first_imgThree shopping centre managers from Donegal, Galway and Laois set out on an innovative charity fundraiser in aid of Relay For Life Donegal and the Irish Cancer Society today.Non-Stop Charity Drive from Malin Head to Tarifa, Spain for Irish Cancer Society – Three shopping centre managers from Donegal, Galway and Laois set out on an innovative charity fundraiser in aid of Relay For Life Donegal and the Irish Cancer Society today. Brian McCracken, Letterkenny Shopping Centre, Páraic Naughton from Galway Shopping Centre and Kevin Doyle from Laois Shopping Centre left Donegal this morning to undertake a non-stop charity drive to Spain in a Kia Sorento sponsored by Inishowen Motors in Donegal.Photo- Clive WassonBrian McCracken, Letterkenny Shopping Centre, Páraic Naughton from Galway Shopping Centre and Kevin Doyle from Laois Shopping Centre left Donegal this morning to undertake a non-stop charity drive to Spain in a Kia Sorento sponsored by Inishowen Motors in Donegal.The trio departed from Ireland’s most northerly point, Malin Head in Donegal at 8.30am and are expected to reach Spain’s most southerly point, Tarifa at approximately 9.00pm on Wednesday, 6th April. The non-stop drive is expected to take 37 hours and the shopping centre managers will take it in turns to drive the 151 Kia Sorento throughout the journey.CEO of Irish Cancer Society, John McCormack and Mark Mellett, Head of Fundraising at the Irish Cancer Society, will meet the three men at Irish Cancer Society offices in Dublin to wish them well on their charity challenge, before they board the ferry to Holyhead.John McCormack, CEO of the Irish Cancer Society said: “As an independent charity, the Irish Cancer Society relies on initiatives such as this to continue to fund our work. We are the largest voluntary funder of cancer research in Ireland and we provide free services to cancer patients and their families in Donegal and across the country. I would like to thank Brian, Páraic and Kevin for taking on this big challenge and in turn for supporting Relay For Life Donegal and the Irish Cancer Society. It is a fantastic achievement and we wish them the very best of luck with the remainder of their journey.”After the two hour sailing from Dublin, Brian, Páraic and Kevin will make the journey to Dover, Kent where they will board another ferry to Calais, France. They’ll continue to drive across France and into Spain for the final stage of the 1,932 mile trek to Tarifa. The fundraiser is the brainchild of Brian McCracken, manager of Letterkenny Shopping Centre.He said “This is the third year that myself, Páraic and Kevin have come together to raise money for charities and we’re delighted to be getting behind the Irish Cancer Society this year. We launched the charity challenge a few weeks ago with the Relay For Life Donegal team and we had a great response. The sponsorship from Inishowen Motors, Top Oil, Atlantic Travel and P&O and Irish Ferries has been a real boost to the cause and we’d like to thank them for their support. We know how hard it is for charities out there, so we’re just trying to raise some awareness and funds to help support the great work of the Irish Cancer Society and Relay for Life Donegal.”Seamus McLaughlin, Inishowen Motors, said: “We’re delighted to support the efforts of Brian and his colleagues. When they came to us earlier this year and told us that they were trying to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society, we were only too happy to offer one of our Kia Sorento’s for the journey. The new Kia Sorento is the perfect vehicle to make this trip and the whole team at Inishowen Motors wishes Brian and the boys all the best. We look forward to following their adventure over the next few days.”This is the third year that the trio have come together to raise money for charities and they have raised over €20,000 to date. Since 2013, the men have climbed Mt. Killimanjaro, pushed a trolley from Letterkenny to Laois, via Galway, cycled a trandem (3 man bike) from Malin to Mizen as well as trekking 115km of the Sahara Desert.For the journey to Tarifa, the Kia Sorento has been fitted with a tracker so members of the public can keep an eye on the trio’s progress by checking out the following link: The Irish Cancer Society is the national cancer charity providing free services to cancer patients and their families as well as funding collaborative cancer research. Relay For Life takes place on the 30th and 31st of May 2015 in Letterkenny Institute of Technology.Visit to find out more. You can also support Relay For Life Donegal by texting ‘Relay’ to 50300 to donate €4. (100% of text cost goes to the Irish Cancer Society across most network providers. Some providers apply VAT which means that a minimum of €3.26 will go to the Irish Cancer Society)NON-STOP CHARITY DRIVE LEAVES DONEGAL FOR SPAIN FOR IRISH CANCER SOCIETY was last modified: May 5th, 2015 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

