Raphoe school to get funding injection for sports hall

first_imgDonegal Minister Joe McHugh has announced that Royal & Prior Comprehensive in Raphoe has secured funding for works on its sports hall.“I am delighted to be able to confirm the news that Royal & Prior has secured financial support for much-needed repairs to its sports hall,” Mr McHugh said.“I have spoken to principal Howard Welch to share the news after the Department of Education confirmed a grant under emergency works for the sports hall. “It is a massive leap forward for the school. The roof is badly in need of being replaced and this grant will give Royal and Prior the security to engage with architects and designers to devise a plan for the hall and to work with the Department to see it through.Mr McHugh, Government Chief Whip, met Mr Welch and visited the school on a number of occasions and also raised the need for major repairs with Education Minister Richard Bruton.Mr McHugh said the school is renowned for the standard of badminton players it has produced – a long line of champions, not least Olympian Chloe Magee who spent many hours in the school sports hall on her long road to international stardom.He said “There are 575 pupils at the school, including 37 boarders, and it is only right that they have facilities that live up to the high standards of sports stars that have been produced here down through the years. “I also want to thank Minister Bruton who is only too well aware of the difficulties that the school has run in to and now the Department is stepping up to the mark to support Royal and Prior, the principal, staff and pupils and their dreams of producing more world beaters.Mr McHugh, Minister for the Irish language, Gaeltacht and the Islands, said: “An agreement like this is a huge boost for Royal and Prior and pupils, parents and staff should know this is recognition that their needs are being heard and acted on.“It sets Royal and Prior on the right path to developing facilities to host badminton events and it will create the right atmosphere to inspire the next generation of champions and olympians.”Raphoe school to get funding injection for sports hall was last modified: September 13th, 2018 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

Let’s Make #Workflex the New Workplace Norm (for Fathers, too!)

first_imgAll would agree that the workforce has changed.  Increasingly, employees are experiencing a time famine, or a feeling of not spending enough time with loved ones or having enough time for themselves. There are now four generations in the workforce and four in five of all employees who are married are in dual-earner couples. One of every five employees currently provides elder care and this number will increase dramatically to almost half of the workforce over the next several years.  And, it is no surprise that employed men, especially working fathers in dual-earner households, are experiencing more work-family conflict than in the past. The workplace is also undergoing important transformations.  The global marketplace runs on a 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week economy, and technology has enabled greater mobility for organizations. The current economic situation has increased employee stress levels, and surveys suggest turnover is set to increase as the economy improves. For far too long, however, a structural mismatch between the needs of the 21stcentury workforce and the norms of the 20thcentury workplace has prevailed.  Research from the Families and Work Institute (FWI) confirms this has been especially true for men.  As The New Male Mystique research highlighted, traditional views about men as breadwinners are now colliding with emerging gender role values that encourage increased family/household involvement by fathers.  In workplaces that may not yet fully support these roles, fathers experience more pressure “to do it all to have it all.” Consider, for example, a recent SHRM survey in which 95 percent of HR professionals said they made no special effort to ask fathers what they needed in terms of workplace flexibility.  Now more than ever, it is important for HR professionals and their organizations to identify strategies to support the work-life needs of all employees to improve engagement and morale, increase productivity, retain top performers and, ultimately, improve business performance. In 2011, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) partnered with FWI to deliver workplace flexibility research, education, and best practice information to HR professionals to help them implement flexible work environments.  This partnership also made When Work Works (www.whenworkworks.org), a nationwide initiative to create more effective and flexible workplaces for the 21stcentury. Working with over 20 community partners across the country, When Work Works provides education on the business benefits of flexibility and shares research and information on effective and flexible workplace practices.  By leveraging SHRM’s network of chapters and state councils going forward, the goal is to integrate this important initiative in even more communities and states, expanding the reach to influence even more organizations.  The centerpiece of the When Work Works initiative has been the Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility, a nationally recognized award for organizations that are using workplace flexibility as part of their business practice.  Winners of this prestigious award have been selected through a rigorous application process that incorporates employer and employee surveys. Sloan Award winners represent employers that are making work “work” better for both the bottom line and for employees. gDiapers, a direct-to-consumer retail diaper business with 18 employees in Portland, Ore., is a great example of an organization making work “work” better – for fathers, too!  This small company was founded by Jason Graham-Nye (who I had the distinct pleasure of meeting recently), and his wife, Kim.  In Jason’s homeland of Australia, he and Kim learned that every day 5,000 diapers are put in landfills, where they stay for 500 years.  That led them to the conclusion that a flushable, biodegradable diaper was needed.  And so their business was born! As parents themselves, it’s no surprise Jason and Kim have built a company that believes the key to attracting and maintaining a high performance organization is to provide family-centric flex options for all its employees.  Not only does it offer subsidized onsite child care, three months paid maternity and paternity leave and four weeks paid time off from year one, gDiapers also provides flex-time work opportunities to allow parents more flexibility with child care and emergencies at home. These are exactly the promising and innovative practices When Work Works seeks to uncover.  By highlighting these effective and flexible strategies – that not only help employees meet their work and life demands but also help organizations achieve business results – we can help make workplace flexibility the standard way of working in the United States.last_img read more

