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first_imgDonegal County Council scooped the Outstanding Initiative through the Municipal Districts award at this year’s Excellence in Local Government Awards which were held in Dublin on Thursday night.The award recognises the outstanding work done by Donegal County Council and especially the councillors and staff in the Inishowen Municipal District during the hosting of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in July 2018.The Excellence in Local Government Awards are hosted by Chambers Ireland and are held each year to showcase best practice in local government, recognising the skills, hard work, innovation and enthusiasm within local government that can often go unrecognised. “This is a wonderful endorsement for the councillors and staff of Donegal County Council and in particular the Inishowen Municipal District” said Cllr Nicholas Crossan, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council.“The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open was a wonderful opportunity to showcase this stunning location to a global audience of almost half a billion people and the event itself surpassed all expectations”.The tournament has held in July 2018 at Ballyliffin Golf Club less than twelve months after one of the most devastating flooding events ever to strike the North West region causing approximately €15 million worth of infrastructural damage across the Inishowen Peninsula.“While the hosting of an event of this calibre is a mammoth task in ordinary circumstances, it was even more remarkable when you consider the challenge that faced our staff in dealing with the devastation following the unprecedented flooding event in August 2017,” says Cllr. Martin McDermott, Chair of Inishowen Municipal District. “We had a situation where roads and bridges were actually washed away and were new infrastructure had to be designed and constructed in a very short space of time. However, our team surpassed all expectations resulting in a record number of over 90,000 people visiting Ballyliffin over the five days of the tournament in 2018 enjoying what was one of the most memorable tournaments”.Cathaoirleach Cllr. Crossan said the work that was put in by our own local Roads Service led by Seamus Hopkins and Eamonn Mahon under the direction of Director of Service John McLaughlin and Senior Engineer Brendan O’Donnell cannot be over emphasised.He added “This is local government at its best and shows the value of working collaboratively at a very local municipal district level. The support and co-operation we received from everyone in the community including the Gardaí and all the emergency services was second to none and contributed in a very positive way to the success of the tournament.”In total sixteen awards were presented last night in the Excellence in Local Government Awards and Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot said it was an honour for Chambers Ireland to host the Awards as well as a pleasure to highlight the work being done at a local level.Minister of State for Local Government and Electoral Reform, John Paul Phelan T.D said the awards acknowledge those in local authorities who through their commitment, creativity and skill – continue to meet the dynamic and diverse needs of our changing communities. Specially commissioned crystal awards, designed by Waterford Crystal, were presented to the winners on the night and the individual awards were sponsored by European Recycling Platform (ERP), TEKenable, Healthy Ireland, LGiU Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and EirGrid.Excellence in Local Government Award for Donegal County Council was last modified: November 30th, 2019 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)Tags:awardsdonegalExcellencem councillast_img read more


first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesLucas Piazon returns to the Fulham side for their trip to Bristol City.The on-loan Chelsea man was an unused substitute for the FA Cup defeat by Tottenham on Sunday, but is back in the team at Ashton Gate, with Sone Aluko dropping out.Ryan Sessegnon comes in for Scott Malone at left-back and David Button replaces Marcus Bettinelli in goal.Denis Odoi keeps his place despite Ryan Fredericks being available again after suspension.Bristol City have also made three changes, with on-loan Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham ruled out with a thigh injury sustained against Leeds last week.The 19-year-old has returned to Stamford Bridge temporarily to be assessed by the Blues’ medical staff.Abraham is replaced by recent signing Matty Taylor, who is partnered up front by Milan Djuric, in for Lee Tomlin.Full-back Mark Little is out with a hamstring injury, with Adam Matthews starting.Bristol City: Giefer; Matthews, Flint, Wright, Golbourne; Cotterill, Hegeler, Brownhill, Bryan; Djuric, Taylor.Subs: Fielding, Magnusson, O’Neil, Pack, Reid, Tomlin, Wilbraham.Fulham: Button; Odoi, Kalas, Ream, Sessegnon; McDonald, Johansen; Cairney, Ayite, Piazon; Kebano.Subs: Bettinelli, Fredericks, Malone, Parker, Aluko, Cyriac, Martin.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


first_imgWith a 3-1 lead in the top of the seventh inning Jada Bailey made a brilliant catch in center-field to keep one, perhaps potentially two, runs off the board and the No. 2 seeded McKinleyville High softball team earned a chance to win its first section title since 1988 after beating No. 3 Cardinal Newman 3-1 in the semifinal round of the North Coast Section D-IV playoffs, Friday night at McKinleyville High school.“Just when I think this team cannot impress me anymore, they do it again,” …last_img


