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Documents: Pulse gunman repeatedly taunted for being Muslim

first_img Published: July 18, 2016 5:36 PM EDT ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – New documents show the gunman who killed 49 patrons at a Florida nightclub was repeatedly taunted for being Muslim in his job as a security guard at a Florida courthouse.Records released Monday by the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office show Omar Mateen claimed he was regularly called derogatory epithets for being Muslim by deputies and others at the St. Lucie Courthouse, where he worked as a contract guard.Also according to the records, Mateen told his bosses that in response to the taunting, he told co-workers he had ties to the Boston Marathon bombing suspects and the Fort Hood shooter.That prompted an FBI investigation.But the documents show the FBI didn’t believe he was a terrorist, and an agent told a sheriff’s office major that he didn’t think Mateen “would go postal or anything like that.” Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARE Documents: Pulse gunman repeatedly taunted for being Muslim last_img read more

19 Black Stars players begin training,Tuesday

first_imgNineteen players of the senior national team the Black Stars are to begin training on Tuesday at the El-wak Sports Stadium ahead of the final World Cup clash against Mali in Kumasi.Captain Stephen Appiah arrived Sunday night to join 14 of his Europe-based colleagues to begin preparations for next Sunday’s clash.Chelsea Star Michael Essien and Samuel Inkoom are expected to join the team Tuesday evening from their European bases, prior to the Stars departure to Kumasi on Thursday.Coach Milovan Rajevac handed a late call up to Satellites striker Opoku Agyemang, bringing the total number of the gold winning U-20 team to seven.Golden boot award winner of that competition and who is part of the Stars campaign against Mali on Sunday, Dominic Adiyiah said he will keep a cool head even though expectations of him are high.It is not likely he might get a first team place, following the devastating form of lead strikers Mathew Amoah and Asamoah Gyan, but the U-20 star said he will respect the decision of the coach. Sunday’s clash is of no consequence, as all four teams in Group D have their fate already decided.Ghana picked the sole world cup slot for South Africa whilst Mali and Benin joined her (Ghana) for Angola 2010.Whilst Ghana is set to use the match as preparations for the 2010 Nations and World Cup, Mali have revenge on their minds having lost 0-2 to the Black Stars in Bamako.Story by Nathan Gadugah/Myjoyonline.com/Ghanalast_img read more

