Stadio Renato Dall’Ara Liverpool starlet Rafael Paez has joined Bologna on loan.The Spaniard, 19, will head back to Merseyside at the end of the season.The defender, who can play as a centre-back and as a full-back, moved to Liverpool from Real Madrid’s youth team set-up last September.He has featured regularly for the Reds’ Under-21 side but is yet to appear for Brendan Rodgers’ first team.Paez will now look to gain valuable experience of senior football at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara with Bologna, who were relegated from Serie A last season. 1
Students meet Minister Brendan Howlin on their trip to China.A ground-breaking new diploma programme at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) educating participants in how to work, live, and do business in China has been hailed as a major success.A total of 13 mature students were the first to take part in LYITs Diploma in Professional Selling and International Marketing (China) (DPSIM) which has just reached its conclusion. Students came from a number of different sectors, including finance, design, hospitality and sales.LYIT students get down to work with their Chinese counterparts.And although their hopes for future careers were all very diverse, they were strongly supported through this unique programme.Returning from Shanghai in recent weeks the group have been fortunate to have been part of a programme which is helping to forge some very important business and trade links between Ireland and one of the world’s leading economic powers.This innovative course is the first of its kind in Ireland to provide participants with intensive exposure to businesses and potential employers in Shanghai. The programme is fully funded by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) through its Springboard initiative and supported by the Department of Social Protection (DSP).Springboard provides free higher education opportunities to people who lost their jobs in recent years as a result of the economic crash. Springboard provides people with the opportunity to reskill and get back to work, thus contributing to building Ireland’s future.The main focus of the Diploma was to enable students to make connections and develop networking opportunities with Chinese companies and the ex-pat business community so they can continue to develop, not only their own careers, but also strengthen ties between Ireland and China.The course programme was delivered in two parts; firstly, a semester on campus at LYIT before the group travelled to Shanghai for six weeks.During the first semester at LYIT the students studied professional selling and international marketing. It was during this time that the group were also given an all-important grounding in what doing business in China is all about.Having completed the first semester at LYIT, the group left for China on February 15th. The first six weeks were spent on site in Shanghai working on case studies for Chinese companies who are looking to enter the Irish and European Market. During their first week in Shanghai the group got to put some of their skills learned back in Letterkenny into practice. The induction week also taught the basic survival skills of how to get a mobile phone sim card, how to use the public transport system and how to order food. And with the basics mastered, the group were quickly back on track to begin the second part of their course. They met with government officials and visited two of the major industrial zones in Shanghai, at Jiading and Pudong.SUCCESSA significant portion of the course was devoted to learning the language, culture and business etiquette of China. It is a well-known fact that even the most successful of western businesspeople have not and will not succeed in China without understanding the Chinese way of doing business.As the Head of LYIT’s School of Business, Mr Michael Margey explained: “This has been such an opportunity for these students. For anyone who is interested in working in China or for Chinese companies, this first-hand experience cannot be underestimated. Having visited China for work, I would never have known how important simple things like sending a thank-you e-mail after a meeting can be. The Chinese culture has been in existence for such a long time, compared with the culture we have here in the west. It is a fascinating and very different culture to the one we are used to and for that reason, being offered an insight like these students have been given is an invaluable contribution to their future prospects” He continued: “I am delighted that LYIT have been so pro-active in offering this Diploma programme. I think there is no doubt that it will be of enormous benefit to those who have taken part, and indeed to the county as a whole.”Essential to the success of this Springboard programme has been the input of LYIT’s Chinese Partners and facilitators, Dublin-based Zhida International (www.zhiadice.com).Their involvement, coupled with the excellent links already forged between LYIT and China enabled Springboard course participants to gain access to some of the most eminent experts on doing business in china.One of the programme highlights was a meeting with Mr Tom Doctoroff, one of Asia’s most respected advertising professionals and a leading expert in Chinese consumer psychology.IMPORTANCEThe importance of this unique course at LYIT cannot be under-estimated and its value has already been recognised by government and business sectors alike.Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr Brendan Howlin, TD, travelled to Shanghai this year as part of the government’s programme to promote Ireland across the world on St Patrick’s Day. While there, Minister Howlin met with the LYIT students where he recognised the important role they would play in fostering inward investment to Ireland.Since his return, Minister Howlin has spoken publicly of the significance of having a programme like this available in Ireland.