Hiring Someone Without Experience May Turn Out To Be Your Best Hiring Move

first_imgAs HR and talent acquisition leaders, we are always looking for cost effective and creative ways to make your recruiting dollars go the extra mile. The market for best in class experienced candidates will remain extremely competitive as unemployment rates continue to drop, which leaves many companies looking to new options to fill their hiring needs. Because of this an increasing number of companies are adjusting their work environments in order to attract and train professionals, especially those who have recently graduated from colleges and universities, in an effort to develop raw talent. Inexperienced recent grads can provide a clean slate that a savvy employer can mold into a fantastic employee over time. If you’re serious about looking to recent graduates to fill your hiring needs, consider these four tips to raise the odds of finding long term success with your hire.Leverage Inexperience to Your AdvantageRecent grads are hungry to gain experience, and they also know that their lack of it is their biggest downside. Find tasks or areas of a job that don’t require the new hire to have a wealth of previous experience, but do require that they learn and adapt quickly. Based off how the new hire tackles these tasks you can gain insight into how they would likely learn and perform over time. What’s more, jobs that don’t demand a lot of experience can easily start as low-cost internships and turn into full time opportunities, giving the company the benefit of screening future job candidates on-the-job to get a feel for how they work.Get the Right Culture Fit FirstWhen recruiting recent grads remember you aren’t hiring solely for experience. Focus instead on interviewing and assessing the right personality to fit into your company culture with the end goal of interns becoming permanent full time employees. By looking for a good culture fit, you get to train the candidate exactly how you’d like so they can learn about the business from the ground up. You will build a candidate pipeline and peace of mind knowing you have a candidate who has already proven him/herself and is familiar with your company culture and team, and the candidate will be trained exactly as needed to make sure they thrive in their role. By matching the goals and personality first, you also have a better chance of retaining people longer, simply because they like the organization and know they are supported as a professional.Give a project to them and see how they receive feedback.If you’re still wary of hiring someone with little experience, don’t be afraid to test them with a small project. This can be sent to them via email or hand delivered after an interview. Provide them with a time constraint that would be similar to a current employee (but not too strict, they are likely full time applying and won’t have all day to work on it, a two hour turn around isn’t enough) and see how their work comes in. Does it seemed rushed and sloppy? Is it incomplete and without critical thought? It’s up to you to determine what the most important factors you’re looking for are and how you want to score the project. Just remember that you’re not always looking for the candidate who does it perfectly, but for the candidate that holds the most raw- potential and ability to bring the most long term value to the table.Schedule Your Feedback.Schedule a focused time on engaging and sitting down with recent grads and those you are most interested in hiring, recruiting, promoting and developing especially when it comes to transitioning those interns to permanent positions with your company.While it can be a scary proposition to hire a college graduate with little experience, the upside can be tremendous if you need to scale your team quickly and on a budget. Be sure to give your recruiting efforts real thought ahead of time so you know exactly what type of person you are looking for, and most importantly, what type of company you are. Use this information to formulate a profile of the type of person you’re looking for, the candidate “must haves”, and what type of exercises you think would best convey if the potential hire has the skills you need. It’s not a perfect science, but by keeping these three tips in mind when looking for a new, recent graduate hire, you’ll significantly up the odds of finding someone great that’s ready to join and make an immediate and noticeable impact.last_img read more

