Tom Croft and Matt Smith: Ten seasons at Leicester Tigers

first_img“It’s a great club. The morals behind it, the culture that drives it are that it’s a close-knit environment. You work hard for success and then you enjoy that success together.”For more information, visit or follow @croftsmithtest on Twitter Duo of the decade: Tom Croft and Matt Smith are celebrating a testimonial year with Leicester Tigers Credit: Getty Images Close friends and long-time colleagues, Tom Croft and Matt Smith reflect on their testimonial year at Leicester Tigers LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img “I don’t know whether Dad was coaching by then or whether he was playing. But that was always the big game of the season at Welford Road and we’d pack up Christmas to get over there. I must have been five or six.“Because my dad had been involved with the club, I felt that I had to prove my worth as a player. Especially when I first joined, I didn’t want just to be know as ‘Dosser’s kid’ – I wanted to make my own name, really.Winners, grinning: Smith and Croft with the 2009 Premiership trophy following a 10-9 win over London Irish“That was probably the most daunting thing. I was never star struck or in awe of people. It was a case of trying to prove my worth on a personal level.“When I was younger, all I wanted to do was play one game for Leicester. Then I wanted a 20-game tie, then I wanted 100 starts. Throughout my career, I’ve been motivated by that next milestone.”February 2013 and a 28-13 victory over London Welsh saw the Smiths become the first ever father-and-son duo to each make a century of Tigers starts.A couple of outings for the Saxons when Stuart Lancaster was in charge represent the closest Matt has come to England recognition. Even so, having been deployed in a variety of positions with Leicester, he is a hugely valued member of Richard Cockerill’s outfit.Thriving as part of the more ambitious approach of new attack guru Aaron Mauger – “he’s reminded the backs that our main job is to score tries rather than chase kicks” – and given a run of games at inside centre, Smith married sound decision-making and pinpoint distribution with uncomplicated physicality.In the run-up to the Six Nations before Manu Tuilagi returned to fitness, no Englishman wearing 12 was turning out better performances. A new two-year contract resulted and Smith will be at Welford Road until he is 32. As a mark of his popularity, he was presented with an award for outstanding service at this week’s end of season dinner.The owner of 41 England caps and five British and Irish Lions Tests over two tours, Croft has enjoyed more international accolades. However, his nightmare injury catalogue – a broken neck followed by ruptured knee ligaments and a dislocated shoulder – would have derailed lesser men.Thankfully, a disappointing 19-16 reverse to Racing 92 in the European Champions Cup semi-final on Sunday was Croft’s 26th appearance of the season. Cockerill admitted it was a gamble to offer Croft a new deal last April, but the dice-roll seems to have paid off.“In terms of personal form, I’m not quite back to where I need to be yet,” adds Croft, still a supreme lineout forward and an excellent athlete. “But it it’s going to take time and things are improving.“It was important, going into this year, to play a full season with the club. They supported me over the years I was injured and were within their rights to chop contracts. But they stuck with me.”Croft talks of the innate attitude bred at Tigers, one that encourages an insatiable appetite for silverware – “we’re close to the Premiership play-offs, but it’s one thing making them, another thing making the final and another thing winning it.”Try time: Smith dives over to score in the 33-20 defeat of Stade Francais in NovemberThe Leicester way is also humble, though. One charming anecdote says a great deal about Smith and Croft and how their friendship defines their club’s philosophy.When Croft received a late call-up to the Lions party in 2009 as a replacement for banned Munsterman Alan Quinlan, Smith had a cheeky request – more to stitch up his mate than anything else. He wanted Croft to send back a postcard, signed by Brian O’Driscoll. It never came, a 23 year-old Croft preferring to “keep his head down” on the tour of South Africa.Four years later, on the morning of Croft’s wedding, best man Smith was shown a video message by the groom. It was Ireland great O’Driscoll, speaking from the Sydney changing rooms in the aftermath of the Lions’ series win over the Wallabies, warning Smith not to crack during his speech.Croft grins widely on regaling that tale.