School secretaries protest at Minister McHugh’s office in Letterkenny

first_imgSchool secretaries from all over the northwest staged a rally at the office of Education Minister Joe McHugh TD in Letterkenny on today (Sat). The rally took place as union FÛrsa prepare to reveal the result of a nationwide ballot for industrial action in its campaign for fair pay and working conditions for school secretaries.The ballot outcome will be announced on Monday, September 9th. The union balloted its members over the summer after education department officials refused to discuss proposals to overcome a two-tier pay system that leaves most earning just Ä12,500 a year, with irregular, short-term contracts that force them to sign on during the summer holidays and other school breaks.FÛrsa has mounted a campaign for pay justice for school secretaries, most of whom are very poorly paid and have irregular, short-term contracts.This, according to FÛrsa, is because of antiquated and discriminatory employment status, foisted upon school secretaries in 1978, which gives a minority directly-employed public service status, while the majority are employed by school management boards, which determine their pay and conditions. A number of speakers addressed the protest including FÛrsa President Ann Mc Gee. Minister Mc Hugh’s office was closed and the Minister, who was understood to be at another event in Letterkenny, didn’t meet with the protestors.Seeking equal pay and rights at the protest in support of school secretaries outside Minister for Education Joe Mc Hugh’s office in Letterkenny on Saturday.Ten years old Orla Hedigan supporting her mum at the Forsa protest in support of schoolm secretaries outside Minister for Education Joe Mc Hugh’s office in Letterkenny on Saturday. (Photos by Eoin Mc Garvey)Supporting school secretaries at the Forsa protest outside Minister for Education Joe Mc Hugh’s office in Letterkenny on Saturday.Councillor John O’Donnell, Kathleen Doherty, Anne Mc Gee, Forsa President and Barry Cunninghan, Forsa outside Minister for Education Joe Mc Hugh’s office in Letterkenny on Saturday in support of school secretaries.Forsa President Ann Mc Gee addressing the protest in support of school secretaries outside Education Minister Joe Mv Hugh’s office in Letterkenny on Saturday.Protestors outside Minister for Education Joe Mc Hugh’s office in Letterkenny on Saturday.Barry Cunningham from Forsa addressing the protest supporting school secretaries outside Education Minister Joe Mc Hugh’s office in Letterkenny on Saturday.Lynne O’Doherty and Jack Mc Monagle supporting the Forsa protest outside Education Minister Joe Mc Hugh’s office in Letterkenny on Saturday.Kathleen Doherty addressing the Forsa protest supporting school secretaries outside Minister for Education Joe Mc Hugh’s office in Letterkenny on Saturday.Protestors supporting school secretaries pictured outside the office of Minister for Education, Joe Mc Hugh TD in Letterkenny on Saturday.Representatives from Forsa, public representatives, school secretaries and their families pictured at the Forsa protest outside Minister for Education, Joe Mc Hugh’s office in Letterkenny on Saturday.Ann Mc Gee, Forsa President with Councillors Donal Coyle, Michael Mc Bride and John O’Donnell at the Forsa protest supporting school secretaries outside Minister or Education Joe Mc Hugh’s office in Letterkenny on Saturday.Pat O’Donnell, Glenties supporting his wife, a school secretary, at the protest by the Forsa union outside Minister Joe Mc Hugh’s office in Letterkenny on Saturday.Protesting in support of school secretaries outside Minister for Education Joe Mc Hugh’s office in Letterkenny on Saturday.School secretaries protest at Minister McHugh’s office in Letterkenny was last modified: September 10th, 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)last_img read more

