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My Donegal… with Red Hughs GAA manager Seosamh MacCeallabhuí

first_imgDonegal school teacher Seosamh MacCeallabhuí led Donegal GAA side Red Hughs in October to their first Ulster Junior Championship after an incredible season. Following Red Hughs success over Junior football in the county, MacCeallabhuí guided his side to Ulster JFC success over Derry outfit Limavady Wolfhounds.Now as Gaoth Dobhair aims for All-Ireland Senior success in the new year, Red Hughs will start their Junior All-Ireland semi-final task in January against Sligo-based side Easkey. MacCeallabhuí is also a keen fan of music.My Donegal… with Seosamh MacCeallabhuí (1) Where is your favourite place in Donegal and why?Got to be Baile na Finne with Portnoo a close second (2 ) How do you like to spend Christmas in the county?Susie Maitis Jeaic Maighread and Grandad (in charge of the remote after an enormous dinner)(3) Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?As time moves on it has to be your parents, my father at this stage. Having family myself, now you understand they always have your back.(4) What do you think is Donegal’s best tourist attraction?Top of Achla on a fine day is a beautiful place as is Sliabh League. But there are so many under-resourced places like Ramelton.(5) Do you prefer Donegal summers or Donegal winters? Good summer’s day anywhere in Donegal is hard to beat. Our snow is too wet and you can’t ski!(6) What would you do on your ideal day out in Donegal?A good football game followed by analysis in the Brewery.(7) What is your favourite Donegal-made product? Susie’s homemade Christmas decorations, so many of them. Yard sale on the January 6!(8) Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?That has to be Joe Mc Hugh. What he has done for the Irish language alone. He now proudly speaks it as well as anyone. Also, Jim Mc Guinness and Paddy McDevitt, Donegal Boston GAA, Fintown’s greatest export.(9) Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?As a teacher, you don’t get to hear about all the great business people around but I do feel Mark Doherty in Century Cinemas and Backstage is always expanding and trying new things.(10) Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?That has got to be Micheal Murphy not just for his talent but the way he conducts himself on and off the field. Always has time for everyone. A true gentleman and a fine example to all the youth in the country.(11) What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?Susie’s Kitchen or The Backstage if she’s feeling tired. Macs Mace for all things GAA and the Honeypot for Pancakes and Bacon.(12) If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?Good snow in the winter, so we might Ski down Achla and Erigal(13) What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?I travel a bit from time to time and the use of the word “wild” is a real source of amusement.(14) What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?A decent health service. We live on the edge of Europe and we are punished for it.(15) What is your favourite Donegal food?My aunt Brid Wright used to scramble an egg in a cup with some other magic that remains a vivid memory for me to this day.(16) Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?Complaining about traffic. I travel to Dublin now and again. Now that’s traffic. Hell on earth.(17) Do you have a favourite local band?Now you’ve asked the right question! Having help promote Irish music in Donegal for years we were very privileged to bring the likes of Le Galaxie, Not Squares, The Wonder Villians, Persued by Dogs and Le Boom to Donegal. We were also well represented locally with the likes of Mojo Gogo who threatened to make it big for a while.At this point, I am watching the likes of Waldorf and Cannon, Slow place like home, Slow Skies and of course In Their Thousands, Donegal’s best band for years.Disturbance has been another very positive development in Donegal bringing some great live music to the area. It would be great to see the likes of Persued by Dogs and Le Boom play one of their events.(18) If you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?A million euro won’t fix the health service apparently, but I’m sure it would be well spent organising A Glastonbury type event on the shores of Lough Finn with headliners The Foals, Wombats and We are Scientists. Martin Mc Kelvey to curate.(19) Manus Boyle or Michael Murphy?Answered above, nothing against Manus another great ambassador for the game.(20) Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?Our remoteness lonely and proud “Na Bach linn”My Donegal… with Red Hughs GAA manager Seosamh MacCeallabhuí was last modified: January 3rd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:GAAJim McGuinnessManus BoyleMichael Murphymount errigalMUSICRED HUGHS.Seosamh MacCeallabhuílast_img read more

