COMMUNITY NOTICE: GLENTIES COMMUNITY ACTION GROUP WILL HOLD ITS AGM NEXT MONDAY NIGHT

first_imgGlenties Community Action Group will hold its AGM on Monday February 16th @ 8pm in the Market Hall.As always this is an important meeting and a chance for new faces to come on board and have their say and an input into how we can make Glenties a better place.With that in mind the Action Group is looking to see what matters the people of Glenties want us to pursue, as you know we are already involved in Mullantyboyle Bridge but there are many other matters we could also address. We want to hear your views and opinions on what we do, or what we could do.Have you an opinion on the festivals we organise? are there infrastructural matters such as roads, footpaths, street lighting that you want us to highlight? are there any ideas about how to boost tourism in Glenties? We want to hear any views or ideas you think the Action Group should take responsibility for and we will shortly have 3 suggestion boxes in the Co-Op, the Paper Stop and the Post Office where you can drop in your ideas or thoughts, just write them on a piece of paper and drop into one of the boxes or of course you can leave any suggestions on our Facebook page or email me at rgmquigley1701@gmail.com. This is your opportunity to have your say, don’t let it slip by all comments, ideas or thoughts will be raised at our meeting and discussed. COMMUNITY NOTICE: GLENTIES COMMUNITY ACTION GROUP WILL HOLD ITS AGM NEXT MONDAY NIGHT was last modified: February 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:AGMFeaturesGlentiesNoticeslast_img read more

Unsolved mysteries: where’s the hair that Kadri ripped off Joe Thornton’s face

first_imgTORONTO — As the Sharks prepare for Wednesday’s showdown with the Toronto Maple Leafs in Canada, an unsolved mystery engulfs the team: what happened to the chunk of hair that Nazem Kadri ripped out of Joe Thornton’s beard?Is it being preserved in a fridge? Prepared for sale on eBay? Maintained for a future display at the Hockey Hall of Fame?After a full-scale probe, the whereabouts of the Thornton chunk continues to baffle investigators. Maybe Robert Mueller can look into it when he’s done …last_img

Warriors Looking Forward: Golden State’s 3-1 lead over L.A. Clippers, looking ahead to Houston

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/04/22/bang_40f95716-d8b6-47de-aa54-81fdfc7bd55f”]Video: Mark Medina discusses the teams upcoming game 5Since giving up a 31-point lead last week in a Game 2 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Golden State Warriors have won back-to-back games in Los Angeles, including a 113-105 win on Sunday. The win gives the team a 3-1 lead in the series and the opportunity to wrap things up on Wednesday at Oracle Arena.Assuming the Warriors win the upcoming game versus the …last_img

