Donegal brothers join 2019 Rich List

first_imgTwo brothers from Donegal who own a £150m construction group have been added as new entries to the Sunday Times Rich List 2019.Cormac (67) and Patrick Byrne (64) own Ardmore Construction, one of the largest family-owned construction groups in the UK.The Byrne brothers were added to the Sunday Times UK Top 1,000 list of the richest people this week. Placed at number 703, the brothers are estimated to be worth £170m (€193m).Ardmore is behind some of the highest profile schemes in London, specialising in residential and hotel contracts.The brothers made it to number 79 on the Irish Rich List in March.Donegal businessman Paddy McNally also features as a re-entry to the UK Top 1,000. The former Formula One racing tycoon came in at #230 at an estimated wealth of £600m, down £10m from last year. McNally, a former journalist from south Donegal, made his millions selling trackside advertising at F1 circuits. Donegal brothers join 2019 Rich List was last modified: May 13th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

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Five more HDN teams to open NCS

first_imgFive more local teams will begin their quest for a North Coast Section title this afternoon, and all five will host their first-round games.In baseball, South Fork, Arcata and Del Norte all kick off their respective campaigns, while in softball both McKinleyville and St. Bernard’s will be in action.The Cubs are seeded No. 1 in the Division-VI baseball bracket and will open against No. 8 Anderson Valley in Miranda at 5 p.m.South Fork comes into the game at 15-10, after finishing third in a …last_img read more

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Fly the Flag for your Class of 2010

first_img24 August 2010Brand South Africa, as part of its “Legacy” campaign, has called on South Africans to “Fly the Flag” this Friday by doing something in support of the Department of Education’s Class of 2010 initiative.Brand South Africa’s Legacy campaign aims to leverage the momentum of the 2010 Fifa World Cup by providing platforms for South Africans to keep achieving and showcasing their “South Africanness” to the world, while entrenching the principles of pride, patriotism and solid citizenship that have been established over the past year.SA Legacy campaign explainedEach Friday for the next five weeks, “South Africans will celebrate all the things that make us who we are,” Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola told journalists at the launch of the campaign in Johannesburg on Monday.Each Friday will have a different theme, starting on 27 August with a call to Support the Class of 2010.With the countdown to this year’s final matric exams well under way, Matola said, “it is up to us to support our scholars.“Most importantly, we need to pledge to help learners realise how important their education is, but we can also give support by helping a scholar to write a study plan or assisting with revision.”Support your Class of 2010 – posterClass of 2010 Pledge – posterMatola said he himself had pledged both his and Brand South Africa’s support for the Class of 2010. “My organisation has dedicated Fridays to distributing stationery to schools, and donating 30 minutes of their lunchtime to teaching learners about post-matric career choices.”During the World Cup, Matola said, South Africans united in support of their team and their country, in the process learning a valuable lesson – “that together we can do anything we put our souls into.“If you pledge that same support to your Class of 2010, you can give them all the motivation and inspiration they need to succeed, not only in their final examinations, but also in life.”SAinfo reporterSA Legacy campaign: programmeWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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South Africa, Malawi to beef up trade

first_img11 September 2012 South Africa and Malawi have agreed to facilitate greater private sector interaction in order to boost trade and investment between the two countries, Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim told reporters on Friday. Ebrahim was speaking after a meeting of the Joint Commission for Cooperation between South Africa and Malawi in Pretoria on Friday. Ebrahim co-chaired the meeting with Malawi Foreign Minister Ephraim Mganda Chiume Chiume. “We have noted with great satisfaction the noticeable progress that has been achieved in strengthening the political and economic cooperation between our countries,” Ebrahim said. “Of significance is the increasing number of legal instruments that are being negotiated to facilitate our partnership. In this regard, we agreed to speed up the negotiations so that these instruments could be signed during 2013.” Officials from the two foreign ministries will meet every six months to check up on progress in the trade agreements between Pretoria and Lilongwe. Malawi is South Africa’s ninth largest export destination in Africa and ranked 10th with regard to South Africa’s imports from the continent. Earlier this year, South Africa agreed to extend a loan of US$35-million to the government of Malawi to help with the availability of fuel in that country, following a meeting between President Jacob Zuma and Malawian President Joyce Banda. The loan will be made in three instalments, with the first, of $10-million, having been paid on 24 April. According to the World Bank, from 2005, Malawi enjoyed uninterrupted solid growth for five years in a row, averaging about seven percent, backed by sound economic policies and a supportive donor environment. Growth slowed from a peak of 9.7 percent in 2008 to an estimated 5 percent in 2011. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Promoting Constitutional Awareness with Play Your Part Ambassador Sihle Ndaba

