FUNDING APPROVED FOR DONEGAL ANIMAL CHARITIES

first_imgFunding has been approved for three animal welfare groups in Co Donegal.Among the organisations that have been approved are:-Animals In Need, Clareden Drive, Donegal Town  – €21,000.00 Donegal Donkey Sanctuary, Castle Dooey, Raphoe – €2,100.00Twin Towns Lost & Found Dogs, Cooladason, Killygordon – E1,000.00Fine Gael T.D for Donegal South West, Dinny McGinley, was informed by Simon Coveney, T.D., Minister for Agriculture, Food & Marine of the funding.   Among the organisations that have been approved are:- Animals In Need, Clareden Drive, Donegal Town, Co. Donegal – E21,000.00Donegal Donkey Sanctuary, Castle Dooey, Raphoe, Co. Donegal – E2,100.00Twin Towns Lost & Found Dogs, Cooladason, Killygordon, Co. Donegal – E1,000.00 Deputy welcomed the allocation and complimented the excellent work being carried out on a voluntary basis by the personnel in these Organisations. FUNDING APPROVED FOR DONEGAL ANIMAL CHARITIES was last modified: December 19th, 2014 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)last_img read more

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Outsourcing to South Africa

first_imgAs companies worldwide respond to increasing cost and efficiency pressures, South Africa is becoming a favoured international location for business process outsourcing and offshoring.A massive banking call centre in Johannesburg. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterBusiness process outsourcing (BPO) and offshoring is a major global trend and the industry, worth an estimated US$130-billion a year, has an expected annual growth rate of about 50% for the next five years.BPO involves relocating business processes that a company usually performs in-house to a third-party service provider, such as a customer care or call centre, to carry out on behalf of the company. Outsourcing becomes offshoring when the third-party service provider is located overseas.The BPO industry’s focus sectors include financial services, insurance and telecommunications, with outsourced processes including after-sales services, data capture and conversion, accounting, benefits administration, human resource functions, and website design and development.Identified as a key sector in the government’s strategy to boost the country’s economy and create employment, business process outsourcing and offshoring is forecast to create 25 000 direct and 75 000 indirect jobs in South Africa and contribute up to R7.95-billion to the national economy by 2009.Information technology (IT) outsourcing is also a growing business in South Africa, with the diversity of the local market, first world know-how and a developing country environment making it an ideal test lab for new innovations.IT outsourcing makes up more than a third of the R30-billion IT services market, according to a study in 2008 by research and advisory firm IDC, taking up the largest share of all IT service categories.Gartner, the international research group, rates South Africa as one of its top 30 software development outsourcing destinations, with 2007 research putting it on par with Israel in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, and next to Australia and India globally.Calling .ZAAccording to Business Day, the local call-centre industry has grown by about 8% a year since 2003. It directly employs about 54 000 people and contributes 0.92% to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP).A government-backed BPO support programme, launched in 2007, aims to enhance South Africa’s competitiveness and includes a budgeted R1.1-billion in investment incentives. The plan focuses on:A broad-based marketing strategy.A government support programme which includes an investment grant and training subsidies.A developmental pricing framework for telecommunications.Competitive advantagesFor international firms, South Africa slots in between near-shore locations such as Canada, Mexico or Eastern Europe, which offer close proximity as well as cultural affinity to domestic markets, and more traditional offshore locations, such as India and the Philippines, that offer cheap labour.South Africa has many factors working in its favour, including:World-class service levels of call centre staff.A broad base of management and service provider expertise, coupled with extensive financial services expertise, particularly in insurance, mortgage and loan processing and collection.Time-zone compatibility with Europe.High rates of fluency in English, coupled with neutral English accents that are easily understood in Western markets.A favourable exchange rate.Strong government support.State-backed incentives, such as start-up and expansion grants and discounted telecommunications prices.An advanced and growing telecommunications industry.The government is taking steps to ensure cheaper and more widely available bandwidth capacity, which will allow cheaper international phone calls. Major projects are also under way to lay submarine fibre-optic cables along both the east and west coasts of Africa to boost the continent’s connection with the rest of the world.World in one countryInternational companies that have already chosen South Africa as a BPO destination include IBM, Fujitsu Siemens, Lufthansa, Virgin, Sykes, Avis and the Car Phone Warehouse.South Africa’s commitment to the BPO industry was underscored in 2007 by the decision to build a R125-million, 1 500-seat call centre at the Coega Industrial Development Zone outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.The BPO Park covers five hectares in Coega’s business service precinct and includes training facilities and recreational space. The managing company said the space was designed to cater for various scenarios and could accommodate numerous different investors.Other recent investments include:In May 2008, oil multinational Royal Dutch Shell opened a call centre in Cape Town. The centre will service Shell’s customers in Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, with native Afrikaans-speaking operators trained to converse in Dutch and Flemish.In November 2007, US-based business process outsourcing giant TeleTech started  construction on its first facility on the African continent, at the Old Match Factory in Salt River, Cape TownBusiness Process Enabling South AfricaDepartment of Trade and IndustryCoega Development CorporationBusiness DayWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Nikon to nurture young photographers

