A taste for tourism at ‘Visit Downings’ launch dinner – Picture Special

first_imgVisit Downings are stirring up a healthy appetite for tourism this year following a food-themed launch for the collaborative tourism group.Businesses from Carrigart, Glen and Downings gathered at Grape & Grain on Thursday 6th March to sample ‘A Taste of Downings’ and celebrate some of the best food tourism gems they have to offer.Guests enjoyed a six course tasting experience with premium dishes provided by local restaurants and hotels. A Taste of Downings – Shellfish Mornay from Singing Pub DowningsA Taste of Downings – Shellfish Mornay from Singing Pub DowningsA Taste of Downings – Beef Wellington from Grape and Grain Restaurant DowningsA Taste of Downings – Desserts from Downings Bay HotelGin from the Olde Glen Bar at the launch of Visit Downings 2019Celebrating the quality food of the region is just one of the many plans of Visit Downings in 2019.The business group was formed in 2017 as a marketing platform to promote and sustain tourism growth in the area. Members developed a website, Facebook page, What’s On guide and commissioned a video showcasing scenic highlights and amenities.The Visit Downings Committee: Mairead O’Connell (Singing Pub), Barry Connor (Downings Bay Hotel), Susie Coyle (Rosapenna Hotel), Cormac Walsh (Olde Glen Bar and Restaurant), John Casey (Rosapenna Hotel and Golf Resort), Chris Healy (Grape and Grain Downings), Seamus McGinty (Downings Coastguard Cottages) and Darragh McClafferty (Beach Hotel Downings)Visit Downings committee member Susie Coyle said exciting plans are in store for 2019. “We want to further develop our website, we want to increase our exposure on various media and social media channels and we want to increase the distribution and frequency of the What’s On Downings guide,” she said.Another exciting concept in the pipeline is a Visit Downings coupon book, combining discounts for local restaurants, businesses and activities. It is hoped that the books will be launched next season. A Taste of Downings in Grape and GrainA Taste of DowningsAlso in attendance was Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh, who lives in Carrigart.Mr McHugh said the launch was the “start of something very positive.”He pointed out that the strength of the Downings community is on the ground, in their collaboration and in their families.Minister Joe McHugh at the launch of Visit Downings 2019“A lot of the businesses in this area are family businesses. Everybody is in it together but also families are making that investment. They are taking the risk and ensuring that, not alone do they provide employment for this generation, but they are also looking to the next generation,” Minister McHugh said.Mr McHugh added that the Visit Downings initiative is an opportunity for locals to showcase what they value: “We have ways of threading through the great traditions we have and the great resources here. And the fundamental resource is the people we have.” Noel McBride, Fine Gael candidate in the upcoming local elections, also commended the group and highlighted the economic benefits and job creation that comes with an extended tourist season.Businessman and local election candidate for Fine Gael Noel McBride at the launch of Visit Downings 2019Joan Crawford from Failte Ireland at the launch of Visit Downings 2019A key aim of Visit Downings is extending the tourism season beyond the summer months. This was celebrated by Joan Crawford, Client Services Manager of Failte Ireland, who outlined the value of year-round tourism in Donegal.Ms Crawford said: “People don’t come for a bed anymore, people come for what there is to see and do in an area and this is why Visit Downings is so important because it will showcase that.”Ms Crawford added that Failte Ireland is looking forward to working with the organisation as it targets visitors from overseas markets, including France, Germany and the US. John Martin (Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort), Barney McLaughlin (Donegal Tourism), Caroline Britton (Donegal Tourism) and Seamus McGinty (Downings Coast Guard Cottages) at the launch of Visit Downings 2019Barney McLaughlin from Donegal Tourism was keen to point out that there is so much to savour in Downings:“People come for an experience, food is a big experience and what you have here is a true taste of what Downings has to offer.”“It’s great to see businesses coming together a working collaboratively,” he added.Maria Doherty, Sinn Féin candidate in the May elections, said she would be the biggest advocate of the initiative.Susie Coyle (Visit Downings) and local election candidate Maria Doherty at the launch of Visit Downings 2019Local county councillor John O’Donnell said that Donegal is entitled to boast about its many attractions.Cllr John O’Donnell at the launch of Visit Downings 2019Cllr O’Donnell said: “People will only visit Downings if we broadcast it throughout the rest of the world. The way we do that is when we travel near and far we tell people that Downings is open for business and we welcome people to all the facilities and amenities that are there.”There was a strong sense of pride among local businesses at the event. Through celebrating food and hospitality, showcasing scenery and marketing local activities, the group is confident that it will attract and impress many more visitors in the year ahead.Donegal Daily was there to soak up the atmosphere of the night in Grape & Grain, check out more photos below:Susie Coyle, Catherine Nic Laifeartaigh, Leona McMenamin and Grainne Shiels at the launch of Visit Downings 2019Joan Crawford (Failte Ireland) and Martina Rafferty (Waterfront Hotel Dungloe) at the launch of Visit Downings 2019Mairead O’Connell, Helena Gallagher and Mary Bowden at the launch of Visit Downings 2019John Casey (Rosapenna Hotel and Golf Resort), Chris Healy (Grape and Grain Downings) and Martin Casey (Harbour Bar and Fisk Restaurant) at the launch of Visit Downings 2019Collette Connor, Eileen Connor, Natalie Connor and Ale Connor from the Downings Bay Hotel at the launch of Visit Downings 2019Caite Fealty, Kevin Ward and Trés Connaghan at the launch of Visit Downings 2019Nicola Logue, Maggie Doherty, Francis Roberts and Bobby Roberts at the launch of Visit Downings 2019Hugh and Bridget Wilhare (Mulroy Bay Mussels) with Mary T Sweeney at the launch of Visit Downings 2019Martin Smith, Lorcan Connorr and Barry Connor at the launch of Visit Downings 2019Eddie McGroddy, Claire Doran and Frank Casey Jnr at the launch of Visit Downings 2019Visit Downings 2019Darragh McClafferty, Victoria McClafferty, Charlie McClafferty and Aisling Cullen at the launch of Visit Downings 2019Mickey Doherty and Charlie McClafferty at the launch of Visit Downings 2019A taste for tourism at ‘Visit Downings’ launch dinner – Picture Special was last modified: March 7th, 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)Tags:CarrigartDowningseventsfoodglenGrape & Grainpicture specialtourismvisit downingslast_img read more

