QPR keeping close tabs on former Celtic star

first_img1 Richie Towell QPR are keeping close tabs on Dundalk’s goal-scoring midfielder Richie Towell.The 23-year-old scored twice on Tuesday night in his side’s 4-2 win over Galway to move nine points clear at the top of the League of Ireland Premier Division.The former Hibernian man has now struck 13 goals from 19 league appearances so far this season, adding to the 11 he notched over 33 matches in the previous campaign.On Tuesday night Rangers reportedly had a scout in the stands to watch Towell score a free-kick after 35 minutes and complete his brace with a fine volley 30 minutes later.Rangers have made a number of signings already this summer, after a summer clear out, but they still need to add firepower to their squad and Towell certainly offers goals.The former Republic of Ireland under-21 international started his career at Celtic and appears destined for a return to a more high-profile league.last_img read more

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BOSS OF LETTERKENNY COMPANY HAS €70 MILLION SALARY

first_imgTHE boss of a Donegal health insurance company pocketed an incredible 70 MILLION EURO last year in his salary.Stephen Hemsley is the Chief Executive of the United Health Group which has a base in Letterkenny.The American-based boss made a whopping €5.83M every month! The figure makes him the best paid chief of any company, according to American magazine Forbes.Hemsley makes seven times more than the man who runs the global fast food giant McDonalds.The company announced 200 extra jobs for Letterkenny last year.UnitedHealth group, which is based in Minneapolis, is a Fortune 100 company with operations in 63 locations worldwide. It currently employs 340 people at its Letterkenny site processing medical claims and working as IT technicians.At the time of the extra jobs announcement, US Vice-President of Operations, Jim Becker, said it was ‘a proud day’ for the Group.‘The Letterkenny facility stood out for us,” he said.‘Their unquestionable ability to succeed each and every day, along with their strategic location and passionate workforce made our decision very easy.”BOSS OF LETTERKENNY COMPANY HAS €70 MILLION SALARY was last modified: April 17th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Stephen HemsleyUnitedHealthGroup€70million salarylast_img read more

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I.T. SERVICES AND REPAIR COMPANY LK IT CENTRE LAUNCHES ITS NEW BUSINESS

first_imgLK IT CENTRE is Letterkenny’s newest I.T. services and repair company and have just opened for business.They’ve a wide range of services such as laptop and desktop computer repairs for both home and business clients.The new office is located at Donegal Farm Machinery Business Park, Bonagee. They help solve all types of computer problems as well as offering you a wide range of I.T. Services such as digital marketing over social media.We can help your business grow by quickly attracting new clients in a very specific and targeted way that can be customised to suit each business regardless of size.Special training is offered for the over 50’s who feel left out of the technology loop.We can give you easy to understand, jargon free training lessons on a one to one basis, we can help you get the basics right and let you move on to a more advanced level at a pace time that suits you. We don’t tell you what you need to know we let you tell us.With many years experience in computer repairs they hope to offer their Donegal clients a new unrivalled hardware and software repair service with an eye on both quality and speed of repairs, with a 24 hour repair time for most computer problems for both home & business clients.LK IT Centre want to be there for you when things go wrong.LK IT Centre will be offering you a special priority emergency computer repair service for when you get that sinking feeling and things go badly wrong, we will quickly help you get them right again.Special discounted computer repairs for College student. And much more..So if your computer is full of viruses, running really slowly or if you just need some I.T. consultancy, give us a call on 086 3756907 or find us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/LetterkennyitcentreI.T. SERVICES AND REPAIR COMPANY LK IT CENTRE LAUNCHES ITS NEW BUSINESS was last modified: October 17th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

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Farhan Zaidi explains Giants’ ‘Plan B’ after failed Bryce Harper pursuit

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–It’s been one week since the San Francisco Giants finished as a runner-up in the Bryce Harper sweepstakes and the team’s roster remains unchanged.The club didn’t have an immediate response to Harper’s decision to sign a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, but president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi indicated the Giants will remain active in both the trade and free agent markets.“Obviously we had sincere interest (in Harper) but we’re going to be …last_img

