Cross border location to be major selling point in US, NW City Region say

first_imgThe North West City Region’s unique strategic cross border location will be one of the strong selling points for the seven companies from across the Donegal, Derry and Strabane Council areas that travel to the US next month as part of a high-level trade and investment delegation.The companies travelling from Donegal are EKO Chute, MMG Welding and Wild Fuschia Bakery while O’Neill’s International Sportswear, Humanity Cosmetics, Learning Pool and Visual Edge will also be taking part.The Trade and Investment mission will be led by Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Councils and will include third level and further education providers and development organisations including the Ulster University, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, the North West Regional College, Donegal ETB and Catalyst. The trade and investment mission will run from 11 to 15 November. It will build on the strong political, economic and cultural linkages already established in Boston and Philadelphia with the North West City region and will be an opportunity to further reach out to the Irish diaspora.Picture includes seven companies from across the Donegal, Derry and Strabane Council areas will travel to the US next month as part of a high-level trade and investment delegation. Front row: Sian McCann, Wild Fuschia Bakehouse; Eibhlin McGuinness, MMG Welding; Rob Rae, Littus Consulting; Ian Friel, Visual Edge and back row: Gerard Floyd, Humanity Cosmetics; Laverne O’Donnell, Derry City and Strabane District Council; Christopher Reid, Humanity Cosmetics; Francis Burns, Eko Chute.Speaking ahead of the visit and welcoming the confirmation of the seven local companies, An Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Nicholas Crossan said he welcomed the inclusion of local companies in the trade mission. He said it provided them with the support to make real, lasting and worthwhile business and networking links.“This trade mission has real potential to not only showcase Ireland NW as an investment location but it’s a fantastic opportunity for us to strengthen the educational, political, cultural and diaspora connections we have with the US.“This is a very successful and unique collaboration between the two Councils and partners. We have enjoyed much success to date with three trade missions to Boston and two to Philadelphia and 40 companies availing of the support to develop exports into a new market. “In addition to strengthening our cross border business networks and developing strong civic links with Boston and Philadelphia, the delegation have successfully signed a MoU with the City of Boston, a MoU with NWRC and Philadelphia Community College and a MoU between NWRC and State of PA.”Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Cllr Michaela Boyle said the visit was particularly timely for the companies and partners to promote the NW city region’s unique strategic cross border location.She said: “This trade mission is a real opportunity for us to focus on our strengths in terms of location, talent and skills and support. It is our chance to really sell our location to the business community in the US, by educating them to the fact that post Brexit they can locate in our region and access both the North of Ireland and the EU.“We will be very positive in our approach to emphasise to potential investors the strong selling points we have in terms of our location, our talented skills base, our cultural compatibility and quality of life.”During the visit, the participating businesses will meet with key contacts, explore and understand opportunities in the US market, develop in-market networks and develop relationships with potential customers. The civic delegation will engage with industry influencers and leaders, meet with Philadelphia Council and attend a Philadelphia Diaspora event. While in Boston they will visit the Irish Immigration Centre, meet State representatives at the State House and attend the official launch of the Harvard GSD Visit Atlas for a City Region project as well as engaging with senior business executives.In addition to attending bespoke business to business meetings and engaging with potential investors and business connections, the delegation will attend a reception hosted by the Irish Consulate in Boston and be guests at the Golden Bridges Conference.Last year, Joule, a locally based fire engineering consultancy business, was one of a number of companies that took part in the trade mission.The company’s founding director John McColgan says the trade visit was a fantastic opportunity to look at new markets in the United States and his company’s participation was a very positive experience. He said: “Our participation in the trade delegation was hugely beneficial to us in that it provided us with opportunities to research the implementation of both our consulting business in Fire Safety and the rolling out of our digital fire safety platform, TFS Compliance.It was the first time we participated in a trade mission and we really made the most of this opportunity by meeting new clients, customers, distributors and showcasing our expertise and services to the US market.“It was a fantastic opportunity for us to promote the consulting and technology solutions we offer and the way in which we can digitalise the management of fire safety in our clients’ portfolios. Thanks to the trade mission we have registered a company in the US, are at an advanced stage in the distribution of our digital fire safety platform in North America and maintained and built upon many of the contacts we made and we look forward to working with them in the near future.”The US trade mission takes place from 11-15 November and is funded by the Irish Government and the Executive Office.For more information on the trade mission visit www.irelandNW.com and follow the hashtag #IrelandNW19.Cross border location to be major selling point in US, NW City Region say was last modified: October 23rd, 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:Donegal County Councilnorth west city regionlast_img read more

