Gardaí to advertise for new recruits

first_imgAn Garda Síochána, in conjunction with the Public Appointments Service, has today opened a recruitment competition for Garda trainees.The competition, which is open from today until 3pm on April 24 2019, is seeking to attract candidates from across society and with a wide-variety of skills to join An Garda Síochána.As of 31 March 2019, there are 14,161 members of An Garda Síochána and there is a Government commitment to grow this to 15,000 by 2021. The competition is being supported by an advertising campaign under the slogan of – The Difference is You.The advertising campaign is based on research with Garda students and new recruits who said they joined An Garda Síochána to help people, because it was not like any other job, and it had great variety. The campaign will feature Garda members in a number of situations where every day skills can transfer into policing. The campaign will run across radio, online and social media from today, and TV and online video channels from April 12.Commissioner Drew Harris said: “An Garda Síochána is a growing organisation and this new competition is very welcome. We have been attracting high calibre people to the organisation, but it is vital in a time of near full employment that this continues.“We also know that we need to become a much more diverse organisation so that we properly reflect the society we serve. That is why our campaign is focusing on people who might not have previously considered a career as a Garda member. They have the skills we need for a policing role, but they might not have thought they could transfer those to being a Garda. Fundamentally, we are looking for people who thrive on keeping people safe. Policing is a highly rewarding career where every day you can make a difference to the lives of individuals and communities. We want to encourage people from all walks of life to join us. We are looking for diversity not only in background, but also in skills.” In order to encourage candidates from minority communities, An Garda Síochána will consider alterations to the Garda uniform to take account of religious and ethnic requirements subject to operational, and health and safety obligations.For example, An Garda Síochána is to allow the wearing of the turban for members of the Sikh community and the hijab for members of the Muslim community. An Garda Síochána has identified such matters as a major barrier to some people considering becoming a Garda member.This approach is in line with that adopted by police services such as the PSNI, Police Scotland, New Zealand Police, NYPD, and other police services in UK, Australia and Canada.“We hope that this will encourage people from minority communities to join An Garda Síochána. We want to demonstrate to them that An Garda Síochána is an inclusive employer that is serious about becoming more diverse,” said Commissioner Harris.An Garda Síochána will update its uniform policy to reflect this change. An Garda Síochána is also carrying out research with communities who are under-represented in An Garda Síochána to identify what more the organisation needs to do to encourage them to join An Garda Síochána either as a Garda member, Garda staff or Garda reserve.Garda trainee candidates can apply on until 3pm on April 24 2019.Gardaí to advertise for new recruits was last modified: April 3rd, 2019 by StephenShare 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

Where does Alfonzo McKinnie rank among Warriors’ greatest finds?

first_imgEleven games does not an NBA career make. And no one believes the crazy launch angle on Alfonzo McKinnie’s career path is sustainable.But if he becomes nothing more than what he is today, a trusted part of coach Steve Kerr’s rotation, the Warriors have struck gold. Again.We are tempted to believe the 6-foot-8 McKinnie could some day find himself high among a long list of under-the-radar discoveries in Warriors history (list below). How did we get here?Three years ago, he was …last_img