“Our families are close now,” he says. “He’s godfather to my daughter, I’m godfather to his son, our wives get on very well. Leicester really is a family club, so bonds like that with him, with the Youngs brothers and others, form a real backbone.”Over ten years in professional sport, setbacks – non-selection, injuries, off-field issues – are inevitable. Resilience is a must. So where does that come from for these two?“It’s just love for the club,” Croft finishes. “Smithy will have personal reasons. His dad is a foundation stone of Tigers and Smithy will want to emulate that as a through-and-through Leicester player.“Myself? I just want to play for Leicester Tigers. From quite early on, I had that desire to see out my career at Leicester. I’ve admired players like Geordan Murphy who played for 14 or 15 years at one club. That’s been my aim since I was in my mid-20s and it still is now. “We pulled up and this gangly-looking, stick-like figure was stood there,” Matt Smith smiles, reminiscing.“We couldn’t believe he was getting such special treatment, that this was the new superstar we’d heard about.“I remember slightly resenting the fact that we’d even had to get off the motorway to pick him up.”How many prosperous relationships start off with quizzical looks at a service station? Does anyone even keep track?Almost 14 years after their roadside rendezvous, centre Smith and Tom Croft are celebrating a joint-testimonial for a decade of service with Leicester Tigers.Six domestic trophies punctuate their glittering Welford Road careers, encompassing a combined total of 352 first team appearances.But the story – and the success – begins in the summer of 2002 when Croft, joining Oakham School’s sixth form, met up with the pre-season trip to Devon.“Mum and dad drove me down to a service station on the M4 where I was to meet the Oakham minibuses,” explains Croft, racking his brains.“I jumped on and I was a bit of a rabbit in the headlights, really. I didn’t know anyone at all and I was very, very quiet for the whole trip down, possibly trying to learn a few names.“Eventually we got to Plymouth High School. The captain at the time was Joe Wheeler [an openside flanker and son of Tigers CEO Peter]. He and another couple of guys from the year above flooded their bathroom. They got in trouble and told the coaches it was me.Fresh face: Tom Croft in action against Gloucester in 2005, escaping the attentions of Ludovic Mercier“It was all a whirlwind. Fortunately, being part of the first team gave me a footing to make a few friends straightaway. I knew I just had to get stuck in.”Croft’s diligence helped him deliver. Oakham defended their Daily Mail Cup crown in the spring of 2003, overturning a Barnard Castle outfit featuring future Leicester colleague Mathew Tait in a thrilling Twickenham final. Wheeler landed a hat-trick in a 30-28 triumph.“When you’re playing big games, you want to be stood next to someone you trust,” continues Smith, who added another try in that game.“We know each other inside out. We know one another’s deepest, darkest secrets.“That trust was probably earned in those big games at Oakham and we lean on those days. When you’re 17 or 18, if those games aren’t your whole world, they’re pretty close.”Outside of school, the friends progressed through Leicester’s Academy system. An abrasive, uncompromising training environment and proximity to some of England’s premier players impressed the club’s distinctive philosophy – a single-minded, spiky competitiveness – pretty quickly.“I was walking down the corridor at the old training building once,” Croft says. “Everything eclipsed and went dark. I looked up and it was Martin Johnson. I was 15 at the time.“We used to go down to Oval Park every Tuesday and Thursday evening and you’d catch the senior guys leaving the training ground after a long day – Ben Kay, Martin Corry, Neil Back. You’d look at them in awe. It was exceptionally surreal.“In my last year at Oakham, England won the World Cup. Then straight out of school I went straight into professional rugby and I was training alongside them.“They were your teammates, but you’re in awe of them, what they’ve achieved and what they do.”Although his experiences were similar, Smith’s perspective was slightly different. Arriving as a versatile back, he was also spurred by added motivation.Ian Smith, affectionately known by nickname ‘Dosser’, is a prominent part of the club’s rich fabric. As an immensely industrious, tough flanker, he amassed 331 Tigers appearances between 1977 and 1991. Before taking over rugby at Oakham School, he coached Leicester for a stint too.“My earliest memory was that the club used to play the Barbarians on Boxing Day,” Matt goes on.last_img read more

