Future of Town Councils up for debate at AMAI conference

first_img Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal The future of Town Council’s has been the focus of the last for day of the Association of Municipal Authorities Ireland conference which is being held in Buncrana.Yesterday Fine Gael and Labour spokespersons committed to the 300 delegates at the conference that if elected to government they would retain town councils.The government is currently considering proposals to scrap town council’s as part of a local government reform – a rebuttal paper is being presented at the conference today.Councillor Nicolas Crossan is the Buncrana representative on the AMAI:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/nicIAMAI.mp3[/podcast] Facebook Previous articleDonegal Creameries report half yearly profits of 3.6 million euroNext articleCalls for clarity over future of Lifford Hospital following Ballyshannon assurances News Highland Future of Town Councils up for debate at AMAI conferencecenter_img Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Newsx Adverts By News Highland – September 10, 2010 Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Latest: Chelsea 1 Man Utd 0

first_imgChelsea lead at Stamford Bridge courtesy of Samuel Eto’o’s deflected strike on 16 minutes.Eto’o went past Phil Jones and his shot from near the edge of the penalty area looped over keeper David de Gea and into the net via the boot of the unfortunate Michael Carrick.Manchester United had made a lively start, with Petr Cech keeping out Ashley Young’s low shot after the wide-man had exchanged passes with Danny Welbeck.Eto’o was given the nod by Jose Mourinho ahead of Fernando Torres, while the fit-again Branislav Ivanovic was another surprise inclusion after being all but ruled out by the Chelsea boss.Torres is among the Blues substitutes, as is recent signing Nemanja Matic.Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Luiz; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Eto’o. Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, Mikel, Matic, Lampard, Mata, Torres.Manchester United: De Gea; Rafael, Evans, Vidic, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Jones, Young; Januzaj, Welbeck. Subs: Lindegaard, Giggs, Smalling, Hernandez, Cleverley, Fletcher, Kagawa.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Expected a blowout? Then you don’t know these Raiders at all

first_imgOAKLAND — We’re 10 games into a season now that could well end with the Raiders in the playoffs.And there will be some grumbling about how difficult it was for the 6-4 Raiders to put away the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday at the Coliseum. The Bengals are 0-10 and rookie quarterback Ryan Finley is likely just a stand-in for whoever arrives next season to be their quarterback of the future.There was even some good-natured … Click here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.last_img

Young South African town planner invited to present rural land development study in US

first_imgMthobisi Masinga, a young forward-thinking town and regional planner from Pretoria, has been invited to present his innovative research on rural land development to a high-level international city planning congress in the US. He is currently seeking sponsorship to represent South Africa at the event. Mthobisi Masinga, a South African town planner and researcher in the field of rural land development, wants to collaborate on finding modern solutions to rural land reform using lessons learnt from history. Masinga is seeking sponsorship to attend an international city planning congress in the US during October 2017 in order to present his findings. (Image: Facebook)CD AndersonMasinga, a junior town and regional planner with Pretoria-based firm KENA Consult, will represent South Africa at the International Society for City and Regional Planners’ Annual Congress in Portland, Oregon, in October 2017. He has been invited to present a study on rural land use management and regulatory guidelines for South Africa.The study comes after his work in 2016 for the Limpopo province’s Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Policy/Bill and Regulations, with its principal aim of creating a partnership between traditional leadership in the province and local and municipal government spatial planning management.Work on the project included a collaboration between the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, the House of Traditional Leaders, and the Limpopo Office of the Premier.Masinga says the project constructively addresses the often sensitive nature of land reform, adding that “the project’s theme is to give power back to the people through activate citizenry participation, [and] the rights to the city movement and advocacy.” While the research gathered from Masinga’s work on the project can be easily applied to other regions in South Africa and the rest of the continent, it also has potential applications around the world, such as South America and Asia.Hence, his invitation to present his findings at the forthcoming international congress.Masinga is currently seeking private and industry sponsorship for the trip, hoping to be an ambassador for the South African spatial planning sector and boost the country’s international reputation for out-of-the-box thinking in the field of urban development and rural land reform.Masinga considers himself at heart an educator and anthropologist, researching and collaborating on innovative solutions to modern challenges through looking at the lessons learnt from history. He hopes that through networking at the congress event he may be able to bring more international collaborators on-board for future projects in South Africa.Basing his work in the principles of progression, reinvention and persistence, Masinga considers it his professional duty as an African, to help transform societal spaces into habitable places of tomorrow with equality for all through resources, economic development, services, and amenities.“At the current juncture in South Africa’s history, town and regional planning is a key profession in the rectification of the spatial and other imbalances in both urban and rural areas, as well as the improvement of inefficient and underperforming living environments,” Masinga says.“The challenge of planning lies in the fact that different interests and expectations for the future are often contradictory and conflict-ridden. A professional approach that combines sensitivity, analytical and strategic skills is hence required to handle the various political, social, spatial, environmental and economic issues at stake.”For more information on Masinga’s work in rural planning, and to get in touch with him regarding sponsorship and collaboration, find him on LinkedIn or contact him through the KENA Consult website. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Hungarys president signs into law disputed new labour rules

