Politican discusses Ireland’s global economy

first_imgThose who picture Ireland in terms of sheep and rolling green landscapes may be shocked to learn the nation is far more than just a leader in agricultural exports: it is a business hub drawing major financial, technology and pharmaceutical corporations from around the globe. In her lecture Thursday titled, “An Irish Perspective: Doing Business in a Global Economy,” Irish politician and legislator Mary Hanafin detailed Ireland’s successful integration into today’s highly interconnected global economy. Hanafin attributed Ireland’s increased global economic integration in large part to the recent decline in sectarian violence and conflict between the Northern and Southern regions of the country. She said Ireland’s transformation into a “nation at peace,” a nation emphasizing friendship and cooperation rather than strife, has helped redefine negative perceptions of the country, improving not only the lives of citizens but the health of the economy. “During those early 70s years, when you said to people, particularly people who didn’t speak English, that you were from Ireland, they would say ‘boom boom,’ and they didn’t mean an economic boom,” Hanafin said. “They meant fighting and bombs and killing.” Hanafin said taking a stroll through Dublin, the capital city, will reveal to any visitor the nation’s leading role in international business. She said Dublin has become a major center for the communications industry, attracting corporate giants such as Microsoft, Amazon and Google. Hanafin said Ireland’s educational system has played a large part in attracting foreign business and investment by fostering a highly creative, technically skilled young worker population. “It is the quality and the availability of skilled people that make Ireland attractive and special,” Hanafin said. Ireland’s membership in the European Union, as well its low corporate tax rate of 12.5 percent, also boosts its appeal among corporations seeking high rates of return on their investments, Hanafin said. She said evidence of this can been seen in the large sums of money invested in Ireland internationally. “The USA invests more dollars in Ireland than it does in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa combined, and we’re only a little country of 4.5 million people,” Hanafin said. “But we’re also a country that takes our business, and our business with the world, very seriously.” Hanafin said Irish companies continue to think globally, providing everything from airport biometric screening in Japan to a communications system that currently directs roughly 50 percent of mobile phone traffic in the United States. Hanafin was most struck by the extent of this global economic integration upon visiting a children’s school in the United Arab Emirates. She said watching students use Irish software to learn the Quran was “globalization at its best.” Looking forward, Hanafin said Ireland will continue to foster cooperative economic ties with nations around the world, sharing its distinct culture and heritage while learning to appreciate the cultures of other peoples. “It is about respecting not only own our culture, but the culture of the countries with who we do business,” Hanafin said. “It’s about appreciating the importance of dialogue, and friendship, and peace as a small, neutral nation in a very troubled world.” Contact Dan Brombach at [email protected]last_img read more

New citizenship rule affects children born abroad to U.S. citizen mothers

first_imgIn accordance with a recent Supreme Court ruling, the USCIS has updated its policy requirements to restrict automatic citizenship for certain children born abroad to unwed U.S. Citizen mothers.The new restriction provides that children born abroad to an unwed U.S. Citizen mother, can only acquire U.S. Citizenship automatically if the U.S. Citizen mother, prior to the child’s birth, had lived in the U.S. for at least five years, two years of which must have been after the age of 14. This rule has been in effect for married couples and unwed U.S. Citizen fathers for some time. Under the prior rule, the law gave preferential treatment to a child born to an unwed U.S. Citizen mother, requiring only that she had lived in the U.S. for at least one continuous year before the child’s birth.In the recent Supreme Court case which changed the law, Sessions v. Morales-Santana, the court ruled that giving preferential treatment to U.S. Citizen mothers is unconstitutional and that the preferential treatment would end on June 12, 2017. As a result,  children born outside the U.S. to unwed U.S. Citizen mothers on or after June 12, 2017 will only obtain automatic U.S. Citizenship if the U.S. Citizen mother, prior to the child’s birth, had lived in the U.S. for at least five years, two years of which must have been after the age of 14.The new USCIS policy also clarifies requirements for unwed U.S. Citizen fathers, providing that  in order for their children born abroad to be eligible to obtain automatic U.S. Citizenship, they must provide proof that they agreed in writing to provide financial support to the child before the child’s 18th birthday.last_img read more

