The HSE has again emphasised its commitment to the upgrade of St Joseph’s Community Hospital in Stranorlar.A statement from the authority to Donegal comes on the eve of a major march expected in the Twin Towns today organised by the St Joseph’s Hospital Action Group.Chairman of the group, Fr John Joe Duffy, has accused the HSE and the Government of making false promises to locals over the facility. A march in the Twin Towns today starting at 1pm is to allow people to voice their concerns about the future of the facility.However, the HSE has said they are “committed’ to the long-term future of St Joseph’s.The statement reads “The redevelopment of St Joseph’s Community Hospital, Stranorlar is included in the HSE Capital Plan.“An application for funding in 2019 is part of the capital bid submitted by HSE Estates North West. “The HSE 2019 Capital Plan is currently being finalised and it is intended to proceed with the procurement of a Design Team for this project this year, subject to normal approvals.“The HSE is committed to the long term future of the Hospital at St Joseph’s and will continue to work to ensure full HIQA compliance at the facility.”Twin Towns protest: HSE says it is committed to “long-term future” of St Josephs was last modified: March 25th, 2019 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:donegalFr John Joe DuffyST JOSEPH’S COMMUNITY HOSPITALtwin towns
Limpopo butchery manager Queen Mathebula is the winner of the 2017 Shoprite Checkers Championship Boerewors competition, the annual heritage event dedicated to finding the country’s best boerewors recipe while benefiting local communities.Limpopo butcher and boerewors innovator Queen Mathebula won the 2017 Shoprite Checkers Championship Boerewors competition at a braai-off event held in Langa, Cape Town during September 2017. (Image: Facebook)CD AndersonThe competition, now in its 25th year, celebrates South Africans’ diverse heritage in their shared love of boerewors, pitting some of the country’s best boerewors innovators at a braai-off charity event to benefit youth development programmes.Mathebula, from Jilongo Village outside Malamulele, won the grand prize of a new 4×4 and the honour of having her winning boerewors sold at Shoprite Checkers stores nationwide. The two finalists were James Lebepe from Atteridgeville, Gauteng and Moses Mathebula (no relation), also from Limpopo.A four-year veteran of the event, Mathebula said of her win “it is fourth time lucky for me. I feel so privileged and honoured to have been a part of this esteemed competition and to have made it to the top.”Boerewors and rugby for a good cause(Image: Shoprite Checkers)The final braai-off was held in Langa in Cape Town, at the beginning of Heritage Month, September 2017. The event included a charity rugby match between former Springbok players and up-and-coming rugby talent.Proceeds will be used to benefit youth sport and education upliftment programmes in the area, including the Vusa Rugby Academy.(Image: Vusa Rugby Academy)Shoprite Checkers supports the academy, supplying the 80 children in the programme with daily meals. The next step for the partnership will be the establishment and maintenance of a community food garden for four local schools.In addition to grassroots rugby development, Vusa offers academic bursary support for outstanding players.Queen of the worsMathebula believes her win came from sticking to three essential rules of good boerewors – quality meat, a good blend of spices and patient braaing until tender and juicy.Her special spice blend? Mathebula won’t give away her secret, but said the right amount of coriander made the difference. She believes, despite the trend of more modern side dishes for award-winning boerewors, good old fashioned pap and sauce will always be an indispensable ingredient to the entire experience.While the honour of the win was a testament to her boerewors-making talent, the 4×4 grand prize, she said, would make it easier for her to get her children to school on time, which was much more important to her.Source: News24Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Senior Congress leader in Maharashtra and former Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil on June 4 submitted his resignation as a member of the Lower House.The development comes amid reports that he will be joining the BJP along with some Congress MLAs and may be inducted in the Devendra Fadnavis-led Ministry.Mr. Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil’s son Sujay Vikhe Patil had switched to the BJP from the Congress before the Lok Sabha Polls. Mr. Sujay Vikhe Patil won with a margin of 2.81 lakh votes from Ahmednagar Lok Sabha constituency.Mr. Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil quit as the Leader of the Opposition in March 2019, days after his son joined the BJP.The Congress leader submitted his resignation as an MLA to Assembly Speaker Haribhau Bagade at his office in Mumbai, an official said.
