Gerry Adams to officially open Donegal Republican Centre

first_imgDonegal Sinn Féin Chairperson, Eamon Jackson, has announced details of the official opening the new Republican Centre in Letterkenny on Thursday.Announcing the details, Eamon Jackson said;“For over a decade, Republicans in Donegal have worked extremely hard to fund and secure a building which will serve as a permanent centre for our activists in the county. “Following on from the refurbishment of the Drumboe Martyrs monument in Stranorlar, this marks the conclusion of the current phase of our development in the county.“We are now proud to announce that the Sands/Fullerton Republican Centre on High Road, Letterkenny will be officially opened by Sinn Féin President, Gerry Adams, on Thursday at 7.30pm.“Fittingly it has been named after two heroes of the Republican struggle – 1981 hunger striker Bobby Sands and Donegal County Councillor Eddie Fullerton who was murdered in Buncrana in 1991. “All friends and supporters of Sinn Féin in the county are invited to attend this milestone in the growth of republicanism in Donegal.“It will be an evening of celebration and reflection – a time to be proud of our past and look forward to the future. Everyone is welcome to come along.”Gerry Adams to officially open Donegal Republican Centre was last modified: June 27th, 2017 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) Tags:Donegal Republican CentreEamon Jacksongerry adamsSinn Feinlast_img read more

Tiger Brands grows Nigeria stake

first_img25 September 2012South African food company Tiger Brands has expanded its African stake by buying 63% of Dangote Flour Mills in Nigeria for approximately R1.5-billion, the company announced on Tuesday.Tiger Brands is a fast-moving consumer goods company (FMCG) listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.It currently operates in Nigeria, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya and Zimbabwe, and its acquisition of Dangote Flour Mills is its third – and largest – deal in Nigeria.It follows the acquisition of biscuit manufacturer Deli Foods Nigeria Limited in April 2011 and UAC Food and Beverage Businesses in May 2011.The purchase would add “significant scale to Tiger Brands’ existing Nigerian businesses and represents a further important step in Tiger Brands’ expansion strategy on the balance of the African continent,” Tiger Brands said in a statement.“Nigeria is a key strategic growth market in West Africa, the second-largest African economy and one of the fastest growing economies in sub-Saharan Africa.”Dangote Flour Mills is regarded as a leader in the flour and pasta market segment of Nigeria’s consumer food sector, with a 30% market share in flour milling and 40% market share in pasta.It is the second-largest flour milling company in Nigeria and is involved in flour milling and processing, as well as processing pasta and noodles.“With an estimated population in excess of 160-million and projected average real GDP growth forecast over the next three years of approximately 7% per annum, Tiger Brands believes, particularly for consumer goods, that the potential of the Nigerian market is significant,” Tiger Brands said.“Tiger Brands views its strategic relationships with both the Dangote and UAC groups as crucial to its continuing success within the Nigerian FMCG sector.“Over the medium term, operational synergies and efficiencies will be leveraged to ensure all parties benefit from these strategic alliances.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Weekly Wrap-up: I Worked on the AOL Content Farm, Ceremonial Site Takedowns, Jailbreak iOS 4.2.1, and More…