Win Chelsea v Bolton tickets

first_imgWest London Sport has teamed up with Thomas Cook Sport, official travel partner of Chelsea FC, to offer Blues fans the chance to win a pair of tickets to their next Premier League home game against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday 25 February.André Villas-Boas will be hoping for all three points against the Trotters…and you could be at Stamford Bridge to watch all the action LIVE!We have five pairs of tickets to give away and to be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the following question:Which recent Chelsea signing previously played for Bolton?a. John Terryb. Gary Cahillc. Ashley ColeE-mail the correct answer to win@westlondonsport.comWinners will be randomly selected. The competition closes at 5pm on Monday, 13 February.Thomas Cook Sport is the UK’s leading sports tour operator and official travel partner of Chelsea FC, offering match breaks to Chelsea fans for the 2011/2012 season from £109 per person. This season, choose the winning tactic and book your 2011/12 match break by visiting or call the sales team on 0844 800 9900.You can also follow us on Twitter @thomascooksport and find us on Facebook at to keep up-to-date with all the latest competitions, special offers and news.Terms & Conditions1. The prize consists of two tickets (Chelsea end) to the game against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday 25 February 2012, for five winners. Kick-off is at 15.00.2. The package does not include travel to or from the ground or any hospitality at the ground.3. Fans are reminded that tickets are in the Chelsea end and seats are amongst home supporters. Please be aware that any vocal or visual support for the opposition will result in ejection from the stadium without compensation.4. Entrants are reminded that tickets are issued subject to Chelsea FC Regulations and the Conditions of Entry relevant to those tickets.5. Competition open to all UK residents with the exception of employees of Thomas Cook Sport Ltd, Chelsea FC or Hatch Communications, their immediate families, agents or anyone else associated with the administration.6. No cash alternative will be offered.7. The competition closes on 13 February.8. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the promoter reserves the right to offer an alternative prize of equal or greater value.9. The promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.10. All entrants must be willing to participate in publicity should they be a winner.11. We reserve the right at any time to cancel, modify or supersede the competition if, in our sole discretion, the competition is not capable of being conducted as specified in the competition rules.12. The promoter of this competition is either Thomas Cook Retail Limited, trading as Thomas Cook Sport or Airtrack (for UK departures), or Capitol Holdings Ltd, trading as Thomas Cook Sport (Ireland), for travel arrangements departing from the Republic of Ireland. Thomas Cook Retail Ltd registered office is The Thomas Cook Business Park, Coningsby Road, Peterborough PE3 8SB, and the company registration number is 00102630 England. Capitol Holdings Ltd registered office is 10B Beckett Way, Parkwest Business Park, Dublin 12, and company registration number is 163008. To discover more about Thomas Cook Sport, log on to www.thomascooksport.comlast_img read more

Roasting Soybeans for Livestock Rations

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Current economics in both the dairy and soybean industries are causing a resurgence of the decades old practice of roasting soybeans to make them suitable for livestock consumption. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins found grain roaster Ed Schmerge and his Roast-A-Matic near Kalida, Ohio earlier this week to find out more.last_img

Google Maps Gets Bird’s Eye View

first_imgfrederic lardinois Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts center_img Tags:#Google#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A few months ago, Google launched 45° imagery for select cities through its Google Maps API. In February, Google launched this new way to browse maps as an experimental feature in Google Maps Labs and starting today, this bird’s eye view imagery will be available for all users by default. These high-resulution images – which are currently only available in a select number of cities in the U.S. and South Africa – will automatically appear once users zoom in to an area while in satellite mode.For Bing, a similar bird’s eye view feature has long been one of the differentiating features of Microsoft’s mapping product. For the time being, Bing’s bird’s eye view is available in more places, but otherwise, the feature sets of Google’s and Microsoft’s products are very similar. Just like Bing Map, Google also allows users to rotate images and see a location from different angles, for example.Overall, this is nice update to Google maps, as it allows users to zoom in closer and see buildings and other locations with more detail. As Google’s Randy Wilson – a member of Google’s Imagery Team – notes, “even when looking at familiar areas, seeing driving directions overlaid on 45° imagery will give you a whole new understanding of the neighborhood.” last_img read more

