Council to spend almost €50M on road transport and safety in 2020

first_imgDonegal County Council is to increase its budget by 6% to more than €154,400,000 for 2020.The council will meet today to discuss the budget for the year ahead with an increase in spending of more than €8M on last year’s figure sought.The council’s CEO Seamus Neely will outline the council’s plan for the spend and where the money will come from. A draft budget plans shows that €118,576,123 of the budget needed will come from Local Property Tax, rents, fees, charges, loan repayments, grants and certain reserves.The council has also outlined where it plans to spend the budget in the coming year.A total of €20,649,032 will go on housing a building but more than double this, €48,199,128 will go on road transport and safety.The council does not propose to commercial rates on top of the rate revaluation which will not start until 2022. The wage bill for the council for 2020 is coming in at just over €72m.Council to spend almost €50M on road transport and safety in 2020 was last modified: November 22nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

Gymnastic Enzyme Acts Like Logic Gate

first_imgAn enzyme named vinculin undergoes “drastic” conformational changes, reports William A. Weis in the July 29 issue of Nature.1  Vinculin, with over a thousand amino acid links, is important at membrane junctions for transporting materials in and out of the cell.  It helps cellular “glue” exit the membrane so that neighboring cells can adhere to one another, such as in epithelial tissues.    Weis reports on recent studies that show vinculin undergoes radical conformational changes during its action.  It will only build the adhesive junction when the necessary components are in place.  Nothing happens unless the participants are ready; “the binding energy of several partners is needed to overcome the thermodynamic and perhaps kinetic barriers to activation,” he says.  “Viewed in this way, vinculin functions as a logical AND gate, in which binding of two partners is required to generate an output, in this case a stable multi-protein complex”.  What’s more, this automatic regulation is essential for its function; it prevents inappropriate assembly if the amount of product is unstable.1William A. Weis, “Cell biology: How to build a cell junction,” Nature 430, 513 – 515 (29 July 2004); doi:10.1038/430513a.Logic, logic gates, regulation: this is the language of intelligent design.  Each of the contacts formed during the “radical” conformational changes of this complicated enzyme is finely tuned to its substrates, and finely tuned to the concentration of ingredients in the cell.  And these finely tuned contacts are determined by the specificity of the sequence of amino acids in this protein, each coded in another language—the language of DNA.  At every step, this system only makes sense in the context of intelligent design.    There is no suggestion in this paper how vinculin’s specificity in adhesive junctions might have evolved.  But in the latest ICR Impact article #374 (August 2004), organic chemist Dr. Charles McCombs provides very good reasons why unguided chemistry will never produce such functional complexity and specificity.  Unguided chemicals will always follow the laws of (1) chemical stability; i.e., whether the components will react at all, (2) chemical reactivity, or how fast reactants will react, and (3) chemical selectivity, or where the components react.  Working through these principles, he shows that amino acids will not join together without help, and even if they did, far more random, useless, nonfunctional polymers with damaging cross-reactions would result.  The resulting chain would always form blindly according to the relative binding energies of the amino acids.    It takes an organic chemist careful guidance at each step to produce a functional enzyme.  “Evolutionists say that nature is blind, has no goal, and no purpose, and yet precise selection at each step is necessary,” McCombs says.  Chemicals cannot think, plan or organize themselves, he reminds us, yet Darwinians invoke a false logic that unguided processes yielded logical living systems, like this example with vinculin.  The chemist remarks, “Evolutionists just hope you don’t know chemistry!”(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Leaders gather in Cape Town for WEF on Africa