Former Penn State star Devon Still remains focused on the fight against cancer

first_imgIn this April 12, 2016, file photo, Devon Still and his fiancee, Asha Joyce, pose with their daughter, Leah, then 5, in New York. Leah was diagnosed in 2014 with cancer and became an inspiration to millions as her football-playing father shared details of her brave fight. She was given a prognosis of just over 50 percent to survive stage 4 neuroblastoma. Leah is now a healthy 8-year-old girl in third grade who lives in Houston. Devon Still has become an author, motivational speaker, and an inspiration–especially to strangers suffering like his family did. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) Colleluori instantly recognized Devon Still, the former Penn State star whose daughter Leah was diagnosed with a rare cancer that affects primarily infants and young children. Out of respect, Colleluori kept her distance and allowed the Stills their family time, but if she could have stopped him and shared a message, it was this: “You’re a lucky, lucky man. I wish I was that lucky.”Colleluori’s son Nick was an undersized pitbull of an athlete who parlayed talent and grit into a lacrosse scholarship at Hofstra. But toward the end of his freshman season in 2005, what Nick thought was an issue with his hearing instead was diagnosed as non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Nick Colleluori died at 21 years old on Nov 28, 2006, but not before he left a legacy carried out by his family: Nick’s House, a free home for cancer patients, and their families, undergoing treatment in the Philadelphia area.Colleluori finally got the chance to meet Still nearly 3 1/2 years later when the retired NFL lineman toured Nick’s House . Leah Still is nearing four years in remission and her father has become an author, motivational speaker, and an inspiration — especially to strangers suffering like his family did.“I just kind of admired how jovial you were, and trying to be as normal as possible in a very, very tough situation,” Colleluori told Still inside the house.Colleluori directed Still toward a portrait of her son above the fireplace in the home that fits up to seven families and comes furnished, with full bathrooms and other comforts of home. Nick Colleluori founded the HEADstrong Foundation from his hospital bed and more than 500 people are expected at the ninth fundraising gala for the nonprofit organization will be held Friday in Philadelphia.“It’s cool to find out how she recycled her pain to help other people,” Still said.Leah was diagnosed in 2014 with cancer and became an inspiration to millions as her football-playing father shared details of her brave fight. She was given a prognosis of just over 50 percent to survive stage 4 neuroblastoma. Leah is now a healthy 8-year-old girl in third grade who lives in Houston and is set to celebrate four years of her cancer being in remission on March 25, with a gala in Philadelphia for their “Still Strong Foundation.”“We’re just fighting to get to that five-year mark,” Still said. “She’ll be declared cancer free. There’s always a chance that Leah’s cancer may come back because she has an aggressive form of neuroblastoma. But once you get through that third year, your chances drop significantly.”Still played three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals and a year with Houston before he retired in 2017. His career was dwarfed by his daughter’s fight with cancer — they were everywhere. Countless videos, poignant interviews and appearances that raised cancer awareness and funds. They authored a children’s book together, “I Am Leah Strong.” Leah even received the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPY Awards in 2015.“Just fight for four quarters,” Still said. “Regardless of what you’re hearing from the doctors, regardless of what your prognosis is, or you read on the Internet, as long as your child is alive, you still have a chance to really win this battle with cancer. Leah failed her first treatment. The cancer ended up spreading all over her body. But because we didn’t give up, we didn’t throw in the towel, my daughter is now going on four years in remission.”Still was moved by Colleluori and her mission at Nick’s House. Most families that arrive at the house are financially strapped and looking for a sense of community during the most devastating time of their lives. The HEADstrong Foundation has raised more than $9 million since 2007 and helped nearly 14,000 cancer patients and their families. Colleluori has walked the walk of cancer-stricken families and the house has become a support system for those in need, and it’s a full house — 15 total people for families currently from South Carolina, Alabama, New York and Pennsylvania all reside in the temporary housing. The youngest cancer patient now in the 120-year-old house is just a 21-month-old boy with a rare leukemia, and the home is open to all ages and anyone with a cancer diagnosis. Colleluori had applications on her desk that she had to reject because Nick’s House was at capacity — two patients who lived at the house this year have died — though expansion plans are on the horizon. More than 69 families have stayed at Nick’s House, which is managed with volunteers, over the past year and the average stay is six-to-eight weeks.The 29-year-old Still admires the program and how the families have persevered in the toughest times — a lesson he’s still learning with Leah.“If it comes back, it comes back and we’ll just deal with it then,” Still said. “But I’m not going to allow cancer to control us like it did for two years.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL SWARTHMORE, Pa. (AP) — Cheryl Colleluori had delivered a meal at a Philadelphia children’s hospital to a family touched by cancer when she noticed the 6-foot-5 hulking man with a shaved head holding the hand of a little girl.last_img read more

Dani Alves is offered to former club Sevilla

first_img Valencia are offered the chance to sign Barcelona outcast Aleix Vidal CEST PSG’s Brazilian right back, Dani Alves, could be set for a move away from French capital this summer. Alves has been offered to Sevilla, the club Barcelona signed him from back in 2008, according to various media outlets. An intermediary told Sevilla that Alves is available for transfer, opening the door for a possible return to the Sanchez Pizjuan for the Brazilian. Alves could return to Sevilla and become part of Pablo Machin’s new project at the club. It’ll be up to Machin and Joaquin Caparros, their director of football, to decide whether or not to accept a deal to bring back Alves to Sevilla. The Brazilian international’s contract expires next summer but he won’t be forced out of PSG due to his close friendship with Neymar. SPORT EN IN SPORT.ES RELATED STORIEScenter_img Upd. at 10:46 Dani Alves, ofrecido al Sevilla Apparently Alves doesn’t fit the profile that new PSG coach Thomas Tuchel is looking for. A situation that is further aggravated by the fact Alves is recovering from a serious knee injury which has ruled him out of this month’s World Cup. 04/06/2018 Barcelona’s ultimatum to Atletico star Griezmannlast_img read more

