Three Donegal teams are among those shortlisted for the upcoming Young Social Innovators of the Year Awards 2019.Thirty-one teams of student innovators from all over Ireland have been shortlisted to compete for the title of Young Social Innovators of the Year 2019 at a national finale to be held in Croke Park on Wednesday 15th May.Donegal Finalists 2019: Rosses Community Schoool, Dungloe, Co. Donegal” – “Addicted to SMOG”Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal – “Friends of Conall”Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal – “Heart 2 Heart”Announcing the shortlist, Rachel Collier, CEO said: “It is wonderful to see such a wide range of issues being tackled by this year’s finalists.“This generation of young people are very aware of the issues affecting young people and local communities and they are demonstrating a real commitment to being part of the solution; this year alone, 157,000 hours in volunteering was carried out by teenagers engaged in our programmes.Young Social Innovators gives young people an opportunity to use their insights, passion and creativity to tackle the issues they feel are important and to help contribute towards creating a better future for all of us .”21.03.19. Sligo. Young Social Innovators Speak Out Tour 2019. Photo by Aileen O’Hagan.The high impact innovations, developed by young people to address an identified social need, were shortlisted from over 370 initial entries. Youth mental health, climate change, plastic pollution, sexual consent, dementia awareness, community regeneration, loneliness and isolation, and technology addiction are just some of the issues that have been tackled by this year’s finalists.At the Young Social Innovators Awards, shortlisted teams will present their projects to judging panels and compete for awards in a number of categories as well as the coveted Gold, Silver and Bronze national titles.Concerned about the overuse of technology and its link to anxiety among young people, the ‘Addicted to SMOG team from Rosses Community School embarked on an innovative initiative to educate children and parents.21.03.19. Sligo. Young Social Innovators Speak Out Tour 2019. Photo by Aileen O’Hagan.A children’s storybook for primary school students was just one of the creative responses by this shortlisted team.Students from Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny have two teams shortlisted for the Awards. These focussed on promoting heart health in the community as well as campaigning for the educational rights of a small child named Conall who has complex medical needs. The team are campaigning to secure a qualified nursing position in the primary school that Conall soon hopes to attend.Over 6,000 teenagers from all over Ireland took part in Young Social Innovators this year creating and implementing innovative solutions to social issues facing communities and wider society.Donegal Teens Shortlisted for Young Social Innovators of the Year Awards was last modified: April 29th, 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)
Top model Lerato Moloi is one of South Africa’s most recognisable faces. Lerato with Sebastian Clifton-Welker from Elizabeth Arden’s global marketing team (left) and Barbara Shepherd, the GM of Elizabeth Arden South Africa. Images: Elizabeth Arden)Khanyi Magubane One of South Africa’s top models and business entrepreneur Lerato Moloi, has clinched a lucrative deal with Elizabeth Arden, one of the world’s leading cosmetics houses.Moloi has broken new ground as Elizabeth Arden’s very first black face to represent the brand.She joins top Hollywood actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, who’s the global face and spokesperson of the group.Talking about her recent ascension to the top of the cosmetic product endorsement world, Moloi could hardly contain her excitement. “It is an honour to be considered the only other [than Zeta-Jones] face of Elizabeth Arden.”The leggy 26-year old will represent the cosmetic brand in South Africa.In addition to producing Elizabeth Arden’s first black face, South Africa is also the only country to have its own local face and ambassador for the brand. Advertising campaigns and magazine covers with Moloi’s face are due to hit the shelves from next week. She has described her role, as the ambassador of Arden’s new line of products aimed specifically at black women, as dispelling the myth that “black don’t crack”. The saying basically purports that black skin is immune to ageing and skin cancer – a bit of conventional wisdom that is completely false.The cosmetic company says they were looking for a woman that embodies the unique qualities of South Africa.Moloi, according to Elizabeth Arden, exudes confidence, beauty and strength of character, “As a confident young woman who believes beauty radiates from within, Lerato epitomizes a company that has been making women feel beautiful for almost a century,” says Barbara Shepherd, General Manager of Elizabeth Arden South Africa. “She not only represents the beauty element of the brand but also embodies its core values. Lerato is an aspiring businesswoman, proud wife and mother. She is passionate about educating women to look after their skin – especially in our harsh climate where UV protection is vital.”Speaking of her appointment, Moloi said, “Being chosen as spokesperson for Elizabeth Arden South Africa is an honour. Ms Arden was a visionary and champion of total beauty, believing that beauty begins with healthy, beautiful skin. I am looking forward to my role as skincare and beauty educator.”Elizabeth Arden spokesperson in South Africa Inge Ferreira said South Africa was an obvious choice, as it has great growth prospects for the cosmetics industry, “South Africa ranks second only to China in its growth potential for global cosmetics sales,” she said.Moloi is the third face to represent products aimed at black skins for international brands. Actress and businesswoman Connie Ferguson is the face of Garnier, while actress Terry Pheto, of the famed Oscar-winning film Tsotsi, represents L’Oreal.Lerato Moloi is one of the country’s most recognisable faces. In 2000 she made international news when she was turned away from a New York modelling agency, which told her that she was “too fat” to be a model in the cut-throat American industry.Speaking to BBC News, Moloi was not fazed about her figure after the experience.