first_imgTags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups ReadWrite Sponsors You Can Now Buy Up to 16 Terabytes of Storage from GoogleRolling Blackouts in Texas May Cause Trouble for the CloudA Home Where the Digital Wallpaper Changes When Grandma VisitsReadWriteBizReadWriteBiz is a resource and guide for small to medium businesses. 4 Reasons to Spring A Few Bucks For That Premium WordPress ThemeHow to Opt Out of Receiving the Yellow PagesAndroid Honeycomb: The First Few Apps For BusinessesReadWriteHackReadWriteHack is a resource and guide for developers. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting I Worked on the AOL Content Farm & It Changed My LifeATDHE Seized: How Site Takedowns Are CeremonialStep By Step, Google Docs Becoming the Mythical “GDrive”You Can Now Buy Up to 16 Terabytes of Storage from GoogleHow to Jailbreak iOS 4.2.1 – Now, Untethered!More coverage and analysis from ReadWriteWebDownload Our Latest Free Report: Engaging Online Communities The countless individual interactions people make online have introduced a new level of complexity in marketing. These “gestures” come in the form of likes in Facebook, replies in Twitter or subscriptions to blogs. Other gestures may be a link to a site or a check-in on a location-based network. Engaging Online Communities takes a look at how the modern enterprise must set up the right systems so it can keep track of the gestures that people make and perform analytics on the data. You can download and view Engaging Online Communitieshere.LocationFacebook Deals Launches in EuropeGoogle Adds 3 New Ways to Check In to Places, Including AutomaticallyMore Location coverage MobileEricsson Launches Mobile Banking System to Rival Western UnionIn Preparation for the iPhone, Verizon Plans to Throttle Its Heaviest Data UsersMore Mobile coverageInternet of ThingsLast Block of IPv4 Addresses AllocatedInternet of Things Innovators: ThingMagicMore Internet of Things coverageCheck Out The ReadWriteWeb iPhone App As well as enabling you to read ReadWriteWeb while on the go or lying on the couch, we’ve made it easy to share ReadWriteWeb posts directly from your iPhone, on Twitter and Facebook using the official ReadWriteWeb iPhone app. You can also follow the RWW team on Twitter, directly from the app. We invite you to download it now from iTunes.ReadWriteEnterpriseReadWriteEnterprise is devoted to enterprise 2.0 and using social software inside organizations. center_img The New Rules of the App StoreUpstage: A New App for Sharing iOS MockupsSamsung’s Galaxy Tab Sales Exaggerated, Negates Data from Android Market Share ReportEnjoy your weekend everyone!Subscribe to the Weekly Wrap-upYou can subscribe to the Weekly Wrap-up by RSS or by email below.RWW Weekly Wrap-up Email Subscription form: The violence, ongoing turmoil, and occasional triumphs in Egypt impacted our news coverage every day this past week. But it was Marshall Kirkpatrick’s tale of life on the AOL content farm that ended up as readers’ top choice in the week’s most popular stories. Verizon, and its plan to throttle high-data users in the wake of the new iPhone release was the top mobile post. In location news, Facebook Deals arrived in Europe. And Richard MacManus profiled a leading innovator in the Internet of Things. Read on to find out who, as well as more top stories.Top Stories of the Week Get a Viral Launch Page For Your Startup With LaunchRockStrategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Indian Entrepreneurs Are MaturingReadWriteCloudReadWriteCloud, sponsored by VMware and Intel, is dedicated to Virtualization and Cloud Computing. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top 10 Most Popular Open Source Applications in the Enterprise (Maybe)Forget “Brand Conversations” on Social NetworksSalesforce.com Buys Google Apps Marketplace Favorite ManymoonReadWriteStartReadWriteStart, sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark, is a resource for startups and entrepreneurs. Git Hacking: A Social Layer for GitHubThe Stanford Visualization Group Debuts Visual Tool for Cleaning Up DataA Free Visual Programming Language for Big DataReadWriteMobileReadWriteMobile is dedicated to helping its community understand the strategic business and technical implications of developing mobile applications. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Attic Stairs for High-Performance Houses

first_img RELATED ARTICLES How to Insulate and Air-Seal Pull-Down Attic StairsCAD Detail from the GBA Library: Air Sealing for Pull-Down Attic Stair Insulating Attic StairsHow to Insulate and Air Seal an Attic Hatch A New York-based retailer is offering a pull-down attic stair designed to solve a knotty problem in high-performance houses with unconditioned attics.Unless a builder cobbles together a well-sealed attic hatch, or builds an insulated and air-sealed door and stairwell, the hole in the attic floor will mean a lot of wasted heating and cooling energy as well as serious air leaks.The Klimatec 160, made by the Austrian company Wippro, offers builders a way to insulate the opening with 6.3 inches of extruded polystyrene insulation for an advertised R-value of 26 and an installed whole-unit R-value (taking the frame into account) of about R-17. An optional hatch adds 2 3/8 inches of insulation for another R-9.7.The retailer, 475 High Performance Building Supply, sells the unit for $1,195; the optional lid is another $300.The stair is certified by the Passivhaus Institut in Germany. It fits in a rough opening 55 1/8 inches by 27 9/16 inches, and has a staircase length of 98 1/2 inches to 118 1/2 inches.A full set of specs is available at the 475 website. The Passivhaus Institut certificate is available here.last_img read more

