‘Lap Of The Map’ Runner Mary Hickey is back in the north west for a week of cycling as part of her second all-Ireland adventure in aid of the RNLI.Many will remember Mary from her 2018 run around the whole coast of Ireland. The Wicklow woman visited many local RNLI stations, schools and communities along the way and was an inspiration force to many. The 66-year-old’s first epic fundraiser raised €77,500. Now, Mary is back for a second lap of the map on the bike. Mary Nolan HickeyThe experienced athlete started her journey on the 14th of April. After taking one week off, she is back on track in Donegal, travelling south to north before getting the ferry from Moville to Derry on 21st June.Mary has already visited Bundoran and Killybegs today (Friday). You can follow her route on the Garmin Tracker or on the timetable below.Mary is hoping that this year’s run can bring her fundraising total to €100,000 in support of the life-saving services of the volunteers in the RNLI. To support her journey, visit the donation page here: https://live.everydayhero.com/page/7cHmTAAFQACAAAAAAC4a6A.htmlMary Hickey back in Donegal for another incredible RNLI fundraiser was last modified: June 14th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:lap of the mapmary hickeyRNLI
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15 July 2008The Banking Association of South Africa and the South African Savings Institute are to pilot the Teach Children to Save initiative on 25 July, in an effort to encourage youngsters increase their financial awareness and to start saving earlier in their lives.The Teach Children to Save Day has been sponsored in the USA by the American Bankers Association Education Foundation (ABAEF) since 1997, and the highly successful programme is now being piloted in South Africa, Mexico and Turkey.“In South Africa, the pilot project will lay the groundwork for an ongoing annual event that will highlight the important role that volunteer bankers and financial sector professionals can play in educating our nation’s youth about the lifelong habit of saving,” says the Banking Association of SA.The South African version of the campaign, which is supported by the national education department, has lessons that are aimed at students in Grades four to seven.The initiative aims to promote financial literacy, foster a culture of saving, promote volunteerism, create awareness about the value of money and the importance of savings and assist students to appreciate that being able to chose empowers them.While modelled on the original US initiative, the local programme has been customised for South Africa, and the pilot was deliberately timed to coincide with South Africa’s Savings Month, July.Teach Children to Save SA has also adopted motto of Savings Month, Ligotshwa lisase manzi, a Zulu saying that means that if you want to shape a stick, you will best do it while it is still moist – referring to the need to focus on youngsters.Volunteer bankersVolunteer bankers and financial sector professionals will deliver one-hour lessons on why saving is important, how to design a budget, recognising needs and wants, and how interest makes money grow.To date, local financial institutions including Absa, African Bank, Capitec Bank, First National Bank, Nedbank and Standard Bank have pledged their support for the initiative, which also has the backing of USA-based Citi Bank.“Bankers and financial sector professionals will use lesson plans and their work-based knowledge and skills to inspire learners in Grades four to seven to become lifelong savers,” the Banking Association of SA said.Saving, budgeting and bankingThe curriculum to be used by the volunteer bankers covers the basic concept of saving, as well as the following: Reasons to save – Saving is the best way to get the things you want and need and to achieve individual or household security and peace of mind.Budgeting to save – Budgeting is the key to finding out how much you can afford to save based on how much you spend now. Understanding the difference between needs and wants is the first step in decreasing spending and increasing saving.Where to save – The bank is the safest place for your money. Banks offer different types of accounts to help you make the most of your savings. Interest is the money that the bank pays you while you keep money in your account. “Whilst we cannot claim that a one-day event will influence behavioural change, we can guarantee that your presence at that school will leave a lasting impression on the scholars and may resonate well into the future in the promotion of a financially literate society,” said the Banking Association of SA managing director Cas Coovadia in a letter issued to the banks.The South African pilot initiative’s founding partners include the Banking Association of South Africa, the South African Savings Institute, the American Bankers Association Education Foundation, Operation HOPE, and Citi.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
