Busy Twin Towns junction to undergo traffic review

first_imgThe appointment of a consultant to carry out a review of the operation of McClay’s junction in Stranorlar has been welcomed.Claire McGeever, Stranorlar area roads manager, confirmed that traffic counts will take place next week.The traffic counts will be done by a data collection company. Councillor Patrick McGowan said: “While adjustments to the traffic lights late last year have improved traffic movements, it is important that this survey goes ahead and identifies any glitches that occur as well as recording traffic movements on each approach road at different times in the day.“This busy junction at Mc Clays Corner needs smart traffic lights that can be adjusted to handle heavy traffic movements coming in different direction at various times of the day.”Busy Twin Towns junction to undergo traffic review was last modified: March 9th, 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) Tags:cllr patrick McGowantwin townslast_img read more

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Christmas fayre raises over €4,600 to feed schoolchildren

first_imgA fantastic €4,600 was raised for Mary’s Meals at a very successful Christmas Fayre in Trinity Hall on the 23rd November 2019.The fun festive event attracted great crowds who got the chance to meet Santa and pick up unique gifts.Proceeds from the day will go towards Mary’s Meals, which provides School Feeding Programmes to school-going impoverished and disadvantaged children throughout the world. Mary’s Meals Christmas Fayre in Trinity Hall LetterkennyThe Mary’s Meals Support Group have thanked everyone who attended the fayre: “We would in particular like to thank “Mr. & Mrs Claus and the two elves ” who took the time out from their busy schedule to be with us. Tony Duffy for the photography and the wonderful Gary Mangan for the music and song.Mary’s Meals Christmas Fayre in Trinity Hall Letterkenny“Thank you to all who made crafts and to those who came along and made it a very joyful occasion. “Thanks to the Committee of Trinity Hall who donate the use of their premises to us. “And thanks to all the Mary’s Meals Volunteers who worked so hard to ensure a successful outcome for the benefit of poor and hungry children.“We wish you all a happy and holy Christmas.”Mary’s Meals Christmas Fayre in Trinity Hall LetterkennyMary’s Meals Christmas Fayre in Trinity Hall LetterkennyChristmas fayre raises over €4,600 to feed schoolchildren was last modified: December 12th, 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:christmas fayreMary’s Mealslast_img read more

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KaXu Solar One to ease pressure on SA’s energy grid

