COMPETITION: Win four tickets (plus wine) to see Pretty Woman at Eclipse Cinemas!

first_imgEclipse Cinemas Lifford/Strabane are bringing a classic rom-com back to the big screen next month – and we have a fantastic ticket package to give away to a lucky Donegal Daily reader!The iconic 1990 hit starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts will be shown at the luxury Lifford cinema on two dates only – 2nd and 3rd February at 6pm and 8.30pm on both nights. CompetitionTickets are on sale now for these exclusive screenings. And we have FOUR to giveaway on our Facebook giveaway!That’s not all! The competition winner will receive FOUR complimentary wines – one for each ticketholder – as part of Eclipse Cinemas’ ‘Pour @ the Pictures’ deal.To enter the competition, simply click the link here to like and share the Facebook post: WomanAcademy Award nominee Julia Roberts (Steel Magnolias) and charismatic leading man Richard Gere (An Officer and a Gentlemen) light up the screen of this lovable rom-com. Edward is a rich, ruthless businessman who specialises in taking over companies and then selling them off piece by piece. He travels to Los Angeles for a business trip and decides to hire a prostitute. They take a liking to each other and he offers her money if she’ll stay with him for an entire week while he makes the “rich and famous” scene (since it doesn’t do for a man of his stature to be alone at society parties and polo matches). Romantic comedy (and complications) ensue.Get your tickets for this special screening now online at: @ the PicturesWine can be enjoyed by cinema-goers at selected movie screenings at Eclipse, available from the new Extras food and drink counter. For more info see: full cinema listings and more at Eclipse Cinemas Lifford/Strabane, check out T&Cs apply.COMPETITION: Win four tickets (plus wine) to see Pretty Woman at Eclipse Cinemas! was last modified: January 11th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:competitioneclipse cinema lifford strabanepretty womanlast_img read more

Should We Be Asking for Pay History Data on Job Applications?

first_imgIn many states, it’s still legal to ask about candidate pay history. While some states have outlawed this practice, I still get questions like the one below fairly regularly:I have a question for you that I thought you would be uniquely able to provide advice for. I am currently seeking new employment. When submit an application, the prospective employer asks for me to input a salary into the online application. The field does not allow a range and does not allow letters so I cannot say “negotiable”. How should I answer this since I am experienced professional and I don’t want to automatically disqualify myself by being on the high side of whatever range the perspective employer is looking at. How would you recommend I answer these questions? –A reader in AlabamaSo, what should we do?Rethinking the QuestionOne reason some states have outlawed the practice of asking for pay information is because it adversely affects certain populations. For example, women are likely to negotiate salary just 7% of the time while men are likely to negotiate nearly 60% of the time. This doesn’t even touch on minorities, where the numbers are often worse.The problem I’ve always had with this question is this: what your last employer paid you should have zero bearing on the value I have placed on the position. If your former employer didn’t pay well, that doesn’t give me an excuse not to pay well.The Frank RealityFor the most part, employers don’t set out to ask this question in hopes of messing up someone’s life. They aren’t asking about former pay rates to trap someone in a job making less than they are worth. While that sometimes happens, it’s not the goal for many employers.The reason employers ask for pay history is so they don’t spend an inordinate amount of time walking down the path towards hiring a candidate they really like only to find out in the salary negotiations that the person wants $20k more than the role is budgeted for.So, if employers want to avoid this roadblock without running afoul of the law, what’s the option?At the front of the process, whether in the application or in the early screening conversation, simply tell the candidate this: “Our budget for this position is $X to $Y. Does that fit your expectations?”Yes, you’re showing your cards. Yes, you’re being transparent. But it satisfies two things. First, it helps to make sure you’re legally compliant in any markets where this applies. Second, and perhaps most importantly, it helps to demonstrate that you are dealing in a fair and transparent manner with potential employees.This long-standing method of waiting until the first person blinks (that’s what career coaches tell candidates to do in salary negotiations) is a terrible way to run the process for everyone. Nobody wants to speak because we’ve all been told the first person that speaks in a negotiation loses. However, this isn’t about creating a combative experience for new hires–it’s about building a new relationship. Don’t you want to start it the right way?Originally posted on Upstart HR blog.last_img read more

IM Coming to Popular Mechanics, Seventeen – Can Chat Save Old Media?