Pelican’s Dante Cunningham recalled Kobe Bryant’s dunk that led to injury

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “We all looked at each other like, ‘Did he really just shoot with his left hand?’ ” Cunningham said. “That’s just Kobe. He still played. We didn’t think twice about it.”Cunningham soon found out that Bryant’s dunk over him contributed to his season-ending shoulder injury that needed surgery. “He didn’t do anything out of the realm of normal in what he does,” Cunningham, said. “But it shows the warrior in him, the passion he has for the game and the will not to give up.” Full circle The best game of Jabari Brown’s short NBA career had just ended, his 22-point performance in Monday’s win against Philadelphia marking the last game of his second 10-day contract. Yet, Brown refused to think that secured his Lakers future. “I felt like I played well enough, but sometimes there are other things that go into it,” said Brown, who went undrafted out of University of Missouri and spent the past year in the Development League. “I was hoping for the best.” The best happened. The Lakers signed Brown for the rest of the 2014-15 season ($50,000) and to a non-guaranteed contract for the 2015-16 campaign ($900,000).The Lakers also waived 41-year-old guard Steve Nash, who officially announced his retirement two weeks ago after missing the 2014-15 season with a back injury. “He looked more comfortable and confident every game,” Scott said of Brown. “I’m very happy for Jabari because he’s put the work in.”Scott told Brown he lacked aggressiveness in training camp. Brown then averaged a league-leading 24.4 points per game with the Lakers’ Development League affiliate, the D-Fenders. Brown followed that up by averaging 9.4 points on 50 percent shooting in 24.5 minutes through 10 games, impressing Scott with his scoring, playmaking and defense. “I wanted to be aggressive, but I didn’t want to force things or take bad shots,” Brown said. “I felt like I was aggressive and playing hard on the defensive end.”center_img Two images of Kobe Bryant will stay etched in Dante Cunningham’s mind.The New Orleans Pelicans reserve forward will forever remember how Bryant nearly three months ago drove past him and finished with a two-handed dunk that Cunningham called “a Kobe special.” He will also remember how Bryant then grabbed his right shoulder, a play on Jan. 21 that aggravated a torn rotator cuff and sidelined the Lakers’ star for the remainder of the 2014-15 season. “At the time, you didn’t think anything of it,” Cunningham told Los Angeles News Group before the Lakers hosted New Orleans on Wednesday at Staples Center. “We still played.”That included Bryant. The Lakers’ star soon went to the bench after his third-quarter dunk at the 4:12 to ice his shoulder. But then Bryant re-entered the game with five minutes remaining, handling and shooting the ball with only his left arm. He successfully made one turnaround jumper with his left hand. Bryant airballed on his second attempt, prompting Cunningham and his teammates to joke the Lakers’ star was “just trying to expand his game.”last_img read more

Breaking: Two teens hospitalised after being struck by bus

first_imgTwo teenagers have been rushed to hospital after being struck by a bus on the outskirts of Mountcharles village.The incident happened just before 5pm on the Mountcharles to Inver road.Gardai have confirmed they are carrying out a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident. Both boys have been taken to Letterkenny General Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.The road is currently closed for a technical examination and diversions are in place. Breaking: Two teens hospitalised after being struck by bus was last modified: October 10th, 2019 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:buscrashGardaiMOUNTCHARLESlast_img read more

