Illistrin students honoured at national art competition

first_imgTwo pupils from Ms McMenamin’s sixth class at Scoil Naomh Fiachra in Illistrin were honoured at the Catholic Primary Schools Management Association awards in Dublin due to their incredible artistic talent.Tashnuva Rafiq and Aishling Amponsah received certificates and a cash prize at an awards ceremony in the Raddison at Dublin Airport this week from the Minister of Education, Richard Bruton.The theme for the art competition this year was ‘celebrating our local primary school.’ Tashnuva Rafiq with her mum and dad are joined by Father John Joe Duffy at the award ceremony in DublinAishling Amponsah recieving her Award for Excellence from the Minister of Education Richard Bruton at the award ceremony in DublinWell done girls!Illistrin students honoured at national art competition was last modified: March 5th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Art competitionCatholic Primary Schools Management AssociationIllistrinlast_img read more

SA women entrepreneurs hit Chicago

first_imgAnna Phosa, who has grown a tiny smallholding into a million-dollar pig farming operation supplying one of South Africa’s largest supermarket chains.Christina Baloyi, who started out in a butcher’s shop and now owns a successful construction company with infrastructure projects throughout South Africa.Sbongile Sambo, the dynamic young founder of Africa’s, possibly the world’s, only fully woman-owned aviation services company.Nelly Shezi, who has built a successful chemicals company.Bernice Mannya, who went from selling tupperware to owning an agri-processing venture that exports to Europe.Soweto-born telemedicine pioneer Dr Moretlo Molefi.Tebogo Mashego, who turned a struggling backyard mom-and-pop operation into a thriving steel and aluminium fabrication business. 24 October 2011 An extraordinary group of 30 South African women entrepreneurs who have launched businesses running the gamut from construction, aviation and security to fashion, telemedicine and commercial farming are in Chicago this week to inaugurate the US-South Africa Women’s Business Forum (USSAWBF). Outstanding examples of the energy and creativity unleashed by South Africa’s vibrant young democracy and its commitment to gender equality, the entrepreneurs will be connecting with their counterparts in the Chicago region, and beyond, to share experiences and inspiration and build partnerships to the benefit of both countries. Their stories are testament both to the drive and resourcefulness of South African women in overcoming historical challenges, and to the exciting opportunities South Africa, and the growing economies of the continent of which it is a part, offer not only major multinationals but businesses of all sizes.Inspiring stories In the week ahead, Chicagoans will have a chance to meet women like: They will also meet Lillian Masebenza, a visionary social entrepreneur whose Mhani Gingi program provides training, skills development and mentorship to help more South African woman lift themselves, their families and communities out of poverty through entrepreneurship.High-level support The businesswomen are accompanied by South Africa’s Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Lulu Xingwana, Deputy Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa, and the deputy director-general for trade and investment at South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Pumla Ncapayi. The USSAWBF initiative is the brainchild of the South African consul-general in Chicago, Ambassador Nomvume Magaqa, and is being made possible with support from the DTI, Brand South Africa, and South African Tourism. Partners on the US side include the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council, the Women’s Business Development Centre, the Chicago chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, Women’s Enterprise USA, the International Trade Association of Greater Chicago, and World Business Chicago. Background on members of the delegation and details of the USSAWBF programme can be found on the forum’s specially created mobile website, Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more

