Ireland counting the cost of Welsh game

first_imgThe captain suffered a broken leg during the goalless draw – following a tackle from Wales defender Neil Taylor – who was sent-off.O’Neill says he’s not too bothered they couldn’t make the most of their opponents being reduced to 10-men.The draw moved Ireland onto 11 points from 5 games and they’re just behind Group D leaders Serbia on goal difference.last_img

Letterkenny school gets green light for major development

first_imgThe green light has been signalled for major redevelopment of Scoil Cholmcille, Letterkenny – the second major school building project to be confirmed in as many weeks. Minister for Education, Joe McHugh, joined staff, pupils, parents and board of management and principal Paraig Cannon at the school to celebrate the big news.“I was in Glenswilly NS just two weeks ago to mark the step forward for the major extension in that school and I committed to bringing more news without delay,” Minister McHugh said. “And now we are at another school and it really is a privilege to be able to make an announcement like this for Scoil Cholmcille.”The school received confirmation from Minister McHugh that it is moving to tender to source the building firm to carry out the major redevelopment of the school.“It was Fine Gael in Government that pledged this kind of investment in our schools and it is a huge honour to be able to see these moving to the point where the building work is only a short time away,” Minister McHugh said.“Ultimately Scoil Cholmcille will get eight new classrooms, a general purpose hall and ball courts. Not only that but the prefabs will be removed from the school grounds, there’ll be a new a car park and set down area. “We are talking about a school building of the best standard and from an environmental point of view it will have a near zero energy rating.“Huge credit has to go to principal Paraig Cannon, all the staff, chair of the board of management Fr Kemmy and board members and the whole staff and school community for their support and dedication to this project all the way through, not to mention the welcome I received.”Fine Gael councillor Jimmy Kavanagh added: “It is fantastic news. It’s such a huge boost to think that in no time at all we will have the builders on site and the staff and pupils of Scoil Cholmcille enjoying the best teaching environment thanks to commitment and investment of Fine Gael in Government.”Minister McHugh said: “Scoil Cholmcille, Glenswilly, the progress of St Eunan’s College, Letterkenny through the fast-track Adapt programme, upgrade works at Moville Community College and many others are all shining examples of this Government’s commitment through Project Ireland 2040.“Other communities are waiting and I want to assure people that we know how important each project is; that each one is a priority in each school community and I am determined to see them make good progress.” Letterkenny school gets green light for major development was last modified: September 30th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Doherty’s insurance reform bill reaches the Seanad stage

first_imgDonegal Deputy Pearse Doherty is calling on all parties in the Seanad to support Sinn Féin’s Consumer Insurance Contracts Bill, which reaches all stages in the Seanad today.The legislation would modernise insurance contracts and prevent insurance companies refusing a claim when it has not received a full and complete disclosure from the customer, even in a situation where if this information had been disclosed, it would have had minimal or no impact on the decision to provide cover in the first place. The bill would also make it easier for the customer to withdraw from a contract. Plus, any company that cancels a policy would have to pay the customer the outstanding balance of the premium paid. The Seanad will vote on the Bill today, and Doherty is urging all parties and Senators to “stop talking about insurance and start helping policyholders by voting for this Bill.”Deputy Doherty said : “Rip-off insurance costs are squeezing incomes and closing down businesses. People are seeing their premiums go up each year without even making a claim. The insurance market isn’t working for policyholders and the Government have done little to hold the industry to account and reduce costs.“Sinn Féin want to stamp out fraud, ban unfair pricing by insurance companies, recalibrate the value of awards and increase protections for consumers in insurance contracts.“Our Consumer Insurance Contracts Bill, which reaches all stages in the Seanad on Wednesday, will shift the balance in favour of the consumer by increasing transparency and strengthening the hand of the policyholder during their insurance contract.” Deputy Doherty added: “Sinn Féin want to take on the insurance industry and ending the rip-off. By stamping out fraud, protecting consumers, banning dual pricing and bringing down premiums. This legislation is a part of that work.”Doherty’s insurance reform bill reaches the Seanad stage was last modified: December 11th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Here’s what the Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins experiment means

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — The regular season begins Friday night for the Warriors.Technically the Warriors’ preseason ended Oct. 12 — they’ve played 45 games since then, including a wildly impressive 147-140 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night.But the truth of the matter is that this team has treated those 45 games as a continuation of the exhibition schedule. They wanted to do well and win, of course, but …last_img read more

Giants prospect on sharing clubhouse with childhood idols: ‘It’s crazy’

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The first call that infielder Mauricio Dubon received right around noon as he sat down to eat in a Sacramento restaurant was from an Oregon number he didn’t recognize. Thinking it was just from a telemarketer, Dubon didn’t answer.When that caller — River Cats manager Dave Brundage — with that same number tried again, Dubon answered. Within a matter of minutes, he and Maria Garcia — the mother of his host family — cancelled their orders. Dubon was on his way to Oracle Park, …last_img read more

