Rwanda, Modelling Leadership for the People in the African Context

first_img‘I’ve haven’t seen a government that does so much for its people!’ — shared Carson G., an executive of a global consulting group who was in Rwanda on a scouting mission to understand the economic empowerment landscape. It was mid-afternoon as we stood on the hilltop that oversees the Rwamagana Agakiriro Centre. An extensive facility that had been recently opened for young people in the region to start their businesses in wood works. The centre which offers free access to machinery and storage for their first 6 months into business, was filled with a positive buzz from the young women and men who are working out of the space. A few weeks earlier, the Ministry of Commerce (MINEACOM) had announced the enforcement of the Made in Rwanda policy on a whole new scale. Furniture and other interior fixtures that consumed a considerable public budget annually, would now be purchased from local manufacturers in a bid to empower the local industry. Young cooperatives and businesses established in centres like the one in Rwamagana, now get to produce furniture that can be consumed by local offices.The changes and progress in Rwanda are the results of a focused and organized leadership. H.E Paul Kagame has demonstrated the power of uniting people towards a common vision and building a culture of accountability in public governance in an African context. He has promoted economic diversification and south-south collaboration, with the intent of positioning Rwanda as a knowledge based economy and a beacon of intra-african trade. To fully apprehend the depth of his leadership, the choice of policies and his values, one must understand a leader who has stood continuously for the greater good of the entire nation and inspired practices of great leadership.A leadership with and for the people: Rwandans at the centerIn 2000, under Kagame’s leadership, Rwanda established a clear vision for its growth into a middle income nation by 2020. The foundations of this vision are the people of Rwanda. Thanks to innovative home-grown initiatives, decentralization and inclusiveness, Rwandan citizens are actively involved in the decision making process and policy implementation of their country.Social Cohesion and UnityIn the aftermath of the 1994 Tutsi Genocide, the nation was destroyed by what has been defined as one of most horrific genocides of the 20th century. The number one priority was to rebuild a broken nation and to re-establish a sense of belonging, hope and trust in government. The so-called ethnic distinctions which had led to the destruction of our social fabric were eliminated and all Rwandans were given new identity cards with no mention other than “Rwandan”. This ensured that all have equal access to services, education, and healthcare and were equal before the law without distinction.Seeking wisdom in our own culture, the traditional community-based court, also known as “Gacaca” were used to judge millions of genocidaires and accelerate their reintegration into society. Had we used a western justice system this process would have lasted hundreds of years. This would have been unproductive, and possibly resulted in a vicious cycle of the elements that led to instability. The ‘Gacaca’ courts closed in 2012 making a major contribution to legal history and conflict resolution.Good GovernanceThe Rwandan government has put in place systems and autonomous institutions whose main mandate is to serve as an eye on good governance, namely the Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) and the national Ombudsman Office.RGB is an autonomous public entity that serves to promote principles of good governance, and conduct research and policy analysis related to good governance. The Ombudsman Office works closely with communities to educate and resolve issues related to corruption and injustice. Here, leadership and politics mean serving people.One example of inclusiveness and public accountability is the “Umushikirano” forum — also known as the days of the “National Dialogue” — an annual fora convening all members of the Government, civil society leaders, members of the diaspora, and followed on media by the entire nation. Over the duration of two days, citizens are given access to a toll-free number and are able to speak directly to any of the leaders seated in the room including the President. Leaders report back on the performance contracts “Imihigo”, that they laid one year earlier — and their communities are invited to provide feedback. The discussions are live-streamed on TV and radio across the whole country.Women are also strongly encouraged to play a central role in the development of the country and currently make up 64 percent of the members of parliament (a world record). Political will and pro-active policies have increased their financial inclusion and empowered women to be stronger economic players.A Skilled Workforce and the Making of a Knowledge EconomyOne of the pillars of the “Vision 2020” was to ensure universal access to education. In Rwanda, this was unprecedented. In 1994, the nation was partly illiterate mainly because of previous apartheid-like policies that favored the education of one part of the population versus the others, as means to ensure that opportunities were only passed on to a few. In a nation that is the most densely populated in Africa, with few natural resources, this policy was disastrous. The population was then largely involved in agriculture, with poor use of technologies to ensure optimum production.Under the leadership of Kagame, education has been widely accessed and promoted. In addition to primary education, the government of Rwanda has invested into increasing technical and vocational training to increase the numbers of skilled workers. The ministry of education also oversees the integrated polytechnic and vocational colleges that are training electricians, plumbers, construction technicians and more.A technology ecosystemA countrywide fiber optic infrastructure connects the entire nation to 4G Internet. Heavy investment into the ICT ensure that the cost of access to the internet by individuals, businesses and homes is within reach. Attached to this is the country’s continued investment in building human capital that can export skills. Since 2012, a tech incubator, kLab has been home to Rwanda’s young techpreneurs as they develop market driven products. This year, kLab partnered with technical colleges to establish presence across the country. This will increase community-based innovations that respond to local challenges. Leveraging mobile penetration of its people, Rwanda is re-engineering access to government