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Shell president warns expansion to Asian markets necessary

first_imgThe native Newfoundlander said that growing U.S. shale gas production is rapidly shrinking the market for Canadian exports, and as a result, Western Canadian producers must find new customers in the fast-growing Asian market while facing stiff competition from countries like Australia.Shell has a major presence in the Montney shale gas play, here in Northeast B.C. and is working with Chinese, Japanese and South Korean companies to determine the feasibility of building a pipeline to B.C.’s Pacific Coast and a liquefied natural gas terminal.The paper says Ms. Mitchelmore argues it would be an absolute pity not to develop that resource, but has also indicated without an expanded customer base, companies will find it hard to justify the development of  the local area’s Montney and Horn River shale gas plays. She says the prosperity of the entire country hangs in the balance, given that the oil and gas sector is by far the country’s leading export industry.- Advertisement -In an address to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in St. John’s, she said this should be a time of great opportunity for Canada, but she added that, as yet, has not happened, and she argued it won’t happen unless we diversify our customer base for energy products and create access to global growth markets. She said Ottawa needs to move quickly to make its regulatory system more efficient – with clear time lines to conclude reviews – so that companies can commit to multi-billion-dollar projects.She also challenged provincial governments to streamline their regulatory systems.Advertisementlast_img read more

Around the Region

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The suspects entered separate vehicles and drove away, Meadows said. One of the suspects, a 32-year-old San Bernardino man, was found by officers at a nearby gas station, he said. Elderly driver must pay $12.5M to family VENTURA – Jurors say an elderly driver who struck a Thousand Oaks bicyclist from behind in the bike lane, killing him, must pay $12.5 million to the family of the late dental surgeon. Eighty-two-year-old Norma Seigel learned a month before the accident that she had cataracts and she admitted responsibility in the death of Glenn Garvin. The 49-year-old dental surgeon, a longtime cyclist who headed bicycle safety for the city of Thousand Oaks, was riding in the bicycle lane with a friend a year ago when he was struck from behind. MONTEBELLO – A man was arrested Friday on suspicion of stealing valuable antique jeans from a local store, officials said. The incident occurred about 5 p.m. at Demo, a clothing store located inside the Montebello Town Center, said Montebello police Sgt. Rich Meadows. A store employee had just inventoried a display of antique jeans worth more than $250 each when the worker spotted two suspects looking through them, Meadows said. Once they left, the employee re-counted the jeans and discovered two pairs were missing, said Meadows. Four shirts, valued at more than $150, were also missing, he added. The total loss to the store was estimated to be $1,000. After a weeklong wrongful death trial, the Ventura County Superior Court jury came up with the $12.5 million verdict for the dental surgeon’s widow Pamela Garvin and his two minor children. Glendale Galleria to pay $74M LOS ANGELES – Jurors decided the owner of the Glendale Galleria must pay $74 million to the developer of a competing complex for illegally trying to block the opening of a Cheesecake Factory restaurant. Rick Caruso, developer of the $264 million Americana at Brand residential and retail complex opening next to the Galleria in 2008, says Galleria owner General Growth Properties illegally tried to block the restaurant. – From staff and wire reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Drunk man holding bottle of vodka is fined

first_imgA Letterkenny man who was staggering around a road holding a bottle of vodka has been fined €150. Joe Magill, aged 57, appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with being intoxicated. Garda Inspector Sean Grant told the court that Magill, of The Maples, Lismonaghan, Letterkenny was approached by Gardai in an intoxicated state at The Maples on February 2nd last.Solicitor Kieran O’Gorman said his client had split from his partner and has a drink problem and has received treatment for his problem.Drunk man holding bottle of vodka is fined was last modified: November 27th, 2017 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:courtdonegaldrunkletterkennyVodkalast_img read more

FIRE OFFICERS AND ARMY RUSH TO NEW GORSE FIRE AT MUCKISH

first_imgA serious gorse fire is now raging on Muckish.Although many other more serious fires have now been brought under control, 50 army members, two fire brigades and the army helicopter have been dispatched to the Muckish blaze.Other fires including blazes at Ardara and Dungloe are now under control. There are also other smaller fires in Milford and Buncrana which the fire service says it hopes to have under control by lunchtime.Acting Chief fire officer Bobby McMenamin says people should still be on high alert to other fires breaking out.“We still have to be very alert as we still have perfect conditions for more fires to break out. We are mostly on top of things while we are still fighting the fire on Muckish.“We are asking people to remain vigilant and be on the lookout for fires. Even a small fire than turn quickly into a very large blaze because of the weather conditions,” he said. EndsFIRE OFFICERS AND ARMY RUSH TO NEW GORSE FIRE AT MUCKISH was last modified: May 3rd, 2011 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:Bobby McMenamingorse firesMuckishlast_img read more

