first_imgA DONEGAL student is hoping to get from Dublin all the way to Berlin – without spending a cent…..and raising as much money as possible to help battle cancer!Shannon Welby is a 19 year old student from the Old Golf Course Road in Donegal Town. Up until 2014 she was a student in the Abbey Vocational School and now studies in DCU.Explained Shannon: “I have been selected to take part in ‘Beg Borrow Steal’. This involves racing other teams to Berlin within about 48 hours with no money or items of monetary value in hand. “We will be given riddles to solve to get to certain checkpoints, meaning you cannot pre-organize.“This takes place on November 18th and is in aid of The Irish Cancer Society and Movember Ireland. The event last year trended on Twitter, not just in Ireland but in the UK and further afield. It is sponsored this year by companies such as Jameson & Deloitte.“This challenge will without a doubt have myself and my team mate sleep deprived in the middle of Europe, depending on the kindness of others. But it’s all worth it because of the fantastic contribution to charity. It will be tough, but in the hardest moments we will know that this little challenge is so worth it to make even just a tiny difference for those fighting one of the biggest battles of all.”Shannon is looking for donations as fundraising in advance for the Irish Cancer Society is a huge part of this. So come on Donegal – get behind Shannon – if you can donate anything email her on [email protected] Welby – needs your help!DONEGAL TEEN BEGGING, BORROWING AND STEALING – FOR CANCER CHARITY! was last modified: October 21st, 2015 by John2Share 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:Berlin BreakoutDonegal TownfundraiserShannon Welbylast_img read more

Immigration quick links

first_img SAinfo reporter Reviewed: March 2014 Check our link list for application procedures, reception offices, contacts, advice, and support organisations:Immigration Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materialcenter_img Department of Home Affairs: www.dha.gov.zaGeneral information on permanent residency: www.dha.gov.za/permanent-resImmigrations Act, 2002Hotline for enquiries about the Act: 0800 60 11 90SA representatives abroad: www.dfa.gov.za (embassies, liaison officers, etc)Note: Forms are no longer available via the Department of Home Affairs website. Only original application forms are accepted. Contact Home Affairs for more information.Refugees and asylum-seekersDepartment of Home Affairs: www.dha.gov.zaConsortium for Refugees and Migrants in SA: www.cormsa.org.zaLawyers for Human Rights: www.lhr.org.zaParalegal Advice: www.paralegaladvice.org.zaUN Refugee Agency: www.unhcr.orgUNHCR South Africa: Country operations profile – South AfricaSA Human Rights Commission: www.hrc.org.zaUCT Refugee Rights: www.refugeerights.uct.ac.zaCape Town Refugee Centre: www.ctrc.co.zaCentre for Study of Violence and Reconciliation: www.csvr.org.zaSonke Gender Justice Network: www.genderjustice.org.zaThe Agency for Refugee Education, Skills Training & Advocacy: www.aresta.org.zalast_img read more