first_imgBUDAPEST, Hungary — Hungary*s president says he has signed into law disputed amendments to labour rules which greatly increase overtime hours employers can request from workers.President Janos Ader said Thursday in a statement that he had examined the law approved last week in Parliament and found it in-line with Hungary*s constitution and European standards. It doesn’t put workers* rights at risk, he added.Protests against the policy and other measures of Prime Minister Viktor Orban*s government have been taking place for over a week. There have been occasional clashes between protestors and police.Ader said any concerns about the changes to the labour code “cannot be a barrier to the workers* blessed Christmas, a peaceful time between the two holidays and a calm new year.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

San Francisco toasts 550M convention centre expansion

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Mayor London Breed says a $550 million expansion of San Francisco’s convention centre will better meet the needs of tourism as the city battles entrenched problems of homelessness and drug addiction.Breed and other civic leaders toasted on Thursday the expansion of Moscone Center, which opened in 1981.The building is environmentally friendly with solar paneling and recovered water for landscaping and street cleaning. Officials showed off new terraces with breathtaking views and above-ground pedestrian bridges that connect its north and south sides.Breed says she is aware that the city’s livability issues deeply affect tourism, and said the expansion is an eye to the future.The convention centre is in San Francisco’s South of Market neighbourhood, a challenging part of the city riddled with used needles and other trash.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Mnuchin urges senators to support easing Russia sanctions

first_imgWASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO’-shin) is urging Republican senators to support the Trump administration’s decision to ease sanctions on companies linked to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.Mnuchin met privately with senators Tuesday before a vote on a resolution from Democrats. That measure would prevent the administration from lifting penalties against the aluminum manufacturing giant Rusal and two other companies connected to Deripaska.Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Mnuchin said, “We have been tougher on Russia with more sanctions than any other administration.” He said the sanctions “shouldn’t be a political issue.”The Treasury Department says the Russian companies have committed to separating from Deripaska. It also warns the sanctions could upset global aluminum markets.Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer protested what he called “sanctions relief for President Putin’s trusted agents.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

Sebi issues guidelines for business continuity plan for market infra institutions

first_imgDubai: Ride-hailing giant Uber on Tuesday said it is acquiring the Dubai-based rival Careem for $3.1 billion, which will comprise $1.7 billion in convertible notes and $1.4 billion in cash. The acquisition, expected to complete in the first quarter of 2020, will allow Uber to run Careem’s mobility, delivery, and payments businesses across the greater Middle East region, ranging from Morocco to Pakistan. Uber said it would allow Careem to maintain an independent brand and operate separately even after the transaction closes. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a statement, “After careful consideration, we decided that this framework has the advantage of letting us build new products and try new ideas across not one, but two, strong brands, with strong operators within each.” Careem will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Uber, preserving its brand, Uber said. The two companies will continue to operate their respective regional services and independent brands. Careem co-founder and CEO Mudassir Sheikha will lead the Careem business and will report to its own board, made up of three representatives from Uber and two from Careem. “This is an important moment for Uber as we continue to expand the strength of our platform around the world,” Khosrowshahi said. Uber is expected to go for initial public offering (IPO) in April.last_img read more