first_imgA Donegal woman has provided a solution for singletons that feel uncomfortable trying to meet someone in the pub or nightclub circuit by creating a fantastic speed dating night that will be held on a monthly basis in Letterkenny. Caroline Whoriskey wants to help people find love and believes her new twist on an established idea could be the way forward for many people in Donegal.Caroline explained to Donegal Daily how she got the idea, “As a single woman a woman of a certain age, the thought of going out to pubs and clubs to meet someone fills me with dread, am not the most confident of people and being in those places fearing ‘the knock back’ scared me big time.“But I want to meet someone for fun, to share things with, a companion type thing, so what’s a girl to do?“Well I know I am not the only one like this, so it got me thinking, what if someone created an event that narrowed down my choices to more like minded men, wouldn’t I have a better chance ?“So, that is why I have set up [email protected], we aim to create Speed Dating Events in Letterkenny (and other towns) that will pair people with the same interests. “For example if you are into keeping fit or sport that sort of thing, there will be a Speed Dating Night to incorporate that, into films, music, books, even cooking and wine tasting, there is an event to suit you.“We want you to come out for a night with us, have the craic, and hopefully get that spark going with the guy/girl who made an impression on you.“There is a fee of €15 to cover costs of the event, there will be a candle lit wine reception and some stunning cupcakes made especially by a fabulous local baker and we will have a little fun and games at the interval time to get everyone more relaxed.“Women sit at the tables and the guys move from table to table (scientific research say it is better this way), everyone will have a scorecard and everyone can only have 4 minutes to speak before a bell signals your move to next table.“At the end of the night we calculate your scores and see if we have any matches, and if so, we send you their contact details so that you then can make a start on that possible love match. “It’s not scary really and it will be a whole load of fun, so what is keeping you? contact us now, so that we can get this party up and running!The first one of these fantastic new nights kick off on the 2nd of October in the Glencar Inn.It promises to be a wonderful nights entertainment and even if you don’t find love straight away your sure to have a fantastic evening.So if your single and looking for love keep calm and try speed dating. Put it in your diary now – October 2nd at the Glencar Inn – and that dream relationship could be just one table away!LOOKING FOR LOVE? NEW SPEED DATING NIGHT COULD BE JUST RIGHT FOR YOU!! was last modified: September 5th, 2013 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:CarolineDatedonegalEntereventsGlencar InnletterkennyMatchnewsSingletonsSpeed datinglast_img read more

