Young Irish women suffer highest levels of depression in Europe, report finds

first_imgDepression is the highest in young Irish women among their generation in the EU, a new report has revealed.A study from Eurofound revealed that over 10% of young people in Ireland are chronically depressed.The highest rates were in Ireland (12%), followed by Finland (11%), Sweden (10%) and Germany (9%). The study highlights how the pressures on teenagers and young women from cyberbullying, eating disorders such as bulimia or anorexia, and homelessness are taking a severe toll on their mental health.Ian O’Grady, president of the Psychological Society of Ireland, said anxiety is one of the main difficulties that young people are encountering in the modern age.“Psychologists can, and should be, to the forefront of support for young people in this area due to the range of evidence-based interventions at their disposal,” he said.The extent of psychological anguish felt by women aged 15-24 years shows worrying levels of hidden mental health struggles. Fianna Fáil’s spokesman on mental health James Brown said: “That’s 336 children and adolescents along with their families enduring an agonising 12-month wait for services needed in the here and now.“The worst impacted service is in Cork and Kerry – which accounts for 274 of the young people waiting 12 months plus,” he added.Young Irish women suffer highest levels of depression in Europe, report finds was last modified: July 7th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Hertl skates, but status for game vs. Minnesota Wild remains uncertain

first_imgSAN JOSE — Tomas Hertl’s availability for Tuesday’s game against the Minnesota Wild will be decided later in the day as the Sharks look to close out their four-game homestand on a positive note.Hertl left Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers with a head injury and missed practice on Monday. But he skated Tuesday morning and he said he felt better than he did the day before.“We’ll see how I feel after today’s skate,” Hertl said. “I don’t know if it’s tonight or the next game, but …last_img read more

PC sales boom as prices fall

first_img19 May 2004A report by research group BMI-Techknowledge says sales of desktop computers in the first quarter of 2004 increased by 51.9% compared to the same period in 2003. And as business confidence increases, there are signs that the new PC market will grow even more.BMI-Techknowledge says a drop in the price of new PCs was one of the key factors in the pick up in sales, while attractive bundles promoting home digital entertainment fuelled overall desktop growth. Its research reveals a year-on-year growth in unit terms of 19.3%. In terms of value, the market declined 7.7%.Laurika Moller, ICT analyst and author of the report, said that in the fourth quarter of 2003, servers showed positive growth of 79.5%.“The growth in the x86 server segments is a result of HP’s positive growth in their entry-level products, while IBM and Dell also showed growth of 110% and 70.6% respectively,” said Moller.The report says the PC replacement cycle for businesses is still a drawn-out process, and most businesses, especially large enterprises, are still very cautious about IT spending.“Considering that the major corporate renewal wave was prior to 2000, and the lifecycle of PCs has been stretched from three to four years, we should expect roll-outs to accelerate throughout the year 2004, and even into 2005, as business confidence restores,” Moller said.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_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