GAA COUNTY RESULTS: ST NAUL’S, BURT AND EUNAN’S IN FINAL WINS

first_imgTHERE are always winners and losers at the end of a long season and today several teams are celebrating winning county championships.St Naul’s were crowned Intermediate Champions, disposing of Naomh Columba by 1-5 to 0-3 at Tir Chonaill Park.Burt picked up the Junior title with a comprehensive victory over Lifford, finishing 3-5 to 1-3 at O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny. And the boys of St Eunan’s won the County Minor honours with a convincing win over Ardara.www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comBusanna Feda O Donaill IFCDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2Venue16-Oct-2011St Nauls1 – 50 – 3Naomh ColumbaTir Chonaill Park Donegal TownBusanna Feda O Donaill Jun AFCDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2Venue16-Oct-2011Naomh Padraig Leifear1 – 33 – 5BurtO Donnell ParkBrian McCormack Sports Division OneDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2Venue16-Oct-2011Naomh Conaill1 – 90 – 6Four MastersGlenties Davy Brennan MemorialBusanna Feda O Donaill Jun BFCDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2Venue16-Oct-2011St Michaels0 – 40 – 9MacCumhaillsTermonBrian McCormack Sports Division OneDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2Venue15-Oct-2011Ardara1 – 71 – 6MalinPairc na Phiarsaigh ArdaraCentra Supermarkets Division ThreeDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2Venue15-Oct-2011Urris1 – 82 – 10DowningsUrris Pairc Ui Chraimhsaigh15-Oct-2011Naomh Brid1 – 100 – 8Naomh MhuireNaomh BridMarley Coach Hire Division Four ReserveDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2Venue15-Oct-2011Naomh Ultan1 – 131 – 6Letterkenny GaelsDunkineelyMcGlynns Resturant Castlefin Division TwoDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2Venue15-Oct-2011Glenfin2 – 131 – 7Sean MacCumhaillsPairc Ghleann FhinneMcGlynns Resturant Castlefin Division Two ReserveDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2Venue15-Oct-2011Killybegs2 – 140 – 11BundoranFintraCentra Supermarkets Division ThreeDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2Venue15-Oct-2011Carndonagh0 – 50 – 8Naomh ColmcilleCarndonaghMarley Coach Hire Division 5DateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2Venue15-Oct-2011St Eunans1 – 53 – 7Naomh ConaillO Donnell ParkMcGlynns Resturant Castlefin Division TwoDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2Venue15-Oct-2011St Michaels0 – 111 – 6Fanad GaelsPairc Naomh MichealBrian McCormack Sports Division OneDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2Venue15-Oct-2011Gaoth Dobhair0 – 111 – 9DungloeMachaire GathlanCentra Supermarkets Division ThreeDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2Venue15-Oct-2011Buncrana1 – 120 – 7Aodh RuadhBuncrana ScarveyMcGlynns Resturant Castlefin Division Two ReserveDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2Venue15-Oct-2011Termon2 – 143 – 9KilcarTermonCentra Supermarkets Division Three ReserveDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2Venue15-Oct-2011Carndonagh4 – 200 – 11Naomh ColmcilleCarndonaghBrian McCormack Sports Division One ReserveDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2Venue15-Oct-2011Ardara0 – 101 – 8MalinPairc na Phiarsaigh ArdaraCentra Supermarkets Division Three ReserveDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2Venue15-Oct-2011Buncrana1 – 54 – 17Aodh RuadhBuncrana ScarveyMarley Coach Hire Division FourDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2Venue15-Oct-2011Na Rossa1 – 110 – 5ConvoyPairc DooeyCentra Supermarkets Division Three ReserveDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2Venue15-Oct-2011Naomh Brid0 – 90 – 3Naomh MhuireNaomh BridMcGlynns Resturant Castlefin Division Two ReserveDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2Venue15-Oct-2011St Michaels5 – 151 – 6Fanad GaelsPairc Naomh MichealBrian McCormack Sports Division One ReserveDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2Venue15-Oct-2011Gaoth Dobhair0 – 121 – 10DungloeMachaire GathlanMcGlynns Resturant Castlefin Division TwoDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2Venue15-Oct-2011Termon0 – 142 – 10KilcarTermonGAA COUNTY RESULTS: ST NAUL’S, BURT AND EUNAN’S IN FINAL WINS was last modified: October 17th, 2011 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:Donegal GAA resultsGAA RESULTSlast_img read more

