Linden mechanic granted bail for larceny

first_imgA Linden mechanic was granted bail by Magistrate Clive Nurse on a charge of breaking and entering and larceny when he appeared at the Linden Magistrate’s Court.Ejad Alli, 18, of Lot 244 Greenheart Street, Mackenzie, pleaded not guilty to the charge which alleges that between August 19 and 20, he broke and entered the house of Collette Stephens at Lot 439 Greenheart Street, and stole a Samsung television set valued $305,000 and a Blu cell phone valued $12,000.The young man was released on $75,000 and the case will continue on September 28.last_img

Exclusive – Northern Ireland boss coy over Euro 2016 qualification

first_imgNorthern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill has told talkSPORT his side still have plenty to do if they are to qualify for the European Championship in 2016.The Green and White Army beat Finland 2-1 on Sunday, thanks to two strikes from Kyle Lafferty, leaving them second in Group F – one point behind table-toppers Romania.But with just four points separating them from third place Hungary, O’Neill has attempted to quell the building excitement by insisting they must continue their good form.He told the Weekend Sports Breakfast: “It was a massive three points. We knew the significance of going eight points clear of Finland. It would be a big gap for them to make up over the remaining five games and we find ourselves ten points above Greece too.“It has strengthened our position and there is still work to do – there’s no doubt about that – but to get to 12 points then you do start to look at how many points would be required to qualify automatically.“We’ve given ourselves a chance but that’s all we’ve done at this minute in time.”last_img read more

Man United goalkeeper did not want to play against Tottenham, says Van Gaal

first_img1 David De Gea Louis van Gaal claims David de Gea told one of his coaches he did not want to play for Manchester United in their first match of the season.For the second successive week, De Gea has not been included in United’s match-day squad.The 24-year-old will not feature against Aston Villa on Friday because Van Gaal is convinced he is not in the right frame of mind to play due to Real Madrid’s interest in signing him.That was the same reason the Dutchman cited last week for leaving De Gea out of his squad for the season-opening win against Tottenham last Saturday.In a new twist, Van Gaal revealed during an odd exchange on Thursday that De Gea had told his goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek he did not want to play against Tottenham.Van Gaal gave his normal pre-match press conference in the Jimmy Murphy Centre at Carrington and then stunned the room by wandering over and sitting next to a journalist in the audience who had earlier questioned him about De Gea.Van Gaal then offered to divulge information about De Gea.Insisting his comments should be regarded as on the record, Van Gaal explained what had made him decide to drop De Gea from the Spurs game.“We’ve talked with him (De Gea), he was fully agreed with our decision,” the United boss said to the reporter, who was surprised Van Gaal had decided to come and sit next to him after the press conference had ended.“I have one assistant coach (Albert Stuivenberg) and another assistant coach (Marcel Bout) so we speak about that kind of thing. We have a goalkeeping coach, Frans Hoek, I’m not doing everything alone.“Frans Hoek, he has a meeting with David de Gea and he asks him, ‘Do you want to play?’.”When the reporter asked about De Gea’s reply, Van Gaal said it was: “No.”Van Gaal added: “Then I have to take the decision. It is a process. We had been observing him in preparation, he was not so good, he was not the same David de Gea as before, he was my best player last season. According to the fans, he was the best of the last two years.”It was a bizarre episode that caught everyone by surprise.The fact Van Gaal had revealed details of what De Gea presumably thought was a private conversation may well come as a shock to the former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper, who has received praise from his boss for his attitude recently.A United official attempted to “clarify” what had been said later by insisting Van Gaal meant De Gea was merely “not eager to play” against Tottenham because of the speculation surrounding his future.The saga is proving to be something of a mess for United, who continue to insist they will not sell their goalkeeper to Madrid unless they get Sergio Ramos or a fee of over £32.6million in return.When asked earlier if he had seen an improvement in De Gea’s focus, Van Gaal said: “There is no difference. The transfer period is still open and he has still the same problems.”Sergio Romero therefore looks set to start at Villa Park on Friday. And he may hold on to the gloves after the transfer window even if De Gea stays.“That depends on Romero also and his form,” Van Gaal replied when asked what De Gea’s situation would be if he stayed at United.“It is always like that.”last_img read more