If you’re in the world of video production, you’ll likely shoot a few product videos at some point. Here are a few DIY tips and tricks for getting them right.Top image via ShutterstockShooting a product demonstration video is a must for a company of any size. You can easily make a good-looking product demo — you just need to be aware of some of their pitfalls and keep a few DIY tools handy.1. CameraImage via BlackmagicAdmittedly, this first tip isn’t very DIY. But it’s important to find a camera that works well in most lighting and gives you flexibility over its settings (manual control over the shutter, aperture, etc.). HDMI out with live monitoring is a must if you’re working by yourself. Without it, you’re going to have a hard time judging exposure, focus, and framing while you or your hands are in the shot.Remember, HDMI out does not always mean live monitoring, so do your homework. Also, unless you want to take long breaks to recharge your battery, make sure the camera can record while charging. You might want multiple batteries ready to go as well.While the URSA Mini pictured above is a little more costly, here’s a great post from Caleb Ward featuring cameras under $1000 that offer flexibility on a budget. Okay, now onto the DIY stuff!2. TripodImage via ShutterstockHave you ever tried to do an overhead shot with a normal tripod? Overhead shots can be a complete nightmare without the proper equipment. If you don’t want to splurge on a tripod arm attachment, you can rig up a monopod on a boom stand with gaff tape. It helps if the monopod has a ball head to get the angle just right.Of course, this technique also depends on the weight of your camera. You can always get a few sandbags to stabilize the stand or find some other counter weight for the boom. This is a simple DIY solution, but there are some folks that have gone the extra mile, as demonstrated in this video from PetaPixel. 3. LightingImage via ShutterstockContinuous LED lighting that can change between tungsten and daylight AND has variable power is ideal, but can get expensive quickly. There are plenty of kits out there — but if you’re running low on funds, there is an easy DIY fix.Head over to your local hardware store and gather a variety of bulbs in different wattages and different color temperatures (incandescent to daylight) to make sure you have enough power and the right type of light for each shoot. You’ll also need to purchase at least two to four inexpensive clamp lights (size is up to you) and it never hurts to have extra clamps on hand. You can find a few more DIY lighting tips here.I also highly recommend using a soft box. Making your own is pretty simple and cheap, as seen below via Dustin McLeanJust make sure to test your lighting while you’re in the shot. There’s nothing worse than meticulously lighting your shot, then realizing you are casting a shadow.4. ReflectorsImage via ShutterstockReflectors are not that expensive, but if you need flexibility in size, there is an easy solution. White foam core reflects and diffuses well, can be cut to size, and can be clamped onto just about anything. Need silver or gold? I’ve seen some people use foil paper, but that gets wrinkled easily. Just buy up some plain silver and plain gold wrapping paper and tape it onto the cut-out foam board. Easy enough!5. Tabletops or DesktopsImage via Shutterstock It’s important to use a tabletop with a color that generally contrasts your product. Black on black is rough. We don’t all have the luxury of having different desktops or tabletops. In a pinch, you can buy an appropriate size poster board (black or white) that contrasts in color to your product (assuming you’re doing tight shots). You could also get a few pieces of plywood and stain them to get the look that you want.Every DIY solution will have some quirks. Once you figure them out, you can make great product videos on a budget easily!What are some quirks that you’ve had to work around during a shoot? Share your stories in the comments below.
You are never going to find your voice until you start exercising it.If you want to find your voice, you need to start talking. You need to start sharing what you know, what you believe, and what your experience has taught you. Until you start talking, until you start hear what comes out of your mouth, your heart, and your mind, you won’t know what’s really in there.I have seen dozens of people find their voice through Toastmasters. It awesome to see someone transform from quivering, fear-racked mortal to master and commander in the course of ten speeches. You can easily do the same.You will find your voice when you start writing. You have no idea how much you have buried deep in the crevices of your mind and even deeper in your gut. If you don’t write, you don’t really even know what you think. The act of writing sets your voice free. And it frees all the ideas, beliefs, and values you have trapped inside.You can start writing now. You don’t even have to write for someone; you can just write for yourself. Sit down with a blank screen and blinking cursor and tap on the keys. Write whatever comes into your mind. Don’t censor yourself. Write, and write, and write and you will find something inside you.If you want to find your voice, go looking for it by speaking and writing. I promise it’s in there, and it will reveal itself to you when you do the work. 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
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wilfried Zaha: Crystal Palace players all good friendsby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWilfried Zaha has hailed the spirit inside the Crystal Palace squad.Palace have enjoyed a sudden run of positive results.And Zaha says: “We have a really good morale in the team. We are all very good friends and we work hard for each other.”The victory over West Ham showed how strong a character this team has. It will not always run as easily as you would like, so sometimes you have to dig deep.”This match showed that we can dig deep and get the victories we need.”