The Power of Consistency with Weldon Long – Episode 14

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 25:52 — 12.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSSuccess stories are a dime a dozen. But success against all odds – like 3 different stints in prison – is unheard of. Today’s guest, Weldon Long, is a man who has lived that story and was the force behind making it happen. On this episode Weldon walks through how he landed in prison, why he went back 3 times, and what it was that turned him around and had in running his own successful business within 2 years of leaving prison. It’s more than an amazing story, it’s proof that with the right mindset and determination you can make a success of your life, your career, whatever it is that you want.From prison to multimillion dollar company, on this episode of In The ArenaClick To TweetIt’s easy to develop a victim mentality and an entitlement mindset.Weldon Long knows how easy it is because he had both in the first half of his life. It’s those mindsets and beliefs that landed him in prison, not just once, but three times. When a turn of events, including his father’s death, led him to recognize that he was responsible for his own life and destiny, everything changed. Now he’s not only the owner of several very successful businesses but also the author of 2 bestselling books. Anthony’s conversation with Weldon on this episode is both inspirational and instructive. You won’t want to miss it.Success in life and in sales is a consistency problem.It’s amazing the things we know to do but simply don’t do. We know smoking causes cancer, but still many, many people are killing themselves with cigarettes. We know that unhealthy eating and lack of exercise causes obesity and a slew of obesity related diseases – yet we overeat. Weldon Long is convinced that when the consequence to negative behaviors is not immediately apparent we tend to brush off those consequences. The key to change is learning to engage the emotion surrounding that consequence to bring yourself to a point of consistency in taking the right actions to avoid it. You can hear how Weldon explains it on this episode of In The Arena.Success is not a knowledge problem, it’s a consistency problem ~ Weldon LongClick To TweetMindset may be a buzzword these days, but for good reason.It’s been said that what you think about will impact the way you live, and the way you live will impact the life you have. Weldon Long completely agrees with that statement. He’s seen it proven true in his own life as he experienced the tremendous differences that positive, can-do thinking has enabled him to achieve. After leaving prison for the third time, Long was able to establish a successful life as a business owner and author that most people only dream about. Yet, he did it – and he attributes all of it to a change in mindset. You can hear his story and learn how to do the same thing in your life, on this episode.Would you like some free sales training?When Weldon Long started his first business, a heating and air conditioning company, he didn’t know anything about heating and air. But he did know that no money changes hands unless a product or service is sold. So he concentrated on learning marketing and sales, got his first customer, then hired the specialists who could service them. Rinse and repeat a thousand times and you have the raging success that is Weldon Long. That’s a man who can teach you a thing or two about sales, and he’s offering a free set of sales training videos and a complimentary membership to his coaching calls for a year. Find out how to get in on the deal on this episode.When I realized that I was responsible, everything changed ~ Weldon LongClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Anthony’s introduction of Weldon Long. What entered Weldon’s mind the 3rd time back in prison. How Weldon developed a victim mentality and a sense of entitlement. Weldon’s success story with his first business after prison. Success is a consistency problem. Weldon’s book and how it has become a bestseller. The power of mindset and how it connects to emotion. Where people can connect with Weldon.Resources & Links mentioned in this – Get Weldon’s free membership.11184868031608320006074326951904499117721585424331B006EQLYG8The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: Plus: you can use to share this episodeYou’re still breathing, and as long as you are still breathing you’ve got a shot, on this episodeClick To TweetYou have the responsibility to fill your mind with great things ~ Weldon LongClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address belowlast_img read more

Congress announces 59 candidates

first_img  According to media reports, Mr. Singh had earlier said that he wanted to contest the election from a seat which the Congress has not won in previous polls. Arki in Solan district was won by the BJP in the previous two Assembly polls. State Congress chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukkhu has been fielded from the Nadaun seat, which the latter had unsuccessfully contested in the previous election to the 68-member Assembly.The Chief Minister’s son, Vikramaditya Singh’s name did not figure in the first list. Mr. Virbhadra Singh had two days ago had said that Mr. Vikramaditya Singh will contest from his Shimla (Rural) seat. Late Ayurveda Minister Karan Singh’s son, Aditya Vikram, is in the race from Banjar constituency. Karan Singh passed away in May.The Congress has fielded all its senior State leaders in the election. Rajya Sabha MP Viplove Thakur will contest the election from the Dehra Assembly segment, which she had lost in 2012.Other senior leaders including AICC secretary Asha Kumari, Kaul Singh Thakur, G.S. Bali, Mukesh Agnihotri and Gangu Ram Musafir will contest from Dalhousie, Darang, Nagrota, Haroli and Pachchad, respectively. Party veteran Vidya Stokes was supposed to contest from Theog, one of the seats left out in the first list. But Ms. Stokes announced quitting politics on October 18. Assembly Speaker Brij Behari Lal Butail is currently representing the Palampur seat. Former Union Minister Sukh Ram’s son Anil is currently representing Mandi. But he has quit the party and joined the BJP, which has already fielded him from the same seat. The Congress on October 18 announced its first list of 59 candidates for the November 9 Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls, with Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh being fielded from the Arki constituency in Solan district.The list was finalised after a marathon meeting of the Congress central election committee chaired by party president Sonia Gandhi. Nominees for the remaining nine seats, including Shimla (Rural), would be announced later.Also Read Ex-CM Dhumal, State chief in BJP list of candidateslast_img read more

