Pawsitively great launch planned for Donegal branch of Irish Guide Dogs

first_imgSome special dogs will be fetching plenty of attention at the launch of the Donegal branch of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind this Friday in Letterkenny.A big paw-ty will take place in Letterkenny Shopping Centre from 10am to celebrate a new era for the organisation in Donegal.Shoppers will get the opportunity to meet two ambassador dogs and Sybil, the guide dog of Buncrana woman Jennifer Doherty, will also be in attendance. The Donegal branch of Irish Guide Dogs has been set up to connect current clients, raise awareness of the organisation and fundraise for the training and care of life-changing dogs.There are 14 working dogs in Donegal – seven assistance dogs for children with autism and seven guide dogs for people with visual impairments.The newly launched branch will be led by Jennifer Doherty, Lesley Newberry and Michelle Healy. Lynda Foley, regional fundraising coordinator said the branch is about bringing a community together: “It is important to have a hub to link clients in the county. The Irish Guide Dogs HQ is in Cork, so having a branch in Donegal will help to link the 14 clients here and encourage social interaction and the sharing of information.” “We have a lot of clients in Donegal, so this is about increasing the visibility of the organisation.”Friday’s launch at Letterkenny Shopping Centre will be an op-paw-tunity for the public to meet staff, volunteers, guide dog owners and the dogs. Merchandise will be on sale along with fundraising raffle tickets. There will be volunteer sign-up sheets if anyone wishes to support the cause.People will also be able to book a visit and talk for their workplace or school/ college.“With 70 branches in the Republic of Ireland, we have a large volunteer community of like-minded people. It is perfect for dog lovers and people who want to get involved in a community project,” Ms Foley added.Check out the Facebook page for more info: Donegal Branch of Irish Guide Dogs Pawsitively great launch planned for Donegal branch of Irish Guide Dogs was last modified: July 11th, 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:irish guide dogslast_img read more

Ashe’s Soweto dream revived

first_img5 April 2007The Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre in Soweto has reopened with a new look and a renewed ambition: to groom the famous township’s first tennis champion.The eight-court mixed-use precinct, originally built with funds donated by Ashe in the 1970s, has been refurbished to the tune of R4.5-million.Speaking at the opening ceremony on Saturday, Ashe’s widow, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, said it was a special occasion for her and for the legacy of a man who had dedicated a large part of his life to fighting social injustice.“In 1976, Arthur felt compelled to build a tennis court in a township where underprivileged and sidelined people stayed,” she said. “Today a tennis court welcomes people of every race to enjoy tennis.”The revamped centre boasts a new clubhouse with a bar and lounge leading to a terrace overlooking the courts, new ablution facilities and separate restrooms for umpires. The centre complements the library and skills development centre that were built in the wider precinct at a cost of R9-million and R4.2-million respectively.South African Tennis Association chief executive Iain Smith said that national and international coaching clinics would be conducted at the centre, with the ultimate goal of producing Soweto’s own Arthur Ashe.Ashe’s challengeAshe, a former world number one the first black man to win the US Open and Wimbledon, was a spirited anti-apartheid protester.In 1970, when Ashe was the top-ranked American in the game, he applied to play in the South African Open, which was at that time a prestigious event, regarded just below the level of a Grand Slam tournament.Ashe knew his chances of being granted a visa were slim, given South Africa’s apartheid policies at the time, and he was right – his application was turned down.Ashe responded by calling for South Africa’s explusion from the International Lawn Tennis Federation and the Davis Cup. He immediately received plenty of support, successfully drawing the world’s attention to the iniquity of South Africa’s former political system.His actions also lent weight to a number of other sporting codes imposing sanctions against South Africa.Ashe in South AfricaIn 1973, Ashe was finally awarded a visa and made it to South Africa, becoming the first black man to contest the South African Open.His fight against apartheid didn’t end with his admittance to the country, however. In 1985, with his playing career already over, he was arrested while taking part in an anti-apartheid protest outside the South African embassy in Washington.And in 1991 he was part of a 31-member delegation of prominent African-Americans who visited South Africa to observe political changes in the country as it moved inexorably towards becoming a democracy.Sadly, he never saw that day come to pass, as he died from Aids in 1993. He had contracted the disease from a blood transfusion during bypass surgery 10 years earlier.SAinfo reporter and City of JohannesburgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Trade progress for U.S. meats