Choosing an Air Barrier and a Housewrap

first_imgIn the midst of framing his new house, Joe Norm has switched gears and opted out of Zip System sheathing in favor of CDX plywood. The question he faces now is how he should air seal the exterior side of the walls—tape the seams between sheets of plywood, or tape the seams of the water-resistive barrier (WRB) he installs over the sheathing? More to the point, will a common WRB like DuPont’s Tyvek be good enough, or should he be prepared to spend more on an “exotic” product? “I priced out VaproShield IT and it looks to be 3x the cost of Tyvek,” Joe writes in a Q&A post. “Solitex Mento looks to be about 2x the cost. Why are these products so much more and how are they justified over Tyvek?” That’s where we start this Q&A Spotlight.RELATED ARTICLESA New Encyclopedia Article on Water-Resistive BarriersThe Complicated Role of a Water-Resistive BarrierKeeping Water Out of Walls: Housewrap and BeyondA Canadian Couple Needs Help Choosing a Heating SystemCombining Sheathing With a WRB and Air Barrier Staple-up WRBs are not the best air barriers GBA Editor Brian Pontolilo has just finished a series of blogs on WRBs and has come to at least one conclusion: “There is no easy answer when it comes to the performance of individual products.” In order to win code approval, a WRB must pass certain criteria of the International Code Council’s Evaluation Service. Reports on test results offer only limited information, but Pontolilo adds that there are better choices for an air barrier than a staple-up housewrap. “It is well known that staple-up housewraps like Tyvek don’t make the best air barriers,” he says. “At least they are challenging, at best, to detail as an air barrier. If you choose this type of product, taping the plywood seams is a more straightforward approach to air sealing.” If Norm wants his WRB to double duty as an air barrier, Pontolilo would recommend the Zip System sheathing, peel-and-stick membranes, or liquid-applied products instead. Beyond the question of which WRB to use, Pontolilo adds, is the importance of including a ventilated rainscreen in the design. Tighter houses need better WRBs Houses with drafty exteriors can tolerate water more readily than tight houses, AlexPoi writes. If Norm is building a tight house, he’ll be better off with a high-quality WRB. “A little bit of water in a leaky house is not a problem because air movement will dry the sheathing pretty quickly if it gets wet,” AlexPoi says. But when the house is tight, and air movement through the walls is limited, is takes longer for moisture to dissipate. “So, if you are building a tight house with OSB sheathing in a wet climate, I would personally not take the risk to cheap out on the WRB just for the peace of mind,” AlexPoi continues. “After all, a good WRB will cost you just a couple of thousand more but could save you big time.” AlexPoi suggests Norm pay particular attention to flashing details to keep bulk water out. Sheathing makes a robust air barrier Andrew C believes that taping the seams of the plywood sheathing is Norm’s best bet for a durable air barrier. “Properly detailed, the WRB can be a belt-and-suspenders backup air barrier to the taped sheathing, but the sheathing remains primary,” Andrew C writes. “As others have pointed out, flashing design details and attention to these details, along with avoiding dumb designs like dead-ending a roof valley into a wall, are critical to durability.” To Andrew C, a wall design with taped plywood and Tyvek CommercialWrap (a suggestion from Malcolm Taylor as a more durable alternative than Tyvek) makes the most sense. Why opt out of Zip System sheathing? Norm opened his original question by noting that he had decided against using Zip System sheathing, an OSB product with an integral WRB from Huber Engineered Woods that has become increasingly common on both walls and roofs. How come? Patrick O’Sullivan wants to know. “No good reason really,” Norm replies. “I’m not fond of OSB in general and I couldn’t totally get past the idea of hundreds of feet of reverse laps for water to get caught up in. I”m sure Zip is great and in the end I may regret not trying it out.” Even though Taylor thinks taped plywood sheathing and a WRB in sheet form would be a good route, he also thinks Zip Sheathing is worth considering. “Zip-R [a version of the sheathing bonded to a layer of foam insulation] makes some sense to me, and I’m pretty sure Zip will turn out to be a good long-term sheathing/WRB,” he says. But when it comes to choosing a particular WRB, Taylor says that as long as it is installed “diligently,” he hasn’t seen anything suggesting one WRB is significantly better than another. As to the long-term durability of plywood vs. OSB, a question that Zerphyr7 raises, Alex P refers him to an Instagram photo posted by architect Steve Baczek showing two small pieces of Zip sheathing taped together with Zip tape that have been left outside for a decade. “He says the tape is perfectly fine and the edges have swollen a little with full exposure to rain, ice and snow,” Alex P says. Our expert’s opinion GBA Technical Director Peter Yost adds this: I like to keep the air barrier and the water-resistive barrier together so that at penetrations I can seal both in the same plane or location. On the topic of ventilated rainscreens, for all but the driest of climates, I strongly prefer a free-draining and airflow-promoting gap (open top and bottom) between the cladding and the WRB. The one situation that no code-approved test for WRBs requires is water held in tension between the claddings and the WRBs (no gap between them). I have seen this water held in tension result in wet sheathing with a variety of different WRBs. Quite some time ago now, Paul Fisette—now retired, but then head of the Wood Technology and Construction program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst—worked up a test for water held in tension. You can read that report here. Paul was a “wingnut” long before I codified that term on BuildingGreen and then with Martin’s help here on GBA . On a side note, does WRB stand for “water-resistive barrier,” “water-resistant barrier,” “weather-resistant barrier,” or “weather-resistive barrier?” In the 2018 International Residential Code (IRC), these terms are used interchangeably: water-resistive barrier 30 times, water-resistant barrier six times, weather-resistant barrier three times, and weather-resistive barrier twice. That is just odd. Even more odd is to use the terms “resistive” and “resistant”—both meaning some level of opposition—with the term “barrier,” which means an absolute stop or block. In our industry, we certainly struggle with water and weather, even in our terminology.last_img read more