first_img1 June 2015The World Economic Forum’s 25th meeting in Africa, with the theme Then and Now: Reimagining Africa’s Future, takes place in Cape Town from 3 to 5 June.It will be the largest ever in the region, with more than 1 250 leaders from business, politics, academia, civil society and the media attending.The record levels of participation could be seen to reflect an optimism in the economic prospects of the region, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF), as well as an unprecedented commitment across all stakeholder groups to pursue public-private co-operation as a means of tackling the considerable challenges the region still faces.More than 90 senior government officials will attend and 83 leading international companies will be represented. “As befits Africa’s youthful population,” said the WEF, “the meeting will also boast a record 200 young leaders, drawn from the forum’s community of Global Shapers and Forum of Young Global Leaders, as well as the highest proportion of women leaders – at 270 woman leaders 25.8% – than ever before. In total, over 75 countries will be represented.”Lessons of the pastSpeaking on the eve of the gathering, Elsie Kanza, the head of Africa, World Economic Forum, said: “The occasion of our 25th meeting allows us an opportunity to see how far Africa has come economically, socially and politically since 1990. However, what this meeting is really about is looking forward, to see how we can channel the lessons of the past with the creativity, innovation and resourcefulness that comes from all stakeholders working together to solve Africa’s challenges in the present and future.”The WEF’s first meeting on Africa took place in October 1990.This year, the programme is built upon the three pillars: enabling markets, marshalling resources and inspiring creativity. It will feature high-level sessions on critical subjects such as migration, combating terrorism and harnessing Africa’s informal economy.Alongside the meeting, the Grow Africa Investment Forum, which runs from 2 to 4 June, will bring together leaders engaged in the forum-led Grow Africa food security initiative. Another high-level summit will take place focused on mobilising financing for cross-border infrastructure.There will also be several innovations, among them Community Conversations. These will be public debates based on the forum’s popular Davos Open Forum format, in which young people from the city are invited to interact with meeting participants on the key subjects of entrepreneurism and leadership.The meeting will also, for the first time, webcast press conferences and issue briefings live, enabling the public to submit questions on important issues facing Africa’s future.FDI leaderSpeaking at a media briefing in Johannesburg on Friday ahead of the summit, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said South Africa as a foreign direct investment destination was regarded as one of the best on the continent.“South Africa remains the most diverse economy on the continent – providing a supportive regulatory framework, a well-developed infrastructure network, a world- class financial hub and world-class services for business opportunities.”According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, South Africa remained the top foreign direct investment destination in Africa during 2013, significantly increasing foreign direct investment inflows from $4.6-billion (R56.28- billion) in 2012 to $8.1-billion in 2013, mostly in green field’s investments.Radebe said South Africa continued to make strides in improving the ease of doing business.“South Africa, if compared to other Brics [Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa] nations, comes first in the five of the 10 criteria the World Bank uses to assess ease of doing business – starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting credit, protecting investors and paying taxes,” he said.Convened for regional and global leaders from business, government and civil society, the forum will take stock of progress made over the last 25 years, share insights on the present landscape and identify innovative approaches to accelerate inclusive growth while bring about sustainable development in the future.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

New Mandela tapestry for airport

first_img17 December 2015In honour of Nelson Mandela, a giant tapestry has been unveiled at Cape Town International Airport, according to Amnesty International.Measuring approximately six by three metres, and called Flying Madiba, the work of art was designed by acclaimed Czech artist Peter Sis and woven by Atelier Pinton in Aubusson, France. It is on display at the airport’s international arrivals hall, and was installed on 10 December 2015 to mark International Human Rights Day.“This tapestry is a fitting tribute to Nelson Mandela, a champion of human rights across the world,” said Bill Shipsey, Art for Amnesty’s founder. “It will provide a constant reminder to the millions of people passing through the Cape Town International airport about his legacy, not only for South Africa but for the world.”According to Amnesty International, the tapestry was generously backed and funded by musicians and artists such as Bono and The Edge of the band U2, John Legend, Peter Gabriel, Sting and Yoko Ono.“Madiba sacrificed his own freedom to see a better world for everyone,” said Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty International’s deputy director for Southern Africa. “With this tapestry, we are honouring his sacrifices and hoping that he will be remembered forever.”Mandela received Amnesty International’s most prestigious award, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, in 2006.“The tapestry will take pride of place in our International Arrivals Hall. It will be the final piece of a broader ambience programme in that area which already has various elements creating a sense of place,” said Deidre Davids, the manager for communications and brand at the airport.‘Explore philosophy that places our problems in an international and historical context’ – Nelson Mandela.— Art for Amnesty (@Art4Amnesty) December 6, 2015Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who campaign for a world in which human rights are enjoyed by all.Source: Amnesty Internationallast_img read more