first_imgOne of Brand South Africa’s domestic campaigns is the promotion of constitutional awareness, especially targeted at the youth. As such last week Brand South Africa visited Katleho Mpumelelo High School, in the far South of Johannesburg to share information on constitutional awareness. Accompanied by Play Your Part Ambassador, Sihle Ndaba, a multitalented, activist and actress,  who gave great emphasis on the importance of young people knowing their rights and understanding what the country’s constitution has to offer.           “The Constitution is the supreme law of our country – that is why it is essential that we all familiarise ourselves with its contents. It’s our goal that young people know and exercise these rights”, said Sihle in her welcome address to the learners.          The activation was an opportunity to engage learners on what the 16 days of activism campaign is all about and how learners need to  speak up against any form of abuse or violence whether  at home or at school so that they can get help. This is their constitutional right.“These kinds of activations are very important especially towards the festive season to motivate young people to understand their rights and taking care of each other. We are all aware of the social ills that young people face and this was to say to them they are not alone, they have the constitution on their side but everyone has to play their part and be willing to help,”, said Brand South Africa’s Stakeholder Relations Manager Ms Toni Gumede.Follow @PlayYourPartSA #Inspiredbymyconstitution #GetInvolved  to find out which school will be next and also share your thoughts.About Play Your Part:Play Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa.  It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young.  It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.last_img read more

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Pingdom Now Offers Free Website Monitoring

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Product Reviews#web Related Posts frederic lardinois Over the last few years, Pingdom has established itself as a well-regarded uptime monitoring service, but until now, its services were only available to paying customers. Today, however, Pingdom launched a free version of its service. The free service offers all the features of Pingdom’s paid accounts, though users are limited to monitoring just one website or server. This free account also comes with up to 20 SMS alerts per months, which is a nice perk, given that you probably want to know that your site or server is down as soon as possible.Pingdom gives users a large number of options. You can, for example, choose to have it ping your server anywhere between once per minute or once per hour. Pingdom is also flexible enough to be able to ping specific ports on your server and also check the state of your SMPT, POP3, or IMAP email server – though with the free account, you can obviously only choose one of these. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… In addition to its free service, Pingdom also offers a basic account for $9.95 per month, which allows users to monitor up to 5 sites. The company also offers a business account for $39.95 per month, which can check up to 30 sites. The basic account also comes with 20 free SMS alerts, while business account users can receive up to 200 alerts by text message. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Solar Electricity Growing More Competitive