SA dominates Surf Ski World Cup

first_imgA disconsolate Mocke had to settle for fifth place in the end, coming home behind the strong finishing Brett Bartho, another of the paddlers who benefitted from the decision to head further out to sea in search of better swells. A deeper lineDurban North local Pretorius read the conditions superbly and opted for a deeper line, riding the swell to optimal advantage, as he surged through the field and sliced past Matt Bouman, who was also looking poised to take control of the race at the halfway stage. SAinfo reporter Women’s titlePlettenberg Bay star Michele Eray comfortably won the women’s title, setting off on a shrewd deep sea line that saw her separate from most of the B batch that she started in. Pretorius then put together a dramatic 20-minute solo charge that changed the race as he streaked into a 500-metre lead as he passed the Umhloti River mouth, leaving Bouman flagging in his wake. “This race really favours the locals, and it still remains unfinished business for me,” added the popular Capetonian, who has won just about every other major international surf ski title, but has had to settle for minor placings in the Durban event for the past four years. Bouman raced superbly on well-researched lines, but was undone by Pretorius’ spectacular solo charge, which ended Bouman’s unbeaten run in the Discovery Men’s Health Surf Ski Series. WomenMichele Eray 2:17:52Michele Eder 2:26:04Tiffany Kruger 2:26:55Donna Winter 2:30:37Nathalie Veckranges 2:34:19 The impish 24-year-old, widely known as “Laaitie” in the paddling community, had to dig deep in the final 20 minutes of the race as exhaustion started to take it’s toll, but he was able to jog up the beach to the finish at Westbrook and claim the title with a victorious salute without another paddler in sight. Facing technically demanding two-metre chop, whipped up by the timeous arrival of a south-westerly wind, Capetonian Dawid Mocke moved into a strong position as the race went through the key turn just off the Umhlanga lighthouse, as the top contenders fanned out across the ocean searching for the best runs. ‘I really had to dig deep’“I really had to dig deep in the last few kilometres because I had really gone out hard,” he added. The big swells, and the fact that the seeded elite paddlers started in the last batch and had to work through all the back markers, made it almost impossible for the leaders to assess where they were lying in the race. The international challenge failed to make a dent into the top 10 placings, with Frenchman Yannick Laousse spearheading the foreign challenge in fourteenth place, just ahead of Aussie under-21 star Brendan Rice, with compatriot Mark Anderson in finishing in seventeenth place. The race for silverPretorius won by almost two minutes from Bouman, who was put under massive pressure by the sudden arrival of veteran Oscar Chalupsky from a typically deep sea line. The duo was locked together in a needle duel for the silver medal until Bouman found another gear and dropped Chalupsky in the dice to the line. The double-ski race went to the potent Durban duo of Warren Jacobs and Jeffrey Smith, whose blitz from Durban to Westbrook left them in second place overall. Sean and Alison Uys took the mixed doubles title.center_img 13 July 2009 However, desperate not to make the same mistake he made a year ago by staying too far out to sea, Mocke opted for an unusual line very close inshore for the last half of the race – a move that backfired badly as he struggled with the westerly swells coming over his shoulder. “It was technically demanding out there because the swell was more a wind chop, rather than a deep sea swell, and being lighter I was able to get onto lots of those smaller bumps and use them to my advantage.” As the enormity of his achievement started to sink in Pretorius drew parallels to his sensational victory in the legendary Molokai Challenge in 2006. “When I won the Molokai I didn’t really know what I was doing. Three years on I can really appreciate this win, and doing it on my home ground makes it really sweet,” said the Durban student, who pocketed R40 000 for his efforts. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material MenClint Pretorius 1:55:37Matt Bouman 1:57:21Oscar Chalupsky 1:58:12Brett Bartho 1:59:46Dawid Mocke 1:59:59Tom Schilperoort 2:00:24Herman Chalupsky 2:00:57Jasper Mocke 2:01:05Richard von Wildermann 2:03:59Steve Woods 2:04:52 “I actually didn’t even know that I was leading when I turned in at the last major point before Westbrook!” Pretorius revealed. RESULTS Clint Pretorius posted an emphatic victory in the Dunlop Surf Ski World Cup Durban on Sunday, beating a powerful field of paddlers in 32 kilometres of downwind racing drama to endg a long streak of second places in major international races. “I am so chuffed to win this because I suspect that some people think I am a flatwater specialist,” said the Olympic K4 star. Double-SkiWarren Jacobs/Jeffrey Smith 1:56:29Richard Philps/Gary Clarke 2:03:59Iain Searle/Quinton Rutherfoord 2:05:53Bevan Manson/Marcel Keet 2:08:15Nigel Stevens/Michael Stevens 2:08:57 GuttedA gutted Mocke was left to rue his tactical errors. “I really thought I was in with a strong chance, but it seems like I overdid it coming too far in-shore, and I battled with the side-on westerly swells,” he said. World’s bestEray can justifiably lay claim to the title “the best female surf ski paddler in the world” having won every single surf ski race she has entered since the Beijing Games, including the Hong Kong Dragon Run, the Dubai Shamaal and last weekend’s Investec Mauritius Ocean Challenge in big surf off the Indian Ocean island.last_img read more

