8 May

RSL Re-signs Beltran

first_imgDecember 19, 2018 /Sports News – Local RSL Re-signs Beltran Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Sandy, UT)  —  Real Salt Lake plans to keep defender Tony Beltran in the fold.The two sides agreed to a new deal Tuesday.  Beltran missed all of 2018 with a knee injury.The 31-year-old has played for RSL since 2008. Tags: MLS/Real Salt Lake/Soccer/Tony Beltran Associated Presslast_img

1 Mar

Death in black and white

first_imgThe shooting deaths of two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota at the hands of police last week, captured on social media, followed by the killing of five Dallas officers by a retaliating sniper, shocked the nation and left many Americans feeling like the country is unraveling.Police supporters and critics of the Black Lives Matter movement complain that citizen protests and inflammatory rhetoric are inciting violence against law enforcement. Movement supporters and protestors seeking reforms say that unpunished police violence against black people is fanning community anger. Professor Ronald S. Sullivan Jr. is a legal theorist in areas including criminal law, criminal procedure, and race theory, and serves as faculty director of the Criminal Justice Institute at Harvard Law School. In a Q&A session, Sullivan spoke with the Gazette about the shootings and the longstanding tensions between police and African-Americans.GAZETTE: We’ve had these horrific incidents of violence in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Dallas. On one day, President Obama condemned the shooting of two African-American men by police; the next day, he condemned an ambush by a sniper who targeted and killed five police officers in apparent retaliation. Many Americans feel bewildered, wondering what’s going on? Is what has happened in the last few days different in some way from previous police shootings, and what is at the root of these incidents?SULLIVAN: These three events do feel radically different, but I do not think that they are substantively different. My view is that the temporal relation among these three events, having occurred back-to-back-to-back, is having a profound effect on the American public. And to the degree that there are sides or camps — Black Lives Matter versus Blue Lives Matter — everybody feels aggrieved in the same very short, compressed time period. So there is indeed a profound feeling of disquiet, but nothing is substantively different. The mistreatment of citizens of color at the hands of law enforcement has been occurring for decades, and the African-American community in particular is quite used to what we saw in Minnesota and Baton Rouge.“All public servants should be subject to civilian review,” said Professor Ronald S. Sullivan Jr. Photo by Ethan ThomasGAZETTE: Will video documentation of routine police encounters be the new norm, and does it meaningfully help to ensure fair treatment?SULLIVAN: The new media has exposed this problem to the broader public in a way that’s never been shown before. So now people from all walks of life are able to see with their own two eyes the ways in which people are literally killed right on their television or computer screen, how unarmed people are killed, how unarmed people are shot, people with valid carry-conceal permits are shot. It’s heart-wrenching, it’s scary, and it’s something that should not happen in the United States of America. But for these cellphones, dash cams, and body cams, we would be in the position we were 10 years ago where the complaints of communities of color would go largely unheard because there was no tangible proof that law enforcement had misbehaved.Recording police activities is fast becoming the new norm, and I think it should become the new norm. There’s an old saying: “Sunshine is the best disinfectant.” I think that applies here. All public servants should be subject to civilian review. The people should be able to see what their police force is doing. If you think about it, we give up a lot to our police. We allow them to detain us, to put citizens in jail. In exchange for giving up our liberty, we expect police officers to act appropriately, to act professionally, to act justly, and to act fairly. And if they don’t, they should be held up to the scrutiny of their departments and to the courts, as appropriate. Related The costs of inequality: Faster lives, quicker deaths For African Americans and Hispanics, frail neighborhoods undercut education, health, and jobs — all keys to thriving GAZETTE: Since the Ferguson, Mo., clashes two years ago, the number of black people killed by police has gone up. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, Philando Castile of Minnesota is the 123rd black person killed by police in the United States this year. There have been calls and efforts to institute changes in police training, operations, and culture, and yet little seems to have improved. Why is that, and what else needs to happen to end this cycle?SULLIVAN: I am heartened by the very many policy changes that we’re seeing around the country in police departments. But institutions are made up of people and often the behavior of people lags behind policy changes. So we have to insist that the behavior catches up. Behavior is habituated, and what happens is that the current top cadre of officers behave habitually, they do what they’ve been doing, and it takes some time for them to really address the new policies and change the way of operating, particularly with respect to communities of color. But I’m confident that in time they will adjust. But the first step is to recognize that there’s a problem. And the difficulty thus far has been the intransigence of police officers, of law enforcement, to even admit that they treat white citizens preferentially and citizens of color unequally. Once that admission is made, then and only then can meaningful change produce the sort of fruits that some of these policy changes should produce.I hope we don’t have to wait for a new generation