first_imgWithout the tax credit, the picture isn’t as rosyThe current federal investment tax credit is due to expire at the end of 2016, and should it not survive in any form, the report says solar electricity costs will increase from 10 to 16 cents/kWh to a total of 15 to 21 cents/kWh, leaving only Hawaii at grid parity.“In a 2017+ 10% ITC [investment tax credit] environment, solar would be at grid parity in ~36 states (vs. ~47 states with 30% ITC), assuming system prices and financing costs decline although the economics for solar would not be as attractive,” the bank report says. “Consequently, we expect to see a big rush of new installations ahead of the 2016 ITC expiration.”Other key findings:Lower financing costs would be another boost for solar. The bank says that for every drop in financing costs of 100 basis points, the levelized cost of solar drops by 1 cents/kWh.More leasing will propel growth. Solar leasing companies are highly profitable, the report says, and they have a strong incentive to increase their customer base in advance of the tax credit expiration in 2016.Separately, the International Energy Agency predicts solar will be the dominant form of energy by 2050, according to a report from Reuters. PV panels could generate as much as 16 percent of the world’s power while concentrating solar power plants would provide an additional 11 percent.“The rapid cost decrease of photovoltaic modules and systems in the last few years has opened new perspectives for using solar energy as a major source of electricity in the coming years and decades,” IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven told Reuters. If the current federal tax credit for solar equipment remains intact, electricity generated by photovoltaic (PV) panels will cost no more than electricity provided by local utilities in 47 U.S. states by 2016, according to a report from Deutsche Bank.Even if the tax credit drops from its current level of 30 percent to 10 percent at the end of 2016, the cost of solar electricity would reach this milestone (called “grid parity”) in 36 states, bank analyst Vishal Shah wrote in the October 26 report.Already, the levelized cost of energy from solar sources is competitive in 10 states without any additional subsidies, the report said. In these states, the cost of solar electricity ranges from 11 cents to 15 cents per kilowatt hour, compared to the 11 to 37 cents/kWh retail price for grid power. (Two recent GBA news stories provide more perspective on this topic: PV Cost Reaches Grid Parity in 11 States and Solar Energy Costs Fall in 2013.)The findings were contained in a lengthy market research report and summarized in an article posted at Bloomberg. (Deutsche Bank shared the report but wouldn’t authorize a link to its full content.)“The reason solar-power generation will increasingly dominate: it’s a technology, not a fuel,” Tom Randall wrote at Bloomberg. “As such, efficiency increases and prices fall as time goes on. The price of Earth’s limited fossil fuels tends to go the other direction.”last_img read more

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Stop Stealing Your Future Results

first_imgThe big magic in self-discipline is that it gives you the ability to delay gratification. We are pleasure-seeking, pain avoiding creatures, and we are easily distracted by novelties, trivialities, and comfort. But giving in to pleasure now means stealing from your future results. Avoiding what is uncomfortable now guarantees a lot more pain in the future.Is what you are doing right now helping you to produce the results you need in the future? Is there something else that you could be—or should be—doing to produce the future results you need?Pay for Your Future Results NowIf what you are doing right now isn’t helping you to deliver the future results you need, then you are stealing from your future.At some point, your future will arrive and greet you with the pain of having not done what needed to be done earlier. You won’t find the results you wanted in the future because you didn’t pay the price for those results when you should have, when you had the chance.You pay for your future results with the actions you are taking now. You steal from that future when you don’t.If you want to make next year’s sales number, you build the pipeline that will produce that number starting in the second half of the current year. If you want next year to be better than this year, you have to pay for that future right now.If you want to develop your big deal dream clients in the future, you start nurturing those relationships now. To open the relationships you need in the future, you need to establish a track record of value creation now.If you want your sales team to be better prepared to create value for your clients in the future, you spend time coaching, training, and developing them now. The time you spend developing your sales team now is a down payment on your future results.You don’t have to delay gratification forever. The future always arrives faster than you imagined it would, and there isn’t a way to cram the real work of producing results when you really need them. Your need for results in the future doesn’t do anything to bend the laws of nature to make up for lost time.QuestionsWhat results do you need in the future?What do you have to do now to achieve those future results?What do you do that steals your future results from you?How much time could you steal back to build your future results? Where would you find that time?What future regrets are you choosing by avoiding the work you should be doing now? Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

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Mourinho will be in Madrid sooner or later Calderon

first_imgFormer Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has given a hint that Jose Mourinho may complete a shock return to the club sooner or later.Mourinho has been linked with a return to the European champions a club he last managed back in 2013. And with the future of Lopetegui under intense scrutiny, there are chances Los Blancos may call on the Portuguese once again.“If this president is with the team for a few years, and I think he will be, Mourinho will be here,” Calderon told Football Espana via ESPN FC.“No doubt. It’s the only Coach the president has respected.“For better or worse. I think he will be here – if he leaves Manchester, of course. But sooner or later, I think he will be here.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Selling Ronaldo? I think it’s been a big mistake, a historic mistake in many senses, and with no replacement!“There’s no way to find someone to substitute a player like Ronaldo, so [it is] a big mistake.“If you see that the €100m we’ve received has been spent on two players: one is in Brazil, Rodrygo, and the other [Vinicius Jr.] is playing in Castilla [Madrid’s reserve team].“It’s something very weird. I have all the respect for Mariano [Diaz], but now he has many things to show until he can be at the level of Cristiano.”last_img read more

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