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It’s Official: Mangroves Would Have Prevented Most Tsunami Damage

first_imgEurekAlert summarized a paper in Science1 that confirmed an earlier claim (02/10/2005) that intact mangrove forests along the Asian coastlines would have prevented the bulk of damage and death from last year’s mega-tsunami.  A large, diverse research team from seven nations estimated that more than 90% of the damage could have been prevented by the buffer effect of mangrove forests absorbing the wave energy.  See also Science News,2 that said that in areas of maximum tsunami intensity, little could have prevented catastrophic destruction; but areas hit by 4- to 5-meter waves were modest enough for vegetation to make a difference.    Mangroves grow naturally in coastline thickets about 30 trees per 100 square meters, but have been drastically reduced by business interests to the point of becoming an endangered species.  The cleared coastlines were among the hardest hit by the waves.  For instance, two shoreline villages unprotected by mangroves in India were obliterated, whereas three other villages behind a screen of mangroves hundreds of meters thick survived.    The affected nations are now looking again at restoring this natural protection zone, this “living dyke,” realizing that mangroves will not only provide defense from the next extreme storm surge, but also enrich local fisheries and habitats of many native species.1Danielson et al., “The Asian Tsunami: A Protective Role for Coastal Vegetation,” Science, Vol 310, Issue 5748, 643, 28 October 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1118387].2Ben Harder, “Breaking Waves: Mangroves shielded parts of coast from tsunami,” Science News, Week of Oct. 29, 2005; Vol. 168, No. 18, p. 276.Famous last words: “Look at this mess of trees blocking our view of the sea.  How are we supposed to get our boats on the water through all that tangled up wood in the way?  Those mangroves are such a pain.  Cut ’em all down.  I’ll start a fishery, and Sam, think of all the money you could make with a beach resort hotel over there.”(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Angola’s four-year plan for health

first_imgChildren play outside their home in BoaVista informal settlement in Luanda,Angola.(Image: Jaspreet Kindra, Irin Photo)Angola’s new government is promising better health facilities at both primary and secondary care levels, as well as to reduce the prevalence of HIV/Aids over the next four years.The oil- and diamond-rich nation went to the polls earlier last month and returned the ruling MPLA party to power with more than four-fifths of the votes, giving it 191 seats in the 220-member legislature. Unita, the largest opposition party, only managed to garner 10% of the vote, which gave the former rebel movement 16 seats.Fernando Dias dos Santos, the former prime minister and newly appointed Speaker, said at the swearing-in of parliament in the capital, Luanda, on 30 September, that “Angola is turning an important page in her history by starting a new cycle of a better life for all.”The legislative elections were the first since 1992, and six years after Unita founder and leader Jonas Savimbi was killed in a skirmish, ending the country’s long-running civil war. Presidential elections are scheduled for 2009, although it is unclear whether President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has held power for 30 years, will contest the ballot.According to Angola’s state press association, the deputy health minister, Evelise Fresta, told parliament the government intended “to reinforce the vaccination and disease prevention programmes, improve aid and expand rehabilitation and social assistance to patients.”“These goals are intended to combat HIV/Aids, reduce the prevalence by 3%, address 70% of the cases of tuberculosis and cure 85% of the sick,” the press association said.Fresta said the government aimed to achieve a ratio of three doctors to 10 000 people; currently there is one physician for every 10 000 inhabitants.About 2.1% of Angola’s 15-million people are infected with HIV, according to UNAids, a relatively low figure for the region. This is attributed to the years of conflict, in that “the relatively slow spread of HIV might have resulted from a lack of mobility during the war.”Oil revenuesIn September Angola was widely acknowledged as Africa’s biggest oil producer, overtaking Nigeria, whose production had declined as a consequence of the upsurge in rebel activity in its oil-producing areas, mainly by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND).However, revenues from Angola’s estimated production of 1.9 million barrels per day have done little to alleviate poverty. About 70% of the population live on US$2 or less a day, rising to 94% in rural areas, and according to the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development, health services cover only 30% of the rural population.Source: Irin NewsDo you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] linksAngolan Embassy Washington DClast_img read more

