These four brave Donegal women are in for a very close shave

first_imgFour Donegal ladies have decided to take on an admirable challenge and shave their heads for charity later this month. Debbie Houston from Milford and Letterkenny women, Sonia McGarvey, Stephanie McCole and Kerrie Duffy will shave their heads to raise funds for three charities; Donegal Hospice, Pieta House and The Alzheimer Society of Ireland. All four women work in the Stroke and Medical Rehabilitation Unit at Letterkenny University Hospital.  They have been inspired by personal experiences to take on the challenge, and are showing great enthusiasm for the upcoming event.The fundraising event takes place on Saturday, 12th November in Arena 7 at 9pm and members of the public are invited to come along and show their support. Mum of three, Debbie Houston is one of the women taking part in the charity head shave: “I work as an Occupational Therapy Assistant at LUH and my charity is Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland Donegal Branch. “I’ve had a personal experience of Alzheimer’s within my family and have witnessed the devastating effect that the disease has on an individual and their families.” Stephanie McCole has three daughters and is a Physiotherapy Assistant at LUH: “My chosen charity is the Donegal Hospice because cancer has claimed the lives of many of my dear family and close friends.“I’ve experienced first-hand the vital role that the Donegal Hospice plays in providing patients with comfort care and dignity on their final journey and would be delighted to do anything I can to support them.”Physio Assistant at LUH, Kerrie Duffy is a mum of three and has selected Pieta House as her charity: “Unfortunately, most people are unaware that someone is suffering in silence from depression until they commit suicide. Donegal has been hit particularly hard and I believe people could really benefit from the services of Pieta House.”Mum of two, Sonia McGarvey recently returned to work as an Occupational Therapist in the Stroke and Medical Rehab Unit in LUH after a career break: “When my friend and work colleague Debbie told me about the charity head shave, I was struck by their enthusiasm and inspired by the charities. Before I knew it, I had offered my mass of unruly hair! “I lost a dear friend, Noreen Diver, to cancer in January and I can just imagine what she would have to say. Another work colleague has come through cancer treatment, so it really is in part respect to them both and in the hope of raising much needed funds for the Donegal Hospice, Pieta House and the Alzheimer’s Society, which are all close to my heart.” Sponsorship cards are available from Debbie Houston on 086 3153243 or via the Go Fund Me page, (search “Ladies Charity Head Shave” in Donegal).These four brave Donegal women are in for a very close shave was last modified: November 3rd, 2016 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

