Donegal tyre company receives business All-Star award

first_imgA Donegal tyre company is the latest businesses to be presented with coveted All-Star Accreditation.AWS Tyres were honoured to receive the best-in-class quality mark for road safety, providing all-weather tyres for Donegal drivers all-year long.The accreditation is overseen by the All-Ireland Business Foundation and signifies the highest standards of service and trust. Local entrepreneur Garrett Mc Monagle attended a special ceremony in Croke Park on March 12thLocal entrepreneurs attended a special ceremony in Croke Park on March 12th to receive their awards.Quigley’s Point businessman Garrett McMonagle expressed his delight at being the first tyre centre in Ireland to receive the award.“We are over the moon,” he said. “We really are delighted, especially in the tyre trade because it doesn’t really get any recognition as it is.“We were the first tyre trade company to be nominated as well for this award from the All-Ireland Business Foundation. “It is just brilliant to been given this recognition for doing what we do on a daily basis.”Donegal tyre company receives business All-Star award was last modified: March 20th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:All Ireland Business FoundationAWS Tyreslast_img read more

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SA group to run African railways

first_img18 October 2005A consortium led by South African company Sheltam has won the concession to operate the railways of Kenya and Uganda. The Rift Valley Railway Consortium (RVRC) beat the last of its rivals, an Indian-led consortium, in its bid to operate the ailing Kenyan-Uganda railway system for the next 25 years.The 104-year-old railway is called the “Lunatic Express” by locals.The 25-year deal was signed in Nairobi on Friday. The seven year-long bidding process was overseen by the World Bank.Under the terms of the deal, the RVRC will pay an initial US$5-million fee and 11.1% of annual gross revenue per year thereafter.Sheltam bid $1-million for the passenger business, although the countries were ready to accept a negative bid, implying that they would subsidise the winner.“(The) winning proposal includes a turnaround and development programme for the two railway systems, expected to lead to a significant increase in freight traffic volumes within the first five years,” the selection commitee said in a statement.The consortium has committed itself to increasing traffic on the railway by 75% in the first five years.RVRC’s lead investor, the Sheltam Group of Companies, has a 61% share. Two other South african companies, Comazar Limited and the CDIO Institute for Africa Development Trust, together hold 14% of the consortium.Sheltam is a Port Elizabeth-based company with operations in South Africa, Zambia, Namibia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.Kenya’s deputy transport minister, Andrew Ligale, was quoted in Uganda’s Sunday Vison as saying the lease would provide significant financial relief to his government, which has been subsidising the railway for several decades and in the past three years has spent the equivalent of $40.6-million keeping it alive.A final agreement with the two governments is expected to be signed in November, with the consortium taking operational control of the railways by the end of March 2006.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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Unesco fellowship for SA scientist

