Active School Week launched at Letterkenny Educate Together NS

Posted On Dec 21 2019 by

first_imgLetterkenny Educate Together National School was the setting yesterday for the launch of Active School Week 2019.The Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh, was at Letterkenny Educate Together NS, which was a hive of activities and fun, for the launch.Active School Week is a Department of Education and Skills’ initiative, supported by Healthy Ireland and co-ordinated from Mayo Education Centre. The week is part of the Active School Flag programme, which aims to get more schools, more active, more often.The particular focus of the 2019 Active School Week is the ‘Mile a Day Challenge’. This challenge encourages every class to commit to an activity that allows them to complete a mile every day during their Active School Week.Active Schools Week Launch at Educate Together Letterkenny. #ASWN19 Photo Clive WassonDonegal has the highest percentage of schools with Active School Flags of any county nationally.Aine Fabisiak, LETNS Principal, acted as MC for the official launch before the Minister and other guests were taken on a tour of the school to see the various activities on offer, including soccer, Gaelic football, athletics, basketball, jiu jitsu, dance and gymnastics. “The work you are doing in the school, there isn’t enough room in my head to take all of the information in,” Minister McHugh said.“You are amazing and are doing a great job. You will build a better future here.“It is incredible what is happening here. A great work is empowerment – you are unlocking the potential for your future lives.“Donegal is way ahead in terms of participation and enthusiasm.”Active Schools Week Launch at Educate Together Letterkenny. Photo Clive WassonTeacher Nakita Burke – the in-form Letterkenny AC runner – and Lisa McMonagle, the LETNS home-school liaison officer, who was last year’s ‘Operation Transformation Hero’, have helped lead out the various projects in the school. Representatives from the school sports council said: “We all take part in many activities and we encourage everyone to be active outside of school hours. It improves self-esteem and helps concentration every day.“We always try our best to get as many ideas as possible to help promote sports and activities.”Active Schools Week Launch at Educate Together Letterkenny. Photo Clive WassonAmong the guests on the day were Special Olympics star Patrick Quinlivan – who won seven medals at the recent World Games – World Transplant Games medallist Kieran Murray, Donegal senior footballer Nicole McLaughlin, Finn Harps’ Mark Coyle, St Eunan’s coach Jim Lynch, Kirsty Browne and Therese Laverty from Donegal Sports Partnership, Paul Butler and Michelle Dunleavy from the Mayo Education Centre, Sarah Marie McDevitt of Pinehill Studios and Shane Lundberg of Dragons Lair jiu jitsu in Letterkenny.Active Schools Week Launch at Educate Together Letterkenny. #ASWN19 Photo Clive WassonActive School Week launched at Letterkenny Educate Together NS was last modified: April 6th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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


South African junior tennis tops in Africa

Posted On Dec 18 2019 by

first_img17 April 2012South Africa’s status as the best junior tennis nation in Africa was confirmed on the weekend when the country dominated the African Junior Tennis Championship in Cairo, Egypt.The tournament, which catered for the under-14 and under- 16 age groups, was played in conjunction with the under-18 African Junior Championships, which were played in Potchefstroom last month.South African Fed cup debutant Ilze Hattingh was the star of the show, winning the singles and doubles title in both the under-16 and under-18 age groups.Under-16 victoriesOn Sunday, Hattingh defeated second seat Sandra Samir of Egypt 6-4 7-6 (7-2) to win the under-16 girls’ singles title. Hattingh then teamed up with fellow countrywoman Theresa Van Zyl to win the girls’ under-16 doubles title.Previously, in Potchefstroom, Hattingh won both the singles and doubles titles in the under-18 tournament with ease. She defeated her good friend and doubles partner Madrie Le Roux 6-1, 6-1 in the final of the singles and then teamed up with Le Roux to capture the doubles crown from fellow South Africans Lynn Kiro and Theresa Van Zyl.In the boys’ under 14 event, singles’ top-seed Calvin Jordaan from Cape Town captured the title after coming back from one set down to beat third seed Mohamed Aboulkassem of Egypt 2-6 7-5 6-3.Most successful countryThe dominance of Hattingh, plus the singles victory by Jordaan, and the doubles’ win in Potchefstroom by Wayne Montgomery and Matthew Rossouw (under-18) gave team South Africa the required points to ensure that they were named the most successful tennis country on the continent.The South African Fed Cup team, under the captaincy of John-Laffnie De Jager, who arrived in Cairo for this week’s Fed Cup tournament there, watched the South African Juniors’ victory.EncouragingDe Jager said that the country’s juniors had performed well in the Potchefstroom and Cairo tournaments, which was encouraging for the future of tennis in South Africa.“The dominance of our juniors in the African Junior Championships is exciting for the development of tennis in our country.“Our juniors dominated on hard and clay courts which gives hope that the future stars will be able to compete on any given surface, which will stand them in good stead for their future professional tennis careers.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more


