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CELEBRATIONS AS 500 NEW JOBS ANNOUNCED FOR DUNGLOE

first_imgAN astonishing 500 new jobs are set to be announced this week for Dungloe, Donegal Daily can reveal.The biggest jobs announcement in years will be for the Randox company which is already based there.Randox has already invested in a diagnostic manufacturing and research and development facility in Dungloe where just over 60 people currently work. However we understand the company will unveil ambitious plans on Monday which will see the workforce increased to 550 between now and 2020.Randox Teoranta is an off-shoot of Randox in the North.The new jobs are for highly trained scientists and software engineers and will focus on new diagnostic solutions that will improve healthcare globally.The announcement will include an investment of more than €25M in the next five or six years. It’s understood Údarás na Gaeltachta have been in talks with Randox for months.“This has been a brilliant journey for Údarás and Randox and this is one of the best days for jobs in Donegal in a very long time,” said one source. CELEBRATIONS AS 500 NEW JOBS ANNOUNCED FOR DUNGLOE was last modified: October 20th, 2014 by John2Share 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:500 jobsdonegaldungloejobsrandoxÚdarás na Gaeltachtalast_img read more

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Voluntourism: see SA, do good

first_imgVolunteering in South Africa is a richlyrewarding experience.(Image: Aviva)  Volunteering is an increasingly popular form of responsible tourism, otherwise known as voluntourism, and in South Africa opportunities abound for those who wish to do good while they enjoy the local sights and sounds.Volunteering in South Africa falls into two main categories: community- or conservation-based. There is an abundance of worthwhile projects located across the country.Organisations such as Aviva, All Africa Volunteers, Cross-Cultural Solutions and i-to-i, to name a few, facilitate volunteering trips to the country. Most are based locally. Some run their own programmes, while others merely suggest volunteering options – either way, with projects already screened and selected, it could not be easier.Invaluable experienceVolunteering not only gives tourists an opportunity to experience the country as a useful member of the community, but offers a host of other priceless benefits: self-growth, tolerance and understanding of other people and other cultures, new skills and new friends.Many travellers have been able to settle on a career through insight gained while working as a volunteer.“When I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2004 I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life,” wrote Hallie Stover of her South African experience with Willing Workers in South Africa (WWISA). “When I found the WWISA website I knew that this place [South Africa] would change my life.”After her return home, Stover was inspired to go back to university, where she submitted a thesis based on her experience with HIV/Aids youth prevention programmes. She now has a Master’s degree in International Politics and Human Rights.Stephen Thornburgh of Ireland, 23, spent his time with Aviva’s six-week penguin rehabilitation project. He described it, in a testimonial, as a “unique experience”.“With the project itself you get to do pretty much everything from cleaning and feeding to giving medication and learning about penguins and other coastal birds … it was the greatest time of my life which was really made by the people you meet and the activities you can do, like safari and shark cage diving.”Volunteers leave a legacy in indirect ways too – as they explore the country outside of their project, their support of local businesses, crafters and tourism operators results in upliftment for families and the community.Volunteer organisations agree that pitching in to do something tangible is a far better approach than merely donating money, which can lead to reliance on aid, corruption and financial instability. Volunteers, by donating their time and energy, help to set up a sustainable solution that outlasts the short-term effects of financial donations.Nuts and boltsVolunteer fees vary between organisations. The average price is around US$528 to $660 (R4 000 to R5 000) per week, but this is an inclusive fee which covers all programme-related costs such as airport transfers, accommodation, meals and transport.In most cases, once the host organisation has deducted their expenses, the rest of the fee goes to a local charity.The duration also differs from project to project, but most offer a stay of between two weeks and three months. Individuals as well as groups can be accommodated. Volunteers are responsible for arranging their own travel documentation, but host organisations provide all the information required.WWISA oversees a number of short- (two weeks) and medium-term (three weeks or more) projects. Short-term projects range from building new houses and renovating old ones, to children’s camps and environmental programmes.Medium-term projects include teaching at a nearby primary school, assisting at a daycare facility, teaching English as a second language, and microorganic farming in community gardens.All Africa Volunteers, based in the Eastern Cape province, has a wider range of projects covering wildlife, marine, sport, community and cultural issues. A wildlife sanctuary, great white shark and dolphin research, penguin rescue, a community surfing school and a pre-school are just some of the choices on offer.The Volunteer Centre in Cape Town takes volunteers into the townships, where they work amongst impoverished communities. The organisation also arranges six-month youth exchange programmes in partnership with Mozambique-based Ajude and Canada World Youth.UK-based i-to-i offers a variety of volunteer tours, mostly involving community and wildlife work. These include teaching children to read or working in a children’s hospital, animal rescue, and helping raise lion cubs.A number of travel organisations offer their own programmes, such as Backpack and Africa Travel Centre, which runs a football coaching and teaching volunteer project, or Dyer Island Cruises which gives volunteers the chance to learn about shark conservation.These are just a sample of the rewarding tours on offer for those willing to devote a slice of their time to uplifting the lives of humans or animals.last_img read more