Hope floats for women in politics

first_imgThe women’s wings of the three major political parties in Odisha have become more active since the State Assembly passed a resolution unanimously for providing 33% reservation for women in the Legislative Assemblies and Parliament on November 20 last year. Ahead of the simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the State, the number of meetings and demonstrations by the women’s wings of the ruling Biju Janata Dal and Opposition Congress and BJP has also started multiplying after Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik took up the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 4. Mr. Patnaik had urged Mr. Modi to initiate necessary steps for passing the Women’s Reservation Bill for reservation of one-third seats in Parliament and State Legislatures for women. “I assure full support of my government in providing women their rightful place in the decision-making process,” Mr. Patnaik wrote to Mr. Modi.The Chief Minister, who has been focussing on women’s empowerment, has not stopped there. Senior party leaders have been meeting top leaders of different parties across the country seeking their support for passage of the Bill in Parliament.Positive signs In fact, the three major parties have also strengthened their women’s wings in the recent months. While the BJD and the Congress have appointed new presidents in their women’s wings, the BJP has inducted some prominent women to add strength to its women’s wing. Such has become the political atmosphere that women leaders of these parties from far-off districts have started frequenting Bhubaneswar hoping to get party tickets. They are of the view that more women will be given tickets to contest the coming elections even if the Bill is not passed in Parliament. “This is a positive sign that more and more women are coming forward to actively participate in politics. Odisha has produced many women leaders, including former Chief Minister Nandini Satpathy, in the past and the current trend should be encouraged by different parties,” said political analyst Rabi Das. Buoyant by the developments with regard to women’s political participation, transgender rights activists too have become active in their work with the hope that they may also be given tickets by different parties. “Time has come for all parties to give tickets to transgender people to ensure their participation in the decision-making process,” said Meera Parida, chairman of the All Odisha Transgender Welfare Trust.last_img read more

Secret Maoist camp busted in Odisha; no arrests made

first_imgA secret Maoist camp was busted by Central Reserve Police Force personnel in Niyamgiri hills region under Kalyansinghpur police station limits of Odisha’s Rayagada district on Thursday.According to police sources, 15 gelatin sticks, 15 detonators, one Improvised Explosive Device in the form of a ‘tiffin box’, batteries and wires were seized from the spot. The Maoists using the camp could not be traced as they had managed to escape taking advantage of the hilly jungle terrain, said the sources.During their continuing anti-Maoist search operation, the CRPF personnel had unearthed this secret Maoist camp inside the jungle near Tuluba village in Niyamgiri hills region. The explosives seized from the spot suggested that the Maoists were planning to plant them to target security forces.last_img read more

Dont burn Haryana: National chess champion appeals to Jats

first_imgChandigarh, Feb 23 (PTI) As situation remains tense in Haryana hit hard by the Jat quota stir, a video of former national chess champion Anuradha Beniwal making an appeal to the protesters to call off their stir has gone viral on the internet.Beniwal, a Jat girl hailing from Rohtak, the nerve centre of the Jat agitation, in the video appealed to protesters to stop burnig their “own land, schools and homes”.”In the name of protest, you ruined everything. People have turned against you…You have set fire to your own land and burnt your own schools,” she said in the video.The 29-year-old expressed concern over “mindless violence” that has caused huge damage to life and property at various places in the state.”You have burnt your own home, nobody else has lost anything…When there will be no schools, which good teacher will come to teach here,” she said.Beniwal also said the violence will instill fear among people coming to Haryana and hit the investment environment.”Investors will fear to come here after seeing what you have done to it…One cannot survive on government jobs alone. How will your state develop? You will have to create an environment of development,” she said.She said Haryana has made the country proud in various fields including the army and sports and “therefore, violence has no place here”.”How can you demand something by resorting to threats and violence,” she asked the protesters and appealed to them to “rise above caste considerations”.advertisement”When I started learning Chess, I wasnt asked about my caste. My coaches belonged to different communities and I played with players who were from different communities,” she said.Before this, various sports personalities, including Virender Sehwag, boxers Vijender Singh and Manoj Kumar, have made an appeal to the Jat protesters to end the stir. PTI SUN GVS SK GVSlast_img read more

