Swansea prospect off to winning start

first_img1 Matt Grimes Swansea prospect Matt Grimes got his career at his new club off to a winning start after his transfer from Exeter earlier this month.The midfielder played for the Welsh club’s development side on Monday and helped them to a 2-1 home win over QPR.“I was really looking forward to the game and getting 90 minutes under my belt,” he said.“It’s been a month since I last played and there’s nothing better than playing competitive football.“The manager told us that we needed the three points to go back to the top of the league, and we’re delighted to have got the win. We like to keep the ball, press high and that’s exactly how it went.“I’m really enjoying it here so far. There was a lot to take in at first with the intensity of training and the extra gym work, but my body is getting used to it and I can’t wait to push on.”last_img read more

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My Donegal – with Mental Health Nurse and blogger Shane McDermott

first_imgShane McDermott is a Mental Health Nurse (graduate of LYIT) based in Letterkenny and Stay at Home Dad to his daughter Sally who has anaphylactic allergies to milk and egg. He is also a Parent Blogger at www.dairyallergydad.com and runs his Instagram page @dairyallergydad documenting his daily antics with Sally and their poodle Carlsson. This is Shane’s ‘My Donegal.’Where is your favourite place in Donegal and why? There are so many great places in Donegal but if I had to pick one, it would be Rathmullan. It’s got the beach, the forest, the playground and many good spots to grab a decent coffee. It would seem to have it all. I’m back there nearly every week so it must be good!Where in Donegal do you call home?I am originally from Dublin but I have called Letterkenny my home for the best part of a decade. I may always be considered a blow–in but my daughter Sally was born in LUH so I’m claiming my Donegal Residency that way!Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?It has to be the main man, Packie Bonner. A Donegal/Irish legend who I look up to both figuratively and literally. He’s a big man and I’m 6’3! What do you think is Donegal’s best tourist attraction?Glenveagh National Park has to be one of the highlights of anyone’s trip to the NorthWest. When we have visitors, it’s always the first place we take them. I always brag about how lucky I am to have this amazing place in my back garden. Do you prefer Donegal summers or Donegal winters?Donegal summers by a mile! Our estate often turns into an ice rink in the winter where, if you have anything but a 4×4, you’ll probably end up abandoning your car at the bottom of the hill and walking home.What would you do on your ideal day out in Donegal? I would head straight for Downings for a pack walk on the beach with Sally and the fluffiest poodle in the west, Carlsson. I would then go up for a bite to eat washed down with a pint of Guinness at the Harbour Bar,  looking out over Downings Bay and reflecting on how Donegal is a class the County. That’s how to spend a day!What is your favourite Donegal-made product?I’m all about gut health and the benefits of drinking kombucha and my favourite brand is Synerchi Kombucha, from a local brew-master based in Gweedore. I can’t recommend this stuff enough!Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why? The most prominent Donegal ambassador has to be good oul’ Daniel O’Donnell. My Granny’s all-time favourite musician. A cultural Irish icon! He waved at me once from his 10-foot parade float at the Mary of Dungloe festival. In fairness, I lifted my baby daughter Sally high in the air to get his attention! I even got a thumbs up. Sound man!Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?John O’Donnell. No hesitation. Businessman and now, the Mayor of Letterkenny. Controversial choice but true!Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Packie Bonner again – the man! I might only have been 7 years old but I will never forget that save against Romania in Italia ’90. I was kitted out in the full yellow Goalkeepers kit and I’m pretty sure I fell off the couch as I was celebrating so much. The good oul’ days of Irish football.What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?My favourite place to eat is definitely Wholegreen in Letterkenny. My daughter was diagnosed with a dairy and egg allergy so their vegan options are ideal for our needs. Their cakes are dangerously good too. I usually order two slices just for myself!If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?I would love to see the introduction of one or two more vegan restaurants. I would really love a vegan takeaway for those Friday nights, junk-food cravings.What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?I love the way you can use ‘Hi’ at the beginning or the end of a sentence. You can even use it at both the beginning and end! I was out with my friends from Dublin recently and I came out with, “Hi, its some fine day out there, Hi” They stared at me as if I had two heads! What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?As a Mental Health Nurse and with some element of bias, I consider mental health difficulties to be some of the biggest challenges facing the people of Donegal today. Substance misuse is also a serious and increasing concern and can be a contributory factor in such challenges. With a growing youngster, it plays on my mind. What is your favourite Donegal food?You can get the best scones in Donegal and that’s a fact! I still argue that a scone is pronounced rhyming with ‘cone’ though! This is a contentious matter.Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?This is not centralised to Donegal, but worrying about what others think (especially the neighbours) seems to be a nationwide obsession. Too much time is wasted worrying about what others think. Life is short and we should all be buoying each other up, not taking each other down. Do you have a favourite local band?The Beefsteak Dancers are a fine band and produce some great music and really get the crowd going!If you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?It probably wouldn’t go far but I think it’s horrendous that cancer sufferers often have to endure journeys of up to 5 hours just to receive chemotherapy treatment, elsewhere in the country. I would give anything I had to change this. Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?I’m going with big Packie. Daniel can never match the heroics of Italia ’90. Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of? This is an easy one and is without doubt, my daughter. Donegal is the reason she is here and there is nothing in this world that makes me more proud than Sally. My Donegal – with Mental Health Nurse and blogger Shane McDermott was last modified: August 13th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

