Donegal bids farewell to gentleman Anjo Duffy

first_imgSt Eunan’s Cathedral in Letterkenny was packed to overflowing today as the public showed their respects and bid a final farewell to Anjo Duffy.Anjo passed away suddenly on Thursday last and has left a huge void in the lives of the many people he touched.St Eunan’s GAA club, of which Anjo was a proud member, formed a guard of honour as his remains were brought into the cathedral for his funeral mass. His mass heard of a man who was a loving husband, father and grandfather as well as being a true friend and neighbour to so many.A testament to how deeply he was thought of in his local community was displayed by the hundreds of people who visited the family home at Charlie Daly Terrace at the foot of the town.Nobody uttered a word or thought anything of queueing up in the November cold for up to two hours to say goodbye to Anjo.Although originally from Ballybofey, it was here that Anjo and wife Elizabeth reared a family and enjoyed so many happy times together. The couple have five children Ian, Eugene, Anjo, Denise and Lisa as well as several grandchildren, all of whom Anjo doted on.Among the items brought to the altar were a football for his love of sport and also a screwdriver which reflected his ability to help those around him.His coffin was carried to his final resting place at Leck Cemetary by his former colleagues from St Conal’s Hospital.He was taken from us too quickly and we will miss his familiar figure standing outside his home at the foot of the town, cigarette in one hand and an always ready salute with the other.Rest in peace, Anjo. Donegal bids farewell to gentleman Anjo Duffy was last modified: November 12th, 2018 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:Anjo DuffydonegalfuneralletterkennyRIPlast_img read more

Spencer/Columbus football pulls past Glenwood City

first_imgLuepke scores five rushing touchdowns for Rockets (8-1)By Paul LeckerSports ReporterGLENWOOD CITY — The Spencer/Columbus offense, led by senior running back Hunter Luepke and a powerful offensive line, continued its assault with a 44-21 victory over Glenwood City in a nonconference football game Friday night at Glenwood City High School.Luepke rushed 20 times for 235 yards and scored five touchdowns for the Rockets, who finish the regular season with an 8-1 record.Luepke had a 71-yard touchdown run, and Jarred Mandel threw a 56-yard TD pass to Hayden Bauman to put Spencer/Columbus up 14-0 after one quarter.Glenwood City came back in the second with a pair of touchdowns, and the Rockets led 20-13 at halftime before putting the game away.Luepke had TD runs of 27, 68, and 2 yards, and Carson Hildebrandt added a 1-yard scoring run in the second half as Spencer/Columbus secured the victory.The Rockets piled up 555 total yards, 348 coming on the ground. Bauman had six touches (four carries and two receptions) for 182 yards, and Mandel threw for 207 yards in the victory.“I was proud of our second-half effort,” Spencer/Columbus coach Jason Gorst said. “We came out and did not block or tackle well early. Glenwood City is a quality team and played hard all game. Jarred (Mandel) and Hayden (Bauman) really took a step forward tonight.”Spencer/Columbus earned a No. 3 seed and hosts No. 6 Oconto in a WIAA Division 5 Level 1 playoff game Oct. 20 at Spencer High School. The winner faces either Amherst or Colby on Oct. 27.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of 44, Hilltoppers 21Spencer/Columbus 14 6 12 12 – 44Glenwood City 0 13 0 8 – 21First QuarterSC – Hunter Luepke 71 run (Colton Schillinger kick), 7:55.SC – Hayden Bauman 56 pass from Jarred Mandel (Co. Schillinger kick), 5:15.Second QuarterGC – Jake Nelson 7 pass from Pete Hill (Tucker Lagerstrom kick), 11:17.GC – Nelson 71 run (kick blocked), 7:19.SC – Luepke 5 run (kick failed), 6:33.Third QuarterSC – Luepke 27 run (conversion failed), 7:36.SC – Luepke 68 run (kick failed), 3:33.Fourth QuarterSC – Luepke 2 run (kick failed), 7:33.SC – Carson Hildebrandt 1 run (kick blocked), 5:13.GC – Dakota Dean-Immerman 1 run (Dean-Immerman run), 1:38.Team StatisticsFirst downs: Spencer/Columbus 22; Glenwood City 14.Rushing (att-yards): SC 36-348; GC 50-232.Passing (comp-att-yards-int): SC 7-14-207-2; GC 4-5-103-1.Total yards: SC 555; GC 335.Fumbles (total-lost): SC none; GC 2-2.Penalties (no.-yards): SC 3-20; GC none.Individual StatisticsRushing: SC, Hunter Luepke 20-235, Hayden Bauman 4-92, Carson Hildebrandt 7-31, Bubba Post 1-3, Austin Bacon 3-minus 2, Jarred Mandel 1-minus 11. GC, Jake Nelson 18-129, Jacob Kopacz 13-61, Dakota Dean-Immerman 15-39, Dan Loring 1-4, Carson Strong 1-0, Pete Hill 2-minus 1.Passing: SC, Mandel 7-14-207-2. GC, Hill 4-5-41-1.Receiving: SC, Hildebrandt 3-62, Bauman 2-90, Lukas Ellefson 1-37, Luepke 1-18. GC, Kopacz 2-25, Nelson 2-16.Interceptions (defense): SC, Ethan Meece. GC, Nelson, Hill.Punting: SC, Luepke 1-26.0. GC, No. 56 3-33.7.Records: Spencer/Columbus Catholic 8-1; Glenwood City 4-5.last_img read more

