about playing to the final whistle and all that the boys finished off a day to remember by putting our neighbours Derry to the sword! The boys’ total dominance in this game gave management a chance to reward the defensive stalwarts by switching them with the forwards in order to make sure every player got an opportunity to score in Croke Park. Every single player to a man played their part in a memorable occasion for all family, friends and supporters that travelled on the day. Team on the day: Tristan Friel, Adam Curran, Caolan O‘Neill, Caolan Mulholland, David Carey, James O’Hagan, John Jackson, Pauric Doherty, Joseph McGrenera, Kevin Jordan, Liam Doherty, Oisin Kelly, Ruairi Doherty, Sean Doherty, Micheal Bernard McLaughlin.Management would like to take this opportunity to thank all players and family who travelled on the day and represented both club and county in the best light possible both on and of the pitch.No joy for a depleted U12 squad in the Harry Cassidy tournament in Buncrana on Saturday. The A team lost their games against the home side, Termon and St Eunans, while the Development team drew with Termon and lost the other two against the same opposition. Thanks to the children who travelled and in particular to the 5 U10’s who were called in at the last minute to make up the numbers. Thanks also to Reece Furey Brogan who managed the Dev team (Jim Mc Guinness beware!) and to Aidan Mulholland and the Buncrana club for their hospitality on the day. No U12 training this week. Next training is on Monday 28th of April at 6.30pm U14 John McFadden Memorial Cup will be held on Saturday May 3rd and all support is welcome for what should be an exciting and hotly-contested competition.Under Age TrainingU6 Football 6.30-7.30pmFriday ScarveyU8 Football 6.30 – 7.30pm Friday ScarveyU8 Hurling 3-4pm Saturday ScarveyU10 Football 6.30-7.45pm Friday ScarveyU10 Hurling3-4pm Saturday ScarveyU12 Football 7-8pm Monday & Friday ScarveyU12 Hurling3-4pm Saturday ScarveyU14 Football 7-8.30pm Tuesday & Friday ScarveyU14 Hurling 7-8.30pm Tuesday & Thursday ScarveyU12/U14/U16 Girls Football 7-8pm Mondays ScarveyPersonalised Gloves can now be picked up at Elizabeth Ann’s house. Call or text her on 0860604075 to order…but be quick as they are going fast!!Easter Camp at the Scarvey. The Club held a hugely successful camp for U14/U16’s which was helped by wonderful weather. Photos and report to follow.Club LottoLotto Numbers for Friday 18th April were: 6,14,22,29. There was no winner this week. Next week’s Lotto is for €3,875. If the Lotto is not won then the monthly draw for €500 will take place immediately afterwards in O’Flahertys Bar. Lotto’s to be in by 8pm each Friday in the clubhouse. Lotto sellers needed, if you have an hour to spare each week contact club treasurer on 0860297444 for details.Annual Golf ClassicThis annual Club fundraiser will be held on May 31st with more details to follow but mark that date in your diary.Seachtain na Gaeilge Photography CompetitionWe had a fantastic number of entries and the quality of the photographs made it very difficult to pick winners but here are the results:Adult Winner – Gerard O’DonnellKids Winners – 1st Erin McCarron, 2nd Liam McCarron, 3rd Jennifer Doherty and highly commended Dearbhla McCarron.Comhgairdeas doibh uilig. Many thanks to Pixcam, who sponsored the winners canvases, Munchies for kindly donating the luxury hamper and Supervalu for the 3rd prize Easter egg.Easter Raffle Prize Winners1st prize – Large HamperMickey Dan, Clonmany2nd prize – HamperTessie McKinney, Drumfries3rd prize – Easter Egg & €25 Super Valu VoucherMargaret McGinley, Ardaravan4th prize – Easter Egg & €25 Super Valu VoucherSorcha Walls c/o An Tuath NuaMany thanks to all who supported the draw, Happy Easter!!!Gaeltacht Grants AvailableBeidh 4 dheontas de €250 ar fáil ó C.L.G. Dhún na nGall fa choinne baill de chlubanna atá ag freastail ar Choláistí Gaelige i nDún na nGall agus fosta 8 x €250 ó Choláiste na bhFiann ‘den chúrsa i nGaoth Dobhair.CLG Dhún na nGall will sponsor 4 grants of €250 to members attending a Coláiste Gaeilge of their choice in Dún na nGall. In addition, Coláiste na bhFiann are sponsoring 8 x €250 grants for members of CLG. Dhún na nGall who wish to attend their course in Gaoth Dobhair.Written applications can be submitted through your own Club Secretary to Con O’Domhnaill, Eleven Ballyboes, Greencastle or by email to date for applications 25th April 2014.Only fully completed applications will be included in the draw. 1 to 4 will be drawn for choice of college followed by 5 to 12 exclusively for Colaiste na bhFiann. Applications will be drawn randomly at County Board Meeting 5th May.2014Club Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Jim at to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Jim at by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on @buncranagaa, or visit our website NEWS – BUNCRANA CONGRATULATE CLUB PLAYERS WHO STARRED FOR DONEGAL MINORS was last modified: April 22nd, 2014 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)Tags:Buncrana GAAlast_img read more