first_imgSAPS new vehicles were paraded in Sandtonto show that South Africa’s security agenciesare prepared the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Crime Line’s Yusuf Abramjee, PoliceMinister Nathi Mthethwa and national SAPScommissioner Bheki Cele. Colonel Lieutenants Motlalepule Maota andTshidi Falata are part of South Africa’ssecurity force. (Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• South African Police ServicesColonel Vishnu NaidooSpokesperson+27 82 567 4153• 2010 World Cup Organising CommitteeJermaine CraigMedia Manager+27 11 567 2010+27 83 201 [email protected] ARTICLES• Interpol: a safe World Cup• Police hard at work for a safer SA• Cracking down on 2010 crime• New unit to crack down on crime• Choppers to curb 2010 crimeBongani NkosiSouth Africa’s security agencies will do their utmost to ensure fans are protected and the country remains safe during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the country’s government has promised.The agencies, which include police and various emergency services, have been ready for some time now, National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele said at a parade in Sandton, Johannesburg, on 17 May. “We are ready to host the World Cup …”Local and international journalists, many of whom are already stationed here for next month’s tournament, were in Sandton to witness the display of high-tech armoured police and traffic vans, chase helicopters and ambulance fleet to be used during the June-July period.The display should give overseas reporters a good indication of the country’s security preparations, Cele said. “The international media must tell the world what they see,” he added.The nation’s expertly trained soldiers also showed off their skills during the parade, as the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the army will work together on various operations during the World Cup.Government had allocated R1.35-billion (US$179-million) to these two forces to ensure maximum security for the month-long tournament.As the country counts down the 23 days remaining until kick-off, the display was “a show of strength of all agencies”, Cele said. “Definitely, South Africa is ready. We’re ready to secure all stadiums …”Some R665-million($88. 2-million) has been spent on World Cup security equipment, which – in addition to the armoured vehicles and helicopters – include sniper rifles, surveillance cameras, advanced bomb-disabling equipment and water cannons.About 41 000 SAPS officers will be deployed during World Cup operations. The group will consist of 31 000 permanent officers and 10 000 reservists, with a combined budget of R640-million ($85-million).Joint forcesPolice and intelligence officers will also work with Interpol and the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (SARPCCO). Ronald Noble, Interpol’s secretary-general, announced in April that about 25 of its member countries will supply additional security personnel to South Africa for the World Cup.While Interpol will provide top-notch intelligence and surveillance equipment, SARPCCO is expected to play a critical role in helping South Africa secure its borders and ensure that people don’t enter the country illegally during June and July.The remaining 31 teams that have qualified for the World Cup will also send their own security officers to deal with any terrorism or general crime threats.International security agencies have given a “thumbs up” to South Africa’s World Cup security plans, Cele said.Lasting legacySouth African forces have received training in crowd control management from the French National Police Force. Thanks to the leadership and expertise of French General Herve Niel, among others, SAPS members are now well equipped to deal with violent outbreaks.“The resources that have been put in place and the training will be there to benefit the people South Africa long after the World Cup,” Cele said.“South Africa will never be the same again after the World Cup,” added Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane.The South African Football Association is satisfied with World Cup security plans, said its CEO Lesley Sedibe. Security of all 32 participating teams will be prioritised, he added. “We’re confident that the security of all the teams is in good hands.”last_img read more


first_imgRELATED ARTICLESThe Great Ventilation DebateAnother Report on the Great Ventilation Rate DebateHow Much Fresh Air Does Your Home Need?Ventilation Rates and Human HealthAn Interview with Dr. Iain Walker on Ventilation The RESNET Standard Becomes the New Ventilation Battleground Resistance May NOT Be Futile in the Residential Ventilation WarsAn Interview with Dr. Joseph Lstiburek ASHRAE 62.2 Committee Chair Defends Ventilation StandardDesigning a Good Ventilation SystemHRV or ERV?Ventilation Requirements for Weatherized HomesWhat is the Deal with Ventilation Requirements? So the rates specified in the 62.2 standard are pretty much the same as they’ve been since the 2013 version of the standard dropped the default infiltration credit.  A home needs 7.5 cfm per person (with number of people defined as number of bedrooms plus one) and 3 cfm per 100 square feet of conditioned floor area.  That’s the total.  The amount you have to add can be less if you do a blower door test and take the infiltration credit (not to be confused with the default infiltration credit mentioned above).Ventilation in the International Residential CodeWhere things have gotten interesting is that the International Code Council has been taking a different path.  The 2018 International Residential Code adopted a ventilation rate requirement that’s essentially the same as the 2010 version of the 62.2 standard:(7.5 cfm/person) + (1 cfm/100 sf)The 2021 version goes a step further in the direction of Lstiburek’s BSC-01.  