first_imgTwo young ladies from Donegal scooped National awards at the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Ireland National Convention in Cork.Emma Boylan President of JCI Donegal won the award for Most Outstanding Local President in Ireland. Nikki Bradley Vice President of JCI Donegal won the award for Most Outstanding New Member in Ireland. Emma has also been appointed as Director of Communications for JCI Ireland for 2015. Junior Chamber International Ireland started a new JCI branch in Donegal in January of this year. To date there is 28 members with lots of interest from other parties.The branch have ran many events including The Outstanding Young Person Awards and the Friendly Business Awards. Those awarded at these events in Donegal went on to be recognised nationally. Most recently Patrick Gildea Hairdressers was awarded nationally for their Shop Layout.JCI Donegal also gets involved with the community. JCI members slept outside last weekend to help raise awareness for the Simon Community, they have been involved with Pieta House, the St. Patrick Day’s Parade and much more.JCI also caters for individual members needs by providing training to develop and grow young people between the age of 18 and 40. Emma Boylan President of JCI Donegal commented “Myself and Nikki were delighted to receive the awards! What we are even more delighted about it is that JCI has finally come to Donegal. It’s an amazing initiative for young people and we are now the second biggest branch in Ireland.” Emma laughed “I have told JCI Dublin, who have 48, we will be bigger than them before year end, Donegal can beat Dublin again!”JCI is a place where young leaders and entrepreneurs meet, learn and grow. JCI Donegal is seeking young people in their 20’s and 30’s who are dynamic and enthusiastic, motivated and interested in increasing their exploitable skills set.For more information email Emma at [email protected] or find JCI Donegal on Facebook and twitter. DONEGAL LADIES PROVE THEY’RE NO JUNIORS AT CHAMBER AWARDS was last modified: October 8th, 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) Tags:donegalEmma BoylanJunior Chambernikki bradleylast_img read more

Warriors will offer Klay Thompson max contract Sunday, report says

first_imgIn nothing of a surprise, the Warriors will present Klay Thompson a max contract offer of $190 million when NBA free agency begins on Sunday, ESPN reported Friday afternoon.Sources told Adrian Wojnarowski the Warriors are expected to quickly sign Thompson to a five-year deal right after 3 p.m. Sunday to finish the easy part of their two-part plan to retain their two All-Star free agents.Both Thompson and the Warriors have long talked about their desire to reach a deal and both sides will …last_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

