DONEGAL MAN IS MUGGED AND DUMPED FOR DEAD IN AMSTERDAM CANAL

first_imgA Co Donegal man is lucky to be alive after he was attacked and thrown into a canal in Amsterdam.Ronan Kennedy from Killybegs who is lucky to be alive.Ronan Kennedy, from Killybegs, was visiting The Netherlands, when the terrifying experience happened last night.Ronan, 27, was left for dead after being mugged and dumped in the freezing waters of the Dutch capital The woodwork teacher, who now lives in Melbourne, Australia, was only saved when a passer-by dragged him out of the water and resuscitated him.He was later cared for by the emergency services who arrived on the scene within minutes.Ronan said himself that he is lucky to be alive.“I couldn’t get out myself and it was so cold that I didn’t last long. To the Dutch person who dragged me out of the canal and resuscitated me, I owe you my life.” He was treated overnight in hospital but has since been released without any serious injuries.Ronan is leaving Amsterdam tomorrow and is expected to arrive back in Australia on Friday.  DONEGAL MAN IS MUGGED AND DUMPED FOR DEAD IN AMSTERDAM CANAL was last modified: January 21st, 2014 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) Tags:AmsterdamCANALdonegalhospitalKillybegsmuggedrobbedRonan Kennedylast_img read more

Latest: Arsenal 0 Chelsea 0

first_imgChelsea had to withstand a brief period of pressure in the second half at the Emirates Stadium, where a win would put them level on points with Premier League leaders Liverpool.Frank Lampard almost put them ahead in the first half, volleying against the underside of the bar after meeting Eden Hazard’s ball into the box.The England midfielder earlier miscued when Cesar Azpilicueta pulled the ball back from the left after linking up with the lively Hazard.Boss Jose Mourinho has made it clear that his attacking players must improve the defensive side of their game when the team do not have possession if Chelsea are to sustain a title challenge.And with Fernando Torres and Willian constantly looking to stop Arsenal building from the back, and with Ramires dropping deep to join midfielders Lampard and John Mikel Obi when needed, they have looked solid so far.Arsenal finished the first half strongly, however, and wanted a penalty when Theo Walcott went down after Willian stepped on his feet, but referee Mike Dean was having none of it.There have been no clear-cut chances since the restart, with Chelsea standing firm during a 10-minute spell in which the Gunners had plenty of possession.Chelsea (4-2-3-1:) Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Lampard; Willian, Ramiries, Hazard; Torres. Subs: Schwarzer, Luiz, Cole, Oscar, Mata, Schurrle, Eto’o.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

