Donegal entrepreneurs leading the way on ACORNS Programme

first_imgAn exciting six months lie ahead for the eight successful Donegal entrepreneurs who have earned a coveted place on the ACORNS initiative for women-led start-up businesses.The businesswomen all battled strong competition to gain a place on the peer-led support network for rural Ireland.Donegal has the highest number of female entrepreneurs on ACORNS this cycle, who will be benefiting from the expert support of Deirdre McGlone. Inishowen is well represented with two participants running their business from the peninsula. The places went to Avril McMonagle founder of Meantóir,  a specialist training and professional support service for early childhood education; and Carlene Lyttle of Sailespin a specialist business support service for companies looking to foster growth. The mantle for the south of the county is being carried by Joanne Butler of OURganic Gardens – a garden project combining education, tourism and community based in beautiful Gort a’Choirce and Meg O’Gara of Megnificent Creative based in Kilcar offering graphic design and creative illustration. Bundoran also features well with Nicola Gavigan from the unique experience Seclusion Spa at Ardfarna and Sinead Fox from the already award-winning Salty Fox Coffee Shop. Marie Hutchinson from the well-being focused Mojo Yoga and Wellness Studio in Donegal Town and Sue Glackin of Donegal Food Tours based in Letterkenny complete the Donegal posse of entrepreneurs embarking on this exciting opportunity. Built on a belief that entrepreneurs learn best from each other, the ACORNS initiative is facilitated by ‘Lead Entrepreneurs’; women who have started and grown successful businesses in rural Ireland. The Donegal Acorns group is led by successful businesswoman Deirdre McGlone, former ‘Donegal Person of the Year’ and President of the Donegal Women in Business Network. Over the next six months Deirdre will work with the eight women-led businesses to maximise their business through peer-support, mentoring, and networking. The businesses supported by the previous Acorns initiative recorded a 43% increase in turnover. Access to finance and marketing were the barriers to developing businesses in rural Ireland, as identified by the participants, which ACORNS aims to address over the next 6 months. ACORNS is funded under the Rural Innovation and Development Fund through the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. For more information, see www.acorns.ie.Donegal entrepreneurs leading the way on ACORNS Programme was last modified: October 17th, 2019 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) Tags:ACORNSNational Women in Enterprise Daywomen in businesslast_img read more

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Origin of Multicellularity: Back to the Drawing Board

first_imgMicro-RNAs have been found in green algae.  So?  What’s the big deal?  If you read the statements in Nature,1 it sounds like evolutionary biologists consider it a big, bad deal:The discovery, made independently by two labs, dismantles the popular theory that the regulatory role of microRNAs in gene expression is tied to the evolution of multicellularity.The finding is as startling as the discovery ten years ago that the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans has 19,000 genes, just 1,000 short of the human count…“People were shocked that the complexity of the genomes in these simpler creatures was similar to our own,” he [Gregory Hannon, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory] says.  Now it seems that the RNA in simple unicellular organisms could be as complex as that in higher creatures.This [lack of microRNA in algae], combined with the fact that RNA sequences differ between plants and animals, helped give rise to the idea that microRNAs evolved independently in plant and animal lineages as parts of complex regulatory mechanisms associated with multicellularity.  Now it seems that these molecules may predate that evolutionary development.“It shows how basing conclusions on studies of just one or two model organisms can really lead you astray in terms of how you think about evolutionary processes,” says Jim Umen from the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California.Nobody knows why such a simple organism needs microRNAs, nor how or when they first appeared.One thing was not under dispute, however: evolution.  “Whatever their role, their presence indicates that microRNAs could be much more ancient than previously thought; they might have persisted for more than a billion years.”1Lucy Odling-Smee, “Complex set of RNAs found in simple green algae: Single-celled organisms aren’t as basic as they seem,” Nature 447, 518 (31 May 2007) | doi:10.1038/447518b.See it again?  The incorrigibility of Darwinists (e.g., 05/10/2007 commentary).  No amount of contrary evidence has the power to release the vice-like grip of evolutionary thinking on their minds.  To shield the audience from these embarrassments, they just turn up the fogma machines (05/14/2007 commentary) and the show goes on.(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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What3Words and Gateway are creating a safer community

