Up to 200 new jobs confirmed for Letterkenny

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Facebook Up to 200 new jobs confirmed for Letterkenny Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson The US health insurer UnitedHealth Group is to expand its operation in Letterkenny with the creation of 200 new jobs.The announcement, made this morning, is supported by the Irish Government with the aid of IDA.The Minneapolis-based health insurer currently employs 340 people in IT and medical claims processing at its Letterkenny site.Managing Director of UnitedHealth, Pádraig Monaghan says today’s announcement is a testimony to the quality of staff already employed by the company:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/JOBSpadm1p1.mp3[/podcast]Joe McHugh heads up the IDA in Donegal – he says foreign companies are performing very will in County Donegal:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/JOBSmchug1pm.mp3[/podcast]Tanaiste Mary Couglan attended today’s launch – the Minister for Education says improved infrastructure and access to the northwest is key to announcements like today’s:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/JOBSmary1pm.mp3[/podcast] LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Pinterest By News Highland – July 15, 2010 Twitter Previous articleSwitzerland motorcycle crash victim namedNext articlePriest warns of fragility of life as funerals continue in Inishowen News Highland WhatsApp Google+ Google+ Pinterest Newsx Advertslast_img read more

Gov. DeSantis Gives Coronavirus Update at Orlando Hair Salon

first_imgHe continued, We’re adding Sarasota/Bradenton drive-thru site, Naples/Fort Myers drive-thru site, and then a hybrid drive-thru and walk-up site at the Miami Beach Convention Center. So you’re actually going to have more opportunities if you want to test, because we just feel — if you’re putting people back to work and maybe a worker has some symptoms, they’re hopefully in these communities — an easy way to do it.”DeSantis spoke with hair stylists at the OhSoooJazzy Hair Salon in Orlando, telling them that haircuts and manicures could soon return if barber shops and salons use safety measures.Among the ideas to make that happen are barbers and clients wearing gloves and masks, closing waiting areas, and having clients stay in their cars until they receive a text message to come in.“I am confident that it’s not just a matter of ‘if,’ (it’s) just a matter of ‘when,’ but we’ve got to make sure it is safe and sound,” said DeSantis.He did not indicate whether salons would be allowed to reopen everywhere in Florida or if they would be limited to areas outside the virus’ epicenter of Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties, which makes up about 60 percent of the state’s cases and deaths.DeSantis announced last week that the state will reopen Monday, May 4, with the exception of heavily-hit Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.At least 1,364 Florida residents have died from COVID-19, as of Saturday.Palm Beach County: 3,080 cases-195 deaths-Men: 1,516, Women: 1,502-474 hospitalizationsBroward County: 5,257 cases-204 deaths-Men: 2,605, Women: 2,522-1,044 hospitalizationsMiami-Dade County: 12,632 cases-367 deaths-Men: 6,506, Women: 5,971-1,651 hospitalizations Gov. Ron DeSantis on Saturday discussed Florida’s efforts to battle the coronavirus at a hair salon in Orlando.“As of last night, Florida had 581 COVID patients in the ICU statewide,” he said. “That’s the lowest we’ve had in a month, and for a state of almost 22 million people, that’s obviously a very, very small number of patients.”DeSantis also talked about the increase of testing availability in the state.“We’ve tested almost 420,000 people now in the state of Florida,” he said. “We have the seven drive-thru sites that have been operating for a while, including the one in the Orange County Convention Center, but we’re adding Pensacola, which had a soft open yesterday, large open today.”last_img read more

Syracuse’s Ennis gets phone call from VP Joe Biden

first_imgSyracuse’s Tyler Ennis (11) shoots 3-pointer between Pittsburgh’s Cameron Wright (3) and Josh Newkirk, left, in the final second of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Freshman point guard Tyler Ennis of top-ranked Syracuse is basking in some praise after his game-winning shot against Pittsburgh.Vice President Joe Biden called Ennis on Thursday to congratulate him on his “amazing 35-foot buzzer beater” that kept the Orange unbeaten. The vice president’s office tweeted a photograph of Biden at his desk while on the phone with Ennis. Biden received his law degree from Syracuse University.Ennis took an inbounds pass with 4.4 seconds left on Wednesday night, dribbled into Pittsburgh territory and split two defenders before launching a high, arcing shot that swished as time expired. It gave Syracuse a 58-56 victory, a school-record 24th win in a row.last_img read more