UCD Marian and Swords do battle for glory as Mystics and IT Carlow is…

first_imgBasketball Ireland Women’s Super League:  Ambassador UCC Glanmire v Courtyard Liffey Celtics, Mardyke Arena, 15:00; Sunday 19th November 2017           Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League:  KUBS BC v Maree, Greendale, 15:00; Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One: UL Huskies v Meteors, PESS Building-UL, 17:00;Griffith College Swords Thunder v Fr Mathews, ALSAA-Dublin, 19:00;Fabplus North West v Ulster University Elks, Ballyshannon, 19:30; Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League:  Portlaoise Panthers v DCU Mercy, St Mary’s, 18:00;Maxol WIT Wildcats v Singleton SuperValu Brunell, Mercy Gym, 19:00; Glanmire come into the game off the back of a tough loss on the road against DCU Mercy two weekends’ ago, which saw the Dubliners secure a 20-point win over last year’s Regular Season champions.The two sides are no strangers to each other having met in the Hula Hoops National Cup final last January – which Glanmire won – and also in the Basketball Ireland Top Four play offs at the end of the season, which saw Liffey Celtics scoop the honours.Elsewhere, Portlaoise Panthers will be hoping to build on last weekend’s first win when they welcome DCU Mercy, while a close contest will tip off in Waterford as Maxol WIT Wildcats and Singleton SuperValu Brunell face off. The Hula Hoops National Cup preliminary tie between NUIG Mystics and IT Carlow Basketball has now been refixed for Thursday, November 30th.In the Men’s Super League meanwhile, UCD Marian will be hoping to cement their place at the top of the table this weekend, but will have a tough battle ahead as they face Griffith College Swords Thunder on Saturday evening. Marian come into the game off the back of a tough win against Belfast Star while Swords got their season back on track last weekend with a comprehensive win over Garvey’s Tralee Warriors.Black Amber Templeogue meanwhile will make the big trip down to Tralee on Saturday evening where they will be hoping to claim a win, while Warriors will be aiming to bounce back strong after two losses in a row against UCD Marian and Swords. Elsewhere, Éanna take on Pyrobel Killester, DCU Saints do battle with UCC Demons, Moycullen face off to Belfast Star while KUBS – who are chasing their first win of the season – welcome Maree on Sunday afternoon. Basketball Ireland Fixtures – November 18th and 19thSaturday 18th November 2017         Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League:  Griffith College Swords Thunder v UCD Marian, ALSAA-Dublin, 17:00;DCU Saints v UCC Demons, DCU Complex, 19:00;Éanna BC v Pyrobel Killester, Colaiste Éanna, 19:00;Moycullen v Belfast Star, NUIG Galway, 20:00;Garvey’s Tralee Warriors v Black Amber Templeogue, Tralee, 20:00; Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One:  IT Carlow Basketball v Fr Mathews, Barrow Centre-IT Carlow, 12:30;LIT Celtics v Titans, St Munchin’s College, 18:00;Dublin Lions v Ballincollig, Colaiste Bhride-Clondalkin, 18:30;EJ Sligo All-Stars v Paris Texas Kilkenny, Mercy College, 19:30;Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney v Ulster University Elks, Killarney Sports Centre, 19:30; All eyes will be on Cork this coming weekend as Ambassador UCC Glanmire and Courtyard Liffey Celtics go head-to-head in a top of the table clash in the Women’s Super League. Liffey Celtics are now the only unbeaten team in the women’s league having recorded five wins to date, and will be hoping to keep their winning streak at the top of the table going this coming Sunday. Hula Hoops Women’s National Cup (preliminary round)NUIG Mystics v IT Carlow – Calasanctius College, 15:00; Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One:  Ballincollig v LIT Celtics, Ballincollig CS, 13:00;Titans v Neptune, The Jes, 15:30;Fr Mathews v EJ Sligo All-Stars, Colaiste Chriost Ri, 15:45;LYIT Donegal v Portlaoise Panthers, Bishops Field, 16.00;print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Kilkerrin/Clonberne Book Place In Connacht LGFA Senior Club Final