RESULTS: PRIMARY SCHOOLS CROSS COUNTRY 2012 AT FINN VALLEY

first_imgPrimary Schools Cross Country 2012 @ Finn Valley A C Co DonegalA very encouraging turnout again for the invitation cross country on a dry day and again superbly organised by the local club.  They came from Carndonagh in the north to Killybegs in the south for what turned out to be an enjoyable day.  Schools that popped up in various categories ranged from Iosagain, Buncrana, Woodlands, Letterkenny, Barnes, Donegal Town, Tiernasligo, Clonmany, Dromore, Killygordon, Carndonagh in North Inishowen, Tooban, Burnfoot, Kilmacrenan and Castlefin to name just a sprinkling add in Gaelscoil Adhamhnain, Letterkeny, Lurgybrack, Robertson, Stranorlar and Dooish and its certainly a worthwhile athletic indeed  educational undertaking.Well Done Finn Valley A C U9 Girls  1      Kelly Anderson        Drumoughill 2      Machelle Galvin       Lurgybrack3      Brenda Collins          Iosagain4      Katie Lynn                Iosagain5      Brenda Carr               Dooish6      Cara  Wilkinson             DooishTeam Results  Large 1  Scoil Iosagain 2   Lurgybrack3   WoodlandsMedium         1  Carndonagh2  St Egneys Small             1   Barnes2   TiernasligoU9  Boys 1  Oisin Kelly   Kilmacrenan2  Paul Ryan      Milford3  Shay Doherty Drumoughill4  Niall Mulcahey  Castlefin5  Oran Kelly    Woodlands6  Ryan Creevy      WoodlandsTeam Result  Large1 Gaelscoil Letterkenny2 Woodlands3 KilmacrenanMedium 1 CastlefinSmall  1 TiernasligoU11 Girls 1 Daniella Jansen        Dromore2 Megan Ryan             Milford3  Gemma  McFadden   Kilmacrenan4 Andrea Brown         Castlefin5 Macella Byrne         Killybegs6 Dierdre Carlin                   LiffordTeam Result  Large 1 Dromore2 Iosogain3 KilmacrenanMedium 1 CarndonaghSmall  1  BarnesBoys U11 1  Stephen Black    Kilmacrenan2  Conor Black       Kilmacrenan3 Liam Hannigan    Gael Scoil4 Robbie McGettigan  Kilmacrenan5 Jimmy Grant Kilmacrenan6 Carol Flynn IosagainTeam ResultLarge   1  Kilmacrenan2  Iosagain3  Gael ScoilMedium  1 DooishSmall     1 Tiernasligo2 BarnesGirls U13 1 Laura Crossan         Lurgybrack2 Karen Gallagher      Fanad3 Anna McGinley       Iosagain4 Emer O Neill           Iosagain5 Dara Galvin             Drumoughill6 Mea Gibson             IosagainTeam Result 1 Iosagain2 Woodlands3 Illistrim1 DooishU13 Boys1 Ben Carr                           Woodlands2 Shane McMonagle            Tooban3 Adam McCrudden            Tooban4 Conner O Donnell            Carndonagh5 Micheal Doherty              Iosagain6 James Carolan                  LurgybrackTeam ResultLarge1 Tooban2 Woodlands3 IosagainMedium1 Clonmany2 St Pats CarndonaghSmall1 St Francis Barnes2 RobertsonRESULTS: PRIMARY SCHOOLS CROSS COUNTRY 2012 AT FINN VALLEY was last modified: September 26th, 2012 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:RESULTS: PRIMARY SCHOOLS CROSS COUNTRY 2012 AT FINN VALLEYlast_img read more

