Jason Black awarded Donegal Person of the Year at gala ball in Dublin

first_imgOver 350 people attended the Donegal Person of the Year Gala Ball in the Ballsbridge Hotel on Saturday night. The event, which is attended by people from across Dublin and Donegal is the biggest event in the Donegal diaspora’s calendar in Dublin.The centrepiece of the event is the awarding of the prestigious Donegal Person of the Year award. In January the Donegal Association announced that global endurance athlete, Jason Black, would receive the Donegal Person of the Year award for 2018Hugh Harkin, President of the Donegal Association Dublin highlighted Mr Black’s continuing efforts to work with young people.Speaking at the event Mr Harkin said: “I want to refer to Jason’s tireless efforts with groups of people, particularly young people all over the county and indeed the country, struggling with mental health issues.“He is ideally placed by his status as a successful endurance athlete, to talk to young men in particular and help them in dealing with their difficulties. He draws on his own life experiences and as I’m sure you know he is very open about the difficulties he has experienced himself.” Mr Harkin also paid tribute to Mr Black for using his voice to highlight the issues of mental health and domestic violence in Donegal something which led to his choosing the charity partner on the night as the Donegal Women’s Domestic Violence Service.In his speech, Mr Harkin added: “We still surround these issues with a stigma, which adds to the effort required of the people coping with these difficulties.“I think it really is high time that we open the window on the issues of mental health and domestic violence against women in Co Donegal.“And I would like to pay tribute to Jason Black for helping to open that window by proposing the Donegal Women’s Domestic Violence Service as the charity for tonight.”The funds raised from the charity raffle on the night will be used to support the work of Donegal Women’s Domestic Violence Service. Kevin McFadden, the current chairperson of the Donegal Association Dublin said: “I’d like to thank all those who attended and supported the annual gala ball and to Jason Black for being such an inspiring award winner.“The event could not happen without the generosity of our sponsors and supporters and the volunteer committee who help organise it year in year out and I’d like to extend my sincere thanks to all.”Concluding Mr McFadden urged people to sign up and become active members in the Donegal Association Dublin.“The Donegal Association Dublin has a long and important history and we want to see it go from strength to strength. I would encourage members of the Donegal diaspora in Dublin to become members and get involved in our events and activities.”  Jason Black awarded Donegal Person of the Year at gala ball in Dublin was last modified: March 4th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:Donegal Person of the YearDonegal Person of the Year Gala Balllast_img read more

Australian financial firm expands in SA

first_img20 January 2011Australian financial markets software provider IRESS Market Technology is to expand its activities in South Africa through the acquisition of local financial software solution provider Peresys for approximately R375-million.Peresys has an established client base in South African financial markets, and enjoys a dominant position in order execution and financial information exchange-based routing across all asset classes.IRESS, which provides online and desktop solutions for both financial markets users and wealth management tools for financial professionals, already has a presence in South Africa through its head office in Durban, as well as offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town.“For some time, IRESS has assessed the opportunity and timing to expand our presence in South Africa from wealth management and introduce our financial market services such as order execution, trading, and market data,” IRESS managing director Andrew Walsh said in a statement this week.“The combined IRESS and Peresys service offering is anticipated to grow revenues while leveraging the largely fixed cost base.”Extensive product rangePeresys will immediately establish IRESS’ financial markets division in South Africa, building on its existing wealth management presence that together forms significant scale and an extensive product range in South Africa.According to the statement, IRESS believes in the advantages that come with scale both for its own operations, and to the benefit of its clients through product opportunities and investment in initiatives.“Peresys is the clear industry leader in South Africa, which IRESS has held in high regard for some time for its client base, breadth of product, dedication to support and innovation, and positioning,” said Walsh.‘Integral part’ of SA financial marketsAccording to the statement, the combined company’s initial focus will be on immediate product opportunities based around introducing IRESS components, specifically retail online trading, portfolio management, and market data.Peresys CEO Ashley Mendelowitz said the transaction was an exciting opportunity for Peresys and its customers, who could look forward to having access to an expanded product offering from IRESS.“We will continue to do the things that have made us an integral part of the South African financial markets over the past decade, including retaining the same values and our strong focus on domestic requirements, innovations and local support, ultimately ensuring that Peresys remains the material connection point for the international trading community to South Africa and, in time, the rest of Africa,” Mendelowitz said.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Qatar beats Japan in Asian Cup final for first major title