first_imgConnacht Senior Club Championship Semi-Final By DARAGH SMALLOlivia Divilly hit top form as reigning championsKilkerrin/Clonberne advanced to the Connacht Senior Club Championship Finalafter victory over rivals Carnacon at the Connacht Centre of Excellence.Kevin Reidy’s side made better use of the wind and goalsfrom Annette Clarke, Lynsey Noone, Louise Ward and Ailish Morrissey were enoughto earn a spot in the decider.This match was moved to Bekan after the original venue inClonberne was deemed unplayable by referee Gus Chapman following a downpour onehour before throw-in.Kilkerrin/Clonberne had the breeze at their backs in theopening half and they took a 2-5 to 1-2 lead into half-time thanks to goalsfrom Lynsey Noone and Clarke.Cora Staunton didn’t start for Carnacon and they lacked akiller instinct up front while the Galway champions raced into a 0-3 to 0-0lead after the opening quarter.Olivia Divilly sent over her first free after 30 seconds anddoubled her tally in the third minute. Divilly was just back from her AFLtrials in Australia and showed wonderful athleticism to get back and block aFiona McHale effort.Then in the 15th minute she added a third Kilkerrin/Clonbernefree and they were in complete control.But Staunton was introduced for Deirdre Joyce and Carnaconbegan to gain a foothold in the opposition half.In the 20th minute Staunton got possession and sent in ahigh ball towards Lisa Murphy’s goal with Erina Flannery getting to the ballfirst. It was a crucial goal and Staunton added a point as Carnacon took theironly lead in the game.Kilkerrin/Clonberne retained their composure, however, andAilish Morrissey and Eva Noone scored back-to-back points. Staunton scoredagain but Kilkerrin/Clonberne dominated the rest of the half.Clarke finished low from the penalty spot in the 26th minuteafter Louise Ward had been fouled. And one minute later Lynsey Noone crashedher shot to the Carnacon net.There were six points separating the sides at the start ofthe second-half and Louise Ward scored her goal four minutes after theresumption when she raced through the heart of the Carnacon defence.Clarke and Olivia Divilly extended the lead but DoireannHughes gave the assist and Aoife Brennan’s goal brought Carnacon back into thegame.The Mayo outfit were 3-7 to 2-4 in arrears with 19 minutesremaining but Morrissey showed strength and determination to finish the killerfourth goal in the 48th minute, and the Galway champions now go on to faceRoscommon’s Kilbride in the final.Scorers – Kilkerrin/Clonberne: A Clarke 1-2 (1-0 pen), ODivilly 0-5 (4f), A Morrissey 1-1, L Ward 1-0, L Noone 1-0, E Noone 0-1.Carnacon: E Flannery 1-0, A Brennan 1-0, C Staunton 0-3, LDowling 0-1.Kilkerrin/Clonberne: L Murphy; A Costello, H Noone, SGormally; N Ward, S Fahy, C Dunleavy; S Divilly, L Ward; C Miskell, O Divilly,L Noone; E Noone, A Clarke, A Morrissey. Subs: C Boyle for Miskell (47), K Meefor L Noone (61), S Fahy for Gormally (62).Carnacon: M Higgins; S Larkin, S Walshe, E Cosgrave; MCorbett, M Carter, M McGing; B Bruton, F McHale; D Joyce, A Dowling, D Hughes;A Brennan, L Dowling, E Flannery. Subs: C Staunton for Joyce (15).Referee: Gus Chapman (Sligo).print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Kilkerrin/Clonberne 4-9 Carnacon 2-4last_img read more

