Crowds are being drawn to places like RossnowlaghALMOST every hotel room has been sold out in County Donegal this weekend in a sensational turnaround in the fortunes of the tourism trade, a Donegal Daily survey has found.Hotel rooms from Malin to Bundoran and from Rossnowlagh to Gaoth Dobhair have been snapped up, driven by a series of factors this weekend.A large influx of northern tourists has been boosted by the strong sterling and a bank holiday weekend in the North. Better marketing of the county has also drawn in thousands of visitors from Europe, America and the Far East.The county’s leading hotels including Solis Lough Eske, Harvey’s Point, the Mount Errigal, the Redcastle, the Sandhouse, The Clanree, the Station House, The Holyrood, The Malin and the Ballyliffin Lodge have all been booked out.Just a handful of guest house and B&B accommodations are available.A series of events including the Donegal marathon in Letterkenny, the incredible food festival in Donegal Town and music and car festivals have helped draw in the crowds. “It has been an excellent summer for visitors to Donegal,” said Paul Diver from the Sandhouse Hotel in Rossnowlagh.“Weekends and week days have been fully booked. We’ve had to take on extra staff this year and that all helps the local economy.“I think people are finally discovering Donegal….and realising how beautiful it is.”Carolynne Harrison at the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny said a huge rise in Irish visitors on ‘staycations’ was helping to drive the industry.“We’ve hired extra staff across the board because it has been so busy,” she said. “Sterling is also back to where it should be in terms of exchange rates and that is bringing so many extra people from the North and from Scotland too.”IT’S A SELL-OUT! DONEGAL COMPLETELY BOOKED OUT IN TOURISM BOOST was last modified: August 23rd, 2014 by John2Share 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:Mount Errigal HotelPaul DiverRossnowlaghSand House Hoteltourism boost
A pedigree dog which went missing from its locked up enclosure in Buncrana has been recovered.Nala is described as a gentle giant.Nala, a dogue de Bordeaux, went missing from its owner’s home at Cassey Road yesterday morning.The owner was first alerted when his other dogs began barking. An appeal was put on Donegal Daily in a bid to find the missing dog amidst fears that it had been stolen.However, the dog was found wandering in Buncrana yesterday but the owners still thought know how it got out of its enclosure.A number of dogs have gone missing in the Inishowen area in recent weeks.MISSING PEDIGREE DOG FOUND SAFE AND WELL was last modified: January 26th, 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:buncranaDOGdogue de Bordeauxfoundmissing
A nurse who was caught by Gardai using her mobile phone was driving said she was on duty at the time.Jacqueline McGee was stopped by Gardai on March 15th at Knocknamona, Letterkenny.When stopped Ms McGee, 50, asked Garda Paul McGee what he thought of the Croke Park II agreement. Solicitor Kieran O’Gorman told Letterkenny District Court that his client was a nurse and was on duty at the time.He said she was taking a call in relation to a patient.Ms McGee’s address was given in court as 13 Margaret Street, Waterside, Londonderry but Garda McGee was satisfied this was not her address but she had one in the State.Judge Denis McLaughlin fined Ms McGee €100.NURSE CAUGHT ON PHONE WHILE DRIVING SAID SHE WAS ON DUTY was last modified: December 2nd, 2013 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:courtdrivingJacqueline McGeeNURSEphone
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “Our defensive line did a great job of penetrating and redirecting to the football,’ Thomas said. Covina’s offensive attack was paced by senior running back Art Combest, who had 116 rushing yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns. The Colts came out of the gates strong with Combest scoring on a 64-yard touchdown run on the second play from scrimmage. “Art did a good job of running the ball, receiving and returning punts,’ Thomas said. Covina’s junior quarterback, Michael McDonough, also had an impressive night. He threw for 111 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for a touchdown and recorded a sack on defense. The Colts’ ball-hawking defense sacked Sifuentes nine times as it brought multiple blitzes. Junior linebacker Manny Esquivel recorded three of the nine sacks. Covina coach Darryl H. Thomas credited defensive linemen Ralph Diaz, Kenneth Toms and Rory Parker for their strong performances. COVINA — Diamond Ranch High School’s Joshua Sifuentes is a talented quarterback, but it was very difficult for him to display it Friday night. Sifuentes was pressured all night long in his team’s 37-0 nonleague loss to Covina. With the win, Covina improved its record to 4-1. Thomas was quick to recognize that league play is most important. “We played a good complete game tonight,’ Thomas said. “Now it’s a new season and we’re 0-0. We have a lot to work on. We need to improve our fundamentals and cut down on our penalties.’ 