Reaching for great goals after Youthreach

first_imgTwo local students are plotting their paths to college degrees after gaining an educational boost-up from Donegal ETB’s Youthreach programme.Jessica McMonagle (21) and Callum Hall (19) both completed the Youthreach education,  training and work experience programme after school didn’t quite work out the way they had planned. They used the two-year programme as a stepping stone into third level. Now, they are both on the Access Programme at LYIT and are looking forward to progressing into their dream courses next year. Youthreach is one of the many Further Education and Training (FET) programmes offered by Donegal ETB’s FET Service. Young people aged 16-20 who left school early and obtained little or no qualifications can benefit from the programme.Students gain a range of national Level 3 and 4 Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) awards during the programme, which are on the same level at the Junior and Leaving Certificates.Jessica and Callum both decided to do the Youthreach programme in the Lifford centre.Former Youthreach students Jessica McMonagle and Callum HallJessica, who is from Lifford, did not get the results she wanted from the Leaving Cert. When she turned 18, she applied for Youthreach and now has the results she needs as she works towards starting a Childcare degree. “Childcare is all I want to do,” Jessica told Donegal Daily. “I’m looking at a course here in LYIT next year.”Callum, who is from Coleraine, moved to Donegal after obtaining his GSCEs. “I never had a plan,” he said, “but I know I want to study something artistic or go into animation.” During Youthreach, students explore a wide variety of subjects including arts and crafts, computers, childcare, hairdressing, office skills, woodcraft and personal development. Jessica said she gained great insights from the work experience element: “I went to a playschool in Lifford, it was brilliant. I stayed with them for a month in July too, I loved it.” Meanwhile, Callum learned from his work experience in a cafe and convenience store.Looking back on the programme, Jessica said that the fun trips and events really stood out for her: “The summers at Youthreach are brilliant. During June we went to different places, we walked the Stairway to Heaven and climbed Errigal.”The learning element is not like school, the students said.  “The tutors and group are like a family. They don’t treat you like you’re in school, they treat you like a friend,” Jessica said.Callum added that he liked the way the course was assessed: “Instead of exams we had continual assessment and briefs every couple of days.”Callum recommends the course for young people who are not suited to school-style learning: “I would recommend it to people who go for the right reasons. For people who maybe had trouble in school and still want their qualifications. Youthreach lets you do it in a different way.”The course also provides a weekly training allowance to support students on the full-time programme.Jessica added that she gained more than certificates in the end: “It helped me with my confidence. I think it is a great base.”Both students found out about the LYIT’s Access course through their Youthreach guidance counsellor, Lochlainn McCool, who helped them apply for their next step.“Lochlainn helped us with everything to get us here,” Callum said.Thanks to Youthreach, both Callum and Jessica, and some of their former Youthreach classmates, are enjoying the beginnings of college life at LYIT and looking ahead to seizing more opportunities in the year to come.Donegal’s six Youthreach centres are now enrolling. If you, or someone you know, is thinking about joining the programme, you can find more information at this link: http://www.donegaletb.ie/schools-youth-services/youthreach/.You can also call the Youthreach Centres on the following numbers:Ballyshannon (Aidan) – 071 98 51286Buncrana/Glengad (Jayne) – 074 93 62626Gortahork (Caitriona) – 074 91 35218Letterkenny (Gillian) – 074 91 22585Lifford (Aidan) – 074 91 42114Check us out online!Facebook: DonegalYouthreachTwitter @DonegalYRYouTube: Donegal Youthreach ProgrammeYouthreach is co-funded by the Government of Ireland, the European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.Reaching for great goals after Youthreach was last modified: November 4th, 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:careersCollegeDonegal ETBeducationfurther educationlyit accessYOUTHREACHlast_img read more

Sun as a Star: How Does It Compare?

