Local musicians unite for a free Live Aid gig

first_imgLocal musician Martin Orr has organised a Country Sunday for Live Aid Ireland in Voodoo Venue Letterkenny.This event is free of charge and will take place on Sunday December 8 from 5pm to 9 pm.Live Aid Ireland is a nationwide fundraising campaign set up to raise money for the homeless services this Christmas. Proceeds will go to the Simon Communities of Ireland countrywide to fund the vital work they do on the front-line to end homelessness.The Simon Community work to empower people to access and retain a home by providing housing, prevention, addiction treatment, emergency response and other targeted interventions, through advocacy and partnership.The number of people who rely on the Simon Community for accommodation, healthcare and support has drastically increased as the homeless crisis has spiralled. Last year alone they gave a helping hand to 7,600 individuals and families.Here’s who can you expect to see at Live Aid Ireland’s Country Sunday:Keith Fletcher will be MC on the night.Honky Tonk HeroesThe Davy K projectMark BlackJean CurranMaria Mc Cormack and Rachael Mc GettiganLetterkenny and District Pipe BandRaffle tickets will be sold throughout the night and Martin and the team in Voodoo Venue welcome any donations. Local musicians unite for a free Live Aid gig was last modified: December 3rd, 2019 by Dionne MeehanShare 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:charitydonegalfreeletterkennyLive Aid IrelandMUSICVoodoo Venuelast_img read more

SA flower exports set to bloom

first_img10 December 2003South Africa produces just a fraction of the total world export market in flowers, but a few factors may help the country blossom into a serious exporter in the near future.According to the South African Exporter – a Business Day newspaper supplement – South Africa produces only 0.5% of the total world export market, which records about US$25-billion in annual sales. However, deals with Kenya and Holland look set to expand the industry’s capacity.South Africa’s floriculture exports – including bulbs, cut flowers, foliage and plants – rose by 51% to R279-million last year, according to the South African Exporter. However, this was mainly thanks to the strong rand, because volumes only grew by 13%. The biggest growth in weight was in plants, which was up 69%. Cut flowers contributed R140-million.According to the SA Flower Export Council (Safec), 80% of all exports go to countries directly north of South Africa, 12% to the Americas and 8% to Japan.Safec is a federation of associa­tions, name­ly the KwaZulu-Natal Cutflower Growers Association, the SA Flower Growers Association and Somerfleur, that work together on a national level.Members of these associations can take part in inter­national flower shows organised by the department of trade and industry (DTI) in co-operation with Growtech Interna­tional. The DTI supports and works closely with Safec in putting together opportuni­ties for international marketing and investment.The head of Safec, Dirk de Bruin, told the South African Exporter that “there is no doubt that the world is starting to recognise SA for the serious competitor it has become.”South Africa produces mainly roses, Proteas and Cape foliage, but it’s in the chrysanthemum where its strength lies.The South African Exporter reports that local producers have tied up contracts to supply their Kenyan counterparts with chrysanthemums, which the Kenyans will include in bouquets destined for export to UK chain stores such as Tesco and Sainsbury. Similar deals have been sealed with Dutch producers, who have traditionally supplied the European market.While Kenya exports nine times more flowers than South Africa, the country is unable to grow chrysanthemums. Also, it was not economically viable for South Africa to export the chrysanthemums it produces because of a low price-to-weight ratio.In another development, mining company Gold Fields has started a rose-growing project to ensure continuation of employment once its gold reserves are eventually depleted.The increase in the production of chrysanthemums and roses is likely to boost export volumes and reduce freight costs. However, the lack of co-operation between highly competitive flower producers in the pooling of cargo may also hamper exports.Another obstacle to the country’s export ambitions is the high demand for flowers on the local market. According to the South African Exporter, South Africa consumes about half of its flower production, while the other half is exported.Pick ‘n Pay and Woolworths, in particular, have followed international trends by selling value-added products such as mixed bouquets on the local market.This means that when the global market gets tough, producers can simply fall back on the domestic market. But De Bruin argues that producers should change their mindsets and concentrate on becoming consistent exporters.Another problem the industry faces is the high capital, management and labour costs required to realise profits. Also, says De Bruin, the frequent emergence of new producers puts pressure on the more established players.The withdrawal of the South African Protea Producers and Exporters Association from the SA Flower Export Council, which represents the bulk of the country’s flower producers, is also seen as a negative development. De Bruin says the lack of unity forces the government to deal with two agencies instead of one, and that this creates confusion among foreign clients.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

