The Centrica share price: what I’m doing now

first_imgThe Centrica share price: what I’m doing now “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Roland Head | Sunday, 28th February, 2021 | More on: CNA Regular readers might have noticed that I’ve owned Centrica (LSE: CNA) shares for a long time. Too long, if I’m honest. The average share price of my Centrica stock is much higher than the stock’s current price, which means I’m sitting on a big paper loss.The group published its 2020 accounts last week, giving me a chance to review my investment. Should I keep the faith, or is it time to cut my losses?5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Change is happeningThings are changing at Centrica, which owns British Gas. New boss Chris O’Shea is simplifying the business. He’s already engineered a big reduction in debt, thanks to the £2.8bn sale of the Direct Energy business in the US.However, this deal didn’t stop the group’s profits falling sharply last year. Excluding operations the company has sold, the group’s adjusted earnings fell by 35% to just 2.8p per share.The dividend remains suspended and Centrica’s pension deficit of £1.9bn could yet require extra funding.The only really good news from 2020 was that net debt fell by £0.4bn to £2.8bn, thanks to tight control on spending and continued job cuts.At a share price of 53p, last week’s results value Centrica stock at 19 times 2020 earnings. This strong multiple suggests to me that the market is pricing in a recovery from 2021 onwards.What’s the plan?Centrica has sold its US utility business and plans to sell its UK oil and gas business, Spirit Energy. The group’s UK nuclear power stations were also up for sale, but these are suffering technical problems and the sale process is currently paused.I expect Spirit Energy to be sold in 2021, as the oil and gas market recovers from last year’s crash.This will leave the British Gas business at the core of the group, selling energy and services to household and business customers. Services are seen as a big area of growth, as they generate higher profit margins than electricity and gas.The firm’s results seem to support this view. In 2020, British Gas’s services business generated twice as much free cash flow as its energy supply operation.Alongside British Gas, Centrica is also involved in energy trading and providing energy solutions for larger corporate customers. The group also has a utility business in Ireland.These four divisions will support Centrica’s new strategy of focusing on services and energy retail, rather than being a generator.Centrica share price: my decisionCentrica still faces some difficult times. Leaving business issues aside, the company needs to make British Gas a well-loved brand. I’m not sure that’s true at the moment.However, the business still satisfies my core requirement for holding — it generates plenty of cash. In fact, underlying free cash flow actually increased last year, from £472m to £685m. Based on today’s Centrica share price of 53p, this values the business at just 4.5 times free cash flow. That’s well below the market average and looks cheap to me.I think Centrica still has some real problems, but I also think that events in 2020 provided O’Shea with the ideal opportunity to get all the bad news out of the way.From now on, I expect a more positive tone. Based on the group’s strong cash flow and modest valuation, I’ve decided to continue holding my Centrica shares and await further progress. Roland Head owns shares of Centrica. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. 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NEW ZEALAND: Milestone for Christchurch’s Transitional Cathedral