of officers to come in for these changes. Many police departments around the country are doing implicit-bias training, and even with the existing cadre of law enforcement, this sort of training tends to work because it makes people realize that they hold implicit biases, subconscious biases. And we all do — everybody of every color, every hue, every ethnicity holds biases. We all have priors, and we bring them to the table. To the degree that we can foreground those biases, recognize that we have particular biases, then we can behave in a way that accounts for those biases, and that’s what this sort of implicit bias training will do. There are some wonderful models of policing around the country. The HUPD right here at Harvard does remarkable work with respect to cultural sensitivity and implicit bias training and other efforts that sit at the forefront of policing. The Brooklyn district attorney’s office is another that is making radical changes to the way they prosecute, and hence the way police officers behave in street encounters with citizens. We have many examples of good policing across the country. What we do not have is the political will to implement those changes in a mass sort of way. Some of these things are expensive; we need the political will to pay for them. Community policing, for example, has been around for a long time. It does cost a little more money, but it works. If we want to break this juggernaut, we really have to invest in policing.GAZETTE: African-American people have long felt under siege, and many police officers say they too feel under attack by criticism from the Black Lives Matter movement and others. In a news conference last week, Dallas Police Chief David Brown said police “don’t feel supported most days.” How can we get beyond this stalemate when there’s such deeply felt mutual distrust?SULLIVAN: First and foremost, I reject the notion that there’s any moral equivalency whatsoever between the claims of police being mistreated and communities of color being mistreated. Police are not being shot in the street year in and year out. There’s no history of police officers being dehumanized, being beaten, being inappropriately stopped and targeted. That absolutely doesn’t exist. Having said that, the event in Dallas was a tragedy, and it was wrong. But to say that police are under siege in the way communities of color are under siege is downright false. Why do police feel under siege? I think that they feel genuinely under siege because they’ve never been held accountable to communities of color before. There’s a long and unbroken history of law enforcement being able to treat citizens of color in any way they choose with no repercussions whatsoever. Communities of color around the country are now insisting that they be treated equally under the law, and that’s the only fair and right and just thing to do. There’s resistance from an institution that has historically mistreated this community. They’ve never been questioned; their judgment’s never been challenged.Notwithstanding that they feel under siege, I’m not willing to give voice to that. They’re professionals, they’re trained in a certain way, and they should behave professionally. As a lawyer, I sometimes feel under siege by judges, but I don’t mistreat my clients, I’m a professional. We should hold our police and military and any other serious profession to the very same high standard. The subjective feelings of a group of professionals cannot define policy. That would be a mistake. It is up to the civilian leadership to insist that its police force always and unconditionally behaves professionally and treats each citizen equally under the law. That should be the starting point. And if an individual officer’s subjective feelings prevent her or him from doing that, there are many other professions in the world that they should engage in, but they should not be a police officer.GAZETTE: How is your work in critical race theory reflected in the events of the last few days?SULLIVAN: The basic underlying premise of critical race theory is that race insinuates itself into very many if not all aspects of our lives. And these are very real-time, real-life examples of the ways in which race seeps into our understanding and behavior. Someone sent me something over Twitter of two police officers fighting with a very large, Caucasian male in a diner, and the caption was “He’s still alive.” He was swinging at the officers, [but] they never pulled out a weapon. They ultimately subdued and arrested him. The predominant feeling among citizens of color is that if that person had been a very large African-American man, he would’ve been dead. That’s just an example of the way that race motivates behavior. We all live in this country with its history of race, and we’re all impacted by it — black, white, and other equally. Putting on the uniform does not change that. But it’s incumbent on the police department to train its officers in such a way that these biases can be weeded out as much as possible and, whatever remains, exposed and dealt with in appropriate ways.GAZETTE: As a nation, what questions aren’t we asking? Which issues aren’t we confronting?SULLIVAN: We still have not adequately dealt as a nation with the race question: the legacy of slavery and the remnants of Jim Crow that still haunt our workaday lives. And until such time as the country is willing and able to have real, substantive conversations and engage in meaningful, remedial efforts, we’re going to continue to see these sorts of episodes. So we have a challenge ahead of us. I think we are able to meet that challenge as a country. James Baldwin once said that the history of America, and the history of African-Americans in particular, is the history of making the impossible possible. So I have full faith that the country can do it. We just need to generate the political will to do it.This interview has been edited for clarity and length.SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSavelast_img read more

