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Exciting new archaeological sites discovered in Donegal

first_imgTwo new archaeological sites have been uncovered during roadworks in West Donegal.The major historical find was made at Letterilly, outside Glenties. According to Donegal County Museum, the sites may date as far back as the Bronze Age, which took place between 2,500BC and 700BC.One find was a burned mound, called a fulacht fiadh, while ancient pottery, tools and bone were unearthed at the second site. The two sites were discovered during works on the N56 Letterilly to Glenties (Kilraine) road scheme.Photo: Donegal County MuseumSpecialist studies are being carried out to determine the era from which the artefacts originated.Donegal County Museum reports that there is already a known archaeological monument in Letterilly – a low enclosure which overlooks these two previously unknown archaeological sites.They said: “The first site Letterilly is a ‘fulacht fiadh’. It is believed that the majority of fulacht fiadh were used for cooking, but the hot water may have been used for a variety of other purposes, including bathing in association with saunas, leather-processing, textile-dying or even brewing. “These sites are one of the most common sites found throughout Ireland and the majority of them date to the Bronze Age.Photo: Donegal County MuseumPhoto: Donegal County Museum“The second site at Letterilly was strewn with granite boulders and contained burnt bone, charcoal and sherds of decorated pottery and flint tools.“In the Bronze Age pots were used for cooking, storing and consuming food, while others were used as funerary urns for cremations. Cremation was the most common burial rite during the Bronze Age.“Preliminary indications are that this might be one of the most North Westerly discoveries of this kind of pottery.”Excavation and archaeological works were carried out by TVAS Irish Archaeology Services, contracted by Donegal County Council and under Archaeological Licence/Direction from the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Exciting new archaeological sites discovered in Donegal was last modified: March 19th, 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)Tags:archaeologyDonegal County Museumhistoryletterlillylast_img read more


Takeaways from the Giants’ 2-1 victory over Miami on Sunday

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The Giants still are scuffling to score runs, but Johnny Cueto delivered another pitching performance that made everyone feel better.Cueto pitched his second straight scoreless start since returning from Tommy John surgery last summer, and the Giants closed out their homestand with a 2-1 victory over the Miami Marlins on Sunday.The Giants have scored just seven runs the past four games, but they took two of three from the National League’s worst team as they embark on a trip …last_img read more


Amarula one of world’s top 10 liqueurs

first_img4 February 2011South Africa’s popular cream and marula spirit, Amarula, debuted in sixth place in a recent poll of the world’s hottest bar brands by respected global publication Drinks International.Liqueur giant Distell’s flagship brand, Amarula is a tasty blend of cream and extract of marula (Sclerocarya birrea, known locally as the elephant or marriage tree). This is the first time the product has featured on Drinks International’s list.Seven hundred bartenders, bar owners and mixologists across 60 countries were asked to identify the brands that their patrons demanded the most.Distell spokesperson Siobhan Thompson said the boost in popularity was mainly due to Amarula’s versatility. “We are really excited that there is such a growing recognition of its ability to play in the on-trade arena with appreciation for its nuanced and multi-layered flavours of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, toasted nuts and citrus,” she said.Amarula’s success also stemmed from a marketing campaign conducted during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Since the brand was an official licensed product at the tournament, the sought-after gold trophy replaced the elephant traditionally used as a logo on its packaging, and the campaign showcased the versatility of the product.Another move that contributed to this rise took place in the first half of 2010, when Distell appointed Cellar Trends to handle their UK distribution of Amarula. Cellar Trends distributes other heavyweight brands such as Jagermeister, Cinzano, Campari and Skyy Vodka.At the time, Distell Europe MD Gary Greenfield said the company was looking to raise the profile of the drink. “We were looking for a successful distributor with an existing portfolio of strong brands that would complement Amarula,” he said.Global popularityIn August, research conducted by business intelligence provider Euromonitor International labelled the cream liqueur as one of the fastest-growing spirits in the world, appearing seventh on a list out of 100.Thompson said “The Spirit of Africa”, as it is known, was showing consistently good growth in the 103 countries that it is sold.“This holds true even in major markets where the brand is already well-entrenched. Some of the most spectacular volume increases have come from Latin America, historically a strong supporter of Amarula, and Europe, most notably Germany, which remains the single biggest off-shore market for the brand,” Thompson said.She added that Asia-Pacific, North America and Africa had also shown impressive increases.According to the website Wine Times, Amarula is the second-biggest cream drink of its kind universally. “Its inimitable taste that comes from the marula fruit, indigenous to southern Africa, blended with cream, has proved irresistible to consumers worldwide, along with its exotic connection to Africa, underscored by the brand’s support for African elephant research,” Wine Times said.The Amarula Trust is responsible for the conservation and community projects that help to protect elephants and provide people with a better quality of life.First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more