TP Brennan Connacht Junior Cup And Shield Resumes This Weekend

first_imgFollowing the drama of the FAI Junior Cup Last weekend, the TP Brennan Connacht Junior Cup and Shield resumes this weekend with games on Saturday and Sunday. The full list of games featuring Galway League Teams is as follows… TPBrennan Connacht Junior CupSaturday18th January 2020Colga v Athenry, at Clarinbridge,2:00pm Kilshanvey Utd v Gort Utd, atKilconly, 2:00pm East Utd v Oughterard, at CastlePark, 2:00pm Sunday 19th January 2020West Utd B v St Cuans Utd at SouthPark, 12:00pm Ballinasloe Town v Merlin WoodsFC/Medtronic at Ballinasloe, 2:00pm Manulla v Mervue Utd at Manulla FC,2:00pm Glen Celtic v Salthill Devon atTBC, 2:00pm West Utd v Ballisodare Utd atMervue, 2:00pm Note Venue ChangeSt Bernard’s v Corrib Rangers B atAbbeyknockmoy, 2:00pm Tuam Celtic v Moylough 79 FC atTuam, 2:00pm Conn Rangers v MacDara at ConnRangers, 2:00pm Manor Rangers v Renmore at TBC,2:00pm Cois Fharraige v Moore United atCarraroe, 2:00pm Loughrea v Castlebar Celtic atLoughrea, 2:00pm Strand Celtic v Knocknacarra at StrandCeltic, 2:00pm Corrib Rangers v MCR at LaurelPark, 2:00pm Swinford v Corrib Celtic at TBC,2:00pm Ballina Town B v Galway Hibs atBallina town, 2:00pm Shiven Rovers v Maree/Oranmore atShiven Rovers, 2:00pm TP Brennan Connacht Junior ShieldSunday 19th January 2020Gurteen Celtic vCregmore/Claregalway FC at Gurteen Sportsfield, 2:00pm Glenhest Rovers v Athenry B at TBC,2:00pm Manor Utd v Mervue Utd B at ManorUtd, 2:00pm Maree/Oranmore B v Killala atOranmore, 2:00pm Corrib Celtic B v Fahy Rovers atAnnaghdown, 2:00pm  print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Women’s Tennis: March 6 Scoreboard

