first_imgKevin McHugh will lead Finn Harps out in their season opener against Shelbourne.Finn Harps have been handed a difficult fixture in the opening match of the season as the fixtures for the Airtricity First Division campaign was officially announced.Ollie Horgan will take his side to Tolka Park on Friday March 6th.They then welcome newcomers Cabinteely FC to Finn Park in their first home game of the season. They then face a trip south to take on Waterford United before entertaining Cobh Ramblers at home.Then they travel to Dublin to play UCD, before hosting Athlone Town at Finn Park.Harps will finish off the first series of games away to Wexford Youths.Harps have strengthened their squad by capturing Raymond Foy, Marc Brolly and Garbhan Friel. All three will feature for Harps in their pre-season friendly match with Cork City in Roscommon on Saturday morning.One player who won’t be available is Gareth Harkin, the influential midfielder misses out after sustaining a nasty elbow injury.Packie Mailey is still recovering following a knee operation in December.  FINN HARPS FACE AWAY TRIP TO TOLKA PARK IN LEAGUE OPENER was last modified: January 30th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:finn harpsfixturesnewssoccerSportlast_img read more

Breaking: Two people injured in housefire

first_imgTwo people have been injured following a housefire in Mullaghduff in West Donegal.The house was extensively damaged in the blaze which happened around 6pm.Fire crews from Gaoth Dobhair and Dungloe attended the scene. The house is close to Neddies Bar.The two people injured have been taken to hospital but it is not thought their injuries are life-threatening.A full investigation into the cause of the blaze has been launched.Breaking: Two people injured in housefire was last modified: May 14th, 2019 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:donegalfiremenhousefireMullaghdufflast_img read more

South Africa congratulates Charlene, Albert

first_imgThe tiny principality of Monaco is gearing up for its much-anticipated royal wedding. Albert and Wittstock announced their engagement in 2010. (Images: Monaco official website) MEDIA CONTACTS • Clayson MonyelaSpokesperson, Department of InternationalRelations and Cooperation+27 12 351 0893 or +27 82 806 reporterSouth Africa has extended well wishes to former Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock ahead of her marriage to Prince Albert II of Monaco.Wittstock, from Benoni, east of Johannesburg, marries the Monegasque prince, son of Rainier III and American actress Grace Kelly, in a civil ceremony that takes place today in the throne room of the 12th century Prince’s Palace, Albert’s official residence.The couple is then expected to make an appearance on the palace balcony to greet the Monegasque people.The following day, 2 July, the religious ceremony will take place in the main courtyard of the Prince’s Palace. Some 3 500 guests are expected. The newly-weds will then tour Monaco in a car – screens installed in various public places will ensure that as many people as possible are able to share in the event.Both days have been declared public holidays in Monaco. Reports from the statelet say that the event will also be eco-friendly, as a carbon inventory for everything wedding-related is in preparation and will be finalised once the festivities are over.Lavish celebrations, including a ball, fireworks display and a free gala concert by French superstar musician Jean-Michel Jarre will be the order of the day in Monaco.Well-wishers around the world can follow the wedding, and enjoy the Jarre concert, via television and internet broadcasts.The official wedding broadcast website will stream all the live footage.Olympic participationThe royal couple is due to arrive in South Africa next week, where they will participate in the 123rd session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which takes in Durban from 4 to 9 July. Albert is the president of Monaco’s Olympic Committee.Also, according to reports Wittstock wanted her first official trip as Princess of Monaco to be to South Africa.After the IOC gathering, and a reception hosted by the committee in their honour, the bride and groom will enjoy a short honeymoon in the country.Albert has ruled the tiny principality for just over six years. He met the Zimbabwean-born Wittstock in 2000 when she and other members of the national swimming team travelled to Monaco for a competition.However, it was not until 2006 that they were seen together at various events, including the opening of the Beijing Summer Olympics in 2008 and that of the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010.They announced their engagement in June 2010 and have since attended a number of high-profile functions as a couple, including the April wedding of England’s Prince William to Kate Middleton.Official congratulationsSouth Africa’s government has expressed its happiness at the event.“On behalf of the government and people of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma wishes the couple well with their nuptials and their life together as man and wife, and extends good wishes to Ms Wittstock in particular, as she prepares to assume royal responsibilities,” said the Presidency in a statement.Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk will attend the Monaco royal wedding on behalf of President Zuma.“President Jacob Zuma has asked the minister to represent him at the wedding,” said the Presidency.Zuma will not be able to attend because he’ll be at the 17th African Union assembly session that is taking place in Equatorial Guinea.last_img read more

