Donegal Airport celebrates EcoMerit Award

first_imgThe airport with the best scenic landing in the world has just been awarded EcoMerit Environmental Certification for their commitment to continuous environmental improvement.Donegal Airport, which has been named for the last two years running as having the most scenic landing in the world, is committed to making substantial improvements in their use of water and energy and in waste management.Breandán Ó Baoill from Donegal Airport explains “we are delighted to receive this EcoMerit Certification and are looking forward to using the programme to help us further meet our environmental sustainability goals over the coming years. “We are committed to minimising our impact on the environment through reducing the consumption of non-renewable resources, minimising waste, increasing recycling rates, reducing water consumption and becoming more energy efficient in the course of our business.”He added “we have already put in place new waste segregation practices, upgraded sections of our lighting with LED alternatives, upgraded our hot water systems and are currently looking at power factor correction equipment to avoid low power factor surcharges”.“EcoMerit is about empowering businesses and organisations to become more sustainable” says Sinead Ní Mhainnín Connacht Ulster Regional Waste Management Office.“By identifying opportunities for cost-effective savings and improvement opportunities in the areas of waste, water and energy. We help businesses focus on the simplest options which give the best return and we support them in implementing the necessary changes that will help businesses continuously improve their performance while increasing savings year-on-year”. Pictured receiving EcoMerit Environmental Certification for Donegal Airport is Sinead Ní Mhainnín, Connacht Ulster WMO, Pauline Sweeney, Donegal Airport, Breandán Ó Baoill, Donegal Airport, Eilis Docherty, Donegal Airport, Steve O’Culain Chair of Donegal Airport, Anne Bonner, Donegal Airport and Suzanne Bogan, Donegal County Council.Donegal County Council has been supporting the roll-out of EcoMerit in Donegal and Michael McGarvey Director of Service with the Council says “in collaboration with the Connacht Ulster Regional Waste Management Office, the Council offers SMEs support to become environmentally certified.“I am delighted that Donegal Airport availed of this opportunity and is now certified as a green airport. Improvements undertaken such as upgrading lights with LED alternatives to improve energy efficiency, monitoring fuel usage and investigating ways to conserve water will all contribute to reducing the ariports carbon footprint”.The EcoMerit Certificate is valid for three years subject to annual review of Donegal Airport’s commitment to continuous environmental improvementDonegal Airport celebrates EcoMerit Award was last modified: September 6th, 2019 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:awardDonegal AirportEcoMeritlast_img read more

Kevin Durant just the latest high profile Bay Area athlete knocked out of the postseason

first_imgIt’s a saying that dates back to 1561, when Vince Carter was but a rookie:“Be optimistic but also be prepared for all possibilities.”Today we know it as “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.” It is often applied to serious injuries to celebrated athletes.As we speak it applies to Kevin Durant, the Warriors’ resident postseason marvel, who strained his right calf in Wednesday’s playoff game against the Houston Rockets. Needless to say, this is a spanner in the works for the Warriors who …last_img read more

