Promotion and Development Ltd (PAD.mu) Q32010 Interim Report

July 12, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgPromotion and Development Ltd (PAD.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Investment sector has released it’s 2010 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Promotion and Development Ltd (PAD.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Promotion and Development Ltd (PAD.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Promotion and Development Ltd (PAD.mu)  2010 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfilePromotion and Development Limited is a company based in Mauritius which deals in the shares investment, property development, and supply and provision of services associated with such activities in Mauritius. The company has property, shares, and security segments that it operates through. Promotion and Development Limited also rents properties and provides security and property protection services, as well as sells equipment. Promotion and Development Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

The NMC Health share price has climbed 30%, so should you buy?

July 5, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgThe NMC Health share price has climbed 30%, so should you buy? I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Alan Oscroft | Tuesday, 11th February, 2020 | More on: NMC Image source: Getty Images. Alan Oscroft has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended NMC Health. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. NMC Health (LSE: NMC) has certainly had a high-profile life.In the latest twist to its story, the firm announced on Monday that it’s the target of not one, but two “highly preliminary” takeover approaches. There have been no actual proposals made, but Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co and GK Investment Holding Group were named as the potential suitors.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…The NMC share price finished Monday 32% ahead, so what should we do now?The UAE-based healthcare provider has become vulnerable to takeover approaches since its recent share price slump, triggered by December’s short-selling attack from Muddy Waters. The famous research group published a scathing report on the company, accusing it of balance sheet manipulation and of inflating the prices of purchased assets.Since then, I’ve been expecting to see a detailed rebuttal and a transparent response to the individual claims. But other than denials, that has not really been forthcoming.OwnershipIn a further twist, it appears the company doesn’t even know who owns it. In fact, even founder and chairman Bavaguthu Raghuram Shetty doesn’t seem to know how much he owns. His stake, the firm says, together with those of two other controlling shareholders, might have been “incorrectly reported historically to the company and the market.” The three of them will be absent from further board discussions until a legal review into the affair is concluded.NMC shares are now down 64% since the Muddy Waters attack came to light, despite Monday’s uptick. They had previously been on high growth valuations, with a trailing P/E of 26 for 2018. We’re now looking at a multiple of 8 based on prior City expectations for the year just ended, and that drops as low as 5.3 as far out as December 2021.Forecasts must be entirely up in the air now, mind. They’re hard to get right at the best of times, when a well-managed company is behaving totally transparently. But if any of Muddy Waters’ allegations prove correct, they could prove worthless. And remember, this is a company that can’t count the shareholdings of even its top controlling investors.Buy?But NMC still looks like a viable business, even if its valuation has been badly rocked. And if we have two possible buyers taking an interest, are we looking at a big buying opportunity now?In the past, I’ve been bullish about NMC Health. But the revelations of the past couple of months have shattered any optimism I had. I’m really quite stunned that a FTSE 100 company can be alleged, suddenly, to be in such a state.ShamblesFrom where I’m standing, the management of NMC Health looks shambolic. And at best, its approach to transparency appears to be incompetent.If a takeover bid does emerge, I think it could provide a welcome escape for NMC shareholders. Without it, I could see the share price drifting ever lower. But I’m not a shareholder, and that’s the way it’s staying. I wouldn’t trust my money to NMC Health. See all posts by Alan Oscroftcenter_img Enter Your Email Address Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”last_img read more

