DONEGAL COMPANY SET TO TAKE ON NEW EMPLOYEES AFTER eBAY COUP

first_imgA Donegal IT company is set to take on new workers after it pulled off a major coup with the world’s biggest online auction company eBay.Donegal company 3D Issue puled off a major coup with eBay.Letterkenny-based 3D Issue created an internal communications systems for eBay’s thousands of employees.It came after eBay recently officially separated from PayPal. The technical giant’s marketing team wanted to create a digital magazine, a native mobile app and an online web portal dedicated to the first day of their independence.And of all the technology companies across the globe which tried to find one solution, the Donegal company was the only one which could answer all the questions.The CEO of 3D Issue, Paul McNulty from College Farm Road in the Cathedral Town, paid tribute to his workers.While the company has now grown to 25 employees, Paul is confident that can grow to 40 employees in the near future. “We have fantastic engineers in-house that put in a lot of overtime to get this project over the line. The credit is theirs.”And he addd “The best thing is that eBay were so delighted with the technology that they have decided to make it a part of the internal marketing workflow.”Sara Luker of eBay praised the work of the Donegal company.“I couldn’t recommend the 3D Issue team more highly. They quickly felt like an extension of my team and worked to very tight deadlines to pull off a site, ezine and app for us. I was so impressed I’m now working with them to continue using their products as a regular channel.”Now the buzz around the eBay initiative has attracted a number of other fortune 500 companies who are also looking to source mobile solutions for their internal communications. 3D Issue continues to innovate and will shortly be launching a new mobile apps platform that allows companies to create their own news-stands where they can run hundreds or thousands of apps within a single native app environment.Paul said one of the most rewarding aspects about the growth of his company is that it manages to remain local.“The greatest joy in developing software is seeing your ideas come to life and be validated in the market by top tier clients such as eBay. And that’s what we love doing; looking at the market and trying to conceptualise improvements and new products that will assist our clients in being more productive.“And best of all, we are doing it all from our offices in Letterkenny. With 99% of our customers overseas, it goes to show that it doesn’t really matter where you are located if you have a good product. Our biggest obstacle is actually recruiting. Currently, we are at 25 people, but we are rapidly expanding and hope to grow our development team significantly over the next 18 months to bring our headcount to 40.” Although most outside of the technology industry will be baffled by what 3D Issue pulled off, Paul explained what his company did for 3D Issue.‘We had the 3 platforms they needed. We have a digital magazine platform, a content aggregation hub that can pull content from any online source and a ‘build your own mobile news app’ platform.“The tricky part, however, was the fact they wanted all of their employees to be able to share content on their personal facebook, twitter and Instagram pages. They gave each employee a special hashtag for identifying that the content was in reference to the campaign and they wanted our platform to be able to pull that content from everyone of their 15,000 employees social sites.“We had to develop an algorithm that could find every reference to that launch, validate that they were an employee and then extract that image, article or video and push that content instantly into their social magazine, hub and app.“Standard apps are very linear and matched to a particular content channel. Large organisations have multiple content channels and need mobile platforms that allow their readers to specify their requirements and load the app content that matters to them. That’s the problem we are addressing next.”DONEGAL COMPANY SET TO TAKE ON NEW EMPLOYEES AFTER eBAY COUP was last modified: August 27th, 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)Tags:3D issuecoupdealdonegaleBAYlast_img read more

