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JOBS: PARLIAMENTARY ASSISTANT TO DEPUTY PEARSE DOHERTY FOR BANKING INQUIRY

first_imgSinn Féin is now hiring for the position of Banking Inquiry PA for Pearse Doherty TD. This is a full time position, based in Leinster House. The successful candidate must be available to commence immediately. Below is a full job description together with attached application form.  Completed application forms (available here http://www.sinnfein.ie/contents/32429) should be returned, by e-mail only, to ross.carmody@sinnfein.ie on or before Friday December 5th.  At this stage there is no requirement to include any other paperwork.Duties/Key Tasks  Provide strong administrative assistance and advisory support to the TD in order to perform their role on the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry.Provide sound critical analysis of financial data and documentation.Present oral and written evaluation reports.Provide in-depth research.Manage and organise records and filing systems and provide strong administrative and technical back-up and support.Engage in a professional manner with Oireachtas and other relevant stakeholders demonstrating solid interpersonal and organisational ability.Attend meetings and briefings of the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry.Selection Criteria & Competencies RequiredDegree or equivalent qualification in economics or finance.Ability to work flexibly on a range of assignments, and adjust and prioritise as appropriate.Ability to work effectively in a team-oriented environment.Understanding of the Irish financial institutions and banking sector.Ability to examine how our current banking and financial services systems are operating and critically evaluate the infrastructure and oversight regime.JOBS: PARLIAMENTARY ASSISTANT TO DEPUTY PEARSE DOHERTY FOR BANKING INQUIRY was last modified: November 28th, 2014 by John2Share 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:banking inquiryjobsparliamentary assistantPearse Doherty TDlast_img read more

HSU women get revenge on Chico, men routed

first_imgThe Humboldt State women’s basketball team downed conference CCAA rival Chico State on the road 69-60 Saturday night. The win moves Humboldt (10-8, 9-4) past Chico (10-7, 8-5) into third place in the conference with nine games remaining in the season. The Jacks, one of the smaller teams in the CCAA, dominated the glass in the win. Humboldt out-rebounded Chico 31-19 and scored 34 points in the paint to Chico’s 28. “We were able to get extra possessions by being aggressive on the offensive …last_img read more

