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first_imgFlowers and some holy water have been left at the spot where Alan McSherry lost his life outside Bundoran yesterday.BREAKING NEWS: Gardai have ruled out any connection between a car they seized today and a fatal hit-and-run incident in Bundoran yesterday.The car, which was discovered outside an old house in the area, was lifted and has been technically examined by Gardai.However while Gardai are so far remaining tight-lipped about the incident, sources have told Donegal Daily the car is NOT the car involved in the death of Alan McSherry. The late Alan McSherry“Initial examinations would suggest this is not the car we are looking for and does not match the fragments left at the scene,” said a source.The 48 year old was found dead a mile outside Bundoran at 5am yesterday morning after being struck by a vehicle.He was found lying on the road by his wife Jo whom he had phoned minutes earlier looking for a lift home.Fragments from a car were found at the scene and are being used by Gardai in an effort to match up with any car involved in Mr McSherry’s death. Garda inspector Michael Harrison has appealed for the driver of the car to come forward. GARDAI RULE OUT CAR FIND AS HUNT FOR HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER CONTINUES was last modified: August 26th, 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:Alan McSherrybundorancarfragmentshit and runseizurelast_img read more

Durbs on list for New7Wonder Cities

first_imgDurban mayor, James Nxumalo believes it is a fantastic achievement for Durban, to be positioned amongst other leading global cities of the world.The Moses Mabhiba stadium with its distinctive arch that has reshaped Durban’s skyline.(Images: Durban Tourism)MEDIA CONTACTS• Mayasree MoodleyMarketing and PR Officer, Durban Tourism031 322 4169Melissa Jane CookDurban is a natural paradise, known for its lovely beaches and subtropical climate. Now, its many treasures have seen it nominated as a New7Wonder City.It pits its considerable charms against metropolises such as romance capital Paris, frenetic New York and the neon fantasy of Tokyo.Durban is the largest city in KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. It is part of the eThekwini metropolitan municipality, created in 2000, which includes Durban and surrounding towns. eThekwini in Zulu means “bay or lagoon”.“To be positioned amongst other leading global cities of the world, proudly shows the commitment and competitive edge of our city as a leading tourism, events and business destination,” says Durban mayor, James Nxumalo.He said the achievement was a great honour. “The city is built around one of the busiest ports in Africa and our people are our pride. We have recently been voted as the friendliest city in South Africa and this is partly due to our rich cultural diversity that includes a rich tapestry of African, eastern and western Influences.”Protecting urban and natural heritageEstablished in 2001 by the Swiss-born Canadian filmmaker, author and adventurer, Bernard Weber, the New7Wonders Foundation aims to promote protecting the world’s human-built and natural heritage and to foster respect for the planet’s diversity. The initiative kicked off with the New7Wonders of the World, choosing from a selection of 200 existing monuments.Its latest venture, the New7Wonders Cities, announced its 28 official finalists on Monday 21 October, with Durban making a splash.“The competition highlights the move toward mass urbanisation as the Earth’s population grows. According to the UN (United Nations), population growth will exceed 10-billion by 2083, and most [of these people] will be in cities.“Dramatic urbanisation is radically changing the social, economic and environmental landscape of our planet. Our world has entered an urban era where cities are defining the future of humanity,” says Eamonn Fitzgerald, head of communication at New7Wonders.eThekwini’s wide appealDurban’s lauded attractions include the Moses Mabhida stadium, which hosted Fifa 2010 World Cup matches; uShaka Marine World, one of the largest aquariums in the world; and the International Convention Centre (ICC) – the leading conference centre in Africa. The city is also a gateway to national parks and historic sites; Kwa-Zulu – home of the amaZulu (the people of heaven) – and the Drakensberg mountain range.“The City of Durban is an elegant, mature and ambitious city. It is a trendsetter in offering great lifestyle, speckled with adventure activities, blessed with natural beauty and is an astonishingly liveable city,” says Phillip Sithole, head of Durban Tourism.He adds, “As a visitor, you are faced with the perfect ingredients to make your holiday unique and special. Whether you here as a business delegate or a leisure traveller there is something special that will capture your heart forever.”eThekwini municipality councillor, Rick Crouch, says, “This is great for Durban and we as Durbanites should be proud that we were even nominated. We have a great city here and the world at large should know it. All Durbanites should be encouraged to vote and support Durban, the vacation capital of South Africa.”The city was also ranked ahead of Johannesburg and Cape Town as the country’s friendliest capital in the 2013 Anholt-GfK Roper City Brand Index™, which assesses 50 cities annually.A city at its bestWeber praised the diversity of the finalist cities as “extraordinarily stimulating as regards the past, present and future of urban life”.He says the remarkable New7Wonders Cities long list reflects the energy and culture of a city at its best.“United in their commonalties, and varied in their forms, cities remind us of the possibilities of civilization when, for the first time in history, more than half of the world’s population live in cities.”He hopes that the New7Wonders Cities campaign will generate debate about the challenges cities face and how they are responding to them.The official New7Wonders Cities will be revealed on 7 December 2014.last_img read more