“It’s a problem that has been going on for decades but the designers still use [underweight girls] because they can – and they will as long as they have a clientele that prefer it,” she said. “At the end of the day, it’s the designers’ prerogative.”In 2002, she became a finalist in the M-Net Face of Africa beauty contest.Her modeling career started in 1999, when she was just 17. Her first shoot was an editorial for ELLE magazine, which was followed by a fashion show at the prestigious for top South African designer, Julian. Moloi has worked in a number of countries including Australia, New York, Cameroon, Nigeria, China and London. She has participated in SA Fashion Week for the past 8 years for some of the South Africa’s top labels including Stoned Cherrie, Hip Hop, Sun Goodess, Julian and Clive Rundle.Her work also includes several TV and radio commercials as well as a cameo role on a local soapie. Representing a solid brandIn existence for 99 years, Elizabeth Arden has remained a strong cosmetic brand around the world.With operations primarily in the United States, the UK, Canada, Australia and Spain, the firm specialises not only in skin care and make-up, but in fragrances too. It has a broad portfolio of brands, as it owns, licenses and distributes more than 300 fragrances to both mass and mid-sized retailers.A number of top celebrities around the world have partnered with Elizabeth Arden to producer their own fragrances. These include singer Mariah Carey, actress Hilary Duff, singer Britney Spears and writer Danielle Steel as well as veteran screen siren Elizabeth Taylor.Related ArticlesTerry Pheto is worth it Miss World returns to SA Useful LinksHeads modelsElizabeth Arden read more
7 March 2014Chief Electoral Officer Mosotho Moepya has certified South Africa’s voters’ roll, setting the stage for 25.3-million (25 390 150) voters to cast their ballots in the country’s national and provincial elections on 7 May, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announced on Thursday.This is 2.2-million more voters (a 9.5% increase) than were on the voters’ roll for the 2009 national and provincial elections, and 7.2-million (a 39.72% increase) more than were on the voters’ roll when it was established for the first time for South Africa’s 1999 elections.According to the IEC, the voters’ roll reflects a total of 80.80% of registered voters when compared against the country’s estimated voting age population. In comparison, registration levels stood at 80% in 1999, 84.6% in 2004 and 84.07% in 2009.An analysis of the voters’ roll shows that South Africa is still a relatively young population, with 49.57% of registered voters under 40 years old. The biggest segment of voters is those aged 30-39 (6.18-million), followed by 20- to 29-year-olds (5.7-million) and 40- to 49-year-olds (5-million).Women make up 54.9% of the voters’ roll, outnumbering men (45.1%) by 13.94-million to 11.45-million.“Gauteng province has the highest number of voters with just over 6-million, followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 5.1-million, the Eastern Cape with 3.24-million and the Western Cape with 2.9-million,” the IEC said. Between them, these four provinces make up almost 68% of South Africa’s voters.A glance at the changing pattern of the voters’ roll over the years shows a continuing migration of South Africans from rural areas to the country’s major centres.“The biggest increase in voter numbers over the past 15 years has come in the provinces of Gauteng (up 1.9-million), KwaZulu-Natal (up 1.67-million) and Western Cape (up 1-million),” the IEC said. The smallest increase came from North West province, which has grown by just 141 677 voters since 1999.The certified voters’ roll is available for inspection at all IEC offices around the country. Voters can check their registration details by SMSing their ID number to 32810 (at a cost of R1).SAinfo reporter read more
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2019 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour kicks off Monday for its 27th year of taking a look at the nation’s crops through boots on the ground work. And with the delayed planting season for much of the corn belt, Pro Farmer Editor Brian Grete says this year is sure to be an interesting one, especially for the eastern leg of the crop tour.“I think the eastern corn belt is obviously the major issue this year. Areas of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois really struggled. We are going to see crops like we have never seen before. With that said, it’s also not a barren wasteland across all that area. There will be crops to sample, we will sample them,” he said.The eastern leg starts the week by traveling west from Columbus, Ohio to central Indiana, an area hit hard with prevented plant acreage.Grete says the big unknown in this year’s tour is crop maturity. As one farmer put it, the calendar says it’s mid-August, but the crops in the eastern corn belt tell us it’s mid-July.USDA National Agricultural Statistic Service’s Crops Branch Chief Lance Honig is also tagging along – Grete says it’s a testament to the tour’s impact.Follow along with what the scouts are seeing this week at ohioagnet.com with Ohio Ag Net reporter Joel Penhorwood along for the ride on the eastern leg, thanks to AgXplore. read more
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, under observation at the VVIP ward of the state-run Goa Medical College (GMC) hospital since Sunday evening, has shown improvement in his health, said a senior official of the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) on Tuesday. He said Mr. Parrikar may be discharged on Wednesday morning. Mr. Parrikar was admitted to the Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai on February 15 and was being treated for “mild pancreatitis”, the CMO had said earlier.
