Major task ahead to rebuild Fianna Fail in Donegal – Martin

first_img Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Major task ahead to rebuild Fianna Fail in Donegal – Martin Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Pinterest Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Google+ Google+ Newsx Adverts Previous articleGAA- Donegal v Derry Ulster Final Preview Part2Next articleMc Conalogue says post – Cloyne legislation must be backed up with resources News Highland Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Twitter Facebook NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly By News Highland – July 14, 2011 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WhatsApp Fianna Fail leader Michael Martin is in Donegal as part of a nationwide campaign to rebuild the party.Speaking to Highland Radio News, he said he believes the party is already re-establishing itself as a credible alternative in the Dail, and his decision to walk out of Leaders’ Questions yesterday was to highlight the government’s refusal to answer questions despite promising transparency.Mr Martin admits that having gone from five Donegal TDs before 2007 to one in 2011, Fianna Fail has a difficult  task ahead.However, he says progress is being made………….[podcast][/podcast] WhatsApplast_img read more

Ocean City Schools Closed on Monday Due to Snow

first_imgThe Ocean City School District announced early Monday that all schools will be closed today due to the weather.A mid-March storm had dumped more than four inches of snow by pre-dawn, and the accumulation was continuing.March 17 had originally been scheduled as a teacher in-service day and a day off for students. But the district rescheduled the school day to make up for one of the four other snow cancellations so far this year. Now more snow has canceled the day intended to make up for snow days.The last day of school and graduation already have been pushed back from June 17 to June 19.The latest National Weather Service snow forecast map calls for 6 to 8 inches of snow for Ocean City in a storm expected to end about noon Monday.By 11 p.m. Sunday, about two inches of snow had accumulated on the ground, but roads and sidewalks remained clear and wet.Ocean City police remind residents that all parked cars must be removed from the length of West Avenue (a snow emergency route) if the road is covered by snow. Violators will be ticketed.Northeast winds of 10 to 20 mph with gusts as strong as 40 mph are in the forecast.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