AdMob: iPhone Internet Use Sees Major Growth Spurt in August

first_imgAccording to the latest data from mobile advertising company AdMob, traffic from Apple’s iPhone on AdMob’s advertising network almost doubled in August. Apple’s iPhone saw the fastest growth of all smartphones worldwide, closely followed by the Samsung Instinct. It is also noteworthy that the top 5 smartphones in the U.S. generated 54% of all smartphone traffic. The iPhone is now responsible for 7.8% of all smart phone traffic in the U.S., up from 5.2% last month. It’s important to note that this does not necessarily reflect the actual market share of the iPhone, as iPhone users, thanks to the ease of use of the iPhone user interface, are probably spending more time online on their devices than most other smartphone users. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… frederic lardinois What About Nokia, Palm, Motorola, and Rim?While Nokia devices were responsible for just over 62% of all smartphone traffic worldwide, none of Nokia’s smartphones ranked in the top 20 in the U.S. Palm’s Centro, on the other hand, looks like a major boon for the company, as it is only trumped by the Blackberry Pearl when it comes to traffic volume. Motorola, which does not have a single smartphone ranked in the top 20, still dominates the mobile traffic rankings with its RAZR V3. which was responsible for 3.7% of all mobile Internet use worldwide in August. The iPhone was the 17th most used phone on the mobile web and generated 1% of all worldwide traffic, up from 0.6% in July.The iPhone is clearly growing quickly in the U.S. and now that Apple seems to have gotten its supply chain under control, chances are that it will continue on this track. However, it is also important to point out that, in the overall market, Apple is still only a small player. Most users, according to AdMob, are still accessing the mobile web on a RAZR. Tags:#news#web last_img read more

Today’s Top LP Jobs

first_imgDistrict Loss Prevention Manager, Kohl’s, (CA) The DLPM develops and implements the loss prevention program for 6 -15 selling locations. The DLPM is responsible for driving results through achievement of goals related to inventory shortage, budget lines, cash variance, and operational compliance. In addition, the DLPM is responsible for the selection and career development of all exempt and non-exempt loss prevention personnel within the assigned locations… Learn moreLoss Prevention & Safety Manager, Lowe’s, (NC) This position implements loss prevention and safety programs, overseeing and coordinating processes to minimize loss while maintaining a safe working and shopping environment. In addition, this position will train and provide mentorship around safety and loss prevention for teams of individual contributors in multiple store locations… Learn more[text_ad use_post=’2385′]- Sponsor – Loss Prevention Supervisor, Kohl’s, (TX) Develops and implements store awareness programs addressing theft, safety, inventory, and operational controls. Administers product protection strategies, awareness, and deterrence programs in the store. Works in partnership with store management to ensure operational excellence and reduce exposure to theft through operational assessments and associate training/awareness. Supervises loss prevention officers and loss prevention service specialists… Learn moreMulti-Unit Asset Protection Manager, Kmart, (NJ) The Multi-Unit Loss Prevention Manager is responsible for providing disciplined leadership, including clear expectations and holding the team and self-accountable for results. This position is accountable for conducting the training, detection, investigation, and successful resolution of all internal investigations within the assigned stores. This position is responsible for owning the shrink and safety results for the stores, and for supporting the Loss Prevention Five Play Strategy… Learn more Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

As Instagram Grows More Complex, Can It Maintain the Love?

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#mobile#Multimedia#news#web 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Popular iPhone photo sharing app Instagram captured the hearts of nearly five million users this year despite, or perhaps because of, a surprising lack of features. The super-simple photo app let you apply filters and post out to other networks. It didn’t let you do much more than that.The company has slowly added features over recent months and today unveiled a new version of its app with three big new features that could make a big difference in the ways we use Instagram. Those changes are upgraded user biographies, hashtag autocomplete and a new page to view all the photos you’ve clicked “Like” on in the past. Can Instagram keep its clean simplicity while adding more and more features? Time will tell, but these changes look to me like good ones so far. First, user bios now include a URL field and a text field that you can populate with info and a link to another page on the web where Instagram users can learn more about you. That makes sense, as it’s useful to be able to find out who a person is that started following you or Liked one of your photos – but it also removes some of the mystery of the experience. There was something a little intriguing about seeing someone Like your photo, clicking through to their page and still knowing nothing more about them than you could learn from their timeline of dreamy, filtered photos from somewhere in the world. Right: The new Instagram profile pages are beginning to look more and more like some of the company’s competitors’ profile designs.Hashtag autocomplete is something that the Twitter iPhone app has offered for some time and the feature is an attempt to get users to contribute photos and comments to a stream of topical conversation. It is, no doubt, added at least in part so that the commercial partners Instagram hopes to monetize will have some more solid ground in order to monitor their interests. If it catches on, though, it will also likely lead to some very interesting photo-discussions about topics of interest around the world. Especially once Instagram finally launches an app on more affordable Android devices (right now it’s iPhone only) then it could become a service used to capture (and perhaps unfortunately over-filter) a photographic record of history unfolding.The app now stands at an odd place between simplicity and a growing list of features.Finally, the addition of a bookmarked-photos page in the form of a “photos I’ve Liked” view is a good move towards making Instagram feel more permanent and less fleeting. It’s a cool feature for sure. How many of us use this app for quick capture but then make sure to send our best photos to Flickr as well, as that feels more permanent? This new feature adds an increased feeling of permanence to the photo-viewing experience.The whole ethos of Instagram has been about speed, simplicity, lightness, a dreamy haze and a light layer of brief social interactions. There’s still almost no web presence to refer to your photos there, you can’t search for your photos or other peoples’ photos. The app now stands at an odd place between simplicity and a growing list of features. Will that mix serve it and its users well? Will the startup that did so well building a simple social mobile user experience do as well at growing its app up? Time will tell. Related Posts last_img read more

