Alarcon, a state qualifier last year as well, got behind in his 119-pound match with Gilroy’s Martin Gonzalez and suffered a 3-1 loss. After a scoreless first period, Gonzalez scored an escape and takedown for a 3-0 lead. Alarcon earned a point in the third period when Gonzalez was called for stalling but never got closer. Mayfair coach Rich Lake felt Gonzalez should have been penalized more for stalling. “(Gonzalez) stalled out the whole third period,” Lake said. “… He wasn’t working to improve. “(Alarcon) probably had 10 shots to zero shots for the other guy the whole match.” Alarcon expected to place in his second trip to the state meet. “(The state meet) wasn’t like I expected it to be,” he said. “I feel I could have wrestled better. “I just have to get ready for next year.” David Felton can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (562) 499-1318. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Our plan was to outwork (Zonfrello),” said Monico Enriquez. “In six minutes, Juan set the pace. Juan definitely outworked him but unfortunately he lost 1-0.” “I tried to do whatever it took to take him down,” said a visibly disappointed Juan Enriquez following the match, “but it didn’t go my way.” Still, Enriquez was able to put some perspective on his senior campaign. “It was a good season,” he said. “Coming from my junior and sophomore years, I didn’t do (anything). I got sent home from CIF. “It was a good season, but it would have been nice to place at State.” BAKERSFIELD – A long and successful season came to an end far too quickly for the remaining pair of area athletes at the CIF State Wrestling Championships on Saturday. Glenn High senior Juan Enriquez and Mayfair junior Richard Alarcon each went 2-1 Friday and were within a victory of assuring themselves a top-8 finish. But each was eliminated by a narrow decision in his first match Saturday at Rabobank Arena, finishing instead in the top 12 and without a medal. Enriquez, a heavyweight who won the Suburban League and CIF Coastal Division titles this season, faced College Park’s Matt Zonfrello Saturday morning. Neither could gain an early advantage and the match was tied 0-0 through two periods. Early in the third, however, Zonfrello earned an escape and held on to claim the match, 1-0. According to Enriquez’s coach, however, he was the one setting the tempo of the match.
0Shares0000Kieran Trippier scored his one England goal in a World Cup semi-final © AFP/File / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVMADRID, Spain, Jul 17 – England right-back Kieran Trippier has joined Atletico Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur, the Spanish club said on Wednesday.Atletico said on their website they had signed a “fantastic and experienced player from the Champions League runner up” and added Trippier had agreed a three-year deal. Spanish and British media said Atletico were paying Spurs a fee of 22 million euros ($24.7 million).Trippier has played 16 times for England scoring one goal, direct from a free kick in the World Cup semi-final loss to Croatia last year.He joined Spurs from Burnley in 2015 and made 114 appearances for the London club.The signing continues an overhaul of the capital city outfit’s backline.Defenders Diego Godin, Filipe Luis and Lucas Hernandez have left, while Brazilian pair Renan Lodi and Felipe has already signed.Coach Diego Simeone has also forked out 126 million euros for Portugese teenager Joao Felix this summer.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Steve Ó CúláinTHE BOSS of Údarás na Gaeltachta has insisted that a company his organisation gave €360k to in grants was let down by debtors – and says he is working to make sure former employees get their full payment rights.More than two dozen jobs have been lost after debt management firm Eist agus Cuidiú closed down just 11 months after opening.It was set up to offer advice for people caught up in the recession, earning monies from restructuring of personal debts. Steve Ó Cúláin, CEO of Údarás, said: “The company has made every effort in recent weeks to find a solution to its financial difficulties, but to no avail. The company employed 26 employees (19 full-time and 7 part-time). It was established on the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park in August 2011 and was in the business of selling insurance products for its clients to the UK market.“We are very saddened to hear that the company has no more options available to it but to close its operations. It is our understanding that the company’s decision to cease trading was for reasons outside its control.DIFFICULTIES WITH CREDITORS“We were aware that the company had difficulties in receiving payments from its creditors and have been working with them in an effort to overcome these problems. Unfortunately it had been faced with the difficulties that many businesses today are facing in these challenging economic times. “We will work with company management to ensure that every effort is made to enable the employees receive their entitlements.” ÚDARÁS BOSS: ‘WE’RE WORKING TO GET JOB LOSS STAFF THEIR PAY’ was last modified: July 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GweedoreÚDARÁS BOSS: ‘WE’RE WORKING TO GET JOB LOSS STAFF THEIR PAY’Údarás na GaeltachtaUDARAS NA GEALTACHTA
DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE REPORTSDowntown Cup Group ACranford United Reserves 2 Erne Wanderers 7 Erne started off strong with a strong wind in their favour and they went ahead with a header from Ryan O’ Brien. Cranford then came into the game but couldn’t get an equaliser. Erne started the second half on top and scored a second through David Gowan. Cranford got back into the game when Johnny Wilhare scored from the edge of the box. Cranford had a number of chances to equalise but Erne struck twice on the break through Ryan O’ Brien and Michael Ward. Andrew Kelly pulled another back for Cranford with a neat finish. Conor Shiels then hit the crossbar for Cranford. With Cranford chasing the game they got caught with late goals through David Gowan, Michael Ward and Dermot Slavin.Milford United Reserves 1 Glenea United Reserves 2Glenea booked their passage through to the quarter finals with a hard fought win in Moyle View. Glenea playing with the wind at their back pinned Milford in their own half for the first 20minutes. Their 1st goal came from a long clearance which found Lee O’ Brien who beat the defender and coolly slotted home. Milford came back into the game and had a few chances before Lee Burke found the back of the net after a goal mouth scramble in the 35th minute. The second half was only a few minutes old when Glenea got their second. Milford threw everything they had at Glenea for the rest of the match but were unable to find the equaliser. Downtown Cup Group BFintown Harps AFC 3 Keadue Rovers Reserves 2This game took place in wet conditions at Pairc Acla in Fintown. In the first half both teams found it hard to put scores on the board. Then in the last minute of first half Fintown were awarded a penalty. Daragh made no mistake in putting the Harps in front just before the half time whistle.In the Second half Keadue Rovers started best. In the opening stages Cathal Duggan saw a gap in the Fintown defence and he had a pop at goal, making it all level at Pairc Acla. Fintown pushed hard to get regain the advantage and finally got what they deserved with Brian Delaney scoring two great goals in two minutes. Keadue answered with a goal from Dara Hanlon and they pushed hard to get the equaliser but it wasn’t to be.Solid team performances by both teams. Referee: Andrew MullanDowntown Cup Group C Gweedore United Reserves 3 Glenree United Reserves 2This game played in difficult weather conditions saw the home side claim the three points after a hard battle with the Carrigart men. It was the Gweedore side who started the brightest against the strong wind and they made good early chances for Sean Paul Mc Mahon and Stephen O Donnell. The home side took the lead in the 19th minute when good work from Sean Paul Mc Mahon was well finished past Ian Mc Elhinney by Stephen O’ Donnell. In the 28th minute Glenree equalised when a well delivered corner from Eoin Mc Laughlin was headed into the net by Carl Mc Elhinney and the score remained one apiece until half-time. The home side with the aid of the strong wind in the second half went into the lead in the 49th minute when a clearance from a corner fell to Ciaran Gillespie who drove it into the back of the net from 18 yards to make it 2-1. Glenree however fought hard and both sides had good chances in the remainder of the half. It was the visitors who once again came from behind in the 72nd minute when Matthew Coyle was pulled down in the box and Eric Roberts scored the resulting penalty. It was end to end football in the last fifteen minutes. The home side scored the winner in the 84th minute when a good pass from Ciaran Gillespie fell to Sean Paul Mc Mahon who made no mistake and drove past Mc Elhinney to make it 3-2. Eric Roberts and Carl Mc Elhinney played well for Glenree while Sean Paul Mc Mahon, Hugh Martin Curran and Ryan Duggan excelled for Gweedore United.Referee: James Malseed.Downtown Cup Group D Mulroy Celtic 1 Castlefin Celtic Reserves 1Played in terrible conditions at Tri-a-Loch the game blew from one end to the other with both teams struggling to get