first_imgUsing an innovative global mapping system, a British company is helping to bring healthcare to some of South Africa’s most difficult-to-find places.plans.backer.toned. An example of a rural KwaNdengezi address using what3words. (Image: what3words)Sulaiman PhilipKwaNdengezi, outside Durban, is a community of 54,000. It is a collection of brick buildings and self-built homes of zinc sheeting, recycled bricks and wood. What roads do exist do not have names and unless you live in the sprawling 14km² township, it is easy to get lost.Thembinkosi Lesley Dladla, an Emergency Management Rescue Services (EMRS) shift supervisor, explained: “As an EMRS [officer], my work doesn’t have any boundaries – we work the whole of Durban. It’s very difficult in the townships, because they don’t have road names written, and they also don’t have house numbers.”Ambulances can take hours to reach patients. Often a whole day will pass before an ambulance can find patients. They, as well as community health workers, have to rely on residents to give them directions. For the community, descriptive directions are the easiest ways to navigate the chaotic streets of the township.Take the directions Dladla gave to the Gateway blog, for example: “Take a left at the church, then right at the school and it’s a red door.” These can be misunderstood or misremembered, require detailed local knowledge and take a long time to explain. There are also no street lights, so using landmarks to find your way is almost impossible at night.Gateway and what3wordsA local health NGO, Gateway Health Institute, is piloting a project in KwaNdengezi that will map the entire township. For the first time residents will have an address they can use when calling for medical help.The NGO is using what3words, a global online mapping system, to create unique addresses for the township. The system breaks the globe into a grid of 57 trillion 3m x 3m squares. Each has a pre-assigned and fixed three-word address.Gateway’s fieldworkers helped residents identify their locations on a satellite map and then printed their three-word addresses on plastic signs that were attached to their homes. The addresses are registered in a database, and the NGO is able to identify what medical services are needed where. The mapping service has helped to increase the number of pregnant women receiving home visit antenatal care. When medical help is needed it can be dispatched to a mapped location and ambulance crews know where to go to provide life-saving assistance.Residents are known to keep copies of their what3words addresses in their bibles. (Image: What3words)Beyond providing addresses to homes in KwaNdengezi, Gateway is also mapping community assets such as local government centres, clinics and pumps that provide clean drinking water. The aim is to build a detailed map for the residents that can be used by businesses and the government to improve the lives of the community.The project was begun by Dr Coenie Louw, founder and director of Gateway. “For those living in informal settlements and rural areas, ‘location’ presents the biggest challenge in providing health services and products. In these areas demand is high but delivery is poor. What3words changes all that. By providing every property with a unique address, residents now have a simple and reliable way to identify their homes.”Addressing a problemGateway runs community health services in disadvantaged communities across the country. The most important medical services it offers are delivery of medicines and emergency transport for women in labour: 50% of births in KwaNdengezi take place at home; before the project began an ambulance could take up to four hours to reach a woman in distress.At first, Louw tried using phone masts to triangulate locations but he found that location could be up to 3km from a person needing assistance. “I spent two years trying to find a way to actually pinpoint the location of a pregnant woman in distress.”Dr Coenie Louw, founder of Gateway Health Institute, introduced what3words to KwaNdengezi. (Image:what3words)What3words is the perfect solution, which Louw found while doing internet research. A three-word address is perfect in areas such as KwaNdengezi because it is easy to remember and simple to share via message or SMS. What3words uses USSD technology and is a free download to any phone. It also works even if the resident does not have available data.Chris Sheldrick, CEO and co-founder of what3words told Gateway: “Helping them [Gateway] to overcome one of their most fundamental barriers for delivering these services is something we’re very proud of. Addressing these communities is the first step to improving their economic and social development, and indeed to changing lives.”The project is also being used to alleviate unemployment in the township — 11 previously unemployed youngsters were trained as fieldworkers to help residents identify their addresses and to help load location and health information on Gateway’s database.How what3words worksThe system is available in 14 languages and is used in 170 countries by NGOs, government services and businesses. In essence, every centimetre of the globe has a unique address that is easier to remember and communicate, is more accurate and is simpler to use than directions based on landmarks.marginal.cabin.gearbox is the what3words address for the Brand South Africa office. Neighbouring The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, a short walk away, is senior.blinks.punk. Similar word combinations are not placed close to each other. If you spell a word incorrectly, the system will give you suggestions for the best possible location.An estimated 4 billion people have no address. For these people it is impossible to open a bank account or get deliveries or, as in the case of the residents of KwaNdengezi, be reached in an emergency. What3words is designed to improve the lives of these people.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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International Film Submissions Now Open – Vaughan International Film Festival

