Enda Bonner added to Fianna Fail party ticket for upcoming local elections

first_imgFianna Fail have announced that Cllr. Enda Bonner is set to be added to their party ticket for the upcoming local elections.Last week, sitting county councillor Enda Bonner was left stunned when he was out-voted by local Fianna Fail activist, Noreen McGarvey.Ms McGarvey, who works as an assistant to Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher, ousted the former Senator by 33 votes to 26. Bonner will now contest the elections alongside fellow party member for the Glenties Electoral area.Enda Bonner added to Fianna Fail party ticket for upcoming local elections was last modified: March 18th, 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) Tags:Enda Bonnerfianna failGlentieslast_img read more

Anti-corruption courses in African business schools could help end graft

first_imgEducation could be a valuable weapon in Africa’s fight against corruption. Three business schools – in Nigeria, Tanzania and South Africa – already offer anti-graft coursework, and the results are positive.A billboard in Namibia spread the message of the country’s Anti-Corruption Commission, or ACC. Anti-corruption education, the authors say, must become a priority in African classrooms. (Image: Philip Schuler, World Bank)Shiv Tripathi and Ganka Daniel Nyamsogoro, Mzumbe UniversityCorruption touches our lives every day. It happens across the private sector as well as the public service in the realms of housing, education, health and agriculture. Its influence reaches dangerously further, too: it directly threatens sustainable development.Corruption takes many forms. This makes it almost impossible to definitively calculate its cost, though one estimate suggests that corruption amounts to more than 5% of global GDP.Research by the World Bank shows that about US$1-trillion is paid in bribes worldwide each year. Africa is home to several of the most corrupt countries in the world, according to Transparency International’s Corruption perception index.Corruption also makes it difficult for societies and economies to develop. Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the poorest regions in the world and it, along with the rest of the globe, is now gearing up to meet the sustainable development goals. Most of these goals are sadly vulnerable to corruption, whether in the realm of poverty eradication, access to health care or affordable energy.Education could be a valuable weapon in the continent’s fight against corruption. Three business schools in Africa are already putting this theory to the test by introducing an anti-corruption programme, sanctioned by the United Nations, into their classrooms.We piloted and researched their experiences for our new book, which outlines how anti-corruption education can be professionalised in business schools around the globe.The business of fighting corruptionResearch tells us that corruption can hamper the ability of a business to run well and profitably. It can affect the entire business supply chain and ultimately lessen an enterprise’s contribution to broader social and economic development.One estimate suggests that about 80% of Africa’s job creation and its economic output depends on small and medium enterprises.These are just some of the reasons that we believe anti-corruption education belongs in business schools. If the continent can produce business leaders who are able to identify and act against different forms of corruption, it will make a huge difference to economic growth and the successful implementation of the sustainable development goals.There is no single correct approach to embedding anti-corruption issues in education, but a great deal can be learned from available frameworks. One of these is the UN-sanctioned Principles for Responsible Management Education Anti-Corruption Toolkit.The toolkit was developed by a group of nearly 40 management scholars from around the world. The project was funded by the Siemens Integrity Initiative and the first draft was launched in 2012. It has since been tested and refined at 14 business schools in India, Eastern Europe, Europe, South America and Africa.The toolkit is continuously updated. It offers case studies and research about corruption which can be introduced into a classroom for discussion. It also has a section dedicated to teaching methods, which helps to guide those lecturers who have never tackled this complex topic before.In Africa, the toolkit was piloted in three different schools, which each applied it to different courses. Nigeria’s Lagos Business School adopted its contents into the MBA programme curriculum. Stellenbosch University in South Africa tested it through an ethics course for managers. At Mzumbe University in Tanzania, it was used in regular postgraduate level courses and in executive education programmes.At Mzumbe, the toolkit was used to start discussions about how integrating East Africa could minimise corruption and how to deal with ethical dilemmas in cross-cultural settings. The toolkit also provided material for a 12-hour programme that taught established professionals about ethical compliance in procurement.Other pilot sites used the toolkit to link the impact of corruption to a particular business context. Students were encouraged to share their own experiences and to envision the adverse impacts their crooked business decisions might have on their own and others’ quality of life.Feedback from the students was very positive at all pilot business schools.Sharing the lessonsThe major challenge for anti-corruption education lies in its integration with existing curricula. Students enrol for higher education seeking knowledge and the skills they’ll need to follow a particular career path. They will respond best to being taught about anti-corruption measures if they know this will be useful in their working lives. If businesses want to minimise corruption, they must emphasise ethical values and skill sets when recruiting business schools graduates.Beating corruption will require a collective effort from more than just business schools and corporate leaders. But anti-corruption education has an important role to play in this fight. It must become a priority in African classrooms.Shiv Tripathi is professor of Business Management, and Ganka Daniel Nyamsogoro is associate professor and dean, at Mzumbe University. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.last_img read more

