Security Alert underway in Strabane

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th By admin – May 20, 2015 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WhatsApp Twitter There’s a security alert underway in Strabane.It comes after a suspicious object was thrown at a car in Inishfree Gardens.A number of houses have been evacuated, and a security operation is continuing.center_img Facebook Twitter Previous articleDonegal Road safety Officer says some drivers are still blind to dangers of mobile phonesNext articleDonegal V Armagh USFC advance ticket sale price gives 33% saving admin Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Security Alert underway in Strabane Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal last_img read more

The magic employee engagement question

first_img 169SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Holly Buchanan Holly Buchanan is the author of Selling Financial Services to Women – What Men Need to Know and Even Women Will Be Surprised to Learn. She is the co-author of The … Web: Details You have a great employee. You’ve invested time and money in training him or her. You’ve created a strong company culture. You offer a competitive salary. You think your rising star is engaged….until he or she turns in their notice with vague language about “pursuing other opportunities.”While there are many programs focused on employee engagement, often the reason someone leaves is because of a frustration with their current job or circumstance.   Most companies do multiple question written surveys to uncover challenges. But if you really want an honest answer, sit down one-on-one and ask this one magic question:What’s the one thing we could change that would help you be more successful at your job?Then zip it up and just listen.You are not asking for a laundry list of complaints. You are asking for one specific thing.   By using the phrasing, “help you be more successful” you are focused on how to help them achieve a positive outcome.When I work with credit unions I always ask employees and managers this question and the answers are telling.   Here are some examples:“More peer-to-peer learning.   When we can, we try to listen in on each other calls. But it would be great to have a more formal process for sharing with each other, a chance to share specific situations that came up and how we handled them.”“A better understanding of my career path. What skills do I need in order to get promoted and what actions do I need to take to get to the next level? And how long will that take?”“The ability to pull up (x) information without having to go to a whole other screen.”“We offer one of the best cultures and pay in the industry. I’d love to change our exit interview process to gain a better understanding of why we have such high turnover rates.”You may or may not be able to make the requested change.   But if someone identifies this as the one key to being more successful, it will provide 3 things:1 – A better idea of where the true pain points are that need to be addressed2 – New ideas on ways to improve processes3 – An employee or manager who feels heardThe key to number three is to do something about it. If you absolutely can’t make the change requested, have a clear explanation as to why.     If you can make the change, do.Start right now. Find an employee, assistant, or colleague and ask him or her this question.   The answer is sure to provide valuable information.last_img read more