DONKEY SANCTUARY SAYS IT’S A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE AS FOUR ANIMALS SAVED

first_imgA donkey sanctuary owner is hailing a Christmas miracle after four donkeys were saved from being put down.Owner of the Raphoe Donkey Sanctuary, Danny Curran, had been told about four donkeys which had been abandoned this week.The donkeys, which were named Mary and the Three Wise Men, were to be put down on Christmas day. Danny had no room at his “Inn’ because he already had 54 donkeys in his care.But now Danny has revealed that all four abandoned donkeys, one which is in foal, have been rehomed in the same place.Danny revealed “I have had calls from right across the country from as far away as Cork.“The story of Mary and the Three Wise Men really struck a chord with people because it’s Christmas. “I’m just so delighted all four have been saved and that they are staying together.“It shows that the true spirit of Christmas really is alive when it comes to animals,” he said. DONKEY SANCTUARY SAYS IT’S A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE AS FOUR ANIMALS SAVED was last modified: December 23rd, 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)last_img read more

Fire crews keep eye on Santa Anas

first_imgStrong winds and summerlike temperatures put firefighters in the San Fernando Valley on alert Tuesday, while weather forecasters predicted gusts would diminish by Thursday. A red-flag warning from the National Weather Service prompted additional teams from the Los Angeles County Fire Department to keep a watch on fire-prone areas from the Valley to Santa Clarita. The Los Angeles Fire Department tactical task force deployed four teams in Valley areas with the greatest potential for brush fires. “If you do some research, you’ll see that some of our largest brush fires have occurred in November and December,” said Ron Myers, LAFD spokesman. “We take a military-like strategy. We use a hit-hard mentality.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Moderate to strong Santa Ana winds were expected to blow through the Valley today. Around the county Tuesday, winds hit up to 40 mph, with gusts of about 55 mph. Temperatures reached 84 degrees in Chatsworth and Van Nuys and 81 in Northridge, according to forecasters of the National Weather Service based in Oxnard. “This weather pattern is an annual event,” said NWS spokesman Bill Hoffer. “What we have off our coast is a vigorous high pressure system. It’s a big mother. We got this old spinning bowl of circulation coming from the Gulf of Alaska.” Today’s highs should reach the mid-80s, with northeast winds of up to 30 mph and decreasing through the evening. Thursday is expected to be breezy, with temperatures decreasing to the high 70s. Susan Abram, (818) 713-3664 susan.abram@dailynews.com 160Want 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

City to consider appeal

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – The City Council faces a closed-door session at its first meeting of the new year to decide whether to appeal a $12 million judgment favoring the bankrupt owner of land now crossed by Santa Clarita’s new Golden Valley Road. The unanimous jury verdict came Tuesday after a monthlong trial, and City Attorney Joe Montes said Thursday that he will meet with the council Jan. 10 to decide how to proceed. “Certainly, the city is not thrilled with the verdict at this point in time, but I think this is far from over,” said Montes, of Burke, Williams and Sorensen, the law firm that represents Santa Clarita. The city took the property – the eastern edge of the old Bermite munitions testing site – in eminent domain proceedings. The land, part of nearly 1,000 acres undergoing state-monitored cleanup, once was offered free by owner Remediation Financial Inc. in exchange for favorable development rights. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The jury’s award was in two chunks – $11.6 million was awarded as compensation for the road’s impacts on RFI’s plans for the acreage and $748,534 for the land itself. Jay Dushoff, RFI’s attorney, said the company sought compensation for the costs of reconfiguring the development, redoing extensive environmental studies and running the entire project through the review process a second time. The location and elevation of Golden Valley Road caused a “ripple effect,” requiring adjustment that changed the face of the entire proposal, the attorney argued. Lawyers on both sides now face a complex tangle because RFI is in the midst of Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, and two developers are vying to buy the land. Montes said RFI has indicated it wants the award to be separate from company assets that will be sold as the company seeks to reorganize. The city, he said, believes the money should be counted among the firm’s assets and one of the two potential buyers also wants it included as an asset. RFI offices were closed this week and officials were unavailable for comment, according to a woman who answered the phone at the Phoenix-based company. The firm’s attorney in the bankruptcy case did not return calls seeking comment. RFI had hoped to build a 2,911-home development called Porta Bella, conceived by former Bermite owner Whitaker Corp. In 1999, RFI agreed to donate the 13 acres needed for Golden Valley Road if the city would allow it to build sections of Porta Bella as the contaminated land was cleaned up. The Santa Clarita City Council has held firm that the land should be completely cleared of chemical residue and old ordnance before any development is allowed. The slice of land used for the road was exempted, after being certified as clean by the state Department of Toxic Substances Control. The council voted in 2001 to take the land by eminent domain, offering as much as $2 million for property appraised at $500,000, Montes said. Denied permission to develop the land in phases – using money from sales to pay to clean up succeeding sections – RFI asked for $38 million. Its final offer before the case went to trial was $15 million. “The city really didn’t have a choice but to go to trial,” Montes said. Meanwhile, Golden Valley Road has become a key piece of Santa Clarita’s planned 8.5-mile expressway linking Interstate 5 to the Antelope Valley Freeway. Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 pat.aidem@dailynews.com 160Want 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