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GMSA unveils R900m local investment

first_imgLater this year, the company will open its state of the art Pan African Parts Distribution Centre at the Coega Industrial Development Zone outside Port Elizabeth. The centre, an investment of R250-million, will replace the existing GMSA facility in Kempston Road. “This is indicative of our efforts to produce the best quality products in the industry which ultimately supports our competitiveness as a vehicle assembler in South Africa,” GMSA’s finance vice-president, Michael Sacke, said in a statement this week. Marginally higher sales ‘Quality products, customer satisfaction’ Confident that the worst is over for the local auto industry, General Motors South Africa is to invest around R900-million on upgrading and consolidating its production facilities in Port Elizabeth, and on launching 10 new products, over the next three years. He pointed out, however, that there was no doubt that consumers were still facing challenging economic upheaval with steep the rise in food and commodity prices. The new facility of 38 000 square metres will house all of the company’s aftersales operations under one roof, and aims to meet the needs of the growing parts and accessories business which has an annual revenue of in excess of R1-billion. Sacke said that like most original equipment manufacturers in South Africa, GMSA was an independent entity which had to fund its own investments. GMSA is forecasting that new vehicle sales in 2010 will be marginally higher than last year. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Production of Isuzu bakkies has been shifted from Kempston Road to the Struandale plant, which also produces the Opel Corsa utility vehicle. The Struandale plant was named the best local manufacturing plant for light commercial vehicles in the latest 2009 Synovate Quality Awards. According to GMSA sales and marketing vice-president Malcolm Gauld, the company is confident that the market will not further deteriorate this year. “We foresee a gradual improvement in sales and project that the 2010 market will come in at 412 000, about a 5% growth versus 2009’s 394 000,” said Gauld. 29 January 2010 “We are mindful that the pending increase in electricity prices can adversely affect cost of living which will curb consumer spending confidence,” he said. “It is important for us to continue improving our production facilities as this contributes to the quality of our products that we produce,” he said, adding that it was vital for GMSA to focus on quality products and excellent customer satisfaction which helps to maintain the current customer base and lure new ones.last_img read more

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Ambassador for possibility, Kgadi Mmanakana

first_imgYoung Kgadi Mmanakana, the possibilitarian from Ga-Matlala in Limpopo, has become one of our newest Play Your Part ambassadors. She joins a select group of people recognised for their ongoing work to make South Africa a better place for us all.Young, gifted and ambitious, Kgadi Mmanakana is making big waves in the worlds of business and philanthropy. (Image: Kgadi Mmanakana, via Facebook)Play Your Part ReporterSelf-proclaimed possibilitarian Kgadi Mmanakana from the small rural village of Ga-Ramalapa in Ga-Matlala, Limpopo, joined an inspiring group of people when she was selected to become a Play Your Part ambassador.Mmanakana grew up surrounded by abuse and violence, but despite this unfavourable environment she never let her circumstances keep her down.In her first year of high school she made a vow. “I am going to make sure that whatever choice I make in my life will take me to a point that I can come back and make a change in my family. And I want to make sure that I live my life as far away as possible from my comfort zone,” she promised herself.It was this oath, she says, that helped to keep her focused on greatness as she went on to become one of the top achievers at her school, unearthing her gift for the sciences. She received four distinctions in matric.Since making her pledge, Mmanakana has gone on to be defined as a philanthropist, as well as a business strategist and inspirational speaker.See Beyond The CloudsIn 2015, when she was just 19, Mmanakana started a non-profit organisation (NPO) to create a better environment for youngsters who were growing up in similar environments to what she had experienced. She named the organisation See Beyond the Clouds Foundation.Being the problem-solver she is, Mmanakana channelled this spirit into the organisation, identifying areas of need in communities, such as computer skills and business know-how.Her foundation focuses on developing ICT skills through computer training and improving access to higher learning through its career development programme, as well as equipping young people with business and entrepreneurship skills through its enterprise development programme.Young and ambitiousOther than the See Beyond the Clouds Foundation, Mmanakana has also launched Kgadi Mmanakana Consulting and Development Services (KMCDS), a strategy consulting company that designs ways to resolve organisational problems in businesses to improve their performance.Within a few weeks of opening, KMCDS has attracted clients from all over South Africa as well as from as far away as Kenya and Tanzania.Her qualities in the worlds of business and philanthropy, coupled with her resilience and refusal to let difficult circumstances get her down, make Mmanakana the perfect role model for all South Africans.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

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