African agenda: South Africa hosts WEF Africa and the African Union

first_imgIn 2015 South Africa hosted two of the most important global gatherings to discuss and find a way to the future prosperity for the African continent: the World Economic Forum on Africa, in Cape Town from 3 to 5 June, and the African Union Summit, in Johannesburg and Pretoria from 7 to 15 June.To give context to both events we bring you a collection of our recent coverage of Africa and its place in the world.Value of investment in Africa surges 3 June 2015 – The value of foreign direct investment into Africa has jumped over the past five years, even though the number of investment projects on the continent has fallen. And while investor perceptions have softened, those with business interests in Africa remain overwhelmingly positive. MORE > Blueprint for Africa’s infrastructure deficit 2 June 2015 – The World Economic Forum’s three-year blueprint, Africa Strategic Infrastructure Initiative, promotes public-private co-operation and identifies solutions to bottlenecks that lead to failure of large infrastructure projects in Africa. The initiative is being handed over to Nepad. MORE >Looking towards Agenda 2063 at WEF Africa 20152 June 2015 – Brand South Africa will host several interactive dialogue sessions with various stakeholders during the course of the Word Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town, South Africa from Wednesday 3 to Friday 5 June 2015. MORE >Leaders gather in Cape Town for WEF on Africa 1 June 2015 – Then and Now: Reimagining Africa’s Future is the theme of the 25th World Economic Forum on Africa. It will be the biggest of the gatherings so far, with more than 1 250 people attending, representing more than 75 countries and 83 international companies. MORE >Infographic: African alliances help boost regional prosperity1 June 2015 – Regional alliances of African countries have one goal in common: to increase economic cohesion and so improve the lives of citizens, as sovereign nations align their priorities to achieve a wider prosperity. MORE >Nine major trends set to shape the future of Africa1 June 2015 – As South Africa prepares to host the World Economic Forum on Africa in June, KPMG Africa chairman Seyi Bickersteth examines the nine major trends set to influence the continent’s development: demographics, the rise of the individual, technology, interconnectedness, public debt, economic power shifts, climate change, resource stress and urbanisation. MORE >All about the African Union1 June 2015 – In 1963 the Organisation of African Unity rose from the ashes of colonial rule. Today, as the African Union, it has expanded its membership and embraced its ever-growing role across the continent. MORE >Documentary focuses on plight of albinos28 May 2015 – In many African societies, people with albinism are shunned, suffer sever discrimination and are regularly killed in witchcraft rituals. The documentary In the Shadow of the Sun and activists using #StopAlbinoKillings are raising awareness of their plight and calling for end to discrimination.MORE >Mobile phones bring the internet’s power to Africa’s poor27 May 2015 – Poor people across Africa are increasingly aware of the power of the internet to improve their lives, such as find a job, and use sophisticated online tools to do just that. In under-resourced environments, mobile phones are the most efficient way for them to access these benefits. MORE >Africa urged to invest in artists as visionaries27 May 2015 – Artists and the economy was discussed on the second day of the fourth African Union Pan-African Cultural Congress, with speakers calling on governments and private sector leaders to invest in the arts and heritage as a means of uniting Africa through its diversity. MORE >Done right, urbanisation can boost living standards in Africa25 May 2015 – Africa is urbanising later and at a lower income level than other developing regions, which means policy makers can learn from the successes and failures of other countries. Done right, urbanisation could significantly raise both productivity and living standards across the continent. MORE >The NBA comes to Africa25 May 2015 – In a leap forward for basketball in South Africa and the continent, the NBA’s first game in Africa will be played in August. The captains have been announced for the Team Africa versus Team World play off, with the African side led by Luol Deng. MORE >A tribute to South Africa’s neighbours20 May 2015 – A photographic exhibition, On the Frontline, at the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Centre of Memory reflects on the contribution – and the price they paid – from countries in Africa to helping the liberation struggle overcome apartheid. MORE >African products sold online to fight against malaria18 May 2015 – Buying a pair of shwe shwe pyjama pants – they come in five Afro-centric colours – will help to keep families in Mozambique safe from malaria. The idea is that making a difference is as easy as sleeping, says Goodbye Malaria. Cash raised is used for spraying homes to kill Anopheles mosquitoes. MORE >Women combat lack of electricity with solar power14 May 2015 – Solar Sister empowers women in Africa to be entrepreneurs. They earn an income through selling solar power products, bringing light to homes across the continent and ending the terrible fires caused by candles and paraffin lamps that can devastate whole communities. MORE >Remembering Africa’s role in ending World War 214 May 2015 – Many Africans enlisted – or were conscripted by their colonial ruler, Britain – to fight the Axis countries in World War 2. They were instrumental in bringing an end to the war, which was fought across Africa, Europe and the East. Yet not much is known about their contribution. MORE >Africa and space: the continent looks skyward11 May 2015 – Many African countries have active space agencies, whose earth-observation satellites help find natural resources, monitor elections, track weather, plan agriculture, deliver services, and support disaster relief and military security. Space tech may soon also connect hundreds of millions of Africans to the internet. MORE >Africa’s youth population can lift the continent7 May 2015 – The youth population is big and is growing; urbanisation is growing even faster. These factors present possibilities and pitfalls: a young population may be dynamic and bring economic advantages but at the same time, too many young people raises the potential for conflict. MORE >Pint-sized Zuriel Oduwole sets her cap for success7 May 2015 – From making documentaries about Africa to touring the world and interviewing global leaders, encouraging education for girls and starting on writing a book, Zuriel Oduwole has done a lot. But here’s the catch she is only 12 years old. MORE >Kumoodi: from Lagos to the world6 May 2015 – The first African digital lifestyle store is just 18 months old, but it is growing fast. Already a repository for music and videos, next on its agenda is live streaming events globally. It is also the platform US President Obama used to engage with young Nigerians. MORE >Watch: Salif Keita and Black Mambazo call for harmony in Africa6 May 2015 – Singing in English, isiZulu and French, globally renowned African musicians Salif Keita of Mali and South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo have released a new single calling for peace on the continent, an end to xenophobia and a united Africa. MORE >Powerful women shape Africa5 May 2015 – Women have left their mark in various fields across the continent of Africa. From medicine to fashion design and politics, they have tackled huge challenges and have emerged victorious. Their stories serve to inspire future generations. MORE >African entrepreneur sold his belongings to start Kisua23 April 2015 – Sam Mensah found out that it is better to give than receive: in giving gifts he received success in return, after he saw the potential market for African garments and designs around the world. A significant element of the business is to present a more truthful picture of the continent. MORE >Garissa: African lives do matter8 April 2015 – Western media reports on the Garissa University College attacks in Kenya, where 148 students were killed by al-Shabaab militants, have been sparse. Social media users have been vocal about their outrage at the “complicit silence” regarding what the Pope called “senseless brutality”. MORE >Football in Africa: a visual quiz8 April 2015 – After Cote d’Ivoire’s dramatic 9-8 win on penalties over Ghana in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations final in Equatorial Guinea earlier this year, we bring you a visual quiz to test your knowledge – and maybe teach you something – about Africa’s rich tradition of football. MORE >last_img read more