Lady Bulldogs end section playoff run in Quincy

first_imgQuincy >> The Los Molinos Lady Bulldogs ended their Northern Section Division 5 playoff run Thursday night on the road against the Quincy Trojans in four sets.The Bulldogs took the first set and hung in there in each of the following three sets, but came up short, 20-25, 25-21, 28-26, 25-20.The Bulldogs still qualify for the state playoffs, which begin next week. The top four teams from each section automatically qualify for the state tournament, so the Bulldogs will be joined by the …last_img read more

Warriors 106; Rockets 104: How Warriors managed without Kevin Durant

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!HOUSTON – Just as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson entered the arena tunnel, Kevin Durant greeted them with an infectious smile.The Warriors had just finished with a 106-104 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. And unlike their laborious seven-game series against Houston in the 2018 Western Conference Finals, the result did not hinge on Durant’s …last_img read more

Middle class ‘key to Africa’s growth’

first_img24 July 2013 Africa may be the world’s next growth frontier, but the continent is still confronted with fluctuating commodity prices, rising inequality and youth unemployment, says President Jacob Zuma. Over the last decade, six of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies were in Africa, with the World Bank stating recently that almost half of the countries on the continent had attained middle-class income status. “Despite this achievement, there is still severe poverty and inequality in many parts of the continent, Zuma told the Forbes Africa Forum 2013 in Congo-Brazzaville on Tuesday. Abundant natural resources, the growing consumer power of an emerging middle class and a youthful population were among the continent’s key development drivers, offering enormous potential for sustainable economic growth and development.Growing middle class Zuma said the African middle class could be a key player in finding solutions to the challenges facing the continent. Research findings by the McKinsey Global Institute, a consulting firm, define middle-class households as those with incomes of US$20 000 per year or more. Data compiled by the World Bank and the African Development Bank puts the number of middle-class Africans at 350-million out of a total population of approximately 875-million. Countries counted among those with the largest middle-class populations are South Africa, Kenya, Ghana and Angola. “The growth demonstrates that we are making progress in improving the quality of life and extending opportunities to those who were oppressed only 19 years ago before the dawn of freedom,” Zuma said, referring to South Africa. Research by the University of Cape Town’s Unilever Institute of Strategic Marketing estimates that South Africa’s black middle class has more than doubled in the past eight years, from 1.7-million South Africans in 2004 to an estimated 4.2-million in 2012. Zuma said the growth of the middle class was good for Africa, as it meant a growth in a population with skills to help manage the economy.Infrastructure development Infrastructure, Zuma added, would also play an important role in boosting the continent’s growth. “Infrastructure development will help lower transport costs and ensure that people, goods and services are able to move more effectively and efficiently throughout the continent. “Roads, bridges, rail lines, pipelines, power plants, ICT connectivity, cables, ports, and water-ways are the underpinning arteries of growth.” It was for this reason that the African Union (AU) had adopted the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa, which is being led by the AU Commission, the secretariat of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) and the African Development Bank. Zuma said, however, it was difficult to accurately project the capital cost of the implementation of long-term infrastructure projects, with costs estimated at more than $360-billion until the year 2040. “I wish to encourage the private sector representatives present here today, especially those from Africa, to become more involved in the development of infrastructure on the African continent. The benefits are immense. “The establishment of strategic linkages between the African and international companies will be most helpful in the transfer of skills, knowledge and technology.” Source: read more