first_img2 March 2015Lorraine KearneyThe first house in South Africa got electricity in 1890; by 1996, 5-million homes were connected to the grid. But between 1996 and today, South Africa added 7-million houses to the national grid, “doing more in 18 years than the country previously managed in 106 years”.This was the word of Ebrahim Patel, the economic development minister, who was speaking at the opening of KaXu Solar One outside Pofadder on Monday. With this success has come problems, namely the need for more power to be generated.Solutions to this hunger for power are coming thick and fast, in the form of renewable and coal-fired power.KaXu Solar One is the first solar thermal electricity (STE) plant in South Africa. It is also the biggest of its kind in Africa and the southern hemisphere. In opening the plant, Patel said: “Tonight, when ordinary South Africans put on their lights, put on their stoves to cook food, or watch television, some of that electricity would have been generated today near Pofadder.”Open skiesKaXu, which means “open skies” in the local Nama language, will add 100MW of electricity from the sun to the national grid, which is equal to about 320 gigawatt hours of electricity a year.“This is equal to the consumption of 80 000 houses, so serving more than 400 0000 South Africans. In practical terms, this is the consumption of all the households in Mossel Bay, Oudshoorn, Knysna and Swellendam combined,” said Patel.The plant covers an area of three square kilometres. It is made up of 17nbsp;200 collectors; each collector has 10 modules; each module has 28 mirrors. There are a total of 336 000 mirrors on the plant. The mirrors track the movement of the sun.Importantly, STE technology allows electricity to be stored for two-and-a-half hours, which means power will be supplied to the national grid when it is needed most – at peak time after dark. And it saves 315 000 tons of carbon emissions per year, said Armando Zuluaga, the chief executive of Abengoa Solar, a partner of the project.Total investment was $891-million in KaXu, the largest parabolic trough project in the southern hemisphere, according to Javier Benjumea, the president of Abengoa Solar International Advisory Board. “It will generate power when the sun has set. It also offers increased flexibility in terms of storage. It offers the same electricity without carbon emissions and that is a game changer.”KaXu Solar One was opened by Geoffery Qhena, the chief executive of the Industrial Development Corporation; Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel; Armando Zuluaga, the chief executive of Abengoa Solar; and Fadiel Farao, the chairman of the KaXu Community Trust. All are partners in the project.Qhena said the IDC recognised the key importance of the green economy, and had increased its focus in renewable energy as a means to reduce reliance on coal-generated power.Job creationDeveloping the new industries had “facilitated job creation, the upliftment of rural communities, skills and industrial development,” he said. The IDC’s involvement had seen the industry become more competitive and attract interest from different players – demonstrating its role in de-risking the sector.KaXu had a capacity bigger than the installed capacity in the whole of Lesotho, said Patel, who spoke about other initiatives: on 3 March, the Kakamas Hydro Electric Power plant would be opened on the Orange River, adding 10 MW to the grid.“On [5 March], Abengoa directors will fly to Johannesburg to sign the closure agreement for the beginning of the next solar plant – next door. Xina will bring jobs to the community and bring power to the national grid and so help our country to build schools, build manufacturing and grow the economy.”Koeberg equivalentAlready 33 renewable energy plants had been opened and by the end of the month, there would be 1 685 MW available – almost equivalent to Koeberg’s entire output. “In 12 months we have been building plants that will generate almost as much as Koeberg. The difference is that Koeberg generates all the time.”Coal was not forgotten though, and Patel spoke of the Medupi synchronising taking place on the day of KaXu’s inauguration. “Over the next few months, we will make sure the system is stable, and we will bring 800MW of electricity into our grid. All of these are examples of the government working hard to solve the electricity problem.”The total cost of KaXu came in at R7.9-billion investment, with about R1-billion coming from the Spanish group, Abengoa. The balance was supplied by the IDC, Nedbank RMB, Development Bank of Southern Africa, and the International Finance Corporation.KaXu is owned by Abengoa (59%), the IDC (29%) and the KaXu Community Trust (21%). The risk was carried by Abengoa, said Patel, which had put in its equity.Community trustAn important benefit was the value of the project to the rural area of Khai Ma. During construction, 4 500 jobs were created, 80% of them local. Now during operations, there are 80 permanent jobs, and South Africans are being trained to run the plant.Through the trust, the dividends would be invested in long-term projects that would benefit the community for generations to come, said Fadiel Farao, the chairman of the KaXu Community Trust. Projects would be in education, health, and skills development.“Big projects come and go,” said Patel, “so we must see that they create something out of it so that generations to come can be helped.”Finally, a project like this made a positive contribution to sustainability of life on planet. “If we burn coal and petrol all the time, we damage the environment and will kill opportunities for our children and the next generation. We can’t destroy the earth to grow our economy. Renewable energy is a bit more expensive, but we have to invest in it. Because we use the power of the sun, it doesn’t cause damage to our environment.”The life of KaXu is 20 years, but there is an emphasis on growing local manufacturing of the components, which will allow the country to build a solar power manufacturing sector. “We pay more for renewable energy, so we must have a better return,” said Patel. Renewable energy used to cost 100% more than coal-fired power; now that cost had dropped to 50% – and this was dropping all the time as more companies invested in new technology.How KaXu worksSource: IDCWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Coach Your Salespeople to Be Their Best (A Note to the Sales Manager)