Auburn Lands Commitment From 4-Star OT Austin Troxell

first_imgOne of Alabama’s top offensive linemen has committed to play for the Auburn Tigers. Austin Troxell, a four-star tackle out of Madison Academy, made his decision during a campus visit this afternoon, according to multiple reports.4-star OT Austin Troxell (@austintroxell33) has verbally committed to Auburn today during his campus visit. #MGMAuburn— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) June 18, 2016Boom!!!!!!!! #WDE— Coach Gus Malzahn (@CoachGusMalzahn) June 18, 2016Troxell’s decision comes after two trips to campus this month, solidifying his choice between the Tigers and rival Alabama. spoke to Troxell about his choice. “I have committed to the University of Auburn, so I’m ready,” Troxell said. “I’m ready to start my journey and be an Auburn Tiger… It’s a burden lifted off my shoulders. I finally got my decision made. No looking back now. It’s 100 percent Auburn now so I’m ready.”Troxell is yet to tweet about the decision himself, but has retweeted a few of his future teammates that have offered him congratulations. austin troxell retweetsTroxell is Auburn’s ninth commit, and fifth blue-chip player.[]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

Up in smoke Calgary judge dismisses charges against Vancouver pot activist

first_imgCALGARY – A Calgary judge has dismissed all charges against a well-known Vancouver marijuana activist who had been accused of trafficking and drug possession.Dana Larsen was arrested following a public appearance in Calgary in April 2016.He was charged after he handed out marijuana seeds to the audience as part of his Overgrow Canada tour.The tour was aimed at distributing one million pot seeds to be planted in public places.Police also seized marijuana, cannabis oil and resin from his vehicle.Larsen said after his arrest that he had no intention of pleading guilty.Following the April 2016 rally, officers escorted Larsen and another man to a police car while supporters chanted, “Shame! Shame!”Larsen said he visited 14 cities on his campaign and Calgary was the only place where police showed up.Following a court appearance, the activist said he would fight the charges all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada.“I feel that if they really do persist, the possible outcome is that we win and that cannabis seeds are declared no longer illegal at all,” he told reporters, while surrounded by about two dozen placard-carrying supporters.Larsen was in Calgary again this past April to promote his campaign. Two police officers attended the meeting, but left after a short time.Larsen served 10 years as editor of Cannabis Culture Magazine and was a founding member of the B.C. Marijuana Party and the Canadian Marijuana Party.He led an unsuccessful bid for a marijuana referendum in British Columbia and has run a medicinal cannabis dispensary for seven years.In 2011, he ran for the leadership of the provincial NDP in B.C. (CTV Calgary, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Jabra launches new soft neckband earbuds in India

first_imgNew Delhi: Denmark-based Jabra, a subsidiary of GN Netcom that makes in-ear and on-ear audio wearables, on Thursday launched its Evolve 65e soft neckband earbuds in India with up to 13 hours of battery life for Rs 20,320 (excluding GST). The Jabra Evolve 65e features Skype for business certification that ensures users enjoy crystal-clear call and music quality. The earbuds also support eight hours of talk time. “Enterprises are constantly seeking new ways to enable their employees to be productive wherever they are, making UC one of the most important mobile technologies today. But if mobile workers are to use professional headsets, they will expect the same wearing-styles and form-factors, great comfort and range of features that they get from their consumer devices,” Holger Reisinger, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Solutions, Jabra, said in a statement. The device would be available starting May at authorised Jabra channel partners and resellers. The Jabra Evolve 65e sports Skype for Business and UC-certification, courtesy its four-microphone system. With two in the microphone box capturing voice and one in each earbud, the device uses DSP algorithm to find the optimum voice-to-noise ratio for clarity.last_img read more