SA must resolve labour unrest: Gordhan

first_img22 May 2013 The government, trade unions, business and civic leaders need to take bold steps to resolve unrest in South Africa’s mining sector to reduce the impact on the economy, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said in Cape Town on Tuesday. Opening a debate on the National Treasury budget vote in Parliament, Gordhan warned that unless a way was found to restore calm and confidence in South Africa’s mining sector, investment and jobs would be under threat. “The present uncertainty in the labour relations environment in mining and other sectors requires concerted action by organised labour, business, civic leaders and government,” the minister said.‘We are all in this together’ “There is no room for complacency here: we are all in this together. If we do not resolve our labour relations challenges, we will all be losers. We will see deteriorating confidence, job losses and business failures. “But if we find balanced, fair and socially responsible solutions, we all stand to gain: we will see higher investment, higher employment and improvements in living conditions.” Gordhan’s statement comes as the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) is set to facilitate talks between the government, unions and Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) in a bid to mitigate the mining company’s planned restructuring.‘Focus on telling a positive story’ However, despite this and other challenges that posed a threat to the economy, Gordhan said South Africans should focus on telling a positive story instead of dwelling on the negatives about the country “It is time to construct a positive narrative, and to work together to implement it. There are many countries that have greater instability, but their economic narrative is extremely positive. South Africans want to focus only on the negative, and yet what is needed urgently is to focus on the positive.” Gordhan said that, to turn around the country’s fortunes, the government needed to focus on investing in infrastructure. He said this was how South Africa weathered the storm during the 2008-9 global financial crisis, with the Treasury managing to retain healthy public spending and a comparable low level of debt.Investing in infrastructure “Spending growth reinforced the social security net during a period of declining employment, and provided an economic stimulus through rising allocations towards infrastructure and programmes aimed at business support and increasing employment. “Going forward, the deficit level will moderate through a combination of revenue growth, in line with the economic recovery, and disciplined real growth in spending.” He said there was a need to enhance the economy’s capacity to finance long-term infrastructure investments and municipal capacity. “I am pleased to report that the corporate plan of the Development Bank of Southern Africa outlines a concerted effort to support basic and economic infrastructure development in South Africa and the region. “Government will, over the next three years, invest R827-billion in the building of new and the upgrading of existing infrastructure. These investments will improve access by South Africans to healthcare facilities, schools, water, sanitation, housing and electrification.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more