They’ve agreed to allow balanced ventilation systems (where the amount of air exhausted and the amount of air introduced balance each other out) to operate at 30% lower than the rate you’d get from the equation above.Unvented gas heatersThe issue of unvented gas space heaters was added to the scope of the standard with the 2013 version. Every meeting since then has included time wasted on… errr, I mean, has had lots of discussion of what, if anything, to do about these appliances. The industry folks come and make their case.  They have some friends on the committee who support them.  The committee came close in 2016 to approving a motion that would have said that a house with unvented gas appliances cannot be in compliance with the standard.The meeting in Houston didn’t really have much discussion about unvented gas appliances.  The industry folks are trying to get ASHRAE to fund a study of the emissions from these devices, but several committee members I spoke with are opposed to that because the industry already has data that they won’t release.I believe that the committee has taken one action, though. There’s a nearly-approved addendum that requires extra ventilation if unvented gas appliances are present unless the volume of air in a house is above a certain threshold. I’m not on the committee and haven’t seen the addendum, but one committee member told me that the new requirement will tie the heating capacity allowed to the volume of air inside the house. If I recall correctly, he said the formula will result in no unvented gas heaters in houses less than about 5,000 square feet.Filtration creditAnother issue they’ve been working on for the past several years is a credit to allow reduction of the ventilation rate if a house meets some filtration criteria.  The idea is that by filtering the air more you won’t need as much outdoor air to remove or dilute the contaminants. It’s a great idea in theory, but they’ve had guests come to the past two meetings and point out some of the problems with doing this.Most recently, Professor Jeff Siegel, an indoor air quality researcher from the University of Toronto, gave a presentation at the Houston meeting about filtration efficiency and ended with a word of caution. A filter credit, he said, could work only with a performance-based approach and with consumer education about filter installation and changing. Without these measures, extra filtration with less ventilation could lead to worse indoor air quality. We’ll have to wait and see if this idea goes anywhere.ASHRAE and the real worldIt’s a rare meeting when there’s not some kind of problem with the ventilation or heating and cooling at the ASHRAE conference venues.  In Orlando a couple of years ago, the room was small, crowded, and stuffy.  I wish I’d had a carbon dioxide monitor because I’m sure it must have been at least two thousand parts per million.  (Experts recommend that it stay below one thousand ppm.)And then there was Las Vegas last year. There aren’t many places — at least not in North America — where you can smoke indoors, but Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas is one them. They don’t let you smoke in the meeting rooms, but still, you can’t walk through the building without accidentally smoking a cigarette or two.This summer, the conference is in Houston, just a few miles from where I was born.  It’s the land of humidity, as you know all too well if you’ve been here in the summer (which usually lasts about six months).  And that gets us to the photo reproduced as Image #2, below.Kimberly Llewellyn (with Mitsubishi Electric), standing next to the grille in that photo below, called me over to check it out. I put my hand in front of it and felt warm air. But the air was more than just warm.  It felt wet.  It was sticky.  Our guess is that the ventilation system for this hotel brings in unconditioned air straight from outdoors.One potential problem with dumping unconditioned air right into a building is comfort. That area was noticeably different from the rest of the space. One person said that the women’s restroom, which is right there near the grille, was about 20°F warmer than the other areas. That might also explain why the rooms were so cold: They had to turn down the thermostat in an attempt to control the humidity.Another potential problem is that the outdoor air may not have done much ventilation.  With the exhaust fans running in that restroom, much of the air may have gotten pulled right out. And then of course, there’s the possibility that introducing a lot of humid air in one area could start an unintentional biology experiment.Meanwhile, back in the residential ventilation committee meeting, people discussed superposition, block schedules, and filtration efficiency. Oh, and hyperbolic cotangents. It was quite a meeting. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. It’s been a while since I’ve written about what I had been calling “The Great Ventilation Debate” back when Joe Lstiburek was battling the ASHRAE 62.2 residential ventilation committee. The 62.2 committee meets in person twice a year at the two ASHRAE conferences, and they just met last Friday and Saturday in Houston, Texas.A few things have happened over the past few years, so let me give you a brief update.Ventilation ratesBack in 2013 when Dr. Lstiburek introduced what he called his ventilation standard, BSC-01, the 62.2 committee had just removed the default infiltration credit for homes, which resulted in higher ventilation for most new homes that had to meet strict airtightness codes.  Lstiburek’s rates were based on the 2010 version of the 62.2 standard, with credits for reducing the rates further for ventilation systems that were balanced, distributed, and mixed.After the big debate at the 2014 Affordable Comfort conference in Detroit, Lstiburek rejoined the 62.2 committee.  In 2015, they had proposals to adopt something very similar to BSC-01, but they didn’t pass.  The following year, a new proposal to lower the ventilation rates (but not as much) in the 62.2 standard was voted on, and it, too, failed.last_img read more