first_img By Taonga staffPosted Jul 23, 2012 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Artist’s conception of Christchurch’s Transitional Cathedral, due to be up by Christmas. Anglican Taonga photo[Anglican Taonga] Christchurch’s Transitional Cathedral moves closer to reality this Tuesday as contractors prepare to lay the foundations by Latimer Square.If all goes to plan, the building should be completed by Christmas.Construction company Naylor Love has been contracted for the build after many months of discussions.Cathedral staff member Craig Dixon said today: “After 12 long months, to know that we are about to build is fantastic.“There are still challenges ahead. In the end, the story of this build will be one of shared effort and generosity by businesses, groups and individuals together, creating a sign of hope for our city and region.”“Japanese architect Shigeru Ban visited last week to work with the design team and finalize details prior to construction. Some planning is still to be completed but we are at a point where the team believes it is time to now take up the challenge.“The budget is very tight but thanks to enormous and ongoing support from our design team and suppliers, we are confident a building of national and international significance will soon grace our city.”Every effort has been made to ensure that the Transitional Cathedral will serve the needs of the cathedral and its surrounding communities.The structure has been designed for maximum safety and will be built 100% to code.“Design and construction will be unlike anything previously seen in the city,” Dixon said. “The building’s size and scale is unprecedented in terms of Shigeru’s emergency architecture.“Its simple beauty is a fitting tribute to all who have been affected by the events of September 4, 2010 and following.”After 10 years, or at a point when a cathedral is completed in Cathedral Square, the Transitional Cathedral will continue as an inner-city church for the congregation of St John’s.[Christchurch Cathedral was severely damaged by a magnitude-6.1 earthquake that struck the region on Feb. 22, 2011.] Rector Pittsburgh, PA An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Events Associate Rector Columbus, GA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Bath, NC Submit an Event Listing Rector Hopkinsville, KY Comments (1) Director of Music Morristown, NJ Submit a Job Listing Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Belleville, IL New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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HGCNH House / Code Architectural Design

first_img Text description provided by the architects. Located in the town of Shikaoi-cho in Hokkaido, this house was built for a husband and wife couple and their child on the same plot of land as their parents’ house. Although the space that divides the house from the neighboring building is unusually large – almost inconceivably so for an urban downtown setting – the site does not offer a good, unobstructed view of the vast natural expanse that surrounds the property. Save this picture!Recommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsIn addition to determining an appropriate height for the house that would take into account the amount of light reaching the existing house occupied by the clients’ parents, our design also made effective use of the housing components that extended up until the depth of frost penetration. Save this picture!Floor PlanThis partially split-level house consists of approximately 1.5 layers (for a total height of 4100mm). The large porch space, which is continuous with the entrance hall, functions as a kind of buffer zone dividing the house from the outdoors, offering its inhabitants a gentle, gradual transition towards the interior. Save this picture!We felt that certain adjustments were necessary to prevent this sort of single-roomed space from creating a monotonous impression. Although the living, dining and kitchen area is located along the south-facing side of the house, it is also situated uncomfortably close to the street that runs just alongside the building. As such, we decide to punctuate the wall with a scattered assortment of windows in various shapes and sizes instead of creating a single, large window. These openings offer the inhabitants multiple functions and meanings – varied glimpses of the sky through each window, a momentary peek at the landscape outside, or the ornamental touches that adorn the storage shelves. Save this picture!Wooden louvers were installed over the large open windows facing east-west not in order to cut the building off from its exterior, but rather to create a loose sense of connection to the outside. Save this picture!Sections and ElevationCentered on a traditional Japanese doma dirt floor area, this house promises to bring family members closer together, receive friends with ready hospitality, and create a sense of easy connection to the local community.Save this picture!Project gallerySee allShow lessBeton Hala Waterfront Center proposal / Djordje AlfirevicArticlesExhibition: (IM)PURE, (IN)FORMAL, (UN)BUILTArticles Share Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Japan “COPY” Architects: Code Architectural Design Year Completion year of this architecture project Houses CopyHouses•Japan ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard HGCNH House / Code Architectural DesignSave this projectSaveHGCNH House / Code Architectural Design Save this picture!+ 16 Share Year:  HGCNH House / Code Architectural Design 2009 “COPY” ArchDaily CopyAbout this officeCode Architectural DesignOfficeFollowProductSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesJapanPublished on June 18, 2011Cite: “HGCNH House / Code Architectural Design” 18 Jun 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceGlass3MSafety Window Films in Associated Watch and Jewelry BuyersFaucetshansgroheKitchen Mixers – Talis MWindowsAir-LuxSliding Windows for High-Rise BuildingsSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – B-ClassGlassLAMILUXGlass Roof PR60Manuals & AdviceSikaFirestop SystemsMetal PanelsAmerican MetalcraftRainscreen – RS300Curtain WallsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Curtain Wall – Rabel 35000 Slim Super ThermalWaste Containers / Recycling BinsPunto DesignLitter Bin – PapilonSound BoothsFramerySoundproof Phone Booths – Framery OneCarpetsnanimarquinaRugs – ShadeMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?HGCNH House / Code Architectural Design是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Defend Portland! Defend People’s Resistance! No Police State!