How to Mount the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K on the Ronin-M

first_imgHere’s how you can effectively mount a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K to the Ronin-M with the CineMilled Dovetail Plate.We’re approaching the anniversary of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K’s initial release. Thankfully, the market has developed several accessories and tools specially for this camera. However, we still lack compatible gimbals and stabilizers that work out of the box. Due to the camera’s wide design, which makes it more cumbersome on the side with the battery and side grip, most gimbals need additional counterweights to make the setup usable.However, it looks like the MOZA Air 2 may be a good contender for the Pocket Cinema Camera. Let’s take a look.The Ronin-M has become a fan favorite over the last few years due to its rugged nature, favorable load capacity, customization, external operating controls, and reasonable price. However, mounting the Pocket Cinema Camera onto the gimbal isn’t as easy as it is with other cameras — let alone balancing it.The ProblemTypically, you’d attach the DJI plate and mount the camera from the front. This is where we encounter our first problem. The camera is too wide. The DJI Ronin-M supports cameras up to 160mm, and the Pocket Cinema Camera is 177.8mm.As we noted in our review, the ergonomics of the Pocket Cinema Camera accommodate handheld shooting. You have a sizable, five-inch screen and a large handgrip. This makes it excellent for comfortable handheld shooting. But when it comes to the Ronin-M, the camera doesn’t fit correctly.We can simply reverse the DJI plate and slide the camera into position. However, this prevents you from using the lens support attachment. If you have a heavy cine lens, along with a remote follow focus attachment, you may be able to balance the camera from the offset. If you’re using a lighter stills lens, you’ll run into your first brick wall.You can try to balance the tilt-axis adjustment all day long, but ultimately, the camera will be too back-heavy, and you’ll need to bring it forward, along the fore and aft adjustment. However, again, the camera is too wide to come frontward. Therefore, you’ll need to modify the roll adjustment parameter to slide the camera free of the carriage support and bring it forward until you can balance it. The camera will still hit the side of the carriage, which may scuff the grip.However, this is somewhat fruitless because the camera will be too heavy on the left side of the balance, and you’re not going to be able to shift it back across because the camera is sitting flush against the support arm. Enter CineMilledYou bring the camera back, and you can’t balance it for the tilt axis. You bring it forward, and you can’t balance it on the roll axis. This is a significant problem. Thankfully, in 2019, if there’s a need for a tool, somebody will fill that void. CineMilled is that somebody.CineMilled has created a variety of high-end rigging fixtures for almost any gimbal and stabilizer, including a professional-grade Dovetail Plate for the Ronin-M.Unlike the standard plate, the CineMilled plate is longer and has threads to mount counterweights. As you can see in the video above, the plate generally accommodates larger cameras that are too front-heavy and need counter-weighting from the rear. As such, the threads for mounting the weights are at the back of the plate. However, like before, the Pocket Cinema Camera won’t fit when you place the camera on the carriage through the front.The FixSo, you’ll need to reverse the plate and slide the camera onto the DJI carriage backward — this also positions the mounting threads at the front. But, this is what we Pocket Cinema Camera users need. It means that we can position the camera far back in the carriage, allowing us to move the camera along the roll axis without obstruction. The counterweights — which are available at weights of 96g, 159g, 326g, and 989g — will balance the roll axis.Given the precision required to balance the camera, I don’t know if my balancing technique would be much help here, but I was able to adjust the camera best when I had two 159g weights in holes three and six.After a few tedious hours of minute adjustments, I was able to get the camera correctly balanced and entirely functional — with no motor errors — with the DJI Ronin-M turned on. As you can see from my test footage above, it yields favorable results.Unfortunately, we encounter another problem when connecting an HDMI cable. The cable brushes up against the side, which restricts proper balancing and tilting. The DJI manual suggests using soft HDMI cables to prevent this issue, but I’ve yet to find a suitable soft full-HDMI-to-micro-HDMI that clears the brace.Again, you’d need to shift the roll axis to make sufficient space, and that’s going to throw off all of the previous balancings and likely require more weight on the CineMilled Dovetail Plate.Looking for more on film and video gear? Check out these articles.How to Take Photos with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4KBuilding A Low Budget Handheld Rig For The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4KViltrox vs. Metabones: Speed Booster for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema CameraNew Filmmaker Tips For Using The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4kHands-On Review: The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4Klast_img read more

