Top Donegal restaurants and chefs scoop Irish Restaurant Awards

first_imgIf you’re looking to enjoy the crème de la crème the next time you dine out, then the winners of the Ulster Irish Restaurant Awards will be a good place to start.Local restaurants, pubs, food heroes and chefs enjoyed great success at the regional finals last night in Monaghan, which was attended by over 450 restaurant owners and staff.The awards covered a wide range of venues and the winners from each of Ulster’s nine counties. Harvey’s Point on Lough Eske was a big winner on the night as the team picked up four titles. The Donegal winners were: Best Restaurant – The Lemon Tree Restaurant, LetterkennyBest Chef – Colin McKee of Harvey’s PointBest Restaurant Manager –  Orhan Erinc of Harvey’s PointBest Customer Service – Harvey’s PointBest Hotel and Guesthouse Restaurant – Rathmullan HouseBest Gastro Pub –  The House Gastro Pub, Donegal TownBest Café – The Salty Fox, BundoranPub of the Year – The Rusty Mackerel, TeelinBest Wine Experience – Harvey’s PointBest Newcomer – Fisk Seafood Bar, DowningsBest World Cuisine – Chandpur Restaurant, Donegal TownBest “Free From” – Wholegreen Healthfood LetterkennyBest Kids Size Me – Mill Park Hotel, Donegal TownBest Local Food Hero – Mairead Anderson of Killybegs Seafood ShackBest Emerging Irish Cuisine – Foyle Hotel and Restaurant, MovilleBest Casual Dining – Olde Glen Bar, GlenThose who won at county level will progress to the All-Ireland event on the 13th May with the restaurants that have already won in Leinster, where they will all compete for the Regional and All-Ireland titles.Speaking at the Ulster Regional Finals in Hillgrove Hotel, Monaghan, Adrian Cummins, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) said: “Now in their 11th year, the Irish Restaurant Awards continue to showcase the incredible food that is on offer in the cafes, pubs and restaurants of Ireland, as well as recognising the teams behind these establishments and the hard work and dedication that they put in. With well over 80,000 nominations received from the public this year, the standard for the judging process was higher than ever.“Ireland may be a small country, but it boasts everything from fine dining to high quality gastropubs, from the comfort of traditional Irish food to exploring the world though exotic world cuisine, the Irish restaurant industry has much to offer. We have an appreciation for what we eat and where our food comes from, as well as the dedication of those working in the food industry”.   Top Donegal restaurants and chefs scoop Irish Restaurant Awards was last modified: March 13th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

