Donegal graduates hailed as ‘ambassadors for inclusion’

first_imgFive Donegal women were among the proud graduates of Mary Immaculate College (MIC) who received a Special Purpose Award last weekend.Ellen McAteer, Sue Porter, Jackie Strain, Moira Greene and Pauline Doyle have all graduated from the Leadership for INClusion in the Early Years (LINC) programme.The programme is designed to support the inclusion of children with additional needs in the early years. Ellen, Jackie, Sue, Moira and Pauline were among the 887 students who were presented with the Level 6 Special Purpose Award on Saturday last. Ellen McAteer, Sue Porter, Jackie Strain, Moira Greene and Pauline Doyle from Donegal with John O’Neill, Mace Bearer.Pic: Don Moloney“As ambassadors for inclusion, you will do everything you can to ensure that every child is included,” stated Professor Eugene Wall, President of MIC, at Saturday’s LINC conferring ceremony.Prof. Wall also urged graduates to “continue to strive for inclusion in all that you do, remembering always that it is the impact you will make on the lives of children is what truly matters.”Ellen McAteer, Jackie Strain and Sue Porter from Donegal.Pic: Don MoloneyLINC, established in 2016, is offered by a consortium led by Mary Immaculate College and including Early Childhood Ireland and Maynooth University – Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education.The conferring took place as part of MIC’s three day conferring session which saw almost 2,000 students from 27 counties, 9 countries and 4 continents conferred with academic awards across the College’s 30 plus programmes.  Donegal graduates hailed as ‘ambassadors for inclusion’ was last modified: October 30th, 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:graduationLeadership for INClusion in the Early Years (LINC) programmeMary Immaculate Collegelast_img read more

Apple Bans Cartoon Ulysses: This Week in Online Tyranny

first_imgTags:#Government#international#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… curt hopkins Apple bans Ulysses, again. Apple, energized by its campaign against porno, required Rob Berry, a graphic novelist, to redact the lovely lady lumps and other human bedanglements in his interpretation of James Joyce’s novel, “Ulysses,” called “Ulysses ‘Seen’” before he could offer it in the iTunes store. This, of course, is the problem with all censorship, from international country-wide filtering to a single company’s ill-advised big brothering of its customers. For every highly offensive sex act (sex is dirty, after all) that the little people are spared, tons of legitimate content is junked along with it. In this case, Apple managed to make itself look magnificently asinine, by in effect echoing one of the seminal American court cases of free speech vs. censorship, the Ulysses obscenity trial of 1933. A company dedicated to communications and self-branded as the herald of the future looked to be standing on the side of narrow-minded, thin-lipped Babbits of nearly a century ago. Berry wrote to tell us that Apple has since changed its mind and the novel is available for download to the iPad in all its glorious boobdom. But what we wondered, was why Berry agreed in the first place. We asked him if he didn’t feel that the decision was not wholly his to make. While a new interpretation of an old work is still a new work, it retains and communicates its original. “(Y)our question about responsibility to Joyce is a deeper one that I’m surprised no one had thought to ask any of us yet…(P)utting it on the iPad, even altering my own artwork to meet their restrictions, is done in service of bringing the novel to a new audience of readers and connecting it’s many, many fans with an sleeker and easier forum for discussing it. I feel it’s a bit of shame most of the press has been about the controversy, but certainly the old man himself was no stranger to controversy. I’m never quite certain what he’d think of my drawings, but I’m pretty sure he’d be loving all the new attention.”Good intentions of course, and he’s probably right about Joyce’s love for the attention. But it still leaves some of us uneasy, even though the point is now academic. Perhaps if nothing else, Apple will be more careful not to throw the baby out with the bathwater in its zeal to purify it. Especially if it’s a nicens little baby named baby tuckoo. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… DISCLOSE Act could impinge blogs in U.S.The DISCLOSE Act requires disclosure of corporate and union political speech after the Supreme Court’s January decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission declared the government could not ban political expenditures by companies, nonprofit groups, and labor unions. Some, however, have begun to argue that this law’s language is loose enough that it could allow the Federal Election Commission the right to regulate all political speech, including that of bloggers. Although it seems a bit alarmist, what harm could arise from tightening the language? Iceland establishes strong free-speech laws. In order to become a “new media haven” Iceland has passed the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative proposal, co-written by whistle-blower site WikiLeaks. It “resolves to task the government with finding ways to strengthen freedoms of expression and information freedom in Iceland, as well as providing strong protections for sources and whistle blowers.” The only real effect this is likely to have is to keep an organization’s servers from being shut down. That’s important, but it certainly won’t keep a tinhorn from tossing you into an oubliette until you expire. Hafdis Huld and the Elder Edda aren’t the only things awesome about Iceland. Iran runs the life of another blogger into the ground. Iran let Hengameh Shahidi go a week without food after she could no longer take solid food before they began to free her intravenously. She has been confined in the notorious Evin prison since last July, according to OR318, an organization that started in response to the death of the first blogger in prison, Omid Reza Mirsayafi.Australia to force ISPs to store internet activity of all Australian internet users. Australia, the China of the Western democracies when it comes to Internet censorship, has outdone itself. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian government plans to store information that includes browsing history and plans to do it regardless of whether any given user is suspected of a crime. Honest to G-d? Are you people all wasted down there? Who’s next, Canada? Canada charges man with hate crime for using YouTube. I… I… I don’t care that it’s way to early for a beer. Canada’s late-to-the-party Constitution has very weak free speech rights. Some have argued they are so weak they amount to no rights at all. “The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.” So, if you are “unreasonable,” you can be shut up. Good thing all “unreasonable” people are bigots. Otherwise, you could have a real problem. Sign photo by Richard RutterBuck Mulligan drawing from Ulysses Seen by Rob BerryBottom photo by Robin Frousheger from No Clean FeedFlickr group last_img read more