Oxford and UCT: oldest universities working together for new solutions

first_imgThe Universities of Cape Town and Oxford, each the oldest universities in their countries, have long been partners in research to find innovative solutions to the problems of today, and the future. This was highlighted during a recent visit to UCT by a high-level delegation from the prestigious English university. An aerial view of Oxford University in the UK. South Africa’s University of Cape Town collaborates more with Oxford than with any other British university. (Image: Oxford University) • Long walk to university reaps the reward • Bokoko literacy project brings books and libraries to Africa • South Africa’s Smart Schools showcased on Brand South Africa media tour • New technologies stand to benefit poorer countries • Clinton fund invests in Africa’s girls Staff writerEffective collaboration between universities cannot be imposed from the top down: it must be led by research. This was the message Oxford University vice-chancellor Andrew Hamilton and his senior researchers brought to South Africa’s University of Cape Town last week.The two are the oldest universities in their countries. There is evidence of education at Oxford going back to 1096, nearly 1 000 years ago, making it the oldest functioning university in the English-speaking world and the third-oldest on the planet, after Morocco’s University of Karueein and Italy’s University of Bologna. UCT was founded in 1829 and is not only the oldest university in South Africa but the second-oldest in Africa.The close relationship between the two institutions has created a range of research projects with the potential for tremendous social impact, UCT vice-chancellor Max Price said during the visit. These include research partnerships in malaria drug resistance, new tuberculosis vaccines, food security, and constitutional and customary law in Africa.Oxford’s Hamilton said South Africa was a good place to look into topical global problems. “Collaborations thrive when there is mutual need, and South Africa offers a unique environment to study some of the greatest challenges facing us today,” he said. “We need now to encourage collaboration where it does not yet exist.”UCT works and publishes with Oxford more than with any other British university. Their partnership in neurosciences is one of the most fruitful.“We are particularly pleased that the launch of UCT’s Neurosciences Initiative coincides with this week’s visit by the University of Oxford,” Price said.UCT’s Neurosciences Initiative at the Groote Schuur academic hospital brings together clinicians and researchers from a range of specialities, fostering collaboration in the treatment of a neurological disorders such as stroke, central nervous system infection and trauma.The initiative is led by Prof Graham Fieggen, UCT’s head of neurosurgery. “The majority of people suffering from common neurological disorders live in low and middle-income countries,” he said. “There is a need to understand these disorders within the context of our own continent. We cannot simply import models from the global North.”Oxford professor of neuroscience and co-director of the university’s Centre for Neuromuscular Science, Matthew Wood, who is also a UCT graduate and honorary professor, said neuroscience is central to society.“Neurosciences are much broader than simply understanding the brain or understanding neurological disease,” he said. “Essentially it goes to the heart of who we are as human beings, and to many of the challenges that exist in society.”Oxford vice-chancellor Andrew Hamilton and UCT vice-chancellor Max Price during the former’s visit to South Africa last week. (Image: UCT)Managing chronic diseases over the phoneOne of the projects showcased during the Oxford visit was the development of mobile phone technology allowing people in Africa to manage chronic diseases such as high blood pressure by themselves. Named the SMS-text Adherence Support, or Star, trial, it is part of mobile health development in Africa, and a collaboration between Oxford’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Primary Care Health Sciences and UCT’s Chronic Diseases Initiative for Africa (CDIA) project.Mobile phones are highly effective in reaching patients across Africa. In a recent trial of an intervention to improve blood pressure control, over 95% of patients getting educational and supportive SMSes remained in contact with the project over one year.The collaboration involved Oxford professor of general practice Andrew Farmer, professor of electrical engineering Lionel Tarassenko and David Springer of the Oxford Institute of Biomedical Engineering. UCT researchers included head of medicine Prof Bongani Mayosi, as well as head of the diabetic medicine and endocrinology Prof Naomi Levitt, director of UCT’s Chronic Diseases Initiative for Africa, and the CDIA’s Dr Kirsty Bobrow.Largest community-based study among HIV-positive teenagersAnother project looks for insights into the behaviour of South Africa’s 1.2-million HIV-positive teenagers, to understand why their adherence to anti-retroviral treatment is low, and their use of contraceptives inconsistent.The project, called Mzantsi Wakho, aims to get HIV-positive adolescents to adhere to antiretroviral treatment and access sexual and reproductive health services. It is the largest community-based study of HIV-positive teenagers ever conducted. From preliminary results, stigma still plays a powerful role in stopping teenagers from disclosing their HIV status to their partners.Mzantsi Wakho is led by UCT’s Dr Rebecca Hodes, the director of the Aids and Society Research Unit at the Centre for Social Science Research and an honorary research fellow at UCT’s Department of Historical Studies, and Lucie Cluver, an associate professor of evidence-based social intervention at Oxford and honorary lecturer in UCT’s Division of Neuropsychiatry. The Departments of Health, Social Development, Basic Education and Women, Children and People with Disabilities were consulted on the project’s research design.Controversy over Cecil John Rhodes statueDuring the visit, Oxford vice-chancellor Hamilton added his voice to the debate on removing the statue of arch-colonialist and English mining magnate Cecil John Rhodes from the grounds of UCT.“It’s a debate that should take place,” he told Primedia radio’s Kieno Kammies on Cape Talk. “It’s a debate for the students and faculty of the University of Cape Town – and South Africa in general – to go through, to work out for yourselves what place this figure who did many really quite terrible things during his lifetime.”Oxford University administers the Rhodes Trust, a scholarship programme Rhodes set up to allow promising students from the former British Empire to study at his alma mater.University of Cape Town students protesting for the removal of the statue of Cecil John Rhodes from its prominent position on the university’s grounds. (Image: UCT)“Universities are an ideal place – they are an appropriate place – for that debate to take place,” Hamilton said. “Universities should be about the free flow of ideas, of strong, robust, even sometimes contentious debate about the interpretation of history, about the role of history in the development of modern society.”But, Harrison added, “it’s not for me to comment on the place of Rhodes in contemporary South Africa”.While his Oxford counterpart stayed neutral on the issue, UCT vice chancellor Price said the statue should be removed, as he felt the anguish it caused black students.“I feel the need to apologise on behalf of the university for the kind of pain they’re experiencing for that frustration,” he told Eyewitness News.Edited by Mary Alexanderlast_img read more