South Africa’s macro-economic environment is resilient and we are open for business

Posted On Dec 18 2019 by

first_img• Our prudent fiscal management and monetary policies have created macroeconomic stability.• According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index 2015/16, South Africa improved by four places to stand at 85 out of 140 countries in terms of its macro-economic environment.• South Africa is a competitive business and investment destination.• The country recently climbed seven places to take a spot in the top 50 out of 140 countries in WEF’s Global Competitiveness Index.  South Africa stands at number 49.• South Africa is also ranked fourth out of 54 African countries in the Ibrahim Index on African Governance.• Changing global economic conditions will necessitate the strengthening of our policy framework to ensure we can respond effectively.• South Africa is cognisant of the impact of the falling commodity prices, on our economy.   The weakness in commodity prices is a concern for major commodity exporters such as South Africa. The fall in commodity prices is unlikely to reverse and will have a sustained impact on emerging market economies.  This will serve as an impetus to prioritise the further diversification of our economy away from an over-reliance on commodities.• The depreciation of the rand occurs within a broader international context which is currently characterised by a fair amount of turbulence• The implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP) remains the cornerstone of our economy.• The NDP is supported by the Nine-Point plan for economic renewal.• In supporting the NDP government is acting to alleviate the most binding constraints to growth and has set out a series of urgent economic reforms to build a more competitive economy. These include:1. Continued investment in economic infrastructure2. Reforming the governance of the State Owned Companies, rationalising state holding and encouraging private-sector participation3. Expanding the independent power producer programme4. Encouraging affordable, reliable and accessible broadband access5. Promoting black ownership of productive industrial assets6. Finalising amendments to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (2002), and continuing dialogue with the industry; and7. Reviewing business incentive programmes in all economic sectors to ensure that resources support labour-intensive, job creating outcomes.Operation Phakisa is a national response to unlocking constraints to economic growth and development.last_img read more