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now You need to coach your team to deliver its very best performance. Sometimes you are going to have an all-star team, a team that sets records and exceeds anyone’s expectations—even their own. Sometimes you will have a team with less talent than you need, and sometimes you will have a team that is a little better than average.Your job is to coach your team to the best performance that team is capable of. This means you coach each individual to deliver the best performance they are capable of producing.Their Best Is Their BestIt is important to remember that you want the best performance you can possibly get from each of your salespeople.Some of your salespeople will be capable of far more than they deliver, and you are going to have to push them to give you the performance they are capable of delivering. They’re better than most even when they are coasting so they never break a sweat.Others will have little natural ability but will work like the devil to put up numbers. They don’t need pushed; they need help getting the skills and the situational knowledge.You coach each individual to deliver their best performance, remembering that their best performance isn’t the same as another salesperson’s best performance.Turning In Your Best PerformanceFrom quarter to quarter, from year to year, you and your team have to turn in the best performance that you possibly can.Some years, you may set records because that was what your team was capable of producing. Other years you won’t produce record sales, but you still may turn in the best performance possible from the team you fielded. You might even have a year where your group of underdogs misses setting the record, but puts forth the effort that makes them your all-time favorite sales team for outperforming everyone’s expectations.This post isn’t about making excuses for losses or missed quarters (or Heaven forbid, missed years). What it is about instead is the fundamental idea that you coach each of your players to deliver their best performance, and by doing so, you deliver the best performance that team was capable of producing. That is your job as a sales manager and coach. And if you do that much, things will turn out better than you expected.QuestionsHow do you coach each individual to deliver their best performance?How do you give each of your salespeople what they need in order to give you their best performance?How does coaching each individual rep help you to deliver your best performance as their manager-coach?Can you deliver your best performance as a manager-coach if some of your team members don’t? How do you get them to understand their role on the team?last_img read more

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You Sell from In Front

first_imgIt’s difficult to play the game of sales from behind.It’s difficult to play from behind when your buyer has already entered the buying cycle. Once they’ve decided that they’re dissatisfied, that they need to change, and have started evaluating options, you’re already working from behind. If you think you can wait for your dream client to decide they need something before you start engaging them, you’re incorrect.It’s difficult to play from behind your competitors, too. Once they’ve managed to find their way into your dream client company and made connections, you’re already behind in relationship building. If you think you can play catch up after your competitors have the place wired, you’re going to learn just how difficult it can be to displace someone with a deep relationship. Selling is built on relationships of value. You need to have built relationships before you really need them.It’s difficult to play from behind when it comes to pricing. Once you’re at the end of your sales process and begin negotiating, it’s too late to start trying to define the value you create. To successfully maintain your pricing and your margins, you needed to build the value and gain agreement on what it’s worth to your client early in the sales process. The only way you can push back and reiterate the value you create is if you’ve already gained that agreement earlier. You sharpen your value creation, or you sharpen your pencil.Selling is a game that’s best played from in front. You work in front of opportunities to help your dream client understand and their needs—and the eventual solution. You work in front of opportunities to create the relationships you need up and down your client’s organizational chart. You work in front of pricing by gaining agreement on the value you create and what it’s worth to your dream client before you ever get to a negotiation.QuestionsHow do you play the game of sales from in front?How do you fall behind?What are the challenges of trying to catch up with your dream client when they’re deep into their buying cycle?What do you do to catch up with your competitors when they’ve built strong relationships?When is the right time to start justifying your price as it relates to the value you create? Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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I-T dept officials raid house, offices of Gupta brothers

first_imgIncome Tax officials raided the offices in Saharanpur and Dehradun belonging to the South Africa-based industrialists Gupta brothers. Searches were also conducted at the Guptas’ ancestral house in Ranibazar where the brothers, Ajay, Atul and Rajesh, grew up and lived till they left the country to become industrial tycoons in South Africa and close allies of the country’s former President Jacob Zuma. Mr. Zuma’s reported dealings with the brothers had rocked South African politics, leading to his resignation as President in mid-February. The Gupta brothers, however, have consistently denied any wrongdoing. “There was suspicion that the brothers were trying to bring illegal money into the country through various means. We intend to investigate if there is some basis for the suspicion,” said a senior IT department official involved with the raid. “Raids were conducted at the old Ranibazar house in Saharanpur, as well as their houses in Dehradun. We are also looking for bank accounts associated with them and properties they own,” the official said.Premise of a temple where the Gupta brothers were in the process of building a grand structure worth several crores were also raided, said the official.last_img read more

