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first_imgThere was disappointment for Donegal tourism bodies when Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring TD announced a shortlist of 15 towns and villages from across the country being considered for the 2015 Tourism Towns Awards.Minister Michael RingThe competition, now in its fourth year, is designed to recognise Irish towns and villages where the local community goes the extra mile to enhance their appeal to tourists.But not one Donegal town or village made it to the final fifteen, despite some trojan work from Ardara to Buncrana. The 15 towns will now be subject over the next few weeks to a series of unannounced inspections from a team of independent ‘secret shoppers’ who will visit each location and who will look for evidence of a high quality visitor experience and of involvement by the local community and businesses in delivering this experience.They will look at the quality of its attractions and sites of interest and how well the town promotes what they have to offer.Westport took home the overall crown for ‘Best Large Town’ award in 2014, with Kinsale picking up the ‘Best Small Town’ accolade.Today’s shortlist will be whittled down to a final list of ten “Highly Commended Tourism Towns” which will be announced at the National Tidy Towns Awards later this year. Subsequently, the overall winners for the Best Large and Best Small Tourism Town will be announced by Fáilte Ireland in November. Speaking about the competition, Minister Ring said “This award is all about recognising those Irish towns and villages which are really doing something special to make Ireland even more attractive for tourists. Each year the standard gets better and better and I am very much looking forward to hearing which towns make it into the top ten and who the overall winner will be later in the year. I want to express a sincere thanks to all those towns and communities involved and wish them the best of luck with the next stage of the competition.”Tourism Towns Long-listTown NameCounty1 Kilkenny City Kilkenny 2 Lismore in Waterford3 Killarney in Kerry4 Clonakilty in Cork5 Belmullet (Beal an Mhurtaigh) in Mayo 6 Ardmore in Waterford7 Tralee in Kerry8 Adare in Limerick9 Sneem in Kerry10 Carrick on Shannon in Leitrim11 Kenmare in Kerry12 Portmagee in Kerry13 Cobh in Cork14 Youghal in Cork15 Mountshannon in ClareDONEGAL TOWNS AND VILLAGES FAIL TO MAKE IRELAND’S LIST OF TOP TOURISM SPOTS was last modified: July 26th, 2015 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:donegalFailte IrelandTOURISM TOWNSlast_img read more

first_imgTurkish officials have confirmed that two explosions have hit the Turkish capital’s Anaturk International Airport.They have also claimed it was a joint suicide attack, with three attackers blowing themselves up. It is thought they detonated their explosives just before the x-ray security screening, in the departure section of Ataturk airport. Whist the numbers will continue to change, we can confirm at the time of publishing, that at least 36 people have been killed and more than 140 injured.A U.S. source told CBS Radio News that three attackers approached the departure area at the Istanbul airport, threw four grenades, then opened fire with automatic weapons. They were wounded by Turkish security forces. The assailants then detonated the suicide vests.Saldiri ani 2 pic.twitter.com/T5fAKKjv0Y— Oguzcan Aksoy (@Oguz146) June 28, 2016Many people caught in the blasts and near the airport posted photos and videos from the scene on to social media that show the destruction caused by the explosions as well as people hiding in various places in search of safety.Local media says an explosion has been heard at #Ataturk Airport in #Istanbul in #Turkey still unconfirmed. pic.twitter.com/fKofHvoLks— Hamosh (@Hamosh84) June 28, 2016All flights in and out of the airport have been suspended.last_img read more