first_imgDr Hanneline Smit of StellenboschUniversity accepting her fellowship at theL’Oréal-Unesco “For Women in Science”Awards.Janine ErasmusDr Hanneline Smit of Stellenbosch University and 14 other young women researchers, three of them from Africa, received a research fellowship at the tenth edition of the L’Oréal-Unesco “For Women in Science” Awards, which give international recognition to women in the life sciences.Smit was honoured along with fellow Africans Yonelle Dea Moukoumbi from Gabon, who conducts research into a hardy new strain of African rice known as Nerica, and Maria Joao Rodrigues from Mozambique, whose research examines the impact of diseases on coral communities growing in the western Indian Ocean.Smit’s research will concentrate on the exploration of historical factors which may have shaped the current genetic diversity of small birds and mammals in the neighbouring Succulent Karoo and Nama Karoo biomes of South Africa. A biome is a large geographical area characterised by certain types of plants and animals.The L’Oréal-Unesco fellowship programme offers doctoral and post-doctoral women scientists the opportunity to pursue their research in internationally renowned institutions outside their home countries. As of 2006 the fellowship is worth a maximum of US$40 000 over a period of two years.In addition, five eminent women scientists from regions around the world received a L’Oréal-Unesco Award on the night. The Awards, which are a separate element of the programme, recognise high-achieving women scientists who are role models for future generations.The five laureates are Prof Lihadh Al-Gazali from the United Arab Emirates, Assistant Prof V. Narry Kim of the Republic of Korea, Prof Ada Yonath from Israel, Prof Ana Belén Elgoyhen from Argentina, and Prof Elizabeth Blackburn from the US.Exploring genetic differencesSmit’s research will focus on the Karoo area in the Western Cape province. In many cases small animals in the two Karoo regions in question, although they are of the same species, show genetic differences. This is thought to be due to biogeographic events in the distant past which separated the two regions on a geologic or climatic basis.Smit plans to collect DNA samples from these creatures, study the genetic differences, correlate them with geographical data, and look for the emergence of any geographical patterns.This information will prove useful in predicting future evolutionary pressures and identifying distinct geographical regions that may need special species protection.“The ultimate aim of the project is to provide information that could be used to conserve the biodiversity resources in South Africa at landscape, ecosystem, habitat, community, population, species and gene levels,” said Smit.She will work at the University of California-Berkeley in the US, under the guidance of Prof Rauri Bowie of that university’s Department of Integrative Biology. Bowie obtained his PhD from the University of Cape Town.Smit, of Stellenbosch University’s Department of Botany and Zoology, received her doctorate in March 2008. Her dissertation focused on the phylogeography of three indigenous southern African elephant shrews. Phylogeography is the study of the distribution of genetic diversity over geographic regions.Working under Prof Terry Robinson and Dr Bettine van Vuuren, Smit studied evolutionary relationships among 15 species of African elephant shrews and in the process she helped to discover a new species of the small mammal.The 16th African elephant shrew species weighs a mere 47g. In accordance with scientific tradition the little creature will only be officially named when a report has been published in a recognised journal.Encouraging scientific vocations for womenThe L’Oréal-Unesco Awards for women in science was established in 1998. The fellowship programme followed two years later and since its inception has recognised a total of 120 fellows from 67 countries. In total, taking both award and fellowships into consideration, more than 500 women have been singled out for recognition.Research projects are submitted for consideration to the fellowship selection committee by the various Unesco national commissions. These are national bodies set up by Unesco member states for the purpose of aligning their governmental and non-governmental bodies with Unesco’s work.Submitted projects very often focus on specific needs of local populations, or may relate to original fields of research, such as a current study of the interactions of different areas of the brain in healthy and depressed patients.Besides the three African fellows, the other fellowship recipients for 2008 hail from Nepal, Slovenia, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Mongolia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Italy and the Netherlands.Related articlesNerica rice to combat hunger in AfricaUseful linksFor Women in ScienceL’OrealAssociation for Women in ScienceNama KarooSucculent KarooRauri Bowie’s research groupStellenbosch Universitylast_img read more

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How that new hybrid came to be

