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Funeral arrangements announced for Aisling O’Connor, RIP

first_imgYoung Donegal student Aisling O’Connor, who died following a tragic kayaking accident, will be laid to rest later this week.Aisling (aged 21), from Ballyshannon, passed away on Monday – two days after an incident on a university trip in Co. Kerry.Her funeral (Mass of Resurrection) will take place on Saturday 9th November at St Joseph’s Church the Rock, Ballyshannon at 12noon. Interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. A wake will be held at the family home in Abbey, Ballyshannon on Thursday from 6pm until 9pm and on Friday from 1pm until 9pm.House private please to the family on the morning of the funeral.Aisling is survived by her mother Sorcha Begley, Ballyshannon and David O’Connor, Cork, her brothers Ciaran, Matthew and sisters Clodagh and Maeve.Tributes continue to pour in for the popular young woman, who was in her third year of an Industrial Biochemistry degree at University of Limerick. It was announced yesterday that Aisling will be giving the gift of life to save others through organ donation. Her father David, in a heartfelt tribute sent to Cork radio station 98fm, said: “Incredibly, within 10 minutes of her being pronounced dead yesterday, the liver transplant team identified Aisling as a perfect match for a patient of theirs. Even in death, Aisling continues to care for, enrich and help others in need. “ Funeral arrangements announced for Aisling O’Connor, RIP was last modified: November 10th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

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Press release: Brand South Africa’s Play your Part initiative makes it way to the North West Province

first_imgJohannesburg, Friday 10 January 2017 – The North-West University Potchefstroom campus will on Thursday 16 February 2017 host Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part programme during which citizens will be encouraged to “get involved” and play their part within their communities.In 2016 Brand South Africa and its interactive Play Your Part cube travelled across 6 provinces to encourage a spirit of active citizenship within communities. The interactive Play Your Part cube connected citizens to social media platforms to encourage conversations on active citizenship and to pledged their time and skills to make a difference and make South Africa a competitive nation. Community members and other active citizens such as Zola7, inspirational couple Phindi Gule and Kevin Burley, businesswoman Carol Bouwer, One Day leader ambassadors and Dj Sbu’s Leadership 2020 also inspired audiences, shared their empowerment projects and too pledged to further contribute towards a better future for all.The 2017 programme in the North West will continue to inspire active citizenship, provide insight on corporate and community leadership through sharing and hearing amazing success stories from citizens from all walks of life. The activation continues its partnership with SABC’s One Day leader a programme which promotes leadership and entrepreneurship within society. Whilst invited guests such as Professor Tommy Du Plessis and Beatrix Bouwman from the North-West University and Play Your Part ambassador Kea Modise amongst others will engage with the North West community.Engage with the Play Your Part Cube, Brand South Africa and its partners on #PYPCube.Media is invited to attend as follows:Date: Thursday 16 February 2017Time: 08h00 -13h00Venue: Govan Mbeki Hall, PotchefstroomRSVPS/Enquiries: Ntombi NtanziEmail: [email protected] number: 081 704 1488Programme Directed by: Play Your Part ambassador Kea Bontlebame Modiselast_img read more

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Solar Power Alone Won’t Solve Energy or Climate Needs