The interview which started as a Tweet

first_imgA few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a series of tweets from a credit union member to no one in particular. That I saw it at all amongst the mass of data is odd. But here’s where it gets interesting. The member had an issue with their credit union, Idaho Central Credit Union, and said so in a tweet. They didn’t @ mention the CU or # them, either. So, really, there was no simple way for the credit union to ever know about it. The member was, for all intents and purposes, yelling into an echo chamber.But the credit union did reply. And thus the origin of this post.After seeing how the credit union located this member and solved their problem (all through Twitter), I contacted them directly. Unsurprisingly, their Twitter account had a friendly reply, wherein they referred me to the social media/marketing director, Lisa Davis. The following is an interview conducted with her. This credit union, and their team, get social media. I wanted to help them share this strategy with you.Joe Winn: Good afternoon and thank you for taking the time out for this discussion! As mentioned, I recognized your social media efforts were far beyond the norm when you plucked a member complaint out of thin air (in a sense) for resolution. How did you do that?Lisa Davis: I work with a couple of systems to grab any mentions of us – monitoring a number of different keywords. We really want to keep tabs on what is being said about us (good and bad) on social platforms, news articles, review sites, etc. We go after negative comments and try our best to turn them around. This is not just great for our members, but is a wonderful way to display how amazing our customer service is to those watching that are potential members.Winn: I sure was impressed! From their posts, it seemed the member was as well, which is what really matters. What spurred ICCU to develop a social media presence?Davis: We felt and feel that social media is a great way to connect with members and potential members.Winn: I agree. How did you inform your members it existed?Davis: We started off with just a Facebook page and did some fun promotions—contests and whatnot to gain followers. We also had “Like us on Facebook” stamps made up for the tellers to spread the word. Now, we advertise all of our social platforms in the branches on the screens behind the teller line. In addition, we do run Facebook/Instagram ads.Winn: Engaging the “what’s in it for me” mentality is a good strategy. Of course, I’m sure it wasn’t all roses and massive follower adoption. What missteps (if any) did you encounter as the system grew?Davis: In the beginning, we weren’t catching as many mentions since people use a variety of different names for us. This is what prompted us to look into monitoring software – which has proven very useful, especially since as we continue to grow, mentions are growing as well.Winn: So that would be how you caught this member’s complaints to no one in particular. Given a member can ask anything online, is the social media platform effort engaged with all CU departments, or just routed through a specific team?Davis: I manage all things social, but work with many teams to accomplish our goals. For example, we strive to follow up with anyone who has an issue or a question – whether they request follow up or not. Based on the question or concern, I facilitate these through the appropriate team member and then make sure the person has been contacted and then follow up on our social channels so the public can see that we have addressed it.Winn: Sharing these resolutions is a smart move. It’s like when a restaurant responds to reviews on Yelp. Always makes me feel like they truly care. How do you feel member support and outreach will grow in this medium? Will it become just another option for members, or will it begin to replace existing platforms (live chat, phone, e-mail, even in-person)?Davis: I feel that [social media as a member support and outreach medium] will continue to grow. (emphasis mine) As we…grow, we have definitely watched our member interaction through social channels grow. We have some members who use social media as their primary way to connect with us – to inquire about a new product, provide feedback on a recent interaction, or ask a question about their online banking. Social never really shuts down for the day. Although, it is not expected, if I get a question at 10pm on a Saturday night, I’ll answer it. Our members know they can count on us through social to at least get feedback that their question has been passed along to a team member who will get in touch with them shortly after the opening of next business day. I think this makes them feel more connected to us and builds a level of trust and security knowing they have a place to go with a question or concern 24×7. (emphasis mine)Winn: Well, I’ve definitely gained a level of trust through this discussion. Thank you again for your time and for sharing these insights! I’m certain readers from other credit unions will enjoy learning about your strategies and the passion committed to making it the best it can. This reflects, as you intended, positively on Idaho Central Credit Union.Follow Idaho Central Credit Union directly through their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages! Visit their site for even more ways to connect.So, fellow geeks (and honorary geeks)…what did you think of this interview? Want to see more discussions with your peers? Let me know in the comments below! 33SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joe Winn What do you get when you mix auto loan programs with a desire to help others? Well, approaches that make a difference, of course. So what do you get when … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Subcon Bags CPM Contract for Supply of Scour Systems

first_imgSubcon has been awarded a contract by Citic Pacific Mining (CPM) for the design and supply of scour systems for berth pocket stabilization at the Sino Iron Terminal at Port of Cape Preston.CPM exports a magnetite concentrate via its a purpose-built terminal at Port of Cape Preston which is locatedapproximately 60 kilometers south-west of Dampier.The existing facility was built to accommodate a trans-shipping method of transporting the magnetite concentrate which entailed loading the material onto multiple hopper barges at the terminal berth before the barges were towed out and the ore discharged into a larger ocean going vessel waiting offshore for shipping to buyers.To increase the material throughput of the terminal, CPM has decided to utilize a larger, self-discharging, self-propelled vessel for trans-shipping. Preliminary enabling works to facilitate this change were conducted at the terminal earlier this year which consisted of dredging the existing berth, removing existing stop dolphin and upgrading vessel moorings.The larger vessel size and deeper berth pocket means increases in bow thruster and main propeller wash velocities pose a significant scour erosion risk to the existing breakwater rock armour. CPM approached Subcon to design, manufacture and supply a retro fit, low to no maintenance, high performance scour protection solution to protect the breakwater at the location of the vessel’s bow thruster and main propeller as well as shield the seafloor at the toe of the embankment.Subcon is currently fabricating a total of 203 scour protection mattresses at its Karratha facility. The design includes a combination of CoastMatt and plastic mould articulated concrete mattress products. The mattresses incorporate a superduplex stainless steel rope to achieve the low maintenance requirement in the highly corrosive environment.last_img read more