Petroleum industry sees black women making strides

first_imgMathiba Molefe Public Enterprises Minister, Malusi Gigaba said that economic growth was essential to addressing unemployment, gender equality, education and other social development related areas. (Image: The Department of Public Enterprises) MEDIA CONTACTS • Mayihlome Tshwete  Spokesperson for Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba  + 27 72 869 2477 RELATED ARTICLES • Transport investment a must • Liquid fuel from coal • Infrastructure development in South AfricaSouth Africa’s first 100% black women-owned petroleum plant has opened in Limpopo.Oil company Econ Oil officially opened the petroleum blending plant in Marble Hall on 17 October as part of its business expansion project. Nothemba Mlonzi is managing director.Following winning a five-year contract to supply three Eskom clusters with fuel, Econ Oil saw a chance to strengthen its foothold in the industry with the new blending plant.The company had already been supplying a number of Mpumalanga province power stations with 16-million litres of fuel on a monthly basis and had created more than 30 permanent jobs.It also supplied 18% of Eskom’s fuel oil needs in a 2003 to 2006 contract, and continued with a 60% supply from 2006 to 2009.The new plant will strengthen its position as a fuel supplier, supplying one of South Africa’s oldest operating power stations, Hendrina, in Mpumalanga, during the last third of this year. Economic growth for equalityPublic Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba opened the plant, saying; “Economic growth is essential to addressing unemployment, gender equality, education and other social development related areas.”The Econ Oil plant, being the first of its kind, may pave the way for other oil companies and corporations alike to invest in empowering female stakeholders to help rectify the corporate power imbalance in the country. The Alberton-based oil company’s expansion is one of the Eskom group’s success stories in its move to transform the industry to be fully representative of South Africa’s population.“Since government adopted economic transformation policy, South Africa has seen a change in the structure of the economy and this can be measured through African and black participation in various sectors of the economy,” Gigaba said, commenting on government’s role in transforming the country’s economy.“The constraints imposed by the industry’s failure to commit to transformation and the financial sector’s unwillingness to support many black entrepreneurs have not deterred the growth of the company,” Gigaba said, adding that “Econ-Oil has experienced these market failures and black women showed resilience, true entrepreneurial spirit to establish this company against all odds.”Econ Oil is a direct beneficiary of the Department of Public Enterprises’ transformation policies, which have helped a small business to succeed in an industry dominated by international oil companies. The Liquid Fuel CharterThe Liquid Fuel and Petroleum Charter was revised in 2000 to stipulate that South African oil companies should aim for 25% black ownership as soon as possible; to date the majority of oil companies operating in South Africa have yet to achieve this goal, with just a 48% compliance rate.Former Minister of Energy Dipuo Peters – who currently serves as the minister of transport – has expressed her disappointment in the figure, saying that; “on ownership, the finding concludes that the average effective narrow-based black shareholding is 18,9%, instead of the [requisite]25%”.“Out of this 18,91%, representation for black women stands at a meagre 6,72%….”The Department of Energy, now headed by Dikobe Ben Martins, says that if energy companies do not work harder towards meeting the charter’s mandate, they risk losing their licences or having their activities curtailed.According to the 2002 South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA) report, the industry’s total income tax payment to the state was more than R3-billion.last_img read more

New Food and Farm Facts Book released by AFBF

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The new Food and Farm Facts book, map and pocket guide, produced by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, are now available.“Food and Farm Facts provides the opportunity to learn about the many ways modern farmers produce food to meet the needs of today’s consumers. I hope it also puts into perspective how blessed we are to be Americans,” said Foundation Chairman Zippy Duvall, who also serves as president of the American Farm Bureau Federation.Food and Farm Facts helps answer the questions “Where does our food come from and who grows it?” by exploring topics about agriculture in the U.S. The 32-page, full-color book features updated facts and easy-to-read infographics that can be used in a variety of ways to help increase agricultural literacy. The book would be a valuable resource in the classroom, at fairs and events, for student leadership organizations and on social media.Check out What’s Inside for a sneak peek at page titles of the book organized by section (Consumers, Modern Farmers, Trade & Economics, Environment and Production).Related Food and Farm Facts products created by the Foundation will be available in the fall. These include classroom activity cards (for grades 4-6 and 7-12) developed using national learning standards and state “common core” standards that reflect the knowledge and skills young people need for success in college and careers.Copies of Food and Farm Facts may be purchased for $4.25 each (up to 49 copies). Price breaks are available for multi-copy purchases starting at 50: 50-99 copies, $3.50 each; 100 or more copies, $2.50 each. Each copy of the book includes a color “America the Bountiful” map poster depicting top agricultural products produced in every state. A pocket guide version of Food and Farm Facts is also available (100 copies for $10) and features several popular infographics from the book. Purchase Food and Farm Facts books and related resources online at http://bit.ly/2vxwM3u; visit the Food and Farm Facts resource page for tips on using the publication.last_img read more