26 Aug

NFL Draft grades: Redskins, Packers among winners & losers from Round 1

first_imgThe first round of the 2019 NFL Draft is history, and after the first three picks, it was filled with a lot of mystery. Looking back in a few years, how No. 1 through No. 32 went down will be known for surprise selections early and a flurry of trades late.SN’s NFL DRAFT HQ:Live pick tracker | Day 2 mock draft | Best available  Losers: Titans, for not getting immediate crowd-pleasing impactCongratulations to Nashville for bringing it with the crowd and delivering as a great draft host. Unfortunately the city’s NFL team didn’t match the excitement by taking defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons. He comes with multiple red flags off field — most relevant being his current torn ACL — and enough on the field in terms of trying to play up to immense talent when he is healthy again. Tennessee wasn’t in the luxury position of drafting for ’20.Winners: Devins and Williamses for being in high demand and landing wellLSU’s Devin White (Buccaneers) and Michigan’s Devin Bush (Steelers) will be the front-runners for defensive rookies of the year as they stuff the stat sheet in 3-4 defenses built for them to rack up tackles, a few sacks and plenty of big plays in coverage. The Alabama duo of Quinnen Williams (Jets) and Jonah Williams (Bengals) also will be called upon for big roles in schemes to tailored to their strengths.MORE: Five trade destinations for Josh RosenLoser: Drews and LocksThe over/under for quarterbacks taken in the first round was 3.5, and unfortunately, neither half of Missouri’s Drew Lock went to anyone after all of him was mocked to just about everyone, including, to the most ludicrous degree, the Packers and the Chargers. Once Jones went at No. 6, it was clear the Mizzou QB would need to wait until Day 2, where he might go to John Elway and the Broncos as originally thought, anyway.Winners: Clemson defensive linemen and Iowa tight endsFerrell, Lawrence and Christian Wilkins (No. 13 to the Dolphins) all went a little higher than expected. That bodes well for their fourth Power Ranger, end Austin Bryant, to exceed expectations on Day 2. When you’re the backbone of a defense that dominates in the College Football Playoff, NFL teams tend to take extra notice. Hockenson (Lions) and Fant (Broncos) landed in great spots, too, where they will be key targets right away.Losers: Ole Miss wide receiversD.K. Metcalf showed off his ripped physique on Instagram and then put on an athletic show at the Combine. But his high upside as a classic size-speed prospect were hurt by concerns about his route running to live up to being a No. 1. His teammate, A.J. Brown, mocked by many to the Patriots, was solid with the little things, but didn’t have wow factor with his limited size to demand a first-rounder. Winners: Safeties Darnell Savage and Johnathan AbramThis position was supposed to be backloaded on Day 2, but Savage’s free safety upside and Abram’s strong safety punctuation were simply too hard to ignore by a couple of needy teams early.Losers: Cornerbacks Greedy Williams and Byron MurphyThese were the most shocking omissions as LSU’s Williams and Washington’s Murphy had been pretty much locked in as first-rounders in mocks since January. The Steelers traded up for Bush instead of staying for Williams, while the Raiders, long tied to Murphy, went for the less volatile Abram elsewhere in the secondary. Neither player should wait long to hear his name on Day 2.Winners: New Falcons Chris Lindstrom and Kaleb McGaryThe Falcons paid attention to how Lindstrom and McGary were suddenly being mocked in the first round after more pundits took note of their athleticism vs. other potential first-round linemen. Credit Atlanta for knowing it had to find complementary pieces to Jake Matthews and Alex Mack and went right after them. Matt Ryan and Devonta Freeman should be thrilled.Losers: Still undrafted Cody Ford and Jawaan TaylorBoth offensive tackles were looking good as first-half first-round picks until Thursday night saw neither coming off the board. There was some positional questions about both, but not enough to make teams totally avoid them while Jonah Williams, Andre Dillard, Tytua Howard and McGary all went. Ford and Taylor will now be competing with Kansas State’s Dalton Risner to be the first offensive lineman drafted