How Ebola made a mess of Africa’s biggest tournament

first_imgThe Africa Cup of Nations, the continent’s bi-annual soccer showcase, is scheduled to run from January 17 to February 8, 2015. Sponsors are contracted. Qualifying is well underway. There’s just one problem: The tournament doesn’t have a host country. Morocco had agreed to host the tournament, but the North Africans, fearing a possible Ebola outbreak, balked.The Moroccans had asked to postpone the tournament, but that request was met with a resounding “no.” Instead, in a meeting yesterday, the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), African soccer’s governing body, expelled Morocco from the tournament. The CAF must now scramble to find a new host nation.It’s hard to tell who is being more ridiculous, the CAF or Morocco. On the one hand, Morocco has a responsibility to consider the health and welfare of its citizens, and that responsibility goes well beyond any contract to host a soccer tournament, which is something the CAF should respect. Furthermore, the Moroccan soccer federation isn’t the same thing as the Moroccan government, and, even if it was, to punish the players of the Moroccan national team for such a decision is misguided.On the other hand, Morocco’s concern about Ebola is pretty overblown. Yes, it’s a dangerous disease, but it’s also localized to only three of the CAF’s  56 member associations, none of which are Morocco or neighbors of Morocco. And while it would be theoretically possible for a person with Ebola to travel to Morocco and infect a bunch of people, it’s not likely. For one thing, Ebola is far less contagious than people tend to realize. For another, none of the teams from any of Africa’s three infected countries have yet to qualify for the tournament. Liberia was already eliminated, and Sierra Leone and Guinea are both in last place in their respective qualifying groups. If none of them qualify, there’s not a great incentive for fans from those countries to attend. And anyway, you’d think they have better things to worry about than a soccer tournament in Morocco.That the CAF decided to move forward with the tournament has surprised many observers. There isn’t a long list of countries in Africa capable of putting on a major tournament with two months’ notice. Such an event takes a great deal of coordination and planning—security, hospitality, transportation—not to mention a baseline of critical infrastructure, like stadiums.To make matters worse, in the 24 hours since yesterday’s decision, many of the countries on that shortlist have taken themselves out of consideration. South Africa, which recently hosted the 2010 World Cup and the 2013 Cup of Nations, has already declined. “No, South Africa, or the South African Football Association, is not one of the countries to have shown a latest desire to replace Morocco as hosts for the 2015 AFCON finals,” the South Africa Football Association’s Dominic Chimhamvi said late yesterday. “That’s the position we were on a few days or weeks ago, and it hasn’t changed.”Nigeria, a country that has successfully eradicated Ebola, also bowed out. Nigeria’s Punchspoke to an unnamed, “very highly placed official of the sports ministry,” this morning. “No, we are not in any way asking to take over,” he said. “Nigeria won’t host the competition and that is the position.”Algeria is probably the last remaining host option, at least in Africa. There are widespread reports that a country in the Asian federation has stepped forward and offered to host the tournament. The CAF has yet to comment, but France’s L’Equipe is reporting the country is Qatar.If Qatar does go on to successfully host the Cup of Nations, it would be a major coup for the tiny Persian Gulf nation. Since being selected to host the 2022 World Cup, Qatar has come under heavy criticism. The working conditions for laborers in the country are slave-like, and concerns over the heat are so widespread that FIFA is apparently considering moving the 2022 World Cup to the winter, when temperatures are lower.By hosting the Cup of Nations, which takes place in winter, Qatar could prove the viability of a winter World Cup while flipping off its many doubters and critics. It’s kind of a perfect solution, and it definitely fits the tournament’s tone. AFCON has always had an element of fuck you about it. It takes place, unapologetically and much to the chagrin of many European managers, right in the middle of the European soccer season, meaning many of the world’s best players miss a large period of European club competition. It’s the showpiece event for the world’s most disenfranchised and misunderstood continent, a chance for Africans to exert a little power, to throw a little party by Africa, for Africa. And if that comes with a chance to take a dig at Europe, all the betterlast_img read more

Ruthless City won’t let up -Jesus

first_imgThey are being mentioned in the same breath as Arsenal’s “Invincibles”, who went unbeaten in the 2003-04 season, Manchester United’s 1999 treble winners and Liverpool’s 1987-88 champions — arguably the best group of the Anfield club’s golden era.Tottenham certainly had no answer to City’s potent attacking options as Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne put them two upRaheem Sterling struck twice in the closing minutes but City could have scored several more.Jesus missed a penalty and Bernardo Silva hit the post while Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris made several good saves.It was a measure of City’s desire to completely overwhelm opponents that Christian Eriksen’s stoppage-time consolation for Tottenham was a significant irritation for the hosts. “It was just a little bit of a shame we got the goal against,” said De Bruyne.“It was a stupid goal but I just think we did very well.“We wanted to win the game, we showed we deserved to win the game. We need to keep going.”There were some moments of controversy with Harry Kane and Dele Alli both booked for heavy challenges on Sterling and De Bruyne respectively that arguably warranted red cards.De Bruyne looked in pain at the time but did not want to make a fuss of the incident.“At the time it hurt a little bit but it looks nastier at the speed we play the game. It is football. It will happen more,” he said.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus has warned his side’s rivals that the Premier League leaders won’t become complacent as they surge towards the title.Pep Guardiola’s team were at their swaggering best on Saturday, crushing Tottenham 4-1 to extend their Premier League record winning streak to 16 games.center_img City have looked unstoppable for several months and Tottenham were the latest title rival to come up short against the runaway leaders.Despite having a huge lead heading into the Christmas period, Brazil star Jesus insists City will keep their foot on the gas in a bid until the silverware is wrapped up.“Our team is performing excellently but there are other clubs doing the same,” Jesus said.“We can’t think that we’re unbeatable and we have to keep our focus game by game.“This was one of our best performances this season, against a really good opponent that has brilliant players.”“So well done to us, not just because of the result, but also the way that we’ve beaten Tottenham. The score could have been even larger.”City’s latest scintillating display saw Guardiola’s men compared to some of the great sides in English football history.last_img read more