services with the introduction of IREMBO, an e-government portal, which for the past two years is innovating and increasing the number of government services that are accessible online.Green GovernanceSince 2008, non-biodegradable polythene bags are illegal. At the Kigali Airport, a sign informs visitors that plastic bags are not welcome in the country and staff of the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) ensure that the regulations are respected. Global Rankings have recognized Kigali as one of the cleanest cities in Africa. Rwanda is committed to both mitigating further growth in greenhouse gases emissions and signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The Paris agreement is a historic international treaty that aims to limit global temperature to 2 degrees Celsius, with an ambition of keeping increases below 1.5 degrees. In October 2016, the country hosted the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol. This global rendez-vous gathered more than 200 countries to sign an agreement on phasing out toxic gases used in air conditioning and refrigeration (hydro fluorocarbons). Every year, Rwandans plant millions of trees to protect the country’s forests, rivers and wetlands. All these efforts have one objective which is to make Rwanda a developed, climate-resilient and low carbon economy by 2050.Universal Healthcare CoverageAnother significantly important policy has been that of universal access to modern healthcare. Rwanda like many third-world countries had very poor health infrastructure. Given levels of education that existed previously, a pronounced poor usage of the existing infrastructure led to premature deaths of children and women particularly. In 1999, through its Ministry of Health, the Government of Rwanda initiated a universal health insurance which today reports over 85% coverage of the population. The insurance paid annually is affordable and covers every member of the family; it covers access to public health centres and referral hospitals. This increase in insurance coverage has in turn increased usage of health care services. In December 2016, a long time partner to Rwanda’s Healthcare system, the Gates Foundation, recommended that Rwanda’s Healthcare infrastructure become a model that can be adopted given the impact and results it yielded. Rwanda has demonstrated that even in resource constrained situations, there is a possibility to establish access to quality primary care.Made in RwandaWith the opportunity to diversify into previously non-existent or segmented industries, the economy has seen the rise of young micro and SMEs which are leveraging the positive business environment to get on their own feet. Agribusiness for local and export markets is an area that is continuously being developed with extensive Research and Development supported by the government. Private sector entities are in foras engaging the government to innovate in addressing hindrances that hold back growth. Tourism, ICTs, Financial Services, Fashion and Artisanal Production are some of the growing industries where entrepreneurs are connecting the dots to build stronger value chains and create new jobs that didn’t exist on the market before.To further incentivize growth, the Government has established a privately run guarantee fund that backs investments that banks traditionally view as high risk, supporting particularly youth and women. The Business Development Fund now also makes equity investments in scalable businesses, creating room for access to more patient capital for businesses that require that type of investment.A More Connected AfricaIn addition to internal policies that have improved human development in Rwanda, Kagame envisions a more connected Africa, one that trades more, and creates infinite opportunities for its people. He is now driving this by actively engaging governments to create more open trade policies and has supported the growth of the nation’s airline RwandAir that is looking to bridge the current cost of traveling and trading across the region. In the last two years, the airline has increased investments to create weekly connecting flights that reach cities in West, South and East Africa and most recently connecting directly to cities in Europe too.Tasked to lead the efforts to reform the African Union in 2016, H.E Paul Kagame put together a team of 9 eminent African advisors among which, Dr. Carlos Lopes, the outgoing Executive Director of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Strive Masiyiwa, the Econet Wireless Founder, Amina J.Mohammed, Nigerian Environment Minister, Mariam Mahamat Nour, Minister of Economy and international cooperation, Vera Songwe, the International Finance Corporation Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Tito Mboweni, former Governor of the South African Reserve Bank, Dr. Donald Kaberuka, Former President of the African Development Bank, Acha Leke, Senior Partner at McKinsey & Co-Founder of the African Leadership Network, and Christina Duarte, Cape Verde’s Finance Minister. The key task for the team has been to ensure the AU weans itself off of foreign aid, thereby making the organization more efficient and economically independent. Handling Agenda 2063 with a sense of urgency, H.E Paul Kagame stated: ‘This process is not about what each country can do on its own but what we can all do together; for each other and with each other.’ Top priorities are to make Africa accessible to all Africans #visafreeAfrica, build one airspace, increase intra-Africa trade and wave roaming fees.Moving Forward FasterAll of the above and much more not mentioned cannot happen in a vacuum. It has taken a devoted, forward-looking leader who has modeled integrity, accountability, and service above self — #Agaciro.The 2017 Presidential Elections gave Rwandans a platform to voice their choice. Young and old came out in a #ClimateOfCheer to exercise our rights and over 6M people lined up at their community electoral posts. It is a statement of faith and if you come to Rwanda today, you will be inspired by the positivity, the hope and resilience of its people.While western media has continued to publish content questioning or perhaps one should say falsely accusing the leadership of President Kagame, we, the People of Rwanda have decided. We have chosen continuity to cement what has already been achieved, and to address the challenges yet to be addressed.Ibyiza Biri imbere (The best is yet to come!) #RwandaDecides2017.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Co-authored by Grace Mugabekazi and Michaella Rugwizangoga, Curators of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers — Kigali Hublast_img read more

