Museum Renovation A Welcome Initiative

first_imgIt was only a matter of time for a full scale renovation work to commence at the historic 154 year old National Museum of Liberia. The nation’s only museum is a national heritage structure that has stood the test of time, many governments, and key and defining moments in Liberia’s history. The artistic community and Liberians should now be proud of this current renovation work because it will help save memoirs of past presidents, cartographical materials related to Liberia’s cultural artifacts, as well as galleries that illustrate Liberia’s other past and present works of art for future generations.Another reason we should be happy is that the museum remains one of the few remaining landmark structures in the country that represents Liberia during “normal-days.” When completed, it will serve as a haven to preserve and display cultural artifacts that offer insight into the country’s past, including the civil war years.At long last, worry will not be placed on removing cultural artifacts and other historical items from one location to another due to leaky roofs, which damaged most of the museum’s priceless collections.Still available and will now be place as a showpiece at the museum is the more than 200 years old dining table given to Liberia’s first president, Joseph Jenkins Robertson, as a gift from Queen Victoria of Great Britain. Before the current reconstruction, the table was placed at a less revered location because the area around it was considered a death trap, as the floor around it was unstable from the rain and was expected to cave in at any time.As the GOL fights to give the nation’s only museum a new and decent look, it is also necessary that they fight to restore some of the damaged cultural artifacts in the museum to their original look, and repatriate our artifacts currently gracing museums in other countries.The continued deteriorating states of these damaged artifacts and historical items threaten the legacies of likes of President Tubman, through his Book of Condolence, and other great men, women, moments and works from the past.These historical achievements did not happen overnight; they took time – some during times of difficulty and impossibility, while others illustrated success in the face of adversity for Liberia.Therefore, it is important that GOL does everything in its power to make the legacy and great artworks live again by restoring and repatriating them.The museum’s renovation is certainly a historic Liberian moment in its own right; and the plight of those who fought through advocacy to ensure this renovation will be well documented for posterity. A monument in its own right, the museum represents Liberia’s historical past.Although the government is now trying to uplift and preserve the nation’s most valuable cultural artifacts and historical items through this renovation, it is also important to remind the GOL and every nationality in Liberia that this renovation work should not be used in political campaigns, as it is a purely educational matter, hence of national interest that goes beyond partisan politics. Education for the unborn and present generation should be the goal.In unity we stand, divided we will fall, but through education about our past and great events, we shall overcome.Finally, when the museum is reopened for public us, it is the responsibility of everyone present in Liberia to ensure that the building remains decent. Do not urinate on the fence, people; post no bills or flyers on its walls, like it was done before. Let us learn to respect our own. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PPP reiterates call for non-custodial sentences