Ray Ratto: Sharks cheat the Reaper, and here comes Game 7

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceThe grim reaper is now 0-2 to the San Jose Sharks in this suddenly fascinating Western Conference first round series, and suddenly the almost unthinkable looks pretty damned doable.Not entirely, mind you. Few teams can break a heart quite like the Sharks because few teams have been as persistently skilled at doing so, but let’s be honest — four days ago, you’d have sold your kid’s car for a seventh game, and now …last_img

Will the Cloud Be Tinged with Venture Capital Gold in 2011?

first_imgThe forces changing the enterprise are not lost on venture capitalists. They recognize the transformation as well as anyone. So much so that it looks like cloud computing investments are expected to be greater than those in other market sectors.That’s evident in just the past few days with three venture capital investments that total $55 million.The investments are going to companies that have only one thing in common: they are able to show promise due to the fast acceptance of cloud computing in the enterprise and the overall high level of interest in the ways that businesses can use Web and mobile applications for better optimization and reach with customers.Cloud computing is a catalytic factor for the Dachis Group, which has raised $30 million in a series B round from Austin Ventures. Skytap received a $10 million series C round to fund sales and marketing efforts for its cloud automation technology. SCVNGER is a location-based app that competes with Foursquare. It received $15 million this week.Dachis GroupDachis Group is the largest consulting company in the world dedicated to integrating social business solutions into the enterprise. It will use its funding for international expansion, staffing and other investments that include acquisitions. Dachis has made several acquisitions in the last year. These were mostly consulting companies, including Hinchcliffe and Associates, Archrival and Stuvo. Dachis competes with both boutique groups and the largest consulting companies. For example, companies such as Accenture are increasingly paying attention to the enterprise and the adoption of social technologies. In an interview, founder Jeffrey Dachis said the transformation is extending from the enterprise and deep into the supply chain. “I think cloud computing is one of the core components of social business,” Dachi said.SkytapSkytap is a cloud automation technology company based out of Seattle. The company’s platform provides the capabilities for self-serve cloud deployment and virtualized environments. Skytap plans to use its investment for sales and marketing purposes. The service allows for companies to develop, test, migrate, evaluate, demo and train on new and existing applications in the cloud. Its most significant offering has to be its network automation which it launched earlier this year. In an interview we did last month, Sundar Raghavan, chief product and marketing officer at Skytap, said the goal for the service is to make it as simple as possible for people to realize the benefits of a cloud platform. That means far better automation than the processes today that require assistance from people with specific expertise. Networks can break down. When that happens, a company will have to go lengths to get it fixed. Skytap provides the capability to move applications with ease. Krishnan Subramanian wrote earlier this year that Skytap is a hot company to watch due to its ability to “enable IT organizations the ability to move multi-tiered enterprise applications with clustering and fail-over networking capabilities into the cloud with point-and-click ease.” The resulting cost savings can be significant. Companies are seeking ways to pull the bits and pieces together to build a cloud environment. Skytap automates the process.SCVNGRSCVNGR is a location-based service that emphasizes gaming and challenges. It’s an entirely different play than Skytap or Dachis. SCVNGR is not exactly an enterprise technology but it has direct correlations to the cloud and its use for business to reach out to their customer base. This may mean a business asking customers to take photos and share them with others. That’s opposed to a check-in where a person is simply saying they have arrived at a location such as you see with a service like Foursquare. Gaming is entering the business world and the cloud is the vehicle for it.Overall ViewAccording to the National Venture Capital Association, Internet technologies and cloud computing software will outpace green tech. So much so that venture capitalists say there could be over investment in the Internet and cloud computing categories.That’s not too hard to believe considering the rapid pace of investment we are already seeing this year. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting alex williams 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#Analysis#cloud last_img read more

