Pinterest Google+ Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project Previous articleA man who lost his son in Omagh bomb hits out at “on the runs” schemeNext articleCastlederg Cllr says flags and parades putting people off the town News Highland A Donegal priest has warned his parishioners against taking part in yoga, describing it as “unsavoury”.Fr Padraig O’Baoill, a parish priest in Gweedore, issued the warning in a parish newsletter.The weekend bulletin stated Catholic parishioners should not “endanger” their souls by practicing yoga, tai chi or reiki.Fr O’Baoill, who is currently visiting the Catholic pilgrimage site of Lourdes, declined to comment further. Andrew McGinley says his children are getting him through life By News Highland – July 10, 2014 Twitter Donegal priest warns parishioners against yoga Gardai investigate deaths of two horses on the N56 LUH still not ready to restore IT systems RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter News Pregnant women can receive Covid vaccine at LYIT’s vaccination centre WhatsApp Donegal retains 14 Blue Flags, Lisfannon is not restored
Jimmy Watkins Related TopicsBrownsJosh Gordon Josh Gordon’s reinstatement to the NFL Monday included a four game suspension making this Gordon’s fourth suspension in as many years since he was drafted in 2012. Gordon’s inability to pass drug tests will have caused him to miss 33 of a possible 74 career games by the time his most recent punishment is fulfilled. And he’s missed 27 of his last 32 possible games.Yet, the Browns will most likely end up keeping him. Gordon will make just over a million dollars this season. It was only three seasons ago that Josh Gordon led the league in receiving yards despite missing two games due to his first failed drug test. The Browns need playmakers, badly. Considering Gordon gets to workout, practice, and play in preseason games with the team during his newest suspension, he should be ready to produce his first game back in week five. It’s not a difficult decision for Cleveland to make.‘Ok, but this is his last chance, right?! There’s no way a team can pick this guy up again if he fails another test!’ Actually, this probably isn’t it for Gordon, and a team would probably pick him up again. Cheap talent is hard to find, and Gordon will be as far apart in dollars and talent as you’ll find in this league once he becomes a restricted free agent after this season.Another failed test won’t exile him from the league forever. It might force him into treatment, but as long as Gordon convinces teams that he can still the force he was in 2013, there will be a market for a star-wide receiver for close to the league minimum.That’s not to say this isn’t potentially his last dance in Cleveland. New Browns’ coach Hue Jackson is trying to implement a new culture where everyone works hard, earns their spot, etc. Slotting your pot-smoking star wideout back into the starting lineup whenever he periodically gets clean doesn’t exactly fit that image.But, the NFL can be the epitome of the old “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” saying. Teams around the league convince themselves time after time that their organization can be the one to turn around a talented, troubled young man. ‘Talented’ being the operative word here (teams are shockingly less interested in troubled young men that can’t play).Gordon’s case is even stronger in that regard because, well, it’s been the Browns. Teams around the league know how dysfunctional Cleveland has been the last 15 years. The fact that Gordon’s issues took place under Cleveland’s watch might only reinforce the idea in other teams’ heads that an organizational change could be the difference.Josh Gordon does not have infinite lives. He does, however, have more lives than the average NFL player because of his immense talent. If he does not turn things around, he will be out of the NFL at some point. But, he also has not reached that threshold yet. Gordon’s talent alone will not be enough to keep him in the NFL forever, but it’ll do for the near future. read more
GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES OSAKA – Japan won two singles matches against Thailand in straight sets Friday in the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone second round in Osaka Prefecture, and needs one more victory to claim a place in a playoff for the World Group.Japan’s Go Soeda, who at 224th is the highest-ranked Japanese player on the ATP Tour, overwhelmed 16-year-old Kittipong Wachiramanowong 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in the opening match at Namihaya Dome, and Takao Suzuki followed with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 win over Thailand’s Weerapat Doakmaiklee. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 read more
The Pens move on to play Tampa Bay. To win, Crosby will have to get his star game to the next level. I still think this is the year. Curry out of the game for three weeks comes in and drops 40, then 29 in embarrassing fashion. His mom is fine, his wife is super fine . . . something real unfair about this. Here’s how you fix the transgender bathroom problem – building a third bathroom everywhere. One for boys. One for girls. One for anyone else . . . duh!!! Bill NealTruth be told, for the second time this year I was wrong about something. (The first being “J-Lo” is not going to return my call.) and now this . . . the Spurs will not win the West. So now, I hook my wagon to OKC . . . we must stop the Warriors, but man oh man, that Steph Curry is a bad x x . . . “Hush your mouth”! Well, I was just talking about “Steph”! One of the voices on 98.7 The Fan . . . I say that because they all sound alike with the exception of Paul Zeise . . . say that Antonio Brown is the greatest receiver in Steeler history. Wrong and wrong. Don’t take my word for it. Just pull up John Stallworth and Lynn Swann videos. You know, the two Hall of Famers. And while you’re at it, sprinkle in some Hines Ward. C’mon man. I love A.B. like the rest of Steeler nation, but let’s get the ring and Hall of Fame status in place first!!!< You Have Just Crossed the Finish Line > read more