WEF raises South Africa’s global competitiveness ranking

first_imgSouth Africa has risen two places, to 47th, in the 2016 World Economic Forum Global Competitive Index, improving its ranking in 10 of the 12 pillars measured. The country has the most competitive economy on the African continent.The newly released World Economic Forum Global Competitive Index ranks South Africa as the 47th most completive economy of the 138 studied. The improvement in the rankings, the best in five years, comes as the country has improved both the competitiveness of our markets and relationships between labour and business, made modest, but important, progress in the quality of education, which is up five places from 2015.One reason for South Africa’s rise in the annual appraisal of prosperity and productivity is, according to the report, our ability to withstand the fall in price of commodities. Unlike African neighbours and other developing economies, South Africa has also built on the strength of its financial sector, which shielded the country from the worst effects of the global economic crisis.South Africa is ranked first out of 138 countries for auditing standards, the protection of minority investors and ability to finance through equity markets. The country is second or third for soundness of banks and financial services, efficacy of boards and regulation of the stock exchange.Robert Crotti, a WEF economist, explained to the Biznews website: “What we noticed is that to make a country really competitive, you need to have all the pieces in place. To rank number one in one specific dimension without having the other factors also well-placed, doesn’t really bring the country to grow and reach the prosperity where we see. In fact, when we look at the top countries in ranking, they tend to rank quite high on all the dimensions.”The report highlighted the biggest future challenges for our economy. “Infrastructure development has stalled, both in transport and electricity, with power shortages experienced this year. Institutional quality has diminished, with increased political uncertainty, less transparency, some security concerns, and business leaders having less trust in politicians (down 11 places since last year).”Crotti said the GCI is not meant as a criticism of each economy studied. For WEF it is a way to benchmark progress. “Therefore, we hope that it can be used as a platform for all the actors in the economy in looking at how and what worked, to then take the next steps to improve their economy.”South Africa’s growth forecast for 2016 is now set at 0.1%. Outside factors, slowdown of the Chinese economy and the volatility of the rand have dampened the potential for stronger growth. Where developed economies are accepting a “new normal” of lower economic growth, lower productivity growth, and high unemployment, South Africa and other developing economies have an opportunity to grow by improving productivity.Despite China’s slowdown it is the best-placed Brics nation, at 28, followed by India, Russia and South Africa. Brazil lags behind its Brics peers at 81. As Crotti explained, “India is really the bright spark in the area of competitiveness improvements and this is done mainly on the back of reforms, especially in terms of investment and market efficiency.”Crotti said India, more than any other country, should be the example South Africa follows to move further up the rankings. The Indian government has improved market and labour efficiencies, and stabilised government policy and the macroeconomic sector. As important, its government has improved the country’s technological readiness.”That’s really important to be able to jump-start the economy and as we’ve seen, also be able to gain innovation,” Crotti said. “To learn much more about technology and innovation. At the dawn of this Fourth Industrial Revolution it is really going to be key going forward.”South Africa.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