first_imgNot too many years ago, our sun was described as a common, ordinary star.  More recently, the Type G2 Dwarf Main-Sequence class, of which Ol Sol is a member, is believed to comprise only 5% of all stars.  An important paper in Astrophysical Journal is now revealing that the sun is special within its class: it is unusually quiet and steady.    O. R. White, L. Wallace, and W. Livingston have just published results of a 32-year study of sunlight at the McMath Solar Observatory at Kitt Peak, Arizona.1  Even thought 32 years represents a third of a century, and half a percent of recorded history, it is rare to have a continuous data set for such a long period.  Now ready to retire from this long experiment, they discussed what they found.  Most of the paper describes details of particular spectral lines and how they vary with the 11-year solar cycle: doubly-ionized calcium lines, for instance, show clear oscillations.  Some spectral lines, from deeper within the sun’s photosphere (visible “surface”), show almost no variation.  They conclude that the deeper regions of the sun are immune from being heated by the cyclic rise and fall of magnetic disturbances.  This means the sun’s energy output is remarkably stable.    How our sun compares with other stars was discussed briefly.  “Some of our results,” they said, “… will be of interest to stellar astronomers.” It is again of interest in a stellar context to compare our mean H + K index values for the center disk with that of solar-type stars, particularly stars that may be considered Maunder-minimum candidates.2  Our mean center disk value could be indicative of the values to expect in especially quiescent stars, or even in the Sun during prolonged episodes of relatively reduced activity, as appears to have occurred during the Maunder minimum period.Astrophysicist M. S. Giampapa compared the integrated results with comparable stars.  The amount of variation in solar output was “about 10% less than the seasonal mean values, as measured over several seasons of observation, for even the most quiet solar-type stars,” he wrote.  “In any event, our mean center disk value in comparison with stellar observations appears to be representative of ‘immaculate photospheres,’ with little in the way of magnetic-field-related nonradiative heating.”3    In plain English, this means our sun is quiet and well behaved.  The cycles of magnetic energy that cause sunspots and flares somehow escape through the photosphere without heating the surface, resulting in a “solar constant” of energy output – constant, that is, compared with other G2 stars.  The discussion summarizes the finding: “Converted to stellar S [a normalized spectral measurement for all stars], the center disk Sun resides at a position of minimum activity, as found for the most quiescent solar-type stars.”    This has been a career-long project for the researchers.  “In summary, what have 30 years of spectral observations told us about the physical Sun?”  The solar constant varies only 0.06% both on short and long terms.  “That behavior has basically continued over the entire observational period, with no indication of cycle modulation or secular change.  We conclude that the basal quiet photosphere is constant in temperature within our observational error,” they said.1O. R. White, L. Wallace, W. Livingston, and M. S. Giampapa, “Sun-as-a-Star Spectrum Variations 1974-2006,” Astrophysical Journal, 657:1137-1149, 2007 March 10, 2007.2The Maunder Minimum was an unusual period of almost no sunspots from 1645-1715.  Maunder-minimum candidate stars would be those in a similar quiescent state.  Since telescopes were first trained on the sun, sunspot number has risen and fallen in a familiar 11-year cycle except for that 70-year period.  (There is a 22-year period superimposed on the 11-year cycle in which the polarity of the magnetic field reverses.)3Most of the sun’s heat comes from radiation.  An example of non-radiative heating would be the excitation of the sun’s photosphere from magnetic energy.  This apparently is not happening on the sun; the magnetic energy escapes between the granules.Congratulations to this team for their perseverance and steadfastness in achieving one of the longest data-gathering experiments in astrophysics.  In science, there is no substitute for data.  Speculation is cheap.  Carl Sagan used to yarn on about how ordinary is our neighborhood in the universe: “We live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star, lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe,” la-de-da-de-da-zzz.  Sounds so scientific till you look at the details.  Yes, there are other solar-type stars, but one in this class that is this quiet and constant now appears to be a rarity.  Combine that with all the other factors that make our world habitable, and it really does look more and more like we live on a Privileged Planet.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Art as Propaganda for Evolution