Fans have strong reactions to new Giants manager Gabe Kapler

first_imgIt’s official. Former Phillies manager and ex-MLB player Gabe Kapler is the new Giants skipper.Kapler’s background includes being a fitness freak, who has played for six major league teams. He has also worked for the Giants’ president of baseball operations, Farhan Zaidi when he was with the Dodgers. Kapler was accused to mishandling allegations that players in the organization had committed sexual assault.Many Giants fans were quick to take to social media to react to Kapler’s hire.Finally …last_img read more

How to Upgrade Your Targets

first_imgTake a look at your target list.Some of the “prospects” on that list have been there for years. Many of them experienced changes in their business and no longer buy much of what you sell. A few of them don’t buy at all. They’re no longer prospects.Some of these “prospects” might buy a lot of what you sell, but they don’t value what you do enough to pay you for it. They buy on price alone, and you don’t compete on price. Because you can’t sell to them at a price they’re willing to pay, they’re no longer prospects either.Some of your “prospects” have needs that you can’t meet (even outside of price). They need delivery terms that don’t work for you, or payment terms that you can’t meet. Or maybe the way they need a solution work isn’t something you can deliver. They’re no longer prospects or leads.Target Companies That Buy NowTo upgrade your target list you need to build a list of dream clients and prospects that use what you sell now. Companies that are buying what you sell have orders now. You can only get orders from people that have orders to give you.Target Companies That Value What You DoYou also need to upgrade your list by identifying targets that value what is you do. Clients that value what you do will expect you to create that value, and they’ll also allow you to capture some of the value that you create.Target Companies That Don’t Need Exceptional ExceptionsIt’s tough to let go of targets that buy what you sell because you can’t meet their needs. You want to make exceptions, win the business, and move on. But sometimes your company’s business model, your processes, and the other unique ways you do business won’t allow for those exceptions. You’re better off targeting prospects that don’t need exceptions that you can’t make.Upgrade your target list. Eliminate the old stuff that hasn’t been good for years. Fill it back up with real leads and prospects that do buy what you sell, value what you do, and for whom your work will make a difference. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Former Deputy Prime Minister’s Kindness Changed a Student’s Life

Story Highlights James Walsh credits Mr. Mullings for the development of the high school. Mr. Mullings’ generosity and his service as Minister of Agriculture, influenced her to study at CASE. The work of the late former Deputy Prime Minister, Cabinet member, diplomat and long-serving Member of Parliament for South East St. Ann, Ambassador Seymour ‘Foggy’ Mullings, has come in for special praise from many persons, particularly those who felt his direct impact.Teacher of Agriculture at the St. Ann based Claremont All Age School, Kay-Ann Lawson, tells JIS News that Mr. Mullings had a tremendous influence on her educational development, from high school straight to college.She recalls that while she was a student at the Ferncourt High School in the late 1990s, and the time came for the fees for her Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) exams to be paid, little hope was in sight, but for the intervention of Mr. Mullings, her Member of Parliament, who did not know her.  This would change her life forever.Her parents were unable to find the money, as one was a small farmer, and the other was unemployed.“For the CXC aspect, one day I saw him driving through the community alone in his little blue car, and I approached him, coming from school. He just told me to go to the principal – just as easy as that. I was shocked. I was overwhelmed that approaching an MP would be that easy,” Miss Lawson says.She explains that Mr. Mullings’ generosity and his service as Minister of Agriculture, influenced her to study at the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE).“He was a great contributor to society, someone who made a significant impact on young people’s lives, and someone who was always approachable. I wish other Members of Parliament, and other persons in the political arena could be just like him. My first tuition fee (at CASE) was also fully paid by Mr. Mullings, and I always regard this gentleman as one of my heroes, for the contribution he made to youth development in South East St. Ann,” she adds.Former student at Ferncourt High School, and now Principal at the Brown’s Town Community College, James Walsh, credits Mr. Mullings for the development of the high school, and lauds his role in the development of young people and the educational institutions in his constituency.“The development of Ferncourt, Mr. Mulings played a major part in supporting and advocating for that. In addition, he always had a particular interest in the schools in his constituency, giving them support, and advocating for upgrading. He made a big contribution. He would call you if there was somebody to be helped, and ask that you do something for them, and indicated what he could do,” Mr. Walsh tells JIS News.“His primary contribution to education was the tremendous support he provided for the educational institutions within his constituency, which included the Moneague College, which was re-opened in his time as MP, after it wasclosed. He never sought to benefit personally from his public duties, his honesty was intact. He was a humble man, insightful and helpful. He was not someone who made big promises, he was quietly effective,” he adds.President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Senator Norman Grant, says Mr. Mullings’ contribution to public life has enabled farmers, youth and rural folk to enjoy a better quality of life. “As Minister of Agriculture, he contributed in a significant way to the process of reform in the agricultural sector,” he tells JIS News.Senator Grant notes that at the recent JAS monthly Board meeting, a Resolution was passed saluting his commitment to rural folk, and the farmers. “We described him as a gentle giant in his own way, that has helped transformed the agricultural sector,” he says.“Last Friday (October 11), in the Senate, we debated an Act to set up a Committee to look at how we manage properties, in particular lands owned by the State. That process was started by Mr. Mullings. He was always at the Denbigh Agricultural Show, supporting the farmers,” Senator Grant adds.Mayor of St. Ann’s Bay, Councillor Desmond Gilmore, who worked with Mr. Mullings as Special Assistant at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, tells JIS News that he had exemplary managerial qualities, appointed the right people for the job, and gave them space to perform.He also notes that Mr. Mullings did not enjoy security around him, as he felt that he was working for Jamaica, and did not see himself being harmed by anyone. “He was a leader…he led by example,” Mr. Gilmore says.“Most times you would find him driving himself. He had a car from he was at the Ministry of Agriculture, and he took it to Foreign Affairs. They felt that it was not in keeping with the image that they would want for a Foreign Affairs Minister, but it was not until it broke down, before he changed the car. That’s the kind of person he was,” the Mayor tells JIS News.Prior to his passing on October 9, the St. Ann Parish Council passed a Resolution seeking to have the Mount Diablo Road in the parish re-named the Seymour Mullings Boulevard.“This great Jamaican man, seven-time Member of Parliament for this constituency, really did well, and we want to solute him, and to say to Jamaica, we have lost a true, honest and a faithful servant of the people,” says Councillor for the Moneague Division,Lloyd Garrick.“He has left legacies for us to live with, and to work with. In his time he would sit and listen to the people, and acted on their recommendations – whether to extend a school, whether to build a new school, as the one in Golden Grove. He also led the campaign for the Beechamville Trade Training Centre in Claremont, the Moneague Housing Scheme, the Lydford Housing Scheme, electrification programme, farm roads, and land for farmers,” he tells JIS News.Community leader, Garth Stephenson, said Mr. Mullings, although he was “affiliated to a political party, was not partisan in any way.”“He did what he had to do, because of the needs of the people, without fanfare, and with pride. His legacy will live on for a long time to come. He put in infrastructure to help foster our community relations, and to ensure a good quality of life for the people,” he says.Mr. Mullings’ contribution to public life spanned some four decades,  which saw him serving in the areas of  health,  as a land surveyor, youth development, foreign affairs, finance, agriculture  and  a three-year stint as Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States.He first entered Parliament in 1969, and served until 1983, when his party did not contest the General Elections of that year. He re-entered Parliament in February 1989, and remained a Member until he retired in 2001.Mr. Mullings headed the Ministries of Health and Social Security; Finance and the Public Service; Agriculture; and Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.He was born on May 12, 1931, in Cave Valley, St. Ann, and will be given an Official funeral at the St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, in Claremont, on October 24. He will be interred in the church cemetery. Kay-Ann Lawson, tells JIS News that Mr. Mullings had a tremendous influence on her educational development. read more