Paulista ready to level up

first_img Press Association “I am really looking forward to training with my new team-mates, to get to know everyone and to have a good start.” Gabriel is determined to repay the faith of Gunners boss Wenger. “To me it is something big… I came on his request, on the coach’s request. He asked to sign me and that gives me more strength and the will to be able to work,” he said. “I see that he is a coach that has been here for many years and this is important, not only for the team, but also for the club.” The defender continued: “I want to help everyone, so the fans can expect a Gabriel that on the field has a lot of will to be able to help the team win important things.” Wenger indicated last week should the deal go through for Gabriel, which was signed off via a work permit hearing, that would not necessarily mean the end of the club’s January transfer business. Arsenal already moved for promising teenage Poland midfielder Krystian Bielik from Legia Warsaw and may yet look to bring in some more experienced cover. The Gunners, who secured a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Sunday with a 3-2 win at Brighton, will be out to sustain their Barclays Premier League improvement against Aston Villa on Sunday. Midfielder Jack Wilshere has stepped up his rehabilitation after ankle surgery, but is still a few weeks away from a return. Captain Mikel Arteta is also sidelined, probably at least until the end of March following an operation on his ankle problem. The 32-year-old, who joined Arsenal from Everton on deadline day in August 2011, is reported to have agreed a contract extension with the club. Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista is confident he can take his game to the next level at Arsenal – and help deliver more silverware to the Emirates Stadium. The 24-year-old’s permanent transfer from Villarreal, said to be worth around £15million, was finally confirmed by Arsenal on Wednesday evening following completion of international clearance. Costa Rica striker Joel Campbell moved in the other direction on loan for the rest of the season. Gabriel, who has yet to force his way into the Brazil national team, is relishing the challenges ahead for Arsene Wenger’s side. “I have only just arrived, but I am already feeling really good here in London. I am at a top club so that gives me more strength to be able to work and carry on, to be able to conquer much more in my career,” Gabriel said in an interview with Arsenal Media. “We have a lot to conquer because Arsenal is a very big club, we must always be at the top. “I think it is a club that will keep growing throughout the season, and that over the next few years we will be able to win important titles.” The Brazilian added: “Arsenal is a very big team and it must always be competing for the biggest titles in the world.” Gabriel, though, accepts he will have to earn his place in the Arsenal defence, with Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny the current first-choice pairing. “I am coming to a very big club and I know that I will play with great players,” he said. “While respecting everyone, I want to play for my place in the team. I know that is not going to be easy, I must show my potential, I have to show that I can be in the group, that the manager can count on me. “The same goes to all my team-mates. I will carry on the same way I have been since the beginning of my career. I have always respected everyone to get to where I am in my career, and I want even more. last_img read more

