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HARPS STUN LEADERS LONGFORD WITH AWAY VICTORY

first_imgFINN HARPS ended recent humdrum performances with a stunning away win at Longford Town.Even a late scary rally at Flancare Park by the home side failed to stop the Donegal men taking all three points.The small travelling support couldn’t believe what they were seeing as first Sean McCarron scored (18th minute) and Kevin McHugh added a second in the 34th to see the visitors in at half-time 2-0 ahead. When Longford’s Michael Funston scored an own goal with nine minutes left, Harps were 3-0 in front.And, it seemed, heading for an incredible whitewash of the Division One favourites.The hosts decided to give it a go and with two minutes on the clock Mark Salmon pulled back what seemed to be a mere consolation.But Michael Isichel added a second to reduce the deficit to 3-2 in injury time. Thankfully for the Ballybofey outfit Longford ran out of time….and the Harps are on their way back to Donegal with three more points.It was a great result for Peter Hutton’s team who close the gap on Town and Mervue.Longford Town: Chris Bennion; Noel Haverty, Willo McDonagh, Brian McCarthy, Willie Tyrell (Michael Isichei 80); Daniel Purdy, Gavin Doyle (Keith Gillespie 54), Mark Salmon, Keith Quinn (Etanda Nkololo 38); Gary Shaw, David O’Sullivan.Subs: Paul Hunt, Chris Deans, Des Hope, David O’Neill.Bookings: Noel Haverty 14mins, Willo McDonagh 55mins, Chris Bennion 63mins, Keith Gillespie 85mins Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher; James Doherty, Thomas McGonagle (Michael Doherty 84), Keith Cowan, Ciaran Coll; Michael Funston, Damien McNulty, Tommy Bonner, Gary Merritt (Matt Harkin 75); Sean McCarron (Shaun McGowan 90), Kevin McHugh.Subs: Johnny Bonner, Mark Forker, Aaron O’Hagan, Shaun Patton.Booking: Michael Funston 59mins, Ciaran Gallagher 90+3Referee: Sean Grant (Wexford) Attendance: 343 officialHARPS STUN LEADERS LONGFORD WITH AWAY VICTORY was last modified: May 12th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:HARPS STUN LEADERS LONGFORD WITH AWAY VICTORYlast_img read more