DowDuPont, Inc. is now the world’s largest chemical company

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As of the close of the stock market on Aug. 31, Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co. have merged.The largest two U.S. chemical makers received all necessary regulatory approvals and shares of DowDuPont Inc. begin trading Sept. 1, 2017. The value of the new agribusiness behemoth — now the world’s largest chemical company — is near $150 billion.DowDuPont plans to split into three separate companies focused on agriculture, specialty products and materials. Yesterday’s closing is a result of a late 2015 decision by the Dow Chemical Company and DuPont boards of directors that unanimously approved a definitive agreement to combine in an all-stock merger of equals.“This transaction is a game-changer for our industry and reflects the culmination of a vision we have had for more than a decade to bring together these two powerful innovation and material science leaders,” said Andrew N. Liveris, Dow’s chairman and chief executive officer in 2015 after the merger plans were announced. “Over the last decade our entire industry has experienced tectonic shifts as an evolving world presented complex challenges and opportunities — requiring each company to exercise foresight, agility and focus on execution. This transaction is a major accelerator in Dow’s ongoing transformation, and through this we are creating significant value and three powerful new companies. This merger of equals significantly enhances the growth profile for both companies, while driving value for all of our shareholders and our customers.”The transition to three separate companies will take place over the next 18 months.“This is an extraordinary opportunity to deliver long-term, sustainable shareholder value through the combination of two highly complementary global leaders and the creation of three strong, focused, industry-leading businesses. Each of these businesses will be able to allocate capital more effectively, apply its powerful innovation more productively, and extend its value-added products and solutions to more customers worldwide,” said Edward D. Breen, chairman and chief executive officer of DuPont. “For DuPont, this is a definitive leap forward on our path to higher growth and higher value. This merger of equals will create significant near-term value through substantial cost synergies and additional upside from growth synergies. Longer term, the three-way split we intend to pursue is expected to unlock even greater value for shareholders and customers and more opportunity for employees as each business will be a leader in attractive segments where global challenges are driving demand for these businesses’ distinctive offerings.” Of course, there are concerns about this, and other, massive mergers among agriculturally focused corporations.“While farmers need not analyze the minutia of the proposed unions, it is important to consider what impact these mergers might have on their farms. Net farm income for 2017, when adjusted for inflation, is likely to fall to a 15-year low,” said Leisa Boley-Hellwarth, a dairy farmer and an attorney from Celina. “Anything that puts added strain on finances is a problem. Additional concentration in an industry rarely leads to savings. Some producers and farm groups fear that higher prices are likely.”The continued consolidation of major input suppliers is a growing concern for many in agriculture, said Barbara Patterson, National Farmers Union government relations director.“We’ve seen a massive trend towards consolidation with all of the ag inputs and processing sectors. We have long been concerned about that, but this year with the down farm economy we have seen a number of mergers announced and working their way through various regulatory processes. We’re really concerned about the already highly consolidated big six seed and chemical companies turning into the big four and what that means for farmers in terms of higher costs, reduced choices, and less innovation down the road,” Patterson said. “There needs to be more innovation coming up and not less. We are really concerned about that and we continue to work on the consolidation issues on the poultry and livestock processing side too. We are working to increase competitive markets.”Patterson said farmers need to share their consolidation concerns with legislators.“Use your voice to call your member of Congress and tell them that you are concerned about these mergers,” she said. “Get the word out about these issues because consolidation is here, it is getting worse and it has reverberating impacts across the rural economy.”Following the European Union approval of the merger between Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co. in March, the NFU called on the Trump Administration to block the deal.“The reduction in competition that would be wrought by a Dow-DuPont merger will result in less innovation, higher prices, and less choice for farmers,” said Roger Johnson, NFU President in a letter to President Trump. “Given the damaging and lasting effects this merger will have on family farmers and rural America, we urge you to oppose this merger.”The National Corn Growers Association has also expressed potential concerns with the Dow-DuPont merger citing the likely increased seed market concentration that will result. NCGA also recognizes, though, that mergers can also offer benefits to farmers including increased synergy and more efficient innovation due to stiff competition moving forward between the remaining, large evenly-matched companies after the mergers. With the high costs and abundant regulatory requirements to bring new technology to the market, large companies with deep pockets are necessary.“As we evaluate farmer access to seeds and traits, we do see additional potential benefits arising from this merger. Dow’s seed products have been delivered primarily through a retailer network. DuPont‐ Pioneer has relied, extensively, upon its farmer‐dealer network for seed delivery. Again, by merging Dow’s trait development expertise with Pioneer’s germplasm — and by taking advantage of the existing dual system for delivering seeds to farmers — farmers could see greater access to a broader range of seed products coming from the new company,” said the NCGA in a letter last summer. “…Our analysis notes that the complementary product lines of Dow and DuPont within the crop protection chemical market — actually will create stronger competition within this market. Bayer and Syngenta dominate the global market today. A broader offering from a new Dow‐DuPont company could actually provide greater access to, and a broader portfolio delivered from, the domestic agrochemical retail market. This enhanced competition at the retail level could result in more favorable farmer pricing of crop protection chemical products.”last_img read more