BetRegal diary – Moving past some of the early frustrations

first_img Submit MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Former Pinnacle Marketing Director Aly Lalani is one of the key drivers behind the launch of, a new sportsbook created to provide its customers with the “highest possible value” in prices. In the fifth diary of this series, we are moving towards the present day. It’s the summer of 2017 and the product is live, but there are a still a few issues to iron out.The faithful diary readers amongst you will know that we chose EveryMatrix after meeting with a wide selection of software providers at last year’s ICE conference in London. We were immediately taken by the potential of the platform’s granular margin management and how quickly we could take our product to market.However, we knew that no one platform was ideal for our needs, and that all would require some form of compromise. For us, this was knowing that the iframe solution that we chose gave us less control over the betting experience as it was being shared by other operators, and that working with a third-party provider would, at least until we had the leverage of a huge customer base and/or significant volume, pit us against all other EveryMatrix clients for attention.Obviously when you operate all aspects of your sportsbook internally, you have greater control over your development priorities with a clear and visible finish line. It’s easy to say ‘this is priority #1’ when dealing with an internal team of developers. With a software provider, it is harder to gauge where your ‘priority #1’ stands in the queue with all the other operators’ priorities. As expected with any new software-based integration and launch, we are going to uncover technical issues that need to be addressed. We are definitely finding our fair share of bugs and issues, and it has been frustrating trying to get some of these issues solved expeditiously. Don’t get me wrong, things are getting crossed off the list, just not at the pace I would hope for.Knowing that all startups have problems in the first few months, we deliberately overstaffed on the support side to help us to execute a ‘killing them with kindness’ strategy. After all, we defined an over the top level of customer support as one of our brand differentiators. By having these extra support staff, we can ensure there is a warm body there to respond to any customers who have a problem within minutes by email, and seconds by live chat. Although the intent is there for us to be as responsive as humanly possible to our customers, we have to accept that there is a learning curve when it comes to managing customer service queries when dealing with a brand new software. There are some questions that we simply don’t know the answer to (or more likely don’t know where to find the answer yet). This creates a need for us to escalate to our software provider support, who in turn has to prioritize the query, investigate, respond to us and then we respond to the customer. Needless to say that’s not the most efficient communication chain. Sometimes that communication process can take hours or days depending on complexity. Making customers wait extended periods for seemingly simple queries can prove frustrating, for both the us and the customer. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. As we build our knowledge of the backend system, and begin seeing repeat questions, it’s becoming easier to deal with customer support interactions quickly and compassionately.We have to keep in mind that this is a marathon not a sprint, and make long term decisions while learning as we go. It is for this reason that we have actually held off on larger marketing spend in target regions such as Latin America, because we understand the importance of first impressions. There are some fundamental UX issues that we need to address before I would feel comfortable engaging in any reasonable marketing spend. The positive here is that focusing on the product, and the quick resolution of player problems, has helped to refine elements of our own strategy moving forwards.A key part of this strategy is to give players the highest value prices we can in terms of our odds pricing. As I mentioned in the first diary of the series, building on the exclusivity and aspirational part of our ‘Regal’ branding, it’s key that our users are treated like royalty with the margins that we offer in the sportsbook. As someone with a marketing background, this is where EveryMatrix’s margin management provides an ‘arrow in the quiver’ for BetRegal’s marketing team.I said in the last diary that BetRegal was starting to make its mark, and I stand by that statement. Sure there are website UX issues that need to be addressed, but those are being constantly documented and reviewed by our team and we are working to prioritize and fix them as quickly as we can. We are getting very valuable feedback from customers and affiliates that let us know quickly and directly where we need to focus our efforts.We have had to reign in the expectations of early marketing spend, but we are growing the affiliate base, and player counts are growing as well. We have begun to define ourselves in terms of our pricing model, as we priced the ATP World Tour Finals at 98% last week, and promoted it heavily with a couple of key partners. We have also used this strategy for some key Premier League matches which have driven solid acquisition from our odds comparison affiliates.It’s exciting to be live and servicing customers. I’m sure these aren’t the last set of challenges we are going to face. Onwards and upwards. Related Articles Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Key Lakers games to watch in 2017-18

