FIFA will raise the prize money for the Women‘s World Cup from $15 million to $30 million starting with next year’s edition in France, president Gianni Infantino announced on Friday, though critics immediately said the increase was not enough.Following a FIFA council meeting in Rwanda, the Swiss-Italian also said that $20 million would be made available for pre-tournament preparations, meaning that $50 million in total would be allocated across the 24 participating nations.The prize money is double the amount awarded in the 2015 World Cup in Canada and for the first time clubs will be rewarded for their players taking part in the tournament, as is the case in the men’s edition.“It’s a very important message for women‘s football. It will certainly boost this World Cup even more,” Infantino told a news conference.However, global footballers’ union FIFpro said the changes were not enough to redress the inequality between men’s and women‘s football worldwide.“FIFPro notes the willingness of FIFA to increase prize money for the Women‘s World Cup and make structural improvements to support women’s football. However, despite these changes football remains even further from the goal of equality for all World Cup players regardless of gender,” a FIFpro statement said.“In reality, the changes actually signify an increase in the gap between men’s and women’s prize money. This regressive trend appears to contravene FIFA’s statutory commitment to gender equality.“We strongly support our members, women‘s national-team players in multiple countries, who have written to FIFA in recent days expressing their dismay about the distribution of prize money.”Players’ unions in Australia, Norway, Sweden and New Zealand had written to world soccer’s governing body to protest that even with women‘s prize money being doubled, the rewards in the men’s game still dwarf the new amounts.The total prize money for this year’s men’s World Cup in Russia was $400m, with champions France receiving $38m.The letter from Australia’s PFA argued: “For the group stage alone, Socceroos players have shared $2.4 million for the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, while the Matildas will only share $0.225 million, less than 10 percent.“If the Matildas are to become World Champions, they will only receive 50 percent of what the Socceroos received for qualifying for Russia.”U.S. women, the world’s most successful squad and winners of three of the seven Women‘s World Cups, also called for an increase in prize money.“The USWNT Players Association is thankful for the women and men who tirelessly work on a daily basis to advance women’s football within institutions like FIFA and U.S. Soccer, as well as within fellow unions like FIFPro and its members,” it said in a statement.“The common objective of all these institutions – both management and labour – is ultimately to grow the game. Substantial investment is required to overcome generations of inequality and discrimination in the women‘s game, to make football the world’s preeminent sport for womenand girls.“We are committed to … have continuous dialogue around how FIFA and U.S. Soccer can fulfil their respective statutory obligations of gender equality, including the prize money for the 2019 World Cup, which is an area we feel immediate and impactful investment can be made.”Infantino said that FIFA was committed to consistently increasing investment and cited the launch of a new strategy for women‘s football earlier this month which included plans to strengthen the game in all 211 member associations.“Clearly… we want to invest more and earmark more for women‘s football and not only for the best 24 teams in the world who play the World Cup, for which we have increased significantly the allocations and prize monies, but we have a duty to do so all over the world,” he said.“Also in these regulations there are specific requirements for all associations in the world that in order to receive the necessary grants they have to organise women‘s competitions, otherwise they don’t receive these grants.”
Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard LATEST STORIES LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists UST professor Faye Martel shared on Facebook that both the Thomasian and Atenean communities are raising funds to help get the parents of Golden Tigresses Cherry Rondina, Dimdim Pacres, and Alina Bicar to Manila to be in attendance for the rest of the series.“Part of our drive is also to give the parents the pocket money they will need to make sure their visit would be memorable,” posted Martel in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Volleyball has done great things! Wherever we are, let’s help each other for the sake of these who will eventually become the faces of Philippine volleyball.”Rondina and Pacres’ parents are in Cebu while Bicar’s are in Samar and all can still watch their children for the remainder of series after UST won Game 1, 25-17, 25-16, 25-20, Saturday. Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Willing sponsors can deposit the funds through Adrian Gabriel Chan Babista in both BPI and BDO.The bank details are as follows:BPI CommercialAdrian Gabriel Chan BabistaSavings Account No. 4179463224Banco De OroAdrian Gabriel Chan BabistaSavings Account No. 010860028763“Kami po ay buong pusong nagpapasalamat sa lahat ng mga tumutulong!” posted Martel.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Sports really does bring people together.University of Santo Tomas and Ateneo are playing in the finals series of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament but supporters of both schools are working together for a kind gesture.ADVERTISEMENT Rondina-Laure duo remind UST icon Balse of herself and Bernal The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30Volunteers spread Christmas cheer to migrant children00:50Trending Articles02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption
A letter addressed to the Liberian Senate recently by the Deputy Minister for Fiscal Affairs of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, Dr. James F. Kollie, has thrown members of that body into frenzy and they have promptly ordered Kollie and his boss, Minister Amara Konneh, to appear before plenary tomorrow Tuesday, February 2, for possible contempt hearing.In the letter dated January 21, Dr. Kollie among other things told the Senate that due to the urgency to complete processing allotments for the 3rd quarter of the fiscal year his Ministry was requesting a prompt response with information on “how adjustment should be distributed in their budget.” Minister Kollie then threw the killer blow by telling the lawmakers that “if you do not respond with regard to said distribution by 4 p. m. on Wednesday, January 27, we will use our discretion to reallocate the amount appropriately and proceed with the processing of the allotment for the remainder of the 3rd quarter.”That statement plunged the Senate Chambers into an uproar of disbelief that a junior member of the Executive Branch was issuing an ultimatum to the first branch of power that has the Constitutional mandate to approve budgetary appropriations.River Gee Senator Conmany Wesseh did not mince his words when he told his colleagues that Kollie needs to seek assistance whenever he intends to communicate with senior officials of government. “How in the first place can a junior official write the highest body of the Legislature with such words,” Wesseh wondered.Some Senators demanded the immediate appearance before them of the two Ministers if it meant that they had to wait for the whole day while others suggested that Konneh and his deputy appear Tuesday with all relevant documents.Some described the letter as an insult and an attempt to usurp the functions of the Legislature. “It is an affront to this body and he (Kollie) needs to appear with his boss to tell us where he received his authority to dictate the function that is allotted to us.” In his letter Kollie informed the Senators that after a careful review and analysis of the impact of the global economic downturn on the economy, the revenue forecast for FY2015/2016 had been revised downward.The decline in the prices of iron ore, rubber, etc, and the recovery from the Ebola crisis, according to Minister Kollie, had significantly impacted the broader economy and the country’s fiscal position.Kollie said strategies were being deployed such as enhancing domestic resource mobilization, improving tax administration procedures, improvement in the business environment and accelerating government’s efforts in meeting disbursement triggers for full realization of external budget support. However “it still remains an extreme imperative that we employ austerity measures to cut back public spending by US$69.9 million,” he maintained.Deputy Minister Kollie however informed lawmakers that efforts have been made to protect spending on compensation, debt payment and social benefits, as well as funding national priority projects and spending on programs in the health, and education sectors.“In the light of these developments, we would like to inform you that subject to Legislative endorsement, your revised recurrent appropriation for FY2015/16 is now set at US$14,043,570, down from US$15,306,416. For additional clarity, please note that this new ceiling reflects projected Government of Liberia funds and include the US$7,756,575 that has already been allotted to you, as at December 31, 2015”“Therefore,” the letter continued, “only US$6, 286,995 will be available to support your entity’s activities for the remainder of the fiscal year (January to June). Although the provided amount may be less than the amount required to accomplish your entity’s objectives, we suggest that you carefully review your priorities and employ innovative means to efficiently allocate the recommended appropriation among those priorities that will assist Government in reducing poverty.”Concluding, Kollie reminded them of the obligation of each government entity to submit a copy of its FY2015/16 second quarter Budget Performance report by January 15, 2016, now two weeks past due.Due to its importance Plenary agreed that the issue of the letter will be the only matter on the agenda for Tuesday’s sitting.