Couple celebrate 50th Wedding anniversary with heart-warming renewal of vows

first_imgThis year’s Valentine’s Day was a particularly special day for local couple Josephine and Mickey Friel as they celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary. The smitten couple marked the occasion by renewing their vows in Rathmullan, exactly fifty years after they were first said.The exchange of the rings was all the more moving as Josephine had lost her original cherished engagement ring many years ago. As a wedding present, their six children all chipped in and bought a duplicate of the ring to surprise her with.Mickey putting the new ring on Josephine’s fingerJosephine and Mickey, from Oughterlin, didn’t just host just one wedding celebration – but two!They also renewed their vows at St. Mary’s RC Church, Loughborough in the British Midlands, which is where they originally exchanged vows five decades ago in 1968. This also meant two celebrations, with family and friends from both sides of the Irish Sea getting the chance to celebrate with the happy couple!The Donegal reception took place at Ripples in Kerrykeel, with the British shindig ensuing at the pub where they had their original wedding reception, the Plough at Thorpe Acre.The celebration brought five generations of the family together, with the couple’s children, grandchildren, and grandchild all sharing in their bliss.Josephine’s mum, Sarah Gallagher, was over the moon to see her daughter walk down the aisle towards Mickey for a second time.Josephine and mum SarahThe Friel family would like to give a special note of thanks to Father Colm Martin who performed the ceremony back in Rathmullan, and also to the staff at Ripples, Kerrykeel, for the amazing food and excellent, friendly service (particularly to Dessie, who went above and beyond to ensure their day was a roaring success).Couple celebrate 50th Wedding anniversary with heart-warming renewal of vows was last modified: March 14th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:golden anniversaryjosephine frielmickey frielweddinglast_img read more

Can You Have Evolution Without Darwin?