their foot in the ball. Mulroy decided to go with the gale force win in the first half but it didn’t seem to help them as most through balls seemed to finish up over the end line. Former Finn Harps player Paddy Mc Grenaghan started in centre midfield for the home side and he proved to be the one shining light in the first half showing his worth when he beat three players on the edge of the 18 yard box and unleashed an unstoppable shot across the keeper into the bottom corner. Castlefin in the second half with the wind at their backs threatened on a few occasions. They got their reward when a cross from the left was well finished from a header. Both teams had half chances to snatch a winner but the game remained all square and both teams were glad to hear the final whistle. Battling performance from both teams.Watson Hire Division OneCappry Rovers 8 Arranmore United 1Cappry Rovers’ Kyle Lafferty set a new club record when he became the first player to score six goals in a game when the home team put eight past the Islanders in atrocious conditions of snow, sleet, hail, thunder and lightning at Cappry Park.Lafferty opened the scoring in the eleventh minute with a header off the post following a cross from Kevin Mc Glynn.Darren O’ Leary got Cappry’s second in the seventeenth minute with a header following a corner.The Islanders came close a few times but the Cappry defence held firm.Lafferty got his second and Cappry’s third in the forty third minute with a low shot to the bottom right hand corner of the net.Cappry kept the pressure on the visitors in the second half and Lafferty completed his hat-trick with Cappry’s fourth in the fifty second minute when he headed to the roof of the net.Lafferty got his fourth goal and Cappry’s fifth on the hour mark when he outpaced the Arranmore defence to slide the ball past the advancing keeper.Cappry got their sixth goal in the sixty seventh minute when Lafferty received a cross from Brendan Mc Laughlin and blasted the ball to the net from twelve yards for his fifth goal and a new club record.Brendan Mc Laughlin got on the score sheet in the seventy fifth minute when he beat the defence and drove the ball to the net from ten yards.Lafferty got his sixth and Cappry’s eighth goal in the eighty fourth minute after he beat the offside trap to score from close range.Shane Elliott got a consolation goal in the eighty eighth minute for the Islanders when he scored from close range following a goal mouth scramble.Six goal hero Kyle Lafferty was best for Cappry.Team Performance with Paul Mc Garvey outstanding for the Islanders.Referee: Liam Farren.Cranford United 6 Drumoghill FC 2This game was switched from Cranford to Tri-a-Lough in Fanad andprovided a bag full of goals and entertainment. Drumoghill opened thescoring in the 10th minute when Richard Moore curled home from theedge of the area. Cranford hit back almost immediately when PhilipBuchanan scored from the penalty spot after Danny McBride was fouledin the area. Moore put Drumoghill ahead again on 20 minutes with a peachfrom all of 25 yards into the bottom corner. However their lead didn’tlast long as Buchanan tapped home after great work between ChrisDuffy and Brian McVeigh. Before half-time Cranford took the lead whenBrian McVeigh and Danny McBride combined for the latter to score witha superb finish.The second half began with both teams battling hard but with no clearchances being created. On 65 minutes Cranford extended their lead whenShaun Mc Elwaine’s through ball was returned across by Buchanan and BrendanGiles volleyed home from 10 yards out. 4-2 became 5-2 when Buchanantucked home a Chris Carr pass and Cranford got their 6th goal whenMc Elwaine headed home a Conor Shields corner. Seamus Carr, ArthurLynch and Chris Duffy were excellent for Cranford, with Liam O’DonnellDrumoghill’s best. Referee: Vincent Mc Laughlin.Ballybofey United 2 Donegal Town 1Ballybofey United recorded an important victory over Donegal Town on Sunday afternoon as the league enters it’s latter stages. Eoin Mc Auley had Ballybofey’s first effort at goal but Dermott Mc Cafferty smothered his shot. Joe Mc Intyre then cut in from the left wing before unleashing a fierce shot that Chris Patton in the home net did well to hold. With fifteen minutes on the watch Conor Doherty played a pass to Michael Lynch who slid the ball between two Donegal Town defenders for Alan Patton to run on to and he placed the ball between Mc Cafferty and his left hand post. Ballybofey United then doubled their lead when they executed the move of the match. Gavin Doherty did well to win the ball wide on the left before sending a pinpoint cross to the head of Chris Breen who glanced the ball into the