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€80,000 funding boost for Donegal Sports Partnership

first_imgThe Donegal Sports Partnership is set to benefit from an €80,000 funding allocation announced today under the Dormant Accounts Fund for Sport and Physical Activity Measures.The investment includes further funding for the Community Sports and Physical Activity Hubs in Stranorlar, Killybegs, Ballyshannon and Maghery as well as funding for Youth Leadership and Volunteer Training Programmes.The investment will be administered by Sport Ireland and to engage with communities across the country, focusing on people with disabilities, people who are educationally disadvantaged and from disadvantaged communities. The allocations for Donegal include:€35,000 for Community Sports and Physical Activity Hubs in Stranorlar, Killybegs, Ballyshannon€20,000 for Community Sports and Physical Activity Hubs in Maghery€10,000 for Youth Leadership in the Donegal Sports Partnership€15,000 for Volunteer Training & Support Programme in the Donegal Local Sports PartnershipMinister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD, announced that package of €4.2 million will be invested nationally.€80,000 funding boost for Donegal Sports Partnership was last modified: December 4th, 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)last_img read more

Service and advocacy emphasized at FFA Washington Leadership Conference

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Every summer, Washington D.C. is turned blue and gold as FFA members from across the country travel to the nation’s capital as participants of the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC). The conference focuses on developing students into motivated citizens who desire to make a difference in their home communities. This year over 2,000 students attended including Ashley Garlick, a senior member of the Evergreen FFA Chapter in Fulton County and Gracie Hinkle, a junior member of the Highland FFA Chapter in Morrow County.On the first day of the conference, FFA members were introduced to the idea of citizenship and what it means for them as high school students. They began to meet one another and learn about what their week would entail. For many students this was their first time in a big city and nerves were still pretty high.“When I first arrived to WLC, I felt very overwhelmed. I knew that my experience was based on how social I was going to be, I just took one deep breath and started talking,” Garlick said.On day two of WLC, all 300 students loaded onto the D.C. metro and traveled to Arlington National Cemetery. They got to see the Changing of the Guard and the somber setting inspired discussion about their purpose. This was followed by an afternoon of considering needs the attendees could address in their home communities and then a visit to the National Mall to admire monuments and memorials.A trip to D.C. wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Capital building and on day three students had the chance to meet with their local Representatives and/or state Senators and tour the Capital. That afternoon, students discussed why diversity is an essential part of being an engaged citizen and what that looks like. They learned more about their fellow conference attendees and begin developing what’s called a “Living to Serve” or LTS plan. This plan focuses on an area they hope to improve in their local community and what actions they can take.Hinkle chose cyber bullying as her LTS plan focus.“Cyber bullying is a problem back in my home town and my passion is to spread the kindness even if it is the littlest bit, because that can start a chain reaction in a school, or a community,” she said.Garlick’s LTS plan is focused on feeding the people in her community.“Every year our FFA packages around 30 meals for people in our area during Thanksgiving,” she said. “I know more need our help, but we do not get to hear about them. I want everyone to engage in a meal everyday like I can.”Day four of WLC was focused on the topic of advocacy. Students traveled into the city to visit the Newseum, a museum focused on the First Amendment and they applied what they learned there to positively advocate for agriculture, FFA and their local communities. By the end of day four, attendees had completed their Living to Serve plans and had determined how they could best serve their hometowns.On the final day of the conference students participated in a service project, packing meals for families right there in Washington D.C. This summer 424,457 meals were packaged through the hard work of FFA members. Students were also given time to explore the city and make stops at the White House, Smithsonian museums and souvenir shops before they wrapped up their time in the nation’s capital.“I am very glad that I attended Week six of WLC. My roommates and my community group changed my entire life. Just what I want to achieve and how I see myself changed,” Garlick said. “They had no idea who I was, yet they supported me from the moment I stepped through the door.”Hinkle also had a life-changing experience while in D.C.“I am overjoyed that I attended and I couldn’t have asked to be around a more dedicated, caring group of individuals. The impact WLC leaves on an individual is amazing,” Hinkle said. “The whole time you are there you can’t help but smile even in the early mornings or the late nights, because they keep you pumped when you need it, but also bring you to a level to reflect on the awesome day you just had. WLC has been an absolute blessing in my life, I now have the courage and the power to do something great, big or small.”Every summer, Ohio is well represented at the Washington Leadership Conference. More information about the 2018 conference dates can be found on the National FFA Organization’s website.last_img read more

