Car park to be renamed in memory of community figure Hugh Duffy

first_imgThe Old Mart Car Park in the heart of Letterkenny is to be renamed in honour of the late Hugh Duffy.Mr Duffy was a much-respected member of the local community who passed away in January 2015.The Galway native moved to Letterkenny to take up a teaching role at St Eunan’s College and became an active member in various community groups. Mr Duffy was a former Captain of Letterkenny Golf Club, he was actively involved in Meals on Wheels and he was a member of the Board of Management of St. Bernadette’s School. He took a great interest in the ongoing development of Letterkenny Town and his home at College Row won numerous prizes for ‘Best Kept Garden’ in the Tidy Towns competitions.Councillors with the Letterkenny Municipal District passed a motion today to name the Old Mart Car Park in memory of Mr Duffy.Old Mart Car Park LetterkennyThe motion was raised by Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh, who said recent works to transform the site have made it a fitting place to honour a local figure.Cllr Kavanagh commended the council for their work on the car park and removal of the building to prevent anti-social behaviour and attract more usage of the car park. A unanimous decision was made during a members’ workshop to choose Hugh Duffy as the person who would be remembered at the site.“I think it would be a nice tribute to him that the car park is named in Hugh’s honour. He lived all his life in College Row near St. Eunan’s College. He was very active in campaigning to make sure the site remained in public ownership,” said Cllr Kavanagh.The motion was seconded by Cllr Gerry McMonagle, who said: “The Old Mart Car Park is a lot more inviting now and to name it for a person who gave so much to the community is apt.”Car park to be renamed in memory of community figure Hugh Duffy was last modified: October 9th, 2018 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)last_img read more