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Guyana has made significant strides in our efforts for regional aviation security integration and collaboration, as the aviation sector plays a critical role in facilitating connectivity, trade, commerce and tourism.Compared to the rest of the world, Guyana’s aviation sector remains small; however, Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette Ferguson earlier this year assured that in ‘setting the stage’ for a robust aviation sector, there were plans to ensure better compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).Towards this end, Finance Minister Winston Jordan, in his 2017 Budget presentation, had announced that an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system and an Air Traffic Control simulator were procured in 2016. These facilities, he assured, will enhance the country’s capacity to manage our airspace, while aiding in our quest to attain the ICAO Category One compliance, a key requirement for establishing direct routes to more destinations.In addition, Guyana’s partnership with the Caribbean Aviation Safety and Security Oversight System (CASSOS) is expected to raise the nation’s ICAO compliance.The purpose of International Civil Aviation Day is to help generate and reinforce worldwide awareness of the importance of international civil aviation to the social and economic development of States, and of the unique role of ICAO in helping States to cooperate and realise a truly global rapid transit network at the service of all mankind.As the United Nations and world nations have now adopted Agenda 2030, and embarked on a new era in global sustainable development, the importance of aviation as an engine of global connectivity has never been more relevant to the Chicago Convention’s objectives to look to international flight as a fundamental enabler of global peace and prosperity.Every five years, coinciding with ICAO anniversaries, the ICAO Council establishes a special anniversary theme for International Civil Aviation Day. Between these anniversary years, Council representatives select a single theme for the full four-year intervening period.For 2015-2018, the Council has selected the following theme: “Working Together to Ensure No Country is Left Behind”.The campaign highlights ICAO’s efforts to assist States in implementing ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs). The main goal of this work is to help ensure that SARP implementation is better harmonised globally so that all States have access to the significant socio-economic benefits of safe and reliable air transport and can address safety, security and emissions-related issues. In 1944, delegates from 54 nations gathered in the Grand Ballroom of the Stevens Hotel in Chicago at the invitation of the United States of America.At this event, the participants concluded and signed the Convention on International Civil Aviation, also known more popularly as the ‘Chicago Convention’, the defining international agreement which has since permitted the global civil aviation system to develop peacefully and in a manner benefiting all peoples and nations of the world.International Civil Aviation Day was established in 1994 as part of ICAO’s 50th anniversary activities. In 1996, pursuant to an ICAO initiative and with the assistance of the Canadian Government, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/51/33, which officially recognised December 7 as International Civil Aviation Day in the UN system.Further, the General Assembly urged Governments as well as relevant national, regional, international and intergovernmental organisations to take appropriate steps to observe International Civil Aviation Day.The day is still celebrated around the world for the people of the aviation community like ATC (air traffic control); airport management; airlines and, of course, the aircraft themselves. This day also celebrates dangerous flights like QF32 and others that were in disaster but the pilots and crew managed to save the passengers and most of the plane, as well as the terror of the 9/11 event and the world’s worst plane to plane collision involving a KLM 747 and a Pan Am 747 at Schiphol airport, Amsterdam.Countries are urged to celebrate for CASA, FAA, NTSB, ASTB and other aviation safety regulators and investigators around the world so that today’s aviation stays much safer than it was.
Dear Editor,Following your publication earlier this week of my missive regarding frequent traffic chaos and obstruction within proximity of the Turkeyen Police Station, I had a brief conversation with a female Police rank stationed there.She was seen at about 07:45h two days after your publication, desperately trying to chase a stud of about 7 horses from congregating in front of the Turkeyen Police Station on the busy ‘D’ Field access road.I was heartened by her fearless and valiant effort. Most females would be petrified at the prospect of what such huge animals could do if agitated, much less try to chase them. In complementing her, I suggested that the horses needed to be impounded, since their usually obstructive presence along the roadway is hazardous to motorists and pedestrians alike (particularly small children making their way to and from school).The Police officer responded affirmatively, but conceded that the Police Station has no pound.This is a perfect example of the need for resource allocation and capacity building, as well as