President of Central Florida’s Orange Audubon Society wins prestigious award

first_img TAGSLake Apopka North ShoreOrange Audubon Society Previous articleAn easy new way to support The Apopka VoiceNext articleOn the 20th anniversary of the North Valley Jewish Community Center shooting, are we better off? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here The National Audubon Society awarded Floridian Deborah Green the William Dutcher Award for the Southeast during its biennial convention in Milwaukee. This prestigious award acknowledges conservation volunteers in Audubon whose creativity and leadership are a model for others. Green has been a champion in Central Florida for habitat protection and energy efficiency and has served for twenty years as a member of Orange Audubon Society, including six years as president.Deborah GreenAmong the many accomplishments for which she was recognized:Green created, secured $60,000 in grant funding, and implemented an energy efficiency program to retrofit homes and churches in an underserved Central Florida community.She has been key in the evolution of Audubon Florida’s Conservation Leadership Initiative (CLI), a statewide program to recruit college-aged Floridians to conservation and Audubon.As a champion for bird conservation, Green works tirelessly to bring ecotourism dollars to Orange County through the successful North Shore Birding Festival (now in its fifth year). The funds she raises help to provide educational kiosks, brochures, and docents for the nationally recognized Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive.Green was one of the most successful advocates for 2014’s Amendment 1, working with millennials to gather signatures to ultimately pass the Land and Water Legacy amendment to the Florida Constitution.William Dutcher was a prominent amateur ornithologist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and, in 1905, was appointed the first President of the National Audubon Society. The William Dutcher Award was created in his honor to recognize outstanding volunteer service by Audubon leaders that result in bird conservation at scale. As beneficiaries of Dutcher’s legacy, Audubon members can be proud to emulate him.Audubon Florida’s Conservation Leadership Initiative (CLI) is a unique, intergenerational experience uniting Audubon’s leaders with some of the state’s best and brightest college students. CLI includes co-mentoring opportunities for Audubon leaders and college students in order to network, share, and learn from each other.The North Shore Birding Festival on Lake Apopka in Central Florida invites birders from near and far who wish to learn more from well-known, knowledgeable birding guides. The festival runs January 16-20, 2020.The North Shore Birding Festival on Lake Apopka invites birders from near and far who wish to learn more from well-known, knowledgeable birding guides. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The Anatomy of Fear last_img read more

New Chief Executive at TimeBank

first_img  21 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 14 May 2008 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Management Recruitment / people New Chief Executive at TimeBank Volunteering charity TimeBank has appointed Helen Walker, currently Director of Fundraising at the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA), as its new Chief Executive.Walker joined SSAFA in 2002 as Assistant Director before being promoted to Director, and has substantially increased the charity’s fundraising with key developments in corporate and event fundraising.In her six years with the charity, SSAFA has been the nominated charity for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, The Telegraph Christmas Appeal and is in the process of completing a £5 million emergency capital appeal to provide two ‘homes from home’ for the families of injured servicemen and women.She takes up the post in read more

Sheriff’s Homicide Detectives Seek Information in Altadena Shooting Death, Present $20,000 Reward from Board of Supervisors

