Clonmany tradition to be revived ahead of 1,500th anniversary of Saint Colmcille’s birth

first_imgAn old Inishowen tradition is set to be revived on Sunday (June 9) when the feast of Colm Cille is celebrated by local people when they make the turas to the saint’s well.Celebrating the feast day of Colmcille at the seashore at Binion on Sunday, the Straid Conservation group will walk to the well in celebration of their hard work in maintaining the ruined church at Straid over the last five years.The committee preserved the church with the aim of having it for future generations to come. A score of contributors, including architect Duncan McLaren, contractor John Doherty and archaeologist Richard Crumlish, all ensured the building will remain stable for years to come, with local tourists also able to understand the long history from its earliest days to present times.The group will gather at Market Square at 2pm on Sunday with a guided walk for one hour (3pm) before the turas and folk tradition affiliated with Colm Cille will be shared at the well.The Irish saint was born in Gartan, Donegal in 571, and before settling in Scotland, the Donegal man founded several monasteries across the country.An open celebration for the 1500th of Colm Cille, also known as Columba, will be held with a programme of events already planned by the Donegal County Council. Clonmany tradition to be revived ahead of 1,500th anniversary of Saint Colmcille’s birth was last modified: June 9th, 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)last_img read more

49ers training camp: How alarming is Dee Ford’s knee pain?

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.SANTA CLARA — Defensive end Dee Ford came to the 49ers as a high-priced solution to a meager pass rush. A week into training camp, they’re protecting that investment.Ford’s left-knee tendinitis required a platelet-rich plasma injection that will keep him out a week, coach Kyle Shanahan said after Sunday’s session.Ford was forced him out of practice last Tuesday and Thursday because of the knee, an issue he dealt with …last_img

Video: Muay Thai Fight Night, Cape Town

first_imgMartial arts fans gathered at Cape town’s Grand West Casino recently for the African Muay Thai Qualifier and Mixed Martial Arts Fight Night, where two African champions were selected to represent the continent at the first SportAccord Combat Games in Beijing, China in August-September 2010.Click arrow to play video.Published on SouthAfrica.info on 1 April 2010.last_img

Who Isn’t Accused Of Bribery In China?

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Tags:#bribery#China#IBM#Microsoft#Wall Street Journal 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img Matt Asay IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Microsoft has been accused of bribing officials in China, Italy and Romania to receive favorable treatment. That’s not really news. Given the long list of companies accused of bribery in these countries, particularly China, it’s actually more newsworthy to report on who isn’t allegedly doling out bribes.After all, some pretty amazing brands are under fire for alleged bribery in China. Rolls-Royce, The Wall Street Journal, IBM, Siemens, Wal-Mart, Hollywood and many tech firms have all been accused of bribery. Some may even be guilty.Or not. As Microsoft Vice President & Deputy General Counsel John Frank notes, “It is also important to remember that it is not unusual for such reviews to find that an allegation was without merit.”Just Doing Business?My hunch, however, is that none of these corporations would risk their reputations over a few yuan. Or even a billion yuan. More likely is that isolated individuals within these corporations may have felt the pressure of doing business in a culture that accepts bribery as a default, where even a front-row seat in one’s elementary school class is up for sale, according to a report by The New York Times.Or maybe they simply didn’t know better?I don’t mean that in any naive way. While attorney Dan Harris makes it clear that bribery is not a requirement for succeeding in China, for a newbie this might not be readily apparent.As an example, several years ago my wife and I were driving to church in Costa Rica, where we were vacationing. I was speeding (it happens), and got pulled over. I don’t speak Spanish, so was struggling to understand the officer as he explained how much I owed, and where to pay it. Finally it became clear that I’d owe something like $100, and would have to pay it at a bank (or post office or something – I couldn’t understand him very well) before leaving the country. I had no idea where I could find a bank, or how to pay the ticket, but he very helpfully explained to me in broken English: “You pay $100 at bank. Or you pay me $50. You choose.” I’m not very bright, so it took me repeating him a few times (“So, if I go to the bank, I need to pay $100, but I can pay you $50 right now and be done with it?”) to finally grasp his meaning, pull out the $50, and drive on.Was I dishonest? I suppose so. But I wasn’t really trying to avoid a $100 fine. I simply had no idea how to find a bank (we were in a remote coastal area), and didn’t think I’d be able to do so before catching our flight a day later. I wasn’t trying to evade the law: I was trying to pay the ticket in the only way I thought feasible.It’s ComplicatedI’m in no way trying to defend bribery or dishonesty in any form. I just wonder if so many good companies could be caught up in intentional, illegal activity.Yes, even Microsoft, which has a history of competing hard and running afoul of antitrust measures, and more recently has been accused of buying favor with the European Parliament by giving away free software licenses:I know a few of the Microsoft executives who would be involved in acquiescing to bribery in China or elsewhere, and I simply don’t believe them capable of it. These are good people. These are not criminals.Yes, good people sometimes do bad things. But I struggle to believe that the companies accused of bribery in China – some of the best brands in the U.S. and Europe – would bless bribery in China or elsewhere. It’s possible that a few bad actors within these companies succumbed to the temptation of buying favor, and it’s also possible that these or others simply thought there was no other way to do business in China. Again, Dan Harris points to a better way:“I am convinced that there are companies that almost want to pay bribes so they can act like they ‘really know the system.’ I am also convinced that there are companies that make clear from day one that they will never ever ever under any circumstances pay a bribe so don’t even bother asking. Which of those two types of companies becomes most susceptible to being hit up for a bribe? I am not saying that all companies can function in China without paying a bribe at some point, but I am saying that most foreign companies can and do function in China just fine without ever paying a bribe.”“Most foreign companies can and do…”, but even an expert China watcher like Harris acknowledges some may not be able to escape demands for bribes in China.Which, of course, means they shouldn’t be doing business there. That’s the solution, but the temptation to make it work, to live within the system, may be too great for some companies. That’s a pity, albeit an understandable one.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.last_img read more