in the second round. MORE: Best players still available for Day 2 picksWinner: N’Keal Harry, for getting paired with the PatriotsWhat a way to end the first round for the reigning Super Bowl champions, getting the big target replacement for Rob Gronkowski as not surprisingly, they didn’t lock into a tight end-first plan. Imagine how scary it could be around Tom Brady if Josh Gordon is also available to the team again in ’19.Loser: Roger GoodellWhat a way to begin the first round for the NFL commissioner, as usual. “Draft Day” remains the only way he doesn’t get booed to open the draft, no matter what city in which it is held. We’ll just watch ‘the NFL 100′ commercial again for his best podium time. With the dust settling in the short term, which teams and prospects made out the best, and whose night leaned toward the worst? Of course it’s too early to tell exactly how any of the picks will pan out, but there’s a degree of fair instant evaluation based on what we know from college production and pro potential and what every roster needed.Here are the winners and losers as we look back on the highlights and lowlights of a mostly unpredictable and sometimes head-scratching first round.SIGN UP to stream the NFL Draft LIVE on DAZN in CanadaNFL Draft 2019 winners and losersWinner: Redskins, for catching a falling Dwayne Haskins and Montez SweatWashington fans freaked out early when it was leaked than owner Daniel Snyder would take control of the draft and likely trade up in a bad way. Then they saw their team get its desired franchise quarterback prospect by doing nothing and staying at No. 15 and follow it up with a more calculated move to jump back in to get a scheme-ideal edge pass rusher who should have gone in the top 10 at way down at No. 26. Hail to the Redskins’ resourcefulness.Loser: Giants, for reaching for Daniel Jones and Dexter LawrenceAlthough it made sense for New York to think about the former Duke quarterback as the next potential Eli Manning because he’s cut from the same cloth, No. 6 was too high, especially with edge rusher Josh Allen and defensive tackle Ed Oliver still on the board at the time.Going for Lawrence at No  17 was a little better, but they could have used a more traditional edge player with true pass-rush pop instead, given Sweat was still available then. And those are probably the kindest things you’ll read about Dave Gettleman’s post-OBJ first round.MORE: Redskins turn up pressure on Giants, Daniel Jones with Dwayne HaskinsWinner: Raiders, for sticking with their safe and steady planThe boos for Clelin Ferrell at No. 4 were probably more because the mock drafts had Oakland more locked into Allen and Oliver, who were both available. But it’s discounting the fact Ferrell is a solid all-around defensive end and a necessary high-floor rebuilding block for Mike Mayock.Then Jon Gruden got his safe, desired pick in running back Josh Jacobs to be his new workhorse. The third pick of Johnathan Abram, the draft’s best safety and classic slobberknocker, was the ideal collaboration of both men. No wonder they could dismiss scouts because they had total control of what they were doing Thursday night.BENDER: Raiders surprise with Clelin Ferrell but execute smart plan in Round 1Loser: Packers, for being too enamored with athleticism over productionDefensive tackle Rashan Gary and safety Darnell Savage were both surprising directions for Green Bay, partly because inside linebacker Devin Bush was taken in front of the team and neither T.J. Hockenson nor Noah Fant aligned at tight end. There’s a lot of potential for both players in Mike Pettine’s defense, where they will get help surrounded by strong veterans. But it’s hard to know where both will fit to contribute as rookies and they need some time to convert their skills into real production.Winners: Bills, Panthers and Chargers, for getting perfect defensive linemenIf you told the team officials from Buffalo (Ed Oliver), Carolina (end Brian Burns) and Los Angeles (tackle Jerry Tillery) that these would be the players they would get right after the initial draft order was set after the 2018 season, they would have slept like babies through the Combine and pro days. Oliver and Tillery complement the Bills’ and Chargers’ edge players well, and Burns is exactly the kind of Julius Peppers-like productive pass rusher the Panthers needed.last_img read more