first_img24 August 2016Today we welcome home Team RSA . They showed what it means to #teamSArise @MorningLiveSABC @SPORTATSABC pic.twitter.com/rAXS5FLzC5—Vaylen Kirtley (@VaylenKirtley) August 23,2016Hundreds of South Africans from all walks of life, complete with flags andvuvuzelas, greeted the South African Olympians returning home. Team South Africalanded at OR Tambo Airport early on Tuesday, 23 August 2016 from their successfulRio Games campaign where they won 10 medals, including two golds.Despite a delay of the team’s flight from Sao Paulo, the patient crowd, deckedout in South African flags and even in traditional dress, kept the celebratory moodgoing, with quintessential South African singing and dancing.#teamSArise Morefans have piled into the arrivals hall. Flags, banners, whistles and vuvuzelas in fullforce. ML pic.twitter.com/GbOMmThsjs— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) August 23,2016Introduced by Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula, the South African team receivedan ecstatic welcome from fans as they walked into the arrivals hall. The loudestcheers were for gold medal athlete Caster Semenya.#teamSArise CasterSemenya fans in full voice! ML pic.twitter.com/q5kWQ5b6k8—EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) August 23,2016Fellow gold medal winner Wayde van Niekerk and silver medallist SunetteViljoen were unable join the rest of the team on their return. The other medalwinners, including rowers Lawrence Brittain and Shaun Keeling, the rugby sevensteam, swimmers Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh, triathlete HenriSchoeman and long jumper Luvo Manyonga came out to greet the crowds, signingautographs and taking selfies with local fans.Crazy atmosphere at the welcoming in JHB right now !! #teamSArise @teamsouthafrica pic.twitter.com/u6KokYF8Br—Henri Schoeman (@H_Schoeman) August 23,2016Minister MbalulaIncase you missed out on this mornings greatness from South Africans welcomingtheir stars @MbalulaFikile. pic.twitter.com/jclOwhHxep—Brand South Africa (@Brand_SA) August 23, 2016Mbalula thanked the entire team on behalf of the country, saying that everyoneshould be proud of “this bunch of winners… even those who didn’t win medals, wesaw them fighting for our country and (they) will become heroes next time”.@teamsa16 gets rewarded for theirhardwork by @sascoc & @MbalulaFikile during the mediapress briefing. #teamSArise pic.twitter.com/B0ZwWVnkaJ—Brand South Africa (@Brand_SA) August 23,2016The minister presented the medal winners with incentive rewards promised bythe sport ministry before the games began. Gold medal winners would receive R500000, silver winners R250 000 and bronze winners R100 000.Gold medallists Van Niekerk and Semenya, Mbalula said, would also receiveR100 000 bonus for their wins, Van Niekerk would get an additional R50 000 for hisworld record. Silver medallists would get an extra R70 000 and bronze-winners R50000.Mbalula also reiterated that while the rewards may not be much compared towhat international stars receive, he vowed to do all he could to ensure that allSouth African athletes from all sporting disciplines are compensated better in thefuture and are able to focus on becoming world class athletes.Mbalula also awarded medals of excellence to the athletes for building SouthAfrica’s sporting reputation on an international level.@MbalulaFikile handing over medalsof excellence to @teamsa16 for theirhardwork at #Rio2016 . #teamSArise pic.twitter.com/QGCWEXiIui—Brand South Africa (@Brand_SA) August 23,2016Fans’ reactionsIncredible Support for South African Olympians arriving at ORTIA thismorning. #Rio2016#teamSArise pic.twitter.com/i6jPCtI5mD—gsport4girls (@gsport4girls) August 23,2016Xolani took an early Gautrain from Tshwane to get a front row view of thesporting heroes. “Ten medals is such a huge victory for the team and South Africa,”he said. “The two gold medals for running were especially cool, because it meansour athletes are now getting the international respect they deserve.”Madri from the East Rand, proudly waving a South African flag, said she owedit to the team to come out and welcome them back as thanks for all their hardwork, “especially Caster, she has been through so much to get where she is today,finally winning the gold”.Peter Davis from Johannesburg is also proud of the gold medal wins, butpointed out that both the swimming team and athletes in some of the lesser knownsports deserved to get as much appreciation for their accolades. “Also the rugby(sevens) team (who won the bronze medal), they fought hard for that medal. Iwatched all their games, and it was a tough fight… they really earned it.”On behalf of the team, Semenya thanked South Africans for their supportduring the Games, adding that her win in particular was dedicated to her family fortheir support in helping her achieve the ultimate prize of Olympic glory.Caster Semenya thanks the world for supporting #TeamSARise pic.twitter.com/s2X6Q91Bq9—Bafana Nzimande (@nzimandebafana) August23, 2016SouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

