Donegal’s own Nobel Laureate honoured at Civic Reception

first_img“Your place in history is assured” said Seamus Neely, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council to Nobel Laureate Professor William C. Cambpell at the civic reception which was held in his honour at the County House, Lifford yesterday evening.The Civic Reception was hosted by the Cathaoirleach and members of Donegal County Council in recognition of Prof Campbell’s outstanding achievement in jointly winning the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.A native of Ramelton, Professor William C. Campbell was part of a team that discovered a class of drugs called Avermectins, whose derivatives have been shown to have “extraordinary efficacy” in treating River Blindness and Lymphatic filariasis, among other parasitic diseases affecting animals and humans. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2015 along with Satoshi Omura of Japan and Tu Youyou of China for their discoveries that have revolutionised the treatment of some of the most devastating parasitic diseases.Prof Campbell was born in 1930 in Ramelton, the third son of R. J. Campbell, a farm supplier. He is married to Mary Mastin Campbell and as well as being a scientist he is a published poet and painter.Professor Campbell studied at Trinity College, Dublin and graduated in 1952 with first class honours in Zoology. He then attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison on a Fulbright Scholarship, earning his Ph.D. degree in 1957 for work on the liver fluke, a parasite affecting sheep.From 1957 to 1990 Campbell worked at Merck Institute for Therapeutic Research. From 1990 to 2010, when he retired, Campbell was a research fellow at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, where he supervised undergraduate research and taught courses in parasitology. In 1987, Merck with the World Health Organization created an “unprecedented” drug donation program, with the intention of wiping out River Blindness. Professor Campbell was instrumental in the decision to set up this program. As of 2001 an estimated 25 million people were being treated each year, in a total of 33 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. As of 2013, the Carter Centre independently verified that the disease had been eradicated in Colombia, Ecuador and Mexico.Speaking at the reception Cllr. Terence Slowey, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council described Professor Campbell as an inspiration saying “it is a humbling experience for me to be in the presence of a man whose life’s work has impacted on so many people. Hundreds of millions of people are alive today because of your work and because of the team of people that you have worked with throughout your career”.He added “we are delighted that you have taken the time to visit your native Donegal. Your presence has captured the imagination of many and I have been particularly touched by how you have engaged with our children and young people”.Seamus Neely, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council spoke of the Donegal Diaspora Project and how the Council has been working to reach out to those who have a connection with or an interest in Donegal.“You are one of our esteemed diaspora and when you talk about your early days living in Ramelton it is clear that you were blessed with a loving home and that you lived in a community where you felt nurtured and safe”. “I am sure your family is very proud of you and of your achievements and if your parents were still alive today they too would be immensely proud of all you have achieved and the impact that your work has had on hundreds of millions of people”.He added “Professor Campbell your place in history is assured and you will be remembered as one of the greatest scientists of our time who made a positive impact on society. This will inspire and encourage many more people to pursue a career in science and contribute in a similar impactful way”.He concluded by thanking Professor Campbell and saying “I hope that your visit home to Donegal has been a momentous one and one that you will remember fondly for years to come”.In his address, Professor Campbell spoke of his delight at returning home to Donegal “I am always delighted to be in Donegal and this visit if very special indeed.” He added “if there was a Nobel Prize for hospitality and welcomes then Donegal would win it and if there was a Nobel Prize for beauty and scenery Donegal would also win that.”He concluded by saying “I am proud to be from Donegal”.Professor Campbell was presented with a specially commissioned painting ‘North by North West’ by renowned artist Fionntann Gogarty as well as a framed seal of office from Donegal County Council.Professor Campbell signing the distinquished visitors book.Mayor of Donegal Cllr Terence Slowey making a presentation to Nobel Prize winner Prof William Campbell during a Civic Reception in his honour at the Chambers in Lifford. Also in photo is Donegal Co Council CEO Seamus Neely. (North West Newspix)Donegal’s own Nobel Laureate honoured at Civic Reception was last modified: September 27th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Backpacker lodges: Gauteng province