first_imgWhy We Still Need to Discuss Grid DefectionRethinking the GridCan Solar Power Solve the Coal Problem? Utilities Grapple with Rooftop Solar and the New Energy LandscapeIs Nuclear Power Our Energy Future or a Dinosaur? For example, the energy produced from a large number of solar arrays combined as 1,000 megawatts (MW) installed capacity will deliver, on average, an energy equivalent of 10% to 12% of its capacity. In contrast, a nuclear plant delivers energy at 80% to 90% of its rated capacity.The current global installed capacity of solar facilities is 224,684 MW, providing an annual energy output of 253,593 GWh, equivalent to an annual capacity factor of 11%. Similarly, the installed capacity of solar facilities in Germany is 39,784 MW, with an annual energy output of 36,056 GWh at a capacity factor of 10.3%.So, for the same installed capacity, solar energy production is one-eighth or one-ninth of the production of a nuclear plant. If you want the same amount of energy, then you would need to install an equivalent solar capacity that is higher by as large a margin — eight to nine times the number of additional solar arrays. Jatin Nathwani is professor and Ontario Research Chair in Public Policy for Sustainable Energy at the University of Waterloo. This post originally appeared at The Conversation. RELATED ARTICLES Less hype, more factThe point here is not to diminish the value and positive contribution that solar can make towards reducing our dependence on fossil fuels to help achieve a global energy transition towards a low carbon energy future.The hype needs to be tempered by a realistic assessment of the emerging energy demand at the global level and the effective capability of meeting growth in energy demand on a very large scale.You don’t want to get conscripted to the view that one energy option — solar — is the sole answer, and it also happens to be an option that does not deliver large volumes of energy from the installed base.Why is this relevant? The urgency for implementing effective low-carbon energy solutions is all but fully acknowledged and recognized by all the countries of the world (except the current U.S. administration).center_img Future of energy is diverse and distributedThe scope and scale of change required to meet climate change targets is anything but trivial. This suggests a complementary and reinforcing role for many different energy technologies with low-carbon attributes such as wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, nuclear and natural gas as an interim substitute for coal.The approach is complementary because each technology has characteristics that require attention to its limitations and to ensure it can function as part of an integrated energy system that delivers best value to the end user.The emerging energy system of this century will not look anything like the energy system of the past century dominated by central power-generating stations transmitting energy over long distances to cities, towns and villages.Distributed energy resources — best exemplified by solar as Exhibit A — combined with the power of information and communication technologies (ICT) will increasingly become relevant in our lives.Imagine a household becomes both an energy generator (solar on the roof) with an electric vehicle capable of storing energy (from wind and solar) and selling the energy back to the wires when it is profitable to do so. All of this could be managed seamlessly through a virtual power network enabled by ICT. Thus, a consumer has now become a producer and a consumer — a “prosumer.”Technology entrepreneur Elon Musk’s company, Tesla, Inc., is working to make that vision a reality today with its electric cars, solar-cell roof tiles, home energy storage, and networked, grid-connected battery systems currently being installed in Australia. Decentralized power generationWill distributed energy become truly disruptive and completely undermine both the business model of the existing utilities and the investments in the large centralized infrastructure?In my view, distributed energy resources can be best recognized as a positive force that will help reinforce and increase the reliability and resilience of the “big grid.” They also bring an environmental emissions attribute that helps to amplify a positive trend towards a low carbon energy future.Why do we need large, centralized generating stations at all? The global energy demand to 2050 will either double or triple from current levels. This is primarily driven by demographics and income shifts.The world’s population is forecast to approach nine billion people in 2050 — with many to shift in income from extreme poverty to low- and middle income levels — which means an inexorable upward pressure on need for energy. A warming climate is another driver of growth in energy demand for cooling.Improved economic well-being combined with an irreversible shift towards intense urbanization creates a scenario that is difficult to deflect: We are faced with an emerging global context that is shaped by a critical dependence on high quality energy services to a growing, richer population that faces more thermal stress than ever before.The amounts of energy we need are large, not necessarily because we are energy hogs, but rather that we desire an improved quality of life. This will require a major fine-tuning of the existing energy system that can exploit the best features of all available energy sources in unison. Recent reports that solar capacity will soon exceed nuclear capacity reveal an important fact. It also hides a crucial distinction needed to understand the context of energy production, and the use and consequences of choices among supply options for the future.As executive director of the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) and lead author of the Equinox Blueprint Energy 2030, a technological roadmap for a low-carbon electrified future, I have investigated energy options, alternatives and their utility. I have also found that people get confused with terminology.Capacity installed in kilowatts (kW) is not equal to energy produced in kilowatt hours (kWh) — and the energy services we demand and pay for (such as cooking, cooling, lighting, entertainment) is measured in kilowatt hours. For large-scale, industrial purposes, output is measured in megawatt hours (MWh) or gigawatt hours (GWh).The technical capacity of any energy technology to deliver useful energy is measured as energy output. Because of the efficiency of energy conversion, solar energy output tends to be low.last_img read more