2010 Fifa World Cup: legacy stories

first_imgYou can find a list of legacy stories related to the 2010 Fifa World Cup held in South Africa, here:One of the developments as a result of the 2010 Fifa World Cup is the brand new infrastrusture, like the stadiums for sport like soccer. (Images: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterThe social and economic benefits created by hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ will continue to be felt by South Africa and the continent for years to come. Here are just some of the legacy stories that have flowed from the event:World Cup Legacy Trust unveiledSouth Africa and football governing body Fifa have unveiled a Legacy Trust aimed at boosting education, health, humanitarian activities and football development in the country following the successful hosting of the first Fifa World Cup on African soil.World Cup ‘worth every cent’: surveyOver 309 000 tourists, together spending around R3.6-billion, more than 95% saying they would visit again – a study of the impact of the 2010 Fifa World Cup on South Africa’s tourism industry shows that the event was worth every cent invested in it.FNB pours R40m into local footballFirst National Bank, one of South Africa’s four major banks, is to invest R40-million (US$5.8-million) in developing the country’s young footballers over the next few years as part of its 2010 Fifa World Cup legacy programme.Football for Hope in MaliHerekoura, literally translated, means “new happiness” in Bambara, the principle language of Mali, and this is how the locals felt about the recent opening of the Football for Hope centre in Baguineda – the fourth of 20 such centres being built across Africa as a legacy of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Mbombela Stadium welcomes Black AcesLoyal soccer fans in Mpumalanga are in for a treat thanks to a deal that will see their home team, Black Aces, playing five Premier Soccer League fixtures at Mbombela Stadium, one of South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup venues.Bright future for FNB StadiumThe FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, a hub of activity during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, is the most profitable facility that was built or renovated in South Africa for tournament matches – and its success as a venue looks set to continue.Unpacking the World Cup legacyUp to one percentage point of extra GDP growth; a catalyst for creating jobs and skills while expanding infrastructure; invaluable lessons in how to deliver on major projects; a massive international image boost; new unity and self-belief at home … Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan unpacks some of the 2010 Fifa World Cup legacy.World Cup surveys highlight successThe successful hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup has done wonders for South Africans’ national confidence and the country’s image abroad, according to pre- and post-tournament surveys commissioned by Fifa.Football for Hope in WindhoekKatutura township, in the heart of Namibia’s capital of Windhoek, came alive as locals gathered to witness the opening of the Katutura Football for Hope Centre – the third of 20 such centres being built across Africa as a legacy of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.World Cup ambulances redistributedSeventy-three new Volkswagen and Mercedes Benz ambulances bought specifically for the 2010 Fifa World Cup have been redistributed among state hospitals in South Africa’s North West province.KZN counts World Cup benefitsAn estimated R3-billion was injected into the KwaZulu-Natal provincial economy by South Africa’s successful hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, with the long-term benefits expected to exceed this by far as the “intangible” effects of the tournament kick in over the coming years.World Cup spirit lives on in Youth ZonesThe energy and spirit of South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup is being harnessed for sustainable social development in Africa through the Youth Zones initiative, which combines football, computer literacy and life-skills training to create an enabling environment for young people in disadvantaged communities.Football for Hope in NairobiIn the dusty streets of Mathare in Nairobi, Kenya, dreams were nurtured as the young people of the township celebrated the opening of the Mathare Football for Hope Centre – the second of 20 such centres being built across Africa as a legacy of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Cape Town stadium looks forwardCape Town’s Green Point stadium, visited by over half-a-million football fans during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, had cost about 25% less than its council-approved operating budget over the last 18 months, its operator said while outlining future plans for the venue on Wednesday.SA to ride World Cup ‘tailwind’: OECDSuccessfully hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup has earned South Africa “a lot of respect” and “will bring business opportunities and hopefully will open