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South Africa exceeds foreign investment target by R20-billion

first_img4 March 2016South Africa attracted R64.3-billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) between 1 April and 31 December 2015, the first three quarters of the financial year – surpassing its target of R45-billion by almost R20-billion.This was announced by Minister Siyabonga Cwele, chair of the International Cooperation, Trade and Security cluster, during a media briefing in Cape Town last week. South Africa, he said, remains a competitive investment destination, despite a troubled global economy.“For citizens, the investment means an opportunity to work, to develop their skills, earn a sustainable income and feed a family,” Cwele said.He said South Africa continues its engagements with the European Union (EU), its largest trading partner and foreign investor.“Over 2 000 EU companies are operating within South Africa and have created over 350 000 jobs. The EU also contributes about R1.5-billion to infrastructure development for domestic and regional programmes through the Infrastructure Investment Programme.”In 2015, South Africa exported goods worth more than R216-billion to the EU. Half of the exports were manufactured products.Tourism essential to growthCwele said tourism was a vital sector of the economy, contributing about 9% to South Africa’s gross domestic product.“The country received 8 903 773 foreign tourist arrivals during 2015, generating a significant revenue contribution to the economy,” he said. He added that more than 1.6-million local and international tourists visited Kruger National Park last year.A range of skills development programmes have been launched to unlock the full economic potential of tourism, Cwele said. “These include training 577 young people as chefs this year, instructing 300 youths in the art of serving wine expertly as professional sommeliers and teaching unemployed graduates to become food safety assurers, who ensure that the food served at our establishments is stored, prepared and served safely.”He said the Department of Tourism was implementing revised Tourism Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Codes of Good Practice.“The black ownership target has been set at 30%, which is higher than the target in the generic codes of good practice to assist in our efforts to drive transformation in the sector. To address women empowerment, this 30% must consist of 50% women.”South Africa.info reporterlast_img read more

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Microsoft Denies Skype-Spying Allegations