Startup Scam: Paying to Pitch Puts Power Players on the Warpath

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting jolie odell Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#start#startups A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Over the weekend, the blogosphere has seen a small but profound eruption of wrath over angel investor groups that charge startups to pitch them.Jason Calacanis’ blog post on the topic, wherein he went as far as calling out these groups by name and posting each group’s pricetag, inspired “me too” posts from Fred Wilson and Robert Scoble. All parties seem to be in agreement that the practice is despicable and should be stopped. But like every hustle that preys on the gullible or less talented, pay-to-play pitching models will be perpetuated until made illegal, and no amount of blog posts will shame these investors into changing their behavior. So, should these scams be made illegal?The short answer is “maybe.” Even in the gray areas of this murky-at-best practice, there’s a distinction between a group charging entrepreneurs $25,000 to pitch and charging $500 for a questionable “boot camp” pre-pitch session.For example, Maverick Angels charges $495 for a mandatory “day-long training focused on how to present to angel investors” before participating in a “Deal Line-Up.” They also charge a $1,000 fee to present at chapter meetings, allegedly to cover administrative costs.But as slimy as this practice seems and as flimsy as the group’s justifications are, the amounts charged by Maverick Angels pale in comparison to what attendees are charged for the Private Equity Forums. Investors and other professionals are charged between $975 and $3,500 to attend these pitch sessions, and presenting entrepreneurs, according to Calacanis’ research, pay between $14,500 and $25,000, plus a percentage of any funds they end up raising. How are these outrageous fees justified? Organizer Mike Segal writes on the website, “Our forum could be best described as a co-op for the 12 to 15 companies that present. We underwrite the events and the presenting companies share in the cost. They do so because our model ensures them an audience of nearly 100% qualified investors, for an expenditure which generally pencils-out to less than $100 for each capital source in attendance.” However, if Calacanis’ figures are correct, Segal’s math is creative at best and deceptive at worst, since investor guests seem to run between 60 and 110 in number for each event.And while Segal claims that the fees are also charged because the events are unsponsored, founder Richie Hecker said his website sponsored one of Segal’s events just this past March. Do we smell a rat?Other groups called out in Calacanis’ post include Keiretsu Forum, Tech Supper Club, and Angels Den UK, all of which he claims charge startups fees ranging between $595 and $8,000 to pitch to angel investors.Most of the excuses we’ve read for these fees are laughable. It’s a filtration device, or it gives entrepreneurs a better shot at getting funded, these groups explain on their websites. This strikes us as pure rubbish, but apparently, some startups are still being taken advantage of by these systems.“Why would any self-respecting entrepreneur pay thousands of dollars to rich people just for the opportunity to pitch?” Calacanis asks in his post. “Well, the truth is that the more mature – or flat-out better – startups would never pay to present. The best ideas by the best entrepreneurs get socialized instantly.”He goes on to speculate that bad ideas and unconnected entrepreneurs put a startup at risk for these types of scams.Paying an upfront fee for a few minutes of presentation time with potential investors seems like a last-ditch option for startups that can’t get funding otherwise. And the language and methods used by those collecting the fees seem designed to deceive. In short, even if these scams are not illegal, they are certainly predatory, and startups should be made aware that these fees exist the first time they visit the groups’ websites.We would love to hear from any readers who’ve had dealings with these groups or from representatives of the groups, themselves, either in the comments section or via email.And to all our other readers, what do you make of these schemes? Should they be illegal? Should there be strict policies requiring more disclosure or capping fees at a more reasonable amount? Or should we adopt a laissez-faire attitude and accept that, in fact, a fool and his money are soon parted, whether anyone likes that fact or not? Let us know what you think in the comments. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

2013 NSW Junior State Cup Results

first_imgCongratulations to the following teams on their New South Wales Junior State Cup grand final results.3.00pm18’s GirlsNewcastle City 7 defeated Penrith Panthers 23.30pm18’s BoysTaree Flames 11 defeated by Bankstown Jets 1216’s BoysRyde Eastwood Hawks 5 defeated Penrith Panthers 012’s BoysNewcastle City 9 defeated Manly Sea Eagles 24.00pm16’s GirlsManly Sea Eagles 11 defeated Lower Blue Mountains Rangers 614’s BoysBlacktown Broncos 6 defeated by Parramatta Eels 710’s GirlsManly Sea Eagles 13 defeated Nelson Bay Neptunes 04.30pm14’s GirlsWagga Wagga 9 defeated Manly Sea Eagles 612’s GirlsManly Sea Eagles 7 defeated Wagga Wagga 010’s BoysParramatta Eels 6 defeated by Wests Magpies 7Club Champion1st – Manly Sea Eagles – 117 points2nd – Parramatta Eels – 91 points3rd – Newcastle City – 78 points4th – Penrith Panthers – 75 points5th – Berkeley Vale Panthers – 63 points To view highlights of the weekend, please visit the NSWTA YouTube channel – Related LinksNSW JSC Resultslast_img read more