NYK Rolls Out Digital Ship Management Platform

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The NYK Group has launched a new platform for ship management that would reduce onboard duties and make use of Big Data.Named NiBiKi, the platform digitalizes applications, approval, and operation workflow within the safety management system.By following the instructions and inputting appropriate information in provided forms, crews can correctly apply for approval, and that information can be automatically recorded, thus ensuring appropriate procedures by the crews, according to the company.Moreover, the NiBiKi system enables data to be shared between the ship operation company and the management company, and to be accumulated for Big Data analysis.The data will be shared with five ship-management companies overseeing about 260 vessels. The companies are located in Singapore, Tokyo, London, Taipei and Kobe.The group intends to proactively use Big Data for further safety improvements and develop a more comprehensive system that includes crew performance records, such as education and drills completed. As explained, NYK seeks to grasp the tendency of machinery failure and accidents caused by the crew to realize “zero downtime” together with ship management companies.last_img read more

Solar Power Puts Dugway Proving Ground on Path to Net Zero

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR As Army officials prepare to celebrate the opening next week of a 2-megawatt solar array at Dugway Proving Ground, the installation confirmed plans for the construction of a 3-megawatt array about 20 miles away.When the second array is completed, the two will provide 25 percent of the electrical needs of the test center, administrative buildings and homes at Dugway, located in the West Desert of Utah. That output would meet DOD’s goal of obtaining 25 percent of its electricity from renewable sources and advance the proving ground’s efforts to become a net zero installation, reported Army Public Affairs.“Not only are we on track to meet the Army’s goal, but we are acting as good neighbors with the state of Utah,” said Don Smith, Dugway’s garrison manager. “We will be able to shave of a portion of Rocky Mountain Power’s output during its peak hours, which will benefit everyone.”The first array, which began operations in February, is made up of more than 7,000 solar panels on 10 acres of land. It cost $7.7 million to build.To support its effort to adopt renewables, the proving ground is building a microgrid, which will allow it to operate on stored energy when the commercial grid is down.“With the aging infrastructure of the commercial power grid it became critical that we find an alternate method to ensure an uninterrupted power source,” Smith said.last_img read more