“I was delighted to meet with students of Letterkenny IT’s Diploma in Professional Selling and International Marketing while in Shanghai over the St. Patrick’s Day period as part of the Government’s Promote Ireland programme.“The students, of all ages, showed real enthusiasm for and knowledge of China’s culture, language and economy. China is a key market for Ireland. It is encouraging to see our Educational Institutions pro-actively preparing their students for emerging markets like China.”RECOGNITIONThe programme has also been given great recognition and support by Enterprise Ireland and the Irish Consulate in Shanghai. Speaking following a recent meeting with the group in Shanghai, Mr Gormley the Consular General stated: “The group is really a credit to Donegal and to LYIT and we look forward to hearing of progress with the programme and to seeing more groups visit in future.”Course participant, Robert Nuttall made some observations on how he felt he was benefitting from the cultural immersion of his stay in Shanghai.“The Enterprise Ireland event in the evening allowed us to mingle with some of the consulate staff, ex pats and locals. It was great to hear some real insight into life as an expat in china, we got some sound advice and I also managed to make a contact within the design industry.”“I’m learning that China does not do things by halves and am blown away by the sheer scale of what has been done here in such a short space of time”The students and the Diploma course also generated considerable interest in China. They were invited to a press conference and featured in more than 20 newspapers. They also appeared on Shanghai Morning News and were the feature of a documentary being made by CCTV, China’s national broadcaster.LYIT HAILED FOR ‘DOING THE BUSINESS’ ON CHINESE COURSE was last modified: May 8th, 2014 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:BusinessChinadonegalLYIT
Donegal’s biggest news website has teamed up with Donegal’s biggest and best cinema.Every week we will be giving away a FREE family pass (one adult and three children or two adults and two children) to Century Cinemas in Letterkenny.All readers have to do is to email the answer to a simple movie-related question. This week’s question is ‘What is the name of Richard Gere’s latest movie?’ The answer could well be on the Century Cinemas website below!Email your answer with your name, address and mobile phone number to email@example.com before 11pm this evening.The winner will be announced tomorrow morning (SAT).And don’t worry if you don’t win this week – we have lots of FREE family passes available in the coming weeks. FILM IT FRIDAY – WIN MORE FREE TICKETS TO CENTURY CINEMAS! was last modified: March 8th, 2013 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:Century CinemasFilm It Fridayfree tickets
Mohamed Salah may be a goalscoring phenomenon, but he is still human.The Liverpool star was making his first appearance for the Reds since injuring his shoulder in the Champions League Final back in May. A late penalty from Sadio Mane cancelled out Leroy Sane’s opener in the States.The Premier League holders will now face Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup, while it is Manchester United up next for Liverpool. gameday After coming off the bench at the MetLife stadium in New Jersey, the ‘Egyptian King’ took just 52 seconds to score a header.But it was what happened later in the game which got fans really talking.As the ball was passed back to the England international, Salah pressed in his normal incessant manner.And, after a poor touch, Hart cheekily popped the ball back between the forward’s legs to the delight of the travelling City fans. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures NEW ERA How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? silverware who plays? Latest Premier League news England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won possible standings smart causal Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener possible xi ALTERED Hart may have missed out on the World Cup, but he clearly has been brushing up on his skills! Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes 1
Hi all,Hope you enjoyed last week’s column. This week I concentrated mainly on upper body and core work as I had a little incident, if you will, during Saturdays training. While on the bike, my hip ‘popped’ causing a fair bit of pain!My biggest downfall is my lack of patience. I knew I was supposed to be avoiding the bike as I had been sore anyway, but me being me thought: “Sure I’ll be grand!”……………. lesson learned! In Optimal Fitness they use TRX Suspension Training, and I LOVE IT.I think the reason I love it so much is largely due to my crutches. I have a habit of lifting myself off the ground using my crutches to see how long I can stay up without losing my balance, so when I started TRX I already had a certain amount of upper body strength.You may be wondering why I did this, was it for training or physio purposes perhaps? Well the answer would be no, I do it because it’s fun! Sometimes I even shout “Weeeeeeeeeeeee” as I swing back and forward… but then I usually wobble a bit and get a fright, then I usually end up feeling silly… but anyway, I’m getting away from the point here!So, TRX, … it’s great for me personally as I am using my own weight to do various exercises. The equipment is suspended from the ceiling which means I can take the pressure off my leg. The more slanted you make your body the harder it is to do pull ups so it’s challenging but effective. This week I also upped the weight