Belarusian football wins fans abroad as locals boycott matches

first_imgThe Belarusian top flight is the only one in Europe still playingMinsk, Belarus | AFP |  As Belarus resists imposing a lockdown to combat the coronavirus, its football league has stumbled into the international limelight as Europe’s only remaining top-flight competition.But players are worried about the health risks and only diehard fans are braving matches.FC Slutsk fan Yahor Khavanski, 26, is “a bit afraid” but could not imagine quitting his weekend football fix.On Sunday he intends to don a surgical mask and an FC Slutsk scarf and “try not to touch anything” at a clash against rivals Belshina Bobruisk.“The stadium holds 2,000 people, but only 300 came to the last match. You can sit anywhere you want and keep your distance,” he told AFP by phone.Khavanski says he will keep attending matches, regardless of the risk. In his view, he faces “the same odds of being infected on public transport or in shops”.Life has continued as normal in Belarus, whose authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko has dismissed World Health Organisation recommendations to impose a virus lockdown.With a population of nearly 10 million, Belarus has registered 9,590 coronavirus cases. Neighbouring Ukraine, with four times the population, has registered fewer cases.The Belarusian Football Federation (BFF) has followed the government’s lead, saying it will not stop matches under the current guidelines.The BFF even announced this week its women’s league will kick off on April 30 following a two-week delay over fears players had come into contact with people infected with the virus.– International exhibition –On paper, the decision to allow matches is a huge boon to a struggling league.Russia’s largest sports network bought the rights to air matches in March, a move followed by 11 other countries including India and Israel.Clubs have started Twitter accounts in English to cater to the new influx of international spectators.Fans and management at FC Slutsk wonder whether the new interest could save the club.FC Slutsk’s main sponsor is a local, state-run sugar company. “But the sugar industry is in decline,” club president Vitaly Bunas told AFP.With the factory director in prison over a corruption conviction, Bunas says “the club’s finances are catastrophic”.Yet fans in Australia have crowd-funded nearly $4000 and launched a Facebook group for FC Slutsk’s new followers abroad, an initiative Bunas said was “surprising but welcome”.– Fan revolt –The boost of attracting new fans abroad has come against the backdrop of dwindling spectators, with a total of just 2,383 fans across the eight league matches last weekend.Dinamo Minsk’s match against Neman Grodno, held in the country’s largest stadium last weekend, was played in front of only 317 people.At the end of March, fans in Grodno criticised the official response to the pandemic and virus “lies”, calling on the BFF to “finally have the courage to stop the championship”.Fans groups at all of the league’s top clubs have announced they will not attend matches.Several players, mainly foreign based, have weighed in, saying the league should be suspended.“It’s a little scary,” said Dinamo Brest striker Artem Milevsky on Instagram last week after a match in Vitebsk, the town which has the second highest number of infections in Belarus.Dinamo Minsk midfielder, Danilo, told Brazilian media: “If the major championships have stopped, why haven’t we? We should do the same.”But with the league gaining more attention than ever, other players see this as their moment.French-Armenian footballer Hayk Mosakhanian said it was a “plus” the league was continuing, welcoming publicity “if we play well”.The Energetik-BGU midfielder added that young players “want to show off”.For up and coming stars, he said, the pandemic has offered a chance to stand out. “It’s an opportunity,” he told AFP.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