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week There are differing legal opinions over whether the guild is legally bound to pay off Hessinger. Settlement talks are expected to take place within the next few weeks. Also fired were three executives recently hired by Hessinger, two of whom have also retained attorneys. Hessinger declined to comment on the situation Monday. Rosenberg said the decision to fire Hessinger was not an easy one. While he praised the executive’s abilities and union commitment, he said a change was needed. “Many members of your national board felt strongly that we needed a fresh start – a national executive director with new energy and new thinking who is fully committed to the priorities of your new leadership team, particularly with regard to our tougher approach to collective bargaining,” he stated. SAG’s Membership First faction backed Rosenberg’s presidential run and now holds a slim majority on the national board. The faction had been particularly vocal in its disappointment over negotiators failing to make any progress in getting a bigger percentage of DVD revenue for their members during contract talks with film and television producers last year. Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg’s explanation to members of why CEO Greg Hessinger was fired called for union solidarity. Instead, it has ignited a bitter war of words via e-mail that reveals the depths of the division the action has caused. SAG’s New York division President Paul Christie sent out a blistering letter to members Monday afternoon, stating that the union has been split “as never before.” This followed a message from former SAG First Vice President Mike Farrell blasting Rosenberg and members of the Hollywood board who supported the firing. The recently elected Rosenberg was presiding over his first national board meeting last month when Hessinger was fired after just six months on the job. Hessinger had signed a four-year contract last spring and has made clear that he expects to be paid his remaining salary of $1.6 million. He has hired high-powered attorney Bert Fields to represent him. Hessinger was hired earlier this year by a board supportive of then-SAG President Melissa Gilbert to replace Bob Pisano, who had become a lightning rod for criticism among the Membership First members, who had long sought to oust him. In his letter, Rosenberg addressed the opposition to Hessinger’s firing, mostly from the members of the union’s New York and regional branches who stormed out of the meeting in protest. “Rarely are difficult decisions unanimous, and it is important to note that there were some who disagreed with this decision,” Rosenberg wrote, adding that he has “the greatest respect for those who express an opposing viewpoint and for the rights of the minority.” And those with opposing viewpoints are not mincing words. Christie said in a brief interview Monday that “my opinion of everything that happened is pretty much the opposite of (Rosenberg’s).” In his letter, Christie wrote that SAG’s national board has been deeply divided for five years and that the vote to fire Hessigner was far from unanimous: 54-46. “We unequivocally felt that there were absolutely no grounds to fire Mr. Hessinger,” Christie stated. “In point of fact, we saw Greg as the next 20 years of sanity, stability and leadership. “This was a critically bad and reckless decision that has further damaged us from every angle.” Farrell’s letter got far more personal: “I have no way of knowing if our new president is a liar, a hypocrite or simply unable to control those who chose him to run.” Rosenberg pledges to have input from all of the union’s leadership when it comes to selecting Hessinger’s replacement. “It is my promise that this process will include representatives from each of our three divisions, and we will work until we find a candidate who meets the needs of all our members,” he wrote. Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Sergio Aguero’s goal put Manchester City ahead in a match they have so far dominated.Aguero netted just after the half-hour mark at the Etihad Stadium, coolly controlling David Silva’s ball into box and then steering his shot beyond Asmir Begovic.The goal came after keeper Begovic, playing in place of the suspended Thibaut Courtois, had produced three saves to temporarily prevent Aguero putting City ahead.In the opening minute the summer signing from Stoke made a superb block to deny Aguero, who returned to the City starting line-up having been a substitute for their game at West Brom.Begovic was soon called into action again, this time keeping out Aguero’s shot after the striker had been found by Aleksandar Kolarov.The Bosnian also did brilliantly to save Aguero’s first-time strike from Jesus Navas’ low cross.Aguero then missed a great chance when he poked wide after John Terry had failed to clear Raheem Sterling’s left-wing cross.But he made no mistake after being set up by Silva – the Argentine’s 10th goal in his last nine Premier League matches.Aguero then turned provider to tee up Sterling, who blazed over.And Eliaquim Mangala missed a great chance to double City’s lead just before the break when he beat Begovic to Kolorov’s cross only to head wide of the target.Chelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Costa. Subs: Blackman, Zouma, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Cuadrado, Falcao, Remy.Follow West London Sport on Twitter Find us on Facebook