Finland defeats Sweden 6-3 at U17s off four goal effort from Eeli Tolvanen

first_imgEeli Tolvanen had a game to remember this afternoon for Finland as they defeated Sweden to close out their preliminary round games. Tolvanen found the back of the net four times including two on the power play as Finland won the game 6-3.The Finns jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first as they controlled most of the play. They also had a 12-7 advantage in the shots.Finland increased their lead to three just 24 seconds into the middle frame. Overall the period was more balanced between the clubs, but Finland was still out in front after 40 minutes by a score of 5-2.- Advertisement -The teams traded goals in the third to round out the scoring.Finland currently has the inside track on second place in group B pending the result of Canada red and Russia this evening. Should Canada win, Canada and Finland would claim the top two spots respectively. Should Russia win a number of tiebreakers will need to be sorted out surrounding goal differentials.Sweden finishes fourth in group B and will play their quarterfinal game against the first place finisher of group A in Dawson Creek on Thursday, which based on tiebreakers will likely be the United States.Advertisementlast_img read more

RCMP search for vandals in Fort St. John

first_imgThe Fort St. John RCMP is looking the public’s help in identifying vandals.The RCMP need your help to identify the person(s) responsible for numerous incidents of vandalism that occurred overnight on August 20, 2010.Fort St John RCMP responded to multiple calls Saturday morning, August 21st, 2010 of vehicles and buildings being spray painted in the area of 90th St and 102nd Ave North to 90th St and 113rd Ave. Most of the vehicles targeted were parked on the street in front of homes in the area.- Advertisement -If anyone has information regarding this or any other incidents, they are asked to contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.crimestoppersfsj.calast_img read more

Top boss holds talks with Serie A side despite interest from Man City, West Ham and Newcastle

first_img1 Rafael Benitez has reportedly met with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis to discuss a new contract despite speculation linking him with a move back to the Premier League.Benitez has been strongly linked with the managerial post at Manchester City while West Ham and Newcastle could also be in the market to appoint the former Liverpool boss.The Spanish coach is out of contract at the end of the season and he was expected to walk away from the Serie A side and seek a new challenge elsewhere.But with Napoli reaching the semi-finals of the Europa League and the possibility of playing in the Champions League next season, Benitez could yet agree a deal to stay in Italy.Italian website TuttoNapoli claims that a meeting took place on Monday between Benitez and De Laurentiis and the Napoli President discussed his future plans for the club.It now remains to be seen if Benitez will pledge his long-term future to the Italian club or make a return to England next season. Napoli manager Rafael Benitez last_img read more