Angola heads for democracy

first_imgAn example of the ballot paper to be usedduring the elections. President Jośe Eduardo Dos Santos isconfident his party, the MPLA will win theupcoming elections. A strong contender: Unita’s IsaiasSamakuva plans to give the MPLA a runfor their money. Luanda, the capital of Angola is a bustlingcity with strong growth prospects.Khanyi MagubaneThe world’s eyes will be on Angola on 5 September 2008 when the country holds its first parliamentary elections since the final end to three decades of civil war.President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos announced this year’s elections in December 2007, with his office releasing a statement that “the president has today, using his powers laid down by the constitution, called the elections to be held on September 5. The legislative elections will be held across all national territory.”The announcement came a day after the Council of the Republic, a body made up of all Angola’s political parties chaired by the president, gave its final approval. The group was previously briefed that all preparations were in place.Registration of 8.3-million voters was completed in May 2008, with 8 000 polling stations being set up across the country. Ten parties, including four coalitions, and over 5 000 candidates will battle it out for 220 parliamentary seatsAngola’s previous elections, in 1992, took place during a brief hiatus in the civil war, after successful negotiations between the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (Unita) rebel movement, and the ruling Popular Movement for Liberation of Angola (MPLA). Led by Jonas Savimbi, Unita stood against Dos Santos and the MPLA.After Dos Santos and his party won by a marginal vote, Savimbi refused to contest a run-off. He declared vote rigging, and the country returned to another decade of civil war, which finally ended when he was killed by MPLA forces in 2002.The world is watchingInternational election observers are already in Angola, with the European Union (EU) mission arriving on 29 July. The EU plans to send more than a 90 observers to the Southern African country.On her arrival in Angola’s capital Luanda, EU mission head Luisa Morgantini commended President José Eduardo Dos Santos and other political party leaders for their tolerance in the run-up to the elections. But she warned that the elections would be challenging, making international observation essential.EU external relations commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said the elections would help rebuild the country after the civil war.“It is fundamental that these legislative elections are conducted in a satisfactory manner and in line with international standards,” she said.The Angola National Electoral Commission (CNE) has also invited an African Union (AU) observer mission to supervise the parliamentary elections, and the AU has made observers available.According to Angolan ambassador to Ethiopia Manuel Domingos Augusto, the presence of AU observers shows transparency and good governance in the electoral process.The elections were originally meant to take place in 2006, but were constantly delayed because of the poor roads and other infrastructure in certain parts of the country.Vying for votersWhile the September polls will choose representatives for the Luanda parliament, the presidential elections will only take place in 2009. Dos Santos has indicated that he will stand for a new term of office. The earlier vote is seen as a chance for the 66-year-old Dos Santos to test his popularity before deciding whether to contest the presidential election.Political parties have been intensively campaigning across the country. Campaigning started on 5 August, with the parties each allowed five minutes on television and 10 minutes on the radio each day to canvass for voters.While most of the votes are expected to go to Unita and the MPLA, smaller parties hoping to clinch a seat in parliament include the Party of Social Renovation, Democratic Front and the National Front for the Liberation of Angola.The MPLA have embarked on an aggressive campaign in a bid to win the majority of the votes, with photos of Dos Santos and MPLA flags on public display in major towns across the country. Analysts say the MPLA’s greater resources give the party the edge, allowing it to mount its massive campaign.“MPLA has all the advantages,” says Ishmael Mateus, a political analyst. “They have been in power for a long time, have all the machinery on their side, and they can show some work: roads were rehabilitated, bridges, schools, hospitals built.”MPLA campaign coordinator Rui Luis Falção Pinto de Andrade claims there is no way the party cannot clinch a victory, “We have 3-million members,” he says.While it is Angola’s biggest political party, the MPLA has come under criticism for its alleged failure to improve the social conditions of Angolans since the war ended in 2002.But De Andrade says it simply hasn’t had the time. “The Angolan people are conscious that we were more than 30 years in war and we’ve only had six years of peace. But in six years of peace we have done many things.”The Economist reports that over the past six years the government has built a reputation for competence and efficient management of the economy, overseeing high real GDP growth, falling inflation, and rising fiscal and current-account surpluses.In their election manifesto, the MPLA has promised an even more aggressive second phase of post-war reconstruction, including the creation of two new cities. One of the cities will be designed by renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer.But in his election manifesto, new Unita leader Isaias Samakuva has highlighted the shortcomings of the government, including poverty, unemployment, the education system and corruption.“It’s true our economy is growing, but it’s growing badly,” he said in a campaign speech.“More than 90% of the nation’s wealth is stolen by the state and is concentrated on less than 0.5% of the population of around 18 million.”The biggest challenge for Unita will be to change the public perception that it is a ruthless guerrilla movement, and untested as a government. Although Samakuva has been described as articulate, he has failed to gain favour for the party outside of its strongholds.Despite their different approaches to solving Angola’s problems, one thing that unites all parties is the fear of another devastating civil war.Useful linksThe Republic of Angola The EconomistAfrol newsAngola TourismDo you have any queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane: [email protected]last_img read more