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BRICS Development Bank officially opens for business

first_imgThe National Treasury announced the official establishment of the New Development Bank (NDB) headquarters in Shanghai, China on 27 February. This marks the completion of legal procedures that will now allow the bank to begin its operations.The South African operation has started a national recruitment process, and the Treasury has encouraged South Africans with the necessary skills and qualifications to apply via its website. (Image: BRICS Business Council, via Facebook)The National Treasury announced the official establishment of the New Development Bank (NDB) headquarters in Shanghai, China on 27 February, which marks the completion of legal procedures that will now allow the bank to begin its operations, in a statement released on 7 March 2016.#China, #BRICS bank sign #documents. Read more: https://t.co/iAtjjnwSuv pic.twitter.com/afZd2Z4vdk— Fakhrul Alam (@fakhrulalam88) February 28, 2016The headquarters was first opened in July 2015, following the formal agreement on the bank’s establishment between BRICS leaders at its fifth annual summit, held in South Africa in 2013.The NDB is busy establishing its Africa Regional Centre in Johannesburg, as outlined by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his 2016 Budget Speech.The South African operation has started a national recruitment process, and the Treasury has encouraged South Africans with the necessary skills and qualifications to apply via its website for a variety of mid- and high-level positions at the institution.South Africa’s first instalment of R2-billion was paid to the bank in December last year, according to the minister’s 2016 Budget Review, and the budget makes provision for further commitments over the medium term.The NDB will begin operations with $50-billion (about R770-billion), which will expand to the full $100-billion in the next five to 10 years.While China may have the largest share of voting rights in the bank with its $41-billion pledged contribution, the South African contribution and its work in the organisation will go a long way to developing the rest of the continent as an emerging economic power.“This initiative,” Gordhan said his address to Parliament, “gives impetus to our role as a financial centre for Africa and will facilitate access to global finance by African investors and institutions.”The bank will focus on lending money to developing countries to help finance infrastructure projects. Economists consider the NDB a viable and necessary alternative to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, one that will bring the focus back to developing the BRICS member nations as well as emerging nations on their respective continents.To achieve this, the bank will support public and private projects through loans, guarantees, equity participation and other financial instruments.This primary focus will complement BRICS’ existing efforts of multilateral and regional financial institutions for global growth and development. The NDB will also co-operate with international organisations and other financial entities, and provide technical assistance for projects to be supported by the bank.The BRICS economies comprise more than 3 billion people – over 40% of the world’s population – and cover more than a quarter of the world’s land area and global gross domestic product.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

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The Loeries, the award-winning radio ad and other collaborations

