The monthly series events presented by a newly elected committee of CRAIC (Cultural Revival Amongst Interested Communities) is well underway with a change of emphasis from the traditional pub session to a more interesting and wider variety of events.The latest in the series of monthly events was the innovative “Big Squeeze” night in aid of Alzheimer’s at Maggies Tavern Carrickmore near St Johnstone.The concert featured squeezable instruments including uilleann pipes, highland bagpipes, and button and piano accordions from near and as far away as Sligo. Those who give their time to perform at the concert were: Gerard Boyle – Uileann pipes, Aoife & Ethan Mc Cullagh – Piano Accordion, Caitlin Gallagher – Piano Accordion, Declan O’Kane – Button accordion Sarah & Ellen McMenamin – Piano Accordion, Donegal Piper Christy Murray – Bagpipes, Terry Griffin – Piano accordion, , CRAIC secretary Sean O’Neill & CRAIC chairperson Anne-Marie Devine – Piano AccordionsA total of £360 was raised on the night for Alzheimer’s.This proved a great opportunity for musicians to perform a variety of traditional music and music from all over the world as solo and duet performances.Following the concert was the big squeeze session with 18 musicians taking part in entertaining the crowd until closing.Great CRAIC! Lifford’s ‘Big Squeeze’ raises money for Alzheimer’s was last modified: October 4th, 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)
14 November 2014The manufacturing sector is seen as a key driver for inclusive growth, job creation and poverty alleviation, but it has been in decline for the past three decades. This has prompted South Africa to commit resources to building and supporting it.Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies pointed out that the demise of South Africa’s tool, die and mould making (TDM) sector over the last 30 years had resulted in a loss of more than 80% of the country’s manufacturing capacity.Following the decline of the sector, a partnership was set up between the Department of Trade and Industry and the Toolmaking Association of South Africa, which gave rise to a multi-stakeholder intervention known as the National Tooling Initiative (NTI). “The NTI, as a rehabilitation strategy, aims to address production and technology challenges, skills deficit and transformation in the sector,” Davies said.On average, he estimated, the South African economy used more than R15-billion a year of TDM equipment and maintenance services, of which only 20% was provided by the local industry. This not only had an adverse effect on the balance of payments, but resulted in significant loss of technical and engineering skills and maintenance support. Given the centrality of the TDM sector, the broader manufacturing sector’s competitiveness had also been negatively affected.The shortage of toolmakers also poses a serious challenge to achieving the goals set out in the Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap). The overriding goal of Ipap is to prevent industrial decline and support the growth and diversification of South Africa’s manufacturing sector. “Current toolmakers in South Africa are ageing (with an average age of 55 years) and the number of properly trained toolmakers produced per year remains very low in comparison, resulting in a continuing shortage of toolmakers in a variety of manufacturing sectors,” Davies stressed.His department understood the importance of the TDM sector to the economy and to date had supported the NTI with over R260-million, of which R9-million had been used to equip the Tooling Centre of Excellence, set up at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation. Supplementary funds would be earmarked in an effort to develop a state-of-the-art facility. “This investment is necessary and will assist South Africa in reversing the skills deficit, close the age gap and contribute to regaining the manufacturing competitiveness.”Davies was speaking at the launch of the centre, on 10 November. NTI chief executive Dirk van Dyk added that the initiative needed industry participation for the programme to succeed. Under the programme’s skills development pilot phase, 1 600 students were being trained at further education and training colleges and centres of excellence. Also, more than 200 manufacturing companies had so far provided on-the-job training for the students.The NTI was set up with the national objective of rehabilitating the South African TDM sector, so contributing to a strategic growth stimulator for manufacturing and technical skills development. Developed as a national, multi-stakeholder initiative, it is structured as a public private partnership. This allows the government and the industry to co-operate in the large scale intervention that is required to rehabilitate the TDM sector.It has five driving programmes: skills and expertise development; capacity expansion, small, medium and micro enterprise and broad-based black economic empowerment structuring; technology recapitalisation; competitiveness improvement and export development; and public private partnership governance structure development.Stakeholders take part in and contribute to these programmes on regional and national levels through capacitated legal structures and forums.SAinfo reporter and SANews.gov
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New Delhi: About 25 developing countries will be participating in a meeting to be held in the national capital from May 13-14 to discuss various issues related to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), an official said. The commerce ministry has already received approval from the Election Commission to hold this mini-ministerial meet. EC’s nod is necessary since the model code of conduct is in place. The meeting assumes significance as several countries are raising questions over the relevance of the Geneva-based global trade body. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalMany countries are also taking protectionist measures, impacting global trade. Member countries could deliberate upon issues such as reforming the WTO, the official said. Recently, the WTO cautioned that the global trade will continue to face strong headwinds this year and in 2020 after growing slower-than-expected in 2018 due to rising trade tensions and increased economic uncertainty. India has time and again stressed the importance and relevance of the WTO for promoting global trade. This will be the second mini-ministerial meet to be organised by India. In March last year, over 50 nations participated in a meeting here to explore options for resolving various issues and re-invigorating the WTO.