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement This year’s festival will run from May 14 – 17, 2018. Submissions for the early bird deadline is December 31, 2017. High school student submissions are also open. Please see website for further information; https://www.vaughanfilmfestival.comAbout VFF: The Vaughan Film Festival is an exciting four-day festival showcasing Canadian and international multigenre short film. As a not-for-profit organization, the Festival is committed to promoting and furthering arts education. It also supports the arts community by granting various scholarships and bursaries to young filmmakers, art students and educational institutions in the city of Vaughan Facebook Vaughan, Ontario – It’s that time of year again! International film submissions are now open! Now in its 6th edition, the Vaughan International Film Festival’s exciting 4-day event proudly showcases both local and international talent. Filmmakers from around the world can submit their short film and get a chance to take home a Golden Reel Award!Last year’s winners include Lieven Vanhove from Belgium who took home three awardsincluding Best Film, Best Cinematography and Best Director for Nimmer! Canada’s own Alexandre Gourgeon won Best Documentary for his film I Am The Wolf. Italian Director Luigi Pane won the Audience Award for his film Black Comedy.Student submissions are also open! Ontario high school students can have their short films on the big screen and the winning school will receive $2000.00 towards the department that assisted them in creating the film. Twitterlast_img read more

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Courtois Cristiano Ronaldo is irreplaceable

first_imgReal Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois admits Cristiano Ronaldo simply cannot be replaced, but challenged his teammates anyway to help compensate for the loss of his goalsThe Portuguese superstar call time on his glorious nine-year spell with Real in favour of a €112m summer move to Juventus and has since excelled over in Italy.But, while Ronaldo impresses in the Serie A, Real have struggled in his absence by having their worst start to a new campaign in 17 years.However, under new manager Santiago Solari, things have improved for Los Blancos with seven wins in the Argentine’s nine matches in charge.And Solari won his first piece of silverware at the club on Saturday in their 4-1 win over Al Ain in the Club World Cup final.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Despite that though, Courtois believes Real still have to step up and find a way to compensate for the loss of Ronaldo’s goals.“Cristiano Ronaldo is irreplaceable, you cannot forget what he did,” said Courtois, according to Yahoo.“But he is not here anymore, so it’s time for other players, like Bale did in the semi-finals [of the Club World Cup], to score the goals he [Ronaldo] used to score.“If we are able to do so, it’ll be fine.”Currently, Karim Benzema (11) and Gareth Bale (10) are Real’s leading scorers this season.last_img read more

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Galaxy Fold screens are reportedly breaking already for some early users