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After the game, Sean Walsh spoke to Galway manager Shane O’Neill Sean also got the thoughts of match analyst Cyril DonnellanThe League Table after round one of the Allianz National Hurling Leagueprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The Galway Senior Hurlers got Division One off to a winning start with a 1-24 to 0-10 win over Westmeath in Pearse Stadium yesterday afternoon. Here is the full time report from Gordon Duane
sean ammirati Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Analysis#start Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts In the late 90s, Tom Peters famously declared that we were all CEOs of our personal brands. In Fast Company he wrote: “Regardless of age, regardless of position, regardless of the business we happen to be in, all of us need to understand the importance of branding. We are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called You. It’s that simple – and that hard. And that inescapable.”This is even more true for professionals today and no group more so than entrepreneurs. When you talk to investors, partners, customers and most potential new team members one of the first thing all of them are going to do is get a sense for who you are and what you’ve done. When you first start a company, the corporate brand hasn’t yet developed a reputation or any customer momentum, so most early-stage companies leverage the brands of the individuals involved for credibility. If you don’t believe me, think how many times have you described a startup to someone by first describing the background or people involved? Therefore, for those of you planning to be serial entrepreneurs your personal brand is an invaluable asset.One quick but important note – similar to managing any other type of brand – it’s not a sustainable strategy to try and cover up terrible products with a good brand. For more information on this or inspiration check out one of my favorite marketing books, Seth Goodin’s Purple Cow which he describes as: “(A) plea for originality, for passion, guts, and daring. Not just because going through life with passion and guts beats the alternative (which it does), but also because it’s the only way to be successful. Today, the one sure way to fail is to be boring. Your one chance for success is to be remarkable. If you’re not focusing on being remarkable, the rest of this is irrelevant! With that out of the way, I’d like to get to the heart of this post: How do you highlight things that are remarkable about yourself to build your online brand? Or put another way, how do you manage your online identity or brand? What we mean by brand in this post? Evan Williams wrote a post back in April about Five Easy Pieces of Online Identity in which he summarizes a different things that could be called branding. In this post, I mean what Evan calls “representation.” The whole post is worth reading if you missed it back in April, but to quote the key point from representation:“Back in the day, us web geeks thought everyone needed (and would want) their own website with a custom domain. Turns out, that’s a pretty high bar, and not even that useful for a lot of people. But most people online have ‘profile pages’ on one or more services. People also choose profile pics/avatars and usernames to represent themselves.“Obviously people care a lot about how they appear to others in the real world. Turns out, they do online, as well. They spend tons of time (and sometimes money) working on representing themselves. Representation is a large part of any social network, but some more than others.” Four key strategies While the specific tactics you take for each of these will be certainly different depending on the tools you choose to use, I think everyone needs to take steps around the following four strategies: Refine your personal elevator pitch Monitor what’s being said about you online Proactively do content marketing Aggregate and curate to reinforce I’ll spend a little time expanding on each of these 4 strategies, but would love to hear other key strategies in the comments below. Refine your personal elevator pitch Before you start trying to figure out what you want to do with your online brand, it’s worth stepping back and thinking about how you want to position your experiences and goals. As you’ve probably experienced, in a startup your elevator pitch can be a great management technique for clarifying the things your organization should focus on. In the same way, this is your personal elevator pitch that similarly can help clarify what activities you should focus on doing. There are tons of tips for developing your startup’s pitch. An interesting question to consider for your personal elevator pitch is: how would you want someone to describe you (professionally) at a cocktail party? In