Work from Home Jobs: Avoiding Scams, Pt. 2

first_imgBy Carol ChurchIn part 1 of this series, we talked about what scammers are after and common warning signs of work-at-home scams. In part 2, we’ll talk about the questions to ask when pursuing a work-at-home opportunity, what to do if someone has been a victim, and multilevel marketing companies vs. pyramid schemes.Vitaliy Kytayko/PhotospinQuestions to AskAnyone considering a work-from-home opportunity needs to do their homework.First of all, google the company name plus “scam” and/or “reviews.” Of course, take it all with a grain of salt, but you’re likely to learn a great deal. You should also check the company’s reviews on the Better Business Bureau. Check their Scam Tracker as well.Second, check out the company and associated people on the Internet. Does everything seem legit? Are they who they say they are? Where is their physical office and can you call them up and speak to the person you’ve been dealing with?Finally, if still considering working for the company, one should find out more specifics about payment. Find out exactly how much and how often payment occurs, and if there is anything that will vary this. Ask what an average employee makes monthly. Ask to speak to some of these employees.If still feeling skeptical, ask to see proof that the claims they’re making about earnings are true. In fact, under the FTC’s Business Opportunity rule, consumers have the right to ask for a one-page disclosure document that offers important information about “jobs” that are really more “business opportunities” (often fraudulent). Learn more about this important consumer protection here.If You’ve Been a VictimUnfortunately, some will fall victim to one or another of these scams. If this is the case for you, or if you are helping someone who has been scammed, here are some resources that can help.If an identity has been stolen, it should be reported to the FTC at identitytheft.gov, which has many resources to assist in this scenario.File a complaint with the FTC about work-from home job scams here.Business-related scams can be reported to the Better Business Bureau’s Scam Tracker.The attorney general’s office in each state can also assist with business-related scams. Find your state attorney general here.A Note on MLMs vs. Pyramid SchemesMulti-level marketing businesses (selling products from home through a distributor, such as Avon, Pampered Chef, Lularoe, Jamberry, etc) are a common way to make money “from home” in the US, and are especially popular for military spouses. They are legal in the United States and are a legitimate way to earn money, though it should be noted that they are not an easy way to make money, and that many people do not earn much in this business.Pyramid schemes, on the other hand, are illegal. Pyramid schemes may consist of “buying into” a product-based opportunity or may be just marketed as “investment opportunities” with no physical product involved. In a pyramid scheme, each “investor” MUST recruit multiple other investors, and the scheme is solely dependent on recruiting others. Pyramid schemes do not work unless the people at the bottom of the pyramid loseIt can sometimes be difficult to tell the difference between an MLM and a product-based pyramid scheme, because in some ways, the two concepts are similar. However, they are not the same.MLM vs Pyramid SchemeMLM:Reasonable start-up costsThe focus is on the productThe training is about selling the product, not recruiting more sellersCompany supports its sellers in selling and marketing productCompany will buy back unsold inventory from the seller, although it may be at a discounted pricePyramid Scheme:High start-up costsMoney is earned through recruiting new members, not through selling productCompany does not back its products and is not interested in helping sellers market and sell productCompany refuses to buy back unsold inventoryCommissions are offered for recruiting new sellersFrequent pressure to “size up” your investment or pay more for additional trainingIf you’re interested in learning more about MLMs, the FTC has more info here. https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0065-multilevel-marketingReferences:References:Brunelli, L. (2017). 7 Ways to Protect Yourself From Work-at-Home Scams. Retrieved from https://www.thespruce.com/protect-yourself-work-at-home-scams-4049387Kohler, C. (2016). Don’t Get Scammed: 4 Questions to Help You Land a Legit Work-From-Home Job. Retrieved from https://www.thepennyhoarder.com/make-money/how-to-detect-work-from-home-scams/Federal Trade Commission. (2011). Bogus business opportunities. Retrieved from https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/bogus-business-opportunitiesFederal Trade Commission. (2015). Work-at-home businesses. Retrieved from https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0175-work-home-businessesFederal Trade Commission. (2016). Multilevel marketing. Retrieved from https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0065-multilevel-marketingWang, J. (2013). 5 Signs that MLM “Opportunity” Might Be a Scam. Retrieved from http://www.businessinsider.com/5-signs-that-mlm-opportunity-might-be-a-scam-2013-1Ward, S. (2017). Learn to Distinguish Between MLM and Pyramid Schemes. Retrieved from https://www.thebalance.com/is-it-multilevel-marketing-or-a-pyramid-scheme-2947159last_img read more