Celebrating Africa Month: The Journey Begins with Us says Bulelwa Basse

first_imgBy Bulelwa BasseThe commemoration of Africa Month is upon us, once again, and we have the opportunity to reflect on what it means to truly be an African.This, being an individual and collective exercise for many of us, recalls moments of both pride and a challenge:  the pride of embracing our entire African identity and the challenge of often having to dispel the notion of “either” or the “other” within definitions of who we believe we are.This intrinsic need to unravel the depths of our distinctiveness is nestled by the communal stage that is in the form of cultural organisations, planted within our communities, whose administrative ethos is embedded in the fundamental understanding of us, as a nation.And it is this very need, to do the internal homework of arriving to and preserving the Self, which has inspired us, as the advisory board of the Western Cape Cultural Commission (WCCC), to drive home the mandate to preserve, promote and develop culture in all its facets.Founded on the idea of nation building, the WCCC places operational value on its efforts to fulfil its mandate, through the three committees:The Cultural Councils Committee, which observes the legitimacy of registered cultural councils who seek organisational/programme financial aid.The Facilities Committee, which provides continuous maintenance supervision of the seven cultural facilities.The Initiation Forum, which commits to the support of the traditional initiation practice – in order to ensure a conducive cultural practice environment, which fosters a safe and trustworthy communal impact.This is, of course, in consultation with traditional and indigenous leaders, as well as with medical expert advice.This year also commemorates the Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations, which seek to encapsulate the spirit of service Madiba lead by. It was apt for the housing body of the WCCC – The Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport – to mark this year’s Cultural Affairs Awards which took place on 3 March 2018 with a theme inspired by the kind of servitude displayed by the former statesman, who once mused: “Cultural performances have the ability to transport us to dreams…”This affirms that, indeed, culture is the backbone of society.In his vote of thanks – which read like a vision statement address – at the Cultural Awards, Chief Director of Cultural Affairs, Mr Guy Redman, painted a compelling picture with words, wherein he drove the idea of Ubuntu as a catalyst to socially connected communities, where titles are not important things that bind us – nor keep us apart but rather “where people’s ideas are what drive us to create arts centres that contribute to our country’s economy”.“The journey begins with us, to improve the social fabric of our country through history, language and culture.”It is evident: “Ours is not to entertain, but to play a pivotal social role in reconciling the idea of what it is like to be human.”Though this commission has come to the end of its term, much groundwork has been established for the incoming WCCC, with considered revision of current policies.I, as the WCCC Chairperson, have been privileged to work with such impassioned cultural thought-leaders, who have unique leadership qualities, who through much counsel, offered me both the pleasure and challenge to address the strategic overhaul still required by cultural organisations, the WCCC and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, as a housing body.On behalf of the WCCC: Our sincere gratitude to all the Departmental staff and stakeholders, who’ve made a contribution toward propelling the efforts of the WCCC. It was an honour to serve the cultural communities of the Western Cape, through the public entity, for the last three years.This was an opportunity, as a full-time Arts and Culture practitioner, to assume a position wherein, those who are in the business of nation-building, through the preservation and promotion of cultural affairs, could be recognised and supported.Many of the founders of the Cultural Councils tirelessly use their own resources, to selflessly serve the disenfranchised communities which they themselves occupy, to offer some form of resolve in advocating a culturally inclusive mission, which seeks to showcase an assortment of talents – from different backgrounds – in the Western Cape.May this become the inspiration for all South Africans, to become active citizens who endorse a culture of a socially inclusive generation – who celebrate diversity and “difference”, so that the concept of being “this” or the “other” rather becomes more of a human experience – as Africans, than of politics of melanin. Which, in context, is a legitimate public conversation.And to echo the sentiments of Cultural Affairs and Sport Minister – Anroux Marais, in her keynote address at the Cultural Affairs Awards 2018: Our political landscape is shifting. We need to make proactive efforts to enhance the lives within our communities – in response to the sense of hopelessness that resounds from them.As I exit the WCCC, to return, unreservedly, to what – for the longest time – have been dubbed the “trenches”: My mission is to continue to contribute toward a cultural economy, wherein we can pitch identity and inclusivity at all civil society, public and private sector… Where more cultural spaces are both created and discovered within our townships, to underpin Africanism as a bottom-line to Corporate South Africa – and for it to become a unique selling point to the world.This mission is possible. Because we are the human capital to invest in it. The earlier we come to this realisation, the sooner we can harvest the return on investment. Because Africa is the root of things displayed in our intellectual property – our language, music, poetry, dance, dress, hairstyles and even the signature of our laughter.I know this, because the legacy of this precious heritage of ours is patented in the better parts of our collective voice, heart and soul. It’s genius beyond talent!About Bulelwa BasseBulelwa is a Play Your Part ambassador, poet, and writer. She is the outgoing Chairperson of the Western Cape Cultural Commission (WCCC) which is a cultural outreach component of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, in the Western Cape.You can read about some of her work on http://bulelwabasse.wordpress.comlast_img read more

Why Your Dream Client Refuses Your Request for a Meeting

first_imgWasted Time: Your dream clients refuses to give you their time because they suspect that you will waste it. They have experience that suggests that this is true. Salespeople visit with no plan, no real idea as to what they want, and no plan to create value. So, they refuse you–and every other salesperson possible. Promise not waste their time.Not Different Enough: Face it; you aren’t the only one calling your dream client in an attempt to gain their time and attention. Your request sounds a lot like the thirteen other calls they received this week. The offer is easy to refuse. Share what makes you different and why it matters.Too Much Work: It’s hard to change the tires on an automobile that’s moving fast–and being urged to go even faster. Stopping to meet with salespeople takes time away from the never-ending urgencies piling up around your dream client (with no need in site). Your dream client has too much work to do to meet with members of their own team, let alone a salesperson. Offer to meet them at the time that works for them. Offer a working lunch.No Hint of Value: Your message does’t even hint as to what’s in it for your dream client. Sure, you get to try to do a needs analysis and dredge up some pain that you can use to create an opportunity. But what does your dream client get our of letting you in? If there is no value proposition that they can easily discern, you can look forward to hearing “no.” Tell them what they get out of meeting with you–even if they never buy from you.You Might Bring Real Change: What you say to gain an appointment may be compelling. But real change is scary. Your dream client is perfectly comfortable with the devil that they know; you’re a whole new devil. Even if you have the ability to improve things, what’s the cost of doing so? Build trust and nurture relationships over time.last_img read more