Donegal Association remembers their friend Gay Byrne at Annual Mass

first_imgA large crowd attended the Donegal Association Annual Mass on Sunday, 10th of November in the Bonnington Hotel, Dublin.Many friends of the association attended the mass and it was lovely to have the 2018 Donegal Person of the Year Jason Black present on the evening.Jason brought up a candle in memory of Gay Byrne who was a long-standing friend of our association and attended many of our Gala Balls and read the citation at the first Donegal Person of the Year function. Each year the association hold a mass to remember deceased family and friends of the Donegal Association. The mass was concelebrated by Fr. Maurice McGill and Fr. Michael McCullagh.Family and friends of the deceased brought forward candles in their memory. After the mass those present were given an opportunity to catch up with family and friends. We thank those who came along and contributed to making our mass the special evening that it was.Final Call for Nominations for Donegal Person of the Year!A final reminder that the closing date for the receipt of nominations for Donegal Person of the Year is the 30th of November. Any individual or group of people may submit a nomination. The person nominated should be from Donegal and have made a significant contribution to the promotion of the county at local, national, or international level.Nominations should set out the reasons for the nomination and may include supporting documentation and endorsements from individuals and groups. Nominations may be submitted to [email protected] or you can send your nomination directly to us by letter at The Donegal Association, 33, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2.Upcoming EventOn Thursday, 28th of November we are having a Christmas Gathering in conjunction with Donegal G.A.A. in the Harcourt Hotel. The new Donegal G.A.A. Jersey and the Win Your House in Dublin Fundraising Draw will be launched at 7pm and 9pm on the night. Everyone welcome from 5.30pm. Looking forward to seeing you there.Donegal Association remembers their friend Gay Byrne at Annual Mass was last modified: November 11th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:donegalDublin AssociationGay Byrnemasslast_img read more

SA’s budding biotech industry

first_img5 January 2004By international standards, South Africa’s budding biotechnology industry is small. But a national audit has found that the industry has “enormous potential” for growth and investment.The audit, funded by the department of science and technology and the Egoli BIO Life Sciences Incubator, indicates that South Africa has a “pipeline of potential new products and processes in the research and development stage”.It identifies 106 companies participating in biotechnology activities, 47 of which are classified as “core” biotechnology companies solely involved in biotech enterprises.“The fact that there are already 47 biotech companies that have established themselves with very little support gives SA the basis on which to build a much bigger industry”, Bioventures chief executive Heather Sherwin told Business Day newspaper. Bioventures is South Africa’s only biotechnology venture capital fund.The audit found that total spending on biotechnology research and development exceeded R290-million during 2002, while revenues for 48% of products and services in the local biotechnology industry came to R368-million during the same period.A global audit by Ernst & Young found that there were about 600 publicly traded biotechnology companies worldwide at the end of 2002, with a research and development expenditure of US$22-billion. The firms reported revenues of $41.3-billion.Sherwin says it is likely to be some time before local biotech firms start listing on the AltX exchange – SA’s new parallel market for small- and medium-sized companies – let alone on the JSE Securities Exchange main board. According to Sherwin, biotech companies need to have an operating profit greater than R8-million before they can list on AltX. She says only 20% of SA biotech firms have revenue in excess of R10-million.One successful biotech venture is Cape Town-based Synexa Life Sciences. The company specialises in the production of complex “molecular tools that help elucidate the cellular mechanisms that cause disease, enabling the development of new therapeutics.”Synexa chief executive Justin Devine says the creation of a successful biotech company is driven by passion, planned convergence of a world-class team, and products/services that hold a sustainable competitive advantage. “In the right combination, these factors will attract funding at the right time”, he says.Paul Abrahams, chief executive of eGoli BIO, says early stage financing opportunities for local biotech companies are available but are extremely limited because biotechnology is “one of the most difficult industries to understand and therefore perhaps the riskiest”.South Africa also does not currently have a network of “angel investors” – like in the United States – who have deep pockets and are prepared for high-risk and potentially high returns.The challenge, according to the audit, is to take advantage of the opportunities for the development of niche markets in which South African stakeholders can compete on a global scale.This can be facilitated by creating an “enabling environment” that allows stakeholders to maximise the benefit derived from the potential of biotechnology, while minimising the possible risks to the environment and human health.Abrahams advises biotech start-ups to:Understand the perceptions of seed capitalists.Be prepared for scepticism – SA investors are conservative.Explain the biotechnology venture fully to potential investors.Have outstanding management capabilities within the company – not only as scientists.Secure a large and growing market.Have products/services that can be bought to market to generate some income.Have technological backup to give the project a sustainable competitive advantage.Protect intellectual property.BiopadSouth Africa’s bid to commercialise biotechnology recently received a shot in the arm when the government allocated R250-million over two years towards the Biotechnology Partnership for Africa’s Development (Biopad).In addition, the department of science and technology allocated R400-million for the establishment of three regional Biopad biotechnology innovation centres, in accordance with its national biotechnology strategy. The first centre was launched in Johannesburg in March this year. The others will be in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.Biopad was initiated earlier this year as a collective response, by a community of biotechnologists and other professionals, to the challenges posed by the varied needs of the region and the continent.According to the Biopad website, the aim of the initiative is to put South Africa among the world leaders in the application of biotechnology, in so doing “stimulating economic development, contributing to job creation, and building world-class skills and technology platforms to sustain and continue development”.Through a close relationship created between the eGoli BIO incubator, small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) are nurtured and prepared for commercialisation. External professionals with expertise in finances, marketing, management and business are used to assist the SMMEs.The centres will serve as nuclei for the development of biotechnology platforms, from which a range of businesses offering new products and services can be developed. The centres will promote research and development, entrepreneurial services, technology, intellectual property management and business incubation.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Maximizing anhydrous ammonia applications