BJD’s Rita Sahu secures impressive victory in Bijepur bypoll

first_imgBiju Janata Dal (BJD) candidate Rita Sahu registered an impressive victory in the Bijepur Assembly constituency in western Odisha when results of the bypoll were declared on Thursday. She defeated Sanat Gartia of the Bharatiya Janata Party by a record margin of 97,990 votes.Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik, who had campaigned for two days for the bypoll, congratulated Ms. Sahu for her “huge historic win, breaking all records in Odisha’s electoral history”.While Ms. Sahu polled 1,35,957 votes, Mr. Gartia secured 37,967 votes. Congress nominee Dillip Panda put up a dismal performance by bagging only 5,873 votes.CM vacates seatThe bypoll was necessitated after Mr. Patnaik, who contested from two Assembly seats for the first time in the elections held earlier this year, vacated Bijepur and retained Hinjili seat in his home district Ganjam in south Odisha.In fact, Mr. Patnaik was elected from Bijepur by defeating Mr. Gartia by 57,122 votes. He had bagged 1,10,604 votes, while Mr. Gartia had secured 53,482 votes and Congress nominee Ripunath Seth had got 14,344 votes.In the previous bypoll in Bijepur that was held in February 2018 following death of Ms. Sahu’s husband and then Congress MLA Subal Sahu, she had won as a BJD candidate by a margin of over 41,000 votes.The Congress, which had won the Bijepur seat in the three elections held before the February 2018 bypoll, has been gradually losing its vote share in the seat in the last three elections, primarily due to its weak leadership at the State level.Vote share upBut what came as a surprise for many this time was the drastic decrease in the BJP’s vote share within a short span of time. The party’s decline from 53,482 votes in the elections held earlier this year to 37,967 votes in the current bypoll has left many leaders of the party dumbfounded. The bonhomie between the party and the BJD in the aftermath of the general election was said to have been the contributing factor.While the Chief Minister led the BJD’s campaign, the BJP’s effort was led by Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who campaigned for two days. The campaign for the Congress was led by the party’s State unit president Niranjan Patnaik.last_img read more

ICC plans to start Test, ODI leagues

first_imgIn its bid to promote the traditional version of the game in the age of slam bang Twenty20 cricket, the ICC is contemplating of introducing a Test league from where top four teams would qualify for a quadrennial play-off event to begin in 2013.Apart from the Test play-off, the ICC Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC), which assembled here for a two-day meeting that concluded today, also recommended an ODI league from next year.”The Future Tours Programme should consist of a Test league to provide context for all Test matches. The league would determine the top four teams to qualify for an ICC Test play-off. The play-off should be held once every four years to determine the Test champion team with a request to hold the first such play-off in 2013,” the ICC said in a statement.”The FTP should also consist of a One-Day International league, the first to run from April 2011 until April 2014, culminating in the crowning of an ODI league champion. This would run separate to the ICC Cricket World Cup,” it said.The CEC also recommended that the game’s governing body should consider a 10-team format for ICC’s flagship event, the Cricket World Cup, from 2015 and 16-team format for the men’s World Twenty20 from 2012.The committee also recommended the introduction of Twenty20 International rankings.”I am really excited by what the CEC has proposed.Restructuring international cricket is a significant strategic challenge and one that must be dealt with. I am grateful to the CEC and its working group for making such far-reaching proposals to tackle this important issue,” ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat said.advertisement”Achieving balance and unanimous agreement is not easy but it is a very important piece of work that requires a strategic response,” he said.last_img read more