first_imgDespite the brutal attempt of the White House to crush the heroic Black Lives Matter movement by sending camouflaged federal agents − secret police − to Portland, Chicago and other U.S. cities, the movement and all who support it have been fighting back.The initial response to the threat of a police state − when mothers and working and oppressed people in general put their bodies on the line in Portland − is the best news possible. Millions of people understand that the young people of color, LGBTQ2S+ people and the most militant forces in the streets with the Black Lives Matter movement have accomplished more in two months than decades of electoral campaigns in dismantling institutional racism.We, in Workers World Party, call for taking the example of all those resisting in Portland. Continue and expand your support across the country for the street actions against the brutal actions of the federal agents and local police.The movement can dare to use every instrument at its disposal − protests, strikes, blocking highways as well as every legal challenge. And we can ally with everyone who fights these police-state measures. We know, however, that we must depend on ourselves and not on politicians and courts to win this battle.When Trump attempted in early June to declare martial law to smash the movement, this boomeranged against him and the movement came out stronger. Now Trump is sending in the most reactionary Homeland Security and ICE thugs to attack our movement.The movement’s strongest weapon is its readiness to adopt whatever tactics are necessary to battle the repressive force of the state and to continue to flood the streets.We must show our solidarity with the many communities for which anonymous officers abducting people into unmarked vans is nothing new. The migrant community has struggled against the racist deportation machine for decades.Black, Brown and Indigenous people inside the U.S. have borne the brunt of racist violence and repression by the police, slave patrols, vigilantes, COINTELPRO, and U.S. troops.We must also show our solidarity with the many oppressed nations around the world fighting for liberation who have endured the most vicious invasions, deaths squads, proxy wars, economic sanctions and drone strikes by U.S. imperialism.A broad movement of organized working and oppressed people, with the leadership of the most oppressed and resisting militantly in the streets is necessary to push forward and block this police state move.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Journalist freed on bail after four months in prison