FIFA’s Webb facing life ban

first_imgZURICH, Switzerland (CMC): Former CONCACAF boss Jeffrey Webb is facing a life ban from football after FIFA’s ethics committee opened formal proceedings against him, relating to his recent guilty plea to corruption charges in a United States court last year. Football’s world governing body said yesterday the adjudicatory chamber of the ethics committee would mull over the investigatory chamber’s recommendation of “a lifelong ban from all football-related activities” for Webb’s violation of its code of ethics. “The adjudicatory chamber of the ethics committee, chaired by Mr Hans-Joachim Eckert, has opened formal adjudicatory proceedings against Mr Jeffrey Webb based on the final report submitted by the investigatory chamber,” FIFA said. “The adjudicatory chamber has carefully studied the report of the investigatory chamber, under the chairmanship of Dr Cornel Borbely, and decided to institute formal adjudicatory proceedings against Mr Webb, formerly the president of CONCACAF, a vice-president of FIFA, a member of the executive committee of the Caribbean Football Union and the president of the Cayman Islands Football Association. “The final report was transmitted to the adjudicatory chamber on 26 April 2016, with a recommended sanction of a lifelong ban from all football-related activities for violations of parts 13, 15, 18, 19 and 21 of the FIFA code of ethics.” The move by FIFA comes after Webb pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy, three counts of wire-fraud conspiracy and three counts of money-laundering conspiracy in a New York court last November. This followed his arrest in a dramatic predawn raid here one year ago as high-level FIFA executives gathered for a highly anticipated presidential election. He was subsequently deported to the United States to face charges. FIFA said yesterday Webb would be free to defend himself during the ethics committee proceedings and could also request a hearing if desired. Webb is currently on bail and awaiting sentencing next month. The Caymanian was one of several current and former FIFA officials who were arrested and charged in the ongoing US Department of Justice corruption investigation into FIFA. In a dramatic turn of events last December, Webb’s replacement, Honduran Alfredo Hawit, was also arrested on corruption charges and also recently pleaded guilty. A new president will be elected when CONCACAF holds its congress in Mexico City in just over a week’s time, with Bermudian Larry Mussenden, a former attorney General and justice minister, along with Canadian football chief Victor Montagliani, contesting the post. FINAL REPORTlast_img read more

Talking the walk for the future of Errigal

first_imgRosita Mahony of Donegal County Council will give a presentation on the plans the local authority has for hill walking on Errigal.This free event will be held at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny, at 8 p.m. on Tuesday May 7th.The event is being organised by the Donegal Association of An Taisce and everyone is welcome.Errigal is, and will continue to be, a very popular hill walking destination.But the current level of erosion on the most frequently used route is unsustainable. It is uncomfortable for walkers, unsightly in the landscape and damages water quality as well as habitats of European importance. Through the international ASCENT Project, and working with the local community and the Errigal Stakeholders Group, Donegal County Council is now well on its way to carrying out habitat restoration and ensuring sustainable access there.This takes account of the environmental challenges presented by the popularity of Errigal and the desire to optimise the potential benefits to the local community.This presentation outlines the progress made to achieve this shared vision for Errigal.Talking the walk for the future of Errigal was last modified: May 1st, 2019 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)last_img read more

Emergency services at scene of Letterkenny crash

first_imgEmergency services are attending the scene of an accident on one of the main routes into Letterkenny this Friday evening.The collision is believed to have occurred near the Dry Arch Roundabout at Lurgybrack shortly before 7pm.It is not known if there are any injuries.   Emergency services at scene of Letterkenny crash was last modified: June 7th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

Police detain separatists in Srinagar to foil meet


HC transfers judge for humiliating cop

first_imgThe Allahabad High Court on Saturday transferred a judge from Agra in western Uttar Pradesh to Mahoba in Bundelkhand after he ordered a police constable to remove the khaki uniform in court as punishment for allegedly not giving passage to his car.Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Agra, Santosh Kumar Yadav was transferred as Secretary (full time) district legal services authority HC Registrar General Mayank Kumar Jain said in an order.The constable, a driver with the Agra police identified as Ghurelal, was allegedly forced by the judge to take off his shirt, belt and cap and made to stand in court for almost an hour on Friday. The policeman, who was driving a police van carrying accused to be presented before court, was reportedly punished for not giving passage to the judge’s vehicle in the court premises. Humiliated by the incident, the constable then wrote to the district police chief and applied for voluntary retirement. He also apparently broke down.last_img read more