first_imgSmall amounts of marijuana Following renewed calls by advocates for the unhindered use of small amounts of marijuana, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, has reiterated his Party’s support for non-custodial sentencing for possession of small amounts of the substance.During his October 18 address to the National Assembly, President David Granger attracted a group of protesting Rastafarian advocates who were demanding that Government overhaul its stance on marijuana laws, and many were calling for the full legalisation of the narcotic. However, when members of the press raised this with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday last at his weekly press conference, he stressed that the PPP’s position on the matter remains the same.“We are in favour of alternative forms of sentencing, or rehabilitation; we’re not in favour of legalising marijuana. If you use marijuana, if you sell it, you go to jail as per our existing laws. We’re saying that our laws have to give Magistrates or the Judges the discretion for people who use small quantities for alternative sentencing”, Jagdeo noted.The party’s position is in keeping with the call for alternatives to imprisonment, which include community service and small fines.The Alliance For Change (AFC), which is the minority party in the coalition Government, has been pushing for legislative reform regarding the existing narcotics laws, with its Parliamentarian Michael Carrington having filed a motion to amend the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Control) Act in 2015. This sought to soften penalties for marijuana possession. However, that motion was subsequently withdrawn, and now supporters of changing the drug laws highlighted that President David Granger did not include references to marijuana reforms in his recent Parliamentary speech.Guyana Times was told that the bill is unlikely to receive the immediate attention of the National Assembly, though the body has come out of recess. It was explained that Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence was reviewing certain sections of the document.The draft bill had stipulated that persons who are found in possession of the drug for personal use would be required to pay a fine of $10,000, or perform community service for a period of time. Contacted for brief comment on Saturday, Carrington told Guyana Times that sections 4, 5 and 12, which deal with completely removing the jail sentences for small quantities of cannabis, were under review.In late August 2018, President Granger, speaking on the sidelines of an event, gave assurances that non-custodial sentences for small quantities of marijuana were a certainty, and that Government would table legislation to this end. He had even noted that Cabinet had collectively agreed to pursue this position, and that there would have been no difficulty in implementing it.The issue of non-custodial sentences for small amounts of marijuana was magnified following a March 2016 incident wherein inmates at the Georgetown Prisons started a fire which eventually killed 17 prisoners, while several others, along with prison staff, were injured. A subsequent probe had found, among other issues, significant overcrowding at that penal facility had contributed to the events.In the past, the Opposition Leader had disclosed that the PPP had made a commitment to support a ‘conscience vote’ should the matter come up for a vote in the National Assembly. The decriminalisation/legalisation of marijuana movement is a hot button topic across the globe, with several countries taking steps to decriminalise and legalise the drug.Though searching the web for links to local studies conducted on the drug’s effects on the brain were unsuccessful, there have been several international studies conducted on marijuana use which have yielded both positive and negative results. In a study conducted by researchers at the Center for Brain Health at The University of Texas at Dallas, United States, it was found that while regular cannabis use causes the brain to shrink, it also increases the complexity of its wiring. In fact, in the study which was published in 2014, researchers found that the “effects of chronic marijuana use on the brain may depend on age of first use and duration of use.”Researchers had also attributed “existing abnormalities in brain function” and structure of long-term marijuana users, noting that chronic marijuana users have smaller brain volume in the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) section of the brain. It was noted that this part of the brain is commonly associated with addiction. In this study, forty-eight adult marijuana users and 62 “gender- and age-matched non-users” were assessed.A 2018 study conducted by King’s College of London found that a cannabis extract could help persons who suffer from psychosis. Researchers found that a single dose of cannabidiol, found in cannabis, could reduce symptoms linked to delusions and hallucinations for young persons who newly develop psychosis. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