11 Ways Your Startup’s Workspace Matters

first_imgTips for Selling Smart Supply Chain Solutions Will Development Eventually Make Itself Obsolete? scott gerber How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Tags:#Contributed#Office#startup#Work Environment#yec center_img Related Posts Guest author Scott Gerber is the founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council.Your startup’s office environment isn’t just the physical space you inhabit. Small, large or shared, it’s what you do within that space that can influence everything from overall employee happiness to daily output.We asked 11 successful founders, all members of YEC, what kind of workspace they prefer, and how that impacts the culture of the company they run. Their best answers are below.1. Space Is the Body Language of an OrganizationSpace is the body language of an organization. It not only reflects a company’s identity, but it also changes the way that your team works and influences the outside world’s perception of you and your brand. Location, design and selection should be carefully considered based on what you do, what growth phase you’re in, what image you are going for and what you can reasonably afford. A two-person hedge fund and a small app development startup don’t share the same space requirements. Likewise, big and small companies that do the exact same work also have different requirements for their workplaces.Christopher Kelly, Convene2. Comfort is KeyEven though we’re an organization that communicates mostly through our computers, we put a lot of emphasis on having a comfortable, bright working space for our team. Recently, we moved into a new, significantly larger office space with tons of natural light, and perhaps most critically, more alternative work spaces. These spaces, such as a bed-like couch in the back, or our living room area, provide our team with opportunities to change-up their environment. Also, the addition of new common spaces increases face-time our team has with each other, which is key given that we’re a company that mostly communicates online.Lauren Friese, TalentEgg3. Environment Is CriticalOne of my favorite startup quotes is actually an African proverb: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” To me, the most important aspect of the startup environment is the way it allows the team to interact. Regardless of how great your idea might be, the thing that is as important as the idea is the team you pick to execute it. You have to provide an environment that will allow for team members to optimally operate together. How will they interact? How will they bump into each other? How will they share ideas? Ask for feedback? The way your environment is set up can foster an incredible ecosystem for your team.Sarah Schupp, University Parent4. Space Affects MoraleI think every startup needs to go through phases of growth and a sense of achievement in order for people to truly appreciate the growth of the company. For example, our company was started at home and continued to be that way until we could justify the expense of getting an office. There were days I didn’t want to work from home and would work in a cafe or maybe a temp office. But I knew that once we had an office, it would let my employees know that our hard work made us able to afford this new environment.Derek Capo, Next Step China5. Startups That Work Together Succeed TogetherThe space you work in definitely matters. We are in AOL’s Fishbowl Labs in the DC area and work to ensure only top-notch startups make it into the space. We want to make sure that not only our culture is great, but also that we are surrounded by startups with great cultures. It makes a huge difference. We also try to hire locally; there’s a lot of value to having everyone in the same room. No matter how great remote working and collaboration technology becomes, it can’t beat those invaluable, impromptu hallway conversations that happen when everyone works in the same office. That said, expecting 100 percent of your staff to be in the same office is unrealistic. Ultimately, you need to find the best talent wherever it is, and some of our top engineers work remotely.Danny