Five tips to reduce spray drift

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Due to concerns for production costs, safety, and the environment, it is important to maximize the pesticide deposit on the target. One of the major problems challenging pesticide applicators is spray drift, which is defined as movement of pesticides by wind from the application site to an off-target site. Spray drift accounts for about half of all non-compliance cases investigated by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Spray drift not only result in wasting expensive pesticides and pollution of the environment, it may damage non-target crops nearby, and poses a serious health risk to people living in areas where drift is occurring.Although complete elimination of spray drift is impossible, problems can be reduced significantly if you are aware of major factors that influence drift and take precautions to minimize their influence on off-target movement of droplets. The factors that play a role in either the creation, or reduction of spray drift are: a) Spray characteristics, such as volatility and viscosity of pesticide formulation; b) Equipment and application techniques used for spraying pesticides; c) Weather conditions at the time of application (wind speed and direction, temperature, relative humidity and stability of air around the application site); and most importantly, d) Operator care, attitude, and skill. Here are five cost-effective tips to vegetable producers on how to minimize spray drift. 1. If you can, keep your nozzles as close to the target as possible while still producing a uniform distribution of spray on the target. This doesn’t cost any money as long as it is practical to make it happen.2. When you’re ready to change nozzles, consider selecting nozzles that produce much fewer of the extremely small droplets that are most likely to drift away. Low-drift nozzles are in the market and do a tremendous job of eliminating extremely small, drift-prone droplets from the droplet spectrum.3. There are chemicals sold in the market that are designed to increase the droplet size, and reduce the number of very small droplets when added into the spray mixture. Most of them are some sort of polymer that tends to increase the viscosity and density of the spray mixture which leads to larger droplets. This, however, should be the last defense against drift. First consider the other option such as better targeting of the spray and switching to low-drift nozzles.4. Use shields that cover partially or fully the distance between the target and the nozzles. There are companies manufacturing and selling such attachments to the boom. Shields prevent small droplets from moving away from the immediate application area. This, however, may not be practical for sprayers with extremely large booms.5. If there any any doubts about a spraying job that might result in drift, wait until there is no longer that element of doubt. Always pay attention to wind direction and magnitude. The best investment you can make is to buy a wind meter that tells you how high the wind velocity is at any given time. Having a wind meter handy will help you avoid a costly problem associated with spray drift.More detailed discussion on these tips and other drift reduction strategies are outlined in following OSUE Extension Fact Sheets available online:FABE-525 (,FABE- 523 (, andFABE 524 ( Erdal Ozkan, Professor and Extension agricultural engineer, can be reached at 614-292-3006, or This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

Stop Trying to Make Selling Easy

first_imgThe reason you want the lowest price is because you believe it makes selling easy. If you can take price out of the equation, then you eliminate one of your buyer’s primary considerations. This doesn’t help your buyer get the outcome they need. It’s all about you. It’s all about making your job easier.The reason you want the very best product is because you want the product to do the work for you. You want an overwhelming list of features and benefits that eliminate any competition so that you don’t have to do the work of building value yourself. This isn’t about what your buyer wants or needs. It’s about what you want or what you need.The reason you want to work for a big, well-recognized brand is because you believe that the brand will do most of the heavy lifting for you when it comes to selling. It isn’t about the value that you can create; you could create value working for a scrappy start-up. It isn’t about the value your company can create. It’s about making selling easier.You love lead generation, demand generation, and marketing qualified leads because, in your mind, it eliminates the need for you to build relationships and open new opportunities. You believe that you are better in front of clients once they’ve agreed to discussing their challenges with you. But the most difficult part of selling is helping your clients understand why they need to change.The reason you want prospective clients to give you an RFP is because it eliminates the process where you build new relationships and create new opportunities. It takes you right to the point where you get to talk about your product or service and where you get to share your price. You believe this makes selling easier because you skip the hard parts of the sales process.You are better off studying, practicing, and learning to sell than you are trying to make selling easy. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more