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Blatche status still uncertain as Gilas deals with schedule conflicts for Fiba q’fying

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion LOOK: McGregor congratulates Mayweather, says he has ‘strong tools’ for MMA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “With the current format, we will play two games in November. How are you going to approach that? It’s a very difficult situation,” stressed the mentor.Another challenge is convincing prospects to stay in the country and not entertain offers elsewhere if  SBP decides to naturalize another player.“It’s another way, to hire a full-time naturalized player who will be with us day-in and day-out, but that’s going to be very costly. We are talking to several prospects, but that’s not easy. You have to convince them to stay here and not think about the other leagues. Also, we have to go through the Congress and their contracts. It’s really a tedious process,” he said. “That’s why we are very happy that we have a reliable big man in Christian (Standhardinger), but he will also leave for the ABL in November.”Despite all the problems, Reyes shared that SBP is still in constant communication with Blatche’s camp.“We’re in constantly in touch with his agents. That’s just the way it is and that’s how difficult the situation we’re in with,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT “The situation with Andray is very fluid situation, a constant work in progress for us,” the mentor said Thursday at the homecoming presser hosted by Chooks-to-go at Marco Polo in Ortigas. “By November, he will be playing in his Chinese team so we don’t know if his Chinese team is going to allow him to play.”Gilas’ woes with its naturalized player coincides with the problem  of adjusting  to the new competition schedule, which  Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) has been working on for the better part of the year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe home-and-away qualifiers begin on November, right in the middle of the various national professional tournaments in Asia.That will leave Blatche, who is playing with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association, as well as majority of the PBA players out for the games, unless the SBP comes up with a plan amenable to all the parties involved. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Andray Blatche. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAndray Blatche’s status with the national team is still up in the air.Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes admitted that he’s still uncertain about the status of the Syracuse native, especially in the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

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OBAMA VISIT: One-on-one meet precedes dinner

first_imgUS President Barack Obama greets Congress chief Sonia Gandhi at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s (right) dinner on Sunday.A day before the elaborate banquet by President Pratibha Patil, on the lawns of Rashtrapati Bhavan, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hosted a lavish dinner for US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle at his 7, Race Course residence. Attended by as many as 80 guests – they included India’s who’s who – the dinner was preceded by a 40-minute one-on-one meeting between Singh and Obama.They reportedly discussed key bilateral issues, including economic cooperation, outsourcing, terror and the Af-Pak situation. The exercise was aimed at ironing out differences before the restricted and delegation-level talks at the Hyderabad House here on Monday.The Obamas drove down to the Prime Minister’s residence from ITC Maurya where they are staying. They were welcomed by Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur. On their arrival, the Obamas were welcomed by a band of Indian Navy and 30 camelmounted BSF personnel playing bugles and trumpets. The tunes played included Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite bhajan Vaishnav jan to and all-time Bollywood hit O meri zohra jabeen, tujhe maloom nahin.Though earlier expected to be a ‘private dinner’ for a select group, the guest list at Sunday’s do included key personalities from the area of politics, business, sports and cinema.The high-powered group included Congress president Sonia Gandhi – she was dressed in a dark blue silk sari – finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, home minister P. Chidambaram, defence minister A.K. Antony, foreign minister S.M. Krishna, agriculture minister Sharad Pawar, commerce minister Anand Sharma, HRD minister Kapil Sibal MoS in PMO Prithviraj Chauhan, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia, national security adviser Shiv Shankar Menon, foreign secretary Nirupama Rao, Indian Envoy to US Meera Shankar, Jamia Milia University vice-chancellor Najeeb Jung and Sam Pitroda, advisor to the Prime Minister on public information infrastructure and innovations.advertisementBJP leaders L.K. Advani and Arun Jaitley were also present on the occasion. Business honchos gracing the event included Azim Premji, Ratan Tata, Swati Piramal and N.R. Narayanamurthy. Bollywood personalities Aamir Khan, Shabana Azmi and Javed Akthar added more glamour to the occasion. Chess wizard Viswanathan Anand and environment activist Sunita Narain were also among the guests.FINE DININGIt was Awadhi platter for the Obamas at the private dinner hosted by the PM. Following are some of the items that were served:SOUPS: Shorba & mulligatawnyMAIN COURSE: Fish, lamb with green chillies, kakori kabab, mughlai chicken, gobi, dal dampukht, rice pulao, variety of Indian breadsDESSERT: Kesar phirni, mava potilast_img read more