first_imgBrand South Africa’s Play Your Part initiative was one of 34 Gold award winners at the Loeries this year. Here’s more on the award-winning radio ad and the current campaigns of Play Your Part.Sithembile Ntombela (right), Brand South Africa’s general manager of marketing, is pleased with the Loerie Gold award won for the Play Your Part radio ad. Here she is with Thobile Mushwana, a Play Your Part ambassador. (Images: Mathiba Molefe)Melissa JavanBrand South Africa’s Play Your Part won a Gold award at the Loeries this year, held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban. The Loeries awards ceremonies were held on 19 and 20 August 2017 during Loeries Creative Week Durban.The Loeries are the marketing and advertising industry’s awards. They are an opportunity for brands and marketers to view the very best work coming out of the region. All countries from Africa and the Middle East may enter all the categories, but entries from outside South Africa are judged separately.The Media Update reported that more than 3,000 entries were received, with 20% of them from outside South Africa. A total of 800 brands were represented by 400 agencies from 18 countries in Africa and the Middle East.The awardsThere were more than 240 Loeries awarded in 22 categories, including five Grand Prix, 34 Golds, 24 CraftGolds, 73 Silvers, and 102 Bronzes.The special awards included Nathan Reddy of Grid Worldwide, who was inducted into the Loeries Hall of Fame. He is the first designer to receive this honour.Brand South Africa was entered in the Radio Communication: South African Non-English Radio Station Commercials category. Its agency, The Odd Number, won the Gold for the After Tears radio ad for Play Your Part.Listen to the advert (or read the subtitles) here:In the same category, The Odd Number won a Silver for its BBC Lifestyle campaign, Hell’s Kitchen – Mama, Mfundisi, for the Hell’s Kitchen initiative.Joe Public won a Silver award for its Back to School campaign for Jet, called Hand-me-downs – Is’khaftini, Is’cathulo, Isokisi.Runners-up in the category were DDB, which won a Bronze for the Medal Paints Inkanyamba campaign, as did I See A Different You for the self-promotion campaign, Wa hamba Nathi.Communication for niche audiencesLoeries CEO Andrew Human told Campaign Middle East that the Loeries focused on being a regional specialist show. “In our judging, our judges are guided to look for regional excellence, to look for regional relevance.“Often you might find that niche work that may be overlooked in a global show, is what really comes out here and might get a strong award… We are looking for work in local languages that has a small cultural significance to the niche audience,” he said.“It doesn’t have to be a global campaign. It doesn’t have to make sense in London and in New York City. It can make sense in one city, in one country and region and we want to see how communication is being targeted to niche regional audiences.”The Q&APlay Your Part is a movement not a campaign, explained Sithembile Ntombela, Brand South Africa’s general manager of marketing. She was speaking at the media launch of the Play Your Part television series on 24 August 2017. “A campaign ends.“It is imperative to get South Africans to rally behind the Nation’s Brand. There are endless opportunities of getting involved and that is Play Your Part is a call to action programme that challenges every South African to play their part in their communities and contribute towards a positive social change.Sithembile NtombelaJournalist Melissa Javan spoke to Ntombela following the Gold Loerie win; she talked about what Play Your Part was currently doing:Melissa Javan: Congratulations on the Loerie win. How do you feel about it?Sithembile Ntombela: Ecstatic! Play Your Part was launched in 2011 with an objective of promoting active citizenship among citizens with a view that when we as a collective play our part, we will achieve what is set out in the country’s vision.After six years of hard work, receiving a gold award is a huge success and a key milestone for the organisation. This is also indicative of a hard working organisation, an organisation that continues to create a Nation Brand that inspires its people and is admired globally. Play Your Part affords us with a platform of bringing inspiration to life.MJ: What was the idea behind the radio ad?SN: The big idea was to show the reality of the consequences of driving after drinking alcohol. We believe that the number of road accidents continue to be on the rise and the campaign objective was really to activate the “rude awakening” of this reality.That is why the set of the ad is in heaven. If all citizens can play their part and promote responsible driving, the number of accidents can be reduced.MJ: Why was it specifically targeted at non-English speakers?SN: My view is that due to the lingo used, the ad lands itself naturally to a vernacular station. The plan is to get stakeholders to promote the ad and flight it on various platforms, including social media.MJ: Was it part of a campaign?SN: It was a tactical advert in support of the Arrive Alive campaign, which is often championed by the Department of Transport.MJ: How often does Brand South Africa do campaigns like these?SN: Brand South Africa works with and through various stakeholders and there are different collaborations that often take place. For example, there are the South African Premier Business Awards in collaboration with Proudly SA and the Department of Trade and Industry.However, this advert will be aired on different radio channels during the holiday season, with the objective of issuing a strong call to action.MJ: Can you name a few campaigns you are busy with now?SN: We are working with the Department of Trade and Industry on the South African Premier Business Awards. We are also busy with the Play Your Part TV series, which will start airing on 26 August 2017 on SABC 2, at 18h00.In addition, we are promoting the nation brand on international platforms through a partnership with CNN. We have an on-going media engagement to strengthen our relations with the media and get them to understand the nation brand performance.MJ: How important are the Loeries for South Africa?SN: Very important. They enhance the nation brand’s reputation and hopefully this can help in promoting the visibility of Brand South Africa. For me, the Loeries are a platform of celebrating creativity, talent and innovation. If a brand gets recognition at the Loeries, it enhances that brand’s reputation.MJ: Any final thoughts?SN: We will continue to work hard to ensure that the nation brand is recognised and that many South Africans can rally behind the brand and support Brand South Africa in advancing the long-term reputation and competitiveness of South Africa.Watch this year’s Loeries and the winners on its official site.Sources: Loeries, Campaign Middle East and Campaign Middle East, YouTube.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Fall tillage: Is it necessary?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It’s dry and we harvested early, so there is time to kill and diesel is cheap. I called Sjoerd Duiker, Soil management specialist at PennState on this one. He is a graduate of OSU and works close enough to understand our concerns. He supplied us with this for the mid-October C.O.R.N. newsletter: http://corn.osu.edu/c.o.r.n.-newsletter#3. Generally his message is: don’t overdo it.When compaction has been caused, remedial action may be needed. This is especially the case if ruts have been created. If no ruts are seen it is probably not necessary to do tillage. Instead plant a cover crop to use the living root system to alleviate compaction.Ruts need to be smoothed out to be able to plant the next crop successfully, however. If ruts are uniformly distributed across the whole field, some type of tillage may need to be done on the whole field. In many cases, however, ruts are localized and only need localized repair.Remember the negative consequences of tillage.It will be necessary to till deeper than the depth of compaction. Shallow “vertical tillage” tools that only do tillage in the top four inches will not be sufficient to manage soil compaction.Very tough shanks are needed that will penetrate instead of bounce on top of the compacted layer. New subsoilers can do maximum fracturing without doing much surface disturbance with straight or bent-leg shanks. Parabolic shanks do much more surface disturbance and will need more secondary tillage for seedbed preparation and are therefore not preferred.Deep tillage may be what you could use in the fall, and then come back in the spring to smooth the field up with a field cultivator or disk harrow.Deep tillage should fracture the soil and it therefore needs to be performed in relatively dry soil.Deep tillage can be performed in a living cover crop in the spring if you use the modern, low-disturbance subsoilers. So let subsoiling not deter you from planting a cover crop.The more tillage you do, however, the more you set yourself up for increased compaction problems in the future.last_img read more