Google with South African flair

first_imgDesré Buirski’s iGoogle designs feature the richly coloured shape of Africa on a dark brown background. (Image: iGoogle) Former president Nelson Mandela, wearing one of his trademark shirts, holds aloft the Fifa World Cup at the announcement that the tournament would take place in South Africa in 2010. (Image: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa) Images of the artists’ designs were projected onto buildings in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District on the launch night. (Image: Obscura Digital)Janine ErasmusThe Madiba shirt, a loose-fitting casual garment named for its most famous model, has become something of a fashion icon in South Africa and abroad. Desré Buirski is one of the designers responsible for the trend, having designed unique hand-painted silk shirts for former president Nelson Mandela since 1995. Now she has transferred her talents to the internet as one of more than 60 artists from around the world who were invited to design a theme for iGoogle.iGoogle is the personalised home page for users with a Google account. Users can customise it as they wish, adding weather, news, sport, recipes, calendars, horoscopes, reminders and other useful (or possibly not) applications to the page.Now iGoogle pages can be further decorated by adding an artist theme – Buirski’s design features rich earthy colours and a stylised map of Africa on several mastheads. The outline of Africa is appropriately filled in with a silk-like fabric design, and the masthead changes throughout the day with different parts of Africa showing up on the iGoogle page.Buirski is in distinguished company, joining renowned Australian designer Akira Isogawa, cartoonist and entertainer Rolf Harris of “Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport” fame, Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones, cyclist Lance Armstrong, actor Jackie Chan, Australian photographer Anne Geddes, known for her enchanting baby photos, rock group Coldplay and fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, among many others.All have contributed unique and innovative themes to the project, allowing users to appreciate their artistry every time they go online. Marissa Mayer, a vice president at Google and the company’s first female engineer, said, “Google has become the doorway to the internet for a lot of people, so we want to make it feel more like an online living room.”A personalised Google experienceGoogle launched its offering of personalised themes on 1 May 2008 in one of New York’s most fashionable neighbourhoods, the Meatpacking District located in Manhattan. Over the next three days Google promoted its new artistic venture with a large-scale open-air art show that involved projecting animated images onto the facades of buildings, including hotels and restaurants, in the district. The internet search company also provided a lounge with computer stations where visitors could try out the themes for themselves.Buirski, as one of the featured artists, was present at the launch and saw her African-inspired design projected across the Manhattan skyline in view of thousands of people. She was overwhelmed by the experience, saying, “First creating a design and then seeing it projected across the skyline of a city like New York is quite mind-blowing.”Besides the customised artist themes, there are many other themes available ranging from interesting while not necessarily practical, such as the theme which tracks sunlight as it moves across the face of the earth, to frivolous. Users also have the option of designing their own themes but some programming knowledge is required.South African role in iGoogle art themesGoogle has a localised South African site that allows internet users to search the whole web or restrict their search to local websites. SA country manager and IT authority, Stafford Masie, commented on Google’s commitment to making South African users’ internet experience, in terms of content as well as customisability, as interesting as that of any other user worldwide. He added that the local Google team was proud to have played an active role in the launch.“iGoogle allows Google users to choose the content that they’re interested in seeing. It’s an easy way to make the world’s information useful and accessible, straight from a landing page,” said Masie. “And users in South Africa and across the world can now give their Google homepage a truly South African touch.”This is not the first time that Google and South African innovation have come together. South African organisation Translate.org.za, which translates and localises open source software into South Africa’s 11 official languages, has had two of its products – Translate Toolkit and Pootle – included in the 2008 Google Summer of Code project. This is a collaborative programme that brings together students and mentors from 90 countries around the world to work during the US summer holidays on free open source software products, enhancing and modifying them.A Rainbow Nation fashion iconNelson Mandela gave new meaning to the word “casual” when he adopted the loose-fitting silk shirt as his personal symbol of style and wore it to even the most formal of events, in the presence of the world’s leaders, and to official functions. The Madiba tag is Mandela’s Xhosa clan name and is an honorary title adopted by elders of his clan.Buirski, who lived in the US for many years, was in Cape Town in February 1990. This was when Mandela stepped out of the gates of Victor Verster Prison in Paarl, Western Cape, as a free man after serving a 27-year prison term. She was inspired to create the free-flowing garment by the future president’s fresh and open approach to dialogue as he embraced the concept of the Rainbow Nation. She also resolved to return home to South Africa.Buirski created her first shirt in 1994 and managed to present it to one of Mandela’s bodyguards, who passed it on to the president. He wore it to the dress rehearsal of the opening of South Africa’s first democratic Parliament, thus setting a colourful fashion trend that has become instantly recognisable.Over the years Buirski has made more than 120 shirts for Mandela. The former president is widely admired – and sometimes criticised – for setting his own fashion rules, wearing what he feels comfortable in, and finding the stylish middle ground between Western formal wear and traditional African clothing. The revered statesman turns 90 in June 2008.Related storiesGoogle chooses SA code gurusUseful linksiGoogleGoogle South AfricaDesré Buirski’s iGoogle designThe Madiba shirtNelson Mandela’s biography at the Nobel Prize sitelast_img read more