2010: South Africa’s great leap forward

first_img8 June 2010An extraordinary thing happened recently in the famous chamber of London’s cavernous Royal Albert Hall.With 21 days to go before South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, eight South African stand-up comedians representing a kaleidoscope of the country’s racial diversity kept an overwhelmingly South African audience of more than 3 000 doubled up with laughter for three side-splitting hours.The show, called Bafunny Bafunny – a word-play on the nickname of SA’s national soccer team, Bafana Bafana (the boys) – was an irreverent attempt to build enthusiasm for the world’s largest sporting event among South Africa’s largest expatriate community – sometimes referred to as the tenth province of South Africa.Promoting social cohesionIt was catharsis of the kind that has been kindled – and could be fast-forwarded – by the national convergence and unity of purpose thrust on South Africans by hosting the world’s largest and most diverse sporting event.“The hosting of the 2010 World Cup will change the way the world sees South Africa and the African continent forever,” says President Jacob Zuma, who kicked a mean soccer ball himself while serving time for resistance to apartheid on South Africa’s notorious, Alcatraz-like Robben Island prison.Just as the 2006 World Cup had Germans smiling, drinking beer and waving the national flag en masse for the first time in 60 years, so the first African World Cup in South Africa could have an equally dramatic effect on promoting social cohesion in a country with a lingering legacy of deep racial inequality.Inside the Royal Albert Hall, there were two gigantic South African flags on either side of the massive organ and nothing to remind one that you were sitting in the heart of London’s prime venue.The crowd, a tiny fraction of the estimated 600 000 South Africans in the UK, was mobilised by word-of-mouth and without a single advertisement in mainstream media.Trevor Noah, Nick Rabinowitz, Loyiso Gola, Mark Lottering, John Vlismas, Kagiso Ledega, Mark Banks and Barry Hilton took the gloves off with slick, witty and hugely varied performances.Their repartee – peppered with four-letter words – slaughtered a series of favourite targets: Fifa, the fiery ANC youth leader Julius Malema, the police shoot-first policy, violent crime, and the biggest and most sensitive no-go area of all: race.The targeting of Malema was a moment of truth for the young democracy.After a protracted and heated public debate in April and May, the top disciplinary committee of the ruling African National Congress sanctioned Malema, inter alia, for singing an old liberation song which calls on its cadres to “kill a Boer” after it had been ruled to constitute hate speech by the courts.Boer was the label used to define conservative Afrikaans-speaking South Africans as the enemy during the apartheid era. The ANC has lodged an appeal against the ruling.At the height of the row, a half-forgotten extreme right-wing Boer leader, Eugene Terreblanche (whose name means “white earth” in the language of his French ancestors), was murdered by two black farm workers. The stark reality of the here and now confronted the young democracy.How do you justify a song coveted by one group of South Africans when it calls for the killing of members of another? Do you laugh or cry?‘It’s here. Can you feel it?’At the Royal Albert Hall on 20th May, the only tears to be found were those generated by excessive laughter.For three hours, a diverse audience of South Africans laughed at themselves, at each other and with each other at things that many could not talk about outside the comfort zone of their racial or cultural groups even a few years ago.In recent months, South Africans of all races have been donning Bafana shirts on Fridays, flying the national flag from their car windows, wrapping their rear-view mirrors in socks sporting the national flag, and chanting slogans about Africa’s time has come and: “It’s here. Can you feel it?”There is a rare inclusive outpouring of patriotic fervour.As the row about the noisy but uniquely African trumpet – known as a vuvuzela (Zulu for noise) – is debated on breakfast television shows at home and abroad, South Africans are undergoing a seismic shift in terms of social cohesion and identity which is set to be galvanised by hosting the 2010 World Cup.White South Africans, in the past wedded to rugby while soccer was and remains an overwhelmingly black sport, are starting to take ownership of the national team and willing it to victory despite its low international ranking.As the finishing touches are given to five awesome new stadiums, three transformed airports and a range of new transport and access routes, the level of national excitement is palpable.Estimates of foreign arrivals have come down significantly since the build-up began, which will mean that far more South Africans will get a seat at the stadiums.And there is a healthy ongoing debate about whether the large numbers of poor and unemployed South Africans will benefit from the expenditure of some US$5-billion on stadiums and related infrastructure.The physical benefits for the country’s economic infrastructure are there for all to see.But the most enduring benefactor of the World Cup will be the national psyche and the quest for a common national identity to transcend a deeply divided past.As former President Thabo Mbeki said when he spoke at the handing over ceremony in Berlin in 2006, the German World Cup succeeded in restoring some of Germany’s self-respect after its legacy of national socialism.“We are confident that the 2010 soccer World Cup will do the same to consolidate our self-respect and dignity gained when we attained our freedom and democracy in 1994 and, in a unique way, also help our own nation and the continent of Africa,” Mbeki said.Legacy and reconciliationBafana Captain Aaron Mokoena, even before the World Cup began, has taken the lead in ensuring that the legacy of the 2010 World Cup will benefit future generations of soccer players.A year ago he launched the Aaron Mokoena Foundation, which will ensure that those who were denied an opportunity in the past will benefit from the coaching and mentoring services the Foundation will provide; initially in the sprawling townships south of Johannesburg, including his home town of Boipatong in Sedibeng.“The future of the country is in the hands of the youth,” said Mokoena. “I want to make a contribution to ensure that they have the opportunity to reach for the stars.”An initiative such as John Perlman’s Dreamfields project is ensuring that thousands of would-be soccer players are getting access to kit and playing fields, often in the most remote rural reaches of the country.Local Organising committing CEO, Danny Jordaan, who has become synonymous with the World Cup, sees the staging of the event as a culmination of the anti-apartheid struggle which so effectively used sport to defeat apartheid.In 1995, former President Nelson Mandela used the rugby World Cup as a means of galvanising conservative white support for the country’s first black majority government. The story has been movingly told in the book Invictus by John Carlin and the film of the same name starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon.Mandela was also instrumental in securing the Fifa World Cup for South Africa.“Reconciliation is an important aim of the World Cup.” Jordaan told the Independent on Sunday. “We want to make this country better and more united and I think we will achieve that.”“It will chart a new course in our country’s history,” he said.This article was first published in the Christian Science Monitor (online) and republished on ReConnect Africa.John Battersby is a former southern Africa correspondent of the Christian Science Monitor and a former editor of the Sunday Independent in Johannesburg. He is co-author of Nelson Mandela: A Life in Photographs published by Sterling in the United States in January 2010. Battersby is a trustee of the Aaron Mokoena Foundation.last_img read more