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Grappler Sushil realises his Commonwealth

first_imgSushil Kumar has won laurels galore at international meets but there was an unfulfilled dream for the champion wrestler. The freestyle grappler won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a gold at the World Championships in Moscow last month. But winning a Commonwealth gold medal in front of his home crowd on Sunday gave him a unique satisfaction. “Medals at the Beijing Olympics and World Championships would always remain the most cherished achievements of mine but it is a different feeling altogether when you win a medal in front of your home crowd,” Sushil said on Monday.He defeated South African Heinrich Barnes in the 66kg freestyle to win his maiden Commonwealth Games gold. “These three medals that I have won in the last couple of years cannot be compared with each other because all of them have their own relevance.”I won this gold at the Commonwealth Games and to win a medal in front of the people who have supported me and backed me all these years gives me an altogether different feeling,” he added. Wrestling contributed 19 medals in the Indian kitty, including 10 gold, and Sushil is confident that the tally will only increase as he targets the London Olympics.”All our wrestlers are at their peak and hopefully we will maintain the same form in future as well. A gold at the London Olympics is what I am aiming now,” he said. For Narsingh Yadav, who was nowhere in the scene for a place in the squad a couple of months back, justified his selection with a gold in the 74kg category.advertisement”I was second at the selection trials and got an opportunity to play only after the wrestler, who was originally selected, flunked the dope test. It is very satisfying for me that I have justified my selection.”Now, I hope to win a medal at the Asian Games, and Olympics is something that everyone dreams of,” he said. Meanwhile, Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president G.S. Mander confirmed that freestyle wrestling has been included in the next Commonwealth Games.He said all efforts are being made to ensure that all three categories (freestyle, Greco-Roman and women’s) remain a part of the Glasgow Games. “As for now, freestyle wrestling will be there at the Glasgow Games. But we are trying to get the other two forms of wrestling included as well,” Mander said.last_img read more

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Strategic management expert available to comment on Fiat Chrysler record fine recall

first_imgAddThis ShareEXPERT ALERTDavid [email protected] [email protected] management expert available to comment on Fiat Chrysler record fine, recallHOUSTON – (July 27, 2015) – Anastasiya (Annie) Zavyalova, assistant professor of strategic management at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is available to discuss the historic settlement that Fiat Chrysler has reached with U.S. regulators to stave off legal problems arising from about two dozen safety recalls.ANASTASIYA ZAVYALOVAThe settlement reportedly provides that the Italian-American automaker must offer to buy back from customers nearly 200,000 recalled Ram pickups and Dodge SUVs and pay a fine of $105 million.Zavyalova is available for interviews to discuss the fallout and next steps for Fiat Chrysler. Her research focuses on negative events in organizations (such as product recalls, NCAA scandals in U.S. universities and child abuse scandals in the Catholic Church) and the role of media and organizational identification for stakeholder support following negative events.“As my research suggests, news about defective products is detrimental for any company’s brand and reputation,” Zavyalova said. “Three caveats help understand how detrimental the recall is for Chrysler.“First, how severe were the consequences of the defect for the company’s stakeholders? In this case, some reports suggest that the problem has been ongoing and that as of 2013, more than 50 deaths had been linked to the problem. This attests to the severity of the problem that Chrysler now has to face head-on.“Second, are the company’s competitors facing similar issues? News about car safety problems involving Chrysler’s close competitors such as Honda, Toyota and GM can be, in fact, beneficial for Chrysler,” Zavyalova said. “The company may be able to point to an industrywide safety problem and deflect public attention from its brand.“Third, what are the company’s reputation repair strategies? As my research suggests, when the company is culpable of wrongdoing (such as selling defective cars), it helps to cooperate with the government agencies (in this case NHTSA) and to work closely with customers to address the problem. Chrysler is doing both, which should help it recover from the negative publicity,” she said.Zavyalova suspects that the news will negatively affect Chrysler’s stock price. However, industrywide safety problems and Chrysler’s direct actions to address the issue should soften the damage to its reputation, she said.For more information or to schedule an interview with Zavyalova, contact David Ruth, director of national of national and broadcast media at Rice, at [email protected] or 713-348-6327.Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio. ReadyCam is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7.-30-Related materials:Recent research:“Negative Consequences of Good Reputation and Positive Outcomes of Negative Events,” Socio-Economic Review (2014 Oxford Journals).“Managing the Message: The Effects of Firm Actions and Industry Spillovers on Media Coverage Following Wrongdoing,” Academy of Management Journal (2012).Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Follow Rice University’s Jones School on Twitter @RiceMBA.last_img read more

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