This is the Letterkenny man who is lucky to be alive after being struck by a high-speed train.Kevin Rooney, 40, was out jogging when he was struck by the train in The Hague in Holland.Last night, Kevin’s mum Glenda said she was just happy her son was alive. Kevin, who works with the European Patents Office, suffered internal injuries as well as a broken leg and arm.Mum Glenda said “He is so lucky to be alive and I’ve no doubt his dad Pete was looking down on him.”Kevin was struck by the train on November 8th last after jogging across a train line.Kevin has now been moved out of intensive care and is on the road to recovery. MUM OF MAN STRUCK BY TRAIN THANKS LUCKY STARS AS HE SURVIVES was last modified: November 19th, 2012 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:GLENDA ROONEYHOLLANDKEVIN ROONEYThe Haguetrain
5 May 2003The Eastern Cape’s tourism sector is pitching to align its Big Five game reserves with the popular Cape Town and Garden Route international tourist destinations.The Eastern Cape, still the poorest part of South Africa, has experienced massive growth in the tourism sector. Tourism MEC Enoch Godongwana announced last week that the sector netted the province a staggering R4-billion last year, ascribing the success to the government and the Eastern Cape Tourism’s marketing drive abroad.The success can also be linked to positive contributions from the private sector, and the department of health’s effort to keep the province a malaria- and bilharzia-free zone.Tourism operators say tourism infrastructure in the Eastern Cape has grown to take advantage of the province’s newfound status as a “happening” international destination.Emergence of world-class game reservesOne critical area of change has been the rapid amalgamation of stock farms into massive game-viewing reserves or hunting and game-producing farms.Johannesburg-based Lodge Logistics MD Keith Stannard said the emergence of world-class reserves like Shamwari and Kwandwe has placed the province “within striking distance” for international tourists visiting Cape Town and touring the Garden Route.Cape Town is one of the world’s top tourism destinations, and the Garden Route is regarded as a prime self-drive option.One tourism observer said tourists seeking the Big Five game experience to complete their trip to South Africa are often forced to fly or drive to KwaZulu-Natal or Mpumalanga reserves. According to this observer, the Eastern Cape’s bite of the Cape Town-Garden Route package has grown by 3% in the last two years, up from 8% in 2001 to 11% last year.According to local operators, tourists are saying that their Eastern Cape add-on tour was “very convenient”, “cost-efficient”, “saved time”.Big Five? How about the Big Seven!Frontier Country Marketing Association chairperson Peter Repinz says the Eastern Cape, once the “forgotten jewel of tourism in southern Africa”, has been building up its infrastructure for over a decade.There are now at least 12 game reserves in the market, some more advanced than others, but soon most will be offering the Big Five – and a cheeky extension of the formula, the “Big Seven”, that includes southern right whales and great white sharks.Inspired by the world-class Shamwari reserve, and then the Kwandwe on banks of the Great Fish River, Repinz said new reserves like Amakhala, Kariega and Lalibela had expanded the market to offer great opportunities to international operations.While Shamwari has captured the world’s top awards and the patronage of British royalty, Kwandwe’s elephants, lions and leopards are also packing in top-paying clients. Since Kwandwe opened its doors in 2001, not a single bed has gone empty.Kwandwe managing director Angus Sholto-Douglas said Desantis, an American eco-tourism investor, has invested R100-million in the 20-farm reserve, creating 140 jobs.From ‘soft’ to ‘extreme’ adventure sportsUnspoilt landscape is a strong point cited by most role players, who say that such landscapes attract both “soft” and “extreme” adventure sport lovers interested in activities like 4×4 trail riding, mountain biking, fly-fishing, surfing, windsurfing, diving, sailing and, lately, even government-sponsored bolted rock-climbing, one of Europe’s huge pursuits.Mountain tourism routes have shot up around Hogsback in the Amatola range, Barkley East, Rhodes Village, Nieu-Bethesda’s Owl House and historic Graaff-Reinet, all of which offer a baseline benefit of simple tranquillity under big blue skies.Local promoters add that the Eastern Cape can also trade on its controversial frontier history. Europeans, particularly, are fascinated about how their Dutch, British and German colonial ancestors struggled and prospered on the turbulent Eastern Cape frontier – or met a grim fate on the battlefields during the 100-year war against the Xhosa (1779-1878).Big drawcards for such visitors are the well-maintained settler architecture of farmsteads, homes and public buildings in places like Bathurst, Grahamstown, Port Elizabeth and East London; eateries and historic pubs; and African arts and crafts.With its growth in infrastructure, rapid market repositioning, and unspoilt landscape, the Eastern Cape is starting to offer a winning tourism package.Source: BuaNews
The Absa Bank call centre in Auckland Park, Johannesburg. (Image: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library.)Mary AlexanderWith South Africa largely sheltered from the subprime crisis and resultant economic meltdown, the country’s banks now have a larger market capitalisation than the world’s major corporate banks.Absa Bank now has an equivalent market cap to its major shareholder, the once-giant Barclays UK, and Standard Bank is larger.South Africa’s stringent credit regulations are largely recognised as having prevented local banks being caught in the web of the subprime lending craze that entangled financial institutions across the world. “They have been pounded like you can’t believe,” said Wayne McCurrie of RMB Asset Management on Summit TV. “Our banks are nothing like the overseas banks.“Barclays UK was a massive bank – its market capitalisation, in other words what shareholders value the company at or what the share market values the company at – is not dissimilar to Absa’s market capitalisation, and it’s less than Standard Bank.“So our banks are now bigger in market cap terms than the major corporate banks.”In 2005 Barclays paid some R33-billion for a majority stake in Absa. The British bank’s share price has tumbled headlong recently.McCurrie said on Tuesday that the world’s major corporate banks had fallen us much as 30% to 40% in two days. “And that comes after an 80% fall – so they are now a fraction of what they used to be.