path of John Gregg who volleyed the ball into the roof of the net from ten yards. Donegal Town had the lion’s share of possession in the second half aided by a strong breeze. Despite this Ballybofey defended well and could have extended their lead on a few occasions. JP Byrne set up a grandstand finish when he reacted quickest to a loose ball in the Ballybofey penalty area leaving the minimum between the sides but the home side held out . Credit to both sets of players for an entertaining open match in very difficult conditions. Referee: Paddy DuffyCT Ball Division TwoDrumbar United 0 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 4AWAITING REPORTWhitestrand United 5 Copany Rovers 1Whitestrand returned to winning ways with a convincing 5-1 win over Copany . The turning point in the game came late in the first half when the superb James Gallagher broke through and was fouled by the keeper. The referee had no choice but to point to the spot and then to add to Copany’s woes he produced a red card. Joint manager Paul Lynch stepped forward and saw his penalty saved but he rolled the rebound into an empty net . Lynch’s miss was the 3rd penalty miss in two games for the strand . The second goal wasn’t long in coming with Eamon Martin finishing off a lovely move after a magnificent reverse ball from James Gallagher . Jamsey then got a well deserved goal to put the result beyond any doubt, converting a fine cross from McGowan . Copany to their credit fought to the end and pulled a goal back to make it 3-1. Michael Sweeney then restored the three goal cushion with a composed finish on what was a frustrating afternoon for the Fanad man. Kevin Loughrey scored a fifth late on.Best for Whitestrand: James Gallagher and SP Gallagher Referee: Ed MooreGlenree United 2 Letterbarrow Celtic 0This Division Two encounter between Two old rivals saw the Sheephaven Bay men edge out a Two nil win in what was payback for a defeat on the opening day of the season.James Mc Grory’s men started brightly and their style of play created a few chances but they were easily dealt with by the Glenree rearguard.An on-form Daryl Gibson in the home goals was commanding the 18yard box and his kick outs were finding his team mates every time. This solidified Glenree’s tactics and the creative flair of Andy Logue and Daniel Mc Groddy help their team unlock Celtic’s defence only to be denied by the visiting keeper.As the half wore on the wind died down and Glenree maintained their offensive.The half time Jaffa Cakes eased both teams into a more open 2nd half game but it was the introduction of Owen “quick feet” McLaughlin who made and intuitive run and picked up a cheeky Damien Coyle back heel to slot home Glenree’s first on 50minutes.Glenree then settled but they found the Letterbarrow numbers 9 and 7 a handful at times and they kept everyone on their toes.The second goal came on 65minutes when Damien Coyle pulled the trigger from 20 yards and the keeper got his fingertips to it for Danny Langan to fire home the rebound from 5 yards.Young Langan presented Letterbarrow with a lot of headaches on the day and he shares the man of the match award with the midfield maestro Andy Logue.A stern performance from Celtic and another positive footballing performance from JJ Mc Gettigan’s men in Red. Referee: Victor Rainey.Ulster Junior CupMilford United 4 Gleneely Colts 0Milford reached the last eight of the Ulster junior cup with a comprehensive win over Inishowen side Gleneely. Milford had a few chances with PJ Hagan hitting the crossbar and Anthony Mc Paul and Ciaran McGinley missing great chances. Milford took the lead when a defender deflected a PJ Hagan corner in to his own net. Milford made it two when Ciaran McGinley raced from the half-way line to slot home. Substitute Gareth Kerrigan finished an Anthony Mc Paul cross to make it three. Joey Cullen finished the scoring when he ran on to a Peter Doherty flick to to produce a great finish. Best for Milford was Anthony Mc PaulKilmacrennan Celtic 3 Glengad F.C. 2Kilmacrennan find themselves advancing into the next round of the Ulster Cup following a hard fought game against a youthful Glengad side.The hosts started brightly and could have been ahead in the first five minutes when the visitors appeared to be unable to handle the physicality of Kilmacrennan from set pieces. Glengad soon got into their stride and had Kilmac on the back foot for large parts of the first half. The opening goal came in fortuitous circumstances however. Kilmac defender Kieran Gorman attempted to clear a Glengad corner but the ball cruelly found itself in the back of the Kilmac goal with thirty five minutes played.Glengad started the second half just as