first_img IranMiddle East – North Africa News Receive email alerts Madh Amadi, a freelance journalist who was arrested on 28 July, was freed on bail yesterday after paying 50 million toman (45,500 euros) in bail. As a result he called off his hunger strike. He is still awaiting trial.————————————————————————–23.11.2005 Black month for Iran’s journalistsReporters Without Borders today condemned a wave of summonses being issued to journalists at the intelligence ministry’s behest as well as other press freedom violations in the course of a month that has been especially tough for the Iranian media.“We call on the intelligence ministry to stop harassing and intimidating journalists with all these summonses,” the press freedom organisation said. “It is unacceptable that a country’s intelligence agencies take it upon themselves to try to dictate what journalists must write.”At least 10 journalists have been summoned for questioning, in the course of which they have been advised not to criticise the new government headed by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. They have also been “asked” not to write articles on sensitive issues such as Iran’s nuclear programme.Reporters Without Borders today also called for the immediate release of Madh Amadi and Masoud Bastani, who have been imprisoned since the summer on trumped-up charges, and condemned the beating which sports photographer Heshmatollah Bahadory received from a policeman on 14 November“The detention of Amadi and Bastani is utterly arbitrary,” the organisation said. “It is time for the Iranian courts to stop systematically targetting journalists.”A freelance journalist who works for several news media, Amadi was arrested on 28 July in the Sarvabad border area after visiting the Kurdish part of neighbouring Irak. He was sentenced by a court in Marivan, in Iran’s Kurdish-dominated northwestern region, to a year in prison and 50 lashes for “leaving the country illegally.” The reason for his arrest is not known, but it could be linked to his investigation of a massacre of residents in the village of Garna (in the Kurdish part of Iran) in the 1980s. Many documents about the massacre which he had collected were seized at the time of his arrest.Amadi was due to have been freed on bail yesterday but, against all expectation, the court opposed his released. In protest, he immediately went on hunger strike and sowed up his mouth. He is scheduled to appear before the court again soon in connection with other charges.Bastani, the young editor of Nedai Eslahat (a daily that was closed by the authorities in 2003) and a contributor to such pro-reform newspapers as Etemad, Toseeh and Joumhoryat, was arrested on 25 July outside Milad hospital in Tehran while covering a demonstration in support of imprisoned fellow journalist Akbar Ganji.He was convicted of libel in 2003 and was sentenced to six months in prison, 70 lashes and a five-year ban on practising journalism. But he was released after spending a few days in Arak prison, in the centre of the country.The authorities say he has been sent back to prison to finish serving the 2003 sentence. But as the plaintiffs have withdrawn their libel suit, there is no longer any case against him. The state prosecutor in Arak recently banned Bastani from talking to the judge in charge of the case. After being allowed out of prison for a month, Bastani had to return to Arak prison on 5 November.Bahadory, who works for the daily Pirozy and the news website, was attacked by a police officer for no apparent reason while covering a football match in Tehran stadium on 14 November and had to spend several days in the intensive care unit of Atyer hospital. Reporters Without Borders said it called on the Tehran police chief to keep his promise to punish the police officer involved. RSF_en to go further Follow the news on Iran Organisation News Help by sharing this information IranMiddle East – North Africa center_img Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists June 9, 2021 Find out more November 29, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist freed on bail after four months in prison Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists News News March 18, 2021 Find out more February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

A radio station located in the southern city of Gafsa attacked

first_img RSF_en August 2, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A radio station located in the southern city of Gafsa attacked Radio Gafsa, a radio station located in the southern city of Gafsa, was attacked by about 20 men, most of them wearing hoods. They ransacked the premises and terrified employees. Newscenter_img Help by sharing this information Organisation last_img

Limerick Post Show | Guided Meditation

first_img Previous articleIreland Learn World Cup 2022 Qualifying FateNext articleLimerick You’re A Lady Meghann Scully Print Linkedin Facebook WhatsApp Emailcenter_img Twitter The Limerick Post Show with Meghann ScullyShe chatted to Yoga instructor, Cathy Pearson, who is part of the Irish Federation of Yoga TeachersSign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up She went through a brief guided meditation that you can do at home, at your desk or at anytime#KeepingLimerickPosted Advertisement NewsLimerick Post Show | Guided MeditationBy Meghann Scully – December 8, 2020 48 last_img