first_img Community News Public Safety Sheriff’s Homicide Detectives Seek Information in Altadena Shooting Death, Present $20,000 Reward from Board of Supervisors Published on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 | 1:00 pm On Thursday, October 30, 2014, Victim Christopher Walker was shot to death near the intersection of Fair Oaks Avenue and Calaveras Street, Altadena, while patronizing a local restaurant. About 4:30 p.m., as Christopher sat on the outdoor patio, a light-colored sedan drove up. A passenger got out of the car and fired a gun multiple times at the young man, striking him.Christopher was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.Christopher was just 29 years old at the time of his death. He grew up in Altadena and was working in Los Angeles. He moved to Arizona just after high school for work, but recently moved back to be closer to family and friends. Christopher was the eldest of three children. He left behind his mother, father and two sisters.The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is offering a $20,000 reward in exchange for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the suspect(s) responsible for the murder of Christopher Walker.Investigators are seeking the public’s assistance. If you have information about this incident, the occupants or the vehicle, please contact Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau Sergeant Chaffey Shepherd at (323) 890-5619 or Sergeant Howard Cooper at (323) 890-5547.For more information please contact Public Information Officer Nicole Nishida at (323) 810-1973 or Sheriff’s Information Bureau at (213) 229-1700. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * HerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff Community News Subscribecenter_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business Newslast_img read more

Thousands expected in Donegal Town for ‘Donegal Live’

first_imgNewsx Adverts Thousands expected in Donegal Town for ‘Donegal Live’ Facebook Pinterest Twitter Google+ By News Highland – May 24, 2012 WhatsApp Upwards of 8,000 people are expected in Donegal Town for the ‘Donegal Live’ event this weekend.The three day festival, which has been previously held in Dublin and Glasgow, features tourism, food and arts exhibitors from all over Donegal showcasing what they have to offer.There are also a number of concerts over the weekend headlined by Alexandra Burke.Ernan McGettigan is the local Chairperson of ‘Donegal Live’ – he says it is a huge honour for Donegal Town to be hosting this year’s event:[podcast][/podcast] Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Previous articlePringle urges government action on treatment refusal issueNext article36.7 is now the average age in Donegal – CSO News Highland Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Twitter Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Pinterest Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH last_img read more

Centre Modifies J&K Order To Extend Domicile Reservation To All Govt Posts [Read Order]

first_imgTop StoriesCentre Modifies J&K Order To Extend Domicile Reservation To All Govt Posts [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK5 April 2020 6:00 AMShare This – xThe Ministry of Home Affairs has extended domicile reservation to all government posts in Jammu and Kashmir by amending the order issued on March 31, as per which domicile reservation was applicable only to Level 4 posts.Following backlash from several quarters over the restricted application of the first order , the Ministry issued a fresh order on April 3 stating that domicile reservation…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Ministry of Home Affairs has extended domicile reservation to all government posts in Jammu and Kashmir by amending the order issued on March 31, as per which domicile reservation was applicable only to Level 4 posts.Following backlash from several quarters over the restricted application of the first order , the Ministry issued a fresh order on April 3 stating that domicile reservation is applicable to “any post”.On March 31, the Ministry issued the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization (Adaptation of State Laws) Order 2020  which notified changes in the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services (Decentralization and Recruitment) Act Section 5A of the Act stated that Level 4 posts will be reserved for domiciles.Section 5A, as per the March 31 order, stated as follows :”Subject to the provisions of this Act, no person shall be eligible for appointment to a post carrying a pay scale of not more than Level-4 (25500) unless he is a domicile of the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir”On April 3, the Ministry notified the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Adaptation of State Laws) Second Order, 2020, which amended above said Section 5A to substitute “a post carrying a pay scale of not more than Level-4 (25500)” with “any post”. As a result, Section 5A now reads as :”Subject to the provisions of this Act, no person shall be eligible for appointment to any post unless he is a domicile of the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir”The reference to “any post carrying a pay scale of not more than Level-4 (25500)” in Section 3A has also been omitted by the Second Order. Further, Section 3A had earlier stated that persons fulfilling the domicile category will be “deemed to be domiciles”. The Second Order has omitted the words “deemed to be” from Section 3A.So, Section 3A(1) now reads Any person who fulfils the following conditions shall be a domicile of the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir for the purposes of appointment to any post under the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir or under a local or other authority (other than cantonment board) within the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir”Following are the criteria for domicile status :a. has to have resided for period of 15 years in the UT of J&K or has studied for a period of 7 years and appeared in Class 10th/12th examination in an educational institution located in the UT of J&K; or b. is registered as a migrant by the Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner (Migrants) in the UT of J&K.Children of those fulfilling the aforementioned conditions are also deemed to be included. Section 3A also goes on to include children of those Central Government Officials, All India Services Officers, Officials of Public Sector Undertkaing and Autonomous body of Central Government, Public Sector Banks, Officials of Statutory bodies, Officials of Central Universities and recognized Research institutes of Central Government who have served in J&K for a total period of ten years. Additionally, it includes those children of such residents of UT of J&K who reside outside the UT of J&K in connection with their employment or business or other professional and vocational reasons, but the parents fulfill the conditions provided under Section 3A(1).Click here to download orderNext Storylast_img read more