Mitchell edges Nance Jr. to win slam dunk contest

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Galvez OK with ‘selective’ martial law in Mindanao01:29Police 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 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ “I wanted this so badly,” Mitchell said. “This is one of my favorite events of All-Star weekend. To not only be in it, but to win it, it’s crazy.”Before making his winning dunk, Mitchell peeled off his Jazz jersey and wore a vintage Carter jersey from the Toronto Raptors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMitchell — three inches shorter than the 6-foot-6 Carter — needed a score of 47 to beat Nance, and he got a 48 from the five judges: DJ Khaled, Mark Wahlberg, Chris Rock and Hall of Famers Julius Erving and Lisa Leslie.Nance, who was trying to win the contest 34 years after his father won it, had earned a perfect 50 with a dunk off a double alley-oop off the glass. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Mitchell advanced to the finals with a creative dunk in the first round that used his sister, Jordan, as well as Kevin Hart and the comedian’s son as props. For that dunk, Mitchell wore a Darrell Griffith Jazz jersey. Griffith participated in the first slam dunk contest in 1984.“I appreciate Kevin Hart coming out there and helping me out,” Mitchel said. “He’s my favorite comedian.”center_img John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES View comments LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 17: Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz competes in the 2018 Verizon Slam Dunk Contest at Staples Center on February 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFPRookie Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz put on a show in the slam dunk contest to cap off NBA All-Star Saturday.Mitchell edged Larry Nance Jr. by two points, sealing his victory with a close approximation of the 360-degree spin dunk that Vince Carter used to win the 2000 contest.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Asa Miller ranks 81st after Run 1 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Ottawa studies risk of pathogen transfers to wild sockeye from fish farms

first_imgVICTORIA – New research released by the federal government says there are minimal risks of farmed Atlantic salmon from British Columbia’s Discovery Islands transferring a deadly viral disease to wild sockeye making their way to the Fraser River.The Department of Fisheries and Oceans said Wednesday the findings are the first in a series of investigations to assess the risk of pathogen transfer associated with aquaculture activities to wild fish in the islands, which are near Campbell River on Vancouver Island.The department said management practices on fish health at the B.C. farms, including a vaccine that is 95 per cent effective, minimizes the risk.“This full detailed risk assessment is the first robust analysis that has ever been completed for examining population level effects of fish pathogen transfer from farmed fish to wild fish,” said Jay Parsons, the department’s director of aquaculture.The research was released as part of a science advisory report on Infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus, a disease that affects fish and trout raised in fresh and salt water.Parsons said the department will conduct risk assessments on nine other diseases known to impact farmed salmon.The risk assessments are part of the work it is doing to address recommendations in an October 2012 commission of inquiry report into the decline of sockeye salmon in the Fraser River.Justice Bruce Cohen made recommendations for improving the future sustainability of the fishery including placing a freeze on net-pen salmon farms in the Discovery Islands until September 2020.Cohen also said the Fisheries Department should prohibit farms in the area completely if it concludes the operations pose more than a minimal risk to Fraser River sockeye.The B.C. government announced Wednesday it will review fish processing plants to ensure waste materials from the operations do not affect wild salmon stocks.Jeremy Dunn of the B.C. Salmon Farmers Association said the industry welcomes both government reviews and will co-operate fully.The area around the Broughton Archipelago off northern Vancouver Island has been the site of ongoing protests at Atlantic salmon farms this year by Indigenous people who say they fear the loss of wild salmon populations.last_img read more