first_imgSarah Tew/CNET The Galaxy Fold, Samsung’s first foldable phone, is reportedly already having screen problems. It doesn’t go on sale in the US until April 26, but some review units have reportedly broken after just a few days of use.Bloomberg’s Mark Gruman tweeted on Wednesday that the interior, folding screen of his Galaxy Fold review unit was “completely broken and unusable” after two days. Now playing: Watch this: Comments YouTuber Marques Brownlee also took to Twitter to warn against removing the film. “PSA: There’s a layer that appears to be a screen protector on the Galaxy Fold’s display. It’s NOT a screen protector. Do NOT remove it,” he wrote, along with an image showing how he’d tried to take off the layer. “I got this far peeling it off before the display spazzed and blacked out. Started over with a replacement.” PSA: There’s a layer that appears to be a screen protector on the Galaxy Fold’s display. It’s NOT a screen protector. Do NOT remove it.I got this far peeling it off before the display spazzed and blacked out. Started over with a replacement. pic.twitter.com/ZhEG2Bqulr— Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) April 17, 2019 Epic Galaxy Fold unboxing: Samsung makes it count 99+ Samsung didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, but told Reuters in a statement that it’ll “thoroughly inspect these units … to determine the cause of the matter.” It also told the outlet that the Fold’s release schedule remained unchanged, despite the malfunction reports. Gurman went on to say the problem may have been caused in part by removing a layer of film. “The phone comes with this protective layer/film. Samsung says you are not supposed to remove it,” he tweeted.  “I removed it, not knowing you’re not supposed to (consumers won’t know either). It appeared removable in the left corner, so I took it off. I believe this contributed to the problem.” Samsungcenter_img 6:26 Share your voice Samsung says its phone “is manufactured with a special protective layer,” to cover the plastic Infinity Flex display. “It is not a screen protector – do not attempt to remove it,” Samsung says.CNET has been handling and reviewing the Galaxy Fold since Monday but hasn’t experienced any such screen issues. We didn’t remove the protective layer.Read: Why Galaxy Fold screens are having a meltdownThe $1,980 phone has two screens: a 4.6-inch one on the exterior that looks like a typical smartphone screen, and a second, folding screen on the interior that opens up to create a 7.3-inch display. It’s one of a number of foldable phones set to come on the market from manufacturers including Huawei and Motorola.The Verge’s Dieter Bohn also reported that the screen on his Galaxy Fold review unit broke after two days of normal use. A small bulge reportedly developed near the crease of the Galaxy Fold, eventually breaking the screen.CNBC’s Steve Kovach also shared video and images of the screen glitching, and Todd Haselton reported the outlet didn’t take off the protective layer. The screen on my Galaxy Fold review unit is completely broken and unusable just two days in. Hard to know if this is widespread or not. pic.twitter.com/G0OHj3DQHw— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) April 17, 2019 Originally published April 17, 11:54 a.m. PT.Updated April 18, 4:41 a.m. PT: Notes Samsung’s statement to Reuters. After one day of use… pic.twitter.com/VjDlJI45C9— Steve Kovach (@stevekovach) April 17, 2019 Tags Foldable Phoneslast_img read more

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Hailey Baldwin is frustrated by people trying to tear down her marriage

first_imgAround the same time, Selena Gomez’s former boyfriend posted a photo of the pair smiling and holding hands on Instagram, and wrote: “My wife is awesome” Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin have been married since September 2018InstagramHailey Baldwin has opened up about her marriage to Justin Bieber. The 22-year-old model revealed she does not understand why people want her and the Canadian singer’s relationship to fall apart so bad.During an interview with Cosmopolitan magazine, Hailey talked about the people who want to see them split. She said: “They just really want to see you fail, for whatever reason. I don’t know if it’s because they want to be able to say, ‘I told you so’ or because they want to be right, I don’t really know what the idea is behind trying to tear somebody’s relationship down, or person down, whatever it may be.””I guess it’s just kind of an evil world, at the core of it, and humanity is just struggling,” she added.Adding on, Hailey expressed her sadness over Justin’s young fans wanting their marriage to end. She shared: “The problem too is kids become possessive over people and feel like if they think they’re hurt, they feel hurt for them and they’re hurt too, or whatever it is. They just think they know these people who are famous because their life is so exposed.”She said: “What’s really weird to me is they create scenarios in their head of what they think is happening or what they think should happen, and I’m just like, ‘This is just so dumb. It’s so dumb.'”Justin and Hailey got married in September 2018 at a New York City courthouse, just two months after getting engaged. Fans of the celebrity pair got the confirmation that the couple have been married after the daughter of actor Stephen Baldwin changed her Instagram handle to Hailey Bieber.last_img read more