How to Manage Your Business’s Presence on Bing

first_imgRelated Posts Depending on who you ask, Bing has captured anywhere from 11% to 30% of the search market that’s so heavily dominated by Google. Even so, that represents at least a billion and a half search queries in a given month, and Microsoft’s search engine is still growing. For businesses, it might not quite drive the traffic (Web or otherwise) that Google does, but it’s still worth ensuring that your company is properly represented on Bing. To help, Microsoft launched the Bing Business Portal earlier today. The new portal allows companies to customize their presence on Bing by adding photos, logos and pertinent details like hours of operation, parking availability and other business information. Bars and restaurants can upload their menus and businesses of any kind can offer special deals through the site. To claim their listing, businesses can verify ownership via telephone or postal mail. From there, it’s a matter of logging into the Bing Business Portal, where companies can manage their listing, adding as much detail as they see fit. If this all sounds familiar, it’s because this is what Google has been offering businesses for some time, starting with Google Local and continuing today with Google Places. As Microsoft gradually chips away at Google’s dominance and gains more users, it only makes sense to see them courting businesses, for whom the search engine is becoming an increasingly valuable source of Web traffic and customers. To get started, head over to the portal and click the aptly-labeled ‘Get Started Now!’ button. How much traction does your business get from Bing? Would you use these listing management tools? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. Tags:#biz#How To#tips john paul titlow A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

The Case for Creating Value Before Claiming Value

first_imgThe devil is never a maker,The less that you give, you’re a taker.— Ronnie James Dio, Black Sabbath, Heaven and HellMy friend Mike asked where he could find this post on my site. I hadn’t yet written it, even though the idea exists in a bunch of posts here.Your Intentions MatterYour intentions matter. Continually banging away at your dream client asking for an appointment to pitch them is all about you. You want an appointment. You want to do a needs analysis to help them discover the gaps in their performance. You want a chance to compete for their business. That’s all well and good (and necessary), but what’s in it for your dream client?By creating value for your client by providing them with ideas, insight, and value in front of an opportunity, you establish that your intention is to create value for them–not just claim value for yourself. You also do this by creating value through the sales process.Your intentions betray you, for good or for ill.You Become KnownWhen you create value in front of an opportunity, sharing value-creating ideas with your dream client, you become known. You have no idea when an opportunity it going to present itself or when your dream client is going to become dissatisfied enough to take action. At that point, you are either known, or you are not.You are not a secret agent. You need to be visible, accessible, and well known long before there is ever an opportunity. Creating value in front of a deal makes you known.You Build Your CredibilityIt isn’t enough to be known. One salesperson has called me every quarter for over ten years. He is always “Just checking in to touch base.” In ten years he has never once shared a useful idea, provided me with a unique view on an industry trend, or warned me of something I might be getting wrong.When you create value before claiming any, you are not only known, you are known as a value creator. Your credibility grows when you prove you have business acumen and the situational knowledge.You Demonstrate Your CommitmentThe hapless, helpless salesperson above isn’t really committed to working with me. If he was, he wouldn’t call every 90 days with no communication between quarters.Continually creating value before claiming any demonstrates that you are in this thing for the long haul, that you aren’t going to give up, give in, and call it quits. It demonstrates commitment and persistence, two qualities your dream client hopes you have when it comes to helping them produce better results.Deposits Before WithdrawsYou can’t withdraw value from an account where you have made no deposits. If you try to, you quickly discover that you are overdrawn and that there is a penalty to be paid. That penalty is usually a loss of trust and the loss of the relationship.By making deposits over time, you build up your account balance. When it is time to withdraw some of that value, it’s easy because you’ve got more than enough to cover it.QuestionsWhat do you do to create value before claiming any?What happens when someone tries to claim value from you before they’ve created enough? How do you feel about that person?When you need something, who do you call? How do you know to call them?How long do you persist in creating value and making deposits before you can claim any part of the value you create?last_img read more