SA scientist joins top MIT class

first_imgProf Thembela Hillie will join a distinguished group of alumni when he completes his MIT Sloan MBA in 2012.(Image: CSIR) MEDIA CONTACTS • Prof Thembela Hillie  CSIR research group leader: low   dimensional systems  +27 12 841 3874 RELATED ARTICLES • Fostering South Africa’s young scientists • Sci-Bono CEO gets French knighthood • Synthetic biology honour for students • SA scientists win AU awards • SA students tops at science awardsShamin ChibbaTake a young man out of his small hometown, put him on the road and see how far he will go. Many will guess that if he has enough determination, he will go further than he could ever imagine.This can surely be said of nanotechnology expert Professor Thembela Hillie of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), who hails from the small town of Butterworth – also known as Gcuwa – in the Eastern Cape and now finds himself in the classrooms of one of the most prestigious universities in the US.Hillie was selected by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management (MIT Sloan) to pursue a one-year mid-career fellowship in innovation and global leadership. He also received a Dean’s Fellowship Award worth $90 000 (R740 000).According to the CSIR website, the Sloan fellowship combines financial courses with electives in technology strategies, giving Hillie the opportunity to augment his scientific background with business skills.He arrived at MIT Sloan in May 2011 and opted for a full-time executive MBA course that will run until June 2012.Hillie said the course is designed to prepare a group of mid-career managers from different parts of the world to magnify their impact as leaders.Distinguished MIT Sloan alumni include Kofi Annan, former UN secretary-general; Benjamin Netanyahu, ninth prime minister of Israel; Calie Pistorius, former principal of Pretoria University; and Alan Mulally, president and CEO of the Ford Motor CompanySurrounded by great mindsHillie, who holds a PhD in solid state physics, was chosen for the class of 2012 through an application and a series of interviews.The nanotechnologist believes his leadership in projects involving the India-Brazil-South Africa alliance, the UN International Development Organisation’s expert group on nanotechnology, and the World Economic Forum convinced MIT to select him.He described his first three months at MIT as hectic, as the group had to quickly learn about business fundamentals. What he had learnt thus far was like “drinking from a hosepipe”.“This was to prepare us to take electives and form study groups with second year MBAs,” he said, adding that being surrounded by so many great minds – some of them Nobel laureates who are willing to give up their time to help – has humbled him.He said MIT Sloan also allows him to interact with faculties from other schools.“Being here also gives me the opportunity to cross register with Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Governance for some electives,” he said.Since his arrival, Hillie has been interacting with a cohort of mid-career global leaders from a diverse range of industries, including engineers and entrepreneurs, who have an average of 14 years’ work experience.He and his contemporaries have been discussing problems with business leaders of technology-based corporations, leading scientists and economists. Through discussion, they have been able to link knowledge generation and technology development, and create a toolkit for technology innovation.About emerging technologiesAccording to Hillie, the concept of emerging technology refers to new technologies that use an interdisciplinary approach. This includes nanotechnology, synthetic biology and converging technologies.“These are relatively new technologies with a potential to have a positive impact on society,” he said.He added that such technologies can add economic and social value to materials, products and processes that can bring about global prosperity.Emerging technologies, especially nanotechnology, can be used to overcome a number of pressing challenges such as energy generation and storage, health care, climate change and food security.South Africa is ready for nanotechnologyIn recent years there has been a lot of hype surrounding nanotechnology, both positive and negative. However, Hillie said the negative press is subsiding and the science is now taking over.The national Department of Science and Technology can take much of the credit for changing the country’s attitudes towards nanotechnology, through its public awareness campaigns that educate people on the technology’s benefits.“We are teaching students the fundamental science at nano scale – this excites them and brings more talent to science,” said Hillie.He believes South Africa is ready to implement emerging technologies, and confirmed that there are numerous national strategies around the country that are accompanied by research activities.However, he said the only thing South Africa lacks are the tools to convert the research into products, which is something Hillie is currently learning at MIT.As far as integration into daily life is concerned, he said that we already live with nanotechnology, mostly as enhancements to existing technologies such as computer memory, scratch resistance coatings, packaging material and televisions.“It can also be applied in water purification, drug delivery and energy sources,” he said.He does believe that there will come a time when the technology will be advanced enough to change the way we do things.Emerging technologies bring scientists togetherResearch into emerging technologies is conducted at different levels in various countries and is dependent on the amount of financial support researchers receive.Hillie said scientists from developed nations are leading in research efforts because they obtain greater funding compared to their developing counterparts.In this regard, Africa lags behind many other countries. But despite the financial gap, there is one positive that comes out of emerging technologies research, according to Hillie, and that is that it’s brought scientists together from around the world.“Never has collaboration amongst international bodies been so extensive,” he said.Hillie himself has led a group of Indian, Brazilian and South African nanotechnologists for six years. And when he graduates next year, he will be collaborating with  powerful leaders that include the alumni of MIT, MIT Sloan, and the Society of Sloan Fellows of MIT.last_img read more

Cloud Computing: Legal Issues to Watch Out For

first_imgCloud Computing success is often tied strongly to the fine print of the  contract with your cloud computing vendor. Forbes recently published a list of issues that you’ll want to understand before signing off on a cloud computing contract.  Some of the points discussed in the article include:Service Levels.  It’s important to make sure that the service levels that the vendor is committing to match up with the requirements for you and your users intend to use the application.  Clearly applications which are considered mission critical to your organization will require much more stringent constraints around permissible downtime and required performance and response time.   Make sure your Service Level Agreement (SLA) addresses availability, planned outages, critical and noncritical outages, service credits and termination in a way that is consistent with how you plan to use the application.Remedy for Violations. What is your remedy should the vendor not live up to his part of the agreement?  Is the cloud vendor required to notify you in known cases of downtime or sluggish performance?Representations and Warranties and  Indemnities.   A representation is a fact about the present or past and a warranty is a promise about the future.  There is typically a representation that the cloud software will perform certain functions and within certain specifications.    Warranties and Indemnities provide the protection and ensurance that the cloud vendor has the rights to be able to be providing the service.Confidentiality.  The cloud vendor needs to agree and uphold the privacy and confidentiality of the data that you will entrust them with.  The agreement should detail the security measures that the vendor will employ to ensure that your data will not be compromised.Backups and Recoveries.  Are they done, how frequently, and what are their cost?Upgrades.  How often do upgrades occur and how much notice will you receive prior to the change?Migration.  How easy is it to get data back from the cloud vendor should you want to migrate your data somewhere else later?last_img read more

Weekly Report from Washington, D.C.