collaboration by such agencies as the City Council or Neighbourhood Democratic Council and the Animal Protection advocates in supporting the Police’s efforts to maintain law and public order on the roadway.In my earlier writing, I inadvertently omitted concerns about the prevalence of these types of animals on the roadway. Their presence contributes significantly to the mix of impairment to road-users’ safety in the South Turkeyen area. I know that some readers may consider me selfish for writing solely about this problem in South Turkeyen, since there are other communities where this trend prevails. However, they can write as well, or even take action if so persuaded.The practice of whoever owns those horses, as well as another group that routinely congregate on the A-field section of Dennis Street opposite the Beepat’s Wholesale Bond seems to be getting completely out of hand.About a year ago, one of the horses from that stud on Dennis Street leapt onto the car of someone I know, damaging the bonnet and shattering the front windscreen. The gentleman made an initial Police report, but was subsequently burdened with the expense of repairs to his car, since the horse’s owner became a slippery eel, and the matter died with the passage of time.Once again, I trust that the relevant authorities will take note, as well as appropriate steps to curb this evolving hazardous situation in the South Turkeyen/ Pattensen/Sophia community. The impounding of those animals that pose threats to public safely and the instituting of consequent fines or auctions against their owners could be a timely source of revenue earning for the Neighborhood Council.Sincerely,Orette Cutting
0Shares0000LONDON, January 11 – David Moyes is adamant he still retains the support of Manchester United’s players as the pressure mounts on the under-fire Old Trafford boss.Moyes endured a miserable start to his United reign after succeeding Alex Ferguson in July and the new year has brought further troubles for the Premier League champions. Having been beaten by Tottenham in the league and Sunderland in the League Cup, either side of last Sunday’s FA Cup defeat by Swansea, United have lost their first three games of the year for the first time since 1932.The defeat by Spurs left Moyes’ side 11 points behind league leaders Arsenal and critics have started to suggest the tame manner of United’s performances — such a contrast to their spirited efforts under Ferguson when they won the title last season — are a sign that the manager doesn’t have the full support of his squad.However, Moyes insists there are no signs he is losing the dressing room.“I don’t think any of the Manchester United players are (hiding),” he said ahead of Saturday’s rematch with Swansea.“Every one of them is standing up and doing what they can.“You can never ask anyone to do more than their best and the players here are doing that.”With leaders Arsenal not in action until Monday, when they visit Aston Villa, third-placed Chelsea can take over at the top of the standings by winning at Hull City in Saturday’s early fixture.Last season’s Europa League winners have yet to capture the imagination in this campaign, but midfielder John obi Mikel believes that manager Jose Mourinho’s exacting methods are beginning to bear fruit.“He always wants us to play in a certain way and give 110 percent,” Mikel said. “If you don’t, you’re out.“You can see by the way we press up the pitch. That is important for the team and we’re doing well.”This weekend’s games are the reverse fixtures from the season’s first round of matches.While Arsenal’s 3-1 capitulation at home to Villa on the opening day seems a long time ago, Manchester City continue to look every bit as impressive as they did in their 4-0 victory over Newcastle United on August 19.Manuel Pellegrini’s side continued their astonishing home form by destroying West Ham United 6-0 in the League Cup on Wednesday and they will also have designs on leapfrogging Arsenal when they visit Newcastle on Sunday.City have now scored 92 goals in all competitions, just one less than they managed in the entirety of the 2012-13 campaign, but midfielder Javi Garcia says that they must keep their feet on the ground.“I think this season we can win a lot of trophies, but we have to keep working like this,” he said.“The most important thing for us is that the players keep working, because we have so many games. This is the way we have to keep going.”West Ham have conceded 11 goals in two games, having previously lost 5-0 at Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup, and find themselves second from bottom in the league table ahead of Saturday’s trip to Cardiff City.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be taking charge of his first home game as Cardiff manager, after masterminding a 2-1 win at Newcastle in the FA Cup last weekend in his first match at the helm.Buoyed by the mid-week success over Manchester United in their League Cup semi-final first leg, bottom club Sunderland will hope to bridge the four-point gap that separates them from safety when they visit fifth-bottom Fulham on Saturday.Third-bottom Crystal Palace, meanwhile, face Tottenham, who have climbed to sixth on the back of a four-game unbeaten run under rookie manager Tim Sherwood.“Tim’s got the potential to go on and be a top manager, without a question of a doubt,” said Palace manager Tony Pulis.Another club with a new boss are West Bromwich Albion, who have appointed Spaniard Pepe Mel as head coach, although caretaker Keith Downing will remain in charge for Saturday’s trip to Southampton.FixturesSaturday (1500 GMT unless otherwise stated):Cardiff City v West Ham United, Everton v Norwich City, Fulham v Sunderland, Hull City v Chelsea (1245 GMT), Manchester United v Swansea City (1730 GMT), Southampton v West Bromwich Albion, Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal PalaceSunday:Newcastle United v Manchester City (1405 GMT), Stoke City v Liverpool (1610 GMT)Monday (2000 GMT):Aston Villa v Arsenal0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