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers are under the gun right now to reduce production costs for 2017. This has ramifications wide and far-reaching for farm operations and the companies that serve them. One trend that Verdesian Life Sciences is predicting is a potential uptick in anhydrous ammonia use by farmers due to the fact that it’s the lowest-cost nitrogen source. And, as you know, anhydrous continues to be the nitrogen source of choice for many farmers in the Corn Belt.While picking the right chemical to use is one key part of the equation, making you get the full benefit from that chemical is another part. This is where NutriSphere-NH3® comes in. NutriSphere-NH3 from Verdesian is a new product specifically designed to protect nitrogen applied as anhydrous ammonia from being lost through nitrification when applied using the SureFire Ag Systems equipment.The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins gets more information from Dr. Darin Lickfeldtlast_img read more

Get Ready for Honeycomb Apps: Full Android 3.0 SDK Available Now

first_imgTags:#Android#mobile Google has just announced the availability of the full SDK (software development kit) for Android 3.0, the tablet-optimized version known as “Honeycomb.” The updated SDK Tools component is now available for download from here and the Android Development Tools (ADT) plugin is here.Why is this news so exciting? Because it means that the Android 3.0 APIs (application programming interfaces) are now final. Or, more simply put, it means that Honeycomb-ready Android applications can now be published to the Android Market.According to the news from the official Android Developers blog, the release includes updates to the SDK Tools and ADT Plugin for Eclipse, specifically. The highlights here are:UI Builder improvements in the ADT Plugin:New Palette with categories and rendering previews. (details)More accurate rendering of layouts to more faithfully reflect how the layout will look on devices, including rendering status and title bars to more accurately reflect screen space actually available to applications.Selection-sensitive action bars to manipulate View properties.Zoom improvements (fit to view, persistent scale, keyboard access) (details).Improved support for layouts, as well as layouts with gesture overlays.Traceview integration for easier profiling from ADT. (details)Tools for using the Renderscript graphics engine: the SDK tools now compiles .rs files into Java Programming Language files and native bytecode.More information on this release is available via the Android Developers site.Although you have to run Honeycomb on your device in order to take advantage of the new Android 3.0 apps, there are already some interesting hacks out there that are seeing Honeycomb ported to non-tablet, non-3.0 mobile phones. For example, here’s a Honeycomb port to the Nexus One, courtesy of the XDA Developers, of course. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces sarah perezlast_img read more