first_imgLawmakers have started their Independence Day recess. The IRS released guidance for tax-exempt organizations and cautioned taxpayers and tax professionals about scams.CongressHouse. A House subcommittee approved an IRS budget for fiscal year (FY) 2018 (TAXDAY, 2017/06/30, C.1).Senate. Senate GOP leaders delayed a vote on health care legislation (TAXDAY, 2017/06/28, C.1; TAXDAY, 2017/06/30, C.2).IRSExempt Organizations. The IRS released guidance for tax-exempt organizations that creates a streamlined tax-exempt status application process in tandem with Form 1023-EZ (T.D. 9819; TAXDAY, 2017/06/30, I.1).Tax Scams. The IRS warned taxpayers about a variety of tax scams (IR-2017-112; TAXDAY, 2017/06/27, I.1). The Service also cautioned tax professionals about phishing-email scams (IR-2017-111; TAXDAY, 2017/06/26, I.4).NTA. The National Taxpayer Advocate delivered a mid-year report to Congress, including a review of the 2017 Filing Season (IR-2017-113; TAXDAY, 2017/06/29, I.1).ETAAC. The IRS Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee delivered a report, singling out the Security Summit partnership formed to combat identity theft and refund fraud (IR-2017-114; TAXDAY, 2017/06/29, I.2).Retirement Plans. The IRS announced guidance for retirement plans relating to the pre-approved plan program, setting forth procedures for opinion letters and a list of cumulative changes in plan qualification requirements (Notice 2017-37, TAXDAY, 2017/07/03, I.5; Rev. Proc. 2017-41, TAXDAY, 2017/07/03, I.4).By Jessica Jeane and George L. Yaksick, Jr., Wolters Kluwer News Stafflast_img read more

Agnel Di Maria says sorry to Manchester United fans in open letter

first_imgAngel Di Maria apologised to Manchester United fans for his underwhelming stint at Old Trafford but insisted it was not due to a lack of effort.The Argentina international joined United for a British record fee of almost 60 million pounds (about $93 million) from Real Madrid last year but completed a switch to French champions Paris St Germain on Thursday after only 12 months.”I write this note to thank all the Manchester United family for the great support received during the year I’ve been part of this Club,” Di Maria told United fans in an open letter, published widely by the British media.Also read: Rafael joins Lyon from United on four-year deal”I’m aware things didn’t work as we all expected and believe me, I feel really sorry about it.”The winger made an impressive start at Old Trafford with three goals in his first four games, but suffered a two-month injury layoff and then failed to nail down a regular starting place under manager Louis Van Gaal.”I can guarantee you it was not for trying. I did my best but football is not like maths: often a lot of things out of our control affect the way we feel and the way things turn out,” the 27-year-old said.Also read: Chennayin FC sign Brazilian defender Eder”I am sorry it did not work out as I would have wished in this amazing huge club.”Di Maria was also reportedly unsettled by a break-in at his Chesire home in January.advertisementlast_img read more

Cabinet Approves Funding for Labour Day Activities

first_imgCabinet has approved $4 million to fund Labour Day activities, which will be observed on Thursday, May 23, under the theme: ‘Lend a Hand…Build Our Land’.Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, made the announcement on Wednesday, May 15, at the weekly Jamaica House press briefing.Projects will focus on children’s homes, day care centres, and basic schools. The national project is the St. Mary Infirmary, in Port Maria.Meanwhile, Cabinet approved a contract of $84.1 million to Modern Investigation and Security Company Limited to provide security services at the Bellevue Hospital in Kingston for three years.Minister Falconer noted that in approving the contract, Cabinet had raised concerns about the treatment of workers by companies that provide security services, and therefore mandated that measures be implemented to ensure that companies are compliant with the relevant regulations, before being awarded government contracts.Cabinet also approved a contract of $46.6 million to Industrial Gases Limited to supply medical gases to the Western Regional Health Authority for 12 months.The facilities which will benefit are Noel Holmes, Falmouth, Savanna-la- Mar, and Cornwall Regional Hospitals.Senator Falconer said based on Cabinet instructions to the Ministry of Health, a Task Force has been established to prepare a framework document for the supply of medical gases to the public sector.Contact: Alphea Saunderslast_img read more

