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Elections 2019: Worth the wait as Donal Coyle finally takes a seat in Lifford

first_imgHaving waited 46 years, another few hours felt like a breeze to wait for Donal Coyle.The retired school principal was elected this evening on the ninth count in the Letterkenny Municipal District.Coyle, a native of Fanad, took 1,192 first preferences – the third highest number of number ones in the area. “I had to wait a while to get elected, but I always knew that there was a seat there for me,” Coyle, a long-time Fianna Fáil activist, told Donegal Daily.“I’m involved in politics for over 45 years now. The first election I got involved in was back in 1973.“I’ve been on winning teams over the years and had very few defeats. This is the icing on the cake for me.”Donal Coyle with Charlie McConalogueTwenty years ago, Coyle stood as a candidate in the now-defunct urban council in Letterkenny and took only 116 votes. He said: “I always had the belief that I would come back – and now I have come back.“I’m delighted tonight. I was confident.“Predictions were made on some platforms that hadn’t me in the top nine. That could have scuppered my chances because people like to back winners.“I always believed that I would be a winner – and I’ve proved that I am a winner.”Donal Coyle with his director of elections, Peter J PattonCoyle was elected alongside fellow Fianna Fáil candidate Manus Kelly on the ninth count with FF’s Ciaran Brogan topping the poll. Coyle said: “It’s a great night for the Fianna Fáil party in Letterkenny, taking three seats.”Coyle is heavily involved in community and sporting organisations and paid tribute to his team, led by Peter J Patton, his director of elections.He said: “My team were out night after night and it took it all. That showed on the polls. I got a huge first preference vote.“I have a good track record of working in the community and that showed in my vote. I want to thank every voter who has put their confidence in me. “I’m delighted that the people put their faith in me.”Elections 2019: Worth the wait as Donal Coyle finally takes a seat in Lifford was last modified: May 26th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2019 local electionsCiaran BroganDonal Coylefianna failletterkennyLetterkenny Municipal DistrictManus Kellylast_img read more

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Boost for QPR ahead of vital Swansea clash

first_imgQPR expect Bobby Zamora to be available for tonight’s vital home match against Swansea.Zamora was laid low by a virus at the weekend and missed Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Manchester United.But the striker was assessed on Tuesday and looks like returning for this evening’s game.A win against Swansea would be Rangers’ third consecutive home victory and could take them three points clear of the relegation zone.Click here for our QPR quiz – can you score more than 6/10?Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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The NBA comes to Africa