MARK MISSES OUT ON OLYMPIC QUALIFYING TIME

first_imgLetterkenny athlete Mark English was just a bit too slow in his latest quest for an Olympic place.Mark ran in the 800m Grand Prix race in the heat in Madrid this evening with the Olympic ‘A’ standard time of 1:45:60 within his sights.But he was under a second outside that time, finishing fourth on 1.46:20 English had already come very close to achieving the qualifying time for London when he ran 1:45:77 in May.But he does get another chance in Spain later this week.Mark’s next challenge will be the World Junior Athletics Championships in Barcelona which begins next Tuesday July 10th.  PuestoDorsalNombreFecha de NacimientoCalleReacciónFnResultado114 LOPEZ YERGA Kevin12 junio, 199041 : 45.78215 MARCO CONTRERAS Luis..20 agosto, 198681 : 45.98316 MULDER Tyler15 febrero, 198761 : 46.2046 ENGLISH Mark18 marzo, 198331 : 46.20512 KIPKOECH Nicholas22 octubre, 199211 : 46.4264 CASTILLO Maury Surie..19 octubre, 198451 : 46.53710 GEBREMEDHIN Mekonnen11 octubre, 198821 : 46.63MMP824 RUTT Michael27 octubre, 198771 : 46.91919 REPCIK Josef3 agosto, 198611 : 47.001018 QUESADA VELASCO Migu..18 septiembre, 197931 : 47.22112 BUSTOS GONZALEZ Davi..25 agosto, 199071 : 48.03MMT1217 OLMEDO VILLAR Manuel17 mayo, 198361 : 56.28 13 LAGUNA APARICIO Igna..18 mayo, 19878DNF MARK MISSES OUT ON OLYMPIC QUALIFYING TIME was last modified: July 7th, 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:800 metresLondonmark englishOlympic Gameslast_img read more

Super Computer predicts where every Premier League club will finish this season

first_img huge blow 4 Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? latest Spurs are being backed to secure a top four finish tense Times are hard at St James’ Park Wolves are set to fall short in their ambitions to finish in top half gameday cracker 4 revealed Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion The most interesting storyline of the season so far has been Jose Mourinho’s continuing crisis at Manchester United, with the Red Devils already seven points off top spot having won just four games.There’s still plenty of time for United to rise back up the table and into, as expected, the top four, but right now that seems unlikely.But where could the Red Devils, and every other top flight side, finish this season. TOP WORK Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury whoops Most read in Premier League Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? SORRY changes It’s time for the Premier League to take another break as we head into October’s international action.Incredibly, three teams remain undefeated after eight games played with Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool flying high on equal points at the top of the table, while there are also three teams that have yet to win a single match – Newcastle, Cardiff and Huddersfield. Now we have entered another month of the season, talkSPORT.com has fired up its famous Super Computer to predict the final 2018/19 Premier League table.You can see the results below…And if you think you’re better at predictions than the super computer, give the talkSPORT predictor game a go!20. Huddersfield (relegated)19. Cardiff (relegated)18. Newcastle (relegated) Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City predicted getty 4 Man City could become the first team to retain the Premier League title since Man United in 2008/09 17. Southampton16. Fulham15. Brighton14. Crystal Palace13. Burnley12. West Ham11. Wolves How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 10. Watford9. Everton8. Leicester7. Bournemouth6. Manchester United5. Arsenal (Europa League qualification)4. Tottenham (Champions League qualification) 4 Getty 3. Chelsea (Champions League qualification)2. Liverpool (Champions League qualification)1. Manchester City (Premier League champions)last_img read more