South Africa at Davos: 20 years after Mandela

first_imgPravin Gordhan, South Africa’s financeminister, at the 2010 World Economic Forum on Africa in Tanzania. Former president Nelson Mandela and WEF executive chairman Klaus Schwabat the 1992 annual meeting.(Images: World Economic Forum) MEDIA CONTACTS • Zanele Mngadi  Chief director, Presidency communications  +27 12 300 5431 or +27 82 330 1148• Brand South Africa  +27 11 483 0122 RELATED ARTICLES • Mandela quotations book published • SA fields strong team at Davos 2011 • WEF Africa to punt continent’s agenda • New Mandela book released • SA improves global competitivenessSource: Southafrica.infoSouth Africa is gearing up to send another high-powered delegation to the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland – 20 years after Nelson Mandela, still fighting to pave the way for the country’s first democratic elections, attended the exclusive gathering.The by-invitation-only annual meeting in the Alpine ski town of Davos brings together a unique mix of leading businesspeople, politicians, civil society representatives, experts and intellectuals in various fields to debate the most pressing global challenges of the day.Mandela and the making of DavosThe discussions in Davos weren’t always so wide-ranging – or so well-attended – starting off in the early 1970s as business-focused gatherings of European executives.According to Time magazine, conflict resolution became part of the Davos agenda after the formal branding of the WEF in 1987.The annual meeting was then significantly boosted by scoring two notable early coups: “it hosted a summit in 1988 that headed off war between Turkey and Greece,” writes Time, “and in 1992 the first sit-down between South African president FW de Klerk and Nelson Mandela.”This was two years after Mandela’s release from prison. Mandela and De Klerk were both in Europe at the time to accept the Unesco Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize, which was bestowed on them in Paris on 3 February 1992.The following year, the two men would accept another prestigious joint award: the Nobel Peace Prize.And the year after that, South Africa would hold its first democratic elections.A country grown in statureToday, two decades after Mandela’s first Davos appearance, the annual gathering has grown enormously in international stature – and so has South Africa.Jacob Zuma now presides over a country that is punching well above its weight in international affairs, while economically it is increasingly recognised as the springboard into the world’s last great investment frontier.It was this combination of factors that led to the country’s joining the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) grouping of powerful emerging economies in April 2011.And just as South Africa put great emphasis on the 2010 Fifa World Cup belonging to the Africa as a whole, so the country made it clear that it was bringing the continent with it when it joined BRICS.South Africa’s role on the continentPresident Zuma has made Africa a central focus of South Africa’s foreign policy.The country is pushing hard for the establishment of a free trade area covering 27 countries in east and southern Africa. This would create a market with close to 600-million people and a combined gross domestic product of US$1-trillion (R8-trillion).Recently, South Africa assumed the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council for the month of January 2012, and Zuma led an initiative that saw the Council unanimously adopt a resolution to enhance ties between the UN and regional organisations, particularly the African Union.And in late January, South African minister of home affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma announced her candidacy for the chair of the African Union Commission, a move which the Zuma administration sees as crucial to strengthening the continental institution in order to promote African conflict resolution and regional integration.When Davos 2012 kicks off on 25 January, the South African delegation in attendance will be smaller than the one that arrived in Switzerland in a blaze of colour during the country’s Fifa World Cup year in 2010 – but no less influential.And, as in 1992 when Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk took their places on the podium, people will be listening when the South Africans join the conversation.last_img read more

Team SA profile: Amanda Dlamini

first_img5 July 2012Amanda Dlamini will lead the first ever South African women’s football team to take part in an Olympic Games in London, where they will face a level of competition they have not previously experienced. The Banyana Banyana captain is not overawed.Nonetheless, a daunting task awaits Dlamini and her team. At 61st in the world rankings, they are the lowest ranked team in the 12-team field, and their group, Group F, is undoubtedly the toughest of the three.The other teams in the group include World Cup holders and world number three Japan, world number four Sweden, and world number seven Canada.It’s unknown territory for South Africa. The national women’s football team has never previously qualified for the Olympics or the World Cup. It is truly a giant step up.Not overawedIn a television interview with Morning Live to mark 100 days to go to the Olympics, Dlamini said: “Our objective is to win our group matches, qualify, and go through to the next round. I think for us, then, the game will be open for anyone.”She explained that Banyana Banyana, as a team, had decided to uplift the sport of women’s football in South Africa, and that had paid off.“We took it upon ourselves to represent the sport, represent women as well, go out there and do our best,” Dlamini said.“And I think with that kind of mentality, we managed to pull in crowds, we managed to pull in people that could sponsor us, like Sasol. So, I think if we as women could unite with just one goal, and that is to achieve a better structure of women’s football, we could do anything.‘Anything is possible’“Anything is possible with this team, as long as we take ourselves seriously.”Describing what it felt like to secure a place at the London Olympics, Dlamini said: “The last five minutes against Ethiopia were the most exciting minutes, because we knew that we were 3-0 up on aggregate, so we were just waiting for the referee to blow the final whistle.“We were crying tears of joy. I remember, when we failed to qualify for the World Cup in South Africa, we were crying because we didn’t make it, but this time we cried tears of joy.”‘A special feeling’Interviewed by SA Women Soccer in May, Dlamini spoke about captaining the national team. “To wear the captain’s armband is a special feeling. I am enjoying this experience,” she said.Dlamini and company have played 10 internationals in 2012 so far, and with plenty of time in training camps together, they should be well prepared when the London Olympics kick off.Two recent draws against Nigeria, the number one ranked team in Africa at 27th in the world, suggests that the hard work is paying off.Dlamini believes Banyana Banyana have a responsibility to fly the South African flag high. “The ball is in our court. We have to make South Africans proud. We will not be making up numbers in London; we’re going to compete.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Markets watching as planting season gets rolling