they finished the first half. The visitors had a few good chances to extend their lead in the opening ten minutes but were denied by Kilmac’s Mark Gallagher. The visitors were not to be denied on the hour mark however when Terence Doherty managed to get himself free and coolly converted from ten yards. The home side reacted quickly and grabbed a goal back five minutes later when the visitors failed to clear a Michael McLaughlin corner. The ball broke to Timmy Burke who volleyed home from the edge of the box and his shot somehow managed to go through a host of Glengad defenders and into the back of the net. This appeared to halt the momentum in the Glengad play and moments later they conceded from another set piece. The Glengad goalkeeper failed to deal with a Timmy Burke corner kick. The ball broke kindly to Eddie Doherty who made no mistake from close range. With twenty minutes remaining Glengad began to start controlling the game again and had the hosts on the back foot for most of the remaining time. However with two minutes remaining Kilmac won themselves another corner kick. Again the visitors failed to deal with the physicality of the host side and Caolan Kelly struck with the winner.Team efforts from both sides.Referee: Paddy MartinFOOTBALL: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE MATCH REPORTS was last modified: January 27th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:FOOTBALL: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE MATCH REPORTS
A man paid for an envelope from a shop in Letterkenny and then stole more than €300 from a till, a court has heard.Judge Paul Kelly has ordered a probation report on Darren Clerkin after he appeared in court charged with a number of shoplifting offences.Clerkin, 36, appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with a number of offences. The charges include the theft of a number of items of alcohol from various shops in Letterkenny including ALDI and Dunnes Stores in September, 2012.The court also heard that Clerkin of 4 Crerand House, Larkin’s Lane, Letterkenny, stole €300 from Donegal Stationary at Lower Main Street.He paid for an envelope but when the cash register was open he swiped a bundle of €50 notes from the cash drawer.A shop assistant was able to identify Clerkin and he admitted the offence.The court heard that Clerkin had a problem with alcohol.Judge Kelly ordered a probation report on the accused and adjourned the case.MAN WHO PAID FOR ENVELOPE STOLE €300 FROM SHOP TILL was last modified: March 26th, 2013 by gregShare 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:Darren ClerkinDistrict CourtDonegal Stationaryletterkenny
Sightings of new species of birds across Donegal in recent days have been put down to a hoax by Mother Nature.A Starling with an orange headed from being ‘pollinated’! Pic by Liam Ryan.Householders in various parts of the county including Donegal Town, Letterkenny and Buncrana have spotted birds in their gardens with strange orange heads.Birdwatch Ireland has been swamped with phonecalls and emails about the unusual visitors which resemble both House Sparrows and Starlings. But the birds ARE Starlings and House Sparrows which have fallen prey to an unusual plant which gives of a dye when being pollinated by the birds.A spokesman for Birdwatch Ireland revealed “Rather than being some exotic new visitor, these in fact ARE Starlings and House Sparrows that have been feeding on a plant called New Zealand Flax (Phormium tenax).“Though native to New Zealand, this species has been planted commonly in gardens around the country and has even become naturalised in the wild in many areas. Its high antler-like flower-stalks which grow out from the centre of a fan of long, narrow leaves are highly distinctive and will be familiar to many people.“We are used to plants being pollinated by insects and even by the wind, but New Zealand Flax uses another method: it is pollinated by birds. The tubular flowers produce a rich, sweet nectar that many birds find irresistible. “As they stick their beaks down into the flowers to feed, a small brush-like appendage dusts the tops of the birds’ heads with brightly coloured pollen, staining it a vivid orange or red colour. When they move on to feed from another flax flower, these birds bring the pollen with them, helping the plant to reproduce.”The good news is that the staining on the bird’s crown feathers is only temporary and doesn’t cause them any discomfort or harm.The Birdwatch Ireland spokesman added “They are probably completely unaware of how odd they look to our eyes. It is not at all surprising that people think they have seen a new species of bird, as the addition of such a vivid splash of colour to otherwise rather drab and muted species really catches the eye and stands out as something unusual.”The spokesman added that is people spot any birds with unusual orange or red crown patches, please let them know at email@example.com or 01-2819878.‘RARE’ BIRD SIGHTINGS IN DONEGAL A ‘HOAX’ BY MOTHER NATURE! was last modified: July 5th, 2014 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:birdsdonegalorange headsplant