first_imgACU’s No. 1 and 2 doubles teams of Brittney Reed and Kaysie Hermsdorf, and Lucile Pothier and Erin Walker, each blanked their opposition by matching 8-0 scores. The No. 3 tandem of Nada Marjanovic and Ansley Boarman then doubled up Matea Zemunik and Antea Dedic, 8-4. Kaysie Hermsdorf ran her unbeaten streak to seven with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Matea Zemunik, and Reed improved to 4-1 at No. 1 after topping Rachel Sadiq, 7-5, 6-3. No. 2 Vivienne Kulicke took the opening set 6-1, but fell in the final two 4-6, 3-6 to Susana Alcarez. No. 5 Macarena Sedano Acosta dropped a hard-fought 6-7, 4-6 match to Mia Brandt with No. 6 Julia Lorca losing 1-6, 4-6 to Marie-Pier Thiffault. – Return to Top – In the doubles competition, SFA’s No. 1 team of Malena Gordo and Dhanielly Quevedo cruised past Susan Alcaraz and Erika Castillo Lopez 6-1. But the Ladyjacks suffered a pair of hard fought losses in the other two matches as Valeria Terentyeva and Vivienne Kulicke fell 6-4 while Julia Lorca and Macarena Sedano Acosta dropped a 7-5 decision to give the Aggies the doubles point. Abilene Christian 7, UIW 0New Mexico State 4, Stephen F. Austin 3 That point would prove costly as SFA split the six single matches against New Mexico State, highlighted by a 6-7, 6-4, 10-8 victory by No. 1 Malena Gordo over Ashvarya Shrivistava. No. 3 Dhanielly Quevedo defeated Denise Van Der Ben 2-6, 6-4-6-3 while No. 4 Valeria Terentyeva earned a 6-4, 0-6, 6-3 win over Erika Castillo Lopez. Abilene Christian 7, UIW 0ABILENE, Texas – Abilene Christian women’s tennis continued its winning streak against Incarnate Word Friday by shutting the Cardinals out for the fifth-straight match, 7-0, on the indoor courts of the Teague Events Center. SFA next returns to the courts on Saturday, March 14, traveling to A&M-Corpus Christi for an 11 a.m. match. The match against the Islanders begins a four-match road swing, including matchups with Incarnate Word, UT-San Antonio and Cincinnati. ACU’s women’s team is off from competition until the weekend of March 19, when it will hit the road for matches vs. Tyler, Stephen F. Austin and Northwestern State. Boarman clinched the team shutout with her victory at No. 6 over Maria Batchinsky, 6-0, 6-3. New Mexico State 4, Stephen F. Austin 3LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Stephen F. Austin came up one match short against New Mexico State, dropping a 4-3 decision to the Aggies in Las Cruces, N.M. The loss drops the Ladyjacks to 5-4 on the season heading into Southland Conference play. The Cardinals fell to 1-11 on the season (0-1 Southland) following today’s loss and haven’t won a single point against ACU in singles or doubles since March of 2011, while the Wildcats improved to 5-0 (2-0 Southland) with a victory that included eight shutout sets. In singles competition, No. 4 Pothier and No. 5 Marjanovic each pitched a shutout and Walker came within a point of doing so at No. 3, beating Sarah Savedra, 6-1, 6-0. Stephen F. Austin was scheduled to return to the Schlief Tennis Complex this Sunday, March 8, for its Southland Conference opener against Central Arkansas at 11 a.m. However, due to the impending inclement weather, that match has been postponed to a future date that will be named later. Reed and Hermsdorf are now 10-0 on the spring, while Pothier and Walker moved to 4-0 overall at No. 2 and 2-0 vs. the Southland. The decision for Marjanovic and Boarman was their first together in dual play after going 1-3 at the Indiana Winter Invitational. – Return to Top –last_img read more