IARLA SET TO SPILL BLOOD ON LETTERKENNY STAGE

first_imgUnscrupulous political ambition and outright villainy is under the spotlight at An Grianán Theatre next month in a double whammy of impressive drama.No, it’s not a specially convened sitting of Dáil Éireann but a new staging of Shakespeare’s Richard III with Letterkenny actor Iarla McGowan taking the lead in the London-based Love & Madness Theatre Company production.McGowan further stretches his acting prowess the following night with the company’s staging of Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist with another insight into high-powered corruption and Machiavellian tactics. It will be the first time the 32-year-old Dromore man will perform before a home audience since moving to London to train in 2002.The former Scoil Colmcille pupil, where his mum Ann still teaches, told donegaldaily.com: “I am very much looking forward to performing in An Grianán. Though it is my home town theatre I will say, having played in a lot of theatres over the last number of years, that it is one of the best theatres in the country.“At every opportunity, when I get home, I go there to see shows put on by local theatre groups or touring productions. I always look forward to that.“Our theatre has a unique warmth and homeliness, and that is largely generated by the staff and technicians who work there. This spirit is instilled from the top down. “I will of course have nerves before I go on stage, but this is only because I would want to do well in a theatre which I hold in high esteem and because I am playing in front of my own.”As well as being “fascinated” by the character of Richard III, McGowan admitted the role was a chance to push himself.“He fascinates me, of course, and I am trying to get at the psychological underpinnings of his villainy – why he does what he does.“I am looking at a few things, like his relationship to his deformity and what that has done to him, how it makes him feel. Is it something he is used to, grown passed, or is still really upset about it. Then, how that deformity effects the people around him, and the outside world. With a humpback, and a malfunctioning leg and arm, it’s not something that can be ignored. That’s one thing.”He meticulously researched the role of Richard including speaking with people from the medical profession about the nature of the deformity. “He has classically been portrayed as a hunchback, but in today’s society this would not be the case, a child showing these symptoms would be treated at an early stage. I had to investigate and find what would be coherent with today’s world.“From various reading and talking to different people from the medical profession, I found that one of the results of a difficult birth could be a condition known as ataxic cerebral palsy. It is a condition which affects body movement and muscle coordination, caused by the brain being damaged during birth.“It would mean the sufferer having great difficulties moving and talking. Of course, as we are doing a Shakespeare play and speaking verse, bearing this condition in the rehearsal room and then on stage brought with it a lot of problems, but, thankfully, I had a very good movement director who helped me find the right level and a great director who kept a close eye on diction and coherence.”Directed by Ben Kidd, the modern day staging allows the audience to relate better to the behaviour of the characters, said McGowan. “We have a younger member of a political organisation, who wants to become leader and who kills and maims in order to achieve this.“We do not have to look very far from Ireland to see where this could be happening today. Any country in eastern Europe or in South America may today have these political problems.”The young actor said he was undaunted by the theatre legends and movie stars who have played the scheming king. “Yes, some great names have played the role. I have read the play many times before, in fact it has been my favourite Shakespeare play ever since I first read it a number of years back,  but thankfully I was in the spotless position to have never seen a production of the play. It is a great role – but a demanding one.“There have been many famous interpretations of the part throughout the years – Antony Sher, Simon Russell Beale and Ciarán Hinds – and though having not seen them, I can only be inspired and not intimidated.“What I can say is that this is a great part and I am very lucky to get the opportunity to play it, and to push myself as I am doing it. This is a brilliant play. It is excellently written. As Peter O’Toole once said “good parts make good actors”, and it is a part which every actor should want to play.”McGowan said he continues to learn his craft.“I am also fortunate to be part of a wonderful cast, full of great actors and actresses. And it is only when you are working with people like this that you grow.”Make your way to Letterkenny’s An Grianán Theatre to hear the memorable lines: ‘A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse! and ‘Bloody thou art, bloody will be thy end.’It will be well worth it.Richard III opens at An Grianán Theatre on Wednesday February 2nd at 8pm and Accidental Death of an Anarchist plays on Thursday February 3rd at 8pm.IARLA SET TO SPILL BLOOD ON LETTERKENNY STAGE was last modified: January 23rd, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

Southgate up for FIFA Best Coach alongside Klopp, Guardiola and Zidane

first_img gameday possible standings highlights 5 How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? The former defender became a national hero for his leadership 5 NEW ERA France’s World Cup-winning coach Didier Deschamps is among the favourites to win the award How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? predicted 5 Premier League champion Guardiola is rewarded after setting a new points and goals record with City, who romped to the 2017/18 title.Klopp, the man who knocked Guardiola out of the Champions League, is the only club boss on the list who did not win a trophy in the period covered by the award, but he did reach the final of Europe’s premier club competition with Liverpool.There, he was defeated by Zinedine Zidane of Real Madrid, who won the award last year and on the list again after guiding his team to a third successive Champions League title, before his shock resignation just days later.Massimilliano Allegri and Ernesto Valverde, who won league and cup doubles with Juventus and Barcelona respectively, round off the list. Southgate is one of five World Cup bosses on the list, including the two that conquered his England side.Croatia’s Zlatko Dalic, who masterminded a 2-1 extra time win against the Three Lions in the semi-final earns a nomination, having secured a first ever final for his country.Former Everton, Wigan and Swansea boss Roberto Martinez, who led Belgium to two victories over England, made the list after just falling short of becoming the first coach to win a World Cup with a country they were not a citizen of.Victorious France head coach Didier Deschamps is the likely front-runner for the award, while Russia boss Stanislav Cherchesov guided the hosts to the quarter-finals. Southgate is the first England boss to reach a World Cup semi-final since Sir Bobby Robson in 1990 How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Fans can vote for their choice on the FIFA website, with voting open until 11pm UK time on August 10.These votes will make up 25 per cent of the process, with national team coaches, national captains and a select group of journalists also contributing their choices.In the women’s category, Chelsea Ladies boss Emma Hayes was on the list of ten candidates, while compatriot Mark Parsons, in charge at Portland Thorns in the US, was also nominated.The winners of the awards will be announced, alongside the best men’s and women’s players, at a ceremony in London on September 24.center_img 5 5 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Last year’s winner Zinedine Zidane is up for nomination again after collecting a third straight Champions League title with Real Madrid Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade ALTERED possible xi impact Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Southgate, 47, revitalised the England team, winning their first penalty shoot-out at a World Cup and a first tournament knockout game since 2006, en route to the semi-finals in Russia.The former Middlesbrough manager was credited for introducing a positive, media-friendly atmosphere to the squad, which had failed at each of the four previous international tournaments.Despite being idolised by an adoring public, who even turned his trademark waistcoat into a fashion trend, Southgate was keen for the team’s performance not to be seen as a triumph after being knocked out in the final four.He rejected any plans for a re-run of the open-top bus tour which greeted the last England squad to reach the semi-finals, when 200,000 people lined the streets of Luton in 1990. smart causal Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Gareth Southgate has been nominated for FIFA’s Men’s Coach of the Year Award after leading England to their best World Cup finish in 28 years.The 11-man shortlist, which also includes Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp, was announced by football’s governing body on Tuesday, and covers the last 12 months of action. Manchester City’s 100-point Premier League season could see Guardiola land the award who plays? last_img read more