first_imgRelated Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Hearst Magazines Digital Media Web sites, including and, are rolling out Instant Messaging functionality for their readers to communicate with. Can group chat keep fickle web readers on this publisher’s web pages? We suspect that it could work well, but the first implementation we’ve seen left a lot to be desired.Powered by fast-growing web IM platform Meebo, these new chat widgets can be accompanied by multimedia that chat users can view together. In a world where the magazine industry has to be feeling some pain from sites like MySpace and Facebook, maybe magazines have to put a little MySpace on their own websites.We’re very bullish on Meebo in general but this campaign, the Seventeen Magazine implementation in particular, is pretty uninspiring. We hope that when Meebo makes an appearance on it will be a little more interesting. That wouldn’t be hard. Meebo tells a good story about huge increases in time on site for publishers that install their chat widgets, and that makes sense. Chat gives people a reason to stay on one page, if it’s done well and there are a good number of people chatting then it’s genuinely more interactive than anything a publisher can offer by themselves. Meebo has a history of offering an interesting mix of aiming at the mainstream while still innovating in ways that are thought provoking for early adopters.Bringing web IM to big mainstream websites is an interesting step in the evolution of publishing. We think it makes sense. We hope the big publishers can figure out what to do with it. marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#Features#NYT#web#Widgets center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Podcast: Race and disease risk and Berlin’s singing nightingales

first_img Noncancerous tumors of the uterus—also known as fibroids—are extremely common in women. One risk factor, according to the scientific literature, is “black race.” But such simplistic categories may actually obscure the real drivers of the disparities in outcomes for women with fibroids, according to this week’s guest. Host Meagan Cantwell speaks with Jada Benn Torres, an associate professor of anthropology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, about how using interdisciplinary approaches— incorporating both genetic and cultural perspectives—can paint a more complete picture of how race shapes our understanding of diseases and how they are treated.In our monthly books segment, book review editor Valerie Thompson talks with David Rothenberg, author of the book Nightingales in Berlin: Searching for the Perfect Sound, about spending time with birds, whales, and neuroscientists trying to understand the aesthetics of human and animal music.This week’s episode was edited by Podigy.Download the transcript (PDF)Listen to previous podcasts.About the Science Podcast[Image: Carlos Delgado/Wikipedia; Matthias Ripp/Flickr; Music: Jeffrey Cook] Carlos Delgado/Wikipedia; Matthias Ripp/Flickr last_img read more