Increasing Your Level of Accountability

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now What you are willing to be accountable for is a large part of how your client perceives you and the value you create. If you want to be considered something more than a vendor or supplier, increasing your accountability will move you up levels.Let’s say you want to be accountable for sharing products and their features and benefits. While product knowledge is important, being accountable for taking orders is such a low level of value that your clients are always going to be open to meeting with people who can create greater value for them. This low level of value now competes with the internet, which provides information and order-taking capabilities without any friction.Maybe you can do better. Maybe you really take care of your clients, holding yourself accountable for making sure things are just right. When they have a problem, you are Johnny or Janie on the spot, dealing with service and support issues. Even though your title suggests that you are a salesperson, your behavior indicates that you are really something is more accurately described as “glorified customer service rep.” You are going to have nice, but very limited relationships here, but not ones that allow you to hold a better position than customer service rep.Being accountable for solving bona fide business problems and challenges is a much better space to occupy. You have the ability to diagnose your client’s issues, make recommendations, and improve their results. This is a much higher level of accountability, and one that will move you up a level in your client’s eyes, knowing that you can help when there is an identified challenge or opportunity. While this good, it isn’t the very best space for you to occupy as it pertains to your accountability.What you want to be accountable for is the client’s strategic decision as it pertains to the areas where your business insects with theirs. You want to be the accountable for having a clear vision of the future decisions they need to make, as well as providing direction before there is a challenge to respond to at all. To do this, you need business acumen and situational knowledge. You also need to look like a peer, someone who could easily be a part of your client’s management team. This level of accountability differentiates from all the lower levels.The more you increase your level of responsibility, the more you are accountable for in the way of results, and the more valuable you are to your client.last_img read more

Abatayo adds to PH’s haul in lawn bowls with bronze

first_imgElmer Abatayo continued the Philippines’ haul in the lawn bowls competition in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, bagging the bronze medal in men’s singles Sunday at the National Lawn Balls Centre in Kuala Lumpur.Abatayo outlasted Brunei’s Abd Rahman Omar, 21-20, in the battle for third place as the country gained its sixth medal in lawn balls.ADVERTISEMENT That hiked the Philippines’ lawn bowls collection to one gold, three silvers, and two bronze medals.Muhammad Soufi Rusli of host Malaysia won the gold medal in men’s singles, while Singapore’s Lee Yuan Min settled for silver.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Read Next PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses 50-0: Floyd Mayweather stops Conor McGregor in 10th round View comments SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more

10 months agoMan City winger Mahrez: I’m going to get better

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City winger Mahrez: I’m going to get betterby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City winger Riyad Mahrez says there’s more to come from him after an impressive start to his Etihad career.The Algerian winger joined the champions from Leicester in a £60m transfer last summer and has had to adapt to the demands of Pep Guardiola’s system.”When you arrive the first six months it’s always difficult to adapt to everything,” said Mahrez.”I’m very good. I’m still new to the team. I think more months are going to pass and I’m going to be better.”The 27-year-old has scored five of City’s 50 league goals and also found the net in the Champions League as Pep Guardiola’s side comfortably advanced to the knockout stages. last_img read more