first_imgIt might seem crass to diminish the reputation of a historical figure right before his Bicentennial, but it’s happening.  There are some who are trying to chuck Darwin.  In the New York Times, Carl Safina shocked readers with his title, “Darwinism Must Die So That Evolution May Live.”    Safina was appalled at the religious devotion some people have to Charles Darwin.  We don’t call physics Newtonism, and we don’t call astronomy Copernicanism, he said.  In the same way, we need to ditch the term Darwinism and move attention to the modern theory of evolution.  The focus on Darwin is actually hurting the cause of promoting evolutionary theory, he asserted: “our understanding of how life works since Darwin won’t swim in the public pool of ideas until we kill the cult of Darwinism.  Only when we fully acknowledge the subsequent century and a half of value added can we really appreciate both Darwin’s genius and the fact that evolution is life’s driving force, with or without Darwin.”    Even pro-Darwinist Robert Roy Britt on Live Science joined in the campaign.  “The terms ‘Darwinian evolution’ and ‘Darwinism’ – used frequently by scientists, teachers and the media – are misleading,” he said.  “Scientists have failed to let Darwin die, even as the theory he birthed grew up, some scientists now say.”  With a play on words, Britt continued: “Evolutionary biology has evolved greatly since Darwin first generated the controversy with the 1859 publication of On the Origin of Species, and some think it’s time to divorce his name from the theory’s name.”  He referred to Carl Safina’s article in the New York Times, but also got support from Eugenie Scott and Glenn Branch of the NCSE, who also favor dropping the term Darwinism as a synonym for evolutionary biology.  They complain that the word Darwinism “fails to convey the full panoply of modern evolutionary biology accurately, and it fosters the inaccurate perception that the field stagnated for 150 years after Darwin’s day.”  Scott and Branch always find ways to criticize the tactics of their enemies, the creationists:  “Compounding the problem of ‘Darwinism’ is the hijacking of the term by creationists to portray evolution as a dangerous ideology – an ‘ism’ – that has no place in the science classroom,” they said, conveniently ignoring the title and thesis of atheist Daniel Dennett’s book, Darwin’s Dangerous Idea and Richard Dawkins’s “honest” admission on camera in the movie Expelled that Darwinism tends to produce atheism – which is the “worst possible thing to say” for Darwin defenders like Eugenie Scott.    John Hawks is upset at the upsetters.  On his John Hawks Weblog, adorned by artwork of a thoughtful-looking Neanderthal, he took offense at Safina’s calling Darwinism a cult.  “Does this kind of statement remotely help the cause of evolutionary biology, in any way?” he asked (emphasis his).  He agreed that evolutionary biology has moved on since Darwin, but called it “unseemly” to “kill” the dead man.  The critics have obviously not read Darwin, he claimed.  Darwin provided a wealth of detail that continues to guide research today.  Darwin went out on a limb and proposed tests that could falsify his ideas.  That’s good enough to preserve his name and reputation, Hawks ended: “If someone want’s [sic] to call herself a Darwinist, or a neo-Darwinist, or even a crypto-Darwinist, well, that’s just fine by me.”  Robin Lloyd on Live Science reminds us that the guy was only mortal and had his quirks.    Meanwhile, the religious implications of Darwinism have not escaped the notice of atheists behind a recent billboard campaign to promote their views.  World Net Daily reported on the ads by Freedom From Belief Foundation, such as the stained-glass-decor billboard in West Hollywood, adorned with Charles Darwin’s portrait, proclaiming, “Praise Darwin: Evolve Beyond Belief.”  Opposing Views printed an article by the FFBF about another copy of this billboard posted in Ohio.  Local activist David Russell explained why the “iconic image” of Darwin was central to their atheist campaign: “Darwin not only researched extensively how life evolved through succession, but his work helped shape the modern interpretation of evolutionary theory,” Russell said.  “He almost single-handedly took the world from blind faith of unproven dogma to an enduring theory that has withstood 150 years of scrutiny.”  Other atheists submitted their ideas for slogans appropriate for Darwin Day, like “Honk if you’re evolving,” “Don’t start evolution without me,” and “Nonbelief—the natural selection.”  The battle of the billboards had begun.  Ray Comfort’s Christian ministry raised funds to put a billboard near the Los Angeles airport defining an atheist as “Someone who believes that nothing made everything – a scientific impossibility.”  The billboard, which advertises a new website Pull the Plug on Atheism, also displays Darwin’s portrait.  It seems the Darwin beard has become an icon of a world view that goes far beyond scientific quibbles within biology.  As such, it’s not likely the growth of atheism will get shaved off anytime soon.This is hilarious.  Our shaming of the Darwin Party and their Blunderful Wizard of Flaws (09/05/2008) is working!  The Darwin Castle is in disarray about what to do with their idol during the uprising (02/01/2007).  The priests still adore Charlie and worship him, but they can’t agree on whether to display the idol or hide it because of bad P.R.    Eugenie and Glenn, stop blaming the creationists for this.  Darwin worship is rampant throughout the Darwin camp.  Don’t you remember how your former employee Kevin Padian defended Darwin Day last year? (see 02/11/2008).  Darwin represents the standard, the leader, the sacred cause of secular unintelligent design.  It started with Darwin himself.  Oh, he was clever at deflecting it with false humility, but Janet Browne described it in detail in her excellent biography Charles Darwin: The Power of Place (Princeton, 2002; see 10/24/2002 and the footnotes from 02/11/2006).  She exposed how Darwin manipulated the worshipers who made pilgrimages to Down House to get them to feel the numinous awe of his greatness.  Darwin would pretend to be ill, or to need to get back to his studies, accentuating to the visitors how precious was their brief opportunity to kiss his feet.  Emma and the whole family played along with the game.  It was disgusting (see 02/13/2004).  After his death, the Four Musketeers (01/06/2004) and other Darwin Party operatives manipulated politicians to inter Darwin’s remains in Westminster Abbey, a religious building.  His august statue stands like a monumental shrine in the British Natural History Museum, and the Pope Darwin call to worship is making the rounds of museums in America.  It is undeniable, also, that Darwin and his followers have continued to use theological arguments for their viewpoint – i.e., the “God wouldn’t have done it this way” defense, the either-or ploy, “God could not have designed the shape of my nose, so everything must be the result of chance,” or, “since it seems implausible that God would have created all these species separately, therefore humans have bacteria ancestors.”  They even wear little WWDD (What Would Darwin Do?) pins (e.g., WWDD article on Live Science, and What would Darwin think of global warming?, found on Science Daily).09/02/2004).  Charlie was the only one decent enough to present at least a facade of likability.    Evolution without Darwin would be like Buddhism without Buddha.  The Buddha didn’t want his name attached to a religion, either, but how could Buddhism function without the shrines?  Where would the disciples light their incense and make their sacrifices?  What face could replace Darwin to grace the stained-glass billboards of the atheists?  Marx?  Stalin?  Dawkins?  William Provine?  P.Z. Myers?  Eugenie, your own politicos have done this.  They’ve marketed Charlie’s special brand of hallucinogenic incense, and the faithful would experience severe withdrawal without it.  Only Charlie’s blend provides the psychedelic trip of feeling like an intellectually fool-filled atheist.  They depend on the incense to get sufficiently incensed at the creationists.  An evolutionary biology without Charlie’s Story-Inducing Smoke would require facing reality.  It wouldn’t be possible to dream of observed design as only apparent design any other way.    When the Darwin idol eventually gets dismantled, tree and all (01/22/2009), storytelling will be disqualified (see recent foul on PhysOrg), and openness and honesty will again be required in science (02/09/2009).  It’s OK to grant Charlie a moment of silence (see YouTube; explanation on UD).  Then, please, give the poor old man a final rest by preserving his legacy honorably with his own advice, (spoken in an apparent moment of sobriety), “a fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.”  Celebrate Darwin Day the proper way: as Academic Freedom Day.  Abe Lincoln, also enjoying a Bicentennial, would be glad to know that intellectual slavery has been vanquished, that academia is enjoying a new birth of freedom, and that science of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Dialogue rides call-centre wave