first_imgQatar’s forward Hasan Al Haydos, center, lifts the trophy for the winners of the AFC Asian Cup final match between Japan and Qatar in Zayed Sport City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. (AP)ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Long scorned for a lack of soccer pedigree, Qatar will enter the 2022 World Cup as the champion of Asia.The Asian Cup was lifted by Qatar for the first time on Friday after a series of victories on the field just as improbable as winning the vote in 2010 that secured the FIFA showpiece for the small, super-rich Gulf nation.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “It’s a huge disappointment,” Japan captain Maya Yoshida said. “But we have to learn from this defeat.”Victory will give Qatar renewed hope of being able to compete against the globe’s best teams when it qualifies for the first time for the World Cup — as hosts — in 2022.“This result doesn’t come from nothing,” said defender Bassam Al-Rawi, the other player whose eligibility was questioned by the UAE. “It came with lot of effort. It came from determination. It came from immense hard work on the pitch. We were able to win today because we took all the chances.”There is an even stronger test for the squad in June when Qatar joins Japan as guest nations at the Copa America. Qatar is in a group with Argentina, Colombia, and Paraguay.“This is one step more to continue developing the team to play another tournament in the summer and to be ready for 2022, to represent Qatar as a very competitive team at the World Cup,” Qatar coach Felix Sanchez said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentscenter_img MOST READ LATEST STORIES Rising steadily Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. While Japan entered the Asian Cup hotly tipped to win a fifth title, the Qataris hadn’t even reached the semifinals before. But confounding the disparity in the FIFA rankings — with Qatar at 93 and Japan at 50 — the Gulf nation won the final 3-1 to claim its first major soccer title.The strong attacking display was a reflection of Qatar’s remarkable run over the last month in the United Arab Emirates, scoring 19 goals and conceding only once in winning all seven games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Qatar today is a top Asian team,” goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb said. “We wrote history.”After upsetting the final favorite, players wrapped themselves in Qatari flags in a display of patriotic furor that will have resonated far beyond the stadium in Abu Dhabi. Since joining other Arab countries in cutting diplomatic, economic and travel ties with Doha in 2017, the UAE warned residents that expressing sympathy for Qatar could lead to fines and imprisonment. The UAE is among a quartet of nations accusing its regional foe of supporting extremists, which Qatar denies, and even prevented the team from traveling direct to Abu Dhabi for the tournament.There was even an attempt by the UAE to get Qatar disqualified after losing their semifinal. Tournament organizers confirmed only hours before the final they dismissed a challenge by the UAE against the eligibility of two Qatar players who were born outside Qatar.One of them, Almoez Ali, scored the opening goal against Japan in the 12th minute with an audacious overhead kick. That gave him an all-time tournament record nine goals, surpassing Ali Daei’s previous record tally of eight with Iran in 1996.Abdulaziz Hatem doubled Qatar’s lead with a curling strike in the 27th.While Qatar conceded its first goal of the tournament in its seventh game when Takumi Minamino netted in the 69th, Akram Afif restored the two-goal cushion in the 83rd from the penalty spot.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationslast_img read more

Russia’s doping ban from Paralympics ends, with conditions

first_imgHong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy However, 30 athletes from the country were allowed to enter as Neutral Paralympic Athletes for last year’s Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.The IPC ruled in January that Russia had reformed enough to lift the ban, but only after dropping its demand for Russian authorities to admit earlier doping-related wrongdoing.At the time, Parsons said there was a stalemate because Russia would “most probably never accept” a report by World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren. He found in 2016 there was widespread doping involving a cover-up by Sports Ministry officials.Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his country never encouraged or covered up doping.Documents from Moscow’s anti-doping lab revealed in McLaren’s 2016 investigation showed that failed doping tests were covered up for athletes across numerous sports, including some with disabilities.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia PLAY LIST 02:03Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia00:50Trending Articles01:37Russian envoy: Putin accepts Duterte’s invitation to visit PH02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Conditions include extra drug testing before competitions — with Russia footing the bill — and a ban on government officials serving on the Russian Paralympic Committee.“We are looking forward to welcoming the RPC back as an IPC member,” IPC president Andrew Parsons said. “The organization should be under no illusions, however, that should it at any stage not meet the post-reinstatement criteria, the IPC governing board can reconsider its membership status. This could include the IPC revoking the conditional reinstatement.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesRussia faces a total bill of more than $1 million, including $125,000 a year for extra drug testing in 2020, 2021 and 2022. Athletes in all but one of 27 Paralympic sports will need to show they’ve been drug-tested in the six months before entering key IPC events, including Paralympic qualifiers. Powerlifting is rated the highest-risk sport, with three prior tests required.Russia was barred from the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro after the IPC found a “medals over morals mentality” led to widespread cheating. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbedcenter_img LATEST STORIES Russian President Vladimir Putin (2ndL) speaks with medalists of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Paralympic Games after an awarding ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 20, 2018. (Photo by Yuri KADOBNOV / POOL / AFP)MOSCOW — Russia returned to the Paralympics on Friday, though athletes face extra drug tests ahead of next year’s games in Tokyo.The International Paralympic Committee formally lifted Russia’s suspension on Friday after 2 1/2 years, but set a probation period through 2022.ADVERTISEMENT Ronaldo returns to Portugal for European qualifiers Athletics is the only sport still with a doping ban on Russia’s team, though it allows dozens of certified Russians to compete as neutral athletes.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more