Now is not the time to relax for cattle producers

Posted On Dec 17 2019 by

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest April is an exciting time of the year for cow-calf producers. The 2017 calf crop is taking shape and breeding season is currently or soon will be underway  We have begun to emerge from the doldrums of winter to the warmth and new growth of spring. The drudgery of feeding hay to the herd is coming to an end as pastures begin their early spring flush of growth. It is certainly a great feeling to see cow-calf pairs turned out to fresh pastures for the first grazing of the season.NutritionHowever, this is not necessarily a time for the cow-calf to relax and take for granted that the nutritional needs of the breeding herd are being met. In fact, this may be the most critical time of the year for producers to focus on the needs of the herd. This is especially true for yearling heifers and two-year-olds nursing their first calves.Think about the change in environment that the breeding herd is going through at this time. Typically, beef herds have been fed ample supplies of dried, harvested forages of variable quality (some good, some not so good) for the past 4 to 5 months. Cows consuming average quality forage during this time will potentially consume 2.2% to 2.5% of their body weight in forage dry matter intake. Females are now starting to graze forages that will typically be consumed at 2.5% to 2.7% of their body weight. Given that these forages currently may have a dry matter content of only 15% to 30%, females may not be physically able to eat enough to meet their dietary needs.The transition from a drylot situation to fresh pasture can be troublesome for yearling heifers and young lactating cows. Several research studies conducted at different universities showed that heifers and cows that were not supplemented when turned out on early season pasture saw weight loss and significantly lower pregnancy rates early in the breeding season compared to females that were supplemented.Early season pasture is generally higher in protein and lacking in energy.  Any supplemental feed offered to females in this situation should be higher in energy content.  Once the typical beef female gets a taste of lush pasture, it will be difficult to persuade her to eat any significant amount of dry hay. Consider offering a feed such as corn or soybean hulls to add energy to the diet.  This should help the beef female to maintain body condition and positively impact reproduction rates.Culling CriteriaThe spring is a good time for the producer to make certain evaluations of the beef herd to help make culling decisions. One of the obvious culling decisions that should be made immediately relates to pregnancy status. Far too many producers do not utilize palpation, ultrasound, or blood testing to determine pregnancy status at the conclusion of the breeding season.  Discovering that a female is open during the following calving season is an expensive proposition. Do not perpetuate problem by trying to breed the open female again. Even if you get her bred again, she will accumulate two years of expenses between calves and will be nearly impossible for her to be profitable in her lifetime.An additional criteria to be examined when culling cows is udder quality. Udder quality is not just a consideration for dairy producers. Udder issues can impact cow productivity and can create extra management issues for the producer. Several beef breed associations have developed evaluation systems for udder soundness. Teat size and shape as well as udder suspension are the primary characteristics evaluated. Make notes on cows with problem udders early in their lactation for future culling purposes.Calving and breeding season is certainly an excellent time to evaluate the disposition of females in the herd. Calving time will bring out maternal behaviors but they must not be tolerated to the point that the producer is at risk. Observe the disposition of animals in the herd when doing any spring herd work or breeding season activities. Given the advanced age of the average beef producer, it appears that disposition of the beef animal is becoming a higher priority selection trait.Spring is certainly an exciting time of year for the cow-calf producer.  It is a time when many important management decisions can be made to impact future profitability of the herd. Take time this spring to evaluate the herd to improve your bottom line.last_img read more


Facebook Pages to Automatically Publish to Twitter

Posted On Dec 17 2019 by

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#NYT#twitter#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook just announced that administrators of Facebook Pages will be able to publish their updates to their Twitter accounts automatically. Administrators will decide which info to share from a Page including status updates, photos, notes and events. A number of well-known groups and celebrities are already using the feature including Dane Cook, Livestrong and the World Wildlife Fund.According to the Facebook blog post, “If you have multiple Pages, you will have the option to link each of those Pages to different Twitter accounts. This new feature will only link Facebook Pages to Twitter, not your individual profile.” This separation between Pages and profiles ensures that users don’t have to worry about muddying their business-related updates with their personal ones. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts Said feature developer Michael Gummelt, “Twitter was a natural next step to link with Facebook Pages because it is a powerful tool for broadcasting short messages widely.” Bands, companies, non profit organization and celebrities are likely to benefit from this new feature as their updates will be more widely distributed and Twitter followers are likely to retweet and redirect new audiences to Facebook Pages. To try out this new feature visit facebook.com/twitterVisit the new and improved ReadWriteWeb Facebook Page! dana oshirolast_img read more


3 Ways to Add Digital Distortion to Your Video Projects

Posted On Dec 12 2019 by

first_imgGet glitchy with your next project with these digital distortion video packs from around the web.Top image via RocketStockWhether you’re going for a Mr. Robot feel or a Black Mirror vibe, tweaking your project out with digital distortion is a goal well within reach, thanks to these video element packs. Featuring overlays, tutorials, backgrounds, and more, these assets are the key to retro-cool effects.1. Corruption From RocketStockPrice: On Sale for $79With overlays, logo reveals, and transitions, Corruption is the perfect all-encompassing post-production pack for your dystopian/sci-fi themed work. These overlays and transitions ride the wave of video distortion effects prominent in current films and television shows.RocketStock’s Corruption comes with 120 distortion elements in 4K and 20 mega-glitchy SFX, making it perfect for adding imperfections to your work. Plus, the pack includes in-depth tutorials that show users how to best apply Corruption’s fuzzed-out features to their Premiere Pro, Final Cut, and After Effects workflows.2. Red GiantPrice: FreeRed Giant’s stacked collection of distortion tutorials is priceless. They’re fast, free, and invaluable for building your arsenal of skills. Even though you have to create the effects from scratch, the customization aspect can’t be beat.3. DOD MEDIA Featuring TwitchPrice: $45This route does require you to pick up Twitch from Video Copilot, but it’s a great resource to have at your disposal. The tutorial is just under twenty minutes, and it covers everything you need to know to apply a basic video glitch effect.What are your favorite ways to pull off digital distortion? Share them in the comments below!last_img read more