‘Talking about football is different to the job’ – Klopp calls out Gary Neville

first_img Liverpool v Paris Saint-Germain (September 18)Napoli v Liverpool (October 3)Liverpool v Crvena zvezda (October 24)Crvena zvezda v Liverpool (November 6)Paris Saint-Germain v Liverpool (November 28)Liverpool v Napoli (December 11) “I don’t want to be too critical because I don’t know exactly how he said it but sitting in an office and talking about football is completely different to doing the job, to be honest.“But it’s an opinion. What did he say about Manchester United in that case? The club he’s more interested in. Nothing?” Klopp has called out Neville over his recent comments Despite reaching the Champions League final last season, Neville said Klopp should forget about this year’s edition of the competition as falling out of European football would guarantee the Anfield club a number of free weeks in the second half of the campaign.EXCLUSIVE: Liverpool SHOULD prioritise the Premier League over Europe, but Stuart Pearce says Gary Neville is only ’95 per cent right’ about RedsKlopp was asked about Neville’s comments in his press conference ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League clash against Spurs, in which the Reds are hoping to make it five wins from five at the start of the season.“Gary should come over and tell me exactly how that would work,” Klopp said. Jurgen Klopp has responded to Gary Neville’s claims Liverpool should ‘kick the Champions League into touch’ this season.Neville, the former Manchester United defender, said in an interview with The Times that focusing on their league commitments would strengthen Liverpool’s chances of winning their first championship since 1990. 1 Liverpool’s Champions League fixtureslast_img read more

WIDESPREAD GRIEF AFTER SUDDEN DEATH OF POPULAR DONEGAL MAN

first_imgThere has been widespread shock and an outpouring of grief in The Rosses following the sudden death of Frankie Pat Gallagher.One of Donegal’s true characters, the Mullaghduff man passed away at Letterkenny General Hospital on Friday aged just 48.The father of two (left in recent picture) battled bravely with a long-term illness which proved too much for him in the end. Frankie Pat was surrounded by family and friends including devoted wife Catherine and his two boys Francis and Ciaran when he passed away.Frankie Pat was known as one of life’s gentle souls with a great wit and an all-round talented sportsman.He played for a number of teams in both soccer and gaelic down through the years.He played with Naomh Mhuire since its inception in 1980 and played well into his 40s. As well as being a fine goalkeeper, he was also played midfield and event centre-half.He played soccer for a number of clubs including Keadue Rovers, Arranmore Utd and Gaoth Dobhair Celtic and perhaps his proudest moment came in the 1980s when he was named Donegal League Player of the Year.He was noted as a fine barman and worked in many bars around West Donegal including Neddys, Duffys and Bonners all around Mullaghduff.Frankie Pat was a huge Celtic fan and was appropriately laid out in his Celtic colours.The huge crowd which gathered for his removal from the mortuary at Letterkenny General Hospital was testament to his popularity. Frankie Pat was a personal friend with some of the staff at Donegaldaily.com and it was with shock and disbelief that we learned of his death.We would like to offer our sincere sympathy to Catherine and the boys and to Frankie’s mother Kathleen Duffy and brothers Jimmy, Denis and Pat.Frankie Pat will be remembered and spoken of fondly for a very long time.May his soul Rest In Peace. DEATH NOTICE: FRANKIE PAT GALLAGHER, RIPThe death has taken place in Letterkenny General Hospital of Franke Pat Gallagher, Mulladuff. Removal on Monday at 113.0am going to the Star of the Sea Church, Annagry for Requiem Mass at 12 midday. Interment afterwards in the New Cemetery. House private from Midnight to 9am. Family flowers only if desired, donations in lieu to the Oncology Unit, Letterkenny General Hospital c/o Steven O Donnell and Sons Funeral Directors or any family member.* Meanwhile the planned 5K Mullaghduff road race planned for tomorrow (Sunday) has been cancelled as a mark of respect to Frankie Pat.EndsWIDESPREAD GRIEF AFTER SUDDEN DEATH OF POPULAR DONEGAL MAN was last modified: October 30th, 2011 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:Frankie Pat Gallagherlast_img read more