markets,” says the Organization for Co-Operation and Development.Innovation legacy of World CupSouth Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup will leave its mark, experts say, not only in the many humanitarian initiatives which have sprung up around it, but also in lasting improvements in infrastructure and technology in the country.South Africa’s World Cup wins heartsThe aftermath of hosting what has been hailed by one and all as a successful 2010 Fifa World Cup will no doubt leave South Africans with a massive hangover. However, the tournament has given them a new sense of pride, confidence and optimism, and opened a new chapter not only for the hosts but for the African continent.1Goal: education ‘the greatest legacy’Addressing heads of state during the “1Goal: Education for All” summit in Pretoria on Sunday, President Jacob Zuma said there was no greater legacy that hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup could leave than that of education.Rugby, football – and a nation unitedIn 1994, when South Africa shed the shackles of apartheid, it did not mean the country was automatically set on a path of unity. Sport – starting with the 1995 Rugby World Cup, followed up by the 1996 African Nations Cup, and continuing with the 2010 Fifa World Cup – played and continues to play a major unifying role.SA’s World Cup exposure ‘priceless’The positive global media coverage South Africa has received during the 2010 Fifa World Cup has exceeded all expectations and will benefit the country for years to come, says Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk, adding: “The goodwill that has been unlocked cannot be measured in monetary terms.”Counting the World Cup benefitsThe social and economic benefits created by hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup will continue to benefit South Africa long after the final whistle has blown, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.World Cup has inspired Africans: ZumaAs the 2010 Fifa World Cup enters the home stretch, South African President Jacob Zuma says he believes the legacy of hosting the tournament will benefit the African continent for decades.New beginning for 2010 host citiesAfter years of preparation, development, planning and excitement, Nelspruit, Polokwane and Mangaung/Bloemfontein look to the future and what they can take from their experience of hosting the world’s biggest sporting event now that their World Cup duties are over.Football for Hope centres on trackFootball body Fifa says it is on track to roll out 20 Football for Hope centres across Africa after the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The ambitious project is one of the major legacies Fifa wants to leave after staging the first World Cup on the continent.New transport era for JoburgJohannesburg’s new Bus Rapid Transit system, one of many transport projects that was accelerated for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, has proven popular among fans travelling to matches, and all indications are that it will become a well-used mode of transport long after the World Cup has left the country’s shores.South Africa’s 2010 tourism harvestSouth Africa is set to reap lasting tourism rewards from the 2010 Fifa World Cup, with visitors pouring into the country in numbers, from new as well as traditional markets, and responding to the country’s offerings – and the energy and warmth of its people – with surprise and delight.World Cup ‘turning point’ for South AfricaAs the 2010 Fifa World Cup unfolds in South Africa, the international community is not only watching the action on the pitch; they are also witnessing a South Africa that is continuing to emerge as a competitive 21st century economy, says consulting firm Deloitte.Cup visitors enchanted by South AfricaThe world’s attention is focused on the southern tip of Africa as the greatest football showpiece plays itself out on the fields and in the streets of South Africa. But once the final whistle has blown on 11 July, it seems as though a lot of happy fans will be coming back to the country.2010: South Africa’s great leap forwardJust as the 2006 World Cup had Germans smiling, drinking beer and waving the national flag en masse for the first time in 60 years, so the first African World Cup in South Africa could have an equally dramatic effect on promoting social cohesion in a country with a lingering legacy of racial inequality, writes John Battersby.Infrastructure drive ‘has only just begun’Many of the construction workers retrenched after the completion of World Cup projects will be employed over the next three years as the country spends up to R700-billion on new roads, bridges and dams, says Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele.SA’s image ‘about to change forever’The 2010 Fifa World Cup will forever change the world’s perception of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma said at the opening of the 2010 Tourism Indaba trade show in Durban.Source: MoneyWeb.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Are The Kids Voting? (And Why Web Users Should Care)