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Weather will once again dominate grain markets for the next three months. The U.S. Climate Prediction Center is not currently seeing an active El Niño or La Niña. It is extremely important to monitor for that activity. The Center does see increasing odds for an El Niño in the Northern Hemisphere by late summer or fall. It’s arrival will be crucial for summer weather conditions. Other meteorologists suggest that if El Niño begins after early August, summer weather patterns could be hot and dry. Typically the El Niño pattern is not bad for crop production if present during the summer in the U.S.Corn and soybean planting is the main focus for producers across Ohio and the Midwest for the next three weeks. As of the second week of April, U.S. corn planting progress was 3%, the same as the five year average. Days before the Easter holiday, producers across parts but not all of Ohio were just beginning field preparations to plant corn and soybeans. Field activity was not yet at a fast and furious pace at that time. Mid-April Ohio weather forecasts have above normal precipitation into the end of April.Weather has not been a huge factor in Brazil or Argentina as compared to previous years. Lacking this year were the long periods of hot weather in Brazil along with prolonged rainy periods in Argentina. Missing are the concerns of reduced soybean production in Brazil and Argentina due to weather. Also missing are the huge soybean loading delays, which reached nearly 60 days at the ports in Brazil. Those delays were long enough to shift loadings from the U.S., pushing our soybean exports higher than expected.The supply and demand report increased ending stocks for soybeans and wheat. Soybean ending stocks were increased 15 million bushels while wheat ending stocks increased 30 million bushels. The March 31 quarterly stocks report estimated soybean stocks higher than traders had expected. With soybean demand consisting largely of exports and crush, usage can be readily observed with weekly export reports or monthly soybean crush reports. The reality of higher than expected soybean stocks reveals a trend that will gather steam in coming months —2016 U.S. soybean production was under-reported with previous reports. Any corrections will take place with the October Supply and Demand Report which will follow the Sept. 29 Quarterly Grain Stocks Report. Meanwhile, the residual column will change to reflect the expected higher production.The mid-April period brought two things to watch. First, South America soybean producers reduced their selling to a near crawl. It was the same selling pace seen in February when reports of the Brazilian Real moving unfavorably brought news of producers in Brazil storing, not selling soybeans. It did not affect or reduce the loading of soybean boats in Brazil during February and March. Second, the Commitment of Traders Report brought an uncommon occurrence heading into the spring planting season: managed money grain positions short in the grains. Funds have been reducing their long soybean positions for over six weeks as they grew tired of the price decline of nearly $1.40 from February into April. The price decline was not healthy to their bottom line. Mid-April managed money held short positions in soybeans of 24,000 contracts. Weeks earlier they had been long over 150,000 contracts of soybeans. The report had the same traders short 143,000 contracts of corn and short 138,000 contracts of wheat. While those traders had been short corn for weeks and short wheat for many months, the report revealed they were adding to their short positions in both corn and wheat. Corn prices were higher for several days mid-April. It had been thought with that price rally that it had been a rally of funds reducing or buying back their short positions. That was not the case. Those funds continue to believe and position themselves for lower prices for corn, soybeans, and wheat which they feel are destined to come to reality as the planting and growing seasons progress in the months ahead.last_img read more

