first_imgThe death of a man at Ballyshannon Garda Station is being investigated by the Garda Ombudsman.The man’s death is not being treated as suspicious.The Garda Press office said this is not a matter for them and have referred queries to the Garda Ombudsman.DEATH OF MAN AT DONEGAL GARDA STATION BEING INVESTIGATED was last modified: May 28th, 2015 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:BALLYSHANNON GARDA STAITONdeathdonegalGSOClast_img read more

Foreign journalists get the inside story

first_imgChinese journalist Wang Yu was one of six foreign reporters invited by Brand South Africa on a tour of the country’s most ingenious scientific and engineering projects. (Image: Shamin Chibba)• Sandisiwe GugushePublic RelationsBrand South Africa+ 27 11 712 Shamin ChibbaWhen Ngozi Onuoha, a journalist from New York city, first landed in Johannesburg this week, she was amazed to find it resembled her hometown. “I’m really shocked at how urban Johannesburg is. It’s just amazing how similar it is to New York.”And for Washington DC journalist Peter Mellgard, the city was like a tropical London. “It’s not because of the weather but it just didn’t feel like the rest of Africa. It’s more developed.”Onuhoa and Mellberg are part of a group of foreign journalists and bloggers invited by Brand South Africa for what is known as an innovation tour. Since landing in Johannesburg on 22 March, the group has travelled across four provinces, visiting some of the country’s most innovative projects, including a robotics centre at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Gauteng, the Greenside Colliery in Mpumalanga, and the World Design Capital and the Square Kilometre Array SA office in the in the Western Cape. First impressionsOnuhoa writes for, a New York-based online magazine that publishes news and features about the continent. After attending the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg last week, she said she was astounded by how much bigger the venue was compared to the Lincoln Centre, where New York Fashion Week takes place. “Fashion Week at Lincoln Centre is a really big thing there. But I went to the [Mercedes Benz] Fashion Week in Johannesburg and it was massive.”Onuhoa was born and raised in New York City to Nigerian parents who had settled in the US. Because of this she considers herself as much African as she is American. She added that her background played a role in the way she viewed South Africa. “What people are doing, how people are doing things and the way of thinking seems so different to anywhere else in the world. South Africa is so unique in that you have development and poverty. America has poverty but people sort of brush it under the table. But here it is something that is talked about and people ask, ‘How do we answer those problems?’”She is looking to relocate to Johannesburg at the end of this year but her fiancé, an Ivorian, is looking to settle in East Africa. “We’re still trying to figure that out. But I’m also here to observe how people are living every day. It forms a large part of my reporting.”British reporter Sinem Bilen-Onabanjo arrived in South Africa dispelling all perceptions she had of the country so that she could see it for what it really was. “I come from a very multicultural background so I know not to believe what I hear about foreign countries. I came with an open mind and I’m glad I did.”The group visited Mandela House – the home in which Nelson Mandela lived with his family before he was sent to prison – in Soweto, prompting Bilen-Onabanjo to say she believed South Africa had made peace with its past. “It’s taken it for what it is, and it’s just an amazing thing to witness for me instead of reading it in the media or seeing it on the news.”Chinese journalist Wang Yu, who writes for the liberal Beijing publication Caijing Magazine, said South Africa was far more advanced than other African countries she had visited in terms of its economy and infrastructure. She also pointed out that Johannesburg’s busy traffic was a key measurement of the country’s economy.Wu Ning Ning, a Beijing journalist for Global Times, said the South Africa she had seen on the tour was very different from the reports of social upheaval normally depicted in Chinese media. “The few Chinese who know of Soweto think it’s full of violence. But when I went there, I found that it was famous for having two Nobel Peace Prize winners in Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu.” Youth at peace yet disconnected with the pastBilen-Onabanjo said South African youth’s seemingly peaceful existence was, to a certain extent, a sign of their disengagement from the past. And Mellgard thought their disconnection from history and politics may not bode well for the future of the country. “It’s surprising how everybody says the youth is just not concerned; they hear the stories but they are just disengaged in a big way from the legacy of apartheid and the politics.”With a large part of the vote coming from the born-free generation, it was startling to see that many of them did not care about the upcoming elections, he said. “I was struck by how it seemed many young people cared about other things much more than politics, such as entertainment. But in that way they are like young people everywhere.”Wu also observed this trend among the born-free generation, saying they were similar to Chinese youth. She would aim to write a comparison between the two groups. “They have a lot of issues that are similar and they have their own special problems.” Telling our own storiesBilen-Onabanjo writes for FAB Magazine, a lifestyle and fashion publication focused on Africa. Originally known as Fabulous African Black, FAB, she said, strived to do away with the negative stereotypes mainstream media had created about Africa by telling positive stories. “We don’t need Condé Nast to come and tell our stories. We can tell them ourselves.”To her, South Africa was more than just a tourist destination and the stories she aimed to write would reflect this. “When people look at South Africa the first thing they think of is Cape Town, tourism and the beaches. I think it’s good to see the scientific and innovative side.”Since she also writes for the business magazine New African Woman, she said her next story would examine how women in South Africa had progressed in business and science since the end of apartheid. She was particularly taken with Natasha Govender, a young computer scientist specialising in robotics research at the CSIR. “She has perhaps left a better-paying job to work in an academy and it’s one of her passions to engage with women and encourage more women to go into sciences. So I think women in the economy and their role is definitely coming across as a strong story.”Mellgard hoped his articles for The American Interest magazine would get Americans curious about South Africa. “I came here knowing Americans in general, and people who read my magazine in particular, don’t care very much about Africa and South Africa. When you tell Americans about South Africa, they’ll say diamonds, Mandela and race, but there’s obviously more to the country than that. So hopefully I will be able to get my readers to care about other things.”For Chinese readers, Wang said the transformation of South African society following apartheid was intriguing. “Most Chinese are not familiar with the policies such as black economic empowerment. We hardly write about South African economics. In Chinese media we normally discuss things related to us or near us.”Wu would take a similar angle to her stories for the Global Times, with a greater focus on development. “I want to write a comparison between South Africa’s development model and the Chinese model, which will get Chinese readers to think more [about] our own problems from South Africa’s perspective.”She also wanted to look at the strength of South African unions and the mining strikes that had distracted operations in recent years. “In China the unions are weak. So I will give the readers the whole picture and provide deeper insights into the strikes.”last_img read more