Donegal – ‘Media’s Favourite Place in Ireland’

first_img Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Donegal is now the ‘Media’s Favourite Place in Ireland’.Michael Collins, founder and Managing Director of presented this prestigious award to Donegal County Council Chief Executive Seamus Neely and Cathaoirleach Cllr. Gerry McMonagle at yesterday’s Donegal Tourism Seminar in Harvey’s Point Hotel.“This is an excellent achievement for Donegal and a wonderful addition to our other recent accolades including being named ‘Coolest Place on the Planet 2017’ by National Geographic Traveller and ‘Ireland’s Hidden Gem’ by Independent Travel readers” says Cathaoirleach Cllr. McMonagle.Donegal received this prestigious award at the Travel Media Awards ceremony in Dublin last June but it was only at yesterday’s conference that the award was officially presented.These Travel Media awards have grown to become one of the highlights of the annual travel industry calendar and calls on the media to vote and give their say on who they think stands out from the travel industry crowd – past winners include Aer Lingus, MSC Cruises and Crystal Ski Holidays. To be voted as the ‘Media’s Favourite Place in Ireland’ is testament to the increasing popularity of Donegal as the perfect holiday destination on the Wild Atlantic Way.Michael Collins said “This was the first time we introduced this category. Instead of always asking the media about their favourite international places we thought, let’s bring it back home and ask them about Ireland. It was really interesting to see Donegal win, with the capital Dublin coming second.”Speaking yesterday Seamus Neely said he was thrilled that Donegal has been recognised by the travel media sector and said that “we have been building positive relationships with the travel media in recent years through our work with Donegal Tourism and the Donegal County Council Communications Office in promoting the platform and our Donegal brand. This award is a welcome sign that our communications and PR activities are reaching the right audience and our recognition as ‘Media’s Favourite Place in Ireland’ is very much appreciated”.Over 200 attendees participated in yesterday’s Donegal Tourism Seminar which was hosted in the stunning setting of Harvey’s Point Hotel on the beautiful Lough Eske. This seminar focused on how best to connect what is now the ‘Coolest Place’ and heard from a line up of tourism and travel experts who shared their expertise on emerging travel trends, tourism strategies and marketing techniques.This included Mathew Jackson Managing Director and Publisher of National Geographic Traveller (UK) who is credited with naming Donegal as the Coolest Place on the Planet in 2017. Matthew visited Donegal for the first time earlier this year and became an instant fan.Speaking at the seminar he explained why Donegal received this accolade saying “Donegal is off the mainstream radar and not easy to access but on the cusp of a breakthrough. On the one hand you have the big pushes like the Wild Atlantic Way and the recent filming of Star Wars; on the other hand you only have to drive a few miles to have a beach or a road completely to yourself. It’s a warm hearted place, fantastic food and hospitality but wilderness always feels just a stone’s throw away. And it is a world class wilderness. So we thought it deserved a big year!”.The seminar also heard from inspiration speakers including Carolynne Harrison, General Manager of the Shandon Hotel & Spa who wowed the audience with her remarkable story of how she tackled the ‘weaker months’ by being creative and driving up occupancy in the winter and maintaining the jobs of over 120 staff and managing costs to ensure profit margins were on target.Social media and digital experts Greg Fry and Michael Collins enthused the audience with their practical tips and techniques of making social media and digital marketing work for tourism businesses in Donegal. They believe that content remains king and having clear business goals and a clearly defined strategy producing measurable results is essential for success.Wild Atlantic Way Client Services Manager for Fáilte Ireland Joan Crawford presented a profile of the Wild Atlantic Way visitor and why they are coming to the west coast of Ireland. Market research shows that these visitors have no itinerary and they are ‘going where time took us’ drawing on their spontaneous side and looking forward to finding the hidden gems off the beaten track. This provides a great opportunity for places such as Donegal which for many is still a place of discovery.The seminar concluded with a strong message from each of the panellists which highlighted the need to continue to collaborate and network. It is the Donegal experience that visitors want when they come to Donegal and there is a clear willingness among those in the Donegal tourism sector to work together to ensure that Donegal becomes the number one tourism destination in the country. Pinterest By News Highland – October 27, 2017 Donegal – ‘Media’s Favourite Place in Ireland’ Homepage BannerNews Twitter Harps come back to win in Waterford center_img Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Previous articleMain evening news, sport, nuacht and obituaries Friday 27th October 2017Next articleHarps lose 3-1 to Bohs in Dublin: FT Report News Highland last_img read more

