Concern has been expressed today (Sat) over a bridge in Castlefinn that is regularly under the strain of flash flooding.Councillor Gary Doherty urged motorists crossing the bridge to take care when passing.The Donegal Councillor wrote on Facebook: “Castlefinn Bridge is only just passable at the moment with extreme care, however despite the rain easing off the river is still rising.” Flooding concerns raised over bridge in Castlefinn was last modified: August 31st, 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)
Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon received widespread acclaim for their roles in the Clint Eastwood-directed Invictus. (Image: Invictus) British actor Idris Elba, who portrays Nelson Mandela in the latest film on the icon’s life, has reportedly worked hard on his gait, stance and accent.(Image: moviepilot) Jennifer Hudson as Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in the upcoming film directed by Darrell Roodt. The film’s release has been delayed considerably because of negative reaction and criticism.(Image: Black Thespian) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sello Hatang CEO and spokesperson Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory +27 011 547 5600 RELATED ARTICLES • Nelson Mandela: a timeline • Jazz inspired by Mandela • Mandela around the world • Travelling the Mandela Route • Mandela’s head rises in HowickRomaana NaidooStanding 6ft 4ins – 1.93 metres – tall, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is a giant of a man whose life will again be immortalised on the silver screen, this time with the focus on his earlier years through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.The political activist not only united a nation divided but also put his country on the international map, and now another part of his life’s journey will be packaged in a form for all generations to appreciate. British actor Idris Elba stars in the latest film on the former president of South Africa, titled Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.It is a videoed chronicle of Mandela’s journey, by producer Anant Singh, from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration, and covers the period from 1924 to 1994. Stars in the film – scheduled for release on 29 November 2013 – include Elba and Atandwe Kani as Mandela at different ages, Tony Kgoroge as Walter Sisulu and Riaad Moosa as Ahmed Kathrada. Other cast members include Zolani Mkiva (Raymond Mhlaba), Gys de Villiers (FW de Klerk), Simo Magwaza (Andrew Mlangeni), Fana Mokoena (Govan Mbeki), Thapelo Mokoena (Elias Motsoaledi), Nomfusi Gotyana (Miriam Makeba) and Naomie Harris (Winnie Madikizela-Mandela).Under director Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl), principal photography began in KwaZulu-Natal at the end of May 2012 before moving to Cape Town, and later to Johannesburg, the Eastern Cape and then back to KwaZulu-Natal.In 1963, the South African government found Mandela, or Madiba as he is fondly called after his clan name, guilty of sabotage for his anti-apartheid activities, and he was imprisoned for 27 years, first on Robben Island and later in Pollsmoor Prison, also in Cape Town, and then Victor Verster Prison outside Paarl, from which he was released on 11 February 1990. With then-president FW de Klerk, he was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for his role in ending apartheid peacefully. Finally, he became the first black president and first democratically elected leader of South Africa in 1994, showing his incredible ability to lead a nation once so divided.Elba, born in East London, in England, starred in popular television show Luther, among other productions. He joins an illustrious group of actors who have played Mandela in previous films, including Morgan Freeman, Terrence Howard, Sidney Poitier, Dennis Haysbert and Danny Glover. Winnie also honoured in filmHoward plays the former statesman in Darrell Roodt’s biopic of struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, which was selected as the opening film for the eighth Montreal International Black Film Festival on 19 September 2012. The formidable Madikizela-Mandela was reportedly not consulted for the film, and in an interview published in UK newspaper The Guardian, described it as “an insult”.Winnie is based on the book Winnie Mandela: a Life by Anné Mariè du Preez Bezdrob. It stars Jennifer Hudson as Mandela’s wife and chronicles the life of the struggle heroine from her childhood through her marriage and her husband’s incarceration. It and Long Walk are expected to tussle at the box office with their release into mainstream cinema towards the end of 2013 – Winnie hits the big screen later than its originally scheduled release date because initial criticism and negative feeling towards the film caused the producers to take it back into the studio for more work.Madikizela-Mandela’s life was the subject of another film titled Mrs Mandela. It was released in 2010 as a television drama on the BBC and starred British actress Sophie Okonedo as the one-time first lady of South Africa, with David Harewood as Mandela. Local faces in this production included Rika Sennett, Vusi Kunene and François Stemmet.Then there is Winnie: The Opera, which premiered on 28 April 2011 at Pretoria’s State Theatre with Soweto-born soprano Tsakane Maswanganyi in the title role.Mandela at the moviesAnother blockbuster film portraying South Africa’s first black president is the high-profile Invictus (2009), a biographical sports drama directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Freeman