Investment in SA leaps 400%

first_imgConstruction at Orlando Stadium in Soweto in preparation for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Infrastructure development ahead of the tournament is one driver in the massive rise in mergers and acquisitions activity in the country.Mary AlexanderWith deals worth R82-billion (US$10.4-billion), foreign direct investment (FDI) in South Africa surged 400% in 2007, up from R18-billion ($2.3-billion) in 2006, according to the Ernst & Young Mergers & Acquisitions Review 2007.Released on Tuesday 11 March, the report reveals that much of this growth was spurred by investment from other emerging economies.“This trend was signified by the largest transaction of the year, the sale of a 20% stake in the Standard Bank group to the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China,” says Dave Thayser, director for Ernst & Young transaction advisory services.Approved by 95% of shareholders in December 2007 and valued at R36.5-billion ($4.6-billion), the Chinese bank’s investment is a serial record-breaker. It’s the largest FDI in South Africa, the largest in Africa, and the largest, globally, by a Chinese bank.Not quite at the level of the Commercial Bank of China deal, but by no means small, the other driver of the 400% FDI inflow was the R25-billion ($3.2-billion) acquisition by Bain Capital, a multinational private-equity group, of South Africa’s Edcon. With CNA, Boardmans, Red Square, Jet and other brands under its belt, Edcon is one of South Africa’s leading retail groups.Ernst & Young’s Sean McPhee said international investors looking for higher yields found emerging economies a good bet. “We are encountering more and more foreign private equity groups that find the South African market attractive,” he said.“This stems from the growth our market is experiencing, access to resource-rich Africa, and the opportunities in infrastructure development.”Mergers, acquisitions and empowermentThe record FDI growth is seen as the main factor behind the 51.1% rise in total mergers and acquisitions (M&A) value in South Africa in 2007. Hitting another historic South African record, the year saw the signing of M&A deals worth R514-billion ($65-billion), with the top ten valued at R208.1-billion ($26.3-billion).Ernst & Young attributes much of this growth to black economic empowerment (BEE), which tends to encourage both the dissolution of traditional corporate structures and dynamic M&A deal-making. Empowerment deals jumped 71% in 2007 to R96-billion ($12.1-billion), another record. For every R100-million spent on a merger, some R20-million was spent on BEE.“M&A transactions constitute one of the dimensions of BEE and it consequently has become an important, perhaps crucial, aspect of M&A activity over the past few years,” said Thayser.One reason for the rise in BEE deals was the final publication of the Department of Trade and Industry’s Codes of Good Practice in 2007, which brought much-needed clarity to empowerment activity.Head of BEE at Ernst & Young, Sugan Palanee, said codes required companies to review their plans because they required less emphasis on equity ownership as the first priority. Other aspects of BEE, such as black participation in business and procurement from black business, have become more important.Infrastructure development and 2010Another driver was South Africa’s massive infrastructure development drive ahead of the 2010 Fifa Football World Cup. One of the largest BEE deals of the year, worth R7.6-billion ($961-million), was the sale of a substantial stake in cement company Holcim to the Afrisam BEE consortium. According to the latest Business Monitor International (BMI) infrastructure report, the South African construction industry has seen impressive growth in the last few years, with much potential for future expansion.“The forthcoming 2010 Fifa Football World Cup is expected to provide a tremendous boost to infrastructure development in the country,” said Thayser. “BMI expects the industry to grow at 6.14% during 2008 to 2012.”In 2007 many more construction-sector firms listed on the JSE, South Africa’s stock exchange, than in the previous year.“Once listed, the first thing many companies embark upon is bedding down one or more acquisitions, which are often important for the company to move from being a regional to a national player,” says John Wetton, Director at Ernst & Young “Reasons for consolidation are numerous, but one of the primary drivers of this trend is the increased complexity of the business environment.”Consolidation between existing players also became apparent, as well as deals intended to diversify the interests of existing players. The largest example during 2007 was the decision of the Royal Bafokeng Holdings to buy short term insurance company Mutual and Federal for R8-billion ($1-billion).“The private equity sector continued in 2007 where it left off in 2006,” said Thayser. “In the latter year, we reported that private equity had come of age in South Africa, with a number of major deals having been announced as well as record activity evident in funding.”This rapid growth has also brought with it greater shareholder assertiveness. “The feature of 2007 was a rise in shareholder activism broadly defined, or at least an apparent rise due to an appreciable increase in the volume of the verbal interplay,” said Thayser. “Three deals in 2007 really cemented the extraordinary power of institutional shareholders in SA and their increasing propensity to use this influence.”These deals were the bid by furniture and transport company Steinhoff for furniture retailer JD Group, the bid for Rainbow by conglomerate Remgro and Brait’s private equity bid for Shoprite.Thayser was reasonably confident in South Africa’s M&A prospects for 2008. “Pipelines of listings and private equity transactions remain strong and private local equity companies remain flush with cash,” he said. “Overall, confidence seems high that the South African economy will proceed modestly this year and M&A overall will be down – but not out.”Related articlesSouth Africa’s economyBlack economic empowermentInfrastructure developmentUseful linksErnst & Young South AfricaDepartment of Trade and IndustryIndustrial and Commercial Bank of ChinaStandard BankBain CapitalEdconlast_img read more