“We are lucky in South Africa – not only are our banks insulated, the majority of our economy is insulated.“The resource sector is not – we’ve seen resource prices falling with platinum falling from US$2 200 an ounce to around $800 or $900 now. It’s been a dramatic effect. Unfortunately this adds to the general economic downturn we see in South Africa.“But it’s important to see that South Africa is in a downturn – it’s not a crisis, it’s not a collapse.”On Wednesday Absa assured investors that it was “unaffected” by Barclays UK’s troubled position. “Absa is a separately listed company on the JSE and is a South African registered bank regulated by the South African Reserve Bank,” Patrick Wadula, Absa’s head of media relations, told Sapa.The sell-off of banking shares in London continued on Wednesday, with Barclays’s shares falling to a 24-year-low, with rumours that the British government would nationalise the bank.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] articlesSeize the new yearWhy 2008 isn’t 1998 Africa captures investors’ eyes SA’s competitiveness steady Doing business easier in SA South Africa’s economy: key sectors Useful linksSummit TV transcript of interview with Wayne McCurrieSummit TVAbsa BankStandard BankNedbankFirst National BankJSE LimitedSouth African Reserve Bank
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The North East Rural Livelihood Project (NERLP) has empowered the poor and improved lives of people in about 300,000 rural households in Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim, an official statement said. Under this project, 10,462 boys and girls have been trained in various job skills and 5,494 of them are employed today, it said.Launched in 2012, the NERLP is a World Bank aided, multi-state ₹683 crore project under the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER). Implemented in 11 districts of Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim, the project aims “to improve rural livelihoods especially that of women, unemployed youth and the most disadvantaged, in four North Eastern States“.The NERLP has empowered rural poor and improved livelihoods in about 300,000 rural households in 1,645 villages under 58 development blocks across the 11 districts of four states of Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim, the statement said. The project has focussed on five development strategies — social empowerment, economic empowerment, partnership development, project management and livelihood and value chain developments, it said. It has impacted the lives of about 18,00,000 people with the creation of common economic assets worth around ₹136 crore, it said. These include community projects executed by 1,114 Community Development Groups with the total outlay of ₹105 crore and 176 rural infrastructure projects under the Model Livelihood Cluster and Value Chain Development with a total investment of ₹31 crore, the statement said. Community Development Group (CDG) comprises three members of every family with the major role to develop Community Development Plan (CDP) with project funding of up to ₹10 lakh, it said. The activities under CDP include reclamation of wasteland, construction of check-dams, plantation, horticulture projects, provision of village electrification through hydrogen, provision of solar lighting, spring water harvest to mitigating water needs for homestead farming, animal rearing, health and sanitation, it said.“The CDPs are impacting the villages in big ways since village communities – members of the CDGs – have selected what is most pertinent for their own progress and development,” the statement said. Across the project districts, livelihood activities pursued by Self Help Group (SHG) members have increased considerably, thus increasing family incomes, it said. Women have become more knowledgeable and expressive, and they display better leadership qualities, it said. The NERLP intervention has brought many positive changes as one SHG leader has become a Cabinet minister in the state legislature in Tripura, and many SHG leaders are panchayat leaders today, the statement added.
Fredericks: West Ham boost from Bournemouth drawby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRyan Fredericks says West Ham United have gained plenty of confidence from their 2-2 draw with Bournemouth on Saturday.The Hammers came back twice to steal a valuable away point which leaves in fourth place on the Premier League table.”Coming back like that gives us a lot of positive feelings,” Fredericks called the club’s website.”We’re a confident bunch anyway and we know we can go anywhere and pick up a result.”We didn’t panic when we went 2-1 down. Obviously it was frustrating to go behind, especially so early in the second half, but we knew we were going to get chances. “We have very good forward players who always create chances so we knew that as long as we didn’t concede a third we’d always have a chance of getting back in the game.”We’re a different beast this season. We don’t want to just be up there and think ‘it’s nice to be here’. We think we’re good enough to stay in and around these positions so we’re going to fight for every point, every goal and I think teams know that when they play against us it’s never going to be an easy game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Nick Saban Wedding Bryant-Denny StadiumNick Saban’s daughter, Kristen, got married last night. We’ll give you one guess at the venue. Yes, it was Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium. And it looked awesome. Congrats to Mr and Mrs Setas #SabanToSetas #SetOnSetasA photo posted by Ann Marie Theis (@annmarietheis) on May 30, 2015 at 9:11pm PDT The lovely bride! #setonsetas #sabantosetasA photo posted by Ann Marie Theis (@annmarietheis) on May 30, 2015 at 6:56pm PDT #SabanToSetas #SetOnSetasA photo posted by Ann Marie Theis (@annmarietheis) on May 30, 2015 at 9:14pm PDT So Nick Saban’s daughter got married last night. Why am I not surprised at the venue!? 😉 pic.twitter.com/IPZVrETCxM— Belle Es You (@SouthernbeLLSU) May 31, 2015 RT @MarisaLeeMartin: Only Kristen #Saban could pull this off at her wedding #SabanToSetas pic.twitter.com/uUPN1zx4Pa— Brent Dougherty (@brentdougherty) May 31, 2015 All weddings of people related to college football coaches should be held at college football stadiums.