SPORT-RUSSIA-DOPE 2 LST

first_imgRussia had hoped that an IAAF ban could be overruled by Russia had hoped that an IAAF ban could be overruled by the International Olympic Committee, which has convened a summit for Tuesday to discuss the issue of Russias status. However, that appears unlikely after the IOC said Saturday that it “fully respects” the IAAF ruling. Russias last chance is likely to be an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sports. Two race walkers said Sunday they had applied for CAS to rule on the issue. However, even the IAAF ban leaves open an avenue for a select few Russians to compete at the Olympics. A provision allowing athletes to compete under “neutral” status can apply to those who can show they have been living and training abroad, under a more rigorous system of anti-doping tests than Russias, which is currently mostly suspended following persistent allegations it covered up for doped stars. Among those who could benefit is 800-meter runner Yulia Stepanova, whose testimony to the World Anti-Doping Agency about drug use helped to spark an unprecedented investigation. Theres also a chance for long jumper Darya Klishina, who has long been based in the United States, well away from the embattled Russian track and field system. Her coach Loren Seagrave was reluctant to talk about Klishinas plans, but told the AP that the turmoil in Russian track and field had no impact. “Daryas preparation has not been affected at all,” he said. “Shes been out of Russia now for almost eight months and (has) been tested on a regular basis – (so this decision) doesnt affect her preparation at all.” If Klishina is to compete, it wouldnt be under the Russian flag, but a neutral symbol, perhaps the IOCs emblem. Meanwhile, dozens of other Russians look set to stay at home. AP KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