first_imgThe previous edition of the English Championship was fantastic. A lot of teams were battling for direct promotions and playoffs, with Norwich City eventually winning the title just ahead of Sheffield United. The Canaries secured ten victories out of the last fourteen fixtures to make that happen! When it comes to the playoffs, the finals were traditionally played at Wembley between Aston Villa and Derby County. The Birmingham side has made a long-awaited comeback to the Premier League. Those are the squads which have advanced to the top flight this season, so who are the top contenders to win the division this time? The new campaign is officially starting on 2nd August 2019.Who Are The Top Favorites This Time?Leeds United are sitting at the top of favorites list at the moment is priced at 9/2 to win the Championship and regain EPL membership card after 16 years. Their coach Marcelo Bielsa has extended the contract to at least one more year, so there is no doubt they will play a big role. Leeds United have spent a lot of time sitting in top 3 positions last season as well but got dramatically eliminated from the playoffs. ’The Championship has acquired more and more popularity also abroad’ told us Ethan Rowe from a leading Canadian Betting Sites comparison website.Argentine expert and his strategies were working perfectly as Leeds sat at the top of the table on Christmas Day. However, having 10 losses in the last 22 outings have allowed Sheffield United to claim the 2nd position. Leeds were sentenced to at least one more season in the Championship after 4-3 loss to Derby County on aggregate. We also see them ending in the top two positions this time around.Fulham FC has had a couple of decent showings in the PL last year, but the inability to defend well have pushed them back to the Championship. The core of the squad was kept, so it is not surprising to see them listed as a favorite number two to win the division. They are currently priced at 7/1 odds. Some of the most important news for the team and the fans are retentions of Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ryan Sessegnon. The Cottagers have collected only 26 points in the last season. The only squad which had fewer points were Cardiff City. It seems we are going to see at least two more duels between Fulham FC and The Bluebirds this season!Aleksandar Mitrovic staying is a huge boost for FulhamThe most popular team from Wales, Cardiff City are 3rd favorite to win the Championship outright. They were promoted to the EPL two years ago after ending 2nd. The last time they have won this league was in 2012. At the moment this squad is priced at 11/1 odds to win the Championship in 2019/2020.The OutsidersWest Bromwich Albion has had a nice run in the previous campaign, ending it in 4th place. Theplayoffs saw them battle against the city rivals Aston Villa and eventually losing it on penalties! Slaven Bilic was appointed as the new head manager. The Croat expert has a lot of experience in English football, and he is expected to lead the team to a playoffs spot at minimum. Two players which played a big role in the last season Jay Rodriguez and Salomon Rondon have left the squad though. The Baggies are currently priced at 12/1 odds to win this year’s edition of the Championship.Many of you probably remember the odds presented for outright Championship winners last season too. Stoke City was at the top of that list, but they have had a turbulent year. They have spent more time in the bottom half of the table than trying to reach the top six, ending as 16th on the final standings! This squad obviously failed to readapt to the division after spending so many years in the top flight. This time they are backed at 12/1 odds to win the league. We don’t see a lot of potential in backing the Potters, to be honest, as there were no significant