Car park renamed in memory of much-loved Letterkenny teacher


first_imgThe family and friends of the late Hugh Duffy came together with the elected members of Letterkenny Municipal District last Friday afternoon to mark the official opening of a car park named after a popular local man.The car park which is known locally as the ‘Old Mart Car Park’ was renamed to honour one of Letterkenny’s most well known residents – the late Hugh Duffy.Hugh Duffy, who passed away in December 2014 aged 85 years old, lived in nearby College Row where his wife Elaine still lives.  He was a native of Galway and came to work in St. Eunan’s College where he taught Latin and History.  He took a great interest in the ongoing development of Letterkenny and played an active part in keeping the site in Council ownership. Cllr Ian McGarvey, Cathaoirleach of Letterkenny MD, officially opening the Hugh Duffy Car Park, along side Elaine Duffy, wife of the late Hugh Duffy and their children Jarlath, Nicola, Paula and John. Also in attendance were Cllr Ciaran Brogan, Cllr Michael McBride, Cllr Gerry McMonagle and Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh.A motion was passed by the Members of the Letterkenny MD in October 2018 to name the car park in his memory.Mayor of Letterkenny MD Cllr Ian McGarvey officially opened the car park and unveiled a plaque in Mr Duffy’s memory.Speaking at the official opening, Cllr. Ian McGarvey said that “it is a fitting tribute to name this car park in honour of the late Mr. Duffy and I am delighted that his wife Elaine is with us today to share this special occasion.”Mrs Elaine Duffy, wife of the late Hugh Duffy, pictured at the official opening of the Hugh Duffy Car Park on Friday evening last.Cllr McGarvey added: “Mr. Duffy made Letterkenny his home and contributed so much to life in the town from being a teacher in St. Eunan’s College to his work in the community, Mr. Duffy like so many other people in Letterkenny, gave his time and effort generously for the betterment of others and I am delighted to be here today as Mayor of Letterkenny to honour Mr. Duffy in this way.” The former Old Mart Car Park is renamed to ‘Hugh Duffy Car Park’Car park renamed in memory of much-loved Letterkenny teacher was last modified: April 29th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:hugh duffy car parkletterkennyold mart car parklast_img read more

FDI into South Africa soars


first_img6 July 2012 South Africa led the subregion as foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows into sub-Saharan Africa jumped by 25% in 2011, according to the 2012 World Investment Report by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad). The report, released in Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday, shows that FDI inflows to sub-Saharan Africa soared from US$29.5-billion in 2010 to $36.9-billion in 2011, a level comparable to the peak of $37.3-billion achieved in 2008, prior to the onset of the global financial crisis. FDI to South Africa rebounded from $1.23-billion in 2010 to $5.81-billion, making South Africa the second-biggest FDI destination on the continent in 2011 after Nigeria, which received $8.92-billion in FDI.Oil, gas producers still dominant Ghana ($3.22-billion), Congo ($2.93-billion), and Algeria ($2.57-billion) completed the top five African FDI destinations by Unctad’s reckoning, underscoring the dominance of oil- or gas-producing countries – South Africa being the sole exception. Another significant African oil producer, Angola, also received major investment inflows, according to Unctad, “but divestment and repatriated profits by transnational corporations rendered net inflows negative”. Continuing rises in commodity prices and a relatively positive economic outlook for sub-Saharan Africa were among the factors contributing to the turnaround, the annual survey found. For Africa as a whole, total FDI inflows declined. However, this was due to a drop in FDI to North Africa, with inflows to traditional strong performers Egypt and Libya coming to a halt as result of protracted political and social instability in those countries.Improved investor perceptions Overall, the continent’s FDI prospects for 2012 were promising, Unctad said, “as strong economic growth, ongoing economic reforms and high commodity prices have improved investor perceptions of the continent.” Unctad’s figures show that South Africa’s FDI inflows for 2011 accounted for 13.6% of Africa’s total, while amounting to 31.8% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2011 – up from 9.9% in 1995. Jorge Maia, research head at South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation, who presented Unctad’s report locally, said the country’s investment policy regime was “quite liberal compared to other countries”. “South Africa is not only rich in natural resources, it also has very good infrastructure relative to its peers and very good technical skills,” Business Day reported Maia as saying. Leon Myburgh, sub-Saharan Africa strategist at Citigroup, told Business Day that Africa was outperforming most developed markets and some emerging markets as well. “Given its relatively low state of development, there are huge opportunities for investment across the continent, either for new business or infrastructure,” Myburgh told Business Day. “These are being exploited and will continue to be exploited in coming years.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Your Virtual Visit to Groundspeak HQ