Australia: Melbourne priest named Queensland’s first woman bishop

June 20, 2021 0 Comments

first_img Posted Dec 3, 2012 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Youth Minister Lorton, VA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Associate Rector Columbus, GA Peter Meyers says: Comments are closed. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Cathedral Dean Boise, ID An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Director of Music Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Comments (2) Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit a Press Release Press Release Service Anglican Communion, The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Tampa, FL Women’s Ministry Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Featured Jobs & Calls TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Featured Events Archdeacon Alison Taylor. Photo/Diocese of Melbourne[Anglican Diocese of Melbourne] The Venerable Alison Taylor, Melbourne’s archdeacon for international partnerships and vicar of St. John’s Anglican Church Camberwell, has been appointed to lead the Southern Region of the Diocese of Brisbane as Queensland’s first woman bishop.She will succeed incumbent Bishop Geoff Smith, who will serve as general manager of the Brisbane diocese from early next year.Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne Philip Freier said that Taylor’s ministry in the Diocese of Melbourne “has encompassed a breadth of experience as vicar and archdeacon. I am delighted that her leadership, developed within the Diocese of Melbourne, now takes her on to this senior role in Brisbane.”Taylor says that while looking forward to the new appointment, she is sorry to leave St. John’s Camberwell. “I will be sad to leave the people of St. John’s, but I’m confident they will soon find a new vicar to lead them into their 150th anniversary year in 2013,” Taylor said.Her senior appointments following ordination have included chairing Anglican Overseas Aid (formerly Anglicord). In 2009, Taylor was personally invited by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams to be a member of the Steering Group for the newly created international Anglican Alliance for Development Relief and Advocacy. Taylor also has served as archdeacon of Kew in the Eastern Region of Melbourne.Taylor will be consecrated as bishop in St. John’s Cathedral, Brisbane at 10 a.m. on April 6, 2013. December 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm Time for the English Church to catch up with the colonies! Congratulations to the Church in Brisbane, and congratulations to the Venerable Archdeacon Taylor. Godspeed to you all!! Rector Collierville, TN Australia: Melbourne priest named Queensland’s first woman bishop Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York January 5, 2013 at 3:13 pm May all in the Diocese of Brisbane continue to be guided by the Holy Spirit. What a blessing bishop-designate Taylor is. 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Telemarketing award goes to the dogs

June 16, 2021 0 Comments

About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Telemarketing award goes to the dogs Battersea Dogs’ Home has been announced as the Telemarketing Champion in the Marketing 1999 awards. Battersea Dogs’ Home has been announced as the Telemarketing Champion in the Marketing 1999 awards. The charity ran an automated, interactive voice response campaign to tie in with its appearance in a series of BBC TV programmes in December 1998. During January and February new homes were found for 1191 dogs and 467 cats, a considerable increase on 1998. Donateds increased by 100% during the broadcasts. Howard Lake | 17 June 1999 | News Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis read more

Great Firewall of China closes loopholes

June 12, 2021 0 Comments

first_img News News GREG BAKER / AFP China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures RSF_en News Organisation News ChinaAsia – Pacific PredatorsFreedom of expressionInternet In the months prior to the Communist Party of China’s 19th Congress, which begins on 18 October, President Xi Jinping has been deploying a major arsenal of repressive measures against online social networks with the aim of perfecting the “Great Firewall” that censors the Internet in China. April 27, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prisoncenter_img October 9, 2017 Great Firewall of China closes loopholes to go further Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out more Just weeks ahead of the Congress, which is expected to renew Xi’s mandate for another five years, the US encrypted messaging app WhatsApp suddenly began malfunctioning in China, in a sign that a new turning-point had been reached in the Party’s censorship. Use of WhatsApp had until then been tolerated.“Control of the Chinese Internet has grown day by day for more than a year,” said Cédric Alviani, the head of the East Asia bureau of Reporters Without Borders (RSF). “The president, who likes to call himself the New Helmsman in allusion to Mao Zedong, has established a very sophisticated system of information censorship and surveillance in recent years, one that has gone to a whole new level.”Since becoming president, Xi has proved to be a determined enemy of press freedom, pursuing complete control of the media in order protect China against what he calls the influence of “hostile foreign powers.”He began by “reorienting” journalists, who had cautiously tried to contribute to the social debate under his predecessor. Now their duties are restricted to the thankless task of relaying “the Party’s propaganda.” He then cracked down hard on bloggers who had taken up the torch of journalism.Industrial-scale surveillanceChat forums and social networks, on the other hand, had remained relatively spared. Sina Weibo, whose 340 million regular users exceed Twitter’s, and Tencent QQ and WeChat, which seem set to reach 1 billion accounts in the near future, had become spaces for free speech.The Chinese appreciated being able to chat with relative anonymity, which also allowed them to exchange information that was missing from the media. The evolving technology and inventiveness of its users limited the impact of censorship, which was mainly effectively in blocking foreign media and social networks such as Google and Facebook.This era may already be over. Under Xi, Internet censorship has reached industrial levels and has been combined with a formidable surveillance apparatus. According to official sources, China’s Internet espionage apparatus employs two million people, one mole for every 374 Internet users.The WeChat social network has rightly acquired a reputation for being a police Trojan horse. Since last year, information gathered from WeChat, including conversation detail, can officially be used as prosecution evidence in trials.To make matters worse, the Cyberspace Administration of China, an entity personally supervised by the president, has in recent months deployed a range of chilling measures directly targeting China’s 750 million Internet users.End of Internet anonymitySince last week, the moderators of discussion groups on social networks such as WeChat have been held personally responsible for “unhealthy or illegal information” and any content that “distorts the history of China and the Party, misinterprets policy directives and promotes abnormal values.” The definitions are so broad that almost any discussion could be concerned.Many discussion groups are expected to disband of their own accord. In those that continue, the moderators will undoubtedly be highly vigilant at all times to avoid problems.This latest provision reinforces already harsh regulations that, since June, have criminalized the “illegal publishing” of content and, since 2013, have exposed anyone posting questionable content that is reposted more than 500 times or is viewed more than 5,000 to the possibility of a three-year jail term.So, whenever Chinese Internet users are about to “like” or repost content, they will have to ask themselves whether it is compatible with Party doctrine or whether they want to run the risks involved.Recent changes have also sounded the knell for anonymity on the Chinese Internet. Since the start of the month, online communities are required to verify the identity of their users and to ban comments by unregistered visitors.Tencent, Sina and Baidu, China’s Internet giants, were slow to comply with this requirement, which is costly and complicated to implement, so the Cyberspace Administration of China imposed heavy fines on them to show who is boss.Suspended VPNsThere have been regular announcements of new Internet restrictions for more than a year now: a ban on streaming video or audio content without a special licence, closure of celebrity news sites regarded as frivolous and incompatible with the party line, a ban on foreign companies posting content online without a permit and a requirement that they store their data on servers in China they are easier to monitor.The next upcoming measure may be the most drastic one. The government has ordered telecom operators to put a stop to all Virtual Private Network services (VPNs) by next February. Millions of Chinese, including many researchers and businessmen, and most of China’s foreign residents use VPNs to bypass website blocking. If the VPN ban proves to be effective, the Great Firewall beloved of Xi will become an enhanced reality.The People’s Republic of China continues to be ranked 176th out of 180 countries in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index. Only Syria, Turkmenistan, Eritrea and North Korea have even more disgraceful scores. Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes ChinaAsia – Pacific PredatorsFreedom of expressionInternet March 12, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on China Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Taghi Rahmani, Iran’s most frequently jailed journalist, arrested again