first_imgShould a scientific theory be propagated by appeal to scientific evidence, or by appeal to emotions through visualization?  Nature this week contained two articles that shamelessly praised art as propaganda for evolution.  Surprisingly, one of them mentioned Charles Darwin as someone “at the cutting edge of visualization.”Endless Forms:  Carl Zimmer reviewed an exhibit currently at the Yale Center for British Art, Endless Forms: Charles Darwin, Natural Science and the Visual Arts.1  The title is taken from the last sentence in the Origin where Darwin said that endless forms most beautiful are being evolved from so simple a beginning.  Zimmer said that in the 19th century, “artists shaped the way scientists saw nature, and thought deeply about how science changed the nature of art.”    The exhibit examines the history of art as Darwinism was overtaking traditional religious beliefs.The exhibit does a good job of showing how differently people saw the world at the dawn of the nineteenth century.  Nature was replete with signs of divine design.  A painting of Noah’s flood was considered historical art.  Yet Darwin was able to learn a great deal from art of this time, whether he was studying illustrations of geological formations or marvelling at the paintings of French�American naturalist John James Audubon, who Darwin met as a teenager.   As Darwin developed as a scientist, he made some modest art of his own.  On his journeys in South America, he painted the rock strata of the Andes in watercolour.  On his return to the United Kingdom, he began to scribble odd little tree diagrams in his notebooks – a visual expression of his great epiphany that species are related through common descent.  Darwin worked closely with artists to illustrate his books.  This may surprise readers of On the Origin of Species – a book with a single illustration showing the branching of species.  But his other books were lavishly illustrated….    Darwin was at the cutting edge of visualization.  His 1872 work The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals was one of the first books ever to be illustrated with photographs – including pictures of faces distorted by electric currents, produced by the work of French physician Guillaume Duchenne.Zimmer claims that Darwin did not use pictures merely to illustrate ideas, but to investigate them.  For instance, “the very notion of beauty was something Darwin wanted to explain: the beauty of orchids actually masked a complex contrivance for getting pollen onto insects; the beauty of an Argus pheasant’s feathers was the result of sexual selection.”  Artists, in sympathetic vibration, paid attention to Darwin.  “They replaced sentimental scenes of nature with bleaker portraits of the struggle for survival.”    Zimmer was glad the exhibit did not shy away from difficult subjects.  “….some [artists] wrongly took it [evolution] as justification to elevate whites over other races, cloaking their freak-show voyeurism in the guise of anthropology.” Why Zimmer gives the exhibit “great credit” for this was not explained.  Is he glad that the dark side of evolutionary thinking is being exposed?Scopes Cartoons:  Another article by Michael Hopwood in Nature “applauds an account of how US scientists used images to counter creationism and promote public understanding of evolution in the 1920s.”2  Sure enough, artists during the Scopes trial, rather than being scorned for misleading the public, are praised in this book review of God – or Gorilla: Images of Evolution in the Jazz Age by Constance Areson Clark (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008):God – or Gorilla hints at a larger clash of visual cultures between modernists and fundamentalists: Neanderthals versus Adam and Eve, church frescoes depicting ascent from protozoa against a ‘picturable God’.  That would be a great topic for further research, which would need to pay religious icons more attention, but this highly readable book is valuable as it stands.  It is also timely.  The 1920s shaped pictures of evolution, and of evolutionary debate, that are still in our heads.  As biologists work with illustrators to communicate science, and creationists attack textbook icons,3 it is helpful to reflect on the struggles of that decisive decade.Hopwood thus identified the evolutionist imagery as useful to science, whether or not it was accurate.  Clark, for instance, said “Cartoons played on images of the Scopes ‘monkey trial’, and people joked about missing links.”  In museums, tree diagrams and misleading sequences like the fossil horse series were presented as “unvarnished facts.”  Hopwood did not condemn any of this.  For instance, he disparaged the attempts of Henry Fairfield Osborn to imply that evolution was compatible with religion.  “This theistic evolutionism repelled secular scientists and fundamentalist Christians alike, but was often presented as the scientific consensus.”  Hopwood seems to imply that the scientific consensus allows no such accommodation – it must be anti-religious and materialistic. 1.  Carl Zimmer, “Drawing from Darwin,” Nature 458, 705 (9 April 2009) | doi:10.1038/458705a; Published online 8 April 2009.2.  Nick Hopwood, “A clash of visual cultures,” Nature 458, 704-705 (9 April 2009) | doi:10.1038/458704a; Published online 8 April 2009.3.  This seems to be a direct reference to Icons of Evolution by Dr. Jonathan Wells (Regnery, 2000).Visualization is one of several pedagogical aids that can enlighten or propagandize, depending on how it is used.  There’s nothing intrinsically wrong with cartoons, simplified illustrations, and diagrams if they illuminate the truth.  However, wrong inferences can be made – such as Darwin’s photos of people expressing emotion being used to infer they inherited these capabilities from apes.  Art and visualization can distract, mislead, mischaracterize, or create emotional responses in lieu of scientific evidence.  Darwinists have been very skilled at this propaganda since their master wrote his materialist manifesto.  They should be scorned, not praised, for pretending that peppered moths prove humans had bacteria ancestors, or for piecing together unrelated fossils into a story of evolutionary progression.  Awareness of the danger of visualization is the best defense, and the best offense is to unmask it as propaganda.  Truth needs illumination, not varnish.(Visited 149 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The Parts List for Hearing