first_imgBy: Sara (gonzogrrl)Every Friday at 2pm, geocachers come from as far away as China and as close as the neighboring office complex to visit Groundspeak Headquarters. No matter where they come from, they have two things in common before they arrive:  an enormous love of Geocaching and a story they can’t wait to tell.Groundspeak momentarily transforms from the busy buzz of Lackeys keeping the website running into a lobby full of cachers squealing with delight as they drop Trackables, trade stories and hang out with other geo-addicts from all over the world.Sara and NicoleAlong with Nicole (Louie Bliss), a fellow Community Relations team member, I’m Sara (gonzogrrl) one of the lucky Lackeys who gets to be there each time, greeting cachers as they find the epic HQ cache, GCK25B. “So…what do you do here?” cachers often ask us. By day, we’re the ones answering emails and phone calls, helping people solve issues so they have the best geocaching experience. But when geocachers drop in, we stop what we’re doing and spend time with them as they discovering the cache, take photos in the photobooth, buy souvenirs and check out the big screen map of geocaches being logged in real time all over the world.If you ever want to drop in, it’s easy to get an appointment. Just email us at contact@geocaching.com. Tell us a little about yourself, where you’re coming from, and when you can visit and we’ll be happy to send you the coordinates to the office (hint:  we’re not in the middle of Lake Union. Shocking, I know). Since we are a busy office, we like to schedule visits on Fridays at 2pm. Sometimes one of the Founders and other Lackeys drop by to visit too—we all love meeting the people that make this game more than Tupperware in the woods!Sole Seeker’s photo inside the Groundspeak photoboothI’ve met so many different cachers, but I can still remember some of my favorite stories from the visits. There’s Sole Seeker, who came here for his 10,000th find, and was surprised to find we’d made him a sign and blown up balloons to celebrate with him. There’s also J&J Brown, who told us about the huge camouflaged cache they have hidden in their front yard that fools seekers every time because it (spoiler alert) looks just like a tree. And then there’s foomanjoo, a world-traveling photographer who had just done some caching in Korea and was off to his next adventure finding caches along Route 66 in California.But whomever you are—whether the HQ is your fifth find or your 5,000th—we welcome you at the lilypad. We hope you come see us soon! Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedThe Lackey Geocoin: An Unexpected 26,000-mile, 5-Year JourneyJanuary 21, 2015In “Community”Announcing the January Featured Geocacher of the MonthFebruary 10, 2012In “Community”The West Bend $1000 Cache Ba$h 2011 – A Lackey Report from WisconsinAugust 22, 2011In “Community”last_img read more

Spotlight on the Summit: Avoiding Stucco Failures and Making High Performance Easier to Build


first_imgThe first ever Fine Homebuilding Summit is less than 3 months away, and we’re getting more and more excited the closer we get. Why? Because planning the event means that we’ve had the pleasure of talking to each of our 12 expert presenters about the specifics of their classes. Let’s just say that holding the event from Wednesday evening through Friday afternoon is ideal, because attendees will need the rest of the weekend to recover from the amount of knowledge we are going to cram into this 2 day seminar. To give you a taste, here’s a look at just a couple of the topics: Stucc-oh-no-you-don’t!Stucco is the topic that keeps many building experts up at night, and for good reason: Code-minimum installation guidelines are a recipe for disaster, and many big builders are rolling the dice on their liability because they calculate their share of remediation will still be less expensive than doing it right in the first place. Luckily, we will have Christine Williamson—a building scientist, consultant, and the creator of the educational @buildingsciencefightclub on Instagram—in the house to explain what we’re up against, how we got here, and the specific solutions designers and builders can put in place to more intelligently manage risk of stucco failures.Design with a builder in mindA cutting-edge, high-performance house may be fun to dream up on paper, but it can be a real challenge for the builder who’s charged with making it happen. Often these builders are dragged out of their comfort zone and faced with new methods, new materials, and new metrics and measurements of what makes a “good” job. Recognizing this as a major hurdle to quality results in energy efficiency, Architect Steve Baczek has made it his mission to bring high-performance building back into the comfort zone of the common man. You don’t want to miss his insights on material selection and education, creating drawings that go far beyond the standard generic details, and corralling a group of subcontractors across different trades and getting them all to buy in.Learn more and register here!last_img read more

Kashmir Valley witnesses shutdown on Afzal Guru death anniversary


first_imgKashmir valley witnessed a shutdown on the fifth death anniversary of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on Friday.Security was tightened and restrictions imposed in Guru’s home town, Sopore. The movement of vehicles was also restricted in parts of Srinagar.The authorities disallowed prayers at the Jamia Masjid. Several separatist leaders were detained. Meanwhile, most shops and offices remained shut, as separatists had called for a strike.last_img