Court rejects Trump’s appeal in fight over financial records

first_img(AP) — A federal appeals court will not take up President Donald Trump’s appeal of a ruling that his accounting firm must turn over financial records to Congress.The order was handed down Wednesday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.It is almost certain that Trump will appeal to the Supreme Court.A three-judge appellate panel rejected Trump’s arguments last month after the president’s lawyers went to court to prevent Mazars USA from turning over the records. But Trump petitioned for the full court to reconsider the case.The House Committee on Oversight and Reform subpoenaed records from Mazars in April.They include documents from 2011 to 2018 that the House wants for investigation into the president’s reporting of his finances and potential conflicts of interest.last_img read more

Liveblog: Serie A Wk13 Sunday

first_imgJoin us for all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s six Serie A games, including Bologna-Parma, Roma-Brescia, Sassuolo-Lazio and Verona-Fiorentina. If you are on a mobile device or tablet, then follow the Liveblog HERE. We begin at 11.30 GMT at the Stadio Dall’Ara with an Emilia-Romagna derby between Sinisa Mihajlovic’s Bologna and surprisingly high-flying Parma. At 14.00 GMT, Roma have some key figures back as they host Brescia, who lost 4-0 on Fabio Grosso’s debut and left Mario Balotelli behind for disciplinary reasons. Lazio aim to consolidate their top four position with a trip to Sassuolo, while Fiorentina and Verona go head-to-head with only one point separating them. At 17.00 GMT, Claudio Ranieri’s Sampdoria take on Udinese in a relegation tussle. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ The evening concludes at 19.45 GMT at the Stadio Via del Mare, where newly-promoted Lecce want to trip up a Cagliari side incredibly in fourth place.last_img read more

Manchester United’s visit to India on track

first_imgThe ambiguity regarding the fate of the proposed friendly match between Manchester United and Juventus on August 1 has been cleared to an extent after the West Bengal government apprised the All India Football Federation (AIFF) about the developments.”This match will be held only after AIFF’s approval. There was a communication gap (with the AIFF). I have spoken to AIFF secretary Kushal Das. Everything is fine now,” West Bengal sports minister Madan Mitra said in Kolkata on Tuesday.Das also confirmed that he had received a verbal request from Mitra and the AIFF would be forwarding the necessary documents to the international body, FIFA.”I received a call from Mr Mitra today and I told him to send the official documents as soon as possible. There isn’t much time left for the match and we won’t be able to do anything unless they send us the request,” Das told Mail Today.Earlier, AIFF vice-president Subrata Dutta had expressed his doubts regarding the marquee match. He had said the organisers needed to take permission from the AIFF and the sports ministry before organising a match of this magnitude.Without the AIFF and sports ministry’s consent, one cannot organise such a match. It is required to take permission at least two-and-a-half months in advance,” Dutta had said. But Mitra said that it was too good an opportunity to be missed.”We now have to get in touch with (sports minister) Ajay Maken. We don’t want to let go of this golden opportunity. I don’t think we will get to see a match of this magnitude in the next 50 years,” Mitra said.advertisementMitra further said he would discuss the scheduling of the match with United’s global sponsorship director Casper Stylsvig and Juventus’ commercial director Francesco Calvo in a few days.The match is being organised by a sports management firm with headquarters in the UK.”We wanted to organise this in Kolkata, the Mecca of football in India. We approached the state government first. It’s going to be a huge thing, so there will always be hurdles. But we will overcome them,” a top official of the firm said. He added they were hopeful of clinching the deal and both the teams would be coming with their first team players.But the availability of Juventus remains doubtful as their pre-season schedule is choc-a-bloc.They are scheduled to play a friendly match against Paris Saint Germain on July 31 while United are yet to announce the final destination of their tour which sees them play in Shanghai on July 25 and a match in Norway on August 5.last_img read more