first_imgCEOs in Troubled Waters (with Myriam Joire from… Here are some of the features of a CRM software: Also, managing those leads and converting them into the ones favourable for your business is what a lead management tool in a CRM software exactly does. This is not to be considered lighter. As it is a no lighter job. Uber vs Lyft: Battling for Supremacy Contact managementContact management is a feature in the CRM software which is software driven. It helps in obtaining the details of a Customer with just a click or two. The Contact Management feature of a CRM module will enable you to get the name, address, phone, email etc… Related Posts Contact ManagementLead ManagementDeals & Task ManagementEmail TrackingSocial Media ManagementMobile MarketingReporting & Dashboard ManagementCampaign Management You will find it genuine if you rely upon a CRM software. It will undoubtedly grow your business to unimaginable heights. Generating Leads and converting them into business has been the top-notch feature of a CRM software. CRM software simply deals with the customer behaviour and helps in converting leads into a strong customer for your business.What is a CRM software?A CRM software is the abbreviated form of Customer Relationship Management software. As the name suggests it helps you in building a strong relationship with your customers. Also, it provides the best customers and you don’t need to worry about the customer satisfaction. This saves your time and moreover gives you a correct analysis of your daily/monthly reports from the dashboard itself.Campaign managementAn efficient CRM software will manage the campaign that you conduct to grow the sales of your business. Conducting campaigns to drive the attention of the people and opening a door of opportunity to uplift the business. There are a lot of possibilities for you to grow your sales in the modern world. Know those possible ways to get your business on top or you could easily derail your business from success track. An efficient CRM software will never lose out a customer. Whereas it creates new opportunities in turning the customer’s buyers of even more quantity they tend to purchase.Social-media managementIn today’s modern world it is inevitable for a business to stay compliant across the competitors. An efficient CRM software does this for you single-handedly. It will help with your social media updates and posts which result in large visibility across the globe. Tags:#CRM A Review of Instagram Marketing by Matthew Lucas Why don’t you get a CRM software for your Business Today?center_img You can track the contact and place a good deal in front of them with a CRM software. The chances of converting them into your customers are much greater than you think.Lead managementLeads are managed efficiently through a CRM software. A lead can be managed in different ways. Also, a lead can be generated through different policies. But in this modern world just conducting the campaigns won’t do the trick. A CRM software is a must where you can track all the leads through a campaign.ConclusionAnyhow it is important for a business to have a CRM software. In short, Indeed it is inevitable for a business to have an efficient CRM software to sustain in this competitive world. A CRM software generates customers from wherever it can. It takes a special consideration for social media knowing its power of getting a customer into the business. While a dashboard management enables you to manage your dashboard. Also, there is various kind of dashboard a CRM software provides. In which you get the advantage of viewing sales report, KPIs from the dashboard itself. Tracking out those Emails and letting the people out there know about the deals & offers you are providing. And attract customers with a CRM software in the most advanced ways This will open up a wide set of opportunity in front of you. This opens the door to a completely well-maintained Customer relationship. Through the long-run, it will be a great profit builder for your business. CRM software is a true Customer Relationship Management software which will eventually grow the number of customers. But also, it retains the existing customers and gives you a relaxed business throughout.Reporting & dashboard managementReporting management is the feature in a CRM software which enables you to get reports of almost every things that come across your business organization. Hredanth K Babu 4 Ways You Can Make Your Workplace an Engine of… These leads can be perfectly tracked and assured they become your customer by generating new tactics delivered through a CRM software.Deals & Task ManagementThe deals & task feature in a CRM software which is capable of managing the deals & tasks of your business. It assigns special offers, discount, happy hours, deal of the day and more are with the deal management functionality. Some of the tasks which lie completion immediately for customer growth also figures out of an efficient CRM solution for your business.Email trackingEmail tracking is another efficient method to get customers clicking into your business. Don’t ever think Emails are an old-fashion marketing tool which already has out-dated. Emails prove to be a good marketing strategy followed by business now and then. A CRM software is an opportunity development software. It always enables you with new opportunities which can be converted into a new customer for your business. There are many features which deal with different ways of handling your customers. Finally, ensure exploring and make sure all of the CRM software for your business find the greatest of benefits out of it. Therefore, explore every benefit it can give you to increase the sales.last_img read more