first_imgHere are some of the Lakers games worth watching this season:1. vs. Clippers, Thursday: Fans get their first look at a revamped lineup and, especially, rookie Lonzo Ball, the No. 2 pick in the draft. In the second year under Coach Luke Walton, the Lakers have installed an offensive system designed to help Ball thrive.2. vs. Philadelphia, Nov. 15: The first matchup between Ball and Markelle Fultz, drafted with the top overall pick in the draft, also presents a look at a Philly team anchored by star-in-the-making Joel Embiid and redshirt rookie Ben Simmons.3. vs. Golden State, Nov. 29: The superstar-laden defending champs make their first of two visits to Staples Center. Luke Walton is trying to replicate the system he learned as an assistant under Steve Kerr. If Ball vs. Steph Curry doesn’t pique your interest, perhaps  Nick Young’s improbable quest to become an NBA champion will. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers4. vs. Minnesota, Dec. 25: Red and green might soon be replaced as the official colors of Christmas by purple and gold. The annual tradition of the Lakers playing on the holiday continues with a matchup against another up-and-coming Western Conference team loaded with talent. The Timberwolves are a year ahead of the Lakers schedule after adding Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague last summer.5. at Houston, Dec. 31: The Lakers’ record going into the New Year will say a lot about the direction of the team. December brings a brutal schedule, with all 14 games against likely playoff teams and two in 11 days against Mike D’Antoni’s high-horsepower Rockets.6. at Brooklyn, Feb. 2: Was a change of scenery truly all that D’Angelo Russell needed? Or will he frustrate his new coaches with a questionable motor and apathy toward defense just like he did the Lakers organization? Russell makes his lone trip to Staples Center on Nov. 3.7. vs. Cleveland, March 11: So much has been made of the Lakers’ pursuit of LeBron James next summer, but LeBron isn’t going to consider joining a team that isn’t at least on the rise. The perennial MVP will visit Staples Center in the spring, when he should get a pretty good late-season look at what progress the young Lakers have made.last_img read more

Nelson’s Bruno Campese switches gears on coaching career, takes OHA job

first_imgIt didn’t take Nelson’s Bruno Campese long to find a new job in hockey.The Nelson Minor Hockey grad, who spent the past eight seasons at coach and GM of the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League, has agreed to be head coach of the Okanagan Hockey Academy in Penticton.The announcement was recently made on the Okanagan Hockey School website.“We are very excited to have Bruno Campese join our organization,” said OHA vice-president Dixon Ward. “We have prided ourselves on the quality and expertise of our hockey staff and the addition of Bruno only increases that level. With his wealth of playing, coaching, and management experience at the Junior A and Major Junior level, Bruno will be able to provide our young athletes with the knowledge and experience that they will need to move to the next levels.”Prior to joining the Raiders, Campese spent three seasons as the head coach and director of hockey operations for the Penticton Vees (BCHL).From 2002-2004, he was an assistant coach with the Calgary Hitmen (WHL) after spending two seasons as the head coach with the Trail Smoke Eaters (BCHL) as well as a brief time as coach and GM of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Nelson Leafs.“I am excited to join Okanagan Hockey and be part of its operation in Penticton,” Campese, who also has a Master’s Degree in Education from Eastern Washington University, said on the OHA website.“The Okanagan Hockey program and facilities are second to none and I look forward working with an excellent staff.” During his playing days, Campese was selected in the 12th round, 249th overall, by the Boston Bruins at the 1982 NHL Draft.He spent two seasons as a goaltender with the Penticton Knights (BCHL) before playing one season with Northern Michigan University (NCAA).Campese also played two seasons in the Western Hockey League, ultimately winning the Memorial Cup in 1983 with the Portland Winterhawks.After his junior career, he spent 14 years playing professionally in Europe, including eight seasons with the Italian National Team, where he represented his country on multiple occasions at the World Championships and also at the 1994 Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway.During his time with the Raiders, Prince Albert had their struggles on the ice, making the playoffs in three of Campese’s eight seasons.However, Prince Albert did qualify for post-season action the past two seasons prior to the 2014-15 campaign.And this season the Raiders deserved better.After going 35-32-5 in 2013-14 and suffering a second-straight first-round exit, the Raiders, Campese and their fans looked forward to this season, knowing they would have two of the WHL’s premier players — defenceman Josh Morrissey and forward Leon Draisaitl — on their roster.But Draisaitl, the third-overall pick in the NHL’s 2014 draft, opened the season with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers.And the Oilers didn’t want their draft pick to return to the Raiders, instead saying Draisaitl should play for the Kelowna Rockets.Instead of fighting a losing battle, Campese traded Morrissey and Draisaitl to the Rockets.Kelowna won the WHL championship before losing 2-1 to Oshawa in overtime in the Memorial Cup final Sunday.Campese decided to move on in hockey and take wife Maria and son Matthew to Penticton to work with the Okanagan Hockey Group.last_img read more