training. I can tolerate heavier weights now which is fantastic.I am missing my cardio workout because of the bike ban so I had a chat with Adam Speer, co-owner of Optimal Fitness. He spoke to the manager of the Clanree Hotel who have very generously given me a couple of months free membership to their leisure centre. I am absolutely delighted and would like to thank Adam and the Clanree for their support.Swimming is an EXCELLENT form of post surgery physiotherapy as it is low impact. I have always loved swimming for one main reason. It makes me feel like I can walk again. In the past my physio would involve walking the length of the pool which is great for building muscle. The only downside is it takes about a fortnight to get from one end of the pool to the other! However, I would highly recommend it to anyone with an injury.I made my way to Muckish on Monday to have a little look at what I will be climbing. As one of my physical challenges we have decided climbing Muckish would be a great start. Errigal is our main goal though. This will be extremely challenging both physically and mentally as climbing a mountain on crutches isn’t easy. Climbing the STAIRS is hard enough at times! (Although that’s usually after a few sherries).Michael and myself climbed Knockabrin on Friday to test the terrain. We actually climbed it twice as it really isn’t that big! It was very enjoyable though. I have been in contact with top DJ and radio presenter Nikki Hayes who has been helping me promote Ewing’s. I must say she has been a Godsend. Thanks to her help, I have been invited down to Wicklow to speak on East Coast FM this Tuesday, September 24th, at 11:05am. Anyone with access to the Internet will be able to tune in, so please do!And lastly,I have some very exciting news on a personal level. My good friend Cat Greene and myself are going into business together. Some of the products we will be stocking actually help people like myself who suffer from joint/arthritic pain. Below is a link to our Facebook page, if you are like me and find that the dipping temperatures affect your joints then have a look.https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-HealthBeauty-Company/1416355291910756 My blog: http://fightingfitforewings.wordpress.com/about/Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgThat’s all for this week folks,Enjoy your weekend whatever you get up to.NikkiNIKKI’S FIGHT FOR FITNESS: POP GOES THE HIP was last modified: September 23rd, 2013 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:columnnikki bradleyNIKKI’S FIGHT FOR FITNESS
Complete Results (HTML) Complete Results (PDF) Story Links LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Drake University track and field team’s hurdlers turned in a strong showing in Saturday evening at the Kansas Relays. Bas Van Leersum (Zaandam, The Netherlands) was the top collegiate finisher in the men’s 400-meter hurdles with a time of 53.20, his second fastest race of the season. Van Leersum finished third overall behind only professional runners Michael Stigler and Drake assistant coach LaRon Bennett.For the women’s team, Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) ran her fastest 100-meter hurdle race of the season to finish second while teammate Destani Welch (Des Moines, Iowa) was sixth in 13.99.Virginia Hill (Haymarket, Va.) took fourth in the women’s 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:01.66.The bulk of the Bulldog team competed at Iowa’s Musco Twilight on Saturday and the squad will rejoin forces next week for the 107th Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee.Print Friendly Version
10 May 2013 Companies from around the world committed US$3.5-billion in investments to Africa’s agricultural development over the last year under the stewardship of the Grow Africa partnership, it was reported at the 2013 Grow Africa Investment Forum in Cape Town on Thursday. The forum, which took place on the first day of the 23rd World Economic Forum on Africa, saw 126 companies taking part, including 58 African and 60 international companies, plus a further eight from other regions, including South Asia and the Middle East. Grow Africa is a partnership of the African Union Commission, Nepad and World Economic Forum that seeks to accelerate private-sector investment for sustainable growth in African agriculture. It does this in part by helping African countries to create investment environments conducive to partnership-based investments in agriculture “that make a real difference to incomes, food security and broader development”. According to the Grow Africa annual report, released on Thursday, last year marked a major shift in the quality and quantity of private-sector commitments to the continent’s agricultural development. Of the $3.5-billion in investments committed in eight African countries in 2012, more than $60-million had so far been invested in activities bringing smallholder farmers into commercial, market-based farming, Grow Africa reported. Approximately 270 000 million tonnes of commodities were sourced within Grow Africa partner countries – the vast majority from smallholders – with the equivalent of around $300-million in sales from these farmers being fed into the market system. In addition, the annual report stated, almost 800 000 smallholder farmers were reached with a mix of training, sourcing and service provision. Grow Africa would now be moving into “an operational phase”, channeling the investment it had generated directly into projects. “In recognition of this step and the strength of Grow Africa as a platform to bring much-needed investment into Africa’s agriculture, the United States Agency for International Development (USAid) committed $9.5-million to Grow Africa this week,” the partnership said. “These funds will be used to drive Grow Africa fully into its operational phase, including setting up a secretariat in Africa.” Announcing the grant at Thursday’s forum, USAid administrator Rajiv Shah said USAid was pleased to support “such a results-oriented initiative that is successfully demonstrating how the private sector can help to drive a partnership-based approach to developing Africa’s agricultural potential”. Philip Kiriro, chairman of Kenya’s Eastern Africa Farmers Federation, told delegates that innovative partnerships were “demonstrating that inclusive business models can be commercially competitive, while integrating smallholders into value chains. “Grow Africa has reached 800 000 African smallholders, but there are still more than half-a-billion that we have not. 2013 must focus on scaling up,” Kiriro said. SAinfo reporter
