BALLYBOFEY CHINESE TAKEAWAY STAFF WERE LIVING ILLEGALLY IN DONEGAL, COURT TOLD

first_imgMr Low: Jailed for 7 daysFOUR Malaysian nationals arrested at a Ballybofey Chinese takeaway were living in Donegal illegally.One of them later gave a false name to Gardaí who managed to discover she left Malaysia 14 years ago after a conviction for breaking into a house. The details of the case emerged during a court case where all four pleaded guilty to failing to register with the authorities in the State.Mei Ling Chen, 56, from the Lee Ho Chinese in Navenny Street, Ballybofey, was in fact Toh Kim Lia, 54, Detective Sergeant Stephen McGonagle told Letterkenny District Court.“We still don’t know how she entered the country. She says she arrived here in a container 20 years ago but we’ve spoken to Malaysian police and she has a conviction there 14 years ago for what was described as ‘housebreaking’,” said DS McGonagle.The charges arose after a search under the Drugs Act on January 21 this year. All four are facing other charges.DS McGonagle said offices had established that couple Ching Am Low and Li Jiuan Choog flew into Heathrow with a child on October 29, 2012 as visitors to the UK which allowed them to stay for six months. They had flown on to Belfast City Airport after their arrival in London.They were joined my Ms Choog’s mother Sam Pohs Ooi who is 61.All were working here illegally.Solicitor Frank Dorrian said the couple had flown to Britain from Kuala Lumpar; they paid 2,500 sterling for the flights and through circumstances had ended up in Co Donegal.“They were economic refugees from their own country; they found their situation in Europe worsened due to unreliable parties in the UK and quickly discovered – like a lot of Irish people who have gone overseas – that the streets weren’t paved with gold,” he said.“They found themselves beholding to others under circumstances where they are not entitled to any kind of social welfare and they lived an unhappy existence under a cloud of fear, fear of detection. They were unable to save any money.“Effectively they were here at a substance level. This was a crime driven by much more laudable ambitions,” said Mr Dorrian.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher, representing Sam Pohs Ooi, told Judge Paul Kelly: “This lady found herself in an alien country and in alien culture. She is a very pleasant woman who was here to help her child, her son in law and their grandchild. She is a little lost in the whole case.”He said Toh had found herself working underground in takeaways in Donegal.He said she also denied having any convictions on Malaysia.All four, who are in custody, were given seven days in prison for entering Ireland illegally.BALLYBOFEY CHINESE TAKEAWAY STAFF WERE LIVING ILLEGALLY IN DONEGAL, COURT TOLD was last modified: June 19th, 2014 by John2Share 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:BallybofeyChinesedonegalimmigration chargestakeawaylast_img read more

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Chelsea Ladies sign Brazilian midfield star

first_imgChelsea Ladies have signed Brazil international Ester.The defensive midfielder, who is set to become the first Brazilian to play in the FA Women’s Super League, was welcomed to the Blues’ Cobham training ground by compatriots David Luiz, Ramires and Oscar.She has played for her country 53 times, was part of the Brazil squad which finished runners–up at the 2007 World Cup and 2008 Olympics, and also played in the 2011 World Cup and at London 2012.“I’m delighted to be here at Chelsea and am looking forward to the season,” she said.“I feel at home already and am very happy to play for such a big club.”Luiz said: ‘Ester is a great signing for Chelsea Ladies and it’s fantastic for us to see another great player at Chelsea. I’d like to welcome her to the Chelsea family.‘Ester will bring a wealth of experience to the squad and plenty of Brazilian flair!”Chelsea Ladies start the third FA Women’s Super League season this Sunday, 14 April, when they host Birmingham City at Staines Town’s Wheatsheaf Park.Tickets can be bought at the gate and cost £5 for adults and £3 for concessions.See also:Chelsea Ladies sign Japan World Cup starChelsea Ladies star sees bright future for women’s football in England’Excited’ Williams joins Chelsea LadiesChelsea Ladies star relishing Japan tripChelsea Ladies sign another England 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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The National Development Plan: A vision for 2030