June 12, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgNews News IranMiddle East – North Africa June 9, 2021 Find out more After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa February 10, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Taghi Rahmani, Iran’s most frequently jailed journalist, arrested again News Reporters Without Borders condemns the arrest of Taghi Rahmani, a veteran independent journalist and staunch free speech activist, who was picked up at his Tehran home yesterday by men in plain-clothes and was taken to an unknown location.At the same time, several journalists and bloggers have been summoned for questioning by the Revolutionary Guards and the intelligence ministry in various parts of the country ahead of a demonstration called by government opponents for 14 February in solidarity with the Egyptian and Tunisian peoples.“We firmly condemn the regime’s persecution of journalists,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said. “Iran is one of the world’s most repressive countries as regards media freedom. On direct orders from the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government is using the justice system to arbitrarily arrest journalists. Taghi Rahmani was arrested without a warrant and without any charges pending against him. We demand his immediate release.”Rahmani was arrested despite the fact that his wife, fellow journalist Narges Mohammadi, has been seriously ill ever since her release on 2 July 2010. A spokesperson for the Human Rights Defenders Centre and colleague of Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi, she had been arrested at their home on the evening of 10 June.Rahmani has repeatedly been arrested in connection with his work for newspapers since 1981. He was prosecuted both for working for underground newspapers such as Pishtazan and Movahed and for working for legal newspapers such as Iran-e-Farda and Omid Zanjan. In all, he has spent more than 16 years in Iranian prisons.With 30 journalists currently detained, Iran continues to be the world’s biggest prison for the media. to go furthercenter_img Help by sharing this information Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News Organisation RSF_en February 25, 2021 Find out more March 18, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Iran Receive email alertslast_img read more

Government to seek € 2 billion in austerity cuts

May 27, 2021 0 Comments

first_img The government has confirmed it will seek 2 billion euro of tax hikes and spending cuts in the next Budget.It’s published an update on the Irish economy to be sent to the EU, which includes 1.3 billion euro in spending cuts and 700 million euro in tax hikes.The document comes only days after the E-S-R-I suggested the government could meet its EU targets without any new taxes at all.However the door is left open for the government to change its mind, saying the final decision will be made closer to Budget day.The opposition says the new document marks a u-turn from the government, which had previously discussed the prospect of cutting taxes on middle-income families.Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty says people cannot put up with any more austerity:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/19doh.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Pinterest WhatsApp By News Highland – April 16, 2014 Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Twitter LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton center_img Facebook Government to seek € 2 billion in austerity cuts Facebook Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Twitter Google+ Previous articleCllr McGowan calls for land drainage committees to be re-establishedNext articleCllr Padraig O’Doherty to now run as an independent in local elections News Highland Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Google+ Pinterestlast_img read more