DONEGAL TD WANTS ANSWERS ON MALARIA DRUG ‘LINK’ TO DEFENCE FORCES SUICIDES

first_imgSinn Féin justice and defence spokesperson Padraig Mac Lochlainn has urged Minister Shatter to address the use of lariam in by the defence forces.It follows an RTE programme last night linking the anti-malaria drug to suicides.Speaking this morning Deputy Mac Lochlainn said; “Last night’s Prime Time programme will have increased the already widespread and well-founded concerns around the use of the anti-malarial drug, lariam and its use by the Irish Defence Forces. “The dangerous and harmful psychological side affects of lariam have been described by many serving members of the Defence Forces.“The US military ceased using lariam several years ago but inexplicably the Defence Forces here continue to use it.“As shown by last night’s Prime Time programme, there are alternative anti-malaria drugs which do not have the same dangerous side affects of lariam.“The gravity of this issue is underlined by the belief that use of the drug is linked to suicides among members of the Defence Forces. “I have raised this issue with Minister for Justice and Defence Alan Shatter on several occasions. It is now something the government must deal with as a matter of urgency.“The health and indeed lives of members of the Defence Forces should not and cannot be put at risk for short term financial reasons.” DONEGAL TD WANTS ANSWERS ON MALARIA DRUG ‘LINK’ TO DEFENCE FORCES SUICIDES was last modified: May 24th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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 TD WANTS ANSWERS ON MALARIA DRUG ‘LINK’ TO DEFENCE FORCES SUICIDESlast_img read more

Ssingo, Buddu square off in Masaza Cup finals

first_imgNAMBOOLE – Crowd darlings Ssingo and Buddu will face off in this year’s Airtel Masaza Football cup at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.His Majesty the King of Buganda, Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II will be the chief guest for the game.Like in 2015 final played at Namboole when Ssingo disciplined  Buddu 5-0, the two sides will once again face off for the coveted crown.It will, therefore, be a revenge mission at hand for Buddu or a continuation of dominance for Ssingo.Buddu head coach, Simon Mugerwa who replaced Simon Ddungu, was also part of the victory in 2016 hopes to hold the trophy this time as the head coach.“In 2016 I was part on the technical bench that won the trophy in , but this time I want to win this cup as a head coach, said Mugerwa.Shafic Bisaso who has previously won this championship with Gomba (2014), Ssingo (2015) and a losing finalist in 2017 final to Gomba believes he will continue with the unbeaten run.“As it has always been in the past years, my team is prepared to take on Buddu so we are ready to win the trophy, said Ssingo head coach Bisaso.During the semi-finals, Buddu eliminated Busujju 2-0 on aggregate over two legs. Ssingo were 3-1 aggregate victors against Buwekula.Buwekula will face Busujju in the third-place playoff match as it has always been in the past years.Key players:Ssingo will look towards Edward Satro and key forward Jude Ssemugabi for the win against Buddu.Ssemugabi will come under close scrutiny against Buddu’s established backline of Brian Oyuka, Gideon Odongo, Nasser Lukwago, Ashraf Magembe as well as the Kato duo of left-back Umar and center half Samuel Niheyimana.On the other hand, Buddu’s prodigal son Marida Kuteesa will beke for the team.The eventual winner from either Buddu or Ssingo will earn their second title since the tournament started in 2004.Ssingo won in 2015 and Buddu in the following year.Gomba has won the championship a record four times in 2004 during the inaugural edition, 2009, 2014 and last year (2017).Previous Winners:2017: Gomba2016: Buddu2015: Ssingo2014: Gomba2013: Mawokota2012: Bulemeezi2011: Buluuli2010: Not Held2009: Gomba2008: Kyadondo2007: Mawokota2006: Kooki2005: Mawokota2004: GombaComments Tags: BudduMasaza CupSsingotoplast_img read more