“We do a good job in promoting special events, but a lot of people don’t know how to access the parks or how to file complaints. And we have a department that believes if there are no complaints, everything must be OK.” Mukri, who took over as general manager less than two years ago, said he didn’t dispute the findings and is determining how to undertake a needs assessment. “We have hired a consultant to help us develop a template we can use to assess what we have and what we need,” Mukri said. “Part of what she’s pointing out is the changing demographics of the city and how we need to respond to that.” The department currently operates 390 parks, 372 children’s play areas, 306 sports fields, 287 tennis courts, 176 recreation centers, 59 swimming pools, 30 senior centers, 24 child-care centers, 13 golf courses, nine dog parks, seven museums and two beaches. Mukri said he also agrees with Chick that a more centralized operation is needed, but said a high staff turnover rate has come amid years of hiring freezes. “We have a 25 percent vacancy rate in some areas and we need to develop a cadre of professional parks people,” said Mukri, who added that he has asked Chick to help set priorities for the department. Chick’s final audit of the department – reviewing facility maintenance – is scheduled to be released next week. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 firstname.lastname@example.org RECREATION AND PARKS AUDIT Here are key recommendations of City Controller Laura Chick: Conduct an updated needs assessment of recreation services. Review services to ensure equity around the city. Provide employees with more community-outreach training. Address safety concerns in parks. Maximize joint-use agreements with the Los Angeles Unified School District. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The agency that runs hundreds of Los Angeles parks and recreation centers needs to review its programs to determine if they’re what the public actually wants, City Controller Laura Chick said in an audit released Thursday. “It’s somewhat embarrassing to say I went in here to try to look at how we are doing and I can’t say that we know,” Chick said in releasing the second of three audits of the City Recreation and Parks Department. “There hasn’t been a needs assessment done in more than six years, and what we do see is a great disparity in services throughout the city. “There are some areas where the parks are widely used and have a great deal of public support, and there are others that are almost ignored,” she said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The audit comes two months after Chick reviewed the department’s finances and found it charged inconsistent fees and was holding $21.5 million in a fund for unclear reasons. Chick said the department’s current general manager, Jon Kirk Mukri, inherited many of the problems but that some improvements can be made immediately, such as developing a citywide approach to park services and reassessing neighborhoods’ needs. “I don’t think this is something that can be left to individual City Council districts because we need a citywide approach,” Chick said. “Council members can play an important role in advising the department on what their needs are.” Chick’s audit also noted a vast disparity in services across the city, with poorer and more densely populated areas having fewer facilities and programs. “We also find the department is doing a poor job in outreach – in explaining to people what programs are available all the time,” Chick said.
Letterkenny Town Council has granted planning permission for a third level sports college in the town.The campus will be located at the old UNIFI textile plant at Kiltoy.At first permission had been sought for indoor sporting and changing facilities but the application was changed to include lecture theatres, a library, a gymnasium and a lab. Letterkenny Town Council has granted permission for the revised project in recent days.It is also understood that Donegal GAA senior team manager Jim McGuinness is a key figure in the proposed project.The application to Letterkenny Town Council was made by Dublin-based company MCR Personnel.IT is understood the site on which the new college will be built will be leased from its current owners Emley Developments Ltd. When opened, it is believed the college will cater for up to 450 students. LETTERKENNY TOWN COUNCIL GIVES GREEN LIGHT FOR NEW SPORTS COLLEGE was last modified: February 13th, 2012 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:Jim McGuinnessLetterkenny Town CouncilSPORTS COLLEGEUNIFI
Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card LATEST Steven Gerrard has admitted he is ‘almost jealous’ of the current Liverpool squad being able to work with Jurgen Klopp.Gerrard left Liverpool five months before the German succeeded Brendan Rodgers at the helm of the Anfield club. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City huge blow Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ no dice The former midfielder then spent a year-and-a-half in the MLS with La Galaxy before he swiftly began coaching the Liverpool Under-18s, where he was in close contact with Klopp.And Gerrard, who is now in charge of Rangers, has revealed he still occasionally calls on the German for advice and is almost jealous of the Reds stars working under the German.Speaking as part of a Channel 4 documentary this week, he said: “I’ve had many sit-downs with him. He’s an open book—he invites me into his office—I’m incredibly lucky and blessed I do get that invite.