Horgan says takeover of Trans Mountain does not reduce risk of spill

first_imgHe says Ottawa’s decision to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline does not reduce the risk of a spill.The province is asking the Appeal Court whether it has the right to regulate the transportation of hazardous substances inside its borders.Horgan says the fact the pipeline is about to be owned by a federal Crown corporation doesn’t affect the case. VICTORIA, B.C. — The politician leading the charge against the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline says the fight will continue in court, regardless of who owns the project.British Columbia Premier John Horgan says the federal government’s decision to take over the pipeline from Kinder Morgan doesn’t change his government’s position and it will proceed with its reference case to the B.C. Court of Appeal.Horgan says the case was never about who owns the pipeline, but whether B.C. has the right to protect its environment from the impact of a bitumen spill.last_img read more

Gold prices dip for another week

first_imgNew Delhi: The slide in gold prices continued for yet another week, with the yellow metal losing Rs 600 to close at Rs 33,170 per ten grams at the bullion market, tracking a weak trend overseas amid tepid demand from local jewellers. Silver followed suit and ended lower due to reduced offtake by industrial units and coin makers. Market remained closed on Monday on account of Mahashivratri. Traders said sentiment remained downbeat on a weak trend overseas and strengthening of rupee against the dollar, making imports of gold cheaper. Meanwhile, the rupee ended the week at 70.14 against the US dollar at the interbank forex market. Globally, gold ended the week higher at USD 1,298.70 an ounce and silver at USD 15.31 an ounce in New York. Besides, diversion of funds to the rising equity market and fading demand from local jewellers and retailers at the end of the wedding season too fuelled the downtrend. In the national capital, gold of 99.9 per cent purity commenced the week on a weak note at Rs 33,450 and slipped further to hit a low of 33,070 per 10 grams, largely in sync with weak global cues and tepid demand from local jewellers. Thereafter, it staged a partial recovery after gold rebounded from multi-week lows in the global market on safe haven demand as investors fretted over increased signs of a global slowdown. It finally ended the week at Rs 33,170, showing a hefty fall of Rs 600. Gold of 99.5 per cent purity too fell by the same amount to end the week at Rs 33,000 per 10 grams. Sovereign, however, moved in a narrow range in limited deals and settled Rs 100 lower at Rs 26,400 per piece of eight grams. Tracking the movement in gold, silver too opened with sustained weakness at Rs 39,500 per kg and dropped further to a low of Rs 38,980 before settling at Rs 39,900, showing a marginal fall of Rs 50. However, silver weekly-based delivery finished higher by Rs 428 to Rs 38,728 per kg after touching a low of Rs 38,202 during the week. Silver coins too plunged by Rs 1,000 to Rs 80,000 for buying and Rs 81,000 for selling of 100 pieces in limited deals.last_img read more

Morocco Two Arrested For Flying RemoteControlled Helicopter Over Royal Residence

first_imgCasablanca – The last place you want your remote-controlled helicopter to fly over is a royal residence. A French and a Moroccan men were recently arrested after their remote-controlled helicopter was intercepted flying over the royal residence in Dar Bouazza, Casablanca.A Moroccan and a French citizen mobilized security services in Casablanca by sending their remote-controlled helicopter over the royal residence, all out of curiosity, according to daily Al Massae.After their flying toy was intercepted by security services, the two suspects were immediately arrested after they were found to hold its remote control. Police interrogation of the suspects, reports Al Massae, was anything but a customary one.Their remote-controlled helicopter was one-meter long and was equipped with a camera that filmed anything it flew over, according to the same source.Police interrogations of the two suspects aimed to determine whether the helicopter’s owners had been next to the royal residence or were intending to film what was inside it.According to Al Massae, the two suspects were subsequently released. Their helicopter, on the other hand, was confiscated and the memory card it contained was sent to a laboratory to verify whether it had recorded anything inside the royal residence.Yet, police investigations are still ongoing to determine the links between the French and the Moroccan.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