At Shaam-e-Sarhad, resort in KutchIndia’s longest coastline, splendid beaches, shore temples and forts, the country’s first marine national park, Harappan citadels more than 4,000 years old, ancient Buddhist caves, last habitats of the Asiatic lion, bird sanctuaries, handlooms and handicrafts trails… sounds like a tourist paradise? Gujarat has every reason to feel like one though it has never been much on the radar of travellers, Indian or foreign, with the label of an industrial state with no real tourism initiatives worth talking or writing about.This looks set to change. The growing corporate lifestyle is beginning to reap a bumper crop of upmarket hotels and international restaurants, spas and golf courses, art galleries and cultural complexes. The change over the last five years is dramatic-a state where golf courses were restricted to army cantonments now has golf clubs, corporate golf courses and even golf housing complexes. The corporate groups too are investing in heritage restoration and handicraft promotion as part of their social responsibility.Craft meets contemporaryA rural artisan at Rann Riders finds a customerA classic example of this new trend in tourism is the HM Craft Park, which draws visitors to the village of Bhujodi near Bhuj. Designed to resemble a traditional village in Kutch, this sprawling complex is all about a maze of rooms where artisans practise their art. From carpenters to woodcarvers-who turn out perfectly proportioned miniature dhows and bullock carts-to blacksmiths creating metal bells, this craft park is a journey through the colourful repertoire of all that Gujarat has to offer to the lover of arts and handicrafts.Says Bhojraj Dhoriya, a weaver specialising in mashru, a combination of silk and cotton threads used to make a fabric, “Handicrafts have been part of the life and culture of Kutch for centuries… Thanks to corporate support and NGO intervention we have more platforms such as the HM Craft Park, the Crafts Resource Centre at Kukma, the outlets of NGOs like Shrujan, Qasab and Kala Raksha.” Even more emphatic is Samat Tej Singh, who weaves carpets, rugs and blankets from camel and goat hair. “As we live in villages like Kuran which are very close to the Indo-Pak border, artisan communities like ours can hardly hope to have visitors. These new initiatives have helped us to know our markets,” he adds.Rural livingA young member of a Kutchi tribeKutch is an example of a fast-changing Gujarat. Along the road from Anjar to Kandla are a string of sprawling resorts that offer 3-4 star facilities, plush rooms, conference halls, sports and recreational areas, and party lawns. These are often booked for weddings, receptions, parties and corporate events.Of greater interest to travellers is Shaam-e-Sarhad in Hodka, one of the villages in the Banni grassland region, known for its high concentration of craftswomen. The drive to Hodka from Bhuj goes through the grasslands where you can see men and boys herding camels, sheep, goat and other livestock. On the way you can visit villages like Sumrasar Shaikh and Bhirendaria for a glimpse of a variety of embroidery styles.You enter Shaam-e-Sarhad through a reception area decorated with handicrafts. The highlight here is the interpretation of the village architecture of Kutch in the form of cottages that resemble bhungas (roundhouses), complete with mud-plastered walls decorated with mirrors and finger paintings. Each cottage comes with a patio overlooking the countryside. The resort employs people from the village, trained in housekeeping and understanding modern guest requirements by hospitality professionals, with much of the revenue going for community welfare projects.Beaches go boldHM Craft Park at BhujodiBesides crafts-based tourism, Kutch has also signalled the birth of beach tourism in Gujarat with the resort in the palace estate of Mandvi. This palace estate, which has been the location for Bollywood blockbusters Lagaan and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, has the majestic Vijay Vilas Palace as its centrepiece and a privately-owned beach. The Maharao’s nephew has started a resort here that is themed on the Raj-era camps that were set up during hunts and weddings at princely states. The 10-tent cluster offers direct access to the beautiful private beach facing an unending view of the deep-blue Arabian Sea waters. Beachside amenities include a thatched-roof restaurant open on the sides where you can enjoy the meal while savouring the breeze and views of the sea.Hip AhmedabadA vintage car at the Auto World DastanWhile rural tourism has taken Kutch by storm the city of Ahmedabad has mushroomed malls, hotels, restaurants, sports and spa facilities over the last decade. Among the most recent additions to Ahmedabad’s list of attractions is the Auto World at Dastan, the private estate of art connoisseur and car collector Pranlal Bhogilal. As you get to the estate, which is about 20 minutes’ drive from the city’s airport, the first impression is of greenery. The museum has an open-sided pavilion dedicated to American cars from the Twenties and the Thirties while the larger pavilion after this has pre-World War models. A highlight of the collection is the large number of cars that Bhogilal has acquired from Maharajas and Nawabs that have beautifully finished custom coachwork, ornate and personalised interiors, and rich