“Very Unreal and Fantastic”: Electric Cables Created by Bacteria

first_imgResearchers discovered bacteria at the ocean floor that conduct electrons at distances more than a centimeter through elaborate cables.Publishing in Nature, Danish researchers with American colleagues determined that the seafloor is full of “live wires” that may play an essential role in ocean ecology, if not the ecology of the whole biosphere.  These wires are formed by colonies of “novel members of the deltaproteobacterial family Desulfobulbaceae” that effectively form electrical cables, complete with insulation.A few years ago, these researchers had detected electric currents in the ocean floor.  How they were mediated, though, was unknown till now.  In the Introduction to their paper, they explained why the current is necessary:Marine sediments become anoxic because oxygen is consumed by microbial processes at the surface. Without available oxygen the microorganisms living below the surface are supposed to depend on energetically less favourable, anaerobic processes. Recently, however, electric currents have been found to directly connect oxygen reduction at the surface with sulphide oxidation in the subsurface, even when oxygen and sulphide are separated by more than 1 cm. Half of the sediment oxygen consumption can be driven by electrons transported from below. The spatial separation of oxidation and reduction processes invokes steep pH gradients leading to distinct dissolutions and precipitations of minerals. Microbial activity apparently drives the electrochemical half-reactions and the establishment of electron-conducting structures through the sediment.Science Daily reported on this discovery on Oct. 24, saying that a mystery of electrical conductivity in the seafloor has been solved by the discovery of these bacteria. “They make up a kind of live electric cable that no one had ever imagined existed,” the article said.  It quoted one of the researchers’ reactions: “On the one hand, it is still very unreal and fantastic. On the other hand, it is also very tangible,” said Professor at Aarhus University, Lars Peter Nielsen.Another interesting summary can be found (appropriately) on Wired.com.  The article includes six illustrations and photographs of the “marvelous microbes.”  Even though they are 1/100 the diameter of the human hair, they have an elaborate structure with 15 to 17 channels down their exteriors that match up from cell to cell, forming a continuous protective sheath, like insulation.  Their smallness should not diminish what they accomplish:”Were bacteria the size of humans, the signals would be making a journey 12 miles long.”  The fragile cables break easily, but because they are alive, they can grow and regenerate themselves, unlike man-made cables.A single teaspoon of mud from the seafloor contains at least a half mile of these living cables. Moreover, the researchers found these in sediments from widely distributed samples, suggesting that much of the planet conducts electricity from the anoxic layer to the oxic layer.  The electrical charge circuit is completed by ions in seawater, producing water in the process.  This has led the researchers to speculate on their role in planetary ecology.  In their concluding discussion, they asked follow-up questions and paid a compliment to evolution for creating electrical engineers:Bacterial micro-cables represent a hitherto unknown lifestyle, which immediately raises many intriguing questions for further research: How are energy conservation and growth allocated among the cells? What is their genetic and metabolic diversity? How are filament division and dispersal controlled? What is the molecular and electronic basis of the electron transport? How widespread are they in nature? Transmission improvement and control of electric currents have been major drivers for electronic innovation. It appears that biological evolution has worked successfully in the same direction.Wired.com‘s article said, “It’s possible that, at the microbial level, the deep seafloor is humming with current.”  The final caption recognized the planetary implications of the living power grid:With so much electricity being transferred, are other organisms tapping the lines? Might the Desulfobulbaceae be a power source for entire as-yet-unappreciated deep-sea microbial ecologies, which in turn shape some of the planet’s fundamental biogeochemical processes? That’s “an interesting possibility,” said Nielsen, but it’s still speculation.Less speculatively, the Desulfobulbaceae are definitely breaking down iron sulfides and carbonates in deeper sediment, while generating iron oxide and magnesium calcite at the surface, Nielsen said. The latter are important compounds for life in the oceans above, and ultimately on land. If the new Desulfobulbaceae are as widespread and populous as they seem, they could be an important component of life’s deep-time cycles.In the Editor’s Summary at Nature.com,the editors added a biomimetic angle to the story:A major challenge for multicellular organisms is that of supplying every cell with food and oxygen. Nils Risgaard-Petersen and colleagues report a surprising solution to the problem, arrived at by multicelluar filamentous Desulfobulbaceae bacteria several centimetres long, living in the upper layers of marine sediments sampled in Aarhus Bay, Denmark. These organisms seem to function as living electric cables, transporting electrons from sulphides generated in organic matter in deeper anoxic sediments to the oxygen available in the surface layers. These living micro-cables raise a host of topics for future research, and could also find technological applications.The original paper by researchers at Aarhus University in Denmark was published by Nature on Nov. 8, though posted online on Oct. 24.  Finding bacteria that form insulated electrical cables that may play a fundamental role in the ecology of the planet goes to show how much remains to be discovered about the “primitive” microbes surrounding us.  Source: Pffefer, Larson et al., “Filamentous bacteria transport electrons over centimetre distances,” Nature 491, 08 November 2012, pp. 218–221, doi:10.1038/nature11586.It will be interesting to see if similar electrical cabling occurs in other contexts, such as in the soil networks known to connect plants with each other.  This intriguing discovery is another example of the empirical trend against evolution: the closer scientists look at the microbial world, the more complex and interconnected it is found to be, and the less plausible the evolutionary just-so stories become.  These bacteria appear to exist not only for their own sakes, but also to enable nutrient cycles that affect the whole biosphere.  How would the first organisms survive without them?  How did they form such elaborate structures?  Evolutionists can’t just wave their hands and say they “evolved to” conduct electricity more effectively by transmitting electrons through their interiors, and then “evolved to” add insulating sheaths for “transmission improvement.”  No teleology allowed for Darwinists.  Their critics can rejoice at here another fine example of sophisticated design, not only in the bacteria themselves, but also in their functional role for their ecology, and possibly the biogeochemical balance of the entire world. 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Brooklyn Nets fend off Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans

first_imgEarly shooting barrage lifts Mavericks to rare road victory SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Krauss New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis (23) rebounds the ball as Brooklyn Nets’ Ed Davis (17) and Spencer Dinwiddie (8) watch during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — The Nets piled on the points in the first half like never before in Brooklyn, and it turned out they needed almost all of them.Anthony Davis was that tough to stop in a monstrous return to the lineup.ADVERTISEMENT Atkinson said Williams had an excellent opportunity elsewhere so the Nets cut him so he could pursue that.UP NEXTPelicans: Visit Cleveland on Saturday.Nets: Visit Memphis on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting D’Angelo Russell had 22 points and 13 assists, and the Nets built up a big enough lead with a 73-point first half to hold off Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans, 126-121 on Wednesday night.Davis finished with 34 points and a career-high 26 rebounds after a one-game absence, but there weren’t enough rebounds to get in the first half, when the Nets opened a 24-point lead during their highest-scoring first half at home in 17 years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“Man, when you got a guy like Anthony Davis down there, it’s tough for us on the defensive end, it’s tough for us on the offensive end,” Russell said. “You’ve just got to keep playing next play at a time mentality and just being aggressive on all cylinders.”Joe Harris added 21 points for the Nets, who had 105 points through three quarters, then got consecutive baskets by Harris when New Orleans trimmed the lead down to seven with under 5 minutes remaining. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue MOST READ The Nets made nine of their first 15 3-point attempts during their highest-scoring first half at home since getting 75 against Golden State on Feb. 19, 2002, back in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Davis said the Pelicans’ first-half defense was lazy.“The whole first half they did whatever they wanted,” he said. “They didn’t feel us on the defensive end.”Despite playing without injured Caris LeVert, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Allen Crabbe, the Nets won for the seventh time in their last eight home games. They finished with seven players in double figures, with DeMarre Carroll (19) and Spencer Dinwiddie (18) leading a bench effort that had a whopping 55-5 advantage over the New Orleans reserves.“Losing Caris and Allen Crabbe and Rondae, I just think we’re a deeper squad and we’re a better squad. But we have a tough road ahead here, especially short-handed,” coach Kenny Atkinson said. “If we can weather the storm I think until we’re fully healthy, maybe we can do something important.”Elfrid Payton scored 25 points for New Orleans in his second game back after missing more than a month with a broken finger. Julius Randle had 21 and Jrue Holiday 20, but the Pelicans got next to nothing from their bench.ADVERTISEMENT The Nets were ahead 39-29 after one and scored the first seven of the second quarter, going ahead 46-29 on Carroll’s 3-pointer. He added another almost two minutes later for a 20-point bulge, and the lead grew to 24 points later in the quarter. The Pelicans rallied with 12 straight points to cut the lead in half, and Brooklyn was ahead 73-58 at the break.Brooklyn led by 18 after three before New Orleans closed within five after a late flurry.“We got behind and you’re playing uphill,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “We know this story. We’ve seen this story before.”TIP-INSPelicans: Gentry said Davis’ absence in their victory over Minnesota on Monday came after the All-Star forward caught an illness from his young daughter. … Davis’ previous career best was 22 rebounds.Nets: Brooklyn’s reserves outscored New Orleans’ 39-5 in the first half. … The Nets are 6-1 in their first game of the new year since moving to Brooklyn in 2012.CRABBE SETBACKCrabbe will be out at least another week because of his sore right knee. Atkinson said last week that Crabbe was nearing a return but the team announced Wednesday that Crabbe’s bruised fat pad, which caused the soreness, needed additional recovery time. Crabbe will be re-evaluated in approximately 10 days. He missed his 10th straight game Wednesday.WILLIAMS WAIVEDThe Nets waived forward/center Alan Williams, who had been playing on a two-way contract. Williams was averaging 21 points and a league-leading 14.7 rebounds for the Long Island Nets but didn’t appear in a game for Brooklyn. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