In Preparation for the iPhone, Verizon Plans to Throttle Its Heaviest Data Users

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Apple#mobile#NYT#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts center_img audrey watters Some early reviews are in for the Verizon iPhone 4, which is available for pre-sale today. Many of these tout the ability to actually make a phone call – something AT&T customers have famously struggled with. But for those who plan to take advantage of the iPhone for its data and not its voice capabilities, the news isn’t so good. The Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg, for example, notes the device has much slower data speeds on Verizon’s network than on AT&T’s.If that’s not enough to give you pause about the storied Verizon iPhone, then perhaps this news from Verizon itself might: the company has announced that it plans to start throttling the data of customers who “use an extraordinary amount of data.”In a PDF memo on the Verizon website, the company states that it “may reduce your data throughput speeds periodically for the remainder of your then current and immediately following billing cycle to ensure high quality network performance for other users at locations and times of peak demand.”Verizon says it will only do this if you fall in the top 5% of the company’s data users, calling this step “proactive management” to make sure its network can handle the influx of new subscribers and new smartphone users.Throttling data isn’t the only step Verizon is taking. The company says is is “implementing optimization and transcoding technologies” that will make data transmission more efficient. This will include caching less data, using less capacity, and resizing video – a major culprit in data usage – so that it’s more appropriate for mobile devices. Verizon says these steps won’t impact the quality of the text and video files although it may “minimally impact the appearance of the file as displayed on your device.”It should be noted, lest iPhone users shoulder the blame for Verizon’s announcement today, that some reports peg Android phones as the bigger data hog. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

NCAA Season 93 Preview: EAC Generals target Final 4 berth

first_imgChina furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Head coach: Ariel SisonLast Season: 6-12 (8th)Holdovers: Sidney Onwubere, Hamadou Laminou, Francis MunsayacKey losses: Igee King, Jorem MoradaKey additions: Juju Bautista, Jerome GarciaIt’s now Final Four or bust for Emilio Aguinaldo College.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection View comments Pacquiao: There will be a rematch NCAA Season 93 Preview: EAC Generals348 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 That’s the ultimatum coach Ariel Sison gave to his Generals as they prepare for war this coming NCAA season.“To be honest, we want the Final Four now,” he said with emphasis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsOne can’t blame Sison wanting to go all-in.After all, this will be Sidney Onwubere’s final season, and the husky-voiced mentor wants a proper sendoff for his star forward. MOST READ “This is Sidney’s last playing year so we’re looking to reach that,” he said.EAC won’t be relying on Onwubere alone, as it will still have Francis Munsayac and able-bodied transferees in Juju Bautista and Jerome Garcia to aid in this year’s campaign.The bad news, though, is that Cameroonian big man Hamadou Laminou is out for the first two weeks of the season as he nurses a knee injury.However, Sison still believes this Generals crew will be a force to be reckoned with this season.“Our bench got deeper and I think that they’ll be capable of helping us to achieve what we’re aspiring for,” he said. “Every day in our practices, we remind them to give their 100-percent in training and especially in the games. And I can see that everybody is willing to step up for us to win.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. To end, Sison reaffirmed his vision for EAC this year and made it clear that there’s only one goal in mind.“We’re hoping that we’ll be in the Final Four and we want it now.”last_img read more