As the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections draw closer in Odisha, the fate of four prominent politicians of the State — Baijayant Panda, Srikant Jena, Bijoy Mohapatra and Dilip Ray — continues to hang in the balance. Their being not affiliated to any political party at present gives rise to speculation in the Parliamentary and Assembly constituencies where they contested in 2014. Questions such as will they join any party, or contest the upcoming elections as independents, or maybe not enter the fray at all continue to be raised in public sphere.Mr. Panda, who quit the ruling BJD in May last year — four months after he was suspended from the primary membership of the party for “anti-party” activities — continues to visit Kendrapara from where he was elected to the Lok Sabha in 2009 and 2014 elections.Criticism continuesAlthough Mr. Panda continues to be critical of the State government on social media, he has not been able to make up his mind about joining any other party till date. No one knows whether he will join the BJP or the Congress or contest from Kendrapara or any other constituency as an independent candidate with the support of either of the two national parties.Political analysts are keeping their fingers crossed when it comes to predicting the next move of former Union Minister Srikant Jena. He has been critical of both the BJD and the Congress since he was expelled from the latter on January 19 on charges of anti-party activities.Similar confusion persists about the political future of former Minister Bijoy Mohapatra and former Rourkela legislator Dilip Ray. Both of them quit the BJP on November 29 last year after they were sidelined by the party. “We can’t be treated as furniture in the party while the rootless talk big and project a larger-than-life image,” they had said in their joint letter to BJP’s national president Amit Shah.Speculation is rife that both Mr. Mohapatra and Mr. Ray, who played a key role in the formation of the BJD in 1997, may join the ruling party. But there is little sign of their making a return to the party so far.Since hectic lobbying has already begun in the BJD, the Congress and the BJP by those aspiring for Lok Sabha and Assembly tickets, the fate of these four leaders may be decided when the nomination paper filing process begins. read more
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rochdale in talks for Man Utd pair Hamilton, Pooleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Ethan Hamilton is in talks with Rochdale.The Daily Mail says Hamilton is in talks over a loan move to League One Rochdale.The 20-year-old Scot has been a regular in Ricky Sbragia’s U23 side and has had interest from Scottish Premiership clubs.However, United see a spell at League One Rochdale, under manager Keith Hill, as being good for his football education.Rochdale had also expressed interest in United defender Regan Poole, as have Newport County.
Liverpool boss Klopp wants to keep hold of Milnerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants to keep hold of James Milner.The veteran is out of contract next June but his future has been put into sharper perspective as he will be free to speak in January.Klopp said, “He is incredibly important for us and that is how it is.”It should not be a surprise he is like, this.”It is an important time for him of course and we will see how we deal with that. Nobody is nervous. We are in talks constantly but there is nothing for the public at the moment.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ex-Man Utd boss Mourinho shuts down Serie A talkby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has ruled out a return to Italy.Mourinho has not had a job in football since he was sacked as Manchester United’s chief last December.The three-time Premier League winner enjoyed one of the most impressive two seasons of his career at Inter Milan.”My future? I don’t think it will be in Italy,” he said on Italian TV show Tiki Taka.”Inter is my home, my family. [Massimo] Moratti is a friend, my president. The story of the treble was fantastic.”After [the final in] Madrid, if I returned to San Siro to celebrate, I would never leave Inter. When you say goodbye to a family it’s a hard thing to deal with. “That night I already knew I was leaving, I couldn’t say no to Real Madrid for the third time.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say read more
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid striker Morata disappointed with Spain snubby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata has admitted some disappointment at being ignored by Spain coach Robert Moreno.Morata was speaking after their 0-0 draw with Real Valladolid.He said, “I was hoping to see myself there. “If he thinks I shouldn’t be there, it will be for something. I must work to do well with my team and reach the National Team.” On Atleti’s season so far, Morata added: “We are fine, it is not easy, LaLiga is more difficult than a few years ago. If we continue along this line we will be go up.”