first_imgOvernight rains at many places and fresh light snowfall in Gulmarg led to an increase in the minimum temperatures across the Valley and Ladakh region, with the mercury settling above the freezing point at most places.There was fresh light snowfall of about 1.5 inch at Gulmarg in north Kashmir last night, an official of the Met Department said here.Owing to the overcast conditions, the night temperature at Gulmarg was recorded as —3.6 degrees Celsius, the official said.He said the resort was the only place in the Valley where the mercury stayed below the freezing point. Some other places in the higher reaches of Kashmir received light snowfall, while most other places, including Srinagar were lashed by rains.The mercury in Srinagar settled at 3.5 degrees Celsius. In Qazigund, the minimum temperature of 1.6 degrees Celsius, the official said.Pahalgam recorded a low of 1.8 degrees Celsius, while Kupwara registered a low of 1.1 degrees Celsius. Kokernag in south recorded its minimum temperature at 1.5 degrees Celsius, the weatherman said.Leh, in Ladakh region, shivered at —5.6 degrees Celsius, even though it is an increase of nearly seven degrees from the previous night’s —13.3 degrees Celsius.Kargil town was the coldest place in the state with a minimum of —7.5 degrees Celsius, the official said.The MeT Department has forecast scattered to widespread rainfall or snow for the next five days.last_img read more

first_imgA court in Gandhinagar, hearing a rape case against religious preacher Asaram, on Thursday allowed a petition seeking in-camera proceedings in the case.The plea was moved by public prosecutor R.C. Kodekar citing threat to life of witnesses in the case.Principal sessions judge A.N. Joshi allowed the application which said prosecution witnesses coming to the court faced risk to their lives and therefore the proceedings should be held in-camera and members of public be not allowed inside the courtroom.“From now on, witnesses will be examined in-camera owing to the risk to their life,” the court held.A witness was examined in-camera on Thursday after the court granted permission for it.The case before the Gandhinagar court relates to a complaint filed by a Surat-based woman, who accused Asaram of raping her many times when she was living at his ashram on the outskirts of Ahmedabad city between 1997 and 2006.The charge sheet also names his wife Lakshmiben, daughter Bharti and four women followers Dhruvben, Nirmala, Jassi and Meera for abetment of rape. The charges against Asaram were framed in March last year.Asaram is also facing another rape case in Jodhpur in Rajasthan, and is currently lodged in a prison there.last_img read more

first_imgUnder pressure from allies in the government over a year after de-classifying the coconut palm as a tree during its earlier stint, the BJP-led coalition Cabinet here on Wednesday passed an amendment restoring the coconut palm in the list of trees and also according it the status of State tree. “The State government has decided to include coconut palm as tree in the Goa, Daman and Diu (Preservation of ) Trees Act, 1984 to regulate felling of coconut trees under this Act,” the Cabinet note on Wednesday stated. The State Cabinet which met here on Wednesday also resolved to declare the coconut tree as the “State tree”. Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai of the Goa Forward Party, who had taken the initiative in this regard said the new amendment would be ratified in the State Legislative assembly during the ongoing monsoon session. “We have restored tree status to the coconut (palm),” Mr. Sardesai said. The Opposition as well as civil society had questioned the previous BJP-led coalition government for amending the Goa Daman and Diu (Preservation of )Trees act 1984 in 2016 to drop the tree status accorded to the coconut tree. Opponents of the government, which then included Goa Forward Party led by Mr. Sardesai, had accused the government of unfairly hastening real estate and industrial development at the cost of environment by selectively allowing mass removal of coconut plantations.last_img read more