From the Design Perspective with Marisa Lehnert and Neil Campbell

first_imgGlassdoor has a new look, and a new brand compass guiding it forward to help everyone find a job that fits their life. With a renewed focus on users, Glassdoor is notably more modern, clean and purposeful.At the front of the redesign is a new logo, featuring a jewel-toned green door-shape. A new color palette, font, brand attributes, voice & tone definition and impactful product refresh round out the biggest redesign in Glassdoor’s nearly 9-year history. A rewiring of this magnitude required teams at all levels working in close collaboration, as the new look and feel touched every aspect of the business.Enter Marisa Lehnert, Glassdoor’s Creative Director, and Neil Campbell, Director of User Experience for Glassdoor Product, working side-by-side, charged with the brand and product refresh. The two led a cross-functional team creating a new brand identity while reimagining Glassdoor’s global digital products — shaping the way the world views jobs and recruiting.The three of us caught up during the final days before the refresh went live to talk about the design process and what they hope job seekers and employers will love about the new Glassdoor.Amy Elisa Jackson: You’ve spent the last 7 or 8 months reimagining one of the world’s largest and fast-growing jobs’ sites. And you did it. How does it feel?Marisa Lehnert: Exciting! This is why I came to Glassdoor. I wanted to come here to help tell a more beautiful brand story and we did. That was actually in my pitch during my interview with CMO Moody [Glasgow]. Amy Elisa: That was about a year and a half ago?Marisa: Yep. Moody wanted to show more of a human component to the job search and show more personality to the brand.Amy Elisa: Some people might say this looks like a whole new site. A rebrand, if you will. But you insist it’s a refresh. Why?Neil Campbell: It’s a fresh coat of paint on the house instead of full tear-down/rebuild. We have a pretty solid foundation and this is the first step in a renovation. New windows, and dare I say doors, are on order and the architectural plans are already being drafted for future improvements.Marisa: Refresh, yes. There are some sacred cows we just wouldn’t touch, like our connection to the color green…Amy Elisa: Sacred cow? What’s that?Marisa: It’s a Marisa-ism.Neil: After working with her all these months, I understand what it means.Amy Elisa: Ah okay.Neil: From the product side, and perhaps in CEO Robert Hohman’s mind, the pivotal moment was getting to see the brand attributes come to life in a way that we could start to visualize the impact a refresh could have on the product itself. It gave us a focal point to build a meaningful experience that really inspires people. Marisa: At the same time, Robert wanted to “take our homepage back,” which was his way of saying that when people come to Glassdoor they should know it’s Glassdoor and we should have a dynamic presence.Amy Elisa: Talk to me about the timeline of this process. When did you get the green light?Marisa: Exploring what a refresh could look like started in August. I stood in front of the executive team presenting three different looks and feels for what the brand could be in October. When they saw the very abstract concept of our app icon and what that can look like companywide, Robert and co-founder Tim Besse got really excited and saw the potential. That’s when I got the okay to just go for it. Product design got the go ahead then to start iterating on the homepage, and we were looking at fleshed out designs in December.Amy Elisa: Marisa, your creative design team is 4 people total. How did you all pull this off?Marisa: We had to be scrappy and fully transparent internally. It was great to build an in-house design team to help educate people and train people on how to work with designers. Plus, we have a fully equipped facilities team, finance team and HR that all understand design and collaborated to make this happen. We also brought in an amazing agency, Nelson Cash. They really approached the brand from a scientific perspective which was very fascinating creatively. Hundreds and hundreds of sketches of doors on Post-It notes — letter shapes and the round edges make it feel more human, plus we really looked at organic shapes and reflections through glass.Neil: In terms of the scale of this endeavor, the magnitude surprised and overwhelmed us at times. I think any large project like this does because of the vast number of stakeholders, inputs and the diversity of our customers. As designers we work hard to achieve excellence in the face of adversity. Our craft demands this and I’m proud of how well the team adapted to change and shifting requirements.Marisa: We had to hone in on the important stakeholders and refine that throughout the process. It’s super important to have a great environment for criticism so that required all of us to think outside the box and not have ego about our designs.Amy Elisa: I’m sure everyone had an opinion about the homepage redesign. Did the process ever feel like a game of ping-pong, just bouncing ideas back and forth?Marisa: We did all that competitive research too where we just looked at every search homepage imaginable. Anyone with a search bar on a homepage we print it out and look at it and dissected it. Then we went back to our brand attributes and what our users wanted. Focus groups helped us with that, and the feedback was loud and clear.Amy Elisa: Why change the green to a jewel-toned emerald?Marisa: That was a big discussion. We liked the fact that the color evoked a sense of “go”, as well as emerald tones in general, are just a sign of optimism and opportunity. It felt positive, on trend.Amy Elisa: From a product design perspective, were you excited about the new Glassdoor green? The old color wasn’t ADA compliant and looked different on various screens.Neil: What excited me, even more, was the brand identity that was wrapped up in the color. It wasn’t until we got deep into the weeds and started extracting elements of the work that Marisa and team had started. Seeing all of this juxtaposed, old vs new, we realized, “Wow, the old color is very different.” The opportunities became very clear seeing these two color systems side by side as they were doing the investigation work. The entire product organization saw that there was a lot of opportunities to modernize the entire color system across the product.Marisa: I remember that “a-ha moment” when we were all in a room and we showed a quick preview of the new logo and identity that I have made in the nav and it was like, “Whoa.” Everyone got excited.Amy Elisa: And that a-ha moment is what we hope job seekers and customers will have.Marisa: Globally, it’s going to be nuts. Rolling this out internationally is huge and we’re excited to see how people are going to respond. That is a huge risk to take, but change is good. Change is not scary. Change is a positive thing and it’s going to put us in a better place.Neil: One of the biggest wins for the product design piece of this is when we moved from just simply changing our physical logo to wanting to come up with product expressions of our updated value propositions. Once we started to move into that phase, there were a whole lot of opportunity to recreate our systems; colors, font, spacing, padding, margins, etc.. The vision for our execution was a complete up-tick in the usability, legibility, modernization and overall aesthetic of the site.Amy Elisa: You mentioned risk and how risky this endeavor was especially for you, Marisa, who led the charge even as a new hire. You’re like Mel Gibson in Braveheart.Marisa: I will wear war paint during our All Hands meeting.Amy Elisa: You should! You led the troops all across the org. All those sleepless nights, and I’m sure you had nightmares.Marisa: I have seen the door-shape logo decapitating me slowly.Neil: The momentum Marisa was able to create around getting people excited about the brand again and what it could be…We took that spirit and we injected that into the site redesign and said, “Okay we’re going to put a new face on this company and it’s gonna be sexy!”Marisa: We had long, extensive conversations about who we wanted to be and what our users wanted from us. Then we honed in on our core brand attributes that get to the heart of Glassdoor of helping and empowering people with authentic and trusted insights. Once we had those, they became the glasses through which we saw everything through. That’s the core of how we led the entire company towards this refresh.Amy Elisa: Lessons learned? What did this process teach you, professionally?Marisa: Patience. I came from a tech startup via POPSUGAR where everything was “go time.” I rebranded or refreshed the brand five times, almost once a year. Glassdoor is more calculated. I had to take the steps, prove myself and convince people of what I could do. I had to take baby steps. My team calls me DJ Baby Steps.Amy Elisa: That’s what they call you?Marisa: Yes, as a design team we all had to be patient and lay the groundwork. But the passion has always been there. Now we have a brand that has a renewed spirit behind it with a powerful meaning and a purpose that shows. We embody that purpose to help everyone find a job that they love.Neil: I was reminded about the importance of clarity in the design process around what we’re trying to do, why, and what we are actually trying to solve for our users. Keeping the user top-of-mind is key. Also, I learned to never underestimate the power and passion of our team to do excellent work when they’re drawn to the charge of doing so. We all worked incredibly hard in a short amount of time to bring this to life. Amy Elisa: Any plans on a vacation or getting some R&R after months of 14-hour days and little sleep?Marisa: I’m going to China and Cambodia for two weeks— I call it “The C&C”Neil: Is there a Music Factory component to the C&C?Amy Elisa: There must be for a little ‘90s nostalgia.Neil: My R&R will probably be more down the road because the refresh launches the day that we close on our new house and I’ll be mired in packing, moving. Once we’re settled in, we’ll get up to Tahoe.Marisa: Good. Neil: So much of what we did on the site was incredibly successful and hopefully the metrics continue to prove that, but there’s so much more we can do. From a product perspective, we made massive strides and really did change the way users perceive and engage with the site, but we didn’t update any of the core functionality. Amy Elisa: That can be the next iteration— 2.0.Neil: There’s so much untapped opportunity here. The possibilities are endless.last_img read more