first_imgThe ProvinceWith a total area of 16 500 square kilometres, Gauteng is slightly smaller than the US state of New Jersey. While it’s South Africa’s smallest province, it has the second-largest population after KwaZulu-Natal, and by far the highest population density – over 570 people per square kilometre.It is in an area known as The Highveld because of the high altitude. It’s also the economic hub of South Africa. Johannesburg, especially, is a fast-paced city and offers plenty to do, as does Pretoria, a short drive up the M1 highway.Find out more: Gauteng provinceBACKPACKING ACCOMMODATIONBenoniAfrica Centre Backpacker Guest Lodge and Travel CentreMufasa BackpackersBoksburgMbizi Backpackers LodgeBronkhorstspruitSinkShackCenturionSunnyside Up BackpackersTom’s BackpackersCullinanCullinan BackpackersDaveytonLal’Uphume Backpackers InnJohannesburg2BHappy Backpackers Lodge (Yeoville)Accoustix @ Grant’s (Randburg)African Footprints Lodge (Midrand)Bob’s Bunkhouse (Edenvale)Brown Sugar Backpackers (Observatory)Diamond Diggers Backpackers (Kensington)Gemini Backpackers (Edenvale)Ghandi’s Back Packers and Lodge (Kensington)Joburg Backpackers (Emmarentia)Melville International Backpackers (Melville)Pension Idube (Melville)Sleek Backpackers (Blairgowrie)The Backpackers Ritz of Johannesburg (Dunkeld West)The Burches Backpackers Lodge – Johannesburg (Roosevelt Park)Ululapa Backpackers (Crown Gardens)Zoo Lodge (Parktown North)OR Tambo International AirportAirport Backpackers Lodge and ToursEmerald BackpackersTerrylin Backpackers HostelPretoria1322 BackPackers International (Hatfield)Constantia Lodge (Meyerspark)Friends Accommodation (Brooklyn)Kia-Ora Backpack (Berea)Pretoria Backpackers Lodge and Travel Centre (Clydesdale)SowetoSoweto Backpackers (Orlando West)Elsewhere in the ProvinceOns Plek Country Kitchen (about 20km outside Pretoria, on the road to Hartbeesport Dam)Backpacking accommodationEastern CapeGautengKwaZulu-NatalWestern CapeRest of South AfricaSAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Internet Sales Tax: Will It Level The Playing Field… Or Destroy It? [Poll]

first_imgTags:#Amazon#e-commerce#ebay#small business nick statt A bill that would allow states to collect sales tax from Internet companies like Amazon and eBay passed the Senate on Monday by a wide margin of 69-27, in a largely bipartisan push to help level the playing field for brick and mortar stores vis-a-vis their online competitors.The Marketplace Fairness Act, sponsored by Democratic Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois and Republican Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming, would, for the first time, force Internet retailers to collect state and local sales tax. (Many states already force some retailers to collect sales taxes, though their rules don’t apply equally to all online merchants.) It would also create a streamlined way for those companies to collect sales tax across 9,600 state and local jurisdictions.Companies like eBay and anti-tax activists like Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform complain that the bill is just too complicated, although both have other reasons for opposing the measure — chief among them being the way it would formally end the Internet’s (admittedly somewhat frayed) status as a tax haven.The bill’s detractors claim it will create massive confusion. The bill exempts online retailers who earn less than $1 million in annual out-of-state sales, although retailers like eBay are pushing to raise that cap to $10 million. EBay also complains that the bill’s collection mechanism — which would require states to provide companies with software to help them calculate taxes in various jurisdictions — will significantly injure its many retailers and, by extension, eBay itself.Amazon, by contrast, has thrown its support behind the bill. Since it already collects sales tax in many of the states where it maintains warehouses, the e-commerce giant would benefit if its competitors had to do likewise. The measure would also reduce any competitive disadvantage Amazon might face as it builds out its distribution network in pursuit of same-day delivery to major urban centers.The bill now moves to the Republican-dominated House for an inevitable battle. But as the New York Times‘ Jonathan Weisman notes, “…the bill would now go to the House Judiciary Committee, not the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee. That itself could ease the bill’s passage.”Is an Internet sales tax an idea whose time has come, or just more government overreach? Take our poll above, and let us know your thoughts in comments. Related Posts How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culturecenter_img What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … How to Get Started in China and Have Successlast_img read more

Today’s Medal Hunt

first_imgARCHERYMen’s: Compound teamWomen’s: Compound teamATHLETICSMen’s: Shot put; 100mWomen’s: Hammer throw; 100mCYCLING (Track)Men’s: Sprint; 4,000m team pursuitWomen’s: 210-km scratch race; sprintGYMNASTICS (Artistic)Men’s: Floor; pommel horse; rings.Women’s: Vault; uneven barsSHOOTINGCLAY TARGETMen’s: Double trap singlesPISTOL & SMALL BOREMen’s: 10m air pistol pairs; 25m rapid fire pistol pairsWomen’s: 50m rifle 3 positionsSWIMMINGMen’s: 100m freestyle; 400m individual medleyWomen’s: 100m butterfly; 800m freestyle; solo free routine; duet free routineWEIGHTLIFTINGMen’s 77kgWomen’s 63kgWRESTLINGWomen’s: Freestyle (48kg, 55kg, 63kg, 72kg – repechage)last_img