Double whammy for Donegal as two Buncrana teachers nominated for new initiative

first_imgScoil Mhuire in Buncrana had double reason to celebrate this week, as two of its teachers were named on the shortlist for the inaugural Teachers Inspire Ireland initiative. The two Scoil Mhuire teachers included on the shortlist are Lorna Barron (from Buncrana) and Denise Dowds (from Muff and now living in Buncrana).The initiative, which is focused on highlighting the enormous contribution made by teachers in Irish society, was launched by Dublin City University (DCU) earlier this year. Over May and June, DCU called for members of the public to share their personal stories of how a teacher transformed their lives and/or their community.Twenty shortlisted teachers – five from each province – have been shortlisted from over 400 entries received from every corner of Ireland.  None of the teachers knew they were nominated in advance.Ms. Barron was nominated by student Alannah Bradley from Ballymagan, Buncrana.  In her nomination, Alannah wrote: “Ms. Barron is such a huge asset to Scoil Mhuire in every way, not just in her caring, kind attitude but also her ability to get a vast majority of students a high grade in their exams and push students to their potential.“No job or problem is too big for Ms. Barron either, from hosting the school’s successful musical every two years to being in charge of the examination aid for the State exams.” Denise Dowds was also nominated as one of Ireland’s most inspiring teachers by a current student, Marie Barr (from Upper Gransha, Buncrana).In her nomination, Marie described Ms. Dowds as a “climate hero”.“Ms. Dowds inspired me and 45 other students to stand up for what we believe in,” Barr wrote. “She set up a group called the Cli-Mates… to raise awareness about climate change and environmental issues and to take action against them.“This group has done many things, from beach clean-ups to climate strikes to telling people about how to be more environmentally friendly but, most importantly, it has given us a voice… She has given us this voice. She has taught us to use that voice and I am very thankful for that.”Additional Donegal connections on the Teachers Inspire shortlist come by way of Dublin.  One of the shortlisted teachers in Leinster is Nora Duffy, who taught at St. Joseph’s Co-Educational National School on the East Wall Road in Dublin for several decades. Originally from Dunfanaghy, Ms. Duffy arrived in the East Wall in the 1960s.  Her nominator, Caitríona Ní Cassaithe, highlighted her passion for the Irish language, amongst many other attributes, noting that “most East Wall Irish enthusiasts speak it (Irish) with a Northern twang – a nod to our school-day beginnings”.Another teacher to make the shortlist meanwhile is Mary Daly, who is originally from Castlefinn, but has lived in Celbridge since 1985.  Mary was a teacher at St. Dominic’s College in Ballyfermot, and was nominated for Teachers Inspire Ireland by her former student, Niamh Smith.Announcing the shortlist at DCU earlier this week, Professor Brian MacCraith, President of DCU, said: “The entries submitted to Teachers Inspire Ireland demonstrate just how significant a role teachers play in Irish life.“We received stories about teachers dealing in an inspirational way with major societal challenges.  We received stories of teachers who have played – and continue to play – a key part in helping individuals and whole communities adapt to change. Double whammy for Donegal as two Buncrana teachers nominated for new initiative was last modified: September 16th, 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

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Live updates: Raiders collapse, Colts win 42-28

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device. Get live updates, news and analysis Sunday at 1:05 p.m. when the struggling Raiders host the Indianapolis Colts at the Coliseum.The Raiders, coming off a bye following a 28-3 loss in London to the Seahawks, will try to get back on the winning track after shipping out their top receiver, Amari Cooper. The two-time Pro Bowl receiver was traded to the Cowboys for a first-round pick.Also, Oakland will be …last_img

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After a rough week in Texas, Mike Fiers makes a statement

first_imgOAKLAND — Mike Fiers got another shot at the Texas Rangers. But this time, no “cat tail” curled across his face and, fortunately, no stingers zipped up his pitching arm.That numbing sensation Fiers felt back in muggy Arlington wasn’t new — he’d felt it throwing his cutter mid-game against the New York Yankees — the mental hangup mired his mind and performance, but he appeared unconcerned after the game by the possible ramifications of a nerve oddity.In Fiers’ start Friday night, his …last_img