10 months agoArsenal determined to beat Tottenham to signing of Norwich fullback Max Aarons

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal determined to beat Tottenham to signing of Norwich fullback Max Aaronsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are determined to beat Tottenham to the signing of Norwich City fullback Max Aarons.The £15million-rated youngster has impressed in the Canaries’ fine start to the Championship season, and the two north London giants are among clubs at home and abroad who are keen to take him, says the Mirror.Spurs are in the boxseat, though Norwich have made it clear they won’t entertain any deal next month unless it includes the 18-year-old — who turns 19 next week — being loaned back to them for the rest of the season.And Arsenal are now throwing their hat in the ring with a determination to win Aarons’ signature. last_img read more

Tennessee Congratulates Former Vol Star Eric Berry On 1st Interception After Battle With Cancer

first_imgEric Berry picks off pass for the Chiefs.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 04: Eric Berry #29 of the Kansas City Chiefs returns an interception on a failed two-point converstion for two points against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on December 4, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Tennessee great Eric Berry has made a triumphant return to the NFL this season after a battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cost him the end of his 2014 campaign. Berry returned to the game with the Kansas City Chiefs this year, and has been honored by his alma mater at Neyland Stadium. Today, in a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he recorded his first interception after his return.Eric Berry gets his first #interception since beating cancer. #BerryStrong #PITvsKC https://t.co/vr3WhsWU7Y— Def Pen Sports (@DefPenSports) October 25, 2015 Tennessee congratulated the Vols great on the big play. It is great to see Berry back out there.last_img read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse trying to bounce back against Penn State

Senior midfielder Jesse King (19) carries the ball during a game against Denver on March14 in Columbus. OSU won. 13-11.Credit: Molly Tavoletti / Lantern reporterDuring its three-game series over spring break, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team went 2-1 and broke into the Inside Lacrosse top 20 at No. 15, but immediately returned to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for what the players call “truth day.”The truth is the team is not sugarcoating its 9-0 loss to No. 2 Notre Dame last Saturday, but rather using it as motivation heading into the Buckeyes’ first-ever Big Ten game Sunday against Penn State, coach Nick Myers said.“There’s a lot we can grow from,” Myers said. “People will make more of the shutout than it was. And obviously it’s something you don’t want to see, but the defense played its tails off. We were 3-0 at the half against a team that averages 14-15 goals a game. So we don’t make anything more of it than what it is.”While OSU’s defense held it together against the Fighting Irish, its offense failed to capitalize on five extra-man opportunities. But junior midfielder Kacy Kapinos said the team does not play the blame game, even after a shutout loss.“You can’t really blame one side or the other, it was a team loss,” he said. “We’re a very tight group, and we never point fingers when something goes wrong. If someone makes a mistake, we’re there for them.”A mere seven days before the loss against Notre Dame, OSU defeated then-No. 3 Denver, 13-11, in a victory Myers called “one of the greatest top-five wins in program history.” Myers said his team “played tired” against Notre Dame, but the physical and mental exhaustion is expected and something to push through.“At this point in the year, no one is 100 percent fresh or feels perfect, but your ability to stick together and continue to grind it out, that’s what separates good teams from great teams,” he said. “I’m not sure any team played two top-five opponents with a top-20 team in between in seven days, but we want to challenge our young men.”And for the players, that challenge continued this week at practice, returning to the drawing board in preparation for conference play this weekend in State College, Pa.Though the team prepares similarly each week, its loss to Notre Dame marked the conclusion of non-conference play. So with a conference tournament spot in its sights, OSU has added motivation heading into this week’s first-ever Big Ten matchup, Myers said.“To be on the edge of history on Sunday is something that re-energizes you through the rest of the season,” Myers said. “For all of us, it’s wide open now. You kind of throw the records out the window … These are two very hungry teams trying to get that first league conference win.”The Buckeyes recognize the challenges the Nittany Lions present, but attitude and preparation give them the confidence to bring home a win, senior midfielder and Dublin, Ohio, native Ryan Borcherding said.“We’re the most positive team I’ve been on since I’ve been here and we prepare better than anyone,” he said. “We’re not gonna let anything from the season so far affect how we play against Penn State. Growing up in Columbus, just about every kid’s dream is to put on that Buckeye jersey, so to play in the first game in the Big Ten with this team, it’s a blessing.”The game against the Nittany Lions is set for 3 p.m. read more