Machel, Blair head to SA for Mining Indaba

first_img30 January 2015Graça Machel, the president of the Foundation for Community Development, is the keynote speaker for sustainable development at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, taking place from 9 to 12 February in Cape Town.She joins Tony Blair, the former prime minister of the United Kingdom, as the keynote speaker. Other speakers include:Robert Friedland, executive chairman and founder of Ivanhoe Mines;Anita Marangoly George, senior director for global practice on energy and extractive industries at World Bank Group;Dambisa Moyo, author and global economist;Rob Hersov, founder and chairman of Invest Africa;Jim O’Neill, chairman of Cities Growth Commission;Bob Diamond, founder director of Atlas Mara;Paolo Scaroni, vice-chairman of Rothschild; and,Ashish Thakkar, founder director of Atlas Mara.Mining thought leaders and some of Africa’s largest dealmakers are among the delegates – expected to number around 7 000 – from more than 110 countries.The Mining Indaba unites investors and dealmakers from around the world with attractive mining opportunities throughout Africa. The conference emphasizes the myriad investment opportunities in the sector from majors to juniors, brownfields to exploration.As the world’s preferred platform for deal-making in African mining, delegates should expect to hear: a global perspective on the investment climate, status of current and emerging mining projects across Africa, and insights on the current mining scenarios in Africa’s most attractive mining jurisdictions.“The 2015 Mining Indaba features a number of substantial investments we have made under our new ownership. These investments, made at a time when other events and the overall sector are contracting, reaffirms our belief that the long-term outlook for Africa mining is excellent and our commitment for the Mining Indaba to remain the premier forum for uniting investors, mining companies and mining ministers,” explains Jonathan Moore, the managing director of Mining Indaba.There will also be corporate presentations from: C-level executives representing approximately 40 of Africa’s top and emerging mining players, 20 of the continent’s most progressive mining ministers, and industry thought leaders driving African mining into the next phase.The annual Investing in African Mining Indaba is the world’s preferred destination in African mining. It is positioned better than ever to deliver an unparalleled deal-making and discovery platform for global investors and African mining companies, he says.Investing in African Mining Indaba, or the Mining Indaba, has been running for two decades. The annual professional conference dedicated to the capitalisation and development of mining interests in Africa. It is the world’s largest mining investment conference, the world’s third largest mining conference, and Africa’s largest mining event. It serves as the pathway for foreign investments into Africa’s mining value chain – opportunities ranging from small diamond deposits to mega coal projects. The Mining Indaba is now part of Euromoney Institutional Investor.“Global interest in African mining tripled from the early 1990s to 2011, with the mining industry at first cushioned from the 2008 financial crisis as the traditional safe haven of gold exercised its appeal,” says Moore. “The gold bubble this created was sufficiently substantial and sustained for benefits to flow through to secondary metals and secondary markets.”For the past year and a half, though, the mining sector has experienced challenges, as corrections to this curve brought down commodity prices and impacted value. For investors, on the other hand, this means great value can be found right now, both on the commodity markets themselves and in the stock markets that trade in mining and mining-related companies.Looking ahead, we see a bright outlook for the resources produced by the mining industry, as all indicators show vital world economies – Europe, the USA and China – will rebound in 2015.“As African economies have become increasingly stable and shown excellent growth, overseas investors have become more comfortable with placing investment on the continent. Doors have opened to regions and projects that were considered off limits some years previously,” he adds.The numbers:110 countries and territories across six continents are represented;35 African and non-African government delegations participate;2 300 international companies are represented;400 sponsoring companies represent an impressive sampling of the world’s largest mining companies by market capitalisation;Billions of American dollars of foreign investment have been channelled into the African mining value chain throughout the last 19 years of the annual Mining Indaba.Follow the Mining Indaba on social media:Twitter.com/MiningIndabaMiningindaba.com/LinkedinFacebook.com/africanminingindabaYoutube.com/Miningindaba.SAinfo reporter and APOlast_img read more

Google Launches In-App Billing

first_imgTags:#Android#apps#mobile Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces sarah perez Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … As promised last week, Google has now launched its in-app billing platform for Android. That means developers can publish applications to the Android Market that contain mechanisms to allow for in-app purchases of digital goods. Explains Eric Chu, Android Developer Ecosystem lead, this feature lets developers monetize apps using try-and-buy, virtual goods, upgrades and other billing models.Apps supporting in-app at launch include Tap Tap Revenge by Disney Mobile, Comics by ComiXology, Gun Bros, Deer Hunter Challenge HD, and WSOP3 by Glu Mobile and Dungeon Defenders: FW Deluxe by Trendy Entertainment. Google has also provided documentation, a complete sample app, and info on how to implement the service, set up in-app product lists, and test the implementation.In addition, third-party mobile services company Urban Airship is working on a “last mile” tool that will make implementing Google’s new system even easier for developers. Similar to the service available for iPhone, UA’s beta for In-App Purchases on Android is now underway.Features supported in the program include:Dynamic content: The Android Market limits application size to 25mb (even over Wi-Fi). Apps with rich content and media files can use UA’s In-App Purchase offering to grow beyond that. Developers upload paid and free content to UA’s servers and it delivers the content to the end user when needed. Security: Urban Airship reduces complexity around security by validating all purchase receipts before delivering content to the application.Versioning and updates: Urban Airship tracks updates to purchasable content and notifies users when updates are available. Developers can also fixes bugs in your updates without shipping an additional app update.The sign-up form for this program is still live on UA’s website here. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_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