Local students in global business contest

first_imgFour of South Africa’s brightest business minds have won the local leg of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants Global Business Challenge (Image: Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) MEDIA CONTACTS • Buhle Zuma   Wits University  +27 11 717 1018 RELATED ARTICLES • Meet a top social entrepreneur • Soweto tours with a twist • Media tour boosts China-Africa link • Transforming waste to wealth Wilma den HartighFour of South Africa’s brightest business minds have won the local leg of an international business competition, showing the world that the country has no shortage of entrepreneurial talent.The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Global Business Challenge (GBC) is an international business competition, designed for students around the world to showcase their business management skills and experience what it is like to be a business leader.The team of students from Wits University will travel to Sri Lanka in July to represent the country against 22 other teams from Ghana, Zambia, Russia, Australia, China, Bangladesh, Ireland and New Zealand.The competition runs in three stages, with teams first competing within their country or region and then proceeding to the global stages for the championship title.Entrepreneurship to create jobsThe Wits team’s win comes at a time when government policies continue to target job creation, fight youth unemployment, poverty and inequality.Last week the Oxford Business Group released The Report: South Africa 2012, a study about the country’s standing as an investment destination. The study notes that South Africa’s unemployment rate at 23.9%, and says it increases to above 30% when discouraged job seekers are included.The members of Team Monomatapa – Panache Chigumadzi, Simbarashe Nyatsambo, Khetinkosi Dlamini and Sizwe Nxumalo – believe that entrepreneurship is one way to address these challenges.Team leader Chigumadzi says more South Africans should start their own small businesses. “People can’t just sit around and wait for jobs,” she says.Although factors such as rigid requirements to access finance and business know-how deter young people from starting businesses, she believes that the South African business environment is the ideal platform for young entrepreneurs to polish their skills.“What makes South Africans different from developed economy entrepreneurs is our exposure to a dual economy,” she reasons.According to Encyclopedia of the Nations, South Africa has what is referred to as a dual economy – one comparable to industrialised countries and another similar to developing nations.“Our entrepreneurs understand these intricacies, which makes it easier for us to work in frontier markets,” Chigumadzi says.Keeping an eye on new marketsNew entrepreneurs should think beyond traditional markets, says Chigumadzi. South Africa’s membership of the BRICS group of developing economies will stimulate more trade, but other countries in Africa such as Rwanda and Ethiopia also offer many opportunities for business.“These are all growing and dynamic markets,” she says.Stereotypes exist about doing business in Africa, she says, but many are not accurate.Many countries in Africa have a lot to offer – according to the World Bank Rwanda is the most business and investment friendly destination in East Africa. The report ranks the country at position 45 globally, having moved up 13 places from the position it held in 2010.The World Bank Doing Business Report is considered a reliable indicator of where foreign businesses should go when seeking investment opportunities, sound judicial systems and corruption-free regimes.A team with an eye for businessSamantha Louis, CIMA’s Africa regional director, speaks highly of the Wits team. “If this is the quality of future business leaders in South Africa, I am very hopeful for a positive and dynamic future for our country,’ Louis says.Most of the team members are finishing off their B.Com-related degrees in accounting science, economics, management and finances, and all of them want to get into business.Chigumadzi says what gave their team a competitive advantage in the challenge was its diversity.“We are all from different disciplines, which made it possible to bring many different views to the business case we had to analyse,” she says. “Our approach was more holistic.”Louis says the team’s achievement is even more noteworthy as they made it through to the finals without the support of a mentor, while still keeping up with their studies.The teams are required to develop relevant recommendations and solutions to a fictitious business scenario, putting their skills and knowledge in all areas of business management to the test.This year’s case featured a television content production company.They had to prepare a 3 000 word report based on the case study, give an oral presentation and participate in a gruelling question and answer session with the judges at the end of each presentation.“I think the question and answer session clinched the deal for us because we really knew our work and gave lots of practical solutions,” she says.The competition is an ideal opportunity to meet some of the world’s top employers who are sponsoring or judging the competition, get advice from business leaders and get a chance to identify career opportunities.Four of South Africa’s brightest business minds have won the local leg of an international business competition, showing the world that the country has no shortage of entrepreneurial talent. The team of students from Wits University will travel to Sri Lanka in July to represent the country in the global finals of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Global Business Challenge (GBC) to represent the country against 22 other teams from Ghana, Zambia, Russia, Australia, China, Bangladesh, Ireland and New Zealand.  The competition is held annually and is designed for students around the world to showcase their business management skills and experience what it is like to be a business leader.It is run in three stages, with teams first competing within their country or region and then proceeding to the global stages for the championship title.Entrepreneurship to create jobs The Wits team’s win comes at a time when government policies continue to target job creation, fight youth unemployment, poverty and inequality.  Last week the Oxford Business Group released The Report: South Africa 2012, a study about the country’s standing as an investment destination. The study notes that South Africa’s unemployment rate at 23.9%, and says it increases to above 30% when discouraged job seekers are included. The members of Team Monomatapa – Panache Chigumadzi, Simbarashe Nyatsamboy, Khetinkosi Dlamini and Sizwe Nxumalo – believe that entrepreneurship is one way to address these challenges.Team leader Chigumadzi says more South Africans should start their own small businesses. “People can’t just sit around and wait for jobs,” she says.Although factors such as rigid requirements to access finance and business know-how deter young people from starting businesses, she believes that the South African business environment is the ideal platform for young entrepreneurs to polish their skills.“What makes South Africans different from developed economy entrepreneurs is our exposure to a dual economy,” she reasons. According to Encyclopedia of the Nations, South Africa has what is referred to as a dual economy – one comparable to industrialised countries and another similar to developing nations. “Our entrepreneurs understand these intricacies, which makes it easier for us to work in frontier markets,” Chigumadzi says.  Keeping an eye on new marketsNew entrepreneurs should think beyond traditional markets, says Chigumadzi. South Africa’s membership of the BRICS group of developing economies will stimulate more trade, but other countries in Africa such as Rwanda and Ethiopia also offer many opportunities for business.  “These are all growing and dynamic markets,” she says. Stereotypes exist about doing business in Africa, she says, but many are not accurate.  Many countries in Africa have a lot to offer – according to the World Bank Rwanda is the most business and investment friendly destination in East Africa. The report ranks the country at position 45 globally, having moved up 13 places from the position it held in 2010.The World Bank Doing Business Report is considered a reliable indicator of where foreign businesses should go when seeking investment opportunities, sound judicial systems and corruption-free regimes.A team with an eye for businessSamantha Louis, CIMA’s Africa regional director, speaks highly of the Wits team. “If this is the quality of future business leaders in South Africa, I am very hopeful for a positive and dynamic future for our country,’ Louis says. Most of the team members are finishing off their B.Com-related degrees in accounting science; economics, management and finances, and all of them want to get into business. Chigumadzi says what gave their team a competitive advantage in the challenge was its diversity. “We are all from different disciplines, which made it possible to bring many different views to the business case we had to analyse,” she says. “Our approach was more holistic.” Louis says the team’s achievement is even more noteworthy as they made it through to the finals without the support of a mentor, while still keeping up with their studies. The teams are required to develop relevant recommendations and solutions to a fictitious business scenario, putting their skills and knowledge in all areas of business management to the test. This year’s case featured a television content production company. They had to prepare a 3 000 word report based on the case study, give an oral presentation and participate in a gruelling question and answer session with the judges at the end of each presentation.“I think the question and answer session clinched the deal for us because we really knew our work and gave lots of practical solutions,” she says. The competition is an ideal opportunity to meet some of the world’s top employers who are sponsoring or judging the competition, get advice from business leaders and get a chance to identify career opportunities.last_img read more