4 Aug

Tradition Thrives at Monmouth County Hunt Club Opening Day

first_imgLike the men and women on horseback, the hounds are athletes who revel in the sport for its excitement and camaraderie and their love for the great outdoors. On Sunday, Nov. 10, members of the Monmouth County Hunt will celebrate opening day of their annual foxhunting season at the 5,700-acre Assunpink Wildlife Management Area in western Monmouth County. In past generations, foxhunts took place on estates of wealthy aficionados of the sport. But at this club, the sport is in the chase; foxes are not harmed. The welfare of the hounds is overseen by the nonprofit Monmouth Hound Welfare for life. “We do believe in cradle-to-grave care for our hounds,” said Jen Donaldson of Fair Haven, one of four joint masters of the Monmouth County Hunt. “You’re working to build a very cohesive group of hounds that can work together,” Valnoski said, and the members’ commitment to the animals is lifelong. “I have two here at my farm that are retired.” Irish immigrant Robert Collier, founder of the Collier’s publishing empire, is credited with establishing regular hunt meets on his property in Marlboro in 1885. “We bless the houndsand toast to a great year,”Donaldson said. Doug Raynor of Robbinsville, in red jacket leading a group of enthusiastic riders, is a joint master of the Monmouth County Hunt Club.Photo courtesy Meghan Valnoski/ Megval Studio As tradition dictates, it will be an impressive sight and the public is welcome to watch. Spectators called “car-followers” often come out to the event to listen for the hounds and horns and watch for the riders to appear as they follow the hunt. Today, members of the Monmouth County Hunt follow the hounds at Assunpink, a wildlife habitat in Allentown with three lakes and trails for hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing. There are about 40 canine members of the hunt club who are a mixture of three breeds of foxhounds, some of whom trace their bloodlines far back in time to the United Kingdom. Monmouth Hunt Club’s joint master Meg Valnoski from Allentown travels with hounds, along with professional staff Rebecca Brown.Photo courtesy Meghan Valnoski/ Megval Studio Donaldson and her fellow joint masters – Meghan Valnoski of Allentown, Doug Raynor of Robbinsville and Mary Jane Carey of Colts Neck – oversee the management and operations of the nonprofit club. “When you’re out thereyou feel like you’re in themiddle of a painting,” saidDonaldson, who began ridingas a “bucket list” item in herlate 30s. “It’s a very neat thingthat people in MonmouthCounty should be proud of.” Visit monmouthcountyhunt.com for more information on club membership and opening day events. The horses used in the foxhunt are frequently retired racehorses, but any horse that is comfortable with the demands of the sport is welcome. Members of the club also work with 4-H clubs to provide students with opportunities to ride. Although it’s called a fox-hunt, it’s more accurately a fox chase, Donaldson noted. “The fox is wild. It’s a wildlife management area.” On occasions like this coming Sunday, when members turn out in their formal attire, it’s a sight reminiscent of a scene from Downton Abbey. While people picture foxhunters in scarlet jackets, members of the Monmouth Hunt Club wear a variety of traditional attire, with staff members of the club wearing scarlet, women wearing blue or black coats and men wearing harrier green jackets, a fashion descended from the days of hare hunting in England. Dry weather can makeit difficult for the hounds topick up the scent of a fox.Some days the chase is afox-less pursuit. Like the horses and riders who follow them, the hounds enjoy the sport – particularly when the weather cooperates enough for them to pick up the scent of a fox and follow it to ground. “It’s really still a very vitalpart of the county,” Valnoskisaid. “We are trying to bringmore people into it. We’retrying to really make themaware of it and how muchfun they can have. It’s reallya wonderful way to get outand make new friends andjust enjoy the outdoors.” Another legendary local horseman, Amory Haskell, the first president of the Monmouth Park Jockey Club, reinvigorated the sport in 1932 with foxhunts held at the former Woodland Farm in Middletown, which was also the site of the annual steeplechase known as the Monmouth County Hunt, which ended in 1996. By Eileen Moon Members earn their colors and are awarded buttons bearing the symbol of the Monmouth County Hunt according to their years of participation and progress in the club. During the foxhuntingseason, which runs fromAugust to March, memberswill ride at Assunpink everyWednesday and Sunday. As they have done since 1885, club members will don their formal foxhunting attire and ride on horseback through the woods. “The goal of our sport isto chase foxes. It isn’t killingthe fox,” Valnoski said. Valnoski has been a member of the Monmouth County Hunt Club since 1982. During those years she has served the club in many capacities, including as a member of the board of directors and as club president. In recent years, she has been in charge of the kennels and the breeding and training of the hounds. Sunday’s opening dayfestivities will include ablessing of the hounds by alocal clergy person prior tothe hunt and a celebratorybreakfast after. Fortunately, the activityis a goal in itself. Club members are hoping for optimal weather for this Sunday’s event, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Editor’s Note: The original date of this event was Sunday, Oct. 27. But due to predicted high winds, the event has not been rescheduled for Nov. 10. The story has been updated to reflect the date change. It’s a formal sport, with rules and traditions that govern everything from the buttons worn on jackets to the care of the hounds. “Riders are steeped in tradition,” said Donaldson. Though the hunt is canceled when the weather is foul and conditions are too slippery for a safe hunt, a misty rain or fresh snow is generally fine. “The hounds enjoy that. It’s like kids on the first day of snow.” last_img read more