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64 rivers register rises 24 falls

first_img.Water levels in 64 river stations monitored by Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) have marked rises and 24 stations recorded falls, reports BSS.Among the 94 monitored water level stations, five are steady, a bulletin issued by FFWC said today.The Brahmaputra-Jamuna and Padma rivers are in steady state which may continue in next 24 hours.The Ganges river is in rising trend which may continue rising in next 72 hours.The major rivers of Upper Meghna basin in the North-Eastern region are in rising trend which may continue rising in the next 24 hours.A total of 250 mm rainfall was recorded during the last 24 hours ending at 6:00am today at Mohadevpur, 114mm at Lorergarh, 10 mm at Dinajpur, 95 mm at Narayanhat, 87 mm at Sunamganj and 75 mm at Moheshkhola, 72 mm at Teknaf, 68 mm at Barguna, 65 mm at Khulna and 59 mm at Jariajanjail.last_img read more

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20pc workers can form trade union draft law says

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina chairs cabinet meeting at Bangladesh secretariat on 3 September 2018. Photo: PIDThe cabinet on Monday approved in principle the draft of Bangladesh Labour Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 with more facilities for workers, reports UNB.The draft law also reduces the workers’ threshold to 20 per cent from the existing 30 per cent for forming trade unions.The approval was given at the weekly meeting of the Cabinet held at the secretariat with prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.Under the proposed law, the percentage of workers’ participation required for forming trade unions at factories will be reduced to 20 per cent from the existing 30 per cent, said cabinet secretary Md Shafiul Alam.The draft bill has been prepared and updated following the observation of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).”The amended law will be a labour-friendly one,” said the cabinet secretary.”Under the proposed law, no child will be allowed to work in factories. If anybody employs child workers then he or she will have to pay a fine of Tk 5,000,” he added.In the draft bill, the punishment of workers for violating laws has been reduced by 50 per cent while new facilities included for them.Under the draft law, the inspection for factories and establishment department has been upgraded to the level of directorate.The post of the chief inspector of the department is now inspector general, while deputy director general is additional inspector general, and the post of labour director has been upgraded to the rank of director general, Shafiul Alam said.Under the proposed law, he said, mentally and physically-challenged labourers cannot be employed in any risky works.According to section 47 of the draft, if any female worker gives birth to a baby before informing the authorities, she will get an 8-week leave within 3 days after informing the authorities. If the factory authorities do not allow her to go on leave, they will be fined Tk 25,000.Besides, if any worker does his or her duty during festival, he or she will get a two-day leave and wage for two days after the festival.Both owners and workers will be sentenced to one year jail with a fine of Tk 10,000 for misconduct, which was two years in the previous law.Section-195 of the draft law will be applicable for factory owners and section-196 for labourers and workers.In the draft law, the punishment for enforcing strike illegally has been reduced to six months from one year.In case of natural death, the family of the worker concerned will get Tk 200,000 as compensation, which was Tk100,000 in the previous law, and in the case of injury, they will get Tk 250,000, which is now Tk 125,000.last_img read more

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Asian tourism fair begins in Dhaka

first_img.The three-day 7th Asian Tourism Fair-2018 (ATF) began in the city on Friday to promote tourism industry of the country, reports UNB.Parjatan Bichitra in collaboration with Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation and Bangladesh Tourism Board arranged the fair at International Convention City, Bashundhara (ICCB) as part of celebrating the World Tourism Day 2018.Civil aviation and tourism minister AKM Shahjahan Kamal inaugurated the fair as the chief guest. The fair will remain open for all from 10:00am to 8:00pm till Sunday.Chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on civil aviation and tourism ministry Muhammad Faruk Khan attended the function as a special guest.BPC chairman Akhtaruzzaman Khan Kabir, BTB CEO Jahangir Hossain, ambassador of the Philippines Vicente Vivencio T Bandello and ambassador of Indonesia Rina P Soemarno and convener of the Asian Tourism Fair and editor of Parjatan Bichitra Mohiuddin Helal were also present.Around 120 stalls of different countries like India, Nepal, China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore apart from Bangladesh are taking part in the fair.Travel-loving people of Bangladesh are offered to buy many interesting packages to visit home and abroad.last_img read more

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