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest John BrienMany growers see planting corn on their farm as the start of the season, but actually the seed they are about to plant has had a long and adventurous trip and planting is the end of its journey.The latest greatest hybrid that you had to plant this year is not new but actually more than five years old and has had a long and interesting journey. All hybrids begin with an idea from a corn breeder wanting to cross two different inbred parents, male and female parents that are crossed together to make a hybrid. The inbred parents have shown some characteristics the corn breeder likes — yield, dry down, test weight, etc. — and when they are crossed the breeder believes they will make for a great hybrid.The breeder begins with a few plants of both inbred parents planted close to one another. Then in the middle of the summer some research associate takes the pollen from the designated male plant in a paper bag and places that bag of pollen onto the ear shoot of the designated female plant, making the first cross of the new hybrid. The 70 or so kernels from that ear are then harvested by hand and prepared to be planted next year in its first yield trial.The first yield trials are small trials of just a few short rows to make sure the new hybrid produces the desired results. While these kernels are trying to win their spot in next year’s larger yield trial, the corn breeder is busy producing more of the hybrid for a larger test the following year in small one- to five-acre production plots. During the first year of yield trials there may be more than 30,000 new hybrids trying to make it to the big leagues, but after harvest that number is reduced to hundreds of hybrids to be tested in the next year’s trial.The testing process will continue for a couple of years in different growing environments and will only continue to be tested if it continues to impress the breeders and research groups. The hybrid is not only tested and grown in the United States, it is also grown in the Southern Hemisphere at several different locations such as Puerto Rico, Chile, Argentina, Hawaii to name a few, to speed the process of bringing it to market.The final step for a new hybrid is to be tested in farmers’ fields and test plots. But behind the scenes there is a lot more occurring to make sure farmers can have this new hybrid to plant. In production fields spread across the Corn Belt, the female and male inbreds have been planted at different times to ensure that the males have pollen ready when the female inbreds have silks present. After pollination is complete the male plants are destroyed and the female plants are nurtured and cared for to help produce high quality seed. Harvest is started when the grain moisture is still in the 30s and is harvested with a sweet corn picker to limit damage, dried with an amazing amount of warm air, shelled and stored until later into the winter.Once harvest is complete, the job of getting the seed from a bin into the bag begins. The seed is cleaned using a gravity table and other devices that separate the good kernels from the bad. The next step of the process is grading for seed size. The kernels are separated according to their shape, size and weight using different size of holes in screens that remind you of the screens from a hammer mill. The different sized seed is then treated with a quality seed treatment, put into a bag that will be delivered to your farm to be planted.The process of bringing a bag of seed to your farm sounds easy and not complicated on the surface, but there is plenty of time and energy spent to make sure that the hybrid you are planting is going to perform as promised and the seed you have is the highest quality possible. So when you dump that bag or box of seed into your planter remember it all started with just a couple of kernels and a desire to make something new and exciting just for you!Watch this video with John Brien discussing what to consider when scouting corn emergence across fields this spring.last_img read more

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Lost Credit Card? Suspicious Charges? ClairMail’s Fraud Solution Could Save You Some Trouble

first_imgmike melanson Tags:#Finance#security#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… We’ve all been there: You’re making the last purchase of a long day of shopping and the clerk tells you that your card has been declined. Only hours later (and perhaps after embarrassingly arguing with the clerk that you surely have money in your account) do you find out that the bank cut off your account because it suspected fraud. Situations like this point to the obvious need for a better line of communication between you and the people in charge of handling your money. ClairMail, a mobile banking and payment solutions company, has announced a new mobile fraud management solution that would make this situation obsolete. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The situation described above is just one of many situations where a whole lot of hassle, and hours on the phone with confusing, automated menus, could be avoided if your bank could quickly just say “Hey, we see a suspicious charge – was it you?”That’s exactly what ClairMail’s “Fraud Solution” does. “Mobile banking has largely been viewed as an extension of online banking,” explains the company in its press release. By using a system like ClairMail’s Fraud Solution, however, banks can “reduce servicing and risk management costs, enhance customer loyalty and acquisition and increase mobile banking adoption.”A recent study by analyst firm Forrester examined exactly this problem, noting that in order to continue seeing growth in mobile banking, banks would need to “enhance today’s functionality significantly.” “While more consumers are adopting mobile banking, the full value of the mobile channel has yet to be realized,” said ClairMail CEO Pete Daffern. “Enabling consumers to monitor, respond and resolve fraudulent transactions on their mobile device not only deepens the relational trust between that customer and their bank, it reduces costs for everyone by reducing false positives and minimizing the cost and time of fraud resolution.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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6 Supplements to Solve Workplace Focus Problems