President visit for 20th anniversary celebration of Heritage Programme

first_imgHeritage Officers from around the country attended a reception at Áras an Uachtaráin recently hosted by President Michael D. Higgins to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Heritage Officer Programme.Under the programme, the first Heritage Officers were appointed in Galway City, County Kerry and County Sligo in 1999.County Donegal’s first Heritage Officer was appointed in June 2003 and today there are 27 Heritage Officers nationwide. “The Heritage Officer Programme is a joint initiative between The Heritage Council and local authorities in Ireland,” explained Joseph Gallagher, County Donegal Heritage Officer.“The role of the Heritage Officer is to raise awareness, provide advice, gather data, propose policy and promote best practice in relation to the natural, built and cultural heritage.“In partnership with The Heritage Council and the County Donegal Heritage Forum, the Heritage Officer also oversees the preparation and implementation of the County Donegal Heritage Plan.“The Heritage Council provides part-funding for the role of Heritage Officers in local authorities and for the implementation of County Heritage Plans. “The Heritage Council also provides a continuing professional development training programme for Heritage Officers.”In his address, President Higgins highlighted the role of Heritage Officers: “Communities have benefitted from the work of Heritage Officers and Heritage Council and evidence of that can be seen in every county in Ireland.“There are things that have been protected that would not have been were it not for the actions of local authorities.“I think that [the] Heritage Officer Network will be a fantastic resource and there will be so many things that you can do in partnership, cooperation and community.”Under his stewardship as Minister for Heritage, President Higgins established The Heritage Council in 1995. The Department for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht is in the process of preparing a new National Heritage Plan – Heritage Ireland 2030 – a successor to the first National Heritage Plan adopted in 2002 which provided the basis for County Heritage Plans.“Local authorities and local communities will have a central role to play in the implementation of the new National Heritage Plan.Speaking at the reception, Michael Parsons, Chairman of the Heritage Council Board, said: “The President has called us here to celebrate 20 years of high achievement by our County Heritage Officers.“Their work, in leading at a county level, to promote and safeguard our heritage deserves our admiration, respect and support.” If you would like to find out more about the work of the County Donegal Heritage Office, Donegal County Council, see www.donegalcoco.ie/heritagePresident visit for 20th anniversary celebration of Heritage Programme was last modified: November 12th, 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)last_img read more

New logo to unite Brand South Africa

first_img23 November 2009 South Africa’s Cabinet has approved a new international marketing logo for the country. Inspired by the South African flag but evolved into a “trade-markable” form, the new logo is distinctive, dynamic and energetic, and stands out within its competitive environment. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “This is a culmination of a comprehensive process of consultation among provinces, cities and national departments to align around one brand positioning and a single identity on the international stage,” the International Marketing Council, custodian of Brand South Africa, said in a statement last week. Initiated and driven by the International Marketing Council (IMC), the logo’s development costs “will be quickly offset by the combined impact of previously separate branding initiatives. “The purpose of brand alignment is to avoid brand dilution when various South African entities market themselves internationally using different logos,” the IMC said. “The intention is rather to combine the country’s various marketing efforts in order to enhance South Africa’s global competitiveness with regard to tourism, sports, arts and culture, trade and investment.” The new logo does not replace the government coat of arms or other institutional logos, but is purely for the purpose of country marketing initiatives. Its roll-out will be facilitated by an easy-to-use, do-it-yourself manual that will be freely available to anyone mandated to market South Africa internationally. At the same time, stocks of existing marketing “have been carefully managed in order to ensure a smooth and cost-effective transition,” the IMC said. The new logo “builds on a renewed era in collaborative nation branding, and is timed to take maximum advantage of the global focus on South Africa in the light of our hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup™. “The marketing of the nation brand of South Africa will be taken to new heights as we work together as Team South Africa, under one logo, to welcome the world to join us in celebrating the first World Cup on African soil.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more