When the best of Serie A beat a Football League all-star XI

first_img Twitter Topics Share on Facebook But this was neither a charity match nor a friendly played for dubious benefits in a country with a questionable human-rights record. On 16 January 1991, before 18,000 fans at Napoli’s San Paolo stadium, a Serie A select XI took on the best of the Football League. Watching the footage, the camera angles take the mind back to the magic nights of the World Cup the previous summer. Indeed, in their red shirts, white shorts and red socks, the Football League side could have passed for an England team in their change kit. The Italian outfit was rather more garish, resembling an early-1990s Marseille top that had run in the wash. However tasteless the strip, though, theirs were apparently the better footballers.Van Basten’s goal, in the 26th minute, established the pattern. Two minutes later, Mark Wright – who had played in the stadium for England less than six months earlier in a World Cup quarter-final victory over Cameroon – dawdled on the ball. Once more, Careca seized on the mistake and this time beat Southall with his right foot, finding the bottom-left corner. Wright’s sliding tackle had failed to disturb the Brazilian and, as the ball settled in the net, the centre-half slapped the ground in frustration. The roar was noticeably louder for the second goal than the first, the Neapolitan crowd enjoying another chance to celebrate a player they had come to adore.In the second half, the Italians created another goal with a combination that would never be repeated. Genoa full-back Branco, who would go on to win the World Cup with Brazil in 1994, found Paolo Di Canio of Juventus, whose career ended without a full cap for Italy. Di Canio released the ball just before Wright’s tackle felled him. The pass found Simeone, at the time a young Pisa midfielder in his debut campaign in Europe. Pisa were relegated at the end of the season, so his goal against the Football League was a rare moment of release in a tough season. Nevertheless, Simeone looked strangely glum after his driven shot beat David Seaman, who had come on to replace Southall.Simeone’s haircut, too, was incongruous – a Chris Waddle-worthy mullet, on a man whose playing and coaching style demands a short back and sides. Simeone was no star of Italian football at that time. Had the A-listers – Frank Rijkaard, Giuseppe Giannini, Roberto Donadoni – been available, he would probably not have been chosen. The Italian broadcaster presenting highlights of the game talks of an “improvised” Serie A side and there was no Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi, Roberto Baggio or Gianluca Vialli. Yet coach Alberto Bigon’s squad would have given most teams of the era a serious game. features Read more Share on Twitter Pinterest Share on Messenger • This article was published first on The Blizzard• Follow The Blizzard on Twitter and Facebook Football Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Share on Pinterest The Serie A team of the 1990s Guardian Sport Network Giovanni Galli, the goalkeeper, won seven trophies with Milan, including two European Cups. Aldair made 434 appearances for Roma, helping them to only their third Serie A title in 2001. Alessandro Bianchi, a right-winger for Inter, played nine times for Italy. In his only season in Italian football, Oleksiy Mykhailychenko was a champion with Sampdoria.Gabriele Pin, a clever midfielder remembered for his time at Parma and Lazio, worked extensively as Cesare Prandelli’s assistant, notably with Italy, when they reached the final of Euro 2012. Had he belonged to another generation, Pin’s sometime Parma teammate Lorenzo Minotti would have won many more than eight caps in the Azzurri defence. Instead, he fought for a place with Franco Baresi, Alessandro Costacurta and Paolo Maldini, and Alessandro Nesta and Fabio Cannavaro soon swept past him.The English side, managed by Lawrie McMenemy, was no less impressive. Hysén, Steve Nicol, Steve McMahon, Ian Rush and Barnes had won the title with Liverpool the previous season. Dixon, Limpar, Michael Thomas and Paul Davis would help Arsenal succeed them as champions four months later. Steve Bull never reached the top flight with Wolves, but that did not stop him making England’s squad for the 1990 World Cup. And Saunders was an improving forward with Derby who would join Liverpool for £2.9m five months after his trip to Naples.It’s a shame there are not more matches like this one. The hectic schedule would make it difficult to organise these days, but players were also busy in 1991. English clubs had just returned to European competition after their competitive ban – imposed after the Heysel Stadium tragedy in 1985 – so the fixture list was busier than it had been. It did not prevent the two federations gathering impressive squads. Would it be much more difficult for their counterparts today?The power of the top clubs would be a roadblock. Would Manchester City allow Sergio Agüero to represent the Premier League against another of Europe’s strongest divisions? Would Barcelona do the same with Lionel Messi, or Juventus with Cristiano Ronaldo? Consider the following conversation between the Premier League and Pep Guardiola: “Look, Pep. I know you have a Champions League semi-final later this month, but we’d really like you to let us have Ederson and Kevin De Bruyne for a one-off game against Ligue 1. Pep? Hello? Pep?” Clubs kick up enough of a fuss when their players have the temerity to represent their countries in qualifying matches.Staunch Premier League believers it is the strongest division in the world. La Liga, Serie A, the Bundesliga and Ligue 1 have similar loyalists. Until the best of one league takes on the best of another, it will be impossible to reach a satisfactory conclusion. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see Mohamed Salah and Raheem Sterling combine to create a goal for Harry Kane, or watch Cristiano Ronaldo run on to a pass from Dries Mertens, hold off Gerard Piqué and shoot past Jan Oblak?Imagine if these moves could happen for real, not just in a games console. They could help dismantle lazy statements about the relative quality of different leagues. And, by the final whistle, we would have a good idea about which team, and therefore league, was stronger. The calendar may be packed but what difference would a few more dates make? It is time to revive the inter-league representative match. Now, who will volunteer to help me take the argument to the clubs? Attempting to collect a square pass, Glenn Hysén allows the ball to slip momentarily from his control. Too late. As he turns to try to recover his mistake, Careca is already gliding into the penalty area. Neville Southall saves the Brazilian’s low, diagonal shot from left to right but when the great goalkeeper regains his balance, Marco van Basten is closing in.You can guess what happens next. The Dutchman did not build a reputation as one of the world’s most proficient forwards by missing such chances and he swiftly gives his team the lead. Careca jogs over to congratulate Van Basten who is, unusually, wearing the No 11 shirt. The pair high-five and share a brief embrace.Even football’s most diligent historians might find it difficult to fathom how these 13 seconds of action were possible. How were these players on the same pitch at the same time? Van Basten and Careca were opponents in Italy, at Milan and Napoli respectively, from 1987 until 1993, but never played together. After his move from Fiorentina to Liverpool in 1989, Hysén, a Swede, and Southall, a Welshman, were adversaries on Merseyside until Hysén returned home in 1992. Neither Van Basten nor Careca played in England, while Southall spent his entire club career in that country, including 17 years with Everton.Also on the pitch that day were Diego Simeone, Lothar Matthäus, John Barnes and Dean Saunders. Gianluigi Lentini, who would become the world’s most expensive player when he joined Milan from Torino for £13m in 1992, came on as a second-half substitute. Halfway to winning his second league title for Arsenal, Lee Dixon was the English team’s right-back. Facebook Share on LinkedIn Reuse this contentlast_img read more