changes in the roster.Brentford was labeled as the dark horse for three years straight, but they always seem to wake up too late. Last year they were ten points behind the playoffs line. The price on them to win the league seem like a bad value as well at 13/1.The UnderdogsOne of the most popular value bets in our opinion is backing Middlesbrough to win the league at a whopping 17/1 rate. Jonathan Woodgate is doing a fine job as the manager, as the team ended just one point behind the playoff line in the last campaign. The squad had a lot of struggles with efficiency in the first part of the season, bagging a total of 49 goals. However, the defensive stats were quite impressive (conceded 41 goals). If they could improve the stats in the offense and keep rock-solid defending lineup, there are possibilities!The last dark horse we are going to mention is Bristol City. This team has been making steady progress for the last couple of seasons, especially after they appointed Lee Johnson as the head manager three years ago. Bristol City is priced at 17/1 to win the league as well. The final standings last year saw them end in the 8th place. The main reason for not reaching playoffs was poor form in the late stages, having won only four out of last fourteen outings. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? 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first_imgMcKinleyville >> The Big 5 league opener for both the Fortuna and McKinleyville volleyball teams turned out to look more like a playoff game.The Panthers forced a fifth set after overcoming a two-frame deficit, but it was the Huskies that came out on top, winning 3-2 (28-26, 25-19, 20-25, 21-25 and 15-7) Thursday at McKinleyville High School.The win marks the first time Fortuna has beat McKinleyville in four years and for head coach Lynsey Adams it means a lot.“Any win for our team is a big …last_img read more

first_img24 May 2007South Africa’s black middle class has grown by 30% in just over a year, with their numbers increasing from 2-million to 2.6-million and their collective spending power rising from R130-billion to R180-billion.That’s according to a new study by the University of Cape Town’s Unilever Institute of Strategic Marketing and TNS Research Surveys. The study, Black Diamond 2007: On the Move, is based on a sample of 4 500 people and follows two previous studies by the research partners.UCT/Unilever Institute director Professor John Simpson and TNS Research Surveys’ Neil Higgs say the study reveals an unprecedented movement in South Africa’s most important economic grouping.“It is also clear that marketers and businesses have not yet got to grips with this market and therefore may be missing the opportunities it presents,” Simpson said in a statement on Monday.The new research shows that there is not only growth from new entrants into what the institute terms the “black diamond” segment, but also from within its ranks as people move up the ladder and establish themselves in the middle class.Spending powerThe combined annual spending power of South Africa’s “black diamonds” had grown tremendously since the last study, from an estimated R130-billion at the end of 2005 to R180-billion at the beginning of 2007.In comparison, white South Africans’ annual collective buying power increased from R230-billion to R235-billion and that of black South Africans collectively from R300-billion to R335-billion over the same period.Annual claimed buying powerLast quarter 2005 estimateFirst quarter 2007 estimateWhitesR230bnR235bnBlacks: totalR300bnR335bnBlack diamondsR130bnR180bn“Perhaps the most important figure here is that 12% of South Africa’s black population account for over half (54%) of all black buying power,” Simpson said. “This compares with 10% accounting for 43% of black buying power 15 months ago.”Maintaining township connectionsIn 2005, many respondents living in South Africa’s townships expressed the desire eventually to move to the suburbs. “This prediction has proved correct, with the number of black middle-class families living in suburbs in South Africa’s metropolitan areas growing from 23% to 47% in the past 15 months,” Higgs said.TNS Research Surveys’ Nomsa Khanyile said many of those interviewed this time around claimed their hearts were still in the townships, but cited pragmatic reasons for making the move to the suburbs.