first_imgTags:#NYT#Trends#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… With Election Day upon us, one segment of the U.S. population is under heavy scrutiny: the youth voters. Will this typically apathetic group of voters actually turn out at the polls? Will Gen Y show us that they’re not just all talk? For obvious reasons, politically, the actions of this group of voters will have big impacts on today’s election. But their actions (or inactions) will also have further impacts on the web and tech, as well. Gen Y Is *So* DifferentGeneration Y, also known as the millennials, are the young adults composed of the children of Boomers, Generation Jones, and some Gen X’ers. They’re the biggest generation since the Boomers now and will eventually outpace them in numbers. There has been much scrutiny over this generation over the past couple of years as the first set of Gen Y’ers began to enter the business world. The tech-savviness of these “digital natives,” as they’re called, has some corporations scrambling to adapt their systems to the incoming masses of these plugged in, always-on multitaskers. Consultants who specialize in Gen Y are being brought in to teach the older execs what to expect from the new hires, how to motivate them, how to retain them, etc. It’s almost as if the Gen Y’ers were some sort of alien creature that business world was completely unprepared for. We recently ran down a list of reasons why Gen Y is different from the rest of us. Besides the obvious connection to technology, they also have unique perspectives on marketing, media, the workplace, and society…at least, that’s what the pundits tell us.On paper, the millennials sound like a revolutionary generation dead set on changing the status quo. Their insubordination at work is only due to their lack of buy in – “Generation Why” always need to know “why” something’s being done. Their brand loyalty is completely up for sale – they’re quick to move to the next big thing. They’ve cut back on TV viewing so they can listen to music or play video games. They’re socially conscious and think they’re a force to be reckoned with in politics. Oh yes, surely these kids are different.    …Or Are They? But unbeknownst to them, Gen Y is about to be put to the test. Simply put, they’re going to be watched closely to see if they show up at the polls. Will they turn out in record numbers? Will the pundits be proven right? Will Gen Y change the world? The truth is…well, we hope so. But let’s be honest here – while the youth turnout will likely be higher than in 2004’s election thanks to some savvy web policking and the clear differences between the candidates making the choice easier, we’re probably not going to see record numbers. The highest youth turnout ever was 55%, recorded in 1972. If we match that number or go higher, then we know we have a true force of change on our hands. If we don’t, then we’re going to have to face facts: it may be back to business as usual. If the pundits have, in fact, hyped Gen Y a bit beyond what they deserve, then this young generation may be less-ground shaking when it comes to the other aspects of their personalities and behaviors, too. People could start to think, “hmmm, maybe they aren’t that different after all.”The Future Web Will Be Built By Us…All Of Us If big business takes a step back and realizes that Gen Y isn’t this devastatingly different type of employee, if marketers realize they can catch their attention using more standard methods, if media companies think that Gen Y will happily buy music wrapped in DRM, then the tech world could feel the impacts. Here in the the tech industry, a lot of folks have been counting on Gen Y to lead the way when it comes to change. Concepts like Enterprise 2.0, social media marketing, Twitter for customer service…these are all movements that have been, at least in part, designed to address the needs of these new, young digital natives. If this “record-breaking” generation doesn’t vote (read: doesn’t care), then we may have to face the truth: the kids are alright, but they’re still just kids…and maybe they’re not as different as we once thought. Maybe they aren’t going to guide us to the new world of web 3.0 and cloud computing all on their own. Maybe we’ll find the way ourselves…all of us, together. We may have to realize that the true force of change that’s happening both online and off is the same as it ever was: early adopters enthusiastically adopt a product or service and, over time, it trickles down to the rest of the mainstream. This isn’t a revolution, it’s just par for the course, and it’s nowhere near as exciting as a brigade of digitally adept youth who stormed the polls iPhones in hand ready to change the world. Of course, we’re still hoping for the revolution.  Image credits: miss karen sarah perez 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Columnists Discuss Wide Variety of Important Loss Prevention Topics