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Nikon to nurture young photographers

first_imgNikon Africa Trust will raise funds to help nurture Africa’s future top photographers. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) The trust is hoping to raise funds from the handmade bracelets. (Image: Nikon Facebook Page) MEDIA CONTACTS • Marli van Schalkwyk Media Liaison Nikon +27 11 466 2500  RELATED ARTICLES • Photoafrica shows Africa’s cityscapes • Bieber wins top press photo award • Show your support for João Silva • Business school to expand in AfricaBongani NkosiThe newly launched Nikon Africa Trust promises to help produce top photographers from the continent’s disadvantaged communities.Nikon South Africa made the announcement on 13 July. The group described its new initiative as a goodwill venture designed to “provide a professional future” for talented young photography students who could otherwise not afford to pay for advanced training.Coordinator Robin Malherbe explained in an interview that the trust will fund training organisations based in targeted communities.“We won’t have any schools ourselves, but we’ll partner with other organisations that provide photography training,” Malherbe said.Mentorship and trainingThe trust will raise funds to bankroll the identified community projects. Besides photography training, Nikon said the initiative will also focus on mentorship for organisations and students alike.The company will provide hi-tech equipment, including modern digital cameras, to the organisations.Umuzi Photo Club, an organisation focusing on developing photography skills among young people in South Africa’s townships, recently became the trust’s first beneficiary.Umuzi founder David Dini confirmed Nikon South Africa’s donation of a kit containing a camera, two lenses, a jacket and a bag.The equipment is being used by Floyd Vilankulu, a 24-year-old from the Johannesburg township of Alexandra. Vilankulu aims to forge a career as a professional photographer.“We do work with high school kids, but with his ambitions we thought he’d be an excellent candidate for the Nikon kit,” said Dini.The trust’s goal is to produce both photojournalists and specialist photographers, who might even become household names in the profession.“In time we anticipate that many of our students will not only earn a sustainable living through their photography, but also receive recognition as skilled photographers and photojournalists through capturing and showcasing the beauty and diversity of our continent and its people,” Nikon South Africa’s CEO Stefan van der Walt said in a statement.The industry provides employment for scores of budding and experienced photographers throughout the continent, especially in news media organisations. A number of African specialist photographers, including the likes of South Africa’s David Goldblatt and Peter Magubane, have also earned fame for themselves over the decades.Trust to initiate competitionMalherbe said a photography competition, to be initiated via the new trust, is due to launch in Pretoria townships within weeks and will introduce photography to secondary school pupils.“We encourage school kids to get involved in photography in that way (the competition),” said Malherbe.The trust is focusing on South African projects during the initiative’s early stages “to see how it how works and establish the type of organisations to work with” before it expands into the rest of the continent, according to Malherbe.Bracelets for revenueHandmade bracelets sold at R40 (US$5 83) will be the main source of funding for the trust. They are available from Nikon outlets.The colourful bracelets are made by formerly unemployed women in Khayelitsha, a township on the outskirts of Cape Town.Nikon said all profits generated from the sale of the bracelets will be donated to the trust to ensure that it’s “able to continue creating photographers of the future”.“It takes something as small as buying a bracelet to change someone’s life forever,” said Romi Jacobs, chief brand officer at Nikon South Africa.The trust will participate in other social responsibility projects but the photography scheme remains its primary focus, said Malherbe.last_img read more