South African app connects job seekers with employment opportunities

first_imgBountly is a local recruitment website designed to service job creation, through incorporating social media elements and the current peer-to-peer economy trend revolutionised by companies such as Uber and Airbnb.Bountly is a South African online platform aimed at helping to solve the unemployment crisis in South Africa by enabling job seekers to establish a trustworthy authority for themselves in the local freelancer marketplace. (Image: Bountly)A beta version of the site was launched in January 2018, focused primarily on job opportunities in the Western Cape. But the site creators hope to provide connections for job seekers in other major centres in the next six months.Bountly connects job seekers, students and people looking for a second income with part-time employment. The vacancies cover a wide variety of jobs, including office administration, dog walking, maintenance work and manufacturing. The site allows interested parties to register and create a CV profile online. Visitors can register to search for potential employees or to place job ads.Job seekers can apply for jobs on the site, or await new opportunities that fit their skillsets.  Registered users are notified about potential job openings, safely connected with the job offering and when the job is completed, are paid through the site’s secure payment portal.Both applicants and work providers can be star-rated, which builds their individual credibility and performance ranking, much like the way Uber rates both drivers and passengers. The ultimate aim for the website designers is to create a vast network of connections countrywide.The website is a collaboration between software engineer Michael Whelehan, public relations expert Carly Jack and entrepreneur Simon Telian.“We want to [be able to] give people equal opportunity, and [give them] a marketplace to create an authority in their chosen profession,” Whelehan told The South African news website.Bountly wants to become the leading South African solution to reliable online recruitment, an area often prone to inconsistent gatekeeping and exploitation of job seekers. The website is free to use for registered users and no services or money is exchanged until all parties and opportunities are verified.“We want to create trust in the workplace, while giving our users the competitive edge,” says Telian, a veteran of several successful entrepreneurial endeavours in South Africa, Germany and Switzerland.While the focus of the website is on temporary, small-scale employment opportunities, the team believe that proper management of a thriving but under-utilised informal job market in South Africa is one of the country’s greatest assets in helping to solve the employment challenges.“Bountly targets the grey area, the undefined and task-related work roles, of which there is an abundance in South Africa,” Jack told The South African.For more information, visit the Bountly website and connect with those behind the idea on LinkedIn and Facebook.Source: The South African website, BountlyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Southeastern Equipment Company names new executive