South Africa’s SKA bid gets new campaign

first_imgThe play African Stars looks at the origins of astronomy in Africa and its influence on people. DST deputy director-general Dr Val Moonsamy said we take many things forgranted that have, in fact, a rich scientificbackground. It is through research that humanity is able to better understandnature and the universe. (Images: Ray Maota) Three of the seven dishes that make up the Kat-7, which is the first phase of MeerKAT. (Image: SKA) MEDIA CONTACTS • SKA South Africa Project Office  +27 11 442 2434 • MeerKAT Engineering Office  +27 21 506 7300 • South African State Theatre  +27 12 392 4000 RELATED ARTICLES • SA’s SKA takes another step forward • SKA on the African horizon • African eyes on the universe • MeerKAT in demand among scientistsRay MaotaFull Moon Fever (FMF) is about to grip South Africa as the Department of Science and Technology (DST) drums up national support for the country’s bid to host the Square Kilometre Array in Southern Africa.When complete, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will be the world’s most powerful radio telescope. It will help answer fundamental questions in astronomy, such as the state of the universe before the first stars formed, and will need a budget of R16-billion (US$2-billion) to build.The DST’s new campaign was launched at the South African State Theatre in Pretoria on 14 November 2011 with a play titled African Stars. Present at the event were the State Theatre’s chairperson Naledi Gallant, and DST deputy director-general Dr Val Moonsamy.Gallant thanked those present for attending the production of African Stars. “It is our intention as the State Theatre to share the rich stories about African astronomy, while also promoting the country’s bid to host SKA.”The play is narrated by a cast member while the others dance and do astrological formations. It seeks to educate people about the origins of astronomy in Africa and how the science has impacted people and history.It also focuses on the San’s well-documented fascination with astronomy, an interest that is still evident today through ancient rock art. The San are a group of southern African Bushmen believed to be one of Africa’s oldest people.It goes on to explain that the building of the Pyramid of Giza in Egypt was built on astronomical alignments, and ends with an account of the benefits of SKA for South Africa and the African continent.Moonsamy said: “Many things that we have come to take for granted have, in fact, a rich scientific background. It is through the aid of research that humanity is able to gain a better understanding of nature and the universe.”The campaign will see FMF events taking place on the Friday or Saturday closest to the full moon of each month; science and technology career exhibitions organised by the Tshwane University of Technology and the University of South Africa; and a nine-province tour of the African Stars production.South Africans are also urged to place messages of support for the bid on the SKA website.The bid to host SKAThe bid to host the SKA project is a two-horse race between South Africa and Australia.The hosts will be announced early in 2012 – meanwhile South Africa is going all out to show that Africa is an emerging global hub for astronomy.Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor said in a statement read by Moonsamy: “South Africa has come of age when it comes to astronomy capacity and capabilities. Our infrastructure and human capital development investments in space science and technology have ensured that our country is counted among the best in the world.”Pandor also said that with the technology involved, the hosting of SKA will propel Africa into the 22nd century and drive economic development across the continent.South Africa shows its potentialIn preparation for SKA, South Africa enacted the Astronomy Geographic Advantage Act of 2008 to provide for the preservation and protection of areas within the country that are uniquely suited for optical and radio astronomy.The country also established the South African National Space Agency in 2010.Pandor said: “The establishment of the space agency is a welcome development that has become an important vehicle for promoting our growing satellite industry and a wide range of innovations in space sciences, earth observation, communications, navigation and engineering.”South Africa has already shown its space prowess with the Southern African Largest Telescope (Salt) and the Karoo Array Telescope, which is the first phase of the MeerKAT.Salt is located near Sutherland, about 370km northeast of Cape Town. It’s the largest single optical telescope in the southern hemisphere and among the five largest in the world.According to its website, Salt can detect the light from faint or distant celestial objects that are a billion times too faint to be seen with the unaided eye.The MeerKAT is the precursor to SKA and is under construction in the Karoo in the Northern Cape. Although the first phase with seven satellite dishes – KAT-7 – is complete and operational, the project will end in 2016 with 64 dishes.The MeerKAT has already proven to be an astronomer’s dream with scientists around the world booking the facility for research time. A total of 43 000 hours has already been allocated to interested radio astronomers.As the SKA precursor, the MeerKAT comprises the same technology. It uses a technique called radio interferometry, which is the production of high-resolution images using a cluster of smaller telescopes rather than one large instrument. The more telescopes in the cluster, the higher the resolution obtained and the better the result.Pandor said: “Hosting SKA will change our economic fortunes and I reckon Africa will host it.”last_img read more

Chinese firm wins SA locomotives order

first_img22 October 2012A consortium led by Chinese manufacturer CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive (CSR) has been named as the winning bidder to supply Transnet with 95 electric locomotives as the South African state company embarks on a massive drive to upgrade its freight rail capabilities.Transnet will pay R2.6-billion (about US$300-million) for the 95 locomotives, the first 10 of which will be assembled in CSR’s factories in China, while the remainder will be made in South Africa.CSR owns 70% of the winning joint venture consortium – to be known as CSR E-loco Supply – with local partner Matsetse Basadi owning the remainder.R300-bn capital investment programmeEarlier this year, Transnet announced the details of a R300-billion capital investment programme that it said would create over half-a-million new jobs while making its freight rail division the fifth-largest in the world.The company plans to spend the lion’s share of this, R205-billion, on rail projects – R151-billion on freight rail – as it pushes to increase its freight rail volumes from about 200-million to 350-million tons by 2019, while increasing its market share of South African container traffic from around 79% to 92%.This increase would significantly reduce the cost of doing business in South Africa, Transnet said at the time, citing internal studies showing that rail in the country was on average 75% cheaper than road transport.Shifting freight from road to railA large-scale shift in freight transport from road to rail would also “address costs, congestion and reduce carbon emissions,” the company said.In addition to the 95 locomotives that CSR E-loco Supply will deliver, Transnet has invited additional proposals for the supply of 1 064 locomotives, including 465 diesel and 599 electric locomotives.Speaking at the official signing of the tender at Transnet Freight Rail’s depot in Pretoria on Monday, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said the award followed an open and public tender process which drew interest from leading manufacturers around the world.CSR E-loco Supply will deliver the first batch of locomotives by December 2013, with the last batch scheduled to be delivered by September 2014.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more