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Amu tells CJ this is Bangladesh not Pakistan

first_imgIn an oblique reference to chief justice’s remarks, industries minister Amir Hossain Amu on Sunday said Bangladesh did not emerge from any communal poison like Pakistan but through the sacrifices of three million people. “Such utterances are meaningless… this is not Pakistan…this is Bangladesh,” he said apparently venting angers at the chief justice’s remarks.Chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, as media reported on Sunday, said the judiciary is having enough patience. Amu said, “We’ve heard our chief justice asked to look at Pakistan. We had looked at Pakistan many days ago, not today.”Recently, Pakistan’s Supreme Court ousted its prime minister Nawaz Sharif over corruption claims.The Awami League leader said the judges came to the court set up for hanging Bangabandhu in the Agartala “conspiracy” case but the people of Bangladesh and Pakistan do not know how and when they (judges) fled. “We’ve had that experience. If such things need to be seen again here, then the people of the country are ready (to face it).”The industries minister said conspiracies are being hatched against Bangladesh to make it a failed state. “We’re seeing conspiracies from various fronts. Some are trying to catch fish in troubled waters. A vested group is conspiring to hamper the country’s security and halt its pace of development,” he said.Amu said Pakistan is now a failed sate and they cannot tolerate today’s progress of Bangladesh. “That’s why they’re conspiring to make Bangladesh a failed state.”The minister came up with the remarks at a discussion organised by the Ministry of Industries marking the 15 August.About Bangabandhu, he said the killers did not only kill the person Bangabandhu on the black day of 15 August but also tried to kill the spirit of the independence.last_img read more

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Lebanese PM Hariri to meet major powers in Paris after revoking resignation

first_imgLebanese prime minister Saad Hariri attends a cabinet meeting at the presidential palace of Baabda, east of the capital Beirut, on 5 December, 2017. Photo: AFPLebanese prime minister Saad Hariri will attend talks in Paris Friday on the crisis triggered by his recent resignation announcement to be attended by US secretary of state Rex Tillerson, France said Tuesday.”The aim is to support the political process (in Lebanon) at a crucial moment,” the French foreign ministry said, minutes after Hariri announced he had rescinded his resignation.”It will send a message both to the various parties in Lebanon and to countries in the region,” the ministry added.The five permanent members of the UN Security Council — the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China — will be represented at the meeting, along with Germany, Italy and Egypt.French officials said the goal was to shore up Lebanese institutions, by strengthening the army and supporting Hariri’s economic programme, with a view to encouraging foreign investment in the country.Hariri announced he was stepping down on 4 November in a surprise televised address from Saudi Arabia that sent tremors through Lebanon, long a proxy battleground for regional powers.His resignation was seen as part of an intensifying power struggle between the Saudi kingdom — which had long backed Hariri — and its regional rival Iran, which backs the armed organisation Hezbollah.After announcing he was bowing out Hariri, who accused Hezbollah of destabilising Lebanon, remained in Riyadh, sparking speculation that he was being held hostage by the Saudis.French president Emmanuel Macron intervened to try defuse the crisis, inviting Hariri to Paris for talks, after which he returned to Beirut to a hero’s welcome.Two weeks later, following consultations with the various political groups in Lebanon, Hariri announced Tuesday he was withdrawing his resignation.last_img read more

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