Championship Title Icing on Cake for Atherton Committee

first_imgOne of North Queensland’s smallest affiliates came up trumps against two of North Queensland’s strongest in two divisions last weekend at the 2013 North Queensland Open & Senior Regional Championships in Townsville, as Atherton’s Women’s Over 34 side claimed the title in their division with a spectacular 3-2 victory over Townsville Castle Hill, and the Atherton Women’s Open side earned a hard-fought victory over Gordonvale 6-5 to claim the Women’s Open Tier 2 title.After mixed results during early round games while combined with the Women’s Under 26 division, including an 11-1 loss to Townsville’s Women’s Under 26 side and a 5-1 victory over Mackay’s Women’s Over 34, the strength and experience of the Atherton Over 35’s side led them to a confrontation with division heavyweights Townsville Castle Hill on Sunday afternoon.The Atherton Women’s Open side weren’t so lucky, having a rough time finding points during round games, but eventually meeting a young but experienced Gordonvale side in the final of the Tier 2 division.The victories were all-the-more sweeter for Atherton, knowing that not only is it the first time that sides from Atherton have attended the annual NQ Championships since 2010 but that they came from an affiliate of less than three hundred players.After an absence from the annual NQ Championships since 2010, Atherton not only fielded the winning Women’s Under 34 and Women’s Open Tier 2 sides, but also fielded a Men’s Over 39 side who narrowly missed out on a spot in their division’s final, thanks in no small part to the efforts of a devoted committee that has worked tirelessly over the last few years to return strength to the representative levels of the sport in the Tablelands area.Adding to the glory of the Women’s Under 34 title, Atherton referees Karli Riesen and Adam Hogan were recognised for their efforts on the weekend, receiving Most Promising Female and Male referee awards respectively.Thank you to Kerrod Hall from North Queensland Touch for providing the content.Related LinksIcing on Cake for Athertonlast_img read more

2016 – 2020 Australian Open Coach – Position Available

first_imgCall for Expressions of Interest for TFA Australian Open Women’s Coach.Over the next four (4) years from 2016-2020 Touch Football Australia (TFA) will have numerous representative teams competing in various international events. The cycle will culminate in the 2019 Federation of International (FIT) Touch World Cup being hosted in Malaysia. Leading up to 2019 Australia will compete on the international stage annually in Open Trans-Tasman Series.TFA have an established process involving formal agreements and performance assessments with all our Open Program Head Coaches. After unprecedented success by the Open program at the 2015 FIT Touch World Cup and based on outstanding performances throughout the cycle TFA have offered the incumbent coaches the opportunity to retain their positions for the 2019 FIT Touch World Cup cycle.A coaching vacancy now existing within the Open Program, TFA is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from suitably qualified, currently accredited and active elite level coaches to fill the following Head Coach position for the Women’s Open Program. Please see pdf below for full information in regards to the role requirements specific to the Women’s Open role and EOI process.Related Filestfa_open_australian_coach_eoi_promotion-pdfRelated LinksCoaching Position EOIlast_img read more

10 months agoAgent reveals Keita Balde Diao rejected Tottenham for Inter Milan

first_imgAgent reveals Keita Balde Diao rejected Tottenham for Inter Milanby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveKeita Balde Diao rejected Tottenham Hotspur in favour of signing with Inter Milan.The Senegalese international joined the Italian giants on loan from Monaco.And his agent, Roberto Calenda, has revealed he rejected the chance to move to the Premier League.”Inter was immediately receptive once the possibility of closing the operation was understood,” Calenda told Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport.”There were other interested teams. Since last January, Napoli had moved. We also received calls from Tottenham. But faced with the possibility of Inter, Keita had no doubts, he immediately made his wishes understood.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more