first_imgPart of work life is being pulled in too many directions. Rather than let distractions rule your day, you have to learn how to focus.What happens when streamlining your schedule and donning noise-canceling headphones doesn’t cut it? Executive function coaching and cognitive behavior therapy may be great ADHD treatment options. Unfortunately, they’re unnecessary for garden-variety focus issues.So what can you do if you’re struggling to find the focus you need at work? Try the following supplements:1. CaffeineCaffeine is one of the best ways to boost your cognition. A Syracuse University study found that caffeinated participants performed better at a task that required them to focus on flashing numbers. When three odd or even numbers appeared consecutively, caffeinated participants pressed the button faster and more accurately than their peers.  Be careful not to overdo it. The Syracuse study found attention-boosting effects at the one-cup threshold, or about 95 milligrams. At higher amounts, caffeine can worsen anxiety and cardiac problems. It can also be addictive, causing withdrawal symptoms including irritability and poor concentration. If you use caffeine to focus, limit your consumption to two or three cups per day.2. ZincThere’s a reason zinc supplementation is popular among the ADHD community. Although researchers don’t actually understand the mechanism of action, zinc is thought to increase levels of dopamine. Zinc can reduce hyperactivity and impulsivity in ADHD sufferers, but research shows it improves memory and attention for others as well. Unlike caffeine, however, zinc isn’t an in-the-moment solution. To determine whether it might work for you, monitor your zinc consumption for 10 to 12 weeks. Eat zinc-rich foods like beef, fish, pumpkin seeds, and spinach. If you’re struggling to consume your recommended daily value, supplement your dietary intake with a multivitamin. 3. Folic acidA synthetic formulation of folate, folic acid is often added to processed foods like boxed cereal and flour. Like zinc, it’s not a here-and-now solution to focus issues, but it shows promise with continued supplementation. A study published in Scientific Reports discovered that daily folic acid consumption can improve attention and memory in adults with mild cognitive impairment. Your focus issues might not rise to the level of cognitive impairment, but you still might benefit. The Scientific Reports researchers observed a decrease in inflammatory cytokines, which are often released during stressful situations. If your attention issues are related to brain inflammation, you might find long-term relief from folic acid. 4. Bacopa monnieriAlso known as brahmi, bacopa is a plant that’s been used for centuries by Ayurvedic doctors for neurological and behavioral issues. In recent years, Western medical experts have started to experiment with it as a brain-boosting herb. A meta study in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology revealed bacopa increases speed of attention in healthy subjects.Although the Journal of Ethnopharmacology survey found supplementing for 12 weeks could improve cognition, other researchers say acute consumption may help with focus for another reason: Bacopa has anti-anxiety properties, similar to those of benzodiazepines. But unlike benzodiazepines, which require a doctor’s prescription, bacopa doesn’t impair motor function or decision-making abilities. 5. AshwagandhaAnother brainpower-building herb with anti-anxiety properties is ashwagandha, a Sanskrit term that translates to “scent of the horse.” Used for thousands of years by Ayurvedic medicine to relieve stress, and improve concentration, ashwagandha’s benefits may trace back to its anti-inflammatory properties. Like most of the other anti-inflammatory herbs in this list, ashwagandha must be taken over time to strengthen attention. In a study of adults over age 35 published in the Journal of Dietary Supplements, those who supplemented with ashwagandha twice daily for eight weeks outperformed their peers in memory, executive function, attention, and information-processing speed. 6. Ginkgo bilobaIf you’ve ever smelled vomit in a pristine park, it might have been due to butyric acid released by a ginkgo tree. Despite gingko berries’ smell, some professionals have started taking an extract of gingko leaves to reduce stress and improve cognitive performance. In a study of 48 cognitively healthy adults, researchers found that six weeks of gingko supplementation improved mental processing speed and working memory. Although gingko remains one of the top-selling herbal supplements in the country, beware that some research links it to liver and thyroid cancers. When government toxicologists tested it on mice and rats, they found the increased cancer risk remained consistent across species and sexes. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s dangerous to humans, especially at the dose researchers used, but it does call for further research. Your attention issues might not rise to the level of a disorder, but that’s no reason to let them stress you out. Do what you can to eliminate distractions and protect your time. If you still can’t seem to corral your attention, give these acute and long-term supplements a try. Find what works, and watch your productivity soar. Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Related Posts Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Tags:#ADD#ADHD#attention deficit#attention deficit disorder#cognitive disorder#cognitive function#focus#focus problems#nutrition#supplements How to Make the Most of Your Software Developer… New Wave of Online Education: Helping Quiet Chi…last_img read more