10 months agoFulham eyeing Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida

first_imgFulham eyeing Besiktas defender Domagoj Vidaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham are eyeing World Cup star Domagoj Vida.Fotomac says Fulham are looking to strengthen their defence with the World Cup finalist.Croatia’s Vida – currently at Besiktas – is a target for Claudio Ranieri.Besiktas have already lost Pepe, who cancelled his contract earlier this month, so the club may try and drive a hard bargain for Vida, although their money troubles may mean that they can’t afford to be too stubborn. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

How Do March Madness Bracket Pools Work?

first_imgWith the majority of the United States’ population set to partake in an NCAA Tournament bracket pool or two, we thought we’d give a quick rundown on how these pools work, for those unfamiliar with the concept. An NCAA Tournament bracket pool is a collection of people who are attempting to predict how the tourney will unfold, and, based on the scoring system, one man or woman will emerge as the victor of their respective pool when the tournament concludes.       IG/bmikolajekIG/bmikolajekTo start, you need to enter a pool. If you weren’t invited into one by someone else, you can enter one of the hundreds of public pools open on ESPN, CBS, or Yahoo. Next, you need to fill out your bracket, which is set to be released Sunday night on CBS. There are 67 games to pick – the four First Four games, the 32 Second Round games, the 16 Third Round games, the eight Sweet 16 games, the four Elite Eight games, the two Final Four games and the national championship game. The scoring of the bracket pools can vary depending on what platform you’re using, but, basically, you get a certain amount of points per each contest that you pick correctly. Typically, the amount of points you receive per win increases by round, so correctly picking the national champion will be worth far more points than correctly picking the winner of a Second Round game. If two or more brackets have totaled the same number of points at the end of the NCAA Tournament, there are tiebreakers. Usually, you’ll have to predict the score of the national title game, and the person with the closest score wins the tiebreaker. Now that you’ve got the NCAA Tournament bracket pools down, go out and win yourself some pools!last_img read more