New virtual reality video tells soil health story from every angle

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As interest grows in soil health and its potential to optimize farming, the Soil Health Partnership (SHP) has developed a new tool to immerse the inquisitive. Partnering with StoryUP, the nonprofit ag group has produced a “virtual reality” video that will allow viewers to visit a farm enrolled in SHP and experience a Virtual Field Day.An initiative of the National Corn Growers Association, the Soil Health Partnership is a data-driven program working to quantify the benefits of practices that support soil health from an economic as well as environmental standpoint. The Soil Health Partnership is a farmer-led initiative that fosters transformation in agriculture through improved soil health, benefiting both farmer profitability and the environment. With more than 100 working farms enrolled in 12 states, the SHP tests, measures and advances progressive farm management practices that will enhance sustainability and farm economics for generations to come. SHP brings together diverse partners to work towards common goals.“One of our most powerful assets is our enrolled farmers sharing their stories and knowledge with others,” said Nick Goeser, NCGA Vice President of Production and Sustainability. “This video format allows viewers to transport themselves to a farm and learn from the farmer as if they are standing right there with him at a field day. We are all about innovation, and that spirit extends to our communications program.”Virtual reality is 360-degree, 3D video or computer-generated environments viewed with special goggles where the user can see in all directions. After giving some attendees of the Soil Health Summit a preview in January, the SHP will officially launch the video, called “New Frontier in Agriculture,” at the Commodity Classic conference and tradeshow, Feb. 27 – March 1 in Anaheim, Calif. Attendees can stop by the SHP booth (#2739) to experience the video on a headset, and enter into a drawing for a prize.The 4-minute experience, viewed in a Samsung GearVR headset, places the user in close proximity to farmers and SHP staff on Tim Smith’s farm in Eagle Grove, Iowa. Smith, enrolled with SHP since 2014, demonstrates how he sets up strip-till equipment (a less intensive form of tillage), discusses why soil health matters to him and explains the benefits he’s experienced.“The most obvious benefits to using cover crops, strip-till or no-till on my farm are lack of erosion…and less ephemeral gullies in my fields,” Smith said in the video. “When we get heavy rainfalls I’m not so concerned about washouts.”The SHP will have a professional goggle at Commodity Classic for viewing, but the video is available to watch with any VR headset, including cardboard versions handed out at the SHP booth. To watch it in a headset:Download the YouTube app for iPhone or AndroidPlay the video (on the SHP YouTube Channel)Turn phone horizontalClick the Google Cardboard icon on the lower right side of the screenPhone will split into two screensPlace horizontal phone in a VR headset.For regular viewing, the video is available on the SHP YouTube Channel, where it is best viewed in the Google Chrome browser, which provides arrows allowing the user to turn the viewpoint.At least a ten-year scientific program administered by the National Corn Growers Association, the SHP’s vision is driven by initial and continuing funding and guidance from NCGA, Monsanto, the Walton Family Foundation, the Midwest Row Crop Collaborative, General Mills, the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research and USDA, with technical support from The Nature Conservancy and the Environmental Defense Fund. For more, visit soilhealthpartnership.org.last_img read more

Instagram Sets Its Photos And Videos Free Via Embeds

first_imgRelated Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos One of the most startling moments for tech junkies during the Boston Marathon bombing last April was the fact that Vine videos were some of the most sharable and informative updates, due mainly to the way news outfits could throw them into breaking stories and livestreams.Now, nearly three weeks after launching its own video offering, Instagram has enabled the same embeddable function for both its photos and videos.See also: Instagram Video May Be Strangling Vine, But This Fight Isn’t OverIt’s not clear what effect the move may have on the apparent decline in Vine’s popularity vis-a-vis Instagram microvideo. But Instagram, which is cruising towards its third birthday this fall and still growing consistently since Facebook acquired it last December, now holds an enviable position in the world of social media. How To Embed Your Instagram VideosThe process is simple. Instagram added a new share button on the right side of all photos and videos, right under the comments button, that gives you an embed code.  nick statt The company has also made it clear that your credit stays intact: “[C]licking on the Instagram logo will take people to your page on Instagram.com where they can discover more of your photos and videos,” the blog post reads.To see how it looks on a page, here’s a video embed from CEO Kevin Systrom himself. Note that you can’t like an image or video or leave a comment unless you head to Instagram.com.Unlike Vike videos, which are set to autoplay on any page and in the app itself, Instagram video embeds remain static until a user clicks the play button. See also: The Killer Feature In Instagram Microvideo Isn’t What You ThinkAs for privacy—a must-ask question for any new announcement coming out of Facebook HQ—Instagram says it’s committed to keeping things simple. Embed codes are only available to those whose photos and videos are public, the blog post states, meaning even those with access to a friend’s private account can’t share out their photos or videos.  Lead image by Madeleine Weiss for ReadWrite Tags:#Instagram#photo sharing#video sharing Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