How You Create the Need to Follow Up

first_imgThe need to follow up is driven by the failure to gain the commitment to take next steps with your prospective client.Leaving a client interaction or sales call without asking for the commitment to do whatever needs to be done next all but ensures that you are going to have to reengage around that same commitment later. You are also going to weeks or months to the process of helping them produce the better results they need. But worst of all is the challenge you are going to have gaining the commitments.You will have to call your prospective client to ask them for the commitment that would have been more easily acquired when you were with them. Many of those calls are going to go to voice mail. You might get a callback, but it isn’t going to be as soon as you’d like. You might also send emails to try to gain the commitment you need to move forward. Those emails will mostly go unanswered.Your prospect is busy, and they have competing priorities. They have work to do outside of working on the opportunity you are pursuing together. If you don’t like having to chase down your dream client, then you have to ask for the commitment to take the next step at the conclusion of every interaction. Leaving a meeting without having another meeting scheduled is how you create the need to follow up. Not getting something on the calendar while you are together is how you create the need to follow up.Selling is a series of conversations about change. During those conversations, you work to create a preference for you, your company, and your solution. It is also a series of commitments, a series of agreements to do certain things together as part of a process of exploring and making change. You make this process more difficult when you don’t gain those commitments.By failing to get the commitments you need, you create the need to follow up. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Flood-battered Kolhapur, Sangli limping back to normalcy

first_imgState to ask for ₹6,800 cr in flood aid  The situation in Shirol tehsil, which was severely affected by floods, has also improved as maximum help is being provided there, he said.On Wednesday morning, the water level of the Panchganga river at Rajaram weir inKolhapur was at 42.11 feet, marginally below the danger line of 43 feet, he said.“Till Tuesday, carcasses of 150 animals were disposed using scientific methods to prevent health hazards,” he said.In Sangli also, the flood waters have receded and the Krishna river is flowing below the danger mark.“At 6 am on Wednesday, the Krishna river’s water level at Irwin bridge was at 41.9 feet against the danger mark of 45 feet,” an official at the Sangli collectorate said.Till Tuesday, 49 deaths were reported in flood-related incidents in five western Maharashtra districts of Sangli, Kolhapur, Pune, Satara and Solapur, divisional commissioner Dr Deepak Mhaisekar earlier said.The state government has been banking on discharge of water from the downstream Almatti dam on the Krishna river in neighbouring Karnataka for the flood situation to ease.Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday said the state government will seek an assistance of Rs 6,813 crore from the Centre – Rs 4,708 crore for Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara and Rs 2,105 crore for Konkan, Nashik and rest of Maharashtra.He said a cabinet sub-committee headed by him will discuss changing rules for rescue, relief and rehabilitation, while an expert committee will be appointed to suggest action plan in case of excessive rainfall, like 700 per cent in four days (that parts of western Maharashtra witnessed recently).PTI SPK GK GK 08141136 Life is slowly inching back to normalcy in flood-ravaged Kolhapur and Sangli as flood waters have receded in these districts of Maharashtra and the key rivers there are now also flowing below the danger mark, officials said on Wednesday.Till Tuesday, 6.45 lakh people were shifted to safer locations in Kolhapur and Sangli, which have been the worst affected by flooding following heavy rains in western Maharashtra and Konkan region.“In Kolhapur, life is inching back to normalcy as the relief measures and work to restore various services are going on in full swing,” an official at the collectorate said.Also Readlast_img read more