Outsourcing a África do Sul

first_imgAs empresas estrangeiras lutam cada vez mais contra o aumento dos custos e sentem cada vez mais a pressao das metas a atingir e a África do Sul esta a tornar-se um local favoravel para aqui encetarem contratos de outsourcing.O chamado BPO, do ingles Business Process Outsourcing, ou processo de terceirizaçao, e uma tendencia cada vez maior e esta industria, que representa aproximadamente 130 bilioes de rands ao ano, tem uma taxa de crescimento estimada em 50% nos proximos cinco anos.O BPO inclui redistribuir certos processos de negocio que sao geralmente desempenhados na propria empresa por uma empresa externa, como apoio directo ao cliente ou centrais de atendimento, para efectuarem as funçoes em nome dessa empresa.Identificado como um sector chave na estrategia do governo de lançar a economia e criar emprego, preve-se que com a ajuda do BPO se venham a criar 25.000 empregos directos e 75.000 indirectos na África do Sul e contribuir assim com 7,95 bilioes de rands para a economia nacional em 2009.O Outsourcing ou terceirizaçao de serviços de informatica (IT – Information Technology) esta igualmente a florescer na África do Sul, com a diversidade propria do mercado nacional, com um know-how de cariz mundial e um ambiente de desenvolvimento propicio, que a tornam no laboratorio de ensaios ideal para quaisquer inovaçoes.O outsourcing de serviços informaticos representa mais de um terço do mercado de serviços de 30 bilioes de rands, segundo um estudo feito em 2008 pela firma de investigaçao e consultoria IDC, tomando a maior fatia de todas as categorias de serviços informaticos.A Gartner, o grupo internacional de investigaçao, classifica a África do Sul como um entre os 30 destinos de outsourcing de criaçao de software mais procurados do mundo, com a investigaçao reportada a 2007 a par de Israel, Europa, Medio Oriente e África, e a seguir a Australia e a Índia, de modo global.Calling.ZADe acordo com o jornal economico Business Day, as centrais de atendimento nacionais cresceu 8% ao ano desde 2003. Emprega 54.000 pessoas e contribui com 0.92% do PIB sul africano.Um BPO com apoio do estado, lançado em 2007, procura aumentar a competitividade da África do Sul e engloba incentivos de investimento na ordem do 1,1 bilioes de rands. O plano centra-se em:Uma estrategia ampla de marketing.Um programa de apoio governamental que inclua concessao de investimento e subsidios para formaçao.Uma estrutura crescente de preços para as telecomunicaçoes.Vantagens competitivasPara as empresas estrangeiras, a África do Sul encaixa-se entre localizaçoes nearshore como o Canada, Mexico ou Europa de Leste, que oferecem proximidade ao mesmo tempo que afinidade cultural, e as localizaçoes offshore mais tradicionais, como a Índia ou as Filipinas, que tem mao-de-obra barata.A África do Sul tem diversos factores a seu favor, entre eles:Equipas de centrais de atendimento de alto nivel.Competencia na gestao e serviços em mais de um dominio, a par com vario tipo de serviços financeiros, sobretudo no ramo dos seguros, hipotecario e processamento e recolha de emprestimos.Compatibilidade horaria com a Europa.Fluencia optima de Ingles, juntamente com alguns acentos de lingua inglesa mas facilmente entendiveis nos mercados ocidentais.Uma taxa cambial favoravel.Forte apoio por parte do governo.Incentivos com apoio do estado, por exemplo concessao de arranque e expansao e preços de telecomunicaçoes mais reduzidos.Uma crescente e avançada industria de telecomunicaçoes.O governo esta a adoptar medidas no sentido de garantir capacidade de banda larga mais barata e mais acessivel, com chamadas internacionais tambem menos onerosas. Estao a ser envidados outros esforços para colocaçao de cabos de fibra optica submarinos tanto na costa leste como oeste de África para lançar as ligaçoes entre o continente e o resto do mundo.O mundo num so paisEntre as empresas estrangeiras que ja escolheram a África do Sul como destino de BPO conta-se a IBM, Fujitsu Siemens, Lufthansa, Virgin, Sykes, Avis e a Car Phone Warehouse.O empenho da África do Sul na industria de BPO esteve em evidencia em 2007 com a decisao de construir uma central de chamadas no valor de 125 milhoes de rands, com 1500 lugares, na Zona Industrial de Coega, em Port Elizabeth, Cabo Oriental.O Parque BPO cobre cinco hectares na area comercial de Coega e inclui instalaçoes para formaçao profissional e espaços de lazer. A empresa gestora afirmou que este espaço foi criado para acolher varios cenarios e podera alojar um sem numero de investidores estrangeiros.Outros investimentos recentes: Em Maio de 2008, a multinacional Royal Dutch Shell abriu uma central de atendimento na Cidade do Cabo. O centro atendera os clientes da Shell na Belgica, Luxemburgo e Holanda, com operadores que falam Afrikaans treinados para falarem em Holandes e Flamengo.  Em Novembro de 2007, o gigante Americano de outsourcing Tele Tech começou a construir novas instalaçoes fora da Cidade do Cabo – a sua primeira base no continente africano. Este artigo foi actualizado em: Setembro de 2008Reporter infoSA. Fontes (websites em lingua inglesa):South Africa YearbookBusiness Process Enabling South AfricaDepartment of Trade and IndustryCoega Development CorportationBusiness Daylast_img read more

Social IDs Go Shopping: Kmart and Sears Implement OpenID

first_imgTags:#news#web Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Users on Kmart’s and Sears’ web properties can now use their OpenID credentials to sign up and log in to these sites. MyKmart.com and MySears.com, which are both owned by the Sears Holding Company, implemented technology from Viewpoint and JanRain to allow users to use their login credentials from Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Google, Yahoo, AOL, and Windows Live, as well as from any other OpenID provider. This marks one of the first times that such a large, mainstream online retailer has adopted OpenID.As Sears points out in its press release, it simply makes good business sense for the company to allow its users to use their social IDs to log in to its properties. After all, not having to sign up for yet another new account on yet another site greatly reduces the likelihood that a potential customer would just abandon the process and head to a competitor’s site. frederic lardinois At least for the MyKmart site, though, we can also see why the company would want to make the sign-up process easy. In the last hour, only one review was posted on MyKmart and just about a dozen people signed up for access to the site. In contrast, MySears seems to attract more users and the site already has a far more active user community than MyKmart.Good UIOverall, we really like Sears’ implementation of this technology. While OpenID faced some serious usability issues in its early days, Sears and its technology partners have made the process extremely easy and straightforward. We are glad to see that a large mainstream company like Sears is putting its weight behind OpenID and we hope that more companies will follow suit in the near future. After all, this only makes things easier for both the company and its users, and as users get more familiar with this idea, they will probably begin to resist signing up for sites that don’t let them use their already established credentials to sign in to a new service. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