first_imgMake Like a BatIf you have good high-frequency hearing, you can use echoes to “see” your way around with sound, like a bat does. Researchers at the University of Southampton found that the high-frequency response gives the best results. This is a way blind people can compensate for loss of sight by leveraging the precision audio response of the ears.Bats, like dolphins, use biosonar for locating food. A paper in PNAS describes how they adjust the gape of their mouth to act as a zoom lens when they emit clicks. The prey have their ways for fighting back. Another paper in PNAS says that hawkmoths emit ultrasound to “jam” the bats’ sonar. The article claims that this jamming ability evolved separately two times in the moths.Update 5/13/15: Science Daily says that eardrums evolved independently in mammals and reptiles/birds; “convergent evolution can often result in structures that resemble each other so much that they appear to be homologous,” the evolutionist says.Ignore the evolutionary stories (good grief, convergent evolution again). Focus on the main thing: Ears are amazingly intricate organs. Talk about irreducible complexity! Imagine Darwinian luck getting even two proteins to work together, let alone 300 to a thousand. Look at the illustration. As elegant and lovely as it is, it would be useless without an even more complex brain able to receive the electrical impulses and interpret them.Things this complex, with such high performance specifications, do NOT just happen. The design is so over-the-top beautiful and functional, why do we even pay attention to mere humans who make up stories, saying it evolved? Get real; get intelligent design science. Image: Courtesy of Nelson Kiang, MEE(Visited 178 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Want to hear what goes on when you hear sounds? Hair cells wave in the fluid, responding to specific frequencies, and hundreds of proteins go into action.Talk about splitting hairs. Harvard Medical School begins a press release with some gee-whiz facts about the hair cells involved in hearing:For balance, five separate patches of hair cells sense movement and tell the brain where the head is in space while translating the pull of gravity.For hearing, a five cell-wide ribbon of 16,000 hair cells spirals inside the cochlea, the snail-shaped structure where hair cells vibrate in response to sound waves. Every cycle of sound waves sends microscopic cilia on the tips of these cells back and forth, riding a trampoline of cells suspended between two fluid-filled spaces.The movement opens pores in the cells, allowing electrical current to flow inside.  This conversion of mechanical to electrical signals sends nerve impulses to the brain, which then “hears” the sound.In their efforts to understand the causes of hereditary deafness, researchers at HMS have tried to first identify a “parts list” of players. Working with mice, they have identified about 300 genes involved in hearing so far, but they think only one-third of proteins are known.The cutaway diagram of a cochlea in the article looks like a highly structured, well-organized array of cells. (Image: Courtesy of Nelson Kiang, MEE). The hair cells are colored green. This array, resembling the keyboard of a pipe organ, tapers in the coils of the cochlea, with each rank of hair cells responding to specific frequencies.last_img read more