Modernizing some FSA farm storage loans

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While spending some time in Ohio this week, Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini visited with local growers, Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs), farm organizations, farmers market coordinators and local businesses about advancing local and regional food initiatives. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins talked with Dolcini about some of the updated changes in FSA programs.last_img

Access, Aggregation, and Other Big Data Challenges for Startups

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#start In some ways, the term “big data” belies the challenges that startups face in tackling the subject. That adjective “big” tends to get a lot of the attention, often at the expense of the noun “data.” In other words, we spend a lot of time talking about issues of the quantity of data and less time addressing issues of quality.Some of those issues were addressed today at Web 2.0 Expo when Factual CEO and founder Gil Elbaz gave a talk on the challenges of big data. The subtitle of his talk is key here: “Getting Some.” It isn’t simply a matter of storing data, but rather how companies, particularly startups, can access data. Elbaz identified several major hurdles that companies face around data: FindabilityAccessRights and OwnershipEconomics and Business ModelsStandardsIntegration and AggregationTrustThese are challenges for any company, arguably, but for startups, they can be particularly daunting. Elbaz gave the example of building a company based around book data as an example. There are a number of places where data around books can be found – Google Books, Amazon, LibraryThing, for example. But despite the amount of data about books – authors, descriptions, cover arts, reviews and the like – and despite a lot of these data sources having APIs, it’s not easy for a startup to access, utilize, or monetize. And “starting from scratch” to build out a new database would take a lot of resources, something a startup isn’t likely to have.Elbaz argues that it’s important to “grease the wheels” of data, something he sees as part of the mission of his startup Factual, an open data source for location data. This open data model, he argues will move the web towards “information singularity,” as will other efforts like data marketplaces, data search engines, semantic web mark-up, and better standards.Elbaz contends that ownership and control of data will eventually be viewed as a cost and that companies will move towards common schemasand towards sharing foundational data. A new data economy may emerge, he says – an iTunes for data – with novel access methods so that startups can more easily build value-added services on top of big data, rather than having to worry themselves about gathering and storing the data themselves. audrey watterscenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Just Stop It

first_imgJust stop it.Just stop believing that the new thing will solve the old problems. Prospecting has never been easy. Acquiring new opportunities is challenging even in the best of times. If by chance you happened to sell a product in hot demand and your clients beat a path to your door you were nothing more than lucky. Don’t expect that to ever be the norm. The only way to acquire new opportunities is to do the work.To just stop pretending that you don’t have time to update your sales force automation software. If you were to enter all of the opportunities that you create in a single day it’s likely that that exercise might take all of 10 minutes. So you’ve fallen behind and have to catch up? Seriously, you don’t have enough opportunities for it to take you more than an hour. No one does. But, your relationships are the most important asset you will ever have as a salesperson (or as a person). The record of those relationships are important to maintain. Take the 15 or 20 minutes a day to keep those records up to date.Just stop making excuses as to why your sales results aren’t what you want them to be. It’s a waste of time, and it doesn’t do anything to move you closer to your sales goals. It’s not your sales manager, even though he doesn’t care enough about you. It’s not your territory. It’s not your product, service, or solution. The sooner you accept that you’re the only one that can change your results the sooner you’ll produce them. Believe in yourself, and believe you have the power to make a difference.Just stop complaining about your price. Everyone complains about their price. Selling would be easy if all you had to do was say yes to the price that your client’s demand. But then, that wouldn’t be selling, now would it? Unless you happen to work for a company that competes on price (something as likely as your riding into your next sales call on a unicorn), you are going to have to work very hard to create value and even harder to capture some of it. The only thing you can do to make selling easier is to create enough value that no one has a problem with you capturing some part of it.Just stop it.QuestionsWhy is it easy to believe that there is some new answer to age-old problems? How often do these new ideas work?If you are being honest, how many opportunities do you create in a day? How long would it take you to keep meticulous records on those relationships?Why is it so easy to blame someone else for our own poor results? How much faster do you improve those results when you take 100% responsibility for them?How do you make it easy to sell value instead of price? 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 Nowlast_img read more