Knutsen Sells Suezmax Shuttle Tanker

first_imgzoom Norwegian shipowner Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers, a company established by Knutsen and Nippon Yusen Kaisha, has reached an agreement to sell its 2015-built Suezmax shuttle tanker for a price of USD 116.5 million, according to data provided by VesselsValue.Featuring a length of 276.3 meters and a width of 46 meters, the Raquel Knutsen was sold to KNOT Offshore Partners LP.Built by China’s COSCO Zhoushan shipyard, the 152,000 dwt vessel is employed under a 10-year time-charter contract with Repsol Sinopec Brasil.Following the completion of the sale, Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers will operate a fleet of 12 tankers with a total size of around 2 million dwt, VesselsValue data shows.The company has four Suezmax shuttle tankers currently under construction, three of which are being built by South Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries, while the COSCO Zhoushan is building the remaining tanker.The newbuildings are scheduled to join the company’s fleet in November 2016 and February, April, and July of 2017, respectively.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Kevin OLeary to quit Tory leadership race support Bernier

first_imgCelebrity investor and reality-TV star Kevin O’Leary, who rattled Conservative cages three months ago when he joined the party’s leadership race, did it again Wednesday by quitting a contest observers believe he had every chance of winning.O’Leary’s stunning news – he’s throwing his support behind Quebec rival Maxime Bernier – appeared to catch even some members of his campaign team off-guard as they gathered to prepare for Wednesday’s final leadership debate.Behind the scenes, however, O’Leary has been mulling the idea for about a week, say sources, ever more convinced that as leader, he might never be able to rally enough support in Quebec to deliver a majority Conservative mandate in 2019.“It’s selfish to just take the leadership and say, ‘Great, I’m the leader, now in 24 months I will lose for the party,”‘ the frank-talking “Shark Tank” star told a news conference in Toronto.“That’s not right. That’s just wrong.”Related stories:Maclean’s profile of Maxime Bernier, the man Kevin O’Leary is now endorsing for the Tory leadership voteWith Kevin O’Leary out, Conservative leadership candidates target BernierpConservative rivals O’Toole, Leitch following divergent paths to leadershipFor Bernier, freedom’s just another word for why he’s going to win leadershipO’Leary’s decision to attend final debate part of a broader political educationThe tipping point, he said, came when he saw Conservative membership numbers overall that were even higher than he expected, which meant he didn’t have as large a share of the support as he thought he did.When he learned that ballots had already been printed and mailed, he decided to act, picking up a phone at 1:30 a.m. to call Bernier, a longtime Quebec MP, to pledge his support.The two share similar policies, while Bernier can deliver the number of seats the Tories need to form a majority government, O’Leary said.On the campaign trail, the two weren’t exactly the best of friends. Bernier at one point called O’Leary a “loser,” and each campaign more or less accused the other of voter fraud, though the allegations were never proven.But it was all smiles Wednesday as Bernier said the endorsement marks a turning point.“As Kevin says, in Quebec the numbers for me are very good and the competition I had outside Quebec was really Kevin,” Bernier said in French.“And we’re going to bring our forces together so we can win this race and then beat Justin Trudeau in 2019.”O’Leary said he’ll do whatever it takes to help Bernier, but defended the fact his campaign sent out a fundraising letter just hours before he dropped out. He said he still needs the funds and will continue to raise money, though he didn’t explain why. His name will also remain on the ballot as the deadline to take it off has long passed.A lack of facility with French was always considered one of O’Leary’s greatest liabilities.Still, O’Leary had plenty of assets: instant recognition, thanks to years of television exposure; a public image as a savvy financial manager; and a brash, no-nonsense, outsider approach that echoed the unlikely ascent of U.S. President Donald Trump.Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose thanked O’Leary for taking part in the race and focusing on young Canadians, who she said will be saddled with the bad economic decisions of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.“Kevin brought thousands of young Canadians into the party with a common sense Conservative message,” Ambrose said in a statement Wednesday night.Candidate Kellie Leitch, who has also ripped pages from Trump’s populist playbook, said O’Leary’s departure opens a door for her.