Yahoo Says It’s “Absolutely Committed” to Flickr

first_imgWe wrote a post yesterday calling into question the financial viability of Flickr, given another blogger’s rough estimates of its annual revenue, Yahoo’s struggles and the recent news that Delicious is going to be shuttered or sold.A number of people chimed in to reassure us that Flickr is going to be ok. First, former Flickr chief software architect Cal Henderson posted several comments assuring us that costs were lower than estimated and ad revenue much higher. Now today Yahoo PR sent us the following statement from Blake Irving, Chief Product Officer at Yahoo. Irviing says the company is absolutely committed to Flickr.“I appreciate the thoughtful discussion here and I want to add clarity to this topic: Yahoo! is absolutely committed to Flickr and its community of members. The board, myself, and the entire leadership team love this product and believe it is incredibly in sync with our product strategy for Yahoo! Flickr has a huge worldwide audience, an amazing brand, and it’s profitable. We’re excited to continue evolving and supporting Flickr so we can make the service even better. “Blake IrvingEVP, Chief Product Officer, Yahoo!Irving said roughly the same thing in 140 charecters a few minutes ago. You might recognize that avatar as the same one who freaked out and promised to fire whoever leaked the internal slide deck disclosing the company’s plans to “sunset” Delicious. I hope this is all for real. If Flickr were closed, or had less instead of more energy put into it, that would be a real shame. Tags:#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Swiss couple assaulted in Agra; Sushma seeks information

first_imgExternal Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday sought a report from the Uttar Pradesh government in connection with the assault on two Swiss tourists by locals in Agra during their trip to Fatehpur Sikri.The young Swiss couple was attacked by a group of youth in Fatehpur Sikri on October 22 with stones and sticks, leaving them both injured and bruised.Quentin Jeremy Clerc and his partner Marie Droz, both in their twenties, were strolling around a railway track in Fatehpur Sikri when they started to be harassed by a group of local youth who insisted they click selfies with the female tourist, police said.The youth then started inquiring about the place of stay of the tourists and after a set of intrusive questions began assaulting Mr. Clerc with stones and sticks. Even Ms. Droz was not spared and assaulted with stones and sticks, the couple said.Mr. Clerc suffered a fractured skull while Ms. Droz received a broken arm. The two are receiving treatment in a Delhi hospital.Police filed the complaint on its own cognisance after the victims were not interested, a spokesperson for the Agra SSP said.Police have identified some of the assaulted and could arrest them soon, the spokesperson said.”I have asked for a report from the State Government,” Ms. Swaraj tweeted about the incident.”My officers will reach them in the hospital,” Ms. Swaraj said.last_img read more

Nana Patekar to play archaeologist in Prakash Rajs Tadka

first_imgMumbai, Oct 18 (PTI) Actor Nana Patekar will be seen in the role of an archaeologist in actor Prakash Raj directorial debut “Tadka”.The film is the Hindi remake of Malayalam blockbuster “Salt N Pepper”.”Nana will be presented in a different avatar. He will sport a contemporary look. He is playing the role of an archaeologist. It will be a treat to see him in this role. He is a great performer,” a source from the production said.Set in Goa, the romantic comedy stars Nana Patekar, Shriya Saran, Ali Fazal and Taapsee Pannu in lead roles and is about a story how food binds people together.”Shriya plays an RJ. She is paired opposite Nana Patekar. It will be an interesting love story between Nana and Shriya, while Ali and Taapsee play a young couple.”The makers are planning to have a special song in the film featuring the star cast.”Shooting is still going on for the film. We are planning to release the film by the end of this year but we are yet to lock any date,” the source said. PTI KKP ARS BKlast_img read more