Mechanical systems need to be tuned up periodically to keep them operating smoothly and efficiently. That’s true with our cars, and it’s true with our heating systems. If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to get your heating system inspected, cleaned, and tuned.Some of this annual maintenance can be done by homeowners, but most of it should be done by a heating system technician.Here are some things you can do yourself:Check and adjust your thermostats. If you have programmable thermostats in your house, take advantage of their convenience and savings potential by properly setting them. Most provide multiple time-periods during weekdays, with potential for separate settings on weekends. For more on programmable thermostats, see my prior column, “Using Thermostats.”Replace air filters. If you have a forced-air distribution system with a furnace or heat pump, replace the primary air filter at the start of the heating season and then every month or two throughout the heating season, depending on how dirty it gets. Replacement filters cost a few dollars apiece and help your system operate efficiently.Inspect and clean air registers or baseboard radiators. Efficient heating depends on warm air rising into your rooms from hot-air registers or baseboard radiators (convectors). Make sure these aren’t blocked by carpets or furniture, and vacuum them at the start of the heating season to improve heat transfer.Tune-up measures that should be done by a professional:Required heating system maintenance depends on the type of fuel and system you have. In general, oil-fired equipment is a lot dirtier than gas-fired equipment. Oil boilers and furnaces should be cleaned and tuned up every year (in some cases twice a year), while some natural gas- and propane-fired equipment can go for two or even three years between servicing–though I still recommend an annual inspection for safety reasons. A few of the components of this servicing are described below:Inspect and clean the boiler or furnace. Proper operation requires well-functioning heat exchangers in a furnace or boiler; soot deposits should be cleaned off. The burner nozzle needs to be cleaned to ensure proper firing. And the flue pipe may need cleaning, as deposits may reduce the draft, causing problems.Measure combustion efficiency. Ask for a written report on the combustion efficiency of your heating system. Heating technicians determine combustion efficiency through a combination of measurements that can include flue temperature, percent carbon dioxide or oxygen in the flue gases, smoke (mostly an issue with oil systems), carbon monoxide, and draft (the pressure differential that exhausts flue gases). Often, the combustion efficiency is tested both before and after cleaning and tune-up; ask for written results of both.Safety check. Combustion-based heating systems consume oxygen and produce heat along with two primary combustion products (carbon dioxide and water vapor). There are also unwanted combustion byproducts, including carbon monoxide, nitrous oxides, and smoke. The heating system should be inspected for cracks and failed seals that may be allowing flue gases to escape into the home. A heating technician will be able to identify if flue gas “spillage” or “backdrafting” is happening, especially with oil-fired systems, due to soot deposits. Backdrafting problems can arise if changes made in the house, such as general air tightening or installing a central vacuum system or a high-velocity kitchen range hood fan, affect air pressure. Backdrafting is a dangerous condition that should be corrected.Duct testing. If you have a forced-air system, it’s a good idea to have your duct system tested for air tightness and, if necessary, sealed with duct mastic. This is particularly important if the ducts run through unconditioned space, such as an unheated attic, crawl space, or basement. Ask if your heating system technician has a “Duct Blaster” for this testing. Ducts in unheated spaces should be well insulated.Recommendations for heating system improvements. During the annual heating system tune-up, ask if modifications would improve performance and efficiency. For example, if your heating system comes on for fairly short periods of time even in the coldest weather, it may make sense to downsize the burner nozzle, which will reduce the fuel consumption (and heat output), so the furnace or boiler will cycle on and off less. With an older oil system, ask if it makes sense to install a “draft reduction” system that will lessen the amount of heat going up the chimney. And if you don’t have them already, by all means consider programmable thermostats.As you are thinking about improvements to the heating system, don’t forget about the house envelope–buttoning up should be your top priority for reducing energy use for heating.I invite you to share your comments on this blog. You can also follow my musings on Twitter.