Mumbai: Actor Rajkummar Rao says people can change the shape of the future by choosing the right people by voting. “Voting gives us the power to choose who is going to run the country. There is no point complaining because it is us who have chosen them,” Rajkummar said in a video which he posted on Twitter. “Voting day is the only day when we are the most powerful. We can change the shape of our future by choosing the right people,” he added. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot Asked for his reaction on people thinking ‘what difference does one vote make’, the “Newton” star said: “That’s a stupid thought. Every vote counts. If everybody starts thinking ‘if I wont vote it’s fine’, it is not going to work. “If you want to bring a change, if you want to make our country a better place, use that power. There’s no point sitting at home and playing video games. Go out and vote.” Rajkummar expressed his views as he featured in a video as part of the #PowerOf18 online video series, an initiative by Twitter India. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary As part of the #PowerOf18 initiative, Twitter collaborates with Indian personalities to encourage the youth of India to vote in the upcoming general elections. Past participants of the #PowerOf18 video series include singer Jassie Gill, boxer Nikhat Zareen and writer-poet Mahima Kukreja. The campaign is aimed at encouraging more youth in India to participate in civic engagement and understand the significance of their right to vote. What is Rajkummar’s message to today’s youth? “It is not only abut us. It is about our generations to come. So question, ask for your rights, if you see a horrible infrastructure around you take a picture and put it out, ask your politicians why? Only you have the power to bring in that change and that change will come through vote.”
Madurai: A woman college teacher was on Tuesday granted conditional bail by the Madras High Court, nearly 11 months after her arrest in a sensational sex scandal case.Justices N Kirubakaran and S S Sundar of the Madurai Bench granted bail to suspended assistant professor Nirmala Devi, who has been accused of luring some girl students to extend favours to senior officials of the Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU) here in return for higher marks and money. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The government counsel submitted they had no objection to grant of bail. The judges directed her to fully cooperate with police in the investigation and barred her from giving any interview to the media that would harm the probe. Earlier, her bail petitions were rejected by the lower court and the high court as well. Devi, assistant professor at private Devanga Arts College in Aruppukottai affiliated to the MKU, was arrested on April 16 last year on a complaint by the college and a women’s forum after an audio-clip of her purported conversation with students went viral on social media. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedIn the audio-clip, she was purportedly heard advising girl students to “adjust” with some officials “for getting 85 per cent marks and money”, a suggestion seen as asking them to extend sexual favours. She was suspended by the college after an internal enquiry before her arrest. As the alleged luring of the girl students triggered an outrage, the case was transferred to the Crime Branch CID within days of it being registered. Based on interrogation of Devi, police arrested Assistant Professor V Murugan of the university and research student Karuppasamy for their alleged involvement in the case. The two were granted bail by the Supreme Court later after the high court turned down their pleas. The CB-CID had filed a 200-page final charge sheet in the case in the judicial magistrate court in Srivilliputtur in September last year. Earlier, it had submitted a 1,160 page preliminary charge sheet in July. In the final charge sheet, CB-CID altered the charges to include offences of trafficking, sexual harassment and conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code and also under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act and the Information Technology Act. The fresh charges were included based on investigation, including voice test of Devi conducted at a high-tech laboratory in Chennai by police. During the proceedings in the Judicial Magistrate court at Srivilliputhur, Devi had denied the charges and alleged police “coerced” her to give a statement.