first_imgThe columnists in the November-December issue address multiple topics of interest to loss prevention professionals– from internal theft interviewing techniques to vendor-retailer partnerships to shoplifter apprehension.The executives at Wicklander-Zulawski continue their discussion of the importance of context in part 4 of the series in the Interviewing column. “The presentation of showing understanding to the subject reinforces the feeling that the interviewer is not an opponent, but simply trying to understand the reasons why something has happened,” advise the authors. If you interview internal suspects, don’t miss this column.Cita Doyle, LPQ, director of sales and marketing for InstaKey Security Systems, provides her reasons for obtaining the LPQ certification as a vehicle to “have a better empathy and understanding for the role and challenges that loss prevention professionals and retailers face.” The Q&A with Doyle is in the Certification column titled “Forging Partnerships.”- Sponsor – A new column called Future of LP is written by Tom Meehan, CFI, corporate manager of data, systems, and central investigations for Bloomingdale’s. In his first article, Meehan sets the stage for the discussion of a broad array of topics focused on the rapidly changing retail industry environment, especially surrounding the new technologies and emerging challenges faced by loss prevention professionals.Situational awareness is a key focus of the Loss Prevention Research Council according to the LPRC director Read Hayes, PhD, CPP. In his Evidence-Based LP column, Hayes explains the concept this way, “Everyone needs situational awareness. In our case, it’s who is planning to hit our stores, who is coming to hit us now, and who is already in our stores and wants to hurt us?”Other columns from the LP Magazine staff include a discussion of the five steps of shoplifter apprehension and other safety-related issues by Jacque Brittain, LPC; looking back on some significant issues of 2015 by Jim Lee, LPC; and an introduction to the magazine’s new digital platform by Jack Trlica. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

ONVIF Joins Access Control Panel Discussion at TechSec Solutions 2018

first_imgONVIF recently announced today that it will be presenting at TechSec Solutions 2018, Feb. 26–27, 2018, as part of a panel discussion on trends in new technology in access control.Bob Dolan, who sits on the ONVIF Technical Services Committee, will be one of four panelists discussing ‘Access Control Holds the Keys to New Tech.’ The panelists will examine how far access control has come, where it is headed, and how it will help to shape the future of the physical security industry. Dolan, who also serves as the director of technology, security solutions at Anixter, will provide perspective on how standards such as those provided by ONVIF can extend the possibilities of access control through interoperability with other technologies.“Access control technology is poised to play a pivotal role in the future of our industry, as physical security continues to integrate with other technologies in a smart building environment,” said Per Björkdahl, chairman of the ONVIF Steering Committee. “Bob will provide insight on the importance of standardization and how ONVIF specifications can assist in implementing access control in conjunction with new technologies, including data analytics, biometrics, IoT and building automation.”- Sponsor – Other panelists include Rob Martens of Allegion, Gary Larson of AMT and Peter Boriskin of ASSA ABLOY Americas. The panel will be moderated by Pierre Bourgeix, president of ESICONVERGENT.The panel is scheduled for 2-3:15 pm on Monday, February 26, at TechSec Solutions 2018, at the Delray Beach Marriott, Delray Beach, FL. For more information, visit www.techsecsol.com. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

10 Resolutions for Online Fundraising and Marketing Success in 2012

first_img10 Resolutions for Online Fundraising and Marketing Success in 2012 is the title of a free new eBook from Network for Good. You can get it here.My favorite resolution is, No More Crappy Copy!Bad writing gets in the way of good causes all the time. Let’s put a stop to that in 2012.Here are some tips from the eBook.• Write to one person. Having a single person or persona in mind (e.g., 60-year-old married woman with no children) when you write an appeal helps you know what to say and how to say it. Many nonprofits write to the “general public,” and that makes their copy sound vague.• Use active not passive voice. Forgot Rhetoric 101? That’s OK. Here’s an example of active vs. passive voice. Passive voice: “Our nonprofit is being helped by your efforts.” (Yuck!) The technical active-voice version of that would be, “Your efforts help our nonprofit.” Better, just by virtue of being written in the active voice. But better yet would be to punch it up further.• Answer the key questions. Outlines are extremely helpful when writing. Try using the outline below and answer these four questions when building your next email appeal, PowerPoint presentation, newsletter or annual report.• Why should I give to your cause?• What will my gift do?• Why should I give now?• Who else gives, and who says I should give to you?• Speaking of stories – tell one! Much has been written about the power of storytelling to persuade. One of the oldest forms of narrative, stories are easier to remember than isolated figures and facts. They’re also easier to tell. To learn more about how to tell better stories, see author, speaker and consultant Andy Goodman’s site.• Edit, edit and edit some more. If you do nothing else to improve your writing, start editing your copy, and we promise it will improve. Here’s why: Writing is not a one-shot deal. It takes a lot of refining to write clear and compelling copy. Perfect your copy by rereading it at least three times before “going to print.” Cut unnecessary adjectives, and delete entire sentences!last_img read more