File Recovery and Other Innovative Solutions to Save Your Small Business Day

first_imgMurphy’s Law states, “If anything can go wrong, it will.” That seems to be an adage that many small business owners often face. There is never a convenient time for “things to go wrong.” These always seem to happen at the worst possible moments. Typically, it involves some deadline. Plus, it results in a sudden drop in productivity with a correlating rise in stress levels.Many of us suffer from the same issues. However, there are innovative solutions for these unexpected issues to turn the day around.1. Lost Files and Document VersionsPerhaps one of the worst things to impact your day is to find that a version of your work wasn’t saved correctly or the file was lost completely. All that effort now has to be recreated, which is not something you want to do or you may not be able to. And, when those lost files or changes are part of a huge document, the frustration only grows.An M-Files study on document management determined that employees use at least 50% of their time trying to locate documents. Then, imagine after wasting all that time, they realize the files have been inadvertently deleted. Additionally, a Harris Interactive Knowledge Workers study found that over 80% of knowledge workers waste time trying to manage and find various versions of documents they created.Though you know Dropbox for cloud storage, you may not realize that they also have a file and document version recovery feature. Files that you store on this cloud-based system hang around for a while even when you accidentally delete that mission-critical file. Dropbox Basic and Dropbox Plus users can access these lost files for 30 days while Dropbox Business users and Dropbox Pro users get 120 days to recover what they deleted. Another beneficial feature is the version history tool so you can undo those changes you never intended to make and go back to the version that is correct. And, if anyone else makes changes or deletes a file, you’ll get notified.2. Power Surges and OutagesWhether it is an announced brief outage from the power company to improve infrastructure or it’s an unexpected outage, the loss of power can mean your work comes to a standstill. Additionally, power surges can also do damage to equipment. Both issues leave you without the ability to get work done.The 2017 Eaton Blackout Tracker Report noted that approximately 27 million people were affected by blackouts that lasted an average of 81 minutes per power outage. And, downtime from things like power outages can get expensive. According to an ITIC study, “Over 98% of large enterprises with more than 1,000 employees say that on average, a single hour of downtime per year costs their company over $100,000, while an 81% of organizations report that the cost exceeds $300,000. Even more significantly: three in 10 enterprises – 33% – indicate that hourly downtime costs their firms $1 million or more.”To minimize the impact that these electrical problems can cause, the ideal solution is to invest in an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS). For example, companies like CyberPower offer home office power solutions to ensure that power issues don’t impact your business day. Their UPS products also come with features like power management software, various backup capacity, and data line protection.3. Intermittent WiFiHow quickly we forget what work (and life) was like before mobile devices and WiFi. Now, our world nearly comes to a crashing halt when a Wi-Fi network falters or slows down. After all, we are supposed to be “always on.” When WiFi works intermittently as if we are in a Starbucks with 100 other laptop users, the day takes a turn for the worst. The issue can be related to distance from the router, dead spots in your home office, or not enough bandwidth.All these issues are fixable, especially when you upgrade to new mesh technology that provides the power to keep your WiFi optimized. The Velop Whole Home WiFi solution means you can work remotely without fighting with the family over who gets the bandwidth. The modular WiFi system can be customized to fit your space. There are nodes that connect together with each one accommodating 2,000 square feet. This innovative technology also can continue working even if one of the nodes stops working correctly.4. Forgotten Meetings and DeadlinesPerhaps one of the worst is dropping the ball on a deadline or forgot about an upcoming meeting. It may put a project further behind for yourself or colleagues. Not to mention, you’ve messed up your workflow for the day.Instead of letting it ruin your day, you can use an artificial intelligence-based tool like to an your time more effectively. It will schedule meetings and remind you about them so important tasks are never neglected again. Here are a few other time management tips to help you along the way.5. Email OverloadEmail does a lot to help business. However, it does the complete opposite when inboxes are full of hundreds of emails. Then, it works against your productivity goals and becomes unmanageable.  According to a McKinsey & Company report, the average worker spends 13 hours a week on email. For an average eight-hour workday over the course of a five-day week, that’s nearly two hours a day. Now, multiply that on a day where there happen to be even more emails than usual.Tools like SaneBox give you back some of that time so you can spend it on other things besides email. It uses algorithms to learn what is important and unnecessary in your email inbox. From there, it filters these out for greater focus. Plus, it tracks emails to remind you that certain correspondence needs to be addressed.All opinions are my own.  Dropbox is not affiliated with nor endorses any other products or services mentioned Is Voice Search the Next Big Travel Technology … Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… 4 Big Reasons Retailers are Racing to Embrace IoTcenter_img Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at Related Posts Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWritelast_img read more