and Matt Damon. The storyline is based on the John Carlin book Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation, which centres around events in South Africa before and during the 1995 Rugby World Cup, hosted in the country after the dismantling of apartheid. South Africa won the tournament.Eastwood’s son Kyle wrote the score for the film, which earned Golden Globe, Screen Actors’ Guild and Academy Award nominations for Freeman as best actor and Damon as best supporting actor.Also released in 2009 was the film Endgame, starring William Hurt as Prof Willie Esterhuyse, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Thabo Mbeki, Clarke Peters as Mandela and John Kani as Oliver Tambo. It’s based upon the book The Fall of Apartheid by Robert Harvey and focuses on the secret talks which took place in Somerset, UK, between the then-ruling National Party and the African National Congress (ANC) at the end of the apartheid years. Mbeki was the ANC’s director of information at the time and philosophy professor Esterhuyse was a well-known apartheid critic. He received a national order for his role in the negotiations.In Goodbye Bafana, released in 2007, American actor Dennis Haysbert played Mandela and Joseph Fiennes played James Gregory, a prison guard who became his close friend during the years the two were together on Robben Island and at Pollsmoor and Victor Verster. The film was based on Gregory’s book Goodbye Bafana: Nelson Mandela, My Prisoner, My Friend, and was released in the US as The Color of Freedom.Poitier portrayed the statesman in the 1997 television release Mandela and De Klerk, with veteran Michael Caine as FW de Klerk. The film revealed the events leading up to the transition to democracy and also starred Gerry Maritz as De Klerk’s predecessor PW Botha, Ian Roberts as National Party politician and negotiator Kobie Coetsee, Ben Kruger as James Gregory and Jerry Mofokeng as Walter Sisulu. It was filmed in South Africa and, as far as possible, most of the locations were where the actual events took place. Back in 1987 the television film Mandela starred Danny Glover in the title role, supported by Alfre Woodard as Madikizela-Mandela, John Matshikiza as Sisulu and John Indo as Tambo. It was filmed in Zimbabwe and followed Mandela’s progress after his graduation as a lawyer as he evolved into a political activist.However, the repeated casting of overseas actors to play South Africans has been criticised locally. Mabutho “Kid” Sithole, former president of the Creative Workers Union of South Africa, said recently of Long Walk: “There’s always some reason to avoid using South African actors and having other people tell our stories. You tell me now, how will this actor pronounce Qunu, where Mandela was born, or Rolihlahla, his real name?”Internationally acclaimed actor and playwright John Kani is reported to have said, when asked by Freeman about how he felt to see Mandela portrayed by an American, that he understood why the producers chose a big Hollywood name but was saddened that “I wasn’t even asked”.Sello Maake Ka Ncube, a local actor, did portray Mandela in the 2011 local stage production Rivonia Trial, which opened at the State Theatre in April that year. It was written by Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom and directed by Aubrey Sekhabi.In 2014 the Rivonia Trial marks its 50-year anniversary.
NEW YORK — Small business owners are upbeat, looking to expand and worrying less about financial concerns like health costs.That’s the finding of a survey of 1,067 owners released last week by Bank of America. The survey shows owners are optimistic about the short and long term. Fifty-seven per cent said they expect their revenue to increase in the next 12 months, and 56 per cent have plans to increase business over the next five years. Two-thirds said they’re planning to expand in the coming year.The survey also shows owners are less worried about health care costs than they were a year ago even as the price of insurance is still an issue for many. Sixty-three per cent called health care a concern, compared to 72 per cent a year ago. Owners were also less concerned about consumer spending, commodities prices, the strength of the dollar and minimum wage increases. But they were slightly more concerned about interest rates, not surprising considering that the Federal Reserve has raised rates four times in the past year.The survey was conducted between late August and mid-September.A separate survey by Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School showed small business demand for outside financing, including equity investments and loans, was down just over 11 per cent from three months earlier. Just 27 per cent of companies tried to raise outside financing in the past three months.The drop in demand is likely due to the fact that companies are overall doing well. Fifty-five per cent said they didn’t seek financing because their cash flow is sufficient. Twenty-nine per cent said they had enough financing in place.Small businesses are becoming more successful in obtaining bank loans, another sign of their increasing health. Nearly 46 per cent said they were successful in getting loans, up from nearly 44 per cent three months earlier.Looking ahead, only 28 per cent of small businesses said they’re planning to raise financing in the next six months, a sign that owners expect to keep doing well. Strong cash flow and sufficient financing were again cited as reasons why owners aren’t seeking more money.The survey questioned 878 business owners during October. The companies had revenue up to $100 million. The survey, which broke out some data according to company size, considers a small business to be one with no more than $5 million in revenue._____For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: http://discover.ap.org/ssb_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.com/search/joyce%20rosenbergJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press