first_imgNikon Africa Trust will raise funds to help nurture Africa’s future top photographers. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) The trust is hoping to raise funds from the handmade bracelets. (Image: Nikon Facebook Page) MEDIA CONTACTS • Marli van Schalkwyk Media Liaison Nikon +27 11 466 2500  RELATED ARTICLES • Photoafrica shows Africa’s cityscapes • Bieber wins top press photo award • Show your support for João Silva • Business school to expand in AfricaBongani NkosiThe newly launched Nikon Africa Trust promises to help produce top photographers from the continent’s disadvantaged communities.Nikon South Africa made the announcement on 13 July. The group described its new initiative as a goodwill venture designed to “provide a professional future” for talented young photography students who could otherwise not afford to pay for advanced training.Coordinator Robin Malherbe explained in an interview that the trust will fund training organisations based in targeted communities.“We won’t have any schools ourselves, but we’ll partner with other organisations that provide photography training,” Malherbe said.Mentorship and trainingThe trust will raise funds to bankroll the identified community projects. Besides photography training, Nikon said the initiative will also focus on mentorship for organisations and students alike.The company will provide hi-tech equipment, including modern digital cameras, to the organisations.Umuzi Photo Club, an organisation focusing on developing photography skills among young people in South Africa’s townships, recently became the trust’s first beneficiary.Umuzi founder David Dini confirmed Nikon South Africa’s donation of a kit containing a camera, two lenses, a jacket and a bag.The equipment is being used by Floyd Vilankulu, a 24-year-old from the Johannesburg township of Alexandra. Vilankulu aims to forge a career as a professional photographer.“We do work with high school kids, but with his ambitions we thought he’d be an excellent candidate for the Nikon kit,” said Dini.The trust’s goal is to produce both photojournalists and specialist photographers, who might even become household names in the profession.“In time we anticipate that many of our students will not only earn a sustainable living through their photography, but also receive recognition as skilled photographers and photojournalists through capturing and showcasing the beauty and diversity of our continent and its people,” Nikon South Africa’s CEO Stefan van der Walt said in a statement.The industry provides employment for scores of budding and experienced photographers throughout the continent, especially in news media organisations. A number of African specialist photographers, including the likes of South Africa’s David Goldblatt and Peter Magubane, have also earned fame for themselves over the decades.Trust to initiate competitionMalherbe said a photography competition, to be initiated via the new trust, is due to launch in Pretoria townships within weeks and will introduce photography to secondary school pupils.“We encourage school kids to get involved in photography in that way (the competition),” said Malherbe.The trust is focusing on South African projects during the initiative’s early stages “to see how it how works and establish the type of organisations to work with” before it expands into the rest of the continent, according to Malherbe.Bracelets for revenueHandmade bracelets sold at R40 (US$5 83) will be the main source of funding for the trust. They are available from Nikon outlets.The colourful bracelets are made by formerly unemployed women in Khayelitsha, a township on the outskirts of Cape Town.Nikon said all profits generated from the sale of the bracelets will be donated to the trust to ensure that it’s “able to continue creating photographers of the future”.“It takes something as small as buying a bracelet to change someone’s life forever,” said Romi Jacobs, chief brand officer at Nikon South Africa.The trust will participate in other social responsibility projects but the photography scheme remains its primary focus, said Malherbe.last_img read more