The Hustler’s Playbook: Energy Is Critical

first_imgThere is one critical ingredient necessary to hustling and producing. If you have this ingredient (and many don’t), you will have a distinct competitive advantage. If you are lacking it, you will quickly find yourself among the non-hustlers. That one ingredient is energy.Physical EnergyYou need physical energy to hustle. Your capacity for work is determined by how much energy you have. The more energy you have, the greater your potential for work.Some hustlers are born hard-wired with endless physical energy. They have what seems like an never-ending power supply that allows them go longer than almost anyone else. You’re lucky if you are one of them.Most hustlers have to be smarter and manage their energy. They have to focus on creating a system for creating and recovering physical energy. They manage their diet, their exercise, their sleep, and their stress. The strict discipline they apply to their lifestyle is an insurance policy they take to make certain they have the physical energy to produce.Non-hustlers lack energy. They move slow and accomplish little because they lack the physical energy necessary to do better.Mental and Emotional EnergyThere is another kind of energy you need if you are going to hustle (and if you are here, you are going to hustle, aren’t you?). That is emotional energy.It takes mental energy to think. Thinking well is the hardest work you will ever do. The very act of hustling presents you with hundreds of challenges, problems, obstacles, and roadblocks. Whatever your business is, you have to find a way to produce results when those results are difficult to produce. Mental energy is what allows you to find a way where there are no maps, no directions, and no clear path before you.You need emotional energy too. While you are building your dream, you are going to experience setbacks. There are going to be times when your world is turned upside down or when you go backwards. Your emotional energy is what allows you to move forward. Hustling requires that you manage your emotional state.The non-hustler lacks the mental and emotional energy necessary to hustle (even though they could develop it if they chose to).Energy is the currency of hustling, not money. Manage your physical, mental, and emotional states so you can manage your energy. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

For Bulls, blockbuster trade is all about direction

first_imgThey are counting on LaVine to work his way back from a torn ACL in his left knee, for Dunn to improve on a disappointing rookie season after being drafted No. 5 overall and for the 7-foot Markkanen to make a smooth transition to the NBA with his sweet shot.“I’m feeling really good,” said LaVine, who was averaging 18.9 points when he was injured in February. “I’m attacking this injury like I do everything in life, working my butt off for it every day, in the gym and doing as much as possible. There’s always that base timeline of 9-12 months with it. I feel like with my ability I’m able to come back early. But I really haven’t set a timetable for that. I’m very confident that I’ll come back better.”Agent Bill Duffy said LaVine is “definitely ahead of schedule” and called him the “consummate workaholic.”“But on the other hand, you’ve got to kind of mitigate his progress because he’s eager to be at the (practice) facility,” he added. “We’re going to have to put the brakes on at some point.”Dunn, meanwhile, acknowledged a difficult rookie season under coach Tom Thibodeau. He didn’t live up to the hype that accompanied him from Providence. He gets another chance with the Bulls, who tried getting him and LaVine a year ago for Butler.Dunn described last season as a “roller coaster ride.” But he also credited Thibodeau, the former Bulls coach.“He helped me become a professional,” Dunn said. “He loves players that love to work. He made sure all his guys are always in the gym working hard, attacking every day, trying to improve each day. Just keep learning the game. Tom really helped me be a pro.”Markkanen, who shot 49.2 percent from the field and 42.3 from 3-point range in his lone season at Arizona, sees his offense translating to the NBA. His defense needs work.“I’m going to work on that,” he said. “I know I’m going to get better when I put the work in.” What ‘missteps’? Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games PBA Finals ‘far from over,’ says Beermen’s Austria Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Chicago Bulls seventh overall draft pick Lauri Markkanen, left, Kris Dunn, center, and Zach Lavine, pose for a photo at the NBA basketball team’s training facility, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Chicago. Dunn and Levine was acquired by the Bulls from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Jimmy Butler and this year’s No. 16th overall pick, Justin Patton. (AP Photo/G-Jun Yam)CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls set a clear direction by trading All-Star Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves on draft night last week.The Bulls had plenty of people talking after they traded one of the NBA’s top two-way players for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and No. 7 overall pick Lauri Markkanen, three newcomers who were introduced at a news conference on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken “I’m excited about what the environment in this building is going to be like going forward,” Paxson said. “I’m not worried about perception. We understand this could take time, it’s a process. But as long as these kids can play hard and compete our fans will appreciate them, and we’ll get better.”There was plenty of room for the Bulls to improve after last season.They made the playoffs on a tiebreaker after missing out the previous season, then put up a fight against Boston before bowing out in the first round.Only once since the Michael Jordan era has Chicago advanced to the Eastern Conference finals, losing to LeBron James and the Miami Heat in 2011. Derrick Rose tore the ACL in his left knee in the playoff opener against Philadelphia the following year, and the Bulls haven’t been a serious championship threat since then.The Bulls sorely needed more shooting and athleticism if Hoiberg’s offense was going to work the way they hoped, and they believe they are on their way.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage 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 View comments World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bulls vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said debating which team got the better end of the deal is “the wrong way to look at it” at the moment.“We’ve defined our direction,” he said. “We made the playoffs (eight of nine) years. Wasn’t good enough. We have to now reset what we’re about.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Bulls added three players to the mix who are 23 or younger. They believe they are starting to build a team that fits coach Fred Hoiberg’s pace-and-space offensive system as he heads into his third season.They see a promising core that can help lay the foundation for bigger things. And they’re not too concerned about what others think.last_img read more