first_imgIn a leap forward for basketball in South Africa and the continent, the NBA’s first game in Africa will be played in August. The captains have been announced for the Team Africa versus Team World play off, with the African side led by Luol Deng. In a first for Africa, the NBA will hold a basketball game in Johannesburg. (Image: Twitter)• Africa and space: the continent looks skyward • Africa played a role in ending World War 2 • Women combat lack of electricity with solar power • African products sold online to fight against malaria • A tribute to South Africa’s neighbours Priya PitamberThe National Basketball Association (NBA) is coming to South Africa, when it will hold its first basketball game in Africa, in August. The Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg will be transformed into a basketball court for the Team Africa versus Team World play off.Amadou Gallo Fall, NBA’s Africa vice-president said it was a major milestone for the group’s efforts on the continent. It has had a presence on the continent for over 30 years. “It is a pivotal moment for the growth of basketball on the continent, and we are grateful to the Players Association, players and team personnel who have committed to be part of this historic event.”An excited Fall hoped the game would become an annual event.Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula said it was a chance to change the perception of many South Africans, and show that sport was more than rugby, cricket, and soccer. “It will benefit us to grow sport,” he said. “We have started the league of basketball and to put it on the highest pedestal and benefit us in terms of promoting that league here in Mzansi [South Africa].”Team Africa vs Team WorldTeam captains have been named. Heading up Team World is Chris Paul while South Sudanese born Luol Deng will lead the charge for Team Africa.“I am extremely proud to be a part of the NBA’s first game in Africa,” said Deng. “Coming from South Sudan and having participated in the Basketball without Borders Africa camps in Johannesburg previously, I am truly honoured to be part of this historic event.”Paul said he was looking forward to representing Team World in the first NBA game in Africa. “It will be my first visit to the continent, and I cannot wait to contribute to the growth of the game on and off the court.”Happy fansBasketball enthusiasts in Africa took to Twitter to show their excitement.#Africa loves basketball and has always been loyal to the #NBA ????. The #NBAAfricaGame is bound to be a cracker!! https://t.co/3HKT5sH8Nk— Sammy Mncwabe (@SammyMncwabe) May 10, 2015Photo: August 1st you will find me court side watching the #NBAAfricaGame! // #NBA #NBAAfrica #Basketball… http://t.co/lz6KkXhJhc— NoShadowJab (@JAB_A_JAW) May 15, 2015Another step in the right direction by the @NBA to become a global sport by launching new exhibition game in Africa. http://t.co/gm5FVivawn— Avish Sood (@AvishSood) April 23, 2015Ticket information, coaches and other players are still to be announced. Big Concerts will keep fans updated.African playersLuol Deng Luol Deng, born in South Sudan, plays for Miami Heat in the NBA, after moving from Chicago Bulls. (Image: Keith Allison, Wikipedia) “I enjoy throwing the ball in the hoop,” Luol Deng told American news site USA Today. But he had not always like the sport, he admitted.Born in what is now South Sudan, his family fled the war and moved to Egypt. When they received a visit from basketball player Manute Bol, Deng’s fate changed, even if he was resistant to it. “Manute started putting in practices at the time, but I wouldn’t play,” Deng said. “I was nine, and I was just watching. I hated basketball then. I was playing more soccer.”When the family moved to England, his brother continued his interest in basketball, influencing Deng. He started playing at the Brixton Basketball Club. Deng eventually moved to the USA and put his skills to use, playing initially for the Chicago Bulls and now Miami Heat in the NBA.Bismack Biyombo Bismack Biyombo, born Democratic Republic of Congo, plays for Charlotte Hornets in the NBA. (Image: Mike Kalasnik, Flickr) Born in Democratic Republic of Congo, Bismack Biyombo is the eldest of seven children. His love for basketball came from his dad and uncle, both of whom played in the semi-professional first division league.When he was approached to play professionally in the Middle East, his parents were initially reluctant. But after a year of persuasion, they allowed him to do so.Draft Express, a scouting, statistics and analytics service, said: “From Qatar he went to Jordan, then to Lebanon and finally to Yemen. In total, he spent six months jet-setting around the Middle East.”Biyombo moved to Spain to play basketball, where he was spotted by Nike’s consultant of global basketball and was invited to play at the Nike Hoop Summit. He now plays for the Charlotte Hornets.Festus Ezeli Nigerian born Festus Ezeli went to the US when he was young and ended up playing for Golden State Warriors in the NBA. (Image: Warriors World)Festus Ezeli left his native Nigeria for the US when he was 14 years old to live with his uncle, sent by his parents to get a better education.Chatting to sports channel, ESPN, Ezeli admitted he did not know what he was doing when he first tried to play basketball. “Imagine someone who is 14 or 15 years old, and you’re teaching them as if they’re a six-year-old,” he said. “It was tough. Everyone was getting frustrated with me. I was getting frustrated with it. I tried playing in 2005. I stopped. I tried again in 2006. And when I had my first dunk in a summer league game in Las Vegas in 2006, that’s when I was so excited. It was so exhilarating that I started to like it.”He initially struggled to master hand-eye co-ordination. But he said the hard work had paid off – because today he played for the Golden State Warriors in the NBA. “To go from where people were telling me, ‘You’re so bad, you’re terrible,’ to being able to do what I’m doing now, to where I could be playing with the best eventually, it’s an honour.”Gorgui Dieng Gorgui Dieng, from Senegal, would like to be a good role model through basketball. He plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA. (Image: Africa Top Sports) Gorgui Dieng’s father – an elected official and teacher – played a big role in his life. “My dad, he taught me a lot. Because where I am from, my dad taught me how to share,” Dieng, who hails from Senegal, told US new site, WDRB.“When he was younger, every month my dad had his salary, he’d just put the money on the table like this, and people are going to make a big line because we got a lot of people don’t have enough money to take care of themselves. He always talked like, ‘I made this money. I’m not going to save it for you, I’m going to give it to people that need it. If you want to make your own money, just go work for it.’ That’s what he always told me.”And because of that Dieng said he wanted to earn his own money and become a role model too. “I want to go back home and give back,” Dieng said. “People helped me to get here to go to school and play basketball, I want to go back home and do the same thing for the kids. I don’t want to be selfish. People who helped me do what I’m doing right now, I want to go back and do the same thing for them.”He now plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA.last_img read more

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Leaders gather for 47th World Economic Forum in Davos

first_imgFor over 40 years, the World Economic Forum has brought together global leaders in government, civil society and business. This year’s annual meeting in Davos starts on 17 January. South Africa will be participating again.Brand South Africa reporterThe 47th World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, takes place from 17 to 20 January under the theme “Responsive and Responsible Leadership”.How to follow Davos 2017 https://t.co/UKaPmjlieK #wef17 pic.twitter.com/oASGyVtR43— World Economic Forum (@wef) January 8, 2017South Africa will be participating in the talks once again and will position itself as “Open for Business”.Speaking to CNBC Africa about the meeting, Lungisa Fuzile, the director-general in the National Treasury, said: “South Africa has many opportunities; it has many strengths. We need to focus on our strengths as we grapple with our challenges, and build on those strengths.”He said the country’s macro-economic management was among the soundest in the world.South Africa first attended WEF Davos in 2009. Over the years the country’s focus has been and continues to be:Profiling the country as an attractive investment destination;Highlighting the significance and successes of the National Development Plan;Positioning South Africa as a positive influencer on global agendas, and;Headlining the strengths of its institutions and systems and as a thriving democracy.History of WEF DavosWEF Davos brings together various sectors, such as business, civil society and government to discuss and propose solutions to global challenges.“[It] remains the foremost creative force for engaging the world’s top leaders in collaborative activities to shape the global, regional and industry agendas at the beginning of each year,” reads the forum’s website.“For over four decades, the World Economic Forum’s mission – improving the state of the world – has driven the design and development of the annual meeting programme.”It began in January 1971 as the first European Management Symposium, founded by Professor Klaus Schwab. By 1987, it had transformed into the WEF and “sought to broaden its vision to include providing a platform for dialogue”, reads the website.The annual meeting became a place of global political milestones, such as the first ministerial meeting between North Korea and South Korea in 1989; and the first joint appearance in 1992 outside South Africa of former South African president FW de Klerk, Nelson Mandela and Inkatha Freedom Party’s Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi.“In 2015, the forum was formally recognised as an international organisation,” reads the website. “It is now on the next phase of its journey as the global platform for public-private co-operation.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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