DONEGAL BRIDES OF ALL AGES TO WEAR THEIR DRESSES AGAIN FOR CHARITY

first_imgIt’s the most expensive dress most women will ever buy – even if they only ever wear it once.But now a Donegal charity are giving brides of all ages the chance to wear their original wedding dres once again.Hundreds of ladies, young and not so young, are planning to attend the charity ball in the Villa Rose Hotel in aid of Donegal Action Cancer Care. The event is taking place on Saturday February 4th. It is an opportunity to wear what is possibly the most expensive dress you have ever owned one more time whilst supporting Donegal Action Cancer Care and the breast unit at Letterkenny General Hospital.Those don’t have a wedding dress can wear a bridesmaids dress, evening gown or Mother of the bride outfit… anything goes.Organisers are hoping the ladies will be escorted by their husbands (who need not wear full wedding attire).However if it’s just not their thing then why not make it a Ladies Night Out with your bridesmaids and closest friends, an opportunity to get all dressed up and relive one of the best parts about your wedding day….your wedding dress. Tickets are €39 each; this includes a champagne reception 4-course gourmet meal and Dancing to one of Donegal’s liveliest wedding bands followed by DJ. For more information on this unique event please contact Leona or Rhonda at the Villa Rose Hotel, Ballybofey on 074-9132266 or email weddings@villarose.netLEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comDONEGAL BRIDES OF ALL AGES TO WEAR THEIR DRESSES AGAIN FOR CHARITY was last modified: January 22nd, 2012 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:Donegal Breast Cancer CareVilla Rosewedding dresseslast_img read more

FANS GET THEIR HANDS ON SAM, MICHAEL AND JIM AT THE IRISH CENTRE IN PHILADELPHIA

first_imgWho said they were on a holiday?Jim McGuinness and some of his players had no sooner touched down in America than they were whisked to the Irish Centre in Philadelphia. Jim along with captain Michael Murphy are pictured with a certain Mr S Maguire and many happy Donegal supporters.Jim and Michael are pictured above with Pat Regan (Kilmovee,Mayo), Peter Gallagher (Mossfield,Churchill), Bridie O’Donnell Regan (Cabra, Churchill), Noreen O’Donnell Gallagher (Cabra,Churchill), Paddy Gallagher (Moneymore, Dunlewey ), Holly & Sheila Regan, Philadelphia & of course Sam.On the right a very happy Kathleen McGinty Regan (Litterhilue, Glenfin) is pictured with with Jim also at the Irish Centre last night in Philadelphia.Needless to say Jim and the boys will be seeing flashes in their sleep with the amount of photos they’ll be standing in during the coming days.  FANS GET THEIR HANDS ON SAM, MICHAEL AND JIM AT THE IRISH CENTRE IN PHILADELPHIA was last modified: November 14th, 2012 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:Irish Centre PhiladelphiaJim McGuinnessMichael MurphySam Maguirelast_img read more

State cleanup being planned at salvage yard

first_imgROSAMOND – State officials are planning to spend $650,000 to clean up contaminated soil and waste slag at a defunct auto salvage yard in Rosamond. The proposed cleanup is to dig up about 6,150 cubic yards of slag and soil contaminated with high levels of lead and arsenic and bury it on the property in a cell capped with asphalt, clay or concrete. The state’s Department of Toxic Substances Control is seeking public comment through Dec. 5 on their proposed cleanup method for S.R. Kilby, a 7.4-acre site at 2021 15th St. W. A draft plan can be reviewed at the Wanda Kirk Library, 3611 West Rosamond Blvd. Public comments on the plan should be sent to Ruben Medina, DTSC project manager, 1515 Tollhouse Road, Clovis, CA 93611 or e-mailed to RMedina@dtsc.ca.gov. From December 1982 through January 1983, a towing company leased a Quonset hut on the site for automotive repair and salvage operations. From 1987 to the present, the Quonset hut has been used to store scrap airplane parts, according to a site history compiled by the department. Sometime before 1987, someone deposited slag along the entire western length of the site. The slag pile was 6 feet wide and 4 feet deep. Samples taken in 1987 showed lead concentrations as high as 41,300 parts per million – more than 40 times the level at which state standards require cleanup – in the slag pile. The state had the area fenced off and warning signs were posted. In November 1998, the DTSC ordered the property owner to investigate the extent of the contamination but no action was taken, according to state officials. The state spent approximately $175,000 on soil testing in 2000 to determine the extent and location of the contamination. The Kilby property is one of 34 sites in Rosamond and Mojave that came under the state’s review as part of an investigation into a cluster of nine childhood cancer cases that occurred in Rosamond between 1975 and 1986. No cause was ever identified for the cancer cluster, but the investigation revealed a number of sites contaminated by lead and other potentially cancer-causing chemicals. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 james.skeen@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week During the cleanup, water will be sprayed during digging to reduce dust. The state also plans to cover the soil and slag with plastic sheeting to keep dust down until the contaminated material can be buried. Soil samples would be collected from the areas that have been dug out to make sure the contaminated material is gone. The dug-out areas would be filled in with clean soil. A deed restriction would be put on the property to ensure the material remains buried. “The site will be monitored,” said DTSC spokeswoman Jeanne Garcia. After reviewing public comments, the department will make a decision as to whether to approve the cleanup plan or amend it. If approved, the cleanup would begin this winter. last_img read more