23 September 2015This Heritage Day, Africa’s myriad cultures will be celebrated in New York City when brain gain company Homecoming Revolution hosts its annual Speed Meet in the Big Apple. The gathering is held in affiliation with Brand South Africa.Captains of industry, African professionals, celebrities and media will meet for the two-day event, which starts with a VIP Heritage Day dinner at the trendy Kaia Wine Bar in Manhattan on 24 September. This is followed by a full-day interactive networking event at the Thomson Reuters headquarters in Times Square on 25 September.Among the invited guests are South Africa’s consulate-general Thulisile Nkosi; media executive Alex Okosi; Brand South Africa board member Thebe Ikalafeng; Paralympic footballer Ibrahima Diallo; artist Ibiyinka Alao; and fashion designer Farai Simoyi.Angel Jones, the chief executive of Homecoming Revolution, said the Speed Meet aimed to inspire Africans living in the US to come home. It would show them that the continent was full of opportunity. “We feel incredibly privileged to be playing such an important role in building our continent’s prosperity. The ‘Africa Rising’ dream can only be fulfilled if there is a significant brain gain on the continent.“There are amazing opportunities on the continent, from jobs to investments to entrepreneurial ventures. Now is the time for global Africans to fulfil their destiny of success and significance.”Speed Meet New York will introduce Africans living in the US to top employers back home, as well as provide advice on returning, property investment and relocation.The gathering in New York follows Speed Meet Jozi, which took place in August. At that event, former South African president Thabo Mbeki called on the African diaspora to return.Brand South Africa has entered into an agreement with Homecoming Revolution in order to leverage opportunities for its Global South Africans (GSA) programme. The agreement, which consists of a number of engagement platforms, including the Speed Meet, will provide exposure for the GSA programme, and assist with growing the network.For more information on this and Homecoming Revolution’s other global events visit the organisation’s website.
South Africa has excellent road infrastructure, a selection of reputable vehicle hire companies, great weather and plenty of stunning scenery – which all combine to make self-driving a viable and enjoyable option. If you’re thinking of taking the long way round, here are a few tips.Self-driving is a good option when visiting South Africa. (Image: Gauteng Film Commission)Brand South Africa reporterWhen visiting South Africa, the self-driving option is a viable and enjoyable way to get around the country. South Africa has excellent road infrastructure, large vehicle hire fleets run by international and local rental companies, great weather and plenty of stunning scenery. If you’re thinking of taking the long way round, here are a few tips to enhance your trip.Car hireMost international and reputable local car rental companies (see the links on the right) are represented at South Africa’s main airports and in most city centres. Vehicles may generally be picked up at one branch and dropped off at another branch at your destination. Please be aware of the terms and conditions of car-hire in South Africa, relevant to the company you use.It is advisable to take out the insurance offered by the vehicle rental companies, unless you have specific travel insurance cover in place. All major credit cards are accepted.Driver’s licencesAny valid driver’s licence is accepted in South Africa, provided it bears the photograph and signature of the holder and is printed or authenticated in English.However, vehicle hire companies may also require an international driver’s licence. It is worth confirming requirements with your travel agent or the vehicle hire company when making your booking.This holds for additional drivers as well, who must be identified when you hire your vehicle. Remember to carry all your documentation with you when you travel, as traffic officers will expect to see it if they stop you for any reason.Keep left, buckle up and think in kilometres‘Keep left, pass right’ is the general rule of driving in South Africa. This also applies to highway (freeway) driving.Cars