COUNCIL TO HOST MAJOR CONFERENCE ON RENEWABLE ENERGY AND GREEN ECONOMY

first_imgDonegal County Council is to host a major international conference on Renewable Energies and Opportunities in the Green Economy.The conference, which takes place on 12 September 2012 in the Solis Lough Eske Castle Hotel, Donegal Town, will address opportunities for Ireland in emerging offshore energy markets, policies, electric transportation, biomass and smart technologies.This conference is a key deliverable of the EU INTERREG IVC Funded CO2Free Capitalisation Project: Cooperating 2 Foster Renewable Energy and Efficiencies.The Director of the INTERREG IVC Programme, Michel Lamblin will address the conference. Donegal County Council is working with seven other European regions (Derry City Council, Vasternorrland Sweden, North Karelia Finland, Bourgas Bulgaria, West Romania, Karinthia Austria, Avila Spain, San Sebastian Spain), and project managed by ERNACT, to promote and take action towards a world with less CO2.Brian Boyle, Head of Information Systems with the Council said that “a key element of this project is about working with these other regions to learn about their best practice approaches in terms of renewable energy and reducing CO2 consumption and to explore how this learning can be adopted and applied locally”.Speaking about the conference, Michael O’hEanaigh, Director of Community, Culture and Planning with the Council said the conference will place a particular emphasis on the whole area of ocean energy including wave, offshore wind, and tidal and the possibilities relating to this sector for Donegal and for Ireland.“The conference will address emerging policy for this sector and will review existing development in Ireland and internationally. It will also look at the resource provided by Killybegs with regards to servicing a future offshore energy industry off the west coast of Ireland”. A number of renowned experts in the area of renewable energy will be addressing this conference including Neil Doherty from Sgurr Energy, Sustainable Engineering Worldwide, Paul Williamson from Maine Wind Industry Initiative and Jouko Parviainen from Josek Ltd in Finland who will talk about Biomass Developments & Technology.According to Donegal County Council the conference is a must for anyone interested in emerging offshore energy market and green economy opportunities.Attendance at the conference is free but booking is essential and places are limited on a first come first served basis. To book your place contact ccraig@donegalcoco.ie and for further information visit www.co2free-project.eu or www.donegalcoco.ie . COUNCIL TO HOST MAJOR CONFERENCE ON RENEWABLE ENERGY AND GREEN ECONOMY was last modified: August 29th, 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:conferenceDonegal County Councilrenewable energylast_img read more

TAKE THE VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE DONEGAL MARATHON!