Create a reflective emblem or badge using the latest R16 features in Cinema 4D.The latest Cinema 4D R16 update is scheduled to be released within the next few weeks. This is a major update to Cinema, so we’ve got new video tutorials lined up to get you up to speed with several of the new features!Curious what’s included in this new update of C4D? Check out our previous post: 14 New Cinema 4D R16 Feature You Should KnowIn this tutorial we’ll show you how to create a reflective badge in Cinema 4D – great for company or sports logo designs. This tutorial will utilize a few of the new features included in version 16, including the bevel deformer and reflectance editor. You can still create these effects in earlier versions, but will require extra finesse. Fundamentals covered include:Working with Illustrator and Cinema 4DBevel DeformerReflection ToolsBoole EffectWe’ll update this tutorial with a corresponding project file when R16 is available to the public. You can download the font we use (Langdon) by checking out XLIntelecom’s website.If you have any questions regarding this tutorial or any new features in R16 please feel free to ask in the comments below. If you want to learn more about Cinema 4D and get some free project files check out our the Cinema 4D section of the PremiumBeat blog.Have any questions regarding this tutorial? Are you excited about R16? Share in the comments below.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday said that the government is ready to refer the matter of Muslim reservation to the State Backward Class Commission (SBCC).The Congress however, said that the government should instead act on the Rehman committee report on the backwardness of Muslims, based on which the 5% quota was extended in 2014.“There are backward castes among Muslims as some retained their caste while converting from Hinduism. About 52 Muslim backward castes are given reservation at present. Those who feel there are more castes which need it can approach the SBCC for a survey. SBCC recommendations will be binding on the government,” Mr. Fadnavis said.Congress MLA Naseem Khan said that the Bombay High Court had not stayed Muslim reservation in education and the ordinance lapsed since the present government did not bring a Bill in the Assembly. “We don’t want any conflict with OBCs or other castes, so there is no need to go to the commission. Instead, Muslims can be given reservation in a separate socially, economically and educationally backward class category,” he saidMr. Fadnavis said there was no need for a special session to discuss Dhangar and Muslim reservation. “The Tata Institute of Social Sciences report is being studied by the Cabinet sub-committee. The ATR will be tabled in the next session. Recommendations will be sent to the Centre.” Maratha reservationReplying to the Opposition’s demand to withdraw cases against protesters in the Maratha agitation and extend support to those who died, Mr. Fadnavis said he would meet with leaders of all parties to find out how to provide aid to the families of those who had committed suicide during the Maratha agitation. “We shouldn’t send the message that suicide is an option to get issues addressed. When Kakasaheb Shinde announced that he would take Jal Samadhi, the police should have saved him. Unfortunately that didn’t happen,” he said.A total of 543 cases were filed against Maratha youth during the protests, of which 66 were withdrawn. Mr. Fadnavis said, 46 were serious and cannot be withdrawn. A final decision has been made to withdraw 65 cases and for 314 the process has begun.In the Koregaon-Bhima violence, 655 cases were filed, of which 63 have been withdrawn. The process of 159 cases is in progress and 275 are in the charge sheet stage after which they will be withdrawn.