in South Africa are right-hand drive vehicles, with the gear shift operated with the left hand.Distances, speed limits (therefore vehicle speedometers) are measured in kilometres, and fuel gauges in litres, so be aware of this when travelling long distances to avoid running out of fuel.The wearing of seat belts is compulsory for all front seats and back seats (if present). Using mobile phones and devices while driving is against the law. While using an in- car hands-free system is permitted, use cautiously if you are travelling in an unfamiliar area.Speed limitThe general speed limit on South Africa’s national highways, urban freeways and other major routes is 120km/h (75mph). On secondary (rural) roads it is 100km/h (60mph). In built-up areas it is usually 60km/h (35mph), unless otherwise indicated by road signs. If you incur a speeding fine with a hired car, the rental company will pay the fine, passing on the charge to your account, with an admin fee.Drinking and drivingNaturally, drinking alcohol before and while driving is against the law. The South African Road Traffic Act 93/96 has been in effect since March 1998. Whether you are driving in the city or on rural roads, these laws are extremely important to obey. These laws are in place to help protect the community and to make sure that drunk drivers are reprimanded.The legal blood alcohol limit in South Africa is less than 0.05 g per 100 mlThe legal breath alcohol limit in South Africa is less than 0.24 mg in 1000 ml of breathAccording to the Automobile Association of South Africa the rule of thumb when considering the minimum allowable amount of alcohol consumed before driving is a maximum of one unit of alcohol per hour, which constitutes 10ml of pure alcohol, based on an adult weighing 68kg. Our bodies can process only one unit of alcohol each hour. However, it is important to be aware that if you weigh less than 68kg your body will need more time to process the same amount of alcohol. In simple terms, this means that 2 drinks over the space of one hour will put you over the limit. Below is a breakdown of alcohol units per drink type:1 x 75 ml glass of wine = 1 unit1 x 250 ml glass of wine = 3.3 units1 x shot/shooter = ½ unit in most instances1 x spirit cooler = about 1.25 units1 x beer = 1.5 units or possibly more1 x cider = 2 units1 x 25 ml tot of spirits = 1 unit1 x cocktail = Between 2 and 4 unitsAnything more would impede your driving ability. In general, it is advisable not to drink at all if you are planning on travelling long distances or in areas with which you may not be familiar.Fuelling upThe various types of petrol (gas) available in South Africa are: unleaded and lead replacement 97-, 95- or 93-octane (often referred to as “super” or “premium”). The 95- and 93-octane petrol is available at higher altitude (non-coastal, interior areas such as Gauteng and Mpumalanga), as well as 93-octane. While, at the coast, your choice is between 95- and 97-octane.Diesel is available with 0.05% sulphur content and 0.005% sulphur content.Most vehicles available from car-hire companies use unleaded petrol, and cars older than 10 years use the various octane types.Fuel is sold per litre (1 US gallon is equivalent to 3.8 litres).South African petrol stations are not self-help, with attendants to fill the car, check oil, water and tyre pressure, as well as offer to clean your windscreen, if required – these services more often than not enjoy a R2 or R5 gratuity, or according to your discretion.Fuel stations are called ‘garages’ in South Africa, and can be found on both the main and country roads in urban and rural areas. Most are open 24 hours a day, although some rural stations may keep shorter hours. Be aware that distances between towns (and therefore between petrol stations) are considerable in some parts of the country, so remember to check the fuel gauge before passing up the opportunity to fill up.Fuel can be paid for with cash or general credit and debit cards (MasterCard and Visa most often. NOT usually American Express or Diner’s Club.) Some smaller or more rural stations may always not accept cards. Check with the attendant before filling up on payment methods available. Most filling stations have on-site ATM banking facilities available.Driving around the countryOur road infrastructure is excellent, so driving between cities and towns is a viable option – and, given the stunning scenery in many parts of the country, a highly enjoyable one.However, South Africa is a huge country not easily traversed in a day, so plan your journeys carefully. If you’re not used to driving long distances, rather break the journey, as fatigue is a major contributing factor in motor vehicle accidents.While most national roads are tarred and in good condition, the more rural the road, the more likely it is to be pot-holed and poorly surfaced.Road informationCurrent information on the conditions of roads can be obtained through the Automobile Association of