WC: This is the best combination, says Srikkanth

first_imgChairman of the selection committee Krishnamachari Srikkanth on Monday said India has a good chance to win the Cricket World Cup 2011, calling it ‘a balance team’. “Every team needs some players who can win games single-handedly. India have three or four such players,” Srikkanth said, adding England and South Africa are the other good teams, who can also emerge winners.”I believe they (India) have it in them to win the Cup. This is the best combination,” the chief selector said, parrying questions about individual players not making it to the World Cup squad in Chennai earlier on Monday and urging fans to be optimistic and positive.”(We) can’t talk about individual players,” Srikkanth told Headlines Today, on being asked about the controversial selection of offspinner R. Ashwin and legspinner Piyush Chawla, while leaving out middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma. Chawla was the biggest surprise pick, considering the fact that he hasn’t played any one-dayers for India since the Asia Cup in July 2008. In the squad announced in Chennai, most of the other names in the squad were along expected lines. “Every option or selection will be debated, but I’m not allowed to divulge the selection process,” he said. On being asked why there was no reserve keeper, he cited India’s 1983 WC and 1985 Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket campaigns, “Look, ifs and buts don’t matter much. We don’t go into the mechanics of what would have happened if (Syed) Kirmani and Sadanand Viswanath would have got injured.”On a pointed question about Sachin Tendulkar, whose sixth Cup campaign has launched a billion hopes, he said, “He (Sachin) deserves it (the Cup). Who knows it can happen this time.”advertisementSrikkanth was all praise for captain M.S. Dhoni, who he said, ‘doesn’t force situations on his team, rather he lets things happen’.  What others sayWhile former captain Kapil Dev believes this is a good team, which he would like to support, he wondered how Dhoni was confident he would not get injured. “There should be a second wicket-keeper,” he told Headlines Today. On Chawla’s selection, Kapil said, “At this stage, we shouldn’t bring him down.””Though I don’t totally agree with him, I support Srikkanth,” said Kapil Dev. Former captain Sourav Ganguly came in full support of Sreesanth, who has been left out, saying, “He is a wicket-taking bowler and has been outstanding of late.”The former captains believed Dhoni’s men can win the World Cup, injury woes notwithstanding. While Ganguly chose Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and India as his favourites, Kapil went for Sri Lanka, South Africa, England and India.Former cricketer Nikhil Chopra said, “There are a lot of guys, like we had in 1983 WC, who can both bat and bowl.”Fans speakMeanwhile, surfers on www.indiatodayin and headlinestoday.in reactedly angrily at Rohit Sharma having been left out. “Why is Rohit Sharma not in the team instead of Piyush Chawla?” asked Abhilash Kumar.”The selectors have made a blunder by not selecting Rohit Sharma. He is a class act and can destroy any kind of bowling attack on sub-continental pitches,” wrote Jawwad Shamsher.Kaushik wrote, “The third spinner was not at all required. Instead of that, they should have taken Rohit Sharma as an all-rounder as one-days are won by batmen when it comes to wickets on the sub-continent.”last_img read more

Wests Magpies Feature In Women’s Health Magazine

first_imgJournalist Candice Chung attended a Wests training session recently, with the players teaching her the basics of Touch Football, for the ‘You Can Do This’ section of the magazine. Women’s Health is currently running its I Support Women In Sport campaign, aiming to encourage 100,000 Australians who currently don’t participate in sport to pledge their support and become involved in a sporting event in 2011. For more information, please visit: www.isupportwomeninsport.com.aulast_img

Mark Jackson Gets Contract Extension With Warriors

Mark Jackson had never coached before the Golden State Warriors tabbed him as their head man two years ago, a move that surprised many. But Jackson quickly ascended into a winning coach, taking a downtrodden club and making it one of the most exciting teams in the NBA last season.Jackson’s way – heart-to-heart, candid communication – won over his players, and they performed under him at a high level. So much so that the team picked up the option on Jackson’s contract for the 2014-15 season on Wednesday.The move prevents Jackson from feeling as if he were coaching in a lame-duck situation the upcoming season, while also allowing more time for the sides to create a long-term deal for the former point guard of the New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Clippers.“I trust in God. I’m in the best hands possible, and I don’t mean Arn Tellem,” the ordained minister joked after the season ended in May. By then, his team had already upset the Denver Nuggets in the playoffs, solidifying his stature as an up-and-coming star coach.He took the Warriors from a 23-43 record during the lockout-shortened season his first year to a 47-35 team that earned the Western Conference’s sixth seed and eliminated Denver in the first round of the playoffs. The eventual conference champion San Antonio Spurs knocked Golden State out in six games in the second round.The Warriors posted the second-highest winning percentage improvement behind Brooklyn. Golden State also is positioned for more success with point guard Stephen Curry anchoring a collection of promising young talent, and Jackson made it work. His players trusted him and his solid career as a point guard in the league gave him credibility. read more