Rudy Gobert sets dunk record, Jazz cruise despite Devin Booker’s 59

first_imgUtah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) dunks over Phoenix Suns’ De’Anthony Melton (14) and Mikal Bridges (25) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 25, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Rudy Gobert scored a season-high 27 points and set the single-season NBA dunk record to fuel the Utah Jazz to a 125-92 victory Monday night over the Phoenix Suns, who got 59 points from Devin Booker.Booker topped his previous season high of 55, set in December in a triple-overtime loss to Washington. The fourth-year guard made five 3-pointers and shot 19 for 34 despite drawing several double-teams as the Jazz sought to prevent him from reaching 60 points. He also made 16 of 17 free throws.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Still, some of the loudest cheers of the night were for a Suns player. Jimmer Fredette, the Naismith Award winner at nearby BYU, went 1 for 10 for six points in 14 minutes in his second game back in the NBA after completing his season in China.After a tight first quarter, the Jazz scored 14 unanswered points, capped by Mitchell’s 3-pointer, to open a 40-23 lead in the second quarter. Booker scored 18 second-quarter points but the balanced Jazz outscored Phoenix 36-22 in the period to take a 62-43 halftime advantage.The Jazz had the most difficult schedule in the NBA at one point but are now capitalizing on facing a host of teams outside the playoff race. This win was the first game of a four-game homestand against teams well below the .500 mark.The Suns have lost six of seven and four in a row.Beyond Booker, the Suns were missing most of their firepower due to injury. T.J. Warren (18.0 points), Kelly Oubre Jr. (15.2), Josh Jackson (11.0) and Tyler Johnson (10.9) forced some players to be more aggressive offensively and Booker to carry a heavy load despite a lot of defensive attention.ADVERTISEMENT Derrick Favors and Ricky Rubio each had 18 points and Joe Ingles added 14 as the Jazz won for the seventh time in their last eight games.Gobert’s alley-oop off a lob from Donovan Mitchell in the second quarter was his 270th dunk of the season. The 7-foot-1 center’s 275 dunks are the most in the NBA since the statistic started being tracked in 2000, besting Dwight Howard’s 269 slams in 2007-08.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsGobert had six dunks in the game — he missed a no-look reverse attempt in the third period — and averages 3.7 per contest. Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo had 262 dunks entering the night.Thanks to Booker’s shotmaking the Suns were only down 14 entering the final quarter, but Utah’s dunk-fest continued, even though Gobert was on the bench. Favors had two jams around a rare dunk by Ingles and the Jazz cruised from there. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles06:47Lacadin implicates Albayalde in 2013 drug sting in Pampanga01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgivingcenter_img TIP-INSSuns: Richaun Holmes got two quick technical fouls and was ejected after getting whistled for a rebound foul just before halftime. … The Suns didn’t run a complicated offensive system as they mostly screened for and passed to Booker but still committed 22 turnovers. …Jazz: Utah outscored Phoenix in the paint, 70-32. … Gobert’s previous season best was 26 against Oklahoma City on Feb. 22. … The Jazz had 31 assists and made 10 of 21 3-pointers.UP NEXTSuns: Return home to play Houston Wednesday, the first game of a five straight at home.Jazz: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Google Philippines names new country director Lionel Messi to play for Argentina in Copa America, coach says MOST READ LATEST STORIES Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more