Highland’s Farming News – Thursday 2nd June

May 25, 2021 0 Comments

first_img WhatsApp NewsPlayback Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows By admin – June 2, 2016 Google+ Pinterest A 15 Minute Programme presented by Chris Ashmore every Thursday at 7.05pm highlighting all that’s happening in the farming community.Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Farming8.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleFire fighters tackle extensive gorse fire in StrabaneNext articleNW Warriors collapse hands Lightning comprehensive win admin Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA center_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Highland’s Farming News – Thursday 2nd June Pinterest Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Almost 400 dwellings added to Donegal Residential Building Stock in 2017

May 25, 2021 0 Comments

first_img Twitter Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Homepage BannerNews Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty WhatsApp Almost 400 dwellings added to Donegal Residential Building Stock in 2017 Google+center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleLack of 4×4 vehicle prohibiting Donegal Garda Division in flooding emergenciesNext articlePSNI probe theft of Omagh digger attachment News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook There were almost 400 dwellings added to the Donegal Residential Building Stock in 2017.According to figures revealed in the latest GeoView Residential Buildings Report, the level of demand is still far greater than supply. The report finds that in Donegal, 393 new dwellings were added to the total residential stock in 2017.The database estimates a total of 95,114 vacant dwellings in the country.The vacancy rate in Donegal was 10.2%, which was higher than the national average.Construction activity has doubled relative to the same period last year and was primarily concentrated in the Leinster region, accounting for 63.4% of the overall total. In Donegal, 180 buildings were under construction in December 2017.Data from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government showed that there were a total of 318 residential commencements were recorded in Donegal in 2017.The average residential property price in Donegal in 2017 was €118,333. This was lower than the national average of €262,061. Excluding Dublin city and county, the average national property price was €187,623.The area with the highest average residential property price in 2017 in the county was Letterkenny, at €133,803. DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – January 4, 2018 Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Harps come back to win in Waterford last_img read more