Ford invests R1.5bn in South Africa

first_imgJanine ErasmusLeading car manufacturer Ford has announced an investment of R1.5 billion (just over $200 million) into the South African motor industry. Making the announcement on 30 January 2008, president and chief executive of the Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA), Hal Feder, revealed a planned expansion of factories in Silverton, Pretoria, and Struandale, Port Elizabeth – the hub of the motor manufacturing industry in South Africa.This will enable the plants to produce Ford’s next-generation range of small pickup trucks (known colloquially as bakkies in South Africa) and turbo-charged Puma diesel engines at its vehicle assembly plant in Pretoria and engine manufacturing facility in Port Elizabeth. The investment is expected to significantly raise South Africa’s standing as a worldwide export base for the Ford Motor Company.“Winning this investment is a major achievement for everyone at Ford, as well as our partners in government, Numsa [the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa], and our local suppliers, and highlights our strategic position within the future global footprint of Ford Motor Company,” said Feder. “It also underscores Ford’s ongoing commitment to expanding our operations in South Africa.”Plans call for the commencement of diesel engine production in 2010, followed by production of the new pickup truck in 2011. Total annual manufacturing capacity at the Silverton plant will increase to 110 000 units, with 75 percent of vehicles manufactured destined for overseas markets, notably in Europe and elsewhere in Africa. At the Struandale engine plant, capacity will increase to around 180 000 units – again, most of these will be exported.Rollout of the investment is expected in 2009 and will create 500 new jobs between the two factories by the time production hits top gear in 2011. Ford currently employs 4 500 people.Government support for the local automotive industryGauteng Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Finance and Economic Affairs Paul Mashatile lauded Ford’s commitment to the local automotive sector. Mashatile explained that the Gauteng provincial government is focusing its attention on the automotive industry as a platform for greater economic growth and job creation. He said that provincial government has engaged in several targeted interventions that are aimed at stimulating growth within the automotive industry and increasing its contribution to the provincial economy.One of these is the Automotive Supply Park, an initiative of the Gauteng government’s Blue IQ, which has been tasked with developing economic infrastructure for large-scale projects. Located in the industrial suburb of Rosslyn, Pretoria, the Park aims to contribute to the sustainable growth of the automotive industry in Gauteng and South Africa by improving competitiveness locally and internationally.This it intends to achieve by bringing component manufacturers into one location, strengthening and simplifying the supply chain because motor manufacturers, many of whom are located in Rosslyn, will have their main parts suppliers located in the near vicinity of their assembly lines and operations – thus ensuring a steady supply and no production delays.According to Mashatile, there has been an increase in demand for accommodation at the Automotive Supply Park. He said that the Gauteng government plans to expand the facility in 2008, and together with the City of Tshwane will develop a similar facility in Silverton. “This we are doing to give further support to the growth of the automotive manufacturing base in Gauteng,” he said.Another such initiative is the Blue IQ-driven Automotive Industry Development Centre. This was established to give the local automotive sector a boost globally by providing effective support systems to allow firms to step up their productivity and competitiveness. It offers facilities and services for design testing and research and development, as well as skills development and training through industry-specific courses.In August 2007 the Automotive Industry Development Centre received an International Quality Crown Award for leadership in promoting quality standards in the South African automotive industry.Mashatile remarked that these, and other interventions in support of the automotive industry, fell in line with the government’s overall commitment to developing Gauteng as a globally competitive city region – “a preferred destination for local and foreign investment and a world-class manufacturing hub”.Increased local content in manufacturingFord also plans to support the local automotive industry by increasing its use of local resources. Currently the content of local components used in manufacturing sits at approximately 35 percent, but with the increase in production output this is expected to rise to 60 percent. Local suppliers will benefit as the annual expenditure on local components will increase six-fold from about R441 million each year to about R2.9 billion, says Feder, and black economic empowered (BEE) businesses will receive preference.Said Mashatile, “To us the investment by Ford represents yet another vote of confidence in the provincial economy. We are particularly encouraged that this investment will have significant socio-economic benefits for the people of Gauteng. An economic impact study conducted by KPMG indicated that this investment could add R 79 billion to the provincial economy and create 690 000 new employment opportunities by 2025.”We are delighted that Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa has indicated its willingness to partner with us as we together develop the automotive sector in Gauteng.”Said Feder: “This is a long-term, strategic investment, and we view South Africa as a gateway into Africa. We are here to stay.”Ford Motor Company of Southern AfricaFord Motor Company of Southern Africa is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ford Motor Company. It first set up operations in South Africa in Port Elizabeth in 1923, although Ford vehicles had been on sale locally since 1911 through an agent. Ford South Africa made Port Elizabeth its base and developed its assembly facilities, attaining 28% market share by the late sixties. Ford South Africa ran on its own until 1985 when it merged with the automotive operations of Anglo American to form Samcor, the South African Motor Corporation.Although Ford disinvested in 1988 because of international pressure, the company returned in November 1994 and in February 2000, Ford announced that it would increase its local investment by taking a majority shareholding in Samcor. In 1998 Ford bought the remaining Samcor shareholding and renamed the company Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa.Ford’s Pretoria assembly plant is the largest, most modern vehicle assembly plant in the southern hemisphere, according to the company.Links:Ford Motor Company of Southern AfricaBlue IQAutomotive Industry Development CentreAutomotive Supply ParkGauteng Provincial GovernmentCity of TshwaneAnglo Americanlast_img read more

Tornado damage slowly getting cleaned up in Jeff City

first_imgYou’re seeing Jefferson City’s tornado damaged areas slowly getting cleaned up.The city’s Sonny Sanders says the Public Works crew has already hauled off a lot of debris.“We also started picking up wind-blown storm debris, [so] anything that may have landed on your property.  They do ask that you separate those into two different piles.”Sanders adds that building permits for tornado damaged homes have been reduced to $25.The Historic City of Jefferson has volunteered to cover the cost of those permits to give homeowners a break.93.9 The Eagle is holding a radiothon for mid-Missouri tornado relief on June 21. Get more info here.last_img