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Roger Federer dazzles in first career Bay Area appearance

first_imgLOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico He’s the best in the world at age 36. That even sounds a bit strange to Federer himself.“Those are definitely special times in my life and my career,” Federer said. “The dream as a little boy was to make it one day to world No. 1, but not at 36 years old I can tell you that. It was probably at some point at 25 maybe if things went really well.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I had a tough year in 2016 with my knee and stayed positive, was resilient and fought to come back and really believed I could actually win again. I didn’t think it was going to be at this level. It’s been an unbelievable journey the last 14 months and my team has been incredible. I’m loving every moment that I can still stay on tour because you never know when it’s going to end.”While this doubles match didn’t officially count Monday night, it sure mattered to all of the children in Africa who Federer is committed to helping through his foundation. Federer emerged from the tunnel of smoke and walked onto the court greeted by roars and thousands of camera phones held high for the first Bay Area appearance of his career.Federer waved every which way, held his racket in the air and beamed when introduced during warmups with the announcement at the sold-out SAP Center that he had regained the No. 1 world ranking.“For me to stand right here as world No. 1 in San Jose is very, very special for me,” Federer said.He entertained from the start, too, praising Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates as a perfect partner.“He knows numbers very well. He never makes mistakes on the scores,” Federer cracked. “I’ll do the running and Bill does the thinking.”ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES View comments As Serena Williams returns, Venus says her game hasn’t left Roger Federer, of Switzerland, right, smiles after he and partner Bill Gates played in an exhibition tennis match against Jack Sock and Savannah Guthrie in San Jose, Calif., Monday, March 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN JOSE, Calif. — From his knees at the middle of the net, Roger Federer struck volley after volley right back at Jack Sock until the American star finally faltered. Federer just smiled. It was all in fun.And how could Federer not be loving life?ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Gamescenter_img MOST READ Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He joked to opponent Savannah Guthrie of NBC’s “TODAY” show: “You have to start looking at the ball and stop looking at me.”Federer called off Gates with, “That’s mine … that’s mine, too,” before Sock lobbed a winner over Gates that Federer couldn’t chase down.Federer’s “The Match for Africa” exhibition sold more than 15,000 tickets to benefit his foundation that supports education for children in Africa. At the end of the night, the foundation had raised another $2.5 million.The Swiss star, who at 36 is the oldest men’s player to be No. 1, won the Australian Open in January for his 20th Grand Slam title.Federer and Gates also teamed up last year in Seattle.After the doubles, the 25-year-old Sock — ranked 10th in the world — pushed Federer to an 11-9 tiebreaker in the first set before dropping the second set 6-4.At one point in the opening set, Sock showed his respect by overturning a fault call. He walked toward the service line, pointed that it was an ace and went to the changeover.Sock joked beforehand, “Don’t hit it to Roger … I’m winless against him for my career.”“This match for Africa is something extraordinary,” Sock said.A video promoting the match featured Federer training Gates, from weightlifting — lunges with a heavy bar over his shoulders — to studying a tennis book and both pingpong and tennis practice to work on his reflexes and skills. “You’ll train like I do,” Federer said. “You are ready.”And Gates, dressed in a bright pink polo, drew oohs and aahs as he impressed with his shot-making and hustle to keep points alive.“I think I’m good at picking partners,” Gates said after he and Federer won 6-3.last_img read more

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