first_imgPresident Cyril Ramaphosa has commended the country’s law enforcement authorities for their action which led to the arrests of two suspects linked to the brutal murders of University of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana and SA boxing champion Leighandre Jegels.​​​Mrwetyana’s alleged killer was arrested and charged with rape, murder and defeating the ends of justice. The man suspected of killing Jegels was also arrested and has since died in hospital.​​​The murder of these two young women; one at the hands of a stranger and the other killed by a man who was reportedly her boyfriend remain a stark reminder that the women of South Africa are not safe, either in their homes or in the streets.​​​On Monday 2 September 2019, the body of a 14 year old girl was found in a backyard in Cape Town, adding to a grim body count of murdered women and girls across the country.​​​“This is a very dark period for us as a country. The assaults, rapes and murders of South African women are a stain on our national conscience.” President Ramaphosa said.​​​The President added: “We have just commemorated Women’s Month. Sixty three years after the women of 1956 marched for the right to live in freedom, women in this country live in fear – not of the apartheid police but of their brothers, sons, fathers and uncles. We should all hang our heads in shame”​​In 2019, the Presidency signed the Declaration on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide with various civil society formations and has directed that urgent attention be given to its implementation, particularly on immediate measures around support to victims and access to shelters and places of safety.​​​The President has sent his deepest condolences to the Mrwetyana and Jegels families and urges all South Africans to keep them in their thoughts during this very traumatic time. The President will be meeting with the leadership of the police later on today to be briefed on, amongst others, steps being undertaken to stem the tide of gender based violence in the country.​​​Enquiries: Khusela Diko, Spokesperson to the President – 072 854 5707​​Issued by the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa​last_img read more

Google Earth Builder: Managing & Mapping Companies’ Geo-Data

first_imgGoogle’s mapping tools – namely Google Earth and Google Maps – are among its most successful consumer-facing products. Google Earth alone has been downloaded more than 700,000,000 times. But the company today is aiming to expand the reach of those services by targeting the enterprise market with a brand new tool: Google Earth Builder.The new product will let companies upload, process and store their geospatial data in the Google cloud. As it utilizes the popular Google Maps and Google Earth tools, Earth Builder will enable users to share and publish mapping data without requiring any technical expertise or GIS training.In announcing the new product, Google points out that, “in the enterprise a lot of geospatial data remains trapped on costly servers and inaccessible to those who need it. We’d like to help free that data and bring the same benefits that consumers have enjoyed for years to businesses and government agencies.” That sounds pretty noble, but it’s also likely to be incredibly lucrative. Google Earth Builder could provide a cloud-based alternative to many of the GIS software packages already on the market. The new package, which will officially launch this summer, will be priced “competitively” with similar software offerings already on the market.But as Business Insider’s Matt Rosoff rightly points out, the savings may be at the level of hardware as much as hardware. Not only will companies be able to store massive amounts of data (“terabytes of imagery,” in Google’s words), but they’ll have access to the computational power of Google’s cloud as well. Tags:#enterprise#NYT#Products audrey watters Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

A Focus on Inputs

first_imgSales management is a leadership role. More directly, anyone who wants to succeed in management should think of themselves as a leader. What a leader does is create a future state through the effort of those they lead. Understanding the difference between management and leadership is to look at the difference between inputs and outputs, something most sales managers and leaders don’t spend enough time considering.One of the duties the sales manager has is to forecast the pipeline for their team, reporting up to the leadership their progress on attaining their goals. Forecasting is a necessary task and duty of the sales manager, but it is managerial and not leadership (especially if, like some organizations, this is the daily responsibility).The sales manager also must ensure that the necessary opportunities are created and won. Some sales managers perceive this duty as requiring them to close the deals for their salespeople. This is not to say that closing deals is not sometimes necessary, nor that it isn’t also an opportunity to teach, train, and develop their salesforce. Was it true that sales managers were closing deals to teach true most of the time there would be nothing to write here? However, making sales calls for your team is not leadership either.The sales manager’s role is to generate the outputs by working on and with the inputs. The inputs include organizing, coaching, training, and developing the sales force. It means ensuring they focus on the right outcomes, and that they have the skill sets and toolkits and mindset to succeed in generating those outcomes. It means troubleshooting deals by asking questions and causing their salespeople to use their resourcefulness and their situational knowledge to determine what their choices are, as well as how to make a good decision and execute against it.Hiring the right people is to work on the inputs. Training and developing people, also inputs. Coaching is to work on inputs. Demonstrating the capabilities that the sales force needs, and helping them become more valuable to their clients is to work on inputs. Growing a team of 52 percent caps SMEs is to work on inputs. Ensuring that time and energy is being spent on things that matter is to work on inputs.Reporting is an output. Forecasting is an output. Reviewing territory and account plans is an input. Building pursuit plans to win dream clients and helping establish a cadence for all of the client interactions a salesperson might have is an input. Reviewing opportunities is to work on inputs, it’s the game you are playing.The ideas here always make me think of football. It would be as if the head coach’s job was to call the owner of the football team after every set of plays on offense or defensive to report the score. I imagine the owner and the coach both talking about the score, with the football team staring at the sideline looking for help and direction. The score is already visible to both the coach and the owner, but the only way to change the score on the scoreboard is to focus on playing the game as effectively as possible and with the intention of winning. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Premier League 2019 Manchester United vs Liverpool Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch Live Telecast, Timings in India, Team News