tapestries. This includes coach-built 1920s and ’30s Rolls Royce from the erstwhile princely states of Himachal, Rajasthan and Gujarat, and a superb Hispano Suiza from Alwar.There are also cars from wealthy families like a 1932 Rolls Royce 20/25 Sedanca Deville from the Jewish Gubbay family of Kolkata. Ulrich Schmid-Maybach visited the museum to see the 1937 six-cylinder Maybach SW38 designed by his grandfather Karl Maybach, and Christie’s international director rated the thematic display of the museum among the best he has ever seen.Another unique aspect of Ahmedabad is the Heritage Walk, which is perhaps the only walking tour in India that has operated successfully for a decade as a daily departure except on a few public holidays. The tour begins from the Swaminarayan Temple, near the railway station at Kalupur, and takes you through parts of the walled city that are not accessible by car. This is a good way to explore the old quarters called pols which comprise narrow lanes lined by three-storey havelis with ornate facades, wooden balconies, carved brackets and exquisitely carved doors. The walk ends at the Jamma Masjid, a 15th-century mosque in the Indo-Saracenic style with a fabulous arcaded facade and the prayer hall with rows of domes. The House of Mangaldas Girdhardas, a heritage hotel, offers audio-guided tours with an MP3.Golf greensThe 18-hole course at Kensville Golf and Country ClubFor those who want to stay in a golf resort the Kensville Golf and Country Club in Ahmedabad offers upmarket rooms done in pleasing colours and motifs that go with their location in a golf course. The 18-hole golf course has a Jeev Milkha Singh signature hole, rolling greens and water features, and flower beds. Kensville is a good base to visit Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary, which is about 15 km from the clubhouse.Wildlife watchAsiatic wild ass at Little Rann of KutchEven more interesting for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts is the Wild Ass Sanctuary covering about 4,900 sq km of the Little Rann of Kutch and neighbouring villages in Surendranagar, Mehsana and Kutch districts. A vast expanse of salt-encrusted plains with patches of vegetation, the Little Rann is the abode of the highly endangered Indian wild ass, not seen elsewhere, besides the endangered Indian wolf, desert and Indian foxes, chinkara gazelle and a variety of bird species characteristic of scrubby desert habitat. There are wetlands here as well where you can see thousands of flamingos, hundreds of pelicans, massive flocks of cranes, and a variety of ducks.A good place to stay near the sanctuary is Rann Riders at Dasada, 90 km from Ahmedabad, which started as a small four-room camp and has grown over the last few years to become a sprawling resort. The owners maintain a fleet of open vehicles for the desert safaris in the sanctuary. A special feature of the resort is the area given over to artisans to exhibit their skills and sell their wares. You can watch weavers at work on rare weaves like ikat and tangaliya, Rabari women doing their distinctive style of embroidery, and the Mir girls making beaded bangles.Another wildlife reserve that has been getting much attention from resort owners recently is the Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, the last remaining habitat of the Asiatic lion. Gir also has a healthy population of leopard making it one of the best big cat sighting reserves in all of India.The Gir Birding Lodge has an enviable location in a fruit orchard at the very edge of the wildlife sanctuary with its mangoes, berries and stone fruits bringing in birds from the forests. The main lodge has the dining and sitting rooms overlooking a part of the sanctuary. Some guests have claimed to have sighted a lion or leopard over morning or afternoon tea on the balconies. Another good resort is the Lion Safari Camp, which has plush tented accommodations among palms and mango trees. A more contemporary-style resort at Gir is the Gir Jungle Lodge, which offers 36 rooms in a garden setting with a swimming pool, ayurvedic centre, spa and gym.With a successful blend of tradition and the modern, Gujarat, indeed, has reinvented itself in the last decade.advertisementadvertisementadvertisement Fact fileHM Craft Park Near Bhujodi Village (about 20 minutes drive from Bhuj Airport); tel (02832) 240 495/496; www.hmcraftpark.comShaam-e-Sarhad Hodka (about one hour drive from Bhuj airport); tel: (02803) 296 222; www.hodka.inBeach at Mandvi Palace Vijay Vilas Palace, Mandvi, Kutch; tel: (02834) 295 725; www.mandvibeach.comAuto World at Dastan Dastan Estate, Kathwada, Sardar Patel Ring Road, Ahmedabad; tel: (079) 2282 0699Heritage Walk in Ahmedabad Call CRUTA Foundation for bookings; tel: (079) 3982 4116, 2657 4335; timings: 8a.m. to 10.30a.m. dailyKensville Golf & Country Club Bavla-Nalsarovar road; tel: (079) 4000 2900, 2692 5729Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary 90 minutes from Ahmedabad via Sanand. Forest department office tel: 079 372 3500Rann Riders Dasada village, District Surendranagar; tel: (02757) 280 257; www.rannriders.comGir Birding Lodge At Bambaphor Gate, Sasan Gir; tel: (0)98240 72075; e-mail [email protected] Safari Camp Hirneshwar Temple, Village Balcheel, Sasan Gir; tel: (079) 4026 3333; e-mail: [email protected] Jungle Lodge Sasan-Junagadh Road, Sasan Gir; bookings tel: (011) 2585 4147