Debutants’ ball: No less than 315 MPs are first-timers in this Lok Sabha

first_imgFirst-time MPsI don’t know. I have no clue why it happens.” That’s 33-year-old Anupriya Patel’s reply when asked what her advice to PrimeMinister Narendra Modi to curbinflation would be. The first-timeMP from Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh, has no pretensions of being a politician despite being Apna Dal founder Sone Lal Patel’s,First-time MPsI don’t know. I have no clue why it happens.” That’s 33-year-old Anupriya Patel’s reply when asked what her advice to PrimeMinister Narendra Modi to curbinflation would be. The first-timeMP from Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh, has no pretensions of being a politician despite being Apna Dal founder Sone Lal Patel’s daughter. Room no. 1401 at Delhi’s Ashok Hotel, where she is staying, is chock-a-block with supporters but that doesn’t stop Anupriya from admitting that she hates being surrounded by people 24×7. “If I become a minister tomorrow, this crowd will swell. I’ll have new-found relatives.” She also admires Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Mulayam Singh Yadav for his ability to remember every party worker’s name and face; this, despite regular tiffs with the government led by his son, Akhilesh Yadav.Apna Dal is a BJP ally but Anupriya says “these people are mad” when asked about Sangh Parivar affiliates Bajrang Dal and Sri Ram Sene. She even claims she is against arranged marriages and supports live-in relationships, even if she herself took the traditional route. The psychology graduate from Delhi’s Lady Shri Ram College, however, has her task cut out as an MP. “My two priorities are setting up a university and a super-specialty hospital. Then I want to provide housing, drinking water and sanitation to tribals in my constituency.”Fresh facesOne of the 315 MPs who have entered the Lok Sabha for the first time in 2014, Anupriya represents a new breed of politicians who are ambitious, goal-oriented and outspoken. From Congress’s Sushmita Dev, who admits to having used money, political patronage and muscle power for electoral success, to Nationalist Congress Party’s Mohammad Faizal, who rubbishes the perception that Modi is anti-Muslim, to Babul Supriyo, who dismisses politician’s white kurtapyjama as mere symbolism, the 16th Lok Sabha’s ‘freshers’ epitomise the young and restless India which believes in performance over posturing.”Today, people demand instant results,” says Lakshadweep MP Faizal, 38, who defeated Hamdullah Sayeed, son of veteran Congress leader P.M. Sayeed. Faizal, an MBA from Calicut University, is already working on a tourism promotion model aimed at generating employment in the 11 islands and plans to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Lakshadweep to showcase its potential.advertisementFor Nizamnagar MP Kalvakuntla Kavitha, 36, daughter of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao, representing a newborn state brings with it immense responsibility. During campaigning, she had released a personal manifesto for her constituency apart from the party manifesto. “I have to deliver everything I promised,” says the BTech graduate from Hyderabad’s Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University.Daughter of Assam Congress veteran Santosh Mohan Dev, Sushmita, 41, considers politics to be a means and not an end. “I will leave politics the day I feel I have failed in my job,” says the lawyer-turned politician, an alumnus of Miranda House in Delhi.Nearly half of the 60 newcomers under 40 belong to political families. But they aren’t ready to accept that fact as the primary catalyst for their success. “Political patronage perhaps helps in getting a ticket but to earn votes, you must work at the grassroots. I visited all 436 villages in my constituency while others could not touch even 200,” says Dushyant Chautala, 26, the youngest-ever Lok Sabha member.Dynasty never diesThe Indian National Lok Dal MP from Hisar, who is the grandson of former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala, has scripted a family revival of sorts with his win after his father Ajay Singh Chautala and grandfather were jailed last year on corruption charges. Dushyant points to the other MP from his party, Charanjeet Singh, who won from Sirsa, as an example of a rank outsider making it big in polls. “He doesn’t have a political background. He joined politics at 21 and worked his way up to become an MP at 36.” He finds support from TRS MP from Peddapalli, Suman Balka, 31, an Osmania University student, who was part of the long agitation for the creation of Telangana. “If you work for a cause, opportunities will come your way. I got a ticket for my commitment to the people,” says Balka, who ticked off a security guard in Parliament for asking if he belonged to Andhra Pradesh. “It’s Telangana.”Young bloodAnother dynast, Chirag Paswan, 32, son of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan, believes political patronage can at times be a liability. “There are several instances of those with money and patronage being pushed into oblivion,” he says. The BTech dropout decided to join politics in 2011 after seeing immigrants from Bihar “being subjected to humiliation” in Mumbai, where he attempted- without much success-a foray into Bollywood as an actor. He is seen as one of the prime movers behind LJP’s coup in stitching an alliance with BJP and winning all the six Lok Sabha seats it contested-including Jamui, where Chirag defeated Speaker of the Bihar Assembly, Udai Narain Choudhary. BJP’s Nandurbar MP Heena Gavit, 26, a medical student who sat