The Case for Traditional Discovery

Posted On Dec 9 2019 by

first_imgFor the last eight or nine years, a lot of the content around sales improvement, especially as it pertains to prospecting and discovery, has been about providing insights and ideas, as well as being more strategic. These ideas have been critical to the evolution of sales, especially for B2B salespeople engaged in the complex sale. It is not that these approaches are in any way incorrect, it is that some of us write and speak about them as if they are universal, and I include myself in this accusation.There is still a case for traditional discovery. There are still companies and stakeholders who benefit just as well from a prospective partner who asks questions to understand the areas where they are struggling. There are as many companies and people who are well aware of the challenges they have, who have really good ideas about what they need to make improvements, who need a partner to talk through how they might make those improvements, and who do not need to be compelled to change through a discovery process that allows them to discover something about themselves.The role of a salesperson, especially one who would like to be a strategic partner, and whom one day hopes to be considered a trusted advisor, is to serve their prospective client. Many times we start with the idea of a platonic client, a client that represents all clients. At the time of this writing, there is much work being done around buyer personas, mostly generated by looking at an individual’s title to determine how to engage with them. These are useful orienting generalizations, but they are just that, generalizations. Moreover, all generalizations, regardless of how useful, are lies (this statement itself is a generalization, meaning it is a lie). The generalization we have started from for the last decade is that our prospective clients are not compelled to change, and we need to start every discovery call with context for conversation around why they need to do something different now. The limit of an orienting generalization is that it isn’t universally true.The tension between certain ideas is where you can find real value. It’s critical that a salesperson generate strategic outcomes for their clients in a complex sale, but it’s equally vital that they be able to serve the individual stakeholders where they find them. Not every stakeholder is interested in understanding the strategic necessity to change before they talk about doing something different to improve the results. Some stakeholders benefit from a set of questions that help them understand how they can go about making things better, the choices that are available to them, and the trade-offs they may make.If I were to offer you a principle to guide your actions here, it would be to match your approach to what generates the greatest value for your prospective client. Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more


Sindhu advances after easy win over Li Xuerui Saina crashes out

Posted On Oct 18 2019 by

first_imgChangzhou (China): Reigning world champion P V Sindhu sailed into the pre-quarterfinals with a convincing win over former Olympic gold-medallist Li Xuerui but Saina Nehwal crashed out of the China Open Super 1000 tournament here on Wednesday. India’s top shuttler Sindhu beat Li Xuerui 21-18 21-12 in just 34 minutes of action. Replicating her world championship form, the Olympic silver-medallist produced another strong performance to get the better of the currently 20th-ranked Chinese, who entered the match with a 3-3 record against the Indian. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details However, Saina made an early exit after losing to Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the women’s singles. The London Olympics bronze-medallist lost 10-21 17-21 at the hands of the World No.19 Ongbamrungphan in a match that lasted for 44 minutes at the Olympic Sports Center Xincheng Gymnasium. It was the former world number one’s second successive loss to the Thai player. The 29-year-old Saina has struggled for form following her recovery from injuries. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The Indian started her season with a win at the Indonesia Open but has failed to reach another final on the BWF circuit so far. In other matches of the day featuring Indian shuttlers, B Sai Praneeth defeated Thailand’s Suppanyu Avihingsanon 21-19 21-23 21-14 to make the next round of the men’s singles event. The duo of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N. Sikki Reddy lost to Germany’s Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich 12-21 21-23.last_img read more


Tesla shows interest in building large ebattery plants in India

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Parents of baby Benito Mussolini get court summons

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