3 Aug

Nelson’s Bruce A. Sinclair takes pitch for Bermuda

first_imgL.V. Rogers grad Bruce A. Sinclair is heading back to the 2014 World Field Lacrosse Championships beginning Thursday (July 10) in Denver, Col., at a member of the Bermuda National Team.Sinclair, 41, graduated from LVR in 1991 before earning a degree from University of Victoria in 1996 and gaining a Masters of Science at Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont.Sinclair has spent the past 12 years as a Science and Math Teacher and head of data management at Saltus Grammar School in Hamilton, Bermuda, which is the capital of the country located in the Atlantic Ocean off the east coast of the United States.”I became interested in the sport due to its fast paced nature and team spirit,” Sinclair told The Nelson Daily on the eve of the national tournament.”I took up lacrosse six years ago and was able to represent Bermuda in the 2010 World Championships in Manchester England.”In that tournament we placed 18 out of 29 teams . . . won 3 games posting victories over Denmark, Latvia and Norway,” he added.Sinclair plays defensive midfielder or D-Middy as coaches prefer to call the position. Sinclair said Bermuda used to have a much higher population of ex-patriot workers, which included several lacrosse players. The interest in the sport allowed followers to enjoy at least a couple of tournaments a year.However, since the recession, the field lacrosse population has dwindled and the bulk of the competition is now reserved for weekly indoor games with the bulk of the Bermuda National side coming from players who are Bermudian or have a Bermuda connection but are working off island.Bermuda is playing in the Yellow Division against France, Ireland and Uganda in the 38 nation tournament.The tournament opens with the opening ceremony Thursday followed by the host United States team battling Canada. The field is broken into nine divisions, with the top six teams competing in the Blue Division.The other eight divisions all have four teams and are not grouped by world ranking.”We have a solid core of returning players heading to Denver,” Sinclair explains.”Having not seen these countries we play in our pool recently we are unsure of our chances,” he added.”We hope that we will come away from the pool play with at least one victory. Ireland proved to be strong in England, so we will be looking to be competitive against France and Uganda.”Sinclair, who played all sports at LVR and has a five-year-old boy named Ciaran, has represented Bermuda at the National level in volleyball team from 2004-2007 and again as assistant coach in 2013.The World Field Lacrosse Championships conclude (Saturday) July 19 with the Championship game.The U.S. beat Canada, 12-10, in the 2010 world championship in Manchester, England.last_img read more

21 Dec

#LoveDonegal Day reaches an incredible 33 million people

first_imgTwitter was abuzz with all things Donegal on Wednesday 14th of August as the #LoveDonegal day campaign reached worldwide audiences.People from home and abroad embraced the trend and flooded timelines with photos, stories and mentions of why they love Donegal. Twitter, Instagram and Facebook were all filled with content promoting Donegal and taking pride in the county.As the excitement settles, it has been revealed that the social media campaign reached over 33 million people, trended at Number 1 in Ireland, and trended in the UK and the US. “We have all been totally overwhelmed not just by the statistics but by the sheer strength of the human response to #LoveDonegal day” says Garry Martin, director of service with Donegal County Council.  The council are a lead partner in Donegal Connect, the public/private sector project behind #LoveDonegal Day. Donegal Connect are holding over 50 events from 27th September to 6th October this year.Garry said: “We want to say a huge thank you to all the people in Donegal and all over the world who took part, and particularly to all those individuals and organisations who worked hard to spread the word to others.” “The first indication of success was when we began to trend the night before. On #LoveDonegal day itself – the 14th August – we trended at Number 1 in Ireland from 7am straight through to 7pm,” says Garry. “We trended at Number 1 in Belfast, at No 29 in the UK, and also trended briefly in the US.”“People really engaged with the campaign too. The total number of Tweets & Retweets, Facebook and Instagram posts, and other interactions was over 190,000,” adds Garry. “People posted pictures of their favourite landscapes, days out, things to do, their communities, why they loved to visit, work or live in Donegal.”Silver Strand Beach, Malin Beg #LoveDonegal pic.twitter.com/fq99ql8ryz— Michael Murphy (@murphm95) August 14, 2019“These are all the things we wanted to promote about our amazing county for Donegal Connect, so we are absolutely delighted not just with the statistics but with the outpouring of genuine love and affection for Donegal. It was an incredible day, and people are still posting #LoveDonegal.”The campaign achieved what it set out to do, says Joanne Kilmartin, the Donegal Diaspora officer for the county: “We’ve had lots of enquiries since #LoveDonegal day from people interested in moving home or relocating here. “So many entrepreneurs in Donegal emphasise just what a great place it is to do business, and we’d like to give people a taste of that.” #lovedonegal The New York Donegal Association of New York members and friends love to visit often – to visit, chat, catch up, read, pray, think, walk, watch, look, listen, discover, recharge, renew. pic.twitter.com/7AzCqk6orn— donegalnewyork (@donegalnewyork) August 14, 2019As part of Donegal Connect 2019, Donegal Diaspora will be offering hotdesk facilities to anyone who wants to travel here to attend events but may need to work while they are here.“For Donegal Connect, a range of community and public sector groups are providing high speed broadband in a fully equipped workspace at 8 locations across the county from Inishowen to Arranmore Island,” says Joanne. “So, business owners or employees get a chance to work outside their traditional office environment during Donegal Connect. It also gives those with limited leave in the final quarter of the year to come to Donegal to join us for some of the programme.”“The hotdesks initiative is about promoting the county as a place where anyone can leverage technology in order to work remotely in one of the most beautiful counties in Ireland.” To enquire about booking a hotdesk please email Joanne at [email protected] #LoveDonegal Day reaches an incredible 33 million people was last modified: August 26th, 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:#lovedonegalDiasporaDonegal ConnectTwitterlast_img read more