for her MD exams after the polls, says that being the daughter of Vijaykumar Gavit, who represented the constituency four times, certainly helped, but intent, a willingness to work for the poor and dedication were key to her success in unseating ninetime Congress MP Manikrao Gavit by a margin of over 1 lakh votes.Outsiders get a look-inadvertisementOlympic gold medallist shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, 44, feels joining politics was a natural progression from his military and sports background. The BJP Lok Sabha MP from Jaipur Rural says it’s important for good people to join the nation’s decision-making process. “If we don’t occupy them, others will.” Like Rathore, Priyanka Singh Rawat, who has an MA in political science from Rohilkhand University, Uttar Pradesh, entered politics because she believes educated people can serve society more responsibly and with greater impact. “I always wanted to do something for the country and realised politics is the best platform,” says the 28-year-old BJP MP who beat Congress stalwart P.L. Punia by a margin of more than 2 lakh votes in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh.Betting on a new startDr. Dharam Vira Gandhi, 62, one of the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) four winning candidates from Punjab, attributes his success to the ability to connect with people. Of three-time MP Preneet Kaur, Union minister in the UPA regime, the Patiala physician says, “She failed to calculate the impact of my ground-level connect with people over the past decade.” Gandhi happily waives his consultation fee for the scores of brick kiln workers and hand-to-mouth farm labourers who queue up each day outside his modest clinic in Sukh Enclave, not far from Kaur’s plush address, the Moti Bagh Palace. He plans to keep working at the Gandhi Heart Clinic: “Parliament works for a maximum of three months each year. The rest will be for my patients and the people.”Most of the newcomers, cutting across party lines, feel that corruption cannot be weeded out by mere legislation. Several even blame the system for forcing politicians to turn corrupt. “The change must come from people and not politicians,” says Sushmita. Dushyant recounts how every village today demands money from politicians to hold various sports tournaments.Kavitha, however, believes that politicians have to play a bigger role in rooting out corruption. “We (TRS) don’t want our state to get into what India as a nation has been suffering for so many years. We as leaders have the responsibility to play the role of watchdogs,” says Kavitha. Sociologist Dipankar Gupta says AAP, despite its poor show at the hustings, has provided and model and structure for good people to join and succeed in politics. “AAP’s success was inspiring. The voter must support a candidate who promises development instead of one who offers free alcohol,” agrees Sushmita.advertisementBJP’s Karnataka MPs, Bhagavanta Khuba, 47, and Pratap Simha, 37, feel their victories represent the change Sushmita wants-both won without big money or political muscle. Now, they hope for a change in the culture of political parties. “Parties operate like the mafia. Most are fiercely clannish. As a result, even the brightest aspirants are kept out of politics,” says Simha, who has a master’s in journalism from Mangalore University.Leading from the frontThe new brigade is determined not to repeat the terrible performance of MPs in the 15th Lok Sabha: Over 74 bills were left pending as the House spent only 13 per cent of the allotted time in legislation, Parliament’s primary mandate. They also hope that uproarious scenes-from members coming to blows to pepper spray being brandished-which typified parliamentary proceedings in recent times are a thing of the past. “It will be our collective responsibility to see that such things don’t happen. We are here to discuss, debate and get our job done,” says Bollywood singer Babul Supriyo, 44, who secured on a BJP ticket from Asansol in West Bengal.Dushyant believes that unlike the last Lok Sabha, it’s not a divided house, so the Government will not face much trouble in passing legislation. “The challenge for the Government is to get the Opposition’s voice heard in the Lok Sabha and ensure bills are not stalled in Rajya Sabha.”Dipankar Gupta plays down the surfeit of young parliamentarians, pointing out that the 1980s saw resurgence of leaders such as Chandra Sekhar but there were no dramatic change to Indian politics. Gupta feels that the performance of first-time MPs, irrespective of party affiliation, will depend on the leadership of Prime Minister Modi. “He must bring in the changes as he has a clear and decisive mandate. The younger politicians will certainly follow. I see no reason why that can not happen,” he says. “I don’t have much hope from those who come from political families. But the selfmade are often the most hard-working.Moreover, MPs from regional parties, despite their language barrier, try to articulate their views more often in Parliament than those from national parties,” says Nani Gopal Mahanta, who teaches political science at Gauhati University.Whether or not these ‘freshers’ usher in a new era in Parliament, what India wants is less talk, more action. “I don’t want to give a bhashan (lecture) on something I don’t know. I would rather focus on something I can do,” says Kavitha, as if on cue. She should. The nation will be watching.Followthe writer on Twitter @KDscribeWith inputs from Santosh Kumar, Asit Jolly, Rajeev P.I., M.G. Arun, Amitabh Srivastava To read more, get your copy of India Today here.last_img read more