Table Tennis: Ankita Das wants to step it up in London lympics

first_imgThe odds she battled only toughened her and catapulted her to greater heights. Ankita Das is 18 but left the national stalwarts like Poulomi Ghatak and Mouma Das behind in making the cut for the London Olympics.In 2010, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) had identified two young players from India for a scholarship programme to prepare them for the 2016 Olympics. They were Ankita and Sauymajit Ghosh, the other paddler from India to have qualified for the Olympics. While Saumyajit honed his skills at the famous Peter Karlsson academy in Sweden, Ankita could not go for the long overseas training due to family constraints.That, though, did not crush the spirits of the teenager and she put all her energy at the academy in her hometown Siliguri, run by former national champion Mantu Ghosh. “I was feeling very down for not being able to train in Sweden. My coach ( Mantu) supported me and said you can learn everything even at home if you are willing to work hard. I took it in my stride and doubled my effort,” said Ankita.Ankita’s graph has risen steadily since her cadet days. She has been the national champion cutting across all age groups and won gold at the World Cadet Championship in 2007. But the big break came when she made it to the quarterfinals of the Junior World Championship last year as an unseeded player, upsetting some big names. She lost a close battle to world No. 10 China’s Ruochen Gu.”That tournament instilled a lot of confidence in me and I thought that I can also make it big,” said Ankita.advertisementThough Ankita has never competed at the international events like the Asian Games or the Commonwealth Games, she is not overawed by the grand stage. “It cannot get bigger than the Olympics. It feels great to have got my first big break in the Olympics. Of course there will be pressure on us, but as my coach says you can be a good player only if you are able to play with an amount of pressure. I know medal will be tough, but I want to leave a mark so that I can look back at my performance with pride.”Ankita became the part of the Indian team for the South Asian qualifiers after beating veteran Mouma Das in the Olympic trials. K Shamini and Poulomi Ghatak were the top two paddlers from the country at the Hong Kong event, but Ankita walked away with the honours.After finishing third in her pool, she was pitted against an experienced Shamini, a clash that was to eventually decide the Olympic berth. “I was tensed. I had beaten Shamini before, but she had a better record against me. I called Mantu di (coach) and she calmed me down and asked me to play my natural game. When I beat Shamini, I was in a state of shock for a few minutes. I stood near the table in disbelief before the coach shook me from the trance,” said Ankita.What waited for her on reaching Siliguri was unthinkable. “It was crazy. A huge crowd had gathered. Saumyajit and I were taken in a procession.”last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool attacker Salah: I can repeat last season heroics

first_imgLiverpool attacker Salah: I can repeat last season heroicsby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool star Mohamed Salah is hoping he can emulate his heroics from the 2017-18 season. The Egyptian attacker bagged an incredible 44 goals last season.”Of course, that makes me feel great, and makes me want to work harder and to continue performing,” he told GQ Middle East.”Because after that if your standards drop, people will not accept it. It’s a great feeling, but I don’t see it as more pressure.”For me it was, of course, a fantastic, historic season [in 2017-18] which I’m very proud of, but I’m looking for another one like it.”I’m not going to live off it. On the contrary, it made me more excited and determined for this season.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Heynckes fuming over gifted goals

first_imgA fuming Jupp Heynckes criticised his players for “gifting” two goals to Real Madrid on Wednesday night while failing to capitalise on their own chancesAiming to make their first appearance in the final of the Champions League since 2013, Bayern Munich hosted the title-holders for the first leg of their semi-final at the Allianz Arena.But the Bundesliga champions missed a host of chances to score and paid the price for their mistakes with Marcelo and Marco Asensio scoring either side of half-time.“We went ahead, but there was a turning point with their first goal, which was a gift,” said Heynckes, according to Marca.“And their second was a gift too.“We’ve rarely had so many chances to score and haven’t done so, but we didn’t know how to take advantage of our opportunities.“Madrid were more effective.”Bayern had more bad news at the end of the game with Arjen Robben and Jerome Boateng getting injured before the break and Javi Martinez being forced off later with a head injury.“I can’t say if today’s injuries are serious,” the coach continued.“Javi Martinez was hit on the temple, but that was anecdotal after Robben and Boateng’s injuries.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“We have to wait until Thursday for the results, but it would be two big casualties to lose.“Bayern will do everything we can to correct the result of the first leg.“Madrid has a great advantage after the victory, but we lost undeservedly.”But the outgoing Bayern coach did hold praise for Franck Ribery, who was a constant threat against Real throughout the whole match.“Ribery is 35 years old, yes, but he has played excellently,” he added.“It must be said that in the first half he had a great chance, and if we went ahead we would have won the game, no doubt.“He is a great professional and he has great self-motivation.“We have known each other since 2012 and it’s very important for him to feel the confidence of the coach.“The results of the quarter and semifinals are atypical, Wednesday’s match has shown that Madrid is vulnerable, so we can be optimistic.”last_img read more