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest At the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was signed and the White House announced that the U.S. and China will enter negotiations on several key trade issues, including agricultural trade.“USMEF supports the Trump administration’s efforts to finalize the USMCA and to continue seeking resolution of the metal tariffs dispute with Mexico and Canada, which resulted in retaliatory duties on U.S. pork and beef,” said Dan Halstrom, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO. “U.S. meat exports have also become entangled in trade disputes with China, so it is encouraging to see the U.S. and China return to the negotiating table. Global demand for U.S. red meat is very strong, but exports cannot reach their full potential until the retaliatory duties imposed by Mexico, China and Canada are removed.”last_img read more

Why Instagram Didn’t Really Lose 25% Of Its Users

first_imgCompared to the apparent effect of the Christmas holiday, Instagram’s ToS kerfuffle appears to have had little measurable impact on AppData’s numbers. And according to the data, monthly active use numbers are up 600,000 today from yesterday. Weekly active users are up 29.4 million today from 28.5 on Dec. 27.A Complicated Year For InstagramThe holiday 2011 season was good to Instagram, though those were considerably simpler times. Last year around this time, Instagram saw explosive growth as both iPhone 4S activations and its new title as Apple’s official “iPhone App of the Year” fueled its trend to the top. As CEO Kevin Systrom told Gigagom: “Coupled with being iPhone App of the Year – new activations of iPhones on Christmas definitely gave Instagram a bump, though we’re not releasing publicly how much of a bump. Sorry I can’t be more specific, but things are going well!” As Buzzfeed suggests, to really examine the fallout of Instagram’s policy debacle, one would be better served to look at Flickr’s numbers from last week (we requested as much from Yahoo! last week but received a link to a company blog post instead). But even if Flickr saw a spike in growth, the two services aren’t mutually exclusive. Not to mention that Instagram can add new users faster than it might lose old ones. Shares of Facebook stock were down 1.46% percent this morning, opening at $25.29 before inching upward over the course of the day. While this year has seen more ups and downs for the hit photo sharing app – from its billion dollar acquisition to its ever-increasing user numbers – it’s still overwhelmingly on the up and up.  taylor hatmaker A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit New analytics from AppData suggest that Instagram is hemorrhaging members after last week’s backlash against its changing terms of use. Some sites are reporting that Instagram has actually lost 25% of its daily active users as a result of the incident, which had Instagram enthusiasts and the Facebook-wary alike hoisting their pitchforks in protest. The New York Post reports:“The app, which Facebook acquired for $1 billion earlier this year, may have shed nearly a quarter of its daily active users in the wake of the debacle, according to figures from AppData.”While Instagram wasn’t willing to divulge statistics to the contrary when we reached out for comment, it did dismiss the AppData numbers altogether. According to a company representative, “This data is inaccurate. We continue to see strong and steady growth in both registered and active users of Instagram.”But in light of Instagram’s nimble PR recovery and a host of other uncontrolled variables, the 25% figure is just an bad read on some out-of-context statistics. Here’s why.AppData’s Imperfect Instagram Sample For starters, AppData’s numbers only reflect the behavior of Instagram users who have tied their accounts to Facebook. According to AppData’s disclaimer, “only users who connect to the app using Facebook are included in the active user counts.” This April, that accounted for a 20% sample of Instagram’s total user base, up from 15% in 2011.While 20% is by no means small, it represents Instagram users’ behavior in relation to Facebook. Considering that the blow-up last week revolved around Facebook’s mobile advertising plans, that’s a big variable. Instagram loyalists are happy to blame Facebook for any of the app’s missteps anyway, and it’s possible that the whole ordeal had users snipping their Facebook ties rather than jumping ship altogether. Instagram users who connect through Facebook are arguably the most volatile subgroup of its over 100 million users. Blame The Holidays, Not The BacklashInterestingly, according to AppData, Instagram’s numbers actually remained level during the ToS debacle, which began unfolding on Dec. 17 and reached a fever pitch the next day. Instagram co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom apologized and rolled back the proposed policy change on Dec. 20. Instagram actually saw an increase in DAU from 16.2 million to 16.4 million between Dec. 18 and 19. The decline to 12.4 million began on Dec. 23, which began to sink from a baseline of 15.7 million, with a sharper drop on Christmas Eve. Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#apps#Facebook#Insta-gate#Instagram#privacy#Statistics last_img read more