first_img12 March 2007Call-centre outsourcing company Dialogue Group has reported a huge increase in profits on the back of a growing demand for outsourcing services in South Africa.Business day reported last week that Dialogue’s profits for the year to December 2006 had increased by 309% compared to 2005, to R15.6-million.The company, with listed on South Africa’s small-cap exchange AltX last September and currently has a market capitalisation of about R320-million, reported an increase in revenue of 55% or R121-million over the year.Dialogue chief executive Jason Drew told Business Day that the call-centre industry was starting to “boom in South Africa”.He attributed the company’s increase in earnings to the strong demand for call-centre services in South Africa, adding that the firm had also aggressively pursued new contracts and the expansion of existing contracts with both local and international clients.“We took a bet three years ago that South Africa would be the next international outsourcing destination,” Drew said.He pointed out that India, serving mainly the UK and European markets, and the Philippines, which mainly serves the US market, were moving towards full capacity, and that this presented an opportunity for South Africa.“SA serves both UK and US clients,” Drew told Business Day. “SA is great because there is cultural proximity to western markets – the time zone in SA helps a great deal with the UK, and South African accents are clearly understood by UK people.”Drew added that the demand for the company’s shares had been strong since listing, with the share price increasing between 40 and 50%, from a placement price of R1 a share to between R1.40 and R1.50, over the past six months.He said that company was confident of meeting its prospectus profit forecast of R19-million for 2007/08, adding that the firm was already building more capacity in Johannesburg to expand operations.“More and more international companies are seeing the benefits of doing business in South Africa,” Drew said.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more