I am not married to filmmaker Aditya Chopra, says Rani Mukerji

first_imgBollywood actor Rani Mukerji, who has rubbished rumours that she is married to filmmaker Aditya Chopra, says she has left her marriage destiny to god. “My name has been linked with several people, but upar waala (god) will decide who will become my life partner,” Rani said in reply to queries in Rajat Sharma’s show Aap Ki Adalat, aired on India TV.Mukerji, whose latest film Aiyyaa released Friday, reacted strongly to media reports about her secret marriage to Aditya, elder son of acclaimed filmmaker Yash Chopra.”The media can’t even decide which year the wedding took place. Was it 2007, or 2009, or 2012? Let them (media) make up their mind first.””I am fortunate that the people of this country consider me as their daughter and they are worried about my marriage. But birth, death and marriage are in the hands of ‘upar waala’ and what is ordained, shall happen,” said the actress, who sported a rudraksha string on her left wrist.”As far as my marriage with Aditya is concerned, I can only say, Main toh abhi kunwaari hoon (I am still unmarried),” she added.last_img read more

a month ago​Chelsea hero Nevin: Kepa should be unhappy with goal record

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Chelsea hero Nevin: Kepa should be unhappy with goal recordby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea legend Pat Nevin believes that goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga will not be happy about his start to the season.The young goalkeeper has already conceded 14 goals in the first six competitive games of the season.While he has not been at fault for a significant majority of those goals, Nevin believes conceding so many will bother Kepa.The Spaniard will be hoping to get his first clean sheet of the season soon enough.”Chelsea this season have already given away 11 goals in just five games, that is the second most in the entire league after Norwich with 12!” Nevin wrote on the club’s official website.”The thing is, that can happen if you play such open, high-tempo football and you have a young team who are learning, even if they are learning very fast.”The positive flip side of course is that we are third top scorers in the league after Man City and Liverpool, this time scoring 11.”They are by a distance the most extreme goal statistics in the league, underlining just how exciting it has been.”In fact only Man City fans have watched more goals in their side’s matches, 23 to our 22, a measly one more for the reigning champions.”Frank will be working hard to reduce the slippage at the back and I am sure it is not making Kepa particularly happy, but as long as we keep scoring it will be fun.” last_img read more

a month agoMan City chiefs see Van ­Bronckhorst as Guardiola successor

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City chiefs see Van ­Bronckhorst as Guardiola successorby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveGiovanni van ­Bronckhorst has been handed an access-all-areas role at Manchester City.The Mirror says City approached former Feyenoord coach Van Bronckhorst – who has signed a contract that has put him on the payroll.The plan is for him to remain in Manchester if it proves a good fit.Pep Guardiola’s contract with City expires in the summer of 2021.And after seeing rivals Manchester United flounder in the six years since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, the Spanish executives who run the club for Sheikh Mansour want to put a succession plan in place.Van Bronckhorst will spend the next year getting to know the inner workings of the club that has become the dominant force in English football over the last decade.He is currently working alongside close friend Brian Marwood, City’s highly-influential Football Administration Officer. last_img read more