Striving to End Hunger in Jackson County

first_imgMANNA FoodBank would like to recognize and thank the Jackson County partner agencies and food industry donors for their unwavering dedication to ending hunger for the residents of Jackson County. In Jackson County, 1 in 6 residents face food insecurity, and 1 in 3 children are living in food-insecure homes.The MANNA FoodBank Partner Agency NetworkMANNA FoodBank works with a network of partners – food pantries, soup kitchens, church ministries, homeless shelters, youth programs, and other food support organizations – to get food to residents across 16 Western North Carolina counties. This network of over 250 partners works all year long to meet the needs of their communities by providing healthy food options to residents needing food.In 2015, the following MANNA partner agencies distributed a grand total of 890,900 pounds of food* to Jackson County families seeking emergency food support:Fishes & Loaves Food PantryCommunity Bible Church/The Market at the PointVecinos Inc. Farmworkers Health ProgramCommunity Table of Jackson CountyUnited Christian Ministries of Jackson CountyWhittier United Methodist Church (Grace House)The incredible leaders and volunteers running local pantries and soup kitchens are the lifeline in our collective work to end hunger across Western North Carolina. Volunteers with each of these local partners dedicate thousands of hours each year to ensure the food acquired and collected through MANNA FoodBank reaches the most vulnerable residents. These dedicated partner volunteers work tirelessly to ensure that mothers working to feed their families, seniors stretching a fixed income to afford medications, veterans, young adults stretched thin with student loans and lack of employment, and hard-working families have enough food to feed themselves and their families each week.This year, thanks to these partner agencies, WNC residents facing food insecurity had better access to healthier, fresher food. In Jackson County alone, the MANNA partner agency network distributed 248,249 pounds of fresh produce, and 555,512 pounds of food identified as nutritionally dense foods, known internally as Foods to Encourage.Jackson County Top Food DonorsMANNA FoodBank works closely with the food industry across Western North Carolina to ensure that residents have access to fresh, healthy food. These food donors provide the vital food resources that support MANNA’s entire partner agency network. In Jackson County, these are the top food donors that continue to make MANNA’s work possible:Ingles MarketsFood Lion – SylvaFood Lion – Whittier Walmart – Sylva Thanks to the ongoing support of these incredible donors, Jackson County agency partners can continue to support the thousands of residents seeking food support each year.The MANNA Food HelpLineIn 2014, MANNA FoodBank extended its ability to provide food assistance by starting the Food HelpLine. The Food HelpLine is a free resource for any Western North Carolina resident looking for affordable access to nutritious food; individuals can call the HelpLine and have a private conversation with trained HelpLine staff about the best options for reliable access to food. The HelpLine is available for anyone interested in finding pantries and meal providers in your region, and learning more about North Carolina’s Food and Nutrition Services (FNS), formerly known as food stamps. Our friendly Helpline team can assist with determining FNS eligibility, applying for benefits or recertifying eligible FNS recipients. This invaluable resource has helped thousands of WNC residents to receive vital food support, and continues addressing food insecurity by connecting residents to a variety of food support.The MANNA Food HelpLine is available Monday – Friday, from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.Toll Free: 1-800-820-1109last_img read more

South Africa, Vietnam look to do business

first_img6 May 2011 South Africa and Vietnam have agreed to beef up cooperation between the two countries following a meeting in Pretoria between Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and Vietnamese Vice-President Nguyen Thi Doan. During their meeting on Thursday, the two deputy presidents agreed to seek measures to boost cooperation, saying there was vast potential to expand trade and investment between the two countries. They also committed to increasing trade volumes, targeting US$1-billion over the next few years. Although no details were given, Motlanthe told a joint media briefing that details of achieving this goal would be mapped out by the South Africa Vietnam Partnership Forum, which is scheduled to meet later this year. The two deputy presidents did, however, stress the importance of creating awareness among South African and Vietnamese business communities regarding the business opportunities that exist in both countries. “Both South Africa and Vietnam offer excellent opportunities to investors, and we should encourage our business communities to link up and explore all possible avenues for cooperation,” Motlanthe said. Vietnam is a developing market economy, and the country continues to achieve rapid growth in agriculture and industrial production, construction and housing. Motlanthe said there where were countless opportunities in areas such as tourism, agriculture, clothing and textile production. Speaking through an interpreter, Nguyen congratulated South Africa on its re-election as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for 2011/12, and for its joining of the BRICS grouping, saying this was a “good sign that South Africa deserves to be the motto of development on the continent.” Describing the talks as fruitful, Nguyen said he hoped the outcome would manifest in deepened co-operation for the prosperity and development of both countries.Illegal rhino horn trade The two deputy presidents also discussed the issue of illegal trading in rhino horns. The two countries first engaged in ways to save the rhino last year when they looked at collaborative law enforcement and co-operation to prevent animal trafficking. Vietnam has been increasingly implicated as a main driver of the illegal rhino horn trade in Asia, and a major trade route has emerged, connecting illegally killed rhinos in South Africa with consumers in Vietnam. Motlanthe said the relevant ministries in both countries would develop a working plan to combat the illegal trade. This is a second such meeting between Motlanthe and Nguyen, with the first having been held in Vietnam last year. Motlanthe described the relationship between the two countries as one that has “grown, deepened and matured over the years.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more