Over 21 Donegal contractors are now qualified for the highly regarded ‘Construction Industry Register of Ireland’ (CIRI) competence in construction quality mark, it has been revealed. Only 850 companies across Ireland currently have qualified for the CIRI register.CIRI Spokesperson Lorraine Hosty said: “The consumer knows if a contractor or builder is on the CIRI register that they have passed the rigorous examination of their financial, administrative and construction competence. “With over 45,000 construction companies in Ireland, those 850 + on the CIRI register stand out and have demonstrated their competence and been approved by an independent board of experts, some of which are nominated by Government.“In other words, the consumer should keep an eye out for the CIRI mark when they are considering home renovation or new build or looking for specialist contractors or tradespeople to carry out construction works.“From the builder’s perspective, the CIRI mark is useful when trying to secure work as CIRI is now gaining momentum with public and private sector clients and is often been sought as a competency standard during the procurement process.”To date, CIRI comprises of over 40 categories covering everything from plastering, plumbing, masonry, roofing, piling, demolition, masonry, glazing, carpentry, flooring, tiling, scaffolding, fire safety, and much more Mr Aidan O’Connor, Chairperson of CIRI said: “CIRI has been a very positive initiative for the construction sector, and the Government, in recognising the role CIRI is playing in improving standards, has committed to supporting its wider adoption throughout the industry.“CIRI has an extensive system of checking contractors to make sure that locals are hiring a reputable worker that they can trust.“Not only does CIRI check the basic requirements regarding Insurance, Health and Safety, and Financials, it also looks for project references, qualifications and experience of key personnel.“When you choose a CIRI approved contractor, you know you are choosing someone who is capable of carrying out the work.“The requirements for staying on the CIRI register include annual Continuous Practice Development (CPD) requirements to be fulfilled.” 21 Donegal construction companies qualify for CIRI construction competence mark was last modified: June 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)
28 August 2012 South Africa’s economic growth quickened in the second quarter as the country’s mining sector rebounded following months of contraction. South Africa’s real gross domestic product (GDP) at market prices increased by 3.2% in the second quarter, up from 2.7% in the first quarter, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reported on Tuesday. This was marginally below the consensus among analysts that GDP would rise to 3.3%.Contributions: mining to the fore Mining registered a 31.2 percent jump in output, coming off a low base of -16.8 percent in the first quarter. Stats SA said mining and quarrying accounted for 1.5 percentage points of the 3.2% increase, while finance, real estate and business services contributed 0.5 percentage points. The wholesale‚ retail and motor trade‚ catering and accommodation industry contributed 0.4 of a percentage point, general government services contributed 0.3 of a percentage point, while the transport, storage and the communication industry contributed 0.2. Negative contributions included manufacturing‚ which subtracted 0.2 of a percentage point, and the electricity‚ gas and water industry, which subtracted 0.1 of a percentage point.Manufacturing contracts Manufacturing output showed negative growth of 1% for the quarter. GDP manager at Stats SA Kedibone Mabaso said this could be attributed to lower production in basic iron and steel as well as in wood and wood products. Mabaso said growth in the mining and quarrying industry reflected higher production of other metal ores including platinum, other mining and quarrying and coal. The unadjusted real GDP at market prices increased by 3% year-on-year, while the unadjusted real GDP at market prices for the first six months of 2012 increased by 2.5% compared to the first six months of 2012. The nominal value added during the second quarter of 2012 was