Höegh LNG Nakilat Join Forces on FSRU Projects

first_imgzoom Floating energy solutions provider Höegh LNG and shipping company Nakilat have agreed to explore collaboration for Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) business.The parties said that they signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the cooperation on July 18.“This agreement paves the way for greater business opportunities to create substantial platforms for local players to get involved in the project, exposing them to innovative technologies and expertise that would be beneficial to their growth and the development of Qatar’s energy and maritime industry,” Abdullah Al-Sulaiti, Nakilat’s Managing Director, said.“The alliance with Nakilat is a confirmation of Höegh LNG’s leading position in the FSRU market and offers the opportunity to further accelerate our market presence beyond the projects we undertake on a sole basis,” Sveinung J.S. Støhle, President and CEO of Höegh LNG, said.Image Courtesy: NakilatFSRU is a floating LNG import terminal, which has become a strategic solution for countries without LNG receiving terminal infrastructure, enabling better accessibility of clean energy.Among the significant benefits of FSRU are the ability to serve markets which would otherwise not be able to utilize natural gas, pose lesser transportation risks and have the flexibility to be relocated or used as an LNG carrier.last_img read more

The Regional Response to Childhood Obesity Intensifies

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBridgetown, Barbados, 9th February 2017 –  Childhood obesity continues to be a serious public health concern in the Region. Statistics show that more than 30% of our Caribbean adolescents are overweight or obese, and risk developing non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as hypertension, diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular diseases later in life. The economic burden of diabetes and hypertension alone is estimated at between 1.4% and 8% of GDP in the Caribbean, thus creating a significant drain on Caribbean economies, and threatening development prospects.Recognizing the critical need for leadership and cross sectoral action to address this health issue, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and with funding from CDB hosted a meeting to develop a road map to prevent childhood obesity through improved food and nutrition security.The opening ceremony took place earlier this week at the Barbados Yacht Club, and was marked by the presence of the Barbados Minister of Health, The Honourable John D. E. Boyce and other high level officials from regional institutions.In his welcome remarks, Dr C. James Hospedales, CARPHA Executive Director said “The meeting will look at how we can together accelerate action on the ground, in countries, in the food environment and nutrition area, especially for the most vulnerable – our children.  The meeting is historic as it gathers at least half of CARICOM Institutions to focus attention on a key development challenge through implementing a 6-point policy package for healthier less obesogenic food environments.”  He went on to say fiscal and trade measures, mandatory nutritional labeling to empower consumers and elimination of trans fats from food supplies are among the areas that must be addressed, buttressed by region wide and sustained information and communication.President of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC), Professor Trevor Hassell, congratulated CARPHA in hosting the meeting and stated that “HCC strongly supports this initiative since the issue at hand, namely childhood obesity and overweight and consequential epidemic of NCDs, present a significant health and development challenge for the people of the Region requiring as it does a multi-sectoral, whole of society response.  This requires active participation and engagement of the public sector, both health and non-health, civil society and the private sector working hand in hand and contributing in their respective areas of expertise and influence.”Ms Jessie Schutte Aine, PAHO Programme Coordinator for the Caribbean told the gathering there has been a dramatic rise in the number of children who are overweight or obese in the Region. She added that childhood obesity is a rapidly growing epidemic, putting children at risk of developing serious health problems including diabetes, heart disease and leading to premature death and disability later in life.  She stated available data indicates that in one generation, the Caribbean has moved from problems of 2 malnutrition and underweight children to the other extreme. According to Ms Schutt Aine over the last 35 years, there has been a major shift in diet moving away from staple foods that are indigenous to the Region, towards foods that are highly processed.“NCDs has long been identified as one of the three super priorities for Caribbean Cooperation in Health (CCH)”, stated Dr Rudolph Cummings in his opening remarks. The Programme Manager for Health Sector Reform at CARICOM stressed the need for a more genuine effort at harnessing the intersectoral energies that are required to make a difference in our NCDs problem and congratulated CARPHA on hosting the meeting.Through a virtual presentation, CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General for Trade and Economic Integration, Mr. Joseph Cox, also underscored the need for the Region to take decisive action, and stated that the “timing of this action cannot be overstated and the opportunity to develop a road map is welcomed in order to deal with the issue.” Mr Cox explained that a “strategic alliance between the private sector, public sector and civil society is necessary to affect change and move in concert.”“As a Caribbean Region, we have faltered in our response to the epidemic in childhood obesity with many countries in the Region reporting prevalence rates in excess of 30% in the pre-teen and teenage population. Collectively, we are well positioned to drive this important element of the health agenda within CARICOM,” stated Honourable John D. E. Boyce, Minister of Health, Barbados in his feature address.  Minister Boyce went on to say there is a need for greater enforcement of the policy of physical education in schools. He believes that more time should also be allotted for physical education sessions, even during the ‘exam’ term.In closing the Minister thanked CARPHA for its work in developing appropriate regimes to the childhood obesity epidemic, and its technical support to developing surveillance systems, health promotions strategies, and policies options for addressing childhood obesity.The Regional High Level Meeting to Develop a Road map on Multi-sectoral Action to Prevent Childhood Obesity through Improved Food and Nutrition Security takes place from 9th – 10th February 2017 at the CXC Headquarters. The focus of the meeting is to foster collaboration between regional economic and social sector institutions to support the implementation of a 6-point policy package developed by CARPHA as part of the Caribbean Cooperation in Health initiative (CCH-IV). #MagneticMediaNews #ChildhoodObesitycenter_img Related Items:#ChildhoodObesity, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