Mandatory self-quarantine extended to 18 more countries

first_img By News Highland – February 12, 2021 Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Mandatory self-quarantine extended to 18 more countries Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Facebook Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Twittercenter_img Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleDifficulties facing rural areas in accessing post office or bankNext article407 positive Covid cases and 9 Covid related deaths confirmed in NI News Highland Harps come back to win in Waterford DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp WhatsApp Mandatory two-week self-quarantine has been extended to a further 18 countries.They include Austria and the UAE, as well as 16 sub-Saharan Africa including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Tanzania.Anyone arriving to Ireland from those countries, as well as Brazil and South Africa, must quarantine for two weeks.Legislation will be considered next week to enforce mandatory hotel quarantine for anyone travelling from the 20 countries on the high risk list. Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODAlast_img read more

357 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed and 3 additional deaths

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA 357 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed and 3 additional deaths Facebook Google+ Three more deaths from Covid-19 have been confirmed as well as 357 new cases.The total number of positive cases in Ireland now stands at 31,549.While, the death toll associated with the disease is 1,787.Of today’s cases, 60 are community transmission, while 38 percent are associated with outbreaks or contacts.218 of the 357 cases are in Dublin, while 18 are in Louth, 12 in Waterford, 11 in Kildare and the remaining 98 cases are spread across 21 counties, including Donegal.Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn says no single measure will combat the spread of the virus and there needs to be combination and has called for continued cooperation. Twitter Pinterest Pinterest By News Highland – September 15, 2020 Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img WhatsApp Previous articleCabinet to self isolate as Dail is suspendedNext articleDail set to return this evening with Junior Ministers stepping in News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