first_imgOrganisers are hoping the Donegal marathon will get big numbers.We’re almost there with less than two weeks left to the hugely-awaited Donegal Marathon in Letterkenny on August 24th.But what exactly is the route, where are the hills and where runners can get a drink of water.The good people organising the marathon have completed the route (not sure if by foot or car!) and have written a virtual tour for participants and spectators. The Donegal MarathonRunners will assemble at the Aura Leisure Centre and after registration is completed, we will make our way to the Starting Line.The full marathon will comprise of three loops within the course. There is a core loop that will be run once by the half marathon competitors and twice by the full marathon competitors; a loop in and around Letterkenny town that will be run once by all competitors; and a loop that will be run once by the full marathon competitors out around the Foxhall area to the west of Letterkenny.All will be explained on this virtual tour!Spectators positioned along this course can witness the participants; your family, friends and neighbours; pitting themselves against the limits of their own endurance for up to four hours or more, from one or more locations along this course. Your support on the day could provide just the encouragement needed for the competitors to realise their dream. So let’s get behind the runners and decorate the course in a sea of Donegal colours to provide a wall of encouragement and celebration.We’re at the start line, it’s almost 10.15am, we’re under starter’s orders, facing Letterkenny… and we’re off! From here, we make our way into town to the small roundabout at the bottom of Lower Main Street, turn right over to the small roundabout at Oldtown Bridge but turn left along Pearse Road. We make our way to the junction at the bottom of Rosemount, where we turn right over towards the new Dunne’s Stores’ Roundabout. We follow the Neil T Blaney Road around to the Polestar Roundabout where we circumvent the roundabout to make our way out the Ramelton Road with Mount Errigal Hotel on our left, and through Ballyraine. We continue on this road to the small roundabout at Key’s Garage, close to Arena 7, and turn left up past the Donegal Creameries Co-op, following the road around to take us past the Church of the Irish Martyrs on the left past Gortlee Tool Hire on the right and down Gortlee Hill. At the junction, we turn right and head for the small roundabout at the old Oatfield Sweet Factory site. We continue on in the direction of the Station Roundabout with Letterkenny Shopping Centre in to our left. At the roundabout, we head towards Main Street, up past An Grianan Theatre on our right, to the traffic light junction at Letterkenny Courthouse. We continue onto Main Street and follow this road through Lower Main Street back down to Grier’s roundabout.At this point, we turn left and retrace our steps towards the Oldtown Bridge and this time at the small roundabout, we cross the bridge. At the Ros Suillighe Roundabout on the other side we turn right to take us out Crieve Road, past Crievesmith Park on our left. We are now heading out into the open country. We will follow this road for three miles, passing Rockhill House on our left, until we come to Newmills Flax Mill. Here, we continue on this side of the river through Newmills with the bridge off to our right. We make our way towards Billy’s Junction at Rashedoge.Here we turn right onto the R250, and then we turn right heading back towards Letterkenny. We will follow this road passing Conwal Graveyard and then Ballymacool Park on our left, and O’Donnell Park on our right. At the Ballymacool Roundabout we continue on towards the Aura Leisure Centre, where we will either turn right and in onto the track to complete the Half Marathon; or to complete the Full Marathon, we will continue on the main road until we come to Grier’s roundabout. At Grier’s roundabout we once again turn right and over towards Oldtown to cross the bridge and once again proceed out the Rockhill road towards Newmills. At Rashedoge, we will then turn left to run the third loop which is reserved for the full marathoners. We proceed out the R250 in the Meenaroy/ Fintown direction, past the school on the right, to turn right at “Barracks”. Continue along this narrow road, past the graveyard on the right, and on to the junction at the top of Foxhall. Here we turn left and run for 200m to a’turnaround point’ before heading back down Foxhall towards the Churchill/ Fintown junction. Here we follow the R250 back towards Letterkenny to turn right into the Aura Leisure Centre and onto the Athletics track to complete our full marathon to the cheers and congratulations of our adoring supporters (well maybe not adoring, but you get the picture!!) The bad news is that only one of you will get to break the tape in each event, but together every one of you will have created history for Donegal in establishing the Donegal Marathon in the 21st Century, and will have achieved what most ‘couch potatoes’ would consider a feat of utter madness! So well done, one and all!Whether you complete the half or full marathon, you will have earned the respect and congratulations of your fellow competitors, family, friends, neighbours, and acquaintances. You can then make your way into the centre to collect your medal, Finisher’s Pack, and avail of the free massage therapy that will be on offer. Meanwhile your family and friends will be entertained at the family fun day. Here, there will be face-painting, photo booth, outdoor music and more bouncy castles than you can shake a stick at. To the friends and family we ask you to line this route, compromising of the three loops outlined, to give your support to the runners. To the residents living along this course, we wish to apologise for any inconvenience caused, but wish to emphasise the great community endeavour that goes into such an event, and ask that you support the runners in any way you can, particularly by displaying the Donegal colours from every possible vantage point. You can even leave them there for certain upcoming matches that will take place a week later! Donegal… has it all!For more details and registration check out: www.donegalmarathon.ie where you can access a copy of the map of the course in various formats.TAKE THE VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE DONEGAL MARATHON! was last modified: August 13th, 2014 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:DONEGAL MARATHONvirtual tourlast_img read more