“I was phoning them throughout the day,” she said of his supporters, and she suggested some of his campaign team had already joined hers.The Conservative party said Tuesday there are 259,010 members eligible to vote.O’Leary claims to have signed up just over 35,000, and there’s no guarantee any or all will agree to back Bernier.“This is terrible!” Facebook visitor Nathan Welbourn wrote on O’Leary’s page after the news broke. “I don’t even know what to say and I can reassure you Kevin my vote is not going to Bernier.“As a citizen of Quebec I had a lot of hope (in) you. Extremely disappointed.”A major point of divergence between the two candidates is supply management, a Canadian mechanism for supporting dairy farmers popular in Quebec that has been making headlines as Trump promises to do battle with Canada over trade.Bernier supports abolishing the system, while O’Leary has called it vital to Canada’s agriculture sector.The other Quebec candidate in the race, Steven Blaney, said since he also supports supply management, he feels he can capitalize on O’Leary’s Quebec support.“It’s an opportunity to go and court the voters who were ready to make their first choice Mr. O’Leary,” Blaney said. Full O’Leary statement:“Canada desperately needs a change in government. While Justin Trudeau basks in the glow of celebrity status and focuses on his next opportunity for a selfie, he is destroying the strong fiscal position that Prime Minister Harper left Canada in. If Trudeau isn’t beaten in the next election, he will leave the next generation of Canadians, those thousands of Millennials I’ve been talking about, with a mountain of debt and high taxes. This cannot be allowed to happen.The Conservative Party needs someone who has the best chance of beating Trudeau. Someone who will command the support of Canadians from every region of the country and who can build a consensus among all members of the Party.I am proud that my team and I have been frontrunners in this 14-candidate race since the very launch of my campaign in mid-January. In particular, I am touched by the 35,335 people who purchased memberships to support our cause.  This list includes a whole new generation of young Canadians, many of whom are new to the Conservative Party, and I’m hoping will be lifetime Members.I am not a politician, so I never pushed a shopping list of promises. I’ve had only one, to achieve 3% economic growth in Canada. In order to do this, I said I would have to deliver the Conservative Party a majority mandate in 2019 so that we could reverse Trudeau’s irresponsible and destructive policies.I have now spent four months on the campaign trail.  My team has done extensive polling during this time, but more importantly I have spoken directly with thousands of Conservatives from across the country, and the concerns they are expressing are the same.Here is what I know:1.    Maxime Bernier and I are statistically tied as front runners.2.    Because I am an outsider I have very weak 2nd ballot support.3.    I am extremely strong in the West but have not generated material support in Quebec.Second ballot support is always a concern for any candidate and all you can do is live with that risk and see where the votes settle.The Quebec data is a different kind of issue and a big problem for me. There are 78 seats in Quebec, and the Conservative Party currently holds only 12 of them. In other words, the Liberals politically own Quebec. Without growing the Conservative base in Quebec, beating Trudeau in 2019 would be a huge challenge. The Conservatives did it in 2011, but only with a perfect vote split and in a political environment much different than the one that exists today. This is obviously very disappointing for me. As someone who was born in Montreal, I had hoped I would do much better there.Like the other candidates, I have worked like hell on this campaign and I want the DNA of my policies and objectives to survive into the general election. The candidate that best mirrors my policies is Maxime Bernier, and he has strong support in Quebec.  He is perhaps the first Conservative in a long time that has a chance of winning over 40 seats there, which would materially improve our chances for a majority mandate.So here is what I’m going to do; I’m withdrawing my candidacy from the Leadership Race and throwing my full support behind Max. I’m going to do everything I can to ensure he gets elected, and I’m going to ask my supporters to do the same. Together we will drive Justin Trudeau out of power in 2019, and we will work to get Canada’s economy growing at 3 percent.This was not an easy decision for me to make but after much thought and deliberation, it is the right one for the Conservative party and the country.  The campaign and travelling and meeting with Conservatives has been an experience of a lifetime, and I owe so much to my Team, and the thousands of volunteers and Members that have supported me. Together we will move forward to change Canada’s direction for the better in the election of 2019.last_img read more