YouTube shooting spotlights danger of open work spaces, expert says

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Tuesday’s shooting at YouTube headquarters has highlighted the vulnerabilities in workplace security — especially in the open campus model often favored by Silicon Valley tech companies. Open work spaces“There are some companies, particularly in the tech sector, that try to create a work environment that’s open, that’s more relaxed,” said John Cohen, an ABC News contributor and former U.S. counterterrorism coordinator for the Department of Homeland Security. “The whole idea is that in addition to the stressful work that employees are involved in every day, that there are parts of the environment that’s meant to be conducive to relaxation.”“Most companies have embraced security protocols that restrict access” to these open campuses, Cohen told ABC News. However “once you’re in the campus, they’re designed to be free and open spaces because that’s conducive to the type of environment they want to have in place to foster creativity and productivity.” “The problem is, from a security perspective, the more open, the more that an individual can move around and come into contact with other people, the easier it is for an attacker to operate in that environment, as well,” Cohen said.With open work spaces, employees “aren’t in self-contained offices with doors that can lock — they’re instead in these huge rooms. There may be controlled access to get into that work space,” Cohen said, but “that controlled access can be bypassed by someone who is really committed to do it.” And once you get inside the open space, there is “tremendous accessibility,” he added.An attack at YouTube headquartersSuspect Nasim Aghdam, 39, stormed the Northern California YouTube campus at lunchtime on Tuesday armed with a handgun, police say, causing terrified employees to run for their lives or barricade themselves inside rooms. Four people were hurt in the bloodshed: three from gunshot wounds and one with an ankle injury from running from the scene.Aghdam, who killed herself at the building, was a prolific YouTube user who was “upset” with the YouTube’s “policies and practices,” authorities said. It appears Aghdam had parked her car behind a neighboring business and accessed the Youtube campus from a parking garage, police said. The parking garage has pedestrian doors to open areas at the YouTube campus, police said.In the wake of the shooting, San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini said officers have “trained with YouTube regarding critical incidents.”“There is security on site,” Barberini told reporters today. “We just have to figure out the area where she entered, what level of security existed at that point.” The Silicon Valley open campus trendThe Silicon Valley is unique in that it is peppered with big-name tech companies with wide open campuses meant to be a relaxing environment for their employees.Some Silicon Valley companies are reluctant to talk about the open campus security issues in the wake of Tuesday’s shooting. But the YouTube attack does have some companies reviewing security procedures.Google, YouTube’s parent company, said in a statement that it is reviewing the events of Tuesday and taking action worldwide. Facebook said in a statement, “The safety of our employees is paramount. We work every day to maintain a safe and secure environment for our community.” A Twitter representative said the company has security teams in place and that its systems are always evolving to try to assure employee safety.A representative for Apple did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment. Chief Barberini said, “From a law enforcement perspective we’re always advocating for heightened security.”“I know we might measure that with people having to operate a business,” Barberini said, “so, I guess from a law enforcement perspective it’s just a little biased. We’re always looking for opportunities to harden targets or making environments as safe as possible for folks that work there.”The evolution of workplace securityWorkplace security goes beyond open campuses and has evolved over time.Before 9/11, “Security was generally seen as a cost and it was not typically a priority for the business leadership,” said Cohen.“After 9/11 there was growing recognition among security professionals that more needed to be done to secure private businesses,” Cohen added. However, Cohen said, “There was always sort of a conflict — security professionals who wanted to secure locations … and business leaders from those corporate entities who were concerned about the perception that oversecuritization [like physical security personnel and building upgrades] might create.” And it was still seen as a “cost on the balance sheet,” he added.Now, business leaders are increasingly recognizing the damage to their brand should a successful attack take place at one of their facilities, Cohen said.“We’re beginning to see those same business leaders come to understand that creating a safe environment for the workers and for visitors not only can enhance your brand but can make people more comfortable and more productive,” Cohen said.The current state of workplace securityTo Cohen, the main security threat for businesses right now is an individual with a vendetta against an employee or company gaining access to the building and then using a knife or gun to target employees.Cohen said the two key places where business professionals should focus their attention are: controlling access to the building and then controlling access to the interior of the building or campus.And as business leaders address the security points, they must also communicate with their employees, finding the delicate balance of not creating a fearful environment or negatively impacting productivity, but still making the employees prepared through tools like active shooter training and online classes.To Cohen, not investing in security may be “short-sighted” because a successful attack could dramatically undermine the company by: impacting the brand, hurting the ability to bring in employees and interrupting the ability to conduct business and generate revenue.“Not every company is going to have the resources to hire security intelligence analysts,” Cohen said, “but in this current threat environment, every company has to have some awareness into these security issues and they have to factor that into their business planning.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. 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