10 More Questions to Start Your Week

first_imgHere is a list of 10 questions you can use to setup an effective sales week.Which of your dream clients are you going to pursue for a meeting this week, and what value are you going to trade for their time that increases the likelihood of a getting a “yes” to your request?With which of your prospective clients do you need to follow up on a past meeting or conversation where there was no real next step established?Of your existing clients, who do you need to meet with to begin a conversation about your new ideas about how to create even greater value for them in the future? What is the next initiative you have on their roadmap?Who have you been neglecting? Who do you need to call to let them know you care about them and their business and that you are thinking about them?What are you going to read this week that will improve your ability to create value for your clients, provide you some new insight, or provide you with something you can share with them?What proactive planning and preparation work do you need to do to narrow your focus and complete the highest value activities, the tasks and projects that will move the needle for you?Who do you owe a note of gratitude? Who do you need to thank for giving you their business, helping you with a challenge, or providing you with the advice you needed to get unstuck?If you look back over your calendar, looking at all your meetings, who (or what) fell off your radar that you should reengage with now? What does it make sense to revisit now?How are you tracking towards your goals? Where are you at this point of the year? What needs to change for you to reach your goal, if anything? If you are ahead of schedule, what are you capable of where you are now?What’s broken? What isn’t working and needs a major adjustment or overhaul? Who can help you change your strategy, your tactics, or help you level up your skills?Use this list over the course of this week to improve your game and drive your results. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Zim vs Ken: Zimbabwe beat Kenya by 161 runs

first_imgCraig Ervine provided an important thrust to the innings as Zimbabwe set Kenya a big target and then completed a 161-run rout on Sunday in the last Group A match of the World Cup. ScoreErvine’s stroke-filled 66 stood out in a batting performance that helped Zimbabwe score an imposing 308 for six after electing to bat in the inconsequential match.In reply, Kenya were all out for 147 in 36 overs in the face of some tight bowling by the spinners.Zimbabwe finished with two wins after having beaten Canada earlier in the league, while Kenya remained without a win.Kenya were led by veteran all-rounder Steve Tikolo in his last match after regular captain Jimmy Kamande was ruled out due to a knee injury.Kenya’s batting succumbed in the face of Zimbabwe’s first 300-plus total in the tournament.Ervine provided the impetus amid a strong middle-order batting performance, striking a brisk 66 and adding 105 runs for the fifth wicket with Elton Chigumbura, who made 38.Ervine struck nine fours and a six during his fluent 54-ball knock, during which he often worked the ball cleverly off his legs. He was out in the 48th over when he played on a delivery from pace bowler Elijah Otieno.But the Kenyans got no respite as Prosper Utseya struck 19 off just six balls, including a six and three boundaries off the first four deliveries off the last over of the innings bowled by Otieno.Zimbabwe had earlier made up for two early dismissals as Tatenda Taibu and Vusi Sibanda added 110 for the third wicket in just under 20 overs.advertisementThe partnership was broken due to a mix up that saw both batsmen at the same end. Sibanda had to go back after an entertaining 57-ball 61 in which he hit seven fours and a six to Tikolo that had taken him to his 13th half-century.Taibu struck 53 off 74 balls, completing his 18th half-century as well as 3,000 runs in limited-overs internationals with a well-timed four to the point boundary. But he was out soon after as he tried one reverse-sweep too many against leg-spinner James Ngoche and was trapped lbw.The Kenyan batting line-up struggled from the start.After pace bowler Chris Mpofu provided the initial breakthrough by trapping David Obuya lbw, left-arm spinner Ray Price showed his expertise with the new ball.He removed Tikolo and well-set opener Alex Obanda, both lbw. Collins Obuya was run out and Utseya removed Tanmay Mishra as half the Kenyan side was dismissed by the 12th over.The game meandered on from then with Kenya only ensuring there were no embarrassment, Nehemieh Odhiambo making an unbeaten 44.last_img read more