G-G Pins 37 ‘I Believe’ Ambassadors

first_imgStory Highlights Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, on Thursday (November 23) pinned the 37 new ‘I Believe Initiative’ (IBI) Ambassadors who will serve for 2018. Since the launch, nearly 250 Ambassadors from various backgrounds have been inducted to serve their fellowmen and to participate in the development of Jamaica. He charged the new Ambassadors to focus on strengthening the family pillar of the programme. Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, on Thursday (November 23) pinned the 37 new ‘I Believe Initiative’ (IBI) Ambassadors who will serve for 2018.At the ceremony held at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston, the Governor-General commended the youth representatives and reminded them of their mission to promote programmes that restore hope, belief, and sound values in Jamaica’s families, youth and education.“You are the ones who will make the difference and bridge the gap. You, our Ambassadors, you’re going to learn the language of another generation and build bridges to connect and help each other to appreciate and understand the language and the circumstances of others,” he said.He charged the new Ambassadors to focus on strengthening the family pillar of the programme.“As we seek to strengthen all the pillars of the I Believe Initiative, we’re seized with the urgent need to restore wholesome family values. Therefore, our parenting programme has to be revamped and rebranded and placed back on stream. We will do that with a new name, ‘Parenting Now’, he said.“We realise there are many struggles being faced by families, and we see this as our response to that urgent call for help, to build healthy families, because the state of the family is the state of the nation. I’m making a special call to all our Ambassadors to assist in resuscitating and strengthening the family pillar,” he added.The Governor-General said he was pleased with the activities undertaken by the previous Ambassadors, and is looking forward to the “great initiatives” that will be implemented by the newly installed youth representatives.“I implore you to see this recognition not as an award but as a noble call to even greater service. There’s so much to be done in our country for our children, our youth to combat abuse, trafficking and crime and violence,” he said.Resident of Grants Pen in St. Andrew and a recording artist, Adiel Thomas, who was one of the persons pinned by the Governor-General, said he is grateful to have been appointed an I Believe Ambassador. He said he intends to reach other youth through music programmes and other initiatives.“It’s an amazing opportunity. It’s special for me, because they don’t have any other music ambassadors, so I want to continue to use my music in trying to inspire people and help to change people’s lives,” he told JIS News, noting that music is a powerful tool.Executive Director, Jamaican Youth Empowerment through Culture Arts and Nationalism (JAYECAN), Alex Sterling, who was also installed, said, “I feel honoured to be working with the Governor-General’s programme. I’ve been working with them for a few years now through my organisation, JAYECAN, and I am really honoured now to be a part of the (I Believe Initiative), and I look forward to working with the other ambassadors for this year.”IBI is an arm of the Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence. The values-based programme, launched in 2011, serves to motivate and inspire youth to believe in themselves, achieve their God-given potential and to give service to their country.Since the launch, nearly 250 Ambassadors from various backgrounds have been inducted to serve their fellowmen and to participate in the development of Jamaica.last_img read more

Bus maker New Flyer moves jobs to Kentucky to meet increasing US

first_imgWINNIPEG — North America’s largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer says it’s moving about 90 jobs from Winnipeg to Kentucky due to increasing U.S. content requirements.New Flyer spokeswoman Lindy Norris says in an email that the jobs will be transferred to its facility in Shepherdsville, Ky., in the first half of 2019.Norris says in 2015, the U.S. government passed an act that boosted its American parts content requirement for bus purchases that use federal funds.That requirement jumped from 60 per cent to 65 per cent in October 2017, and will increase again to 70 per cent in October 2019.Lindy says in order to meet the 70 per cent requirement, New Flyer has to transfer some of the high-dollar electrical components currently made in Winnipeg to the U.S.She says the company advised the Winnipeg workforce of the decision last month.“The decision was made after exhausting external supply chain options, but given the high dollar content of the electrical components there were no other viable alternatives,” Lindy said in the email.“No further transfer of work out of Winnipeg is anticipated.”NFI Group Inc., the parent of New Flyer Canada, is headquartered in Winnipeg and it says nearly 90 per cent of its revenue comes from U.S. customers.It employs more than 2,800 people in the Winnipeg area.Companies in this story: (TSX:NFI)The Canadian Presslast_img read more