“As well as making a sound property investment, their reasons include tighter security and better-resourced schools for their children,” Khanyile said. “Some also reported feeling societal pressure to move to the suburbs as it represented a visible mark of success.”There is a considerable change in where South Africa’s black middle class live compared to 15 months ago.“At the end of 2005, we estimated that 23% (0.45-million) lived in the suburbs and 77% (1.55-million) lived in the townships,” Khanyile said. “The latest estimates reveal 1.2-million ‘black diamond’ adults in the suburbs (47%) and 1.4-million in the townships (53%).”According to Simpson, this migration doesn’t mean that black middle-class families are turning their backs on townships.“Our study shows that a high percentage of ‘black diamonds’ who have moved to the suburbs return to townships on a regular basis. Even though they live in the suburbs there remains a strong desire, right across the board, to maintain their township connections.” reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgAhead of the public viewing, The City of Tshwane will tomorrow, December 11, 2013 welcome a full complement of the Gauteng Government Delegation, led by the Gauteng Premier, Ms. Nomvula Mokonyane, for the viewing of Madiba’s body at the Union Buildings.The delegation will converge at the City Hall from 7:30 where they will be welcomed by Tshwane Executive Mayor, Councilor Kgosientso Ramokgopa and city councilors.The delegation will visit the Union Buildings where Madiba’s body will be laying in state from Wednesday, 11 December to Friday, 13 December 2013. The Premier and Executive Mayor are expected to lead the entourage from City Hall to the Union Buildings from 8:30 where they will file past and view Madiba’s body from 10:00.The procession at the Union Buildings is expected to be led by Presidency and the Mandela family, followed by Cabinet, Heads of State, and then the Gauteng Government delegation.The Gauteng Government delegation will comprise the Executive of the Province, its legislature (MPL’s), metro councilors, districts and local councilors, and top senior officials from province and municipalities.Members of the media are invited to join the delegation at the City Hall.City of Tshwane park and ride facilities and memorial routeDue to the anticipated increase of private vehicle use, the City of Tshwane has activated numerous park and ride facilities for the public at Tshwane Events Center; LC De Villiers Sports Facility in Hatfield and Fountains Valley Park to the Union Buildings.Members of the public are urged to make use of these services as access to view the body will be restricted to people in city buses only. Members of the public will only start viewing from noon to 17:30, and no accreditation is requiredThe daily procession will leave 1 Military Hospital in Thaba Tshwane at 7am to the Union Buildings.The cartage of the late president will depart from 1 Military Hospital on Old Pretoria road towards the City where it will join Kgosi Mampuru Road until the intersection of Madiba Street where it will proceed in the eastern direction towards the Union buildings.  Members of the public are expected to line up the routes and form a public guard of honour for Madiba when the remains are transported.Street vendors are advised that no trading will be allowed on the designated roads during the cartage movement on all three days. Shop owners along these routes are also advised to temporarily close shop given the large number of people expected to line the streets.The following areas of interest marks Madiba’s footsteps in Tshwane  Pretoria central Prison (Kgosi Mampuru Street)On 7 November 1962, Nelson Mandela was sentenced to five years for incitement and leaving the country illegally. He then began serving his sentence at Pretoria Local Prison and was assigned the prisoner number 19476/62.Freedom Park (Salvokop, a few metres from Kgosi Mampuru Street)In 1999 President Mandela said “the day should not be far off, when we shall have a people’s shrine, a freedom park, where we shall honour with all the dignity they deserve, those who endured pain so we should experience the joy of freedom.” Mandela was describing the Freedom Park, which today stands on 52 hectares on Salvokop in Pretoria; a monument to democracy.Palace of Justice (Church Square)On 9 October 1963, Nelson Mandela along with 10 other accused appears in the Palace of Justice in Pretoria. They were the accused in the Rivonia Trial. The case was remanded to 29 October. Prisoners were