Laura Whitmore admits she was ‘starstruck’ by Daniel O’Donnell!

first_imgTV presenter Laura Whitmore admits that she was ‘starstruck’ by Daniel O’Donnell!Whitmore met Daniel on last year’s season of BBC’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.She felt starstruck when he congratulated her on her performance with dancing partner Giovanni Pernice. While on the Ray D’Arcy Show, Whitmore said; ““I’m a massive Daniel O’Donnell fan, so is every single Whitmore woman.”“Auntie Kathleen’s been to most of his gigs and has six calendars in her house.”“I was starstruck by him, he came up to me afterwards, after I had topped the leaderboard.” “He told me, ‘Ireland is so proud of you,’ and I felt I had made it.”Laura Whitmore admits she was ‘starstruck’ by Daniel O’Donnell! was last modified: January 8th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:daniel o donnelllaura whitmoreray darcyRTEStrictly Come Dancinglast_img read more

South Africa’s GDP up, mining rebounds

first_img28 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 SAinfolast_img read more

South Africa’s IEC has a new chairperson

first_img16 October 2015Vuma Glenton Mashinini has been appointed the chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) of South Africa.The position has been vacant since the resignation of Pansy Tlakula in 2014, filled by Terry Tselane in an acting capacity in the interim. The Presidency made the announcement of Mashinini’s appointment on 14 October.Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found Tlakula “guilty of gross maladministration” for the lease agreement of the IEC’s headquarters in Centurion.Mashinini was appointed as a commissioner of the IEC in April.He has previously served as a special projects adviser to President Jacob Zuma, as well as deputy chief electoral officer of the IEC from 1998 to 2001. In the latter post he was responsible for the establishment and administration of the national head office, all nine provincial electoral offices and approximately 350 municipal electoral offices.About MashininiMashinini was born on 22 January 1961 in Joburg. His family emigrated to Australia in 1980, where he studied business and commerce at Curtin University.Mashinini’s political life includes the position of race relations officer at the Curtin University Students Union, according to the SABC. “His work saw him joining the African National Congress (ANC) in Western Australia, where he co-ordinated anti-apartheid campaigns. He also worked for the Campaign Against Racial Exploitation, an Australian anti-apartheid movement.”Zuma wished Mashinini all the best in his new responsibility.The IECThe IEC is a permanent body established by the Constitution to promote and safeguard democracy in South Africa. It is a publicly funded body and while it is accountable to Parliament, it is independent of government.It was established in 1993, has five full-time commissioners, appointed by the president, whose brief is to deliver regular, free and fair elections at all levels of government – national, provincial and local.In terms of the Electoral Commission Act of 1996, the IEC has to compile and maintain the voters’ roll and it is responsible for counting, verifying and declaring the results of an election, which must be done within seven days of the close of the election.The IEC is also responsible for:Compiling and maintaining a register of parties;Undertaking and promoting research into electoral matters;Developing and promoting the development of electoral expertise and technology in all spheres of government;Continuously reviewing electoral laws and proposed electoral laws, and making recommendations; and,Promoting voter education.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Kenyan running shoe company inspired by country’s Olympic spirit

first_img— Enda (@EndaSportswear) June 30, 2016Kenyan entrepreneur Navalayo Osembo, together with American investor Weldon Kennedy, have created Kenya’s first running shoe company. Enda, which is the Swahili word for ‘go’ is inspired by the country’s global dominance in long-distance running. This proud legacy has, over the last four decades, earned Kenyan runners over 50 Olympic medals, piqued the interest of sport science and created a worldwide fan base for endurance sport.“[We want] to create a way through which Kenya can economically benefit from the running industry, given its reputation on distance running,” Osembo said in an interview with Nigeria’s Signal newspaper. She grew up in Eldoret in the Rift Valley area, a highland region that also produced some of the country’s best long-distance athletes, including two-time Olympic gold medallist Kip Keino.Co-Founder @NavalayoOsembo sharing the Enda story again today pic.twitter.com/BgdriCyGR3— Enda (@EndaSportswear) July 19, 2016DevelopmentEnda raised over $75 000 (R1.1-million) in start-up capital with a kick-starter campaign ahead of its production launch in September 2015. Through its detailed designs and its use of Kenyan culture and sport, the world is starting to take notice of Enda.The company’s first fully developed product – called Iten – is a lightweight trainer with a low heels-to-toe-drop, for use by both professional and amateur runners. It is currently available to purchase via the Enda’s website, with the company hoping to get the product in US and African stores in 2017.According to 2015 market research by the National Purchase Diary group, Enda is targeting the highly competitive $17.2-billion (R246-billion) American sport shoe market with retail prices that are almost 50% less than major name brands. It is also aiming to capture African consumers, including South Africans, who have recently become interested in running competitively or as amateurs.DesignThe company has worked with some of the world’s top designers and consulted with some of the best Kenyan and international runners to create a shoe that is both practical and eye-catching.“What our logo means to me” – @NavalayoOsembo https://t.co/N7lCtr2ZGv pic.twitter.com/TlX5lfj3yf— Enda (@EndaSportswear) September 14, 2015Enda’s logo is a minimalist Maasai spearhead that pays tribute to the company’s origins and fits comfortably among familiar global branding like the Nike swoosh and Adidas’ trefoil.The US product design firm Birdhaus that has worked with Reebok, helped develop the first Enda designs. The shoe parts are manufactured by Jones & Vining, the world’s leading maker of outsoles, inserts, and other advanced components.“We wanted [the shoe] to look contemporary and urbane anywhere in the world, but whisper a Kenyan feel,” Kennedy told Fast Company magazine in June 2016.The parts are all assembled in Kenya, but the company is aiming to make the entire design, manufacturing and marketing processes a fully Kenyan operation.The shoes are currently being tested in the Rift Valley region, at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF’s) High Altitude Training Centre, by up-and-coming Kenyan runners Justin Lagat and Joan Cherop.Despite being the least popular shoe color, when it comes to T-shirts, black is the color of choice pic.twitter.com/Clx9y7A68a— Enda (@EndaSportswear) July 18, 2016FutureWhile the more decorated runners have sponsorships from famous running shoe brands, Enda hopes to make an impact on the next generation of professional runners, particularly from Africa, as well as the casual consumer market.Ultimately, the company wants to connect runners in the West to Kenya’s running culture, leveraging it to create domestic jobs and economic growth rather than benefit global corporations.“We wanted to channel the energy around running into something that can have much more of an impact on the people of Kenya,” Osembo told Fast Company. “If you think about the magnitude of the industry worldwide, and if you think about how Kenya is used for marketing, this is low-lying fruit.”Enda’s social enterprise efforts are small, but growing, with plans to invest part of the company’s profits in local and regional community initiatives that focus on sanitation, education and healthcare.According to the company’s kick-starter page “working with experts, we’ll identify a handful of the most effective projects that could use some extra support every six months. Anyone who buys a pair of Enda shoes and registers their purchase will get one vote to help us determine which projects will receive money from the pool.”“Through this, we will link Enda runners across the globe to local communities in Kenya and vice versa, and encourage sympathy, creativity and innovation.”Source: AFKInsiderWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more