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Agricultural Trade Promotion Program funding

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On Jan. 31, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced details of a key component of the Trump administration’s trade mitigation package designed to address the effects of retaliatory measures impacting exports of U.S. agricultural products. The Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP) provides additional funding to help U.S. exporters develop new markets and help mitigate the adverse effects of other countries’ tariff and non-tariff barriers.The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) is one of 57 organizations that will receive ATP funding through the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).“USMEF appreciates the Trump administration’s recognition of the extremely competitive environment U.S. agricultural products face in the global marketplace, and how changes in trading partners’ tariff rates can put these products at a significant disadvantage,” said Dan Halstrom, USMEF President and CEO. “As authorized by FAS, this funding will help USMEF and other organizations defend existing market share and develop new destinations for U.S. agricultural products, which is especially important at a time when trade disputes and preferential trade agreements have further intensified competition in many key markets.”last_img read more

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A Commercial Building in California Gets a Net-Zero Retrofit

first_imgReduced demand for power is keyUnion officials say that a variety of energy conservation steps were taken to reduce the amount of electricity needed to run the building by about 75% when compared to a conventional commercial building of the same size.Byron Benton, training director for Local 595 of the IBEW-NECA, says advanced controls for lighting and ventilation were instrumental in lowering energy needs. Ambient-light sensors in offices and classrooms turn on LED light fixtures as needed while shades on skylights and windows can be used to darken rooms. Automated windows placed near skylights let hot air out of the building while ground-level windows let cooler air in.Benton says that the heating and cooling system uses a refrigerant rather than forced air or water. “In liquid form, refrigerant takes heat out of the surrounding area,” he tells The Electrical Worker. “Then you can take that gas in the system and redistribute to a part of the building that might need heating. So we aren’t just independently heating a cold area; when possible, we are redistributing heat that is already in the building to where we want it.” California electrical workers have renovated a 46,000-sq.-ft. commercial building in San Leandro into a net-zero energy training center. According to The Electrical Worker online, it is one of the first net-zero projects in the country that transformed an existing commercial building.The Zero Net Energy Center, a project of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), will focus on energy conservation technologies as part of California’s effort to achieve its 2030 net-zero goal for commercial buildings.The training center, which officially opened on May 30, will use a combination of helical wind turbines and photovoltaic panels to reach energy self-sufficiency. At full capacity, the system is capable of producing 139 kW of electricity, which the union says is 10% more than the building would need with “every classroom full, every computer fired up and every office in use.”last_img read more

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Rain or Shine dumps Alaska in Hontiveros, dela Cruz farewell

first_imgLaDontae Henton put up a game-high 20 points to lead Alaska.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—Rain or Shine put a damper on a couple of retirements after thrashing Alaska, 112-82, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Ynares Sports Center here.The Elasto Painters improved to 6-4 to strengthened their bid for the fourth spot in the standings while the Aces, who saw Dondon Hontiveros and Tony Dela Cruz play their final games, ended their season with a 3-8 card.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Jordan’s advice to newly-acquired Dwight Howard: ‘Play determined’ Rain or Shine broke the game wide open with a big second quarter run and a definitive 15-0 run to start the fourth capped by a jumper by Ronnie Matias for a 98-61 lead made sure Alaska stayed down for the count. “I just told the players that we will go up against Alaska and that they should play that they want to win,” said ROS head coach Caloy Garcia.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 opening“We’re lucky that (Sonny) Thoss, Calvin (Abueva), and (Chris) Banchero didn’t play today but I still told my team to play at a hundred percent.”J’Nathan Bullock topscored for the Elasto Painters with 14 points while Chris Tiu filled up the stat sheets with nine points, eight rebounds, five assists, and two steals.  View comments 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 MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Fire forces hundreds from homes in northern Saskatchewan

first_imgAPTN National NewsAbout 500 residents from the communities of Sikichu and Hall Lake in northern Saskatchewan have been forced to flee their homes after a lightning strike ignited a forest fire.Hall Lake is one of six communities that forms the Lac La Ronge Indian Band.The blaze was about one kilometre away from the community when people were forced to leave.Community members are staying in the nearby town of La Ronge.There is no word on when they will return home.last_img

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