Bryony Frost: ‘I have never thought this isn’t worth it, for this pain’

first_imgLast summer, a horse stepped on her stomach after a mid-race fall, giving her an arterial aneurysm. In Frost’s eyes, that was not another missed bullet, it was the reason for 10 missed winners while she recovered. “It’s your mentality. Never once have I thought this isn’t worth it, for this pain. It’s never crossed my mind. Get back up, get stronger, get out there.” As children in Devon, she and her brother used to pull each other off their ponies while moving at speed, so they could practise falling.When she needs to unwind, Frost is not the type to reach for PlayStations or pizza. She surfs in the summer and trail-bikes in all weathers. She enjoys climbing, indoors or out. “Normally I’m on my own, so I can’t have anyone belaying me. It’s what we used to do on Dartmoor. It relaxes my head because I’m just thinking about the next move, I’m not thinking about anything else.”The clerk of the scales wants his chair back, so it is time for Frost to get up and get back out there. Say Frodon lines up in the Gold Cup, what chance does she give him? “Everything has to fall right in any race. Say I get into a rhythm, say he jumps well, say he enjoys it … if I’ve got to ask him the biggest question of his life, then I’m sure he’ll answer it the best he can.” ‘Nothing beats winning’ – a rising star, a battle-scarred veteran, two Cheltenham journeys Thank you for your feedback. Twitter Support The Guardian Show Pinterest Facebook Twitter There was much Gold Cup-related excitement around Frost and Frodon when they won a trial for the big race in January but, as Festival week approaches, it seems Frodon may be switched to Thursday’s Ryanair Chase, a more winnable contest over a shorter distance. The same stable has Clan Des Obeaux for the Gold Cup and the majority view is that Frodon would struggle to beat him. Facebook Read more Those who enjoy seeing female jockeys break new ground would love to see Frost in the big one, but the Ryanair is also a huge prize and no woman has won it before, or any Grade One race over jumps at the Festival. Frost will take whichever opportunity comes. “He’s an amazing partner to have, beyond brave. He loves his racing. You know he’s going to give you everything he’s got.”Warming to her theme, Frost contrasts Frodon with the more stately Pacha Du Polder, on whom she won the Foxhunters in 2017, the first time most racing fans had heard of her. “Pacha’s the wise old owl in the yard, he just does his thing, never gets too excited, never gets too grumpy, he’s your sort of person that probably always has his whisky at six o’clock in the evening and sits in his armchair. Hide Frost knows about bravery. In her first Guardian interview in 2017, she spoke of being hospitalised for two months at the age of 15, when injuries from a fall led to septicaemia that nearly killed her. “Nothing too bad,” she said. “It gave me a chance to lose a bit of my puppy fat.” Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Was this helpful? Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels interviews Reuse this content Pinterest “I’m just trying to make sure that I’m improving every time I go out and ride a horse,” she says, having been persuaded to come out into the weighing room and chat. “I watch every replay. I feel like, if you think that you’re good enough and you’ve got to where you should be, that’s the moment you start going backwards. I believe that next year I’ll be 10lb better than I am now.”Almost unknown two years ago, Frost has won a series of big races and earned significant praise for her skills, including from Ruby Walsh. It is not unusual to hear pundits suggest she is one of the best steeplechase jockeys riding in Britain. A 10lb better Frost would surely be very hard to beat? She brushes that off with “I don’t know about that”. What does she see to improve?“Little things. Over a hurdle, my heel came up a bit too much and I need to put that down, so the next time you go out, you make sure your heels are down into his sides and tight, just to make you more secure upon him. Out there, work on your racing clock, making sure you’re not missing any gaps you could have put your horse into and made a forward move. I missed it slightly there, or I had him on the wrong lead for that hurdle. It’s the little things that calculate into a big thing that make success.”So, a lot of video analysis? “Yeah. And a lot of time inside your own mind.” Share on WhatsApp Talking Horses: BetBright disgrace is a test for Gambling Commission Leicester 1.50 Hatcher 2.20 Cobra De Mai 2.50 Quantum Of Solace 3.25 Waikiki Waves 4.00 Eastlake 4.30 WaitinonasunnydaySandown 2.00 Precious Cargo 2.30 Bonne Question 3.05 Forza Milan (nb) 3.40 Keltus 4.10 Swift Crusador (nap) 4.45 Young WolfLingfield 2.10 Choral Music 2.40 Holy Tiber 3.15 Warrior’s Valley 3.5 Air Force Amy 4.20 Affluence 4.55 Sister Of The SignNewcastle 5.20 Seeusoon 5.55 Klopp 6.30 Pea Shooter 7.00Lukoutoldmakezebak 7.30 Kodi Dream 8.00 Star Cracker Tips by Chris Cookcenter_img Share on Facebook Read more Bryony Frost shares the credit with Frodon after winning the Crest Nicholson Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham trials in January 2018. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Horse racing Share via Email Was this helpful? Thank you for your feedback. Since you’re here… “Frodon’s a bit of a young buck, a little bit cockier. A bit more bullish in his character. He’d speak up, he’d tell you his mind, he wouldn’t be scared to share an opinion. That’s what makes him tough and brave and unable to lie down in defeat, because he’ll always believe in himself.” Effervescent in public, focused in private, Bryony Frost will seek another big win aboard Frodon at next week’s Cheltenham Festival. The 23-year-old has charmed the public with her exuberant, voluble post-race interviews, which are unlike the recycling of cliches offered by many jockeys in their moments of triumph, but she can also be found in a more reflective mood, such as during an afternoon at Warwick when there were hours between her two booked mounts and she wanted nothing more than to climb inside her head and think about the next race. Cheltenham Festival 2019 Bryony Frost Share on Twitter Cheltenham Festival Share on Messenger Shining a Light on Racing’s Stars for International Women’s Day 2019. Show … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Hide Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Topics Quick guide Racing tips for Friday 8 March last_img read more