R788-billion. This is R23-billion more than in the first quarter of 2012.Economy ‘to grow at 2.5% for 2012’ Economists at Nedbank said South Africa’s economy was still expected to grow by 2.5% for 2012, adding that mining would come under renewed pressured because of a weak global economy. In the same breath, they predicted that manufacturing would be hurt by weak external demand, while consumer orientated sectors would continue to see growth but at a slower pace, as growth in disposable income moderated due to higher inflation and a stagnant jobs market. “The latest GDP figures were in line with expectations and are unlikely to have implications for monetary policy in the short term,” said Nedbank, adding that the Reserve Bank’s monetary policy committee (MPC) was likely to maintain its accommodative monetary policy stance in the months ahead. “With the inflation outlook likely to start deteriorating once the effects of the weaker rand and higher food and oil prices start to filter through, we think that the MPC will keep interest rates on hold rather than ease further. No change is expected until at least the fourth quarter of 2013,” Nedbank said. The committee will hold its next meeting from 18 to 20 September. SANews.gov.za, with additional reporting by SAinfo
Hovorka also pointed out that it is not always that such Hovorka also pointed out that it is not always that such a big contingent travel to every country, where the Czechs are playing their Davis Cup tie. Hovorka insisted that the reason for so many people to have come to India is the keenness to explore some part of the country. “There is a core team of people who travel regularly with the Davis Cup team but here a larger contingent has come as they wanted to explore some parts of India as well, apart from watching the matches,” said Hovorka. “Some of them had visited Arga on Thursday, saw the Taj Mahal and other forts, while others are also planning to visit some of the places near Delhi in the next couple of days,” he said. A visiting team member, Michael said, “It was a good experience coming here and supporting the team. It is really good to have an electrifying atmosphere in the stadium. It was missing yesterday but today being the weekend, lot of crowd have come and it is really nice. “Despite overwhelming presence of the Indian fans, we managed to give a good support to our team,” he said. PTI CM ATK ATK
Taiwanese company Asus on Wednesday launched new Republic of Gamers (ROG) series of notebooks and desktop PCs in India. These include the ROG G20 and ROG GT51 desktop models along with ROG G501VW, ROG G551VW, ROG G752VY and ROG GL552VW gaming notebooks. Prices start at Rs 82,490 for the GL552VW (notebook) and go all the way up to Rs 3,25,900 for the ROG GT51 (desktop PC).”With our new ROG series launch, we have tried our best to cater to thedemands of all the gaming segments i.e. from entry and mainstream levels to professional gaming,” Peter Chang, regional head, South Asia andcountry manager, System Business Group, ASUS India said.The ROG GT51 is powered by a 6th-generation Intel Core i7-6700K processor and supports up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X (2-way SLI) which can allow users to run games across three 4K monitors. The desktop PC comes with ROG Turbo Gear and Aegis II application, along with USB 3.1 Type-C port for connectivity. Other features of the PC include an exclusive ROG Band and an internal cooling system with a dedicated air tunnel.Design-wise the PC sports an ATX chassis with an Armor Titanium and Plasma Copper finish, a transparent side window, and customisable lighting effects that can showcase up to 8 million colors, according to the company.The ROG G20CB is a “console-sized 9.5-liter gaming desktop” with NVidia GTX 980 that is suited for surround displays or for 2K or 4K monitors. It comes with 2.5 and 3.5-inch slots for SSDs and HDDs and supports the latest M.2 PCIe Gen 3×4 SSD giving you data access speed of up to 2Gbits/s (four times faster than SATA SSDs, as per Asus).advertisementThe GL552VW notebook is powered by a Quad-core 6th Gen Intel Core i7(Skylake), NVidia GTX 960M graphics with 4GB GDDR5 graphics memory along with 16GB system memory, 1TB of storage along with 128 GB SSD.The G752VY comes with a 6th-generation Intel Skylake Core i7 processor, up to 64GB DDR4 RAM, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980m graphics.The ROG G501VW meanwhile features NVidia GTX960M with 4GB GDDR5 graphics memory, 16GB DDR4 system memory and up to a next-gen 512GB PCIe Gen 3×4 SSD.Lastly, the G551VW comes with NVidia GTX 960M graphics with 4GB GDDR5 graphics memory, 16GB system memory, 1TB of storage along with 128 GB SSD.