first_imgSouth Africa’s National Development Plan, launched in 2012, is a detailed blueprint for how the country can eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by the year 2030.•  Overview•  Document downloads•  Quality basic education•  Health care for all•  Safety & freedom from fear•  Economy & employment•  A skilled workforce•  Economic infrastructure•  Vibrant rural communities•  Sustainable human settlements•  Accountable local government•  Natural environment•  South Africa in the world•  Efficient public service•  Inclusive social protection•  Nation building, social cohesionResearched, edited and compiled by Mary AlexanderThe National Development Plan, or NDP, is a plan to unite South Africans, unleash the energies of its citizens, grow an inclusive economy, build capabilities, and enhance the capability of the state and leaders working together to solve complex problems.This is a summary of the NDP, which was launched in 2012. To read the full plan, visit the document downloads page.Problem statementThe NDP is the product of hundreds of interactions with South Africans, input from tens of thousands of people, extensive research and robust debate throughout the country.It begins with a problem statement:South Africa’s transition from apartheid to a democratic state has been a success.In the past 18 years, we have built democratic institutions, transformed the public service, extended basic services, stabilised the economy and taken our rightful place in the family of nations.Despite these successes, too many people are trapped in poverty and we remain a highly unequal society.Too few South Africans work, the quality of school education for the majority is of poor quality and our state lacks capacity in critical areas.There has been significant progress, but our country remains divided, with opportunity still shaped by the legacy of apartheid. In particular, young people and women are denied the opportunities to lead the lives that they desire.Our Constitution obliges all of us to tackle these challenges.The visionThe plan envisions a South Africa where everyone feels free yet bounded to others; where everyone embraces their full potential, a country where opportunity is determined not by birth, but by ability, education and hard work.Realising such a society will require transformation of the economy and focused efforts to build the country’s capabilities. To eliminate poverty and reduce inequality, the economy must grow faster and in ways that benefit all South Africans.In particular, young people deserve better educational and economic opportunities, and focused efforts are needed to eliminate gender inequality. Promoting gender equality and greater opportunities for young people are integrated themes that run throughout the NDP.There is a burning need for faster progress, more action and better implementation. The future belongs to all of us. The NDP is a vision for every South African, requiring action, change and sacrifice from all sectors of society.Background to the National Development PlanIn May 2010 President Jacob Zuma appointed the National Planning Commission, an advisory body made up of 26 experts drawn largely from outside the government, to draft a vision and national development plan.The commission’s Diagnostic Report, released in June 2011, set out South Africa’s achievements and shortcomings since 1994. It identified a failure to implement policies and an absence of broad partnerships as the main reasons for slow progress, and set out nine primary challenges:1. Too few people work.2. The quality of school education for black people is poor.3. Infrastructure is poorly located, inadequate and under-maintained.4. Spatial divides hobble inclusive development.5. The economy is unsustainably resource-intensive.6. The public health system cannot meet demand or sustain quality.7. Public services are uneven and often of poor quality.8. Corruption levels are high.9. South Africa remains a divided society.South Africans from all walks of life welcomed the diagnostic as a frank, constructive assessment. This led to the development of the draft national plan, released in November 2011. Building on the diagnostic, the plan added four thematic areas: rural economy, social protection, regional and world affairs, and community safety.The commission consulted widely on the draft plan. Its public forums drew in thousands of people. The commissioners met with parliament, the judiciary, national departments, provincial governments, development finance institutions, state-owned entities and local government formations. They held talks with unions, business, religious leaders and non-profit organisations.South Africans broadly supported the draft plan, proposing modifications and making suggestions to implement it effectively. Their input informed the final National Development Plan.The Medium Term Strategic Framework 2014 to 2019South Africa’s MTSF to 2019 is the first framework drawn up following the adoption of the National Development Plan in September 2012. It sets out actions the government and its partners will take to implement the NDP over the first five years of the plan, and provides a framework for the other plans of national, provincial and local government.The MTSF has identified 14 priorities of the NDP that need urgent attention. These are:OUTCOME 1Quality basic educationIn 2030, South Africans will be enriched by universal early childhood education, high-quality schooling, further education and training that allows them to fulfil their potential, and expanding higher education that accelerates the shift to a knowledge economy. READ MORE >OUTCOME 2A long and healthy life for all South AfricansIn 2030, South Africa’s health system works for everyone. It provides quality care to all, has raised life expectancy to at least 70 years, produced a young generation largely free of HIV infection, and has dramatically reduced infant mortality. READ MORE >OUTCOME 3All people in South Africa are and feel safeIn 2030, all people living in South Africa feel safe, have no fear of crime, are properly served by the police and courts, and know corruption no longer eats away at their livelihoods. READ MORE >OUTCOME 4Decent employment through inclusive economic growthIn 2030, South Africa’s economy is inclusive and dynamic. The fruits of growth are shared fairly. The economy has close to full employment, equips people with the skills they need, ensures the ownership of production is more diverse and able to grow rapidly, and provides resources to pay for investment in human and physical capital. READ MORE >OUTCOME 5A skilled and capable workforce to support an inclusive growth pathIn 2030, higher education and vocational training in South Africa produces highly skilled graduates, ready to meet both the present and future needs of economy and society. READ MORE >OUTCOME 6An efficient, competitive and responsive economic infrastructure networkIn 2030, South Africa’s network of robust infrastructure is the bedrock of growth and job creation. This infrastructure efficiently delivers electricity, water, sanitation, telecoms and transport services, powers the economy, and supports manufacturing, trade and exports. More than that, it gives citizens the means to improve their lives and boost their incomes. READ MORE >OUTCOME 7Vibrant, equitable and sustainable rural communities contributing to food security for allIn 2030, South Africa’s rural communities are able to fully participate in the economic, social and political life of the country. They enjoy good-quality education, health care, transport and other basic services. Successful land reform, job creation and rising agricultural production have created an inclusive rural economy. READ MORE >OUTCOME 8Sustainable human settlements and improved quality of household lifeIn 2030, the terrible spatial legacy of apartheid has finally been broken. South Africans have humane and environmentally sustainable living and working conditions. Their homes have all the basic services they need and are closer to their workplaces, to which they travel in safe public transport. READ MORE >OUTCOME 9A responsive, accountable, effective and efficient developmental local government systemIn 2030, local government in South Africa has the trust of the people, being committed to working with communities to find sustainable ways to meet their social, economic and material needs, and improve the quality of their lives. READ MORE >OUTCOME 10Protecting and enhancing our environmental assets and natural resourcesIn 2030, rural communities are thriving and prosperous, cities are compact and energy efficient, the public know the dangers of climate change and unconstrained consumption of natural resources is no more. Our priorities, instead, are on the protection and rehabilitation of South Africa’s natural assets. READ MORE >OUTCOME 11Create a better South Africa, contribute to a better and safer Africa in a better worldIn 2030, South Africa is a globally competitive economy and a leading member of the family of nations. The country contributes to sustainable development, democracy, the rule of law, human rights and security in a peaceful and prosperous Africa, and a fair and just world. READ MORE >OUTCOME 12An efficient, effective and development-oriented public serviceIn 2030, state institutions are well-run and effectively coordinated, run by professionals committed to the public good and capable of delivering consistently high-quality services, and working for economic growth and reduced poverty and inequality. READ MORE >OUTCOME 13An inclusive and responsive social protection systemIn 2030, South Africa is a working nation, individuals are engaged in meaningful activity, and vulnerable groups and citizens are protected from the worst effects of poverty. Everyone is able to live the life they wish to lead. READ MORE >OUTCOME 14A diverse, socially cohesive society with a common national identityIn 2030, South Africa will be a society where opportunity is not determined by race or birthright, and where citizens accept they have both rights and responsibilities. We will be a united, prosperous, non-racial, non-sexist and democratic South Africa. READ MORE >Updated 23 July 2017Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Scholarship Search Tips