RIL seeking global partner for bridging urban-rural gap: Nita

first_imgIndian corporate giant Reliance Industries is seeking partnership with global players for a new venture aimed at bridging the gap between urban and rural India, Group Chief Mukesh Ambani’s wife Nita Ambani has said.Noting that India is capable of becoming a USD 30-40 trillion economy by 2040, Nita Ambani, Chairperson of RIL Group’s philanthropy arm Reliance Foundation, said that the milestone would make the country poverty-free.Delivering the Champben & Jamnadas Modi/K R Narayanan PhD Fellowship lecture at the London School of Economics in London on Friday  night, she elaborated on the Reliance Group’s plan to build bridges between the rural and urban India.”It will be a unique partnership of private, public and the citizen sector and we seek global partnership in this venture,” she said.”We all have a big dream for India. It has the potential to become a staggering USD 30 to 40 trillion economy by 2040 and when this dream comes true, India will be poverty-free,” Ambani noted.”This will be India’s third and real freedom, freedom from poverty. If 1947 was the first freedom, to my mind 1991 (rpt) 1991 was the 2nd freedom – economic freedom – freedom that unleashed our entrepreneurship to compete in the world.”She said the freedom from poverty is possible “if we energise our youth and build an economic system, and institutions that provide an opportunity to realise the full potential of our 1 billion plus people.”Remembering the time when she met Mukesh, she said: “In the late 1970s and early 80s when Mukesh and I met, India was considered a third world country. It has been fascinating to see the journey from third world country to the third most powerful country in the world.”advertisementThe topic of the lecture was “Towards an Indian Renaissance: Building Institutions of Excellence.”Noting that India’s advantages can be summarised as 3 Ds – Democracy, Diversity and Demographics, Nita Ambani, also chairperson of Dhirubhai Ambani International School and Sports JV IMG-Reliance, said the real explosion would happen when the 4th ‘D’ of discipline would get integrated.”Discipline will bind the country and align it in its pursuit to become a truly advanced economy.”After arriving here with Mukesh Ambani on Friday afternoon in their special chartered flight, Reliance I, the couple also attended a dinner hosted by Professor Lord Nicholas Stern, IG Patel Professor of Economics at the LSE.The dinner was attended by Britain’s Secretary of State for Business Dr Vince Cable, Lord Megnad Desai, Barry Gardiner, MP, and Manoj Ladwa, a leading solicitor.In her hour-long lecture, which was repeatedly applauded by the packed gathering, Ambani said “India is now changing and regaining its lustre and it is coming of age.”Describing the radical transformation, she said, “India’s economy is growing at a trail blazing rate of around 8 to 9 per cent annually and promises to do so for many years to come. We will soon be the fastest growing economy.”Neeta Ambani added, “Mukesh often talks about our right to win. India has now earned its right to win. People speculate that this century is Asia’s century and in my heart of heart I know India will lead the way.”It will not only lead the way but also be a shining example and show the path to the rest of the world. While the world is still reeling under the aftermath of the financial crisis, India has come out stronger and has demonstrated that financial innovations can not be done at the cost of the common man.”According to her, India knew a unique developmental model, which is different from the rest of the world.”India’s unique strength lies in its soft power – the soft power will be central to making it a super power.”Talking about her association with the businesses of Reliance Group, Nita Ambani said her role in building Jamnagar Refinery was to “make the development process people-centric, infuse a soul into the creation; my role was also to ensure excellence is ingrained in this asset that will serve India and its people for a long time.”She said her most important job was to create one of the biggest green belts standing in 1800 acres in Jamnagar where they planted over 2 million trees.”Part of the desert has now been transformed into Asia’s largest mango-growing orchard. Today the refinery is not only exporting petroleum products but also mangoes,” she said.She also referred to her role in transforming the Mumbai Indians, the IPL team led by Sachin Tendulkar, “greatest cricketer in the world”.advertisementShe said that the Group was now expanding its sports vision through IMG Reliance Joint Venture. “It is a world class initiative in sports development under which 29 most deserving young sports stars have been identified from across the country and they will be sent on a one-year scholarship to IMG academy in Florida.””This joint venture will build most advanced sport infrastructure in the country. Most importantly it will groom future champions of India.”With inputs from PTIlast_img read more


MPC Container Ships to Buy Two More

first_imgzoom Oslo-based boxship owner MPC Container Ships is continuing with fleet expansion efforts as it has agreed two more secondhand purchases.The company has entered into agreements to acquire the 1,049 TEU Annika and the 1,043 TEU Antigoni, both built at Daesun Shipbuilding, South Korea, in 2008.As informed, the total purchase price for the two vessels is USD 16.1 million.The vessel duo is owned by Greece-based Cosmoship, VesselsValue’s data shows.The takeover of the vessels is expected to take place in January 2018, lifting the fleet of the company to 41 vessels, MPC Container Ships said.Last week, the company also agreed to buy three 2006-built containerships, Vilano, Cap Pasado and Cap Blanche.last_img read more