You and Your Stupid Politics

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now If you are reading this post, it means my beloved The Sales Blog is back online after being taken down by Anonymous. Apparently, they took down Go Daddy for supporting SOPA and similar anti-freedom legislation.Earlier this year Anonymous hacked Stratfor, a global intelligence company whose services I subscribed to, and stole my credit card. I’ve heard Anonymous uses your credit card to make charitable donations, but that’s not what they did with mine. They see Stratfor as helping serve forces that they oppose.A few weeks ago, Chick-fil-a managed to make it into the news by sharing their opposition to same-sex marriage. They drew a lot of opposition from people that support same-sex marriage and a lot of support for their beliefs from people that share their view. They believe they have a religious duty to oppose same-sex marriage.Because this blog is important to me, I now want to switch hosting providers. Go Daddy’s political decisions are interfering with my business decisions. They made a political decision to support SOPA, they were vocal about their support, and I believe they even threw some money behind that support. They lost a lot of customers for making that decision. Now they have to live with the consequences of that decision as businesses that want their sites to remain up come to understand that Go Daddy is a target.I have written this warning a couple times. But I’ll repeat myself since we are getting close to another Presidential election.You are free to support whatever political party or candidate appeals to you. You are also free to support whatever cause you believe deserves your support. You are even free to share your opinions with the world here on the Internet, on the back of your car, or when you are sitting across from them in meetings.But you are not free from the consequences of your decision to publicly share your politics.Some people will support your opinions. Other people may buy from you in spite of disagreeing with your opinions. But some people won’t do business with you because of your political opinions. The more political you are, the more you will offend people that don’t share your politics.No one will know your political opinions unless and until you share them. If your politics have nothing to do with what you sell, you aren’t obligated to share them. You aren’t changing anyone’s mind about their political beliefs, but you might be changing their mind about buying from you.Be political if you want to, but be thoughtful and be careful. There are people counting on you.QuestionsWhat are the risks of sharing your political opinions?What are the benefits of sharing your politics?How does advertising your politics help you make more sales?After you know your client shares your politics, is it okay to talk politics with them?last_img read more

Rookie Jennifer Nierva shows leadership for NU

first_imgHontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Jerwin Gaco helps McDavid hold off Family Mart-Enderun for 1st win Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 2013 PLAY LIST 01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nierva, 19, took it upon herself to be the first one to talk after the disappointing loss, addressing everyone in the NU locker room that they had a great ride despite bowing out of contention early.“After the game, I immediately talked to the team, and I told them, ‘Ates I have something to say. I’m still happy even though we lost today because we still played great and we showed them (Lady Eagles) that they won’t get an easy win,’” said Nierva in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I think what we did was still an achievement because Ateneo is at 10-1 now. I’m still happy that this was the result because our team is just short right now and I know we learned something from this.”NU only has 11 players in its roster while the some schools in the league usually have the full 14-woman lineup. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messcenter_img The Lady Bulldogs also don’t have setter Joyme Cagande, who injured her knee at the start of the tournament, leaving opposite hitter Joni Chavez to play as the team’s playmaker.Nierva said she’s not shy in showing her leadership despite just being a rookie since she knows she’s earned her chops when she helped the Lady Bullpups to four straight titles in the girls’ division.“I think you should work before becoming a leader, you won’t get it that easily,” said Nierva, who had 26 excellent digs and 30 successful receptions. “It needs maturity and I think I got that in high school.”ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Jennifer Nierva is only in her first collegiate year with National University but the young libero isn’t shy when it comes to being vocal with her teammates.The Lady Bulldogs were officially eliminated from the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament’s Final Four race after they lost to Ateneo, 25-14, 24-26, 25-17, 25-19, Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more