Suspended constable dies in custody

first_imgA Manipur Police constable, suspended in connection with the escape of an extremist leader, has allegedly died in custody during questioning.Constable S.M. Manjur Ahmed was one of 10 police and medical personnel suspended after Thokchom Nando Singh of the outlawed Kangleipak Communist Party escaped while undergoing treatment at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences in Imphal on March 25.Singh was arrested more than a decade ago for the kidnapping and murder of Lungnila Elizabeth, the eight-year-old daughter of former Minister Francis Ngajokpa in November 2003. “The constable was found dead in custody,” a police officer said, adding that they were trying to ascertain the reason for his death.last_img read more

Sharad Pawar drops plan to visit ED office over cooperative bank scam case

first_imgTwo days after announcing that he would be voluntarily visiting the Enforcement Directorate’s office in Mumbai to clear the air about a purported cooperative bank scam in which he has been named, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Friday cancelled his visit. “I was informed by the ED that I am not required to come… and in order to maintain law and order in the city, I have decided not to go to the ED office,” Mr. Pawar said outside his residence in Mumbai. Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Barve visited Mr. Pawar earlier in the day requested him not to visit the ED office as it may create a law and order situation. “I had been Home Minister in the past and do not want to disturb peace in the city and affect daily lives of people,” Mr. Pawar added.Mr. Pawar thanked his party workers, ally Congress and its leaders Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi for their support. Mr. Pawar also thanked Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, who had spoken in favour of him. “I will be going to Pune, Baramati and Purandar areas, which was affected by floods and will monitor rescue work,” Mr. Pawar said. Mr. Pawar’s decision would have given relief to the Mumbai Police, which had increased the security near Mulund since morning.The workers of NCP and Congress were starting to gather outside ED office and Mr. Pawar’s residence since morning.last_img read more

Herndon comfortable at Star: ‘I feel I belong here’

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Herndon wasted no time acclimating himself with the Purefoods franchise, blending well with mainstays Peter June Simon, Mark Barroca, and Marc Pingris.READ: Herndon motivated to play alongside league’s top guardsAdding to his comfort is these veterans’ jovial vibe, saying, “They’re veterans but they like to have fun and bring that cool aspect.”Still, Herndon knows that work is just getting started, and with coach Chito Victolero known as a defensive tactician, he expects the grind to go up a level in the coming days.“It’s been a lot of offense so far in the first week, but I know that the focus here is defense. We’re just getting a hang of some of the plays, but when we start on defense, that’s where we pick the intensity up,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two weeks after last fight, Iniong faces Yamaguchi in ONE Singapore card Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Robbie Herndon. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netRobbie Herndon couldn’t be happier being a part of Star.The Fil-Am swingman admitted that he liked the Hotshots even before the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, and after one week of training with the team, his expectations were matched.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “I’m good. I feel comfortable,” he said. “I love the players and I love the coaches because they’re very welcoming. They’re all nice and the veterans give me good advice. I feel I belong here and I’m happy to be here.”READ: GlobalPort ships Robbie Herndon to Star in 3-on-1 swapFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTaken sixth overall by GlobalPort in the recent annual rookie selection, Herndon quickly found his way to Star as he was traded, together with third rounder Gian Abrigo, for Lervin Flores, Joseph Gabayni, and Julian Sargent on draft night.He agreed to a two-year deal on Friday. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Nick Saban Will Make $4M More Than Oklahoma State’s 10 Football Coaches This Year

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. With his new contract, Nick Saban will make over $11 million this season as the head coach of Alabama. He is still wildly underpaid.Alabama makes clown money, and he is the primary driver of that money. Alabama would still be getting a deal if you doubled his salary.Anyway, Saban will make $11 million in 2017, but that includes a $4 million bonus. His base salary is *only* $7.125 million for this season (and next). The stunner? That is more or less what Oklahoma State’s entire staff will make.Mike Gundy is trying to figure out how to operate a printer so he can slide this data under Mike Holder’s unsigned door. Alabama is great, no doubt, but Oklahoma State has been pretty dang good in the last 10 years as well. OSU is 93-37 since Saban took over in 2007. Alabama is 119-19 in that time.In 2016, Mike Gundy made $3.775 million and his nine assistants made a combined $3.28 million for a combined $7.059 million. Or slightly less than Saban will make (without his bonus) this season.We don’t know the pay increases for all the assistants (and won’t for a while), but Gundy is set to make $3.9 million this year so OSU’s 10 coaches will (barely) surpass Saban’s base with their 2017 salaries. Throw in the signing bonus, and Saban blows ’em out of the water.What’s more startling is what Saban’s assistants are making. Alabama’s nine assistants will make a combined $6 million this year.So that’s $13.1 million in staff salaries without the signing bonus and $17.1 million with it in 2017 for the Alabama coaching staff. In other words, take Saban out of it, and Alabama’s other coaches are still making nearly what all of OSU’s coaches will make combined (including Gundy).Amateur athletics, baby!last_img read more