Infant killed by monkey in Agra

first_imgInfant killed by monkey in Agra (Eds: Recasting intro) Agra, Nov 13 (PTI) A 12-day-old baby died after a monkey snatched him from his mother and left him bruised and bitten on the terrace of a neighbour’s house in Mohalla Kachhera area here. According to the family, Sunny’s mother was feeding him on Monday evening when the monkey snatched the infant and ran away with him. Sunny’s family members chased the monkey and later found the baby lying blood-soaked on a neighbour’s terrace. The baby was rushed to a hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead, the family members said. Not ready to believe it, the family took him to another hospital, but to no avail. Eco-activist Shravan Kumar said monkeys are turning aggressive as their natural habitats have been destroyed and green cover is steadily shrinking. Residents said the monkeys loot, snatch and attack people, particularly women and children in Agra. “People do not dare to go to their terraces. Those who do have sealed their homes with iron mesh cages. You cannot leave your door open or sit in the sun,” a resident of Vijay Nagar colony Seema Gupta said. PTI CORR DIV DIV 11131419last_img read more

Photo: N.C. State’s Abdul-Malik Abu Kept His Promise To Chapel Hill Shooting Victim

first_imgAbdul-Malik Abu at a friend's wedding.N.C. State freshman forward Abdul-Malik Abu was very close with Deah Shaddy Barakat, one of the victims of the Chapel Hill shooting earlier this month. In the wake of the tragedy, Abu posted a touching tribute to Barakat, his wife and her sister on Instagram. At Barakat’s wedding in December, Abu vowed he would beat UNC and Duke for his friend, a die-hard N.C. State fan. Barakat posted this photo to remind Abu after the Wolfpack upset Duke last month. “I’m gonna beat Duke and UNC for you as my wedding gift” @malikabuA photo posted by @arabprodigy0 on Jan 11, 2015 at 12:47pm PST On Tuesday, N.C. State stunned rival North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Abu made sure to let his friend know that he had fulfilled his promise, even if he was no longer alive to see him do it. Thanks Deah for being a special person to all of us. This one was for you your family and and the wonderful people of #WPN !!!!! Love you man #RIP #WeDidIt  #iPromisedYouManA photo posted by Abdul-Malik Abu (@malikabu) on Feb 24, 2015 at 7:07pm PSTWhat an awesome way for Abu to keep his friend’s memory alive.[ SBNation ]last_img read more

Photo: Check Out This Michigan Fan’s Incredible Charles Woodson Tattoo

first_imgFans watch a Michigan Wolverines flag after a score against the Illinois Fighting Illini.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 22: Fans watch a Michigan Wolverines flag after a score against the Illinois Fighting Illini on October 22, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***The image of Charles Woodson walking off the Michigan Stadium field with a rose in between his teeth following the Wolverines’ victory against Ohio State is an iconic one for those associated with the program. One Michigan fan has gotten said image tattooed on their body. Check out this incredible piece of art a Wolverines’ fan recently had done: First tattoo is done. #GoBlue. 〽️ pic.twitter.com/pFwAweC8zt— Honey Breezy (@BHugh_215) March 1, 2015Woodson, the 1997 Heisman Trophy winner, helped Michigan win the Rose Bowl and a share of the national championship that season.last_img read more