South Africa upgrades birth certificates

first_img5 March 2013 Nkosinathi Dludla and his wife Patricia on Monday became the first South African parents to receive an unabridged birth certificate for their new baby boy, Sakhile. Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor visited the young couple at Netcare Park Lane Hospital in Johannesburg to hand them an unabridged birth certificate for their four-day old son. South Africa’s new birth certificates contain details of both parents along with added security features that will make duplication much more difficult. Pandor said her department would no longer issue abridged birth certificates, as part of a move to secure the integrity of South Africa’s National Population Register, and to eradicate identity book theft and fraudulent birth registrations. “This initiative will really give us a chance of having a national population register that we all trust and which we can use for planning service provision,” Pandor said. “As from today, all [newborn] babies will be receiving unabridged certificates, and our wish is to issue them on the spot, but at the most it will be within 30 days.” The certificates will be issued at no cost to first-time applicants. Existing abridged certificates will, however, continue to remain legal documents. Speaking to SAnews at her hospital bed, Patricia Dludla said: “Being the first mother in the country to receive these new birth certificates, it is a real honour to me. I feel so special.” Pandor also issued an unabridged certificate to Silulami Libalele, whose baby girl, Dala, was born on Saturday. “Together with my wife, we are very excited by the department’s move to issue this new birth certificate to our baby without us travelling to their offices,” said Libalele, adding that his daughter’s name, Dala, means “to create”. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

It’s Not Greek to Us – England Beats New Zealand by 56 Runs in Cricket Cup

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP) — England beat New Zealand by 56 runs in a one-off Twenty20 international on Tuesday, adding to the feel-good factor surrounding its team ahead of the Ashes and denying the Black Caps a farewell victory on their tour.Protecting a score of 191-7 that was underpinned by in-form Joe Root’s 68 from 46 balls, England dismissed New Zealand for 135 in 16.2 overs on a balmy evening at Old Trafford after taking the last five wickets for four runs.The Kiwis started the chase ahead of the required run rate of 9.55, but Kane Williamson (57) ran out of partners before becoming one of three batsmen to depart over four balls in the 15th over.That plunged New Zealand to 131-8 and left-arm paceman David Willey (3-22) took the final two wickets in successive deliveries.Propelled by a new attacking mentality, England also won a thrilling one-day international series 3-2 and is a different proposition in white-ball cricket to the team that surrendered so meekly at the Cricket World Cup in February and March.“We were so far away in the World Cup,” said England captain Eoin Morgan, whose side was eliminated in the group stage. “Things have turned around pretty quickly.”New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum described some of his team’s batting as “amateurish.”“We got off to a reasonable start,” McCullum said, “but we weren’t able to build partnerships as the innings progressed.“Credit to England, they’ve played some outstanding cricket this summer.”Root came to the crease when opener Jason Roy was run out after an explosive 23 that included two sixes in the second over, and smashed eight fours and one six to continue his strong recent form from the ODI series.Alex Hales (27), Ben Stokes (24 not out) and Sam Billings (21) also weighed in with cameos and a target of 192 was competitive.McCullum smashed 35 off 15 balls and Williamson’s knock came off 37 deliveries and included eight fours. But Ross Taylor (17) was the only other player to get into double figures as England ended up sealing a comprehensive win.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more