Big Board: Oklahoma State’s Defensive Line Targets

first_imgOur big board series featuring some of OSU’s top targets on a position-by-position basis continues today with a look at who is floating on the radar for the Cowboys along the defensive front — both at defensive tackle and defensive end.Tyler Lacy sealed one spot of need as an edge rusher when he became one of the many who committed over the last month, and the Sachse defensive end likely won’t be the last one Joe Bob Clements hauls in before signing day.Let’s have a look at the remaining targets for now, but based on this list and how Clements has recruited in the past, I’d also keep an open mind for names to emerge on this list later in the summer and into fall. He has a knack for unearthing hidden gems under big boulders.Quarterback | Running back  | Wide Receiver | Linebacker |Israel Antwine — Defensive tackleLocal defensive tackle Israel Antwine of Millwood High School is a solid option at defensive tackle for 2018, and perhaps one of the biggest high school names still available that might be a viable option. He’s a late riser on the recruiting trail but at 6-foot-3 and 286 pounds he’s a legit target and a local area kid.The downside with Antwine is that he’s getting the full court press elsewhere. He told Pistols Firing that Texas, Ole Miss, Missouri and Memphis are currently recruiting him the hardest.Tate Wildeman — Defensive endWildeman was a bit of a wild card when OSU offered him a scholarship. The Colorado native is a 6-foot-5 edge rusher who, at the time of his OSU offer, was a relative unknown. Iowa, Arizona State, Nevada, and Nebraska have all offered since — and he’s a current Nebraska pledge.At this point with Lacy in the fold, I think OSU and Wildeman will likely cool. The 2018 class won’t be big on defensive ends, perhaps two at the most, so OSU might file this offer away for now until signing day gets closer and the staff reassesses their scholarship count. Wildeman doesn’t seem to me to be a must-get prospect — and OSU might have the luxury to be picky here.Tayland Humphrey — Defensive tackleThe self-proclaimed best defensive tackle in the country is Tayland Humphrey, a 6-foot-5, 350-pound run-stuffer who is a beast of a prospect. Humphrey, who is with Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, is originally from Klein Oak, Texas, and has been on the OSU radar for quite some time. He has offers from nearly 25 schools that includes OSU, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Louisville, Alabama, Florida State and others. Because Humphrey is a junior college prospect, he’d be an immediate plug-and-play guy in the middle where OSU has had success with a long line of junior college guys like Mote Maile, Calvin Barnett and Ofa Hautau.As a freshman last season for Hutch, Humphrey had 32 tackles, 1.5 sacks and eight tackles for loss. He’ll be done with his two-year degree in December, so he could be an early enrollee at his next destination. He will have three years to play two following the 2017 football season.Alton Robinson — Defensive endRobinson is a former Texas A&M signee who failed to qualify and is eligible to jump back up to Division for 2018. He’s a hard-hitting pass-rusher from NEO in Miami (Miam-uh) and to this point, has garnered surprisingly little interest. His offers include OSU, Colorado State and Kentucky.Robinson collected 67 tackles at NEO and 14 sacks to lead the Southwest Junior College Football Conference last season. Should he qualify, OSU might have the inside track. He’s already made an unofficial visit to Stillwater during last football season. But the cat might be out of the bag if he puts up similar production as he did as a freshman for NEO last season again as a sophomore. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Replacing Bob Stoops will be Hard for Even Lincoln Riley