South African doctor makes skin graft breakthrough

first_img28 May 2015Until recently the outlook for patients in South Africa with extensive burns was bleak. The best they could hope for were highly specialised transplant techniques, depending on the availability of resources.If they survived, patients faced long and excruciating hospital stays, with mixed results at the end of their treatment, alongside a very substantial bill. In some cases the total cost of skin grafting can be up to R1.8-million.A new technique developed by doctors at Tygerberg Hospital is now challenging this prognosis for serious burn victims, offering life-saving, viable and affordable treatment and making their previously bleak outlook much brighter.Dr Wayne Kleintjes, the head of the adult burn unit at Tygerberg Hospital, developed the new technique. It makes use of the patient’s own skin, which is then externally cultivated in a laboratory from skin harvested via a skin biopsy. Other options, using skin from donors or other species are soon rejected and have proven to be of limited value.The new technique is remarkable in the sense that it offers patients treatment at a fraction of the cost that similar techniques would normally cost. “With our new technique, we treated the first patient with a total cost of R995,” Kleintjes said.The procedureThe technique is not entirely new, but the culture method differs dramatically from others in its simplicity, effectiveness, biological safety and modest cost. The technique costs about R1 000; comparable treatment using existing methods could stretch to R1.8-million. A great advantage is that no immunosuppressant drugs are needed because the patient’s own skin is used.Kleintjes explained that the technique was revolutionary because no expensive and extensive laboratory equipment was needed. “We can now grow skin in the room next to the patient,” Kleintjes said.“The simplicity of the technique, the cost-effectiveness and the effectiveness is comparable to other skin culture techniques and also important is the fact that it is absolutely biologically safe. This makes it very suitable for use in a third world country,” he said.“You need a skin biopsy from the patient,” he explained the technique in broad brushstrokes. “The skin is then cut up in smaller pieces, then you grow the skin for 14 days. Once the skin has grown out in layers, you can place it on the patient.”Biologically safeIt differed from the well-known Epicel technique – the technology that was used for young burn patient Pippie Kruger – in that with Epicel the skin was cultured in a major laboratory. “The skin cells are grown on mice cells. With our technique you don’t need expensive laboratory equipment. No animal material is used, making it biologically safe.”Western Cape Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo was excited that the new technique would make access for patients to this innovation possible. It would help to treat many patients.“In the Western Cape we have a lot of shack fires. There is a great need,” she said.Speaking at a press briefing announcing the breakthrough, Kleintjes said that in most cases, burns covering more than 30% of the total body area were life- threatening. “Patients will certainly benefit from this new technique.”Two patients already treatedThis new technique, which Kleintjes called the “Tygerberg Burns Unit technique”, has been successfully used in the past year on two patients. A 16-year-old boy was discharged from the intensive care unit only two weeks after receiving the transplant and the second patient, who had 63% total body surface area burns, was out of the unit in four weeks.Full application was made to Stellenbosch University’s Health Research Ethics Committee in 2014 to request that the procedure be extended to help other patients.Inspiration from patientKleintjes said the idea for the new technique came while he was treating the 16- year-old, who was burned following an assault. The patient was in intensive care for three months and his condition was rapidly deteriorating.“He was basically just skin and bones,” Kleintjes said. “It was not possible to operate on the patient because he was too weak. The only resort was to use cultured skin, but unfortunately the Epicel product was not available due to an import ban.”Kleintjes said he prayed out of desperation to save his patient’s life. “Fortunately, God gave me insight into the new technique.”The boy is now in the general burns ward.Affordability hopesThe exact details of the new culture technique have not yet been made public. Kleintjes said he hoped it would not be commercialised. “There is a risk that companies will make this technique available at a price. For us in third world countries, with lots of burn patients, price is very important,” he said.“I know that, if you are not careful, people can copy the technique and sell it at a high price. This will defeat the purpose of making it available as a cost-effective way to save many patients.”The doctor said he was awaiting final feedback on the pending patent for the technique.A host of other techniques are available, but none of them prove to be cost- effective. This is particularly important in this country, where the South Africa Medical Research Council estimates that approximately 3.2% of the adult population suffer from thermal injuries a year.The Western Cape Department of Health stated that “the primary goal with the method is to save the patients’ lives. The secondary goal is to do it safely and within budget.”“We are very proud of our clinicians; their relentless quest for excellence and their spirit of innovation,” said Dr Beth Engelbrecht, the head of the department.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

The New Blackmagic URSA Footage is Gorgeous

first_imgThis test footage shows the stunning Blackmagic’s new URSA camera in-action.The new Blackmagic URSA camera certainly made a splash at NAB 2014 this year, but up until this point there hasn’t been any real world URSA footage to see if the the camera shoots as well as the specs imply.That is until this awesome URSA test footage hit Vimeo just a few days ago. It was shot by John Brawley over the course of about 90 minutes. The video description states that he used a Cooke 25-250 MK3 T 3.7 zoom lens (which is the reason why there is some aberration on the edges).Almost everything was shot at 60fps in ProRes HQ 4K and it filled up 3 128GB CFast2.0 cards. This means if you are wanting to shoot with an URSA, it’s probably time to go out and get a new external hard drive!Apart from it’s capability to shoot quality footage, the thing that makes the URSA so special is its functionality. With 3 “work stations” the URSA was created to be a true all-in-one camera. If you want more information about the Blackmagic URSA go check out our NAB URSA release specs.The video description didn’t mention any problems related to the shoot which is incredibly reassuring. In fact, we’ve been hard-pressed to find anyone who has had a difficult experience using the URSA. Maybe Blackmagic has learned from the past and created a well tested product before it was released? Only time will tell…What do you think of the URSA footage? Share in the comments below.last_img read more