South Africa’s renewable energy shift

first_img6 November 2012 The government has signed the first round of agreements with independent power producers that will see an initial 1 400 megawatts of renewable energy being added to South Africa’s energy mix, while bringing an estimated R47-billion in new investment into the country. The signing ceremony, involving 28 approved bidders from the first window of the Department of Energy’s renewable energy programme for independent power producers, took place in Pretoria on Monday. While the majority of the bidders are foreign companies, 67 South African companies have formed partnerships with them. The 28 projects, involving an estimated R47-billion in new investments, are spread across some of South Africa’s most rural and least developed provinces, including the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Limpopo, North West and the Free State. The wind and solar projects are expected to be integrated into the country’s national energy grid during 2014.Social development, job creation The commitments the bidders have undertaken include community development initiatives within a 50-kilometre radius of each project. The bidders have collectively committed R2-billion towards socio-economic development, and R1-billion towards empowering women in the energy field. “We will watch this [development] like a hawk,” Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said at Monday’s signing, adding that the participation of black people in the projects was important as the government did not want to have to call for transformation of the sector. “In total, these bidders will spend R12-billion over the duration of the implementation agreements on South African contractors, including empowered enterprises, small and women-owned businesses,” Peters said. According to the government’s Integrated Resource Plan, a 20-year projection on electricity supply and demand, about 42% of electricity generated in South Africa – about 3 725 megawatts (MW) – will be required to come from renewable resources. The plan places specific emphasis on broadening electricity supply technologies to include gas, imports, nuclear, biomass, and renewables (wind, solar and hydro) both to meet the country’s future electricity needs and to reduce its carbon emissions.‘Milestone for South Africa’ Eskom executive Kannan Lakmeeheran said the signing ceremony was a significant milestone for South Africa, adding that the state power utility could not meet the country’s energy requirements on its own. “The electricity industry, as we increasingly see, will be one of a hybrid nature, with Eskom still retaining a significant position but a vibrant private sector developing too,” Lakmeeheran said. “The industry will be driven by the need for security of supply and climate change concerns, energy efficiency and technological advancements. It will look very different in 2030 to the way it looks now.” Lakmeeheran added that Eskom, which would be signing power purchase agreements with each of the bidders, looked forward to connecting the new power producers to the national grid and buying power from them. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Penhorwood joins staff

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Joel PenhorwoodThis month, Joel Penhorwood joined the staff at Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal as a field reporter and farm broadcaster.He is a recent graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in agricultural communication. While at OSU, Joel was heavily involved in Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, serving as president for two years. The club won the Ed Johnson Outstanding Student Organization Award during his tenure.Penhorwood got his start in radio at WPKO/WBLL “The Peak of Ohio” in Bellefontaine before starting with OCJ and OAN as an intern in the fall of 2013. He has also worked as the Ohio State Fair Swine Barn Announcer for a number of years.In addition to his work with OCJ and OAN, he stays busy on his family’s small hay, crop and livestock farm in Logan County, which he helps to operate alongside his brothers.last_img read more

Improve yields with uniform emergence

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc.Two aspects of stand establishment in corn often discussed by agronomists are emergence and seed spacing. “Picket fence” spacing in corn allows plants to grow efficiently while minimizing competition between them. More importantly to achieving high yields, however, is uniform emergence. Plants that are just one leaf collar behind (due to uneven emergence) significantly reduce yield. According to Paul Jasa, University of Nebraska Extension ag engineer, “When a plant develops ahead of its neighbor, it hurts yield dramatically. It’s going to vary somewhat from year to year, but a plant lagging behind those around it becomes a weed.”Uniform emergence is critical to maximizing yield potential. To achieve uniform emergence, several factors must be taken into consideration. Soil moistureSoil moisture at planting is an important part in ensuring uniform emergence. Seed should be planted into enough moisture to allow for germination. Planting into soils that are too wet will hinder the development of corn plants and cause yield-robbing compaction as well as sidewall compaction of the seed furrow. Soil temperatureSoil temperature in the mid 50s F or higher is required quick and uniform emergence. Soil temperatures below 50 degrees F can result in uneven emergence of corn seedlings. Planting before soils warm up adequately could result in uneven emergence and yield loss. Seeding depthConsistent and uniform seeding depth is an important factor that can help ensure uniform emergence. In general, a seeding depth of 1.5 to 2 inches is the recommended planting depth for corn, depending on soil conditions. Planting shallower than 1.5 inches can result in poor or uneven emergence of corn seedlings. Gauge wheel settings, down pressure, field conditions, residue, and planter speed will all affect seeding depth. Make sure planters are set correctly and equipment is operated at the correct speed. Check seeding depth regularly throughout the planting process to ensure uniformity. Seed-to-soil contactFor proper germination to occur, corn seed must have adequate contact with soil. Germination with be uneven if planting results in poor seed-to-soil contact: cloddy soil after tillage, seed furrows with residue pinning, open furrows where seed is visible, etc. Proper seed-to-soil contact is crucial to insuring uniform emergence of corn seedlings. Seed should be placed firmly in the bottom of a furrow that is properly closed to provide seed-to soil-contact.last_img read more