18 Dec

UK insurer to launch SA subsidiary

first_img25 January 2011UK-based multinational insurer Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc is to form a new South African company, together with local management and black economic empowerment partners, as the company seeks to expand its presence in the country.The decision follows many years of trading in the country, including a three-year partnership with Glenrand MIB, which will now end following their expected takeover by a competitor.“JLT’s entry into the market underlines its belief in the growth potential of South Africa both domestically and as a hub for the African continent,” the company said in a statement this week. “JLT already has extensive experience in fast-developing markets, with growing operations in both Asia and South America.“This business will capitalise on the increasing trading between these markets and South Africa.”Access to industry specialistsThe move will provide clients with access to JLT industry specialists in areas such as construction, natural resources, marine, financial risks, life sciences and telecommunications. In addition, the new operation will also offer both facultative and treaty reinsurance capabilities.The company has already secured the services of several people with experience in the local industry – former Glenrand MIB chief executive Andrew Chislett is expected to take up the position of the new company’s CEO in September.In addition, Walter Cronje and Danny Buitendag, both of whom held senior management positions within Glenrand MIB, and Paul Turner, who was Aon Benfield’s Facultative Reinsurance Practice head in South Africa, will also join the company.Market leader aim”We aim to become a market leader in South Africa, supporting domestic insurers, enhancing access to international markets and creating a key strategic and regional hub for the JLT Group and our international network,” said Mark Drummond-Brady, JLT Group’s international chairman for risk and insurance and chairman of JLT in South Africa.“We have already received very positive feedback from potential clients and insurance companies who have strongly encouraged us to establish a presence in the region to provide a distinctive alternative for clients, engender greater competition and enhance distribution for insurers and reinsurers.”Drummond-Brady said that JLT was a committed long-term investor in South Africa, wishing to operate to the highest international standards in partnership with key management and BEE partners.Subject to regulatory approval, JLT anticipates opening its first office in Johannesburg in April.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

15 Dec

Burn After Calling: Disposable Phone Numbers

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting adam popescu There’s always a pause after someone asks, “Can I have your number?” Someone’s silently wondering if complying will mean trouble.What if you didn’t have to worry about about that?  Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#apps#web No, disposable phone numbers don’t go hand in hand with crime, Carter explained. For one thing, they can be traced. Calls still go through your cell carrier and Twilio, the third-party company that dispenses numbers for the Burner App. Carter admits his company keeps backups and logs of calls for a short time in order to debug and offer customer support. “We’re not trying to sell ourselves as encrypted, 100 percent secure,” he said.The app is limited to iPhone owners now, but Ad Hoc Labs plans to extend to Web and Android platforms. Marc O’Krent, president of The Telephone Connection of Los Angeles, a voicemail service provider for doctors, thinks the app could be a hit. “I think it’s a great application,” O’Krent said. “The limitation is that it uses a customer’s existing message and data plan.”center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Enter the Burner App. For $1.99 per use, iPhone owners can get a disposable, short-term phone number to use for business, pleasure or any combination of the two. From within the app, you choose an area code and ask for a number. But like a prepaid phone card, when the time expires, no more calling. The number is “burned,” or quarantined for two weeks before being recirculated.Fresh Burner numbers are good for talk and text for seven days. During that week, you get up to 20 minutes of talk and 60 texts. You can add time to a burned number, too. An additional 30 days, 50 voice minutes and 150 texts costs about $2.50.Burner requires you to have a phone plan in order to get a temporary line. Nefarious deeds aside, burnable phone numbers can be useful when conducting transactions on sites like Craigslist, dating and connecting side businesses and short-term projects. And for those of us who just plain don’t like giving our numbers to someone we just met. The beauty of the app is the freedom people feel with a number they have no attachment to, says Will Carter, chief tech officer of Ad Hoc Labs, the company behind the Burner. Changing numbers to shake loose the wrong caller is even more inconvenient than changing an email address.“Phone numbers are so caught up in people’s identities that it’s a limiting factor,” Carter said.  Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