Boice, Speek6. Home Is Where the Heart IsIt definitely matters what kind of environment a startup runs in. I believe strongly in the concept of a corporate headquarters. It allows team members to come together under one roof and feel unified in the work that they’re doing. It fosters communication and a sense of family among the team members that simply can’t be replaced with any form of technology. Although we are flexible in our work hours, I want our team members to be with each other the majority of the work day. However, it is crucial to allow the flexibility of working remotely. With startups, employees are constantly traveling to promote the brand and are sometimes needed full time in certain regions that are key markets for the company and its clients.Ted Murphy, IZEA7. An Office Keeps You SaneI love working from home, and we have a lot of virtual team members who do just that, but I absolutely crave the social aspect and collaboration that comes with having an office. Whether it’s a co-working space or a group of people working together at a coffee shop, I think it’s particularly important to stay connected with other people early on in the startup process. You need the support of having people around to bounce ideas off of rather than holing up at home and creating in a vacuum.Allie Siarto, Loud Pixel.com8. Feeling Matters More Than StructureThe FEEL of the office is far more important than anything else. How do people feel? What is that feeling that’s in the air that you can’t necessarily describe, but everyone knows it exists? That is what start-ups need to focus on. Harnessing the right energy matters more than anything else. If you have the right energy, and people agree that it feels right and passion is floating in the air, then all you need to do is make sure people can focus and “crush it” and the rest will play out!Sean Kelly, HUMAN9. Startups Can Exist AnywhereThe beauty of a startup is that it can essentially run in any environment. The type of environment that it runs in does not matter as long as it fits the startup’s essential needs at that stage. In the infantile stage, it is great to run a startup out of a home or cafe because there is no overhead and the hours are flexible. Once the startup has a proof of concept and raises a small amount of funding, it might want to consider a flexible office space, such as an incubator or shared workspace like WeWork. It is a great way to portray a professional image without breaking the bank, which investors love to see. As the startup progresses and becomes more stable, it might want to progress to an environment where it can establish and promote its own company culture and build a home base.KevinTighe II, WeBRAND10. People Matter More than the LocationIt doesn’t matter if you have your own office, work from home or work in an incubator. The important thing is that you seek out people who challenge and inspire you and who you can learn from. Many years ago, I ran my company on nights and weekends while working at a venture capital and private equity fund. What I learned from seasoned entrepreneurs I met through my day job as a VC taught me valuable lessons that I apply each and every day to my own company. Seek out people who have been there before.Chuck Cohn, Varsity Tutors11. Freedom Is KeyIt depends on the culture you’re trying to create and the problem you’re trying to solve. Freedom is a priority of ours, and we structure our business around it. San Francisco and New York City are our two home bases, but we travel three to six months every year outside the country. Last year, we went to Buenos Aires and Berlin. This year, we’ve been to Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia, and we’re currently back in Berlin. Our employees can work anywhere, as well, and we use cloud-based tools to keep our team working together, including team meetings on Google Hangout. We also believe in the value of personal relationships. When we’re in cities such as San Francisco and New York City, we spend a lot of time building relationships with partners and potential clients.Leah Neaderthal, Start Somewhere End-of-Life Software: Keep it, Update it, or Fi…last_img read more