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. The upcoming Premier League fixture will see one of the biggest rivalries of all time when table-toppers Liverpool will meet Manchester United on Sunday (October 20) at the iconic Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester. The Premier League 2019 Manchester City vs Liverpool match is scheduled to start at 9:00 pm. Manchester United will head into the encounter without midfielder Paul Pogba (ankle injury) and goal-keeper David De Gea, both the players have been ruled out due to injury. With two wins in their opening eight league games this season, United are currently 12th on the league table.Meanwhile, table-toppers Liverpool, who have 24 points from eight games, will look to register their first win at the Old Trafford. Speaking on the atmosphere his side has to face at Old Trafford, Liverpool Manager Juergen Klopp said, “I’ve never really struggled with confidence… history, in this case, isn’t really important but gives you a sign because we like to create, use the atmosphere at Anfield but Old Trafford isn’t too bad.” “I’m sure they are all on their toes, ready and waiting for us. They said we are the perfect opponent now… I don’t think there are a lot of teams who would love to play against us at the moment. It looks like United are the only ones,” he added.Premier League 2019 Manchester United line-up vs Liverpool: Romero; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Young; McTominay, Pereira; James, Mata, Rashford; Martial.Premier League 2019 Liverpool line-up vs Manchester United: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane.Where to watch Premier League 2019 Manchester United vs Liverpool match live in India (TV channels)?Manchester United will welcome Liverpool at 09:00 PM on Sunday. The PL 2019 Manchester United vs Liverpool match will be played at the Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester. The Premier League Manchester United vs Liverpool game live telecast will be on Star Sports Select HD1 channels in India.How and where to watch online PL 2019 Manchester United vs Liverpool match live streaming?Manchester United vs Liverpool live stream will be available on Hotstar app and website in India for premium users. liverpoolManchester Unitedmanchester united vs liverpoolold Trafford First Published: October 20, 2019, 12:10 PM ISTlast_img read more

JAMAICA Persons must be aware of connection between Obesity and Sleep Apnea

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, January 31, 2018 – Kingston – The Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) is encouraging persons to be aware of the connection between overweight/obesity and sleep apnea, which can affect your health.Consultant Cardiologist at the Foundation, Dr. Marilyn Lawrence-Wright, told JIS News that obstructive sleep apnea is directly related to overweight and obesity.“We do know that the cardiovascular risk is increased in these patients.  They are more predisposed to arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats) and they can be predisposed to sudden death,” she said.Dr. Lawrence-Wright pointed out that one of the more common ones is atrial fibrillation, which, if undetected, increases the risk of forming clots in the heart, which can predispose persons to having a stroke.“Sleep apnea is a respiratory condition in which the airways close down while you are sleeping.  The breathing rate slows or the person stops breathing completely; oxygen level goes down and it increases cardiovascular risk,” she explained.Dr. Lawrence-Wright warned that persons do not have to be obese to have sleep apnea, and pointed out that an increase in body mass improves the risk and severity of the condition.  She said persons should look out for the signs of sleep apnea, such as snoring, morning headaches and daytime somnolence (sleepiness).  Dr. Lawrence-Wright explained that the sleepy feelings come about when sleep is interrupted throughout the night.“As oxygen level falls, it lessens the depth of your sleep and very often persons with sleep apnea are sleepy during the day.  If they are sitting unengaged they will fall asleep very easily” she said.Heart Month will be observed during the month of February with a focus on healthy nutrition.Release: JISlast_img read more