Muri: ECISD not going back to normal

first_img Pinterest Muri: ECISD not going back to normal As Ector County ISD moves through the COVID-19 pandemic and all its attendant uncertainty, Superintendent Scott Muri knows one thing for sure: things will not go back to business as usual when it’s over. Even before the pandemic, ECISD was working on its strategic plan, but it found that items in the plan had to be acted on immediately due to circumstances. Recently Muri published an article in EdSurge titled “The Pandemic Closed Our Doors But Opened Our Minds: Why My School District Will Not Return to ‘Normal.’” A year ago, ECISD looked at its data and realized it was not where it wanted to be and that the way the district was designed was not working for every student. “… In fact it wasn’t working for most of our kids. That’s not a place we want to go back to. We want to go a new place, a better place. We’ve learned a lot through the pandemic,” Muri said. “There are things that we don’t want to continue like I am wearing a mask right now. I would hope that is not a part of my permanent future, so that’s something that we would clearly like to change but other things that we’ve learned are pretty remarkable.” For example, Muri visited Wilson & Young Medal of Honor Middle School Thursday. “… They’re in the process of finishing up an assessment called the Measure of Academic Progress. … One of the things that they noticed in their academic areas is their virtual students performed better in the area of reading and English than their face-to-face students. Their face-to-face students performed better in the area of math than their virtual students. At this point in time most of the children that are virtual are experiencing success at virtual, whereas at the beginning of the year we had almost 85 percent of our kids virtual. Some kids were really struggling. Many of the kids that are still in a virtual environment are experiencing success,” Muri said. He added that he found that data point from Wilson & Young fascinating. Muri said officials at Wilson & Young are trying to figure out why the virtual students are doing better in English than the in-person ones. “… Is that a better way for kids to learn, or are there specific strategies that those teachers are using with those kids in a virtual environment that are better than the strategies that are being used face-to-face. The data was surprising to them. They didn’t anticipate that, so they’re going to dig into that to better understand that. That data should create positive change for those kids, potentially. If there are strategies that they are using virtually, how could we replicate those same strategies in a face-to-face environment?” “How can we leverage the tools of technology effectively much more so than we’re doing today?” Muri said he has had “numerous” parents ask him if ECISD will continue offering virtual learning for their students because some have blossomed as students in that environment. Because of the pandemic, Muri added, teachers have learned improved their use of technology. “… Our kids are leveraging technology to a much higher level. In some cases, that’s good for them, learning new tools, learning new ways of communicating, learning new strategies and techniques that are proving to be effective. Those are the things that we need to continue,” Muri said. He noted that one of the comments he has received from teachers is they have realized once again how important the relationship between the teacher, student and parent is. “The pandemic has required much more communication between the school and family. Our teachers have learned a lot about the family lives of some of our kids. They’ve engaged in many more conversations with moms and dads about how to support kids at home. So that is something that we want to continue. The relationships that have been developed between teacher and student and family are critical. They are essential to kids moving forward,” Muri said. Research shows that when children have healthy relationships with adults on campus whether it’s a teacher, cafeteria worker or custodian, their achievement increases, he said. Tied into that, Panorama Education conducted a School Connectedness Survey this fall. School Connectedness is defined as the belief adults and peers care about their learning and about them as individuals. “… This fall, 59 percent of students, in grades 3-12, said they feel connected (61 percent is the national average in a pre-COVID atmosphere). Our goal is to be at the national average next spring and at 63% by 2024,” Jan. 19th’s school board recap said. The survey covered sense of belonging, school climate, rigorous expectations, school engagement, and supportive relationships. Overall, the highest rated area was supportive relationships with 72 percent positive responses; the lowest area was school engagement at 45 percent positive responses. Another survey will be conducted in the spring. Muri said students also were surveyed on engagement. Students said they were sitting too much and that they need to be more active. “… Teachers are not as comfortable putting kids together in groups. Kids are not using manipulatives and it’s all because of the virus. It’s not wanting to spread the virus on campus, so the pandemic has created a situation where they are a bit more sedentary in the school environment; not as engaged with as many manipulatives or other strategies that teachers were using. That’s something that we want to end. …,” Muri said. “I’m anxious for us to get on the other side of that. I want kids to have manipulatives in math classes so they can learn math better. I want kids to be able to work in small groups and work with each other. I want kids to be able to collaborate closely with each other. Some of those best practices are missing from our classrooms …,” Muri said. He did note that some students have developed better relationships with their teachers virtually than they had in person. The pandemic has also exposed the haves and have-nots in ECISD. One example is internet access at home. He noted that there are some families who don’t want internet in their homes. “We had talked about that as a district. A part of our strategic plan was to ensure that over the next four years every family has broadband in their home, but we’ve had to significantly accelerate that work. … There are kids even still today, it’s January of 2021, and we have some of our students that are at home without internet access because it is simply not available to them and they’re learning through pencil-paper packets still today.” “I know that the learning of those children has been significantly impacted because of this that’s just not right. We as a community, as a state, as a nation have the ability to provide high-speed broadband to every family. Broadband should be a utility, just like electricity and water the other basic utilities that families fundamentally have in their homes,” Muri said. The district is working with SpaceX on a pilot project to provide broadband to families in the Pleasant Farms area, but that is not ready to go yet. Food is another matter. Part of the district’s strategic plan was to ensure that all students over the next couple of years, regardless of income status, would have access to a free breakfast and lunch. “But we accelerated that, and so today, all of our students have access to free breakfast and lunch,” Muri said. Meals are provided at school, for pickup and delivery. “We actually have hundreds of meals delivered every day,” Muri said. There is a team of volunteers supplemented by the delivery firm Texas to Go. “… We know how important good nutrition is and we know that some of our kids are completely dependent upon public schools to provide meals, but the pandemic was another stark reminder of the disparities that exist in our own community and how we have kids that will not eat unless we feed them. And that’s wrong. We have to do better as a community to make sure all our kids have access to food on a daily basis … The pandemic has, I won’t say taught us, but it has reminded us with some really powerful examples about the disparities that exist, the inequities that exist in our own community” and how important it is that they work hard to close those gaps. Meetings, travel and conferences are other aspects of life that have changed during COVID-19. Even meetings within the administration building are held over Zoom with each official in their own office. Muri said he can’t wait to return to in-person meetings for his team. However, large principal meetings, for example, may continue to be held online. With principals scattered across a wide area, the meetings can take half the day. “With Zoom, it’s two hours and yes you have taken one minute to log in but then you’re on your campus and you’re there for the rest of the day,” Muri said. As far as travel, Muri said it would probably be a mixed bag. ECISD is part of the Texas School Alliance which normally involves taking a day and flying to Austin and back. Now it’s a three-hour Zoom meeting. Testifying before the legislature, though, will not happen as usual this session. Fortunately, Muri said, the local representatives are very accessible. He added that it is “critically important” to testify in front of committees. “… I’m not sure we’ll have as many of those this session as in the past and will have hopefully in the future,” Muri said. Starting the week of Jan. 25 is the midwinter Texas Association of School Administrators Conference which Muri has attended since he has worked in Texas. “For the first time, it’s going to be virtual. I’ll be curious to see how engaging that is. …,” Muri said. 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Irish National Sheep Dog trials underway in Donegal today