Football meets philosophy in Kaliningrad, hometown of Kant

first_img\R Kaliningrad, Jun 25 (AP) In Kaliningrad, a Russian outpost sandwiched between Poland, Lithuania and the Baltic Sea, philosophy and football are coming together as fans troop through a small museum dedicated to the World Cup host city and its most famous resident, Immanuel Kant. Players themselves could learn a little from one of history’s great thinkers, Serbia supporter Vojin Lukovic suggested. “To take their time, to analyze things,” he said. “Slow down a bit.” The German philosopher who died in 1804 lived most of his life in Kaliningrad when it was the German city of Koenigsberg. It became part of the Soviet Union after World War II and now serves as an important Russian naval base and is home to a university named for Kant. The philosopher’s simple tomb lies at the rear of an imposing red-brick cathedral that dominates a small island on the walking route between the downtown fan zone and the city’s new stadium that is hosting four World Cup group stage matches. Philosophy and football may sound like strange bedfellows, but Kant’s prominence in Kaliningrad is not the first time the worlds of top sport and deep thought have intersected. French existentialist Albert Camus, himself a talented goalkeeper in his youth, is responsible for perhaps the most famous philosophical comment on football by any intellectual: “All that I know most surely about morality and obligations I owe to football.” Some players, too, have risen to the level of if not quite philosophers then at least deep thinkers.advertisement Books have been written in the Netherlands dedicated to Dutch star Johan Cruyff’s musings on football and life, some of them as hard to follow as one of his mazy runs. “Often, something has to happen before something can happen,” Cruyff once said. Or most Dutch fans’ favorite: “Every disadvantage has its advantage.” Former France and Manchester United midfielder Eric Cantona also was known as a thinker on and off the pitch, once cryptically announcing: “When the seagulls follow the trawler, it’s because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea,” at a press conference in February 1995 after he was handed an eight-month ban for jumping into the stands and kicking a fan. And in a famous sketch on the British comedy show “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” two teams of philosophers, one German, the other ancient Greek, meet for a match. Kant features as a defender in the German team alongside the likes of Georg Hegel and Arthur Schopenhauer. Greece’s team features thinkers including Plato, Socrates and an “in-form Aristotle” as sweeper. As referee Confucius blows the whistle to start the match all the philosophers ignore the ball and pace around the pitch deep in thought. Greece eventually wins 1-0, thanks to a Socrates header. With time to kill before matches in Kaliningrad, most fans congregate in bars or restaurants or watch earlier matches on the fan zone’s giant screen. Those wishing to soak up a little local history instead of local beer climb the 16th-century spiral stairway behind a heavy wooden door and enter the small museum. A visit doesn’t take long – there are two floors dedicated to a collection of Kant memorabilia including statues, paintings, books, even a carpet bearing his face, a visage also captured in a plaster cast of his death mask illuminated by light pouring through a stained glass window. Many visitors seem to spend more time looking at a scale model of the former Koenigsberg than gazing at copies of Kant’s “Critique of Pure Reason” or other of his books in various languages. The information on most of the exhibits is in only Russian and German. Switzerland fan Christian Rey said he studied a bit of Kant as a student, and although he admitted to having forgotten most of the finer points, he agreed with Lukovic that it could possibly guide football teams. “It can help with thinking and analysis of the game,” Rey said. “If Kant can help Switzerland, it’s OK for me.” (AP) AHAHlast_img read more

Boost for Female Wards Preparing for CSEC Exams

first_imgStory Highlights Female wards at the Fort Augusta Adult Correctional Centre in Kingston who are preparing for Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations have been given a boost though the donation of eight desktop computers to the facility.Several of the young ladies are slated to sit the Electronic Document Preparation and Management (EDPM) tests on May 7.Four of the computers were provided by the Ministry of National Security and another four by the Stella Maris Church Prison Ministry. They bring to 11, the total number of computers at the facility.State Minister for National Security, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, in his remarks at the handover ceremony at Fort Augusta’s South Camp Road location on Tuesday (May 1) expressed confidence that the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) and the wards will make good use of the equipment.He noted that the donation is in keeping with the Government’s investment in the education and training of inmates as part of the rehabilitation process.“According to (a report) from the Department of Correctional Services (DCS), between 2013 and 2016, 70 per cent of those incarcerated were either illiterate or poor readers upon admission. This situation cannot stand,” he said.“We must ensure that inmates are equipped to make different choices when they leave our institutions. We want you to become contributing members of society. We want and expect that those released become law-abiding and contributing members of our communities,” he added.Commissioner of Corrections, Ina Hunter, said the donation is timely and will improve the young ladies’ chances of success in their exams.She said that the department is committed to enhancing the rehabilitation process.“We recognise the value of technology to equip our inmates with skills and abilities to lead productive lives not only when they are released but also while they are here. Education forms the core of our rehabilitation, and we are always looking at ways to improve the delivery of our programmes,” she said.Kelly*, who is among the wards preparing for the EDPM examination, expressed gratitude for the donation.“This is a subject that covers numerous topics like introduction to computing, ergonomics, and it is similar to Information Technology (IT). It has taught us a lot. There were persons who were not exposed to computers before, and in today’s society, you need to be computer literate, as everything now entails computer skills,” she pointed out.“We are grateful for this tremendous opportunity. We are cognisant of the fact that this is part of the rehabilitation programme and the onus is now on us to do the best that we can, so that when we get back out there, we will be better persons and citizens in our community. Thank you again for making this possible,” she expressed.Coordinator of the Stella Maris Church Prison Ministry, Pat Lewis said the church has remained a committed partner of the DCS since it commenced its prison outreach in June 1999, providing assistance to inmates in the form of monthly care packages, motivational talks and worship. Female wards at the Fort Augusta Adult Correctional Centre in Kingston who are preparing for Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations have been given a boost though the donation of eight desktop computers to the facility. Several of the young ladies are slated to sit the Electronic Document Preparation and Management (EDPM) tests on May 7. State Minister for National Security, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, in his remarks at the handover ceremony at Fort Augusta’s South Camp Road location on Tuesday (May 1) expressed confidence that the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) and the wards will make good use of the equipment.last_img read more