“And the thing I take away is: imagine playing for him. REVEALED Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Getty gameday cracker “I wasn’t lucky enough to play for Jurgen Klopp. Probably too old, just missed the boat if you like. But I’m almost jealous of the Liverpool players.“I come out of his office after a sit-down, and when I walk out of the training ground I actually want to walk back in and sit with him.“I want to put a kit on and play for them, and run for them and run hard. He’s infectious, he inspires you.”Gerrard also continued to say a huge factor in Klopp’s success at Liverpool is his leadership and personality. 2 Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star REPLY Gerrard has heaped praise on Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS deals 2 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REAL DEAL Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won tense shining Gerrard had a solid first season in charge at Ibrox “The one thing that I’d say is his major strength is his personality,” he continued.“The majority of people only see him on camera, and they they talk about this personality.“This is a special personality, it’s an infectious character to be around.“He makes you feel special and wanted, and welcome. That’s the reason why the players are doing it for him. Because of this infectious personality.“He’s a man that you’ll want to see succeed in the game.“I think the Liverpool supporters, the fans, the people, the city, the players—Jurgen’s got that connection with them. It’s something special to see.”TUNE IN! Listen to LIVE commentary of the Champions League final on talkSPORT
A total prize fund of €7,000 and a chance to compete in the national finals is up for grabs for Donegal businesses in this year’s Donegal Enterprise Awards, and entries to the competition are now open.However, previous awards winners have insisted that it’s not just the prize fund – but the positive spin-off afterwards – that has really paid dividends for their businesses.Road maintenance company RoadTeam Ltd provide cost-effective alternative road maintenance solutions and having scooped the innovation award in 2010, they went one better in 2013 when they took the overall prize. That proved to be a major benefit for the company says Adrian Britton, who explained that RoadTeam secured new business on the back of their success.“We tendered for work in Aberdeenshire and we hadn’t worked with these people before. When they saw on our website that we had won the overall award in the Donegal Enterprise Awards, they gave us the contract.”Adrian, has encouraged small businesses in Donegal to enter the 2017 awards, and insisted taking part in the competition is a superb learning experience and one that is of immense benefit.“The awards gave us a real focus on the business side of things and we had everything in order for 2013 when we won the overall prize, but the process has taught us how important it is to keep a focus on the business.” Joe Bonnar Metal Crafts Ltd – who export their high-quality bespoke metal products all over the world – were winners of the Best Established Business category in the 2016 Donegal Enterprise Awards and Mark Patton agreed that taking part in the competition really gave them focus.“Honestly, I’d say like a lot of businesses probably think, when the awards came up last year I thought we just didn’t have the time to be entering them. We were so busy, but having been through the process I am really glad that we did.Once we committed to entering it did give us the jolt we needed to look at the business and the whole process gave us a lot of confidence and renewed self-belief.”Mark said that their company had never really engaged with the Local Enterprise Office until a few years ago and he also urged businesses to consider entering the awards.“I know that the awards are open to all small businesses, not just ones that currently engage with the LEO and I really would recommend to any business to make sure they enter and to engage with Donegal Local Enterprise Office. We hadn’t done that until just around two years ago, but since then the assistance, the sharing of information and the tips on day to day running of the business we have got, have all been priceless.Winning the award, was the icing on the cake for us. It was great in terms of the publicity we got and it was a great boost for our staff, great reward for all their hard work.”Gina Witherow of Donegal English Language School was also thrilled to have won the prize in the Best Established Business category when they entered the awards in 2015.“A lot of work went into the application, but I found it really rewarding. It’s a great process to sit back on reflect on where you are in the business and also to give yourself a pat on the back to say well done for all that hard work.” The 2017 Donegal Enterprise Awards competition is open to all business sectors in Donegal employing less than 50 full-time staff, with the exception of previous county winners who are not eligible to enter. A business does not need to have had any previous contact with the Local Enterprise Office to enter the awards.This year’s competition will see awards presented in the following categories:• Overall Winner• Best Established Business• Best Start Up Business (18 months or less)• Innovation AwardFrom these a representative will be chosen to represent Donegal at the National Enterprise Awards Final.The application form, guidelines for the judging criteria, marking system and competition guidelines are all available to download from the Donegal Local Enterprise Office website:https://www.localenterprise.ie/Donegal/Training-Events/Donegal-Business-Awards-2017/Your chance to win €7,000 in Enterprise Awards was last modified: January 20th, 2017 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:donegalEnterprise Awards