Shosholoza: unfinished business

first_img10 September 2007Team Shosholoza, after a strong showing in its first America’s Cup, has lodged South Africa’s second entry in sailing’s most prestigious event.Shosholoza made a huge impact at the latest edition of the America’s Cup, which ended earlier this year in Valencia, Spain. While Swiss outfit Team Alinghi successfully defended their crown, the South African team captured the hearts of spectators and the respect of their opposition.Shosholoza founder and managing director Salvatore Sarno recently confirmed that he had personally lodged an entry, along with the requisite performance bond and certificationm, with the Swiss Societe Nautique Geneve, Alinghi’s yacht club.Royal Cape Yacht ClubSarno confirmed that the Royal Cape Yacht Club would again be the South African challenge club.An accomplished yachtsman himself, Sarno went ahead with the bid despite not having signed a sponsor yet. He was in the same position back in 2004 when he entered Team Shosholoza, the first ever African entrant for the America’s Cup.After the success of Shosholoza in Valencia, one would imagine Sarno won’t be short of potential sponsors. It is, however, a big money sport and finding sponsors willing to put up the huge sums of money to compete successfully will be one of the keys to the competitiveness of South Africa’s challenge.‘A proudly South African sponsor’“I am looking for a proudly South African sponsor and I am positive that we will find one to support the African dream to bring the Cup home,” Sarno said.He said yachting had something to offer outside of the sport, too. “We want to present ourselves as a testimony for South Africa’s capacity to host the 2010 Soccer World Cup,” he explained.“We showed a different side of South Africa at the last Cup, and everyone liked what they saw. We want to remain the country’s best ambassadors on one of the world’s most influential platforms. We will be making sure that everyone wants to come to South Africa for the soccer.”PraisedTeam Shosholoza’s performance in its first America’s Cup competition was widely praised after the team finished seventh overall after three years of competition.“We showed what novices can achieve. We earned the respect of our competitors by punching way above our weight, and our indomitable spirit captivated hearts and inspired millions around the world,” Sarno said.“Now we want to do another campaign. It would be silly not to. We have acquired a lot of knowledge; our crew has achieved a level close to the best in the world. We are hungry to get better results.”Early entryExplaining his decision to get South Africa’s entry in early, Sarno said he expected the next America’s Cup to draw more than the 11 challengers that took part in the last edition of the event.“I also want to make sure that we maintain our present base in Valencia’s Port America’s Cup, as previously this was allocated according to the date of presentation,” he said.Sarno, the chairman of the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), first came to South Africa in 1986. Since that time he has been a passionate supporter of local and international yacht racing, and has also involved himself with the development of sailing in South Africa.One of the biggest successes the development programme has enjoyed has been through its sponsorship of the Izivunguvungu MSC Foundation for Youth, which was started by South African Olympic sailor Ian Ainslie in 1997. The school, which is based in Simonstown near Cape Town, focuses on teaching disadvantaged youths and street children life skills through sailing training.‘An honour’Craig Middleton, the Commodore of the Royal Cape Yacht Club, said it was an honour to again be the Challenge Club for South Africa’s entry.“We are extremely proud to once again to be South Africa’s representatives at the next event,” he said.The Royal Cape Yacht Club has a rich sailing history. One of the oldest and best known yacht clubs in South Africa, it has competed in many famous races, including the Whitbread Around the World Yacht Race, the BOC Round the World Race, and the One Ton, Half-ton, and Three-quarter Ton World Championships.The club is also the trustee of the Lipton Challenge Cup, which was given to the Table Yacht Club, the forerunner of the Royal Cape Yacht Club, by the wealthy tea baron Sir Thomas Lipton in 1909.Lipton contested the America’s Cup on five occasions, always on yachts named Shamrock.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Preview: 2010 World Cup Group E