talking to entrepreneurs, I have found this forces them to keep it simple and concise when thinking about their personal brand. Monitor what’s being said about you online Again similar to the advice many good brand consultants would give for a company, it’s important to make sure you know when people are saying things about you online. This is not a new recommendation. In fact, ReadWriteWeb first wrote in 2008 about tools to monitor what’s being said about you online and later in 2009 talked about the future of social media monitoring. Most of these tools are still making it possible to easily monitor what’s said about you today online. However, the important thing is to actually make the investment of time to do it. Proactively do content marketing Content marketing is creating relevant and valuable information for prospects and customers as part of a brand’s overall marketing mix. It’s becoming a bigger and bigger part of the way many brands allocate their marketing budgets. In fact, according to CMI: “B2B marketers allocate approximately 26% of their total marketing budgets to content marketing initiatives. 51% of B2B marketers plan to increase their spend in content marketing over the next 12 months.”In the same way that companies are using these techniques to improve their position in the marketplace, individuals need to think about speaking, writing, commenting and generally contributing their expertise online to improve and reinforce their brand. Aggregate and curate to reinforce Finally, many people end up leveraging a tool to serve as the central place they aggregate and curate certain content to reinforce their brand. This can be everything from setting up a website to just creating a compelling about.me page. For example, our Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Richard MacManus, leveraged WordPress to setup his own personal blog to aggregate personal and professional information about himself as well as links to other social profiles at ricm.ac (screen shot below) If you’re active across a number of sites, this central location pointing to all your profiles and selected links and personal blog posts seems to make a lot of sense. Even if you don’t setup a homepage, you can be intentional about the “atoms” (in both senses of the word) that are being broadcast across your social communities. It’s worth pointing out that the landscape is changing with frictionless sharing. Richard MacManus, Joe Brockmeier and David Strom all diagnosed the implications of these changes. Richard’s post pointed to a great analysis by the Atlantic, The Problem With Facenbook’s Frictionless Sharing, which captured this implication perfectly: “The problem with that, of course, is that it eliminates the curation aspect of our self-presentations. It would be as though I told everyone that I was wearing blue jeans and a somewhat worse-for-wear t-shirt right now in addition to revealing that earlier today I wore a sharp, tailored suit. Both are accurate, but only one is the impression I’d like to leave with people. (The latter.)”Obviously if this becomes a trend or you trust Facebook to maintain your key profile this is something you need to be aware of. Conclusion As stated at the beginning of this post, it’s extremely important for anyone manage their personal brand. However, as entrepreneurs this is even more true then usual. I’d love to hear other strategies or techniques you have found valuable in managing your personal brand. Thanks to Paul Watson for moleskin image. 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BILLINGS, Mont. – Spurred by the chemical industry, President Donald Trump’s administration is retreating from a congressionally mandated review of some of the most dangerous chemicals in public use: millions of tons of asbestos, flame retardants and other toxins in homes, offices and industrial plants across the United States.Instead of following President Barack Obama’s proposal to look at chemicals already in widespread use that result in some of the most common exposures, the new administration wants to limit the review to products still being manufactured and entering the marketplace.For asbestos, that means gauging the risks from just a few hundred tons of the material imported annually — while excluding almost all of the estimated 8.9 million tons (8.1 million metric tons) of asbestos-containing products that the U.S. Geological Survey said entered the marketplace between 1970 and 2016.The review was intended to be the first step toward enacting new regulations to protect the public. But critics – including health workers, consumer advocates, members of Congress and environmental groups – contend ignoring products already in use undermines that goal.The administration’s stance is the latest example of Trump siding with industry. In this case, firefighters and construction workers say the move jeopardizes their health.Both groups risk harm from asbestos because of its historical popularity in construction materials ranging from roofing and flooring tiles to insulation used in tens of millions of homes. Most of the insulation came from a mine in a Montana town that’s been declared a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site and where hundreds of people have died from asbestos exposure.