first_imgA good pitch requires more than a short description and price quote — and it goes beyond what’s put down on paper. Here are some points to keep in mind when pitching your next corporate video.Top image via ShutterstockWorking in video production can be a tough gig. Whether you’re with a company, freelance or a weekend warrior, there’s a lot more to the job than clicking record on your camera. A big part of the life is the time spent trying to find new (and better) projects to work on. Putting together bids, pitches and proposals is a necessary part of video production that is crucial but very often neglected.1. Show a Clear Value PropositionImage via ShutterstockThis includes (but goes beyond) giving a thoughtful and detailed project description in your proposal. If you can connect with your client and understand their company and how it works (i.e. how it makes money), you’ll be in a better place to propose how your video will help.When pitching your services, you’ll need to draw a clear line between your work and an increase in your client’s revenue. Sometimes that line can be hard to find (or it may not exist at all). It’s up to you to get creative to make connections that will resonate and aid your pitch.Keep up with current and old clients to find examples of how your work has helped them grow and increase revenue. There’s nothing closer to a slam-dunk than citing directly influencing success with a similar client.2. Be a Subject-Matter ExpertImage via ShutterstockIn your pitch, as well as your personal brand or company, you’ll want to show a subject-matter expertise and share how you’re uniquely capable of creating the video specific for your client.Ideally, your brand will extend beyond the paper and the client will have already seen your digital presence and some past work to have an understanding of your capabilities. If not, you’ll want to work hard to direct him or her to watch your reel and look through your work.You can also show expertise in conversation. Even if your client isn’t video savvy, don’t shy away from giving technical details on how you propose to shoot. They’re paying you for your knowledge base as much as they are your time and equipment.3. Build a Clear and Detailed ProposalImage via ShutterstockIf at all possible, try to give your pitch in person. If not a formal presentation pitch, at least meet to shake hands or have a coffee to discuss the project in person. Whatever you can do to connect your face and brand to your proposal will make it that much harder to ignore or throw it away.That being said, your proposal should be thorough and detailed enough to give your whole pitch for you. Here’s a checklist of what to include.Project Name — Give the project a short but precise name to distinguish it clearly for both ends.Intro — Give a clear overview (as best you understand) of the project, which hits on its solid value proposition and how you are uniquely qualified to shoot it.Portfolio/Resume — Share your history, reel(s) and any specific projects that are similar to the proposed videoScope of Work — It’s important to be upfront and as clear as possible about what you perceive the scope of work to be. This will save you down the line from being asked to do more than you were expecting. If the project is open-ended in nature, give specifics on how additional work will be handled and is expected to be requested.Timeline — Build out a production timeline based on any discussed dates and what you know to be doable and ideal. If it has yet to be discussed, this is a great way to get the ball rolling on scheduling shoot dates and deliverables.Deliverables — Same as with the scope, clearly define exactly what will be delivered and when. Include options for additional deliverables if needed and define what they will add to the overall cost.Line Item — If possible, give a line-item breakdown for all aspects of production. Be sure to include your time in pre-production and in post.Travel/Accommodations/Per Diem — If the shoot requires travel, be sure to include projected travel and accommodation costs.Agreement Signatures — If you’re looking to close (and you should always be closing), include lines for both parties to sign and date. Include any caveats about how you expect payment(s) and when. Have any other tips for pitching corporate videos? Share them below!last_img read more


first_imgNever the one to mince words when it comes speaking his mind, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday criticised the hectic cricket schedule, saying the crammed calendar this year will drain the players both physically and mentally.”It does affect the performance of players. The physical aspect you can battle but because of the amount of cricket (you play) at times you find yourself mentally and emotionally quite drained,” Dhoni told a press conference in Chennai when asked about the crammed schedule ahead this year.Less than a week after the conclusion of the World Cup that lasted over 40 days, IPL-IV kicks-off on Friday and will last 50 days. Indian players will play series against West Indies, England and Australia later in the year.”After the IPL, India play West Indies series, we then go straight to England, we come back, if we qualify (in the IPL) you play in the Champions League. Then there is another couple of tournaments before you move to Australia, so it’s quite a hectic schedule ahead of us,” Dhoni said.”Even if the demanding schedule may not affect all the players, it will affect quite a few players who have been part of all the cricket we have played for about the past six months,” he added.Dhoni had just before the World Cup spoken against the busy schedule, saying that this has made the players physically and mentally tired. That led to angry reaction from the BCCI who said that players are permitted to take rest whenever they feel tired.advertisementThe Chennai Super Kings skipper was in the city to kickstart CSK’s latest IPL season. CSK won the tournament last year and also the Champions League Twenty20.- With PTI inputslast_img read more