South Africa. The AA also provides invaluable guides for road users in the form of strip maps tailored for specific destinations and information for tourists on accommodation en route.Traffic signs are generally pictorial or in English.Toll roads and e-tollsBefore you set off, check your route. Many of the national roads between the major centres are toll roads. Check the fees before you leave, and make sure that you have either a credit card or cash to pay.Toll fares for a light passenger vehicle vary from under R10 to around R200, depending on the toll plaza – and you may pass through three or four of these before you reach your destination.Electronic toll collection (or e-tolls) is in place in Gauteng. Your car has to be identified electronically, via an e-tag for example, and a toll is deducted from a toll account. Visitors to Gauteng can register for an e-toll account, or buy day passes. Visit SA National Road Agency’s e-toll website for more info.See Automobile Association: Toll fees in South Africa – includes information on fees, locations, vehicle classifications and costs for frequently travelled routes.SafetySouth Africa has a high rate of traffic accidents so drive defensively and exercise caution when on the roads – especially at night – and keep a wary eye out for pedestrians and cyclists.Drivers of minibuses and taxis can behave erratically, and often turn a blind eye to rules and road safety considerations.In many of South Africa’s rural areas, the roads are not fenced, so watch out dogs, chickens, sheep and even horses or cows on the road. These can be particularly hazardous at night.Large antelope crossing the road can also pose a danger in certain areas – if you see road signs depicting a leaping antelope, take it slowly, especially towards evening.Never stop to feed wild animals – it is dangerous and you can incur a hefty fine if you do so.In general, be aware and keep your wits about you. It’s a good idea to drive with your doors locked and windows up, especially in cities and at traffic lights.Don’t ever stop to pick up hitchhikers. If you are worried about someone on the side of the road, report it to the police station in the next town.Ensure your car is locked when you park it and do not leave anything in sight. 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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Congress moved forward with a FY 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill that would fund government through the end of this fiscal year and bring the U.S. into compliance with the World Trade Organization on Country of Origin Labeling.The congressional omnibus spending and tax extender bills will benefit agriculture greatly if passed, the American Farm Bureau said. Farm Bureau said the bills would provide relief to America’s farmers and ranchers, but is disappointed that Congress failed to stop the Waters of the U.S. rule.“This tax extender package gives farmers and ranchers critical tools to help them reinvest in their businesses,” said Bob Stallman, AFBF president. “Tax provisions like Section 179 small business expensing and bonus deprecation free up cash flow for farmers and ranchers to put their money to work. New provisions will let our members make important upgrades that reduce costs, increase efficiency and help make their businesses sustainable for generations to come.”A provision to stop the EPA’s unlawful Waters of the U.S. rule was surprisingly missing from the package, as was language that would have set a nationwide standard for labeling of food containing genetically modified ingredients. Congress’s failure to act will bring the heavy cost of a patchwork of state labeling mandates to farmers and consumers as early as next month.“We are truly disappointed that Congress did not include legislation to stop implementation of WOTUS,” Stallman said. “The courts have already expressed serious legal concerns about the rule, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office has concluded that EPA broke the law with its covert propaganda campaign to drum up ill-informed support for it. We remain committed to working with Congress to stop EPA and help America’s landowners, businesses and state and local governments avoid years in court to overturn the rule. This measure undeniably resulted from an illegal and deceptive process. Defeating WOTUS remains a priority of Farm Bureau. We will explore all avenues to ditch the rule.”AFBF also supports omnibus provisions to repeal of country-of-origin labeling requirements, which would effectively prevent Canada and Mexico from initiating retaliatory actions.“Farm Bureau supports COOL programs that are in line with world trade rules,” Stallman said. “Current COOL programs, unfortunately, risk serious retaliation by Canada and Mexico now that the World Trade Organization has approved more than $1 billion in tariffs against American beef, pork and other U.S. commodities if COOL is not changed.”