Pan-Celtic Festival opens in Letterkenny

May 25, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgHomepage BannerNews DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Facebook Twitter Previous articleLegal advice says Ten-T route selection is not a matter for councillorsNext articleLyra Mc Kee planned a Donegal wedding in 2022 News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Colourful start as Pan Celtic Festival opens in Letterkenny – There was a strong mix of celtic music, song and dance in the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny last night as the 48th International Pan Celtic Festival got off to a colourful start with a special Opening Night Concert. Photo Clive WassonThe 48th International Pan Celtic Festival got underway in Letterkenny with a special Opening Concert in the Mount Errigal Hotel last night.The festival runs until Sunday.________________________________Donegal County Council statement -There was a strong mix of celtic music, song and dance in the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny last night as the 48th International Pan Celtic Festival got off to a colourful start with a special Opening Night Concert.  Old friends were reconnected and new friends became acquainted as the large audience enjoyed entertainment from each of the six Celtic nations.The Official Opening was performed by popular TG4 presenter and Falcarragh native, Caitlín Nic Aoidh and the Opening Night Concert feature performances from each of the participating Celtic nations – Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, Wales, Cornwall and the Isle of Man.  This was followed by a special Oíche Ghaelach, hosted by the Letterkenny Branch of Comhaltas Cheoltóirí Éireann from 9.30pm.Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill also spoke at the official opening saying “it is a privilege to host the International Pan Celtic Festival and to celebrate and share our Celtic heritage, cultures, traditions and especially our lovely languages together with Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Brittany, Cornwall and the Isle of Man.   County Donegal’s unique and varied culture is a source of immense pride and our county and its culture have always been intertwined.  Donegal County Council is fully committed to valuing, sustaining and developing our culture and our creative resources and hosting the International Pan Celtic Festival is a clear demonstration of this commitment.”Mayor of Letterkenny MD Cllr. Ian McGarvey welcomed the visiting guests to Letterkenny saying “As Mayor of Letterkenny, it is indeed an honour and a joy for me to welcome you all to this the official opening of the International Pan Celtic Festival 2019. I hope you all have a copy of the very busy and interesting programme of events in your hands, and that you will find the time to attend all of the events listed there – you will have plenty of time to sleep and recover when you go home!”This Festival, which was hosted very successfully by Letterkenny last year, will run until Sunday and boasts a packed programme of themed concerts, music, song and dance workshops and competitions, talks, storytelling sessions, Celtic language workshops, street pageantry, spectacle and drama, featuring over 300 performers.In order to encourage as many people as possible to enjoy the event, the Pan Celtic Festival organisers are offering Special €10 All Day Tickets which enable admission to All Festival Events in Any One Day.  Tickets are available now at An Grianán Theatre Box Office  T: 074 9120779.Back Row L-R, Liam Ward, Director of Service, Donegal County Council, Máirín Nic Dhonnchadha, International Chairperson of the Pan Celtic Festival, Caitlín Nic Aoidh, TG4, and Gearóid Maguibhrín, Foras na Gaeilge.Front Row L-R –Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Seamus O’Domhnaill, Bláithnaid Ó Brádaigh, President of the Pan Celtic International Festival and Cllr. Ian Mc Garvey, Cathaoirleach of Letterkenny MD.Pics – Clive WassonCeltic Nation NightsAmong the most popular elements of last year’s Festival programme were the special Festival Club variety concerts hosted by the individual visiting Celtic Nation groups.The first of this year’s editions, the Breton Night, takes place tonight (Wednesday 24 April) at the Mount Errigal Hotel from 8pm. It will feature performances by the 30 strong Pipes, Bombards and Drums band, Bagad Bleidi Kamorah, the 20 member Cercle de Vannes Dance Ensemble, Ensemble Gens Cambrina Harp Quintet, the Hent Telenn Breizh Singers Quartet and the Kerdin en Avel Traditional Breton Band. The Breton groups are renowned for the beauty and detail of their exquisite traditional costumes and their dedicated Festival Club Night is not to be misssed.Three further visiting Celtic Nation Nights will take place at the Mount Errigal Hotel, over the course of the week. On Thursday, April 25th it’s the turn of Cornwall and the Isle of Man; Friday, April 26th is Wales Night and is a must see for choral music lovers, while on Saturday, April 27th, it’s the turn of the Scots.Admission to each of the Celtic Nation Nights is €10 and tickets may be Purchased or Booked in Advance at the An Grianán Theatre Box Office, or purchased at the door, on the night.Pan Celtic Song Contest and Choral Concert An Grianán Theatre will host some of the Festival’s most highly anticipated competitive events and concert performances.  These include the prestiguous Pan Celtic International Song Contest on Thursday night, April 25th which will be hoted by TG4’s Caitlín Nic Aoidh and the spectacular Pan Celtic Choral Concert on Friday night, April 26th which will feature a special performance by Donegal’s own Ceol le Chéile Donegal Choir of Ages intergenerational choir, conducted by Veronica McCarron.Pageantry and SpectcleThe Festival will take to the streets on Friday afternoon, April 26th, with the Pan Celtic Parade, from An Grianán Theatre to the Courtyard Shopping Centre at 2pm.  The Parade will feature marching bands, dancers and musicians from the six Celtic nations, as well as special appearances by Inishowen Carnival Group and the Carndonagh Brass Band.Lá na gComórtas Inter-Celtic Competitions DaySaturday, April 27, is Lá na gComórtas, the Inter-Celtic Competitions Day. For the travelling performers, this is the biggest day of the Festival, the day the various choirs, vocal ensembles, solo musicians and duets, across a range of instruments, go head to head in Inter-Celtic competition. The competitions will run from 10.30am at Coláiste Ailigh, Knocknamona. The quality the performances and the level of entertainment will be of the highest order.Further Events and Programme InformationDetails of further Pan Celtic Festival events, such as the Celtic language classes and workshops series at the Central Library and the Mount Errigal Hotel,  the Líonra Leitir Ceanainn Irish language events at An Grianán and at Caifé Moonshine,   the lecture on Tristan and Isolde and  the Arthurian Cycle of Celtic legends at the County Museum, the hugely popular Scottish Céilí event, the Inter-Celtic Dance Competition, Celtic Harp workshops and recitals, camogie competitions, outdoor theatre performances and special religious services, are all to be found in the Festival Programme, which may be downloaded from www.panceltic.iePresented ByThe 48th International Pan Celtic Festival is presented by the International Pan Celtic Council, in a partnership with Donegal County Council. Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook Pan-Celtic Festival opens in Letterkennycenter_img WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WhatsApp By News Highland – April 24, 2019 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more