Can You Learn to Be Creative at Work?

first_imgThink about the most successful people in your office. Who always has the best ideas? Who knows just how to navigate difficult conversations? What do those people have in common?Chances are good that the best and brightest workers at your company are also the most creative ones. Contrary to popular belief, though, most creative people aren’t born that way. Creativity is a skill just like any other, which means even the least creative person can learn to see the world in a new light.Ambitious professionals should be more concerned about creative growth than most. Creativity is a vital component of professional success. People who expand their horizons climb the ladder, while those who fail to grow also fail to achieve or innovate.Whether you earned a degree in art or struggle with stick figures, you can learn to be a more creative person by adopting a few new habits:1. Establish a creative process.Productive creatives know that great works of art don’t appear out of thin air. By following a creative process, they plan, produce, and improve their work until it’s ready to be shown the world. While you might assume that everyone’s process is unique, one of the season’s best books on creativity claims otherwise. While writing “The Creative Curve,” big data entrepreneur Allen Gannett discovered that essentially every creative process shares four stages: consumption, imitation, community, and iteration. Through interviews with creators ranging from Ben & Jerry’s co-founder Jerry Greenfield to musician D. A. Wallach, Gannett shows that close adherence to that process, not “genius,” is critical for creative success. 2. Get away from the everyday.When you stare at the same desk five days a week, you don’t have a lot of creative inspiration available. Take a vacation to break up the routine of work and provide your mind with the fresh canvas it deserves. That doesn’t mean answering emails from a beach instead of a cubicle — it means unplugging from the office entirely.Sadly, 41 percent of Americans check in with work while away. You can’t experience new things if you never truly leave the old ones. Leave your laptop at home, and detach your company email from your smartphone. Even if you only take a long weekend, the time you spend away from work will do wonders for your creative health.3. Externalize your internal thoughts.Ever come up with a brilliant idea and forget it five minutes later? Human brains are incredibly powerful tools, but they can’t do it alone. Buy a journal or a sketchbook, then keep it on hand to jot down thoughts as they come up.Journaling helps unlock the creative thoughts that exist just outside your conscious perception. The more you write, the more you’ll find in your head than you realized. Don’t replace old-school pen and paper with a tablet or keyboard, though. Research shows that people who physically write down notes get more from the practice than those who type.4. Learn something that has nothing to do with work.Sometimes, the way to get better at work is to learn something with no practical application at the office. Take a class in something completely unrelated to your field to get your creative juices flowing. Just like reading books, taking classes taught by experts is a shortcut to knowledge you couldn’t acquire on your own.You could take a class on creativity, but your options aren’t limited to creative fields. Rather than set out with a specific professional goal, pick an unfamiliar area that interests you and dive in. Masterclass, for instance, lets students learn cooking from Gordon Ramsay or tennis from Serena Williams. What you learn is less important than the act of learning itself.5. Break the digital chains.From the desktop PC to the smartphone at home, glowing rectangles rule modern life. Combined research from a variety of sources concludes that the average person today spends more than four hours per day on a smartphone. Add work to the mix, and total screen time skyrockets.Screens aren’t all bad, but the world has more to offer than a digital alternative. Be conscious about when and why you use digital devices. If you find yourself whipping out your phone during every break, use that time to take a walk around the office, grab some water, or chat with a colleague. The more diverse experiences you provide your brain, the more intellectual energy you’ll have when you need it.6. Schedule creativity on your calendar.These tips can all make you a more creative person, but if you don’t make time to practice them, you won’t see the benefits. Put creativity on your calendar to establish your new habits.When your schedule is tight, incorporate creative time in other activities. Bring your journal to lunch and write about your day so far, your plans, or whatever comes to mind. Schedule vacations and breaks ahead of time so you can relax without worrying about work. At home, set aside 30 minutes a night (or whatever works for you) to read a new book or take the next lesson in your class. Following a routine might not sound very creative, but by doing so, you set the foundations for a new mindset. The more you invest in your creative development, the more you’ll find yourself contributing new ideas and discovering better solutions at work. Before long, people will start to tell you how lucky you are to have a naturally creative mind. Tags:#creativity#innovation#work habits Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

Chris Ross after another SMB loss: We have to play better

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City PBA IMAGESChris Ross isn’t one for excuses after San Miguel dropped its second loss in its last three outings in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.“We just got to play better,” he said, moments after his side suffered a shock 96-106 defeat to Blackwater on Friday. “Every game’s close, so we just got to play better.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments With the Elite on fire from distance for the entirety of the game going 13-of-25 from three, the famed Beermen starters failed to find a spark and suffered the upset to fall for only the second time in eight games.Ross finished the game with a near triple-double effort with his 20 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOf course, part of those struggles root from the absence of Alex Cabagnot, who is still at the sidelines nursing a plantar fasciitis injury, as San Miguel scampers for an able replacement to fill up the absence of the veteran guard — a fact that Ross acknowledged.“We’re still trying to figure out ways to fill that void. We’ve had Brian (Heruela) do it in a game and Chico (Lanete) do it in a game. But we can’t just rely on one of those guys, it has to be a team effort,” he said. “Alex will be back soon, but we can’t wait on that. Injuries are part of the game and we just have to figure it out somehow, some way.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img The loss, though, was shocking enough to trigger alarms given that these shortcomings happened late in the eliminations, a time where the Beermen should be fine-tuning their weaponry going into the quarterfinals.For Ross, that should pose as a legitimate challenge for the four-peat seeking squad.“We got to be ready for that challenge because we’re going to get everyone’s best punch every night out and we just got to prepare for that,” he said.And that should start as soon as next Saturday in Batangas when San Miguel takes on Alaska in a surefire intense duel between two of the current league leaders.“They’re the hottest team in the league right now and we got a week to get prepared, rest our bodies, and get ready for them because that’s going to be a battle,” he said. “We got to find a way to just play better. We know teams aren’t just going to lay down just because we’re the three-time champions.”ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ Alvarez grateful for coach’s trust in career season for JRUlast_img read more