first_imgNews Irish National Sheep Dog trials underway in Donegal today Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Twitter By News Highland – August 9, 2012 Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Several thousand spectators are in County Donegal today for the start of the Irish National Sheep Dog trials.Organisers say the competitions are an exciting spectacle.The 2012 trials are being held at Glebe Farm on the grounds of Castle McGrath in Pettigo from today to 11 August.About 150 competitors are aiming to qualify for the International and Supreme competitions in Cardiff in September.The event will also feature sideshows and family entertainment.The trials began at about 8 o clock this morning and are set to run into the evening. Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter Google+center_img Pinterest Previous articleGAA – Ulster Writers Winner McGuinness Looking For Donegal To Take Their ChanceNext articleCorner shops struggling to survive in Donegal News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Facebook PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal WhatsApp HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Pinterestlast_img read more

Traffic calming measures for ‘treacherous’ housing estate

first_imgIt’s been confirmed that traffic calming measures are to be implemented at a Falcarragh housing estate. Following a number of speeding complaints, Donegal County Council installed traffic counters at the main entrance of Ballina housing estate which found some motorists were notably breaking the 30kph speed limit excessively.It’s envisaged that works, including advanced warning signs, road markings and reflective bollards will be complete before years end.Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr Seamus O’Domhnaill says currently, the road is treacherous and this work should make a huge difference to local residents:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Previous articleDonegal v Dublin Super 8 Preview: Frank McGlynnNext articleTwin Town businesses urged to attend meeting over traffic chaos News Highland Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Traffic calming measures for ‘treacherous’ housing estate Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows center_img By News Highland – July 12, 2018 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+last_img read more