OSU freshman forward Mason Jobst (26) during a game against Michigan on March 6 at Nationwide Arena. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorIn a battle of top-15 teams, the No. 12 Ohio State men’s hockey team (13-7-6, 4-5-1-1) hosts No. 5 Minnesota for two home conference clashes this weekend.The Golden Gophers (17-7-2, 8-2-0-0) enter the series as the nation’s fourth-ranked offense with almost four goals per game, and rank seventh in power play offense. OSU and Minnesota split two games back on Dec. 3 and 4 — a 5-3 OSU loss on Friday night and an 8-3 win the next day. Since then, however, coach Don Lucia’s squad has won 10 of its last 12 games, and are on a three-game win streak that included a sweep of No. 10 Penn State last weekend.Between the two units, either side is ranked as one of the nation’s top-five offenses.Scarlet and Gray associate head coach Mark Strobel said the Gophers are a different team than 10 weeks ago that presents a lethal offense year in and year out. Moreover, Strobel said the Buckeyes have the capability to sweep this weekend’s game, but the wins will go to the team that executes and competes for all three periods. “It’s going to be a skating game, and for us, we have to take away time and space, and frustrate them with playing the body,” Strobel said. “For us, it’s a want, and it’s the ability to compete for 60 minutes and not just 20.”On the other side, OSU has had a difficult time keeping its opponent off the scoreboard in the first period of games as of late. The Buckeyes fell behind 2-0 and 1-0 in the first period of games against Wisconsin on Jan. 26 and 28, as well as 2-0 and 3-2 deficits in the first 20 minutes of both games at Michigan last weekend.In light of the slow starts, sophomore forward Mason Jobst said making sure the team does not come out flat has been a big emphasis this week in order to not give opponents the opportunity to take advantage of the game early on. Making adjustments mid-game will be key to success in this series.“We’ve got to change it,” Jobst said. “We can’t afford to keep digging (ourselves into) big holes. We can’t get out of them.”With just 10 games left, the Scarlet and Gray sit in fourth place in the Big Ten standings with 14 points — 10 behind the Golden Gophers, who are in a tie at the top with No. 17 Wisconsin.As the final stretch of the season begins with six conference points on the line this weekend, Strobel said the team’s focus needs to be set on playing “Buckeye hockey” by getting pucks deep, pressuring the defense and dictating the pace of play — starting with the first game Friday night.“Every weekend is a big series … we have to win hockey games,” Strobel said. “We can’t let points go south anymore. We have to stop the bleeding, if you will, and for us, it’s going to be Friday night, come eight o’clock, that we have to take our game to Minnesota.”Puck drop is slated for 8 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center both Friday and Saturday night.
Ohio State freshman JJ Wolf returns a volley against Purdue on April 9. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsTwo teams with 15-plus-game winning streaks faced off in a matchup that would give one program its first ever men’s tennis national title.In the battle between the two hottest teams in men’s tennis, it was the Demon Deacons who came out victorious on their home court, ending Ohio State’s 22-game win streak with a 4-2 win.The win came at the hands of freshman Bar Botzer, who completed Wake Forest’s first-ever NCAA title in tennis when freshman Tim Seibert hit the net on a return, losing the match in two sets (4-6, 5-7).Ohio State earned points from redshirt sophomore Kyle Seelig and junior Martin Joyce, with each winning on straight sets to give the Buckeyes a chance after falling in two doubles matches by a 7-5 score.Senior Mikael Torpegaard, Ohio State’s highest-ranked player, lost in his doubles match with freshman John McNally 7-5 against Botzer and junior Petros Chrysochos, Wake Forest’s highest-ranked player.Chrysochos defeated Ohio State sophomore J.J. Wolf in two sets (6-1, 6-3) to help the Demon Deacons earn two points in the match.The victory gave Wake Forest its 16th straight win, and redemption after losing to Ohio State 4-3 a season ago after Torpegaard defeated then-No. 1 Chrysochos in the final match.
Andrea Ranocchia has warned Inter Milan that they shouldn’t focus on their rivalry with Juventus if they want to be successful this season.Inter Milan is the team expected to push Juventus all the way this season as they’ve been described as ‘anti-Juve’. However, Ranocchia believes their season priority shouldn’t be only about beating Juventus.“Beating Juve is always beautiful, but our path must relate to every match in the League, Champions League and Coppa Italia” Ranocchia told Sky Sports Italia, via Football Italia.“You can’t go far with just a single match. We have to improve after our first few games and prepare ourselves for some important events.Juventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“We can take a maximum of six points off Juve. We need more than that if we want to go far.“The Champions League is a return that I’ve been waiting to make for a long time. We’ve achieved a crucial objective for a project that must keep going for years to come.“I’m happy to be back in it. It’ll be nice to face some great teams, and we’ll go for everything with calmness.”
Rangers Football Club manager Steven Gerrard has hammered his team’s defenders after their horror outing against Spartak Moscow on Thursday.The Gers took the lead three times in Moscow, but a woeful second-half display handed them their first UEFA Europa League defeat of the season.The Scottish Premiership club were on a high when first-half strikes from Glenn Middleton, Daniel Candeias and an own-goal from Roman Eremenko gave them a 3-2 advantage.But shocking defensive lapses, especially in the second half, allowed Spartak to seize control for a 4-3 win, as they blew Group G wide open.Gerrard’s side seat third in their group behind Spartak and Villarreal, but host the Spanish club on match day 5 as they look to secure qualification for the second round.However, the former Liverpool youth team coach refused to spare his ropey rear-guard and knows more lamentable defending in their next two group games will cost them any shot at the last 32.Owen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.He said, according to Express: “I’m very disappointed with the result. You saw two sides of our performance tonight. We attacked very well and were dangerous and countered bravely. We got our rewards and had control at half-time.“However, football is about levels and if you don’t do the basics well enough and defend properly, then high-level teams will normally punish you and that was the case here.“People who have had a lot of praise and who did really well to get us to this stage just didn’t do the basics well enough.“Normally, to come here and score three goals you get a result, but I’m bitterly disappointed with how we defended.”