OSU redshirt sophomore middle blocker Blake Lesson goes to serve in the set against No. 4 Long Beach State. OSU won 3-1. Credit: Aliyyah Jackson | Lantern ReporterIn the No. 1 Ohio State men’s volleyball team’s journey to rewrite the record books, all roads lead through No. 12 Ball State.When the Ohio State men’s volleyball team lost in five sets on Feb. 6, 2016, no one thought much of it. It was a close-fought match between two top 15 opponents.That was it.At that point, not many thought OSU would win the national championship. Even fewer thought that the Buckeyes would threaten a school record that has stood for almost half a century.On Thursday in Muncie, Indiana, No. 1 OSU goes for win No. 33 to set the longest win streak in program history when it takes on No. 12 Ball State — the same team that gave the Buckeyes their last defeat.Ball State and OSU’s rivalry goes back to the creation of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The two teams are the only two that still exist from the beginning of the conference. Ironically enough, after going 24-0 in the 1969 season and 8-0 to start the 1970 season, the Buckeyes were defeated by the Cardinals to end their 32-win streak.“When you’ve got that much history, there’s a rivalry there for sure, naturally,” said OSU coach Pete Hanson. “Ball State — I’m sure they circle the Ohio State matches on their calendar every year and I think our guys do too.”OSU comes into the matchup against Ball State with 15 wins over opponents ranked in the top 12 nationally, with six of those wins over teams in the top 5. In this season alone, the Buckeyes have topped teams currently ranked No. 2, No. 3, No. 7 and No. 15 in the country.Hanson credits the team’s success and win streak to the team’s growing maturity over the past two seasons.“What I saw — after that loss to Ball State — I saw somewhat of a renewed commitment by a lot of those older guys — by Gabriel, Miles, Christy — to say we didn’t like this feeling and we’re going to work very hard to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Hanson said. “Just through their efforts every day in practice and in the weight room, how they approach matches, the attention to detail on the game plan — those are things veterans do that kind of go unnoticed by, as a coaching staff you notice them.”Offensively, OSU will need continued attacking success from team leaders, senior opposite hitter Miles Johnson and senior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen, to overcome the highly ranked blocking efforts from Ball State’s junior middle hitter Matt Walsh. Walsh ranks second nationally in blocks per set with 1.29. In last season’s losing affair, the Buckeyes won the first two sets by a combined 20 points, only to lose the match in the fifth set, 16-14.“We all looked at that loss and obviously, no one liked it,” Johnson said. “I think that prior to that loss we were on a good winning streak and then that happened. So, then we had to figure out ways where that wouldn’t happen again.”The team found ways to prevent losses over the 23-game win streak, which contained an avenged win against Ball State as well as MIVA and NCAA titles, to close out the 2016 season.In addition to tying the school record for consecutive wins, two other Buckeyes etched their names in school history as both Johnson and Szerszen sit atop the career serving aces list. They are tied at 124.The Buckeyes will be looking to keep make school history against Ball State on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Worthen Arena.
Sami Khedira suffered a knock to his knee and was later substituted in the game between Germany and Spain, which has led many people to believe there is a serious issue with his well-being.However, he himself shared that it was just a precautionary measure and there is no reason to worry about anything at all.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Khedira, who is currently a Juve midfielder, provided the assist for Thomas Muller’s goal at the beginning of the second half. He then had a clash with Thiago Alcantara, which is the discussed event. Just a couple of minutes later, in the 53rd one, he was substituted by Ilkay Gundogan, but then went on to calm everybody down via his personal social media.“It’s been a good match against a very tough opponent. We know that it’s never easy against Spain!” Khedira shared in his twitter account, according to Goal. “By the way, don’t worry about my sub: it was only a precautionary measure after I felt a small induration [sic]. But now everything is fine again!”
Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale has replaced Cristiano Ronaldo as the club’s talisman as new manager Julen Lopetegui continues to rebuild his team, according to Evening Standard.The Wales international continued his impressive preseason form by scoring a goal during Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over AC Milan on Saturday night.The former Spurs star has spent the last five years as a sidekick to Cristiano Ronaldo but looks to set to become the main attraction as Madrid prepare for life after the departure of their all-time top scorer.Bale was believed to be considering his future at the Santiago Bernabeu after Madrid won their third consecutive Champions League title at the end of May.Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.However, the departure of Ronaldo to Juventus means the Welsh wizard has the chance to become the team’s leader and star player.The former Southampton trainee hasn’t had easy time of things in the Spanish capital since he moved there for a then world record fee of £85million in 2013, struggling with injuries on a number of occasions.Ironically, it was Bale who stole the show from Ronaldo at Kiev against Liverpool last May. The winger came off the bench to score twice as Madrid defeated the Merseyside club 3-1 on the night to secure their 13th European title.Bale’s goal against Milan becomes the second he has scored so far in preseason after his scorcher against Juventus in the International Champions Cup in the United States.