“Hundreds of thousands of firefighters are going to be affected by this. It is by far the biggest hazard we have out there,” said Patrick Morrison, assistant general president for health and safety at the International Association of Fire Fighters. “My God, these are not just firefighters at risk. There are people that live in these structures and don’t know the danger of asbestos.”The EPA told The Associated Press on Wednesday that there were measures to protect the public other than the law Congress passed last year, which mandated the review of asbestos and nine other chemicals to find better ways to manage their dangers. For example, workers handling asbestos and emergency responders can use respirators to limit exposure, the agency said in a statement.Asbestos fibers can become deadly when disturbed in a fire or during remodeling, lodging in the lungs and causing problems including mesothelioma, a form of cancer. The material’s dangers have long been recognized. But a 1989 attempt to ban most asbestos products was overturned by a federal court, and it remains in widespread use.The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health analyzed cancer-related deaths among 30,000 firefighters from Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco. The 2015 study concluded firefighters contract mesothelioma at twice the rate of other U.S. residents.Firefighters also face exposure to flame retardants included in the EPA’s review that are used in furniture and other products.“I believe the chemical industry is killing firefighters,” said Tony Stefani, a former San Francisco fireman who retired in 2003 after 28 years when diagnosed with cancer he believes resulted from exposure to chemicals in the review.Stefani said he was one of five in his station to contract cancer in a short period. Three later died, while Stefani had a kidney removed and endured a year of treatment before being declared cancer-free.“When I entered the department in the early 70s, our biggest fear was dying in the line of duty or succumbing to a heart attack,” he said. “Those were the biggest killers, not cancer. But we work in a hazardous-materials situation every time we have a fire now.”Mesothelioma caused or contributed to more than 45,000 deaths nationwide between 1999 and 2015, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study in March. The number of people dying annually from the disease increased about 5 per cent during that time.In one of its last acts under Obama, the EPA said in January it would judge the chemicals “in a comprehensive way” based on their “known, intended and reasonably foreseen uses.”Under Trump, the agency has aligned with the chemical industry, which sought to narrow the review’s scope. The EPA now says it will focus only on toxins still being manufactured and entering commerce. It won’t consider whether new handling and disposal rules are needed for “legacy,” or previously existing, materials.“EPA considers that such purposes generally fall outside of the circumstances Congress intended EPA to consider,” said EPA spokeswoman Enesta Jones, adding the agency lacks authority to regulate noncommercial uses of the chemicals.One of the law’s co-authors, New Mexico Democratic Sen. Tom Udall, disputes that Congress wanted to limit the review.“It doesn’t matter whether the dangerous substance is no longer being manufactured; if people are still being exposed, then there is still a risk,” Udall told AP. “Ignoring these circumstances would openly violate the letter and the underlying purpose of the law.”Democrats and public health advocates have criticized EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for installing people with longstanding ties to the chemical industry into senior positions at the agency. On Wednesday, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, on a party-line vote, advanced the nomination of Michael Dourson, a toxicologist whose work has been paid for by the industry, to oversee the EPA’s chemical safety program.Two prior appointments worked for the American Chemistry Council, the industry’s lobbying arm: Nancy Beck, deputy assistant administrator for chemical safety Nancy Beck and Liz Bowman, the associate administrator for public affairs.The council pushed back against the Obama administration’s interpretation of the law, urging the EPA’s new leadership to narrow its review. The Trump administration did that in June.“Did we get everything we wanted? No. But we certainly agree the (Trump) administration put forth a reasonable final rule,” said council vice-president Michael Walls. Broadening the review, he added, would send the EPA “down a rabbit hole chasing after illusory risks.”The politically influential National Association of Homebuilders, which represents the residential construction industry, fears broadly interpreting the new law would lead to burdensome regulations that are unnecessary because it says asbestos disposal rules already are adequate.Many of those regulations are based on a 1994 Occupational Safety and Health Administration finding that materials had to contain at least 1 per cent asbestos to qualify for regulation. But public health experts say the 1 per cent threshold is arbitrary.“It’s bad medicine, and it’s harmful,” said Michael Harbut, an internal medicine professor at Detroit’s Wayne State University and medical adviser to an insulation workers’ union.“There’s still a lot of asbestos out there,” said Harbut, who helped establish criteria used by physicians to diagnose and treat asbestos-related diseases. “It’s still legal, it’s still deadly, and it’s going to be a problem for decades to come.”___Follow Matthew Brown on Twitter at www.twitter.com/matthewbrownap read more