Russell Simmons Honored At ACE Awards

first_imgRussell Simmons will be receiving the ACE Humanitarian Award today, June 11, as ACE Programs for the Homeless celebrates 20 years of empowering the homeless and improving communities.Also attending are the evening’s Emcee, Rosanna Scotto, host of Fox TV’s Good Day NY, and Auction Emcee, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps from Bravo TV’s Real Housewives of New York City. Famed opera singer Jessye Norman will be receiving the ACE Award for the Arts.Guests will be wined and dined, and treated to music, dancing and a live auction. “The people’s tenor” Michael Amante will perform during the evening with the Hank Lane Quartet.Attendees will also get a peek at “A Show of Hands:Photographs from the Collection of Henry Buhl”. The photographs, numbering in the hundreds, and all of hands, were collected by the businessman-turned-philanthropist over the last 19 years, and feature hands of famous people such as Mother Teresa.Sotheby’s, 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn Herbert Bayer’s “Lonely Metropolitan” (1932)About 400 of the images will be auctioned off this December to benefit the Buhl Foundation which supports the homeless, the arts, and education for the underprivileged.For more information on how you can attend the ACE Anniversary Gala or support their work helping the homeless, visit AceNewYork.org. To learn more about the Buhl Foundation and the incredible photographic collection, visit TheBuhlFoundation.org.Copyright ©2012Look to the Starslast_img read more

Rotary Club of Fort St John holds annual DriveThru Breakfast

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Rotary Club of Fort St. John held their annual ‘Drive-Thru’ Breakfast on Thursday morning.The purpose of this event was to raise funds to support local school breakfast programs.Rotary Club member, Marva Kosick, says while they do not have a total amount of funds raised as of Friday, she does say that the Club had served around 1,000 hot breakfasts which is more than the initial goal of 700. For a minimum donation of $7.00, the Drive-Thru Breakfast included a hot off the grill breakfast sandwich, a side of fruit and a beverage, all in a reusable lunch bag.Kosick says it was a great event and gives thanks to the community for the amazing support in making this fundraiser a great success.last_img

Taapsee combats mysterious identity in Game Over

first_imgChennai: In the teaser of the upcoming multilingual thriller Game Over, which was released recently, Taapsee Pannu plays a wheelchair-bound gamer combating a mysterious identity. The minute-long teaser, which mostly unfolds inside a house, looks chilling and intriguing. The teaser features the text “We all have two lives; the second one starts when we realise we only have one”. It indicates that the film is shrouded in mystery and a lot of questions will be answered when the film releases on June 14 in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. Directed by Ashwin Saravanan, Game Over has been produced by Y Not Studios in association with Reliance Entertainment. Last week, Anurag Kashyap revealed that he will present the Hindi version of Game Over, which has music by Ron Yohann. Having already seen the film, he said he is kicked about presenting the film in Hindi. “I am very kicked about presenting this game-changing film in Hindi. This film proves yet again that the quality of filmmaking from the South is just outstanding and it’s great to see how Ashwin Saravanan has pushed the boundaries and has made a genre-bending film, something that we all have never seen before,” Anurag said in a statement. Earlier, Ashwin described the film as a “quirky thriller” that mostly unfolds inside a house. “It will feature very few characters. Ever since I saw Pink, I’ve wanted to work with Taapsee. I’m glad everything fell in place for this project,” he saidlast_img read more

Memphis Depay hits back at transfer claims Get your facts straight

first_imgDutch winger Memphis Depay has hit out against media outlets for misquoting him in saying that he’s keen on a transfer to a big European club.Following a failed spell at Manchester United, Depay has re-established himself as one of Europe’s most promising youngsters following an impressive two years at French side Lyon.But the Netherlands international was quoted in an interview with Dutch magazine Helden saying that he wants to move to one of the best clubs in Europe in either “Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain or Bayern Munich”.These comments prompted Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas to retort that Depay is welcome to leave and that it would suit him well.However, Depay has now taken to social media to announce his words were misquoted and added that the interview was done two months ago.“It’s really sad that other people, blogs and websites change my words just to put people against me!” Depay wrote on Twitter.“The real ones know. I would never say anything bad about Lyon, they are the club that gave me the opportunity when I needed it!Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa 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…“The blogs and several websites just take a short quote out a big interview I did with Helden Magazine 2 MONTHS AGO! and make it look bad so and change my words, but once again if you been [sic] in this football industry for a while you will know.“I really like Lyon and people see me in the streets all the time! I also mentioned that Lyon play better football then most of the clubs with big names!“So before you try to call me names or attack me, make sure you get your facts straight instead of running with the rumours.”Depay has managed six goals and 13 assists in 29 appearances for Lyon across all competitions this season.I really like Lyon and People see me in the streets all the time! I also mentioned that @OL play better football then most of the clubs with big names! So before you try to call me names or attack me make sure you get your facts straight instead of running with the rumors #Ivory pic.twitter.com/sF9XQZlek6— Memphis (@Memphis) January 30, 2019last_img read more