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Dave Brock on Sales Manager Success and His new Book, “The Sales Manager’s Survival Guide” – Episode #59

first_imgTweets you can use to share this episodeWhy Sales Managers should “do nothing” for the first 90 days ~ Dave BrockClick To TweetIf you’ve chosen to be a Sales Manager, you’ve got to suck it up and use your time wisely ~ Dave BrockClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address below Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 53:29 — 49.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSWhen Anthony hits a snag in how he feels he should approach a managerial or administrative issue within his business or with one of his clients, he turns to Dave Brock, his guest on today’s episode. Dave is one of those guys that Anthony and many others felt should write a book, but the guy is simply so busy he’s never had time. But now, suddenly, he’s cranked out his first book and says that he’s got a series of books in the works based on this first one. The Sales Manager’s Survival Guide is the book Anthony has been looking for – over 400 pages and worth every second it takes you to read. You can get some insights into Dave’s brilliant sales mind and why you should grab a copy of this book, on this episode.Sales Managers focus on what they do 4 the team, but the business expects something differentClick To TweetRecognizing what you know that you don’t know you know.Dave Brock has known for many years that he’s a sales leader. He’s been in many companies and positions that indicate it to be so. But when he sat down to do some updates on an older ebook, things simply came flowing out of him, sales concepts and strategies, managerial insights and lessons learned, and much more. Over the course of a few months, his 400+ page book, “The Sales Manager’s Survival Guide” was birthed. As Anthony and Dave chat today you’re going to hear many examples of the kind of insight and wisdom Dave has poured into his book, so be sure you grab a pen and paper to take some great notes.Why sales managers need to “do nothing” for the first 90 days.Dave Brock believes that one of the toughest roles is that of sales manager and one of the toughest transitions to make is from salesperson to sales manager. When asked what a brand new sales manager should do in his first 30 to 90 days, Dave said, “Nothing.” He goes on to explain that he’s not talking about being lazy or simply sticking with the status quo. What he means is that the sales manager needs to spend a good deal of time coming to understand the lay of the land, the people, the systems, the frameworks that are in place already. When he/she takes the time to think through his environment.The dangers new Sales Managers face in their first 30 to 90 days, and how to address themClick To TweetDo you know the difference between management and coaching?Sales managers have to assess their team’s numbers, contacts, and CRM systems. It’s part of the job, and an aspect that the powers that be in the company care a great deal about. But those are not the most productive parts of what the manager does. The most important and critical thing for the sake of his/her own productivity and the team’s overall success is the time he spends coaching his team. On this episode Dave Brock goes deeply into how sales managers can do a better job at coaching, why they MUST do so, and what they can do to up their game in that area.“This book is the very best in its class.”That’s what Anthony says about Dave’s book, “The Sales Manager’s Survival Guide” – and he knows, he’s read everything in the field. The book is not only a practical how-to for new sales managers, it’s also a “reset” for the experienced sales manager who has perhaps gotten off course, become distracted, or lost his way in the morass of company politics. Dave’s book is a must read for every sales manager, no matter how long he/she has been in the game. It’s one of the most actionable, helpful books you’ll ever read, so be sure you listen to Dave’s chat with Anthony on this episode and grab a copy of the book as soon as possible.We Sales Managers do a lot of managing but we don’t do much leading ~ Dave BrockClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Anthony’s introduction to Dave Brock and his new book, “The Sales Manager’s Survival Guide.” How Dave wrote his book – finally. Recognizing what you know that you don’t know you know. Why sales management is such a unique and difficult role. The challenges new sales managers face in their first 30 to 90 days. The things that will trip up new sales managers. How sales managers need to manage their time. Applying business strategy to the sales department. Why explaining strategy in sales is a leadership issue. The difference between management and coaching. How Dave likes to merge management and coaching in every conversation. Why forecasting is so difficult and how sales managers can do it better. Why Anthony believes Dave’s book is the best book in its class. What Dave is reading right now. The most important book Dave has ever read. The biggest influences on Dave’s thinking. The most important lesson Dave has learned in life so far: Don’t take “no” for an answer.. What Dave would do if he weren’t writing and consulting. What Dave hopes to be remembered for. Dave’s relationship with www.CharityWater.org.Our Sponsors:Jeffrey Gitomer Sales Seminars – use the code “Anthony” to receive your discount.Sales Gravy University – tell Jeb that Anthony sent you.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodewww.PartnersInExcellenceBlog.com – Dave’s blog.www.TheSalesManagersSurvivalGuide.comwww.CharityWater.org – The non profit Dave works alongside.0997560207 0345472322The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinolast_img read more

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