We saw the ugly side of cricket: Mahendra Singh Dhoni

first_imgFrustrated after rain interruptions forced a tie in the fourth ODI against England, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the “ugly side of cricket” came to fore in the match as the side which had the upperhand “didn’t want to play.”Sunday’s tie gave England the five-match series after the first game was washed out and the hosts won the next two.India had set England a formidable target of 281 in Sunday’s match before rain interruptions forced a tie with the hosts at the Duckworth-Lewis par score of 270 for eight.”We just saw the ugly side of cricket. Whichever team has the upper hand, doesn’t want to play. Whichever team is not on winning side, will stick around and even play football. That’s what people do and that’s what both sides did,” Dhoni said after the match.There were as many as three interruptions – first when England were up and second when the Indians were ahead on the Duckworth-Lewis rule. The intervening showers did cease 10 minutes after the proceedings were ended but the rules didn’t permit the game to be played under lights.”If you have a day game, you need different guidelines and principles to follow. If you put it under lights, it doesn’t look nice,” he said.Dhoni said some of the Indian players were confused about the result. “Some of the guys were confused. Some thought we had won it. Most of us thought it was a passing shower and we would be able to get back on the field,” said Dhoni.advertisement”Once inside the dressing room, we saw the final sheet of paper. After looking at it, it was apparent it was a tie and none of the side had won the game,” he added.Expressing his frustration with the interruptions, which robbed his side of a win in the series, Dhoni said, “This is not the first time. We were close to winning the first game also. But as I said, you can’t control the weather.”Dhoni’s batting was quite refreshing as was the knock of Suresh Raina who top-scored with 84 runs.”We got off to a good start. Openers did well. When I came in, we wanted to make sure we play a number of overs. We didn’t have a target in mind. We wanted to try and rotate the strike. Not to play shots which were risky and get closer to the 40-over mark. In the last 10 overs, we were able to get 110 runs which really made a difference.”For the second game running, India did well in batting powerplay. In the last game at the Oval, they made 51 runs from five overs and here at the Lord’s, they plundered 58.”It has been good in the last two games. It’s important not to look for 60 runs in five overs. You look at 40 runs as a benchmark. If you have explosive power, the last three overs can really make a difference. You can even get 50 runs. But it’s important not to aim too high,” Dhoni said. .There was a feeling that with so much on his plate, Dhoni was better off in giving the keeping responsibility to Parthiv Patel.”I am not a very good fielder. I love fielding on the boundary. But you can’t lead the side from there. So that option (of letting Patel keep) is not there right now.”Dhoni said it would be India’s aim to win the final game at Cardiff on Friday.”Every game is important. Every game is an international game. It’s important to get the most out of it. It wouldn’t be bad to get a victory finally in the whole of series.”England will be visiting India in October and after the encouraging show by a few youngsters, speculation is rife about the seniors retaining their spots.”Quite a few players would be fit by then. We then may not have a very good fielding side. But then grounds in India are small and there is not much opportunity for batters to take singles or twos. You have to see which all players are available. It becomes difficult when senior players are available. It’s tough for the youngsters but (this tour) has been a good grooming period for them. When the time comes, they could be around for 5-10 years.”last_img read more

Executive Summary: Linkbuilding and SEO for the Internet Marketing Neophyte

first_img Topics: Link Building Links to your website are very important for Internet marketing and getting ranked higher in search engines for keywords related to your business.Benefits of links to your website:1) The right links can drive traffic to your site which can convert into leads.2) Links help search engines find all of the content on your site to index that content.3) The number and quality of links to your site help determine your Page Rank (basically a measure of how important Google thinks your website is) and your Page Rank helps determine your rank for many search terms.Tips on how to get links:1) Submit your site to web directories. Focus on the directories with the best brand and traffic. We have found the Yahoo! Directory and Business.com (both require an annual fee) to be effective, and also try to give the free open directory a shot. You can also try other, smaller and free or lower cost directories, but avoid any that seem really small or just don’t look valuable – remember that the quality of the site linking to you matters. A couple ideas are: www.joeant.com, www.worldhot.com, and www.splut.com.2) Communicate with others in your industry. Search around and find people who have useful sites related to your industry. Don’t start your conversation with “will you link to my website?”, but engage them in a business and intellectual conversation about something they recently wrote. Once you have established a relationship with them, then send them something you have published on your site and ask for their opinion. You’ll be surprised how many will link to your site.3) Create compelling tools and content. We have never promoted Website Grader very much. But because it is a really useful tool that people like, lots of people link to it. In fact, in under 3 months, we already had 800 links, and over 20,000 URLs had been graded on the website. Originally published May 9, 2007 12:36:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more