first_imgBy Gladys Lawrence, AFCPE-FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship InternMany military families wonder how to maximize their dependents’ chances of scholarships for college. The following advice was given by a mother whose two sons received over $150,000 in scholarships and grants for college:Preparation for receiving scholarships begins well before a student is a senior in high school.  Have him or her take courses which are challenging and be good student.  Also, colleges are more apt to give scholarships to someone who has already received one.  Many organizations and colleges offer scholarships for high school students, even junior high school students, to attend summer academic camps in areas such as math, science, writing, and music. This is an excellent way for a child to grow academically as well as to build up a resume for college that will set their college application apart.  The children of this family received scholarships for summer camps at Bowling Green University and Ohio State University.Involve a military family’s children in community service.  Keep records of the name of the organization, point of contact, address, and hours worked.  These hours can count as work experience and will help show that a student is well-rounded.Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) once a military family’s child is ready to apply for college. It provides an assessment of a family’s ability to pay for college and is a requirement to receive state and Federal financial aid.  Students and/or their parents will designate which schools they want to receive the report.  Usually around late February students will receive an award letter stating which scholarships and grants they will receive from a college.Do not only depend on what a college offers. Advise students to call the college or colleges they are interested in early in the process and ask for a list of outside scholarships.  Check into scholarships for military dependents.  There are many organizations out there such Army Emergency Relief, Amvet, and the Commissary Scholarship.  Emphasize to the college that a student is a military dependent. (Remember that the Post 9-11 GI Bill allows service members to transfer unused benefits to spouse or children.) Check with the high school guidance office for list of local, regional, and national scholarships. Do not overlook small scholarships given through various clubs because every dollar saved will help.  Other good places to check for dependent scholarships are a military family’s bank, credit union, and insurance company and the place of employment for the non-military spouse.Set up a separate email account if you do an online search on any of the various scholarship search engines such Scholarship.com or Fastweb.com; because you will get spam.A final piece of advice: be patient and follow-up on paperwork and  letters of recommendation.This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on August 2, 2013last_img read more

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Bragging Rights

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now No one likes a braggart. But you don’t have to brag. You just have to do something that earns you bragging rights.What big, worthwhile accomplishment did you get done today that is worth bragging about?What massive action did you take that generated some brag-worthy outcome?What did you do today that stretched you beyond your comfort zone and caused you to think, “Man, did I just do that? I hope someone was watching!”What action taken today is going to look like a work of pure genius 90 days from now? What did you do that you’re going to be able to trace back to the prescience you had today?What difficult client situation did you deal with like a boss, changing the game for them and for you and your company? What did you do that moved the needle in a big way?Every day is an opportunity to do something noteworthy, something important, something worth bragging about, even if you don’t do the bragging. If you can’t point to anything you’ve done that is meaningful or worthwhile? Then you are in luck; you get to try again tomorrow.The best way to earn bragging rights is to decide what you are going to do that is brag-worthy before you even start your day. If you plan where and how you will spend your time, you increase the odds that you do something worth noting. You also increase your odds of doing something important enough to point to when you tackle the easiest, foulest, most difficult tasks first every day. If the rest of your day doesn’t go as well as you wished it would, you will always be able to point to having completed that most difficult task before doing anything easier—and less important.Big play-makers make big plays.What did you do that’s worth bragging about? What will you do tomorrow to earn your bragging rights?last_img read more

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