A 10th Anniversary for a New-Urbanism Project

first_imgWhen it convened in Denver last week, the Congress for the New Urbanism’s 17th Annual Congress had a couple of local, working examples of new urbanism to tout: downtown Denver’s trendily revitalized Larimer Square and the decade-old mixed-use community called Highlands’ Garden Village, about 10 minutes north of the city.Perry Rose LLC, the developer of Highlands’ Garden Village, echoed Congress for New Urbanism’s praise for the project, which embraced many New Urbanism principles such as neighborhood diversity, abundant use of open space, pedestrian-friendly design, context-appropriate architecture, and green construction.As the developer points out, because the 30-acre site had been rezoned as a planned unit development, its architects and planners were able to apply a fair amount of creativity in balancing open-space, residential, commercial, and other uses.A 20th-century entertainment centerThe site had a colorful evolution, though, well before it became Highlands’ Garden Village. In the 1890s, the property was owned by John and Mary Elitch, who opened a zoological and botanical garden. Amusement park rides were added in 1916, and the gardens’ other entertainment amenities, including a ballroom and the Elitch Theater, attracted a wide following and big-name performers. The amusement park’s owners requested redevelopment proposals for the 30-acre site after the park was closed in 1994.Garden Village now has 306 residential units (including single-family homes, townhouses, carriage houses, senior independent living, market rate and affordable apartments, and live-work lofts), 75,000 sq. ft. of commercial space (including a 28,000-sq.-ft. health food store, a green cleaner, and offices for doctors, dentists, chiropractors, and optometrists).Underpinning this construction, the developer says, was a commitment to green practices that included use of recycled materials, low-VOC products, and water-conserving native plants. Wind turbines generate power for all community buildings and site lighting. And the food store, Sunflower supermarket, is one of the first in the world to earn a LEED for Core & Shell Gold rating.last_img read more

7 Things To Consider Before Selling Your Company

first_imgWill Development Eventually Make Itself Obsolete? scott gerber Tags:#acquisition#Entrepreneurs#Finance#StartUp 101#startups 5. Practice Due DiligenceWhether a startup or Fortune 500 company, people looking to sell should practice due diligence on their own companies before handing things over to a prospective acquirer. Mistakes and oversights can be corrected, and if they cannot, the damage can be minimized. It will be very bad for your asking price if you are sitting at a negotiating table and your prospective buyer informs you that the contract for your biggest customer cannot be assigned, and that contract will have to be renegotiated. It will be even worse if doubts about your IP ownership arise as you are looking to sign the deal.These sort of issues, and many others, are going to come to light one way or another. Make sure that when they do, you are the one in control of the situation by doing your homework ahead of time. – Peter Minton, Minton Law Group, P.C. 6. Avoid Under-Valuations And MismanagementYour company could be undervalued. If you wait a few more years and continue to grow your revenues, you will get closer to your maximum valuation. Keep in mind that acquisitions are often mismanaged, or the new leadership falls apart and hurts the brand. All the hard work you put into building your business could go down the drain. – Peter Nguyen, Literati Institute 7. Find A Culture FitMost important is culture fit. Whether you’re getting acquired or merging with another company, it’s equally important. We’ve acquired another company, and getting both teams to integrate and act as one under a mutual value set was crucial to the transition. We walked away from an acquisition opportunity because the cultures were not aligned.Things to discuss and look for in action at a company are values, beliefs, outlooks and expectations. Other things I’ve found to be important are the company’s risk tolerance, as well as its ability to change and adapt. As entrepreneurs, sometimes we forget not all companies are comfortable testing and pivoting. – Lauren Perkins, Perks Consulting Tips for Selling Smart Supply Chain Solutions While getting acquired is something many young startups hope, dream and sometimes even plan for, the actual deal doesn’t always follow the script. One reason startup acquisitions often don’t go as planned is that the founders may not know what to expect and how to ensure they’re getting the right deal. That’s especially true if it’s an early exit – before the company has fully matured.So we asked seven young founders from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) – many of whom have been through the acquisition process – to share reasons why an early-stage exit might not work out, along with their best advice for making sure things do go as planned: 1. Prepare Records And DocumentsWhen there are different perspectives on how a company should be valued, it’s hard to reach a price agreement. Different visions about where the marketplace is headed can impact perceived value. And investors who want an unrealistic return on their investment can prevent deals from getting done. Practical and personal issues can also bring an acquisition to a halt, including technology differences that make integration difficult and key team members who don’t want to work for the acquiring company.Proper acquisition preparation can help. All your accounting records should be in order, prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Your corporate governance, legal records, HR and employee documentation should also be in order and easily shareable. – David Ehrenberg, Early Growth Financial Services 2. Avoid A Funding GapOften, venture capitalists don’t get involved with a startup until a larger amount of capital is needed, and this can create a funding gap.The best piece of advice for founders preparing for an acquisition is to get ready for change. What used to be yours isn’t anymore, and you need to deal with these changes in order to make the acquisition successful. – Andrew Schrage, Money Crashers Personal Finance 3. Build CashOne big reason early-stage exits go south is that as part of the due diligence process, there is an intense focus on the company financials. The debt you have and the cash you have in the bank matters. Oftentimes, entrepreneurs try to focus on keeping their tax burdens down by minimizing their taxable profits. While this strategy may make sense early in your business life, when you begin thinking about exiting, you want to have at least two years of higher profits. Get ready to write big checks to the IRS if you are thinking about exiting.Second, investors want the company to have cash in the bank and debt to be low; this shows great company health. It makes it easier to justify getting a valuation at three to five times annual revenue. – Raoul Davis, Ascendant Group 4. Align ExpectationsI’ve sold two companies, and both have had different outcomes. The main thing I would suggest is ensuring that your expectations and theirs are aligned. Many times, founders are so eager to get the deal done that they fail to consider “life after acquisition,” and how this change will affect their happiness. The top three things to consider:Operational roles, responsibilities, and expectations: Will you maintain your freedom to create?Product road map: Where does your product fit into the acquiring company’s overall strategy, and what happens if things change?:Earn-outs and changes to the company What happens if the earn-out is tied to a result that you don’t have any power to affect? What if the acquiring company gets acquired? It happens. – Dan Martell, Clarity Related Posts How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture End-of-Life Software: Keep it, Update it, or Fi…last_img read more