Monaco winger Lemar favours Arsenal option

first_imgArsenal have been encouraged in their pursuit of AS Monaco winger Thomas Lemar.Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has held talks with ASM about the youngster.L’Equipe says the Gunners are currently front-runners ahead of Juventus in the battle to secure his services.Wenger is a known admirer of the £30 million-rated winger, who scored 14 goals and provided 17 assists last season.And it’s emerged Lemar is reluctant to sign a contract extension with Monaco.last_img

​Swansea chairman Jenkins: ‘Gomis to Galatasaray is possible’

first_imgBafetimbi Gomis is nearing his move away from Wales, according to Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins.The French striker is expected to join Turkish giants Galatasaray after spending last season on loan at Marseille. “Gomis to Galatasaray is possible, we have been talking,” said Jenkins via Sky Sports.”His intention is to move away from the club and when we can find a solution that suits both parties then we will do that and move forward.”last_img

Burnley chasing Huddersfield striker Nahki Wells

first_imgBurnley are chasing Huddersfield striker Nahki Wells.The Mirror says Burnley are plotting an £8 million raid on promoted Huddersfield for Wells.Bermuda international Wells, 27, only has 12 months left on his contract at the Terriers.He scored 10 goals last season to help David Wagner’s men to promotion but is yet to agree fresh terms.That has alerted Premier League Burnley, who are themselves struggling to tie down Andre Gray.last_img

Help! I Have No Marketing Budget!

first_imgGet a recurring online giving program going and give people a compelling reason to participate. Regular, automatic gifts mean you don’t have to spend money asking those donors for money over and over. All you have to do is thank them. When everyone is doing wristbands, brochures or whatever, don’t try to compete. You don’t have enough money to stand out in a herd. Do something entirely different, far away from the herd. Chicken eggs are different. Invest your marketing energy in “open-minded moments” when your audience is most likely to be thinking of your issue-like when they are about to cross the road and can’t. One of the most common questions I receive is, “Is marketing really possible with practically no marketing budget?” The answer is yes, if you do it right.A lack of funds should force us to be creative, not to complain. Most of us are never going to have fat marketing budgets. But we don’t need a glossy brochure to succeed. Don’t believe me? Then I will tell you my favorite story — the chicken story.A creative leader at a small nonprofit told me he wanted to get heavy coverage in the press and on TV, start an online donation program and just generally make a big marketing splash with almost no money. His name was David Levinger, and his organization was Feet First in Seattle, a local group advocating for a more livable, walkable community. A classic nonprofit mission: worthwhile, ambitious and very hard to talk about in catchy, relevant terms — until David started talking about chickens. “It’s like we’re in this town where the chicken can’t cross the road,” he said. In fact, that simile was so apt that he’d bought a chicken suit. For about $125, if I recall correctly. That chicken then went around Seattle trying to cross the road.Guess what happened. Coverage. In all media. For all of $125.I loved the story and told David a chicken suit was the best non-brochure I could imagine. But it got better with a few brainstorms: plastic eggs with a chick and message inside asking for donations, a Network for Good recurring giving program where you “click the chicken.”The moral of the story? If you are dangling by a marketing shoestring – or even if you have a healthy budget, remember: Make yourself a story that gets covered instead of buying ads. Chicken + rush hour = visual story for media.last_img read more