first_imgThe fact that they topped their Group ahead of Portugal, and even won away from home against the Portuguese, suggests that this is a dark horse team to be wary of. Japan brings a fast-moving style, featuring good ball movement, to the 2010 Fifa World Cup. They have, at times in the past, had problems turning their possession into goals, but during 2009 they scored a lot of goals. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material End of 2009 Fifa ranking: 28Appearances: 3Best result: quarterfinals 1998Players to watch: goalkeeper Thomas Sørensen, defender Daniel Agger, midfielder Christian Poulsen, forwards Jon Dahl Tomasson, Nicklas Bendtner and Dennis Rommedahl In 2009, there were no losses for the Dutch, however. They won six matches and drew four, scoring 18 and conceding only four goals. The Netherlands They’re a team which functions better than the some of its parts, although they do have a good number of players whose names will be familiar to fans of Europe’s major leagues. Typically, Denmark is a team with a tough defence, but looking through the quality names they boast in midfield and attack, they could provide a shock or two in South Africa. End of 2009 Fifa ranking: 3Appearances: 8Best results: runner-up 1974, 1978Player to watch: captain and defender Giovanni van Bronckhorst, midfielders Rafael van der Vaart, Mark van Bommel, strikers Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben The style of play of the teams in Group E is probably more distinct than in any other 2010 World Cup group. The Netherlands: technically superb. Denmark: tenacious and physical. Japan: speedy and industrious. Cameroon: physical, but individually talented. They made it all the way to the quarterfinals in 1998 after finishing behind eventual champions France in the group stages and two points ahead of South Africa with whom they shared a 1-1 draw. Runners-up Brazil edged them 3-2 in the quarterfinals. Playing on African soil and as Africa’s highest ranked team – at number 11 in the Fifa World Rankings at the end of 2009 – Cameroon will have high aspirations for the first World Cup to be held in Africa. Cameroon Japan End of 2009 Fifa ranking: 11Appearances: 5Best result: quarterfinals 1990Players to watch: defenders Geremi and Rigobert Song, midfielder Jean Makoun, and striker Samuel Eto’o Their results included 6-0 and 4-0 thrashings of Hong Kong, a 5-0 pummeling of Togo, and 4-0 crushings of Chile and Belgium. Finland was beaten 5-1. Included in the Japanese results was a 4-3 win over Ghana on neutral ground. Their only significant margin of defeat happened at the hands of the Netherlands, who beat them 3-0 in Enschede. In a match late in the year, they played to a goalless draw against South Africa in Port Elizabeth. Although they have qualified for the World Cup only three times previously, the Danes have an enviable record of having always progressed beyond the first round. Much will depend on striker Samuel Eto’o. His haul of nine goals in 11 qualifiers is evidence of his status as a world class talent. However, the Indomitable Lions also have a good mix of experience to guide the less experienced members of their squad. In Euro 2008, for example, the Dutch looked almost unstoppable after winning their group games by scores of 3-0 over Italy, 4-1 over France, and 2-0 over Romania. Yet in the quarterfinals they suffered a shock 3-1 loss to Russia after extra time. Assistant coach Frank de Boer, their second most capped player of all time, told the Fifa website: “We have a mission: that mission is to be champions of the world.” They have the players to do it. What they will need in South Africa will be consistency throughout the month-long tournament. In 1998, Hidetoshi Nakata showed the world what he was capable of on the World Cup stage, performing brilliantly in the midfield, which resulted in him signing a contract to play in Serie A with Perugia. Japanese supporters will hope that another midfielder, Shunsuke Nakamura, will have a similar impact upon their games. At age 31, he is not a newcomer, but the fact that Spanish club Espanyol signed him from Glasgow Celtic at the end of 2009 shows he is still performing at a very high level. Cameroon is a coached by Paul Le Guen, who is best known for leading French club Olympique Lion to the Ligue 1 title three times in succession. After signing on as coach of Cameroon, the Indomitable Lions, who had only one point from two qualifying games, found their form and booked their place in South Africa. Denmark missed out on Germany 2006 and two years later failed to qualify for Euro 2008, but they’re back on the world stage for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. They booked their spot by topping their qualifying group ahead of highly rated Portugal, which occupies fifth place in the world rankings. End of 2009 Fifa ranking: 43Appearances: 3Best result: round of 16 2002Players to watch: defender and captain Yuji Nakazawa, and midfielders Junichi Inamoto, Shunsuke Nakamura, and Keisuke Honda The Netherlands are traditionally among the most technically proficient teams in the game and their passing can be a thing of beauty, but it’s the cutting edge they will be looking for in South African in 2010. Cameroon has an enviable record in the 2000s, winning the Olympic Games in 2000, the African Cup of Nations in 2000 and 2002, and the All Africa Games in 2003 and 2007. The World Cup is, of course, a step up, but Cameroon has established itself as a consistent continental power and good things will be expected of Samuel Eto’o and company. In 1986, they reached the round of 16. Included in their results that year was a 6-1 thrashing of Uruguay and a perfect three wins in three group matches. In 2002, the Danes topped Group A before falling to England in the round of 16. During 2009, the Danes played 11 matches, winning five, drawing four, and losing only two. The Netherlands marched through qualifying for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ with a perfect record, winning all eight of its qualifiers whilst scoring 17 goals and conceding only two. They finished 2009 ranked third in the Fifa World Rankings, but the concern is that this is a side that some times suffers inexplicable defeats. With victories in three of the last five Asian Cups, Japan has established a tradition of winning and the confidence that comes with that goes a long way towards continuing that success. They will certainly want to improve on their record at Germany 2006 when they were beaten 3-1 by Australia, drew goalless with Croatia, and went down 4-1 to Brazil. Denmark last_img read more