History meets fashion in ‘Hector’ label

first_img14 June 2012 Three young people from Soweto in the south of Johannesburg have begun an enterprising journey to uplift and inspire the young people of South Africa, in memory of late student activist Hector Pieterson. Sina Molefi, a half-sister to Pieterson, together with Zuza Mbatha and Tera Gaju, call themselves “activists of Hector Pieterson”, and say they are not out to exploit his name for money, but to use it to make a creative impact on the youth of South Africa whilst creating a legacy for his family. The three started a fashion label in 2007 – which they named after Pieterson – under Abasha Innovations – a closed corporation company they run jointly. They used the brand to commemorate not only the now world-famous teenager, but also all the other victims of the fateful day of 16 June, 1976 – the beginning of the Soweto uprising. Abasha is an isiZulu word that means “young people”. Since its establishment, the aim of the brand has been to preserve the valuable contribution of the youth of South Africa through fashion. Some of the items currently available include accessories like caps and handbags, while they also have ranges in T-shirts, skirts, dresses and suits. The trio’s clothes were initially sold at independent retail stores like the Y Shop in Rosebank and Cyberzone at the Carlton Centre in the Johannesburg city centre, but the team decided to expand and make it available through other channels. And so with their collective vision they began with plans to open a clothing store, which they hope will take his legacy to new heights. The store, expected to open in August, will be located outside the Hector Pieterson Museum in Orlando West. Their immediate plan is a modest one that involves operating the business out of a shipping container to start with, with the hope of venturing into a larger, more conducive space in future. One of the most immediate challenges for the team is securing sponsors for the store. Another idea they had was to get an advertiser to use the container space for exposure of their brand, which would in turn help them finance the day-to-day running of the store. But even that is proving to be a struggle. Once the store is up and running, the items sold will be directly available to their target market, young people in Soweto as well as to visitors to the memorial site. Fashion meets history The fashion identity of the “Hector Pieterson” label is a combination of South African township trends and urban styles, and was started with the hope that it will mean something to young people. “If young people and maybe even adults are wearing the clothes, they will help keep the memory alive,” says Mbatha. He hopes the story of 1976 is alive every day and inspiring change in the youth. Molefi, who is the creative director for the label, is responsible for the designs. She studied fashion design at Parktown College. Mbatha, who has also worked with well-known fashion label Loxion Kulca, manages the operations of Abasha, while the sales and marketing responsibilities of the label lie with Gaju.The Hector Pieterson Foundation The team at Abasha have not left their plans to inspire change entirely up to the success of the store. The company has also signed a binding agreement with the Hector Pieterson Foundation to further help support and empower young people. All profits from the label will go towards the foundation, which was started by Hector’s mother Dorothy and another sister Antoinette Sithole. The foundation’s work focuses on rehabilitating young people from broken families as well as orphans, and inspired by the childhood story of Dorothy, who herself was an orphaned at the age of 10. “The idea behind the foundation is to keep the memory and legacy of Hector Pieterson for generations to come,” says Sithole. The Abasha team hope this process will assist youth projects in previously disadvantaged communities. “Our mission is to uplift youth who are involved in different projects and initiatives so that they can inspire change,” says Mbatha, whose vision for the brand has not changed since its inception. “The youth must come up with their own ideas to create jobs, not just to make money.”The brand’s vision The Hector Pieterson brand will not be confined to South Africa only. Once the label becomes successful locally, Abasha plans to market it overseas and make it available for online purchase as well. “The struggle of apartheid is understood by people around the world and is recognised globally, as there are countries who have overcome similar trials and struggles for freedom,” says Mbatha. He also makes it clear that the label is not meant to be associated with June 16, 1976 or youth month for that matter. “The store will be an on-going, independent commitment to uplift the youth,” he says. “It will be a reminder to all South Africans of the sacrifices that were made for them to enjoy their democracy.” If all goes well with the store and the foundation, Abasha hopes to expand their operations towards designing school uniforms as well. All sales of uniforms made from schools that buy from them will be generously matched by Abasha in the form of donations to disadvantaged schools. “If, for instance, we make a sale of 20 000 school trousers, we will donate another 20 000 school trousers to a school in need of them,” says Mbatha.Support from South Africa The Hector Pieterson fashion brand will showcase its newest items of fashion and accessories at this year’s South African Fashion Week from 30 August to 2 September. Items from the store can also be purchased during the event at the pop-up store at Sandton City. Clothes from the label will also feature on the big screen. Veteran director Faith Isiakpere, a former senior producer at the BBC and filmmaker, approached Abasha last year to provide some of the wardrobe for her upcoming musical Cry for Love, a film inspired by the 2008 xenophobic attacks in South Africa. The clothes can be seen worn by well-renowned local artist Yvonne Chaka Chaka and actor Leleti Khumalo in the film. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