transported in the back of a van using the Madiba street entrance.This is where Mandela made his famous speech which concluded as follows “During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal for which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”Corner Lillian Ngoyi and Madiba streetsLillian Madiba Ngoyi (25 September 1911- 13 March 1980) was a South anti- apartheid activist. She was the first woman elected to the executive committee of the African National Congress, and helped launch the Freedom of South African Women. On 9 August 1956, Ngoyi led a march along with Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa, Sophia Williams-De Bruyn, Bertha Gxowa and Albertina Sisulu of 20 000 women to the Union Buildings of Pretoria in protest against the apartheid government requiring women to carry passbooks as part of the pass laws.Lillian Ngoyi visited Nelson Mandela on Robben Island prison in August 1973.Nelson Mandela Drive and Madiba StreetIt’s only in the City of Tshwane where two streets named after Nelson ‘Madiba’ Mandela, meets. It is at this intersection where the City of Tshwane has set up an eco-open park in honour of Mandela.Union BuildingsThe body of Nelson Mandela will lie in state at the amphitheatre at the Union Buildings from Wednesday 11 December till Friday 13 December. Mandela was sworn in as the first president of the Democratic Republic of South Africa on 10 May 1994. On 10 December 2002, President Thabo Mbeki bestowed the country’s Order of Mapungubwe on president Nelson Mandela.Tshwane memorial serviceThe City will host a memorial service at Lucas Moripe “Masterpieces” stadium on 12 December 2013 from 14:00, to honour the democratic Capital’s City forefather and founder.  The memorial service will be address by senior members of the national cabinet and interfaith community, supplemented by cultural performance and citations.Issued ByBlessing ManaleExecutive Head: Public Affairs, Media Relations and SpokespersonOffice of the Executive Mayor| Centurion | Cnr Rabie & Basden Streets |PO Box 3242 Pretoria | 0001Tel: 012 358 4320 |Cell: 083 677 1630 | Email: read more

first_imgWhy are farmers of Maharashtra on strike?  Giridhar Patil said, “The steering committee has not yet decided on the exact demands of farmers and how to approach the government with them. I opposed the idea of meeting government representatives before these things were finalised.” He also alleged that a couple of members of the steering committee announced a fast over farmers’ issues without consulting other members.Not kept in loop: RaoteShiv Sena minister Diwakar Raote, a members of the high-powered committee, claimed he was kept in the dark about the formation of the panel. However, Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil of the BJP, who is the committee chairperson, said he had called Mr. Raote to invite him to the panel’s maiden meeting on Sunday.On Friday, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced the formation of a six-member high-powered committee of ministers to look into farmers’ issues, including a loan waiver. “I had no idea that my name is being included in the ministers’ panel. We had been kept in the dark,” Mr. Raote said.Mr. Patil, who heads the committee, also said further the State government has already accepted 90% of demands made by protesting farmers. “The remaining demands will be looked into during the meeting on Sunday. The BJP will keep trying to give utmost respect to the Sena,” Mr. Patil added.The other members of the panel are Agriculture Minister Pandurang Fundkar, Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, Cooperation Minister Subhash Deshmukh and Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan.The group will hold discussions with farmers’ leaders and submit a proposal to the state government. A rift seems to have developed in the Kisan Kranti Morcha’s steering committee, with some members refusing to take part in a meeting with a high-powered group of ministers.The 21-member committee, formed five days ago, was to meet the ministers in Mumbai on Saturday. Its prominent members include BJP ally and MP Raju Shetti, Giridhar Patil, Ramchandrabapu Patil, Anil Ghanwat, Raghunath Patil, Ajit Navale, MLA Bacchu Kadu and Dr. Budhajirao Mulik. Of these, Giridhar Patil, Ramchandrabapu Patil, Anil Ghanwat and Dr. Mulik have decided not to participate in the meeting.Also Readlast_img read more

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