Farmland, Farm Employment, and Training Program Locator Database for Veterans

first_imgThis national database allows Veterans, farmers, and organizations such as Cooperative Extension, to connect with each other through farmland, farm employment, and training program listings.Photo from National Center for Appropriate TechnologyNetworking Tools for Veterans in AgricultureVeterans in agriculture can now get information in one place with this national database that lists:Organizations offering agriculture training programs for VeteransJobs from farmers who want to employ VeteransFarmland available to Veterans from landowners who want to help Veterans get started in farmingFarms of Veterans who are already farmingEach listing is categorized by color and ‘pinned’ on the map based off the location. Check it out!  https://www.ncat.org/atf-map/ Along with the Farmland, Farm Employment, and Training Program Locator database, NCAT/ATTRA  also has a Veterans in Agriculture Listserv.For more information about these networking tools, go to https://www.ncat.org/ncat-attra-new-networking-tools-military-veterans-in-agriculture/ where you will also be able to find contact information to help with further questions.About the ATTRA ProjectIn a time of an increasing need to develop a more sustainable and environmentally benign agricultural industry, National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) staff developed  and proposed to Congress the ATTRA project.  Funded in 1987 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the project  serves Cooperative Extension agents, farmers, ranchers,  and others interested in conserving soils and water, reducing chemical inputs, and/or diversifying their agriculture operations.last_img read more

PSL All-Star picks up bronze

first_img“After four months, finally a sweet, sweet podium finish,” said Maraño, referring to the period of time she spent with the national team.“Hopefully with more hard work from us players and a strong volleyball program we can achieve our goals,” added Maraño, the former UAAP MVP from La Salle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe PSL All-Star squad bested Khonkaen Star Volleyball Club, 25-18, 25-22, 32-34, 25-22, for the bronze medal.Other team members were Mika Reyes, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Remy Palma, Bang Pineda, Frances Molina, Rhea Dimaculangan, Chie Saet, Jheck Dionela, Honey Royse Tubino, and Mar-Jana Philips. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grand Slam-seeking Beermen on the right track For Aby Maraño, it was one tangible indication that Philippine volleyball is on the upswing.The feisty middle blocker helped steer a bunch of Philippine Superliga players to a bronze medal in the 2017 Annual Princess Maja Chakri Sirindhorn’s Cup in Sisaket, Thailand, over the weekend.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES 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 commentslast_img read more

General Woes

first_imgA number of senior generals of the Indian Army are sporting long faces. It is learnt that the Defence Ministry has scrapped their special promotion board that was held in January. The next promotion board will only be held in April under new rules drafted by Army chief V.K. Singh. Many officers would have reached their mandatory retirement age in the interim.last_img