Colombo: Sri Lanka on Thursday suspended its plans to grant visas on arrival to citizens of 39 countries after the devastating Easter suicide bombings that killed nearly 360 people. “Although arrangements were in place to issue visas on arrival for citizens of 39 countries, we have now decided to hold it for the time being in consideration of the current security situation,” Tourism Minister John Amaratunga said in a statement. “Investigations have revealed foreign links to the attacks and we don’t want this facility to be abused,” Amaratunga added. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe visas on arrival pilot programme was part of a larger initiative to increase tourist arrivals to the country during the six month off-season period from May to October. The island nation received 7,40,600 foreign tourists in the first three months of 2019. Around 450,000 Indians visited Sri Lanka last year and the island nation was expecting the total Indian tourist arrivals to cross one million mark in 2019. Sri Lanka’s tourism industry, which accounts for around five per cent of the country’s GDP, is likely to suffer due to the Easter blasts. Tourism revenues in Lanka increased to USD 362.7 million in November from USD 284 million in October 2018, according to reports. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsMeanwhile, the Lankan authorities Thursday intensified their raids with the help of the army and arrested 16 more suspects in connection with the country’s worst terror attack that killed 359 people and left over 500 injured. President Maithripala Sirisena has said that 139 people have been identified as suspects in connection with the attacks. Addressing an all-party conference at the Presidential Secretariat here, Sirisena said that a Combine Operation Centre will be established within the defence ministry for the enforcement of the country’s security measures from Friday.
In the late Sunday game in LaLiga, Atletico Madrid failed in the quest to earn three points against a Real Betis team that looks unbeatable at the moment.The result itself is not a reason to despair. What’s concerning is the fact that Simeone’s men have now failed to score in two consecutive matches and the Europa League matchup with Arsenal is looming on the horizon. Is the exhausting schedule catching up to his team, or are they just taking a breather and saving energy for what’s to come?Report: Owen now turns his attentions to Beckham George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Michael Owen has now turned his war of words towards David Beckham.In the players serialised book in the Daily Mirror, “Reboot” has now turned…The Wanda Metropolitano outfit now has a solitary win in its last five fixtures. The absence of Diego Costa is obviously hurting the team, as Fernando Torres is nowhere near the player he used to be and is not an adequate replacement. Since Costa is set to miss the first leg versus Arsenal, Simeone will need to find a solution up front or risks failure.Diego Simeone did rest several of his first-team regulars against a side that had won their previous six games. Cristian Tello hit the post for Betis, while Saul struck the crossbar for the hosts. The 0-0 draw means that now Barcelona only needs a point against Deportivo la Coruna next Sunday to officially win the title.
Brazil legend Ronaldo Nazario expects a “spectacular match” between Barcelona and Real Madrid in tonight’s Copa del Rey encounter.The two Spanish giants will face off against one another for a place in the final of the competition with the first leg to take place tonight at Camp Nou.Real, in particular, are keen to get their revenge on Barcelona following October’s humiliating 5-1 defeat in La Liga last time out in October.As for Barcelona, the chance of winning a fifth consecutive Copa del Rey title is within sight with manager Ernesto Valverde having expressed his enthusiasm in taking on Real over a two-legged tie.And Ronaldo, who played for both clubs during his own playing career, cannot wait for the match to get started.“It’s a spectacular match,” said Ronaldo, according to Marca.“The best Clasico in world football. It’s incredible to play in these games.“The atmosphere is great and let’s hope the footballing gods give us a great game tonight.”La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Ronaldo, who won the Copa del Rey at Barcelona and two La Liga titles with Real, left reporters in no doubts over where his allegiance lies for tonight.“There is no favourite,” said Ronaldo.“It’s an important game. I have a special history with [Real] Madrid and let’s hope Madrid win.“It’s clear that whoever is ahead, I want Valladolid to win, but they are two great clubs.“Madrid are playing very well, they’ve found a great dynamic, have reinvented themselves and have young players. But then you have [Lionel] Messi and company, who are spectacular.”Isco has been included in the Real squad for the game, despite his struggles for opportunities under head coach Santiago Solari this season, while Barcelona academy star Carles Aleña is hoping to get a chance tonight himself.The match at Camp Nou will begin at 9:00 PM (CET).