PML Daily Premier League Team of the Season

first_img Tags: premier league team of the season Manchester City won the Premier League in record breaking style as their neighbors finished a massive 19 points behind them in second. Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspurs completed the top four with last season’s champions Chelsea finishing outside the Champions league position.Arsenal could only settle for sixth as Burnely secured a Europa league spot in their best season in the top flight. For Stock City, West Brom and Swansea, they will have to tussle it out in the Championship next season after finishing in the bottom three.Here is our team of the season as compiled by Shaban Lubega.GK. David De Gea (ManchesterUnited).De Gea has once again looked imperious in goal, and the one player in that United set-up who may be warrants the accolade ‘world class’. The issue for Mourinho is he has not been in a position to assemble a defence worthy of his keeper and that has led to his team shipping in more goals than City.This season has also seen him scope the golden glove for the first time in his United career, one that he has deserved immensely.De Gea has been the undisputed star in the entire United set upRB. Kyle Walker (Manchester City).Everyone knew what Walker was all about even before moving to Manchester City but at the champions, he seems to have found the right setting under the best manager in the world.He may have had one or two poor displays this season but that is poised to happen in a league with pacey wingers and full backs. All in all, you will struggle to find anyone who played at right back better than the Englishman all season.Walker has had a stellar first season at CityLB. Andrew Robertson (Liverpool).One of the most underrated players in the league throughout the season, Robertson took his chance at the Liverpool left back position with both hands and has not looked back ever since.He has been a joy to watch all season and his understanding of both the game and Liverpool style is unbelievable.Robertson has continuously proved his worth in the Liverpool set upCB. James Tarkowski (Burnely).Burnley will be playing Europa League football next season. Sean Dyche’s side are promised a finish of at least seventh, qualifying them for next year’s competition, while James Tarkowski has been shortlisted in the Premier League Player of the Season contenders. The 25-year-old’s impact at Turf Moor this season has been so great that he was rewarded with his first England cap during the Three Lions’ friendly meeting with Italy in March and holds an outside chance of a spot at the 2018 Russia World Cup.Tarkowski has been the pillar of the Burnely defence all seasonCB. Nicholas Otamendi (Manchester City).Otamendi made more successful passes than any other Premier League player this season (2,825). That is another testament to how improved the Argentine has improved under the stewardship of Guardiola and it still baffles me how he has done it over a period of eight months.He is the leader of that defence and has popped up with a few goals of his own. Can he replicate the same form next season? That is the answer that we will all be waiting for.Otamendi completed the most passes by a PL defender last seasonMF. Fernandinho (Manchester City).The Brazilian has been the unsung hero for City this season like it has always been the case with brilliant teams. Ask Arsenal fans and how often they talk about Gilberto Silva in that invisible team, that is the same case with Fernandinho.He has been the heartbeat of that midfield, one who is left to do the dirty bit and he has thrived magnificently all season. Him appearing in my team of the season is the least he deserves as he completed the second most passes in the league, behind only Granit Xhaka.Fernandinho has continuously bheen the unsung hero at City throughout the seasonMF. Kevin De Bryne (Manchester City).If Kevin De Bruyne been named PFA Player of the Season ahead of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, few would have had a genuine complaint. The significance of the Manchester City star’s performances under Pep Guardiola this term have been immeasurable, and without him a Premier League title race may have existed between the blue and red side of ManchesterThe Belgian finished the season with the most assists (16) and chances created (106) in the Premier League.De Bryne made a league high 16 assists last seasonMF. Christian Ericksen(Tottenham Hotspurs).What a season the Dane has had at Spurs, engineering everything good going forward. He finished the season with double figures in both the assists and goals and his 10 in the latter department should be 11 but Harry Kane stole, yes stole one.Was this his best ever season in the Premier League? Some would argue that last season may have been better but i will still go with him, painfully ahead of David Silva.Eriksen finished the season in double figure for both goals and assistsFW. Leroy Sane (Manchester City).10 goals and 15 assists will not tell you the whole story about the young German winger. He has destroyed virtually every right side of every team’s defence and has been a night mare for each individual facing him one on one.I have a feeling that the best is yet to come from him, a statement which indeed raises eyebrows of full backs in the Premier League.Sane has undisputedly been one of the star performers in the leagueFW. Mohammad Salah (Liverpool).PFA Player of the Year. The Football Writers’ Association’s Footballer of the Year. Premier League record-breaker, with the most goals in a single season. The highest-scoring African player in bother the English top-flight and in Europe. Most Premier League Player of the Month awards in a single season. Potential Champions League winner. I think that is enough!Salah finished the season as Premier League top scorerFW. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspurs).Kane became the first Spurs player to score 40+ goals in all competitions in a single season since Clive Allen in 1986-87 (49). He is the best striker in the league and among-est the very best in the world. Another 20+ season in terms of goals but what is worrying is his inability to win trophies.Kane has now scored over 20 league goals in four consecutive seasonsCoach: Pep Guardiola (Manchester City).Underestimate him at your own parole. That is what i said at the beginning of the season and look what unfolded in front of every doubter’s eyes, the best ever single season Premier League triumph under the best manager in the world. He has no competition in this department.Pep’s City side won the league with a record 100 pointsComments last_img read more