Business Intelligence: Citizen Data Science to Become Widespread in Organizations

first_imgRecently, Gartner announced their take on the top five trends currently happening in the area of Business Intelligence and Analytics: Augmented Analytics – Analytics, through the assistance of machine learning and simplified interfaces, will become more usable by broad ranges of business users, not just data scientists. Relationship Analytics – Analytics will be extended to incorporate associations and networks to enable a better understanding of the interconnectedness of people, places and things. Digital Culture – Businesses will increasingly put greater value on data and internally promote data literacy among its employees. Decision Intelligence – Decision frameworks will become integrated into analytics to allow users to tune decision models and help users better understand how probabilities of uncertain events are factored into recommendations.center_img Operationalizing and Scaling – The use of analytics will spread across organizations to help understand and solve a wider variety of business problems. Gartner predicts the inevitability of “analytics everywhere”. Business Intelligence systems are software tools that collect and analyze data to help organizations become more efficient and productive. Gartner: 2019-2020 BI and Analytics Top 5 Trendslast_img read more

Steve Ballmer Kicks Off CES 2011 [Updated]

first_imgTags:#CES 2011#conferences#web 9 phones with 6 mobile operators in 30 countriesMore than 5,500 apps available in the marketplace100 new apps are added every 24 hoursMore than 20,000 developers are registered with MicrosoftWindows Phone 7 users will also be excited to hear that they will be getting cut and paste capabilities in the upcoming months, and WP7 phones will be available on Sprint and Verizon some time during the first half of 2011.Windows 7 Stats and….As for Windows 7, Microsoft says that Windows 7 PCs are the fastest selling of any PC in history, selling at a rate of 7 per second. More than 20 percent of all PCs connected to the Internet, said Ballmer, now run Windows 7.The Real Big Story – SoCThe big story, however, turns out to be the one revealed earlier today. The “system on a chip” (SoC) technology will allow manufacturers to use ARM architecture to create full motherboards that could fit in the palm of your hand and are powerful enough to fun full Windows 7 environments. Microsoft showed off a number of netbooks, laptops and even a tablet or two that are said to be faster, more powerful and more power efficient than any of their predecessors.We would like to say goodbye to batteries that last only a couple hours at a time and it looks like that may come in the near future. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… This year at the Consumer Electronics Show, one word on everybody’s lips is “tablet”. After Apple’s record breaking year with the iPad, tablet makers are looking for ways to make inroads on the already dominant device and tonight, everyone will be looking to Microsoft to see what they have in store for 2011. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will kick off this convention of consumer gadgets galore with a keynote speech tonight at 6:30 PST and we’ll be blogging the event, with an ear out for news on the tablet front. Of course, if Microsoft is the only one without tablets on the brain, we’ll bring that to you as well. In past years, the company has unveiled the XBox, Windows Vista and Ford Sync, so we’re expecing something good. Already, the company has unveiled a “system on a chip” (SoC) that promise even smaller, thinner and more power-efficient devices.Stay tuned. Update: While the tablet was not the focus of tonight’s presentation by Microsoft, new hardware based on the SoC chip mentioned above certainly was. Before that, however, the majority of the presentation focused on showcasing some stats on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7, Windows 7 and a few upcoming features with Microsoft Kinect, the controller-less gaming system that lets users move in front of the screen to play.Kinect Gets Hulu, Netflix & MoreComing this Spring, Kinect users will be able to control Netflix, Hulu and Zune using the hands-free system. In addition to that, ESPN will partner with Microsoft to bring social sports watching to the Kinect.WP7 Coming to Sprint & Verizon…and Gets Cut & PasteAs for the Windows Phone 7, Microsoft announced that it would be getting increased interaction with XBox Live and a whole slew of new games. Beyond that, much was a recap, but Ballmer did offer a few stats: mike melanson Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more