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Southeastern Equipment Co., Inc. is pleased to announce the promotion of Thor Hess to Executive Vice President. As EVP,Hess will oversee company strategy (both long term and short term), implement operating efficiencies across all 18 locations, manage manufacturer relationships, and serve as in-house legal counsel. Hess joined Southeastern Equipment in 2014 as Director of Corporate Development where he helped hone company strategy and assisted in managing corporate operations.last_img read more

Indirect poll for civic body heads in Rajasthan

first_imgThe Rajasthan Cabinet on Monday decided to conduct indirect election for the post of mayor and chairperson in corporations and municipalities in the State.“The Cabinet today (Monday) took a decision for indirect election of mayor and chairperson. Ward councillors will now elect them,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal told reporters after the meeting. First direct elections of mayor and chairperson were conducted in the State in 2009.“A mayor or chairperson elected by public usually ignores councillors and development works get affected. When a directly elected mayor or chairperson is from one party and the majority in the corporation or municipality is of the other party, it also stalls development,” he said. BJP blamedAccusing the BJP of creating an atmosphere of hate and violence, Mr. Dhariwal said that it was necessary to return to the old mode of indirect elections of mayors and chairpersons to counter the divisive policies of the BJP.last_img read more

Gov’t Committed to Boost Capacity of Fire Fighters

first_imgThe Government has reiterated its dedication to strengthening the capacity of Jamaica Fire Brigade to effectively carry out its tasks in fire prevention and ensuring public safety, despite budgetary constraints. “We are taking it step-by-step in working towards expanding the fleet, refurbishing fire stations island-wide and increasing the number of officers,” said State Minister for Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Colin Fagan. He was speaking at the Diamond Jubilee Awards ceremony for officers of the brigade held on Wednesday, January 30 at the Girl Guides Associationof Jamaica headquarters in St. Andrew. Citing the brigade’s community outreach activities, Mr. Fagan said these were vital in fire prevention and pledged the Ministry’s commitment to providing the necessary support to continue initiatives in this regard. “We are extremely proud of the progress that has been made and of the commitment of the men and women, who, through volunteering their time and skills and forging partnerships with the community, have found innovative ways of addressing some of the challenges that face the brigade. These actions make the awards even more deserving,” he said. The State Minister congratulated the awardees for their sterling contribution to the nation and the development of the brigade over the years. “I am proud to share this moment with you. It goes to show that your hard work and commitment have not gone unnoticed. I encourage you to remain steadfast in your aim and to maintain your high standards as you continue to save lives and protect property,” he said. “I applaud, particularly, the focus you have brought to the numerous accident scenes to which you have been called, your patience and compassion in dealing with the victims have not gone unnoticed,” he added. Mr. Fagan also commended the Diamond Jubilee Committee for recognising those who have made invaluable service through their fire fighting, public education and rescue activities. During the ceremony, approximately 40 officers were presented with the medals for dedicated service, commitment and loyalty to the brigade, in celebration of the Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.last_img read more