US hits Iran with crippling cyberattacks says a report

first_img Related stories Hacking Military US Cyber Command powers up attacks against Russia’s electrical grid Facebook used in Iranian cyber-spying operation, US indictment says Iran-linked hackers reportedly targeted activists and US officials UN chief seeks international rules for cyberwarfare 3 Comments Last Saturday, The New York Times reported that US Cyber Command had moved from a defensive to offensive posture, apparently under a military authorization bill Congress passed in 2018 that gives the go-ahead for “clandestine military activity” in cyberspace to “deter, safeguard or defend against attacks or malicious cyberactivities against the United States.”Cyber Command also received new authority last year from the US president under a still-classified document called National Security Presidential Memoranda 13, the Times said.Asked to comment on the Post report, Department of Defense spokeswoman Heather Babb said that “as a matter of policy and for operational security, we do not discuss cyberspace operations, intelligence or planning.” The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Originally published June 22, 1:26 p.m. PTUpdate, 5:34 p.m.: Adds mention of spying charge against former US Air Force intelligence officer.center_img Security Tags Share your voice A US Army cadet during a cyberdefense exercise. CNET With an OK from the US president, the Pentagon this week launched cyberstrikes that took down Iranian computer networks used to control missile launches, says a report in The Washington Post, which cites unnamed people familiar with the matter. The news comes after Iran shot down a US surveillance drone it said was violating Iranian airspace. In response to the drone attack, the president had approved then pulled back from conventional military attacks on radar facilities, missile batteries and other targets in Iran. But the Thursday night cyberstrikes against the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps had been in preparation for some time, the Post reported, saying the Pentagon proposed them after Iran allegedly attacked two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman earlier in June.”This operation imposes costs on the growing Iranian cyberthreat, but also serves to defend the United States Navy and shipping operations in the Strait of Hormuz,” Thomas Bossert, a former senior White House cyberofficial in the Trump administration, told the Post.”Our US military has long known that we could sink every IRGC vessel in the strait within 24 hours if necessary,” Bossert told the Post. “And this is the modern version of what the US Navy has to do to defend itself at sea and keep international shipping lanes free.”Referring to the Iranians, an anonymous source told the paper that “this is not something they can put back together so easily.”Cyberwarfare and cyberespionage aren’t new, but moves in these areas have grabbed headlines following Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election and amid worries about Russian interference in the 2020 campaign. Other red flags have included Russia’s shutdown of part of Ukraine’s power grid in 2015, as well as reports that a Russian government-sponsored group had been able to gain access to the control rooms of US electric utilities in 2017.In February, a former US Air Force intelligence officer was charged with espionage for allegedly working with Iranian hackers who used Facebook to try to trick her former colleagues into downloading malware that would track their computer activity.last_img read more