28 Oct

9 months ago​Southampton eyeing Brentord duo Watkins and Mepham

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Southampton eyeing Brentord duo Watkins and Mephamby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton want to sign two players from Brentford.According to Sky Sports, boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has scouts checking on Ollie Watkins and Chris Mepham.No bid has been made, while Brentford would want north of £20 million for both of them.Watkins has seven goals this season in 25 games, while Mepham is a central defender who is comfortable on the ball.At only 21, he is seen as a great prospect in the position, while he would compliment the style Hasenhuttl is attempting to instill at the Saints. last_img read more

24 Oct

Minister Upbeat about Consultations on Public Health Financing

first_imgHealth Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, is confident that the ongoing national consultations on financing Jamaica’s public health system will yield tangible solutions, redounding to the country’s benefit.This position, he says, is based on the outcome of Friday’s staging (June 7) of the first of four scheduled consultations, at the Mandeville Hotel, Mandeville, Manchester, describing it as “successful”.Speaking with JIS News, following the meeting with a wide cross section of stakeholders in the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA), Dr. Ferguson said a number of salient points for financing the sector were proposed by the participants. Several of these, he noted, complemented, in detail, similar ideas suggested during previous consultations with Ministry representatives.These, the Minister informed, include: the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) contributing financing, especially to offset medical costs incurred in resort areas; as well as implementation of special health insurance coverage in this regard.He said participants also cited the National Health Fund (NHF), National Insurance Fund (NIF), and National Housing Trust (NHT), as potential options. Additionally, he said participants also suggested that the Ministry initiate discussions with stakeholders in the fast food industry to solicit their input.In his opening presentation, Dr. Ferguson, in outlining several financing options proposed by stakeholders within its agencies during consultations with those groups, indicated that the meetings are being held to compile a menu of tangible options “that will lead us forward”.Some of the proposals, which he shared during Friday’s meeting include: implementation of a national health insurance scheme; a levy on fast food; fees for selected secondary care; and the imposition of fees for all secondary care services while providing same cost-free at the secondary level,“Jamaica is working towards achieving developed country status by 2030 (and) one of the main planks to achieving this is through the improvement of the health of the population. We believe the provisions of quality and affordable health care services and improvements in access can help us to break the back of poverty and…achieve our national development objectives,” he told the participants.In noting the administration’s “solemn” commitment to providing universal access to primary, secondary, and tertiary health care, Dr. Ferguson lamented challenges arising in doing so, within the context of prevailing resource constraints.“We…need…to seek alternative and creative methods of financing health. We have to determine what we think is an essential basket of services that can be supported by our financing option(s),” he argued, hence the consultations.The Minister was quick to point out, however, that the suggestions “have nothing to do with government policy.”“What we are doing is a national consultation to get ideas and to look at the feasibility and, where necessary, to have a conversation, even with the entities that persons have (suggested) to say that they should be part of the process of health financing. We want to hear from the people,” he affirmed.In highlighting the success of the initial public consultation, Dr. Ferguson said the Ministry will seek to “fine-tune” the suggestions from stakeholders attending all four meetings.“The ideas that have come (thus far) are very worthwhile…and it is my view that they will get better as we go along. I believe (that) at the conclusion of (the consultations) we will have a significant body of information that will assist the (decision making process) going forward,” he stated.The Minister told JIS News that he is scheduled to make his presentation in the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 25, “and I will speak further…to health financing (then).”.“(The matter) does not (however) end on the 25th of June. It is a work in progress, and what we want to do, in the final analysis, is to come up with what is best for Jamaica,” Dr. Ferguson stated.The remaining consultations are scheduled for Monday, June 10, Carter Hall, Holy Cross Church, Half Way Tree, St. Andrew, for the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA); Wednesday, June 12, Ocho Rios Baptist Church, St. Ann, for the North East Regional Health Authority (NERHA); and Sunday, June 23, Montego Bay Civic Centre, St. James, for the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA).By Douglas Mcintosh, JIS Reporterlast_img read more