You cant sit here Ohio State honors POWMIA with an empty seat

A sign reading “YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN” in front of the POW-MIA seat at Ohio Stadium. Credit: @OhioStAthleticsIt’s a seat, but not any seat. Unlike other seats, which are meant to be sat in, no one will sit in it. Not on Saturday when the Ohio State football team opens its 2016 season against Bowling Green at Ohio Stadium. Not any on Saturday, or the week’s other six days. No, no one will ever sit in this seat, because this seat, it’s more than a seat. The seat is in the first row of section 3AA at the stadium. It’s in that section, surrounded by the some 100,000 frenzied other fans wearing Scarlet and Gray and the usual sliver of opposing fans wearing whatever colors of whatever team they support, that members of the ROTC program at Ohio State, donning their branch’s respective uniforms, sit during football games. This seat, unveiled for the first time Thursday, is black. It’s not for Buckeye fans. It’s not for opposing fans. It’s not for any of us. This stirring black seat is a memorial for the 92,000 American soldiers that are unaccounted since World War I, the war that was supposed to end all wars. If looking at the seat from the front, in the upper right-hand corner, it’s marked seat No. 1, for the 92,000. In the middle of the forever-empty seat’s back is the harrowing POW/MIA logo — the silhouette of a man’s head in the foreground, with a guard tower and a barbed-wire fence in the background. The rest of the seats at Ohio Stadium are mostly bleachers. The bottom rung, closest to the green astroturf, are steel gray. The ones beyond that are scarlet. That pattern — rows of gray, rows of scarlet, rows of gray — spiral upward until the stadium stops and the sky begins. Smattered throughout the vast stadium, disrupting that perfect scarlet-and-gray spiral, are scarlet chairs, for the season ticket holders. But on game day, what those seats look like, no one knows; it doesn’t matter. The seats in the stadium, whether it be for the meaningless spring scrimmage, the banal early-season matches versus weaker teams or the wintery late-season contests, are, it seems, always occupied.This POW-MIA seat will remain empty the entire season at Ohio Stadium. Credit: @OhioStAthleticsExcept this black seat will never be occupied. Though it has a backing like the scarlet chairs season-ticket holders sit in, this is quite literally one-of-a-kind. It shall always serve as a reminder that whatever a game’s outcome is, at the end of the day, it’s just sports, which are important, but not that important. On the gray railing in front of the empty black seat is a black rectangular plaque, with a thin-gray trim. In large gray font, it reads: “YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN.” Below, it continues: “Since World War I, more than 92,000 American soldiers are unaccounted for. This unoccupied seat is dedicated to the memory of these brave men and women and to the sacrifices each made in serving this country. God Bless You. God Bless America.” Sometime around noon on Saturday, the kicker for either Bowling Green or Ohio State will send a football flying through the blue September sky. Well over a 100,000 fans, wearing a collection of scarlet and gray, orange and brown, or their ROTC uniform, will leave their seats, making noise, as the game gets under way.But in the first row of section 3AA, there will be a tiny space where no noise is coming from, near the black seat, in which no one is sitting. read more

Nacho Novo says its luck to still be alive after surgery

first_imgRangers legend Nacho Novo said his surgeon told him he is lucky to still be alive after a life-threatening heart surgery.Novo, who collapsed during a football tournament in Berlin revealed that his surgeon told him how lucky he was to survive the same condition that claimed the lives of former Motherwell captain Phil O’Donnell and late Cameroon international Marc-Vivien Foe.Novo said, according to Daily Record:“It was terrible. Terrifying. I was in Germany all by myself when the doctor told me they were going to need to operate on my heart.”“What I immediately thought about was other players who had heart attacks and died instantly. I had the same condition.”Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“But being so fit helped to save me and I think I’ve recovered well. My heart had been working at just 30 per cent of capacity and now it’s up to 60 per cent.”“I’m fine now and growing stronger and stronger. My heart is stronger than most people’s now, so I’m happy with that. It was nice, though, because there were lots of messages from all over the world, including Celtic players.”“When something like that happens it’s good that everyone comes together – it helped me to keep fighting as well.”last_img read more