Pens for needy children

first_imgFor many South African children, starting the school year with an assortment of stationery goodies is considered a luxury. (Image: Tynago Communications) BiC will donate one-million pens to needy South African children by March 2012 as part of its Choose BiC and Change a Future campaign. (Image: Tynago Communications) MEDIA CONTACTS • Millicent Quoilin  Unilever   +27 11 474 0181RELATED ARTICLES • Education goes mobile with Vodacom • Education boost for Gauteng • SA businesses urged to adopt schools • Teacher laptops to enhance education • Zuma: SA to meet 2015 education goalWilma den HartighFrench-based company BiC, best known for its iconic ballpoint pen, has pledged to donate one-million pens to needy South African children by March 2012 as part of its Choose BiC and Change a Future campaign.For many South African children, starting the school year with an assortment of stationery goodies is considered a luxury. Many children go to school without even the most basic stationery items such as pens.Through the campaign, BiC wants to give children the tools they need to help them on their way to becoming South Africa’s future teachers, engineers, doctors and lawyers.“It’s our way of using our brand’s power to champion education and to equip and empower the children who need it most,” says Millicent Quoilin, BiC marketing manager of stationery.How you can helpBiC’s new campaign hopes to change this and it has invited companies and consumers to join them in making a difference.Over 20 different BiC products have been branded with ‘Choose BiC and Change a Future’ stickers. Each time one of these packs is sold, BiC will donate a pen to a disadvantaged child.As part of the campaign, BiC will also give away cash prizes towards education, as well as iPads.Distributing the pensThe pens will be distributed by the READ Educational Trust, an NGO that operates in the education and literacy sectors.The organisation’s main focus is teacher training and school resource provision.It is funded by foreign donors and the private sector and works with the Department of Education to implement teacher training and literacy projects in schools.Bertus Matthee, national director of the READ Educational Trust, says that providing school children with writing tools is as important as having books to read.“Being able to put one’s thoughts down is the start of a good education,” Matthee said in a statement. “Since today’s pupils are those who will be writing South Africa’s future, the significance of a donation such as this cannot be underestimated.”Advancing educationLiteracy is a major challenge for South Africa and the country’s Department of Basic Education has identified education as a priority area.“Based on Unicef’s belief that education breaks the generational cycles of poverty and disease, BiC’s ‘Choose BiC and Change a Future campaign’ could begin to rewrite the history of education in South Africa,” Quoilin says.According to Unicef, 21 African nations have adult literacy rates below 50% and in sub-Saharan Africa alone, about 45-million children don’t go to school.Official figures show that about 4.7-million adults in South Africa are illiterate. The country’s unemployment rate of 24% is among the highest in the world.Tertiary institutions have also come on board to address South Africa’s literacy challenge.Last year Stellenbosch University launched a new initiative, known as Words Open Worlds, which is distributing books in rural and disadvantaged communities. Since the beginning of 2011, the project has reached around 30 000 people.last_img read more