Sportzware Central v7 Release

first_imgSportingPulse is pleased to announce that the latest release of Sportzware Central (version 7.0) will be made available from Wednesday, 28 January 2009. SWC v7 includes a number of exciting developments, full details of which are provided in the attached document.As a part of our communications process, we are providing National Governing Bodies with prior notice of the release of SWC v7 before notifying leagues and associations on Wednesday January 28 and giving them their new registration key.We trust this communication enables you to assist us in continuing to provide award-winning software throughout your sport and sharing in the advantages and benefits of keeping all leagues and associations at the forefront of online technology.last_img

Video: Coach K Talked To Oregon’s Dillon Brooks About His “Showing Off” In Handshake Line

first_imgDuke's Coach K talks with Dillon Brooks after the game.Coach K speaks with Dillon BrooksOregon took down defending national champion Duke on Thursday night, securing its place in the Elite Eight this weekend. The end of the contest, however, featured a little bit of controversy.On Oregon’s final possession, as the shot clock was winding down, Ducks forward Dillon Brooks launched and hit a deep three-pointer, which was meaningless to the game’s outcome. He then celebrated wildly, clearly irritating some of Duke’s players. As we showed you earlier, Blue Devils guard Grayson Allen wouldn’t shake Brooks’ hand. Coach K reportedly took a different route in response.According to SI’s Pete Thamel, Krzyzewski told Brooks that he’s “too good of a player” to show off. Brooks agreed.Brooks shoots 3 on final poss. Allen not happy. Coach K said something after.L ooks like Brooks says “I’m sorry”— Chris Law (@ChrisLaw) March 25, 2016Dillon Brooks said Coach K told him in handshake line, “I’m too good of a player to be showing off at the end.” Brooks: “He’s right.”— Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) March 25, 2016Regardless, Oregon moves on and will face 2-seed Oklahoma on Saturday. It should be a fantastic game.last_img read more