If Not Nano, Then What? Apple Looks at Budget iPhone

first_imgRelated Posts The week started off with rumors that Apple was planning to “launch a smaller, more affordable iPhone – an iPhone Nano, if you will.” The rumors were largely a result of reports in Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal, but now The New York Times has come along to squash them. According to an article in today’s Times, “contrary to published reports, Apple is not currently developing a smaller iPhone, according to people briefed on Apple’s plans who requested anonymity because the plans are confidential.”The Times’ sources say there are a number of reasons that Apple is not looking to introduce a smaller version of the iPhone, not the least of which being that the smaller size wouldn’t necessarily result in a cheaper iPhone. The smaller size would also cause trouble for app developers, who have enjoyed uniformity of screen size across iPhones, as compared to Android developers who have to deal with a variety of devices. The Time does say, however, that Apple is looking to lower the cost by using different components. “Although the innards of the phone, including memory size or camera quality, could change to offer a less expensive model, the size of the device would not vary,” said the Times’ source, who has worked on multiple versions of the device.What will the company do then? Tags:#Apple#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Another senior Apple executive said during a private meeting recently that it did not make sense for the company to make multiple iPhone models, noting that Apple would stick with its practice of dropping the price of older models when it introduced a new one.The iPhone 3GS is now available for $49 with a two-year contract that helps subsidize the price of the device in the United States.As part of its effort to find new customers for the iPhone, Apple plans to make it easier to operate the device through voice commands, removing an obstacle for people who do not like using a virtual keyboard, said another person with knowledge of Apple’s plans.So what does this all boil down to? iPhone Nano? Nope. But perhaps we’ll see a version of the iPhone with even less memory for a lower cost. An iPhone Cloud, if you will. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… mike melanson 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

How To Make Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) A Strategic Asset