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. In 2009 when Sam Bradford suffered a shoulder injury in Oklahoma’s season debut against BYU, many fans in Stillwater, Austin, Waco and elsewhere collectively exhaled a breath of “finally.”In came freshman Landry Jones, a goofy-looking freshman from a city of about 11,000. He didn’t play bad as Bradford’s replacement, but the No. 3 Sooners did lose 14-13 that day. Jones went 6-for-12 for 51 yards, no touchdowns, no interceptions.Again collectively, a lot of the nation must have thought “finally.” Until the next week and the week thereafter when Jones beat (yes, I know) Idaho State and Tulsa a combined 109-0 while throwing for 622 yards, nine touchdowns and three picks.Saturday, Bob Stoops retired as coach of the Sooners, and former offensive coordinator and (by most accounts) wizard of football Lincoln Riley was named his replacement. The transition won’t be flawless. There will be times when he looks more like the coach of his hometown 3-A Muleshoe High School up in the Texas Panhandle.But don’t be fooled. Riley is not inept at coaching football. Nov. 4 is quickly approaching, and Riley’s (not Stoops’) Sooners will be prepared for Bedlam.The move from Stoops to Riley seems simple enough. Riley was one of the hottest coaching commodities in the nation late in the 2015 season when OU was headed to the Orange Bowl. He won the Broyles Award that year for the country’s top assistant and conducted the third-best offense in the NCAA by yardage.But it’s not going to be easy. Stoops was a defensive guy. He was the defensive coordinator at Florida from 1996-98 and the co-DC at Kansas State from 91-95. But even still, OU had the 75th-ranked defense in the nation last year in terms of points per drive given up. For perspective, OSU was 54th.It’s unclear whether Mike Stoops, Bob’s brother, will remain as defensive coordinator under Riley, but with Bob gone, it is hard to think the defense will get better, at least in the short term. And offensively, the Sooners lose Biletnikoff winner Dede Westbrook and running backs Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine.OU probably won’t go 11-2 and finish fifth in the nation like it did in Stoops’ last season, but they won’t lose to UTEP week 1. They won’t lose to Tulane week 3 or probably not Kansas (State), Iowa State or Texas Tech. That’s about where you have to draw the line though.Under Stoops, you could pencil in West Virginia, Baylor and (yes) the Cowboys of OSU. That’s the gray area for Riley in year 1.Stoops was, still is, a legend in coaching. He won 10 Big 12 titles in 18 seasons. I don’t know, for the most part, what Stoops’ culture was like within the walls. And no one knows about Riley’s yet, but regardless, it won’t be as seamless as it will (probably) appear on Saturdays.Imagine your favorite U.S. president of all time. Now imagine if he had just walked away midterm and left you with the vice president. For you, the U.S. citizen, or OU football fan, not much will change in your daily life. But for those within the administration or program, the reporters or his peers, more than a name plate outside an office will change.Some of those changes won’t be felt in the first week or the sixth week or the eighth month. But things will change in Norman, and unless you think Lincoln Riley is equivalent to the best coach in Big 12 history, then they won’t necessarily change for the better.Don’t get me wrong, Riley might be great, but Stoops was a legend. That’s tough to replicate as it looks like OU is trying to do. I think Mike Stoops of all people might have put it best.“I think it’ll be strange for everybody,” he said. “But I think it’s easy to see what Lincoln brings to the table.”last_img read more

Oklahoma Safety Will Sunderland Charged With Felony Burglary; Pleads Not Guilty to Misdemeanor

first_imgSooners junior safety Will Sunderland was charged with felony burglary on Wednesday for a robbery of two baseball players’ dorm room in March, according to a report from The Oklahoman.A warrant for his arrest was issued Wednesday.Sunderland was already serving an indefinite suspension from the team after being charged with concealing stolen property—a misdemeanor —after CDR Electronics in Oklahoma City discovered he sold them a stolen XBOX One and PlayStation 4 gaming systems the same day he allegedly stole the gaming systems back in March. He pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge and posted a $2,000 bond on Wednesday.AdChoices广告Sunderland was recruited by both OU and OSU as a standout out of Midwest City but chose the Sooners early in his senior year.Entering his junior season in Norman, Sunderland was projected as the starting free safety for the Sooners. But with the latest developments off the field, it could seriously put his future with the program in doubt and force Oklahoma to rely on a very inexperienced secondary. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more