Wrestling No 2 Ohio State rolls through Purdue 357

Ohio State’s Bo Jordan wrestles Kaleb Young in the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 2 Ohio State wrestling team (12-0, 7-0 Big Ten) beat up on Purdue (6-6, 0-5 Big Ten), defeating the Boilermakers 35-7 Sunday afternoon at Graham High School in St. Paris, Ohio.Ohio State’s Bo and Micah Jordan competed in their high school gym for the first time since they graduated. No. 5 Micah beat redshirt sophomore Cole Wysocki 21-9 at 157 pounds, and No. 3 Bo won 9-4 against No. 10 redshirt sophomore Dylan Lydy of Purdue at 174 pounds.Two other matchups between ranked wrestlers occurred, with Ohio State No. 11 junior Joey McKenna edging out No. 18 sophomore Nate Limmex 6-0 at 141 pounds. Ohio State No. 4 senior Nathan Tomasello beat No. 15 senior Luke Welche 18-5 at 125.Ohio State redshirt junior Cody Burcher upset No. 19 Jacob Morrissey with a pin just 34 seconds into the match. Burcher was wrestling in replace of No. 13 junior Te’Shan Campbell, who has struggled recently and lost his fourth consecutive match against Michigan State Friday.No. 2 junior Myles Martin won 20-4 with a technical fall against Purdue junior Jonathan Morales, securing the victory in the 184-pound division. No. 1 sophomore Kollin Moore won 18-3 against Purdue sophomore Christian Brunner.Ohio State No. 6 sophomore Ke-Shawn Hayes competed against redshirt sophomore Austin Nash at 149 pounds, and came away with a 24-6 win. Redshirt junior Ben Thornton beat Ohio State freshman Brakan Mead 10-2 at 133 pounds. Mead wrestled in place of No. 2 sophomore Luke Pletcher.Ohio State redshirt freshman Kevin Snyder lost to No. 15 freshman Shawn Streck 5-2 at heavyweight. Snyder was wrestling in replacement of his brother Kyle Snyder, who won the Yarygin Grand Prix in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, Sunday morning. Ohio State’s next meet starts at 8 p.m. Saturday in University Park, Pennsylvania, against No. 2 Penn State. The matchup will be streamed on Big Ten Network. read more

Chelsea need quick resolution

first_imgGianfranco Zola wants Chelsea to resolve the managerial situation quickly, according to Sky Sports.The Blues legend is hoping that his former club resolves the current uncertainty regarding the managerial position at the club whilst also refusing to deny speculation linking him with a move back to the club.Former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri has been heavily linked with the position but Antonio Conte still remains in charge of the Stamford Bridge.The Napoli boss  is keen on the Chelsea managerial position but Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis is demanding compensation before releasing the 59-year-old.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Sarri has a backroom staff in place which includes Zola, and the former Chelsea forward is keen to see the matter resolved as quickly as possible for the good of the club.“I really hope whatever happens, happens quickly. I am in a tight situation because the speculation involves me as well,” said Zola.“It’s difficult because we are talking about two coaches I respect a lot, for me to say more on this is very hard. I hope a quick solution is found for both parties.”Zola who is adored by fans of Chelsea admitted he would relish a return to Stamford Bridge.last_img read more

Allegri We have to win the Champions League to raise the

first_imgMassimiliano Allegri admits the only way Juventus can raise the standard after winning numerous Italian League titles is by ending their Champions League hoodoo.The Bianconeri Coach and some of Juve stars opened up about their ambitions for the current campaign.“The team is doing very well and the history of Juve speaks clear: in the last seven years, there have been seven Serie A titles and two Champions League Finals,” Allegri told Football Italia.“Maintaining that level is increasingly difficult. If we want to raise the bar, even more, there’s only one thing to do: win the Champions League.”Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“There is a strong contender that we will certainly find at the end of the Champions League and that’s Barcelona,” continued Allegri.“We must be ready. From March onwards, it’s a different tournament where we also need a bit of luck, no injuries and everyone in good shape.“The Champions League is made up of incidents and moments, so we must be both smart and fortunate. Serie A remains the number one target and that is more like a cycling race decided over many stages. Then there’s the Coppa Italia.”last_img read more