first_imgGuest author Kevin Prendeville is a global managing director with Accenture’s Product Lifecycle Services practice.The tables have turned on many large high-tech companies – market leaders have become followers while followers have become leaders. What’s behind the seismic shift? The ability of those former followers to leverage investments in product development processes to deliver more innovative and successful products. These processes, known as Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), extend from idea gener¬ation through product launch to product retirement.An analysis by Accenture has found that large high-tech companies can spend $1 billion or more per year on Product Lifecycle Management in hopes of substantially boosting revenues and cutting costs. But Accenture also found that many C-suite executives view PLM as the engineering department’s black box – a critical enterprise business process poorly understood, measured or managed.Today’s competitive business environment requires that top management see PLM as a strategic corporate asset, a cross-functional, enterprise-wide business discipline that augments innovation, helps drive revenue growth, and reduces costs of everything from engineering rework to regulatory compliance.What Is Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)?PLM integrates a multitude of critical cross-functional activities, such as:product strategyportfolio managementproduct managementidea and requirements gatheringproduct designproduct engineeringproduct validation and complianceproduct costingproduct qualitydirect material sourcingmanufacturingafter-market services product retirementPLM capabilities support PLM activities to drive activities, decisions and data within the end-to-end PLM process. Examples includeintellectual property managementproduct structure and reuseengineering changesstage-gate approvalsideas and requirementssoftware configurationquality tests and defectsproduct costsdevelopment project statusFor global enterprises to maximize the business impact of PLM, they need to examine two dimensions: effectiveness and efficiency.Large high-tech companies are making substantial investments – often 5% to 25% or more of revenue – in PLM. But according to Accenture’s analysis, nearly half of PLM ends up wasted on products that do not meet market needs or timing. High-tech enterprises have thousands of highly skilled and well-paid designers, scientists and engineers working inside global PLM processes across hundreds of current and future products. But due to lack of central coordination, prioritization and integration of processes, systems and data, they’re often working on essentially useless or redundant tasks. That means there’s a huge opportunity for improvement.Technology can help improve PLM – if it’s implemented with an integrated plan focused on a distinct business process. Most global companies have deeply fragmented PLM systems comprising 20 or more applications. PLM software vendors provide powerful and field-tested applications – but not the kind of end-to-end business process coverage available in leading customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications. Most high-tech companies use three or more PLM vendors to span the various PLM capability areas.Four Ways To Improve PLMTrue enterprise PLM requires building an end-to-end framework that spans multiple solutions and accom¬modates business processes and data from marketing, design, product portfolio management and more. A one-size-fits-all answer does not exist, but Accenture has identified four best practices to get the most out PLM:Step 1. Create an enterprise-wide framework to define PLM capabilities. Define what is and is not PLM, then formally break down and re-evaluate current PLM capabilities. Review all processes, applications, metrics, organization and data that underpin product development process flow from initial concept to product retirement. Then examine the performance and maturity of each as objectively as possible. High-performance businesses structure PLM as a hierarchy of capabilities that span the process, represent various organizations and competencies, and connect all corners of the PLM landscape with each another. Most companies that go through this exercise are surprised by how disjointed and fragmented their overall PLM approaches are and by how many gaps and redundancies they uncover. And they are often alarmed to find how few metrics and how little docu¬mentation supports their PLM activities.Step 2. Link the PLM framework’s capabilities to key corporate and product priorities. Settle on five-to-ten business metrics that track the effectiveness and efficiency of innovation and product development outputs, transcending any one department or function. They might relate to pipeline throughput, cost of engineering, reuse of platforms or components or resource use. For instance, if plans call for more new products to be developed in lower-cost countries, the PLM framework would link that objective to the corresponding capabilities and metrics.Step 3. Use the prioritized PLM framework As An investment planning tool. It is relatively straightforward to turn the results of these exercises into a powerful tool for ongoing planning activities. The organization’s varied constituents can more easily analyze trade-offs, guide investments in product development improvement projects, and measure the impact of those projects over time. For example, one high-technology company used this framework to concentrate its future PLM focus and investment to improve software product development processes rather than mechanical design. Basically, the firm chose to improve the productivity of its thousands of software designers instead of its hundreds of mechanical designers.Step 4. Establish a group to own and update the PLM framework and corporate roadmap. As with CRM, ERP and supply chain management, there has to be a single, formal organization to advance and support PLM. That organization should have visible, unambiguous sponsorship from a senior executive. This helps ensure PLM becomes part of the company’s innovation fabric rather than a one-time project.Three PLM Success StoriesUsing these best practices, several high-tech companies have made significant progress with their PLM strategies:1. One version of the truth. A provider of servers and storage equipment re-designed its business processes to better leverage PLM technologies. The firm created “one version of the truth” for a single engineering change process for all its hardware products including several from large acquisitions.2. Integrating hardware and software. A provider of electronic gaming equipment developed new processes, data models and a central application to manage the relationship between its hardware designs and corresponding software designs, as they evolved through development and change processes.3. Increasing re-use. A global consumer electronics company implemented a streamlined portal and graphic user interface – providing a fast and visual way for designers and engineers to search, find and re-use components, solutions and information stored in its PLM databases.The good news is there are many cross-industry cases proving the merits of improving PLM. The better news is that many industries have already blazed PLM trails, providing proven strategies, lessons learned and methodologies for high-tech companies to leverage.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#business software#enterprise IT#Software Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img kevin prendeville IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

Citizenship Bill won’t directly benefit NRC excludees: Home Ministry official

first_imgNon-Muslims excluded from the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam would not immediately or directly benefit from the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, a senior Home Ministry official said.The comment by the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, comes as the Centre faces a backlash in the northeast, including in BJP-ruled Assam, over the Bill. Those vehemently opposed to the Bill fear that it would make it possible for the government to grant Indian citizenship mostly to illegal Hindu migrants from Bangladesh in Assam, who came after March 1971, in violation of the agreement of the Assam Accord, 1985. Almost 40 lakh people were excluded from Assam’s final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) that was published on July 30 last year. The NRC is a Supreme Court monitored exercise that was carried out in the backdrop of the Assam Accord. Almost 30 lakh of those excluded from the NRC have filed claims to be included in the list of citizens. Government officials would now examine these claims and the final NRC would be published later.The future of those people whose nationality was “indeterminate” was yet to be decided, the official said.“Those who will not make it to the final NRC, does not mean they will immediately get citizenship,” the official asserted. “There will be legal hurdles because in their application for NRC they claimed to be Indians. You cannot suddenly change your stand. There won’t be a blanket citizenship offer.”The Intelligence Bureau (IB) told a joint parliamentary committee on the Citizenship Bill that those who have come to India from the three countries under reference due to religious persecution but have not declared so at the time of their arrival in India “will have to prove that they came to India due to religious persecution, if they had not declared so at that time of their arrival in India.”The law seeks to grant Indian citizenship to members of six communities — Hindus, Christians, Parsis, Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs — who came to India till December 31, 2014. It also reduces the mandatory requirement of 12 years stay in India to seven years to be eligible for citizenship if they do not possess any document.“The Bill is not only for Assam, it’s for the entire country. There are many people who came from the three countries due to religious persecution,” said the official.The official added that the application for citizenship would be approved only after the concerned State government cleared it.last_img read more