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Geocoinfest Lisboa 2012

first_img SharePrint Related By: Lackey – Annie Love (Love)Lackey Annie LoveWhat do the inventor of the Geocoin, one of the oldest cities in the world and a night time cycling tour have in common? They are all aspects of a unique Mega-Event known as Geocoinfest. Geocoinfest Lisboa 2012 (GC3N1YQ) takes place in just about three weeks in the capital of Portugal. It promises to be an exciting event and I’m thrilled to get the opportunity to attend.This will be my fifth Geocoinfest Mega-Event I’ve attended and yet another opportunity to connect with the amazing community. I enjoy working with geocachers and Geocoins every day as part of my work at Groundspeak. I’m privileged to attend this event with my coworker Jon Stanley (Moun10bike), who plans to bring the very first Geocoin for all to discover.Geocoins add a fascinating element to the game of geocaching for me and many others.  Beautiful designs, unique icons, and the stories and pictures they collect as they move from cache to cache, or as they’re discovered in private collections, provide a fun experience for enthusiasts everywhere.  I love walking around Geocoinfest events and seeing geocachers showing off the pride and joy of their personal collections to new friends and old.  It always reminds me that the task of generating tracking codes (the unique set of numbers and letters that identify each Geocoin) at Groundspeak HQ  has such a greater meaning than I realize on a day-to-day basis.[vsw id=”IFybmekFhHQ” source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”]A dedicated event committee of over 50 Portuguese geocachers came together to organize this amazing event for Geocoin fans and collectors in a short amount of time. The committee is divided into eleven groups that cover the individual pieces that make up the Mega-Event.  One of these organizers, António Casimiro (Acasim), explained that “A Geocoinfest event is a special Mega-Event, a themed event related to Geocoins. But in reality it is much more than that. It’s a gathering of people from many different countries, an opportunity to meet some Groundspeak Lackeys, famous Geocoin designers and producers, and many many Geocoin collectors and geocachers in general, who often carry their Geocoin collections to show around or to trade at the event.”Along with viewing the latest and greatest Geocoin designs, I’m hoping to enjoy some of those other aspects involved with the event. Music, games, a flashmob, tasting local wines, attending an evening bicycle tour of Lisbon to discover the city, and of course finding geocaches! The organizers have done an amazing job putting the event together and I personally can’t wait to see their efforts in person.Silva provides some great tips for those interested in attending the 2012 European Geocoinfest:– Book travel and hotel as soon as possible, to get better prices (accommodation pointers are provided on the event website)– Add your “will attend” log and register for the event, providing the requested information– Look at the provided program and prepare your own schedule, to make the best possible use of time– Periodically look at the event web site for news and updates– Contact the organization in case you have any questions — everyone will do their best to help you!Find more details for planning on the official event website.  If you can’t make it to the European Geocoinfest,  the annual US event (GC2XW58)  is in the U.S. state of Colorado this October. Geocoinfest U.S. 2012 offers a similar experience in North America. Check out the official Geocoinfest U.S. 2012 website and register here. Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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