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#Microsoft#nsa#Prism#Skype#surveillance Microsoft denied that it provides the U.S. government (or any other) with “blanket or direct access to SkyDrive, Outlook.com, Skype, or any Microsoft product.” The company issued its statement in response to a Guardian report yesterday that alleged Skype has been funneling user data into the NSA’s alleged PRISM surveillance program since 2011.Microsoft said that “clear principles” guide its response to government requests for customer information “for both law enforcement and national security issues.” The company insisted that it only provides customer data in response to “legal processes,” and said that it only ever complies with “orders about specific accounts or identifiers.” The company said it simply would “not respond” to “blanket orders” such as those described in the Guardian story.To bolster its case, Microsoft cited its disclosure last month that in the second half of 2012, it receivedbetween 6,000 and 7,000 criminal and national security warrants, subpoenas and orders affecting between 31,000 and 32,000 consumer accounts from U.S. governmental entities (including local, state and federal).The company implied, though without stating so explicitly, that any sort of blanket or direct access to Microsoft services such as alleged in the Guardian story would have affected a much greater number of user accounts.Here’s the full text of Microsoft’s response:In response to an article in the Guardian on July 11, Microsoft issued the following statement:“We have clear principles which guide the response across our entire company to government demands for customer information for both law enforcement and national security issues.  First, we take our commitments to our customers and to compliance with applicable law very seriously, so we provide customer data only in response to legal processes.  Second, our compliance team examines all demands very closely, and we reject them if we believe they aren’t valid.  Third, we only ever comply with orders about specific accounts or identifiers, and we would not respond to the kind of blanket orders discussed in the press over the past few weeks, as the volumes documented in our most recent disclosure clearly illustrate. To be clear, Microsoft does not provide any government with blanket or direct access to SkyDrive, Outlook.com, Skype or any Microsoft product. Finally when we upgrade or update products legal obligations may in some circumstances require that we maintain the ability to provide information in response to a law enforcement or national security request. There are aspects of this debate that we wish we were able to discuss more freely.  That’s why we’ve argued for additional transparency that would help everyone understand and debate these important issues.” readwritelast_img read more

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Hunger for winning never goes away for Alex Cabagnot

first_imgView comments ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Even in a state of bliss and the whiff of beer still emanating from the winning locker room, Cabagnot still has San Miguel’s stinging finals loss to Barangay Ginebra in the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup at the top of his head.That loss to the Gin Kings in six games was the Beermen’s only defeat in eight finals appearances under head coach Leo Austria, but one loss was enough to light the fire under their belly.Iit’s a tough defeat when we lost to Ginebra in the second conference last year. We felt it. We stepped it up. we just had to do due diligence and make things happen.”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Nothing like first time as Romeo, Standhardinger, Nabong savor Beermen’s newest PBA title LATEST STORIES Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too MANILA, Philippines—Winning never gets old.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img If anything, it’s highly-addictive and staying in a trance has always been the goal for star guard Alex Cabagnot and rest of San Miguel Beer.“The hunger [to win another championship] is always its always there. I think that’s the curse of winning. The more you win, the more you wanna feel it and the more you don’t want to feel losing,” said Cabagnot shortly after winning his eighth PBA title Wednesday night at Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“So when people say, ‘How do we keep the hunger?’ I think if you’ve won anything, you wanna continue winning. You don’t wanna feel [satisfied].Every championship run is memorable but tough losses, too, are not easy to forget. MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

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Stars Support Roald Dahl Charity

first_imgLast Tuesday night, Tim Minchin, Quentin Blake and Heston Blumenthal joined Samantha Cameron at Number 10 Downing Street to celebrate the work of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, helping to support seriously ill and disabled children around the UK.Tim Minchin, award-winning composer of smash hit West End production Matilda the Musical, said: “This marvellous charity believes that every child has the right to have the best life possible, however difficult and short that life might be.”He said, “The charity has a brilliant holistic approach, helping children with rare and severe disorders of the brain and blood, to have better health, a fuller life and a happier family.”Ongoing support and donations are crucial for the charity in its work, which was set up in 1991. The charity provides practical help by supporting families to assist with equipment purchases such as wheelchairs, supports grassroots projects, funds specialist paediatric neurological and haematological nurses, and provides grants for training and research.Special guests included the families helped by the charity such as Kharis and Edward. Kharis (13) and Edward (9) Botchway both have sickle cell and are patients of Phil Daly, a Roald Dahl haematology specialist children’s nurse at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington.Chief Executive, Richard Piper, said: “I’m delighted that we were able to host an event at Downing Street. Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity exists to fill gaps and those gaps are still enormous. For example we have received 16 enquiries in the last 12 months for our unique specialist nurses programme. But at the moment we only have the funds for one.”Visit roalddahlcharity.org to find out more.Source:RoaldDahlCharity.orglast_img read more